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Remote Possibilities By Elizabeth Sears   Internships have always been known to take different shapes and forms, from a student teacher eagerly helping to prepare classroom activities to the stereotypical […]

Bryan Gross

After the Sticker Shock It’s not exactly news that the cost of college — at least, the published price tag — has consistently risen over the past two decades. But […]

Springfield Technical Community College President John Cook

A Stern Test Continues   For the area community’s colleges, the enrollment numbers continue to fall, with annual declines recently in the double digits. There are many reasons for these […]

Janis Santos, seen here with the late Sen. Edward Kennedy

A Class Act During the early, and darkest, days of the pandemic, Janis Santos recalls, she considered it vitally important to remain positive and find ways to permit her positive […]

Matthew Scott says the double protection of vaccines and masks

Continuing Education   After a year when colleges offered a wide variety of learning options during the pandemic, from in-person to remote to a blend of both, the vast majority […]

Access and Opportunity   The University of Massachusetts recently announced it will receive a cash gift of $50 million from Robert and Donna Manning. The gift, the largest of any […]

Dollars and Sense By Mark Morris Given the scope of Square One’s work for children and families, it’s not unusual for the organization to receive contributions to support its efforts. […]

Linda Thompson, the 21st president of Westfield State University.

Challenge Accepted Linda Thompson had never applied for a college presidency position before a recruiter called and invited her to pursue that post at Westfield State University. She listened, and […]

Anne Massey

Maintaining Momentum   When Anne Massey arrived at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in the late summer of 2019, she came with a lengthy set of plans, […]

Back to Normal? It’s hard to gauge what ‘normal’ looks like during the era of COVID-19, when normalcy is a moving target. For area colleges and universities, though, getting back […]


Making Change By Mark Morris One modest act can inspire others — and when that happens, the entire community benefits. That’s the premise behind the Cooler Communities effort led by […]

David Gruel stands next to the launchpad

Prepared for Launch By Laurie Loisel   Not many people can say they’ve worked on every U.S.-led rover mission to Mars. One who can is David Gruel, a Holyoke Community […]

Portrait of a Graduate   The program is called ‘Portrait of a Graduate,’ and that name pretty much says it all. But maybe an adjective is in order to get […]

Dawn Forbes DiStefano

Balance Sheet For Dawn Forbes DiStefano, it was the quintessential all-or-nothing proposition. As the search for a successor to Joan Kagan, Square One’s long-time president and CEO, commenced last summer, […]

Harry Dumay

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Three local college presidents are among only 13 nationwide to be recognized last week for leadership in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion by the […]