MCLA Bow Tie PinI started wearing a bow tie after I earned my Ph.D. It was a reminder that I had accomplished something important, something special. Bow ties are different from other neckwear because it takes a special effort to tie them. You have to be confident to wear one—especially for the first time or in new settings. And you have to make a commitment to wear one.

Shortly after I arrived at MCLA, Trustee and MCLA Alumna Buffy Lord suggested that I have lapel pins made in the shape of a bowtie and in the colors of MCLA. She suggested I should give them to people who have exhibited those qualities of commitment, confidence, and effort. 

Not only is this a great idea, it fits perfectly with the values we seek to instill in MCLA students. Periodically, I’ll award these bow tie pins to members of our community as acknowledgement for their demonstrated commitment to or care for MCLA; their promotion of the values of MCLA with others; and for their experience committing great deeds of kindness. I will not always make the award publicly, but the awardees’ names will be registered in the President’s Office as having been acknowledged for their commitment to MCLA.

Since I arrived at MCLA, we have had fun with my fondness for bow ties. You can see the evidence of that by searching the #MCLAbowties hashtag on Twitter, or via this photo album.


Bow Tie Pin Recipients


Mohan Boodram, MCLA Trustee
Dan Colonno, MCLA Chief of Police


Dr. Aimée Bullett-Smith, DNP, MS, FNP-BC, Doctor of Nursing Practice/Nurse Practitioner, MCLA Health Services
Dr. Jacqueline Krzanik, DNP, MS, FNP-BC, Director of Health Services
Catherine Holbrook, Vice President, Student Affairs
Denise Marshall, MCLA Trustee
Kate Gigliotti, Director of Alumni Engagement and Donor Relations
Robert Ziomek '89, Vice President of Institutional Advancement


Thomas Bernard, Mayor of North Adams
Dan Trombley '90
Jana Boyer '93, Associate Director of Admission
Oscar Castro '18, Admission Counselor
Kolumbia Cook '18, Transfer Admission Counselor
Kayla Hollins '12, Associate Director of Admission
Erin Kennedy, Associate Director of Transfer Admission
Megan Lussier, Assistant Director of Admission
Ben Mancino, Admission Counselor
Judy Roy, Visit Coordinator
Sue Rusek, Admission Administrative Assistant
Alyssa Tomkwicz, Admission Counselor
Dayne Wahl, Assistant Director of Admission


Brian and Vikki Fairbank, Friends of MCLA


Susan Gold, Former Board of Trustee Chair
Erin Milne, Institutional Research
Diane Scott, Associate Professor Arts Management
Thomas Aceto, Former MCLA President
Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, MCLA Professor
Celia Norcross, Asst. Dean of Student Development and Engagement


Jake Eberwein, Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education
Sergeant Laura Lefebvre, MCLA Campus Police Officer
Gina Puc, Director of Admission
Adrienne Wootters, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


Jackie Kelly ‘17
Buffy Lord ’98, MCLA Trustee
Spencer Moser, Coordinator, MCLA Volunteer Center
Graziana Ramsden, MCLA Professor
Dan Trombley ’90, MCLA Foundation Board of Directors