Maya McFadden ’19 was hired by her hometown newspaper, the New Haven Independent, only days after graduating from MCLA this past December. The Independent’s editor was already familiar with her work. McFadden was the recipient of a 2019 Ellen J. Bernstein Journalism Internship award, which allowed her to write for the paper during her summer break.
We're reflecting back on the impressions all our MCLA students made this year. The following students were recognized at the end of the Spring 2020 semester for going above and beyond in their studies, as club and organization leaders, and as community citizens.
In the midst of a pandemic, five MCLA students have stepped up to provide help with tech needs for the College community.
While nothing can replace an in-person visit to the campus, the MCLA Office of Admission has been making sure prospective students and their families can experience the College's unique charms in other ways during the pandemic shutdown.
Through the pandemic, and through the summer, MCLA's Counseling Services staff have been reaching out to students, offering mental health support, and distributing information about how to maintain some consistency through a crisis.
By networking with a fellow MCLA grad and Pi Upsilon Omega sister, Sally Shaughnessy '02 began her career in project management at Digitas in 2005, and has been in the field ever since. "I owe my entire career to networking through my sorority sister," said Shaughnessy.
Last year's recipient of an inaugural $5,000 Massachusetts Society of Certified Professional Accountants (MSCPA) scholarship is also this year's winner of MSCPA's first $10,000 scholarship. MCLA junior Crystal C. Wojcik, a business major with a concentration in accounting, said it's an exciting feeling to know she's received the highest scholarship from MSCPA two years in a row.
As a vice president of business development for PPD® Laboratories Bioanalytical Lab, Amy Tibbetts '97 has created a career for herself in the science field that makes good use of her people skills to bring novel compounds from the lab to the patients who need them.
Educator Sara Luciani's goal was to become a school principal by the age of 30. Three years ago, she turned 30 and became the head of Stearns Elementary School in Pittsfield, Mass. "I'm pretty young to be a principal," she said, "and I knew it would be difficult, but I did it."