BCC Alum of the Month

Issue: # 1 September/2009
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In celebration of Berkshire Community College's 50th year, we are proud to feature a new program:  BCC Alum of the Month!  Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year, we will spotlight outstanding alumni who have made exceptional contributions to their professions or communities.  Through distribution of this E-Newsletter, we seek to recognize alumni who are doing interesting things in the world, and to celebrate the rich diversity of BCC alumni over the past 50 years.

Ellen M. Ruberto '66
Ellen and Jim Ruberto
For our first edition, we are pleased to recognize Ellen M. Ruberto.  Ellen left this world too soon on July 22, 2009.
Ellen attended Berkshire Community College on the Common, earning an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 1966.  She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1968.  Returning home to Pittsfield, Ellen taught fourth grade at Highland (now Capeless) Elementary School.  Ellen continued to teach at the grade school and college level as her husband Jim's career brought them to Delaware, Illinois, and Texas.
Ellen continued to pursue higher education, earning a Master of Arts degree at Concordia College, and a Master's of Business Administration at the University of Dallas.  She also held many positions in sales, marketing, and management.

footloose Ellen was devoted to public service, holding volunteer leadership positions in organizations such as Zonta International, in both Dallas and the Berkshires, and the University Club of Professional Women. 

She passionately led programs to build awareness of and prevent substance abuse and homelessness.
With all of this accomplishment, Ellen was proud to promote that she began her career at Berkshire Community College.  In fact, her husband Jim tells us that even though she went on to earn two Master's degrees, Ellen proclaimed that the best education she ever received was at BCC.  Bill Mulholland, BCC's Dean of Workforce Development and LifeLong Learning says that Ellen often told him that it was at BCC where she learned she was smart! 
Everyone who knew Ellen knows she was smart.  She brought joy and passion to all of her endeavors, including coming back to teach at BCC and supporting the college in many ways.  Ellen Ruberto was a model BCC Alumna and we salute her!

Photo credit:  Rosanne M. Frieri Photography 

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