BCC Alum of the Month

Issue: # 8April/2010
Upcoming Events 

An Evening with the O'Haras, a 50th Anniversary special event, April 27

Alumni After Hours Social, Taylor's, North Adams  May 11
BCC Alumni Day at Fenway, May 12
BCC's 50th Commencement, June 4
Party at the Peak, a benefit atop Mt. Greylock for the BCC Foundation Annual Fund, June 5
BCC Music and Arts Festival - a free fun community day with live music, food, art exhibits and crafters, June 19
 click below to visit the website, or call 413-236-2188 for more information
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A benefit for the BCC Foundation Annual Fund
Call (413)236-2188 for more information.
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June 19, 2010
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Nominate an Alum
Each month throughout the 2009-2010 year, we will recognize a BCC alumnus. If you would like to nominate a fellow classmate, please contact Jennifer Kerwood, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at (413)236-2188 or jkerwood@berkshirecc.edu.  Include the alum's name, class year, and an interesting story or examples of exceptional achievement.

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Visit the Alumni Page to update your contact information and share your story, or read the latest edition of the BCC News.  All former BCC students and graduates are alumni to us!
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In celebration of Berkshire Community College's 50th year, we are proud to feature the 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.

Rev. Canon Stephen Booth

Steve Booth on campus

Stephen Booth on a recent visit to the BCC Campus with Eleanore Velez, BCC's Multicultural Admissions Counselor.  
Stephen Booth was born and educated in the north of England, before emigrating to Pittsfield in 1960 with his parents.  His father began a job at the former Pittsfield General Hospital.  Stephen, then only 16 years old, enrolled in BCC's first class in September, 1960. 
 From the very beginning, Berkshire Community College attracted an international student population.
Steve remembers that it was an adjustment adapting to the less formal and co-ed classes at BCC in contrast to his schooling in England. He remembers that the faculty and administrators were exceedingly helpful and kind, remembering especially Dean Grace Myers and English Professor Clara Park. On a recent visit to BCC, Steve told the story of taking the SAT's at Pittsfield High School.  He knew he would have to take the exam for college admissions, but had no coaching or preparation and simply followed instructions to show up at PHS on a Saturday morning. It was the first time he had taken a multiple-choice test, and the first exam he ever took in pencil!
He must have done well as Steve gained entry into Amherst College in the fall of 1961.  After graduating in 1965, he stayed on to work at the newly opened Frost Library.  He then went onto the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest and the University of Texas in Austin, studying theology and history.  He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1971.
Steven served the Episcopal Church as both a parish priest and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College, Toronto and as Chaplain of the University of Toronto.
Following service in Uganda during the winter of 2000, Stephen completed a graduate diploma in International Rural Development Planning before returning to East Africa in the winter of 2002, where, in addition to teaching both planning and theology, he pursued research on the Nile Basin Initiative. This ten-nation watershed based conservation initiative was the subject of a year's further research while a Senior Resident at Massey College, University of Toronto, 2002-2003.
Rev. Canon Stephen BoothStephen and his wife, Gillian Rowan-Legg, came back to the Berkshires to be nearer to Steve's father. He is now in his seventh year as the beloved Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox. In appreciation for the educational opportunity Berkshire Community College offered to him, Steve has joined the BCC Foundation's 1960 Society, ensuring that future students have similar opportunities.
At left, Steve Booth administers a blessing.

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