Business Briefs: Traveler’s Choice award for Hotel on North; Teddi C. Laurin Scholarship awarded; new board members for IS183; grants to support Williams’ ‘Served’
Hotel on North earns 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award
Pittsfield — Hotel on North has been honored in the Best Service category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels. The Pittsfield property ranked 11th out of 25 hotels from across the nation that were recognized with the award. Now in their 15th year, the Traveler’s Choice Awards are judged by hotel guests.
“We are extremely honored and excited to receive the Traveler’s Choice Award,” states Hotel on North’s general manager Paul M. Clark. “It is all the more rewarding because it comes directly from our guests and reflects the warmth and hospitality our team is committed to provide every day. Our passion is providing uniquely memorable experiences while delivering exceptional personalized service to every person who visits with us. This reward acknowledges those efforts.”
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The inaugural Teddi C. Laurin Scholarship award
Pittsfield — Laurin Publishing Company presented the first Teddi C. Laurin Scholarship to Kaitlyn Williams, a graduate student in the University of Arizona’s optical engineering program. Williams, who completed an undergraduate degree from the same institution last spring, is focusing her work on lens design with application in telescopic camera systems.
Co-funded by Photonics Media and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the $5,000 scholarship was created to raise awareness of optics and photonics and to foster growth and success in the industry by supporting students involved in photonics. The scholarship is offered on an annual basis and has committed funding for the next 15 years. A formal presentation of the scholarship occurred at SPIE’s autumn optics and photonics conference in San Diego.
Laurin, who passed away in November 2015, entered the worlds of optics and publishing in the early 1960s, working alongside former Eastman Kodak physicist Dr. Clifton M. Tuttle on a one-volume annual optical industry directory. When Tuttle retired, Laurin took over management of the Photonics Industry Directory, expanding it over the years into a four-volume compendium that included the Photonics Handbook and Photonics Dictionary. Laurin received numerous honors during her business career and served on the boards of the Optical Society of America, the Engineering Council of the Optical Society of America and the American Business Press Publisher Committee.
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IS183 gains new board members
Stockbridge — The board of directors of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires has announced the addition of board members Joyce Bernstein, Rose Ellis and Robin Schultz Gerber.
Bernstein serves on the board of trustees of MASS MoCA and is active in private and public community development projects, refugee resettlement, international travel, conservation and farming. She is a gardener, film buff and a collector of contemporary art. She lives with her husband, Larry, in New Marlborough.
Ellis, a former superintendent of schools in Williamstown, has dedicated her education leadership career to promoting education that is high quality, future-focused and innovative. Today she works with nonprofit organizations on visioning their futures, developing strategic plans and optimizing internal processes. She lives in Williamstown with her husband, attorney Steven Green.
Gerber, of Robin Schultz Interior Design, has donated design services to the Bergen County Players in Oradell, New Jersey. She was recently elected to the board of Berkshire Playwrights Lab and lives with her husband, Stan, and their two Shih Tzus in New Marlborough.
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Grants for Williams ‘served’ dance project
Williamstown — Williams College has announced two recent grants that will be used to support the creation and presentation of a 2018 dance project featuring workers from Williams College Dining Services in collaboration with the Austin, Texas-based modern dance company Forklift Danceworks.
A $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will be used to bring students and the Dining Services workers together in the creation and performance of a new work. “Served” will be a dance/theater merger based upon the movements of Dining Services workers and will be performed by the workers themselves. “Served” also received a $44,000 grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. The NEFA grant will support creation of a new “Served” work at Williams and create similar works with employees at partnering universities including Wake Forest University and the University of Houston. Forklift Danceworks received an additional $18,000 toward the premier of “Served” at Williams through a further NEFA Production Residency Award.
Research on the project started in January when three students shadowed Dining Services workers to learn more about their lives and work. That research will help form the basis for the project, which will bring Forklift’s artistic director Allison Orr, Forklift’s associate choreographer Krissie Marty, and assistant Clara Pinsky to campus for a multiple-visit residency during which Marty and Pinsky will teach a course that will see Williams students, faculty and staff designing and rehearsing the “Served” dance with Dining Services employees. The debut performance is tentatively planned for February 2018.