Birge to be inaugurated Friday


James Birge has served as president of MCLA since the Spring 2016 semester, overseeing diversity, inclusion and college climate initiatives for an entire year before his official inauguration, which will take place Friday at 2 p.m. in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the Church Street Center.

In an interview with The Beacon earlier this semester, Birge revealed his inauguration was planned purposefully close to events like the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), the last Green Living Seminar and SAC’s Spring Fest in hopes of using his inauguration to advertise the college to the surrounding community.

The inauguration will cost the college about $30,000.

Below is a list of events to coincide with the inauguration:


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Undergraduate Research Conference, in Murdock Hall, Bowman Hall, and Venable Gymnasium
4:00 p.m.: Circle Talk with Akilah Edgerton in Multicultural Resource Education Center

7:00 p.m.: Green Living Seminar lecture, Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation, Room 121


2:00 p.m.: Inauguration Ceremony, Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

3:15 p.m.: MCLA Community Reception in the Amsler Campus Center Marketplace / Centennial Room


9:00 a.m.: Alumni Association Board Meeting, Murdock Hall rm 218

10:00 a.m.: Delta Mu Delta induction ceremony, CSC Social Hall

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Community Art Mural Project, Campus Center walkway to the Quad

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Admissions Preview Day

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.: SAC Spring Fest

1:30 p.m.: Lacrosse Game, Zavatarro Athletic Complex

3:00 p.m.: A Chance to Dance: Jazz Funk in the Dance Complex