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Business: Making News

  • AELAN TIERNEY

  •  ELORA SIMKINS


Wednesday, January 31, 2018
First time homebuyer class

EASTHAMPTON — Valley Community Development and Easthampton Savings Bank will hold a series of first-time homebuyer classes on Wednesdays, March, 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Easthampton Savings, 241 Northampton St. To register contact Fern Selesnick at fs@valleycdc.com, or call 586-5855 extension 160.

Participants are eligible to apply for competitive first-time homebuyer mortgages. Fee is $50.

Tierney president at Kuhn Riddle 

AMHERST — Aelan B. Tierney has become the third principal and the president of Kuhn Riddle Architects. Tierney joins Jonathan Salvon and Charles Roberts, who became principals in 2010 when Chris Riddle retired. John Kuhn will continue to work on selected projects.

Kuhn Riddle Architects moves into the future as a woman-owned architecture firm, as Tierney now owns the majority share of the company. She will continue to work on architectural project design, while also taking on a larger role in day-to-day management of the firm focusing on business growth and maintaining a strong connection with clients and business partners.

Projects in which Tierney has played a lead role include the Amherst Montessori School and Children First in Granby, the Kringle Candle flagship store and the Farm Table Restaurant in Bernardston, the Historic Easthampton Town Hall Performance Space for CitySpace, the Northeast Veterans Rehabilitation and Training Center in Gardner, the Olympia Oaks Multifamily affordable housing in Amherst; the PVPA Charter School Theater in South Hadley, and projects at American International College, Western New England University and Elms College.

Big Y gives over $209,000 to local breast cancer

SPRINGFIELD — In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative “Partners of Hope” to 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Local centers receiving funds include La Esperanza Health Education Center and The Pink Way, both in Holyoke; and Cancer-Connection and Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health Care, both in Northampton.

UMass admissions official named to national panel

AMHERST — Jon Westover, a senior associate director of admissions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named to a national committee of 50 higher education administrators and supporters, created to inform and influence the next reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act.

Members of the Higher Education Committee of 50 were appointed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The group will spend the next year examining policy areas related to higher education access, affordability, accountability and transparency and will produce practical solutions and recommendations for members of Congress.

The legislation is expected to touch on numerous issues, including improved preparation for graduates entering the work force, sexual assault on campus and free speech policies.

Westover has worked in college admissions for 20 years. He currently manages the recruitment and selection of the UMass incoming first-year class of about 4,650 students from an applicant pool of 43,000 students from across the world.

YoungerUSA analyst travels to Beijing

AMHERST — Research analyst and UMass alumna Elora Simkins has traveled to Beijing under the wing of YoungerUSA, LLC — an Amherst biotech company that believes studying live samples in an optimal physiological state is crucial to revealing life functions in all scientific fields, including personalized chemotherapy for cancer treatment, drug efficacy evaluation, and biomonitoring of environmental hazards.

Simkins will join forces with Chinese scientists and her colleagues at sister companies Xuyue Co, and Xuyue BioFunction Institute, and spend three weeks speaking with top innovative scientists using non-invasive micro-test technology to pioneer research.

Simkins and her colleagues will get to share in this experience and form a relationship that transcends the workplace, visiting cultural highlights such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall.

Parsons wins 2nd in corn yield contest

HADLEY — Matt Parsons recently won state second place in the A Non-Irrigated division of the 2017 National Corn Growers Association’s corn yield contest. Parsons won with Pioneer P0843AM brand corn, which yielded 270.0564 bushels per acre.

DuPont Pioneer growers took home nearly 50 percent of the state awards. The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual U.S. competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today’s corn hybrids.