Learning Institute at NEC | LINEC
Become a Member of LINEC!
The Learning Institute of New England College (or LINEC) is a program created to educate, entertain, and enhance life. This program offers non-credit, peer-led and peer-taught courses, totally volunteer, for the sheer pleasure of learning. It is open to both retired and younger adults.
LINEC classes are sponsored by the Learning Institute at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, for the benefit of its members and offers three terms each academic year, lasting approximately five to six weeks:
Fall (October and November)
Spring (April and May)
LINEC: NEC Box 75
New England College
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242
To registrar: 603.717.9632
LINEC Spring Term 2016
April 4 – May 12
Registration deadline this term is March 19th. Classes start April 4. See our LINEC Spring Courses Schedule here.
LINEC Spring 2016 Registration Form [to print]
Membership and Registration Fees
Membership fees for the academic year (September to August) are:
$35 for an individual
$50 for a household
After membership fees are paid each year, registration for each term is $15. Members may take as many courses as they desire during that term. Fees and registration costs cover the expenses of printing, mailing, and administering the LINEC program.
Note: Summer registration is $15 per person, valid for the summer semester only.
- Catalogs describing all LINEC courses to be offered for each term
- Invitation to LINEC’s annual meeting held every September at NEC
- Borrow LINEC course tapes and videos that are stored in the Danforth Library
- Reduced fee for per-credit NEC courses
- Ability to audit one NEC course per semester on a space-available basis at no cost
- Invitations to special college events at NEC
- Use of the resources at the NEC’s Danforth Library
Questions or to Request a Catalog
LINEC, NEC Box 75
New England College
Henniker, NH 03242
Fran Philippe, Curriculum Chair, 603.717.9632
Here’s What Members Say About LINEC
“LINEC assures lifelong learners that there is no end to inquiry, no end to education, no end to the pleasure of learning.”
– Heleen Kurk, Weare
“LINEC is a great way to share one’s love of learning with others.”
– Gail Beckett, Henniker
“As a retired teacher I thoroughly enjoyed presenting material to a class of other retirees. I found that I learned far more than I anticipated due to the questions raised by a roomful of mature inquiring minds with varied backgrounds.”
– George Chase, Hopkinton
“Each spring and fall I can’t wait for classes to begin. And the “Current Issues” course I look forward to throughout the year.”
– Sally Chase, Hopkinton
“LINEC courses have enriched my life and given me the opportunity to meet people I really enjoy.”
– Sandy Dallaire, Concord
“LINEC is a wonderful way to keep learning, spending time and making friendships.”
– Judith Eliasberg, Concord
“LINEC‘s classes have given me the chance to fill in a lot of the courses there just wasn’t time for in college. It has been wonderful to learn with LINEC’s lively students.”
– Rosanne Fisch, Bow
“It’s the opportunity to enjoy, be entertained and enrich the next stage of one’s life.”
– Helen Moffatt, Contoocook
Steering Committee 2015-2016
This committee administers the programs and tends the business of the organization.
Chair: Steve Waters, 746-1079
Vice Chair: Lee Marcroft
Secretary: Charlotte DeBell
Treasurer: Lee DeBell
Registrar/Membership: Heleen Kurk
Curriculum: Fran Philippe, Chair 717-9632
Catalog: Edda Poggio, Chair; Fran Philippe, Layout;
Anne McCausland, Nola Jordan and Gail Beckett, editors
Nominating: Jane Waters, Susan Feltus
Mailing: Abbyann Wasilew
Publicity/Marketing: Alice Nye
Website: Tamara Craig (liaison), Dave Wasilew
Auditor: Judy Eliasberg
College Liaison: Sachiko Howard
Contributing Member: Louise Cyr
History of LINEC
New England College has been involved in providing educational opportunities for older adults since the beginning of the Elder-hostel program which had roots at NEC. The College wanted to create an institute for learning in retirement for those adults who live within commuting distance of the College. The Institute would provide non-credit college-level courses.
In the early fall of 1989, an invitation to attend a planning meeting for the new institute was issued by Professor of Economics, Thea Braiterman, and Professor of Education, Marvin Seperson. Jim Verschuren, then the Director of Elderhostel’s Office of Support and Development, was the principal speaker.
Two meetings followed in November. Eighteen people paid the first membership dues – on good faith! The late Marvin Braiterman was the first Chair. Committees were formed and the first statement of policy was drafted.
Classes started in the spring of 1990. The rest is history, which is well documented in course brochures, Steering Committee and Annual Meeting minutes. At our Annual Meeting in the fall of 2014 LINEC celebrated its 25th Anniversary. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of those who guided LINEC through its formative years and by the talents and gifts of its members since that time.
LINEC continues to offer courses in most disciplines: science and technology, philosophy, literature, art and music, social sciences, mathematics and film. Members are invited to offer suggestions for future courses.
LINEC is a member of the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN)
LINEC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration took place in the Great Room at the Simon Center at NEC, on September 13, 2014. Luncheon was served at noon, followed by a welcome by Stephen Waters, LINEC Chair; a welcome by Michele Perkins, NEC president and by guest speaker, Steve Lembke, Vice President of Road Scholar Institute. A recognition of LINEC’s faculty and honored guests ensued. Over 65 members attended. Please click on the link and view wonderful photos taken during this event by Dave Feltus.