President’s Speaker Series Hosts Venture Capital and Angel Investor: Alumnus Jeffrey Finkle
September 26, 2016Posted in Event Press Release
New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting alumnus, entrepreneur, and venture and angel investor Jeffrey Finkle ’80. Mr. Finkle will speak with students and the NEC community Thursday, October 13, at 6:00 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Finkle is a 1980 graduate of New England College, where he earned his BA in Business Administration/Finance. He is a gifted leader and executive, and an expert in venture capital and angel investing. Recently Mr. Finkle was named one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch (alleywatch.com).
Mr. Finkle presently serves as Chairman of the Evaluation Committee and Treasurer of the ARC Angel Fund, and is Co-Director of the Reitler Advisory Group: which provides mentoring and advisory services to early stage technology companies and venture fund administration services to general partners of micro VC funds.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff back on campus,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Jeff is a highly accomplished NEC graduate. His comments are sure to be thought-provoking and insightful. Our students benefit greatly from direct interaction and conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from Jeff as he shares his expertise, experiences, and evolution from NEC student to entrepreneur and venture and angel investor.”
Mr. Finkle is a frequent panelist, speaker, and judge on venture investing and pitch competitions in New York. He also guest lectures and holds office hours for numerous entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators. Mr. Finkle served as Chairman of Servicechannel.com until its acquisition in 2014. Prior to his work with Angel and Seed groups, he was a Partner of Odeon Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund. In addition, Mr. Finkle has served in a variety of executive roles including corporate development, product management, and marketing.
Mr. Finkle also serves as Chairman of the Board of Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), a not-for-profit organization offering residential, clinical, and day programs to 9,000 individuals with developmental, psychological, and behavioral disabilities in New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island.
About the President’s Speaker Series:
Each year the President’s Speaker Series at New England College brings to campus prominent leaders and innovators from business, nonprofits, public policy, and issue areas that are interesting, insightful, and engaging for students and members of the community.
NECN to Broadcast Live Debates with WKXL, WGIR-AM, and Concord Monitor
New England College is pleased to announce that it will host candidate debates for both U.S. Senate and N.H. Governor on its Henniker, N.H. campus in early October. The debates are being produced in collaboration with media partners New England Cable News (NECN), the Concord Monitor, and radio stations WKXL, and WGIR-AM. The US Senate and gubernatorial debates will be televised and broadcast live on NECN, WKXL, and WGI-AM.
The debates will lead off with the first-time debate between Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Governor Maggie Hassen for US Senate. The debate will be held Monday, October 3rd, from 7-8 PM.
Two days later Executive Councilors Chris Sununu (R) and Colin Van Ostern (D) will meet in a gubernatorial debate. The debate will be held Wednesday, October 5th, from 7-8 PM.
“The Center for Civic Engagement at New England College could not be more thrilled to be hosting a debate series in advance of November’s general election,” said New England College Political Science Professor Wayne Lesperance. “NEC’s Center exists to promote civic engagement and actively involved citizenship among our students, staff and faculty,” explained Lesperance. “That we will have the very first U.S. Senate debate of this election cycle and a gubernatorial debate is incredibly exciting for our community.”
WGIR to Host Live In-studio Debates in July/August with Concord Monitor and NECN –
New England College is proud to announce a series of primary debates between candidates for major offices in New Hampshire, including Congress and Governor. Working with media partners WGIR radio, NECN and the Concord Monitor, the live debates will be held in the Manchester studios as part of “New Hampshire Today” with Jack Heath.
The debate series will lead off with the first-time debate between Republicans Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta in the First District GOP Congressional Primary. The debate will be held next Wednesday, July 20th, from 8-9 am.
“These races are taking shape and there’s not much time before the voters must head to the polls to decide these primaries,” says Jack Heath, moderator and questioner for the series of radio debates, and host of NH Today, on iHeartRadio. “We will explore a number of issues that are important to the people of our state, including health care, the drug epidemic, the budget, jobs and veterans’ issues. We are honored to host these in-studio debates.”
The other debates are as follows:
GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate – July 27th
Dem Gubernatorial Primary Debate – August 10th
GOP 2nd Dist. Cong Primary Debate – August 17th
As media co-sponsor, the Concord Monitor’s Allie Morris and Jonathan VanFleet will participate in each of the four radio debates. New England Cable News will provide spot news coverage of the debate series. In addition, Dr. Wayne Lesperance, of New England College, will provide commentary for each of the debates.
“As sponsor and organizer of these primary debates, we hope to be fulfilling a critical public service by creating a process that will help inform voters going into the September primary,” explains Dr. Lesperance. “This is an historic election cycle and we know that in a presidential cycle, voter turnout is typically very high. These races are also important to the future of our state and our country, and we are thrilled to be playing a small, but critical role in the election process.”
Working closely with New England Cable News, WGIR, and the Concord Monitor as media partners, New England College intends to host a similar series of live, televised debates in October, featuring the primary winners and candidates for major office in New Hampshire this fall. Organizers are finalizing details for those upcoming debates, which will be hosted on campus at NEC in Henniker.
July 14, 2016
New England College Committed to the Art of Teaching –
Dozens of teachers and academic administrators eagerly began the first day of a very popular and professionally rewarding annual event. The Summer Institute for Educators has been offered at New England College for 15 years and will hold classes June 23-24 and June 27-28 at the Henniker, New Hampshire campus. Educators learn from custom courses that are developed in response to the real needs and goals of area schools and institutions. Participants earn accreditation-required contact hours, graduate program credits, and expertise on innovative tools, technologies, and methods that enhance teaching effectiveness and improve student learning.
“We know educators want and need to stay fresh,” said Dr. Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Program Director for the Summer Institute for Educators and Associate Dean of New England College’s Education Division. “Our courses change each year and are a reflection of what information is needed by teachers and educators in the field.”
One example is a course entitled A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline and is a direct result of schools in Massachusetts needing help from teachers. Another course, From Tinkering to Understanding, is helping teachers think about new ways to enhance their STEM curriculums. All courses offer specific learning objectives and skill development (see full course list below).
Instructors at the Summer Institute for Educators bring a wealth of knowledge into the classroom. In addition to rich experience from years of working with a variety of students in a wide range of educational settings, these practitioners provide academic depth that comes from their own advanced training and pursuit of masters and doctorate degrees.
“The Summer Institute for Educators is a great way for teachers to get work done,” said David Brown, M.Ed., a former Army officer who taught physical education for 18 years at Derry Middle School and new Assistant Principal at Barka Elementary in Derry, NH. “Instead of seven weeks – which is a long time when you’re juggling a job and family – I will complete my Research Practicum in four days.”
David learned about New England College and the Summer Institute for Educators from several leaders in his field. His principal received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from New England College and their superintendent is an online professor for the school. “The experience here is very personal.”
Kimber Stannard never thought she would pursue a master’s degree. A bright special education teacher at Dunbarton Elementary School, Kimber was encouraged by her administration and her family to advance in her career. Her mother-in-law received her Master’s degree in Education from New England College and spoke highly of the accessibility and understanding she received from the faculty. Today Kimber is concentrating her M.Ed. work on curriculum and instruction, and wishes she started the process sooner. “I was afraid I wasn’t able to handle it, but it’s totally doable. This is my second time at the Summer Institute for Educators and it’s a great feeling to complete significant work in four intensive days.”
Before Amy Schaeffner became an 8th Grade science teacher at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, she spent 10 years teaching biology at Concord High School and the New Hampshire Technical Institute. She loves being in the classroom, interacting with students, and pushing herself to learn more about her craft. “I think it’s important to stay up to date with the current research and teaching methods,” she said while taking a quick break from her work at the Summer Institute for Educators. “I’m earning credits toward my M.Ed. and really appreciate having my advisor available as a resource. I am getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time and the entire process has been very fulfilling.”
- A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline
- Designing a Classroom Communication Tool
- Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education
- Dynamics of Educational Reform and Systems Change
- From Tinkering to Understanding
- Movement Breaks: Benefits for the Whole Child
- Research Practicum I
- Research Practicum II
- Student Centered Learning: Less Us, More Them
- The Art of Social Problem-Solving: Technique and Mystique
- The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning
Registration Open for Annual NEC Summer Institute for Educators
April 12, 2016Posted in Event News Press Release
New England College will present its annual Summer Institute for Educators this coming June 23, 24, 27, and 28. The Institute will be held on NEC’s Henniker, NH campus. Course listings, Institute details, and registration are available at www.nec.edu/sie.
Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Institute Director and Associate Dean of Education at New England College said “The Summer Institute for Educators is an outstanding professional opportunity for educators and pre-service teachers to further their knowledge and share their experiences and insights with colleagues.” Nitschke-Shaw noted that a wide range of intensive courses will be offered by highly skilled, active practitioners. “The Summer Institute for Educator’s focus is to present new research, innovative tools, and advanced teaching methods that enhance educational effectiveness and improve student learning.” All courses will be offered for either NEC graduate credits or for professional development contact hours.
This year’s course offerings include: “Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education,” “Teaching Experientially: Using Intentional Instruction to Create Motivation in the Classroom,” “Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Action to Meet ESSA Requirements,” “ENGAGE Students in Science,” and “The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning.”
The New England College Department of Theatre will present A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, April 14-16 at 7:30 pm and April 17 at 3:00 pm in the Mainstage Theatre.
A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.
Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity. “…hilarious and touching.” “…a thoughtful and superbly written comedy.” “The Dining Room serves a banquet of theatrical riches.”
We have a place at the table set for you. Be sure to join us. Live music will be performed by the company 30 minutes prior to each performance, so come early and enjoy! For more information and to reserve your tickets visit: The Dining Room
NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Chris Christie
January 28, 2016Posted in Event News Press Release
New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 4:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.
Christie’s Town Hall Meeting is the thirteenth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.
For details visit: www.nec.edu/events/governor-chris-christie-town-hall-meeting
New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at 10:00 AM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.
Cruz’s Town Hall Meeting is the twelfth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College. www.nec.edu/events/sen-ted-cruz-town-hall-meeting
Learn more about Sen. Cruz at www.tedcruz.org
NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Martin O’Malley
January 20, 2016Posted in Event News Press Release
New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Democratic presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley, Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 11:00 AM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.
O’Malley’s Town Hall Meeting is the eleventh in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.
Learn more about Gov. O’Malley at www.martinomalley.com
Acting Supreme Court Justice Addresses NEC Student Body
January 15, 2016Posted in Event News Press Release
January 21, 2016
New England College Alumnus Franc Perry Headlines Annual Event, Celebrates Diversity
On Wednesday, January 20, New England College began its 70th year with a reflection on its history and a celebration of diversity. The College’s annual Founders Day was highlighted by inspirational remarks by noted alumnus and current Acting Supreme Court Justice, W. Franc Perry, III. Judge Perry graduated from New England College in 1983 and later became the youngest member as well as the first African American to join the College’s Board of Trustees.
“Judge Perry embodies both the mission and the spirit of New England College,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “He is the ideal role model for our students in that he has achieved tremendous professional success, has dedicated his life to public service, and continues to embrace the arts and humanities. Franc is the true product of a liberal arts education and is a perfect example of a life well lived. We are deeply honored that he continues to be engaged with New England College and we were thrilled to celebrate his return to Henniker as our Founders Day Speaker. Our students and indeed our entire community were moved upon hearing of his personal and professional journey.”
New England College was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 25 institutions nationally for growth in diversity of its student body. In 1990 NEC’s student population mirrored that of the State’s with 2% of its enrollment composed of students of color. Today, that number is above 35% for its undergraduate population and growing steadily through strategic outreach efforts. It is generally accepted that colleges with student populations made up of wide-ranging economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds provide an educationally stimulating experience for students. “We are proud to be a leader in our State and in our region for the richness of culture and experience our student body exemplifies,” continued President Perkins.
W. Franc Perry, III attended George Washington University’s National Law Center and concentrated in International Law. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree with Honors, Judge Perry worked as a medical malpractice defense attorney and was later appointed as a Principal Court Attorney to the Appellate Term, First Department of the State of New York. In 2001 Judge Perry took a sabbatical leave to earn a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary where he concentrated in Church History and Homiletics. After becoming an ordained Pastor, Judge Perry returned to law as a Principal Court Attorney for the Manhattan Civil Court and was elected as a Judge of the Civil Court of the State of New York where he presided over Custody, Visitation, and Family Offense Cases. He was recently appointed Acting Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York. Judge Perry has served on numerous boards and been a role model for the community. On Founders Day he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws.
The celebration of Founders Day was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of those who founded New England College. Founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of the country’s military men and women returning from World War II, New England College sought to expand the horizons of a new generation of students. Today the College offers over 30 undergraduate programs, dozens of graduate and professional programs, and one doctorate program. Nearly 35% of New England College’s incoming on-campus undergraduate class identify themselves as students of color. The College also enjoys undergraduate enrollment that includes the highest percentage of African American students in the state.
Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Commencement in May and Convocation in September. The ceremony is designed to acknowledge the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year and was held in Bridges Gym on 14 Grove Street, Henniker.