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Open Door Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s King Lear

June 3, 2014

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“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods.

They kill us for their sport.”

The Open Door Theatre at New England College will present William Shakespeare’s King Lear on July 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. and July 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mainstage Theatre on 58 Depot Hill Road in Henniker.

The aging and misguided King Lear decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Deceived by false promises and rejecting his one faithful daughter Lear’s kingdom spirals into chaos and violence as he is driven into madness by the cruel treatment of his own family.  Lear continues to be a resonant and relevant meditation on the indelible connection of family and the power of redemption.  This modern dress production explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil.

King Lear is truly one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. It is both electrifying epic tragedy and gripping domestic drama: a tale of kings and princesses and fathers and daughters.  But most of all it is about the fundamental human need to be loved and how blindingly and instinctively we rely on our families and how shocked and solitary we feel when that trust is betrayed.

Please join us for this profoundly moving play and help the Open Door Theatre continue its tradition of making classic plays relevant and accessible for 21st century audiences.

Tickets: $12.00 General Public, $10.00 Students, Seniors and members of NEC Community

For reservations or more information please call 428-2382 or email nectheatre@nec.edu

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NEC Hosts Response Drill with Henniker Fire & Rescue

April 1, 2014

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On Wednesday, March 27, the New England College Emergency Response Committee, in conjunction with the Henniker Fire & Rescue Department held a fire with hazardous material drill on the NEC campus to test, practice, and evaluate emergency response procedures.

“This was a great opportunity for the town departments and area emergency responders to practice at the College,” said Chief Keith Gilbert, Henniker Fire Department. “By working together we were able to identify issues and debrief as a community so we can operate more efficiently during a real situation.”

Lessons learned include securing a controlled location for the information officer to be able to send messages to the community in a timely manner, including input from building coordinators throughout campus, and structuring plans customized for the building in question.

“I was very pleased with the outcome of the drill and the way it was conducted,” said Bill Christiano, Director of Campus Safety at New England College. “We thank all the agencies, faculty, and staff for their participation.”

Lessons learned from the drill will be integrated into the College’s Emergency Response Guide, improving the speed and effectiveness of any future emergency response.


New England College Art Gallery to Showcase Large Scale Sculpture

March 25, 2014

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Sculptor Andy Moerlein will fill the New England College Art Gallery with a room sized installation from March 25- May 1, 2014.  In this artistic and symbolic representation, Andy Moerlein presents a varied collection of materials in an interesting combination of textures and implied content using tar, feathers, water, wood and a fabricated stonewall to characterize concerns about the current moment in human history.

Moerlein’s work has a storyteller’s attitude – a tightrope walk between naturalism and symbolism.  For this special exhibit, Moerlein has fabricated an installation that references his recent residency in Cusco, Peru.  “Visiting a place like Peru, with a society that is thousands of years old, I am confronted by our present pace as a culture,” says Moerlein.  “What stories do we share that build towards a healthy positive community?  How can we refocus our fossil fuel based civilization and still provide the best of what current and future technology can produce?  I am unsettled that we do not have a mythic hero that will inspire us.  In this exhibit I am making evident my own feelings of our human trajectory.”

The exhibit, called “Podering the Unthinkable” will be open to the public at the New England College Art Gallery.

Pondering the Unthinkable

New Sculpture By Andy Moerlein

March 25 – May 1, 2014

New England College Art Gallery

39 Main Street

Henniker, NH

Tuesday- Thursday 11 AM to 6 PM

Friday 11 AM to 4 PM

Special Reception: Thursday April 3 from 4-7:00 PM

Image: Demise 10′ x 35′ x 12′ high

Wood, tar, feathers, water, handmade stones 2014

Photo credit: John W Hession

 About Andy Moerlein

Andy Moerlein is known for large scale sculptures and installations. He has a home and studio in Bow, New Hampshire and teaches at The Derryfield School in Manchester. Moerlein’s large handmade “stones” were featured on The Christian Science Plaza in Boston in 2011, and he was the 2012 Artist in Residence at The Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA.  Moerlein spent December and January at an Artist Residency in Cusco, Peru.  See his blog of the experience at: http://andymoerlein.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_20.html

Spotlight on Student Work Announced | Apply Here

March 24, 2014

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On Friday, April 25, New England College in Henniker NH will be celebrating Undergraduate Scholarly Work at the Spotlight on Students from 1-4:00 pm in the Simon Center Great Room and Center for Educational Innovation. 

This event is open to any New England College student or Community College student in New Hampshire. New England College community members and faculty mentors are encouraged to attend. Students who have conducted a significant scholarly work are encouraged to apply to this event. The event will include talks from students, poster sessions and other works. Registration is free and snacks and beverages will be served at the event.

To submit an entry please fill out Spotlight on Students form. Deadline is April 7.

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Aaron B. Daniels Releases New book

March 18, 2014

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Aaron B. Daniels new book “Jungian Crime Scene Analysis: An Imaginal Investigation”

Mark your Calendars: Aaron B. Daniels will visit NEC Concord on April 23 at 6 PM where he will promote his new book, Jungian Crime Scene Analysis: An Imaginal Investigation.  and have copies available for purchase.

About the Book

This book presents the serial killer as having ‘imagopathy’ – that is, a disorder of the imagination – manifested through such deficiencies as failure of empathy, rigid fantasies, and unresolved projections. The author argues that this disorder is a form of failed alchemy. His study challenges long-held assumptions that the Jungian concept of individuation is a purely healthful drive. Serial killers are unable to form insight after projecting untenable material onto their victims. Criminal profilers must therefore effect that insight informed by their own reactions to violent crime scene imagery, using what the author asserts is a form of Jung’s ‘active imagination’. This book posits sexual homicides as irrational shadow images in our rationalistic modern culture. Consequently, profilers bridge conscious and unconscious for the inexorably splintered killer as well as the culture at large.

After establishing the dark fictional and non-fictional landscape of criminal profiling, Jungian Crime Scene Analysis examines how two experts, John Douglas and Robert Ressler, tacitly apply imaginal techniques in order to gather evidence about their quarries. Jungian approaches to active imagination and counter transference help to define this forensic project, grounded in the archetypal psychology concept of image.

About the Author

Aaron B. Daniels teaches clinical psychology at New England College in New Hampshire. He holds degrees from: Baldwin Wallace College (BA); Duquesne University (MA), where he studied existential phenomenology; and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PhD), where his degree emphasized the depth tradition. After working for a decade in private and public practice, he transitioned into academia. His previous two works, Imaginal Reality, Volume One: Journey to the Voids and Imaginal Reality, Volume Two: Voidcraft both appeared in 2011. Written with Laura M. Daniels, they are syntheses of imaginal psychology with existential principles.

To purchase, come to the signing at NEC Concord, visit your local bookstore or online through Amazon.

Don’t Let the Holidays Get You Down: presentation at NEC Concord

February 11, 2014

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Don’t Let The Holidays Get You Down 

The Holidays can be a time to reflect, enjoy, and gather with loved ones. They can also be a nightmare of stress, obligations, and excess. For those struggling with mental health issues the season can also bring special struggles. How can we best reclaim our Holidays?

New England College in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness – New Hampshire invites you to attend a public discussion led by a panel of experts that will help you create your own traditions, make time for reflection, and enjoy the holidays again.

Presenters include:

Bernie Seifert, LICSW, Coordinator of Older Adult Programs, NAMI NH & Geriatric Mental Health Education Coordinator, Northern New England Geriatric Education Center at Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, Aaron Daniels, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, New England College, Kittie M. Weber, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology, New England College.

December 3, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

New England College  Concord  62 North Main Street, Concord, Nh

Free And Open To The Public



Spring Honor Society Members Recognized for Achievements

January 31, 2014

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This afternoon we will be initiating a group of fraternity men and sorority women into two Greek honor societies, Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha.  This ceremony is set to take place at 2:00 PM in the Simon Center Great Room.

The following students will be initiated into Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society:

Sarah Vita
Kristen Walker
Theophile Nkengfack
James Patten
Jonathan Russell
Irina Mesmer

The following student will be inducted into Order of Omega honor society:
Theophile Nkengfack

Below are the requirements and purpose of the organizations:

Gamma Sigma Alpha:

Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society (GSA) is the premier organization committed to the academic success of our members and alignment with the academic missions of our host institutions. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average and membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority. The Society strives to uphold the high ideals of scholastic achievement and therefore, only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in any semester during their junior or senior year are eligible. More information can be found atwww.gammasigmaalpha.org.

Order of Omega:
The purpose of Order of Omega is to recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities, to encourage them to continue along this line, and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment. More information can be found at www.orderofomega.org.  Eligibility for Order of Omega includes: one full academic year of residence at the institution where selected, junior or senior standing, rank academically above the all-Greek average, and be in good standing with the initiate’s fraternal organization.

Author Joseph Hurka Reading & Book Signing Oct. 23 NEC Gallery at 7:15 p.m.

October 16, 2013

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Oct. 23 @ 7:15 pm
NEC Gallery

Reading & Book Signing with

Joseph Hurka, Writer & Educator

 Winner of the 19th Annual Pushcart Editor’s Book Award.

Joseph Hurka is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and teaches creative writing at Tufts University and Emerson College. His short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Agni, Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas, The Dos Passos Review, and numerous other publications. His novel, Before, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim. Fields of Light: A Son Remembers His Heroic Father, his first book, won the 19th Annual Pushcart Editors’ Book Award.

Sponsored by the ALTC and Veritas Collegia.

Special exhibit at New England College will feature work of NH high school artists

May 29, 2013

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Chelsea Fenner, a student at John Stark Regional High School, will have her drawing “Slugsmosphere” on display at The Gallery at New England College starting Thursday.

High school artists will have a chance to share their work on a college level during a special exhibit at The Gallery at New England College.

Beginning Friday and running through June 14, 30 students from John Stark Regional High School, which educates students from Weare and Henniker, will be featured in the exhibit organized by New England College alumna Devon Mozdierz.

“It is absolutely thrilling for me to work with students from John Stark in the New England College Gallery,” said Mozdierz, who graduated from John Stark in 2008 and from the college in 2012.

Mozdierz is teaching and working in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Idaho, and is the curator of the exhibit under the guidance of Darryl Furtkamp, gallery director and assistant professor of art.

She said the exhibit gives the high school students their first gallery experience and teaches them how an exhibit is created and presented.

Mozdierz said she hopes the exhibit will “give them the opportunity to see what the possibilities are should they continue to pursue art in college and beyond,” she said.

On display at The Gallery will be paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, sculpture, graphics and mixed media pieces.

Tracy Travers, Erin Smart and Bess Robblee, visual arts educators at John Stark, said having the opportunity to work with New England College to display their student’s work is remarkable.

“We are so grateful to be able to highlight some of our finest art students from 9th through 12th grades in a true gallery setting, complete with an artist reception and a two-week run,” said Travers. “It’s a resume builder for certain.”

Mozdierz said she was excited to be able to give back to those who helped steer her toward art.

“To work with the people who kick-started my career in art is great, and makes me all the more aware of how far I have come since then,” she said. “It is very grounding.”

Admission to the exhibit is free, and the public is invited to a reception for the artists on Friday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Gallery hours for this exhibit are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other times by appointment.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about the exhibit call Furtkamp, at 428-2329.

Not Your Typical Class Lecture: The Story of a Life Expressed Through Costumes

May 28, 2013

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It wasn’t a typical classroom lecture at New England College as 83 year old Lloyd Littlefield, Ph.D. told the story of his memory-filled life with a mixture of humor, realism, and wisdom that cannot be captured in a text book.  As part of Dr. Kittie Weber’s Human Development II class, Littlefield used various costumes and role playing tactics to reflect on over 8 decades of a life filled with peaks and valleys.

“Dr. Littlefield had me laughing so hard I nearly fell off my chair.  He was wonderful and so full of life,” said Jessica Fancy, a senior at New England College.

“Our students had a great opportunity to interact with someone who has experienced so much and seen so many changes in his lifetime.  Lloyd’s use of different costumes made for a memorable learning experience and his positive outlook on life is something we should all subscribe to,” said Dr. Weber, Associate Professor of Psychology.

To this day Lloyd Littlefield lives in his grandfather’s house in New London, NH, where he has spent most of his adult life, aside from the stint in the military during the Korean War.  Dr. Littlefied earned a Ph.D. in nutrition and for a few years in the 1960’s taught science courses at New England College and directed nutrition programs for the State of New Hampshire. Dr. Littlefield maintains a busy schedule of community volunteerism with many charitable organizations. He mentors a teenage boy and during his free time delightfully reminisces over digital photos using the ever present iPad he carries with him wherever he goes.