New England College honored NH State Senator Lou D’Allesdandro for his outstanding contributions to education and public service at their 69th annual Founders Day celebration. D’Allesandro received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree and was the keynote speaker, officially kicking off the spring semester.
Founders Day recognizes and honors the vision and leadership of the College’s founding faculty, administration, and students. Created 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, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. Today, the College enrolls almost 2,500 students with its residential, hybrid, and online programs.
The college offers a variety of undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs.
Michele Perkins, President of New England College said, “When you consider the high level of professional excellence Senator D’Allesandro has achieved in his career, his life-long commitment to education, and his incredible record of public service, the connections to NEC’s mission of experiential learning and civic engagement are clear. We are thrilled to celebrate his achievements by awarding him this degree.”
In his keynote address, D’Allesandro, a first generation college graduate, spoke about the critical importance of education throughout his life. He told of his early childhood in East Boston and the emphasis his mother and father placed on getting an education. “My parents had a strong desire, and a strong recognition, of the value of education,” said D’Allesandro. “Education became a guiding motivation in my life, and my path to success. I can work effectively with people, build relationships, and solve problems, all because of my education.” D’Allesandro encouraged NEC students to pursue their education, treasure the experience, and use it to make other people’s lives better.
In addition to D’Allesandro’s remarks, newly promoted Provost Mark Watman recognized all fall semester Dean’s List students. President Perkins also highlighted the College’s recent $3 million gift from the Putnam family for the construction of the Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts, construction of a new academic building, the John Lyons Center, and other campus activities.
President Perkins noted that, “NEC remains dedicated to its original core mission, a creative entrepreneurial spirit, and an academic philosophy grounded in the liberal arts. We bring the best of our proud traditions together with innovative technology and effective learning practices to create life-long value and success for our students. I think our Founders would be impressed to know that the vision they had 69 years ago is alive and well today, and will continue to give us inspiration for years to come.
Unlocking Potential Project’s Carly Fiorina Moderates Roundtable Discussion at NEC
October 17, 2014Posted in Event News Press Release
Carly Fiorina, Founder of the Unlocking Potential Project, current Chair of the American Conservative Union Foundation, and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard will be moderating “Voices of New Hampshire Women,” a roundtable discussion in partnership with New England College’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership.
The roundtable will include discussions about how to unlock the potential of women voters, how women can have their voices heard in the political realm, and what issues matter most to women this election cycle.
“On behalf of the Unlocking Potential Project, I am delighted to be moderating this panel discussion,” said Carly Fiorina. “New England College President Michele Perkins has offered New Hampshire women an exciting opportunity to hear from a variety of female voices on what it means to be engaged in the political process.”
“New England College is excited to have Carly Fiorina and the Unlocking Potential Project on campus,” said President Perkins. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for our students to experience strong personal leadership and our nation’s political process first hand.”
At the conclusion of the roundtable, the participants will answer questions from members of the community on the topics discussed. If someone would like to submit a question in advance, please email it to: InfoNH@up_project.org.
The event is open to the press.
What: Will moderate a roundtable discussion of New Hampshire women talking about the current political environment.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: New England College
Great Room – Simon Center
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242
We are expecting a full house for this event. So, please take a moment to sign up for your ticket by clicking here:
The UP Project will engage women at the grassroots level to help conservatives close the gender and technology gap. It will utilize cutting-edge technology and techniques to target, persuade, and turnout female voters in six key states with competitive Senate races: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia. For more information visit: www.up-project.org.
NEC Welcomes Tom Raffio, CEO of Northeast Delta Dental
October 16, 2014Posted in Event News Press Release
On Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 pm, New England College students and faculty will host Northeast Delta Dental Chief Executive Officer Tom Raffio for a community event. Continuing the 2014 President’s Speaker Series at New England College, Tom will speak on the topic of: Leadership – Critical Factors for Sustained Success. The public is invited to attend.
Tom was born and raised in Weston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1978 and earned his Masters at Babson College in 1988. Working for Delta Dental Plan of Massachusetts to start up operations, he worked his way up to Senior Vice President after ten years’ service. In 1995, Tom moved to New Hampshire to become President & CEO of Northeast Delta Dental.
Northeast Delta Dental, which administers the dental benefits of more than 770,000 people in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, is a values-driven company that successfully balances profitability and community involvement, with colleagues working together to create a corporate environment built upon high trust and mutual respect.
Northeast Delta Dental has been recognized regionally and nationally for its human resource management, corporate social responsibility, and management practices. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Great Place to Work® Institute ranked Northeast Delta Dental among the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for five consecutive years.
Tom received a Doctor of Humane Letters from New England College in 2010 and was named the Business Leader of the Decade by Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 1995 Tom and his team established the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to improve access to, and the quality of, oral healthcare and education for residents and the dental communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. He has served on more than 20 not-for-profit boards and advisory councils. Tom is also co-author of There Are No Do-Overs: The Big Red Factors for Sustaining a Business Long Term. The book is written by Tom Raffio, Barbara McLaughlin, and Dave Cowens.
“Tom is one of New Hampshire’s most involved, inspirational and forward-thinking leaders,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “We’re very excited to have Tom share his insights with students, faculty, staff, and friends as our next President’s Speaker Series guest.”
The event will be held in the Simon Center Great Room at 6:00 p.m., 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, New Hampshire. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Media are welcome to this event.
Award-Winning Filmmaker Jesus Nebot to Discuss Illegal Immigration
October 6, 2014Posted in Event
The Office of Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement are proud to share that multi-award winning filmmaker and immigration expert Jesus Nebot will be at NEC on Wednesday, October 15th. Nebot was an undocumented immigrant working in the fields during his youth. He is now a multi-award winning filmmaker and immigration speaker with 10 years of experience inspiring college students to pursue their highest dreams and become the solution to some of our greatest human challenges, including illegal immigration.
Below are descriptions of the two programs that Jesus Nebot will be presenting while at NEC on
October 15, 2014
3:30 – 5:00pm | Simon Center Great Room
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A Humanitarian Perspective
This social justice presentation will allow the audience to transcend their limited beliefs and obtain a wider perspective about how to deal with one of the greatest social challenges of our time. You will:
- Get real facts about the origin and history of illegal immigration and its current economic and social impact in the US.
- Voice your opinion and find out what politicians and newscasters are not telling you about illegal immigration and why.
- Gain greater understanding for people on all sides and explore effective, comprehensive and long lasting solutions that you can help implement to make a difference in your community.
6:30 – 9:00pm | Simon Center Great Room
Special Presentation of the Award-Winning Film: NO TURNING BACK
NO TURNING BACK is a thought provoking immigration story inspired by actual events that reflects upon the need of transcending our judgments of other cultures and points of view in order to live peacefully and harmoniously in a society as diverse as ours. Jesus Nebot wrote, directed, produced and also stars in this critically acclaimed film winner of 23 international awards that has already been viewed by millions of people in 78 countries.
Due to its social relevance, Jesus has used the film to create a perfect multicultural event that is widely booked nationwide to expand the debate about illegal immigration beyond our limited beliefs so we can find long lasting humanitarian solutions that are in alignment with our most fundamental values.
This 2 hour and 30 minute presentation includes an introduction of the film, the screening, a short lecture and a question and answer session with the audience.
New England College is pleased to announce that it is a sponsor of Riverbend Community Mental Health’s Champions for Mental Health Awards.
“Congratulations to Riverbend as they celebrate their 50th anniversary of outstanding community service,” said Jan Arsenault, Program Director of New England College’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Master of Science in Human Services. “Riverbend provides high quality and innovative mental health services. As an engaged regional provider of education in the counseling field, New England College is proud to partner with Riverbend through student internship opportunities and advanced educational programs for employees. We also congratulate and recognize New England College alumni who have joined Riverbend over the years.”
Awardees will be recognized for their outstanding leadership and advocacy on October 8, at the Capital Center for the Arts, in Concord, NH.
Guest Jeff Boyd To Kick Off 2014 President’s Speaker Series
September 11, 2014Posted in Event News Press Release
Chairman & Former CEO of Priceline Group, Inc.
On Wednesday, September 24 at 6:00 pm, New England College students and faculty will host the Priceline Group, Inc. Chairman and former CEO Jeff Boyd for a community event. Kicking off the 2014 President’s Speaker Series at NEC, Jeff will discuss his various experiences in business.
Jeff Boyd is currently chairman of Priceline Group, Inc. the world leader in online accommodation reservations. Since 2000, Jeff has served Priceline as General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and, for 11 years, Chief Executive Officer. Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, The Priceline Group is composed of six primary brands – Booking.com, priceline.com, agoda.com, KAYAK, OpenTable, and rentalcars.com, as well as several ancillary brands. The Priceline Group provides online travel and reservation services in over 200 countries and territories in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa. (Nasdaq: PCLN)
Prior to joining Priceline, Jeff held positions as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Oxford Health Plans, Inc. and Assistant General Counsel of Lord Abbett & Co., an investment advisory firm. He also practiced law with the Connecticut law firm of Robinson & Cole and with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Melbourne, Australia.
Jeff began his undergraduate work at New England College, and received his BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in 1978 and his JD from Cornell Law School in 1981. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bankrate.com, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of The Brunswick School located in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2004 Jeff was elected a Term Trustee of St. Lawrence University and is currently serving as their Chair of the Board of Trustees.
“Jeff Boyd has personal ties to New England College and we look forward to welcoming him back to campus,” said NEC President Michele Perkins. “He has accomplished many amazing things in his life and we’re thrilled to have him share his story as our next President’s Speaker Series guest.”
The event will be held in the Simon Center Great Room at 6:00 p.m., 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, New Hampshire, streamed live for off-campus viewing benefit, and recorded. Seating will be made available on a first come, first served basis. Media are welcome to this event.
New England College to Host Acclaimed Poet
September 1, 2014Posted in Event
Los Angeles Review Editor Kate Gale Shares Artistry
On Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm, New England College students and faculty will host poetry writer and Los Angeles Review editor Kate Gale for a special event at the NEC Art Gallery. Creative writing students will welcome community members and the public for a reading in the College’s lovely, intimate gallery space, surrounded by sculptures, paintings and other art forms.
Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of The Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her latest poetry collections are The Goldilocks Zone and Echo Light, forthcoming this Fall. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post. Kate’s work will be on display and for sale at the event.
The New England College Art Gallery is conveniently located on 39 Main Street in Henniker, New Hampshire.
Open Door Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s King Lear
June 3, 2014Posted in Event
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEC Hosts Response Drill with Henniker Fire & Rescue
April 1, 2014Posted in Event
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, 2014Posted in Event
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
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
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