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New England College Commencement Celebrates Service: Distinguished Four-Star General Named Speaker

April 14, 2015

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General David G. Perkins

General David G. Perkins

New England College’s 68th Commencement falls on Armed Forces Day this year, giving the College that was founded for veterans returning from World War II an extra special celebration. To help commemorate the event, United States Army General and New Hampshire native, David G. Perkins, will give the Commencement address. General Perkins, a four-star general with a career full of multinational assignments and distinguished awards, will speak on the importance of professional development, working as a team, and contributing in ways that improve society. For his leadership and service to the country, General Perkins will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa. The ceremony will be held on campus Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00am.

“We are excited to include General Perkins in New England College’s Commencement ceremony,” said New England College President Michele Perkins (no relation). “Our entire community of students and families, faculty and staff, alumni and friends will enjoy this symbolic and meaningful guest appearance. General Perkins is an American success story and inspirational role model. He has worked hard to get the most out of education and has consistently developed in his career. This year’s Commencement will truly be memorable.”

“I am honored by New England College’s invitation,” said General Perkins. “As a New Hampshire native, I’ve always admired the College’s unique style of education and commitment to veterans. I’m proud to represent the Armed Forces and talk to graduates about core values and qualities that are important to all professions. Commencement is a key milestone and I look forward to being part of the New England College celebration.”

David Perkins was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire and is the only active duty, four-star General from the State – the highest appointment an Army officer can achieve. He is currently in charge of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command which runs over 100 Army schools, colleges, and institutions with a total annual enrollment of over 500,000 students.

General Perkins has held positions at every level in the Army, which is a rare accomplishment. Career highlights and assignments include:
• 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Commander participating in a United Nations mission to monitor Macedonia’s borders with Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia.
• 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Commander during the invasion of Iraq. His unit was the first to cross the border and enter Baghdad. He is prominently featured in the book Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad.
• Joint Multinational Training Command in Germany.
• Plans, Operations and Training staff officer for the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army.
• Director for Strategic Effects for Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he coordinated political, economic, and communications activities and served as the organization’s spokesman.
• Assistant Professor at West Point.
• Special Assistant to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Throughout his career, General Perkins has earned many high level distinctions which include: two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, a Ranger Tab, a Parachutist Badge, a Combat Action Badge, and the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award.

General Perkins graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in National Securities Studies from the Naval War College. He also completed both Ranger and Airborne Schools.

General Perkins’ family also has ties to public service and New England College. His brother served as a fighter pilot for the US Marine Corps, his son is a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, and his daughter flies Black Hawk helicopters for the Army. The General’s sister-in-law, Cherie Jones, is a non-traditional New England College undergraduate student, graduating this May with a degree in business.


NEC Hosts Author Dr. Suzanne Kelly

April 13, 2015

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Public Discussion on Environmental Burial Practices

On Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm, New England College will host independent scholar, Suzanne Kelly, PhD, to discuss her upcoming book that highlights the green burial movement. Greening Death – Reclaiming Burial Practices & Restoring Our Tie to the Earth investigates the changes in death care and the recent return to more earth-friendly and sustainable death care. The public event is sponsored by NEC’s Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum and will be held on campus in the Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge Street in Henniker.

Dr. Kelly will discuss the philosophical and historical background, highlight the work of the Green Burial Movement, and address the obstacles getting in the way of mobilization. The event will include time for questions from the audience.

An independent scholar, Dr. Kelly’s work spans the topics of the environment, feminism, sex, and death. She’s co-editor of the best-selling Women: Images and Realities (McGraw Hill, 2012) and her work has appeared in a range of academic and mainstream publications including Feminists Contest Politics and Philosophy, The Journal of American Culture, Dialectical Anthropology, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday and Salon.com. Her forthcoming book, Greening Death–Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to the Earth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), looks at the burgeoning green burial movement across the U.S. arguing that beyond greener, simpler, and more cost-efficient practices lies an even greater promise of restoring the human relationship with nature. A fellow green burial advocate, she chaired the committee to form the 2nd municipally operated green burial ground in New York. She writes and farms in New York’s Hudson Valley.

New Hampshire Primary Student Convention Ready for 2016

April 6, 2015

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Students to get hands-on experience with State’s extraordinary political access

Presented by New England College, the 2016 New Hampshire Primary Student Convention – a one-stop-shop venue for students and presidential candidates – will be hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH on January 4-6, 2016. This public event will be open to students from all over the country and will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of New Hampshire’s “first in the nation” presidential primary process.

The state’s “first in the nation” primary status is an enviable advantage when it comes to presidential politics. Every four years Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Conservatives, Moderates, Progressives, and others engaged in American government seek the state’s approval. It’s not a small group… in 2012, 44 candidates filed for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. The NH Primary Student Convention brings everyone involved in the campaign process to one location.

“Over a three-day period students will have the chance to personally meet candidates, elected officials, senior campaign staff, and media personalities,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, co-director of the Convention and political science professor at New England College. “Students will hear speeches, watch candidates interview with the press, be part of round table forums, and learn about a day in the life of a campaign from campaign volunteers and political advisors. We expect students to get a lot of pictures and autographs, hand-shaking, and campaign collectables like signs, pins, and bumper stickers.” In addition to the convention’s program of events there will also be educational exhibitor booths and table displays available for third-party vendor rental and promotion.

New Hampshire’s elected leadership are all proud and excited for the state’s upcoming first in the nation primary. As dedicated public servants, they have experienced first-hand what it means to run for public office and understand the importance of civic engagement. “As Granite Staters, we take our role as the First in the Nation primary very seriously,” said United States Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01). “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our primary, it’s important to applaud our state’s schools, colleges, and universities that encourage students to get involved in civic engagement. It is incumbent on all of us to be active participants in our nation’s democratic process and I commend New England College for hosting the 2016 New Hampshire Primary Student Convention.”
Since the first convention held in 2000, participating students have demonstrated measurable benefits – incorporating their experience into school projects, student council, and college essays – and have encouraged friends to attend via word-of-mouth and other social circles. “Many of our Convention participants are repeat attendees,” said co-director and New England College history professor, Dr. James Walsh. “Teachers and advisors see how great an experience the Convention is that they make it a part of their curriculum. We even have Convention alumni return to volunteer and help manage the event.”

Student attendees are just as diverse as the candidates and come from public, private, homeschool, charter, parochial, technical, liberal arts and other types of schools and colleges from all over the country. “The Convention is a truly remarkable experience,” shared Sarah Feugil, a successful New England College graduate living in Washington, DC who attended the 2008 Convention. “I am extremely grateful that I was able to take advantage of this life changing event. The political process was always interesting to me and the direct interaction with presidential candidates, governors, senators, and key influential leaders confirmed my passion. The experience was instrumental in my undergraduate education and has played a crucial role in grooming me for my professional career.”

The 2016 New Hampshire Primary Student Convention promises to be full of great opportunities for engaged students. To get involved, visit www.NHPrimaryStudentConvention.org, email StudentConvention@nec.edu, tweet using @NHPSC and #FITN, and friend us on Facebook at New Hampshire Primary Student Convention.

To register, please go to www.nhprimarystudentconvention.org.

Summer Institute for Educators to be Offered at NEC

March 4, 2015

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Summer Institute-WEB CALL OUT3June 25-26 and 29-30

New England College announced that its annual Summer Institute for Educators has been scheduled for June 25-26 and 29-30, and will be held on its Henniker campus.  Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Associate Dean of Education at New England College and Institute Director said “The Summer Institute for Educators is an excellent professional opportunity for educators to further their knowledge and share their experiences and insights with colleagues. A wide range of intensive courses will be offered by highly skilled, active practitioners. In addition, all courses will be offered as professional development for contact hours or as NEC graduate program offerings.”

According to Nitschke-Shaw, the Institute’s focus is to present innovative tools, technologies, and methods that enhance teaching effectiveness and improve student learning. This year’s course offerings include: Mobile Learning in the 21st Century, Developing Growth Mindset and Grit, STEM integration in the K-12 classroom, and Instructional Best Practices for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. For more information, including a full course listing, and to register, please visit www.nec.edu/sie.

Student and Faculty Art Exhibition 2015

February 18, 2015

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February 13-March 12, 2015

Artists Reception

Thursday, February 19
4-6:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday | 11-6:00 pm
Fridays | 11-3:00 pm
also by appointment

New England College Gallery
39 Main Street
Henniker, NH 03242

NEC to Host Town Hall Meeting for Gov. Bob Ehrlich

February 17, 2015

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Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich is exploring a presidential campaign and will be making his fourth visit to New Hampshire in late February. At noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24, New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Gov. Ehrlich in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus. Gov. Ehrlich’s Town Hall Meeting kicks-off the College’s Town Hall Meeting series of potential presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). The public is invited.

NH Senator Lou D’Allesandro Honored at NEC

January 26, 2015

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Founders Day 2015

Honorable Lou D’Allesandro

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, 2014

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

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.


Will moderate a roundtable discussion of New Hampshire women talking about the current political environment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

New England College
Great Room – Simon Center
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

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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, 2014

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CEO of Northeast Delta Dental
CEO of Northeast Delta Dental

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, 2014

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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:

  1. Get real facts about the origin and history of illegal immigration and its current economic and social impact in the US.
  2. Voice your opinion and find out what politicians and newscasters are not telling you about illegal immigration and why.
  3. 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.