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President’s Speaker Series Hosts Communications and Sales Expert Alumnus: Kevin Kelly

October 27, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting alumnus and sales and communications expert Kevin Kelly ’78. Mr. Kelly will speak with students and the NEC community Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.

New England College President’s Speaker Series presents: Kevin Kelly, BA ‘78

Mr. Kelly has crafted an extraordinary sales and communications career, building successful sales teams and providing expert communications guidance to numerous international businesses in a variety of industries.

He is a consultant at Templar Advisors, an internationally-based communications firm headquartered in London, and with offices in New York City, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Templar specializes in spoken communication: how to effectively get your message across. The company consults with all levels of management and sales to improve client interaction and make sales calls more impactful and productive. Templar also provides senior executive coaching and communications advisory work for important projects such as board presentations, conference preparation, and initial public offerings (IPO’s).

“We are very happy to welcome Kevin to campus,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Kevin is a gifted communicator and successful NEC graduate. His comments are sure to be stimulating and inspiring. Our students benefit greatly from direct conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from Kevin as he shares his expertise and experiences in sales and communications.”

Mr. Kelly joined Templar following a successful 25+ year career on Wall Street, where he held senior sales and communications roles at UBS, Bear Stearns, and Morgan Stanley. He is a 1978 graduate of New England College, where he earned his BA in History and Political Science. Mr. Kelly went on to earn an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in International Finance and Editor of Columbia Journal of World Business.

Mr. Kelly served on New England College’s Board of Trustees for six years and remains involved, sitting on NEC’s President’s Advisory Board and advising the College’s Strategic Sales Management program. His involvement in communications and sales extends to the academic environment. He teaches at the London Business School as part of a program run by Templar. He also helped create the Chandler Center for the Study of Sales at Elon University and serves on their Advisory Board.

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.

NEC Gala Celebrates the Opening of the John Lyons Center

October 11, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

NEC’s new academic center features design and technology to meet student learning needs today and for the future.

 (left to right) NEC’s Trustee T.J. Whitelaw, Professor John Lyons, President Michele Perkins, and Chairman-elect Lex Scourby.

(left to right) NEC’s Trustee T.J. Whitelaw, Professor John Lyons, President Michele Perkins, and Chairman-elect Lex Scourby.

During New England College’s recent Fall Festival Weekend, the College hosted a gala event to celebrate the opening of its newest academic building, the John Lyons Center.

President of New England College, Dr. Michele Perkins, expressed the College’s profound thanks to those whose support made the building possible, and honored the debut of an academic learning center that will enhance New England College for decades to come.

John Lyons Center

John Lyons Center

The 19,000 square foot John Lyons Center hosts classes and supports student learning from majors and programs across campus and serves as the home of Management Division faculty. Ten classrooms deliver a full range of technology to support learning. The Learning Commons, an open two-story atrium space with a variety of seating and gathering options, andnumerous study and seminar rooms support academic group work, team projects, and study.

New England College Partners with TurboVote for Upcoming Election

September 27, 2016

Posted in NEC Poll News Press Release

New England College Partners with TurboVote for Upcoming ElectionNew England College has partnered with TurboVote for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. TurboVote is a web based service that will help students request voter registration materials and absentee ballots online.  Provided by the non-profit organization Democracy Works, Inc., TurboVote can also send election reminders and poll closings via text message.

Students interested in taking advantage of this resource can go to nec.turbovote.org, answer a few simple questions, and be ready to have their voices heard on Election Day. Faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members are also able to benefit from the TurboVote partnership.

“New England College has always been committed to civic engagement,” said Inez McDermott, Co-Director of New England College’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership. “We encourage our students to meet candidates, discuss issues, and participate in the electoral process. TurboVote makes it more convenient for people to register, to vote absentee, and to become involved citizens.”

This free service was made possible by New England College’s association with Project Pericles, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to civic and social engagement. For more information visit nec.turbovote.org, projectpericles.org, or contact Inez McDermott at imcdermott@nec.edu.

Democracy Works, Inc.

Democracy Works, Inc. is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to making voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans. TurboVote is their online service that was developed to help every American vote in every election – local, state, and national.  Launched in 2010, Democracy Works has partnered with over 200 institutions of higher education and 30 nonprofits and organizations.

September 27, 2016

NEC To Host Senate and Gubernatorial Debates

September 19, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

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.”

NEC Announces Addition of Wrestling as a Varsity Sport

September 9, 2016

Posted in News Press Release

Henniker, N.H. – New England College Athletic Director, Lou Izzi, is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling as a varsity sport for the 2016-17 season.

“This is an exciting time for New England College and our athletic department,” states Izzi.  “We have been evaluating the addition of men’s wrestling for the past year as part of our strategic plan to increase enrollment and continue to expand the geographic diversity of our student population.  We now have the opportunity to launch this program as our sixteenth NCAA-sponsored sport and compete as a full member of the NEWA.”

NEC will be a member of the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and will begin varsity competition this November.  Members of the NEWA include, in-state opponent Plymouth State University, neighboring University of Southern Maine and Norwich University, plus 11 other institutions.

NEC is in the process of a hiring a full-time head coach. With the addition of wrestling, NEC will boast 15 varsity sports in competition in 2016-17 and move to 16 in 2017-18 when women’s volleyball begins varsity competition.

“On behalf of the executive board of the NEWA and all the members of the league, we are excited to welcome New England College as a full-fledged member of the conference,” stated NEWA president Scott Honecker.  “It is fantastic to add another collegiate wrestling opportunity in New Hampshire where the wrestling culture is growing rapidly.  We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with the administration and the future coaching staff as they embark on this new challenge.”

CC2NEC – THE SEQUEL

July 19, 2016

Posted in News Press Release

New England College Again Offers Pathway to Affordable Four-Year Degrees to Community College Students –

To meet a growing national trend, New England College has renewed its “Community College to New England College” (CC2NEC) program for the 2016-17 school year.  The program includes deep tuition discounts and financial aid, and a promise to help students achieve a bachelor’s degree in the course program of their choice.

CC2NEC has been expanded to any student who has completed a course at any community college in the United States.  The program continues to welcome anyone who has graduated with an Associate degree, but that is not a requirement.

“We welcome those students who choose to transfer to our school, and we are proud of the success these young men and women enjoy as they pursue their academic goals at our school,” says New England College President Michele Perkins.

National data shows students who enroll directly from community college to four-year colleges tend to complete more classes, have higher GPAs upon graduation, and enter the workforce quickly upon receiving their degrees.  CC2NEC is available to those wishing to pursue classes in Henniker, or online through the many course offerings and degree programs now available.

“Nearly one half of all college students are now starting their educational pursuits at the community college level, which is often more affordable than traditional four-year colleges and universities,” says Brad Poznanski, VP of Enrollment at New England College.

“Through this program, we want those students to know we are here to help them reach the next rung on their educational ladder through equally affordable courses,” says Poznanski.

The key to CC2NEC is a smooth transition of credits from community college programs and access to aid making NEC an affordable option for students.

Community college graduates with high GPAs can apply to join NEC’s Honors Program, which includes increased grant and financial aid opportunities.  In addition, NEC is offering a full scholarship to community college students to attend classes in Henniker, and two more scholarships for those wishing to pursue online courses.  The application for this scholarship can be found here:  http://www.nec.edu/admission/undergraduate-programs/transfer-students/cc2nec/

published: July 19, 2016

NEC to Sponsor NH Primary Debate Series

July 14, 2016

Posted in Event NEC In the News News

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

Summer Institute for Educators 2016

June 27, 2016

Posted in Event NEC In the News News

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.

SGPS-Summer-Institute-For-Educators-2016-Classroom


Student Testimonials


David Brown, M.Ed.

David Brown, M.Ed.

“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.”


2016 Courses:SGPS-Summer-Institute-For-Educators-2016-Doorway

  • 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

To be included in the Summer Institute for Educators’ mailing list please contact Kaitlyn Coe, Administrative Assistant to the Education Division, at kcoe@nec.edu or 603.428.2340.

Gavin Henning, Ph.D., elected President of Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

April 22, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News

New England College Associate Professor of Higher Education Gavin Henning, PhD, was recently selected President-Elect for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Dr. Henning is Director of the Doctorate of Education and the Master of Higher Education programs at NEC. He is a recognized higher education industry expert in assessment and the immediate past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Read more in a recent article featured in University Chronicle.

Registration Open for Annual NEC Summer Institute for Educators

April 12, 2016

Posted 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.”

For more information visit www.nec.edu/sie or email kcoe@nec.edu