Debates and political meetings in both Henniker & Concord
With a unique draw for politics and civic engagement, New England College continues to roll out the red carpet for elected officials, candidates, and key thought leaders in the region. In Concord, both Democrat and Republican parties are leveraging the convenient downtown NEC Concord location to host state party gatherings, Senate candidate meetings, House Caucus training, and party platform discussions. At New England College’s main campus in Henniker, gubernatorial, congressional and state senate engagement is happening on a regular basis, giving the small liberal arts college an extra hum of activity and excitement.
“I love having so much access to political candidates,” said Amanda Biundo, a junior at NEC double-majoring in political science and communications. “We get so many opportunities to ask questions and be in front of the movers and shakers. It’s an experience my friends at other colleges don’t have.”
On Wednesday, September 3 @ 3:00 pm, Congressional Candidate Marilinda Garcia and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway will visit with New England College students to encourage engagement in the political process and answer common questions related to campaigning. Media are welcome to this event.
On Thursday, September 4 @ 6:00 pm, NEC will host the NH State Senate District 15 Democratic Primary Debate between Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes. Media are welcome to this event.
“We’re thrilled to provide so many civic engagement opportunities to New England College students,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science at NEC and Director of the College’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Our campus is a perfect location for candidates and political leaders to meet young people and experience a true New England conversation. Everyone wins when they visit NEC.”
Both events will take place in the Simon Center Great Room on the NEC campus at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH 03242
New England College Welcomes StudentsPosted in News
Traditional Crossing of the Bridge, Convocation Ceremony, and Championship Party
Hundreds of New England College freshman will officially move in this coming Friday, August 29 and have plenty of activities to welcome them to their new home-away-from-home. Along with moving into residence halls, getting their college ID cards, and finding their way around campus, new students will participate in the college’s Fall Orientation and Convocation Ceremony. A tradition at NEC, new students begin their freshman year crossing the town’s covered bridge leading into the College’s 68th Convocation ceremony – the formal beginning of the Fall semester. These same students will cross the bridge again as graduating seniors on their way to Commencement. It is a New England College rite of passage.
“This is one of our favorite days,” said Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Families are proud and excited for their students, and the New England College community embraces their newest members. Students have smiles from ear to ear.”
Fall Orientation include residence hall floor meetings, group sessions with peer leaders, trips to Lake Massasecum, coffeehouse games and entertainment, athletic competitions, story-sharing, violence prevention and alcohol awareness programs, and many activities meant to welcome, reassure and engage new students.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors arrive back to campus on Monday, September 1 in time for an all-campus bonfire party celebrating the New England College Men’s Rugby Championship. Henniker townspeople and businesses welcome students and families with window signs and friendly waves. It’s a quintessential New England College reunion for all.
New England College Looks Forward to Reinstating Ski Program
Recruitment for Full Time Coach Underway
New England College will reinstate NCAA varsity alpine skiing beginning with the ski season of 2015-16. In addition, NEC will hire a full-time coach in the fall of 2014. The ski coach will recruit throughout the upcoming academic year as New England College plans to field competitive squads in both men’s and women’s alpine racing.
“The alpine skiing program and the College’s proximity to Pats Peak allow for a unique opportunity for New England College to renew its commitment to skiing,” said President Michele Perkins.
New England College will have its home training course at the local Henniker mountain, Pats Peak. Pats Peak will provide the perfect atmosphere for training with some of the longest and steepest pitches in southern New Hampshire. The mountain is conveniently located just minutes from the College. The U.S. National Slalom Championships were held at Pats Peak in 1974. Today, Pats Peak features one of the highest capacity computer controlled snowmaking systems per acre in the Northeast.
The history of skiing at New England College is a long and storied one. In 1967 the first men’s ski team was started at New England College. The team raced as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Division II until 1972 when the team became Division I. In 1974 the men’s ski team became the first program in NEC history to qualify for an NCAA national tournament. The women’s team was also established in 1967 and began skiing at the Division I level in 1980. The men’s and women’s teams eventually combined for seven NCAA championship appearances. NEC currently has 13 alumni (two women and 11 men) who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
NEC will compete as the tenth member of the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference. The MacConnell Division schools are members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and emphasize the team performance concept. Conference qualifiers participate in the USCSA regional events and may qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing Championships.
About New England College
New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, we challenge our students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Education Program (and the majors in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.
Senior Thesis Projects Presented at Annual NEC Event
May 5, 2014Posted in News
On April 25, 2014, fourteen seniors from Biology, Health Science, and Environmental Studies/Sustainability presented their senior thesis projects at New England College’s annual Spotlight on Students event. Five of these students (Elaine Armstrong, Samantha Dube, Liam Peck, Joseph Sevigny, and Adam Shute) also presented their research the following day at the Eastern New England Biological Conference (ENEBC) in North Andover, MA.
NEC Students Present and Compete at State Psychology Conference
April 11, 2014Posted in News
On Saturday, April 5, five New England College students attended the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) conference at the University of New Hampshire with Psychology Professor Heather Chabot. Three of those students presented research at the conference and a team of four students competed in the “Psych Cup” – a psychology quiz bowl. Student Katherine Anthony gave a talk, “Shot Through the Heart: Sex Differences in Emotional Reactions to Infidelity” based on research that she conducted for her Research Methods class last fall at NEC. Based on data collected for their Health Psychology class this semester, Student Kristin Zock gave a poster presentation, “Understanding College Stressors: The Predictors and Correlates of Perceived Stress in a College Sample” and Deanne Westgate presented a poster, “Will I Be Obese? Beliefs, Supposed Causes, and Physiology Predict Perceived Likelihood of Future Obesity.” The NEC Psych Cup team of Students Katherine Anthony, Edward Brand, Kassidy Bumford, and Deanne Westgate finished second in the competition behind UNH.
There is always something interesting going on at New England College. Whether it’s media alerts and press releases, interviews or special on-campus excitement, we aim to keep you informed and engaged.
- Morgan Smith: VP of Advancement and Communications