Renowned NH Higher Education Leader Thomas Horgan to Offer Keynote on Importance of Gratitude in Changing Times.
On Wednesday, January 18, New England College will mark its 71st year, taking a moment to recognize its founding, its military roots, and to celebrate a leading voice in higher education who is retiring this year. NEC’s annual Founders Day will be highlighted with a keynote speech by Tom Horgan, the outgoing leader of the New Hampshire College and University Council, whose message to students will be, “The Importance of Gratitude.” Dr. Horgan has served as the leader of NHCUC for nearly 25 years.
“Now more than ever, we need to remember our roots, recognize progress, and keep an open mind in the face of uncertain times,” explains Horgan. “This month marks a new administration in Washington, unique challenges in higher education, and a change in leadership at many levels of public service. It is impossible to predict the future, but as we have learned in past years, we must remember our history or be doomed to repeat it. We can take our guidance from what we have experienced in the past and work together for a positive future.”
Horgan notes the modest beginnings of NEC, which started in 1946 with a teacher who moved to Henniker with a car full of books and a desire to open a new school. The early days were often a struggle, but members of the community came together to ensure the College’s success and launch NEC to heights that could not have been imagined seven decades ago.
“Tom Horgan is a powerful advocate for higher education and will provide a unique voice and unique perspective for our students,” says New England College President Michele Perkins. “It took vision, courage and pure determination to build a college from nothing, and it is a valuable exercise to stop and take stock of what has been accomplished here in Henniker. We appreciate Tom’s intent to ask us all to express gratitude, and to remind students that no matter how they feel about the future, they can learn a great deal from the lessons of the past.”
The celebration of Founders Day was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of those who founded New England College. Established 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. Today the College serves 2,800 students, and offers over 35 undergraduate programs, dozens of graduate and professional programs, and one doctorate program.
Over 32% of New England College’s residential undergraduate population are students of color. The College also enjoys undergraduate enrollment that includes the highest percentage of African American students in the State.
Founders Day also acknowledges the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year. The event will be held at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, January 18, in Bridges Gym on 14 Grove Street, Henniker.
NEC Selected to Attend White House Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit
January 4, 2017Posted in News Press Release
The College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for commitment to further the innovative use of technology in the classroom.
The New England College division of education was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit. The summit, held at The White House in mid-December, selected NEC for its commitment to further the innovative use of technology to support the learning of pre-service teachers.
Fifty thought leaders on improving the preparation of the nation’s future educators to use technology effectively for student learning were invited to participate, including Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College.
“The White House Summit was a tremendous opportunity for us to learn from what some of the nation’s most exciting colleges of education are doing to prepare educators to teach children who are growing up in the digital age,” said Dr. McLaughlin. “While we are thrilled to be acknowledged for our leading work in preparing teachers, we are equally excited about drawing on what we’ve learned from others at the summit to continue to provide exceptional teacher preparation programs.”
“America’s pre-service teachers must be prepared to use technology effectively in the classroom,” said Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology. “We are excited by the commitment of New England College to ensure their pre-service teachers have opportunities to actively use technology to support learning and teaching through creation, collaboration, and problem solving.”
The Summit brought together researchers, schools of education, support organizations and other stakeholders in the field to advance critical goals for educational technology in teacher preparation programs, as outlined in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan. Summit attendees formed three task forces to sustain collaboration and national dissemination of promising practices. Dr. McLaughlin was appointed co-chair of a task force to identify ways to build the capacity of educator preparation programs to provide sustained faculty development to strengthen their own use and modeling of learning technology.
History of New England College Published
December 13, 2016Posted in News
Authored by NEC Professor Cynthia Burns Martin, a new history of New England College has been published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Campus History Series. The book is available at the NEC Bookstore (online and on-campus), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other retailers.
According to Professor Martin the book was “a labor of love for the entire community.” She said that the Henniker Historical Society, the Hillsborough Historical Society, the Danforth Library at NEC, and long-time local residents, faculty, and staff all contributed to the effort, including locating and identifying photos. “NEC students James Carlson ’16, Pei-Sien Poh’16, and Yuman He ’16 were critical to the editorial process and did wonderful work,” noted Professor Martin.
Throughout its history, New England College has been recognized for innovative academic programs and leadership in experiential education. Founded in 1946 to offer educational opportunities to veterans eager to return to the workforce, the college pioneered an accelerated and demanding three-year degree program. From the earliest years to the present day, the faculty has included practitioners active in their fields and fostered learning partnerships with external organizations.
In recent years, the college has effectively utilized technological advancements to extend the reach of its creative and supportive learning community, while still challenging individuals to transform themselves and their world, maintaining a curriculum focused on experiential learning, and fostering collaborative relationships among members of the community.
President’s Speaker Series Hosts Communications and Sales Expert Alumnus: Kevin Kelly
October 27, 2016Posted 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.
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, 2016Posted in Event News Press Release
NEC’s new academic center features design and technology to meet student learning needs today and for the future.
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.
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, 2016Posted in NEC Poll News Press Release
New 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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, 2016Posted 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.”
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
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.