New England College Students Present Research at the Association for Psychological Science Convention
June 29, 2015Posted in News
A group of New England College (NEC) students enjoyed presenting their research findings at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in New York City. NEC students Siana Botts, Lawrence Greene, and Gabrielle Naimie presented their research study entitled, “More than a Category: Ethnic Belonging Correlates with Self-Esteem, Meaning, and Morality” with Dr. Heather Frasier Chabot, Professor of Psychology. This presentation was based on data that were collected as part of a Research Methods course taught by Prof. Chabot. The annual APS convention is a national psychology conference that brings together psychological researchers, academics, and students for programs that cover the spectrum of innovative research in psychological science and pedagogy. “In addition to the academic value of developing a research topic and conducting primary research, the opportunity for students to collaborate with professors to present at a national conference is a fantastic hands-on learning experience that few undergraduates at any college or university have,” said Prof. Chabot.
The Open Door Theatre Presents The Merchant of Venice
June 18, 2015Posted in Event NEC In the News News
A little bit of Good Fellas, a little bit of Mad Men and a whole lot of Shakespeare. Throw in some tunes by Peggy Lee and you have the Open Door Theatre’s version of The Merchant of Venice. Set in Manhattan in 1959, the Open Door presents its own spin on Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, greed, and mercy denied. Come early: LIVE MUSIC performed by the company one half hour before each performance!
Performances are July 17,18, and 19 at the Mainstage Theatre on the campus of New England College. For details and more information, including reservations for tickets, visit http://www.nec.edu/events/merchant-venice/. Call 603-428-2382 or email email@example.com.
NEC Named to President Obama’s Community Service Honor Roll
June 3, 2015Posted in News Press Release
New England College has been named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes New England College for the extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community needs.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
“Civic engagement is a cherished value and an important part of the educational experience at New England College,” said Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to applied civics and good citizenship.”
Groundbreaking for the John Lyons Center, a new academic building at New England College, was held as part of NEC’s commencement weekend celebration. The John Lyons Center will include approximately 20,000 SF of academic, meeting, and faculty space. Built to LEED standards, the building will feature a two-story learning commons and café, surrounded by classrooms, seminar rooms, group study spaces, and offices. The construction team includes DSK Architects + Planners, RFS Engineering, and Harvey Construction. Expected opening is Fall 2016. Pictured (L. to R.) are NEC Professor John Lyons, President Michele Perkins, and Trustee Chairman James Murtha.
Presidential candidate and US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders will be visiting New Hampshire next week. At noon on Wednesday, May 27, New England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Senator Sanders at NEC’s Concord, NH facility, located at 62 North Main Street in downtown Concord. Senator Sanders’ Town Hall Meeting is the fourth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring potential and announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). The event is free and the public is invited. #NHPSC2016
NEC to Host Town Hall Meeting for Gov. George Pataki
April 29, 2015Posted in Event News Press Release
Town Hall setting ideal for prospective presidential candidate
Business mogul and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump will lead his first Town Hall meeting at New England College next Monday, April 27, 2015. This free and public event will begin at 3:00PM in the Simon Center Great Room, which is located at 98 Bridge Street in Henniker, NH. Seating is first come-first served and will be open to the media.
The event is sponsored by New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement which leads numerous Town Hall events, political debates, and a nationally-reported Polling Institute. The audience is expected to be a large diverse mix of students, political clubs, and New Hampshire voters who are interested in hearing from one of many candidates considering a run for United States President.
Mr. Trump has yet to announce his candidacy, inviting speculation that this small college in New Hampshire could be the forum for an unexpected and unscripted announcement.
“We’re thrilled to host Mr. Trump,” said New England College Provost Mark Watman, who will lead the formal welcome. “Faculty and students in our business, history, and political science programs are especially excited to hear from such an accomplished and public celebrity. We know his visit will attract a significant audience and would be honored to have him formally announce his candidacy alongside our students.”
As a College known for providing experiential and hands-on education, New England College students will introduce their guest, assist with the Q & A session, and help manage the event’s logistics.
“New Hampshire is known for its unique access to candidates, and New England College has done just that for its students,” said student Amanda Biundo. “It gives aspiring politicos like me the opportunity to really experience politics beyond the classroom.”
Donald Trump has spent his career building award-wining hotels and golf courses all over the world. He is the Emmy-nominated star and co-producer of the reality television series, “The Apprentice,” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Mr. Trump co-owns the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants. The Donald J. Trump Signature Collection and Trump Home Collection includes tailored clothing, dress shirts, ties, cufflinks, eyewear, furniture, mattresses and accessories. Mr. Trump has authored over fifteen bestsellers and his first book, The Art of the Deal, is considered a business classic and one of the most successful business books of all time. In 2007, Mr. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he is among the highest paid public speakers in the world.
Initiative Supports College’s Commitment to Become Carbon Neutral
New England College students have traveled thousands of miles and researched hundreds of hours to create a ground-breaking program that will offset the carbon footprint of the College’s entire undergraduate population. The program is the first student-led initiative of its kind. Thinking like entrepreneurs and investors, these students are paving the way to a new way of doing business that’s good for the Earth too. New England College leads the nation as the first college that is actively involving students in obtaining a carbon neutral status.
The “Carbon Endowment” concept is the result of students in New England College’s Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation class uniting around a singular vision of carbon neutrality. These students are building a business plan and mapping operational details for a program that will generate a carbon credit “endowment” (or savings account) for their college. The program will also reduce carbon and produce long and short-term environmental benefits.
“In 2009 I proudly signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “Our student-led initiative is exactly the kind of innovation and leadership we need to make a long-term beneficial impact.”
The “Carbon Endowment”
Planting trees is one way to produce carbon credits. Every tree stores carbon that can be measured and sold as “greenhouse gas credits.” New England College students who recently returned from a Study Abroad trip to Kenya figured a way to make a green and profitable business case for planting trees. To ensure success and fast-track the process the group partnered with TIST, the world’s leading carbon offset and sustainable development organization.
Since 1999, TIST has been developing areas in Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Uganda and has become the world’s leading carbon offset and sequestration program. The results are astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of acres of unproductive or deforested land now generates local jobs, valuable trees, and hundreds of thousands of carbon credits. In Kenya alone, 60,000 local farmers have planted over 7 million trees – all of which accumulate carbon credits.
This partnership will leverage existing processes and build a sustainable “Carbon Endowment” operation. Here’s how:
- New England College students will invest to plant enough trees in a developing area of Kenya to generate 6,800 carbon credits – enough to offset the entire undergraduate student population.
- The trees will be maintained and monitored by local residents and farmers.
- Ultimately 6,800 tons of carbon will be available for annual deposit into New England College’s Carbon Endowment.
- Carbon credits from the New England College Carbon Endowmentcan do three things:
- Carbon credits can be applied to neutralize the College’s undergraduate carbon footprint.
- Carbon credits can be sold to other entities for profit.
- Both 1 & 2
New England College students have met with local African residents and government officials, partnered with global companies, and are building a business case for significant change. “This is learning at its best,” said Kevin Martin, Dean of New England College’s Management Division. “It is entirely experiential, patently creative, and strives to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems.”
TIST Co-Founder, Vannesa Henneke, sees the Carbon Endowment program as a trailblazing initiative. “The students from New England College brought a unique sense of purpose that will make a difference in the awareness and marketing of carbon credits created through the hard work of the farmers they personally met and thousands more. We hope other colleges and universities follow their lead.”
New England College students understand their experience and progress is quite exceptional. “When we arrived in Nanyuki we had lunch with the Governor of Laikipia County and the TIST membership council,” said New England College student Jodi Adams. “I was one of the students who had the privilege to sit with the Governor and speak with him. Governor Irungu chairs the Water, Environment and Natural Resources Council which is comprised of all the Kenyan Governors. It was an experience that couldn’t have been reproduced in a classroom. I am very thankful to New England College for the opportunity for this trip that taught me firsthand about our worldwide environmental problems.” Study abroad opportunities at New England College are offered every semester and are part of tuition, costing the students nothing extra for an invaluable experience.
New England College has always been known for its hands-on, experiential education. Faculty teach students inside and outside classroom walls to provide engaging, relevant and rich learning perspectives. Students in the Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation class traveled to Kenya during Spring Break to help local farmers and investigate sustainable economic development. “The trip was a fantastic opportunity to meet a variety of new people in a different culture,” said New England College sophomore Stephanie Goulet. “We quickly recognized a way to help develop poor countries and neutralize our carbon footprint. It was one of the more meaningful experiences in my life.”
Given the success of this class’s experience, the Business Division at New England College is exploring an annual themed curriculum. This would mean all business classes – like marketing, finance, accounting, and economics – would focus studies around a common theme for the year. If a green or “carbon endowment” is the adopted theme, for instance, marketing plans, supply and demand scenarios, and financing strategies would magnify the student’s learning experience.
New England College junior Theophile Nkengfack believes this is an example of what makes New England College different. “It’s educational in the sense that you get to see, do, and talk in ways that you would have never imagined.”
Carbon footprints, offsets, credits, and neutrality
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is naturally present – the atmosphere, oceans, soil, plants, and animals both produce and absorb carbon in a cycle meant to be balanced. A “carbon footprint” is the amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds emitted into the atmosphere by activities of an individual, company, or entity. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), human activities since the Industrial Revolution have added more CO2 to the atmosphere. Excess carbon can be ruinous. It can warm the planet, make oceans more acidic, and remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years. In order for entities to compensate for their carbon emissions and move toward carbon neutrality, “carbon offsetting” and “carbon credits” have become a new economic channel.
The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) is an agriculture, tree planting, development and carbon credit program which operates in India, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. TIST was developed with and for subsistence farmers who plant trees on degraded land to improve their livelihoods and food security. Their actions address local, regional and global environmental issues such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, adaptation, and climate change. TIST has earned globally recognized awards and praise from the Clean Air Action Corporation, the Verified Carbon Standard (VSC), and the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCB) organization. It is the world’s first dual validation and verification program.
New England College Commencement Celebrates Service: Distinguished Four-Star General Named Speaker
April 14, 2015Posted in Event News Press Release
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.
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.
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