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.
Division III Week NAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Kiley Williams, NEC
April 7, 2015Posted in News Press Release
During Division III Week, which will be celebrated April 6-12 in 2015, the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) will be highlighting one student-athlete from each of the ten member institutions. The NAC will be featuring student-athletes that truly represent the Division III philosophy.
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. The Division III experience offers participation in a competitive athletic environment that pushes student-athletes to excel on the field and build upon their potential by tackling new challenges across campus, with academics holding the primary focus for Division III student-athletes.
New England College has selected to highlight women’s basketball and softball junior Kiley Williams (Salem, Utah), as its ideal Division III student-athlete.
“Kiley is what I would consider to be a model student-athlete,” said NEC head women’s basketball coach Erica Ledy. “She is a two-sport athlete, playing and excelling at both softball and basketball. Not only is she a natural athlete, she is one of the most hardworking and driven athletes I have had the privilege to coach and watch. In addition, she is a very good student as she is engaging, attentive, insightful and fun. She is a leader among her peers and an asset to her superiors. She is a most positive person. And if all that were not enough, Kiley has enlisted in the United States Air Force and will serve her country after graduation.”
“Kiley has been a great example of a Division III student- athlete during her time at New England College,” said NEC Athletics Director Lori Runksmeier. “She’s a two-sport athlete, carries a stellar grade point average, and will be graduating in three years. Her positive attitude, work ethic, and integrity embody what it means to be a Pilgrim.”
When asked about Kiley, NEC head softball coach Ben Master said, “Some great leaders lead by example. Some lead in a vocal way, and then there are the rare great ones who are natural leaders in everything they do. They lead on the field and off, and in areas not usually asked, yet certainly appreciated. Kiley Williams is arguably the top offensive threat in the NAC and a living highlight reel on defense, and yet I have no problem stating Kiley is even more important to us as a teammate and leader.”
“Kiley is a pleasure to have in class, and I have had her in several courses,” stated NEC Criminal Justice Professor Frank Jones. “She is a highly motivated and engaged student. I have learned to appreciate her commitment to the NEC community, her athletic engagements and her friendly, positive attitude. Kiley is well liked and respected by her peers, and takes her academic commitments seriously. I’d take a classroom full of ‘Kiley’s’ anytime. She is, indeed, a wonderful student to have worked with and taught over the years.”
Getting to know Kiley Williams:
Hometown: Salem, Utah
Year: Junior (graduating early in May 2015)
High school and sport(s): Salem Hills, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, and Track
College and sport(s): New England College, Women’s Basketball and Softball
Getting to know the STUDENT:
Did you want to attend college when you were growing up? Why did you choose to attend your current college? “Growing up, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to join the military or college. My dad said that I had nothing but time to join the military but not enough time to play softball in college. So long story short, I was recruited for softball at New England College and I decided that it was a new adventure that was far away from home and if I still felt like I wanted to join the military, I could join after I graduated.”
What is your favorite class to attend and why? “Being a Criminal Justice major, my favorite class was my criminal investigations class. We learned how to do blood analysis and dusting for fingerprints. It was really hands on work and I learned a lot from that class.”
What are you involved in on campus? “Being a two-sport athlete and working part time, I don’t have a lot of free time for any other activities, but I try to attend as many school events as I can.”
Did you receive any academic awards in high school or college? “Throughout high school, I was on the Honor Roll. At NEC, I was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.”
What are your career aspirations after you graduate? “I have enlisted into the Air Force. I leave for basic training a few weeks after graduation.”
Getting to know the ATHLETE:
Did athletics play an important role in your life growing up? How? Who influenced your athletic interests the most? “I have always played softball growing up and I was always a fast kid running in track meets at all the school events, which influenced my playing soccer. That was my life up until my freshmen year of high school. Because I was tall, the basketball coaches would ask me to try out for basketball every year and finally I did. I obviously wasn’t very good and quit after my freshmen year and didn’t play again until my senior year. All of these sports have helped me gain friendships that will last a lifetime and I couldn’t ask for a better way to live.”
Did you want to participate in collegiate athletics when you were growing up? “I always wanted to play collegiate softball. I knew I could get there it was just a matter of where I would go. I never expected a basketball coach to want me to play on their basketball team, let alone Erica Ledy’s all-star team she had at New England. Making the team was a big surprise, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to play for her team.”
Do you have any superstitions before games? Does your jersey number have any specific meaning? “Numbers never really mattered to me. The thing that mattered was the name on the front of the jersey. For softball games, as long as I was getting on base with a certain bat, I will keep using it until I mess up, than I switch to a different bat. Stupid, I know. But it works for me. For basketball, I would always have to be chewing on a piece of gum. The bubble gum flavored kind. It would make me nervous if I did have the right kind or if I didn’t have any at all.”
What is your favorite aspect about being a student-athlete? “Through sports, I feel that it has really shaped me as a person. I have learned how to respect others, pay attention to detail, how to be a leader, and how to be a follower. I think that it was a big impact on why I do well in school. It taught me to do my best and to be my best. Not to mention that I have met so many wonderful people through my sports career and made long lasting friendships that will forever be a part of my life.”
What is your favorite moment as an athlete? “My favorite moment in my softball career would have to be my freshman year when we played Husson. No one had beaten them that year so far and it was our first time playing them. It was the last inning I had gotten on base, scoring 1 person, and another girl got on, scoring me. We were down by 1 and my friend, Rebecca Allen, got up to bat. This girl had nerves of steel. She had a full count. I just remember thinking, ‘She’s totally got this. She is going to make history right now.’ Next pitch, she crushes it over centerfield fence. By far, the best feeling of my life.”
If you could, who would you trade places with for one day and why? “Beyoncé. Because she’s a goddess.” Who has had the greatest impact on your life? “Probably my dad. Besides him, none of my family members were athletic enough to make any high school teams so he kind of saw my potential and groomed me into a hard working athletic machine.”
Where do you see yourself in five-ten years? “By that time, I will be out of the military. I would love to work for border control in California, protecting this great nation from any threats. Hopefully be married with two dogs, Zeus and Jed and a fish named Bruce. Living in the country in a farm house with a wraparound porch.”
If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would it be and why? “I would like to meet Rosa Parks. I just love how she had the courage to say, ‘No’.
“What is your favorite thing to do when you do not have class or practices/games?” I love sitting outside in the sunshine with my friends, playing music or playing the ukulele, having a bbq. Netflix is also a big part of my life. Maybe a little too much.”
***Please Note: Throughout NCAA Division III Week, April 6 to April 12, Division III will donate $1 to Special Olympics for every NEW like or follow on Division III’s social media platforms – Facebook (NCAA Division III) or Twitter (@NCAADIII)! For resources regarding NCAA Division III Week click HERE. For a Division III Week “Facts & Figures” document please click HERE. The “Three D’s” of Division III: Discover Division III student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their interests and passions beyond the classroom and field of play…to discover themselves. Develop Division III institutions provide an environment that encourages student-athletes to develop into well-rounded adults. Small class sizes, the ability to participate in more than one sport, and an emphasis on participating activities outside of the classroom are all hallmarks of the Division III experience. Dedicate Division III institutions expect student-athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving their potential. Student-athletes must manage their busy schedules, keep up with class work and face the same challenges as the rest of the student-body.
New Hampshire Primary Student Convention Ready for 2016
April 6, 2015Posted in Event News Press Release
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, 2015Posted in Event News Press Release
June 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.
Henniker Chamber of Commerce presents NEC framed town maps
February 10, 2015Posted in News Press Release
Kate Bartlet, Henniker Chamber of Commerce member and owner of Henniker House B&B, presented Heidi Page, Communications Coordinator and Web Content Manger at New England College, two framed copies of the Chamber’s new Henniker Visitors Map & Guide. One will hang in the Admissions office so families coming to decide if New England College is for them will get a sense of the community. The other will hang at the Lee Clement Arena as hockey brings many visitors to the rink and they may just want to know where to go for dinner afterwards! Free copies are available at the town hall, the library, and at many of Henniker’s restaurants and shops.
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.
New England College will receive $3 million from Tom and Barbara Putnam, the Putnam family, and the Putnam Foundation to name the College’s future state-of-the-art theatre. The Rosamond Page Putnam Center for the Performing Arts will establish a permanent legacy, celebrating Mrs. Putnam’s lifelong commitment to the theatre and the arts.
Tom Putnam said, “My mother loved the theatre, and the Putnam family is honored to support the creation of the new performing arts center at New England College that will carry her name. We hope this new theatre will bring a higher level of cultural enrichment to the students and benefit everyone at the College, as well as all of the people of south west New Hampshire.”
To date, the Putnam’s leadership gift is among the largest gifts to the College’s “Bridge to the Future” campaign, which is in its quiet phase. The gift will support the construction of a two-story, 350-seat thrust stage theatre, which will be located on the campus’s south district. As a new, innovative performing arts venue for the region, the building’s design will accommodate a variety of programming such as dramatic productions, dance and musical performances, political forums and debates, professional lectures, and summer arts programs for K-12 students. As with many of the College’s facilities, the theatre will be shared with the community. Construction will dovetail with the building of New England College’s newest academic building, the John Lyons Center, which is scheduled to break ground this coming spring.
“We are thrilled to construct a world class theatre that honors Rosamond Page Putnam,” said New England College President, Michele Perkins. “Generations of engaged students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members will benefit from such generosity and, as a strong and healthy college, we are poised to grow and leverage unique opportunities. New England College will forever be grateful to the Putnam family and the Putnam Foundation.”
For over 60 years the Putnam family has supported the College with scholarships and endowment funds. The family hopes that this gift will inspire others to get involved with New England College to strengthen its unique programs and provide the funds necessary to cross the bridge to a bright new future.
New England College’s Theatre Program:
- Has sent more students to the Actors Studio MFA Program than any other college or university in the country.
- Graduates have also studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, University of San Diego, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Colorado, University of Georgia, California Institute of the Arts, Southern Illinois University, and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
- Over 75 students each year participate in theatre productions. New England College offers 10 theatrical performances in which students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends participate on an annual basis.
- There are dozens of successful New England College theatre students in the arts and entertainment world, including Oscar award-winning actress Geena Davis, five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Jay Kulick, and Emmy award-winning producer Cris Graves.
- NEC trained technicians and stage managers have worked on Broadway and with such prestigious companies as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.
- New England College also is home to The Open Door Theatre, a small professional theatre company which just celebrated its 11th year of staging classic plays made relevant and accessible for 21st century audiences.
“New England College has a rich tradition of excellence in both the training of young theatre artists and in the creation of unique and provocative theatre. We are thrilled to be moving into a brand new home, and offering our students and patrons new and even more exceptional theatre experiences,” said Glenn Stuart, Professor of Theatre and Director of New England College’s Open Door Theatre company. Recent public productions performed at the College’s intimate 82-seat Mainstage Theatre have included William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; David Ives’ All in the Timing; and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Performances of creative movement and dance have also been offered to the public.
The Putnam Foundation is a private charitable foundation whose mission is to provide grants on a regional basis in New Hampshire and, in particular, the Monadnock Region, for projects in the areas of the arts, historic preservation, and cultural and environmental enrichment.
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