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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, 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,, or contact Inez McDermott at

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

President’s Speaker Series Hosts Venture Capital and Angel Investor: Alumnus Jeffrey Finkle

September 26, 2016

Posted in Event Press Release

New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting alumnus, entrepreneur, and venture and angel investor Jeffrey Finkle ’80. Mr. Finkle will speak with students and the NEC community Thursday, October 13, at 6:00 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room. The event is free and open to the public.

low-res-jeff-finkleMr. Finkle is a 1980 graduate of New England College, where he earned his BA in Business Administration/Finance. He is a gifted leader and executive, and an expert in venture capital and angel investing. Recently Mr. Finkle was named one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch (

Mr. Finkle presently serves as Chairman of the Evaluation Committee and Treasurer of the ARC Angel Fund, and is Co-Director of the Reitler Advisory Group: which provides mentoring and advisory services to early stage technology companies and venture fund administration services to general partners of micro VC funds.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff back on campus,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Jeff is a highly accomplished NEC graduate. His comments are sure to be thought-provoking and insightful. Our students benefit greatly from direct interaction and conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from Jeff as he shares his expertise, experiences, and evolution from NEC student to entrepreneur and venture and angel investor.”

Mr. Finkle is a frequent panelist, speaker, and judge on venture investing and pitch competitions in New York. He also guest lectures and holds office hours for numerous entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators. Mr. Finkle served as Chairman of until its acquisition in 2014. Prior to his work with Angel and Seed groups, he was a Partner of Odeon Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund. In addition, Mr. Finkle has served in a variety of executive roles including corporate development, product management, and marketing.

Mr. Finkle also serves as Chairman of the Board of Promoting Specialized Care and Health (PSCH), a not-for-profit organization offering residential, clinical, and day programs to 9,000 individuals with developmental, psychological, and behavioral disabilities in New York City’s five boroughs and Long Island.

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 To Host Senate and Gubernatorial Debates

September 19, 2016

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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.”


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:

published: July 19, 2016

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

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.”

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New England College Partners with US Marine Corps

March 21, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release

Military focus and online programming seen as valuable benefit.

Military Friendly SchoolNew England College has been selected as one of a small group of colleges and universities to offer graduate education programs to Marine Corps officers. As part of the partnership between the United States Marine Corps’ College of Distance Education and Training organization and New England College, active-duty, reserve and veteran officers may transfer credits they earned in formal military education and apply those credits towards an MBA in Strategic Leadership or Master of International Relations degree.

New England College was founded 70 years ago with the mission to assist returning WWII veterans in obtaining an education that would pave the way to positive reentry and career success. As the college has grown, so has its commitment to serve the nation’s community of service men and women, veterans, and their families. New England College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with multiple military-friendly recognitions.

“Service men and women receive exceptional experience in the field and through military schools and colleges,” said New England College’s Director of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Cindi Nadelman. Dr. Nadelman is a retired officer from the US Air Force and, in addition to working with veterans at the College, teaches computer information systems and business courses. “Since its founding in 1946, New England College has been a leader in supporting the academic interests of the military community. We recognize the relevance and applicability of military training and see it as a natural fit with our graduate programs.”

Retired officer and Associate Dean at the USMC’s College of Distance Education and Training organization, Dennis Haskin, agrees. “The credits, pricing, and convenience makes this program enticing. I know it will appeal to our Marines who desire a graduate degree in leadership or international relations. It’s a perfect match to build on experience they already have. We appreciate New England College’s commitment to the military and look forward to having our Marines take advantage of this educational opportunity.”

Marine Corps officers can quickly and cost-effectively earn a graduate degree from New England College’s accredited institution.

  • Officers who have completed Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) and Command and Staff College (CSC) may transfer up to 20 credits toward an MBA in Strategic Leadership or a Master of International Relations degree.
  • Due to the high quality and comprehensive nature of the EWS and CSC experience, New England College has offered the highest transfer amount currently recognized by any college or university in the United States.
  • For the convenience of Marines, both the MBA in Strategic Leadership and Master of International Relations programs will be delivered online.
  • The cost is expected to be completely covered for Marines with appropriate military education benefits.

For information on how to apply, go to, call 603.428.2252, or email

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to Speak at New England College Commencement

March 15, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release Uncategorized

Poet Laureate Chard deNiord also Honored –

Hassan-Maggie-Governor2New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at New England College’s 69th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Governor Hassan will congratulate the graduates and highlight the important role that they will continue to play in New Hampshire’s economy and vibrant civic society.  For her many contributions and service to the state, Governor Hassan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Governor Hassan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “She has dedicated her life to public service and is known for her ability to bring people together to solve problems and protect the state’s high quality of life.  I know she will inspire our entire community on this special day.”

“I am honored to join the New England College Class of 2016,” Governor Hassan said.  “I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come.  I am confident that the hard work and dedication that these students have put into their education will have a lasting impact on the future of our communities and state.”

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.  Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully developed two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets, launched an “Innovate NH” jobs plan, created greater access to healthcare, and has led efforts to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure, among many other accomplishments.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.  Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.  The Governor earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law.

Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of VermontAnother special guest at New England College’s Commencement will be Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of Vermont.  DeNiord is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011), Interstate (2015), and the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011).

For over a decade Chard deNiord taught at private schools while publishing poems.  He currently teaches at Providence College where he was named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.

Chard deNiord has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College.  In 2002, he co-founded New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and led the program for five years.  For his artistic accomplishments and commitment to the teaching of literature and language, Chard deNiord will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Commencement.

Presidential Town Hall Meetings Shine Spotlight on NEC

February 8, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release Uncategorized


NEC Student asks Secretary Clinton a question during Clinton’s town hall meeting

As campaigning for the 2016 NH Presidential Primary comes to a close, Saturday’s town hall meeting with Secretary Hillary Clinton attracted national and international attention. According to New England College Professor of Political Science, Wayne Lesperance, “With Secretary Clinton’s visit today, New England College has now hosted every major candidate running for President in our First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary. New England College once again affirms it is where the road to the White House begins! We should all be proud of our college.”

Sponsored by New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement, the presidential, and other political candidate, town halls provide critical access and engagement for students and the community. Please visit the links below to see a small sampling of news coverage from the College’s recent town hall with Secretary Clinton:

Los Angeles Times | PBS NewsHour | CNN