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NEC to Host Pathways to Success Alumnae Forum

March 23, 2017

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President’s Speaker Series Features Accomplished Women Graduates of New England College: Career Choices, Challenges, and Opportunities.

New England College is pleased to announce that its President’s Speaker Series will be hosting an alumnae forum titled “Pathways to Success,” Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the Simon Center Great Room on the Henniker campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Pathways to Success” will feature engaging and insightful conversation with some of the College’s most prominent women graduates. Attendees will learn from alumnae who have excelled in professions as varied as advertising, nonprofit leadership, investment services, the arts, and media. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges they have encountered, the decisions they have made, and the lessons they have learned.

The forum will be moderated by New England College President Michele D. Perkins. Alumnae Forum participants include: Debbie Spring Reed ’60, Astrid Williams ’81, Dyan Goodwin ’82, Kim Costello Lesko ’85, and Ariane Trimuschat ’88.

“We are very pleased to welcome this group of accomplished women back to campus,” said New England College President, Dr. Michele Perkins. “Their success stories are certain to be thought-provoking and inspirational. Our students benefit greatly from direct conversation with our guest speakers, and we look forward to hearing from our alumnae as they share their expertise and experiences.”

Debbie Spring Reed ’60

A retired advertising executive, Debbie is a true pioneer. She was one of the first women to break into the executive ranks at Young & Rubicam Advertising, where she created and developed the Talent Control Department. She also worked as an editor and reporter, and at the Ford Models Agency where she was their first television casting director. Debbie has been an active volunteer in her community and was the first female alumna to serve as Chairperson of New England College’s Board of Trustees.

Astrid Williams ’81

Astrid’s career has focused on working to strengthen and improve community and human service organizations in the Concord, MA region, serving in a variety of fundraising and leadership positions. She currently works in a clinical management position at Emerson Hospital (Concord, MA) and serves on the Board of Trustees of New England College.

Dyan Goodwin ’82

Dyan has built a thriving career in financial services, with over 25 years of combined wealth, credit, and investment management experience at companies such as Fidelity Investments, Nuveen, and MFS Investment Management. Now focused on private wealth management, she is currently Managing Director at US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Kim Costello Lesko ’85

Kim began her career managing a five-star restaurant north of Boston. A successful sales career in the food services industry led to the purchase of 1640 Hart House, an elegant and historic restaurant in Ipswich MA. Since 2003, her husband Jim has served as chef, while Kim’s focus has been on business, sales, and design. In addition, Kim owns and manages a portfolio of investment properties.

Ariane Trimuschat ’88

Ariane has spent over 25 years in marketing, communications, and the arts. She began her career in publishing working at Sassy magazine, Cahners Publishing, and Condé Nast Publishing. In 2000, she became the San Francisco Director of the national arts organization Gen Art. In 2012, Ariane was appointed Director of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, the oldest and most prestigious international art and antiques show on the West Coast.


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.

3/23/17

Senator Hassan, Governor Sununu, Educators, Finance Leaders Join Forces to Bring Technology to Low-Income Families

January 31, 2017

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Day-Long “Digital Equity Summit” Will Spearhead Directing Resources to Shrink the Digital Divide in NH.

Despite our collective access to technology, too many New Hampshire families stand on the wrong side of our digital divide, unable to access the information that is exchanged so freely today. Without access to computers, email or the internet, keeping in touch with work contacts can prove impossible. A day-long summit, the NH Summit on Digital Equity, will bring various assets from business, technology and politics together to develop and implement strategies for closing that divide and connecting more families together.

Robert McLaughlin, of New England College, will lead the summit and has been working with federal officials, philanthropists and others to secure the necessary funding needs to help cover the cost of investing in new and affordable technology for families in need. State leaders will join the summit at noon to announce details for how the plan will be implemented statewide.

“New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to mobilize local assets in the education, banking, political, business and workforce communities to create a workable and affordable plan to support systemic digital equity,” explains McLaughlin. “This program will make an incredible difference in the lives of families who currently have no consistent access to the technology they need to live, work and play.”

What:  Digital Equity Press Conference

Who:  US Senator Maggie Hassan, Representatives of Governor Chris Sununu, New England College’s Robert McLaughlin, NH Summit Chair.

When:  Friday, February 3, 2017 @ Noon

Where: Comcast Conference Center, 676 Island Pond Road, Manchester

Read more about this conference. http://www.digitalequity.us/nh-summit.html


National Collaborative for Digital Equity

NEC Selected to Attend White House Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit

January 4, 2017

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The College is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for commitment to further the innovative use of technology in the classroom.

Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College, was selected to attend the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at The White House.

Dr. Robert McLaughlin, associate dean and chair of education at New England College, was selected to attend the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at The White House.

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.

1/4/17

President’s Speaker Series Hosts Communications and Sales Expert Alumnus: Kevin Kelly

October 27, 2016

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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.

New England College President’s Speaker Series presents: Kevin Kelly, BA ‘78

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.

Connect the Dots: Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis

October 26, 2016

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An informative and interactive panel event

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00-7:30 p.m.
62 North Main Street, Concord, NH (New England College’s downtown location)

Panelists* and Moderator

  • John Broderick, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court and advocate for the Change Direction campaign to make the five most common signs of mental illness as widely known as the signs of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Peter Evers, MSW, CEO of Riverbend Community Mental Health, and former clinician with extensive experience in the human services and mental health fields.
  • Paul Dann, PhD, Program Director of the New England College master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Executive Director of NFI North, a multi service behavioral health organization.
  • Michele Merritt, JD, MPA, Policy Director of New Futures, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to prevent and reduce substance abuse problems.
  • Scott Spradling, an Emmy award winning media leader, consultant, and moderator.
* panelists are subject to change

Our mental health can be compromised by so many things like sudden loss, complex trauma, chronic illness, co-occurring disorders, and more. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, people often turn to alternative substances and begin a dangerous cycle that adds even more challenges to their lives and the lives of others.  Come learn about the connection between mental health and addiction, and get insightful strategies from those who know.

This event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for anyone caring for those struggling with mental health or addiction. Are you a friend or family member who has experienced these issues personally?  Are you an employer, co-worker, teacher, or coach who wants to make your school or workplace more sensitive?  Are you considering a profession in clinical mental health or already in the field?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us and help to craft the path forward.  Attendees will be able to gain new insights and share their own thoughts and ideas as we work together to advance the well-being of our community.

Sponsored by:

  • New England College’s Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a highly respected and innovative leader in the education, training and development of master’s level clinicians.
  • Riverbend Community Mental Health is a private, non-profit organization providing specialized behavioral health services in central New Hampshire since 1963. Learn more at riverbendcmhc.org.

NEC Gala Celebrates the Opening of the John Lyons Center

October 11, 2016

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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

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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 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 imcdermott@nec.edu.

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

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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 (alleywatch.com).

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 Servicechannel.com 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

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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.”