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Ski Program Returns to NEC

July 25, 2014

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New England College Looks Forward to Reinstating Ski Program

Recruitment for Full Time Coach Underway

New England College will reinstate NCAA varsity alpine skiing beginning with the ski season of 2015-16. In addition, NEC will hire a full-time coach in the fall of 2014. The ski coach will recruit throughout the upcoming academic year as New England College plans to field competitive squads in both men’s and women’s alpine racing.
“The alpine skiing program and the College’s proximity to Pats Peak allow for a unique opportunity for New England College to renew its commitment to skiing,” said President Michele Perkins.

1964_016-Frat-photocallourNew England College will have its home training course at the local Henniker mountain, Pats Peak. Pats Peak will provide the perfect atmosphere for training with some of the longest and steepest pitches in southern New Hampshire. The mountain is conveniently located just minutes from the College. The U.S. National Slalom Championships were held at Pats Peak in 1974. Today, Pats Peak features one of the highest capacity computer controlled snowmaking systems per acre in the Northeast.

The history of skiing at New England College is a long and storied one. In 1967 the first men’s ski team was started at New England College. The team raced as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Division II until 1972 when the team became Division I. In 1974 the men’s ski team became the first program in NEC history to qualify for an NCAA national tournament. The women’s team was also established in 1967 and began skiing at the Division I level in 1980. The men’s and women’s teams eventually combined for seven NCAA championship appearances. NEC currently has 13 alumni (two women and 11 men) who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
NEC will compete as the tenth member of the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference. The MacConnell Division schools are members of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and emphasize the team performance concept. Conference qualifiers participate in the USCSA regional events and may qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing Championships.

1964_020-ski team-photocalloutAbout New England College
New England College emphasizes experiential learning as an essential component in the development of an enduring academic community. Building upon a strong liberal arts foundation, we challenge our students to reach their full potential through informed discourse and the pursuit of excellence in a framework of academic freedom. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Teacher Education Program (and the majors in Elementary Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education) are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

AutoFair President Andy Crews Presented Honorary Degree Hood From New England College

July 1, 2014

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Andy Crews and President Perkins

On Thursday, June 26 New England College presented Andy Crews, President and CEO of AutoFair, a framed hood for his many contributions in the state of New Hampshire.  The hood represents the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters that was awarded to Mr. Crews in January during New England College’s annual Founders Day celebration.  Founders Day is a campus tradition that gathers students, parents, staff and faculty to honor the College’s founding members and acknowledge its’ achievements.

Andy Crews is President and Chief Executive Officer of AutoFair, a New Hampshire-based business consisting of a number of auto dealership franchises.   In 2009, Andy was honored as one of the Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” for his significant business achievements and his community leadership philosophy.  Andy’s resume is long with military service, board memberships, and philanthropic involvement, and reads like a truly American story of success.

“It is an honor to present Andy Crews with this framed doctoral hood,” said Dr. Michele Perkins, President, New England College.  “Andy’s dedication and contributions to the state are remarkable and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize him.”

“Andy Crews has been an incredible success story for the city of Manchester and the state of New Hampshire,” said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  “He’s hard working in his profession and in his commitment to serving the community.  Being recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments and receiving an honorary degree from New England College – one of our state’s hidden jewels – is a great honor I know Andy will cherish.”

Andy’s employees proudly applaud his achievements.  “Andy is an entrepreneur, a leader, a goal-oriented, make-it-happen type guy,” said employee Jason LaCroix, General Manager of AutoFair Honda.  “Since joining the AutoFair Team in 2006, Andy has been the driving force in growing the business from three franchise dealerships to seven, and employing over 550 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  Andy is a great inspiration to all of us.  He is a self-made man starting in the business as a technician and working through all the ranks.  He has become a great leader in the community working with local and statewide charities, community leaders and supporting everyone around him.”

The celebration of Founders Day at New England College was instituted to honor the vision and leadership of the founding faculty, administration, and students of the College.  Founded 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.    Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Convocation in September and Commencement in May.


New England College Hires Prominent Enrollment Leader

June 11, 2014

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Brad Poznanski, VP of Enrollment

Brad Poznanski, Vice President of Enrollment

New England College has hired one of the state’s best enrollment management leaders.  Brad Poznanski will join the college July 1 and brings valuable experience in all elements related to college admission and enrollment management.  As NEC’s Vice President of Enrollment, Brad will lead enrollment strategy and operations, and oversee undergraduate and graduate admissions, including online, hybrid, and low residency programs.

In his 35 year career, Brad has been a respected and successful Vice President for Enrollment Management at both Saint Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University.  Earlier positions include Director of Admission and Financial Aid at SNHU, Director of Admission at Rivier College, and Assistant Director of Admission at Curry College.

“I am thrilled to have Brad part of our team,” said NEC President Michele Perkins.  “He has a wealth of knowledge that New England College will benefit from, and comes to us highly recommended.”  Last week Brad received the 2014 Harry R. Carroll Distinguished Service Award by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).  This award recognizes college admission counseling professionals whose contributions and achievements merit special recognition and is the association’s highest annual award.

“It’s a great pleasure for me to join New England College,” said Brad Poznanski.  “The College has a strong foundation and excellent academic reputation and I look forward to being part of sharing its message with future students.”

Brad is a trustee of Granite State Management and Resources, a member of the advisory board of Bishop Guertin High School, a past-president of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, and served as the elected representative to the College Board National Guidance and Admission Assembly Council.  Brad is a frequent presenter at regional and national professional meetings on topics related to college admission and enrollment management.  He earned a BS from Springfield College, and MS from Rivier College.  Brad and his wife, Brenda, reside in Nashua, NH.

New England College to Induct Four Former Student-Athlete Standouts into Athletic Hall of Fame

June 4, 2014

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Athletic Hall of Fame

New England College is proud to announce the 2014 inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This year New England College will honor four former student-athletes whose outstanding character and ability have contributed to the ongoing success of the New England College Athletic Program.

NEC will recognize two former men’s ice hockey athletes, including Dennis “Red” Gendron who graduated in 1979 and more recent graduate Jeremy Koning who garnered his diploma in 2006.

Dennis “Red” Gendron was a leader on defense for the Pilgrims from 1975-79 and served as a team captain in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.  For his career Gendron totaled 92 points, including 31 goals and 61 assists, leading the Pilgrims in assists in both 78-79 and 75-76 seasons.  In addition to his time on the ice Gendron was three-year memeber of the baseball team.

Jeremy Koning was also a leader on offense over his four seasons with the Pilgrims.  Koning totaled 143 points, including 53 goals and 90 assists during his time as a Pilgrim.  He led the team to 76 wins from 2002-2006, including an Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) East Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Koning garnered several awards in 2005-06, including JOFA Second Team East All-American, ECAC East First Team All-Conference, New England Hockey Writers’ All-Star and All-U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Second Team.

NEC is also proud to recognize the Hall of Fame’s first women’s ice hockey inductee, 2008 graduate Elizabeth Ross.  Ross was a two sport athlete at New England College excelling in both women’s ice hockey and softball for the Pilgrims.

On the ice Ross led the Pilgrims to 53 wins over four seasons, leading the team in scoring both her sophomore and junior seasons.  Ross currently holds the program record for most career goals finishing with 60 and is tied for the school record in career points with 130.  Ross was named to the ECAC East All-Honorable Mention Team in both 2006 and in 2007.

On the diamond Ross anchored the Pilgrim outfield seeing the bulk of her time at the center field position.  Ross finished her career hitting .310 with 130 hits 86 runs scored and 56 stolen bases.  She was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Second Team All-Conference in 2006 and 2007 and was named to the CCC All Honorable Mention Team in 2008.

Rounding out the inductees will be field hockey and softball standout Amanda Lester.  Lester graduated from New England College in 2008 and played four seasons of both field hockey and softball.

On the field hockey field Lester helped lead the Pilgrims to 61 wins, four CCC Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances.  Lester is the current record holder at NEC for most goals and most points in a single season and holds the career records in both points and in goals completing her career with 94 goals and 212 points.

Lester was named National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) First Team All-American in 2007, NFHCA Third Team All-American in 2006 and was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Lester was a four-year catcher for the Pilgrims in softball.  She hit .323 for her career with 136 hits and 77 runs scored. Lester was named CCC First Team All-Conference in 2008 and CCC All-Honorable Mention Team in 2006.

The inductees will be honored during New England College’s Homecoming Weekend which will be held September 26-28.  For more information or to reserve your spot please email the Advancement Office at or call 603.428.2398.

New England College Graduates First Doctoral Class

May 16, 2014

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New England College will graduate its first doctoral class at the 67th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Nineteen students will receive their Doctor of Education degrees, with concentrations in Higher Education Administration or K-12 Leadership.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Lee Clement Arena located at 38 Grove Street in Henniker, NH.

“Our commencement is especially thrilling this year as we confer the first doctoral degrees ever awarded at New England College,” said NEC President Michele Perkins.  “We are excited for all our graduates and look forward to celebrating their achievements this Saturday!”

The Doctorate of Education program was a natural addition for the College that already had successful Masters programs in Education and Higher Education Administration.  A Doctorate in Education satisfied an increasing demand of students seeking to deepen their knowledge and skill base by earning a terminal degree.

“The work produced by this inaugural doctorate class is sensational,” said Gavin Henning, Professor and Director of Doctorate Education Programs.  “Our students have been working on research that will significantly impact students and educational organizations at all levels.”

Launched in 2011, the Doctor of Education program accepts roughly 20 students each fall.  The class creates cohorts – small collegial groups – that are encouraged to optimize teaching and advising resources, leverage the diverse professional experience of fellow students, and support one another throughout the program.  This very intense cohort model is a hallmark of the program and something all students find valuable.  “I did a lot of research before choosing this particular program for my doctorate,” said Amy Lyon, a student in the first class and one of this year’s commencement speakers.  “I chose the New England College program because of its cohort model, curriculum and connection with faculty.”  Amy is a fifth grade teacher at Sutton Central School, New Hampshire.  She developed a curriculum to teach three components of grit – optimism, self-control, and perseverance.Because of her ground-breaking work, Amy was invited to participate in a yearlong think tank with MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Angela Duckworth, a nationally renowned researcher of the grit concept.  Amy’s dissertation topic is, Teaching and Fostering Qualities Related to Grit.

A few other candidate snapshots include:

Thomas Horgan: Tom is the President and CEO of the New Hampshire College & University Council, a statewide not-for-profit consortium of public and private colleges and universities.  A recognized leader on higher education issues, Tom was selected by Business NH Magazine as one of New Hampshire’s Leaders for the 21st Century.

Dissertation Topic: The Emergence of Nontraditional College Presidents at Small, Private Colleges in New England

Marie Ortaliz: Marie is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and the Founder of the Marie Ortaliz Center, Inc., an organization that provides seminars to aid in the improvement of nursing care by keeping current with changes in healthcare and complying with nursing related standards.  In January, Marie participated in a medical mission in the Philippines through the Philippine Nurses Association of New York (PNANY) and the Balik-Turo Project, an initiative of the Philippine Nurses Association of America.  In June Marie will receive the 2014 Philippine Nurses Association of American (PNAA)Nurse Educator of the Year Award.

Dissertation Topic: Impact of Preceptor Training on Effectiveness of Preceptors in Delivery of Skills and Knowledge to Nurse Orientees

NEC Commencement Speaker Announced

April 25, 2014

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Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president emeritus of Saint Anselm College, will speak at New England College’s 67th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Father Jonathan will speak on the value of a liberal arts education, and his long tenure of successful leadership at a liberal arts institution.  For his many contributions and service to the state, Father Jonathan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Father DeFelice

Father Jonathan DeFelice

“Father Jonathan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “We’ve worked together on a number of initiatives and I admire his commitment and loyalty to education, particularly the liberal arts.  Everyone who knows Father Jonathan knows how dedicated he is to preserving the values of higher education and to ensuring the success of college students everywhere.  I know he will be an important part of our celebration.”

“I am honored by New England College’s invitation,” said Father DeFelice.  “Commencement is an important milestone for graduates, and I look forward to celebrating their considerable accomplishments during this special ceremony.”

Father Jonathan is the longest serving college president in New Hampshire, leading Saint Anselm for over two decades.  Throughout his work he has emphasized the need for academic and extracurricular pursuits that balance with spiritual growth, and underscore the value of a liberal arts education.  A member of the Saint Anselm Class of 1969, Father Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, served as a theology instructor, dean of students, assistant to the academic dean, dean of freshmen, as well as associate director of Campus Ministry.

Father Jonathan has served as chair of both the New Hampshire Colleges and University Council and the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission.  He served two terms as a Commissioner for the regional accrediting association, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and has chaired a number of accreditation visits in the region.  He was a founding member of the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Forum on Higher Education (now NH Forum on the Future), and in 2012 New Hampshire Governor John Lynch appointed him as a director of the New England Board of Higher Education.  Nationally, Father Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and represents the Association of Catholic College and Universities on the Board of the American Council on Education, the largest association and coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions.  Father Jonathan served as founding chair of Campus Compact, a state and national initiative focused on service learning.

Another special guest at Commencement will be James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council.  Mr. Brett will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, for his exceptional leadership representing New England organizations that work together to promote economic growth and high quality of life in the region.  He has been a leading voice in advocating for public policy issues such as health care, education, financial services, and energy throughout New England and Washington, D.C.  Before joining the Council, Mr. Brett served for more than fifteen years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  He held a succession of important leadership positions, including the chairmanship of two of the most significant committees in the Massachusetts legislature, Banking and the Committee on Taxation.  In these positions, he brought together various constituencies to create economic opportunity for the Commonwealth’s citizens and businesses.

Upcoming College Graduates Network in Boston

April 1, 2014

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New England College students who are just a few weeks away from graduation participated in a day of networking and career information with successful alumni working in Boston.  Initiated by Dan Lynch ’85, Senior Vice President at Natixis Global Asset Management and member of the New England College Board of Trustees, this opportunity is a great example of New England College’s commitment to using experiential learning to provide added value beyond traditional college education.  “We are at a point in our careers where we can really appreciate how critical our New England College education was to our foundation,” said Dan Lynch.  “We’re passionate about paying it forward and supporting the future alumni of NEC.”

Leading the group of students was Gene Durkee, Director of Career and Life Planning at New England College.  “Interacting in a professional environment with successful NEC graduates is a real confidence-builder and power-start to a job search,” said Gene.  “Students need to get first-hand information and possible interview scenarios from real people.  The NEC alumni professionals understand the circumstances and provided several settings to practice common networking and interview interactions.  Our students are now even more prepared to take on the world!”

“It was a great experience,” says Raymoan Clay, New England College Business major in the Class of 2014.  “Dan Lynch offered to help me with industry exams and certifications which I know I will benefit from immensely.  It was amazing that we got to meet these alums who were more than willing to help us get started in our career.” Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College also noted, “This is a perfect example of the type of community wide investment New England College places in our curriculum by having students, alumni, trustees, staff and faculty all invest in the professional goals of our students.”

The day featured presentations and tours by the following successful New England College alumni:

  • Gary DeSimone ’85, Director of Marketing at John Hancock LTC Insurance
  • Dan Lynch ’85, Senior VP at Natixis Global Asset Management
  • Dyan Goodwin ’82, Managing Director at Bank of America/U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management
  • Jay Gardner ’81, Owner of the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, a popular restaurant on Boylston Street

The participating New England College students included:

  • Jesse Ostring, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Marketing
  • Jillian Zanine, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Raymoan Clay, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Ivan Delic, Class of 2014, Business Administration and Psychology
  • Agnes Fotino, Class of 2015, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Courtney Joyal, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Miranda Murphy, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
  • Courtney Manseau, Class of 2014, Business Administration/Accounting
  • Louisa Carroll, Class of 2014, Communication Studies
  • William Dynan, Class of 2014, Business Administration
  • Artur Kochuev, Class of 2013, Business Administration

Project Pericles Debating for Democracy (D4D)™ 2013 National Conference

March 25, 2014

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Two New England College students are reveling in the recent announcement that they won a nationally-sought award.  The Project Pericles Debating for Democracy (or “D4D”) 2013 National Conference is a campus-based co-curricular where students from member colleges and universities research, develop, and advocate their opinions and positions on current public policy issues.  The D4D program includes a Letters to an Elected Official competition, where students submit letters proposing innovative solutions to a wide variety of issues.  New England College student award-winners, Martina Cohran ‘16 and Mariel Rheingold ’15, wrote a letter to US Representative Ann M. Kuster (D-NH2), on the issue of early childhood education.  Other letters submitted to the competition related to issues ranging from the African American Youth Incarceration, education finance reform, and human trafficking, and were sent to elected officials throughout the United States.  Finalists received a cash award of $250 to apply to an engaged learning project, and the winners will receive $500 to apply to work towards the issue. The ultimate goals of the competition are to engage students around a public policy issue, the political process, and with their elected officials.

NEC students Martina Cohran and Mariel Rheingold submitted “A Letter Concerning the State of Early Childhood Education in the United States” which began, “We urge you to support and sponsor the House of Representatives (H.R.) Bill 1041, also known as “Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013”.  H.R.1041 is an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.  This bill aims to set a national standard for early childhood education, improve focus on individuals by lowering class sizes and improving student-teacher ratios.  The bill also aims to set higher standards and qualifications for teachers while allowing easier access to early childhood education for disadvantaged and Native American students.”

New England College President Michele Perkins, Ed.D. was incredibly proud of the announcement.  “We are so pleased with the benefits of our Project Pericles membership and congratulate Martina Cohran and Mariel Rheingold for their incredible work representing us alongside students from some of the most prestigious and selective colleges in the country.”

About Project Pericles

Project Pericles is a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs.

Founded in 2001 by philanthropist Eugene M. Lang, Project Pericles works directly with its member institutions, called Pericleans, as they individually and collaboratively develop model civic engagement programs in their classrooms, on their campuses, and in their communities.

Currently, Periclean colleges and universities across the country are each implementing a unique program of curricular and co-curricular initiatives that prepare and encourage students to become active, responsible citizens.  These initiatives include signature Periclean programs – the Civic Engagement Course (CEC) Program, Debating for Democracy (D4D) , and the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program – and constructively engage students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and alumni in a range of socially-oriented enterprises and collaborations.

By hosting annual meetings of presidents, faculty, and students, Project Pericles helps Pericleans share best practices that promote civic engagement as a significant element of higher education.

Project Pericles continues to earn recognition for its distinctive qualities and impact as its membership gradually expands.  Project Pericles encourages higher education to promote a more just and compassionate society by preparing future generations of thoughtful and involved citizens.

INBRE Grant Transforms Research Laboratories at New England College

February 27, 2014

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The linoleum floors, standard black slate countertops, and old cabinets painted in bright primary colors didn’t exactly scream “RESEARCH” when New England College students walked into the science laboratories. With little storage facilities, cramped working spaces, and meager equipment, conducting any serious study has been a challenge for them. But thanks to about $68,000 from the National Institutes of Health in the form of the INBRE grant, that’s all changed. New England College was the only INBRE partner in New Hampshire to be awarded renovation funds as part of the larger $650,000 grant received by the College in September.

Over the winter, the laboratory spaces used by Dr. Lori Bergeron, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. James Newcomb, Assistant Professor of Biology, have been transformed – and so has the work of their student researchers. These research laboratories now feature ample storage units and generous work spaces. The new resin epoxy countertops are both heat and chemical resistant. New equipment includes microcentrifuges, CO2 incubators (in case you want to grow bacteria in a lower oxygen environment), and gel electrophoresis equipment for those days when you can’t wait to separate DNA and RNA. And for those not familiar with common laboratory equipment, there is a brand new freezer for storing enzymes.

According to Dr. Debra Dunlop, Professor of Biology and one of the NEC administrators of the INBRE grant, much of the recently purchased laboratory equipment is actually not all that expensive. “It’s not so much the cost of the equipment,” noted Dr. Dunlop, “but how our students use it that is important. Research is what scientists do and this renovation supports the College’s mission of engaged and experiential learning.”

In Dr. Lori Bergeron’s lab, three New England College students will be working full-time between May and August. Students will be able to tailor the floor plan of the lab to their research with a mobile work station. Another work station is ADA compliant, and there is a new station for a computer and new data lines that run through the raceways along the walls.

Dr. James Newcomb’s lab has a similar configuration but has been designed to accommodate his specialized research. The laboratory can be completely darkened allowing him to study the circadian rhythms of organisms. The cabinets have been hung higher in his lab in order to create enough room for two large aquariums, used to house marine animals. One special piece of equipment for Dr. Newcomb’s work is a vibration-free table. The 200-pound surface floats on a cushion of air eliminating any vibration that would impede microscopic examination of small cells.

“The difference between the old and new labs is immeasurable,” states Dr. Newcomb. “With the old laboratory, work surfaces and storage areas were limited and there was no refrigeration. Each new lab is around 288 square feet – that’s nearly 600 square feet of dedicated research space – there’s nothing like it on campus.  We also purchased and installed a generator to protect experiments and specimens from a long-term power failure that could destroy months of work.”

What is most exciting for Dr. Newcomb is the effect that the new laboratory space has had on the student experience at New England College. “The positive outcome of the INBRE grant can be seen in the undergraduate research program in the sciences at New England College. This is what is really profound. It plays a significant role in the educational experience at NEC and impacts just about everything we do. For example, seven students recently presented a poster at the Eastern New England Biological Conference in Boston. All of the research that went into that presentation was done right here in this new lab in the past two months.”

During the renovation, New England College’s own extreme makeover team did much of the work. Project supervisor, Carl Nudd, and Jay Burgess, Director of Campus Facilities, were instrumental in transforming the research space. “It was amazing to see both laboratories gutted in just two days,” remarked Dr. Dunlop. “NEC crews did a fantastic job on the floors, electrical, and plumbing. They completed just about everything except for hanging the cabinets on the walls. The College has made significant contributions in labor to the project in addition to what was provided by the INBRE grant. We are most grateful for their efforts to get this done in such a short time so that researchers and students can fulfill the goals of the grant.”

According to Chuck Wise, the New Hampshire INBRE Project Manager, New England College did a great job using federal funds efficiently. “The first and second floor laboratories at NEC were identical spaces,” he notes. “This allowed for one basic set of design specifications and resulted in significant design, fabrication, and installation savings. We are all quite pleased at how much laboratory renovation work was accomplished using limited funds. Quite frankly, the projects exceeded our most optimistic expectations.”

NEC Hosts US Senate Candidate Jim Rubens

February 24, 2014

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As part of its Town Hall Meeting Series, New England College will host US Senate candidate, businessman and entrepreneur, Jim Rubens, on Monday, February 24.

Rubens is a two-term Republican State Senator who served as the chair of the Public Affairs and Education committees. He was Board President of Headrest, a substance abuse program and suicide prevention hotline serving northern New England. Rubens is a private venture investor, focusing on New England start-ups in proprietary technology and healthcare solutions.

As part of its ongoing commitment to civic engagement, New England College hosts many events like this local Town Hall Meeting, NEC Speaker Series, national College Convention, and debates at all levels.  Its Polling Institute has become a popular resource for national and local media.  NEC is also home to many seeking a Masters in Public Policy.

“Jim Rubens is the first of many candidates and elected officials who will visit New England College between now and election day in November. We are very excited to have Mr. Rubens join us for a Town Hall Meeting” says Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Professor of Political Science.

“Students enjoy the opportunity to support local candidates and hear their insights on matters that hit close to home,” says New England College sophomore Amanda Biundo, who also leads the College Republican Club.  “I am thrilled to introduce Mr. Rubens to my fellow peers and the NEC community.”

Rubens will address students, faculty, staff and community members in the Simon Center Great Room in the center of New England College’s campus (98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH at 6 pm. This is event is free and open to the public.

About Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens is a small business owner, entrepreneur and two-term Republican State Senator who served as the chair of the Public Affairs and Education Committees. He attended Dartmouth College and studied chemistry, leaving in his Junior year to pursue political, social, and business entrepreneurship. Jim has founded and run over a dozen businesses. He was Board President of Headrest, a substance abuse program and suicide prevention hotline serving northern New England. He is a private venture investor, focusing on New England start-ups in proprietary technology and healthcare solutions. He has lived with his family in Hanover, New Hampshire since 1980.