Message from the President of New England College
A Message from the President of New England College…
When it comes to politics, there are few places in the United States that are as exciting, or significant, as New Hampshire. From the “First in the Nation” primary, to the first ballots cast in Hart's Location and Dixville Notch, to the state’s predictions and observations on winners, losers, and also-rans. New Hampshire is the place to be for candidates, surrogates, commentators, and anyone interested in the process that elects our nation’s highest officials.
Since the 2000 Presidential Election cycle, New England College has brought the electoral process to a new audience eager to learn and participate. Nearly 1000 college and high school students convened at College Convention 2004 and 2008 organized by members of NEC’s faculty, staff and students. This special program featured leading presidential candidates, international media, and participants from across the country for a face-to-face look at the people and issues that shaped the campaign.
In January 2012, just days before the “First in the Nation” primary, New England College will again host College Convention. Although the election seems to be a long way off, candidates are making news on a daily basis, campaigns are scheduling frequent visits to the state, and commentators are seeking voters’ opinions. We invite you to be part of this exciting event.
One of the hallmarks of an education at New England College is our emphasis on civic engagement and social responsibility. Whether you vote now or in the coming years, your understanding of the dynamics that influence public policy is important. Your involvement in the workings of democracy is crucial. College Convention 2012 is an opportunity to find out what it’s all about. I look forward to seeing you there!