NEC Celebrates Founders Day with Fritz Wetherbee
Henniker, NH (January 29, 2013) - The New England College community will welcome back students and celebrate Founders Day, a beloved campus tradition, on Thursday, January 31. The formal event gathers students, parents, and faculty and will be led by keynote speaker Fritz Wetherbee, one of New Hampshire’s great storytellers, who will also be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his many contributions in the state.
Fritz Wetherbee is best known for his work on "New Hampshire Chronicle," a popular TV magazine show that airs on New Hampshire's WMUR TV Channel 9. His enthusiasm and genuine New Hampshire accent has made him one of the most recognizable faces in the state. Fritz has received five Emmy Awards including one for "Outstanding Achievement as On Camera Talent" in all of New England.
Over the years he has been a stonemason, tree climber, house painter, in the U.S. Army, college instructor, photographer, cinematographer, newspaper reporter/editor, radio news director, actor, film/video editor, producer, scriptwriter, and advertising agency creative director. For 10 years (1975-84), Fritz was news director and general manager of radio stations WSCV/WSLE-FM in Peterborough. From 1985 to 1995, he was the host of New Hampshire Crossroads on Public Television.
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. Today, the College offers 33 undergraduate programs, 13 graduate and professional programs and one doctorate program. Founders Day represents one of the three major academic events of the year that also includes Commencement in May and Convocation in September. The ceremony is designed to acknowledge the many accomplishments of the College, its students, faculty, and staff over the past year and is held in the Field House on 22 Grove Street, Henniker.
About 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.