George Floyd Verdict: A Community Message
April 20, 2021Posted in News
To the New England College community:
Today we learned that Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the killing of George Floyd, was convicted on all counts: murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree, and also manslaughter in the second degree.
The long-awaited results of this trial align with what we saw in the horrific video recording of Mr. Floyd’s restraint and resulting death. It should be reassuring to know that the judicial systems in Minnesota and in the United States hold accountable those who break the law.
This process is not over. As a community committed to seeing justice served, we must remain vigilant in this case and others where injustices are perpetrated.
I know many of you wish to come together and share your thoughts and feelings about what has taken place in Minneapolis and across the United States. I wholeheartedly support such gatherings in our community and encourage you to work with college staff and your classmates to organize such events in Henniker and Manchester as needed. Let us hope that today’s outcome will serve to prevent future acts of violence against persons of color and a warning that such acts will be punished according to the law.
Dr. Michele Perkins
New England College
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NEC Expands Transfer Policy to all Community Colleges in New England
January 21, 2021Posted in News Program News
Graduates from any community college in New England receive guaranteed admission and discounted tuition.
Henniker, N.H. (January 21, 2020) In response to the increased demand for skills retraining due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, New England College (NEC) is extending its community college transfer agreement, previously limited to New Hampshire institutions, to all community college graduates across New England. Under the transfer agreement, students who have completed an associate degree at a New England community college receive guaranteed admission to a bachelor’s degree program at NEC at the affordable tuition rate of $5,000 per semester. This discounted tuition rate is ensured for a maximum of two years, enough time to complete a bachelor’s degree.
“We are thrilled to provide this service throughout New England,” said Dr. Patricia Corbett, Dean of Undergraduate Programs at NEC, and the architect of the community college transfer agreement memorandum of understanding (MOU). “Not only will community college transfer students gain from the valuable expertise of our faculty, they’ll also gain access to a broad spectrum of co-curricular options—student support services and a vibrant campus life, both at our rural Henniker campus and our urban campus in Manchester, New Hampshire.”
Under the community college transfer program, students enrolled at any community college in New England and in good academic standing are automatically admitted to NEC upon graduation—pending application, official transcript of each college attended, and official high school transcript or GED. No application fee is required. The course transfer policy includes a minimum grade requirement, transfer credits awarded for the current institution only, and a minimum grade point average.
“This is a program that NEC previously offered only to New Hampshire community colleges,” said Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Provost. “Our senior team recognized the need to help more people who have lost their jobs across our region because of the pandemic. The community college transfer program will enable these learners to complete their baccalaureate degrees in an affordable way while gaining valuable skill sets and engaging in workforce learning as part of their programs.”
Martin Luther King Day Message
January 18, 2021Posted in News
Students, staff, and faculty of New England College,
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a day when we join our fellow citizens in pausing our teaching, learning, working, and playing to reflect on one of America’s greatest sons, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Given all that has transpired since the last MLK Day, we have much upon which we should reflect.
Certainly, there is much about which I am very proud. Our community’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been nothing short of spectacular. Much has been asked of each and every one of you and you have not disappointed. Students, your steadfastness in responding to the challenges and opportunities that have come in the face of COVID is remarkable. Staff and faculty, your willingness to roll up your sleeves and do whatever is required of you to ensure our students have every opportunity to succeed has my deep admiration. I am proud of our College and am honored to be your President.
Still, even with these moments of joy, there have been moments of concern. We must continue to reflect on these as well. Our nation faces a serious challenge from those who would seek to overturn our democratic principles – to bring to an end an unblemished history of a peaceful transition of power from one President to another. I can only imagine what Dr. King might have said if he had experienced our current challenges. But I know he would remind us of America’s promise and point to heroes like U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman who single-handedly faced down an angry mob and then led them away from the U.S. Senate Chamber. Such heroism reminds me of Dr. King’s words, “There is nothing more majestic and sublime than the quiet testimony of a people willing to sacrifice and suffer for the cause of freedom.” Dr. King was right, of course, and we should take a moment in his name to think of the women and men who serve as our guardians of freedom in Washington and across our nation.
While national politics has certainly taken center stage across our nation I continue to reflect on the events of this Summer and throughout the year since last we honored Dr. King. The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others remains very much on my mind as we continue to struggle as a nation to extend America’s promise to all its citizens. We must say their names. We must do more. I am committed to honoring Dr. King’s call to action when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The stakes are too high to ignore. We will continue to move forward as a community.
Dr. King’s gift to us all came in many forms. His work early in leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott all the way to his most celebrated, I Have a Dream speech in Washington, DC all carried a consistent theme of optimism, service, and the promise that brighter days are ahead. I cherish this gift of his and I hope you will too.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Michele D. Perkins, EdD
New England College
Arthur Sullivan purchases 14 pieces of original art by alum
December 2, 2020Posted in News Press Release
A True Patron of the Arts, Arthur Sullivan Leads by Example
Sullivan purchases 14 pieces of original art by Manchester-based paper artist.
Manchester, NH (December 2, 2020)—The Institute of Art and Design at New England College announces Arthur Sullivan’s purchase of 14 works of art created by Institute alumnus Aaron Kane. Kane’s collection, entitled City Limits!, has been on exhibit and accessible to the public at Brady Sullivan Plaza’s 1000 Elm Street in the heart of downtown Manchester for the past eight months, showcasing his “cut paper” art.
“Reflecting city life, Aaron’s collection is a natural fit. So many people, tenants and visitors alike, have stopped to take in his art as they have walked through the lobby of Brady Sullivan Plaza,” explained Sullivan, co-owner of Brady Sullivan Properties. “I have long appreciated the value of art, especially local art. Purchasing Aaron’s collection is another way to support and share the incredible talent of the artists right here in our area.”
Sullivan is no stranger to the artistic talent in Manchester. For nine years, he served as Trustee at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), and Brady Sullivan Properties was a regular supporter of NHIA. Now that NHIA has become the Institute of Art and Design at New England College, that support continues.
Brady Sullivan Plaza hosted Kane’s collection of cut paper as part of a community art exhibition partnership with the Institute of Art and Design at New England College. A long-standing member of the New Hampshire Business Committee of the Arts, Sullivan generously offered to acquire all 14 works in Kane’s exhibit. His purchase keeps the artist’s series intact and provides the collection with long-term exhibit status at 1000 Elm Street.
“I’m extremely grateful that Arthur has shown an appreciation of my work and wants to give it a permanent home,” said Kane. “It has been an honor to display my art in the Brady Sullivan Plaza this year. This exhibit has given me the opportunity to showcase my cut paper to a much wider audience, and I am thrilled that the art will continue to be on exhibit for people to enjoy.”
Sullivan’s gesture not only demonstrates his commitment to the arts, local artists, and an appreciation for excellent artwork, but also shines a light on the importance of the creative economy.
“We are delighted to call Arthur and Brady Sullivan Properties friends of the Institute of Art and Design,” commented Dr. Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “It was a joy to partner with them to exhibit Aaron’s considerable talent and to work with others who support local art and appreciate how people connect with art.”
About Brady Sullivan Properties
Founded in Manchester, NH, in 1992, Brady Sullivan Properties is one of New England’s largest real estate developers. Brady Sullivan holds a sizable share of the commercial and residential markets in New England and specializes in developing, constructing and converting condominiums, apartments and homes throughout New England. Shane Brady and Arthur Sullivan bring more than 30 years of real estate experience, talent and expertise to their real estate group. They strive to provide excellent value in every product they bring to market. www.bradysullivan.com.
About Aaron Kane
Aaron Kane is a 2017 graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Art—now the Institute of Art and Design at New England College—and his work has been displayed at galleries across the country. A Manchester native, Kane is a freelance artist who specializes in “cut paper,” which is the art of cutting paper to create intricate designs and images. It is an art form almost as old as the invention of paper itself, first created around A.D. 100 in China. Learn more about Kane and his art at www.thecutpaperguy.com.
NEC Restructures and Reinvigorates Manchester Campus
November 16, 2020Posted in News
The Institute of Art and Design (IAD) at New England College formed in 2019 when the College merged with the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Since the merger, New England College has been busy improving the IAD campus in Manchester so that it can better serve art and design students. IAD now offers additional majors—3D Studies, Animation, and Game and Digital Media Design—new renowned faculty, and a reinvigorated campus that maximizes spaces for students to create, learn and gather.
These student-focused spaces include a new photography lab and studio in Rogers Williams Hall and the relocated and redesigned John Teti Library with gathering space in French Hall.
The new photography lab was custom designed to accommodate critique space, the best digital equipment and a state-of-the-art darkroom. These features provide students with one of the best photography programs in the region.
Teti Library’s new home includes an adjacent student gathering space. Students can do research, study or gather between classes, thanks to open access between the library and gathering space, comfortable seating and full technology access.
The new photography lab, library and gathering space were completed in time for the fall 2020 semester. While these facilities are not yet open to the public due to COVID-19, IAD will begin public exhibitions in Williams Hall and French Hall when it is safe to do so.
Additional plans for the Manchester campus include visiting artist in animation Christopher Ottinger, an MFA graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and graphic designer and photographer Thomas Wedell, who will join IAD’s professional practice team.
New England College Hosts Virtual Alumni Awards Celebration
October 16, 2020Posted in News
Three outstanding alumni are honored for representing the values of New England College.
Henniker, NH (October 16, 2020)—On October 13, New England College (NEC) hosted its annual Alumni Awards Celebration recognizing outstanding achievement and service to the College by its most distinguished alumni. Despite unprecedented times, the College and its dedicated community are committed to staying strong and true to NEC’s identity by maintaining its traditions. Held virtually, this year’s ceremony honored three individuals who represent the values of New England College.
The Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/na who demonstrates prominence in his/her profession and contributes significantly to the betterment of society, thus contributing to the honor and distinction of New England College. This year’s recipient was Ryan Jaziri ’08, an individual who has achieved remarkable success in his career in the 12 short years since he graduated from NEC. He is the youngest recipient of an Alumni Award in the College’s history. Ryan earned a degree in Political Science, graduating top in his class. He was also an outstanding athlete at NEC, earning four varsity letters in basketball and setting a new program record for career points that remains unsurpassed. He completed his JD from New England School of Law, in the top 5% of his class, in 2011. Ryan is now partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy, Inc. and specializes in counseling and representing employers in labor and employment matters locally and nationally across various industries. He has been recognized for his achievements and services, including multiple “Rising Star” designations by New England Super Lawyers in the field of labor and employment law. His career success and connection to NEC put a positive face for the College in the public sphere, and New England College is honored to announce Ryan as its 2020 Deborah Spring Reed Outstanding Alumni Award recipient.
The Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award recognizes an alumnus/na who displays outstanding volunteer service, leadership, and commitment to goals that enhance the reputation of New England College. This year, the award went to Adam Kapner, class of 2002 and member of the NEC Board of Trustees. Adam received his degree in Business Finance and, as noted by VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Wayne Lesperance, is someone who challenged Lesperance as a new professor at NEC and made an impact on his decision to remain at NEC. Adam is the Founder and Principal of NYC Apartment Management Inc., which was founded to provide personalized property management to New York City co-ops, condos, brownstones, foreign investors of single units, and developers. Over the past few years, Adam’s expertise was instrumental as a resource for real estate-related matters stemming from NEC’s merger with NHIA. His dedication to NEC as a member of the President’s Advisory Board and now the Board of Trustees is commendable, and New England College is honored to call him its 2020 Lee Clement Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award recipient.
The William C. Troy Award is the highest honor presented by the New England College Alumni Association. This award is dedicated to an alumnus/na who has demonstrated outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to New England College throughout their life. The William Troy Award is named for an individual who graduated from NEC in 1952 and made the ultimate sacrifice to his country when going to the aid of a comrade during the Korean War. The life of Bill Troy exemplified service, dedication, and leadership, and this award was established to honor others who share these attributes. This year’s award was bestowed on an alumnus who has had a significant impact on NEC as the President of the Alumni Board, Louis Pakula ‘85. He is the owner of Roso & Pakula Food Brokers, which is a family-owned food brokerage firm with more than 100 years of combined industry experience, providing the highest quality products and service to customers throughout the East Coast. Louis has achieved great success as both a business owner and valuable NEC Alumni Association President. He has made a great impact on NEC alumni of all graduating years and on the operations of the office of Advancement and Alumni Relations. Louis is incredibly passionate about NEC, his classmates, lacrosse teammates, and fraternity brothers, and all that he does in service to NEC is fueled by his love for the College. New England College is incredibly proud to name an outstanding alumnus such as Louis to be its 2020 William C. Troy Award recipient.
For those who were unable to attend the event live, you may watch the Alumni Award Celebration recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFfy628NlYg.
October 8, 2020Posted in News
I have long believed that each of us has a responsibility to participate in our democracy. In these difficult times of a global pandemic, in which more than 200,000 Americans have died, and where serious questions about our leadership in Washington have been raised, I believe voting may be more important than ever. So, I am asking each and every one of you to join me in registering to vote and in casting a vote in the November 2020 election. I am also asking you to support our students in their desire to register and cast their votes as well.
As you might know, we have partnered with TurboVote to make voting easier for everyone at New England College. TurboVote’s online service provides our community members with all the information and materials they need to vote in every election—local, state, and national. Students can sign up in one place to start the registration process, request an absentee ballot if they want to vote by mail, and subscribe to text and email alerts about deadlines and elections that affect them as voters.
This partnership makes it easy to encourage all community members to get involved in the coming election. Taking your first step is as simple as browsing to the link: https://turbovote.org/.
Deadlines are approaching quickly! In some states we are just days from the last day to register to vote for the upcoming election. Remember, registration and vote-by-mail deadlines vary by state, and it’s important to plan to have enough time to submit any necessary forms.
I want to thank you in advance for joining me in our participatory democracy. Your vote counts. Your voice matters. Let’s send a message this November!
Michele D. Perkins, EdD
Welcome to the redesigned New England College Magazine, featuring articles that celebrate NEC’s 75th anniversary; look to our future; and spotlight faculty, students, and alumni. The goal of New England College Magazine is to share the uncommon stories of growth, transformation, and creativity in the lives of those who have walked through NEC’s doors.
August 23, 2020Posted in News
To the NEC Community,
Together we face a challenge. Today the NEC website reports updated information on testing results for students who have arrived for living and/or learning on campus. With 689 test results, screening has identified five student cases who were asymptomatic when they arrived: four in Henniker and one in Manchester. Three of the five students have returned home, one is a commuter who will isolate at home, and one, who remains asymptomatic, is quarantined in Henniker.Each positive result concerns us, but the incidence rate is well within expectations and within our management ability. We are following the ill students closely and wish them a speedy recovery.
The results indicate that the five students arrived after being infected, but we must not let down our guard. Working with New Hampshire authorities, we have identified others who were in contact with the affected students and taken appropriate actions, including relocating students to different, more self-contained rooms. Staff who came in contact with the students will work from home until they can return safely.
As Vice President Lesperance cautioned last Saturday, “You must do your part by avoiding risky behaviors to protect yourself and others.” With the testing results, and with knowledge that some students have undertaken risky behaviors on and off campus in Henniker, we are directing all students on the main campus to remain on campus.Students who have received negative test results are encouraged to take full advantage of the campus, get outside, exercise, gather appropriately, wear masks, and practice social distancing.Students who have not yet received a negative result should remain in their residence until they receive their test results which will happen shortly.Commuters and those living off the main campus may also come to campus.
Manchester students may leave campus but are expected to adhere rigorously to social distancing guidelines and wear masks when outside their rooms. Students on the main campus in Henniker, however, may not leave campus without permission from Student Affairs and should not under any circumstances participate in large gatherings on or off campus. This restriction was implemented because of observed unsafe behavior. College staff will rigorously enforce this policy.
Bottom line: Don’t gather in large groups. “Partying” without masks has led to the spread of the virus at other colleges.We must prevent that from happening here. Please keep the Pilgrim’s Promise to be safe and increase the chances for a full semester on campus, with fewer restrictions as conditions stabilize.
As planned, remote classes begin tomorrow for two weeks. In-person classes will begin as scheduled on September 7, 2020.We will need to be flexible, however, as we see additional testing results, and, most importantly, how well we can work together to stay safe.
When I walked the Henniker and Manchester campuses during move-in –sporting my snazzy, logo mask –I saw joy radiating through face coverings, the poignant moments between parent and child.These are your moments.In this year of the virus, college, with all its promise and hope for the future, cannot be taken for granted: you are earning your time, your opportunity, through your courage in the face of an invisible enemy. I share your confidence.Let’s face the challenge squarely and safely, together.
Dr. Michele Perkins
New England College