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New England College Launches Esports Program Led by Nationally Renowned Esports Player

October 22, 2018

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Tyrelle Appleton Steps Out of Competitive Scene to Create NEC Esports Program; NEC Esports Arena Opens January 2019.

Tyrelle Appleton, New England College Esports Coach

Tyrelle Appleton, New England College Esports Coach

To complement academic programs that teach game design, game theory, social media branding, and strategy, New England College has entered the exciting new world of esports with plans to give students access to a unique New Hampshire technology environment, only found in Henniker. Starting in January, the College will launch a new esports program led by Tyrelle Appleton, a nationally respected former esports competitor, who will share his knowledge and experience with the next generation of gamers and designers. New England College is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the governing body for esports.

Appleton launched the region’s first ever collegiate esports program in 2017, and was the first ever competitive “Gears of War” player in the country to formally partner with Major League Gaming (MLG.tv). He will serve as head coach, building on deep involvement in the esports scene with experience in both tournament organization, sponsorship procurement and management.

The backbone of the gaming technology at New England College is Dell’s Alienware platform, the most popular gaming system in the world; it is offered at only a handful of colleges nationwide.

“It is the arena where the very best compete, and our technology will not only help NEC students learn and sharpen their skills, but we will be able to use this technology to provide students the very latest in video game design and development,” explains Appleton. Alienware pushes the boundaries of current gaming limits, and offers extensive partnerships nationally that will give students in Henniker unique and expansive esports opportunities.

A position on the esports roster will be competitively available to all interested students. Because this is a club sport open to all students, some will have the opportunity to build their skills and move to the professional ranks while others may play casually. Students on the roster must meet eligibility requirements including full-time enrollment, and progress toward degree requirements.

New England College will offer games such as “Overwatch,” “Fortnite,” and “League of Legends” – the most popular games in the world. All are online multi-player games and participants will compete as a team to defeat an opposing institution.

“Video gaming has been a popular activity for a long time,” said New England College President Michele Perkins, “but esports is just now emerging as a competitive event at the college level and we plan to be actively engaged from the start in this emerging field.”

Students learn, through participating in competitive esports teams, the same skills and talents as other sports: leadership, communication, perseverance, and determination. And, putting together an esports team really isn’t so different from putting together any other traditional sports team. New England College’s new esports program will include men and women competing with teams at other institutions.

New England College is currently building an esports arena at its Henniker campus, which will feature a competition and practice setting along with a comfortable vibe. Appleton anticipates 20-40 students will join the first semester. “My hope for the esports program at New England College is to build it from the ground up and help establish New England College as a major competitor in the esports field,” said Appleton. 

The addition of an esports program is intended to promote a holistic approach to the college experience, while attracting students who possess skills including critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, which are transferable to success in the classroom. New England College is a leader in technology focused programs and provides a platform where students can showcase their talents and compete with other college students regionally and nationally.

New England College President’s Speaker Series: New Hampshire’s Own Dean Kamen – Inventor, Thought-Leader, Engineer to Speak

October 4, 2018

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Inventor of Segway and Creator of Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) to Discuss 21st Century Workforce Needs in NH and Beyond.

New England College President’s Speaker Series: New Hampshire’s Own Dean Kamen – Inventor, Thought-Leader, Engineer to Speak

DEAN KAMEN

His resume is the stuff of legends. Dean Kamen has changed how we look at the world with his imaginative approach to everything from transportation to technology. Inventor of the Segway human transporter and a simple device used to filter contaminated water in third world countries to make it drinkable, Kamen’s contributions to society are immeasurable.

Now, Kamen is launching a project that, until now, has been reserved for science fiction novels.  Kamen founded ARMI, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute. The basic idea is to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies, to benefit existing industries and grow new ones. To that end, the technical scope includes innovations across five thrust areas: (1) Cell Selection, Culture and Scale-up, (2) Biomaterial Selection and Scale-up; (3) Tissue Process Automation and Monitoring; (4) Tissue Maturing Technologies, and (5) Tissue Preservation and Transport.

The long-term goal of ARMI is to expand this technology to everyone in need. The center of this activity is Manchester, New Hampshire and Kamen has made clear he intends to locally recruit the best and brightest to work on this exciting new project.

“Few people have combined dreams of ‘What if?’ with the results of creative engineering like Dean Kamen, and we are thrilled to have him visit our campus to discuss his vision for ARMI and to share how New England College, our faculty, and our students might play a role in this impressive new chapter in technology,” said New England College President Dr. Michele Perkins. “Dean’s use of engineering and science have made a difference in the lives of people all around the world. It is an honor to host him in Henniker.” The New England College President’s Speaker Series is open to the public at no cost.

WHAT: President’s Speaker Series: Dean Kamen

WHEN: October 29th at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Simon Center Great Room, 98 Bridge Street, New England College, Henniker, NH 03242


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.

New England College to Receive $2.23 Million Federal Grant to Boost Retention Rates

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NEC to Use Title III Funds to Build Student Success Center.

New England College has been notified by Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office that the College has been selected to receive a five-year, $2.23 million-dollar federal Title lll Department of Education grant aimed at raising college retention rates among low-income students. The funds will be used to improve the supports for first-year students at the College, including new services, improved orientation, and new teaching approaches designed to increase academic successes for new students. The basic idea is to help students build momentum as early as possible that will carry them through an entire four-year college experience.

“Student retention is a priority and a challenge for every college and this grant will provide the funds to help New England College make the type of investment in resources for new students that will make a real difference in their life’s path,” explains Dr. Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “I am grateful to Senator Shaheen and her office for being a champion of New England College and assisting us in this grant process.”

The federal grant will focus on three main areas of activity for New England College:

Cohesive first-year experience: This program will streamline and clarify what can be a disjointed first-year “onboarding” transition for all new students.  Faculty and staff will work to create what is called a “Purpose-Driven Orientation,” which offers resources for students.  The central component of this plan is the addition of Student Success Coaches to design and implement a plan for each student to assure success in the first year and beyond. 

Active Learning Strategies: New England College faculty and staff will redesign essential courses, with particular focus on improving so-called “core classes” that are required or encouraged for all students. The new goals of these core classes will include active learning techniques, increased use of technology, and better connections to graduate programs and/or career preparation.

Center for Student Success: To better connect what can be fragmented student support, New England College will revamp its student support programs. This new, technology-driven approach will include graduation mapping, an early academic alert system, student coaches, and new career and life planning resources. The goal is to connect programs and assistance to each first-year student’s academic goals.

“The transition to college can be exciting, but also overwhelming, and all of us in higher education understand that the current approach has gaps that results in some students leaving school or failing to get off to a successful start; this grant will help us close those gaps and retain more of our first-year students,” says Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are excited to reinvest in the programs that will help our incoming first-year students enjoy a smooth transition and greater early success on campus. This is an exciting opportunity for our school.”

According to the grant announcement from the U.S. Department of Education, “the program is designed to expand a school’s capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.”

New England College to Host Annual Fall Festival The Evening of Excellence Awards Dinner

September 13, 2018

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Premier Event at College’s Annual Alumni Weekend.

New England College will host its annual alumni awards dinner, The Evening of Excellence, during Fall Festival Weekend on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is a highlight event of the Festival, which is the longest standing alumni event in the College’s history.

The Evening of Excellence Dinner is designed to show pride for the College’s most impressive alumni, by annually conferring the College’s prestigious Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Award on those who have achieved notable distinction. Honorees are nominated by fellow alumni and recognized for their exemplary service to New England College and its mission, civic and professional leadership, and personal commitment and dedication to the community.

President Michele Perkins will present the awards. “The Evening of Excellence Awards Dinner is such an important milestone in our academic year, because in so many ways, it reminds us all, as a community, that we are engaged in a great mission, a mission that has been passed on from class to class for almost 75 years.” Perkins said.

This year New England College will present the following awards at the dinner:

Athletic Hall of Fame

Inductee: Billy Watson ’74 (posthumous)

The purpose of the New England College Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those outstanding individuals (or teams) who have contributed to the ongoing success of the New England College Athletic Program.

William “Bill” Watson graduated from Concord High in 1969 and completed a post graduate year at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. He then attended New England College where he graduated with a degree in Sociology in 1974. Bill was a consummate athlete. As a child in Concord, he could be found daily at White Park with his brother and friends in the neighborhood. At New England College he played three years of varsity baseball as a pitcher and four years of varsity hockey as a defenseman, where he was voted captain for three seasons.

After college, he coached hockey at Concord High and Tilton Academy. Later, he was a member of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association NH chapter. As he grew older, he could be found skating around Lake Morey and looked forward to an annual skating reunion with his college hockey teammates.

Honorary Alumni Award

Inductee: Scott Simpson

The Honorary Alumni Award may be given annually, when there are deserving candidates, to an individual or individuals who are non-alumni members of the College community-at-large, and who have demonstrated continued loyalty, interest, and service in the spirit of New England College.

Scott Simpson, an architect, author, and educator, has served as a trustee of New England College since March of 2010. He is the former President and CEO of The Stubbins Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has also served on the national board of directors of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC, and the Design Futures Council in Atlanta. Simpson has published more than 180 articles on issues of innovation in the design and construction industry and authored three books: How Firms Succeed, The Next Architect—A New Twist on the Future of Design, and Lessons from the Future. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and symposia and has lectured at a number of design schools across the country, including Yale and Harvard, where he is an emeritus member of the Alumni Council. Scott’s expertise has been put to good use at New England College, particularly for the new John Lyons Center, Putnam Center, and Athletic Center projects. He also serves on the Infrastructure and Audit Committees.

The Deborah Spring Reed ’60 Alumni Achievement Award

Inductees: Diana Merriam ’78, Peter Merriam ’78, and Ray Apy ’89

This award was established in 1994 to recognize an alumnus who demonstrated prominence in his/her profession and contributed significantly to the betterment of society, thus contributing to the honor and distinction of New England College.

Diana ’78 and Peter ’78 Merriam are the co-founders of Merriam Vineyards in Healdsburg, CA. Peter Merriam brings his love for living on the edge and finely tuned sense of focus to his vineyards and winery, with passions that span from the extreme in adrenaline to the extreme in patience. As a vintner, Peter finds that the discipline, determination, and singular focus that he has developed through skiing and fishing are the same skills that serve him well in the vineyard. A natural conservationist, he has always been an outdoor person. It was the beauty of Sonoma County that compelled him to plant vineyards and build a winery in the Russian River Valley.

Diana Merriam was raised in a New England home where food was not only the focus of the kitchen, but also the means of the family’s livelihood, she was transformed when she was introduced to the intricacies of food and wine during her honeymoon in France. It was there that her natural spirit of warmth and hospitality found new inspiration. The creative force behind the Merriam Vineyards Tasting Room, she hopes that guests leave Merriam Vineyard’s with feelings of generosity and abundance, reminiscent of her visits to the heart of France. A natural cook, her kitchen is where her family thrives. She also cultivates a garden every summer at their home in Maine, where she harvests a variety of vegetables.

Ray Apy ’89 is the former President and CEO of Annese & Associates, Inc., a tech solutions provider. As CEO he took the company from $50M in annual revenues to over $100M. In 2017, he sold the business to the $1.5B technology solution provider, ConvergeOne, Inc. He still works in the business today as a Vice President.

Outside of work, Apy serves on the board of directors for Syracuse, NY based software company Symphony Video, Inc., as well as on the New England College President’s Advisory Board. Together with his wife, Francine, they engage in many philanthropic activities as donors and active participants.

The Lee Clement ’49 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award

Inductee: Tom Farmen ’74

The Lee Clement ’49 Outstanding Alumni Award will be given to an alumnus/a in recognition of outstanding volunteer service, leadership, and commitment to goals in the spirit of the alumnus/a for whom it was named.

Thomas Farmen ’74 is the Headmaster Emeritus of Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot, CT. He worked at the School since his graduation from New England College in 1974, was appointed Headmaster in 1985 and retired in 2016. A Trustee at New England College since 1999, Tom is a member of the Executive, Development, and Trusteeship Committees, and chairs the Audit Committee. Tom also serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of NEC Hockey.

In addition to his volunteer efforts at the College, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of New Hampshire and is a member of the Development Committee for West Central Behavioral Health, a nonprofit, community-based, mental health organization serving the needs of individuals and families in New Hampshire’s lower Grafton and Sullivan Counties.

He and his wife, Ashley, have two grown sons. Farmen recently released his first book titled Bessie’s Story – Watching the Lights Go Out. A story about how a devoted dog’s advancing blindness provides timeless life-lessons on the art of aging gracefully.

William Troy Award

Inductee: TJ Whitelaw ’76

The William C. Troy Award is given in memory of William “Bill” Troy, Class of 1952, who was killed in action during the Korean conflict. The William C. Troy Award is presented in appreciation and esteem for dedicated service to New England College.

TJ Whitelaw holds Bachelor’s degrees from New England College in both Education and Sociology (Magna Cum Laude 1976) and an MBA from Northeastern University (1986). As an alumnus, Whitelaw served as Co-chair of the New England College Golf Classic for many years in addition to being involved in a variety of Alumni activities. In 2011, he joined the New England College Board of Trustees and currently serves as the Board’s Vice Chair, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee, Vice Chair of the Finance and Investment and the Academic Affairs Committees, and is also on the Enrollment and Student Engagement Committee. In addition to his New England College activities, Whitelaw served on the Board of Concord Country Club for many years and currently volunteers as an Ambassador at the Mount Sunapee Ski Area.

He was employed with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and HP for over 27 years, moving on in 2005 to join Riverbed Technology as Director of Business Development. He and his wife, Jae ’75, have two adult daughters, Kate and Lindsay.


Tickets to the reception and dinner are $30. To register for The Evening of Excellence Dinner follow this link: https://www.nec.edu/awards-dinner

9/11/18

History Repeats Itself: New England College Celebrates Another Year of Record Enrollment

August 23, 2018

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For Second Straight Year, Large First-Year Class Enrollment Drives Student Population Up at Henniker Campus.

Marking a new era of record breaking enrollments more students will be arriving in Henniker, NH again this fall as New England College kicks off the new academic year.  Approximately 475 first year students will gather at Convocation on the Simon Green on the afternoon of August 24.

“We are building on the recruiting successes of last year and I’m thrilled to be welcoming such a large and diverse group of students to New England College,” says New England College President Michele Perkins. “We are experiencing planned and deliberate growth, which is an important part of fulfilling our strategic vision.  Larger student populations mean we can continue to grow and enhance our academic and athletic offerings. In addition, we are expanding our campus facilities and our impending merger with the New Hampshire Institute of Art will give our students even more choices in the near future.”

New England College proudly enrolls one of the most diverse student populations in all of New England. Currently, 36% of the College’s students are from underrepresented populations, reflecting growing diversity and the most diverse campus in New Hampshire. Incoming students will be arriving at New England College from the greater New York City area and also coming from as far away as Hawaii, Alaska, California, and Florida. Students are also coming from throughout New England, including approximately 100 students from New Hampshire. The College will also welcome a significant number of international students from many countries including: Australia, China, France, Norway, Japan, Zimbabwe, and Canada.

As a result of strong enrollments, New England College is creatively bucking trends confronted by many other small colleges and universities who have seen their enrollments shrink in recent years. New England College has been strategic in increasing undergraduate enrollments, in developing new graduate programs (both on campus and online), and has been successful in fund raising. The College is in the public phase of its first ever capital campaign and has raised approximately $36 million toward a goal of $37 million. The College sees strong growth into the future, all of which translates to the best possible student experience.

“With a strong financial foundation, we can afford to offer competitive and generous scholarships and grants to students. We work closely with families and students to maximize value and affordability,” explains President Perkins. “Private, non-profit colleges like ours are not out of reach financially. They have a wonderful track record of graduating students prepared for the real world – we embrace the liberal arts while incorporating engaged and experiential learning in a small classroom setting, taught by a talented and supportive faculty.”

New England College is ready to welcome new and returning students for the first full day of classes on August 27th. The College has established additional residence hall space to accommodate incoming students and anticipates an announcement soon concerning greater residence hall and office space for the expanding campus.

8/23/18

New England College Unveils New Logo and Tagline

July 27, 2018

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Part of New Visual Identity Campaign.

New England College has unveiled a new logo design for the private, liberal arts College located in Henniker, NH. “It’s new, improved and still red, white, and blue,” said President Michele Perkins. The logo will be used as the centerpiece of a new visual identity campaign for the institution and will be rolled out over the coming academic year.

The abstract design, one of four final options considered by the College community, was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees at their May meeting. “After more than ten years it was time for New England College to refresh its logo to better reflect the dynamic growth and success of our institution,” Perkins said.

The revitalized graphic identity is the result of a year-long process that included feedback on design options from various campus stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees. The new logo replaces the previous stars and stripes design and is intended to convey New England College’s strength and excellence as it moves forward with its plan to become the most highly respected and sought after small private college in New Hampshire, known for its innovative academic programs and as a leader in experiential education.

Along with a new logo the College has also adopted a new tag line – FORWARD – which will be part of the new design and reflects the College’s commitment to forward movement as an institution and the momentum of its students both academically and personally.

“Our goal in launching a new logo is to bring new energy to our institutional image, to take what makes us who we are and modernize it, and to allow our logo to show up more effectively on everything from print pieces, the Web, in social media, on various apparel items, and on mobile devices,” said New England College Board Chair Lex Scourby.

A new style guide will be developed and available for signs, merchandising, and the logo’s use on the Web.

NEC and NHIA Announce Intent to Merge

May 29, 2018

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New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today that they intend to complete a merger of the two institutions.

The merger will enhance the delivery of academic programs and streamline administrative services. There are several academic programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the areas of art, design, writing, and education, that align well at both institutions and which will be enhanced through joint marketing and programming efforts. Further details on structure and operations will be announced over the next several months.

Officials from both institutions will work closely during this transition period to develop the processes and procedures to benefit students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and their communities. The transition process will address issues such as academic programs, accreditation, student services, enrollment operations, human resources, and finance.

“We will work carefully together over the next several months to determine the best structure for merging the institutions and will be diligent in our efforts to keep our campus communities informed and involved,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.

“This merger offers the opportunity to significantly enhance our academic programs, improve administrative services, and build upon both institutions’ strong academic offerings,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “The merger of our institutions will make us more attractive to students from across the country and internationally.”

New England College is a private, non-profit, four-year, and graduate, higher education institution located in Henniker, NH and is dedicated to providing exceptional education for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the north, New England College prepares students in a manner that is robust, thorough, and engaging. The College offers thirty-seven Bachelor’s degree programs, twelve Master’s degree programs, and one Doctoral degree program all delivered in the liberal arts tradition and with an emphasis on experiential learning. New England College enrolls approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, Professional Development) in art, design, and writing serving over 2,000 students annually on two campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Both presidents believe a merger offers two outstanding higher education institutions, each committed to the liberal arts and real-world learning, the opportunity to explore the benefits of sharing academic programs in a cooperative format targeted at better serving students through expanded academic offerings.

New England College Welcomes Mount Ida College Students

April 11, 2018

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NEC Plans to Attend College Fair at Mount Ida College Campus on Tuesday, April, 17, 2018.

New England College has announced it will welcome students impacted by the closure of Mount Ida College to its campus in Henniker, NH, by providing a streamlined admission process and the opportunity to complete their college degree at a small, welcoming college community.

As students and families consider their options following the closure announcement, New England College has responded by offering Mount Ida College students – both currently enrolled, and admitted, for the fall of 2018 term – a number of benefits to make their transition as seamless as possible.

Students will receive automatic acceptance and have no application fee; transfer of all their Mount Ida College academic credits; degree completion in the same amount of time as would have been the case at Mount Ida College for the same or similar majors. In addition, students will be offered financial aid that results in the same net cost of tuition, fees, room and board as at Mount Ida College, renewable each year until graduation.

New England College is a private, non-profit institution with a beautiful campus in Henniker, New Hampshire, 90 minutes from Boston. Campus facilities include the new John Lyons Center, 11 residence halls, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, and a new performing arts center that will open next year. Student life is vibrant, diverse and personal. With an average class size of 13, professors, staff, and students are close-knit and full of Pilgrim Pride!

New England College offers associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to 3,000 students on campus and online.

You Belong Here, at New England College!

Learn more >> www.nec.edu/statement-to-mount-ida-college-students

For more information contact New England College at admission@nec.edu, call 603.428.2223, or apply at www.nec.edu/apply.

Commencement Speaker Announced for 2018 Ceremony

April 10, 2018

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Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX to Address New England College 71st Commencement Graduates.

Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX

Julián Castro, Former HUD Secretary and Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX

President Michele D. Perkins announced today that the Honorable Julián Castro, Dean’s Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and founder of Opportunity First, will serve as New England College’s Commencement 2018 speaker on May 12, 2018. Previously, Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 and as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.

“I am delighted that Secretary Castro has agreed to serve as this year’s featured Commencement speaker,” said Perkins. “He is a national leader and educator who launched his public service career in 2001, becoming San Antonio’s youngest councilman. His personal story, which includes being a student who relied on Pell grants and scholarships to pay for his education, is one that will resonate strongly with our students,” Perkins added.

Secretary Castro launched into the national arena with his keynote address – the first by a Latino – at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Earlier this year, he announced the formation of Opportunity First, a political action committee supporting young, progressive candidates for local, state and federal office. Secretary Castro is currently working on a memoir to be published by Little, Brown and Company in the fall of 2018.

In March 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. Later that year, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Previously, Secretary Castro was an attorney and worked at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP before starting his own practice.

Secretary Castro received a BA from Stanford University in 1996, and a JD from Harvard Law School in 2000. He and his wife, Erica Lira Castro, an elementary school educator, have two children. The family lives in San Antonio, Texas.

During the New England College Commencement Ceremony Secretary Castro will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from the Board of Trustees in recognition of his career achievements and professional success.

 

New England College Rolls Out VeoRide Bike Share Program

April 9, 2018

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Free rides available now until April 15.

New England College is partnering with Indiana-based VeoRide to provide a new bike share program, which launched on April 6, for students, faculty and staff. Initially, 20 bikes will be available at six designated bike parking areas across campus.

VeoRide’s easy-to-use and adaptable dockless bike share system allows riders to locate a nearby bike via their smart phone and unlock the joy of bike riding for a quick commute or simply a ride to enjoy the outdoors. VeoRide bikes’ sturdy construction, built-in safety features and three gears set them apart from the typical bike share experience.

“VeoRide will be a great addition to our campus. We appreciate the flexibility of the dockless bike share system, and the quality of their bikes,” said Mark Mitch, associate professor of environmental sciences at New England College. “We look forward to introducing this new amenity to our students, faculty, staff and broader community.”

A special VeoRide-NEC Launch Event was held on April 6 in front of the student center. Games, free food, free bike rides and special gifts were provided to participants. Representatives from VeoRide and NEC provided more information about the bike share program and demonstrated the simple process of renting a bike.

From now until April 15, NEC students, faculty and staff will be able to try VeoRide for free. After that time, pay-as-you-go rides are available for as little as 50 cents for 15 minutes. Additional packages for monthly or yearly rates are available, with discounts for NEC students and employees.

To rent a bike, download the VeoRide app, locate a bike, open Bluetooth on your phone, scan the QR code on the bike or enter the bike’s ID to unlock, and ride. At the end of your ride, park at one of several designated parking locations identified in the app and simply push the button on the bike lock to end the trip.

“Bike shares are gaining popularity in the U.S. as more people recognize the value that bikes contribute to a community’s health and vitality,” said Candice Xie, VP Business Development of VeoRide. “New England College shows it’s forward-thinking and committed to a healthy future.”

For more information about the NEC Bike Share, visit www.veoride.com/nec.