NHTI’s 50th Anniversary – A Day to Remember!
NHTI’s 50th Anniversary celebration on October 3rd began at 8:30 in the morning and lasted until the wee hours of the night. Hundreds of people were on campus that day, enjoying the alumni games, taking tours of the campus (and marveling at how much the College has grown), enjoying the family fun time and EYE-scream social. Faculty members from more than 15 different programs offered back-to-class lectures and demonstrations for visiting alumni.
NHTI coaches, alumni athletes and current student athletes gather to celebrate NHTI’s 50th Anniversary.
Of course, the hot spot for the day was the Hydration Station where folks enjoyed each other’s company, chowing down on tasty cheeseburgers, hotdogs and other snacks and washing it down with a nice, cold beer. Chef Alan Blake and his team of NHTI volunteers manned the busy Hydration Station for five long hours, chatting with NHTI alumni, former faculty members, and visiting teams who played against NHTI’s Lynx Teams.
That evening, the gala began with the 50th Anniversary video premiere in Grappone Hall. More than 200 guests enjoyed one of two showings of the video before heading over to Little Hall Capital Commons for dinner and dancing. Chartwells provided gourmet foods including turkey and ham carving stations, a mashed potato bar, a delicious homemade macaroni and cheese station, and of course, birthday cake!
Gala guests raved about the band, The Crush, who played music from the 60’s to the current day. The dance floor was packed with people the entire night.
Many former NHTI faculty and staff members came to the party. They spent hours laughing and reminiscing together about their time at “the Tech.”
NHTI’s Dental Department
came out in force at the
50th Anniversary gala,
including all five
Dental Department Heads!
From left, Sue Box, Cheryl Dorfman,
Carolyn Hartnett, Donna Clougherty
and Deb Albrecht.
Art LeBlanc emailed, “Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed Saturday night’s festivities. It was great to see so many familiar faces. It was obvious that a lot of planning went into the event. It made me proud to be part of such a fine institution.”
George Dobrowski graduated
in the first class of 1966
with a degree in Electronic
Here he stands with his
yearbook photo at the
50th Anniversary Gala.
Thank you, George, for coming
all the way from Texas
to join the fun!
Mark Tatham, a 1972 graduate of the Electronic Data Processing program, attended both day and evening festivities with his wife, Eve. He writes, “We enjoyed our campus tour immensely. Our guides were very courteous and helpful. They were especially patient in listening to me reminisce about how different things were in my days at NHTI, and making sure I got to see everything I wanted to see. The dinner was excellent and it was great to have a chance to let loose and dance the night away. I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful celebration of NHTI. I am very proud to say I got my start at NHTI.”
We reached our goal of raising $50,000 from 50 companies for NHTI’s 50th Anniversary. We especially want to thank our major sponsors:
- Allegro Microsystems
- Chartwells Dining
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
- Susan B. Dunton & James Tanner
- EXACOM, Inc. – an employee-owned company
- Grappone Automotive Group
- Holloway Automotive Group
- NH Federal Credit Union
- TD Bank
- UNH – Manchester
Lindsay Graham and Martin O’Malley on campus this week
Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend forums with two presidential candidates being held on campus.
- On Tuesday, Oct 13, at 2:45 pm, Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R, South Carolina) will hold a town hall-style discussion in the Grappone Hall second floor lounge. Graham is a former four-term member of the House of Representatives.
- On Friday, Oct 16, at 1 pm, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley (D, Maryland) will hold a forum with students in the Simonton Lecture Hall (Grappone 301). O’Malley was elected Governor of Maryland in 2007 and held the office until 2015 when he became a candidate for president.
NHTI marked its 50th Anniversary with home games in several intercollegiate sports, including cross-country, softball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. With the eyes of their alumni upon them, the Lynx teams acquitted themselves with honor.
The day began at 11 am with the Lynx Cross-Country 5K Invitational for women, followed by the men's 8K at 11:45. Three teams competed in both races. The NHTI women finished second in their race, led by Raquel Gelinas in second place at 23:47. The NHTI men won their race with a perfect score of 15 (taking the top five places), led by Brandon McCoo who won the race with a time of 28:03.
The YSCC Men's Baseball and Women's Softball Final Four playoffs also commenced at 11 am, and continued throughout the day with games at 1 pm and 3 pm. In the men's contest, top seeded College of St. Joe’s shut out the fourth seeded Lynx 7-0 in their first game. The women won their tournament, beating UNH 7-2 to advance to the finals, and going 6-0 against Saint Joseph’s. Tori Lemay (Manchester, NH) struck out 10 and allowed five hits in the championship game on her way to tournament MVP.
Ron Wills, 1969 MET graduate (center), played on NHTI’s first ever baseball team. Here he stands with current Lynx baseball players Gavin McFarland (left) and Max Legier.
The Women's Volleyball tournament pitting NHTI against YSCC conference foes Unity and Paul Smith's colleges began at noon and ran throughout the day with games at 1:30 pm and 3 pm. NHTI defeated both teams, keeping the Lynx unbeaten in conference play (8-0) with two matches remaining this season.
At 1 pm, the NHTI Men's and Women's Soccer teams mounted simultaneous games against Hampshire College. Both teams triumphed, the men 8-1, and the women 2-0. Danielle Wiley (Penacook, NH) turned aside six shots in the women's shutout victory. The women are now 7-2-1 on the season, with a 5-0 record in YSCC play.
For more complete descriptions of these and other Lynx Athletics games, please visit NHTI's Sports News page.