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Wheelchair Basketball Benefit

Kick-off Event: Tuesday Jan 20, 12-2 pm, Library
Main Event: Tuesday Jan 27, 4:00 pm, Gym

NHTI's Annual Wheelchair Basketball Benefit is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Wellness Center Gym.  This event is held to benefit the Zech DeVits Memorial Equipment Fund to support students with disabilities who are in need of assistive technology.  Items awarded previously include digital recorders, voice-to-text software and text-to-voice software.

Two teams of players compete in wheelchairs in an exciting, action-packed basketball game.  The first team will be comprised of NHTI students who are taking part in the game as a dorm competition coordinated by Athletic Director Paul  Hogan.  The second team is comprised of players from Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) and NHTI faculty, administrators and staff.

Zech DeVits Portrait by Susan Haas

L-to-r: Beverly Boggess and Mindy Carlisle of NHTI Accessibility Services, and Mark Race of GSIL, a childhood friend and mentor of Zech DeVits, with a portait of Zech created by NHTI Visual Arts department head Susan Haas.

This year there will also be a special Wheelchair Basketball Kick-off Event on Tuesday January 20, from 12-2 pm in the Library.  Stop by to see our exhibit, preview some of the donations for the Silent Auction, and enjoy some delicious refreshments!


“Create a game … in 48 hours … with the world watching!”

robotOn the weekend of January 23-25, teams of dedicated programmers, artists and musicians will gather in Little Hall to take part in a worldwide game development event.  Held simultaneously at nearly 500 sites in over 70 countries on six continents, the Global Game Jam (GGJ) brings together teams of creative individuals who collaborate to create games given the same basic theme and technical constraints.  Over 4700 participants are expected worldwide.  NHTI is the only GGJ site in New Hampshire, and one of only two north of Boston.

“The structure of a jam,” according to the official GGJ web site, “is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced.  All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.  …  The GGJ stimulates collaboration, and is not a competition.”

Anyone who would like to join the Game Jam at NHTI should contact Prof. Greg Walek at to reserve a spot.  Participation is not limited to NHTI students.  There is no entrance fee, but participants should be prepared to pay for food.  The public is invited to drop by Little Hall at around 5:00 pm Sunday for showings of the finished games. 

For further information about the Global Game Jam visit


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