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Discover the Power of Authenticity
with Shaun Sperling

Shaun SperlingTuesday January 27
Sweeney Auditorium
12 - 2 pm

Shaun's uplifting and thought-provoking programs provide you with the tools to overcome fear and resistance and embrace your unique gifts.  Learn the importance of being and staying true to yourself.  Open to all NHTI students.

New NHTI / SNHU Dual Enrollment Agreement

Earn a Bachelors Degree and
Save Thousands of Dollars!

NHTI logoWant to go on for your bachelor's degree?  Now it's easier than ever!

SNHU logoNHTI and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) have partnered in a new dual admission agreement that will facilitate the transfer of NHTI graduates to SNHU to complete a 4-year degree.  Following is a quick Q-and-A about the new program.

Q:  When can I apply for dual admission to SNHU?

A:  At any time, if you are an NHTI student enrolled in an academic program.

Q:  When will I be accepted to SNHU?

A:  Upon graduation from NHTI.  Acceptance is guaranteed, provided:

  • you have a 2.0 or better GPA;
  • you have good academic and disciplinary standing.

Q:  How many of my NHTI credits will SNHU accept towards my bachelors degree?

A:  Up to 90.  Only course work with a C- grade or better is transferrable.

Q: How much could I SAVE?

A:  THOU$AND$!  A student who transferred 90 credits from NHTI to SNHU, as opposed to taking those credits at SNHU, would save over $10,000 at current tuition rates!

For more information on the details of the dual enrollment program, contact the Admissions Office at

Lesser Wins EPSCoR Grant for Sycamore Garden Research

This spring, NHTI Natural Science Professor Tracey Lesser's students will be performing original research in the Sycamore Garden adjacent to campus.  Though open to all comers, the Sycamore Garden has been embraced by Concord’s substantial refugee community, and now provides plots to more than 130 refugee families who have resettled here.  The students' work will hopefully bring tangible benefits to the gardeners while helping the students themselves learn valuable skills.

Bhutanese Gardener

A Bhutanese woman tends to her mustard greens in the Sycamore Garden.

NH EPSCoR logoTracey won a $10,000 grant this summer from NH EPSCoR, the state branch of a National Science Foundation program to support basic research in environmental and space science, biomedicine and health sciences, and energy.  Partnering with students from Colby Sawyer College (all NH EPSCoR grants require collaboration between two or more academic institutions), NHTI's environmental science students will analyze the garden's soil over the next two years, and make recommendations for its improvement.

“The Sycamore Garden was established on land that was previously used for growing corn,” says Lesser, "which depleted certain nutrients from the soil.  Current use patterns vary greatly depending on the cultures of the gardeners.  Some may be growing legumes, which might be helping to restore the missing nutrients.  Others may be growing corn, which would only make the problem worse.

"As soon as the ground thaws, we plan to take 100 samples throughout the garden.  We'll send 50 to UNH for analysis, and 50 to the Cooperative Extension.  This will help us calibrate our own equipment so that our students can do their own analysis in the future.  The students will also do a GIS (Geographic Information System) map of the distribution of nutrients in the garden.  Sampling will then continue throughout the growing season so that we can determine what impact the plants may be having on nutrient levels."

The ultimate goal is to formulate a plan to improve the garden, which would probably require the periodic application of soil additives.  This is not something the grant would pay for, but Tracey is hoping that community supporters might step forward -- a garden supply company, or "even a farmer with a load of manure."

The point of the project, says Lesser, is to show that community college students can do meaningful research with low-cost equipment that can be of genuine benefit to the community.  Hopefully, monitoring the soil in the Sycamore Garden will become a standard lab for NHTI's chemistry students, and the gardeners will reap the benefits of their work for years to come.