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Stage Lynx Presents: The Skin of Our Teeth

Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 7 pm
Sunday, April 26, 2 pm
Sweeney Auditorium

Kyle Wallace as HenryThis spring, NHTI’s “Stage Lynx” drama club presents Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, a Pulitzer-prize winning three-part comic allegory about the history of mankind and its constant struggle to overcome adversity.  The show chronicles the lives of the mythical Antrobus family, whose individual members somehow persist throughout the ages of man – from a prehistoric Ice Age, through a quasi-Biblical Flood (now set in 1950’s Atlantic City), to the aftermath of a futuristic war.

The show is directed by James Webber, and the cast includes:

Emily Post as SabinaCory Schofield
Mr. Antrobus
Davi Penny
Mrs. Antrobus
Kelly Harritt  – Gladys, their daughter
Kyle Wallace – Henry, their son (above)
Emily Post – Sabina, their maid (left)

Keith Warner – Announcer
Chelsea Bibeau – Fortune Teller
Amelia Szelog – Muse/Showgirl/Ivy
Blaire Bouldry – Muse/Showgirl
Melissa Foster – Muse/Script Girl/Hester
Kyle Olson – Homer/Lifeguard/Conventioneer
Joshua Drummond – Telegraph Boy/Doctor/Conventioneer
Brian Topliffe – Dinosaur / Broadcast Official
Kiefer Archambault – Mammoth / Conventioneer

The Skin of Our Teeth will be performed Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25 at 7 pm, and Sunday April 26 at 2 pm, in Sweeney Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 (free for NHTI students), available at the door.

Math Team Leads the League!

The results for the NHTI Math Team’s 2014 – 2015 Student Math League (SML) season are in, and it was a great year!  The team competes in the New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEMATYC), but its scores are also rated against other schools both regionally and nationally.  There are two rounds of competition each year.

math team

The 2014-15 NHTI Math Team shows off its First Place award.  Left to right: Club Advisor Prof. Dan Shagena, John Curl-Larson, Ryleigh Lorimer, Club President Ritchie Bittle, Zhangxi Feng, Gunnar Nichols.  Not pictured:  Alex Turner, Chris Taylor.

In the first round, the team tied for 6th place in the Northeast region (out of 20 teams) with a score of 70 points, but tied for 1st with Massasoit Community College among the NEMATYC teams.  Top NHTI scorers for the meet were:  Alex Turner (17 points) and John Curl-Larson (14 points).  Alex Turner’s 17 points placed him in 14th place tie out of 170 students in the region.  Chris Taylor, Gunnar Nichols, and Ritchey Bittle also competed 

The team remained consistent in the second round with another 70 point score, but this time came in 5th place in the region, but only 2nd place among the NEMATYC schools, 3 points behind Springfield Technical Community College.   Top Scorers for the second meet were:  Gunnar Nichols (17 points) and Zhangxi Feng (16.5 points).  Also competing were Ritchey Bittle, Ryleigh Lorimer, John Curl-Larson, Chris Taylor, and Alex Turner.

With the combined results from the two meets, NHTI’s Math Team placed FIRST among the NEMATYC schools, 5th in the Northeast region, and 49th (out of 188 schools) in the nation.  Individually, NHTI had four students place among the top 20 competitors (out of 169 students) within the Northeast Region: 

  • 14th Place:  Gunnar Nichols
  • 15th Place:  Alex Turner
  • 19th Place:  John Curl-Larson
  • 20th Place: Chris Taylor

The New England Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges awarded NHTI a First Place Plaque, and awarded Gunnar Nicholas a $100 prize for being the top NHTI performer.

The Dawn of ESOL

Over the past 14 years, Dawn Higgins has watched NHTI’s Cross-cultural Education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs grow from fragmented beginnings to a department that serves over 600 students.

Dawn HigginsDawn came to NHTI in January 2001, joining the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) as what was then called an ESL (English as a Second Language) Specialist, working with only 14 students.  At that time, Cross-cultural Education was a separate program under DCE, serving just a handful of international students.

Starting in the Fall of 2001, Dawn began designing and teaching formal ESL classes.  Within a year, she and the Cross-cultural Education program proposed merging their activities, since it became clear that they were serving many of the same students.  The programs would benefit from closer coordination, and the students would benefit from having a “one-stop shop” for the closely-related services they needed.

Within two years of Dawn’s arrival at NHTI, the newly-merged office of Cross-cultural Education and ESOL (CCE/ESOL) was serving around 60 students – four times as many as when she started.  “This was a few years after the time when families fleeing from the Bosnia-Herzegovina conflict had been resettled here,” says Dawn.  “Soon after, we started to see an increase in students and families from Rwanda and Congo (DRC), and other sub-Saharan and west African countries in civil conflict ...  People think of New Hampshire as white and native English-speaking, but it’s really not true anymore.  I just heard that the second-most-common last name in Concord High School is now Darjee [a Nepali name].”

In 2008, Dawn became director of CCE/ESOL, and the program has expanded in many new directions since that time.  One of its best-known initiatives is the Sycamore Community Garden, a joint venture with the Student Affairs Office and various community partners.  Located on NHTI land near the river, the garden is open to all comers but has proved particularly attractive to the immigrant community, and now provides plots to some 120+ recently resettled families.

CCE/ESOL worked with NHTI’s Education department to design the Teacher Education Conversion Program (TECP) to train new ESOL teachers and prepare them for state certification.  It established the Conversation Partners program, pairing native English-speaking students with non-native English speakers for one-on-one conversations to facilitate learning and cultural exchange.  Conversation Partners has been integrated into the coursework of many NHTI academic programs including Human Services, IT, Nursing and Dental, Sociology, and Criminal Justice.

The CCE/ESOL program has also established working relationships with a number of community partners who work with non-native English-speaking communities, including Ascentria (formerly Lutheran Social Services), Second Start, and Concord High School.  In the last two years, NHTI has been testing Concord High’s ESOL students while they are still in high school, preparing them (and us) for the language challenges they will face when they move on to NHTI – as the great majority of them will – or to some other college.

Dawn says, “The CCE/ESOL office has come a long way in fourteen years.  Although there is a lot still to do, I am grateful for all we have been able to accomplish given our limited resources.  It could never have happened without the amazing colleagues I have to work with – not only in my office, but across our campus.  It also couldn’t have happened without a supervisor [Pam Langley] who allows our office the autonomy it needs to function efficiently.”

All no doubt true.  But it’s also hard to imagine it all happening without Dawn Higgins.

Half Price Housing!

Thinking about taking a summer course here at NHTI?  Concerned about the commute?  Worry no more!! 

Residence Life is very excited to announce (almost) HALF PRICE HOUSING*!!

Residence Life is pleased to offer students taking summer classes here at NHTI a 45% reduction on their summer housing.  There is no minimum credit load for the summer term, so taking just one class will qualify you for this reduced rate.

So, get ahead!  Catch up!  Join us for Summer Term!  Visit to apply for summer housing.   (Application link will be posted on the right margin.)

Questions??  Contact Trish Loring ( or Jessica Chisholm ( for more information.

*The reduced housing rate is the rate listed on the summer housing application.