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Vets Club to Honor Fallen Soldier

The NHTI Veterans Club will present an Honor and Remember Flag to the family of Captain Jonathan Grassbaugh on Monday, May 4 in the Student Center Rotunda at 12:00 noon.  The NHTI community is invited to attend the ceremony.

Honor and Remember flag

Army Captain Jonathan Grassbaugh was killed in action on April 7, 2007 in Iraq.  He was from Hampstead, NH.  Captain Grassbaugh was an Army Ranger attached to a Calvary Unit out of Ft. Bragg.  He and three others died in a roadside bomb explosion.

Please join us as we remember this fallen hero, and honor his family.

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Visual Arts Senior Capstone Exhibit

May 3-30
NHTI Library Gallery

Free and open to the public.  Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am - 4 pm.  Featured artists include: Luke Batchelder, Heather Duffin, Sara Ellis, Emily Knee, Emma LaBombard, Sarah Lindsay, Erin Munroe, Tucker Swett, and Daniel Tavis.

Artwork by Emily Knee

Artwork by Emily Knee

Unsung Heros

This spring, two of NHTI’s graduating seniors are Unsung Heros!

Kristy BlanchetteKristy Blanchette (right) of Laconia will graduate from NHTI this spring with a degree in Human Service.  She has been a full-time student, despite holding down a full-time time job and two part-time jobs.  She is also raising two young children, one of whom was born prematurely and still requires a feeding tube.

“I learned very quickly how difficult it can be to navigate the child care system when one has a disabled child,” says Kristy.  That is why she volunteers her time for the Child Care Advocacy Council, has taken NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) training on advocating for children, and volunteers for her school and church.  She is also an intern on the board of Belknap House, a cold weather shelter being developed for the Laconia region.

On Tuesday, February 3, Kristy received an Unsung Hero Award from the New Hampshire Children’s Trust.  The award was presented by Governor Maggie Hassan in the Governor and Council Chambers at the NH State House.

Jessica Vintinner-RobinsonJessica Vintinner-Robinson (right) is this year’s winner of NHTI’s highest student honor, the President’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship, and will be one of the college’s Commencement speakers.  For the past ten years, Jessica has worked as a trauma intervention specialist, helping families cope with the aftermath of a suicide.  Like Kristy, she will be graduating this spring with a degree in Human Service. 

Recently, Jessica was honored with NAMI-NH’s annual Unsung Hero award for the work she has done creating a suicide prevention committee at NHTI.  “Suicide is a problem on college campuses across the country,” says Jessica.  “But we’ve learned that when students are in crisis they won’t go to faculty, or staff, or counselors – but they will go to other students.”

So Jessica has established a 3-day program, funded by a grant from NAMI, to train students as “gatekeepers.”  Gatekeepers are not counselors, but they are trained to notice problems, ask the right questions, and get people help if they need it.  Students after all, says Jessica, are the ones on the front lines, living with each other day in and day out.  “We’re the ones who are going to see when something’s not right.”

Jessica will be going on for a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Human Service at Springfield College next fall.