NHTI President Dr. Susan B. Dunton adorned with the NHTI Presidential Medallion after an official investiture ceremony at the College on Sept. 10. Even though Dr. Dunton has been with the College since July 2014, it is tradition in academia to formally transfer leadership. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends, and was followed by a reception in the student center. Dr. Dunton is NHTI’s 5th president in our 50-year history. Representing NHTI and NH Community Colleges are Chancellor Ross Gittell, Asst. Campus Safety Director Jason Bishop, Student Senate President Dan Minnich and Prof. Joanne Shurbert.
NHTI’s newest Information Technology professor is anything but your stereotypical techno-geek. A third-generation West Point graduate, Kurt Webber is a retired Airborne Ranger Infantry officer who spent twenty-three years in the Army, to include serving with the 10th Special Forces in Germany. Knowing he wanted to teach after he retired, he also did two tours of duty teaching computer and electronic engineering at West Point.
After retiring, Kurt and his wife – who he met while serving in Germany – moved to Gilford, NH, and Kurt began teaching at Laconia (now Lakes Region) Community College. His career there was almost immediately interrupted, however, by the events of 9-11. Kurt volunteered to go back on active duty, and wound up working for General Petraeus, helping to train the Iraqi Army in 2005.
Kurt eventually returned to civilian life, and spent 14 years teaching at LRCC. But as Kurt says, “You never stop being a soldier.” In his spare time Kurt is President of the Patriot Resilient Leader Institute, a volunteer run organization which runs “Camp Resilience,” offering year-round programs “to help wounded warriors and injured first responders to recover their physical, mental and emotional well-being.”
He is also the state coordinator for West Point admissions, and notes that there will be a West Point / ROTC Scholarship Information Night on October 15th in NHTI’s own Grappone Hall. Both of Kurt’s own sons are West Point grads – now 4th generation – and are now on active duty.
Kurt’s academic duties at NHTI will involve developing new Information Technology Certificate programs under a Federal grant aimed especially at providing re-training opportunities for displaced workers. Many of these certificates will be designed to be earned in less than a year. Most will be delivered online, though some will have hybrid curricula. Kurt might end up teaching the classroom portions of some of these programs, but that is not the main thrust of his work for the moment.
Whatever Kurt does here, it seems certain that it will be done with pride, precision – and passion. Welcome to NHTI, Prof. Webber.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 ~ Rain or Shine
8 am registration, 9 am start
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Utilizing the NHTI Campus, the 3nd annual “Quonquer the Quad” is a team fitness challenge to raise monies for the NHTI Jennifer Kemp Memorial Scholarship. Utilizing the NHTI Campus, Quonquer the Quad is a team fitness challenge to raise monies for the NHTI Jennifer Kemp Memorial Scholarship. Course design by NHTI’s Tom Walton with input from Eric Marsh of Fun Intelligent Training and NHTI Director of Athletics Paul Hogan. It is comprised of numerous events created to give your body and mind a full work out, while testing your will and determination. Registration info and more details.
Monday, September 28, 4 - 7 pm
$5 for Pizza
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Brought to you by the NHTI Criminal Justice Club
Raffle Prize $250.00
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Sept 18, 2015
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