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Symposium 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan
NH Governor Maggie Hassan addresses an afternoon plenary session
at Symposium.

On Tuesday October 22, daytime classes at NHTI were canceled so that the college could play host to Symposium  2013.  Symposium is an annual gathering of faculty and staff from across the Community College System of New Hampshire, a tradition recently revived by CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell.

This year's Symposium was devoted to a review and discussion of the System's five ongoing Strategic Planning Initiatives in the areas of:

  1. On-line Credit Transfer
  2. Enrollment
  3. Human Resources
  4. Finance
  5. STEM

In addition to attending workshops in these areas, the 600 attendees heard addresses from Chancellor Gittell, CCSNH Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Holloway, and New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.

The conference also recognized the recipients of the 2013 Chancellor's Awards for Teaching and Service Excellence, along with all past recipients of these awards.

Wings of Knowledge
Takes Flight This Week

Some people say that New Hampshire has little diversity, but photographer Becky Field doesn’t believe that. Two years ago she started a photographic project to document the lives of foreign-born residents in New Hampshire. Since then she has been immersed in the rich cultural and ethnic diversity in the Granite State.

On Tuesday October 26, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the NHTI Library Living Room, Becky will deliver the first Wings of Knowledge lecture for 2013-14: “Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in the Granite State: View through a Lens,” and show some of her many photographs.  An exhibit of her photographs has also been on display in the NHTI Library throughout the month of October.

Photo by Becky Field

Launched in 2001-02, Wings of Knowledge is an annual series of cultural events presented by the college.  All events are free and open to the public.  The series supports and expands upon NHTI’s wide variety of academic offerings, and is another element in the college’s expanding community college mission.  For further information call 230-4028.

Veterans Day Ceremony Planned

USA FlagThe Veterans Club will be hosting NHTI’s 3rd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th from 12 to 1 pm.  Our theme is women in service.  We will have some dynamic speakers, live music and one of our NHTI colleagues singing the National Anthem. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.  This event is free and open to all.  Come support our veterans on campus and in our community!

For more information call Liz Pontacoloni at 271-6484 x4279.

The Hills Have Eyes … and so do we!

NHTI Students Meet Film Director/Writer
Wes Craven

Kelsea Huckins, president of The Eye, NHTI's literary journal, traveled to the Boston Book Festival on Thursday, Oct. 17, with Eye editor Julia Gruber Bailey, faculty advisor Paula DelBonis-Platt, faculty secretary Lynn Tilton, and others to attend the panel discussion, "Writing Terror: An Exploration of Fear." The members of The Eye were thrilled to meet writer, director, producer, and actor Wes Craven, a master of the thriller, including Nightmare on Elm Street and The Hills Have Eyes. Craven has a graphic novel called Coming of Rage releasing soon.

Wes Craven, Eye Club members, Boston Book Fest, Oct 2013
Kelsea Huckins (second from left), Julia Gruber Bailey (second from right), and Prof. Paula DelBonis-Platt (far right) with Wes Craven (seated) and members of Kelsea's family.


The students also got to meet and talk to former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson who turned to writing a spy novel, Blowback, after she was outed as a spy. Other panelists included NPR's intelligence reporter and writer Mary Louise Kelly and terrorism expert Jessica Stern, whose memoir Denial discusses her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The panel was moderated by Joe Klein, author of the political novel Primary Colors.

The panelists talked about what they fear most, from Craven's concerns about Congress and the environment to Plame's worries about Pakistan's nuclear threat. Craven also discussed his inspiration for the Freddy Krueger characters, talking about seeing a man with a scary face pacing on the sidewalk outside his bedroom window when he was five or six years old, shortly after the death of his father. Audience members posed a wide array of questions about the creative process, issues in the Middle East, and terrorism closer to home, mentioning the Boston Marathon bombing.

Art Mini-Classes in November

Want to take a Visual Arts class, but don’t have the time or funds to take a full-time course?  This is your chance!

NHTI is offering a series of 4-week non-credit art classes in partnership with the Centennial Senior Center.  The cost for each intensive, hands-on class is only $100.  There are two new classes starting in November.

Introduction to Silkscreen on Fabric
with Bonnie Farren
Tuesdays, Nov 6 - Dec 4, 12-2 pm
See how an image is transferred to the screen, and then learn the craft of multiple-color silkscreen printing from a variety of handmade prepared screens. Print botanical and natural imagery onto a useful tote, silk scarf and wall hanging of your own design! All levels of experience are welcome.


Introduction to Portrait/Mask-Making
with Thomas Devaney
Thursdays, Nov 14 - Dec 12, 12-2 pm


This is a hands on class designed for students with little to no experience in portrait sculpture. Working from plaster casts, photographs and observation from life, students will create a portrait mask in clay. This course will cover traditional methods and techniques used in portrait sculpture. Students will create an expressive self-portrait mask in Paperclay!

NHTI’s Visual Arts studios are located in the Smokestack Building at 254 North State Street.  For more information, call 228-6630 or email