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Once They Were Here

On Tuesday December 3, NHTI unveiled a New Hampshire Historical Marker located at the edge of the soccer field near the main road, where it can easily be viewed by motorists entering campus.  The marker commemorates the Pennacook Indians, the largest Native American tribal group in the future state of New Hampshire, who used the flat lands and bends of the Merrimack River for their central village.

The idea for this marker originated over a year ago from the NHTI Student Senate.  The concept and the text for the Historical Marker were researched and composed by Prof. Stu Wallace, and approved by the State Archeologist and a representative of the Native American community in New Hampshire. 

The justification for the marker is simple:  The grounds of our campus had been used by Native Americans for thousands of years for tribal central village sites and agriculture.  This will be one of the few state historical markers that recognizes the Native American presence in the State—aside from markers that highlight conflict between European settlers and natives (for example, the Hannah Dustin, Oyster River Massacre).  Our marker will portray Native Americans as real people, not as adversaries. 

Lynn Kilchenstein and Megan Spiltoir

NHTI President Lynn Kilchenstein (left) and Student Senate President Megan Spiltoir applaud the unveiling of the new marker.


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Jeff Musheno,
NHTI lab assistant, veteran

By Desiree Crossley, AMPedNH

Jeff MushenoMilitary veteran, student, instructor – Jeff Musheno’s done it all! An Army Ranger during the Vietnam War, he saw combat from 1966 to 1968 before devoting over 30 years to the NYC police force.

After retirement, Musheno returned to a former love — the machine shop. Before his service in the war, he was an apprentice in a machine shop in Brooklyn and fell hard for the work. Even during his tenure with NYPD, he maintained his own machine shop and after retirement, Musheno found himself in New Hampshire, where he got involved with the Veteran’s Administration and heard high praise for NHTI’s commitment to veterans.

The reputation of NHTI at the Veterans Administration is one of a highly accredited, serious engineering program that is VERY "vet friendly,” said Musheno.

He became a student of the college’s MET program in 2010 and it wasn’t long before his academic performance and obvious leadership abilities landed him a job as an assistant instructing Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs in the very same lab he took classes in. Driven by his “anything to improve my nation” philosophy and wanting to continue NHTI’s tradition of veteran support, he helped organize the college’s Veterans Club.

“NHTI will accommodate vets in any way necessary, which is important as some are living with both physical and mental challenges – everything from the loss of a limb, eyesight and other physical and psychological trauma. War changes you.”

And Musheno knows. After 22 months in Vietnam and decades with the NYPD, he can empathize.

“It’s important to remember, this is the only demographic in the school that’s been shot at. I know what it’s like to be shot at, so veterans can feel comfortable sharing their concerns with me,” Musheno said.

Where veteran support at NHTI is concerned, “‘fantastic’ is an understatement,” Musheno said. “The entire administration seems morally driven to understand and work with veterans. They have the depth and breadth of expertise to prepare returning vets for further education at four-year institutions or for immediate employment in the high-tech workforce. You can only flourish in an environment like this.”

That environment includes the dedicated Veterans Lounge, which offers a place for students, faculty and staff who are also veterans to assemble, relax and commiserate. And the successes are real; Musheno credited the skills learned in NHTI’s advanced manufacturing and engineering programs for the fact that it’s not uncommon students are hired right out of the teaching lab. And as for those jobs?

“I’ve been waving a flag a long time,” Musheno said. "This is important. There are magnificent jobs in advanced manufacturing. You can work in the defense sector and still participate – it lends itself to the betterment of our country.

"But there hasn’t been a day I’ve headed to a job in a machine job and said, ‘I’m going to work.’ It’s like getting paid to spend time in a hobby shop. I enjoy this work.”

He also enjoys the gratification he sees on his students’ faces when, for example, someone with no prior experience realizes they’ve become competent in this high-tech environment and can design and build anything.

“As they gain experience,” Musheno said,” they apply those skills and confidence to life and their professional ambitions. This supports their dreams.”

Jeff Musheno and MET students in lab