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PTK Recognized at Regional Conference

Phi Theta Kappa traveled this past weekend to Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT for the Phi Theta Kappa New England Regional Conference.  During the conference, NHTI was recognized as a Four Star Chapter (out of Five Stars), and as the Most Improved Chapter in New England.

PTK at CT conference

Left to right: PTK Advisor Trish Godino Loring, Northern Regional Vice President Ali Sekou, Chapter Vice President Bill Kitchens, Membership Coordinator (and next year's Chapter President) Jennifer Beaulieu, and Chapter President Zhangxi "Jesse" Feng.

NHTI's Phi Theta Kappa chapter has been very active during the 2014-15 academic year.  PTK ran a C4 (Community College Completion Corps) activity during the Fall BBQ, resulting in about 250 students, staff and faculty to pledge to complete their community college education or support someone in that process.  The group participated in Senate's door decorating contest in October.  PTK attended the Honor in Action Regional Conference in October, the Regional Conference in CT, and will be at Nerd Nation 2015 next month.  The group also collected the most toys (81) for the toy drive for CHaD in February, and cosponsored inspirational speaker Shaun Sperling, whose visits to campus were unfortunately postponed due to weather.

PTK has been fundraising with a community yard sale in the fall, grilled cheese/soup sales and PTK messenger bag sales, and PTK regalia sales for grads are coming in a few weeks.

Last semester, PTK inducted over 30 members which (the most inductees ever), had over 75 students accept membership in the fall, and so far have 43 students who have accepted membership this spring.  PTK hosted four  information sessions this spring to help invitees learn more about the group, and there were four in the fall as well.  PTK will be hosting its second induction of the year on April 10th.


Job Fairs: Avoid the Wrong Moves

Job fairs are a one stop shopping opportunity to get your resume out there and employers interested in you, but it is not as simple as walking into a job fair and getting hired on the spot.  Students, especially those who’ve never attended a job fair before, may not know what to expect and could make mistakes that won’t serve their self-promotion efforts. After checking out these great resources; rocking future job fairs will be a breeze!

Job Fair Podcasts

  • Job Fairs: All the Wrong Moves - Avoiding job search mistakes that can sabotage career fair success and leave a poor impression.
  • Job Fairs: The Basics - How to successfully navigate a vital job search resource and meet recruiters who are ready and willing to speak with job seekers.

Students can access the complete College Central career podcast library through our job board.  Students create accounts by going to www.collegecentral.com/nhti.

The NHCUC 2015 Job Fair is coming!

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April 1, 2015
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Center of New Hampshire
Radisson Hotel, Manchester

The NHCUC Job Fair is free for NHTI students and alumni.  Please click here for an up-to-date listing of employers in the Job Fair Directory.  Check back as employers are still registering, so new employers will be added to this list up until the date of the Fair.

Eye'll Take Manhattan

Eye Editors Take on New York’s Weather —
and the World of Writing, Publishing, and Theater

Eye editors Alexis Shields, Kathleen Dreisig, Courtney Raymond, Kelsea Huckins, Kara Huckins, and Tom Peno -- along with faculty advisor Paula DelBonis-Platt, English department head Alan Lindsay, and his wife Cathy Lindsay -- traveled to New York February 20-22 in the midst of The Eye’s own hectic publication season.  (The new edition of The Eye and a special anniversary volume containing the best writing from the past twenty-five years will release on April 7.)

Eye editors outside Radio City

Eye editors (L-R) Tom Peno, Kathleen Dreisig, Kara Huckins, Kelsea Huckins, Courtney Raymond and Alexis Shields on the way to writing and editing workshops in midtown Manhattan.

The group first visited the famous Flatiron Building, home of the Macmillan publishers. They visited with Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press executive editor Hope Dellon to learn how she selects books to be published and how she works with authors to edit their work. Associate editor Silissa Kenney spoke of her experiences as a young editor and the excitement of discovering good stories and seeing books through to publication.  Students also met publishing manager Nicole Liebowitz Moulaison at dinner to learn more about how a manuscript is transformed into a bound book.  Book designer Nancy Resnick of Penguin/Putnam discussed the design and artistic aspects of publishing.

Eye editor Alexis Shields said she enjoyed learning about “the ins and outs of book publishing” and found the editors’ insights quite fascinating.  In between meeting with those who publish books, the group picked up a few books at the famous Strand Bookstore at Broadway and East 12th Street and scoured the rare book room for hard-to-find volumes.

The group attended a series of writing and editing workshops on Saturday at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in midtown Manhattan.  Shields attended a workshop on humor writing, taught by author Ryan Britt, whose new book Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths is due out from Penguin/Putnam in November.  “Humor writing crosses all genres so I spent seven hours learning to strategically apply humor to both fiction and nonfiction,” Shields said.  “Ryan was upbeat, encouraging, and offered a lot of suggestions to the class.  I left with loads of insight into the craft of humor writing, as well as half a dozen ideas inspired by the content of the class, and a plan to attend a future Gotham Writer's Workshop.”

Eye editor Kathleen Dreisig said she came away from the fiction workshop with a new appreciation for the individuality of a person’s writing.  “Before … I didn't see the sense in trying to write something that had already been written,” Kathleen said.  “I told the teacher of the workshop of my cynicism, and she then said something that changed me and my point of view.  It was so simple, but it really clicked.  She said, ‘Make the story your own. If you write it coming from you, it's yours.’  I now have a new-found love for the genre and a new outlook on stories in general."  Others attended sessions on writing and editing, including aspects of fiction, dialogue writing and editing, blogging, and writing and editing the personal essay.

The group also attended a performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.  The play, which premiered in 1988 is the longest running play in Chicago, if not New York, and is part of the East Village theater scene, a neighborhood that has long been important to American art, literature, and culture.  Eye president Kelsea Huckins, Eye editor Kara Huckins, and Eye treasurer Courtney Raymond volunteered to participate in the performance.

Eye editors on stage

Eye editors Kels Huckins and Kara Huckins (and Courtney Raymond, not pictured here) participated in the Neo-Futurists' production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Kraine Theater in New York's East Village.