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Environmental Action in Lowell

Six members of the Environmental Action Club and advisor Ruth Heath attended the Campus and Community Sustainability Solutions Conference at UMass Lowell on April 17.  There were four workshop slots with several choices in each.  Some of the sessions we attended were: Local Food Systems, Urban Parks and Trees, Reducing Waste to Zero, Sustainability Careers, Toxics Reduction and Better Health, and a Green Building Walking Tour of Lowell. 

The students felt good about arriving at this ‘green event’ in the school’s alternative energy car.  Besides the workshops they checked out a Smart Car on display, and a BioBus (which they plan to bring to NHTI this fall).  

After the conference the club walked to the nearby Life Alive: Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe and enjoyed the casual, artsy atmosphere and the delicious vegetarian/vegan food and smoothies.  Who knew Lowell was such a cool place?

Environmental Action Club outside Life Alive restaurant

The club outside Life Alive Cafe: Nick Metcalf, Ruth Heath, Ashley Barr, Kasey Bartnick,  Ronny Stelly, Alec Rucker and Derek Burton.

Summer Art Classes

Always wanted to take an art class, but never had the time (or the cash)?  Now's your chance!

batik dragonflyThis summer, NHTI will offer a series of 4-week art classes in partnership with GoodLIfe Programs and Activities.  The cost for each intensive, hands-on class is only $100, plus materials.  These are non-credit classes.  Topics and schedule are as follows:

  • Birdbaths, Pots and Whimsical Garden Sculpture with Annie Campbell, June 5-26, Thursdays, 1-3 pm
  • Introduction to Watercolor with Sara Ellis, June 3-24, Tuesdays, 1-3 pm
  • Batik Dyeing with Cheri Dalphonse, July 10-31, Thursdays, 1-3 pm
  • Introduction to Acrylics and Impressionist Painting with Sara Ellis, August 5-26, Tuesdays, 1-3 pm

NHTI’s Visual Arts studios are located at 254 North State Street, next door to GoodLife Programs and Activities.  For more information read our news release, call (603) 228-6630, or email

Under the Boardwalk

On Thursday May 8, a joint team of Landscaping and Architectural students placed a boardwalk in the meadow on the south side of Grappone Hall. The boardwalk will bridge a seasonal wetlands and serve as the centerpiece of a walking trail thru the area, which is gradually reverting to a more natural state.

Boardwork installation team

The project was conceived by Landscape & Environmental Design major Patrick McKinney of Atkinson (far right), overseen by department head Susanne Smith Meyer (second from right), and funded by an EPA grant.  The boardwalk was built by AET majors supervised by Bill Kitchens of Concord (third from left).

Spring Golf Tournament Wrap-up

This Spring’s 26th Annual Faculty / Staff / Student Golf Tournament proved to be another great day! There were 7 teams of four that participated for a total of 28 people at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf course.  The 9-hole best ball scramble “crowned champions” were Coach Paul Hogan, Andy Levins and Shelby Wheeler.  Coach Hogan’s team shot two under par to take first place.

Golf Tournament May 2014 - Team Moffett

"Team Moffett" looking to see how far they have to go to catch "Team Hogan”!

NHTI’s Tae Kwon Do instructor Daniel Jung’s team of Aaron Hughes, Don Smith and Doug Smith took second place, coming in even on the day.  Don Smith also managed to have the longest drive.  The "Closest to the Pin" award was captured by Melanie Kirby.

"Most Spirited Team" would have to go to the Library Staff, with matching shirts and great enthusiasm for the day!  There were many retired faculty who also came back for the day to enjoy the game and socialize with the NHTI community. 

Thank you to Beaver Meadow Golf Course for hosting this event, Allura LeBlanc and Curtis Williams from the Wellness Center for helping out and taking some great photos, and to all the participants!  Looking forward to the Fall Golf Tournament on October 3, 2014.