New VISTAs: Joe Randolph
NHTI's newest AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, Joseph Randolph, grew up in rural Ohio. He attended Hiram College, a small liberal arts institution in Hiram, OH, where he majored in English and Philosophy.
By the time he graduated, Joe felt ready for something bigger. He joined City Year, an AmeriCorps program working to end the dropout crisis, and spent a year tutoring low income kids in inner city Philadephia. Though he was proud of his work, it was a hard year. "I was missing nature," he says. "There's only so many parks in Philly."
A friend a Dartmouth College persuaded him that New Hampshire was "the place to come to." Through AmeriCorps, Joe discovered Campus Compact and the newly-created VISTA position at NHTI that he now holds.
Joe will be working to establish an outreach program for NHTI students with financial needs. The idea is to provide counseling after students receive their loans, helping them to make responsible decisions and avoid becoming part of the nation's growing "student debt crisis."
Though he has been here barely a month, Joe seems to think his friend from Dartmouth gave him sound advice. "It's relaxing, calming," he says of both New Hampshire and NHTI. "Everybody's super nice and friendly." Though he admits things have gotten a little crazier in Strout Hall, where he lives, since the students got back a few days ago!
Stage Lynx, the NHTI drama club, will hold auditions Monday Sept 22 and Tuesday Sept 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Sweeney Auditorium for both its fall and spring productions.
The fall show is "Reckless," a dark comedy by Craig Lucas, directed by Jim Webber. Production dates: Dec 5-7. Characters include:
- RACHEL – Young mother with a shaky grasp of reality.
- TOM / TOM JR. – (Father) Troubled, secretive, guilt-ridden. (Son) – Insomniac, depressed student plagued by unresolved dreams of his childhood.
- LLOYD – Gregarious and generous, Lloyd has escaped from a terrible tragedy, and a terribly big debt. Married to POOTY.
- POOTY – Paraplegic woman who pretends to be deaf to collect double disability, a secret she hides from her husband. Also plays TALK SHOW GUEST (a self-involved book author).
- ROY / TIM TIMKO / TALK SHOW HOST - ROY is office manager at Hands Across The Sea, a non-profit. TIM is a sarcastic TV game show host. TALK SHOW HOST – of a ‘Dr. Phil’ type program.
- TRISH / WOMAN PATIENT – TRISH is a taciturn and secretive worker at a non-profit, with hands on the accounts. WOMAN PATIENT – A happy patient finishing up a successful session with her therapist.
- DOCTORS ONE THROUGH SIX – Rachel’s therapists – a question answerer, a question asker, clueless, primal scream specialist, affirmation repeater, infantile comforter. (Male or female.)
The spring show will be "The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Michael Turner.
Auditioners do not have to prepare monologues, but will read from scripts provided at auditions. For further information contact Jewel Davis at (603) 271-6484 x4150.
Sept 5, 2014
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Fall Art Classes
Always wanted to take an art class, but never had the time (or the cash)? Now's your chance!
This fall, 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. The first two classes begin September 9!
- Introduction to Watercolor with Sarah Ellis, Sept 9-30, Thursdays, 1-3 pm
- Introduction to Drawing with Sara Ellis, Sept 9-30, Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 pm
NHTI’s Visual Arts studios are located at 254 North State Street, next door to GoodLife Programs and Activities. For more information call (603) 228-6630, or email info@GoodLifeNH.org.