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Husson University and NESCom Combine to Create Multi-Media and Communications Powerhouse

Husson University and the New England School of Communications (NESCom) have announced that they will come together as a single educational institution after receiving approval from their accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), to combine forces. NESCom students entering and returning in the fall of 2014 will now be Husson University students.

In making this announcement, Dr. Robert A. Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Husson University said, “Husson is excited about adding the full power of NESCom technology and programs to our portfolio of schools and colleges. They are one of the nation’s leading educators in multi-media and communications. The synergy between our two organizations will enhance both institutions’ program offerings and create a multi-media and communications powerhouse.”

The New England School of Communications offers four-year degrees with concentrations in variety of programs including video production, audio engineering, live sound technology, journalism, sports journalism, radio broadcasting, marketing communications, web media, and entertainment production.

NESCom will retain its name as it becomes a school within Husson University. Combining NESCom and Husson University is the next logical step in an institutional relationship that has been growing closer over the past 20 years. Both organizations focus on career education and hands-on learning as part of a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff.

In the same action by NEASC that expressed confidence in Husson, the University received a full 10-year re-accreditation. The addition of NESCom to Husson will strengthen and expand a variety of the university’s educational programs including marketing, sports management, hospitality and tourism, and criminal justice.

Husson and NESCom have been working together for the past two years to bring about this shared vision. Thomas C. Johnston, President of NESCom observed, “Husson and NESCom have been on the same campus since the 1980s. Our students have lived in the same residence halls, enjoyed meals in the same dining center, recently began playing on the same athletic teams, and often attend the same classes. From a student’s perspective, we have worked hard to make this process almost seamless.”

Johnston continued: “Joining with Husson will allow us to push further into video and audio post-production as well as digital filmmaking. We’ll also be able to develop graduate degree programs and begin offering evening and online courses.”

Students set the bar with production of the Nite Show

A note from NESCom President Thom Johnston:

The Nite Show with Danny Cashman has become a cult classic production that airs weekly across Maine, and in parts of New Hampshire and the Canadian Maritimes. In the tradition of Johnny Carson and David Letterman, Danny Cashman and his merry band of sycophants create a half hour broadcast every week that is a smorgasbord of talk and entertainment. The host and his sidekick Joe Kennedy, are a self-effacing duo who are, much like Carson and McMahon, at their best when things go astray. The Jump City Jazz Band, made up of of talented musicians, serves as the house band. That alone is worth the price of admission (which is free). While the Friday and Saturday night broadcasts on WABI, WAGM and WPXT have been polished somewhat in post-production, the best viewing is to attend a live session. Typically, three shows are produced in one session, but not necessarily in seriatim, which makes the live event a most interesting evening. Depending on the location where The Nite Show is recording, you can order a bowl of chili, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer as you play the role of a live audience

Noel Paul Stookey gets ready for his performance with NESCom student Nate Hart


Rustic Overtones on the Nite Show

None of this would be possible without a strong partnership, which includes WABI and the New England School of Communications. WABI is the platform which carries and distributes the Nite Show. The students and faculty of NESCom provide all of the production, which is a great resume builder for them. The most recent session took place at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor this past Wednesday night and was well attended, probably because of the venue and because of appearances by Noel Paul Stookey and The Rustic Overtones. Watching a show under construction adds to the entertainment, and you don’t have to go to New York or LA to see how this is done. You can catch mistakes, watch retakes, see how the present becomes the future and enjoy the band and guests as they offer more to the live audience than you’ll get in a 30 minute episode (distilled to 22 after commercials).

For those who are discerning and interested in video production, I commend watching the NESCom students in action with video cameras, microphones, cables, and consoles. On the audio side, sound is simultaneously being mixed for musician monitors, broadcast mix, house audio and multi-track recording. Regarding video, you’ll see multiple camera positions, a hand-held fig rig, an occasional mini-dolly and a flypack switcher. All of this activity is fascinating dance of technology and talent constrained by the clock.

If you’re interested in attending the next recording session, keep an eye on TheNiteShow website for upcoming tapings.

-Thom Johnston
New England School of Communications

Students & Staff Document 11/12/13 As A Day In The Life Of NESCom

On November 12th, 2013 the New England School of Communications asks students, staff and faculty to document their day from morning to night in order to capture the NESCom experience. Throughout 11/12/13, cameras could be found all over, carried by shutterbugs that included NESCom President Thom Johnston.

We invite you to watch the slideshow below assembled all the photos submitted to


NESCom Professor Films Award Winning Documentary

Rafael Garcia (Director), Todd Eastman (Director of Photography), Richard Webb (Assistant Director/Mexico, Camera Op), Nich Nycamp (Camera Op),  on the steps of the Church of San Tomas in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

Rafael Garcia (Director), Todd Eastman (Director of Photography), Richard Webb (Assistant Director/Mexico, Camera Op), Nich Nycamp (Camera Op), on the steps of the Church of San Tomas in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

In 2009, a group of filmmakers set out to Guatemala and Mexico to tell the story of the ancient Maya and the discovery of a once sacred site that lies under the surface of Lake Atitlan. The expedition leads to the 2000-year-old city of Samabaj with breathtaking results. Now completed, the finished film, titled Mayan Blue, has received awards and acclaim at film festivals across the country.

The crew, lead by Director Rafael Garcia included Director of Photography and New England School of Communications professor Todd Eastman. “My goal was to convey the same sense of wonder and discovery I was was feeling at that moment while staying true to the vision of the film” says Eastman as he reflects on the process. In addition to serving as Director of Photography, Eastman was also Steadicam operator and a diver on the production. With filming on land and underwater, the production involved 5 years of complex production that was required to effectively tell the tale venturing into the Mayan underworld known as Xibalba (pronounced /ʃɨˈbɒlbə/).

Mayan Blue was screened at the 2013 SOHO Film Festival. It received an Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Savannah Film Festival and was recognized as Best Cinematography and Best Documentary at the Geneva International Film Festival.

Eastman, who is developing the Digital Film program at NESCom adds; “I consider the experience of making this film both an honor and a landmark in professional growth that I can pass on to students. To be given the opportunity to create images that can take people places they have possibly only dreamed of is a privilege”.

For more information on Mayan Blue visit the film’s Facebook page