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President’s Blog – Spring Semester Begins

It was hard to believe that classes were going to begin tomorrow. For the last two weeks of the New Years break, NESCom was been humming with activity, faculty and students. Last Saturday we worked in the Gracie to present a TedTalks event with students from John Bapst Memorial High School.

TEDxYouth@JBMHS

TEDxYouth@JBMHS

This weekend, again on Saturday, it seemed like classes were in full gear. The recording studio was the site of laying down vocal tracks with Associate Professor Walter Clissen, student Elijah Gudroe, Grammy award winner Christopher Tin and the Anonymous 4.

The Live Truck and its blended crew of professional, faculty and students was broadcasting a Husson basketball doubleheader for Channel 7/Fox from Newman Gymnasium. This was our first use of the newly installed optical fiber backbone and “plug and play” system from the Gym back to NESCom. And, Husson women and men won both games, setting two records. One is the Kissy Walker coached her 400th win, and the men’s team has now extended its streak to 13 wins without a loss.

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Anonymous 4 recording at NESCom

Finally, post-production of Three Brothers was in full swing. The video team has finished the rough edit in our edit suites of 5 scenes. These are ready for post-audio students to begin Foley studio work in the isolation booth and to bring in the actors frothier work on dialogue replacement. Take a look at Mugglenet.com or NESCom on YouTube for some recent news on our student project.

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Husson Basketball Mobile Production Coverage

Other work included a site survey of the Cross Insurance Center for high school basketball tournament where NESCom and MPBN will broadcast championship games. Faculty member Steve Vachon was at Sunday River Ski Area as part of the video crew with Red Bull Frozen Rush Event. We have Audio Coordinator and Assistant Professor Eric Ferguson and eight Live Sound Technology students at sea on the Norwegian Pearl working audio for the Trace Adkins Country Cruise. Our thanks to NESCom alum Tim Cabral of Cruise Production for making this possible. I can’t wait to hear about their adventure and to look at the photos they’ll bring back.

It’s hard to believe all of this is going on and, and school hasn’t even begun!

Thom Johnston
President

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