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NESCom & Maine Chapter of SPJ Present Free Screening Of Obit Documentary

The Maine Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the New England School of Communications present a free screening of the documentary OBIT on Thursday, November 9th 6:30pm at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. The award-winning documentary about the team of writers at the New York Times who craft unequaled obituaries.

The screening will be hosted by Maine Public’s Irwin Gratz.
Special thanks to River City Cinema.

Society of Professional Journalists Host Screening of Tickling Giants

The Society of Professional Journalists at Husson University will host a free screening of the documentary Tickling Giants on Wednesday, April 19th 7pm in Libra Lecture Hall.

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef created the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.

Tickets to the screening are free but you can RSVP in advance HERE

For more information on the film, visit

Entertainment Production Students Hard At Work On Spring 2017 Events

The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace.  Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD  and Scenic Construction  (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.

This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.

Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.

April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop.  This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.


A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.

The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.

NESCom Video Production To Host Filmmaking Workshop With Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

The Video Production department at the New England School of Communications of Husson University will host a free filmmaking workshop with Travis Trudell on February 22nd, 7pm at the Gracie Theatre.

Trudell has worked in the camera and lighting department for many notable movies including The Social Network, Manchester by the Sea, The Town, Shutter Island and Ghostbusters.

The audience will be welcome to ask questions after a visual presentation about set etiquette, safety, and professional lighting techniques. Trudell is well known for his accessible teaching style and friendly sense of humor. Please join us for a fun and informative evening about making a living through the art and craft of filmmaking.

$1 Million Anonymous Gift Will Support Virtual Reality Learning Space at Husson University


Husson University has announced that it received a $1 million gift from a source who wishes to remain anonymous. The gift will be used to create a new interdisciplinary learning space for students enrolled at Husson’s New England School of Communications (NESCom) and College of Business. Once completed, this facility will be dedicated to the conceptualization, marketing, management, and production of virtual reality presentations. The learning space will be a part of the Innovation Wing in Husson’s proposed new College of Business building.

In extending the appreciation of the University community for this generous gift, President Robert Clark noted that the gift from a member of the business community reflects a strong commitment to the vision of excellence in professional academic programs that Husson offers. “It’s a terrific reflection of the confidence that the donor has in supporting Husson’s future and ensuring that its mission of professional education is enhanced.”

“Students at the New England School of Communications and the College of Business will both benefit once this innovative new learning facility is completed,” says Husson University College of Business Dean Marie Hansen, Ph.D. “It will give Husson the infrastructure we need to promote the interdisciplinary study of virtual reality.”

Hansen continued: “Virtual reality has so many workplace applications. Marketing, healthcare, education, science and other disciplines could all one day be using virtual reality to help increase their organizations’ productivity and profitability. Technology like this helps keep NESCom students current and ensures that they’ll be work-ready upon graduation.”

The $1 million gift covers the advanced software and hardware that will need to be integrated into this space. Constructing this facility in the proposed College of Business building is also more cost effective than trying to add a new wing to the existing Wildey Communications Center.

“Giving students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with cutting-edge technology is what NESCom is all about,” said Edward Goguen, academic director and assistant professor/audio coordinator at the New England School of Communications at Husson University. “In my experience, innovative thinking when combined with the latest communication tools, gives students the educational foundation they need to achieve career success.”

Advancement Vice President Sarah Cary Robinson feels that this gift is as innovative as the technology it supports: “How appropriate that this lead gift for the Innovation Wing of the new College of Business building represents its own form of innovation. Our benefactor wished to support two seemingly divergent focus areas – communications and business. We came together and talked about programs and synergies. In the end, we were able to structure a gift with a single focus that will strengthen learning opportunities for both NESCom and the College of Business. Now that’s innovation! As we move forward raising funds for the College of Business building, we look forward to similar conversations with other individuals who understand and support our vision.”

NESCom & River City Cinema Parter To Present ‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ Screening


River City Cinema, in partnership with NESCom at Husson University will host a screening of Malian music documentary The Will Have To Kill Us First on Thursday, April 21st at 7pm a the Gracie Theatre.

They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian music in exile is a feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.

Director Johanna Schwartz will be on-hand for a Q&A following the film.

Admission is $10 for the public with free admission for Husson University students with student ID at the door. Tickets are available online or at the door the night of the screening.

For more information on the film, visit


Entertainment Production Degree Program Announces Spring Musical

Each year the Entertainment Production degree program at NESCom at Husson University produces a musical in the Gracie Theatre‘s Black Box Theatre. For Spring 2016, the Entertainment Production students will present Jesus Christ Superstar with shows running April 15th, 16th, & 17th.

Tickets will be available at the door. $3 for students and $5 for general admission.

Jesus Chris Superstar Poster

The Nite Show To Air Special Produced With Husson Alive: the NESCom Experience Students


The Nite Show with Danny Cashman will present a special edition of the show with high school students taking over as guests and members of the crew. “High School Nite” will air on Saturday, May 30, and was produced in conjunction with Husson Alive: The NESCom Experience

“We have been looking forward to this for quite some time. The high schools in Maine are such a resource for tremendous talent and personalities that it was easy to find great guests for our show,” said Nite Show host Danny Cashman. “On top of that, despite doing a high school themed show, my transcript continues to go unchecked, keeping my dirty little secret alive that I never passed high school English…or science.”

Viewers of High School Nite on The Nite Show will notice guests hailing from high schools in Maine. Among them, Nick Danby of Bangor High School, who is ranked 2nd in the country by the National Speech and Debate Association, will be interviewed on the show. Alex Quinn, winner of individual awards for outstanding musicianship at both the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival will be sitting in with the show’s house band, the Jump City Jazz Band on trumpet. The Division II winners of the Maine State Vocal Jazz Festival – the Unified Harmony Show Choir, made up of students from Stearns and Schenck High Schools in Millinocket and East Millinocket, respectively, will perform a selection from “Wicked” on the show. And a guest announcer from Dirigo High School even joins Nite Show announcer Joe Kennedy for the show’s introduction.

“Everybody loved everything about this taping,” said Cashman. “We hope that students, families, and towns will enjoy it, and we hope it becomes an annual event for us.”

Husson Alive: The NESCom Experience brought together high school students from ten different schools in Maine and New Hampshire to learn about NESCom for a day. Those students spent the day working on everything from marketing to video and audio production. At the end of the day, many students were involved in the actual production of the show, including running camera and technical directing High School Nite on The Nite Show.

High School Nite on The Nite Show will air in the show’s regular timeslots, statewide, on Sat., May 30: WABI TV5 (CBS) in Bangor at 11:30 p.m.; WPFO FOX23 in Portland following Major League Baseball and the FOX23 News at Ten (likely between 10:30 – 11 p.m.); and WAGM FOX8 in Presque Isle at 12 midnight.

The Nite Show with Danny Cashman is a late night talk show based on national shows hosted by the likes of David Letterman, Johnny Carson, and Jimmy Fallon. The 30-minute weekly show originates from Husson University’s Gracie Theatre in Bangor and features an opening monologue, a comedy bit, a guest interview, and usually a performance guest in every show. The show also features a live house band, The Jump City Jazz Band, Joe Kennedy serves as the show’s announcer, and the show is taped before a live studio audience. Previous guests have included folk singer/songwriter David Mallett, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, Gov. Paul LePage, The Count from “Sesame Street,” Sen. Angus King, Miss Maine USA, Rob Bartlett of “Imus in the Morning,” F. Lee Bailey, former Major League Baseball player Matt Stairs, singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey, former host of “Double Dare,” Marc Summers, the Rustic Overtones, comedian George Hamm, MMA fighter Marcus Davis, and many more.

Tickets for future shows are available through the show’s website,  


WHSN Announces 2015 AS4MS MS Society Benefit Concert

WHSN 89.3FM has announced their 2015 AS4MS concert to benefit the National MS Society. The event, which has been running for more than 12 years, showcases Maine bands & performers with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The AS4MS is slated for Friday, April 10th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Performers include Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh, & The Royal Bones. Tickets are $10 and are available online at, at all Bull Moose locations or at the door the night of the show.

The AS4MS is produced by WHSN with numerous departments and classes at NESCom assisting including Live Sound Technology, Entertainment Production, Video Production and more. Past AS4MS performances going back to 2008 are available at WHSN’s YouTube channel.


NESCom WebMedia and College of Business students to work with youth on Hour of Code

As part of the global annual Hour of Code project, students of NESCom WebMedia and Husson University’s College of Business have events planned all next week to promote coding to young people as well as the campus community.

Working with faculty including Laura Gurney, Mike Knupp, Gerald Wright and Scott Traylor, the student have the following events planned:

The Web Creations Club and Tech Club have organized and planned events in the Furman for Monday through Thurs from 3-4pm each day.

Students will host Hermon High School students on Thursday Dec 11th for Hour of code activities and a tour of campus.

On Friday Dec. 12th, students will  work with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford to lead hour of code activities.

For more information on the annual Hour of Code project, visit