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NESCom Alum and Faculty Nominated for Boston/New England Emmys

The Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for their 40th Emmy awards. Included in the nominations are graduates and faculty of the New England School of Communications.

Nominees include:
Rob Nesbitt (2011) in the Video Journalist category for his piece titled “A Cousin’s Run”, telling the story of James Anderson and his cousin Rusty Wilkins on WCSH-TV, Portland, ME.

Nick Woodward (1992) is included in the Education/Schools category for his work with Maine Public Broadcasting on their Maine Education Project.

Barry Alley’s (1995) work as photographer is included in the Comcast SportsNet nomination in the Sports Event/Game-Live/Unedited category for their work on Boston Celtics Basketball.

NESCom at Husson University instructor and 2002 alum Kris Bridges is included in the Interview/Discussion category for his work as Director of Greenlight Maine which is produced by Portland Media Group LLC at the television studios of NESCom. Although they are not included in the nomination, many NESCom faculty and graduates work on the program.

The Boston/New England chapter Emmys awards will be presented Saturday, June 24th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place.

Faculty to Present at 2017 Maine Science Festival

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The New England School of Communications at Husson University will once again participate in the annual Maine Science Festival which runs March 16th through the 19th at the Cross Insurance Center. Faculty will present on the following topics.

Friday Field Trip Day – Cool Science (hands-on area).
Presenter: Lauren J. Holleb – Developmental Psychology Brought to Life
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/friday-field-trip-day/

Tech Night – March 17th 4pm-7:30pm
Presenter: Laura Gurney – Manipulating the Web with Browser Tools.  Hands-on activity (ongoing, drop-in). Exploration of development tools built into browsers.
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/tech-night/

Exploration Station – March 18th 9am-4pm
Presenter: Gerald Wright and Mike Knupp, – App Creation
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/exploration-station/

The Loudness Wars – March 18th 11:30am-12:30pm
Presenter: Eric Ferguson
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/the-loudness-wars/

Audio Recording 101 – March 19th 11:30am-12:45
Presenter: Josh Small
http://www.mainesciencefestival.org/sessions/audio-recording-101/

For a full schedule of events and more information on the Maine Science Festival, visit http://www.mainesciencefestival.org

Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon Presents Paper in Denmark

Keynote speaker, Susan Schmidt Horning (left) poses for a selfie with NESCom Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon (right).  Horning is one of the leading scholars in American recording technology history and an associate professor of history at St. John's College in New York.

Keynote speaker, Susan Schmidt Horning (left) poses for a selfie with NESCom Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon (right).  Horning is one of the leading scholars in American recording technology history and an associate professor of history at St. John’s College in New York.

New England School of Communications Assistant Professor Wellington Gordon recently returned to the United States after presenting a paper at the 11th Annual Art of Record Production Conference in Aalborg Denmark, at Aalborg University. His paper, “Finding Originality Through Reference Mixes,” was a study of recording practices that analyzed communication strategies between recording engineers and the artists. The analysis covered the process of creating the recorded music using both communication strategies and the use of reference material, perceptual learning and isomorphic mapping.  This research topic was part of the conference’s focus on imagination and creativity.

The conference consisted of three days of presentations in research topics about the recording arts and industry. Contributors came from all over the world and included all fields of academic study including electrical and software engineering/development; history; music; musicology; psychology; communications and media.

Gordon also moderated a group of presentations during the last day of the conference

Faculty Share ‘What I Did Over My Summer Vacation’

Each fall students return to the classroom and share what they did over the summer. Faculty at the New England School of Communications also have summertime tales to tell and here we’ll highlight just a few of the interesting ways they spent their break.

Audio Engineering Associate Professor Walter Clissen stayed very busy working with world-renowned artist Jose Feliciano recording a new Django Reinhardt tribute album by Feliciano and Viennese guitarist Harri Stojka at LA-Clip Studios in Vienna Austria, rehearsing and recording Feliciano a the Academy of Contemporary Music/Metropolis Studios in London, and mixing Feliciano’s new album Latin Street 2015. In addition, Clissen continues to mix Front-of-House for Feliciano’s live shows including his performance at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts in London.

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Entertainment Production Coordinator and Instructor Ken Stack spent part of his summer working as Scenic Designer for the upcoming October run of The Producers at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, ME. Plus he wrote the script for the next installment of WHSN’s award winning old-time radio drama Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination, slated for a live broadcast from the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28th.

Scenic Design For The Producers

Video Production Assistant Professor Todd Eastman traveled to Atlanta, GA to work as Director of Photography on concussion awareness videos produced for the Brain Trauma Association. The production was filmed on an Arri Alexa as A cam with a Sony FS7 Steadicam (just like the one we have here at NESCom) as B cam.

Todd Eastman at work