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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.

Live Sound Students Sail To Key West & Cozumel With Country Cruising


As the temperature drops this winter, 7 live sound technology students and Assistant Profession Eric Ferguson are already thinking about warmer weather. In what has become a NESCom experiential learning tradition, students will set sail with Cruise Production, a company out of Fort Lauderdale owned by 1990 alum Tim Cabral to work as stage crew on the Country Cruising excursion.

The 2017 edition of Country Cruising kicks off on January 14th and travels from Tampa to stops in Key West and Cozumel aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas. The cruise includes performances by 22 country music artists including:

Chris Young
Montgomery Gentry
Kelsea Ballerini
Charles Esten, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Diamond Rio
Clare Bowen, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
&Phil Vassar

For more information on the cruise, visit

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

WHSN, Entertainment Production, & Live Sound Technology Announce 7th Annual Poe Radio Drama

WHSN 89.3 FM,  and the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Technology departments announce the seventh annual live radio broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 from the stage of the Gracie Theatre.

The 2016 installment of the long-running “Poe show” will feature the Poe tale the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. This is the seventh 1940’s style live radio event produced for live broadcast on WHSN. It all started with a holiday production of A Christmas Carol, which was then followed by Halloween presentations of the Tell Tale Heart, the Cask of Amontialldo, the Fall of the House of Usher, the Masque of the Red Death, the Pit and the Pendulum, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and the Premature Burial.

Photo by Narda Albatrino

Photo by Narda Albatrino

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN 89.3. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). Last year’s production was again an award winner from the BEA, and was also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is one of Poe’s more unusual short stories.

Written in 1845, it makes use of practice of “mesmerism”, which was very much in vogue at the time. This early stage of contemporary hypnotism was both science and show business. Poe explores the darker side of this practice in one of his more chilling and gruesome tales. It is not for the faint of heart!
Both students and the general public are invited to attend the performance in the live audience for free on October 28th to help celebrate Halloween and enjoy the traditions of live radio.

“Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe” Festival Awards:
“The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
“The Fall of the House of Usher”
2012 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2013 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – Finalist – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
“The Masque of the Red Death & “The Pit and the Pendulum”
2013 – Maine Association of Broadcasters – Second Place Locally Produced Program category
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – First Place – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
2014 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2014 – CBI National Student Production Awards – Finalist Best Special Broadcast
2014 – Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category

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.


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

WHSN 89.3FM Announced As Finalist In 2016 NAB Marconi Awards


The National Association of Broadcasters have announced the finalists for the 2016 Marconi Radio Awards, recognizing stations and personalities for excellence in broadcasting. In the noncommercial station of the year category one of the finalists is WHSN 89.3FM, the student-run radio station at Husson University.

KPCW-FM, Park City, UT
WHSN-FM, Bangor, ME
WRHU-FM, Long Island, NY
WSDP-FM, Canton, MI
WSOU-FM, South Orange, NJ

WHSN 89.3FM is operated by the Radio Broadcasting students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University. The winners of the Marconi awards will be announced on Thursday, September 22nd at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show during the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville, TN. View the full list of Marconi award finalists

$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.”

Maine WWII Veterans’ Interviews To Be Featured In Library Of Congress


As part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP), interviews with four of Maine’s WWII veterans were recorded and sent to the Library’s collection. The interviews were conducted by students in New England School of Communications’ Journalism Program at Husson University. A news conference featuring the four participants will be held on campus May 2nd at 11:00AM at the Wildey Communications Center. The local media are invited to the event to learn more about the project and talk to the Veterans and students.

Veterans Galen Cole, Norman Rossignol, Paul Wilbur, and Harold Beal were contacted through Cole Land Transportation Museum and interviewed at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom). Rossignol, a Bangor vet who served in World War II and the Korean War, when asked what he learned in the military responded, “It made me value life… I’m not rich, but I’m comfortable.”

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center is an oral history program that preserves audio and video recorded interviews of America’s wartime veterans.

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