The NHHEAF Network Organizations is always eager to explore new ways to educate students and parents about the college process. Our "Sunday School with the College Gurus from NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation", a 30-minute talk radio program, aired recently on local radio stations, and we've recorded the shows for listeners to enjoy at any time.
During each program, the college counselors (a.k.a. "Gurus") from NHHEAF talked college - tips for planning and tips for paying. Special guests enhanced the show with information about a variety of topics related to education beyond high school.
College Gurus Radio Show - 6/02/13 :
New student orientation. Roommates. College gear shopping tips. Senior College Outreach Specialist Jay Hauser shares his best advice for high school grads as they prepare to step foot on campus for the fall! Topics include: making the most of the first three weeks of school, getting to know the RA and faculty advisors, and essential school supplies for a college freshman.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/26/13 :
"Transforming hearts and minds to serve the world" This is the motto of Nashua's Catholic campus, Rivier University. On this week’s program, Ann Parks, Admission Director of Rivier University, talks about the many opportunities available at the Nashua campus and beyond. Learn more at www.rivier.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/12/13 :
While some students have been listening to their parents’ stories about college from "back in the day", first-generation college students (those who are the first in their immediate families to attend college) face a different challenge. From college visits to college lingo, writing essays to applying for financial aid, the steps seem complicated even for those familiar with the process. NHHEAF College Counselor Angela Castonguay breaks it all down and offers essential "college knowledge" to help parents of first-generation students.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/5/13 :
Manchester Community College President, Dr. Susan Huard, and Phil Przybyszewski, Project Coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing, talk about the many exciting happenings at MCC for the fall including new building projects like the student center space. Dr. Huard describes the leadership opportunities available to community college students and the changing academic programs which prepare students for career success. As the recipient of a major federal grant last year, Manchester Community College is now able to offer new programs, including specialty courses in robotics. Learn more at www.mccnh.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 4/14/13 :
On today's show, host Tara Payne is joined by Lee Waldvogel, a knowledgeable and dynamic outreach specialist with the Center for College Planning at NHHEAF. Lee has a background in financial services and financial aid and will help us understand the steps necessary to secure financial aid once students have been admitted to college and evaluate financing options to pay for the balance.
College Gurus Radio Show - 4/7/13 :
During this edition, the College Gurus features Jay Hauser, senior college counselor within the Center for College Planning, talking about advising students as they prepare their admission applications for college. Jay offers his best advice for narrowing the list of colleges, making the most of the college tour, the parents’ role in supporting their students, and more. www.nhheaf.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 3/31/13:
New Hampshire Technical Institute Admission Director, Frank Meyer, shares the latest updates from Concord’s Community College. He discusses NHTI’s admission requirements, programs of study and clubs and activities on campus. Frank also describes how Running Start and e-Start programs are available to New Hampshire high school students through which they can take college level classes – AND get college credit – while still in high school. www.nhti.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 3/17/13:
The Gurus welcome Scott Power of the NH Scholars Initiative to talk about the importance of taking rigorous courses. Beyond opportunities for greater academic and personal growth, students taking the recommended coursework can also receive additional benefits like opportunities for scholarships and reduced fees (or no fees!) for admission applications. Learn more at www.nhscholars.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 3/10/13:
Students living on campus have many opportunities for personal, social and leadership experiences, but they also leave behind some of the comforts of home. Shannon Marthouse, Assistant Director of Residential Life at the University of New Hampshire offers her best advice for a successful residential experience.
College Gurus Radio Show - 3/03/13:
Valerie Castonguay, college outreach specialist with the Center for College Planning at NHHEAF, describes that it is never too early to start planning for college. During this program, Val shares expertise about the options for saving for college including details about 529 Plans. She also describes the relatively minimal impact that saving for college can have on a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
College Gurus Radio Show - 2/24/13:
President & CEO of the Premier Companies and Hanover Street Chophouse and featured member of the College Equals Opportunity scholarship program, Chuck Rolecek joins the program to offer his advice for students looking to be the best prepared for professional opportunities after graduation. With 35 years of executive and management experience in both small businesses and corporations, Chuck describes the qualities he looks for when hiring for open positions. He also shares his own personal story and recalls his experience at the University of Denver.
College Gurus Radio Show - 2/17/13:
Andrea Johnston and Molly Webber talk about the many ways that Volunteer New Hampshire is a great resource to learn about community service opportunities for HS and college students who are looking to become more engaged in the local community. Molly describes her experience as a national service AmeriCorps member.
College Gurus Radio Show - 2/10/13:
Jeremy Woodward of Jeremy’s Bootcamp and IronHeart Jeremy.com, and Erin Girzone of Good Health is Habit provide practical tips and professional advice for students about staying healthy while in college and beyond.
College Gurus Radio Show - 2/03/13:
On this edition, Tara Payne is joined by Tyler Haroutunian, a smart and engaged student from Coe-Brown Northwood Academy who won the I Am College Bound contest to have the opportunity to co-host the radio show. Tyler is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and invited Mr. Chuck Bates, NH FBLA State Officer Team Adviser and teacher at Interlakes High School. Chuck describes FBLA as the largest and oldest business student organization in the world with incredible opportunities for personal and professional growth and development for its high school members.
College Gurus Radio Show - 1/27/13:
Rich Nielsen, College Outreach Specialist with the NHHEAF Center for College Planning, joins the program to share his advice for high school juniors just beginning to search for colleges. He offers resources for researching majors. He provides tips for the college tour and advice for parents about making college costs part of the conversation early.
College Gurus Radio Show - 1/20/13:
Tori Berube, AVP of College Planning at NHHEAF joins the program this week! During the show, Tori offers her best advice for freshmen about borrowing responsibly and shares helpful strategies for repaying your student loans.
College Gurus Radio Show - 1/13/13:
During this week’s show, Southern New Hampshire University is featured. Admission Director Steve Soba describes what’s new on campus while Director of Transfer Admission, Bethany Perkins, shares tips and advice for students who are considering transferring to a four-year institution.
College Gurus Radio Show - 1/06/13:
High school seniors and parents won’t want to miss this popular show dedicated to offering families tips for applying for college financial aid. Host, Tara Payne, talks with College Outreach Specialists, Kerry Koziell and Rich Neilsen from The NHHEAF Network Organizations about rising college costs, important steps families can take now to prepare for college costs and reviews different types of financial aid available for students and parents planning for college in New Hampshire.
College Gurus Radio Show - 12/30/12:
New Hampshire is a great state in which to live, ranking very highly in terms of health, safety, low taxes, personal income, and livability. Most individuals who attend college here or visit from another state recall positive experiences vacationing or exploring New Hampshire. They also want to stay or return here later in life. But currently, only about half of the state's college graduates actually do stay. One woman – and her team of supporters – are working hard to change that. Today we're joined by Kate Luczko, Executive Director of Stay, Work, Play and Andrew Burger, named New Hampshire's College Student of the Year by Business NH Magazine.
College Gurus Radio Show - 12/23/12:
This week we're joined by two Financial Aid gurus, Elizabeth Keuffel of Saint Anselm College and Jodi Abad of UNH-Manchester. Both are members of the NH Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA). They describe the role of a financial aid professional in helping families to afford college and offer advice to families about borrowing responsibly. Learn more about NHASFAA, by visiting the website at www.nhasfaa.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 12/16/12:
Marc Hebert, President of The Harbor Group, Inc., a successful New Hampshire-based financial planning and wealth management firm, joins the program this week. During the program Marc talks investment advice for parents and grandparents of future college students. For answers to more investment questions, check out the Harbor Group, Inc. website or catch Marc weekly as he hosts the Marc Hebert's Money $ense radio program on WGIR.
College Gurus Radio Show - 12/09/12:
From its main Durham campus and its campus in Manchester, the University of New Hampshire provides comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Sherry Alviso, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at UNH joins the program to talk about the latest happenings and admission requirements for New Hampshire’s largest campus. Learn more about UNH at www.unh.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 12/02/12:
Finding that first job after college isn’t always easy. There are a lot of steps and details that no one ever quite prepares you for. On this edition, Mr. Sam Allen, Director of Career Services at Saint Anselm College, joins us to share his best advice about choosing a major and preparing for a career after college.
College Gurus Radio Show - 11/25/12:
During today's program, Tara is joined by Lisa Ransom of Winnisquam Regional H.S. During the program Lisa describes the important role of school counselors in supporting students' aspirations during their high school years and beyond. Learn more about New Hampshire school counselors by visiting the NH School Counselors Association website at www.nhschoolcounselor.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 11/18/12:
After ruling out his initial career choices as a paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, NH resident Jerry LoFaro employed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs, animals, fantasy, art history, and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. During today's program learn all about his journey, his education and the people who supported him as he sought to make a living doing what he is truly passionate about. Learn more about Jerry at http://www.jerrylofarodesigns.com
College Gurus Radio Show - 11/11/12:
This episode of The Gurus features Paul Hogan of New Hampshire Technical Instituted (NHTI). Coach Hogan is a Plymouth State graduate and a lifelong New Hampshire native. Dedicated to teaching and coaching his entire professional career, Coach Hogan has been recognized as one of the premier instructors of the game of basketball in the New England area. For the past 25 plus years, Coach Hogan has been directing camps and clinics in New Hampshire to improve basketball skills, develop positive self-esteem, and to learn the necessary ingredients to be a successful member of a "team."
College Gurus Radio Show - 10/28/12:
One of the biggest issues facing high school seniors when it comes to life after high school is understanding how their talents and interests and skills translate into possible college majors or careers. This morning we're fortunate to be joined by Mary Ann Gaschnig, School to Career Coordinator at Bow High School and BHS student, Hannah Kearns. Both will shed some light on the process of learning more about the world of work and the career development opportunities available to students.
College Gurus Radio Show - 10/21/12:
Granite State College has been empowering NH students to achieve their dreams for almost 40 years. Granite State College is perhaps best known for providing a quality education with the flexibility for students to learn when they want, where they want and how they want. With the ability to take classes either on campus or online, GSC class schedules adapt to students' busy lifestyles. During this show, Director of Campus Operations for Granite State College, Tara Torrey, joins me alongside GSC graduate, Nicole Kowak.
College Gurus Radio Show - 10/14/12:
Southern New Hampshire University's Ashley Liadis joins the program to discuss the SNHU 3 Year Honors Program. We learn that the classes in this program are interdisciplinary "modules" rather than traditional three-credit courses, taught in the timeframe of the regular semester. Benefits of the program include tuition savings, an emphasis on transferrable skills and applied learning. The program is custom-designed to be completed in six semesters.
College Gurus Radio Show - 10/7/12:
College students, Patrick Martin of Colby-Sawyer College and Miranda Murphy of New England College, share stories about their paths to college. They describe the opportunities they have been provided at small, liberal arts colleges – from athletics to internships to lasting friendships with students from all over the country and the world. Pat and Miranda also describe how they've managed to make college more affordable – from commuting in the first year to serving as residents assistants in their dorms. Learn more about Cobly-Sawyer college at www.colby-sawyer.edu and New England College at www.nec.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 9/30/12:
Looking for a "First in the Nation" college experience? Saint Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library was founded on the premise that an educated citizenry is vital for a healthy democracy. Since its doors opened in 2001, the Institute has provided a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate on all aspects of the American political process. Its mission is to educate, engage and empower citizens to participate in the civic and political life of their local, national and global communities. During this edition of the program we'll be talking with Assistant Professor of Politics, Chris Galdieri, and St. A's politics major, Zach Gregoric.
College Gurus Radio Show - 9/23/12:
Plymouth State University is a coeducational, residential university with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 2,700 graduate students. PSU offers nearly 50 majors and more than 60 minors, including education, business, the humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. Students come to Plymouth State for its caring academic community and friendly campus, the Main Street New England setting and easy access to New Hampshire's great outdoors. During this edition, we speak with Assistant Director of Admissions at PSU, Sandy McGarr.
College Gurus Radio Show - 9/16/12:
Did you know that the business of video game development in the United States has passed $25 billion dollars in annual sales? Have you ever wondered who the people are who create the interactive computer programs and how they got their start? Well, this morning we'll learn more about a local opportunity to study in this exciting field. We're joined by Professor Terry Simkin within The Animation & Graphic Game Program (AGGP) at New Hampshire Technical Institute and NHTI AGGP major, Jacob Bender.
College Gurus Radio Show - 6/17/12:
Student athletes will enjoy this program which is co-hosted by Belmont High School student Kayli Ennis. During this program, College Outreach Specialist and athletics expert, Jay Hauser shares his tips for college-bound student athletes. Jay describes the differences between division levels and talks about the process to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
College Gurus Radio Show - 6/10/12:
Dr. Barbara Layne, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at New England College, joins the program to discuss the freshman transition to dorm life. Dr. Layne describes the value of new student orientation and offers tips for what to bring to campus. She also offers advice for parents who will be "empty nesters".
College Gurus Radio Show - 6/3/12:
UNH considers study abroad to be an important education experience—enriching both personally and professionally, and crucial in preparing the new generation of decision-makers for the challenges of the global world. During this radio program, Mr. Gregg Orifici, Assistant Director of the Center for International Education at the University of New Hampshire, talks offers insight and advice to prospective students. www.unh.edu/cie.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/27/12:
New Hampshire Commissioner of Education, Dr. Virginia Barry, joins the program to talk about her role in representing the public interest in improving the effectiveness of services to all public schools in New Hampshire. Commissioner Barry also talks about her own path to higher education and offers great advice to students and parents. www.education.nh.gov/commissioner/index.htm.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/22/12:
During today's program, Tara is joined by two outstanding school counselors, Betsy Peabody of Concord High School and Zanna Blaney of Bedford High School. Both Betsy and Zanna describe the important role of school counselors in supporting students' aspirations during their high school years and beyond. Learn more about New Hampshire school counselors by visiting the NH School Counselors Association website at www.nhschoolcounselor.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/13/12:
Kristen D. Nevious is the Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University. During today's show, we learn about the opportunities college students have to combine their major program of study with experience in traditional and new media. During the second half of the show, we're joined by Brian Tilton of "Bulldog Live", a local radio talk show on WTPL 107.7FM. Brian talks about his college experience majoring in communications and his professional experience as an investigative reporter, radio producer and award-winning journalist and broadcaster. www.franklinpierce.edu/institutes/mfcc/index.htm.
College Gurus Radio Show - 5/6/12:
I Am College Bound contest winner, Abby St. Pierre of Fall Mountain Regional High School, co-hosts the show and interviews Southern NH University's (SNHU) Culinary Department Chair, Chef Desmond Keefe. Desmond shares information about his own career path and the types of courses offered as part of the culinary arts program at SNHU. He enthusiastically describes his love of teaching and the many opportunities available to students interested in a career in the food industry.
College Gurus Radio Show - 4/29/12:
Service learning is just way college students utilize their classroom learning to solve real problems in the greater community. During this program, guests Dr. Hilton Hallock of New England College and Debby Scire of Campus Compact of New Hampshire talk about ways that students are making a difference while growing personally and professionally through service learning and service activities such as Spring Break Alternative.
College Gurus Radio Show - 04/22/2012:
College financing options can be confusing. Borrowing from PLUS Loans, private loans, using tuition payment plans and home equity are just some of the ways New Hampshire families are managing the costs after financial aid. Center for College Planning outreach specialist, Rich Nielsen, joins the show to detail the pros and cons of each financing mechanism and offers students great advice about borrowing responsibly and understanding options for making college more affordable. www.nhheaf.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 04/15/2012:
The Community College System of New Hampshire is a public system of higher education consisting of seven independent colleges, plus local academic centers. The System is led by a Board of Trustees, a Chancellor, and the College Presidents. During this program, we talk with the Commissioner of CCSNH, Ross Gittell, and Manchester Community College student, Tia Brien, about the many fine programs and benefits CCSNH campuses offer students. Our guests also share information about dual enrollment programs like eStart Running Start and Project Lead The Way. More information about the campuses can be found at www.ccsnh.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 04/08/2012:
High school dropouts are three times more likely than college grads to be unemployed. High school dropouts are eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates. More than 12 million students are projected to drop out of high school over the next decade costing the nation three trillion dollars. So, our friends at City Year (and all of us interested in supporting education beyond high school) have our work cut out for us! Ted Wing, Recruitment Director for City Year New Hampshire joins us for a great conversation about how City Year corps members are transforming the educational experience for at-risk students. Learn how City Year corps members have given a second chance to many New Hampshire school children. Research further or get involved at www.cityyear.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 04/01/2012:
Beyond the admission process, college admission professionals provide a key link between K-12 schools and higher education. Expert college admission professionals from two wonderful public higher education campuses join us this week on Sunday School with the College Gurus. Peg Richmond is the Director of Admission at Keene State College. Gene Fahey is the Senior Associate Director of Admission at Plymouth State University. During this edition, we talk about a range of topics - everything from the latest programs and exciting changes at Keene State and Plymouth State, but also talk about the importance of public higher education to New Hampshire students and the state's economy. We talk about how both campuses are working to improve affordability, quality and access. Visit Plymouth State University online at http://www.plymouth.edu and Keene State College at http://www.keene.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 03/25/2012:
The New Hampshire Scholars Initiative is an effort by area business and school volunteers to encourage and motivate all high school students to complete a defined, rigorous academic course of study that prepares them for successful transition to college or university coursework or vocational and technical training necessary to enter today's competitive job market. Director Scott Power joins us to discuss the details of the program and the benefits for New Hampshire high school students. Learn more at www.nhscholars.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 03/18/2012:
During this edition of The College Gurus, we'll talk with two expert financial aid professionals and members of the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA). Mac Broderick joins us from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and Crystal Finefrock from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Both Crystal and Mac talk about the important role of financial aid administrators and discuss how public and private campuses award financial aid to low- and middle-income families. Learn more at www.nhasfaa.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 03/11/2012:
During this broadcast, we welcome Louisa Martin, Director of Diversity at the Office of Cultural Outreach & Involvement at Southern New Hampshire University to talk with us about how going to college and studying among people from diverse cultures and viewpoints makes an important and positive difference for students. Learn more at http://www.snhu.edu
College Gurus Radio Show - 03/04/2012:
Maria Laskaris of Dartmouth College and Brad Poznanski of Saint Anselm College join the program for a discussion about how private colleges and universities are serving students. We'll learn about how generous financial aid awards help families manage college costs. Our guests also describe how life on campus is shaped by each institution's unique characteristics and history. Learn more at www.dartmouth.edu and www.anselm.edu.
College Gurus Radio Show - 02/26/2012:
Tori Berube, Assistant Vice President of College Planning at NHHEAF, joins the show to discuss the keys to getting scholarship funding. Both need-based and merit-based aid options are described. Tori lists the best places to search for reputable scholarship programs at the national and local level. Learn more at www.nh93.com.
College Gurus Radio Show - 02/12/2012:
During this edition, host Tara Payne talks with Judy Burrows of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation about the generous scholarship and grant programs NHCF administers for New Hampshire's college bound students. Learn more at www.nhcf.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 02/05/2012:
Frank Meyer, Director of Admissions at New Hampshire Technical Institute and Jacquie Poirier of the Manchester Community College admissions office talk about the many academic and career-related benefits of a community college education. We also talk about college affordability and flexibility in schedules. Our guests discuss the role of faculty and staff in helping to shape the lives of students. Learn more at www.nhti.edu and www.mccnh.edu.Listen to Radio Show 02/05/2012 now
College Gurus Radio Show - 01/29/2012:
Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. Texting. Apps. Social media expert and corporate communications manager at The NHHEAF Network Organizations, Erin Hathaway, shares her best advice for using various social media platforms for communicating and organizing during the college process.
College Gurus Radio Show - 01/22/2012:
Dan Hebert, President of the NH Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy joins the program to discuss the importance of financial education for New Hampshire students. He describes the role of teachers and parents in delivering financial education and offers tips for starting a conversation at home about saving, spending and budgeting. Learn more at www.nhjumpstart.org.
College Gurus Radio Show - 01/15/2012:
The second edition of Sunday School with the College Gurus explores the world of financial aid and college costs with College Outreach Specialists, Kerry Koziell and Rich Neilsen from The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning. Host, Tara Payne, talks with Rick and Kerry about rising college costs, important steps families can take now to prepare for college costs and reviews different types of financial aid available for students and parents planning for college in New Hampshire.
College Gurus Radio Show - 01/08/2012:
Join the College Gurus for the first airing of Sunday School with the College Gurus from The NHHEAF Network Organizations' Center for College Planning. Host, Tara Payne, Vice President of College Planning and Community Engagement at NHHEAF and Jay Hauser, Senior College Outreach Specialist with the Center for College Planning, discuss the free resources that NHHEAF offers to schools, students and parents throughout the state as they navigate through the college planning process.
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