Inside NMH: January 2016

Where Does NMH Go From Here?
Since the NMH Board of Trustees approved a new Strategic Plan to guide the school through 2020, eight task forces have been busy developing specific steps and timing for implementing the plan’s ambitious goals. Read more about the task forces’ work.

Breaking Up (with NMH) is Hard to Do
A Facebook post by Suki White ’14 hilariously and movingly shares her feelings about “breaking up” with NMH — she means graduating — and why she’ll never stop missing her alma mater. Read the post.

Brain Food: Tasty Academic Tidbits
   • Robotics. The History of Jazz. Genetics and Ethics. Video as Visual Art. The History of Modern Asia. Spanish V: Modern Hispanic Cultures. Forensic Science. Literature and the Environment. These are just a few of the courses you could register for if you were an NMH student today. See all the possibilities.
   • How would you build a car? or a bridge? Students in NMH’s new Introduction to Engineering course are testing their ideas. Read more.
   • What exactly is ISIS, and is it different from ISIL? Two teachers led a panel discussion on the ABCs of ISIS. Read more.

NMH Exchange: An Innovation Forum
Join us on Jan. 14  in San Francisco for the inaugural NMH Exchange forum to share ideas with a panel of visionary changemakers about innovation at NMH and in the world. Read more.

Worldwide Learning
In 2016, students can join NMH’s international study programs in Cuba, South Africa, Uruguay, or China. There’s also a community-service trip planned to India, the Chamber Orchestra is going to Belize, and the Model United Nations group will compete in Qatar and Greece. Read more.

Strategic Advisory Committee Plays Active Role
One of the largest subgroups of the NMH Alumni Council, the Strategic Advisory Committee has 12 active alums who are currently helping the school think through how best to implement the Strategic Plan. Read more.

The Founders’ Challenge: 1,010 Gifts in 101 Hours to Honor 101 Years
Founder’s Day is February 3, honoring the birthday of Dwight L. Moody, who founded NMH in 1879. This year also marks the 101st birthday of S. Prestley Blake ’34, one of NMH’s most entrepreneurial and generous alumni, who co-founded the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation in 1935.

From February 3 to 6, NMH is challenging our community to honor all founders connected to NMH — past, present, and future — by making a gift to the NMH Fund. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

Musicians Selected for Selective Festival
Twelve NMH music students were chosen, in highly competitive auditions, to participate in the Western Massachusetts District Music Festival. Read more.

Upcoming Events
   • NMH Exchange in San Francisco 1/14
   • A Cappella festival: 1/23
   • Founder’s Day: 2/3
   • Founders’ Challenge Launch Parties 2/3
   • Dwight Night: 2/7
   • Brooks speaker series: Dr. Lisa Miller: 2/9
   • Winter Family Days: 2/12–13
   • Commencement: 5/22
   • Reunion: 6/2–5