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– Dean of Faculty Hugh Silbaugh

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Music and Memories with an A Cappella Legend

 Feb. 9, 2016 — At a recent rehearsal of the NMH Concert Choir, Heffernon Hall swelled with rich harmony. No one held sheet music. The piano was silent. The singers intently watched the person leading them, adjusting their harmonies in response to a movement of her hand or even a tilt of her head. Clearly, these students had a good rapport with their director. They’d been working with artist-in-...More

Teacher-Artists’ Creations Showcased

Feb. 4, 2016 — “You can’t teach art unless you’re an artist,” says Philip Calabria, NMH’s Visual Arts Department chair. “Unless you have direct experience with the medium you are presenting to students, it just doesn’t work.”Starting Feb. 5, the NMH community can view some two dozen drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculptures created by the school’s six artist-teachers. The annual faculty...More

Founders’ Challenge Seeks 1,010 Gifts in 101 Hours

Feb. 2, 2016 — Each year on Feb. 3, the NMH community celebrates 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 generous alumni. Pres co-founded the Friendly Ice Cream Corporation in 1935.This year, Feb. 3-6, the worldwide network of those who care about Northfield Mount Hermon will honor Moody and...More

Smart Phones Can Help Mentally Ill People

Jan. 28, 2016 — Most people with severe mental illness don’t get the care they need, says Geneva Jonathan ’11. She is helping to change that, using smart phones “to bring treatment out of clinics and put it into the hands of the people who need it most,” she says. Jonathan, a research assistant at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth College, is one of the world’s first...More

Innovators Exchange Ideas at Forum

 Jan. 25, 2016 — Innovation starts with questions. And with getting things wrong, according to teacher Michael Peller ’98, who spoke to a crowd of Northfield Mount Hermon alumni and friends in San Francisco in January, at the inaugural NMH Exchange, a forum on innovation. “We need to stop affirming the right answers and start rewarding the right questions,” Peller said.Although the five...More

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