Manchester Community Action Coalition (MCAC) Celebration

For Immediate Release

SDW Communications 

Shaunte Whitted

[email protected]

(603) 657-6549

February 14th, 2024

“Sound In Science, A Celebration of Black Contributions in STEM”

Manchester, NH - Manchester Community Action Coalition (MCAC) celebrates its 4th

Anniversary on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, hosted in partnership

with the SEE Science Center at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. The theme to

commemorate this milestone event will be “Sound In Science, A Celebration of Black

Contributions in STEM”.

Manchester Community Action Coalition (MCAC) was formed in 2020 to elevate the voices of

community members in the city of Manchester and to identify community-driven solutions.

MCAC works to support communities of color to experience stronger family ties, where children

are encouraged to achieve/succeed, and families of color have equal social and economic

opportunities. According to Co-Director, Kile Adumene, “MCAC is a BIPOC led space focused

on building agency within the New Hampshire community.”

MCAC and SEE Science Center have teamed up with Spark The Dream & Dinah Whipple

STEAM Academy for a memorable night of science! This family-friendly event aims to inspire

curiosity, spark interest in STEM, and foster a sense of community.

The evening aims to encourage engagement from children through adults with the opportunity

to Meet & Greet with local BIPOC STEM role models and near peers. There will be live

demonstrations of music and sound, performances by the kids of Spark The Dream & a

special performance by recording artist, JohnLu & SEE Science Center’s very own, Deputy

Director, Peter Gustafson. No gathering would be complete without food, right? Homestyle

Catering will be providing their delectable cuisine for all to enjoy!

We hope you will consider joining us for this momentous celebration! The event is free and

open to the public, however registration is strongly encouraged. You can register via the QR code or at: 

For more information about this event contact Kile Adumene at [email protected] 

Gospel-Streaming and Live music event

"Gospel" A new PBS series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Join The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, The New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity, and New Hampshire PBS on Friday, February 23rd at 6 PM at the Currier Museum of Art for a complimentary screening and live event of the new PBS series, GOSPEL, by acclaimed scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This engaging evening will delve into Black spirituality through sermon and song on both the national and New England stages, exploring the historical significance of Gospel and the evolution of Gospel Choirs. Featuring The Higher Praise Music and Arts Gospel Choir from Boston, the event promises to elevate musical experiences to new heights. While musical trends may vary, Gospel remains a constant source of strength, courage, and wisdom, resonating from pulpits to choir lofts every Sunday. This collaboration is brought to you by The Black Heritage Trail of NH, The New Hampshire Center for Justice & Equity, The Currier Museum of Art, and New Hampshire PBS.

For those unable to attend in person, the entire series of GOSPEL is available for streaming on NHPBS Passport. 

About Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Gates, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, and cultural critic, has authored numerous books and produced and hosted an array of documentary films. His series, including The Black Church (PBS) and Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches (HBO), have earned Emmy nominations. His next history series for PBS, Gospel, premiered in February 2024.

Gates has received numerous honorary degrees, including from the University of Cambridge, his alma mater. He was among the first recipients of the "genius grants" by the MacArthur Foundation in 1981 and received the National Humanities Medal in 1998. Notably, in 2001, Gates discovered The Bondwoman’s Narrative, the first novel written by a Black female author, by Hannah Craft. A native of Piedmont, West Virginia, Gates earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Clare College at Cambridge.

About the Black Heritage Trail of NH: The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life to foster more inclusive communities. By embracing shared history, the organization aims to heal racial anxiety and misunderstanding.

About the New Hampshire Center for Equity and Justice: The New Hampshire Center for Justice & Equity initiates dialogues and explores solutions that align with New Hampshire’s values, emphasizing that inclusivity enhances productivity and competitiveness.

About New Hampshire PBS: New Hampshire PBS engages one million Granite Staters monthly with diverse local and national programs and services across various platforms, including television, online, mobile, and community-based initiatives. In addition to producing award-winning television programs, New Hampshire PBS is a leader in education and community engagement.

Rivier University


Nashua, N.H.

February 2, 2024

Rivier University appoints distinguished Nashua community members to the Board of Trustees

Dr. Mario Andrade and Dr. Tara Levesque-Vogel have been named to Rivier University’s Board of Trustees. Their expertise enhances the University’s strategic vision, providing the Board with experience in a wider range of disciplines.

“Dr. Andrade and Dr. Levesque-Vogel will join Board of Trustee members in recognizing the integrative nature of the student experience and capturing opportunities for continued growth in service, academic distinction, and resources as the University launches the Go Boldly 2024-2030 strategic plan,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President.

Dr. Mario Andrade is the Superintendent of Schools for Nashua, N.H. He began his 25-year career in public education as a Special Education instructor before his selection as Principal at Central Falls (R.I.) High School in 2007. Dr. Andrade began a 10-year stint at Bristol Warren (R.I.) Regional School District in 2009 and was promoted to Superintendent of Schools in July 2014. A New England School Superintendent Association Board Member, he is also a member of the Greater Nashua United Way and Nashua Community College Advisory Boards. Dr. Andrade is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and earned a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Simmons College. He received a Doctor of Education degree from Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University in 2006.

Dr. Tara Levesque-Vogel of Nashua, N.H. is the owner of Levesque Dentistry, a family and cosmetic dentistry practice. A member of the American Dental Association, New Hampshire Dental Society, International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists and the American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry, Dr. Levesque-Vogel was appointed by Governor John Lynch to the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners in July 2012 and served as President from 2018-2020. Dr. Levesque-Vogel earned an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene from the New Hampshire Technical Institute and attended Endicott College as an undergraduate. Dr. Levesque-Vogel earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

With more than 2,800 students at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, and academic programs serving both on-campus and online populations, Rivier’s Board of Trustees provides strategic direction in advancing the University’s core mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.

Rivier University

420 South Main Street

Nashua, NH 03060

Notes to editors:

About Rivier University

Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier University is a Catholic institution recognized for distinctive academic programs, offering many of the region’s leading programs at the undergraduate, professional studies, graduate, and doctoral levels with on-campus and online options. The Rivier experience ensures that students develop leadership skills as well as an awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures in New England and around the world.

Griffin Spencer

Director of Marketing and Communications

Rivier University

(603) 897-8514