Lebanon College Announces Cancellation of Fall Classes
LEBANON — Fall classes at Lebanon College have been canceled, due to low-enrollment and the
community college’s high debt, said college president Ron Biron.
“Without a substantive Fall increase in enrollment across the board and particularly in the areas of our
allied health programs and certificates, we feel this is the first step towards closing Lebanon College,”
Biron wrote in an email Tuesday. “It truly is disappointing to our entire team who’ve worked on creating
an academic culture that is student-centered while adding value to local (New Hampshire) and (Vermont)
employers. Ultimately, the response was not there, thus our decision to begin closure.”
The cancelation of classes affects 53 full-time students, 18 of which would have been new to the college
Biron said Lebanon College has approximately $2.2 million in debt involving both the academic buildings
on the mall. Biron said he is currently in strategy talks with the college’s lender and senior banking office
on real estate.
“We are working on strategies that involve our current students and providing academic resources with
other institutions or a teach-out plan with Lebanon College,” he wrote.
In a statement on behalf of the college’s Board of Trustees, chairman Arthur Gardiner, said, “It is with
heavy heart that we have decided that the College cannot responsibly begin the fall term because
anticipated revenues will not be sufficient to sustain operations through the term. The Board has voted not
to begin classes for the fall and to work with current students to make arrangements to complete their
courses of study. Lebanon College has been an important asset in the Upper Valley for over fifty years. We
are distressed that we have no other option.”
Expenses have substantially exceeded revenues for many years at Lebanon College, Gardiner said. The
college has also battled low enrollment.
“Recently the College has attacked this problem by expanding a curriculum of academic certificate
programs designed to give students credentials needed for local employment. This has been facilitated by
accreditation from the Accrediting Counsel for Independent Schools and Colleges that has made students
in those certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid,” Gardiner wrote. “Over the past two years
the college has made important progress down the path we have chosen. We had looked forward
expectantly to a big jump in enrollment this fall from the College’s recent Allied Health initiative. But as it
turns out, less than half the hoped for number of new students have signed up. We do not have enough
students to make the College financially viable.”
Lebanon City Manager Greg Lewis said Tuesday he was made aware of the college’s financial crisis last
week and had the city’s grant writer reach out to college officials. Unfortunately the timeframe was too
short to find alternative funding other than more debt, Lewis said.
“The financial challenges have been going on at the college for a while, this is just one more step,” Lewis
Lewis said the city is looking for ways to support the college.
“If they come up with ways of reinventing themselves or changing their paths we will be looking to being
supportive of them,” Lewis said.
Community college is an important educational choice for residents, Lewis said. If the college were to
close he would support community college services that could fill that need, he said.
The lack of Lebanon College students downtown would also have an impact on businesses and restaurant,
so city officials would also work to support a new and appropriate use for the building.
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For Immediate Release
What: Barenaked Ladies
Where: Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, NH
When: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Ticket Price: $75, $59.50
LOH Contact: Heather Clow, 603.448.0400, firstname.lastname@example.org
Performer Contact: Lucy Sabini at Vanguard Records; email@example.com Phone: 310.829.9355 x137
Live at Lebanon Opera House
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Lebanon Opera House is delighted to welcome Barenaked Ladies on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Seats for the show are $75 and $59.50. Currently, tickets are sold-out; but consider adding your name to the ticket waiting list by calling the Lebanon Opera House Box Office at 603-448-0400.
The Barenaked Ladies were formed in 1988 by members of the band, Steven Page and Ed Robertson. The two were childhood friends from the Toronto suburbs. They attended the Scarborough Board of Education’s summer music camp, where they realized how well they played together. Later, the two decided to name their band “Barenaked Ladies”. This name came to them while attending a Bob Dylan concert, as a joke. The first ever Barenaked Ladies show was on October 1st, 1988.
Soon after their first show, their alumni friends, Jim & Andy Creeggan, started to jam with them. In 1990, Andy left the band for other pursuits. While the three were playing at The Buskers Festival in Waterloo, they met Tyler Stewart. Tyler fell in love with their humor and antics. The now quartet started to play at local clubs and started a new age in acoustic hip-hop.
Through the years, Barenaked Ladies have exhibited two outstanding qualities of Canadian bands: they can play their fannies off, and they can also bring the funny. No outfit hailing from north of the border embodies these paired virtues more engagingly than this band, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more than 14 million albums sold, as well as putting myriad fannies in the seats of concert halls and amphitheaters around the world.
On the occasion of the band’s 25th anniversary, BNL—Ed Robertson (guitar/vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass/vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard/guitar/vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums/vocals)—are celebrating with new album GRINNING STREAK. The album, the band’s twelfth, is their first in partnership with Vanguard Records after self-releasing their last four efforts.
Indeed, the whole of GRINNING STREAK unfolds with the signature blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and the chart-topping “One Week” modern-day classics.
Robertson says of the pop music style that the band has championed throughout the last quarter century. “Pop is a form that I love—it can be high-energy and intricate,” “When I think of pop music, I think of the Cars and Squeeze—interesting melodic rock is what I gravitate to and what I’m always striving for. I want guitar-heavy pop/rock that’s intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking. I want it to be singable and relatable, and I want there to be other layers in there for the people who want to go deeper—because not everybody does. I’ve heard so many times, ‘I love you guys ’cause your songs are just fun and easygoing.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m glad you enjoy them, but there’s a dark underbelly that you haven’t mined.’”
For more information, artist bios, and downloadable pictures, go to the band’s official website: http://barenakedladies.com