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This issue of KSC Newsline links you to the latest information on Dr. Giles-Gee's upcoming Inauguration, offers reminders of upcoming events on campus, celebrates Green Bikes, and more.

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The Word Along Appian Way

The main buzz on campus this month is the upcoming inauguration of Dr. Helen Giles-Gee as Keene State's ninth president. The inauguration ceremony is set for 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28. If you would like to participate in this historic occasion, be sure to arrive on campus by 1:30 p.m. and gather along Appian Way to "clap through" the academic procession from Rhodes Hall to Spaulding Gymnasium, site of the ceremony. Follow the throng into the gym to witness Dr. Giles-Gee's installation and hear her inaugural address.

The inauguration is preceded by a week of campus-wide activities, listed on the president's page, And the day after, April 29, is marked by two noteworthy events. On Saturday morning, volunteers bearing canned goods will line up from Appian Way to the Keene Community Kitchen (north of the Square) for Cans Across Keene, a bucket-brigade-style delivery system to bring thousands of cans of food to the Kitchen for distribution. An anonymous local donor has pledged one dollar per can up to $25,000 and the Feinstein Foundation will donate another dollar per can. If you are nearby and want to participate, bring your canned item to the trucks at Appian Way. That evening, celebrate the Redfern's 25th anniversary and witness retiring professor Douglas Nelson's last official swing of the baton at the concert band performance at 7:30 p.m.

What will Dr. Giles-Gee talk about in her inaugural address? Wish we could give you a scoop, but we just don't know. However, there's a document online that sketches out the framework for a strategic plan for the College, which she developed hand-in-hand with KSC constituencies. Check out for insight into this vision for the College.

WKNH will broadcast the Inauguration ceremony live.
If you can't be here in person, you can listen:
   online at
   on the radio at 91.3 FM

Be the first on your block to read what every first-year KSC student will read starting this summer. Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis has just been announced as the new Summer Reading Program selection. The novel, an account of the author's early years in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution, uses the hot new pictorial literary form to deliver a powerful personal story that will engage the campus in discussions of literature, politics, and cultural diversity.

Outstanding Women
Four women were honored as community builders at a reception on March 30 to celebrate Women's History Month. Dr. Giles-Gee gave Outstanding Women of New Hampshire awards to Rebecca L. Lawrence, director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; JoAnn Fenton of Keene, an active community volunteer; Janaki Natarajan Tschannerl, faculty member at KSC and advocate for social justice; and Kristen E. Iodice '06, who is president of the KSC student body and a dynamic leader on campus.

For details on their contributions, go to:

Green Bikes
They're green, they're free, and you can check them out at the library! If Keene's traffic jams get you into a snarl, here's an alternative for fast, healthy, nonpolluting transportation: ride a Green Bike. Mason Library has 15 bikes in tiptop working order that can be checked out for seven days at a time with a Keene State or City of Keene library card, plus bike helmets (strongly encouraged) and bike locks. According to Marlee Leveille of the Mason Library, bikes have been checked out 190 times since August. There are mountain bikes, road bikes, and fixed-up old bikes.

For more on the Green Bikes program, see

Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

There's no right or wrong answer to this question, but we'd love to hear from you: What's your best advice for graduating seniors?

Please e-mail Susan Peery at We'll publish a round-up of your tips and stories in the next issue.

Answer to last month's question.

Last month's "Ask the Owl" showed a 1915 photograph of an early campus building that has since been recycled (hint, hint). Patrick Cate '00 was the first to identify the R.O.C.K.S. building, Keene State's recycling center. (R.O.C.K.S. stands for Recycling on Campus at Keene State, and Mary Jensen, Sarah Barkhouse, and others who run the program deserve a big round of applause!)

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Mark Your Calendar

There's hardly a day in April and early May (commencement is May 7) that doesn't have a noteworthy event. We're in the midst of an exciting sports season, with many contests (baseball, softball, lacrosse, and track) still to come. In addition to the all of the campus activity surrounding the Inauguration, there are concerts, art shows, and much more.

For details of all events click the button below.

Open Mike
Mike Maher, director of alumni and parent relations, has big news about Homecoming!

We are listening to our alumni and our students. Many of you come to Keene every year for the annual Pumpkin Festival. Starting this fall, we will hold Homecoming on the Festival weekend. KSC president Dr. Helen Giles-Gee cordially invites all alumni to come to Keene for this special weekend.

All of our plans are not finalized, but here are a few things to look for on October 20-21. Student Government will continue to sponsor the famous Pumpkin Lobotomy on Friday afternoon. We will have an increased alumni presence at this event and we will reserve pumpkins especially for alumni. An alumni welcome tent on Main Street, probably on the lawn of Blake House, will house pumpkins for carving, refreshments, music, discount coupons for the Bookstore, and heaters if it is cold. For Saturday we are also planning a community service event in the morning for both students and alumni, an alumni swim meet at 11 a.m., a student leader and alumni lunch, possibly a three-on-three basketball tournament, and more.

We are working on the logistics for alumni lodging and parking, and will announce details later in Newsline and the printed Homecoming brochure, arriving in your electronic and snail mailboxes, respectively, late this summer. Plan on coming home for a great event.


Mark These Dates for 2006:
Reunion 2006, June 2-4
Homecoming and Pumpkin Fest, October 20-21

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