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Keene State races toward Commencement, celebrates Earth Week, and dedicates the stylish Media Arts Center. Oh, yes - there's also a Centennial mystery to solve in this issue of Newsline.

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The Word Along Appian Way

Class of '07
Photo by Julio Del SestoKeene State's seniors (more than 800 strong) will graduate on Sunday, May 6, sent off into the world with the encouraging words of this year's Commencement speaker, Kenneth Jue of Keene.

Jue, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, is chief executive officer of Monadnock Family Services and a nationally known leader in the fields of mental health and community activism. Jue lives the words of the College motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve."

Commencement begins at 1 p.m. on Fiske Quad and is open to the public.

Earth Week ROCKS at KSC
The College celebrates Earth Week from April 16 to 21 with a flurry of activities each day, sponsored by the President's Council for a Sustainable Future. Check the complete schedule at, and, while you are there, toggle over to, where the campus recyclemaniacs do their best to reduce the amount of stuff we waste or throw away. The website is filled with creative ideas on ways we can all reduce, reuse, and recycle common materials.

Do you know the size of your carbon footprint? At, click on the link for Conservation International to find out if you are a true Bigfoot or not.

Want to make your own biodiesel? Check out the research being done by KSC and the city of Keene at a workshop on Railroad Square, Saturday, April 21, at noon.

MAC Dedication
Photo by Julio Del SestoThe Media Arts Center (MAC), home to the departments of Journalism, Communication, Graphic Arts, and Film, will host a gala daylong celebration on Friday, April 20, starting at 10 a.m. with an open house, student showcase, and tours of the TV studio. At noon, venerable movie actress Kate Phillips will preside over lunch in the Zorn Dining Commons.

The dedication of the new facility (the old Zorn, refurbished beyond recognition) takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the MAC, with a reception and an exhibition of graphic design student portfolios. It's all designed to let visitors explore the building and experience the synergy of disciplines in this creative hub of the campus.

Centennial Mystery #1
Keene Normal School pennant photoThe phone rang late one rainy afternoon. (It was a Guy Noir moment.) A friendly voice related this story: "About two years ago, I was going through some jewelry at a church tag sale in Gilford, New Hampshire, when I found an old ring, bought it for a couple of dollars, and put it in a box at home. Today, for some reason, I pulled it out. It's a 1916 class ring, inscribed KNS, in 10-carat rose gold. I did some hunting on the Internet and learned that KNS stood for Keene Normal School, and I read that you are looking for memorabilia for your Centennial."

The caller, Linda Shelley of Laconia, made out the initials M. L. S. inside the ring; the top of the ring depicts a ship, set into a raised circle. The band of the ring has been cut through. Mrs. Shelley would like to return the ring to the family of its original owner, if possible.

A quick check on the class of 1916 in the Alumni Directory shows it might have belonged to Mabel Shea, or Mary Silvernail, or Mary Sullivan, or Marion Sutton. Can you help connect the ring to its owner?

Please e-mail Newsline, and we will forward your message to Mrs. Shelley.

Meet the Wiz
Tony Award-winning actor and director André De Shields came to Keene State recently to visit a friend, Provost Mel Netzhammer, and stayed to participate in classes and the Multicultural Seminar luncheon on April 11, at which he discussed the crux of the notion of diversity: who is included, who is excluded, and who gets to make that distinction.

De Shields is known for his show-stopping Broadway performances in Ain't Misbehaving, The Wiz (title role), Play On!, and The Full Monty. He recently appeared in the title role of King Lear in a Classical Theatre of Harlem production. His wide-ranging conversation and pointed questions stimulated many a discussion on campus.

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For Current Students, Faculty, and Staff
If your ISPs are crashing into your TGEPs and you don't know your FAQs from your GPA, go to for a plain-language guide to Keene State's curricular change.

Ask the Owl
Answer to last month's question

Last month's Ask the Owl wondered, "In the early years of Keene Normal School, a popular campus activity each spring happened on the state holiday known as Fast Day, a day for fasting and prayer that dated to Colonial times. How did the students celebrate Fast Day?"

Deb Butler was quick with the correct answer: They all left campus and went to Harris Grove (Wilson Pond in Swanzey) for a picnic.

KSC Owl mascot photo by Greg Antonelli

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Jeff's Journal

At Your (Career) Service!
Are you thinking about updating your résumé? Or perhaps you're considering a job search or career change? Did you know that KSC alumni can utilize the Career Advising office in three ways?

  • JobWISE website - access job searches or post a job or internship for current students
  • Career Tools Online - helpful information, including résumé and cover letter guide
  • Individual Career Advising - Career advisors at the ready (by appointment) to assist with job searches and career transitions.

Call the Academic and Career Advising Office at 603-358-2500 or e-mail

At Your Service: Part II
As members of the KSC Alumni Association, you have access to a variety of benefits and services. See for yourself: Are there other benefits and services you would like to see offered through the KSC Alumni Association? Please let us know by calling 800-KSC-1909 or 603-358-2369, or e-mail

Grand Floridians
In February, Florida alumni hosted President Helen Giles-Gee along the west coast of the Sunshine State at several events. For a full recap and photos, check out If you are interested in helping to plan a similar event or serve as a host in your area, contact the Alumni Office at or call 800-KSC-1909.

Reunion Registration Is Now Open!
The Reunion Weekend 2007 brochure is in the mail! For those who can't wait, download a registration form and ballot for the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors at

Your KSC Fund Dollars in Action
At their March 31 meeting, the Keene State College Alumni Association Board of Directors approved $6,359 for six recipients - including KSC departments and programs and a student organization - of Alumni Association Grants for Cycle II (Spring) 2007. For a complete overview of Grant Awards this year, visit

Just for Parents
Homeward Bound
With summer right around the corner, the Parent Relations Office offers sage (we hope) advice for parents anticipating the return of students:

  • Discuss family expectations prior to student's return
  • Discuss curfews and family responsibilities
  • Help students anticipate and plan the transition

Most important, your partnership with your student is vital to a successful college experience. Have a great summer and stay in touch.

On the Wall
Don't let your graduate hide that valuable KSC diploma in the attic or a desk drawer!

For information on a special Keene State frame, contact the Parent Relations Office at 603-800-KSC-1909 or 603-358-2369 or e-mail

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