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Keene State welcomes students for the new semester and offers great ideas for ducking the winter doldrums. This issue of Newsline tells you how to get involved with the KSC Centennial, offers reminders of upcoming events on campus, connects you to alumni get-togethers, and more.

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The Word Along Appian Way

New Big Guy on Campus
(A 9-Footer!)

No, this is not a basketball story. Our new 9-footer on campus is a gleaming Steinway concert grand piano, which arrived at the Redfern Arts Center on Jan. 15. The 1985 Model D Steinway will grace the stage of the Main Theatre and expand KSC's musical performance possibilities.

The piano, purchased from a private owner in Virginia, has a satin ebony finish; its case and soundboard are in pristine condition, according to Music faculty member Maura Glennon. John Dwyer, a trained Steinway technician who lives in Brattleboro, will bring the instrument up to concert-hall standards for a spring debut.

The purchase of this beautiful piano was made possible through generous donations from alumni and friends of the College.

Video: Piano on the move.

The Centennial Wants YOU
In fact, we wouldn't even be having a Centennial without you! Keene State's 100th birthday in 2009 will be a great celebration. But, like any birthday party (especially one that lasts from summer of 2008 all the way through 2009), a lot of work happens behind the scenes. In order to highlight the memorable moments of the last 100 years and raise a toast to the next 100, we need your ideas, your stories, and your elbow grease.

To volunteer your time and talent, please e-mail Amy Proctor,, who is coordinating the work of the Centennial Steering Committee.

And check out our new Centennial site. Please drop in often to read, participate, and stir up the discussion.

Centennial logo

No Grades, No Homework (No Credit)
The Office of Continuing Education has such a deal for you. For a modest amount of money, you can participate in an evening or Saturday noncredit class guaranteed to ward off the winter doldrums. Sign up early to be sure there is a spot for you. The courses listed below are a sampling of what is available. Give the Office of Continuing Education a call if you are interested, 603-358-2290, or go here.

  • Creating Newsletters with Word
  • GPS Navigation
  • Tips for Building Green
  • Geocaching for Families
  • Partnered Yoga
  • Contemporary Chinese Language and Culture (taught by KSC education professor Yi Gong and designed for people traveling to China for work or pleasure)

Discovery Spring 2008

Moroccan Spiced Chicken, Lemon Coconut Cupcakes, and Other Temptations
Every week Rich Blanchard, retail manager for KSC's dining facilities, e-mails us a list of the specials at Lloyd's Marketplace in the Student Center. For about $5, anyone on campus, including visitors, can enjoy a delicious lunch or supper. Lloyd's is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (8 p.m. on Fridays).

Having coasted through the fall on a steady diet of California Avocado and Thai Noodle Salad, Tuscan Beef Focaccia, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, and other offerings, we can say with confidence that the food is really good.

And if you are hungry during the first week of the semester, try the Moroccan Spiced Chicken tucked into pita, or perhaps the Tuscan Pesto Roasted Portobello Wrap, with a side of Parmesan Black Pepper French Fries with aioli dip. And maybe one of those cupcakes.

If you want to be on Rich's list, e-mail him at


Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Ask the Owl wonders:
In January of 1944, a smoky fire drove out residents of the Kappa sorority house on campus. Can anyone fill in the details on this event? We found this photograph in the Alumni archives, but want to know, as they say, the rest of the story.

Please send any information to

Ask the Owl graphic    Suggestion graphic

Mark Your Calendar

January 26
– March 9
   Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery    2008 Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition
The show pays special tribute to Samuel Azzaro and Henry Freedman, retiring professors of art. Professor Freedman will present his final lecture, "An Art Historian's Circus," on Mon., Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Thorne Gallery conference room.
More information
February 6
7:30 p.m. Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond    The Eroica Trio. A polished and perfect piano trio.
More information
February 21
10 a.m.
to 2 p.m
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H.    New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) Job Fair
More information
March, April
         KSC career fairs
More information

Just for Alumni

Reunion 2008: June 6 to 8
Reunite, reminisce, and reconnect in Keene, and have a blast at the reunion.

Special events for:

  • Classes ending in "3" or "8"
  • Former O-staffers and RAs
  • Greek alumni

On-campus accommodations are available. Registration information will be mailed this spring. How you can help:

  • Update your contact information here
  • Contact classmates and encourage them to join you in Keene
  • Help locate lost classmates with our missing alumni search form

Reunion online.

Now Accepting: Nominations for Alumni Awards
Each year, the Keene State College Alumni Association honors individuals and organizations with a series of special awards to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the Alumni Association and the College.

Nominations are now being accepted and forms are available online or from the Barry Alumni Center, Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435-2701. E-mail or call 800-KSC-1909 or 603-358-2369.

Awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend (June 6 to 8, 2008). Please help us identify worthy recipients.

Calling All Politicos
The New Hampshire primary is over, and what an experience it was! It was a thrill to see so many candidates come to campus, and we look forward to seeing another round in the fall.

If the political bug has bitten you hard, please let us know. Are you, or do you know a Keene State College alum, involved in any way in local, state, or national politics? If so, we want to hear from you!

We'd like to do a round-up featuring alumni politicos in the fall issue of Keene State Today. Please let us know about you by July 1. Thanks!

Contact the Alumni Office at or 603-358-2369.

Attention, Snow Owls: KSC Visits Florida
The Alumni Office staff and President Helen Giles-Gee are heading south for spring break. Plans are underway for alumni gatherings on the West and East Coasts of Florida (tentatively Mar. 14 to 21, 2008).

Visit and watch for our travel plans and event announcements. Update your contact information to ensure receipt of invitations.

KSC Veterans Project
The Alumni Office announces the launch of the KSC Veterans Project. If you are a KSC graduate and a veteran, let us know by completing our online form at, or contact the Alumni Office with your name, class year, rank, branch, and years of military service, tour(s) of duty, and dates of service. This information will become part of the alumni archives and will be an ongoing project.

Additionally, we welcome stories, photos, and letters from our alumni about their years in military service. We'd love to use your photos and letters in displays during the College's Centennial or in KSC publications. Please send stories and pictures (with caption information) of yourself or alumni family member to:

Veterans Project
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Keene State College
Barry Alumni Center
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2701
Fax: 603-358-2400

Reunion 2007
Florida Alums
Veteran's Memorial

Jeff's Journal
Jeff LaValley,
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

One of the things I most enjoy about the Alumni Office location in historic Elliot Hall is that the pictures on the walls "speak" to me.

The first face I see every day, at the top of the circular staircase, is Fred Barry '36, who was serving as dean of men on Mar. 8, 1957, when, to his consternation, the first student demonstration since 1925 broke out. In the living room hang the pictures of Jeremiah Rhodes, Wallace E. "Daddy" Mason, and Lloyd P. Young - all former presidents (or, as in the case of Rhodes, principal).

Over my desk hangs a picture titled "The Red Team Victory Parade," depicting Carolyn Turner '48, Joyce Jernberg '48, Clarisse Martin '49, Barbara Bohuslav '48, Shirley LaBounty '49, Carolyn Boucher '48, Kathleen Stickles '48, Edna Mayberry '48, and Maggi Parker '48 carrying "Schultz," the White Team mascot, in a casket during Sports Field Day in 1946.

What stories would each of these people tell today? I often ponder the memories each might share of friendships, classroom experiences, athletics, or other activities. As the College prepares to celebrate its 100-year anniversary, there are several ongoing initiatives for you to tell your story.

  • This spring, students enrolled in Women's Oral History, taught by Dr. Nicholas Germana, professor of history, will contact alumnae to gather perspectives on their KNS, KTC, or KSC experiences.
  • Alumni veterans will be able to share stories (and photos) with the launch of the KSC Veterans Project
  • Norma Walker '51 continues to collect memories from members of the Golden Circle (for graduates prior to, and including, the class of 1958).

These and many other stories collected from alumni across the decades will become part of the College's permanent archives. Please take the opportunity to share your stories with us.

Daddy Mason

Just for Parents
As students return to campus for the spring semester, a familiar face will be missing. Vice President for Student Affairs Corinne Kowpak will be leaving KSC on Jan. 31 for an academic position on the coast of Maine, an area of the country that is close to her heart.

During her seven years on campus, Dr. Kowpak was a tireless advocate for students, a reassuring advisor to parents, and an innovator whose programs and policies helped transform campus life. In a letter to the campus community, President Helen Giles-Gee wrote, "We will miss her leadership skills and are grateful for her many achievements here."

The College will shortly undertake a search for a new Vice President for Student Affairs and has made the following interim appointments: Dr. Andy Robinson to Interim Vice President for Student Affairs (from Associate Vice President/Dean of Students), Dr. Candice Wiggum to Dean of Students (from Counseling Center Director), and Dr. Judith Putzel to Director of Counseling (from Associate Director).

Corinne Kowpak photo by Chris Justice
Vice President for Student Affairs Corinne Kowpak

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