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In the Works

The Word along Appian Way:

  • The need for qualified K-12 teachers has never been greater, according to Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies John Couture, and he and his staff are doing something about it. In a series of informal Open Houses, KSC will inform the public about graduate-level options leading to certification. KSC offers several Advanced Study in Education options, including the fast-track Summer Teaching Academy and the World Education Links program. Dr. Couture said that 40 percent of teachers in the Monadnock region alone are due to retire in the next four years. If you or anyone you know has a bachelor's degree and is interested in teaching, you'll be greeted warmly at an Open House on July 20 or August 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Rhodes Hall, Room 203. More Open House events will be held in the fall. For information, call Peter Tandy at 603-358-2332.
  • Photo: jacket cover of Mountains Beyond MountainsWhat are you reading this summer? If you want to keep up with incoming first-year students, pick up a copy of Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains, a required summer reading book that will be part of a year-long discussion across campus. Kidder's book tells the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a renowned physician, humanitarian, and modern-day Robin Hood who attacks poverty and disease one person at a time around the world. Both Kidder and Farmer have been invited to appear on campus this fall.
  • You all helped make this happen: The Dr. Y Endowed Scholarship, a fund created by contributions from alumni, staff, and the KSC community, announced its first recipient. Joshua Torrey of North Haverhill, N.H., will use the 2005 award to attend Keene State and study biology. Named for retiring KSC President Stanley J. Yarosewick, who was the first member of his family to attend college, the scholarship gives financial assistance to one incoming student each year, with preference for first-generation college students enrolled in a science program. Thank you for your help in establishing this award and honoring Dr. Y.
  • A mystery solved! How, you may have wondered, do the KSC landscapers achieve such a fast transition from spring bulbs to flowering annuals? In our gardens at home, the tulip and daffodil leaves languish forever, looking limp and unsightly. One lovely day in June, we discovered the answer. The KSC gardeners gently pull up on the stems and leaves of spent bulbs, removing the mess without disturbing the bulb six inches down. Shallow-rooted annuals can go right in; meanwhile, the bulbs are regrouping to bloom again next spring.

Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

You might remember the late 1960s as the golden age of student protests, but Keene State students demonstrated mastery of this technique as early as the winter of 1935-36. Students had been complaining about the dining commons food for months, but finally a meal was so disgusting that students walked out en masse, emptying the dining room in the basement of Fiske Hall. The question is, What was served that night to bring the matter to such a boil?

If you know the answer, please e-mail Susan Peery at We'll draw one name from among all the correct answers and will send the lucky winner an official KSC baseball cap.

Answer to last month's question.
Last month's "Ask the Owl" posed this one: "Who were the sisters who worked in the commons in the late 1960s and early '70s? They baked all desserts from scratch, including chocolate ├ęclairs and cakes."

A handsome KSC baseball cap is on its way to Pete Hanrahan '73, who identified Willie and Lena, sisters from Marlborough. Pete said he enjoyed many of their homemade confections as a member of the College grounds crew starting in 1966.

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KSC Athletes: Good at Sports and Smart, Too!
Keene State has captured its fifth consecutive Little East Conference Commissioner's Cup, awarded at the end of the school year to the institution with the best overall athletic performance. Owl teams captured seven team titles during the course of the year: men's cross country, women's cross country, field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, and men's lacrosse.

Runner extraordinaire Dave Bridgewater raced to his eighth All-America honor with a third-place finish in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 28. His time was 3:55.66. (Go ahead, measure off 1500 meters - about 300 feet short of a mile - and see how long it takes you!)

In addition to their winning ways, KSC athletes have been known to crack open a few books. This year, 168 student athletes (41 percent) had GPAs higher than 3.0, and 55 of them earned GPAs of 3.5 or better. Thank you to Athletics Director John Ratliff for the stats.

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Open Mike
Mike Maher, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, reports on the newest Alumni Awards and Alumni Association officers. Anyone who would like to nominate a colleague for the next round of awards, please write to Mike at

The Alumni Association honors several people each year at Reunion Weekend (June 3-5) for their career accomplishments and service to the College and the Association. This year four special people were recognized at the Saturday luncheon.

The Alumni Inspiration Award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of an alumnus or alumna who graduated within the past 15 years. Dr. Melinda Treadwell '90 received the award for her excellence in teaching as an assistant professor of technology, design and safety at KSC. Melinda has also collaborated with other institutions to bring millions of dollars in grants to Keene State.

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to one whose professional achievement brings honor to himself or herself and Keene State College. The 2005 recipient was Thomas Kearney '69. Tom was recognized for his 36-year tenure at the Keene Sentinel, where he rose from a reporter to executive editor. In addition to pursuing excellence in writing and editing, Tom also became a champion of right-to-know issues.

The third award given at Reunion was the Sprague W. Drenan Award, given to an alum whose participation in and support of alumni activities and events is worthy of special recognition. Lee McMahon '60 received the award from last year's recipient, Patty Adams Farmer '92. Lee served six years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. On the executive committee, he was the voice of reason and common sense - the person who always brought us back to task.


Finally, the Association recognized Dr. Stanley J. Yarosewick with the Outstanding Service Award, given to an individual or organization that has provided outstanding service to Keene State College through leadership, commitment, and influence in programs and activities of the College. There was no more obvious or deserving candidate than Dr. Y.

To learn more about the KSC Alumni Association's awards, visit

New Alumni Association officers, chosen by alumni balloting, are:

  • David Gagne '73, president (Amherst, N.H.)
  • Charles Zoulias '67, first vice president (Manchester, N.H.)
  • Jack Griffin '72, second vice president (Concord, N.H.)

Congratulations to all the winners. And don't forget to stop by and see us in the alumni office when you're in Keene.

KSC Connections
Alumni to Alumni

  • Wesley McNair '63 served on the 2005 Pulitzer Prize jury in poetry, his second stint as a juror. A widely published poet himself, Wes received his second Rockefeller Fellowship this spring to work on poems at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy. He has two new books (a volume of poetry and an anthology of fiction) coming out later this year. For details, see his web site,
  • Tom Kearney '68, who just won the afore-mentioned Alumni Achievement Award, also helped judge the Pulitzer Prizes this year, serving on the Journalism/Commentary committee of distinguished judges. Tom is managing editor of the Stowe, Vt., Reporter.

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