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It's been a memorable spring! We'll tell you all about it. This issue of KSC Newsline also tells you how to get to Carnegie Hall, offers reminders of summer events on campus, and bids a fond farewell to a special friend of KSC alumni.

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The Word Along Appian Way

Inauguration photo of President Giles-Gee by Mark CorlissA Spring to Remember
Two all-campus events marked important milestones for KSC. On the afternoon of April 28, Dr. Helen Giles-Gee was officially installed as the ninth president of the College. Her inauguration ceremony in Spaulding Gym was preceded by a colorful academic procession across campus. Drummers led the parade, crowds applauded along Appian Way, and the campus was at its height of spring beauty – a memorable occasion for everyone.

Dr. Giles-Gee's inspiring address promised that Keene State would rise to a new level of academic excellence and civic engagement. An inaugural gala that evening raised more than $62,000 for service-learning programs on campus. Dr. Giles-Gee and others were up bright and early the next morning to participate in the "Cans Across Keene" food brigade, which handed thousands of cans of food all the way up Main Street to the Keene Community Kitchen. View photos:

Commencement photo by Julio Del Sesto Only nine days later, on May 7, Dr. Giles-Gee presided over Keene State's commencement, the beginning of the "go forth to serve" phase of life for the 975 new graduates (all instant members of the KSC Alumni Association). Civic leader and philanthropist James Putnam of Keene and composer-conductor Julius Williams of Boston received honorary degrees. Like the inauguration, commencement was favored with sunshine and blue skies.

So, How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
It's never easy. Years of training and rehearsal, talent honed with technique and theory, zest for music, the will to practice. On the evening of June 7, Keene State's own Maura Glennon, associate professor of music, will seat herself at the Steinway concert grand in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to perform with cellist Astrid Schween in a program of music for cello and piano. Their performance includes pieces by Brahms, Prokofiev, Schumann, and Debussy. For details:

Both musicians own distinguished résumés and perform in concert halls around the world. Ms. Schween, who studied with Jacqueline du Pré and Leonard Rose, among others, was recently appointed assistant professor of cello at UMass-Amherst. Ms. Glennon, in demand as a pianist, adjudicator, lecturer, and performer, teaches applied piano, keyboard literature, chamber music, and other courses at KSC.

Owl Athletes Rake in Honors
Breanne Lucey at the indoor NCAA finals. Photo by NCAAThe athletic season is over, but Owl athletes are still in the limelight. Five members of the women's track team competed in the NCAA Division III Track and Field championships in Illinois over Memorial Day weekend. KSC's Breanne Lucey raced to All-America honors in the 1500- and 5000-meter events, finishing fifth in the first race (4:34:14) and a strong second in the 5000m (17:17:17). Jennifer Adams also earned All-America honors with her fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters (35:57:23). Freshman Samantha Hirsh hurt her knee during her first javelin throw (127' 6") and could not continue. KSC high-jumpers Krystin Gavin and Crystal Blamy competed but did not earn All-America honors.

KSC's Jeremy Schilling was one of 17 New England Division III seniors selected to play in the 31st annual College Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park on May 28. Schilling (no relation to the Red Sox pitcher) led the Owls in hitting this season with a .426 average and set Owl season records with 74 hits, 48 runs, 17 doubles, and 21 stolen bases.

To add to the kudos, Keene State captured its sixth consecutive Little East Conference Commissioner's Cup. The Owls won all of their conference titles in the fall season and were high in the standings for spring sports. The Commissioner's Cup measures an institution's overall performance in 19 LEC-sponsored sports.

And if THAT is not enough, the KSC-PSU Presidents' Trophy reposes in the awards case at Spaulding Gym for another year. Keene State posted a 12-3 record in regular-season contests with rival Plymouth State University. The Owls swept baseball and softball doubleheaders and won a men's lacrosse game against the Panthers this spring. The Owls have been polishing the trophy ever since the 2003-04 season. For more sports news, go to

Lilac Secrets from the Gardening Guru
How does the KSC grounds crew keep the 160-acre campus looking so beautiful?

For anyone who's sung "On lilac paths we've strolled …" and wondered how to keep your own cherished lilacs as blooming and happy as those at the College, this is what KSC Arborist Jeff Garland advises: "Our usual care plan for the campus lilacs is to 1) deadhead them after bloom [this means to snip off the faded brown blossoms], 2) prune all deadwood any time of the year, and 3) prune out any large leggy stems to encourage sucker growth to flourish. Every three years we fertilize our lilacs with a tree-food formula, using an aeration method."

Now you know!

Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Did you ever attend summer school at KSC? What were the highlights (academic, social, or recreational)? Please share your memories! Write to

Answer to last month's question.

Last month's Ask the Owl solicited your best advice for the new graduates.

Besides the classic wisdom (thank your parents, remember to reach for the stars, and, oh yes, get a job), we received this thoughtful response from USNH trustee Dr. John Moody '71, M '76, who wrote,

"As you begin your journey outside the relative protection of the College campus, never forget your roots. KSC has provided you with important life skills that will serve you well as you strive to be successful. Be an active member of your community, give back in the form of community service, be a friend to those in need, and be responsible custodians of our planet."

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Mark Your Calendar
June 2-4
   KSC Campus    Alumni Reunion, with special celebrations for those who graduated in years ending in 1 and 6. For details:

June 2-August 4
Art Gallery
   Selections from the permanent collection, featuring the Dublin Art Colony. For details:

June 9-October 15
Art Gallery
   "Art = Body + Mind." An integrated learning experience with installations, drawings, prints, videos, and 3-D design. (Closed August 5-September 4.) For details:

June 10
2-4:30 p.m. Room 203,
Rhodes Hall
   Writers Ernest Hebert '69, Howard Mansfield, and Richard Ober discuss the impact of place on writing and life, co-sponsored by KSC Department of English and the New Hampshire Writers' Project. Room 203, Rhodes Hall, 2-4:30 p.m. Students and NHWP members, $25; nonmembers, $30. or 603-314-7980.

Farewell, Mike
A Special Friend
Mike Maher photo by Chris JusticeAt the end of June, Mike Maher will leave his desk in Elliot Hall and his position as director of alumni and parent relations. "It seems like a good time in my life for a change, a chance to do something different," he explained.

Mike first experienced Keene State as a new freshman in the fall of 1968. He majored in history, minored in earth science, and fell in love with a pretty, dark-haired girl named Kitty McClure, whom he met on a blind date in February of 1970. Mike even remembers what she was wearing when he went to Huntress Hall to pick her up – her grandmother's old raccoon coat.

Mike and Kitty married soon after graduation in 1972. The Vietnam War was going on, Mike had a low draft number (#36), and he decided to enlist in the Army, entering officer candidate school in 1973 and becoming a public affairs officer. For the next 20 years, he and Kitty lived in Athens (where their daughter Eliza '99 was born), Germany, Georgia (where Abby '01 was born), and other posts.

Mike started working for KSC the day after he retired from the Army in 1993. All of his years of coming back for Homecoming and class reunions now became his vocation. For the last 13 years, he has talked to uncounted alumni and friends of the College, encouraged alumni get-togethers, and become a key part of the institutional history of Keene State.

"It was also a highlight for Kitty and me to be here while our daughters were in school and to watch them graduate - in four years!" Mike said.

When we asked him about his future, he spoke instead about Keene State: "The upcoming centennial will be an exciting time - both to look back and appreciate the past, but also to look toward a bright future," he said. We know he will be celebrating beside the rest of us.

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