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Keene State welcomes presidential hopefuls to campus, offers a sweet cure for the winter doldrums, and showcases creativity in the classroom and on the web. This issue of KSC Newsline also offers reminders of upcoming events on campus, including the Academic Excellence Conference, and more.

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The Word Along Appian Way

Keene Chamber of Commerce and KSC Sponsor Presidential Candidate Forums
Keene State College and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a series of one-hour presidential candidate forums, spotlighting individual candidates running for office in the 2008 New Hampshire Primary. The forum series will run throughout 2007 and will be held on campus.

Check for dates and times of candidate appearances. As of this writing, the first scheduled forum is March 26 at 9 a.m. featuring Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Cal.).

Speaking of Politics …
In the late 1970s and early '80s, the Square Meal Restaurant on St. James Street was a center of activism and political conversation for the College and Keene communities. And the food! Remember Coffee Toffee Pie? Word has it someone once drove straight through from Colorado to Keene just for a piece (hopefully, a large piece). If the winter doldrums are getting you down, whip up a treat in homage to all those good conversations and square meals at one of Keene's most fondly remembered restaurants.

Recipe for Coffee Toffee Pie (PDF file)

Service Learning Meets the Ladies Aid
Kudos to faculty members in the Women's Studies Department, who have created a capstone project for this semester that links students with 12 different nonprofit agencies on women's advocacy issues.

Service-learning coordinator Polly Chandler stopped by recently to describe English Professor Ali Lichtenstein's Women's Writing Project. Last semester, Lichtenstein's students interviewed residents of Prospect Place and Woodward House, assisted living residences, and put together two books of memoirs.

This semester, students are meeting with the Women's Fellowship group at the UCC Keene (the big white church on the Square) to focus on women who are the "glue" of their churches and community. Sixth grade students from Cutler Elementary School in Swanzey, with art teacher Sue Norton, are attending the interviews and will illustrate the resulting book.

Several other service-learning projects that stretch the teaching model and engage students directly with the community are underway, opening doors and creating new links between the College, our students, and the community.

KSC Creativity Showcased on the Web
The Theatre and Dance Department has a stunning new website designed by Yuan Pan, assistant professor of art and graphic design. The site includes an interactive timeline documenting 30 years of Keene State theatre and dance performances.

Professor Pan has also designed web pages for the Art and Music Departments and for the Martha Sharp documentary film, created by professors Larry Benaquist, William Sullivan, and Thomas Durnford.

Also check out the student-designed Keene State ROCKS videos on YouTube. Sustainability and recycling coordinator Mary Jensen asked students to create informative videos about sustainability on campus. Visit and search for "Keene State Recycles."

Architecture Students Win Prize for Hurricane-Resistant Building Design
Zachary Smith '07 and Chris Velardi '07 won an Honorable Mention prize of $500 in a competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company. Students were asked to design a campus-based recreation center that would also serve as a hurricane evacuation shelter. Smith and Velardi used hurricane-resistant construction materials to create a sustainable and safe design. The projects will be exhibited at the 2007 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, in May, and will be published in the spring issue of Crit.

Boynton '96 Makes Forty Under 40 List
Keene State's Joshua Boynton '96 was named to the Union Leader's list of 40 up-and-coming people, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference in New Hampshire.

Shortly after entering Keene State, Boynton realized there was a need for alternatives to state-sponsored group homes for people with severe disabilities. He believed no one was so cognitively impaired that, with the proper support, he or she could not live in a family home. After graduating with a counseling degree, Boynton started LifeShare, a company that provides in-home services to people with disabilities. LifeShare now employs 200 people, has expanded into Maine, and is planning to open an office in Florida. Meanwhile, the rate at which people are placed in state-sponsored group homes in New Hampshire has dropped by 75 percent.

"Nobody else was striving to do anything innovative," Boynton said of the system. "That's how LifeShare was created - out of frustration." Thanks to his vision, Boynton has created a new model for helping people.

Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Ask the Owl wonders:
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?

We'll draw one name from among all the correct answers and will send the lucky winner an official KSC baseball hat. Send your answers to

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KSC Athletics
Owls Fly High
For the first time ever, both KSC men's and women's hoop teams earned NCAA berths in the same season. Coming off a thrilling 76-75 second-round victory over Salem State College, the KSC men's basketball team plays against Little East rival Rhode Island College in Amherst on Friday (6 p.m.) in an NCAA Tournament sweet 16 game. A gallant Owl women's team lost in the second round to Bowdoin College.

Three members of the KSC track team are headed out to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the NCAA championships. Sarah Miller and Jennifer Adams will compete in the 800-meter and mile races respectively for the KSC women, and Kevin Kelleher will run in the men's mile.

Keene State spring teams are gearing up. The Owl baseball team, which welcomes former major leaguer Dan Moylan to its coaching staff, embarks on a 12-game spring-break week in Phoenix, Arizona. The KSC softball team will make its annual pilgrimage to Fort Myers, Florida, and the men's lacrosse team will also travel to the Sunshine State for a game in Orlando.

Check for the latest scores and adventures.

Mark Your Calendar

March 31
All day Student Center and Science Center    Academic Excellence Conference
A complete schedule will be posted soon at
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Jeff's Journal

Cupid's Arrows Are Still Flying
Did you find true love at Keene State? If so, please share your story for a future Keene State Today article. Contact Christine O'Brien at

Alumni Association Approves Strategic Plan
After nearly two years of planning, meetings, and discourse, the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors unanimously approved a strategic plan that will shape the KSC Alumni Association through the College's centennial in 2009. The five-point strategic plan calls for increasing programming, services, and communications for alumni; creating increased networking opportunities and career services; and building a new alumni center.

"I am very excited about where the KSC Alumni Association is today," said David Gagne '73, president of the Alumni Association. "Following President Giles-Gee's leadership, we have made major progress in becoming a renewed stakeholder in the College, and we have a very bright future as we strive toward our goals for 2009."
View the entire strategic plan.

Alumni Office Welcomes Alumni Communications Coordinator
Mark Reynolds has joined the Alumni Relations Office as the alumni communications coordinator. As a writer, editor, and copywriter with more than 20 years of experience, Mark will manage the implementation, operations, and maintenance of the KSC Alumni Association's forthcoming online community. You can reach Mark at 603-358-2518 or

Alumni Association Appoints New Board Members
At a meeting held January 27, the KSC Alumni Association announced the appointment of Molly Dunne '01 and Brian Parda '01 to fill two vacant board director positions. Dunne's term expires in 2008 and Parda's term expires in 2009.

Reunion 2007 Schedule Will Be Online
Whether you graduated five years, 15 years, or 50 years ago, Keene State is where you spent some of the best years of your life. It is, indeed, "a place to remember, a time in our lives." Make plans with classmates and friends now and come back for Reunion 2007 the weekend of June 2-3. Watch for a reunion mailing, complete with registration form, in early April or visit for updates.

Just for Parents
In the last issue of Newsline, we provided you with important numbers for various offices on campus. In this issue, we offer a list of important dates to assist in summer planning:

  • For parents with graduating seniors:
    May 5 – Residence Halls close at noon, except for graduates
    May 5 – Spring Honors Convocation begins at 4 p.m.
    May 6 – Commencement Ceremony begins at 1 p.m., residence halls close at 6 p.m.

  • For parents with admitted (Fall 2007) KSC freshmen:
    June 11-12 – Orientation I
    June 14 – Orientation II
    June 18-19 – Orientation III
    June 21-22 – Orientation IV
    August 27 – Classes begin

  • For parents with enrolled students:
    September 28-30 – Parent/Family Weekend
    Parent/Family Weekend

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