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Keene State welcomes the first hints of (dare we say it?) spring – just in time for students to head off for spring break. There's lots of news – honors and awards for the College, student achievements, announcement of Outstanding Women of New Hampshire awards, and much more. This issue of Newsline also tells you about KSC Centennial plans and offers a full roster of campus lectures, concerts, and opportunities

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The Word Along Appian Way

KSC Students Film the Filmmakers
On March 5, a Filmmakers' Roundtable brought film students, faculty, and regional filmmakers together on campus in a lively discussion about careers in the film industry and how to connect students with active projects in the area. Speakers included Buzz McLaughlin, executive producer of The Sensation of Sight, which was shot in Peterborough in 2005; Van McLeod, New Hampshire Commissioner of Cultural Resources; and Matthew Newton '97, director of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office, the sponsor of the get-together. A trio of KSC film students filmed the event. More information.


Keene State Jumper, Runner Win NCAA Titles
On March 14, Keene State seniors Crystal Blamy and Jennifer Adams captured national titles at the NCAA Divison III Track and Field Championships at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Blamy won the high jump with a DIII best leap of 5 feet, 7-3/4 inches. On March 15, the speedy Adams pulled away from competitors in the 5,000-meter race and won in a time of 16:58.71, her second national championship. Keene's Craig MacPherson came in third in the mile (at 4:12.85), followed in sixth place by teammate Kevin Kelleher (4:15.21). The distance relay medley team of Adams, Krystin Gavin, Kate Carr, and Kimber Stannard placed eighth in their event. Blamy, Adams, and the other Owl runners all won All-America distinction at the meet.

On the same weekend, freshman Rachel Mondello competed at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Mondello is the first-ever KSC woman to qualify for this event. This year she set Owl records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles; her qualifying time for the NCAA event was 24.02 seconds in the 50. Although she did not win her event, Mondello gained invaluable experience, and her coach, Jack Fabian, called her performance "a milestone for the program."

Crystal Blamy photo
Crystal Blamy
Rachel Mondello photo
Rachel Mondello

Outstanding Women of N.H. to Be Honored March 24
A reception in the Mabel Brown Room at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 24, will honor four women for their contributions to the state, the community, and the College. The Outstanding Women of New Hampshire awards, given annually by Keene State and sponsored by the President's Office and the Campus Commission on the Status of Women, will celebrate these valued citizens:

  • Jan Cohen, humanitarian, philanthropist, and advocate for social justice (Monadnock community award)
  • Juliana Eades, president of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, which gives traditionally underserved people access to affordable housing and economic opportunity (State of New Hampshire award)n
  • Jahleh Ghanbari, scholar, social activist, and campus and community volunteer (KSC student award)
  • Dottie Morris, educator, mentor, and role model for all women, particularly women of color (faculty award)

The public is invited to the award ceremony and dessert reception. Works of art by KSC women students will be on display.


Salamander Crossing Guard Training
There is still time to sign up to be a salamander crossing guard, an amphibian usher to help with the spring migration of the lovely creatures that slither, crawl, and hop across roads on their way to vernal breeding pools. Last year's effort saved more than 750 amphibians! To sign up.

Salamnder photo courtesy of AVEO.

Distinguished Faculty Named
President Giles-Gee and Provost Mel Netzhammer have announced the co-recipients of the KSC Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Helen Frink, professor of modern languages, and Dr. Al Rydant, professor of geography, will be feted at a faculty recognition dinner in celebration of teaching excellence on Tuesday, April 1. Their contributions to their disciplines and to Keene State College bring great honor to them and to our campus.

Dr. Therese Seibert, professor of sociology and women's studies and recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Teacher award, will also be honored. Each of the recipients will address the audience of colleagues, family, and friends.


Centennial Website– check it out!
The Centennial year, 2009, is creeping up, and just to get you in the mood for reminiscing, reunioning, and (we hope) volunteering to help, College Relations writer Lucy Webb has created a special Centennial website filled with photos in need of captions, stories in need of telling, and a place for you to comment and hang out.

Please drop in often to read, participate, and stir up the discussion.
Centennial Website


Good Neighbors
C&S Wholesale Grocers, friends indeed to KSC, recently made a donation of $1,000 to the Community Service Office to support service projects. Pictured, from left: student Ashley Lorrain (member of Circle K, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Alternate Spring Break volunteer) and Community Service Coordinator Mary McEntee accept the check from Gina Goff and Marc Smith of C&S.


Jobs at KSC
Think Keene State is a great place? We do too and are always looking for talented professionals to join our team.
Current listing of open positions.


Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Ask the Owl wonders:
Sandy Saline '81 M.Ed. wrote to ask, What happened to Operation LIVE (1970s-early '80s) and Keith King? Anyone remember?

Please send any information to

KSC Owl Mascot photo by Greg Antonelli.

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Mark Your Calendar

March 29, 2008
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Science Center, Student Center, and Media Arts Center    Academic Excellence Conference
Featuring the work of top students and their faculty sponsors.
More information
April 3, 2008
7:30 p.m. Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond    Playing for Peace
A recital and collaboration between KSC and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.
More information
April 10, 2008
4 p.m. Mabel Brown Room, Student Center Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies
Christopher Bigsby. Professor Bigsby of the University of East Anglia (UK) will lecture about American playwright Arthur Miller in a talk entitled "How Jewish Is He? Arthur Miller and the Holocaust."
More information

Just for Alumni

KSC on Capitol Hill
On Wednesday, January 23, more than 30 Keene State College alumni gathered at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a regional reception hosted by Dave Wenhold '90. President Helen Giles-Gee, accompanied by Provost Mel Netzhammer, visited with D.C.-area alumni from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Second District New Hampshire Congressman Paul Hodes also attended.

In her remarks, the President shared KSC news and photographs. Alumni were thrilled to hear about the creation of the new Honors Program and enjoyed seeing photos of new campus construction. We hope to make Washington, D.C., an annual destination.

Totally Tubular
Nearly 70 KSC alumni, faculty, staff, and friends braved frosty temperatures on February 29 for Tubing Night at Granite Gorge, sponsored by the KSC Alumni Association. Event participants warmed their hands and spirits inside the Gorge's yurt with donuts, hot cocoa, coffee, and conversation.

KSC Visits Florida
KSC President Helen Giles-Gee, along with members of the Alumni and Parent Relations and Development Offices, will visit alumni and friends in Florida, March 17 to 22. For a listing of scheduled events and RSVP information, visit the Alumni page.

Reunion Is Coming!
Mark June 6 to 8 on your calendars for Reunion Weekend 2008! Watch your mailbox for registration information or go here for updates.

If you are a former O-staffer, Resident Assistant, Admissions Tour Guide, or Greek alumni, contact us to ensure receipt of invitations to affinity group events!

Alumni Ballot
Voting to fill vacancies for the Alumni Association Board of Directories (2008-09) will take place online this year. Traditionally a ballot has been included in the Reunion Weekend brochure. You'll be able to cast your vote after April 1, or, if you still wish to receive printed ballot materials, contact the Alumni Office or call 603-358-2369.


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

I love lists. I've already compiled a summer reading list even though we are in the throes of a lingering winter. Look on my desk and you'll find lists for projects in development, daily tasks to complete, and phone calls to return.

Here's another list: the ways in which alumni can get involved in the KSC Alumni Association, or stay connected to our alma mater. Here are the first five that crossed my mind:

  • Volunteer your time: there are a number of ways for alumni to give their time to KSC, including volunteering for Reunion or the College's upcoming Centennial.
  • Attend an Alumni Association event: alumni are encouraged to regularly visit the events calendar.
  • Support KSC athletics by attending a game: KSC athletic teams offer alumni the chance to return to campus and cheer on the Owls.
  • Return to campus and attend Reunion Weekend celebrations in June.
  • Support the KSC Alumni Association through a financial contribution: You can send your KSC Annual Fund contribution using the reply envelope found in the forthcoming issue of , or in the annual fund appeal, both arriving in mailboxes in March.


Just for Parents
Keene State College has contracted with Avtex, Inc., to offer the City Watch Emergency Notification System to the Keene State community. The City Watch system is designed to send emergency messages to enrolled campus members when a situation exists that presents an imminent danger to the campus. An "imminent danger" is one that threatens the immediate safety of the campus community, is not anticipated, and failure to provide such a warning may result in serious harm. Examples of such emergencies are a large-scale chemical or hazardous material spill, an armed and actively violent person, or a tornado. Messages will only be sent if a situation is determined to be imminent and requires immediate action.

To enroll in the City Watch system, click here.

The City Watch system is part of the College's overall communication plan.


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