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Keene State celebrates Commencement for 895 seniors and honors distinguished New Hampshire residents on May 11. This issue of Newsline also offers updates on biodiesel, Reunion, KSC Centennial events, and more.

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Graduation May 11
Filmmaker Dayton Duncan will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at Keene State College's Commencement Ceremony on Sun., May 11, while 895 students will be receiving degrees the old-fashioned way.

The 2008 Granite State Award will be presented to Sullivan residents John and Jean Hoffman at commencement.

More information here.


KSC Student Team Awarded Honorable Mention in EPA Competition
A team of KSC Technology, Design, and Safety and Architecture students traveled to the fourth annual National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., to present "Keene Community Partnership for a Closed Loop Biodiesel System" at the Environmental Protection Agency's P3 competition.

The team received honorable mention in a competition among 58 schools.

More information here.

KSC Technology, Design, and Safety and Architecture students with Sen. Sununu in Washington, D.C., on Apr. 22. First row: (l. to r.) TDS advisors Nora Traviss and Chris Langille, Architecture professor Donna Paley. Second row: (l. to r.) Andrew Denley, Andrew McKeen, Irissa Plouff, Sen. Sununu, Joshua Swasey, Joe DiFraia, and Mike Grotton.

Sad news
The KSC community was sad to lose instructor Kate Phillips, who was in more than 50 films in the 1930s and '40s and co-wrote the 1958 cult movie The Blob. She taught acting, film, and screenwriting classes at Keene State from the early 1980s until she retired in 2006.

Under the name Kay Linaker Phillips, she had small parts in a number of popular films, such as Drums Along the Mohawk, Blood and Sand, Laura, and a number of the Charlie Chan detective movies. One of her more notable roles was a rich society matron who marries Ginger Rogers' ex-husband in the 1940 film Kitty Foyle. She retired from filming movies during World War II, later turning to screenwriting for film and television. She married writer-turned-television-executive Howard Phillips. They moved to Dublin, N.H., in 1964. Phillips died April 18 at the age of 94.

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Pondside III Residence Hall Awarded Silver LEED
Keene State College's Pondside III residential hall has received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Pondside III, which overlooks Brickyard Pond, has 51,300 square feet and 154 beds. The suite-style building sets a new standard for dorm life at the College – suites with singles, doubles, or a mix of both promote social interaction and support "living and learning" communities centered on academic themes, service learning, leadership, wellness, the arts, and other common interests. The building incorporates super-insulated walls, motion-sensor lights, dual-flush toilets, and recycling rooms on each floor.

More information here.

Pondside 3 photo by Mark Corliss

Site visit
Have you been to KSC100 yet? It's chock-a-block full of trips down memory lane, in honor of our Centennial year. Whether you graduated in the 1920s or the 1990s, you're bound to find some familiar faces and places. For more information on the Centennial Celebration itself, visit the main Centennial site .


Swamp Bats
And speaking of the Centennial, the celebration kicks off with the Keene Swamp Bats on June 14 at 7 p.m.

There will be giveaways, KSC hall of fame athletes, a social tent for KSC, and lots of opportunity to celebrate our hundred years in the community.

Join us at Alumni Field at Keene High School.

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Starting with the current online edition of Keene State Today, you can start or join a conversation about any of the articles.

Did you attend the premiere of Kaddish? Are you a big fan of Adam Wade, nighthawks or golf? Ever take an auto shop class or create masterpieces in the cooking lab? Share your memories, insights, and laughs just in time for the Centennial.

Click on the Comments button at the end of each story or go directly to see the comment pages here.

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2008-09 College Catalog
Online and in print, everything you need to know about KSC for the upcoming academic year.

Majors and degrees, courses, policies, academic calendar, student life, faculty listing, and more.

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Mark Your Calendar
May 11, 2008
1 p.m. Fiske Quad    2008 Commencement Ceremony
The class of 2008 graduates, featuring address by filmmaker Dayton Duncan.
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May 14-17, 2008
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rhodes Hall    AAUW Annual Scholarship Book Sale
Book sale to raise funds for the American Association of University Women Scholarship, with a paid preview on May 13 from five to 7 p.m.
June 6-8, 2008
   Keene State Campus Reunion 2008
Come back to Keene State to reunite, reminisce, and rekindle memories and friendships. Join classes ending in "3" or "8," along with former O staffers, RAs, Admissions Tour Guides, and Greek alumni, to rediscover Keene State.
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June 14, 2008
7 p.m. Alumni Field, 77 Arch Road in Keene Swamp Bats Game
Keene State College is sponsoring a Keene Swamp Bats baseball game to begin the celebration of our 100 year anniversary. There will be free tickets available, giveaways, and other KSC Centennial related activities.
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Alumni Gatherings
Alumni and friends of Keene State College welcomed President Helen F. Giles-Gee and Alumni Office staff at seven events in Florida in March. More information and photos of Florida Reunion 2008 gatherings. To help plan an event yourself, contact the Alumni Office at 603-358-2369.

Three R's of Reunion
Register! You can register online now through May 21. Reminisce! Remember your glory days at KNS, KTC, or KSC – and get ready to swap stories. Reunite! Call your friends and classmates. Make plans to be in Keene, June 6-8 for Reunion 2008.

Reunion Volunteers Needed
Reunion 2008 is a time when the campus welcomes back hundreds of alumni. The success of the weekend depends on the generosity of time and talent from many of our friends. The Alumni Office is seeking help for: event decorating, shuttle driving, meet & greet, registration/check-in, operations and logistics, as well as event set-up and break-down! To volunteer for a day, or even just a few hours, contact the Alumni Office at 603-358-2369 or

Who's On Your Ballot?
Online voting for the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors is open through Friday, May 9. Your vote can make a difference.

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

In the last edition of Newsline I discussed my passion for lists and I enumerated some of the ways Keene State alumni can get involved in the KSC Alumni Association. As promised, here is the rest of that list, with five additional ways to stay connected to our alma mater.

  • Talk to your employer. Promote the solid education you received at Keene State with supervisors or hiring managers, and encourage them to look to KSC for future employees.
  • Host an event or happy hour in your area and send photos. Alumni who are in touch with other alumni are encouraged to host small gatherings, or work with the Alumni Office to plan larger-scale events like recent ones in Washington, D.C., and Florida. Happy hours are great ways to involve other alumni and connect them to KSC. When sending event photos, be sure to include captions with names. Send them to
  • Identify alumni in your workplace. Do you work with or know of a lot of KSC alumni at work? If so, consider working with your human resources department to host a KSC networking event. Contact the Alumni Office at for more information.
  • Update your contact information. Keeping in touch is easy and convenient. Update your home address, e-mail, and work information with the KSC Alumni Association using our online form.
  • Talk about Keene State in your community. Inform your family, friends, and co-workers about Keene State's growing prominence in the state, New England, and beyond.
  • Make your homepage on your browser, and keep up with the latest news and happenings from your alma mater.

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Just for Parents

KSC Parents Association
As Keene State College prepares to celebrate its Centennial anniversary, the KSC Parents Association is planning for its future. An integral part of the College since its inception in 1973, the KSC Parents Association exists to promote the aims consistent with the best interest of KSC, its students, and their parents.

At a meeting held April 11, the executive officers of the Association began laying the groundwork for the organization's future. In the coming months the Association will revise its by-laws and commence strategic planning. Input from Association members will be vital to the continued success of the organization.

For more information about the KSC Parents Association, contact the Parent Relations Office at 603-358-2370 or email



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