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The Word Along Appian Way Jeff's Journal Just for Alumni
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Keene State gives thanks for its campus treasures, looks forward to a fall harvest of concerts and shows, and asks for YOUR memories of student life. This issue of KSC Newsline also offers reminders of upcoming events on campus, connects you to alumni get-togethers, and more.

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The Word Along Appian Way
We Count Our Blessings: In this season of harvest and remembrance, we are especially thankful for special treasures.

The people who organize the Thanksgiving basket drive every year.
Director Kim Harkness and the Human Resources team who, once again, sent out menu lists, pledge forms, and reminders. This year, as they have for many years, Director Kim Harkness and the HR staff sent out menu lists, pledge forms, and reminders, collecting jars of pickles and cranberry sauce, gift certificates for turkeys, special treats for kids, and all the Thanksgiving accoutrements to fill 150 baskets, which are given to families in the WIC program (families with young children). Students, faculty, and staff all contribute to this great KSC tradition.

Pumpkin pie photo.

First Lady Rosalyn Carter
The chance to meet former First Lady Rosalyn Carter at the Campus Compact for New Hampshire 10th anniversary dinner in Manchester on November 6.

Gracious and inspiring, Mrs. Carter reminisced about campaigning in the state in 1976, marveled at the high percentage of N.H. college students involved in community service (23,000 out of 70,000 total), and presented Keene State and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Monadnock Region with one of three awards for campus-community collaboration.

President Helen Giles-Gee, BBBS director Peg Monahan, and KSC community service coordinator Mary McEntee were present to receive the award. Sixty KSC students are partners, friends, and mentors of children in the region this year through BBBS.

"It's never a sacrifice to help others," Mrs. Carter noted. "It's always a blessing."

Mary McEntee, President Helen Giles-Gee and Peg Monahan.

Dublin Art Colony
The incredible artistic ecosystem that flourished in Dublin, N.H., in the late 19th century, a living community of artists, enough well-heeled patrons to support them, and silvery Dublin Lake and broad-shouldered Mount Monadnock to inspire them.

The community of painters, photographers, poets, and writers at the base of Mount Monadnock, anchored by such notables as Abbott H. Thayer, Rockwell Kent, Barry Faulkner, Alexander James, William Preston Phelps, and others, is featured in "On Gilded Pond: The Life and Times of the Dublin Art Colony," at the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery until December 9.

The exhibit will then travel to UNH - the first time the collection has left the Monadnock region.

"And the Woman Must Weep"
Rockwell Kent
lithograph on stone

KSC Athletics
Keene State athletes, their dedicated coaches, and the fans that love their pure athleticism and sportsmanship.

The list of KSC athletic achievements could make you scroll down forever, but we're thinking right now especially of KSC's own Jennifer Adams, senior runner from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who was just named the Little East Conference Female Runner of the Year, and the men's and women's basketball teams, both poised for top-notch seasons. The Owl men's team is ranked second in the LEC coaches' preseason poll; the women's team is ranked a strong third.

Go, Owls!


Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Last month's Ask the Owl wondered if anyone knew the location of the birthing rooms in Elliot Center, back in its hospital days.

We quickly heard from several alumni and staff. Everyone agreed that babies were delivered in the west wing, but there is some disagreement about whether it is the second or third floor.

Steve Maturo '97 was the first to respond, naming the west wing on the second floor, where the old WKNH studios and Equinox office were (formerly the operating room).

CIO Laura Seraichick added that Rooms 286 and 286A on the south side of the west wing were the sunrooms, used as the newborns' nursery.

Patricia Anthony '84 agreed about the west wing, but stated (from personal experience!) that the maternity ward was on the third floor. Both of her children were born there, Linda in 1964 and Michael in 1965.

Minot Parker '56 agreed that it was the third floor, and added that many students worked at the hospital while attending Keene Teachers College in his day.

Can anyone weigh in with the definitive word? Write to

Elliot Hall photo by Chris Justice.
Historic Elliot Hall

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Mark Your Calendar

Through Dec. 9
Hours Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery    "On Gilded Pond: The Life and Times of the Dublin Art Colony"
More information
November 30
3 - 5 p.m. Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center    Career Connections for Education
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November 30
7:30 p.m. Main Theatre, Redfern Arts Center    KSC Concert Band
More information
December 2
3 p.m. Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center    KSC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir
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December 5
7:30 p.m. Main Theatre, Redfern Arts Center    KSC Jazz Ensemble
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December 8
1 p.m. Spaulding Gymnasium    Men's and Women's Swimming/Diving vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Jeff's Journal
Recently, I found myself having lunch in the Zorn Dining Commons with members of the senior class. Conversation focused mostly on the rapid approach of the end of fall semester and the realization that they are a mere six months away from the "real world."

As our conversation continued, we found ourselves discussing the "good old days" at Keene State when students did not bring cell phones or computers to campus (and we had to wait in line for the one pay phone on a residence hall floor), when the Dining Commons featured one hot food item (and perhaps a salad and sandwich bar), and when students advertised campus events by hanging bed sheets from the tennis courts on Fiske Quad.

I found myself starting several sentences with, "When I was a student on campus…" The truth is, I may sound like my father, but my stories are but one page from Keene State's scrapbook, and, more importantly, there are so many other stories to tell.

What is your story? If you have a favorite memory to share, whether of your favorite professor, an event that took place on campus, a residence hall recollection, or just a special moment from your own scrapbook, please be sure to contact the Alumni Office. As we approach the College's Centennial in 2009, there will be a lot to celebrate. Please add your story to our scrapbook of memories by e-mailing

Please send them to:
Office of Alumni and Parent Relations
Keene State College
Barry Alumni Center
229 Main Street, Suite 2701
Keene, NH 03435-2701
Fax: 603-358-2400

Zorn Dining Commons photo by Julio Del Sesto
What is your story?

If you have a favorite memory to share, whether of your favorite professor, an event that took place on campus, a residence hall recollection, or just a special moment from your own scrapbook, please be sure to contact the Alumni Office.

Just for Alumni

  • Attention, Southern California Alumni
    The KSC women's basketball team will participate in the Purple and Gold Poet Classic at Whittier College (Whittier, Cal.) on January 4 and 5. Come out and soar with the Owls and show your KSC spirit. For a complete schedule, check here or call 603-358-2813.
  • Attention, New York/New Jersey-Area Alumni
    While the women are on the West Coast, the KSC men's basketball team will compete in tournament play at Montclair State (N.J.) University, December 28 and 29, against Calvin College, Montclair State, and Salem State College. Join the Owls and show your KSC spirit. For a complete schedule, check here or call 603-358-2813.
  • Reunion Reminders
    Reunion 2008 is June 6 to 8. While specific events are planned for classes ending in "3" or "8" (1953, 1958, 1983, 1988, and so on), all alumni are invited to attend! Watch for updates.
  • Calling Reunion Volunteers
    The Alumni Office needs your help planning Reunion 2008. Are you interested in volunteering to organize a class-specific event or contacting classmates to encourage their attendance? Contact the Alumni Office, and we'll put you in touch with your class liaison. E-mail or call 603-358-2369. For 2008, we are considering the addition of a new element, Alumni College, offering you the opportunity for personal and professional enrichment courses. Help us by taking the time to answer a few questions: here.

More information and schedule updates: or call the Alumni Office at 603-358-2369 or 800-KSC-1909.

Just for Parents

From Fall to Spring – Supporting Students
Keene State does an excellent job of supporting students. Through the Academic and Career Advising Office, the Counseling Center, the Health and Wellness Center, or any of the various offices comprising Student Affairs, students are encouraged to take advantage of any and all resources to meet the challenges their academic careers may bring. We hope that you will find time to have a conversation with your student about using these resources.

Volunteers Needed December 3 to 4
Have a few hours to spare? The Parent Relations Office needs a few volunteers to help distribute Exam/Survival Kits on Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. To volunteer, contact the Parent Relations Office at or 800-KSC-1909, option 6.

Questions? Please contact the Alumni and Parent Relations Office at 800-572-1909, option 6, or e-mail

Photo by Ann Card.

Photo by Ann Card.

KSC Connections
Alumni to Alumni
Fall 2007 Class Notes are now online. Send your news to your class secretary (see any print issue of Keene State Today) or to Sarah Johnson, class notes editor,

We'd Like to Hear from You
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