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New bowls in the new Zorn, ready for chili and chowder. Photo by Julio Del Sesto

Keene State rolls out the red carpet for the opening of the new Zorn Dining Commons. This issue of Newsline also brings a taste of campus culture from the latest sports fad to events at the Thorne and Redfern, and describes the College response to the floods of October. (For information on subscribing or opting out, please scroll to the end.)

The Word Along Appian Way

New Zorn Dining Commons Opens with Fanfare
Klieg lights scanning the skies, paparazzi cruising the crowds, students in tuxes and long gowns alighting from a stretch Hummer limo onto a red carpet - not exactly an everyday sight on Appian Way, but then KSC doesn't celebrate the opening of a new dining commons every day.

On October 31, Keene State's new fabulous food facility officially opened with speeches by Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, Keene Mayor Mike Blastos, student assembly president Kristen Iodice, and others. USNH trustees, building architects, and Sodexho managers joined students and College staff in inaugurating the new Zorn, which can seat nearly 950 people at a time and offers made-to-order meals at seven different food stations.

For anyone whose idea of "institutional meals" dates back to around 1966 (when the old Zorn opened), forget the mystery meat and tired vegetables. The new Zorn is a hungry student's dream come true. Stop by anytime you're in the neighborhood and check it out.

Dr. Giles-Gee wields the scissors at the Zorn grand opening. Photo by Julio Del Sesto
Hungry students walked the red carpet to supper. Photo by Julio Del Sesto
Appian Way Pizzeria, one of seven food stations in the new Zorn.  Photo by Julio Del Sesto

  • Four-Square Bounces Back
    Proving once again that what goes around, comes around, the playground game of four-square is back in style on campus, reports The Equinox. A group of Keene State students meets outside the Student Center every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. for a rousing contest. Four people can play at a time; other students ring the court (marked off with duct tape) and wait for someone to flub the ball so a new player can enter.

    Keene State is not the only hotbed of four-square: clubs in Boston, Cambridge, Burlington, Vt., and other places raise the possibility of tournaments, championships, and ultimate four-square glory for KSC.

  • Water, Water Everywhere: KSC Responds to the Floods
    Photo by Julio Del Sesto You may have heard about (or experienced!) the deluge in Keene on the weekend of October 8-9 (and again on October 15). College officials and staff coped with flooded parking lots, swamped athletic fields, and stranded students, faculty, and staff. Campus buildings did not suffer any long-term damage, but the parking lots and athletic fields turned into ponds. As of this writing, the field hockey turf field is ready for play. The soccer field at Owl Stadium is not playable yet, but a stretch of dry, sunny weather should help immensely.

    In the midst of the crisis, the College extended help to the city of Keene. On October 10, Sodexho general manager Paul Paltrineri brought piping-hot roasted chicken, potatoes, and fixings to the Recreation Center on Washington Street, which was serving as an emergency shelter for flood victims in the area. "The President's office called me to suggest it," Paul said, "and we were able to put together a hot meal for 50 people. I know the food was welcome, and we were happy to help."

    Photo by Julio Del Sesto Physical plant director Frank Mazzola and UNICCO manager David Merritt also went to the Recreation Center to see how the College could help. (UNICCO manages custodial and building services for the College.) They met with Red Cross officials and quickly arranged for the delivery of 100 cleaning kits to help people scrub and disinfect their homes once the water subsided.

    "It all happened through the encouragement of Jay Kahn," Merritt reported. "UNICCO is a big company, so we called our vendors in Boston and they put together about $4000 worth of cleaning supplies, including a gallon of bleach, sponge mop, large cleaning sponges, scrub brush, squeegees, and pail in each kit. All of the materials were here by the next afternoon. With mold, you don't want to wait a minute longer than you have to. Other people from our staff also went to the Rec Center to volunteer. People like to help."

    Various fund-raising efforts on campus continue to raise money to help flood victims in the South and in our own Monadnock region.

  • A KSC History Moment
    With the College centennial slowly rising above the horizon like the harvest moon, we'd like to start collecting bits and pieces of Keene State history for a timeline. Here's a sample, taken from the Keene Sentinel's files:

    "Tuesday, August 16, 1955. The Keene Teachers College is facing a major problem with student parking this year. About 50 students had cars on campus last year, and the number is expected to increase in proportion to the enlarged enrollment for the coming year."

    If you would like to contribute to the timeline with a documentable "history moment" (no detail is too small), please e-mail Mike Maher ( or Susan Peery ( Mike is also collecting any College memorabilia you'd like to donate or put on "loan." (Good luck extracting it from his office when you want it back.)

Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Who was Roger W. Babson and why is his name carved on a granite marker outside Butterfield Hall? If you know the answer, or think you do, please e-mail Susan Peery at We'll publish the answer in the next edition of Newsline.

Answer to last month's question.

September's "Ask the Owl" inquired about the name of Dr. Giles-Gee's cat. Liz Cahoon of Admissions beat out Andy Desmarais of the Physical Plant crew by a whisker. Both answered correctly: Sparkles is the reluctant traveler now happily at home in the President's house.

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KSC Athletics

It's Tournament Time
Early in November, four Owl teams - women's soccer, men's soccer, field hockey, and volleyball - were involved in Little East Conference tournament play, capping fine seasons that won the home-field advantage for each team.

Although flooding made the soccer field at Owl Stadium unplayable, the ever-stalwart KSC grounds crew was able to get Sumner Joyce field in shape for the final games of the season and the tournament. For up-to-the-minute news and scores, go to

Basketball season (fortunately indoors) opens on November 18 with KSC hosting the Tip-Off Classic (women) and Tip-Off Tourney (men). Go, Owls!

Senior Katy Pokrywka, a key player in KSC's LEC tournament bid. Photo by Julio Del Sesto

Mark Your Calendar

  • Now-Nov. 20 – Mongolian Art: A Living Landscape, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. 603-358-2720
  • Now-Dec. 8 – League of New Hampshire Craftsmen 24th Biennial Members' Juried Exhibition, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. 603-358-2720
  • Wed., Nov. 16 – KSC Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble Concert, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. 603-358-2168
  • Wed.-Sun., Nov. 16-20, Urinetown, the Broadway hit musical of 2003, presented by KSC's Theatre and Dance Departments. 603-358-2168
  • Nov. 18 – Basketball season begins.

For a details of all events go to

Open Mike
Mike Maher, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, is seeking Alumni Award nominations and new members for the Alumni Association Board.

Alumni Awards
Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni and others for career achievement, volunteer service to the Association, and service to the College. I truly believe that we have never made an award to an undeserving person - but we may have missed many who are deserving. We need your input for that very reason.

Please take a look at the criteria and previous recipients of these awards by visiting the alumni awards page, We are particularly interested in learning of the special accomplishments of alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years. They are eligible for the Alumni Inspiration Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

The awards committee seeks your nominations for these awards. Think about your classmates and other KSC graduates who are excelling, and let us know about them. Self-nominations are also accepted. Please include as much detail as possible. You may contact me at or 800-KSC-1909, extension 6.

Alumni Association Board
Each year five directors are elected to a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 15 elected members plus the president of the senior class, the president of the most recently graduated class or his/her representative, the president of the College, the alumni trustee, the director of advancement, and the director of alumni and parent relations.

The Board meets on Saturday mornings five times a year; it also meets to elect officers on the Friday evening of Reunion weekend (usually the first weekend in June). Each director usually serves on two committees. If you would like more information about serving on the Board of Directors or would like to place your name in nomination, contact Mike Maher '72 via e-mail or by phone at 800-KSC-1909, extension 6. You may also visit the Alumni Association Board of Directors page,

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