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The Word Along Appian Way Jeff's Journal Just for Alumni
Mark Your Calendar KSC Parents Ask the Owl
We'd Like to Hear From You       Newsline Archive

It's the season of Homecoming, Pumpkin Lobotomy, and other profound fall rituals. Welcome! This issue of KSC Newsline also brings word of a new architecture service project, Academy Award-worthy documentaries on campus, and other news you won't want to miss.

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Soccer fans photo by Ann Card.

The Word Along Appian Way


From Hell to High Places (and why it's good to watch the Patriots)
Recent KSC grad Stephen Gibler was born with Asperger Syndrome, which made for a rough start. "I never really understood what was going on around me," he explained. His introversion and difficulty understanding obvious social clues made it very difficult for him to make friends.

He was an average student in high school without much sense of direction, but his parents pushed him to enter Keene State, where he says his first two years were hell. But then, he says, the Patriots won the Super Bowl "and that season changed my life. It showed me that losers can become winners. It showed me that against all odds, anyone can overcome adversity and attain greatness." That moved him to get involved in campus activities, including student and interfraternal government. He became a writer and an editor for the Equinox; a producer, an anchor, and a director for WKNH; and a successful film student.

TAP (The Autism Perspective) magazine recently published Stephen's college graduation speech. TAP has generously given us permission to post it on our website in PDF format, click here to download.

And thanks to Professor Larry Welkowitz for alerting us to the story.

Stephen Gibler in The Autism Perspective

KSC Selected as Screening Site
for Academy Awards

Film professor Peter Condon recently received a call from the International Documentary Association (IDA). In order for documentary films to qualify for an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, they have to be shown in at least 14 states for three consecutive days. Would Keene State be interested in being the New Hampshire screening site?

Would we! Starting November 2, six documentary films by distinguished filmmakers on their way to fame, fortune, and that golden Oscar will be shown in the Putnam Theatre.

Check our events page for details on screening times.

And tune in to the Academy Awards on February 24 to root for your favorite.

Movie film photo
And the Oscar goes to …

2007 Grads Rate KSC Experience
How happy are Keene State graduates with their college experience?

Just before commencement, 915 students completed the Graduating Student Survey. KSC's office of Institutional Research reports on some of the findings:

  • 93 percent of students were satisfied or very satisfied with their KSC education.
  • 84 percent spent six or more hours per week studying.
  • 86 percent of students who took at least one course with a service-learning component said that service learning helped them see how their courses related to everyday life.
  • 68 percent of students worked off campus; 26 percent of them worked 20 or more hours per week.

Maple leaves image by Michael Justice

Architecture for Humanity:
Elbow Grease, Paint, and a Commitment to Service

KSC architecture students have joined the N.H. chapter of Architecture for Humanity, a national community service organization.

Students (from left) Nick Colarusso, Zach Cascadden, Cory Anderson, Shawn Cormier, and Jon Gill recently rolled up their sleeves to scrape and paint at the New Hampshire Monarchs Peer Support Center on Beaver Street in Keene.

Instructor Chad Wanstreet, KSC grad and advisor to KSC's Architecture Club, will also advise the new service group.

Students (from left) Nick Colarusso, Zach Cascadden, Cory Anderson, Shawn Cormier, and Jon Gill recently rolled up their sleeves to scrape and paint at the New Hampshire Monarchs Peer Support Center on Beaver Street in Keene.


Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

Last month's question asked, Do you really remember '67?
This was a tough one: We asked you to identify three students and the circumstance of the photograph. We heard immediately from Bruce LeVine Mellion '69, Jayne Washer '70, and Ron Neronsky, all of whom appear to remember the late 1960s, which in itself is impressive.

They recognized Bob Stone, Paul Charpentier, and Bruce Kenney, and guessed that the photograph may have been taken before a concert by a well-known group. (No one remembers which one! Turtles? Animals?)

Here's a new question: Does anyone know where the birthing rooms were located when Elliot Hall was still a hospital?
Many KSC alums and staff were born there. Please send your two cents' worth to

Ask the Owl photo

Photo by Greg Antonelli

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Mark Your Calendar

October 19-21
         Homecoming 2007 and Keene Pumpkin Festival
More information
October 27
         2007 Children's Literature Festival
Registration required.
More information
November 6-9
         Citizenship Symposium
Speakers, debates, lively conversations, and free copies of the U.S. Constitution.
More information
November 9
9 a.m.       Workshop: "Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good"
This workshop will deal with empowering individuals to simply do the right thing when confronted with injustice. Participants will receive the 2002 International Emmy award winning DVD: "Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good", a study guide, and will have the chance to meet a Winton survivor.
More information
November 13
7:30 p.m. Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond    Chamber Orchestra Concert – Don Baldini, director


Jeff's Journal:
Return to Reconnect

Since moving back to the East Coast from Los Angeles more than a year ago, I've appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with my family in western Massachusetts. Since I am just over an hour's drive away, I drop in from time to time, such as two weeks ago when I surprised my younger brother at an impromptu birthday party or on weekends when my mom and I spend the afternoon together.

Such is the case at Keene State. Many alumni return to celebrate major weekends on campus, such as Homecoming or Reunion and enjoy reconnecting with classmates, friends, and everyone on campus.

But major weekends are not the only opportunity for you to do so. Campus is always open to you. Whether you are enjoying an event at the Redfern Arts Center or the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, cheering on one of our athletic teams, or volunteering your time in a senior seminar or an Alumni Association committee, you're part of the Keene State family. Our doors are always open, and we're always glad to see you.

For a schedule of activities on campus or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact the Alumni Office.

Photo by Peter Finger

Just for Alumni

Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve.
Return to Reconnect!

Mark your calendars for Reunion 2008, June 6-8. The weekend will include ever-popular events such as the Welcome Back Mixer (Friday), Alumni Association annual meeting, luncheon, and awards, as well as the dinner/dance (Saturday) and President's Brunch (Sunday). Of course, we'll set aside plenty of time for you and your classmates to reconnect and reminisce - with a few new twists and surprises!

Contact your friends, make plans, and watch the reunion page for updates.

Calling All O-Staffers and Tour Guides
Special reunion events are being planned for former O-staffers and Admissions tour guides. To be certain you'll receive a Reunion Weekend brochure (mailed in the spring), update your contact information or contact the Alumni Office.

Call for Nominations
Each year, the Keene State College Alumni Association honors individuals and organizations with a series of special awards to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the Alumni Association and the College.

Nominations are now being accepted.

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

Reunion 2007 photo by Mark Corliss.

KSC Parents
In addition to receiving regular correspondence from Keene State College such as Newsline, parents now have the option to be notified electronically if a campus emergency occurs.

We will post news and updates on the College home page. If you would like to be on the distribution list for emergency notification, please complete the form and we will alert you to an emergency news item by e-mailing you a link to our home page.

We will not use your e-mail address for other purposes without your permission.

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

Parent/Family Weekend photo by Ann Card.


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