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Sad news
Our community learned of the passing of Dr. Charles (Chuck) Hildebrandt, who, according to his family, battled Alzheimer's disease and dementia for ten years. Dr. Hildebrandt was Professor of Sociology at Keene State College from 1969 until his retirement in 1998, and founder of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College.

Keene State will hold a memorial for Dr. Hildebrandt Monday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Brickyard Arts Center.

Cohen Center online memorial.

  

Patricia Farmer New Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Farmer works with the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors to enhance relationships between alumni and students, faculty, and other alumni. As the director of parent relations, Farmer acts as a liaison between the KSC Parents Association and the College, fostering programs that promote the vital role parents play on campus. She manages the alumni and parent relations programs, including planning for reunions, homecoming, and parent/family weekend events, and coordinates area meetings of the alumni and parents associations.

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Early Sprouts Program Receives Surgeon General's Champion Award
On July 1, acting Surgeon General Dr. Steven Galson presented Keene State College's Early Sprouts program with a "Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" Champion Award at the Rose Byrne Child Development Center in Manchester, N.H.

The Early Sprouts program, led by Health Science Professor Dr. Karrie Kalich, is a 24-week nutrition and gardening curriculum for preschoolers that encourages them to grow, tend, harvest, prepare, and enjoy fruits and vegetables from a garden at their preschool.

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Dr. Vincent Receives 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award
Dr. Paul Vincent, professor of Holocaust Studies, received the 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Keene State College Alumni Association at the New Student Convocation ceremony on August 24.

The award is based on four criteria: excellence in the classroom, encouragement of independent thinking, rapport with students both in and out of the classroom, and effective student advising.

Colleagues and students who nominated Dr. Vincent describe him as a "master teacher" both in the classroom and through his work with the biennial Holocaust Studies Summer Institute at the College, where teachers from the region and internationally come to learn about how to incorporate Holocaust studies into their courses.

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Dr. Paul Vincent and friend at the FDR Memorial during a recent Cohen Center trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  

New Alumni Center Progresses
Two houses on Main Street have come down as the College prepares the site for a new alumni center. The site will be dedicated at Homecoming 2008. Construction is expected to begin next spring on two interconnected buildings surrounding a courtyard. The center is expected to be ready for the 2010 alumni reunion.

  

  
  
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Using the Internet to Help Do Your Laundry
Keene State residents can now take advantage of technology to make washing their clothes easier than taking them home to mom.

LaundryView is an Internet application that allows users to monitor the status of washers and dryers in connected laundry rooms through a Web browser.

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Campus News Online
Campus News, KSC's weekly newsletter for faculty and staff, is now 100 percent online!

See the new format (and old archives) of this publication here.

  
Mark Your Calendar
October 24-25, 2008
Various Times Fiske Quad    Homecoming 2008 and Pumpkin Festival
Events will include sports, an alumni hospitality tent at Pumpkin Festival, the Centennial presentation of the Children's Literature Gallery's 100th Owl, and more.
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November 1, 2008
7:30 p.m. Redfern Arts Center    Inspired by Kaddish
Inspired by the stunning debut performance of composer Lawrence Siegel's Kaddish, the departments of theatre and dance, music, art, and film will unite their talents to create a total celebration of the arts at Keene State College. Excerpts from Kaddish will be played by a chamber orchestra and sung by a choir and soloists.
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November 6, 2008
11 a.m. Lilly's on the Pond, Rindge    100th Golden Circle Luncheon
The Golden Circle includes alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago from Keene Normal School, Keene Teachers College, and Keene State College. This group, along with Golden Circle Coordinator and KSC volunteer extraordinaire, Norma Wright Walker '51, will celebrate 100 luncheons and 100 years of academic community with a social hour followed by a delicious lunch.
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Just for Alumni

From Patty Farmer
A Word from the New Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Even though I have been connected with KSC for the better part of two decades, my first few months as director have shown me that there is a tremendous amount of information to learn about the college. What I already knew is just the tip of the iceberg!

I suspect that is true for most alums, and I plan to help facilitate many more opportunities for them to reconnect with students, faculty, staff, and administration to help us all better understand how extraordinary this place really is.

I look forward to reaching out to you and hope you will contact me as well as we plan our Centennial Grand Reunion and celebrate our anniversary classes - and all classes from the past 100 years.

To reach me, call 603-358-2370 or e-mail pfarmer@keene.edu.

Saturday, October 25th is Homecoming at KSC
At 10 a.m. we will be holding a site dedication for the new Alumni Center and our hospitality tent will be open with warm refreshments and good music from 11-3:30. Stop by and enter to win fun KSC Alumni prizes! To R.S.V.P for the dedication, please call Kay MacLean at 603-358-2369. To reserve a parking space for Homecoming/Pumpkinfest visit www.keene.edu/alumni/homecoming.cfm.

Have you joined Keene and After?
Keene and After is a social networking site exclusively for KSC alums. It is a great place to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances. In order to maintain the integrity and security of the site, you'll need an invitation to become a member, but any and all alums are most welcome. If you'd like to join and haven't yet been invited, please contact Patty Farmer '92 at pfarmer@keene.edu.

  
  
Just for Parents

Parents Association Elects Two New Officers
At the Parents Association Annual Meeting held on Saturday, September 27, Barbara Johnson was elected President and Jane Sadzewicz was elected Treasurer. Barbara has been a member of the Association for many years, and her granddaughter Jolene is in her senior year here. Jane's son Justin is a junior and is the KSC student representative to the USNH Board of Trustees.

Since the annual meeting, the following association members have stepped forward to fill three vacant positions: Rich Schleckser for vice president, Rebecca Galloway for secretary, and April Staley for ad hoc member. A vote will be taken at the November 30 meeting regarding those positions on the executive committee.

Membership Drive Underway
The 2008-09 school year is well underway and parents are signing up for their memberships. For more information on the benefits of joining the Parents Association, or to download a membership form, browse the Parents Association website.

Parent/Family Weekend
Despite hit-or-miss weather, parents, students, siblings, and extended family members had a great time at the 2008 KSC Parent/Family Weekend festivities. The weekend was a great success in many respects, with all ticketed events (Casino Night, Magician/Comedian Show, and Concert Choir Cabaret) selling out well in advance. Special thanks to the Social Activities Council, Concert Choir, Parents Association, President Helen Giles-Gee, the President's Cabinet, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Center, Sodexho, and many others for all of their work to ensure that everyone had a wonderful experience. Plans are underway for Parent/Family Weekend 2009!

Volunteers Needed
You don't need to live nearby to help out with Parents Association activities. As they say, where there is a will, there is a way! Let us know if you have an interest in helping out on a committee (we often meet by conference call) or if you know you will be on campus and would like to help with a Parent Association event for an hour or two. Opportunities exist in early December to help distribute exam "survival kits"; please let us know if you can help. Phone 603-358-2369 or 800-572-1909, option 6, or email parents@keene.edu.

  

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