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The Word Along Appian Way

Thinking and Writing
Mason Lilbrary photo by Ann CardThe Class of 2010 is the first to experience the new discipline-based "Thinking and Writing" courses, which will replace good old English 101 in the new general education requirements.

Thirteen pioneering teachers are piloting the program this fall, with offerings ranging from Professor Sander Lee's "Ethical Implications of the Holocaust" (Philosophy) to Professor Richard Foley's "Inventing Our Own Way" (Technology, Design and Safety). The goal of the new courses is to link good writing with specific course content. The "Thinking and Writing" courses will be joined second semester by pilot courses for "Quantitative Literacy," also discipline-based, as part of KSC's innovative and transforming Integrative Studies curriculum.

To get a handle on what these courses are like, your Newsline reporter sat in on the first session of Tony Dubois's course, "The Changing American Identity, 1945 to the Present." Seventeen first-year students listened, asked questions, and gradually warmed to the task for the semester: weaving elements of American history since World War II through their own family history in a series of writing projects. The goal: to begin to answer the simple yet sophisticated question, What does it mean to be an American? In the process, skills in writing, research, interviewing, and critical thinking will be honed and practiced. We'll check back with the class later in the semester and report on the progress.

Media Arts Center
Media Arts Center photo by Michael JusticeWhat was once the tired shell of the original dining commons has been utterly transmogrified. The new Media Arts Center, bringing together the departments of Graphic Arts, Film, and Journalism/Communications, is a building that breathes creativity and synergy.

Film editing labs, a fully equipped television production studio, temperature-controlled film archives, and state-of-the-art writing and graphic-design facilities are shared by all three programs. Most dazzling are the student-designed display panels, lighting, banners, and other décor that give the building an edgy, urban air and offer ample space to display student work.

Nona Fienberg, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, credits art professor Marsha Hewitt for organizing the student participation: "She took the initiative, gathered the faculty and students around it, and made it happen."

Photo by Ann Card KSC Centennial
It's sooner than you think! The fall of 2008 marks the kick-off of a year-long Centennial celebration, commemorating Keene State's beginnings as a two-year normal school in 1909.

It's not too soon for alumni and friends of KSC to start leafing through scrapbooks and photo albums for pictures and memorabilia to display on campus and include in Centennial publications. In fact, we'd love to know about what you have.

Please send a note to if you have photos and memorabilia to share.

KSC in the News
The College has received favorable attention in the media, including national rankings by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review and President Giles-Gee's op-ed piece on KSC's contributions to the Keene community in the Keene Sentinel.

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The Crisis in Darfur
Developed by Tom White,Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, this site aims to educate and inspire. These resources are part of the Center's program, "Take Action, Save Lives." To learn more about this grave humanitarian crisis and what you can do to help, click here:

Adult Learner Entrance Assistance Program – ALEAP
KSC's Associate Director of Admissions, Bert Poirier, commits to helping adult students pursue their academic goals. To take advantage of this essential new program, start here:

Presenting Series
The Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond offers a varied and inspiring schedule of performing arts for 2006-07. View the entire listing here:


Ask the Owl
Newsline's Question of the Month

How deep is Brickyard Pond?
A tip of a KSC baseball cap (along with the cap itself) to the first person to hazard the proper guess. No skinny-dipping to find out!

Please send your response to We'll divulge the answer next month.

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KSC Athletics
Fall Teams Start Strong
Stuart Kaufman, KSC's intrepid sports maven, reports that the fall athletic season is off to a successful start. The men's soccer team , ranked in both national and regional polls, captured the Rowan University tournament on Labor Day weekend.

Several records are on the verge of being broken as of this writing. Tara Wagner, a senior member of the Owl women's soccer team, is closing in on the career assists mark (31) held by Coach Denise Lyons '90, while field hockey coach Amy Watson is two wins shy of her 200th career victory.

Competing in her first cross country race for the Owls, Breanne Lucey, a four-time track All-American, placed second at the Dartmouth Invitational on September 9. The KSC men were paced by Brock Welch, who placed eighth in a tough field.

The Keene State women's volleyball team gets the nod as the biggest surprise of the season. Off to a 7-2 start, the Owls not only claimed the Endicott Invitational on September 9, but also have spiked top regional powers Colby-Sawyer and Emmanuel College. Coach Bob Weiner's team is led by senior setter Kelly Yankowski and sophomore hitter Brittany O'Bryant.

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Mark Your Calendar
September 18
7:30 p.m Mabel Brown Room,
Student Center
   9th Annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture:
Wolf Kahn, "Growing Up Privileged, and Jewish, in Nazi Germany"

More information
October 5
7 p.m. Mabel Brown Room,
Student Center
   Sidore Series: Globalization and the Myths of Free Trade by Dr. Anwar Shaikh, economics professor at the New School for Social Research.
More information
October 14-15
         Parent and Family Weekend,
Fall Honors Convocation

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October 20-21
         Homecoming and
City of Keene Pumpkin Festival

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October 28
         Children's Literature Festival
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For a details of all events go to

Jeff's Journal
Keene State's new director of alumni and parent relations, Jeff LaValley '88, M.Ed '99

Photo by Mark Corliss Approaching the completion of my first 30 days on the job, I've noticed one thing that has not changed in the nearly 20 years (wow, has it been that long?) since I graduated: Keene State is still a welcoming community. It is the very trait that attracted me as a prospective student in 1983. As I toured campus that day, I had an overwhelming sense I was joining a "family" – a feeling that has led to more than one déjà vu moment as I stroll down Appian Way again.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors has some exciting ideas and plans for new ways to engage our alumni in the life of the College – planning reunions, serving as career mentors, or developing internship opportunities for current students. There is one crucial component – your involvement!

Please let us know if you're on board and how you would like to be involved in the Alumni Association. Call the Alumni Office, toll-free, at 800-KSC-1909 (800-572-1909), or e-mail

We welcome your ideas and look forward to working together.

Just for Alumni
Photo by Ann CardHomecoming this year, October 20-21, is going to be a smashing success! In cooperation with the City of Keene, we are combining two great events – Homecoming and Pumpkin Festival! Be sure to visit the Alumni Hospitality Tent on Main Street on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Carve out some time to enjoy refreshments, pumpkin lobotomy, and live entertainment. We'll also be joined by our alumni affinity partner, Liberty Mutual. Please stop by to meet members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and please introduce yourself to me, Jeff LaValley, the new director of alumni and parent relations.

This year you can squash your worries about parking and register for reserved on-campus spots. Limit one vehicle per group/family. Reservation requests must be received by Monday, October 16. VIP parking is limited, so let us know soon.

Photo by Mark CorlissDear Parents
A Letter from Jeff LaValley
I recently made a nearly 3,000-mile trek from Los Angeles to Keene. During my journey, I kept thinking about the reasons I had accepted my new position at Keene State. First and foremost among them was the opportunity to be close to my family in western Massachusetts. After spending the past six years missing family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holiday cookouts, and everyday opportunities to just hang out, it was time to come home again.

At Keene State, family matters greatly. We talk about it a lot. But we don't stop there. We put words into action. Each year we come together as a community for Freshman Move-In Day, helping first-year and transfer students settle into their residence halls. Everyone – and I do mean everyone – including the president of the College, deans, faculty, staff members, students, members of fraternities and sororities – pitches in. It's what a family does.

Now that your son or daughter is settled, you too are part of the Keene State family! There are ways for you to stay involved. You may wish to take an active role by joining our Parents Association and serving on a committee or assuming a leadership position. You may wish to visit, perhaps during Parent/Family Weekend, October 13-15.

Please call our office, toll-free, 800-KSC-1909 (800-572-1909), or e-mail

We're glad you're a member of the Keene State family!

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