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By the Way - Fall 2003 By the Way graphic Science Center Campaign Begins
KSC Awarded NIH Grant
What Is Race?
New Owls Perch at the CLF Gallery
Farewell to Retiring Faculty
Alumni Elections

Science Center Campaign Begins with $1 Million Gift
As walls go up to hide the elaborate skeleton of the new
Keene State Science Center, a gift of $1 million from C&S Wholesale Grocers has helped launch a fundraising campaign for the building. The announcement of the gift was made at a Dec. 3 press conference by Jim Putnam, president of Markem Corporation, who serves as chair of the campaign, which is entitled "Windows into Science, Portals to the World."

Now transitioning into a new headquarters in Keene, C&S is the second largest grocery wholesaler and the 11th largest privately held company in the U.S.

"Keene State's new Science Center promises to bring a new level of opportunity to this region," said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO. "Not only will KSC students profit from this remarkable facility, but area businesses, including C&S, will also benefit by the availability of highly trained young professionals, through internships, and in collaborative research. C&S is proud to boast among its ranks a number of Keene State graduates who contribute in many ways to the company."

Cohen and his family are longtime supporters of KSC programs, including the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies.

Putnam called the gift "an extraordinary foundation for our campaign." The goal of the effort is $4 million, the difference between the $19 million provided by the N.H. Legislature and the building's $23 million price tag. The new Science Center is expected to open in the fall of 2004.

KSC Awarded NIH Grant to Study Causes of Lung Disease
Researchers at Keene State College are members of a team of New Hampshire scientists to have been awarded a $12 million, five-year
grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center on lung diseases in the state. The grant will support research at Keene State, Dartmouth College, and Dartmouth Medical School, in collaboration with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and Department of Health and Human Services. Keene State has been awarded $1 million of the grant, which is funded through the NIH's Centers of Biological Research Excellence (COBRE) program.

The Keene State project is one of five under the grant to investigate different elements of lung disease in the Northeast, said Melinda Treadwell '90, assistant professor of technology, design and safety. According to Treadwell, who is heading up the project, Keene State students and faculty will study the environmental factors that contribute to lung diseases including lung cancer, which accounts for over 30 percent of all cancer deaths in New Hampshire.

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A Basic Question with Elusive Answers:
What Is Race?

The complex and highly charged issues of race were the focus of Keene State's Third Biennial World Affairs Symposium, "
Race in the 21st Century," held on campus Oct. 30-Nov. 1. In more than 20 presentations and workshops, symposium participants explored how Americans define race, perceive their racial origins, identify categories of race, and experience racism.

"As immigration, interracial marriage, and interracial adoption change American faces, how are our concepts of race and racism changing?" asked organizer Helen Frink, professor of modern languages and women's studies. "Are Hispanics or Franco-Americans an ethnic group, a culture, or a race? Are Jews in the United States a religious group or a race? What about Muslim Americans? Who is an Indian?"

The opening address was given by Janaki Tschannerl, co-director of the World Educational Links graduate and certificate teacher education program and senior lecturer in teacher education/multicultural studies at KSC. Keynote speakers included Randall Kennedy, professor of law at Harvard Law School, Manning Marable, professor of history and political science at Columbia University, and Julia Jefferson and Shay Banks Young, descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

The symposium was supported by the N.H. Humanities Council and numerous campus groups.

New Owls Perch at the CLF Gallery

Owl character created by David ShannonTo help celebrate the 27th annual
Children's Literature Festival in October, festival director David White unveiled 32 new owl illustrations for the Festival Gallery collection. Featuring the KSC mascot, the pictures were created in a range of techniques by well-known children's illustrators including David McPhail, Natalie Babbitt, Marcia Sewall, and Irish artist P.J. Lynch. The Owls also appear together in a new poster designed by KSC graphic designer Nancy Haggarty '03. The proceeds of the posters, which cost $10, are used to pay for the purchase and framing of art for the Festival Gallery, displayed in Rhodes Hall.

To learn more, go to or just send $10 to Dr. David White, KSC, 229 Main St., Keene, N.H. 03435-2611.

A Reluctant Farewell to Retiring Faculty
Earlier this year, KSC honored six retiring faculty members who had taught at the College a collective 185 years:

Janet Grayson, professor of English, arrived at KSC in 1966 with specialties in medieval and Renaissance British literature. Known as a "scholar's scholar" and a tough teacher with high expectations of students, Dr. Grayson was named KSC's Distinguished Teacher in 1993. Her published works include studies of the scholar Jessie Weston and the novelist Robert Hugh Benson. Though retired, Dr. Grayson continues to teach at the College as an adjunct.

Joan Roelofs, professor of political science, came to Keene State in 1979. Her major research interests have included green public administration, the political power of foundations, and the ideas of pre-Marxist socialist Charles Fourier. Her 1996 book Greening Cities: Building Just and Sustainable Communities has become a valuable tool for activists, local officials, and people trying to make green ideas work on a practical basis.

Karen Saucier '64, associate professor of health science, not only taught in her specialty of sports administration and physical education, but also is credited for leading the development of the women's athletic program at Keene State. A KSC basketball star, she returned as a faculty member in 1969. She served as coach of the first women's varsity basketball team and is a member of the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame.

Terry Schmidt, associate professor of technology, design, and safety, joined the College in 1977 to teach in Industrial Education, his current department's forerunner. Since then, he has shaped the way electronics is taught at KSC. As a consulting design engineer, he brought changes in the quickly evolving electronics field to the classroom and introduced students to the actuality of the profession.

Steve Stepenuck, professor of chemistry, came to Keene State in 1970 and as quickly as 1981 was named KSC Distinguished Teacher. First offered in 1972, his course "Chemical Analysis of the Environment" was one of the first such courses to be taught at the college level and set the stage for a major theme of his teaching. The Ashuelot River is one beneficiary of his environmental commitment as a chemist and outdoors enthusiast.

Eleanor Vander Haegen, professor of sociology, joined the department in 1972 as its first woman faculty member – and its only woman until 1996. Forged in the dramatic political times of the early '70s, her "Women and Society" course became a KSC institution, and she was a founding member of the Women's Studies program. In 1991-93 and 1993-95 she served as interim dean of science. Dr. Vander Haegen was named KSC Distinguished Teacher in 1989.

Alumni Board and Officers Elected
Five Keene State alumni were recently elected to serve three-year terms on the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors, and three Board members were elected as officers.

Elected for terms on the board of directors were:
Lisa Demers '98 of Manchester, N.H., David Gagne '73 of Amherst, N.H., Jim Murphy '74 of Dover, N.H., Katie Schofield '95 of Newton, Mass., and Ed Wojenski '85 of Keene. As reported in the last Keene State Today, John Moody '71, M'76 was elected alumni trustee on the USNH Board.

The Alumni Association also chose new officers. Elected for a first term was Jack Griffin '72 of Concord, president; Bobby Rodrigue '00 of Keene, first vice president; and Damon Russell '55 of Ogunquit, Maine, second vice-president.