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Concert Helps Bring International Music Students to KSC
Save the Date
KSC Offers Summer Writers Conference
First Ewing Lecture Addresses Slavery in Africa
KSC Alumni Board
Reunion 2003 - Always an Adventure
Florida Alumni Gatherings
Veterans Monument Fund

Concert Helps Bring International Music Students to KSC
Howling WolfOn March 22, an assembly of area cultural institutions will join forces to help bring international music students to Keene State College for a year of study. In a special benefit concert, the Colonial Theatre will host the Keene Chamber Orchestra with a program featuring Monadnock Tales, a symphonic work by Larry Siegel to a poem by Edie Clark about the region's defining natural feature.

The concert will help pay for a year at Keene State for two students participating in the Playing for Peace project of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in East Sullivan, N.H. Every year since 1988, the Apple Hill Chamber Players have toured international locales marked by age-old religious or political conflict. And, each summer, Playing for Peace brings young musicians from cultures in conflict to East Sullivan with full scholarships to participate in the Apple Hill Summer Festival. This fall, with proceeds from a successful benefit concert, two international Apple Hill students will continue their U.S. residency and enroll at Keene State for the year. They will serve as a resource to the entire community, playing music and presenting special outreach activities for schoolchildren and other community members.

The March 22 concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be led by Keene Chamber Orchestra conductor Eric Stumacher, who also serves as executive director of Apple Hill. The program will also include a work by Beethoven. For ticket information, call the Colonial Theatre in Keene at 603-352-2033 or visit

Save the Date

February 23,2003
Florida Reunion at Philippi Park in Safety Harbor, near Clearwater.

March 1, 2003
Alumni at Spring Training Red Sox vs. Pirates City of Palms Park Fort Myers, Florida.

May 30 - June 1, 2003
Reunion Weekend.

September 27, 2003

KSC Offers Summer Writers Conference
July 27-August 2

Photo of writing handsWriters, both established and emerging, will gather on the KSC campus this summer for the first annual Keene State College Writers Conference. To be held July 27-Aug. 2, the conference offers guidance, encouragement, and time for writers with an interest in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The faculty will include KSC English professors as well as distinguished visiting writers. Undergraduate and graduate credit will be available through the Continuing Education office.

To learn more about the Writers Conference, visit

First Ewing Lecture Addresses Slavery in Africa
The first annual James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture at Keene State College will address the institution of slavery in present-day Africa.

The lecture, scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center, will be presented by Dr. Charles Jacobs, co-founder and president of the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston, and by Francis Bok, a 22-year-old native of Sudan who escaped slavery. Both men were present at the White House in October when President Bush signed into law the Sudan Peace Act, which condemns the Sudanese government for the use of slavery as a weapon of genocide and threatens sanctions against Sudan if it does not negotiate for peace in good faith.

The Ewing Lecture was established last year by the estate of James D. Ewing, the longtime publisher of The Keene Sentinel, who died last January. The lecture, along with the James D. Ewing High School Newspaper Workshop – to be conducted under the auspices of the N.H. Press Association – will be supported by gifts from Ruth D. Ewing, James Ewing's widow and a partner in many of his journalism-related undertakings.

The World Affairs Lecture will address international issues of culture, economics, health, and politics. Mrs. Ewing, who lives in Peterborough, N.H., told the Sentinel that she established the lecture series because "this is the sort of thing that Jim would have liked – exposing students and members of the public to issues abroad."

2002-2003 KSC Alumni Board

Jody O'Brien '82
Debora Murray '99
1st VP
Mary Lou Bolduc '83
2nd VP
Robert L. Mallat Jr. '58
USNH Alumni Trustee

David Costin '56
Phyllis Hall Curtiss '49
Richard Dunning '73
Francoise Robert Elise '77
Fred Fosher '57
John Griffin '72
Donald Johnson '53
Peter Ramsey '76
Robert Rodrigue '00
Damon Russell '55
Gail Sheldon '60
Charles Zoulias '67

Reunion 2003 - Always an Adventure
Hot Air BalloonAttending college at Keene State was an adventure for all of us. Every aspect of college was as new and different as a trip to the jungle or a ride in a hot air balloon. That is why we have selected "Always an Adventure" as our theme for Reunion 2003. Ask anyone who has attended a KSC reunion in the last several years and you'll hear stories of great parties, super decorations, and a good time had by all. This year will be no different. When you come back to Keene for Reunion on May 30 through June 1, 2003, you'll be in for a treat whether you're celebrating a special anniversary with your class or just coming back to see friends and explore the campus.

You can expect to see events built around a jungle safari, a voyage through the depths of the sea, a trip to outer space, and even a hot air balloon ride. Your reunion committee will create all of these venues to help you have new adventures at Keene State.

Come back to Keene for Reunion '03. Don't pass up the chance to renew friendships, stay in a dorm, wander the campus, party with friends, explore new buildings and old hangouts, and relive the best years of your life.

If you graduated in a year ending in 3 or 8, this is a special reunion year, and you should be contacting your friends and making your plans to come back to Keene for Reunion Weekend. It's not too late to decide to join the fun. Look for the Reunion brochure with reservation forms in the spring issue of Keene State Today magazine. You can also contact the alumni office or your class committee to learn what special plans have been made for your class.

Florida Alumni Gatherings
Florida reunions aren't just for retirees any more. As more and more alumni move to Florida right out of school, our Sunshine State population is getting younger. Come to one of our gatherings to renew friendships and make new connections. Mike Maher '72, director of alumni and parent relations, will be bringing news of great things at KSC.

Saturday, Feb 22: Mike will be in the Orlando area to meet with local alumni. Plans are still in the works at this writing.

Sunday, Feb. 23: Philippi Park, Safety Harbor, Fla., near Clearwater. For 23 years alumni have gathered on the last Sunday of February to renew their ties with Keene State. Bring a picnic lunch and stories of your days at Keene. People start arriving about 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Mar. 2: KSC alumni at Spring Training. We are trying something new this year. We have a block of 50 tickets for the Red Sox vs. Pirates game at 1 p.m., to be held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers. Alumni and their families are welcome. Tickets for $15 are available through the Alumni Office.

For more information about these events, contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-572-1909, 603-358-2369, or We will send out a mailing to all alumni in Florida about one month in advance. If you're in Florida seasonally please advise us of your address.

Veterans Monument Fund Continues to Grow
The KSC Veterans Monument fund has grown to $11,000 with gifts from only 39 individuals and three organizations. Imagine what could be accomplished if all alumni who have served in the U.S. military contributed toward this project.

Tentatively planned for a place of honor by Brickyard Pond near Pondside Residence Hall, this monument will recognize the honorable service to their country of KSC alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

This monument is as appropriate today as at any other time in our history. We have KSC alumni serving in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, and around the world in all branches of the military. Many in the reserves and National Guard have been, or may soon be, called to active duty – including some of our current students. This is an opportunity to recognize their service as well as that of members of the KSC family who have served at other times in our history.

Names of donors will be listed in the annual donor honor roll published in Keene State Today and in the program for the dedication of the monument. Gifts may be made in honor of veterans, and their names will be printed in these publications as well. In the tradition of selfless service, all donors will be listed alphabetically without regard to the size of the donation.

Your tax-deductible gifts may be made to the KSC Veterans Monument Fund, in care of the Advancement and Alumni Office, 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435-2701. If you have questions concerning this project, please contact Mike Maher '72 at the same address or at 1-800-572-1909 or