|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XIX NUMBER 2 Winter 2004|
The 2003 Honor Roll of Donors
I grew up in Southern New Hampshire, but I was only nineteen – young, naïve, and looking for adventure. I just did not know any better. Today, looking back, I cannot believe Keene State was not on my list of possible colleges. Don't get me wrong; I love my alma mater, but the students here at Keene have the best of all possible worlds – a beautiful campus environment, caring faculty and staff, and a public education that, in my opinion, gives the Ivy League a run for its money.
Though not an alumna, I do have fond KSC memories, such as attending the MathCounts program on campus as a junior high student when Appian Way was still a throughway and Mason Library was full of dark corners. For the first time since then, in December 2002, I came back onto campus, this time as the assistant director of advancement. The campus has certainly grown. More than grown; it has truly blossomed. Walking across campus each day, I am proud to call Keene home.
One of my greatest sources of pride is the support and passion that KSC alumni have for their alma mater. I have not met a graduate yet who has not shared a wonderful memory of the campus or told me how those years here changed and shaped his or her life. The campus environment provides a safe, welcoming atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth and challenges students to reach their full potential.
I also find pride in getting to know the devoted friends of the College community. Few small public institutions have relationships as extensive as Keene State College's. It is a testament to the quality of education and services we provide, not only to our students, but to the community as well.
It is an honor for me to introduce this year's Donor Honor Roll issue. We are grateful to fill so many pages with the names of our donors, whose support has made innovative ideas reality, brought a difference to the lives of today's students, and improved campus facilities to meet current demands. From all of us at Keene State College, thank you! Your generosity is a source of pride; it is instrumental in maintaining the best liberal arts education possible.
Best wishes for 2004,