|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XX NUMBER 2 Winter 2005|
Distinguished Teacher, Parents of the Year,
At the Honors Convocation last October, Keene State College recognized student scholarship, excellence in teaching, the role of parents in students' success, and outstanding community achievement.
Dr. Neal Pruchansky, professor of management, received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award from the KSC Alumni Association. It took industrial-strength staples to hold together all of the letters nominating Dr. Pruchansky for the award. The letters came from current students, alumni, and colleagues; they described classes, seminars, and field trips led by Dr. Pruchansky during nearly 20 years of teaching at Keene State. Perhaps the most meaningful accolades came from alumni who testified that, thanks to Dr. Pruchansky, they truly were prepared to be competent and effective managers. Many students related lessons learned in Dr. Pruchansky's award-winning Small Business Institute, a senior honors seminar he teaches every spring.
Neal Pruchansky earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.B.A. from Indiana State University. He joined the Keene State faculty in 1985.
The winners of the Le Vine Mellion Parent Award for 2004 were Pam and Steve Ferretti of North Scituate, Rhode Island. The Ferrettis were nominated by their daughter, Shontel, a sophomore and Dean's List student at Keene State.
In her nomination, Shontel wrote, "I come from a family that is as atypical and exceptional as they come. We have 23 adopted children and three biological ones. I have been in this household my entire life and my remarkable parents have provided everything for my siblings and me. They are the reason I am going to college and will pursue a degree in law, to become a child advocate. For myself, I could never repay what they have given to me. They show me that I can be anything I want to be and they give me their support."
The Community Service Award was given to Arthur "Bud" Winsor, assistant director of the physical plant and grounds at Keene State College. Bud is a horticulturalist who, with his staff, is responsible for the brilliant flowers, stately trees, and well-groomed lawns and walking paths on campus. Bud also contributes to the entire Keene State community. He mentors students who work on the grounds crew and serves as a volunteer co-advisor to the Interfraternal Council and the Panhellenic Council. He decided to use clean biodiesel fuel in the KSC fleet, and he works tirelessly to beautify the Ashuelot River, which flows through the campus and the city.
In Swanzey, where Bud and his wife, Kathleen, are raising their two children, Bud has been a leader in the Swanzey Conservation Commission and the Swanzey Lake Association. As one person wrote in a letter nominating Bud, "There are givers and takers in this world. Bud Winsor gives of himself day after day. He sincerely cares about taking care of the Earth and serving those in need."
The Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire and Keene State College present Granite State Awards each year to individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions to their community. Robert A. Baines '68, now in his third term as the mayor of Manchester, N.H., received the award in recognition of his career as a teacher, public-school administrator, and political leader. Earlier this year, Robert Baines also received the Keene State College Alumni Achievement Award.
The second Granite State Award for 2004 honored the organization Rise…for baby and family and its executive director and guiding spirit, Toni Ellsworth '73. Rise is a nonprofit, family-centered organization that provides early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Rise, based in Keene, serves more than 30 Monadnock-region towns. Toni Ellsworth, hired as the first employee of the organization in 1981, has spent her career advocating for children, helping families, and contributing to the strength of the fabric that binds us together.