|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XX NUMBER 2 Winter 2005|
Donor Honor Roll
As 2005 begins, it's a perfect time to reflect on 2004 while also looking ahead with expectation and vision for the New Year. The year just past brought great accomplishments for Keene State College – too many to enumerate here. Since this is the annual Honor Roll issue, when we recognize our donors, I will focus on a few of the successes for which we owe deep gratitude.
The generous support of our donors enabled us to complete, in one year, the most ambitious capital campaign in our history – "Windows into Science, Portals to the World." A $4-million campaign along with $19 million from the state of New Hampshire supported the renovation and addition of a magnificent $23-million Science Center. The 93,000-square-foot Center, which opened for classes this fall, is living testimony to the dramatically new ways science is taught and learned.
The generous support of our donors enabled us to offer a variety of programs for our alumni such as Homecoming and Reunion, Chapter events, grants to benefit deserving campus projects, a welcome tent for incoming freshmen, and a year of Keene State Today.
The generous support of our donors enabled us to provide additional scholarship support for our current students, scholarships to attract bright and talented new students and to retain our position as an exemplary institution of higher education. One in particular – The Playing for Peace Residency Scholarship – provides complete scholarship support for two students from war-torn countries to attend Keene State full time to study music and other subjects. The program inspires friendship, peace, and understanding among people of conflicting cultures and enables our students to understand and respect diversity and cultural differences.
These wonderful accomplishments can't happen without you. Please know that your support, your interest, your participation, and your pride are valued and appreciated.
We look ahead to another year of new beginnings, program sustainability, and continual improvement of our academic programs. For example, planning is well under way to renovate our Child Development Center, to relocate the Alumni Center to its own home on Main Street, and to expand our alumni and community outreach. Please visit us on campus and on the web, or send us a note. We welcome your input!
This is my tenth year of service to Keene State, and I could not be prouder. The past year of record achievements sets the stage for even greater successes in years to come. Please continue, renew, or begin your support of this great institution. One measure of our success is the financial support we attract; an even greater measure is how we steward those funds and the programs, buildings, endowments, and other College resources to which the donations are entrusted.
We aspire to always be good stewards and to better serve our students, alumni, and community. It's a reflection of the culture here and our deeply held belief that there is a right way to do things – to treat others as you would like to be treated. We hope that we have earned your respect for the work that we do and the care we take of your gifts.
May 2005 bring you happiness, health, and even greater pride in Keene State.