THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS VOLUME XXI NUMBER 3 Spring 2006
  
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Netzhammer to Start as New Provost July 1
Dr. Emile C. Netzhammer III, dean of arts and humanities at Buffalo State College of the State University of New York, has been named provost of Keene State College after a national search. Dr. Netzhammer's appointment begins July 1.

Photo: Dr. Emile C. Netzhammer III "We are tremendously excited that Mel Netzhammer will join us in this highly visible role at the College," said KSC President Helen Giles-Gee. "His record of accomplishments – in such areas as curricular reform, strategic planning, and service learning – is remarkable. His energy and experience will be essential as we continue our momentum toward enhancing our academic excellence."

Dr. Giles-Gee pointed out that Dr. Netzhammer's experience in shaping Buffalo State's general education program – the curriculum shared by all undergraduates – will be especially helpful in KSC's revision of its own general education approach.

"He will also play a vital role as we move from a three- to a predominantly four-credit course curriculum," she said.

Replacing Gordon Leversee, the interim vice president for academic affairs, Netzhammer will serve as the College's first provost. In that position he will lead Keene State's academic program and also serve as KSC's second-highest-ranking administrator, under Dr. Giles-Gee. Dr. Leversee will return to his long-held position of dean of sciences and social sciences.

"Dr. Leversee has led the academic division through a time of tremendous change, and I am very grateful for his energy, wisdom, and willingness to assume that role over the last year," Dr. Giles-Gee said.

Dr. Netzhammer has served in his current position at Buffalo State since August 1999. As dean, he led the restructuring of arts and humanities, substantially increased development activities, introduced and fostered programmatic and general education assessment, facilitated college-wide strategic planning, and promoted new service-learning initiatives. He increased alumni outreach and developed new programs for students across campus.

Prior to becoming dean, he served as interim associate vice president for enrollment management for one year and as chair of the communication department for five years.

In addition to his work at Buffalo State, Dr. Netzhammer serves on the board of directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and directed the CCAS Seminar for New Deans from 2002 to 2004. He is a member of a team of six deans who restructured the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at United Arab Emirates University and developed a new curriculum there.

Mel Netzhammer's research involves analysis of the role of mass media in society, particularly how underrepresented groups are portrayed in the media, and First Amendment issues. In 1996, he received the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement at Buffalo State.

Dr. Netzhammer is a native of New Orleans. He completed his bachelor's degree at Loyola University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Utah.

Professors' Holocaust Research Leads to
'Righteous' Honor for Two Americans

Thanks to the detective work of three Keene State College professors and a determined family, a couple who helped hundreds of refugees escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and France have become only the second and third Americans to be named "Righteous Among the Nations." The title, awarded by Yad Vashem, the Israeli organization responsible for documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust, honors Gentiles who saved Jews before and during World War II.

The Reverend Waitstill Sharp and Martha Sharp traveled through Europe in the early years of the war to help lead the relief and rescue efforts of the newly formed Unitarian Service Committee. The "Righteous" honor places them with almost 21,000 others, primarily Europeans. The only other American to be named is Varian Fry, credited with saving many cultural and political figures from occupied France. Rev. Sharp died in 1984, Martha Sharp in 1999.

The Sharps were nominated for the award by their family, the Joukowskys of Providence, R.I., and Sherborn, Mass., with information largely provided by Keene State professors conducting research for a documentary film about Martha Sharp (Dr. William Sullivan, professor emeritus of English; Dr. Larry Benaquist, professor of film studies; and Dr. Thomas Durnford, professor of modern languages). They have conducted interviews, collected archival images, and visited archives in the United States, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Spain, France, and England.

More information on the Sharp film project can be found on a website created by Professor Yuan Pan, marthasharp.keene.edu.

Outstanding Women of New Hampshire
Every March, in honor of Women's History Month, Keene State College presents four Outstanding Women of New Hampshire awards, based on recommendations from the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

This year's recipients included Kristen E. Iodice, KSC education and psychology major and 2006 student body president; Dr. Janaki Natarajan Tschannerl, assistant professor of education and sociology, whose multicultural perspective has helped shape KSC's World Educational Links program; JoAnn Fenton, whose community volunteer work includes helping at the Community Kitchen, the Keene Family YMCA, and the local hospice and prison; and Rebecca L. Lawrence, who is now in her third four-year term as director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the state's official arts agency.

Davis Grant Funds Teaching Institutes
The Davis Educational Foundation has awarded Keene State College a grant of $233,834 to help strengthen the General Education core of the College's undergraduate curriculum. The grant provides faculty development opportunities for those interested in transforming their curriculum to offer integrative learning experiences for their students as Keene State migrates to a four-credit program and launches a new Integrative Studies Program. Programs offered for summer 2006 are the Thinking and Writing Institute (May) and the Quantitative Literacy Institute (June).

"I see the Davis Foundation award as a vote of confidence in the exciting work we are doing in General Education, not just in terms of its value on our campus, but also for its potential value nationally," says Gordon J. Leversee, interim vice-president for Academic Affairs. "The award will support faculty during the summer and academic year as they develop exciting new courses for our new General Education program. I expect that the Davis grant will also be very useful in helping us approach other sources of funding for this work."

The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after his retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc.

Photo: Sander LeeSander Lee and Klaus Bayr Honored with Faculty Research Award
Dr. Sander Lee, professor of philosophy, and Dr. Klaus Bayr, professor of geography, have been chosen to receive the Keene State College Award for Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship for 2006. They are the fifth and sixth recipients of the award.

Dr. Lee is being honored for his pioneering work on the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and popular culture and his scholarship on philosophical issues in Holocaust and genocide studies. For more than 20 years, he has analyzed film and television from a philosophical perspective. He has published many essays on the topic, as well as a book about the intellectual dimensions of Woody Allen's films, Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed.

He has served as president of the Northern New England Philosophy Association (2002-03) and the International Society for Value Inquiry (1988-1993). In 1988 he helped found and served as the first president of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Genocide and the Holocaust.

Photo: Klaus Bayr Dr. Bayr's current research has four focuses: analyzing snow measurements for NASA (in the Monadnock region), glacier research in Austria in conjunction with NASA, developing and publishing maps and atlases for area schools (The New Hampshire Atlas, The Vermont Atlas, The Rhode Island Atlas, and The Electronic Atlas of New Hampshire and Vermont), and examining rice cultivation in Malaysia.

For more than three decades, Dr. Bayr has pursued numerous research opportunities that have benefited the College. A National Science Foundation grant he received established KSC's first Geographic Information System (GIS) Remote Sensing Laboratory, which serves traditional and continuing education students in a GIS Certification Program that he initiated. Dr. Bayr has received the New Hampshire Professor of the Year Award (1996) from the Carnegie Foundation and the KSC Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (1995).

Where on the Campus?
Photo: Where on campus

You know you've seen this image before, somewhere on campus, on a very weighty piece of granite. But where?

The answer is here.