|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XXI NUMBER 3 Spring 2006|
Mike Maher '72
Over the past 13 years I have had the opportunity to get to know hundreds, if not thousands, of graduates of Keene Normal School, Keene Teachers College, and Keene State College. They are the people who make this job and the College so special. They are – you are – the product of the College, passionate about your experiences, and supportive of your alma mater.
All of us started with the same humble beginnings. We wandered down Appian Way, sat on the grass in front of Fiske Hall, and went to class in Parker or Morrison Hall. We studied in Mason Library, or some version of it; played in one of the Spaulding Gymnasiums; and dined on campus, whether it was in the basement of Fiske, in the "old" Zorn dining commons, or, for the newest grads receiving this, the brand new Zorn. We all have shared experiences. This is why it was particularly difficult for me to decide to leave the College at the end of June. But it is time for someone with fresh ideas and new energy to work with the alumni association and move us forward. I am sure the person who takes my place will enjoy reliving your history and sharing your experiences as much as I have.
I have been lucky enough to share my time here with my wife Kitty '73, whom I met 36 years ago in Huntress Hall on a blind date. Keene State has been our lives, 24/7 as they say, for 13 years. We were also lucky to have both of our daughters, Eliza '99 and Abby '01, follow in our footsteps down Appian Way, making us a three-generation family, joining Kitty's father and mother, Jim '48 and Betsy M'69 McClure, who are also alumni.
What I have learned from my time here is that we are all part of the Keene State family, whether we are related by blood or by experience. As I leave my office and the College, my wish is that the family becomes closer and the relationships stronger. I ask you to do what close families do. Look out for each other, share your knowledge and expertise, stay in close contact with even the most far-flung family members, keep us posted on what is happening in your life, and help in any way you can to keep our home, the College, in great shape.
I want to thank all of the wonderful people I have worked with from the KSC Parents Association and the Alumni Association Board of Directors, all the volunteers, and the team of people who have made up the advancement and alumni office over the years, including Kristine, Suzanne, Julie, Virginia, Beth-Ann, Diana, Monica, Helen, Stephanie, Sean, Laurie, Margaret, Whitney, Patty M., Pat F., Jean, Amy V., Amy M., Melanie, Suzan, Lura, Melinda, Judy, Gladys, Norma, Beth, and especially Kay.
I'm not leaving town, so I'll be attending College and alumni events often. I look forward to seeing all of you when you come home for a visit. I thank you for your friendship and support.