A college motto should have some meaning. Harvard's "Veritas," well, yes, Truth is a good word to live by. And Yale ups the ante with "Lux et Veritas," Light and Truth. As a traditional language of the learned, Latin is invoked for many mottos. Johns Hopkins uses Latin to tell us why truth is so important: "Veritas vos liberabit," The truth shall make you free.
The Keene State motto is more down to earth: "Enter to learn; go forth to serve." Come to us for an education, and use what you learn to help others.
"I sat day after day watching TV and felt compelled to make the trip," Mark Luithle '84 told Keene State Today. "I'd never even thought about volunteering like this, but something touched me and I had to go."
Mark's story on page 27 is one of many that crossed our desks during the fall, as Keene State students and alumni traveled to the Gulf Coast after Katrina hit, following their instincts that a contribution of time and hard work – supported by knowledge and skill – could make some people's lives a little better.
Students and the rest of the KSC community also helped out when a devastating flood took apart the nearby town of Alstead and other areas of Cheshire County in October. In fact, it's a tradition here that College people regularly assess the needs of their community and then act on them. The statistics of student contributions alone are staggering, with tens of thousands of hours contributed every year through service-learning and volunteerism.
The many names in this issue's Honor Roll also attest to a willingness to contribute, in this case to serve a college – and, ultimately, the local and larger communities where students go forth.
– Michael Matros