|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XXII NUMBER 2 Winter 2007|
"Green" Lighting for Zorn
According to Ralph Palmer (Physical Plant), the new controls will automatically turn off lighting in areas when significant daylight is present. The rebate is part of the state-funded NHSaves@Work/Small Business Energy Solutions Program, which provides small business customers with financial incentives to incorporate energy-efficient measures in the workplace.
The lights, equipment, and software were supplied by Charron, Inc., and the installation of the lights and equipment was done by Fred H. Hamblet, Inc., of Keene.
Presidential Candidate Forums at KSC
"Keene State College is committed to community engagement and to providing learning opportunities for our students that are grounded in service, citizenship, and ethical awareness," said president Dr. Helen F. Giles-Gee. "We embrace this opportunity to join with the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce to engage candidates in dialogues about economic, educational, and other issues that are essential to the vitality of our community and directly impact the quality of our lives."
Check www.keene.edu/forums for dates and times of candidate appearances.
KSC Creativity Showcased on the Web
Also check out the student-designed Keene State ROCKS videos on YouTube. Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator Mary Jensen asked students to create informative videos about sustainability on campus. Visit www.youtube.com and search for "Keene State Recycles."
Kennedy Center/American Theatre Festival Awards
Students and faculty in Region I schools (the six New England states) gather annually at the end of January to see some of the area’s strongest productions; participate in workshops; compete in a variety of areas in theatrical performance, design, and production; and celebrate theater in general.
Shaine Labar received the Barbizon Honorable Mention for Theatrical Excellence in Lighting Design for work on Crimes of the Heart and Eric Rutkin received the Technical Direction Regional Award for work on The Children’s Hour.
Hurricane-Resistant Building Design
After researching and selecting a site located in a hurricane-prone area of the United States, Smith and Velardi designed a facility that could accommodate educational, recreational, and managerial activities for constituents associated with a college campus and community. Participants were challenged to explore hurricane-resistant construction materials that would enable them to create sustainable and safe designs.
The projects will be exhibited at the 2007 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio in May and will be published in the spring issue of Crit.
Chemistry Students Recognized
The students prepared a new type of vanadium nitride compound and presented their results as a poster at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Binghamton, New York, in October 2006.
An abstract for their ongoing work will be presented in March at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago, Illinois, during the Coordination Chemistry: Synthesis session of the conference and will also be displayed during the Sci-Mix event, where the most interesting or topical scientific results from all areas of chemical sciences are displayed.
New Pondside III Introduces Living and Learning Center
Keene State is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project, which incorporates super-insulated walls, motion-sensor lights, dual-flush toilets, and recycling rooms on each floor. The College also used outdoor lighting that won’t light up the sky and will landscape with native, drought-resistant plants this spring.
Keene Makes 100 Best Communities List
Peg Monahan, executive director of BBBS, has been a key partner in supporting and developing service initiatives at Keene State. A separate campus chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters was recently approved because more than 80 KSC students were interested in volunteering.
Rebuilding the Afghan Economy
Lehman’s Feb. 27 address, "Out of the Rubble: Rebuilding the Afghan Economy," drew directly upon her recent assignment as the chief operating officer of the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA). She is a finance advisor for Agriculture, Rural Investment, and Enterprise Strengthening (ARIES), a USAID-funded rural finance project in Afghanistan working to provide legal economic opportunities for people living in the countryside. The Sidore Series addresses issues of political economy in our global society.
Panel on Iran Concludes Summer Reading Program
Persepolis was used in courses on writing, women’s studies, art, and philosophy and gave faculty and staff the opportunity to discuss globalization, religion, systems of government, gender identity, story narrative and illustration, and many other topics. Experts in various fields came to campus to speak on topics ranging from the history of cartooning to an introduction to Islam in the Middle East.
Speakers for the March 6 panel included Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University, and Dr. Nagmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University.