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Alumni Notebook
News from the KSC Alumni Association

With just a few short months under my belt, I can tell that Keene State is a fast-moving place.

The Alumni Relations Office phone seems never to cease ringing. Whether it's a member of the class of 2008 looking to get an alumni membership card to use the library or a basketball player from the 1950s hoping to reunite a group of players, the Alumni Office is information central. And in addition to the phones, we also have foot traffic and e-mail.

Events and Program Coordinator Kay MacLean and College Ceremony Coordinator Pauline Dionne are constantly scheduling events, taking reservations, and ensuring that a good time will be had by all.

I find myself out of the office more than in the office, and that can be fun, too, whether it's on campus meeting with students or at a Golden Circle luncheon.

The Alumni Board of Directors has set ambitious goals for the year to increase interactions among alums and between alums and students. To achieve these goals, we need your help.

We need you to fill in the details in stories we've heard and tell us new stories of your own. We'd also love it if you would share an hour or two with current KSC students. They contact us weekly looking for information about student clubs past and present, potential career connections, and other ways of tying their college experience to their futures.

We, too, want to know what you've done and what you're doing, so that we can help make connections for you with other alumni with similar backgrounds and interest. A current initiative is aimed to better understand how alumni have "gone forth to serve."

Can you help us? E-mail or write to us about your own service efforts: Have you served in local government? Civic organizations? Local schools? National organizations? Disaster relief? International service? Religious organizations? We're interested to hear about your participation at any level. Please e-mail me at

Service to the community is part of the fabric of a Keene education. It is a core value of the institution. In fact, in 2006-2007, Keene State students engaged in 450,675 hours of community service and earned national recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Your involvement in this project will help students understand that this is not just a motto. It is a way to live.

The culmination of this initiative will be a far-reaching Centennial Day of Service in November 2009 by the whole Keene State community: alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Wherever you are, across our nation and the world, or right here in Keene, you will make a difference.

Thank you. It is a pleasure to serve our wonderful alumni.
Patty Farmer '92
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Alumni Association Honors and Awards

Each year the Keene State College Alumni Association honors individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the Association and the College. The awards are presented at the reunion luncheon in June. This year's winners are listed below. Nominations for 2009 awards – to be presented at Grand Reunion, June 5-7, 2009 – are being accepted now. The deadline is January 31, 2009. Nomination forms are online, or we can send you a paper copy (call 603-358-2369 or e-mail

Alumni Inspiration Award
  • Given to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of a KSC alumna or alumnus who graduated in the past 15 years. Areas of service and distinction may include professional, personal, civic, and/or service to Keene State. Stephanie Mills Visser '04 is the 2008 recipient of this award. In 2006, Stephanie received an MPA degree (with an emphasis in nonprofit management) from the College of Charleston, where she is community service coordinator.

Sprague W. Drenan Award
  • Awarded to an alumna or alumnus whose participation in and support of alumni activities is worthy of recognition. The 2008 winners are Kitty McClure Maher '73 and Mike Maher '72. Kitty has been involved throughout the years in alumni activities, and has served as a longtime member of the reunion/cultivation committee. Mike was alumni director for more than 13 years and laid the groundwork for the KSC Veterans Monument.

Alumni Achievement Award
  • Bestowed on one whose professional achievement in his or her field brings honor to that individual as well as the College. The 2008 recipient is R. Patrick Corbin '68. Pat, a high school principal, oversaw the construction of Nashua North High School and the renovation of Nashua South High School before moving on to his current position as executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Outstanding Service Award
  • Given to an individual or organization that has provided outstanding service to Keene State College through leadership, commitment, and influence in programs and activities of the College. Not limited to alumni of the College. This year, Jan and Rick Cohen are honored for their tremendous impact on Keene State through their leadership and support of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies. The Cohens, longtime supporters, recently funded the Cohen Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, a transformational gift that will enable the College to strengthen its role in Holocaust Studies and expand its curriculum in genocide studies.
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