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What's new on campus this fall? Let's start with the Alumni and Parent Relations Director …

Meet Patty Farmer
"A commitment to connect." That's how Patty Farmer '92, the new director of Keene State's Alumni and Parent Relations Office, describes her work. "Starting with Fred Barry, who began the Alumni Association, and going through Don Carle, Mike Maher, and others, we've all had this commitment. The Alumni Association is for everyone. Our job is to provide the resources so each person can connect to Keene State in a way that is meaningful."

If this sounds like a big job, it is. But Patty, who comes home to Keene State after distinguished service at the American Heart Association, John Brown Ltd., and Cedarcrest Center, maintains, "It doesn't feel like work. It is as natural as breathing." As a Keene State student studying management, Patty interned in the Alumni and Advancement offices, where she ran the Phonathon, worked on the Donor Honor Roll (which will appear again in the Spring 2009 issue of this magazine), and began to see KSC alumni as a community bonded by their shared experiences and memories. (In Patty's case, those memories include meeting her future husband, Charlie, in a geology class in the old Science Center, when he asked if he could see her notes.) She also served for many years on the Alumni Association board of directors, where she cemented old friendships and made many new ones.

Patty grew up in Lebanon, N.H., where her parents were active in community affairs and Patty learned the value of community, collaboration, and connection – words she uses frequently and lives by. Her considerable energy, organizational skills, and innate friendliness are focused on all 20,000-plus living KSC alumni. She is determined to engage, to help celebrate the construction of the new Alumni Center on Main Street, and to make the Centennial a rich and memorable experience for Keene State alums. After all, it's alumni who make it all possible!

New Courses Enrich the KSC Curriculum For those of you who are perpetual students, the new courses and programs offered this fall will make you wish you could come back to Keene State and start over. Here is a sampling:

The Architecture major has seen a 50 percent increase in declared majors. The lab has been upgraded with state-of-the-art AutoDesk Revit for the CAD II classes. A new Construction Management course, taught in conjunction with the Management department, is built around ten modules offering real-world experience.

Colin Abernethy, Chemistry, is teaching Orgometallic Chemistry, which is the interface between organic and inorganic chemistry. This course is seldom taught at the undergraduate level in this country. (For more on Chemistry, see page 13.)

Pam Smith, Health Sciences, uses the Integrated Thinking and Writing model in her top-level seminar course, Health Science 495. With intensive help from the Center for Writing and the Mason Library, students move quickly into the substance of their research and work. Several students hope to present their research at the Academic Excellence Conference in the spring.

Arts and Humanities is offering several new courses, including Beat Generation Women (Ali Lichtenstein, Women's Studies), Contemporary Indian Fiction in English: The Empire Writes Back (Brinda Charry, English), and Rethinking the Holocaust (Henry Knight and Paul Vincent, Holocaust Studies).

Teacher Education methods courses have been redesigned to increase the hours of field experience and provide it earlier in the program. Courses designed especially for Secondary Education include Curriculum for a Diverse World, taught for the first time this fall (Maureen Greene, Education).

Andrew Wilson, History, is teaching his second semester of Attic Greek in his upper-level course, Language and Culture of Ancient Athens. Students are learning to read Attic Greek in preparation for advanced study of ancient history. This may be the first time Greek, ancient or modern, has been taught at Keene State.

Bachelor of Science degrees have been added in Athletic Training and Political Science.

Please enjoy this issue of the magazine. We'll be back in the winter with a new lineup of alumni stories, news, and special Centennial updates.

Susan Peery, Editor

Patty Farmer picture by Mark Corliss
Patty also served for many years on the Alumni Association board of directors, where she cemented old friendships and made many new ones.

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