Time and Again
Centennial Memories of Keene State College 1909-2009
Do You Remember the 1960s?
Changes at the Top
Peace was on the minds – and clothes – of students in the 1960s.
President Lloyd Young left in 1964, and Roman "Jay" Zorn took his place as KTC became KSC. Zorn was successful at attracting a more highly educated faculty, with a desire to create a "Little Ivy" in a state system, but he did butt heads with the faculty, too, and he stayed at Keene State only five years. Leo Redfern replaced Zorn in 1969.
Student Life: questioning, activist, casual
Margaret Wass '65 was Miss New Hampshire in 1962 and Miss Congeniality in the Miss America pageant. In 1965, another KSC student, Cheryl Leigh Buffum '65, won the Miss New Hampshire crown.
The Keene State College mascot is seen in various forms; this is how it appears in a Kronicle from the 1960s.
By the end of the decade, there was an inclination at many colleges, including Keene State, to equate college administrations with government administrations, and to tie protests of the war in Vietnam to protests of college policies. Student activists won some major victories on campus, including representation on the College Senate, curriculum changes, and liberalization of dorm rules.
Convocation on the Wiseman Case, 1969
In 1969 students boycotted classes on behalf of faculty member John Wiseman.
Cheerleader Pat Miles doing a wonderful job of keeping spirits high,1963.
Beanie babies keep their heads covered their freshman year.
Mayoralty candidate Tom Clow of Theta Chi Delta (Theta's Littlest Cowboy) entertains a crowd.
A man in a woman's room, 1966.
The times, they are a-changing.
New Buildings – Everywhere You Look!
Spaulding Gymnasium, 1968
(now Rhodes Hall).
In 1968, three major new buildings were opened: the Science Center (complete with planetarium and rooftop greenhouse), the Adams Technology Building, and Spaulding Gymnasium. Carle Hall was completed in 1969, ending a decade of major expansion.
Morrison Hall, 1961
Married Students' Dormitory
Construction was beginning for the new family housing apartments. They were ready for occupancy in 1963.
Completed in 1965, the Mason Library was ready to fuel inquiring minds ...
... and the award-winning D.C. was ready to fuel hungry bodies in 1966.
Zorn Dining Commons, 1966
President John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; classes were cancelled the day of the funeral. Social activities were cancelled or postponed. TVs were on in the dorms all night.
On April 8, 1963, 76 women and 104 men marched from Keene to Concord on an "Intelligence Fitness March" and were met by state legislators when they arrived the next day. Students reported "blister clinics all the next week."
MERP Weekend, 1964
MERP weekend (Men's Economic Recovery Program) was a Sadie Hawkins-style event, sponsored by the Home Economics program, where women invited (and paid for) their dates.
Greek Weekend, 1967
Greek Weekend started in 1965; Greek Week eventually replaced the old mayoral campaigns.