THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS VOLUME XXIV NUMBER 2 WINTER 2008
  
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Dear Readers:

This issue of Keene State Today was mailed to 23,360 people. The vast majority of you (92 percent) are alumni of Keene State College, from seasoned members of the Golden Circle to 2007 graduates. The rest of the copies were sent to people who may not have graduated from KSC but are valued friends of the College, to nonprofit organizations and sister colleges, to trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, and to each and every member of the New Hampshire legislature. (A special note to legislators: thank you for supporting public higher education in our state. With your help, our graduates will proudly "enter to learn; go forth to serve.")

Alumni of Keene State, this is your magazine. More than anything, we would love to hear from you. Please send story ideas, little-known facts, funny anecdotes, constructive criticism, whatever you have. In this issue, we have inaugurated a regular letters column to continue conversations that start on these pages. Please write us or e-mail – we may have to edit for length, but we will not change the gist of what you have to say.

Our goal in publishing this magazine is to tell the story of Keene State and help alumni connect with each other and with the College. For a sampler of what alums are doing these days, please see the collection of stories starting on page 21, followed by everyone's favorite "grapevine," Class Notes. We are also pleased to have a vital connection with the Alumni Association, which sends greetings to all readers (see page 25) and is playing a critical role in planning and executing Keene State's upcoming Centennial celebration.

Speaking of Centennial … are you a blogger? Not yet, you say nervously? Remember when you graduated from KSC, got your first apartment (without a meal plan), and realized you didn't know how to cook? Your mother probably handed you a copy of The Joy of Cooking and said, "If you can read, you can cook." It's the same idea with blogs – if you can type, you can blog. Our Centennial blog – the Joy of blogs – is a great place to jump in and get started. Go here and check out the wonderful alumni photographs and stories that are gathering there. Add your two cents' worth, contribute a photograph or an anecdote, or just sit back and read. We'd love to have your participation.

There is also a whole raft of Centennial committees afloat, all in need of helpers. Are you willing to lend a hand, stage an event, bake a cake? Events and celebrations are scheduled starting this summer and running through all of 2009, and Amy Proctor in the Centennial Office will match your time, talents, and energy to the right committee. Please call her at 603-358-2372 or e-mail centennial@keene.edu.

Thank you. We hope to see you on campus this spring at a baseball game, concert, lecture, or perhaps on Fiske Quad singing "On lilac paths we've strolled …" at Commencement, May 11.

Susan Peery,
Editor

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