|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XXIV NUMBER 2 WINTER 2008|
Letters from our readers
Congratulations to Carrie Holmes
As the proud Dad of Carrie Holmes '02 I want you to know that she has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2007 American Star of Teaching. She is currently teaching in a Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school, Ujima Village Academy, in Baltimore, Maryland. The award honors outstanding classroom teachers across all grade levels and disciplines. One teacher was recognized from each state, as well as four private school teachers. Yay, Keene State!
– Tony Holmes
Corrections, Complaints, and Kudos
– Sheldon L. Barker Jr. '66
– Jane Stark '87
One of my pet peeves is the lame excuse for window replacement in the name of energy efficiency. In fact, historic windows, when properly restored, are more efficient than the cheap replacements that were installed in Fiske Hall. And please, don't quote cost ratios relating to replacement windows to me. In my 20-plus years' experience of historic preservation projects, I've heard it all and none of it is true.
Finally, that new entrance is awful. The porch looks like the entrance to a gas station drive-through. The renovation of Fiske Hall is nothing more than a nod to the " cult of newness." Shame.
Editor's note: Salvageable portions of the original wooden screen were restored and installed on the third floor of Fiske Hall. Many other original materials were either reused or recycled, whenever possible, and some are still in storage.
A Letter to Film Studies Professor Peter Condon
Hello, Professor Condon: I have gotten an internship at The Criterion Collection in New York City. It is great because we are always restoring these brilliant classic films. Recently, I was asked to sit down and work on a film. A few frames into it, I realized it was Louis Malle's The Lovers. No one else in my department had seen the film all the way through, and I felt privileged to be able to hold my own in conversation in a room full of " film people." Without your class and your teaching, I never would have seen this film. I want to thank you for how great that class was and how inspiring your conversations about Louis Malle's films were. You allowed me to open up my views of foreign and older classic films. I also want to say thank you for all of the advice on my classes and the job at the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall.
– Taylor Antisdel
Fan Mail to the Grounds Crew
Dear Mr. Winsor: I want you to know how beautiful the grounds are at Keene State. My husband and I are thrilled that our son transferred to KSC this year from the University of Southern Maine. Of all the colleges we looked at, Keene State by far has the most beautiful campus. Thank you so much for all the effort!
– Lin Van Allen '75
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