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By The Way
What's new along Appian Way
Carter Partnership Foundation Honor    Adjunct Faculty Contract
2003-04 Elite Eight    Keene Expo
Pardus Wins Director's Prize    Summits
Early Sprouts National Award    Steinway Grand Arrives
Biodiesel Project    Construction Awards
Science Center Courtyard    Warhol's Work Added to Thorne
KSC Faculty Grants Awarded    Exhibit Honors Retiring Professors
Greek Community Service Hours    Citizenship Symposium

KSC Honored by Carter Partnership Foundation

Peg Monahan (left) and President Giles-Gee accepted the Carter Partnership Award from former First Lady Rosalyn Carter.

Keene State was one of three New Hampshire colleges honored for campus-community collaboration at Campus Compact for New Hampshire's 10th anniversary dinner in Manchester on November 6.

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter addressed the audience, praising the state's college students for their commitment to community service. In New Hampshire, 23,000 students a year (out of 70,000) contribute more than 250,000 hours of service. " It's never a sacrifice to help others," Carter said. " It's always a blessing." KSC was recognized for its successful partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Monadnock region. Keene State students pair up with children in the region, offering friendship, mentoring, and the gift of time. Sixty KSC students are currently participating, according to BBBS Director Peg Monahan.

Mary McEntee, coordinator of KSC's community service program; VISTA volunteer Brianne Ito '07; and Monahan wrote the Campus Compact application on which the award was based. Saint Anselm College and Colby-Sawyer College were the other two recipients of the Carter Partnership Award.

Adjunct Faculty Contract Is Signed

President Giles-Gee, Provost Netzhammer, and Vice President Kahn joined with representatives of the Keene State College Adjunct Association (KSCAA) on December 10 to sign the official collective bargaining agreement.

This agreement, in force since last spring, provides salary adjustments for adjunct faculty as well as improved processes for communicating course availability and confirming adjunct assignments. This is the second collective bargaining agreement between KSCAA and the Board of Trustees. The first covered 2002-05 and the new agreement effectively covers four academic years through the end of 2008-09.

After the signing of the agreement, President Giles-Gee stated, " I am grateful for the wonderful collaboration that supported the development of this contract." KSCAA President Ellen Moynihan added, " My thanks go to the KSCAA negotiating team, who volunteered many hours at the bargaining table on behalf of adjunct faculty. This contract is an achievement indicating the willingness of USNH and the KSCAA to make Keene State College a better workplace for all of us, which also benefits our students." Members of the negotiating team included Ellen Moynihan, Richard (Darryl) LeDuc, Robert Sherry, Michael French, Mary Gaal, Jay Kahn, Gordon Leversee, Nona Fienberg, Kim Harkness, and Nick DiGiovanni.

KSC Honors 2003-04 Elite Eight Men's Basketball Team

Taking a page from the tradition of the Boston Celtics, Keene State College raised a banner to the roof of Spaulding Gym to honor its 2003-04 Elite Eight men's basketball team on December 1. KSC Head Coach Rob Colbert says the College has set up a committee to identify and honor other deserving Owl teams.

Exploring Plans for Alumni Center, Keene Expo

Representatives from Keene State College and the City of Keene continue to work together to explore options for the construction of a new College Alumni Center on the east side of Main Street, and a Keene Expo Center, which will provide a multipurpose facility to serve the needs of the region and the College. Elkus Manfredi Architects is currently working on a feasibility study for the Expo project.

Pardus Wins Director's Prize

Bill Pardus photo
Bill Pardus conducting at the Jazz Ensemble reunion last summer.

Congratulations to William D. Pardus, KSC Professor Emeritus of Music, for winning the Director's Prize in the International Composers' Competition, sponsored by the Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine.

The Longfellow Chorus is a nonprofit chorus with the mission of inspiring new vocal and choral settings of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This first annual competition is part of the celebration of the 201st anniversary of Longfellow's birth in Portland.

Pardus's composition "Three Songs of the Coast" is a setting for soprano voice and piano of three of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poems. The work received its world premiere in Portland on Feb. 24.

A native of Connecticut, Pardus has performed professionally as a keyboardist with dance bands and jazz ensembles since the age of 14. He was the founding director (1970-92) of the KSC Jazz Ensemble. Since his retirement in 1998, Pardus has published more than 45 works, several having had their premiere performances at the Redfern Arts Center.

Summits Focus on Entrepreneurship
and Economic Development

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mel Netzhammer, Vice President for Finance and Planning Jay Kahn, and President Helen Giles-Gee led the first of two Economic Development summits on campus on December 20, offering interested faculty and staff an opportunity to clarify the role that Keene State College should play in partnering with the business community and advancing the economic interests of our region. The second summit, scheduled for Friday, March 28, will bring faculty and staff together with New Hampshire business leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

In addition, the office of Academic and Career Advising is sponsoring a series of Career Connections events to bring students in academic majors together with targeted businesses and industries. This spring will see three Career Connections fairs: March 14 (education), March 28 (business, sales, and finance), and April 16 (criminal and social justice). For more information.

Early Sprouts Wins National Award

Early Sprouts program photo
Prof. Kalich and a helper plant seedlings for the Early Sprouts program.

KSC's Early Sprouts: Gardening and Nutrition Experiences for the Young Child program was selected as one of five grand-prize winners from 260 applicants for the National Gardening Association's 2007 Healthy Sprouts Award. This program, led by Professor Karrie Kalich, has received support from the Healthy New Hampshire Foundation, Monadnock Challenge Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, CMH Foundation, Hannaford Super Markets, Cheshire Health Foundation – Advocates for Healthy Youth, Monadnock United Way, MacMillin, Kiwanis Club of Keene, National Gardening Association, and Home Depot.

Last fall, N.H. First Lady Susan Lynch visited campus to receive a basket of fresh vegetables from children in the KSC Child Development Center's Early Sprouts program.

Steinway Grand Arrives on Campus

Redfern Arts Center Director Bill Menezes celebrated the arrival of a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano on January 15. Purchase of the Steinway Model D (largest of the concert grands) was made possible through generous donations from alumni and friends of KSC. The piano will be used in the Main Theatre.

"A piano of this caliber will expand the repertoire of the music department," said Menezes. The piano, purchased from a private owner in Virginia, has a satin ebony finish; its case and soundboard are in pristine condition, according to music faculty member Maura Glennon. John Dwyer, a trained Steinway technician who lives in Brattleboro, will bring the instrument up to concert-hall standards for a spring debut.

KSC Biodiesel Project Competes for EPA Funding

A KSC student team has received one of 58 national finalist grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Award competition. Awards were given based on initial designs for achieving sustainable solutions to environmental issues.

The KSC student team and teams from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and UMass Lowell each received $10,000 to put their designs into action and will compete once more in April at the 2008 National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Six winners will be chosen; each will receive additional funding of up to $75,000 to develop their designs, test them, and get them to the marketplace. More information about the P3 winners and their projects can be found on the Internet at

Keene State has used B20 biodiesel to run its entire fleet of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment since 2002. The benefits of using clean biofuels extend beyond decreased carbon emissions, according to Bud Winsor, assistant director of the Physical Plant: "Guys who run equipment for 10 hours a day or more report fewer headaches and less nausea." The Keene State students are working to create a safe and sustainable "closed energy loop," where biodiesel fuel is both created and used within the same community. This fuel will be made from waste grease locally generated and then used to power local public fleets. While use of biodiesel is on the rise, few communities in the United States both manufacture and use biodiesel fuel.

Technology professor Nora Traviss is working with the student team to prepare for the April competition. Professor Travis explains the significance of the biodiesel project in an interview on

KSC Receives Construction Awards

Zorn Dining Commons photo by Peter Finger.
Award-winning buildings at KSC include One Butler Court and the light-filled Zorn Dining Commons.

Three KSC construction projects were recognized at the annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) N.H./Vermont chapter's Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony on October 25 at the Capitol Center for the Arts, in Concord, N.H. Engelberth Construction, Inc., received an Institutional/Public Over $10 Million Award of Excellence for the Zorn Dining Commons, and MacMillin Company received an Institutional/Public Over $10 Million Award of Merit for One Butler Court and Pondside III Residence Halls.

The awards were presented to Pierre LeBlanc '78, president of Engelberth Construction, and Pete Dunnigan '93 of MacMillin Company, both graduates of Technology, Safety, and Design programs. KSC's Science Center was also recognized for excellence at the awards event in 2005.

More Awards for Science Center Courtyard

Dirtworks, PC, won the 2007 Honor Award given by the American Society of Landscape Architects – New York Chapter. This is the second Honor Award for Keene State College and for Dirtworks, PC; the first was the 2007 Honor Award in General Design from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)/American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) also singled out the Science Center Courtyard and Outdoor Learning Environment at Keene State College, awarding it a 2008 Design Citation Award.

The AASA awards jury described the project as "a well-designed and planned … living laboratory with skillful adaptation of geological principles and use of materials to elevate awareness of surroundings, place of community, and the natural world."

Warhol's Work Added to Thorne Collection

The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery has been chosen to receive 150 original Andy Warhol Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

The foundation will donate prints of Warhol art to 183 college and university art museums across the United States in honor of its 20th anniversary. The Photographic Legacy Program offers institutions that do not have the means to acquire works by Warhol the opportunity to bring a significant number of photographs into their permanent collections, while allowing those institutions that do have Warhol in their collections to enrich the breadth and depth of their holdings.

Each of the participating institutions will receive approximately 150 original Polaroid photographs and gelatin silver prints selected by Jenny Moore, curator of the Photographic Legacy Program.

"A wealth of information about Warhol's process and his interactions with his sitters is revealed in these images," notes Moore. For more information.

KSC Faculty Grants Awarded

A record number of faculty, adjuncts, and students applied for professional development and research support during the current academic cycle. Recipients will apply grant money in support of research, travel, creative work, and conference presentations. The grants cover a wide range of intellectual curiosity and creativity, from the study of coral reefs to research on women who flew military aircraft in World War II. For a complete list of grants awarded to faculty, adjunct faculty, and undergraduates working on research and creative projects, check

Exhibit Honors Retiring Professors

Henry Freedman photo by Mark Corliss Sam Azzaro photo by Mark Corliss
Work of retiring professors Sam Azzaro (above) and Henry Freedman (top) was featured at the Thorne this winter.

The 2008 Biennial KSC Art Faculty Exhibition (January 26 through March 9) honored recently retired KSC art professors Samuel Azzaro and Henry Freedman. The show also featured recent studio art and graphic design works by Rachelle Beaudoin, Rosemarie Bernardi, Richard Carlson, Dan Carr, William Cass, Mary Kendra Crawford, Karen Dolmanisth, Marsha Hewitt, Robert Kostick, Ann Laroche, Stephanie Nichols, Walter Nicolai, Yuan Pan, Christa Parravani, Lynn Richardson, John Roberts, Katharina Rooney, Peter Roos, and Craig Stockwell.

Henry Freedman, who taught art history for 37 years and retired in December, specializes in mixed media works that resemble shadow boxes containing treasured items that tell a story. Works on exhibit include a 1978 mixed media work titled Prize and a 2007 piece, A Contortionist's Safe Deposit Box.

Samuel Azzaro taught ceramics for 38 years at the College and retired last spring. He shows ceramic works ranging from a 1964 earthenware bottle to a 2007 oval stoneware vase.

Greek Community Service Hours

Photo by Bud Winsor
Fraternity brothers wade into the Ashuelot River clean-up project every fall, hauling out shopping carts and other debris.

The Community Service Office in the Student Center has tracked the number of service hours that Greek students contributed in 2007.

In the spring of 2007, KSC-affiliated Greek organizations posted a noteworthy 924 hours of volunteer service.

Last fall, they continued the trend with an impressive 1,159 hours of documented service, for a total of 2,083 hours!

Citizenship Symposium Brings 40 Speakers to Campus

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? Keene State College's Citizenship Symposium 2007 brought the community together last November for a four-day event exploring such issues as immigration, race, the environment, campaign politics, and the media's role in informing citizens. Nationally renowned speakers, filmmakers, and community members offered a wide look at how we are all defined as citizens and the challenges we face in today's American democracy.

The symposium featured more than 40 presentations and panel discussions with speakers, including Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector; Debra Scranton, documentary filmmaker of The War Tapes; Richard Kimball, founder and director of Project Vote Smart; Elizabeth Wurtzel, best-selling author of Prozac Nation; Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Mark Schleifstein; Emmy award-winner June Cross; Jon Greenburg of New Hampshire Public Radio; Joe McQuaid of the New Hampshire Union Leader; and Bob Steele of the Nelson Poynter Institute, among others.