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100 Great Things About Keene State College
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Hidden Beauty
Grisaille stained glass photo by Chris Justice

“The grisaille stained glass in Hale Building – a wonderful wall of glass.”
– Nona Fienberg,
Arts and Humanities
“I saw the stained glass in Hale when I interviewed here, and it made me decide to take this job.”
– Chris Justice,
College and Media Relations

Centennial Relay and Fireworks
Centennial Relay photo by Ryan McKernan

The College threw itself a great party on April 15, 2009, the 100th anniversary of the chartering of the school. That morning, KSC administrators and staff traveled to Concord, New Hampshire, where Governor John Lynch signed an official proclamation declaring the day "Keene State College Centennial Day."

An impressive relay of runners and walkers (followed every step of the way by reporters sending photos and news to our Centennial blog) then hand-carried the sealed proclamation the 54 miles back to campus. When it reached Appian Way, it was greeted by cheering throngs, speeches, music, a HUGE birthday cake, and a fantastic fireworks display.

Happy 100th, KSC!

1909, 1939, 1963, 2009

The shortest list of important KSC mile markers must include these dates:

  • 1909
    Keene Normal School Founded
  • 1939
    Keene Teachers College School officially recognized as a four-year college
  • 1963
    Keene State College Expanded higher-education offerings to embrace a wider academic community, and joined the University System of New Hampshire
  • 2009
    Centennial Celebration KSC Centennial and the beginning of a new century

The Children's Literature Festival…
Robin Spowart owl illustration

The Children's Literature Festival, founded and directed by Dr. David E. White, professor of education, was first held in April 1978. The event has featured more than 100 authors and illustrators from the United States and around the world. Each year, several hundred people from the United States and Canada come to Keene State to hear the featured speakers. This year's festival will be held October 31.

…and the Festival Owls
Watson owl

The Festival Owls project was initiated by Dr. David E. White in 1997 as a way to raise funds to support the acquisition and framing of illustrations for the Festival Gallery Collection in Rhodes Hall.

The only requirements for a contributor is that she or he is a published illustrator of children's books, and that the owl is created specifically for this collection.

As Keene State's Centennial approached, Dr. White furiously began seeking contributions for a special 100-owl ceremony. Michael Dooling, the creator of Owl 100, spoke during a special Centennial celebration in October 2008.

At this writing there are 102 owls in the collection. It's amazing to see all the creative ways artists have interpreted our mascot!

Speaking Out

“During our last speak-out in 2003, I was privileged to convene a session called "What are we proud of/already great at?" One of the great things is our strong collaboration with the local business community. There is a true partnership between the College and the city, and a commitment to information sharing and dialogue. One of our most enjoyable recent events was the Centennial Business After Hours reception we hosted for the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce in March.”
– Karen House,
Finance and Planning
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