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Monadnock Biodiesel Collaborative

Biodiesel photo by Julio Del Sesto Keene State College, the city of Keene, and Batchelder Biodiesel Refineries, LLC, have joined forces to create a business, research, education, and community service facility that will convert yellow and brown waste grease into 100% ASTM-certified biofuel.

The Monadnock Biodiesel Collaborative (MBC), scheduled to open in 2010, will house a refinery in Keene to convert waste grease from across New England into more than 250,000 gallons of biodiesel per year and will also provide KSC researchers with quality fuel for emissions analysis.

A KSC fuel-quality and emissions-testing laboratory located within the MBC will expand the College's current testing program, verify the quality of biodiesel that is produced, and provide a sustainable funding stream to support student research from several disciplines across the Keene State College campus.

Now that's cooperation.

The Science Center Gets a Big Boost
Science Center photo by Peter Finger

The Science Center, with its state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and scientific equipment, gives Keene State serious bragging rights, but it wasn't always certain that the building would be so impressive.

During the major construction work in 2003-04, it became clear that state appropriation funds were not sufficient. According to Dr. Jay Kahn, vice president for finance and planning, "Had we only built to the state appropriation, KSC would have given up student-faculty project research space or moved another science program out of the building."

However, several large local employers realized that this region and its workforce needed a rigorous science-education program. C&S saw this potential, as did the Cheshire Medical Center, Markem, and Timken, and they chipped in to contribute a generous $1 million to help the College achieve its vision.

The Student Center Opens

One of the objectives of the 1993 Master Plan was to "establish an identifiable campus heart," and the Lloyd P. Young Student Center, with its soaring atrium and inviting seating, certainly met that goal when it opened in April 1995.

Paul Striffolino, associate vice president for student affairs, remembers that they were so excited to get the building open that the ribbon cutting was held at 7 a.m. Immediately, the building was full of students and activity.

"It was like we'd been open for years," Striffolino recalled. "There had been nothing like it on campus – no gathering place – and it immediately changed the traffic flow. It brought students right to the middle of campus."

Safety and Health Curriculum
“The safety and health curriculum at KSC prepared me to manage programs that facilitate the process of identifying a hazard, implementing appropriate controls, and measuring the successes of those controls. Keene State gave me the opportunity to obtain a marketable skill, challenged my academic perspectives and ideas through liberal arts studies, and helped to strengthen my interpersonal skills and value system.”
– Andrew Leone '06,
Lead Safety Manager
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center,
Palo Alto, California
Communicorps: Architecture Students
Design for the Community
Communicorps photo by Ann Card

Keene State offers the only four-year bachelor of science degree in architecture at a public liberal arts college in New England. For the last 17 years, students from the program's Communicorps class have solved design problems for community organizations in the Monadnock region. This required course emphasizes a team approach to solving complex architectural problems, giving sophomore and junior students valuable experience with real-life architectural problems.

This year's projects included:

  • concept design for renovation of town office space for the town of Stoddard and for the Stoddard library
  • a master plan study and a design for a new 22-unit workforce housing project for Rindge, N.H.
  • design of a new synagogue for the Brattleboro-area Jewish community
  • master plan study for a private co-housing project in Chesterfield, N.H.

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