100 Great Things About Keene State College
Your fondest mememories, funniest stories, biggest heroes, and more
For five of the past six years, Keene State has been ranked as the top NCAA Division III public intercollegiate institution in New England. The ratings are done by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports (nine men's, nine women's).
“I love walking in Rhodes Hall and hearing the old Mabel Brown Room floorboards creak under the carpet.”
– Beth Zinn,
The Three Bears
and Other Campus Wildlife
“Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, opossum, woodchucks, red-tail hawks, cooper's hawks, a snowy owl – we've seen them all make regular appearances here at KSC.
We are a refuge, a haven, and a protected zone for many resident wildlife species.
Excuse me, I forgot to mention chipmunks, bats, pigeons, muskrat, deer, ducks, geese, and, of course, the three bears who invaded Joyce Field one day.
We happily coexist until fall when bees appear everywhere, mice invade buildings looking for warmth, and other furry things interact with our students on a regular basis.
"For three years now a gray rabbit has called our Whitcomb area home. I often find her in the pole barn, sitting under my truck and watching all of us scurry about on our assigned tasks. If no one sees her for a day or so, panic sets in until she's spotted again.”
– Jeff Garland,
A New Tradition
Every April Fool's Day for the last three years, student employees have played a little trick on Mark Gempler, assistant director of the Student Center.
The first year, they wrapped everything in his office, from the filing cabinets to his coffee cup, in tin foil. The second year, they filled his office from floor to ceiling with crumpled newspaper. This year, they moved his entire office out into the Atrium.
We heard that next year they plan to … (wait – it's a surprise!).
Keene State Athletics Moves
From Division II to Division III
Following a two-year study of athletics, physical education, and recreation programs, President Judith Sturnick announced on April 28, 1993, that Keene State College was moving from NCAA Division II to a Division III program by the fall of 1997.
One of Stanley Yarosewick's first tasks as president of KSC was to revisit the division move. On November 4, 1994, Dr. Y announced his decision to affirm Keene State's move to Division III by 1997.
"I believe that the best way to maximize the benefits of athletics for the greatest number of students, both in terms of their lives on campus and lifelong skills for the future, is to move to Division III," he told the campus community.
Keene State concluded its 11-year (1985-97) run in the Division II New England Collegiate Conference in the spring of 1997. The fall of 1997 ushered in a new athletic era for KSC with its move to Division III and the Little East Conference.
Men's Basketball "Elite 8" Season
In March 2004, Keene State's men's basketball team made its first appearance ever in NCAA tournament play.
The team upset Rochester, one of the top teams in the country, and faced Williams in the Elite 8 of the Division III tournament.
More than 500 Owl fans, including students, faculty, staff, and community members, drove the hour and 45 minutes to Williamstown, Massachusetts, to support KSC student athletes.
Delectable poultry for the palate, chicken patties are the meal of choice at the D.C. on Wednesday afternoons. "Like chowder on Friday's, the patties have become a tradition," says Paul Paltrineri, general manager of the dining facilities and resident patty historian.
No need for the other white meat when these babies are on the grill.