100 Great Things About Keene State College
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– Irene Herold,
When Mason Library was being built, UNH and Plymouth got full funding, but Keene State only received money for Phase 1.
Dr. Y was showing Governor Shaheen around campus and told her, "UNH and Plymouth got their libraries, but Keene State got the shaft." He showed her an empty elevator shaft from Phase 1.
The Governor got the point, and we got the funds for Phase 2.
Ron Butcher's 500th Career Win
The Keene State College men's soccer team delivered head coach Ron Butcher his historic 500th career victory with a 2-0 shutout win over Little East rival Western Conn. State University at Owl Athletic Complex on Saturday, September 17, 2005.
With the win, Butcher improved his overall coaching record to 500-199-56 (.700 pct.), becoming just the sixth men's collegiate soccer coach to reach the 500-win milestone.
He ranks second among active and all-time Division III coaches in victories.
"I'm glad it's over because I thought the players came out in the first half and were playing not to lose," said Butcher after the game. "It's been a long career and I thank all my players today and from the past who made this possible."
Sciences and Social Sciences
Predicting the Weather by the Brown Gunk
“I can predict the severity of my ride home to Vermont by checking the ice and snow treatment on the sidewalks here. I know when it will be an interesting drive up Chesterfield Hill.”
– Pat Halloran,
Academic and Career Advising
[Editor's note: that brown gunk is called Ice Ban, an agricultural byproduct that is much less corrosive to cars and sanding equipment than sodium chloride.]
“The CDC is a gem. Knowing that our children are well cared for – and right next door!… One late spring day, I remember admiring the preschoolers poised at their outdoor easels painting in Pollack style after reading about the artist. Amazing!”
– Dr. Margaret Walsh,
CDC and Early Sprouts
Keene State's Child Development Center (CDC), a "best practices laboratory" early childhood education center, is one of the few programs in the state with accreditation from the National Association of Young Children.
Nearly every day the preschoolers can be seen in action: walking on low walls in the Science Center courtyard, traveling by wagon to look at trees or construction sites, or, on rainy days, wheeling through the halls to visit parents in their offices.
In the spring and summer their classroom activity becomes visible in the form of flourishing vegetable gardens in their play yard. These gardens are part of the Early Sprouts program, an award-winning curriculum developed by Keene State educators to encourage preschoolers to eat vegetables.
The creators of the program, Karrie Kalich, Dottie Bauer, and Deirdre McPartlin, have written a book about the program: Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children, published by Redleaf Press.
Faulkner Murals Depict
19th-Century Village Life
The Elliot Mansion on Main Street was built in 1811 for Captain William Wyman, who had grown up a stone's throw away at the Wyman Tavern, and is a fine example of Federal-style architecture.
It was purchased for the College in 1974, having served for decades as Keene's Community Hospital.
Inside the grand entrance hall and winding up the circular staircase are beautiful murals depicting Keene history. The murals were painted by Keene native Barry Faulkner, one of the foremost muralists of his time.
The Elliot murals depict Central Square in the 19th century and show townspeople going about their business. Large elm trees dominate the scene.