Time and Again
The '90s was a decade of great change at KSC, affecting every area of campus life. The College expanded physically and academically, enhancing its New England charm and creating the spaces and commitment to meet the educational needs of the approaching century.
Though closed to traffic since the '80s, Appian Way blossomed into a scenic pedestrian walkway. The new L. P. Young Student Center became the attractive hub of campus life.
The tennis courts in front of Fiske Hall were moved and the Quad, an elegant open space for outdoor leisure and activity, gained trees and sidewalks.
The old Student Center was improved and updated as Rhodes Hall, and the library got an impressive facelift. Pondsides I and II were built near Brickyard Pond, and campus reflected a thoughtful vision – the Master Plan.
In the fall of 1997, Keene State athletics moved to Division III. The change brought much controversy, but KSC joined the Little East Conference, and the switch elevated all of our athletic programs.
The Pumpkin Festival started in Keene in 1991. The campus soon caught the spirit, jumped in with the annual Pumpkin Lobotomy, and helped build a major event for both the city and the College.
As the 20th century wound down, KSC was gearing up, with the momentum, vision, and spirit to move boldly into the new millennium.
Keene State College in the 2000s continued to build on the growth and excitement of the '90s. People visiting campus felt the positive energy that vibrated along Appian Way. And high school seniors far and wide picked up on it, too. Keene's growing reputation, quality academics, and beautiful campus began to attract a surprising number of new students.
The College completely renovated the Science Center and turned the old Zorn into the new Media Arts Center, two improvements that raised our academic offerings to a new and impressive level. In another big step forward, KSC established its first endowed chair – the Cohen Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The College also made the transition to four-credit classes and an integrative studies program, and added an honors program to further enhance its commitment to academic excellence.
The new Zorn Dining Commons became another gem in the KSC crown and won an award for its architectural design. The handsome Pondside III and One Butler Court residence halls also added grace to the campus skyline and to the College's commitment to good citizenship. Both residences were built with sustainable living and suite-style living in mind, and Pondside III received a LEED Green Building Silver Certification.
During its first 100 years, Keene State College laid the solid foundation of a beautiful and welcoming campus, caring community, and impressive academics. Now it beckons as a shining star in 21st-century higher education.