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From the Editor's Desk

Thank you to everyone who wrote and called with suggestions for "100 great things about Keene State College." As editors, we had the joy – and the hard job – of boiling all of your ideas down to a nice, round, centennial 100. (Note to the editors in 2109: good luck keeping it to 200. Imagine what Keene State College will be by then!)

This issue of Keene State Today rounds out our centennial coverage, and we present you with the "100 Great Things" feature as a final hurrah, a love letter to the College. Anyone who was on campus for the fabulous Centennial Relay celebration on April 15, 2009, can attest to the power of Keene State's story, the joy in honoring its history, and the energy that now propels us toward the future.

Keene State's own story is a classic little-engine-that-could tale, set in a small New England town that values education and the cultural and intellectual energy that a college brings. The story line has several strong and enduring themes, as President Helen Giles-Gee noted in her opening address to the campus last August.

The founders of 1909 strove for intellectual rigor, an excellent faculty, a curriculum that incorporated the liberal arts, access for students who wanted to grow, and an institution that met the needs of the region. Over the decades, the creativity of the people and the programs pushed out beyond the original scope of Keene Normal School to the exemplary public liberal arts college we have today.

"We are no longer striving – we are achieving," Dr. Giles-Gee concluded.

I hope you will indulge me in adding my personal "three favorite things" to the 100 you'll find inside. I imagine you all have your own personal list, but here are three reasons I love to come to work:

Chris Justice
Your faithful Keene State Today graphic designer has put her hand on almost every issue since Volume 1, Number 1 in 1985 (she was Chris Nerlinger then). She's a creative artist who understands (and meets) deadlines, a visionary and a realist, an enthusiastic student and a patient teacher. But wait! She's also a yoga instructor, a talented potter, and a loyal friend and colleague. She's a real pro.
The Child Development Center playground
It's right outside my office window in Elliot Center, and as I am writing this on a sunny September afternoon, I can hear the older toddlers laughing and squealing as they ride trikes on the paths, and the low, calm voice of the teachers and KSC students who care for them. By spring, these toddlers will be tall, confident preschoolers. I get to see them grow. How lucky is that?
The hollyhocks
The stands of hollyhocks – cream, pink, rose, yellow, maroon – in back of the library, on the south wall of Morrison Hall, and in several other nooks around campus sometimes bring tears to my eyes. They are old-fashioned, hardy, dignified, and beautiful without being fancy. If there were a Nobel Prize for horticulture (and there should be), KSC's gardeners would win.

We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed the making of it.

Susan Peery

100 Great Things,
Midnight Madness
100 Great Things,
Playing for Peace
100 Great Things,
Pumpkin Lobotomy
100 Great Things,
Arboretum and Gardens
Time and Again,
Dr. Y
Alumni Spotlight,
KayTe Kennedy '03
Owl Notebook,
Softball Champs
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