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A College on the Move

President Helen Giles-Gee likes to tell visitors that Keene State is "a college on the move." We're here to say, "Amen." Here are a few examples.

This fall, Keene State welcomes Dr. James Waller, a noted scholar of genocide and the Holocaust. Dr. Waller is the Cohen Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Cohen Endowed Chair, funded by benefactors Jan and Rick Cohen, is a first for Keene State, a plume in our academic cap and a true mark of scholarly distinction.

CELT, the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching, is new, and it is doing the coolest work on campus as it brings 21st-century technology to a 21st-century education.

The CELT team doesn't just proselytize for technology - it shows the rest of us how to actually use it to make learning and teaching better. Learn Geek-Speak, clear your throat and say "technology-enabled collaboration."

Stay up-to-date on CELT with their e-newsletter.

Katie Bradford '11 (from Lebanon, NH) takes "on the move" literally. Katie, a senior forward on the women's soccer team, scored her 61st career goal in a game at UMass Boston on October 16, breaking the all-time KSC scoring record set by Philo Robinson in 1991.

By the time you read this, Katie will have raised the bar even higher. She's a mover. She's also the starting shortstop on the softball team, and she has earned a 3.74 GPA as a health science/nutrition major.

Keene State is coming up with innovative ways to encourage and fund new opportunities for undergraduate research.

Summer 2010 SURFers: (front) Jeremy Zolan, Jacob Meier, and Curt Guild; (back) Andrew Abeleira, Albert Pek, and faculty members Jim Kraly, Denise Junge, and Jerry Jasinski.

Last summer, five top chemistry students and three faculty members spent eight intense weeks completing research projects ranging from crystal X-ray analysis of pharmaceutically significant molecules (under Dr. Jerry Jasinski) to investigations of lichens as bioindicators of environmental change (with Dr. Jim Kraly) and research into green alternative solvents for organic reactions (with Dr. Denise Junge).

The first round of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) was funded through a campus initiative and an Alumni Association grant.

"This is the way scientists get things done in the real world," commented Dr. Jasinski. "They team up and get a collaboration going. They learn the joy of discovery and how to deal with frustration. For undergraduates to get real-life research experience and publish their results is almost unheard-of in four-year colleges. It also helps us attract the most promising students to our program."

The College is on the move, and so are you, its alumni. We could fill a large book with stories about your amazing careers, passions, and accomplishments.

For a taste, read Gail Sheldon '60's rundown on the great class of 1960 or our profiles of more recent alums like Carrie Trudeau '00, Kelly Fournier '04, or Jonas Beauchemin '06.

What is the first thing alumni do when they walk into the new Alumni Center? They smile. We see it happen every day.

At Keene's Pumpkin Festival in October, hundreds of you stopped by for a cup of hot chocolate, a few minutes' rest, a good conversation. If you haven't seen the building yet, please be sure to visit. And if you already have, don't be a stranger - come back! We'll know you by your smile.

Susan Peery, editor