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THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE SUMMER 2010
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KSC's Newest Alumni – Already in the News!

Keene State's class of 2010 had barely finished walking across the Commencement stage when they began exciting jobs or other adventures. We congratulate the whole class of 2010, 950 strong. Welcome to the KSC Alumni Association! Here are just a few of Keene State's accomplished new alumni.

Shawn Ahern (B.A., theatre and dance, dance option, magna cum laude) will join the national and international touring company of Pilobolus, one of the country's most prestigious modern dance companies.

Breanna Reding (B.S., health science, health promotion and fitness option) is the first recipient of the Athletic Department's new I-REC (Impact, Respect, Enthusiasm, and Commitment) award for the many roles she took on in Rec Sports and Athletics.

As a student, Breanna was a varsity volleyball player, an assistant to the strength and conditioning coach, and a fitness instructor. She will work at KSC for the fall semester before going on to graduate study in her field.

Elizabeth Neuhardt (B.S., chemistry) is already a published author. A report on research that she conducted was published as the "Summer Scholar Report" in the April 2010 edition of The Nucleus, the journal of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

Elizabeth did the research as part of a Norris-Richard Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship in 2009. She received a teaching fellowship from the University of Vermont and will work toward her Ph.D. in chemistry.

The 2010 cohort of architecture graduates 25 students strong received bachelor of science degrees.

Keene State offers the only four-year B.S. architecture degree at a public liberal arts college in New England. Employers have noted that our graduates are well prepared for both technical and artistic challenges by KSC's well-rounded program.

Nine health science (nutrition option) graduates received dietetic internships this year, a coup in a highly competitive field.

Five of the nine graduated magna cum laude and will complete their requirements for a Registered Dietician's license at the institutions listed here: Abby Rosen, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Melissa Stopera, Cornell University; Danielle Allen, The Cleveland Clinic; Danielle Smith, KSC Dietetic Internship; and Kimberly Culver, Yale-New Haven Hospital.

And Kudos to These "Pre-Alumni" – We're Already Proud of You!

Samantha Bardell (class of 2011), an English major, won the Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award and was awarded a fellowship for the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) at Wheaton College, a highly selective and intensive four-week program.

The purpose of the institute is to encourage diversity in students of English and inspire them to pursue doctoral programs in the field. SILCS is supported with funding from the Mellon Foundation, which pays the expenses for Samantha and the 11 other students chosen from a national pool.

Nicole Mihalko (class of 2012), a math/physics major, is a KSC Honors student who received word early in May that she was accepted into the highly competitive NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program for fall 2010.

Nicole will be researching the optical properties of silicates at the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. Her KSC advisor is Dr. Frederick Wolf. Keene State College.