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by Lucy Webb

Keene Is Green

Keene State is one of the country's most environmentally responsible schools, according to the Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges, developed by the Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

The guide highlights Keene State's Silver LEED-certified Pondside III residence hall (with sustainable features including super-insulated walls, motion-sensor lights, dual-flush toilets, and recycling rooms on each floor).

R.O.C.K.S. recycles tons of materials every month. Photo by Will Wrobel Also noted: the cogeneration steam-heat plant, the installation of energy-efficient lighting, Sustainability Council grants to students to fund sustainability research projects, and R.O.C.K.S. (Recycling on Campus at Keene State)'s extensive recycling initiatives on campus.

Undergraduate Researchers Take NURDS Honors

2010 Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium (NURDS)courtesy photoFourteen Keene State students presented at the 2010 Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium (NURDS) at the University of New England in April. The student-organized conference is the only regional science symposium in New England that features undergraduate research in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and related natural science in New England and Maritime Canada. Nearly 200 students from 36 colleges participated this year.

Chemistry student Elizabeth A. Neuhardt '10 won an award for a top-ten poster presentation. Biology student Anna McLean '11 had the symposium's fourth-best oral presentation, based on her research on passionflowers.

VP Jay Kahn Joins SCUP Board

Jay Kahn, vice president for Finance and Planning at Keene State College, has been elected at-large director for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), an international society of higher education planning professionals.

Joining a 15-member board representing 4,500 members, Jay begins his three-year term of service in July.

Professor Mark Long Awarded NEH Grant

Mark C. Long, professor of English and American Studies and 2009 recipient of the award for Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship, has received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The grant is designed to support the development of humanities courses organized around interdisciplinary questions – often, questions that predate the formation of the academic disciplines themselves. Long's proposed course, "What Is Nature?" will trace the history of experiences and concepts of nature from the ancient world to the age of Darwin.

Bosse Named Fulbright Scholar

Candice Bosse, assistant professor of Spanish and Women's Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Honduras. She'll spend an academic year teaching at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH). From Bosse's Fulbright project statement: "Direct exposure to culture in a third-world context will provide me and my students with first-hand knowledge of the Honduran society … and will allow me to return to Keene State College and model global citizenship in my classroom …"

President Giles-Gee with honorees (l-r) Dilfey, Vehlies, Margraf, and Borden. Mark Corliss photo.

Outstanding Women of New Hampshire

Keene State hosted its 20th annual celebration of New Hampshire women's accomplishments and creativity, "Writing Women Back Into History," on April 5. The event recognizes women who have made extraordinary contributions to the college, regional, and state communities.

This year's awards honored:

  • Suzette Borden
    (Monadnock Region), president, Sophia's Hearth Family Center Board of Directors
  • Jane A. Difley
    (State of New Hampshire), president/forester, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  • Susan B. Margraf
    (staff, Keene State College), academic year counselor, Upward Bound, Keene State College
  • Jaclyn Vehlies
    (student, Keene State College), student leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the First Book program.

KSC's First Endowed Chair Named

Dr. James E. Waller photoDr. James E. Waller has been named Cohen Chair for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. The College's first endowed professorship, the Cohen Chair is funded by a generous gift from Jan and Richard Cohen.

Dr. Waller will join the KSC faculty for the fall 2010 semester.

The fall issue of Keene State Today will feature a profile of Dr. Waller, who will be moving to Keene over the summer.

We welcome this distinguished scholar to our community.

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By the Numbers
– Commencement 2010


  • 950+ – Students who "walked" on May 8, 2010
  • 708 – Students officially converted to "alumni" status as of June 15
  • 2 – Students who graduated May 10 instead of May 8 (because of post-season games)
  • About 250 – Additional students expected to achieve "alumni" status by Dec. 31, 2010
  • 1988 – Year a 22-year-old graduate was born
  • 1909 – Year 100-year-old graduate Harriet Richardson Ames was born
  • 3 – Countries represented by 2010 graduates (U.S., England, Japan)

Bachelor's degrees, by schools:

  • 400 – Sciences and Social Sciences
  • 351 – Professional Studies
  • 254 – Arts and Humanities

Graduate degrees:

  • 33 – Master's degrees in education

Graduates of most popular majors:

  • 69 – Elementary Education
  • 63 – Management
  • 53 – Psychology
  • 48 – Sociology
  • 46 – Safety Studies

Graduates by states:

  • 2 – Alaska
  • 5 – Florida
  • 2 – Illinois
  • 372 – New Hampshire