THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE Summer 2011
Alumni Association Award Winners
During the annual Alumni Association luncheon during Reunion (June 4), four outstanding alumni received awards for their remarkable achievements. The presentations were made by President Helen Giles-Gee, Sue Fortier '86, Outgoing President of the KSC Alumni Association, and former USNH Trustee, John Moody '71.
This award recognizes a bona fide Keene State College alumnus/na whose participation in and support of alumni activities and events are noteworthy.
2011 Sprague Drenan Award presented to Raynor Smith '69
Raynor Smith '69, a retired math teacher, served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years in the late 1990s, standing as board president for one year and serving on the Executive Committee for several years.
He was a consummate KSC booster, combining his passion for KSC athletics with a desire to motivate the alumni community to stay engaged with KSC throughout the year – not just for Reunion. As class agent (fund-raiser) for many years, he reached out to his classmates, seeking their support for their alma mater.
Smith is also a member of the Alpha Pi Tau alumni group and maintains his connection to many alums, albeit from a distance; he and his wife retired in the early 2000s to North Carolina. His KSC roots are still strong, however.
He stays in touch with what's happening on campus and recently mentioned that he listens to KSC basketball games or watches them from his home on the Best Western Owls Media Network. He is a lifelong Owl fan and alumni advocate.
This award recognizes a bona fide Keene State College alumnus/na whose professional achievement in his or her chosen field brings honor to him or herself and the College.
2011 Alumni Achievement Award presented to Dr. Richard Simensen '61
Dr. Richard Simensen '61 is a noted neuropsychologist specializing in the effects of genetic disease on development, cognition, and neuropsychological functioning. Though semiretired, he serves on a research team that is investigating a wide variety of X-linked mental retardation disorders. He has taught developmentally disabled children and prepared teachers for the special-needs classroom.
As the custodial grandparent of a child with special needs, he has special insight and empathy for special-needs children and their families.
In 1999, he was selected to be a fellow in the Division on Mental Retardation of the American Psychological Association. He holds active membership in the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the American Association on Mental Retardation, and state organizations.
This award recognizes an alumnus/na, staff or faculty member, friend, or associate of Keene State College or an organization that has provided outstanding service to Keene State College through leadership, commitment, and influence in programs and activities of the College.
2011 Outstanding Service Award presented to Raymond Jobin '63
Raymond Jobin '63 recently retired from the education faculty at Keene State. He also taught elementary methods, geography, and instructional media and has served as a mentor to hundreds of students in early education.
He has also been a key liaison for the College with several state education organizations, including coordinating the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Summer Institute and the NH Geography Bee. He continues to serve KSC as adjunct faculty.
This award recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of an alumnus/na who graduated from Keene State College not more than 15 years prior to the granting of the award and shows promise for continued success.
2011 Alumni Inspiration Award presented to Rachel Rouillard '97
Rachel Rouillard '97 is currently the director of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, a collaborative program at the University of New Hampshire that protects, restores, and monitors the environmental health of the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries.
She has also served as executive director of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Authority, economic development program manager at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, urban planner for the City of Manchester (NH), grant writer for the City of Quincy (MA), and urban planner for the City of Brockton (MA).
She has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School and has been named a 2009 Outstanding Woman of New Hampshire and was profiled in Keene State Today. She was named a Remarkable Woman of 2006 and profiled in NH Magazine (April/May 2006). She received the Union Leader's 40 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2005 and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Emerging Preservation Leader in 2003. Internationally, she was a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar in 2006.