By the Way
What's new along Appian Way
Here's the inside scoop on what's happening at Keene State – a mere sampling of activity on this vibrant campus! If you are a KSC news hound, you can get KSC Newsline on an RSS feed and be even more in the know, and in the now.
Professor Bart Sapeta Wins Architecture Award
In January, architect Bartlomiej K. Sapeta, assistant professor of architecture at Keene State, and internationally renowned designer Jan Sawka received an Excellence in Architectural Design award (and a standing ovation) from the American Institute of Architects in Manchester, NH.
The award was given for their collaborative work on "Peace Monument, Jerusalem," a structure designed for a piece of land in the Old City of Jerusalem where the three monotheistic religious sectors (Christian, Jewish, and Islamic) intersect. The peace monument will honor the idea of peaceful coexistence and provide a center for symposia and activities furthering this mission.
Sawka designed the forest of white rods that soar toward the sky, symbolizing the dream of peace. Sapeta designed the conference center beneath it, inspired by the idea of ancient catacombs. He used cutting-edge technology, KSC's rapid prototyping machine, to make a precise and durable model of their design. Jan Sawka described the monument as "beautiful and bomb-proof."
Life in the 'Hood – Looking Good!
Now that the Alumni Center looks so beautiful, our neighbors are sprucing up to match. First to get a makeover was Hale, the historic Italianate building across the street. Keene State's Physical Plant professionals tore out overgrown shrubs, moved a ramp, poured new sidewalks, and extended the wrought-iron fencing that defines the College on Main Street. The result: a simple and elegant look that emphasizes the building's stately lines.
On the Alumni Center side of Main Street, our next-door neighbor, Carroll House, whose façade echoes that of the Barry Alumni Center, has been renovated to take on new life as a student art gallery and teaching center for the Art Department.
Art Professor Rosemarie Bernardi, beaming at the sight of students flocking into the opening show by guest artist Jarod Charzewski, said, "We will be able to invite Art Department alumni to mount their own exhibits, and showcase emeriti faculty work as well. The location next to the Alumni Center is perfect."
A Busy Summer on Campus
This summer, students will find a newly designed academic program offering full-semester courses in 34 disciplines. Room and board at reasonable weekly rates enables students to live on campus. It's all laid out at www.keene.edu/summer.
Meanwhile, construction will begin in July on the new Technology, Design, and Safety (TDS) building, which will replace aging Adams and Butterfield Halls.
The original 1926 structures will be rebuilt (retaining the original Butterfield "cottage") so that all three programs will be housed in a single contiguous building, allowing greater integration of curriculum and interaction among its students, all of whom are studying some aspect of building and material sciences.
The new TDS building, which will face due south into the heart of campus, will feature state-of-the-art heating and cooling and other energy-efficient technology. The goal is to create a net-zero energy system. The building itself will be as high tech as the subjects being taught there!
Any alumni who wish to tour the current buildings before construction begins may do so by arranging a visit with Patty Farmer (358-2370) or Ken Goebel (358-2378).
Making Keene State Shine
Special congratulations go to students and faculty whose passion and hard work brings the College into the limelight. A few recent examples:
By the Numbers
Do you know Keene State? Memorize these facts and impress your friends!
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