THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE SPRING 2012
From: Alan Hodsdon, President
Keene State College Alumni Association
While thinking about this letter, I did what most folks do. I thought about my experiences, continued relationships, and networks from my days at Keene State College and their effects on my professional work. This got me thinking about other involvements, those not directly related to business and employment, where we try to give back to our communities.
When I moved to Canterbury, New Hampshire, a couple of classmates and friends from KSC lived there, and one of them, Bill Egan '68, asked me to serve on the town's planning board. I learned a great deal from that experience and am grateful to Bill for asking me. While serving as the chair of the planning board, I ran into Dick Amarosa '67, who was serving in the same capacity for his community. Jim Ashworth '69 and his wife, Carol, who attended Keene State, also lived in Canterbury and they both were involved in the community. Jim had served as selectman and Carol served as the administrator for the planning board. Later, my wife, Sandi '71, served on the zoning board. So, as a small network of friends, we made a contribution to our community.
Once I started to think about KSC alumni working for the public good, I thought of Dave Gagne '73, who got me involved in the Nashua community with a program called Adopt a School. I could go on and name many other KSC grads who have given back to community groups and charities. I'm sure you could, too.
Every year, we ask a number of people to serve either as members of the Alumni Board of Directors or on various committees to promote the college. Their willingness to help proves to me that "Go Forth to Serve" is more than a slogan; it's an exhortation we take to heart as members of the KSC family.
This year, the board and the Alumni and Parent Relations staff are reaching out to our fellow alumni through a host of activities—major events, homecoming, reunion, Winterfest, and many planned social and networking gatherings at locations throughout the Northeast and around the U.S. At a recent event in Hooksett, I ran into some old acquaintances, including Don Nelson '69 and got caught up. It was nice and informative to learn about the lives of interesting people, both younger and older.
Other events are being planned and you'll want to be sure to attend reunion June 1-3. These are great opportunities to re-establish friendships, to learn about others, and to have lots of fun doing it. Who knows what pleasant surprises and new experiences await you when you get together to celebrate your association with Keene State College?
If you haven't been in Keene for a while, it's constantly changing for the better, as is our campus. Do yourself a favor and come to what's sure to be a great summer weekend in June.
See you there!