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From the KSC Arboretum
by Jeff Garland
Chris Justice photos

Alaskan Cedar photo by Chris Justice
Alaskan Cedar
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis

Keene State College's Alaskan cedar was an Earth Day planting several years ago. We dedicated the tree with the help of city and College officials, staff, a grade school class, and interested bystanders. Not all plantings are conducted with such fanfare, but this was particularly worthy. The small evergreen is thriving, a living statement of grace and beauty.

The tree is located to the left of the sidewalk leading to the entrance of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Its nearest neighbors are a small Japanese lilac (closer to the door) and a red maple. Opposite the cedar on the other side of the sidewalk is a pair of crabapple trees.

Alaskan Cedar photo by Chris Justice
The Alaskan cedar is a singular tree, not commonly found in an eastern United States landscape. A native of the Pacific Northwest, as its name suggests, it adapts well to our climate. Its hardiness range is USDA Zone 4 or higher. It is a relatively small plant rarely exceeding 40 feet in height and 20 feet in breadth. The tree has distinctive drooping branches and green foliage. It is best used as a specimen planted alone, but can be utilized as a hedge or corner planting. The cedar is a sustainable plant with few, if any, pests or diseases. Pruning is not an issue. I fertilize the tree every three years, and that's it - definitely my kind of plant!

Describing the Alaskan cedar, one writer commented on its similarity in appearance to our more common arborvitae. This is true, but on second look the drooping branches and lacey foliage of the Alaskan cedar create the difference. Consider the Alaskan cedar for winter interest in your own landscape. It will not disappoint you.

KSC's Jeff Garland is a New Hampshire Certified Arborist.

Dr. Julie Bernier photo
Keene State Alum
Named PSU Provost

Dr. Julie Bernier '86 BS, '88 M.Ed., was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2007. Dr. Bernier, who received a bachelor's degree in physical education and sports management from KSC as well as a master's degree in education, went on to the University of Virginia for her doctorate in education and sports medicine.

She has worked at Plymouth State University for 20 years, serving in a number of faculty and ad-ministrative roles. In naming Dr. Bernier to her new position, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen commended her as a "stellar academic leader [who] has earned the respect of her colleagues for her vision, educational values, and integrity."

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How Do You Get from
KSC to Wall Street?

Even when you have a knack for high finance, it's not always a direct path.

Marc Pearlman '90 graduated with a degree in business and a passion for finance. Since then, he has rubbed elbows with wizards of Wall Street, interviewed top leaders in finance and business on his radio show, Your Money Matters! (, and run a successful investment management business in New York. He is quick to say, "I am fortunate to have enjoyed some modest business success. However, the real joy I have found is in raising my daughter, Ally, and my two boys, Jack and Cole, with my wife, Amy." Although the charms of Wall Street might indeed pale beside those of a happy family, Marc's path since leaving Keene State still has some interesting twists and turns, as he related in a recent letter.

"My first job right out of school was working for a telecommunications company in New York. I quickly realized that the corporate world was not in my blood. Ever since I was young, I was an entrepreneur. I had developed a passion for finance while studying at Keene State and knew I needed to integrate two things, my interest in finance and my entrepreneurial spirit.

"I had read countless finance books, especially ones dealing with the stock and commodities markets. Stock Market Wizards, by Jack Schwager (the 1992 edition), changed the course of my life. I knew becoming a successful trader was the path that I wanted to take, but I was not sure where to start. I had the desire but no capital. I figured lack of cash was an obstacle I could ultimately overcome. But I needed to learn the skills of these successful people, so I set out on a trek to find them and convince someone to train me.

"I laugh when I reflect on how I went about doing this. The Internet was in its infancy, so you could not just hop online and get information. Then, while working out at the gym, I noticed a tiny gold card on the bulletin board advertising an advanced stock market workshop. I signed up. The facilitator was a guy by the name of Mark Minervini. This guy was razor sharp, and the two of us hit it off. He was completely self-taught, with no formal education.

"Thanks to the workshop, I contacted the former director of trading of the now-defunct firm Drexel Lambert. (He was not responsible for their going under.) I convinced him to teach me how to trade. I visited him in Arizona, and he sent me to Chicago to meet some floor traders. I am lucky to have had that experience. It allowed me to trade for a living. I did this successfully for a number of years, and then accepted a position with Smith Barney. However, I found myself back in a corporate culture, motivated exclusively by money. I recognized that was an empty pursuit and went back to my roots by starting my own investment management practice.

"My investment management practice did well. One morning I sat down with my staff and said I wanted to figure out how to get national exposure. I half jokingly said it would be easier to become the media than to get into it. Then I thought about it some more and said, 'I am leaving for the day to go spend time with my kids and think.' While watching SpongeBob with my 4-year-old son, I decided I was going to create a show. Your Money Matters! was born.

"The show is about everyday finance for everyday people. It is now heard in 17 states and was picked up by Apple's iTunes. I have had guests who have been on Oprah, The Today Show, Fox, CNBC, and other shows. Public relations firms are now contacting us about getting their clients on the show. This experience allowed me to think much bigger. I created an audio series, and my first book is expected to be out in the late fall. The book title is Thinking for Financial Prosperity.

"The books and radio show are really my avocation. My vocation is still my investment management practice."

What Beverly Eastman Did on Her Summer Vacation (for 50 years straight!)

by Lara Skinner
Beverly Eastman photo

Teachers everywhere face a similar dilemma every time summer break rolls around: what to do for work while classes aren't in session.

In 1958, while earning her degree in home economics at Keene Teachers College, Beverly Eastman '60 of Hampton, New Hampshire, started a student's summer job that sustained her through her teaching career and beyond. Every summer she made her way back home to work at the Hampton State Park gift shop and visitor center. Even when she was teaching kindergarten in Hinsdale, a town west of Keene, Eastman returned to the ocean every year.

In July she was honored for her 50 years of service at the state park. That's quite a feat, particularly since she only expected to stay at the job for a few years. Eastman wasn't even a regular visitor to the state's mile-long boardwalk and beach before she started working there.

"Local people didn't go to the beach as much," she said, particularly during the summer. September was a better time to go, particularly to North Beach, away from the bustle of the Hampton Center stretch. And the water was still warm enough for a bit of swimming, she said.

Why travel inland for college, particularly when the University of New Hampshire was a much closer choice? UNH was just too big, Eastman said. The campus at Keene State was more her speed. Her aunt had graduated from Keene Normal School as well, and Beverly had relatives in the Keene area. Those factors, combined with an active social and worship life at the Congregational and Methodist churches in town, made Keene a good fit all around.

Soon after graduation, Eastman realized that she wanted to teach younger children. She started night and summer classes at the University of New Hampshire, which led to her 27-year career in Hinsdale. She spent 20 years teaching kindergarten and seven teaching second grade in the small town.

Beach bike photo

Summers in Hampton meant a lively scene and that ocean smell, which Eastman missed during her time in Keene. One story of generosity always makes her smile when she thinks back on her time at the state park. A civic group brought some underprivileged children to the beach for a day and arranged raffles to make the day special. Somehow, the name of an older boy was put into the raffle meant for younger children, and he won a bicycle meant for someone much smaller than he was. Instead of asking for a different prize, the boy asked if he could keep the bike because he knew his younger brother would like to have it.

Eastman lives in Hampton full time again. Every summer is full of friends, young and old, many of whom she watched grow from children to adults as they returned to the shore season after season. "It's a pleasure to see them again every year," she said.

100th Golden Circle Luncheon photo
100th Golden Circle
Luncheon Celebrated

The Golden Circle Society welcomes all who graduated 50 years ago or more. On November 6, Golden Circle members gathered at Lilly's on the Pond in Rindge, N.H., to celebrate their 100th luncheon meeting. Each year, lunches are scheduled from spring to fall at various locations around the state.

Each luncheon celebrates the past, present, and future of Keene State and is a fine opportunity to reconnect with old friends. The KSC Alumni Association underwrites part of the cost of the lunches for each event.

For more information, please call or write the Alumni Office, 800-KSC-1909 or 603-358-2369,

Ruth "Bunny" Dodge's
Winning Ways

by Lara Skinner

This Keene Teachers College graduate thrives on golf, friendships, and a genuine zest for life.

Teacher, golfer, sister, wife, mother: Ruth "Bunny" (Barry) Dodge '39 can't even come close to fitting it all into one quick conversation:

  • How she was hired on as a teacher at Claremont Junior High School even though she didn't wear the requisite attire of gloves and a hat. The principal confided that it was her winning smile that cinched the deal. The smile supposedly earned her $50 extra a year on her $900 salary.

  • How she and her friends joined a country club in Claremont in the 1960s to play golf and shared a bag of clubs between them as they made their way around the course.

  • How she met her future mother-in-law, who also taught at Claremont Junior High, before meeting her future husband Ralph "Cap" Dodge. Bunny was active in sports and became interested in meeting Cap when she heard he was a great baseball player.

  • How she took one summer in the 1940s to follow a gymnastics coach to Springfield College in Massachusetts and learn more about the activity that was beginning to get recognition as a valid sport. Her schooling in gymnastics was beneficial to the physical education program at Claremont Junior High because it meant Dodge could petition to get gymnastics equipment for the school and develop an annual gymnastics show there.

"What memories I have from my 25 years of teaching," she said. Her students in the junior high school gave her daily challenges, and she thrived off of their exuberance. It was better to teach junior high students than any other age, she said.

Dodge held teaching positions at a few different schools and taught a variety of subjects, but her dedication to sports of any kind was what led her to teach physical education. She remembers the neighborhood baseball games on her family's farm in Alton, New Hampshire. Her three sisters and brother were always out on the field with her. At Keene State, Dodge played any sport that was available to women at the time - lacrosse, basketball, and anything else she was allowed to play.

Social norms for female athletes have changed a lot since Dodge was in college. In the early 1990s, all she had to do was qualify to begin competing in the Florida Senior Games. She has played in county and state competitions and has earned 24 gold medals, two silvers, and a bronze for her efforts. Most of her wins were in golf, but she also holds one medal in table tennis and one in croquet.

Golf is her game of choice recently because, she said, "it's something you can play as long as you can walk." When she returns to her summer home in York, Maine, she is barely in town for a day before her girlfriends start calling to schedule golf games. Dodge and her husband also enjoy a little friendly golf competition. "We don't hit the ball as far as we used to, but we like to keep trying," she said.

Dodge doesn't plan to play in the Florida Senior Games this year, but she will most likely make her mark on the golf courses of Maine over the summer at least. She keeps playing because she likes the challenge and enjoys staying busy. She has no secret advice for staying active, simply because she's always been that way. What she probably would do if she could is share her own exuberance with the rest of the world.

"I just wish everyone could have a good life," she said.

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