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Our Most Precocious Reader

Jan Bates Tarnowski '88 sent this photo of her seven-month-old daughter, Vivienne, "reading" the winter issue of Keene State Today. KSC Class of 2031, here comes Vivienne!

Jan Bates Tarnowski's daughter photo

Keene State College
Accreditation Study
Seeks Public Comments

Keene State College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit from October 31 to November 2, 2010, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 200 institutions in New England. Keene State College, which was last reviewed in 2000, has been engaged for the past year and a half in a self study to address the Commission's standards for accreditation. Keene State has been accredited by NEASC since 1949.

The public is invited to submit comments on substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. (The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education cannot resolve disputes between individuals and institutions.) The Commission will forward comments found to be within the scope of the study to Keene State College, which will be given an opportunity to reply. The deadline for receipt of all public comments is November 2, 2010.

Written, signed comments (please include address and telephone number) may be e-mailed to or sent before November 2, 2010, to:

Public Comment on Keene State College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
209 Burlington Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730-1433

Florida Visits

Maxine Crory Glenday, Janet Tremblay Waldo, and Maryellen Devaney Tremblay photo

On a visit to Florida last February, President Helen Giles-Gee and Development staff attended alumni reunion events in Bonita Springs (hosted by Bill and Barbara Brackett, both class of '57) and Hernando/Citrus Hills County (hosted by David B. Staples '55).

In the photograph above, Maxine Crory Glenday '56, Janet Tremblay Waldo '55, and Maryellen Devaney Tremblay '55 socialized in Bonita Springs.

Keene State Staffer
and Alumni Volunteer
Remembered by Colleagues

Gladys Shover photo

A longtime member of the Keene State family, Gladys Shover (named an honorary alumna in 1980), passed away in Keene on April 17, 2010, at age 92. In a time when a 20-year career is noteworthy, Gladys had two such careers here at Keene State, both of them remarkable. Her first KSC career began on August 25, 1947, when her paid employment began. For the next 32 years, Gladys worked as a secretary, switchboard operator, and bursar. She retired in 1979 to take care of her elderly mother, then returned in 1984 for a second KSC tour, just as valuable and nearly just as long (23 years!), as a volunteer working with the Alumni Office.

During her long tenure here, the student population of the College went from 500 to 5,000. To many, she was the unofficial historian of the institution, keeping track of staff, students, emeriti faculty, and alumni. To those working in Alumni and Advancement, she was a friend and trusted colleague who will not be forgotten. In 1998, the KSC Alumni Association donated $1,000 in the name of Gladys to the Appian Gateway fund to ensure that her name would be inscribed there.

Beth Martin, Advancement information technologist, worked with Gladys for many years. Beth recalled that Gladys volunteered five mornings a week, 50 weeks a year. "Every morning, we could count on the coffee being ready, the mail sorted, and gifts and checks copied and ready to be recorded," Beth said. Patty Farmer '92 (now director of alumni and parent relations) was a co-op internship student in the Alumni and Development Office when she met Gladys. "She was a constant presence," Patty said. "She was so steady and reliable." President Helen Giles-Gee and many Keene State colleagues attended Gladys's funeral on April 20 in recognition of her devotion to supporting students.

Class of '61

Judy Desmarais Wilson, Terry Duggan Brodrick, Margaret Fran Curtin, and Cathi White Wolf photo

Friends from the class of '61 celebrated 70th birthdays in Captiva, Florida. From left to right are Judy Desmarais Wilson, Terry Duggan Brodrick, Margaret Fran Curtin, and Cathi White Wolf.

"All In"

Alumni Center architect's rendering.

A Summer Update on the
Alumni Center Campaign

Campaign Goal: $1,000,000
Raised to date: $534,000

First of all, thank you for all of your gifts! We are happy to report that we have passed the halfway mark on our fund-raising for the new Alumni Center.

Keene State is reaching out to all alumni in our appeal to make this an "All In" effort. The donor recognition wall will include names of all donors of $100 or more. This is a great way to get your family name noted, to honor a family member or graduate, or to give in memory of a loved one.

While many naming opportunities have been spoken for, several exist for gifts of $5,000 and up: display cases, benches, offices, the terrace, the courtyard, and even Centennial Hall! Several classes have also stepped up to pool their individual gifts to create a named gift in honor of their class. All donations are payable over a three-year period. Bequests and planned gifts are also a good way to support the Alumni Center and its programs. Please use the gift envelope bound into this issue of Keene State Today, or go to

We hope you stop in soon to see your new Alumni Center. It's a beauty!
Thank you.
Ken Goebel, Director of Development
603-358-2378 or

Safety Studies Alumni Host Faculty
on Visit to Skanska Site

Did you know that six KSC safety studies graduates all work for Skanska, the seventh largest construction company in the world? Skanska's biggest project in this country is the Croton Water Filtration Plant in the Bronx, a $1 billion project that will provide 290 million gallons of drinking water per day, or 10 percent of New York City's needs. On April 23, five KSC faculty members affiliated with the safety studies program went to New York to meet up with their former students and further explore partnering with Skanska through internships, capstone course opportunities, faculty fellowships, and other collaborations.

Safety Studies alumni photo by Wayne Hartz

In this photograph, taken by Associate Professor Wayne Hartz, the group is three stories underground, inspecting details of the vast project. Professor Hartz noted that Skanska "has the most advanced safety program I have ever seen." Under the hardhats, from left: Professor Charlie Sheaff '72; Justin Francini '08, safety engineer for Skanska; John Harvey '08, safety engineer for Skanska; Assistant Professor David May; Erin Conlan, Cooper Union graduate; Dr. Melinda Treadwell '90, dean of professional and graduate studies; and Professor Larry McDonald, department chair.

Rob Westerberg '87
to Receive Music Award

Rob Westerberg photo by Heather Bourbeau.On November 4, 2010, Rob Westerberg '87, who earned a bachelor's degree in music education at KSC, will be the honored guest at a concert band performance at the Redfern Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., when he will be given the Music Department's Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009-10. Rob, who received his master's degree in choral conducting at the University of Maine after graduating from Keene State, is the choral director at York High School in York, Maine, and also directs the Portland Community Chorus.

"I came to Keene State from a high school in Woodstock, Connecticut, where music was valued as a way to reach kids and help them grow," he recalled. "I realized I wanted to be a teacher and do just that." At KSC, Rob played trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble all four years and credits Bill Pardus for instilling his sense of musicianship. He sang in the concert choir under Dr. Carroll Lehman, and still remembers a Monday-night rehearsal when Dr. Lehman handed him the baton: "I realized I couldn't just wave my arms around and conduct - I had to analyze while I was listening!"

Rob took Intro to Education during his sophomore year, and still considers his professor, the late Steve Smith, as a profound influence: "He taught me to look at everything - and everyone - around me in a different way." Rob did his student teaching at Keene High School under Jean Nelson, whom he characterizes as one of the most remarkable people he's ever known. "Jean Nelson has the ability to push her kids hard and show them affection at the same time, something I always strive to do in my own teaching."

Rob reflects on his KSC years with great affection. "I had no confidence when I started - I was like a guppy. By the time I left, I could swim. Keene State not only taught me about vocal and instrumental music, it also instilled a sense of confidence and helped me develop leadership skills that were a springboard to my profession."

Rob has had a busy and productive career as a high school music teacher and arts advocate in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. At York High School, his choirs include nearly one-third of the student body, and his YHS Chamber Singers have performed twice at Carnegie Hall. His professional affiliations in music education in New England have propelled him into many leadership roles. Most of all, he is still passionate about his work as a teacher. "I tell my York High kids that if I won the lottery today, I would still be their choral director - it is exactly what I want to do."

Shawn Huckins '06
Has First Major Solo Show

Shawn Huckins photoShawn Huckins '06, who has worked steadily in the art world since his graduation from KSC, had a solo exhibition at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, last spring.

Real Art Ways is a leading contemporary arts organization, with programs in visual arts, live arts, performance, and film and video.

Shawn Huckins artworkHuckins's show, "Can't Miss Lime," mimicked the layout and explored the color of paint cards found at home improvement stores.

You can reach Shawn at

Where in the World

KSC Habitat for Humanity builders. Courtesy photo.

Keene State Today turned up in San Vicente, El Salvador, last January, in the hard-working hands of Habitat for Humanity builders Brett Maganzini '05, Anne Mullane '05, "retired" Community Service director Don Hayes, soon-to-"retire" Student Center staffer Mike Ward, and former KSC student Greg Curry. Good job, everyone!

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