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Canada Hemlock
(Tsuga Canadinsis)

Photo: Canada HemlockOur Canada hemlock is located on the Elliot Hall side of Mason Library. As you walk through the archway connecting the two buildings from the Rhodes Hall side, it's the second tree on your right. It is a double-leadered specimen, approximately 50' in height. Its closest friends are a large green electrical transformer and a cream-colored gas control box, which hum to our tree 24 hours a day. Our hemlock's closest tree neighbor is a large silver maple whose canopy shelters the smaller tree. I constantly marvel at the staying power of these two trees, which have withstood the ravage of construction so well over the years. I truly believe that bonds exist between plants and other living things, and these two trees are determined to occupy that space. I'm glad they do, because the contrast between the evergreen hemlock and the deciduous maple beautifully accents the red brick on the back of the library.

The hemlock is a very important tree here in the Northeast for many reasons. For landscape uses it should always be a consideration; its pyramidal form with horizontal branching at maturity lends to specimen plantings of a single tree. It is especially receptive to pruning or clipping, making it one of the best possible evergreen hedge candidates. Dense foliage of the hemlock helps make it a popular screening candidate also. The tree has short, flat, green needles, which are whiter on the underneath side; it produces a small, rather insignificant, cone. It can grow to 90 feet and better than half that for a spread.

Value and versatility cannot be stressed enough when talking about the Canada hemlock. Oldtimers can remember banking their houses with hemlock boughs for insulation against winter cold. The hemlock is a crucial tree for the whitetail deer herd of our region. Winter yarding in hemlock groves protects the deer from starvation and predation during winter snows. Thankfully the woolly adelgid, a tiny insect that threatens hemlock stands, has not made substantial inroads into our state.

Our hemlock is not the potion that killed Socrates, stresses Donald Wyman, one of the most renowned tree authorities. In fact, hemlock extracts were used by Native Americans in poultices for antiseptic purposes.

Cherish this common Northeast tree, for it serves all of us well in many ways.

Jeffrey Garland, College Arborist

Connect with Keene State

Photo: Elliot Hall and hickory tree From high up on the third floor of Elliot Hall, students will be calling soon to keep you in touch with Keene State College. Sometime in January through April, a student will reach out to share campus news and events and tell you about alumni benefits, services, and the many ways you can support the College that gave you four (or more!) of the best years of your life. When an Alumni Ambassador calls, take a minute to reconnect, offer your words of wisdom, and let us know what's on your mind. We look forward to talking with you soon!

Family Continues Son's Tradition of Help

Photo: Matt PaulMatt Paul loved Keene State, in particular his role as a resident assistant, an experience he described as "a valuable experience where I have learned so many new things. Most importantly I have been able to help people when they were in need....I believe that if one wants happiness for a lifetime, one needs to help others." Matt's involvement included Student Government, Amnesty International, Alternative Spring Break, the Judicial Review Committee, the Academic Review Board, and Residence Life.

Matt Paul died in November 2002. In support of their son's experiences at Keene State, Terry and Robin Paul established "The Matthew T. Paul Resident Assistant Memorial Award Endowment" in 2005 to provide recognition and financial assistance to a resident assistant or an administrative resident assistant who demonstrates exemplary leadership through his or her involvement in student activities.

The first award was presented at the 2005 Spring Leadership Recognition Reception by Terry Paul to Shontel Ferretti, an exemplary resident assistant and quality person. In addition to a financial award, the recipient was presented with a beautiful embossed leather portfolio and an engraved silver bowl to serve as a reminder of the motto by which Matt conducted his life..."I believe that if one wants happiness for a lifetime, one needs to help others."

Judy Kalich
Office of Advancement

Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award

Photo: Rhodes Hall columnsLast May at the Spring Honors Convocation, the first annual Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award was granted to a deserving student, Sarah Spykman, to enunciate the critical role that writing plays in one's academic program and career. Established by a former student of Mr. Fosher's, Bruce LeVine Mellion '69, and his wife, Linda Zucker Mellion, the award honors the professor for his "masterful teaching that promoted the value of clear, purposeful, and persuasive writing" and benefits a student whose writing reflects Prof. Fosher's values.

Fred Fosher taught English at Keene State College from 1967 until 1992 and provided great inspiration to his students. He was present at the Convocation as were the donors; Mr. Mellion introduced the award at the ceremony.

Judy Kalich
Office of Advancement

The Sandra E. Ellison '67 Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Photo: Sandra E. EllisonSandra E. Ellison '67 established a scholarship endowment through a bequest to provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in elementary education. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2006. Sandy's endowment is an affirmation of the College and the ideals she cherished during her lifetime.

Sandy loved children; they were her passion, and she considered herself one of the kids. In September 1967, Sandy began a 37-year teaching career in elementary education. She taught second grade at Gossler Park School and fourth grade at Northwest Elementary in Manchester, N.H.

A former resident of Goffstown, N.H., Sandy was known among her colleagues as a very generous person who always had a smile and a positive outlook. A friend and fellow teacher, Katie Olmstead '82, talks to Sandy in a poem:

My friend, Sandy Ellison
My friend, I will remember you when....
I plant a flower, I see a cocker spaniel, I hear a
church bell ring, or hear a bird sing.

My friend, I will always remember...
Your sense of humor, your optimistic attitude, ham
sandwiches, dolls, dinosaurs, red hats,
Snow Babies, Beanie Babies and especially,
Your smiling face.

Sandra passed away April 8, 2004.

Amy Jo Vonderhorst
Advancement Office

A Visit with Professor Emerita Ann Peters

Photo: Ann PetersKeene State College may be out of sight for Dr. Ann C. Peters, but never out of mind. Just mention Keene State College and her face lights up. She willingly shares vivid memories of the campus as it was over 32 years ago, the faculty she worked with, and the hundreds of students she taught and mentored. Dr. Peters retired in 1972 after 24 years and returned to her home state of Minnesota, where she still lives. During a recent visit to her Minneapolis home, it was obvious from our conversation that KSC remains an important part of who she is.

While at Keene State she was chair of the Mathematics Department for 10 years; served on the College Senate, the Academic Council, and Campus Ministry; and advised hundreds of students. Dr. Peters was honored for her excellence in teaching in 1971 as the first recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award. Her recognition plaque still hangs proudly in her room.

As a dedicated educator, she now continues her support of KSC and the students that mean so much to her, in a philanthropic way. Dr. Peters established an endowment in 1987 to provide funds for the College president to meet special needs on campus. As a member of KSC's Heritage Society she has also created a math scholarship endowment which will be funded through a bequest. Dr. Peters explained her generosity: "Having had experience with education on all levels for 42 years, I feel a debt of gratitude. My efforts now turn to future generations and their education."

Kay MacLean
Office of Alumni Relations

From the Class of 1954
We have done ourselves proud!

Photo: Appian Way by Hal Berntsen We are the first class at Keene State College to donate the required $20,000 to establish an endowed scholarship fund to benefit future teachers - the Class of 1954 Education Scholarship Endowment. In fact, we surpassed the amount and now have over $21,000 in the fund.

The scholarship was established by our small class of 73 active members in recognition of our 50th class reunion to display our respect for the College's education program, in which we were all once upon a time enrolled. Every year forever more the scholarship will be awarded to freshmen enrolled in the education program who enter Keene State with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and who demonstrate financial need. A preference will be given to New Hampshire residents.

We are pleased to announce that the first scholarship was awarded this fall to a New Hampshire student. The Class anticipates that the fund will enable more and larger scholarships in future years due to endowment growth and additional class contributions.

Lola Burns '54
Reunion Committee Member

Whom Will You Remember?

Photo: Hunter cupolaYour last will and testament provides you with a golden opportunity - the chance to distribute your life resources according to your wishes and light the way for future generations. It is a lasting expression of your support and affection for your family and others you wish to remember. As you list your beneficiaries - those who have been important to you, and what has been important to you, please consider including Keene State College on that list and become a member of the Marion Wood Heritage Society. Gifts established in wills and other planned giving options help preserve quality education for Keene State students and create a lasting legacy.

For more information, please contact Judy Kalich, director of advancement, at 603-358-2371 or

My 70th Graduation Anniversary
KSC Alumni Reunion 2005

by Alberta Patch-Slegaitis '35

Alumni in Wonderland
The reunion theme of 2005
Made characters from Children's Literature
Really come alive,
For amused educators.

It was a weekend of fun and fantasy,
A stroll down memory lane,
Friendships renewed, class lists updated,
Change and growth the refrain
Of educators.

No longer a "four-corners" campus
Keene State College is nationally renowned
In stately structures of brick, glass and stone
Outstanding programs abound
For future educators.

Proud wearers of the gold medallion,
With motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve,"
Cherish their membership in the Golden Circle,
For having at least fifty years in reserve
As educators.

Flora Ide Perkins came clear from Georgia
To help the Golden Circle with the show.
She had earned her teaching certificate
A sprightly seventy-five years ago,
A true educator.

Alta Perkins, Bernice Adams, and "B" Cushing,
Graduates in 1935
From the Home Ec and Junior High Divisions,
Had 70-year memories to revive-
Retired educators.

This year the Golden Circle
Opened their ranks for the Class of '55,
Presenting each of them a gold medallion
Sowing pride that they survive
As faithful educators.

They led the parade to Spaulding Gym
As bagpipe urged the marchers along;
Bunny Adams carried the '35 banner
Up front of the rest of the throng
Of educators.

At the Keene State alumni luncheon
Following a tasty meal served with style
Recognitions and awards were presented
To alumni who have shown it's worthwhile
To be educators.

On being handed the mike for speaking
On behalf of those with 70 years like me
I thought of Mrs. Hudson's Course in Public Speaking,
"Stand tall, Miss Cushing. Speak clearly.
You're an educator."

Evening came and I who had determined
To come here if I had to crawl
Couldn't miss the Pecos Bill dinner,
The music, line dancing, and all
For cool educators.

When a stalwart Golden Circle new member
Politely asked this frail lady to dance,
Forgetting neuropathy, and loss of balance
She rose for perhaps a last chance
To be a dancing educator.

But wait, the MC makes an announcement,
The dancers slowly clear the floor,
She and her partner become front and center,
Throwing kisses in a wobbly encore.
A Wonderland educator.

Sunday's program reads, "Happily ever after,"
Meaning the brunch for President and Mrs. Y,
A festive breakfast served in Zorn Dining Commons
In appreciation of ten great years flown by,
Retired educators.

I close with loving thanks to Mike Maher,
Damon Russell, Kay MacLean, and Norma Walker,
To my classmates, and the shuttle bus drivers,
And Luci, my darling in-law daughter,
From this educator.

Where on the Campus?Phtoto by Michael Justice

When a foot of snow fell on Dec. 9, photographer Michael Justice caught this angle for your consideration. Recognize it? For the answer, follow this link. The sharp-eyed among you know that the photo in the fall issue depicted the cornerstone of Parker Hall.

Classic '88

Photo: Adam WadeAdam Wade '88 was recently named associate producer of ESPN Classic's new show Classic Now. He also scored an on-air spot on the show to tell viewers what's coming up next, and every episode he offers the Adam Wade Clip of the Day. On each show, Adam wears a different sports team jersey; on Nov. 30 he donned the colors of his alma mater.

Where in the World

Photo: Machu PichuWith a backdrop of the Machu Picchu ruins, these adventurous trekkers to Peru include Josephine Russell '93 , a yoga instructor in Keene; Susan Kent '84, M'96, a teacher at Hinsdale (N.H.) Elementary School; Vesta Hornbeck M'76, an adjunct in the KSC English Department; and Tamara Zimmerman Colgate '78, former KSC director of counseling.

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