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Clara A. Giovannangeli '73H (1910-2007)
Clara A. Giovannangeli was born June 30, 1910, the year after Keene Normal School was founded. She grew up in Keene and was a 1928 graduate of Keene High School.
During her senior year, she started working at the Normal School, serving under Dr. Wallace "Daddy" Mason. At her retirement in 1973, Ms. Giovannangeli had served the College for 45 years, three months, and 23 days. She was the bursar for 33 years, during which the College enrollment grew from 500 to 2,300.
At Commencement in 1973, Ms. Giovannangeli was given an honorary Master of Education degree in recognition of her extraordinary service.
Her attachment to Keene State and to generations of students did not end with her retirement. She faithfully attended Reunion and was a frequent guest at summer events and alumni get-togethers.
She and President Helen Giles-Gee enjoyed a visit only a few days before Ms. Giovannangeli's death on January 28, following a sudden illness. She was a friend to students, a loyal alumna, and a treasured colleague.
Robert K. Wollner '96 and his family honor their grandparents.
When my grandfather, Alfred Wollner, passed away in 2004, my family and I wanted to come up with a way to honor him and my late grandmother, Gladys. Neither of my grandparents had the opportunity to attend college, so it was extremely important to them that my father, their only child, and their four grandsons seek out a higher education.
Keene State holds a very special place in my family's heart. We are largely the family we are today because of the inspiration Alfred and Gladys provided. Keene State is where I met my wife, Jodi, via an introduction from my sister-in-law Dara Matteucci Curtis '98.
My youngest brother, Jeff Wollner '03, met his wife, Patricia Pape Wollner '02, at KSC as well. We all believe that the next generation in our family - my daughter, Eve, and my nephew Blake - are with us because of Keene State. My brothers Greg and Paul also graduated from college, fulfilling our grandparents' dream.
Knowing how much Nana and Grandpa championed education, and noting our family's connection to the College, we felt it would be appropriate to purchase a tree in their name through the College's Memorial Tree program.
The Halka Thornless Honeylocust is a magnificent tree, and its location close to the Appian Gateway was deliberately chosen to symbolize the College's motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve," and the guidance provided by our grandparents.
We have also reserved a second, adjacent, Halka Thornless Honeylocust to honor our maternal grandparents, Walter and Kathleen McQuaid. Walter has passed away, but fortunately our grandmother is still with us. All four grandparents have been a light of inspiration to their children, their grandchildren, and now their great-grandchildren!
- Robert K. Wollner '96
Boynton '96 Makes Forty under 40 List
For the last six years, the New Hampshire Union Leader has honored 40 up-and-coming people, all under the age of 40, who are "making a difference" in the state. This year, Keene State alum Joshua Boynton '96 made the list. He will be honored this spring by the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, with additional support from Ocean National Bank.
Shortly after entering Keene State, Boynton realized there was a need for alternatives to state-sponsored group homes for the severely disabled. He believed that no one was so cognitively impaired that, with the proper support, he or she could not live in a family home.
After graduating with a counseling degree, Boynton started LifeShare, a company that provides in-home services to people with disabilities. LifeShare has grown into a disability services company that employs 200 people, has expanded into Maine, and is planning to open an office in Florida. Meanwhile, the rate at which people are placed in state-sponsored group homes has dropped by 75 percent.
"Nobody else was striving to do anything innovative," Boynton said of the system. "That's how LifeShare was created, out of that level of frustration." Thanks to his vision, Boynton has created a new model for helping people.
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