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Located at the base of Oya Hill, our tuliptree was planted on Earth Day in 1998. It was selected as a deciduous alternative to its evergreen background. Photo of Tuliptree by Michael MatrosThanks to extra nourishment it receives from the Keene State gardening contingent, it has flourished at the site. It also benefits from a beautiful annual garden planted above it, which shares its watering and nutrient applications with the tree. The tuliptree is so named because of its distinctive tulip-shaped leaves and yellow flower so obvious in June. When the tree is young, its slightly molted, gray, smooth bark draws the eye. Reaching 120 feet at maturity, the majestic tuliptree will shade our campus for many years.
- Jeff Garland, KSC Arborist

A Taste of Keene

A Taste of Keene photo

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, the KSC Student Dietetic Association (SDA) will co-host the 2nd annual A Taste of Keene with the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Taste of Keene is a showcase of delicious foods prepared and donated by local restaurants and enjoyed in the atmosphere of a 150-year-old restored mill. Visitors purchase tokens to exchange for menu items. Tickets will also be sold to raffle great prizes donated by local merchants. Sample foods from restaurants you've always wanted to visit, or try new dishes from old favorites.

The SDA divides the event proceeds between the county's Meals-on-Wheels program and the KSC Community Service Nutrition Scholarship. The scholarship was established to provide support for students majoring in dietetics who have dedicated their time, energy, and compassion to voluntarily serve the campus and Keene community. Meals-on-Wheels, which receives no United Way funding, serves more than 250 meals per day to residents in Cheshire County.

For more information, contact Melinda Mosier at 603-358-2378 or

Mardi Gras at Keene State

Don Baldini photo

The Keene State College Music Department is pleased to present Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, a gala fundraiser to benefit the Music Department Scholarship on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Lloyd P. Young Student Center. Join us for dinner New Orleans style and a 17-piece all-star jazz orchestra conducted by Don Baldini. Dance to your heart's content in a carnival atmosphere. You'll have so much fun, you may forget you're helping keep great student musicians at Keene State.

Seating is limited, so order your tickets now! They make a great holiday present. Tickets include dinner; a cash bar will be available. Main floor seats are $55/ticket or $440/table. Balcony seats are $40/ticket or $320/table.

For more information or to order, contact Pat Hitchner
at 603-358-2177 or


L.I.V.E. Reunion

The 5th L.I.V.E. Reunion is planned for September 20-21, 2003, in the Monadnock region. We hope to climb Mt. Monadnock again. Lodging and camping and plans for other activities are still in the works. We would love to hear from anyone interested in joining us, whether or not you want to climb the mountain. Looking for Jim Snyder, Chad Chamberlain, Katie Foster, the Steele sisters, and Karen Brautigan. Andy Haddock, we hear you have been in touch.

Please contact if you are interested in joining us. See more information about L.I.V.E. in the 1973 class notes.

- Raynee Joy Carlson

When second-grade teacher Karen Dumais '86 of Morrow, Ohio, read her Fall 2002 Keene State Today, she sent an e-mail message to Bud Winsor, assistant director of physical plant at KSC. In fact, her whole class sent an e-mail to Bud.

Karen Dumais and class photo

Karen had read the news item, "Machines Turn to Vegetables for Power," describing the use of biodiesel, an alternative fuel derived from vegetable oils, in KSC maintenance vehicles. Coincidentally, her class was involved in a national energy project, called NEED (National Energy Education Department), designed to teach kids about various aspects of energy.

"When I read the KSC article about biodiesel, I thought that would be a great thing to teach the kids," says Karen. "We e-mailed Bud Winsor and he answered our questions about this alternative energy source. My students each helped type part of the e-mail that we sent to him. We are going to put his answers and other information about biodiesel in our scrapbook."

Karen's scrapbook will be entered into a national contest. "Last year, our school won first place at both the state and national levels for the activities that we put into our scrapbook, which is what gets judged," she explains. "Each year, as we are learning more and more about energy, we look for new and interesting things to put in our scrapbook. I'm excited that KSC will be part of our final project."

The winners from each state go to Washington, D.C., to be recognized at a celebration by the Department of the Interior. Karen says, "It was great! I will mention that last year in Washington, New Hampshire wasn't represented. Maybe this will inspire some alumni to get involved with the project."

For anyone who wants to get in touch with Karen, her e-mail address is But be prepared. You may get a response from the whole class.


KSC swimmers photo

Last August at Seaside Park, N.J., four Keene State swimmers, past and present, made a big splash. Participating in a 1.5-mile ocean swim, the athletes each placed in their respective age groups. From left, Matt "Fish" Donovan '98, Brenden "Smitty" Smith '95, Cathy Sue Klein '04, and Tim Aeschelman '96 show off their medals. Cathy's trophy is for winning the overall women's division. Says "Fish" Donovan, "Keene State swim team rules!"

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