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Keene State's sole representative of this species is located on Hale Building's north lawn. The best view of this outstanding specimen would be as you head east up Winchester Street, approaching the traffic light at Main. The College's variety of Scotch Elm is the "Camperdownii" or "Camperdown Elm." This short, formal tree has a drooping look with intricate branching, which gives it all-season interest. Its stocky trunk supporting pendulous, elbow-shaped limbs makes for an impressive eye-catching form. The Camperdown Elm is a tree commonly seen on college campuses and in other parklike settings. The tree has large coarse leaves, insignificant flowers, and yellow fall foliage; nothing about these characteristics is compelling. It is definitely the mystical, Merlin-like appearance of the tree's shape that commands attention. This particular tree was noticed at a New Hampshire nursery on a selection mission to buy other plants for Keene State landscaping. Its uniqueness gave pause, enabling it to join the honor roll of featured trees on our campus.
– Jeff Garland, College Arborist
Beverly Bennett Haseltine '66, sent this message about her mother, Madeline Nash Bennett '33: "It may be of interest to you that my mom just turned 90 years of age in January of this year. She taught in Merrimack, N.H., for a period of 31 years. She currently works for the Merrimack Public Library (paid position, not volunteer) twice a week, three hours each time. She continues to drive and is active in the senior center. This spring, the town of Merrimack will be honoring her for her personal service to the town and the many children she has taught over the years by dedicating the street that will lead to the newly constructed middle school to her. The name of the street will be Madeline Bennett Lane. Her family, friends, and co-workers are extremely proud of my mom."
Harold Nugent '58 was selected 2003 Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Parks Services for his work at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. His recognition read in part: "Mr. Nugent is a volunteer educator, an environmental steward, and an interpreter extraordinaire. After a 23-year career with [USNH], he brings to his volunteering admirable people-oriented leadership. Harold continually broadens his horizons of Florida's natural and cultural resources and applies his knowledge to his volunteer efforts, which expand into other state parks, local schools, and National Wildlife Refuges." Harold says, "Much of my people-oriented leadership is learned from KSC - both as student and faculty, especially from my teacher, mentor, department chair, and friend, Malcolm Keddy '41." In addition, Harold's paper, "Developing Crocodilian Education in Public Schools," was accepted for presentation at the International Crocodile Specialist Group meeting in Darwin, Australia, in May.
"This is Tom Kearney '69, English major. I've worked for The Keene Sentinel since 1968, while I was still in school, and have been executive editor since 1984. My news: I was selected this year to be a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. I was assigned to the feature writing category, and the other six jurors and I submitted three nominees to the Pulitzer Prize board. My jury assignment became a big deal when the Pulitzer Prize board could not agree on a winner, and no prize was awarded. A flap ensued, and a column I wrote about the process was forwarded all over the country. Interesting to have even a small role in a national dispute. Best e-mail to reach me: email@example.com."
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This group of KSC alums is enjoying an incredible sunset and their Keene State Today magazines on the island of Aruba in January. Clockwise from top left, they are: David Bishop '95, David Gambaccini '96, Thomas Chretien '96, Leigh Berger '96, Brenda Menzies Chretien '95, Kristina Kostiew DiGaetano '96, and Karen Kicza Bishop '95.
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