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Keene State College Announces Winners of Annual Presidents' Awards

April 10, 2012

Keene, NH, April 10, 2012: Keene State College proudly announces its selected recipients of Campus Compact for New Hampshire's annual Presidents' Awards. Colleges across New Hampshire, selected awardees for three awards - the President's Leadership Award, President's Good Steward Award and the President's Community Partner Award. The Keene State community nominated recipients, and the college's Cabinet members determined the winners.

President's Leadership Award: Keene State junior Becca Lazinsk was chosen for this award because of her incredible leadership in community service activities at Keene State. She is active in the Social Activities Council, Vice President of Circle K, coordinator of First Book through the Community Service Office and the college's leader for her true passion - Relay for Life. Becca established Relay for Life on Keene State's campus. She worked with the American Cancer Society and many faculty members on campus to gain support for the program. In April of 2010 the first annual Keene State College Relay for Life event raised roughly $18,000. In 2011 the event raised over $24,000, and the goal for this coming April 2012 is to have the event raise double last year's amount.

President's Good Steward Award: Rosemary Dettelback has been an exemplary Keene State College employee since 1988, working in the office of the Vice President for Finance and Planning. She is the co-chair of the Founder's Day Committee and she helps with the Thanksgiving Basket drive. She brings her willingness of service and ultimate professionalism to the greater Keene community through service with the Cheshire Medical Center's Vision 2020 as she is currently serving on the newly formed Healthiest Community Advisory Board. In addition, Rosemary belongs to an organization called 'Random Acts of Kindness' and many people both on campus and off have been recipients of her heartfelt generosity.

President's Community Partner Award: The All Children Cared for, Educated, Supported and Successful Program (ACCESS) provides before- and after-school activities to the neediest youth in Kindergarten through 8th grade in Winchester, NH. The goal of ACCESS is to reduce risk factors for student educational failure. The program works closely and collaboratively with many Keene State College academic departments, including sociology, education, science, health science, management, psychology, women's studies, as well as the honors program. During the past five years working with ACCESS, the program has become a strong partner of Keene State's through working closely with Keene State talent, mentoring college students and providing opportunities for Keene State students to intern, volunteer and engage in service learning activities.

The Campus Compact for New Hampshire awards ceremony will be held this afternoon, in Bedford, NH. For more information on Campus Compact for New Hampshire, visit http://www.compactnh.org.

About Keene State College

Keene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society's challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit www.keene.edu.

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