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Summer 2018: Fun and Games

The Summer 2018 issue of Keene State Today takes a look at the lighter side. We talk with alumni, students, and faculty members about their pursuits that fall into the categories of fun and games.

Some are serious (like making sure the NBC Sports crews are safe from danger at the Olympic Games), some are silly (like acting with a student improvisational theatre troupe), and some are pure pleasure (like writing and reading romance novels). Sit back, relax, and have fun!

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Julia Brenker '13
July 20, 2018 –

Julia Brenker’s job as an environmental health and safety manager for NBC Sports landed her a front-row seat to some of the events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I saw the US Women’s Gold Medal hockey game,” she says, “which was amazing, and I climbed up the half pipe to...

Tyler Dabrowski '13 at the Pyeongchang Olympics
July 20, 2018 –

After four years of working with US Speedskating, Tyler Dabrowski ’13 had been on hand for a number of world cups in both European and Asian countries. Still, accompanying the national team to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea wasn’t exactly just another day – or, rather, month – at...

Amelia Gallup, left, on the podium
July 20, 2018 –

Amelia Gallup ’16 is no stranger to winning martial arts tournaments – she’s won the top spot in five regional competitions. But when she went to New Mexico to compete in the United States Association of Martial Arts Grand Internationals tournament, she was just hoping to put in a good...

Boston College Women's Soccer Coach Alison Foley '92
July 18, 2018 –

Alison Foley ’92 , the woman at the helm of the powerhouse Boston College Eagles Division I women’s soccer team, is clear on where she stands on the topic of fun and games.

“Games are fun,” she says – something she emphasizes in a just-released book she coauthored with Mia...

Physical education students on an orienteering exercise
July 18, 2018 –

Think back to your physical educations classes in elementary school and beyond. If you recall only playing games or doing tedious exercises, you’re not alone. However, today’s physical education classes are different, more exciting, and about much more than fun and games.

“Enjoyment, or fun, is only part of the...

Mary D'Orvilliers
July 18, 2018 –

“You will not get bored at the Board Room,” says Mary D’Orvilliers , a May ’18 graduate who spent school breaks and occasional weekends managing a board game café in her hometown, Middletown, Connecticut.

A board game café is just what it sounds like – a café stocked with Monopoly...

Erin Spencer
July 18, 2018 –

The first time Erin Spencer ’09 got up on stage to try out a comedy routine, she bombed – on purpose. “Everyone always says you bomb the first time you do stand-up; you really don’t get any laughs,” she says. “So I waited for an open mike night when the...

Emily Drouin
July 11, 2018 –

By day, she’s a mild-mannered ophthalmic assistant; by night she’s a creator of superheroes. Emily (Watts) Drouin ’04, a graphic design major at Keene State, is all about promoting art education and literacy through comics. A resident of Raymond, New Hampshire, she attended her first comic con (short for “convention”)...

Jeff Friedman
July 3, 2018 –

Jeff Friedman, an acclaimed poet and a lecturer in creative writing at Keene State, is author of seven collections – and is known for the humor in his work. He calls himself a “poet, fabulist, and storyteller”; the poet Gerald Stern calls him “a great liar and an even greater...

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In Love with Writing About Love

If you like romance novels – whether it’s reading them or writing them – check out the story on page 2 of the Summer 2018 Keene State Today and learn about Curt Herr, a 1986 grad who moonlights as a romance writer, and then take a look at some of these resources:

The Romance Writers of America, an organization for writers of romances and related industry professionals, offers an annual convention, local and online chapters, a speakers’ bureau, and more.

Smart Bitches Trashy Books, pardon the French, is a top romance blog that offers reviews of new releases and articles along with a podcast.

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies is a good resource if you want to open your laptop and bang out a bodice-ripper but you’re not sure where to start.

The Ripped Bodice: You don’t have to live near Culver City, California to take advantage of this bookstore, which specializes in romance. You’ll find plenty of its offerings available online, organized into categories like “Cowboy Contemporary,” “Medieval/Tudor,” “Dragons,” and “Time Travel.”

Find Curtis Herr’s books online: Frances DeleCourt Winters novels and Daniel Stephens novels.

Rhymes with Humor

Poet Jeff Friedman of Keene State’s English Department reads his poem Bear Fight.

More Than Fun and Games

What do physical education classes look like today? Read the story in the Summer 2018 issue of Keene State Today, then check out this supplementary information:

Physical education curriculum at Keene State centers on two main components – learning how to become a prepared and adept professional teacher, and mastering the content, the core standards from SHAPE America, to create competent movers.

The core tenants of classes taught today include competency in motor skills and movement; understanding concepts, strategies and tactics related to movement; maintaining or achieving health related fitness; social and personal responsibility to respect oneself and others; and recognizing movement has value in enjoyment and self-expression.

Keene State physical education majors have the opportunity to practice their skills as student-teachers at local schools or through the Adapted PE course as a “PE Buddy.”

Tod Silegy ’76, a middle-school PE teacher at South Meadow School in Peterborough, New Hampshire, often works with Keene State PE majors. “The student-teacher brings in ideas and trends, and indirectly teaches me, while gaining tools to use beyond graduation,” he says.


Keep up to date with the student improv group 3 Ways ’Til Sunday
Facebook: 3 Ways ’Til Sunday
Instagram: @3WaysTilSunday

Link to more information about Alison Foley’s book:
How to Coach Girls

Links to comic book artist Emily Drouin’s websites:
Eplis Comics
Emily at Play
Kids Con

For more information on Reunion:
Keene State Reunion 2018

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