Gratitude in Their Words
Dear KSC Alumni and Friends:
I am pleased to share highlights of Keene State College’s annual giving report for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. As Vice President of the Keene Endowment Association, I have the privilege of serving my alma mater alongside others who are equally passionate about advancing the mission of the college. While our ambitions to increase charitable giving to Keene State are big, the most important thing we can do, and ask others to join us in, is contributing our time, talent and financial support each year. Every corner of the college is impacted by gifts. Thank you for your generosity to Keene State and I hope you’ll continue to join me in supporting the students, faculty and staff of the college in the exciting year ahead. Go Owls!
Dan Kurowski ’07
I am elated to think that within a year from graduation from Keene State, I will be in my own classroom, learning from my own students. Your generosity and graciousness have helped make this long-awaited goal into a very near reality. I look forward to taking on the responsibility of secondary education, and I thank you for assisting my journey.
Laura Botelho ’22
Secondary Education and English: Literature
Throughout the year, I have continued research with Dr. Lito Amit on whole-body vibration and occupational stress, and I hope to have a paper about it published this summer. I returned to an internship with Berlin Steel during winter break, and I have accepted an internship offer from Holder Construction for this summer.
Jonathan Podlaha ’23
Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences
Keene State has been an amazing experience since I got here. The smaller class sizes and more personal teaching styles have allowed me to flourish in my academics. I have been able to maintain above a 3.5 GPA and it has made me feel like one day soon I will accomplish my goal of becoming a nurse.
Nicholas Gaskin ’25
I currently hold a few leadership positions on campus and I am working to help improve Keene State as much as I can. I have had some amazing opportunities to give back to the community by volunteering. In the future, I plan to go to law school to become a human rights attorney or go to graduate school for peace and conflict studies.
Maria Paula Durant ’23
Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Legal Studies
Next spring I plan to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Being able to submerge myself in the culture and practice the language will take my language and understanding to the next level. I am excited to go into teaching to support students and having a background in Spanish will allow me to create a culturally inclusive classroom.
Avery Honey ’24
Elementary Education and Spanish