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Winter 2017-2018: The Body Issue

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Short, tall, large, small – we’ve all got one.

This edition of Keene State Today looks at the body from a number of angles. Inside, you’ll meet a Keene State grad who delivers babies, one who is working on a series of nude paintings, one who dances and one who runs, one who writes murder mysteries, one who buries the dead, and more.

The First-Person Project highlights three Keene State graduates who live and work in New England. Look for them in the back of the magazine and on our website at

One Stall Fits All

Hunter Kirschner

There are many reasons why a person would seek out a single-occupancy restroom at any given time. Being transgender or not conforming to gender norms is only one of them.

The 2016 passage of the so-called “Bathroom Bill” in North Carolina has made it acceptable for people to confront other people in multi-stall public restrooms, notes Hunter Kirschner, Keene State’s program support assistant for LGBTQ students. The bill, which required people to use public bathrooms for the gender assigned to them at birth, was partially overturned. Still, for transgender people the possibility of being harassed has turned a natural bodily function into an uneasy or even distressing situation. More about One Stall Fits All

Amber Davisson: A Teaching Moment

Life in a Nursing Home

What’s it like to live in a nursing home? Here’s a first-hand report by Dr. David Drozda, a former student of Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci ’76. It’s taken from a journal article the two coauthored.

“It was a frightening moment to be sitting in the [wheel] chair for the first time. Several things hit me all at once. The first is that I suddenly have to look up at everyone in order to make eye contact, and they have to look down at me. … I was conscious of the feeling that staff were ‘talking over my head,’ literally. … It made me feel vulnerable to have someone consistently direct their attention to a source that was both above and behind me. …

“Adapting to this environment was complex; a mix of new surroundings, new modes of transporting myself, dependence on others and strangers all around me. As I enter new environments now in my role as student doctor, I am reminded of these past feelings and remain conscious to the fact that all the people I encounter and provide care for are also adapting, which is far more challenging than I would have ever thought had I not lived in a nursing home. The word ‘pride’ is more prevalent in my lexicon – the importance of being allowed to struggle through things on your own, without initial assistance. And I wonder to this day what happens to people when they can no longer experience a sense of accomplishment; how do they adapt?”

More Stories about Dr. Gugliucci’s Nursing Home Program

Medical Student Checks into Nursing Home for 10-Day Stay

Medical Student Completes 10-Day Stay at Nursing Home

UNE Medical Student Completes Nursing Home Stay


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