What is justice? Does it exist in our society? How do we achieve it? Why does it matter?
We take a look at the big questions of fairness and equity in this issue of Keene State Today – and we do it through the stories of alumni, students, faculty, and staff. We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the ways we seek justice on campus and to some members of the Keene State community for whom justice is not just something to strive for, but an organizing principle for walking through the world.
On the plus side, you’re completely responsible for all aspects of your business. On the minus side, well, you’re completely responsible for all aspects of your business. The pros and cons of being an entrepreneur frequently overlap, which likely helps explain why people who start and run their own businesses tend to have a high tolerance for risk. In this issue, we look at all things entrepreneurial, from research to a program that teenagers start businesses to people who advise would-be entrepreneurs, and we highlight a number of Keene State alumni who run their own businesses.
Academics, energy use, climate change, natural resources, architecture and design, farming, health and wellness, population growth. Sustainability is a huge topic, one we’re addressing on campus with a commitment to attain STARS Gold status from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
You’ll learn more about what’s happening on campus inside this issue, and you’ll also find a myriad of stories focusing on how Keene State alumni and other members of the College community are working toward sustainability in their lives.
Every four years, a whirlwind of presidential politics sweeps through the state of New Hampshire, bringing with it candidates, political operatives, paid and volunteer workers, and journalists from major and not-so-major media outlets.
Keene State College is always part of the excitement, with candidates coming to speak on campus and at nearby venues in town – offering plenty of opportunities for students to interact with the presidential hopefuls.
The few months of time between the New Hampshire primary and the November general election provides up a great opportunity to take a look at politics at all levels, from the presidential to the personal.
Where does a Keene State degree take alumni? Keene State Today editor Jane Eklund and photographer William Wrobel ’11 checked in with 25 graduates to find out what brought them to Keene State and what path the College set them on in their careers and their lives. You’ll find Will’s striking photographs in the pages of this issue. Oral histories of the 25, culled from Jane’s interviews and told in their own voices, along with additional images, can be found on a special First-Person Project webpage.
Class Notes Extras
For this issue of Keene State Today, we thought we’d get down to essentials: the classical four elements of Western culture – air, earth, fire, and water. We’ve rounded up stories about Keene State alumni, students, and faculty that relate to each element.
In these pages, you’ll meet a recent graduate who paints en plein air, a professor who experienced the earthquake in Nepal, an alumnus whose burger recipes will have you firing up the grill, a group of students who spent their spring break volunteering with a nonprofit that makes water filters in the Dominican Republic, and more.
It’s not just about physical fitness and eating right, though those are key pieces. This issue of Keene State Today looks at a whole spectrum of elements that factor into personal well-being – and then takes a broader look at the role wellness plays in society. You’ll meet a 1959 grad who runs marathons, a nontraditional student who interns at the Cheshire County jail, two active centenarians, and more.
Keene State boasts numerous graduates who work in the “retail” end of the food business. Here’s a listing of just a few alumni who own or work in restaurants, markets, or food shops that you can visit.
More Food-Inspired Writing
Here’s another piece of prose written by a student in Jeff Friedman’s Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming class.
By Lindsey Pinault
The marks he left were like tread marks in the snow, they slowly vanished with the changing of the seasons, but when they were fresh they were crisp and clear, painfully cold to the touch. Once, we sat beneath the cherry trees, watching the stars twinkle like the fireflies of summer. Back then our love was a pink lady, fresh and sweet, budding from delicate, pure, white petals. But that was before the frost came, rolling over us slowly and dissolving the passion as it does the carnage of fall. Leaving the dead, browned leaves to stick to my hair like the taste of his breath on my lips.
If you saw the eye – “Read more online at keene.edu/mag” – or the video icon, you’ll find links below to learn more about stories in the Fall 2014 issue of Keene State Today.
Introducing Anne E. Huot
Watch new KSC President Anne E. Huot deliver her 2013 opening convocation address to first-year students.
- James Waller elected to advisory board of international association; named Centennial Senior Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
- Dottie Morris named a Hero for Justice by the YWCA New Hampshire
- Kristen Porter-Utley receives 2013 Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship Award
- Distinguished teacher of the year Learn more about Patrick Dolenc
- Learn more about the American Democracy Project
- Learn more about the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher award
Watch Patrick Dolenc speak to incoming first year students at the August opening convocation.
Keene State giving
If you saw the eye – “Read more online at keene.edu/mag” – you’ll find links below to learn more about stories in the Summer 2013 issue of Keene State Today.
- [Dr. Ann Huot named Keene State’s 10th president.](http://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/1364324163350/ )
- [Heidi Welch ’96 one of four finalists for national Teacher of the Year.](http://www.keene.edu/news/stories/detail/heidi-welch-96-honored-at-white-house/ )
- Michelle Tiani ’03 named Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire.
- Kristine Finnegan ’91 named 2012 NH Library Director of the Year.
- Student architects shine in design competition.
- Theatre and dance students take honors at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
- Three students awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships.
- Fulbright scholar Shirley McLoughlin blogs for the Huffington Post.
- Distinguished Teachers of the Year Award add up to a big presence on campus.
- Learn more about giving, and donate online to Keene State.
- Loren Launen named one of four Outstanding Women of New Hampshire.
- Jerry Jasinski wins a Fulbright to lecture and conduct research in India.
- Presidents’ Awards for Carmen Prandini Trafton ’95, Professor Michael Welsh, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Writing about Food
Check out a piece of student writing from English Department Lecturer Jeff Friedman’s Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming class, featured on page 20 of Keene State Today. More about Writing about Food