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KSC Alumni Association Presents Annual Awards

KEENE, N.H. 6/25/04 - The mayor of Manchester, a Keene State College academic advisor, a nonprofit director, and a newspaper editor were honored at the May 31 KSC Alumni Awards Luncheon during Reunion Weekend.

Receiving the Sprague W. Drenan Award, for support of alumni programs, was Patricia Adams Farmer ‘92, of Jaffrey, N.H. Farmer, director of development and community relations for the Cedarcrest Foundation in Keene, has been involved with the KSC Alumni Association since she was a student at the College. After graduating, Farmer served two terms on the Alumni Association board of directors, including two years as president.

Receiving this year’s Alumni Achievement Award was Robert A. Baines ‘68, of Manchester, N.H. Baines, who became mayor of Manchester in 1999, has been involved in education in New Hampshire since his graduation. He taught music at Alvirne High School, directed the fine arts program for the Hudson School District, spent three years in the role of vice principal of Alvirne High School, and served for 20 years as principal of Manchester West High School. In 1990, Baines was named N.H. Principal of the Year, and he was voted Educator of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in 1996.

Jonathan Cooper ‘97, of New Haven, Conn., received the Alumni Inspiration Award. Cooper, who majored in journalism, is currently the managing editor for special projects of the New Haven Register, the second-largest daily in Connecticut. Previously, Cooper was editor of The New Britain Herald and The Register Citizen, where, at the age of 23, he was the youngest executive editor in the state.

Patricia Rich ‘91, of Munsonville, was presented with the 2004 Outstanding Service Award for her service to the College. Rich has worked in academic and career advising at KSC for 13 years, helping students make informed decisions about their futures. She also is a long-time Orientation staff member.

For more information, contact Mike Maher, director of alumni and parent relations, at 603-358-2370.

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