Faculty Members Retire from Keene State
KEENE, N.H. 7/2/02 This spring, four faculty members retired from Keene State College after many years of service. The retirees are Stephanie Blecharczyk, professor of education; Helene Kurk, assistant professor at Wheelock School; John Marshall, professor of art; and Roger Martin, associate professor of management.
Stephanie Blecharczyk, professor of education, began working at Keene State in 1975 as a lecturer in home economics. She earned her masters from the University of Rhode Island and her doctorate from the University of Connecticut. During her career at KSC, Blecharczyk was involved in the creation of the Human Development course in the teacher education curriculum and published and presented on a wide range of curriculum development topics.
Heleen Kurk, assistant professor of education, began teaching at Wheelock School in 1983. She earned her bachelors from Northeastern University and her masters from Hofstra University. A dedicated education professional, Kurk taught third and first grade classes at Wheelock, where she was regarded by colleagues as an ethical, compassionate, and family-centered teacher. Previously, Kurk worked in several schools in New Hampshire, where she specialized in teaching children with reading and learning disorders.
John (Jack) Marshall, professor of art, came to Keene State in 1973. He earned his M.F.A. from Boston University and his doctorate from Yale University School of Architecture. A widely recognized artist, Marshall taught courses in sculpture at KSC. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Italy.
Roger Martin, associate professor of management, began working for Keene State in 1987. He earned his masters and M.B.A. from the University of Hartford and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. An accountant with more than 20 years of professional experience, Martin taught classes in accounting, management, finance, and economics. Previously, he worked at Aetna Life and Casualty and National Grange Mutual Insurance Company.