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Women to Be Honored at KSC Awards Banquet

KEENE, N.H. 3/12/05 - Four women will be recognized with Outstanding Women of New Hampshire awards on Thursday, March 24, at the 15th annual Women’s History Month Banquet at Keene State. KSC President Stanley J. Yarosewick will present awards to women representing the Keene State student body, the Keene State faculty, the Monadnock region, and the state of New Hampshire.

The theme for this year’s event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center, is “Women Change the Nation, Women Change the World” Tickets for the banquet are $15; reservations are required. For additional information and reservations, call 603-358-2642.

The President’s Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Awards are based on outstanding service and leadership, especially in the area of equality for women. This year’s recipients:

Valerie Nettleton will receive the award given to a KSC student. Nettleton, a senior, is pursuing a major in psychology. After arriving at the College in 2001, she quickly got involved in student life and governance and won the Outstanding First-Year Student in Leadership and Service award. She has been a member of student government for all four years and is currently vice president of the Class of 2005.

Mary Mayshark-Stavely, interim director of the Child Development Center, will receive the award given to a College faculty or staff member. Mary, who began working at the College as a facilitating teacher since 1986, has contributed to the campus and the community as an educator, teacher, event organizer, and administrator. Mayshark-Stavely has organized many notable events on campus, producing the New England Storytelling for Children Conference each April for the last 14 years.

Susan Bloom Newcomer, workforce development coordinator for the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, will receive the award for a woman from the Monadnock region. As a professional and as a volunteer, Bloom Newcomer has worked virtually nonstop in the Monadnock region to upgrade health services, jobs, and education for all residents.

Roberta Barry, a Keene middle- and high-school guidance counselor for many years, will receive the award for a woman representing the State of New Hampshire. Besides her work advising and advocating for children, Barry is a local and regional leader of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and was recently elected Northeast regional director of the organization.

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