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KSC Alumni Association Presents Annual Awards

KEENE, N.H. 6/29/05 - The President of Keene State College, the former executive editor of The Keene Sentinel, a KSC faculty member, and a long time KSC Alumni Office volunteer were honored at the May 30 KSC Alumni Awards Luncheon during Reunion Weekend.

Receiving the Sprague W. Drenan Award, for support of alumni programs, was retired lawyer Lewis McMahon ‘60, of Westmoreland, N.H., who served six years on the Alumni Association Board of Directors in many roles and continues to be a fixture at alumni events today.

Receiving this year’s Alumni Achievement Award was Thomas F. Kearney ‘69, of Stowe, Vt. Kearney joined The Keene Sentinel in 1968 as a reporter, before becoming city editor, managing editor for news and later executive editor. He served as the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine chairman for New Hampshire, and trained many journalists in the spirit and letter of free press laws. For his work he was given the 2004 Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award for protecting and defending the freedoms of the First Amendment.

Melinda Treadwell ‘90, assistant professor of technology, design and safety at KSC, received the Alumni Inspiration Award. Dr. Treadwell, who teaches courses in legal safety and environmental standards, was instrumental in bringing to the College two $1-million grants. The first is a five-year $1-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center on lung diseases in collaboration with Dartmouth College. The second is a $1.4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a national public safety management system that will help police and fire personnel know whether the site of an emergency contains hazardous materials.

Stanley J. Yarosewick, president of KSC, was presented with the 2005 Outstanding Service Award for his service to the College. Dr Yarosewick, who served as president since 1994, will retire next month. Among his most visible accomplishments is the dramatic growth of the campus. Since his arrival, the College has opened a new Student Center, renovated and expanded two major academic buildings, added a 96,000-square-foot Recreation Center, upgraded other athletic facilities, built the Pondside Apartments, and begun construction of a major new dining facility. Dr. Yarosewick also spearheaded the most ambitious construction project in the history of the College, the new $23-million Science Center, which opened last fall.

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

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