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Keene State College Announces Three Presidents’ Award Winners

Keene State College proudly announces its selected recipients of Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s annual Presidents’ Awards. Each year, colleges across New Hampshire select awardees for three awards – the President’s Leadership Award, President’s Good Steward Award and the President’s Community Partner Award. The Keene State community nominated recipients, and the college’s Cabinet members determined the winners. The winners will be announced this afternoon, during a ceremony in Bedford, NH.

“We are proud to honor these award recipients, who demonstrate outstanding leadership and community engagement that Keene State College considers to be core values, “ said Jay Kahn, Keene State College Interim President. “We look forward to hearing more about their accomplishments in the coming months and years, and we are grateful to them for their service.”

The winner of the President’s Leadership Award for an individual student or student organization goes to Lambda Sigma chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon for outstanding contributions to Keene State College’s Pumpkin Lobotomy and downtown Keene’s Pumpkin Festival, Ashuelot River Clean-up on Keene State College Community Service Day, YMCA’s Kids Come First event, Relay for Life, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

The President’s Good Steward Award for a member of the faculty or staff who has contributed professional expertise to the wider community, goes to Professor Michael Welsh for his many contributions to the City of Keene. Professor Welsh offers his professional training in public policy to the city’s master plan, Keene Cares, the Keene Planning Board, and the Marlboro Street Area Rezoning Project, among others.

The President’s Community Partner Award for the development of sustained partnerships with a college campus goes to The Samaritans and Carmen Trafton, for the training of Keene State students to provide telephone hotline services to high risk individuals in the effort to reduce suicide and provide ongoing support to those in need in the Keene area.

For more information on Campus Compact for New Hampshire, visit

Note for journalists: Photos of the ceremony will be available, as will interviews with the recipients.

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