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Why did Ken Goebel Jump in the Ashuelot River?

From Lori Zaniboni, Development:

Ken Goebel made a promise to all employees in the Advancement Division. If every one of them would make a donation to the Close to Home campaign – the on-campus fundraising drive through which faculty and staff can support student scholarships or an area on campus of special interest – he would jump in the river.

This month, Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for Keene State – though perhaps not so lucky for Ken – as the goal was met. During the 2014 fiscal year, which ends June 30, each and every Advancement staff member had donated to the Close to Home campaign.

Ken took the leap on Wednesday, June 25, taking a swim in the Ashuelot River to thank the generous, and amused, Advancement staff.

Keene State faculty and staff: What would you like to challenge your director to do? Jump in a lake? Dye her hair pink? Sing “Feelings” at your next staff meeting? You never know what he or she might agree to if your division or department achieves 100 percent participation in the Close to Home campaign. Directors, if you’d like to challenge your staff, please let Lori Zaniboni know your plans at and she will be glad to help coordinate.

There’s still time to make a difference this year! You can make a donation online at or send a check via interoffice mail to MS 2701. So far, 204 employees (out of 908) have made donations, a 22.47 percent participation rate that totals over $83,000 to help our students.

Thanks for all you do for our students and campus community!

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