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Dr. Jim Waller was selected as the recipient of the inaugural International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Engaged Scholarship Prize. The Prize recognizes exemplary scholarship along with engagement in genocide awareness and prevention.

Dr. Patricia Pedroza González, Women’s and Gender Studies and American Studies, presented her paper “La Morena y el Toro/Torito: Mestiza Consciousness and Embodiment” on March 27-29 at the international conference Beyond Borders: Literaturas y Culturas Transfronterizas Mexicanas y Chicanas, sponsored by the University of Augsburg and ISLA-Institute for the Study of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, in Augsburg, Germany.

Steve Bigaj, assistant dean and professor of Education, and Betsy Street, project leader in Professional and Graduate Studies, presented two sessions at the 2017 American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) conference in Asheville, NC on March 10. Ann Bassett Berry, Associate Professor at Plymouth State University, was a co-presenter. The ACRES audience is IHE faculty in special education who train preservice special education teachers to work in rural settings. The first session, “Collaborating to Impact Preservice Special Education Teachers’ Knowledge and Skills in Meaningful Transition Planning,” provided attendees with a set of competencies to build special education teacher knowledge and skills in postsecondary transition, as well as a collaborative program improvement process and free online resources. The second session, “Tools for Transition: Increasing Knowledge and Skills for Successful Postsecondary Outcomes,” highlighted the Next Steps NH website,, a new resource website for special educators, families, and students with disabilities, developed here at KSC. This work is supported by a New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education. Keene State is a major partner in the project. Next Steps NH is a project to increase the college and career readiness of New Hampshire students with disabilities and/or those at risk of dropping out of school.

Interim Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of English Kirsti Sandy’s essay “I Have Come for what Belongs to Me” was awarded the 2017 Northern New England Review Raven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. The essay will be featured in Northern New England Review Issue 37.

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