April 30th, 2008

   In this issue:

•  Career Home Run
•  Kaddish Debut
•  Selected Events
•  CRO Can Help Publicize Your Event
•  Professional Activities
•  Chamber Singers, Concert Choir Welcome Spring
•  “Project Hope” Children Celebrate Black History and Mother Earth
•  Steinway Debut: Art and Jazz
•  College Archives’ Mission
•  Recreation Center Schedule
•  Professional Development Weeks
•  Camp Vision Returns to Campus
•  Founders Day Is May 16
•  Job Hunting in Boston…
•  Pondside III Residence Hall Awarded Silver LEED

Career Home Run

Senior Melissa “Mo” Scata set a KSC career home run record (25) on Apr.19.

Senior Melissa “Mo” Scata

Kaddish Debut

Kaddish, a new work by New Hampshire composer Lawrence Siegel, will debut on Sat., May 3 , at 8 p.m., Redfern Arts Center.

More information may be found at www.kaddishproject.org.

Selected Events

Fri., Apr. 25

through 5/11/08, “Emerging Art: The Annual KSC Art Students Exhibition,” Thorne-Sagendorph

2 p.m. Creative Writing Day, Madison Street Lounge, Student Center

7:30 KSC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Alumni Recital Hall

Sat., Apr. 26

1 p.m. Softball vs. University of Southern Maine. KSC Athletic Field

1 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse vs. University of Southern Maine, KSC Athletics Field

7 p.m. (through 5/1: Fri 7 and 9:15 p.m.; Sat., 2,7, and 9:15 p.m.;Sun. 7 and 9:15 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 7 p.m.) Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Putnam

Sun., Apr. 27

3 p.m. KSC Chamber Ensembles, Alumni Hall

1 p.m., ReFashion Fest, Mountain View Room

Wed., Apr. 30

7:30 p.m. KSC Jazz Ensemble, Main Theatre

CRO Can Help Publicize Your Event

The College Relations Office maintains an events listing on the web (www.keene.edu/newsevents/) and runs a KSC events ad twice a month in the Keene Sentinel during the academic year.

We can list any campus event that is open to the public. Send your listing – or cancellation – to kscevents@keene.edu.

Please include event title, date, time, place, admission cost, contact name, phone number, and brief description.

Professional Activities

On Feb. 22, President Helen Giles-Gee and President Stephen Mittelstet of Richland College presented a keynote plenary session, “Charting the Successful Transfer: Coherence and Degree Completion in a Time of Swirling Enrollments,” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2008 Integrative Designs for General Education and Assessment Conference in Boston, Mass.

President Helen Giles-Gee and President Jackie Jenkins Scott, Wheelock College, were keynote panelists for An Evening with the Presidents: The Path to the Presidency at the African American Women in Higher Education-New England (AAWHE-NE) Conference, held at Bentley College on Apr. 7.

At the KSC National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Student Chapter’s Explorations and Innovations in Science Education event held at Keene State College on Apr. 14, President Helen Giles-Gee presented a keynote, “The Importance of Inspiration,” for regional science teachers, colleagues, and students. This event was organized by Christie Wallace, KSC Student Workshop chairperson, and Sally Jean, associate professor, Science Education and NSTA Student Chapter advisor.

Colin Abernethy (Chemistry) traveled to the University of Texas at Austin to serve on the examining committee for one of their Ph.D. candidates. During his visit, he also discussed some newly implemented teaching exercises in chemistry laboratory classes at Keene State with University of Texas faculty.

James Stemp (Anthropology) presented three papers at the 73rd annual Society for American Archaeology conference held in Vancouver, Canada, in March. All of the papers dealt with various analyses of chipped stone tool assemblages from ancient Maya sites in Belize, Central America. The papers were entitled “The Organization of Chipped Stone Tool Technology at Minanha, Belize,” “The Grooved Stone Spheres from Baking Pot, Belize: A Design Theory Approach,” and “The Lithic Economy at Pook’s Hill, Belize: The Chipped Chert and Chalcedony Assemblage.”

Two KSC seniors, Jason Beckta and Amy Hollar, presented the results of a research study at the April National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. The title of the poster presentation was “Behavioral and Morphological Effects of Bifenthrin on Xenopus laevis Tadpoles.” The study was conducted by Jason in collaboration with Amy and supervised by Susan Whittemore of the Biology Department.

Jason Beckta, who has been accepted into three master’s degree/Ph.D. programs as well as three master’s degree-only programs, has chosen to pursue his master’s and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Amy Hollar will be pursuing a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Cincinnati. Both students are from the Keene area.

Katherine Tirabassi (English) co-led a preconference workshop entitled “Revealing and Preserving Our Local Histories: Archives as a Tool for Access” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New Orleans, La., held from Apr. 1 to 5. At this conference, Tirabassi also presented a paper exploring the regional legacies of 1940s New England writing teachers as part of a panel entitled “Rewriting Histories: Considering the Role of Legacy, Mentorship, and Local Context in Archival Research.”

Larry Benaquist (Film) was part of a team sent by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission to Turino, Italy, in late March to consider the evaluation of St. John International University, which wishes to incorporate in New Hampshire. Faculty members were sent to evaluate proposed programs in art history, international arts administration, environmental studies, film studies, environmental architecture, architecture, and business administration.

On Apr. 19, Benaquist was the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Graduate English Conference at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. It is a conference that welcomes graduate students from around the Northeast to deliver papers on issues of the text, English, women’s studies, and related fields.

Chamber Singers, Concert Choir Welcome Spring

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The KSC Chamber Singers and the KSC Concert Choir will perform their spring concert on Fri., Apr. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center.

The Chamber Singers welcome spring with an English Renaissance madrigal, “As Vesta Was Descending,” by Thomas Weelkes; “A Tent of Peace,” by Chamber Singer conductor and KSC faculty member Elaine Ginsberg; and a very playful rendition of the children’s song, “Row Your Boat,” by Eric Troyer. Keene State College artist-in-residence George Loring will accompany the singers.

The Concert Choir, conducted by Diane Cushing, will perform songs with peace as a common theme. They will be joined by the Nashua Symphony Chorus for several pieces, bringing the number of singers on stage to nearly 100. “The Rose, the Briar, and the Bicycle,” by Gwyneth Walker, and “The Sirens,” by KSC music faculty member Tim Rogers, will also be performed. Rogers will accompany the chorus during his piece.

For tickets, call 8-2168.

“Project Hope” Children Celebrate Black History and Mother Earth

Children from Project Hope presented parts of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on Thurs., Apr. 17, in the Student Center Atrium. Afterward the students, from Dorchester, Mass., helped kick off Keene State’s Earth Week festivities by painting environmental messages on paper grocery bags from local stores. The bags, donated by Shaws and Hannaford, went back to the stores and were used on Earth Day, Apr. 22.

“Project Hope” Children Celebrate Black History and Mother Earth

Steinway Debut: Art and Jazz

From Connie Lester, Redfern: “Portraits of Jazz,” a mixed-media concert featuring the KSCS Jazz Ensemble, will be featured on Wed., Apr. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center.

The concert is directed by KSC artist-in-residence Don Baldini, celebrating his 30th jazz performance at Keene State.

KSC alumnus Michael Reilly will exhibit jazz-themed artwork in the lobby, and it will be projected on a screen during the performance. Reilly’s medium is casein (a milk-based paint) on paper. The artwork will be available for purchase.

Music will be a mixture of big-band classics, some old and some new. Guest performer Frank Newton, a tenor saxophonist from Amherst, Mass., will be the featured soloist.

The performance officially debuts the Redfern Arts Center’s newly acquired 1985 Steinway D-model 9-foot grand piano, made possible through donations from alumni and friends of KSC, who will be invited to attend the event.

Baldini came to Keene State in 1992 after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He appeared for 13 years with The Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko-Akyoshi/Lew Tabakin Bands. He currently appears with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, and the Keene Chamber Orchestra. In addition to directing the KSC Jazz Ensemble, he is the conductor of the KSC Chamber Orchestra and teaches music theory and jazz history.

For tickets, call 8-2168.

College Archives’ Mission

From Irene Herold, Mason Library: The library invites the College community to comment on the newly drafted mission statement for the KSC Archives at keeneweb.org/academicaffairs/.


Recreation Center Schedule

From Recreational Sports: Remember, summer Recreation Center memberships are available for all faculty, staff, and spouses/same-sex domestic partners. The cost is $120 for May to August.


Professional Development Weeks

From Mel Netznammer, Academic Affairs: Preparations are underway for a variety of professional development activities from Mon., May 12, to Fri., May 23.


Camp Vision Returns to Campus

From Heather Jasmin, Continuing Eduction: Camp Vision, Improving the Future for Children with Learning Differences, will return to Campus Aug. 11 to 15.


Founders Day Is May 16

From Cheryl Martin, Human Resources: “Enthusiasm” describes the Founders Day Committee members with regards to the 22nd Annual Founders Day scheduled for Fri., May 16. (more…)

Job Hunting in Boston…

Jane Warner, Betsy Street, Wayne Harvey and seven students with disabilities travelled to Boston to attend a career fair on Fri., Apr. 11.

Job Hunting in Boston

Pondside III Residence Hall Awarded Silver LEED

KSC’s Pondside III residential hall has received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.