August 28th, 2008

   In this issue:

•  Move-In Day Goes Smoothly
•  President Giles-Gee Calls for Forum to Address Student Binge Drinking
•  Vincent Receives KSC Alumni Association 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award
•  President Giles-Gee and Senator Sununu at Precision Manufacturing Exhibit
•  Robinson Named Vice President for Student Affairs
•  Farmer Named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
•  Owls Costa Rican Trip Was a Learning Experience on Many Levels
•  Carpooling Made Easy
•  KSC Grounds Department Hosts Ecological Workshop
•  100 Years in 100 Words: Notes from the Centennial Committee
•  Interim Chief Diversity Officer Candidate Open Forums
•  EcoNote: The ROCKS Program (Recycling on Campus Keene State)
•  PAT Council Meets Wednesday, September 10

Move-In Day Goes Smoothly

Photos by Annie Card
Residential Life and Housing Director Kent Drake-Deese says he was “extremely pleased” with the weekend arrival of 1,299 incoming KSC freshmen and noted that he received appreciative comments from students and families throughout the day. The class of 2012 marched though the Appian Way gate as faculty and staff clapped them through to the New Student Convocation on August 24.

Move-In Day Goes Smoothly

President Giles-Gee Calls for Forum to Address Student Binge Drinking

When 100 college presidents recently signed the Amethyst Initiative, which calls for lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18, they opened a national discussion on the problem of student binge drinking.

Keene State College President Helen Giles-Gee did not sign the statement, but she has called for a campus-wide forum to discuss the issue. 
“I chose not to sign the Amethyst pledge because it stated a position: ‘21 is not working,’” Giles-Gee said. “But I do agree with the principle of having an open forum where data can be provided and various points of view considered. I have charged Vice President for Student Affairs Andrew Robinson to provide leadership on this issue.”

Giles-Gee said the forum will give the campus community an overview of current alcohol education programs and will also explore what more can be done to address binge drinking. She stressed that Keene State enforces current New Hampshire law. The College also endeavors to change negative alcohol-related behavior, especially binge drinking, which can occur regardless of age.

“The College believes in a philosophy of liberal education that develops character as well as learning,” Giles-Gee said. “Students demonstrate character when they behave responsibly and make good judgments, and one of the tenets of character building is to provide students with enough information so that they can make good judgments.”

To fulfill the learning objective, Keene State currently requires all incoming students to complete an online alcohol education program, called Alcohol Wise. A coordinator of wellness and a counselor specializing in alcohol and other drug use offer programs throughout the year. For those students who initially make wrong choices, the College works directly with the Keene Police Department and/or the College’s judicial program. The College judicial process includes a Referred Learning Program and a fee. Repeat offenders face more severe consequences.

President Helen Giles-Gee has met annually with the Student Assembly to address issues of alcohol and substance abuse as well as the values of community service, and says the College stands ready to enhance its efforts.

Vincent Receives KSC Alumni Association 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Paul Vincent, professor of Holocaust Studies, received the 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Keene State College Alumni Association at the New Student Convocation ceremony on August 24.

For 37 years, the Distinguished Teacher Award has been presented to a faculty member of extraordinary professionalism and dedication. The award is based on four criteria: excellence in the classroom, encouragement of independent thinking, rapport with students both in and out of the classroom, and effective student advising.

Colleagues and students who nominated Dr. Vincent describe him as a “master teacher” both in the classroom and through his work with the biennial Holocaust Studies Summer Institute at the College, where teachers from the region and internationally come to learn about how to incorporate Holocaust studies into their courses. “Professor Vincent believes that students have the power to make a difference in the world,” one of his students wrote in support of his nomination.

Dr. Vincent has taught at Keene State since 1985, when he arrived as director of the Mason Library. He served as director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies from 1998 to 2007.

He received a B.S. in political science from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Arts in library science from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As coordinator of the Holocaust studies minor program, which includes genocide studies, he advises all students who select the minor. In 2007, he was awarded a Pinchas and Mark Wisen Fellowship to pursue a research project, “The United States and the Crisis of Nazi Racial Policy, 1938-1941,” during a five-month residency at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Vincent is the author of two books: The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of Germany, 1915-1919 and A Historical Dictionary of Germany’s Weimar Republic, 1918-1933.

Photo by Annie Card
Dr. Paul Vincent speaks at the 2008 New Student Convocation.

Vincent Receives KSC Alumni Association 2008 Distinguished Teacher Award

President Giles-Gee and Senator Sununu at Precision Manufacturing Exhibit

President Giles-Gee and Senator Sununu at Precision Manufacturing Exhibit
Courtesy Photo
Left to right: President Stephen Budd of River Valley Community College at Precitech, KSC President Helen Giles-Gee, and U.S. Senator John Sununu joined Precitech Inc. at an open house and public reception on August 20 at Precitech’s manufacturing facility in Keene. AMETEK Precitech is hosting the Precision Manufacturing Exhibit in a four-month on-site exhibition. The traveling exhibit was selected by the Smithsonian Institution in 1999 to interpret New Hampshire’s statewide precision machining sector.

Robinson Named Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Andrew Robinson has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Keene State College after a national search. The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees approved the appointment in June.

Dr. Robinson, who served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the College from July 1991 to December 2007, served as interim vice president for student affairs after the departure of Dr. Corinne Kowpak in January.

He received his Ph.D. in counseling and an M.S. in student personnel administration in higher education from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in English from Allegheny College. Before coming to Keene State in 1991, Robinson held increasingly responsible positions in student affairs at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, Mass. He has lived in Keene for 17 years, and his two sons are Keene State College graduates.

The Vice President for Student Affairs is one of three principle administrators on the President’s cabinet. The areas he supervises are Admissions, Athletics, Campus Safety, Residential Life and Dining, the Student Center, the Counseling Center, the Center for Health and Wellness, Disability Services, the Student Development Office, and the Judicial Office.

Photo: Mark Corliss
Dr. Andrew Robinson

Robinson Named Vice President for Student Affairs

Farmer Named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Patricia Farmer has been named Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Keene State College. She most recently served as director of development and community relations at the Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene, New Hampshire, where she oversaw eight annual capital campaigns and led an organization-wide rebranding effort.

Prior to that she was vice president and director of educational services at John Brown Ltd., Inc., and a regional director for the American Heart Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in management from Keene State College in 1992.

Farmer is a trustee of the Cheshire Medical Center/Cheshire Health Foundation, a member of the Keene Endowment Association, a member of the Giving Monadnock Advisory Council, and the 2006 recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award. In 2004 she received the Keene State College Sprague Drenan Alumni Award, which is given to a KSC alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated noteworthy participation in alumni activities and events.

As director, Farmer will be working with the KSC Alumni Association Board of Directors to enhance relationships between alumni and students, faculty, and other alumni. The Alumni Association plans to celebrate KSC’s upcoming Centennial with a grand reunion in June 2009. As the director of parent relations, Farmer will act as a liaison between the KSC Parents Association and the College, fostering programs that promote the vital role parents play on campus. She will manage the alumni and parent relations programs, including planning for reunions, homecoming, and parent/family weekend events, and coordinate area meetings of the alumni and parents associations.

More information about the KSC Alumni Association and Parents Association can be found here or by contacting Patty directly at 8-2370 or

Photo: Mark Corliss
Patricia Farmer

Farmer Named Director Alumni And Parent Relations

Owls Costa Rican Trip Was a Learning Experience on Many Levels

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Keene State men’s soccer coach Ron Butcher called his team’s recently completed trip to Costa Rica a learning experience. Not only were the Owls schooled in the skills by several highly talented club teams, but they were also taught an even worldlier lesson after meeting some of the country’s children.

“When I first went down there, I thought it would be mostly about soccer,” said Shawn Booth, a senior back on the team. “But it ended up being the exact opposite.”

Keene State played four games during their nine-day junket to Costa Rica, a small Central American country located between Panama and Nicaragua. Although team bonding was high on the agenda, the Owls also used the trip to gauge their conditioning and focus as they prepare for their season opener.

It wasn’t all work for the Owls, who attended a World Cup qualifying game between Costa Rica and El Salvador in San Jose. They also surfed at Flamingo Beach, propelled down the zip line in the rain forest, took a tour of the volcano-fed hot springs, and went white-water rafting.

The Owls also performed some community service with their visit to a local center that housed 86 fatherless children who ranged in age from 10 months to 10 years old. Butcher said it was a real eye-opening experience for himself and his players.

“All these kids wanted was to be held, loved, and played with,” Butcher said. “My players were tremendous. For all we did, I will never forget those two hours.”

Many of the players came back from the trip with a list of things they had to work on to have a successful season. But they also returned with so much more.

“As much as it was a soccer trip, it was also about visiting another country and learning about their culture,” said Butcher. “It was a trip of a lifetime for many of these players who have never been anywhere.”

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Owl players visit with children at Costa Rican Center
Owls Costa Rican Trip Was a Learning Experience on Many Levels

Carpooling Made Easy

From Mary Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator: All KSC faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of an exciting new opportunity: carpooling through This free, easy-to-use, web-based service can match you up with other KSC employees from your area, allowing you to carpool to and from Keene State College.

To sign up, go to erideshare and use the password ‘trip‘. You will need to set up a membership account to immediately start using the service. However, you will not get spammed nor will your address be sold by setting up this membership account. We encourage you to read all the information on the site, especially the terms of service, safety, and carpool tips sections. By completely filling out your erideshare electronic form, KSC will be able to track faculty and staff miles, including the reduction in our carbon footprint,* trips taken, miles saved, and more.

Based upon the 2007/08 Faculty and Staff Transportation Survey, the average estimated total miles traveled (including commuting miles and travel throughout the work day) by faculty and staff is 340,000 miles per month representing an estimated use of 13,600 gallons at an approximated cost of $50,300 assuming $3.70 per gallon of gasoline!** Clearly, these figures are staggering!

Human Resources is now offering prizes for employees interested in tracking the number of rides they share each month and for those of you who walk or bike to work, in an attempt to reduce staff and faculty commuting miles and their increasing costs. Contact Valerie Hodge for details at

To facilitate your bike ride to work, green bikes are available through the Mason Library with your faculty or staff ID,. The bike trail bordering the campus off Butler Court has recently been paved and offers easy access to adjacent shopping areas. In addition, the KSC Community Shuttle and City Express Bus service is also available for travel throughout the workday.

Members of the faculty, PAT and Operating Staff councils, the Sustainability Council, Human Resources, the President’s Commission on the Promotion of Wellness, and the President’s Office, all of whom support this initiative, hope that erideshare will be a beneficial service to faculty and staff at Keene State College. Please send your questions, comments, and concerns to Mary Jensen, sustainability coordinator, at

*Keene State College has made a commitment to climate neutrality through the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.

**Average month is based upon the academic year assuming an average four-week per month. Fuel figures derived from average fuel economy of vehicles reported in the survey.

KSC Grounds Department Hosts Ecological Workshop

Keene State College’s Grounds Department is hosting “Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach to Landscaping Shoreland Property,” a two-day workshop presented by UNH Cooperative Extension.

This program is intended for people who are policy makers or are in the business of developing, maintaining, or preserving shoreline properties, and others who are concerned about the impacts of landscaping on water quality, including landscape designers, contractors, maintenance professionals, members of lakes and rivers associations, and other decision-makers who need to understand ecological approaches to landscaping for water quality protection.

Registration includes the two-day program, a book, lots of additional resource materials, lunches, coffee breaks, and a certificate of completion. The program will be held at the Keene State College Camp on Wilson Pond in Swanzey, New Hampshire, on October 8 and 15, 2008.

For more program information, please contact Suzanne Hebert at 603-862-3200 or e-mail

100 Years in 100 Words: Notes from the Centennial Committee

Coming events with a Centennial influence:

September 9: Campus family dinner
September 28: Centennial Wellness Fair on Appian Way at the Clarence DeMar Marathon

The committee gives special thanks to Brian Parda ’01, who designed the banners that now beautifully line Appian Way. Check them out, if you haven’t already.

And speaking of things to check out, KSC100 is chock-a-block full of images and other blasts from the past.

We’re also gearing up for the Centennial exhibit at the Thorne. If you have photos or videos that you think would be great additions, please contact Lucy Webb.

Interim Chief Diversity Officer Candidate Open Forums

From Jeanne Hearn, President’s Office: The Interim Chief Diversity Officer search committee is pleased to announce details of the upcoming interview process for this position. All staff, faculty, and students are warmly invited to attend campus open forums for each candidate. The finalists, dates, times, and locations for the campus open forums are as follows:

Cynthia Chase
Thursday, September 4, 10-11 a.m.
Student Center Mountain View Room

Dottie Morris
Friday, September 5, 2-3 p.m.

Science Center 101

Participation from the campus community is critical to the success of this search, and we welcome your feedback on the candidates.

EcoNote: The ROCKS Program (Recycling on Campus Keene State)

The mission of ROCKS is to educate the community about solid waste issues, promote environmental awareness and economic growth through recycling, and achieve diversion rates set by government through reduction, reuse, and recycling. During the past fiscal year, ROCKS (among many more initiatives) has:

• recycled 232 tons of waste
• worked with salvage and surplus contractors for building, metals, and durable goods
• continued Blue Recycling Bag program in residence halls
• updated and expanded Ink jet cartridge, cell phone, and battery recycling program
• initiated new recycling/waste management procedures in Science Center
• participated in the annual 10-week RecycleMania Competition.

The goals for the coming year include reducing waste at the Dining Commons and better management of general campus construction waste, increasing the recycling rate, and attempting to quantify surplus and salvage weights. If you have questions, please e-mail Mary Jensen at

PAT Council Meets Wednesday, September 10

From Kim Schmidl-Gagne, PAT Council Chair: The PAT Council would like to invite all PATs to the meetings of the PAT Council. The dates for meetings are Wednesdays, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Appian Way conference room. We will send a reminder along with the agenda on Mondays before each meeting, but want you to have the dates as early as possible. We hope you will be able to join us. Please feel free to come, even if you cannot stay for an entire meeting.