September 4th, 2008

   In this issue:

•  Making Way for the New
•  KSC Students, Professors Explore Education in India
•  First Adjunct Reading At Keene State College
•  100 years in 100 words: Notes from the Centennial Committee
•  Australian and New Zealand Art Exhibit Opens at Thorne
•  Artist and Author Faith Ringgold Exhibit at Gallery
•  Fall “Great Decisions 2008” Discussion Series
•  Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) Hosts Engaged Learning Workshop
•  2008 Curriculum Proposals Due October 1
•  Student Mental Health Activist to Speak September 10
•  OSHA Program Featured in New England Construction Magazine
•  It’s Time for “The Keene State College Health Challenge”
•  Keene State Women’s Basketball Team to Hold Annual Car Wash
•  New Fall 2008 Campus Directory is Ready
•  Professional Activities

Making Way for the New

Two houses on Main Street came down last week as the College prepared the site for a new alumni center. Construction is expected to begin next spring on two interconnected buildings surrounding a courtyard. The center is expected to be ready for the 2010 alumni reunion. The new building will be used for award ceremonies, career fairs, continuing education classes, and other College functions. An architect’s rendering of the future building is displayed on the corner site.

Photo: Kay MacLean
Making Way for the New

KSC Students, Professors Explore Education in India

Last summer Linda Baker and Steve Clark (Psychology) traveled to Bangalore India to visit Bapagrama, a school run by Janaki Natarajan Tschannerl (Education and Sociology).

The Bapagrama Educational Center was established in 1949 by Janaki’s mother, Saraswathi Natarajan, a progressive educator and activist, who was an advocate for the Dalit class in India. Named after Thakkar Bapa, a co-worker of Gandhi, the school was established to serve impoverished people in the nearby villages.

The school is free, and for most of the 300 students who walk to it from nearby villages it offers the only opportunity to study beyond primary school. The school’s curriculum integrates literacy, agriculture, science, technology, mathematics, sustainable development, community organizing, arts, and social sciences. Bapagrama has also become a center for community organizing and leadership training.

For many years Bapagrama has hosted visitors who come to participate in the educational activities and contribute to the community. This summer Baker and Clark joined seven KSC graduate and undergraduate students at Bapagrama: Liz Winter, Melissa LaPlante, Kat Kimball, Cat Harris, Jesse Miller, Kim Petersen, and Tim Cullity.

Janaki supervises the Keene State students who come to work on projects for credit, but she also helps all the KSC visitors acclimate to living in India, and plans structured activities and educational trips. Both Baker and Clark say that some of the most powerful educational moments of their visit were experiential: discussions during meals shared by the entire community, learning to prepare Indian meals in the kitchen.

“Spending three weeks in this community changed me and is changing my teaching in ways that are still unfolding,” says Baker. Clark returned with a new calling: he is studying Kannada, the local language, and plans to return to the school next year.

Photo: Steve Clark
Sculptures at a cultural center near Bapagrama, where impoverished students can visit and learn art, music, and theater.

KSC Students, Professors Explore Education in India

First Adjunct Reading At Keene State College

Six adjunct faculty members who teach writing at KSC – Rodger Martin, Mimi Morton, Ali Lichtenstein, Ellen Moynihan, Jack Hitchner, and Jeff Friedman – will read their poems and stories on Thursday, September 25, at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the L.P. Young Student Center:

Ellen Moynihan has taught at Keene State for more than twenty years. This semester she is teaching the ITW course, “The Great Hunger,” and Public Speaking. Her writings have appeared in Ireland’s Eye, an Irish literary magazine, and she has read her essays on New Hampshire Public Radio.

Ali Lichtenstein teaches English and women’s studies at KSC. She is the founder of Empty Bowl Writers™ and leads creative writing workshops in Vermont and New Hampshire. Ali’s pro bono work includes long-term projects with English faculty at the rural Bapagrama School near Bangalore, India. In addition to her scholarly work, Ali writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories.

Rodger Martin is editor of The Worcester Review and teaches journalism at Keene State. His latest collection of poetry, The Blue Moon Series, was chosen by Small Press Review as one of its 2008 summer picks-of-the-month. He has won an Appalachia award for poetry, three Pushcart nominations, and a N.H. State Council on the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

John T. “Jack” Hitchner has been an adjunct instructor in English at Keene State College since 1989 and teaches the Thinking and Writing elective “Coming of Age in War and Peace.” He has published more than fifty poems in a variety of print and online journals, including Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clark Street Review, Common Ground Review, Paper Street, and Poet’s West.

Mimi Morton has taught at KSC since 2000. She lived for many years in Montreal where she taught at Dawson College and worked as a freelance journalist. She had a column in the Montreal Daily News and contributed freelance articles to Canadian and U.S. publications, including the Village Voice, Montreal Gazette, and the Montreal Mirror.

Jeff Friedman’s fourth collection of poetry, Black Threads, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2007. His poems and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, Margie, Agni Online, North American Review, and The New Republic. He has won two fellowships from the New Hampshire State Arts Council, the Carnegie Mellon Open Competition in 1998, and the Editor’s Prize from the Missouri Review among other prizes.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jeff Friedman, or Joan Norcross at 8-2688.

100 years in 100 words: Notes from the Centennial Committee

Coming events with a Centennial influence

9/9: Campus family dinner: Lasagna! Cake! Music!

9/28: Centennial Wellness Fair on Appian Way at the Clarence DeMar Marathon: Health! Wellness!

10/24-25: Homecoming: Pumpkins! Alumni!

10/25: 100th Owl Presentation: Owls! More Owls!
Naturally, you’re still encouraged to visit KSC100 for images and other blasts from the past.

And we’ve got lots more Centennial fun to come. We’re cramming a whole lot of celebration into the next sixteen months. If you’re on a Centennial subcommittee and need help with your event, we can help. Please contact Lucy Webb.

Australian and New Zealand Art Exhibit Opens at Thorne

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne: Australian and New Zealand artists show contemporary artwork that’s rooted in their indigenous past in an exhibit that opens Monday, September 8, and continues through Sunday, October 19, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.

“Earth and Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from New Zealand and Australia” features indigenous art in a variety of media, including paintings and traditional forms such as weaving and carving in wood and jade, and includes carved masks, fiber art, weaponry, and musical instruments.

A reception on Thursday, September 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will include a discussion on New Zealand art and culture and screening of two New Zealand films.

Maori artist and Fulbright scholar Aroha Dahm and New Zealand Honorary Consul to New England Simon C. Leeming will lead the discussion and answer questions at 6 p.m. at the gallery. After the discussion, the KSC Film Society will show Alex, a story that follows a New Zealand swimmer training for the 1960 Rome Olympics, at 7 p.m., and Old Scores, a film about two old men re-creating the controversial 1966 All Blacks/Wales rugby match in New Zealand, at 9 p.m. in the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall. Admission to the films, reception, and exhibit is free. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

Courtesy Photo
Emu’s Nest, an acrylic painting by James P. Simon, an Australian Aboriginal, is among the 60 artworks exhibited in “Earth and Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from New Zealand and Australia”

Australian And New Zealand Art Exhibit Opens At Thorne

Artist and Author Faith Ringgold Exhibit at Gallery

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne: Faith Ringgold, an award-winning author and artist, exhibits a variety of artwork spanning 44 years at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery from Monday, September 8, through Sunday, November 23.

“African/American Influences: The Art of Faith Ringgold” showcases this African American artist’s story quilts, oil paintings from the 1960s, works on paper, and soft sculpture such as masks and dolls. The exhibit includes the original layouts for Tar Beach, Ringgold’s first children’s book, which won more than 20 awards, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book of 1992. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

Courtesy Photo
Groovin’ High, a silkscreen by artist and author Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold

Fall “Great Decisions 2008” Discussion Series

From Heather Jasmin, Continuing Education: As we prepare for the 2008 election, the Office of Continuing Education invites the entire community to join in four free discussions of global issues. A 45-minute lecture is followed by moderated discussion.


9/18, U.S. – China Trade Policy
Moderator: Jules Larocque, Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning

10/2, Iraq End Game
Moderator: Wes Martin, KSC Assistant Professor of Political Science

10/16, Latin America: Shift to the Left?
Moderator: Chuck Weed, KSC Professor of Political Science

10/30, Russia
Moderator: Patrick Dolenc, KSC Professor of Economics

All discussions are free and open to the public. Discussions will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Rhodes N120. Attendees are encouraged to purchase Great Decisions 2008, which provides a synopsis of the issues to be discussed ($18, available at the KSC Bookstore) prior to the first night’s meeting.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) Hosts Engaged Learning Workshop

Keene State College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hosting an Engaged Learning Workshop to be held on September 12, 2008, from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Mountain View Room.

The workshop aims to bring together faculty and staff to begin developing a common understanding of Engaged Learning and its role within the curriculum at Keene State College.

Faculty and staff interested in attending should RSVP to Angela Yang-Handy, Service-Learning Coordinator, at by September 10, 2008. Lunch will be provided.

2008 Curriculum Proposals Due October 1

From Becky Dunn, Health Science: The Senate Curriculum Committee would like to remind departments and programs about deadlines for fall 2008 curriculum proposals. The following deadlines are to ensure inclusion of curriculum changes and updates in the 2009/2010 catalog.

  • Wednesday, October 1: All curriculum proposals to be considered for the 2009/2010 catalog are due to the School Curriculum Committees and Interdisciplinary ISP Subcommittee.
  • Wednesday, October 22: All curriculum proposals to be considered for the 2009/2010 catalog are then due to the Senate Curriculum Committee.

Curriculum documents are posted on the SCC Blackboard site (user name = scc, password = scc). Please feel free to contact Becky Dunn, SCC chair, at 8-2423 or with any questions.

Student Mental Health Activist to Speak September 10

From Candice Wiggum, Interim Dean of Students: Alison Malmon, founder of the student organization Active Minds and chosen as a Washingtonian of the Year for 2007, will be speaking at Keene State College on Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m., in the Mountain View Room at the Student Center. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend. The event is free.

Alison was a first-year student at the University of Pennsylvania when her brother, Brian, a senior at Columbia, took his own life. “He was ashamed and scared,” his sister says. “His friends didn’t know what to do or say. I wanted to let people know that they weren’t alone, that resources are available, that it’s okay to ask.”

Finding no college-based mental-health organizations, Malmon started one at the University of Pennsylvania. Three students came to the first meeting, but 85 attended a coffeehouse to raise funds and awareness. A friend of Malmon’s started a second chapter at Georgetown.

Active Minds is the nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students. The organization serves as the young adult voice in mental health advocacy on more than 100 college campuses nationwide. Each student group’s mission is to:

• Increase awareness of mental health issues
• Provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness
• Encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed
• Serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Keene State College is starting its own student chapter this year. Interested students should contact

OSHA Program Featured in New England Construction Magazine

From Robert Baker, Continuing Education: The OSHA Education Center, a KSC Continuing Education program located in Manchester, N.H., was recently highlighted in the July 28 edition of New England Construction magazine.

The center was noted for its safety and health training programs in an editor’s report entitled “OSHA Training at Keene State Helps Attendees Bolster Their Bottom Line.” The focus of the article was on the center’s Outreach Trainer program, which develops the knowledge and skills of participants to become authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers in the advancement of health and safety for their organization’s workforce.

It’s Time for “The Keene State College Health Challenge”

From Karen Crawford, Human Resources: The President’s Commission for the Promotion of Wellness (PCPOW) is excited to announce the fourth round of “The Keene State College Health Challenge” (formerly called “The Biggest Winner Challenge”), to begin on September 15, 2008.

The Keene State College Health Challenge is a 10-week wellness challenge among six organizations: Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services (HCS), Keene Middle School, the City of Keene, Cheshire Medical Center, Carlisle Flooring, and Keene State College. Each organization has teams who compete to become healthier through a combination of weight loss and improved fitness. The organization that shows the most improvement will take possession of the “Employer Wellness Promotion Award.”

To participate you must form your own team of two. Submit the names of the team members to Karen Crawford at by Wednesday, September 10 with e-mail address, mailstop, and phone extensions listed for both participants. An initial assessment including weight, heart rate, and time while completing a measured mile must be completed during the week of September 8 – 12. Contact Chris Miles at 8-2697, or to set up an appointment.

All participants must weigh in every week starting with the second week of the challenge. Teams will be allowed to miss only one weigh-in.

The Keene State College Health Challenge kickoff meeting will be on Friday, September 5, at 12:15 p.m. in the Science Center, Room 101. In addition to discussing the details of the challenge, you can sign up your team or talk to others who are looking to create a team. We look forward to seeing you there. Do something for yourself: invest some time in your health.

Keene State Women’s Basketball Team to Hold Annual Car Wash

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: The Keene State women’s basketball team will hold its annual charity car wash on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Granite Mobil station on West Street in Keene.

Donations will go to the Be True to Your School (BeTTYS) committee. This group is raising money for facility improvements at Monadnock Regional High School. The women’s basketball team is hoping that the campus and area community members will support their efforts to improve the learning environment at MRHS.

New Fall 2008 Campus Directory is Ready

From Antje Hornbeck, College and Media Relations: The Fall 2008 directory of all departments and faculty/staff is now available through print-on-demand.

You can request multiple copies by using a simple web form. The form goes to Redball Express, where the directory(s) will be duplex printed and delivered to you. Please visit Please call Antje Hornbeck at 8-2102 if you have any questions.

Professional Activities

Mark C. Long, (English) has recently published “Reading, Writing and Teaching in Context,” an essay examining the value of intellectual work in local institutional contexts, in the book Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life. Mark’s most recent contribution to the Dictionary of Literary Biography was also just released, an extended essay on the life and work of A.R. Ammons that appeared in the volume Twentieth-Century American Nature Poets.

Marie Duggan and Armagan Gezici (Economics) presented papers at the Union for Radical Political Economy summer conference in upstate New York in August. Marie’s was entitled, “Lessons of 1997 for 2008: The U.S. Financial Crisis Compared to Emerging Markets,” and Armagan’s was “Income Distribution and Financial Integration: Possible Links.”

Robert Baker (Continuing Education) attended the annual Workforce Development Academy at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. The program provides training to the workforce development community of practitioners who support the re-engineering and re-training of America’s workforce. Baker co-presented a case study with representatives from Virginia Tech and the Virginia Community College System on marketing manufacturing technology programs of study.