September 18th, 2008

   In this issue:

•  Dottie Morris Appointed Interim Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism
•  Study Away Fair
•  Kaufman Wins Two Sports Writing Awards
•  Georgia Guitar Quartet Opens Redfern 2008–09 Season
•  100 years in 100 words: Notes from the Centennial Committee
•  IT Tech Tip of the Week: Who ya gonna call?
•  Keene State’s Bleam Walking for a Cause
•  A Great Free Opportunity: Ending Violence Against Women Conf 10/24
•  Eighth KSC Alum Wins NH Teachers of Mathematics Award
•  Recreation Center Open House 9/22 – 9/30
•  Fourth KSC Lee National Denim Day for Breast Cancer Research
•  Keene State’s Hawkes Competes At Paralympic Games
•  Family News
•  Professional Activities

Dottie Morris Appointed Interim Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism

Dr. Dottie Morris has been appointed Interim Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism at the College.

“Dr. Morris brings an exceptional resumé with a strong combination of academic credentials and life experience, and well-grounded preparation and understanding in the areas of diversity and multiculturalism,” President Giles-Gee wrote in an announcement to the campus.

Morris worked most recently as associate dean for Student Learning at the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vt., and as director of Student Affairs/Core Faculty at the Clinical Mental Health Program at Antioch University, Keene. She has worked at Keene State as an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department, and was named one of Keene State College’s 2008 Outstanding Women of New Hampshire.

The Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism will recommend institutional practices and policies that foster a welcoming and inclusive campus community. Reporting directly to the president, she will provide support and resources to the College’s deans, commissions, department chairs, administrators, staff, and students in matters related to the advancement of the College’s goals for diversity and multiculturalism. Dr. Morris will begin on September 29, 2008. Her office will be located on the first floor of Hale Building.

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Dr. Dottie Morris (seated far right) with the 2008 recipients of Keene State College’s Outstanding Women of New Hampshire (standing, l. to r.): Helen Giles-Gee, Jan Cohen, Jahleh Ghanbari; seated: Juliana Eades

Dottie Morris Appointed Interim Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism

Study Away Fair

This semester KSC has sent more than 40 students to Australia, Ecuador, England, France, Galapagos Islands, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and across the United States through the National Student Exchange Program. The College has also welcomed a dozen new exchange and international students who will be on campus for stays ranging from one semester to four years. The matriculating students are from Japan and Taiwan, while the exchange students are from England and France and domestically from Oregon and Idaho (through the National Student Exchange program). Anyone unable to attend the fair to learn about the many programs and designations where students can study is encouraged to visit the National and International Exchange office located on the third floor of Elliot Center.

Students gathered in the big tent in front of the Student Center on September 17 to learn about KSC Study Away programs at the Study Away Fair.
Study Away Fair

Kaufman Wins Two Sports Writing Awards

Stuart Kaufman (Sports Information) has received two District 1 writing awards from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the 2008 Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest. The District 1 region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

The writing contest has five categories (athlete feature, general feature, coach/administrator profile, event coverage, and historical feature), and the 2007–08 contest drew 388 total entries.

Kaufman received a second place award under “event coverage” for “The Right Track: Keene State Jumper, Runner Win NCAA Titles,” a story about the KSC women’s track team national championships. He received third place under “general feature” for “Blaisdell Knows the Rules,” a story about alum Peter Blaisdell that appeared in Keene State Today.

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Stuart Kaufman

Stuart Kaufman

Georgia Guitar Quartet Opens Redfern 2008–09 Season

From Bill Menezes, Redfern: The Georgia Guitar Quartet (GGQ) will open the 2008–09 season at Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond on Saturday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. The Redfern is dedicating this season of music, theatre, and dance to Keene State’s year-long centennial celebration. The Quartet will also conduct a free and public lecture demonstration at noon that Saturday.

GGQ’s Redfern performance will feature classical works by Michael Praetorius, Domenico Scarlatti, Frédéric Chopin, Edvard Grieg, and Federico Moreno Torroba, among others. In a more contemporary vein, GGQ will play compositions by Kyle Dawkins, Vince Guaraldi, and Nikita Koshkin. Audio clips of GGQ performance excerpts are available at their website. For tickets call 8-2168 or visit

Courtesy photo: Georgia Guitar Quartet
Georgia Guitar Quartet

100 years in 100 words: Notes from the Centennial Committee

Coming events with a Centennial influence

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!

And now, announcing the first-ever Campus News Centennial Trivia Contest!
Periodically, we’ll offer a Centennial T-shirt to people who correctly answer questions posed here.

For our first contest, we’re making it easy for you (and us). We’ll give shirts to the first 12 people who send us a trivia question about the history of the college, with verifiable answers. Include your mailstop, please, for easy shirt shipping.

IT Tech Tip of the Week: Who ya gonna call?

From the IT Group: It is midnight on a Saturday night and the entire network is down. Or maybe you come in Sunday afternoon to catch up on some work and notice the telephones aren’t working. Do you know who to report this to?

The IT Group HelpDesk is always your first point of contact when there is a technology issue on campus. But what if the HelpDesk is closed?

As with many other campus-wide situations, the Department of Campus Safety is the place to call. The IT Group has developed an “off hours” protocol to respond to technology issues: Campus Safety will contact the appropriate person to respond to the problem. By reporting the situation as soon as it develops, the IT Group will receive early notification and respond promptly to the situation.
So, don’t feel you need to wait until Monday morning when the HelpDesk is open — report the issue to Campus Safety, and they will be sure the IT Group is notified.

Keene State’s Bleam Walking for a Cause

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Walking used to be a major ordeal for Nancy Bleam. A member of the athletic training staff for the past 12 years at Keene State, Bleam readily recalls a time when, unable to breathe, she had to stop three times while walking down Appian Way.

Bleam has no problems walking these days. In fact, she plans to be front and center on Sunday in Middlebury, Vt., for one of the most important walks of her life — the Walk for a Cure — a fundraiser for polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Bleam will be among thousands of people who will take part in the three-mile walk that will begin simultaneously at noon at 23 sites around the country. Wearing T-shirts that say “survivor or fighter,” participants will begin their route by walking through a field of flowers, bought in honor of or in memory of someone who has died from the disease that destroys working kidney tissue.

Teaching athletic training classes and helping more than 300 student athletes recover and recuperate from injuries on a daily basis, Bleam began experiencing major health issues in 2006. Twenty-five years ago, she was diagnosed with PKD, the same disease that caused the death of her mother, Evelyn Berry Bleam, and has been found in her younger sister, Monica Roney, and nephew, Justin, who live in St. Joseph’s, Michigan.

She had both of her kidneys removed in July 2007, when doctors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock transplanted her cousin Jenny’s left kidney into Bleam. “I went from dying to completely new,” Bleam said. “She’s 10 years younger than me, so I got a good deal. It’s a gift I intend to keep.”

After taking some time off to build up her immune system and her strength, she returned to full-time work in October 2007. Bleam, who calls athletic training her passion, says she literally grew up in a training room. Her father, Don, worked for the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Bullets, and the University of Michigan before moving back to his hometown and working as the athletic trainer at Adrian High School.

Bleam can now walk as fast as she wants and no longer gets winded or feels pain when she is stretching Keene State athletes. She has no dietary restrictions and, except for few anti-rejection pills and a need to take a flu shot once a year, is back to living as normal a life as can be expected, given her life-changing experience.

Little things are no longer taken for granted. “This means so much to me,” she said about Sunday’s walk. “I’ve never been able to do it. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to breathe and walk.”

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Nancy Bleam

Nancy Bleam

A Great Free Opportunity: Ending Violence Against Women Conf 10/24

From Forrest Seymour, Counseling Center: If you, or any students you know (particularly guys) are interested in attending this year’s Ending Violence Against Women Conference sponsored by the NH Violence Against Women Campus Consortium (of which KSC is a member), please let me know ASAP. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. The conference runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, at UNH in Durham. It is free, and they have reserved 14 spaces for us, so let’s fill them up! Contact Forrest Seymour, 8-2407.

Eighth KSC Alum Wins NH Teachers of Mathematics Award

Andrea Drake ‘05 received the Fernand J. Prevost Mathematics Teaching Award from the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM).

The award is given annually to a beginning New Hampshire mathematics teacher with no more than three years’ experience but who has demonstrated an excellent commitment and ability to teach mathematics.

Andrea, who teaches at Bedford High School, becomes the eighth KSC mathematics graduate to receive the award since its inception 14 years ago. Beverly Ferrucci (Mathematics) has mentored all eight KSC recipients.

Recreation Center Open House 9/22 – 9/30

From Recreational Sports: All KSC faculty and staff are cordially invited to use the facilities and programs in the Recreation Center for one week … FREE! Come to the Recreation Center front desk during Open House Week, September 22 – 30, and sign up for a special pass to use the weight room or cardio equipment. Jump in the water during Rec Sports pool time, or take a group fitness class.

The BodyWorks fitness center staff will offer equipment use instruction to help start your workout program. For more information and group fitness class schedules, please contact the Recreational Sports office at 8-2814.

Fourth KSC Lee National Denim Day for Breast Cancer Research

From Barbara Preston, President’s Commission for the Promotion of Wellness: The denim worn on Friday, October 3, at Keene State will make a powerful statement for an important cause. As Lee National Denim Day moves into its thirteenth year, the College is gearing up to participate for the fourth time in this grassroots program which has raised more than $70 million for breast cancer research.

Participants make a $5 donation to the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), and in exchange are encouraged to wear denim on October 3. Funds will be used to support a groundbreaking scientific project to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. They will also help accelerate treatment research and increase patient access to some of the most significant clinical trials in the nation, as well as support grassroots education programs across the country.

KSC offices/departments may register at the official website: or by phoning 1-800-521-5533. KSC community members who would like to participate can give their donation to the staff member who is collecting for their office / department / division. If your office is not officially registered, you are welcome to contribute through any participating office. Donations may be made by cash or by check made out to “Lee National Denim Day.”

The President’s Commission for the Promotion of Wellness will provide informational signs for participating on-campus offices, explaining why we are wearing denim as well as general information on breast cancer. Please let Barbara Preston, 8-2053, know if you will be participating so she can provide you with signage.

Keene State’s Hawkes Competes At Paralympic Games

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Keene State’s Sabra Hawkes completed her participation in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (September 6 – 17). The junior placed eighth in her 100-meter heat with a time of 15.75 and finished sixth in the first heat of the 200-meter race with a time of 32.36.

Hawkes, who was born with a mild case of cerebral palsy, qualified for the U.S. team at the Paralympic Team Trials held at Arizona State University’s Sun Angel Stadium. She won the 100-meter dash and placed second in the 200-meter race.

A member of the KSC track team, Hawkes has an impressive list of accomplishments on the track. She earned gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races at the 2007 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Championships in Atlanta, Ga. She won a gold medal in the 200-meter and a silver medal in the 100-meter at the 2007 ParaPan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a silver and a bronze medal at the 2005 Cerebral Palsy Worlds in New London, Conn.

Family News

We are sad to report that Barbara Ware’s (Modern Languages) mother died in early September.

Professional Activities

Sander Lee (Philosophy), contributed a chapter titled “Is Odo a Collaborator?” to the new anthology Star Trek and Philosophy, edited by Jason Eberl and Kevin Decker as part of the Popular Culture and Philosophy series published by the Open Court Press.

Margaret Langford’s (Modern Languages) translation of the Franco-American Civil War novel The Innocent Victim, by Adelard Lambert, has been published by Images from the Past.

Brinda Charry’s (English) novel, Naked in the Wind, was awarded the India Plaza Golden Quill Critics’ Choice award for a book by an Indian author in 2007. The award is administered by a leading online bookstore based in India.

A collection of essays, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, edited by Mark C. Long (English and American Studies), Fred Waage, and former Keene State College English major Laird Christensen (professor of environmental studies at Green Mountain College) has been released by the Modern Language Association of America. An interview with Mark, “Ecocriticism: A Model for the Interdisciplinary Humanities,” was published in the Newsletter of the Organization for the Study of Literature and the Environment (OSLE) India; and Mark’s most recent essay, “Shifting Ground: The Emergence of the Bioregion and the Watershed in the Teaching of North American Environmental Literature,” appeared in the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism.

Tom White (Cohen Center) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) and is currently serving as its secretary. The AHO’s purpose is to serve as an international network of organizations and individuals for the advancement of Holocaust programming, awareness, education, and research. Among its functions and services are annual conventions, a winter seminar at the USHMM, a listserv for members, and a directory of members.

Ann Atkinson (Communication) has been admitted to the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

Neal Pruchansky (Management) has been awarded the 2008 SBI Showcase Award. The Showcase Award identifies the SBI Program and its Director that deserves recognition for innovative development or management, or because their SBI efforts contributed to a true small-business client success story.