November 6th, 2008

   In this issue:

•  Robert P. Hubbard’s Gift Is a Welcoming Symbol
•  Student Painting Honors Habitat for Humanity Trip
•  Bone Marrow Drive a Huge Success
•  Cohen Center Commemorated with Exhibit at Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
•  Poetry Reading
•  Native American Month Activities
•  IT Tech Tip of the Week: Pre-test Your Presentation
•  Service Learning Courses Foster Interdepartmental Collaboration
•  KSC Faculty Perform an All-Stravinsky Concert
•  KSC Surplus Ceramic Sale a Boon to Potters
•  Library Hosts Music Event 11/7
•  Chamber Singers Feature 14th- to 17th-Century Pieces
•  Guitar Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble Offer Brazilian Flair
•  Reimbursements and ACH Deposits
•  Mason Library Adds Databases

Robert P. Hubbard’s Gift Is a Welcoming Symbol

Photo: Robin Dutcher
The Singer, a sculpture by David Aronson, was installed in front of Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center on October 30.
Robert P. Hubbard’s Gift Is a Welcoming Symbol

The Singer, a sculpture by David Aronson, was recently installed in front of the Redfern Arts Center. The bronze sculpture, which greets all who come to the Redfern for classes, concerts, and theatre and dance performances, is one of 56 works of art that Robert P. Hubbard has given to the College.

Hubbard, who came to know Keene State while visiting two grandnieces who attended the College, has been collecting art for more than 40 years. The Hubbard collection includes paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by a variety of artists such as Elaine de Kooning, Albert Hirschfeld, William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, N. C. Wyeth, and sculptor David Aronson.

The Singer is a welcoming symbol for all who visit the Redfern Arts Center,” said KSC President Helen Giles-Gee. “Robert Hubbard’s generous gift will enhance the cultural experience of the campus and Keene communities and provide educational opportunities in the visual arts for our staff and students.”

Donor Robert Hubbard lives in Walpole, New Hampshire, and taught preparatory school English for many years. He has been a generous donor to educational, conservation, historical, and other local agencies. Sculptor David Aronson, who created The Singer, has lived and worked in the Boston area for nearly 60 years. His work is represented in more than 40 museums, and he has exhibited in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

According to Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, the Hubbard collection offers a variety of styles and artists, and many images can be placed in historical context. “There is a wonderful colored lithograph by Alfred Howland, an American artist born in 1838, of a Fourth of July parade in Walpole, New Hampshire,” she said. “There is also an etching by LeRoy Neiman, an American artist born in 1921, of P. J. Clarke’s saloon, where many famous celebrities hung out in the 1960s. It was the setting for the movie The Lost Weekend.”

A selection of works from the Hubbard gift will be exhibited at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, opening January 24, 2009. For more information, call 8-2720.

Student Painting Honors Habitat for Humanity Trip

From Mike Ward, Student Center: When Shawn Huckins ‘05 was asked to create a painting for the Student Center, he suggested a topic important to him as a developing student — the impact that the 2005 Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Guatemala had on him. Each January, the Community Service Office of the Young Student Center organizes an international service trip. Over the past five years, the team has built eleven small cinderblock homes in the village of Rabinal in the province of Baja Verapaz, well north of the capital city.

The 48” x 32” acrylic-and-pen painting depicts a Keene State student approaching a famous landmark arch in the ancient capital city of Antigua, Guatemala. His description of the painting follows:

It’s all about taking that first step — the step into volunteerism, the step into culture, the step into a world that doesn’t closely resemble ours. The painting, “Antigua Street,” represents one of my steps into a new kind of world that I could not have imagined simply by reading a book or viewing a picture. On a KSC Student Center-sponsored Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Guatemala, I had the privilege of helping families find new lives for themselves. Our team worked side by side with the families, helping them build their own homes.
“The unforgettable looks on these families’ faces, filled with such gratitude and joy, were matched by the members of our Keene State team, who had shared a truly magnificent voyage. And it all began with one step.”

Shawn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art at KSC in 2008 with magna cum laude honors. His work has appeared in galleries in New York and Connecticut. He has won the Award for Excellence in the 2007 Ridgefield Guild of Artists 30th Annual Exhibition, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club Prize, and the Thorne-Sagendorph Student Exhibition People’s Choice Award, as well as the Thorne’s Biennial Regional Juror’s Choice Award.

Commissioning a KSC grad to create art for the Student Center allows us to recognize the talents of our students and to give them a step up in their professional lives. We hope that this painting will serve as a thought-provoking piece that will inspire the next generation of involved KSC students. Please come take a look at Shawn’s work outside our offices on the third floor of the Student Center.

Photo: Annie Card
Shawn Huckins ‘05 poses beside the painting he was commissioned to create for the administrative offices in the Student Center.

Student Painting Honors Habitat for Humanity Trip

Bone Marrow Drive a Huge Success

From Scott Strong (BBB and Biology Club advisor) and Susan Whittemore (Biology Senior Seminar Instructor): As members of the Keene State College community for more than a decade, we had no doubt that the bone marrow registration drive held last week, in support of Dr. Hanna Kolodziejski’s (Biology] battle with leukemia, would be a success. Keene State has a wonderful tradition of rallying behind worthy causes, especially when a member of our KSC family is in need. We are overjoyed to report that tradition stands stronger than ever!

Chris Mulcahy, the National Marrow Donor Program representative, told us from the start that 40 registrants would be considered a successful drive. Members of the Biology Senior Seminar class, the Biology Honor Society (BBB), and Biology Club decided that number wasn’t ambitious enough and proceeded to set their goal at 160 registrants.

On October 30, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., we added 195 individuals to the National Marrow Donor Program. Not only did we break our own goal, but Chris informed us that we more than doubled the number of registrants of any of the college drives he has overseen in the New England region. He was simply overwhelmed.

It is noteworthy that our students made a difference not just by setting a record for the number of registrants, but by the manner in which they recruited participants. Jill Gormley, a junior Biology major, came up with the idea of using Facebook to notify students about the drive. Chris was so impressed with this novel advertising approach that he plans to use it as a case study for the national organization.

Also, we were most fortunate to have Hanna and her husband join us at the beginning of the drive. Although Hanna could only stay for a short time, because she was headed to Dana Farber for her next round of treatment, we are quite certain her spirit was lifted at the sight of the overwhelming and heartfelt response by students, faculty, and staff. It was truly an emotional day for all involved.

Without funding from Andy Robinson, SAC, and a Pepsi Partnership Grant, we would have been unable to run this event. To all the students, faculty, staff and members of the Keene community who supported this event financially or by becoming a registrant, please accept our most sincere gratitude. We may very well have saved someone’s life last Thursday!

Cohen Center Commemorated with Exhibit at Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne: Three New England artists whose works are influenced by the Holocaust will be showcased in an exhibit at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College.

Samuel Bak, an artist and a Holocaust survivor; Leslie Starobin, an artist and photographer who creates montages inspired by family and history; and photographer Clemens Kalischer, a member of One by One, an organization that brings together the children of Holocaust survivors and German families, will display their work in “Facing the Holocaust: 25 Years of the Cohen Center at Keene State College” from Friday, November 7, through Sunday, December 7. An opening reception, hosted by the Friends of the Thorne, will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Thorne Gallery. For information, call 8-2720.

Photo: Clemens Kalischer, Untitled
Cohen Center Commemorated with Exhibit at Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery

Poetry Reading

From Kim Schmidl-Gagne, Academic Affairs: On Wednesday, November 12, Dr. Jennifer Lisa Vest will present a lecture and a reading of her poems at noon in the Mountain View Room.

Dr. Vest approaches issues about racial intersections, about the right to have “my own voice” as a Native American woman, and about scholars of color in traditional disciplines. This event is sponsored by the Feminist Collective, the Women’s Studies Council, the Campus Commission on the Status of Women, the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism, and Common Ground. For more information, contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne at 8-2768.

Native American Month Activities

From Bill Stroup, English: The month of November is nationally recognized as the month for Native American appreciation and remembrance. Check out these Native American-themed events:

Monday, November 10, 6 p.m., Mountain View Room:
Prof. Kristy Feldhousen-Giles: “The Freedmen: Race and the Question of Tribal Citizenship
The Freedmen are people of mixed African, Native American, and white ancestry with histories of slavery and intermarriage in the Five Civilized Tribes. Although most Freedmen were guaranteed tribal citizenship after their emancipation, today most Freedmen have been disenfranchised from their tribes. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, November 12, 12 p.m., Mountain View Room:
Dr. Jennifer Vest: “The Philopoetics of Biracial Identity
Jennifer Lisa Vest is a mixed-race (Native American/African-American) poet and philosopher from Chicago. A professor by day and a poet by night, Dr. Vest performs her poetry, delivers philosophy papers, and sometimes combines the two genres to deliver “philopoetics” on issues of race, culture, identity, and justice at academic, community, and artistic venues throughout the country.

Wednesday, November 19, 4 p.m., Madison St. Lounge:
Brenda Esperanza, Counseling Center: “Native American Spirituality
Join us for an exploration of various Native/indigenous beliefs and practices.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Night Owl Café:
In 2007, Dances with Wolves (1990) was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The film tells the story of a United States Army lieutenant (Kevin Costner) who travels to the American frontier in search of a military post. He eventually befriends a local Sioux tribe, learning their culture, Lakota language, and rituals.

IT Tech Tip of the Week: Pre-test Your Presentation

From the IT Group: It is mid-way through the semester and students are working on presentations to share with the class. Please remind them before the big day that they should test their presentation in advance, using the technology in the classroom. This will give them an opportunity to catch any issues or incompatibilities. Also, if you or your students would like to use a Macintosh computer in the classroom, the HelpDesk has adaptors available. Simply complete a Media Equipment Request form 48 hours in advance. As always, the HelpDesk will respond immediately to any classroom emergency, and we are always available to provide you with additional training. Feel free to contact us at 8-2532, email, or stop by our office on the second floor of Elliot Hall.

Service Learning Courses Foster Interdepartmental Collaboration

From Angela Yang-Handy, Student Affairs: This semester, the students in BIO 495: Senior Seminar, taught by Susan Whittemore, are working with the students in Craig Lugenbeel’s CS 340: Internet Programming class to develop a website for KSC’s Biology Department. In addition, this collaborative service learning project is coordinated by a student with prior service learning experience who is currently enrolled in Mike Hanrahan’s CS 495: Seminar course.

The Biology students are working with the Biology faculty to choose features for the website and are researching and writing the content. The Computer Science students are providing the Biology students with guidelines and training on how best to develop the content for the site and helping them choose a suitable website design. Together, the BIO 495: Senior Seminar and CS 340: Internet Programming classes wrote a joint grant proposal to submit to the Pepsi Partnership Grant Program to obtain funding to purchase a server. This three-way interdepartmental service-learning project is a model for on-campus service and collaboration, and its success is attributable to these three faculty members’ and their students’ investment in and commitment to this project.

If you are interested in learning more about the Keene State College Service Learning Program, please refer to the program’s website or e-mail Angela Yang-Handy, Service Learning Coordinator, at

KSC Faculty Perform an All-Stravinsky Concert

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The Keene State Music Department will collaborate with the Theatre and Dance Department to present a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) on Friday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall.

Vaughn West (Theatre and Dance) will narrate the piece, written about a soldier on leave returning to his native village and encountering the devil. KSC music faculty performing The Soldier’s Tale will be Kathy Andrew (violin), Don Baldini (double bass), James Boccia (trumpet), Joy Flemming (bassoon), and Christopher Swist (percussion), with visiting artists Karen Bressette (clarinet) and Dave Sporny (trombone). James Chesebrough will conduct the piece.

The recital will also feature other works by Stravinsky, including Ave Maria, sung by the KSC Chamber Singers (conducted by Elaine Broad-Ginsberg) and works for flute and guitar, featuring George Loring (piano), Ted Mann (guitar), and Robin Matathias (flute).
For tickets, call the box office at 8-2168, or visit

KSC Surplus Ceramic Sale a Boon to Potters

From Jim Draper, Purchasing: New KSC Assistant Professor of Art Paul McMullan spent the summer sorting out 36 years of ceramic supplies. Last Saturday, his efforts were rewarded when he combined with the KSC Surplus Property Program and sold $3,600 worth of old equipment and supplies.

“What an introduction to Keene State,” McMullan said. “It took a bunch of people to pull this thing together. Environmental Health and Safety Officer Sylvie Rice helped me identify and organize things over the summer. This past week, work-study students Mike Kumpulanian, Brendan Walsh, and Daren Morris provided more help, and on Saturday, KSC Physical Plant workers Nate Demond and Robert MacKenzie provided much of the heavy lifting. We cleaned out years of stuff, and local potters got some real bargains. Now I have room to upgrade and build the program at KSC. Thanks to everyone for their hard work.”

Library Hosts Music Event 11/7

The library will host a special music event on Friday, November 7. Come and enjoy the melodious sounds of KSC’s Flute Ensemble at 2 p.m. in the library’s Wood Reading Area. The members of the group include seniors Gayle Ravlin, Amanda Kosloski, Kristin Morace, and Jen Kramer McKibbin. Light refreshments will be served.

Chamber Singers Feature 14th- to 17th-Century Pieces

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The Keene State College Chamber Singers will perform a concert of early choral music on Sunday, November 16, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall.

Conducted by KSC music faculty member Elaine Broad Ginsberg, the KSC Chamber Singers will present a program of music from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, including a number of Renaissance madrigals and several examples of early choral music. The 33-member ensemble includes several small chamber groups. Keene State artist-in-residence George Loring will accompany the singers during some of the selections. For tickets, call the box office at 8-2168.

Guitar Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble Offer Brazilian Flair

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The KSC Guitar Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble will perform Brazilian and European music on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center.

The orchestra, consisting of nine guitars directed by José Lezcano, will play a variety of pieces, including Gabriel Fauré’s Pavane; Suite Espanola by Gaspar Sanz, a guitarist and composer at the Spanish Royal Court; El Noi de la Mare, a Catalonian folk song arranged for guitars; and Railaway, a work for six guitars inspired by trains, by Dutch composer Annette Kruisbrink.

The percussion ensemble, directed by Christopher Swist, will feature music from, or influenced by, Brazil. Instruments such as the berimbau, pandeiro, tamborim, ago-go, ganza, and cuica will be used in traditional arrangements. Works by Michael Colgrass, Ney Rosauro, and KSC’s own professor emeritus William Pardus will be performed. For tickets, call the box office at 8-2168.

Reimbursements and ACH Deposits

From the Business Office: We have found that our new initiative of depositing travel and petty cash reimbursements directly (electronically) into individuals’ bank accounts (i.e., the ACH process) has been well received on campus. We appreciate the positive feedback!

For those who have neither the extra time to visit us in person nor the inclination to carry a lot of cash, there is no minimum amount required for reimbursements to be processed via ACH. Even the smallest amounts may be handled in this way. No cash, no hassle, no fuss. Feel free to route your reimbursement request via campus mail at MS 1603, or stop by in person to drop off your paperwork. If you are not currently enrolled in the electronic deposit (ACH) program and would like to be, please contact Matt Kimber at 8-2480.

Mason Library Adds Databases

From Irene Herold, Mason Library: Mason Library is pleased to announce the addition of eighteen new databases in support of the curricular and research needs of Keene State College students, faculty, and staff.

Literary Criticism Online includes full-text literary criticism from twelve multivolume sets that were previously received in print format. Having these online means that they are searchable together and important information will not be missed because a particular set was not searched. Eleven Alexander Street Press databases contain streaming audio and video from the fields of theater, dance, music, and film. Two science databases, GreenFILE and Biological Abstracts have been added to the suite of databases from EBSCOhost. Other additions support education, diversity, and publishing. Read more about these new eSources here. To start using the databases, go to the database page and select the database alphabetically from the list.