December 4th, 2008

   In this issue:


•  KSC Students Bring “Science Out of the Box” to Keene Elementary Schools
•  Geography Program’s Work Is Featured on WMUR’s N.H. Chronicle
•  KSC Child Development Center Earns National Accreditation
•  Student Center Celebration Opens the Holiday Season on Campus
•  College Holiday Break Schedule Reminder
•  KSC Community Donates 158 Thanksgiving Baskets, Toys, and Food
•  Library’s READ Poster Honors Scholar Athletes
•  Eco Note: Think Precycle This Holiday Season
•  Service Learning: Simulating a Real-World Commercial Enterprise
•  Student Chamber Ensembles Perform December 7
•  KSC’s Dallas and Rowell Earn Field Hockey All-America Honors Again
•  Student’s Email Quotas Increase
•  Professional Activities
•  Family News
•  Campus News Holiday Break

KSC Students Bring “Science Out of the Box” to Keene Elementary Schools

Last year Keene State was awarded a $20,000 Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant to develop Science Out of the Box, an enrichment program to engage elementary school students with direct experience and experimentation to enhance essential concepts and principles in science. A sampling of Science Out of the Box science units was field tested for three weeks last summer as part of KSC’s Kids on Campus program, and used to develop the Science Out of the Box curriculum used in the Fuller and Franklin elementary schools in Keene this year. This semester, KSC student teachers focused on simple machines: wheels and axles, levers and pulleys, screws, and incline planes and wedges.

Photo: Will Wrobel. Back row (l to r): Marlen Gostyla (Bank of America), Laura Tavares (KSC student teacher), Professor Sally Jean (KSC), freddie Martinez (Bank of America), and Allyce Gregorek (KSC student teacher); front row (l to r): Fuller Elementary School students Jack Ebbinghausen, Griffin Nelson, Diego Betancourt, Olivia Guerriero, Samantha DiPietro
KSC Students Bring “Science Out of the Box “ to Keene Elementary Schools

Geography Program’s Work Is Featured on WMUR’s N.H. Chronicle

Kristin Alvarez (Geography) was interviewed on WMUR’s Chronicle on November 26 in a feature about David McCormick, a fourth-grade teacher at the Mast Way Elementary School in Lee. McCormick learned about geocoaching at a summer institute sponsored by the NH Geographic Alliance (NHGA), which is coordinated by Alvarez and headquartered at Keene State.

Alvarez nominated McCormick for a National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching award, which he won in 2008. In the Chronicle feature, McCormick is shown engaging students in various geography sessions in the classroom, in GPS woods walks, and in the gym with group activities on top of a floor-sized map.

KSC Child Development Center Earns National Accreditation

Keene State College’s Child Development Center (CDC) has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The CDC’s program is among the first in the nation to complete NAEYC’s more rigorous accreditation process.

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Ellen Ellsberg Edge, CDC director. “NAEYC accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and best early-learning experiences possible.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation in the new system, the CDC went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years. For more information on NAEYC accreditation, visit their website.

Student Center Celebration Opens the Holiday Season on Campus

Photo: Renee Staudinger
Snowflake crepes, cotton candy, chocolate fountains, and tables with holiday crafts and treats filled the Student Center on December 3 when the Student Center’s 4th Annual Winter Celebration opened the holiday season on campus.
Student Center Celebration Opens the Holiday Season on Campus

College Holiday Break Schedule Reminder

From Kim Harkness, Human Resources: Once again, this holiday schedule will provide us with an opportunity to close the College for a holiday break beginning Wednesday, December 24, at 5 p.m. and reopening on Monday, January 5, 2009. As a result, employees should plan to save three vacation/earned time days (December 30th, 31, and January 2) to use during this break. New employees who have not had the opportunity to accrue sufficient time will be contacted by Human Resources regarding the campus closing to make arrangements.

Thursday, December 25, 2008      Christmas Holiday
Friday, December 26, 2008           Campus Holiday
Monday, December 29, 2008        Campus Holiday
Tuesday, December 30, 2008       Earned Time/Vacation
Wednesday, December 31, 2008   Earned Time/Vacation
Thursday, January 1, 2009            New Year’s Holiday
Friday, January 2, 2009                 Earned Time/Vacation

KSC Community Donates 158 Thanksgiving Baskets, Toys, and Food

From the KSC Thanksgiving Basket Committee: Once again, Keene State has made a difference in our community. This year’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive was a great success and touched the hearts of many families. Baskets were prepared with personal touches by students, student organizations, departments, faculty, staff, and even a local bank. Not only were 128 Thanksgiving baskets contributed but also three large boxes of unwrapped toys from a KSC family, eight massive boxes of miscellaneous food items, and a hefty 50-pound bag of potatoes. With a generous amount of cash donations, we were able to provide for an additional 30 WIC families for a record total of 158 baskets!

This year’s event was a success due to the extraordinary generosity, hard work, and efforts by many. Volunteers included 45 students from a variety of Greek and student organizations along with more than 20 faculty and staff from all corners of our campus community. We are grateful to the local vendors who added an assortment of coupons and items for distribution to the Community Kitchen. Be sure to say thank you to these participating vendors: Met life, Delta Dental, Dr. Peter Welnaks’ Office, Inspired Creation, Wal-Mart, Yankee Lanes, Shaw’s, Toadstool Bookstore, Children’s Dental Care, Borders, Price Chopper, First Book, Target, Bagel Works, and Sylvania/Osram.

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the Equinox for their support of our ads, to Sodexho for supplying refreshments (as well as baskets and a diaper bag complete with all the necessities!), to Physical Plant for their pick-up and delivery services (and 10 baskets contributed from their department), and to those individuals who initiated the collection for their departments. It is truly a reflection of our campus community to be able to come together for 23 years and make a difference to so many people during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Photo: Bette Whitney; KSC students prepare to load donated baskets and food into truck/vans.
KSC Community Donates 158 Thanksgiving Baskets, Toys, and Food

Library’s READ Poster Honors Scholar Athletes

Photo: Lynn Roman
On November 21, the Mason Library officially unveiled the new READ poster. Shown here are three of the athlete scholars featured on the poster, all members of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Academic Squad: (l-r) Victoria Stoessel, Amanda Wright, and Elizabeth Rand with Kathleen Halverson, assistant dean/head of public services at the library.

Library’s READ Poster Honors Scholar Athletes

Eco Note: Think Precycle This Holiday Season

From the Sustainability Council’s ECO-NOTES Team: Precycling is defined as a reduction in the amount of materials consumed in an effort to decrease the amount of materials requiring recycling or disposal. By precycling, you can reduce waste by not buying something that will generate heaps of waste. Here are a few precycling suggestions to think about when shopping:

1. Buy Items You Need and Will Use: Buying items you will use saves money and keeps clutter to a minimum. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”
2. Select Products Carefully: When choosing products, consider the environmental impact of your purchase. Is it safe for the environment and your loved ones? Does it have special storage and disposal needs? Is there a nontoxic alternative product available? Is the product/packaging made of recycled/recyclable materials?
3. Buy Locally, Think Globally: Buying locally reduces waste generated through transportation — including air and water pollution — and also supports the community. Purchasing local food from a farmer’s market or local producer allows you to enjoy fresh food that is not heavily packaged.
4. Consider Products with Reduced or Zero Packaging: Packaging makes up more than 35% of our waste stream. If packaging can’t be avoided, choose products that have packaging made of recycled and recyclable materials. Buying in bulk and reusing shopping bags will reduce your packaging load. Canvas bags last a long time and endure the weight of groceries much better than paper or plastic. Don’t take a bag when you have single items.
5. Avoid Plastic: A recycle symbol on plastic items and packages does not always mean an item is recyclable. The chasing arrows symbol has been taken over by the plastics industry, allowing them to look environmentally friendly without having to actually change their practices.
6. Avoid Disposables: Don’t buy products manufactured for automatic disposal. Buy items that are designed for reuse or things that can be repaired. For example, using a refillable mug eliminates the need for disposable cups and often gets you a discount on your beverage.
7. Reuse Items or Donate Them: When items are no longer useful to you, donate them to charity. You save landfill space, get a tax credit, and help someone else out!
8. Compost: Feed your garden and it will feed you. Kitchen scraps like vegetable and fruit peels provide nourishment for your garden. Composting is easy! Check R.O.C.K.S. for more information.
9. Take the Time to Give Feedback: Take a minute to talk to a store manager about a product or packaging preference. Patronize businesses that offer low-impact products and packaging. Write manufacturers with feedback on improving their product’s impact on the waste stream and environment. Contact your legislators to encourage legislation that supports these practices.
10. Teach Your Children: Children are consumers of the present and the future. By teaching children to precycle, you help them take responsibility for their impact, reduce the strain on your budget, and make them better citizens of the planet. For more information on Greening Your Holiday: www.keene.edu/sustain/gg_holiday.cfm.

Service Learning: Simulating a Real-World Commercial Enterprise

From Angela Yang-Handy, Student Affairs: Two sections of the CS150: Web Page Construction course have been simulating a commercial web page development enterprise this semester by working on service-learning projects with community partners. Matt Onyon (Computer Science) has been teaching both sections of the course and describes the process:

“We began this real-world simulation by working with Angela Yang-Handy to retain what we call ‘class clients.’ We met with the clients at the beginning of the semester to gather their organization’s ideas and wishes. As the semester progressed, we built a viable, interactive, and, hopefully, attractive site. At the end of this semester, the clients will return for an unveiling and brief instruction session on maintaining their site.

“One section of CS150 has been working with Jeremy Miller, director of Extended Learning & Out-of-School Programs for the ACCESS Program, which is a local after-school nonprofit organization comprised of eight sites in southwestern New Hampshire. Jeremy asked the class to construct a website with an informative section for each of the eight sites and to build in communication and online registration capabilities. The second section of CS150 has been working with Amanda Costello from the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) to develop a website. Amanda has requested the construction of a website that provides general information about CCCD, several sections that include CCCD’s interactions with farms, forestry, and landowners, and a section related to donations and volunteerism.”

In addition to this semester’s website construction projects, last spring Matt Onyon’s CS150 course partnered with a local nonprofit organization, LifeArt, to develop its website. LifeArt has been highly complimentary of the website, which can be accessed at http://www.lifeartkeene.org/.

If you are interested in learning more about the Keene State College Service Learning Program, please visit the program’s website or e-mail Angela Yang-Handy, Service Learning Coordinator, at ayanghandy@keene.edu.

Student Chamber Ensembles Perform December 7

From Connie Lester, Redfern: Works of chamber music by several student ensembles will be performed on Sunday, December 7, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served in the lobby following the performance.

The concert will showcase the Saxophone Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. A variety of musical selections will be performed, including arrangements by some of the participants. Music majors, non-music majors, and community members can participate in a chamber ensemble. For more information about the program, call 8-2177.

KSC’s Dallas and Rowell Earn Field Hockey All-America Honors Again

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: For the second year in a row, Keene State’s Erin Dallas and Alyssa Rowell have been named All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Dallas, a junior midfielder from Marlow, N.H., becomes the first Owl player to earn first-team All-American twice, while Rowell, a senior back from Queensbury, N.Y., moves up from third-team last year to second-team honors this season.

Dallas, a first-team All-Region and All-Little East pick, led the Owls in scoring with 13 goals, 13 assists, and 39 points. Rowell, who earned LEC defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season as well as All-Region and All-LEC awards, topped the team with 13 defensive saves and was third in scoring with 11 goals, nine assists, and 31 points.

Dallas and Rowell join Heather Fiske, Kerrey Pilotte, and Kelly Smith as two-time All-Americans for the KSC field hockey team. Finishing with an 18-6 (10-1 LEC record), Keene State captured its fifth consecutive LEC championship and NCAA berth this season.

Student’s Email Quotas Increase

From the IT Group: We are happy to announce that students’ MyKSC email quotas have increased from 10mb to 50mb. This increased mailbox capacity will allow important email such as course registration, housing information, student financial aid, and billing to arrive in their mailbox as intended.

It is always a good idea to reinforce the importance of managing email accounts with students so that the information you want them to have will reach them when they need it. If you have any questions regarding this or any other technology issue, please feel free to contact the HelpDesk at 358-2532, email helpdesk@keene.edu, or stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall.

Professional Activities

Karrie Kalich (Health Science), Dottie Bauer (Education), and Deirdre McPartlin (Child Development Center) gave a presentation entitled “Changing Preschoolers’ Eating Habits through Gardening and Nutrition Experiences” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Dallas (Nov. 4–8, 2008). The conference is one of the largest professional-development conferences in the United States, with more than 20,000 early-childhood professionals in attendance. Their presentation summarized the Early Sprouts curriculum and presented data that demonstrate the impact of the program on children’s preference for vegetables. Karrie, Deirdre, and Dottie are also pleased to announce that their book, Early Sprouts: Cultivating Healthy Food Choices in Young Children, will be published in February 2009 by Redleaf Press.

Jose Lezcano’s (Music) latest CD, Latin Landscapes, was recently released. In collaboration with Matthew Shubin, bassoonist, and Paul Schliffer, flutist, of the Rochester Folk Art Guild, the CD features his original compositions and arrangements of Latin American composers for guitar and winds. The CD is available at Hannah Grimes and on Jose’s website. Jose also performed Nov. 24 at the RFAG Series in Middlesex, N.Y., and gave a Spotlight talk on Nov. 8 in Fitchburg, Mass., on “Flamenco and the Classical Guitar” for the Noche Flamenca performance at Weston Auditorium.

Irene Herold (Mason Library) presented a three-hour workshop in November for the OCUL (Ontario Council of University Librarians) Associate University Librarians Meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, on mentoring for leadership. This was based upon research she did for Managerial Leadership in the Information Profession courses she has completed for her Ph.D. program at Simmons College. It included a review of three leadership theories (transformational, LMX, and team), their relationship to mentoring, and best practices in leadership mentoring in industry and library organizations.

Family News

We are saddened to report that Dr. Virginia Trumbull, professor emeritus of Special Education, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ginny began her career at Keene State College in fall of 1974 and continued through her retirement in 1998, earning recognition for her excellence as a teacher in 1988 as KSC’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Dr. Trumbull’s expertise in Special Education made her an incredible resource for students in our education program as well as for campus and community members who themselves had learning disabilities or special needs and required support.

Campus News Holiday Break

The December 11 issue of Campus News will be the last before the holiday break. Please send news or items for Professional Activities by e-mail to campusnews@keene.edu by noon on Mon., December 8. The first issue in 2009 will be on Thursday, January 22.