February 5th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  College Mourns Loss of “Dr. K”
•  “Code Red” Night Benefit For Erin Dallas
•  KSC Student Chosen for American Chemical Society Leadership Institute
•  Hunger in America: Do We Want to Solve the Problem?
•  Tray-free Dining at the Zorn
•  Documentary, Concert Celebrate New Orleans
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Watch Out for Phishing
•  Winter Hazards
•  Why Do Professors Blog?
•  Family News
•  Professional Activities
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Print Out Articles from Campus News
•  Update Your Expertise Listing
•  What’s happening on campus: 2-5-09

College Mourns Loss of “Dr. K”

From the Biology Department (Ken Bergman, Karen Cangialosi, Pat Eggleston, Katie Featherstone, Renate Gebauer, Loren Launen, Kristen Porter-Utley, Scott Strong, and Susan Whittemore): The Biology Department faculty, staff, and students mourn the loss of their newest faculty member, Dr. Hanna Kolodziejski, who died at the age of 32 at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston early Tuesday morning. She will be sorely missed.

Dr. Johanna Kolodziejski, July 18, 1976–February 3, 2009

Courtesy photo: Dr. Johanna Kolodziejski, July 18, 1976–February 3, 2009

Dr. Kolodziejski, known to her students as Dr. K, was a brilliant young neuroethologist who had just earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Biology at Keene State in the fall of 2007. In her short time here, Hanna demonstrated that she was a dedicated and incredibly talented teacher and mentor of undergraduates, as well as a most excellent colleague. She was a champion of all students, encouraging each and every student she knew to be as ambitious and successful as possible. Hanna was a passionate scientist who was developing several important research opportunities for our undergraduates, all based on her fascinating doctoral research on the neural basis for sex differences in the signal production of weakly electric fish. She also had a broad interest in the social and political aspects of science.

Sadly, as most of you are aware, Hanna was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia this past fall. Whenever we spoke with her, she expressed how intensely she missed the students and teaching; she wanted nothing more than to be back in the classroom. She loved teaching so much that she spent her first and only summer at Keene State teaching two classes. Hanna continued to contribute to the work of the department even while in the hospital. We are confident that had she survived, she would have become an important campus leader.

We thank the campus community for their contributions to the fund for Hanna and her husband, Jason Lee, and for participation in the bone marrow registry drive conducted in her honor this past fall. So far, we have learned that two biology majors are tissue matches, one for a 16-year-old and another for a 10-year-old. The drive was clearly very successful, and Hanna would have loved to know that others will now benefit from this effort.

Her family is holding a memorial service in Longmeadow, Mass., on Saturday, February 7. To learn more about this remarkable young woman and obtain details about the service, go to: http://www.forastierefuneralhome.com. You may also submit condolences at this site.

We hope that we will soon be able to share details about an on-campus service to memorialize Dr. Kolodziejski.

“Code Red” Night Benefit For Erin Dallas

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: On Tuesday, February 10, the Keene community will be rooting for the Owls basketball teams and also supporting KSC field hockey player Erin Dallas, a junior from Marlow, N.H. Both women’s and men’s games against rival Plymouth State, scheduled for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, will be a benefit to support Dallas’ medical expenses.

Dallas, a two-time All-American, suffered a knee injury during the season and developed a post-surgical infection following ACL knee surgery in December. Since that time, she has been hospitalized and has had multiple operations. In lieu of tickets, fans will be asked for donations, at the minimum of the ticket value, with all proceeds going to Dallas. In addition, the Keene State field hockey team will be sponsoring a 50-50 raffle and the student athletic activities committee (SAAC) will be handing out  “Code Red” T-shirts.

Encouraging all Owl fans to wear red at Tuesday’s hoop double-header, the Owls will be looking to greet the rival Panthers with a sea of red when they take the court at Spaulding Gym. The event is sponsored by the President’s office, the Lloyd P. Young Student Center, the KSC Health and Wellness department, the KSC athletic department, and the Owl men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Erin Dallas

Courtesy photo: Erin Dallas

KSC Student Chosen for American Chemical Society Leadership Institute

KSC chemistry major Molly Croteau ’10 was one of 15 students chosen to receive an American Chemical Society 2009 Student Affiliates Leadership Award at the ACS 2009 Leadership Institute in Fort Worth, Texas (January 23–25).

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Committee on Education Task Force, Undergraduate Programming, the award recognizes emerging leaders in the Student Affiliates network and helps them prepare for leadership opportunities in volunteer organizations and in their professional life. The award recognizes Molly’s outstanding leadership potential based upon her involvement in both the Chemistry Lyceum and organizations within her home community of Ware, N.H.

“The important information I received from the 2009 ACS Leadership Institute and the many fascinating people I met will be something I remember throughout the rest of my academic years, as well as the rest of my life, in any career path I choose to follow,” Croteau said.

At the institute she learned about available grants and funds for Student Affiliates, took two four-hour courses (Fostering Innovation, and Engaging and Motivating Volunteers), and met with the manager of the Undergraduate Programs Office at ACS, to gain valuable insight about inChemistry, the magazine for student affiliates.

The Student Affiliates with ACS President Thomas H. Lane (center) and KSC’s Molly Croteau (to the right of him)

Courtesy photo: The Student Affiliates with ACS President Thomas H. Lane (center) and KSC’s Molly Croteau (to the right of him)

Hunger in America: Do We Want to Solve the Problem?

From Katherine Tirabassi, English: On Thursday, February 12, Dr. Sam Smith will present “Hunger in America: WHY?” Part of the ongoing Keene is Reading program, this lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mountain View Room, Student Center.

Although we have the most abundant and least expensive food supply of any nation throughout history, hunger continues to be an increasing problem in the United States, involving at least 1 of every 10 persons and 1 in 5 children. Dr. Smith will examine the historical background of hunger in the US, the effects on those involved, the attempted solutions, and our political attitudes.

Dr. Smith is a Professor Emeritus (Active) of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1961. He currently teaches Introductory Nutrition and a problem-based service-learning course called Food and Society, focusing on the cultural significance of food, emphasizing historical, psychological, social, political, and economic aspects. He has supervised numerous graduate students in cell biology and atherosclerosis and has published in this area as well. In 1983, Dr. Sam Smith was honored with the UNH Distinguished Teaching Award, and he was named the UNH Distinguished Professor in 1996. For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Tirabassi, at ktirabassi@keene.edu or 8-2924.

Dr. Sam Smith

Courtesy photo: Dr. Sam Smith

Tray-free Dining at the Zorn

After a two-week trial last semester, the Dining Commons has officially gone “tray free.” Signs like this one describe the new initiative and outline the various sustainability reasons for the policy. “Tray-free DC” minimizes food waste because diners only eat what they can carry. It reduces water, detergent, and electricity used to wash the trays, and improves the community water supply by reducing the amount of detergents, solid waste, and grease that go into the drains. Visit www.keenestatedining.com to find other sustainability initiatives happening at Keene State.

Renee Staudinger

Photo: Renee Staudinger

Documentary, Concert Celebrate New Orleans

From Bill Menezes, Redfern: The Spike Lee Documentary, When the Levees Broke, will be shown at the Putnam Art Lecture Hall in two parts (each is two hours long). Part one will be seen Monday, February 9, at 7 p.m., and part two will be seen Tuesday, February 10, at 7 p.m. Both showings are free; however, donations for the St. Bernard Project, a relief program to support the residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, are encouraged and will be collected at the door.

This showing is presented in conjunction with the concert by New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band on Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The band figures prominently in the film because of their relief work on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. For information about the concert, call the Redfern Box Office at 8-2168 or visit www.keene.edu/racbp.

Tech Tip of the Week: Watch Out for Phishing

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The IT Group HelpDesk is here to help you be aware of safe computing practices. If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact us at 8-2532, email helpdesk@keene.edu, or stop by our office on the second floor of Elliot Hall.

Winter Hazards

From the Health and Safety Committee: We are sending out the following tips to remind you of the hazards of winter conditions:

• Please notify the Grounds Department (8-2702), Physical Plant (8-2202 ), or Sylvie Rice (8-2879) if you find slippery areas or falling ice from buildings, so that we can remedy the situation as quickly as possible.
• Wear appropriate shoes for the weather.
• Use extra caution around snowplows. The plow driver’s vision is often obstructed by the weather conditions and blind spots, so he/she may not be aware of your presence, especially if you are in a small car.
• Be careful when getting out of your car, especially in the early morning and evening when water tends to freeze up.
• Be sure that on-coming traffic has come to a complete stop before you cross the street — cars and trucks cannot stop as quickly when the roads are slippery.

Many of our accidents are related to slips and falls due to icy conditions, and some of our buildings are prone to ice buildups on the roof. Our grounds crew and UNICCO staff work hard to keep the paths and roads clear and free of hazards, but wintry weather can be difficult, especially given the frequency and nature of the storms that we have been having lately. If you should have an accident or near miss, please fill out an incident report form available at http://www.keene.edu/hr/forms/incident_report.pdf.

Why Do Professors Blog?

From Jenny Darrow, IT Group: Why do professors blog and how might Flickr (an online image site) be used for work during a six-month sabbatical? Please join us for our first brown bag lunch of the spring semester on Tuesday, February 10, noon–1 p.m., in Student Center 309. English professor Mark Long will explore the why and how of From the Far Field, a blog written to document the experience of his family during his sabbatical in India last spring.

Family News

We are saddened to share that Dr. Margaret Rogers Ebbighausen passed away on January 27. Dr. Rogers was a Professor of Special Education at Keene State College from 1974 until her retirement in 1991.

The campus community’s thoughts are with Kathleen Johnson (Management), whose father Albert Daniels died on January 25. He was 81 years old.

Professional Activities

President Helen Giles-Gee has been reappointed for a second two-year term to serve on the Association of American Colleges and Universities board of directors.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminsky, Human Resources: Please welcome Joseph Fletcher, plumber/pipefitter, Physical Plant, to KSC.

Print Out Articles from Campus News

Did you know that you can print out articles from the online edition of Campus News? If you want to read Professional Activities at your son’s hockey game on the weekend, or if you like to read while sipping coffee at the kitchen table, click an article link under “In This Issue,” scroll to the bottom of the article, and look for the printer icon and “printer-friendly format” link.

Update Your Expertise Listing

We are rebuilding our Faculty Experts section on the web and need your help. Our information will be listed on our website and in a database for journalists working on local and national stories. Please take a minute to update your information or add to your list of publications and accomplishments, and send it to rdutcher@keene.edu.

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