May 7th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  Blastos, Feldstein, and More Than 900 Graduates Honored at Commencement
•  Communicorps: Keene State Students Design for the Community
•  Register for Professional Development/Founders Day
•  New Advancement Division Directors
•  Localvores Get Their Fill at the Zorn Dining Commons
•  Keene State Athletic Awards Announced
•  Athletic Training Education Program at the Boston Marathon
•  The KSC Faculty and Staff Campaign – You MADE the difference!
•  Keene State Softball Team Earns ECAC Berth
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Office 2007
•  Recreation Center Summer Hours Start May 11
•  Neuhardt Receives ACS Research Scholarship
•  Students Create Mason Library’s 2009 READ Poster
•  Professional Activities

Blastos, Feldstein, and More Than 900 Graduates Honored at Commencement

President Helen Giles-Gee will award associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to more than 900 graduates at Keene State College’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9. The event begins at 1 p.m. on Fiske Quad.

Lewis M. Feldstein (Courtesy photo)

Lewis M. Feldstein (Courtesy photo)

Lewis M. Feldstein, president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The 2008 Granite State Award will be presented to Michael E. J. Blastos, former Mayor of the City of Keene.

Mr. Feldstein led the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to its place as a dominant force for change and the principal source of venture capital for the state’s nonprofit community. Under his stewardship, the Foundation has become the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in northern New England, with assets growing from $25 million in 1986 to $375 million at the end of 2008.

Prior to coming to the Charitable Foundation, Mr. Feldstein served as provost of the Antioch/New England Graduate School. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University. He worked with the civil rights movement in Mississippi and served for seven years in senior staff positions to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. Mr. Feldstein serves on several boards and co-chaired the Harvard University three-year Executive Seminar, “Civic Engagement in America,” with Robert Putnam. The two also co-authored the book Better Together: Restoring the American Community.

In his eight-year tenure as mayor, Mr. Blastos worked to improve the quality of community services. In 2001, he convened a Taskforce on Childcare to research the current state of childcare in the local area, with the charge of making recommendations for improvement. This led to the creation of Child First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting childcare.

His commitment to a cleaner environment made the city of Keene a national leader when, in April 2000, it signed onto the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, creating a plan to identify ways in which the greater Keene community could lower greenhouse-gas emissions. The goal was to reduce the City’s transportation, energy consumption, and solid-waste emissions by 10 percent.

Michael E. J. Blastos (Courtesy photo)

Michael E. J. Blastos (Courtesy photo)

Mayor Blastos also formed the Town-Gown Committee, with members representing both the College and the city, to maintain strong, supportive, and responsive relationships.

The Commencement Ceremony is the culmination of graduation activities at Keene State. On Friday, May 8, the Spring Honors Convocation will be held at 4 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The Convocation recognizes excellence in student scholarship and leadership, the recipients of undergraduate Academic Honors, the Leo F. Redfern Outstanding Citizen, and discipline and endowment awards in American studies, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, education, English, geology, history, Holocaust studies, modern language, mathematics, performing arts, management, safety studies, psychology, sociology/anthropology, and women’s studies.

All events are free and open to the public. The ceremony will also be broadcast on closed-circuit television in the Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center and in Morrison Hall on the quad. For information on Commencement activities, call Pauline Dionne at 603-358-2106 or e-mail

Communicorps: Keene State Students Design for the Community

For 17 years, students from Keene State’s Communicorps class have solved design problems for community organizations in the Monadnock region. This required course in the Architecture program emphasizes a team approach to solving complex architectural problems, giving sophomore and junior students valuable experience with real-life architectural problems. On April 30, community members were invited to see the designs at a luncheon in the Mountain View Room. Eleven student teams (34 students) created designs for six major projects.

This year’s projects included:

  • concept design for renovation of town office space for the town of Stoddard
  • design/renovation plans for the Stoddard Library
  • two projects for Southwestern Community Services: a master plan study for Rindge, N.H., and a design for a new 22-unit workforce housing project
  • design of a new synagogue for the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community
  • master plan study for a private co-housing project in Chesterfield, N. H.

Keene State offers the only four-year B.S. Architecture degree at a public liberal arts college in New England. Designed to give students a solid foundation in the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects of architecture, the curriculum offers a range of courses in studio design, building science, sustainable design, history/theory, digital technology, and practice.

For more information on the Communicorps program, contact Donna Paley at

Register for Professional Development/Founders Day

From President Giles-Gee: I applaud the work of the PAT and Operating Staff Councils in organizing this year’s Professional Development and Founder’s Day events for Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15. For the first time, both PAT and Operating Staff will have the opportunity to participate together in the events of these days.

This professional development opportunity has been made possible through the collaboration of the Department of Human Resources and the Professional, Administrative, and Technical (PAT) and Operating Staff (OS) councils. A wide range of sessions will be facilitated by Keene State College faculty, staff, Keene community agencies, and our Chancellor-Elect, Ed MacKay.

I ask that supervisors allow their staff members to participate in these professional development activities. I recognize that the functions of some offices are at their peak periods, requiring that work be done during these days. For these offices, I ask that supervisors allow workers to stagger their attendance as the work permits to enable their participation. Should staff decide not to participate, they will be expected to continue with their assigned responsibilities in their respective offices.

I encourage your participation, and ask that you register through the following sites:

Professional Development Day
Founders Day

New Advancement Division Directors

Ken Goebel (Development) and Kim Accorsi (Online Communications) have just completed their first month as directors in Keene State’s Advancement Division.

Kim Accorsi (Mark Corliss photo)

Kim Accorsi (Mark Corliss photo)

As director of Online Communications, Kim provides leadership to the Online Communications Office and guides the development of effective online communication tools. The Online Communications Office works to connect and engage the College with prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members while telling the story of Keene State through a variety of online channels. Online Communications is a member of the Advancement division and works closely with a variety of campus departments to express and further the institution’s goals.

Kim comes to Keene State from Plymouth State University, where she served as the Web Communications Manager. Prior to her time at Plymouth, she worked as a consultant and designer for a variety of clients, including Dartmouth College and the Educational Leadership Foundation, in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Kim has worked in the web and online communications industry for almost 10 years, beginning her career with Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Ken Goebel (Mark Corliss photo)

Ken Goebel (Mark Corliss photo)

The director of Development is responsible for forming, directing, and implementing a comprehensive development program to advance the College’s mission and programs through on-going communication, strategic planning, programming, and fundraising.

Ken comes to Keene State from the University of Connecticut Foundation. After 21 years as a director in YMCA work, he began his higher-ed career at Utica College of Syracuse University and then directed the annual giving programs at Colgate University and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, he accepted the position of assistant vice president for annual giving at the University of Connecticut Foundation and finished his work at UConn as the Executive Director of Principal Gifts.

“We are so pleased that Ken and Kim have joined our Advancement team,” said Maryann Lindberg, vice president for Advancement. “The expertise they bring, along with their enthusiasm, will be of tremendous benefit as we seek to engage more of the College’s various constituent groups in the life of Keene State College.”

Localvores Get Their Fill at the Zorn Dining Commons

From Richard Blanchard, Sodexho: If you went to dinner at the Zorn Dining Commons on April 16, you were treated to a local feast. Sodexo partnered with its vendor, Black River Produce, and a total of 14 other local farmers and businesses to bring a taste of New Hampshire and Vermont to all of the stations in the Dining Commons. Among the featured dishes were seasoned and grilled top rounds (PT Farms, St. Johnsbury, Vt.), stuffed with a chicken and cheddar apple bratwurst (North Country Smokehouse, Claremont, N.H.) and served with a roasted shallot and blackberry brandy (Jenkins Spirits, Londonderry, N.H.) demi-glace, and Fried Maple Tofu (Vermont Soy, Hardwick, Vt.), sliced and served with a sweet apple cider (Cold Hollow Cider Mills, Waterbury Center, Vt.) reduction on a bed of baby spinach. Along with local foods, representatives from Black River Produce, Vermont Fresh Pasta, and North Country Smokehouse were available to interact with customers. For more information on sustainability and green practices, visit the dining service website at

Keene State Athletic Awards Announced

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Tyler Kathan and Crystal Blamy were named Keene State College’s male and female Athletes of the Year at the College’s 2008–09 Athletic Awards Dinner held Sunday night, May 3, at Spaulding Gym.

Sarah McDougle received the Scholar-Athlete Award, and the Keene State women’s soccer team and men’s track squad were presented with the Don Carle Award for having the highest cumulative GPA among Owl teams. Because the athletic season is not completed, players from the previous spring are eligible for awards.

The KSC Athletic Department also presented a special Life Challenge award to Erin Dallas of the field hockey team. Dallas, a two-time All-American, suffered a knee injury during the season and developed a post-surgical infection following an ACL operation in December. She spent over three months in the hospital and had 37 operations.

Making the presentation to Dallas, KSC athletic director John Ratliff announced that, in the future, the honor will be known as the Erin Dallas Life Challenge award.

In addition, 44 seniors and the 126-member KSC All-Academic team were also recognized.

Athletic Training Education Program at the Boston Marathon

From Scot Ward, Physical Education: For 12 years, Scot Ward, an athletic trainer and coordinator of Clinical Education for the Athletic Training Education Program, has volunteered at the Boston Marathon – and he has been bringing KSC student volunteers for the last 10 years.

Certified athletic trainers in the finish-line medical tent work with a variety of other allied health professionals, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, massage therapists, and City of Boston emergency medical personnel, to care for the runners. Certified athletic trainers stationed at the finish line, where Scot has been for the last three marathons, are responsible for immediate medical triage and care for marathon participants. This year, Dr. Wanda Swiger accompanied Scot and contributed to the medical-tent coverage. Additionally, each of our graduating seniors volunteered their time to the event. In the past, Keene State athletic training students have worked together in the medical tent, and they have also been assigned to the finish line as part of the wheel-chair team.

Caitlyn Lussier ’09, Ben Ericson ’09, Matt Cutts ’09, Scot Ward ’90 (AT Staff), Ryan Davis ’09, Shayna Stoddard

L to R: Caitlyn Lussier ’09, Ben Ericson ’09, Matt Cutts ’09, Scot Ward ’90 (AT Staff), Ryan Davis ’09, Shayna Stoddard ’09

The KSC Faculty and Staff Campaign – You MADE the difference!

From Genny Alexander, Development: Thank you to the 132 faculty and staff members who so generously made a gift to Keene State College this fiscal year. The $43,000 you gave in gifts and pledges will truly make an impact on the students and programs at KSC.

Once again, thank you for your continued hard work, dedication, and generosity to Keene State College!

Keene State Softball Team Earns ECAC Berth

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: For the third time in the past four years, the Keene State softball team has earned a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III tournament.

This will be Keene State’s 10th overall trip to the ECAC. KSC won the 1990 and 1993 softball titles as a Division II member. In Division III, the Owls have made four appearances: In 1998, the tournament was not completed due to rain. In the 2004 double-elimination tournament, they dropped semifinal games to Smith College and the Coast Guard. In 2006, KSC defeated Curry College in a first-round game before the tournament was postponed because of rain. Last season, the Owls advanced to the championship round before falling to Brandeis 6-5.

Tech Tip of the Week: Office 2007

From the IT Group: The IT Group is continuing with the plan to migrate the entire campus to Office 2007 by Fall 2009. We encourage you to take advantage of the quiet summer months and begin using Office 2007 now.

To install Office 2007 on your current machine, visit and request the software download.

The many support options available to you include our new Office 2007 training website, the “Get Started” tab located on the Office 2007 ribbon, and other information on the HelpDesk website. Call the HelpDesk at 8-2532, stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall, or email with any questions regarding this or any other technology issue.

Recreation Center Summer Hours Start May 11

From Recreational Sports: Summer facility hours for the Recreation Center will begin on Monday, May 11. The hours are Monday–Thursday, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Pool hours are tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18, and are Monday–Friday, noon–1 p.m.; Monday & Wednesday, 7:30–8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The Recreation Center is closed on the weekends in the summer.

Summer memberships are available for all faculty, staff, and spouses/same-sex domestic partners (benefits-eligible faculty and staff may use the Wellness Connection benefit to pay for their membership) and the cost is $100 for May–August. Any current facility member using the Wellness Connection benefit and needing to put their membership on hold for the summer must email their request to Bette Whitney ( The minimum workout requirement for the Wellness Connection program remains the same during the summer, and members are encouraged to promptly complete their workout log sheet each month to ensure that they fulfill this requirement.

Neuhardt Receives ACS Research Scholarship

From Colin Abernethy, Chemistry: Elizabeth A. Neuhardt ’10 has been selected to receive a 2009 James Flack Norris/Theodore William Richards Summer Research Scholarship from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. The award carries a stipend of $3,000 with another $500 for supplies and travel.

At the conclusion of her summer of research in my laboratory, Ms. Neuhardt will write a report for publication in The Nucleus (The newsletter of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society) and will also present her work at the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) in April 2010. The presentation of this award to Ms. Neuhardt will be made at the 897th Meeting of the Northeastern Section on May 14 at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

Students Create Mason Library’s 2009 READ Poster

Using photographs taken by Marina MacDonald, Graphic Design student Kayla Aucoin worked with College and Media Relations designer Lynn Roman while creating the 2009 Keene is Reading Poster for the Mason Library. The poster was unveiled at a celebration on May 1 in the library.

Lynn Roman; Graphic Design student Kayla Aucoin with the 2009 READ poster.

Photo: Lynn Roman; Graphic Design student Kayla Aucoin with the 2009 READ poster.

Professional Activities

Joseph Darby (Music) presented a paper at Oxford University, New College, in March. The paper, “Subscription Proposals and the Early Marketing of Handel’s Twelve Grand Concertos,” provided a documentary study of the famed composer’s use of newspaper advertisements to market the subscription, performance, and publication of his music, and involved research conducted at numerous libraries in the U.K. and U.S. The paper was given at the invitation of the Oxford University Faculty of Music and the Royal Musical Association, as part of their jointly sponsored conference on the music of Handel, Purcell, Haydn, and Mendelssohn.

On May 4, librarians from across the state attended the NHCUC Libraries Committee meeting, which was hosted by the Mason Library. Patrick O’Brien, head of technical services; Kathy Halverson, assistant dean/head of public services; and library dean Irene Herold presented “Evaluation and Assessment Strategies.” The presentation reviewed Mason Library’s institutional effectiveness four-year assessment plans, work with Project SAILS, citation analysis, and other evaluation and assessment strategies. Peg Barrett, library department chair, also attended and contributed during the question-and-answer period following the formal presentation.