September 17th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  Gerda Weissmann to Deliver KSC Holocaust Memorial Lecture
•  A Record-Setting Win
•  Adjunct Faculty Featured at Annual Reading
•  Tri-State Trio Performs at Recital 9/25
•  News from CELT
•  Interactive Kiosk Celebrates 75 Years Of Dance
•  Lee National Denim Day October 2
•  Grant Continues KSC Partnership with Community
•  Keene State Celebrates Writing October 20
•  KSC Alum Is Set Dresser for TV Series, House
•  Professional Activities

Gerda Weissmann to Deliver KSC Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Courtesy photo; Gerda Weissmann Klein

Courtesy photo; Gerda Weissmann Klein

Gerda Weissmann’s life changed forever in 1939 when, at age 15, German troops invaded her home in Beilsko, Poland. Both Gerda and her brother, Arthur, were separated from their parents and sent to slave labor camps. Her resilience supported her through three successive years in slave-labor camps and a forced 350-mile death-march in which 2,000 women were subjected to exposure, starvation, and arbitrary execution. Throughout, she never lost the will to survive. In 1945, she was rescued at the point of starvation by her future husband, Kurt Klein, an American intelligence officer.

Weissmann has lectured throughout the country and has written several books, including her autobiography, All But My Life. A documentary about her experiences during the Holocaust, One Survivor Remembers, won an Academy Award in 1996. Another film that features her story is shown regularly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CBS Sunday Morning and was featured on 60 Minutes and Nightline. On January 27, 2006, Gerda addressed the United Nations General Assembly on its first International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Fourteen members of Gerda Klein’s family, including her parents and brother, were killed at Auschwitz.

For more information, call the Cohen Center at 8-2490.

A Record-Setting Win

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Earning the #19 spot in the national field hockey poll earlier in the day (the team’s first appearance in the poll since 2002), the Women’s Field Hockey Team (6-0) celebrated the occasion by not only defeating Williams College (1-0) for the first time, but by also setting a program record with their sixth-straight shutout on September 15. It was Keene State’s first win against the Ephs (1-2) in eight tries. The Owls had five-straight shutouts in 1981 and 2007.

Photo: Ryan McKernan; Owls celebrate first victory over Williams in program history

Photo: Ryan McKernan; Owls celebrate first victory over Williams in program history

Adjunct Faculty Featured at Annual Reading

On Thursday, September 24, seven Keene State adjuncts (Jack Bouley, Catherine Cadieux, Tracy Botting, Lorianne DiSabato, Anthony Dubois, Linda Aldrich, and Jeff Friedman) will read stories, poems, essays, and other pieces at the Second Annual Adjunct Faculty Reading at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Room.

  • Jack Bouley teaches Native American and multicultural studies, early 1900s American literature, composition, and rhetorical studies at Keene State.
  • Catherine Aiken Cadieux has been a lecturer in communications at Keene State College since fall, 2000. She earned degrees from Lyndon State College and Yale Divinity School (with a year at McGill University thrown in).
  • Tracy Botting teaches American regional fiction, women’s literature, fiction writing, Native American literature, memoir, and biography at Keene State.
  • Lorianne DiSabato is an English instructor at Keene State and teaches online writing and literature courses for Southern New Hampshire University. She received her masters degree from Boston College, and her doctorate in English literature from Northeastern University, where she completed a PhD dissertation on spirituality of place in 19th and 20th century nature writing. A long-time journal-keeper, Lorianne also likes to write short essays, including her weblog, Hoarded Ordinaries, which showcases both her writing and digital photography. 
  • Tony Dubois has taught English and American studies for 30 years at Keene High School and for 15 years at Keene State. He earned a BA from Middlebury College and a MALS from Keene State. He is an advisor to the KSC Fishing Club and enjoys hiking, local/regional history, gardening, and politics.
  • Linda Aldrich has a BA in English and French from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Theatre Arts from Florida State University, and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her poetry chapbook, Foothold, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Her poem “Enfoldment” was featured in Natasha Saje’s article, “Narrative and Poetry” in the September 2008 Writer’s Chronicle, and her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Cimarron Review, Elixir, The Denver Quarterly, Ellipsis, The Florida Review, Poet Lore, Third Coast, and Puerto del Sol. Her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award 2000 from Universities West Press.
  • Jeff Friedman’s fourth collection of poetry, Black Threads, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The New Republic, and many other literary journals. He is a core faculty member in the MFA program in poetry writing at New England College.

For more information about the reading, contact Jeff Friedman (8-7777, ext. 4135).

Tri-State Trio Performs at Recital 9/25

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The Tri-State Trio will be featured at the Keene State music department faculty and guest artist recital on Friday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall.

Lively songs and romantic chamber music for tenor, French horn, and piano will be performed featuring songs for and about the horn by early American and European composers; Italian, French, and German chamber works; Franz Schubert’s “Auf Dem Strom”; and Benjamin Britten’s thoughtful “Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain (op. 55).” The recital also includes works by Berlioz, Delius, Debussy, Honneger, Lachner, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann, among others.

Members of the Tri-State Trio include Thomas Gregg, tenor; Alan Parshley, French horn; and George Loring, piano. For more information, please visit the Redfern Arts Center website, or call 8-2168.

News from CELT

From Jenny Darrow, CELT: You might have missed the conversation about “Designing a Syllabus that Can Survive Campus Shutdown (Give Us Your Ideas!)” or the news post “Building an IQL Course from the Data Out,” but don’t worry – the CELT News blog has these posts available for you to read and comment on. We hope the site will spark ideas about instruction and learning and serve as a resource for innovative teaching strategies. We are building a rich resource of examples from KSC and other institutions and are inviting you to participate, visit the site, and comment on any of the news items. Better yet, suggest a CELT News topic by emailing

Interactive Kiosk Celebrates 75 Years Of Dance

From Connie Lester, Redfern: “Dance on Film: An Interactive Touring Kiosk,” a traveling installation featuring video clips of dance performances over the past 75 years at Jacob’s Pillow, is located in the lobby of the Redfern Arts Center and available to the public September 10 through October 1, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.

The video clips feature modern dance pioneering figures, including Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, José Limón, and Merce Cunningham, and contemporaries such as Tero Saarinen, Black Grace, Doug Varone, Judith Jamison, and others, and are approximately one minute long, accompanied by descriptive text. Clips can be chosen by name, genre (ballet, modern, non-Western, etc.), or era. Viewers may also test their knowledge with a fun guessing function. There are two sets of headphones as well as speakers, so the kiosk may be used silently or enjoyed by small groups to view and listen together.

The lecture kiosk was made possible with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the American Masterpieces Initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Redfern Arts Center. For more information, call 8-2162.

Lee National Denim Day October 2

From Barbara Preston, Student Affairs: On Friday, October 2, Keene State College will be coming together for a very special “casual Friday.” As Lee National Denim Day moves into its 14th year, KSC is gearing up to participate in our fifth year in this grassroots program, which has raised more than $75 million for breast cancer research by simply asking the nation to put on their jeans for a $5 donation to the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

Funds raised from participation in Denim Day will support:

  • Groundbreaking research at Lee Translational Laboratories nationwide to find less toxic, more effective treatments.
  • Development of an early detection blood test in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project.
  • Grassroots advocacy work of the National Breast Cancer Coalition to help educate those faced with breast cancer.

In 2009, the program will also benefit the personal foundation of the 2009 Lead Ambassador Christina Applegate, the Right Action for Women Foundation. With this new layer, KSC’s donations will be working even harder to fight the disease.
KSC offices/departments may register at the official website. KSC community members who would like to participate make 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 check made out to “Lee National Denim Day” or online. My team ID number is 223165.

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

Grant Continues KSC Partnership with Community

From Betsy Street, Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions: Keene State College has been awarded a $52,881 grant that will allow the College to continue working with Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) and participate in the Granite State Employment Project (GSEP). The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST), under the leadership of Steve Bigaj, assistant dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, will be developing professional development tools and teacher resources to assist educators statewide in supporting the transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary life. Target areas include transition-oriented IEPs, Federal compliance, work-based learning experiences, and coordination of the local Transition Community of Practice. In addition, development is underway for an employment-focused summer residential camp for high school students with learning disabilities at Keene State next summer. Funding for this project comes from the Department of Health and Human Services, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG).

Keene State Celebrates Writing October 20

From Phyllis Benay, Center for Writing: October 20 has been declared a National Day on Writing, and the Keene State College Task Force on Writing is participating by sponsoring an all-day event in the Mountain View Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will celebrate writing in all forms, from books and journals to newsletters, tweets, and blog postings. There will be ongoing, hands-on activities such as the six-word memoir, the six-sentence novel, and an ongoing Twitter feed. For more information, contact Phyllis Benay.

KSC Alum Is Set Dresser for TV Series, House

Theatre and Dance chair Daniel Patterson reports that Natalie Pope ’85 is the set dresser for the new season of the TV series House and is featured in this video. Natalie is a former student who went to LA to become an actress and found a new career and a lot of work on the design side of the camera. She has done set dressing for many feature films and several TV shows.

Professional Activities

Dr. Jim Chesebrough (Music) spent two weeks in June touring Germany, the Czech Republic, and Denmark as a member of the Trombone Choir of America. The members of this ensemble are trombone professors and performers from colleges and universities across the United States. They performed concerts in Bad Neuenahr in Germany’s Ahr River Valley and at St. Nicholas Church in Prague, and then traveled to Aarhus, Denmark, to attend the International Trombone Festival. The Trombone Choir of America joined with players from around the world, giving performances as the Cramer Trombone Choir at the Royal Academy of Music and the Aarhus Cathedral. Attending the latter performance was Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark. Along with the opportunity to meet and study with international artists, the players were also able to visit museums and cultural and musically significant sites in Cologne, Leipzig, Bonn, and Hamburg.

 Dr. Chesebrough also toured New England for a week with the 2009 Yankee Brass Band. The band is made up of invited players who perform period concerts on original instruments from the second half of the 19th century.

 A short film by Jonathan Schwartz (Film Studies) Nothing Is Over Nothing will have its first NYC screening in the New York Film Festival, “Views from the Avant-Garde,” at the Walter Reade Theatre (Lincoln Center) October 2-4. The 16mm film, finished in late 2008, is a series of portraits, gestures, light captured, aural divisions, and dividing lines collected in Jerusalem.