September 24th, 2009

   In this issue:


•  Dr. Swiger Trains Athletes in Taiwan
•  Standing Room Only for Holocaust Memorial Lecture
•  GEO Celebrates New Name with Cake, Fair
•  Kate Weare Company Launches Redfern’s Dance Season
•  Voices of Resistance from the Pueblo
•  Planning Workshop
•  CELT News
•  Volleyball Team Goes Retro
•  Fall 2009 Great Decisions Series
•  Women’s Basketball (Rainy) Car Wash Raises $220
•  KSC Students Present at American Chemistry Association Meeting
•  Professional Activities

Dr. Swiger Trains Athletes in Taiwan
Dr. Wanda Swiger stands on a bench to tape a 6’6” tall athlete at Deaflympics. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Wanda Swiger stands on a bench to tape a 6’6” tall athlete at Deaflympics. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Wanda Swiger (Athletic Training) was in Taiwan earlier this month, serving as an athletic trainer for the team at Deaflympics, the international competition for hard-of-hearing and profoundly deaf athletes.

Swiger was part of the medical staff providing comprehensive health care for the 191 athletes in the U.S. delegation. The selected medical staff must be licensed and nationally certified, be in good standing within their profession, have demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of sports medicine, and be proficient in American Sign Language. As a child of deaf adults (CODA), Dr. Swiger was given preference in her selection.

Over the three weeks, the athletes and the medical staff had to adjust to high ambient temperatures and the high humidity. The games began with an opening ceremony event on September 5 and concluded on September 15. While Dr. Swiger was responsible for athletics (track and field athletes), the medical staff (nine ATCs, one orthopedic surgeon, and one family practice physician) collaborated on prevention, injury diagnosis, and injury management for all 191 athletes. While her assignment required long days, she did have time to visit the CKS Memorial Hall and take a harrowing trek to the top of TAPEI 101 (for Wanda and her fear of heights, this was a major accomplishment). “I hope to be lucky enough to be selected again,” she said. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Standing Room Only for Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Cohen Center director Henry F. Knight formally announced new name of The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies during his introduction of Gerda Weismann Klein, this year’s featured speaker at the center’s annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture on September 21. The center will now offer an annual lecture on genocide awareness and supports the only BA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the United States. Amanda Warman, director of Campus Safety, reported that the standing-room-only crowd that spilled out of the Mabel Brown room was the largest in that room since Angela Davis gave the Sidore lecture in the fall of 2001.

Gera Weismann Klein delivered the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture on September 21. (Mark Corliss photo)

Gera Weismann Klein delivered the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture on September 21. (Mark Corliss photo)

GEO Celebrates New Name with Cake, Fair

After President Giles-Gee made the celebratory first cut, Skye Stephenson and Steven Spiegel (GEO) served cake to all who attended the Study Away Fair on Thursday, September 17. The Global Education Office (GEO), formerly known as the National and International Exchange Office (NIEC), was celebrating a new name that better reflects their role as the campus hub for academic study away experiences and international student support.

After President Giles-Gee made the celebratory first cut, Skye Stephenson and Steven Spiegel (GEO) served cake to all who attended the Study Away Fair on Thursday, September 17. The Global Education Office (GEO), formerly known as the National and International Exchange Office (NIEC), was celebrating a new name that

Kate Weare Company Launches Redfern’s Dance Season

From Bill Menezes, Redfern: The Kate Weare Company will bring two of their latest works, Lean-To and Bridge of Sighs, to launch the Redfern Arts Center’s dance season on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Weare has presented work in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Belgrade, and Vienna. Since moving to New York in 2000, she has twice been commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop and presented work at Joyce Soho, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, DancemOpolitan at Joe’s Pub, The 92nd St. Y, The Puffin Room, and New York University’s Frederick Loewe Theater. The New York Times recently described her as “defining the next generation of dance makers.” Tickets and information are available at the Redfern Arts Center box office, 8-2168, or online, where you can also view many video clips from the season’s Visiting Artists repertoire.

Voices of Resistance from the Pueblo

From Nona Fienberg, Arts and Humanities: The “New Voices, New Visions” series features the voices of faculty members who have joined the Keene State College community in the past several years and the visions of faculty members exploring new and exciting areas of study. The next event will be on Tuesday, October 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Thorne Meeting Room.

 Dr. Candice Bosse (Spanish) will present Voices of Resistance from the Pueblo: Eyewitness Accounts of the Political Situation in Honduras, Summer 2009. Bosse was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, this summer on a research visit supported by the Whiting Foundation, and will talk about political events in Honduras from the perspective of Hondurans, as seen through personal interviews. Dr. Jose Lezcano (Music) will perform Honduran music.

Planning Workshop

From Karen Stanish, (Mathematics): The College Planning Council is sponsoring a pre-proposal workshop on Friday, October 2, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Student Center Mountain View Room. If you are planning to submit an initiative through the planning process this year, this is an opportunity to drop in and receive proposal writing or budget assistance prior to submission and to connect with potential collaborators.

 Members of the Planning Council, College Information Technology Council, Human Resources Policy Advisory Board, Facilities Planning Advisory Council, and Budget and Resources Council will be present to give you feedback or assistance on items in the proposal form, such as writing a clear narrative, selecting a strategic goal, creating a timeline, and forming an assessment plan. Staff from the Business Office and Human Resources will be present to help you create a realistic budget.

The planning process offers a way to communicate your ideas on how you can contribute to the College’s mission, values, and planning goals and how to gain College approval (and, where necessary, funding and staff support) for implementation. To be considered during this year’s planning process, initiatives must be received by your director or dean on Friday, October 30, 2009, or to your principal administrator on Friday, November 6, 2009.

Feel free to contact the Planning Council co-chairs, Jay Kahn and Karen Stanish, if you have any questions. You can also view planning process information over the web.

CELT News

From Mike Caulfield, CELT: A number of faculty are using Google Apps in the classroom this semester (or planning to use Google Apps next semester). In order to better support faculty who are using Google Apps, CELT is putting together a Google Apps support group. The group would primarily interact via an online forum, with occasional face-to-face meetings.

We anticipate discussions in the group will cover a wide range of subjects, from how to integrate a wiki or blog into a course to the finer points of tweaking privacy settings. CELT staff will facilitate discussions in the group, but most of the value will be faculty-to-faculty information sharing. If you are using Google Apps in the classroom, or you just want to find out how others are using Web 2.0 technology in their own instruction, please consider joining the group. Lurkers are welcome!
 
You can sign up for the support group here. Group traffic is expected to be relatively low, but you will have the option to set mail preferences to “digest” or “online-only” if you are concerned about email volume. And as always, check out our blog for additional support opportunities and training events.

Volleyball Team Goes Retro

Professional teams have been turning back the calendar for years, but the resemblance for the KSC team is actually more coincidental than intentional. Senior setter Jordan Pokryfki designed the new volleyball uniforms and, since she was born in 1988, Keene State coach Bob Weiner aptly points out that her knowledge of the early Owl teams is extremely limited.

The Keene State team rotates its uniforms every three years. Keene State assistant coach Lloyd Sheehan, whose tenure in the sport dates back to 1980, says that volleyball uniforms have come a long way. “One of the first uniforms I saw were called bloomers – literally bathing suit bottoms,” he said. “From there they went to different lengths of spandex. The players were able to move much easier, and their hands and thumbs didn’t get caught when diving and swinging.”

The Owls retired last year’s uniforms after capturing their first Little East championship and NCAA tournament berth. In addition to providing an up-to-date look, microfiber comfort, and maneuverability, Keene State players hope the new uniforms also bring them success.

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The latest Owl volleyball uniforms sport long sleeves and big numbers, just like they did in ’84. (Courtesy photo)

Fall 2009 Great Decisions Series

From Heather Jasmin, Continuing Education: The Office of Continuing Education invites the entire community to join in five free discussions of global issues on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in Rhodes N210. A 45-minute lecture will be followed by moderated discussion. All lectures are free and open to the public.

  • 9/24 Energy, Moderator: Patrick Dolenc, KSC Faculty
  • 10/8 Finance, Moderator: Jules LaRocque, Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning faculty
  • 10/22 Human Rights, Moderator: Hank Knight, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • 11/5 The Arctic, Moderator: Renate Gebauer, KSC faculty
  • 12/3 Cuba, Moderator: Chuck Weed, KSC faculty

Attendees are encouraged to buy the Great Decisions 2009 publication ($18, available at the KSC Bookstore).

Women’s Basketball (Rainy) Car Wash Raises $220

From Keith Boucher, Women’s Basketball: The Women’s Basketball Team would like to thank the campus community for supporting their charity car wash on Saturday, September 12. Unfortunately, it rained all day, but the team would like to say thank you to all those people for their kind gesture of giving. Two hundred and twenty dollars was raised and will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

KSC Students Present at American Chemistry Association Meeting

From Colin Abernethy, Chemistry: Six KSC students recently attended the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.: Elizabeth A. Neuhardt, Katherine M. Edes, Erika R. Brooks, Anna P. McLean, Kristen K. Bissonnette, and Jeremy A. Zolan. At the meeting, these students worked as interns, introducing speakers and helping in the running of the undergraduate program. In addition, two posters were presented describing the recent results of student research projects performed in the Chemistry Department:

  • N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of copper: Syntheses and reactions suitable for an undergraduate teaching laboratory (Neuhardt, E.A.; Edes, K.M.; Glimenakis, K.W.; McLean, A.P.; St. John, J.P.; Zolan, J.A.; Abernethy, C.D.)
  • Synthesis of protonated bis(imino)acenaphthene cations (Edes, K.M.; Neuhardt, E.A.; Meier, J.A.; Vasudevan, K.V.; Cowley, A.H.; Abernethy, C.D.)

During the poster session, the KSC students received recognition from the American Chemical Society Committee on Education for presenting research focused on improving chemical education.

ACS members and Keene State College Students Elizabeth Neuhardt (left) and Katherine Edes (right) presenting their poster, The Synthesis of Protonated bis(imino)acenaphthene Cations. (Courtesy photo)

ACS members and Keene State College Students Elizabeth Neuhardt (left) and Katherine Edes (right) presenting their poster, The Synthesis of Protonated bis(imino)acenaphthene Cations. (Courtesy photo)

Professional Activities

Brian Green (Sociology/Anthropology) gave a speech at the conference of the Council on Christian Approaches to Defense and Disarmament in Bratislava, Slovakia, in September. His talk, “Environment: The Most Peculiar Security Challenge of the 21st Century – Sociological Aspects of Mankind’s Responsibility for Natural Resources and Global/Regional Conflicts Potentially Resulting from Issues Related to Natural Resources,” highlighted results of studies Green conducted over the past decade on the causes of ecological conflicts and the likelihood of future conflicts. The conference was generally on the theme of “Prospects for Peace” in the 21st century.

Colin Abernethy (Chemistry) travelled to Clark University, Worcester, MA, in September to give a public seminar entitled, “Investigations of N-heterocyclic Carbene and Germylene Complexes of Vanadium,” describing some of the recent results of his student research program. During his visit, he also had the opportunity to meet Kevin Robbins (KSC Chemistry ’08), who has just successfully completed his first year as a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Clark.