October 8th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  Keene State Recognized for Leadership in Disability Employment
•  Owl Athletes Surprise Trainer at PKD Walk
•  Burning Wood: Is It Really Carbon Neutral?
•  Visiting Writer, Blogger, Public Radio Commentator to Read on 10/15
•  Classical and Celtic Music at Faculty/Guest Artists Recital
•  Important Bicycle Safety Message
•  Contribute Your Published Work to “Keene Writes!”
•  Keene State Men’s Hoop Team Climbs Monadnock
•  CELT News
•  KSC to Host Mathematics Conference In April
•  KSC Jailbirds Raise $2,815 for Muscular Dystrophy
•  IT Tech Tips: Keep UR Eye on SecurITy
•  CE Offers Fall Non-credit Workshops
•  Campus Electrical Outage October 10 Cancelled
•  Professional Activities

Keene State Recognized for Leadership in Disability Employment

On Tuesday, October 6, Keene State was one of five New Hampshire businesses recognized with an Employment Leadership Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership, innovation, and/or a commitment to adopting hiring practices that improve employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in New Hampshire.

Keene State was one of 41 companies nominated by employment providers and partners throughout New Hampshire. Nominations were evaluated based on the company’s efforts to create opportunities that assist people with disabilities to develop the skills they need to obtain competitive employment, adopt inclusive hiring practices that allow people with disabilities to fairly compete for employment, and engage community partners to become a more diverse workplace. 

Among those on hand to congratulate and thank recipients for its diversified employment practices were Governor John Lynch; Fred Kocher of Kocher & Company, Inc.; Denise Sleeper, Administrator of the Granite State Employment Project; Nancy Rollins, Associate Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Robert Purcell, Principal/Owner of Brevan Electronics in Merrimack.

President Helen Giles Gee, Heather McGreer, Jane Warner, and Steve Bigaj represented KSC at the Employment Leadership Award ceremony on October 6. (Courtesy photo)

President Helen Giles Gee, Heather McGreer, Jane Warner, and Steve Bigaj represented KSC at the Employment Leadership Award ceremony on October 6. (Courtesy photo)

Owl Athletes Surprise Trainer at PKD Walk

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Surprises come in all shapes and forms. On Sunday, October 4, Keene State athletic trainer Nancy Bleam expected just a few KSC supporters to join her at the Annual Walk for Polycystic Disease (PKD) in Worcester. Instead, a busload of supporters from the College met her there. “I rounded the corner to register and was greeted by 25 Keene State athletes and student athletic trainers,” said a surprised Bleam, who was participating in her second walk after receiving a life-saving kidney transplant two years ago. “They made all the arrangements and kept it totally secret from me.”

Members of the KSC field hockey and men’s lacrosse teams and student athletic trainers made all the plans, and Athletic Director John Ratliff provided the bus. Dianne Arsenault, an accountant in the athletic department, served as chaperone. Following the walk, Keene State was given an award for having the largest fundraising group at the event. “It definitely feels good to give back to her because she helps us out in so many ways other than just as an athletic trainer,” said Kyle Barnett, a senior on the Owl men’s lacrosse team. “Nancy definitely goes above and beyond what she’s supposed to do.” PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million children and adults, worldwide. Bleam, who lost her mother to the disease, was touched by all the support. “I am totally humbled, and so proud of ‘my kids,'” she said.

Twenty-five Keene State athletes and student athletic trainers joined athletic trainer

Twenty-five Keene State athletes and student athletic trainers joined athletic trainer

Burning Wood: Is It Really Carbon Neutral?

From Tim Allen, Environmental Studies: The KSC Department of Environmental Studies is pleased to present a series of guest speakers, researchers in the fields of Environmental Studies, talking about their work. We invite you to join us!

On Tuesday, October 13, Andrew J. Friedland, The Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, will lead off the series with “Burning Northern Forest Biomass: Is It Really Carbon Neutral?”

There are reasons to question whether increased reliance on biomass fuels from the Northern Forest will actually contribute to stabilizing or reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Presumably, older forests are in a near-steady state (i.e., respiratory losses are equal to photosynthetic uptake) and are no longer actively sequestering carbon. If this is true, burning wood to displace fossil fuel and converting older forests to younger, faster growing forests would replace a carbon-neutral forest with a carbon-accumulating forest. Under this scenario, the carbon released by burning wood from a mature forest would be sequestered more rapidly by young forests than by old forests, and would result in a net reduction in atmospheric carbon concentrations. However, if during the harvesting of woody biomass, sequestered carbon stored deep in soil is mobilized and released into the atmosphere, this activity may not actually be carbon neutral. Professor Friedland will discuss his current research showing some indications that deep-soil carbon in the Northern Forest may well be released during logging activities.

The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, in room 110 of Morrison Hall. Refreshments will be served, and students are especially encouraged to attend. Future speakers include:

  • Tuesday, November 10: Christopher Brehme (Geography), “Cognitive Strategies of Lobster Fishers in Maine and Western Australia”
  • Tuesday,February 2: Nicholas L.Rodenhouse, professor of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College
  • Tuesday, March 2:to be announced
  • Tuesday, April 6: Brooke T. Mossman, professor of Environmental Pathology at the University of Vermont
Visiting Writer, Blogger, Public Radio Commentator to Read on 10/15

Writer Ken Smith will be on campus to read from his work and be interviewed by Jeff Friedman (English) and the audience on Thursday, October 15, at 4 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center. The interview will focus on radio essays, blogging, and other new short experimental forms.
Smith is associate professor of English at Indiana University South Bend, where he also serves as director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. He edits Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, and writes commentaries for WVPE, the NPR affiliate station in northern Indiana. He is a founding member of the Michiana Chronicles series, which started broadcasting in 2001 and which was given an Edward R. Murrow award for commentary in 2007. Six of the writers from the series have published their work in And Now, Michiana Chronicles, an anthology of commentaries broadcast on WVPE. He is also the founder and head of Indiana University South Bend’s Wolfson Press, a new university press that focuses on books about the history and culture of the region. He edits and coordinates the university’s political blog, and for several years maintained a blog about web publishing called Weblogs in Higher Education. He teaches courses in writing, creative writing, and the new web media genres of active citizenship.

Classical and Celtic Music at Faculty/Guest Artists Recital

From Connie Lester, Redfern: Celtic music and original works for piano will be featured in the Keene State faculty and guest artists recital on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center.

Lessons, a set of five songs for mezzo soprano and piano composed by KSC music faculty member Heather Gilligan with words by well-known children’s book author Shel Silverstein, will be performed by guest singer Sara Bielanski and Gilligan on piano. KSC music faculty members Craig Sylvern and Gilligan will perform Musica para Saxofone e Piano, originally composed by Gilligan for clarinet and piano, and transcribed for tenor saxophone and piano. Sylvern will also perform works for tenor saxophone by Paquito D’Rivera, accompanied by KSC’s Maura Glennon on piano.

A trio will perform traditional Celtic music from the U.S., Cape Breton, and Scotland. Members include KSC’s Flynn Cohen on guitar and guest artists Brendan Carey Block of Antrim, N.H., on fiddle and Dan Houghton of Edinburgh, Scotland, on bagpipes.

For more information, visit the website or call 8-2168.

Important Bicycle Safety Message

From Chris Santiago, Campus Safety: The Keene State College Community has seen a significant increase in bicycle usage this Fall. This is an extremely good thing, but it creates some issues for us as a community. There have been announcements through various mediums asking community members to please secure bicycles to bicycle racks around campus rather than to trees, light poles, and handrails. The Department of Campus Safety would like to reinforce that message – this will keep our campus both beautiful and safe.

The increase bicycle usage has created other issues as well. Since First Year Orientation on August 26, Campus Safety has taken six bicycle theft reports and other reports of bicycle vandalism. We encourage you to leave your bicycles in well-lit and high-travelled areas, to use the bicycle racks, and, most importantly, to secure your bicycle with a good lock. In addition, City of Keene ordinances require all bicycle owners to register their bicycles (stop by the Department of Campus Safety or the Keene Police Department to do so).

Here are some bicycle safety tips:

  • Safety first: Safety equipment begins with the helmet. Wearing an approved helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by up to 85% in the event of an accident. In addition, wear brightly colored or reflective clothing so you can be seen during the early morning and evening hours. You should avoid riding your bicycle at night.
  • Keep your bicycle in good shape: Make sure all parts are in good repair, checking your brakes, tires, and gears often. Learn the basics so that you can practice routine maintenance. Be sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors and lights.
  • Follow traffic laws: Bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists should obey the same traffic laws as motorists. Travel on the right side of the road and avoid riding on sidewalks.
  • Check other routes: Sometimes the main road may not be the safest way to travel by bicycle. Look into alternate routes with less motor vehicle traffic and better road conditions.
  • Find the correct fit: The most important factor in bicycling is finding a bicycle that fits you properly. You should be able to stand just over the top bar of the bicycle with your feet flat on the ground.
Contribute Your Published Work to “Keene Writes!”

From Sara Hottinger, Women’s Studies: Tuesday, October 20, has been declared a National Day on Writing, and KSC is participating by hosting an all-day event in the Mountain View Room. We invite you to contribute your published writing so that we can all browse, read, and admire everything our campus community has produced.

Please submit any materials published in a non-KSC publication, including books, journal articles (we need a copy of the journal), newspaper articles, editorials, letters to the editor (original copies are preferred), newsletter or magazine contributions, poems, short stories, essays, recipes, technical writing, instruction manuals, pamphlets, comics, cartoon strips, graphic novels, plays, screenplays, scripts, song lyrics. Mark Long (English) is also featuring the writing that the KSC community does in blogs. If you keep a blog and would like your writing featured, please email Mark at mlong@keene.edu

The deadline for participation is Friday, October 16. Please bring your entries to the Center for Writing, 81 Blake Street, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. or to Sarah Spykman’s administrative office in the Media Arts Center, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Please make sure your entry has a cover sheet that clearly identifies you, where you work on campus, and where to return your material. All entries will be securely kept in locked offices until they are returned.

Feel free to contact pbenay@keene.edu if you have any questions about the Keene Writes! event or about the submission of published materials.

Keene State Men’s Hoop Team Climbs Monadnock

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: The team that climbs together stays together: That’s what coach Rob Colbert and his staff are hoping. The men’s basketball team recently completed a trek up Mount Monadnock, a climb that Colbert said has become an annual event for his team. “It’s been one of the traditions of the program that emanated from prior leadership,” he said. “They do it as a bonding experience, but it’s also as a way to break up the workout routine before the season gets underway.” The Keene State men’s basketball team opens its season against Colby-Sawyer College at the Jacob’s Bridge Through Autism Classic that takes place at New Hampshire Technical Institute on Sunday, November 15.

KSC men’s basketball team on Mt .Monadnock Summit (Courtesy photo)

KSC men’s basketball team on Mt .Monadnock Summit (Courtesy photo)


From Jennie Darrow, CELT: Please welcome Judy Brophy who has accepted a two-year term position with Academic Technology (AT), while AT Specialist Wendy Petschik assists Professional and Graduate Studies with the implementation of TK20.

Judy brings a wealth of experience supporting faculty with the integration of academic technology into the curriculum. Previous to her new role at KSC, she worked for six years as the Educational Technology Specialist/Instructional Designer at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H. Her knowledge of online learning environments such as Google tools, and her experience supporting the use of common applications to transfer abstract ideas into practical solutions will be the mainstay of her responsibilities.
Judy earned a M.S in instructional technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.S. in library science from UMASS-Lowell, and her B.A. in philosophy from Miami University.

KSC to Host Mathematics Conference In April

Keene State College will be hosting the 17th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (HRUMC) on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The conference was founded under the leadership of Emelie Kenney of Siena College, with the help of Frank Morgan (Williams), David Vella (Skidmore), and William Zwicker (Union), to welcome undergraduates to the community of mathematics. HRUMC now attracts about 400 students and faculty (mostly students) from about 90 colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, and has served as a model for many other undergraduate conferences throughout the country.

HRUMC is a one-day event, and consists of several parallel sessions of mixed faculty and student presentations (as many as 200 student presentations) on various areas of mathematics, statistics, mathematics history, mathematics education, and computer science. Keene State College faculty and students have been attending the HRUMC since 1995, and have frequently given talks at the conference. A distinguished mathematician is invited to give a keynote address. This year’s speaker will be Erik Demaine, from MIT.
Ockle Johnson and Vince Ferlini (Mathematics) have been awarded $5,000 from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to support bringing the conference to campus, and additional funding will be coming from the Provost and the Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences. (Funding for the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program.)

KSC Jailbirds Raise $2,815 for Muscular Dystrophy

On September 23, Keene State College employees became Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Jailbirds. Francis Brush (Bookstore), Patrick Hearn (Spaulding Gym), Jim Draper (Purchasing), Ken Howe (Athletics), and Irene Herold (Mason Library) were the Lock-Up participants from campus. With only four reporting in, these KSC Jailbirds raised $2,815. The Keene Lock-up event raised $30,000 overall, so the KSC contributions were just under 10% of the total raised. The contributions from this event will benefit more than 700 families in New Hampshire that MDA serves. Funds are used to provide program services such as the clinic at Dartmouth Hitchcock, support group sessions, summer camp for children, and research in over 43 neuromuscular diseases.

IT Tech Tips: Keep UR Eye on SecurITy

From the IT Group: As part of October IT Security Awareness Month, the IT Group is providing citrus-scented air fresheners for your room or car. You can pick up an air freshener at the Student Center Information Desk, New Rhodes Hall Computer Lab, or at the HelpDesk on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall. Like cITrus in your diet, SecurITy in your IT!

For more information and tips for safe computing, visit: www.keene.edu/it/security

CE Offers Fall Non-credit Workshops

From Heather Jasmin, Continuing Education: The Office of Continuing Education has a variety of short workshops planned for October. We offer non-credit, non-graded classes in both professional and personal development. Our workshops attract community members from seniors in high school to senior citizens. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

  •  Drawing 101 – Thursdays, 10/22-11/12, 6-9 p.m.
  • Cooking on a Budget: Breakfast and Lunch – 10/22, 6-9 p.m.
  • Social Media Marketing – Wednesdays, 10/14 & 10/21, 6-9 p.m.
  • Put the Wow in Customer Service – Tuesday, 10/27, 6-9 p.m.
  • Certified Building Analyst/Energy Auditor Training – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10/20-11/19, 6-10 p.m.
  • We are also offering a class in Human Resource Essentials at our Manchester Campus on Saturdays, 10/24 and 11/7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on any of these courses, visit our website or call 8-2290 to register.

Campus Electrical Outage October 10 Cancelled

From Bill Sevigny, Physical Plant: The previously announced campus-wide electrical outage that was to take place on Saturday, October 10, has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Professional Activities

Al Rydant (Geography), J.J. Prior ’09, and Kristin Alvarez (University of Redlands, CA) presented “Blogging from the Field: Challenges and Successes,” at the National Council for Geographic Education Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 23-27, 2009. The presentation was about student-led blogging efforts as part of a geography and Service Learning KSC field course to Ecuador.