April 15th, 2010

   In this issue:


•  National Alcohol Screening Day April 16
•  Student Financial Services reorganizes
•  Emerging Art and Graphic Design portfolio review
•  Help wanted
•  Coming to the Redfern: KSC Orchestra, Concert Band, Opera Workshop
•  KSC Musicians Perform With 2010 New England Intercollegiate Band
•  Professional and academic activities

National Alcohol Screening Day April 16

From Tiffany Mathews, Center for Health and Wellness:

National Alcohol Screening Day is Friday, April 16 from 1-3 p.m. in the Student Center’s Atrium Conference Room. Stop by the “Mocktail Lounge” to enjoy delicious drinks, grab some giveaways, and get health tips. Want to win some KSC gear? If so, participate in our free anonymous alcohol screening. After filling out a brief questionnaire, you’ll receive confidential and non-judgmental feedback regarding your relationship with alcohol.

Student Financial Services reorganizes

From Karen House, Finance:

Over the years, the pace of change in financial aid programs has accelerated greatly; the continuing economic downturn has magnified the workload. The level of effort to meet the productivity demanded by our students, families, and campus had become overwhelming. A peer review of Student Financial Services was undertaken to gain an independent perspective and objective advice. The peer review team consisted of two student financial services professionals from other campuses faced with similar external pressures. Dr. Paula Gill and Ms. Patricia Scott of Belmont University and University of Maryland, Baltimore, respectively, received a great deal of factual information about the duties, outcomes, and resources of Student Financial Services. The reviewers visited our campus for several days and met with all staff in Student Financial Services and a number of other members of our campus community. Gill and Scott conveyed their findings and recommendations to President Giles-Gee, Vice President for Finance and Planning Jay Kahn, and Associate Vice President for Finance Karen House along with expressions of high regard for the commitment and quality of the SFS staff and our college.
We are pleased to announce that we have embarked on a year-long project to reorganize our delivery of financial services to students. Financial Aid and the Bursar’s Office are being established as two distinct departments, both reporting directly to Associate Vice President Karen House. We believe the new organizational structure will address compliance requirements for segregation of duties and provide appropriately focused opportunities for the staff, leading to greater satisfaction in the work environment. Recognizing the departments will always work closely and collaboratively on behalf of students and families, we are retaining “Student Financial Services” as a symbolic signpost.
It will take some time to work through all of the operational details involved in reorganizing into two departments. We are assessing the best manner in which to allocate the duties to meet the responsibilities and to provide staff with focus, opportunities, and empowerment in their work. As part of our transition process, we are identifying best practices from colleagues that may be applicable to our campus. Our campus values are a guiding principle and the Human Resources office is a valued partner in this work.
There are several recent staff changes that we are announcing. Patricia Blodgett’s title has changed to Director of Financial Aid. Teresa Whitney and Sue Cullinane have transferred from the Bursar area to the Financial Aid office and are busily assisting with the production of award letters, verification documents, and other essential work to provide initial financial aid services to incoming students. Joy Birdsey accepted Pat Blodgett’s invitation to join the financial aid department as Senior Associate Director effective April 30. In that capacity, Joy will work on project management, procedural documentation, impact of financial aid regulation changes, assistance with audits, and other compliance matters. In announcing her decision to staff members recently, Joy explained she wanted to apply her twenty six years of experience in higher education financial / accounting matters to a highly specialized area. “The opportunity will allow me to gain the knowledge and expertise in the ever changing Financial Aid arena, work more closely with students and families, and still be able to work closely with my colleagues in Student Financial Services.”
We will take some time to review the roles and responsibilities in the Bursar department before beginning a search to fill the vacancy created by Joy’s move across the hall to Financial Aid.
This transition is a wonderful and exciting opportunity. We appreciate the support and interest of our campus colleagues. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact Karen House.

Emerging Art and Graphic Design portfolio review
This photograph by Elina Nykanen of New Ipswich, N.H., is among the artwork on display in Emerging Art, the annual Keene State College art students’ exhibition.

This photograph by Elina Nykanen of New Ipswich, N.H., is among the artwork on display in Emerging Art, the annual Keene State College art students’ exhibition.

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery:

Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and ceramic works art majors will be showcased in Emerging Art, the annual Keene State College art students’ exhibition, presented by the KSC Art Department from Saturday, April 17, through Saturday, May 8, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.
Friends of the Thorne will host an opening reception for Emerging Art on Friday, April 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery.
The Art Department will also sponsor a graphic design senior portfolio review from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Media Arts Center, adjacent to the Thorne, on that Friday. More than 20 graphic design seniors will open their portfolios and showcase their best design work.
Gallery visitors are invited to vote for their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Commendation, which carries a $100 cash prize and is sponsored by the Friends of the Thorne. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 3.
The exhibit, reception, and portfolio review are free and open to the public.

Help wanted

We may all already know that HR has job postings, but sometimes we need a reminder of what’s out there, so we can pass the info on to people who might like to apply.
Including but not limited to:

You know what’s the best way to work with people you like? Get people you like to come work with you.

Coming to the Redfern: KSC Orchestra, Concert Band, Opera Workshop

From Joe Darby, Music Department:

The Keene State College Music Department presents the KSC Orchestra, directed by Don Baldini, in the ensemble’s final performance of the season, on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center.
The program features a wide selection of orchestral favorites, including the overture to Verdi’s Nabucco, “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Greensleeves, Manuel de Falla’s colorful “Ritual Fire Dance” from El Amor Brujo, and the Finale to Respighi’s The Pines of Rome. In addition, the orchestra will perform suites from America’s finest twentieth-century composers: Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Richard Rogers’s glorious South Pacific.
Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under.

Also from Joe:

The Keene State College Music Department presents the KSC Concert Band in “When Words Leave Off, Music Begins,” the ensemble’s final performance of the season, directed by Dr. James Chesebrough, on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center.
The program features music from leading composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Astor Piazzolla, Charles Ives, John Williams, Samuel Adler, and Frank Ticheli. The evening’s soloists will be Professor Craig Sylvern, performing tenor saxophone on Piazzolla’s Oblivion, and Brian Campbell ’10, performing alto saxophone on the title theme from Catch Me if You Can, a film scored by John Williams.
Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under.

And one more:

The Keene State College Music Department presents “Opera Comes Alive,” a performance of the KSC Opera Workshop, directed by Dr. Carroll Lehman, on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center.
The performance will feature arias and ensembles from great operas in the history of music, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, Copland’s The Tender Land, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti and The Magic Flute, and Puccini’s La Boheme. Members of the Opera Workshop are Alyson Ryder, Kimberly Harte, Joseph McConaughy, Owen Davis, and Nicole Laperriere. Professor Robert Blake is the accompanist for “Opera Comes Alive.”
Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under.

To buy tickets or request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to performances.

KSC Musicians Perform With 2010 New England Intercollegiate Band
KSC Inter-collegiate musicians Lori Kjellander, Megan Fleagle, Nathan Shower, Morgan Cyr, and Alyssa Comeau.

KSC Inter-collegiate musicians Lori Kjellander, Megan Fleagle, Nathan Shower, Morgan Cyr, and Alyssa Comeau.

From Jim Chesebrough, Music:

Flautist Morgan Cyr (’11), clarinetists Lori Kjellander (’10) and Alyssa Comeau (’13), trumpeter Nathan Shower (’07), and Megan Fleagle (’12) on horn performed with the New England College Band Association’s (NECBA) twenty-eighth annual New England Intercollegiate Band on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, 2010 at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Approximately 60 musicians were selected by audition from over 10 New England colleges and universities. They rehearsed and performed an exciting program of music with guest conductor/composer Robert Sheldon.

Professional and academic activities

Brian Green, Sociology, give an invited talk at the Second International Seminar on Human Rights Education in Casta Papiernicka, Slovakia on March 23. The seminar, organized by the Slovak Center for Communication and Development, focused on training young educators and other professionals for human rights education. The title of the talk was “Teaching Democracy and Human Rights in a Globalized Era.” It focused on advancing our conceptualization of both democracy and human rights in a changing world, and on strategies for teaching these ideas in classrooms in more developed countries like the United States and European countries.

On April 10, Center for Writing tutors Josh Starkey, Allison Siwacki, Karah Dunn, Kate Curtis, and Administrative Assistant Jahleh Ghanbari presented “Close Knit or Closed Off?: How Writing Centers Project Images of Inclusion and Exclusion” at the Northeast Writing Center Association’s annual conference at Boston University. Their presentation included an analysis of data from different constituencies on campus in order to understand how writing centers are perceived by faculty, students, and administration.

Mark C. Long, professor of English and American Studies, has received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant is designed to support the development of humanities courses organized around questions to which no discipline or field or profession can lay an exclusive claim—questions that predate the formation of the academic disciplines themselves. Mark’s proposed course, “What is Nature?” will trace the history of experiences and concepts of nature from the ancient world to the age of Darwin. Students will read a sequence of major texts from the Western tradition alongside supplemental treatises and excerpts from religious and scientific documents to help students understand the broad contours of thinking about the natural world in the Western cultures of Europe as well as the Eastern cultures of China and India, and the Arab-World and Africa.