April 29th, 2010

   In this issue:

•  Owls to hold fundraisers on Saturday
•  Close to Home update
•  Alumni Center Open House Friday
•  KSC laundry equipment offsets greenhouse gas emissions
•  Rob Westerberg named Music Distinguished Alum
•  Professional Activities

Owls to hold fundraisers on Saturday

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information:

Keene State College baseball and softball teams will hold fundraisers during their final regular season home games against the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.
The Keene State baseball program will join the other seven Little East Conference teams in raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer. The softball team will hold a “Play for a Cure” game to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
In addition to setting up a table for donations and literature, both teams will mark the day in special ways. The bases at the baseball game will be painted light blue – the awareness color of prostate cancer. Players will also be wearing light blue wrist bands. And the KSC softball team will be selling $1 admission tickets that will be used in a raffle for prizes and gift cards provided by local businesses. The players will also be selling pink arm bracelets and baked goods.
The Keene State Athletic Training Society will also be hosting a spring fever event at Owl Athletic Complex. There will be raffles, a dunk tank, a pie-throwing station and mini games. Prizes from the raffle include an iPod Touch and a Wii Sport. All proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Members of the Keene State and Keene communities are encouraged to come out and support these causes as well as cheer on the Owls as they take on the Huskies.

Update: Both teams have doubleheaders; baseball starts at noon, and softball starts at 1 p.m.

Close to Home update

From Kim Schmidl-Gagne:

I have been very fortunate to be a member of the Keene State College staff for over twenty years. I came to Keene fresh out of my graduate program at The Ohio State University to become a residence director. I chose Keene because of the sense of community I felt during my interview day. As the day concluded, I was invited by the staff to come to the old Zorn Dining Commons to participate in the finals week “Late Night Breakfast,” where faculty and staff members served the students breakfast at 9 p.m. Immediately upon my arrival I was greeted by an overwhelming group that was thrilled to be there and to interact with students during a stressful time. It felt like everyone already knew my name, and I was enveloped into a fun and caring community. People wanted to know what I thought about Keene – and what else I needed to know about the college and the town to help make my decision. They wanted me to know that I would be supported to be successful but that there was also a strong expectation that it was everyone’s responsibility to help students be successful. So I spent the evening serving eggs to hungry students and developing the sense of belonging for which Keene is renown. Needless to say, the decision about the position was fairly simple after that.

I came to Keene believing there was much I could offer the campus. I understood the value of a public liberal arts program and appreciated the transformative power of a college education, having received my Bachelor’s from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (then North Adams State) and my Master’s degree from The Ohio State University. I understood the struggle to afford a college education. I remember night after night during my senior year of high school, going through encyclopedia-sized books with my mother, looking for potential loans and grants to make attending college a possibility. I wound up attending college on a patchwork of small scholarships and grants sponsored by individuals, groups, North Adams and the government. Every little bit made a difference to me in achieving my goal of becoming the first in my family to receive a college degree.

Financial situations are more challenging today than ever, but I know that the sense of community I experienced during my interview and our shared expectation that we are all here to help students succeed will help us each find our own way to show students that we care. Just like all the little scholarships that got me through, any small gift you make will make a huge difference. The faculty and staff of Keene State College always come through for students.

The Campaign is moving into its final weeks. Participation remains close to 20%, and almost $25,000 has been received in gifts from our campus family.

I would like to invite you to join me in making a gift to this year’s “Close to Home” campaign. It’s easy! You can write a check, use payroll deduction, or you can make your gift securely online at www.keene.edu/giving. On behalf of the 2010 Faculty/Staff Campaign Chairs, thanks for considering participating. You may be helping that one special student in your class.

Alumni Center Open House Friday


Please join the Advancement Division for an Open House at the new Alumni Center on Friday, April 30, 2-4 p.m.
Come tour the new facility! Learn more about what your colleagues in Advancement are doing! Eat cookies! Drink punch!

(The main entrance is off the parking lot; please enter via the driveway between the Historical Society and Carroll House.)

KSC laundry equipment offsets greenhouse gas emissions

Mary Jensen, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs, sent this story (which links to a much longer press release). From the story:

14 campuses have offset 100 percent of their greenhouse gas emissions derived from laundry equipment through a partnership with Mac-Gray Corporation and Carbonfund.org. Over 21 million pounds of GHG emissions will be offset through a $95,000 investment in Carbonfund.org’s third-party verified carbon reduction projects. The participating campuses include: Colorado College, Colorado State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College (NH), Salisbury University (MD), Stonehill College (MA), University of Montevallo (AL), University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, University of South Carolina-Aiken, University of South Carolina-Upstate, and Western Carolina University (NC).

Rob Westerberg named Music Distinguished Alum

From Sandra Howard, Music:

Rob Westerberg is the recipient of the Keene State College Department of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2009-10. He currently serves as the choral director at York High School in York, Maine and is the director of the Portland Community Chorus. Mr. Westerberg earned a B. M. in Music Education from at Keene State College and M. M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine.
Rob is the past President of the Maine Music Educators Association, Vermont Music Educators Association, and the Vermont Choral Directors Association. He has managed District, All State and Eastern Division Choirs and served as chairman for the Maine All State Music Festival in both 2005 and 2006. In 2000, Westerberg was nationally recognized by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association as one of their “accomplished” Music Teachers and was a 2007 nominee for the Maine Arts Alliance Bill Bonyun Award for Arts Advocacy.
Rob will be a guest on the KSC campus on Thursday, November 4, and will be receiving the award at the Concert Band performance in the Redfern Arts Center Main Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Professional Activities

Professor Daniel Patterson of Theatre and Dance attended the National Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival last week in Washington D.C. Professor Patterson was awarded the National Critics Fellowship and participated in workshops involving Theatre Criticism with Washington Post critic Nelson Pressley, NPR Theatre and Film critic Bob Mondello, and Web-based critics Tim and Lorraine Treanor. The workshop was led by Daniel Sullivan of the O’Neill Center’s National Critics Institute and National Critics chair, Mark Charney. Professor Patterson was invited to attend the O’Neill Center Critics Institute later this summer.
Also attending the Kennedy Center from TAD was student Molly Chase, who had won the opportunity to participate at the KCACTF National Festival as the regional winner of the Alcone Award for make-up and hair design for her work on The Threepenny Opera.

Barbara Ware, Modern Languages, attended the 63rd Annual Kentucky Language Conference at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 15-17. She participated on the panel “Descontento, identidad y obsesión en la literatura argentina.” Her paper, entitled “El cuerpo de Eva Perón: Una obsesión nacional” detailed the archetypal images of Perón in Argentine poetry, short stories and novels.