September 2nd, 2010

   In this issue:


•  U.S. Secretary of Education visits Keene State
•  Invitation to apply: KSC Pepsi Partnership Grants
•  Cambodian author and activist to speak Tuesday
•  KSC Welcomes Exchange Students to Campus
•  Labor Day hours at the Rec Center
•  Diversity and Multiculturalism Commission kicks off
•  The word from M&C: Check out the new banners!
•  New feature: Where’d I see that?
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Family News
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State image of the week

U.S. Secretary of Education visits Keene State

Maybe you noticed the giant bus on Main Street Monday night. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan met with Keene State education students on August 30, as part of his “Courage in the Classroom: Honoring America’s Teachers” bus tour.

Curious about media coverage? Read more at the New York Times, Keene Sentinel, Nashua Telegraph, and U.S. Department of Education‘s website.

Want video to see it with your own eyes? We thought so.

Invitation to apply: KSC Pepsi Partnership Grants

From Barbara Preston:

Applications due: Friday, September 17, 2010

You are invited to apply for the Pepsi Partnership Grants Initiative for Fall 2010. Eligible applications will be accepted from student groups and organizations, faculty, staff, and/or departments and administrative offices of the College. Funds awarded must be expended this fiscal year; all invoices and payments must be submitted prior to June 1, 2011.

The goal of the Pepsi Partnership Grant program is to support and promote worthwhile campus projects with unrestricted dollars given by the Pepsi Corporation to the College. These projects should improve the College academically or culturally, enhance its reputation, and/or improve the quality of life of its students.

When preparing your grant application, please understand that:

  1. Preference is given to proposals that will result in an outcome which reaches a large and broad spectrum of the student body.
  2. Consideration is given to projects that are innovative, show promise of bringing new dimensions to the life of the College, and enhance the student experience.
  3. Serious consideration is given to projects that show potential of promoting academic excellence and improving the quality of student life.
  4. Funding for clubs and organizations will only be considered if the groups are recognized by or affiliated with the College.
  5. Proposals to purchase academic materials (i.e., books, equipment, supplies) are not typically funded.
  6. Proposals for travel are typically not funded since the benefits are usually limited to those people who participate in the trip. Proposals for travel will be considered more favorably if the proposal specifically outlines a direct and substantial benefit to the larger KSC community.
  7. The strength of a proposal is greatly enhanced when it includes a specific and detailed budget breakdown and specific plans showing larger KSC community benefit.

Please also note that:

  • Grant funding will typically not exceed $2,000 per award.
  • Grant funding for speakers will typically be limited to $1,000 per award.
  • Grants are given for this academic year only; multi-year projects must be approved on a year-by-year basis. These grants will NOT be used to sustain annual operating costs for programs or activities.
  • All Pepsi Partnership Grant recipients will be bound by College policy regarding intellectual property (check “Policies” on KSC Web pages).
  • Pepsi Partnership Grants will not provide funds for honoraria or travel for faculty/staff of the College.
  • The Grants Committee reserves the right to adjust these guidelines to fund unusual, meritorious proposals that may normally fall outside the description.
  • All grant recipients will be required to complete a follow-up assessment regarding who (students, faculty, staff, Keene community) attended the event and the number of students in attendance at the event. The follow-up assessment must be received no later than June 1, 2011.

Grant applications may be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Affairs, online through My KSC Announcements or Outlook Public Folders, “Pepsi Partnership Grants”.
Proposals should be e-mailed to bpreston@keene.edu. Paper proposals will not be accepted.

Cambodian author and activist to speak Tuesday

Just a reminder that this Tuesday, September 7, there will be a 7 p.m. lecture followed by a book signing by Loung Ung in the Mabel Brown Room.

Loung Ung is an author, lecturer, and activist who has dedicated the last 15 years of her life to promoting equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide. Some two million Cambodians – out of a population of just seven million – died at the hands of the infamous Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Of Ung’s family of nine, five survived.

Her memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a national best-seller and winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL), details her survival of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century.

For more information, contact Sara Hottinger at 358-2096 or shottinger@keene.edu.

KSC Welcomes Exchange Students to Campus

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From Skye Stephenson, GEO:

Eighteen exchange students and one new matriculating student from Taiwan – Feng-Wei Kuan – join the incoming Keene State College class for the Fall semester 2010. Representing the largest group of exchange students at Keene State College in more than a decade, they have journeyed from four continents to make Keene State College their home for a semester or more.
Three students – David Montufar, Ana Cristina Linares and Leon Lawrence Martinez – are students at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador). Four students – Emily Edwards, Matthew Winfield, Emma Taylor and Deanne Dutton – are from York St. John University (England). Laurence Jackson and Safena Hussain come from University of Wolverhampton (England). Keene State College has exchange agreements with all three universities, and there are currently several Keene State College students studying at these institutions.
Several members of the group come from other universities in the United States through the National Student Exchange (NSE). The NSE exchange program provides students at its nearly 200 participating colleges and universities in the United States and Canada the opportunity to spend a semester, summer or year at a member institution. This semester, KSC is hosting Heather Jendro and Allison Rogers (Central Washington University), Erica Madron and Anthony Chancellor (University of Nebraska at Kearney), Abbie Bandstra (Montana State University) and Chealsea Cooke (Indiana University).
For many of these exchange students, coming to Keene State College is the first time leaving their home country or region in the United States. Several have never been to the United States before or lived in an English-speaking environment. For a few, it will be their first time living in a residence hall. In France and Ecuador, many university students live with their families.
The KSC Global Education Office supports these international and national exchange students and serves as the campus hub for global academic programs and activities.

For more on these students and on GEO, see the full story on the keene.edu news site.

Labor Day hours at the Rec Center

From Lynne Andrews, Recreation Center:

Recreation Center Labor Day holiday hours: Monday, September 6
Facility hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Pool hours: 7:30-10 p.m.

Diversity and Multiculturalism Commission kicks off

From Karen Cangialosi, Biology, and Lucy Webb, Marketing and Communications:

Please join us for the semester’s first meeting of the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism! All members of the campus community with an interest in issues of diversity and multiculturalism are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our first meeting will be Friday, September 10, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Atrium Room of the Student Center.

This is the meeting where we talk about what’s important to us for the coming year; you won’t want to miss being part of that conversation! Please note that our agenda below includes talking about possible Diversity Dialogues for the year. If you are interested in presenting/leading a discussion on a diversity related topic, please let us know ASAP. We hope to schedule those soon.

Agenda, Friday, September 10, noon

  • Introductions
  • Programming – announcements and your input for the year, this year’s committee
  • Update on Class/Rank workshops
  • Update on May Diversity training and next steps
  • Diversity Dialogues (AY 10-11): Planning
  • Strategic Plan on Diversity (update from Dottie Morris)
  • New faculty lunches

Also, mark your calendars for our other meeting dates this semester:

  • Friday, October 15, noon
  • Friday, November 19, noon
  • Friday, December 10, noon
The word from M&C: Check out the new banners!
Designer Chris Justice poses with one of her creations on Appian Way.

Designer Chris Justice poses with one of her creations on Appian Way.

It’s hard to miss the new banners lining Appian Way, most noticeable for the smiling faces of members of the KSC family. If you haven’t given them much attention as you’ve walked by, be sure  to take a look.

And while you’re at it, head on over to Wyman Way, where the second phase of the new banners, featuring the arts at Keene State, has just rolled out. Look for more banners in coming months!

New feature: Where’d I see that?

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Welcome to a new feature — a crossover feature, in fact, with Newsline. Once a month, we’ll post a photo. You tell us where it is. Make your guess in the comments here. If there’s demand, we’ll post photos to the “Where’d I see that?” gallery more often than once a month, and you can make your guesses there!

But today, you just get the one.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

Please welcome the following newly hired staff members to the KSC Community:

  • Mark Theriault (former complementary staff), Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Athletics
  • Katie Baird (KSC Alumna), Evening Facility Manager, Recreational Sports
Family News

Nick Germana, History, and his wife, Leslie, welcomed their third child, Henry William Germana, into the world on Sunday afternoon, August 22. Henry and Leslie are reportedly both doing great.

Professional Activities

“Biodiesel versus Diesel: A Pilot Study Comparing Exhaust Exposures for Employees at a Rural Municipal Facility” will be published in the September 2010 volume (Vol. 60) of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association. This technical report is authored by four KSC researchers: Nora Traviss and Brett Thelen (Environmental Studies), Jaime Kathryn Ingalls (contract lecturer in Safety Studies), and Dean Melinda Treadwell. It features data collected in part by undergraduate student researchers in the Safety Studies department, and also represents a successful partnership between KSC and the City of Keene, as the field research was conducted on site at the Keene Recycling Center with the support and cooperation of City of Keene staff. It was supported through funding provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant P42 ES07373 and the EPA Science to Achieve Results fellowship grant FP916576.

Brian E. Green, Sociology/Anthropology, attended the International Sociological Association World Congress from July 13-17 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He presented two papers at the conference: “Social Implications of the Digital Divide” and “Global Governance for Resource Dispute Resolution: Connections between Energy Scarcity, Ecological Conflict, and the Future of International Regimes for Addressing Environmental Crises.” The first presentation discussed the evolving patterns of inequality in access to Information and Communication Technologies and the second presentation focused on conceptualizing models of global governance to help resolve environmental problems that have impacts internationally.

Al Rydant, Geography, received an Education Tourism Grant provided by PromPeru National Tourism Board, North American Association for Environmental Educators, National Association of Biology Teachers, and National Council for Geographic Education to join the Peruvian International Studies for Education, Development Delegation in Northern Peru, August 12-19, 2010. The delegation’s goal was to study development potential of pre-Inca archaeological sites, particularly the Moche and Chachapoya cultures.

Keene State image of the week

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Photo, as usual, borrowed from the Keene State Candid Campus gallery. Did we catch you?

(For those of you who missed it, there’s also video of Clap-In on Keene State’s YouTube Channel.)