October 21st, 2010

   In this issue:

•  Students Present at COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference
•  Canstruction Precedes KSC Hunger Awareness Week
•  Naomi Tutu to Speak on Truth and Reconciliation
•  United Way Update
•  Center City Design: A Community Conversation
•  NHASTA String Day Comes to Keene
•  Fall 2010 Experiential Education Practices Survey Results Available
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Thinking Equals Security
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Students Present at COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference


Keene State College Students from a variety of disciplines presented their original research and creative projects at the first ever Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges’ Undergraduate Research Conference. The conference was held October 1-2, 2010 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Congratulations to all student presenters on their accomplishments!

  • Miles Warner, Art: Selections from Chad Bentley installation
  • Laura Mann, Art: Selections from Tangled Stillness
  • Amanda Izzo, Biology: Transcriptional Activation and Repression by LuxR in Vibria harveyi
  • Curtis Guild, Chemistry: Crystallographic Studies of a Variety of Pharmaceutically Active Compounds
  • Andrew Abeleira and Jacob Meier, Chemistry: Separation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using cyclodextrin modified capillary electrophoresis
  • Jacob Meier and Andrew Abeleira, Chemistry: Environmental monitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in lichen using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Amy Curran, Geography: Secrets of the Fleet: Using interviews and sketch mapping to identify the timing and location of lobster fishing on the Maine Coast
  • Meagan Blais and Taylor Mitchell, Holocaust and Genocide Studies: What is at Stake?

Faculty and administrators accompanying our scholars included:

  • Mel Netzhammer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Gordon Leversee, Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences
  • Peter Roos, Associate Professor of Art
  • Paul Vincent, Professor, Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Becca Hickam, Coordinator of Experiential Education, CELT
Canstruction Precedes KSC Hunger Awareness Week

From Mary McEntee, Community Service:

The Canstruction hunger awareness-sculpture competition is set for the first week in November.

Canstruction, Inc. is a foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA) that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized structures made entirely out of canned food. Local architects are mentoring Keene State College students in the design build of their can sculptures. The purpose of the event is to bring hunger awareness to the foreground; at the close of the competition all of the food used in the structures will be donated to The Monadnock Food Coalition. The competition is set for one week prior to KSC’s annual “Hunger Awareness Week,” and is open to the public November 1 through 6 at the Keene State’s Lloyd P. Young Student Center Atrium.

Teams will construct their sculptures on Oct. 31, judging will take place on Nov. 1, and awards will be presented later in the day at a special gala. Creative and ingenious sculptures are to be built by three participating teams: KSC Architecture Club, KSC Habitat for Humanity, and KSC Graphics Class.

There is no fee to view the sculptures, although the donation of one can of food per person is suggested.

The Community Kitchen Inc. (a Monadnock United Way Agency) is hosting this event with co-sponsors Daniel V. Scully, Architects, and Keene State College. All food collected from this event will be distributed proportionately to The Monadnock Food Coalition members during the holidays.

Naomi Tutu to Speak on Truth and Reconciliation

From Dottie Morris, Diversity and Multiculturalism:

Please join us Monday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room for the first lecture in the Dr. Lila C. Murphy ‘52 Women and Leadership Lecture Series.

Naomi Tutu, Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will speak on “Truth and Reconciliation: Healing Wounds.”

Ms. Tutu is a speaker on Human Rights, Gender, Race Relations and Activism. She has served as a development consultant in West Africa and a program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-Based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. She has led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. Together with Rose Bator she presents a workshop titled “Building Bridges: Dealing with Issues of Race and Racism.” The two lead women’s retreats through their organization Sister Sojourner and are writing a book, I Don’t Think of You as Black: Honest Conversations on Race and Racism.

For more on the speaker series or on Naomi Tutu, please see the keene.edu news page.

United Way Update

From Melissa Laughner on behalf of the KSC United Way Committee:

Dear Campus Community,

Our thanks to those who came and showed their support at the KSC Campaign kick-off Tuesday. The spirit was wonderful! We would like to thank the President for her enthusiasm and support.

The donations are coming in and we already 17% to our goal of $30,000! I am pleased to announce the winners of the special drawing held for those who had given ahead of the kick-off, drawn by the President:

  • Chris Miles – Tornado chocolate cake, donated by Sodexo
  • Marianne O’Brien – $10 gift certificates to Chili’s and Longhorn
  • John Halter – 2 tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, donated by the Redfern

Stay tuned for more updates and prize winners. Please send in your pledge card to be eligible. Leadership gifts should be sent to Karen House and others to Melissa Laughner, both at M-1603. If you haven’t yet donated, please consider doing so. Any amount will be appreciated and helpful to those in need.

Center City Design: A Community Conversation

As part of an effort to engage the public in helping to shape the future of downtown Keene, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce held a two-day design workshop earlier this summer related to planned development along Gilbo Avenue. Entitled “Center City Design – A Community Conversation,” the workshop informed the community about four proposed projects on Gilbo Avenue and solicited input on how to best integrate them into the downtown area. On Friday, October 29, 2010 from 4 – 6 p.m. the Chamber will present the findings from the interactive community workshop. The presentation will take place at Heberton Hall at 76 Winter Street.

The October 29th presentation will summarize public input that was gathered from the initial community workshops on the four planned projects along Gilbo Avenue – an recreation/civic center, a community multi-arts facility, an academic building for Antioch University New England, and a municipal parking facility. The presentation will identify key issues and opportunities related to urban design, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, streetscape and landscape, and transportation. The information presented will be used to inform and direct the next level of design for each of the buildings along Gilbo Avenue.

For more information about the upcoming presentation contact E. Thomas Dowling, President of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 352-1303 or visit the chamber’s website at www.keenechamber.com.

NHASTA String Day Comes to Keene

From Maura Glennon, Music:

On October 30, 2010, seventy violin, viola, cello and bass students from high schools all over New Hampshire will come to the campus of Keene State College. This is the second time this event has taken place and we are honored that the New Hampshire chapter of The American String Teachers Association has chosen Keene State College as its location for 2010.

While on campus, the students will work with Professor Don Baldini, conductor of the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra, and Marcia Lehninger, professor of violin. In the afternoon, the Keene State Orchestra will join the high school students and their teachers in a concert that is open to the public.

If you have any questions about this event please call the Music Department at Keene State College, 603-358-2177.

Fall 2010 Experiential Education Practices Survey Results Available

From Becca Hickam, CELT:

The Experiential Education Practices Survey was conducted at Keene State College in the fall of 2010 to assess the participation of college faculty in high impact practices. Definitions were used to ascertain response rate by looking at how many faculty felt that they used experiential pedagogy as a broad concept, then how many responded when that was broken out into four different areas and their subsequent categories. The survey was organized in 6 sections, one requesting demographic information, four focusing on Keene State College’s identified areas of experiential education: Engaged Community-Based Learning; Experiential Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor; Experiential Professional Learning; and Campus-Based Experiential Learning, and the last asking about ways CELT can assist and support faculty interested in experiential education. The survey was delivered via Google Forms, and faculty were solicited via e-mail on three separate occasions (from August 25, 2010 to September 15, 2010) by both VPAA/Provost Mel Netzhammer and the Coordinator of Experiential Education, Becca Hickam.

To view the full report, click here: http://keeneweb.org/celt/2010-experiential-education-practices-survey/

Tech Tip of the Week: Thinking Equals Security

From the IT Group:

October is IT Security Awareness Month!

Think before you:

  • Open any attachment
  • Open an e-mail from someone you don’t know
  • Click on any link in an e-mail, IM, or blog
  • Install software from the web
  • Share your password…..DON’T DO IT !!!!
  • Allow someone else to use your computer
  • Use an unsecure wireless network
  • Offer any personal information over the web
  • Use Facebook or MySpace
  • Use your name/pet’s name as a password. (Create a STRONG password and change it frequently!)
  • Open your computer to file sharing

When in doubt, call the HelpDesk at 8-2532 and we’ll be glad to help you!

Professional Activities

On Saturday, 16 October 2010, professors Heather Gilligan, Sandra Howard, and Craig Sylvern gave the world premier of Dr. Gilligan’s composition “Winged Reflections” at the 2010 New Hampshire Music Teachers Association [NHMTA] State Conference in Concord. The composition is the result of Dr. Gilligan winning the 2010 NHMTA Commissioned Composer Prize, and a recording of the performance will be sent to the Music Teachers National Association to compete with other winning compositions from across the United States.

Keene State Image of the Week
Beverly Ferrucci's Issues and Trends in Mathematics Education Students participate in an egg drop from the Scince Center balcony to the courtyard below. Photo by Mark Reynolds

Beverly Ferrucci's Issues and Trends in Mathematics Education students participate in an egg drop from the Science Center balcony to the courtyard below. Photo by Mark Reynolds

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

(We caught the winners of the egg drop!)