March 10th, 2011

   In this issue:

•  Celebrating Granny D
•  Close to Home Gets Closer to 100 Percent
•  Can We Talk?
•  First Book Grants Available
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Update Your Information
•  Professional Activity
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Celebrating Granny D

Today, March 10, 2011, was proclaimed “Remembering Granny D Day” in New Hampshire by Governor Lynch. In a day of celebration, Keene State has a little extra to celebrate: The gift of the Granny D Collection, including her extraordinary archive of letters, photographs, memorabilia and ephemera that chronicle her work as an activist and organizer.

For more on Doris Haddock’s remarkable legacy and the new archive at Mason library, visit the news site.

Close to Home Gets Closer to 100 Percent

From Sasha Watt, Admissions:

The Close to Home Committee is excited to report that several departments on campus have achieved 100 percent participation in this year’s faculty and staff campaign: The Office of the VP of Advancement, Advancement Services, Alumni and Parent Relations, The Cohen Center, Development, and Sports Information. There are several (about 20!) other departments who are so close – we hope you will consider making a gift during this year’s campaign and join 115 of your colleagues who have already made a gift this year!

One easy way to give is to make a gift through payroll deduction. As little as $1-$2 per pay period can add up quickly to $26-$52 a year. If everyone on campus gave $2 per pay period that would be almost $45,000 per year to support students, programs, and scholarships! The payroll deduction form can be found online or call Genny Alexander, Director of Annual Giving, at 8-2304.

Thank you to everyone for the time, talent and financial support you show our students and the campus each and every day!

Can We Talk?

From Dottie Morris, Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism:

Please refer students to the following “Can we talk” student-facilitated group discussion. Please read the description, and if you have any students you think would benefit from participating in this group, and encourage them to take part. All the student will need to do is complete a short form, available at

Intersecting Identities: The Many Faces of Self
Group Facilitators – Kelsey LeGloahec and Steve Gonzalez
This five-session group discussion will investigate how the multiple aspects of our identity such as race, class, ethnicity, and gender as well as our social locations shape our experience and perception of the world. We aim to cultivate a sense of our unique places in the world and how that creates limiting perspectives which then enables both privilege and oppression. Essentially, this group hopes to explore how one’s place in society helps and hurts others in order to bring an awareness of how to build a brighter and empowering future for all.
Tuesdays, 8 – 9 p.m.
March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 25
Mason Library, Appian Way Conference Room

First Book Grants Available

From Mary McEntee, Coordinator of Community Service:

First Book-Keene State College is a program that gives new books to out-of-school programs that serve children from low-income families. We are currently accepting grant applications. The grant application and instructions are available online.

For more information, e-mail Mary or call her at 358-2665.

Tech Tip of the Week: Update Your Information

From the IT Group:

New students are visiting campus and many departments are handing out helpful information. If your document contains information about technology or computers, it will need to be updated.

As you know, technology is ever changing, as well as the procedures necessary to use it efficiently. So before you deliver that information to students, let the IT Group review and update your technology information to be sure that students are informed correctly. We have some exciting changes happening right now, so be sure you are providing students the most recent information.

You can send any information you would like reviewed directly to Kim Paré at She’ll be happy to make sure your information is correct and provide you with any new updates to be sure our students get off on the right foot!

Professional Activity

On Thursday, February 24, Brian Green, Sociology, presented a research paper at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Philadelphia. The paper, entitled Does Diversity Matter? Assessing the Effects of Diversity on Macro-social Outcomes, addressed the sociological implications of diversity at the national level. Although she couldn’t attend the conference, the paper was co-authored by Katrina Weiss, ’10, who helped gather and analyze the data. The study was supported with funding from the Undergraduate Research Fund of Keene State College.

Keene State Image of the Week

Photo by Ben Caulfield

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