March 31st, 2011

   In this issue:

•  Evening of Poetry April 5
•  Jeans as a Means
•  Freedom Riders film Sunday
•  And You Thought College Was Expensive Already
•  Community Service Corner: Up ‘Til Dawn
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Evening of Poetry April 5

From Dottie Morris, Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism:

You are invited to an evening of poetry in honor of National Poetry month.
An Evening of Poetry
Featuring Keene State College students and Guest Poet Martin Espada

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Keene State College Alumni Center
Centennial Hall
7:30 p.m.

The event will feature Keene State College student poets:
Valerie Andrade
Elhadje Bah
Mary Benson
Daniel Colina
Justin Miller
Liza Mindeman

Guest Poet Martin Espada

Mr. Espada has published 17 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. The Republic of Poetry, a collection of poems published in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collection, The Trouble Ball, is coming in spring 2011. His work has been translated into ten languages; collections of poems have recently been published in Spain, Puerto Rico, and Chile. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Sponsors: Pepsi Grant, Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism, Multicultural Student Affairs office, Common Ground Multicultural Club

Jeans as a Means

From Genny Alexander, Development:

On Friday, April 15, staff and faculty members who have made a financial gift to Keene State College this fiscal year (since July 1, 2010) are invited to wear jeans* and something Keene State related – red and white, a KSC pin, an owl, etc. – to proudly show our support of students and programs at KSC!

The Close to Home Faculty and Staff campaign continues through the end of April. So far, 138 faculty and staff members have generously made a gift to support students, scholarships, and other programs on campus this year. This week, Institutional Research joins the list of departments on campus who have achieved 100% participation! On behalf of the campus community, thank you to everyone who has already made a gift this year.

Remember – ANY amount to ANY area of campus counts in participation for the campaign. Every gift really does matter!

If you’d like to make a gift please visit Questions? Unsure if you’ve made your gift this year? Please contact Genny Alexander, Director of Annual Giving, at 8-2304.

We hope to see you, your jeans* and your KSC spirit on April 15!

*Jeans should be clean, with no rips or tears

Freedom Riders film Sunday

From Kim Schmidl-Gagne:

Exclusive Pre-Release Showing…Please Encourage Your Students to Attend!

Freedom Riders: Get on the Bus

Sunday, April 3
6 p.m.
Alumni Center, Centennial Hall
Light Refreshments

Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till), Freedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

And You Thought College Was Expensive Already

From Kim Schmidl-Gagne and Pat Dolenc:

Wednesday, April 6, from noon-6 p.m., we are planning a campus-wide Teach In/Speak Out entitled, “And You Thought College was Expensive Already…The Impact of a 45% State Budget Cut” to discuss the NH State Legislature plans which may cut nearly half of the financial support the state provides Keene State.

At this time we are planning three “repeating” events, scheduled to begin at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each two hour block will include an introduction with information regarding the budget and the impact of public higher education. We will then move to scheduled speakers and an open mic/Q and A time followed by information on advocacy. We will close with an opportunity for processing.

While each time block will represent a “full” program, they will each be somewhat different depending on the speakers. We encourage community members to drop in and out as individual schedules allow.

We are currently working on developing the program of scheduled speakers. Each speaker would have approximately 10 minutes. If you are interested in speaking, please contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne at or Pat Dolenc at We will work with you to schedule a time and determine a title or topic. We plan to share this schedule in advance of the Teach In.

Community Service Corner: Up ‘Til Dawn

From Mary McIntee, Coordinator of Community Service:

Up ‘til Dawn is a student-led, philanthropic and fundraising program hosted by colleges and universities across the nation to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The program consists of students participating in a letter-writing campaign, where they are asked to bring 50 names and addresses of family and friends whom they could send a donation letter to asking for their support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After the letter writing, students participate in a thank-you celebration put on by the student-led committees.

This past November, Senior Sinead O’Mahony hosted the first annual Up ‘til Dawn event at Keene State College. The planning and preparation stages began back in June, when Sinead and fellow committee member Erin Magoon traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, to visit the St. Jude Hospital. After having firsthand experience with the organization and the event, Sinead and Erin decided to start their own events committee at Keene. They recruited five other students, Daniel Colina, Sam Malwal, Stacey Higgins, Lindsay Houlihan, and Jackie Vanacore, as well as the current AmeriCorps VISTA, Alyssa Day, to help serve on the Up ‘til Dawn executive board.

On November 9 from 6 to 11 p.m., approximately 180 students came out and participated in the Up ‘til Dawn letter writing campaign. Throughout the night over 4,600 donation letters were written and sent out, asking friends and family members to help support the St. Jude hospital. In attendance were two St. Jude representatives, who were extremely impressed and proud of the outcome of Keene’s first annual Up ‘til Dawn event. After students finished their letters, they were able to participate in the thank-you celebration that was held the same night. Students had the opportunity to play several games such as life-size Jenga, ping-pong, mummy-wrap, doughnut eating contest, and even a large scaled gladiator challenge. At the end of the night, several prizes were raffled off including both an iPod touch and a Nintendo Wii.

The event was well received by the Keene State community and will be an annual event. As of February, the first KSC event raised over $18,000.00.

If you would like more information about next year’s event, or if you would like to donate to the St. Jude Hospital, please contact Sinead O’Mahony at

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

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

  • Wade Newer (formerly complementary staff member), Program Support Assistant, Student Center
Keene State Image of the Week

Photo by Lucy Webb

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