May 12th, 2011

   In this issue:

•  Spaulding Gym Bleachers and Floor to be Replaced
•  Hardly Perfect Student Does Just Fine
•  Summer Hours for the Student Center
•  The Keene State/Royal Wedding Connection
•  Plan to Support What You Care About Most
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Spaulding Gym Bleachers and Floor to be Replaced

The wooden bleachers and hardwood floor in Spaulding Gym are finally being replaced! The bleachers and floor are both original to the construction of the building in 1966. Both were due to be replaced during the 2003 construction of the Recreation Center and renovation of Spaulding Gym, but neither project went forward.

Heavy use and enthusiastic sports fans have taken a toll, despite regular maintenance. The hardwood floor is so thin in spots from being sanded and refinished that it cannot be sanded one more time, and a basketball does not bounce consistently on all parts of the floor.

The bleachers require regular repair and maintenance. Despite spending more than $80,000 in repairs since 2002, the metal framing is crooked, loose, and fatigued. It is more and more difficult to telescope the bleachers in and out for games, and the current bleachers are not ADA compliant. The new bleachers will meet ADA standards.

Replacement will occur this summer and should be complete before the start of the fall semester.

Hardly Perfect Student Does Just Fine

From Peggy Walsh, Honors Program:

Christina Anderson, a first-year student in the honors program, made it to the quarterfinals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novelist Award Contest’s young adult/romance category of the ABNA awards for her (now published) novel, Hardly Perfect. She’s now working on her second novel.

You can see the cover at Amazon.

Summer Hours for the Student Center

From Stacy Evans, Student Center:

The following are the hours of operation for the Student Center for the Summer.

Summer Session Hours of Operation
(May 15, 2011 – July 23, 2011)
Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

August Hours of Operation
(July 25, 2011 – August 21, 2011)
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed

Orientation Week Hours of Operation
(August 22, 2011 – August 28, 2011)
Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday, 8 a.m – Midnight

The Keene State/Royal Wedding Connection

The Royal-Wedding obsessed among you may be interested to hear that a Keene State student was in the throng on the Big Day.

The Sentinel had a nice piece on Tyler Patria, kindly passed on to us by Skye Stephenson, GEO. Cheerio!

Plan to Support What You Care About Most

From Cheryl Martin, Advancement:

Do your financial plans reflect what’s most important to you? Do you worry about someone else making your decisions for you as you age?

Come and hear some clear and simple guidance on maintaining financial control and keeping your personal and philanthropic priorities where they should be, in this session entitled “How to ensure that your financial and estate plans support what you care about most.”

May 18, 3-5 p.m.
Alumni Center Conference Room 206

Professional Activities

Irene M. H. Herold, dean of the Mason Library, has been elected to the Association of College and Research Libraries Board of Directors as director-at-large.

In April, at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Professor Miguel Rivera-Taupier, from Modern Languages, read a paper on contemporary Mexican-Spanish writer Paco Ignacio Taibo and how detective fiction and magical realism converge at the American-Mexican border. Taibo, one the most prolific and important writers in Mexico, is particularly known for his detective novels and his awarded biography of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

Rodney Obien (Mason Library) and Ryan LaLiberty (American Studies / Class of 2011) co-presented “(re)Collecting a Film Maverick: The Archives of Louis de Rochemont” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 21-23.

Keene State Image of the Week

Friday afternoon before Commencement, May 6, 2011. Mark Reynolds photo

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