August 4th, 2011

   In this issue:


•  Alums Call on Legislators to Support Student Scholarships
•  TDS Center Update
•  Rec Center Maintenance Updates
•  Jasinski Reads AP Exams
•  Health Science Faculty Collaborate to Promote Breastfeeding
•  Coming to the Redfern: The 30th Season!
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Alums Call on Legislators to Support Student Scholarships

We all know that cuts to the USNH budget will affect students. It seemed like time to remind ourselves that there are Keene State alums who are looking out for their successors and the college — and advocating publicly to do so.

Case in point: This outstanding letter to the Concord Monitor from a member of the class of ’52.

From the letter (and please read the whole thing if you can):

I would like to ask each legislator to join us and send $100 to Keene State College and earmark it for the Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund. These gifts will offset the cuts that have been made this year, and you will know the joy of assisting students complete their education.

Along with the legislators, I encourage Keene State College graduates to send checks to our scholarship fund. The class of 1952 would be so grateful, and we will let you know how much every gift sent is appreciated.

TDS Center Update

With the successful removal of hazardous material from Adams Tech winding down, we can expect more activity at the TDS Center site in the next few weeks. The demolition of Adams Tech is scheduled to begin Monday, August 8 and is expected to last roughly 10 days. Butterfield is currently in the process of being contained so that hazardous material removal can begin.

Some major site demolition began Thursday, July 28. In addition to this site work, remember that Blake Street is through Friday, August 5.

Access to the few parking spots at the Science Center will be available; however, you need to use Madison Street to access them.

Pile driving, one of the loudest parts of the project, will begin Friday, August 19 and is expected to take roughly three weeks.

If you have any questions about construction please call Colin Burdick at 358-2225 or e-mail cburdick@keene.edu.

Rec Center Maintenance Updates

From Lynne Andrews, Recreational Sports:

Just a reminder that the annual Steam Plant Shutdown is scheduled for August 5-19, which means the gym will have no heat or hot water in the facility beginning at noon tomorrow, 8/5. The Recreation Center and pool will be open as scheduled for use but please plan accordingly if you do not like to shower with cold water. The steam is scheduled to be turned on first thing in the morning on Friday, August 19.

Also, the wood floors will be refinished August 8-19, so there will be strong odors from that work in the facility as well. The aerobics studio, rec courts, racquetball court, and both multipurpose rooms will be closed for use as will the main gym. Spin classes will be held as scheduled in room 121, but muscle blast will not held during this period. Yoga will be held outdoors (weather permitting) or in classroom 132.

Jasinski Reads AP Exams

Professor Jerry P. Jasinski, Chemistry, was selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations this June in Chemistry.

Jerry and roughly 200 other high school and college educators had the opportunity to network and work together for a week in Daytona to read 116,000 AP Chem exams. After a day of training on the College Board’s rubric, Jerry spent the week reading thousands of students’ answers to one question, on intermolecular bonding.

Though Jasinski’s been asked to serve as a Reader before, this was the first year he was able to do it — and he says he’ll likely do it again next year.

He describes the event as an “amazing experience,” particularly exciting because of the uniqueness of having that many educators at different levels in his field in one place. “The interactions were wonderful,” Jasinski says.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) gives capable high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses and examinations. Based on exam performance, students can receive credit and/or advanced placement in college.

This year, more that 3.2 million examinations from more than 30 AP Courses were evaluated by over 10,000 AP Readers from colleges, universities and high schools. Representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, AP Readers are made up of professional educators from the United States, Canada and abroad.

Health Science Faculty Collaborate to Promote Breastfeeding

From Becky Dunn, Health Sciences:

Did you know that breastfeeding can help prevent childhood obesity and assist moms in losing that stubborn postpartum weight? There are two exciting initiatives in the Monadnock region working to promote breastfeeding.

A community coalition of breastfeeding advocates has formed to support mothers in initiating and continuing breastfeeding. The coalition gathered in May to strategize on how to overcome challenges associated with successful breastfeeding. The coalition is conducting community-based research and will ultimately develop a Community Action Plan to promote breastfeeding in southern New Hampshire. The charge is led by Keene State College Health Science faculty (Drs. Karrie Kalich, Rebecca Dunn and Meg Henning) and Dr. Rudy Fedrizzi (Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene).

The second initiative is Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Monadnock Community Hospital’s work toward achieving a “Baby Friendly” hospital designation. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative encourages and recognizes birth settings worldwide that promote an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Building on the growing popularity of the new Centering Pregnancy Prenatal Care Model, the clinical staff works to give mothers the skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. Other hospitals in New Hampshire are also working to become “Baby Friendly.”

Success in breastfeeding depends on supportive environments and helping relationships. As family, friends, coworkers, and local business leaders we all can assist with these efforts by supporting public breastfeeding, creating comfortable settings for mothers to nurse, and developing worksite policies that support mothers in continuing to breastfeed so that both baby and mother get the most benefit. If you would like to become involved with our future coalition efforts please contact Karrie Kalich, PhD at kkalich@keene.edu or Rudy Fedrizzi, MD at rfedrizzi@chehsire-med.com.

Coming to the Redfern: The 30th Season!

From AJ Fox, Redfern Arts Center:

The Redfern has unveiled its 30th Anniversary season, featuring a series of exciting performance events that encapsulate the breadth and diversity of the Redfern’s programming over the past three decades. This roster of performances includes Antarctic puppetry, wisecracking mathematicians, dancing neuroscientists and much more.

Tickets went on sale Monday, August 1 at the Redfern Box Office, and can be purchased by phone (603-358-2168) or online.

The season will be formally introduced by the Redfern’s newly appointed director Shannon Mayers, who will host a free public preview of upcoming performances at the Redfern’s 30th Anniversary party on Friday, September 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Following a catered reception in the Redfern Lobby, audiences are invited to experience a sneak preview of season highlights, including video and live performances.

The Redfern’s 30th Anniversary season comprises seven performances, including:

The Redfern’s 30th season is funded in part by corporate sponsors Northeast Delta Dental, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Peerless Insurance, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’s Expeditions and New England States Touring programs made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the six New England state art agencies.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

Please welcome the following newly-hired staff members to the KSC community:

  • William Howell, Scheduling Coordinator, Student Center
  • Danielle Aho, Business Services Assistant, Mason Library
  • Cathryn Turrentine, Director of Institutional Research, Division of Finance and Planning
  • Shannon Mayers, Director, Redfern Arts Center
  • Robert Weiner (former adjunct staff), Women’s Volleyball Coach, Athletics
  • Rebecca Tedford, Campus Safety Officer, Campus Safety
  • Kelly Ricaurte, Media Relations Manager, Marketing and Communications
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?