January 12th, 2012

   In this issue:

•  Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition Opens Next Week
•  Upcoming Diversity Events
•  Rec Center Memberships Available
•  Keene State Receives NSCAA Women’s Soccer Team Academic Award
•  Glutes, Core, and Stretch Starts Wednesday
•  TDS Update
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition Opens Next Week

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery:

The Thorne will host the 2012 Biennial Keene State College Art Faculty Exhibition featuring photography and graphic design works by two new faculty members, Rebecca Davis-Kelly and Jonathan Gitelson, and intaglio prints by long-time art professor John Roberts. The show will also include recent studio art and graphic design works by faculty members Rosemarie Bernardi, Richard Carlson, Mary Crawford, Molly Fletcher, Robert Kostick, Paul McMullan, Stephanie Nichols, Walter Nicolai, Yuan Pan, Lynn Richardson, Katharina Rooney, Peter Roos, Tanya Rudenjak, and Ann Shelton.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, January 21, and continues through Sunday, February 26. The Friends of the Thorne will host an opening reception Friday, January 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, including gallery hours and information about the artists, please visit the Keene State News page.

Upcoming Diversity Events

From Dottie Morris, Diversity and Multiculturalism:

There are a number of diversity-related events coming up in the next several weeks; please mark your calendars (and your syllabi)!

Dr. Martin Luther King/Civil Rights event: Film and discussion: Trudell
Monday, 1/23/12
6 p.m.
Mountainview Room, Student Center
Dottie Morris – 358-2206 – dmorris@keene.edu
The film Trudell will be shown and discussion will follow.
 follows the extraordinary life of Native American poet and activist John Trudell, from his impoverished childhood in Omaha to his leadership in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and his reincarnation as an acclaimed musician and spoken word poet. Using decades-old 16 mm and Super 8 film and video footage as a backdrop, filmmaker Heather Rae paints an intimate portrait of a man whose spirit and words have awakened the Native consciousness.
The film begins in the late 1960s, when Trudell and a community group occupied Alcatraz Island for 21 months in a symbolic effort to claim the island for the Indian people. The event brought international attention to the American Indian cause and helped to ignite the contemporary Indian People’s Movement. After the Alcatraz occupation, Trudell went on to become national spokesman of the American Indian Movement. The FBI dossier on Trudell exceeded 17,000 pages, one of the longest in the bureau’s history.

Dr. Martin King Luther King/Civil Rights Event: Graffiti and Symbols that Hurt: A KSC Response
Wednesday, 1/25/12
4 p.m.
Mabel Brown Room, Student Center
Contact: Linda Baker, Judy Brody, Karen Coteleso, Lucy Webb, Jane Thickstun, or Dottie Morris
Please join a campus-wide discussion about bias-related graffiti found on campus recently. A panel will discuss the meaning of symbols represented by the graffiti and the impact on community. After the panel discussion, audience participants will be actively engaged in a dialogue about thoughts, feelings, reactions and strategies for addressing this issue.
Moderator: James Waller
Panelists: Karen Cangialosi, Darrell Hucks, Rabbi Sarah Rubin, Amanda Warman, Larry Welkowitz

Trans Talk with Tony Ferraiolo – Being Trans: Perspective of a Trans Youth Advocate and Community Activist
Monday, 2/6/12
Mountainview Room, Student Center
Contact: Dottie Morris – 358-2206 – dmorris@keene.edu
Tony Ferraiolo will speak about his personal journey related to being transgender and his work as a transgender youth advocate and Life Coach. He will also tell the story behind the Jim Collins Foundation, an organization he co-founded, that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries for the transgender community.

Dr. Martin Luther King/Civil Rights event: Building a Martin Luther King vision of “beloved community” in today’s society: Key elements by Pastor Bryon Broussard
Tuesday, 2/7/12
7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Contact: Dottie Morris
Pastor Bryon Broussard of The Love Center in Atlanta will discuss the work his church is doing in the service of creating Martin Luther King’s vision of “beloved community”. We will discuss how we can apply some of his strategies to Keene State College.

Chris Jennings – New Perspectives on HIV/AIDS: Redefining the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by Forensic Review of the Medical Literature
Wednesday, 2/15/12
6 p.m.
Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center
Contact: Dottie Morris – 358-2206 – dmorris@keene.edu
Chris Jennings will summarize the contents of his two forthcoming books on HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS: The Facts & the Fiction and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: The Facts & the Fiction.
Based on a review of over 3000 scientific and medical journal articles, HIV/AIDS: The Jennings Report redefines global concepts for the prevalence and distribution of HIV infection. The scientific literature is clear: (1) New York City is the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic; (2) the theory that HIV came from monkeys is a fallacy (the theory that AIDS originated in African monkeys arose from an incident of laboratory contamination); and (3) the African AIDS epidemic-as-holocaust never manifested.
Chris Jennings (Harvard, B.A., Biology 1976/77) is a medical writer. In addition to conducting investigative research of the scientific and medical literature, Chris Jennings provides writing services to the pharmaceutical, medical, and diagnostic industries.

For more on all of these events, please visit the keene.edu Events Calendar.

Rec Center Memberships Available

From Recreational Sports:

Facility memberships are available for faculty and staff (and their spouse or domestic partner) for purchase to use the facilities and programs in the Recreation Center for second semester. There are several different membership options available.

If you are a benefits-eligible employee and have your health insurance with Harvard Pilgrim through the College, you can utilize the Wellness Connection program, which will cover the cost of your membership as long as you work out a minimum of 8 times per month. If you do not have health benefits through the College, then the cost of the Recreation Center membership would be $200 from now until the end of the semester (May 11) or $320 from now until the end of August.  This entitles you to use all the facilities and programs offered by Recreational Sports.

The other memberships available are the Walking Track/Aerobics membership for $125 per semester which allows access to the walking track and  group fitness program, and the Spaulding Gym membership which allows use of the swimming pool during Rec Sports swim time and the racquetball court at no charge.  Faculty and staff can sign up for a membership at the front desk of the Recreation Center.

Keene State Receives NSCAA Women’s Soccer Team Academic Award

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information:

The Keene State College women’s soccer team not only got the job done on the field, but in the classroom as well. The Owls were one of 572 women’s soccer teams, including all three NCAA Divisions and NAIA, to be recognized for their academic achievement by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for posting a combined grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The Owls’ lofty 3.56 combined GPA for fall 2010 and spring 2011 puts them in elite company. Among the 572 total teams recognized, Keene State is ranked 22nd. The Owls are seventh among the 179 Division III teams honored, and had the second-best GPA in New England behind MIT.

The Owls also had a very productive season on the field, finishing with a 15-7-3 record on the way to capturing the Little East Conference regular season championship, advancing to the conference finals and earning a berth in the ECAC New England tournament.

For the full story, visit keeneowls.com.

Glutes, Core, and Stretch Starts Wednesday

From Chris Miles, BodyWorks:

How’s your posture? Are you sitting all day?

Check out this new addition to our group fitness class schedule for the spring semester: Glutes, Core, and Stretch. Our instructor, Sarah, has formulated a series of exercises that will work to increase hip mobility and core strength to help you improve your posture! This class will end with static stretches to increase flexibility!

Class meets Monday and Wednesday from 1:15 to 1:45. The first class will be on Wednesday, January 18. Come dressed to exercise. This class, like all our group fitness classes, is available to all Rec Center members and Walking track/aerobics members.

TDS Update

(As of January 4, 2012)

Over the past couple weeks, foundation insulation has been being laid down so the vapor barrier can be installed prior to pouring the concrete floor. The parapet walls have been being built on the roof and roofers are expected to return later this week to begin installation, which should take a little over a week. The annex foundation is coming along and should be finished by the end of the week. Steel erectors have returned to install the lintels that will run along the perimeter of the building. The mockup in the parking lot has been enclosed so the masons can start building a brick wall to serve as a demonstration of quality standards. Plumbers have been installing temporary heat as the winter sets in and a temporary enclosure will be built soon to ensure appropriate temperatures for concrete and mortar curing.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

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

  • Geoff Davis, General Maintenance Mechanic, Physical Plant
  • John Johannesen, Carpenter, Physical Plant
  • Kristin Sweeney, Director of TRIO Programs, Academic Affairs
  • Cortney Vachon, Financial Aid Officer, Financial Aid
Keene State Image of the Week

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