March 8th, 2012

   In this issue:

•  International Women’s Writing Conference March 23
•  New Hampshire Science Teachers Spring Conference
•  Close to Home Faculty/Staff Campaign Update
•  KSC Brings College to Winchester School
•  Commencement Planning Starts
•  Coming to the Redfern: 8
•  TDS Update
•  Help Wanted
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State Image of the Week

International Women’s Writing Conference March 23

From Dottie Morris, Diversity and Multiculturalism Office:

Please join us for
Expanded Rooms, Unbridled Tongues: International Women’s Writing in the 21st Century
Friday, March 23
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Reception at 4:30

Opening keynote: Caribbean Women Writing: Facebook, Spirituality and the Arts of Solitude
Prof. Curdella Forbes, novelist, professor, Howard University
9 a.m.

Morning Panel: Global Roots and Routes: Contemporary Women’s Writing
10:30 a.m.
Dr. Karen Cardozo (Research Associate, Five Colleges, Inc.)
Prof. Soyica Diggs-Colbert (Dartmouth College/Brown University)
Prof. Lynda Pickbourn (Keene State College)
Ms. Kelsey Hardy (Student, Keene State College)

Teaching and Learning Round Table: Women’s Writing, Foreign Cultures, and the U.S. College Classroom
1:30 p.m.
Ms. Kristian Sullivan (Student, Keene State College)
Prof. Anne-Marie Mallon (Keene State College)
Prof. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Amherst College)
Prof. Rachel Mordecai (UMass Amherst)
Prof. Shoba Raj-Gopal (Westfield State University)

Closing keynote: Feminist Ethnography is Not a Luxury
Prof. Keisha-Khan Perry (Brown University)
3 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Panels, presentations, and reception will be held in Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center.

New Hampshire Science Teachers Spring Conference

From Sally Jean, Science Education:

The NHSTA, co-sponsored by the School of Science and Social Sciences, and the Office of the Provost, will be holding their Spring 2012 conference on March 12 at Keene State College in the Putnam Science Center.

Over 40 workshops will be offered that will span all science content areas and grade levels: Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space, and Physics. Two of our KSC faculty, Dr. Kristen Porter-Utley and Dr. Jerry Jasinski, will be presenting workshops on Passionflowers and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), respectively. Take the opportunity to network with peers and professionals who nurture your passion for science.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required. For further information and a complete schedule of workshops, please visit the NHSTA website.

KSC contact: Sally Jean, Professor of Science Education, 358-2572,

Close to Home Faculty/Staff Campaign Update

From John Napolitano, Sports Information:

The Close to Home faculty/staff campaign kick-off Friday, March 2 was a great success! In total, over $1,000 was raised that day from gifts and pledges by faculty and staff. Even after the official two hours ended, gifts kept rolling in … thank you!

Currently, 105 staff and faculty have made a gift and have committed $44,697.70 to students and programs at KSC.

Future campaign events include our first roaming event on Thursday, March 15. Making a gift is easy – let the committee come to you! We will be in the student center lobby from noon to 1 p.m. and the lobby of Elliot Center from 1-2 p.m. Stop by the table to make your gift, learn more about the campaign, and make a button to show your support for current students!

Friday, April 13, is “Jeans As A Means … Supporting Students at KSC” day. If you’ve made a gift to this year’s campaign, don your jeans and favorite KSC attire and show your support for our students!

Finally, the annual Thank You! breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 7:30-9 a.m. in the Atrium Conference Room of the student center. Come join us as we celebrate YOU and your generosity to our community.

If you haven’t made your gift, you can do so online at or by contacting Genny Alexander at 8-2304. Gifts can also be sent to mailstop 2701 with the bottom portion of your campaign letter.

Thank you again for your generosity and supporting students and programs at KSC!

KSC Brings College to Winchester School

Students participate in College Awareness Day at Winchester School

From Margaret Walsh, Honors Program:

The Winchester School was proud to hold its first annual College Awareness Day February 10. During College Awareness Day, led by Americorps VISTA volunteer Alex Manorek, Keene State College Students were on hand for lunch and conversation with elementary and middle school kids, emphasizing the importance of going to college. It was a day filled with different opportunities for children of all ages to engage in a discussion about college. Students from 5th-8th grade spoke with approximately 20 College volunteers during their lunch period to earn raffle tickets for assorted collegiate items. Mrs. Joslyn’s 3rd grade classroom hosted our College volunteers to color in the New Hampshire Goes to College Coloring books they received earlier in the day. Keene State students and faculty were represented very well throughout all the activities of College Awareness Day. Thank you to the College Honors Program, academic departments, and the KSC Community Service Office for an excellent day.

Commencement Planning Starts

From Barbara Preston, Vice President for Student Affairs Office:

You are cordially invited to participate in the following events:

Friday, May 4, Spring Honors Convocation (Academic Regalia is Required)
4 p.m., Spaulding Gym Recreation Center.
The Convocation recognizes excellence in student scholarship and leadership, the recipients of undergraduate Academic Honors, the Leo F. Redfern Outstanding Citizen, and discipline and endowment awards in American studies, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, education, English, environmental studies, geology, health sciences, history, holocaust, management, mathematics, modern languages, performing arts, psychology, safety studies, sociology and women’s studies.

Saturday, May 5, Commencement (Academic Regalia Required)
1 p.m., Fiske Quad.
Faculty and staff will assemble in Rhodes Hall no later than 12:30 p.m. for check in and placement in line; the procession will start about 12:40. The ceremony lasts approximately two and a half hours; there will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Zorn Dining Commons.

To order regalia, contact Beth Cote in the College Bookstore no later than Friday, March 16. If you do not own your own regalia Beth is happy to work with you to order one piece or the complete ensemble. As we have changed regalia vendors, data from previous years’ orders is not available to Beth this year. If you do not order regalia, there will not be regalia available for you.

Faculty and staff who plan to participate in the procession are asked to reply to the Survey Monkey survey sent to your email no later than Monday, April 2, so that we can reserve a seat for you on the quad and add your name to the line-of-march list.

For more information, contact Barbara at or visit

Coming to the Redfern: 8

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

The Redfern is thrilled to be invited by Broadway Impact and the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) to be one of the New England producers of a staged reading of 8, a new documentary play about the federal case for marriage equality by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the film Milk.

A staged reading of 8 will be presented for one night only, Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the Redfern’s Main Theatre. There will be a pre-show reception in the Redfern lobby at 6 p.m. and a brief post-show discussion following the reading. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 603-358-2168 or e-mail

Redfern Director Shannon Mayers is producing and acting in the staged reading, directed by theatre faculty member PeggyRae Johnson. They have chosen a cast of 21 talented actors from the college and community.

The Redfern Arts Center is producing 8 with license from AFER and Broadway Impact, a non-profit organization of theatre artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality. The Keene State College production is sponsored by the Redfern Arts Center, the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism, Monadnock Live Free and Equal, and Standing Up for New Hampshire Families.

TDS Update

Significant progress has been made over the last few weeks at the TDS Center.

On the second floor, interior walls are almost completely framed while plumbers hang the last few air source heat pumps. Stairs have begun to be installed starting at Stair 3; these should be accessible by the end of the week. Masons have finished their part of the annex area and have completed most of the elevator shaft. Steel workers will finish the roof decking on the annex this week so that roofers can start sometime in the middle of next week. Sheetrock has been installed in the Butterfield attic and will move to the second floor office area once electricians finish their wiring. Waterproofing of the foundation is almost complete, while the exterior sheathing begins at the west end of Stair 1. The precast bases around the perimeter should start being installed late next week as they look to take down the plastic and install the exterior sheathing.

Help Wanted

You get to work with people you like if you get people you like to come work here. Who do you know who might make a good addition to the Keene State family?

Here are just a few of the openings on the HR site:

Professional Activities

Sally Southwick, Associate Director of the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research, was named volunteer of the month by the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). Nominated by an external colleague, Sally’s work on behalf of Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions nationally was cited.

Keene State Image of the Week

Photo by Kirsten Camp

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