March 22nd, 2012

   In this issue:

•  Keene State Captures 2010-11 Presidents Cup Trophy
•  Outstanding Women Named
•  Biker Gang
•  18 Students Join the Honors Program
•  CKD in Nicaragua
•  PCSF Grants Available
•  Close to Home Campaign Update
•  Coming to the Redfern: Brain Storm
•  TDS Update
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Keene State Captures 2010-11 Presidents Cup Trophy

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information:

Keene State College is the top academic institution in the Little East Conference, according to the 2010-11 Presidents Cup standings released by the conference office. The Owls sported a cumulative grade point average of 3.06 to outdistance themselves from Eastern Connecticut State University (2.96).

“It is a remarkable achievement that Keene State College has garnered the Commissioners Cup and Presidents Cup in the same academic year,” said Commissioner Jonathan C. Harper. “This is a rare accomplishment in this day in age to have one institution achieve a conference’s highest honors in both athletic and academic prowess.”

The Presidents Cup trophy measures the highest cumulative grade point average of all institutions in the Little East Conference. Each athletic department calculates its student-athletes’ cumulative grade point average in the conference’s 19 championship sponsored sports. Plymouth State University (2.91), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2.85), and Western Connecticut State University (2.85) complete the top half of the 2010-11 Little East Presidents Cup standings.

Three Owl student-athletes were bestowed with national and regional academic awards during the 2010-11 academic year. Senior Tim Pipp (Keene, N.H.) was recognized on the 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association All-Academic Cross Country Team, earning the honor by posting a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and placing within the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championship. Senior Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) was named to the ESPN Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team, and junior Haley Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team. Furthermore, the Keene State field hockey team earned a spot on the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association National Academic Team after boasting a team cumulative grade point average of 3.10. The Owls were well-represented on the 2010-11 All-Little East Academic Teams with a total of 75 honorees. The Keene State women’s indoor track and field team (10) and women’s soccer teams (8) set the standard among its 16-conference sponsored sports.

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Outstanding Women Named

From Amy Proctor, President’s Office:

March is Women’s History Month; every year, Keene State coordinates with the National Women’s History Project’s theme to name four Outstanding Women of New Hampshire. This year’s theme is “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.”

Please join us in congratulating this year’s honorees:

  • State of NH – Mary Ellen Jackson
  • Monadnock Region – Melinda Feola-Mahar
  • KSC Student – Dorian Petranech
  • KSC Faculty/Staff – Nona Fienberg

Awards Ceremony & Reception
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Mabel Brown Room
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Campus Commission on the Status of Women

Biker Gang

A little bird told us that every one of the carpenters biked into work Monday, and said little bird thinks they are probably the only office on campus who regularly bike to work.

So, how are you and your office supporting sustainability efforts in this beautiful weather?

18 Students Join the Honors Program

From Margaret Walsh, Honors Program:

The Honors Program is pleased to welcome 18 outstanding Keene State College students into the program for Fall 2012: Cori Bailey, Jessica Bowen, Nicholas Cobb, Shaelyn Cole, Myles Dumas, Hannah Goulis, Natalie Kocurek, Michael Kolodziej, Lauren Medeiros, Kassy Montgomery, Leighanna Moore, Dylan Morrill, Kevin Murphy, Erika Nichols, John Oliver, Hersch Rothmel, Taylor Thomas, and Maegan Williams. Congratulations to all of these remarkable first-year students!

The benefits of participating in Honors include academic enrichment, a travel/study course, the option of a living/learning community, and scholarship support. Students joining the Honors Program as sophomores will participate as full members, completing five honors courses in the next three years.  Fall electives include courses in Women’s and Gender studies, Economics, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Thank you to all of the faculty and staff who submitted nominations, encouraged students to apply, and wrote letters of recommendation.

CKD in Nicaragua

From Becca Berkey:

Please join us for a presentation by La Isla Foundation’s Jason Glaser
Wednesday, March 28
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Mountain View Room, Student Center

The presentation will be a well-rounded introduction and deeper description about the Chronic Kidney Disease epidemic affecting 5 communities reliant upon a sugarcane field for their work and all of the issues surrounding them: human rights, epidemiology, social justice, Nicaraguan government, industrial agriculture practices, etc. Jason will describe all of the organizations involved (the company, the World Bank, ASOCHIVIDA, Boston University, La Isla Foundation), and much more.

To learn more about CKD and the situation, please refer to this AP article.

Sponsored by the Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism

PCSF Grants Available

From Mary Jensen, President’s Council for A Sustainable Future:

The President’s Council for a Sustainable Future is welcoming grant applications for the Spring 2012 Semester. Projects should support educational and institutional activities that promote awareness of the environmental, economic or social dimensions of Sustainability and also benefit the campus community.

The deadline for the Spring 2012 semester is April 6, 2012. For more information, visit

Close to Home Campaign Update

From Sasha Watts ’95, Admissions:

Attention all Keene State alumni faculty and staff members! Did you know that your participation in the Close to Home faculty/staff gift campaign is twice as important?

Your gift, of any size to any area of campus, will help both the alumni participation rate and the employee participation rate, and most importantly will help students at your alma mater!

In addition, if you are an alum who graduated between 2000 and 2011, your gift will also count towards the Challenge to KSC Recent Graduates!

As an alumna of the College, I make an annual gift to Keene State because I recognize how much KSC changed my life and have seen it change the lives of my students in countless ways.

Participation for the Close to Home Campaign is currently at 14.65 percent. Whether or not you are an alum of KSC, your gift is important to the future alumni of our institution!

Gifts may be made online or by contacting Genny Alexander, Director of Annual Giving, at 8-2304.

Coming to the Redfern: Brain Storm

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

Critically acclaimed Everett Company takes audiences on a mind-bending journey into the human brain in Brain Storm, an innovative multi-media performance to be presented Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center. Brain Storm features compelling stories from people with brain injuries and blends them with poetic and visual imagery to explore the complexities of the human brain in all its beauty and mystery.

The work is based on interviews with leading neuroscientists and a two-year residency at Crotched Mountain, an educational and treatment facility for people with brain injuries in Greenfield, N.H. Brain Storm examines new developments in brain research, including the ability to map the spectrum of human emotions, beliefs, and tendencies.

Everett Artistic Director Dorothy Jungels will visit with patrons in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. prior to the March 28 performance. Light refreshments will be served. The troupe will remain after the performance for a panel discussion with Keene State students with learning disabilities. The panel will include Keene State Neuropsychology Professor Karen Jennings, Don Shumway, president and CEO of Crotched Mountain, and others. Redfern Director Shannon Mayers will moderate the discussion.

Get a sneak peek at what informs the performance by attending an Everett Brain Café on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Night Owl Café in the Keene State Young Student Center. The theatrical program delves into the history of ADHD and the methods devised by people, including an Everett artist, to compensate for the disorder. Jennings will give an overview of ADHD and talk about the issues around diagnoses and management. Students will participate in the Brain Café including those involved in the Keene State Project Eye-to-Eye program which enables college students with learning disabilities to mentor elementary pupils from Franklin and Jonathan Daniels schools in Keene. The Brain Café is free and open to the public.

Tickets for the performance range from $35 for adults to $15 for children. To order tickets and for more information, contact the Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit

Everett’s performance at Keene State is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

TDS Update

Masons continue to place the precast base panels around the perimeter of the building before they start laying brick.

Air barrier installation is about halfway complete on the building, as they have been working on the north side wrapping the window blocking.

Curtain wall is being installed on the southwest and northwest corners, allowing some of the tenting to be removed.  

Stair #2 is almost ready for use, as the pans and landings were poured recently.  

The woodshop annex floor has been poured and roofers continue to install the roof over the annex while that area comes together.  

Window frames, door frames, and interior partitions are being installed on the first floor while the second floor is mostly complete, ready for electrical rough in and other utilities. We hope the momentum built up in the past few weeks remains while the weather continues to be on our side.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

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

  • Karen Perras, Business Services Assistant, Student Accounts Office
  • Robyn Lucius, Senior Business Services Assistant, Student Accounts Office
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?