June 6th, 2013

   In this issue:

•  Tropical Marine Biology Gets Wild Dolphin Close Encounter
•  Major Gifts
•  Jasinski receives 2012 Vermont Football Official of the Year Award
•  Professional Activities
•  Summer Group Fitness Classes
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Who Are You, and What Do You Do?
•  Instructure Canvas pilots at KSC
•  Alumna Dorothy Bailey ’32 Honored at Basketball Game
•  Keene State Image of the Week
•  Get the Word Out
•  Rec Center Hours
•  Sustainability at the DC
•  PE Faculty, Students and Alumni Attend Conference
•  Huron Report Available

Tropical Marine Biology Gets Wild Dolphin Close Encounter

From Karen Cangialosi, Biology:

The KSC Tropical Marine Biology class (INBIO 104) completed its 13th annual trip to the Turks and Caicos May 14-21. Another successful trip was highlighted by a spontaneous snorkel and swim with wild dolphins. A rare event for sure, as even dive operator residents who have lived and worked in the marine environment around the Turks and Caicos for many, many years said they had never experienced this level of close encounter. The class while on the dive boat during their last day of diving near West Caicos, were followed by a pod of about 12 dolphins, after watching them swim, leap and ride the wake of the boat for several minutes, the dolphins remained near even after the boat stopped. At that point the class, instructors Dr. Karen Cangialosi and Dr. Scott Strong, and others on the boat jumped in the water with snorkel gear and watched them interact up close.  They were also able to hear the calls, clicks and whistles of the wild dolphins underwater.

Major Gifts

From Ken Goebel, director of Development:

The College has recently received a gift of $3,000 from Stephanie ’62 and Joseph Baute. This gift will go to the Class of ’62 Scholarship Fund which supports KSC students who may become education majors. Stephanie and Joe have been long-time generous supporters of KSC and have previously funded an endowed scholarship in their name, to which they recently also made a gift of $6,000.

For over 20 years, since the opening of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, we have had the pleasure of admiring “Oranto,” the cor-ten steel sculpture by Jules Olitski. Now, through the generous offer of his daughter, Lauren Olitski Poster, campus is the proud owner of this fine work as a permanent piece of the Thorne-Sagendorph collection. Thanks to Maureen Ahern for her work in stewarding the Olitski family through the years. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jay Kahn, Maryann Lindberg, Peggy Walsh, Hank Knight, and especially Sean Gillery for their good work with the William T. Morris Foundation throughout the year. Their strong engagement and meaningful stewardship of the August family and the Foundation Trustees have resulted in new gifts totaling $243,000 to support scholarship and program funding for the coming academic year. This represents the largest current-use gift to the institution this year and brings the total from the W T Morris Foundation to over $1 million over the last five years. $5,000 of this total is directed to the Cohen Center for programmatic support, and $238,000 is directed to financial aid, which KSC chooses to apply towards students in its Honors Program. This relationship started when the August family visited Keene State and participated in a tour with Ryan Murphy from Exeter, NH – a KSC superstar student/tour guide!

Jasinski receives 2012 Vermont Football Official of the Year Award

At the 12th annual State of Vermont Chapter of the National football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ceremony at Castleton State College on April 28, 2013, Dr. Jerry Jasinski received the 2012 Vermont Football Official of the Year award as selected by his peers. Dr. Jasinski, a long time Professor of Chemistry at Keene State College, has been officiating football at the high school level for 42 years. He was selected as a WMUR-TV “Hometown Hero” in 2008 when he was honored as a football official for the 50th annual NH-VT Shrine Football game held at Dartmouth College, which also represented his participation 50 years after playing in the game as a high school senior from Towle High School (Newport, NH). Throughout his career he has also served as a high school (35 years) and collegiate (10 years) basketball official and as a Track & Field official (35 years) at both the high school and collegiate levels. For 18 years he also served as Assistant Track & Field Coach at Keene State and had the privilege of coaching Keene State’s first national champion, Paul Trochi, who won the Division III national championship in the Decathlon in 1979. During his long career at Keene State, Dr. Jasinski also found time to establish and direct the Vermont State Decathlon and Heptathlon Championships for 35 years. Now in its 38th year, it is known as the Jerry P. Jasinski Vermont State Decathlon & Heptathlon Championships.

Professional Activities

Dr. Jan Youga (English) graduated this semester from Hartford Seminary, with an M.A. in Theology. Her thesis, “Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You: The Effectiveness of Teaching the Bible through Film,” was an exploration of students’ retention of biblical knowledge when their reading of the stories was supplemented by viewing a film version of the text. During her time at the seminary, Jan received the William Thompson Scholarship for Excellence in Biblical Research in 2008 and was invited to write a review of Psalms through the Centuries: Volume One by Susan Gillingham, which was published in Reviews in Religion and Theology in 2009. Jan teaches Bible as Literature, Bible in Film, and History of Spiritual Autobiography.

Summer Group Fitness Classes

From Chris Miles, BodyWorks:

Summer group fitness classes began on Monday, May 6. The schedule can be viewed on our web page or by stopping by the Rec Center front desk to pick up a schedule.

  • MWF 6:30-7:15 a.m. Indoor Cycling
  • T/TH 6:30-7:15 a.m. Weight room strength training class
  • M/W/TH 12:15-1 p.m. Indoor Cycling
  • T/F 12:15-1 p.m. Butts, guts and more
  • M/W 4:45-5:45 p.m. Yoga
  • T 4:45-5:30 p.m. Indoor Cycling
  • M/W 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hydrorobics Class
New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

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

  • Jin DelPrato, Application Developer/DBA, Information Technology Group
  • John Glezen, Systems Administrator, Information Technology Group
Who Are You, and What Do You Do?
  • Who are you? Kelly Ricaurte
  • What do you do? Media Relations Manager – I am the main contact for reporters at Keene State.
  • What do you really do? I help to develop ideas for stories in the media that highlight Keene State’s excellence. I contact reporters with story ideas, write announcements and I help the Marketing & Communications team by writing ad copy and magazine pieces when needed. I develop strategies around media, and create messaging that communicates what Keene State is all about. I also help to get the word out when there is an emergency on campus or in our community.
  • What else do you do? My husband’s name is Brian, and I have a two-year-old son, Will, and a seven month-old daughter, Isabel. And I can’t forget our two cats that have strong personalities of their own – KC and Kiki. We all live in Peterborough. I love yoga and running, and hope to return to both some day when life is a little more calm! Hiking, and being outside in general, also makes me very happy.
  • How long have you been here? I’ve been in NH for about two years, and August is my two-year anniversary at Keene State. I came to NH by way of Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. I earned my BA at the University of Pittsburgh, and an MPA at George Washington University and managed PR in the high tech sector along the way.
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? If I could have one superpower, it would be to “have eyes on the back of my head” so that I could see my toddler no matter where he is, when he’s under my care – he keeps me on my toes.
  • What else do you want other faculty and staff to know about you? One random fact: I’ve met Tom Selleck, and he is as tall as he appears to be on TV.





  • Who are you? Pat A. Halloran, MEd KSC 1994
  • What do you do? Director, Academic and Career Advising
  • What do you really do? Yikes: I am a greeter of students through Orientation Programs, I have a pretty big advising load of undecided students, I keep my eye, always, on the balance of academics and careers and how they enhance each other, I supervise 20 wonderful Peer Advisors, I am very fortunate to have a staff of talented, bright, flexible and funny people
  • What else do you do? I have two daughters and a son in their 20s, all college grads (very big deal) who are living on their own-they are my gifts! I have a bit of difficulty staying still for too long so I love exercising and being outdoors-I exercise  with a group at the Rec Center Tuesday through Thursday very early in the morning-it’s like good therapy. I love to read, volunteer for interesting community projects and physically need to visit Boston once a month for a city fix.
  • How long have you been here? I have commuted from Vermont to Keene State for 21 years





  • Who are you? Melanie Lizotte ’13
  • What do you do? Administrative Assistant in the Counseling Center
  • What do you really do? I help students schedule appointments and help keep a staff of 12 organized (which can be like herding cats, at times) and I love it!
  • What else do you do? I like to hike, travel, read and I am learning how to crochet. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, Ted, and dog, Bella. I have two grown girls (one in KY and one in AZ) who are both engaged at the moment.
  • How long have you been here? I have been here for 8-1/2 years.
  • What’s your favorite Keene State memory? My favorite memories are the Golden Circle lunches I was fortunate enough to attend. I was the Gifts Manager in Advancement when I was first hired, and one of the biggest pleasures I had was taking part in the Golden Circle lunches with Norma Walker. What a fantastic, inspiring group of people!
  • If you could trade places with anyone on campus, who would it be and why? I would like to trade places with any of the Grounds crew. I am always so proud to walk around campus and see how beautiful and well-kept it is, and I would be even prouder if I knew I helped make it that way.


Instructure Canvas pilots at KSC

From Jenny Darrow, CELT:

Keene State College is piloting the Instructure Canvas learning management system this spring with faculty from the Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC) and volunteers from Integrative Quantitative Literacy (IQL). The 11 faculty and their 365 students are using Canvas in place of Blackboard and are trying out the suite of tools including Speed Grader, attendance taker, integrated calendaring, and the communication options.

Why pilot an LMS now? Blackboard has been the learning management system at KSC for close to a decade and during that time the LMS industry has evolved dramatically. Given the changes in the educational technology industry and the contract with Blackboard expiring soon, the timing is right to test out a different learning management system.

Full time faculty, adjuncts and teaching staff are all represented in the pilot and will be asked for their feedback along with their students, towards the end of the semester. Input from Academic Technology will also be included in the pilot evaluation.

Faculty in the pilot are:

  • Stephen Bismarck (Mathematics and Academic Technology Steering Committee – ATSC)
  • Cynthia Cahoon (Nursing – ATSC)
  • Celine Perron (Theater and Dance – ATSC)
  • Armagan Gezici (Economics – ATSC)
  • Jonathan Schwarz (Film – ATSC)
  • Jeff Timmer (Physical Education – ATSC)
  • Kara Young (Mason Library – ATSC)
  • Tamara Stenn (Integrative Quantitative Literacy – IQL)
  • Dick Jardine (IQL – Mathematics)
  • Kim Schmidl-Gagne (IQL)
  • Patrick Lagace (IQL)
  • Seif Habib (IQL)


If you’re interested in learning more about Instructure Canvas and would like to see it first hand, contact Jenny Darrow jdarrow@keene.edu for an overview and directions for setting up a free account.


Alumna Dorothy Bailey ’32 Honored at Basketball Game

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information:

Keene State College alums returning to campus for a basketball game is the middle of winter is nothing new. But when the alum is 102 years old and attended the College when it was named Keene Normal School, well that’s a different story.

Keene State College had the pleasure of hosting one of its oldest alumnae, Dorothy Bailey, class of 1932, at Saturday’s women’s basketball game against Southern Maine. Bailey, who was born in Marlow, N.H., and spent over 40 years in the teaching profession, was recognized at the game’s halftime when KSC athletic director John Ratliff presented her with a blanket.

Keene Normal School produced well-rounded teachers. Bailey took a wide variety of classes, including a few about sports. Back then, students were supposed to know the rules and know how to score all the sports. One of the sports was rifle shooting. Bailey got permission from her father to handle a rifle, but her first class ended up being her last class. “I’m left handed,” explained Bailey. “The teacher looked at me and said, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with you.’ So I put the gun down, and that was my lesson.”

Bailey married twice, first to Dr. Anthony Kendall and later to Bob Bailey, a KNS grad from her class, who she got reacquainted with while helping to plan Keene State’s 50th reunion. “We were both retired teachers who hadn’t seen each other for 50 years,” said Bailey. “He was living in Florida, so I called him to come up and get busy and help me plan this reunion. He came up and it took off from there.”

Living for a time with her second husband in St. Petersburg, Fla., and later in Royalton, Mass., Bailey, a member of KSC’s Golden Circle Society (Alums who graduated 50 or more years ago) has been residing in Prospect Place, an assisted living home in Keene for almost a year. “Dorothy is one of my most coherent and physically active people that I work with,” said Vicki (Bishop) Bean, a 1993 KSC grad who works at as LNA at Prospect Place. “She just amazes me. She doesn’t like to be signaled out though. She just wants to be one of the ladies.” Bean said Bailey plays cards and bingo, does her exercise group, and goes on all the trips – including Saturday’s crosstown visit to watch the Keene State women’s basketball team.

Looking forward to coming over to the campus and seeing the women’s team play, Bailey wasn’t adverse to offering an opinion or two about the old women’s basketball rules that prevented some players from crossing over half-court. “I hope they changed the rules. They were so stupid,” said Bailey before entering the gym.

Asked about the game as she departed the gym, Bailey said the first thing she noticed was the players’ uniforms. “They’re quite different,” she said. “They’re not as prudish as they were in my day.”

Dorothy called the game “zippy.” “I’m glad they changed a couple of the rules,” she said. “The girls aren’t afraid to get in there and battle for the ball. That never happened when we used to play.”

For more about details about Bailey, including details of her experience at KNS and her teaching career, see the full story at the keene.edu news site.

Keene State Image of the Week
Photo by Lynn Roman

Photo by Lynn Roman

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

Get the Word Out

Now is the perfect time to make sure the world knows about your events for the spring semester.

Start by submitting your event to the campus Events Calendar (Hint: If you don’t want to refer back to this Campus News post every time you’re holding a new event, the link to submit your event is on the right side of the calendar itself.)

Here’s why:

  • People looking for your event, specifically, can find date/time/location info they may have forgotten or misplaced.
  • People looking for something to do, generally, can find it.
  • Faculty members looking for opportunities for their students to learn outside the classroom for credit or extra credit can add your event to their syllabi.
  • The College places a monthly event ad in the Sentinel, which is generated entirely by events on this calendar. That’s free (to you) newspaper advertising!
Rec Center Hours

From Recreational Sports:

Rec Center hours for December 13 through January 18 are as follows.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (pool hours noon-1 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 14, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (pool hours noon-1 p.m.)
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, CLOSED
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 17-20 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, December 21 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
(No pool hours December 17-21)
December 22–January 1 Recreation Center will be CLOSED
Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 2-18, 2013, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
(Closed weekends; Noon swim hours, Jan. 7-18)

Sustainability at the DC

From Tal Gregory, Dining Commons Supervisor:

There is a very big carrot hanging in our Dining Commons to remind us of our commitment to sustainability. A carrot on a plate is more than just a serving of vegetables; it is a result of all the resources that went into bringing it where it is: planting, growing, harvesting, shipping, storing, preparing, cooking, and serving.

We are making an effort to reduce the amount of resources we waste from the beginning to the end of our food production. We have control over some aspects of food waste – volume of production, following proper procedures for cooling and reheating food so we can safely reuse it, and putting out proper amounts to meet business volume are a few of the things we do every day to reduce waste. Once food is served, we no longer have control over what happens. That is where plate waste comes in.

The last time we audited our waste from the dish room we estimated that on average, 25% of the food taken by dining Commons guests was returned to the dish room for disposal. It is a daunting amount when you consider that we are serving 5,000 or more meals a day. Clearly there is a great deal of room for improvement.

We started small. October 16 was WasteLess day at Sodexo accounts worldwide. We focused our efforts this year on plate waste. Members of our Student Board of Advisors asked students and guests coming through the door to pledge to clean their plate.  They wrote their name on a post-it note and put it on the board by the register. We had 193 clean plate pledges at dinner that evening.

“193 plates – that’s not much,” I can hear you thinking. Well, when you look at the numbers, it adds up fast. At an average of 4 ounces of waste per plate, we saved almost 50 pounds of food from being wasted with those 193 plates. Expand that to our usual dinner business of 1,800 guests, and you are talking about 450 full plates of food wasted each meal.

Over the last few weeks of the semester we are going to create a display in the Dining Commons, a physical representation of the amount of food thrown out each day from the dish room. We are hoping it will give folks a chance to see the issue of waste in a new light, as well as the opportunity to learn about food waste and what they can do to help reduce it here at Keene State College.

We are also trying to approach the problem from the other end – where our waste ends up. Earlier this year, the sustainability officer and recycling coordinator for Keene State (Mary Jensen and Heather Greenwood) approached our General Manager Josef Quirnale to ask if we would be interested in exploring composting our food waste. The answer of course was “yes.” Our first priority is to provide satisfied customers with safe food in a welcoming environment, but we embrace the opportunity to do so in a way that is good for the environment and the community.

To transition to a system where we can compost our food waste touches nearly every aspect of our business, as we discovered when we began to meet this summer to work out the details. Is it worth the effort? Our current estimate, backed up by a short sample this summer, is that 80% of our waste stream can be composted rather than sent to the incinerator. This saves in several ways – we are recovering a resource (and saving money) in the composted material. We are reducing our carbon footprint by the amount of the emissions from the incinerator, and we will be conserving by reducing our use of garbage bags. We are also contributing to the campus effort to reach a goal of zero waste, and placing Keene State and our dining program at the leading edge of sustainability efforts.

When you come into the DC and see our carrot hanging, proud and orange above the stairwell, remember what it represents: a commitment to sustainability. It is a commitment we all share, because sooner or later our community’s use of resources will affect each of us, so we need to make wise decisions. You can make one each day in the Dining Commons by throwing out less food – to help your community, your environment and the planet. Thank you.



PE Faculty, Students and Alumni Attend Conference

From Donna Smyth:

On November 15-16, Physical Education Teacher Certification (PETC) faculty and 27 students attended the 2012 New Hampshire Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NHAHPERD) Conference held at Waterville Valley. KSC faculty who attended the conference included: Beverly King (NHAHPERD secretary), Dan Durand, Joel Feldmann, Fitni Destani, and Donna Smyth. In addition, current students and faculty were joined by many KSC alumni, both during formal sessions and at a gathering sponsored by KSC Alumni and Parent Relations with support from Development.

The conference provides a venue for physical education professionals to share their research and curricular innovations with others. Dr. Fitni Destani, with current students Riley Cohen, Andrew Conrad, Allison Tamiso, Mia McGorry, Preston Ingram, Samantha Person, and Nicole Read presented a session, “The ABC’s of Assessment.” The presentation provided participants with information related to the value and creation of various forms of valid and reliable assessment tools that could be used in a physical education setting.

Included in the conference program was the recognition of outstanding current and future professionals. This year, Riley Cohen and Allison Tamiso were named as Keene State College’s Physical Education Outstanding Future Professionals. They joined nominees from Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire to represent our state in the Outstanding Future Professional program at the 2013 Eastern District AHPERD Conference. Allison Tamiso and Nicole DiFloures from UNH were chosen to represent New Hampshire at the spring 2013 conference. Allison joins a long list of KSC students who have been chosen for this honor in the past. In addition to our undergraduate student honors, Michelle Tiani ’03, physical education teacher at Wheelock School, was honored as New Hampshire’s Outstanding Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.


Huron Report Available

From Barbara Hall, President’s Office:

Here is a link to the Huron Report, provided by the President’s Office.

Also called the Huron Review of Organizational Structure, Roles, and Responsibilities of the University System of New Hampshire, it is also found on this page of the USNH website, left navigation column, under “Related Reports.”