At the beginning of the past two school years, KSC’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) peer education group has presented its “Yes Means Yes: A Guide to Good Sex” program during New Student Orientation. “This optional program has been very popular with first-year students,” explained Staff Counselor and MVP co-advisor Forrest Seymour, “attracting 300–400 each time it’s been offered, and promoting positive sexuality messages of respect, mutual consent, and safe sex.”
On March 29, the “Yes Means Yes: A Guide to Good Sex” program received the “Best Program” award at the northern New England BACCHUS Network Conference, held at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. BACCHUS, which gave the award, is the national college peer education organization. Seymour accompanied several MVP students to Endicott to attend the regional conference, as did Coordinator of Wellness Education Tiffany Mathews and four KSC Champions peer educators.
If you’d like to experience the creativity of Keene State’s most talented visual artists, April is the month to visit campus. The art starts with 1-2-3 Go! Work from KSC Art Underclassmen at the Carroll House Gallery on Main St. from April 3–26. This second annual exhibition showcases the work of art underclassmen and features projects in graphic design, animation, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, and photography. Because the Carroll House Gallery is a teaching gallery for art students, students in Dr. Kate Martineau’s new Museum Studies Seminar will be designing, hanging, and lighting the exhibition.
From April 19–May 10 the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery will host Emerging Art: The Annual Keene State College Art Students Exhibition, featuring works by graduating art majors. There will be a reception on Friday, April 25, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., and visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for a People’s Choice Commendation to be announced May 5.
On April 25, from 3–7 p.m., 47 senior Graphic Design majors will present their portfolios for review in the Student Center. The review will include print media, web design, and motion graphics. The ultimate goal of the senior portfolio review is to network, meet business owners, and to eventually find and secure a job in the field after graduation, so visitors with graphic design needs are especially welcome. Refreshments will be available.
All three of these exhibits are free and open to the public.
Earlier this month, Erin Fehlau, the producer for WMUR Channel 9′s New Hampshire Chronicle, and Chris Shepherd, the show’s videographer, spent four hours with one of the KSC’s greatest treasures, the Children’s Literature Festival Gallery Collection in Rhodes Hall, preparing a segment for the show. Of course, Festival and Gallery founder Dr. David E. White, showed them around, and they spent an hour talking to author, illustrator, and gallery contributor Lita Judge, who lives in Peterborough. Lita talked about our collection, why it is significant, why she wanted to be represented, the significance of illustrations in children’s books, and about several of her books. Lita was also filmed giving David a donation from her book How Big Were Dinosaurs? This segment will be aired March 18—make sure you tune in! And if you miss it, the segment will be available online. And check out the Children’s Literature Festival and Gallery’s Facebook page.
Mathilde Mukantabana—Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina—will deliver the Cohen Center’s annual Genocide Awareness Lecture in the Mabel Brown Room on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and Ambassador Mukantabana’s talk is titled “Remember, Unite, Renew: Retracing Milestones in Country Building after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.” The Ambassador will also be on campus the following day, Tuesday, March 4, to introduce the Cohen Center’s 2014 Professional Development-Public Workshop, “Interrupting Genocide: Protecting Civilians from Mass Atrocity,” with Dr. James Waller.
Ambassador Mukantabana was born and raised in Rwanda before she moved to the United States to pursue her studies. In 1994, she was hired to teach history at Cosumnes River College, in Sacramento, Calif., just as she learned that her entire family had been butchered in the genocide that has come to define her native Rwanda to the rest of the world.
“If we Tutsis survived, it was by a miracle,” Mukantabana recalled. “A million people died in three months. It started in April and ended in July 1994. My father, my mother, and my four younger brothers and sisters were killed along with six aunts, four uncles, and all my nieces and nephews. From my father’s side alone 70 are gone.”
While teaching at Cosumnes River, Ambassador Mukantabana threw herself into Rwanda’s resurrection and helped create the Friends of Rwanda Association (FORA), a non-profit American relief association to expand the circle of friends of Rwanda and to support survivors of the genocide through a variety of initiatives and relief efforts. In addition, under the aegis of United Nations for Development Programs (UNDP), the ambassador started the academic program of Social Work at the National University of Rwanda in 1999, and taught a variety of subjects in its summer program until recently.
Ambassador Mukantabana has been a passionate community organizer for several decades and was a co-founder of many associations and organizations whose main purpose was to promote a positive engagement and collaboration of the Rwandan communities in the United States with other groups and organizations for the benefit of their respective countries. She is an active board member of the Alliance for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Sonoma State University in California and belongs to many local and international organizations including the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and the Organization of African Leaders in Diaspora (OALD), which she co-founded and for which she is currently acting as chair of the board.
This spring, the Keene is Reading program is discussing Andrew Solomon’sFar From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012), which tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. Not only do the parents learn to deal with their exceptional children, they also find profound meaning in doing so. The author proposes that diversity is what unites us.
Far from the Tree has won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and the Books for a Better Life Award. A New York Times bestseller, it was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012, a New York Times daily (Dwight Garner) Best Book of 2012, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2012, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2012, a Salon.com / Laura Miller Best Book of 2012, a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, a Time magazine Best Book of 2012, an Amazon.com Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2012, a BuzzFeed Book of the Year, an Economist Book of the Year, and a Cleveland Plain-Dealer Book of the Year.
Mr. Solomon will be on campus to give the keynote address for this year’s KIR program at 7 p.m., March 5, in the Mabel Brown Room. The event is free and open to the public and larger KSC community, but seating is limited.
Calling all Fairfield County Alumni! Mark Your Calendars for a KSC Networking Night! December 05, 2013 · 6–8 p.m.
We’ve been gathering members of the KSC community near and far this past year—in Boston, Denver, San Diego, Manchester. Join us and meet other Keene State graduates living and working in Fairfield County! KSC networking events are a great casual way to connect with some of your fellow alumni. You never know who you’ll meet, but it’s always a fun time!
We’ve been gathering members of the KSC community near and far this past year. Join us this month and meet new KSC President Anne Huot! KSC Connections events are a great casual way to connect with some of your fellow alumni and current KSC parents. Hearty appetizers sponsored by the Alumni Association and Parents Association; cash bar.
KSC Connections – Boston November 19, 2013 · 6–8 p.m. Boston’s Back Bay: Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, 384 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116
Keene State College’s 37th Children’s Literature Festival, founded to promote a love of reading, and to provide an opportunity for people to learn how stories and illustrations are created and published by authors and illustrators, will begin bright and early Saturday morning, October 26. The doors open at 7:30, and the program begins at 9 a.m.
“Films like this are a window into our cultural past—moving images of the way our culture saw itself in the early 20th Century,” explained Film Professor Emeritus Larry Benaquist. “This will show us the work of a great artist—actor, producer, activist. We’ll learn a lot about how her acting evolved.” Continue reading Maddow, & Others Cover Mary Pickford Film→
KSC’s Theatre and Dance Department has opened a new play festival called The Premiere Series that runs through the month of October. The series consists of four original plays written by Keene State students with each play to be performed twice as a staged reading. The first play, Thanksgiving, by Taylor Jorgensen, was performed on October 3 and 4.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the month:
Oct. 9–10: The Speck in My Eye by Sarah Croitoru
Oct. 16–17: Love, Life and Liberty by Hersch Rothmel
Oct. 23–24: Bigfoot by Daniel Bullard
All plays begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wright Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center. For tickets, call the Box Office at 358-2168 or visit keene.edu/racbp.
Each year, the Keene State Music Department holds a Call for Scores to bring new works to campus, to introduce new music to our students, and to encourage the creation of new works. This year, the competition attracted 70 submissions, 53 of which were from around the US while 17 were from international composers from as far away as China, Italy, and Israel. The $1000 prize went to Louisville, KY-based composer Dr. Jeremy Beck, for his piece, In Flight until Mysterious Night, for flute, clarinet, marimba, violin, cello, and piano.
KSC Music faculty will faculty perform Dr. Beck’s work on November 6 in the Redfern’s Alumni Recital Hall as part of the College’s campus-wide symposium, Finding Your Place in the Evolving Commons. The performance will follow a panel discussion at 2 p.m. that will address the role of music in the evolving cultural commons. Dr. Beck will serve on this panel to discuss his composition and to interact with other panelists. This discussion, and the performance, are free and open to the public.
This endowment was established by the Classes of 1990 and 1991 in honor of their friend and classmate William T. Lessard ’90, who died in 1995. In additional to receiving the Student Leader of the Year Award in 1989–90, Bill served one year as a University System Student Trustee, President of the KSC Student Assembly, and President of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. This endowment provides modest financial support to as many Keene State College students as possible, assisting with incidental expenses and the purchase of educational supplies. Continue reading Heidi Donovan-Sanders ’90 Runs for Lessard Scholarship→
The Monadnock region has a serious substance abuse problem. Our high school students have a higher incidence of substance abuse in some categories than the state average, and New Hampshire has a higher incidence rate in some categories than the national average. Our students are at risk, and Health Science Professor Marj Droppa and her students will conduct research during the fall semester to better understand and help reduce the problem. They will collect their data through interviews with Keene High School students and parents. “To change behavior, you have to change policy,” Dr. Droppa explained. So she and her students hope to gain insights into how and why Keene High students are misusing drugs and alcohol and then use that information to influence changes in the school district’s policy on this kind of abuse. Continue reading Mark Your Calendar: Teen Substance Abuse Panel Aug. 27→