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Wanted: Alumni Awards Nominations

KSC Alumni logox300There are a few weeks left for you to submit nominations for the KSC Alumni Association Awards.  The Alumni Association Awards committee is seeking nominations to recognize individuals and organizations that have shown outstanding achievement and/or service to the College and Alumni Association. The awards will be presented at Reunion this coming June.

Please think about alumni you know or have heard about and submit a nomination.
Forms are available online in pdf format,  or you can phone us at 603-358-2369. Please don’t hesitate to re-nominate a person or group and add any new information.
Deadline for nominations is April 20, 2014.

Alumni Achievement Award
Given to an alumnus/na for outstanding achievement in his or her chosen career field, which brings credit to the individual and Keene State College.

Sprague Drenan Award
Given to an alumnus/na for his or her support of KSC Alumni Association activities and programs.

Alumni Inspiration Award
Given to recognize exceptional accomplishments of a KSC alumnus/na who has graduated in the last 15 years. Areas of recognition may include professional accomplishment, personal or civic involvement, or support of Keene State.

Outstanding Service Award
Given to an individual or group for outstanding service to Keene State College. The recipient need not be an alumnus/na.

Shawn Curtis

Alumni Association Announces the 2013 Alumni Awards

On Saturday, June 8, the KSC Alumni Association presented its annual Alumni Awards at the luncheon and ceremony it holds each year during Reunion.This year, the awards went to the following deserving recipients:

Alumni Inspiration Award

Shawn CurtisShawn Curtis ’99 Senior Manager, LEGO-Merlin Entertainments Affairs, LEGO, is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Inspiration Award. Shawn currently manages the global partnership between the LEGO Group and Merlin Entertainments, which owns and operates the LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers. A management/marketing major at Keene State and a National Case Study award winner, Shawn has held positions managing national and international marketing efforts for two advertising agencies and has worked in management at Stanley Tools. Shawn was named one of the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” business leaders for 2005. He joined the LEGO Group in 2005 as Customer Marketing Manager for North America. Two years later, he became Senior Marketing Manager for LEGO Direct to Consumer, where he led a cross-functional team that managed multi-channel marketing for shop.LEGO.com; search, affiliate, and email marketing; and offline marketing including the LEGO Catalog. An active member of his local community, Shawn serves as a volunteer firefighter; he also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity from 1997 to 2005.

The Alumni Inspiration Award was established in 2002 to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of an alumnus/alumna who graduated from Keene State College nor more than 15 years prior to the year of the award. In addition to recognized accomplishments, the recipient must show promise for continued success.

Sprague W. Drenan Award

Sue FortierSusan Fortier ’86 has received the Sprague W. Drenan Award. Throughout her 27 years as an alumna, Sue has worked passionately on the front line and behind the scenes to grow alumni engagement and awareness and strengthen connections between alumni and students. She has been a key leader in the transformation of the Alumni Association programs in the past five years. She has been a driving force behind many initiatives, including her own class’ 25th reunion, the Volunteer Support Program, the Career Support Committee, the Homecoming Task Force, the Alumni Bylaws Committee, and Alumni Association strategic planning, among many others. Sue was instrumental in the leadership of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as President in the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 academic years. During the past 10 years, she has been an active annual participant in reunions, homecomings, Winterfest, and many other events. Known for her “can-do” attitude and spirit, Sue has encouraged alumni programs that are visible, meaningful, and impactful. She is married to Steve Fortier ’86, a member of the Executive Committee of the KSC Parents Association. Their children Sean and Larissa are current Keene State students; both were recently named to the Dean’s List.

The Sprague W. Drenan Award is given to one whose participation in and support of alumni activities and events is worthy of recognition.

Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Walter AsonevichDr. Walter Asonevich ’77 President, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, received the Alumni Achievement Award. A native of Springfield, Vermont, Walter majored in English at Keene State, earning an MA from the University of Vermont and a PhD from the University of Delaware, both also in English. In 1986, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at Potomac State College. In 1990, he became head of Potomac’s English Department and four years later added the duties of coordinating Institutional Research for the college. In 2002, he moved to Corning (NY) Community College, where he served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. In August 2007, he was named President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. There, he has streamlined internal processes, created a new governance system, and strengthened relationships with external constituents. His current focus includes building on the regional mission of the college, adding new programs such as culinary arts, welding, radiology tech, and computer security, and adding additional academic sites in Pennsylvania.

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to one whose professional achievement in his/her chosen field brings honor to him or herself and Keene State College. Recipients must be bona fide alumni of Keene State College.

Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Jay KahnDr. Jay Kahn, Interim President, Keene State College, has received the Outstanding Service Award. Jay had served as Keene State’s Vice President for Finance and Planning since 1988, prior to accepting the one-year post as Interim President. For 25 years, he has been instrumental in the dynamic evolution of the physical aspects of the campus as a leader in the master planning and strategic planning of the institution. Before joining Keene State, he served as Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning at Governors State University in Illinois, a position he held from 1978 to 1988. His earlier posts included serving as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs with the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Jay holds a BA from Northern Illinois University and a PhD in political science/policy studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Nationally, he serves as an at-large director on the board of the Society for College and University Planning. At the state level, he serves on the Workforce Initiatives board. Locally, he chairs the Cheshire Medical Center Board of Trustees and has previously served as board chair for the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. Jay has been honored with many awards over the years, most recently being recognized as an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

The Outstanding Service Award is given to an individual or organization that has provided outstanding service to Keene State College through leadership, commitment, and influence in programs and activities of the College. Recipients may be alumni, staff, faculty, friends, or associates of Keene State College.

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Vote for Your Alumni Board Members

Alumni LogoWhat do Ferd Prevost ’57, Leslie Ringuette ’86, Keith Couch ’86, Scott Farnsworth ’87, Mike Ripley ’96, and Deb Barrett ’03 all have in common? They’re dedicated alumni who have stepped up and volunteered to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. These are all great people who very much want to be a proactive part of the Alumni Association and KSC.

We sincerely appreciate their willingness to volunteer to lead the more than 32,000 members of our Alumni Association. If you haven’t already, please choose which of these fine alums you’d like to have represent you. Bios and photos of the candidates can be found along with an online ballot on the Alumni website. Don’t delay—the deadline is May 17th!

Randall Merchant oil painting

Carroll House Hosts Alumni Art Exhibition

Randall Merchant oil painting
Work by Randall Merchant ’77 – oil on canvas

May 2–18, at the Carroll House Art Gallery
(on Main St. next to the Alumni Center)
Wed thru Sat 12–5 p.m.
Opening reception, Thursday, May 2, 4–5 p.m.
Exhibit reopens for Reunion weekend,
June 7 & 8.

The KSC Art Department welcomes back five alumni: Randall Merchant ’77 (from Gilsum, NH), Eileen Longe ’12 (from Swanzey, NH); Nic Petrow ’11 (from Branford CT), Katie Houle ’13 (from Newtown, NH), and Jaz Graf ’00 (from Jersey City, NJ). Their work ranges from paintings, drawings, and wall installations to ceramics and printmaking that investigates abstraction, process, color, and representation.

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Three—no, make that Four—Generations of KSC Alums

Esther McCarthy Noseck ’33 (sitting) Clockwise from her: Esther's daughter Barbara Noseck Gendron ’63, Barbara's daughter Suzanne Gendron Hodgkins ’85, and Suzanne's daughter Amanda Hodgkins (future alum)
Esther McCarthy Noseck ’33 (wearing her Golden Circle medallion and holding her KSC 100th-birthday recognition). Clockwise from her: Esther’s daughter Barbara Noseck Gendron ’63, Barbara’s daughter Suzanne Gendron Hodgkins ’85, and Suzanne’s daughter Amanda Hodgkins (future alum)

When Esther McCarthy Noseck ’33 turned 100 last April, several KSC alums came to her birthday party. And most of them were her family. Her daughter, Barbara Noseck Gendron ’63, followed in her footsteps and attended KSC, as did her granddaughter, Suzanne Gendron Hodgkins ’85. Her great-granddaughter, Amanda Hodgkins, says that she’ll be coming here as soon as she’s old enough. Just goes to show how some families know how to hold onto a good thing. By the bye, Esther will celebrate her 101st on April 13. Do remember to send her your good wishes!

Coming Right Up: Two Alumni Events!

OwlSculptureIf you’ll be in the Lebanon, NH, area on Feb. 28, or around Portland, ME, on March 8, join us for one of our fun regional events.

Upper Valley NH/VT Alumni Networking Event
February 28 from 6–8 p.m.
at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH

Join Scott Farnsworth ’87, your local alumni host, for a night of mixing and mingling! With more than 400 alums in the Upper Valley, odds are good you’ll meet up with an old schoolmate, teacher, neighbor, or even a relative! The Salt Hill Pub is located at 2 W. Park (off the Common) in Lebanon, NH.

Questions about the event? Contact Patty Farmer at 603-358-270 or pframer@keene.edu.

Alumni Meetup & Red Claws Game – Portland, ME
Friday, March 8
Meetup @ Rivalries: 5:30 p.m.
Game @ 7 p.m.

Meet up to connect with Portland area alumni at Rivalries Bar for complementary appetizers and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Rivalries is located at 10  Cotton Street, and the game will be at the Portland Exposition Building. Then head over to the Portland Expo to watch the Maine Red Claws take on the Canton Charge. Get your discounted game tickets online. Questions about tickets? Give Adam a call at (207) 210-6655, ext. 209.

Questions about the event? Contact Sara Telfer at 603-358-2425 or stelfer@keene.edu.

Can’t make either of these events? Check our Alumni Events Page for other opportunities near you!

Homecoming 2012!

Save the date:  October 12–14—KSC Homecoming! This year, we’ll be celebrating big all weekend! The new TDS building (the Technology, Design and Safety Center) opened its doors this fall, and , and we’ll be showing off our newest building with open houses and receptions!

We are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of Keene’s Rugby program, with men’s and women’s games on Saturday. That evening, all rugby alumni and their families are invited to a special dinner. Registration is open for the Rugby event! We finish the weekend off on Sunday with alumni games for both men and women.

There’s also a comedy show in the Nite Owl, a President’s reception for student government alumni, and the men’s soccer game against RIC with pre game festivities and fireworks! Make plans today; it is going to be a great weekend!

You can see the full schedule on the Alumni website, or visit the KSC Alumni Facebook page for more information. See you there!

Alumni Gathering in Springfield, Mass.

Here’s a great opportunity to connect with other Keene State alums in the Springfield/Hartford area. Join Alumni Board member Jan Temple Metoxen ’68 and former Alumni and Parent Relations Director, Jeff LaValley ’88 M’99 on October 18th, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Samuel’s at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for a regional reconnection event. Come network, reconnect with other area alumni, and hear about what’s happening at KSC. There will be free appetizers and a cash bar.

Please let us know if you will be joining us. You can RSVP & find out more information at the Alumni web page, or at the KSC Alumni Facebook page.

An Alumni Evening in Derry

Please join host Blake Richards ’71, other KSC alumni, and representatives from the KSC Alumni Association for a fun, relaxed gathering.

Where? Halligan’s Tavern,
32 West Broadway, Derry, NH

When? Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 6–8 p.m.
Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Get caught up with alums you know, and make friends with some you haven’t met yet. Who knows? You may meet neighbors and coworkers. Bring your KSC friends with you. Plan to make important networking connections and learn about the latest news at KSC.

Please RSVP by email to alumni@keene.edu or kmaclean@keene.edu, or call 358-2424. We’re looking forward to seeing you October 25th!

In Memoriam: Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52

Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52

The Keene State community mourns the passing of Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52, who left us on August 31, 2012. She was born in Manchester, Vermont, and earned her degree in education from what was then Keene Teachers College. She taught elementary school in Missouri, California, and Connecticut. After she married Paul L. Wick in 1962, the couple settled in Vernon, Connecticut, where they lived for four decades. After her husband died, Joyce relocated to Orlando, Florida.

Joyce traveled the US and the world, was a gourmet cook, and was active in her church. If you knew Joyce and would like to see photos of her life, please visit this online slide show.

Happy 100th, Doris McQuade Rebidue ’34!

Doris McQuade Rebidue ’34. (Norma Walker photo)

Doris McQuade Rebidue celebrated her 100th birthday on July 31st, and was awarded a special KSC certificate for achieving that rare milestone. Doris graduated from what was then Keene Normal School in 1934 and started teaching is one-room schoolhouses in Lyndeborough. In 1949 she started teaching sixth grade in Milford and became one of the school’s first woman principals in 1958. She retired in 1978, and has traveled the world, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and Italy when she was 92. She still keeps busy, though she sticks a little closer to home these days, since she has a commitment to play cards twice a week.

Alums Bask in Liquid Sunshine at Reunion 2012

Rain? What rain? Members of the Class of ’03 are all smiles at Reunion 2012. (Al Karevy photo)

“It wouldn’t feel like a true Keene experience without some rain!” one alumna stated during Reunion 2012, which occurred June 1–3. And the weekend saw plenty of rain. Spirits undaunted, attendees still enjoyed their weekend visiting with classmates and fellow alumni.

The Class of 1962 was inducted into the Golden Circle as they celebrated their 50th class reunion. Other classes participated in their own class reunions, including the class of 1987, who brought their 25th reunion celebration banner to all events around campus!
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Where’d I See That?

I expect all dedicated alums—and even some parents—to know where this is. By the bye, it’s not working, and I’ve fiddled with it several times, attempting to get it ticking again. Anyone out there want to try their hand?

If you think you know where it stands, please write your answer on a piece of paper and slip it carefully inside a King 3B trombone and send it to Newsline, Alumni Center, 229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435. Or use the “comments” link, below.

Seeking Employment? We’re Here to Help

We have seen an increase in job opportunities recently and want to make sure our alumni have access to all the ways KSC can keep you informed about these openings.

  • JobWISE through Academic and Career Advising has posts from local, regional, and national companies and organizations as well as private families who wish to recruit individuals for various openings. In addition to the job posting, ACA  has information on several events that could be useful!
  • Linkedin is a social networking site that allows you to build and engage your professional network, manage your personal identity, and explore insights and opportunities. The Keene State College Alumni Association has two active groups that can help you connect with your follow alums, current students, and recruiters.
  • On occasion, the KSC Alumni Association will send out emails to particular majors when relevant employment opportunities arise. If you want to receive these emails, be sure to update us!
  • Facebook can also be a great way to connect with your department and fellow alumni. For example, Safety Studies has a great discussion going around jobs and internships.

Network with Alums in Connecticut

Join Bruce Levine Mellion ’69 and Christine Williams ’11 as they host area alumni for a night of KSC fun on Friday, March 23, from 7–9 at the Playwright Irish Pub in Hamden, CT (1232 Whitney Ave.). Reconnect with KSC friends, network with other alumni, and celebrate the Challenge to KSC Recent Graduates. KSC Alumni Association will have complementary appetizers on hand, and there will be a cash bar. Be there!

For more info or to RSVP contact alumni@keene.edu or 603.358.2369.