When Allie Bedell was a junior at Londonderry High School, she donated her hair in Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program. The program invites people to cut at least eight inches off their hair and send it to Pantene, the hair and shampoo company, which has partnered with the American Cancer Society to donate real-hair wigs to cancer patients free of charge. Londonderry HS holds the record for the most hair donated at one time.
Two years ago, Bedell, then a junior at KSC, organized a Beautiful Lengths event on campus to honor a family friend who was going to lose her hair as she underwent chemotherapy. She got a Pepsi grant to cover the cost and encouraged 60 women to donate their hair. When she decided to hold the event again this year, Bedell wasn’t sure how she would raise the $800 it usually takes to put on the event, because Beautiful Lengths is not a student organization and doesn’t receive any campus funding. The $800 covers such expenses as scissors, supplies to package and label the donated hair, shipping the hair to Pantene, and t-shirts for each donor.
“We launched a booster campaign and sold t-shirts online to try to raise some money and wound up incredibly lucky,” Bedell said. “We sold more than 160 shirts and received checks from a few very generous donors, bringing our fundraising total to $3,190 in just four weeks. I’m so excited to know that even after I graduate in May, the event will be fully funded for at least two more years.”
How did it go this year? KSC’s Beautiful Lengths took place on Saturday, April 12, in the Spaulding Gym, and 116 donors gave their pony tails to the cause—almost twice last year’s number of donors. If you’d like more info on this worthy event, visit their Facebook page, or check out the article in theEquinox.
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.
The KSC Architecture Club will be hosting students and faculty from nearly 50 northeastern colleges and universities at the annual Fall Northeast AIAS (American Institute for Architecture Students) Quad Conference from Thursday, October 10, through Sunday, October 13. The theme for the conference is “Regeneration: Redesigning for the Next Generation,” and the Club has planned a variety of lectures, workshops, discussions, and a design charrette geared towards sustainability and the importance of local focus. The design charrette will challenge attendees to a design competition to hypothetically redevelop a degraded site in downtown Keene. On Saturday night, the Architecture Club will entertain its guests at the Beaux Arts Ball, to be held at a small venue in Rindge, NH. Continue reading Architecture Club to Host Annual Fall Northeast Quad Conference→
Jennifer Dunnington ’93, who won an Emmy and several Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel awards for her work on such movies as Hugo, The Departed, Cosmopolis, Shutter Island, and Boardwalk Empire, will be on campus on March 26 to share her expertise with KSC film and music students. We would have had her here earlier, but she was in London applying her talents to The Hobbit.
During the day, Jennifer will be visiting classes, holding master classes and offering her professional experience to students planning to enter the film industry. At 7 p.m., the College will host a reception for her in Centennial Hall, where she will show some examples of her work.
If 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
This is one of the most beautiful times on campus, so mark your calendars now! This is the weekend that makes parents wish they could be KSC students—it has you in mind! We’ll fill the time with great activities for students and families alike. Take in the Friday night entertainment, the Saturday morning programs with campus leadership (including a chat with President Giles-Gee), the KSCPA annual meeting, afternoon athletic events and other fun, and the Saturday night party. Parent/Family Weekend really gives you a chance to immerse yourself in campus life. Many of the events sell out, so watch your mail in August and register early!
Get out of the house and into the brisk air and winter fun on campus! Join your fellow alums, students, faculty, and staff for some snow tubing, or join fellow sports fans at Spaulding Gym to share your KSC spirit and cheer on the basketball teams. If you think you can shred it, the rail jam on Saturday night will let you show what you’ve got!
Check out the full schedule on the Alumni page! We’re still adding events, so check the schedule often.
Have you wondered in any other KSC alums live near you? Well, if you are from the Boston area, now is the time to find out!
Join Matt Ulvila ’02, Christine Williams ’01, Sara Goddard ’08, and Mark Metevier ’06 as they host area KSC Alumni at Boston Beer Garden on Monday, December 12, from 5:30–8 p.m. Come network, reconnect with other area alumni, and hear about what is happening at KSC. You cover the drinks, and we will cover the appetizers!