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  1. 1. Volume XXIX •  Number 1 Fall 2012Keene State Today T h e m a g a z in e f o r a l u m ni a n d f r i e n d s Working Together: The POWER of COLLABORATION S P R I N G 2 0 1 2   
  2. 2. From the President’s Office 4 8 11 ContentsJay Kahn Interim President, Keene State CollegeA fter 24 years as Keene State College’s vice president for Finance and planning, I look forward to servingas interim president for the upcoming academic year. Our view of the classroom is limited only by our view of where learning takes place. Transformations in Keene State’s curricula integrate a variety of learningI strongly identify with the college’s commitment to modalities. Learning can be classroom-based, led byacademic excellence and student success – standards a master of the field, or a self-guided activity working Letter from the President ................................................................................................... Inside Coverthat guide every facet of campus life and the decisions from a syllabus. Learning can be supplemented Interim President Jay Kahn reflects on the value of collaborative relationships 12we make. Educational discovery and the relationships by doing in a lab, either scientific or technological. Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts ..................................................................................................4we create at KSC make our work rewarding. Learning occurs in teams, often while working on a project. Learning can be field-based or happen in aFaculty and staff don’t work alone in this effort. We workplace guided by an employer’s needs. It takes a Striking examples of leadership, shared vision, and working together for lasting resultsconsistently establish partnerships that enable us to creative faculty, such as ours at Keene State College, tocreate experiences for our students introduce these experiences across the Weaving a Web – Of Science, Community, and Conservation .......................... 8beyond formal campus boundaries. curriculum, adjusting to the multiple Inside a highly effective network of citizens and scientists – the Ashuelot Valley Environmental ObservatoryHere’s what occurred just this past learning styles of our students.spring semester: Why, in a state known for its public Faculty and Staff Accomplishments ......................................................................................... 11 14n ociology S students worked with the Two Fulbright Scholars emerge from within KSC faculty and private partnerships and the city of Keene and state agencies to number of not-for-profit organizations, understand homelessness. does Keene stand out? I’ve heard it All Hands On Stage ........................................................................................................................................ 12 referred to as the “Special K” factor,n Environmental studies students worked Who’s behind those stupendous Super Bowl half-time shows? Alumnus Anthony Bishop, and hordes of helpers enabling us to do more with less with the city on the Ashuelot Dam because of the relationships local restoration. organizations draw upon. It’s also Student Researchers Take On National Epidemic ..................................................... 14n Architecture students worked on design projects with the Hampshire School, said to be in the water, part of our eco-system. Recent higher education How KSC researchers are collaborating to tackle prescription drug abuse – the nation’s number one killer 17 Putney School, MoCo Arts and the literature describes this type of Alumni Profile: Matt Gill ’10 ................................................................................................................17 nearby town of Troy, New Hampshire. engrained behavior as embedded Catching up with a student leader and master of collaboration as experience bolsters his belief in big ideas in organizational DNA.n Dance students taught motion therapy to people with disabilities. The fundamental outcomes of a Keene State College Stellar Students Speak Out ................................................................................................................. 18 education are stated in our mission: to prepare Campus stars testify on the power of community and working togethern Health Sciences students documented the problem of students to think critically and creatively, to engage prescription drugs being redistributed to non-prescribed in active citizenship, and to pursue meaningful Alumni Notebook ............................................................................................................................................ 20 users. work. I am grateful to our community partners for Incoming Alumni Association president Linda Lacey ’10 writes about how alumni have worked together 18 helping provide the essential experiential learning,n Nutrition and athletic training students worked with the internships, practicums, and project-based research to help make KSC what it is today Cheshire Medical Center and its Vision 20/20 partners. opportunities for KSC students. Together we are adding Science faculty research, in partnership with Dartmouth College, led to sponsored undergraduate research value to the education of KSC students and to the Class Notes ............................................................................................................................................................. 21 communities we serve. experiences in KSC labs with our faculty. To view the 140+ different community partners working with Keene State students, look at the web site at this URL: community-partner-list/ 20K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  1 
  3. 3. CampusKeene State TodayVolume XXIX HappeningsNumber 1Fall 2012EditorPaul HertnekyDesigner Sandra McNairTim ThrasherWeb DesignerMichael Justicemjustice@keene.eduProduction Manager Students exhibited their academic achievements at the 12th AnnualLaura Borden ’82 Academic Excellence Conference. The event brings together scholars, their families, faculty and staff mentors and attracts a largeContributors audience of community members, including legislators, universityMark Reynolds trustees who come to see results of academic research and forms of scholarship.Susan Peeryspeery@keene.eduBrett Amy Thelenthelen@harriscenter.orgClass Notes EditorLucy Webbclassnotes@keene.eduVice President for AdvancementMaryann LaCroix Lindbergmlindberg1@keene.eduDirector of DevelopmentKenneth Photo: Greg Wasserstrom for Obama for America Sandra McNairDirector of Marketing CommunicationsKathleen Williams Joe Biden with Cheryl Kahn and Interim President Jay Kahnkwilliams7@keene.eduDirector of Alumni and Parent RelationsPatty Farmer ’ Nicole Mihalko ’12, explains the inner workings of NASA’s BETTII telescopeDirector of Advancement ServicesMichelle Fuller ’08mfuller@keene.eduAlumni Association PresidentLinda Lacey ’73llacey@evsmetal.comSpecial thanks to Eve Alintuck, Interim Director of Marketingand Communications, for her expertise and guidance onthis and previous issues of Keene State TodayKeene State Today is published by the Marketing CommunicationsOffice, Keene State College. Periodicals postage rate is paid at Michael MooreKeene, NH, and additional offices. U.S. Postal Service No. 015-914.Postmaster: Please send address changes to Keene State Today,229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435-2701. Sandra McNairAddress change: Make sure you don’t miss the next issue of KeeneState Today. Send information – your name, class year, spouse’sname and class year, new address including zip code, telephone The largest class in the 103-year history of KSC graduated in 2012.number, and email address – to Alumni Center, Keene State Commencement speakers included Mary Ann Kristiansen, winner of theCollege, 229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435-2701. Granite State Award, and Janet Cohen, who was awarded an Doctorate of Humane Letters. For the first time, graduates wore caps Following his May appearance, Joe Biden meets student volunteers David Daly ’12, presents his research into Alaskan salmon runs and gowns made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Matt Foster ’12, Aaron Testa ’14, Shay Lynch ’14, and Dave Hersey ’122  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  3 
  4. 4. A performing arts center, a food co-op, a child-care center, “I was on city council when [president] Judith Sturnick and a host of other regional nonprofits now rely on the came in with a new vision for the campus, a college that emerging expertise of students in a long list of academic was part of the larger community,” he said. Sturnick’s departments, from architecture to education. Businesses involvement helped the city and KSC pinpoint areas of look to service learning projects and incubators to help conflict. When Stanley Yarosewick became president of them launch new initiatives. Manufacturers participate the college, Lane says, “he sat on a variety of community in a collective that brings them skilled technicians and boards and nonprofits. If there was something going on in safety experts. Nearby towns engage students and faculty the community that had an impact on the college, he was to solve environmental and health problems. And Keene there. We adored him. He really brought the college to the officials now walk arm in arm with the college, enjoying community.” a closer and more mutually beneficial relationship that surpasses individual interests. Helen Giles-Gee, who followed Yarosewick, “has doneGREATER even more,” said Lane. “She’s brought the community into It would be nearly impossible to describe every tendril the college.” Although Jay Kahn, former vice president of that reaches out and distributes what Giles-Gee calls the finance and planning, and Andy Robinson, vice president school’s “intellectual capital.” And it would be equally of student affairs, had already stepped into community daunting to track all the enrichment and learning service roles, Giles-Gee sent more leaders out and asked opportunities that flow back to beneficiaries on Appian for deeper involvement. Formal meetings between the Way from the thriving network of relationships that president and city leaders evolved into regular gatherings surround it. But what follows is a glimpse of some of with wide-open channels of communication. Former these highly functioning and ongoing collaborations. mayor Dale Pregent, who worked closely and for several years with Giles-Gee, knew immediately that the city TOWN, GOWN, AND ALL AROUND and the campus had a bright future. “Very shortly after THAN TH E she arrived, she let us know that with the college being The term “town and gown” goes all the way back to the so close to downtown, it had to be an integral part of the Middle Ages to describe the relationship between schools city,” said Pregent. SU M like Oxford and Cambridge and their host communities. In Keene, the relationship goes back only 105 years, when Kahn, Robinson, and Dean of Sciences Gordon Leversee city fathers asked the state for a teacher’s college. Since rolled up their sleeves along with other community then, the partnership has seen some bright and some volunteers and addressed housing issues, parking, dark days. Mayor Kendall Lane grew up on Main Street student behavior, and the overall health of the city across from the Keene Teachers College and remembers and region. it as an open space for adventure, where he learned to OF OU R shoot pool and play tennis. His parents took in students Joint projects with the city have grown into a long as boarders, who did light chores for their keep and at the list – from mass volunteering by students and staff same time showed him the benefits of higher education. for Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival to Professor Mike Walsh’s leadership in city planning. Among many other But when Lane returned from military service in the community involvements, Maryann Lindberg, vice PARTS 1970s, the college had turned inward. The city itself president of advancement, works closely with business was rundown, and Main Street was little more than partners on the board of the Greater Keene Chamber a parking lot bound by failing retailers. of Commerce. Netzhammer chaired the board of “This caused a lot of hostility and the Hannah Grimes students were running amok Center, a well- off-campus and the college established small turned a deaf ear,” he said business incubator, A t a time when agendas divide communities and in contrast to the way and Jay Kahn nations, Keene State College has brought together things are today. serves as chair more people and pursuits, more committees and of the board Lane finished law of Cheshire causes than ever before. Since 2005, when Helen school and entered Medical Giles-Gee accepted the presidency and soon thereafter enlisted public service. the help of Emile Netzhammer as provost, leaders at the college have woven an intricate and productive web of new and interconnected relationships. Initiatives that integrate community service and academic excellence are multiplying and growing stronger, and stand as a fitting legacy for a pair of leaders who left KSC a more vibrant institution. Evidence of these collaborations can be found all over the college, the city of Keene, the Monadnock Region, and beyond. A national research lab eagerly awaits the samples that come Student “surgeons” contribute to the Keene Pumpkin from KSC undergraduates, collected at the city’s recycling center. Festival through KSC’s annual Pumpkin Lobotomy4  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  5 
  5. 5. Center/Cheshire Health Foundation. Vision 20/20 – an The plan is working. After the city created new building Community partners, once trained in how to help is helping New Hampshire expand its research capacity,initiative aiming to help Keene become one of the standards for the SEED district, developers responded. educate the students who helped them, responded with advance student readiness for the workforce, and propelnation’s healthiest communities – receives heavy Building vertically in the center of the city is more enthusiasm. And they continue to respond. In 2009, biomedical research in the state through a collaborationparticipation from KSC, in terms of nutrition and energy efficient and reduces the carbon footprint. “As a the provost’s office created the Center for Engagement, called the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biologicalwellness education, athletic training, and more. result, nearly 300 new beds near the college have been Learning, and Teaching (CELT) to help educators design Research Excellence (INBRE). The network connects created through at least four different projects,” Kahn and deliver curriculum in concert with community KSC with nine other colleges in pursuit of biomedicalCollaborations seeded by leaders at KSC go well beyond said. In addition to student housing, these projects offer partners. “A kernel that’s much bigger now,” said Giles- research.Keene’s city limits. When Giles-Gee and Netzhammer, attractive options to area workers, professionals, and Gee, describing the growth of communitylistening carefully to a story from Jude Blake, a retirees who prefer to live in the city. engagement and capstone projects that Under the INBRE grant, biology professorsuniversity trustee, learned about the deterioration of have “boosted academic excellence Lauren Launen and Susan Whittemorea dam and recreation area that had been crucial to the As for the existing housing, the city and college have while arming students with a have engaged their students inhealth and well-being of Troy, New Hampshire, they saw improved the situation “dramatically,” according to City portfolio of real-world work that is studying the effects of a group ofan opportunity to help. Exhibiting the kind of synergy Manager John MacLean. “As a result of Andy [Robinson] job-worthy.” highly toxic pollutants (polycyclicthat made the two leaders even more effective as a team going into the neighborhoods and neighborhood aromatic hydrocarbons) releasedthan working alone, the president and provost once associations and meeting with landlords, we’ve set up a DISCOVERY THAT MAKES A by burning fossil fuels. Launenagain sought the advice of Gordon Leversee. voluntary, self-initiated inspection program conducted DIFFERENCE: focuses her team’s attention on the by city officials that allows them to get onto an approved Burgeoning Undergraduate microbial communities of the GreatRestoring the Troy Sand Dam drew the collaborative list at the college. The really good landlords have Research Bay Estuary, and Whittemore’sforces of faculty and students from environmental actually grown, and relationships in the neighborhoods students examine the pollutant’s effectstudies, architecture, geography, and health are much improved,” said MacLean. A notable collaboration with the city on the development of organisms. Students Mike Grotton and Irissaand wellness. The popular mill pond behind of Keene, which had committed to Plouff worked on turning samplesthe dam had been dedicated as a multi- LEARNING BY DOING: reducing its greenhouse gas emissions of waste grease into high-quality INBRE and other growing researchuse recreation area in 1949, built in Service Learning and by running its vehicles on biodiesel, biodiesel opportunities have spawned PURE atmemory of the men who had lost their Community Engagement triggered what has become a boom in KSC, the Program for Undergraduatelives in World War II. Working in concert new research opportunities for undergraduates. In 2003, Research Excellence. PURE will encourage highwith Troy citizens and its public works Projects like the Troy dam restoration Melinda Treadwell, dean of the school of professional school students to come to Keene State for researchdepartment, teams of students and stand as perfect examples of KSC’s studies and a seasoned scientific researcher and KSC involvement that begins in their freshmen year andfaculty completely restored the dam abiding values: citizenship and academic alumna, in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored carries through until graduation, and sometimes beyond.and recreation area, and improved its achievement, hands-on learning within Research, secured a million-dollar grant from thefacilities, integrity, and usefulness. KSC the community. The college’s leadersstudents subsequently evaluated the redoubled KSC’s commitment to thoseproject by assessing its effect on the values in an important collaboration “Using knowledge while you’re a student to solve real-world problemshealth and well-being of the town. with its neighbor, Antioch University New England. is what’s going to make it stick… And collaboration with the communityAt times, the citizens of Keene and the is the linchpin of all that.”college collaborate for the sheer joy of it. Pauline Chandler, director of the TomeyTo kick off KSC’s centennial celebration Center at Antioch University, went toin 2007, then mayor Michael Blastos, work with Giles-Gee and Netzhammer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effect of Research efforts throughout KSC – occupational, social, Biology professor Susan Whittemore building on already successful localCity Manager John MacLean, Giles- using biodiesel on personal exposure and air quality in a biological, chemical, or economic – are blossoming and Loren LaunenGee, Lane, University System of partnerships and pursuing far greater local environment. with collaborative efforts. Support from leadershipNew Hampshire Board of Trustees community engagement for faculty and has nurtured this growth. “Leadership’s dedication toChairman Andrew Lietz, and a cast of alumni and students at both institutions. A Campus Compact grant The NIH grant allowed Assistant Professor Nora Traviss undergraduate research, and Helen’s involvement, instudents played roles in In Perfect Harmony: A College enabled Keene State to take educational programs into and her students to monitor and analyze biodiesel particular, elevated my students’ work,” said Traviss.Comes to Keene. Written by Mason Library director, the community, where faculty and nonprofits, schools, emissions and their effect on workers within municipal “These new grants are no coincidence,” she said. “I thinkIrene Herold, and Michael Caulfield, the popular play and businesses could design and deliver real-world facilities and throughout the city. In this effort, funders see the commitment from KSC, our productivity,reenacted a city hall vote to invite a normal school applications of learning. Traviss collaborates with researchers at the National and the bright faculty and students we have here.”to Keene. Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, the University “I think that using knowledge while you’re a student of Vermont, and Dartmouth Medical School, where The many and diverse parts of Keene State College,STUDENT AND CITY LIFE: to solve real-world problems is what’s going to make students can use highly advanced equipment at KSC its alumni network and friends, and a constellationMore and Better Housing it stick, what makes you an educated person,” said and other participating campuses. of communities add up to a force far greater than any Netzhammer. “It’s critical thinking; it’s how to change individuals. But the kind of synergy that sustains itsIn the spirit of bringing the community into the college, the world. And collaboration with the community “We’re working with nationwide experts on biodiesel,” effect and continuously expands its reach has oftenthe city and the college continue to improve housing is the linchpin of all that.” Giles-Gee raised funds to said Traviss. “And they think we’re doing great science come from nurturing the seeds of cooperation andoptions for students while working toward new housing support Chandler’s effort to draw the KSC faculty because we can supply them with samples from real- mutual benefit. By having the vision and willingnessthat will benefit everyone. “We needed more off-campus together and introduce a shift in professional Photos: Mark Corliss world operating sites, and we’re all trying to know the to support promising ideas that inspire collaboration,housing,” said Jay Kahn, “but buying property and development, “from content development to a change same things,” she says. Giles-Gee and Netzhammer have left more than a mark;removing it from the tax rolls is not a sustainable in pedagogical practice” – a new way to teach. Chandler they have set in motion a field of collective energy thatapproach. So we worked with the city to attract private saw that “faculty were jumping on board because they Meanwhile, other research initiatives are putting radiates inclusion and excellence from the core of thedevelopment in a Sustainable Energy Efficient Design recognized the potential, and they had someone to help students to work with networks doing important college and into every community it touches.(SEED) district near the college.” them find partners, manage it, help them with students scientific laboratory and field studies. Again, the NIH and logistics.”6  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  7 
  6. 6. “ AVEO trains volunteers – KSC students, ” Antioch students, and many local folks who come back year after year, simply for the joy of it all.Weaving a Web The Keene Vernal Pool Project including an annual calendar of more than 100 free public programs and guided outings. Linking with the Harris Center enabled AVEO’s collaboration with Keene Vernal pools are small, temporary, forested State to expand beyond volunteer training and into other ponds (“wicked big puddles” in the woods) programming with a conservation science focus.    that serve as breeding habitat for amphibians. Because they often dry up by late summer, they are easily Under the aegis of the Harris Center and AVEO, the KSC overlooked in land-use planning and consequently School of Sciences co-sponsors monthly public programs lost to development. To help protect this habitat, of Science, Community, on conservation science. Recent programs have included presentations of local graduate student research on the AVEO trains volunteers and Conservation Ashuelot River Flow mural by Nancy Selvage migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls, an Antioch to identify and document vernal pools, focusing on University New England professor who engages high lands where information is needed for conservation school students in studying the ecosystems atop planning. This project is still ongoing, but last summer Mt. Monadnock, and a series of powerful AVEO staff presented an initial, interactive online mapby Brett Amy Thelen From its base in the Putnam Science Center, AVEO documentaries. of documented and potential vernal pools to the launched community-based research projects,W ith the mission of bringing together citizens and Keene Conservation Commission, which lauded monitoring water quality, documenting vernal pools, and AVEO spins a wide web of joint efforts, it as a valuable tool for protecting important scientists to gather data aimed at protecting surveying fish passageways at road-stream crossings connections with inestimable benefit, habitat. and restoring the local environment, educator throughout the Ashuelot River watershed. Over the including advantages for KSC faculty andDavid Moon founded Ashuelot Valley Environmental years, AVEO staff have engaged hundreds of volunteers, Many hands are making the project a success. students. Dean Leversee observed thatObservatory (AVEO) in 2003. In the early years, David who join students at KSC for trainings. They have also Keene State students and faculty have when students are doing important workran the organization from his home in Westmoreland, served as mentors to students undertaking capstone collected data from Robin Hood Park, Goose for AVEO and its partner organizations, “thebut as the program grew, it needed a bigger, more public research projects in geography, environmental studies, Pond Forest, and many other acres of city-owned students feel a little more accountable thanspace. At the same time, Keene State was renovating education, and biology. land. Their efforts continue, alongside members they do to faculty in regular classwork. Theits science center, re-envisioning it as a place where the of the Keene Conservation Commission and graduate expectations of outside organizations raise thecollege and the community could come together around AVEO expanded its mission in 2010 by becoming part of students from Antioch, as well as other community stakes in a nonthreatening way for the students.”science. Dean of Sciences Gordon Leversee saw AVEO’s one of New England’s top environmental organizations volunteers and local nature lovers. Enhancing thework as “a nice fit with the kinds of experiences our – the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Among AVEO collaborations are three key projects: project’s usefulness, a team of geography educationfaculty wanted for students – to be in the field, doing Hancock, New Hampshire. The Harris Center has a the Keene Vernal Pool Project, the Culvert Project, majors recently developed a middle-school curriculumscience that matters.” long history of large-scale land protection efforts and and the Salamander Crossing Brigades. on vernal pool mapping, informed by the Vernal Pool excellent environmental education programming, Project trainings and materials. 8  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  9 
  7. 7. FACULTY STAFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS Karen Cangialosi Karen House Lara Bryant Rodney Obien Shannon Mayers Dr. James Waller Dr. Karen Cangialosi, Biology Received a grant from The Turks Caicos Relief Fund to support their coral-reef-monitoring network FULBRIGHTS AWARDED TO PROFESSORS Karen House, Associate VP for Finance MERCHANT AND MCLOUGHLIN Melissa Laughner, Finance and Budget Analyst Recipients of the 2011 Bradford K. Perry Award for For three months this fall, Deborah Merchant, showing “financial genius” as noted by the University assistant professor of education, will share her System of New Hampshire (USNH) Treasurer and the knowledge of special education with graduate Financial Policies and Planning Council students at the University of KSC partnered with AVEO “Culvert Operators” David Viale and Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Corey Prescott Miles from Antioch University New England. Lara Bryant, Geography Greece. As a Fulbright Received a grant from the National Geographic Society Scholar, Merchant, a KSC Education Foundation for the project “New Hampshire Geographic Alliance” alumna (along with her mother, husband, and son),The Culvert Project salamanders, wood frogs, and spring peepers make Rodney Obien, Mason Library will teach a seminar that their way to vernal pools to breed. When weather Won funding from the National Endowment for the addresses the skills andJoining forces with the Nature Conservancy, AVEO conditions align, this migration happens during just Humanities for the project “Emergency Preparedness needs of students withtrained and coordinated more than 80 volunteer a few warm, rainy “Big Nights.” In some places, the and Response Plan and Staff Training to Preserve Special intellectual impairments. She“Culvert Operators,” including several teams of KSC amphibians’ journeys take them across busy roads, Collections and Film Archives” will also construct a framework for a curriculumstudents, who surveyed nearly 1,000 culverts and bridges where they’re run over by cars in great numbers. that secondary schoolteachers can use to preparethroughout southwest New Hampshire in 2006 and 2008 AVEO trains Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteers Shannon Mayers, Redfern Arts Center students for self-determination and the world ofto determine where fish – KSC students, Antioch Granted funding from the New England Foundation for work.passage is most affected The expectations of outside organizations students, and many local the Arts for the project “Meet the Composer – Christineby road structures. A team folks who come back year Southworth”of KSC geography seminar raise the stakes in a nonthreatening way after year, simply for the Education Chair Shirley McLoughlin will follow the Fulbright Scholars Program on a four-monthstudents conducted an for the students. joy of it all – to count Dr. James Waller, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies engagement, starting February 1, 2013, at Telavianalysis of the Black migrating amphibiansBrook culverts that was Commendation from the California State Senate at the State University in the and to safely usher them across roads at amphibian-so impressive it prompted the Nature Conservancy to Third International Conference on Genocide, Negationism, Kakheti province of Georgia. crossing hotspots. In the last five years alone, AVEO’s Revisionism, Survivors’ Testimonies, Eyewitness Accounts, A KSC alumna, McLoughlinrefine its own model for prioritizing areas for stream Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteers have crossed Justice and Memory in November, 2011 expects to teach curriculumrestoration. nearly 12,000 amphibians. In Keene, these data also led to the purchase of a parcel of conservation land – theory and development, A team of geomorphologists, fish biologists, and other Becca Berkey, CELT and Alyssa Day, Student Center previously slated for development – as an important educational leadership, andconservation scientists from Trout Unlimited, the Received funding from Campus Compact for New migratory amphibian corridor. Hampshire for the project “MLK Day of Service” methodologies for elementaryNature Conservancy, New Hampshire Fish Game, and school teachers. She hasAntioch, are now reviewing photos and data collected In the coming years, AVEO will continue its work a keen interest in the role Sharon Fantl, Redfern Arts Centerby AVEO’s culvert volunteers. When the restoration training new volunteers, collecting more data, and Accepted to participate in the Leadership Development education plays in the newlyprojects are complete, they will combine to re-open sharing it with the Keene Conservation Commission, Institute, facilitated by the Association of Performing created country as it emergesmore than 22.5 miles of upstream habitat for brook local land trusts, and other regional conservation Arts Presenters. She is one of 14 performing arts from Russian dominance. The departmenttrout and other fish species. decision-makers, giving the students’ work life beyond professionals chosen to investigate the topic of leader also intends to explore possibilities for a a shelf in a professor’s office. “Knowing and Connecting with Community” over collaboration and student exchange between KSC the course of five sessions in three cities.Salamander Crossing Brigades and Telavi State. Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory offices are now Roger Martin, CommunicationsEvery spring, as the rains drench New Hampshire, in the Carroll House on the KSC campus. Brett Amy Thelen is Won funding from the New Hampshire Humanitiesthousands of spotted salamanders, Jefferson AVEO’s Program Director. Council for the project “Adam’s Vision, Book XI, Paradise Lost”10  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  11 
  8. 8. “As a theatre person at Keene State, what I learned For Bishop, keeping teammates working together first was: collaboration is everything. The second was: means listening. “Simple skills are all it takes – even we all sit at the same table; we take a script, break it when someone’s unhappy – like including them inAll Hands down, and cast it around the table,” Bishop says. When the conversation, having everyone come together in he’s working with someone else’s vision, he’s figuring a huddle. Yes, I start the conversation as art director, out how to make it work, but I don’t want to be on bringing experience and all the skills and talents of the “As a theatre person at Keene State, a pedestal, becausedown to anyone, talking it’so n S ta g e people he knows. what I learned first was: not how this works.” He goes out of his way to At the core of his collaboration is everything.” support the team and show collaborations lie key confidence, passing along relationships – the kind that the faith executives have placed in him to get the job drive the entertainment business. Bishop hesitates at done in situations where mistakes are expensive and immodesty but knows himself well enough to say, “In failure is not an option. this business, you have to have presence, whether you have the skills or not; you must have personality. Without These days, projects rarely rattle Bishop. “You know a good personality, you won’t get in the door and you what scared me, though?” he asks. “The Super Bowl won’t survive the conversation.” – because I hadn’t done it before. And I saw it as the ultimate challenge.” He describes arriving in Indiana two But a strong sense of self is only a weeks before the event, meeting a prerequisite; skills and talent create convoy of tractor-trailers and an army the bond. “My relationships begin that would be assembling the set and with drawings,” Bishop says, “whether rehearsing at a covered stadium near they’re on coasters or napkins, whether the actual location. I’ve done them or someone else has. We share them and form opinions without “I knew what we had to do at even meeting each other.” Before halftime: roll in an entire set and long, designers, art directors, creative 500 people from outside, and we’ve directors – a whole cadre of artists and got five, six minutes to get it on the technicians are working to realize a field and assembled, a quick line single, yet evolving vision. check [electrical, audio, etc.], the performance, and then get the whole Knowing television production thing out of there.” Three months schedules to be tight, Bishop admits earlier, the team had arranged to have to thinking about logistics from the a mock stage constructed in New “The first thing everyone talks about afterwards is start. On The Voice, for example, a Jersey, where Madonna rehearsed how great it was to work with each other.” complex reality set, creative teams every day. come up with concepts that must Anthony Bishop ’94, on the job at Lucas be built within two days, demanding Oil Stadium, site of Super Bowl 2012 When the time came, Bishop relied intense logistics, communication, on his skills and the talents ofT he 111,000,000 people watching January’s Super sets since he was in eighth grade, he says he learns and cooperation among vendors. When describing professionals with whom he had worked on many other Bowl half-time show witnessed a parade of something from every production designer and art the results, though, his own voice rises to reflect the projects. Regardless of preparation, thousands of trigger- centurions, heavy-metal seraphim, men walking director with whom he works. satisfaction he derives from the process. “It’s quite a points could misfire. “That’s when you see how peopleon men, bleacher-bouncing gymnasts, tightrope dancing feat, every time, an awesome experience.” really work together,” he says. “When it goes off-plan,by a man in a toga, and Madonna’s own cheerleaders Bishop’s bachelor’s degree set him up for graduate school that’s when ultimate collaboration takes over.” But thaton a tiered stage pulsing with light like a giant pinball in theatre arts, and he had his pick, finally settling on The serial awesomeness of Bishop’s work comes from night of Super Sunday, “It was a massive movement ofmachine. Behind it all – the show’s art director, Anthony Ohio University. Making the shift from theatre – helping working with the talent around him. “The design, depth, people and equipment, like parade floats, and we wereBishop, a 1994 Keene State alumnus. out on Broadway – to television taught him to put and creativity can be fantastic,” he says, “but the first a well-oiled machine,” says one very critical cog. timetables on turbo-charge. Once a project is approved, thing everyone talks about afterwards is how great itMiniature versions of the Indianapolis extravaganza, he says, “you have to be picking those apples as fast as was to work with each other.” At Keene State’s theatre department “I was taught howtelevision shows like The Voice and Family Feud, supply you can and putting them in the right basket.” to do everything…there was no ‘this is my little corner,Bishop’s bread and butter, but in shows of any size, he Projects call for Bishop to assemble teams that range in come talk to me,’ ” Bishop says. “It taught me to embracerefers to himself as “one of many cogs in the wheel.” A quick list of skills a television art director possesses number from a tight trio to 200. He shoots Family Feud, for everything. To go after it. Not be afraid. There’s nothing includes drawing, design, lighting, carpentry, instance, in Atlanta, where a three-person team works outside my comfort zone anymore. And the depth of aWhen Bishop describes his education in theatre, he audio, budgeting, project management, and a deep with local riggers and technicians to take the set out of liberal arts degree allows me to take crazy situations andspeaks in terms of nurturing, how students were understanding of theatre arts. But those tools are useless storage and reconstruct it for three months of filming, know I can handle them. It allows me to be me, to work“nurtured by those who had experience. At Keene, it without being part of a team of co-creators. then pack it up for another year. But Hollywood award with others, and make my own decisions.”was our professors.” Even though he’s been designing shows and big events call for hundreds of hands.12  •  K e e n e State TO DAY Visit Keene State Today online: FA L L 2012  •  13