“Before I came to Keene I was an OK student, but the College helped me realize I need to take responsibility for what I learn and how I apply it. I’ve become a much more focused student.”– Beth Neuhardt
Keene State is rich with new facilities and remarkable people to help inspire the life of the mind. (And the food is good, too.)
The Science Center
Completed in 2004, demonstrates KSC commitment to the dramatic new ways that science is practiced, demonstrated, and learned. Its high-tech resources are housed in a variety of spaces for group work and inquiry-based learning, with new labs for physiological ecology, molecular biology, analytical geochemistry, and environmental chemistry, along with a greenhouse, weather station, and other facilities. An open-air courtyard replicates geological and biological landscapes of New England. Key to the success of the new building are Keene State’s extraordinary science faculty and their students.
Keene State students use technology to complete course work, access class lectures and syllabi, do research, perform student services and administrative transactions, and communicate. All students are provided with an e-mail account, HelpDesk support, LAN/WAN and Internet access, access to computing labs on campus, and My, the student portal that helps them track which courses they need to take for their degree and how many credits they’ve accumulated. All residence facilities are wired for Internet connection; about 92 percent of residential students own a PC.
the Mason Library is the Grand Central Station of learning, offering an enormous collection of books, periodicals, CDs, videos, DVDs, and online databases that provide access to journals and newspapers beyond those available on the web. The library, which has wireless web access throughout the building, also houses the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, the Orang Asli Archives, the Curriculum Materials Library, a media room, spacious areas with skylights or floor-to-ceiling windows, and big chairs for reading.
Media Arts Center
KSC recently renovated a campus building to create a Media Arts Center at the heart of the campus. The departments of journalism, film studies, communication, and graphic design share state-of-the-art technology, broadcast facilities, and studios.
The Zorn Dining Commons
Opened in November 2005, seats 900 students. Fully air-conditioned and surrounded by natural light, the two-story building offers dozens of menu choices daily and has become a favorite gathering spot for students, faculty, and staff.
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
One of the nation’s oldest Holocaust Resource Centers, founded in 1982. It houses a collection of books, films, and other media, and offers lectures, discussions, workshops, and other educational opportunities for Keene State students, teachers from around the world, and the community.
Redfern Arts Center
Keene State College is a regional center for the performing and visual arts. In the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond are four theatres, eight art studios, a modern dance studio, band and choral rehearsal rooms, practice modules, scenery and costume shops, an electronic music studio, a photographic darkroom, a printmaking studio, and a reception and lobby area. It’s one of the busiest facilities on campus – day and night.
Thorne Art Gallery
The Thorne Art Gallery features two skylit halls providing exhibition space for works of regional, national, and international significance – including an annual show of art by Keene State students. The gallery regularly includes works and exhibits by artists from diverse backgrounds.
The Film Studies Library
The Film Studies Library provides film majors with a vast collection of 16mm film prints, DVDs, VHS tapes, laser-discs, film scripts, production and critical-studies journals and texts, and an extensive film and video production facility, including postproduction DVD authoring tools.
Putnam Arts Lecture Hall
At the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall, the KSC Film Society runs a year-round, weekly film series. Putnam is equipped with 70mm projection capacity and Dolby digital sound.
Language Learning Center
The Language Learning Center has learner-centered workstations that enable students to access global resources and prepare for study abroad through an interactive immersion experience.
KSC Child Development Center
The KSC Child Development Center provides childcare for the families of many students, faculty, and staff – and real-world experiences for students working to become teachers.
The Small Business Institutes
The Small Business Institute supports management students working in teams as consultants to local businesses.
Keene State College Arboretum
Our arboretum is a diverse laboratory of plant specimens for botanists and horticulturists. The rest of us just enjoy the beauty of the flowers and trees.