Students in the News

Brenna Desborough of Amherst Contributes to Children’s Book

      ALLENTOWN, PA - A group of students from Cedar Crest College under the supervision and support of Dr. Ivonne Miranda, assistant professor of education, and Jill Odegaard, professor of art and department chair, are the authors and illustrators of a personal narrative children’s book. The writing and illustrations capture the diversity of experiences that exists among students. These books will be donated to a collaborating school and used as mentor texts by teachers and students. Brenna Desborough of Amherst was one of the contributing students.

Local Assumption Students Inducted into Sociology International Honor Society

      WORCESTER, MA -The Assumption Department of Sociology & Criminology has announced that 16 students have become a members of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society in sociology. Local students include: 

      John Mastergeorge of Amherst 

      “Induction into Assumption’s chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa recognizes students’ commitment to their academic pursuits and making contributions to the field of sociology,” said Angela Kaufman-Parks, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of sociology and criminology. “We are pleased to honor these students and we look forward to witnessing how they will reflect the Society’s purpose ‘to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.’”    

Tara LePage of Amherst Named to Assumption’s Rowing Team

      WORCESTER, MA - The Assumption Department of Athletics has announced that Tara LePage, of Amherst, has been named to the 2021 Rowing team. The team is slated to participate in three competitions in April.

“At Assumption University, our student-athletes are committed first to academic excellence and then to their sport,” said Head Rowing Coach Aline Gumula. “Our team is a strong group of competitors who work tirelessly, both in their sport and in the classroom, to achieve their goals. They are focused on building upon the foundation of talent, leadership, and academic and athletic excellence in competing among the elite athletes in our fellow Northeast-10 schools.”

      Assumption announced the full return to competition March 11 for all spring sports programs with a number of safety protocols, including COVID-19 testing for student-athletes. Resuming participation in NE10 competition is contingent upon student-athletes’ compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place by Assumption and NE10 Conference.

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SHS Music Department Announces Spring Concert

      AMHERST – The SHS Music Department will proudly present our Spring Concert in the Park on Wednesday May 26th at 6:00pm. The concert will feature music from SHS Jazz, Concert Band and Choirs. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside behind the SHS Annex. So, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy the show. The concert is free and open to the public. All COVID safety protocols will be in place and concert goers should distance by family. 


** Unfortunately, there is no rain date scheduled for this concert. ** 

Keene State Theatre and Dance Presents Re[Member]: An Evening of Dance May 6-8

      KEENE – The Keene State College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Re[Member]: An Evening of Dance on Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8, 2021 in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center. Evening of Dance is an annual tradition that heralds the spring season. This showcase of original dance work by students, faculty, and guest artists communicates and inspires through a breadth of styles in contemporary modern dance. ​      Directed by Cynthia McLaughlin, Keene State Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance, Re[member]: An Evening of Dance asks us to examine what this current moment is asking us to assemble and to deconstruct. What in our bodies, our lives, our communities needs to be remembered or dismembered? What have we forgotten? The concert will feature six new dance pieces to include works created by KSC faculty members and choreographers Cynthia McLaughlin and Sarah Lass, KSC senior

students Grace Lonergan, Lindsay Gibbons, and Samantha Witham, and a site-based piece by guest artist/ choreographer Ellen Oliver. The evening program features performances by seventeen KSC dancers.

      Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Redfern Arts Center’s Main Theatre, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee scheduled for Saturday, May 8. Tickets are available starting on April 22. Tickets are free and in-person seats are offered only to the Keene State College Community. At Keene State, a current COVID-19 testing wristband is required for entry into the building, and masks are required at all times. Reserved seating only; all patrons will be seated alone. The general public can access the performances as a free Livestream performance. Tickets will be available on March 16. Call the Redfern Box Office, 603-358-2168 or order online at

The University System of New Hampshire Announces Third Consecutive Tuition Freeze for In-State Students

      CONCORD, N.H.—Recognizing the financial challenges faced by many Granite State families due to the pandemic, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) will freeze tuition for in-state students for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is the third straight year USNH has kept tuition the same for New Hampshire residents.

“Ensuring that public higher education is accessible and affordable for students is a top priority for our institutions as we continue working to serve New Hampshire and to make our colleges and universities the first choice for New Hampshire students,” said Cathy Provencher, USNH Vice Chancellor. “This has been an incredibly challenging year in so many ways, and we continue to work to lessen the financial burden on our students and their families, many of whom have suffered job losses, business closures and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”      Provencher noted that the ability to freeze in-state tuition for a third year was made possible due to the support of the New Hampshire congressional delegation, our Governor and state legislators. “In the face of financial losses and unanticipated COVID-related expenses for the University System of New Hampshire, this tuition freeze would likely not have happened without their support,” added Provencher.

      USNH institutions have also committed to providing significant increases in financial aid to students, reducing the overall cost of attendance. Since fall 2016, aid to USNH students has increased from $119M to $161M per year. Granite State College, USNH’s adult serving college with courses primarily delivered online, is recognized as the most affordable bachelor’s degree in New Hampshire.

The University of New Hampshire campuses in Durham and Manchester, Plymouth State University, and Keene State College continue to offer the groundbreaking financial aid program, Granite Guarantee, which makes college affordable for more than 2000 Granite Staters by covering the full cost of in-state tuition for all who qualify. First year through senior year students, along with Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) graduates who transfer to USNH institutions, benefit from the Granite Guarantee. For more information about the Granite Guarantee, please visit:


MAY 2021