August 20th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  Beam Signed by KSC Community Placed in the New Alumni Center
•  Academic Year Begins on Monday
•  Owl Soccer Women Return from Europe
•  Join the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future
•  Join the Alumni Homecoming “Renovation” Team
•  IT Tech Tip of the Week
•  Banner Finance Training
•  Opening Week Recreation Center Hours
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Campus News Returns to Academic Year Schedule

Beam Signed by KSC Community Placed in the New Alumni Center

Construction on the new Alumni Center at Keene State is on schedule, in spite of the extended rains and recent heat this summer. You can follow the progress – and check out the metal beam signed by more than 700 alumni, staff, and faculty at the Centennial Grand Reunion – buy visiting our photo journal.

Patty Farmer, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, reports that she anticipates moving in to the building early next May, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reunion 2010, June 4, 5, and 6. More about the Alumni Center and the programs it will support is at this site.

Academic Year Begins on Monday

Keene State’s traditional opening of the academic year will begin on Monday, August 24, with coffee and pastries in the atrium of the Student Center at 10 a.m. President Giles-Gee’s opening address will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Mabel Brown Room. An all-campus luncheon will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Zorn Dining Commons, followed by a panel discussion with principal administrators in the Mabel Brown Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This year, moving new-student orientation from June to August 26-30 has created a new opening week schedule:

Move-in Day: Wednesday, August 26
The dress code in all offices will be business casual.

First-year students will move into their residence halls on Wednesday, August 26, and we also have Parent-Family orientation then. A section of Winchester Street (between Ralston and Main streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the following parking lots will be closed to facilitate the move-in process:

Hale lot
Randall/Blake lot
Fiske lot
Madison/Holloway lot
Owl’s Nest lot

If you will not need your vehicle until the end of the business day, please consider parking at the Owl Athletic Complex. You can walk to campus via the Martel Court footbridges or ride a shuttle, available between 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Carroll/Proctor lot (limited), Science lot, Student Center F/S lot, Student Center Commuter lot, Spaulding lot, Art Center lot, and Elliot lot will remain open to all faculty and staff.

Move-in Volunteers:
If you would like to help students and their families empty cars (volunteers will no longer carry student belongings to the residence hall rooms), please email Jim Carley, associate director of Residential Life (8-2337). Move-in will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through approximately 4 p.m.

New Student Convocation: Thursday, August 27
The rescheduled orientation has given the College the opportunity to hold the New Student Convocation during the week, on Thursday, August 27, when everyone on campus can attend. The convocation will begin with a clap-in along Appian Way at 9:15 a.m., and the ceremony will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Spaulding Gym. The College will be awarding an honorary degree to Dr. Susan Lynch for her work on behalf of New Hampshire children. Dr. Lynch’s work focuses on childhood obesity, preventive health care for children, and literacy. President Giles-Gee has asked that offices be closed during this time if possible, and that all faculty and staff participate in the clap-in and convocation. See the full opening week schedule here.

Owl Soccer Women Return from Europe
The Keene State women’s soccer team returned from a nine-day trip to Spain and France this week. While there, they practiced and played three games against club teams (courtesy photo).

The Keene State women’s soccer team returned from a nine-day trip to Spain and France this week. While there, they practiced and played three games against club teams (courtesy photo).

Join the President’s Council for a Sustainable Future

From Mary Jensen, Recycling and Sustainability: Work with fun and interesting people from across Keene State on campus-related sustainability issues. Carbon neutral planning, energy and resource use, food, water, student engagement, and alternative transportation are just a few of the projects for the upcoming year. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 11; apply online.

Join the Alumni Homecoming “Renovation” Team

From Patty Farmer, Alumni and Parent Relations: Great news: KSC’s annual Alumni Homecoming event is getting a well-deserved makeover! Unfortunately, we will have to suspend the event for 2009 during our “renovation” period.

IT Tech Tip of the Week

From the IT Group: The calendar feature, which displays your busy or free time in Microsoft Outlook, is set for two months. This means that information beyond two months appears as “no information is available,” and a bar with diagonal lines. A simple solution to this problem is to expand the number of months others can view from two to six! If you expand your calendar availability, and everyone else expands theirs, scheduling project meetings or making appointments will be whole lot easier.

To do this, open Microsoft Outlook, click on “Tools,” and open “Options.” In the “Calendar” area, choose “Calendar options,” and under “Advanced” options, select “Free/busy options.” In the “Options” area, change the default from “Publish 2 months” to “Publish 6 months of calendar free/busy information on the server.” Click “OK” and continue clicking “OK” through each subsequent screen.

That’s it, you’re done! Visit our web page to see this tip and other helpful information. If you have any questions about this or any other technology issue, please feel free to contact the HelpDesk at 8-2532, email us, or stop by our office on the second floor of Elliot Hall.

Banner Finance Training

Banner Finance training will begin on Tuesday, September 15, for the fall semester. All classes are in Rhodes CE Lab unless otherwise indicated. You can view the entire schedule and self register on the web. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sue Freitas at 8-2478.

Opening Week Recreation Center Hours

From Recreational Sports: Opening week hours for the Recreation Center will be:

Monday-Tuesday (8/24-8/25): 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (summer pool hours)

Wednesday (8/26): CLOSED (Freshman Move-in Day and staff training; locker rooms will be available for general use.)

Thursday and Friday (8/27-8/28): 6 a.m.-5 p.m. (no pool hours)

Saturday (8/29): 1-6 p.m. (no pool hours)

Sunday (8/30): 1-11 p.m. (pool hours 5-8 p.m.)

Student IDs & membership cards are required to access the Recreation Center.
Regular facility and pool hours begin on Monday, August 31. Check the Recreational Sports webpage for facility hours and other information about the program.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources: Please be sure to welcome the following newly hired staff members: Brian Quigley, Counseling Center director, and Sara Telfer, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations. Michele Kuiawa, Student Financial Services, has transferred to the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, where she is senior program support assistant.

Campus News Returns to Academic Year Schedule

With this issue Campus News returns to a weekly publication schedule. Deadlines will continue to be noon on Monday before the next Thursday’s issue.