October 29th, 2009

   In this issue:

•  All Campus Budget Forum 10/30
•  President Giles-Gee: A New Century Leader
•  Bud Winsor Receives Garden Club of America Award
•  KSC Centennial Symposium: From Local to Global
•  13th Madness Packs Spaulding Gym
•  A Celebration of the Equinox: Presentation & Reception
•  Ernest Hebert at Library Centennial Celebration
•  Great Decisions Series: The Arctic
•  KSC Concert Band Performs “Rockets and Refrains”
•  Tyler Penn at World Paralympic Games
•  United Way Campaign: Step Right Up!
•  New Voices: Royal Salvation Strategies in Medieval Cyprus
•  IT Tech Tips: October Security Awareness Month
•  Professional Activities

All Campus Budget Forum 10/30

Keene State’s fourth All-Campus Budget Forum will be held on Friday, October 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Redfern Alumni Recital Hall. At this gathering, President Giles-Gee will share information about the ongoing budget challenge, and the provost and vice presidents will join her in answering questions from the campus community.

President Giles-Gee: A New Century Leader

New Hampshire Magazine included President Giles-Gee on the 2009 “IT” list in the November 2009 issue. Each year the magazine creates a guest list for the “ultimate dinner party in the Granite State – an annual who’s who of the most fascinating and happening people in New Hampshire.” Calling Giles-Gee a “New Century Leader,” they write:
Dr. Helen Giles-Gee has presided over a wide range of activities since becoming president of Keene state College in 2005, including this year’s celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary. Courses have been revised and curricula transformed to ensure students acquire both the academic and technical skills graduates should have. The school has been endowed with two new academic chairs and has increased ties with area businesses and communities. “I think this puts us in position for the next 100 years to be an even better partner, not just with the Monadnock Region but with the state,” says the president.

Bud Winsor Receives Garden Club of America Award
Bud Winsor and Sally Brown, President of the Monadnock Garden Club (courtesy photo)

Bud Winsor and Sally Brown, President of the Monadnock Garden Club (courtesy photo)

Bud Winsor (Physical Plant) received the Garden Club of America’s prestigious Club Civic Improvement Commendation at the annual meeting of the Monadnock Garden Club on October 21. He was recognized for more than 30 years of experience as a horticultural professional in the Keene area and for his excellent contributions to the City of Keene as assistant director of the Physical Plant at Keene State College for the past 16 years.
The Keene State campus is open to the public and is a horticultural destination, attracting people from the region who regularly visit and stroll through the KSC Arboretum. Winsor helped create the KSC Arboretum brochure (available as guides for visitors to the campus), which documents the biodiversity of campus plants. He conducts field tours for grade-school students and has travelled with his staff to give a presentation titled “Creating a Sense of Place.”  
Winsor was also cited for professional development of his staff. Each of the 13 college employees he supervises is assigned a particular zone on the 180-acre campus, and he emphasizes continuing education for his staff. He also supervises many part-time KSC students, helping them to appreciate landscaping and design as both an art and a science.

KSC Centennial Symposium: From Local to Global

Keene State College’s Sixth Biennial World Affairs Symposium, “From Local to Global,” will explore issues related to globalization through a series of speakers, forums, and films offered on campus and in Keene from Wednesday, November 4, through Friday, November 6. All events are free and open to the public. (For a complete schedule and description of speakers and events, please visit the Symposium web page.)

Artists, educators, scholars, planners, and community leaders will gather to explore the impact of “the global” on local cultures, environments, economies, and identities. The symposium events are organized around the following set of questions:

  • How do perceptions of the global shape discourses of the local?
  • When do localized discourses and cultural practices determine limits and definitions of global?
  • Where do these concerns direct communication between people, especially within the praxis of teaching and learning?
  • When does local knowledge become globalized?
  • How can global information be localized?

Three keynote speakers:

Judy Wicks, a pioneering voice in the local economy movement for over 30 years, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Local Living Economies: Green, Fair, and Fun,” on Wednesday, November 4, at 8 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center).

Tina Mai Chen will present “Film as Friendship: China’s Cultural Diplomacy in the Cold War” on Thursday, November 5, at 7 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center).

Peter McLaren will present “Public Pedagogy in Dangerous Times,” on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. (Mabel Brown Room, Student Center).

Global/Local Film Festival:

Visit the film festival page for a list of films, keynote speakers, film panel, and detailed information about each film (click the film title). All films will be shown in the Drenan Auditorium on the third floor of Parker Hall.

KSC over Time:

How is Keene State College tied to events on the local, national, and global scale? Check out the wall-sized poster that will be on display in the Student Center Atrium throughout the Symposium to find out.

Judy Wicks, Tina Mai Chen and Peter McLaren

Judy Wicks, Tina Mai Chen and Peter McLaren

For more information, contact Kim Schmidl­Gagne at kgagne@keene.edu or 8­2768.

13th Madness Packs Spaulding Gym

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: The lucky 13th edition of Midnight Madness was celebrated at Spaulding Gym on Friday, October 23. Night Owls who came out for the festivities were treated to a great night of fun and entertainment. The cheerleaders’ cheers brought everyone to their feet, the dancers danced the night away, and students contested for valuable prizes. While the season might be a few weeks away, the introduction of Owl players was greeted with a large roar that could be heard all the way up in Plymouth!

KSC students at Midnight Madness (courtesy photo)

KSC students at Midnight Madness (courtesy photo)

A Celebration of the Equinox: Presentation & Reception

From Rose Kundanis, Journalism: As part of the Keene State College Centennial, the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Philosophy has sponsored an historic timeline of the almost 100 years of student newspapers at KSC. Professors Julio Delsesto and Rose Kundanis will present this timeline on Friday, November 6, at 4 p.m. in the Media Arts Center Atrium. You are invited to share with us as we celebrate the Equinox and earlier versions of the KSC student newspaper. For more information, contact Rose Kundanis, 8-2404 or rkundani@keene.edu

Ernest Hebert at Library Centennial Celebration

Ernest Hebert ‘69 (photo by Medora Hebert)

Ernest Hebert ‘69 (photo by Medora Hebert)

From Cheryl Spangler, Mason Library: Please join us on Saturday, November 7, for an afternoon of Centennial celebration in the Library, which will include tours of our wonderful facility and a talk by Ernest Hebert, “Keepers of the Flame.”

Hebert, a 1969 graduate of Keene State, was a Writer in Residence here from 1984-86, and is a 2002 honorary degree recipient. He’s the author of ten books, including eight novels, and was named Fiction Writer of the Year by the New England Independent Booksellers Association in 2006. He’s also Creative Writing Director and a professor of English at Dartmouth College. Tours start at 1:30 p.m., meeting in the Mason Library lobby. The talk starts at 2 p.m. in the Marion Wood Reading Area, Mason Library. For more information, contact Cheryl Spangler, 8-2723 or cspangle@keene.edu.

Great Decisions Series: The Arctic

From Heather Jasmin, Continuing Education: This fall the Office of Continuing Education is sponsoring “Great Decisions,” a series discussions of global issues. A 45-minute lecture on a topic of global interest is followed by moderated discussion; all lectures are free and open to the public. A nationwide forum of the Foreign Policy Association (FPA), “Great Decisions” is part of the longest-running civic education program in the United States devoted to foreign affairs.

Renate Gebauer (Environmental Studies) will moderate “The Arctic” on Thursday, November 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
in Rhodes N210. Attendees are encouraged to buy the Great Decisions 2009 publication ($18, available at the KSC Bookstore). Please RSVP Continuing Education, 8-2290 or continuing-ed@keene.edu.

KSC Concert Band Performs “Rockets and Refrains”

From Connie Lester, Redfern: The KSC Concert Band will perform “Rockets and Refrains” on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center.

A transcription of Franz Joseph Haydn’s St. Anthony Divertimento will be performed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Austrian’s passing, and this composer’s enduring influence on the world will be marked by the performance of Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn by Norman Dello Joio. Lucien Caillet’s transcription of the “Aria: The Song of Our Country” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 by Heitor Villa-Lobos also will be performed.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Villa-Lobos, often described as the best-known and most significant Latin American composer to date. KSC music education major and assistant conductor Lori Kjellander will conduct two works: Roland Barrett’s Firefall and Four Dance Episodes for Band, a 2004 composition by Gary Gilroy.

Trumpeter Nathan Shower of Merrimack, N.H., will be the featured soloist on the Prayer of St. Gregory, composed by Alan Hovhaness. Tickets are available through the box office at 8-2168 or online.

Tyler Penn at World Paralympic Games

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information: Just over 1,250 freshmen enrolled at Keene State College this fall, and many of these students brought to campus a special athletic talent that provides them the unique opportunity to play varsity sports.

Tyler Penn will never play soccer on the Keene State men’s soccer team, but few will argue that the freshman from Manchester, N.H., doesn’t possess a varsity player’s drive and determination to excel in the sport. Born with cerebral palsy, a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movements and muscle coordination, Tyler subscribes to the theory that he can do anything he sets his mind on doing.

Penn is currently fulfilling one of his goals as a member of the U.S. Paralympic soccer team. He is spending two weeks playing at the World Paralympic Games in Amsterdam (read more here).

United Way Campaign: Step Right Up!

From Francis Brush, Bookstore: This year’s United Way fund-raising campaign kicked off on October 29 with remarks by President Giles-Gee in the Lantern Room of the Student Center.

This year’s campaign theme is “Step Right Up!” Imagine a barker at the circus imploring people strolling down the midway to “Step Right Up!” and partner with the 49 human service agencies that depend on the United Way for support. In the words of Margaret Meade, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” For more information, contact Francis Brush, 8-2652.

New Voices: Royal Salvation Strategies in Medieval Cyprus

From Nona Fienberg, Arts and Humanities: The “New Voices, New Visions” series features the voices of faculty members who have joined the Keene State College community in the past several years and the visions of faculty members exploring new and exciting areas of study.

On Tuesday, November 3, Dr. Stephen Lucey, Assistant Professor of Art History, will present “Til Death Do Us Part: Royal Salvation Strategies in Late Medieval Cyprus,” at 4:30 in Morrison Lecture Hall. Dr. Lucey will present his research on a 15th-century chapel in Pyrga, Cyprus, and discuss the elaborate decorative program in light of the chapel’s intended memorial function and the ambitions of its founder, Janus de Lusignan, one of the last crusader kings.

IT Tech Tips: October Security Awareness Month

From IT Group: In the spirit of October Security Awareness Month, the IT Group would like to remind campus how to identify a phishing email.
Here is a message received on campus just last week. Is it phishing or is it real?

—–Original Message—–
From: motoxrox@clear.net.nz [mailto:motoxrox@clear.net.nz] On Behalf Of abuse@keene.edu
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:42 PM
To: email@keene.edu
Subject: keene.edu Report
keene.edu Report

Your email account has been reported for numerous spam activities from a foreign ip recently. As a result, keene.edu has received advice to suspend your account. However, you might not be the one promoting this Spam, as your email account might have been compromised. To protect your account from sending spam mails, you are to confirm your true ownership of this account by providing your Username (*******) and Password (*******) as a reply to this message. On receipt of the requested information, the keene.edu email support shall block your account from spam. Failure to do this will violate the keene.edu email terms & conditions. This will render your account inactive.  NOTE: You will be send a password reset message in next seven (7) working days after undergoing this process for security reasons.
Keene State College – Webmail Access (Powered By gmail).

This is absolutely phishing. In the past year, our educational campaign regarding phishing focused on how to tell a phishing attempt from a legitimate email. Here is a quick list of things to remember or look for:

  • No legitimate institution, including KSC and the KSC IT Group HelpDesk, will ever ask you for personal information through email. There are no exceptions to this. Period!
  • IT Group HelpDesk email will be addressed to the GAL, a specific group (i.e. teaching faculty), or you personally. It will be familiar to you.
  • We will provide you the reason behind our communication (routine maintenance, infrastructure upgrade, etc.).
  • We always provide our contact information (including phone number, email address, and buildinglocation).
  • We always tell you to contact the HelpDesk if you have any questions or concerns.

This format should be familiar to you. When this email was received after business hours last week, a very mature and responsible HelpDesk Student Technician understood how some faculty/staff might respond to it, given the specific use of keene.edu in the message. She made an urgent decision to send out a brief communication, and, while it did not include everything in our standard communication template, you recognized our message as legitimate, and the majority of you did not respond to the phishing attempt. Kudos to our student technician and kudos to you!

It is important to stay vigilant about phishing attempts both here on campus and at home. Learn to recognize the signs, and, above all, if they are asking for personal information, it is a phishing attempt!

For more information, please visit the IT Group Security website.

Professional Activities

Sander Lee (Philosophy) contributed an essay, “Hare Meets Hare: Donald and Bugs Fight Hitler,” to the current issue of the journal ArtUS.

George Loring, (Music) recently performed chamber music concerts in Boston, Mass., and Burlington, Vt., with colleagues Thomas Gregg (tenor) and Alan Parshley (French horn). The group is known collectively as the Tri-State Trio. The program included music by Berlioz, Britten, Delius, Debussy, Donizetti, Honneger, Koechlin, Lachner, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann, among others.