October 14th, 2010

   In this issue:


•  United Way off to a Great Start
•  Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera Comes to the Thorne
•  CELT Open Labs
•  Coming to the Redfern: “Art,” Music Department Events, Backstage Tours, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Passwords are like Underwear
•  Bonus Tech Tip of the Week: Is it Phishing or is it Real?
•  Help Wanted
•  Where’d I see that?
•  Keene State Image of the Week

United Way off to a Great Start

The United Way campaign kicks off. Photo by Amanda Warman

The United Way campaign kicks off. Photo by Amanda Warman


From the United Way committee:

As of Oct. 13, the KSC United Way committee reports that Keene State has achieved 12 percent participation from faculty and staff, with $15,486 pledged so far to help support 50 nonprofit agencies in the Monadnock region. Thank you to everyone who has returned pledge forms. Remember, it can be as easy as $2 a week through payroll deduction.

If you have lost track of your pledge form, give Melissa Laughner a call at 8-2865 and she will happily send you a replacement. Our goal for 2010 is 30 percent participation and $30,000, so we are well on our way. Please return your pledge forms to Melissa at MS 1603. For those who are able to give at the Leadership level ($500 or more per year), please return your forms to Karen House, also at MS 1603. Thank you for your generosity – every gift truly makes a difference, and the money goes right to work here in the Monadnock region.

All staff and faculty are invited to enjoy coffee and pastries on Friday in the Atrium Conference Room in the Student Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m., and to participate in the raffle for prizes, fame, and fortune (or at least, prizes).

Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera Comes to the Thorne

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery:

The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery opens a photography exhibit that examines African-American history and culture while preparing to close an Art of Africa exhibit. “Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera” opens Saturday, October 23, and continues through Sunday, December 12. “Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins,” which depicts how life and art come together in African culture, closes Sunday, October 31.

Two Keene State College art faculty members will speak about each exhibit at an opening/closing reception, hosted by the Friends of the Thorne, on Friday, October 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery. Stephen Lucey, who teaches art history at Keene State College, will talk about the “Art of Africa” exhibit and Jonathan Gitelson, who teaches photography at KSC, will speak about the “Double Exposure” show.

Hank Willis Thomas, a photographer whose work is in “Double Exposure,” will speak and show slides of his photographs that deal with the language of advertising on Tuesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Young Student Center on the KSC campus. This lecture is sponsored by the Thorne Gallery and the KSC Office for Diversity and Multiculturalism.

“Double Exposure” explores the African-American cultural experience through photographic works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and includes photographs, albums, cased images, and contemporary artwork that incorporate vintage photographic imagery. Photographic techniques include daguerreotypes, tintypes, cartes de visites, traditional silver prints, Polaroids, digital prints, and photographs printed on linen, wood, and felt.

The exhibit, organized by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, features the work of early known and unknown photographers, who pushed the boundaries of the medium to represent a black world of hope and dignity.

Also showing at the Thorne is the complementary “Art of Africa” exhibit, which presents sculpture, textiles, beaded clothing, and jewelry showing the creativity and diversity of artistic expression of nearly 30 cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Accompanied by a video on African masks and dance, the exhibition illustrates the broader cultural context in which these art forms were created and used.

The gallery’s new hours are Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. It will be closed November 11 for Veterans Day and November 24–28 for Thanksgiving break. The exhibits, reception, and lecture are free and open to the public.

For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit www.keene.edu/tsag.

CELT Open Labs

From Jenny Darrow, Academic Technology:

Based on feedback from faculty attending workshops and other events, Academic Technology will be offering 6 Open Lab hours during the month of October. The Open Lab sessions are designed to help faculty navigate a new (or “old”) technology, to talk through an idea with a member of the AT staff, or to simply work with the knowledge that support is nearby to offer assistance. Please drop in to Huntress 012 during the hours listed below:

3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays: 10/19, 10/26
10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays: 10/20, 10/27

We understand that these hours may not be ideal for many of our faculty, so please know that we’re working hard to find other times during the week when we can offer similar open office hour sessions for Blackboard support. Additionally, if you have any problems please do not hesitate to e-mail blackboard@keene.edu if you have any questions, or if you would like to set up an appointment with one of our support team.

Coming to the Redfern: “Art,” Music Department Events, Backstage Tours, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

Keene State Theatre will present Art, an award-winning comedy by French playwright Yazmina Reza, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, October 19 to 23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 23, in the Wright Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and youth age 17 or younger, and $6 for KSC students. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Art’s title reflects its storyline, which follows the cataclysmic effect on three friends’ relationship when one of them buys an expensive abstract artwork.

From Barbara Hamel, Music Department:

The Keene State College Music Department is proud to present a faculty and guest artist recital, Friday, October 22, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. The recital will feature contemporary music by José Lezcano, Heather Gilligan, and Máximo Diego Pujol.

Boston-based harpist Franciszka Huhn returns to the Alumni Recital Hall stage to join faculty guitarist José Lezcano in a rare performance of Pujol’s Suite Mágica, which weaves together innovative interpretations of the waltz, tango, and the Argentinian condombé.

The recital also features solo guitar music by Lezcano, as well as Gilligan’s Winged Reflections, a recently-completed work commissioned by the New Hampshire chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. Joining Heather Gilligan on her new work will be faculty artists Sandra Howard (mezzo-soprano) and Craig Sylvern.
Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, or call the box office at 603-358-2168. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact the KSC Music Department at 603-358-2177 or music@keene.edu prior to the recital.

Also from Barbara:

The Keene State College Music Department is proud to present a recital of music by Amy Beach on Sunday, October 24, at 3 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.The performance will feature Virginia Eskin, a Boston-based pianist and music scholar who regularly collaborates with Keene State faculty and students on programs devoted to the music of women composers. Ms. Eskin will be joined by KSC Music faculty Diane Cushing, Pamela Stevens, Sandra Howard, and Elaine Broad Ginsberg, as well as students from Keene State’s Music Department.

Born in Henniker, NH, Amy Beach (1867-1944) is universally recognized as a pioneer in the field of music composition, having earned the distinction of being the first American woman to receive international recognition for her music compositions. This innovative recital program is a musical journey, taking listeners from Beach’s youth in Henniker, where she was a child prodigy as a pianist and composer, through her adulthood in Boston as a leading composer, recitalist, and patron of the arts. Beach’s music fully embraces the rich harmonies and style of late Romanticism, as demonstrated by her many fine songs, piano works, chamber music, and orchestral music.

A California native and long-time Boston resident, Virginia Eskin is an extremely versatile solo pianist, chamber player and lecturer, known for both standard classical repertoire and ragtime, and a long-time champion of the works of American and European women composers. She is a frequent guest soloist of orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the United States, has made numerous critically-acclaimed recordings, and has concertized in many renowned concert halls, universities, and museums in the US and Europe. In 1994, she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Keene State, recognizing her for lifetime achievement in promoting and performing the music of women composers around the world. She currently holds the position of Visiting Artist at Northeastern University.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, or call the box office at 603-358-2168. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact the KSC Music Department at 603-358-2177 or music@keene.edu prior to the recital.

From AJ Fox, Redfern Arts Center:

Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center will offer audiences an inside view of The Aquila Theatre Company’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during two backstage tours on Monday, October 25, at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the backstage tours are $3 for the general public, or free for Redfern members.

These backstage tours offer participants the opportunity to get a firsthand perspective on the intricacies involved in presenting a live performance. Technical staff and students will demonstrate their work with lighting, set design, and other components of technical production. Each tour will last approximately one hour.

The Aquila Theatre Company’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place the following day, Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre.

For more information about backstage tours and other programs, contact the Redfern Arts Center box office, 603-358-2168, or online at www.keene.edu/racbp, where you can also view many video clips from the season’s Visiting Artists repertoire.

Tech Tip of the Week: Passwords are like Underwear

From the IT Group:

October IT Security Awareness:

Passwords are like underwear…Change yours often.
Passwords are like underwear…Don’t share them with friends.
Passwords are like underwear…The longer, the better.
Passwords are like underwear…Be mysterious.
Passwords are like underwear…Don’t leave yours lying around.

Brought to you by your security friends in the IT Group and with permission from our friends at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor.

For more information regarding this and other security tips, visit our security website or stop by the HelpDesk on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall, call 358-2532 or e-mail helpdesk@keene.edu.

Bonus Tech Tip of the Week: Is it Phishing or is it Real?

From the IT Group:

In the spirit of October Security Awareness Month, the IT Group would like to continue to reinforce how you can identify a phishing email.

—–Original Message—–

From: motoxrox@clear.net.nz [mailto:motoxrox@clear.net.nz] On Behalf Of abuse@keene.edu
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2010 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.

Just remember, the IT Group has a communication template to follow for all of our communications to campus. Here is a quick list of things to look for and remember:

  1. No legitimate institution, including KSC and the KSC IT Group HelpDesk, will ever ask you for personal information through e-mail. There are no exceptions to this. Period!
  2. 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.
  3. We will provide you the reason behind our communication (routine maintenance, infrastructure upgrade, etc.)
  4. We always provide our contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, and building location)
  5. We always tell you to contact the HelpDesk if you have any questions or concerns.

This format should be familiar to you.

It is important to stay vigilant of 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 or feel free to visit the HelpDesk on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall, e-mail helpdesk@keene.edu or call 358-2532.

Help Wanted

You’ll get to work with people you like if you get people you like to come work here. Who do you know who might make a good addition to the Keene State family?
Here are just a few of the openings on the HR site:

Where’d I see that?

As you may remember from last month, in this crossover feature with Newsline, we post a photo. You tell us where it is.
What’s your guess?
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Keene State Image of the Week
The owl finds one of the newest members of the KSC family. Photo by Heather McGreer

The owl finds one of the newest members of the KSC family. Photo by Heather McGreer

Photo, as usual, borrowed from the Keene State Candid Campus gallery. Did we catch you?