February 24th, 2011

   In this issue:

•  New Leadership at RCAM
•  Christopher O’Riley to Perform at the Redfern
•  Women’s Rugby to Play for World Record — and a Cause
•  Office 2007/2008 “Save As” Change
•  Help Wanted
•  Keene State Image of the Week

New Leadership at RCAM

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Keene State College (RCAM) has announced the appointment of Norm Fisk as Executive Director. The appointment was made after a comprehensive search and marks an important step forward for the Center.

Launched in February 2010, RCAM is a partnership between Keene State, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, the Keene School District and River Valley Community College. The Center’s mission is to link business and education resources to establish and support a supply chain of highly trained professionals for a new generation of precision manufacturing jobs.

Norm brings more than twenty years’ experience in a wide array of manufacturing and engineering enterprises throughout New England to the job, and has taught at Keene State for more than fifteen years as an adjunct instructor.

For more about Norm and RCAM, visit the keene.edu news site.

Christopher O’Riley to Perform at the Redfern

From AJ Fox, Redfern:

Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center presents the accomplished pianist Christopher O’Riley, performing a program titled Out of My Hands on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the performer.

Audiences are also invited to come early and meet O’Riley before the show, at 6:30. These Meet-and-Greets with the artists are hosted by the Redfern and its staff; light refreshments will be served.

O’Riley is famous for bridging the gap between traditional and modern tastes, incorporating influences as recent as Radiohead, Nick Drake, and Elliot Smith into classics by Ravel, Scriabin, Shostakovich and others.

Tickets and information are available at the Redfern box office, 603-358-2168, or online, where you can also view many video clips from the season’s Visiting Artists repertoire.

Women’s Rugby to Play for World Record — and a Cause

From Stuart Kaufman, Sports Information:

Keene State College and Williams College women’s rugby teams will be pushing their mental and physical limits when they attempt to play rugby for 24 consecutive hours, making the contest the longest-running rugby match ever. Guinness World Records has given Keene State and Williams the official green light to attempt the record in  a match that will begin on Saturday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and hopefully end no earlier than 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, at Cole Field on the campus of Williams College.

The Ephs and the Owls will be raising money for breast and colorectal cancer research with their continuous play. Each team will have a 22-player roster and will be given five-minute breaks after every 60 minutes of play.

For the full story on the game — and more on hw you can support the event and its causes, visit keeneowls.com.

Office 2007/2008 “Save As” Change

From the IT Group:

In 2007, the IT Group began a campus migration to Microsoft Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac. These migrations were successful and campus users have been experiencing the many benefits Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac have provided.

In Microsoft Office 2007,  the XML-based file format called Office Open XML Formats was introduced. This is the “save as” option in the Office Suite and brings many additional benefits. Some of the benefits include more compact files.  Files sizes are up to 75 percent smaller than Office 2003 files. Other benefits include improved damaged-file recovery, improved privacy and security, better integration and interoperability of business data and easier detection of documents that contain macros. You can identify one of the new documents because it will has an “X” in the extension of the file name.

To take advantage of the benefits Office 2007 users will receive with the XML format, the IT Group will be changing the “save as” default to this new format for PC users on Monday, February 28.  At that time,  the “save as” default will contain an X in the file extension (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx). Users will still have the ability to save as Office 2003 since this option will remain in the “save as type” menu of Office 2007.

Mac users with Microsoft Office 2008 will see the real benefit of the XML format in its compatibility with Office for Windows, as well as competing programs.  Mac users must manually make this change by following these instructions.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits Office Open XML formats provides, visit the Microsoft website for more great information.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other technology issue, please feel free to contact the HelpDesk at 358-2532, e-mail helpdesk@keene.edu or stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall.

Help Wanted

You 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:

Keene State Image of the Week

Photo by Mark Reynolds

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