September 22nd, 2011

   In this issue:


•  About the September 8 Campus News
•  Maintenance Connection for All Your Maintenance Needs
•  “Integrity In an Unjust World” and “Native American Feminism”
•  Roe v. Wade Attorney to Speak October 6
•  Thank You from Women’s Basketball
•  Summer Tech Changes and Enhancements
•  Coming to the Redfern: Asphalt Orchestra Oct. 5
•  PAT Council Notes
•  TDS Update
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Is it Phishing or is it Real?
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State Image of the Week

About the September 8 Campus News

We’ve learned that a handful of folks didn’t get the last e-mailed issue of Campus News, due to some technical issues.
For your benefit (and ours), a couple of notes:

  • You can always find Campus News online at http://sites.keene.edu/cn. Even if you don’t receive the e-mail, you can find it there, with links to the most recent issue and to each archived issue. If you’re one of those who missed the last issue, it was September 8.
  • This week, if you’ve received Campus News, would you be so kind as to ask a couple of other faculty or staff members around you if they received it? If they didn’t, please pass it along to them, and please let us know (or have them let us know) by commenting on this post or e-mailing campusnews@keene.edu. We only know there’s a problem if you tell us there’s a problem.
  • You can find the CN schedule for this semester at this post from this summer.

Sorry for the confusion last time; we’re working on making sure it’s resolved this week.

Maintenance Connection for All Your Maintenance Needs

From John Lorette, Physical Plant:

Did you know that the Physical Plant Department completed over 14,000 work requests last year? In order to accomplish such a large volume of work, we rely on Maintenance Connection, our online software for submitting work requests.

If you notice a light out, a ripped window screen, a leaky faucet, or any other maintenance concern, please submit a request through Maintenance Connection. We also use this system to track all heating, cooling, and ventilation issues on campus.

Our technicians get their work orders directly from the software, so we are asking you to use the simple online interface instead of calling us on the phone or sending your requests through e-mail. Phone messages and e-mails ultimately create more work for our staff because, in addition to time spent fixing the problem, they also have to spend time writing the request in Maintenance Connection.

We understand that there are times when you will call us to let us know the urgency of your request, especially with heating and cooling concerns, and you are always welcome to do so, but we ask that you submit an online request first so our technicians can be dispatched as soon as possible.

Any current faculty or staff member can submit a work request and the link to Maintenance Connection can be found at the Physical Plant web page. If you have any difficulty connecting to Maintenance Connection or have any questions please contact John Lorette (ext. 2202; jlorette@keene.edu). We appreciate your help in this matter so we can keep our operation running smoothly and so our students and you can enjoy the benefit of our wonderful facilities.

 

“Integrity In an Unjust World” and “Native American Feminism”

From Dottie Morris, Diversity and Multiculturalism:

Please attend (and encourage students to attend) two upcoming lectures by Dr. Lisa Vest, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at University of Central Florida.

“Living a Life of Integrity in an Unjust World”
Tuesday, October 4
Young Student Center, Mabel Brown Room
6 p.m.
In a world marked by injustices manifesting in various ways from sexism to racism to classism to ableism to homophobia and combinations of all of the above, how do we make responsible choices that minimize our complicity in structures of inequality and oppression? Given our individual social locations how do we either fight or at least fail to encourage injustice?

“Native American Feminism: Conquest, Identity, and Sovereignty”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Young Student Center, Madison Street Lounge
Noon
In this philopoetic presentation that combines theory with poetry, she will address Native American feminist scholarship, examine Indigenous feminist identity and discuss how both are conditioned by current and historical problems of conquest, colonialist influences on identity formation, and the ongoing pursuit of Indigenous sovereignty.

Dr. Vest is a mixedblood (Black/ Indian) poet and philosopher originally from Chicago. She teaches Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida (Orlando). She has published articles on African, Indigenous, Caribbean, and feminist philosophy and is currently writing a book on Academic Native American philosophy. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Ethnic Studies Department at U.C. Berkeley where she wrote a dissertation on Indigenous Native American and African philosophies.

Roe v. Wade Attorney to Speak October 6

From Dottie Morris, Diversity and Multiculturalism:

Please join us for the Lila Murphy ’52 Women and Leadership Lecture Series:

Sarah Weddington
Roe v. Wade: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, October 5
7:30 p.m.
Young Student Center, Mabel Brown Room

In 1973, Sarah Weddington successfully argued the Roe v. Wade case before the US Supreme Court, giving women the constitutional right to privacy and the right to choose an abortion. Today, legislators are using the ongoing health care debate as an opportunity to severely restrict women’s access to abortion, or to overturn the landmark ruling altogether. Through her unique lens, Weddington examines the current abortion debate and provides insight into what it all means.

Thank You from Women’s Basketball

From Keith Boucher, Athletics:

The Keene State Women’s Basketball Team would like to thank the campus community for supporting their charity car wash on Saturday September 10. The proceeds from the car wash went to 2006 grad Ben Maynard who is fighting a valiant battle with cancer. Due to the generosity of the campus community and many people in the city of Keene and the surrounding area. $1,060 was raised to help defray Ben’s expenses. Thank you are two small words that mean so very much.

For more on the car wash, see the story on keeneowls.com.

Summer Tech Changes and Enhancements

From the IT Group:

Welcome back to a new academic year. While some were away for the summer, the IT Group worked hard on campus technology to make improvements, new enhancements and refresh  existing technologies to help ensure a successful academic year for you. Here are a few things you may want to know.

The IT Group is pleased to announce that Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010 have come to KSC! Keene State has decided to begin the move to Windows 7 because it is the fastest and most reliable version of Windows. All Windows computers on campus will be upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010 gradually. This summer, most classrooms and computer labs were upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010. When logging into these computers, faculty/staff must include @keene.edu as part of the NetID. If you are not familiar with this software, please feel free to take a look ahead of time. There are online tutorials and training resources available to you on the HelpDesk Training website.  Feel free to poke around and take a tutorial or two.

All faculty and staff workstation upgrades will be deployed with Windows 7 and Office 2010. In addition to workstation upgrades, any computer requiring a reimage will also be upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010 by a HelpDesk technician at that time.  If your computer won’t be replaced in the near future, but is capable of running Windows 7 or Office 2010, you will have the opportunity to upgrade at your convenience. Look for a Windows 7 and Office 2010 upgrade request form coming soon on our website.

Keene State College has also moved from McAfee anti-virus software to Microsoft Forefront for faculty and staff. All new replacement cycle computers or computers that require a reimage will be deployed with Forefront anti-virus. It will continue to be updated and managed by the IT Group in an effort to eliminate security and performance risks to the KSC network.

What can you do to help eliminate security risks to the KSC network?  It is important to remain vigilant and aware about phishing.  As phishers become more savvy, it is important to remember that no legitimate institution, including the IT Group and Keene State College, will ever ask for your personal, login or password information. There are no exceptions to this rule! If you provide your credentials, your personal information and KSC data have both been compromised. Before you click on any link, think twice and contact the HelpDesk to verify your suspicion.

We are also excited to announce that the wireless network has expanded. This summer, the IT Group expanded the wireless network to include all classrooms and all of Carle, Randall and the Owl’s Nest residence halls for students. This is part of the continued expansion of wireless at KSC. To see a complete list of wireless zones available to you, please feel free to take a look at the campus wireless map.

To see where we have been and where we are going, visit our FY 11 projects and FY 12 projects pages. As always, the HelpDesk is dedicated to the distribution and support of standard technologies used by employees of Keene State College – including desktop computers, classroom technology, major applications, telecommunications equipment, and access to the campus network. We are open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Coming to the Redfern: Asphalt Orchestra Oct. 5

Asphalt Orchestra


From Jackie Hooper, Redfern:

The Redfern Arts Center gets its 30th anniversary season on the road when the electrifying musicians of Asphalt Orchestra march into Keene Wednesday, October 5, to premiere their new work, Unpack the Elephant. The renegade street band Asphalt Orchestra begins its march on Keene at 2 p.m. from Keene State’s Young Student Center, proceeding up Main Street to Central Square for a spontaneous “flash concert.” At 7:30 p.m., this boldly original 12-piece ensemble brings its infectiously hip sound and inventive choreography to the Redfern’s Main Stage with a concert that premieres Unpack The Elephant, a new show directed by Mark DeChiazza and Andrew Robinson, which reflects the inventive and eclectic spirit of this marching band. After the performance, band members will march to the lobby to answer questions and sign CDs.

To order tickets and for more information, contact the Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit www.keene.edu/racbp.

PAT Council Notes

From the PAT Council:

The PAT Council invites all PAT staff to attend any of our meetings and participate in our discussions regarding campuswide issues, committee work, and professional development opportunities — and ask questions of council members about other topics. This semester’s meetings will be October 12, November 9, and December 14 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Room 308 in the Student Center.

The Council is interested in finding out what professional development opportunities PATs would like to see offered this year in the form of workshops, speakers or on Professional Development Day. Contact Genny Alexander, galexander@keene.edu, with your ideas or suggestions.

At the new employee luncheon sponsored by the PAT Council September 14, twelve new PATs met with Council members and Kim Harkness, Director of Human Resources, to find out more about what the Council does, campus committee membership, and how the Council is involved with shared governance.

TDS Update

As of September 22, there have been 80 piles driven (69 percent) and that should wrap up late next week. The downstream defender installation will wrap up this week and the Science Center parking lot will reopen. Demolition of Butterfield is about 90 percent complete and should be complete toward the end of next week. Currently there is steel being tied for pile caps and grade beams, giving first indication of the size of the building footprint. Next week, we should see more utilities, steel being tied and possible forms for concrete being erected.

As always, check out the TDS Center website at www.keene.edu/tds for weekly updates, to view the webcam, and to see pictures of the progress (coming soon!).

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

From the IT Group:

You just received the following email in your Keene State College Outlook/Entourage e-mail account. Is this phishing or is this real?

From: Webmaster [mailto:Webmaster@info.edu]
Sent: Friday, September 3, 2011 5:50 PM
Subject: Mailbox Shutdown Notification.
You are expected to verify your email account to avoid mailbox shutdown by furnishing us with the following details:
Login Username:
Login password: **************
To avoid shutting down of your mailbox, which could lead to loss of your important files on our server, you must send these details on receipt of this message.
Thank you very much.
Webmaster

This email is phishing. You can tell because Keene State College and the IT Group would never ask you to verify or validate any account information through e-mail or any other electronic source. We already have that information.

Also, this message does not use the standard template you always see from the IT Group when we communicate to campus. Our template always:

  • addresses the GAL,
  • identifies us as the IT Group at the beginning of the message.
  • tells you the reason behind our communication (routine maintenance, infrastructure upgrade, etc.).
  • provides our contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, and building location), in case you have any questions or concerns.

However, most importantly, legitimate institutions, including the IT Group, will not ask for personal information through e-mail. There are never any exceptions to this.

We hope this information will help you better understand phishing when you receive a suspicious email. However, whenever you are in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the HelpDesk at 358-2532, e-mail helpdesk@keene.edu, or stop by our office on the second floor of Elliot Hall. We will be glad to help.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

Please welcome the following newly hired staff members to the KSC Community:

  • Laurie Alden, Senior Program Support Assistant, Advancement Division
  • Kathryn Dodge, Interim Executive Associate to the President, President’s Office
Professional Activities

During July 2011 Maura Glennon (Professor of Music) was invited to be a faculty in residence at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music’s Summer Chamber Music Workshops. During her time there she worked with chamber music groups from around the world, including artists from Greece, Turkey, Ireland and the U.S. Additionally, she performed in the summer faculty concert with the Apple Hill String Quartet in Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Quintet.”

Keene State Image of the Week

Photo by Chad Cassin

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