October 20th, 2011

   In this issue:

•  Chinese Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture
•  Keene Is Reading The Anti-Romantic Child
•  COPLAC Exhibit Comes to Carroll House
•  Coming to the Redfern: Images in Sound, The End
•  TDS Update
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Is it Phishing or is it Real?
•  New Faces, New Places
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Chinese Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture

From Jackie Hooper, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery:

The Thorne Gallery will host an art exhibit that examines 20th century Chinese politics by looking at its popular culture. China Modern: Designing 20th Century Popular Culture is an in-depth exploration of Chinese advertising images, mass media, graphic and product design that demonstrate how political ideologies and cultural values are transmitted through everyday objects. China Modern is on view Saturday, October 22 through Sunday, December 11, at the Thorne.

Keene State professors from China will present a guided walk through the exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday, October 21, during a reception hosted by the Friends of the Thorne from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery.

The more than 170 objects in this exhibition bring two contrasting 20th century ideologies—Capitalism and Communism—to the level of popular culture. The exhibition shows how, despite vastly different goals, the means of instilling these values was often strikingly similar. The predominantly graphic-based objects in China Modern include lychee and cigarette boxes, children’s toys, a multitude of product labels and advertisements, and propaganda from the rule of Mao Zedong. Beautifully detailed woodblock prints and lithographs showcase the high-quality craftsmanship of Chinese print designers and artisans.

Also on exhibit through Sunday, December 4, is Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, which explores America’s self image through paintings, prints, photographs, and video by 42 artists whose insightful works reveal the triumphs, tragedies, relationships, and traditions that inform our notions of nationhood.

Keene Is Reading The Anti-Romantic Child

From William Stroup, English:

Author Priscilla Gilman, presented by Keene is Reading

Monday, 10/24/11
4 p.m.
Mabel Brown Room, Student Center
Free and open to the public

The Keene is Reading program, in collaboration with the Symposium committee, is pleased to announce the first of several events around the theme of “What Sustains Us?” with an afternoon talk and discussion with Dr. Priscilla Gilman, author of The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy.

In this extraordinary memoir Gilman writes of her experience as a professor of English at Vassar and at Yale and how the life she expected became something very different with the birth of her first son. His special needs led her to new expertise on autism and early childhood education, and her book looks to how we are all sustained by literature, knowledge, love, sacrifice, and the attempt to live out our deepest values.

A wonderful speaker who will be a keynote at the annual meeting of the Asperger’s society soon before speaking at Keene, Dr. Gilman’s event is for everyone: educators at all levels, parents and caregivers, and students reflecting on the meaning of success and the value of education. Her book is on reserve in Mason Library and for sale in the bookstore. A time for questions and a book-signing will follow the event.

For more information or for accomodations for a disability please contact William Stroup at 8-2692 or wstroup@keene.edu.

COPLAC Exhibit Comes to Carroll House

From Lynn Richardson, Art:

This year the COPLAC Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference is being held at Keene State College. The Art Department is pleased to present an Exhibition of student artwork from five of the six COPLAC Colleges. Fourteen students were selected by the Art Department, representing a wide variety of media. These works will be on display in the Carroll House Galleries from October 13 – October 29. Please join us for a closing reception, October 29, 4 – 6 p.m.

Students at COPLAC institutions have the opportunity to present the results of their undergraduate research at regional conferences where they can meet and discuss their work with peers and faculty members.

Artists Brian Cristofaro and Kathryn Killoran were selected from Eastern Connecticut State University, to exhibit two Polyester Plate Lithographs titled Hawaiian Designs and Black, White and Red All over. Representing the University of Maine, Farmington, are Nicole Phillips’s large-scale work “Flock,” made from cardboard, copper wire, and a variety of feathers, along with Christy Carle’s work titled “Running,” a video projected alongside 100 still images. Brielle Rizzotti from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will exhibit two painted works titled “Adam and Eve” and “Bloom” alongside her classmate painter Greg Sachetti. Alex Bissonnette from Ramapo College of New Jersey will present “No. 1A,” a pen on paper work; Ashley Katalenas will be exhibiting an untitled photo-based work.

Keene State College will present two-dimensional works in the form of photography, monotypes and drawings by Jen Tremblay, Rachel Messersmith, and Paige Simpson. Sculptural objects include “Migratory Towers” by artist Samantha Pratt and a large outdoor sculpture by Jean Balamuth titled “History Repeats Itself.” Ceramic artist Dana Ward will be exhibiting two stoneware vessels titled “Archaic Independence” and “Ancient Opportunity.”

The Carroll House Gallery’s hours are Wednedsay, 2-5, and Thursday – Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Coming to the Redfern: Images in Sound, The End

From Barbara Hamel, Music:

The Keene State College Department of Music presents a lecture and concert by the Keene State College Concert Band and Keene State College choruses  at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2011 on the Main Stage of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

Jim Chesebrough, KSC music faculty member, and Sean Meagher (’12), assistant conductor, direct the band in this performance, which is presented as part of the Keene State College Seventh Biennial Symposium: “What Sustains Us? Envisioning Our Future.”

This event features a pre-concert lecture, discussing the importance of commissioning new music. Dr. Chesebrough is joined by composer Steven Danyew, winner of the 2011 Keene State College Call for Scores competition, Heather Gilligan, composer and Assistant Professor of Music, and Joe Darby, musicologist, performer, and Professor of Music. This panel will discuss the compositional process using Steve’s winning-work Flash Black as the talking point for this discussion of where our music comes from and why we must vigorously support its creation.  The ensemble will also participate in the panel, performing sections of the new work.

The second part of the program is a performance of various compositions that connect us to people, places, and things in our culture. Along with Flash Black, the ensemble will be performing Eric Nathan’s Jump Start, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, and Adam Gorb’s Bermuda Triangle. A new work by Andrew Boysen, Twilight of the Gods, exemplifies the current trend of multi-media composition, combining Boysen’s music with the video illustrations of visual artist Erik Evansen. The finale features the combined choruses of Keene State College in a performance of Anton Bruckner’s “Gloria” from the Mass in E Minor. For more information on this or any other Redfern performance contact Redfern Arts Center box office at 603-358-2168 or online at www.keene.edu/racbp.

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

The Redfern Arts Center continues its 30th anniversary season with Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland’s mesmerizing one-man theatrical adaption of The End, a short story by Samuel Beckett. Masterful storyteller Conor Lovett performs this remarkable story with insight and wry Irish wit at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, in the Alumni Recital Hall. Tickets range from $23 to $12. To order tickets and for more information, contact the Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit www.keene.edu/racbp.

Conor Lovett will also join KSC Professor William Stroup’s English Literary Analysis class for a discussion on Samuel Beckett and the story The End at noon, Wednesday, October 26, in the Harry Davis Room of the Redfern Arts Center. This talk is free and open to the public.

Patrons and the general public are invited to join Judy Hegarty Lovett, co-artistic director of Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland, during an informal Meet and Greet in the lobby between 6:30 and 7 p.m. prior to the October 26 performance. Light refreshments will be served. Conor Lovett will also remain after the performance for a question and answer session moderated by Professor Stroup and the Redfern’s new director, Shannon R. Mayers.

TDS Update

The third concrete pour is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, marking the rough half way point for the foundation. The grade beams and pile caps should be finished in a couple weeks; then, steel erection will begin. Steel is scheduled to be onsite in two weeks and take two to three weeks to complete. Plumbing work is going on inside Butterfield as the interior demolition is close to being completed. Remember to check in on the TDS website for updated pictures.

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

From the IT Group:

In the spirit of October Security Awareness Month, is this phishing or is this real?

From: IT Help Desk [mailto:webmaster@keene.edu]
Sent: Fri 10/14/2011 5:26 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Warning!!!


Dear Keene Outlook Web Access User,

You have exceeded your Keene Outlook Web Access quota limit of
450MB and you are advice to expand your email quota limit within
48 hours. You need to upgrade your email quota limit to 2.5GB.

You are to use the below weblink to upgrade your Keene Outlook Web Access


Thank you for using Keene Outlook Web Access Service.
Copyright © 2011 Keene State College Webmaster Administrator.


It looks authentic. It references IT Help Desk, Outlook Web Access and webmaster @keene.edu. Then it must be a real over quota e-mail warning.  Right? WRONG!

You can tell that it is not real because the IT Group HelpDesk, Keene State College or any other legitimate intuition will never ask you to click on a link which will require you to enter to personal computer credentials. No legitimate institution will ever ask you for this information.  It will absolutely never happen. No exceptions.

So remember, before you click and find out you’ve been tricked, call the HelpDesk at 358-2532, e-mail helpdesk@keene.edu or stop by our office on the 2nd floor of Elliot Hall.

New Faces, New Places

From Karyn Kaminski, Human Resources:

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

  • Ellen Proshansky, Financial Aid Support Assistant, Financial Aid
  • Thomas Sims, Data Analyst, IT Group
Keene State Image of the Week

This week’s photo borrowed from the Keene State College Alumni Facebook page. Did they catch you?