January 26th, 2012

   In this issue:

•  Coming to the Redfern: Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze
•  Winterfest 2012
•  Honorary Degree Nominations Sought
•  Manchester Airport Parking Changes
•  TDS Update
•  Help Wanted
•  Tech Tip of the Week: Media-Enhanced Classroom Technology Problems
•  Professional Activities
•  Keene State Image of the Week

Coming to the Redfern: Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze

From Jackie Hooper, Redfern Arts Center:

Continuing its 30th anniversary season, the Redfern will present a hilarious solo show in which algorithms and sexism collide. Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze will be performed on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the actual experiences of actress-playwright and recovering mathematician Gioia De Cari, this comical one-woman play follows De Cari’s misadventures as a female PhD candidate in the elite boys’ club of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s math department in the 1980s.

Truth Values offers a humorous, scathing, insightful, and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field.

The show will be followed by a panel discussion with de Cari and Keene State math and gender studies department chairs Karen Standish, chair of the math department, Sara Hottinger, chair of women’s and gender studies, and Dottie Morris, chief officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism. This performance is funded in part by a grant from the KSC Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism.

Tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office, 603-358-2168 or ordering online.

For more information, see the full story at the keene.edu news site.

Winterfest 2012

From Sara Telfer, Alumni and Parent Relations:

We hope that you plan to be around campus February 3-5 for Winterfest 2012! Check out the full schedule on the Winterfest page, and start making your plans. Registration for snow tubing at Granite Gorge and skiing  at Mount Sunapee is open until Thursday, February 2 at noon.

Honorary Degree Nominations Sought

Nominations are now being accepted for a recipient of the Keene State College Honorary Degree.

Nominees will be selected based on the following:

  • Individuals of national and/or international importance whose contributions have enhanced society as a whole, or who have otherwise brought significant enrichment or benefit to particular groups;
  • Outstanding Keene State alumni, whether residing in the state, out-of-state, or out of the country;
  • Outstanding living benefactors to Keene State, whether their contributions are in-kind or not.

The chosen recipient will be awarded with the honorary degree in 2013.

For more complete information or to fill out a nomination form, visit keene.edu/policy/nominations.cfm. Submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2012.

Please e-mail your completed form to Kathryn Dodge, Special Assistant to the President, at kdodge@keene.edu. Alternatively, your completed form may be faxed to Kathryn at 603-358-2009. Electronic submissions are preferred. Kathryn can be reached at 603-358-2111.

Manchester Airport Parking Changes

From Tomasa LaFreniere, Purchasing:

The Highlander Inn has closed. Parking options at the Manchester Airport no longer include the Highlander Inn.

USNH has been working with the State of NH Dept of Admin Services and the Manchester Regional Airport to add all USNH entities to the States contract with the airport for discounted parking.

Some points for parking at the airport are:

  1. The State of NH contract is to be used for business travel only
  2. Parking fee using the State of NH contract is $5/day
  3. If using the State’s contract option, we must use a form that needs to be completed by the traveler and signed by their supervisor (as in the past)

The KSC Purchasing office has put a link on our website to the document providing instructions for using the State of NH contract with the Manchester Airport. In this document, you’ll find the form to be used by travelers. The form itself is also available at that site.

TDS Update

The second floor slab is scheduled to be poured Tuesday the 31st, so anticipate plenty of concrete mixing truck traffic on Blake St.

Roofers have about a quarter of the roof covered while electricians have most of the floor boxes installed on the second floor.

Backfilling at the annex is almost complete while electricians ran their underslab conduit to the electrical rooms.

Spray foam insulation is almost complete in the attic of Butterfield, and sink line rough-in has begun on the second floor bathrooms. Speaking of the second floor of Butterfield, framing of the office and bathroom walls is completed, so the space is coming together.

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:

Tech Tip of the Week: Media-Enhanced Classroom Technology Problems

From the IT Group:

What do you do if you discover the technology working in the media-enhanced classrooms isn’t working properly? Call the HelpDesk. Did you know that the HelpDesk has a special line reserved just for classroom emergencies? When you call the HelpDesk at 358-2532 for assistance, you will have the option to choose number 1 – the classroom emergency hotline. Your call will be picked up immediately and HelpDesk support will come to your classroom to resolve the issue or provide another solution.

Please don’t just put an “out-of-order” sign on the equipment without contacting us. Contacting the HelpDesk is critical, so we can get the equipment operating correctly for the next class to use.

If you have any questions regarding this or any other technology issue, please feel free to call the HelpDesk, email helpdesk@keene.edu, or stop by the office on 2nd floor of Elliot Hall.

Professional Activities

Mark C. Long, professor of English, attended the annual convention of the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle January 6-9. Mark presented a paper at the session he organized for the MLA’s Office of Research, “Academically Adrift? Language, Literature, and Learning in the Small College English Department.” The session, a response to Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift? Limited Learning on College Campuses, also featured presentations by Suzanne Parker Keen, from Washington and Lee University, and Paul Hanstedt, from Roanoke College. Mark also served as a Job Counselor for the MLA during the convention.

Kirsti Sandy, Associate Professor of English, had two creative nonfiction pieces published:  “Unnecessary Lessons” in the online literary journal BioStories, and “Voodoo Economics,” forthcoming in The Boiler Journal.

Miguel Rivera-Taupier, Modern Languages, had an article published in the journal Hispamérica. The paper studies the unmappability of the Latin American megalopolis in a short story by Argentinean writer Alan Pauls. Pauls, one of the most important contemporary Latin American writers, has been translated to several languages. His novel El pasado won Herralde Prize and was adapted as a movie in 2007.

Keene State Image of the Week

Zorn Dining Commons, photo by Antje Hornbeck

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