September 12th, 2013

   In this issue:


•  Highlights from the Web
•  IT Changes You’ll Need to Know About
•  First-Year Students Impress
•  Construction on Nursing Instructional Space Scheduled to Begin
•  Recreation Center Memberships (and New Hours)
•  Highlights from the Web
•  Rec Sports Facility Memberships
•  Wireless Network Expanding
•  Highlights from the Web
•  Fair Trade Report
•  IT Group Year-End Updates
•  Highlights from the Web
•  Keene State Assists in Special Education Grant
•  IT Planned Maintenance Windows
•  Tropical Marine Biology Gets Wild Dolphin Close Encounter

Highlights from the Web

Are you checking the keene.edu home and news pages for updates on what KSC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are up to? If not, here’s a glimpse at some of what you’re missing:

IT Changes You’ll Need to Know About

From the IT Group:

We hope you have had a wonderful summer. The IT Group has been busy making some exciting technology changes over the summer in our continued effort to provide improved security and easier access to your KSC tools.

These changes include:

New Authentication Service

Beginning August 15th, you will see the new KSC Authentication Service. When logging into Canvas, Blackboard, MyKSC and other tools, you will be redirected to our new KSC Authentication Service. Faculty staff will enter their current NetID and current computer login password. Students will enter their current NetID and current MyKSC password. This new service eliminates the DOB password or other passwords you have used previously to access the following tools:

  • BlackBoard
  • Canvas
  • MyKSC
  • Res Life Housing
  • Health Services forms
  • Interlibrary loan requests

So, it is just one password for all of these tools!

NOTE: This does not currently include: WebAdvisor, Colleague or other systems not listed here.

Here is a peek of the new KSC Authentication Service page you will now be using to access these KSC tools:

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Searching for students in BlackBoard

While current students’ NetIDs are not changing, there are new conventions that some new students will receive. These new conventions are part of a new security initiative with the USNH system. You may notice a few NetID variations for a time (jsmith or jfs6237), while we move through this process. So, if you currently use NetIDs to look up students, we suggest searching by last name instead.

New friendly email address for students

Students will now have new “friendly” email address. This address will use their first name/last name convention in the address (john.smith@ksc.keene.edu). Current students’ NetIDs will not change, and any email sent to the old email address will continue to be delivered. This new address is now available in KSC directory.

Expanded wireless

KSC is now completely wireless! Wireless was expanded to all residence halls and academic buildings last year and has now been expanded to all administrative buildings this summer. You now have access to the wireless network where ever you are on campus!

Changes have also been made to the wireless network in the residence halls to deliver a stronger and more reliable network for students.

MyKSC

MyKSC has a new updated look! This new design provides students with a more visual experience and quick access to frequently used applications and tools, reducing clutter and confusion. But while  MyKSC has a new look, it still functions exactly as before allowing access to grades, email, transcripts, bill pay, class registration and more.

Some of the new features and changes include:

  • The new Quickbar at the top of the page is an icon-based toolbar designed for quick access to favorite apps and pages. It also displays timely notifications, such as E-mail alerts, calendar reminders and task due dates.
  • Pop-in windows are incorporated in the new design and will display at first log-in to explain features and draw attention to additional help documentation.
  • Students can also customize their Quickbar with just those icons they use and remove those they don’t.
  • “Quick Chat” is a new feature coming soon that will allow students to chat with other friends.
  • Bookmarks have been broken down by category making the search process quicker and easier.
  • By clicking on the red bar at the top, students will be taken to the keene.edu homepage.

Feel free to take a peek. We think you will like the new look!

IT HelpDesk Support

The HelpDesk hours during the academic year are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feel free to stop by and talk with our HelpDesk Manager, Elise Morrissette or our Staff Technician Rob Coleman whenever you have questions about this information or any other technology issue. All of our HelpDesk staff and student technicians are happy to assist you.

First-Year Students Impress

New students have been on campus nearly a week already. Do you know all their names yet?

No? You’ll want to get to know them.

Over the summer, we asked first-year students to share some of their proudest pre-KSC accomplishments with us, and it seems like a pretty good bunch – including scholars, athletes, musicians, early graduates, engineers, survivors, and at least one model.

Learn more about them at the story on keene.edu.

 

Construction on Nursing Instructional Space Scheduled to Begin

From Colin Burdick, Physical Plant:

Throughout the fall semester, Keene State will be converting the Rhodes Hall rooms S105-S106 (formerly the Rhodes Hall public computer lab) into a state of the art and attractive nursing simulation and nursing skills lab.

These new spaces are integral to an accredited nursing instruction program and vital to attracting quality students. There will be two simulated hospital rooms constructed to resemble actual hospital intensive care rooms, complete with all the technology you would find in any hospital. The fundamentals lab will include five hospital beds equipped to mimic a general hospital, complete with a nurse’s station and general exam area. This lab will also incorporate a classroom that allow students the ability to review what they have just learned on the simulated, life-like patient manikins. This exciting project is scheduled to begin in mid-August and be ready for the spring ’14 semester.

The equipment and functions of the Rhodes Hall public computer lab have been relocated to the second floor of the Mason Library, ensuring access for all students.

As with any construction project, we will look to minimize any disruptions and inconveniences that may occur in an already occupied building. We have taken steps to ensure workplace safety among faculty, staff, and students and will try to keep parking impacts to a minimum. If you have any questions or concerns about the construction portion of this project, please feel free to contact me.

Recreation Center Memberships (and New Hours)

From Recreational Sports:

Memberships to join the Recreation Center are available to KSC employees (and CE students for fall semester). Employees and CE students who wish to join the Recreation Center will need to have a KSC Owl Card to show when signing up for their membership and then will use the Owl Card as their means of accessing the Recreation Center this year. Other individuals (i.e., alumni, spouses/partners) who are not eligible to obtain an Owl Card will receive membership cards for their access to the facility. All 2012-13 memberships end as of August 31 so please plan to renew your membership as soon as possible to continue your workout privileges.

Employees who have Harvard Pilgrim health insurance through the College may utilize the Wellness Connection benefit through to pay for their membership to the Recreation Center. The full membership fee for the year (ends August 31, 2014) for Keene State employees is $480 and $240 for employees’ spouse/partner if the employee pays the full-year fee. KSC employees who do not wish to use the Wellness Connection benefit may transfer the benefit to their spouse/partner as long as that person is on the employee’s health insurance through the College. Employees utilizing the Wellness Connection are required to submit a log sheet at the end of each month with a minimum of 8 workouts in the Recreation Center. Other membership options are also available; please stop by the front desk of the Recreation Center for more information.

New facility and pool hours for the year:

Facility hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Pool hours:

  • Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30-10 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Highlights from the Web

Are you checking the keene.edu home and news pages for updates on what KSC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are up to? If not, here’s a glimpse at some of what you’re missing:

Rec Sports Facility Memberships

From Recreational Sports:

All 2012-2013 facility memberships (not including summer memberships) end as of August 31, 2013. Renewal of memberships or sign-ups for new memberships will take place beginning the week of August 19. KSC employees who wish to join the Recreation Center will need to have a KSC Owl Card to show when signing up for their membership and then will use the Owl Card as their means of accessing the Recreation Center. Other eligible individuals (i.e., alumni, spouses/partners) who are not able to obtain an Owl Card will receive membership cards to use for their access to the facility.

If you utilize the Wellness Connection benefit through the College’s Harvard Pilgrim insurance to cover your membership fee to the Recreation Center, please include your Harvard Pilgrim Health Care ID# on the membership application, under “payment method”. The full-year membership fee is $480 for Keene State employees and $240 for employees’ spouse/partner if the employee pays the full-year fee. KSC employees who do not wish to use the Wellness Connection benefit may transfer the benefit to their spouse/partner as long as that person is on the employee’s health insurance through the College.

Beginning August 19, you can pick up the membership application and Par-Q health form at the Recreation Center to sign up for a facility membership.

Wireless Network Expanding

From the IT Group:

The IT Group is spending the summer expanding the wireless network on campus and installing wireless access points throughout most of the administrative buildings. You may see people in your office area climbing ladders and hanging new access points, but don’t worry – they are working for us. The buildings receiving wireless access this summer include:

  • Alumni Hall
  • Hale
  • Elliot Hall
  • Morrison Hall
  • Parker Hall
  • Media Arts Center
  • Redfern Arts Center
  • Science Building
  • Spaulding Gym
  • Student Center
  • Writing Center
  • Butler Ct. Laundry
  • Joslin Hall
  • Keddy Hall
  • Rhodes Hall
  • Proctor Hall
  • Residential Life Building
  • Math Building
  • Blake House
  • Fiske Annex
  • Whitcomb Garage
  • Zorn Dinning Commons

The IT Group will begin activating these wireless points beginning August 8 and will be completed by August 22.

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

Highlights from the Web

Are you checking the keene.edu home and news pages for updates on what KSC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are up to? If not, here’s a glimpse at what you’re missing:

Fair Trade Report

From Mary Jensen, Sustainability:

KSC students in Dr. Tamara Stenn’s IQL Measuring Fair Trade class spent the spring semester researching and measuring the value of the sales of Fair Trade products on campus for their KSC 2012 Annual Fair Trade Report, released in late May.

Highlights included:

  • Total suggested retail value of Fair Trade products sold on campus: $493,050, an 18% increase over the 2011 figures.
  • Total number of Fair Trade presentations and events: 11 delivered to or participated in by a total audience of approximately 2,504 people. Though there were 15% fewer events, there was 72% greater total attendance.
  • Total number of KSC professors using Fair Trade in the classroom: 14
  • Total number of courses where Fair Trade is mentioned: 13

Fair Trade is a voluntary trade model that enables consumers to choose to support disadvantaged producers in a fair and just way ensuring adequate pay, environmental protection, social and economic justice, and cultural preservation.

Fair Trade products offered on campus at the Dining Commons and Lloyds, through Sodexo, include Aspretto coffee, Numi teas, Fair Trade Sugar, Equal Exchange Chocolate and Tea and Green Mountain Coffee. The bookstore carried Autonomie T-shirts in 2011.

IT Group Year-End Updates

From the IT Group:

The IT Group would like to share our end-of-year FY13 Project updates.

While all of these projects involved IT Group leadership or assistance, it is the collaborative work from the entire campus that allows these projects to be accomplished and support the mission of the college.

Thank you for helping to bring these projects to a successful completion.

Highlights from the Web

Are you checking the keene.edu home and news pages for updates on what KSC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are up to? If not, here’s a glimpse at what you’re missing:

 

Keene State Assists in Special Education Grant

From Anthony Munoz, Marketing and Communications intern:

The New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, was awarded a $3.8 million State Personnel Development Grant for the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The grant seeks to support students with disabilities and students at risk of dropping out of school to prepare for college and careers as they graduate from high school, and it requires the aid of state institutions of higher education to maintain its practice. Keene State College plays an important role in fulfilling the purpose of this grant.

Keene State’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies will assist this grant by developing a web-based resource portal to support educational career and college readiness. The College will also be working with New Hampshire teacher education programs to help design tools, develop curricula, and identify curricular needs. In doing so, Keene State will help prepare teachers to provide a smoother transition and stronger foundation to students with disabilities who seek to start their paths in higher education and at workplaces.

Another important goal of the project will be to promote extended learning opportunities (ELOs). ELOs involve learning opportunities outside the classroom for which students get credit, including, but not limited to, sports, independent study, and online learning. It will strive to strengthen planning for transitioning from high school while providing more transition-related activities and opportunities. The grant will also create a stronger interaction between families and schools.

IT Planned Maintenance Windows

From the IT Group:

To maintain a high level of security and accessibility for KSC systems and services, a series of planned maintenance windows have been defined that allow for routine maintenance work to be completed on KSC servers, systems, and networks. Maintenance windows streamline service disruptions for the campus by having an established time for routine ITG maintenance work during off-hours.

These windows are:

  • Thursday, 5 – 7 a.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon

During the IT Group planned maintenance windows, you may experience intermittent access while KSC systems are being serviced. When IT Group work will impact critical systems beyond intermittent access, ITG will coordinate work to minimize the service disruption to the campus.

Reminders of the ITG maintenance windows times will be communicated to campus on a routine basis throughout the year in Campus News and on our website.

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

Tropical Marine Biology Gets Wild Dolphin Close Encounter

From Karen Cangialosi, Biology:

The KSC Tropical Marine Biology class (INBIO 104) completed its 13th annual trip to the Turks and Caicos May 14-21. Another successful trip was highlighted by a spontaneous snorkel and swim with wild dolphins. A rare event for sure, as even dive operator residents who have lived and worked in the marine environment around the Turks and Caicos for many, many years said they had never experienced this level of close encounter. The class while on the dive boat during their last day of diving near West Caicos, were followed by a pod of about 12 dolphins, after watching them swim, leap and ride the wake of the boat for several minutes, the dolphins remained near even after the boat stopped. At that point the class, instructors Dr. Karen Cangialosi and Dr. Scott Strong, and others on the boat jumped in the water with snorkel gear and watched them interact up close.  They were also able to hear the calls, clicks and whistles of the wild dolphins underwater.