Marshall Adult Education


September 1, 2006


These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.




1.  Monday - September 4th - Labor Day - The ABE office will be closed.  No classes!  Enjoy the long week-end.


2.  Paperless Payroll - Please read the pink sheet that is with your check deposit slip this week.  It gives information on the new Paperless Payroll system.  If you have questions call or email Barb.


3.  Time Sheets - If at all possible, I would like your time sheets on Friday, September 1st, but no later than noon on Tuesday, September 5th.  This will cover the payroll period of August 16 - 31.  Be sure that you are submitting time sheets on the 1st and 15th schedule.  DO NOT hold on to your hours for an entire month.  Remember, you can submit time sheets via email and by fax.  Our fax number is 507-537-7047. 



4. Consortium Staff Meeting scheduled for Saturday, September 9th is being cancelled due to low attendance.  We will be looking at another date later in the fall.  Does anyone want to suggest a date?


5.   The Naturalization Ceremony (Swearing in of new citizens) is scheduled to take place in Marshall on Friday, September 29th at 1:30, at the new Marshall High School.  Please put it on your calendars if you are interested in attending.  There will be several of our students sworn in.


6.  Student contact hours/intakes/CASAS - are due in the office by September 5th.  Again, if you can get them to me by the 1st, it would be appreciated.  Attendance sheets can be done online.  Attendance/intakes & CASAS information can all be faxed.






7.  Here are 2 communications from LDA (Learning Dissabilities Association) of Minnesota:

     LDA's FY 2007 statewide supplemental services activities

     Netnews - This issue is on Assistive Technology

Click on the link below to read more


8.  I am e-mailing to inform you of our upcoming event at SMSU to kick-off our year-long focus: 'Poverty: One Person Can Make a Difference.' On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm in the RA Facility, Senator George McGovern will be here to present his talk - 'Ending Hunger in Our Time.' He will be doing a book-signing afterwards. Then, at 9:00, also in the RA Facility, Kory & the Fireflies will give a free concert. The band has been working with the ONE Campaign in its mission to end poverty and have worked with Senator McGovern at several events in this regard. (I have attached the flyer for the evening)
We hope that you can join us that evening and that you will help us spread the word about this wonderful event and our year's effort to show SMSU students how they can make a difference in the world around them. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please call or e-mail me.
     Barbra Springer Coordinator for Civic Engagement Southwest Minnesota State University


9.  Here is an editorial that appeared in the Marshall Independent on the New Immigrants Impact on Society.
10.  IRS Warns Taxpayers On Fake Debt Collectors  -  Here is an article which is appearing in the Washington Post.  Be aware and be wary!
12.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
13.  From the Trivia Department:   The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter.  Here you will find "weekly insights into new, cool, fun, useful, unusual and interesting sites on the internet."
14.  Thought for the week:  Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun.  But I have never been able to make out the numbers.  From "The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter"

15.  Tech Tip:  More ways Customize Your Computer


Here are some more ways to customize your computer using the Display Properties window.  Try some of these little tricks


Open up the Display Properties window.


  • Click on the Start menu, click on Control Panels and click (or double click) on Display
  • Note that there is another way to open the Display Properties.  You can right-click on the Desktop (in a blank area) and click on Properties.  The Display Properties window will open

Click on the Appearance tab.

Click on the Effects button.


Here are some options that look similar to the ones we discussed last week when we worked with the Performance Options.  Let’s look at these options.


Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips:

If you decided last week that you wanted to use transitions effects for menus and tooltips, you can now choose what that effect will be.  Click on the down error in the drop-down box and choose Fade Effect or Scroll Effect.  If you like these fancy animation things, experiment with these 2 choices.  I don’t use any effect – it’s so slight anyways, it better leaving this one off.


Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts:

You can choose what method you want to use to smooth the edges of screen fonts.  Use Standard method or use the Clear Type method.  Again, experiment with these settings and see which one improves the quality of the fonts on your screen.  I get better results on my screen with this one off.  Try it though – it could improve your screen fonts.


Use large icons

You can choose to use large icons.  This refers to Desktop icons.  If you have trouble seeing the icons clearly, try checking this options and increase their size.  Nope – those large icons are a bit much for me – but maybe you would like them.


Use shadows under the menus

You can show shadows under the menus.  It looks pretty cool and if you are into these kind of effects, try it out.   Give me a break – who needs it – it’s off for me.


Show window contents while dragging.

The default setting for this is off.  But you can click it on and when you drag an icon on the desktop, the contents.  This one is a keeper for me – I leave it on.


Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key.

Did you ever notice the little underline letters in the menu bar when you are using an application (like Word or Outlook Express.  Those little underlined letters are used as keyboard shortcuts when you want to access a menu without using the mouse.  When you activate this button, you hide those lines under the  letters until you press the Alt key.  If you leave it unchecked, you never see those little underlined letters.  Ii like it – I leave it on.


Give some of these options a try.  But remember, these options use some of your system resources and they may slow your computer down a bit – or a lot, if you use every option.  Experiment with them and see how they work with your computer.  Use them if you like them.



Marshall ABE Links


Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly


Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

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