AutoCAD: A new look for 2015, AutoCAD 2015 that is

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Darker Theme:

When AutoCAD 2015 first opens you will notice it visually has a darker theme. The Drawing and Ribbon (interface) area now offer less of a contrast to each other and blend into one another. 

This is how AutoCAD 2015 looks with an initial install /no modifications. Dark theme.

Darker theme 1

Some people are willing to accept change others are not. For those who are not so open to change AutoCAD never takes away features and or options (they may nest them away and make it hard to locate) so the user can usually access previous features or preference.

The Darker theme can be changed to a Light theme. Here’s how.

  1. Open the Options dialog box:
  2. Where to access the Options dialog box
    1. Found at the bottom of the Application menu:
    2. Right –Clicking in the drawing area and it is found at the bottom of the pop up menu.
  1. Select the Display Tab
  2. Color Scheme found right below the section Window Elements.
    1. This is a drop down with two options Dark or Light. Select your options select Apply at the bottom of the dialog box and the change happens instantly.
    2. Select OK to close the dialog box.

Darker theme 2

Light Theme:

AutoCAD 2015 with the theme changed to the Light option. Notice the Ribbon and Status Bar areas are lighter.

Darker theme 3

This feature is all about preference: the concept with the new Dark theme is to add continuity and may help reduce eye strain.

Special Olympics Automotive Program

Special Olympics

Front row from left: Dr. Robin Schutt, Norman Messinger, Wayne Turley, Donald Champigny, and Dennis Dejesus from RI Special Olympics. Back row from left: Derick Silva, Daniel Champagne, Tom Rawlinson, and Herbert Gowdey.

With guidance from faculty and staff, Automotive Technology students became “coaches” as they taught groups of Rhode Island Special Olympians basic automotive skills during a six week program with sessions running two hours each week. This innovative program was developed by Mike Isabella, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology. To date, there have been three groups of participants completing the program with more sessions scheduled in 2015. The program has been so successful that one of the Special Olympians has been hired by NEIT to work part time in the automotive lab.

Many thanks to the Automotive Technology team who participated in this unique program. Faculty and Staff: Donald Champigny, Edwin Egge, Herbert Gowdey, Michael Isabella, Derek Martel, Norman  Messinger, Daniel Perry, and Dr. Robin Schutt. Students: Zachary Casper, Daniel Champagne, Jake Gelacek, Michael Hogan, Tom Rawlinson, Derick Silva, Wayne Turley, and Joseph Zingg.

Welcome, Denise DeBlasio

Denise DeBlasioDenise DeBlasio is named Administrative Assistant in the Academic Skills Center. Denise joins the Academic Skills Center staff with a wealth of expertise in administration, sales and customer service. Recently, she was Operations Clerk at the Cranston Police Department where she performed a wide variety of support services to the Patrol and Detective Divisions. Prior to this position, she served as a Transcriptionist/Records Clerk for the department. Denise held several positions at ETCO, a precision manufacturing company in Warwick, RI, as a Sales Coordinator, Customer Service Representative, and Office Manager.

Denise has an Associate in Science degree in Business Management from the Community College of Rhode Island and a Certificate of Completion/Quality Improvement Process Management from the Quality Improvement Process Management College in Brunswick, New Jersey.

2014 Scholarship Awards

Award

On Friday, December 5th, 45 outstanding New England Tech students were honored at the 2014 Scholarship Awards presentation held at the East Greenwich campus. Scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1500, were provided to students for their academic achievements by numerous benefactors including the NEIT Alumni Association, several trade organizations as well as through memorial scholarships in honor of a friend, staff member, or faculty member of New England Tech. Congratulations to the following students:

NEIT Alumni Scholarship

Lauren Anderson MSOT

Peter Butler MSOT

Kyle Daun CYBT

Adina Downing VPM

Julie Hill MSOT

Tracy King MSOT

Hollie Palacio HIM

Bob Dupuis Scholarship

Saskiah Vargas-Walton MCTB

Arthur Mallon MCTB

Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarship

Sunny Mistry AAUT

Savannah Monteiro ASM

Mychael Hart AUT

Compass Group/Chartwells Scholarship

Nicole Cioffi CJB

John-Michael Diosa ITBS

Stanley Leo DRA

Dawn Lorenz ST

Christian Molina ITBS

Wendy Osario ST

East Greenwich Rotary Scholarship

Sherika Parfitt ITBS

Tiffany Samuels MSIT

Matthew J. Fandetti Memorial Scholarship

Daphne Kim Rodriguez RC

Robert Smith HIM

David Lindstrom MT

Blake Pierce BCC

Steven Seminara Scholarship

Sean Foster MCTB

Patricia Silvestre-DaSilva Memorial Scholarship

Sidney Siegel ITA

Dr. Robert Shapiro Nursing Scholarship

Heather Pion NUR

William R. Talladay Memorial Scholarship

Joshua Keyes ITB

Textron Diversity Scholarship

Sarah Boettner PTA

Laurel Cost CMA

Zbingniew Dawkins MSIT

Tara Falck MSOT

WW Grainger, Inc. HVAC Scholarship

Jeffrey Lenihan RACH

Daniel Acton RACH

John Pommenville Jr. RACH

Ryan Ortega PLBH

Shou Li Li RACH

Dr. Marcia R. Gilman Nursing Scholarship

Ernestine Vaill-Laroque NUR

Regan Heating and Air Conditioning Scholarship

Joshua Loper RACH

Dr. William H. Rizzini Interior Design Scholarship

Lindsey Leigh Maiuri IDA

Rossi Electric Scholarship

John DiVerdi ELYRE

RI Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship

Kristina DellaPosta VET

Dr. Curt Schilling Scholarship

Joshua Parker VDGA

Andrew Laychak VDEB

Joanna Donofrio GMW

Helping Those in Need

The 8th Annual Feinstein Enriching America Awards were held on November 19, 2014, at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus. Alan Shawn Feinstein, founder of the Feinstein Foundation, was on hand to congratulate several outstanding individuals for their service to the community. Awards were presented to two associate degree candidates and two bachelor degree candidates along with a faculty member. In addition, faculty, staff and students from the Automotive Technology program were also recognized for their contributions to a new on-campus program established with Rhode Island Special Olympics.

Congratulations to the following individuals for sharing their time and talent with so many worthy organizations.

David Cranmer, Professor and Assistant Department Chair

Dav has dedicated over 60 years of community service both in this country and in Africa ranging from scouting to church activities including extensive volunteer work with church choirs. Dav currently serves as the treasurer and executive committee member of the

Northeast Region Two Year College English Association. He is a board member of the New England Association of Teachers of English and is involved with the International Institute of RI. Dav is also secretary of the RI Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Sherika Parfitt, Information Technology, Bachelor of Science

Sherika is a very active member of NEIT’s Rotaract Club and participates in several on campus and off-campus activities. She has volunteered at several NEIT events including the Technology Career Expo, Health Care Career Fair, the Transportation Technology/Marine Technology Career Fair, and the annual fall cookout. Sherika served as the student representative on the First Dormitory Committee. In addition to sharing her time and talent for New England Tech activities, Sherika also volunteers for the South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, Kent County YMCA, Church of the Master, and numerous food drives and soup kitchens.

Matthew Speidel, Information Technology, Bachelor of Science

Matthew is extremely active as a World War II re-enactor. He serves as a unit clerk and is responsible for all communications between the re-enactors and the community including arranging performances as well as tracking participants, equipment, personnel records and historical documents. Matt plays the role of an American soldier in the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, as well as that of a German 6th SS Mountain Division soldier.  He also participates in parades, living history performances, public re-enactments, and tactical events.

Keith Doherty, Physical Therapy Assistant Technology, Associate in Science

Keith shares his talents at Generations Rehabilitation Center assisting with the rehabilitation of individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. He also works with adjudicated teenage boys at Ocean Tides, a Lasallian school and residential program that is committed to providing a challenging, safe and healthy learning environment for its residents. For more than 10 years, Keith has taught martial arts self-defense techniques to local law enforcement as well as military personnel through the Modern Army Combative Program.

Aaron White, Veterinary Technology, Associate in Science

Aaron is an active participant with the Rehoboth Historical Society. Each year, he honors all veterans at a cemetery in Rehoboth by placing a new flag on each grave. He also helps maintain the Historical Rehoboth Liberty Tree. Aaron is a volunteer at the Sylvan Animal Clinic in Fall River, MA, and participates in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Campaign Against Hunger. Aaron is president of NEIT’s Vet Tech Club.

Most Educated Countries in the World

So does this ranking surprise you?  I guess I was a bit surprised to see the US in 4th place.

From EducationNews.org:

Like many proud citizens of the world today, there are times when you might feel like the country you live in is one of the best on Earth—and there are times when you might feel that your country could make some improvements. When it comes to education in particular, some countries are ahead of the game. What does a “well-educated” country look like? Things like high school graduation rates, number of citizens with a college degree, and even things like employment and rate of pay, can be combined together to serve as a reasonable meter for educational success. At the end of 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) calculated what proportion of residents in 34 countries had obtained a college degree or the equivalent of one. From there, the top 10 “most educated” countries were determined. Some countries are more surprising than others, but all seem to have their own unique way of ensuring that their citizens are educated properly. While not all countries have the same resources available to create wonderful education opportunities, those countries that use their highly-educated citizens to further world progress and assist those countries who have less can do amazing things for the future. Take a look at the stats behind these well-learned nations. –

Thanks to EducationNews.org for this Graphic Most Education Countries Infographic

Manufacturing is NOT dead

I know the United States may not manufacture as much as it once did, however, it still ranked #1 in global manufacturing as recently as 2010. And with advanced manufacturing really getting momentum in the United States it is primed to bring more manufacturing back. Manufacturing Countries

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AutoCAD: Delete Duplicate Objects also known as the Overkill command

Need help cleaning up a drawing? Sometimes extra geometry can sabotage your drawing efforts by slowing you down or in the case of overlapping geometry you may snap to an incorrect point unknowingly. Now measurements may be off. 

The command Delete Duplicate Objects removes duplicate or overlapping geometry. This command responds to Lines, Arcs and Polylines and will combine partially overlapping or contagious geometry.

Where to access this command:

In the Home tab, Modify drop down panel, Overkill 1

Or at the Command line type in OVERKILL. (Not case sensitive.)

Overkill 2

Options once in the command:
Overkill 3
In the video the duplicate lines and arcs are on Layer 1 “color Magenta” as to stand out a bit to be screen. The option Layer in the Ignore object property: must be selected in order for the geometry to be located. The selection of those options will vary depending on the geometry and how it was placed into the drawing.

*At the Select Objects prompt: using the default Crossing Window option helps ensure that everything that is touching or encompassed within that window will be selected.

Derby the dog: Running on 3D Printed Prosthetics

This video will bring you to tears. I know it brought me to tears. 3D Printing continues to change both the lives of people and dogs, unlike anything before.

To learn how you can get started learning about 3D printing, contact Admissions by phone at 401-467-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

Happy Holidays from NEIT

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