Faculty & Staff Archives

Ms. Nikki-Ann Nunes

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Nikki Nunes is entering her 7th year with the Social Science Department and considers the department as an extension of her family.

She is happy to report that her daughter, Chelcey, is doing very well this year (Junior) at Plymouth Regional High School and should make the Honor Roll for the first time since starting school 11 years ago.

This past spring Nunes became a committee member for the Keeping You Me and Memories Alive, Inc. non-profit committee. Nunes was a volunteer for a few years and was asked to join. She has since become a Board of Directors member. At the walk Nunes made a donation to “Locks of Love” with 15” of her hair, to be made into a wig for someone living with Cancer.

Nunes was nominated for four committees by the Operating Staff group, and looks forward to serving on a committee. She has also been working with Bryon Middlekauff on organizing the NESTVAL Annual meeting to be held at PSU in Fall 08. This past spring Melanson and Nunes won first place in the 2nd Annual Ginger Bread House Contest, keeping the trophy in the Social Science Department for a second year. This contest is put on by the Alternative Spring Break students to raise money for the group. Nunes feels that their success was due to the fact that the Social Science Department is a very supportive group of people

Krisan Evenson, Political Science

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Krisan Evenson

Krisan Evenson spent the fall semester teaching a directions course and first year seminar sections on themes that included the child soldiers issue, and a host of global problems facing our world, capping off with an online third-year course on Canadian politics and government in the Winterim 08 session. In the spring, she launched a new version of an introductory course on Canadian Studies, and rounded out experiences for political science students on European politics and political analysis. Her research program on children and armed conflict moved forward through the year, with a conference presentation in Syracuse NY in late September 2007, and another with faculty here at PSU in late February 2008. Evenson remains active with such pedagogic and academic discussions as online teaching and learning (presenting a session with OTLT in February, participating in another in April), undergraduate writing (see her article in the Out of WAC newsletter, Vol 15, No.2), and with professional issues of adjunct roles in higher education. But it’s not all work: Evenson hosted a coffee hour with students at the HUB on Fridays, mentored several students entering the professional job market, and became a faculty advisor for a new campus organization designed by then-first year student Bryan Funk, called Ending Genocide Around the World or EGAW(check us out on Facebook!). Her projects for this year include two new fall courses (on criminal profiling, and on secrecy, homeland security and freedom), a new winterim course on person-to-person diplomacy and Afghanistan, and some professional writing projects.

Bruce Heald, History

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

During the past year Bruce Heald has been fortunate enough to have two books published by the History Press from Charleston, SC and London, England. The first book is titled Fence Building & Apple Cider – Memories from New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains. The second book is A History of the Boston & Maine Railroad. This book explores New Hampshire’s rugged heart by rail. Heald is pleased to say that they are selling well.

Ms. Stephanie Green, Sociology

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

After coming back from England in March Stephanie Green hit the books and has subsequently spent the entire summer studying for the theory comprehensive exam, neither fun nor exciting.The Greens had their backyard landscaped and had about 30 trees taken down (many of them leaning towards the house), a benefit of this is that their seven retrievers have more room to play. They have started showing two of the younger dogs, Meir and Emmett, and they have consistently come in last in their classes (smile) but the Greens have no fear for they are still babies with a lot of maturing to do. They have a new Ragdoll kitten called Walter who joined the family at the end of August.

Mr. Gordon Riedesel, Geography and Environmental Planning

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Gordon Riedesel and his wife Pat have started a personal property appraisal business. They completed the Appraisal Studies in Arts and Antiques certificate program at the Rhode Island School of Design this June and have done several appraisals already. Although Gordon’s specialties are American furniture and art glass and Pat is in textiles, they appraise general households and collections. Gordon says the skills needed for personal property appraising are those of a scholar. Good research and writing are fundamental; patience, inquisitiveness, and love of discovery can bring success; and understanding markets and appropriate values make it all work. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Riedesel has been tying flies for fly fishing for the last three years. It’s fun to catch and release trout with flies you made yourself. If you need some additions to your fly box, let Gordon know.

Mr. Steven Whitman, Environmental Planning

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Steven Whitman has been extremely busy getting the EcoHouse project going and off the ground this fall as one of the co-advisors along with Bill Crangle and Brian Eisenhauer. In Spring of 2009 (May) Steve will be teaching another Sustainability course in Australia. These Sustainability courses have been a success in past semesters and are very well liked by students.

Dr. Anthony DeLuca

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

After finishing his first semester(Fall 2007),Tony DeLuca is happy to report that he truly enjoyed his teaching experience at Plymouth as well as the opportunity to develop and/or revamp three courses to serve the needs of History and Social Sciences majors. The three courses, (1) War and Peace: World War I and the Versailles Settlement, 2) Europe in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, and 3) The Renaissance and Reformation also contribute to the Connections component of the all-college curriculum. In addition to offering these courses, Deluca gave a faculty presentation on “Gorbachev, Glasnost, and The Formation of a New Political Culture.” In early March, he pursued his other passion by spending a week in Wengen, Switzerland skiing in the Alps, exercising his German, and absorbing the benefits of European popular culture.

E. John B. Allen, Professor Emeritus

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

John Allen

E. John B. Allen is a professor emeritus of history at Plymouth State University and author of From Skisport to Skiing: One Hundred Years of an American Sport, 1840–1940 (University of Massachusetts Press). The Culture and Sport of Skiing From Antiquity to World War II, is Allen’s new book. A comprehensive history of skiing from its earliest origins to the outbreak of World War II, this book traces the transformation of what for centuries remained an exclusively utilitarian practice into the exhilarating modern sport we know today. E. John B. Allen places particular emphasis on the impact of culture on the development of skiing, from the influence of Norwegian nationalism to the role of the military in countries as far removed as Austria, India, and Japan. Although the focus is on Europe, Allen’s analysis ranges all over the snow-covered world, from Algeria to China to Zakopane. He also discusses the participation of women and children in what for much of its history remained a male-dominated sport.

Maynard Weston Dow, Professor Emeritus

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

Maynard Weston Dow

Professor Dow “Wes” was Honored by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for his Internationally recognized 40-year effort to visually record and archive a landmark oral history of American Geography. At the Annual AAG meeting in Boston this spring, Professor Dow was presented with citations and awards for projects from his years of teaching the history and philosophy of geography.

David C. Switzer, Professor Emeritus, Part-time History

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

David Switzer

During the last two weeks of June the Social Science Department and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies sponsored a nautical archaeological field school or practicum at St. Augustine, Florida under the auspices of the Lighthouse Archaeological and Maritime Program (LAMP). Associated with the Lighthouse Museum, LAMP has been very involved in locating shipwreck sites off the coast of St. Augustine. As a director of the field school Switzer’s job was quite easy because the directors of LAMP and their assistants coordinated the underwater work that involved a “phase two” documentation effort on a 19th century ship wreck located a mile offshore in only a depth of 26. The documentation was to upgrade a previous plan of the vessel remains and select locations for test excavations. The vessel, yet to be identified, carried a cargo of cement packed in barrels or casks that now rest unprotected by the wooden hull which had succumbed to “wood eaters.” The wooden barrel staves had also long since disappeared leaving imprints on the hardened contents. Another goal of the practicum was to obtain measurements to figure the capacities of the barrels.

As it turned out some of the plans were thwarted due to incredibly poor visibility, sometimes eight inches in a green murk! As a result the students found themselves in a situation that often effects nautical archaeological projects. With the assistance of the LAMP personnel, they found ways to offset the visibility hindrances. It was, however, impossible to offset the afternoon thunderstorms that arrived pretty much on schedule every afternoon around 2:00p.m. As lightening flashed we were forced to pack up and head back to the Museum.

One day of the practicum was spent investigating the riverfront of an 18th century indigo  plantation. Here was evidence of the means used to stay above the viscous tidal mud by laying palm logs side by side “corduroy” style known as “hards.” Here in sunny visibility the students took part in the the archaeological surveying processes that will lead to the completion of a map of the area including the remains of a small wharf.

All in all, the field school participants gained a lot of hands-on experience in various aspects of archaeology under water as well as the logistical aspects necessary to accomplishing that work. A practicum is indeed a fitting description of their experience. In order that everyone had a chance to sample some of the history of the oldest port in America, we visited the famous Spanish fort, the Castillo San Marcos as well as an outlying Spanish outpost, Fort Matanzas. On their own the students sampled other aspects of St. Augustine life.