Opportunities to Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate

George TuthillAs effective as we are when working alone, we can accomplish much more in collaboration with others. That’s the theme of two major projects rolling out this fall—projects in which College of Graduate Studies staff and faculty are teaming up with colleagues from New Hampshire’s colleges and universities to shape major educational and health initiatives.

Educator Development

PSU, in collaboration with Keene State College, Granite State College, New England College, North Country Education Services, and Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC), is working to shape professional development opportunities in math, science, and language arts for teachers in schools and districts in the North Country and southwestern New Hampshire. The Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative is being led by Cheryl Baker, director of recruitment and outreach for the College of Graduate Studies. The New Hampshire Department of Education will provide nearly $350,000 over two years to support activities designed to help teachers in rural schools reach Highly Qualified Teacher status in a variety disciplines and grade levels, improve teacher effectiveness in the classroom, integrate technology into teaching, and establish professional learning communities. We look forward to building connections with our neighboring institutions and identifying opportunities to leverage our respective strengths for the benefit of students and the region.

Research Opportunities for Students

PSU is also a partner institution in a major statewide effort to improve biomedical research capacity and encourage students toward careers in biomedical science. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Dartmouth Medical School, the five-year, $15 million project, Integrated Approaches to Biomedical Research, will create a network of researchers and students at 10 institutions of higher education in New Hampshire and build the human and physical infrastructure needed to sustain future collaborations. The funding from NIH’s National Center for Research Resources IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) will immediately help support the research of biology faculty members Chris Chabot, Katie Rose Boissonneault, and Len Reitsma, as well as Marjorie King, health and human performance faculty and program coordinator for the Master of Science in Athletic Training programs. The INBRE project offers significant opportunities for our students to participate in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Mark your Calendar!

We will be hosting two public gatherings in October at our Highland Hall location. On Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 3 p.m., we will gather to celebrate the dedication of the Dennise M. Maslakowski Library. This wonderful space contains the professional books and awards of the late associate vice president, which have been generously donated by her husband, Irv Gordon. The date coincides with PSU’s Homecoming and Family Celebration, and we hope that PSU alumni and friends from across the region will join us for this special event.

On Friday, October 22, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. we will hold a joint open house with Information Technology Services, our first floor neighbors. All members of the University and local community are invited to tour the 20 Highland Street facility and meet our staff and faculty. Also on the 22nd, we will dedicate a Reine Fischler original painting to the Maslakowski Library. Reine, and her husband, Michael, were longtime friends to Dennise and donated the painting in her honor.


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