Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

October, 2004

Virginia Barry has a new title: provost and vice president for academic affairs. As the executive vice president of the University, the provost acts on behalf of the president in the president’s absence and exercises institutional responsibilities as delegated by the president.

Marcia Schmidt Blaine (Social Science) presented “Captive Networks: The Influence of Family and Social Position in Frontier Communications” at the Social Science History Association conference, in Baltimore.

Chris Chabot (Biological Sciences) presented “Daily, Circadian and Tidal Rhythms of Locomotor Activity in the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polypheus” with PSU biology major Jeff Kent and UNH zoology student Win Watson at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in New Orleans.

Katherine Donahue (Social Science) presented “Conceptualizing Social Ecology: The Logics of an Anthropological Practice” at the International Congress for the Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, University of Florence, Italy.

Nancy Dyer (Counseling and Human Relations) was selected to participate in a two-day training program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Reclaiming Futures” focused on therapy for substance abuse in adolescents and young adults.

Janice Edwards (Music, Theatre, and Dance) was alto soloist for the Clearlakes Chorale and Orchestra performance of Handel’s Messiah at Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, N.H. She also appeared with the Portland (Maine) Symphony in Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette at Merrill Auditorium.

Brian Eisenhauer (Social Science) coauthored “Dimensions of Community Attachment and Their Relationship to Well-Being in the Amenity-Rich Rural West” to be published in Rural Sociology. He also coauthored “Truth, Ethics and Credibility in Community-Centered Research,” a chapter in Community Center Research: A Primer (Utah State University Press). His report “Fiscal Crisis in the Western States” for the Western Rural Development Center was published in State Tax Notes.

Gail Fichtinger (Art) exhibited work in “Beyond Boundaries: The Yixing Influence on Contemporary American Ceramics” at the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center.

Katy Fralick (Education) spoke on “Integrating Literature in Middle School” at the Pond & Peak Reading Council of Granite State Reading’s annual fall conference.

Horst Freyhofer (Social Science) participated in the workshop “Man, Medicine and the State” organized by the Medical School of the University of Heidelberg, which convened a small group of experts on medical history and bioethics.

Steve Gorin (Social Work) was reappointed to the N.H. Commission on the Status of Men by Governor Benson and the Executive Council.

Carleen Graff (Music, Theatre, and Dance) was honored for “outstanding leadership and faithful representation as a board member” by the Music Teachers Association of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Kylo-Patrick Hart (Communication Studies) presented “Containing Bisexuality: Post-Punk Style Meets the New Queer Cinema in the Films of Gregg Araki” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture Association.

Kenneth Kochien (ITS) participated in a panel presentation, “Integrating Campus Pipeline in a Banner Environment” at the New England Banner Users Conference, at Wheaton College.

Marcel Lebrun (Education) facilitated a workshop for teachers on “Universal Positive Behavioral Intervention and Effective Team Building Process.” His article, “Depression in Middle School Students: A Parent’s Reference” was published in the New England Journal of Middle Schools.

Scott Meyer (Social Work) and Leo Sandy (Education) gave a workshop on learning at the International Literacy and Education Research Network conference in London, England.

Katherine Min (English) received her second N.H. Council for the Arts fellowship. Min will be a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough this spring and will also be an artist fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Min presented a workshop and reading at the Lincoln Public Library for the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

Annette Mitchell (Art) showed work in the WCA-NH exhibit at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. and the group’s “6 x 6” show in Laconia. She was a featured artist in the Tilton “Art Walk” in September. She presented printmaking workshops at the Art Educators’ Association conference in Manchester, and at the New England Art Education conference in Hyannis, Mass. For the third year, the N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence chose one of her prints for their notecards.

Irene Mosedale (Education) presented, “Through the Looking Glass: Children’s Literature to Support Mathematical Learning” at ATMNE’s Centennial Celebration in Manchester, N.H.

Paul Mroczka’s (Music, Theatre, and Dance) screenplay, The Watercress, was among only 20 out of 4,000 screenplays chosen as semi-finalists in the prestigious Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

Mark Okrant (Social Science) spoke on “Issues Communities Face as They Turn to a Tourism Economy” before the Northern New England chapter of the American Planning Association. He is one of only 10 U.S. academics to be admitted to the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism.

Rik Pfenninger (Music, Theatre, and Dance) performed with the New Hampshire Music Festival orchestra and in jazz venues throughout upstate New York last summer. He recently released a new jazz CD, A Child is Born, featuring Pfenninger on saxophones, adjunct faculty Paul Bourgelais (guitar), Don Williams (bass), Tim Gilmore (drums), Scott Grant (trombone) and PSU student Kathleen Kolman on vocals. See www.rpjazz.com.

Paul Rogalus’ (English) short story, “Border Patrol,” was published in The Bukowski Hangover Project (Sisyphus Press).

Leo Sandy (Education) gave workshops to inmates at the Laconia State Prison with students Jennifer White, Melissa Spurling and Scott Moynahan. He presented “What Children Need” to parents at Gilford and Bartlett (N.H.) elementary schools, and gave a TIGER presentation on bullying to parents and staff at St. Anthony’s School in Manchester. Sandy also served on the N.H. State Department of Education board of examiners for Alternative Three in School Psychology.

Marcia Santore’s (Public Relations) paintings were in the WCA-NH group exhibit at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. Her work was on view in the Boyd Science Center second floor lobby on the PSU campus, through January 2004.

Andrew Smyth (English) presented “Slanted Perspectives on Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene: Greg Bear and Literary Cyborg Eroticism” at the Popular Culture: Then and Now conference at Siena College, Albany, N.Y.

Bob Stremba (HPER), presented “Reflective Practice: Promoting Excellence in Leadership and Instruction,” at the international conference of the Association for Experiential Education, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

David Switzer (Social Science) presented “Snow Squall: One of the Last Great American Clipper Ships” at the technical symposium “After the Storm” at Southern Maine Community College.

Donald P. Wharton (President) was elected to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests board of trustees.

Stacey Yap (Social Science) presented “Water, Mountains and the Art of Feng Shui in New Hampshire” for the PSU Heritage Studies workshop “The Power of Place and the Layers of the New Hampshire Experience: from Native Americans to New Americans.”


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