December 2013, News and Updates for Academic Affairs Offices and Departments

December 4th, 2013 by Hyung Park

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Continuing the commitment to STEM-related outreach, Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell made their annual visit to Plymouth Elementary School to celebrate National Chemistry Week, on November  1.  Three, hour-long sessions engaged middle school students in hands-on activities related to alternative energy.  Renewable and non-renewable energy sources were identified and explored, with the assistance of four PSU undergraduate students.

Biological Sciences

  • Professor Emeritus Larry Spencer was appointed by Governor Maggie Hassan to his third term on the Rivers Management Advisory Committee of the Department of Environmental Services. Larry is an official representative of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commission.  The RMAC acts as a watch dog for legislation related to the protection of New Hampshire rivers.  The group also receives and acts upon proposals for rivers desiring to be added to the New Hampshire Rivers Protection and Management Program. The local Pemigewasset River was one of the first rivers to be added to the program when the program was established 25 years ago. An event to celebrate that anniversary was held in Plymouth this past August and Larry was on the arrangements committee.

Career Services

  • James Kuras was selected as Vice-Chair for the NHCUC Career Counselors Committee.

Global Education Office

  • New Exchange Partnerships – After three successful site visits, we are excited about three new potential exchange partnerships in Europe with universities in Sweden, Germany, and Spain.  We are hoping to have the contracts finalized within the next month and then students can begin to apply for these programs in the spring.
  • We had a successful and exciting celebration of International Education Week.  Our events included several international films, Parade of Flags, Global Open Mic Night, Global Chef, Global Dessert Social, ELS celebration, International Coffee Hour, and a tabling day with several student organizations. This year we were most grateful for the opportunity to welcome Shantigarbha to our campus.  He ran workshops, spoke in classes, and held an Open Forum for students. Our thanks go out to Sodexo for their involvement with the Global Chef event as well as the following groups for their support and sponsorship for the whole week:  Student Senate, Peace and Social Justice Council, President’s Commission on Diversity, SAGE, PACE, Common Ground, Model UN, Department of Language and Linguistics, Department of Criminal Justice, Frost DOCS, Campus Ministries and EGAW student org.

Writing Center

  • On November 1, the PSU Writing Center team known as Chuckles’ Champions won the Pemi-Baker Literacy’s second annual Community Spelling Bee, which was held at the Common Man Inn and included 20 teams from around the region. The Writing Center team included Ryan Aquilina (graduate writing assistant), Brittany Faulkner (sophomore), and Hannah Hounsell (first-year). The winning word was aficionado, and as aficionados themselves of Pemi-Baker Literacy’s mission, the three students will act as judges at the 2014 PBL Spelling Bee.

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