November 2009

November 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
November 4, 2009

Emergency preparedness and use of cell phones in class

President Steen mentions in her report our appreciation to everyone for the role they played in dealing with a difficult situation last Tuesday evening. A question that has been asked that I wanted to address here is related to the policy on cell phone use in the classroom. Two years ago when we first implemented the e2Campus text alert messaging system we clarified the policy. I will provide that information again here.

We understand that many faculty members previously asked students to turn cell phones off during class. The emergency text alert system requires that students, faculty and staff leave their cell phones on at all times. In class, students should turn their phones to vibrate and should be instructed not to respond to text messages unless multiple phones vibrate. There is no reason for students to check their phones regularly nor to respond to text messages. In the event of an emergency, it will be clear that multiple phones are receiving messages simultaneously. This should signal a potential e2Campus alert and at that point, students and faculty should check for messages.

If a computer is available in the classroom, someone should log-in and monitor the email system. Email messages will contain more information than is allowable in a text message. Additionally, the website and the storm-line (535-3535) will contain updates.


If you’ve been reading the H1N1 updates on the PSU website, you noticed a spike in reports of the flu this week. Previously there have been 2-3 reports per day. On Monday, that number jumped to 55 new reports of illness. If you haven’t given much thought about what you will do if you are out for an extended period or how you will respond to student illness that requires them to miss several classes, now is the time to prepare. At the beginning of the semester we asked faculty to prepare for the inevitability that we could be hit hard by the seasonal flu and H1N1. We asked that you communicate your plan to students. – How will ill students be allowed to continue progressing in the course until they are well enough to return? – How will class be continued in the event that you are unable to attend class? – Will you continue class through the use of Blackboard? Email?

Many of you included information in your syllabi and participated in workshops provided by the Office of Online Education. If you need assistance in preparing for this situation, please contact the Office of Online Education who can provide suggestions for how to effectively use Blackboard. If you will be out, communicate with your Department Chair, the Administrative Assistant and contact (email) students to inform them of your plans.

Follow-up from Faculty Day

On faculty day, we discussed the challenges facing the University regarding enrollment and its impact onthe financial picture. We presented a number of strategies to offset the impact, including new revenue streams, diversifying programs and offerings through the Frost School, CoGS, and development of the White Mountains Institute. We talked about new recruiting initiatives, use of social networking, and international recruiting. We discussed the creation of 2+2 transfer programs and efforts to improve retention, like stronger and proactive advising, the work of the college of university studies and other initiatives to reach out to students struggling to stay in school. A number of activities are in progress or will be in the coming months. For example, our first two 2+2 transfer agreements were signed last month. The Frost school added new programs to their offerings and are working to increase the number of online and evening courses available. We are about to begin planning the first phase of the White Mountains Institute in the coming months. But many of the initiatives require faculty and will truly require a team effort. The role of faculty in recruiting and retention is absolutely critical.

What should the academic departments do?

  • Departments must take an active role in recruiting – send personalized letters to each and every student admitted to your programs welcoming them to PSU. Consider a calling program. Chairs, coordinators, or individual discipline faculty, call admitted students – congratulate them! Tell them about the exciting work students in your programs are doing. Personal connections from faculty members speak volumes to a potential student and can make all the difference in the decision-making process.
  • Departments offer more online, evening, weekend classes to attract working and nontraditional students through the Frost School.
  • Determine programs that would connect well with NH Community College programs for creation of 2+2 agreements and work with Undergraduate Studies to create the agreement.
  • Develop advising practices that will impact retention. Advising can be (and should be) so much more than giving out a pin number and helping students choose which classes to enroll in. We have some exceptional advisors. What are they doing to connect with students? What role should your department play in ensuring student success? How can you determine what your students need so you can connect them with the right resources?
  • What ideas do you have to increase recruitment and improve retention? Send them to:

News from Academic Affairs


  • Bill Haust has accepted an appointment to a Fine Arts Advisory Committee at the Lakes Region Community College to develop collaborative opportunities and transfer options for LRCC students to the Art Department at PSU.
  • The Art Education Program’s Afterschool Arts class is currently underway providing low cost visual arts enrichment classes to area children grades K-4. Afterschool Arts is a community service outreach initiative of the art department with art education student assisting in course planning and implementation.
  • Carol Jowdy was recently awarded an Artist’s Entrepreneurial Grant from the NH State Council on the Arts. The grant intends to support website development to promote Carol’s recent work in Ecological Landscape Design and the intersection of art, environmental education and sustainability. Carol also gave a lecture in September at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center entitled ‘Land Design with Nature in Mind’.
  • Jason Swift will have a new video art piece in “Visions in New York City,” Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin; Assistant Curator: Heather Van Uxem Lewis. Exhibition on View: November 2-13, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6-9 pm at Teachers College, Columbia University, Milbank Chapel and Macy Gallery, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Catherine Amidon has secured the first three New Hampshire venues for the touring exhibition “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911.” She has also been appointed to the Arts, the Citizen and Community Engagement sub-Committees of the Weeks Act Centennial Committee
  • The Karl Drerup Art Gallery sponsored a talk by artist Pat Musick & and astronaut Gerald Carr; they subsequently donated a sculpture to Plymouth State University.
  • Catherine Amidon is now an Affiliate of the Center for the Environment.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Dennis Machnik gave Star Lab presentations in Rhode Island and Vermont. He presented to approximately 200 people (public included) on October 13 at Bane Middle School in Cranston, RI. On October 20, he gave seven presentations at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond, VT. About 125 children were in attendance.

Bagley House

  • Thirty-five students are spending their fall semester abroad at universities in twelve different countries: Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Cyprus, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Australia, Spain, and Belgium. Two students are studying with Semester at Sea, traveling to 11 countries in 109 days. In October, they visited ports in South Africa, Mauritius and India.
  • Two hundred students attended our annual study abroad fair and nearly 100 members of the PSU community were able to complete US passport applications. Many students and staff received their passports in the mail within two weeks!

Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy

  • Mary Ann McGarry presented a paper in early October at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference in Portland, OR entitled: “The Power of
    Partnerships in Promoting Environmental Literacy About Forest Ecosystems”.
  • Lisa Doner presented a talk on “The Madison Hills Paleoecology Project: A Citizen‐Science Research Initiative at Pea Porridge Pond, New Hampshire” in the Voices of Science Session of the 2009 AESS Conference on the Environment, hosted by the U. of Wisconsin in early October.
  • Mark Turski and Warren Tomkiewicz presented papers at the Geological Society of America Annual Conference in Portland, OR in late October. Mark’s presentation was entitled “Using National Parks for Problem Based Learning in an Introductory Earth System Science Course for Non‐majors”. Warren presented a poster on “International Watershed Studies: A Comparative Study Involving New Hampshire and Pakistani Science Teachers”.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships received several outstanding faculty proposals for the Coos Outreach Initiative.
  • Ben Amsden presented preliminary outcomes from the Center’s Risk Management for Agritourism Providers Project at the annual meeting of the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education in Philadelphia. He also organized a “Coos County Outreach Initiative Open House” for PSU faculty, staff, and students. CCOI provides funding for Plymouth State University faculty and staff to work in collaboration with partners from Coos County, New Hampshire. Details are available at the CfRP website.
  • Fran Belcher attended the University Roundtable on Transformative Regional Engagement and National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Athens. Georgia. Both events brought together university, government and private partners to forge consensus around new university roles, responsibilities, and opportunities to impact federal public policy and expand scholarly engagement in local, regional and international settings.
  • Fran represented the Center For Rural Partnerships at the national gathering of the Rural Community College Alliance and the American Tribal College Association in Bretton Woods. The gathering of rural and tribal community colleges was an opportunity to spotlight the work of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network and explore new engagement models between two and four year colleges. While at the conference, Fran was invited to sit in on a meeting of the Alliance of Rural Colleges Leadership Council, hosted by the Rural Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and graduate assistant Tom Evans assisted the Town of Colebrook in their effort to organize the Colebrook Energy Initiative, an initiative to establish a local renewable energy system that may include biomass energy, a district heating system, local electrical generation and other technologies to promote greater local self-reliance and environmental sustainability.
  • Patricia Campbell joined the Center for Rural Partnerships as an administrative assistant, while Alice Richmond is away.
  • Graduate assistant Jodi Bartley joined the Center for Rural Partnerships to assist with organizing the upcoming Northern Forest Higher Education Network conference, the agricultural risk management project, and a host of other events sponsored by the Center.

College of Business Administration

  • Ms. Heidi Robichaud, president of Earthworks, Inc. of Milford, NH and her husband Paul Robichaud attended both of Duncan McDougall’s Operations Management classes on October 26, to hear what the students had to say about their company. Earthworks is a manufacturer of precision High-Definition Microphones™ used by musical performers, music producers, and acoustic laboratories. The company was recently the subject of a business case study written by Professor McDougall.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Kathleen Norris has been in China working with the Shanghai American School to train program coordinators. While there she also advised students and taught two intensive sections of Research Design to their faculty who are part of our MEd program in K-12 education. Shanghai American School sponsors this work.
  • The College of Graduate Studies hosts the Plymouth Regional High School Transitions Students for Halloween each year and invites the students to vote on a pumpkin carving contest; this is a much anticipated event for the high school students.

Computer Science

  • Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., A generating function approach to the surface area of some interconnection networks. Journal of Interconnection Networks, 10.3 (2009) 189-204.
  • Roger Marshall, chair, gave an invited presentation on bioinformatics to the CS faculty and students at UNH-Durham on Thursday Oct. 22.
  • In October Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Tim Madan, Parker VanderNoot, and Nick Ortakeles at the Northeastern Regional preliminary of ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest held at WNEC. This year the team came in 5th place overall and defeated teams from several schools including: UMass, Trinity College, Skidmore College, and Siena College. This is the team’s highest finish ever at the competition.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter contributed toward the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families’ Citizen Update, which was published in October of 2009. The publication is distributed to Belknap County citizens in an effort to educate them about juvenile justice and involve them in making their community a safe place to live. A link to the report is:


  • Marcel Lebrun presented an all-day training on Functional Behavior Assessments and Social Contracting Strategies to the Franklin School District elementary schools’ Child Study-At Risk teams on October 20th.


  • Karolyn Kinane gave a talk entitled “Multiculti King Arthur (2004)” at Keene State College October 29th, 2009.
  • Laura Rollison is designing a new middle school language arts curriculum for Waterville Valley Academy. She is also producing a national television commercial for Formica. Runner-Runner Production Company, out of Minneapolis, MN, has been hired to produce a short in NH, the Granite State, with a story line that Formica’s new granite-like product is just as good if not better than granite. She has also been credited as a researcher for Caroline Alexander’s newly released book, “The War that Killed Achilles,” published by Penguin Press.
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction,” has been accepted for publication in the summer 2010 issue of English Literature in Transition. She will be participating in the National Women’s Studies Association Program Administrators and Directors Workshop in November 2009 at the annual conference.
  • Joe Monninger’s novel,” Eternal on the Water,” will be published by Pocketbooks (Simon & Schuster) in Feb 2010. He recently won the Children’s Literature Award from NH Writers’ Project and has signed a two-book, young adult deal with Delacorte.
  • Liz Ahl will be giving a poetry reading at the Moultonborough Public Library on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30. On November 22, she will participate with Jonathan Santore (MTD) in a pre-concert talk about his setting of three of her poems for the NH Master Chorale “Harvest Home” concert. The talk will be at 3:30, followed by the concert at 4:00, at the Plymouth Congregational Church.
  • Matthew Cheney’s essay, “Without Hope, Without Despair,” was just published in Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers by Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon Publications).
  • “Our Secret Year” (new title), the film of Scott Coykendall’s screenplay, will premier in Lexington, KY, in mid-January, with a NH screening to follow, time and date TBD.
  • Robin DeRosa will chair a panel on “Postmodern Tourism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Montreal in April, and will also present her paper, “No Man of the Mountain: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” She is excited to welcome a group project by Thad Guldbrandsen, Mark Okrant, and Ben Amsden onto that panel, as well. This Fall, Robin has presented her research on the Salem Witch Trials at historical societies and libraries in Moultonborough, Springfield, Hampstead, Peterborough, Windham, and Plaistow, and will be giving a presentation for the Plymouth Historical Society on Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm at the Congregational Church in town.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina, Lynn Johnson, and Louise McCormack presented a session with faculty from Central Connecticut at the National Physical Education Teacher Preparation conference in Myrtle Beach, SC entitled: Addressing Program Assessment Challenges: Student Learning and Teacher Candidate Dispositions.
  • Adah Gillon, a junior Physical Education major in PE.HE teacher certification, has been selected to attend the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2009 Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference being held at Camp Letts, Maryland from October 22-25, 2009. The Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference provides AAHPERD undergraduate student members with a leadership development experience. The conference program includes activities to prepare participants for leadership opportunities in physical education, health promotion and education, fitness, sports, dance, and recreation. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to interact with more than 100 students and AAHPERD leaders from around the country. Adah is the current Plymouth State University HPER Majors Club President.
  • Linda Levy and 20 athletic training majors conducted a workshop titled, “Cutting through the Barriers: Equipment Removal and Airway Access for EMS Personnel” at the Campton Thornton Fire Station on October 19th. This annual workshop teaches EMS personnel how to care for spine injured athletes as well as recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The participants learned how to remove football helmet facemasks; how to remove ice hockey, lacrosse, and motorcycle/snowmobile helmets; and how to assist emergency room physicians with the removal of football helmets and shoulder pads.
  • Liesl Lindley has been working extensively with the other members of the New Hampshire Athletic Trainer’s Association executive board, in conjunction with a New Hampshire State Legislative study committee, in an effort to examine, and pass, newly proposed legislation (Senate Bill 80) that will require health insurance providers to reimburse certified and licensed athletic trainers for therapy services that are currently being reimbursed to other practicing health care providers but NOT athletic trainers.
  • Barbara McCahan attended the national annual conference of the Association of Applied Psychology to present a lecture entitled “Active Aging; Voices, Venues and Values”. This lecture was based on a qualitative research study which was a collaborative effort between Dr. McCahan and Dr. Deborah John (now of OSU) and was conducted with subjects who are members of the Silver Streaks Senior Ski Club of Waterville Valley. The research was sponsored by the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities in the Department of Health and Human Performance.
  • Linda Levy, Ashley Schmidt (MS ’09) and Brad Emerton (BS ’10) published an article, “A Clinical Education Experience in the Performing Arts,” in the November issue of Athletic Therapy Today.

Lamson Library

  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    David A. Beronä: “Wordless Books.” Presentation to EEE (Elder Education Enrichment), Burlington Vermont. October 26, 2009.
  • Elaine S. Allard: Mascenic High School Library, New Ipswich, NH October 2, 2009 “Consulting Staff Development on a Shoestring. “ October Conference – Dartmouth Libraries.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Carleen Graff has two more digital keyboard orchestra works published by Ogilvy Music – Joy to the World and Jingle Bells.
  • Connie Chesebrough, President of the NH Music Teachers Association, and Carleen Graff, President-Elect, hosted the Music Teachers National Association Quad State Convention at PSU on October 2-3, 2009. Music teachers from MA, ME, NH and VT attended the conference, which revolved around “The Collaborative Musician”.


  • David Haight, Chair, is wishing and hoping that his 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” which appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6, will remain unchallenged by others. In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematical Institute of Cambridge, MA, offered a one-million dollar prize to anyone who could solve each of seven millennial problems, the Riemann hypothesis being the first of the seven. Only a paper published in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal is to be considered for the prize, and the proof must then survive a two-year period of scrutiny by the general mathematics community.
    Thus far – no challenges! Good luck, David.

Pakistani Project

The U.S. Department of State-funded professional development project for Pakistani educational leaders at Plymouth State University just completed its sixth summer institute. It focused on training in conflict resolution and science education with a literacy component. The delegates are now sharing their knowledge in follow-on activities across Pakistan. They work in the tribal and northern areas, Baluchistan, the Punjab, the Sindh, Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory.

A campus-wide committee provided support for the ’09 institute. It included project director Blake Allen and administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat; George Tuthill, College of Graduate Studies; Christopher Williams, OPR: Tammy Hill, Physical Plant; Lisa Ladd, Kirk McClelland, Bagley House; Liane Sutcliffe, Tara DiSalvo, OSP; Chief Creig Doyle, Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police; John Martin, Lamson Learning Commons; Keith Botelho, Sodexho; Sarah Roesener, and Alex Lindsay.

Institute instructors consisted of Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, and Marguerite Crowell in science education; Robert O’Donnell in conflict resolution; Gaye Gould in literacy, and Kimberly Rawson Sychterz in Master Action Plan design.

The Pakistanis had opportunities to work with American counterparts in the Arts in Education Institute, Plymouth Writing Project, and the institute’s International Watershed course.

As a capstone, the delegates travelled to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the U.S. Department of State and Embassy of Pakistan. They were accompanied by Blake Allen, Michelle Lauriat, Jennifer Frank, John Martin, Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, Sarah Roesener and Alex Lindsay.

Everyone met with officials from the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke, and from the Bureaus of South and Central Asia Affairs and of Educational and Cultural Affairs. His Excellency Ambassador Haqqani hosted the group at an afternoon reception at the Embassy.

Project director Blake Allen is now working with Lahore-based partner, ITA, Pakistani alumni, and State Department officials on the in-country phase, which focuses on supporting and tracking outcomes of institute training. With assistance from the U.S. Embassy in India, the project will be hosting a South Asia conference in Delhi, India, in March, 2010. Educators from Pakistan, India and New Hampshire will participate in the sessions.

The project has been commended by State Department officials for its work with Pakistani educational leaders. With the project encompassing phases in both the United States and Pakistan, 120 educators have attended the institutes and shared their knowledge in professional development outcomes in Pakistan.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • Patti May, Angie Ricciardi, Jan Carlson, and Sue Keefe will be attending the annual SSS Professional Development Day at UNH on Nov. 6 sponsored by the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) and the University of New Hampshire Student Support Services program.


  • Kimberly Yunes (psychology honors student and Spring 2009 graduate) and John Kulig presented a research poster titled “False Consensus and Uniqueness Effects in Perception of Body Types” at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. It was held at Worcester State College in Worcester, MA Saturday October 10th.

Social Science

  • Bob Heiner’s book “Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality” was published in October by Oxford University Press.
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) published an article titled “The Slave of Allah vs. the Slave of Satan: Evil and the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui” in Inside and Outside the Law: Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State, edited by Shubhankar Dam and Jonathan Hall, Interdiscipliinary.Net, Oxford, England, 2009.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) attended the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) in Quebec City on October 15-18. (David is the editor of CNEHA.) David also spoke to the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association on October 9.

Social Work

  • The department held an Advisory Board meeting on October 30th which included a student poster presentation.
  • Stephen Gorin attended a national meeting of NASW Presidents and Executive Directors in Chicago in late October; he also participated in meetings of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Scott Meyer was re-appointed to the NH Governor’s Commission on the Status of Men; he continues to serve on the Quality Assurance Committee for the Plymouth Regional Clinic.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in another CSWE Council on Leadership development planning meeting in preparation for the annual conference in November; she also chaired a monthly meeting of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee.
  • Christine Rine presented “Learner Knows Best: A Presentation of Student Directed Projects” at the Successful Teaching Conference for the SUNY Cornell Partnership in Buffalo, NY. She has been attending Online Education Workshops, such as Exploring Second Life, and exploring a new online or blended offering/section of our Child Welfare course.

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