October 2009

October 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
October 7, 2009

What a spectacular fall season. I hope you are finding some time to enjoy the color that surrounds us. The academic year is off to a great start. By all accounts we’ve had one of our smoothest starts to the year. As a follow-up from my faculty day presentation, several initiatives are under way.
President Steen will report shortly about R+30 and the budget outlook. One thing we know for sure: A critical factor in our overall enrollment number is the importance of attracting Transfer Students. The declining high school student demographics combined with our normal attrition of about 20% from first to second year, means that making PSU more transfer-friendly will be essential to our future enrollment management plan. With that in mind, we will be asking departments to work with Mary Campbell on the development of 2+2 articulation agreements with the Community College System of New Hampshire. Additionally, we are asking departments to pay close attention to requests for evaluation of transfer credit and to provide quick turn-around of these requests. Often times students are waiting to see transfer course equivalencies before committing to enrolling.

Enrollment management involves not only recruitment, but retention. We cannot underestimate the importance of advising in retaining students. Every faculty member plays a critical role in student success through sound academic advising. This year we will be looking at a number of initiatives that will allow us to better serve our students and provide professional development opportunities for faculty to learn about best practices in student advising.

We will begin planning for the first phase of the “White Mountains Institute” with the creation of “Sustainable Summer.” As a reminder, Sustainable Summer will be an integrated program for undergraduate and graduate students to earn a certificate in Environmental Sustainability while studying green technologies, environmental health, local foods, environmental planning, reduction of carbon footprint, natural resources, and leadership in sustainability. The Frost School, the College of Graduate Studies, the Center for the Environment, and the Environmental Science and Policy department will lead the effort. Any other faculty members interested in being part of the discussions should let me know of your interest. We will call the first meeting later this month.

In 2005, all academic departments completed 5-year academic plans to take us through spring of 2010. Vice Provost Moore and Assoc Dean Mantie will be working with departments this year to develop the next 5 –year academic plan. Your department plans will be due by May 1, 2010.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Mike Heffernan, adjunct faculty member in Art/Drawing, opened a show in September at the Inn at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT. It was appropriately called “Art in the Round Barn,” and will run until October 12.
  • Catherine Amidon and Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Beyond Brown Paper: Reflections on Web 2.0 and the Anthropological Lens, Practicing Anthropology edition on Visualizing Change: Participatory Digital Technologies in Research and Action, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2009
  • Catherine Amidon (P.I.) Marcia Schmidt-Blaine (SS), Linda Upham-Bornstein (SS) and Thad Guldbrandsen, awarded a New Hampshire Humanities Council Grant for “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” September 2010
  • Catherine also Initiated the creation of a Campus Collections Advisory Committee, and, In conjunction with the Office of Advancement, implemented a deed system for art donations.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch, Barbara Wirth (College of University Studies), and Marsi Wisniewski (ASC Administrative Assistant/Adjunct Faculty, English) were recognized with Gold Circle School Partners Awards by the New Hampshire Partners in Education. The award recognizes exemplary educational partnerships through volunteer activities. The awards ceremony was held at the Manchester Radisson on September 29. Representatives of 41 New Hampshire K-12 schools attended. Speakers included Governor John Lynch and NH Education Commissioner Virginia Barry.

Bagley Center

  • Deb Regan was appointed to the advisory board for CIS, the Center for International Studies, in Northampton, MA. CIS provides students with opportunities to study and/or intern abroad at twenty-four universities in ten countries.
  • PSU welcomed 5 students to our campus through the National Student Exchange Program. This year’s visiting students are from Eastern Connecticut State University, Montana State University, Western Oregon State University and the University of Rhode Island.
  • Ruth DeCotis offered the first in a series of career workshops for students aimed at finding a job in a tough economy. The first dealt with salaries, “Realistic Income, Realistic Expenses.” Upcoming sessions address a practical approach to job search (10/21) and using networking & technology (11/18). Faculty are invited to bring their classes.


  • Warren Mason represented the James Jones Society as Treasurer and Board of Directors’ member at the William Morris Publisher’s reception in New York City this September. Kaylie Jones, daughter of noted WWII author James Jones, was honored for publication of her autobiography “Lies My Mother Never Told Me” about her literary life here and abroad. She is the author of five novels and was the subject of the Merchant-Ivory nominated film, “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries”. The James Jones Literary Society is an international, non-profit organization that financially rewards beginning novelists and supports high school and university writing contests.
  • Brad Allen attended the CivicUS conference in Chicago on September 15th where seventy-five of the largest city and state environmental officials met to discuss the current state of municipal environmental affairs. The presentations were directed at a number of topics including the development of benchmarking and metrics to be used in the measurement and management of sustainability initiatives including energy, emissions, recycling and community development. His research from Technology Business Research was discussed as an example of benchmarking environmental behavior of private global corporations and there will be follow up discussions regarding the role of information technology companies in the development and implementation of improved environmental results within the United States.

Center for the Environment

  • Three new faculty members joined the Center for the Environment (CFE) this academic year. Mark Green is assistant professor in hydrology with a joint appointment with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). Mark is part of the Hubbard Brook research team. Kim Duncan and Doug Earick are research assistant professors at CFE with joint appointments in the Atmospheric Science & Chemistry and ES&P Departments, respectively. Their skills complement the environmental literacy and outreach programs at CFE.
  • Seven new graduate students have recently been accepted in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy, which is administered by CFE in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and Brian Eisenhauer led a workshop on regionalization of research on social-ecological systems during the meeting of the Committee of Scientists of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study held on July 9, 2009. Results of the workshop will inform the future research at Hubbard Brook. CFE members and students have been engaged in research and outreach activities at Hubbard Brook.
  • CFE and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation have successfully administered the second year of the NSF- funded Research Experience for Undergraduates based at Hubbard Brook.
  • In August, Patrick Bourgeron represented the United States on the behalf of the National Science Foundation at the annual business and science meeting of the International Long Term Ecological Research network (ILTER). The ILTER is a “network of networks,” a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER’s focus is on long-term, site-based research, and Hubbard Brook is one of the sites.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and graduate student Olivia Bartlett attended the All Scientist meeting of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in Estes Park, Colorado. They organized two international science workshops, one on ecosystems services (http://asm.lternet.edu/2009/workgroups/ilter-synthesis-workshop-interactions-among-ecosystem-services-ecosystem-dynamics-an ) and the other on the an international environmental research agenda linking US scientists to international programs (http://asm.lternet.edu/2009/workgroups/implementing-ilter-science-agenda-defining-international-and-regional-science-initia ). Results of the workshop will inform future NSF-funded research projects.
  • Patrick Bourgeron was invited to UNH as a speaker (http://www.unh.edu/nressphd/Env-Sci-Seminars-09.html ) to the Fall Environmental Sciences Seminar Series which is sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Environmental Research Group, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the University Office of Sustainability, and the Class of 1954 Fund. The theme this semester is Ecosystem Services. Discussions with UNH faculty members included joint research programs and cooperation between graduate programs.
  • The Newfound Watershed Master Plan project is coming to completion. CFE has been part of team working for the past 2 ½ years on developing Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan. Brian Eisenhauer and a team of students completed a survey over the summer documenting watershed residents’ and property owners’ desires for the future of the region, perceptions of issues important to address in the watershed plan, and sentiments about possible recommendations made in the plan. June Hammond Rowan and Office of Public Relations have worked on outreach efforts and a brochure summarizing the recommendations of the watershed master plan.
  • CFE is assisting the Town of Canaan with a review of land use regulations and procedures related to protecting the water quality in Canaan Street Lake which is the town’s drinking water. Work on this project is being incorporated into a graduate level Land Use Planning Seminar providing students an opportunity for applied learning.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships announced the next round of funding for the PSU-Coos Outreach Initiative, a seed grant program for faculty and staff. To learn more, please contact Ben Amsden at 5-3274.
  • Ben Amsden (with co-authors Rich Stedman and Linda Kruger) will have a chapter titled “Volunteer Meanings in the Making of Place” included in the forthcoming book Connecting Place to Practice: Concepts and Techniques to Improve Land Use Planning published by Oregon State University Press. Ben also presented a poster titled “The Coos County Outreach Initiative: A Rural Regional Engagement Model for Higher Education” at the 72nd annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society; AND he presented a poster titled “The Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN)” on behalf of Fran Belcher (July).
  • Daniel Lee and Vedran Lelas (Business) presented the North Country Economic Index (funded through the Coos County Outreach Initiative) to Executive Councilor Ray Burton and several commissioners of New Hampshire state agencies. This project has received extensive press.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen collaborated with the UNH Office of Sustainability Programs to launch the Center for Food Solutions New England (CFSNE). Guldbrandsen has been a member of the New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future (NHCFSF) for the past three years.
  • Mark Okrant, Ben Amsden, and Thad Guldbrandsen presented findings from the New Hampshire Retrotour project and led a planning discussion with the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism and others.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen advised to the New England Council of Governors and contributed to a report on land conservation that was accepted and adopted at a meeting of New England Governors and Canadian Premiers last month. Thad was also an invited speaker in a panel discussion on town planning and compact design in New Hampshire, sponsored by New Hampshire Housing. The event was filmed for the making of a new documentary on compact design. The keynote address at the 30th anniversary celebration of BEDCO (Business and Economic Development Corporation) in Shelburne on September 29, 2009 was given by Thad, as well.
  • The Center recently welcomed a cohort of graduate and undergraduate students to work on a variety of projects including biomass energy, rural health, eco-tourism, higher education, and nostalgia tourism. Ben Amsden chaired a research roundtable titled “Agritourism and the local food system: Are they related?” at the Northeastern Regional Center for Rural Development conference on Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems.
  • Ben also presented a poster titled “Agri-Leisure: Exploring the fun of local food.” (May)
  • Thad Guldbrandsen, Fran Belcher, and Ben Amsden presented an interactive exhibit of the Coos County Outreach Initiative at “Coos Goes South,” an event designed to showcase the economic and cultural features of Coos County for the benefit of New Hampshire lawmakers and state employees (May).
  • Ben Amsden participated in the 2nd annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College. The topic of the Institute was “Food, Farms, and Community: Rural America’s Local Food Renaissance.” (June)

Counseling Education & School Psychology

  • Gary Goodnough, has been appointed co-chair of the American Counseling Association’s Ethics Committee.
  • Hridaya Hall (1st year faculty) recently received a scholarship from the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), in the amount of $500 to support her presentation “Anxiety and Counseling Self-Efficacy: The Moderating Role of Mindfulness and Alexithymia” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision annual conference in San Diego this month.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter gave a presentation on September 17th, 2009 for Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County at the Family Justice Center of Boston on child sexual exploitation and the police response to this social problem.


  • Leo Sandy (COGS) delivered the keynote address on “Toward De-Militarization: A Personal Journey” at the Sixth Annual Peace and Social Justice Conference on Instruments of Peace: Race, Gender & De-Militarization at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Michael Fischler presented a workshop, “Diversity: Managing and Serving the Changing Demographic,” on August 27th to the Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit XV: The Granite State Summit at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at the International Conference for Children with Behavior Disorders in Denver September 23-25. The presentation was entitled “Hidden Dangers: The Silent Crisis in our communities.” The focus of the presentation was the direct correlations between Depression and Violence in Children at Risk.
  • Pat Cantor has been named to the board of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire for a three-year term. The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire promotes policies and practices that enable all children to lead healthy and productive lives and to reach their full potential.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Thirty-five students from the Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy course, under the direction of Chris Mongeon and Warren Tomkiewicz, conducted a week-long food waste audit in Prospect Hall and the HUB Snack Bar. Students collected food waste at every student meal and from the food preparation area and snack bar. The data from this service-learning project will be used to make a decision on the purchase of a commercial composter for PSU. Data available from Warren Tomkiewicz.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson is leading a 6 session adventure-based curriculum to increase group cohesion within the first year cohort in the Music Education program. Two Adventure Education seniors, Taylor Huntley and Shari Weiss are in the curriculum delivery.
  • Linda Levy and Liesl Lindley, along with 15 athletic training students, provided athletic training support for the Highlander Strong Men and Scottish Dance competitions at the 2009 Highland Games, September 19-20, 2009 held at Loon Mountain.
  • Angel Ekstrom was awarded a scholarship from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) during their 2008 national conference to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator course in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington in September 2009.

Lamson Library

  • Publications
    David A. Beronä
    “Ohne Worte (Without Words).” Freistil. Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 2009.
    “Introduction” to Frans Masereel’s The Sun,The Idea, and Story Without Words. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Introduction” to John Vassos’ Phobia: An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Reading Bande Dessinee: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip,” by Ann Miller. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 489-490.
    “Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front,” by Todd DePastino; “Willie and Joe: The World War II Years,” by Bill Mauldin and edited by Todd DePastino. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 517-520.
    “In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists,” by Todd Hignite. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 520-522.


  • Tom Boucher is working with New Hampshire Fish & Game to develop/refine a habitat model for New England Cottontails. This work is funded by a federal grant to the State Wildlife Program – Cooperative Cottontail Management. He is also a co-author with David Roache, PSU alum (MS Meteorology 2009,) on “Seasonal Change in ENSO Region Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies and Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity” which will be presented at the 2009 meeting of the Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers in Nashville, TN. Tom has been invited to become a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews, and written the following papers which appeared over the summer:
    • Boucher, T.R. (2009). “A Hoeffding inequality for Markov chains using a generalized inverse”. Statistics & Probability Letters, 79, Issue 8, No.15, 1105-1107
    • Boucher, T.R., and Cline, D.B.H. (2009), “Piggybacking threshold processes with a finite state Markov chain.” Stochastics and Dynamics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 187-204.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Teacher and composer, Jonathan Santore, has been selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as one of six artists to receive an Individual Artist Fellowship in recognition of his artistic excellence and professional commitment for 2010. Kudos to you, Jonathan!
  • Robert Swift’s article “Then and Now” was published in the September issue of New Hampshire Quarter Notes.
  • Beth Cox directed Plymouth State Theatre’s September production of Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • The PASS “team” will be hosting the annual New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association (NHEOA) annual conference in Heritage Hall on Friday, October 30. Presenters include: Bob Fitzpatrick (Emerging Technologies Librarian), June Schlabach (Director of Financial Aid), Dan Bramer (Information Technology), and Jane Weber (Director of the Writing Center). Sue Keefe is the 2009-2010 Vice President of NHEOA.
  • The PASS Office is now offering a one-credit tutor training certification course, taught by our Tutor Coordinator, Angie Ricciardi. Students who pass the course will have an international tutoring certification with the College Reading and Learning Association. Also, these tutors will be holding drop-in hours at the PASS Office for students who need help with study skills.
  • Jan Carlson, Advisor for Students with Disabilities, has developed a Service Animal Statement for the institution, which can be found on the PASS Office’s website. Students will be issued an ID tag for their service animal, upon registration with the PASS Office. The PASS Office is responsible for the registration and documentation of service animals for students only. Contact information for other constituencies using service animals is listed on the Service Animal Statement.


  • A 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” by Department Chair David Haight, has appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6. The proof concerns one of the very oldest and most fundamental problems in mathematics, “What, if any, is the distribution pattern of the prime numbers?” In 1859 Bernard Riemann conjectured that there was a crucial connection between the seemingly erratic prime numbers and his complex geometrical version of the zeta function that can be briefly stated as follows: the non-trivial zeros of the zeta function all have real part equal to ½. Neither Riemann nor any subsequent number theorist was able to prove this hypothesis, which is why it has been known as the Holy Grail of Mathematics for about 100 years. 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. Good work, David!

Social Science

  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert attended the Northeastern Political Science Annual Convention May 8-9 in Portland. They gave a presentation about their chapter on New Hampshire which was published in the Political Encyclopedia of US States and Regions in 2009 by CQ Press. Also at this convention, Michelle presented an update on New Hampshire politics at a Roundtable on New England Politics.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) continued excavations this past summer for six weeks at the site of a 1750s’ merchant’s (Sutler’s) house in Fort Edward, New York. He then traveled to Scotland where he presented a paper, “The Clan MacFarlane Project,” on September 5 in the park headquarters for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the first national park in Scotland. This was part of a conference, “Heritage Connections in the Park,” and the paper covered the excavations that PSU conducted on Loch Lomond over a several-year period.
  • David also was invited to speak to the Senior Lecture Series at Adirondack Community College on September 22, 2009, on the topic, “Archaeology on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond,” and to the archaeology course at Bedford High School (Bedford, NH) on September 30. David has also just published an article in Vol. XL, No. 7 of Adirondack Life magazine, entitled “The Starbuck Farm: How an Archaeologist Started to Dig His Roots,” describing his excavations at a 200-year-old farm in New York.

Social Work

  • Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, an adjunct faculty member in the past, and currently an adjunct counselor at the Counseling Center, was recently chosen as one of two recipients of this year’s Association of Social Work Boards’ Sunny Andrews Award for outstanding commitment to social work regulatory board service. Sheila has been an active leader for the Social Work Board in New Hampshire, serving for two years as Board Investigator and coordinating the entire investigation, resolution and disciplinary process. Sheila’s award will be presented at the October 30 Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Florida.
  • Tori Cash, a senior Social Work major, was appointed to the NH Chapter, NASW Board of Directors as a BSW Student Representative.
  • Stephen Gorin was interviewed by NH Public News Service for a story on national health care reform. He also participated in a joint meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging as part of his membership in SCOA.
  • Scott Meyer was an invited speaker for the Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice’s Annual Memorial Service and presented “Reflections on Love at the End of Life.” He also provided training for new hospice volunteers at Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice – “Working Effectively With Caregivers in Hospice: Assessing and Responding to the Diverse Range of Caregiver Experience and Comfort in that Role”.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in two (conference call) meetings of the CSWE Council on Leadership Development in preparation for an inaugural event at this year’s annual conference in November. She has also been actively engaged as Chair of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee working with members of the NH Board of Mental Health Practice and the Mental Health Coalition to develop an amendment for new licensing legislation.

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