March 2010

March 28th, 2010 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
March 3, 2010

Spotlight on Faculty using Technology

On March 31st from 3:15 pm – 6:00 pm there will be a series of presentations by faculty who are using technology in innovative ways. Eight faculty members are currently scheduled to make presentations and there is room for a few more. If you are interested, please contact Ellen Murphy, Director of Online Education ( ). Presentations are approximately 10-15 minutes.

Distinguished Awards Nominations

This year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards nomination process has begun! As you know, we have two undergraduate distinguished awards: The Distinguished Teaching Award (for full-time faculty teaching in the undergraduate program) and The Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award (for part-time faculty teaching in the undergraduate program), and the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award (for faculty teaching in the graduate programs).

I encourage you to be a part of this year’s selection process by nominating worthy individuals. The links below will take you to the 3 nomination forms:

Nominations must be submitted electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15th, 2010.

Conference Opportunity

Funding is available for up to five faculty members to attend the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) will be held from Tuesday, May 25, 2010 to Friday, May 28, 2010 at SUNY Plattsburg. What conference attendees are saying: “year after year, this is the most valuable conference I attend, and the least expensive. What I particularly like about this conference is the focus on teaching and learning.” The cost is $250 for conference registration and includes meals, and $40 night for a room (on campus).

This year’s conference is offering six tracks:

  • Health Education
  • Learning Spaces
  • Global and Mobile
  • Open Everything
  • Balancing Pedagogy and Technology
  • K-16 Pipeline: Plugging the Leaks

Please contact my office if you are interested in attending. Support for five individuals is available on a first come first serve basis.

Conference registration information is here:

News from Academic Affairs

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Tom Wagner, the White Mountain National Forest Supervisor, presented “100 Years of Public Land Management,” as part of the Weeks Act Centennial Lecture Series.
  • The NFHERN (The Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network) Steering Committee announced their second annual meeting will be held at Mountain View Grand Resort Hotel in Whitefield, NH on June 1 & 2, 2010. The theme of the meeting will be “Higher Education’s Role in the Northern Forest’s Sustainable Future. PSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Stay tuned for further announcements from Fran Belcher.
  • Tom Evans (Graduate Assistant) submitted a report on community-scale biomass resources to the Biomass District Heating Working Group.
  • Ben Amsden, in partnership with UVM Extension, organized and facilitated two workshops on “Risk Management in Agritourism.” These workshops, held at the Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester and the VT Farms Association annual meeting in Woodstock, Vermont, were designed to help farmers navigate the issues of insurance, liability and risk that arise from farm-based agritourism activities. Over 60 farmers representing nearly all facets of regional agritourism attended the workshops.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen was a panelist in the Forum for the Future discussion on “A Candid Analysis of NH’s Future by Its Emerging Young Leaders,” in Bedford.

College of University Studies

  • Patrick Cate gave a presentation and training for the academic services staff at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island on using the targeted academic advising model (developed here at PSU). The training consisted of a 2-hour class followed by a 2-hour practice/case study session. He has been invited back to be one of their faculty week speakers in August in order to train their faculty on how to use this advising technique.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears represented the American Mental Health Counselors Association at the annual conference for the American Association of State Counseling Boards.

Criminal Justice

  • Francis Williams presented and chaired a session on “What we have learned about online learning in Criminal Justice and Criminology.” His presentation was titled “Student Perceptions of Online Criminal Justice Courses.” This mixed methods study investigated how certain features of online Criminal Justice courses contributed to learning in an asynchronous online learning environment based in student perceptions.

Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies

  • Linda Hammond presented at the NH School Administrators Association Best Practices Conference on Education for All Children, using Lego elements as a professional development tool in October.

Global Education Office

  • Twenty-eight PSU students began their spring semester studying abroad in Austria, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain. One student will be studying shipboard with the Semester at Sea program stopping at ports in Japan, China, Viet Nam, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana and Brazil.
  • The workshop series, “Job Search Strategies in a Tough Economy” developed by Ruth DeCotis was published in “Campus Career Counselor,” a publication journal for college and university career services professionals.

Health and Human Performance

  • Plymouth State University’s Health and Human Performance Department was well represented at the recent Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Rye, NY. The following faculty and students were recognized during the convention:
    • Irene Cucina was awarded the Presidential Medallion for her service and assistance to the Eastern District President.
    • Cheryl Coker was selected as the Margaret Paulding Lecturer and gave the following lecture: “Long Term Female Athlete Development – From Playground to Podium.” Cheryl also received an EDA Acknowledgment Award. She also presented, “Skill Analysis: More Than Meets the Eye.”
    • Louise McCormack received an EDA Acknowledgment Award.
    • Morgan O’Connell ’10 received the Robert M. Pate Scholarship, and was one of two recipients from New Hampshire for the Outstanding Future Professional Award and completed her term as the Student Representative on the EDA Executive Board. Morgan should be commended for her service to Eastern District and her accomplishments as a student and young professional.
    • Morgan and Adam Durkee ’10 presented “Reduce your Budget, Reuse Your Unwanted, Recyele and Go Green in PE.”
    • In addition to the awards, the following faculty are on the Executive Board of the Eastern District for 2010-2011: Lynn Johnson completed her term as President of Eastern District and is now the Past-President; Irene Cucina is the EDA Representative to the AAHPERD Board of Governors; and Barbara McCahan is the Vice President of Physical Activity and Recreation.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller and the Health Education majors and students in the Health and Wellness Club implemented PSU’s 13th Love Your Body Week as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week on Feb. 22- Feb. 27. Burckes-Miller presented “Balancing the Teeter Totter: Eating Disorders and Obesity Prevention” at the Eastern District Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She also presented “Balancing Obesity Prevention and Eating Disorders for Youth at Risk at the National Youth at Risk Conference in Savannah Georgia.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting was invited to serve on the Fulbright Scholarship National Screening Committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships. Whiting and other members of the committee reviewed applications and then met at the Institute of International Education in New York City in December to finalize the award recipients.


  • Dana Ernst gave a presentation on January 15th, “On the cyclically fully commutative elements of Coxeter groups,” at the session on Discrete Mathematics at the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2010 in San Francisco, CA
  • John Donovan is collaborating with Mrs. Cathy Crane, 5th grade teacher at PES (Plymouth Elementary School), to plan a project for the 2nd Math Masters program at PES. Math Masters is an innovative collaboration that brings students from different grades together as investigation teams. Teachers devise and supervise the investigative projects with the support of parent volunteers and administrators. Teams pursue their investigations in six one-hour blocks over the course of 6 weeks.
  • Math Department faculty have had the following publications and presentation:
    • Beaudrie, B., Ricard, E., et. al. (2009) The Numeracy Action Plan: The Case for Quantitative Literacy in the State of New Hampshire. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the New Hampshire Department of Education, 168 pages.
    • Beaudrie, Brian, and Boschmans, Barbara. Developing Quantitative Literacy. AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) National Conference, Las Vegas NV November 2009.
    • Boschmans, Barbara and Beaudrie, Brian. Learning with Geoboards. NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Regional, Minneapolis MN, November 2009.
    • Beaudrie, Brian. New Hampshire’s Numeracy Action Plan: The Case for Quantitative Literacy. 12th Annual Best Practices Conferences on Education for All Children, Concord NH, October 2009.
    • Beaudrie, Brian. Developing Quantitative Literacy in grades K-8. Plymouth Elementary School Professional Development Workshop, Plymouth NH, October 2009.
    • Boschmans, Barbara and Beaudrie, Brian. Exploring Mathematics on a Geoboard. NCTM Regional, Boston MA, October 2009.
    • Beaudrie, Brian, Boschmans, Barbara, and Ricard, Emily. Developing a Plan for Quantitative Literacy. NCTM Regional, Boston MA, October 2009.
    • Beaudrie, Brian. Developing Quantitative Literacy. NCPDD (North Country Professional Development Day), Whitefield NH, October 2009.
    • Beaudrie, Brian. The History of the Transition Project. Topics in Applied College (TAC) Mathematics Workshop, Concord NH, August 2009.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Gary Corcoran was the guest conductor of the high school Honor Band at the Green Mountain Music Festival held February 5, in Rutland VT.
  • On Saturday, February 27th, Holly Oliver, music education program coordinator, along with the assistance of the PSU Collegiate chapter of the Music Educators National Conference, sponsored a professional development day for music education majors and area music teachers. Sessions were presented to approximately 60 people on topics including Starting a Guitar Program, World Music Drumming, Integrating Academics into Elementary General Music, A New Approach to Rhythm Reading, The Work of Edwin Gordon, and Planning and Preparation for a High School Musical.
  • Beth Cox was the host and Coordinator of the NH Professional Theatre Association Auditions and Job Fair on February 20, 2010 held in Silver. This marks the third year PSU has hosted this day-long event which was developed through a partnership with the NH Department of Cultural Resources, the NH Professional Theatre Association and PSU. Sixteen (16) theatre companies auditioned 81 performers and interviewed 33 individuals for summer and full-time work. Matt Kizer developed the website materials; Amanda Whitworth Andrew Morrissey, a PSU alum, served as the audition accompanist; Kathleen Arecchi represented an NHPTA member, North Country Center for the Arts, as a casting consultant.
  • Carleen Graff gave a piano master class at the Nashua Community Music School on February 20. One of the teachers who had students performing was Angela Olszta ‘05.
  • Dan Perkins accompanied 4 students to the American Choral Directors Association convention in Philadelphia. His chamber ensemble, Trio Veritas, performed three concerts in Maine and New Hampshire.


  • Brian Healy has a new publication ‘’ The Effect of Attentional Control and Heart-Period Variability on Negative Affect and Trait Anxiety” that will appear in the Journal of General Psychology, Vol. 137 (2) pp 1-11.

Social Science

  • Katherine Donahue, Anthropology, was co-organizer and chair of a panel which honored the recently deceased French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. The panel, titled “Lévi-Strauss, Europe, and the Ends of Anthropology,” was selected as a Presidential Session, and was part of the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, in December, 2009.
  • Stacey G. H. Yap gave a talk on February 17th to 29 third graders at Plymouth Elementary School on “Chinese New Year Customs and Traditions.” This talk coincides with the Chinese New Year which starts on Feb. 14th this year (to Feb. 28th). The 3rd graders celebrated with readings of Chinese culture, food and art projects and were eager to share what they have done with Stacey. She has also completed a book review for the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. The book she reviewed is titled Empowering Migrant Women. Why Agency and Rights are not Enough by Leah Brionnes (Ashgate, 2009).
  • Krisan Evenson, adjunct faculty member in the Social Sciences Department, would like to extend her thanks to the PSU community members who generously donated wool yarn for the benefit of students in her winterim course on citizen-to-citizen diplomacy, called “Piecework for Peacework.” The second crate of handmade goods has just left the building! The course centered on Afghanistan; beyond meeting academic requirements, students (several for the first time) crocheted vests, hats and afghans for donation to the Afghan people, in a hands-on, international service learning experience.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin’s article, “Health Care Reform and Older Adults,” was published in Health & Social Work, 35 (1) February 2010.
  • Scott Meyer reviewed a newly published textbook by Routledge, “Human Behavior in the Social Environment 2/E,” by A. T. Rogers; an excerpt of his review was included in the cover.
  • Cynthia Moniz is a member of the Service Learning Task Force this semester. She has also been working on the development of a new service learning international travel course for next year.
  • Christine Rine has developed a new brochure for our Child Welfare (IV-E) Partnership with DCYF. As a result of her work as a member of the Academic Technology Advisory group (ATAG), she has piloted the use of Moodle vs. Blackboard for two spring courses and is reviewing the findings from focus groups re: MLS (Learning Management Systems). She is also exploring service learning opportunities for her courses.

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