February 2010

February 28th, 2010 by Noelle

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

I can’t tell you what a joy it is to see a vibrant active campus now that faculty and students have returned. Welcome back!

Faculty- Student Recruitment Program

The Admissions process for Fall 2010 is largely behind us, but now the real work begins. Students have applied and have been admitted to PSU and now is the time when they are making decisions about where they will attend. How do we impact their choices? What can we do to ensure students admitted, become students enrolled?

At the Council of Chairs Retreat last week, we brainstormed ways that faculty could impact our fall new-student enrollment. We know from the experience of some departments who already call admitted students, that personal contact with faculty is very effective in helping students make the decision to attend PSU. Parents and students have told me how much it meant to them that the Department Chair (or advisor, or faculty member) actually took the time to call them. As a result of the conversations at the Chair’s retreat, we have decided to develop an institution-wide faculty calling program. Over the next couple months, students will be deciding whether to come to PSU for their education. No one can help them make that decision better than the faculty who will teach them.

We live in different times. We can no longer expect that the Admissions office is solely responsible for recruiting our incoming class. The enrollment process has to be our collective responsibility.

This week we will be working on the logistics of the program that will take place over the next 3-4 weeks.
We will be asking for department faculty volunteers to sign up for one of more evenings. We recognize everyone is not comfortable making calls like this. That’s ok. What I think many of you will find, is that this is a lot of fun.

More details will follow in the next week. But in general, the plan is that we’ll come together as a group, (we’ll feed you) and provide you with talking points and student contact information. Following that gathering, faculty may either call from their offices or call from a bank of phones that will be provided. This is an exciting new initiative, an opportunity to “meet” our future students and an opportunity for you to have an impact on who the students are that will enroll in your future classes.

I’d like to thank the Chairs for their leadership in this initiative. It’s a very important one. I thank you all in advance for your participation.

Update on Academic Affairs reorganization

At the December meeting I promised I would give an update this month regarding plans for reorganization.

I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in conversations over the last two years about this process. We’ve discussed a few different models and have debated the best directions for PSU. In our most recent conversations we debated the number of colleges (three and four were discussed). After much thought and in consideration of financial constraints, I’ve decided to move forward with three colleges.

Dennis points out the cost of creating new colleges could be expensive. This would be true if we simply added new positions requiring new salaries and benefits rather than taking steps to re-allocate and use existing resources. It also assumes there is no return on the investment, which of course, would not provide the full picture. It’s true, if funding were not an issue, we would have moved forward this year with all three colleges. Because we do need to be mindful of costs, and because we must find ways to move forward without causing financial distress, we’ve had to move more slowly.

You will recall, the reason we chose the College of Business Administration to be the first College is because they were largely structured as a college already. This was a department with 40 FTE faculty and 25% of the entire undergraduate student body. As such, they already had a fulltime chair, and numerous other individuals with release time to provide support for such a large department. From a cost standpoint, the structure was largely in place. We did not have to create new positions to establish the CoBA and the costs were therefore minimal. This has allowed a shifting of responsibilities to free up the Dean to focus in new areas. In time, will there be additional resources needed? Yes, but those will be incremental and will occur only as new revenues are realized and can cover the additional expenses.

The reason we have not moved forward more quickly on the others is because, here too, we need to do so in a way that has minimal impact on the budget. I assure you, this can, and will be done.

It’s easy to look at something like re-organization as an expense that should be avoided, particularly at times like these. In making decisions like this, we have to take a longer view at what is best for the institution and what will put PSU in the best position for success. I assure you, moving to Colleges will be a small investment in PSU’s future that will pay great dividends. We have already seen evidence of this with our first Dean in the way he has been successful in developing new programs, new streams of revenue, partnerships, donors, and sponsorships. He has more than covered the cost of moving to a College, literally 40-times over.

Breakdown of future colleges:

College of Business Administration

  • BS Programs in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Marketing

Master of Business Administration

  • with certificates in:
    • Healthcare Administration
    • International Business
    • Investment and Finance
    • Organizational Communication
    • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Strategic Marketing Management
    • The Human Side of Enterprise
  • Small Business Institute

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Art
    • Drerup Art Gallery
  • Atmospheric Sci. and Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Comm & Media Studies
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Languages & Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music, Theatre, Dance
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
    • Center for NH Studies

College of Education, Health and Human Services

  • Counselor Ed & School Psych
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health and Human Performance
    • Center for Active Living and
  • Healthy Communities
  • Social Work
  • Office of Teacher Certification

The Bagley Center has been renamed, the Global Education Office to reflect an increased emphasis on international programs and services. Deb Regan and Daniel Moore co-chair the International Steering Committee which is looking at everything from academic programming to issues surrounding travel courses to ensuring that PSU is prepared to provide necessary services that support international students.

The Global Education Office continues to offer services related to internships, career services, study abroad, and short-term faculty led trips.

I recently asked the Global Education Office to provide me with an update on Career Services that are provided. I was impressed with the vast array of programming and services offered and thought I would share it with you.

Career Services

Communications:

Email to students and faculty regarding services we provide at the beginning and at the end of each semester

Monthly email newsletter to campus staff and offices that provide career and academic advising outlining current market trends and resources such as videos, webinars, and workshops.

  • Title of the newsletter Career Resources: Creating a way to serve our PSU students

Semester newsletter (on line): Fall and Spring

  • Informing students of upcoming events, trends, and services

Student Advising (one on one):

  • Resume/cover letters
  • Career exploration and decision making
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing techniques and mock interviews
  • Graduate school

    **Since July ‘09, 37 students (+ 43 alums below) have received individual advising/counseling services. This represents a decrease in student traffic (seen in our office) from July-December ’08 where we advised 104 students and alumni (sorry, we don’t have an exact breakdown for last year). Part of the reason for this is, since we didn’t have the walk-in advisor position available to us this year, we made the decision to provide more of our services (where appropriate) in group settings such as the classroom (see below). We still maintain walk-in advising hours but on a more limited basis.

Alumni: Significant Increase in number of alumni seeking career counseling and/or job search assistance (largely due to job loss): 43 appointments since July ‘09

Workshops/Presentations:

  • Campus Workshop Series: Job Search Strategies in a Tough Economy
    • Sept: Salaries: Realistic Income/Realistic Expenses
    • Oct: The Practical Job Search: The Steps for Success
    • Nov: Networking and Technology, A Rational Strategy for Job Search…and other sensible options
    • (PowerPoint slides and associated links to videos from the workshops have been uploaded to our website for continued access).
  • Group Presentations on requested career related topics for
    • Senior Seminars
    • First Year Seminars
    • Career related classes: Career Exploration, Professional Employment and Career Development
    • Student teaching classes
    • Non-traditional student luncheons
    • Transfer students
    • Campus organizations (Education Honors Society, AMA, etc)

**Number of presentations has tripled from last year, from 4 to 13 for the fall semester.

Online Resources:

  • As a result of student requests, we’ve tried to put as much helpful and easily accessible information online as we can. We continue to work with IT to expand these resources.
  • CHOICES, a career assessment tool:
    • CHOICES helps students to determine their interests, skills, and values and how they relate to careers/occupations. Students can also build a resume, outline career plans for the future, and view actual job listings. This tool contains extensive graduate school listings and scholarship information.
  • Experience/Plymouth Careers, a career management program for student registrants, first year through senior, graduate students and alumni. This system provides 24/7 access to on-line job listings (local, regional and national), internships and career exploration resources. As students progress through their years at Plymouth State, Plymouth Careers provides personalized career related resources relevant to their student status (first year, sophomore etc.).
    • direct access to over 100,000 employers, 800,000 job opportunities
    • robust career resources, optional alumni networking/mentorship, alum to alum job opportunity postings
  • Plymouth Connections: Alumni career management systems for career and job search
  • Website Videos, 25-part series by ABC Good Morning America’s, Tory Johnson. Designed specifically for college students and alumni, each video segment offers a detailed, step-by-step guide on topics ranging from networking skills and acing the interview to negotiating successfully and creating an effective online portfolio.
  • Annual Career Fair co-sponsored with the College of Business Administration, Event Planning course
  • Annual Career and Internship Fair, sponsored by our consortium, NH College and University Council
  • New Initiatives: Plans for spring semester:
    • Spring workshop for study away students: How to articulate your international experience in your job search (resume, cover letter, interview)
    • Producing video on behavioral interviewing (with business faculty and PSU students) to mount on website
    • Developing online ‘Webshops’ for resume writing, job search etc.

News from Academic Affairs

Art

  • Cynthia Vascak’s monotype, “I and Thou,” has been accepted in the national juried exhibition of the Jewish Women’s Artist’s Network, in collaboration with the National Caucus for Women in the Arts, for the exhibition titled, “Drawing the Line.” The exhibit runs February 5 to March 6, 2010 at The Beverly Arts Center of Chicago.
  • Liz D’Amico has five mixed media monotypes included in the juried Love, Lust & Desire exhibit at the McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, NH. The show runs from February 2 – March, 2010 with an opening reception on February 5 from 5 –7pm.
  • The paintings of Tom Driscoll, along with Grace DeGennaro and Meg Brown Payson, are being featured at the Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College from February 4 through March 7. The opening will be on Thursday, February 4 at 6 PM. The show – Mirare – focuses on the work of 3 contemporary, abstract painters, and promises to be a truly lovely show. The Chapel Arts Center will also be hosting a gallery lecture on February 11 and a panel discussion with the artists on March 18. Contact the Chapel Arts Center for more information at ChapelArtCenter@anselm.edu.
  • Students (Jessie Carter, Katherine Clark, Zack Breen, Lindsey Tebaldi, April Deschene and Megan Elliott) and faculty (Cynthia Vascak, Liz D’Amico and Terry Downs) are exhibiting in the “Prints Of The Year” at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2 White Street, in Concord NH. The show runs from January 11 – April 2.
  • Annette Mitchell gave 2 lectures at the ARtel Gallery in Pensacola, Florida on January 8, 2010, addressing “Humor in Art” (which will also be presented at the Pease Public Library, Thu, Feb 11, 3-5 pm) and the “Nature of Seeing” (at Pease Thu, Feb 25, 3-5 pm). Both presentations are free and open to the public.
  • Annette also received the “Best in Show” Award from the Kimball Jenkins Gallery Art & Arrangements Exhibition held in Concord, NH through February. Her piece titled “A New Direction” combines sumi ink and foam block printing. Her book and DVD, both titled “Foam Is Where The Art Is – New Ways To Print,” are now being carried in the Nasco Art Supply Catalog, giving her worldwide distribution.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Lourdes Avilés chaired the University Education session of the 19th Symposium on Education as part of the 90th American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in Atlanta, GA (January 17-21). She also participated in meetings for the AMS Board on Higher Education, the Board on Women and Minorities, and the Committee on the History of Atmospheric Sciences. Additionally she has been appointed to be part of the drafting committee for the new AMS curriculum guidelines for B.S. in Meteorology. The process was officially started at the beginning of the conference and will continue until the guidelines are approved by the AMS council in September.

Biological Sciences

  • 2009 Watson, W.H., S.Y. Schaller, and C.C. Chabot. The Relationship Between Small- and Large-scale Movements of Horseshoe Crabs in the Great Bay Estuary and Limulus Behavior in the Laboratory. In: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution of the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus. D. Smith and J. Tanecredi (Eds). Klewer Academic/Plenum Press, New York.
  • 2009 C.C. Chabot. Analyzing the Way that Periodicals Report on Human Anatomy and Physiology Topics. American Physiological Society Archive (http://www.apsarchive.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=2868).

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships announced support for four faculty projects through the Coos County Outreach Initiative:
    • Mardie Burckes-Miller (Eating Disorders Institute), Project: “Coos Eating Disorders Workshop”
    • Mark Green and June Hammond Rowan (Center for the Environment), Project: “Enhancing Volunteer Monitoring on the Israel River”
    • Daniel Lee and Vedran Lelas (College of Business Administration), Project: “North Country Economic Index”
    • Mark Okrant (Social Science), Project: “A Marketing Tool for Small Lodging Properties”
  • Ben Amsden appeared on the television program “Across the Fence” with Dr. Lisa Chase of UVM Extension. “Across the Fence” is the longest-running daily farm and home television program in the country, and it airs on WCAX-TV (the CBS affiliate from Burlington, Vermont). The primary topic of discussion was agritourism, culinary tourism, and “local food” – areas which, in addition to being the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry, are of tremendous importance to the economic sustainability of New Hampshire’s rural farms.
  • New England Campus Compact accepted a proposal from Fran Belcher, Ben Amsden, and Thad Guldbrandsen for a discussion on “Developing a Rural Engagement Model for Small Rural Colleges,” at the “Higher Education and the Greater Good: Meeting the Challenges of the 21 Century” in Burlington, Vermont on April 14, 2010.
  • Tom Evans (Graduate Assistant) submitted a draft report on biomass energy and district heating resources to the Biomass/District Heating Task Force. This report provides a comprehensive review of resources that are available to help New Hampshire Communities become energy self-reliant, reduce their carbon footprint, stimulate the local economy, and improve quality of life.
  • Tom Evans, Thad Guldbrandsen, and other members of the Biomass/District Heating Community Roadmap project reviewed proposals, interviewed finalists, and selected a contractor to develop a “Community Roadmap” workbook to help communities make decisions about implementing community energy systems.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen, in collaboration with Catherine Amidon, Linda Upham-Bornstein, Marcia Schmidt Blaine, and a host of other partners (White Mountain National Forest, Weeks State Park, Appalachian Mountain Club, Moore/Huntley Productions, Forest History Society, NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, WhiteMountainHistory.org, the Center for the Environment, and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies) submitted a grant proposal, “White Mountain National Forest: Legacy and Lessons of a Great American Place,” to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Interpreting Americas Places program. If funded, the grant will fund the development of film clips, podcasts, publications, and other humanities content related to the Weeks Act centennial celebration and advance the goals of PSU’s White Mountains Institute.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen served as a judge for the Colebrook Academy Tillotson North Country Foundation Scholarship Competition.
  • As part of the Weeks Act Centennial Lecture Series, Mark Okrant (Social Science) presented “Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains: A Region Comes Full Circle” at the Mount Washington Hotel, and Linda Upham-Bornstein (Center for Rural Partnerships) presented “New Hampshire’s Working Forests: From Market Revolution to Industrialism.”

College of Business Administration

  • Yet again, PSU students have taken first place in this year’s national Small Business Institute Project of the Year competition. This year’s award, in the General category, was won by MBA students Andrew White and Kim Lyden-Ricker who prepared their project for Compressor Solutions, LLC located in Manchester and Campton, Jeff Wright, President. CS provides energy improvement services for companies that have compressed air systems for pneumatic tools, etc. The principals wanted a growth plan to include a potential merger with a sister company providing system analysis sensors and software. The students provided them with a marketing, finance and operations plan for staffing growth in the US and Europe. The student advisor was Craig Zamzow.
  • Joining their PSU student colleagues in earning awards were Patrick Melancon and Greg Chase, MBA students, whose project garnered the 2nd place award in the SBI National POY Competition. They prepared a business plan and feasibility study for ZanAqua in Hudson, NH, James Dean, President. ZanAqua manufactures water purification systems with a patented process. The students were asked to investigate the food and beverage market for their products. The emphasis ended up in the Micro Brewery and Ice Cream markets. A business plan was submitted to the client for pursuing both markets including risks and returns on marketing investments.

Communications and Media Studies

  • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s book “Images for a Generation Doomed: Reading the Films of Gregg Araki” has been published by Lexington Books.
  • Annette Holba and Marie Baker-Ohler’s book “The Communicative Relationship Between Dialogue and Care” has been published by Cambria Press.
  • Eun-Ho Yeo’s book “Media, Health Risk, and Public Perception: Agenda Setting in West Nile Virus Outbreak” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Computer Science and Technology

  • Roger Marshall presented three papers on his bioinformatics research in December 2009: at the World Congress on Nature and Biology Inspired Computing (NABIC 09), Innovations in Computing (INC09) and Recent Advances in Mathematical Sciences Applications (RAMSA 09). He also served as the foreign dissertation evaluator for the PhD thesis of Mr. K.A. Mohamed of Alexandria University, Egypt.

Criminal Justice

  • Francis Williams will be chairing a session at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) in San Diego, CA, February 22 – 28 on ‘What We Have Learned About Distance/Online Learning.” He will also present some of his own research, “Student Perceptions of Online Criminal Justice Courses” in another session.

Education

  • Earick, Mary (2010) The Power of Play and Language on Early Childhood Racial Identity in Three US Schools. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. Routledge: Special edition on Play. Abstract: Three transformative action research case studies conducted in three geographically diverse locations, the Northeast, Southwest and Southeast US, with children between the ages of four and seven. The case studies that are the focus of this paper were selected from studies collected between 1997 and 2007. The outcomes of each clearly identify issues signifying a relationship between race, play and language, in both student to student and teacher to student discourse. Discussion includes how critical incident logs and language events transform White teacher identities and support self-reflection. The relationships that exist between theory, practice and academic achievement in the field of racial identity development are discussed, as is the role that play-based curriculum models can have on identity consistency in early childhood classrooms. Publisher: Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal focused on critical discourse and research in diaspora, indigenous, and minority education. The journal is dedicated to researching cultural sustainability in a world increasingly consolidating under national, transnational, and global organizations. It aims to draw attention to, and learn from, the many initiatives being conducted around the globe in support of diaspora, indigenous, and minority education, which might otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Mary Cornish and Clarissa Uttley attended the NHAEYC Professional Development Series “Faculty Symposium at Great Bay Community College.” The 6.5 hour workshop was a great opportunity to network with Early Childhood colleagues teaching at the high school, 2-year, and 4-year level. Plans were discussed to continue this series of professional development for Early Childhood faculty, with the potential of holding future meetings at campuses throughout the state.
  • Clarissa Uttley was awarded a Faculty Research and Development Award from PSU to develop a measure assessing the use of animals in Early Childhood classrooms throughout the U.S.
  • Marcel Lebrun on January 22nd facilitated a full day workshop with Kennett Middle School’s educational teams (Conway School District) doing a school-wide evaluation of positive behavior approaches, Function Based training, School climate and culture, and guiding teams through a self reflection and analysis of their systems within a true Middle School context and to evaluate the efficiency of these structural procedures and make recommendations for future planning and improvement.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Research Assistant Professor Lisa Doner chaired the session: “Floodplains, Estuarine and Coastal Environments II” and was a contributing author on three papers presented at the 11th International Paleolimnology Symposium, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 14-19 December.
  • Mary Ann McGarry submitted a grant proposal, with Lisa Doner and Trish Lindberg, for approximately $35,000 to EPA for Green GRASS (an integrated arts and science professional initiative focused on sustainability, involving K-12 teachers and students and a minimum of 8 PSU faculty, staff and students). Preparing second grant proposal for submission on 2/1/2010 to the Wellborn Ecology Fund to bring Green GRASS to still more teachers.
  • Mary Ann McGarry and Warren Tomkiewicz prepared a grant proposal for Wally Stevens to submit on behalf of the Global Aquaculture Alliance for a Responsible Aquaculture Education Initiative.
  • Mary Ann McGarry hosted the fifth exchange of professionals from the Archangelsk region of Russia, through the Portland, ME Sister City Program, at PSU. This effort was funded by the Open World Forum of the US Library of Congress and involved approximately 25 faculty, staff, and PSU partners from the surrounding community.
  • Mark Turski is working in conjunction with Its About Time publishing, Concord HS biology teacher Lise Bofinger, and Linwood Biology teacher David Webster on the review of the NSF funded BioComm curriculum.

Health and Human Performance

  • Cheryl Coker was elected as Chair-Elect of the Motor Development and Learning Research Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).
  • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley, Margie King and 16 athletic training undergraduate and graduate students attended the 2010 Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Conference. Nora Beltz (MS ‘10) placed 2nd in the EATA District I Quiz Bowl earning her the opportunity to represent Plymouth State and District I in the national Quiz Bowl at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Symposium in June.
  • Linda Levy and Jackie Hall (BS ’10) served as athletic trainers for the ETC production of Godspell.
  • Barbara McCahan, in collaboration with Dan O’Neill MD, presented a weekend community education workshop entitled “Introduction to Core Strengthening” sponsored by The Frost School and the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities (HHP).

Lamson Learning Commons

  • David A. Beronä: A Korean edition of Wordless Books by David Berona was published in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Elaine S. Allard: New England School Library Association (within American Library Association Midwinter Meeting), “Knowledge/Learning Commons: The Future School Library?” Boston, MA January 15, 2010.
  • Anne Lebreche and Jennifer Green: More than 50 8th graders from Plymouth Elementary School visited the Lamson Library and Learning Commons for a day of instruction and exploration. Students received a short demonstration of library resources, a building tour, and an afternoon of independent research on a topic in early U.S. Colonial history. The 8th grade student visit began last year as a community outreach effort aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the value of library resources.
  • Ellen M. Murphy: A month filled with workshops on instructional technologies and their application within the classroom was coordinated for faculty and PAT’s by Ellen M. Murphy, Coordinator of Online Education, along with her staff, Terri Lessard and Justin L’Italien. There were 35 workshops presented throughout the month of January for the January Jamboree.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting, who serves as the New Hampshire state representative on the Executive Board of Northern New England TESOL, coordinated NNETESOL’s annual conference on November 14th, which brought almost 200 attendees to campus from across New England. At the conference, Whiting and College of Graduate Studies TESOL MEd student, D. Joan Bishop, presented findings from on-going research on implementing a program for incarcerated English language learners at the Concord Correctional facility.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Dan Perkins, with colleagues Kathleen Arecchi, Barbara Lopez-Mayhew, and Lisa Ladd, completed a three-week performance and cultural immersion project in Italy with the PSU Chamber Singers and additional students in the Italian LL1020 course.
  • At the Integrated Arts Conference, Saturday, January 30, Elizabeth Cox presented “The Ringmaster and Introducing Action,” which explored how the relationship between director and actor is formed, and introduced elements to encourage freedom of movement into action.
  • As Eastern Division MTNA Certification Commissioner, Carleen Graff presented a workshop on the new MTNA Certification Profile Projects to the NH Seacoast Chapter on January 8. She was an adjudicator for the MTNA Eastern Division Piano Competitions held in Ithaca, New York on January 9. The winners of the Division will now compete at the national finals in Albuquerque in March. Dr. Graff also gave a series of three master classes in the Goodwin Piano Studio in Dover on January 16. In addition, she has had Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto for piano solo and digital keyboard orchestra published by Ogilvy Music in Denton TX.
  • Rik Pfenninger directed the New Hampshire All State Saxophone quartet in January. Rik also licensed 3 of his orchestral compositions to Prolific Arts music in Denton, Texas and completed scoring the movie “My Secret Season” directed by Andrew Kramp and released through FairSky films in New York.

Social Science

  • Faculty and students from the Geography major were recently presented with a number of honors at the annual meeting of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical (NESTVAL). Bryon Middlekauff, advisor to the student World Geography Bowl team, must have felt on top of the world when his team won the championship – senior Geography major Kyle McGonagle, senior Geography major Marie Callahan, junior Environmental Planning major Jesse Robillard, junior Environmental Science and Policy major Courtney Webb, and junior Anthropology/Sociology major Heidi Van Curen. Not only that, two of his students took the 1st and 2nd place MVP awards –Kyle McGonagle (1st) and Marie Callahan (2nd). PSU has a history of doing well in this competition, and this team outdid themselves. Bryon was also elected to serve as NESTVAL’s Regional Councilor and will represent the New England states and eastern Canada on the Association of American Geographers’ Executive Committee for the next three years. Congratulations to everyone.
  • Also at the NESTVAL meeting, Mark Okrant presented a paper on the work that he, Thad Guldbrandsen (Center for Rural Partnerships) and Ben Amsden (CRP) have done – and then was presented with the 2009 NESTVAL Award for Lifetime Contributions to Geography!
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) delivered a paper entitled “British Military Artifacts of the French and Indian War” to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology on January 8 in Amelia Island (Jacksonville), Florida. David also spoke to the Glens Falls Rotary Club on “The Archaeology of the French and Indian War” on January 28 in Glens Falls, New York.
  • Bob Heiner published a review of the new edition of Gresham Sykes’ 1958 classic The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison in the December issue of Federal Probation: A Journal of Correctional Philosophy and Practice. Those who are interested can find the review at http://www.uscourts.gov/fedprob/December_2009/bookshelf.html.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz attended a special briefing in December on health care reform with Andrew Sperling, national lobbyist for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
  • Scott Meyer conducted a training workshop for the Social Work Practicum field instructors in January.
  • Cynthia Moniz continued her work as a member of CSWE’s Council on Leadership Development. Applications (20) were screened and rated by all council members to select recipients of CSWE’s first Harvard Summer Institute Scholarship focusing on leadership in social work education.
  • Christine Rine attended a meeting of the DCYF Bureau of Organizational Learning Advisory Council(BOLAC) in January. The purpose of the newly formed BOLAC is to guide the development of an integrated system of learning within the child welfare system in New Hampshire. BOLAC will support the coordination and maximization of training resources.

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