December 2007

December 14th, 2007 by Noelle

December Report to the Faculty
from Provost Julie Bernier

It’s hard to believe that this is the last report for 2007. After this busy semester comes to an end I hope you are all able to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday break.

Adjunct Salaries-

In October when I addressed the faculty at the Frost Faculty Center and again in my November Faculty report I shared with you my priorities for the year. Among them was the work we are doing in Academic Affairs to improve the adjunct salary pay scale, which has remained unchanged since the mid-1990s. Since mid-October, my office has been working on a number of models and investigating how we might fund increases, even in phases. We will keep you informed as we move forward.

Faculty Research Development Grants-

Last month I announced the establishment of a new Faculty Research Development Grant Fund. The request for proposals (RFP) is attached to this report. The Faculty Research Development Grant Fund is intended to support research and/or creativity and will provide funds in the range of $2,000-$10,000.

All tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible to apply. The purpose of these grants is to support research activity, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. In order to allow faculty and Chairs to plan for fall teaching schedules, the deadline for submission will be Jan. 5th. Please see RFP for more detail.

Strategic Plan-

Thank you to all of you who commented and provided suggestions for the strategic plan. The final document will be released next week. The Planning and Budget Leadership Group (PBLG) is expecting your departmental planning/activity sheets by January 31. A reminder that this will be your process for submitting budget requests as well as your departmental plans. Contact Scott Mantie if you have questions about process.

Diversity Fellow Sought –

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008. This position was created to enable an interested and qualified faculty member to work with the President’s Commission on Diversity and the administration on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The recipient of this Fellowship will receive a 3-credit per semester teaching time release, or the equivalent . For more information on this opportunity and the details of the application process, please contact Deborah John, President’s Council on Diversity, MSC 22.

News From Academic Affairs:Departments and Faculty

Art Department:

  • Anita Dillman collaborated with Dr. Fred Prince, Department of Biological Sciences, on a technical illustration for his chapter in a recently published textbook, “Contemporary Endocrinology: The Leydig Cell in Health and Disease.” The diagram showed organelles and other structural features related to steroid synthesis and delivery of cholesterol to the mitochondrion of leydig cells.
  • Annette Mitchell had exhibitions at the Reality-Based Art Exhibit in Portland Oregon, the Small Works Exhibition at the Red Roof Gallery in Canaan NH, an exhibit of Contemporary ArtistMade Prayer Flags at Gallery 908 in Reading PA, and at an Invitational Show at the Terra Perma Gallery in Laconia NH. She also recently taught a workshop for the NH Art Educators Association Fall Conference held at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH and taught two workshops for the Arts Alliance of Northern NH Professional Development Day at the White Mountains Regional High School.
  • Carol Jowdy presented at “The Great Turning Conference: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization, Oct. 07.” Carol presented on a panel entitled: “Art as an Environmental Education Vehicle,” her subject, “Bringing Green into Higher Education’s Traditional Art Curricula.” Carol has formed an educational collaborative with the Squam Lakes Association and The Holderness School to study and to eradicate invasive plant species at a 200 acre site on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH. At PSU.
  • Terry Downs, Cynthia Vascak, Elizabeth D’Amico and Annette Mitchell were invited to participate in the Franklin Pierce Law Center Teacher-Printmaker Exhibition curated by Porter Palmer. Twelve artists representing PSU, UNH, Keene State, Colby-Sawyer, NHAI, and Dartmouth were invited to exhibit work in this show,
  • Dr. Richard Hunnewell attended the keynote address at a conference on Murals in the Americas, presented at the Peabody Museum at Harvard. The keynote was given by Mary Miller (Yale University) one of the pre-eminent authorities on Mesoamerican art. The topic of her presentation, “Ancient Maya Murals: Virtual Courts at Work and Play,” interfaces perfectly with major elements in his research planned for his sabbatical leave, now focused on the following conceptual themes: Mesoamerican Art, Cultural Memory, and retrievals in post Colonial Latin American Art of the twentieth century.
  • Chehalis Hegner’s photographs have been selected by curator Rachel Bradley to be in the 5th Annual Curators’ Incubator Program as part of the exhibition “Objects of Adoration.”
  • Phil Lonergan and Elizabeth D’Amico had their sculptures exhibited in the AVA Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Waste to Art.” The exhibit featured work created from objects removed from AVA’s building during its recent renovation. The building was originally the home of H.W. Carter’s overall factory; D’Amico’s work features images from both the Carter era and AVA’s time at the 11 Bank Street location in Lebanon, NH. All works in the “Waste to Art” show have been donated to AVA by the 52 participating artists and were auctioned at the closing party on November 16.

Center for Rural Partnerships:

  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented a paper entitled, “The New Civics Lessons” and chaired a panel on local democracy and globalization at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC.

Center for the Environment:

  • Steve Kahl presented, along with Dan Sundquist, the director of research for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, a plenary session for the 2007 Watershed Conference. The conference was sponsored by the NH Dept of Environmental Services, the NH Rivers Council and NH Lakes. The session was titled, “Actions speak louder than words – understanding how local and state actions affect us globally.”

Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric and Physical Science Department:

  • Two M.S. Meteorology students, Christopher Warren and Evan Lowery and their advisor, Eric Hoffman, presented their research at the Ninth Northeast Regional Operational Workshop hosted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albany, NY.
  • Eric Hoffman was awarded a grant by the New Hampshire State Department of Transportation to conduct research during his sabbatical and with an MS student, Julie Soper. The project is to validate the Road Weather Information System (RWIS) and determine how to best use the data from the system.
  • Recently, a group of high school Chemistry student from Winnisquam visited Boyd for tours and to participate in two laboratory activities with college students and professors.
  • Dennis Machnik presented planetarium shows at Newfound Lake schools.

Communication and Media Studies Department:

  • Kylo-Patrick Hart presented the paper “Monstrous Homosexuality and (In)Visible Cinematic Queers” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture Association.
  • Cathie LeBlanc presented the paper “Coding Women: Female Avatars in Online Communities” at the November 2007 meeting of The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Cathie also reviewed National Science Foundation proposals for a new program called “Creativity in Information Technology” in Washington, DC, and she is currently teaching senior citizens how to use computers at the Meredith Senior Center (due to its popularity, she is teaching two sections of this class).
  • Evelyn Stiller presented the paper “Breaking the Code: Are Women’s Voices Heard Online?” at the November 2007 meeting of The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
  • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the co-authored paper “The Rwandan Genocide and (Pop) Cultural Memory” at the fall meeting of the New England Historical Association.

Criminal Justice Department

  • Tim Keefe, adjunct faculty member, will present “Campus Safety and Duty to Warn: Administrative and Technological Issues” at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators) conference in Burlington, VT.
  • Stephanie Halter, Scott Myer and Danielle McDonald conducted a follow up training with the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families. This training was geared toward helping the 4 restorative justice agencies with querying the database developed by Halter, Myer, and McDonald. These queries will allow them to use the data they collect to continue or acquire new funding for their juvenile justice programs.
  • The Hon. James E. Duggan, Associate Justice of the NH Supreme Court, lectured to students in Peter Brunette’s CJ2040 – Criminal Adjudication class, Jeff Nelson’s CJDI1020 – Individual and the Law class, and other Criminal Justice students about the role of defense counsel and the appellate court system on in the Bradford Room of Centre Lodge.
  • Criminal Justice students taking Stephanie Halter’s Family Violence Across the Lifespan displayed their public awareness messages in October to promote awareness of domestic violence on campus.
  • David Mackey was appointed by the Governor to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice. He also presented “Surveillance in the Post 9-11 World” at the Dunbarton Public Library, Barrington Public Library, Tilton School, and the Madbury Public Library. The program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and was also part of The Big Read: New Hampshire reads Fahrenheit 451.
  • Five members of the Criminal Justice Club participated in the Footrace for the Fallen on October 14th. It is a 5K road race to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Department of Biological Sciences:

  • Larry Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Lisa Doner, Research Assistant Professor, attended a two-day workshop on Phenology (the study of patterns of seasonality) held by the Northeastern Phenology Network at the Three Chimney’s Inn in Durham, NH. Larry presented on the Vernal Pools workshop he and Kerri Yurewicz (Assistant Professor of Biology) developed last April and a possible extension of that program this coming spring.

Education Department:

  • Marcel Lebrun 1) hosted 98 teachers from across the state here at PSU for a PBIS training, and another 67 teachers attended a different PBIS training on Understanding Behavior Support Plans; 2) met with a translator at the University of Mexico, Mexico City to discuss translating his book on Student Depression into Spanish, followed by a series of lectures on the topic at several Mexican Universities once the book is fully translated into Spanish; 3) was the keynote speaker for the White Mountain School District for a Professional Development training on recognizing Difficult behaviors and programming at the school level for these targeted behavior. Over 100 teachers were in attendance.
  • Royce Robertson presented “ePortfolio Support: No Small FEAT” at MassCUE, the conference for the Massachusetts state educational technology Association, as well as presented “Design on a Dime” at NHSTE’s Christa McAuliffe Conference, the conference for the New Hampshire state educational technology association.

Language and Linguistics Department:

  • Heidi Burke (German), Marie-Therese Gardner (French) and Barbara Lopez-Mayhew (Spanish) began work toward certification as oral proficiency raters and testers through the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. The 4-day, 29 hour ATCFL workshop was held in in San Antonio.

Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

  • Gary Corcoran hosted the All New England Band Festival, featuring 175 high school musicians representing 63 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 300 who applied for the festival from a total of 70 high schools. Guest conductors for the 2007 festival were Mark Camphouse and Elena Roussanova Lucas. Both are nationally known composers of band music and have numerous published and recorded works to their credit.
  • Rik Pfenninger has licensed 4 additional original Film/TV compositions to Prolific Arts Inc. in Dallas, Texas for placement in Film and TV commercials.
  • Beth Cox and Paul Mroczka presented a workshop in November at the New England Theatre Conference at Waterville Valley on “Managing a Monologue” and the audition process.
  • Theatre and Music faculty Paul Mroczka, Matt Kizer, Beth Cox, and Kathleen Arecchi hosted 360+ high school students from the NH Theatre Guild in late October for a variety of theatre, music theatre and movement workshops.
  • PSU’s Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter hosted sessions in master classes and a Music and Movement class. PSU Alumna Cassie (Chamberlain) Reed ’96 gave two master classes for the students of PSU student teachers, and also talked with the organization about studio policies and record keeping. PSU Alumna Brenna (Brown) Cockerham ’96 gave a session on Music and Movement with 13 toddlers and their parents. The entire day was made possible through the Chapter’s second Alumni Student Connections Grant.

Social Science Department:

  • Katherine Donahue’s book, “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs. The USA,” has been published by Pluto Press, London. It is distributed in the US by the University of Michigan Press. She just gave a paper at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington DC on “Islam without Borders?: Zacarias Moussaoui and Local Islams.” The paper describes the various types of Islam practiced in the Moussaoui family.

Social Work Department:

  • Cynthia Moniz was reappointed to a serve a second term on the Council on Leadership Development (CLD) for the Council on Social Work Education and participated in a half-day planning meeting in Oct. in San Francisco during CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting. The Council developed several recommendations for leadership initiatives to encourage future leaders in social work education, higher education, and the social work profession. These initiatives include a CSWE Leadership Development Institute, a Leadership Scholars Program, and a Leadership Networking Reception.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz co-authored “Why Does President Bush Oppose the Expansion of SCHIP?” which was published in November in Health & Social Work, 33 (4).
  • Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin served as incorporators for a newly established non-profit organization, EngAGING NH, which is an outgrowth of the organizing summit held at PSU in fall 2006. Moniz and Gorin worked with organizers of the summit through the summer and fall to establish articles of incorporation and by-laws. Moniz will serve as a member of the newly established Board of Directors and Gorin will serve on its advising Board of Regents. EngAGING NH is an advocacy organization for aging and older adults in NH.
  • Scott Meyer was interviewed for a story on “Making Black Friday Brighter in NH” by the Public News Service in NH. He also spoke on “Think Local, Buy Local: An Issue of Sustainability” for the Hunger and Homelessness week activities co-sponsored by the Social Work Club.

End of December report from Provost Bernier

    Request for Proposals:

    The 2008 Faculty Research Fund Proposal deadline: December 1, 2007 at 5pm
    Project funding period: July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009
    Only electronic submissions will be accepted at smamburg@plymouth.edu
    The Provost’s office requests research development proposals from PSU faculty for the 2008 Faculty Research Fund. These dollars are intended to support research and/or creativity.
    Proposals are expected to be funded in the range of $2,000-$10,000.

    Eligibility:
    tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible. PSU faculty can be the lead Principal Investigator (PI) on one proposal. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which a person can participate as co-PI. Collaborative proposals with multiple PIs are encouraged. PIs are invited to email or call the Chair of the Research Advisory Council, Mark Okrant (mokrant@plymouth.edu), to discuss the submission in advance of developing a proposal.
    Purpose:
    to support research activity not already being supported with grants, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to pay an adjunct to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. Professional development or conference travel will continue to be funded through the Provost’s professional development fund.
    Time frame:
    Proposals submitted by January 5 will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and the award decision made by January 15. The Research Advisory Council will evaluate proposals based on 1) intellectual/creative merit; 2) impact: the expected contribution to the regional mission or the faculty research direction, 3) the potential for follow-on activity or funding, 4) presentation and readability of the proposal for a general audience (limit the jargon please), and 5) level of student participation.
    Deliverable:
    a final report to the Research Advisory Council is required. The reporting requirement may be met by a proposal submitted for future work, a paper or chapter submitted for publication, a final report submitted to an agency or collaborator, an abstract for presentation of a paper at a conference, or a description of the use and data collected by equipment funded. Awardees will present their work to the campus at a public gathering.
    Required format:
    (submitted electronically by January 5th in MS Word to
    smamburg@plymouth.edu with subject line, “Faculty Research Development proposal”):
    Proposal length is limited to two pages of text as described below, plus a half-page budget and half-page budget justification. Appendices include a 2-5 page CV and references. Required font: 12 point; margins: 1 inch all around. The proposal must be entirely self-contained and selfexplanatory; no cover letter.
    The following sections are highly recommended for ease of review by the panel, with the section headings recommended to be in bold.
    Maximum of two pages for items below:

    • Descriptive project title (a synopsis of the synopsis).
    • PIs and affiliations
    • Project dates (duration)
    • Funding requested, including match being leveraged, if any
    • Project synopsis/abstract (one short paragraph)
    • Introduction
    • Rationale
    • Objectives (bulleted only)
    • Outline of methods
    • Impact of project (one short paragraph)
    • Description of student involvement
    • Expected deliverables
    • Project management plan (who will do what when?)
    • Investigators’ qualifications for the specific project proposed (one paragraph)

    One page:

    • Budget justification (1/2 page). Explain each cost item, describing match or cost-sharing from collaborators
    • Budget outline in the following eight line format:

    Cost category Requested
    funds
    Salaries/wages:
    Student support:
    Fringe and rate:
    Expendables:
    Equipment:
    Travel:
    Other:
    Total Direct Costs:
    References:

    November 2007

    November 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier
    November 7, 2007

    My report to the faculty for November 7th was presented orally at the faculty meeting and is printed below:
    October has been a busy month:

    • There are three new Taskforces: P&T, Internationalization, and Credit Models are well underway.
    • The new Planning, Budgeting Leadership Group (PBLG) is developing its process. The strategic plan is out for final comment, and Scott Mantie and Linda Dauer are meeting with academic departments to go over the new planning/budgeting process. The deadline for budgetary plans is January 31st.
    • The General Education Committee is working on assessment.
    • Faculty Welfare is looking at a number of issues including its role on campus.
    • The Governance Taskforce continues to refine committees and structures and the new Steering Committee is refining its process and role.

      Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies (UGS) – Search

      It’s time to think about next year, in particular, what to do about the position of AVP for undergraduate studies. You’ll recall that two years ago Daniel Moore stepped in to UGS to fill my role while I worked on development of the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Last year and this year, David Zehr has filled the position. Now it’s time to search for a permanent replacement. To that end, I’d like to begin the search process, but first, I’d like to hear from you. Specifically I’d like to hear from you about whether you think we should conduct an external or internal search. I’d like to ask the Steering Committee to develop the Administrator Selection Committee in the next few weeks, so if you have thoughts about the search, please contact me in the next week or so.

      Research Advisory Council/Faculty Research Development Grants

      I have established a Research Advisory Council and we had our first meeting last week. This Council is chaired by Mark Okrant. Among a number of issues the group will be looking at, I’ve charged them with developing the criteria for the new Faculty Research Development Grants. Applications will be accepted at the end of this semester for next fall. Awards will be up to $10,000 and may be used to fund equipment, student support, travel to conduct research, or release time. Last week I spoke at the Frost Faculty Center on a number of challenges facing higher education in general as well as the challenges and opportunities unique to our campus. At the faculty meeting this week, I shared some of my comments from that session. (See attached pdf of the PowerPoint)

    Topics covered included:
    PSU as an evolving institution: challenges and opportunities

    • Growth of institution
    • Overview of expansion of programs and initiatives over the last 10 years (13 new departments/offices/centers in academic affairs alone)
    • Challenges/ Initiatives for the year
      • Faculty resources
      • Administrative structure
      • Workload
      • Professional development increases
      • Adjunct pay scale
    • A conversation about a number of issues contributing to the shortage of General Education courses.

    News From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Center for Rural Partnerships:

    • Thad Guldbrandsen recently was one of three panelists discussing The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things (WUNC), with 47,000 listeners. The topic of discussion was globalization and democracy in North Carolina.
    • Guldbrandsen and the Center for Rural Partnerships:
      Secured funding from the US Forest Service to conduct a feasibility study for converting PSU’s co-gen plant from fossil fuels to sustainably-harvested woody biomass from local forests. Currently working with the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability to implement feasibility study. Conversion from fossil fuels to a renewable energy source (combined with sustainable forestry) would go a long way in achieving PSU’s “carbon neutrality.”

      • Attending the “Two Countries One Forest” conference (Nov 14-17) in Montreal to identify future collaboration between PSU and regional colleagues from Canada and other Northern Forest states
      • Served as reviewer for American Ethnologist
      • Hosted recent public lectures on NH’s rural landscape: “NH Farm Women” panel discussion (co-sponsored by Drerup Gallery and NH Department of Agriculature), “Tour of the Notches” with Bob Cotrell from the Remick Museum
      • Lectured on NH demographic and economic trends (talk entitled “Where in the World is NH?”) for PSU President’s Council Heritage Society
      • Appeared on North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, with 47,000 regular listeners to discuss globalization and local democracy
      • Serving on state-wide “fuels to schools” committee to explore use of woody biomass in public schools
      • Serving on Groveton district heating advisory board to explore using industrial waste heat for Groveton’s central business district

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • Dennise Maslakowski participated in a panel presentation at Lakes Region Leadership Program on Tuesday, October 16th.
    • 52 students based in Shanghai, China are currently enrolled in graduate courses, with another group to begin in December. Kathleen Norris recently traveled to the Shanghai American School and taught two sections of Research Design to 32 students distributed across two campuses in Shanghai.
    • Dennise Maslakowski and Cheryl Baker are working with Teachscape and SERESC to offer classroom walkthrough training state-wide. Classroom walkthrough training is designed to help administrators and teachers collaborate on improving instruction for all students. Cheryl Baker is currently working with the Manchester School District, a district in need of improvement, to assist with aligning school initiatives with student achievement.
    • Cheryl Baker presented at the NCES Professional Development Day in Whitefield: 21st Century Tools in the Classroom. The College of Graduate Studies exhibited at the NHSAA conference: Best Practices Conference on Education for all Children at the Grappone Center in Concord, and the NH ASCD conference: Navigating a continuum of interaction.
    • Kim Williams has been developing plans for a Center for School-Based Research with David Hyerle. Using research-based practice and an assessment template, the Center would be designed to work with schools in need of improvement in the state of NH.
    • Leo Corriveau has been appointed to the New Hampshire School Board Association Scholarship committee. The committee awards scholarships to deserving high school
      seniors.

    Communication and Media Studies:

    • In early October, the Department of Communication and Media Studies hosted two international conferences on the PSU campus: (1) the African and African-American Popular Culture Conference and (2) the Film, Television and the 1960s Conference. These two events attracted participants from nine countries (including Austria, Finland, France, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Turkey) and eighteen states.
    • The Department of Communication and Media Studies presented its 2007 Distinguished Communicator Award to actor/director/writer Ernest Thompson, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay “On Golden Pond,” as part of an on-campus celebration of excellence. Members of the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honor society were also inducted at this event.
    • The Department of Communication and Media Studies co-sponsored (with PACE) the on-campus screening of the 1922 silent vampire film “Nosferatu,” with a live soundtrack performed by the Devil Music Ensemble.
    • Robert Frost Speech and Debate Society: Annette Holba has recently taken over as advisor to the Robert Frost Speech and Debate Society. They recently competed in a debate tournament at St. Anselm’s, competing against Emerson College, Monroe College, St. Anselm College, Ithaca College, Bristol Community College, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maine, Lafayette College, Suffolk University, Bridgewater State College, Binghamton University, Western Kentucky, Ohio State and Old Dominion. PSU won the Novice Division and came in fourth place (among both Novice and Varsity divisions), out of all of the schools that participated, for points – all five novice debaters scored significantly high in speaker points to rank 4th. Congratulations to the RF Speech and Debate Society and Annette Holba!
      • The Debate Society will be offering one workshop each semester for the Grafton County 4-H Club as coaches to the county youth participating in public speaking competitions. (The idea behind this is to promote citizenship experience through this service-learning component of debate). In addition, they will be mentoring the Gorham Middle/High School debate team. The Gorham students shadowed our debaters and St. A.’s and they plan to work with them as they prepare for their “town hall” debates in the spring.

    Criminal Justice:

    • Stephanie Halter, Scott Meyer and Danielle McDonald conducted a follow up training with the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families. This training was geared towards helping the 4 restorative justice agencies with querying the database developed by Halter, Meyer, and McDonald. These queries will allow them to use the data they collect to continue or acquire new funding for their juvenile justice programs.
    • Hon. James E. Duggan, Associate Justice of the NH Supreme Court, lectured to students in Peter Brunette’s CJ2040 – Criminal Adjudication class, Jeff Nelson’s CJDI1020 – Individual and the Law class, and other Criminal Justice students about the role of defense counsel and the appellate court system.
    • Criminal Justice students taking Stephanie Halter’s “Family Violence Across the Lifespan” class displayed their public awareness messages in October to promote awareness of domestic violence on campus.
    • David Mackey was appointed by the Governor to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice. David also presented “Surveillance in the Post 9-11 World” at the Dunbarton Public Library, Barrington Public Library, Tilton School, and the Madbury Public Library. The program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and was also part of The Big Read: New Hampshire reads Fahrenheit 451.
    • Five members of the Criminal Justice Club participated in the Footrace for the Fallen on October 14th. It is a 5K road race to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

    Education:

    • Mike Fischler was the kick-off speaker for the “Educational Lecture Series: Circle of Grace: Who are our neighbors. A series of living together in diversity.” His topic was focused on understanding the process of adjusting to new cultures. The lecture/workshop took place on Monday, October 22, at the Congregational Church in Laconia.
    • Marcel Lebrun presented on “Functional Behavior Assessment Process and Procedures” as professional development to 60 teachers in the Andover school district. He also presented on “Understanding Behavior Support Plans” to the Hill School as part of their professional development series. Marcel was also the keynote speaker for the annual social event of the New Hampshire Council for Exceptional Children; he presented on student depression and how schools can address this issue.
    • Irene Mosedale was the invited speaker for the September meeting of the Ammonoosuc Valley Retired Teacher’s Association. She was asked to speak about the North Country Teacher Certification Program. About 40 retired teachers attended. More than half had attended PSC/PSU. Irene was also asked to present about the NCTCP to the Neil and Louise Tillotson Learning Community at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. A new cohort group for the NCTCP is currently being recruited. Their program will begin in the fall of 2008.
    • Royce Robertson presented “Design on a Dime” to the Association of Computer Technology Educators at their annual conference in Augusta, ME, as well as “Look Mom, No Binder” to the Connecticut Educational Computing Association at their annual conference in Hartford, CT. He also presented the Phi Delta Kappa – WalMart New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award to Patrick Moeschen, Music Teacher, during a reception at Woodbury Middle School in Salem.

    English:

    • “Sid and Walt,” a script by Paul Rogalus, has won the WILDsound Screenplay Festival’s Short Screenplay Contest, and will be given a staged reading on Wednesday, November 21st at the National Film Board Theatre, in Toronto.
    • Meg Petersen gave a number of presentations in October: “NECAP and NWP: A Trial Marriage” with Patricia McGonagall and Jennifer Cook at the Annual Conference of the New England Association of Teachers of English, “Circles of Meaning” with PSU graduate students Rebecca Alosa, Jyoti Demian, Jeannette Regis, and Meredith Vickery at the Literacies for All Bi-annual Composition Conference at the University of New Hampshire, “Writing for a Better World” at the 1st Annual Staff Development Conference “Conversations in a Changing World,” at the Sant Bani School.
    • In October, Robin DeRosa presented her New Hampshire Humanities Council program “Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past” at historical societies in Alton and North Conway. This semester, Robin’s students from “The F Word: Feminism in the U.S” are doing service learning projects with area organizations, including Voices Against Violence, the Concord Feminist Health Center, the Pemi Youth Center, the Circle Program, and the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network.
    • Two professional actors, trained by Royal Shakespeare Company alumni and certificate graduates of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Performing Shakespeare Course (both in London), who are the Founding Artistic Director and Executive Manager of the NY Times and Boston Globe lauded Shakespeare in the Valley, visited Karolyn Kinane’s Shakespeare class and lead a workshop on reading, acting and directing Shakespeare. This visit was particularly timely since the Theater department performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream just weeks later (Karolyn’s students attended and performed in that performance). Workshopping among professional performers, students, and academics enhanced the course experience as students saw practical application for course-content and learned to approach and interpret material from a variety of perspectives.

    Frost School:

    • Reminder: The deadline for students to submit commercials to the Frost School “Be on TV” Commercial Competition is approaching (Monday, November 19th). We would like the faculty to remind their students about this competition and the 1st and 2nd place cash prizes for the best 15 and 30 second commercials. Submissions will be put up on YouTube so the campus community can provide input before the panel of judges determines the finalists. The event will culminate with a gala event to view the finalist and announce the winners. This is a great opportunity for students to express their creativity and develop their professional portfolios. Please encourage your students to participate. Details and guidelines at www.plymouth.edu/frost/about/

    Lamson Library:

    • October Publications:
      David A. Beronä
      “Run, Bong-Gu, Run!” by Byun Byung-Jun. Rain Taxi, 12:3 (Fall, 2007): 43.
      “Strange as This Weather Has Been,” by Ann Pancake. Library Journal, 132:15 (September 15, 2007): 51-53.
      “Beautiful Children,” by Charles Bock. Library Journal, 132:16 (October 1, 2007): 56.
    • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance:
      Elaine S. Allard

      “Surveys & Focus Groups – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” October 12, 2007. October Conference. Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH. Conference offered   practical advice and techniques on using a variety of assessment tools.
      JoAnn Guilmett

      “Consortium of College and University Media Center,” annual conference, October 18–22, 2007, Gainesville, Fla. Presented “Finding Common Ground at Plymouth State University.” Attended as well as presented.
      Anne Kulig

      Recorded testimonial for New Hampshire Public Radio; identified on-air as both a Plymouth resident and librarian at Plymouth State University during the annual fall membership drive for NHPR. (Recorded testimonial) Presented a workshop on how to make a successful conference presentation to the student music educators association from the Music and Theater Department.
      Casey Bisson

      Guest lectured two days for Metasebia Woldemariam’s Intro to Media and Cultural Studies (two sections: CM2770.01 and CM2770.02). Oct 4: introduction to publishing on the web, and Oct 9: fundamentals of video editing. Guest lectured. Appeared in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about the future of libraries from theperspective of eight librarians working to shape it. Presented at a PSU Heritage Society event, Manchester NH. Presented Scriblio at Internet Librarian, Monterey, California. Presented Scriblio for the New Hampshire Library Association’s fall conference, Plymouth NH.

    Music, Theatre and Dance:

    • Dan Perkins conducted high school workshops at Philips Exeter Academy, Manchester Memorial, and Manchester West on 10/22/07.
    • Gary Corcoran has been invited to be the Guest Conductor at the Four State Band Festival, which is held annually on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Corcoran actually originated this particular festival while serving as Pittsburg State’s Director of Bands from 1972-1990. The selected high school students participating in the festival bank will be from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. Corcoran will also conduct the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble during his appearance. The University invited Corcoran to conduct the Kansas concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Four State Band Festival.
    • Rik Pfenninger has licensed 7 of his most recent compositions to Prolific Arts Inc. located in Dallas Texas.
    • Robert Swift has had his article, “Your Attention, Please,” accepted for publication in the music education periodicals of four New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine.

    Psychology:

    • John Kulig and Christina Brown, Psychology major, Class of 2007, attended the New England Psychological Association Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut on October 20th. They presented a research poster entitled: “False Uniqueness Effects for Nicknames.”
    • David Zehr has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board for the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, a new on-line journal.
    • Paul Fedorchak presented a workshop entitled “Double-Blind Testing of Everyday Claims” at the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association (NHSTA) conference at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center in Bartlett, NH.

    Social Science:

    • Marcia Schmidt-Blaine gave two presentations last month: “My family was a mixture of nations: Captivity, the Individual, and Identity along the New England Frontier,” at the Northeast American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Hanover, NH AND “Runaway Wives: When Colonial Marriages Failed” for the NH Humanities Council.
    • The First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project Lecture Series featured Dave Switzer giving a presentation hosted by the Lighthouse Archaeological Program and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, “The Early Days of Nautical Archaeology at work in three locations: the Bay of Fundy, Cypress, and Turkey.”
    • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) was re-elected Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire State Historical Resources Council at its Quarterly Board Meeting in Concord on October 29. David also presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology on October 27 in Buffalo, New York. In connection with Archaeology Month in New Hampshire (October), David also hosted a series of Wednesday evening public lectures here at Plymouth State.

    Social Work:

    • Scott Meyer is collaborating with Stephanie Halter and Danielle MacDonald of the Criminal Justice Department for a second year grant project to provide technical assistance and training regarding data base models to enhance efficacy of the juvenile justice system in Belknap county. They are working with the Belknap County Citizens Council for Children and Families. Scott also served as moderator for the Parents Weekend workshop conducted by the Counseling and Human Relations Center in efforts to help support parents in adjusting to having their adult children in college. The workshop included a panel of students and staff of the Counseling Center. In collaboration with Stephanie Halter, he completed submission of reports on the evaluation of outcomes for after school programs for youth at three different sites in New Hampshire. These evaluations are conducted in collaboration with Stephanie Halter of the Criminal Justice Dept. They evaluate programs funded by the USDA Children, Youth and Families at Risk, the DOE 21st Century Community Learning Center and the HHS Drug Free Communities grant funds. The sites they evaluated were in Hillsboro County (3 sites), Rockingham County, and the Hinsdale School District.
    • Chris Gagne, multi-talented administrative assistant for the Social Work and Criminal Justice Departments, performed with Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary for a private education function in New Orleans, LA on Oct. 21. Yarrow, founder of “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me”, was the keynote speaker.

    October 2007

    October 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier

    We’ve been back in session for a month and the trees along the brick walkway are starting to change. The blueberry bush in front of Memorial no longer has berry pickers and everyone seems to be settling in for a productive semester. Plymouth State University is a great place to be in the fall!

    Program Development

    • Brian Eisenhauer has been leading a group of faculty in the development of a BS in Environmental Science. An intent to submit proposal was approved by SAPC in August.
    • Sheryl Shirley has led the efforts of the International Studies program and will be bringing forward a proposal for this new program shortly.

    NEASC

    We are in the process of writing our 5th year interim report for NEASC. Dean Fitzpatrick has agreed to lead this charge and a number of individuals across campus have begun the process.

    US State Department Grant

    The Pakistani Institute has been awarded another $328,038 bringing the total funding to over $1.3 million dollars over five years. Next summer’s project is entitled “Active and Responsible Citizenship” and will focus on environmental and cultural heritage preservation. Congratulations to Blake Allen, Susan Amburg, Mary Ann McGarry, and Liane Sutcliffe for their efforts toward this open competition grant.

    Internationalization

    The Internationalization taskforce is in place and getting ready to begin their work. If you have ideas or suggestions to pass along to them, the committee composition is listed below.
    Thanks to everyone who showed interest in participating in this process.

    • Internationalization Taskforce
      • Daniel Moore (Chair)
      • Grace Fraser
      • Anil Waghe
      • Anita Lee
      • Paul Wilson
      • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew
      • Gene Fahey- Admissions and recruiting
      • Deb Regan- Study Abroad/ Exchange Visitor Program
      • Dennise Maslakowski- Graduate
      • Cheryl Baker – Graduate international initiatives
      • Tim Keefe- international student services

    Commencement Speaker/Honorary Degrees

    The Honorary Degree and Awards Committee will be asking for nominations for the Granite State Award and Honorary Degrees to be awarded at Commencement. One of the Honorary Degree candidates will be asked to give the Commencement Address. Please be thinking about nominations and watch for the call from the committee. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1st

    Changes in store for Convocation

    This year we will be making some changes to our Spring Convocation ceremony to focus the event on celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors. Department senior awards, and special recognition of seniors will be the primary focus of this event. Scholarships awarded to first year through third year students will be moved to department events or to a new academic achievement celebration. This new event will most likely be held in the Fall and will allow us to focus on award winners and provide an opportunity for awardees to
    meet and interact with donors and donor’s families during a dinner event. More information will be forthcoming.

    Upcoming Events

    • The Grand Opening of Mary Lyon will occur on October 12th at 2 p.m., preceded by tours from 12-2. Please come and join us to see the spectacular work that has been done. In addition to the living spaces, Mary Lyon is the new home of the College of University Studies, Undergraduate Advising, and Residential Life on the “Garden Level”
    • October 12-14 is Homecoming and Family Weekend. I hope many of you will be able to attend a number of the many events occurring throughout the weekend. Parents and alumni are always looking to meet and interact with faculty.
    • The USNH Board of Trustees will be on campus on October 18th. There will be an opportunity for all to meet with and interact with Board members.

    News From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Education:

    • Pat Cantor has been named by Chancellor Reno as the University System representative to the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council, which is charged with supporting the development of quality, affordable child care statewide and advising the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues and needs regarding child care services.
    • On August 30th Marcel Lebrun presented on Functional Behavior Assessment: The key components of student behavioral assessments at Madison Elementary School for teachers, special educators and support personnel.

    Social Science:

    • On September 9-10 PSU hosted a dozen University of Wolverhampton (UK) Geography and Environmental Sciences students on campus and in the field. Students used Livermore Falls as a study area to plan for the development of the site for a state park. They spent the day on site with faculty advisors, then prepared presentations or reports. Bryon Middlekauff assisted with this experience, facilitating the students’ use of the Dow GIS lab at PSU. Additionally, he led the group on an all day field trip into Franconia Notch. This international trip is a yearly event and involves faculty from Keene State and the UK. This international travel/learning experience has been ongoing since 1995.
    • Bob Heiner’s latest book, Deviance Across Cultures, was published by Oxford University Press this Fall.

    Business:

    • Professor Frank Kopczynski, CMA, CPA has received the George Teloian Manuscript Award for 2006-2007 from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

    Lamson Library:

    • Publications:
      • David A. Beronä wrote the “Introduction” to Laurence Hyde’s Southern Cross: A
        Novel of the South Seas
        . Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly Press, 2007.

    Music, Theatre and Dance:

    • Carleen Graff had a second piano concerto published for digital keyboard ensemble and solo piano – “Mozart’s Concerto in F Major, K. 413” – by Ogilvy Music in Denton, Texas.

    Social Work:

    • The student social work club is undertaking a fundraising effort to conduct a field tour of the roots of social work in England that would be accompanied by Professor O’Brien and Prof. Meyer.
    • Scott Meyer will again serve a term as the President of the Board of the Plymouth Regional Clinic providing free health care to citizens in need. He has also been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Men.
    • Scott Meyer provided reflections at the Pemi Baker Home Health and Hospice annual memorial service in Plymouth.
    • Cyndy Moniz participated in a Social Work Unification meeting of 10 major social work organizations held at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, WI in June as an NASW representative. She was also honored at the annual NASW Board of Directors Celebration Dinner in Washington, DC in June for her service as national Secretary, and was reappointed by the Council on Social Work Education to the Council on Leadership Development (2007-2010)
    • Cyndy Moniz and Steve Gorin did an invitational presentation in Washington, DC for the National Council to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s annual meeting in June. Cyndy and Steve were also chosen for the NH AFL-CIO’s Distinguished Service Award for their achievements in Social Justice.
    • Steve Gorin was appointed by the Governor and Executive Council to the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) for 2007-2010. His article, “The United States Can Afford the Boomers,” was published in the August volume of Health & Social Work.

    Communication and Media Studies:

    • Books:
      • Mediated Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations, edited by Kylo-Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains Hart’s essays “Our Bodies, Their Bodies, and (In)Visible Lesions: AIDS, Film Melodramas, and the Transformation from ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ to ‘Just Us’” and “The Trouble with Kids: Harmful Representations of Adolescents and AIDS in a Popular Teen Film,” colleague Annette Holba’s essay “representing an Archetypal ‘Wicked’ Stepmother: Revisiting Abby Durfee Gray Borden,” and eighteen additional scholarly essays.
      • Annette Holba’s book “Philosophical Leisure: Recuperative Praxis for Human Communication,” has been published by Marquette University Press.
    • Journal Articles:
      • Kylo-Patrick Hart has published “Retrograde Storytelling or Queer Cinematic Triumph? The (Not So) Groundbreaking Qualities of the Film ‘Brokeback Mountain’” in the academic journal Intertexts, and “Cinematic Trash or Cultural Treasure? Conflicting Viewer Reactions to the Extremely Violent World of Bisexual Men in Gregg Araki’s ‘Heterosexual Movie’ “The Doom Generation” in the Journal of Bisexuality
      • Annette Holba’s coauthored article “The Rhetorical Turn to Otherness: Otherwise than Humanism” has been published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.

    Health and Human Performance:

    • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley, Brian Boyls-White (MEd ’09) and 10 PSU undergraduate and graduate athletic training students provided athletic training services for the 2007 New Hampshire Highlander Games on September 22-23. The Highlander Games are a combination of the traditional Scottish competitions that started in the 1300’s and the recently developed Strong Men competitions as seen on ESPN.
    • Angel Ekstrom ran a successful White Mountain Orientation Program, had 9 students complete a beginning surfing trip in September, and will have 8 students in a sea kayaking class on Sept. 28-30

    Criminal Justice:

    • Eric MacLeish is teaching a seminar at Boston University School of Law on National Security and Civil Liberties. Guest speakers have included Dr. Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist who has testified in most of the major terrorist cases about solitary confinement. Next week’s guest speaker is a survivor of the Japanese-American internment camps. Much of the material from his seminar, he covers in the three civil liberties courses at PSU. He finds it interesting that many PSU students, while not having had the benefit of law school, have strong intellectual and analysis skills that put them almost on a par with his law students.

    Here ends the October report to the faculty.

    September 2007

    September 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier
    September 5, 2007

    What a beautiful Labor Day weekend! Whether you were grabbing the last opportunity of the summer to vacation or were here on campus moving boxes on move-in day, it was an extraordinary three days of sunshine and blue skies. The excitement is all around us as students arrive for the first time, or return for another year– there is positive energy everywhere you turn.

    Our Students Are Back!!

    And so are you! Many of you who were here for the summer can attest to the increase in activity everywhere. The town of Plymouth and our campus underwent major renovations together – with some still continuing. The work at Mary Lyon Hall has been spectacular and you will have an opportunity to see it at the grand opening in October. Congratulations to Bill Crangle, Residentional Life and Physical Plant. This is truly a project to be proud of. Faculty Week seemed to fly by as new faculty orientation, workshops, retreats, and Faculty Day activities took place. We welcomed 15 new faculty to campus this year; a variety of workshops on subjects covering technology, academic integrity, grants, and other topics chosen by your colleagues to welcome you back to campus were offered; our academic department chairs spent time together at a retreat discussing a number of important issues facing them today; and on Faculty Day we came together to begin a conversation about assessment – one which we will continue throughout the year. It was a week of new beginnings, learning new skills, a continuation of important conversations and a renewal of ourselves and our commitment to education. Thanks again go to Dean Zehr, the faculty and staff that presented during faculty week and the staff in undergraduate studies and my office for all of the organization and
    oversight involved.
    I’d like to begin this semester by sharing with you some of our accomplishments from last year:

    • Last year the faculty of Plymouth State University taught, advised, and mentored nearly 7000 students and offered more than 5,000 classes
    • Over 500 presentations were made or books, chapters, and peer reviewed articles written by our faculty
    • The Academic Departments successfully completed 15 faculty searches and have brought in an outstanding group of individuals to join you
    • We named Chris Chabot and Gary Goodnough as our undergraduate and graduate distinguished faculty and for the first time we honored an adjunct faculty member. Jack Barry received that award.
    • We created two new faculty awards and named them on Faculty Day. Wendy Palmquist was honored for Distinguished Service and Kylo Hart for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.
    • The President announced the creation of two new Professorships: the Stevens- Bristow EndowedPprofessorship for“those that educate the educators” and the Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics. They will both be named in the coming weeks.
    • We began work on a draft of the next strategic plan which we will finalize this fall.
    • We had successful external accreditations by Social Work, Athletic Training, Business, Graduate Counseling, and the Child Development Center.
    • The doctor of Education proposal received unanimous support by our campus and the USNH Board of Trustees and will this year be presented to the legislative body for a change of charter for PSU. Congratulations again to AVP Dennise Maslakowski and the faculty who worked to develop a strong program that we can be proud of.
    • In Graduate Studies, the CAGS program celebrated its 10th anniversary; we opened a new site in Concord at 2 Pillsbury Street, offered 41 courses, and served over 560 graduate students; we enrolled 46 students from Shanghai in online courses in the MEd program and will teach two courses on-site in Shanghai this year.
    • The Center for the Environment (CFE) has partnered with Hubbard Brook, Squam Lakes Association, and the White Mountain National Forest to name a few; they received a grant and held the first annual NH Water Conference in Concord, drawing 200 people including the Governor and 7 legislators; CFE brought in nearly $300,000 in new funding, bringing the total to more than $2,000,000 since the Center’s inception. These grants plus existing funding supported 13 graduate students.
    • The Center for Rural Partnerships (CRP) hosted a number of events including: Rural Health and Wellness lecture series at PSU, co-convened the first Coos Symposium meeting and continues to facilitate quarterly meetings of regional leaders in Coos County; co-hosted the Northern Forest Center’s Ways of the Woods exhibit on the Plymouth Riverfront; provided technical expertise to nonprofit organizations throughout rural NH; and served as board members for the NH Rural Development Council, the NH Center for a Food Secure Future, the Northern Forest Regional Biomass Energy Plan Advisory Council, and the North Country Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies Committee.
    • CRP and CFE co-hosted the E4 Coalition Conference & Expo (“Exploring Your Woodland Opportunities)
    • We completed the Master Planning process for the replacement of the PE Center. The ALLWell Center (Active Living-Learning for WELLness) a five phase project.
    • We developed a “Transition to Retirement” program in which four faculty members have enrolled.
    • The Frost School had its inaugural year and now has 30 matriculated students and over 140 continuing education students – a number of which plan to become matriculated Frost School students.
    • Langdon Woods opened and earned Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council for its demonstration of excellence in the use of sustainable practices or “green design.”
    • One of our most historic buildings underwent a complete renovation and has re-opened. Mary Lyon Hall is absolutely gorgeous right down to the crown molding, chair rails, original hardwood floors, staircase and fireplaces. Furniture that had been stored for decades that was once in the house of President Harold Hyde has been re-upholstered and is being used throughout Mary Lyon in the lounges.
    • The College for University Studies will finally have a home. Along with Undergraduate Advising, they will occupy a newly renovated space in the “garden level” of Mary Lyon
    • …and so much more. We have much to celebrate. Congratulations to all those involved in the great number of achievements.

    Please be sure to extend your own personal welcome to the following new faculty:

    • Megan Birch, Instructor, EN
    • Debra Brown, Contract Faculty, BU
    • Debbie Burnell, Contract Faculty, BU
    • Eric Cintron, Contract Faculty, LL/Spanish
    • Lisa Doner, Research Assistant Professor, CEAPS
    • John Donovan, Assistant Professor, MA
    • Wilson Garcia, Contract Faculty, LL/Spanish
    • Elliott Gruner, Associate Professor & Director of Composition, EN
    • Daniel Lee, Contract Faculty, BU/Economics
    • Holly Oliver, Contract Faculty, MU/Music
    • Christian Roberson, Contract Faculty, CS
    • Susan Shapiro-Barnard, Contract Faculty, ED
    • Lisa Spradley, Contract Faculty, ED
    • Moxie Stoermer, Instructor, AR
    • James Whiting, Assistant Professor, LL/Linguistics & TESOL

    Congratulations to the following faculty for promotion and tenure approvals received this summer from the USNH Board of Trustees:

    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine, SS, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Barbara Boschmans, MA, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Scott Coykendall, EN, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Robin DeRosa, EN Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Jong-Yoon Kim, AR, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Marjorie King, HHP, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Vedran Lelas, BU, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Linda Levy, HHP, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
    • Xiaoxiong Li, SS, Associate to Professor
    • David Martin, AR, Associate to Professor
    • John Rosene, HHP, Associate Professor w/tenure

    News From Academic Affairs Departments and Faculty

    A number of publications were added to publications’ case outside the Provost’s office over the summerand are now proudly displayed:

    • A new book for Joe Monninger (EN): “Baby” published by Front Street, in Asheville, NC.
    • The March 2007 issue of “Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,” focused on watershed studies at Acadia National Park in Maine, and was co-edited by Steve Kahl (CFE). This publication is an international journal devoted to progress in the use of monitoring data in assessing environmental risks to Man and the environment, More than half the articles were authored by Steve along with a number of PSU students.
    • Archaeology Magazine,” July/August issue, contains an article written by David Starbuck (SS), “Commerce of War: Inside a colonial merchant’s house.” This piece focuses on a military camp where merchants sold supplies to the British Army at the largest encampment of the French and Indian War in northern NY State.
    • Sara Jayne Steen, Lynne Magnusson, “Early Modern English Women’s Letters: Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Teaching [workshop summary],” Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities, ed. Joan E. Hartman and Adele Seeff, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007, pp. 359-60.
    • Sara Jayne Steen, “Living with Our Words: What English Department Administrators Should Know about the Language of Higher Education Policy,” ADE Bulletin, 141-42 (Winter-Spring 2007): 49-54.

    Art:

    • Adjunct Liz D’Amico has shared the following news:
      • Acceptance of a mixed media box assemblage by the National Collage Society for the 23rd Annual Juried Exhibit at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, Florida from September 13th October 28th;
      • awarded a grant/work exchange for 4 weeks at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont for June 2008; and
      • acceptance of a 2007 mixed media box assemblage, ³Global Renaissance,² and a 2006 encaustic mixed media painting, ³Heed the Warning,² at the Library Arts Center Juried Regional Selections in Newport, NH from August 17th-September 22nd.

    Business:

    • Department Chair, Trent Boggess, spent a week at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center assisting in evaluating and processing several of their accessions. Yvette Lazdowski also went to Dearborn and was assisted by Trent in collecting data on the Ford Motor Company’s early accounting systems for her doctoral dissertation. Trent recently returned to Dearborn as a part of The Henry Ford’s guest lecturer series. The lecture is entitled “Death and Taxes: The Ford Motor Company Minority Shareholders vs. the Bureau of Internal Revenue” and stems from some discoveries he made in one of the Benson Ford Research Center’s little known accessions during his spring 2005 sabbatical leave. He was cited in the August 13, 2007 issue of Forbes for his knowledge of the early years and products of the Ford Motor Company.

    Education:

    • New Education Department faculty member Susan Shapiro-Barnard co-authored a book with Carol Tashie and Zach Rosetti, “Seeing the Charade: What To Do and Undo To Make Friendships Happen,” published in 2007 by Inclusive Solutions, London. The Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies:
    • “Be on TV” Commercial Competition:
      • The Frost School in collaboration with faculty from Communication & Media Studies, Business Administration and the PR department are sponsoring the Frost School “Be on TV” Commercial Competition. The competition is for the best 15 second and the best 30 second television commercials advertising the Frost School. The submissions will be put on You Tube so that the entire college community can voice their opinion on the best commercials. The commercials with the most votes will become the finalists that will be reviewed by the Award Panel who will determine the first and second place winners for each category (15 and 30 second ads). The finalists and campus community will be invited to a gala event where the winners will be announced (the 1st place winners will get $200 while the second place winners will get $100). The commercials will be aired on tv in the spring. Look for posters announcing this event and/or check for official guidelines with the Frost School office.
    • Community Education:
      • Frost School has assumed responsibility for non-credit Community Education and is launching its first on-campus classes this fall – look for brochures soon. The new theme for Community Education is “Your bridge to learning for fun, learning for life”. The Frost School will be offering non-credit community education on-campus, around town, and online. Non-credit online career training courses are offered through partnerships with Ed2Go, Gatlin Education, and Winchester Center for Management.

      Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies:

    • The Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies has been busy helping numerous faculty members develop blended and online courses, and is gearing up for an even busier fall semester. As always, we welcome faculty to participate in the Blended and Online Learning at PSU program to become qualified to teach blended and/or online courses. To date, we have 57 faculty members who have either completed or are in the process of completing the program. Last year, PSU offered a total of 104 blended and online undergraduate courses offered – an increase from 61 in the previous academic year.
    • The focus for the OTLT team this year will be on video production and editing for blended and online courses. We have been fortunate to be able to convert Lamson 109 into a video production area and are encouraging faculty to experiment with videotaping lectures and lessons. Lamson also has many videos in their holdings which faculty can use in part or whole (depending on copyright issues) in their Blackboard courses. To find out more, contact Scott McDonald at x2813 or write him at csmcdonald@plymouth.edu.
    • We’ve also just announced a series of student orientations in various formats. Students can come to face-to-face sessions in Lamson 124 from 12:15-1:00 or 5:00-5:45 every weekday from Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, September 14. Or, students can log into a new Student Orientation course. In addition, faculty can also download individual modules on each of the most used Blackboard tools. Contact Stacey Curdie at x2813 or scurdie@plymouth.edu for more information.
    • The OTLT has also lined up a fantastic fall schedule of workshops. Detailed information on this will be available soon on our new website: www.plymouth.edu/otlt/secure. And we’re in the process of producing our first edition of a newsletter called the “Wired Classroom,” designed to keep faculty informed about the latest happenings in online and blended learning here on campus and elsewhere. Keep your eyes open for the first issue by the end of September.

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • Associate Vice President Dennise Maslakowski presented two workshops on Issues and Trends in Literacy to the Sanborn Regional School District Administrators and teachers in August.

    Health and Human Performance:

    Linda Levy:

    • Presented the workshop, “A Practical Approach to Clinical Instruction” at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium and Conference in Anaheim, CA in June, 2007.
    • Reviewed a taping text book titled, “Taping and Wrapping Made Simple.”

    Mardie Burckes-Miller presented:

    • Search for the Perfect Body: Disordered Eating and Weight Disorders, at the 32nd National Wellness Conference, July 2007 at Stevens Point, WI.
    • Keynote: Untangling the Web of Eating and Weight Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa to Obesity, 26th Annual School Nurse Institute, Saint Anselm College, NH in August 2007.
    • The Trillium Model of Eating Disorders: Education and Prevention at the 26th Annual School Nurse Institute at Saint Anselm College, NH in August 2007.

    Anita Lee had a busy summer!

    • Was appointed as the Folio Review Coordinator by National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education for 3 years (2007-2010).
    • Attended National Coaching Educators’ Conference, and represented Plymouth State University at the Delegate Assembly in June.
    • Reviewed a rejoinder folio for National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
    • Reviewed a manuscript for Measurement of Physical Education and Exercise Science journal.
    • Reviewed 5 research abstracts for the Research Consortium of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Convention for 2008.
    • Reviewed a book Fitness Assessment Workbook, authored by Duquette, J., Cain, D., and McCartney (2007), Kendall/Hunt publisher.
    • Served as volunteer Water Safety Instructor Trainer for American Red Cross – Granite Chapter in June. Students served as water safety instructor in Lake Region and North Country this summer.
    • Served as a Lifeguard Training Instructor, Learn-to-Swim teacher and Master’s Swimming coach for the Community Aquatic Program at Plymouth State University.

    Lamson Library

    • David A. Beronä published two Book Reviews: “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures,” by Vincent Lam. Library Journal, 132:13 (August 1, 2007):78. and “Stop Forgetting to Remember,” by Peter Kuper. Raintaxi, Summer, 2007. http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2007summer/kuper.shtml
    • Alice Staples’ article “Berlin History on the Web and on the Road” was published in Plymouth Magazine, Spring 2007
    • Lamson’s new library webpages are using Casey Bisson’s software, Scriblio. This allows searching within our catalog, LOLA, as well as across our webpages. A direct link to our online catalog LOLA will remain available.
    • We are implementing SFX – the original OpenURL link resolver—later this Fall which will link not only to our full text articles but also to our OPAC (for local holdings), document delivery, local information repositories, and our Ask a Librarian research service.
    • A permanent exhibit of six photographs from the Images of Arctic Peoples from the collection of the late Professor Charles McGoldrick is mounted in the New Books area in the library. Photographs from the collection of over 60 images will be rotated each semester.
    • Our print newspapers have been relocated downstairs in the Café area.
    • Foot traffic increased by 46% in Lamson last year, in large part due to our successful Learning Commons.
    • New Databases added last year to our Online Resources:
      • ArtStor
      • Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry
      • Dissertation Abstracts
      • JStor Arts and Sciences IV
      • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
      • Mergent Online
      • Naxos Music Library
      • New York Times 1980-Present
      • Project Muse Base Research Collection
      • Wall Street Journal 1989-Present
      • Web of Knowledge
      • XReferplus
    • Over 75 researchers visited our Michael J. Spinelli Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections. Beyond Brown Paper website continues to boasts thousands of hits.

    Languages and Linguistics:

    • In August, full-time French Contract Faculty member, Marie-Therese Gardner did research in Quebec City at Laval University on the 17th century French –Canadian heritage from Normandy, France. She will be connecting with a French History professor, Pierre Legouix, who lives in Quetthou, Normandy, France in order to help her link the language and modes of life existing between the early French-Canadian settlers and the French Normans during the 17th century. She will be using her research information to develop a Past and Present Directions Course, as well as part of her doctoral thesis.
    • In June, as part of his Fulbright scholarship, ESOL/Linguistics Assistant Professor James Whiting gave workshops on using poetry and drama in the foreign language classroom at the spring conference of Panama TESOL in Chitre, Panama.
    • Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish, Barbara Lopez-Mayhew, completed a visit of the new CC-CS (Center for Cross-Cultural Study) study abroad site at the University of Alicante, Spain in July. She did research at the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid for her next edition of a 17th century play, Valor, agravio y mujer by Ana Caro. She also submitted for publication a theater review on the Fall 2006 Georgetown performance of La traicion en la amistad to Comedia Performance, a journal of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater.
    • Our Administrative Assistant, Fawn Ouellette, successfully completed her first course, Behaviorial Perspectives in Marketing, in the MBA program in June 2007.

    Music, Theatre and Dance

    • Beth Cox performed at the Winnepesaukee Playhouse as Saunders in Fallen Angels by Noel Coward. She is currently in rehearsal for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf which will open on September 19 in the Studio Theatre in the Silver Center for the Arts.
    • Kathleen Arecchi was the co-coordinator of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop “Tools for Singing” that was held in Newport, RI in July.
    • Dr. Gary Corcoran has been invited to be a guest conductor of the United States Navy Band on September 22 at a concert to be presented in Virginia. The invitation was extended by Ensign Patrick K. Sweeten, Associate Conductor of the Washington-based Navy Band. Ensign Sweeten, one of Corcoran’s former graduate assistants at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, has been assigned to the band since October. The United States Navy Band has been the Navy’s premier musical organization since 1925.
    • In June, Dan Perkins led a performance/work tour to Peru with the NH Master Chorale raising funds for COOPERU. In July, Dan was guest conductor for orchestra and chorus of the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas. In August, he led a performance tour to Portugal with the Manchester Choral Society.
    • Jonathan Santore’s composition Kalevala Fragments was chosen from among 49 entries by composers nationwide as the second prize winner in the 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest. The prize includes a $250 cash award, a performance during Spring 2008 by the USC Choirs, and submission of the work to a publisher on Santore’s behalf by the USC Choral Program. Kalevala Fragments was originally composed for the New Hampshire Master Chorale (directed by PSU faculty member Dan Perkins) which Santore serves as Composer in Residence.
    • Robert Swift conducted the 65-member touring choir of the Pemigewasset Choral Society during its tour of the Charlevoix Region of Quebec the last week of June. Former PSU faculty member Margot Swift was piano accompanist. Tenor soloist was sophomore music education major Jonathan Ross.

    Psychology

    • Brian Healy has been working with several students in his lab analyzing the cardiovascular correlates of anxiety and sustained attention.
    • Justin Somers, a PSU student majoring in Psychology, was recently awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Iraq. In a ceremony on the common in his hometown of Dunbarton NH, Sen. John Sununu presented Somers with his Ribbon. Somers is a member of the US Marine Corps.

    Social Science

    • Stacey Yap reports that the Certificate (Graduate) in Historic Preservation has been approved and the announcement of the Certificate has been launched on the Plymouth Homepage and in newspapers around the State. Core courses will be taught starting this coming Spring. The NH Division of Historical Resources helped to set up these courses and find qualified faculty to teach in the program. In addition, thanks go out for the support and help from numerous faculty on campus in finding additional qualified faculty.
    • The process of getting the MA in Historic Preservation to SAPC this coming year is underway. An advisory group is set up for its first meeting in October.
    • The M.Ed. Heritage Studies continues to attract a large number of new students to the program (about 40+ students in this program now). Core courses such as Heritage Studies Foundations will have a second offering this coming year.
    • In July, Patrick May started a 3-year term as President of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies (NHCSS), the state-wide organization for social studies educators and one of the regional branches of the national organization (NCSS). In that capacity, he attended a 4-day Summer Leadership Institute in July to meet other regional coordinators for planning purposes. In addition to writing policy proposals for the national organization, they met with the educational legislative aids of Senator Judd Gregg and Congressman Paul Hodes to lobby for a greater inclusion of social studies in No Child Left Behind.
    • Khuan Chong was a guest of the Royal Military College’s Putera (Prince) – 50th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Independence celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 27th to Aug. 5th 2007. He attended meetings and symposia and talked about his experiences during the British colonial administration and his participation in Malaysia’s Independence Day on Aug.31st 1957. He was at the parade that saw the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the Malaysian flag; and was one of the first to sing the Malaysian National Anthem – Negara-ku.
    • David Switzer will be giving a presentation next week to the Plymouth Historical Society on “Archaeology Under New Hampshire Waters,” an examination of four submerged sites, two on the coast and two in lakes.

    Social Work

    • Helen O’Brien was appointed a consulting editor for the Health and Social Work national journal.
    • Scott Meyer was appointed by Governor Lynch to serve on the Commission on the Status of Men beginning July 2007. He also co-presented at the National Children, Youth and Families at Risk conference in May in Chicago with Stephanie Halter of Criminal Justice Dept. and Paula Gregory of the UNH Cooperative Extension. The presentation was entitled: Effective Strategies to Promote Project Sustainability. Scott co-presented a lecture at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center in June on “As Families Grow Older” with Fran Olson. In July Scott and Leo Sandy of the Education Department were published in the Academic Leader. The article was entitled: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting a Culture of Peace.

    As you can see, the faculty at PSU are an active, vital and amazing assembly of educators.
    Welcome back!!

    Julie N. Bernier
    Interim Provost and VPAA

    May 2007

    May 3rd, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Academic Affairs Report To the Faculty of PSU
    From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    May 3, 2007

    New Awards — Call for nominations:

    Last week I sent out a call for nominations for two new faculty awards, one for service and one for scholarly and creative works. The deadline for nominations is June 1st. The applications are available from the Office of Academic Affairs website:
    http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff

    Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
    Award for Distinguished Scholarship

    Next Fall, we will end our annual Faculty Day with a celebration by naming these two award winners.

    Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professorship:

    An announcement was also sent last week to department chairs of those programs that house teacher certification programs. The Stevens-Bristow endowed professorship is to honor those that “educate the educators.” Faculty who teach in teacher preparation programs are eligible. Nominations will come from the Department Chair or his/her designee. The deadline is also June 1st.

    Environmental Science and Policy:

    I am pleased to announce the creation of a new academic department – the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. This department will house the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science and Policy and will become the new home to a revised Physical Science teacher certification program, Earth Systems Science. Warren Tomkiewicz will be the Chair of this department.

    Dean of Undergraduate Studies:

    Dr. David Zehr has graciously agreed to one more year as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. I am grateful to him for his leadership this year and for agreeing to a second year. He has been a wonderful colleague and leader and I look forward to a second year with him in the role.

    Faculty Fellows:

    I want to welcome Dr. Daniel Moore back to campus after a year away. Dan spent the fall in Limerick Ireland with our Freshman Abroad program and the spring on sabbatical. I am grateful to him for agreeing to serve next year as a part-time Assessment Fellow and teaching in the Business Department. In his role as Assessment Fellow, he will work closely with Dean Bob Fitzpatrick on the 5th year NEASC report and with Associate Dean for IR Scott Mantie on the planning process . His primary role will be to assist academic departments with their departmental and program assessment plans. Before the 5th year NEASC report comes due, we need to turn our attention back to our assessment plans. Next fall our faculty day speaker, Dr. Gloria Rodgers, will focus on assessment. We will carry the theme of assessment throughout the year by offering a number of workshops and programs to assist the departments.
    Dr. Art Fried will continue for another year as a half-time fellow in online education. In this capacity he has been working with the Office of Online Learning and Teaching Technologies and working one-on-one with faculty interested in developing online pedagogies.

    Distinguished Awards:

    This is a very exciting day for us as a faculty and as a campus community. Today we will award our Distinguished Teaching Awards to three faculty representing the excellence of our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our graduate faculty. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award at Plymouth State University. This is a very positive step in acknowledging the tremendous impact that our adjunct faculty have on our students, our programs and this institution. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. In the past, the award has gone to two graduate faculty, one each from the MEd and MBA programs. Our graduate programs have expanded and we now offer an MAT and MS degrees, making our old graduate process obsolete. All three awards will be announced at the end of today’s faculty meeting in Heritage Commons, to be following by a reception honoring all three distinguished recipients. Please join us in celebrating the excellence of our faculty.

    Annual Reports:

    Just a reminder that Annual Faculty Reports were due to the department chairs on Tuesday, May 1. An electronic copy should also be sent to aoconnor@plymouth.edu.

    Convocation and Commencement:

    Information regarding Convocation and Commencement may be found on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff. Please be sure to review the information. In summary:

    Graduate Commencement:

    Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
    Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
    Faculty are invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. in Foley Gym.

    Spring Convocation:

    Friday, May 18th, 4:00 p.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
    Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
    Faculty are invited to a reception with students and parents after Convocation in Foley Gym.

    Undergraduate Commencement:

    Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. on Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting).
    In case of inclement weather, the Commencement will move inside to one of three sites: PE Center, HUB and Silver. Faculty will be notified the week of May 7th which of these sites they should report to.
    Parking is limited, so please park on main campus or carpool, if possible.
    All graduates have been asked to meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together with the faculty and administrators to the PE Center. In heavy rain, all are asked to meet at the appropriate site.
    Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area by 9:15 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
    Faculty will line up in two parallel lines at the double doors at the west end of the track facing the tennis courts to process.
    After the recessional at the end of Commencement, faculty will stay in two lines and receive/applaud the graduates as they proceed out on the pavement area between the soccer field and the PE Center.
    More Details Can Be found At: http://www.plymouth.edu/commencement or http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff (click on graduation events)

    News From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Social Science Department:

    • Bob Heiner (Anthropology) is chairing the search for a new Principal at the Holderness Central School.
    • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) has been appointed by Governor John Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to serve on the NH Commission for Human Rights. This Commission is a state agency established for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin.
    • Bryon Middlekauff (Geography) and Kurt Schroeder (Geography) attended the Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco accompanied by 5 current and 2 former students. Kurt presented a paper in a military geography session which was attended by all the PSU students. Bryon co-authored a paper with a current student, Ashley Satinsky (who did a brilliant job presenting), and a University of Wolverhampton, UK faculty member which focused on geographic education. All of the students participated with Bryon on a field trip to Yosemite National Park, organized by the conference, another which the students organized to Alcatraz, and a third which the group developed to visit Muir Woods and the redwoods and Point Reyes National Seashore. One of the students, Chris Skulski, participated in the World Geography Bowl on the New England team. A former student as PSU, Kristen Michaud, ’05, delivered an excellent paper which all PSU conference goers attended. Bryon attended the regional presidents’ meeting, and hosted a meeting of the regional division of the geography association.
    • Dr. Whitney Howarth, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences, has been invited to Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, India to serve as a Visiting Professor in the Dept. of History for two months this summer (2007). Dr. Howarth will be the keynote speaker for the International conference being hosted there entitled “Global Connections and Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Nineteenth Century South India” (July 16-18th) and will join local scholars in organizing a district level symposium on “The London Missionary Society and Caste Systems in Kanyakumari District” June 27th and 28th. As a part of her research on 19th century Hindu politics and religious nationalism, Dr. Howarth will be presenting several papers and offering a lecture course to M.Phil. students focusing on ‘the Missionary Movement in Colonial India.’ She will be working with the History Department Research Programmes Coordinator, Dr. N. Samraj, to edit & publish the conference proceedings, as well as portions of her own doctoral dissertation manuscript while visiting Bangalore and Bombay.
    • Dr. David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted and was the program chair for the annual meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs for the weekend of April 20-22. He delivered a paper on “The Archaeology of the French and Indian War.” He also spoke at the spring meeting of the New Hampshire Archaeological Society on April7 at Boston University’s Sargent Center in Hancock, NH.

    Education Department:

    • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer (Psychology) gave a presentation on “Promoting a Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • Craig Zamzow and a four‐student SBI team presented Amherst, NH based company, AeroSat, with a comprehensive marketing and business development project. Based in Temple, New Hampshire, AeroSat Corporation develops, produces, and distributes mobile wireless communications solutions and aircraft antennas that help people on the move to share information. AeroSat CEO Michael Barrett made a donation to the John V. Miller, Jr. Endowment Fund.
    • Barbara Wirth, Dennise Maslakowski, Leo Corriveau and Cheryl Baker attended the Follow the Child – Lakes Region conference in Laconia. The approach to Governor John Lynch’s Follow the Child initiative and how the Lakes Region is incorporating the initiative into the community of learning was a major focus of discussion. Barbara also participated in the NH DOE recruitment and retention workshop at CACES in Penacook, which addressed hiring and retention of quality educators. Barbara, Royce Robertson and Cheryl Baker held a brown bag discussion on student‐based electronic portfolios and how students can incorporate the e‐portfolio experience in their graduate programs.
    • The fourth annual Counselor Education Diversity Institute attracted 70 participants. Nancy Puglisi and Tonya Tookes‐Reznik presented on topics surrounding the mind‐body integration and applications for spiritual counseling.
    • Cheryl Baker attended the NH ASCD Conference in Concord.
    • As part of the M.Ed. in Heritage Studies, courses and a new graduate certificate in Historic Preservation were proposed by Stacey Yap. The program includes core courses in Heritage Studies Foundations and Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape; and electives in Historic Preservation Methods and Documentation, Historic Preservation Planning and Management, Cultural Heritage Law, and Archeological Methods.
    • Kathleen Norris has been actively assisting with strategic and evaluation planning for the Pemi‐Baker Literacy Task Force and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Kathleen recently presented “Good rubric, bad rubric…what’s the difference?” at the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Conference of the NH School Administrators Association.
    • Dennise Maslakowski was the conference chair for the spring New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership conference on April 20, 2007.

    Communication and Media Studies Department:

    • On April 13 and 14, the Department of Communication and Media Studies hosted the national “Apocalypse Now? Media and the End of the World Conference” at PSU. During this event, Cathie LeBlanc and Evelyn Stiller gave a plenary talk titled “Games and the End of the World,” and Kylo-Patrick Hart and Annette Holba facilitated a pedagogical plenary session titled “Teaching Media and the End of the World.” Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart presented their co-authored paper “Diversity and the End of the World: Two Cinematic Perspectives.” Annette Holba presented the paper “Apocalyptic Rhetoric in the Buffyverse: Representations of Antichrist and Apocalypse.” Nearly two dozen advanced PSU undergraduates also presented their research findings at this conference, alongside professors and graduate students from across the United States and abroad.
    • Recent Publications by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
      • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s essay “From ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ to ‘Just Us (Yet Still Them)’: The Revised Representational Significance of KS Lesions in 1990s U.S. Cinema” has been published in the anthology Mass Media Research: International Approaches, edited by Yorgo Passadeos and Demitra Dimitrakopoulou.
      • Annette Holba’s essay “Lizzie as ‘Deviant’ Other: Interpretation of Otherness” has been published in the Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies, and her essay “Building Bridges through the Learning Paradigm: Cultivating Citizenship in Higher Education” has been published in the New Hampshire Journal of Education.
      • Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart’s co-authored essay “Media, Genocide and Hotel Rwanda” has been published in the anthology Culture, Trauma and Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, edited by Nico Carpentier.
    • Additional Recent Conference Activities by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
      • During April 2007, Kylo-Patrick Hart presented the papers “Otherness, Delinquency, and the Doom(ed) Rebel Elephant Jungle” at the annual joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, “Tangled Web: Gay Men and/in AIDS Movies” at the Beyond Tolerance Conference (at PSU), and “Analyzing the Intersection that is Brokeback Mountain: When Retrograde and Groundbreaking Cinematic Features Collide” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association.
      • Annette Holba presented the paper “Philosophy of Communication Education: Leisure in the General Education Curriculum” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association. She and a colleague from Duquesne University also provided a short-course presentation at this convention titled “Teaching Philosophy of Communication.”
      • Evelyn Stiller organized the student poster session at the annual conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northeastern Region, and has been invited to serve on next year’s program committee as well.
      • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the paper “When Diaspora Politics Lead ‘Home’: Mignon Ford, Transnational Identity, and Community Building in Ethiopia” at the recent Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora Conference in Boston.
    • Dr. Warren Mason presented to the NHCUC presidential assistants on Crisis Management at their annual retreat on April 24th.

    CEAPS Department:

    Anil Waghe, Marguerite Crowell, and grad student, Beth Benton, visited the local elementary school as part of the annual “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day” event. Children took part in hands‐on activities and learned about some of chemistry’s contributions to a sustainable ecosystem.

    HHP Department:

    • Dr. Lynn Johnson received a 2007 Honor Award from the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The Honor Award is the highest award the District can bestow upon a member and is given to recognize professionalism, dedication, character, and service. Lynn was given the award for her leadership on the Applied Strategic Planning Committee, her work on district conventions, her caring work with students/future professionals, and for modeling the true meaning of service to her community and the AAHPERD professions.
    • Drs. Irene Cucina, Louise McCormack and Lynn Johnson presented a collaborative session with Vicky Morley, a colleague from Central Connecticut entitled: Using Technology to Enhance and Document Student Learning and Program Outcomes Related to the NASPE/NCATE Standards at the annual AAHPERD Convention in Baltimore, MD in March.
    • Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller has been very busy. She and her Health Education students organized and held the 9th annual Love Your Body Week, Feb 25- March 2. She presented “Silent Disease: Eating Disorders at the 18th Annual Youth at Risk National Conference in Savannah GA in March. She will be holding a Silent Auction to raise money for Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Wellness Fairs on campus and in the community, April 25-28. The auction will be held at PSU HUB and the Common Man Inn. On April 28, she will be hosting the Eating Disorders ands Obesity Conference at the Common Man Inn.
    • The Adventure Education program is organizing a community service project scheduled for Saturday May 12. We will plant 200 trees in the White Mountain National Forest to off-set the CO2 emission our transportation and other energy consumption are producing. The project is a concrete example of our commitment to our new program mission: The PSU Adventure Education program’s mission is to provide an environmentally sustainable, academically comprehensive and technically applicable education for future educators. In addition, the program embraces the university motto Ut Prosim – that I may serve – by actively seeking and providing services to the campus and regional community.
    • Dr. Anita N. Lee has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee, Measurement and Evaluation Council, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). AAPAR is an association of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will serve a three year term from 2007 to 2010.

    Education Department:

    • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer of Social Work gave a presentation on “Promoting A Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.
    • Marcel Lebrun co-authored an article with two colleagues, Howard Muscott and Eric Mann, entitled “Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in New Hampshire: Effects of Large Scale Implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Student Discipline and Academic Achievement” for the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Spring 2007. Marcel Lebrun is part of the leadership team that has put forth the NH CEBIS grant proposal. They were awarded $410,000 to continue the work in maintaining and promoting Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports for 2007-2008. He was also part of the team that worked and submitted a Personnel Prep Grant for Behavior and Literacy, which was awarded $4 million over a 5 year program to integrate PBIS and Literacy. This grant is scheduled to begin in fall 2007. Lastly, he was part of the team that put forth a proposal for the Mental Health and Schools Together grant; they were awarded $225,000 over 18 months, to coordinate mental health services and wraparound services for children with behavior and mental health issues. In the last few months Dr. Lebrun has helped to bring in $4,635,000 in grants for the PBIS programs.
    • Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society hosted its annual banquet and induction ceremony on Sunday, April 22nd in the Newfound Room at Prospect Hall. Kappa Delta Pi honors students in elementary and secondary teacher certification programs who are academically in good standing. KDP officers and their counselor, Lynn Davis, welcomed 41 new initiates into PSU’s Lambda Alpha Chapter. Many family members, friends and special guests were also in attendance. Kappa Delta Pi also participated in a Reading is Fun afternoon at the Ashland Town Library on Saturday, April 14th. KDP members developed literacy activities for grades K-5 around the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
    • On April 27, 2007, Royce Robertson presented “ePortfolio Considerations” at Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) Annual Conference in Warwick, RI.
    • The early childhood faculty presented at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Bartlett, NH, on April 27-28. Gerry Buteau, along with an undergraduate early childhood studies major, Allison Delorey, presented on storytelling and story acting with young children. The presentation is a result of a storytelling/story acting project they did in January in the preschool classroom at the Center for Young Children and Families along with Preschool Teacher Wendy Hartke. Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented on “Making Musical Sounds: An Introduction to Constructivist Teaching and Learning.” As part of their agreement to present, the early childhood faculty arranged for several early childhood majors to attend the conference at free or reduced rates.
    • In her role as PSU Student Chapter Advisor for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Marianne True recently attended the Annual ASCD Conference in Anaheim, California with 8 PSU education majors. The group attended a variety of workshop sessions, networked with professionals in the field, and shared their experiences during a workshop presentation on leadership goals and challenges.

    April 2007

    April 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Academic Affairs Report
    To the Faculty of PSU
    From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    April 4, 2007

    I hope that everyone found some needed relaxation time over the spring break. What happened to spring? It was here not long ago.

    Update on EdD: I reported to you in March that the “Graduate Council had unanimously approved the pursuit of doctoral authority and specifically to explore a doctor of education (EdD) degree. A formal proposal and degree outline will be submitted to the Graduate Council and faculty later this spring.”
    I wanted to provide you with an update and a proposed timeline.

    • The “Intent to Submit” the EdD will be presented at SAPC this Friday.
    • The EdD program proposal is currently under external review. We expect those reviews back in the next week or two.
    • The taskforce will make revisions and present the final program proposal to Graduate Council in April.
    • We expect the proposal to move on to Executive Council at the last April meeting and then to the May Faculty meeting.
    • The continuing timeline includes SAPC, President’s Council, and Programs and Services in May and the full Board in June.

    Following Board approval we will begin a process for legislative authority which will take us into 2008.
    Update on Strategic Plan: A draft of the Strategic Plan has been shared with the University PlanningCommittee (UPC) and we will discuss at our next meeting any recommendations they might have for future discussions on campus. At this point, I want to share the draft with you (see attached). Warning, you might want to review it “on screen” and decide which pages to print. The entire document is 55 pages with the actual “plan” only taking 2 pages, with the balance being a number of important, supporting documents

    The immediate plan is to discuss this draft at upcoming meetings of the Council of Chairs, Extended Cabinet, and Executive Council.

    The strategic plan is a living document that sets the overall direction for the University and will evolve as the University evolves and meets the goals presented in the plan.

    Given the proposal on today’s agenda to dissolve the UPC, a new planning group will likely be formed for next academic year. Recommendations on purpose and composition are topics of discussion at the UPC and CBC committee meetings as well as with the President and Cabinet.

    In the meantime, please feel free to share any thoughts you have about the draft or the planning process with Scott Mantie, or me.
    Distinguished Teacher Nominations: The nominations for distinguished teachers are in and the committees are beginning their meetings this week to determine 3 finalists in each category who will be asked to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy and a self-assessment of teaching effectiveness. These statements will be reviewed by the committees, and recipients of the awards will then be determined. We are all excited to be presenting the first Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award this
    year.
    Searches: Faculty searches are progressing. We have had 6 successful searches thus far, with 7 more to finish up. It has been gratifying to note the quality, diversity and enthusiasm of the candidates who have been coming to campus for interviews. News has spread that PSU is a great place to teach!
    Annual Reports: The Annual Faculty Report form for this year is available online on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff/ann_fac_06-07_Word.doc.
    You will again need to submit electronic versions to my office this year. Please send your electronic version to Alice O’Connor (aoconnor@plymouth.edu). Please include an updated CV. You will still need to submit a copy of your report to your department chair.
    The deadline for submitting reports to department chairs and this office is Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
    The chairs’ deadline for submitting annual evaluations to this office is Friday, June 1, 2007.
    If there are any questions, please contact Alice O’Connor, x. 2091.

    News From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Two Fulbright Scholars Named at PSU:
    The Fulbright Scholarship, which is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sends 800 US faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

    • Catherine Amidon, director of PSU’s Karl Drerup Gallery, was recently informed that she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Jamaica for second semester of next year. She will work at the National Gallery of Jamaica and teach at the Edna Manley School of Art.
    • Graduate student, Alison Charbeneau, was recently chosen for a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Alison is an eighth-grade language arts teacher at the Belmont, NH middle school.

    Criminal Justice Department:

    • Stephanie Halter presented a paper (A) and published an article (B): A) Halter, Stephanie. “The Reconceptualization of Juvenile Prostitutes from Delinquency Offenders to Child Sexual Abuse Victims.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2007. B) Meyer, Scott, Lisa Townsend and Stephanie Halter. 2006. “Assessing After-School Program Efficacy in Engaging Youth in New Hampshire: Using Logic Models to Develop Evaluation Research Design and Measures.” New Hampshire Journal of Education (In Press).
    • David Mackey presented a paper (A) and published an article (B). The conference presentation was with a CJ Major. A) Wynands, A. and Mackey, D. A. (2007). Redefining posse comitatus in the new millennium: Military assistance to civilian authorities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA. B) Mackey, D. A. and Berg, B. L. (2007). Challenges and opportunities for the new collegians: Transitioning from Gen X to the Millennials in criminal justice education. New Hampshire Journal of Education. In press.

    English Department:

    • Bonnie Epstein has received the Oregon-California Tails Association (OCTA) Outstanding Educator Award. OCTA is a national organization dedicated to the study of western emigrant trails and the Outstanding Educator awards program honors those who educate students in this area. The award was presented at OCTA’s annual convention in St. Joseph, Mo.
    • Ann McClellan will be presenting a paper, “Sweet Girl Graduates Gone Sour: The First Women Academics in the work of Mrs. Frances Marshall (ps. Alan St Aubyn)” at the 15th Annual British Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky on April 14. (http://www.uky.edu/AS/English/bwwc/) Ann also has an article under review with the Journal of the Short Story in English on Virginia Woolf’s short stories.
    • Meghan Plumpton, a current junior English major, will be presenting a paper on women Gothic writers at the annual International Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Pittsburgh, PA March 29-April 1. For information about this conference, please visit http://www.english.org/pittsburgh/ConvTemp.html
    • Liz Ahl was a semi-finals performance judge and Paul Rogalus was the prompter for the finals of the 2nd annual Poetry Out Loud high school recitation competition at Keene State College on March 18th. This national recitation competition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, among others.
    • Two poems by Liz Ahl appear in the most recent (March/April 2007) issue of The Women’s Review of Books. (Available in Lamson Library)
    • Lynn Rudmin-Chong has been reelected for another 3-year term to the Winnisquam School District’s School Board.
    • Bob Garlitz published four poems on 3by3by3 (http://3by3by3.blogspot.com/) and, with Rupert Loydell, six poems in the new Sugar Mule special double issue #26: An Anthology of Collaborations, guest edited by Sheila E. Murphy.
    • Robin DeRosa recently chaired a panel, “Rethinking the Theory Course,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Baltimore. She will also be presenting a paper, “Black and White Witches: Salem Mythology in the Golden Age of Hollywood,” at the Pop Culture/American Culture Association in Boston in early April. Robin has also signed on to lead a book discussion on a Russell Banks novel at the Berlin Public Library, and to give a talk on her Salem research at the Alton Historical Society.
    • Paul Rogalus is presenting a paper on “Portraying the Unexplainable: The Use of Fantasy in Realistic Baseball Short Fiction” at the Pop Culture/American Culture Association Conference in Boston on April 6.
    • Karolyn Kinane will present “Fuqua’s Multi-Culti Arthur” at the same conference. (For information about this Association and the conference, including the program, please visit http://www.popularculture.org/. Karolyn will also be the chairing a panel on Medievalists in the Classroom at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in May. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

    Communications and Media Studies Department:

    • Film and Sexual Politics, an anthology edited by Kylo-Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains his chapter “The Love Between Warden and Prew That Dare Not Speaks Its Name: Containing Homosexuality as Subtext in From Here to Eternity” along with seventeen additional academic essays. In addition, Kylo presented the paper “‘Competent but Really Quite Ordinary’: Exploring the (Not So) Groundbreaking Cinematic Attributes of Brokeback Mountain” at the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. His essay “Retrograde Storytelling or Queer Cinematic Triumph?: The (Not So) Groundbreaking Qualities of the Film Brokeback Mountain” has been accepted for publication in the academic journal Intertexts.
    • Annette Holba’s essay “Publics, Dialogism, and Advocacy: Notes Towards a Reconceptualization of Public Relations in the United States” has been published in the academic journal PRism. She also presented the essay “I-It as Rhetorical Strategy: Finding Hope, Courage, and Transformation” at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in San Antonio.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam has returned after spending her Fall 2006 sabbatical leave teaching in the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications at Addis Ababa University.

    Social Science Department:

    • David Starbuck (Anthropology) attended and presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Ohio Country Conference on March 24-25 at the University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg. The title of the presentation was “The Archaeology of the French & Indian War.” He also lectured on “Archaeology as a Career” at Boston University’s Sargent Center in Hancock, NH, on March 7.
    • Mark Okrant has completed a report for the Northern Forest Center entitled, “Heritage and Nature-Based Tourism in the Northern Forest Region: A Situation Analysis.” The report is available on line at http://www.northernforest.org. Okrant has had a paper accepted for the forthcoming international conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. The paper is entitled, “Toward a Model of Balanced Tourism Development on Baffin Island.” He presented his findings to the March meeting of the PSU Society for Scholarly Dialogue
    • As a member of the board of the Plymouth Historical Society, Marcia Schmidt Blaine presented at PHS on March 13 titled “There used to be Farms Here: Farming in Northern New England, 1830-1870.”
    • Kate Donahue recently returned from Narbonne, France where she interviewed the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui. Her book, “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui versus the USA,” has been accepted and will be out in July.

    Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric and Physical Sciences Department:

    • Susan Swope and Anil Waghe (CEAPS), along with recent PSU graduate DeAna (Robinson) Irving, were invited to attend the Teacher Leader Conference held at the American Chemical Society Headquarters in Washington, DC Feb 23-25. The conference focus was the development of a model for the Advanced High School chemistry workshops to be held this summer 2007. Workshop presenters are comprised of 2 college/university faculty and 1 high school teacher. DeAna Irving currently teaches chemistry at Merrimack Valley High School and will be part of the Los Angeles workshop while Susan and Anil will lead workshops in Hartford, Conn. and St. Paul, Minnesota, respectively. Invitation was based on their expertise with the inquiry-based learning model used in the general chemistry curriculum at PSU. For further information on these workshops, see http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/acsdisplay.html?DOC=education\professional\advanced_ chemistry.html
    • Forty-five undergraduate and graduate students from the Plymouth State University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and four meteorology faculty members attended the 32nd annual Northeast Storm Conference hosted by Lyndon State College in Springfield, MA from March 9 -11. The conference is the largest student run conference in the nation and gives students an opportunity to attend a scientific conference geared toward undergraduates and meet their peers and future colleagues from other schools. Once again this year a number of Plymouth State students and faculty presented talks and posters:
      • Oral Presentations:
        • Lindsay Tardif, Kristin Cummings, and Greg Veras: “A Case Study of Several Cool-Season California Tornadoes: 8-11 January 2005″
        • Jen Thorp and Samuel Miller: “Improved Sea Breeze Forecasting for Boston’s General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport”
        • Melissa Wellman: “A Quantitative Analysis of Reduction in Traffic Volume During Winter Storms in New Hampshire”
        • Kristin Cummings, Elizabeth Dupont, and James Koermer: “An Updated Warm-Season Convective Wind Climatology for the Florida Space Coast”
        • Melissa Payer and coauthors: “A Climatological Study of Lake Champlain Lake-Effect Snow Band Events”
      • Poster Presentations:
        • Bridget Bixby and Eric Hoffman: “Weather Influences on Power Outages in New Hampshire: Development of Web-based Decision Making Tool”
        • Norman Shippee, Samuel Miller and coauthors: “Ekman Transport and Tidal Variations in the Gulf of Maine”
        • Dan Michaud, Samuel Miller, and coauthors: “Synoptic Scale Conditions Causing Enhanced Northeasterly Winds in the Western Gulf of Maine”
    • Dennis Machnik visited several area schools to present planetarium shows. He also presented a show at the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium on Monday, March 26th.

    Social Work Department:

    • The Social Work Dept. just completed its 3-day site visit from CSWE to review the Self Studyfor reaccreditation of the program; the final review occurs in June by the Commission on Accreditation.
    • Stephen Gorin is finishing a manuscript, Health Care Reform, for the 20th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work which is published by NASW every ten years. He also participated in a meeting the Governor held with the NH Delegates to the White House Conference on Aging.
    • Scott Meyer presented “Ethical Issues in Advocating for Oppressed Clients: Empowering People with Histories such as Poverty, Offender Status and Substance Abuse” as a guest speaker at NH Hospital for Social Work Month (March). He also provided training for hospice volunteers at Pemi Baker Home Health and Hospice and elementary school teachers in the Union Sanborn School as part of PSU’s TIGER program regarding “strategies to prevent bullying”.
    • Cynthia Moniz was appointed to a Special Review Group by the National Association for Social Workers which has been “meeting” via conference calls. She has also participated in planning meetings of EngAGING NH.
    • Helen O’Brien is accepting applications from students in the Social Work major for the 2007-08 Child Welfare Partnership awards and will be conducting interviews with staff from DCYF next month.
    • James Mazzuchelli was chosen as the BSW Student of the Year by the NH Chapter of NASW and was honored at the annual dinner held in Bedford.

    Business Department:

    The Center for Rural Partnerships:

    • Thad Guldbrandsen has co-authored a book that has recently been released, “Local Democracy Under Siege.”

    Education Department:

    • Royce Robertson was involved over the last few months in the SunGard Summit as:
      • Presenter: 1 session this year (Supporting ePortfolio: No Small FEAT)
      • Facilitator: 2 BOF sessions (iWebfolio Users and TracDat Users)
      • Coordinator: He was in charge of the whole Academic Solutions track (evaluated,
      • scheduled, and reviewed 20 sessions)
      • Organizer: the Academic Lounge (he successfully lobbied for the word Lounge instead of Café; (he is proud!) where there will 10+ open forums on everything from Blackboard to the
      • Spellings Report.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

    • Kathleen Arecchi is working as the Casting Director for the Paper Mill Theatre (Lincoln) summer season; she also saw 300+ 2-min. auditions at the New England Theatre Conference auditions March 17-19 and 600+ 90-sec. auditions at Strawhats March 22-24 in NYC.
    • Gary Corcoran:
      • Guest Conductor – Manchester West High School, 3/9
      • Guest Conductor – Pinkerton Academy, 3/23
      • 3/16 – Began term of office as President of the New England College Band Association
      • Attended the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Health and Human Performance Department:

    • Both the BS in Athletic Training and the MEd in Athletic Training received a 5-year accreditation renewal from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Congratulations AT faculty!!
    • Dr. Linda S. Levy represented the Department of Health and Human Performance at the Epping High School Career Day on March 21st. On April 1st, Dr. Levy was one of 14 instructors teaching CPR and AED skills to 70 Kimball Union Academy students. The event was organized by Katherine Bello (MEd ‘05) as part of her campaign to get AED units in every high school in New Hampshire.
    • On Sunday, April 1st, Dr. Linda S. Levy took part in Kimball Union Academy’s “KUA Has Heart – Supporting Matt’s Mission.” Organized by Katherine Bello (MEd ’05), this day-long CPR/AED certification brought together 25 CPR instructors to teach 70 KUA students how to do Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and AED skills. The event was put together to honor the life-saving techniques the KUA athletic training staff performed on Matt Keene (a KUA football player) when he went into cardiac arrest last fall. Co-sponsoring this event was Plymouth State, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital and Zoll Medical Corporation.
    • Dr. Christian Bisson went to the Epping Middle School to talk about high altitude mountaineering on Mt. Everest and his 2003 Service Learning Expedition that he led.
    • Dr. Anita N. Lee presented two original researches entitled “Physical Activity and Subsequent Risk of Severe Cognitive Impairment Among Older Adults” and “The Effects of Tai Chi Training on Improving Physical Functions in Patients With Coronary Heart Diseases”, and certified as Physical Best Specialist at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual convention at Baltimore, MD, on March 15 and 16.

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • As part of a NH Literacy grant initiative, Dennise Maslakowski has been appointed as a literacy coach at Belmont Middle School. Dennise is also serving on the Literacy Task Force, part of the New England Comprehensive Center for Literacy, and is collaborating on a literacy action plan for New Hampshire’s schools.
    • Cheryl Baker has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Association of Middle Level Education. The New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education’s mission is to articulate and to promote the philosophy and dynamic practices of middle level education at the state and local level, to influence the development, implementation and evaluation of middle level curriculum and resources and through publications and programs to develop a network of middle level educators and community stakeholders who advocate early adolescents as learners.
    • Nancy Puglisi is co-presenting with Tonya Tookes-Reznik at the Fourth annual Counselor Education Diversity Institute on April 21, 2007. The focus of the institute is mind-body integration and applications for spiritual counseling. On April 20, Nancy is giving the keynote address, “Gateways to Awakening and Transforming,” at the New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference.
    • Gary Goodnough has received an all-expenses paid invitation to attend the first College Board Counselor Education Summit in Washington, DC on June 19, 2007. Participants will “engage in dialogue regarding equity, access and academic preparation among student groups in today’s schools and how this impacts their future career options; and how the SAT is developed, should be used and, what school counselors working with students need to know about this information to be able to better guide their students’ course choices.”
    http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

    March 2007

    March 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Academic Affairs report
    To the Faculty of PSU
    From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    March 6, 2007

    Spring is just around the corner, the mid-point of our semester is quickly approaching, and this year, the powers-that-be have decided to move our clocks ahead early – at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. All are signs that soon we will see students throwing frisbees and running about in shorts, despite the foot of snow remaining on the campus! The first sighting of students in shorts might be a more reliable mark of spring than the sighting of the first robin!

    Graduate Program Accreditation

    Congratulations to Gary Goodnough, the Counselor Education faculty, and the College of Graduate Studies on the recent accreditations received from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Two of the Counselor Education programs have been accredited: Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, both part of the MEd degree. The Counselor Education program faculty were congratulated by CACREP “for the time, energy, and commitment that they have given throughout this accreditation
    process.”

    Presidential Investiture

    I hope you have all marked your calendars for Thursday, April 12 for an important day in the history and tradition of Plymouth State University – the investiture of our 14th president, Sara Jayne Steen. More information will be forthcoming.

    Distinguished Teaching Awards

    I would like to remind everyone that nominations for Distinguished Teacher and Distinguished Adjunct Teacher are underway. Information and nomination forms are available
    on the Academic Affairs website, http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff.

    Annual Reports

    The Annual Faculty Report form for the 2006-07 academic year is attached, and also available online in Word format on the Academic Affairs website:
    http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff/ann_fac_06-07_Word.doc. There are no changes to this year’s report format. You will again need to submit electronic versions to my office this year. Please send your electronic version to Alice O’Connor (aoconnor@plymouth.edu). Please include an updated CV. You will still need to submit a copy of your report to your department chair. The deadline for submitting reports to department chairs and this office is Tuesday, May 1, 2007. The chairs’ deadline for submitting annual evaluations to this office is Friday, June 1, 2007.
    If there are any questions, please contact Alice O’Connor, x. 2091.

    EdD at PSU?

    At the February 26, 2007 Graduate Council meeting, an official motion was made and unanimously approved to pursue doctoral authority and specifically explore a doctor of education (EdD) degree. A formal proposal and degree outline will be submitted to the Graduate Council and faculty later this spring.

    New From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • Dr. Nancy Puglisi and the PATH (Paths and Approaches to Transformation and Healing) Institute faculty proposed a new certificate program which complements the current PATH certificate. OATH (Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing) program courses include: Full Spectrum Leadership, Social Justice at Work, Work as a Personal Journey, Women as Leaders and Creating Organizational Health.
    • Cheryl Baker is on the conference planning committee for the New Hampshire Staff Development Council’s May conference. Several adjunct faculty members are going to be presenting. Kathy McCabe will be the keynote speaker; Kathleen Norris, Shirley Ferguson and Ethel Gaides will be presenting. The topic of the conference is “Job embedded professional development.”
    • iGrad, the prospective graduate student portal (http://igrad.plymouth.edu) will be formally launched in March. Currently, iGrad is in a beta testing mode and focus groups are being held to evaluate its functionality. This tool will allow prospective students to create a customized iGrad account based on their academic areas of interest.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

    • On Jan. 27 Carleen Graff gave presentations to teachers and middle school students at Darrell’s Music Hall in Nashua. She held two master classes with middle school students of teachers in the Nashua area. One teacher was a recent 2005 graduate, Angela Olszta. In addition she gave her Contemporary Piano lecture/performance on Eastern European Composers to the teachers, their students and the students’ parents. This lecture/performance will be given next on March 9 at PSU’s ninth Contemporary Piano Festival for high school students and their parents and teachers. She also recently judged for the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Association Solo and Ensemble Festival.
    • Rik Pfenninger’s music was recently used on three episodes of the television show “The Survival of the Rich and Famous,” which aired on the Warner Brothers Network in January 2007.
    • PSU Theatre is in the middle of The Greek Project, a joint project developed by PSU Director of Theatre Beth Cox in association with faculty members from Keene and UNH. In the works since 2002, this joint USNH project has received strong sponsorship and support from Chancellor Reno. The three plays proposed, from three different playwrights (Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles), follow the story of the Trojan War and its aftermath. The Trojan Women portrays the victims of the Trojan War finding the women of Troy accepting their fate and readying to leave their homeland to become the slaves of their Greek conquerors. Agammemnon follows the return of the military man to his homeland. Agamemnon is killed by his wife, Clytemnestra and her lover. In Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra links up with her long-banished brother. PSU will be performing The Trojan Women at UNH on February 23 and at KSC on March 1. PSU will perform The trojan Women at PSU on March 7, 10 and 11. KSC will perform Agammemnon at PSU on March 8 and UNH will perform Electra on March 9. Tickets can be procured for two or all three productions at reduced ticket prices. Please contact the Silver Center Box office at (603) 535-2787.
    • Jonathan Santore’s composition House Song to the East was performed in January by the Austin-based professional choral ensemble Conspirare as part of an American Masterworks choral festival sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. House Song to the East was originally commissioned by Dan Perkins and the PSU Chamber Singers.

    Business Department:

    • Innovation and Creativity: Apprentice
      PSU III The Business Dept is launching a new episode of the C-Man “Apprentice” at PSU, lead by Dr. Bonnie Bechard. This time, each team will develop an ice cream flavor that they will bring to market with all sales being donated to a designated charity.
      The Common Man will give each team a budget of $250.00 to purchase cones, napkins, spoons, bowls, ice cream scoops–whatever they need to execute. They will track and account for their budget. Team performance will be judged on total project, ice cream uniqueness, flavor, popularity, total sales, and complete business/sales/marketing/budget presentation.
      The ice cream of the winning team will be featured at the “Frosty Shoppe” (the Common Man’s new ice cream stand built late last fall) in front of the Common Man Inn throughout this summer.
    • Business department to run two fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity:
      Eileen Bennett’s classes will be organizing and running two exciting events this spring with the Pemi-Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity receiving the proceeds. The first event, “Shreddin’ for Shelter,” will be held at Loon Mountain on Sunday, March 11. Teams of four will ski/snowboard in a 24-hour race to see which team can make the most runs during the time period – 10 p.m. -10 p.m.. Sign-ups are from 8-9:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. The Bunyan Room will be open all night, with a DJ, food, games, 50/50 raffle, and more. Tickets are $25/person, $15/person if you have a 3dom Pass. Don’t miss this opportunity for a great party and at the same time help the Habitat folks.
      The second event is called “Raise the Roof” and is based on the CBS hit television show “The Amazing Race.” Similar to the television show, our version will require teams of two to four people to race across campus and through downtown Plymouth deciphering clues and performing certain activities to be the team with the best time. The proceeds from the entry fee will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the race, they will have food and activities at the finish line, which will hopefully attract the members of the community who are not racing. The proceeds from these activities will also be donated to Habitat.

    Health and Human Performance Department:

    • Health Education classes and the Health and Wellness Club, under the coordination of Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller, held the 9th annual Love Your Body Week at PSU, February 26-March 2. The week celebrated National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Governor John Lynch recently signed a proclamation declaring this week NH Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
    • Dr. Lynn Johnson has just had a book released for publication: Potter, D.L., Johnson, L.V. (2007), Softball – 3rd Edition: Steps to Success. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

    Social Science Department:

    • Kate Donahue (Anthropology/Social Science) is back from sabbatical. She finished the manuscript for “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs. the USA” for Pluto Press, London. This February she went to Narbonne, in southern France, to interview Aicha el-Wafe, the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui was found guilty of conspiracy in the September 11th attacks and is serving a life sentence in the Supermax prison in Florence, CO.
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine is now on the Board of the Plymouth Historical Society. She was also on “Human Ties,” an hour-long radio show produced by the NH Humanities Council on January 24. The show was archived and is available at http://www.wkxl1450.com/dynamickxl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1137&Itemid=118. Click on “Wednesday, January 24, 2007” and it should (after a pause to download) begin to air. Deborah Watrous, the director of the NH Humanities Council, interviewed Marcia about the work she does in NH history.
    • David Starbuck (Anthropology) chaired a symposium on Military Sites Archaeology at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in mid-January at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia; he also presented a paper on his current excavations at French& Indian War sites in northern New York State. David has also had a paper accepted for publication in Archaeology Magazine; entitled “America at War: Sutlers’ Provided Early American Soldiers with Much-Needed Relief” and it will appear in the May/June issue of Archaeology.

    Psychology Department:

    • The Psychology Department recently accepted two students into their honors program, Chrissy Brown and Sarah Revels. Chrissy will conduct a study entitled “Assessing False Uniqueness for Nicknames,” while the title for Sarah’s study is “Writing: A Tool for Premature Group Consensus.”
    • David Zehr…
      • is a member of the Programming Committee for the first annual NEEPS Conference (Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society). The NEEPS conference will be held at Suny New Paltz, April 13-14.
      • has been invited to be a member of the steering committee for the sixth annual “Best Practices in Teaching Psychology” conference offered by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, Division 2 of APA). The 2007 conference will be entitled “Beginnings and Endings: Best Practices for Introducing and Bringing Closure to the Undergraduate Psychology Major.” The conference is scheduled for October 12-13 in Atlanta, GA.
      • has also been invited to join a panel on “Teaching the history of psychology course” to be held as a preconvention event on Thursday, May 24th at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) meetings in Washington, D.C.

    Education Department:

    • On January 23rd, Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented a 3-hour workshop on “Mentoring and Evaluating Student Teachers” to over 50 PSU cooperating teachers and 15 student teacher supervisors at the HUB. This workshop was organized by the Office of Teacher Certification and offered under the auspices of a NH State Department of Education Professional Educator Preparation Program grant.
    • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented a day-long seminar on “Mentoring, Supervising, and Evaluating Staff” at the New Hampshire and Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children Administrator’s Conference in Fairlee, Vermont, on February 9.
    • Marcel Lebrun…
      • co-chaired the PBIS Summit conference in Concord, January 25-26. Twentyfive schools attended, now making the PBIS Initiative a group of 145 schools statewide.
      • presented a training session on At Risk Assessments to Lakes Region schools on February 9th here at PSU.
      • has a new book which was released on January 28th: Student Depression: The silent crisis in our schools and communities.

    Art Department:

    • Dr. Cynthia Vascak was the keynote speaker for the NH Art Educators’ “Arts Alive Conference” on February 12 held at the Belknap Mill in Laconia. Her presentation addressed “Creativity and the Art of Printmaking.” She also presented the Integrated Instructional Model Arts in Action: Be Our Guest: Looking at our students and curriculum through the Magic Mirror of Possibility at the PSU Integrated Arts Conference, January 27th.
    • Exhibition openings:
      • Student Juried Exhibition opens March 7th, 4-6 p.m.
      • “From the Center,” Tom Driscoll’s Paintings Exhibit opens March 28th, 4-6 p.m. in the Drerup Gallery.
    • Student Artists:
      • Andy Carey has landscape photographs being exhibited in Lamson Library and Anthony Cormier’s Kiosk Show was a hit – with very professional looking didactics.
      • Jimmy Russell, Laura Tripodi, Laura Utley, Jacinda Isabey and Amanda LaBrie are printmaking students who have works that have been accepted into the Boston Printmakers 2007 Fifth Arches Student Print Show, February 18-April 1, 2007, with an opening reception on Sunday, February 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
      • Carla Blakely has been awarded a scholarship from the Women’s Caucus for ART, New Hampshire Chapter. She is presently working on her thesis at PSU for her BFA in Ceramics while also earning her MAT in Art Education.
    • Chehalis Hegner-Melloni’s image “Trophy” (from her series on “Photography and Healing”) has been selected for the cover of the current (Feb/Mar) issue of Art New England. This is the same image that was featured in the Boston globe article/review of the PRC/POV exhibition in Boston in November. The image was also selected by Popular Photography and American Photographer websites for “Photo Exhibitions in America to see in November/December.” The link for the cover and online version of the publication: http://www.artnewengland.com/index2.html.
    • Elizabeth D’Amico has one of her prints featured in the current juried exhibition, “Bodies in Ink,” which is being held at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vermont, through the month of March.

    Social Work Department:

    • Cynthia Moniz attended a joint meeting of the NASW Executive Committee and the NASW Insurance Trust Board of Directors in February in Puerto Rico to participate in efforts to restructure the organization. She was appointed Chair of the NASW Annual National Awards Committee.
    • Stephen Gorin was appointed to the NASW Publications Committee, a committee of editors of the Association’s journals and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.
    • Scott Meyer conducted “Techniques to Empower Clients for Success” during January for the staff of Bridge House (the local homeless shelter) and, together with Stephanie Halter (Criminal Justice Department), is conducting an outcomes assessment of the 21st Century Learning Grant, NH Department of Education to expand after school program activities to grades K-3 in the Hillsboro-Deering School District.

    Julie N. Bernier, EdD, ATC
    Interim Provost and Vice President
    for Academic Affairs

    February 2007

    February 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Academic Affairs Report
    To the Faculty of PSU
    From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    February 7, 2007

    Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday and restful winter break. I have a number of announcements I’d like to share with you:

    Calendar Committee:

    In January I requested volunteers to serve on the ad hoc Calendar Committee. A number of Faculty, PATs and OS members have volunteered. The committee will be appointed later this week and will be charged with looking at the start and end dates for fall semester beginning fall 2008 and going forward.

    Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty:

    In recent months a number of you have approached me inquiring about the possibility of moving to half-time teaching loads. You’ve expressed to me your interest in continuing to teach and be part of our academic community; at the same time, you would like the greater flexibility offered by a reduced load.

    I am pleased to share with you that the Cabinet and the Department of Human Resources have developed the Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty. This plan will allow eligible faculty members to transition to half-time loads for a maximum of 5 years, at which time they will complete the transition to full retirement.

    There are a number of potential benefits to this plan. First and foremost it will provide an avenue to keep our treasured faculty in the classroom, where our students will benefit from their skill, expertise, and passion for teaching. Second, it will provide a means for us to “grow the faculty.” We will use the salary cost savings from faculty who have transitioned to half-time to create new faculty lines, thereby increasing the total number of full-time faculty lines.

    Later today you will all receive a copy of the Transition plan which the specifics, including the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the plan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this plan in further detail. Additionally, Laura Alexander and Carol Kuzdeba are available to answer your questions.

    New Faculty Award Announcement:

    I have some very exciting news to share with the campus. For a number of years we have talked about the possibility of establishing a distinguished teaching award for our adjunct faculty. I am pleased to announce that this year, we will be awarding our first Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award.

    It is no secret that our adjunct faculty are integral to the success of our programs. Our students value their work, and in many instances, adjunct faculty have been nominated by students for the Distinguished Teaching Award. It will be a pleasure to finally be able to recognize the excellence that our adjunct faculty bring to the classroom and, indeed, the campus.

    A committee made up of David Zehr (Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Jay Moskowitz (adjunct faculty, Art), Elizabeth Ahl (Chair, English Department), Holly Oliver (adjunct faculty, Music), and Dick Hunnewell (Professor of Art History) was appointed in the fall to develop the criteria and application process for the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award. Their proposal was approved by President Steen last month.

    The proposal calls for nominations for the Distinguished Adjunct Teacher to be part of the same process which recognizes our Distinguished Teacher. Next week, the week of February 12th, email notification of the opening of nominations for both awards will go out. Information, including the criteria, nomination forms, and other details will be available on the VPAA website, and a link will be included in the email announcement. Additionally, the Distinguished Teacher Award Committee has recommended some changes in the process for their award.
    You’ll notice a new timetable, a new part of the process for our nominees, and a change in the awards for the Distinguished Graduate teacher. These will also be noted on the website.

    I’d like to thank the Distinguished Awards Committees for their hard work. I encourage you to participate in this year’s nomination process.

    Please watch for the emails, signs and other notifications pertaining to our Distinguished Awards this year.

    News From Our Faculty

    • Warren Tomkiewicz and Mark Turski (CEAPS) presented a poster session at the Geological Society of American Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Their discussion centered around the “Design, implementation and Assessment of an Earth System Science Geohazards course.” Warren also presented an invited paper on his work on visitor’s understanding of the geology and biology at Yellowstone National Park.
    • Anil Waghe (CEAPS) took 2 PSU students to participate in USNH Entreprenurial Contest on November 30th. This was sponsored by the New York Times in conjunction with the Marion Kauffman Foundation, Inc., the University System of NH, and Whittemore School of Business and Economics. They presented a poster: “Environment Friendly Organic Dye Cell” and presented part of their research work.
    • The National Association of Social Workers announced recently that Stephen Gorin (Social Work) is the new Editor-in-Chief of Health and Social Work, the professional journal for human services professionals providing the latest advances in areas such as aging, clinical work, longterm care, oncology, substance abuse, depression, and maternal health. The NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 150,000 members.
    • Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell (CEAPS) visited Plymouth Elementary School middle schoolers as part of National Chemistry Week, sponsored by the American Chemical Society. This year’s theme is “Your Home–It’s All Built on Chemistry.” Almost everything workers have used to build your house or apartment –– from the shingles on the roof to the cement in the basement –– has been developed by chemists. It’s also chemistry that makes the plywood sturdy, the paint waterproof, the carpet stain-resistant, and the porcelain sink able to withstand high temperatures. Students made observations, tested predictions, and came to conclusions about materials chemists have made better for the homebuilding industry.
    • Eric Hoffman (CEAPS) visited the Pollard School ( Plaistow, NH) and gave 4 fifty-minute “hands on” workshops to 4th and 5th grade students on Monday, November 20th, at their school wide enrichment day. The theme of their enrichment day was “Wonders of Water” and his workshop was titled “Water in the Air: Clouds and Cloud Formation”.
    • Dennis Machnik (CEAPS) gave two presentations at the New England Star Lab Users group Meeting in Plymouth, MA, on 11/17 and 11/18. The presentations were about his Spring 2005 sabbatical, in which he traveled to over 20 elementary schools and saw over 4,000 children, giving planetarium shows in the mobile starlab.
    • Last year, Dr. Joseph Zabransky (CEAPS) met with several representatives of the Mount Washington Observatory to discuss ways we (PSU) might work with them more closely. Joe came back to PSU with a two-pronged approach in mind. First, the MWO people asked that one of the meteorology faculty work with them on publishing results from their data analysis program. Second, MWO expressed a desire to have a meteorologist join their Board of Trustees. In November, Dr. Sam Miller (CEAPS) met with the MWO science team and began working with them on revisions to a scientific paper (first “prong”). He is now in the process of helping them complete an analysis of a 40-year record of relative humidity recorded on themountain. In December, Dr. Miller met with two representatives of the MWO Board of Trustees, to discuss the possibility of his joining the Board. They have voted to approve Dr. Miller’s addition to the Board.
    • Congratulations to ETC on the widespread acclaim for their recent production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Superlatives were flying all around the lobby after performances and the campus was abuzz with people giving tribute to the excellent performances and truly difficult work of putting such a production together. We continue to be awed by the leadership and talent of Trish Lindberg (Education) and her production staff and all of the many staff members across campus who work on behind-the-scenes details without whom a production like this would not be possible.
    • Bravo to Trish Lindberg who was recently named New Hampshire Youth Theatre Director of the Year by the New Hampshire Theatre Committee. This award recognizes excellence in community and professional theatre. Her work with the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) has been recognized by numerous other awards over the last few years. This award is yet another validation of Trish’s outstanding contributions to children around the state, the town of Plymouth and the PSU community.
    • Congratulations to Casey Bisson, Lamson Library, winner of the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for his ground-breaking software application known as Wpopac; presented at the Annual Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information in December.
    • David A. Berona (Lamson Library) has been chosen Guest Editor this year for “The Journal,” of the California Society of Printmakers.
    • Linda Levy and Liesl Lindley (HHP) attended the 2007 Athletic Training Educators’ Conference in Dallas, Texas in January. Levy presented a poster on “Applying the Situational Supervision Model in Athletic Training Clinical Education.”
    • Angel Ekstrom (HHP) took two students to the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Conference Feb. 1 – 4, 2007. She is also busy working on her Dissertation!
    • Royce Roberts on (Education), Joss French and Lynn Davis have been working on a student teaching rubric revision.
    • Royce Robertson was the Meeting Facilitator for the NHSTE Technology Coordinator’s SIG, January 8, in Concord. He was also a participant in the planning meetings for the SunGard Summit 2007, Academic Solutions

    Julie Bernier, EdD, ATC
    Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Plymouth State University, MSC 3
    Plymouth, NH 03264
    jbernier@plymouth.edu
    (603)535-2230 (o)
    (603)535-2785 (fax)

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