February 2012

March 6th, 2012 by gbeckwith

February 2011

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
February 2011

 

 

NEWS FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

 

Art

  • Henrieke Strecker is part of a group exhibition: PRINTS OF THE YEAR: WHAT’S NEW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRINTMAKING, January 10-April 1, 2011, at the UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord.  Henrieke will be there for the opening reception on Thursday, January 27, from 5-7 pm.  Also part of the exhibit:   Faculty members Terry Downs, Cynthia Vascak, and Elizabeth D’Amico. and PSU Students:  Zach Breen, Alysha Volkman, April Deschenes, Adam Bastille, Glen Nyle Madon, Nicole Copple, Henry Padden.
  • Elizabeth D’Amico has two prints in an exhibition:  “Entwined” – a solar print with chine colle and “Improvisation No. 3″ – a multi-plate unique polystrene print.   Liz also has work exhibited at the McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, in the exhibit “Love, Lust & Desire,” January 25 – February 12 in Concord. Opening reception is January 28, 5-7pm with a snow date on February 4, 5-7pm.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • On November 17, 2010, Jeremiah and Kimberly Duncan and chemistry students Patrick Gile, Tyler Quint, Jamie Goings, and Katie Hills-Kimball hosted students from Winnesquam High School. The theme of the day was “nanomaterials,” which included a brief introduction to the subject and two hands-on labs in which the students synthesized ferrofluid and nanogold. The students also explored the potential positive and negative societal impacts of commercializing the new technology.
  • Brendon Hoch provided archival weather data from previous blizzards to the New York City Department of Transportation.  He also consulted with Jack Williams, author & former USA Today Weather columnist, for an upcoming article in Flight Training Magazine.
  • Lourdes B. Avilés was appointed to the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Membership Committee, which reviews new and renewal member applications for Institutions with research and academic programs in Atmospheric Sciences throughout the nation. She has also been reappointed for a second three-year term to the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Higher Education.

Biological Sciences

  • Professor Emeritus Larry Spencer presented a hands-on experience dealing with mollusks to two classes at the Peaks Montessori elementary school in Littleton, Colorado.  Each class consisted of 30 students in grades one to three.  The students first studied calamari bodies and then built a paper model of a squid.  Students were allowed to make their squids any colors they wanted, so by the end of the period, the room was filled with multi-colored squid.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships was approved as an organizational member to the North Country Health Consortium at the December 2010 meeting of NHCN Board of Trustees.
  • Ben Amsden partnered with UVM Extension to facilitate a food safety workshop for Agritourism providers at the Vermont Farms Association annual meeting. He will be running a similar workshop in early February at the Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester.
  • Frances Belcher facilitated a breakout discussion on the role of parents and educators in career development for rural students at the Northeast Kingdom Business and Education Summit, which took place at Lyndon State College. As a related outcome of this meeting, the Center for Rural Partnerships has been invited to attend the Project Compass Learning Circle, hosted by NERCHE in February 2011.

Center for the Environment

  • Mark Green has been awarded a $25,000 contract from the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research program. Mark will be working with Michele Pruyn and several students collecting transpiration and sap flow data at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest as part of a fertilization study. Mark’s recent work analyzing existing data from Hubbard Brook has shown that past fertilization studies increased transpiration. This project will help to determine the physiological cause of the increased transpiration as well as the transience of the response.
  • CFE has received a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation to continuing working with the NH Department of Environmental Services on expanding water quality monitoring in the North Country in 2011.
  • Mark Green and partners from the US Forest Service and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry received funding for 2011 to convene a working group on uncertainty in water and element fluxes through ecosystems. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecosystem Research Network.
  • Aaron Johnson is working again this winter with the Israel’s River Watershed Advisory Group on testing the river in Jefferson and Lancaster for chloride. This project is supported by a Coos County Outreach Initiative grant from the Center for Rural Partnerships.
  • Plans are underway for the NH Water and Watershed Conference to be held at PSU on March 25 & 26, 2011. We expect close to 200 participants each day. For more information, contact June Hammond Rowan, or visit http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2011-nh-water-and-watersheds-conference/ .
  • Applications to the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program have increased this winter. Betsy Ayotte and Brian Eisenhauer are reviewing the applications and we expect to have additional students joining the program next fall.
  • Our graduate students have also been busy. Christian Weber has been working with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and Squam Lakes Association on a trails management plan which he will present to the two organizations on February 4. Kristin Brandt is collecting water samples from the Pemigewasset River each month as part of a study on using water isotopes to determine the source of the river water over time. Chris Nealan is assisting in monitoring water quality at the Ore Hill Mine in Warren on the White Mountain National Forest. Christina Maki is preparing for a field season in Iceland this summer studying climate by collecting sediment cores from lakes in Iceland. Jim Van Gyzen is working with the Rey Center researching vegetation changes along altitudinal transects. Tom Evans is completing his work on the Energy Road Map project and is busy writing his thesis.

College of Graduate Studies

  • CoGS conferred 64 master’s degrees and 12 certificates of advanced graduate study in December 2010, compared to 60 degrees and 13 certificates in the same period last year. The total consisted of 40 Master of Education, 16 Master of Business Administration, 4 Master of Arts in Teaching and 4 Master of Science degrees.
  • Four new and returning staff members joined the CoGS in recent months. In October, Dorie Cash joined the College full time as the admissions and financial support assistant. For the previous three years, Dorie had divided her time between the Bursar’s Office and CoGS. She has a background in finance and accounting with experience in the municipality, banking, medical and hospitality fields. Donna French returned to PSU in November as an admissions and registration support assistant in the CoGS. She also provides support to the CAGS and EdD coordinators. Donna had spent nearly 7 years working in her family business, Truck Trends in Belmont, and for the State of New Hampshire. Her first stint at PSU was in 2001-2004 when she worked at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office and the Office of Teacher Certification. Also in November, Jessica Stevens joined the College as the Bursar representative. In this role, she fields questions and processes all forms of registration payments that come through CoGS. She holds a B.S. in accounting from PSU and started her career at the University in July 2008, working as the billing coordinator in the Bursar’s Office. In January, Amy Barnes became the College’s marketing and communications manager. She comes to PSU with more than 15 years of experience in academia, working for most of her academic career at the University of Southern Maine, where she was the associate director of Marketing and Brand Management. In 2010, she worked for the Bates College Office of Communications and Media Relations.
  • Work is ongoing on two major grant projects: one that is designed to strengthen the biomedical research infrastructure in the state and another that will provide professional development opportunities to teachers in rural school districts in New Hampshire.The biomedical research grant consists of a $1.5 million award to PSU from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will support three selected faculty research projects Marjorie King (Health and Human Performance), Katie Rose Boissonneault (Biological Sciences) Chris Chabot (Biological Sciences). The NIH funding was awarded under the National Center for Research Resources IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. The INBRE program is designed to promote the collaboration and sharing of resources among investigators at colleges and universities in states that receive low levels of NIH support, in an effort to build infrastructure and enhance competitive research. Dartmouth College is the lead institution in the statewide effort, which involves a total of 10 colleges and universities, including PSU and UNH.  Interim Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies George Tuthill coordinated the application from PSU and continues to work closely with lead investigators and play a key role in communication among PSU, Dartmouth and UNH.The other grant is a $350,000 State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) award from the New Hampshire Department of Education to support The Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative. The collaborative is designed to provide teacher professional development in the areas of math, science and language arts in rural N.H. school districts. The collaborative is composed of PSU, Granite State College, Keene State College, New England College, North Country Education Services and the Southwest New Hampshire Educational Support Center at KSC. In December, the Collaborative conducted a needs assessment to determine what types of individualized content was needed most by teachers. The collaborative will offer four math-related video conferences in February, followed by English language arts programs in March and science programs in April. Cheryl Baker, CoGS’s director of graduate recruitment and outreach, is the project director of this grant.
  • Mark your calendars to attend several CoGs events in February! Bring your lunch and join us for a Brown Bag Luncheon on Tuesday, February 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Frost Commons. Nancy Betchart, dean of the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Trent Boggess, dean of the College of Business Administration, are slated to speak about their recent trip to China to create partnerships with colleges and universities there. Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, for the film, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, and following panel discussion at our 2 Pillsbury Street location in Concord. The movie, which follows the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at age 16, is airing as part of the Community Cinema program that the CoGS and New Hampshire Public Television have partnered to present. For a complete schedule of the free monthly series, visit: http://www.nhptv.org/events/cc.
  • In partnership with the Rochester School Department, PSU is offering a nine-week seminar, Redesigning the American High School for the 21st Century, beginning January 26 in Rochester. The seminar will focus on the historic development, current state and future of the American high school. The seminar is designed for those who are participating in the Rochester School Department’s Big Step Forward initiative, aimed at restructuring secondary education in the district. PSU is a supporting partner of the Rochester School Department initiative, along with Southern New Hampshire University, Granite State College and others. The initiative is designed to restructure the public secondary school system in Rochester, N.H., moving from one comprehensive high school of more than 1,600 students to three separate high schools to better serve students.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears co-presented with Dr. Andrew Gersten at Antioch University New England’s Annual Supervisor Day workshop for supervisors of Mental Health Counseling students on Promoting Counselor Intentionality on December 3.  Gail also attended the Association of State Counseling Boards annual conference in San Diego as the liaison from the American Mental Health Counselors Association and co-presented (with Dr. Linda Barclay) on “Towards Uniformity in Supervision Training State Training Standards: Where are We?”.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter had the following article published in December 2010: “Gaining access to police agencies and their records: Trials and tribulations from the field,” in G. S. Szarycz (Ed), “Research realities in the social sciences: Negotiating fieldwork dilemmas” (pp. 111-128). Amherst, NY: Cambia Press.

Education

  • Pat Cantor was named one of the Early Learning NH 2010 Champions at the December Excellence in Child Care Awards Ceremony, for her work as a member of the statewide Steering Committee that is developing a new Early Childhood Advisory Council.
  • The Doctor of Education program application deadline is April 1st and already several completed applications have come in. The doctoral program faculty continue to meet directly after each Graduate Faculty Meeting.
  • Two doctoral students, Jennifer Anderson and Jeffry Beard, with support from Kathleen Norris, are working as the evaluators for a funded professional development program being led by Cheryl Baker.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented a two-day workshop for the Kenneth High School Guidance and Core teams on “Functional Behavior Assessments at the Secondary Level.” These workshops are part of a 5-year DOE-NH Responds grant in collaboration with SAU 9 Conway.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • GEO partnered with the students enrolled in Terri Dautcher’s Event Planning class to plan and implement their third successful job fair in December. GEO helped to manage employer contact, conduct resume writing workshops, and staff a career information table.
  • PSU student Kyle Swaneveld (Physical Education ’13) received the $1000 Correspondent Scholarship from the Center for International Studies. As part of this award, Kyle will be required to maintain an online journal of his experiences while studying at the University of Newcastle in Australia this spring.
  • Thirty-three students will join Kyle in studying abroad this winterim and spring in Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Russia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and with the Semester at Sea program. This group includes our first two students, Marita Clark (Business Administration ’14) and Laura Dion (Accounting ’14) to study at the University of Plymouth, England through our new exchange agreement.
  • PSU graduate Derek Roberge (BS Finance ’09) was quoted in the National Student Exchange’s 2009-2010 Annual Report. Derek, who studied at the University of the Virgin Islands at St. Croix, said that “NSE helps open your mind to other cultures and helps you become more tolerant, patient and accepting.”
  • This spring, eight students will be studying at campuses in Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, and Wyoming through the National Student Exchange Program.

Health and Human Performance

  • Angel Ekstrom and Apartment Complex Manager Janette Wiggett co-presented at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education’s (AORE) National Conference on the collaborative use of space. The session was entitled, “Collaborating to Find a Home for Your Outdoor Program.”  Adventure Education seniors, Adam Bofinger and Matt Major also attended this conference in Keystone, CO.
  • Irene Cucina presented three sessions at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual convention in Verona, NY.  The sessions including: Using Technology in Physical Education, Integrating Wellness into the HS Physical Education Curriculum, and Dancing toward Wellness.  Over 1200 HPERD members attended including a number of PSU alumni who are currently working in NYS.
  • Dr. Linda Levy, Dr. Margie King, Liesl Lindley and 11 athletic training graduate and undergraduate students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association in Philadelphia in January.  Two students, Kevin Silva (BS’10) and Alicia Edwards (MS ’10) competed in the EATA Quiz Bowl.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katherine Harrington (French),  attended the ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Conference in Boston, Nov. 2010.  She attended panels on Incorporating “communities” into the language classroom, study abroad, and the use of technology in French.
  • Wilson Garcia (Spanish) participated on a Multicultural Panel at the Rumney Middle School on January 7th.

Library and Academic Support Services

  • Ellen Murphy was a Conference Organizer/Host at NERCOMP Sig “Course Evaluations: buying, building and distributing, November 4th, 2010.
  • Anne Lebreche was invited to Plymouth Regional High School to teach library research skills and databases to juniors in an Advanced Placement English course, December 2, 2010.
  • Robert Fitzpatrick, Emerging Technologies Librarian, and Michael Davidson, Library Technologist, were among the invited presenters at a Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) workshop held on January 20th at the Southbridge (Mass.) Hotel and Conference Center.  The subject was qualitative research in assessment.  The one day workshop, organized by David Wedaman of Brandeis University and Bradd Lee of Mercy College, also included Brandeis University anthropologists, librarians, and information technologists, as well as ERIAL Lead Research Anthropologist (CLIR Scholarly Communications Fellow) Andrew Asher.  Presenters examined our understanding of organizations from the users’ perspective, using methods adopted by anthropologists to supplement surveys, user feedback, and usage metrics.

Mathematics

  • Thomas Boucher has been selected to serve as an AP Statistics Reader for the College Board for 2011.
  • Alex Jacques (Meteorology), Jim Koermer (Meteorology), and Thomas Boucher (Math)  “Comparison of the United States Precision Lightning Network™ (USPLN™) and the Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Surveillance System (CGLSS-II)” will be presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, this month.
  • Dana Ernst presented a talk entitled “Within epsilon of independence: An attempt to produce independent proof-writers via an IBL approach in a real analysis course” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, LA on January 6.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Beth Cox presented “American Sign Language and Actor Interface” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii in January.
  • Robert Swift offered “Break Forth in Song!” as the first in a series of presentations sponsored by PSU’s Frost School in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank at the Taylor Community of Laconia on January 20th.

Office of Teacher Education

  • During winter break 25 teacher education faculty from both the undergraduate and graduate programs participated in a retreat to review assessment data and discuss ideas for continuous improvement of their programs. Gail Mears, Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Cynthia Vascak, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, were introduced to the faculty and participated in the retreat. The Teacher Education Faculty is preparing to host a team of reviewers in March from NCATE.

Pakistani Educational Leadership Project

  • The Pakistan project is in its intensive Pakistan phase, with project director Blake Allen working closely with the in-country team in Islamabad and Lahore and key alumni leaders from the remote areas.  Delegates from last summer’s institute are implementing master action plans that they designed and developed while at PSU.  In spite of political and economic challenges, they are sharing outcomes of institute training throughout the country with students, colleagues and community members.  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad also has provided opportunities for project alumni to share best practices with Pakistani educators from other State Department funded programs.
  • The complex nomination and selection process for next summer’s institute has begun.  The project will recruit a geographically diverse delegation of thirty eight Pakistani educators who represent every province and Pakistan-administered area.  Alumni of previous projects will serve as advisors and mentors.  Two alumni fellows also will be chosen through a competitive process to join the institute. Currently the project’s in-country coordinator is traveling in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as part of the recruitment process and to meet with Pashtun alumni.
  • The project’s U.S. phase entails planning for the summer institute in July. Thanks to Residential Life, the delegation will be housed again in Mary Lyon Hall.  With input from Pakistani alumni, discussions have begun about the focus of the institute curriculum. Institute instructors include Marguerite Crowell, JoAnn Guilmett, Trish Lindberg, Mary Ann McGarry, Kathleen Norris, Leo Sandy, Christie Sweeney, Kimberly Sychterz of Hillsboro-Deering Middle School, , and Julie Tallman of New Hampton School.  The Pakistani delegation also has been invited to participate again in the Arts in Education Institute and Plymouth Writing Project.
  • Blake Allen has been working with officials from the State Department’s Bureaus of South and Central Asian Affairs and Educational and Cultural Affairs on project initiatives and plans for her return to Pakistan.  At the request of the State Department, she will be developing another Pakistan proposal for submission and possible funding of a FY2011 project and 2012 institute.   With the immense needs in Pakistan’s education sector, she is identifying potential grant goals that build on the strengths of PSU’s graduate and professional development programs.  Within the context of U.S.-Pakistan foreign policy, Pakistan’s reform goals in education, and Pakistan’s ground reality, recommendations from Pakistani alumni and College of Graduate Studies faculty also contribute to the process. The U.S. –Pakistan linkages that shape the project demonstrate its hallmark, “education without frontiers”.

Social Science

  • Bryon Middlekauff was published in the Journal of Geography, Nov-Dec 2010, “Applying Sequential Fieldwork Skills Across Two International Field Courses,” A. L. Rydant, Brian A. Shiplee, John P. Smith and Bryon D. Middlekauff, pps 221-232.
  • Ben Amsden’s article entitled “The Creation and Maintenance of Sense of Place in a Tourism-dependent Community” (co-authored with Rich Stedman of Cornell University and Linda Kruger of the U.S. Forest Service) was published this month in the journal Leisure Sciences.

 

February 2010

February 28th, 2010 by Noelle

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

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

Faculty- Student Recruitment Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Update on Academic Affairs reorganization

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakdown of future colleges:

College of Business Administration

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

Master of Business Administration

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

College of Arts & Sciences

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

College of Education, Health and Human Services

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

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

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

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

Career Services

Communications:

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

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

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

Semester newsletter (on line): Fall and Spring

  • Informing students of upcoming events, trends, and services

Student Advising (one on one):

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

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

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

Workshops/Presentations:

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

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

Online Resources:

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

News from Academic Affairs

Art

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

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

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

Biological Sciences

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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

College of Business Administration

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

Communications and Media Studies

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

Computer Science and Technology

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

Criminal Justice

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

Education

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

Environmental Science and Policy

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

Health and Human Performance

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

Lamson Learning Commons

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

Languages and Linguistics

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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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

February 2009

February 21st, 2009 by Noelle

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

Welcome back everyone and best wishes for a successful semester.

Teacher Education

The State Department of Education visit for all teacher education programs will take place in Fall 2009. Teacher education faculty have been working to prepare for the fall State Department visit as well as to meet NCATE requirements for a future reaccreditation site visit. They will need the support of department faculty in the coming months. Thank you in advance all for your efforts to provide the required materials as we prepare for this important review process. A special thank you to Irene Cucina and the staff in the Office of Teacher Certification for their efforts in leading the teacher education faculty through this process.

Grant Funding Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity to apply for “National Institute of Health (NIH) Collaborative Funding for enhancing research infrastructure and training at undergraduate institutions” through NH-INBRE (Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence). Funds are available for faculty in multiple disciplines interested in studying “health related issues important to the local community surrounding the partner institution”

While most of the proposed research projects will involve faculty in laboratory disciplines such as Biology, Psychology, or Chemistry, a significant portion of related research is also done by non-laboratory researchers such as public health researchers, computer scientists, geographers, mathematicians, social scientists and statisticians.
If you are interested in more information, please contact George Tuthill as soon as possible. The Dartmouth program director will be on campus shortly. The internal deadline is February 13th with an INBRE deadline of Feb. 20th.

2nd Annual Faculty Research Grant awardees named. The Research Advisory Council has recommended funding five faculty proposals for FY10. Thank you to all those who participated.

Congratulations to the following faculty:
Lisa Doner, Climate Influences on Amphibian Phenology, Hermit Lake, Mt. Washington, NH
Karolyn Kinane, Medieval and Renaissance Forum and Fair: Improving outreach efforts to New England scholars, PSU, and the Plymouth Community.
Deborah John, Associations among Translation of Center of Foot Pressure, Balance, Functional Fitness, and Fear of Falling with Middle-to-Older Adults by Falls Risk
Brian Eisenhauer, Kate Donahue, How Can We Help?: A Qualitative Needs Assessment for EcoHouse Outreach
Margie King, Quantification of Qualitative Clinical Assessment in Rehabilitation.

Spirit Night 2/5
Thursday night is Spirit Night at the Foley Gymnasium. The Plymouth State University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams take on the Lyndon State College Yellow Jackets . The women’s game tips off at 5:30 PM and the men’s at 7:30 PM. Free t-shirts, music, DJ, and performances by our very own PSU Dance Team and Cheerleaders. This will be a great night of hoops, spirit, giveaways, and Panther Pride.

Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to the Webcast. Log on to www.nsnsports.net to watch complete live coverage.
ETC’s Wizard of Oz will close this weekend at the Capital Center in Concord. Tickets are selling fast for Friday evening at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at https://tickets.ccanh.com/Online/

News From Academic Affairs

Art Department

  • Annette Mitchell, Nick Sevigney, Jong Kim, and Phil Lonergan are the artists being featured in an exhibit in the Karl Drerup Art Galley from January 21 – February 28th. Their works – sculpture, handmade bound books, ceramic vessels, foam plate prints, and art quilts – may be seen Mon. – Sat .10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Sundays and PSU holidays.
  • “Myths and Masks,” an exhibit of the masks created by the students in Jay Moskowitz’s Fall sections of Creativity and the Visual Works, will open in Lamson Library on February 5th with a reception at 3 p.m.
  • The annual Friends of the Arts juried exhibition (February 2-27) honors imaginative and skillful work by students in secondary schools in central and northern New Hampshire. The exhibition includes artists from public and private high schools, providing an opportunity for students and their teachers to explore and observe a wide range of media, processes, themes, and subject interpretations. The opening reception is February 8th, 4-6 p.m.

Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Susan Swope, Marguerite Crowell, and undergraduates Jonathan Goulette, Shannon Courcelle, and Andrew Hornberger worked with high school seniors from Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, NH during an all-day workshop held in Boyd . Students toured the campus and experimented with a forensic DNA profiling lab. The students are AP chemistry students of Joshua Keaton, Science Department Chair and chemistry teacher at WRHS, and a PSU alumni.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Two new faculty grants have been awarded for the PSU-Coös County Outreach Initiative:
    • Catherine Amidon (Karl Drerup Gallery) received funding to plan a collaborative eco-art program in preparation for the Centennial Celebration of the 1911 Weeks Act.
    • Dan Lee (Business Department) received funding to plan an innovative local and regional economic indicators project, serving counties and towns in Coös County and rural New Hampshire.
  • Three members of the Center for Rural Partnerships made presentations at the PSU Research Advisory Council Grant Writing Workshop on January 21:
    • Ben Amsden: “How to Compile and Utilize Data” and “Hypothetical RAC Grant – The Do’s and Don’ts” (with Mark Okrant)
    • Frances Belcher: “Project Development and Grant Writing”
    • Thad Guldbrandsen: “Partnerships & Collaborations”
  • Ben Amsden presented “Anatomy of A Successful Partnership” in collaboration with Pat Garvin at the Tillotson Learning Community meeting held in Crawford Notch in January.
  • Fran Belcher led an effort to establish the founding documents and a communications plan for the newly established NFHERN (Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network). NFHERN Steering Committee members are from: U Maine Fort Kent, U Maine Farmington, White Mountain Community College, Lyndon State College (VT), Sterling College (VT), and Paul Smith College (NY).
  • The Center submitted a research report in support of the White Mountains National Forest Transport Plan. The purpose of this report was to provide information in support of the WMNF alternative transportation planning process. Research and writing for this report was conducted on behalf of the White Mountain National Forest and their partners by Ben Amsden in collaboration with PSU faculty, students, and off-campus partners.
  • Ben Amsden was named Associate Editor of the Journal of Unconventional Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Recreation Research.

Communication and Media Studies Department

  • At the 2008 Convention of the National Communication Association, Kylo-Patrick Hart presented “The False Promise of Consumer Culture: Commodity Consumption’s Deleterious Illusion of Empowerment” (a top paper in the American Studies Division) as well as “Exploring African-American Popular Culture and Chocolate Babies,” Annette Holba presented “Ren as a Guide to Communication Ethics: An Aesthetic Principle of Philosophical
  • Leisure from an Eastern Perspective,” and Eun-Ho Yeo (with Kyung-Woo Park) presented “Perception of ‘Speaking Well’ Among College Students in Korea.” At the Masculinities, Femininities, and More Conference at the University of West Georgia, Cathie LeBlanc presented “Gender in On-line Communities” and Evelyn Stiller presented “Don’t Know Much about Politics? How Women and Girls Blog.”

Criminal Justice Department

  • Mark Fischler led a discussion on the meaning of “Integral Law” in the world today at Boulder Integral, a community of shared philosophical agreement and committed practice.

Education Department

  • An article by Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor, ” ‘Thinking about thinking…it’s not for philosophers’: Using metacognitive journals to teach and learn about constructivism,” was published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

English Department

  • Liz Ahl has won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook prize. Her chapbook, “A Thirst That’s Partly Mine,” is a collection of poetry about human interaction with the natural world. A chapbook is a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories or religious tracts. Slapering Hol Press is housed at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing a community in which literary writers and those who love literature celebrate the creative process. The Press, named from the old Dutch for Sleepy Hollow, was established in 1990 to advance the national and international conversation of poetry and poetics, principally by publishing and supporting the work of emerging poets. Liz will be reading from the chapbook on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth. Copies of the chapbook provided by the PSU Bookstore, will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Joe Monninger’s latest book, “Hippie Chick,” has been chosen one of 2008′s Most Distinguished Books by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book. The Bulletin is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which selects the best children books each year for its annual Blue Ribbon prize. Bulletin editor Deborah Stevenson said the authors making the list are the best in the country and are often a precursor to receiving other book awards. “Hippie Chick” is a Robinson Crusoe-like survival story of a 15-year-old free spirited girl, Lolly, who enjoys sailing in the Florida Keys until she is thrown off her capsized boat. After regaining consciousness in the water, she is ready to accept death until she is helped by an unlikely rescuer, a trio of manatees. Monninger says he was inspired to write the story after visiting the area.

Health and Human Performance Department

  • Linda Levy, Margie King, Liesl Lindley, Keith Belmore, Brian Bolys-White, Kristen Scott and six undergraduate and graduate athletic training students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Annual Conference and Clinical Symposium. One of the undergraduate students, Ali Serrani (’09), earned 2nd place in the first annual Quiz Bowl. She will represent the EATA in the nationally sponsored quiz bowl in San Antonio is June.
  • Liesl Lindley was elected as the President-elect for the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  • Linda Levy, Ashley Schmidt (MS ’10) and Brad Emerton (BS ’10) provided athletic training services for the ETC’s production of the Wizard of Oz. This is the first year that the collaborative goals of the ETC have extended into the HHP Department.
  • Irene Cucina traveled to Washington, DC in January to attend an NCATE Auditor Training program. As an NCATE Auditor she will be reviewing institutional reports before the Board of Examiners attends the on-campus visit.
  • Christian Bisson and former PSU faculty Dr. Robert Stremba co-edited a textbook, “Teaching Adventure Education Theory – Best Practices.”

Lamson Library

  • David A. Beronä:
    Exhibit Review. “LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel.” Norman Rockwell Museum, November 10, 2007-May 26, 2008. International Journal of Comic Art. 10:2(Fall, 2008): 808-810.
  • David also spoke in January at the College Book Art Association Biennial Conference, University of Iowa Center for the Book —Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place. “Contemporary Woodcut Novels: Telling Stories in Pictures.”

Music, Theatre and Dance Department

  • The Pemi Choral Society (Director, Robert Swift), received a public citation of commendation from Governor Lynch in honor of its 35th anniversary concerts in December.
  • Carleen Graff held master classes in January – At the Goodwin Studio in Dover she worked with three groups of students, including a class of adults. At the Manchester Community Music School, Dr. Graff worked with students from 5th grade through high school age.
  • Dan Perkins was guest conductor and clinician for the Maine District I Choral Festival in No. Berwick, Maine in January. He also led the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour of the U.S. Southwest January 6-12, 2009.
  • Matt Kizer has been nominated for Best Scenic Design through the NH Theatre Awards for the production of ALL SHOOK UP (Summer, 2008) at the Papermill Theatre of Lincoln, NH. The awards will be presented on February 8, 2009.
  • Elizabeth Cox performed in a January theatre production with Stage One Productions in Manchester, NH.

Social Science Department

  • Khuan Chong led a delegation to Houdegbe North American University Benin (HNAUB) in January. He is a member of the Board of Governors of HNAUB, and part of his responsibilities includes lectures on African – Southeast Asian Affairs at the Nkrumah School of International Relations and to help in honorary degree celebrations. He also met with the Benin Minister of Industry, Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Trade.

Julie Bernier
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Plymouth State University

February 2008

February 21st, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
from Provost Julie Bernier
February 6, 2008

Welcome back to campus! I hope that you all found some time to refresh and relax during the winter break.

Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies- Search Update

Thank you for your feedback regarding the search process for the Assoc VP for UG Studies. Based on what I’ve heard from the faculty, I’ve decided to do an external search that would also allow internal candidates to apply.
In addition to the fact that we are currently conducting a search for VP for Finance and Administration, I am concerned about the lateness of beginning an external search for AVP. An internal search would have logistically been possible, but I feel the best timing for an external search process would be to advertise in the fall. Therefore, I will ask the Steering Committee and the PAT and OS Senates to nominate search committee members by the end of February. I will work with this group later this spring to review the position description and develop an appropriate timeline for the search process. They will then serve as the search committee through the process next fall.

I’ve asked David Zehr to continue in his role for one more year and he has graciously agreed to
do so.
Announcing – Faculty Fellow position for 2008-09, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Next fall there will be a term faculty fellow position for Vice Provost of Academic Administration. A position description will be sent out to faculty shortly. Any faculty members interested in learning more about this faculty fellow position are encouraged to meet with me to learn more about the opportunity.

Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Roger Marshall is joining the faculty of Computer Science and Technology and will begin his term as Chair of this department. Dr. Marshall has extensive experience in CS&T and in serving in the role of department chair. He comes most recently from the University of District of Columbia. Please join me in welcoming him.

On February 29th, Dr. Patrick Bourgeron will join PSU as the new director for the Center for the Environment and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy. Dr. Bourgeron has been a fellow of INSTAAR (the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Please welcome him when he arrives at the end of the month.

40 under 40

Congratulations to Thad Guldbrandsen, Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships, who was just included in the Manchester Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” list this year. The list just ran this week in a recent Sunday paper, and Thad will be honored at a recognition dinner in March.

Limerick Ireland 2008

I am pleased to announce that Helen O’Brien (Social Work) has been chosen as the Limerick Program faculty member for the Fall 2008 session.

Diversity Fellow

A reminder that applications for Diversity Fellow are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008.

ETC

Congratulations to Trish Lindberg and the cast and crew of the 2008 Educational Theatre Collaborative production of Pollyanna. This was the world premiere of the musical whose script and lyrics were written by Trish- music written by Will Ogmundson with choreography by PSU alum Michael David Stoddard and Acting Dance Director, Amanda Whitworth! Special thanks to everyone at Silver Center for the Arts for all they do to support ETC and to everyone on campus who works “behind the scenes” to make ETC happen. FYI- Did you see Robert Miller (ED), Cynthia Vascak (AR), Daryl Browne (CS), Jon Darrow (BU) and Tim Keefe (Dean and CJ) in the show?

News From Academic Affairs

Departments and Faculty

Business Department:

  • Jonathan Darrow attended and presented a paper at the 2007 national conference of the business law professors professional organization, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2007. He also had the following articles recently published: Jonathan J. Darrow & Gerald R. Ferrera, Who Owns a Decedent’s E-Mails? Inheritable Probate Assets or Property of the Network?, 10 NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 281 (2007); Christine Neylon O’Brien & Jonathan J. Darrow, Adverse Employment Consequences Triggered by Criminal Convictions: Recent Cases Interpret State Statutes Prohibiting Discrimination, 42 WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW 991 (2007).
  • Daniel Lee had an article published: “Income Inequality and Marriage,” (with Kwang Woo Park and Myeong Hwan Kim), Economics Bulletin, 15(20) (2007), 1-12.
  • Yvette Lazdowski presented the following papers August 2007 at the national meeting of the American Accounting Association: Management Accounting, Mass Production and Scientific Management: A Case Study of the Ford Motor Company; and Culture Match: How Greed Destroyed Arthur Andersen and Enron. In October Yvette passed her final defense at Argosy University for her DBA in Accounting; and in December she passed the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) certification exam. Congratulations to Yvette!
  • Trent Boggess gave a presentation entitled “Designing the Model T Ford” to the staff at The Henry Ford Museum during their annual conference in January.

CEAPS Department:

  • Two of Sam Miller’s undergraduate research students (Norm Shippee and Dan Michaud) presented posters at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Student Sixth Annual Student Conference in New Orleans. Sam Miller also led a Mount Washington Observatory “EduTrip” to the summit of Mount Washington.
  • Lourdes Avilés has been appointed to the Board of Higher Education of the American Meteorological Society. The Board is composed by a handful of individuals from small and large universities throughout the nation and, among other duties, it provides support for higher education programs in meteorology and related sciences (such as curriculum recommendations and teaching awards).
  • Heather Dinon and Matthew Morin, two PSU undergraduates, presented an oral paper at the Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology (ARAM) Conference in New Orleans. Both students worked with Jim Koermer in Florida over the summer and reported on their research on strong winds from thunderstorms that frequently affect the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
  • At the AMS ARAM conference, Jim Koermer presented a poster paper summarizing a study, which he conducted with an Air Force scientist, relating to the impact of eliminating several towers from the extensive weather tower network in and around KSC in east-central Florida.
  • Evan Lowery, Julie Soper, and Christopher Warren, three of Eric Hoffman’s graduate students, presented papers on their M.S. thesis research at several different conferences held during the Annual AMS Meeting in New Orleans.

Education Department:

  • On January 26, Marcel Lebrun presented on “Depression in Children and Adolescents” at a Harvard Medical School forum attended by 550. The presentation was so well received \ that his book Student Depression: The Silent Crisis in our Schools sold out at the Harvard bookstore.

English Department:

  • Robin DeRosa received a book contract from McFarland Press for her manuscript, Specters, Scholars, and Sightseers: Telling (and Selling) the Story of the Salem Witch Trials. The book will come out in 2009. Robin also recently gave talks on the Salem Witch Trials at the Alton and Dublin Historical Societies as a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
  • Karolyn Kinane is a contributing editor to the Once and Future Classroom, an online journal of medieval studies for K-12 teachers, which just launched its latest issue: http://www.teamsmedieval.org/ofc/F07/ed.htm. Her review of “Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000–1534″ (Cornell U Press) came out in the October edition of the Journal of British Studies.
  • “Sid and Walt,” a screenplay by Paul Rogalus, won the PictureStart Film Festival Short Film Script Competition in New York City in December. And two of his poems, “Addicts” and “Lori with an I,” were published in the January issue of My Favorite Bullet.

Department of Biological Sciences:

  • Chris Chabot, Casey Doyle, Andy Moore, Conor O’Donnell, Jeff Yelle (all Biological Sciences), and W.H. Watson (UNH) presented a paper entitled “The relevance of environmental cues to the temporal partitioning of behavior in the American horseshoe crab, “Limulus polyphemus” at the International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, Oakdale, Long Island, NY, June, 2007. Chabot and O’Donnell, along with Win Watason and Sue Schaller (UNH) also presented a paper entitled “The relationship between small- and large-scale movements of horseshoe crabs in the Great Bay estuary and Limulus behavior in the laboratory.” A chapter in a forthcoming book on Horseshoe crabs will be based on the latter presentation.
  • Michael Hallworth defended his MS in Biology at PSU on March 1, 2007. He and advisor Len Reitsma recently had two papers published: “Does age influence territory size, habitat selection, and reproductive success of male Canada Warblers in central New Hampshire?” Leonard R. Reitsma, Michael T. Hallworth, and Phred M. Benham in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. AND “Canada Warbler Breeding Ecology (Wilsonia canadensis) in Young Forest Stands Compared to a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Swamp. Michael Hallworth, Phred M. Benham, J. Dan Lambert, Leonard Reitsma, in Forest Ecology and Management.

College of Graduate Studies:

  • Dennise Maslakowski presented two workshops on the topic of assessment at the NH Association of School Principals’ Winter Conference in Concord. Dennise also presented a workshop on case studies of literacy coaching at the European Conference on Middle Level Education in Vienna, Austria.
  • Cheryl Baker presented a workshop on using technology for classroom walkthroughs at that same conference. Dennise and Cheryl recruited students for the International School Counseling program and the Doctor of Arts program.

Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

  • During the January 6th Sandwich Singers concert at the Silver Center, four MTD students and chair, Jonathan Santore, had “new works” premiere. The “new works” were commissioned by the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts in Sandwich, who asked the five musicians to write new descants, or countermelodies, to be sung with familiar Christmas carols. At the concert, the audience sand the carols, and the Sandwich Singers sang the new descants. The participants were: Daniel Glynn — Music Major — “Silent Night”; Noah Glynn — Music major — “Angels We Have Heard On High”; Andrew Morrissey — Music Ed major — “We Three Kings”; David Saunders — Music Ed major — “Away In A Manger”; and Jonathan Santore — “In the Bleak Midwinter.” This was a very exciting project primarily because the Yeoman’s Fund came up with a very clever way to engage audiences with new music, and provided our students a fantastic opportunity to engage with a general audience. Allan DiBiase, a PSU collaborative pianist, accompanies the Sandwich Singers.
  • Dance Division faculty taught and performed with 8 guest artists from NYC and Boston at the annual Dance Premier. Saturday February 2, 2008 over 100 dancers from around New England attended the day long event which culminates in a Gala performance. PSU faculty classes and choreography will be highlighted!
  • Carleen Graff (piano) recently gave a series of piano master classes in Dover and Nashua for pre-college age students and their teachers. She also gave a lecture/recital in Nashua with music by Griffes, Bloch and Riegger.

Social Science Department:

  • David Starbuck (Anthropology/Sociology) delivered a paper entitled “The Dynamics of a Shaker Landscape in Canterbury, New Hampshire” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology on January 10, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. David also delivered an invited lecture about the New Hampshire Shakers to a class at Dartmouth College on January 17.
  • Steve Whitman (Geography) recently returned from a field study trip with nine students. They spent two weeks studying sustainability in south eastern India. The purpose of the course was to examine many topics under the issue of sustainability, gain a better understanding of ecological footprinting (how much we require each year in resources from the planet to support us), and learn from some experiments in sustainability in a different cultural situation.
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) was interviewed by Laura Knoy on “The Exchange” (NHPR), on Friday, January 18. The interview focused on the circumstances Donahue described in “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs.The USA” that led Moussaoui to join al Qaeda. Donahue was also interviewed by several regional newspapers, including the Laconia Citizen.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine (History) served as a member of the Sterling College Advisory Council during the past fall and winter as Sterling explores the prospect of adding a Masters program. The Council met at Sterling in January 11-12 for the final Advisory Council session.

Lamson Library:

  • David Beronä had the following published: “Introduction” to Frans Masereel’s Passionate Journey: A Vision in Woodcuts. Dover Publications, 2007.

Psychology Department:

  • Jim McGarry presented “Mindflight– a university based, technology-intensive, interdisciplinary enrichment program for middle school students, at the Hawaii International Conference on Education (Honolulu, January 2008).

Communication and Media Studies Department:

  • Warren Mason reviewed the proposed publication, “Best Practices and Factual Examples in Business and Professional Communication” for Thomson-Wadsworth Publishers. This upper-level undergraduate and graduate textbook is scheduled for release later this year. Health and Human Performance Department:
  • Deborah John presented original research, Experiencing Behavior Change: Using Peer Counseling for Physical Activity to Teach Exercise Psychology, at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology annual conference last month in Louisville, KY. This month, Drs. John and McCahan along with five students enrolled in the Physical Education–Applied Health Fitness option attended the Northeast District American College of Sports Medicine fall meeting in Providence, RI.
  • Anita Lee
    • Published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Fitness and physical activity: The magic medicine for Type 2 diabetes” in the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, Fall 2007 issue, with Dr. Raymond Leung from Brooklyn College, NY; Dr. Jim Kamla from South Indiana University; Dr. Oliver Leung from Nepean Hospital, Penrith, Australia; and Dr. Vivien Leung from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
    • Presented, “Comparison of school athletic systems between Hong Kong and New Hampshire” and “Physical Best 2007: Ways to make activities from the Physical Best Guides meet the needs of your program”, at New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual conference on November 16, 2007.
    • Presented, “Comparison of school athletics systems between Hong Kong and Massachusetts”, at Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual convention on November 5, 2007.
  • Angel Ekstrom
    • Ended 3 year term (2004-2007) as an Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE) BOD member and treasurer (2005-2007) at the end of the AORE national Conference Nov.3, 2007
    • Delivered 2 conference presentations on: Co-presented with a PSU student (Chelsi Coulombe) – Pollutions Solutions: An Experiential Water Quality Lesson and Climate Change in the Northeast: Effects on Outdoor Programs
    • Took 4 PSU students to the AORE conference
    • 2 students received scholarships from Plymouth State HUB/VC
    • 2 students received scholarships from the AORE
    • Defended dissertation proposal on 10/30/07
  • Christian Bisson co-presented a workshop at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference on Teaching Best Practice in Adventure Education academic programs. This workshop was based on a new book (in press) edited by Bisson and Dr. Robert Stremba.
  • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley and 15 athletic training students hosted a workshop titled, “Cutting through the Barriers: Equipment Removal and Airway Access for EMS Personnel” on Saturday, January 26. The workshop was attended by 21 EMT’s from eight different towns in Central New Hampshire. The focus of the workshop was for EMT’s to learn and have the opportunity to provide emergency care for the head and spine injured individual. Each participant practiced (1) football helmet facemask removal, (2) athletic, sport and recreational (football, ice hockey, lacrosse, motorcycle, snowmobile, ski) helmet removal, and (3) football helmet and shoulder pad removal.

Social Work:

  • Scott Meyer conducted a half-day orientation and training workshop for the program’s Spring 08 Practicum field instructors (1/23).
  • Cynthia Moniz attended the first meeting of the newly formed Board of Directors of EngAGING NH (1/9). She also prepared a Social Work Reinvestment Action Plan for the NH Chapter of NASW as Chair of the chapter’s Social & Legislative Action Committee. The chapter received $15,000 to help them participate in a national initiative to reinvest resources in the profession.
  • Stephen Gorin participated in a full-day retreat as a member of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Helen O’Brien was appointed a Consulting Editor for the professional journal Health & Social Work published by NASW and has already reveiewed a number of articles.

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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