Student, Faculty, and Alumni Newsmakers

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Christine Boston was named the interim principal at Dover High School. Boston previously served as the Dover Middle School co-principal. She began working in the Dover School District in 2008 as a dean of students at the middle school. She earned a MEd in K-12 Education, several professional certifications, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education Leadership from PSU. She is also a graduate student in the PSU education doctoral program.

Thomas G. Burton was named a senior vice president at Commerce Bank’s commercial lending department. He worked previously as part of Citizens Bank’s regional banking team in Middlesex County. Burton, of Bedford, received his MBA from PSU in 2005.

Kathy DesRoches, director of Workforce Development at Manchester Community College, has been asked to serve on the project panel, “Development of Transportation Technology Transfer Primer on Best Practices” for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Kathy is a graduate student in PSU’s education doctoral program.

Gina Frank

Gina Frank

Gina Frank, an associate dean of student affairs at Quinnipiac University, received a top honor from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in April. Frank was the first recipient of the organization’s Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services’ Outstanding Professional Award, which recognizes an outstanding professional in the field. Frank, who earned her MEd from PSU in 1990, has worked at the Connecticut university for more than 20 years. A group of seven Quinnipiac employees, students, and alumni nominated her for the honor.

Kent Hemingway Jr. assumed his new duties as the superintendent of the Gilford School District on July 1. For the previous six years, he was the assistant superintendent of schools for School Administrative Unit 54 in Rochester. In news reports, Hemingway noted that moving to a smaller school district was important to him. “I want to be able to be closer to the kids and closer to the schools than what I was able to achieve in a system of 4,500 kids,” he stated. In his 30+-year career in education, Hemingway has held several principal and assistant principal positions in New Hampshire and Maine. He earned a MEd in 1983 from PSU and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership in 2003. He lives in Tamworth with his family.

Margaret H. Kearney

Margaret H. Kearney

Margaret H. Kearney, Ph.D., R.N., and independence foundation chair in the University of Rochester School of Nursing, began her new role as vice provost and dean of graduate studies at Rochester University, effective July 1. As dean, Kearney will oversee doctoral studies across the university, chair the University Council on Graduate Studies, and serve as the central administration’s liaison with graduate student organizations. Kearney, who joined the University of Rochester in 2005 to head the School of Nursing’s Ph.D. program, began her professional career as a maternity nurse and women’s health nurse practitioner. She said she decided to move into research “to answer clinical questions and contribute to building better nursing practice.” Her early research involved analyzing in-depth interviews with pregnant drug users for her doctoral dissertation at the University of California at San Francisco. Today, Kearney is a nationally recognized expert in such qualitative research methods—naturalistic approaches to the study of behavior and communication, often involving systematic analysis of open-ended interviews and observations. The author of more than 70 scholarly articles, books, and chapters, she presents workshops regionally and nationally and collaborates with other investigators as a qualitative methodologist. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, with bachelor’s degrees from Marlboro College and Columbia University, master’s degrees from Plymouth State College and Boston College, and a doctorate in nursing from the University of California at San Francisco.

Jeni Mosca began her new role as superintendent of School Administrative Unit 56 (Somersworth/Rollinsford) on July 1. Mosca, who had served as the district’s assistant superintendent since August 2010, succeeds interim Superintendent Bob Lister. Mosca, who earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from PSU in 2010, served as principal of Seabrook Elementary School for 10 years before coming to SAU 56. The Berlin native is also a 2006 recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award and spent a year as the assistant principal at McClelland Elementary School in Rochester and 12 years as a physical education teacher, athletic director, and coach at Sanborn Regional Middle School in Newton before moving to Seabrook.

Kelly Nelson was named the N.H. History Day High School Teacher of the Year. Nelson, who is pursuing her MEd at PSU, teaches at Lin-Wood High School. She and 15 freshmen students participated in the National History Day competition at PSU in April, organized by National History Day state coordinator Patrick May, the social studies education coordinator at PSU. Read the PSU news release.

Delilah Smith, director of PSU’s S.A.G.E. Center and current PSU doctoral student, received the Theo Kalikow Award at the annual PSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women Awards Recognition ceremony in March. Every year, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women honors a PSU faculty or staff member who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women’s issues with this award. Smith holds a B.S. in social work, a M.Ed. in counselor education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from PSU. She is currently pursing a Doctor of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Community, also at PSU. Lisa Davis-Olney, a graduate student in PSU’s MEd Teaching of Writing program and an adjunct English instructor, was also recognized at the ceremony, receiving the Powerful Outstanding Women’s Advocate Award (POWA) for a Community Member. Davis-Olney is an advocate for consumer safety, particularly for child product safety. For more information, read the PSU news release.

George Tuthill, interim associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, was quoted in a July 7 Nashua Telegraph story about how some districts are employing more teachers with master’s degrees. Read George’s comments and the complete story.

PSU Grads, Faculty, and Staff Receive “ED”ies—Congratulations to the 16 members of the PSU community recognized at the 18th annual New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Celebration on June 4 in Manchester. The New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards, informally known as the “ED”ies, honor educational excellence in New Hampshire. The event highlights outstanding public schools, programs, and educators, and uses their example to inspire and motivate others. See the list of honorees from the PSU community.


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