Tax Credits Support the Construction of Welcome Center and Ice Arena

August, 2010

PSU has sold all $600,000 of the tax credits it was awarded by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) and will receive $480,000 from the CDFA to be used to support the construction of the welcome center and ice arena.

CDFA tax credits allow benefactors to purchase credits that provide them an incentive on their New Hampshire taxes while providing gifts to the University. PSU’s CDFA grant enabled it to market the credits to raise funds for the new facility.

President’s Council members were instrumental in identifying potential businesses for marketing the tax credits, including those with PSU ties or those that had demonstrated previous interest in tax credits. New Hampshire businesses purchased the tax credits including  Community Guaranty Saving Bank, Grappone Automotive Group, Great American Dining, Meredith Village Saving Bank, Northway Bank, and Woodlands Credit Union.

“We are very proud of our partnership with CDFA,” said Sylvia Bryant, executive director of university advancement. “Plymouth State is one of the few institutions of higher education to be awarded a tax credits grant, and the availability of tax credits for the welcome center and ice arena has provided critical philanthropic support for the project.”

The CDFA is attracted to projects that show a high degree of community support, build partnerships, contribute to the economic wellbeing of an area, and leverage other funds. “CDFA awarded Plymouth State University tax credit funding because of [PSU’s] positive economic impact in the region,” said Kathy Bogle Shields, executive director of CDFA. “We know it already has and will continue to create jobs and expand opportunities for the citizens of Plymouth and the surrounding towns.”

Luck

August, 2010

Liz Ahl, chair of the department of English and professor of English

“The chapbook offers, I hope, both constant themes and interesting variety,” says Ahl, whose previous chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, was awarded the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook prize. “Obviously, one thread of the collection has to do with luck and with gambling: poems about craps, poker, and carnival games; and poems about different kinds of gambling: taking personal risks, making wishes, and pushing the odds. But many of the poems also explore feminine identities and perspectives, and still others are interested in rituals and habits. I think the title poem, ‘Luck,’ touches on all three of these areas: the craps game itself, the various rituals and superstitions of the players, and the notion of ‘Lady Luck.’”


The Communicative Relationship between Dialogue and Care

August, 2010

Marie Baker-Ohler and Annette Holba, professor of communication studies

From the publisher:

“This book … provide[s] readers with the opportunity to consider multiple ways of enhancing human communication through discovering how the notion of care has the ability to shape and guide communicative exchanges. Care is posited as a philosophy of communication and more specifically as a communicative ethic that can be embraced in interpersonal and organizational communicative contexts. The goal of this study is to provide a textured understanding of care as it relates to human communication and as it is foregrounded in philosophical thought. This text will help develop philosophical understanding of this topic that is inescapably linked to human communication.”

Holba notes that, through the book, she and her co-author “want to elevate the ethic of care in interpersonal relationships … that is being displaced by rapid technological advances.”

Poppies and Politics in China: Sichuan Province 1840s to 1940s

August, 2010

Xiaoxiong Li, professor of Asian history

Growing up in Sichuan, Li had heard stories about opium and its usage in the province before 1950. “I was fascinated by these stories and wished someday I could share these stories with others,” he says. “In this book I explain how opium and its related business developed in Sichuan in the late nineteenth century, why it reached its height in the first 30 years of the twentieth century, and how it declined and eventually ended in the early 1950s. The rise and fall of opium production and its consumption in Sichuan reflected the changing political realty, economic conditions, and social circumstances during that period of time. I hope this book will help readers better understand an important part of history in modern China.”

Excavating the Sutlers’ House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George

August, 2010

David Starbuck, professor of anthropology and sociology

From the back cover:

David Starbuck has been excavating British military sites in Fort Edward and Lake George, New York for two decades. In 1996, on the east bank of the Hudson River, Starbuck’s team discovered the remarkable remains of a sutlers’ (or merchants’) house, which had supplied goods to the British armies throughout the late 1750s. Excavating the Sutlers’ House provides a fascinating overview of artifacts from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution.”

Eternal on the Water

August, 2010

Joseph Monninger, professor of English

A solo trip down the Allagash River a few years ago inspired the setting for the book, which one reviewer hailed as “a compelling and poignant love story.”

“The Allagash is a north-flowing, spectacular river that runs 90 miles through the heart of Maine,” says Monninger. “When I began writing my next novel, I found I couldn’t shake the idea of setting it on the Allagash. So Eternal on the Water is all about kayaking and rivers. And like all stories, it’s about what-if ….”

Health and Mental Health Care Policy: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

August, 2010

Third Edition. Cynthia Moniz, chair of the department of social work and professor of social work; and Stephen Gorin, professor of social work

According to Moniz, this text “provides a historical and political overview of health care reform in the U.S. and the need to achieve universal coverage, but it also suggests that universal access and good doctors and hospitals aren’t enough. We need to address social problems of all kinds—substance abuse, teen pregnancy, violence, and especially poverty, which is linked to so many social problems—if we want to become a healthier society.”

Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki

August, 2010

Kylo-Patrick Hart, professor of communication and media studies

Hart has been intrigued by director Araki and his films for nearly two decades. “Writing this book allowed me to more fully explore the noteworthy attributes of this New Queer Cinema pioneer’s trademark post-punk filmmaking style and the range of boundary-pushing creations he has released over the course of his career to date,” he says.

Fishing without a Hook: Catching Moments at Work

August, 2010

Nancy Puglisi ’81G, director of organizational health for the University System of New Hampshire; adjunct faculty member, PSU College of Graduate Studies

“I wanted to write a book about the workplace that people can relate to,” says Puglisi of her eclectic collection of poems. “Even if you love what you do, there can be conflict and differences in the workplace. It’s how we manage those conflicts and differences that matters most. The poems in the book focus on creating organizational health, integrating work and life, and finding ways to step away from work and energize.”

The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

August, 2010

Robin DeRosa, professor of English

DeRosa first conceived of this book during a visit to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum that reenacts the 1627 Pilgrim settlement in Massachusetts. “I was so interested in how the present and past worlds collided, and how the site worked so hard to debunk misconceptions about the Pilgrims, even as it catered to a modern tourist crowd with all of their demands and tastes,” she says. “The book is partially about the 1692 witch trials, but it’s also about how we rewrite the past and how we make myths and ‘facts’ out of the shards of sources that we have to work with.”