Message From the President

December, 2009
Sara Jayne Steen, President.  John Hession photo.

Sara Jayne Steen, President. John Hession photo.

Welcome to the winter issue of Plymouth Magazine. We hope you find much here of which to be proud.

You will see a preview of the ice arena and welcome center currently under construction, a facility that will make a difference for students, teaching, research, athletics and recreation, and the community and region. Read More

College Of Business Administration Established

December, 2009

Continuing a tradition of providing exceptional programs in business, PSU has established the College of Business Administration and has named longtime Department of Business Chair Trent Boggess as the college’s founding dean.

“The current economic situation offers a wealth of opportunities for well-trained students in the global marketplace,” said Boggess. “The programs we offer in the College of Business Administration are preparing our graduates to enter the workforce poised for success.”

In just the past year, the PSU business faculty developed several new programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. The recent restructuring of the Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing program produced three new options: Integrated Marketing Communication, Public Relations, and Professional Sales Leadership. An option in Small Business and Entrepreneurship has been added to the Bachelor of Science in Management.

The PSU MBA was recently expanded to offer an International Business Certificate in partnership with the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. The two-year program, which began in the fall, offers students worldwide the opportunity to participate in a rich, multicultural online learning community for less than many graduate-level study abroad programs and provides a foundation for a career in a local or multinational enterprise.

PSU has also signed an agreement with the American University of Antigua to offer the Plymouth State MBA with a certificate in Health Care Administration to AUA’s medical students.

Helping Grow the North Country Economy

December, 2009

PSU is developing a new informational tool to help bolster the economy in northern New Hampshire. The North Country Economic Index (NCEI) will be a periodic index containing detailed information about the economic climate in Coos County and northern New Hampshire. Business professors Daniel Lee and Vedran Lelas believe everyone who has interest in the North Country can benefit from this project. “We’re going to provide economic indicators that cover the overall economy in the North Country,” Lee said. “People buying or selling a home or business, looking for employment, or planning major financial moves can all make better informed decisions with this data.”

Thad Guldbrandsen, executive director of PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships, said the NCEI is part of PSU’s goal to provide assistance to the state. “We have a lot of resources on campus, and we want to harness the potential that we have here at PSU to make the region a better place to live,” Guldbrandsen said.

Lovins: Efficiency Can Improve Quality of Life

December, 2009

Amory Lovins

The world’s energy usage and dependence on fossil fuels could be reduced drastically through efficiency measures that are currently available, according to world-renowned energy efficiency expert Amory Lovins, who spoke at PSU in September. “We have a long way to go,” Lovins said. “But it’s cheaper to save fuel than to buy fuel.”

Lovins, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and one of Time’s 2009 100 most influential people in the world, received an honorary doctor of science degree and addressed PSU’s first-year students at Fall Convocation. He says the world’s dependence on fossil fuels is the crux of many political, climate, and economic problems, and innovative technologies and business strategies currently available can be implemented to achieve a vastly improved quality of life within three decades.

PSU Opens English Language Center

December, 2009

The University is a new host institution to ELS Language Centers (ELS), a highly regarded organization that began teaching multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from around the world this fall. Mary Lyon Hall is home to ELS with offices, classrooms, and a Language Technology Center. ELS international students will have the opportunity to reside in Mary Lyon or participate in a home stay program in Plymouth while taking ESL courses.

Vice President for Student Affairs Dick Hage said the program will help draw international students to study English at PSU. “The University and all of our students will benefit greatly both from the richness of diversity this program will bring to campus and from enhanced international student enrollment,” Hage said. Students admitted to the program include citizens from Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia.

A "Great College To Work For"

December, 2009

PSU received national honors by being named one of the 2009 Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University was recognized in eight categories.

The national survey results were compiled from nearly 41,000 employee responses from more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. Sixty-five percent of PSU faculty and staff participated in the survey.

Batchelder Receives Blair Medal

December, 2009

More than 100 friends and family came together in July to honor former State Supreme Court Justice William Batchelder at the Plymouth Common Man Inn, where PSU President Sara Jayne Steen awarded Batchelder the Blair Medal for distinguished public service on behalf of the University. “You have been a leader in the town and community, improving social, economic, and cultural bonds,” Steen said. “Your leadership in the courts will have a lasting effect on the consciousness of New Hampshire.”

Batchelder’s distinguished service includes his decades as a lawyer, prosecutor, superior court judge, and New Hampshire Supreme Court justice; dedication to the historical importance of the town of Plymouth and the memory of the Nathaniel P. Rogers family’s fight for abolition; his foresight and vision in the creation of the Squam Lakes Science Center; service to the United States Navy during World War II; and volunteer efforts on behalf of the Plymouth Rotary, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Pease Public Library, and Plymouth Historical Society.

This is the second time PSU has recognized Batchelder; he also has received the Granite State Award.

Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality

December, 2009

Robert Heiner, assistant chair of the Department of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology-sociology

Featuring 26 articles, Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality is a social problems reader in which the majority of the selections reflect the conflict perspective. This approach views social problems as the consequence of social and economic inequalities, therefore encouraging students to critically analyze American public policy responses to social problems.

Several articles relate to the contemporary economic crisis and the role that the media plays in constructing social problems. Many of the essays describe public policies in countries outside of the United States, providing students with alternative, cross-cultural perspectives and solutions to social problems.

“What I hope students will gain from this book is an understanding that so many of both our domestic social problems and global social problems stem from the inequitable distribution of economic and natural resources, within nations and between nations,” says Heiner.

Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners, Second Edition

December, 2009

Cheryl Coker, professor of physical education

The second edition of Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners offers an applied approach to the principles of motor learning and control. The text includes a wide range of examples, applications, and teaching tools to help students build a solid foundation for assessing performance, providing effective instruction, and designing practice, rehabilitation, and training experiences to optimize skill acquisition and performance.

Whether students become professionals in physical education, kinesiology, exercise science, coaching, athletic training, physical therapy, or dance, this text defines the foundational components of motor control and learning and provides current thinking and trends, blending information for the practitioner with validating research. Its readability and practical applications make this a valuable resource.

“The text introduces the practitioner to the processes that underlie human movement learning,” says Coker. “Through an applications-based approach, readers are challenged to reinvent themselves as human movement specialists who can empower their learners and maximize their potential.”

Keeping Kids Safe, Healthy, and Smart

December, 2009

Kimberly Williams and Marcel Lebrun, chair of the Department of Education and professor of special education

“This book was written as a reference guide for all new and experienced teachers and parents,” explains Lebrun. “It highlights many of the hidden dangers that children face every day in the most common of places. The book is meant to build awareness as well as sensitivity to what children experience at home, at school, and in their communities.

“Kim Williams and I decided to write the book because we saw several examples of children being hurt, killed, or becoming disabled in accidents and situations that could have been prevented if the adults in their lives had some common knowledge about the factors that often lead to harm. We included several sections on cyberbullying, online predators, and mental health factors that are often overlooked or not focused upon in family and school discussions. We wanted to put these topics out on the table so adults can begin having discussions with the children under their care.

“The book is rich with many resources both Web-based and community-based to answer questions, inspire further research, and share information. Knowledge is power and with this new power, adults can empower themselves to do the right thing when it comes to educating and raising responsible and aware children. This book is a powerful resource guide and is meant to educate all who take the time to investigate the information and resources within.”