Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

January, 2005

Moniz Elected National NASW Secretary

Professor Cynthia Moniz.

Professor of Social Work Cynthia Moniz has been elected secretary of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She will serve as a member of the national board of directors and executive committee. She was also appointed by the organization’s president to serve as chair of the national committee on women’s issues.

Moniz is chair of the social work department at PSU and a former president of the New Hampshire chapter of NASW. In 2002 she was voted Social Worker of the Year.

Moniz’s current research focuses on inequality and health. Her textbook, Health and Health Care Policy: A Social Work Perspective (2003), written with PSU Professor of Social Work Stephen Gorin, was published by Allyn & Bacon.

McNeil Named to State Board of Education

Professor Mary McNeil.

PSU Professor of Education Mary Elizabeth McNeil, was named to the New Hampshire State Board of Education by former Governor Craig Benson and the Executive Council. McNeil is director of international institutes and partnerships at Plymouth State and has served as director of the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) program in educational leadership and the Center for Professional Educational Partnerships.

McNeil has also taught graduate courses in Keene, Littleton, Amherst and Manchester. She has worked in public schools as a teacher and administrator and, at the university level, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses.

PSU Provost Virginia Barry says, “Dr. McNeil will bring a working knowledge of public education and higher education to her position on the Board of Education. Her involvement with the state board will afford her students the opportunity to follow along with the educational issues, challenges and opportunities in education today.”


Lindberg is New Hampshire Professor of the Year

Professor Trish Lindberg.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named PSU Professor of Education Patricia L. Lindberg the 2004 New Hampshire Professor of the Year.

Lindberg was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the U.S. The Professors of the Year program recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country-those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students.

“Trish is an outstanding representative of innovative teaching at Plymouth State,” says Provost Virginia Barry, who nominated her for the award. “She has brought state, regional and national attention to educational theatre at Plymouth State, by creating opportunities for teachers and children to learn together.”

Lindberg is co-founder and artistic director of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC), and of the Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT). With Professors Gail Mears and Gary Goodnough of Plymouth State’s M.Ed. in counselor education, she also created TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), a professional theatre company that has performed for more than 40,000 children throughout the state.


Liz Ahl, (English) has published poems in Red, White, and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press) and Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press).

Catherine Amidon (Drerup Art Gallery) chaired a session at the New England Museum Association conference on New Media Art and Information Technology in the Exhibition Space (Burlington, Vt.). She also spoke on “Caribbean Art: Definitions and Discourse” at New York University.

Patrick Armstrong (English) has poems appearing in Literature (Pearson/Longman), and in the journals Persephone and Plainsongs.

Cheryl Baker (Graduate Studies) and Ethel Gaides (Education) participated in a panel discussion “Online Professional Development for Teachers: Challenges and Advantages of Learning Anywhere and Anytime” in partnership with NHPTV at the NEA-NH Instructional Conference. They also gave a workshop on the topic at the annual Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference.

Christian Bisson (HPER) presented “Effective Teaching Strategies in Outdoor Education” at the annual Conference of the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Bisson was also invited to present at the second annual Appalachian Mountain Club Leadership Training Conference, hosted by the AMC Leadership Training Institute.

Marcia Schmidt Blaine (Social Science) presented “Female Captives of Northern New England: Imposed Dependence and Negotiated Agency” at Creating Identity and Empire in the Atlantic World, 1491-1888: An Interdisciplinary Conference (Greensboro, N.C.). Blaine also spoke on “Susannah Johnson: An English Woman among the Abenaki and French” at the Charlestown (N.H.) Historical Society.

Chris Chabot (Biological Sciences), Jeffrey Kent ’03 and Win Watson (UNH) published “Circatidal and circadian rhythms of locomotion in Limulus polyphemus” in The Biological Bulletin (August 2004).

Gary Corcoran (Music, Theatre, and Dance) was guest conductor of the Honors Wind Ensemble at the Champlain Valley Music Festival at Colchester (Vt.) High School.

Mary Cornish (Education) and Chris Hunewell (Newfound Area School District) presented “Implementing Student-Led Parent Conferences in the Primary Grades: A Process for Promoting Authentic Self-Assessment, Family Engagement and Individualized Instruction” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference.

Robin DeRosa (English) led a discussion on Russell Banks’ Cloudsplitter, a novel about the Harper’s Ferry slave revolt, at the Laconia Public Library.

Janice Edwards (Music, Theatre, and Dance) played Marcelina in the Granite State Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H.

Brian Eisenhauer (Sociology) presented “Community Attachment as Predictors of Local Environmental Concern: The Case for Social and Natural Environment Dimensions of Attachment,” at the 67th annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Sacramento, Calif.).

Katy Fralick (Education) presented “Meet the Winners” of the latest medal- and award-winning children’s books at IRA’s Pond and Peak Reading Council annual conference.

Horst Freyhofer (Social Science) presented papers about his recent book on the Nuremberg Medical Trial at the German Studies Association and the New England Historical Association.

Marie-Thérèse Gardner (Foreign Language) has completed a worktext book La Justice Criminelle: c’est la loi! for the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Program.

Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz (Social Work) published “Will the United States Ever Have Universal Health Care?” in Health and Social Work. Gorin was a guest on the New Hampshire Pubic Radio show “The Exchange with Laura Knoy” discussing privatizing Social Security.

Kylo-Patrick Hart (Communications) presented “The Love between Warden and Prew that Dare Not Speak Its Name: Containing Homosexuality as Subtext in From Here to Eternity” at the Screen Media and Sexual Politics conference on the PSU campus.

Bruce Heald (Social Science) was elected to represent Meredith in the New Hampshire House, where protecting the environment will be one of his top priorities.

Steve Kahl (Center for the Environment) spoke on “Long-term Water Chemistry and Research Opportunities Pertaining to Dam Removal on the Penobscot” at the Penobscot River Science Forum at the University of Maine. See story on page 20.

James P. Koermer (Meteorology) was a guest on “The Right Balance,” a live Florida talk radio show hosted by Greg Allen. They discussed hurricanes, Florida and the PSU weather Web site. The show is distributed nationally over Accent Radio Network.

John W. Kulig (Psychology) has begun a two-year post as consulting editor of Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Xiaoxiong Li and Stacey Yap (Social Science) led a discussion on Yang Erche Namu’s Leaving Mother Lake and Dai Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress at the Greater Plymouth Area Book Group.

Lisa Lindgren (Business) was invited to attend the Academy of Management Technology and Innovation Management Division’s doctoral consortium at the AoM meeting in New Orleans. Invitations were only extended to those students judged to be pursuing “interesting and impactful work in the area.” She is studying management of technology and innovation.

David Mackey (Criminal Justice) published “Job Desirability among Criminal Justice Majors: Exploring Relationships between Personal Characteristics and Occupational Attractiveness” (co-written with Kevin Courtright, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) in Journal of Criminal Justice Education (Fall 2004).

Mary Ann McGarry (CEAPS) presented on integrating an aquatic invasive species unit into the grades 6 – 12 curricula at the 13th Annual International Conference on Invasive Aquatic Species in Ennis, Ireland. She facilitated a workshop for educators on the Penobscot River Restoration Project at the Milford (Maine) Dam. She spoke on “Linking Students Globally through Watershed Education Involving Lakes and Fish” at the annual North American Lake Management Society Conference in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and summarized that talk for the Freshwater Symposium at PSU.

Annette Mitchell (Art) reviewed art exhibitions in the August/September and October/November issues of Art New England Magazine. She and Terry Downs (Art) had work included in Impressions at Artstream Gallery in Rochester, N.H.

Chris Mongeon (Sodexho) was recently named Lion of the Year for his “outstanding service, dedication and loyalty to Lionism” by Plymouth’s Lions Club.

Paul Mroczka (Music, Theatre, and Dance) recently published the first in a series of four articles on Tourette Syndrome for the Neuroscience Initiative Web site.

Rik Pfenninger, Craig Jaster and Tim Gilmore (Music, Theatre, and Dance) were featured during New Hampshire Day at the Big E Festival in Springfield, Mass.

Royce Robertson (ITS, Education) has been named the Academic Solutions Program Committee chair for the SunGardSCT Summit in Honolulu, where he will present on electronic portfolios created with iWebfolio.

Jonathan Santore (Music, Theatre, and Dance) was an invited panelist at the 2004 national meeting of the College Music Society in San Francisco. The panel topic was consideration of the musical “canon” in music pedagogy today. His composition, Walden Recessional, for cello and SATB chorus on a text by Henry David Thoreau, was premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale, conducted by Dan Perkins (Music, Theatre, and Dance).

David Starbuck (Anthropology) spoke at Fraunces Tavern Museum in Manhattan about his latest book, Rangers and Redcoats on the Hudson. He presented “Who’s Minding the Store? Exploring a British Sutler’s Camp of the French and Indian War” at the Council for Northeast Historical Archeology annual meeting in Kingston, Ontario.

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