November 2013, News and Updates from Academic Offices and Departments

November 6th, 2013 by Julie

News and Updates for Academic Affairs Offices and Departments

November 2013

Biological Sciences

  • Mike Son held a STEM-related workshop for the Kindergarten class at Plymouth Elementary School on October 29.  He shared concepts of science, had the students do a hands-on experiment, and shared with them various sides of biological sciences with a variety of organisms, including green glowing bacteria. This initiative supports PSUs efforts in attracting students in Science Technology, Engineering and Math, all areas with critical shortages in New Hampshire.

Career Services

  • Three major accounting firms, Howe, Riley and Howe, Nathan Wechsler, and Tyler, Simms and St. Sauveur conducted interviews with our students on campus this month. 

Center for the Environment

  • Seven ESP graduate students (Ben Bolaski, Jess Wilhelm, Melissa Leszek, Matt Bartley, Jonathon Loos, Jamie Sydoriak, and Ashley Hyde) raised $700 and participated in the CHaD Hero 5k and half marathon in Dartmouth on October 20. The students wore green CFE capes to represent PSU and show their support for the remarkable work done by the Children’s Hospital.
  • On October 29, June Hammond Rowan served on a panel interviewing candidates for the executive director position at Lakes Region Planning Commission.

Global Education Office

  • Approximately 200 students attended our annual Study Abroad Fair October 2. And, despite the government shutdown, the Department of State Passport Agency participated in the fair, processing 50 passports. Many students, faculty and staff reported receiving their passports in less than a week!
  • We hosted visits from four of our international partners this month, Professor Alasdair Spark from the University of Winchester , UK,  Professor Gordon Smith from Plymouth University, UK, Ben Strevens representing Study Abroad Italy and the Santé Anna Institute, Italy and Chris Sarafian from American College Dublin, Ireland. Thanks to the many faculty who invited our visitors into their classrooms.
  • Two of our student Global Ambassadors received grants to attend the Region XI NAFSA (international education) conference in Stowe, VT. Jenna Goodall received a $500 NAFSA travel grant and Lydia Morton, who is also our study abroad Peer Advisor, received both CEA and Crawford-Martin grants.
  • The Center for Global Engagement hosted its second Global Coffee Hour with nearly 50 students, faculty and staff in attendance. The next one is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome.
  • Attorneys Michael J. Murray and Christina Simpson, from the Drummond Woodsum law firm, with offices in Portsmouth, Concord, and Portland ME, volunteered their time to conduct an employment-related workshop for our international students.

Lamson Library

  • Elaine S. Allard attended the conference Designing Libraries II for the 21st Century, October 6-8, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She also attended the October Conference for New England Librarians entitled “Making Connections & Cultivating Community, October 18, at Dartmouth College.

Language and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington was featured in the article “New Collaboration Says ‘Bienvenue’ to French-Canadian Visitors, Companies: New Hampshire business community, Plymouth State effort reaches out to francophone tourists and businesses” in the October 18 issue of the New Hampshire Business Review.

Office of Research and Engagement

  • Jessica Dutille was appointed as the Academic Service Learning Coordinator in the Office of Research & Engagement.  This full-time position is jointly funded by Granite United Way, the Pemi Youth Center, and Plymouth State University.  The purpose of this position is to advance PSU’s goals for service learning and civic engagement; support service learning efforts among faculty, staff, and students at PSU; strengthen connections with off-campus partners; and help collect, assess, and report data on service learning and civic engagement at PSU. As part of her duties, Jessica will continue to provide executive leadership for the Pemi Youth Center.

Social Science

  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) published an obituary of Donald S. Pitkin, an American anthropologist best known for his long-term field work in and publications on Sermoneta, Italy, a hill town south of Rome, in the American Anthropologist Vol. 115, Issue 3, pp 537-539, September, 2013.
  • Bryon Middlekauf co-led a field course this July, Physical Geography and Environmental Science in the United Kingdom along with Jennifer Collins, formerly a contract faculty member in Meteorology at PSU, and John Smith, retired from the University of Wolverhampton.
  • Last spring the Tourism Management and Policy program created a new certificate in

Hospitality Management. This fall, Carl E. Lindblade, CHA, (a 40 veteran of hospitality in New Hampshire), is teaching the first course, Introduction to Hospitality Management. In addition to class work the course has included field trips to the Visitors Center in Lincoln, a micro brewery and a visit to the iconic Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods. The next course in the Certificate program, Introduction to Hotel Operations, will be offered in spring 2014.  The Hospitality Management certificate recognizes the vital economic impact and importance of hospitality  both as an industry of the White Mountains and Northern New Hampshire and as an outreach within Plymouth’s mission to serve the North Country.

  • The PSU Geography Club (Pat May, Geography/EPL/TMP/SS, faculty advisor) had a very successful trail work day on September 29, 2013, collaborating with the Plymouth Conservation Commission to provide season maintenance to local trails.  One Geography major, Nick Gagnon, is working independently (as part of an independent study with P. May) to collect GPS field data and provide the PCC with updated maps utilizing GIS software.
  • Grace Fraser (Anthropology) assisted in organizing the 3rd annual gala auction at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Educational Center on October 19.
  • Mark Okrant (Tourism Management and Policy) addressed the 3rd annual White Mountains Writers and Book Festival on the topic, “Murder at the Grand Hotels: a perspective on writing mysteries” in Berlin on Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) organized the College Access Summit program that brought students working with the Granite State Organizing Project from Manchester area high schools to learn about the college application process. Thirteen Plymouth State students, as well as staff and faculty from the Social Science Department (Bob Egbert, Krisan Evenson, Bob Heiner, Filiz Otucu, Kate Donahue), SAGE Center (Roxanne Fera) and PSU alumna Kerri Biller all participated in this daylong program which helped the visiting students work on their college application essays and learn about the admissions and financial process.

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