February/March 2014, News and Updates for Academic Affairs Offices and Departments

March 21st, 2014 by Jennifer

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • The Doppler On Wheels (DOW) will be here at PSU from February 7th through February 28th. The Meteorology faculty will be doing education, outreach, and research with the DOW.  Contact Sam Miller at x52811 for more information.
  • Over the break Dennis Machnik took the portable planetarium to Cranston, Rhode Island, spending one day at Western Hills Middle School and 2 at Orchard Farms Elementary.  He did a total of 20 programs for about 500 students, including 4 for special needs students.

Career Services

Career Services has partnered on two successful events recently:

  • Throughout the fall semester and culminating in early December, Jim Kuras supported the Events Planning Class (CoBA) with their Career Fair.  We brought 55+ companies to the campus for our students to meet and engage in their internship and career search.  The breadth and scope of the employers was inclusive of most of our majors.
  • In partnership with Jennifer White in Student Activities, Career Services hosted an exceptional event Saturday, January 25th, called “Senior Career Boot Camp.”  The goal was to engage senior level students in thinking about and preparing for their upcoming job search.  During the day we hosted a panel with employers, alumni and faculty discussing the world beyond PSU, held eight concurrent career focused workshops and a catered dining etiquette luncheon.  The survey results show that this event was valued by the students and will become a career services mainstay.

Center for the Environment

  • Joe Boyer attended the following meetings:
    • 1/9 – DES Water Quality Standards Advisory Committee meeting
    • 1/22 – Plymouth Elementary/Middle School STEM Group meeting
    • 1/24 – Winnipesaukee Conservation Action Network meeting
    • 1/29 – Green Eggs ‘n New HAM-shire, environmental legislators brunch
    • On January 17th, June Hammond Rowan attended a planning meeting with members of the Center for Rural Partnerships and UNH Cooperative Extension. The meeting was to explore new ideas for collaboration and mutual areas of interest.
    • A public meeting on watershed planning in the Squam Lakes Watershed was held on January 23rd. This meeting drew over 30 people to identify current land use issues and priorities in area towns and the watershed, and determine how a new watershed plan might be cooperatively developed. The meeting was organized by June Hammond Rowan in cooperation with the Squam Lakes Association and was a community engagement component of June’s graduate Land Use Seminar class. Graduate students Chelsea Berg, Greg DiSanto, and Jonathon Loos presented at the meeting and also led breakout discussions. The outcomes from the meeting are being compiled into report that will be shared with area communities.
    • On January 27th, Shannon Rogers met with the leadership and staff of the Nature Conservancy-NH Chapter.  Shannon presented her ongoing work on watershed ecosystem services and discussed areas for collaboration with future projects.
    • CFE is hosting the Spring Science Colloquium on Wednesdays in Boyd 001, 4-5 pm. Shannon Rogers has developed a great series for this spring. The talks are posted on the CFE website.
    • CFE is working on coordinating the 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference which will be held on Friday, March 21st at Plymouth State University. The conference theme is “Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources” and registration will be open very soon. For more information, contact June Hammond Rowan, chair of the conference.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center recently completed its move to a new home in the Meredith Village Savings Bank on Main Street.  Feel free to stop by and visit!
  • Rachelle Lyons and CRP staff travelled to Maine with 10 students from ES&P to conduct research in partnership with the National Park Service, Audubon, and the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. This program was part of the CRP’s new Field Engagement Program, the mission of which is to provide faculty and departments with opportunities to take interested students into the field to work with and learn from regional partners. If a faculty member would like to discuss organizing a trip or field experience, please contact Ben or Rachelle.

Early Childhood Studies

  • In December, Meagan Shedd, Katherine Harrington (Languages and Linguistics) and Linda Levy (Health and Human Performance) participated in a panel on “The Academic Experience” at the PSU Prospective Student Athlete Open House.

Global Education Office

  • We have 31 students abroad this winter/spring semester.  Plymouth State students are studying in the following countries: New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Ghana, Japan, South Africa, Ireland, Italy and the UK.  Two students received PSU Alumni /Advancement scholarships to their programs taking place in Austria and Semester at Sea. The funding was matched by the providers, to double the amount of their awards. See here for the story:


  • We have 8 students who are participating in the National Student Exchange program during the  spring semester.  They are studying in Florida, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Montana and St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Be sure to welcome back to campus, our 37 students who studied away last fall, including our first year students who were at the University of Limerick and our National Student Exchange students who studied at the University of Colorado and the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas).
  • The Center for Global Engagement welcomed 6 new international students from Chile, Japan, South Korea and Venezuela this January.  Our new students are currently engaging in orientation activities that include cross-cultural awareness, campus safety, and American education sessions.  They will be participating in several outdoor activities with the Outdoor Center this month.  Please come to meet them at our Global Coffee Hour, scheduled for February 14th at 2pm at the CGE in Mary Lyon.

Health and Human Performance

  • Eleven undergraduate and entry-level athletic training students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Clinical Symposium in Connecticut in January.

Music, Theater, Dance

  • Beth Daily led a two-week study abroad experience to Dublin, Ireland with six theatre majors: Seniors Beau Fisher, Sarah LaCount, Rebecca Martin and Nicole Mandiola; Juniors Chase Perkins and Evan Grande. Students received course credit through the American College of Dublin and presented a public viewing of scenes from Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” in the boyhood home of the playwright.
  • Carleen Graff presented a master class for high school piano students on December 21st at the Filatova Piano Studios in Manchester.
  • Mark Stickney conducted the Monadnock Valley Music Festival High School Honor Band as part of a two-day festival at Keene High School in January. He also traveled to Utah to work with high school bands at Delta and Grantsville High Schools in the Salt Lake region. Mark also represented Plymouth State University at the College Night event at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, a conference attended by over 10,000 teachers, students, conductors, and composers.


  • Students in Douglas Fife’s History and Systems psychology class have been engaging in an exploration of internationalism by performing research, writing papers and giving presentations on the topic “Psychology Around the World.”   Each semester, since fall 2012, students have studied the development of psychology and the status of present-day psychology in countries in other parts of the world, such as Indonesia, Chile, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Kazakhstan.    Through this project, students have learned about the “cultural psychology” of each country, which is the adaptation of academic and applied psychology to the customs, beliefs and institutions of that society.  Through their research on “cultural psychology” students discovered that there are forms of mental illness found in other cultures that are not observed in our society, as well as types of therapy that are used in other cultures that are unknown here.  Students found that there are psychology programs in various countries which are quite different from those offered in typical American and European colleges and universities.  It was also found that various countries have studied social problems that have plagued their own societies, such as some East African nations studying the psychological effects of being a child-soldier, and nations such as Nicaragua and Lebanon studying the effects of ongoing civil war on its citizens.  The “Psychology Around the World” theme is continuing into the Spring 2014 semester.

Social Science

  • In January, Khuan Chong, Steve Whitman, and Brian Eisenhauer joined Terry Downs (Art Department), Corey Grogan (Residential Life), and Robert Feeny (Residential Life) on a trip to Benin, West Africa. While there they visited Houdegbe North American University of Benin (HNAUB), which has several partnerships with Plymouth State University including a program to send furniture no longer in use on the PSU campus to HNAUB instead of to landfills, which also saves both institutions money. The trip was generously sponsored by HNAUB. The social science department members met with faculty and administration at HNAUB to assist in the continued development of their institution. The PSU representatives were honored guests at the HNUAB matriculation ceremony, and Khuan Chong was the official representative of the president of HNAUB and formally welcomed the incoming class. The faculty members also continued discussions about developing opportunities for students from each institution.

Social Work

Scott Meyer conducted a field instructors training session on campus; the focus was best methods for enhancing BSW learning in field practicum settings.

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