May 2009

May 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
May 6, 2009

As another year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for the good work you do each day and for your contributions in making PSU a place that cares first and foremost about students. You are wonderful colleagues and I am honored to serve with you. I wish you all a very successful end to the school year and a wonderful summer.

Distinguished Teaching Awards Announced Today!!

At the conclusion of the business portion of today’s meeting, the recipients of the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award will be announced. Immediately following the announcement we will host a reception to celebrate and recognize our distinguished colleagues. This year the nomination process was completed online and resulted in the highest number of nominations ever. Students submitted over 50 nominations for the undergraduate teaching awards. I hope you will join us this afternoon as we celebrate our newest Distinguished Teachers.

Commencement Information

Graduate Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium. If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where a section will be designated for robing. Everyone is invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. which will also be in Foley Gymnasium.
Spring Convocation will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Foley Gymnasium. This year Convocation will be Senior Awards only; other awards previously given at Convocation will now be given at department ceremonies or at a fall reception sponsored by Advancement & the President’s office. If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where a section will be designated for robing, prior to the processional. There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in the Foley Gym which you are welcome to attend.
Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. on the Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting). All May 17th information is also online: Please remember that parking is limited, so park on the main campus, or carpool if possible.
Important Reporting Information: In case of inclement weather, the commencement will move inside to one of three sites; Foley Gymnasium, HUB, and Silver; we ask that departments report to the specific sites as follows:

Folley Gymnasium

  • Art
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Health & Human Performance
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Library
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Science

HUB Courtroom

  • ASC
  • Biology
  • Center for the Environment
  • Communication Studies
  • Environmental Science & Policy
  • Social Work

Silver Center

  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Mathematics
  • Education

You are invited to join President Steen, the senior class officers and the graduates in a tradition started years ago where the graduates meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together to the P.E. (If heavy rain, graduates just meet at 9:30 a.m. in the track area at the P.E. Center and do not do the traditional walk from HUB.) If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area of the P.E. Center by 9:15 a.m. You will need to form two parallel lines in marching order at the double doors at the west end of the track facing the tennis courts. Staff members will be there to assist this process.
At the conclusion of the recessional, we ask that you stay in two lines (wide apart) and receive/applaud the students as they proceed out. This will occur on the pavement area between the soccer field and the P.E. Center. This is a way to acknowledge the special relationship between you and students at PSU. If the weather is good, refreshments will be served in tents on the soccer field for everyone to enjoy.
Our students have told us how much more meaningful their commencement ceremony is when you are there to celebrate with them. Please come and help make this a day to remember for our students.

News from Academic Affairs

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Lisa Doner presented a paper “Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period influences on an 80-110 year NAO cycle in lake sediments of northwest Iceland” at the 39th Arctic Workshop held at Bates College, Lewiston, ME.
  • Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell along with four PSU undergraduate students, visited Plymouth Elementary School for “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day.” Chemistry Education majors Patrick Gile, Shannon Courcelle, Ashley Maxner, and dual Chemistry/Meteorology major Ian Axtell worked with third-graders on activities exploring Green Chemistry. A parent of one of the children commented on how excited her son was about the visit. When he arrived home, he immediately gathered materials he would need to reproduce one of the activities he learned on that day. She said, “He was chattering and jumping around the whole time, saying he was going to sell this product (if he could get it to smell better). He finally said, ‘This is the find of the century! I’m a chemist! I made my first solution!’ Looks like Chemistry Day was a big success!”
  • In April, Dennis Machnik finished the last of 3 Thursdays at Milton Elementary School in Milton NH. He did 18 programs in all with the portable planetarium, and stayed one of the nights to show students and parents the moon and Saturn through the telescope. Star programs were attended by every student in the school. There was a program for the public on Galileo in the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium. Another was done for the Medieval Forum, and for the meeting of the PSU student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. This last program was attended by students, faculty and alumni. Summer presentations are already scheduled at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Smithtown, NY (LI), with more planned in RI, NH and MA.
  • Lourdes Aviles has been appointed by the American Meteorological Society Council, together with three other atmospheric scientists from around the nation, to draft the next version of the guidelines for BS in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences curriculum. This statement from the AMS is considered an unofficial accreditation document and it is used by meteorology programs around the nation to design and plan their course offerings and major requirements. She was also chosen as a member of the planning committee for the 19th Symposium on Education to be held at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta, GA in January 2010. Lourdes will continue serving as an appointed member of the Board on Higher Education (BHE) of the American Meteorological Society, and has been chosen to represent the BHE on the Board on Women and Minorities.


  • Brad Allen had a research paper accepted at the Global Business Development Institute called: “The International Photovoltaic’s Industry: A Multinational Firm Marketing Analysis.” The paper was submitted under the track of international business and was awarded Best Paper of the track. The paper will now be a candidate to be put into the Journal of Global Business Development for 2009.
  • Yvette Lazdowski attended the 14th World Congress of Accounting Historians in Sceaux, France to present a paper, “Using Accounting Archives to Debunk Historical Legends at Ford Motor Company.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Coös County Outreach Initiative (CCOI):
    Catherine Amidon [Karl Drerup Gallery]; Thad Guldbrandsen [CfRP] Alice Staples, David Berona, and Susan Jarosz [Lamson Learning Commons] celebrated the opening of the Beyond Brown Paper exhibition at St. Kieran Arts Center with Joan Chamberlain. Also in attendance were former employees of Brown Paper and the governor’s North Country representative, Rich McLeod.
  • Catherine Amidon hosted the Art and Ecology in Celebration of the Centennial of the Weeks Act planning session at the Appalachian Mountains Club’s Highland Center, in Crawford Notch. The speakers were Dr. Rebecca Weeks, Sherrill More, granddaughter of Senator Weeks, Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning at Brown University, and member of PSU’s President’s Council; and renowned eco-artist, Ann Rosenthal.
  • Agri-Tourism:
    Ben Amsden
    hosted a workshop at The Rocks Estate where land owners met with tax, insurance, and other experts to explore the nuts and bolts of establishing an agri-tourism business. Mark Okrant presented national trends, opportunities, and lessons learned about making farms visitor-friendly. Gail McWilliam Jellie—Director, Division of Agricultural Development, NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food—share information regarding trends, market information, and current initiatives in collaboration with the Dept. of Travel and Tourism in NH. The well-attended workshop was produced in conjunction with UVM and other northeastern universities, with funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
  • Environmental Science & Policy Graduate Fellow Success:
    Elizabeth Roy
    defended her Master’s Thesis: A Connected Community: A Proposal to Enhance Access to Natural Amenities in Plymouth, New Hampshire, with the support of her faculty advisor, Thad Guldbrandsen.
  • Author’s Lecture:
    Thad Guldbrandsen
    was the guest speaker at the April meeting of area Democrats, who requested that he come and talk about the book he co-authored, Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics.
  • Earth Jam 2009:
    The CfRP collaborated with the Outdoor Center for experiential learning activities at Earth Jam.
  • Childcare Summit:
    Ben Amsden
    , Frances Belcher, Pat Cantor [Education], Mary Cornish [Education], and Thad Guldbrandsen presented a featured workshop at the North Country Childcare Summit in Whitefield.
  • Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN):
    Frances Belcher
    and Thad Guldbrandsen co-hosted the second NFHERN steering committee meeting at U Maine, Farmington. The purpose of this gathering was to crystallize the next steps for the evolving organization. Topics included ground-breaking multi-partnered projects within the consortium, collaborative funding initiatives, faculty research outreach grants, and a Northern Forest Fellows program with loan repayment opportunities.

Center for the Environment

  • Preparations are underway for the second summer of the Center for the Environment’s National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU.) In cooperation with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, scientists of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, and the U.S. Forest Service, this program offers a unique undergraduate summer research experience based at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological. Eight students from the United States will spend 10 weeks at Hubbard Brook working with research mentors on a variety of projects and also engaging in an outreach partnership with an organization engaged in communicating ecosystem information to broad audiences. The program is coordinated by Geoff Wilson, adjunct faculty with Center for the Environment and Social Sciences, Mary Ann McGarry, and Patrick Bourgeron, with support from the Center’s staff. Michele Pruyn is serving as a research mentor.
  • The Center for the Environment’s work on Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan continues this summer with a second survey to gauge the effectiveness of outreach and education efforts during the three year project, and to gauge the willingness of respondents to support specific implementation actions at the local and watershed level. This social science research will be conducted by a team of undergraduate and graduate students led by Associate Director Brian Eisenhauer. June Hammond Rowan will be working with PSU’s Office of Public Relations on designing outreach materials that summarize the recommendations of the Master Plan.
  • Patrick Bourgeron was recently a co-organizer of a workshop “Future Scenarios of Landscape Change” NSF at Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. The effort comprised an evaluation of ecological and societal implications of plausible landscape futures. Detailed scenarios, founded on recent trends in conversion, land protection, conservation, harvesting, cropping or other management activity, land-use regulations/zoning, and social preferences for residential development grounded in social and ecological science, are used to project the likely consequences of contrasting policy and management choices in terms of changes in land use and land cover. This initial effort is intended to establish a Working Group of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER), to exchange information and expertise across and beyond the LTER, to forge a broader collaborative activity, and to evaluate opportunities for publications and proposals to synthesize and extend current efforts. A synthesis of the workshop led to a draft outline for a paper.
  • The Center for the Environment welcomes the following faculty members who have joined the Center this year: Kate Donahue, Sam Miller, Michele Pruyn, Len Reitsma, and Kerry Yurewicz.
  • A team of undergraduate and graduate students from CFE working with Brian Eisenhauer is conducting a survey on behalf of the Presidents’ Commission on Environmental Sustainability to determine the university’s carbon footprint from the commuting activities of its students, staff, and faculty.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Kylo-Patrick Hart presented a paper “Negotiating Identity, Space, and Place: Alienation and (Sexual) Dislocation in _Totally F***ed Up_” at the annual joint meeting of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association.
  • Evelyn Stiller gave a seminar in the IEEE New Hampshire Section Computer Society Chapter Seminar Series at Nashua Community College. She also gave the talk “Teaching Programming Using Bricolage” at the CCSCNE (Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northeast Region) Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the paper “Negotiating Meaning and Space: Youth and Dislocation in Migration-Themed Films” at the annual joint meeting of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey, Kevin Courtright, and Susan Packard (both of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) presented “Job desirability among incoming freshman: Exploring relationships between personal characteristics and occupational attractiveness” at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators in Cranberry Township, PA, in April. David also presented a ‘Primer on juvenile delinquency’ for the Whole Village and Communities for Alcohol- and Drug-Free Youth in April.


  • Clarissa Uttley has been selected to participate in the NICHD Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development that will be held June 21-26, 2009 at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. The primary aims of the Institute are to promote interest in careers in applied research in child and adolescent development, and to provide training in the application of theory and use of appropriate methodology to develop practices, interventions, or materials to improve the lives of children and families.
  • TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), under the direction of Trish Lindberg, performed for the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) Annual Conference in Sturbridge, MA.
  • Marianne True and Gerry Buteau, Co-Advisors for PSU’s ASCD Student Chapter, recently traveled to Orlando, Florida with 11 student chapter members for the ASCD international education conference. There they participated in the Habitat for Humanity project and attended several workshop sessions. In addition, the Student Chapter gave a presentation entitled, “Educating the Whole Child,” during which PSU students who are currently student teaching shared ideas from their own teaching experiences using a “whole child” perspective.
  • Gerry Buteau and Marianne True recently published an article in the New Hampshire Journal of Education. Entitled, “Keeping it Real: University Instruction, the Primary Classroom, and Self-Assessment,” the article focuses on the importance of university instructors in education collaborating with professionals in the field as a means of improving instruction and assessment in both the public school and university settings.
  • Clarissa Uttley’s commentary, “From Graduate Student to Faculty Member: A Student-focused Approach” was published in the Teachers’ Corner section of Developments: Newsletter of the Society for Research in Child Development (April 2009).
  • Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented a workshop on “Beyond Bells and Whistles: Simple, Inexpensive Materials to Support Infant/Toddler Learning and Development” for 60 infant/toddler teachers at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Nashua. Eight early childhood students attended the Conference, including six members of the Early Childhood Studies Club who received a reduced conference rate in exchange for providing on-site conference support.
  • At a recent meeting of the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Providence, RI, Clarissa Uttley presented on “Gender in Young Children’s Literature: Challenges and Opportunities.”
  • Susan Shapiro coordinated and presented the Education Strand (teachers/childcare providers/university students) at the New England Inclusive Education Leadership Summit at UNH this month. PSU partnered in sponsoring the event. Five Childhood Studies majors attended.


  • Liz Ahl was a keynote speaker at the Poetry Pedagogy Forum of the 2009 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago. In April, she participated in a group poetry reading as a part of Jazzmouth: The Seacoast Poetry & Jazz Festival. She also gave a reading in April from her chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, at the Lincoln Public Library. Her chapbook was named as one of four “Best Chapbooks of Spring 2009” by the Montserrat Review.
  • Robin DeRosa chaired a panel called “S(t)imulated Realities” at the Northeast Modern Language Associate conference in Boston in February. In March, she presented a paper on her Salem witchcraft research at the Society of Early Americanists conference in Bermuda. She also recently gave talks on her Salem work at libraries in East Kingston and Milford and for the MFA program at Boston University. Robin’s students from “The ‘F’ Word: Feminism in the U.S.” are doing service learning projects with a number of local organizations, including the Concord Feminist Health Center, the PSU Center for Young Children and Families , and Voices Against Violence.
  • Bob Garlitz’s “Signorelli Says,” a review-essay on David Kirby, was published in Stride Magazine. His one-man exhibition of paintings, “Lost Places,” was on display during February at Café Monte Alto in Plymouth. His blog,, is averaging 20-30 hits a week.
  • Karolyn Kinane was elected to the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Teaching the Middle Ages. Her collection, End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity (co-edited with Mike Ryan) is just out from McFarland Press. The book “explores the idea of the apocalypse and its reception within culture and society,” with essays that “explore both the influence and innovation of apocalyptic ideas from classical Greek and Roman writings to the foreign policies of today’s United States.” Her book review of Alexandra Cuffel’s Gendering Disgust in Medieval Religious Polemic is forthcoming in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures.
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “Of Mouse and (Wo)Man? Decoding the Masculine and Encoding the Feminine in Hypertext Theory,” was published in a special issue of Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction. She chaired a panel at the 2009 NeMLA conference in Boston: “We Love the ‘80s: Nostalgia and Empire in Contemporary British Culture.” Also at NeMLA, she presented the paper, “Hungry Like the Wolf: Duran Duran, Music Video, and Consuming Empire.”
  • Joe Monninger has sold a new novel to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Book Division. His novel, Baby, has just gone into a second edition, and his nonfiction book Two-Ton has been optioned for a movie by an executive producer at Sports Illustrated.
  • President of PSU and Professor of English, Sara Jayne Steen was the Keynote speaker on April 3rd at the American Council on Education and Maine Women in Higher Education Conference in Augusta, ME. The title of her address was “The Lone Ranger Unmasked: Women and Leadership in Trying Times.”

Health and Human Performance

  • Robin Peters received a national award, the Paraprofessional Award for the Northeast Region, from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She was awarded this honor because of her educational efforts in Grafton County. She is the UNH Cooperative Extension Nutrition Connections Educational Program Coordinator. In this role, she has established partnerships with Head Start, The Bridge House, the WIC Office, and others, all of which are aimed at improving the nutritional health of low-income families through education provided at no cost.

Lamson Library

  • Publications: David A. Beronä, “Wordless Worlds.” World War 3 Illustrated. No. 39 (April, 2009); 105-108. Conference, Presentations, and Workshop
  • Attendance: David A. Beronä, “Wordless Books: A Review.” Presentation at Savannah School of Art and Design, Department of Sequential Art, April 21, 2009.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting, in coordination with the New Hampshire chapter of Northern New England TESOL, organized a conference on teaching English language learners (ELLs) in low-incidence, low-population settings, which brought fifty English language educators from New Hampshire to PSU on May 2nd.
  • The conference featured workshops and panels led by teachers and administrators from across the state; during the day, Whiting presented preliminary findings from an in-progress research project on low-incidence ELL teaching and learning. At the PSU Medieval and Renaissance Forum (April 24-25), Wilson Garcia presented the paper “America: The Imagined Continent.”


  • Brian Beaudrie and Barbara Boschmans presented “The Art of Creating Problems” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2009 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC. John Donovan presented “Minds-On Tasks to Build Understanding of Functions in Multiple Representations” at the same conference. In addition to attending and presenting at the conference Barbara Boschmans was the delegate for the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics and was involved in attending several affiliate functions at the conference. John Donovan was asked to blog his experience of the conference (

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • At the NATS-Granite State Chapter Art Song & Aria Festival held at Dartmouth College on Sat. April 25, Heather Jacques ’11, mezzo-soprano, and Emily Thorner ’10, coloratura soprano, tied for First place in Division III. They are both students of Dr. Kathleen Arecchi. Invited to sing in the semi-finals of the same division was Kaela Raku ’10, soprano, a student of Amanda Munton ’00. Singers participating in this event were students at UNH, KSC, and Dartmouth.
  • Gary Corcoran was the guest conductor for the Nashua All-City High School Wind Ensemble. He also was invited to guest conduct the Timberlane High School Wind Ensemble in preparation for their concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Gary recently attended the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association held at the University of Texas-Austin. As president of the New England College Band Association, he presided over the concert by the New England Intercollegiate Band presented at Gordon College in Wenham, MA.
  • Carleen Graff has been appointed as one of seven National Certification Commissioners for 2009-1011 by Music Teachers National Association. The Commissioners, either pedagogy teachers or independent teachers, assist in administering the MTNA Professional Certification Program, which exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching.
  • Dan Perkins conducted 3 collaborative performances of “A Child of Our Time” with PSU choirs, Manchester Choral Society, Hanover Chamber Orchestra and professional soloists. He also presented a workshop for Hollis Brookline High School Chamber Choir and the PSU Chamber Singers. He conducted a short performance for the refugee community in Manchester at F.U.N. (Family Understanding Night) with the Manchester Choral Society.
  • Two of Rik Pfenninger’s smooth jazz Christmas songs were included on Warner’s Bros. latest release titled “The Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas”.

Social Science

  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) presented an invited paper , “The Excavation of a 1750s’ Sutling House” to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology on January 9 in Toronto, Ontario. He also presented a paper,”Human Remains at America’s Forts and Battlefields,” at the 2nd Annual CSI Symposium at Norwich University on January 29. David also hosted the Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire Archeological Society at Plymouth State on April 4, and he attended the Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association in Rochester, NY, on April 18.
  • Stacey Yap led a book discussion at the Pease Library on April 8th. The book was “Lost in Translation” by Nicole Mones. About 25 people attended. The book discussion was part of the “Exploring China” series that Pease Library has presented this year. Stacey also acted as a consultant for the book selection for this year’s series.
  • Katherine Donahue, Anthropology, gave a paper titled “The Slave of Allah vs. the Slave of Satan: Evil and the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui” at a conference on Evil, Law, and the State, in Salzburg, Austria, in March, 2009. The paper is to be published in an online journal published by Interdiscipliinary.Net, Oxford, England. She has also been awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship to attend two Chautauqua short courses on ecology and glaciers in Alaska, and to conduct research in Point Hope, Alaska, on the climate changes and beach erosion that have occurred there since 1886. This project is connected to a manuscript she and David Switzer are writing concerning the 1886 photos of the first summer cruise of the Revenue Cutter Bear in Alaskan waters. In May Kate will attend another Chautauqua course on energy sustainability at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and has been accepted to attend a Gordon Research Conference in July on water catchment areas and their analysis.

Social Work

  • The Student Social Work Club sponsored the 8th Annual Dinner & Dance at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center on 4/24; a Student Poster Presentation on this Service-Learning Project is scheduled for May 4th in Hyde Hall. PSU’s Student Social Work Club also developed a “Social Work Jeopardy” game for this year’s NH-NASW Annual Dinner Meeting.
  • Stephen Gorin chaired a meeting of the Editorial Board of Health & Social Work, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC. He has continued his involvement with the Social Insurance Working Group. Steve also supervised this year’s Social Work with Older People award practicum-based project.
  • Scott Meyer presented “Effective Strategies for Promoting Project Sustainability” at the Southwest Social Science Association, Social Work Section, Annual Conference, Denver, CO. He and Stephen Gorin co-presented, “Integrating Macro and Micro Perspectives in Field Education” for our field instructors with a panel of practitioners from social service agencies in the community. Scott also presented “Ethical Issues in Case Management: Working With Elderly and Disabled Clients” for the Grafton County Service Link, Plymouth, NH.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in a full-day meeting of the Council on Leadership Development held at the Council on Social Work Education annual leadership meeting, Alexandria, VA. She conducted interviews with student applicants for next year’s IV-E funded partnership awards with DCYF. Cyndy also presented this year’s Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award to Senator Kathleen Scambati at the NH-NASW Annual Dinner Meeting.

Julie Bernier
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Plymouth State University

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