December 2008

December 3rd, 2008 by Bridget

Monthly Report to the Faculty

Provost Julie Bernier

December 3, 2008


Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • On Tuesday, November 18th, Dennis Machnik took the portable planetarium to Cumberland High School in Rhode Island and did 7 programs for about 150 students and teachers.
  • Two meteorology graduate students presented research results at the Northeast Regional Operational Workshop in Albany, NY on November 5-6, 2008: Jennifer Belge and Eric Hoffman presented “Preferred Regions of Convective Development over Northern New England as a Function of Flow Regime: Southwesterly Flow Case Studies,” and Laura Landry and Lourdes Aviles presented “A New Hampshire Ground-Level Ozone Pollution Forecasting Tool Using Meteorological Criteria.”
  • Eric Hoffman, Brendon Hoch, and several meteorology undergraduate students from the student chapter of the American Meteorological Society hosted several K- 12 tour groups visiting the meteorology facilities:  Sandwich Elementary School 4-5th grade, Oct. 31; Merrimack Middle School 8th grade, Nov. 7 and Nov. 10; and Plymouth Elementary School 5th grade, Nov. 19th.

The Bagley Center

  • At the 2008 NAFSA Region XI conference in New Haven CT, Stephen Lambert was awarded the 2008 George Commenator Award in recognition of  his lifetime of achievement and service to international education.
  • Deb Regan, along with Liam Ó Dochartaigh (University of Limerick), presented at the same conference. The topic of their presentation was “Freshman Abroad Programs: Models for Success.”  Deb also presented at the Council on International Educational Exchange Annual Conference, “ Setting the Stage: Managing Growth in Study Abroad” in Nashville, TN. She was part of a panel who presented on “Best Practices for Education Abroad Providers.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships is pleased to announce the appointment of Frances Belcher as Regional Collaboration Coordinator.  Fran will be working to build the University’s capacity to serve the region through collaboration and increasing our capacity to secure grant funding for the Northern Forest Higher Education Network and other CRP initiatives.   Fran comes to the CRP with extensive experience in community development, cross-sector collaboration, public policy and philanthropy.  Most recently, she served as Director for the NHHEAF Network Educational Foundation, which funded collaborative projects in higher education.  In addition to her duties with the Center for Rural Partnerships, Fran will be teaching Non Profit Management and Philanthropy, funded through a generous grant of John and Carrie Morgridge.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships was a convening partner with the Summit for the Northern Forest held at the BALSAMS Grand Resort, November 12-14.  As part of this effort Thad Guldbrandsen and Kathy Eneguess convened a working group of a dozen higher education leaders from across the four Northern Forest States to establish a regional network to better serve communities across the region.  Fran Belcher served as facilitator for the meeting.
  • Ben Amsden and Thad Guldbrandsen joined regional leaders from education and the non-profit sector in the first Tillotson Learning Circle meeting of 2008-09 at the Mountain View Grand Resort, November 10-11.
  • On November 18 at PSU, The Center for Rural Partnerships hosted a workshop on land ownership patterns in the Northern Forest, with special emphasis on issues related to public access to private lands.  They also participated in the NESTVAL (New England St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society) conference hosted by Bryon Middlekauff, Kurt Schroeder and the Social Science Department at PSU.
  • The Center also hosted the Ways of the Woods traveling museum devoted to the history, economy, and culture of the Northern Forest at PSU.  As part of our collaboration with the Northern Forest Center, students have been evaluating the museum and the visitor experience.  While WoW was on campus, several faculty members provided feedback to the Northern Forest Center in an intensive discussion session. These efforts will inform a massive overhaul of the WoW exhibit for the benefit of rural communities in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

College of Graduate Studies

  • The Pakistani Project is now focused on in-country phases in Pakistan in collaboration with Lahore partner, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) alumni, and the U.S. Department of State.  PELI 08 alumni are implementing their Institute Master Action Plans in professional development activities throughout Pakistan.  Examples of their work can be found on the PELI website, with Saima Khusro of an Islamabad girls’ model high school creating a dynamic environmental club and Web site, that connects her project to the global learning community.

Planning is underway at Plymouth State and in Pakistan for PELI 09. Facilitated by the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, extensive recruitment of nominees from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and North West Frontier Province will take place this month. Approximately half of PELI 09 will represent those regions, with the remainder from other provinces.

According to statistics compiled by ITA and the 2007 alumni cohort, since 2004 the PELI alumni have shared master training activities in professional development with over one hundred thousand Pakistani educators.

  • Kathleen Norris presented a Teachscape Classroom Walkthrough workshop for four school districts at SERESC in Bedford. In November, she attended the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference and attended sessions emphasizing the development of course evaluations and the teaching of evaluation, among other offerings.
    Kathleen is currently working with the School Community Council at Plymouth Regional High School as they gather and interpret data relative to their programs in mathematics, social studies, science, and English.
  • Stacey Yap’s article “Revising the Past” on historic preservation in Vietnam, was included in the fall 2008 issue of Plymouth magazine and can be viewed at
  • Dr. Gail Mears was awarded the Dr. Pete Harris Community Service Award at the Genesis Behavioral Health annual meeting held on October 28. This Award is presented to an individual who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding, and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region through educating the public.  Gail is the chair of the Counselor Education and School Psychology programs at Plymouth State University, and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.  She serves as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling representative to the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice, and was honored as the Mental Health Counselor Educator of the Year in 2003.  “Gail is an unflagging advocate for the needs of those with mental illness, and for the needs of those who work with them,” said Celia Gibbs, director of adult outpatient services at Genesis.   Genesis Behavioral Health is the Lakes Region’s Community Mental Health Center. Genesis provides services and programs to the community’s children, adults, and elderly.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s entries pertaining to androgyny, Harvey Fierstein, Key West, Liberace, and the Village People have been published in “LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia.”  Kylo also presented the paper “Gay Masculinity, Annie Proulx’s Imaginative Leap, and ‘Brokeback Mountain'” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association.
  • Annette Holba’s journal article “Revisiting Martin Buber’s I-It: A Rhetorical Strategy” has been published in Human Communication. Annette has also been invited to serve on the editorial board of the new journal Review of Communication.

Computer Science and Technology

  • In October Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Mike Inman, Harry Krehbiel, and Nick Ortakeles at the Northeastern Regional preliminary of ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest held at WNEC.  This year the team came in 9th place overall and defeated teams from UMass, UConn, Skidmore College, and Siena College.

Criminal Justice

  • Francis Williams presented “Online Challenges Using a Publisher-Developed Course” at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in St. Louis, MO November 11 – 15, 2008.


  • Last month Marianne True and Gerry Buteau traveled to Lima, Peru to present at the “I Congreso Nacional De Educacion Inicial,” an International Congress sponsored by APEIP (Asociacion de Promotores de Educacion Inicial de Peru).  Their presentation, “Powerful Partnerships at Work For Children With Disabilities:  A Systems Approach to University Pre-School Collaboration,” was well received by the 700 participants who attended, including Lima’s Minister of Education.  Discussing how to create educational support systems, work effectively with families of children with disabilities, and utilize strong leadership in bringing about systemic change resulted in a lively discussion during and after the conference.  Drs. True and Buteau also had the opportunity to visit area schools and have begun conversations with school leaders in Lima about creating partnerships with students in the Education Department at Plymouth.
  • Clarissa Uttley presented a session titled “Collaborating on Many Levels: Early Intervention Recruitment and Retention Activities in Rhode Island” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Dallas, TX, in November.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented a poster on “Engaging Undergraduates in Collaborative Professional Development:  The Early Childhood Showcase,” at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Conference, Dallas, TX, in November.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented a one and a half-day training session entitled “Developing At-Risk Interventions for Intensive Level Students” at the White Mountains School District (Whitefield, Lancaster, Jefferson) on November 19-20th and a full-day training to Franklin School District on “Developing a Targeted System for Students at Secondary Levels of Interventions for At-Risk Behaviors.”

Health and Human Performance

  • Barbara McCahan presented a workshop for Health Education teachers in the state on the revised National Health Education Standards and the Health Education Assessment Project at the annual conference of the NH Association of Health, Physical Education and Dance held in Waterville Valley.
  • Under the supervision of Drs. Barbara McCahan and Deborah John, students from HHP completed a special exercise program for older adults using weighted vests. The students lead and supervised this twice-weekly, 8-week program for the Interlakes Senior Center in Meredith, NH. Pre- and post-fitness testing was also conducted. The program will be sustained with the involvement of trained participants and other student practitioners from the PE-Applied Health Fitness program.
  • Angel Ekstrom attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) national conference at the end of October in San Diego, CA. During the conference she was awarded a “Leave No Trace Master Educator” scholarship. A PSU Adventure Education undergraduate student also attended this conference.
  • Deborah John had an original research paper, “Gender-Differentiated Associations Among Objectified Body Consciousness, Self-Conceptions, and Physical Activity,” published in the peer-reviewed journal, Sex Roles (November, 2008). She also presented an overview of the factors affecting active rural lifestyles and public health, and introduced the PSU Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities to various constituents and stakeholders at the NH Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NHAHPERD) conference in Waterville Valley. Additionally for the NHAHPERD meeting, Drs. Deborah John and Barbara McCahan supported undergraduate students presenting “Active Aging: Voices and Values” and a graduate student presentation, “Active Rural People and Places,” given by current students and a recent graduate of the HHP PE-Applied Health Fitness program.
  • Louise McCormack, Linda Levy and a colleague presented, “It’s Time:  Assess with Success in Physical Education.”  The presentation was based upon the two DOE documents that four PE professionals completed – one on curriculum (2004) and one on assessment (2007). They are now planning NH regional workshops to bring this information and more to districts during the spring 09 semester.
  • Louise McCormack, Irene Cucina and Lynn Johnson hosted an alumni event at the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference at Waterville Valley on Friday, November 21st.  Over 70 Plymouth State alums were greeted by President Steen, Joe Long (Alumni) and John Scheinman (Development).
  • Lynn Johnson brought greetings from the Eastern District Association of AAHPERD as the EDA President-Elect to the Vermont Association for in Killington, VT November 14th; she also led a Round Table Discussion on High School Physical Education at the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Waterville Valley, Nov. 20th and presented 2 sessions at the Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Cromwell, CT, Nov. 21st.  Session Titles:  “Standards-Based Student-Assessment Can Enhance K-12 Instruction in Physical Education: Part I”; “Standards-Based Student-Assessment Can Enhance K-12 Instruction in Physical Education: Part 2.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting led a workshop, “Using Web 2.0 to Promote Success for English Language Learners in Low-Incidence Settings” at the Northern New England TESOL annual conference in Manchester on November 15th.  The presentation focused on classroom techniques and on-going research, which show how podcasting and blogging can ease barriers for English language learners in isolated settings while also promoting their acquisition of English.


  • John Donovan had the following article published:  “Meet me at the Crossroads:  Over-fishing to Meet the Standards” in The Amatyc Review (2008) 30(1), 36 – 46.  John also presented “Functions in Multiple Representations & Tasks to Build Understanding” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England on November 6th in Portland, ME.
  • Brian Beaudrie presented “Developing Metric Number Sense” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England on November 6th in Portland, ME.
  • Dana Ernst presented “Diagram Calculus for the Temperley–Lieb Algebra” at the Northeastern Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America on November 22nd at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.
  • Thomas Boucher presented “On the Relationship Between US Landfalling Hurricanes and Pacific Ocean SST Anomalies 1900-2006at the Boyd Science Colloquium Lecture Series on November 21st.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi was invited to Salem High School to do a voice master class, and she was a soprano adjudicator for the NHMEA All-State auditions.
  • Carleen Graff recently had two more digital keyboard orchestra works published by Ogilvy Music in Denton, TX:  “Up on the Housetop” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas. “

Social Science

  • Mark Okrant’s invited paper, “Tourism Education as an Investment in the Future:  A New Hampshire Case Study,” was published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism. The Journal is a publication of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators.
  • On Oct 31 and Nov 1, the Plymouth State Geography program hosted the New England – St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society annual meeting where approximately 80 scholars and students gathered in the HUB for paper sessions, World Geography Bowl, field trips to Hubbard Brook Forest Experiment Station, and History of Tourism in the White Mountain Region. Additionally, there were sessions focusing upon graduate school and study abroad.  Students and Geography full-time faculty and adjuncts contributed significantly to the success of the meeting.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin published Gorin, S. and Flint, S. (November 2008). Health Care Reform: Postelection Possibilities. Health & Social Work, 33 (4).
  • Scott Meyer moderated a workshop for the Counseling Center during Parents Weekend in October and conducted a workshop for staff at Pemi Baker Home Health & Hospice, “Working Effectively with Caregivers in Home Health and Hospice,” in November.
  • The department’s Child Welfare Training and Education Partnership Program with NH-HHS/DCYF was renewed in August for 2008-2010.  Cynthia Moniz met with DCYF this month to develop plans to integrate content from DCYF’s training modules on child welfare assessment and intervention into the department’s IV-E curriculum as a pilot seminar in spring 2009.
  • Students in the Social Work Club remain actively enagaged in community activities. Caitlin Lowe, Club President, was elected as BSW Rep to the NH-NASW Board of Directors in July and has been attending board meetings this semester.

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