November 2008

November 10th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
November 5, 2008

At the November 5th faculty meeting I’d like to take a few moments to address some of the questions that are being asked regarding curricular revision. A brief overview is provided below.

The questions being asked center around two main themes. Why are we doing this? and specifically, Will it mean that we will have lots of large lecture sections with hundreds of students?

Why are we doing this? Over the last 5‐6 years, a series of faculty‐led initiatives, reports, and recommendations have all called for action toward improvement of the curriculum, removal of barriers, improving time to degree, and addressing faculty teaching workload. Briefly they are:

  • Concerns about curriculum voiced by Academic Advisors, Department Chairs, Curriculum Committee, Gen Ed taskforce, Gen Ed Committee, Advising Committee, Office of Undergraduate Studies, and the Degree Auditor,) about:
    • Students not graduating in 4 years (or 5 years) and the cost implications to the students when it takes an additional year or two to earn “a 4‐year degree”
      • Only 27 % of PSU students graduate in 4 years. (FYI‐ PSU’s graduation rates are 27%, 47%, 57% in 4, 5, and 6 years)
      • Students who graduate from PSU earned an avg. of 128.16 credits (possibly due to curricular complexity). Twenty‐eight percent graduated with more than 128 credits indicating the possibility of an additional semester.
    • Cost of attendance is high and the impact of one additional year to earn a “4 year degree” is great.
      • Students who graduated in 4 years with loans, had avg. $32,000 in debt (combined student and parent loan).
      • less than half of the students who graduate from PSU do so in 4 years ‐ the other half will take 5 or 6 years.
      • Over the course of repayment, a 5th year in school will cost the student $17,893 more than a student who completes in 4 years (includes principal + interest).
    • The number of students who leave PSU in good standing
    • Unnecessary barriers, unnecessary pre‐requisites, large, unwieldy programs, too many programs, too prescriptive, not enough electives, difficult to transfer into, curriculum is complex for advisors and students, low enrolled programs
    • Some initiatives to address these have included:
      • Elements of our current Gen Ed program
      • Curriculum Committee requirement of 15 cr free electives
      • Creation of the College of Univ. Studies
      • Curriculum Committee changing degree requirement to 120 credits
  • Concern voiced by students, faculty, and advisors last fall during pre‐registration about lack of availability of Gen Ed (specifically Directions ) courses.
    • Subsequent study and analysis shared with Chairs and Gen Ed Committee regarding department contributions to general education. Increased overload and reliance on adjunct faculty
  • FY08 4‐credit discussion and conversation about workload and conclusion that we will “go through curricular revision one way or another”
  • Faculty Welfare survey FY08
    • # 1 concern‐ Faculty Workload
      • Growth of graduate programs and the need to re‐integrate graduate programs into the work of the academic departments and in‐load teaching of graduate classes
  • • In 2003, NEASC charged us with the following:
    • The institution has a commodious offering of majors (and options), some of which have low enrollments and have had few degrees awarded during the past decade. Simplify the undergraduate curriculum to feature programs central to the mission of the institution, paying particular attention to programs with excessive credit requirements. Eliminate under-enrolled programs, where appropriate, so as to fund new programs and initiatives.
    • Investigate and take appropriate action regarding workload issues, e.g., four-course preparations and heavy committee work by individual faculty members.
    • Graduate programs should be an integral part of institutional planning and resource allocation processes.

All of these conversations have called for curricular revision. We are acting on these recommendations.

Will it mean that we will have lots and lots of large lecture sections over 100 students?

No‐ We currently offer 4 sections with over 70 students. Offering sections with hundreds of students is not who we are at PSU. We pride ourselves in NOT having these types of large sections. Even if it we did want to grow in this direction, we do not have the facilities to accomplish large scale sections. We do, however, need to be as efficient as possible in offering our curriculum by bringing our average class size to approximately 25 students/class. Below is a distribution demonstrating our current class sizes for this fall. There are 995 regular classes (i.e. practica, internships, student teaching etc. have been removed and double numbered classes have been combined). The blue bars show the number of classes of each size (0‐5, 6‐10, etc.). For example there are 216 classes with 16‐20 students enrolled.

  • Of 995 classes:
    • • 1/3 of classes have fewer than 15 students
    • • Over ½ (54%) have fewer than 20 students
    • • 6% have greater than 35 students
    • • 2.7% have greater than 40 students

step 1
We can positively impact cost of education and reduce teaching workload by reducing the number of classes with fewer than 20 students and increasing the number of classes with 25 ‐40 (as proposed in red below). This would mean a significant reduction in teaching workload. We could do this without significantly increasing large lecture classes. As an example, if we shifted average class size by about 5 as shown below, we could offer 190 fewer sections per semester (one less course per faculty member) effectively creating a 3/3 load. It would mean we would offer 805 classes instead of 995.

  • Of 805 regular classes:
    • • 30% would have fewer than 20 students
    • • Nearly half (46%) would have fewer than 25 students
    • • 6% would have greater than 40 students

You can see we are not talking about adding large lecture sections of hundreds of students. Instead we are talking about small shifts in class size that would greatly impact our ability to offer the curriculum (both majors and Gen Ed) and positively impact teaching workload.

step 2

The curricular revision process has the following goals:

  • Provide quality programs that promote student success, retention, and completion in four years
  • Offer programs that are based on the student outcomes
  • Reduce programs to 120 credits
  • Use resources wisely to reduce faculty teaching load
  • Evaluate low enrolled programs for substantial revision or possible elimination
  • Reduce reliance on low enrolled courses
  • Remove unnecessary pre‐requisites and other barriers
  • Maintain or reduce the size of the major providing more free electives

Curricular revision truly can lead to more effective and less costly programs AND to a positive impact on faculty teaching workload.

I look forward to discussing this with you further on Wednesday.

New From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty


  • Catherine Amidon has been chosen as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Studies.
  • Congratulations to Chehalis Hegner for curating a very successful photo exhibition!
  • The Art Department is particularly proud of the work of their alum, Geri Zaki formerly Geri Palil – 1988 BA in Painting). To quote the Atlanta Style and Design Summer ‘07 article, “Art From the Heart” by Sarah G. Zimmerman: “ It’s all part of a project devised by 5 women – Lisa Gleim‐Jones, Geri Zaki, Leah Hopkins Henry, Fran Milner, and Pat Aube Gray – all Atlanta area portrait artists. They joined together in 2005 and founded the Atlanta Fine Arts League (AFL) as a catalyst for “Art From the Heart,” a program in which local artists paint portraits of Georgia soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and donate them to surviving family members.” The group has since reached out to the families of over 100 Georgia soldiers. These portraits were displayed at the National Museum of Patriotism from Sept. 8 – Nov. 11th, 2007. To help continue this project, local businesses have donated canvasses, frames, giclee reproductions for families wanting more than one portrait, boxes for shipping and handling, and UPS has donated shipping. Information about this project can be viewed at www.AtlantaFineArtsLeague .org.
  • The Drerup Gallery has expanded the website to include links to Beyond Brown Paper (that virtual exhibition is now averaging 5,000 hits a day, sometimes soaring to 50,000 a day). The Gallery is commissioning three additional free down‐loadable brochures for the Brown Paper on‐line and the traveling exhibition. The first (grant‐funded) tour venue is St Kieran’s Art Center in Berlin, which allows for outreach to the community celebrated in the photo collection. Three additional educational brochures will be added to the website later this year.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell and two chemistry undergraduates visited the local middle school children as part of National Chemistry Week. Hands‐on activities and demonstrations focused around this year’s theme which was “Sports and Chemistry.”


  • Trent Boggess was invited to speak in Budapest and to attend an International Conference on the “Model T” hosted by the Banki Donat School of Mechanical Engineering (formerly known as Royal Technical Institute). He presented a paper, “Designers of the Model T” and spoke of Joe Galamb and Charles Balough (designers of the Model T) who studied engineering at the Royal Technical Institute. The photo below shows Gyorgy Gyurecz (right, from Budapest Tech) who coauthored the paper with Boggess‐ Model T Transmission, “A Ford T‐modell boygomuves sebessegvaltoja. ” Also pictured, the Dean of the School of Engineering (pictured left).leftright
  • Warren Mason, Business and Communication Studies, was recently re‐elected to the James Jones Society’s Board of Directors for another three‐year term at their annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The James Jones Society is a nonprofit international organization that financially supports beginning writers in the U.S. with financial assistance and fellowships to honor the memory of America’s foremost WW II military writer, James Jones.
  • Yvette Lazdowski attended the World Conference of the Model T in July where she presented: “The Accounting Archives Challenge Two Popular Ford Legends.” This paper was subsequently published in a book entitled “The Model T Reconsidered: Proceedings of the World Conference of the Model T”. Yvette also attended the national meeting of the American Accounting Association held in August where she presented two papers: “ ERP Implementation Success Through IT/End‐User Collaboration” and “Unqualified Opinion: A Study of Arthur Andersen and Enron’s History and Controversial Accounting Methods.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

PSU Coös Outreach: The CRP is pleased to announce that the following grants have been awarded to fund six PSU faculty projects that will include important work and provide opportunities for faculty members and students to make connections with a variety of partners, communities, and individuals within the region. Additional RFPs will occur and all PSU faculty are encouraged to apply. The current funded projects are:

  1. Hanover Chamber Orchestra Performance and Outreach Activities at White Mountains Regional School District
    PI: Dr. Daniel Perkins, PSU; Coös County Partners: Arts Alliance of Northern NH, and White Mountains Regional School District
  2. Student Teachers Supporting Mathematics in Coös County Schools
    PI: Dr. Brian Beaudrie, PSU; Coös County Partner: Matt Treamer, Co‐Director, North Country Educational Services
  3. WMCC/PSU Information Technology Major 2 + 2 Plan
    PIs: Dr. Peter Drexel, Dr. Christian Roberson, PSU; Coös County Partner: Jeff Schall, Information Technology Department, White Mountains Community College
  4. North Country Cultural Heritage Preservation Project
    PIs: Dr. Whitney Howarth, Dr. Patrick May, PSU; Coös County Partners: James Wagner – Northern Forest Heritage Park, and David Morrissette – Berlin High School
  5. Tour the Exhibition Beyond Brown Paper to the Northern Forest Heritage Park and St. Kieran’s Arts Center in Berlin
    PI: Dr. Catherine Amidon, PSU; Coös County Partners: Joan Chamberlain – St. Kieran Arts Center, Jim Wagner – Northern Forest Heritage Park
  6. Case Study: Marketing of a Coös County Lodging Property
    PI: Dr. Mark Okrant, PSU; Coös County Partner: Sharon White, Trailside Lodge

Events: In support of the PSU mission as a regional comprehensive university, CRP seeks to “bring the region” to PSU, enriching student and faculty experiences and interactions, and helping the regional constituency to feel at home on our campus.

  • Beyond Brown Paper at PSU: Eleven residents of the Androscoggin Valley provided an engaging and unique panel discussion at the Karl Drerup Gallery to kick off the opening of this mini‐version of the extensive interactive online exhibit.
  • Ways of the Woods at PSU: As an adjunct to the NESTVAL event, this “museum on wheels” traveled from the Northern Forest Center to the PSU campus. PSU students conducted pre‐ and post‐event surveys of willing visitors as part of a larger project to evaluate and enhance the re‐design of this unusual and important cultural resource.
  • Grafton Country Transportation Summit at PSU: A wide array of state and local government offices, NGO agencies, and invested individuals attended this first‐ever regional public transportation accessibility event. The goals of summit organizers are to unite regional communities, private companies, and governmental agencies to share resources and knowledge; to work together to identify challenges and questions; and to craft a comprehensive and responsive plan, building upon current strengths and assets.
  • Another way in which the CRP assists regional partners is to supply project facilitation, structural support, and research collaboration opportunities – aimed at enhancing both quality of life and economic/environmental/human sustainability throughout the region we serve.
  • White Mountain National Forest Transportation Survey: PSU students, in collaboration with the White Mountain National Forest and the Appalachian Mountain Club, conducted a survey along the Kankamagus Highway this summer. The goal was to gather various kinds of information about people visiting the forest, including: where they live, what they come to the forest to do, and how interested they might be in a public transportation system within the White Mountain National Forest. The results are encouraging. It seems that many visitors were enthusiastic about the idea (e.g., hikers, who were particularly excited about the prospect of being able to hike from one portion of the park to another, with access to transportation at both ends, etc.).
  • Graduate Fellow, Jesse McEntee at the 12th Annual Conference of the Food Security Coalition: Mr. McEntee presented his project, Re‐Localization of Rural Food Networks: Assessing Need, Access Barriers, and Opportunities in Philadelphia. This evidence‐based project studies target counties in NH and VT with regard to issues of food security, and access to healthy food in particular.

Staff: The CRP is growing! Welcome:

  • Dr. Ben Amsden, Partnerships and Grants Coordinator: A rural sociologist with expertise in: community and economic development; place attachment; the sustainability of natural resource‐based recreation and tourism; and volunteer stewardship, Ben is a wonderful and exciting fit for the CRP! In addition to providing outreach, project development, and project management assistance for PSU faculty and CRP partners, he teaches courses in rural sociology, outdoor recreation, and the rural cultural environment.
  • Alice Richmond, Administrative Assistant: A consistent theme throughout Alice’s personal and professional background is a passionate and persistent interest in issues pertaining to social justice, sustainability, rural economic concerns, and environmental stewardship. These interests combine with solid professional experience to make her a strong assistant to the CRP team.

College of Graduate Studies

  • In August, the College of Graduate Studies hosted the Lakes Region Data Institute. Nearly 200 educators participated in the event that featured Dr. Victoria Bernhardt, director of the Education for the Future Initiative.
  • Cheryl Baker and Dennise Maslakowski presented at the NHReads event in August.
  • On September 26, Dennise Maslakowski presented ”Your Brain on Reading” to professional development groups in Hooksett, NH. Also in September, Dennise co‐presented with Linda Stinson to 110 educators at “Dining and Discourse” in Concord on “Cognitive Strategies and Reading.” On October 21, Dennise participated on the panel for Leadership Lakes Region, a subgroup of Leadership New Hampshire.
  • Leo Sandy has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Annual Peace Conference at SUNY Plattsburg in September 2009.
  • Larry Spencer was appointed by Governor Lynch to the River’s Management Advisory Council (RMAC). The Governor’s Council approved his appointment at their September 3rd meeting in Manchester. He will represent the interests of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions on the RMAC. The RMAC is a statutory council associated with the River’s Management and Protection Program. The segment of the Pemigewasset River passing through Plymouth is in that program. On September 28, Larry led a walk on the Rattlesnake Mountain trail in Rumney. During the walk, he talked about landscape processes affecting Rattlesnake Mountain. The walk was part of the Nor’easter‐EMS event held at Tenney Mountain and at the climbing rocks in Rumney. He is also a guest editor for the Northeastern Naturalist on an article dealing with marine mollusks in Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. As guest editor, he is responsible for finding reviewers of the article and for directing the process from review to publication.
  • The Milken Family Foundation Awards for Education Excellence presented the 2008 NH Award to Carol Young‐Podmore. Carol serves as Co‐Coordinator of the Arts in Education summer institute and is a fully trained Integrated Instructional Model (IIM) Educator and leader in IIM professional development. She teaches third grade at Gilford Elementary School. Carol is studying for her CAGS degree in Educational Leadership at PSU.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy gave a workshop in October on “Parent Involvement and Parent Education” at The North Country Professional Development Day at the White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, NH.


  • Marcel Lebrun’s new book, “Books, Blackboards and Bullets: School Violence in America,” was released nationwide on October 22nd. Also in October, Marcel presented a workshop for SAU 36 White Mountain District on “Facilitating the Development of District Wide Intensive Procedures and Protocols.” In addition, Marcel was the Keynote speaker for a conference: “Hidden Dangers: Helping Educators with Student Depression and Violence,” presented to the National Association of School Psychologists in Portsmouth.
  • Royce Robertson attended and participated in various roundtables during the European Institute for eLearning’s ePortfolio Digital Identity Forum 2008 in October in Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Pat Cantor was elected the Chair of the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council for 2008‐2010. She serves as the University System of New Hampshire representative to the Council.

Environmental Science & Policy

  • The ES&P Department has received funding from Campus Compact for their “Engaged Department Initiative

Health and Human Performance

  • Mardie Burckes‐Miller, Health Education (HHP) and senior Health Education major, Jenna Mixon, presented “The Spark in Eating Disorders Outreach: Student Power” at the National Eating Disorders Association National Conference in Texas in late September. Mardie also presented “The Slippery Slope of Teaching about Eating Disorders and Obesity: The Silent Disease” and had an exhibit about the Eating Disorders Institute Program (EDI) at the Northeast Regional Family Consumer Science Conference in October. She also presented “Moderating the Message on Obesity and Obesity Prevention: Eating Disorders and Excessive Exercise” and had an EDI exhibit at the North Country Health Initiative Summit on Obesity prevention in Whitefield, NH. Health Education students in the Planning Health Promotion Programs class implemented two Mini‐Wellness Fairs in October, one for Primex at their Annual Wellness Retreat at the Mt. View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH., and one for the PSU campus in October.


  • Tom Boucher, together with Drs. Meserve and Cleland, had their paper, “A Meta‐analysis Examining Clinical Test Utility for Assessing Superior Labral Anterior Posterior Lesions,” to be published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • In September Brian Beaudrie, John Donovan, and Natalya Vinogradova traveled to Washington DC to attend a conference titled “The Future of High School Mathematics: New Priorities and Promising Innovations.” Speakers included leaders in the field from around the country; and they had the opportunity to work in small groups, discussing curriculum, teaching, and assessment.
  • Brian Beaudrie presented “Algebra for All… Is it Possible?” as an invited workshop presented at the North Country Professional Development Day in Whitefield in October.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Rik Pfenninger released a new Smooth Jazz CD in October titled “That’s Kool” available on Apple Itunes and Walmart music downloads. The CD contains tracks that are currently receiving airplay on the Weather Channel. Rik has also been hired as a demo composer for SONiVox sound libraries. Two of Rik’s jazz Christmas songs are under contract for inclusion on a 4 CD Xmas Box Set for Poland with distribution via Universal Music.
  • Dan Perkins was guest clinician and conductor of the University of Alabama Honor Choir on October 27th.
  • The Theatre division hosted the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild on October 24th for high school students from various theatre programs throughout the state. Presenting workshops for over 350 students in six one‐our long sessions were full time and adjunct faculty. Workshops on playwriting, directing, stage management, stage combat, acting techniques, building scenery, lighting design, stage management, acting a song, voice/speech work for actors, performance of Shakespeare scenes, improvisation, scenic painting, projections in design, understanding scenic drawings, and electrics were presented. Faculty and adjunct faculty involved: Kathleen Arecchi, Kevin Asselin, Bob Bruemmer, Elizabeth Cox, Danee Grillo, Jason Hibbard, Matt Kizer, Paul Mroczka and Lisa Travis. Recent alums Victoria Miller, Julie‐Anne Whitney and Andrew Codispoti also provided workshop sessions and many current theatre students acted as assistants in the various sessions.
  • Paul Mroczka directed The Robber Bridegroom, for Plymouth State Theatre’s October production. Amanda Whitworth, Director of Dance, served as choreographer and Amanda Munton, adjunct voice faculty and PSU alum, served as the musical director/conductor. PSU alum, Victoria Miller ’05, was a guest lighting designer.
  • Carleen Graff took a group of 5 PSU students to the Vermont Music Teachers Conference and the NH Music Teachers Conference to hear internationally known pedagogues, Robert Vandall and Suzanne Guy. Carleen had two articles published in the October/November 2008 American Music Teacher: “Making Music Together: Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Ensemble Experiences: Festivals and Competitions as Motivational Tools,” which is a compiled summary of 4 panel members at the National Conference in Denver (March 08), which describes the PSU Piano Monster Festivals and the PSU Biennial Monster Concerts, AND her review of Throughout the Year: 12 Piano Duets for Every Season by Christos Titsarus.
  • Holly Oliver, Program Coordinator for Music Education, presented a workshop at the New Hampshire Music Educators Fall Conference at the Manchester Community Music School on Oct. 16th. “Is it time for YOU to give back?”focused on the exploration of ways in which practicing and retired music teachers can share their expertise and support for NH’s future music educators.


  • Ray Perkins, Jr., has been re‐elected Vice President of the Bertrand Russell Society (he has edited Russell’s letters over many years), and also re‐elected as the Executive Secretary of the Northern New England Philosophy Association whose recent meeting was at his alma mater in Maine, Colby College. This office has been housed in the PSU Philosophy Department since the beginning of NNEPA; Herbert Otto, Professor Emeritus and now an adjunct professor, was the first secretary, and Ray succeeded him.

Social Science

  • At the Boston Area Model UN conference, PSU Model UN Students (Advisor, Filiz Otucu) won three awards representing PSU in the following committees:
    • Jordan Lynes: Best delegate award (Interpol)
    • Alexander Bullock: Outstanding delegate award (Aegis Group)
    • Elisia Morgani: Honorary Mention (UNITA)
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine has joined the NH Humanities Council Program Committee. She also has given several talks around the state, including one titled “A Woman Alone: Women in Eighteenth‐Century New Hampshire” which was part of the “One Valley, One Book” program in Conway, NH.

Social Work

  • Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin attended the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting in Philadelphia (Oct 29‐Nov 2). Cynthia Moniz co‐presented a Series Session, “Council on Leadership Development (CLD): Proposal for a CSWE Leadership Institute” and participated in a half‐day meeting of the CLD at the conference. Stephen Gorin hosted an NASW Publications Reception as Editor‐in‐Chief of “Health & Social Work” during the conference. Three Social Work Club students also attended and served as student volunteers for the conference.

October 2008

October 19th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
October 1, 2008

The long awaited Higher Education Re‐Authorization Act has been signed into law. Below is a summary of actions that will impact how we do business.


A great majority of the provisions are related to college affordability, transparency and reporting requirements. These changes will benefit students in a number of ways with increases in eligibility and greater transparency of costs. The provisions include expanded benefits for military service. With these new requirements, workload will be impacted especially for those in financial aid, bursar and IR offices.


Institutions are required to publicly disclose transfer of credit policies including at least the criteria used to evaluate and accept credits earned at another institution and a list of institutions with articulation agreements with the institution.
The good news, thanks to Mary Campbell, Laurianne Olcott and others in Undergraduate Studies is that we’ve been doing most of this for years. Additionally, Mary has been participating in a University System, Community College System transfer collaboration to create (check it out). The site includes a great deal of information regarding transferability among the CCSNH and USNH institutions including a list of articulation agreements
The site is up and running and will continue to see improvements as they build a transfer credit database among the two systems.

Textbook Information

  • Includes new requirements to provide more information on the cost of course textbooks
  • Requires publishers to provide to faculty wholesale prices and retail prices of books
  • Requires publishers to “unbundle” college textbooks from supplemental materials, with each unbundled item separately priced
  • Require institution, to the maximum extent possible, to include textbook information on its Internet course schedule.

This will require will require faculty to choose their books and publish this information before we publish the course schedule for the following semester. We will be discussing
possible ways to accomplish this and will be back with more information.

Title VIII New Programs

  • Rural Development Grants for Rural Colleges and University
    • Authorizes competitive grant awards to rural colleges and universities to work in partnership with other agencies to encourage increased college enrollment rates in rural areas, economic development activities, and student participation in academic programs that lead to careers of a high‐need in rural areas.

General Education

A forum was held last week; minutes are available on the faculty website Evelyn Stiller, Chair of the General Education Committee, tells me the Committee will follow‐up with a discussion of next steps at their October meeting. Please share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns on the blog or directly with Evelyn.

Reminder from Physical Plant

Please close windows, turn off lights and lock classroom doors at the end of the day. Physical Plant continues to find rooms wide open, air conditioners running, and lights on during their late night walkthrough (especially in Hyde).

New From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty


  • Adjunct artist, Elizabeth D’Amico, had a very busy summer: Two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT as a printmaker (a work/study fellowship); paintings and prints in the juried exhibit at the New London Historical Society in New London, NH. (Triptych, Pear Tree, Lake Kolelemuck, McDaniel’s March, Mascoma Lake); two prints in the juried Library Arts Center Regional Exhibition in Newport, NH (Creativity and Pandora’s Box); participated in Plein Air Week at the Fells in Newbury, NH with three paintings currently on exhibit at the Fells through October 12 (Mt. Sunapee from the Fells, Smoke Bush at the Fells, Fells Gardens); a print and box assemblage in the juried Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) exhibit, Making Her Mark at Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. (Making Her Mark and Goddess); submitted six entries to the PSU Faculty Exhibit with two on display: First Lessons (sculpture) and Dreaming of Tuscany (an altered book).
  • Catherine Amidon will be presenting a lecture on Difference and Interface: Cultural Observations from a Fulbright in Jamaica, Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 pm, D & M 302.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch (PAT) and Baylee Balschmiter (M.S. Applied Meteorology) were recently presented with the Gold Circle School Partners Award by the New Hampshire Partners in Education. Nominated by Dillard Collins, Principal of Hampstead Central School in Hampstead NH, the award recognizes exemplary educational partnerships through volunteer activities. The awards ceremony was held in Manchester on September 22. Representatives of 38 New Hampshire K‐12 schools attended, and Governor John Lynch provided a few words of thanks to all nominated volunteers.
  • Melissa Payer, a 2008 Plymouth State graduate from the B.S. Meteorology program, presented “Seasonal Frequency of Fronts and Surface Baroclinic Zones in the Great Lakes Region” at the 14th Cyclone Workshop in Sainte‐Adele, Quebec Canada from 21‐26 September, 2008. Melissa began this research as senior research student advised by Eric Hoffman in collaboration with Dr. Neil Laird of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and completed the work during summer research experience at Hobart‐William Smith. Melissa is currently a first year graduate student at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Biological Sciences

  • Larry Spencer was appointed by Governor Lynch to the River’s Management Advisory Council. His appointment was been approved by the Governor’s Council at their 3rd of September meeting in Manchester. He will represent the interests of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions on the RMAC. The RMAC is a statutory council associated with the River’s Management and Protection Program. The segment of the Pemigewasset River passing through Plymouth is in that program. Larry is a guest editor for the Northeastern Naturalist on an article dealing with marine mollusks in Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. As guest editor, he is responsible for finding reviewers of the article and for directing the process from review to publication. He also led a walk on Sunday the 28th of September, on the Rattlesnake Mountain  rail in Rumney. During the walk he talked about landscape processes affecting Rattlesnake Mountain. The walk was part of the Nor’easter‐EMS event held at Tenney Mountain and at the climbing rocks in Rumney the weekend of the 26th‐28th of September.

College of Graduate Studies

  • The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has continued funding of the University’s Pakistani Project with an award of $372, 000. The FY 2009 project will focus primarily on exemplary standards and models in contemporary science education; strategies for conflict resolution and social tolerance will serve as a secondary focus. In collaboration with project director Blake Allen of the College of Graduate Studies, NGO Idarae‐ Taleem‐o‐Aagahi of Lahore, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the U.S. consulates in Lahore and Peshawar, and institute alumni will provide in‐country support. The project’s New Hampshire phase entails an intensive institute at Plymouth State in July 2009, for approximately twenty Pakistani educational leaders. Graduate faculty from several departments including Science, Education, and Counseling will provide advice and instruction in the focus areas. They include Dr. Warren Tomkiewicz, Dr. George Tuthill, Dr. Mary Ann McGarry, Dr. John Allen, Marguerite Crowell, Dr. Michael Fischler, Dr. Leo Sandy, Dr. Marianne True, and Dr. Gail MearsDr. Gaye Gould of Hong Kong University and PSU will teach a module on effective delivery of science education in the English language medium. The delegation who attended the July 2008 institute are currently implementing the Master Action Plans that they developed while at Plymouth State. Their plans can be found on the project Web site,, which was designed by project Technology Architect, John Martin of Lamson Learning Commons. The delegation also is dealing with challenging conditions ‐ FATA representative, girls high school principal Samina Yousaf, and her nine hundred students just survived a Taliban attack in their area.
  • Cheryl Baker and Kathleen Norris have been working with a variety of New Hampshire school districts doing Classroom Walkthrough training.
  • “Jaqinabox”, a collaborative 3D art piece including the poetry of Kathleen Norris was selected for Lamson Library’s Special Collections. Kathleen’s poetry was also included as work from a “featured poet” in the summer edition of The Tower Journal. Kathleen is currently working with Plymouth Regional High School as they begin to assess their course scheduling practices. In addition, she recently facilitated a retreat for school administrators from SAU 4 (Kingswood). In addition, she was acknowledged as a reviewer in the latest (7th) edition of the McGraw hill textbook, “How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education.”

Communication and Media Studies

  • “Film and Television Stardom,” edited by Kylo‐Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains three chapters written by Hart ‐‐ (1) “Give the People What They Want: Molding the ‘New’ Bette Davis in the Star Vehicle ‘Dark Victory,’” (2) “The Auteur Filmmaker as Star: Reading the Films of Ingmar Bergman as Autobiographical Acts,” and (3) “’Now, Voyager,’ the (Hollywood) Culture Industry, and Commodity Consumption’s Deleterious Illusion of Empowerment” ‐‐ as well as contributions from nineteen additional scholars.
  • Kylo‐Patrick Hart and Metasebia Woldemariam’s co‐authored an essay, “Oprah Winfrey as Melodramatic Actress: Contributions of Winfrey’s Feature‐Film Performances to the Authenticity of Her Star Persona,” which was published in the academic journal “Quarterly Review of Film and Video.”

Computer Science and Technology

  • Peter Drexel, Roger Marshall, Christian Roberson and Zhizhang Shen attended the National Science Foundation workshop held at Dartmouth College on Sept. 11, 2008.
  • The articulation agreement between the CS department at PSU and the CS department at Nashua Community College has been approved by the curriculum committee.

Criminal Justice

  • On October 19, Eric MacLeish will receive the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award at the National Crime Victim Bar Association Awards luncheon in Chicago, Illinois. He is being honored for his outstanding work on behalf of victims of crime. The National Crime Victim Bar Association helps victims of crime secure justice in civil courts, and help train attorneys to better represent victims. They have been actively advocating for state legislature to reform the criminal and civil statutes of limitation for child sex abuse.
  • Stephanie Halter presented “Law enforcement’s conceptualization of juvenile prostitutes as commercial sexual exploitation victims in 6 U.S. cities” at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH in June. She also presented “The social construction of juvenile prostitutes by law enforcement: Delinquency offenders or child sexual abuse victims?” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • David Mackey with Kevin Courtright and Cassandra Grimm (both of Edinboro University of PA) presented “Connecting academic criminal justice to the practitioner perspective: The efficacy of the professional interview” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences at Roger Williams University in June.
  • Eric MacLeish has appeared as a legal commentator on New England Cable News regarding the Addison case (the murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs). On October 2, MacLeish will be lecturing at Harvard Law School. Topic of his talk: “Self‐Ethics: What law school does not teach you about managing stress as an attorney.”
  • Francis Williams presented “Online teaching challenges using a publisher‐developed course” at The Mass Colleges Online Conference in Lowell, Mass in June. He also presented “A functionalist viewpoint of policing the minority community” at the American Sociological Association annual conference in August.


  • An e‐mail alert recently sent from Research Connections (which is sponsored by NAEYC and the National Center for Children in Poverty) includes a link to an article co‐authored by Clarissa Uttley that appears in this month’s issue of Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. Click on the link that asks “What are lessons from Rhode Island’s mentoring program for early childhood professionals?”
  • Below is the link to a book that Mary Cornish edited, “Promising Practices for Partnering with Families in the Early Years,” which was recently published:

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley and Brian Boyls‐White brought a number of athletic training students to the Highland Games held at Loon Mountain during the weekend of September 20‐21. Students covered both the Strong Man and Scottish Dance competitions. Other physical education majors helped with the set‐up and break down of the many Scottish events.
  • Angel Ekstrom has been mentoring student volunteer trip leaders through the Student Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAP) trip program this fall. The SOAP Trip Programs are scheduled cooperative adventures involving human powered/propelled outdoor activities connecting PSU students to their outdoor environments. Trips are led and instructed by PSU student volunteers who promote a respect for the environment and a love for the outdoors. Trips are day and/or overnight(s) involving activities such as, rock climbing, paddling, hiking/camping, surfing and biking. This fall, SOAR trips include: ACA Solo white water canoe clinic on the Deerfield River, Surfboarding, paddling at Squam Lake, hiking Katahdin, rock climbing, and a clinic on surfing sea kayaks. Participation in the SOAR program is available to all PSU students.
  • Barbara McCahan participated in the first “Cultivating Wellness” Conference at D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH. Dr. McCahan was as an invited speaker on the subject of “The Botany of Nutrients” at this 2 day event featuring educational classes, handson workshops, field and forest plant walks, and healing sessions with New England holistic practitioners and wellness experts.
  • Jamie Hannon and the adventure education students have been continuing their ongoing community service project, the adoption of the Langdon Woods fire ring. There have been at least three clean‐up days when AE students collected trash and debris and picked up around the area. Also adventure education students and faculty have formed service partnerships with the Cady-Launch program and the Pemi‐Baker Academy POLA program, providing supervised adventure activities to the program participants for group development and educational purposes.

Lamson Library

  • Publications
    David A. Beronä

    “My Life at First Try by Mark Budman.” Library Journal, 133:15 (Sept. 15, 2008): 43‐44.
  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    David A. Beronä

    Panel Discussion. “Inside Out: Self and Society in Comic Art: Trends in Autobiography,journalism and social critique in graphic novels.” St.Mark’s Church in the Bowery, New York. Howl Festival. Sept. 10, 2008.
    Paper and Panel Discussion. “Reading Pictures, Burning Comics: New Perspectives on the History of Graphic Narrative.” Columbia University Book History Colloquium. New York. Sept. 25, 2008.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting was recently elected to the Executive Board of Northern New England TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). He will serve as one of two New Hampshire state representatives. Northern New England TESOL is the regional affiliate of TESOL International, the leading association of English language teachers.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • The Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance production of “Hamlet”, Shakespeare’s classic tale of the conflict between moral integrity and revenge, features Beth Cox as Gertrude and Kevin Asselin (PSU Alum ’97 and guest adjunct faculty) as Hamlet. You can still catch a performance October 2–5.
  • Rik Pfenninger licensed 8 of his film music cues to Triple Scoop Music in LA. In August Rik also had three of his smooth jazz tracks selected for airplay on the Weather Channel.

Office of Teacher Certification

  • Irene Cucina and Royce Robertson (Education) attended the NCATE/AACTE conference in Washington, DC on September 17‐20. The teacher education program is up for NCATE renewal in 2011. PSU has had continual NCATE accreditation for the past 50 years. Faculty in teacher education have been collecting data to assess both the effectiveness of the programs and the quality of our students for the past two years. Workshops will be offered throughout the school year that will help all faculty in the area of assessment. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Teacher Certification at x52224.

Social Science

  • Brian Eisenhauer contributed a chapter to a recently published book, “Partnerships for Empowerment,” (Stylus Publishing, the US distributor for Earthscan) which focuses on community engagement through applied research.
  • Mark Okrant and Russell Thibeault (Applied Economic Research) were the featured speakers at the Central New Hampshire Economic Forecast, at Waterville Valley, on Sept. 25th. Okrant addressed the region’s future tourism economy.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine has recently given two presentations for the NH Humanities Council: one in Campton on female tavern keepers and another in Piermont on 19th‐century NH farming communities.

April 2008

April 19th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier

April 2, 2008

Credit Model Taskforce

At the meeting today the Credit Model Taskforce will lead a discussion on whether to pursue a change to a 4-credit system. This is an important discussion for our campus. I hope you will attend and participate in this discussion.

Associate Vice President (AVP) for Undergraduate Studies

The Search Committee for the AVP has been elected and will meet before the end of the semester to review the position description and timeline for search in early fall. The composition of the committee is as follows:

  • Faculty
    • Elizabeth Cox
    • Cathie Leblanc
    • Linda Levy
    • Dan Moore
    • Marianne True
  • PAT’s
    • David Berona
    • Joyce Larson
  • OS
    • Brenda Clayton
    • Student
    • To be named

    Vice Provost (faculty fellow)

    At our last meeting I announced the creation of a Vice Provost position to be filled by a faculty fellow. Below is a copy of the position description. Any faculty member interested in learning more about this position should contact me in the next few weeks. An appointment will be made and announced at the May faculty meeting.
    Position Description – Faculty Fellow position (must be a tenured faculty member)

    • Reporting to the Provost, the Vice Provost will provide creative and strategic leadership in Academic Affairs and will represent the Provost and VPAA in her absence.
    • The Vice Provost will:
      • oversee campus-wide assessment;
      • revise the program review process to incorporate program and student outcomes assessment;
      • play an active role in hiring and pre-tenure review process of all new faculty (classroom
      • observations, pre-tenure meeting/evaluation);
      • manage and develop an Academic Affairs Awards Programs including distinguished awards, external awards programs, (Fulbright, Rhodes, Mitchell, etc.), and faculty professional development program;
      • play a leadership role in expanding opportunities for international education through creative outreach and partnerships,
    • The Vice Provost will serve on the Extended Cabinet and the Provost’s Academic Strategy Council
    • During the fall semester 2008, the Vice Provost will oversee the College of University Studies program for “deciding students” during the sabbatical of the Dean of the Academic Experience. The Vice Provost must be able to maintain collaborative and productive relationships with colleagues, students, and members of the wider community. The candidate will:
    • possess superior leadership skills;
    • articulate and support a vision for educational innovation ensuring that PSU provides welleducated graduates at the baccalaureate and advanced levels;
    • support the University’s role in extending to the larger community partnership opportunities;
    • be dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in faculty teaching and scholarship;
    • possess successful experience with accreditation processes.

    Right to Know Law.

    We are receiving more and more requests for information under the public Right to Know Law. A request from the Manchester Union Leader for all state and University System employee salaries a few months ago was one such example. One month ago we received a request from “Pick a Prof” for course grades for last semester. The University System General Counsel confirmed that we had to comply and last week we reluctantly provided the information to the group. It appears the provides the data to students on their website for a fee. UNH has been providing this information for some time. Keene and Plymouth were asked for the first time this semester.

    Chancellor’s ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship) funding

    Two ICE projects were recently funded by the Chancellor’s office.

    • Course Redesign
      The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) out of RPI and lead by Carol Twigg are leading a project to assist colleges and faculty “redesign” courses with the primary goal to improve learning, and secondarily to increase efficiency, and reduce the cost of instruction. A PSU team made up of Stacey Curdie, Trent Boggess, Sam Brickley, Scott Coykendall, Amy Ueland, Kerry Yurewicz, Kathleen Norris, and Dean Nancy Betchart attended the National Center for Academic Transformation conference on course redesign in Orlando, FL during spring break. The ICE funding will help support faculty work in redesigning a course using NCAT’s principles. More to come during faculty week.
    • EcoHouse – 1 High St
      This project will be lead by Brian Eisenhauer, Bill Crangle and Steve Whitman. The mission of the PSU Eco-House is to demonstrate environmentally sustainable technology in a residential setting, to provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities to Plymouth State University students and the surrounding region, to collect and disseminate information about sustainability, and to help others live in more sustainable ways. To achieve its mission the PSU

      • Eco-House will:
        • Provide a home to involve students in a “green renovation” and installation of renewable energy systems
        • Provide a location for workshops, seminars, demonstrations of how the average single family home can be retrofitted locally for sustainable design
        • Create a living laboratory for students and faculty to conduct experiments with sustainable design, alternative energy sources, and other technologies and ways of living.
        • Provide a location for Environmental Science students to “educate” the public by providing tours of the house and monitoring its energy use.
        • Create a “home” and enhance sense of identity for PSU students involved in environmental programs
        • Serve as a facility that could be used by PSU to house visiting faculty, new faculty searching for a home, or be available for housing for graduate students that qualify.

    WEBCT, Blackboard, Moodle, Epsilen- What’s the future of course management at PSU?

    An e-Learning Assessment team was formed out of the Technology Advisory Group (TAG) and the Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies to examine our future choice of online course management software. Please look for a message from John Martin who will be sending out a survey to faculty and students. Information gathered will help examine current usage patterns and needs and will be used to shape the future of our online learning environment. I encourage you to participate in this survey and future conversations about online practices and e-learning tools.

    Why Plymouth Rocks

    New Hampshire Magazine recently featured the town of Plymouth. “A lively college town set amidst nature at its most serene and situated in the geographic center of the state, Plymouth is a destination with something for everyone. Plymouth bills itself as the “Heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains,” but that’s not altogether true. It’s more a scenic way station with lots to offer in terms of dining, lodging, shopping and — thanks in large part to a state university — culture, entertainment ……”
    To read the entire article, click here

    New From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Art Department

    • Anita Dillman, Adjunct faculty, presented the four-part March workshop, “Introduction to Stone Lithography,” at the Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction, Vermont. Participants from Vermont and New Hampshire learned the history of a fine arts process developed in the 18th century in Germany, and gained hands-on experience in how to draw, etch, and print a litho stone.
    • Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH purchased a triptych (original block prints) by Art Professor Annette Mitchell for their permanent collection. The work was selected from the current What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking show (January 7-March 28, 2008).
    • During his sabbatical this semester, Dick Hunnewell has been conducting research on the history of murals and developing a new course on Mesoamerican culture’s influence on the post revolutionary murals of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Dick has recently returned from a trip to New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. In El Paso he examined and photographed murals in several educational and civic buildings by such artists as Tom Lea, Carlos Flores, Carlos Callejo, and John Valadez. Additionally, Dick interviewed four artists/muralists/arts educators — Maria Natividad, Gabriel Gaytan, Esteban Salazar, and Jesus Alvarado – discussing the nature, causes, and issues embraced by Chicano/Chicana arts. Traveling to Mexico, he visited Teotihuacan and Aztec foundations around the Templo Mayor in Mexico City. Completing this leg of his research, Dick photographed the stunning, monumental mural cycles by Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the National Preparatory School, Secretariat of Public Education, National Palace, and Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
    • Tom Driscoll will be in a four-person show featuring abstract painting entitled “Synesthesia” at the Sulloway and Hollis Gallery in Concord. The exhibit opens Thursday, April 10th from 5-7.
    • Bill Haust has been accepted by The College Board to participate in the annual Advanced Placement Studio Art Exam assessment in Louisville, Kentucky. The AP Studio Art exam allows gifted high school students to submit portfolios for review and acceptance for college credit. Bill also completed a three day Grant Institute Professional Grant Proposal Writing training in Burlington, VT through The GRant INstitute in Los Angeles.

    Business Department

    • Duncan McDougall has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2008-09 academic year, to teach, and to help with curricular development, in the business programs at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

    Center for the Environment

    • Steve Kahl and MS graduate student, Adam Baumann, co-authored an article that was published in Lakeline in the winter issue. The article was titled, “Maine High Elevation Lakes: Indicator Watersheds for Detecting Environmental Trends.”

    College of Graduate Studies

    • Blake Allen, director of the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute, reports that the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has continued funding the institute through 2010. Additional activities will be facilitated by Pakistan partner Idara-e- Taleem-o-Aagahi. The 2008 Institute will be held in July. Leaders from Pakistan’s public and private/public education sectors hail from the Sindh, the Punjab, Kashmir, the North West Frontier, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. PSU’s eighty PELI alumni have shared their training with over 100,000 colleagues, since the program’s inception in 2004.
    • In Environmental Science and Policy department news, Dr. Warren Tomkiewicz participated in a three-day workshop at UMass-Amherst involving new Geoscience Tools in Teaching: Visualizations, models, and online data.
    • Barbara Wirth is the speaker for the Newfound Regional High School “College for Every Student” Kickoff Assembly and has been appointed Vice President of the North Country for New Hampshire Business Education Association.
    • Leo P. Corriveau, Executive Director of the CAGS Program, presented a workshop on parent engagement at the NHASP’s Mid-winter Conference for Assistant Principals. In addition, Mt. Prospect Academy recently elected him to the Board of Trustees.
    • TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies Integrated Arts and Counselor Education programs has been invited to perform at the National Drama International Conference in Durham, England this April. Dr. Trish Lindberg, Artistic Director, will be giving a presentation following the performance.
    • Kathleen Norris has been named to the Board of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
    • In conjunction with PSU’s launch of the new Historic Preservation Certification Program, Stacey Yap and the Heritage Studies department are presenting the NH Preservation Alliance Conference, April 11 – 12 at Plymouth State. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s conference Preserving Community Character will focus on community engagement and preservation planning. Attendees will hear about and discuss the links between sustainability, economy and historic preservation; saving community landmarks; best practices for managing change; partnerships for protecting natural and historic resources; public history projects; communication and fundraising strategies; and much more. Participants will hear from experts, learning through case studies, join interactive discussions, share ideas in small groups and tour local historic preservation projects. It will be two days filled with practical information, networking opportunities and useful take-home resources for public history and preservation projects in the community and in the classroom. Details about the conference and registration forms will be posted on the Alliance Web site, or for more information about this event, contact Stacey Yap at

    Communication and Media Studies Department

    • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s essay “Keeping the Intelligent Woman ‘In Her Place’ within the Patriarchal Social Order: Containing the Unruliness of Genius Brenda Chenowith on ‘Six Feet Under’ ” was published in “Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television,” edited by Lisa Holderman. Kylo also presented the paper “Almost ‘Normal’: Challenging Normative Adolescent Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema” at the 2008 joint conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations.
    • Annette Holba’s article “A Response to Phatic Communication: Inviting Dialogic Potential” was published in the “Florida Communication Journal,” and her essay “Revisiting Cicero in Higher Education: Cultivating Citizenship Skills through Collegiate Debate Programs” was published in “Speaker and Gavel.”

    Department of Atmospheric and Chemical Sciences (was CEAPS)

    • Eric Hoffman was invited to and attended the Meteorology/Math Curriculum Foundations II Workshop, sponsored the Mathematical Association of America, and hosted by the Mathematics and Meteorology faculty at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. Eric also presented a talk to the leadership group meeting at the Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH) about his research with students, regarding weather and power outages and recent weather events and possible trends.
    • Jim Koermer gave several presentations on “Measuring Weather” to all fourth grade students of the Barron School in Salem, NH. He also presented a session on strange jobs in meteorology for a teacher workshop at the Christ McAuliffe Planetarium.
    • On Tuesday, March 25th, Sally Jean Jensen, NASA Solar System Ambassador, gave a presentation in the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium entitled “Native Americans’ View of the Sky”. Every seat was filled, and the program was very well received.
    • Dennis Machnik, director of the planetarium and faculty member at PSU, followed up Sally’s presentation with a sky show using the Digitalis Alpha Digital Star Projector. Many people stayed over 2 hours, and a couple for over 3. The following night, Dennis presented a program entitled “Medieval Astronomy” at 7 PM. He took the portable planetarium on the road to Bane Middle School in Cranston, RI and gave 14 programs to over 300 students, worked with Science Olympiad students and gave a Professional Development Program to about 20 teachers. One of the programs was attended by a RI State Dept of Education representative.

    Department of Biological Sciences

    • Michele Pruyn and Len Reitsma co-authored posters at The 32nd Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists: March 26 – 28, 2008, hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The posters: A proposal to remediate lead contamination from NH soils using common garden plants. Jordan Christ, Lauren Moulis and Michele L. Pruyn; and Canada Warbler breeding ecology in young forest stands compared to a red maple (Acer rubrum) swamp. Marissa Goodnow, Mike Hallworth, and Len Reitsma
    • Len Reitsma and collaborators Michael Hallworth (Len’s first MS student), Amy Ueland, Erik Anderson, J. Daniel Lambert, Leonard Reitsma, including Mike Hallworth, recently had a manuscript (“Habitat Selection and Site Fidelity of the Canada Warbler Wilsonia Canadensis in Central New Hampshire”) accepted in the journal Auk. Two additional authors include graduates of the MEd in Environmental Science degree program at PSU: Erik Anderson and Amy Ueland. Amy is also the Biology Department Technical Specialist. The paper will appear in the October 2008 issue.

    Education Department

    • On March 5th Marcel Lebrun facilitated a school district meeting with Franklin School District to create an ongoing school improvement plan. The plan will involve 3 years of staff development and professional partnership in the areas of Best Practices for educators and Positive Behavior Interventions and support at the elementary level. On March 7th he presented Targeted Approaches for Students at Risk to teachers from 18 schools; 75 educators attended here at PSU.
    • Leo Sandy has recently published a book review of Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World for the Peace and Justice Studies Association Newsletter, The Chronicle.

    Environmental Science and Policy Department

    • Warren Tomkiewicz and three graduate students in the MS in Science Education program (Tom White, Belmont Middle School, Ann LaCroix, Merrimack Middle School, and Jason Lacroix, Laconia HS) gave a poster session and a PowerPoint discussion on “Science Inquiry-based Instruction and Student Understanding” during Teacher As Researcher Day at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Convention in Boston on March 28.

    Health and Human Performance Department

    • Barbara McCahan coordinated a special “Let’s Dance!” workshop for the Inter-Lakes Senior Center in Meredith on March 12th implemented by the 19 students in her Rhythm and Dance Fundamentals class. Simple line, folk and square dances were demonstrated and taught to a group of older adult workshop participants. Planning and conducting this workshop was the capstone for the course which is specifically designed for PE teacher preparation. Barbara McCahan and colleague Deborah John were instrumental in a recent grant award to the Inter- Lakes Senior Center from the NH Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of Elder and Adult Services. The grant is funding an evidence-based program providing ongoing dance activity sessions with instruction for older adults in Meredith and the surrounding area beginning in April. PSU students have been invited by the Center to assist with the program as a community service activity.
    • Mardie Burckes-Miller served her 10th year as Volunteer Coordinator of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Love Your Body Week) in the Plymouth area by hosting a week of activities including a theater performance, seminars, body fair and a Project U fashion show. Health Education majors were responsible for many activities as class projects. She also presented two sessions at the Eastern District Association of American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Regional Conference in Rhode Island in March. The first session was “Authentic Learning in Community and Worksite and Community Health Promotion.” Five Health Education majors co-presented with Mardie (Anton, C., Hibbard, D. Kebler, K., Mixon, J., Siegel, C.). Mardie’s activities related to eating disorders have earned her election as a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, an international organization which is dedicated to “excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders.”
    • Lynn Johnson presented a session at the Eastern District Association of American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at their annual convention in Newport, RI on Thursday, February 28th. The session was titled: “Using Standards-Based Student-Assessment to Enhance Instruction in Physical Education: Grades K-12.” Also, at the convention she was elected as the President-Elect of the Eastern District Association (EDA). EDA is the 2nd largest association in AAHPERD and is comprised of 12 eastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department

    • The Chamber Singers and Professor Dan Perkins presented a workshop and concert about their Vietnam tour at the Moultonborough Academy on February 1st. They also hosted an exchange workshop and concert with the concert choir from St. Michael’s College (Burlington, VT) on February 22nd. Perkins and student assistant Jennifer Cooper (senior) attended the regional ACDA convention in Hartford, CT in February.
    • Gary Corcoran recently served as an adjudicator/clinician at the Queen City Music Festival held at Manchester Memorial High School. He also appeared as a guest conductor at Essex High School in Vermont and Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua.
    • Elizabeth Cox served as the casting consultant for the Papermill Theatre/North Country Center for the Arts at the New England Theatre Conference in Natick, MA. She also served as an adjudicator for the NH Education Theatre Guild at the regional theatre competition held at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH. Beth has also been busy coordinating the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association auditions and interviews for productions taking place this summer and fall. This event, planned in partnership with PSU and the NH Department of Cultural Resources, will be held at the Silver Center on April 5th with 18 companies scheduled to attend and see students currently attending NH colleges or universities. Beth was also the Associate Editor for The Players’ Journal, 2008 (just released by the Acting Focus Group, Association of Theatre in Higher Education), a publication regarding the art of acting.
    • Jonathan Santore has signed publication contracts for two of his compositions with Alliance Music Publishers, Inc. of Houston. One of the works, House Song to the East, was commissioned by Dan Perkins and the PSU Chamber Singers for their 1996 tour of England. In addition, his article about a scene from Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck was published in the music analysis journal in theory only, TWELVE YEARS after its initial acceptance!

    Social Science Department

    • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology/Social Science) has had a review article, “Anthropology of Religion”, accepted for publication in the online Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). The EOLSS was developed in partnership with the UNESCO Division for Science Policy and Sustainable Development.
    • Katherine Donahue, Brian Eisenhauer, and Brian Gagnon (graduate student, Environmental Science & Policy) have had a poster on “Human Dimensions of Marine Protected Areas in and Near New Hampshire Waters” accepted for presentation at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, UVM, Burlington, VT, in June, 2008. Their research was funded by a NH Sea Grant.
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine presented a paper titled “’A Woman That Keeps Good Orders’: Licensing and Female Tavern Keepers” at the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians in New York City on March 29, 2008. Also, Marcia’s “Creating a Nation” classes have written articles for the Clock titled “This Day in History.” The articles began appearing in late February and will appear each week during the semester.
    • Robert Heiner has received a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation which will allow him to continue his research on criminal justice policies and philosophies in other countries.
    • Dave Switzer (Professor Emeritus of History) attended the 2nd North East Florida Symposium on Maritime Archaeology in March. He was a featured speaker regarding a Revolutionary “time capsule,” the privateer Defence which was sunk during the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition in 1779. During a six-year nautical archaeology campaign the “time capsule” yielded many artifacts that provided some of the first glimpses of life and work at sea of the common American seaman of the 18th century. Important, too, was the information gained with regard to the methods by which the shipwright built the privateer in Beverly MA – information that hitherto had escaped the research of maritime historians.

    Social Work Department

    • Stephen Gorin attended a full-day NASW Publications Committee meeting in Washington, DC as Editor-in-Chief of Health & Social Work.
    • Scott Meyer presented a workshop, “Effective Strategies to Promote Project Sustainability”, at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences conference, Las Vegas, NV
    • Cynthia Moniz was nominated by the NASW national Nominations & Leadership Identification Committee to run for the position of Region I (New England) Representative (2008-2011), National Nominations Committee; the national election occurs in April/May. Cynthia also participated in the annual Association of Social Work Program Directors meeting in Destin, FL.
    • Nine students from the Social Work Club spent spring break in Corpus Christi, TX working on a Habitat for Humanity project. They are presenting a picture video and discussion about their experience in the HUB (3/31).
    • Helen O’Brien was interviewed by the Public News Service for comment on a new report titled “Foster Care in NH: Fund Prevention, Not More Placements”.

    March 2008

    March 26th, 2008 by Noelle

    Monthly Report to the Faculty
    Provost Julie Bernier
    March 5, 2008

    As we wind down from a record-setting winter, it’s tough to imagine that Spring is just around the corner. Congratulations and thank you to our Physical Plant employees who have put forth herculean efforts to keep our stairs, walkways and parking lots accessible, not to mention our buildings open by shoveling off the roofs. I even saw Tammy Hill on a roof with a shovel. Thank you, Physical Plant! Spring break begins on Friday, March 14th at 3:20 p.m. I wish you all an enjoyable break, and safe travels for those leaving the area.

    Credit Model Discussion

    If you’ve read the agenda, you’ll know that this week at the Faculty meeting we’ll be discussing a proposal from the Credit Model Taskforce whose members have been working diligently all year. I was extremely impressed by both the Majority and Minority Reports coming from that group. If you have not read them, I recommend you take some time prior to the faculty meeting to do so and please plan to attend and participate in this important discussion on Wednesday.

    Merit Pay

    Following up on the February Faculty Meeting discussion on merit pay, I am scheduled to meet with the Faculty Welfare Committee this month. This is an important decision and it deserves a thorough and complete discussion.

    Voluntary Transition to Retirement for Faculty

    A year ago we presented a plan to you for voluntary transition to retirement. Last year, five faculty members enrolled in this plan and are now working halftime. I am pleased to share with you again the Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence. This plan will allow eligible faculty members to transition to half-time loads for a maximum of 5 years, at which time they will complete the transition to full retirement.
    There are a number of potential benefits to this plan. First and foremost it provides an avenue to keep our treasured faculty in the classroom, where our students will benefit from their skill, expertise, and passion for teaching. Second, it provides a means for us to “grow the faculty.” We will use the salary cost savings from faculty who have transitioned to half-time to create new faculty lines, thereby increasing the total number of full-time faculty lines.

    The attached document outlines the specifics of the plan, including the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the plan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this plan in further detail. Additionally, Laura Alexander and Carol Kuzdeba are available to answer your questions.

    Annual Performance Evaluations

    Note to Department Chairs and Directors — Annual Performance Evaluations for PAT’s and OS are due to the Principle Administrators by the end of March.

    NEASC Report

    A group of faculty and staff, lead by Dean Fitzpatrick have been working this year on the 5th year report to NEASC. Drafts of the report can be found at If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the author of the chapter or Bob Fitzpatrick directly.

    Constitution Day 2008

    Faculty — Are you interested in leading Constitution Day activities on campus? We are looking for a faculty leader for Fall 2008.
    All … “educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.” (FR Doc 05-10355, [Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99)],[Notices],[Page 29727]

    Constitution Day events 2006-2008

    Faculty leaders have included John Krueckeberg (History), Mark Fischler (CJ), and Scott Coykendall (English). Here’s a sample of Constitution Day activities over the first three years of programming:

    Year 1

    • Student Government got involved and distributed fact sheets about the Constitution and Student Rights in the Pawsway. A panel of speakers discussed the Constitution:
      • Marcia Blaine from the New England perspective of “who” signed the Constitution;
      • Bob Egbert on the Civil Liberties aspect of the Constitution;
      • Khuan Chong on the Constitution in a globally comparative perspective.
    • Students were invited to this public talk, in the fireplace lounge, and there was a question and answer period. Afterwards there was a patriotic cake and punch served.

    Year 2

    • During lunch time at the HUB there were three presenters on the Constitution from 3 perspectives (political, historical, and practical). Cake and ice cream was served.
    • That evening we had a discussion on constitutional rights in a post 9/11 world with an ACLU lawyer and Assistant US Attorney in the multipurpose room.

    Year 3

    • Focused specifically on the First Amendment.
    • Our student newspaper, The Clock, ran a special two-page spread that drew attention to press censorship.
    • Phil Lonergan’s sculpture students built towers to represent the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly, & persuasion.
      • They also created a large sculpture of an anvil, representing the Patriot Act, squashing Uncle Sam.
    • Liz Ahl’s poetry workshop students not only printed broadsides of their constitution day poetry to be posted on the towers mentioned above, they read it in hallways and classrooms across the entire campus.
    • Students in two English classes composed essays, also posted on the towers, about the First Amendment and its value to them as college students.
    • The Student Senate hosted a table in the HUB at which students could “petition them for redress of grievances” and they also distributed pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution
    • Finally, the Sidore Lecture Series hosted John Hutson, President of Franklin Pierce Law Center, to talk about, among other things, constitutional issues surrounding the U.S. “war on terror”.

    If you are interested in leading Constitution Day activities for September 17, 2008 with a class or group of students, please contact me. I think it has been wonderful to see students from different disciplines taking on this project during each of the first three years (History, CJ, English).

    New From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Art Department:

    • Franklin Pierce Law Center purchased a triptych of original prints titled “Enter By The Western Gate” by Annette Mitchell for their permanent art collection. The piece was selected from the “What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking” Show in Concord, NH in February.

    Department of Biological Sciences:

    • biologyProfessor Christopher Chabot traveled to Bridgewater State College in November 2007 with a number of his students to give presentations of PSU research at a Research Symposium. Cortney Cote, Jamie Holland, and Jeff Yelle presented “Pressure sensitivity in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus“; Steve Crane and Lauren Moulis presented “Effects of melatonin on locomotor rhythms in the American Lobster, Homarus americanus”; and Amanda Blottiaux, Lu Ferraris, Ryan Flahive, Katie Grabek, and  Melinda Martin presented “Is the Circadian Clock Located in the Eyestalks of the American Lobster, Homarus americanus?”.

    Business Department:

    • Small Business Institute (SBI) Director, Craig Zamzow is proud to announce that Plymouth State University SBI teams have set another record. For the tenth consecutive year our MBA students have placed in the top 3 places in the National Small Business Institute Case of the year Competition. Last year the winning teams took two first place awards in each category. No school had ever done that. This year there is a new category of competition for start-up business plans. Our students have placed in the top three positions in all three categories. No school has ever done that either! The exact positions in each category will be announced soon and awards presented at the National SBI Conference in March. Congratulations to these winning teams:
      • AeroSat Avionics, Inc. Team – Graduate Specialized Category
      • Dave Grose. Doriana Klumick, Bob Kingman. Matt Krause
      • Craig Zamzow, Faculty Advisor
      • Bradford Veneer and Paneling Team – Graduate Comprehensive Category
      • Samantha Stalnaker, James Dean, Bob McGeough
      • Craig Zamzow, Faculty Advisor
      • Portsmouth Social Club – Startup Business Plan Category
      • National Runner-up Award
      • Doriana Klumick
      • Duncan McDougall, Faculty Advisor
    • Warren Mason, member of the James Jones Society’s Board of Directors, recently attended their annual Writing Symposium in Robinson, Illinois. He was elected both Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Development Committee.
    • Warren Mason visited the news studios of NBC and MSNBC television in Manchester during January’s New Hampshire Primary, and he spoke at length about New Hampshire Primary issues with Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
    • Doriann Klumick’s (MBA student) plan for the Portsmouth Social Club received a National Runner-up Award in the SBI Competition in the new “Business Start-up Plan” category. Duncan McDougall was the advisor.
    • Duncan McDougall is serving on (and attended in February) the Board of Directors of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs meeting.
    • Brad Allen recently completed a joint project with Keith Markley (PSU Business 1981), President and CEO of Liberty Aerospace in Melbourne, Florida, involving three Plymouth State business students. Liberty Aerospace is a small aircraft manufacturing firm producing a carbon fiber training aircraft named the XL-2 designed for flight schools. Liberty was seeking international marketing research to determine where to initiate manufacturing licensing agreements around the world based upon a variety of economic, cultural and industry criteria. Over three months, the three Plymouth State business students, Halen Ganley, Heather Parsons and Peter Greene, conducted research on over forty different international countries ranging from India to South Africa to determine a logical licensing strategy based upon industry criteria shared by the executive leadership team of Liberty Aerospace. The students utilized a number of market techniques taught in the PSU business programs such as the PESTEL and SWOT analysis. The completion of the project was a meeting to be held at the corporate headquarters in Melbourne where each student presented to the entire executive staff of Liberty Aerospace and to deliver the 90 page research report. The students and Professor Allen flew to Florida during Winterim on Thursday January 3rd and presented on Friday the 4th. Upon arriving at Liberty, Mr. Markley gave the students a one hour tour of the manufacturing facility where they were introduced to the full executive staff. The presentation took about ninety minutes including a  discussion among senior marketing, manufacturing, legal and sales executives about the findings of each student’s research and the merit of the conclusions.

    Center for Rural Partnerships:

    • Thad Guldbrandsen was recently notified that his co-authored book, “Local Democracy Under Siege,” has been awarded the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America by the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA). This prize is awarded every two years and honors a book that deals with “an important social issue to the discipline of anthropology that has broader implications for social change or justice, and that is accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology. In congratulating the authors of the book, one committee member commented, “we were particularly impressed with the way this study challenges not only definitions of activism and political involvement, it also provides a view of how citizens articulate their own relationships to government. Although broadly accessible to a wide audience of readers, this volume is also a meticulously rich and rigorous ethnography.” Thad and his co-authors have been invited to the SANA conference in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in April where they will receive their award.

    Communication and Media Studies

    • Kylo-Patrick Hart and Metasebia Woldemariam presented the paper “Alienation, Sexuality, and Subversion: Two Cinematic Perspectives” at the annual meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association.

    Education Department:

    • Michael Fischler presented a paper, “Prejudice and Discrimination: Time to See, Tell and Do,” for the February 14th Sidore Lecture Series.
    • Marcel Lebrun recently presented to the Franklin Elementary teachers on behavioral interventions for school improvement and to 10 schools at SERESC on positive behavioral universal interventions
    • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented a half-day session, “Growing Great Toddler Teachers: Supporting Staff in Guiding and Disciplining Toddlers,” at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children/Vermont Association for the Education of Children Administrators’ Conference in Fairlee, Vermont.
    • Joss French presented his work on media literacy in a panel discussion entitled “The Politics of Containment: A Look at How Students and Teachers are Contained In and Out of the Classroom” at the American Educational Studies Association Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. At the New England Conference on Multicultural Education in Hartford, Connecticut, in a panel discussion he presented “Promoting Diversity in the Northeast: How Can We Help One Another.” Joss presented how reflective practice protocol could be used to address local community cultural issues.

    Languages and Linguistics:

    • During the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference last fall, a session on the Oral Proficiency Interview was offered. Interviews and tests are required. After successfully completing both, a qualifying faculty member can then apply to become an examiner in his/her language. PSU attendees Marie-Therese Gardner (French) and Heidi Burke (German) are becoming qualified examiners. In February, Marie-Therese successfully completed her interview and test, and has been rated as SUPERIOR. Heidi will be taking completing her interview at a later date.
    • Eric Cintron presented at the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies on February 11-16, 2008 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

    • Jonathan Santore’s composition “Kalevala Fragments” has been awarded second prize in the University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest. It will be performed by the USC Concert Choir in a concert on April 11th, and after that will be featured in the choir’s repertoire during their Summer 2008 tour of China. Jonathan has been invited to the USC campus for the April 11th concert, and will give presentations to composition students at USC while there.
    • On February 21, Jonathan Santore gave a presentation on his music to the Concert Choir at Proctor Academy (directed by MTD adjunct faculty member Kris Johnson). On their upcoming tour, the Proctor Choir will be performing Santore’s music at sites including Walter Reed Army Hospital and the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.
    • On February 1 at Moultonborough Academy, Dan Perkins and the Chamber Singers presented a workshop and performance about their experiences in Vietnam. On February 22, Perkins and the Chamber Singers hosted St. Michael’s College Chorale (VT) in a collaborative workshop and exchange concert.
    • The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance hosted the 2008 NH Music Educator Solo & Ensemble Festival on Sat., Feb. 16th. This festival brought approximately 400 musicians (ages 9-18), their music teachers, and their parents to Plymouth State to perform for guest adjudicators. Music Education Program Coordinator, Holly Oliver, served as the host representative and was assisted by a team of 40 PSU music education majors. Guest adjudicators for the event included many PSU faculty members: Dr. Rik Pfenninger, Dr. Robert Swift, Dr. Gary Corcoran, Dr. Carleen Graff, Aubrie Dionne, Tim Gilmore, Kenda Corcoran, Debbie Gibson, and Peter Templeton.
    • Kathleen Arecchi was a judge at the NATS-Boston Art Song and Aria and Musical Theatre Singing competitions held at Boston University on two weekends in February. One of her PSU students, Brady Lynch ’11, placed 1st in the college division (ages 18-22) and received a $300 cash award.
    • Rik Pfenninger recently scored the music on a commercial for Squam River Condos. The commercial is scheduled to air in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Rik also presented a clinic/workshop for New Hampshire Jazz All State titled “Current Trends in Music Technology.

    Social Science Department:

    • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology/Social Science) has had an article accepted for publication by the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) Review. The article, titled “Islam in the Family of Zacarias Moussaoui”, is partially based on an interview Kate had with Aicha el-Wafi, the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, in February, 2007.
    • Rebecca Noel gave a presentation at the Plymouth Historical Society on February 12, “Samuel Read Hall and Holmes Plymouth Academy: New Hampshire’s First Teacher Educator.” Her entry on “The Child’s Body” appears in the just-published book, Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life, ed. Helen Sheumaker and Shirley Teresa Wajda (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008).
    • Mark Okrant did a presentation and signed copies of his most recent book, “I Knew You When,” at the Yale University Bookstore in New Haven, on February 2nd.
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine presented “A Woman that Keeps Good Orders: Female Tavern Keepers in Provincial New Hampshire” for the New Hampshire Humanities Council at the Exeter Public  Library on Feb. 21. Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


    Date: March 4, 2008
    To: All Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence
    From: Julie Bernier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    RE: Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence

    A year ago we presented a plan to you for voluntary transition to retirement. Last year, five faculty members enrolled in this plan and are now working halftime. I am pleased to share with you again the Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence. This plan will allow eligible faculty members to transition to half-time loads for a maximum of 5 years, at which time they will complete the transition to full retirement.

    There are a number of potential benefits to this plan. First and foremost it provides an avenue to keep our treasured faculty in the classroom, where our students will benefit from their skill, expertise, and passion for teaching. Second, it provides a means for us to “grow the faculty.” We will use the salary cost savings from faculty who have transitioned to half-time to create new faculty lines, thereby increasing the total number of full-time faculty lines.

    The attached document outlines the specifics of the plan, including the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the plan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this plan in further detail. Additionally, Laura Alexander and Carol Kuzdeba are available to answer your questions.

    The Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan
    For Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence
    March 2008
    Plymouth State University

    The Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenure Track Faculty and Faculty in Residence

    Plymouth State University is offering a program for tenured faculty to voluntarily transition into retirement. This plan allows eligible benefited faculty to work half-time (12 credits per year) for up to five years prior to retirement. This program can begin as early as Spring Semester 2009 with an effective retirement transition date to begin no later than December 31, 2013. This election is irrevocable.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for the Transition Plan, a benefits eligible faculty member must meet the following c onditions:

    • Be a tenured faculty member or Faculty in Residence and not be on Long-Term Disability or Workers’ Compensation.
    • Must have reached age 62 by departure date in order to attain USNH retiree status including eligibility for the Medicare Complimentary Plan, ARC minimum guarantee, and medical coverage bridge to age 65.
    • Must be a participant in a USNH approved retirement plan and have ten years of benefits eligible service from age 52 to 62 in order to attain USNH retiree status (see above bullet.)
      • A faculty member who meets the eligibility requirements and is accepted under the provisions of the plan will receive 50% of his/her pay for regularly budgeted work performance plus an additional increment to offset the cost of medical benefits.
      • Part-time status will not exceed twelve (12) credits per year (fall/spring) of graduate or undergraduate teaching.

    “ The medical contribution required during the reduced appointment time is based on the percentage of the reduced appointment. This means a faculty member with a 50% to 74%appointment contributes the same as a 75% to 100% appointment faculty member plus 50% of the employer’ s contribution. A separate bonus payment (not to be included in the salary base) will be paid to the faculty member to offset the plus 50% of the employer’ s contribution which is required during the reduced appointment time. This amount will be recalculated annually to reflect changes in employee medical contribution rates. This bonus is taxable and is being received in recognition of services to PSU.”

    1. Contributions for Dental, Life and Long Term Disability benefits and Retirement contributions are based on regular budgeted earnings from the reduced percent time appointment. The Dental Basic Plan is the only option for 50% appointments, and 1.5-times-salary Life Insurance and 60% Long Term Disability are the only life and disability options. Since the Life Insurance and Long Term Disability benefits are based on age and salary, each faculty member’ s contribution for these benefits will differ depending on these two factors.
    2. The Tuition Waiver benefit will be based on the 50% time appointment. A faculty member is not eligible for the Tuition Waiver program for themselves, their spouse or eligible dependent children after the departure date. Courses currently enrolled in will be covered until the end of the semester.

    2008 costs for Delta Basic Dental plan:

    • $5.65 bi-weekly for single coverage
    • $15.45 bi-weekly for two person coverage
    • $28.41 bi-weekly for family coverage

    Terms and Conditions of the Plan

    1. A faculty member who is accepted for the Retirement Transition Plan will retain all rights and responsibilities of tenure, continue to be a voting faculty member, and retain office space during the transition period of 50% time teaching.
    2. The decision to elect the Retirement Transition Plan shall be irrevocable.
    3. Faculty who choose the Retirement Transition Plan shall retire following no more than 5 years (10 semesters) of teaching at 50% time.
    4. Faculty who choose the Retirement Transition Plan shall not be eligible for sabbatical.
    5. Faculty who retire under this Faculty Transition Plan cannot be rehired into a benefitseligible position within USNH. However, they can apply and may be considered for non status part-time employment at USNH institutions. Part-time shall consist of a maximum teaching load of twelve (12) credits per year.
    6. A faculty member who wishes to collect his/her retirement benefits while continuing to be employed in a status position may do so if employed in a 50% time position.

    Application Process

    In order to apply for the Retirement Transition Plan, a faculty member must complete the Plymouth State University Voluntary Transition to Retirement Application (found at the end of this document) and provide endorsement of his/her Department Chair. Application Deadline Effective Departure Date (Last Day Worked)
    September 1 for Spring transition No later than 10 semesters from commencement of February 1 for Fall transition transition period The Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty and Faculty in Residence For Plymouth State University


    Name: _____
    Position Title: _____
    Age: Department: _____
    Transition Date Elected:
    My first semester at half time work will be ____________________________________ semester year
    My last semester of half time work will be ____________________________________ semester year
    I request to participate in the Plymouth State University’ s Transition Plan program. I have read and fully understand the terms and conditions of the Plan as specified in this document.

    • In return for accepting the Transition Plan for Faculty, s/he agrees to voluntarily retire no later than 10 semesters from commencement of transition period, including giving up any rights to his/her position, including tenure at time of retirement.
    • The decision to elect the Transition Plan for Faculty shall be irrevocable.
    • Faculty who retire under the Transition Plan for Faculty cannot be rehired into a benefits-eligible position within the USNH. However, they can apply and may be considered for non-status part-time employment at USNH institutions. Part-time shall consist of a maximum teaching load of twelve (12) credits per year (fall/spring).
    • Birth certificate must be provided to support birth date. I agree with the terms and conditions of the Plymouth State University Retirement Transition Plan for Faculty, and I hereby notify Plymouth State University of my intent on or before December 31, 2013, to voluntarily retire from my employment. I understand this decision is final.

    ___ I understand that the annual salary for my 50% position will be determined at the beginning of the transition period. My base annual salary will be recalculated on an annual basis.
    ___ I understand that the medical contribution required during the reduced appointment time is based on the percentage of the reduced appointment. This means an employee with a 50% to 74% appointment contributes the same as a 75% to 100% appointment employee plus 50% of the employer’ s contribution. A separate bonus payment (not to be included in my salary base) will be paid to me to offset the plus 50% of the employer’ s contribution which is required during the reduced appointment time. This amount will be recalculated annually to reflect changes in employee medical contribution rates. This bonus is taxable
    and is being received in recognition of service to PSU.
    __ The bonus to offset the additional cost of medical coverage does not apply to me. Either I am not enrolled in a USNH medical plan or I am covered as a dependent in a USNH medical plan. I also am not entitled to the medical waiver while on the transition plan. Policy USYV.A. is attached below.
    7.2.9 Retirement Income. Retirement income benefits are subject to IRS regulations. Benefits may begin any time after the faculty/staff member fully retires or terminates his/her
    employment or as described in USY V.A. A faculty/staff member age 59½ or older who wishes to begin payment from his/her regular USNH retirement income funds while continuing to be employed on a reduced basis in a status position may do so only with appropriate departmental dean/director and institutional approval under the conditions described below. Unless otherwise defined by campus policy, institutional approval shall mean approval by the appropriate Vice President (or equivalent) for the area. Benefit contributions during the reduced appointment time are based on the percentage of the reduced appointment. For appointments reduced below 75% time, see USY V.A.2.3 and 2.4. The faculty/staff member remains subject to USNH policies, including performance requirements and reduction in force policies. Campus policies may also apply. Reduction in service (of any amount) and selected retirement date up to two years in the future. A faculty/staff member may reduce his/her appointment to any percent time, for up to two and one-half years, and submit a retirement date no more than two and one-half years after the date of the reduced appointment. Reduction to 50% time or less service and selected retirement date up to five years in the future. A faculty/staff member who wishes to reduce his/her appointment to 50% time or less may submit a request for a retirement date no more than five years from the beginning date of the reduced appointment.
    Faculty Member Signature Date
    PSU Human Resource Authorization Date
    PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Date
    PSU Vice President for Financial Affairs Date
    ******To be Completed by Department Chair******
    1. Indicate the arrangement which will be made for the courses and services for which the applicant is normally responsible, specifying in detail the reassignment or replacement personnel and cost.
    Signature of Department Chair Date
    Submit Competed Form to the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs

    February 2008

    February 21st, 2008 by Noelle

    Monthly Report to the Faculty
    from Provost Julie Bernier
    February 6, 2008

    Welcome back to campus! I hope that you all found some time to refresh and relax during the winter break.

    Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies- Search Update

    Thank you for your feedback regarding the search process for the Assoc VP for UG Studies. Based on what I’ve heard from the faculty, I’ve decided to do an external search that would also allow internal candidates to apply.
    In addition to the fact that we are currently conducting a search for VP for Finance and Administration, I am concerned about the lateness of beginning an external search for AVP. An internal search would have logistically been possible, but I feel the best timing for an external search process would be to advertise in the fall. Therefore, I will ask the Steering Committee and the PAT and OS Senates to nominate search committee members by the end of February. I will work with this group later this spring to review the position description and develop an appropriate timeline for the search process. They will then serve as the search committee through the process next fall.

    I’ve asked David Zehr to continue in his role for one more year and he has graciously agreed to
    do so.
    Announcing – Faculty Fellow position for 2008-09, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
    Next fall there will be a term faculty fellow position for Vice Provost of Academic Administration. A position description will be sent out to faculty shortly. Any faculty members interested in learning more about this faculty fellow position are encouraged to meet with me to learn more about the opportunity.

    Welcome New Faculty

    Dr. Roger Marshall is joining the faculty of Computer Science and Technology and will begin his term as Chair of this department. Dr. Marshall has extensive experience in CS&T and in serving in the role of department chair. He comes most recently from the University of District of Columbia. Please join me in welcoming him.

    On February 29th, Dr. Patrick Bourgeron will join PSU as the new director for the Center for the Environment and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy. Dr. Bourgeron has been a fellow of INSTAAR (the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Please welcome him when he arrives at the end of the month.

    40 under 40

    Congratulations to Thad Guldbrandsen, Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships, who was just included in the Manchester Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” list this year. The list just ran this week in a recent Sunday paper, and Thad will be honored at a recognition dinner in March.

    Limerick Ireland 2008

    I am pleased to announce that Helen O’Brien (Social Work) has been chosen as the Limerick Program faculty member for the Fall 2008 session.

    Diversity Fellow

    A reminder that applications for Diversity Fellow are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008.


    Congratulations to Trish Lindberg and the cast and crew of the 2008 Educational Theatre Collaborative production of Pollyanna. This was the world premiere of the musical whose script and lyrics were written by Trish- music written by Will Ogmundson with choreography by PSU alum Michael David Stoddard and Acting Dance Director, Amanda Whitworth! Special thanks to everyone at Silver Center for the Arts for all they do to support ETC and to everyone on campus who works “behind the scenes” to make ETC happen. FYI- Did you see Robert Miller (ED), Cynthia Vascak (AR), Daryl Browne (CS), Jon Darrow (BU) and Tim Keefe (Dean and CJ) in the show?

    News From Academic Affairs

    Departments and Faculty

    Business Department:

    • Jonathan Darrow attended and presented a paper at the 2007 national conference of the business law professors professional organization, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2007. He also had the following articles recently published: Jonathan J. Darrow & Gerald R. Ferrera, Who Owns a Decedent’s E-Mails? Inheritable Probate Assets or Property of the Network?, 10 NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 281 (2007); Christine Neylon O’Brien & Jonathan J. Darrow, Adverse Employment Consequences Triggered by Criminal Convictions: Recent Cases Interpret State Statutes Prohibiting Discrimination, 42 WAKE FOREST LAW REVIEW 991 (2007).
    • Daniel Lee had an article published: “Income Inequality and Marriage,” (with Kwang Woo Park and Myeong Hwan Kim), Economics Bulletin, 15(20) (2007), 1-12.
    • Yvette Lazdowski presented the following papers August 2007 at the national meeting of the American Accounting Association: Management Accounting, Mass Production and Scientific Management: A Case Study of the Ford Motor Company; and Culture Match: How Greed Destroyed Arthur Andersen and Enron. In October Yvette passed her final defense at Argosy University for her DBA in Accounting; and in December she passed the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) certification exam. Congratulations to Yvette!
    • Trent Boggess gave a presentation entitled “Designing the Model T Ford” to the staff at The Henry Ford Museum during their annual conference in January.

    CEAPS Department:

    • Two of Sam Miller’s undergraduate research students (Norm Shippee and Dan Michaud) presented posters at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Student Sixth Annual Student Conference in New Orleans. Sam Miller also led a Mount Washington Observatory “EduTrip” to the summit of Mount Washington.
    • Lourdes Avilés has been appointed to the Board of Higher Education of the American Meteorological Society. The Board is composed by a handful of individuals from small and large universities throughout the nation and, among other duties, it provides support for higher education programs in meteorology and related sciences (such as curriculum recommendations and teaching awards).
    • Heather Dinon and Matthew Morin, two PSU undergraduates, presented an oral paper at the Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology (ARAM) Conference in New Orleans. Both students worked with Jim Koermer in Florida over the summer and reported on their research on strong winds from thunderstorms that frequently affect the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
    • At the AMS ARAM conference, Jim Koermer presented a poster paper summarizing a study, which he conducted with an Air Force scientist, relating to the impact of eliminating several towers from the extensive weather tower network in and around KSC in east-central Florida.
    • Evan Lowery, Julie Soper, and Christopher Warren, three of Eric Hoffman’s graduate students, presented papers on their M.S. thesis research at several different conferences held during the Annual AMS Meeting in New Orleans.

    Education Department:

    • On January 26, Marcel Lebrun presented on “Depression in Children and Adolescents” at a Harvard Medical School forum attended by 550. The presentation was so well received \ that his book Student Depression: The Silent Crisis in our Schools sold out at the Harvard bookstore.

    English Department:

    • Robin DeRosa received a book contract from McFarland Press for her manuscript, Specters, Scholars, and Sightseers: Telling (and Selling) the Story of the Salem Witch Trials. The book will come out in 2009. Robin also recently gave talks on the Salem Witch Trials at the Alton and Dublin Historical Societies as a speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
    • Karolyn Kinane is a contributing editor to the Once and Future Classroom, an online journal of medieval studies for K-12 teachers, which just launched its latest issue: Her review of “Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000–1534” (Cornell U Press) came out in the October edition of the Journal of British Studies.
    • “Sid and Walt,” a screenplay by Paul Rogalus, won the PictureStart Film Festival Short Film Script Competition in New York City in December. And two of his poems, “Addicts” and “Lori with an I,” were published in the January issue of My Favorite Bullet.

    Department of Biological Sciences:

    • Chris Chabot, Casey Doyle, Andy Moore, Conor O’Donnell, Jeff Yelle (all Biological Sciences), and W.H. Watson (UNH) presented a paper entitled “The relevance of environmental cues to the temporal partitioning of behavior in the American horseshoe crab, “Limulus polyphemus” at the International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs, Oakdale, Long Island, NY, June, 2007. Chabot and O’Donnell, along with Win Watason and Sue Schaller (UNH) also presented a paper entitled “The relationship between small- and large-scale movements of horseshoe crabs in the Great Bay estuary and Limulus behavior in the laboratory.” A chapter in a forthcoming book on Horseshoe crabs will be based on the latter presentation.
    • Michael Hallworth defended his MS in Biology at PSU on March 1, 2007. He and advisor Len Reitsma recently had two papers published: “Does age influence territory size, habitat selection, and reproductive success of male Canada Warblers in central New Hampshire?” Leonard R. Reitsma, Michael T. Hallworth, and Phred M. Benham in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. AND “Canada Warbler Breeding Ecology (Wilsonia canadensis) in Young Forest Stands Compared to a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) Swamp. Michael Hallworth, Phred M. Benham, J. Dan Lambert, Leonard Reitsma, in Forest Ecology and Management.

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • Dennise Maslakowski presented two workshops on the topic of assessment at the NH Association of School Principals’ Winter Conference in Concord. Dennise also presented a workshop on case studies of literacy coaching at the European Conference on Middle Level Education in Vienna, Austria.
    • Cheryl Baker presented a workshop on using technology for classroom walkthroughs at that same conference. Dennise and Cheryl recruited students for the International School Counseling program and the Doctor of Arts program.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

    • During the January 6th Sandwich Singers concert at the Silver Center, four MTD students and chair, Jonathan Santore, had “new works” premiere. The “new works” were commissioned by the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts in Sandwich, who asked the five musicians to write new descants, or countermelodies, to be sung with familiar Christmas carols. At the concert, the audience sand the carols, and the Sandwich Singers sang the new descants. The participants were: Daniel Glynn — Music Major — “Silent Night”; Noah Glynn — Music major — “Angels We Have Heard On High”; Andrew Morrissey — Music Ed major — “We Three Kings”; David Saunders — Music Ed major — “Away In A Manger”; and Jonathan Santore — “In the Bleak Midwinter.” This was a very exciting project primarily because the Yeoman’s Fund came up with a very clever way to engage audiences with new music, and provided our students a fantastic opportunity to engage with a general audience. Allan DiBiase, a PSU collaborative pianist, accompanies the Sandwich Singers.
    • Dance Division faculty taught and performed with 8 guest artists from NYC and Boston at the annual Dance Premier. Saturday February 2, 2008 over 100 dancers from around New England attended the day long event which culminates in a Gala performance. PSU faculty classes and choreography will be highlighted!
    • Carleen Graff (piano) recently gave a series of piano master classes in Dover and Nashua for pre-college age students and their teachers. She also gave a lecture/recital in Nashua with music by Griffes, Bloch and Riegger.

    Social Science Department:

    • David Starbuck (Anthropology/Sociology) delivered a paper entitled “The Dynamics of a Shaker Landscape in Canterbury, New Hampshire” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology on January 10, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. David also delivered an invited lecture about the New Hampshire Shakers to a class at Dartmouth College on January 17.
    • Steve Whitman (Geography) recently returned from a field study trip with nine students. They spent two weeks studying sustainability in south eastern India. The purpose of the course was to examine many topics under the issue of sustainability, gain a better understanding of ecological footprinting (how much we require each year in resources from the planet to support us), and learn from some experiments in sustainability in a different cultural situation.
    • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) was interviewed by Laura Knoy on “The Exchange” (NHPR), on Friday, January 18. The interview focused on the circumstances Donahue described in “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs.The USA” that led Moussaoui to join al Qaeda. Donahue was also interviewed by several regional newspapers, including the Laconia Citizen.
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine (History) served as a member of the Sterling College Advisory Council during the past fall and winter as Sterling explores the prospect of adding a Masters program. The Council met at Sterling in January 11-12 for the final Advisory Council session.

    Lamson Library:

    • David Beronä had the following published: “Introduction” to Frans Masereel’s Passionate Journey: A Vision in Woodcuts. Dover Publications, 2007.

    Psychology Department:

    • Jim McGarry presented “Mindflight– a university based, technology-intensive, interdisciplinary enrichment program for middle school students, at the Hawaii International Conference on Education (Honolulu, January 2008).

    Communication and Media Studies Department:

    • Warren Mason reviewed the proposed publication, “Best Practices and Factual Examples in Business and Professional Communication” for Thomson-Wadsworth Publishers. This upper-level undergraduate and graduate textbook is scheduled for release later this year. Health and Human Performance Department:
    • Deborah John presented original research, Experiencing Behavior Change: Using Peer Counseling for Physical Activity to Teach Exercise Psychology, at the Association of Applied Sport Psychology annual conference last month in Louisville, KY. This month, Drs. John and McCahan along with five students enrolled in the Physical Education–Applied Health Fitness option attended the Northeast District American College of Sports Medicine fall meeting in Providence, RI.
    • Anita Lee
      • Published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Fitness and physical activity: The magic medicine for Type 2 diabetes” in the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal, Fall 2007 issue, with Dr. Raymond Leung from Brooklyn College, NY; Dr. Jim Kamla from South Indiana University; Dr. Oliver Leung from Nepean Hospital, Penrith, Australia; and Dr. Vivien Leung from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.
      • Presented, “Comparison of school athletic systems between Hong Kong and New Hampshire” and “Physical Best 2007: Ways to make activities from the Physical Best Guides meet the needs of your program”, at New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual conference on November 16, 2007.
      • Presented, “Comparison of school athletics systems between Hong Kong and Massachusetts”, at Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual convention on November 5, 2007.
    • Angel Ekstrom
      • Ended 3 year term (2004-2007) as an Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE) BOD member and treasurer (2005-2007) at the end of the AORE national Conference Nov.3, 2007
      • Delivered 2 conference presentations on: Co-presented with a PSU student (Chelsi Coulombe) – Pollutions Solutions: An Experiential Water Quality Lesson and Climate Change in the Northeast: Effects on Outdoor Programs
      • Took 4 PSU students to the AORE conference
      • 2 students received scholarships from Plymouth State HUB/VC
      • 2 students received scholarships from the AORE
      • Defended dissertation proposal on 10/30/07
    • Christian Bisson co-presented a workshop at the Association for Experiential Education International Conference on Teaching Best Practice in Adventure Education academic programs. This workshop was based on a new book (in press) edited by Bisson and Dr. Robert Stremba.
    • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley and 15 athletic training students hosted a workshop titled, “Cutting through the Barriers: Equipment Removal and Airway Access for EMS Personnel” on Saturday, January 26. The workshop was attended by 21 EMT’s from eight different towns in Central New Hampshire. The focus of the workshop was for EMT’s to learn and have the opportunity to provide emergency care for the head and spine injured individual. Each participant practiced (1) football helmet facemask removal, (2) athletic, sport and recreational (football, ice hockey, lacrosse, motorcycle, snowmobile, ski) helmet removal, and (3) football helmet and shoulder pad removal.

    Social Work:

    • Scott Meyer conducted a half-day orientation and training workshop for the program’s Spring 08 Practicum field instructors (1/23).
    • Cynthia Moniz attended the first meeting of the newly formed Board of Directors of EngAGING NH (1/9). She also prepared a Social Work Reinvestment Action Plan for the NH Chapter of NASW as Chair of the chapter’s Social & Legislative Action Committee. The chapter received $15,000 to help them participate in a national initiative to reinvest resources in the profession.
    • Stephen Gorin participated in a full-day retreat as a member of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
    • Helen O’Brien was appointed a Consulting Editor for the professional journal Health & Social Work published by NASW and has already reveiewed a number of articles.

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