December 2009

December 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
December 2, 2009

Inclement Weather

As the winter season approaches, I want to remind you of our standard practices regarding delayed openings and curtailed operations. Whenever possible, a decision will be made by 6 am. We have learned that the delay on the WMUR postings can take as long at 30 minutes. For this reason, we suggest you sign up for the e2campus alert. You may also check the website, your email, or call the PSU storm line (535-3535). To sign up for e2campus, click here

We will make decisions based on the current conditions at the time and the forecast data available while trying to balance the fact that the vast majority of our undergraduate student body live on or within walking distance of campus. We recognize that faculty and staff and approximately 500 undergraduate students commute to campus. It is impossible for us to predict what driving conditions will be like for all locations from which people might be driving. For this reason, individuals must make the decision that is right for them based on driving conditions.

Faculty who are unable to make it to campus when classes are in session must inform students via email as early as possible AND contact their Department Chair and department Administrative Assistant to inform them of your plans. Last year we had several students who drove in poor weather conditions to get to class only to find out once they arrived, that their professor had cancelled classes. No notice had gone out to the class. While it’s true that most students live in Plymouth, please be conscious that there are many students driving to campus on a daily basis. Please do everything possible to inform your students as early as possible if you need to cancel classes. Likewise, your students who are unable to drive to campus should contact you immediately to inform you of their situation. Now might be a good time to have conversations with your classes about protocol.

New Hampshire Department of Education visit

Two weeks ago the NH-DOE spent 2 ½ days on campus evaluating our education programs. I had the opportunity to interact with several of the team members who left with a very positive view of PSU, our students, and our faculty and staff.

My sincere thanks to all of the teacher certification faculty and the Council of Teacher Ed. Members for all the work they did in preparation leading up to the visit.

A very special thank you to Irene Cucina, Kathy Vestal, Deb Mardin, and Kelsey Donnelly for their tireless efforts over the last year and a half in preparing the programs and most especially in the months leading up to the visit. Unless you live through a process like this, you can’t imagine the work involved in organizing reports, artifacts and other materials, and in coordinating the visit itself. On behalf of the institution, thank you!

Harassment/Sexual Discrimination Training

On August 19th, President Steen sent the following message:

Plymouth State University and the University System of New Hampshire have a longstanding commitment to providing a safe workplace and a comfortable learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Human Resources has been active in creating workshops and online programs for employees to learn about issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment. This is part of our responsibility to students and each other.

In part because USNH has a good record of being proactive in this regard, we have been invited, and have accepted, an invitation to participate with a few other schools in a pilot project with our insurer, United Educators. By informing all employees about the laws related to discrimination and sexual harassment, we will reduce our ongoing premiums for several years, a substantial savings to the campuses. United Educators is flexible about the form by which the information is provided, and a team of specialists in Human Resources has evaluated online programs that may be useful and selected one containing case studies to which employees respond. The program informs you about relevant laws, followed by sample situations; and you may read and respond, leave, and return to the program at your convenience. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to attend a campus workshop. You will hear from Elaine Doell soon with dates that you might consider.

Whatever format you choose, this is an opportunity for us to “do well by doing good.” I hope you will make time to participate. Your participation is important to the overall success of the project.”

Recently a few of you have asked questions about the online discrimination/ harassment training. To clarify, the harassment training is not mandatory, though we hope that everyone will be willing to participate because we care about our students and our colleagues. If you prefer to participate in person rather than in the online training, you may do so by contacting Elaine Doell. Some have asked the question “what happens to the names of those that do not participate?” The answer is… nothing. Human Resources has kept track in order to contact those that have not yet participated. The names of those who do not complete the training will not be used for any other purpose.


I know I said at the November meeting that I would provide an update this month. I’d like to put this off until next semester when I have more to report. As you know, we’ve moved ahead with the College of Business Administration. Our plans are to move forward with other colleges, but the exact timeline is unknown. The appointment of Deans will include a campus-wide process with a search committee election overseen by the Faculty Steering Committee. More on this next semester.


Student Sustainability Fellow, Kelly Donovan and Director of Sustainability Bill Crangle shared the campus plans to participate in RecycleMania 2010 with the President’s Cabinet. RecycleMania is a nation-wide competition that occurs during the Spring semester and promotes recycling and waste reduction within college communities.

Why is PSU participating in RecycleMania? Section II, G. of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment states that we must “Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.” Some of the measures PSU participates in include: Active program to sell or donate campus surplus; implementing campus initiatives which prohibits or discourages unlimited printing in computer labs and copy rooms; offering discounts or other incentives for using reusable mugs in campus dining operations; dining hall “going trayless.”

Waste Minimization Category: The waste minimization category is designed to increase the number of materials being recycled while reducing both the solid waste and recyclable materials consumed at the University.

PSU co-mingles its recyclables by collecting glass, aluminum, and all plastics, 1-7 which are later separated and recycled by a vendor. Here are our two-year recycling results:


  • Year: 2008
    Participation: Residential Life ONLY
    Results: 6.28 tons comingled single stream
  • Year:2009
    Participation: All buildings on campus
    Results: 32.36 tons comingled single stream, 117.90 tons solid waste, 7.94 tons cardboard, 4.70 tons metal, 5.97 tons C + D

Plymouth’s Goal for 2010:

  1. To increase the ratio of recyclables to solid waste from last year.
  2. To decrease Plymouth’s overall production of both recyclables and solid waste.

What you can do to help: Promote recycling within your department. Encourage faculty, staff and students to reduce the paper-products used, change printer settings to double-sided printing, reuse office paper as scratch paper. RecycleMania has become a campus-wide effort, and it needs your help to spread the word.

Technology survey

Please take time to complete this short survey about the use of technology in the classroom. Your responses will help us help you!

The University System has set aside $500,000 to support technology initiatives that will lead to greater use of “rich media.” Note- The term rich media describes a broad range of digital interactive media, which may be downloadable or may be embedded in a web page.

(For those of you that are competitive) Thus far PSU has the highest survey completion rate of the three residential campuses….but UNH is close.

To complete the survey, please click here
This should take between 5-10 minutes of your time.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Annette Mitchell is collaborating with three other NH artists–Laura Morrison, Gail Smuda, and Jill Snyder Wallace–to participate in the International Fiber Collaborative titled “The Dream Rocket.” The project will result in a 36,467 square foot wrap for the 37 story tall Saturn V replica at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It will be installed in May 2010.
  • Carol Jowdy recently received an Artists Entrepreneurial Grant for FY2010 from the NH State Council on the Arts to support website development promoting her work in landscape design and the intersection of art, environmental education and sustainability. In Fall 2009 Carol gave a lecture at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center entitled ‘Land Design with Nature in Mind,” and she recently received a ‘Miller Environmental Education Fund’ grant to work with Moultonboro Middle School 5th grade students to research, design and install native gardens that offer habitat, food and nesting for wildlife on school grounds.
  • Jason Swift had his artwork, biography and artist’s statement published in an exhibition catalog titled “Visions in New York City: Short Films and Videos.” It was published by Teachers College, Columbia University. He also will have a video art piece that will be screened on December 5th at Art Basel, Verge Fair in Miami Fl.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • National Chemistry Week was celebrated with Plymouth Elementary School middle-school students! Anil Waghe, Marguerite Crowell, Kim Duncan, and four undergraduates led hands-on activities with Mr. Helgerson’s sixth graders in the middle-school wing. Shannon Courcelle (chemistry education), AJ Dangelo and Jamie Reetz (physical science education), and David Ashley (chemistry) engaged students with investigations of pennies, silver, and copper, and discussed the resulting reactions with the classes. This year’s theme was the 140th anniversary of the periodic table. A demonstration by Jamie and AJ, who are preparing to student teach in the spring, provided a dramatic finale to the day.
  • On Tuesday, November 17th, 15 students and 2 teachers from Winnisquam Regional High School participated in a hands-on workshop about nanotechnology. Led by Kimberly Duncan and Jeremiah Duncan, the workshop introduced nanoscale science, properties of nanoscale materials and the societal implications of this emerging area of research to the visiting students through interactive presentations, lab activities and classroom activities. A.J Dangelo and Jamie Reetz, seniors working towards teacher certification in Physical Science Education, also helped lead the activities throughout the day. In addition to exploring nanoscience, the visiting students listened to a brief presentation on student research, given by two of Susan Swope’s biotechnology students, Daniel Hull and Bethany Rice. To complete their campus experience, the high school students toured campus and enjoyed lunch at PSU’s own Prospect Dining Hall.
  • Several faculty and staff attended the first annual New Hampshire Tech Fest for middle and high school students held at Pinkerton Academy in Derry NH on Saturday Nov. 14th. Brendon Hoch, Eric Hoffman, and Jim Koermer had a meteorology booth with three-dimensional computer weather displays and hands-on experiments measuring water vapor. Dennis Machnik and Sally Jensen talked about astronomy and space exploration using the portable planetarium dome.

Biological Sciences

  • On November 14, 2009, members of Plymouth State’s Freshwater Ecology class attended the 8th Annual Environmental Research Symposium at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. This undergraduate scientific conference was attended by more than 120 people and included 58 poster presentations by students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Seven posters, representing the group research projects of 22 students and their faculty mentor Dr. Kerry Yurewicz, were presented by the delegation from Plymouth State.
  • The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $300,000 to fund a proposal entitled “Mechanisms Underlying Limulus behavior: from Molecules to Movements” to Christopher Chabot, Susan Swope, and Win Watson (UNH).
  • Len Reitsma received grants from the Mascoma Watershed Conservation Council, the Nuttall Ornithological Club, and the Davis Conservation Foundation to continue his population ecology work with the Canada Warbler now in its 8th consecutive year. Jared Woodcock, Len’s graduate student advisee, also received funding from Nuttall for his work with the American Pipit atop Mt. Washington.

Center for the Environment

  • Aaron Johnson was hired in October as Senior Laboratory Technician for the Environmental Research Laboratory of the Center for the Environment. To fulfill the role of satellite lab for the Volunteer Lake Association Program, Aaron will work with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and lake associations in the North Country to develop an outreach and sampling program for next summer. He will also work with CFE faculty, staff, and graduate students on developing and implementing research projects, as well as developing a training program. Finally, Aaron will develop instrumentation classes to provide students with experience and background in a variety of laboratory instrumentation used in environmental research and regulation.
  • Also in October, Commissioner Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) and a delegation of DES senior scientists and administrators visited PSU and the Center for the Environment. After meeting with President Steen, the Commissioner and the DES delegation worked with representatives of CFE and the Center for Rural Partnerships to define a series of collaborative projects beneficial to both institutions. Further discussions will be held in the near future.
  • CFE Associate Director Brian Eisenhauer, ES&P Graduate Student Nick Stevenson, and Dr. Julia Peterson (UNH Extension) presented “Fond of Our Lawns,” an hour-long presentation on water quality issues related to lawn care practices that highlighted the social and environmental research conducted and the resulting outreach and education efforts, at the 2009 New Hampshire Joint Water and Watershed Conference in late November. CFE sponsored the conference and June Hammond Rowan, outreach and development coordinator, served on the conference planning committee.
  • This fall, Len Reitsma and June Hammond Rowan gave talks at the Pemigewasset Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society monthly meetings. In September, Len presented his research on Canada Warblers and the ecology of their nonbreeding period in South America. In October, June provided an overview of CFE and related projects.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Mark Okrant (Social Science), Thad Guldbrandsen and Ben Amsden presented “The Retrotour: Saving Motels from the Wrecking Ball and Other Ignoble Fates,” at the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society meetings in Salem MA, on November 7th.
  • Dan Lee, Vedran Lelas, and the Center for Rural Partnerships hosted Humboldt State University economist, Erick Eschker, in a public lecture on the Humboldt Economic Index. This event was part of a larger effort to develop a North Country Economic Index in Rural New Hampshire.
  • The Center received several excellent faculty proposals for the Coos County Outreach Initiative. Announcements about funding will be made by the end of the semester.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine was the first speaker in the Weeks Centennial Lecture Series. More information about upcoming events will be listed on the Center’s web page and a Facebook page devoted to the Weeks Act Centennial.
  • In an effort to engage a number of new regional partners and expand the University’s influence, PSU and the Center for Rural Partnerships were well represented at local conferences this month. Fran Belcher attended the national meeting Rural Community College Alliance at the Mount Washington Hotel. Later in the month, Fran attended the NH Women’s Policy Institute’s gathering in Berlin to participate in a forum on the economic well-being of women in NH. Ben Amsden attended the Upper Valley Regional Food Summit in an effort to advance the “Farm to Plate Initiatives” 10-year strategic plan to strengthen Vermont’s food system.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen served as an Advisory Board member for a new public television series, “Making $ense New England,” which will air Thursdays at 8:00 PM on all public television stations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The program chronicles the innovative ways that people in Northern New England have dealt with a challenging economy. The first show aired 11/19/09 and, according to an NHPTV representative, garnered NHPTV a .8 viewership rating (which is very good on a Thursday night), and NHPTV “won” the 8-8:30 time slot on that night over WGBH (Boston) and other stations in the viewing area.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships is pleased to announce that the Mountain View Grand Resort will be the site for the annual meeting of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN) on June 1-2, 2010. Watch for updates and call for papers.
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College of Business Administration

  • Warren Mason was unanimously reelected Treasurer at the James Jones Society’s annual Board of Directors meeting. This year’s writing symposium was held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, with National Book Award recipient Tim O’Brien, noted Vietnam War novelist, delivering the keynote presentation. In addition to presenting current and projected financial data to the Board, he presented checks for $12,000 to aspiring writers from across the United States at the 18th Annual JJLS Symposium. The James Jones Society is a national, non-profit organization that financially rewards beginning novelists and supports high school and university writing contests in honor of acclaimed American World War II novelist, James Jones.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Leo Sandy (Counselor Education/School Psychology) published an article on “Developing An Ethic of Caring” in the Fall 2009 issue of The New Hampshire School Psychologist Protocol.
  • Gary Goodnough (CE/SP) co-presented a program at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision in San Diego in October entitled: “A National Survey of School Counselor Preparation Programs: Ten Years Later.”

College of University Studies

  • Patrick Cate presented, “Addicted to Undecided: A New Way of Approaching Undecided Students” at the National Academic Advising Association’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on October 3rd. This presentation was funded in part by NACADA and was “Best of Northeast Region 1.” Since the conference, some institutions have asked for further training on this methodology for their advising staffs.
  • Barbara Wirth attended the 85th Annual New Hampshire Business Education Association Conference. The keynote was John Jacobs, co-owner of Life is good. His message is one that is shared with College of University Studies students: Do what you like. Like what you do. Barbara is also working with Winnisquam Regional High School’s New Hampshire State Scholars. Students take rigorous academic coursework to better prepare for their college experience. PSU has partnered with WRHS for 3 years. In addition, she spoke to the Winnisquam Future Farmers of America Chapter in regards to the importance of community service. Barbara serves as the President of the Tilton-Northfield Rotary Club. The Winnisquam FFA partners with the local Rotary club on various community service projects.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey, Kevin Courtright & Susan Packard (both of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) had their article, “Empathy among college freshmen: Examining predispositional traits and the roles of education and maturation.” published by The Journal of Criminal Justice Research. David has also been named to the Academic Advisory Board of McGraw-Hill’s Contemporary Learning Series for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism.


  • Kristen Williams along with two colleagues from Ball State University, Kristie Speirs Neumeister and Tracy Cross, had an article, “The Development of Perfectionism in Gifted Students, “published in the October 2009 Roeper Review Journal.

    Kristen, along with Sharon Paulson from Ball State University, had a paper entitled “Predicting College Attendance: An Examination of Individual and Family Factors,” accepted for presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescence 2010 Biennial Meeting. The two also had a paper, “An Examination of How Place Moderates the Relations between School Factors and Postsecondary Education Attendance,” accepted for presentation at the 2010 AERA Annual Meeting.

  • Marcel Lebrun and Kim William’s book “Keeping Kids, Healthy, Safe and Smart” will be translated into Korean as a South Korean book publisher has purchased the translation rights. The new edition will be coming out in 2010.
  • The Early Childhood Studies faculty and students were well-represented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., November 18-21:
    • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented on “Seduced by the Screen: Helping Families Understand the Impact of Screen Media on Infants and Toddlers.” Drs. Cantor and Cornish also attended the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators annual conference held in conjunction with the NAEYC Conference.
    • Mary Earick presented on “The Role of Play in Cultural Transition: When the Culture of the Home Differs from the Mainstream Culture of the School.”
    • Clarissa Uttley presented two Learning Galleria sessions, one on “Books and Gender Identity: Considering the Underlying Messages about Gender when Selecting Children’s Books” and one on “It’s a Zoo in Here: Optimizing Child Development by Including Animals in the Early Childhood Classroom.”
    • Four Early Childhood Studies majors attended and volunteered at the Conference: Jessica Cardow, Rebecca Holmes, Ann Remillard, and Denise Sprague. Among the highlights of their trip was a private tour of the Capitol, arranged with the help of Dr. Uttley.

Global Education Office

  • The Bagley House has been renamed the Global Education Office to better reflect the department’s international activities and services.
  • Evelyn Stiller has been selected as the accompanying PSU faculty for the fall 2010 Freshman Abroad Program at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • Debby Regan and Kirk McClelland attended the Bi-Regional NAFSA: Associationof International Educators Conference in Springfield MA November 3-5. Kirk participated in a panel presentation, “The Value of International Internships in Education Abroad”. Debby, Kirk and Jessie DeBow completed pre-conference training in advising international students and scholars on U.S. Department of State immigration issues and regulations.
  • The winners of the second annual student International Photo Contest were announced during International Education Week. Ashley Smith ’09 was awarded first place for her photograph taken in Queenstown, New Zealand during her fall 2008 semester abroad at Bond University in Sydney, Australia. Second place went to Cynthia Mongeon ’10 for her photograph taken in Füssen, Germany during her international travels. Over 100 photos were submitted from students with the top photos highlighted in a 2010 calendar which is available for purchase at the Global Education Office in Bagley House. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund to support students in studying abroad.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina was the keynote speaker at the Maine and Vermont state health and physical education conferences this past month. She also presented three sessions in Maine, and a fitness workshop in VT and in New Hampshire.
  • Christian Bisson presented a paper at the International Association for Experiential Education (AEE) in Montreal titled: “L’avenir de l’apprentissage expérientiel: Une revue de son évolution passée pour mieux comprendre son futur. (The future of Experiential Education: A review of the past to better understand its future). » Christian also co-presented with Dr. Bob Stremba a workshop on their recent book. The workshop was titled: Teaching Adventure Education Theory: A Showcase of Best Practices. Finally, he was appointed to the AEE academic standard for accreditation task force.
  • Michael Goldenberg (class of ‘84), in conjunction with Linda Levy, came to campus on November 15th to talk with the athletic training students about leadership in the athletic training profession.
  • Cheryl Coker presented Motor Learning Challenges: Best Practices for Skill Acquisition at the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention held at Waterville Valley Nov. 19-20.
  • Angel Ekstrom attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) national conference in Minneapolis, MN with two Adventure Education Students, Taylor Huntley and Ben Trister.

Lamson Library

  • Ellen Marie Murphy gave a presentation at the Educause Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 4th, 2009: “Student-Centered Learning in a Virtual World.”


  • Larry Spencer presented a talk to faculty and students of the College of Environmental Sciences at the University of Limerick on his work on the NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee. Larry was appointed to that committee by the governor of NH in 2008 and represents the NH Association of Conservation Commissions on the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is tasked with determining in-stream flow regulations, supervising rivers that are part of the program, and guiding groups that have nominated new rivers to the program. The Committee usually meets quarterly in Concord at the NH Department of Environmental Services building.

    The topic was very germane because at the moment the Shannon River, which flows by the campus of the University of Limerick, is at flood stage and has been for the past week or so.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Dan Perkins and the PSU choirs performed as part of International Week. He hosted 200 high school students and 50 directors for the All New England Choral Festival at PSU. Perkins presented two workshops with Akwaaba Traditional African Drumming and Dancing Ensemble for the NH Youth Chorus and the Bedford High School Concert Choir. Perkins and his NH Master Chorale premiered Jonathan Santore’s newest work “Living with Squirrels” with poetry by Liz Ahl.
  • Beth Cox was the dialect/voice coach for the November production of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at the Tilton School, Tilton, NH.
  • Dance Division faculty Lenore Sousa, Lisa Travis and Amanda Whitworth will perform with the Ninth State Dance Company and Orchestra in The Children’s Nutcracker at the Franklin Opera House in December.

Social Science

  • Katherine Donahue is chairing a panel that honors and assesses the contributions of Claude Lévi-Strauss, the French anthropologist who just died at the age of 100 this November. The panel has been chosen as a Presidential Panel by the Executive Program Committee of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), and will be held at the annual meeting of the AAA in Philadelphia at the beginning of December, 2009.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine presented the first of the Weeks Centennial Lecture Series on Nov. 9. The talk was titled “Saving the Mountains: Joseph B. Walker, Philip Ayres, and the Weeks Act of 1911.”
  • David Starbuck presented talks on “The Archaeology of the French and Indian War” to the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey, on November 22, and to the Warren County Historical Society in Glens Falls, New York, on November 18.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin was nominated and selected by the Board of Directors for membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). NASI is “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance; its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy.” He also presented a paper, “Health Care Reform and the Defense of Social Insurance” as part of a Symposium “Organizing Against the Attack on Entitlements: Current Policy & Advocacy Strategies in Support of Social Insurance” held in Nov. at the Gerontological Society of America annual conference in Atlanta.
  • Scott Meyer was re-elected President, Board of Directors, Plymouth Regional Clinic which provides free health care to those in need. He also participated in a meeting of New England Regional (SW) Field Directors in Hartford, CT.
  • Cynthia Moniz served as a panelist at the Leadership Networking Session & Reception held in November at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) annual conference in San Antonio. This kick-off to CSWE’s Leadership Institute attracted 300 participants.
  • Christine Rine, as a member of the newly formed DCYF Bureau of Organizational Learning Advisory Council, has joined the new Assessment Subcommittee. She has been working with the Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG) in assessing Blackboard and other Learning Management System (LMS) formats, and has been participating in the NH Chapter NASW Children’s Issues Committee.

Writing Center

  • Writing Center staff members Jared Lauze (2010, Social Science Ed) and Chris “Faus” Foster (2013, Meteorology) co-authored an article for the Out of WAC Newsletter: “What’s Valuable about Peer Review.” The Newsletter is due out in December.

November 2009

November 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
November 4, 2009

Emergency preparedness and use of cell phones in class

President Steen mentions in her report our appreciation to everyone for the role they played in dealing with a difficult situation last Tuesday evening. A question that has been asked that I wanted to address here is related to the policy on cell phone use in the classroom. Two years ago when we first implemented the e2Campus text alert messaging system we clarified the policy. I will provide that information again here.

We understand that many faculty members previously asked students to turn cell phones off during class. The emergency text alert system requires that students, faculty and staff leave their cell phones on at all times. In class, students should turn their phones to vibrate and should be instructed not to respond to text messages unless multiple phones vibrate. There is no reason for students to check their phones regularly nor to respond to text messages. In the event of an emergency, it will be clear that multiple phones are receiving messages simultaneously. This should signal a potential e2Campus alert and at that point, students and faculty should check for messages.

If a computer is available in the classroom, someone should log-in and monitor the email system. Email messages will contain more information than is allowable in a text message. Additionally, the website and the storm-line (535-3535) will contain updates.


If you’ve been reading the H1N1 updates on the PSU website, you noticed a spike in reports of the flu this week. Previously there have been 2-3 reports per day. On Monday, that number jumped to 55 new reports of illness. If you haven’t given much thought about what you will do if you are out for an extended period or how you will respond to student illness that requires them to miss several classes, now is the time to prepare. At the beginning of the semester we asked faculty to prepare for the inevitability that we could be hit hard by the seasonal flu and H1N1. We asked that you communicate your plan to students. – How will ill students be allowed to continue progressing in the course until they are well enough to return? – How will class be continued in the event that you are unable to attend class? – Will you continue class through the use of Blackboard? Email?

Many of you included information in your syllabi and participated in workshops provided by the Office of Online Education. If you need assistance in preparing for this situation, please contact the Office of Online Education who can provide suggestions for how to effectively use Blackboard. If you will be out, communicate with your Department Chair, the Administrative Assistant and contact (email) students to inform them of your plans.

Follow-up from Faculty Day

On faculty day, we discussed the challenges facing the University regarding enrollment and its impact onthe financial picture. We presented a number of strategies to offset the impact, including new revenue streams, diversifying programs and offerings through the Frost School, CoGS, and development of the White Mountains Institute. We talked about new recruiting initiatives, use of social networking, and international recruiting. We discussed the creation of 2+2 transfer programs and efforts to improve retention, like stronger and proactive advising, the work of the college of university studies and other initiatives to reach out to students struggling to stay in school. A number of activities are in progress or will be in the coming months. For example, our first two 2+2 transfer agreements were signed last month. The Frost school added new programs to their offerings and are working to increase the number of online and evening courses available. We are about to begin planning the first phase of the White Mountains Institute in the coming months. But many of the initiatives require faculty and will truly require a team effort. The role of faculty in recruiting and retention is absolutely critical.

What should the academic departments do?

  • Departments must take an active role in recruiting – send personalized letters to each and every student admitted to your programs welcoming them to PSU. Consider a calling program. Chairs, coordinators, or individual discipline faculty, call admitted students – congratulate them! Tell them about the exciting work students in your programs are doing. Personal connections from faculty members speak volumes to a potential student and can make all the difference in the decision-making process.
  • Departments offer more online, evening, weekend classes to attract working and nontraditional students through the Frost School.
  • Determine programs that would connect well with NH Community College programs for creation of 2+2 agreements and work with Undergraduate Studies to create the agreement.
  • Develop advising practices that will impact retention. Advising can be (and should be) so much more than giving out a pin number and helping students choose which classes to enroll in. We have some exceptional advisors. What are they doing to connect with students? What role should your department play in ensuring student success? How can you determine what your students need so you can connect them with the right resources?
  • What ideas do you have to increase recruitment and improve retention? Send them to:

News from Academic Affairs


  • Bill Haust has accepted an appointment to a Fine Arts Advisory Committee at the Lakes Region Community College to develop collaborative opportunities and transfer options for LRCC students to the Art Department at PSU.
  • The Art Education Program’s Afterschool Arts class is currently underway providing low cost visual arts enrichment classes to area children grades K-4. Afterschool Arts is a community service outreach initiative of the art department with art education student assisting in course planning and implementation.
  • Carol Jowdy was recently awarded an Artist’s Entrepreneurial Grant from the NH State Council on the Arts. The grant intends to support website development to promote Carol’s recent work in Ecological Landscape Design and the intersection of art, environmental education and sustainability. Carol also gave a lecture in September at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center entitled ‘Land Design with Nature in Mind’.
  • Jason Swift will have a new video art piece in “Visions in New York City,” Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin; Assistant Curator: Heather Van Uxem Lewis. Exhibition on View: November 2-13, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6-9 pm at Teachers College, Columbia University, Milbank Chapel and Macy Gallery, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Catherine Amidon has secured the first three New Hampshire venues for the touring exhibition “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911.” She has also been appointed to the Arts, the Citizen and Community Engagement sub-Committees of the Weeks Act Centennial Committee
  • The Karl Drerup Art Gallery sponsored a talk by artist Pat Musick & and astronaut Gerald Carr; they subsequently donated a sculpture to Plymouth State University.
  • Catherine Amidon is now an Affiliate of the Center for the Environment.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Dennis Machnik gave Star Lab presentations in Rhode Island and Vermont. He presented to approximately 200 people (public included) on October 13 at Bane Middle School in Cranston, RI. On October 20, he gave seven presentations at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond, VT. About 125 children were in attendance.

Bagley House

  • Thirty-five students are spending their fall semester abroad at universities in twelve different countries: Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Cyprus, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Australia, Spain, and Belgium. Two students are studying with Semester at Sea, traveling to 11 countries in 109 days. In October, they visited ports in South Africa, Mauritius and India.
  • Two hundred students attended our annual study abroad fair and nearly 100 members of the PSU community were able to complete US passport applications. Many students and staff received their passports in the mail within two weeks!

Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy

  • Mary Ann McGarry presented a paper in early October at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference in Portland, OR entitled: “The Power of
    Partnerships in Promoting Environmental Literacy About Forest Ecosystems”.
  • Lisa Doner presented a talk on “The Madison Hills Paleoecology Project: A Citizen‐Science Research Initiative at Pea Porridge Pond, New Hampshire” in the Voices of Science Session of the 2009 AESS Conference on the Environment, hosted by the U. of Wisconsin in early October.
  • Mark Turski and Warren Tomkiewicz presented papers at the Geological Society of America Annual Conference in Portland, OR in late October. Mark’s presentation was entitled “Using National Parks for Problem Based Learning in an Introductory Earth System Science Course for Non‐majors”. Warren presented a poster on “International Watershed Studies: A Comparative Study Involving New Hampshire and Pakistani Science Teachers”.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships received several outstanding faculty proposals for the Coos Outreach Initiative.
  • Ben Amsden presented preliminary outcomes from the Center’s Risk Management for Agritourism Providers Project at the annual meeting of the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education in Philadelphia. He also organized a “Coos County Outreach Initiative Open House” for PSU faculty, staff, and students. CCOI provides funding for Plymouth State University faculty and staff to work in collaboration with partners from Coos County, New Hampshire. Details are available at the CfRP website.
  • Fran Belcher attended the University Roundtable on Transformative Regional Engagement and National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Athens. Georgia. Both events brought together university, government and private partners to forge consensus around new university roles, responsibilities, and opportunities to impact federal public policy and expand scholarly engagement in local, regional and international settings.
  • Fran represented the Center For Rural Partnerships at the national gathering of the Rural Community College Alliance and the American Tribal College Association in Bretton Woods. The gathering of rural and tribal community colleges was an opportunity to spotlight the work of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network and explore new engagement models between two and four year colleges. While at the conference, Fran was invited to sit in on a meeting of the Alliance of Rural Colleges Leadership Council, hosted by the Rural Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and graduate assistant Tom Evans assisted the Town of Colebrook in their effort to organize the Colebrook Energy Initiative, an initiative to establish a local renewable energy system that may include biomass energy, a district heating system, local electrical generation and other technologies to promote greater local self-reliance and environmental sustainability.
  • Patricia Campbell joined the Center for Rural Partnerships as an administrative assistant, while Alice Richmond is away.
  • Graduate assistant Jodi Bartley joined the Center for Rural Partnerships to assist with organizing the upcoming Northern Forest Higher Education Network conference, the agricultural risk management project, and a host of other events sponsored by the Center.

College of Business Administration

  • Ms. Heidi Robichaud, president of Earthworks, Inc. of Milford, NH and her husband Paul Robichaud attended both of Duncan McDougall’s Operations Management classes on October 26, to hear what the students had to say about their company. Earthworks is a manufacturer of precision High-Definition Microphones™ used by musical performers, music producers, and acoustic laboratories. The company was recently the subject of a business case study written by Professor McDougall.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Kathleen Norris has been in China working with the Shanghai American School to train program coordinators. While there she also advised students and taught two intensive sections of Research Design to their faculty who are part of our MEd program in K-12 education. Shanghai American School sponsors this work.
  • The College of Graduate Studies hosts the Plymouth Regional High School Transitions Students for Halloween each year and invites the students to vote on a pumpkin carving contest; this is a much anticipated event for the high school students.

Computer Science

  • Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., A generating function approach to the surface area of some interconnection networks. Journal of Interconnection Networks, 10.3 (2009) 189-204.
  • Roger Marshall, chair, gave an invited presentation on bioinformatics to the CS faculty and students at UNH-Durham on Thursday Oct. 22.
  • In October Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Tim Madan, Parker VanderNoot, and Nick Ortakeles at the Northeastern Regional preliminary of ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest held at WNEC. This year the team came in 5th place overall and defeated teams from several schools including: UMass, Trinity College, Skidmore College, and Siena College. This is the team’s highest finish ever at the competition.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter contributed toward the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families’ Citizen Update, which was published in October of 2009. The publication is distributed to Belknap County citizens in an effort to educate them about juvenile justice and involve them in making their community a safe place to live. A link to the report is:


  • Marcel Lebrun presented an all-day training on Functional Behavior Assessments and Social Contracting Strategies to the Franklin School District elementary schools’ Child Study-At Risk teams on October 20th.


  • Karolyn Kinane gave a talk entitled “Multiculti King Arthur (2004)” at Keene State College October 29th, 2009.
  • Laura Rollison is designing a new middle school language arts curriculum for Waterville Valley Academy. She is also producing a national television commercial for Formica. Runner-Runner Production Company, out of Minneapolis, MN, has been hired to produce a short in NH, the Granite State, with a story line that Formica’s new granite-like product is just as good if not better than granite. She has also been credited as a researcher for Caroline Alexander’s newly released book, “The War that Killed Achilles,” published by Penguin Press.
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction,” has been accepted for publication in the summer 2010 issue of English Literature in Transition. She will be participating in the National Women’s Studies Association Program Administrators and Directors Workshop in November 2009 at the annual conference.
  • Joe Monninger’s novel,” Eternal on the Water,” will be published by Pocketbooks (Simon & Schuster) in Feb 2010. He recently won the Children’s Literature Award from NH Writers’ Project and has signed a two-book, young adult deal with Delacorte.
  • Liz Ahl will be giving a poetry reading at the Moultonborough Public Library on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30. On November 22, she will participate with Jonathan Santore (MTD) in a pre-concert talk about his setting of three of her poems for the NH Master Chorale “Harvest Home” concert. The talk will be at 3:30, followed by the concert at 4:00, at the Plymouth Congregational Church.
  • Matthew Cheney’s essay, “Without Hope, Without Despair,” was just published in Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers by Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon Publications).
  • “Our Secret Year” (new title), the film of Scott Coykendall’s screenplay, will premier in Lexington, KY, in mid-January, with a NH screening to follow, time and date TBD.
  • Robin DeRosa will chair a panel on “Postmodern Tourism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Montreal in April, and will also present her paper, “No Man of the Mountain: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” She is excited to welcome a group project by Thad Guldbrandsen, Mark Okrant, and Ben Amsden onto that panel, as well. This Fall, Robin has presented her research on the Salem Witch Trials at historical societies and libraries in Moultonborough, Springfield, Hampstead, Peterborough, Windham, and Plaistow, and will be giving a presentation for the Plymouth Historical Society on Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm at the Congregational Church in town.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina, Lynn Johnson, and Louise McCormack presented a session with faculty from Central Connecticut at the National Physical Education Teacher Preparation conference in Myrtle Beach, SC entitled: Addressing Program Assessment Challenges: Student Learning and Teacher Candidate Dispositions.
  • Adah Gillon, a junior Physical Education major in PE.HE teacher certification, has been selected to attend the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2009 Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference being held at Camp Letts, Maryland from October 22-25, 2009. The Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference provides AAHPERD undergraduate student members with a leadership development experience. The conference program includes activities to prepare participants for leadership opportunities in physical education, health promotion and education, fitness, sports, dance, and recreation. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to interact with more than 100 students and AAHPERD leaders from around the country. Adah is the current Plymouth State University HPER Majors Club President.
  • Linda Levy and 20 athletic training majors conducted a workshop titled, “Cutting through the Barriers: Equipment Removal and Airway Access for EMS Personnel” at the Campton Thornton Fire Station on October 19th. This annual workshop teaches EMS personnel how to care for spine injured athletes as well as recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The participants learned how to remove football helmet facemasks; how to remove ice hockey, lacrosse, and motorcycle/snowmobile helmets; and how to assist emergency room physicians with the removal of football helmets and shoulder pads.
  • Liesl Lindley has been working extensively with the other members of the New Hampshire Athletic Trainer’s Association executive board, in conjunction with a New Hampshire State Legislative study committee, in an effort to examine, and pass, newly proposed legislation (Senate Bill 80) that will require health insurance providers to reimburse certified and licensed athletic trainers for therapy services that are currently being reimbursed to other practicing health care providers but NOT athletic trainers.
  • Barbara McCahan attended the national annual conference of the Association of Applied Psychology to present a lecture entitled “Active Aging; Voices, Venues and Values”. This lecture was based on a qualitative research study which was a collaborative effort between Dr. McCahan and Dr. Deborah John (now of OSU) and was conducted with subjects who are members of the Silver Streaks Senior Ski Club of Waterville Valley. The research was sponsored by the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities in the Department of Health and Human Performance.
  • Linda Levy, Ashley Schmidt (MS ’09) and Brad Emerton (BS ’10) published an article, “A Clinical Education Experience in the Performing Arts,” in the November issue of Athletic Therapy Today.

Lamson Library

  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    David A. Beronä: “Wordless Books.” Presentation to EEE (Elder Education Enrichment), Burlington Vermont. October 26, 2009.
  • Elaine S. Allard: Mascenic High School Library, New Ipswich, NH October 2, 2009 “Consulting Staff Development on a Shoestring. “ October Conference – Dartmouth Libraries.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Carleen Graff has two more digital keyboard orchestra works published by Ogilvy Music – Joy to the World and Jingle Bells.
  • Connie Chesebrough, President of the NH Music Teachers Association, and Carleen Graff, President-Elect, hosted the Music Teachers National Association Quad State Convention at PSU on October 2-3, 2009. Music teachers from MA, ME, NH and VT attended the conference, which revolved around “The Collaborative Musician”.


  • David Haight, Chair, is wishing and hoping that his 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” which appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6, will remain unchallenged by others. In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematical Institute of Cambridge, MA, offered a one-million dollar prize to anyone who could solve each of seven millennial problems, the Riemann hypothesis being the first of the seven. Only a paper published in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal is to be considered for the prize, and the proof must then survive a two-year period of scrutiny by the general mathematics community.
    Thus far – no challenges! Good luck, David.

Pakistani Project

The U.S. Department of State-funded professional development project for Pakistani educational leaders at Plymouth State University just completed its sixth summer institute. It focused on training in conflict resolution and science education with a literacy component. The delegates are now sharing their knowledge in follow-on activities across Pakistan. They work in the tribal and northern areas, Baluchistan, the Punjab, the Sindh, Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory.

A campus-wide committee provided support for the ’09 institute. It included project director Blake Allen and administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat; George Tuthill, College of Graduate Studies; Christopher Williams, OPR: Tammy Hill, Physical Plant; Lisa Ladd, Kirk McClelland, Bagley House; Liane Sutcliffe, Tara DiSalvo, OSP; Chief Creig Doyle, Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police; John Martin, Lamson Learning Commons; Keith Botelho, Sodexho; Sarah Roesener, and Alex Lindsay.

Institute instructors consisted of Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, and Marguerite Crowell in science education; Robert O’Donnell in conflict resolution; Gaye Gould in literacy, and Kimberly Rawson Sychterz in Master Action Plan design.

The Pakistanis had opportunities to work with American counterparts in the Arts in Education Institute, Plymouth Writing Project, and the institute’s International Watershed course.

As a capstone, the delegates travelled to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the U.S. Department of State and Embassy of Pakistan. They were accompanied by Blake Allen, Michelle Lauriat, Jennifer Frank, John Martin, Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, Sarah Roesener and Alex Lindsay.

Everyone met with officials from the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke, and from the Bureaus of South and Central Asia Affairs and of Educational and Cultural Affairs. His Excellency Ambassador Haqqani hosted the group at an afternoon reception at the Embassy.

Project director Blake Allen is now working with Lahore-based partner, ITA, Pakistani alumni, and State Department officials on the in-country phase, which focuses on supporting and tracking outcomes of institute training. With assistance from the U.S. Embassy in India, the project will be hosting a South Asia conference in Delhi, India, in March, 2010. Educators from Pakistan, India and New Hampshire will participate in the sessions.

The project has been commended by State Department officials for its work with Pakistani educational leaders. With the project encompassing phases in both the United States and Pakistan, 120 educators have attended the institutes and shared their knowledge in professional development outcomes in Pakistan.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • Patti May, Angie Ricciardi, Jan Carlson, and Sue Keefe will be attending the annual SSS Professional Development Day at UNH on Nov. 6 sponsored by the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) and the University of New Hampshire Student Support Services program.


  • Kimberly Yunes (psychology honors student and Spring 2009 graduate) and John Kulig presented a research poster titled “False Consensus and Uniqueness Effects in Perception of Body Types” at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. It was held at Worcester State College in Worcester, MA Saturday October 10th.

Social Science

  • Bob Heiner’s book “Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality” was published in October by Oxford University Press.
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) published an article titled “The Slave of Allah vs. the Slave of Satan: Evil and the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui” in Inside and Outside the Law: Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State, edited by Shubhankar Dam and Jonathan Hall, Interdiscipliinary.Net, Oxford, England, 2009.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) attended the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) in Quebec City on October 15-18. (David is the editor of CNEHA.) David also spoke to the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association on October 9.

Social Work

  • The department held an Advisory Board meeting on October 30th which included a student poster presentation.
  • Stephen Gorin attended a national meeting of NASW Presidents and Executive Directors in Chicago in late October; he also participated in meetings of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Scott Meyer was re-appointed to the NH Governor’s Commission on the Status of Men; he continues to serve on the Quality Assurance Committee for the Plymouth Regional Clinic.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in another CSWE Council on Leadership development planning meeting in preparation for the annual conference in November; she also chaired a monthly meeting of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee.
  • Christine Rine presented “Learner Knows Best: A Presentation of Student Directed Projects” at the Successful Teaching Conference for the SUNY Cornell Partnership in Buffalo, NY. She has been attending Online Education Workshops, such as Exploring Second Life, and exploring a new online or blended offering/section of our Child Welfare course.

October 2009

October 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
October 7, 2009

What a spectacular fall season. I hope you are finding some time to enjoy the color that surrounds us. The academic year is off to a great start. By all accounts we’ve had one of our smoothest starts to the year. As a follow-up from my faculty day presentation, several initiatives are under way.
President Steen will report shortly about R+30 and the budget outlook. One thing we know for sure: A critical factor in our overall enrollment number is the importance of attracting Transfer Students. The declining high school student demographics combined with our normal attrition of about 20% from first to second year, means that making PSU more transfer-friendly will be essential to our future enrollment management plan. With that in mind, we will be asking departments to work with Mary Campbell on the development of 2+2 articulation agreements with the Community College System of New Hampshire. Additionally, we are asking departments to pay close attention to requests for evaluation of transfer credit and to provide quick turn-around of these requests. Often times students are waiting to see transfer course equivalencies before committing to enrolling.

Enrollment management involves not only recruitment, but retention. We cannot underestimate the importance of advising in retaining students. Every faculty member plays a critical role in student success through sound academic advising. This year we will be looking at a number of initiatives that will allow us to better serve our students and provide professional development opportunities for faculty to learn about best practices in student advising.

We will begin planning for the first phase of the “White Mountains Institute” with the creation of “Sustainable Summer.” As a reminder, Sustainable Summer will be an integrated program for undergraduate and graduate students to earn a certificate in Environmental Sustainability while studying green technologies, environmental health, local foods, environmental planning, reduction of carbon footprint, natural resources, and leadership in sustainability. The Frost School, the College of Graduate Studies, the Center for the Environment, and the Environmental Science and Policy department will lead the effort. Any other faculty members interested in being part of the discussions should let me know of your interest. We will call the first meeting later this month.

In 2005, all academic departments completed 5-year academic plans to take us through spring of 2010. Vice Provost Moore and Assoc Dean Mantie will be working with departments this year to develop the next 5 –year academic plan. Your department plans will be due by May 1, 2010.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Mike Heffernan, adjunct faculty member in Art/Drawing, opened a show in September at the Inn at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT. It was appropriately called “Art in the Round Barn,” and will run until October 12.
  • Catherine Amidon and Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Beyond Brown Paper: Reflections on Web 2.0 and the Anthropological Lens, Practicing Anthropology edition on Visualizing Change: Participatory Digital Technologies in Research and Action, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2009
  • Catherine Amidon (P.I.) Marcia Schmidt-Blaine (SS), Linda Upham-Bornstein (SS) and Thad Guldbrandsen, awarded a New Hampshire Humanities Council Grant for “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” September 2010
  • Catherine also Initiated the creation of a Campus Collections Advisory Committee, and, In conjunction with the Office of Advancement, implemented a deed system for art donations.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch, Barbara Wirth (College of University Studies), and Marsi Wisniewski (ASC Administrative Assistant/Adjunct Faculty, English) were recognized with Gold Circle School Partners Awards by the New Hampshire Partners in Education. The award recognizes exemplary educational partnerships through volunteer activities. The awards ceremony was held at the Manchester Radisson on September 29. Representatives of 41 New Hampshire K-12 schools attended. Speakers included Governor John Lynch and NH Education Commissioner Virginia Barry.

Bagley Center

  • Deb Regan was appointed to the advisory board for CIS, the Center for International Studies, in Northampton, MA. CIS provides students with opportunities to study and/or intern abroad at twenty-four universities in ten countries.
  • PSU welcomed 5 students to our campus through the National Student Exchange Program. This year’s visiting students are from Eastern Connecticut State University, Montana State University, Western Oregon State University and the University of Rhode Island.
  • Ruth DeCotis offered the first in a series of career workshops for students aimed at finding a job in a tough economy. The first dealt with salaries, “Realistic Income, Realistic Expenses.” Upcoming sessions address a practical approach to job search (10/21) and using networking & technology (11/18). Faculty are invited to bring their classes.


  • Warren Mason represented the James Jones Society as Treasurer and Board of Directors’ member at the William Morris Publisher’s reception in New York City this September. Kaylie Jones, daughter of noted WWII author James Jones, was honored for publication of her autobiography “Lies My Mother Never Told Me” about her literary life here and abroad. She is the author of five novels and was the subject of the Merchant-Ivory nominated film, “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries”. The James Jones Literary Society is an international, non-profit organization that financially rewards beginning novelists and supports high school and university writing contests.
  • Brad Allen attended the CivicUS conference in Chicago on September 15th where seventy-five of the largest city and state environmental officials met to discuss the current state of municipal environmental affairs. The presentations were directed at a number of topics including the development of benchmarking and metrics to be used in the measurement and management of sustainability initiatives including energy, emissions, recycling and community development. His research from Technology Business Research was discussed as an example of benchmarking environmental behavior of private global corporations and there will be follow up discussions regarding the role of information technology companies in the development and implementation of improved environmental results within the United States.

Center for the Environment

  • Three new faculty members joined the Center for the Environment (CFE) this academic year. Mark Green is assistant professor in hydrology with a joint appointment with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). Mark is part of the Hubbard Brook research team. Kim Duncan and Doug Earick are research assistant professors at CFE with joint appointments in the Atmospheric Science & Chemistry and ES&P Departments, respectively. Their skills complement the environmental literacy and outreach programs at CFE.
  • Seven new graduate students have recently been accepted in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy, which is administered by CFE in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and Brian Eisenhauer led a workshop on regionalization of research on social-ecological systems during the meeting of the Committee of Scientists of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study held on July 9, 2009. Results of the workshop will inform the future research at Hubbard Brook. CFE members and students have been engaged in research and outreach activities at Hubbard Brook.
  • CFE and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation have successfully administered the second year of the NSF- funded Research Experience for Undergraduates based at Hubbard Brook.
  • In August, Patrick Bourgeron represented the United States on the behalf of the National Science Foundation at the annual business and science meeting of the International Long Term Ecological Research network (ILTER). The ILTER is a “network of networks,” a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER’s focus is on long-term, site-based research, and Hubbard Brook is one of the sites.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and graduate student Olivia Bartlett attended the All Scientist meeting of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in Estes Park, Colorado. They organized two international science workshops, one on ecosystems services ( ) and the other on the an international environmental research agenda linking US scientists to international programs ( ). Results of the workshop will inform future NSF-funded research projects.
  • Patrick Bourgeron was invited to UNH as a speaker ( ) to the Fall Environmental Sciences Seminar Series which is sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Environmental Research Group, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the University Office of Sustainability, and the Class of 1954 Fund. The theme this semester is Ecosystem Services. Discussions with UNH faculty members included joint research programs and cooperation between graduate programs.
  • The Newfound Watershed Master Plan project is coming to completion. CFE has been part of team working for the past 2 ½ years on developing Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan. Brian Eisenhauer and a team of students completed a survey over the summer documenting watershed residents’ and property owners’ desires for the future of the region, perceptions of issues important to address in the watershed plan, and sentiments about possible recommendations made in the plan. June Hammond Rowan and Office of Public Relations have worked on outreach efforts and a brochure summarizing the recommendations of the watershed master plan.
  • CFE is assisting the Town of Canaan with a review of land use regulations and procedures related to protecting the water quality in Canaan Street Lake which is the town’s drinking water. Work on this project is being incorporated into a graduate level Land Use Planning Seminar providing students an opportunity for applied learning.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships announced the next round of funding for the PSU-Coos Outreach Initiative, a seed grant program for faculty and staff. To learn more, please contact Ben Amsden at 5-3274.
  • Ben Amsden (with co-authors Rich Stedman and Linda Kruger) will have a chapter titled “Volunteer Meanings in the Making of Place” included in the forthcoming book Connecting Place to Practice: Concepts and Techniques to Improve Land Use Planning published by Oregon State University Press. Ben also presented a poster titled “The Coos County Outreach Initiative: A Rural Regional Engagement Model for Higher Education” at the 72nd annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society; AND he presented a poster titled “The Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN)” on behalf of Fran Belcher (July).
  • Daniel Lee and Vedran Lelas (Business) presented the North Country Economic Index (funded through the Coos County Outreach Initiative) to Executive Councilor Ray Burton and several commissioners of New Hampshire state agencies. This project has received extensive press.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen collaborated with the UNH Office of Sustainability Programs to launch the Center for Food Solutions New England (CFSNE). Guldbrandsen has been a member of the New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future (NHCFSF) for the past three years.
  • Mark Okrant, Ben Amsden, and Thad Guldbrandsen presented findings from the New Hampshire Retrotour project and led a planning discussion with the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism and others.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen advised to the New England Council of Governors and contributed to a report on land conservation that was accepted and adopted at a meeting of New England Governors and Canadian Premiers last month. Thad was also an invited speaker in a panel discussion on town planning and compact design in New Hampshire, sponsored by New Hampshire Housing. The event was filmed for the making of a new documentary on compact design. The keynote address at the 30th anniversary celebration of BEDCO (Business and Economic Development Corporation) in Shelburne on September 29, 2009 was given by Thad, as well.
  • The Center recently welcomed a cohort of graduate and undergraduate students to work on a variety of projects including biomass energy, rural health, eco-tourism, higher education, and nostalgia tourism. Ben Amsden chaired a research roundtable titled “Agritourism and the local food system: Are they related?” at the Northeastern Regional Center for Rural Development conference on Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems.
  • Ben also presented a poster titled “Agri-Leisure: Exploring the fun of local food.” (May)
  • Thad Guldbrandsen, Fran Belcher, and Ben Amsden presented an interactive exhibit of the Coos County Outreach Initiative at “Coos Goes South,” an event designed to showcase the economic and cultural features of Coos County for the benefit of New Hampshire lawmakers and state employees (May).
  • Ben Amsden participated in the 2nd annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College. The topic of the Institute was “Food, Farms, and Community: Rural America’s Local Food Renaissance.” (June)

Counseling Education & School Psychology

  • Gary Goodnough, has been appointed co-chair of the American Counseling Association’s Ethics Committee.
  • Hridaya Hall (1st year faculty) recently received a scholarship from the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), in the amount of $500 to support her presentation “Anxiety and Counseling Self-Efficacy: The Moderating Role of Mindfulness and Alexithymia” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision annual conference in San Diego this month.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter gave a presentation on September 17th, 2009 for Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County at the Family Justice Center of Boston on child sexual exploitation and the police response to this social problem.


  • Leo Sandy (COGS) delivered the keynote address on “Toward De-Militarization: A Personal Journey” at the Sixth Annual Peace and Social Justice Conference on Instruments of Peace: Race, Gender & De-Militarization at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Michael Fischler presented a workshop, “Diversity: Managing and Serving the Changing Demographic,” on August 27th to the Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit XV: The Granite State Summit at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at the International Conference for Children with Behavior Disorders in Denver September 23-25. The presentation was entitled “Hidden Dangers: The Silent Crisis in our communities.” The focus of the presentation was the direct correlations between Depression and Violence in Children at Risk.
  • Pat Cantor has been named to the board of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire for a three-year term. The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire promotes policies and practices that enable all children to lead healthy and productive lives and to reach their full potential.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Thirty-five students from the Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy course, under the direction of Chris Mongeon and Warren Tomkiewicz, conducted a week-long food waste audit in Prospect Hall and the HUB Snack Bar. Students collected food waste at every student meal and from the food preparation area and snack bar. The data from this service-learning project will be used to make a decision on the purchase of a commercial composter for PSU. Data available from Warren Tomkiewicz.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson is leading a 6 session adventure-based curriculum to increase group cohesion within the first year cohort in the Music Education program. Two Adventure Education seniors, Taylor Huntley and Shari Weiss are in the curriculum delivery.
  • Linda Levy and Liesl Lindley, along with 15 athletic training students, provided athletic training support for the Highlander Strong Men and Scottish Dance competitions at the 2009 Highland Games, September 19-20, 2009 held at Loon Mountain.
  • Angel Ekstrom was awarded a scholarship from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) during their 2008 national conference to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator course in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington in September 2009.

Lamson Library

  • Publications
    David A. Beronä
    “Ohne Worte (Without Words).” Freistil. Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 2009.
    “Introduction” to Frans Masereel’s The Sun,The Idea, and Story Without Words. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Introduction” to John Vassos’ Phobia: An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Reading Bande Dessinee: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip,” by Ann Miller. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 489-490.
    “Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front,” by Todd DePastino; “Willie and Joe: The World War II Years,” by Bill Mauldin and edited by Todd DePastino. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 517-520.
    “In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists,” by Todd Hignite. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 520-522.


  • Tom Boucher is working with New Hampshire Fish & Game to develop/refine a habitat model for New England Cottontails. This work is funded by a federal grant to the State Wildlife Program – Cooperative Cottontail Management. He is also a co-author with David Roache, PSU alum (MS Meteorology 2009,) on “Seasonal Change in ENSO Region Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies and Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity” which will be presented at the 2009 meeting of the Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers in Nashville, TN. Tom has been invited to become a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews, and written the following papers which appeared over the summer:
    • Boucher, T.R. (2009). “A Hoeffding inequality for Markov chains using a generalized inverse”. Statistics & Probability Letters, 79, Issue 8, No.15, 1105-1107
    • Boucher, T.R., and Cline, D.B.H. (2009), “Piggybacking threshold processes with a finite state Markov chain.” Stochastics and Dynamics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 187-204.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Teacher and composer, Jonathan Santore, has been selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as one of six artists to receive an Individual Artist Fellowship in recognition of his artistic excellence and professional commitment for 2010. Kudos to you, Jonathan!
  • Robert Swift’s article “Then and Now” was published in the September issue of New Hampshire Quarter Notes.
  • Beth Cox directed Plymouth State Theatre’s September production of Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • The PASS “team” will be hosting the annual New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association (NHEOA) annual conference in Heritage Hall on Friday, October 30. Presenters include: Bob Fitzpatrick (Emerging Technologies Librarian), June Schlabach (Director of Financial Aid), Dan Bramer (Information Technology), and Jane Weber (Director of the Writing Center). Sue Keefe is the 2009-2010 Vice President of NHEOA.
  • The PASS Office is now offering a one-credit tutor training certification course, taught by our Tutor Coordinator, Angie Ricciardi. Students who pass the course will have an international tutoring certification with the College Reading and Learning Association. Also, these tutors will be holding drop-in hours at the PASS Office for students who need help with study skills.
  • Jan Carlson, Advisor for Students with Disabilities, has developed a Service Animal Statement for the institution, which can be found on the PASS Office’s website. Students will be issued an ID tag for their service animal, upon registration with the PASS Office. The PASS Office is responsible for the registration and documentation of service animals for students only. Contact information for other constituencies using service animals is listed on the Service Animal Statement.


  • A 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” by Department Chair David Haight, has appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6. The proof concerns one of the very oldest and most fundamental problems in mathematics, “What, if any, is the distribution pattern of the prime numbers?” In 1859 Bernard Riemann conjectured that there was a crucial connection between the seemingly erratic prime numbers and his complex geometrical version of the zeta function that can be briefly stated as follows: the non-trivial zeros of the zeta function all have real part equal to ½. Neither Riemann nor any subsequent number theorist was able to prove this hypothesis, which is why it has been known as the Holy Grail of Mathematics for about 100 years. In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematical Institute of Cambridge, MA, offered a one-million dollar prize to anyone who could solve each of seven millennial problems, the Riemann hypothesis being the first of the seven. Only a paper published in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal is to be considered for the prize, and the proof must then survive a two-year period of scrutiny by the general mathematics community. Good work, David!

Social Science

  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert attended the Northeastern Political Science Annual Convention May 8-9 in Portland. They gave a presentation about their chapter on New Hampshire which was published in the Political Encyclopedia of US States and Regions in 2009 by CQ Press. Also at this convention, Michelle presented an update on New Hampshire politics at a Roundtable on New England Politics.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) continued excavations this past summer for six weeks at the site of a 1750s’ merchant’s (Sutler’s) house in Fort Edward, New York. He then traveled to Scotland where he presented a paper, “The Clan MacFarlane Project,” on September 5 in the park headquarters for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the first national park in Scotland. This was part of a conference, “Heritage Connections in the Park,” and the paper covered the excavations that PSU conducted on Loch Lomond over a several-year period.
  • David also was invited to speak to the Senior Lecture Series at Adirondack Community College on September 22, 2009, on the topic, “Archaeology on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond,” and to the archaeology course at Bedford High School (Bedford, NH) on September 30. David has also just published an article in Vol. XL, No. 7 of Adirondack Life magazine, entitled “The Starbuck Farm: How an Archaeologist Started to Dig His Roots,” describing his excavations at a 200-year-old farm in New York.

Social Work

  • Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, an adjunct faculty member in the past, and currently an adjunct counselor at the Counseling Center, was recently chosen as one of two recipients of this year’s Association of Social Work Boards’ Sunny Andrews Award for outstanding commitment to social work regulatory board service. Sheila has been an active leader for the Social Work Board in New Hampshire, serving for two years as Board Investigator and coordinating the entire investigation, resolution and disciplinary process. Sheila’s award will be presented at the October 30 Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Florida.
  • Tori Cash, a senior Social Work major, was appointed to the NH Chapter, NASW Board of Directors as a BSW Student Representative.
  • Stephen Gorin was interviewed by NH Public News Service for a story on national health care reform. He also participated in a joint meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging as part of his membership in SCOA.
  • Scott Meyer was an invited speaker for the Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice’s Annual Memorial Service and presented “Reflections on Love at the End of Life.” He also provided training for new hospice volunteers at Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice – “Working Effectively With Caregivers in Hospice: Assessing and Responding to the Diverse Range of Caregiver Experience and Comfort in that Role”.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in two (conference call) meetings of the CSWE Council on Leadership Development in preparation for an inaugural event at this year’s annual conference in November. She has also been actively engaged as Chair of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee working with members of the NH Board of Mental Health Practice and the Mental Health Coalition to develop an amendment for new licensing legislation.

September 2009

September 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
September 2, 2009

Welcome back, everyone. It is such a joy to see the faculty and students return to campus.
Last week, we had a wonderfully successful Faculty Week and yesterday, one of our best Convocations ever. Thanks to David Zehr, Alice O’Connor and all those who presented during Faculty Week and thanks to Gale Beckwith, Melissa Levin, David Zehr, Briana Bradley, the HUB staff and everyone who helped plan Convocation.
Some personnel changes to announce:

  • The PASS office and the Writing Center will now report to David Beronä. With the integration of these support services with the library and the learning commons, David’s title has been changed to Dean of Library and Academic Support Services.
  • Deb Regan, who has been serving as interim Director of the Bagley Center, has been named the permanent Director. In addition to the ongoing duties of directing the Bagley Center, Deb will be working with the International Steering Committee to develop a new leadership model to oversee and “pull together” the many international and global initiatives on campus.
  • Patrick Cate, who has been serving as Interim Director of University Studies, has been named Director of the program. Patrick and Barbara Wirth are in the process of assessing the program and proposing services that will serve a greater number of students. We’ll hear more about their plans in the coming months.

Please welcome our newest faculty members:

  • Christie Ahrens
  • Benoni Amsden
    Center for Rural Partnerships
  • Cheryl A. Coker
    Health and Human Performance
  • Jeremiah S. Duncan
    Atmospheric Science and Chemistry
  • Kimberly A. Duncan
    Center for the Environment
  • Douglas L. Earick
    Center for the Environment
  • Mary E. Earick
  • Chantalle R. Forgues
  • Mark B. Green
    Center for the Environment
  • Rémy Grosso
    Languages and Linguistics
  • K. Hridaya Hall
    Counselor Education and School Psychology
  • Kristine M. Miller
    Criminal Justice
  • Robert A. Nadeau
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Brigid C. O’Donnell
    Biological Sciences
  • Christine M. Rine
    Social Work
  • Jason A. Swift
  • Kristen K. Williams

ELS Language Centers:

ELS, located in the garden level of Mary Lyon, has begun accepting applications for English language studies. The Director, Gonzalo Isidro-Bruno (who goes by Bruno), arrived about a month ago and has been hiring staff and establishing the center. The first 7 students have been admitted – they are from Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia.
ELS will operate continuously in 4-week sessions, 52 weeks per year. Students completing the program at level 112 will meet the language requirements for matriculation. Students enrolled in ELS, will live in Mary Lyon Hall or participate in “Home Stay” programs. If you are interested in hosting home stay students, contact Bruno at or stop by Mary Lyon Hall. His office is located in the suite along with the Advising Center and University Studies.

Summer Vacation?

President Steen’s answer to the question “So, it must be quiet around here in summer?” can sum up the answer to the same question asked of our faculty members. Many individuals assume you are “on vacation” during the summer months. What follows, will challenge those assumptions. Our faculty have been busy, engaged scholars. Congratulations for all the awards, presentations, exhibits, shows, readings, and publications since our last meeting in May.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Annette Mitchell has had the following exhibitions:
    Small Gems/NHWCA Juried Exhibition, Manchester, NH; AVA’s Sixteenth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, Lebanon, NH; Inspire2Knit & Tea Show, Plymouth, NH; Incredible Print Show, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH; Printmaking: Impressions Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH; Neoteric Abstract Juried Exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY; Momenta III Juried Exhibition, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT; Trajectory, Print Invitational, Silver Cultural Art Center, Plymouth State University, NH; The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA; Four Featured Faculty, Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, NH; Prints of the Year: What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH; Love, Lust, & Desire, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
  • Catherine Amidon was awarded a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts Grant for the exhibition Karl Drerup: A Modernist Drawn to Life; she solicited addition funding from a private source to fund a catalogue. She was also invited to organize a booth about Beyond Brown Paper for the Coos Goes South celebration in front of the State House in May and invited to give a lecture about BBP for an AMC educational program in July. Catherine worked with Naomi Kline to bring a collection of vintage posters to PSU, and she solicited the donation of seven major enamels by Karl Drerup from a private donor. Catherine was also selected by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to attend a national forum in June in Buffalo, NY entitled “Stewardship of America’s Legacy: Answering the Call to Action.”

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Eric Hoffman gave a presentation at the AMC Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria on Aug. 18th. The presentation was entitled “A Needle in a Haystack: Tornado Chasing in the Midwestern United States”.
  • Dennis Machnik gave four planetarium presentations for the public on August 8th as part of the Curious George Day at Waterville Valley. He saw about 90 people, half of them young children. On the 17th of July, Dennis did a program for the Cub Scouts in Rochester.
  • Lourdes Aviles has been appointed by the American Meteorological Society Council to serve on the History of Atmospheric Sciences Committee, which will meet during the 90th AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2010.
  • Lourdes Avilés and Brendon Hoch attended the 2009 Unidata Users Workshop held on June 8-12 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. The topic was “Using Operational and Experimental Observations in Geoscience Education.” The workshop provided an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in observing technologies and techniques and their use in education, research, and operations. An array of educational and instructional sessions was presented showcasing various observing systems with special emphasis on their usefulness in teaching and student learning.
  • Brendon Hoch attended a training workshop at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado on August 6-7. The workshop provided instruction on using Thematic Realtime Environmental Distributed Data Services (THREDDS), a software application which simplifies the discovery and use of scientific data. The software application will provide meteorological and other environmental datasets seamlessly to Plymouth State faculty and students, as well as other partners worldwide. Brendon also organized and co-led three training presentations for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The events were held in Plymouth, Concord, and Unity, NH. The goal of the program is to encourage citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and to gather accurate high-quality precipitation data for use by the National Weather Service and other parties to improve forecasting of major rain and snow events. Anyone can get involved by visiting

Biological Sciences

  • The Kim Ayers Award was presented to Larry Spencer at the annual meeting of the Lakes Region Planning Commission at the Laconia Country Club in June. Larry serves as the chair of the Holderness Conservation Commission.
  • Len Reitsma co-authored four research posters at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union at UPENN in Philadelphia Aug 11-15, 2009. Three posters were co-authored with PSU undergraduate and graduate students (Michael Hallworth, Marissa Goodnow and Jesse Wampler) on the Canada warbler work Reitsma has been doing for seven years now, and one poster was on northern waterthrush research in Puerto Rico co-authored with Drs. Joseph Smith and Peter Marra of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
  • Kerry Yurewicz co-authored a paper, “Comparative landscape dynamics of two anuran species: climate-driven interaction of local and regional processes,” that was published in the scientific journal Ecological Monographs (79(3): 503-521, August 2009).

Computer Science and Technology

  • Conference Presentation:

1. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., On Broadcasting, Neighbourhood Broadcasting, and Whitney Numbers of the Second Kind, 2nd Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference (CanDAM 2009), May 25-28, 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Journal Articles Published:
1. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., An efficient routing algorithm for disjoint shortest paths on qHypercube, Proc. the 3rd Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA’09), June 10-12, 2009, Yellow Mountains, China, Springer LNCS 5573, pp. 375-383.
2. Shen, Z., Qiu, K., and Cheng, E., On the surface area of the (n, k)-star graph. Theoretical Computer Science (2009), doi:10.1016/j.tcs.2009.05.007.
3. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., On deriving explicit formulas of the surface areas for the arrangement graphs and some of the related graphs. International Journal of Computer Mathematics (2009) doi:10.1080/00207160903134255.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • The Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, published by Common Ground, has published an article written by Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer (SW), “Educating for Global Citizenship in the New Millennium” in the May issue. Leo also published an article on Teen Suicide in Protocol, the newsletter of the NHASP (New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists).

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter was awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in June at their annual meeting in Atlanta. APSCA is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence.
  • David Mackey attended the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and presented 3 different papers with his co-authors: Michael Smith (Saint Anselm College), “Rating the intrusiveness and reasonableness of searches targeting youths;” Christopher Remillard (CJ PSU class of 2010), “Beyond the classroom with applied research: The illustrative case of the community satisfaction survey;” and Kevin Courtright and Susan Packard (both of Edinboro University of PA),”Empathy among college freshman: Examining predispositional traits and roles of education and maturation.”
  • Mark Fischler was invited to speak at the Boston Integral Meetup at Samadhi Yoga in Newton, MA, and gave a talk on “What is Integral Law?”


  • Kathleen Norris reports that the EdD cohort has completed its first two courses, Emerging Perspectives on Learning and Development, and Quantitative Methods for Program Assessment and Evaluation. The students are preparing for their fall course, Ethical Leadership and Advocacy. They became connected as a professional learning community in the first course and were involved in experiential and service learning through the Program Evaluation course. The cohort took on the development of a program evaluation proposal for Bridge House, the Plymouth shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
  • The K-12 Curriculum Administrator certification program, a post-master’s area, is in the approval process with the State Dept of Ed and students are already inquiring about admission into it.
  • Marcel Lebrun and Kim Williams published a new book entitled, “Keeping Kids Safe, Healthy and Smart.” The book is published by Rowman Littlefield Publishers and was released June 15th, 2009. The book highlights all kinds of hidden dangers for children in their schools, homes and communities. It offers a variety of resources and interventions for both parents and educators.
  • Clarissa Uttley reports that IRB approval was granted for a research project entitled “Social Emotional Development in University Child Care Center Children.” This research will include collecting baseline data on the social-emotional development of children in a university setting and will also be used to support future grant proposals on related research. This research will be occurring during the 2009-2010 academic year and will involve both the Plymouth State University Child Development & Family Center and the University of Rhode Island Child Development Center. During the past summer, Clarissa served for three week as a Panel Chair for the Administration of Children and Family (ACF) grant review process for Early Head Start and Head Start Expansion funding through the ARRA (stimulus) funds. This was an opportunity to work with numerous people from around the country and in various roles relating to the care and education of young children, as well as to be influential in the selection of projects that would receive funding through this expansion effort.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented on “Seduced by the Screen: Helping Families to Understand the Impact of Screen Media on Infants and Toddlers,” for 60 early childhood professionals at the Oh Baby! Conference, Plymouth State University, May 21, 2009.
  • Pat Cantor and Clarissa Uttley presented on “Playing to Learn about Constructivism” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Professional Development Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2009. The presentation drew on their work and that of Mary Cornish in teaching ER 2200, The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education.
  • Christie Ahrens and Kathleen Norris are participating in the Educational Research collaborative group that has been organized at the State DOE. The first meeting was in August and information on available data sets and potential research questions was shared.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy had the following publications:
  1. Co-authored a chapter titled, “The Supervision, Questioning, Feedback Model of Clinical Teaching: A Practical Approach” in Weidner, TG. (2009), The athletic trainer’s pocket guide to clinical teaching. Slack Inc.;
  2. Willeford KS, Fincher AL, Barnum MG, Gardner G, Guyer MS, Levy LS & Sexton P. (2009). Improving Clinical Education through Proper Supervision. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):6-7;
  3. Levy LS, Sexton P, Willeford KS, Barnum MG, Guyer MS, Gardner G & Fincher AL. (2009). Clinical Instructor Characteristics, Behaviors and Skills in Allied Health Care Settings: A Literature Review. Athletic Training Education Journal,
  4. (1):8-13; Sexton P, Levy LS, Willeford KS, Barnum MG, Gardner G, Guyer MS & Fincher AL. (2009). Supervised Autonomy. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):14-18;
  5. Levy LS, Gardner G, Barnum MG, Willeford KS, Sexton P, Guyer MS & Fincher AL. (2009). Situational Supervision for Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):19-22;
  6. Barnum MG, Guyer MS, Levy LS, Willeford KS, Sexton P, Gardner G & Fincher AL. (2009). Questioning and Feedback in Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):23-27; and
  7. Gardner G, Sexton P, Guyer MS, Willeford KS, Levy LS, Barnum MG & Fincher AL. (2009). Clinical Instruction for Professional Practice. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):28-31.
  • Christian Bisson had a chapter published in a new edited book entitled “Rock Climbing.” The chapter is titled “Building Climbing Anchor Systems” and covers the science and art of building safe anchor systems in recreational and educational rock climbing environments. The book was co-edited by Timothy Kidd and Jennifer Hazelrigs through Human Kinetics.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller coordinated Plymouth State University’s 4th Eating Disorders Conference this past spring at Church Landing at in Meredith. The conference was partially grant funded from NH Endowment for Health and NH Charitable Foundation. The conference was expanded from one day to 1.5 days, with a pre-conference for school professionals on eating disorders. More than 120 participants from all over the country attended and heard some of the best national speakers on the topics of disordered eating, obesity and eating disorders prevention and treatment. She, with health education classes and the Health and Wellness Club, coordinated the 7th Annual Eating Disorders Silent Auction to raise money for eating disorders prevention activities in the Plymouth area last April. Mardie and Arianne Szymas, nutritionist with Plymouth State and SODEXHO, were trained as facilitators in a national program to decrease negative body image issues, called Body Reflections. This spring students facilitated a peer led Body Reflections program in residence halls. This Fall both will conduct a Body Reflections program for 25 residential life community advisors and residential life directors during in-service sessions. She also trained SODEXHO employees in CPR and AED this summer.
  • New faculty Cheryl Coker, had a textbook published, Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners, by Holcomb Hathway Publ.
  • Barbara McCahan participated in planning and implementing the Annual Leadership Development Conference for The Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation which was held in Portland, ME on August 19-21st. The conference was attended by EDA representatives from across 13 eastern states and Puerto Rico.
  • Margie King, Keith Belmore (PSU Ass’t Athletic Trainer, BS ’05), Heather Wenninger (MS ’09), Laurel Horne (MS ’08), Rachel Salazar (MEd ’07), Eric McQuaid (MEd 09), Brian Boyls-White (MS ’09), and Kristen Scott (PSU Graduate Assistant, MS ’10) presented “Getting to the Core: Assessment and Intervention Strategies” at the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in June. Margie also presented at a week-long training session, “Cancer Exercise Specialist Training Course,” at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Institute in July. In August, she presented “Optimizing Performance: Central and Peripheral Fatigue” at Colorado College.
  • Irene Cucina attended and presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in June.
  • Irene Cucina, Lynn Johnson, Barbara McCahan and Morgan O’Connell (senior physical education teacher certification student) attended the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Conference in Portland, ME in August. Lynn is currently the EDA President, Barbara is the VP Elect of Physical Activity and Recreation, Irene serves as the Board of Governor Representative, and Morgan is serving as the Student Representative on the Executive Board of this professional association.

Lamson Library

  • JoAnn Guilmett attended the New Hampshire Educational Media Association conference in North Conway in May and presented “8 steps to move your school library to an Information Commons.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew has had a book published: Valor, agravio y mujer by Ana Caro Mallén de Soto, 17th century Spanish author. Ed. Barbara Lopez-Mayhew. European Masterpieces Cervantes & Co. – Spanish Classics Nº 42, May 2009. She also participated June-July 2009 in the XIXI Congreso Intercontinental of ALDEEU (Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en los Estados Unidos), hosted by IUIEN: Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcalá de Henares (birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quijote de la Mancha). She presented a paper in Spanish on Un nuevo canon literario: los retos y beneficios de incluir a dramaturgas del Siglo de Oro. (A new literary canon: the challenges and benefits of including women playwrights from the Spanish Golden Age).
  • James Whiting presented a paper, “Low-Incidence ELL Teaching and Learning: Challenges and Possibilities”, at the 8th annual Teachers as Researchers Conference held at UNH Manchester in May. In the paper, Whiting reported on-going survey and qualitative research he has been pursuing on teaching English language learners in low-incidence, low-population settings in New England.


  • John Donovan has been appointed to the Mathematics Teacher Editorial Panel of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’. The Committee is composed of Council members who have made contributions in special ways to the profession and who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in mathematics education.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • The Pemi Choral Society, conducted by Robert Swift, participated in UNISONG2009 in Ottawa, Canada, in early July. The national choral festival featured selected choirs from all ten Canadian provinces. Pemi was the first USA choir ever to be invited to participate.
  • Elizabeth Cox presented at the national theatre convention, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, in August in New York City. Her workshop “Utilizing Sign Language as a Tool for Actors” incorporated her research and techniques for work on actor physicality and connection to text. Also in August, Beth attended the national conference of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, working with international teachers Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg, and Catherine Fitzmaurice in master classes on speech, breath and Shakespeare’s text.
  • Kathleen Arecchi, the NE Regional Governor for NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing), ran the NE-NATS Summer Conference, August 17-19, at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH. Among the participants in the conference were Connie Chesebrough, coordinator of collaborative piano in the MTD department, who was a staff pianist at the conference, and Amanda Munton ’00, adjunct instructor of voice. Connie and Amanda performed “Three Ages of Women” by Lee Hoiby in a workshop entitled “Staging the Song Recital.” Daniel Perkins accompanied Eva Nagorka of Plymouth, also on this same program.
  • Connie Chesebrough also collaborated with lecturer Leslie Holmes and soprano Lori Anderson York in a workshop entitled “Paul Verlaine: The Composer’s Poet”, featuring songs of Debussy, Fauré and Hahn.
  • Carleen Graff was an adjudicator for the Maine Music Teachers Association Pine Tree Piano Competition in Orono, ME in early May. She also adjudicated for the National Guild of Piano Teachers in Denver in early June.


  • Ray Perkins and Leo Sandy (CE/SP) published “Curricular Innovations: Self and Society” in the Spring 2009 Edition of The Peace Chronicle,” the newsletter of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Social Science

  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert attended the Northeastern Political Science Annual Convention May 8-9 in Portland. They gave a presentation about the PSU chapter which may be turned into another CQ publication. Michelle also attended the Netroots Nation 2009 Convention in Pittsburgh, August 13-16, to gather information about the role of blogging and how they are translating blogging into citizen activism. Netroots Nation is a gathering of over 2000 liberal bloggers who meet to learn how to mobilize and how to translate their blogging into the adoption of public policy.
  • Peng-Khuan Chong gave a talk on “President Obama’s Foreign Policy and Its Effects On Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia” this June in Malaysia. Included in the audience were NGOs, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, policy researchers and entrepreneurs. He also consulted with Penang Heritage Trust members who were responsible for winning the UNESCO designation for Penang as a World Heritage site.
  • Xiaoxiong Li took part in the activities organized by the Pease Library at Plymouth and led a book discussion (Wild Swans) in Feb. 2009 at the library. He was actively involved in the program entitled Exploring China Series sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment Fund in cooperation with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. He delivered two talks, “China under Mao” and “Current China,” at the Pease Library at Plymouth in March and April 2009.
  • The University of Delaware Press published Xiaoxiong’s book Poppies and Politics in China: Sichuan Province, 1840s to1940s in June 2009. He was also invited and served as chair of a PhD dissertation defense committee for the History Department, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and also gave two talks about US financial crisis and responses of US toward the crisis at Sichuan University and History Institute, Sichuan Social Science Academy, Chengdu, Sichuan in June 2009.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin was invited to attend President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting in Portsmouth, NH and asked to write a report on the event for national NASW ‘s health care blog. Steve was asked by NASW to prepare a report/position paper on Social Security funding that was submitted to the White House. This report, as well as a report he wrote on reducing health care spending, are posted to NASW’s website. As Editor-in-Chief of Health and Social Work, Steve also worked with Rep. Carol Shea Porter to develop a Viewpoint article, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Government Initiatives to Relieve It,” for the August 2009 issue of the journal.
  • Scott Meyer co-presented “Educating for Global Citizenship: A Dialogue” with Leo Sandy (CE/SP) at the International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations held in Riga, Latvia in June.
  • The third edition of Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin’s textbook, “Health and Mental Health Care Policy: A Biopsychosocial Perspective,” was released by Pearson/Allyn & Bacon in July. Cyndy & Steve also completed a new Instructor’s Manual to accompany the text which is available online.

May 2009

May 26th, 2009 by Noelle

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

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

Distinguished Teaching Awards Announced Today!!

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

Commencement Information

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

Folley Gymnasium

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

HUB Courtroom

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

Silver Center

  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Mathematics
  • Education

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

News from Academic Affairs

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

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


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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

Center for the Environment

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

Communication and Media Studies

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

Criminal Justice

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


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


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

Health and Human Performance

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

Lamson Library

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

Languages and Linguistics

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


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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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

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

April 2009

April 3rd, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 1, 2009

A Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation Advisory Council named

Mary Cornish, Cathie Leblanc, David Mackey, Gail Mears, and Daniel Moore have agreed to serve on this council. The PT&E Council will serve in an advisory role in response to the requests of the faculty Welfare Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Task Force report. Their main charge will be to make recommendations relative to the Promotion and Tenure process and faculty evaluation. The first order of business is to review the draft “Workplan” and “Workload Policy,” develop criteria, answer questions about the policy and the process and to develop a document that could be used in a pilot next year.

Curricular revision

Many departments have made curricular revisions that reduce their degrees to 120 credits, reduce the size of their major, remove unnecessary barriers (pre-requisites), and provide additional electives for programs that were tight. All of these changes will greatly benefit students and improve time to degree. Additionally, some departments have made decisions to remove highly specialized low enrolled courses or have made plans to offer such courses on a rotating basis. They are finding ways to offer their curriculum in a more efficient manner and therefore are beginning to move to a 3/3 or 3/4 teaching load. The revision process is expected to continue through next year.
Departments that did not make the catalog deadline, but who move to 120 credits this spring or next fall, may provide a “blanket request” to the Office of Undergraduate Studies so that current students may benefit from the 120 credit requirement.

Policies that promote “Life Balance and Career Flexibility”

In the Spring of 2008, PSU was the recipient of an Award for “Innovative Practice” from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for policies that support family and work/life balance. The award was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) with support from the Families and Work Institute and is based on policies and practices that support career flexibility for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The work of the Sloan Foundation and ACE on this topic was in response to the unique demands placed on faculty members working toward tenure and/or promotion and how “life events” can sometimes make it impossible to achieve either. Specifically, they look at policies that create career flexibility to address:

  • Tenure clock extensions or modified duties when “life events” occur
  • Leave policies
  • Phased retirement
  • Flexibility of workload

Vice Provost Moore, Carol Kuzdeba and I have spent the academic year participating with a cohort of 6 institutions all working on such policies and examining our own to make recommendations for possible changes. We are working with Faculty Welfare and should have a report to share with you at the May or September 2009 meeting.

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Awards

The time to submit nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award is running out. today, April 1st, is the deadline, but it’s not too late!
For the Distinguished Teaching Award:
For the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award:
For the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award:
Using the new online form for nomination submission has generated a nice increase in nominations. We look forward to receiving yours.

Nominations for the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the Excellence in Service Award

The Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually to a member of the faculty whose body of creative and scholarly works is recognized for its rigor, originality, and expressiveness. The award recognizes that scholarly pursuits support and enrich the faculty’s commitment to excellence in honoring our educational mission and values. Nominated faculty must demonstrate exceptional research, creativity or scholarly work. Important factors include quality, originality, the impact on one’s field, reputation of the scholar and his/her scholarly works, and the ability to generate and successfully disseminate the scholarly or creative works. The successful candidate will demonstrate and document the following: Scholarly work that has received positive external acceptance and/or peer review regionally, nationally and/or internationally, such as published or professionally accepted works, books/chapters and/or other artistic forms, and work of high quality, sustained over time, including recent work (within approximately five years) that enhances academic recognition for PSU. Voting members of the faculty with five or more years of service at PSU are eligible. Faculty may self-nominate.
To submit a nomination for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24:
Plymouth State University’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service is awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies the goal of balanced and sustained service that has had a quality impact on the campus and/or the broader community. To be nominated, a faculty member must demonstrate evidence of short- and/or long-term impact of his or her service. There must be evidence of continuing service to the University and/or the broader community. Service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a faculty member’s basic professional obligations. The scope of the service must extend over several years and must be geared toward affecting positive change. The nominees must be tenured and have at least five years of service at Plymouth State. Faculty may not nominate his or her self.
To nominate a colleague for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24:
I thank you for your thoughtful nominations for these important recognitions of the excellence of our faculty.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Five Senior BFA students in the Studio Option have been invited to exhibit their works in The New Hampshire Art Association’s 2009 College Invitational. This exhibit celebrates outstanding work from our university students studying the visual arts. Department Chair Cynthia Vascak takes great pleasure in sharing with the PSU community who those participating artists are: Tracy Brigham, Michelle Dupere, Annie Gauthier, Sarah Murchie and Tonya White. The opening reception was March 6th at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth.
  • Terry Downs represented the PSU Art Department and the NH Art Community at the NH Ways and Means, Finance Committee hearing addressing funding for NH State Council for the Arts budget on March 16.
  • Cynthia Vascak was the keynote speaker for the NH Art Education Association annual Belknap Mill Conference addressing the theme, “The Art of Teaching: Cultivating Multiple Literacies and Communities of Care.”

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Dennis Machnik spent spring break in Rhode Island with the portable planetarium. In five days he did thirty-eight presentations to three schools: the Curtis Corner Elementary School in Wakefield, the Eden Park Elementary School in Cranston, and the Bain Middle School, also in Cranston. Over 1000 children from preschool to 8th grade attended these presentations which used the Digitalis Alpha 1 LCD projector with Stellarium software in the Starlab inflatable dome. The attendance ranged from a few students preparing for the Science Olympiad to over fifty. (Incidentally, fifty extremely excited second graders in a small enclosed space is an interesting experience. Next year Dennis is planning on bringing a sound level meter!) This program has been going on for about five years. This was the first time presentations took place for longer than two days.
  • Four meteorology faculty and staff: Lourdes Aviles, Eric Hoffman, Brendon Hoch, and Sam Miller, along with 49 undergraduate and graduate meteorology students attended the 34th annual Northeastern Storm Conference in Springfield, MA, March 6-8. Several students and faculty gave presentations of their research projects:
    • Graduate Student Oral Presentations: Mitch McCue: “Intense Mesoscale Precipitation Bands: A Case Study of the Valentine’s Day 2007 Storm,” Jennifer Q. Belge and Eric G.
    • Hoffman: “Preferred Regions of Convective Development over Northern New England
    • as a Function of Flow Regime: Southwesterly Flow Case Study,” and David R. Roache,
    • MS (’08): “The Impact of ENSO Neutral Conditions on Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity.”
    • Undergraduate Student Oral Presentations: Christopher J. Ander, Adam J. Frumkin,
    • James P. Koermer, and W. P. Roeder: “Study of sea-breeze interactions which can
    • produce strong warm-season convective winds in the Cape Canaveral area,” (also a
    • poster presentation), and John W. Sears, Christopher J. Ander, and Adam J. Fumkin:
    • “Cold Air Damming in Plymouth, New Hampshire.”
  • Lisa Doner co-chaired and presented a paper, “Lagged lake-temperature responses to deglacial and early Holocene environmental changes at Big Pea Porridge Pond, Madison, New Hampshire,” co-authored another paper “Madison Hills Paleoecology Project (MPEP): citizen science and a novel approach to funding a lake sediment study in New Hampshire,” and a poster “Preliminary analyses of sub-fossil midge remains (Diptera:Chironomidae) in sediments from Big Pea Porridge Pond, east- central New Hampshire” in the Lakes and Environmental Change Session at the 44th Annual Meeting, Northeastern Section Geological Society of America Meeting, Portland, ME. At the same Meeting, in the Modern Glacial Processes and the Glacial Sedimentary Record: in Honor of Joe Hartshorn session , she also co-authored another paper “Basal radiocarbon age from Big Pea Porridge Pond, Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire, and its relationship to the regional deglacial chronology.”
  • Brendon Hoch has received a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) to integrate four weather stations in Rumney, Bristol, Wentworth, and Enfield into the existing road weather information systems infrastructure. This will allow the public to have access to weather data from these sites via the state 511 system (online at Data will be available to the National Weather Service which will eventually improve forecasts for the region. Observations will also be available to meteorology students via the Plymouth State University Weather Center for research. The project will ultimately allow NHDOT to more efficiently calculate when to apply and remove spring load restrictions on secondary state highways. Project funding also provides a 3 credit tuition waiver and $1250 stipend for a graduate student.
  • Anil Waghe presided over a session on “Analogical Approach to General Chemistry Teaching” at the NSTA 2009 National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA in March. This is the third consecutive year Dr. Waghe was invited to preside over a chemistry session at the NSTA national meeting. Previously he has presided over the Boston and St. Louis NSTA national meetings.

Bagley Center

  • This year, 78 students participated in study abroad in the following locations around the world: Argentina, Australia, England, Florence, Italy, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain. Additionally, three students participated in “Semester at Sea.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented a paper, “Beyond Sustainability,” at the annual conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology, in Santa Fe, NM.
  • Ben Amsden presented a “projected challenge” to the Tillotson Learning Community (TLC). The TLC provides a forum for recipients of funds from the Neil and Louis Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support and learn from each other during quarterly meetings. Participants are invited to bring real-world challenges to the group for brainstorming and shared learning in this unique forum. By participating, recipients support that broader work of the funders and build a network of meaningful relationships with partners they might not have encountered otherwise.
  • Dan Perkins and the Hanover Chamber Orchestra (HCO) completed their Coös County Outreach Initiative Seed Grant project. Dan and principal musicians from the HCO traveled to a Coös County elementary school for a day-long musical workshop. Teachers received a companion resource guide—designed by a PSU graduate student—to prepare the children for the event, complete with a host of fun, multi-sensory participatory projects and games. A few weeks later, Dan and the full orchestra traveled to Whitefield High School for a nearly sold out performance of their “Night Music” program. There is a strong desire from all involved to have this become a repeating event!
  • Ben Amsden staffed a resource table at the Northern Organic Food Association (NOFA) winter conference to share information about Agritourism, including the upcoming collaborative workshop with the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurship Network (WREN.)
  • Fran Belcher met with members of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s New Hampshire office at the State of New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. The focus of the meeting was to meet the team and to discuss federal allocations for rural economic development in NH.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships has secured renewed funding that enables us to continue to offer seed grants to PSU faculty and staff. Anyone who has a terrific idea and is interested in collaborating with off-campus partners for the benefit of rural communities in NH (from the Lakes Region to Coös County) is encouraged to contact Ben Amsden.

College of University Studies

  • On March 12, Patrick Cate, Interim Director, presented, “Addicted to Undeclared: A New Way to Approach Undecided Students,” at the NACADA Region One annual conference held in Saratoga Springs, NY. The topic covered a new developmental methodology and theoretical foundation for advising “deciding students,” using Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model combined with current accepted practices. It is a concept familiar to Patrick since he has used it in his own counseling with Frost students and plans it to be part of University Studies methodology in the fall. His presentation won “Best of Region” and Patrick was invited to present at the NACADA national conference in San Antonio, TX in October.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears was appointed as the American Mental Health Counseling Representative to the American Association of State Counseling Boards.
  • Gary Goodnough had a co-authored article published: Group counseling in the schools, Rachelle Pérusse, Gary E. Goodnough, and Vivian V. Lee in “Psychology in the Schools,” Volume 46, Issue 3 , Pages 225 – 231

Criminal Justice

  • The Integral Life website published a conversation between the Integral Institute’s CEO Robb Smith and Mark Fischler on “the rise of legal consciousness” in March.
  • Stephanie Halter presented “The Police Response to Juveniles’ Involvement in Prostitution: Findings from 6 Metropolitan Agencies in the U.S.” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s annual meeting in Boston, MA in March.
  • David Mackey and Christopher Remillard (Criminal Justice major) recently completed the Dunbarton Police Department Community Satisfaction Survey.
  • David Mackey and Michael Smith (Saint Anselm College) presented “Should a ‘bad guy’ be afforded the same expectation of privacy as Joe Six Pack: An examination of the intrusiveness and reasonableness of searches” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held in Boston, MA. David also published five entries (Whren v. United States, Terry v. Ohio, Powell v. Alabama, Bernard Goetz, and the Willie Bosket Law) in the Encyclopedia of Race and Crime edited by Helen Greene and Shaun Gabbidon, published by Sage Publications.
  • In March 2009 an article that Francis Williams wrote, “The Problem of Sexual Offenders,” was published as a chapter in an edited book, Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions (Springer Publishers) edited by Richard G. Wright. The article/chapter provides an overview of the current state of sexual assault including prevalence, victimization, perpetrators, recidivism, and treatment.


  • The ETC’s January production of “The Wizard of Oz” was awarded the “Best Live Performance in the State of NH” by the Hippo newspaper.
  • Royce Robertson attended the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, in March. He also presented a Share-a-Thon session titled “Real Time Data Websites for K-12 Science Instruction.”
  • Gerry Buteau and Marianne True presented in March at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development International Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Their presentation, “Engaging the English Language Learner: Strategies for Success” focused on practical strategies for engaging all children, with special emphasis on how to successfully engage children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Gerry Buteau and Marianne True recently presented at the CALTASH conference in Manhattan Beach, California. Their presentation, “A Comprehensive Approach to Inclusive Early Childhood Education,” focused on practical strategies for sustaining parental involvement while ensuring all learners are engaged, supported and challenged.
  • Lisa Spradley traveled as the faculty advisor with an ASB group to the outer banks of North Carolina. The trip was exciting, informative and rewarding. The 7 PSU students served as Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium employees for 4 days, learning about and caring for Loggerhead turtles, sharks, octopus, otters, rays and other animals living at the aquarium. Throughout the course of the week, the students also participated in oyster research, built a compost fence, moved oyster bags across a bay to where they will be used to build an oyster reef, and blazed a trail on an island where wild horses still roam. The hard work provided a sense of accomplishment and new memories were carried home from the trip of a lifetime.

Lamson Library

  • David Beronä’s book, “Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels,” won First Place in the category of Special Trade/Adult Graphic Novel at the 23rd Annual New York Book Show, sponsored by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York, in March. The Award Show, which was, by his account, “…a really festive event,” is the Guild’s way of encouraging, recognizing, honoring and celebrating excellence in book production and design. See:
  • “Wordless Books,” a slide show on early wordless books was presented by David at the Pease Public Library in March.


  • Plymouth State University’s Mathematics Department was well represented at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics 46th Annual Spring Conference in Keene in March. The following presentations were given by Mathematics Department faculty: “The Quantitative Literacy Project,” Brian Beaudrie and Emily Ricard; “Fun with Tangrams,” Barbara Boschmans; “Are You As Smart As An Eighth Grader?,” Donna Kelley; “The Five Minute Review to Start Class,” Richard Evans (Emeritus Faculty); “How long will it Bounce?,” Natalya Vinogradova and Larry Blaine; and Keynote, “Mathematical Literacy: It DOES take a village,” Fernand Prevost (NH-Impact Center – retired). Barbara Boschmans also worked on the exhibits as well as the conference web site.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Dan Perkins conducted performances of “Night Music” with the Hanover Chamber Orchestra March 12-15 at Plymouth State, the Lebanon Opera House, and White Mountains Regional High School. On March 6, he did a collaborative workshop with the Plymouth Regional High School Select Choir and the PSU Chamber Singers.
  • Kathleen Arecchi and Elizabeth Cox were casting consultants for the Papermill Theatre at the New England Theatre Conference annual auditions held in Boston in March.

Social Science

  • Mark Okrant (Tourism Management and Policy) spoke to students, faculty and administrators at the Universidad del Este’s International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, in Puerto Rico. The topic of his presentation was “Islands as Visitor Destinations.”
  • An article by Marcia Schmidt Blaine, titled “The Johnsons’ Plight: The Role of Captivity on Anglo-American Identity,” was published in History: A Journal of the History Association 94:1, No. 313 (January, 2009), 53-73. She also gave a paper titled “Fear and Settlement: Developing American Identity on the New England Frontier, 1744-1760” at the Conference for the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era in Savannah, Georgia in February.
  • Patrick May took Geography Club students to Washington DC during Spring break for tours of the monuments, museums, the Capital, and other historic sites. Students told him that they were going off in a couple of years to be social science teachers and they’d never been to the nation’s capital, and he said, “let’s go.” Students raised funds to help offset the costs.
  • The Geography Club is taking students to the Association of American Geographers meetings where students will attend paper sessions, attend the job and book fairs, and participate in a field trip of their own design to Zion National Park. One student, Meghan Rodier, will present a paper focusing upon her experience as a student in the EcoHouse class, Sustainability in Residences. Students raised funds for this event, as well.
  • Bryon Middlekauff will serve as a discussant in a session of papers focusing upon John Wesley Powell, explorer, geographer, and ethnographer. He has also organized the New England World Geography Bowl contest all-star team. Patrick May is also participating in that same conference.
  • The Geography Club has, and will, sponsor alumni talks this semester. Jon Albertini , ’02, and the Geographic Information Systems analyst for Hannaford Supermarkets talked about his job last week on campus. Linda Madorma, ‘05, will speak about her role at the Southern New Hampshire Planning Agency on April 5th, and Mike Ellis, ‘92, will speak about his participation in the Yukon Quest sled dog race.
  • Sheryl Shirley presented a paper and a poster at the 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in New York City, February 15th-18th. The paper, co-authored with Filiz Otucu, was titled ” Should Walls Be History?: A Comparative Study of the Israeli-Palestinian and the U.S.-Mexican Borders.” The poster focused on the U.S.-Mexican exclusion barriers and was presented at a session sponsored by ISA’s Human Rights Section.
  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert co-authored “New Hampshire” for the Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Donald P. Haider-Markel, ed., CQ Press, 2008.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz were participants in an Authors Forum Roundtable held at the Baccalaureate SW Programs Directors Annual Conference held in Phoenix, AR. During the conference, they also participated in CSWE Gero-Ed and other meetings. Steve Gorin attended a quarterly meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Scott Meyer served as a panelist on Gero Mental Health at the Speare Hospital Eldercare 2009 Conference for Families and Older Adults. Scott also provided training in Concord on Action Planning for Project Sustainability for UNH Cooperative Extension and Community Partner staff involved in USDA Children, Youth & Families at Risk grant projects.

March 2009

March 21st, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
March 4, 2009

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Awards

It is my pleasure to provide information about this year’s Distinguished Teacher nomination process. We have three distinguished teaching awards: for full-time faculty, The Distinguished Teaching Award, for part-time faculty, The Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, and for graduate teaching, the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. I encourage you to be a part of this year’s selection process by nominating a worthy colleague. Links can be found below. Please note the April 1st deadlines.
For the Distinguished Teaching Award: deadline- no later than April 1st
For the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award: deadline- no later than April 1st
For the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award: deadline- no later than April 1st
The PSU Distinguished Teaching Awards are our highest form of recognition for the excellent teaching that our faculty, both full- and part-time, provide for our students every day. I thank you for your thoughtful responses to this request for nominations.

Excellence in Service and Scholarship Awards

The call for nominations for the Excellence in Service and Distinguished Scholarship Awards will be announced shortly. Please be thinking about deserving nominees.

Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Scholarship

I am pleased to announce that the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Scholarship has received over $20,000 in gifts and pledges. The first Scholarship, in the amount of $1000, will be awarded in April. The nomination form is available at

News from Academic Affairs

Center for the Environment

  • Patrick Bourgeron gave a presentation to Harvard Forest at Harvard University, “Dynamics of coupled natural and human systems in the Colorado Front wildland/urban interface.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Frances Belcher & Thad Guldbrandsen have been collaborating with colleagues from U Maine Fort Kent, U Maine Farmington, White Mountains Community College, Lyndon State College, Sterling College, and Paul Smith’s College to establish the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN). Fran sent out NFHERN’s first newsletter on February 20, 2009.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and June Hammond Rowan (Center for the Environment) facilitated the final public meeting for the Berlin Master Planning process on February 11, 2009.
  • Ben Amsden and Mark Okrant (Social Science) hosted an agritourism workshop at the annual Farm & Forest Expo on February 6, 2009. Attended by over 70 people, this workshop was one of the highlights of this year’s Farm & Forest Expo.
  • Ben Amsden was appointed to the Board of Directors of AHEAD (Affordable Housing Education and Development) a non-profit housing and community development organization located in Littleton.

    College of Graduate Studies

  • Leo Sandy published “Promoting Parent Involvement in Assessment: Putting Parents First,” in the Winter Issue of NHASP Protocol, the official publication of The New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists. He has also been designated as an associate editor for The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations.
  • Starting Winter term, the College began using its enlarged space at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. Twenty-three courses were offered there in winter, and 39 will be offered in the spring term.
  • The Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology has announced the hire of a new faculty member, Karen Hall. Currently at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Hall will join the department in September.
  • In March Prof. Trent Boggess, of the Business Department, will travel to the city of Cluj (Romania) to work with officials at University Babeş-Bolyai (UBB) on plans to enroll an international cohort of students into PSU’s MBA program. American and Romanian students will participate in online class work, with instruction provided by both PSU and UBB faculty members.
  • Kathleen Norris, Director of Admissions and Assessment for the College of graduate Studies, presented an invited talk entitled “Creating and Using Effective Formative Assessments” at the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Conference, sponsored by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association and held at the Grappone Center in Concord.

    Computer Science and Technology Department

  • Zhizhang Shen had two papers published: Shen, Z., and Qiu, K., “An explicit formula of the surface area for the star graph and a Proof of its correctness,” Congressus Numerantium (Proc. of the Thirty-Ninth Southeastern International Conference On Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing (CGTC39), Boca Raton, FL, March 3-7, 2008), 192 (December 2008) 115-127; and Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., “A short note on the surface area of star graphs,” Parallel Processing Letters, 19.1 (2009) 19-22.

    Education Department

  • In December Gerard Buteau and Marianne True presented at the TASH conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Their presentation, “Advocacy in Practice: Students and Chronic Illness,” focused on the role advocacy can play in positively influencing the student’s school experience and provided program participants with advocacy strategies for students who are chronically ill and their families so that they may participate in meaningful ways within the context of the school community.
  • In January Gerard Buteau shared his sabbatical experience with legislators as part of the New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s meeting with policymakers on school improvement. Dr. Buteau’s work with PSU graduates in their primary grade classrooms at Bakersville Elementary School in Manchester, New Hampshire, was lauded by Commissioner of Education Lyonel Tracy and Deputy Commissioner Mary Heath.
  • “Differentiating Instructional Strategies to Support English Language Learners,” an article written by Marianne True and Gerard Buteau, was recently published in the current journal of the New England Reading Association.

    Health and Human Performance Department

  • Liesl Lindley and Ali Serrani (’09) participated in the Athletic Training Hit the Hill Day in Washington, DC where they met with representatives of New Hampshire’s legislators (Paul Hodes, Carol Shea-Porter, Judd Gregg, and Jeanne Shaheen). Their charge was to help them understand and provide evidence to encourage their support of H.R. 1137, the Athletic Trainers’ Equal Access to Medicare Act of 2009. In preparation for this event, Ali attended the iLead Conference where she learned about leadership and the communication skills necessary to talk with our legislators.
  • At the most recent Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention in Lancaster, PA, February 3-7, 2009, the Health and Human Performance Department was very well represented. Louise McCormack received the Honor Award which is the highest honor bestowed by the Eastern District Association. Louise was recognized for her years of service and many contributions to the profession. Irene Cucina and Lynn Johnson are past recipients of the EDA Honor Award.
  • Also at the convention, Irene Cucina was reelected as the Eastern District Association Representative to American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Board of Governors; Barbara McCahan was elected the Vice President Elect for Physical Activity and Recreation; and Lynn Johnson moved from President-Elect to President. As a result of these elections, Plymouth State University and the Health and Human Performance Department is the most represented University in the governance of the Eastern District.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller, just finished coordinating the 11th Annual Love your Body Week for the campus and community.

    Lamson Library

    • Publications
      David A. Beronä:

      “Preface” to An Abraham Lincoln Tribute: featuring woodcuts by Charles Turzak. Dover Publication, 2009; “Introduction” to Lynd Ward’s Vertigo: A Novel in Woodcuts. Dover Publication, 2009; and A French edition of Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels (Roman Graphique. Des Origines aux Annees) was published by Editions de La Martiniere
    • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
      David A. Beronä

      Judge for the 2009 Juried Print Show, Momenta III, running through March 31, 2009 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, Vermont.

    Mathematics Department

  • Dana Ernst presented a poster session: “A diagrammatic representation of an affine C Temperley–Lieb algebra” at Project NExT-Young Mathematicians Network Poster Session Joint Mathematics Meeting 2009 January 5, 2009. He also presented “On an open problem of the symmetric group” at the Keene State College Math Seminar, February 27, 2009.
  • John Donovan has been appointed by the President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to be the new editor of the Mathematics Teacher starting in June.
  • Brian Beaudrie is presenting “The Impact of Online Assessment on Grades in Distance Education Mathematics Courses” at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education conference in Charleston, SC on March 3rd 2009 and has a full paper with the same title published in the conference proceedings.
  • Barbara Boschmans and PSU graduate student Leal Rivanis are presenting “Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Experience with The Math Forum’s Virtual Fieldwork Sequence in a Mathematics Methods Course” at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education conference in Charleston, SC on March 5th 2009 and have a short paper with the same title published in the conference proceedings.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department

  • Dr. Gary Corcoran was the guest conductor the 2009 Rhode Island Junior All-State Band in Providence, February 6-8.
  • Elizabeth Cox coordinated the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association auditions held in the Silver Center on February 21, 2009. Eighteen theatre companies from around the state attended the day-long process seeing 94 individuals for auditions and interviews for summer stock and full-time work.
  • Carleen Graff just returned from a performance at Illinois State University where she gave a lecture/recital on George Crumb’s piano music. She performed several selections from “Makrokosmos” as well as a new work from 2002 “Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik”, based on Thelonius Monk’s “‘Round Midnight.” She also gave a master class for graduate and undergraduate students, and was interviewed on public radio from the University of Illinois. She will be giving a similar lecture/recital on March 7 for the PSU Contemporary Piano Festival.
  • Amanda McLaughlin Munton ’00, adjunct in music, is one of 12 young National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice teachers who have been selected from a nationwide applicant pool to participate in the prestigious NATS Intern Program to be held at Shorter College in June, all expenses paid. Interns will hone their voice teaching skills under the supervision of four master voice teachers for a period of two weeks.
  • Dan Perkins presented a series of workshops at public schools in Whitefield, NH with the Hanover Chamber Orchestra principals as part of an outreach project funded partially by the Center for Rural Partnerships. He also presented a workshop in the Silver Center for the Arts with the Lebanon, NH High School Chamber Singers.

    Psychology Department

  • Joel Funk gave a presentation, “Two Alternatives to Ken Wilber’s Transpersonal Model of Development,” at the semiannual Lifwynn Foundation for Social Research meeting in Vancouver, BC.

    Social Work Department

  • Stephen Gorin published “Long Time Coming: Are We on the Brink of Universal Health Care Coverage?” in Health & Social Work, (February 2009), 34(1). He is also a member of a newly formed Social Insurance Working Group (SIWG) consisting of leading national experts on social insurance and attended a founding meeting for the group in Washington, DC in January.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz attended the Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies in January as guests of Senator Shaheen. They also participated in meetings and celebrations sponsored by SWIG and the Health Policy Advisory Committee and Doctors for Obama.
  • Scott Meyer conducted a field instructors’ workshop in January in preparation for our spring Social Work Practicum. Scott also served as Associate Editor for the current volume of the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations.
  • Cynthia Moniz brought 15 students from 2 social work classes to the “Every Child Matters” one-day conference held in Concord on Feb. 17.Respectfully submitted,
    Julie N. Bernier, Provost/VPAA

February 2009

February 21st, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
February 4, 2009

Welcome back everyone and best wishes for a successful semester.

Teacher Education

The State Department of Education visit for all teacher education programs will take place in Fall 2009. Teacher education faculty have been working to prepare for the fall State Department visit as well as to meet NCATE requirements for a future reaccreditation site visit. They will need the support of department faculty in the coming months. Thank you in advance all for your efforts to provide the required materials as we prepare for this important review process. A special thank you to Irene Cucina and the staff in the Office of Teacher Certification for their efforts in leading the teacher education faculty through this process.

Grant Funding Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity to apply for “National Institute of Health (NIH) Collaborative Funding for enhancing research infrastructure and training at undergraduate institutions” through NH-INBRE (Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence). Funds are available for faculty in multiple disciplines interested in studying “health related issues important to the local community surrounding the partner institution”

While most of the proposed research projects will involve faculty in laboratory disciplines such as Biology, Psychology, or Chemistry, a significant portion of related research is also done by non-laboratory researchers such as public health researchers, computer scientists, geographers, mathematicians, social scientists and statisticians.
If you are interested in more information, please contact George Tuthill as soon as possible. The Dartmouth program director will be on campus shortly. The internal deadline is February 13th with an INBRE deadline of Feb. 20th.

2nd Annual Faculty Research Grant awardees named. The Research Advisory Council has recommended funding five faculty proposals for FY10. Thank you to all those who participated.

Congratulations to the following faculty:
Lisa Doner, Climate Influences on Amphibian Phenology, Hermit Lake, Mt. Washington, NH
Karolyn Kinane, Medieval and Renaissance Forum and Fair: Improving outreach efforts to New England scholars, PSU, and the Plymouth Community.
Deborah John, Associations among Translation of Center of Foot Pressure, Balance, Functional Fitness, and Fear of Falling with Middle-to-Older Adults by Falls Risk
Brian Eisenhauer, Kate Donahue, How Can We Help?: A Qualitative Needs Assessment for EcoHouse Outreach
Margie King, Quantification of Qualitative Clinical Assessment in Rehabilitation.

Spirit Night 2/5
Thursday night is Spirit Night at the Foley Gymnasium. The Plymouth State University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams take on the Lyndon State College Yellow Jackets . The women’s game tips off at 5:30 PM and the men’s at 7:30 PM. Free t-shirts, music, DJ, and performances by our very own PSU Dance Team and Cheerleaders. This will be a great night of hoops, spirit, giveaways, and Panther Pride.

Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to the Webcast. Log on to to watch complete live coverage.
ETC’s Wizard of Oz will close this weekend at the Capital Center in Concord. Tickets are selling fast for Friday evening at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at

News From Academic Affairs

Art Department

  • Annette Mitchell, Nick Sevigney, Jong Kim, and Phil Lonergan are the artists being featured in an exhibit in the Karl Drerup Art Galley from January 21 – February 28th. Their works – sculpture, handmade bound books, ceramic vessels, foam plate prints, and art quilts – may be seen Mon. – Sat .10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Sundays and PSU holidays.
  • “Myths and Masks,” an exhibit of the masks created by the students in Jay Moskowitz’s Fall sections of Creativity and the Visual Works, will open in Lamson Library on February 5th with a reception at 3 p.m.
  • The annual Friends of the Arts juried exhibition (February 2-27) honors imaginative and skillful work by students in secondary schools in central and northern New Hampshire. The exhibition includes artists from public and private high schools, providing an opportunity for students and their teachers to explore and observe a wide range of media, processes, themes, and subject interpretations. The opening reception is February 8th, 4-6 p.m.

Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Susan Swope, Marguerite Crowell, and undergraduates Jonathan Goulette, Shannon Courcelle, and Andrew Hornberger worked with high school seniors from Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, NH during an all-day workshop held in Boyd . Students toured the campus and experimented with a forensic DNA profiling lab. The students are AP chemistry students of Joshua Keaton, Science Department Chair and chemistry teacher at WRHS, and a PSU alumni.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Two new faculty grants have been awarded for the PSU-Coös County Outreach Initiative:
    • Catherine Amidon (Karl Drerup Gallery) received funding to plan a collaborative eco-art program in preparation for the Centennial Celebration of the 1911 Weeks Act.
    • Dan Lee (Business Department) received funding to plan an innovative local and regional economic indicators project, serving counties and towns in Coös County and rural New Hampshire.
  • Three members of the Center for Rural Partnerships made presentations at the PSU Research Advisory Council Grant Writing Workshop on January 21:
    • Ben Amsden: “How to Compile and Utilize Data” and “Hypothetical RAC Grant – The Do’s and Don’ts” (with Mark Okrant)
    • Frances Belcher: “Project Development and Grant Writing”
    • Thad Guldbrandsen: “Partnerships & Collaborations”
  • Ben Amsden presented “Anatomy of A Successful Partnership” in collaboration with Pat Garvin at the Tillotson Learning Community meeting held in Crawford Notch in January.
  • Fran Belcher led an effort to establish the founding documents and a communications plan for the newly established NFHERN (Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network). NFHERN Steering Committee members are from: U Maine Fort Kent, U Maine Farmington, White Mountain Community College, Lyndon State College (VT), Sterling College (VT), and Paul Smith College (NY).
  • The Center submitted a research report in support of the White Mountains National Forest Transport Plan. The purpose of this report was to provide information in support of the WMNF alternative transportation planning process. Research and writing for this report was conducted on behalf of the White Mountain National Forest and their partners by Ben Amsden in collaboration with PSU faculty, students, and off-campus partners.
  • Ben Amsden was named Associate Editor of the Journal of Unconventional Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Recreation Research.

Communication and Media Studies Department

  • At the 2008 Convention of the National Communication Association, Kylo-Patrick Hart presented “The False Promise of Consumer Culture: Commodity Consumption’s Deleterious Illusion of Empowerment” (a top paper in the American Studies Division) as well as “Exploring African-American Popular Culture and Chocolate Babies,” Annette Holba presented “Ren as a Guide to Communication Ethics: An Aesthetic Principle of Philosophical
  • Leisure from an Eastern Perspective,” and Eun-Ho Yeo (with Kyung-Woo Park) presented “Perception of ‘Speaking Well’ Among College Students in Korea.” At the Masculinities, Femininities, and More Conference at the University of West Georgia, Cathie LeBlanc presented “Gender in On-line Communities” and Evelyn Stiller presented “Don’t Know Much about Politics? How Women and Girls Blog.”

Criminal Justice Department

  • Mark Fischler led a discussion on the meaning of “Integral Law” in the world today at Boulder Integral, a community of shared philosophical agreement and committed practice.

Education Department

  • An article by Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor, ” ‘Thinking about thinking…it’s not for philosophers’: Using metacognitive journals to teach and learn about constructivism,” was published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

English Department

  • Liz Ahl has won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook prize. Her chapbook, “A Thirst That’s Partly Mine,” is a collection of poetry about human interaction with the natural world. A chapbook is a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories or religious tracts. Slapering Hol Press is housed at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing a community in which literary writers and those who love literature celebrate the creative process. The Press, named from the old Dutch for Sleepy Hollow, was established in 1990 to advance the national and international conversation of poetry and poetics, principally by publishing and supporting the work of emerging poets. Liz will be reading from the chapbook on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth. Copies of the chapbook provided by the PSU Bookstore, will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Joe Monninger’s latest book, “Hippie Chick,” has been chosen one of 2008’s Most Distinguished Books by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book. The Bulletin is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which selects the best children books each year for its annual Blue Ribbon prize. Bulletin editor Deborah Stevenson said the authors making the list are the best in the country and are often a precursor to receiving other book awards. “Hippie Chick” is a Robinson Crusoe-like survival story of a 15-year-old free spirited girl, Lolly, who enjoys sailing in the Florida Keys until she is thrown off her capsized boat. After regaining consciousness in the water, she is ready to accept death until she is helped by an unlikely rescuer, a trio of manatees. Monninger says he was inspired to write the story after visiting the area.

Health and Human Performance Department

  • Linda Levy, Margie King, Liesl Lindley, Keith Belmore, Brian Bolys-White, Kristen Scott and six undergraduate and graduate athletic training students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Annual Conference and Clinical Symposium. One of the undergraduate students, Ali Serrani (’09), earned 2nd place in the first annual Quiz Bowl. She will represent the EATA in the nationally sponsored quiz bowl in San Antonio is June.
  • Liesl Lindley was elected as the President-elect for the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  • Linda Levy, Ashley Schmidt (MS ’10) and Brad Emerton (BS ’10) provided athletic training services for the ETC’s production of the Wizard of Oz. This is the first year that the collaborative goals of the ETC have extended into the HHP Department.
  • Irene Cucina traveled to Washington, DC in January to attend an NCATE Auditor Training program. As an NCATE Auditor she will be reviewing institutional reports before the Board of Examiners attends the on-campus visit.
  • Christian Bisson and former PSU faculty Dr. Robert Stremba co-edited a textbook, “Teaching Adventure Education Theory – Best Practices.”

Lamson Library

  • David A. Beronä:
    Exhibit Review. “LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel.” Norman Rockwell Museum, November 10, 2007-May 26, 2008. International Journal of Comic Art. 10:2(Fall, 2008): 808-810.
  • David also spoke in January at the College Book Art Association Biennial Conference, University of Iowa Center for the Book —Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place. “Contemporary Woodcut Novels: Telling Stories in Pictures.”

Music, Theatre and Dance Department

  • The Pemi Choral Society (Director, Robert Swift), received a public citation of commendation from Governor Lynch in honor of its 35th anniversary concerts in December.
  • Carleen Graff held master classes in January – At the Goodwin Studio in Dover she worked with three groups of students, including a class of adults. At the Manchester Community Music School, Dr. Graff worked with students from 5th grade through high school age.
  • Dan Perkins was guest conductor and clinician for the Maine District I Choral Festival in No. Berwick, Maine in January. He also led the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour of the U.S. Southwest January 6-12, 2009.
  • Matt Kizer has been nominated for Best Scenic Design through the NH Theatre Awards for the production of ALL SHOOK UP (Summer, 2008) at the Papermill Theatre of Lincoln, NH. The awards will be presented on February 8, 2009.
  • Elizabeth Cox performed in a January theatre production with Stage One Productions in Manchester, NH.

Social Science Department

  • Khuan Chong led a delegation to Houdegbe North American University Benin (HNAUB) in January. He is a member of the Board of Governors of HNAUB, and part of his responsibilities includes lectures on African – Southeast Asian Affairs at the Nkrumah School of International Relations and to help in honorary degree celebrations. He also met with the Benin Minister of Industry, Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Trade.

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

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