Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
December 2, 2009
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 http://www.plymouth.edu/alerts/
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
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:
- To increase the ratio of recyclables to solid waste from last year.
- 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.
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 http://tiny.cc/USNHMEDIA
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.
- 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 www.plymouth.edu/rural for updates and call for papers.
- Follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcguldbrandsen
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.