December 2011

December 7th, 2011 by gbeckwith

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May 2011

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
May 2011


Distinguished Teacher Awards today!

Please join us today as we announce the Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Graduate Teacher, and Distinguished Adjunct Teacher for 2011.  The announcements will be made at the end of the meeting.  Because the faculty have a very full agenda, I hope you can arrange your schedule and plan to stay through the meeting to celebrate your 2011 Distinguished colleagues.

Student Scholarship

Congratulations to the all the students and their faculty mentors for the VERY successful research presentations on Friday afternoon and the Showcase of Student Success on Saturday.  These were impressive events!   There is indeed a great deal happening at PSU!  In the last week:  “The Seagull,” “Transitions,”  student chapter Habitat for Humanity Night of Celebration,  CoBA Chili Cook-off, Earth Jam, PSU Symphonic Band, Danny Brevik’s senior recital, the BFA exhibition, Poetry Slam, Community Engaged Research projects… and more. Congratulations to all.

Accreditation review

Yesterday the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) conducted an exit interview after spending two days meeting with faculty, coordinators, and students in the Art Department.  The visiting team was excellent and had many accolades for the quality of student work and the commitment of the faculty to student success.  The department will begin to review recommendations made and await the final report later this summer.  Congratulations to all that worked on the self-study.

Convocation, Commencement Ceremonies and Orientation

Faculty members please mark your calendars for the following dates and activities. Attendance and participation in convocation, commencement and June orientation is an expectation for all full-time faculty members.


May 14 Graduate Commencement begins 10:00 am- faculty robing at 9:00 am at the PE Center

May 20 Convocation begins 4:00 pm- faculty robing at 3:30 at the PE Center

May 21 Undergraduate Commencement begins 10:00 am- for those that wish to march from campus, meet at
8:45 at the HUB, all others may begin robing at 9:00 am at the PE Center


  • Session A – June 5 & 6 (Sunday & Monday)
  • Session T – June 10 (Friday) for transfer and part-time students
  • Session B – June 12 & 13 (Sunday & Monday)
  • Session C – June 15 & 16 (Wednesday & Thursday)
  • Session D – June 19 & 20 (Sunday & Monday) not available to reserve until 5/23/11

Orienting our students, helping them choose their classes and having them spend time with faculty are important aspects of welcoming new students to our campus and to your programs.  Your role is critical and required.  In order to properly staff Orientation sessions, each department/program determines the number of faculty required based on the typical number of new students entering the department.  ALL faculty are expected to participate in this important activity.  For most departments it will mean each faculty member must participate in one or two sessions.  Department Chairs will share with you the needs and expectations for your department. Please plan accordingly and be prepared to participate to meet your department’s needs.




  • Philip Inwood presented his abstract oils on wood panels at an exhibit at the Green + Blue Gallery in Stowe, VT from April 9th through April Phil’s work can also be viewed on his website:
  • Catherine S. Amidon has recently had an article published:  Textile and Mid-Century Fiber Art: A Movement of a Transitional Mode? TISSAGE (MĒ)TISSAGE: Regards croisés sur le tissu dans l’art du XIXe au XXIe, siècles, (2011) l’Université de Dijon – CNRS
  • Jason Swift exhibited 1) recent sculptures in the exhibition “Of House and Home” at The Whole Gallery in Baltimore, MD in February, and 2) recent artwork in the show “Piece of Mind” at the Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York, NY in May.  He was also  the keynote speaker at the 2011 Arts Alive conference at the Belknap Mill in Laconia, NH.  His keynote address was titled “Recapturing Sensory Learning.”

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Jim Koermer has been appointed to the organizing committee of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Interactive Information Processing Systems (IIPS) Conference, the largest conference held annually in conjunction with the AMS Annual Meeting.
  • On April 7th and 14th Dennis Machnik traveled to Milton, NH to conduct planetarium shows.  A total of 15 presentations to over 350 children K through 5th grade were given.  On the 5th of May he will be taking the portable planetarium to Thornton Elementary, and in June, over 3 weeks to approximately 1500 children at locations across the state.

Biological Science

  • Fred Prince has two publications (May/June):  an article in the New Hampshire Wildlife Journal on brook trout, and an article in Gray’s Sporting Journal entitled “Old Yard Sales of New England.”
  • Larry Spencer recently reviewed two books- Dubinsky and Stambler’s “Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition.”   The second, Frank Ryan’s “The Mystery of Metamorphosis: A scientific detective story,” for Choice, a publication of the American Library Association.  Larry was also reappointed for a three year term on the River Management Advisory Council (part of the NH DES River Management and Protection Program). He represents the NH Association of Conservation Commissions on the RMAC.
  • Undergraduate biology students Jacqulyn Huckins and Christopher Wilk presented their research at the Eastern New England Biological Conference in Boston on April 9th with their faculty mentor Kerry Yurewicz.   Huckins, Jacqulyn, David Neils, and Kerry Yurewicz:  “Assessing the water quality of New Hampshire streams using macroinvertebrates as bioindicators,” and Wilk, Christopher and Kerry Yurewicz,  Effects of salt concentration on the behavior of three freshwater animal species. “  Plymouth State is one of more than 50 member schools in a consortium that sponsors this annual undergraduate research conference; this year’s conference included more than 60 posters and oral presentations by students from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Chris Chabot received two grants totaling $12,000 from the National Sciences Foundation Division of Integrative Organismal Systems: a Supplemental REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) grant and an RAHSS (Research Assistantship for High School Students). These grants will be used to support undergraduates and high school students this summer at PSU and at the Jackson Estuarine Lab at UNH.

Center for the Environment

  • CFE and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) are partnering on a new project on the carrying capacity of the Squam Lakes. Graduate student Andrew Veilleux and interim director Brian Eisenhauer will be working with SLA and NH Department of Environmental Services to expand recent work done at UNH on classifying areas of the Squam Lakes into recreational use categories and develop a more refined system that identifies the limits of acceptable change for users of the lake and present management options.
  • Lisa Doner, Research Assistant Professor, and Christina Maki, MS Candidate in Environmental Science & Policy, spoke on April 20 at the New Hampshire Arc Users Group Meeting. Their presentation title was “Tracking Geochemical Sources in an Iceland Watershed.”
  • Over the past three summers, CFE has sponsored the Hubbard Brook Research Experience for Undergraduates at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Assistant professor Mark Green recently co-authored a poster with one of last summer’s REU students, Jenna Zukswert. The poster, titled “Exploring relationships between soil physics and root distribution in two diverse watersheds,” was presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, NY on April 1st.
  • CFE participated in a recent partnership meeting with the White Mountain National Forest. The meeting explored areas where PSU and WMNF have worked together in the past and where we can focus our efforts in the future. The meeting ended with the official signing of a new agreement between PSU and the WMNF. June Hammond Rowan co-facilitated the meeting.
  • Brian Eisenhauer spoke to the UNH Water Resource Group on April 15 on “The role of social science in watershed planning to protect water quality.” The talk reviewed the need for social data to be integrated in watershed planning and presented several benefits of doing so for the effectiveness of watershed plans based on comparative research from watershed planning projects in New Hampshire and Illinois.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies hosted a forum-style showcase of regionally-engaged student research and service projects on May 3, in Heritage Commons.  This semester’s roster of excellent learning opportunities included two projects from the Community Research Experience course (team taught by Mark Okrant and Thaddeus Guldbrandsen)and three by interns and student assistants at the Center for Rural Partnerships.  Each of the projects involved collaboration with one or more off-campus partners and the body of work includes strong common threads among the pool of projects, forming a cohesive whole that reflects the hard work, creativity, and scholarship of the students.  The result was a win-win-win relationship for the students, the university, and the off-campus partners.
    • Maximizing Community Benefits from Large Infrastructure Projectspresented by:
      • Katie Beairsto ’11 (Environmental Planning)
      • Dean Williams ’11 (Environmental Planning)
    • Heritage Tourism in Crawford Notchpresented by:
      • Rachelle Lyons ’11 (Childhood Studies)
      • Nathan Pasquale ’11 (Tourism Management & Policy)
    • Social Media, Education, and the Weeks Act Centennialpresented by:
      • Nicole DeGrandpre ’11 (Communications & Media Studies)
      • Kelly Rice ’11 (Communications & Media Studies)
    • Community Energy Planning for the 21st Centurypresented by
      • Thomas Evans (MS candidate, Environmental Science & Policy)
    • Assessing and Communicating About University Engagementpresented by
      • James Boynton ’13 (Sociology)
      • Kaleb Hart ’11 (Interdisciplinary Studies)
      • Christopher Lauria ’11 (Communications & Media Studies)
  • Ben Amsden gave a research presentation, “Examining Alternative Transportation in the White Mountain National Forest,” at the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium in Bolton Landing, NY.  The presentation was co-authored by Thad Guldbrandsen, Brian Eisenhauer, and partners from the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.
  • Fran Belcher was appointed to the Board of Trustees of NAMI-NH, the New Hampshire branch of the national grassroots of and for individuals, their families, and friends affected by mental illness.  NAMI-NH is recognized within the larger organization for its exemplary leadership and effectiveness.
  • Fran has also worked in partnership with the Leahy Center for Rural Students at Lyndon State College to conduct a national environmental scan of programs focused on rural student access to higher education.  The project was a step toward preparing joint proposals to the New England Board of Higher Education and other funders to address the academic and socio-economic interests of rural students across the Northern Forest.  Notable among the findings was the news that multi-institution collaborations focused on building access and resilience are scarce, which highlights the importance of the growing Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN), scheduled to hold this year’s annual meeting at the 2nd Summit for the Northern Forest, in May. Fran is a member of the regional planning team comprising Northern Human Services, Dartmouth Center for Aging, and the Endowment for Health, whose tele-mental health services project was picked to apply for funding to develop and conduct a regional pilot program that will deliver mental health screenings and case management sessions to isolated and/or homebound senior citizens in northern New Hampshire. Fran completed a multi-session strategic planning and implementation effort with North Country Health Consortium’s Rural Health Workforce Development Team.  The objective was to build a more effective system of managing clinical preceptor sites for students from allied health programs at White Mountains Community College, Franklin Pierce University, Plymouth State University, and Dartmouth Medical School.  Also participating were numerous residential and outpatient community health centers from northern NH.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba attended the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) annual convention in Arlington, VA where she 1) taught a short course entitled  “Gender and Power: Teaching Communicative Understandings of Women’s Leadership,” 2) participated in a roundtable discussion entitled “Perspectives and Approaches to Teaching Philosophy of Communication, 3) presented a competitive paper in a top papers panel entitled “Leisure, Listening, and Civility: The Importance of Taking Time with Yourself,”  and 4) presented a paper entitled: “Moving Leisure from a Philosophy to a Lived Action: Leisure and Family Relationships/Roles.”   Annette also participated in the Undergraduate Scholar’s Conference hosted by the ECA where a PSU Communication and Media Studies student, David Stewart, presented a paper entitled “The Pulp of a Clockwork Orange.”
  • Cathie LeBlanc’s article, “Social Media Games and the Performance of Self,” has been published in the collection Videogame Studies: Concepts, Cultures and Communication.

Computer Science

  • Christian Roberson presented his paper, “’Aligning Generations to Improve Retention in Introductory Computing Courses,” at the Sixteenth Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference in Springfield, MA on April 15th.
  • On April 15th Christian coached the PSU programming team consisting of Kris Reynolds, Wayne Roswell, and Trevor Suarez at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region’s 2011 Programming Contest, held at Western New England University. This year the team came in 9th place overall in a field of 36 teams and defeated teams from a variety of schools.

Counselor Education & School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy presented on “Perspectives on Intimacy” at The 7th Annual Workshop on Picking Up The Pieces After Divorce and Separation at St. Joseph’s Church in Belmont, N.H., on April 9. At the same event, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education K. Hridaya Hall presented sessions entitled “Finding Peace in Challenging Times: Tools for Self Care” and “Finding Meaning in Changing Relationships: Exploring Our Paths.”


  • Nearly 500 early childhood educators from across the state and Northern New England attended the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children (NHAEYC) Conference at PSU on April 9 and 10.  Over 30 sessions were offered, including sessions by PSU early childhood faculty and Center for Young Children and Families teachers.  Early Childhood students volunteered at the conference in exchange for a reduced admission fee and numerous early childhood alumni also came to the event.  Clarissa M. Uttley served as the site liaison for this conference.  At this conference, Clarissa presented “It’s a zoo in here! Animals in the early childhood classroom.” This presentation also included undergraduate student Denise J. Colcord and was attended by 25 early childhood professionals and several current and former students.
  • Christie Sweeney, co-coordinator of the educational leadership graduate program, has a new publication: “Adapting the K-W-L Reading Strategy to Foster Experiential Learning for Pre-service Teachers,” (Vol XIV, p. 39) of The New Hampshire Journal of Education.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at Conway School District’s elementary schools Core Child Study Teams on April 10th. The topic of the training was “Using Evidence Based Practices for Children at Risk.”
  • Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented “Play at the Heart of the Curriculum” to 40 Coos County early childhood professionals as part of the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children at PSU on April 9.  This was also the first event in a multi-year professional development project that Drs. Cornish and Cantor will be working on with Coos County early childhood professionals, as part of a grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.  In the coming months, the project will include on-site coaching and follow up with participating early childhood teachers, a day-long institute in the North Country, and support for programs and teachers to implement play-based learning.  Approximately half of the early childhood teachers and directors in Coos and representatives from 11 of 15 early childhood programs in Coos were represented at this inaugural event.
  • Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented “The Impact of Screen Media on Infants and Toddlers” on April 20 at Plymouth Elementary School as part of a series of parent and caregiver workshops sponsored by the Whole Village Family Resource Center.


  • Paul Rogalus’ short story “Trans” is appearing in the April 2011 issue of “ABYSS & APEX.” His flash fiction, “Transformer Man,” appeared in WIERDYEAR in March.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • Brett Lucas, a student worker with GEO, received the PSU Student Employee of the Year award. Brett was hired by GEO in spring 2005 upon his return from his semester in Ireland through our Freshman Abroad Program. For the past two years, he has been a peer advisor where he assists other students in exploring study abroad opportunities.
  • The annual passport processing day was a success. Over 140 University and Greater Plymouth community members applied for passports.  The Department of State staff claimed that it was the largest outreach event in which they had ever participated.
  • Jess Morel participated in an ELS-hosted student recruitment tour in China. Following the tour, she joined Peng-Khuan Chong in Malaysia where they visited high schools and universities to recruit students and develop exchange partnerships.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina has been chosen as President-elect of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)  AAHPERD is a 20,000 member organization.
  • Christian Bisson and a student in Adventure Education (Nick Nelsen) co-presented a workshop at the 2011 Association for Experiential Education Regional conference in Becket, MA. The title of their workshop was: Teaching Climbing Anchor System: The Easy Way. The presentation was inspired by a recent chapter that Bisson wrote in a climbing textbook published by Human Kinetics.
  • On Saturday, April 9th the HPER Club held its first annual “Help a Heart” event that raised over $300 for the American Heart Association. The event coordinator was Courtney LeCours (‘12), the HPER President. “Help a Heart”, which was aligned with the Jump/Hoop Rope for Heart event done in the public schools, was fashioned after the popular “Minute to Win It” television show. There were 7 student teams from organizations and clubs from around campus competing for fun prizes. The culminating event was a team cheer contest judged by Irene Cucina and Courtney O’Clair (Athletics). Fun was had by all, but more importantly the PSU students who were involved gave of themselves to benefit the important work of the American Heart Association.
  • Students and faculty from PSU participated in the 6th annual New Hampshire Athletic Trainers Association Student Symposium on Sunday, April 17th, hosted this year by Colby-Sawyer College. Kevin Silva (BS ’11) presented on “Emergency Response to a Football Player Following Exertion: A Case Report” and Austri Silver (BS ’11) presented “Nutritional Fallacies & Disorders in the Athletic Population.” In addition to the two student presenters, sophomores Jonathan Hartman, Dominique Heres, Nicole Rozumek, and Sydney McNair submitted poster presentations for the symposium. Plymouth State University Students Chris Thomas (MS ’11), Alicia Edwards (MS ’11) and Kevin Silva (BS ’11) were the winning Quiz Bowl Team for the event and brought the championship trophy back to PSU for the 2nd year in a row (and the 3rd win in 6 years).

History and Philosophy

  • An essay by Elizabeth Kennedy Tillar was published in December 2010: “‘Dark Light’.” In Edward Schillebeeckx and Contemporary Theology. Ed. Lieven Boeve, Frederiek Depoortere, and Stephan van Erp. London: T&T Clark, 2010. 142-160. The essay was first presented as a paper at the international symposium “Theology for the 21st Century” at the University of Louvain, Belgium in 2008, applying the thought of Erasmus Prize recipient and Belgian scholar Edward Schillebeeckx (1914-2009) to contemporary issues in philosophical theology and the work of United Nations humanitarian agencies.
  • Elizabeth’s syllabus for a course in film and philosophy/theology was also selected for the Syllabi Project archives of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs at Georgetown University
  • The first faculty exchange with Winchester University brought Dr. Neil Murphy to us for a month-long visit from March 27-April 24.   The exchange is seen as one which benefits both institutions. The History program faculty have been active in developing this study abroad connection.  Neil was quite busy during his time at PSU, meeting with students and faculty, guest lecturing in classes, engaging with and exploring the campus, the town of Plymouth, the state of NH, and venturing into Massachusetts.  Marcia Schmidt-Blaine left on April 23 for the Winchester University campus for a month to complete this year’s exchange.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting recently spoke at the Mount Washington Valley English Language Teachers Association meeting in North Conway. Whiting spoke on using student podcasts to create oral language assessment portfolios.


  • Dana Ernst organized a two-day special session, “Combinatorics of Coxeter groups” at the Spring 2011 Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society at the College of the Holy Cross on April 9 and 10.  During the special session, three undergraduates (Joseph Cormier, Zach Goldenberg, and Chris Malbon) from PSU presented the results of their year-long research project directed by Dana.
  • On April 16, Dana Ernst took a group of ten students to the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which took place at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Three undergraduates (Joseph Cormier, Zach Goldenberg, and Jessica Kelly) from PSU presented the results of their year-long research project that was directed by Dana.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi has been recognized by the Music Teachers National Association as a “Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Voice.”
  • Carleen Graff was honored at the Music Teachers National Association National Conference in Milwaukee for her service as the Eastern Division Certification Commissioner.  In this role she has administered the MTNA Professional Certification program, which exists to improve the level of professionalism in music teaching.  Dr. Graff also adjudicated the solo piano competitions for students in grade 4-12 at the Concord Community Music School on April 2.
  • In April, Elizabeth Cox presented several selections in American Sign Language from deaf poetry and plays for “Deaf Performance Culture,” a course which was offered at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  She also attended a theatrical performance of the premier American Sign Language adaption of “L’Epee” at Gallaudet University, where these same Georgetown students were the voices of the signing deaf actors. Beth also was a casting consultant for Papermill Theatre/North Country Center for the Arts’ Children’s Theatre at the New England Theatre Conference in March.
  • Robert Swift’s organ solo “Go Therefore” has been just published in the May/June issue of The Organ Portfolio.


  • Angela Kilb’s published [Kilb, A., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2011, February 21). The Effects of Pure Pair Repetition on Younger and Older Adults’ Associative Memory in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Available online doi: 10.1037/a0022525].  Angela and student Lindsey DePorter will also be presenting a poster at the New Hampshire Psychological Association Annual Psychology Student Convention.  The project is entitled “Can Biases of Poverty Create False Memories of Child Abuse?”

Social Science

  • Bruce Heald –has 2 books out this month:  “White Mountain National Forest and Great North Woods,” which are part of the Images of America Series, and “The Mount Washington Cog Railway: Climbing the White Mountains of New Hampshire,” published by The History Press.

Social Work

  • A meeting of the Social Work Advisory Board was held this month; Nicole Petrin, President, Social Work Club, provided a slideshow of the student Habitat for Humanity trip to Indiana during spring break.
  • The department is exploring a relationship with a Social Work program in Kyrgyzstan as part of a Fulbright-sponsored project underway through a former EdD student.  Also, the department’s experimental service learning course to the Dominican Republic began this month with pre-travel on-campus sessions; a group of 10-12 students will be staying near Santo Domingo in June.
  • Stephen Gorin attended a meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA); as a SCOA representative, he also participated in a listening session (in Concord) on the state budget that was sponsored by the NH Dept HHS.
  • Scott Meyer presented a training session for Field Instructors entitled “Teaching Undergraduate Students About Issues in Termination.”  Panelists include two of our field instructors Ryan Shirilla, MSW of Mt. Prospect Academy and Kristin Griffin, MSW (one of our alum) from NH Veteran’s Home.
  • Cynthia Moniz is serving as Chair of the Nursing Director Search Committee and Nursing Faculty Search Committee.  She and Steve Gorin participated in a discussion of the “Social Security: Myths and Facts” presentation delivered by Nancy Altman, a national expert on Social Security held at the Red River in Concord. The presentation was co-sponsored by NH-NASW.
  • Christine Rine conducted student interviews with staff from the Laconia office, DCYF to select next year’s Child Welfare (IV- E) Educational Tuition Partnership awardees.


April 2011

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 2011


The Second Annual Spotlight on Faculty will be held TODAY, 3:15pm – 7:00pm in the HUB Hage Room, dinner will be provided. Colleagues from Keene, UNH, and GSC have been invited to attend.


Presentations will include these and more:

  • Leo Sandy – Mahara: Creating a “brag sheet” or personalized website
  • Eric Cintron – Mahara: Creating a template for student work
  • Mary Ann McGarry – Mahara: Showcasing content
  • Kathleen Norris – Mahara: Using the Groups tool for a cohort of doctoral students
  • Christine Rine – Moodle: Big Blue Button, synchronous learning outside of the classroom
  • Terry Downs – Moodle: Just in time teaching using discussions
  • Liesl Lindley – Moodle: Converting your course into a web page
  • Bob Nadeau – TurningPoint: Group competition
  • Dana Ernst – Mendeley: Create and manage research collections
  • Terri Dautcher – Facebook: Generate discussions using Facebook groups
  • David Talbot – TurningPoint: Using student response systems to enhance classroom lectures
  • Craig Nevins – iPad: Using the iPad in the classroom to showcase multimedia

For more information:

Faculty Awards

The Deadline for nominating a colleague for Distinguished Teacher has come and gone, but you still have today to nominate a colleague for the Distinguished Scholarship or Excellence in Faculty Service awards.  The Deadline is today.


Award for Distinguished Scholarship:

Nomination deadline:  Today, Wednesday, March 30, 2011Faculty may self-nominate.  PLEASE NOTE:  Nominees will be asked to submit a 3 page (max) CV that includes the most pertinent scholarship activities only.  From the recommendations and CVs the Committee will choose approximately three finalists who will be asked to provide further materials.


Award for Excellence in Faculty Service:

Nomination deadline:  Wednesday, March 30, 2011 PLEASE NOTE:  The nomination process for this award will involve Nominees being asked to submit further materials.


On March 3-6, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) team visited PSU to review all of the undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs (Biology, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Early Childhood Education, English, Health, Language and Linguistics, Music, Physical Education, Special Education, Social Studies, TESOL, and Visual Arts); advanced certification programs (Principal, Superintendent, School Psychology, School Counseling, Library Media, and Reading and Writing); and advanced graduate programs designed to provide professional development for classroom teachers (CAGS programs, Integrated Arts, Instrumental Music, Special Education Administrator, Curriculum Administrator and the Doctor of Education).

PSU has been working on developing, implementing, and analyzing data from key assessments across the programs for the past three years. Additionally a PSU NCATE accreditation website was developed to give reviewers access to the data collected and analyzed. On Sunday evening of the visit, all programs presented samples of student work for the reviewers.

Prior to leaving PSU, the NCATE team chair presented preliminary findings to the President and Provost, our two newest Deans, Gail Mears and Cynthia Vascak, George Tuthill and Irene Cucina, the Director of Teacher Education. The team noted the work that the faculty has done to use data for continuous improvement. All six of the Unit Standards were met for the initial teacher preparation programs and five of the six were met for the advanced graduate programs. NCATE will render a final accreditation decision at its Unit Accreditation Board’s annual meeting in the fall.

The faculty and staff of the teacher preparation programs should be commended for their dedication and commitment to using data and reflection in order to improve their programs.

Congratulations and much gratitude go to Irene Cucina, Kelsey, Deb, and Kathy from the Office of Teacher Certification.

Graduate Commencement Speaker

Wellness expert and PSU alumna Nancy Puglisi, will be PSU’s Graduate Commencement speaker. Puglisi, who is the director of Organizational Wellness at the University System of New Hampshire, will address graduates at the University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 14. Puglisi is the director of PSU’s Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) and Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH) programs, and is an adjunct graduate faculty member who teaches courses in PSU’s MEd, MBA, EdD and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs. She also directs Faculty and Staff Wellness, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and organizational transformation programs for 4,300 faculty and staff members employed by the University System. In addition to the MEd she earned from PSU in 1981, Puglisi holds a BS from Keene State College and a PhD from Union Institute and University.

Get your Passport

The Global Education Office will host a community passport processing day on April 2 from 10-2.  The event will be held in the Savage Welcome Center in the Ice Arena.





  • Jason Swift was part of an exhibit, the Pool Art Fair, at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City, on March 4, 5 and 6.
  • Nick Sevigney’s ceramic work is on exhibit at the Kimball Jenkins Estate Gallery in Concord, NH. The exhibit is “5 Potters and Sculptors.” The show is open from March 4-April 1. M-TR from 10 am-4 pm.
  • PSU printmaking students are showing their recent work at the UNH Law School in Concord until April 1st as part of the New Hampshire “Prints of the Year” annual exhibition.  The printmaking students are also showing recent prints in the “Arches Biennial Printmaking Exhibition for Students of New England Art Schools” until April 10th at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts. The exhibit is part of the North American Printmaking Biennial Exhibition sponsored by the Boston Printmakers Association.
  • Liz D’Amico has entered thirteen collages in the 13th International Collage Exhibition & Exchange in Taranaki, New Zealand.  One collage will be part of an online exhibition on Virtual TART during April, another will become part of a permanent museum collection, and the remaining collages will be exchanged with other participating artists.  As a Signature Member of the National Collage Society (NCS), Liz is also part of NCS’s annual invitational exhibition at Kent State University in Ohio from April 8-May 14.  The collage is titled “Lost in Venice.”  Two of Liz’s digital photographs (“Tuscan Passageway” and “Afternoon Break”) will be on display as part of the UV PhotoSlam at Photostop Gallery in White River Junction, VT from April 1-22.  The Opening Reception is Friday, April 1st from 5 – 8 pm.  One of Liz’s digital photo collages, “Summer Garden Preserved,” will be part of the WCA/NH Juried Eco-Art Exhibition, “DIG IT: Locally Grown Art” at The Framers Market Gallery in Manchester, NH from April 14-May 26.  An artist’s reception is planned for Thursday, April 14, from 5-8 pm.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Over the spring break, Dennis Machnik did 19 programs at 3 schools (Greenbush Elementary, The Greene School [HS, charter, 80 students] and Washington Oak Elementary, all in Rhode Island) to about 700 students, teachers and parents.

Center for the Environment

  • CFE will soon be hiring PSU’s first post doc. Designed as a 2-year position, the post doc will focus on teaching existing graduate courses, working with graduate students, and participating in an active research agenda. This position is being funded through savings due to staffing changes at CFE and will enhance our graduate and research environmental science programs.
  • CFE graduate student Christina Maki, and faculty Mark Green and Lisa Doner, co-authored a poster entitled “Linkages between the North Atlantic Oscillation, river discharge, and metal concentrations in lake sediments in NW Iceland” at the 41st Annual Arctic Workshop, in Montreal, March 2-4, 2011. The poster is the first publication to result from an NSF-funded project about Icelandic climate records, initiated just 5 months ago by PI’s Doner and Green at the Center for the Environment and the Environmental Science and Policy department.
  • CFE recently held a brown bag lunch at which a talk on “The Ore Hill Mine: Partnering on water quality and exploring hydrologic research” was given by June Hammond Rowan, Aaron Johnson, and graduate student Chris Nealen.
  • CFE hosted the NH Water and Watershed Conference at PSU, March 25-26, with over 200 participants over the two days. Many thanks to everyone on campus that helped create a successful event!

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Linda Upham-Bornstein has joined the Center for Rural Partnerships as History, Heritage, and Culture Coordinator.
  • Melissa Greenawalt-Yelle has joined the Center for Rural Partnerships as Project Assistant.
  • At the end of each semester, the Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies host student presentations on community-engaged research.  This semester, the student presentations will be held in Heritage Commons on Tuesday, May 3.  Please join us.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships will co-host the 2011 Summit for the Northern Forest at the Mt. View Grand Resort, May 4-5.  Thad Guldbrandsen will lead the sub-group discussion on Higher Education in the Northern Forest.  Please contact Thad if you’d like to be involved or learn more.
  • Ben Amsden co-authored two research presentations: “Agritourism outreach in the Northeast: Measuring changes in quality of life” (with Lisa Chase/UVM Extension, and Diane Kuehn/SUNY ESF); presented at the National Extension Tourism/National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals conference in Charleston, SC; and “Caring for the land, serving the people: Volunteering and the role and importance of sense of place” (with Linda Kruger/US Forest Service, and Rich Stedman/Cornell University), presented at the Alaska Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Workshop in Juneau, AK.
  • Ben Amsden was named to the Board of Directors of the NH Farm to Restaurant Connection (NHFRC).  The NHFRC encourages and facilitates the purchase and use of local farm and food products for use in restaurant food preparation.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented “Making Community Engagement Work in Challenging Economic Times: A Win-Win for Students and the Region,” as an invited speaker at the University of Maine, Farmington, March 30.
  • Linda Upham-Bornstein, Marcia Schmidt-Blaine (HiPhy), and Thad Guldbrandsen were featured in an NHPR Story about the history of the Weeks Act: “Law That Gave Us White Mountain National Forest Turns 100” ( by Amy Quinn.

College of Business Administration

  • Warren Mason recently participated in a workshop, “Social Media for Public Relations Practitioners,” at the ConEdison headquarters in New York City.  This session focused on how innovative US companies are adapting new social media communication strategies, many currently used for marketing objectives, for public relations purpose.
  • Barbara Robinson’s (MBA Graduate last May and now Adjunct Professor at PSU) Business Plan and Feasibility Study project for the Business Enterprise Center took second place at the National Small Business Institute Project of the Year competition.  The award was presented on February 17 at the annual SBI conference in Bonita Springs, Florida.
  • Brad Allen has co-authored a paper with Ovidiu Moisescu of the Babes Bolyai campus on Cluj Romania University “The Relationship Between the Dimensions of Brand Loyalty:  An Empirical Investigation of Romania Urban Consumers,”, which was published in the Management and Marketing Journal of Central and Eastern European Copernicus.  The research examined the varied behaviors with brand loyalty across a variety of popular products consumed in central and eastern Europe.
  • Christina Bradbury’s paper, “The Prosper Credit Risk Rating System:  Does It Improve MarketDecision Making?” was published in the initial issue of The Journal of Business and Economics.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Graduate Commencement will include several new features this year, including a reception after the ceremony for all graduates with lunch and ice-skating in the PSU ice arena and visitor center. Those with young children, limited mobility, and/or special needs will also have the option this year to watch the live webcast of the Graduate Commencement ceremony at a “family friendly” zone or alternate viewing location, across the street from the PE Center in the ice arena. The family friendly zone was one of the many ideas that College of Graduate Studies staff members Angela Adams and Beth Beaulieu brought back from the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) conference, held February 22-25 in Montreal, Canada. Angela and Beth attended the conference with Gale Beckwith, administrative manager for Academic Affairs. In total more than 200 representatives from 107 colleges and universities attended the conference to share ideas, traditions, and experiences on planning commencement ceremonies. Sessions were held on etiquette and protocol, incorporating social media tools, recruiting and working with volunteers, and on how to handle mistakes, problems and even tragedy, among many other topics.
  • Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute Project Director Blake Allen recently returned to Pakistan to meet with senior leadership from the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan education sector, and project alumni organization.  She also worked with the project’s Islamabad team and met 2011 nominees from Balochistan.The trip included a State Department-funded American reciprocal program. It provided opportunities for US and Pakistani educators to share best practices in educational leadership and to visit alumni colleges and schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.  Blake was accompanied by Mary Ann McGarry (ESP), and Cecelia Gaffney, public health educator, Dartmouth Medical School. Mary Ann and Cecelia have been involved with the institute component of the project since 2006 and its post-2005 Kashmir earthquake institute. Mary Ann’s expertise in watershed education and Cecelia’s in community-based public health initiatives address areas of critical need in Pakistan.  Joined by 2004-2010 alumni from every province and Pakistan-administered area, the reciprocal program was both a joyous reunion and serious working session.   Since returning to the U.S., Blake has been focusing on the completion of the nomination and selection process in Pakistan and planning for the 2011 institute.  Sally Kilfoyle has been providing assistance.  Blake also has been participating in Harvard Kennedy School seminars about stabilization of Pakistan’s complex civil society, which also is a core project issue.  The 2011 delegates will be on the University campus during the month of July. The educators will be predominately female and mostly represent Pakistan’s remote and rural areas.
  • Bring your lunch and join the College of Graduate Studies at its last brown bag luncheon of the academic year on Tuesday, April 12, at noon in Frost Commons. The featured speaker will be Mark Okrant, PSU professor of geography and tourism development and director of the Institute of New Hampshire Studies.
  • Join the College of Graduate Studies at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 19, for the film, For Once in My Life, and following discussion at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. The movie focuses on the Spirit of Goodwill Band—made up of 28 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities—that challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled. Facilitators of the discussion after the movie will include: New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators Executive Director P. Alan Pardy, EdD, who is also a graduate adjunct faculty member; Barbara O’Brien, MA, CAGS, a first-grade teacher at Beaver Elementary School in Concord; and Ann O. Walker, MA, CCC-SLP.
  • Thanks to the nearly 30 people who joined CoGS on March 15 for the movie, Pushing the Elephant. Those in attendance had a great conversation after the movie that was facilitated by PSU Assistant Professor of History Whitney Howarth and featured Augustin Ntabaganyimana, the program manager for Luther Social Services’ New American Services, who shared some of his own experiences as a refugee. These films are screened as part of the Community Cinema program that the College of Graduate Studies and New Hampshire Public Television have partnered to present.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba served as guest editor to Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture (Winter 2011). Her issue was titled, “Listening to Leisure,” which offers reflections on the philosophical intersections between leisure and human communication from scholars around the country. Annette’s original essay entitled “Listening through Leisure: Meeting the Other in the Spirit of Civility” is also included in this collection.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey, Kevin Courtright, and Susan Packard presented their paper “Testing the rehabilitative ideal among first year college students: Identifying factors of importance in the punishment-rehabilitation continuum,’ at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences held in Toronto, Canada. David has also been appointed to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Program Assessment Committee.
  • Mark Fischler chaired a panel at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual conference on “Analyzing Supreme Court Decisions Aimed at Protecting the Defendant.” Mark also presented a paper on the Supreme Court case Arizona v. Gant and its implications for society and law enforcement.
  • Kristine Levan has been appointed to the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing Student Affairs Committee, as well as their Program Committee.
  • Francis Williams was guest speaker on February 22 along with Daryl Browne (CS) following a film (“Tulia, Texas”) for a Black History Event at the Library discussing “Do we live in a Post Racial World.” On March 5, Francis presented the paper “Active Learning in an Asynchronous Environment for Criminal Justice” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual international conference in Toronto, Canada.


  • Susan Shapiro presented a full-day workshop for elementary education teachers statewide on the topic of “Facilitating Friendships in the Elementary Classroom For ALL Children”, on March 22, in Concord, NH.
  • Ann Berry, Assistant Professor in Special Education, has received the 2011 Exemplary Education Research Award from The American Council on Rural Special Education. Ann presented on the results of her research “Sources of Work-Related Support for Rural Special Education Teachers and Their Relationship to Teacher Satisfaction and Commitment” at the 2011 ACRES national conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • Ruth DeCotis and Peter Laufenberg, along with James Kuras (CoGS), participated in Senior Day providing advice and resources on interviewing and resume writing. Students were also encouraged to register for Plymouth Careers, our career management system for current students and alumni.

Health and Human Performance

  • Cheryl Coker co-presented “Developing Skill Analysis Competency” at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) conference in San Diego.  She also took over as Chair of the Motor Development and Learning Academy and participated as a committee member of the AAHPERD Structure and Function Committee, AAHPERD Organizational Planning Committee and Co-Facilitator of the Content Workgroup sub-committee of the Organizational Planning Committee.
  • Liesl Lindley, as the President of the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association, has been actively working on legislative efforts in the state and testified at the state house in Concord, NH on February 22 to oppose deregulation of athletic training, recreational therapy, massage therapy and other professions in the state. She travelled to Washington, DC with two New Hampshire Athletic Training Students, including senior Kevin Silva (’11) from PSU, to attend the Annual Athletic Training Capitol Hill Day on February 25 and meet with Legislative staff for Representative Bass and Senators Ayotte and Shaheen, regarding athletic training, concussion prevention and other preventive healthcare in NH and the nation.
  • Christian Bisson and students Eli Chamberlain, Courtney Marvin, Kevin Mack, Kelsey Marvin, Lucien Burkett, Lauren Page, Jennie Caffrey, Taylor Reed (all from the Adventure Education Club) spent the weekend of March 4-6 out in the snow and rain helping the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area become more wild by removing over 1000 lbs of the previously removed bridge material that was still on the south shore of the east branch of the Pemi.  The material included wooden planks and bags of wood and bridge hardware.  The group removed the material by pulling snow sleds over a difficult terrain and wet conditions.
  • The past president of the Adventure Education Club, Tarrah Robillard (Dec ‘10), received a letter of commendation from Executive Councilor, Ray Burton, for the numerous community projects that the club has participated in this year.
  • At the recent EDA/AAHPERD Convention in Long Branch, NJ, the Health and Human Performance Department students and faculty were well-represented and very active.  Irene Cucina, Barbara McCahan, and Lynn Johnson are all members of the EDA/AAHPERD Executive Board.  Lynn, as the Immediate Past-President, served as the Chair of the Convention Planning Committee.  In total, there were 13 Plymouth State University HHP students (undergraduate and graduate) in attendance at the convention.  The HHP students served as greeters at the Opening Session Keynote given by Dr. Oz, presided for a variety of presenters, and assisted Lynn Johnson and the convention committee in any way that they could.  The students represented themselves and Plymouth State in the most positive and impressive way.  The PSU faculty in attendance heard many times “your students are great!”  A highlight of their participation was the EDA Challenge, a series of fun and challenging activities, where the two teams with PSU student members came in first and second place. In addition to the above, HHP faculty members and students presented the following sessions at the Convention:
    • Cheryl Coker (with Dr. Virginia Overdorf, William Patterson University):  Five Tips for Improving Anticipatory Skills
    • Louise McCormackThe ABC’s of Assessment and Grading – How They Work Together to Provide Accountability in Education Today
    • Adah Gillon (‘11), Courtney LeCours (‘12), Lori West (‘11), and Elizabeth Whalley (‘11):  Teaching Fitness Through Games

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting recently completed a four-day training to administer the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview assessment test.

Library and Academic Support Services

  • Jen Green co-organized and presented the workshop “From Millennial to Employee: Hiring, training and working with the 21st Century Student” offered at the 2011 Joint Conference of the Visual Resources Association and Art Libraries Society of North America, Minneapolis, MN, March 24.  Jen’s presentation was entitled: “From Millennial to Employee: Communication and Outreach.”
  • Elaine Allard and JoAnn Guilmett (ITS) were acknowledged in the recently published book by Pamela Colburn Harland titled “The Learning Commons:  Seven simple steps to transform your Library.” The Learning Commons model at Plymouth Regional High School was based on the Learning Commons at Plymouth State University.
  • David Beronä presented an hour-long presentation, “Reading and Writing In Pictures: An Exploration of Woodcut Novels and Wordless Graphic Novels,” at the Plymouth High School on March 25 for 125 students from Lynn Sanborn’s Graphic Design class and English 11-3 classes.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi served as a Casting Consultant for the Papermill Theatre at the New England Theatre Conference combined auditions held in Natick, MA March 19-21.
  • Gary Corcoran recently served as an adjudicator/clinician at the Queen City Band Festival held at Manchester Memorial High School.
  • Dan Perkins and 8 MTD students participated in the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago, March 8-13.  Three of the students were part of a select demonstration choir of students from around the country. Perkins also conducted a workshop with Dover High School and the PSU Chamber Singers on March 18.
  • Carleen Graff recently gave a talk for the Upper (CT) Valley Piano Teachers discussing opportunities for their young piano students.  As Eastern Division Certification Commissioner, she also discussed the benefits of being a certified music teacher.  On March 19, she gave a piano master class at the Nashua Community Music School to middle and high school students.

Social Sciences

  • Stacey Yap was a guest speaker at the Plymouth Elementary School on February 4.  She gave a talk to enthusiastic third graders on Chinese New Year and Chinese Customs. Currently, she is working on membership listing of the two graduate programs (The Certificate in Historic Preservation and the Heritage Studies, Historic Preservation Concentration) to the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE), an organization that promotes the attainment and maintenance of excellence in preservation education. Stacey is also working with two students in her Women in World Development class to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International Women’s Day. The posters about this event were displayed in the Diversity Window during the Women’s History Month in March.
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) gave the keynote address at the annual Northeastern Anthropological Association meeting at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH, on March 26. She also gave a paper on conflicts over water resources in Point Hope, Alaska.

Social Work

  • Ten students from the Student Social Work Club travelled to Indiana during spring break to work together on a Habitat for Humanity project.
  • Stephen Gorin represented NASW as a panelist at a Congressional Briefing on the Implications of Healthcare Reform for the Social Work Profession at the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. The briefing was sponsored by the House Social Work Caucus and approximately 100 were in attendance. He was also interviewed for an article titled “The Healthcare Reform Puzzle: How Does Social Work Fit?” published in the March issue of Social Work Today.
  • Scott Meyer provided training for Plymouth Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice volunteers regarding ways to help caregivers cope with issues of grief and loss.
  • Cynthia Moniz chaired a special meeting of NH-NASW’s Social & Legislative Action Committee to develop a joint strategy to address bills that could impact mental health provider groups in MH.
  • Christine Rine presented a paper titled “Recognizing the Intersection Between Social Learning and Social Disorganization Theory: Towards Building Comprehensive Juvenile Delinquency Treatment Strategies” at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario. She was also a presenter for PSU’s Spotlight on Faculty Using Technology – 2011: Applications of the Big Blue Button.

University Studies

  • Patrick Cate presented a pre-conference workshop at the NACADA Region 1 conference in Burlington, VT.  His presentation, “Evolve, The Basics of Advising,” trained new advisors from across the region on the history, development theory and practice of academic advising.  The attendees ranged from deans to grad students.    Patrick is also consulting for a number of institutions from the United States and Canada on the Targeted Advising Model developed here at University Studies.

Writing Center

  • On March 12, four undergraduate consultants from the Writing Center staff – Sarah Cootey, Kristen DiMatteo, Brenda Shively, and Abbey Filiault – attended the 27th annual conference of the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA). The conference was hosted by Southern New Hampshire University. Two consultants have subsequently facilitated Writing Center staff meetings here at PSU based on sessions offered at NEWCA. Director Jane Weber also attended the conference.



March 2011

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
March 2011




Because I sent out my February report on a snow day, I will repeat some of the important messages from that report here.  My apologies to those of you that have already read these.


President Steen, in her report last month shared with you that we have revised the list of comparators. This summer and fall we reviewed the comparator list and removed those that no longer made sense in terms of size, type of institution, location, Carnegie classification or other variables.  A number of institutions on our previous list remain as they are still strong comparators.  Some have been removed and others added.   Below is a report on the process and final outcome.

Comparator Institution Cohort Selection Methodology

To arrive at a list of comparators, Plymouth State gathered data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Initial comparator institution selections were based on the following criteria:

  • Public
  • Regional comprehensive
  • Carnegie Classification
  • Total student full time equivalent approximately 5,000 – 12,000
  • A portion of the cohort is part of a system
  • Similar climate

A data mining Cluster Analysis was used to examine relationships between 85 IPEDS variables and reduced the initial comparator list to a pool of 28.  Institutional variables were organized into meaningful structures and a taxonomy developed to determine which institutions would be included in PSU’s comparator list. Further analysis of the pool included graduate student enrollment, undergraduate retention and graduation rates, total price, ratio of students to full time faculty, highest degrees offered, degree of urbanization, and athletic league membership to produce the final list of comparators.

General Descriptors- the following information is from IPEDS 2008 and from the NCAA.

Institution (in alphabetical order)
Highest Degree offered
Degree of urbanization
Carnegie Classification
Athletic membership
Bridgewater State University
Post Master
Suburb: Large
Frostburg State University
Town: Remote
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Post Master
Suburb: Large
Plymouth State University
Town: Remote
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Post Master
Town: Distant
SUNY College at New Paltz
Post Master
Town: Fringe
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Post Master
Town: Distant
The College of New Jersey
Post Master
City: Small
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Suburb: Midsize
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Town: Distant
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Town: Distant
Western Connecticut State University
City: Small
Westfield State University
Post Master
Suburb: Large

Throughout the process, there was a desire to include institutions within PSU’s list recognized as being “best” regional comprehensives selected because of the components of distinctiveness or practices for which PSU displays or aspires.  To accomplish this, PSU utilized the following criteria:

  • All institutions realize the benefits to students of a smaller institution with reasonable student to faculty ratio.
  • Each demonstrated governance, administrative structures, mission statements, and academic goals appropriate to a regional comprehensive institution.
  • Each demonstrated commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, academic inquiry and service to the community.

The final group of 12 comparators listed alphabetically above, includes both peer and aspirational institutions.

Headcount and annual FTE data are from IPEDS 2009.

Annual Headcount Total FTE
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 12,825 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 10,080
Bridgewater State University 12,588 Bridgewater State University 8,730
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 11,272 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 8,726
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 10,709 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 8,446
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 10,582 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 7,907
SUNY College at New Paltz 9,728 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 7,283
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 9,222 SUNY College at New Paltz 7,250
The College of New Jersey 7,999 The College of New Jersey 6,772
Western Connecticut State University 7,669 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 6,195
Plymouth State University 7,477 Western Connecticut State University 5,355
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 7,462 Plymouth State University 5,166
Westfield State University 6,557 Westfield State University 5,044
Frostburg State University 5,893 Frostburg State University 4,750


Graduate credit hours generated data are from IPEDS 2009.

Graduate credits as a percent of total credits earned %
Plymouth State University 13%
SUNY College at New Paltz 12%
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 10%
Bridgewater State University 10%
Shippensburg Univ of Pennsylvania 8%
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 7%
Frostburg State University 7%
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 7%
Univ Massachusetts-Dartmouth 6%
Western Connecticut State University 6%
The College of New Jersey 6%
Westfield State University 6%
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 3%



Graduation and Retention Rate- Graduation rate (6-yr) and full-time, first-time retention data are from IPEDS 2008

Graduation Rate % Retention Rate %
The College of New Jersey 85 The College of New Jersey 95
SUNY College at New Paltz 71 SUNY College at New Paltz 84
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 64 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 81
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 62 Bridgewater State University 80
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 59 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 79
Westfield State University 59 Plymouth State University 78
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 56 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 76
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 54 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 75
Plymouth State University 52 Westfield State University 75
Bridgewater State University 51 Frostburg State University 74
Frostburg State University 48 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 74
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 46 Western Connecticut State University 74
Western Connecticut State University 40 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 72
Median 56 Median 76


Academic Affairs Organization

Bridgewater State University 4 College of Humanities and Social Science, Science and Mathematics, Education and Allied Studies, Business, Graduate Studies
Frostburg State University 3 College of Business, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Westfield State University 0
Millersville University of Pennsylvania 4 School of Education, School of Humanities & Social Science, School of Science & Mathematics, Graduate School
Plymouth State University 3 Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Services, Graduate Studies
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 3 College of Arts & Sciences, Business, Ed & Human Services
SUNY College at New Paltz 5 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine & Performing Arts, School of Science & Engineering
SUNY College at Plattsburgh 3 College of Arts & Science, Business & Econ, EHHS
The College of New Jersey 8 School of Arts & Communication, School of Business, School of Culture & Society, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Nursing, Health & Exercise Science, School of Science
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 8 College of Arts and Sciences, Charlton College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, School of Law, School for Marine Science and Technology, School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 4 College of Fine Arts & Communication, Professional Studies, Natural Resources, Letters & Science, Graduate Studies
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 4 College of Arts & Communication, Business & Economics, Education, Letters & Sciences, Graduate Studies
Western Connecticut State University 4 School of Business, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Professional Studies, School of Visual & Performing Arts

During the process, it was observed that PSU has several components that place it among the best regional comprehensives in the country. Most notably:

  • Externally evaluated as an excellent place to work and live for both students and employees.
  • Incorporating sustainability/green initiatives into the substrate of all aspects of the campus and campus life.
  • A commitment to service and outreach.


Best Colleges to Work For President’s Climate Commitment President’s Service Honor Roll (2010) Carnegie Classification Engaged Institution
Plymouth State University X X X X
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth X X X
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania X
SUNY College at Plattsburgh X
Bridgewater State University X
Frostburg State University X
SUNY College at New Paltz X
The College of New Jersey X
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point X
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater X
Western Connecticut State University X
Westfield State University X
Millersville University of Pennsylvania


Salary–  here we provide for comparison purposes, information regarding the old comparator list and the new list.  You’ll note that the new list puts PSU faculty salaries further behind.  More information will be forthcoming from the faculty Welfare committee regarding salary.


Old Comparators
2009-10 2009-10 2009-10
Faculty Salaries Professors Assoc Prof Asst. Prof
167987 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth $107,803 $83,056 $70,491
214041 Millersville University of Pennsylvania $100,476 $80,226 $61,685
216010 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $99,756 $79,254 $62,808
130776 Western Connecticut State University $95,444 $75,188 $62,335
110486 California State University-Bakersfield $95,291 $73,441 $66,782
129215 Eastern Connecticut State University $91,444 $70,920 $57,325
196167 SUNY at Geneseo $86,435 $69,753 $57,659
196158 SUNY at Fredonia $86,388 $64,650 $56,098
183062 Keene State College $86,146 $72,355 $58,078
162584 Frostburg State University $84,643 $68,540 $60,078
183080 Plymouth State University $83,831 $67,561 $57,868
165024 Bridgewater State University $80,629 $66,023 $58,082
168263 Westfield State University $79,266 $65,104 $53,615
181215 University of Nebraska at Kearney $78,561 $63,403 $53,325
240329 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse $77,317 $59,304 $55,707
218964 Winthrop University $77,309 $66,189 $55,013
232566 Longwood University $74,310 $63,104 $52,504
161226 University of Maine at Farmington $72,859 $55,811 $48,022


Professors Assoc Prof Asst. Prof
Old Comparators  AVG. $86,710 $69,195 $58,212
183080 Plymouth State University $83,831 $67,561 $57,868
-3.4% -2.4% -0.6%


New Comparators
2009-10 2009-10 2009-10
Faculty Salaries Professors Assoc Prof Asst. Prof
187134 The College of New Jersey $109,510 $87,600 $72,007
167987 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth $107,803 $83,056 $70,491
214041 Millersville University of Pennsylvania $100,476 $80,226 $61,685
216010 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $99,756 $79,254 $62,808
130776 Western Connecticut State University $95,444 $75,188 $62,335
196176 SUNY College at New Paltz $93,019 $72,650 $55,409
196246 SUNY College at Plattsburgh $85,009 $67,679 $56,242
162584 Frostburg State University $84,643 $68,540 $60,078
183080 Plymouth State University $83,831 $67,561 $57,868
165024 Bridgewater State University $80,629 $66,023 $58,082
168263 Westfield State University $79,266 $65,104 $53,615
240189 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater $74,468 $63,688 $58,155
240480 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point $69,431 $57,654 $52,142
Professors Assoc. Prof Asst. Prof
New Comparators  AVG. $89,955 $72,222 $60,254
183080 Plymouth State University $83,831 $67,561 $57,868
-7.3% -6.9% -4.1%


Update on Academic Affairs reorganization

At the end of the semester, I was pleased to announce the names of the Founding Deans of our two newest colleges.  I’d like to offer thanks to the search committees for their work during a very busy time of the semester and also to all of you for your participation in the search process.  Dr. Gail Mears has been named Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, and Dr. Cynthia Vascak, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  This semester will be a transition period for both Deans as they continue to serve in their current roles and begin to prepare to take the leadership position on July 1st.

The Council of Chairs will pilot a new meeting schedule this Spring.  The “University Council of Chairs”  (i.e. all Chairs) will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  On the 4th Wednesday of each month, the “College Council of Chairs”  (Chairs within each College) will meet with their respective Dean.   In case you missed the announcements, I’ve attached for you at the end of this report, the press releases on the Dean appointments.



Open House

The recruitment season is upon us and your participation is vital to the success of our admission process.  Over the next couple of months you will hear from Admissions staff asking for your participation in our Admitted Student Open Houses.  Please consider opening your classroom for observation and participating in other ways as requested.  The Open Houses will take place on: Mondays, February 21, March 14, April 11, and, April 18.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this very important admissions activity.  We know that the time the prospective student spends on our campus is among the most important activity in the decision-making process.

Faculty Calling Program

On Monday, February 7th at 5:00 pm there will be a kick-off/training and dinner provided for all new faculty callers and any faculty caller that wants to have a refresher (or just wants to socialize and have dinner with your colleagues).  All faculty participating in the program are invited to hear Bob Nadeau (CoBA) and the Admissions staff discuss best practices for making phone calls to our admitted students. There will be a second session on Thursday, February 10th at 9:30.

Those of you that participated last year may have advice and/or insights to share with new callers.  So, please feel free to attend either of these training sessions.  The location for both events is Frost Commons.

The target weeks for calling are:

February 14-16

March 7-9

April 4-6




Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Dennis Machnik presented programs at Matunuck Elementary School in Wakefield RI, and at Stone Hill Elementary and Barrows Elementary, both in Cranston RI.  In 3 days he did a total of 17 programs to a total of 750 children.  His visit to the Matunuck School was nicely covered on the front page of the Narragansett Times newspaper.
  • Jim Koermer has been appointed by the American Meteorological Society to be the next chair of the AMS Surface Transportation Committee. Jim will work with the current chair during the remainder of this year and take over the chairmanship next January at the next Annual AMS Meeting in New Orleans. Jim has been a member of the committee for the past two years.
  • Jim Koermer presented a paper, “NASA Space Grant Successes with Meteorology Students at Plymouth State University,” at the recent 20th Conference on Education at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, which was held in Seattle.  Jim and his co-author, William Roeder, from the 45th Weather Squadron in Florida, highlighted the successful use of Space Grant-funding to keep undergraduate and graduate students in the program and have them earn degrees through small scholarships, partial fellowships and summer research opportunities. The main focus of the research over the past 6 years has been on strong winds associated with thunderstorms in the Cape Canaveral area. Work done by PSU students is being used by the Air Force for forecaster training and for making operational decisions. Several new automated forecasting techniques, developed recently by students Jared Rennie and Mitch McCue as part of their thesis research, are scheduled to be phased into operations over the next year.
  • Lourdes Avilés chaired a session on University Initiatives as part of the 20th Symposium on Education during the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Seattle, WA. She is also part of the planning committee for the 21st Symposium on Education which will be held next year in New Orleans, LA.

Biological Sciences

  • Len Reitsma co-authored two papers in the January 2011 issue of The Auk with two collaborators. Dr. Joseph Smith worked on this project for his doctoral thesis at George Mason University and Dr. Peter Marra from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (National Zoological Park) was his advisor. Reitsma helped organize the field seasons, secure funding, and write the papers. The two papers are:  1)The influence of moisture and food supply on the movement dynamics of a non-breeding migratory bird (Parkesia noveboracensis) in a seasonal landscape, and 2) Multiple space use strategies and their divergent consequences in a non-breeding migratory bird (Parkesia noveboracensis).

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships has been selected to host the higher education working group at the Summit for the Northern Forest in May.  Thaddeus Guldbrandsen will chair the meeting of higher education representatives from across New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.  If you would like to be involved in the meeting, please contact Thad.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships, working in collaboration with the Museum of the White Mountains and several off-campus partners, launched a new web page ( devoted to the history of the Weeks Act.  The page is hosted by New Hampshire Public Television.
  • Ben Amsden had two articles published. The first, entitled “Agrileisure: Re-imagining the relationship between agriculture, leisure, and social change” (co-authored with Jesse McEntee of Cardiff University) appears in the recent edition of the journal Leisure/Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies. The second, entitled “Tools for managing risk in farm and forest tourism” (co-authored with Lisa Chase of UVM Extension) appears in this month’s Tree Farmer magazine.
  • Ben Amsden facilitated a workshop on food safety and agritourism at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester. This workshop is part of a grant-funded program of education for agritourism producers which partners Plymouth State and UVM Extension with a host of farmers and risk management experts throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Northeast.  Ben also was co-author of a research presentation (with Linda Kruger of the U.S. Forest Service and Rich Stedman of Cornell University) entitled “Volunteering and sense of place” that was presented at the Healthy Parks, Healthy People International Congress in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fran Belcher has been named to the Oversight Committee for the Rural Health Workforce Development Training Program, convened by the North Country Health Consortium.  The Rural Health Workforce project is one of just 20 projects funded nationally by the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration.  This collaborative effort between academic institutions, clinical health care providers and community-based organizations will develop an integrated plan to recruit and train health professions students, create community service opportunities and coordinate clinical preceptorships in Northern Grafton and Coös Counties.  Plymouth State University is joined in this effort by Franklin Pierce Physician Assistant Program, Dartmouth Medical School and White Mountains Community College.
  • Thaddeus Guldbrandsen was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Sterling College in Craftsbury Commons, Vermont.  He will serve on subcommittees for Academics and Student Life.  Sterling college is a small, progressive college in Northern Vermont.  It is one of seven work-learning-service colleges in the United States.  The college has a strong emphasis in sustainability, local food, and rural life.
  • Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Linda Upham-Bornstein, Kelly Rice (student assistant), Nicole DeGrandpre (student assistant), and Lindsay Burke (Museum of the White Mountains) hosted a multi-faceted exhibition on the Weeks Act and the history of New Hampshire Forests at the annual New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Bring your lunch and join the College of Graduate Studies at their last two brown bag luncheons of the academic year. On Tuesday, March 8, Associate Professor of Education Marcel Lebrun will discuss, “Children in Crisis: Violence, Victims and Victories,” from noon to 1 p.m. in HUB 109. On Tuesday, April 12, the featured speaker will be Mark Okrant, PSU professor of geography and tourism development and director of the Institute of New Hampshire Studies. The April brown bag will be held at noon in Frost Commons.
  • Join the CoGS at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, for the film, Pushing the Elephant, and following discussion at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. The movie focuses on one woman’s mission for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus and other Congolese. The film is airing as part of the Community Cinema program that CoGS and New Hampshire Public Television have partnered to present.
  • Cheryl Baker, director of graduate recruitment and outreach at CoGS, visited Shanghai, China, from February 9-22 to teach one of PSU’s graduate courses at the Shanghai American School (SAS), advise PSU’s graduate students, and strengthen the partnership between PSU and the school. This partnership was created in 2007 and enables SAS to offer their faculty and staff the opportunity to earn a master’s degree from an American institution. As the result of this partnership, PSU has alumni/ae throughout the world. The current class includes people from Australia, Canada, China, the Philippines, Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand. The first cohort of 14 graduates from Shanghai American School completed their PSU program in 2009. Many of these alumni/ae have remained at SAS and are providing leadership in all areas of the school. SAS is a private school that provides American-style education to expatriate and Chinese children living in the city. The school’s goal is to educate its students to become global citizens. All students learn Chinese as a second language and Chinese students have the opportunity to strengthen their English language skills.
  • James Kuras, the graduate certification coordinator at CoGS, was recently confirmed to serve on the New Hampshire Board of Nursing. The board is empowered to establish standards for nursing practice, approve nursing education programs and oversee the licensing of nurses, among other responsibilities.
  • Ten prospective graduate students attended the MBA open house on February 4 at Keene State College. The PSU event was held in cooperation with the Keene Young Professionals Network and the Keene Chamber of Commerce. Craig Zamzow, director of PSU graduate business programs, notes that there was particular interest among attendees in PSU offering a possible certificate program in non-profit management. Zamzow and KSC Management Professor John Pappalardo, who is the MBA advisor in Keene, were on hand at the event to answer questions and gather suggestions on the possible new certificate program. Plymouth State has had a long-standing relationship with KSC, where the University has offered the MBA program for more than 20 years.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba was invited to Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College, as Visiting Scholar (February 16-20) to present a paper as scholar-in-residence. Her paper was entitled, “Paradox of Plenty: Reflections on Philosophical Leisure and Food.”  While there she met with students, discussed her book on Philosophical Leisure informally with students reading her work, presented her paper, had a book signing, and attended a reception with ASU faculty and students.  A class from Northern Arizona University came to attend her events after having used her book in their class.
  • While on sabbatical in Europe this fall, Warren Mason, was approached in Paris by a representative of PubFiction advertising agency to record English voice-overs for their promotional film, “Agility 2.” The voice-overs were recorded at SlashDotCom Studios at their Right Bank facility. The English translations will be used as part of their promotional campaign to generate interest in the film. Additionally, Mason interviewed numerous business practitioners about their uses of social media for promotional purposes during his travels in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Greece.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy reviewed a new text, “The Theory and Practice of Counseling Assessment,” published by Pearson.


  • The 11th edition of the textbook, “Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach,” was recently published by Cengage Learning. The supplemental instructional components, all authored by Clarissa Uttley, include a student study guide, Power Lecture multimedia CD, and the Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank. This text, along with the supplements, is used internationally in university courses on human development and lifespan psychology.
  • Dr. Uttley recently served as a Panel Reviewer for the 2011 AmeriCorps State and National External Review. As a member of the review process, she collaborated with a nationwide team to review and recommend projects, from a variety of states, to employ AmeriCorps members in projects to effect environmental and educational change in their communities.
  • Dr. Uttley has also been appointed to a 3-year term as a conference proposal reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The annual conference is held every November and offers early childhood educators the opportunity to experience a variety of workshops and presentations on topics such as classroom curriculum, child development, and research in early childhood. In this role, Dr. Uttley will review and recommend conference proposals for inclusion in the annual conference
  • Marcel Lebrun presented “Universal Interventions in Positive Behavior and Response to Intervention Systems” to the faculty of the Conway School District on February 17th. The session was attended by faculty, administrators and para-educators.


  • Liz Ahl discussed working with students on book-making and letterpress projects at her panel, “Hands On: DIY and Handcraft in a Digital Culture,” at the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C. in February. Panelists included writers, publishers, book artists and teachers from The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, Pilot Books, Octopus Books, Prairie Schooner/The Omaha Lit Fest, and Tuesday; an Art Project.
  • Robin DeRosa has been nominated to the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a non-profit educational foundation with a maximum membership of two-hundred scholars and historians.  The foundation is designed to promote the study of New England history from earliest settlement through the first decades of the nineteenth century.

Frost School

  • Linda Hammond presented a professional development program for the Bedford, NH School District’s fourth grade teachers on February 9 using Lego Simple and Motorized Machine kits to teach basic physics and simple machines. Linda will be in Bedford for the month of March, teaching in each of the District’s eighteen fourth grade classrooms. She will be modeling her technique for this hands-on experience to help students transition their learning to real life understanding. This program is the result of a pilot Linda did with Memorial School in Bedford, NH. The pilot program was the result of a Bedford teacher hearing about our Lego summer camps here at PSU.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • GEO will partner with the U.S. Department of State to host a community passport processing day Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Savage Welcome Center.  For more information visit

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy and 4 students (Alicia Edwards, MS’11; Kevin Silva, ’11; Austri Silver, ’11; Josselyn DeLemos, ’11) gave a presentation to the Alumni Association Board on February 12 on Athletic Training.  The Board was introduced and had the opportunity to practice key concepts in core stability, active release manual therapy, concussion testing and therapeutic modalities.
  • Cheryl Coker co-presented, “Five Tips for Improving Anticipatory Skills,” at the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance conference.

History and Philosophy

  • The exhibit, “As Time Passes over the Land,” will be at the Drerup Gallery from February 8 – April 11.  The Project Director was Catherine S. Amidon (Museum of the White Mountains), Curator was Marcia Schmidt Blaine (History & Philosophy), and the catalogue text was written by Marcia Schmidt Blaine and Mark Green (Center for the Environment).
  • Whitney Howarth has been elected to the Executive Council of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies which is dedicated to developing an active and informed citizenry by strengthening and supporting social studies education in New Hampshire through all parts of the social studies.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting was invited to serve again on the Fulbright Scholarship National Screening Committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships. Whiting and other members of the Committee reviewed applications and then met at the Institute of International Education in New York City in December to finalize the award recipients.

Library and Academic Support Services

  • Robert Fitzpatrick, Emerging Technologies Librarian, and Michael Davidson, Library Technologist, were among the invited presenters at a Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) workshop held on January 20th at the Southbridge (Mass.) Hotel and Conference Center.  The subject was qualitative research in assessment.  The one-day workshop, organized by David Wedaman of Brandeis University and Bradd Lee of Mercy College, also included Brandeis University anthropologists, librarians, and information technologists, as well as ERIAL Lead Research Anthropologist (CLIR Scholarly Communications Fellow) Andrew Asher.  Presenters examined the understanding of organizations from the users’ perspective, using methods adopted by anthropologists to supplement surveys, user feedback, and usage metrics.
  • Sixty 8th grade students and teachers from Plymouth Elementary School visited Lamson to complete individual research for a science project on growing pumpkins, peas and sunflowers.  Anne Lebreche provided introductory library instruction two days before the visit and followed up with more instruction two weeks later.  Now in its 3rd year, this project exposes middle school students to a larger library and gives Lamson librarians the opportunity to work with future students in higher education.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Dan Perkins and his Veritas Quintet performed and presented workshops for high schools and arts councils in NH and ME, and at PSU February 11-13.
  • On January 25th Music Education Program Coordinator Holly Oliver, accompanied by music education majors Eben Brown, Kara Kirby, Rachel Carlson, Luca Giordano, and Jeff Thibaudeau, attended the NH House Bill 39 Congressional hearing. The House bill proposes to exclude the following from the definition of an adequate education: Technology Education, Health Education, Arts Education, and World Languages. An overwhelming majority of testimonies was opposed to the bill and it is their hope that the presence of so many in opposition will send a strong message to the State Education Committee.
  • Kathleen Arecchi was the Art Song and Aria Festival Chair for NATS-Boston Chapter, February 5/6 at Boston University in which 30 voice teachers entered 130 singers.  PSU Senior, Dan Brevik, was sponsored in this competition by his teacher Kathleen Arecchi, and was the 1st Place winner in his age group (21-23).  He was also awarded the Oratorio Prize for the strongest performance of an oratorio aria in the Finals on Sunday evening.
  • Carleen Graff recently gave a master class at the Concord Community Music School to Middle School and High School students.  She also talked with the students about expectations and preparation to become a piano major prior to college.
  • Aaron Tolson’s New England Tap Ensemble performed “Inspired” at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH in early February. Tolson was also featured on New Hampshire News “Chronicle” earlier in the month.
  • Lisa Travis was nominated for “Best Choreographer” by the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association for her work on “Spelling Bee” for the Papermill Theatre.
  • Gary Corcoran served as a guest conductor at the Kansas State University Concert Band Clinic in Manhattan, KS, where he also presented a workshop for 50 highs school band directors. Dr. Corcoran was also the guest conductor for the Belknap Invitational Band Festival at Gilford High School. He is currently serving on the Legion of Honor Committee for the John Philip Sousa Foundation, a national association that recognizes excellence in teaching in American public schools and universities.

Pakistani Educational Leadership Project

The project is currently in a dual phase in Pakistan.  Last summer’s delegates are completing master action plans designed and developed during the 2010 institute.  Project director Blake Allen will return soon to Pakistan to meet with them for a project review. Conditions permitting, she will be joined by U.S. educators who have been involved with the institute component.

The trip will provide meaningful opportunities to work with the delegates, alumni of previous institutes, senior government officials from the remote areas, and project stakeholders.  Visits to alumni schools are also on the agenda.  An examination of best practices with applicability to in-country ground realities will provide a framework for discourse. It also will contribute to strategic planning in consultation with officials at the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, and U.S. Consulate, Lahore.

Blake and the Islamabad team have been focusing on preparations for the 2011 institute. The nomination and selection process has begun in Pakistan.  The next delegation of 40 Pakistani educators will be predominately female, with the majority from rural and remote areas.  Institute training will be aligned with PSU’s role as a vibrant regional hub. Site visits to educational and community initiatives will be incorporated into curricula.

Social Sciences

  • Krisan Evenson reports that the work of her students from Winterim 2010 arrived just this month in Afghanistan!  Evenson’s course covers citizen-to-citizen diplomacy, and her students have been modeling this process by making afghans, vests, sweaters and hats for the children of Afghanistan through the Afghans for Afghans program.  The usual voyage of these goods takes about 10-12 months depending on travel conditions, security issues, and willing organizations.  Facebook features a video of the delivery which also shows what the children are wearing for ‘winter gear.’  (See ) Afghans for Afghans reports that the delivery was beautifully timed, in that a winter ice/snowstorm hit right after delivery.  Many, many thanks to the faculty and PSU community members who donated that yarn–additional deliveries most welcome at MSC #39!
  • Four PSU faculty just returned from the Council for Undergraduate Research in Tampa, FL, Feb 18-20, where they discovered ways to integrate undergraduate research into their courses and majors and how to encourage more research.  Participants include: Angela Kilb (Psychology), Katherine Donahue (Anthropology), David Beronä (Dean of the Library), and Bryon Middlekauff (Geography).

Their group developed a strategy to bring back to PSU and David presented it to the other conference attendees.

Social Work

  • Steve Gorin was a panelist at a Congressional Briefing on “The Implications of Healthcare Reform for the Social Work Professional,” sponsored by NY 10th District Representative Edolphus “Ed” Towns on February 16th at the Rayburn House Office Building.
  • Stephen Gorin conducted a national Webinar as part of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Lunchtime Series for CEUs; the presentation was “Health Care Reform and Beyond: Limits and Possibilities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)” and almost 400 practitioners called in to participate. He published “Repealing and Replacing the ACA: Prospects and Limitations” in Health & Social Work, February 2011, Vol. 36(1). Steve also did a presentation on Social Security reform issues at the February meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Scott Meyer presented “Disturbing the Classroom Peace”(co-authored with Leo Sandy) at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Las Vegas. He also provided testimony at a hearing of the state legislative committee considering reinstatement of the NH Commission on the Status of Men.

Dr. Gail Mears Named Founding Dean of PSU’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Dr. Gail Mears, a teacher, researcher, and administrator nationally renowned for her work in the field of mental health counseling, has been named the founding dean of Plymouth State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services.


Mears has been a member of the PSU faculty since 1999, and she is currently the chair of the Counselor Education and School Psychology department. Mears is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with over 30 years’ experience in the mental health field. She has worked in community mental health, family services, and private practice, and has provided counseling services to university students through the Counseling and Human Relations Center. PSU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier said Mears is well poised to take on the new challenge.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Mears on a number of recent initiatives and have found her to be a strong leader,” said Bernier. “Mears’ experiences as department chair and in national leadership roles in professional organizations will serve the new college well.”

As an active member of professional organizations, Mears is a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Northern New England Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She also serves as the Mental Health Counseling representative to the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice. On campus, Mears is seen as a collaborative leader. She currently serves on the Provost’s Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation Advisory Council and on the University Planning and Budgeting Leadership Group. Both of these have been opportunities for Mears to affect University goals and initiatives. Mears said she is excited about the new opportunity.

“I hope that the development of the College of Education, Health and Human Services will provide greater opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration, resulting in innovative curriculum development, enhanced community engagement and increased funding for research, scholarships, and internships,” said Mears.

Mears’ research is focused on relational aspects of clinical supervision, counselor intentionality, and promoting case conceptualization skills in trainees. She has published many journal articles and book chapters, and she regularly speaks to regional and national audiences. Mears is well regarded both on and off campus, having received numerous awards for her service, leadership and teaching. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Service Award for the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the 2010 Presidential Service Award by the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In 2009, Mears was the PSU Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award recipient. She was the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Peter Harris Community Service Award: Genesis Behavioral Health, and in 2003 she received the Outstanding Counselor Educator of the Year award (2003) from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Mears earned a clinical doctorate in psychology from Antioch New England, a certificate of advanced graduate study and master’s degree in counseling from the University of New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Plymouth State.

The creation of the College of Education, Health and Human Services comes at an opportune time as PSU has exciting initiatives in Education and is expanding its offerings in healthcare with a new nursing program. Additionally, PSU is beginning planning on phase II of the Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center, a project that integrates teaching, research, athletics and recreation, and community programming in wellness. The Dean will play an important role in shaping the new college and its strategic directions.




Dr. Cynthia Vascak Named Founding Dean of PSU’s College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Cynthia Vascak, a nationally recognized art educator, scholar, and administrator has been named the founding Dean of Plymouth State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. A long-term PSU faculty member, Vascak has served as chair of the Art Department at PSU and as coordinator of the Art Education program. She has experience with program development, having led initiatives such as the creation of the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree, and received federal funding for arts projects in New Hampshire schools. In 2009 she was honored with PSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


Julie Bernier, PSU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said Vascak’s experience makes her an ideal leader for PSU’s new College of Arts and Sciences.

“Her experience in program development and collaborative initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels will be important as we work to establish the interdisciplinary college,” said Bernier. Vascak has significant experience in higher education and accreditation, having served as a reviewer for the NH Department of Education and as a member of the 2003 accreditation team at PSU. Most recently, Dr. Vascak was selected to participate in a yearlong think tank where New England academic leaders came together to discuss issues of importance. Vascak said the creation of the College of Arts and Sciences is a natural progression for the University, and the College will play an important role.

“As we continue our journey into the 21st Century, we face increasingly complex and interrelated challenges from local to global that impact our health and well being, careers, workplaces, families and the very future of our planet,” said Vascak. “These challenges are escalating – not diminishing – and they demand responses from researchers, citizens, and educators. The College of Arts and Sciences will be in a pivotal position to take a leadership role in navigating this journey.”

Vascak is a leader who works across academic fields and has developed innovative partnerships across the state. On campus she chairs the Education subcommittee of the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability and is a member of the Research Advisory Council. She has engaged community partners in developing large-scale projects, most notably a four-year Federal Department of Education grant that involved 25 educators in three school districts, for which she served as director.

Vascak earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and studio art from Pan American University, a master of fine arts from Boston University, and a doctorate from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she has studied fine arts at the Boston Museum School, Concordia University, the University of Quebec, and the Escuela Belles Artes in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico. She is a member of the Cape Cod Printmakers, Monotype Guild of New England, Women’s Caucus for Art, and Society of Egg Tempera Painters. She currently works in the printing processes of monotype, relief, and drypoint; in the drawing media of charcoal, ink, and silverpoint; and in the media of egg tempera. She has won national awards for her prints, and her works are held in numerous private collections. In addition to her work as a studio artist and art educator, Vascak’s scholarship involves interdisciplinary curriculum design and implementation, action agency and service learning, and transformational leadership.

The College of Arts and Sciences will be home to the arts, the humanities, mathematics, and the natural, physical, social, behavioral, and computer sciences. As dean, Vascak will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and support students and faculty in their outreach and research efforts and in development of partnerships with the wider community and state.



February 2011

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
February 2011






  • Henrieke Strecker is part of a group exhibition: PRINTS OF THE YEAR: WHAT’S NEW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRINTMAKING, January 10-April 1, 2011, at the UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in Concord.  Henrieke will be there for the opening reception on Thursday, January 27, from 5-7 pm.  Also part of the exhibit:   Faculty members Terry Downs, Cynthia Vascak, and Elizabeth D’Amico. and PSU Students:  Zach Breen, Alysha Volkman, April Deschenes, Adam Bastille, Glen Nyle Madon, Nicole Copple, Henry Padden.
  • Elizabeth D’Amico has two prints in an exhibition:  “Entwined” – a solar print with chine colle and “Improvisation No. 3” – a multi-plate unique polystrene print.   Liz also has work exhibited at the McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, in the exhibit “Love, Lust & Desire,” January 25 – February 12 in Concord. Opening reception is January 28, 5-7pm with a snow date on February 4, 5-7pm.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • On November 17, 2010, Jeremiah and Kimberly Duncan and chemistry students Patrick Gile, Tyler Quint, Jamie Goings, and Katie Hills-Kimball hosted students from Winnesquam High School. The theme of the day was “nanomaterials,” which included a brief introduction to the subject and two hands-on labs in which the students synthesized ferrofluid and nanogold. The students also explored the potential positive and negative societal impacts of commercializing the new technology.
  • Brendon Hoch provided archival weather data from previous blizzards to the New York City Department of Transportation.  He also consulted with Jack Williams, author & former USA Today Weather columnist, for an upcoming article in Flight Training Magazine.
  • Lourdes B. Avilés was appointed to the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Membership Committee, which reviews new and renewal member applications for Institutions with research and academic programs in Atmospheric Sciences throughout the nation. She has also been reappointed for a second three-year term to the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Higher Education.

Biological Sciences

  • Professor Emeritus Larry Spencer presented a hands-on experience dealing with mollusks to two classes at the Peaks Montessori elementary school in Littleton, Colorado.  Each class consisted of 30 students in grades one to three.  The students first studied calamari bodies and then built a paper model of a squid.  Students were allowed to make their squids any colors they wanted, so by the end of the period, the room was filled with multi-colored squid.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships was approved as an organizational member to the North Country Health Consortium at the December 2010 meeting of NHCN Board of Trustees.
  • Ben Amsden partnered with UVM Extension to facilitate a food safety workshop for Agritourism providers at the Vermont Farms Association annual meeting. He will be running a similar workshop in early February at the Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester.
  • Frances Belcher facilitated a breakout discussion on the role of parents and educators in career development for rural students at the Northeast Kingdom Business and Education Summit, which took place at Lyndon State College. As a related outcome of this meeting, the Center for Rural Partnerships has been invited to attend the Project Compass Learning Circle, hosted by NERCHE in February 2011.

Center for the Environment

  • Mark Green has been awarded a $25,000 contract from the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research program. Mark will be working with Michele Pruyn and several students collecting transpiration and sap flow data at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest as part of a fertilization study. Mark’s recent work analyzing existing data from Hubbard Brook has shown that past fertilization studies increased transpiration. This project will help to determine the physiological cause of the increased transpiration as well as the transience of the response.
  • CFE has received a grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation to continuing working with the NH Department of Environmental Services on expanding water quality monitoring in the North Country in 2011.
  • Mark Green and partners from the US Forest Service and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry received funding for 2011 to convene a working group on uncertainty in water and element fluxes through ecosystems. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecosystem Research Network.
  • Aaron Johnson is working again this winter with the Israel’s River Watershed Advisory Group on testing the river in Jefferson and Lancaster for chloride. This project is supported by a Coos County Outreach Initiative grant from the Center for Rural Partnerships.
  • Plans are underway for the NH Water and Watershed Conference to be held at PSU on March 25 & 26, 2011. We expect close to 200 participants each day. For more information, contact June Hammond Rowan, or visit .
  • Applications to the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program have increased this winter. Betsy Ayotte and Brian Eisenhauer are reviewing the applications and we expect to have additional students joining the program next fall.
  • Our graduate students have also been busy. Christian Weber has been working with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society and Squam Lakes Association on a trails management plan which he will present to the two organizations on February 4. Kristin Brandt is collecting water samples from the Pemigewasset River each month as part of a study on using water isotopes to determine the source of the river water over time. Chris Nealan is assisting in monitoring water quality at the Ore Hill Mine in Warren on the White Mountain National Forest. Christina Maki is preparing for a field season in Iceland this summer studying climate by collecting sediment cores from lakes in Iceland. Jim Van Gyzen is working with the Rey Center researching vegetation changes along altitudinal transects. Tom Evans is completing his work on the Energy Road Map project and is busy writing his thesis.

College of Graduate Studies

  • CoGS conferred 64 master’s degrees and 12 certificates of advanced graduate study in December 2010, compared to 60 degrees and 13 certificates in the same period last year. The total consisted of 40 Master of Education, 16 Master of Business Administration, 4 Master of Arts in Teaching and 4 Master of Science degrees.
  • Four new and returning staff members joined the CoGS in recent months. In October, Dorie Cash joined the College full time as the admissions and financial support assistant. For the previous three years, Dorie had divided her time between the Bursar’s Office and CoGS. She has a background in finance and accounting with experience in the municipality, banking, medical and hospitality fields. Donna French returned to PSU in November as an admissions and registration support assistant in the CoGS. She also provides support to the CAGS and EdD coordinators. Donna had spent nearly 7 years working in her family business, Truck Trends in Belmont, and for the State of New Hampshire. Her first stint at PSU was in 2001-2004 when she worked at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office and the Office of Teacher Certification. Also in November, Jessica Stevens joined the College as the Bursar representative. In this role, she fields questions and processes all forms of registration payments that come through CoGS. She holds a B.S. in accounting from PSU and started her career at the University in July 2008, working as the billing coordinator in the Bursar’s Office. In January, Amy Barnes became the College’s marketing and communications manager. She comes to PSU with more than 15 years of experience in academia, working for most of her academic career at the University of Southern Maine, where she was the associate director of Marketing and Brand Management. In 2010, she worked for the Bates College Office of Communications and Media Relations.
  • Work is ongoing on two major grant projects: one that is designed to strengthen the biomedical research infrastructure in the state and another that will provide professional development opportunities to teachers in rural school districts in New Hampshire.The biomedical research grant consists of a $1.5 million award to PSU from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will support three selected faculty research projects Marjorie King (Health and Human Performance), Katie Rose Boissonneault (Biological Sciences) Chris Chabot (Biological Sciences). The NIH funding was awarded under the National Center for Research Resources IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. The INBRE program is designed to promote the collaboration and sharing of resources among investigators at colleges and universities in states that receive low levels of NIH support, in an effort to build infrastructure and enhance competitive research. Dartmouth College is the lead institution in the statewide effort, which involves a total of 10 colleges and universities, including PSU and UNH.  Interim Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies George Tuthill coordinated the application from PSU and continues to work closely with lead investigators and play a key role in communication among PSU, Dartmouth and UNH.The other grant is a $350,000 State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) award from the New Hampshire Department of Education to support The Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative. The collaborative is designed to provide teacher professional development in the areas of math, science and language arts in rural N.H. school districts. The collaborative is composed of PSU, Granite State College, Keene State College, New England College, North Country Education Services and the Southwest New Hampshire Educational Support Center at KSC. In December, the Collaborative conducted a needs assessment to determine what types of individualized content was needed most by teachers. The collaborative will offer four math-related video conferences in February, followed by English language arts programs in March and science programs in April. Cheryl Baker, CoGS’s director of graduate recruitment and outreach, is the project director of this grant.
  • Mark your calendars to attend several CoGs events in February! Bring your lunch and join us for a Brown Bag Luncheon on Tuesday, February 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Frost Commons. Nancy Betchart, dean of the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and Trent Boggess, dean of the College of Business Administration, are slated to speak about their recent trip to China to create partnerships with colleges and universities there. Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, for the film, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, and following panel discussion at our 2 Pillsbury Street location in Concord. The movie, which follows the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at age 16, is airing as part of the Community Cinema program that the CoGS and New Hampshire Public Television have partnered to present. For a complete schedule of the free monthly series, visit:
  • In partnership with the Rochester School Department, PSU is offering a nine-week seminar, Redesigning the American High School for the 21st Century, beginning January 26 in Rochester. The seminar will focus on the historic development, current state and future of the American high school. The seminar is designed for those who are participating in the Rochester School Department’s Big Step Forward initiative, aimed at restructuring secondary education in the district. PSU is a supporting partner of the Rochester School Department initiative, along with Southern New Hampshire University, Granite State College and others. The initiative is designed to restructure the public secondary school system in Rochester, N.H., moving from one comprehensive high school of more than 1,600 students to three separate high schools to better serve students.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears co-presented with Dr. Andrew Gersten at Antioch University New England’s Annual Supervisor Day workshop for supervisors of Mental Health Counseling students on Promoting Counselor Intentionality on December 3.  Gail also attended the Association of State Counseling Boards annual conference in San Diego as the liaison from the American Mental Health Counselors Association and co-presented (with Dr. Linda Barclay) on “Towards Uniformity in Supervision Training State Training Standards: Where are We?”.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter had the following article published in December 2010: “Gaining access to police agencies and their records: Trials and tribulations from the field,” in G. S. Szarycz (Ed), “Research realities in the social sciences: Negotiating fieldwork dilemmas” (pp. 111-128). Amherst, NY: Cambia Press.


  • Pat Cantor was named one of the Early Learning NH 2010 Champions at the December Excellence in Child Care Awards Ceremony, for her work as a member of the statewide Steering Committee that is developing a new Early Childhood Advisory Council.
  • The Doctor of Education program application deadline is April 1st and already several completed applications have come in. The doctoral program faculty continue to meet directly after each Graduate Faculty Meeting.
  • Two doctoral students, Jennifer Anderson and Jeffry Beard, with support from Kathleen Norris, are working as the evaluators for a funded professional development program being led by Cheryl Baker.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented a two-day workshop for the Kenneth High School Guidance and Core teams on “Functional Behavior Assessments at the Secondary Level.” These workshops are part of a 5-year DOE-NH Responds grant in collaboration with SAU 9 Conway.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • GEO partnered with the students enrolled in Terri Dautcher’s Event Planning class to plan and implement their third successful job fair in December. GEO helped to manage employer contact, conduct resume writing workshops, and staff a career information table.
  • PSU student Kyle Swaneveld (Physical Education ’13) received the $1000 Correspondent Scholarship from the Center for International Studies. As part of this award, Kyle will be required to maintain an online journal of his experiences while studying at the University of Newcastle in Australia this spring.
  • Thirty-three students will join Kyle in studying abroad this winterim and spring in Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Russia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and with the Semester at Sea program. This group includes our first two students, Marita Clark (Business Administration ’14) and Laura Dion (Accounting ’14) to study at the University of Plymouth, England through our new exchange agreement.
  • PSU graduate Derek Roberge (BS Finance ’09) was quoted in the National Student Exchange’s 2009-2010 Annual Report. Derek, who studied at the University of the Virgin Islands at St. Croix, said that “NSE helps open your mind to other cultures and helps you become more tolerant, patient and accepting.”
  • This spring, eight students will be studying at campuses in Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, and Wyoming through the National Student Exchange Program.

Health and Human Performance

  • Angel Ekstrom and Apartment Complex Manager Janette Wiggett co-presented at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education’s (AORE) National Conference on the collaborative use of space. The session was entitled, “Collaborating to Find a Home for Your Outdoor Program.”  Adventure Education seniors, Adam Bofinger and Matt Major also attended this conference in Keystone, CO.
  • Irene Cucina presented three sessions at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual convention in Verona, NY.  The sessions including: Using Technology in Physical Education, Integrating Wellness into the HS Physical Education Curriculum, and Dancing toward Wellness.  Over 1200 HPERD members attended including a number of PSU alumni who are currently working in NYS.
  • Dr. Linda Levy, Dr. Margie King, Liesl Lindley and 11 athletic training graduate and undergraduate students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association in Philadelphia in January.  Two students, Kevin Silva (BS’10) and Alicia Edwards (MS ’10) competed in the EATA Quiz Bowl.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katherine Harrington (French),  attended the ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Conference in Boston, Nov. 2010.  She attended panels on Incorporating “communities” into the language classroom, study abroad, and the use of technology in French.
  • Wilson Garcia (Spanish) participated on a Multicultural Panel at the Rumney Middle School on January 7th.

Library and Academic Support Services

  • Ellen Murphy was a Conference Organizer/Host at NERCOMP Sig “Course Evaluations: buying, building and distributing, November 4th, 2010.
  • Anne Lebreche was invited to Plymouth Regional High School to teach library research skills and databases to juniors in an Advanced Placement English course, December 2, 2010.
  • Robert Fitzpatrick, Emerging Technologies Librarian, and Michael Davidson, Library Technologist, were among the invited presenters at a Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) workshop held on January 20th at the Southbridge (Mass.) Hotel and Conference Center.  The subject was qualitative research in assessment.  The one day workshop, organized by David Wedaman of Brandeis University and Bradd Lee of Mercy College, also included Brandeis University anthropologists, librarians, and information technologists, as well as ERIAL Lead Research Anthropologist (CLIR Scholarly Communications Fellow) Andrew Asher.  Presenters examined our understanding of organizations from the users’ perspective, using methods adopted by anthropologists to supplement surveys, user feedback, and usage metrics.


  • Thomas Boucher has been selected to serve as an AP Statistics Reader for the College Board for 2011.
  • Alex Jacques (Meteorology), Jim Koermer (Meteorology), and Thomas Boucher (Math)  “Comparison of the United States Precision Lightning Network™ (USPLN™) and the Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Surveillance System (CGLSS-II)” will be presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, this month.
  • Dana Ernst presented a talk entitled “Within epsilon of independence: An attempt to produce independent proof-writers via an IBL approach in a real analysis course” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans, LA on January 6.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Beth Cox presented “American Sign Language and Actor Interface” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii in January.
  • Robert Swift offered “Break Forth in Song!” as the first in a series of presentations sponsored by PSU’s Frost School in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank at the Taylor Community of Laconia on January 20th.

Office of Teacher Education

  • During winter break 25 teacher education faculty from both the undergraduate and graduate programs participated in a retreat to review assessment data and discuss ideas for continuous improvement of their programs. Gail Mears, Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Cynthia Vascak, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, were introduced to the faculty and participated in the retreat. The Teacher Education Faculty is preparing to host a team of reviewers in March from NCATE.

Pakistani Educational Leadership Project

  • The Pakistan project is in its intensive Pakistan phase, with project director Blake Allen working closely with the in-country team in Islamabad and Lahore and key alumni leaders from the remote areas.  Delegates from last summer’s institute are implementing master action plans that they designed and developed while at PSU.  In spite of political and economic challenges, they are sharing outcomes of institute training throughout the country with students, colleagues and community members.  The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad also has provided opportunities for project alumni to share best practices with Pakistani educators from other State Department funded programs.
  • The complex nomination and selection process for next summer’s institute has begun.  The project will recruit a geographically diverse delegation of thirty eight Pakistani educators who represent every province and Pakistan-administered area.  Alumni of previous projects will serve as advisors and mentors.  Two alumni fellows also will be chosen through a competitive process to join the institute. Currently the project’s in-country coordinator is traveling in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as part of the recruitment process and to meet with Pashtun alumni.
  • The project’s U.S. phase entails planning for the summer institute in July. Thanks to Residential Life, the delegation will be housed again in Mary Lyon Hall.  With input from Pakistani alumni, discussions have begun about the focus of the institute curriculum. Institute instructors include Marguerite Crowell, JoAnn Guilmett, Trish Lindberg, Mary Ann McGarry, Kathleen Norris, Leo Sandy, Christie Sweeney, Kimberly Sychterz of Hillsboro-Deering Middle School, , and Julie Tallman of New Hampton School.  The Pakistani delegation also has been invited to participate again in the Arts in Education Institute and Plymouth Writing Project.
  • Blake Allen has been working with officials from the State Department’s Bureaus of South and Central Asian Affairs and Educational and Cultural Affairs on project initiatives and plans for her return to Pakistan.  At the request of the State Department, she will be developing another Pakistan proposal for submission and possible funding of a FY2011 project and 2012 institute.   With the immense needs in Pakistan’s education sector, she is identifying potential grant goals that build on the strengths of PSU’s graduate and professional development programs.  Within the context of U.S.-Pakistan foreign policy, Pakistan’s reform goals in education, and Pakistan’s ground reality, recommendations from Pakistani alumni and College of Graduate Studies faculty also contribute to the process. The U.S. –Pakistan linkages that shape the project demonstrate its hallmark, “education without frontiers”.

Social Science

  • Bryon Middlekauff was published in the Journal of Geography, Nov-Dec 2010, “Applying Sequential Fieldwork Skills Across Two International Field Courses,” A. L. Rydant, Brian A. Shiplee, John P. Smith and Bryon D. Middlekauff, pps 221-232.
  • Ben Amsden’s article entitled “The Creation and Maintenance of Sense of Place in a Tourism-dependent Community” (co-authored with Rich Stedman of Cornell University and Linda Kruger of the U.S. Forest Service) was published this month in the journal Leisure Sciences.


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