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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: http://plymouth.edu/online/events/2011_spotlight.html

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: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=259

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: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=260

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” (http://bit.ly/ecikHm) 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.



April 2010

April 28th, 2010 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 7, 2010

What a glorious start we’ve had to Spring. I hope you will all take a few moments from your busy schedules to walk our campus this week and enjoy the budding trees and the magnolias that are in full bloom.

As we near the end of the semester I want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students. The last few weeks of the academic year often get so hectic, we sometimes forget to stop what we are doing and look around us at all the wonderful work that is happening. Soon students will be performing, presenting research, reading poetry, publishing works, and exhibiting art. We will soon be honoring their achievements and rejoice in seeing them reach their milestones. This is a time of year to reflect on why we are here and to join in the celebrations. These occasions are what it’s all about. Enjoy!

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Just a reminder, the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients will be named immediately following the May faculty meeting. Please plan to attend and celebrate with your colleagues.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Yankee Magazine recently published a review of the show, “Mirare,” which was on exhibit at the St. Anselm’s Chapel Art Center, and featured Tom Driscoll as one of 3 featured artists. With an underlying “formal elegance,” the works displayed in the exhibit “create an opportunity for investigating the livelihood of the mind and heart, challenging the ways we appreciate, or derive meaning from, a work of art.” Congratulations to Tom!
  • Annette Mitchell presented two lectures at Pease Public Library in February using Lamson Learning Center’s database, ArtStor, as a visual resource. The titles of her presentations were “Humor in Art” and “The Nature of Seeing.” Annette exhibited work at the 9th “Prints of The Year: What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking” this month at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH and won the Best of Show Award at Kimball-Jenkins Arts and Arrangements Show this past month, also in Concord, NH.
  • The spring session of the Afterschool Arts class is currently underway with 22 children, grades K-4 exploring the theme of “Outerspace through Visual Art” for a 6-week session every Wednesday afternoon. Afterschool Art is a community service and outreach initiative of the Art Education Program where PSU art education majors assist a certified art educator to provide high quality art enrichment activities to children in the Plymouth area. The Art Education Program is making plans to expand the program to older children as part of a partnership with the Friends of the Arts, Pemi Youth Center, and the Plymouth Park and Rec’s A+ program.
  • Catherine Amidon has been appointed curator of the Museum of the White Mountains.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Jim Koermer was recently appointed to a 3-year term on the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Intelligent Transportation System/Surface Transportation Committee, which examines new technologies and improved methods for weather support of ground transportation. For the AMS, he was also appointed to a 4-year term to be a member of the Committee of Judges under the AMS Commissioner for Education and Human Resources. This committee evaluates applicants for AMS Freshman Scholarships and other AMS named undergraduate scholarship programs.
  • Jeremiah Duncan gave an invited presentation in March entitled “Nanoscale silver: Current knowledge and data gaps in the environmental, health, and safety data” in the Nanotechnology and the Environment: Emphasis on Green Nanotechnology session at the American Chemical Society Fall 2010 National Meeting in San Francisco.
  • In February, Jeremiah Duncan served as an invited member of a panel to discuss the use of pesticides in lawn care. The panel discussion was part of an event sponsored by Common Ground (Plymouth State University’s environmental and social justice student organization) and The Leah Collective (a local environmental activist group concerned with the use of lawn pesticides and herbicides in New Hampshire), which included a showing of the film “A Chemical Reaction .” The event was held the night before, and in preparation for, a hearing in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on HB1456, which would establish a state committee to study herbicides and pesticides and their alternatives in residential areas.
  • During spring break, Dennis Machnik traveled to Rhode Island with the portable planetarium. In five days at four schools (Western Hills Middle School, Bain Middle School, Eden Park Elementary and Matunuck Elementary), he did 39 presentations to over 1,000 K-8 students.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot gave an invited presentation in March at the University of New Hampshire Psychology Department, entitled “Biological rhythms: from molecules to movements (and beyond!).”

College of Graduate Studies

  • Cheryl Baker was invited to speak on “Aspects of High Quality Professional Development” at the New Hampshire Association of Middle Level Educators’ annual conference. Sixty educators from three states attended the conference, the focus of which was advocacy for the educational needs of the young adolescent.
  • Blake Allen, Director of the Pakistani Educators Leadership institute just returned from Pakistan and India. Allen led a team of six NH educators at a five-day conference in New Delhi, India on “Cross-Cultural Explorations: Examining Educational Leadership within the Context of Civil Society.” Indian and Pakistani educators participated (some in person and some virtually). The event was hosted by the Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at PSU, www.pelinstitute.org, and funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Following the five day conference in New Delhi, Allen travelled to Pakistan for continued assessment of the institute and planning of future PELI cohorts.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears, along with co-presenter Dr. Linda Barclay, gave the following presentation in March: “Clinical Training Strategies in Field Supervision: From Assessment to Effective Treatment Planning” for the American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • K. Hridaya Hall has been invited to share her knowledge and research findings related to mindfulness in counselor preparation at a Mindful Educators group gathering at Keene State College on April 5th.
  • Gary Goodnough has co-authored two book chapters in the recently released book “Transforming the School Counseling Profession.” The first chapter, written with Dr. Rachelle Perusse of the University of Connecticut, is titled, “Developmental classroom guidance.” The second chapter, “Systemic, data-driven practice and programming for equity” was written with Dr. Vivian Lee of the College Board.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Registration is now open for the annual meeting of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN) on June 1 & 2 at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH. PSU faculty are encouraged to join this gathering of academic, community, and private sector leaders to explore the role of higher education in the vitality of rural communities from the Adirondacks to Nova Scotia. See http://nfhern.org for more details.
  • “Protecting the Forest,” an exhibition devoted to interpreting the history of the Weeks Act, the federal legislation that made possible National Forests in the eastern US, is showing at the Silver Center for the Arts. The exhibition is a result of research and collaboration with Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU History), Catherine Amidon (PSU Drerup Gallery), Linda Upham Bornstein (Center for Rural Partnerships and Social Science), Thad Guldbrandsen (Center for Rural Partnerships), and other PSU and off-campus partners. Visit the exhibition online at: http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/
  • As part of the Weeks Act Centennial Lecture Series, the Center for Rural Partnerships hosted a number of speakers this month:
    • Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More (Brown University), “The Impact of North Country Community and Collaboration in the Weeks Act of 1911.”
    • Mark Okrant (PSU Social Science), “Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains: A Region Comes Full Circle.”
    • Char Miller (Pomona College), “Making the National Forests National: The Weeks Act and the Expansion of Federal Forestry.”
    • Linda Upham Bornstein (Center for Rural Partnerships),” Working Forests: From Market Revolution to Industrialization.”
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU History), “Saving the Mountains: Joseph B. Walker, Phillip Ayers, and the Weeks Act of 1911.”
      During his visit with the Center for Rural Partnerships, Char Miller (Pomona College) also participated in PSU classes, held special seminars with PSU students and faculty, and addressed groups of off-campus partners at the White Mountain National Forest Headquarters and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in Concord.
  • Ben Amsden participated in the annual meeting of the Northern Forest Tourism Network in St, Johnsbury, Vermont. The Network consists of regional leaders in tourism attempting to build larger collaborations that will ultimately benefit regional tourism throughout the Northern Forest Region.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen chaired a panel on university engagement and served as discussant at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Presenters on the panel included Kate Donahue and colleagues from the University of Maine-Fort Kent, UNH, Appalachian State University, the University of Memphis, and the University of Arizona.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey presented a paper titled “Saturday night and I ain’t got no money: Will the recession spark a crime wave in New Hampshire?” and a second paper co-authored with Michael Smith of Saint Anselm College “Don’t needle me: Rating the intrusiveness and reasonableness of drug-related searches” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society recently held in Boston, MA.
  • Mark Fischler has been appointed to the editorial review board for the “Journal of Integral Theory and Practice,” a SUNY Press publication. He also spoke at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference on the Supreme Court Case of Kennedy v. Louisiana.


  • The North Country Teacher Certification Program (Irene Mosedale, Coordinator) received a $75,210 grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund to provide stipends to students during their student teaching semester in the spring of 2010.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented two full-day trainings March 12th and 16th to the Franklin School District on “Response to Intervention, Tiered Behavior Support Model.”
  • Kathleen Norris presented a retreat workshop to the staff of The Bridge House and The Hunter School on the hierarchy of needs.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Mary Ann McGarry was one of six NH educators who attended the five-day PELI conference in New Delhi, India (see Blake Allen, CoGS above). At the conference, McGarry presented on developing effective environmental education projects and moderated a session on the environment focused on water issues. She also worked with the co-director of the Writing Project, Gail Bourn, to facilitate meaningful reflection and help Pakistani, Indian, and American educators turn their learning into meaningful follow-up cross-cultural projects. The group visited schools, significant heritage and environmental sites, and was hosted by the High Commissioner of Pakistan, on March 23rd, on Pakistan Day, a celebration which commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 when the separate nation of Pakistan was created for the Muslims.
  • Mark Turski was appointed to the advisory board of the Journal for College Science Teaching. The Journal of College Science Teaching (JCST), is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary periodical published by the National Science Teachers Association.

Health and Human Performance

  • Cheryl Coker gave two presentations at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference. The first was titled, “Intervention Strategies for Performance Enhancement;” the second was a research presentation, “Practice Schedules and Putting Accuracy.”
  • Liesl Lindley, current President of the NH Athletic Trainers’ Association (NHATA), testified before the NH Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee on March 4th in support of proposed new legislation (SB423) that will create health insurance reimbursement for licensed athletic trainer rehabilitation services. The legislation has since passed through the NH Senate and is now under discussion in the NH House of Representatives.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • On March 9th, Michael Davidson, Information Technologist II, Jennifer Wynne Green, Art Librarian, and Robert Fitzpatrick, Emerging Technologies Librarian, all of Lamson Library & Learning Commons, joined with Gabrielle V. L. Reed, Head of Access Services at the Mass College of Art and Design, and Carol Will of UMass Amherst Learning Commons, to present “Common Sense and Technology: A Library Usability Experience.” The event was part of the Northeast Regional Computing Program’s (NERCOMP) annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and discussed website usability, testing, and assessment techniques used to move toward a better achievement of instruction goals.
  • Jennifer Green organized and moderated the session “Utilizing Blogs to Improve and Market Resources” at the Visual Resources Association (VRA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 17th.
  • David A. Beronä presented a paper, Adult Storytelling: An Exploration of Woodcut Novels and Wordless Graphic Novels,” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on March 24, 2010.
  • Elaine S. Allard served as a Consultant on “Implementing a Learning Commons” at the State University of New York at Cortland, March 8-9, 2010.
  • Anne Lebreche welcomed members of Cub Scout Pack #56 from Plymouth and #59 from Bristol to the Lamson Library and Learning Commons. The Wolves, Bears and Webelos completed a badge activity where they were to find the news on the day of their birth. The Scouts learned how to use The New York Times Digital Archives, took a tour of the library building, and talked about how librarians are part of our “helping” community.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting presented a paper, “From Isolation to Community for Teachers in Low-Incidence Settings,” at the 44th annual International TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference, held in Boston in March. The paper examined findings from Whiting’s on-going research on low-incidence English language teaching and learning.


  • Emily Ricard, Associate Director of the NH-Impact Center, presented “Integrating Smartboards in the Mathematics Classroom” at a Mathematics Department Seminar on February 23rd. She is currently offering Smartboard professional development at Concord High School. She also presented “Smartboard 101 – Special Topics in High School Mathematics” at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Annual Spring Conference on April 6th.
  • “Using wikis to enhance collaboration” was presented by Dana Ernst at the PSU Spotlight on Technology 2010, Thursday, April 1, 2010.
  • On April 6th the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics are hosting their Annual Spring Conference at SERESC in Bedford, NH. Nine PSU students will attend accompanied by John Donovan and Dana Ernst.
  • Barbara Boschmans was conference, program, and exhibit chair for the NHTM conference on April 6th.
  • Brian Beaudrie was the keynote speaker at the NHTM Annual Spring Conference on April 6th. Brian is also currently offering professional development to middle and high school teachers in Merrimack Valley.
  • Natalya Vinogradova presented “Algebra and Geometry: Two sides of the same coin” at the NHTM Conference on April 6th.
  • Bill Roberts presented “Including Proof in the Geometry Curriculum” at the NHTM Conference on April 6th.
  • The Pre-K-16 Numeracy Action Plan for the 21st Century was released on April 6th by the NH-Impact Center and the New Hampshire Department of Education. This publication was created over the last year under the leadership of Brian Beaudrie, Director of the NH-Impact Center and Emily Ricard, Associate Director of the NH-Impact Center. More information can be found at: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~bboschmans/QLAP/.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi worked as a Casting Director for the Papermill Theatre (Lincoln, NH) at the NE Theatre Conference “Combined Auditions” held in Natick, MA. (March 13-15) Three hundred seventy-five musical theatre auditioners were selected from applicants throughout the US to perform before representatives of 30+ theatres.
  • Jonathan Santore has had two works accepted for publication by Yelton Rhodes Music in Los Angeles. Both works, “Kalevala Fragments” and “The Owl and the Pussycat,” were originally written for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, directed by Dan Perkins.
  • Amanda Whitworth performed as a guest artist in the Amy Marshall Dance Company’s 10th Anniversary Season at the Ailey Citicorp Theater in New York City.
  • Carleen Graff just returned from the MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque. While there she served as the Eastern Division Certification Commissioner and presented at two different Certification sessions. She is in her second year of a two-year term.
  • Constance Chesebrough helped judge the piano competition held in conjunction with the Contemporary Piano Festival held at PSU on Saturday, March 13. She also presented a workshop entitled “Sharing the Music – Collaborating Musicians” and was assisted by high school musicians Angela Yeo, violin, and Katie Roukes, piano, and collegiate musicians Mark Hecox, saxophone, and Alyssa Costa, piano. As president of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, Ms. Chesebrough recently attended the Music Teachers National Association convention in Albuquerque, NM, and represented PSU at the Collegiate Chapter reception and forum.


  • Paul Fedorchak is reviewing a chapter entitled, “Creating Your Cultural Bridge to Dose, Data, and Scientific Knowledge,” which is to appear in a book on Radiation Risk Communication.

Social Science

  • Stacey Yap presented “Rejuvenating the Past to Rethink the Future: Historic Preservation in Vietnam,” on March 9. The presentation focused on the French colonial buildings, especially villas in Dalat and Hanoi, as threatened sites in the era of new Vietnam. Stacey is organizing a panel on historic preservation in Asia in the upcoming Fall meeting of the New England Chapter of the Association for Asian Studies.
  • Kate Donahue was an invited speaker at the SUNY-Buffalo Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. Her lecture was titled “What Can Be Learned From the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui?” She also gave a paper on “The Anthropology of an EcoHouse” at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, held at the University of Buffalo. She also participated in a panel organized by Thad Guldbrandsen of the PSU Center for Rural Partnerships which was held at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Merida, Mexico.
  • David Starbuck spoke at Kennett High School in North Conway, NH, about “Forensic Anthropology,” followed by a talk that evening on “Ancient Turkey” to the Society for Scholarly Dialogue at PSU. David then hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology at PSU on February 27 and presented a paper on “The Temple Glassworks Revisited.” On March 11 David spoke in the series “New Hampshire at War” to the New Hampshire Historical Society. His topic was “Fighting on the Frontier in the French and Indian War.” Also in March, David’s book “Excavating the Sutlers’ House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George” was published by University Press of New England. (This is David’s seventh book from UPNE.)

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin presented on “the Future of Social Security” for leaders from community organizations in NH. He also spoke on Social Security for the NH State Committee on Aging, of which he is a member.
  • Scott Meyer attended the Harvard Continuing Medical Education Conference on Addictions, in Boston, MA. As a member of the NH Commission on the Status of Men, he was a co-contributor to the third biennial report.
  • Cynthia Moniz attended the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference and Meeting in Atlanta, GA. She and Stephen Gorin participated in Pearson’s Connections Forums designed to gather best practices for incorporating CSWE’s new accreditation standards and develop their Connecting Core Competencies Series and MySocialWorkLab. She presented the BSW Student of the Year Award at the NH-NASW Annual Dinner held in Concord, and was re-appointed to the chapter’s PACE Committee for a new 3-year term. She is also assisting in the development of a new international travel course for summer 2011 to the Dominican Republic.
  • Christine Rine was nominated to run for a seat on the NH-NASW Board of Directors. She is working with the Whole Village to explore possible service learning projects, and developing an online/blended summer course.

Writing Center

Along with director Jane Weber, six student consultants from the Writing Center (Amanda Cook, Michael Eddy, Ashley Schena, Jenny Wyatt, Abbey Filiault, and Kristen DiMatteo) will attend the annual North East Writing Center Association’s annual conference at Boston University on April 10th.

April 2009

April 3rd, 2009 by Noelle

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

A Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation Advisory Council named

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

Curricular revision

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

Policies that promote “Life Balance and Career Flexibility”

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

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

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

Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Awards

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

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

The Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually to a member of the faculty whose body of creative and scholarly works is recognized for its rigor, originality, and expressiveness. The award recognizes that scholarly pursuits support and enrich the faculty’s commitment to excellence in honoring our educational mission and values. Nominated faculty must demonstrate exceptional research, creativity or scholarly work. Important factors include quality, originality, the impact on one’s field, reputation of the scholar and his/her scholarly works, and the ability to generate and successfully disseminate the scholarly or creative works. The successful candidate will demonstrate and document the following: Scholarly work that has received positive external acceptance and/or peer review regionally, nationally and/or internationally, such as published or professionally accepted works, books/chapters and/or other artistic forms, and work of high quality, sustained over time, including recent work (within approximately five years) that enhances academic recognition for PSU. Voting members of the faculty with five or more years of service at PSU are eligible. Faculty may self-nominate.
To submit a nomination for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=185
Plymouth State University’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service is awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies the goal of balanced and sustained service that has had a quality impact on the campus and/or the broader community. To be nominated, a faculty member must demonstrate evidence of short- and/or long-term impact of his or her service. There must be evidence of continuing service to the University and/or the broader community. Service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a faculty member’s basic professional obligations. The scope of the service must extend over several years and must be geared toward affecting positive change. The nominees must be tenured and have at least five years of service at Plymouth State. Faculty may not nominate his or her self.
To nominate a colleague for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=189.
I thank you for your thoughtful nominations for these important recognitions of the excellence of our faculty.

News from Academic Affairs


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

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

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

Bagley Center

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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

College of University Studies

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

Counselor Education and School Psychology

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

Criminal Justice

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


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

Lamson Library

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


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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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

April 2008

April 19th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier

April 2, 2008

Credit Model Taskforce

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

Associate Vice President (AVP) for Undergraduate Studies

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

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

    Vice Provost (faculty fellow)

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

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

    Right to Know Law.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Why Plymouth Rocks

    New Hampshire Magazine recently featured the town of Plymouth. “A lively college town set amidst nature at its most serene and situated in the geographic center of the state, Plymouth is a destination with something for everyone. Plymouth bills itself as the “Heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains,” but that’s not altogether true. It’s more a scenic way station with lots to offer in terms of dining, lodging, shopping and — thanks in large part to a state university — culture, entertainment ……”
    To read the entire article, click here http://www.nh.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080401/NHM01/848253698/-1/NHM0101

    New From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Art Department

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

    Business Department

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

    Center for the Environment

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

    College of Graduate Studies

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

    Communication and Media Studies Department

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

    Department of Atmospheric and Chemical Sciences (was CEAPS)

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

    Department of Biological Sciences

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

    Education Department

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

    Environmental Science and Policy Department

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

    Health and Human Performance Department

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

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department

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

    Social Science Department

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

    Social Work Department

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

    April 2007

    April 19th, 2007 by Noelle

    Monthly Academic Affairs Report
    To the Faculty of PSU
    From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    April 4, 2007

    I hope that everyone found some needed relaxation time over the spring break. What happened to spring? It was here not long ago.

    Update on EdD: I reported to you in March that the “Graduate Council had unanimously approved the pursuit of doctoral authority and specifically to explore a doctor of education (EdD) degree. A formal proposal and degree outline will be submitted to the Graduate Council and faculty later this spring.”
    I wanted to provide you with an update and a proposed timeline.

    • The “Intent to Submit” the EdD will be presented at SAPC this Friday.
    • The EdD program proposal is currently under external review. We expect those reviews back in the next week or two.
    • The taskforce will make revisions and present the final program proposal to Graduate Council in April.
    • We expect the proposal to move on to Executive Council at the last April meeting and then to the May Faculty meeting.
    • The continuing timeline includes SAPC, President’s Council, and Programs and Services in May and the full Board in June.

    Following Board approval we will begin a process for legislative authority which will take us into 2008.
    Update on Strategic Plan: A draft of the Strategic Plan has been shared with the University PlanningCommittee (UPC) and we will discuss at our next meeting any recommendations they might have for future discussions on campus. At this point, I want to share the draft with you (see attached). Warning, you might want to review it “on screen” and decide which pages to print. The entire document is 55 pages with the actual “plan” only taking 2 pages, with the balance being a number of important, supporting documents

    The immediate plan is to discuss this draft at upcoming meetings of the Council of Chairs, Extended Cabinet, and Executive Council.

    The strategic plan is a living document that sets the overall direction for the University and will evolve as the University evolves and meets the goals presented in the plan.

    Given the proposal on today’s agenda to dissolve the UPC, a new planning group will likely be formed for next academic year. Recommendations on purpose and composition are topics of discussion at the UPC and CBC committee meetings as well as with the President and Cabinet.

    In the meantime, please feel free to share any thoughts you have about the draft or the planning process with Scott Mantie, or me.
    Distinguished Teacher Nominations: The nominations for distinguished teachers are in and the committees are beginning their meetings this week to determine 3 finalists in each category who will be asked to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy and a self-assessment of teaching effectiveness. These statements will be reviewed by the committees, and recipients of the awards will then be determined. We are all excited to be presenting the first Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award this
    Searches: Faculty searches are progressing. We have had 6 successful searches thus far, with 7 more to finish up. It has been gratifying to note the quality, diversity and enthusiasm of the candidates who have been coming to campus for interviews. News has spread that PSU is a great place to teach!
    Annual Reports: The Annual Faculty Report form for this year is available online on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff/ann_fac_06-07_Word.doc.
    You will again need to submit electronic versions to my office this year. Please send your electronic version to Alice O’Connor (aoconnor@plymouth.edu). Please include an updated CV. You will still need to submit a copy of your report to your department chair.
    The deadline for submitting reports to department chairs and this office is Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
    The chairs’ deadline for submitting annual evaluations to this office is Friday, June 1, 2007.
    If there are any questions, please contact Alice O’Connor, x. 2091.

    News From Academic Affairs
    Departments and Faculty

    Two Fulbright Scholars Named at PSU:
    The Fulbright Scholarship, which is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sends 800 US faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

    • Catherine Amidon, director of PSU’s Karl Drerup Gallery, was recently informed that she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Jamaica for second semester of next year. She will work at the National Gallery of Jamaica and teach at the Edna Manley School of Art.
    • Graduate student, Alison Charbeneau, was recently chosen for a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Alison is an eighth-grade language arts teacher at the Belmont, NH middle school.

    Criminal Justice Department:

    • Stephanie Halter presented a paper (A) and published an article (B): A) Halter, Stephanie. “The Reconceptualization of Juvenile Prostitutes from Delinquency Offenders to Child Sexual Abuse Victims.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2007. B) Meyer, Scott, Lisa Townsend and Stephanie Halter. 2006. “Assessing After-School Program Efficacy in Engaging Youth in New Hampshire: Using Logic Models to Develop Evaluation Research Design and Measures.” New Hampshire Journal of Education (In Press).
    • David Mackey presented a paper (A) and published an article (B). The conference presentation was with a CJ Major. A) Wynands, A. and Mackey, D. A. (2007). Redefining posse comitatus in the new millennium: Military assistance to civilian authorities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA. B) Mackey, D. A. and Berg, B. L. (2007). Challenges and opportunities for the new collegians: Transitioning from Gen X to the Millennials in criminal justice education. New Hampshire Journal of Education. In press.

    English Department:

    • Bonnie Epstein has received the Oregon-California Tails Association (OCTA) Outstanding Educator Award. OCTA is a national organization dedicated to the study of western emigrant trails and the Outstanding Educator awards program honors those who educate students in this area. The award was presented at OCTA’s annual convention in St. Joseph, Mo.
    • Ann McClellan will be presenting a paper, “Sweet Girl Graduates Gone Sour: The First Women Academics in the work of Mrs. Frances Marshall (ps. Alan St Aubyn)” at the 15th Annual British Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky on April 14. (http://www.uky.edu/AS/English/bwwc/) Ann also has an article under review with the Journal of the Short Story in English on Virginia Woolf’s short stories.
    • Meghan Plumpton, a current junior English major, will be presenting a paper on women Gothic writers at the annual International Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Pittsburgh, PA March 29-April 1. For information about this conference, please visit http://www.english.org/pittsburgh/ConvTemp.html
    • Liz Ahl was a semi-finals performance judge and Paul Rogalus was the prompter for the finals of the 2nd annual Poetry Out Loud high school recitation competition at Keene State College on March 18th. This national recitation competition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, among others.
    • Two poems by Liz Ahl appear in the most recent (March/April 2007) issue of The Women’s Review of Books. (Available in Lamson Library)
    • Lynn Rudmin-Chong has been reelected for another 3-year term to the Winnisquam School District’s School Board.
    • Bob Garlitz published four poems on 3by3by3 (http://3by3by3.blogspot.com/) and, with Rupert Loydell, six poems in the new Sugar Mule special double issue #26: An Anthology of Collaborations, guest edited by Sheila E. Murphy.
    • Robin DeRosa recently chaired a panel, “Rethinking the Theory Course,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Baltimore. She will also be presenting a paper, “Black and White Witches: Salem Mythology in the Golden Age of Hollywood,” at the Pop Culture/American Culture Association in Boston in early April. Robin has also signed on to lead a book discussion on a Russell Banks novel at the Berlin Public Library, and to give a talk on her Salem research at the Alton Historical Society.
    • Paul Rogalus is presenting a paper on “Portraying the Unexplainable: The Use of Fantasy in Realistic Baseball Short Fiction” at the Pop Culture/American Culture Association Conference in Boston on April 6.
    • Karolyn Kinane will present “Fuqua’s Multi-Culti Arthur” at the same conference. (For information about this Association and the conference, including the program, please visit http://www.popularculture.org/. Karolyn will also be the chairing a panel on Medievalists in the Classroom at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in May. To learn more about this conference, please visit http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/

    Communications and Media Studies Department:

    • Film and Sexual Politics, an anthology edited by Kylo-Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains his chapter “The Love Between Warden and Prew That Dare Not Speaks Its Name: Containing Homosexuality as Subtext in From Here to Eternity” along with seventeen additional academic essays. In addition, Kylo presented the paper “‘Competent but Really Quite Ordinary’: Exploring the (Not So) Groundbreaking Cinematic Attributes of Brokeback Mountain” at the 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. His essay “Retrograde Storytelling or Queer Cinematic Triumph?: The (Not So) Groundbreaking Qualities of the Film Brokeback Mountain” has been accepted for publication in the academic journal Intertexts.
    • Annette Holba’s essay “Publics, Dialogism, and Advocacy: Notes Towards a Reconceptualization of Public Relations in the United States” has been published in the academic journal PRism. She also presented the essay “I-It as Rhetorical Strategy: Finding Hope, Courage, and Transformation” at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in San Antonio.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam has returned after spending her Fall 2006 sabbatical leave teaching in the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications at Addis Ababa University.

    Social Science Department:

    • David Starbuck (Anthropology) attended and presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Ohio Country Conference on March 24-25 at the University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg. The title of the presentation was “The Archaeology of the French & Indian War.” He also lectured on “Archaeology as a Career” at Boston University’s Sargent Center in Hancock, NH, on March 7.
    • Mark Okrant has completed a report for the Northern Forest Center entitled, “Heritage and Nature-Based Tourism in the Northern Forest Region: A Situation Analysis.” The report is available on line at http://www.northernforest.org. Okrant has had a paper accepted for the forthcoming international conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association. The paper is entitled, “Toward a Model of Balanced Tourism Development on Baffin Island.” He presented his findings to the March meeting of the PSU Society for Scholarly Dialogue
    • As a member of the board of the Plymouth Historical Society, Marcia Schmidt Blaine presented at PHS on March 13 titled “There used to be Farms Here: Farming in Northern New England, 1830-1870.”
    • Kate Donahue recently returned from Narbonne, France where she interviewed the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui. Her book, “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui versus the USA,” has been accepted and will be out in July.

    Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric and Physical Sciences Department:

    • Susan Swope and Anil Waghe (CEAPS), along with recent PSU graduate DeAna (Robinson) Irving, were invited to attend the Teacher Leader Conference held at the American Chemical Society Headquarters in Washington, DC Feb 23-25. The conference focus was the development of a model for the Advanced High School chemistry workshops to be held this summer 2007. Workshop presenters are comprised of 2 college/university faculty and 1 high school teacher. DeAna Irving currently teaches chemistry at Merrimack Valley High School and will be part of the Los Angeles workshop while Susan and Anil will lead workshops in Hartford, Conn. and St. Paul, Minnesota, respectively. Invitation was based on their expertise with the inquiry-based learning model used in the general chemistry curriculum at PSU. For further information on these workshops, see http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/s/1/acsdisplay.html?DOC=education\professional\advanced_ chemistry.html
    • Forty-five undergraduate and graduate students from the Plymouth State University Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and four meteorology faculty members attended the 32nd annual Northeast Storm Conference hosted by Lyndon State College in Springfield, MA from March 9 -11. The conference is the largest student run conference in the nation and gives students an opportunity to attend a scientific conference geared toward undergraduates and meet their peers and future colleagues from other schools. Once again this year a number of Plymouth State students and faculty presented talks and posters:
      • Oral Presentations:
        • Lindsay Tardif, Kristin Cummings, and Greg Veras: “A Case Study of Several Cool-Season California Tornadoes: 8-11 January 2005”
        • Jen Thorp and Samuel Miller: “Improved Sea Breeze Forecasting for Boston’s General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport”
        • Melissa Wellman: “A Quantitative Analysis of Reduction in Traffic Volume During Winter Storms in New Hampshire”
        • Kristin Cummings, Elizabeth Dupont, and James Koermer: “An Updated Warm-Season Convective Wind Climatology for the Florida Space Coast”
        • Melissa Payer and coauthors: “A Climatological Study of Lake Champlain Lake-Effect Snow Band Events”
      • Poster Presentations:
        • Bridget Bixby and Eric Hoffman: “Weather Influences on Power Outages in New Hampshire: Development of Web-based Decision Making Tool”
        • Norman Shippee, Samuel Miller and coauthors: “Ekman Transport and Tidal Variations in the Gulf of Maine”
        • Dan Michaud, Samuel Miller, and coauthors: “Synoptic Scale Conditions Causing Enhanced Northeasterly Winds in the Western Gulf of Maine”
    • Dennis Machnik visited several area schools to present planetarium shows. He also presented a show at the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium on Monday, March 26th.

    Social Work Department:

    • The Social Work Dept. just completed its 3-day site visit from CSWE to review the Self Studyfor reaccreditation of the program; the final review occurs in June by the Commission on Accreditation.
    • Stephen Gorin is finishing a manuscript, Health Care Reform, for the 20th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work which is published by NASW every ten years. He also participated in a meeting the Governor held with the NH Delegates to the White House Conference on Aging.
    • Scott Meyer presented “Ethical Issues in Advocating for Oppressed Clients: Empowering People with Histories such as Poverty, Offender Status and Substance Abuse” as a guest speaker at NH Hospital for Social Work Month (March). He also provided training for hospice volunteers at Pemi Baker Home Health and Hospice and elementary school teachers in the Union Sanborn School as part of PSU’s TIGER program regarding “strategies to prevent bullying”.
    • Cynthia Moniz was appointed to a Special Review Group by the National Association for Social Workers which has been “meeting” via conference calls. She has also participated in planning meetings of EngAGING NH.
    • Helen O’Brien is accepting applications from students in the Social Work major for the 2007-08 Child Welfare Partnership awards and will be conducting interviews with staff from DCYF next month.
    • James Mazzuchelli was chosen as the BSW Student of the Year by the NH Chapter of NASW and was honored at the annual dinner held in Bedford.

    Business Department:

    The Center for Rural Partnerships:

    • Thad Guldbrandsen has co-authored a book that has recently been released, “Local Democracy Under Siege.”

    Education Department:

    • Royce Robertson was involved over the last few months in the SunGard Summit as:
      • Presenter: 1 session this year (Supporting ePortfolio: No Small FEAT)
      • Facilitator: 2 BOF sessions (iWebfolio Users and TracDat Users)
      • Coordinator: He was in charge of the whole Academic Solutions track (evaluated,
      • scheduled, and reviewed 20 sessions)
      • Organizer: the Academic Lounge (he successfully lobbied for the word Lounge instead of Café; (he is proud!) where there will 10+ open forums on everything from Blackboard to the
      • Spellings Report.

    Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

    • Kathleen Arecchi is working as the Casting Director for the Paper Mill Theatre (Lincoln) summer season; she also saw 300+ 2-min. auditions at the New England Theatre Conference auditions March 17-19 and 600+ 90-sec. auditions at Strawhats March 22-24 in NYC.
    • Gary Corcoran:
      • Guest Conductor – Manchester West High School, 3/9
      • Guest Conductor – Pinkerton Academy, 3/23
      • 3/16 – Began term of office as President of the New England College Band Association
      • Attended the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Health and Human Performance Department:

    • Both the BS in Athletic Training and the MEd in Athletic Training received a 5-year accreditation renewal from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Congratulations AT faculty!!
    • Dr. Linda S. Levy represented the Department of Health and Human Performance at the Epping High School Career Day on March 21st. On April 1st, Dr. Levy was one of 14 instructors teaching CPR and AED skills to 70 Kimball Union Academy students. The event was organized by Katherine Bello (MEd ‘05) as part of her campaign to get AED units in every high school in New Hampshire.
    • On Sunday, April 1st, Dr. Linda S. Levy took part in Kimball Union Academy’s “KUA Has Heart – Supporting Matt’s Mission.” Organized by Katherine Bello (MEd ’05), this day-long CPR/AED certification brought together 25 CPR instructors to teach 70 KUA students how to do Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and AED skills. The event was put together to honor the life-saving techniques the KUA athletic training staff performed on Matt Keene (a KUA football player) when he went into cardiac arrest last fall. Co-sponsoring this event was Plymouth State, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital and Zoll Medical Corporation.
    • Dr. Christian Bisson went to the Epping Middle School to talk about high altitude mountaineering on Mt. Everest and his 2003 Service Learning Expedition that he led.
    • Dr. Anita N. Lee presented two original researches entitled “Physical Activity and Subsequent Risk of Severe Cognitive Impairment Among Older Adults” and “The Effects of Tai Chi Training on Improving Physical Functions in Patients With Coronary Heart Diseases”, and certified as Physical Best Specialist at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance annual convention at Baltimore, MD, on March 15 and 16.

    College of Graduate Studies:

    • As part of a NH Literacy grant initiative, Dennise Maslakowski has been appointed as a literacy coach at Belmont Middle School. Dennise is also serving on the Literacy Task Force, part of the New England Comprehensive Center for Literacy, and is collaborating on a literacy action plan for New Hampshire’s schools.
    • Cheryl Baker has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Association of Middle Level Education. The New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education’s mission is to articulate and to promote the philosophy and dynamic practices of middle level education at the state and local level, to influence the development, implementation and evaluation of middle level curriculum and resources and through publications and programs to develop a network of middle level educators and community stakeholders who advocate early adolescents as learners.
    • Nancy Puglisi is co-presenting with Tonya Tookes-Reznik at the Fourth annual Counselor Education Diversity Institute on April 21, 2007. The focus of the institute is mind-body integration and applications for spiritual counseling. On April 20, Nancy is giving the keynote address, “Gateways to Awakening and Transforming,” at the New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference.
    • Gary Goodnough has received an all-expenses paid invitation to attend the first College Board Counselor Education Summit in Washington, DC on June 19, 2007. Participants will “engage in dialogue regarding equity, access and academic preparation among student groups in today’s schools and how this impacts their future career options; and how the SAT is developed, should be used and, what school counselors working with students need to know about this information to be able to better guide their students’ course choices.”

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