November/December 2012

December 6th, 2012 by gbeckwith

December 2011

December 7th, 2011 by gbeckwith

December 2010

June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
December 1, 2010

Colleagues, as we approach the end of the semester, I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season.

The OS and PAT’s are conducting their annual fundraising events to support student scholarships.

OS Festival of Trees Deadline Extended! The 3rd Annual Festival of trees will be held at the Senior Center on December 3 and 4, in conjunction with the annual Plymouth Holiday parade. We hope you plan on joining us this year by donating a decorated tree that will be won by one of the lucky visitors. Departments, businesses, groups, organizations, families, etc are welcome to join in and donate a fully decorated artificial tree to be raffled off. Proceeds will be used to help support the Operating Staff Endowed Scholarship and related expenses. 

Register your tree by visiting or by contacting a committee member.
Please contact Nikki Nunes at ext. 53071 or Christine Hoch at ext. 52593.

PAT Raffle

Tickets available at the HUB Pawsway this week (Monday-Thursday) from 12-1:30 p.m.  You can also purchase raffle tickets directly from one of the members of the Fundraising Committee – Angela Adams (Highland Hall 233/ext. 5-3097), Gail Carr (Speare 116/ext. 5-2228), Joyce Larson (Speare 205A/ext. 5-2846), and Karen Urciuoli (Holmes House 224/ext. 5-2915)


To view the raffle prizes: ( (and there are more items being donated daily).  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00.  The drawing will take place at the December 3, 2010 PAT meeting.


PAT Silent Auction- Reserved PARKING SPACE for one year !

The winner may have a parking spot in any sanctioned PSU lot!  If you cannot visit them at the HUB, but want to place a bid, please e-mail Karen Urciuoli.





  • Catherine S. Amidon, published “Enrico Riley: Journey in Giant Steps,” Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, Vol XXXV, no 1-2, Spring-Fall, 2010.
    • Jason Swift was chosen by the NH Department of Education as representative to attend a two- day standards setting board at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, NJ, in November, to set cut scores for the Praxis II test for Art Education Certification to recommend to the NH Department of Education.
    • The Myers Gallery at Teachers College, Columbia University, exhibited Jason Swift’s artwork from their permanent collection.  The Myers Collection in an exhibition titled “The Myers Art Collection Showcase” in November.
    • Henrieke Strecker (Photography) has her work on exhibit in three galleries: AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH, Spheris Gallery in Hanover, NH, and Art Miami 2010 (known as Miami’s premiere anchor fair).  Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week — the first week of December — when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami to experience the string of contemporary and high-energy fairs that the city is known for. Distinguished for its depth, diversity and quality, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 100 international art galleries and prominent art institutions.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot was a co-editor of the October issue of Current Zoology entitled “Horseshoe crab behavior” along with Win Watson (Dept. of Biological Sciences, UNH).  (View the cover at
    • Larry Spencer served as a pre-publication reviewer for a book on the history of ecology that is being considered for publication by the University of California Press.  Some of the materials have previously appeared in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, and the UC Press solicited feedback from Spencer and others about the usefulness of the materials in book form. He also recently completed a review for Choice, a publication of the American Library Association, on an atlas of invertebrate and vertebrate anatomy.

Center for the Environment

  • Mark Green is co-author on a feature cover article titled “Tapping Environmental History to Recreate America’s Colonial Hydrology” in the December 1, 2010 issue of Environmental Science and Technology.
  • The Center for the Environment’s fall colloquium concludes on December 8 at 4 pm with a presentation by Will Abbott, policy director at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire’s Forests, on “America’s Forest in 2076:  Will They Survive 300 years of Independence?” The series this fall, organized by Angela Uhlman, has featured a wide range of interesting talks filling the room with an audience of students, staff, faculty, and members of the community.
  • Brian Eisenhauer and graduate student Christian Weber are working on a research project analyzing the social, economic, and ecological effects of second home development in the Northern Forest region where second home ownership is a prevalent land use. They recently hosted a meeting at Plymouth State involving researchers from Cornell University, University of Vermont, University of Maine, and Penn State University who are part of the research team.
  • Mark Green was invited to present at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Geology and Planetary Science on November 11, “A Catchment-Scale Hydrologic Response to Soil Calcium Silicate Amendment.”
  • Mary Ann McGarry was a panelist for women’s science at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Women in Science and Technology Forum in Manchester on November 5th, 2010.
  • Research associate Doug Earick, in collaboration with PSU’s Department of Education’s Early Childhood Program, has received a Mathematics & Science Partnership grant from the NH Department of Education for a project on Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry, and learning progressions through environmental science studies
  • Aaron Johnson from the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory will be working this winter with the Israel’s River Volunteer Advisory Group on monitoring the river in Lancaster, NH. This project is funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Region as a sub-award from the Coös County Outreach Initiative of the Center for Rural Partnerships. The partnership with the Israel’s River Group has led to the collecting of water samples to be analyzed by Mark Green for their isotopic signature which will help them better understand the dynamics of the river’s hydrology.
  • Doug Earick presented at the Center’s new Brown Bag Lunch Talks. These talks are designed for sharing information about projects and creating a forum for idea sharing.
  • Lisa Doner presented a brown bag lunch seminar for the Center for the Environment on November 16 about her research to study the deposits in the bottom of lakes in Iceland and how the North Atlantic Oscillation affects the process of deposition.
  • As part of her program for an MS in Environmental Science and Policy, graduate student Olivia Bartlett recently defended her thesis, “Prioritizing Conservation Efforts in the Squam Lakes Watershed Using Knowledge-Based Models.” This project created logic-based models using conservation criteria established by a land trust, the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (SLCS), to address the need for a systematic, data-driven approach to prioritizing conservation efforts. The model prioritizes areas within the Squam Lakes watershed and evaluates existing conservation easements based on the SLCS criteria. As the needs and values of the community that operates through SLCS can change over time, the model can be adapted to accommodate these changes.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • On Tuesday, November 30, student presentations were showcased as follows:  Tourism Management & Policy student Jennifer Aldrich, “Regional Tourism Marking in Central New Hampshire;”  Center for the Environment graduate student, “The Community Energy Roadmap;” Communication and Media Studies student Kelly Rice, “Social Media and the Weeks Act Centennial Celebration;” Education graduate student Mike Neveln, “White Mountains Institute Family Hostel;”  Communication and Media Studies student Nicole DeGrandpre presented her film, “The Life and Times of W.R. Brown: Land, Labor, and Business in New Hampshire Timberlands,” based on a paper by Linda Upham-Bornstein.  Congratulations to all students!
  • Ben Amsden and Thad Guldbrandsen delivered a talk entitled “The Local Food Movement: Recipe for Change or Pie in the Sky” at the Environmental Science and Policy colloquium series.
  • Ben Amsden participated in the Northern New Hampshire Tourism Conference in Whitefield, NH, the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshop in Burlington, VT, and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Food System working group meetings in Albany, NY.
  • Fran Belcher attended annual meetings of the Northern Communities Investment Corporation, Foundation for Healthy Communities, NH Rural Health Roundtable and the North Country Health Consortium.  The focus of the latter three meetings was the Accountable Care Act and its impact on rural health care and the healthcare workforce in northern communities.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships and the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities collaborated on a proposal to the National Institute for Food and Agriculture for the Eco Learning Farmsteads Community Planning Council.
  • Fran Belcher and Thad Guldbrandsen joined with the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN), Lyndon State’s Center for Rural Students to develop a proposal to the New England Board of Higher Education to address college access for rural, first generation college students.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented “The Community Energy Roadmap” as part of the College of Graduate Studies brownbag series.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba presented three papers at the National Communication Association convention in San Francisco. The papers were entitled, “Hannah Arendt and Philosophical Leisure: Building a Bridge to the Political Realm” (Philosophy of Communication Division); “Hasidic Tales: Pedagogy for Communication Ethics” (Communication Ethics Division); and “Women and Leisure: Communicative Leaders for the 21st Century” (Women’s Caucus Division).

Computer Science

  • Roger Marshall. Published “Modeling DNA/RNA Strings Using Resistor—Capacitor (RC) Ladder Networks,” The Computer Journal (2010) 53(6): 644-660, Oxford University Press.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Hridaya Hall presented an educational session entitled “Where Cultural Awareness meets Skills Instruction: Using a Narrative Strategy to Support Trainee Cultural Awareness” at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in New Brunswick, NJ.   She also, in collaboration with Dr. Allison Smith of Antioch New England, contributed 4 theory-grounded activities to a recent book publication. The submissions included “Finding A Voice,” “My Metaphor,” “Shadow Party,” “E-Motion”, in S. Degges-White & N. L. Davis (Eds.) Integrating the Expressive Arts into Counseling Practice (2010).

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey with Michael Smith from Saint Anselm College presented “Body Scans, Wiretapping and Other Inquiries:  College Students’ Perceptions of the Reasonableness/Intrusiveness of Homeland Security Searches” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
  • Kristine Miller published in The Criminologist, Vol 35, Issue 6,  “Teaching Tip: Engaging Students in Criminological Theory”.  She also attended the American Society of Criminology conference in San  Francisco and presented preliminary research that she and Stephanie Halter are working on entitled “Integrating Real-world Experiences into Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses: Practice, Pedagogy and Effects on Student Learning.”


  • Susan Shapiro presented “Facilitating Friendships for ALL Kids” and “Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom”, at the Maine Down Syndrome Annual Conference for parents and educators, in Portland, Maine, on Saturday, November 13.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Warren Tomkiewicz, Mark Turski, and Christina Maki (an ES&P graduate student) attended the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver from October 31 – November 4.  Warren presented a poster entitled ”Gulf of Maine: Problem-based Learning Using Real-Time Oceanographic Data”; Mark presented a paper entitled “Utilizing the White Mountain National Forest As A Learning Tool in an Introductory Earth System Science Course for Non-majors.”
  • Mark Turski facilitated a discussion of the film in the Community Cinema series in Concord entitled “Deep Down: A Story From the Heart of Coal Country”.  He was assisted by Warren Tomkiewicz, Lisa Doner, and Mark Fischler from the Criminal Justice Dept.
  • Mary Ann McGarry was a panelist for women’s science at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Women in Science and Technology Forum in Manchester on November 5th, 2010.
  • Lisa Doner presented a brown bag lunch seminar for the Center for the Environment on November 16 about her research to study the deposits in the bottom of lakes in Iceland and how the North Atlantic Oscillation affects the process of deposition.
  • Research assistant professor Doug Earick, in collaboration with PSU’s Department of Education’s Early Childhood Program, has received a Mathematics & Science Partnership grant from the NH Department of Education for a project on Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry, and learning progressions through environmental science studies

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • Jess Morel, Kirk McClelland and Jessie DeBow attended the Region XI NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Warwick Rhode Island November 9-11. Jess participated in a panel presenting “Key Components of Internships Abroad.”
  • GEO held its first annual open house November 17 as part of International Week festivities. Guest chefs from Columbia and Viet Nam prepared refreshments, students who have interned and studied abroad presented on their experiences and shared photos, and student peer advisors led tours of Bagley House.
  • Deb Regan was interviewed for the November issue of GlobaLinks NewsWire. The topic was curriculum integration in study abroad:

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy and undergraduate students Austri Silver, Josselyn DeLemos, Patty Curley, Kevin Silva, and grad students Chris Thomas and Alicia Edwards were highlighted in the National Athletic Trainer’s monthly publication for their leadership in providing training to local emergency medical technicians and firefighters regarding spine boarding and helmet removal techniques on the ice.
  • Christian Bisson presented a workshop at NHAHPERD on a new teaching strategy when instructing how to build climbing anchor systems. The presentation was based on his recent chapter in a climbing book from Human Kinetics. Dr. Bisson co-presented this workshop with  Nick Nelsen, a Sophomore in Adventure Education.

Library and Academic Support Services

  • Ellen Marie Murphy was a Conference Organizer/Host at NERCOMP Sig “Course Evaluations: buying, building and distributing, November 4th, 2010.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting was elected Vice President of Northern New England TESOL, the regional affiliate of TESOL International.  At the conference, Whiting presented a paper, “Oral Language Podcast Portfolios: Implications for L2 Teaching and Learning,” and was also a discussant on a roundtable, “The New Nativism and the Role of the ELT Professional.”
  • Katharine Harrington presented a paper entitled “Je parle ‘le français de la Vallée’: Accommodating French Heritage Speakers in a University Level Beginning French Language Program” at the American Council for Quebec Studies conference in Burlington, Vermont on November 6.  She has also been awarded a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange to support her efforts in organizing a French film festival. The first annual White Mountain French film festival will be held Feb. 24-27 at the Flying Monkey.


  • Dana Ernst took six math majors to the annual ATMNE conference in Nashua on November 8.
  • John Donovan attended a meeting of NCTM’s editorial panel of “Mathematics Teacher”.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Carleen Graff presented a lecture (in German)-recital on George Crumb’s “Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik” at the German Piano Teacher’s Kongress (a part of the European Piano Teachers Association) on October 30 in Schwerin.
  • Dance faculty, Lois Hanks, Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa and Amanda Whitworth will perform and collaborate with the Ninth State Youth Theater and Orchestra for a production of the “Children’s Nutcracker” at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, NH.

Pakistan Project

  • Special thanks to senior Bryan Funk, junior Sam Wisel, and their team of undergraduates for staging the dynamic Flood of Flags event during International Week. Thanks to their initiative, over $3, 000 was raised to support alumni flood relief and recovery efforts.  With facilitation by project director Blake Allen, AP reporter Holly Ramer and U.S. Department of State writer Carrie Loewenthal Massey interviewed Bryan and Sam for a global audience.  Here is a link to the initial AP article:
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  • The Pakistan project is currently focused on its in-country phase.  Blake has been working with the Islamabad-based team on the implementation of Master Action Plans by last summer’s delegates.  With a geographically dispersed cohort, the educators are dealing with destabilized conditions due to continuing political challenges, militancy in Baluchistan and along the borders, and the aftermath of last summer’s devastating floods.  For delegates living in Gilgit-Baltistan, the onset of deep winter in the northern areas is a complicating factor.
  • In collaboration with officials at the State Department and U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Blake and the Pakistan team also have been working on the next nomination and selection process.  State Department funding will support another geographically, ethnically and linguistically diverse delegation of forty Pakistani educators to participate in next summer’s institute.  Two alumni leaders from previous projects also will be included.
  • The State Department recently hosted a three day Recipient Symposium, “Bringing Together America’s Stewards.” It brought together the Department’s grants management professionals and recipients to share information about new directions affecting Federal assistance programs.  Blake and Susan Amburg, director of Sponsored Programs, had opportunities to meet with counterparts working in the international sector and with State Department officials.

Social Science

  • Bryon Middlekauff published in the Encyclopedia of Physical Geography, focusing on the western explorer John Wesley Powell who was the first to travel and document the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) was one of the curators for an exhibit on “New Hampshire Glassmakers: 1780-1886” that opened at the Peterborough Historical Society on November 13 and runs through February 19, 2011.  This displays the finest examples of glass made at New Hampshire’s five glass factories.  David gave one of the opening lectures on November 13, on “The New England Glassworks in Temple: New Hampshire’s Boldest Experiment in Early Glassmaking.”   David also gave lectures in Temple on October 19  (“The Archaeology of New Hampshire”), at Enfield Shaker Village on Oct. 21 (“The Archaeology of the Shakers”), in Campton on October 23 (“An Archaeological Tour of Turkey’s Greatest Sites”), and in Glens Falls, NY on November 6 (“The Archaeology of the French and Indian War”).
  • Steve Whitman travelled to Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti to teach a permaculture design workshop during Sadhana Forest Haiti’s “Seeds After the Earthquake” international gathering October 26-November 5, 2010. The workshop included building a solar photovoltaic array, the creation of a permaculture design for the project headquarters, tree planting, and clay seedball making.
  • Stacey G. Yap, Thaddeus C. Guldbrandsen and Peng-Khuan Chong participated in the November 6 annual conference of the New England Association for Asian Studies that took place at the University of Vermont’s Burlington campus. The panel, “Vietnam:  Culture, Preservation and Change” that Stacey organized was well attended with participants coming from areas ranging from Quebec to Pennsylvania. With Khuan as the moderator and discussant, Thad presented his paper, “Architecture of Longing: History, Memory, and the Politics of Place in Vietnam”; Stacey presented, “Rejuvenating the Past to Rethink the Future: Historic Preservation in Vietnam.”
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology/Social Science) reviewed Susan Terrio’s “Judging Mohammed: Juvenile Delinquency, Immigration, and Exclusion at the Paris Palace of Justice” (2009, Stanford University Press) for the journal French Politics, Culture & Society (forthcoming). She also attended the Executive Board meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe at the annual American Anthropological Association meeting in New Orleans.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin edited a special issue of Health & Social Work on “Health Inequalities” and co-authored “Health Care Reform and Health Disparities: Implications for Social Workers,” November 2010,35(4).
  • The department’s Social Work Advisory Board held its fall meeting on November 5.
  • Christine Rine authored a book review in a Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Health Inequalities titled: “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger,” November 2010, 35(4).

University Studies

  • On October 3rd, Patrick Cate (University Studies) and Joyce Larson (Registrar) presented “The Targeted Advising Model:  A Fast Pass to Student Success” as a three-hour preconference seminar to advisors from across the country at the annual conference of NACADA. An outline of the model was also published in the NACADA Clearinghouse which can be found here:


December 2009

December 26th, 2009 by Noelle

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

Inclement Weather

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

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

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

New Hampshire Department of Education visit

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

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

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

Harassment/Sexual Discrimination Training

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

Plymouth’s Goal for 2010:

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

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

Technology survey

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

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

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

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

News from Academic Affairs


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

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

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

Biological Sciences

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

Center for the Environment

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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

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

College of Graduate Studies

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

College of University Studies

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

Criminal Justice

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


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

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

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

Global Education Office

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

Health and Human Performance

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

Lamson Library

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


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

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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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

Writing Center

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

December 2007

December 14th, 2007 by Noelle

December Report to the Faculty
from Provost Julie Bernier

It’s hard to believe that this is the last report for 2007. After this busy semester comes to an end I hope you are all able to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday break.

Adjunct Salaries-

In October when I addressed the faculty at the Frost Faculty Center and again in my November Faculty report I shared with you my priorities for the year. Among them was the work we are doing in Academic Affairs to improve the adjunct salary pay scale, which has remained unchanged since the mid-1990s. Since mid-October, my office has been working on a number of models and investigating how we might fund increases, even in phases. We will keep you informed as we move forward.

Faculty Research Development Grants-

Last month I announced the establishment of a new Faculty Research Development Grant Fund. The request for proposals (RFP) is attached to this report. The Faculty Research Development Grant Fund is intended to support research and/or creativity and will provide funds in the range of $2,000-$10,000.

All tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible to apply. The purpose of these grants is to support research activity, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. In order to allow faculty and Chairs to plan for fall teaching schedules, the deadline for submission will be Jan. 5th. Please see RFP for more detail.

Strategic Plan-

Thank you to all of you who commented and provided suggestions for the strategic plan. The final document will be released next week. The Planning and Budget Leadership Group (PBLG) is expecting your departmental planning/activity sheets by January 31. A reminder that this will be your process for submitting budget requests as well as your departmental plans. Contact Scott Mantie if you have questions about process.

Diversity Fellow Sought –

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008. This position was created to enable an interested and qualified faculty member to work with the President’s Commission on Diversity and the administration on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The recipient of this Fellowship will receive a 3-credit per semester teaching time release, or the equivalent . For more information on this opportunity and the details of the application process, please contact Deborah John, President’s Council on Diversity, MSC 22.

News From Academic Affairs:Departments and Faculty

Art Department:

  • Anita Dillman collaborated with Dr. Fred Prince, Department of Biological Sciences, on a technical illustration for his chapter in a recently published textbook, “Contemporary Endocrinology: The Leydig Cell in Health and Disease.” The diagram showed organelles and other structural features related to steroid synthesis and delivery of cholesterol to the mitochondrion of leydig cells.
  • Annette Mitchell had exhibitions at the Reality-Based Art Exhibit in Portland Oregon, the Small Works Exhibition at the Red Roof Gallery in Canaan NH, an exhibit of Contemporary ArtistMade Prayer Flags at Gallery 908 in Reading PA, and at an Invitational Show at the Terra Perma Gallery in Laconia NH. She also recently taught a workshop for the NH Art Educators Association Fall Conference held at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH and taught two workshops for the Arts Alliance of Northern NH Professional Development Day at the White Mountains Regional High School.
  • Carol Jowdy presented at “The Great Turning Conference: Education, Leadership and Activism for a Life Sustaining Civilization, Oct. 07.” Carol presented on a panel entitled: “Art as an Environmental Education Vehicle,” her subject, “Bringing Green into Higher Education’s Traditional Art Curricula.” Carol has formed an educational collaborative with the Squam Lakes Association and The Holderness School to study and to eradicate invasive plant species at a 200 acre site on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH. At PSU.
  • Terry Downs, Cynthia Vascak, Elizabeth D’Amico and Annette Mitchell were invited to participate in the Franklin Pierce Law Center Teacher-Printmaker Exhibition curated by Porter Palmer. Twelve artists representing PSU, UNH, Keene State, Colby-Sawyer, NHAI, and Dartmouth were invited to exhibit work in this show,
  • Dr. Richard Hunnewell attended the keynote address at a conference on Murals in the Americas, presented at the Peabody Museum at Harvard. The keynote was given by Mary Miller (Yale University) one of the pre-eminent authorities on Mesoamerican art. The topic of her presentation, “Ancient Maya Murals: Virtual Courts at Work and Play,” interfaces perfectly with major elements in his research planned for his sabbatical leave, now focused on the following conceptual themes: Mesoamerican Art, Cultural Memory, and retrievals in post Colonial Latin American Art of the twentieth century.
  • Chehalis Hegner’s photographs have been selected by curator Rachel Bradley to be in the 5th Annual Curators’ Incubator Program as part of the exhibition “Objects of Adoration.”
  • Phil Lonergan and Elizabeth D’Amico had their sculptures exhibited in the AVA Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Waste to Art.” The exhibit featured work created from objects removed from AVA’s building during its recent renovation. The building was originally the home of H.W. Carter’s overall factory; D’Amico’s work features images from both the Carter era and AVA’s time at the 11 Bank Street location in Lebanon, NH. All works in the “Waste to Art” show have been donated to AVA by the 52 participating artists and were auctioned at the closing party on November 16.

Center for Rural Partnerships:

  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented a paper entitled, “The New Civics Lessons” and chaired a panel on local democracy and globalization at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC.

Center for the Environment:

  • Steve Kahl presented, along with Dan Sundquist, the director of research for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, a plenary session for the 2007 Watershed Conference. The conference was sponsored by the NH Dept of Environmental Services, the NH Rivers Council and NH Lakes. The session was titled, “Actions speak louder than words – understanding how local and state actions affect us globally.”

Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric and Physical Science Department:

  • Two M.S. Meteorology students, Christopher Warren and Evan Lowery and their advisor, Eric Hoffman, presented their research at the Ninth Northeast Regional Operational Workshop hosted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albany, NY.
  • Eric Hoffman was awarded a grant by the New Hampshire State Department of Transportation to conduct research during his sabbatical and with an MS student, Julie Soper. The project is to validate the Road Weather Information System (RWIS) and determine how to best use the data from the system.
  • Recently, a group of high school Chemistry student from Winnisquam visited Boyd for tours and to participate in two laboratory activities with college students and professors.
  • Dennis Machnik presented planetarium shows at Newfound Lake schools.

Communication and Media Studies Department:

  • Kylo-Patrick Hart presented the paper “Monstrous Homosexuality and (In)Visible Cinematic Queers” at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture Association.
  • Cathie LeBlanc presented the paper “Coding Women: Female Avatars in Online Communities” at the November 2007 meeting of The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Cathie also reviewed National Science Foundation proposals for a new program called “Creativity in Information Technology” in Washington, DC, and she is currently teaching senior citizens how to use computers at the Meredith Senior Center (due to its popularity, she is teaching two sections of this class).
  • Evelyn Stiller presented the paper “Breaking the Code: Are Women’s Voices Heard Online?” at the November 2007 meeting of The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
  • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the co-authored paper “The Rwandan Genocide and (Pop) Cultural Memory” at the fall meeting of the New England Historical Association.

Criminal Justice Department

  • Tim Keefe, adjunct faculty member, will present “Campus Safety and Duty to Warn: Administrative and Technological Issues” at the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators) conference in Burlington, VT.
  • Stephanie Halter, Scott Myer and Danielle McDonald conducted a follow up training with the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families. This training was geared toward helping the 4 restorative justice agencies with querying the database developed by Halter, Myer, and McDonald. These queries will allow them to use the data they collect to continue or acquire new funding for their juvenile justice programs.
  • The Hon. James E. Duggan, Associate Justice of the NH Supreme Court, lectured to students in Peter Brunette’s CJ2040 – Criminal Adjudication class, Jeff Nelson’s CJDI1020 – Individual and the Law class, and other Criminal Justice students about the role of defense counsel and the appellate court system on in the Bradford Room of Centre Lodge.
  • Criminal Justice students taking Stephanie Halter’s Family Violence Across the Lifespan displayed their public awareness messages in October to promote awareness of domestic violence on campus.
  • David Mackey was appointed by the Governor to the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice. He also presented “Surveillance in the Post 9-11 World” at the Dunbarton Public Library, Barrington Public Library, Tilton School, and the Madbury Public Library. The program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and was also part of The Big Read: New Hampshire reads Fahrenheit 451.
  • Five members of the Criminal Justice Club participated in the Footrace for the Fallen on October 14th. It is a 5K road race to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Department of Biological Sciences:

  • Larry Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Lisa Doner, Research Assistant Professor, attended a two-day workshop on Phenology (the study of patterns of seasonality) held by the Northeastern Phenology Network at the Three Chimney’s Inn in Durham, NH. Larry presented on the Vernal Pools workshop he and Kerri Yurewicz (Assistant Professor of Biology) developed last April and a possible extension of that program this coming spring.

Education Department:

  • Marcel Lebrun 1) hosted 98 teachers from across the state here at PSU for a PBIS training, and another 67 teachers attended a different PBIS training on Understanding Behavior Support Plans; 2) met with a translator at the University of Mexico, Mexico City to discuss translating his book on Student Depression into Spanish, followed by a series of lectures on the topic at several Mexican Universities once the book is fully translated into Spanish; 3) was the keynote speaker for the White Mountain School District for a Professional Development training on recognizing Difficult behaviors and programming at the school level for these targeted behavior. Over 100 teachers were in attendance.
  • Royce Robertson presented “ePortfolio Support: No Small FEAT” at MassCUE, the conference for the Massachusetts state educational technology Association, as well as presented “Design on a Dime” at NHSTE’s Christa McAuliffe Conference, the conference for the New Hampshire state educational technology association.

Language and Linguistics Department:

  • Heidi Burke (German), Marie-Therese Gardner (French) and Barbara Lopez-Mayhew (Spanish) began work toward certification as oral proficiency raters and testers through the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. The 4-day, 29 hour ATCFL workshop was held in in San Antonio.

Music, Theatre and Dance Department:

  • Gary Corcoran hosted the All New England Band Festival, featuring 175 high school musicians representing 63 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 300 who applied for the festival from a total of 70 high schools. Guest conductors for the 2007 festival were Mark Camphouse and Elena Roussanova Lucas. Both are nationally known composers of band music and have numerous published and recorded works to their credit.
  • Rik Pfenninger has licensed 4 additional original Film/TV compositions to Prolific Arts Inc. in Dallas, Texas for placement in Film and TV commercials.
  • Beth Cox and Paul Mroczka presented a workshop in November at the New England Theatre Conference at Waterville Valley on “Managing a Monologue” and the audition process.
  • Theatre and Music faculty Paul Mroczka, Matt Kizer, Beth Cox, and Kathleen Arecchi hosted 360+ high school students from the NH Theatre Guild in late October for a variety of theatre, music theatre and movement workshops.
  • PSU’s Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter hosted sessions in master classes and a Music and Movement class. PSU Alumna Cassie (Chamberlain) Reed ’96 gave two master classes for the students of PSU student teachers, and also talked with the organization about studio policies and record keeping. PSU Alumna Brenna (Brown) Cockerham ’96 gave a session on Music and Movement with 13 toddlers and their parents. The entire day was made possible through the Chapter’s second Alumni Student Connections Grant.

Social Science Department:

  • Katherine Donahue’s book, “Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs. The USA,” has been published by Pluto Press, London. It is distributed in the US by the University of Michigan Press. She just gave a paper at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington DC on “Islam without Borders?: Zacarias Moussaoui and Local Islams.” The paper describes the various types of Islam practiced in the Moussaoui family.

Social Work Department:

  • Cynthia Moniz was reappointed to a serve a second term on the Council on Leadership Development (CLD) for the Council on Social Work Education and participated in a half-day planning meeting in Oct. in San Francisco during CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting. The Council developed several recommendations for leadership initiatives to encourage future leaders in social work education, higher education, and the social work profession. These initiatives include a CSWE Leadership Development Institute, a Leadership Scholars Program, and a Leadership Networking Reception.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz co-authored “Why Does President Bush Oppose the Expansion of SCHIP?” which was published in November in Health & Social Work, 33 (4).
  • Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin served as incorporators for a newly established non-profit organization, EngAGING NH, which is an outgrowth of the organizing summit held at PSU in fall 2006. Moniz and Gorin worked with organizers of the summit through the summer and fall to establish articles of incorporation and by-laws. Moniz will serve as a member of the newly established Board of Directors and Gorin will serve on its advising Board of Regents. EngAGING NH is an advocacy organization for aging and older adults in NH.
  • Scott Meyer was interviewed for a story on “Making Black Friday Brighter in NH” by the Public News Service in NH. He also spoke on “Think Local, Buy Local: An Issue of Sustainability” for the Hunger and Homelessness week activities co-sponsored by the Social Work Club.

End of December report from Provost Bernier

    Request for Proposals:

    The 2008 Faculty Research Fund Proposal deadline: December 1, 2007 at 5pm
    Project funding period: July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009
    Only electronic submissions will be accepted at
    The Provost’s office requests research development proposals from PSU faculty for the 2008 Faculty Research Fund. These dollars are intended to support research and/or creativity.
    Proposals are expected to be funded in the range of $2,000-$10,000.

    tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible. PSU faculty can be the lead Principal Investigator (PI) on one proposal. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which a person can participate as co-PI. Collaborative proposals with multiple PIs are encouraged. PIs are invited to email or call the Chair of the Research Advisory Council, Mark Okrant (, to discuss the submission in advance of developing a proposal.
    to support research activity not already being supported with grants, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to pay an adjunct to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. Professional development or conference travel will continue to be funded through the Provost’s professional development fund.
    Time frame:
    Proposals submitted by January 5 will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and the award decision made by January 15. The Research Advisory Council will evaluate proposals based on 1) intellectual/creative merit; 2) impact: the expected contribution to the regional mission or the faculty research direction, 3) the potential for follow-on activity or funding, 4) presentation and readability of the proposal for a general audience (limit the jargon please), and 5) level of student participation.
    a final report to the Research Advisory Council is required. The reporting requirement may be met by a proposal submitted for future work, a paper or chapter submitted for publication, a final report submitted to an agency or collaborator, an abstract for presentation of a paper at a conference, or a description of the use and data collected by equipment funded. Awardees will present their work to the campus at a public gathering.
    Required format:
    (submitted electronically by January 5th in MS Word to with subject line, “Faculty Research Development proposal”):
    Proposal length is limited to two pages of text as described below, plus a half-page budget and half-page budget justification. Appendices include a 2-5 page CV and references. Required font: 12 point; margins: 1 inch all around. The proposal must be entirely self-contained and selfexplanatory; no cover letter.
    The following sections are highly recommended for ease of review by the panel, with the section headings recommended to be in bold.
    Maximum of two pages for items below:

    • Descriptive project title (a synopsis of the synopsis).
    • PIs and affiliations
    • Project dates (duration)
    • Funding requested, including match being leveraged, if any
    • Project synopsis/abstract (one short paragraph)
    • Introduction
    • Rationale
    • Objectives (bulleted only)
    • Outline of methods
    • Impact of project (one short paragraph)
    • Description of student involvement
    • Expected deliverables
    • Project management plan (who will do what when?)
    • Investigators’ qualifications for the specific project proposed (one paragraph)

    One page:

    • Budget justification (1/2 page). Explain each cost item, describing match or cost-sharing from collaborators
    • Budget outline in the following eight line format:

    Cost category Requested
    Student support:
    Fringe and rate:
    Total Direct Costs:

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