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June 29th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
May 2011


Distinguished Teacher Awards today!

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

Student Scholarship

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

Accreditation review

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

Convocation, Commencement Ceremonies and Orientation

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


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

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

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


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

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




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

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

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

Biological Science

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

Center for the Environment

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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

Communication and Media Studies

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

Computer Science

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

Counselor Education & School Psychology

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


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


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

Global Education Office (GEO)

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

Health and Human Performance

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

History and Philosophy

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

Languages and Linguistics

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


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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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


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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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


May 2010

May 14th, 2010 by Bridget

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
May 5, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of another year, I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the work that you do on behalf of our students and Plymouth State University. From Bob Nadeau’s work with the Chamber of Commerce, to our faculty in Music, Theatre, and Dance who guide our students to provide spectacular cultural events, to Krisan Evenson’s “afghan square for Afghanistan,” to everyone who made the Weeks Act celebrations a great success, to Eileen Bennett and the students organizing the Chili Cook-off, to the faculty who advise student organizations, to the Administrative Assistants who support our departments, to all the faculty that participated in the faculty calling program, and to faculty who devoted their time to taskforces, advisory groups, councils and committees, I could go on and on; but let me just say, simply, thank you! Plymouth State is truly a wonderful place and you are all a major reason for that. Best wishes to all for a wonderful summer.

Reminder: Distinguished Teacher Awards today!

The Distinguished Teacher Awards will be announced today immediately following the faculty meeting in Heritage. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebration of our colleagues.


Please note there are some changes to our commencement procedures and processional route. The memo sent out this week is attached to the end of this document. Please review these changes.

Institutional Research

Scott Mantie’s title of Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment has been changed to Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to better reflect the scope of responsibilities of the office including serving in a leadership role of the Planning, Budgeting Leadership Group (PBLG) and the Enrollment Management Group (EMAG).

News from Academic Affairs


  • Elizabeth D’Amico will have three of her works in the juried exhibit “Twist of Lyme” at Long Rivers Studio in Lyme, NH from May 1 – May 22, a group show with the Women’s Caucus for Arts/New Hampshire Chapter (WCA/NH) members’ work.
  • Annette Mitchell had artwork accepted into the “Twist of Lyme Juried Show” at the Long River Studios, Lyme, NH in May. One of her art quilts was also accepted into the Victoria and Albert Museum’s (London, England) online collection March 6-July 4, 2010 (, and she presented a printmaking demonstration to the Lakes Region Art Association in Laconia, NH on April 19, 2010.
  • Liz D’Amico’s digital photograph “The Green Fuse” is in the first Upper Valley PhotoSlam at PhotoStop Gallery in White River Junction, Vt. The exhibit will be on display from May 7th –22nd with an Opening and Closing party on both dates from 5-8pm.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Graduate students, Jared Rennie and Mitch McCue, and Professor Jim Koermer traveled to the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to present a 2-hour briefing to NASA and Air Force meteorologists on their just completed graduate research on predicting strong winds with thunderstorms for the space complex. Jared used radar techniques for short term forecast and Mitch used balloon-borne observational data for slightly longer predictions of these winds, which pose problems for operational forecasters. There is a good possibility that some of these techniques will be adopted for operational use. The group will also be the luncheon speakers at the local Cape Canaveral Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Aparna Waghe, Marguerite Crowell and two chemistry undergraduates, Pat Gile and Jake Vallimont, visited the local elementary school for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day on April 28. Inquiry-based activities with third graders focused on plants, and included learning about natural pigments in plants, and the effect of acid rain on plant growth and development.
  • Congratulations to two meteorology students who distinguished themselves this year in the Weather Challenge: the North American Collegiate Forecasting Contest. Undergraduate student, Brian Pevear, was the overall winner!. Alexander Jacques, a graduate student, finished in the top 16. Both students qualified for the “tournament” by forecasting for two week periods at ten cities over the academic year and finishing in top 64 out of nearly 2000 undergrads, grads, professors, and professionals. The top 64 forecasters advanced to the tournament bracket and forecasted for three weeks (April 5 – 23) for Amarillo, TX. Alexander made it to the round of 16 and Brian was the winner!

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot, gave a research presentation on April 29th at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH entitled “Limulus Behavior: its generation and modulation.” He also co-presented 6 posters with 18 PSU students and 1 USM student at the Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, held at the University of New England, Biddeford, ME, on April 19, 2010: a) Localization of PERIOD Protein in the Brain of Limulus polyphemus. Tardif, David P.; Newton, Carly E.; Fehlner, Heather E.; Park, Shiwha; Chabot, Christopher C.; The effects of chemical and visual predator cues on heart rate and behavior of the crayfish, Orconectes virilis. Turner, Stephen A.; Gagnon, Paul; McKay, Brant T.; Wasilew, Ashley D.; Chabot, Christopher C.; Genetic Relatedness of Two Geographically Distinct Populations of Limulus polyphemous. Capach, Katherine N., Arn Devin, Newton, Carly., Chabot Christopher C.; The Effect of Melatonin on Locomotor Activity in Orconectes virilis. Dickerman, Trevor R.; Van Vliet, Casey A.; Chabot, Christopher C.; The Effects of Epinephrine and Melatonin on Heartrate in the American Lobster, Homarus americanus. Brooks, Bethany D., Cloutier, Sarah K., Martin, Jaclyn M; Chabot, Christopher C.; The effects of photoperiodic and tidal cycles on the activity of juvenile horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus. Simpson, Stephen; Lemmon, Mike; Chabot, Christopher C.

Center for the Environment

  • Aaron Johnson, Senior Laboratory Technician, was the speaker at the Baker River Watershed Association’s annual meeting on April 29, 2010. He presented and overview of the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory.
  • Mark Green, hydrologist for CFE and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, recently had a paper published in Biogeochemistry titled “Patterns of hydrologic control over stream water total nitrogen to total phosphorus ratios.” Mark also gave an invited talk on “Hydrologic Change during the Colonial Era of the United States: Beavers and the Energy Cost of Impoundments” and presented a poster on “Exploring the History of Time in an Integrated System: the Ramifications for Water” at this winter’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco titled.
  • Through a Coos County Outreach Initiative grant from the Center for Rural Partnerships, Aaron Johnson, Mark Green, and June Hammond Rowan, outreach and development coordinator, have been working with the Israel River Watershed Advisory Group on testing the river in Jefferson and Lancaster for chloride. They will present the results of the project at the Jefferson Conservation Commission meeting in May.
  • Madeline McElaney, CFE graduate student, wrote the energy efficiency and community sustainability chapter for the Town of Plymouth master plan. This project serves as her capstone project for a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Policy. She presented her work to the Plymouth Land Use committee on Aril 15th and followed with a presentation at CFE Science Colloquium on April 21st titled “Planning for Energy Efficiency and Community Sustainability”.
  • CFE’s director, Patrick Bourgeron, presented a talk about ecosystem services to the Hubbard Brook Committee of Scientists meeting on April 14, 2010 at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Mark Green also attended the meeting. Further collaboration with Hubbard Brook will be developed on the topic.
  • Major changes to the M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy were presented by CFE and approved by the Graduate Council on April 26th. Changes include the creation of a primary and secondary core in STEM core disciplines. The M.S. is now better aligned with the needs of the workforce in the region and beyond and with PSU strategic plan.
  • The Center for the Environment, in partnership with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), is preparing for the third summer of the NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Eight undergraduates from around the country will be coming to Hubbard Brook for ten weeks to work on research and science communication projects. Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education, and Geoff Wilson, HBRF and adjunct faculty, are the coordinators of the REU. Patrick Bourgeron is the Principal Investigator.
  • Graduate students Marguerite Crowell, Nick Stevenson, and Christian Weber co-presented a talk with the Town of Canaan at the NH Department of Environmental Services Annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop on April 30th. The talk, “Protecting Drinking Water in Canaan Street Lake Watershed,” covered the results from their Land Use Planning Seminar fall course. Nick also presented a talk with Brian Eisenhauer on “How can Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) be used to Protect Local Water Resources? A primer on CBSM, examples of CBSM techniques, and the basics of how to apply them to measure and build support for local water resources protection.”
  • Mark Green, hydrologist for CFE and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, was invited to make a presentation at Harvard Forest on April 30th titled “Exploring Historical Hydrology in the Northeast United States”.
  • CFE’s director, Patrick Bourgeron, along with George Tuthill, Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies, attended an EPScOR meeting in Concord. The purpose of the meeting was to create teams to write white papers leading to pre-proposals to NSF on the broad themes of climate change and energy. Patrick was charged to write one of the white papers with colleagues from UNH and other NH institutions on the topic of ecosystems services, land use change, and climate variability.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Registration is 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 for more details.
  • Ben Amsden attended the Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) conference in Bolton Landing, New York. He presented two papers: “Agri-leisure: Exploring the ‘Fun’ of Local Food” (with Jesse McEntee) and “Reinventing ‘Retrotels’: Using Engaged Scholarship to Market Nostalgia Tourism in Rural New Hampshire” (with Thad Guldbrandsen and Mark Okrant)
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and Mark Okrant (with Ben Amsden) presented “Retrotours: Nostalgia, Tourism, and the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Meeting in Montreal.
  • Fran Belcher and Thad Guldbrandsen presented, “Creating an Engagement Model for Small Rural Colleges and Universities,” at the North East Campus Compact meeting in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Student presentations in the Community Research Experience class will be from 3:00-6:00 on Tuesday, May 18 in Heritage Commons. We are also accepting applications from students to participate in next semester’s class.
  • Ben Amsden received a grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education to fund a collaborative project with UVM Extension addressing food safety education and planning for agritourism providers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

College of Business Administration

  • Duncan McDougall was recognized at the ACBSP Board of Commissioners meeting, held in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 15-17, 2010. This was his last meeting as a Commissioner. At the close of the meetings, Mr. Douglas Viehland, the Executive Director of ACBSP, presented Duncan with two Certificates of Appreciation from ACBSP, one for his five years’ service as a commissioner, and the other a special “Certificate of Excellence in recognition of your contributions to ACBSP in editing the ACBSP Baccalaureate/Graduate Standards and Criteria for Accreditation, both in 2004, and again in the newly revised 2010 version.”
  • Duncan’s article, “Operating at the Rate of Consumption: Did Inventory Reductions Prevent Recessions During the 1990s?” has just been published in a volume entitled Globalization, Integration and Transition: Challenges for Developing and Developed Countries, by UK-based INFER, the International Network For Economic Research. The book is available on Dr. McDougall presented this research article at an INFER conference while on sabbatical in Romania in 2009.
  • Yvette Lazdowski and Brad Allen attended the 4th Annual Conference on Course Redesign in Orlando, FL, March 28-30. This conference showcased various colleges and universities and how they used dynamic teaching models that improved efficiency and learning.

College of Graduate Studies

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), officials have notified Blake Allen, director of the ECA funded Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at Plymouth State University, that ECA will be expanding its project. There also are several other project grants open that represent the shift that has taken place since 2003. They encompass a FY 07 open competition award, a FY 08 Member Request, and a FY 09 ECA line item. Since initial funding in FY03, the program has expanded from a summer institute housed at PSU to its current status as a full-fledged project with robust components in the U.S. and Pakistan. Allen is responsible for ensuring that all goals are met and all activities take place in both countries. Because of the revised scope of work and responsibilities, Allen now reports to officials at ECA and to senior officials at the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad. Allen also supervises the project team in Islamabad and Lahore, with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aaghi (ITA) providing in-country services.

Special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Programs – Susan Amburg, Liane Sutcliffe, and Tara DiSalvo – for their unflagging and time-consuming support during the transition, and to project administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat.

In late March and early April, Allen visited South Asia, participating in meetings to discuss the project expansion with senior officials from the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, U.S. Consulate, Lahore, and Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi. She also had a lengthy meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Shahid Malik.

In collaboration with ITA director Baela Raza Jamil, Allen hosted an ECA-funded joint conference in Delhi and Karachi, Pakistan, for Pakistani, Indian and American educators. It examined the role of educational leadership in civil society, integrating themes of environmental stewardship, cultural heritage, and conflict resolution through peace building.

Americans participating included Allen, Mary Ann McGarry PSU; John Martin, Laconia High School; Gail Bourn, Plymouth Writing Project and Elm Street School; Kelly Nelson, Linwood High School; and Erik Anderson, Winnisquam High School. Erik and Kelly also are CoGS graduate students. The American educators shared dynamic projects with their Indian and Pakistani colleagues. Special thanks to them for their extraordinary team work that crossed countries and cultures, representing “education without frontiers.”

After the conference, Allen traveled to Lahore, Pakistan. She had touching reunions with many project alumni from the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Azad Jammu Kashmir, and Islamabad. Visiting alumni schools in many of Lahore’s impoverished communities, she had special opportunities to interact with students and their families. She also was a guest lecturer on cultural heritage and educational initiatives in undergraduate and graduate classrooms at the Institute for Professional Learning, University of Education, and at the University of Punjab.

As an ECA-funded project director, Allen also met with senior administrators at Lahore’s universities, educational foundations, government funded professional development organizations, and at the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan. Many of them expressed interest in developing linkages with Plymouth State. President Steen and Provost Bernier have appointed Dr. George Tuthill as the point of contact to explore opportunities.

The nomination and selection process for this year’s project has been completed in Pakistan. The delegation of forty will be geographically diverse and continue team building in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, North-West Frontier Province, and Balochistan. In July they will participate in the intensive professional development institute housed at PSU, and in August return to Pakistan to act as Master Trainers throughout the country. While at the institute they will develop Master Action Plans that they are required to implement in Pakistan.

Institute instructors for this summer include Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, Marguerite Crowell, Gail Mears, Leo Sandy, Gary Goodnough, Hridaya Hall, Kim Rawson Sychterz, and John Martin. John also will continue as project technology architect and be the institute coordinator.

The campus wide Pakistan committee of dedicated PSU staff members consists of Tammy Hill, Physical Plant, Lisa Ladd and Kirk McClelland, Global Education Office, Liane Sutcliffe and Tara DiSalvo, Office of Sponsored Programs, Chief Creig Doyle and Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police Department. The Office of the President, Academic Affairs, College of Graduate Studies, Conferences and Special Events, Residential Life, Sodexo, and Lamson Learning Commons also provide valuable support for the institute component.

Computer Science and Technology

  • Peter Drexel and Christian Roberson presented their paper, “’Using MBTI in a Project-Based Systems Analysis and Design Course,” at the 2010 International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering: ICEME in Orlando, Florida on April 7th.
  • On April 16th Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Tim Madan, Nick Ortakales, and Kris Reynolds at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region’s 2010 Programming Contest, held at the University of Hartford. This year the team came in 12th place overall in a field of 29 teams and defeated teams from a variety of schools.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy facilitated this year’s Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology Diversity Institutes Seventh Annual Conference on “Addressing the psychosocial needs of NH incarcerated individuals and their families.”


  • Pat Cantor chaired a Vermont Department of Education state approval team to review the teacher education programs at Champlain College, March 28-31. Pat was also the invited keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau’s Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals in Concord on April 13. The event was attended by over 300 people, including the Governor and the Commissioner of Health and Human Services. The speech focused on challenges and opportunities facing early childhood and afterschool professionals today.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented “Seduced by the Screen: Helping Families to Understand the Impact of Electronic Media on Infants and Toddlers” at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Nashua on April 24. Eight PSU early childhood students also attended the conference.
  • Clarissa Uttley was an invited speaker for a regional Human-Animal Interaction professional organization (March 27, 2010). Project N.I.N.A. – The state of Human-Animal Interaction Programming in New England. Windwalker Humane Coalition for Professional Pet Assisted Therapy. Monthly Meeting. Providence, RI. Clarissa also presented at a state-wide conference with a student from the Early Childhood Studies program (April 24, 2010). A comparison of parent and teacher reports on the social-emotional development of young children: Implications and strategies for building relationships with families. New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children. Spring Conference. Nashua, NH.
  • Clarissa Uttley and C. Roberts had a chapter published: “ Gender Portrayal in Early Childhood Children’s Books.” in Jacobson, T. (Ed.). Perspectives on Gender in Early Childhood Education. Saint Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.


  • Karolyn Kinane organized and presented on a pedagogy roundtable entitled “Skills, Content, and Medieval and Renaissance Literature” at PSU’s 31st annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. She also organized a mini Med-Ren Fair for Plymouth-area seventh graders and the general public, featuring a falconry demo, smithing station, live chess match, longbow archery demo, and workshops on Celtic art, chainmail and glass etching, also at this year’s highly successful Forum.
  • Robin DeRosa attended the 41st annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference in April. She chaired a panel on “Postmodern Tourism” and presented a paper, “No Man of the Mountain: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” Her book, “The Making of Salem,” has been nominated by its publisher (McFarland) for a Popular Culture Award.
  • Ann McClellan attended the 41st annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference in April. She presented a paper on servants in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day” and chaired a panel called “House Work: Masters and Servants in Post-Modern Culture.”

Environmental Science and Policy

  • vpaa-espdrains-to-riverA community engagement service project was initiated by Steve Kahl of the Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District and PSU faculty member MaryAnn McGarry. Graduate and undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy students, as well as sixth grade students at Plymouth Elementary School, have begun the campaign to raise awareness about the problems of storm water runoff in more urban areas like Plymouth, which has lots of non-absorbent surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs. Students have begun stenciling the drains in downtown Plymouth (look for the green fish next to the logo “drains to streams”), to emphasize that rainwater can carry pollutants into streams affecting water quality. In addition to stenciling the drains, there was an interactive exhibit on Earth Day on the PSU campus and on April 30th at Plymouth Elementary School for community members to explore the issues of storm water runoff. The display includes a contest to guess how many drains exist in Plymouth and encourages residents to take responsible actions, like pledging to wash cars on lawns rather than over pavement, so soap and other pollutants will be absorbed into the ground, instead of running down slope into drains that lead to the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.
  • During the week of April 12-16, ESP students Leanne O’Connor & Courtney Webb traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Association of American Geographers conference. They attended paper sessions, met with alumni at an Ethiopian Restaurant with professors May, Schroeder, and Middlekauff, and enjoyed field trips to the Mall monuments and neighborhoods of Baltimore, MD led by Patrick May.
  • Mary Ann McGarry, Lisa Spradley (ED), Doug Earick (CFE), George Tuthill (CoGS), Warren Tomkiewicz and graduate students Adrien Deshaies and Chuck Patterson conducted a series of workshops this spring for science teachers from six school districts dealing with Earth System Science and Inquiry. The project was administered by the NH Department of Education with funds from the Mathematics & Science Program in Washington.

Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies

  • On April 14, 36 sixth graders and their teachers came to Plymouth State for a day of touring the campus and having special presentations by various departments. Many areas took time to present to these young people — from the Global Education Office to University Studies, Lamson Library, Meteorology, the Financial Aid folks and faculty from the HHP, Criminal Justice, and Education departments. Their day included lunch at the dining hall and a tour of the Art department. This concluded their Kids2College program that they had been working on for several months. This was the second year that PSU has been able to participate in this national program.
  • On April 28 Linda Hammond spoke to the Rotary Club in Plymouth and gave a presentation of the many facets of Community Education with a focus on our summer camp program. The camps are: Future Filmmakers Camp with Ashley Phillips, LEGO Experiments Camp for Girls, LEGO Engineering Camp for Grades 2-4, and LEGO Tech Works Camp for Grades 5-8 by Janine Neggers, Junior Golf Clinic with Joe Clark Jr. and Joe Clark Sr., and Camp Costume with Terri Dautcher. The summer promises to be very busy here at PSU.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • Jess Morel participated in an undergraduate and graduate student recruitment tour hosted by ELS. Jess met with students, families and agents in Seoul South Korea, as well as Beijing, Guanzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Huangzhou China. While there, a reporter from the Chronicle of Higher Education spent a day with the university representatives and interviewed Jess for an article on the potential of the growing China market for U.S. universities.
  • On Saturday, April 24 GEO, in partnership with the U. S. Department of State Passport Processing Center, offered members of the PSU community and the greater Plymouth community the opportunity to apply for passports on campus. Over 100 passport applications were processed.
  • GEO is pleased to announce a new PSU exchange agreement with the University of Plymouth, U.K. We will be hosting two students from UoP for the upcoming academic year.
  • Through our National Student Exchange Program, Amanda Dean, a Public Policy and Administration major from Western Oregon University will be joining us as our first RA exchange student. She will be working with Janette Wiggett.

Health and Human Performance

  • The 5th Annual New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium was held at Plymouth State on Sunday, April 25th. Liesl Lindley presented, “Involve & Evolve – Professional Involvement & Legislative Efforts.” Graduate students Kristen Scott (MS ’10) and Marie Trombulak (MS ’10) presented their research, “Functional Screen Aberrant Motion at the Knee Does Not Equate to Torque Deficits at the Hip.” Brad Emerton (BS ’10), Alex Dria (MS ’10) and Alicia Edwards (MS ’11) won 1st place in the Quiz Bowl.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • April Publications
    • David A. Beronä
      “Introduction” to Malcolm Salaman’s The Art of the Woodcut: Masterworks from the 1920s. Dover Publications, 2010.
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      “Plymouth State’s Adoption of Mahara”. The AAEEBL Learn, April 2010
  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      • Presenter: “Assessment through Technology”, Conference Presentation, NHWHEL conference, Concord, NH April 9th, 2010
      • Presenter: “Mahara: open source and comprehensive e-portfolio Interactive Workshop”, Sloan-C Annual Blended Learning Conference, Oak Brook, IL, April 18th – 20th, 2010
    • David A. Beronä
      • Presented the paper, “Library & Learning Commons at Plymouth State University: Looking Back… Moving Forward,” at Library Design Symposium, LYRASIS New England, Southborough, MA April 9, 2010.
  • May, 2010
    Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      • Paper Presentation “Implementing a campus-wide use of ePortfolios with Mahara” SUNY Annual Conference on Instructional Technologies, Plattsburgh, NY, May 25- 28, 2010
      • Presenter: “Can an e-Portfolio Catch Fire”, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence Based Learning Stonehill Conference, Stonehill, MA, May 18, 2010
        SIG Master, Annual Nercomp SIG Master’s Meeting, Wellesley, MA, May 19th, 2010

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting gave an invited talk to the Mount Washington Valley English Language Teachers Association in North Conway on April 12th. Whiting spoke about research he is conducting on low-incidence English language teaching and learning, as well as alternative forms of assessment for English language learners.


  • Dana Ernst: 1. Presentation: “A diagrammatic representation of a Temperley–Lieb algebra” by Dana Ernst, Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Keene State College, April 17, 2010; 2. Took 11 students to the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Keene State College on April 17, 2010; 3. Talk: “On the cyclically fully commutative elements of Coxeter groups” by Sarah Otis and Leal Rivanis (mentored by Dana Ernst), Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Keene State College, April 17, 2010; 4. Talk on April 28: “On an open problem of the symmetric group” by Dana Ernst, PSU Mathematics Seminar, April 28, 2010; 5. Presented highlights of “Chapter 3: Education, Research, and Public Engagement” of PSU’s 2010 Carbon Action Plan during the April 14 open forum to discuss the CAP
  • Tom Boucher’s reviews of the following papers have appeared in Mathematical Reviews:
    1. Zadkarami, M. R. (2008). ”On identifiability in weighted distributions using generalized maximum likelihood estimation”. J. Iran. Stat. Soc. (JIRSS) 7, no. 1-2, 73–84.
    2. Holstein, D., and Kantz, H. (2009). “Optimal Markov approximations and generalized embeddings”. Phys Rev E 79, 056202 (2009).
  • As a committee member for Regina Kelly’s dissertation, Tom attended her dissertation defense “Brief Mindfulness Meditation and Its Effect on One’s Happiness” via teleconference on April 24th, 2010 at SDUIS, San Diego, CA.
  • Barbara Boschmans & Brian Beaudrie gave the following presentation: “Turning Work Problems into Hands-On Puzzles” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, San Diego, CA, April 22nd 2010.
  • Natalya Vinogradova presented “Exploring Geometric Shapes as a Visualization of Basic Algebraic Ideas” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, San Diego, CA, April 22nd 2010.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi served as Regional Governor, coordinated the New England Regional Finals for the NATS Artist Award Competition that was held on April 25 at the Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton, MA. The purpose of this competition is to identify a career-ready classical singer deserving of a NATS-sponsored debut recital at Carnegie Hall.
  • Aegean Dance for Alto Trombone and Percussion by Gary Corcoran was performed at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee) by Douglas Warner, Principal Trombone of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Gary also recently served as an adjudicator of the Concerto Contest, held at the Manchester Community Music School and sponsored by the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra.
  • In April, Beth Cox was invited to work with the students of St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metarie, Louisiana as a voice workshop convener and vocal/text coach for their upcoming production of Shakepeare’s Merchant of Venice. Kevin Asselin, PSU alum ’97, is directing this production. Beth is also working as a dialect coach with Phillips Andover Academy through their April rehearsals for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Locally, Beth did vocal/text coaching for the recent Plymouth State Theatre production of Marat/Sade and has been part of Ernest Thompson’s film shoot of his original production, Time and Charges.
  • Rik Pfenninger and Don Williams recently performed in Boston at the Boston Harbor Towers artist-in-residence series. This year’s performance took place in the Penthouse overlooking Boston Harbor.
  • Jonathan Santore conducted the premiere of his work Comfort Ye with the Hanover High School Concert Band on March 4. His compositions The Owl and the Pussycat and Kalevala Fragments were accepted for publication by Yelton Rhodes Music in Los Angeles. In addition, Kalevala Fragments has been selected for performance at the 2010 National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis. His orchestra composition Lucky Sevens, conducted by MTD colleague Dan Perkins, premiered at joint concerts of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the PSU Chamber Singers on April 30 and May 1.


  • The Coalition for a Culture of Peace in NH Higher Education had their second annual Conference hosted by UNH Manchester on Saturday, March 27. Coalition co-founder, Ray Perkins, reported that eight institutions of higher learning in the region were represented by peace educators and their students, including many who have participated in model UN programs at their respective colleges and universities. Leo Sandy was there representing PSU.


  • vpaa-phsycologyPsychology students, along with John Kulig, attended the first annual student New Hampshire Psychological Association conference held Saturday, April 10th at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. The highlight was a Psych Cup competition of teams from NH colleges and universities. The PSU team is shown here: Left to right: Dr John Kulig (coach), Ashley Hardy, Lindsay dePorter, Kaitlin Sapack and Sarah Buckley.

Social Science

  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine continues to give talks around the state for the NH Humanities Council. On April 26, she spoke in Keene at the Cheshire County Historical Society on “A Woman that Keeps Good Orders: Women and Tavern Keeping in 18th-century New Hampshire.” On April 7, she spoke in Enfield on “Runaway Wives in Colonial New England.” She also gave a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture on “Saving the Forests: Joseph B. Walker, Philip Ayres, and the 1911 Weeks Act” on campus on April 1. Marcia was also elected to the Executive Committee of the New England Historical Association at the annual meeting on April 17.
  • Patrick May, Kurt Schroeder and Bryon Middlekauff participated in the annual Association of American Geographers meetings, April 13-19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Kurt presented a paper focusing upon the Crimean War, Pat was on a panel whose theme centered around helping undergraduates down the path to graduate school, and Kurt and Bryon led a field trip to Harpers Ferry and Antietam Battlefields military parks. Additionally, we hosted an alumni event attended by current students, four former PSU students, and one former faculty at a local Ethiopian restaurant. Nine PSU students attended the conference sessions and participated in a field trip to Baltimore neighborhoods and Washington, DC monuments and historic sites led by Pat May.

Social Work

  • Congratulations to the Student Social Work Club for receiving the 2010 Movers and Shakers Award from the Student Activities Office; the award recognizes the student organization that has “gone above and beyond in its impact on the PSU community during the past school year.”
  • The department’s Social Work Student Award Reception was held May 3. The reception included initiation of this year’s Phi Alpha Honor Society members, student awards, and a new NASW pinning ceremony with agency field instructors for our graduating seniors. In addition, Martha Bolduc, MSW from the Veterans Home in Tilton, was honored as this year’s Outstanding Field Instructor.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz were invited participants to the 2010 Social Work Congress held in Washington, DC. The congress was sponsored by 12 leading national social work organizations and associations to establish 10 imperatives for the profession. Ann Widger, BSW, an alumna of our program who now works in the White House, was an invited panelist.
  • Stephen Gorin published “Does Health Insurance Matter: Health Beyond Universal Coverage” in the May edition of Health & Social Work, Vol 35, No.2.
  • Scott Meyer presented a paper co-authored with Leo Sandy: “Disturbing the Peace: A Life Sentence of Critical Thinking” at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference in Houston, TX. He also coordinated and moderated a panel “Teaching Students About Ethical Issues in Aging Across the Lifespan” for our field instructor workshop this semester.
  • Christine Rine received approval for a new online course, Child Welfare & Family Services, which will be offered this summer. She also worked with NH-DCYF and the Public Relations office to create a brochure for our Child Welfare Tuition Partnership program.

Spring 2010 Convocation and Commencements

Date: May 4th, 2010
To: The Faculty of Plymouth State University
From: Julie N. Bernier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Come Celebrate our Students’ Success!!

Students have told us how much more meaningful their commencement ceremony is when YOU are there to celebrate with them! Please come and help make this a day to remember for our students!

Graduate Commencement will be held Saturday, May 15th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium. If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where a section will be designated for robing. Everyone is invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. which will also be in Foley Gymnasium.

Spring Convocation will be held on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in the Foley Gymnasium. Convocation is the presentation of Senior Awards; if you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where a section will be designated for robing, prior to the processional. There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in the Foley Gym which you are welcome to attend.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. on the Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting). All information is online:

You are invited to join the senior class officers and the graduates in a tradition started years ago where the graduates meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together to the P.E. (If heavy rain, graduates & faculty meet at 9:15 a.m. at their assigned locations and do not do the traditional walk from HUB.) If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble behind the P.E. Center (a tent & refreshments will be provided) by 9:15 a.m. You will need to form two parallel lines in marching order, behind the PE Center in front of the graduating students.

Attention Faculty!! New this year at Commencement!!

When entering the PE Center area via the traditional walk down from HUB, faculty will not break off towards the right to enter the bottom floor of the PE Center. Instead faculty will continue to march to the left of the PE Center, proceed up and around the Center, ending up outside at the back of the PE Center under a newly erected tent. The tent will have some refreshments available prior to the commencement ceremony. Faculty will be lining up outside, by the tent, in front of the students, instead of lining up inside the track room. Alice O’Connor will be facilitating the lineup.

At the conclusion of the recessional, we ask that you stay in two lines and applaud the students as they proceed out. This is a way to acknowledge the special relationship between you and students at PSU.

Important Reporting Information: In case of inclement weather, the commencement will move inside to one of three sites; Foley Gymnasium, HUB, and Silver; we ask that departments report to the specific sites as follows:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Health & Human Performance
  • Social Work
  • Arts
  • Atmospheric Science, & Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science, & Policy
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Social Science

May 2009

May 26th, 2009 by Noelle

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

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

Distinguished Teaching Awards Announced Today!!

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

Commencement Information

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

Folley Gymnasium

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

HUB Courtroom

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

Silver Center

  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Mathematics
  • Education

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

News from Academic Affairs

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

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


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

Center for Rural Partnerships

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

Center for the Environment

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

Communication and Media Studies

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

Criminal Justice

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


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


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

Health and Human Performance

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

Lamson Library

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

Languages and Linguistics

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


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

Music, Theatre and Dance

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

Social Science

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

Social Work

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

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

May 2007

May 3rd, 2007 by Noelle

Monthly Academic Affairs Report To the Faculty of PSU
From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
May 3, 2007

New Awards — Call for nominations:

Last week I sent out a call for nominations for two new faculty awards, one for service and one for scholarly and creative works. The deadline for nominations is June 1st. The applications are available from the Office of Academic Affairs website:

Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Next Fall, we will end our annual Faculty Day with a celebration by naming these two award winners.

Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professorship:

An announcement was also sent last week to department chairs of those programs that house teacher certification programs. The Stevens-Bristow endowed professorship is to honor those that “educate the educators.” Faculty who teach in teacher preparation programs are eligible. Nominations will come from the Department Chair or his/her designee. The deadline is also June 1st.

Environmental Science and Policy:

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new academic department – the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. This department will house the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science and Policy and will become the new home to a revised Physical Science teacher certification program, Earth Systems Science. Warren Tomkiewicz will be the Chair of this department.

Dean of Undergraduate Studies:

Dr. David Zehr has graciously agreed to one more year as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. I am grateful to him for his leadership this year and for agreeing to a second year. He has been a wonderful colleague and leader and I look forward to a second year with him in the role.

Faculty Fellows:

I want to welcome Dr. Daniel Moore back to campus after a year away. Dan spent the fall in Limerick Ireland with our Freshman Abroad program and the spring on sabbatical. I am grateful to him for agreeing to serve next year as a part-time Assessment Fellow and teaching in the Business Department. In his role as Assessment Fellow, he will work closely with Dean Bob Fitzpatrick on the 5th year NEASC report and with Associate Dean for IR Scott Mantie on the planning process . His primary role will be to assist academic departments with their departmental and program assessment plans. Before the 5th year NEASC report comes due, we need to turn our attention back to our assessment plans. Next fall our faculty day speaker, Dr. Gloria Rodgers, will focus on assessment. We will carry the theme of assessment throughout the year by offering a number of workshops and programs to assist the departments.
Dr. Art Fried will continue for another year as a half-time fellow in online education. In this capacity he has been working with the Office of Online Learning and Teaching Technologies and working one-on-one with faculty interested in developing online pedagogies.

Distinguished Awards:

This is a very exciting day for us as a faculty and as a campus community. Today we will award our Distinguished Teaching Awards to three faculty representing the excellence of our full-time faculty, our adjunct faculty, and our graduate faculty. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award at Plymouth State University. This is a very positive step in acknowledging the tremendous impact that our adjunct faculty have on our students, our programs and this institution. For the first time, we will be awarding the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. In the past, the award has gone to two graduate faculty, one each from the MEd and MBA programs. Our graduate programs have expanded and we now offer an MAT and MS degrees, making our old graduate process obsolete. All three awards will be announced at the end of today’s faculty meeting in Heritage Commons, to be following by a reception honoring all three distinguished recipients. Please join us in celebrating the excellence of our faculty.

Annual Reports:

Just a reminder that Annual Faculty Reports were due to the department chairs on Tuesday, May 1. An electronic copy should also be sent to

Convocation and Commencement:

Information regarding Convocation and Commencement may be found on the Academic Affairs website: Please be sure to review the information. In summary:

Graduate Commencement:

Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty are invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. in Foley Gym.

Spring Convocation:

Friday, May 18th, 4:00 p.m. in Foley Gymnasium.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty are invited to a reception with students and parents after Convocation in Foley Gym.

Undergraduate Commencement:

Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 a.m. on Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting).
In case of inclement weather, the Commencement will move inside to one of three sites: PE Center, HUB and Silver. Faculty will be notified the week of May 7th which of these sites they should report to.
Parking is limited, so please park on main campus or carpool, if possible.
All graduates have been asked to meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together with the faculty and administrators to the PE Center. In heavy rain, all are asked to meet at the appropriate site.
Faculty not in platform party should assemble in the track area by 9:15 a.m. where an area will be set up for faculty robing.
Faculty will line up in two parallel lines at the double doors at the west end of the track facing the tennis courts to process.
After the recessional at the end of Commencement, faculty will stay in two lines and receive/applaud the graduates as they proceed out on the pavement area between the soccer field and the PE Center.
More Details Can Be found At: or (click on graduation events)

News From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty

Social Science Department:

  • Bob Heiner (Anthropology) is chairing the search for a new Principal at the Holderness Central School.
  • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) has been appointed by Governor John Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to serve on the NH Commission for Human Rights. This Commission is a state agency established for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin.
  • Bryon Middlekauff (Geography) and Kurt Schroeder (Geography) attended the Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco accompanied by 5 current and 2 former students. Kurt presented a paper in a military geography session which was attended by all the PSU students. Bryon co-authored a paper with a current student, Ashley Satinsky (who did a brilliant job presenting), and a University of Wolverhampton, UK faculty member which focused on geographic education. All of the students participated with Bryon on a field trip to Yosemite National Park, organized by the conference, another which the students organized to Alcatraz, and a third which the group developed to visit Muir Woods and the redwoods and Point Reyes National Seashore. One of the students, Chris Skulski, participated in the World Geography Bowl on the New England team. A former student as PSU, Kristen Michaud, ’05, delivered an excellent paper which all PSU conference goers attended. Bryon attended the regional presidents’ meeting, and hosted a meeting of the regional division of the geography association.
  • Dr. Whitney Howarth, Assistant Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences, has been invited to Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, India to serve as a Visiting Professor in the Dept. of History for two months this summer (2007). Dr. Howarth will be the keynote speaker for the International conference being hosted there entitled “Global Connections and Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Nineteenth Century South India” (July 16-18th) and will join local scholars in organizing a district level symposium on “The London Missionary Society and Caste Systems in Kanyakumari District” June 27th and 28th. As a part of her research on 19th century Hindu politics and religious nationalism, Dr. Howarth will be presenting several papers and offering a lecture course to M.Phil. students focusing on ‘the Missionary Movement in Colonial India.’ She will be working with the History Department Research Programmes Coordinator, Dr. N. Samraj, to edit & publish the conference proceedings, as well as portions of her own doctoral dissertation manuscript while visiting Bangalore and Bombay.
  • Dr. David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted and was the program chair for the annual meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs for the weekend of April 20-22. He delivered a paper on “The Archaeology of the French and Indian War.” He also spoke at the spring meeting of the New Hampshire Archaeological Society on April7 at Boston University’s Sargent Center in Hancock, NH.

Education Department:

  • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer (Psychology) gave a presentation on “Promoting a Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.

College of Graduate Studies:

  • Craig Zamzow and a four‐student SBI team presented Amherst, NH based company, AeroSat, with a comprehensive marketing and business development project. Based in Temple, New Hampshire, AeroSat Corporation develops, produces, and distributes mobile wireless communications solutions and aircraft antennas that help people on the move to share information. AeroSat CEO Michael Barrett made a donation to the John V. Miller, Jr. Endowment Fund.
  • Barbara Wirth, Dennise Maslakowski, Leo Corriveau and Cheryl Baker attended the Follow the Child – Lakes Region conference in Laconia. The approach to Governor John Lynch’s Follow the Child initiative and how the Lakes Region is incorporating the initiative into the community of learning was a major focus of discussion. Barbara also participated in the NH DOE recruitment and retention workshop at CACES in Penacook, which addressed hiring and retention of quality educators. Barbara, Royce Robertson and Cheryl Baker held a brown bag discussion on student‐based electronic portfolios and how students can incorporate the e‐portfolio experience in their graduate programs.
  • The fourth annual Counselor Education Diversity Institute attracted 70 participants. Nancy Puglisi and Tonya Tookes‐Reznik presented on topics surrounding the mind‐body integration and applications for spiritual counseling.
  • Cheryl Baker attended the NH ASCD Conference in Concord.
  • As part of the M.Ed. in Heritage Studies, courses and a new graduate certificate in Historic Preservation were proposed by Stacey Yap. The program includes core courses in Heritage Studies Foundations and Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape; and electives in Historic Preservation Methods and Documentation, Historic Preservation Planning and Management, Cultural Heritage Law, and Archeological Methods.
  • Kathleen Norris has been actively assisting with strategic and evaluation planning for the Pemi‐Baker Literacy Task Force and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Kathleen recently presented “Good rubric, bad rubric…what’s the difference?” at the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Conference of the NH School Administrators Association.
  • Dennise Maslakowski was the conference chair for the spring New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership conference on April 20, 2007.

Communication and Media Studies Department:

  • On April 13 and 14, the Department of Communication and Media Studies hosted the national “Apocalypse Now? Media and the End of the World Conference” at PSU. During this event, Cathie LeBlanc and Evelyn Stiller gave a plenary talk titled “Games and the End of the World,” and Kylo-Patrick Hart and Annette Holba facilitated a pedagogical plenary session titled “Teaching Media and the End of the World.” Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart presented their co-authored paper “Diversity and the End of the World: Two Cinematic Perspectives.” Annette Holba presented the paper “Apocalyptic Rhetoric in the Buffyverse: Representations of Antichrist and Apocalypse.” Nearly two dozen advanced PSU undergraduates also presented their research findings at this conference, alongside professors and graduate students from across the United States and abroad.
  • Recent Publications by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
    • Kylo-Patrick Hart’s essay “From ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ to ‘Just Us (Yet Still Them)’: The Revised Representational Significance of KS Lesions in 1990s U.S. Cinema” has been published in the anthology Mass Media Research: International Approaches, edited by Yorgo Passadeos and Demitra Dimitrakopoulou.
    • Annette Holba’s essay “Lizzie as ‘Deviant’ Other: Interpretation of Otherness” has been published in the Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies, and her essay “Building Bridges through the Learning Paradigm: Cultivating Citizenship in Higher Education” has been published in the New Hampshire Journal of Education.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam and Kylo-Patrick Hart’s co-authored essay “Media, Genocide and Hotel Rwanda” has been published in the anthology Culture, Trauma and Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, edited by Nico Carpentier.
  • Additional Recent Conference Activities by Communication and Media Studies Faculty Members:
    • During April 2007, Kylo-Patrick Hart presented the papers “Otherness, Delinquency, and the Doom(ed) Rebel Elephant Jungle” at the annual joint meeting of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, “Tangled Web: Gay Men and/in AIDS Movies” at the Beyond Tolerance Conference (at PSU), and “Analyzing the Intersection that is Brokeback Mountain: When Retrograde and Groundbreaking Cinematic Features Collide” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association.
    • Annette Holba presented the paper “Philosophy of Communication Education: Leisure in the General Education Curriculum” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association. She and a colleague from Duquesne University also provided a short-course presentation at this convention titled “Teaching Philosophy of Communication.”
    • Evelyn Stiller organized the student poster session at the annual conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Northeastern Region, and has been invited to serve on next year’s program committee as well.
    • Metasebia Woldemariam presented the paper “When Diaspora Politics Lead ‘Home’: Mignon Ford, Transnational Identity, and Community Building in Ethiopia” at the recent Community Building and Identity Formation in the African Diaspora Conference in Boston.
  • Dr. Warren Mason presented to the NHCUC presidential assistants on Crisis Management at their annual retreat on April 24th.

CEAPS Department:

Anil Waghe, Marguerite Crowell, and grad student, Beth Benton, visited the local elementary school as part of the annual “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day” event. Children took part in hands‐on activities and learned about some of chemistry’s contributions to a sustainable ecosystem.

HHP Department:

  • Dr. Lynn Johnson received a 2007 Honor Award from the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The Honor Award is the highest award the District can bestow upon a member and is given to recognize professionalism, dedication, character, and service. Lynn was given the award for her leadership on the Applied Strategic Planning Committee, her work on district conventions, her caring work with students/future professionals, and for modeling the true meaning of service to her community and the AAHPERD professions.
  • Drs. Irene Cucina, Louise McCormack and Lynn Johnson presented a collaborative session with Vicky Morley, a colleague from Central Connecticut entitled: Using Technology to Enhance and Document Student Learning and Program Outcomes Related to the NASPE/NCATE Standards at the annual AAHPERD Convention in Baltimore, MD in March.
  • Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller has been very busy. She and her Health Education students organized and held the 9th annual Love Your Body Week, Feb 25- March 2. She presented “Silent Disease: Eating Disorders at the 18th Annual Youth at Risk National Conference in Savannah GA in March. She will be holding a Silent Auction to raise money for Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Wellness Fairs on campus and in the community, April 25-28. The auction will be held at PSU HUB and the Common Man Inn. On April 28, she will be hosting the Eating Disorders ands Obesity Conference at the Common Man Inn.
  • The Adventure Education program is organizing a community service project scheduled for Saturday May 12. We will plant 200 trees in the White Mountain National Forest to off-set the CO2 emission our transportation and other energy consumption are producing. The project is a concrete example of our commitment to our new program mission: The PSU Adventure Education program’s mission is to provide an environmentally sustainable, academically comprehensive and technically applicable education for future educators. In addition, the program embraces the university motto Ut Prosim – that I may serve – by actively seeking and providing services to the campus and regional community.
  • Dr. Anita N. Lee has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee, Measurement and Evaluation Council, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). AAPAR is an association of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will serve a three year term from 2007 to 2010.

Education Department:

  • Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer of Social Work gave a presentation on “Promoting A Culture of Peace in Higher Education” at the Third Annual Teaching Peace Conference on “Weaving Peace Through the Curriculum and Community” at Oyster River High School in Durham, NH.
  • Marcel Lebrun co-authored an article with two colleagues, Howard Muscott and Eric Mann, entitled “Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in New Hampshire: Effects of Large Scale Implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support on Student Discipline and Academic Achievement” for the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Spring 2007. Marcel Lebrun is part of the leadership team that has put forth the NH CEBIS grant proposal. They were awarded $410,000 to continue the work in maintaining and promoting Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports for 2007-2008. He was also part of the team that worked and submitted a Personnel Prep Grant for Behavior and Literacy, which was awarded $4 million over a 5 year program to integrate PBIS and Literacy. This grant is scheduled to begin in fall 2007. Lastly, he was part of the team that put forth a proposal for the Mental Health and Schools Together grant; they were awarded $225,000 over 18 months, to coordinate mental health services and wraparound services for children with behavior and mental health issues. In the last few months Dr. Lebrun has helped to bring in $4,635,000 in grants for the PBIS programs.
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society hosted its annual banquet and induction ceremony on Sunday, April 22nd in the Newfound Room at Prospect Hall. Kappa Delta Pi honors students in elementary and secondary teacher certification programs who are academically in good standing. KDP officers and their counselor, Lynn Davis, welcomed 41 new initiates into PSU’s Lambda Alpha Chapter. Many family members, friends and special guests were also in attendance. Kappa Delta Pi also participated in a Reading is Fun afternoon at the Ashland Town Library on Saturday, April 14th. KDP members developed literacy activities for grades K-5 around the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
  • On April 27, 2007, Royce Robertson presented “ePortfolio Considerations” at Rhode Island Educational Media Association (RIEMA) Annual Conference in Warwick, RI.
  • The early childhood faculty presented at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Bartlett, NH, on April 27-28. Gerry Buteau, along with an undergraduate early childhood studies major, Allison Delorey, presented on storytelling and story acting with young children. The presentation is a result of a storytelling/story acting project they did in January in the preschool classroom at the Center for Young Children and Families along with Preschool Teacher Wendy Hartke. Mary Cornish and Pat Cantor presented on “Making Musical Sounds: An Introduction to Constructivist Teaching and Learning.” As part of their agreement to present, the early childhood faculty arranged for several early childhood majors to attend the conference at free or reduced rates.
  • In her role as PSU Student Chapter Advisor for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Marianne True recently attended the Annual ASCD Conference in Anaheim, California with 8 PSU education majors. The group attended a variety of workshop sessions, networked with professionals in the field, and shared their experiences during a workshop presentation on leadership goals and challenges.

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