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December 6th, 2012 by gbeckwith

November 2011

November 1st, 2011 by gbeckwith

November 2010

June 28th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty

Provost Julie Bernier
November 3, 2010

Inclement Weather

Earlier this week a message was sent from Human Relations regarding our inclement weather procedures.  Please note, the following message will be sent to students this week:

Plymouth State University normally remains open through inclement weather. Because most students live within minutes of the campus, every effort is made to avoid an official closing. There may be times, however, when an emergency or extreme weather conditions necessitate a general closing of the University (see Inclement Weather notification below).


Students should make reasonable decisions when considering travel or family needs and faculty should respect these decisions. Students should notify their professors at once if they are unable to report to class due to poor driving conditions.   During finals week, classes WILL NOT be cancelled.  If inclement weather is anticipated, students should communicate with their professors in advance or make arrangements to stay locally.


In the event of severe weather or an emergency, the University Administration will do all it can to decide on and post notifications of class/event cancellations and/or facility closures by 6:00 a.m. For canceling evening classes, the decision is usually made and communicated no later than 3:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to make the decision as early as possible.


Inclement Weather notifications will be communicated via the following means:


PSU Alert Emergency Text Messaging System (sign-up at:

University Web site

“Need2Know” campus e-mail (formerly PSU-Announce)

PSU Alert/Storm Line (603) 535-3535

myPlymouth announcements

Local media



Report on Online Teaching

Last year PSU offered 273 fully online courses, a 49% increase from the previous year.  This included 132 Frost courses and 141 CoGS courses.  This year we expect another 17% increase. Online courses will be an important component in our strategic initiatives in the coming years.  Greater numbers of students are enrolling in the Frost School and in CoGS and are expecting fully online courses and programs.  As you know, we are migrating over to Moodle from Blackboard as our Learning Management System.  The feedback from students and faculty who have already implemented the change has been very positive with both groups finding the system more intuitive and user friendly.

This Fall and in the Spring we will be piloting a new online course evaluation tool called CoursEval.  For more information about this tool, contact Ellen Murphy in the Office of Online Education.

More info here –>




  • Three works by Liz D’Amico are included in the WCA/NH juried exhibit currently on view at Silver Culture Center:  A Passion for Sewing, a box assemblage honoring her mother, The Crossroad, a collage based on her mother’s wartime experiences and Mending Humanity a collage hinting at what women know.  Mending Humanity will also be part of the National Collage Society’s (NSC) 26th Annual Juried Exhibition making D’Amico a Signature Member of NCS. For the first time this year, the exhibit will be posted online.
  • On Saturday, October 30, Lauren Dadmun joined about 25 other New Hampshire Potters for the New Hampshire Potters Guild annual Potters Market at the Holiday Inn in Concord (just off Exit 14).
  • Afterschool Arts is currently offering two classes for 32 area school children in grades K-6 at the D&M Building on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.  The program continues to grow and meet the educational needs of highly motivated children from the Plymouth region.  This semester, we have a new teacher, Marylena Sevigney who is teaching “Picturing Books: Storytelling and Artmaking” that integrates stories, children’s literature, book making and visual art exploration.   Afterschool Arts is an ongoing arts education program at Plymouth State University and an arts advocacy initiative for Plymouth area school children providing high quality, affordable art making enrichment activities presented in partnership with Plymouth Park & Rec/A+ Programs.  Spring Afterschool classes will begin in March and plans are being made for a summer children’s art camp.
  • Jason Swift presented a paper titled The Artist/(Auto)Ethnographer: Navigating, Negotiating and Balancing the Dialogue, Opposition and Conflict of Being the Researcher and Research Subject Simultaneously at the SECAC/MACAA joint conference in Richmond, VA.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • The Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry had three booths at the New Hampshire TechFest in Windham on Saturday Oct. 23rd from 9 am – 3 pm.  The TechFest is a festival of science and technology providing hands on learning opportunities for middle and high school students to encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines. Dennis Machnik gave continuous Planetarium shows in the portable planetarium, while Sally Jensen had information available about NASA space flights and educational programs. Jeremiah Duncan and four undergraduate students (Patrick Gile, Katie Hills-Kimball, Andrew Hornberger, and Marc Tahtamoni), had several chemistry experiments for participants including: “alchemy” of pennies and making liquid crystal displays (LCD’s). Lastly, Eric Hoffman, Brendon Hoch and three graduate students (Bonnie Anderson, Nick Kyper, and Derek Mallia) had a display with three dimensional weather visualization software and led students through the interactive “human sling psychrometer” experiment.
  • On October 22, 2010, Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell, along with chemistry majors, visited Plymouth Elementary School for their sixth annual “chemistry week” presentation. Activities that they presented to the sixth grade included making “artificial snow” and “crystal mountain,” both based on the theme “behind the scenes with chemistry!”

Biological Sciences

  • Katie Rose Boissonneault and Chris Chabot received over $1.2 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health INBRE program to fund faculty-mentored undergraduate research in their laboratories.  Chabot and his students will investigate the molecular mechanisms of circadian and circatidal clocks, how multiple clocks are coordinated, and what substances might mediate the influences of clocks on various behavioral and physiological functions.  Boissonneault’s work will focus on developing gene transfer protocols in the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multiseries in order to facilitate characterization of the genes involved in biosynthesis of the neurotoxin, domoic acid.
  • Len Reitsma and collaborators from The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center recently published a paper in the journal Ecology based upon three years of studying a population of Northern Waterthrushes in Puerto Rico.  Smith, J. A. M., L. R. Reitsma and P. P. Marra,  2010: Moisture as a determinant of habitat quality for a nonbreeding Neotropical migratory songbird,  Ecology 91: 2874-2882). This is the second publication from this three-year study.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Fran Belcher and Thad Guldbrandsen presented, “Developing a Regional Engagement Model for Small Rural Universities” at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Raleigh, NC (10/5/10).
  • Thad Guldbrandsen was the keynote speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Rural Development Network in Canada (10/14/10).  The title of his talk was “Building a Network and Enhancing a Region.”
  • Thad Guldbrandsen presented on “The Northern Forest Higher Education Network” in Watertown, NY (10/25/10) and Paul Smith’s College (10/26/10).  He was part of a panel that included Sandy Blitz (Federal Co-Chair of the Northern Borders Commission), Joe Short (Northern Forest Center), and other regional leaders.
  • “The Community Roadmap to Renewable Biomass Energy” was released at the end of October.  This community decision-making tool is a product of two years of collaboration among the Center for Rural Partnerships, North Country RC&D, Coös Economic Development Corporation, the Northern Forest Center, and others.  Tom Evans is graduate assistant on the project working under the direction of Thad Guldbrandsen.
  • Funding for the PSU-Coös County Outreach Initiative was renewed (for two more years) by the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

College of Business Administration

  • Yvette Lazdowski attended the Northeast Regional meeting of the American Accounting Association in Burlington, Vermont, where she presented a paper titled “A Historical View of Management Accounting in the Early Years of Ford Motor Company”.
  • Christina Bradbury presented a paper titled “The Prosper Credit Risk Rating System: Does It Improve Market Decision-Making Efficacy?” at the 70th International Atlantic Economic Society conference held Oct. 10-13 in Charleston, SC.
  • Brad Allen, along with twenty-three Plymouth State American Marketing Association (AMA) students traveled to the Balsam’s Resort as guests of Mr. Rick McCarten, Director of Sales, on October 14th.  The event was designed to be the fall team-building event for the AMA. The students created a formal business etiquette dinner where they discussed appropriate professional behavior while at a business function.  Professor Allen discussed how social events, such as taking a client to dinner, an athletic event, or other social occasion, represent opportunities to build relationships in business that often last for years.The students enjoyed dressing up and practicing the suggested professional behaviors of successful business social events.  In addition, the students were able to tour the facility and gain an appreciation for the history of the Balsam’s as they visited many of the hidden treasures presented throughout the property.


  • Pat Cantor presented on “Supporting Preschool English Language Learners” at the Early Learning New Hampshire Conference in Manchester on October 16.  On the 22nd, she presented on “Teaching and Learning about Constructivism” at the annual conference of the Association for Constructivist Teaching in Chicago.  This session highlighted the work she and Mary Cornish have done in developing the early childhood course, The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education, at PSU.
  • Susan Shapiro presented a full-day workshop titled, “Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom,” to teachers statewide, on October 26, 2010, in Concord.
  • Clarissa M. Uttley, along with two undergraduate students (Denise Sprague-Colcord and Nicole Skelton) presented at the Early Learning New Hampshire conference in Manchester, NH on October 16, 2010.  Their presentation on Therapy Animals in the Early Childhood Classroom was attended by 33 early childhood educators and administrators.
  • Kathleen Norris participated in the NH IHE network of institutions concerned with the Summit on 21st Century Teaching and Learning as part of her work on the State of NH Professional Standards Board and Subcommittee work on the ED600’s which concern teacher preparation program approval.


  • Liz Ahl had two poems published in the latest issue of The Salt River Review:  (
  • Art Fried presentated “Jack Kirby and the Creation of the DC Comics Brand” at the Northeast Popular Culture Association annual meeting in Boston on 10/23
  • The film that Scott Coykendall wrote, “Our Secret Season,” won the El Capitan Film Award at the 2010 Yosemite Film Festival in October. It was also pre-selected as a “must see film” at the 2010 SNOB Film Festival in Concord. The SNOB schedule has not been announced, but the festival runs November 26-28.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy, assisted by undergraduate and entry-level graduate athletic training students, provided a workshop on “Rescue Techniques: An Evidence-based Approach to Ice Related Injuries” for local EMT’s on 10/4.  Held at the ice arena, the rescue personnel learned how to care for ankle, shoulder and spinal cord injuries.
  • Students Courtney Lecours, Joey Ellis, and Amanda Pierson participated in the Student Leadership Conference at the Stony Acres Environment Center on the East Stroudsburg State University Campus over Columbus Day weekend.  The Conference was co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Association AHPERD and EDA/AAHPERD.
  • Barbara McCahan’s and Margie King’s grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health INBRE program was funded.  The grant will fund the following project: Reliability of Center of Foot Pressure as a Predictor of Falls Risk, Balance, Functional Fitness, and Fear of Falling with Older Adults

History and Philosophy

  • Whitney Howarth’s article “Advocates and Arbiters: Travancore and Mysore Missionaries as Public Petitioners and Champions of Social Justice (1806-1886)” was published in Journal of Postcolonial Theory and Theology. You can access this article at: and click on Articles

Library and Academic Support Services

  • David A. Beronä published the “Introduction” to George Walker’s Book of Hours: A Tragic New York Novel Told With 99 Wood Engravings. Porcupine’s Quill Press, October, 2010 and presented a paper, “Humor, Play, and Identity in Comics: Reading Wordless Comics,” on October 14, 2010 at 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art, Ohio State University.
  • Elaine S. Allard presented a case study on the Lamson Learning Commons at the Super-Convergence – an exchange of experience conference on October 7, 2010 at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England.


  • John Donovan presented a seminar titled: “The Non-Content Half of Mathematics” to students and faculty on October 13.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi served as an adjudicator for the Granite State NATS Musical Theatre Singing Competition in Concord on October 31.
  • Gary Corcoran was the guest conductor for an Invitational Honor Band at Hollis-Brookline High School on October 16.
  • Holly Oliver recently served on the NH Department of Education Teacher Preparation Review Team examining the music education teacher preparation program at a New Hampshire university.
  • During October, Dan Perkins performed a concert with his Trio Veritas at Harvard, performed as collaborative pianist in a recital with baritone Steven Small, spent a week in Ireland planning a future performance/study tour, and while there, ran the Dublin Marathon.
  • Jonathan Santore wrote the Foreword for Principles and Practice of Modal Counterpoint, by Douglass Green and Evan Jones, published in October by Routledge.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin attended his first half-day meeting as a member of the Council on Leadership Development at the annual CSWE conference held in Portland, Oregon, and moderated a break-out session at the Council-sponsored Networking Reception at the conference. He also co-led the NH Chapter new board orientation with the chapter President.
  • Scott Meyer co-chaired a meeting of New England Regional Field Coordinators meeting in MA.
  • Cynthia Moniz published “Social Work and the Social Determinants of Health Perspective: A Good Fit”, Health & Social Work, November 2010, 35(4). She attended her first half-day meeting as a newly appointed Commissioner of CSWE’s Commission on Professional Development at the annual CSWE conference held in Portland, Oregon. She also participated in the NH Chapter new board orientation.

Teacher Certification

  • Irene Cucina (HHP), Gerry Buteau (Education), Holly Oliver (Music, Theatre, and Dance), Christie Sweeney (College of Graduate Studies), and Cynthia Vascek (Art Education) were part of a 27 person team representing the New Hampshire Department of Education to review the teacher preparation and advanced preparation programs at a New Hampshire univeristy, October 3-6.
  • Irene Cucina (HHP) was the keynote speaker at the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance annual convention in Savannah, GA.




November 2009

November 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
November 4, 2009

Emergency preparedness and use of cell phones in class

President Steen mentions in her report our appreciation to everyone for the role they played in dealing with a difficult situation last Tuesday evening. A question that has been asked that I wanted to address here is related to the policy on cell phone use in the classroom. Two years ago when we first implemented the e2Campus text alert messaging system we clarified the policy. I will provide that information again here.

We understand that many faculty members previously asked students to turn cell phones off during class. The emergency text alert system requires that students, faculty and staff leave their cell phones on at all times. In class, students should turn their phones to vibrate and should be instructed not to respond to text messages unless multiple phones vibrate. There is no reason for students to check their phones regularly nor to respond to text messages. In the event of an emergency, it will be clear that multiple phones are receiving messages simultaneously. This should signal a potential e2Campus alert and at that point, students and faculty should check for messages.

If a computer is available in the classroom, someone should log-in and monitor the email system. Email messages will contain more information than is allowable in a text message. Additionally, the website and the storm-line (535-3535) will contain updates.


If you’ve been reading the H1N1 updates on the PSU website, you noticed a spike in reports of the flu this week. Previously there have been 2-3 reports per day. On Monday, that number jumped to 55 new reports of illness. If you haven’t given much thought about what you will do if you are out for an extended period or how you will respond to student illness that requires them to miss several classes, now is the time to prepare. At the beginning of the semester we asked faculty to prepare for the inevitability that we could be hit hard by the seasonal flu and H1N1. We asked that you communicate your plan to students. – How will ill students be allowed to continue progressing in the course until they are well enough to return? – How will class be continued in the event that you are unable to attend class? – Will you continue class through the use of Blackboard? Email?

Many of you included information in your syllabi and participated in workshops provided by the Office of Online Education. If you need assistance in preparing for this situation, please contact the Office of Online Education who can provide suggestions for how to effectively use Blackboard. If you will be out, communicate with your Department Chair, the Administrative Assistant and contact (email) students to inform them of your plans.

Follow-up from Faculty Day

On faculty day, we discussed the challenges facing the University regarding enrollment and its impact onthe financial picture. We presented a number of strategies to offset the impact, including new revenue streams, diversifying programs and offerings through the Frost School, CoGS, and development of the White Mountains Institute. We talked about new recruiting initiatives, use of social networking, and international recruiting. We discussed the creation of 2+2 transfer programs and efforts to improve retention, like stronger and proactive advising, the work of the college of university studies and other initiatives to reach out to students struggling to stay in school. A number of activities are in progress or will be in the coming months. For example, our first two 2+2 transfer agreements were signed last month. The Frost school added new programs to their offerings and are working to increase the number of online and evening courses available. We are about to begin planning the first phase of the White Mountains Institute in the coming months. But many of the initiatives require faculty and will truly require a team effort. The role of faculty in recruiting and retention is absolutely critical.

What should the academic departments do?

  • Departments must take an active role in recruiting – send personalized letters to each and every student admitted to your programs welcoming them to PSU. Consider a calling program. Chairs, coordinators, or individual discipline faculty, call admitted students – congratulate them! Tell them about the exciting work students in your programs are doing. Personal connections from faculty members speak volumes to a potential student and can make all the difference in the decision-making process.
  • Departments offer more online, evening, weekend classes to attract working and nontraditional students through the Frost School.
  • Determine programs that would connect well with NH Community College programs for creation of 2+2 agreements and work with Undergraduate Studies to create the agreement.
  • Develop advising practices that will impact retention. Advising can be (and should be) so much more than giving out a pin number and helping students choose which classes to enroll in. We have some exceptional advisors. What are they doing to connect with students? What role should your department play in ensuring student success? How can you determine what your students need so you can connect them with the right resources?
  • What ideas do you have to increase recruitment and improve retention? Send them to:

News from Academic Affairs


  • Bill Haust has accepted an appointment to a Fine Arts Advisory Committee at the Lakes Region Community College to develop collaborative opportunities and transfer options for LRCC students to the Art Department at PSU.
  • The Art Education Program’s Afterschool Arts class is currently underway providing low cost visual arts enrichment classes to area children grades K-4. Afterschool Arts is a community service outreach initiative of the art department with art education student assisting in course planning and implementation.
  • Carol Jowdy was recently awarded an Artist’s Entrepreneurial Grant from the NH State Council on the Arts. The grant intends to support website development to promote Carol’s recent work in Ecological Landscape Design and the intersection of art, environmental education and sustainability. Carol also gave a lecture in September at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center entitled ‘Land Design with Nature in Mind’.
  • Jason Swift will have a new video art piece in “Visions in New York City,” Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin; Assistant Curator: Heather Van Uxem Lewis. Exhibition on View: November 2-13, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 6-9 pm at Teachers College, Columbia University, Milbank Chapel and Macy Gallery, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Catherine Amidon has secured the first three New Hampshire venues for the touring exhibition “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911.” She has also been appointed to the Arts, the Citizen and Community Engagement sub-Committees of the Weeks Act Centennial Committee
  • The Karl Drerup Art Gallery sponsored a talk by artist Pat Musick & and astronaut Gerald Carr; they subsequently donated a sculpture to Plymouth State University.
  • Catherine Amidon is now an Affiliate of the Center for the Environment.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Dennis Machnik gave Star Lab presentations in Rhode Island and Vermont. He presented to approximately 200 people (public included) on October 13 at Bane Middle School in Cranston, RI. On October 20, he gave seven presentations at Brighton Elementary School in Island Pond, VT. About 125 children were in attendance.

Bagley House

  • Thirty-five students are spending their fall semester abroad at universities in twelve different countries: Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Cyprus, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Australia, Spain, and Belgium. Two students are studying with Semester at Sea, traveling to 11 countries in 109 days. In October, they visited ports in South Africa, Mauritius and India.
  • Two hundred students attended our annual study abroad fair and nearly 100 members of the PSU community were able to complete US passport applications. Many students and staff received their passports in the mail within two weeks!

Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy

  • Mary Ann McGarry presented a paper in early October at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference in Portland, OR entitled: “The Power of
    Partnerships in Promoting Environmental Literacy About Forest Ecosystems”.
  • Lisa Doner presented a talk on “The Madison Hills Paleoecology Project: A Citizen‐Science Research Initiative at Pea Porridge Pond, New Hampshire” in the Voices of Science Session of the 2009 AESS Conference on the Environment, hosted by the U. of Wisconsin in early October.
  • Mark Turski and Warren Tomkiewicz presented papers at the Geological Society of America Annual Conference in Portland, OR in late October. Mark’s presentation was entitled “Using National Parks for Problem Based Learning in an Introductory Earth System Science Course for Non‐majors”. Warren presented a poster on “International Watershed Studies: A Comparative Study Involving New Hampshire and Pakistani Science Teachers”.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships received several outstanding faculty proposals for the Coos Outreach Initiative.
  • Ben Amsden presented preliminary outcomes from the Center’s Risk Management for Agritourism Providers Project at the annual meeting of the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education in Philadelphia. He also organized a “Coos County Outreach Initiative Open House” for PSU faculty, staff, and students. CCOI provides funding for Plymouth State University faculty and staff to work in collaboration with partners from Coos County, New Hampshire. Details are available at the CfRP website.
  • Fran Belcher attended the University Roundtable on Transformative Regional Engagement and National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Athens. Georgia. Both events brought together university, government and private partners to forge consensus around new university roles, responsibilities, and opportunities to impact federal public policy and expand scholarly engagement in local, regional and international settings.
  • Fran represented the Center For Rural Partnerships at the national gathering of the Rural Community College Alliance and the American Tribal College Association in Bretton Woods. The gathering of rural and tribal community colleges was an opportunity to spotlight the work of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network and explore new engagement models between two and four year colleges. While at the conference, Fran was invited to sit in on a meeting of the Alliance of Rural Colleges Leadership Council, hosted by the Rural Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and graduate assistant Tom Evans assisted the Town of Colebrook in their effort to organize the Colebrook Energy Initiative, an initiative to establish a local renewable energy system that may include biomass energy, a district heating system, local electrical generation and other technologies to promote greater local self-reliance and environmental sustainability.
  • Patricia Campbell joined the Center for Rural Partnerships as an administrative assistant, while Alice Richmond is away.
  • Graduate assistant Jodi Bartley joined the Center for Rural Partnerships to assist with organizing the upcoming Northern Forest Higher Education Network conference, the agricultural risk management project, and a host of other events sponsored by the Center.

College of Business Administration

  • Ms. Heidi Robichaud, president of Earthworks, Inc. of Milford, NH and her husband Paul Robichaud attended both of Duncan McDougall’s Operations Management classes on October 26, to hear what the students had to say about their company. Earthworks is a manufacturer of precision High-Definition Microphones™ used by musical performers, music producers, and acoustic laboratories. The company was recently the subject of a business case study written by Professor McDougall.

College of Graduate Studies

  • Kathleen Norris has been in China working with the Shanghai American School to train program coordinators. While there she also advised students and taught two intensive sections of Research Design to their faculty who are part of our MEd program in K-12 education. Shanghai American School sponsors this work.
  • The College of Graduate Studies hosts the Plymouth Regional High School Transitions Students for Halloween each year and invites the students to vote on a pumpkin carving contest; this is a much anticipated event for the high school students.

Computer Science

  • Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., A generating function approach to the surface area of some interconnection networks. Journal of Interconnection Networks, 10.3 (2009) 189-204.
  • Roger Marshall, chair, gave an invited presentation on bioinformatics to the CS faculty and students at UNH-Durham on Thursday Oct. 22.
  • In October Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Tim Madan, Parker VanderNoot, and Nick Ortakeles at the Northeastern Regional preliminary of ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest held at WNEC. This year the team came in 5th place overall and defeated teams from several schools including: UMass, Trinity College, Skidmore College, and Siena College. This is the team’s highest finish ever at the competition.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter contributed toward the Belknap County Citizens Council on Children and Families’ Citizen Update, which was published in October of 2009. The publication is distributed to Belknap County citizens in an effort to educate them about juvenile justice and involve them in making their community a safe place to live. A link to the report is:


  • Marcel Lebrun presented an all-day training on Functional Behavior Assessments and Social Contracting Strategies to the Franklin School District elementary schools’ Child Study-At Risk teams on October 20th.


  • Karolyn Kinane gave a talk entitled “Multiculti King Arthur (2004)” at Keene State College October 29th, 2009.
  • Laura Rollison is designing a new middle school language arts curriculum for Waterville Valley Academy. She is also producing a national television commercial for Formica. Runner-Runner Production Company, out of Minneapolis, MN, has been hired to produce a short in NH, the Granite State, with a story line that Formica’s new granite-like product is just as good if not better than granite. She has also been credited as a researcher for Caroline Alexander’s newly released book, “The War that Killed Achilles,” published by Penguin Press.
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction,” has been accepted for publication in the summer 2010 issue of English Literature in Transition. She will be participating in the National Women’s Studies Association Program Administrators and Directors Workshop in November 2009 at the annual conference.
  • Joe Monninger’s novel,” Eternal on the Water,” will be published by Pocketbooks (Simon & Schuster) in Feb 2010. He recently won the Children’s Literature Award from NH Writers’ Project and has signed a two-book, young adult deal with Delacorte.
  • Liz Ahl will be giving a poetry reading at the Moultonborough Public Library on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30. On November 22, she will participate with Jonathan Santore (MTD) in a pre-concert talk about his setting of three of her poems for the NH Master Chorale “Harvest Home” concert. The talk will be at 3:30, followed by the concert at 4:00, at the Plymouth Congregational Church.
  • Matthew Cheney’s essay, “Without Hope, Without Despair,” was just published in Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for 21st Century Writers by Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon Publications).
  • “Our Secret Year” (new title), the film of Scott Coykendall’s screenplay, will premier in Lexington, KY, in mid-January, with a NH screening to follow, time and date TBD.
  • Robin DeRosa will chair a panel on “Postmodern Tourism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Montreal in April, and will also present her paper, “No Man of the Mountain: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” She is excited to welcome a group project by Thad Guldbrandsen, Mark Okrant, and Ben Amsden onto that panel, as well. This Fall, Robin has presented her research on the Salem Witch Trials at historical societies and libraries in Moultonborough, Springfield, Hampstead, Peterborough, Windham, and Plaistow, and will be giving a presentation for the Plymouth Historical Society on Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm at the Congregational Church in town.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina, Lynn Johnson, and Louise McCormack presented a session with faculty from Central Connecticut at the National Physical Education Teacher Preparation conference in Myrtle Beach, SC entitled: Addressing Program Assessment Challenges: Student Learning and Teacher Candidate Dispositions.
  • Adah Gillon, a junior Physical Education major in PE.HE teacher certification, has been selected to attend the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2009 Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference being held at Camp Letts, Maryland from October 22-25, 2009. The Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference provides AAHPERD undergraduate student members with a leadership development experience. The conference program includes activities to prepare participants for leadership opportunities in physical education, health promotion and education, fitness, sports, dance, and recreation. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to interact with more than 100 students and AAHPERD leaders from around the country. Adah is the current Plymouth State University HPER Majors Club President.
  • Linda Levy and 20 athletic training majors conducted a workshop titled, “Cutting through the Barriers: Equipment Removal and Airway Access for EMS Personnel” at the Campton Thornton Fire Station on October 19th. This annual workshop teaches EMS personnel how to care for spine injured athletes as well as recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The participants learned how to remove football helmet facemasks; how to remove ice hockey, lacrosse, and motorcycle/snowmobile helmets; and how to assist emergency room physicians with the removal of football helmets and shoulder pads.
  • Liesl Lindley has been working extensively with the other members of the New Hampshire Athletic Trainer’s Association executive board, in conjunction with a New Hampshire State Legislative study committee, in an effort to examine, and pass, newly proposed legislation (Senate Bill 80) that will require health insurance providers to reimburse certified and licensed athletic trainers for therapy services that are currently being reimbursed to other practicing health care providers but NOT athletic trainers.
  • Barbara McCahan attended the national annual conference of the Association of Applied Psychology to present a lecture entitled “Active Aging; Voices, Venues and Values”. This lecture was based on a qualitative research study which was a collaborative effort between Dr. McCahan and Dr. Deborah John (now of OSU) and was conducted with subjects who are members of the Silver Streaks Senior Ski Club of Waterville Valley. The research was sponsored by the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities in the Department of Health and Human Performance.
  • Linda Levy, Ashley Schmidt (MS ’09) and Brad Emerton (BS ’10) published an article, “A Clinical Education Experience in the Performing Arts,” in the November issue of Athletic Therapy Today.

Lamson Library

  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    David A. Beronä: “Wordless Books.” Presentation to EEE (Elder Education Enrichment), Burlington Vermont. October 26, 2009.
  • Elaine S. Allard: Mascenic High School Library, New Ipswich, NH October 2, 2009 “Consulting Staff Development on a Shoestring. “ October Conference – Dartmouth Libraries.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Carleen Graff has two more digital keyboard orchestra works published by Ogilvy Music – Joy to the World and Jingle Bells.
  • Connie Chesebrough, President of the NH Music Teachers Association, and Carleen Graff, President-Elect, hosted the Music Teachers National Association Quad State Convention at PSU on October 2-3, 2009. Music teachers from MA, ME, NH and VT attended the conference, which revolved around “The Collaborative Musician”.


  • David Haight, Chair, is wishing and hoping that his 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” which appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6, will remain unchallenged by others. In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematical Institute of Cambridge, MA, offered a one-million dollar prize to anyone who could solve each of seven millennial problems, the Riemann hypothesis being the first of the seven. Only a paper published in a peer-reviewed mathematical journal is to be considered for the prize, and the proof must then survive a two-year period of scrutiny by the general mathematics community.
    Thus far – no challenges! Good luck, David.

Pakistani Project

The U.S. Department of State-funded professional development project for Pakistani educational leaders at Plymouth State University just completed its sixth summer institute. It focused on training in conflict resolution and science education with a literacy component. The delegates are now sharing their knowledge in follow-on activities across Pakistan. They work in the tribal and northern areas, Baluchistan, the Punjab, the Sindh, Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory.

A campus-wide committee provided support for the ’09 institute. It included project director Blake Allen and administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat; George Tuthill, College of Graduate Studies; Christopher Williams, OPR: Tammy Hill, Physical Plant; Lisa Ladd, Kirk McClelland, Bagley House; Liane Sutcliffe, Tara DiSalvo, OSP; Chief Creig Doyle, Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police; John Martin, Lamson Learning Commons; Keith Botelho, Sodexho; Sarah Roesener, and Alex Lindsay.

Institute instructors consisted of Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, and Marguerite Crowell in science education; Robert O’Donnell in conflict resolution; Gaye Gould in literacy, and Kimberly Rawson Sychterz in Master Action Plan design.

The Pakistanis had opportunities to work with American counterparts in the Arts in Education Institute, Plymouth Writing Project, and the institute’s International Watershed course.

As a capstone, the delegates travelled to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the U.S. Department of State and Embassy of Pakistan. They were accompanied by Blake Allen, Michelle Lauriat, Jennifer Frank, John Martin, Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, Sarah Roesener and Alex Lindsay.

Everyone met with officials from the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Holbrooke, and from the Bureaus of South and Central Asia Affairs and of Educational and Cultural Affairs. His Excellency Ambassador Haqqani hosted the group at an afternoon reception at the Embassy.

Project director Blake Allen is now working with Lahore-based partner, ITA, Pakistani alumni, and State Department officials on the in-country phase, which focuses on supporting and tracking outcomes of institute training. With assistance from the U.S. Embassy in India, the project will be hosting a South Asia conference in Delhi, India, in March, 2010. Educators from Pakistan, India and New Hampshire will participate in the sessions.

The project has been commended by State Department officials for its work with Pakistani educational leaders. With the project encompassing phases in both the United States and Pakistan, 120 educators have attended the institutes and shared their knowledge in professional development outcomes in Pakistan.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • Patti May, Angie Ricciardi, Jan Carlson, and Sue Keefe will be attending the annual SSS Professional Development Day at UNH on Nov. 6 sponsored by the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) and the University of New Hampshire Student Support Services program.


  • Kimberly Yunes (psychology honors student and Spring 2009 graduate) and John Kulig presented a research poster titled “False Consensus and Uniqueness Effects in Perception of Body Types” at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association. It was held at Worcester State College in Worcester, MA Saturday October 10th.

Social Science

  • Bob Heiner’s book “Conflicting Interests: Readings in Social Problems and Inequality” was published in October by Oxford University Press.
  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) published an article titled “The Slave of Allah vs. the Slave of Satan: Evil and the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui” in Inside and Outside the Law: Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State, edited by Shubhankar Dam and Jonathan Hall, Interdiscipliinary.Net, Oxford, England, 2009.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) attended the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) in Quebec City on October 15-18. (David is the editor of CNEHA.) David also spoke to the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association on October 9.

Social Work

  • The department held an Advisory Board meeting on October 30th which included a student poster presentation.
  • Stephen Gorin attended a national meeting of NASW Presidents and Executive Directors in Chicago in late October; he also participated in meetings of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA).
  • Scott Meyer was re-appointed to the NH Governor’s Commission on the Status of Men; he continues to serve on the Quality Assurance Committee for the Plymouth Regional Clinic.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in another CSWE Council on Leadership development planning meeting in preparation for the annual conference in November; she also chaired a monthly meeting of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee.
  • Christine Rine presented “Learner Knows Best: A Presentation of Student Directed Projects” at the Successful Teaching Conference for the SUNY Cornell Partnership in Buffalo, NY. She has been attending Online Education Workshops, such as Exploring Second Life, and exploring a new online or blended offering/section of our Child Welfare course.

November 2008

November 10th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
November 5, 2008

At the November 5th faculty meeting I’d like to take a few moments to address some of the questions that are being asked regarding curricular revision. A brief overview is provided below.

The questions being asked center around two main themes. Why are we doing this? and specifically, Will it mean that we will have lots of large lecture sections with hundreds of students?

Why are we doing this? Over the last 5‐6 years, a series of faculty‐led initiatives, reports, and recommendations have all called for action toward improvement of the curriculum, removal of barriers, improving time to degree, and addressing faculty teaching workload. Briefly they are:

  • Concerns about curriculum voiced by Academic Advisors, Department Chairs, Curriculum Committee, Gen Ed taskforce, Gen Ed Committee, Advising Committee, Office of Undergraduate Studies, and the Degree Auditor,) about:
    • Students not graduating in 4 years (or 5 years) and the cost implications to the students when it takes an additional year or two to earn “a 4‐year degree”
      • Only 27 % of PSU students graduate in 4 years. (FYI‐ PSU’s graduation rates are 27%, 47%, 57% in 4, 5, and 6 years)
      • Students who graduate from PSU earned an avg. of 128.16 credits (possibly due to curricular complexity). Twenty‐eight percent graduated with more than 128 credits indicating the possibility of an additional semester.
    • Cost of attendance is high and the impact of one additional year to earn a “4 year degree” is great.
      • Students who graduated in 4 years with loans, had avg. $32,000 in debt (combined student and parent loan).
      • less than half of the students who graduate from PSU do so in 4 years ‐ the other half will take 5 or 6 years.
      • Over the course of repayment, a 5th year in school will cost the student $17,893 more than a student who completes in 4 years (includes principal + interest).
    • The number of students who leave PSU in good standing
    • Unnecessary barriers, unnecessary pre‐requisites, large, unwieldy programs, too many programs, too prescriptive, not enough electives, difficult to transfer into, curriculum is complex for advisors and students, low enrolled programs
    • Some initiatives to address these have included:
      • Elements of our current Gen Ed program
      • Curriculum Committee requirement of 15 cr free electives
      • Creation of the College of Univ. Studies
      • Curriculum Committee changing degree requirement to 120 credits
  • Concern voiced by students, faculty, and advisors last fall during pre‐registration about lack of availability of Gen Ed (specifically Directions ) courses.
    • Subsequent study and analysis shared with Chairs and Gen Ed Committee regarding department contributions to general education. Increased overload and reliance on adjunct faculty
  • FY08 4‐credit discussion and conversation about workload and conclusion that we will “go through curricular revision one way or another”
  • Faculty Welfare survey FY08
    • # 1 concern‐ Faculty Workload
      • Growth of graduate programs and the need to re‐integrate graduate programs into the work of the academic departments and in‐load teaching of graduate classes
  • • In 2003, NEASC charged us with the following:
    • The institution has a commodious offering of majors (and options), some of which have low enrollments and have had few degrees awarded during the past decade. Simplify the undergraduate curriculum to feature programs central to the mission of the institution, paying particular attention to programs with excessive credit requirements. Eliminate under-enrolled programs, where appropriate, so as to fund new programs and initiatives.
    • Investigate and take appropriate action regarding workload issues, e.g., four-course preparations and heavy committee work by individual faculty members.
    • Graduate programs should be an integral part of institutional planning and resource allocation processes.

All of these conversations have called for curricular revision. We are acting on these recommendations.

Will it mean that we will have lots and lots of large lecture sections over 100 students?

No‐ We currently offer 4 sections with over 70 students. Offering sections with hundreds of students is not who we are at PSU. We pride ourselves in NOT having these types of large sections. Even if it we did want to grow in this direction, we do not have the facilities to accomplish large scale sections. We do, however, need to be as efficient as possible in offering our curriculum by bringing our average class size to approximately 25 students/class. Below is a distribution demonstrating our current class sizes for this fall. There are 995 regular classes (i.e. practica, internships, student teaching etc. have been removed and double numbered classes have been combined). The blue bars show the number of classes of each size (0‐5, 6‐10, etc.). For example there are 216 classes with 16‐20 students enrolled.

  • Of 995 classes:
    • • 1/3 of classes have fewer than 15 students
    • • Over ½ (54%) have fewer than 20 students
    • • 6% have greater than 35 students
    • • 2.7% have greater than 40 students

step 1
We can positively impact cost of education and reduce teaching workload by reducing the number of classes with fewer than 20 students and increasing the number of classes with 25 ‐40 (as proposed in red below). This would mean a significant reduction in teaching workload. We could do this without significantly increasing large lecture classes. As an example, if we shifted average class size by about 5 as shown below, we could offer 190 fewer sections per semester (one less course per faculty member) effectively creating a 3/3 load. It would mean we would offer 805 classes instead of 995.

  • Of 805 regular classes:
    • • 30% would have fewer than 20 students
    • • Nearly half (46%) would have fewer than 25 students
    • • 6% would have greater than 40 students

You can see we are not talking about adding large lecture sections of hundreds of students. Instead we are talking about small shifts in class size that would greatly impact our ability to offer the curriculum (both majors and Gen Ed) and positively impact teaching workload.

step 2

The curricular revision process has the following goals:

  • Provide quality programs that promote student success, retention, and completion in four years
  • Offer programs that are based on the student outcomes
  • Reduce programs to 120 credits
  • Use resources wisely to reduce faculty teaching load
  • Evaluate low enrolled programs for substantial revision or possible elimination
  • Reduce reliance on low enrolled courses
  • Remove unnecessary pre‐requisites and other barriers
  • Maintain or reduce the size of the major providing more free electives

Curricular revision truly can lead to more effective and less costly programs AND to a positive impact on faculty teaching workload.

I look forward to discussing this with you further on Wednesday.

New From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty


  • Catherine Amidon has been chosen as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Studies.
  • Congratulations to Chehalis Hegner for curating a very successful photo exhibition!
  • The Art Department is particularly proud of the work of their alum, Geri Zaki formerly Geri Palil – 1988 BA in Painting). To quote the Atlanta Style and Design Summer ‘07 article, “Art From the Heart” by Sarah G. Zimmerman: “ It’s all part of a project devised by 5 women – Lisa Gleim‐Jones, Geri Zaki, Leah Hopkins Henry, Fran Milner, and Pat Aube Gray – all Atlanta area portrait artists. They joined together in 2005 and founded the Atlanta Fine Arts League (AFL) as a catalyst for “Art From the Heart,” a program in which local artists paint portraits of Georgia soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and donate them to surviving family members.” The group has since reached out to the families of over 100 Georgia soldiers. These portraits were displayed at the National Museum of Patriotism from Sept. 8 – Nov. 11th, 2007. To help continue this project, local businesses have donated canvasses, frames, giclee reproductions for families wanting more than one portrait, boxes for shipping and handling, and UPS has donated shipping. Information about this project can be viewed at www.AtlantaFineArtsLeague .org.
  • The Drerup Gallery has expanded the website to include links to Beyond Brown Paper (that virtual exhibition is now averaging 5,000 hits a day, sometimes soaring to 50,000 a day). The Gallery is commissioning three additional free down‐loadable brochures for the Brown Paper on‐line and the traveling exhibition. The first (grant‐funded) tour venue is St Kieran’s Art Center in Berlin, which allows for outreach to the community celebrated in the photo collection. Three additional educational brochures will be added to the website later this year.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Anil Waghe and Marguerite Crowell and two chemistry undergraduates visited the local middle school children as part of National Chemistry Week. Hands‐on activities and demonstrations focused around this year’s theme which was “Sports and Chemistry.”


  • Trent Boggess was invited to speak in Budapest and to attend an International Conference on the “Model T” hosted by the Banki Donat School of Mechanical Engineering (formerly known as Royal Technical Institute). He presented a paper, “Designers of the Model T” and spoke of Joe Galamb and Charles Balough (designers of the Model T) who studied engineering at the Royal Technical Institute. The photo below shows Gyorgy Gyurecz (right, from Budapest Tech) who coauthored the paper with Boggess‐ Model T Transmission, “A Ford T‐modell boygomuves sebessegvaltoja. ” Also pictured, the Dean of the School of Engineering (pictured left).leftright
  • Warren Mason, Business and Communication Studies, was recently re‐elected to the James Jones Society’s Board of Directors for another three‐year term at their annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The James Jones Society is a nonprofit international organization that financially supports beginning writers in the U.S. with financial assistance and fellowships to honor the memory of America’s foremost WW II military writer, James Jones.
  • Yvette Lazdowski attended the World Conference of the Model T in July where she presented: “The Accounting Archives Challenge Two Popular Ford Legends.” This paper was subsequently published in a book entitled “The Model T Reconsidered: Proceedings of the World Conference of the Model T”. Yvette also attended the national meeting of the American Accounting Association held in August where she presented two papers: “ ERP Implementation Success Through IT/End‐User Collaboration” and “Unqualified Opinion: A Study of Arthur Andersen and Enron’s History and Controversial Accounting Methods.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

PSU Coös Outreach: The CRP is pleased to announce that the following grants have been awarded to fund six PSU faculty projects that will include important work and provide opportunities for faculty members and students to make connections with a variety of partners, communities, and individuals within the region. Additional RFPs will occur and all PSU faculty are encouraged to apply. The current funded projects are:

  1. Hanover Chamber Orchestra Performance and Outreach Activities at White Mountains Regional School District
    PI: Dr. Daniel Perkins, PSU; Coös County Partners: Arts Alliance of Northern NH, and White Mountains Regional School District
  2. Student Teachers Supporting Mathematics in Coös County Schools
    PI: Dr. Brian Beaudrie, PSU; Coös County Partner: Matt Treamer, Co‐Director, North Country Educational Services
  3. WMCC/PSU Information Technology Major 2 + 2 Plan
    PIs: Dr. Peter Drexel, Dr. Christian Roberson, PSU; Coös County Partner: Jeff Schall, Information Technology Department, White Mountains Community College
  4. North Country Cultural Heritage Preservation Project
    PIs: Dr. Whitney Howarth, Dr. Patrick May, PSU; Coös County Partners: James Wagner – Northern Forest Heritage Park, and David Morrissette – Berlin High School
  5. Tour the Exhibition Beyond Brown Paper to the Northern Forest Heritage Park and St. Kieran’s Arts Center in Berlin
    PI: Dr. Catherine Amidon, PSU; Coös County Partners: Joan Chamberlain – St. Kieran Arts Center, Jim Wagner – Northern Forest Heritage Park
  6. Case Study: Marketing of a Coös County Lodging Property
    PI: Dr. Mark Okrant, PSU; Coös County Partner: Sharon White, Trailside Lodge

Events: In support of the PSU mission as a regional comprehensive university, CRP seeks to “bring the region” to PSU, enriching student and faculty experiences and interactions, and helping the regional constituency to feel at home on our campus.

  • Beyond Brown Paper at PSU: Eleven residents of the Androscoggin Valley provided an engaging and unique panel discussion at the Karl Drerup Gallery to kick off the opening of this mini‐version of the extensive interactive online exhibit.
  • Ways of the Woods at PSU: As an adjunct to the NESTVAL event, this “museum on wheels” traveled from the Northern Forest Center to the PSU campus. PSU students conducted pre‐ and post‐event surveys of willing visitors as part of a larger project to evaluate and enhance the re‐design of this unusual and important cultural resource.
  • Grafton Country Transportation Summit at PSU: A wide array of state and local government offices, NGO agencies, and invested individuals attended this first‐ever regional public transportation accessibility event. The goals of summit organizers are to unite regional communities, private companies, and governmental agencies to share resources and knowledge; to work together to identify challenges and questions; and to craft a comprehensive and responsive plan, building upon current strengths and assets.
  • Another way in which the CRP assists regional partners is to supply project facilitation, structural support, and research collaboration opportunities – aimed at enhancing both quality of life and economic/environmental/human sustainability throughout the region we serve.
  • White Mountain National Forest Transportation Survey: PSU students, in collaboration with the White Mountain National Forest and the Appalachian Mountain Club, conducted a survey along the Kankamagus Highway this summer. The goal was to gather various kinds of information about people visiting the forest, including: where they live, what they come to the forest to do, and how interested they might be in a public transportation system within the White Mountain National Forest. The results are encouraging. It seems that many visitors were enthusiastic about the idea (e.g., hikers, who were particularly excited about the prospect of being able to hike from one portion of the park to another, with access to transportation at both ends, etc.).
  • Graduate Fellow, Jesse McEntee at the 12th Annual Conference of the Food Security Coalition: Mr. McEntee presented his project, Re‐Localization of Rural Food Networks: Assessing Need, Access Barriers, and Opportunities in Philadelphia. This evidence‐based project studies target counties in NH and VT with regard to issues of food security, and access to healthy food in particular.

Staff: The CRP is growing! Welcome:

  • Dr. Ben Amsden, Partnerships and Grants Coordinator: A rural sociologist with expertise in: community and economic development; place attachment; the sustainability of natural resource‐based recreation and tourism; and volunteer stewardship, Ben is a wonderful and exciting fit for the CRP! In addition to providing outreach, project development, and project management assistance for PSU faculty and CRP partners, he teaches courses in rural sociology, outdoor recreation, and the rural cultural environment.
  • Alice Richmond, Administrative Assistant: A consistent theme throughout Alice’s personal and professional background is a passionate and persistent interest in issues pertaining to social justice, sustainability, rural economic concerns, and environmental stewardship. These interests combine with solid professional experience to make her a strong assistant to the CRP team.

College of Graduate Studies

  • In August, the College of Graduate Studies hosted the Lakes Region Data Institute. Nearly 200 educators participated in the event that featured Dr. Victoria Bernhardt, director of the Education for the Future Initiative.
  • Cheryl Baker and Dennise Maslakowski presented at the NHReads event in August.
  • On September 26, Dennise Maslakowski presented ”Your Brain on Reading” to professional development groups in Hooksett, NH. Also in September, Dennise co‐presented with Linda Stinson to 110 educators at “Dining and Discourse” in Concord on “Cognitive Strategies and Reading.” On October 21, Dennise participated on the panel for Leadership Lakes Region, a subgroup of Leadership New Hampshire.
  • Leo Sandy has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Annual Peace Conference at SUNY Plattsburg in September 2009.
  • Larry Spencer was appointed by Governor Lynch to the River’s Management Advisory Council (RMAC). The Governor’s Council approved his appointment at their September 3rd meeting in Manchester. He will represent the interests of the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions on the RMAC. The RMAC is a statutory council associated with the River’s Management and Protection Program. The segment of the Pemigewasset River passing through Plymouth is in that program. On September 28, Larry led a walk on the Rattlesnake Mountain trail in Rumney. During the walk, he talked about landscape processes affecting Rattlesnake Mountain. The walk was part of the Nor’easter‐EMS event held at Tenney Mountain and at the climbing rocks in Rumney. He is also a guest editor for the Northeastern Naturalist on an article dealing with marine mollusks in Frenchman’s Bay, Maine. As guest editor, he is responsible for finding reviewers of the article and for directing the process from review to publication.
  • The Milken Family Foundation Awards for Education Excellence presented the 2008 NH Award to Carol Young‐Podmore. Carol serves as Co‐Coordinator of the Arts in Education summer institute and is a fully trained Integrated Instructional Model (IIM) Educator and leader in IIM professional development. She teaches third grade at Gilford Elementary School. Carol is studying for her CAGS degree in Educational Leadership at PSU.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy gave a workshop in October on “Parent Involvement and Parent Education” at The North Country Professional Development Day at the White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, NH.


  • Marcel Lebrun’s new book, “Books, Blackboards and Bullets: School Violence in America,” was released nationwide on October 22nd. Also in October, Marcel presented a workshop for SAU 36 White Mountain District on “Facilitating the Development of District Wide Intensive Procedures and Protocols.” In addition, Marcel was the Keynote speaker for a conference: “Hidden Dangers: Helping Educators with Student Depression and Violence,” presented to the National Association of School Psychologists in Portsmouth.
  • Royce Robertson attended and participated in various roundtables during the European Institute for eLearning’s ePortfolio Digital Identity Forum 2008 in October in Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Pat Cantor was elected the Chair of the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council for 2008‐2010. She serves as the University System of New Hampshire representative to the Council.

Environmental Science & Policy

  • The ES&P Department has received funding from Campus Compact for their “Engaged Department Initiative

Health and Human Performance

  • Mardie Burckes‐Miller, Health Education (HHP) and senior Health Education major, Jenna Mixon, presented “The Spark in Eating Disorders Outreach: Student Power” at the National Eating Disorders Association National Conference in Texas in late September. Mardie also presented “The Slippery Slope of Teaching about Eating Disorders and Obesity: The Silent Disease” and had an exhibit about the Eating Disorders Institute Program (EDI) at the Northeast Regional Family Consumer Science Conference in October. She also presented “Moderating the Message on Obesity and Obesity Prevention: Eating Disorders and Excessive Exercise” and had an EDI exhibit at the North Country Health Initiative Summit on Obesity prevention in Whitefield, NH. Health Education students in the Planning Health Promotion Programs class implemented two Mini‐Wellness Fairs in October, one for Primex at their Annual Wellness Retreat at the Mt. View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH., and one for the PSU campus in October.


  • Tom Boucher, together with Drs. Meserve and Cleland, had their paper, “A Meta‐analysis Examining Clinical Test Utility for Assessing Superior Labral Anterior Posterior Lesions,” to be published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • In September Brian Beaudrie, John Donovan, and Natalya Vinogradova traveled to Washington DC to attend a conference titled “The Future of High School Mathematics: New Priorities and Promising Innovations.” Speakers included leaders in the field from around the country; and they had the opportunity to work in small groups, discussing curriculum, teaching, and assessment.
  • Brian Beaudrie presented “Algebra for All… Is it Possible?” as an invited workshop presented at the North Country Professional Development Day in Whitefield in October.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Rik Pfenninger released a new Smooth Jazz CD in October titled “That’s Kool” available on Apple Itunes and Walmart music downloads. The CD contains tracks that are currently receiving airplay on the Weather Channel. Rik has also been hired as a demo composer for SONiVox sound libraries. Two of Rik’s jazz Christmas songs are under contract for inclusion on a 4 CD Xmas Box Set for Poland with distribution via Universal Music.
  • Dan Perkins was guest clinician and conductor of the University of Alabama Honor Choir on October 27th.
  • The Theatre division hosted the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild on October 24th for high school students from various theatre programs throughout the state. Presenting workshops for over 350 students in six one‐our long sessions were full time and adjunct faculty. Workshops on playwriting, directing, stage management, stage combat, acting techniques, building scenery, lighting design, stage management, acting a song, voice/speech work for actors, performance of Shakespeare scenes, improvisation, scenic painting, projections in design, understanding scenic drawings, and electrics were presented. Faculty and adjunct faculty involved: Kathleen Arecchi, Kevin Asselin, Bob Bruemmer, Elizabeth Cox, Danee Grillo, Jason Hibbard, Matt Kizer, Paul Mroczka and Lisa Travis. Recent alums Victoria Miller, Julie‐Anne Whitney and Andrew Codispoti also provided workshop sessions and many current theatre students acted as assistants in the various sessions.
  • Paul Mroczka directed The Robber Bridegroom, for Plymouth State Theatre’s October production. Amanda Whitworth, Director of Dance, served as choreographer and Amanda Munton, adjunct voice faculty and PSU alum, served as the musical director/conductor. PSU alum, Victoria Miller ’05, was a guest lighting designer.
  • Carleen Graff took a group of 5 PSU students to the Vermont Music Teachers Conference and the NH Music Teachers Conference to hear internationally known pedagogues, Robert Vandall and Suzanne Guy. Carleen had two articles published in the October/November 2008 American Music Teacher: “Making Music Together: Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Ensemble Experiences: Festivals and Competitions as Motivational Tools,” which is a compiled summary of 4 panel members at the National Conference in Denver (March 08), which describes the PSU Piano Monster Festivals and the PSU Biennial Monster Concerts, AND her review of Throughout the Year: 12 Piano Duets for Every Season by Christos Titsarus.
  • Holly Oliver, Program Coordinator for Music Education, presented a workshop at the New Hampshire Music Educators Fall Conference at the Manchester Community Music School on Oct. 16th. “Is it time for YOU to give back?”focused on the exploration of ways in which practicing and retired music teachers can share their expertise and support for NH’s future music educators.


  • Ray Perkins, Jr., has been re‐elected Vice President of the Bertrand Russell Society (he has edited Russell’s letters over many years), and also re‐elected as the Executive Secretary of the Northern New England Philosophy Association whose recent meeting was at his alma mater in Maine, Colby College. This office has been housed in the PSU Philosophy Department since the beginning of NNEPA; Herbert Otto, Professor Emeritus and now an adjunct professor, was the first secretary, and Ray succeeded him.

Social Science

  • At the Boston Area Model UN conference, PSU Model UN Students (Advisor, Filiz Otucu) won three awards representing PSU in the following committees:
    • Jordan Lynes: Best delegate award (Interpol)
    • Alexander Bullock: Outstanding delegate award (Aegis Group)
    • Elisia Morgani: Honorary Mention (UNITA)
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine has joined the NH Humanities Council Program Committee. She also has given several talks around the state, including one titled “A Woman Alone: Women in Eighteenth‐Century New Hampshire” which was part of the “One Valley, One Book” program in Conway, NH.

Social Work

  • Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin attended the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting in Philadelphia (Oct 29‐Nov 2). Cynthia Moniz co‐presented a Series Session, “Council on Leadership Development (CLD): Proposal for a CSWE Leadership Institute” and participated in a half‐day meeting of the CLD at the conference. Stephen Gorin hosted an NASW Publications Reception as Editor‐in‐Chief of “Health & Social Work” during the conference. Three Social Work Club students also attended and served as student volunteers for the conference.

November 2007

November 19th, 2007 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier
November 7, 2007

My report to the faculty for November 7th was presented orally at the faculty meeting and is printed below:
October has been a busy month:

  • There are three new Taskforces: P&T, Internationalization, and Credit Models are well underway.
  • The new Planning, Budgeting Leadership Group (PBLG) is developing its process. The strategic plan is out for final comment, and Scott Mantie and Linda Dauer are meeting with academic departments to go over the new planning/budgeting process. The deadline for budgetary plans is January 31st.
  • The General Education Committee is working on assessment.
  • Faculty Welfare is looking at a number of issues including its role on campus.
  • The Governance Taskforce continues to refine committees and structures and the new Steering Committee is refining its process and role.

    Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies (UGS) – Search

    It’s time to think about next year, in particular, what to do about the position of AVP for undergraduate studies. You’ll recall that two years ago Daniel Moore stepped in to UGS to fill my role while I worked on development of the Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Last year and this year, David Zehr has filled the position. Now it’s time to search for a permanent replacement. To that end, I’d like to begin the search process, but first, I’d like to hear from you. Specifically I’d like to hear from you about whether you think we should conduct an external or internal search. I’d like to ask the Steering Committee to develop the Administrator Selection Committee in the next few weeks, so if you have thoughts about the search, please contact me in the next week or so.

    Research Advisory Council/Faculty Research Development Grants

    I have established a Research Advisory Council and we had our first meeting last week. This Council is chaired by Mark Okrant. Among a number of issues the group will be looking at, I’ve charged them with developing the criteria for the new Faculty Research Development Grants. Applications will be accepted at the end of this semester for next fall. Awards will be up to $10,000 and may be used to fund equipment, student support, travel to conduct research, or release time. Last week I spoke at the Frost Faculty Center on a number of challenges facing higher education in general as well as the challenges and opportunities unique to our campus. At the faculty meeting this week, I shared some of my comments from that session. (See attached pdf of the PowerPoint)

Topics covered included:
PSU as an evolving institution: challenges and opportunities

  • Growth of institution
  • Overview of expansion of programs and initiatives over the last 10 years (13 new departments/offices/centers in academic affairs alone)
  • Challenges/ Initiatives for the year
    • Faculty resources
    • Administrative structure
    • Workload
    • Professional development increases
    • Adjunct pay scale
  • A conversation about a number of issues contributing to the shortage of General Education courses.

News From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty

Center for Rural Partnerships:

  • Thad Guldbrandsen recently was one of three panelists discussing The State of Things on North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things (WUNC), with 47,000 listeners. The topic of discussion was globalization and democracy in North Carolina.
  • Guldbrandsen and the Center for Rural Partnerships:
    Secured funding from the US Forest Service to conduct a feasibility study for converting PSU’s co-gen plant from fossil fuels to sustainably-harvested woody biomass from local forests. Currently working with the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability to implement feasibility study. Conversion from fossil fuels to a renewable energy source (combined with sustainable forestry) would go a long way in achieving PSU’s “carbon neutrality.”

    • Attending the “Two Countries One Forest” conference (Nov 14-17) in Montreal to identify future collaboration between PSU and regional colleagues from Canada and other Northern Forest states
    • Served as reviewer for American Ethnologist
    • Hosted recent public lectures on NH’s rural landscape: “NH Farm Women” panel discussion (co-sponsored by Drerup Gallery and NH Department of Agriculature), “Tour of the Notches” with Bob Cotrell from the Remick Museum
    • Lectured on NH demographic and economic trends (talk entitled “Where in the World is NH?”) for PSU President’s Council Heritage Society
    • Appeared on North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, with 47,000 regular listeners to discuss globalization and local democracy
    • Serving on state-wide “fuels to schools” committee to explore use of woody biomass in public schools
    • Serving on Groveton district heating advisory board to explore using industrial waste heat for Groveton’s central business district

College of Graduate Studies:

  • Dennise Maslakowski participated in a panel presentation at Lakes Region Leadership Program on Tuesday, October 16th.
  • 52 students based in Shanghai, China are currently enrolled in graduate courses, with another group to begin in December. Kathleen Norris recently traveled to the Shanghai American School and taught two sections of Research Design to 32 students distributed across two campuses in Shanghai.
  • Dennise Maslakowski and Cheryl Baker are working with Teachscape and SERESC to offer classroom walkthrough training state-wide. Classroom walkthrough training is designed to help administrators and teachers collaborate on improving instruction for all students. Cheryl Baker is currently working with the Manchester School District, a district in need of improvement, to assist with aligning school initiatives with student achievement.
  • Cheryl Baker presented at the NCES Professional Development Day in Whitefield: 21st Century Tools in the Classroom. The College of Graduate Studies exhibited at the NHSAA conference: Best Practices Conference on Education for all Children at the Grappone Center in Concord, and the NH ASCD conference: Navigating a continuum of interaction.
  • Kim Williams has been developing plans for a Center for School-Based Research with David Hyerle. Using research-based practice and an assessment template, the Center would be designed to work with schools in need of improvement in the state of NH.
  • Leo Corriveau has been appointed to the New Hampshire School Board Association Scholarship committee. The committee awards scholarships to deserving high school

Communication and Media Studies:

  • In early October, the Department of Communication and Media Studies hosted two international conferences on the PSU campus: (1) the African and African-American Popular Culture Conference and (2) the Film, Television and the 1960s Conference. These two events attracted participants from nine countries (including Austria, Finland, France, Nigeria, Taiwan, and Turkey) and eighteen states.
  • The Department of Communication and Media Studies presented its 2007 Distinguished Communicator Award to actor/director/writer Ernest Thompson, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay “On Golden Pond,” as part of an on-campus celebration of excellence. Members of the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honor society were also inducted at this event.
  • The Department of Communication and Media Studies co-sponsored (with PACE) the on-campus screening of the 1922 silent vampire film “Nosferatu,” with a live soundtrack performed by the Devil Music Ensemble.
  • Robert Frost Speech and Debate Society: Annette Holba has recently taken over as advisor to the Robert Frost Speech and Debate Society. They recently competed in a debate tournament at St. Anselm’s, competing against Emerson College, Monroe College, St. Anselm College, Ithaca College, Bristol Community College, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maine, Lafayette College, Suffolk University, Bridgewater State College, Binghamton University, Western Kentucky, Ohio State and Old Dominion. PSU won the Novice Division and came in fourth place (among both Novice and Varsity divisions), out of all of the schools that participated, for points – all five novice debaters scored significantly high in speaker points to rank 4th. Congratulations to the RF Speech and Debate Society and Annette Holba!
    • The Debate Society will be offering one workshop each semester for the Grafton County 4-H Club as coaches to the county youth participating in public speaking competitions. (The idea behind this is to promote citizenship experience through this service-learning component of debate). In addition, they will be mentoring the Gorham Middle/High School debate team. The Gorham students shadowed our debaters and St. A.’s and they plan to work with them as they prepare for their “town hall” debates in the spring.

Criminal Justice:

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


  • Mike Fischler was the kick-off speaker for the “Educational Lecture Series: Circle of Grace: Who are our neighbors. A series of living together in diversity.” His topic was focused on understanding the process of adjusting to new cultures. The lecture/workshop took place on Monday, October 22, at the Congregational Church in Laconia.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented on “Functional Behavior Assessment Process and Procedures” as professional development to 60 teachers in the Andover school district. He also presented on “Understanding Behavior Support Plans” to the Hill School as part of their professional development series. Marcel was also the keynote speaker for the annual social event of the New Hampshire Council for Exceptional Children; he presented on student depression and how schools can address this issue.
  • Irene Mosedale was the invited speaker for the September meeting of the Ammonoosuc Valley Retired Teacher’s Association. She was asked to speak about the North Country Teacher Certification Program. About 40 retired teachers attended. More than half had attended PSC/PSU. Irene was also asked to present about the NCTCP to the Neil and Louise Tillotson Learning Community at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. A new cohort group for the NCTCP is currently being recruited. Their program will begin in the fall of 2008.
  • Royce Robertson presented “Design on a Dime” to the Association of Computer Technology Educators at their annual conference in Augusta, ME, as well as “Look Mom, No Binder” to the Connecticut Educational Computing Association at their annual conference in Hartford, CT. He also presented the Phi Delta Kappa – WalMart New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award to Patrick Moeschen, Music Teacher, during a reception at Woodbury Middle School in Salem.


  • “Sid and Walt,” a script by Paul Rogalus, has won the WILDsound Screenplay Festival’s Short Screenplay Contest, and will be given a staged reading on Wednesday, November 21st at the National Film Board Theatre, in Toronto.
  • Meg Petersen gave a number of presentations in October: “NECAP and NWP: A Trial Marriage” with Patricia McGonagall and Jennifer Cook at the Annual Conference of the New England Association of Teachers of English, “Circles of Meaning” with PSU graduate students Rebecca Alosa, Jyoti Demian, Jeannette Regis, and Meredith Vickery at the Literacies for All Bi-annual Composition Conference at the University of New Hampshire, “Writing for a Better World” at the 1st Annual Staff Development Conference “Conversations in a Changing World,” at the Sant Bani School.
  • In October, Robin DeRosa presented her New Hampshire Humanities Council program “Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past” at historical societies in Alton and North Conway. This semester, Robin’s students from “The F Word: Feminism in the U.S” are doing service learning projects with area organizations, including Voices Against Violence, the Concord Feminist Health Center, the Pemi Youth Center, the Circle Program, and the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network.
  • Two professional actors, trained by Royal Shakespeare Company alumni and certificate graduates of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Performing Shakespeare Course (both in London), who are the Founding Artistic Director and Executive Manager of the NY Times and Boston Globe lauded Shakespeare in the Valley, visited Karolyn Kinane’s Shakespeare class and lead a workshop on reading, acting and directing Shakespeare. This visit was particularly timely since the Theater department performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream just weeks later (Karolyn’s students attended and performed in that performance). Workshopping among professional performers, students, and academics enhanced the course experience as students saw practical application for course-content and learned to approach and interpret material from a variety of perspectives.

Frost School:

  • Reminder: The deadline for students to submit commercials to the Frost School “Be on TV” Commercial Competition is approaching (Monday, November 19th). We would like the faculty to remind their students about this competition and the 1st and 2nd place cash prizes for the best 15 and 30 second commercials. Submissions will be put up on YouTube so the campus community can provide input before the panel of judges determines the finalists. The event will culminate with a gala event to view the finalist and announce the winners. This is a great opportunity for students to express their creativity and develop their professional portfolios. Please encourage your students to participate. Details and guidelines at

Lamson Library:

  • October Publications:
    David A. Beronä
    “Run, Bong-Gu, Run!” by Byun Byung-Jun. Rain Taxi, 12:3 (Fall, 2007): 43.
    “Strange as This Weather Has Been,” by Ann Pancake. Library Journal, 132:15 (September 15, 2007): 51-53.
    “Beautiful Children,” by Charles Bock. Library Journal, 132:16 (October 1, 2007): 56.
  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance:
    Elaine S. Allard

    “Surveys & Focus Groups – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” October 12, 2007. October Conference. Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH. Conference offered   practical advice and techniques on using a variety of assessment tools.
    JoAnn Guilmett

    “Consortium of College and University Media Center,” annual conference, October 18–22, 2007, Gainesville, Fla. Presented “Finding Common Ground at Plymouth State University.” Attended as well as presented.
    Anne Kulig

    Recorded testimonial for New Hampshire Public Radio; identified on-air as both a Plymouth resident and librarian at Plymouth State University during the annual fall membership drive for NHPR. (Recorded testimonial) Presented a workshop on how to make a successful conference presentation to the student music educators association from the Music and Theater Department.
    Casey Bisson

    Guest lectured two days for Metasebia Woldemariam’s Intro to Media and Cultural Studies (two sections: CM2770.01 and CM2770.02). Oct 4: introduction to publishing on the web, and Oct 9: fundamentals of video editing. Guest lectured. Appeared in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about the future of libraries from theperspective of eight librarians working to shape it. Presented at a PSU Heritage Society event, Manchester NH. Presented Scriblio at Internet Librarian, Monterey, California. Presented Scriblio for the New Hampshire Library Association’s fall conference, Plymouth NH.

Music, Theatre and Dance:

  • Dan Perkins conducted high school workshops at Philips Exeter Academy, Manchester Memorial, and Manchester West on 10/22/07.
  • Gary Corcoran has been invited to be the Guest Conductor at the Four State Band Festival, which is held annually on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Corcoran actually originated this particular festival while serving as Pittsburg State’s Director of Bands from 1972-1990. The selected high school students participating in the festival bank will be from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. Corcoran will also conduct the Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble during his appearance. The University invited Corcoran to conduct the Kansas concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Four State Band Festival.
  • Rik Pfenninger has licensed 7 of his most recent compositions to Prolific Arts Inc. located in Dallas Texas.
  • Robert Swift has had his article, “Your Attention, Please,” accepted for publication in the music education periodicals of four New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine.


  • John Kulig and Christina Brown, Psychology major, Class of 2007, attended the New England Psychological Association Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut on October 20th. They presented a research poster entitled: “False Uniqueness Effects for Nicknames.”
  • David Zehr has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board for the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, a new on-line journal.
  • Paul Fedorchak presented a workshop entitled “Double-Blind Testing of Everyday Claims” at the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association (NHSTA) conference at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center in Bartlett, NH.

Social Science:

  • Marcia Schmidt-Blaine gave two presentations last month: “My family was a mixture of nations: Captivity, the Individual, and Identity along the New England Frontier,” at the Northeast American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Hanover, NH AND “Runaway Wives: When Colonial Marriages Failed” for the NH Humanities Council.
  • The First Coast Maritime Archaeology Project Lecture Series featured Dave Switzer giving a presentation hosted by the Lighthouse Archaeological Program and the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, “The Early Days of Nautical Archaeology at work in three locations: the Bay of Fundy, Cypress, and Turkey.”
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) was re-elected Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire State Historical Resources Council at its Quarterly Board Meeting in Concord on October 29. David also presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology on October 27 in Buffalo, New York. In connection with Archaeology Month in New Hampshire (October), David also hosted a series of Wednesday evening public lectures here at Plymouth State.

Social Work:

  • Scott Meyer is collaborating with Stephanie Halter and Danielle MacDonald of the Criminal Justice Department for a second year grant project to provide technical assistance and training regarding data base models to enhance efficacy of the juvenile justice system in Belknap county. They are working with the Belknap County Citizens Council for Children and Families. Scott also served as moderator for the Parents Weekend workshop conducted by the Counseling and Human Relations Center in efforts to help support parents in adjusting to having their adult children in college. The workshop included a panel of students and staff of the Counseling Center. In collaboration with Stephanie Halter, he completed submission of reports on the evaluation of outcomes for after school programs for youth at three different sites in New Hampshire. These evaluations are conducted in collaboration with Stephanie Halter of the Criminal Justice Dept. They evaluate programs funded by the USDA Children, Youth and Families at Risk, the DOE 21st Century Community Learning Center and the HHS Drug Free Communities grant funds. The sites they evaluated were in Hillsboro County (3 sites), Rockingham County, and the Hinsdale School District.
  • Chris Gagne, multi-talented administrative assistant for the Social Work and Criminal Justice Departments, performed with Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary for a private education function in New Orleans, LA on Oct. 21. Yarrow, founder of “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me”, was the keynote speaker.

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