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June 28th, 2011 by gbeckwith

Monthly Report to the Faculty

Provost Julie Bernier

October 1, 2010


Statewide initiative on College Readiness

The College and Career-Ready Educational Summit was held on 9/22 in the Hage Room on the PSU campus.  This was the first of five regional meetings to be held around the state this fall and was co-hosted by USNH, the NH Department of Education, and the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC). High school teachers and administrators as well as college faculty were invited to attend. PSU’s Natalya Vinogradova (Math), Meg Petersen (English), Dick Evans (Math), Meagan Shedd (Education), Terri Dautcher (CoBA), Mary Ann McGarry (Environmental Science and Policy)and Jane Weber (Writing Center) attended the Summit.



Plymouth State University began planning for our next NEASC accreditation process with a kick-off meeting on September 24th.  While there are still a few subcommittee (Chapter) positions to fill, the following individuals met to begin the work that will take place over the next 2-3 years leading up to our 2013 visit: Nancy Betchart, Committee Chair; Sylvia Bryant, Chapter 1, Mission and Purposes; Irene Cucina, Scott Mantie, Dan Moore, Chapter 2, Planning and Evaluation; Scott Coykendall, additional PAT and OS to be added, Chapter 3, Organization and Governance; David Zehr, George Tuthill, Wendy Palmquist, Chapter 4, The Academic Program; Julie Bernier, Gail Mears, Sam Miller, Becky Noel, Chapter  5, Faculty; Rick Barth, additional OS, PAT, student members to be added, Chapter 6, Students; David Beronä, Chapter 7, Library and other Information Resources; Steve Taksar, Linda Dauer, Ann Thurston, Laurie Wilcox, Chapter 9, Financial Resources; Steve Barba and Tim Kershner Chapter 10, Public Disclosure; Annette Holba, Chapter 11, Integrity.





  • Jason Swift was elected President of the Board of Trustees of Friends of the Arts and also was accepted to, and received a partial fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.  Jason’s artwork is included in the exhibition “Boundaries and Borders” at the 2010 International Outdoor Exhibition of DMZ Art Festival at the Seokjang-ri Art Gallery in South Korea.
  • Mixed media sculptures, paintings, prints and collages by Liz D’Amico will remain on view through 10/7 at the Galletly Gallery in the Moore Center at the New Hampton School as a solo exhibit entitled “Fantasy Worlds – Timely Messages.”   Gallery hours are 8am – 4pm M – F and 8am – Noon on Saturday.
  • Annette Mitchell exhibited her works at the International Fiber Collaborative Show, Mulberry Street Library, New York, NY (9/1-11/1), the Four Legged Exhibition, Mill Brook Gallery, Concord, NY (Sept/Nov),  Corsets/Breastplates Exhibition, Blue Velvet Gallery, Mobile, AL (9/10-30), and she gave a Workshop, “Printing on Fabric,” at Fiber Divas, Holderness, NH (9/25).

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • In Spring 2007 Adjunct Faculty Thomas Morin (astronomy) and, then undergraduate, Jennifer Jones participated in the International Asteroid Search Campaign and made a number of discoveries.  In the intervening years, these discoveries were observed by the sky surveys with additional measurements allowing for the refinement of their orbits.  The orbits are now sufficiently known to the point that the Minor Planet Center (Harvard) has officially numbered and catalogued these asteroids (2007 DB85 (185484)).  Thomas and Jennifer may now suggest a name to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as this body has the final authority on the names of all minor planets.   Jennifer is now employed at the Christa McAullife- Alan Shepard Discovery Center as their Marketing Coordinator.
  • On 6/22, Jeremiah Duncan spoke before a meeting of Environment and Agriculture Committee of the House of Representatives in New Hampshire as part of the Committee’s review of NH HB 1456–a bill that would consider banning use of pesticides in areas where children play or congregate.  He also was co-author of a manuscript that was published in June:  Sharp, C.R., Duncan, J.S., Lee, S.C. “[Fe 4 S 4] q Cubane Clusters (q = 4+, 3+, 2+) with Terminal Amide Ligands, ” Inorg. Chem. , 49 :6697-6705 (2010).
  • In July, Jeremiah Duncan and Marguerite Crowell were instructors in the Pakistani Educators Leadership Institute, co-teaching an Environmental Education course with a focus on International Watersheds with faculty from ES&P and CFE.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot had two papers published in the journal Current Zoology: “High resolution tracking of adult horseshoe crabs Limulus polyphemus in a New Hampshire estuary using fixed array ultrasonic telemetry” by W. H. Watson and C. C. Chabot; and “Seasonal movements of American horseshoe crabs Limulus polyphemus in the Great Bay estuary, New Hampshire (USA)” by S.Y. Schaller, C.C. Chabot and W.H. Watson.  Both articles are available online now (http://www.actazool.org/index.asp) and will appear in print in October (Vol. 56).
  • Kerry Yurewicz and undergraduate biology student Jacquelyn Huckins led volunteer stream monitoring events at a total of six sites in Plymouth, Rumney, and Holderness in September.

Center for the Environment

  • Brian Eisenhauer was recently appointed interim director of the Center for the Environment and June Hammond Rowan has been appointed interim associate director.
  • Lisa Doner, research assistant professor at the Center for the Environment, was recently awarded a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the deposits in the bottom of lakes in Iceland and how the North Atlantic Oscillation affects the process of deposition. The North Atlantic Oscillation and a related, larger circulation pattern called the Arctic Oscillation, controls most of the Northern Hemisphere’s year-to-year atmospheric variation. From 2010-2014, Lisa will head a team of researchers to investigate this phenomenon, including Mark Green, Assistant Professor of Hydrology at the Center for the Environment, and others from the University of Maine, University of Colorado, and Salem State College. Each year, a PSU graduate student and two undergraduate students will travel to Iceland, Maine and Minnesota to collect and analyze samples. The students will also have the opportunity to report their results at national science meetings.
  • Research assistant professor Doug Earick, in collaboration with PSU’s Department of Education’s Early Childhood Program, has received a Mathematics & Science Partnership grant from the NH Department of Education for a project on Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry, and learning progressions through environmental science studies. Over the next year, this $75,000 grant will focus on teacher professional development for up to thirty K-5 teachers from the Newfound School District in the use of inquiry in science education utilizing the field of environmental studies.
  • Aaron Johnson, senior laboratory technician, has been working with the NH Department of Environmental Services on expanding the state’s Volunteer Lake Assessment Program in the North Country. The efforts have paid off and this year, volunteers have brought samples from eight new lakes to the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory resulting in more monitoring data that is used by the state in meeting its requirements of the Clean Water Act.
  • The Center has concluded its third year of its NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates at Hubbard Brook program. During the summer, students come from around the country for 10 weeks to participate in research projects at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Thornton. Geoff Wilson, Mary Ann McGarry, Doug Earick, Michele Pruyn, and Mark Green have all had major roles in this program through leading the overall organization, conducting science communication workshops, and serving as mentors for research projects.
  • Hydrologist Mark Green presented a cyberseminar on 10/1 for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). Mark’s talk was on “Extracting characteristic hydrologic patterns from many catchments: the case of stream water total nitrogen to total phosphorus ratios.”
  • Brian Eisenhauer co-presented a workshop at the Non-point Education for Municipal Officials conference in Maine. The workshop was on “Shake Up Your Work with Social Science” and it was designed to help participants choose the right social science frameworks, methods and partners to answer your human dimensions questions.   Brian also recently spoke about the Center for the Environment at a gathering of town conservation commissions.
  • Come join us for our fall colloquium! Each Wednesday afternoon from 4-5 pm the Center for the Environment hosts a speaker for our colloquium series in room 001 of the Boyd Science Center. The talks cover a wide range of topics around environmental science and sustainability. For more information, contact Angela Uhlman. A list of speakers is posted at http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/1201/fall-colloquium/.
  • The 2nd NH Water and Watershed Conference will be held on 3/25 & 26, 2011 at Plymouth State University. The Center for the Environment is a sponsor and host of the conference. The call for abstracts is available and abstracts are due 10/29. For more information, contact June Hammond Rowan.


Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Making $ense New England, a two-year project culminating in a 10-part financial awareness series intended “to help communities respond to northern New England’s economic challenges,” came to a close.  Thad Guldbrandsen was a member of the project advisory board; he said that the first-ever collaboration between public television stations in different states and focused use of interactive web communications opportunities (i.e. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are crucial initiatives for PBS, and that the outcomes exceeded expectations.  In NH, viewership was above normal and one of the segments was featured on the national PBS NewsHour in August.  The series will repeat beginning Saturday, 10/3, at 2pm.  For more information: www.makingsensene.org
  • The September edition of the North Country Economic Index is available: www.plymouth.edu/ncei
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and Ben Amsden presented their original research on the “Economic Assessment of Grafton County, NH” at the Grafton County Economic Development Council board meeting.
  • In collaboration with faculty members from across campus, the Center for Rural Partnerships hosted Commissioner Wrenn and other administrators from the NH Dept. of Corrections (NHDOC) to discuss future collaboration between PSU and NHDOC.  Please contact CRP, if you would like to get involved.

College of Business Administration

  • Yvette Lazdowski attended a national conference of the American Accounting Association last August in San Francisco where she presented a paper, “A Historical View of Management Accounting at Ford Motor Company.”

Communication and Media Studies

  • In July, Cathie LeBlanc traveled to Washington DC to review and make recommendations concerning funding proposals for the National Science Foundation’s “Broadening Participation in Computing” program.  In addition, she served as a workshop reviewer for the upcoming Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference.

Counseling Education and School Psychology

  • Celia Gibbs was awarded the Outstanding Site Supervisor Award at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision held in New Brunswick, NJ in September. Celia’s dedication to supervision and clinical excellence and the way this benefits our mental health students were commended by department chair, Gail Mears.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey with Kevin Courtright and Susan Packard, both of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, presented “Selecting probation, the big house, or something in between: First year college students rate the appropriateness of criminal sanctions for specific crime scenarios” at the annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.
  • The 2nd Biannual Conference on Integral Theory has chosen Mark Fischler’s paper on rape and the death penalty as one of the Best of the Best. The best papers will be published in an upcoming “Best of the Conference” issue of the Journal of Integral Theory and Review.   Mark also had a recent meeting in Denver, Colorado with American philosopher and author Ken Wilber about articulating an integral theory of justice in response to John Rawls’ theory of justice.


  • Alyssa Satas, one of our former students and currently a sixth grade teacher at Plymouth Elementary School, and Gerry Buteau presented at the NE Reading Association Annual Conference held in Nashua.  They presented on their development and implementation of the Family Writing Project, a part of One Book, One Community, which is an annual event held in the town of Moultonborough, NH. In addition, 9 childhood studies students attended the Conference.  They worked as conference volunteers, attended several sessions and met several of the presenters, one of whom wrote the textbook they are currently reading in their Foundations of Reading and Writing Class.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at the conference Transforming Troubled Lives at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The presentation was entitled “School Shooter: Monsters or Victims.” The presentation was very well received. He has been invited to transform the power point into a chapter of an edited book by renowned expert Dr. John Visser of the University of Birmingham on Severe Emotional Behaviors in Adolescents.
  • Kathleen Norris is presenting on “The Evaluation of a New Doctoral Program” at the National Evaluation Institute CREATE conference in October and on “Using Symbol and Metaphor to Engage an Arts Organization in Evaluation” at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in November.  She has also been included in the Energy Star “Tell Us How You Save” website.
  • Meagan Shedd has accepted an invitation for a three-year term for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Teaching Young Children Editorial Advisory Panel. Just prior to her move to NH, Meagan authored The Michigan Reads! Programming Guide (which has been published and distributed to public libraries, school libraries, and Head Start classrooms across Michigan.  A link to the guide can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-54574_26038—,00.html.
  • Mary Earick has been appointed to the NH Task Force on Effective Teaching and the Urban Education Reviewing Panel.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • MAT  science education graduate assistants, Melissa Peplinski and Tess Finnigan-Allen, attended NH Focus on ePortfolio Day, 10/4 with Mary Ann McGarry.  Pictured below are Ellen Murphy, Mary Ann McGarry, Melissa Peplinski, and Tess Finnigan-Allen.
  • Mary Ann McGarry was a co-author of “The role of interface organizations in science communication and understanding,” DL Osmond et al., August, published in the journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; http://www.frontiersinecology.org/current_issue/augustContents2010.pdf.
  • Mary Ann McGarry, Brian Eisenhauer (CFE/SS), and Tom Boucher (MA), and Andy Timmins (of UNF & G) served on the thesis committee of ES and P graduate student Katie Callahan, a NH Department of Environmental Services GIS specialist who presented on “Estimating Fine-Scale Movement Patterns of Black Bear using GPS Telemetry”, research related to nuisance black bear populations in northern NH
  • Mary Ann McGarry, Tom Shevenell (PSU adjunct), Steve Kahl (former Director of CFE), and Jess Schloss (UNH) served on the thesis committee of ES and P graduate student, Rebecca Harvey, who focused on, “Establishing a method to detect pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) in Central New Hampshire, US: a pilot study.”  A white paper on Harvey’s research testing for pharmaceutical’s in fresh water systems in NH, including Squam Lake, has already been published by the Squam Lakes Association.  Harvey presented Pharmeceuticals and Personal Care Products: exploring their occurrence and effects in the environment, for the 40 Pakistani Educational Leaders on campus in July during the International Watersheds week long course.

Frost School

  • The Frost School community education program is celebrating the 25th season of Manuel Sterling’s popular course, “Are You Afraid of Opera?”  This course has been enjoyed by faculty, and community members throughout the years. The last class day, 11/10, will be a celebration including the screening of a full length opera at The Flying Monkey.

Global Education

  • In continuing our efforts to develop and enhance global partnerships, in September GEO hosted visitors from England and New Zealand:  Dr. Alasdair Spark is the Director of Internationalization at the University of Winchester, U.K and Amy Rutherford is the International Marketing Manager for the University of Otago in Dunedin.  In spring 2011, we will launch a program with the University of Otago designed for students majoring in Geography, Environmental Science and Policy, and Environmental Planning.  Thanks to Professors Middlekauff, Tomkiewicz and Turski for collaborating with GEO on this project.
  • PSU was among a select group of universities (the only one in NH) invited to participate in Michigan State University’s annual college recruiting survey of employers, Recruiting Trends. GEO contacted 2366 employers in our database to gather information for the report which will be published in November.
  • Yuefan Hou has joined GEO as adjunct staff assisting our international student population.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy, assisted by undergraduate and entry-level graduate athletic training students, hosted a workshop titled “Rescue Techniques Clinic: 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.

History and Philosophy

  • David F. Haight has been notified that his second paper on the Riemann Hypothesis millennium problem has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics.  This paper is entitled “Generalizing Riemann: From the L-functions to the Birch/Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture.”
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine’s article, “Mere Trade or Learned Profession?  Medical Practice in Dover, 1780-1850,” was published in the summer issue of Historical New Hampshire.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine wrote an article that was published in the summer 2010 New Hampshire Bar Journal titled “A Public Trust: Laws, Liquor, Disorder, and Women.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew and Dr. Jonathan Higgins (Chinese instructor) completed the EdTech Leaders Online Program’s Course Design Course, developed by the Education Development Center’s Center for Online Professional Education. Through this asynchronous online course,  Barbara and Jonathan engaged in active training to learn online curriculum design, explored theories of online learning and effective curriculum development, and participated in the development of an online course – Development of a Foreign Language Thematic Unit.
  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew participated in a development review of the Spanish textbook Puentes y barreras for CENGAGE Learning.
  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew and Mary Ann McGarry (ESP) traveled to Chile, in June, as part of an eight-member delegation from USNH institutions.  The delegation undertook a site visit to Chile to explore areas for collaboration and with special focus on the themes of sustainability, teacher education, and agriculture with Chilean universities. Members of the delegation also included:  Stephen Reno, Chancellor Emeritus; Thomas Davis, Professor of Biological Sciences,  (UNH),Thomas Kelly, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the University Office of Sustainability (UNH); Skye Stephenson, Director, Global Education Office (KSC) and Melinda D. Treadwell, Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies (KSC). There were additional opportunities identified for collaboration between the USNH institutions and the Chilean Ministry of Education in the areas of (1) student and faculty mobility, (2) strengthening research capability, (3) promoting sustainability, and (4) enhancing educational training and pedagogy, particularly in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
  • James Whiting recently served as a Discipline Reviewer in Applied Linguistics for the 2010 Fulbright Scholar Program.  His article, “Key Behaviors of Successful College ELLs,” was recently published in Idiom v. 40 n. 3, fall 2010.

Library and Academic Support Services’

  • Alice Staples was awarded a Conservation License Plate grant for $6,247 for Brown Company Photograph Preservation.
  • Ellen Marie Murphy presented: “Moodle 2.0 rollout considerations”  2-3-98 Conference, State University of New York at Delhi in August.
  • David A. Beronä was the curator of the exhibit, Graphic Novels in the Purest Sense, Edwards Art Gallery, Holderness School, 9/17-10/23.  He was also interviewed at this event by NHPR: http://www.nhpr.org/wordless-books.
  • Jen Green presented at the NH Archives Group Fall 2010 Workshop in September.  The presentation was entitled: “Designing Workflow for Digitization Projects.”
  • Ellen Marie Murphy was a Conference Organizer/Host at NERCOMP Sig “Open Source ePortfolios” 9/20 and presented: “Creating an Environment That Supports ePortfolios Across the Curriculum” NERCOMP Sig on Open Source ePortfolios.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Elizabeth Cox is co-directing theatre’s October production, “Still Life with Iris” with PSU alum Christopher Robin Marcotte (’00).  Robin is currently the Managing Director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.  Beth has also worked with Friends of the Arts to produce a school bus-in matinee performance.
  • Kathleen Arecchi has been selected to serve as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
  • Rik Pfenninger has now signed with Pump Audio in LA to carry his orchestral and jazz tracks.
  • Jonathan Santore’s composition Kalevala Fragments was performed by the University of Minnesota Singers at the 2010 National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis.
  • Robert Swift’s article “Old Files” has been published in the music education journals of three New England states — Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Pakistani Institute

  • The Pakistani Educational Leadership Project is now focused on its Pakistan phase, with project director Blake Allen working with the in-country team. With the completion of the 2010 institute, an ongoing assessment and evaluation of the institute is taking place with contributions from the 40 delegates, the project team in the U.S. and Pakistan, institute instructors, and external evaluators from Lesley University.  The delegates also are preparing to implement Master Action Plans (MAP) that they designed and developed during the institute. Their MAPS are posted on the project blog: http://pelinstitute.org.  As challenges in Pakistan continue, the delegates will further refine their MAPS in response to complex and variable conditions.

Planning also is underway by Allen and the in-country team for Federal Fiscal Year 2010 phases in Pakistan and the U.S. With State Department funding secured through March 2012, the project will select another 40 delegates from each Pakistan province and Pakistan-administered area to participate in a summer 2011 institute housed at PSU.  By project alumni request, the core areas to be addressed will continue in educational leadership, conflict resolution, and environmental education.

Allen continues to participate in seminars and discussion groups at Harvard Kennedy School.  Fatima Bhutto of Pakistan’s Bhutto political “dynasty” recently initiated a lively discussion on long term strategies for stabilizing the country.  Foremost amongst the recommendations was a focus on addressing critical and ignored grassroots needs in education.  The project’s 160 alumni represent the remarkable agents of change that do exist in the education sector – the grassroots voices.

Many of the project alumni have been involved in flood relief initiatives and in refugee support, with 20 million Pakistanis now displaced from their communities due to wide-spread devastation. Some of the inspirational alumni efforts are posted on the project blog. At PSU, senior Bryan Funk and junior Sam Wisel are developing a fund raiser for the Pakistani alumni who are involved with flood relief.


  • John Kulig and Aditi Grover (CoBA) co-presented a research poster entitled “Unhealthy Life-Style Behaviors Produce More False Consensus than Healthy Behaviors” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, MA.

Social Science

  • Bryon Middlekauff had a book review published in the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society. The book reviewed was by J. Robson.  “Captain Cook’s War and Peace: the Royal Navy Years, 1755-1768,” University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2009.
  • Mark Okrant (Institute for New Hampshire Studies), in collaboration with Ben Amsden and Thad Guldbrandsen (Center for Rural Partnerships), assisted the State Division of Travel and Tourism Development in creating a website designed to promote a 1950s/60s Retrotour along Route 3. The site can be viewed at http://www.visitnh.gov/uploads/itineraries/retro-tour.pdf.
  • David Starbuck and some of the students from his Introduction to Archaeology class have commenced a small excavation behind (east of) Holmes House, hoping to find artifacts and features from the early years of the house’s use.  Holmes House is one of the oldest buildings on the PSU campus, originally built for Holmes Plymouth Academy, and students hope to demonstrate archaeologically the very historic nature of the PSU campus.  They already have found many shards of pottery (redware, whiteware and pearlware), cut nails, brick fragments, a button, and even part of the stem from a tobacco pipe.  Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to “stop by” whenever you see the archaeological team out there in late afternoons!


Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin worked as a member of the NH State Committee on Aging to assist the department in co-sponsoring a 9/23 forum on working with returning veterans, “Community Connections to Assist Veterans,” held on campus in Heritage Commons. Approximately 90 participants from across the state were in attendance; NH-NASW offered CEUs for clinical practitioners.  http://www.plymouth.edu/news/fullstory.php?number=6906.  He also participated in a national meeting of the Publications Committee, NASW, as Editor-in-Chief of Health & Social Work.
  • Scott Meyer is now serving as Vice Chair, NH Commission on the Status of Men.  During Faculty Week, he co-presented “Disturbing the Classroom Peace” with Leo Sandy (CE/SP), one of our majors, Sarah Silvia, and graduate student Jodi Bartley.
  • Cynthia Moniz was accepted for inclusion in the 2011 Who’s Who in America.
  • Christine Rine participated in a meeting of the NH-DCYF Council on Organizational Leadership and attended the President’s annual dinner with our partnership award students to honor students and their sponsors.

Writing Center

  • Jane Weber organized the College and Career-Ready Educational Summit that was held on the PSU campus on 9/22.


October 2009

October 26th, 2009 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
October 7, 2009

What a spectacular fall season. I hope you are finding some time to enjoy the color that surrounds us. The academic year is off to a great start. By all accounts we’ve had one of our smoothest starts to the year. As a follow-up from my faculty day presentation, several initiatives are under way.
President Steen will report shortly about R+30 and the budget outlook. One thing we know for sure: A critical factor in our overall enrollment number is the importance of attracting Transfer Students. The declining high school student demographics combined with our normal attrition of about 20% from first to second year, means that making PSU more transfer-friendly will be essential to our future enrollment management plan. With that in mind, we will be asking departments to work with Mary Campbell on the development of 2+2 articulation agreements with the Community College System of New Hampshire. Additionally, we are asking departments to pay close attention to requests for evaluation of transfer credit and to provide quick turn-around of these requests. Often times students are waiting to see transfer course equivalencies before committing to enrolling.

Enrollment management involves not only recruitment, but retention. We cannot underestimate the importance of advising in retaining students. Every faculty member plays a critical role in student success through sound academic advising. This year we will be looking at a number of initiatives that will allow us to better serve our students and provide professional development opportunities for faculty to learn about best practices in student advising.

We will begin planning for the first phase of the “White Mountains Institute” with the creation of “Sustainable Summer.” As a reminder, Sustainable Summer will be an integrated program for undergraduate and graduate students to earn a certificate in Environmental Sustainability while studying green technologies, environmental health, local foods, environmental planning, reduction of carbon footprint, natural resources, and leadership in sustainability. The Frost School, the College of Graduate Studies, the Center for the Environment, and the Environmental Science and Policy department will lead the effort. Any other faculty members interested in being part of the discussions should let me know of your interest. We will call the first meeting later this month.

In 2005, all academic departments completed 5-year academic plans to take us through spring of 2010. Vice Provost Moore and Assoc Dean Mantie will be working with departments this year to develop the next 5 –year academic plan. Your department plans will be due by May 1, 2010.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Mike Heffernan, adjunct faculty member in Art/Drawing, opened a show in September at the Inn at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT. It was appropriately called “Art in the Round Barn,” and will run until October 12.
  • Catherine Amidon and Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Beyond Brown Paper: Reflections on Web 2.0 and the Anthropological Lens, Practicing Anthropology edition on Visualizing Change: Participatory Digital Technologies in Research and Action, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2009
  • Catherine Amidon (P.I.) Marcia Schmidt-Blaine (SS), Linda Upham-Bornstein (SS) and Thad Guldbrandsen, awarded a New Hampshire Humanities Council Grant for “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” September 2010
  • Catherine also Initiated the creation of a Campus Collections Advisory Committee, and, In conjunction with the Office of Advancement, implemented a deed system for art donations.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch, Barbara Wirth (College of University Studies), and Marsi Wisniewski (ASC Administrative Assistant/Adjunct Faculty, English) were recognized with Gold Circle School Partners Awards by the New Hampshire Partners in Education. The award recognizes exemplary educational partnerships through volunteer activities. The awards ceremony was held at the Manchester Radisson on September 29. Representatives of 41 New Hampshire K-12 schools attended. Speakers included Governor John Lynch and NH Education Commissioner Virginia Barry.

Bagley Center

  • Deb Regan was appointed to the advisory board for CIS, the Center for International Studies, in Northampton, MA. CIS provides students with opportunities to study and/or intern abroad at twenty-four universities in ten countries.
  • PSU welcomed 5 students to our campus through the National Student Exchange Program. This year’s visiting students are from Eastern Connecticut State University, Montana State University, Western Oregon State University and the University of Rhode Island.
  • Ruth DeCotis offered the first in a series of career workshops for students aimed at finding a job in a tough economy. The first dealt with salaries, “Realistic Income, Realistic Expenses.” Upcoming sessions address a practical approach to job search (10/21) and using networking & technology (11/18). Faculty are invited to bring their classes.


  • Warren Mason represented the James Jones Society as Treasurer and Board of Directors’ member at the William Morris Publisher’s reception in New York City this September. Kaylie Jones, daughter of noted WWII author James Jones, was honored for publication of her autobiography “Lies My Mother Never Told Me” about her literary life here and abroad. She is the author of five novels and was the subject of the Merchant-Ivory nominated film, “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries”. The James Jones Literary Society is an international, non-profit organization that financially rewards beginning novelists and supports high school and university writing contests.
  • Brad Allen attended the CivicUS conference in Chicago on September 15th where seventy-five of the largest city and state environmental officials met to discuss the current state of municipal environmental affairs. The presentations were directed at a number of topics including the development of benchmarking and metrics to be used in the measurement and management of sustainability initiatives including energy, emissions, recycling and community development. His research from Technology Business Research was discussed as an example of benchmarking environmental behavior of private global corporations and there will be follow up discussions regarding the role of information technology companies in the development and implementation of improved environmental results within the United States.

Center for the Environment

  • Three new faculty members joined the Center for the Environment (CFE) this academic year. Mark Green is assistant professor in hydrology with a joint appointment with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P). Mark is part of the Hubbard Brook research team. Kim Duncan and Doug Earick are research assistant professors at CFE with joint appointments in the Atmospheric Science & Chemistry and ES&P Departments, respectively. Their skills complement the environmental literacy and outreach programs at CFE.
  • Seven new graduate students have recently been accepted in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy, which is administered by CFE in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and Brian Eisenhauer led a workshop on regionalization of research on social-ecological systems during the meeting of the Committee of Scientists of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study held on July 9, 2009. Results of the workshop will inform the future research at Hubbard Brook. CFE members and students have been engaged in research and outreach activities at Hubbard Brook.
  • CFE and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation have successfully administered the second year of the NSF- funded Research Experience for Undergraduates based at Hubbard Brook.
  • In August, Patrick Bourgeron represented the United States on the behalf of the National Science Foundation at the annual business and science meeting of the International Long Term Ecological Research network (ILTER). The ILTER is a “network of networks,” a global network of research sites located in a wide array of ecosystems worldwide that can help understand environmental change across the globe. ILTER’s focus is on long-term, site-based research, and Hubbard Brook is one of the sites.
  • Patrick Bourgeron and graduate student Olivia Bartlett attended the All Scientist meeting of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in Estes Park, Colorado. They organized two international science workshops, one on ecosystems services (http://asm.lternet.edu/2009/workgroups/ilter-synthesis-workshop-interactions-among-ecosystem-services-ecosystem-dynamics-an ) and the other on the an international environmental research agenda linking US scientists to international programs (http://asm.lternet.edu/2009/workgroups/implementing-ilter-science-agenda-defining-international-and-regional-science-initia ). Results of the workshop will inform future NSF-funded research projects.
  • Patrick Bourgeron was invited to UNH as a speaker (http://www.unh.edu/nressphd/Env-Sci-Seminars-09.html ) to the Fall Environmental Sciences Seminar Series which is sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Environmental Research Group, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the University Office of Sustainability, and the Class of 1954 Fund. The theme this semester is Ecosystem Services. Discussions with UNH faculty members included joint research programs and cooperation between graduate programs.
  • The Newfound Watershed Master Plan project is coming to completion. CFE has been part of team working for the past 2 ½ years on developing Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan. Brian Eisenhauer and a team of students completed a survey over the summer documenting watershed residents’ and property owners’ desires for the future of the region, perceptions of issues important to address in the watershed plan, and sentiments about possible recommendations made in the plan. June Hammond Rowan and Office of Public Relations have worked on outreach efforts and a brochure summarizing the recommendations of the watershed master plan.
  • CFE is assisting the Town of Canaan with a review of land use regulations and procedures related to protecting the water quality in Canaan Street Lake which is the town’s drinking water. Work on this project is being incorporated into a graduate level Land Use Planning Seminar providing students an opportunity for applied learning.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships announced the next round of funding for the PSU-Coos Outreach Initiative, a seed grant program for faculty and staff. To learn more, please contact Ben Amsden at 5-3274.
  • Ben Amsden (with co-authors Rich Stedman and Linda Kruger) will have a chapter titled “Volunteer Meanings in the Making of Place” included in the forthcoming book Connecting Place to Practice: Concepts and Techniques to Improve Land Use Planning published by Oregon State University Press. Ben also presented a poster titled “The Coos County Outreach Initiative: A Rural Regional Engagement Model for Higher Education” at the 72nd annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society; AND he presented a poster titled “The Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN)” on behalf of Fran Belcher (July).
  • Daniel Lee and Vedran Lelas (Business) presented the North Country Economic Index (funded through the Coos County Outreach Initiative) to Executive Councilor Ray Burton and several commissioners of New Hampshire state agencies. This project has received extensive press.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen collaborated with the UNH Office of Sustainability Programs to launch the Center for Food Solutions New England (CFSNE). Guldbrandsen has been a member of the New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future (NHCFSF) for the past three years.
  • Mark Okrant, Ben Amsden, and Thad Guldbrandsen presented findings from the New Hampshire Retrotour project and led a planning discussion with the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism and others.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen advised to the New England Council of Governors and contributed to a report on land conservation that was accepted and adopted at a meeting of New England Governors and Canadian Premiers last month. Thad was also an invited speaker in a panel discussion on town planning and compact design in New Hampshire, sponsored by New Hampshire Housing. The event was filmed for the making of a new documentary on compact design. The keynote address at the 30th anniversary celebration of BEDCO (Business and Economic Development Corporation) in Shelburne on September 29, 2009 was given by Thad, as well.
  • The Center recently welcomed a cohort of graduate and undergraduate students to work on a variety of projects including biomass energy, rural health, eco-tourism, higher education, and nostalgia tourism. Ben Amsden chaired a research roundtable titled “Agritourism and the local food system: Are they related?” at the Northeastern Regional Center for Rural Development conference on Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems.
  • Ben also presented a poster titled “Agri-Leisure: Exploring the fun of local food.” (May)
  • Thad Guldbrandsen, Fran Belcher, and Ben Amsden presented an interactive exhibit of the Coos County Outreach Initiative at “Coos Goes South,” an event designed to showcase the economic and cultural features of Coos County for the benefit of New Hampshire lawmakers and state employees (May).
  • Ben Amsden participated in the 2nd annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College. The topic of the Institute was “Food, Farms, and Community: Rural America’s Local Food Renaissance.” (June)

Counseling Education & School Psychology

  • Gary Goodnough, has been appointed co-chair of the American Counseling Association’s Ethics Committee.
  • Hridaya Hall (1st year faculty) recently received a scholarship from the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES), in the amount of $500 to support her presentation “Anxiety and Counseling Self-Efficacy: The Moderating Role of Mindfulness and Alexithymia” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision annual conference in San Diego this month.

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter gave a presentation on September 17th, 2009 for Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County at the Family Justice Center of Boston on child sexual exploitation and the police response to this social problem.


  • Leo Sandy (COGS) delivered the keynote address on “Toward De-Militarization: A Personal Journey” at the Sixth Annual Peace and Social Justice Conference on Instruments of Peace: Race, Gender & De-Militarization at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Michael Fischler presented a workshop, “Diversity: Managing and Serving the Changing Demographic,” on August 27th to the Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit XV: The Granite State Summit at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at the International Conference for Children with Behavior Disorders in Denver September 23-25. The presentation was entitled “Hidden Dangers: The Silent Crisis in our communities.” The focus of the presentation was the direct correlations between Depression and Violence in Children at Risk.
  • Pat Cantor has been named to the board of the Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire for a three-year term. The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire promotes policies and practices that enable all children to lead healthy and productive lives and to reach their full potential.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Thirty-five students from the Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy course, under the direction of Chris Mongeon and Warren Tomkiewicz, conducted a week-long food waste audit in Prospect Hall and the HUB Snack Bar. Students collected food waste at every student meal and from the food preparation area and snack bar. The data from this service-learning project will be used to make a decision on the purchase of a commercial composter for PSU. Data available from Warren Tomkiewicz.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson is leading a 6 session adventure-based curriculum to increase group cohesion within the first year cohort in the Music Education program. Two Adventure Education seniors, Taylor Huntley and Shari Weiss are in the curriculum delivery.
  • Linda Levy and Liesl Lindley, along with 15 athletic training students, provided athletic training support for the Highlander Strong Men and Scottish Dance competitions at the 2009 Highland Games, September 19-20, 2009 held at Loon Mountain.
  • Angel Ekstrom was awarded a scholarship from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) during their 2008 national conference to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator course in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington in September 2009.

Lamson Library

  • Publications
    David A. Beronä
    “Ohne Worte (Without Words).” Freistil. Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, 2009.
    “Introduction” to Frans Masereel’s The Sun,The Idea, and Story Without Words. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Introduction” to John Vassos’ Phobia: An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece. Dover Publication, 2009.
    “Reading Bande Dessinee: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip,” by Ann Miller. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 489-490.
    “Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front,” by Todd DePastino; “Willie and Joe: The World War II Years,” by Bill Mauldin and edited by Todd DePastino. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 517-520.
    “In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists,” by Todd Hignite. International Journal of Comic Art. 11:1 (2009): 520-522.


  • Tom Boucher is working with New Hampshire Fish & Game to develop/refine a habitat model for New England Cottontails. This work is funded by a federal grant to the State Wildlife Program – Cooperative Cottontail Management. He is also a co-author with David Roache, PSU alum (MS Meteorology 2009,) on “Seasonal Change in ENSO Region Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies and Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity” which will be presented at the 2009 meeting of the Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers in Nashville, TN. Tom has been invited to become a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews, and written the following papers which appeared over the summer:
    • Boucher, T.R. (2009). “A Hoeffding inequality for Markov chains using a generalized inverse”. Statistics & Probability Letters, 79, Issue 8, No.15, 1105-1107
    • Boucher, T.R., and Cline, D.B.H. (2009), “Piggybacking threshold processes with a finite state Markov chain.” Stochastics and Dynamics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 187-204.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Teacher and composer, Jonathan Santore, has been selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as one of six artists to receive an Individual Artist Fellowship in recognition of his artistic excellence and professional commitment for 2010. Kudos to you, Jonathan!
  • Robert Swift’s article “Then and Now” was published in the September issue of New Hampshire Quarter Notes.
  • Beth Cox directed Plymouth State Theatre’s September production of Raised in Captivity by Nicky Silver.

Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)

  • The PASS “team” will be hosting the annual New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association (NHEOA) annual conference in Heritage Hall on Friday, October 30. Presenters include: Bob Fitzpatrick (Emerging Technologies Librarian), June Schlabach (Director of Financial Aid), Dan Bramer (Information Technology), and Jane Weber (Director of the Writing Center). Sue Keefe is the 2009-2010 Vice President of NHEOA.
  • The PASS Office is now offering a one-credit tutor training certification course, taught by our Tutor Coordinator, Angie Ricciardi. Students who pass the course will have an international tutoring certification with the College Reading and Learning Association. Also, these tutors will be holding drop-in hours at the PASS Office for students who need help with study skills.
  • Jan Carlson, Advisor for Students with Disabilities, has developed a Service Animal Statement for the institution, which can be found on the PASS Office’s website. Students will be issued an ID tag for their service animal, upon registration with the PASS Office. The PASS Office is responsible for the registration and documentation of service animals for students only. Contact information for other constituencies using service animals is listed on the Service Animal Statement.


  • A 50-page proof entitled “Summa Characteristica and the Rieman Hypothesis: Scaling Riemann’s Mountain,” by Department Chair David Haight, has appeared in the delayed December 2008 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 6. The proof concerns one of the very oldest and most fundamental problems in mathematics, “What, if any, is the distribution pattern of the prime numbers?” In 1859 Bernard Riemann conjectured that there was a crucial connection between the seemingly erratic prime numbers and his complex geometrical version of the zeta function that can be briefly stated as follows: the non-trivial zeros of the zeta function all have real part equal to ½. Neither Riemann nor any subsequent number theorist was able to prove this hypothesis, which is why it has been known as the Holy Grail of Mathematics for about 100 years. 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. Good work, David!

Social Science

  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert attended the Northeastern Political Science Annual Convention May 8-9 in Portland. They gave a presentation about their chapter on New Hampshire which was published in the Political Encyclopedia of US States and Regions in 2009 by CQ Press. Also at this convention, Michelle presented an update on New Hampshire politics at a Roundtable on New England Politics.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) continued excavations this past summer for six weeks at the site of a 1750s’ merchant’s (Sutler’s) house in Fort Edward, New York. He then traveled to Scotland where he presented a paper, “The Clan MacFarlane Project,” on September 5 in the park headquarters for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the first national park in Scotland. This was part of a conference, “Heritage Connections in the Park,” and the paper covered the excavations that PSU conducted on Loch Lomond over a several-year period.
  • David also was invited to speak to the Senior Lecture Series at Adirondack Community College on September 22, 2009, on the topic, “Archaeology on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond,” and to the archaeology course at Bedford High School (Bedford, NH) on September 30. David has also just published an article in Vol. XL, No. 7 of Adirondack Life magazine, entitled “The Starbuck Farm: How an Archaeologist Started to Dig His Roots,” describing his excavations at a 200-year-old farm in New York.

Social Work

  • Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, an adjunct faculty member in the past, and currently an adjunct counselor at the Counseling Center, was recently chosen as one of two recipients of this year’s Association of Social Work Boards’ Sunny Andrews Award for outstanding commitment to social work regulatory board service. Sheila has been an active leader for the Social Work Board in New Hampshire, serving for two years as Board Investigator and coordinating the entire investigation, resolution and disciplinary process. Sheila’s award will be presented at the October 30 Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Florida.
  • Tori Cash, a senior Social Work major, was appointed to the NH Chapter, NASW Board of Directors as a BSW Student Representative.
  • Stephen Gorin was interviewed by NH Public News Service for a story on national health care reform. He also participated in a joint meeting of the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging as part of his membership in SCOA.
  • Scott Meyer was an invited speaker for the Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice’s Annual Memorial Service and presented “Reflections on Love at the End of Life.” He also provided training for new hospice volunteers at Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice – “Working Effectively With Caregivers in Hospice: Assessing and Responding to the Diverse Range of Caregiver Experience and Comfort in that Role”.
  • Cynthia Moniz participated in two (conference call) meetings of the CSWE Council on Leadership Development in preparation for an inaugural event at this year’s annual conference in November. She has also been actively engaged as Chair of the NH-NASW Social & Legislative Action Committee working with members of the NH Board of Mental Health Practice and the Mental Health Coalition to develop an amendment for new licensing legislation.

October 2008

October 19th, 2008 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
October 1, 2008

The long awaited Higher Education Re‐Authorization Act has been signed into law. Below is a summary of actions that will impact how we do business.


A great majority of the provisions are related to college affordability, transparency and reporting requirements. These changes will benefit students in a number of ways with increases in eligibility and greater transparency of costs. The provisions include expanded benefits for military service. With these new requirements, workload will be impacted especially for those in financial aid, bursar and IR offices.


Institutions are required to publicly disclose transfer of credit policies including at least the criteria used to evaluate and accept credits earned at another institution and a list of institutions with articulation agreements with the institution.
The good news, thanks to Mary Campbell, Laurianne Olcott and others in Undergraduate Studies is that we’ve been doing most of this for years. Additionally, Mary has been participating in a University System, Community College System transfer collaboration to create NHTransfer.org (check it out). The site includes a great deal of information regarding transferability among the CCSNH and USNH institutions including a list of articulation agreements http://nhtransfer.org/documents/Transfer%20Matrix.pdf
The site is up and running and will continue to see improvements as they build a transfer credit database among the two systems.

Textbook Information

  • Includes new requirements to provide more information on the cost of course textbooks
  • Requires publishers to provide to faculty wholesale prices and retail prices of books
  • Requires publishers to “unbundle” college textbooks from supplemental materials, with each unbundled item separately priced
  • Require institution, to the maximum extent possible, to include textbook information on its Internet course schedule.

This will require will require faculty to choose their books and publish this information before we publish the course schedule for the following semester. We will be discussing
possible ways to accomplish this and will be back with more information.

Title VIII New Programs

  • Rural Development Grants for Rural Colleges and University
    • Authorizes competitive grant awards to rural colleges and universities to work in partnership with other agencies to encourage increased college enrollment rates in rural areas, economic development activities, and student participation in academic programs that lead to careers of a high‐need in rural areas.

General Education

A forum was held last week; minutes are available on the faculty website http://facultygovernance.blogs.plymouth.edu/ Evelyn Stiller, Chair of the General Education Committee, tells me the Committee will follow‐up with a discussion of next steps at their October meeting. Please share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns on the blog or directly with Evelyn.

Reminder from Physical Plant

Please close windows, turn off lights and lock classroom doors at the end of the day. Physical Plant continues to find rooms wide open, air conditioners running, and lights on during their late night walkthrough (especially in Hyde).

New From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty


  • Adjunct artist, Elizabeth D’Amico, had a very busy summer: Two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT as a printmaker (a work/study fellowship); paintings and prints in the juried exhibit at the New London Historical Society in New London, NH. (Triptych, Pear Tree, Lake Kolelemuck, McDaniel’s March, Mascoma Lake); two prints in the juried Library Arts Center Regional Exhibition in Newport, NH (Creativity and Pandora’s Box); participated in Plein Air Week at the Fells in Newbury, NH with three paintings currently on exhibit at the Fells through October 12 (Mt. Sunapee from the Fells, Smoke Bush at the Fells, Fells Gardens); a print and box assemblage in the juried Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) exhibit, Making Her Mark at Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. (Making Her Mark and Goddess); submitted six entries to the PSU Faculty Exhibit with two on display: First Lessons (sculpture) and Dreaming of Tuscany (an altered book).
  • Catherine Amidon will be presenting a lecture on Difference and Interface: Cultural Observations from a Fulbright in Jamaica, Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 pm, D & M 302.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch (PAT) and Baylee Balschmiter (M.S. Applied Meteorology) were recently presented with the Gold Circle School Partners Award by the New Hampshire Partners in Education. Nominated by Dillard Collins, Principal of Hampstead Central School in Hampstead NH, the award recognizes exemplary educational partnerships through volunteer activities. The awards ceremony was held in Manchester on September 22. Representatives of 38 New Hampshire K‐12 schools attended, and Governor John Lynch provided a few words of thanks to all nominated volunteers.
  • Melissa Payer, a 2008 Plymouth State graduate from the B.S. Meteorology program, presented “Seasonal Frequency of Fronts and Surface Baroclinic Zones in the Great Lakes Region” at the 14th Cyclone Workshop in Sainte‐Adele, Quebec Canada from 21‐26 September, 2008. Melissa began this research as senior research student advised by Eric Hoffman in collaboration with Dr. Neil Laird of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and completed the work during summer research experience at Hobart‐William Smith. Melissa is currently a first year graduate student at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Biological Sciences

  • Larry Spencer was appointed by Governor Lynch to the River’s Management Advisory Council. His appointment was been approved by the Governor’s Council at their 3rd of September 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. Larry is 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. He also led a walk on Sunday the 28th of September, on the Rattlesnake Mountain  rail 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 the weekend of the 26th‐28th of September.

College of Graduate Studies

  • The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has continued funding of the University’s Pakistani Project with an award of $372, 000. The FY 2009 project will focus primarily on exemplary standards and models in contemporary science education; strategies for conflict resolution and social tolerance will serve as a secondary focus. In collaboration with project director Blake Allen of the College of Graduate Studies, NGO Idarae‐ Taleem‐o‐Aagahi of Lahore, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the U.S. consulates in Lahore and Peshawar, and institute alumni will provide in‐country support. The project’s New Hampshire phase entails an intensive institute at Plymouth State in July 2009, for approximately twenty Pakistani educational leaders. Graduate faculty from several departments including Science, Education, and Counseling will provide advice and instruction in the focus areas. They include Dr. Warren Tomkiewicz, Dr. George Tuthill, Dr. Mary Ann McGarry, Dr. John Allen, Marguerite Crowell, Dr. Michael Fischler, Dr. Leo Sandy, Dr. Marianne True, and Dr. Gail MearsDr. Gaye Gould of Hong Kong University and PSU will teach a module on effective delivery of science education in the English language medium. The delegation who attended the July 2008 institute are currently implementing the Master Action Plans that they developed while at Plymouth State. Their plans can be found on the project Web site, pelinstitute.org, which was designed by project Technology Architect, John Martin of Lamson Learning Commons. The delegation also is dealing with challenging conditions ‐ FATA representative, girls high school principal Samina Yousaf, and her nine hundred students just survived a Taliban attack in their area.
  • Cheryl Baker and Kathleen Norris have been working with a variety of New Hampshire school districts doing Classroom Walkthrough training.
  • “Jaqinabox”, a collaborative 3D art piece including the poetry of Kathleen Norris was selected for Lamson Library’s Special Collections. Kathleen’s poetry was also included as work from a “featured poet” in the summer edition of The Tower Journal. Kathleen is currently working with Plymouth Regional High School as they begin to assess their course scheduling practices. In addition, she recently facilitated a retreat for school administrators from SAU 4 (Kingswood). In addition, she was acknowledged as a reviewer in the latest (7th) edition of the McGraw hill textbook, “How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education.”

Communication and Media Studies

  • “Film and Television Stardom,” edited by Kylo‐Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains three chapters written by Hart ‐‐ (1) “Give the People What They Want: Molding the ‘New’ Bette Davis in the Star Vehicle ‘Dark Victory,’” (2) “The Auteur Filmmaker as Star: Reading the Films of Ingmar Bergman as Autobiographical Acts,” and (3) “’Now, Voyager,’ the (Hollywood) Culture Industry, and Commodity Consumption’s Deleterious Illusion of Empowerment” ‐‐ as well as contributions from nineteen additional scholars.
  • Kylo‐Patrick Hart and Metasebia Woldemariam’s co‐authored an essay, “Oprah Winfrey as Melodramatic Actress: Contributions of Winfrey’s Feature‐Film Performances to the Authenticity of Her Star Persona,” which was published in the academic journal “Quarterly Review of Film and Video.”

Computer Science and Technology

  • Peter Drexel, Roger Marshall, Christian Roberson and Zhizhang Shen attended the National Science Foundation workshop held at Dartmouth College on Sept. 11, 2008.
  • The articulation agreement between the CS department at PSU and the CS department at Nashua Community College has been approved by the curriculum committee.

Criminal Justice

  • On October 19, Eric MacLeish will receive the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award at the National Crime Victim Bar Association Awards luncheon in Chicago, Illinois. He is being honored for his outstanding work on behalf of victims of crime. The National Crime Victim Bar Association helps victims of crime secure justice in civil courts, and help train attorneys to better represent victims. They have been actively advocating for state legislature to reform the criminal and civil statutes of limitation for child sex abuse.
  • Stephanie Halter presented “Law enforcement’s conceptualization of juvenile prostitutes as commercial sexual exploitation victims in 6 U.S. cities” at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH in June. She also presented “The social construction of juvenile prostitutes by law enforcement: Delinquency offenders or child sexual abuse victims?” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • David Mackey with Kevin Courtright and Cassandra Grimm (both of Edinboro University of PA) presented “Connecting academic criminal justice to the practitioner perspective: The efficacy of the professional interview” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences at Roger Williams University in June.
  • Eric MacLeish has appeared as a legal commentator on New England Cable News regarding the Addison case (the murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs). On October 2, MacLeish will be lecturing at Harvard Law School. Topic of his talk: “Self‐Ethics: What law school does not teach you about managing stress as an attorney.”
  • Francis Williams presented “Online teaching challenges using a publisher‐developed course” at The Mass Colleges Online Conference in Lowell, Mass in June. He also presented “A functionalist viewpoint of policing the minority community” at the American Sociological Association annual conference in August.


  • An e‐mail alert recently sent from Research Connections (which is sponsored by NAEYC and the National Center for Children in Poverty) includes a link to an article co‐authored by Clarissa Uttley that appears in this month’s issue of Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. www.researchconnections.org. Click on the link that asks “What are lessons from Rhode Island’s mentoring program for early childhood professionals?”
  • Below is the link to a book that Mary Cornish edited, “Promising Practices for Partnering with Families in the Early Years,” which was recently published: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/content/p484064a0dbd68.php

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley and Brian Boyls‐White brought a number of athletic training students to the Highland Games held at Loon Mountain during the weekend of September 20‐21. Students covered both the Strong Man and Scottish Dance competitions. Other physical education majors helped with the set‐up and break down of the many Scottish events.
  • Angel Ekstrom has been mentoring student volunteer trip leaders through the Student Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAP) trip program this fall. The SOAP Trip Programs are scheduled cooperative adventures involving human powered/propelled outdoor activities connecting PSU students to their outdoor environments. Trips are led and instructed by PSU student volunteers who promote a respect for the environment and a love for the outdoors. Trips are day and/or overnight(s) involving activities such as, rock climbing, paddling, hiking/camping, surfing and biking. This fall, SOAR trips include: ACA Solo white water canoe clinic on the Deerfield River, Surfboarding, paddling at Squam Lake, hiking Katahdin, rock climbing, and a clinic on surfing sea kayaks. Participation in the SOAR program is available to all PSU students.
  • Barbara McCahan participated in the first “Cultivating Wellness” Conference at D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead in Dorchester, NH. Dr. McCahan was as an invited speaker on the subject of “The Botany of Nutrients” at this 2 day event featuring educational classes, handson workshops, field and forest plant walks, and healing sessions with New England holistic practitioners and wellness experts.
  • Jamie Hannon and the adventure education students have been continuing their ongoing community service project, the adoption of the Langdon Woods fire ring. There have been at least three clean‐up days when AE students collected trash and debris and picked up around the area. Also adventure education students and faculty have formed service partnerships with the Cady-Launch program and the Pemi‐Baker Academy POLA program, providing supervised adventure activities to the program participants for group development and educational purposes.

Lamson Library

  • Publications
    David A. Beronä

    “My Life at First Try by Mark Budman.” Library Journal, 133:15 (Sept. 15, 2008): 43‐44.
  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    David A. Beronä

    Panel Discussion. “Inside Out: Self and Society in Comic Art: Trends in Autobiography,journalism and social critique in graphic novels.” St.Mark’s Church in the Bowery, New York. Howl Festival. Sept. 10, 2008.
    Paper and Panel Discussion. “Reading Pictures, Burning Comics: New Perspectives on the History of Graphic Narrative.” Columbia University Book History Colloquium. New York. Sept. 25, 2008.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting was recently elected to the Executive Board of Northern New England TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). He will serve as one of two New Hampshire state representatives. Northern New England TESOL is the regional affiliate of TESOL International, the leading association of English language teachers.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • The Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance production of “Hamlet”, Shakespeare’s classic tale of the conflict between moral integrity and revenge, features Beth Cox as Gertrude and Kevin Asselin (PSU Alum ’97 and guest adjunct faculty) as Hamlet. You can still catch a performance October 2–5.
  • Rik Pfenninger licensed 8 of his film music cues to Triple Scoop Music in LA. In August Rik also had three of his smooth jazz tracks selected for airplay on the Weather Channel.

Office of Teacher Certification

  • Irene Cucina and Royce Robertson (Education) attended the NCATE/AACTE conference in Washington, DC on September 17‐20. The teacher education program is up for NCATE renewal in 2011. PSU has had continual NCATE accreditation for the past 50 years. Faculty in teacher education have been collecting data to assess both the effectiveness of the programs and the quality of our students for the past two years. Workshops will be offered throughout the school year that will help all faculty in the area of assessment. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Teacher Certification at x52224.

Social Science

  • Brian Eisenhauer contributed a chapter to a recently published book, “Partnerships for Empowerment,” (Stylus Publishing, the US distributor for Earthscan) which focuses on community engagement through applied research.
  • Mark Okrant and Russell Thibeault (Applied Economic Research) were the featured speakers at the Central New Hampshire Economic Forecast, at Waterville Valley, on Sept. 25th. Okrant addressed the region’s future tourism economy.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine has recently given two presentations for the NH Humanities Council: one in Campton on female tavern keepers and another in Piermont on 19th‐century NH farming communities.

October 2007

October 19th, 2007 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier

We’ve been back in session for a month and the trees along the brick walkway are starting to change. The blueberry bush in front of Memorial no longer has berry pickers and everyone seems to be settling in for a productive semester. Plymouth State University is a great place to be in the fall!

Program Development

  • Brian Eisenhauer has been leading a group of faculty in the development of a BS in Environmental Science. An intent to submit proposal was approved by SAPC in August.
  • Sheryl Shirley has led the efforts of the International Studies program and will be bringing forward a proposal for this new program shortly.


We are in the process of writing our 5th year interim report for NEASC. Dean Fitzpatrick has agreed to lead this charge and a number of individuals across campus have begun the process.

US State Department Grant

The Pakistani Institute has been awarded another $328,038 bringing the total funding to over $1.3 million dollars over five years. Next summer’s project is entitled “Active and Responsible Citizenship” and will focus on environmental and cultural heritage preservation. Congratulations to Blake Allen, Susan Amburg, Mary Ann McGarry, and Liane Sutcliffe for their efforts toward this open competition grant.


The Internationalization taskforce is in place and getting ready to begin their work. If you have ideas or suggestions to pass along to them, the committee composition is listed below.
Thanks to everyone who showed interest in participating in this process.

  • Internationalization Taskforce
    • Daniel Moore (Chair)
    • Grace Fraser
    • Anil Waghe
    • Anita Lee
    • Paul Wilson
    • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew
    • Gene Fahey- Admissions and recruiting
    • Deb Regan- Study Abroad/ Exchange Visitor Program
    • Dennise Maslakowski- Graduate
    • Cheryl Baker – Graduate international initiatives
    • Tim Keefe- international student services

Commencement Speaker/Honorary Degrees

The Honorary Degree and Awards Committee will be asking for nominations for the Granite State Award and Honorary Degrees to be awarded at Commencement. One of the Honorary Degree candidates will be asked to give the Commencement Address. Please be thinking about nominations and watch for the call from the committee. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1st

Changes in store for Convocation

This year we will be making some changes to our Spring Convocation ceremony to focus the event on celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors. Department senior awards, and special recognition of seniors will be the primary focus of this event. Scholarships awarded to first year through third year students will be moved to department events or to a new academic achievement celebration. This new event will most likely be held in the Fall and will allow us to focus on award winners and provide an opportunity for awardees to
meet and interact with donors and donor’s families during a dinner event. More information will be forthcoming.

Upcoming Events

  • The Grand Opening of Mary Lyon will occur on October 12th at 2 p.m., preceded by tours from 12-2. Please come and join us to see the spectacular work that has been done. In addition to the living spaces, Mary Lyon is the new home of the College of University Studies, Undergraduate Advising, and Residential Life on the “Garden Level”
  • October 12-14 is Homecoming and Family Weekend. I hope many of you will be able to attend a number of the many events occurring throughout the weekend. Parents and alumni are always looking to meet and interact with faculty.
  • The USNH Board of Trustees will be on campus on October 18th. There will be an opportunity for all to meet with and interact with Board members.

News From Academic Affairs
Departments and Faculty


  • Pat Cantor has been named by Chancellor Reno as the University System representative to the New Hampshire Child Care Advisory Council, which is charged with supporting the development of quality, affordable child care statewide and advising the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues and needs regarding child care services.
  • On August 30th Marcel Lebrun presented on Functional Behavior Assessment: The key components of student behavioral assessments at Madison Elementary School for teachers, special educators and support personnel.

Social Science:

  • On September 9-10 PSU hosted a dozen University of Wolverhampton (UK) Geography and Environmental Sciences students on campus and in the field. Students used Livermore Falls as a study area to plan for the development of the site for a state park. They spent the day on site with faculty advisors, then prepared presentations or reports. Bryon Middlekauff assisted with this experience, facilitating the students’ use of the Dow GIS lab at PSU. Additionally, he led the group on an all day field trip into Franconia Notch. This international trip is a yearly event and involves faculty from Keene State and the UK. This international travel/learning experience has been ongoing since 1995.
  • Bob Heiner’s latest book, Deviance Across Cultures, was published by Oxford University Press this Fall.


  • Professor Frank Kopczynski, CMA, CPA has received the George Teloian Manuscript Award for 2006-2007 from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Lamson Library:

  • Publications:
    • David A. Beronä wrote the “Introduction” to Laurence Hyde’s Southern Cross: A
      Novel of the South Seas
      . Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly Press, 2007.

Music, Theatre and Dance:

  • Carleen Graff had a second piano concerto published for digital keyboard ensemble and solo piano – “Mozart’s Concerto in F Major, K. 413” – by Ogilvy Music in Denton, Texas.

Social Work:

  • The student social work club is undertaking a fundraising effort to conduct a field tour of the roots of social work in England that would be accompanied by Professor O’Brien and Prof. Meyer.
  • Scott Meyer will again serve a term as the President of the Board of the Plymouth Regional Clinic providing free health care to citizens in need. He has also been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Men.
  • Scott Meyer provided reflections at the Pemi Baker Home Health and Hospice annual memorial service in Plymouth.
  • Cyndy Moniz participated in a Social Work Unification meeting of 10 major social work organizations held at the Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, WI in June as an NASW representative. She was also honored at the annual NASW Board of Directors Celebration Dinner in Washington, DC in June for her service as national Secretary, and was reappointed by the Council on Social Work Education to the Council on Leadership Development (2007-2010)
  • Cyndy Moniz and Steve Gorin did an invitational presentation in Washington, DC for the National Council to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s annual meeting in June. Cyndy and Steve were also chosen for the NH AFL-CIO’s Distinguished Service Award for their achievements in Social Justice.
  • Steve Gorin was appointed by the Governor and Executive Council to the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) for 2007-2010. His article, “The United States Can Afford the Boomers,” was published in the August volume of Health & Social Work.

Communication and Media Studies:

  • Books:
    • Mediated Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations, edited by Kylo-Patrick Hart, has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. It contains Hart’s essays “Our Bodies, Their Bodies, and (In)Visible Lesions: AIDS, Film Melodramas, and the Transformation from ‘Us’ versus ‘Them’ to ‘Just Us'” and “The Trouble with Kids: Harmful Representations of Adolescents and AIDS in a Popular Teen Film,” colleague Annette Holba’s essay “representing an Archetypal ‘Wicked’ Stepmother: Revisiting Abby Durfee Gray Borden,” and eighteen additional scholarly essays.
    • Annette Holba’s book “Philosophical Leisure: Recuperative Praxis for Human Communication,” has been published by Marquette University Press.
  • Journal Articles:
    • Kylo-Patrick Hart has published “Retrograde Storytelling or Queer Cinematic Triumph? The (Not So) Groundbreaking Qualities of the Film ‘Brokeback Mountain’” in the academic journal Intertexts, and “Cinematic Trash or Cultural Treasure? Conflicting Viewer Reactions to the Extremely Violent World of Bisexual Men in Gregg Araki’s ‘Heterosexual Movie’ “The Doom Generation” in the Journal of Bisexuality
    • Annette Holba’s coauthored article “The Rhetorical Turn to Otherness: Otherwise than Humanism” has been published in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.

Health and Human Performance:

  • Linda Levy, Liesl Lindley, Brian Boyls-White (MEd ’09) and 10 PSU undergraduate and graduate athletic training students provided athletic training services for the 2007 New Hampshire Highlander Games on September 22-23. The Highlander Games are a combination of the traditional Scottish competitions that started in the 1300’s and the recently developed Strong Men competitions as seen on ESPN.
  • Angel Ekstrom ran a successful White Mountain Orientation Program, had 9 students complete a beginning surfing trip in September, and will have 8 students in a sea kayaking class on Sept. 28-30

Criminal Justice:

  • Eric MacLeish is teaching a seminar at Boston University School of Law on National Security and Civil Liberties. Guest speakers have included Dr. Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist who has testified in most of the major terrorist cases about solitary confinement. Next week’s guest speaker is a survivor of the Japanese-American internment camps. Much of the material from his seminar, he covers in the three civil liberties courses at PSU. He finds it interesting that many PSU students, while not having had the benefit of law school, have strong intellectual and analysis skills that put them almost on a par with his law students.

Here ends the October report to the faculty.

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