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Monthly Report to the Faculty

Provost Julie Bernier

September 1, 2010




Welcome back everyone.   Congratulations on a very successful Faculty Week and thank you to all the presenters.


Please join us today to celebrate with your colleagues as we announce the 2010 Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and the 2010 Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient.



This week the Education Department and College of Graduate Studies submitted their report to NEASC for the upcoming focused visit in response to PSU’s “move to the higher degree” (i.e. offering the doctorate).  The report was prepared by a team of individuals, led by the EdD Coordinator, Kathleen Norris and included the Interim Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies, George Tuthill; Dean of the Frost School and PSU’s NEASC Liaison, Nancy Betchart; Chair of Education Department, Marcel Lebrun; Dean of the Library and Academic Support Services, David Beronä; and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Julie Bernier.  The NEASC external site visit team will be on campus in early October to review PSU’s implementation of the EdD in Learning Leadership and Community.



All teacher certification programs are currently collecting data and are in the process or preparing documentation for our upcoming NCATE visit.  My sincere thanks to all of you who have committed countless hours to this process.  Special congratulations to Physical Education, the first of our programs to be nationally recognized!


Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification

A number of colleagues have spent the better part of the summer and more intensively over the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on the application to Carnegie for the Community Engagement Elective Classification. In late spring, Daniel Moore, Scott Mantie and I met with Co-Chairs of the Service Learning Task Force, Terri Dautcher and Ben Amsden to review the application process and to develop a plan for its completion.


Elective classifications, such as this for community engagement, involve data collection and documentation “with substantial effort invested by participating institutions.” Elective classifications enable recognition of an institution for an aspect of its mission that is not usually recognized in the classification systems such as “Masters-Large,” our basic Carnegie Classification.  The Community Engagement Classification recognizes institutions for “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”


Special thanks to Daniel, Terri and Ben for their work on the application process.







  • Elizabeth D’Amico had a solar print with Chinecollé in “Momenta IV” at Two Rivers Printmaking in White River Junction, VT.  The show was juried by Cynthia Reeves and was up through July 31st.  Elizabeth also had one of her box assemblages and a collage accepted for “Shine,” a WCA juried show at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston from August 4 – 21.
  • Cynthia Vascak’s figurative monoprint, “Morning Light and Shadow Song” was accepted into the National Juried Monotype and Monoprint Exhibition, juried by Joann Moser, Senior Curator, Graphic Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum.  The Exhibition will be at the Fitchburg Art Museum, September 26-Jan.2.  Opening Reception will be September 26, 1-3pm.  Link to exhibition information
  • Adjunct Faculty Henrieke I. Streker, was a Prize Winner in the STILL IN MOTION – THE INTERNATIONAL PINHOLE PHOTO CONTEST 2010:

Front: Frankfurter Hauptbahnhof [Frankfurt (Main) Central Station], opened August 18, 1888

Back: MesseTurm, Groundbreaking July 13, 1988, opening October 1990


  • ECAC award:  Four distinguished sports information professionals, one media member and a standout college senior intent on an athletic communications career were honored Thursday, June 10, as recipients of the 2010 ECAC-SIDA (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association) top awards.  The Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award (College Division) was presented to Kent Cherrington.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot and his colleague Win Watson published an article entitled “Circatidal rhythms of locomotion in the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus: Underlying mechanisms and cues that influence them” in the journal Current Zoology.   The article is available online now ( and will appear in print in October 2010 (vol. 56).
  • Brigid O’Donnell and her colleague Elizabeth Jockusch published an article entitled “The expression of wingless and Engrailed in developing embryos of the mayfly, Ephoron leukon (Ephemeroptera: Polymitarcyidae)” in the journal Development, Genes and Evolution (vol. 220, June 2010).
  • Michele Pruyn gave presentations at two scientific meetings on research done in collaboration with recent biology graduate Maegan Gagne (BS Environmental Biology 2010):  “Water properties of yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) along an elevation gradient on Mt. Kineo” (IAWA, IAWS & IUFRO Conference, June 2010, Madison, WI), and “What are the physiological limitations to the distribution of yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) along an elevation gradient in a northern hardwood forest?” (Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study Annual Cooperators’ Meeting, July  2010, Thornton, NH).
  • Michele Pruyn and her colleague Tim Fahey submitted a grant renewal proposal entitled “A Summer Research Experience at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest:  Investigating and Communicating Change in Ecosystems” to the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in August 2010.
  • Kerry Yurewicz and undergraduate biology student Jacqulyn Huckins led aquatic education activities at an event held in Rumney, NH in July 2010 for Baker River Appreciation Day (hosted by D Acres Organic Farm & Educational Homestead).

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center for Rural Partnerships hosted the Northern Forest Higher Education Network Annual Meeting at the Mountain View Grand Hotel, June 1-2, 2010.  Frances Belcher organized the event, which focused on two themes: Connections – strategies for higher education institutions engaged in regional initiatives related to economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and social well-being; and Curriculum – an exploration of the proposed Northern Forest Studies Program, a distributed inter-institutional undergraduate education program developed by Pavel Cenkl of Sterling College in partnership with NFHERN.

The two day meeting included a president’s forum panel featuring Katharine Eneguess (White Mountains Community College), Theo Kalikow (U Maine at Farmington), John Mills (Paul Smiths College), Carol A Moore (Lyndon State College), Sara Jayne Steen (PSU), and Will Wootton (Sterling College).  The panel was facilitated by Brian Kermath (Dir. Center for Sustainable Rural Development, U Maine at Fort Kent).

Cynthia “Mil” Duncan (Carsey Institute, UNH) and Joe Short (Northern Forest Center) provided the first of two keynote addresses: “Rural Resilience and the Natural Landscape in Northern Forest Communities.”  Sandford Blitz (Federal Co-Chair, Northern Borders Regional Commission) delivered the second: “The Northern Borders Regional Commission.”

Facilitate session topics included: “The Northern Forest Studies Program: A Model for Distributed Place-Based Education” and “A Seat at the Table: Integrating Strategies for Regional Well-Being with Higher Education Resources”

In addition to Frances Belcher, Thad Guldbrandsen, Ben Amsden, and graduate students Jodi Bartley, and Tom Evans attended the NFHERN Annual Meeting.  Terri Dautcher (COBA) helped facilitate.

  • “Agrileisure: Re-imagining the relationship between agriculture, leisure, and social change,” a paper authored by Ben Amsden and Jesse McEntee was accepted for publication in Leisure/Loisir: The Journal of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies.  The article will appear in Fall 2010.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen joined the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2011.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships in collaboration with the Center for the Environment, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and others co-organized and co-facilitated the Coös County Symposium at the Balsams Grand Resort in May, 2010.
  • In partnership with USFS, AMC, and U.S. Department of Transportation, Ben Amsden and PSU undergraduate student Anastasia Deflumeri facilitated five discussion workshops with nearly 30 participants on the topic of transportation infrastructure.  These workshops were part of a larger grant-funded effort to assess options for alternative transportation within the White Mountain National Forest.
  • Ben Amsden attended the Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College (Craftsbury Common, VT).  This year’s topic, “Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action,” explored the developing dialogue between local and global concerns as it applies to economy, agriculture, history, food, culture, and rural identity.


Communication and Media Studies

  • Cathie LeBlanc presented her paper, “Social Media Games and the Performance of Self,” at the Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment conference at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
  • Annette Holba presented her paper, “Examining Josef Pieper’s Virtue Philosophy: Leisure as a Virtue Ethic” at the National Communication Association Communication Summer Ethics Conference.   Annette also received the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Spiritan Award for Alumni Scholarship.  Additionally, she has been invited to be guest editor for a volume of the recently renamed journal, Listening: Journal of Communication, Religion, and Culture.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gary Goodnough presented a workshop (Repercussions of Coordinating State Testing) with Justin Pagnotta, a CAGS student, at the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Boston in July.
    • Hridaya Hall volunteered time in June to serve as core faculty for the Boy Scouts of America Voyageur section of National Camp School in the Adirondacks. Dr. Hall taught canoeing and backpacking skills to trek guides and also taught sections focused on group facilitation and team building.
    • Leo Sandy reviewed an article on “Trauma Counseling and Psychological Care for Former Liberian Child Soldiers” for the Peace and Justice Studies Journal.


Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter had an article published this past May:  Halter, S. (2010). Factors that influence police conceptualizations of girls involved in prostitution in six U.S. cities: Child sexual exploitation victims or delinquents? Child Maltreatment, 15 (2), 152-160.
  • Kristine Miller’s article, “The Darkest Figure of Crime: Perceptions of Reasons for Male Inmates to Not Report Sexual Assault” was published in Justice Quarterly, Volume 27 Issue 5.
  • Mark Fischler attended the second biannual Integral Theory Conference in Pleasanton California and presented on the following topics:  Designing and Implementing Integral Theory in the University Classroom, Child Rape and the Death Penalty: An Integral Inquiry, and Integral Politics in the Age of Obama.
  • David Mackey and Michael Smith from Saint Anselm College presented “Validating the two prong test to determine the reasonableness of searches: A comparison of recent Supreme Court cases with the attitudes of college students” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences held at Roger Williams University.


  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute in June with a contingent of early childhood educators from Coos County, as part of their work with the Early Childhood Development Initiative in the North Country.  Pat and Mary have begun their second year with the ECD Initiative.  This year they will be developing an early childhood student leadership cohort for the North Country, providing professional development for early childhood educators in Coos County, and consulting with White Mountains Community College.  The ECD Initiative is funded by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented at a conference entitled Embracing Inclusive Approaches for children and youth with special education needs in Riga Latvia. The presentation was entitled “Books, Blackboards and Bullets: School Shooters in the Schools.”  Marcel also presented at the 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy & Society in July. His presentation was entitled “Depression and Violence in Schools.”
  • Mary Earick was chosen as an evaluation and efficacy reviewer for the US Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). Mary’s MSP grant with the Center for the Environment was funded:  Teacher as Researcher: The role of inquiry and learning progressions through environmental science studies, with the Newfound School district, New Hampshire Higher Education Math Science Partnership, Plymouth State University, 2010 ($75,000) (Co-PI)


  • Bob Garlitz had paintings in the three-person art exhibit, “In The Mix,” at the Rey Center in Waterville Valley.
  • Karolyn Kinane presented “A Crash Course in Middle English” as part of the professional development seminar for New Hampshire school teachers “A Not-So-Distant Mirror: Teaching the Middle Ages in Middle and High School,” sponsored by the NH Humanities Council and hosted by Keene State College.
  • Robin DeRosa has received a book contract from Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, for a new collection focusing on hyperreality in media and culture to be published in 2011.  She is also serving as an outside reviewer on a P&T committee for a professor at Monmouth University, giving talks on the Salem witch trials for the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and beginning a term as the President of the Board of Directors for Voices Against Violence of Southern Grafton County.
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “Sweet Girl Graduates Gone Sour: University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction,” appeared this summer in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920.  Her article, “The Gentleman’s Gentleman: The Butler as Simulacra in The Remains of the Day,” is forthcoming in a collection on S(t)imulated Realities: The Hyperreal in Popular Culture to be published by Lexington Press. She also presented a paper, “Far and Away: Women’s Scholarly Networks in Post-Colonial Britain,” at the Scholarly Networks in the British Empire: Transnational and Imperial Connections after 1850 conference at Wadham College, Oxford University, England in July, 2010.
  • Art Fried will present a paper on Jack Schiff (the comic book editor) at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture Association in Boston in October.
  • Liz Ahl, along with Elizabeth D’Amico (Art Department), was included in a juried show of the work of the Northeast Chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art from August 4-28 at Boston’s Bromfield Gallery. Their poem-art pairs are also going to be on display at the New Hampton School Galletly Gallery, with an opening reception/reading on October 1.


Environmental Science and Policy

  • “The Habitable Planet” was awarded a SPORE prize from AAAS. SPORE stands for Science Prize for Online Resources in Education.   Warren Tomkiewicz was part of the team that created “The Habitable Planet.” The prize was announced in the May 28 issue of Science magazine:


Frost School

  • Frost School Community Education held six children’s camps this summer: Lego Experiments for Girls; Future Film Makers; Junior Golf Clinic at Owl’s Nest with PGA pros, Joe Clark, Sr. and Joe Clark, Jr.; Lego Engineering Camp; Camp Costume; and Lego Tech Works Camp. More than 60 children in grades 2–8 participated.  Several PSU faculty and staff members partnered with us including Ashley Phillips–Film Making; Terri Dautcher-Camp Costume; Chris Drever, who has supported all of our Lego Camps since their inception in 2008; several members of the Screaming Eagles, the FIRST Robotics team that Chris mentors, have also served as interns. This year, Michael McGarry, nephew of Mary Ann McGarry, traveled from Colorado to intern at Lego tech Works Camp. Janine Neggers, spouse of Jeff Neggers, is our Lego Camps Master Teacher.

Global Education Office

  • Accompanied by Evelyn Stiller, 20 first-year PSU students are spending their fall semester studying at the University of Limerick, Ireland through our Freshman Abroad Program. This fall marks the 7th year of the Program.
  • This summer, 32 students completed their internships with organizations throughout New England, New Jersey, Georgia,  Australia, and Argentina.
  • Deb Regan has been appointed to a 3-year term with the International Advisory Council of University Partners for GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.  Through their educational programs of AustraLearn, AsiaLearn, and EuroLearn, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad partners with 62 universities around the world to provide study abroad opportunities to students.
  • In July, Cynthia Vascak (Art) and Katherine Harrington (French) joined GEO staff Deb Regan and Jess Morel in visiting Champlain College’s Montreal Campus to explore study away and internship opportunities for Art, Graphic Design, Communication Studies and French students.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson served on a review team for the accreditation of Sterling College’s outdoor education program for their renewed accreditation from the Association for Experiential Education.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller presented a two-day pre-conference on Untangling the Web of Weight Disorders at the 35th National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, WI. in July.  Pre- conference participants also had the opportunity to enroll in a 3-credit graduate class through PSU’s Eating Disorders Institute program.
  • Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities: Fresh and delicious whole foods pour forth from two collaborative gardens in Plymouth as a result of the efforts of HHP Adventure Education Instructor Julie Bisson, assisted by UNH Coop Extension Master Gardener Bob Richer, and the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities, directed by Barbara McCahan.  The Eco-learning Farmstand is an educational youth gardening project focusing on sustainable living practices and behaviors that support healthy, active living.  It is a “garden to market” project that brings together families in the Plymouth area to plant, tend, harvest and sell fresh produce at the Plymouth Farmers Market.  All profits go to the local Food Pantry.  Additional fresh produce is donated directly to the Food Pantry, Plymouth Senior’s Center, Meals for Many, Circle Camp and the Bridge House.  Garden spaces were donated by the Whole Village Family Resource Center and the Plymouth Methodist Church.  More information on the ELFS project is available at: and all are invited to participate until the harvest is done!
  • Irene Cucina and Lynn Johnson provided an Elementary Physical Education Assessment Workshop May 6, 2010 entitled “Integrating Assessment Into the Learning Experience“at the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey.

History and Philosophy

  • Ray Perkins presented a paper, “Incomplete Symbols in _Principia Mathematica_ and Russell’s ‘Definite Proof,” at an international conference at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in May: “PM@100”– a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead’s _Principia Mathematica_, a remarkable attempt to reduce all mathematics to logic and which profoundly impacted the worlds of philosophy and mathematics, making possible the development of a wide array of ideas from computers to Godel’s famous proof. “ 
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine had an article published in the Summer 2010 Historical New Hampshire titled “’Mere Trade’ or ‘Learned Profession’?  Medical Practice in Dover, 1780-1850.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting and College of Graduate Studies TESOL M.Ed. student D. Joan Bishop presented a paper, “Educating English Language Learners in Prison,” at the fifth annual Teachers as Researchers Conference held at UNH Manchester May 15, 2010.  The paper detailed on-going research Whiting and Bishop are conducting at the Concord Correctional Facility for Men.
  • James Whiting’s article, “Addressing the Isolation of Low-Incidence ELL Settings Through Professional Learning Communities,” appeared in the 2010 issue of the New Hampshire Journal of Education.
  • James Whiting’s article,” Student Podcasts: Oral Assessment and e-Portfolios,” appeared in the Summer, 2010 issue of AccELLerate, published by National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition at George Washington University.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi has been reappointed as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), having served in this capacity for the past two years.  She recently concluded her term as N.E. Regional Governor and National Board Member for NATS.
  • Robert Swift presented the keynote address for the opening convocation of the Governor Wentworth School District in Wolfeboro on August 26th.  The title of the talk was “The What, How, and Why of Teaching.”
  • Elizabeth Cox attended the Association of Theatre in Higher Education in Los Angeles in early August.  She is the current secretary/treasurer for the Acting Focus Group.  Beth was also a designated actor for a conference workshop, “Meisner Variations,” presented by David Kaye of UNH.  Beth attended a pre-conference workshop for voice and speech trainers with 100 year old Arthur Lessac of the Lessac Training Institute, “Body Wisdom, Vocal Life:  Exploring Lessac Energies.”   This summer, Beth also gave a dialect workshop and was the dialect coach for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at North Country Center for the Arts/Papermill Theatre in Lincoln, NH.
  • Rik Pfenninger recently had two of his jazz compositions included on the sound track for a new video game distributed by the German video company MobyGames.
  • Lisa Travis, artistic director of Terminal Hip Dance Theater, produced and directed a humorous dance performance this August at the new Flying Monkey performance center in Plymouth.  Ms. Travis was joined by colleague Amanda Whitworth, adjunct faculty members Tina Philibotte Howard and Audrey Eisenhauer, community artists Carole Ann Morrison of Ninth State, Krista Lampe, and Matt Cheney, PSU alumnus Jason Smith, and current PSU student Mervin Marvey.

Pakistan Project

  • The Pakistan Project focused on its U.S component during July.  An official State Department delegation of forty Pakistani educators participated in an intensive professional development institute at Plymouth State, examining initiatives in educational management and planning, conflict resolution, and environmental education for adaptation to Pakistan’s complex education sectors.  The delegates represented every province and Pakistan-administered area: Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad Capital Territory, and Kashmir.  Coming together from such diverse backgrounds – geographically, ethnically, and linguistically – was an historic event for the delegates and in Pakistan education.

While in New Hampshire, the delegates engaged in cross-cultural and –educational experiences with American counterparts.  They joined educators at Newfound High School, Arts in Education Institute, and Plymouth Writing Project for shared opportunities to explore the project hallmark, “education without frontiers.”  During a four day visit to Washington, D.C., they met with senior leadership at the U.S. Department of State, Bureaus of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) and of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; the Embassy of Pakistan; and the Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.  Hosts included Assistant Secretary of State, ECA, Ann Stock, Pakistan Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, Embassy Minister Faqir Asif Hussain, and Senator Shaheen.  The Voice of America interviewed Pashto and Urdu speaking delegates in T.V. and radio mediums for transmission to Pakistan. ECA Program Officer Adam Meier coordinated the Washington events.

Thanks to the many offices, staff and faculty of the PSU community who supported the institute, including the College of Graduate Studies.  They contributed to wonderful memories of the PSU experience for the Pakistani delegates. The core team consisted of project director Blake Allen, institute coordinator John Martin, administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat, graduate intern Kelly Nelson of Lin-wood High School, graduate assistant Julie Tallman of New Hampton School, and Mary Lyon residential staff Sarah Roesener, PSU’10, Peter Osbourne , Julie Crisafi, and Erik Anderson.  Instruction was provided by JoAnn Guilmet, Norm Shippee, technology; Gary Goodnough, Hridaya Hall, educational management and planning;  Leo Sandy, conflict resolution; Marguerite Crowell, Mary Ann McGarry, Douglas Eirick, Jeremiah Duncan, Warren Tomkiewicz, environmental education; Kimberly Rawson Sychterz, Emily Squibb, Richard Giard, and Marilyn Ashley, master action plan design and development.  Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police Department, provided security oversight. Lisa Ladd led the orientation process, with contributions by Tammy Hill, Jennifer Frank, Sue Scheinman, Kirk McClelland, Robert Hlasney, and Beth Shehadi.  David Berona of Lamson Learning Commons; Gail Bourn of the Plymouth Writing Project; Marie Ross, Superintendant, SAU 4; Susan Amburg, Office of Sponsored Programs; and Cynthia Vascek and Wendy Oellers of the Arts in Education Institute shared dynamic work.   Thanks also to the wonderful staffs at Prospect Dining Hall and at Lamson Learning Commons for their assistance with the Pakistani delegates.

The project now focuses on the Pakistan component, with delegates returning to implement institute training in professional development activities.  However, due to the magnitude of the natural and human disasters that are profoundly affecting Pakistan, project director Blake Allen is working with the in-country team in Islamabad and Lahore and alumni leaders throughout Pakistan on revised strategic planning for the Pakistan phase.  The floods, loss of human life and of critical infrastructures, mass movement of refugees and long-term impact of the devastation affects the project’s 160 Plymouth State University Pakistani alumni, including each 2010 delegate.  Alumni and Pakistan sub-award organization, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), are deeply involved with flood relief efforts:;

The U.S. Department of State has approved funding for the FY2010 project and its 2011 institute.  Allen will be working with State Department and Embassy officials, ITA and alumni leaders on integrating reconstruction challenges and initiatives into the project and institute. Experiences working with post-2005 Kashmir earthquake reconstruction teams also are shaping the planning.  The 2011 institute curriculum will examine the implications of climate change. With current events in Pakistan, “Education in Emergencies” now will provide the context.

PASS Office

  • The PASS office has received official notification of renewal of their TRIO grant.  They have been awarded a yearly amount of $310,020.00; funding extends over the next five years.
  • The PASS office has instituted a new evening study skills tutoring program from 5:00-9:00pm Monday through Thursday. Students can drop in to receive assistance in developing new study techniques or organizational strategies.

Social Science

  • David Starbuck (Anthropology and Sociology) and Filiz Otucu (Political Science) led a tour group of 20 faculty and students to modern and ancient sites throughout Turkey, leaving Boston on May 27 and returning on June 7. They visited Troy, Ephesus, King Midas’ Tomb, and a host of other cultural sites.  The group absolutely loved Turkey!  David also spent six weeks this summer directing students and volunteers at archaeological sites of the French and Indian War in Fort Edward, New York, and presented a lecture entitled “Excavating the Past at Fort Edward and Lake George” to the ASRC Falconer Science/Natural History Lecture Series in Wilmington, NY, on August 24 (atop Whiteface Mountain).
  • At the end of September a solar hot water and solar electric system will be installed on the EcoHouse as part of a class project. The system was designed by students in our Sustainability in Residences Project class during the Spring of 2010, and will be installed through a partnership with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative. Stay tuned for more details and the installation date!
  • At the end of October Steve Whitman will be travelling to Haiti with some PSU graduates to work on a new sustainability and reforestation project. The project is Sadhana Forest Haiti and an extension of the successful project in India. The web address is:
  • Khuan Chong has a limited edition of his book of poetry  “ DISINI: PENANG”  published by the Phoenix Press in Malaysia.  He had a round-table discussion on “ Education and Heritage” with Justice Ohara of Penang and Ahmad Cik, President of the Penang Heritage Trust.


Social Work

  • Steve Gorin has been reappointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Health and Social Work Editorial Board of the National Association of Social Work, 2011-2015.  Steve has also been appointed to the CSWE Council on Professional Development, 2010-2013, and has been asked to conduct a national NASW Webinar on health care in February 2011.
  • Scott Meyer. Along with Leo Sandy, co-presented a paper, “Disturbing the Classroom Peace,” at the American Association of University Professors Annual Conference in Washington, DC in June.
  • Cyndy Moniz has been appointed to the CSWE Commission on Professional Development, 2010-2013.
  • Christine Rine has been elected to the Board of Directors, NH Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


September 2009

September 26th, 2009 by Noelle

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

Welcome back, everyone. It is such a joy to see the faculty and students return to campus.
Last week, we had a wonderfully successful Faculty Week and yesterday, one of our best Convocations ever. Thanks to David Zehr, Alice O’Connor and all those who presented during Faculty Week and thanks to Gale Beckwith, Melissa Levin, David Zehr, Briana Bradley, the HUB staff and everyone who helped plan Convocation.
Some personnel changes to announce:

  • The PASS office and the Writing Center will now report to David Beronä. With the integration of these support services with the library and the learning commons, David’s title has been changed to Dean of Library and Academic Support Services.
  • Deb Regan, who has been serving as interim Director of the Bagley Center, has been named the permanent Director. In addition to the ongoing duties of directing the Bagley Center, Deb will be working with the International Steering Committee to develop a new leadership model to oversee and “pull together” the many international and global initiatives on campus.
  • Patrick Cate, who has been serving as Interim Director of University Studies, has been named Director of the program. Patrick and Barbara Wirth are in the process of assessing the program and proposing services that will serve a greater number of students. We’ll hear more about their plans in the coming months.

Please welcome our newest faculty members:

  • Christie Ahrens
  • Benoni Amsden
    Center for Rural Partnerships
  • Cheryl A. Coker
    Health and Human Performance
  • Jeremiah S. Duncan
    Atmospheric Science and Chemistry
  • Kimberly A. Duncan
    Center for the Environment
  • Douglas L. Earick
    Center for the Environment
  • Mary E. Earick
  • Chantalle R. Forgues
  • Mark B. Green
    Center for the Environment
  • Rémy Grosso
    Languages and Linguistics
  • K. Hridaya Hall
    Counselor Education and School Psychology
  • Kristine M. Miller
    Criminal Justice
  • Robert A. Nadeau
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Brigid C. O’Donnell
    Biological Sciences
  • Christine M. Rine
    Social Work
  • Jason A. Swift
  • Kristen K. Williams

ELS Language Centers:

ELS, located in the garden level of Mary Lyon, has begun accepting applications for English language studies. The Director, Gonzalo Isidro-Bruno (who goes by Bruno), arrived about a month ago and has been hiring staff and establishing the center. The first 7 students have been admitted – they are from Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia.
ELS will operate continuously in 4-week sessions, 52 weeks per year. Students completing the program at level 112 will meet the language requirements for matriculation. Students enrolled in ELS, will live in Mary Lyon Hall or participate in “Home Stay” programs. If you are interested in hosting home stay students, contact Bruno at or stop by Mary Lyon Hall. His office is located in the suite along with the Advising Center and University Studies.

Summer Vacation?

President Steen’s answer to the question “So, it must be quiet around here in summer?” can sum up the answer to the same question asked of our faculty members. Many individuals assume you are “on vacation” during the summer months. What follows, will challenge those assumptions. Our faculty have been busy, engaged scholars. Congratulations for all the awards, presentations, exhibits, shows, readings, and publications since our last meeting in May.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Annette Mitchell has had the following exhibitions:
    Small Gems/NHWCA Juried Exhibition, Manchester, NH; AVA’s Sixteenth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition, Lebanon, NH; Inspire2Knit & Tea Show, Plymouth, NH; Incredible Print Show, Artstream Gallery, Rochester, NH; Printmaking: Impressions Juried Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH; Neoteric Abstract Juried Exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY; Momenta III Juried Exhibition, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT; Trajectory, Print Invitational, Silver Cultural Art Center, Plymouth State University, NH; The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA; Four Featured Faculty, Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, NH; Prints of the Year: What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH; Love, Lust, & Desire, McGowan Fine Art Gallery, Concord, NH
  • Catherine Amidon was awarded a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts Grant for the exhibition Karl Drerup: A Modernist Drawn to Life; she solicited addition funding from a private source to fund a catalogue. She was also invited to organize a booth about Beyond Brown Paper for the Coos Goes South celebration in front of the State House in May and invited to give a lecture about BBP for an AMC educational program in July. Catherine worked with Naomi Kline to bring a collection of vintage posters to PSU, and she solicited the donation of seven major enamels by Karl Drerup from a private donor. Catherine was also selected by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to attend a national forum in June in Buffalo, NY entitled “Stewardship of America’s Legacy: Answering the Call to Action.”

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Eric Hoffman gave a presentation at the AMC Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria on Aug. 18th. The presentation was entitled “A Needle in a Haystack: Tornado Chasing in the Midwestern United States”.
  • Dennis Machnik gave four planetarium presentations for the public on August 8th as part of the Curious George Day at Waterville Valley. He saw about 90 people, half of them young children. On the 17th of July, Dennis did a program for the Cub Scouts in Rochester.
  • Lourdes Aviles has been appointed by the American Meteorological Society Council to serve on the History of Atmospheric Sciences Committee, which will meet during the 90th AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2010.
  • Lourdes Avilés and Brendon Hoch attended the 2009 Unidata Users Workshop held on June 8-12 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. The topic was “Using Operational and Experimental Observations in Geoscience Education.” The workshop provided an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in observing technologies and techniques and their use in education, research, and operations. An array of educational and instructional sessions was presented showcasing various observing systems with special emphasis on their usefulness in teaching and student learning.
  • Brendon Hoch attended a training workshop at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado on August 6-7. The workshop provided instruction on using Thematic Realtime Environmental Distributed Data Services (THREDDS), a software application which simplifies the discovery and use of scientific data. The software application will provide meteorological and other environmental datasets seamlessly to Plymouth State faculty and students, as well as other partners worldwide. Brendon also organized and co-led three training presentations for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The events were held in Plymouth, Concord, and Unity, NH. The goal of the program is to encourage citizens to have fun participating in meteorological science and to gather accurate high-quality precipitation data for use by the National Weather Service and other parties to improve forecasting of major rain and snow events. Anyone can get involved by visiting

Biological Sciences

  • The Kim Ayers Award was presented to Larry Spencer at the annual meeting of the Lakes Region Planning Commission at the Laconia Country Club in June. Larry serves as the chair of the Holderness Conservation Commission.
  • Len Reitsma co-authored four research posters at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union at UPENN in Philadelphia Aug 11-15, 2009. Three posters were co-authored with PSU undergraduate and graduate students (Michael Hallworth, Marissa Goodnow and Jesse Wampler) on the Canada warbler work Reitsma has been doing for seven years now, and one poster was on northern waterthrush research in Puerto Rico co-authored with Drs. Joseph Smith and Peter Marra of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
  • Kerry Yurewicz co-authored a paper, “Comparative landscape dynamics of two anuran species: climate-driven interaction of local and regional processes,” that was published in the scientific journal Ecological Monographs (79(3): 503-521, August 2009).

Computer Science and Technology

  • Conference Presentation:

1. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., On Broadcasting, Neighbourhood Broadcasting, and Whitney Numbers of the Second Kind, 2nd Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference (CanDAM 2009), May 25-28, 2009, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Journal Articles Published:
1. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., An efficient routing algorithm for disjoint shortest paths on qHypercube, Proc. the 3rd Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA’09), June 10-12, 2009, Yellow Mountains, China, Springer LNCS 5573, pp. 375-383.
2. Shen, Z., Qiu, K., and Cheng, E., On the surface area of the (n, k)-star graph. Theoretical Computer Science (2009), doi:10.1016/j.tcs.2009.05.007.
3. Cheng, E., Qiu, K., and Shen, Z., On deriving explicit formulas of the surface areas for the arrangement graphs and some of the related graphs. International Journal of Computer Mathematics (2009) doi:10.1080/00207160903134255.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • The Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, published by Common Ground, has published an article written by Leo Sandy and Scott Meyer (SW), “Educating for Global Citizenship in the New Millennium” in the May issue. Leo also published an article on Teen Suicide in Protocol, the newsletter of the NHASP (New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists).

Criminal Justice

  • Stephanie Halter was awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in June at their annual meeting in Atlanta. APSCA is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence.
  • David Mackey attended the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and presented 3 different papers with his co-authors: Michael Smith (Saint Anselm College), “Rating the intrusiveness and reasonableness of searches targeting youths;” Christopher Remillard (CJ PSU class of 2010), “Beyond the classroom with applied research: The illustrative case of the community satisfaction survey;” and Kevin Courtright and Susan Packard (both of Edinboro University of PA),”Empathy among college freshman: Examining predispositional traits and roles of education and maturation.”
  • Mark Fischler was invited to speak at the Boston Integral Meetup at Samadhi Yoga in Newton, MA, and gave a talk on “What is Integral Law?”


  • Kathleen Norris reports that the EdD cohort has completed its first two courses, Emerging Perspectives on Learning and Development, and Quantitative Methods for Program Assessment and Evaluation. The students are preparing for their fall course, Ethical Leadership and Advocacy. They became connected as a professional learning community in the first course and were involved in experiential and service learning through the Program Evaluation course. The cohort took on the development of a program evaluation proposal for Bridge House, the Plymouth shelter for those experiencing homelessness.
  • The K-12 Curriculum Administrator certification program, a post-master’s area, is in the approval process with the State Dept of Ed and students are already inquiring about admission into it.
  • Marcel Lebrun and Kim Williams published a new book entitled, “Keeping Kids Safe, Healthy and Smart.” The book is published by Rowman Littlefield Publishers and was released June 15th, 2009. The book highlights all kinds of hidden dangers for children in their schools, homes and communities. It offers a variety of resources and interventions for both parents and educators.
  • Clarissa Uttley reports that IRB approval was granted for a research project entitled “Social Emotional Development in University Child Care Center Children.” This research will include collecting baseline data on the social-emotional development of children in a university setting and will also be used to support future grant proposals on related research. This research will be occurring during the 2009-2010 academic year and will involve both the Plymouth State University Child Development & Family Center and the University of Rhode Island Child Development Center. During the past summer, Clarissa served for three week as a Panel Chair for the Administration of Children and Family (ACF) grant review process for Early Head Start and Head Start Expansion funding through the ARRA (stimulus) funds. This was an opportunity to work with numerous people from around the country and in various roles relating to the care and education of young children, as well as to be influential in the selection of projects that would receive funding through this expansion effort.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented on “Seduced by the Screen: Helping Families to Understand the Impact of Screen Media on Infants and Toddlers,” for 60 early childhood professionals at the Oh Baby! Conference, Plymouth State University, May 21, 2009.
  • Pat Cantor and Clarissa Uttley presented on “Playing to Learn about Constructivism” at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Professional Development Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2009. The presentation drew on their work and that of Mary Cornish in teaching ER 2200, The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education.
  • Christie Ahrens and Kathleen Norris are participating in the Educational Research collaborative group that has been organized at the State DOE. The first meeting was in August and information on available data sets and potential research questions was shared.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy had the following publications:
  1. Co-authored a chapter titled, “The Supervision, Questioning, Feedback Model of Clinical Teaching: A Practical Approach” in Weidner, TG. (2009), The athletic trainer’s pocket guide to clinical teaching. Slack Inc.;
  2. Willeford KS, Fincher AL, Barnum MG, Gardner G, Guyer MS, Levy LS & Sexton P. (2009). Improving Clinical Education through Proper Supervision. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):6-7;
  3. Levy LS, Sexton P, Willeford KS, Barnum MG, Guyer MS, Gardner G & Fincher AL. (2009). Clinical Instructor Characteristics, Behaviors and Skills in Allied Health Care Settings: A Literature Review. Athletic Training Education Journal,
  4. (1):8-13; Sexton P, Levy LS, Willeford KS, Barnum MG, Gardner G, Guyer MS & Fincher AL. (2009). Supervised Autonomy. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):14-18;
  5. Levy LS, Gardner G, Barnum MG, Willeford KS, Sexton P, Guyer MS & Fincher AL. (2009). Situational Supervision for Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):19-22;
  6. Barnum MG, Guyer MS, Levy LS, Willeford KS, Sexton P, Gardner G & Fincher AL. (2009). Questioning and Feedback in Athletic Training Clinical Education. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):23-27; and
  7. Gardner G, Sexton P, Guyer MS, Willeford KS, Levy LS, Barnum MG & Fincher AL. (2009). Clinical Instruction for Professional Practice. Athletic Training Education Journal, 4(1):28-31.
  • Christian Bisson had a chapter published in a new edited book entitled “Rock Climbing.” The chapter is titled “Building Climbing Anchor Systems” and covers the science and art of building safe anchor systems in recreational and educational rock climbing environments. The book was co-edited by Timothy Kidd and Jennifer Hazelrigs through Human Kinetics.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller coordinated Plymouth State University’s 4th Eating Disorders Conference this past spring at Church Landing at in Meredith. The conference was partially grant funded from NH Endowment for Health and NH Charitable Foundation. The conference was expanded from one day to 1.5 days, with a pre-conference for school professionals on eating disorders. More than 120 participants from all over the country attended and heard some of the best national speakers on the topics of disordered eating, obesity and eating disorders prevention and treatment. She, with health education classes and the Health and Wellness Club, coordinated the 7th Annual Eating Disorders Silent Auction to raise money for eating disorders prevention activities in the Plymouth area last April. Mardie and Arianne Szymas, nutritionist with Plymouth State and SODEXHO, were trained as facilitators in a national program to decrease negative body image issues, called Body Reflections. This spring students facilitated a peer led Body Reflections program in residence halls. This Fall both will conduct a Body Reflections program for 25 residential life community advisors and residential life directors during in-service sessions. She also trained SODEXHO employees in CPR and AED this summer.
  • New faculty Cheryl Coker, had a textbook published, Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners, by Holcomb Hathway Publ.
  • Barbara McCahan participated in planning and implementing the Annual Leadership Development Conference for The Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation which was held in Portland, ME on August 19-21st. The conference was attended by EDA representatives from across 13 eastern states and Puerto Rico.
  • Margie King, Keith Belmore (PSU Ass’t Athletic Trainer, BS ’05), Heather Wenninger (MS ’09), Laurel Horne (MS ’08), Rachel Salazar (MEd ’07), Eric McQuaid (MEd 09), Brian Boyls-White (MS ’09), and Kristen Scott (PSU Graduate Assistant, MS ’10) presented “Getting to the Core: Assessment and Intervention Strategies” at the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in June. Margie also presented at a week-long training session, “Cancer Exercise Specialist Training Course,” at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Institute in July. In August, she presented “Optimizing Performance: Central and Peripheral Fatigue” at Colorado College.
  • Irene Cucina attended and presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Conference in Washington, DC in June.
  • Irene Cucina, Lynn Johnson, Barbara McCahan and Morgan O’Connell (senior physical education teacher certification student) attended the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Leadership Conference in Portland, ME in August. Lynn is currently the EDA President, Barbara is the VP Elect of Physical Activity and Recreation, Irene serves as the Board of Governor Representative, and Morgan is serving as the Student Representative on the Executive Board of this professional association.

Lamson Library

  • JoAnn Guilmett attended the New Hampshire Educational Media Association conference in North Conway in May and presented “8 steps to move your school library to an Information Commons.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew has had a book published: Valor, agravio y mujer by Ana Caro Mallén de Soto, 17th century Spanish author. Ed. Barbara Lopez-Mayhew. European Masterpieces Cervantes & Co. – Spanish Classics Nº 42, May 2009. She also participated June-July 2009 in the XIXI Congreso Intercontinental of ALDEEU (Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en los Estados Unidos), hosted by IUIEN: Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcalá de Henares (birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quijote de la Mancha). She presented a paper in Spanish on Un nuevo canon literario: los retos y beneficios de incluir a dramaturgas del Siglo de Oro. (A new literary canon: the challenges and benefits of including women playwrights from the Spanish Golden Age).
  • James Whiting presented a paper, “Low-Incidence ELL Teaching and Learning: Challenges and Possibilities”, at the 8th annual Teachers as Researchers Conference held at UNH Manchester in May. In the paper, Whiting reported on-going survey and qualitative research he has been pursuing on teaching English language learners in low-incidence, low-population settings in New England.


  • John Donovan has been appointed to the Mathematics Teacher Editorial Panel of The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’. The Committee is composed of Council members who have made contributions in special ways to the profession and who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in mathematics education.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • The Pemi Choral Society, conducted by Robert Swift, participated in UNISONG2009 in Ottawa, Canada, in early July. The national choral festival featured selected choirs from all ten Canadian provinces. Pemi was the first USA choir ever to be invited to participate.
  • Elizabeth Cox presented at the national theatre convention, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, in August in New York City. Her workshop “Utilizing Sign Language as a Tool for Actors” incorporated her research and techniques for work on actor physicality and connection to text. Also in August, Beth attended the national conference of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, working with international teachers Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg, and Catherine Fitzmaurice in master classes on speech, breath and Shakespeare’s text.
  • Kathleen Arecchi, the NE Regional Governor for NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing), ran the NE-NATS Summer Conference, August 17-19, at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH. Among the participants in the conference were Connie Chesebrough, coordinator of collaborative piano in the MTD department, who was a staff pianist at the conference, and Amanda Munton ’00, adjunct instructor of voice. Connie and Amanda performed “Three Ages of Women” by Lee Hoiby in a workshop entitled “Staging the Song Recital.” Daniel Perkins accompanied Eva Nagorka of Plymouth, also on this same program.
  • Connie Chesebrough also collaborated with lecturer Leslie Holmes and soprano Lori Anderson York in a workshop entitled “Paul Verlaine: The Composer’s Poet”, featuring songs of Debussy, Fauré and Hahn.
  • Carleen Graff was an adjudicator for the Maine Music Teachers Association Pine Tree Piano Competition in Orono, ME in early May. She also adjudicated for the National Guild of Piano Teachers in Denver in early June.


  • Ray Perkins and Leo Sandy (CE/SP) published “Curricular Innovations: Self and Society” in the Spring 2009 Edition of The Peace Chronicle,” the newsletter of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.

Social Science

  • Michelle Fistek and Bob Egbert attended the Northeastern Political Science Annual Convention May 8-9 in Portland. They gave a presentation about the PSU chapter which may be turned into another CQ publication. Michelle also attended the Netroots Nation 2009 Convention in Pittsburgh, August 13-16, to gather information about the role of blogging and how they are translating blogging into citizen activism. Netroots Nation is a gathering of over 2000 liberal bloggers who meet to learn how to mobilize and how to translate their blogging into the adoption of public policy.
  • Peng-Khuan Chong gave a talk on “President Obama’s Foreign Policy and Its Effects On Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia” this June in Malaysia. Included in the audience were NGOs, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, policy researchers and entrepreneurs. He also consulted with Penang Heritage Trust members who were responsible for winning the UNESCO designation for Penang as a World Heritage site.
  • Xiaoxiong Li took part in the activities organized by the Pease Library at Plymouth and led a book discussion (Wild Swans) in Feb. 2009 at the library. He was actively involved in the program entitled Exploring China Series sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment Fund in cooperation with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. He delivered two talks, “China under Mao” and “Current China,” at the Pease Library at Plymouth in March and April 2009.
  • The University of Delaware Press published Xiaoxiong’s book Poppies and Politics in China: Sichuan Province, 1840s to1940s in June 2009. He was also invited and served as chair of a PhD dissertation defense committee for the History Department, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and also gave two talks about US financial crisis and responses of US toward the crisis at Sichuan University and History Institute, Sichuan Social Science Academy, Chengdu, Sichuan in June 2009.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin was invited to attend President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting in Portsmouth, NH and asked to write a report on the event for national NASW ‘s health care blog. Steve was asked by NASW to prepare a report/position paper on Social Security funding that was submitted to the White House. This report, as well as a report he wrote on reducing health care spending, are posted to NASW’s website. As Editor-in-Chief of Health and Social Work, Steve also worked with Rep. Carol Shea Porter to develop a Viewpoint article, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Government Initiatives to Relieve It,” for the August 2009 issue of the journal.
  • Scott Meyer co-presented “Educating for Global Citizenship: A Dialogue” with Leo Sandy (CE/SP) at the International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations held in Riga, Latvia in June.
  • The third edition of Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin’s textbook, “Health and Mental Health Care Policy: A Biopsychosocial Perspective,” was released by Pearson/Allyn & Bacon in July. Cyndy & Steve also completed a new Instructor’s Manual to accompany the text which is available online.

September 2007

September 19th, 2007 by Noelle

Monthly Report to the Faculty from Provost Julie Bernier
September 5, 2007

What a beautiful Labor Day weekend! Whether you were grabbing the last opportunity of the summer to vacation or were here on campus moving boxes on move-in day, it was an extraordinary three days of sunshine and blue skies. The excitement is all around us as students arrive for the first time, or return for another year– there is positive energy everywhere you turn.

Our Students Are Back!!

And so are you! Many of you who were here for the summer can attest to the increase in activity everywhere. The town of Plymouth and our campus underwent major renovations together – with some still continuing. The work at Mary Lyon Hall has been spectacular and you will have an opportunity to see it at the grand opening in October. Congratulations to Bill Crangle, Residentional Life and Physical Plant. This is truly a project to be proud of. Faculty Week seemed to fly by as new faculty orientation, workshops, retreats, and Faculty Day activities took place. We welcomed 15 new faculty to campus this year; a variety of workshops on subjects covering technology, academic integrity, grants, and other topics chosen by your colleagues to welcome you back to campus were offered; our academic department chairs spent time together at a retreat discussing a number of important issues facing them today; and on Faculty Day we came together to begin a conversation about assessment – one which we will continue throughout the year. It was a week of new beginnings, learning new skills, a continuation of important conversations and a renewal of ourselves and our commitment to education. Thanks again go to Dean Zehr, the faculty and staff that presented during faculty week and the staff in undergraduate studies and my office for all of the organization and
oversight involved.
I’d like to begin this semester by sharing with you some of our accomplishments from last year:

  • Last year the faculty of Plymouth State University taught, advised, and mentored nearly 7000 students and offered more than 5,000 classes
  • Over 500 presentations were made or books, chapters, and peer reviewed articles written by our faculty
  • The Academic Departments successfully completed 15 faculty searches and have brought in an outstanding group of individuals to join you
  • We named Chris Chabot and Gary Goodnough as our undergraduate and graduate distinguished faculty and for the first time we honored an adjunct faculty member. Jack Barry received that award.
  • We created two new faculty awards and named them on Faculty Day. Wendy Palmquist was honored for Distinguished Service and Kylo Hart for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.
  • The President announced the creation of two new Professorships: the Stevens- Bristow EndowedPprofessorship for“those that educate the educators” and the Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics. They will both be named in the coming weeks.
  • We began work on a draft of the next strategic plan which we will finalize this fall.
  • We had successful external accreditations by Social Work, Athletic Training, Business, Graduate Counseling, and the Child Development Center.
  • The doctor of Education proposal received unanimous support by our campus and the USNH Board of Trustees and will this year be presented to the legislative body for a change of charter for PSU. Congratulations again to AVP Dennise Maslakowski and the faculty who worked to develop a strong program that we can be proud of.
  • In Graduate Studies, the CAGS program celebrated its 10th anniversary; we opened a new site in Concord at 2 Pillsbury Street, offered 41 courses, and served over 560 graduate students; we enrolled 46 students from Shanghai in online courses in the MEd program and will teach two courses on-site in Shanghai this year.
  • The Center for the Environment (CFE) has partnered with Hubbard Brook, Squam Lakes Association, and the White Mountain National Forest to name a few; they received a grant and held the first annual NH Water Conference in Concord, drawing 200 people including the Governor and 7 legislators; CFE brought in nearly $300,000 in new funding, bringing the total to more than $2,000,000 since the Center’s inception. These grants plus existing funding supported 13 graduate students.
  • The Center for Rural Partnerships (CRP) hosted a number of events including: Rural Health and Wellness lecture series at PSU, co-convened the first Coos Symposium meeting and continues to facilitate quarterly meetings of regional leaders in Coos County; co-hosted the Northern Forest Center’s Ways of the Woods exhibit on the Plymouth Riverfront; provided technical expertise to nonprofit organizations throughout rural NH; and served as board members for the NH Rural Development Council, the NH Center for a Food Secure Future, the Northern Forest Regional Biomass Energy Plan Advisory Council, and the North Country Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies Committee.
  • CRP and CFE co-hosted the E4 Coalition Conference & Expo (“Exploring Your Woodland Opportunities)
  • We completed the Master Planning process for the replacement of the PE Center. The ALLWell Center (Active Living-Learning for WELLness) a five phase project.
  • We developed a “Transition to Retirement” program in which four faculty members have enrolled.
  • The Frost School had its inaugural year and now has 30 matriculated students and over 140 continuing education students – a number of which plan to become matriculated Frost School students.
  • Langdon Woods opened and earned Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council for its demonstration of excellence in the use of sustainable practices or “green design.”
  • One of our most historic buildings underwent a complete renovation and has re-opened. Mary Lyon Hall is absolutely gorgeous right down to the crown molding, chair rails, original hardwood floors, staircase and fireplaces. Furniture that had been stored for decades that was once in the house of President Harold Hyde has been re-upholstered and is being used throughout Mary Lyon in the lounges.
  • The College for University Studies will finally have a home. Along with Undergraduate Advising, they will occupy a newly renovated space in the “garden level” of Mary Lyon
  • …and so much more. We have much to celebrate. Congratulations to all those involved in the great number of achievements.

Please be sure to extend your own personal welcome to the following new faculty:

  • Megan Birch, Instructor, EN
  • Debra Brown, Contract Faculty, BU
  • Debbie Burnell, Contract Faculty, BU
  • Eric Cintron, Contract Faculty, LL/Spanish
  • Lisa Doner, Research Assistant Professor, CEAPS
  • John Donovan, Assistant Professor, MA
  • Wilson Garcia, Contract Faculty, LL/Spanish
  • Elliott Gruner, Associate Professor & Director of Composition, EN
  • Daniel Lee, Contract Faculty, BU/Economics
  • Holly Oliver, Contract Faculty, MU/Music
  • Christian Roberson, Contract Faculty, CS
  • Susan Shapiro-Barnard, Contract Faculty, ED
  • Lisa Spradley, Contract Faculty, ED
  • Moxie Stoermer, Instructor, AR
  • James Whiting, Assistant Professor, LL/Linguistics & TESOL

Congratulations to the following faculty for promotion and tenure approvals received this summer from the USNH Board of Trustees:

  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine, SS, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Barbara Boschmans, MA, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Scott Coykendall, EN, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Robin DeRosa, EN Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Jong-Yoon Kim, AR, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Marjorie King, HHP, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Vedran Lelas, BU, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Linda Levy, HHP, Assistant to Associate w/tenure
  • Xiaoxiong Li, SS, Associate to Professor
  • David Martin, AR, Associate to Professor
  • John Rosene, HHP, Associate Professor w/tenure

News From Academic Affairs Departments and Faculty

A number of publications were added to publications’ case outside the Provost’s office over the summerand are now proudly displayed:

  • A new book for Joe Monninger (EN): “Baby” published by Front Street, in Asheville, NC.
  • The March 2007 issue of “Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,” focused on watershed studies at Acadia National Park in Maine, and was co-edited by Steve Kahl (CFE). This publication is an international journal devoted to progress in the use of monitoring data in assessing environmental risks to Man and the environment, More than half the articles were authored by Steve along with a number of PSU students.
  • Archaeology Magazine,” July/August issue, contains an article written by David Starbuck (SS), “Commerce of War: Inside a colonial merchant’s house.” This piece focuses on a military camp where merchants sold supplies to the British Army at the largest encampment of the French and Indian War in northern NY State.
  • Sara Jayne Steen, Lynne Magnusson, “Early Modern English Women’s Letters: Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Teaching [workshop summary],” Attending to Early Modern Women: Structures and Subjectivities, ed. Joan E. Hartman and Adele Seeff, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007, pp. 359-60.
  • Sara Jayne Steen, “Living with Our Words: What English Department Administrators Should Know about the Language of Higher Education Policy,” ADE Bulletin, 141-42 (Winter-Spring 2007): 49-54.


  • Adjunct Liz D’Amico has shared the following news:
    • Acceptance of a mixed media box assemblage by the National Collage Society for the 23rd Annual Juried Exhibit at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, Florida from September 13th October 28th;
    • awarded a grant/work exchange for 4 weeks at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont for June 2008; and
    • acceptance of a 2007 mixed media box assemblage, ³Global Renaissance,² and a 2006 encaustic mixed media painting, ³Heed the Warning,² at the Library Arts Center Juried Regional Selections in Newport, NH from August 17th-September 22nd.


  • Department Chair, Trent Boggess, spent a week at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center assisting in evaluating and processing several of their accessions. Yvette Lazdowski also went to Dearborn and was assisted by Trent in collecting data on the Ford Motor Company’s early accounting systems for her doctoral dissertation. Trent recently returned to Dearborn as a part of The Henry Ford’s guest lecturer series. The lecture is entitled “Death and Taxes: The Ford Motor Company Minority Shareholders vs. the Bureau of Internal Revenue” and stems from some discoveries he made in one of the Benson Ford Research Center’s little known accessions during his spring 2005 sabbatical leave. He was cited in the August 13, 2007 issue of Forbes for his knowledge of the early years and products of the Ford Motor Company.


  • New Education Department faculty member Susan Shapiro-Barnard co-authored a book with Carol Tashie and Zach Rosetti, “Seeing the Charade: What To Do and Undo To Make Friendships Happen,” published in 2007 by Inclusive Solutions, London. The Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies:
  • “Be on TV” Commercial Competition:
    • The Frost School in collaboration with faculty from Communication Studies, Business Administration and the PR department are sponsoring the Frost School “Be on TV” Commercial Competition. The competition is for the best 15 second and the best 30 second television commercials advertising the Frost School. The submissions will be put on You Tube so that the entire college community can voice their opinion on the best commercials. The commercials with the most votes will become the finalists that will be reviewed by the Award Panel who will determine the first and second place winners for each category (15 and 30 second ads). The finalists and campus community will be invited to a gala event where the winners will be announced (the 1st place winners will get $200 while the second place winners will get $100). The commercials will be aired on tv in the spring. Look for posters announcing this event and/or check for official guidelines with the Frost School office.
  • Community Education:
    • Frost School has assumed responsibility for non-credit Community Education and is launching its first on-campus classes this fall – look for brochures soon. The new theme for Community Education is “Your bridge to learning for fun, learning for life”. The Frost School will be offering non-credit community education on-campus, around town, and online. Non-credit online career training courses are offered through partnerships with Ed2Go, Gatlin Education, and Winchester Center for Management.

    Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies:

  • The Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies has been busy helping numerous faculty members develop blended and online courses, and is gearing up for an even busier fall semester. As always, we welcome faculty to participate in the Blended and Online Learning at PSU program to become qualified to teach blended and/or online courses. To date, we have 57 faculty members who have either completed or are in the process of completing the program. Last year, PSU offered a total of 104 blended and online undergraduate courses offered – an increase from 61 in the previous academic year.
  • The focus for the OTLT team this year will be on video production and editing for blended and online courses. We have been fortunate to be able to convert Lamson 109 into a video production area and are encouraging faculty to experiment with videotaping lectures and lessons. Lamson also has many videos in their holdings which faculty can use in part or whole (depending on copyright issues) in their Blackboard courses. To find out more, contact Scott McDonald at x2813 or write him at
  • We’ve also just announced a series of student orientations in various formats. Students can come to face-to-face sessions in Lamson 124 from 12:15-1:00 or 5:00-5:45 every weekday from Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, September 14. Or, students can log into a new Student Orientation course. In addition, faculty can also download individual modules on each of the most used Blackboard tools. Contact Stacey Curdie at x2813 or for more information.
  • The OTLT has also lined up a fantastic fall schedule of workshops. Detailed information on this will be available soon on our new website: And we’re in the process of producing our first edition of a newsletter called the “Wired Classroom,” designed to keep faculty informed about the latest happenings in online and blended learning here on campus and elsewhere. Keep your eyes open for the first issue by the end of September.

College of Graduate Studies:

  • Associate Vice President Dennise Maslakowski presented two workshops on Issues and Trends in Literacy to the Sanborn Regional School District Administrators and teachers in August.

Health and Human Performance:

Linda Levy:

  • Presented the workshop, “A Practical Approach to Clinical Instruction” at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium and Conference in Anaheim, CA in June, 2007.
  • Reviewed a taping text book titled, “Taping and Wrapping Made Simple.”

Mardie Burckes-Miller presented:

  • Search for the Perfect Body: Disordered Eating and Weight Disorders, at the 32nd National Wellness Conference, July 2007 at Stevens Point, WI.
  • Keynote: Untangling the Web of Eating and Weight Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa to Obesity, 26th Annual School Nurse Institute, Saint Anselm College, NH in August 2007.
  • The Trillium Model of Eating Disorders: Education and Prevention at the 26th Annual School Nurse Institute at Saint Anselm College, NH in August 2007.

Anita Lee had a busy summer!

  • Was appointed as the Folio Review Coordinator by National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education for 3 years (2007-2010).
  • Attended National Coaching Educators’ Conference, and represented Plymouth State University at the Delegate Assembly in June.
  • Reviewed a rejoinder folio for National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education.
  • Reviewed a manuscript for Measurement of Physical Education and Exercise Science journal.
  • Reviewed 5 research abstracts for the Research Consortium of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Annual Convention for 2008.
  • Reviewed a book Fitness Assessment Workbook, authored by Duquette, J., Cain, D., and McCartney (2007), Kendall/Hunt publisher.
  • Served as volunteer Water Safety Instructor Trainer for American Red Cross – Granite Chapter in June. Students served as water safety instructor in Lake Region and North Country this summer.
  • Served as a Lifeguard Training Instructor, Learn-to-Swim teacher and Master’s Swimming coach for the Community Aquatic Program at Plymouth State University.

Lamson Library

  • David A. Beronä published two Book Reviews: “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures,” by Vincent Lam. Library Journal, 132:13 (August 1, 2007):78. and “Stop Forgetting to Remember,” by Peter Kuper. Raintaxi, Summer, 2007.
  • Alice Staples’ article “Berlin History on the Web and on the Road” was published in Plymouth Magazine, Spring 2007
  • Lamson’s new library webpages are using Casey Bisson’s software, Scriblio. This allows searching within our catalog, LOLA, as well as across our webpages. A direct link to our online catalog LOLA will remain available.
  • We are implementing SFX – the original OpenURL link resolver—later this Fall which will link not only to our full text articles but also to our OPAC (for local holdings), document delivery, local information repositories, and our Ask a Librarian research service.
  • A permanent exhibit of six photographs from the Images of Arctic Peoples from the collection of the late Professor Charles McGoldrick is mounted in the New Books area in the library. Photographs from the collection of over 60 images will be rotated each semester.
  • Our print newspapers have been relocated downstairs in the Café area.
  • Foot traffic increased by 46% in Lamson last year, in large part due to our successful Learning Commons.
  • New Databases added last year to our Online Resources:
    • ArtStor
    • Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry
    • Dissertation Abstracts
    • JStor Arts and Sciences IV
    • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    • Mergent Online
    • Naxos Music Library
    • New York Times 1980-Present
    • Project Muse Base Research Collection
    • Wall Street Journal 1989-Present
    • Web of Knowledge
    • XReferplus
  • Over 75 researchers visited our Michael J. Spinelli Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections. Beyond Brown Paper website continues to boasts thousands of hits.

Languages and Linguistics:

  • In August, full-time French Contract Faculty member, Marie-Therese Gardner did research in Quebec City at Laval University on the 17th century French –Canadian heritage from Normandy, France. She will be connecting with a French History professor, Pierre Legouix, who lives in Quetthou, Normandy, France in order to help her link the language and modes of life existing between the early French-Canadian settlers and the French Normans during the 17th century. She will be using her research information to develop a Past and Present Directions Course, as well as part of her doctoral thesis.
  • In June, as part of his Fulbright scholarship, ESOL/Linguistics Assistant Professor James Whiting gave workshops on using poetry and drama in the foreign language classroom at the spring conference of Panama TESOL in Chitre, Panama.
  • Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish, Barbara Lopez-Mayhew, completed a visit of the new CC-CS (Center for Cross-Cultural Study) study abroad site at the University of Alicante, Spain in July. She did research at the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid for her next edition of a 17th century play, Valor, agravio y mujer by Ana Caro. She also submitted for publication a theater review on the Fall 2006 Georgetown performance of La traicion en la amistad to Comedia Performance, a journal of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater.
  • Our Administrative Assistant, Fawn Ouellette, successfully completed her first course, Behaviorial Perspectives in Marketing, in the MBA program in June 2007.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Beth Cox performed at the Winnepesaukee Playhouse as Saunders in Fallen Angels by Noel Coward. She is currently in rehearsal for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf which will open on September 19 in the Studio Theatre in the Silver Center for the Arts.
  • Kathleen Arecchi was the co-coordinator of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing Summer Workshop “Tools for Singing” that was held in Newport, RI in July.
  • Dr. Gary Corcoran has been invited to be a guest conductor of the United States Navy Band on September 22 at a concert to be presented in Virginia. The invitation was extended by Ensign Patrick K. Sweeten, Associate Conductor of the Washington-based Navy Band. Ensign Sweeten, one of Corcoran’s former graduate assistants at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, has been assigned to the band since October. The United States Navy Band has been the Navy’s premier musical organization since 1925.
  • In June, Dan Perkins led a performance/work tour to Peru with the NH Master Chorale raising funds for COOPERU. In July, Dan was guest conductor for orchestra and chorus of the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas. In August, he led a performance tour to Portugal with the Manchester Choral Society.
  • Jonathan Santore’s composition Kalevala Fragments was chosen from among 49 entries by composers nationwide as the second prize winner in the 2007 University of South Carolina Choral Composition Contest. The prize includes a $250 cash award, a performance during Spring 2008 by the USC Choirs, and submission of the work to a publisher on Santore’s behalf by the USC Choral Program. Kalevala Fragments was originally composed for the New Hampshire Master Chorale (directed by PSU faculty member Dan Perkins) which Santore serves as Composer in Residence.
  • Robert Swift conducted the 65-member touring choir of the Pemigewasset Choral Society during its tour of the Charlevoix Region of Quebec the last week of June. Former PSU faculty member Margot Swift was piano accompanist. Tenor soloist was sophomore music education major Jonathan Ross.


  • Brian Healy has been working with several students in his lab analyzing the cardiovascular correlates of anxiety and sustained attention.
  • Justin Somers, a PSU student majoring in Psychology, was recently awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for his service in Iraq. In a ceremony on the common in his hometown of Dunbarton NH, Sen. John Sununu presented Somers with his Ribbon. Somers is a member of the US Marine Corps.

Social Science

  • Stacey Yap reports that the Certificate (Graduate) in Historic Preservation has been approved and the announcement of the Certificate has been launched on the Plymouth Homepage and in newspapers around the State. Core courses will be taught starting this coming Spring. The NH Division of Historical Resources helped to set up these courses and find qualified faculty to teach in the program. In addition, thanks go out for the support and help from numerous faculty on campus in finding additional qualified faculty.
  • The process of getting the MA in Historic Preservation to SAPC this coming year is underway. An advisory group is set up for its first meeting in October.
  • The M.Ed. Heritage Studies continues to attract a large number of new students to the program (about 40+ students in this program now). Core courses such as Heritage Studies Foundations will have a second offering this coming year.
  • In July, Patrick May started a 3-year term as President of the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies (NHCSS), the state-wide organization for social studies educators and one of the regional branches of the national organization (NCSS). In that capacity, he attended a 4-day Summer Leadership Institute in July to meet other regional coordinators for planning purposes. In addition to writing policy proposals for the national organization, they met with the educational legislative aids of Senator Judd Gregg and Congressman Paul Hodes to lobby for a greater inclusion of social studies in No Child Left Behind.
  • Khuan Chong was a guest of the Royal Military College’s Putera (Prince) – 50th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Independence celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 27th to Aug. 5th 2007. He attended meetings and symposia and talked about his experiences during the British colonial administration and his participation in Malaysia’s Independence Day on Aug.31st 1957. He was at the parade that saw the lowering of the Union Jack and the raising of the Malaysian flag; and was one of the first to sing the Malaysian National Anthem – Negara-ku.
  • David Switzer will be giving a presentation next week to the Plymouth Historical Society on “Archaeology Under New Hampshire Waters,” an examination of four submerged sites, two on the coast and two in lakes.

Social Work

  • Helen O’Brien was appointed a consulting editor for the Health and Social Work national journal.
  • Scott Meyer was appointed by Governor Lynch to serve on the Commission on the Status of Men beginning July 2007. He also co-presented at the National Children, Youth and Families at Risk conference in May in Chicago with Stephanie Halter of Criminal Justice Dept. and Paula Gregory of the UNH Cooperative Extension. The presentation was entitled: Effective Strategies to Promote Project Sustainability. Scott co-presented a lecture at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center in June on “As Families Grow Older” with Fran Olson. In July Scott and Leo Sandy of the Education Department were published in the Academic Leader. The article was entitled: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting a Culture of Peace.

As you can see, the faculty at PSU are an active, vital and amazing assembly of educators.
Welcome back!!

Julie N. Bernier
Interim Provost and VPAA

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