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.” http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org
Special thanks to Daniel, Terri and Ben for their work on the application process.
NEWS FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
- Elizabeth D’Amico had a solar print with Chine–collé 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 http://mgne.org/
- Adjunct Faculty Henrieke I. Streker, was a Prize Winner in the STILL IN MOTION – THE INTERNATIONAL PINHOLE PHOTO CONTEST 2010: http://www.stillinmotionfestival.com/crbst_7.html“
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.
- 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 (http://www.actazool.org/index.asp) 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. http://www.leadershipnh.org/generaloverview.cfm
- 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.
- 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: http://www.sciencemag.org/special/spore/
- 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: www.ecolearningfarmstand.wordpress.com 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.
- 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: http://pelinstitute.org; www.itacec.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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: http://sadhanaforest.org/wp/category/projects/haiti/.
- 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.
- 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).