April 2010

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 7, 2010

What a glorious start we’ve had to Spring. I hope you will all take a few moments from your busy schedules to walk our campus this week and enjoy the budding trees and the magnolias that are in full bloom.

As we near the end of the semester I want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students. The last few weeks of the academic year often get so hectic, we sometimes forget to stop what we are doing and look around us at all the wonderful work that is happening. Soon students will be performing, presenting research, reading poetry, publishing works, and exhibiting art. We will soon be honoring their achievements and rejoice in seeing them reach their milestones. This is a time of year to reflect on why we are here and to join in the celebrations. These occasions are what it’s all about. Enjoy!

Distinguished Teaching Awards

Just a reminder, the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients will be named immediately following the May faculty meeting. Please plan to attend and celebrate with your colleagues.

News from Academic Affairs


  • Yankee Magazine recently published a review of the show, “Mirare,” which was on exhibit at the St. Anselm’s Chapel Art Center, and featured Tom Driscoll as one of 3 featured artists. With an underlying “formal elegance,” the works displayed in the exhibit “create an opportunity for investigating the livelihood of the mind and heart, challenging the ways we appreciate, or derive meaning from, a work of art.” Congratulations to Tom!
  • Annette Mitchell presented two lectures at Pease Public Library in February using Lamson Learning Center’s database, ArtStor, as a visual resource. The titles of her presentations were “Humor in Art” and “The Nature of Seeing.” Annette exhibited work at the 9th “Prints of The Year: What’s New in New Hampshire Printmaking” this month at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH and won the Best of Show Award at Kimball-Jenkins Arts and Arrangements Show this past month, also in Concord, NH.
  • The spring session of the Afterschool Arts class is currently underway with 22 children, grades K-4 exploring the theme of “Outerspace through Visual Art” for a 6-week session every Wednesday afternoon. Afterschool Art is a community service and outreach initiative of the Art Education Program where PSU art education majors assist a certified art educator to provide high quality art enrichment activities to children in the Plymouth area. The Art Education Program is making plans to expand the program to older children as part of a partnership with the Friends of the Arts, Pemi Youth Center, and the Plymouth Park and Rec’s A+ program.
  • Catherine Amidon has been appointed curator of the Museum of the White Mountains.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Jim Koermer was recently appointed to a 3-year term on the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Intelligent Transportation System/Surface Transportation Committee, which examines new technologies and improved methods for weather support of ground transportation. For the AMS, he was also appointed to a 4-year term to be a member of the Committee of Judges under the AMS Commissioner for Education and Human Resources. This committee evaluates applicants for AMS Freshman Scholarships and other AMS named undergraduate scholarship programs.
  • Jeremiah Duncan gave an invited presentation in March entitled “Nanoscale silver: Current knowledge and data gaps in the environmental, health, and safety data” in the Nanotechnology and the Environment: Emphasis on Green Nanotechnology session at the American Chemical Society Fall 2010 National Meeting in San Francisco.
  • In February, Jeremiah Duncan served as an invited member of a panel to discuss the use of pesticides in lawn care. The panel discussion was part of an event sponsored by Common Ground (Plymouth State University’s environmental and social justice student organization) and The Leah Collective (a local environmental activist group concerned with the use of lawn pesticides and herbicides in New Hampshire), which included a showing of the film “A Chemical Reaction .” The event was held the night before, and in preparation for, a hearing in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on HB1456, which would establish a state committee to study herbicides and pesticides and their alternatives in residential areas.
  • During spring break, Dennis Machnik traveled to Rhode Island with the portable planetarium. In five days at four schools (Western Hills Middle School, Bain Middle School, Eden Park Elementary and Matunuck Elementary), he did 39 presentations to over 1,000 K-8 students.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot gave an invited presentation in March at the University of New Hampshire Psychology Department, entitled “Biological rhythms: from molecules to movements (and beyond!).”

College of Graduate Studies

  • Cheryl Baker was invited to speak on “Aspects of High Quality Professional Development” at the New Hampshire Association of Middle Level Educators’ annual conference. Sixty educators from three states attended the conference, the focus of which was advocacy for the educational needs of the young adolescent.
  • Blake Allen, Director of the Pakistani Educators Leadership institute just returned from Pakistan and India. Allen led a team of six NH educators at a five-day conference in New Delhi, India on “Cross-Cultural Explorations: Examining Educational Leadership within the Context of Civil Society.” Indian and Pakistani educators participated (some in person and some virtually). The event was hosted by the Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at PSU, www.pelinstitute.org, and funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Following the five day conference in New Delhi, Allen travelled to Pakistan for continued assessment of the institute and planning of future PELI cohorts.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Gail Mears, along with co-presenter Dr. Linda Barclay, gave the following presentation in March: “Clinical Training Strategies in Field Supervision: From Assessment to Effective Treatment Planning” for the American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • K. Hridaya Hall has been invited to share her knowledge and research findings related to mindfulness in counselor preparation at a Mindful Educators group gathering at Keene State College on April 5th.
  • Gary Goodnough has co-authored two book chapters in the recently released book “Transforming the School Counseling Profession.” The first chapter, written with Dr. Rachelle Perusse of the University of Connecticut, is titled, “Developmental classroom guidance.” The second chapter, “Systemic, data-driven practice and programming for equity” was written with Dr. Vivian Lee of the College Board.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Registration is now open for the annual meeting of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN) on June 1 & 2 at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH. PSU faculty are encouraged to join this gathering of academic, community, and private sector leaders to explore the role of higher education in the vitality of rural communities from the Adirondacks to Nova Scotia. See http://nfhern.org for more details.
  • “Protecting the Forest,” an exhibition devoted to interpreting the history of the Weeks Act, the federal legislation that made possible National Forests in the eastern US, is showing at the Silver Center for the Arts. The exhibition is a result of research and collaboration with Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU History), Catherine Amidon (PSU Drerup Gallery), Linda Upham Bornstein (Center for Rural Partnerships and Social Science), Thad Guldbrandsen (Center for Rural Partnerships), and other PSU and off-campus partners. Visit the exhibition online at: http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/
  • As part of the Weeks Act Centennial Lecture Series, the Center for Rural Partnerships hosted a number of speakers this month:
    • Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More (Brown University), “The Impact of North Country Community and Collaboration in the Weeks Act of 1911.”
    • Mark Okrant (PSU Social Science), “Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains: A Region Comes Full Circle.”
    • Char Miller (Pomona College), “Making the National Forests National: The Weeks Act and the Expansion of Federal Forestry.”
    • Linda Upham Bornstein (Center for Rural Partnerships),” Working Forests: From Market Revolution to Industrialization.”
    • Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU History), “Saving the Mountains: Joseph B. Walker, Phillip Ayers, and the Weeks Act of 1911.”
      During his visit with the Center for Rural Partnerships, Char Miller (Pomona College) also participated in PSU classes, held special seminars with PSU students and faculty, and addressed groups of off-campus partners at the White Mountain National Forest Headquarters and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in Concord.
  • Ben Amsden participated in the annual meeting of the Northern Forest Tourism Network in St, Johnsbury, Vermont. The Network consists of regional leaders in tourism attempting to build larger collaborations that will ultimately benefit regional tourism throughout the Northern Forest Region.
  • Thad Guldbrandsen chaired a panel on university engagement and served as discussant at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Presenters on the panel included Kate Donahue and colleagues from the University of Maine-Fort Kent, UNH, Appalachian State University, the University of Memphis, and the University of Arizona.

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey presented a paper titled “Saturday night and I ain’t got no money: Will the recession spark a crime wave in New Hampshire?” and a second paper co-authored with Michael Smith of Saint Anselm College “Don’t needle me: Rating the intrusiveness and reasonableness of drug-related searches” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society recently held in Boston, MA.
  • Mark Fischler has been appointed to the editorial review board for the “Journal of Integral Theory and Practice,” a SUNY Press publication. He also spoke at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference on the Supreme Court Case of Kennedy v. Louisiana.


  • The North Country Teacher Certification Program (Irene Mosedale, Coordinator) received a $75,210 grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund to provide stipends to students during their student teaching semester in the spring of 2010.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented two full-day trainings March 12th and 16th to the Franklin School District on “Response to Intervention, Tiered Behavior Support Model.”
  • Kathleen Norris presented a retreat workshop to the staff of The Bridge House and The Hunter School on the hierarchy of needs.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Mary Ann McGarry was one of six NH educators who attended the five-day PELI conference in New Delhi, India (see Blake Allen, CoGS above). At the conference, McGarry presented on developing effective environmental education projects and moderated a session on the environment focused on water issues. She also worked with the co-director of the Writing Project, Gail Bourn, to facilitate meaningful reflection and help Pakistani, Indian, and American educators turn their learning into meaningful follow-up cross-cultural projects. The group visited schools, significant heritage and environmental sites, and was hosted by the High Commissioner of Pakistan, on March 23rd, on Pakistan Day, a celebration which commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1940 when the separate nation of Pakistan was created for the Muslims.
  • Mark Turski was appointed to the advisory board of the Journal for College Science Teaching. The Journal of College Science Teaching (JCST), is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary periodical published by the National Science Teachers Association.

Health and Human Performance

  • Cheryl Coker gave two presentations at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference. The first was titled, “Intervention Strategies for Performance Enhancement;” the second was a research presentation, “Practice Schedules and Putting Accuracy.”
  • Liesl Lindley, current President of the NH Athletic Trainers’ Association (NHATA), testified before the NH Senate Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee on March 4th in support of proposed new legislation (SB423) that will create health insurance reimbursement for licensed athletic trainer rehabilitation services. The legislation has since passed through the NH Senate and is now under discussion in the NH House of Representatives.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • On March 9th, Michael Davidson, Information Technologist II, Jennifer Wynne Green, Art Librarian, and Robert Fitzpatrick, Emerging Technologies Librarian, all of Lamson Library & Learning Commons, joined with Gabrielle V. L. Reed, Head of Access Services at the Mass College of Art and Design, and Carol Will of UMass Amherst Learning Commons, to present “Common Sense and Technology: A Library Usability Experience.” The event was part of the Northeast Regional Computing Program’s (NERCOMP) annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and discussed website usability, testing, and assessment techniques used to move toward a better achievement of instruction goals.
  • Jennifer Green organized and moderated the session “Utilizing Blogs to Improve and Market Resources” at the Visual Resources Association (VRA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 17th.
  • David A. Beronä presented a paper, Adult Storytelling: An Exploration of Woodcut Novels and Wordless Graphic Novels,” at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on March 24, 2010.
  • Elaine S. Allard served as a Consultant on “Implementing a Learning Commons” at the State University of New York at Cortland, March 8-9, 2010.
  • Anne Lebreche welcomed members of Cub Scout Pack #56 from Plymouth and #59 from Bristol to the Lamson Library and Learning Commons. The Wolves, Bears and Webelos completed a badge activity where they were to find the news on the day of their birth. The Scouts learned how to use The New York Times Digital Archives, took a tour of the library building, and talked about how librarians are part of our “helping” community.

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting presented a paper, “From Isolation to Community for Teachers in Low-Incidence Settings,” at the 44th annual International TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference, held in Boston in March. The paper examined findings from Whiting’s on-going research on low-incidence English language teaching and learning.


  • Emily Ricard, Associate Director of the NH-Impact Center, presented “Integrating Smartboards in the Mathematics Classroom” at a Mathematics Department Seminar on February 23rd. She is currently offering Smartboard professional development at Concord High School. She also presented “Smartboard 101 – Special Topics in High School Mathematics” at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Annual Spring Conference on April 6th.
  • “Using wikis to enhance collaboration” was presented by Dana Ernst at the PSU Spotlight on Technology 2010, Thursday, April 1, 2010.
  • On April 6th the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics are hosting their Annual Spring Conference at SERESC in Bedford, NH. Nine PSU students will attend accompanied by John Donovan and Dana Ernst.
  • Barbara Boschmans was conference, program, and exhibit chair for the NHTM conference on April 6th.
  • Brian Beaudrie was the keynote speaker at the NHTM Annual Spring Conference on April 6th. Brian is also currently offering professional development to middle and high school teachers in Merrimack Valley.
  • Natalya Vinogradova presented “Algebra and Geometry: Two sides of the same coin” at the NHTM Conference on April 6th.
  • Bill Roberts presented “Including Proof in the Geometry Curriculum” at the NHTM Conference on April 6th.
  • The Pre-K-16 Numeracy Action Plan for the 21st Century was released on April 6th by the NH-Impact Center and the New Hampshire Department of Education. This publication was created over the last year under the leadership of Brian Beaudrie, Director of the NH-Impact Center and Emily Ricard, Associate Director of the NH-Impact Center. More information can be found at: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~bboschmans/QLAP/.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi worked as a Casting Director for the Papermill Theatre (Lincoln, NH) at the NE Theatre Conference “Combined Auditions” held in Natick, MA. (March 13-15) Three hundred seventy-five musical theatre auditioners were selected from applicants throughout the US to perform before representatives of 30+ theatres.
  • Jonathan Santore has had two works accepted for publication by Yelton Rhodes Music in Los Angeles. Both works, “Kalevala Fragments” and “The Owl and the Pussycat,” were originally written for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, directed by Dan Perkins.
  • Amanda Whitworth performed as a guest artist in the Amy Marshall Dance Company’s 10th Anniversary Season at the Ailey Citicorp Theater in New York City.
  • Carleen Graff just returned from the MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque. While there she served as the Eastern Division Certification Commissioner and presented at two different Certification sessions. She is in her second year of a two-year term.
  • Constance Chesebrough helped judge the piano competition held in conjunction with the Contemporary Piano Festival held at PSU on Saturday, March 13. She also presented a workshop entitled “Sharing the Music – Collaborating Musicians” and was assisted by high school musicians Angela Yeo, violin, and Katie Roukes, piano, and collegiate musicians Mark Hecox, saxophone, and Alyssa Costa, piano. As president of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, Ms. Chesebrough recently attended the Music Teachers National Association convention in Albuquerque, NM, and represented PSU at the Collegiate Chapter reception and forum.


  • Paul Fedorchak is reviewing a chapter entitled, “Creating Your Cultural Bridge to Dose, Data, and Scientific Knowledge,” which is to appear in a book on Radiation Risk Communication.

Social Science

  • Stacey Yap presented “Rejuvenating the Past to Rethink the Future: Historic Preservation in Vietnam,” on March 9. The presentation focused on the French colonial buildings, especially villas in Dalat and Hanoi, as threatened sites in the era of new Vietnam. Stacey is organizing a panel on historic preservation in Asia in the upcoming Fall meeting of the New England Chapter of the Association for Asian Studies.
  • Kate Donahue was an invited speaker at the SUNY-Buffalo Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. Her lecture was titled “What Can Be Learned From the Trial of Zacarias Moussaoui?” She also gave a paper on “The Anthropology of an EcoHouse” at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, held at the University of Buffalo. She also participated in a panel organized by Thad Guldbrandsen of the PSU Center for Rural Partnerships which was held at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Merida, Mexico.
  • David Starbuck spoke at Kennett High School in North Conway, NH, about “Forensic Anthropology,” followed by a talk that evening on “Ancient Turkey” to the Society for Scholarly Dialogue at PSU. David then hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology at PSU on February 27 and presented a paper on “The Temple Glassworks Revisited.” On March 11 David spoke in the series “New Hampshire at War” to the New Hampshire Historical Society. His topic was “Fighting on the Frontier in the French and Indian War.” Also in March, David’s book “Excavating the Sutlers’ House: Artifacts of the British Armies in Fort Edward and Lake George” was published by University Press of New England. (This is David’s seventh book from UPNE.)

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin presented on “the Future of Social Security” for leaders from community organizations in NH. He also spoke on Social Security for the NH State Committee on Aging, of which he is a member.
  • Scott Meyer attended the Harvard Continuing Medical Education Conference on Addictions, in Boston, MA. As a member of the NH Commission on the Status of Men, he was a co-contributor to the third biennial report.
  • Cynthia Moniz attended the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference and Meeting in Atlanta, GA. She and Stephen Gorin participated in Pearson’s Connections Forums designed to gather best practices for incorporating CSWE’s new accreditation standards and develop their Connecting Core Competencies Series and MySocialWorkLab. She presented the BSW Student of the Year Award at the NH-NASW Annual Dinner held in Concord, and was re-appointed to the chapter’s PACE Committee for a new 3-year term. She is also assisting in the development of a new international travel course for summer 2011 to the Dominican Republic.
  • Christine Rine was nominated to run for a seat on the NH-NASW Board of Directors. She is working with the Whole Village to explore possible service learning projects, and developing an online/blended summer course.

Writing Center

Along with director Jane Weber, six student consultants from the Writing Center (Amanda Cook, Michael Eddy, Ashley Schena, Jenny Wyatt, Abbey Filiault, and Kristen DiMatteo) will attend the annual North East Writing Center Association’s annual conference at Boston University on April 10th.