May 2010

Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
May 5, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of another year, I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the work that you do on behalf of our students and Plymouth State University. From Bob Nadeau’s work with the Chamber of Commerce, to our faculty in Music, Theatre, and Dance who guide our students to provide spectacular cultural events, to Krisan Evenson’s “afghan square for Afghanistan,” to everyone who made the Weeks Act celebrations a great success, to Eileen Bennett and the students organizing the Chili Cook-off, to the faculty who advise student organizations, to the Administrative Assistants who support our departments, to all the faculty that participated in the faculty calling program, and to faculty who devoted their time to taskforces, advisory groups, councils and committees, I could go on and on; but let me just say, simply, thank you! Plymouth State is truly a wonderful place and you are all a major reason for that. Best wishes to all for a wonderful summer.

Reminder: Distinguished Teacher Awards today!

The Distinguished Teacher Awards will be announced today immediately following the faculty meeting in Heritage. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebration of our colleagues.


Please note there are some changes to our commencement procedures and processional route. The memo sent out this week is attached to the end of this document. Please review these changes.

Institutional Research

Scott Mantie’s title of Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment has been changed to Associate Dean of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to better reflect the scope of responsibilities of the office including serving in a leadership role of the Planning, Budgeting Leadership Group (PBLG) and the Enrollment Management Group (EMAG).

News from Academic Affairs


  • Elizabeth D’Amico will have three of her works in the juried exhibit “Twist of Lyme” at Long Rivers Studio in Lyme, NH from May 1 – May 22, a group show with the Women’s Caucus for Arts/New Hampshire Chapter (WCA/NH) members’ work.
  • Annette Mitchell had artwork accepted into the “Twist of Lyme Juried Show” at the Long River Studios, Lyme, NH in May. One of her art quilts was also accepted into the Victoria and Albert Museum’s (London, England) online collection March 6-July 4, 2010 (, and she presented a printmaking demonstration to the Lakes Region Art Association in Laconia, NH on April 19, 2010.
  • Liz D’Amico’s digital photograph “The Green Fuse” is in the first Upper Valley PhotoSlam at PhotoStop Gallery in White River Junction, Vt. The exhibit will be on display from May 7th –22nd with an Opening and Closing party on both dates from 5-8pm.

Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry

  • Graduate students, Jared Rennie and Mitch McCue, and Professor Jim Koermer traveled to the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to present a 2-hour briefing to NASA and Air Force meteorologists on their just completed graduate research on predicting strong winds with thunderstorms for the space complex. Jared used radar techniques for short term forecast and Mitch used balloon-borne observational data for slightly longer predictions of these winds, which pose problems for operational forecasters. There is a good possibility that some of these techniques will be adopted for operational use. The group will also be the luncheon speakers at the local Cape Canaveral Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Aparna Waghe, Marguerite Crowell and two chemistry undergraduates, Pat Gile and Jake Vallimont, visited the local elementary school for Chemists Celebrate Earth Day on April 28. Inquiry-based activities with third graders focused on plants, and included learning about natural pigments in plants, and the effect of acid rain on plant growth and development.
  • Congratulations to two meteorology students who distinguished themselves this year in the Weather Challenge: the North American Collegiate Forecasting Contest. Undergraduate student, Brian Pevear, was the overall winner!. Alexander Jacques, a graduate student, finished in the top 16. Both students qualified for the “tournament” by forecasting for two week periods at ten cities over the academic year and finishing in top 64 out of nearly 2000 undergrads, grads, professors, and professionals. The top 64 forecasters advanced to the tournament bracket and forecasted for three weeks (April 5 – 23) for Amarillo, TX. Alexander made it to the round of 16 and Brian was the winner!

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot, gave a research presentation on April 29th at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH entitled “Limulus Behavior: its generation and modulation.” He also co-presented 6 posters with 18 PSU students and 1 USM student at the Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, held at the University of New England, Biddeford, ME, on April 19, 2010: a) Localization of PERIOD Protein in the Brain of Limulus polyphemus. Tardif, David P.; Newton, Carly E.; Fehlner, Heather E.; Park, Shiwha; Chabot, Christopher C.; The effects of chemical and visual predator cues on heart rate and behavior of the crayfish, Orconectes virilis. Turner, Stephen A.; Gagnon, Paul; McKay, Brant T.; Wasilew, Ashley D.; Chabot, Christopher C.; Genetic Relatedness of Two Geographically Distinct Populations of Limulus polyphemous. Capach, Katherine N., Arn Devin, Newton, Carly., Chabot Christopher C.; The Effect of Melatonin on Locomotor Activity in Orconectes virilis. Dickerman, Trevor R.; Van Vliet, Casey A.; Chabot, Christopher C.; The Effects of Epinephrine and Melatonin on Heartrate in the American Lobster, Homarus americanus. Brooks, Bethany D., Cloutier, Sarah K., Martin, Jaclyn M; Chabot, Christopher C.; The effects of photoperiodic and tidal cycles on the activity of juvenile horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus. Simpson, Stephen; Lemmon, Mike; Chabot, Christopher C.

Center for the Environment

  • Aaron Johnson, Senior Laboratory Technician, was the speaker at the Baker River Watershed Association’s annual meeting on April 29, 2010. He presented and overview of the Center’s Environmental Research Laboratory.
  • Mark Green, hydrologist for CFE and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, recently had a paper published in Biogeochemistry titled “Patterns of hydrologic control over stream water total nitrogen to total phosphorus ratios.” Mark also gave an invited talk on “Hydrologic Change during the Colonial Era of the United States: Beavers and the Energy Cost of Impoundments” and presented a poster on “Exploring the History of Time in an Integrated System: the Ramifications for Water” at this winter’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco titled.
  • Through a Coos County Outreach Initiative grant from the Center for Rural Partnerships, Aaron Johnson, Mark Green, and June Hammond Rowan, outreach and development coordinator, have been working with the Israel River Watershed Advisory Group on testing the river in Jefferson and Lancaster for chloride. They will present the results of the project at the Jefferson Conservation Commission meeting in May.
  • Madeline McElaney, CFE graduate student, wrote the energy efficiency and community sustainability chapter for the Town of Plymouth master plan. This project serves as her capstone project for a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Policy. She presented her work to the Plymouth Land Use committee on Aril 15th and followed with a presentation at CFE Science Colloquium on April 21st titled “Planning for Energy Efficiency and Community Sustainability”.
  • CFE’s director, Patrick Bourgeron, presented a talk about ecosystem services to the Hubbard Brook Committee of Scientists meeting on April 14, 2010 at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Mark Green also attended the meeting. Further collaboration with Hubbard Brook will be developed on the topic.
  • Major changes to the M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy were presented by CFE and approved by the Graduate Council on April 26th. Changes include the creation of a primary and secondary core in STEM core disciplines. The M.S. is now better aligned with the needs of the workforce in the region and beyond and with PSU strategic plan.
  • The Center for the Environment, in partnership with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), is preparing for the third summer of the NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Eight undergraduates from around the country will be coming to Hubbard Brook for ten weeks to work on research and science communication projects. Mary Ann McGarry, associate professor of science education, and Geoff Wilson, HBRF and adjunct faculty, are the coordinators of the REU. Patrick Bourgeron is the Principal Investigator.
  • Graduate students Marguerite Crowell, Nick Stevenson, and Christian Weber co-presented a talk with the Town of Canaan at the NH Department of Environmental Services Annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop on April 30th. The talk, “Protecting Drinking Water in Canaan Street Lake Watershed,” covered the results from their Land Use Planning Seminar fall course. Nick also presented a talk with Brian Eisenhauer on “How can Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) be used to Protect Local Water Resources? A primer on CBSM, examples of CBSM techniques, and the basics of how to apply them to measure and build support for local water resources protection.”
  • Mark Green, hydrologist for CFE and the US Forest Service Northern Research Station, was invited to make a presentation at Harvard Forest on April 30th titled “Exploring Historical Hydrology in the Northeast United States”.
  • CFE’s director, Patrick Bourgeron, along with George Tuthill, Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies, attended an EPScOR meeting in Concord. The purpose of the meeting was to create teams to write white papers leading to pre-proposals to NSF on the broad themes of climate change and energy. Patrick was charged to write one of the white papers with colleagues from UNH and other NH institutions on the topic of ecosystems services, land use change, and climate variability.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Registration is 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 for more details.
  • Ben Amsden attended the Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) conference in Bolton Landing, New York. He presented two papers: “Agri-leisure: Exploring the ‘Fun’ of Local Food” (with Jesse McEntee) and “Reinventing ‘Retrotels’: Using Engaged Scholarship to Market Nostalgia Tourism in Rural New Hampshire” (with Thad Guldbrandsen and Mark Okrant)
  • Thad Guldbrandsen and Mark Okrant (with Ben Amsden) presented “Retrotours: Nostalgia, Tourism, and the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Meeting in Montreal.
  • Fran Belcher and Thad Guldbrandsen presented, “Creating an Engagement Model for Small Rural Colleges and Universities,” at the North East Campus Compact meeting in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Student presentations in the Community Research Experience class will be from 3:00-6:00 on Tuesday, May 18 in Heritage Commons. We are also accepting applications from students to participate in next semester’s class.
  • Ben Amsden received a grant from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education to fund a collaborative project with UVM Extension addressing food safety education and planning for agritourism providers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

College of Business Administration

  • Duncan McDougall was recognized at the ACBSP Board of Commissioners meeting, held in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 15-17, 2010. This was his last meeting as a Commissioner. At the close of the meetings, Mr. Douglas Viehland, the Executive Director of ACBSP, presented Duncan with two Certificates of Appreciation from ACBSP, one for his five years’ service as a commissioner, and the other a special “Certificate of Excellence in recognition of your contributions to ACBSP in editing the ACBSP Baccalaureate/Graduate Standards and Criteria for Accreditation, both in 2004, and again in the newly revised 2010 version.”
  • Duncan’s article, “Operating at the Rate of Consumption: Did Inventory Reductions Prevent Recessions During the 1990s?” has just been published in a volume entitled Globalization, Integration and Transition: Challenges for Developing and Developed Countries, by UK-based INFER, the International Network For Economic Research. The book is available on Dr. McDougall presented this research article at an INFER conference while on sabbatical in Romania in 2009.
  • Yvette Lazdowski and Brad Allen attended the 4th Annual Conference on Course Redesign in Orlando, FL, March 28-30. This conference showcased various colleges and universities and how they used dynamic teaching models that improved efficiency and learning.

College of Graduate Studies

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), officials have notified Blake Allen, director of the ECA funded Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at Plymouth State University, that ECA will be expanding its project. There also are several other project grants open that represent the shift that has taken place since 2003. They encompass a FY 07 open competition award, a FY 08 Member Request, and a FY 09 ECA line item. Since initial funding in FY03, the program has expanded from a summer institute housed at PSU to its current status as a full-fledged project with robust components in the U.S. and Pakistan. Allen is responsible for ensuring that all goals are met and all activities take place in both countries. Because of the revised scope of work and responsibilities, Allen now reports to officials at ECA and to senior officials at the U.S. Embassy, Islamabad. Allen also supervises the project team in Islamabad and Lahore, with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aaghi (ITA) providing in-country services.

Special thanks to the Office of Sponsored Programs – Susan Amburg, Liane Sutcliffe, and Tara DiSalvo – for their unflagging and time-consuming support during the transition, and to project administrative assistant Michelle Lauriat.

In late March and early April, Allen visited South Asia, participating in meetings to discuss the project expansion with senior officials from the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, U.S. Consulate, Lahore, and Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi. She also had a lengthy meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Shahid Malik.

In collaboration with ITA director Baela Raza Jamil, Allen hosted an ECA-funded joint conference in Delhi and Karachi, Pakistan, for Pakistani, Indian and American educators. It examined the role of educational leadership in civil society, integrating themes of environmental stewardship, cultural heritage, and conflict resolution through peace building.

Americans participating included Allen, Mary Ann McGarry PSU; John Martin, Laconia High School; Gail Bourn, Plymouth Writing Project and Elm Street School; Kelly Nelson, Linwood High School; and Erik Anderson, Winnisquam High School. Erik and Kelly also are CoGS graduate students. The American educators shared dynamic projects with their Indian and Pakistani colleagues. Special thanks to them for their extraordinary team work that crossed countries and cultures, representing “education without frontiers.”

After the conference, Allen traveled to Lahore, Pakistan. She had touching reunions with many project alumni from the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Azad Jammu Kashmir, and Islamabad. Visiting alumni schools in many of Lahore’s impoverished communities, she had special opportunities to interact with students and their families. She also was a guest lecturer on cultural heritage and educational initiatives in undergraduate and graduate classrooms at the Institute for Professional Learning, University of Education, and at the University of Punjab.

As an ECA-funded project director, Allen also met with senior administrators at Lahore’s universities, educational foundations, government funded professional development organizations, and at the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan. Many of them expressed interest in developing linkages with Plymouth State. President Steen and Provost Bernier have appointed Dr. George Tuthill as the point of contact to explore opportunities.

The nomination and selection process for this year’s project has been completed in Pakistan. The delegation of forty will be geographically diverse and continue team building in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, North-West Frontier Province, and Balochistan. In July they will participate in the intensive professional development institute housed at PSU, and in August return to Pakistan to act as Master Trainers throughout the country. While at the institute they will develop Master Action Plans that they are required to implement in Pakistan.

Institute instructors for this summer include Mary Ann McGarry, Warren Tomkiewicz, Marguerite Crowell, Gail Mears, Leo Sandy, Gary Goodnough, Hridaya Hall, Kim Rawson Sychterz, and John Martin. John also will continue as project technology architect and be the institute coordinator.

The campus wide Pakistan committee of dedicated PSU staff members consists of Tammy Hill, Physical Plant, Lisa Ladd and Kirk McClelland, Global Education Office, Liane Sutcliffe and Tara DiSalvo, Office of Sponsored Programs, Chief Creig Doyle and Investigator Jennifer Frank, University Police Department. The Office of the President, Academic Affairs, College of Graduate Studies, Conferences and Special Events, Residential Life, Sodexo, and Lamson Learning Commons also provide valuable support for the institute component.

Computer Science and Technology

  • Peter Drexel and Christian Roberson presented their paper, “’Using MBTI in a Project-Based Systems Analysis and Design Course,” at the 2010 International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering: ICEME in Orlando, Florida on April 7th.
  • On April 16th Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Tim Madan, Nick Ortakales, and Kris Reynolds at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region’s 2010 Programming Contest, held at the University of Hartford. This year the team came in 12th place overall in a field of 29 teams and defeated teams from a variety of schools.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy facilitated this year’s Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology Diversity Institutes Seventh Annual Conference on “Addressing the psychosocial needs of NH incarcerated individuals and their families.”


  • Pat Cantor chaired a Vermont Department of Education state approval team to review the teacher education programs at Champlain College, March 28-31. Pat was also the invited keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau’s Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals in Concord on April 13. The event was attended by over 300 people, including the Governor and the Commissioner of Health and Human Services. The speech focused on challenges and opportunities facing early childhood and afterschool professionals today.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish presented “Seduced by the Screen: Helping Families to Understand the Impact of Electronic Media on Infants and Toddlers” at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Nashua on April 24. Eight PSU early childhood students also attended the conference.
  • Clarissa Uttley was an invited speaker for a regional Human-Animal Interaction professional organization (March 27, 2010). Project N.I.N.A. – The state of Human-Animal Interaction Programming in New England. Windwalker Humane Coalition for Professional Pet Assisted Therapy. Monthly Meeting. Providence, RI. Clarissa also presented at a state-wide conference with a student from the Early Childhood Studies program (April 24, 2010). A comparison of parent and teacher reports on the social-emotional development of young children: Implications and strategies for building relationships with families. New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children. Spring Conference. Nashua, NH.
  • Clarissa Uttley and C. Roberts had a chapter published: “ Gender Portrayal in Early Childhood Children’s Books.” in Jacobson, T. (Ed.). Perspectives on Gender in Early Childhood Education. Saint Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.


  • Karolyn Kinane organized and presented on a pedagogy roundtable entitled “Skills, Content, and Medieval and Renaissance Literature” at PSU’s 31st annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. She also organized a mini Med-Ren Fair for Plymouth-area seventh graders and the general public, featuring a falconry demo, smithing station, live chess match, longbow archery demo, and workshops on Celtic art, chainmail and glass etching, also at this year’s highly successful Forum.
  • Robin DeRosa attended the 41st annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference in April. She chaired a panel on “Postmodern Tourism” and presented a paper, “No Man of the Mountain: Absence and Nostalgia in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.” Her book, “The Making of Salem,” has been nominated by its publisher (McFarland) for a Popular Culture Award.
  • Ann McClellan attended the 41st annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference in April. She presented a paper on servants in Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day” and chaired a panel called “House Work: Masters and Servants in Post-Modern Culture.”

Environmental Science and Policy

  • vpaa-espdrains-to-riverA community engagement service project was initiated by Steve Kahl of the Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District and PSU faculty member MaryAnn McGarry. Graduate and undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy students, as well as sixth grade students at Plymouth Elementary School, have begun the campaign to raise awareness about the problems of storm water runoff in more urban areas like Plymouth, which has lots of non-absorbent surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs. Students have begun stenciling the drains in downtown Plymouth (look for the green fish next to the logo “drains to streams”), to emphasize that rainwater can carry pollutants into streams affecting water quality. In addition to stenciling the drains, there was an interactive exhibit on Earth Day on the PSU campus and on April 30th at Plymouth Elementary School for community members to explore the issues of storm water runoff. The display includes a contest to guess how many drains exist in Plymouth and encourages residents to take responsible actions, like pledging to wash cars on lawns rather than over pavement, so soap and other pollutants will be absorbed into the ground, instead of running down slope into drains that lead to the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.
  • During the week of April 12-16, ESP students Leanne O’Connor & Courtney Webb traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Association of American Geographers conference. They attended paper sessions, met with alumni at an Ethiopian Restaurant with professors May, Schroeder, and Middlekauff, and enjoyed field trips to the Mall monuments and neighborhoods of Baltimore, MD led by Patrick May.
  • Mary Ann McGarry, Lisa Spradley (ED), Doug Earick (CFE), George Tuthill (CoGS), Warren Tomkiewicz and graduate students Adrien Deshaies and Chuck Patterson conducted a series of workshops this spring for science teachers from six school districts dealing with Earth System Science and Inquiry. The project was administered by the NH Department of Education with funds from the Mathematics & Science Program in Washington.

Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies

  • On April 14, 36 sixth graders and their teachers came to Plymouth State for a day of touring the campus and having special presentations by various departments. Many areas took time to present to these young people — from the Global Education Office to University Studies, Lamson Library, Meteorology, the Financial Aid folks and faculty from the HHP, Criminal Justice, and Education departments. Their day included lunch at the dining hall and a tour of the Art department. This concluded their Kids2College program that they had been working on for several months. This was the second year that PSU has been able to participate in this national program.
  • On April 28 Linda Hammond spoke to the Rotary Club in Plymouth and gave a presentation of the many facets of Community Education with a focus on our summer camp program. The camps are: Future Filmmakers Camp with Ashley Phillips, LEGO Experiments Camp for Girls, LEGO Engineering Camp for Grades 2-4, and LEGO Tech Works Camp for Grades 5-8 by Janine Neggers, Junior Golf Clinic with Joe Clark Jr. and Joe Clark Sr., and Camp Costume with Terri Dautcher. The summer promises to be very busy here at PSU.

Global Education Office (GEO)

  • Jess Morel participated in an undergraduate and graduate student recruitment tour hosted by ELS. Jess met with students, families and agents in Seoul South Korea, as well as Beijing, Guanzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Huangzhou China. While there, a reporter from the Chronicle of Higher Education spent a day with the university representatives and interviewed Jess for an article on the potential of the growing China market for U.S. universities.
  • On Saturday, April 24 GEO, in partnership with the U. S. Department of State Passport Processing Center, offered members of the PSU community and the greater Plymouth community the opportunity to apply for passports on campus. Over 100 passport applications were processed.
  • GEO is pleased to announce a new PSU exchange agreement with the University of Plymouth, U.K. We will be hosting two students from UoP for the upcoming academic year.
  • Through our National Student Exchange Program, Amanda Dean, a Public Policy and Administration major from Western Oregon University will be joining us as our first RA exchange student. She will be working with Janette Wiggett.

Health and Human Performance

  • The 5th Annual New Hampshire Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium was held at Plymouth State on Sunday, April 25th. Liesl Lindley presented, “Involve & Evolve – Professional Involvement & Legislative Efforts.” Graduate students Kristen Scott (MS ’10) and Marie Trombulak (MS ’10) presented their research, “Functional Screen Aberrant Motion at the Knee Does Not Equate to Torque Deficits at the Hip.” Brad Emerton (BS ’10), Alex Dria (MS ’10) and Alicia Edwards (MS ’11) won 1st place in the Quiz Bowl.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • April Publications
    • David A. Beronä
      “Introduction” to Malcolm Salaman’s The Art of the Woodcut: Masterworks from the 1920s. Dover Publications, 2010.
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      “Plymouth State’s Adoption of Mahara”. The AAEEBL Learn, April 2010
  • Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      • Presenter: “Assessment through Technology”, Conference Presentation, NHWHEL conference, Concord, NH April 9th, 2010
      • Presenter: “Mahara: open source and comprehensive e-portfolio Interactive Workshop”, Sloan-C Annual Blended Learning Conference, Oak Brook, IL, April 18th – 20th, 2010
    • David A. Beronä
      • Presented the paper, “Library & Learning Commons at Plymouth State University: Looking Back… Moving Forward,” at Library Design Symposium, LYRASIS New England, Southborough, MA April 9, 2010.
  • May, 2010
    Conference, Presentations, and Workshop Attendance
    • Ellen Marie Murphy
      • Paper Presentation “Implementing a campus-wide use of ePortfolios with Mahara” SUNY Annual Conference on Instructional Technologies, Plattsburgh, NY, May 25- 28, 2010
      • Presenter: “Can an e-Portfolio Catch Fire”, The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence Based Learning Stonehill Conference, Stonehill, MA, May 18, 2010
        SIG Master, Annual Nercomp SIG Master’s Meeting, Wellesley, MA, May 19th, 2010

Languages and Linguistics

  • James Whiting gave an invited talk to the Mount Washington Valley English Language Teachers Association in North Conway on April 12th. Whiting spoke about research he is conducting on low-incidence English language teaching and learning, as well as alternative forms of assessment for English language learners.


  • Dana Ernst: 1. Presentation: “A diagrammatic representation of a Temperley–Lieb algebra” by Dana Ernst, Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Keene State College, April 17, 2010; 2. Took 11 students to the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Keene State College on April 17, 2010; 3. Talk: “On the cyclically fully commutative elements of Coxeter groups” by Sarah Otis and Leal Rivanis (mentored by Dana Ernst), Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, Keene State College, April 17, 2010; 4. Talk on April 28: “On an open problem of the symmetric group” by Dana Ernst, PSU Mathematics Seminar, April 28, 2010; 5. Presented highlights of “Chapter 3: Education, Research, and Public Engagement” of PSU’s 2010 Carbon Action Plan during the April 14 open forum to discuss the CAP
  • Tom Boucher’s reviews of the following papers have appeared in Mathematical Reviews:
    1. Zadkarami, M. R. (2008). ”On identifiability in weighted distributions using generalized maximum likelihood estimation”. J. Iran. Stat. Soc. (JIRSS) 7, no. 1-2, 73–84.
    2. Holstein, D., and Kantz, H. (2009). “Optimal Markov approximations and generalized embeddings”. Phys Rev E 79, 056202 (2009).
  • As a committee member for Regina Kelly’s dissertation, Tom attended her dissertation defense “Brief Mindfulness Meditation and Its Effect on One’s Happiness” via teleconference on April 24th, 2010 at SDUIS, San Diego, CA.
  • Barbara Boschmans & Brian Beaudrie gave the following presentation: “Turning Work Problems into Hands-On Puzzles” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, San Diego, CA, April 22nd 2010.
  • Natalya Vinogradova presented “Exploring Geometric Shapes as a Visualization of Basic Algebraic Ideas” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Exposition, San Diego, CA, April 22nd 2010.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi served as Regional Governor, coordinated the New England Regional Finals for the NATS Artist Award Competition that was held on April 25 at the Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton, MA. The purpose of this competition is to identify a career-ready classical singer deserving of a NATS-sponsored debut recital at Carnegie Hall.
  • Aegean Dance for Alto Trombone and Percussion by Gary Corcoran was performed at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee) by Douglas Warner, Principal Trombone of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Gary also recently served as an adjudicator of the Concerto Contest, held at the Manchester Community Music School and sponsored by the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra.
  • In April, Beth Cox was invited to work with the students of St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metarie, Louisiana as a voice workshop convener and vocal/text coach for their upcoming production of Shakepeare’s Merchant of Venice. Kevin Asselin, PSU alum ’97, is directing this production. Beth is also working as a dialect coach with Phillips Andover Academy through their April rehearsals for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Locally, Beth did vocal/text coaching for the recent Plymouth State Theatre production of Marat/Sade and has been part of Ernest Thompson’s film shoot of his original production, Time and Charges.
  • Rik Pfenninger and Don Williams recently performed in Boston at the Boston Harbor Towers artist-in-residence series. This year’s performance took place in the Penthouse overlooking Boston Harbor.
  • Jonathan Santore conducted the premiere of his work Comfort Ye with the Hanover High School Concert Band on March 4. His compositions The Owl and the Pussycat and Kalevala Fragments were accepted for publication by Yelton Rhodes Music in Los Angeles. In addition, Kalevala Fragments has been selected for performance at the 2010 National Conference of the College Music Society in Minneapolis. His orchestra composition Lucky Sevens, conducted by MTD colleague Dan Perkins, premiered at joint concerts of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the PSU Chamber Singers on April 30 and May 1.


  • The Coalition for a Culture of Peace in NH Higher Education had their second annual Conference hosted by UNH Manchester on Saturday, March 27. Coalition co-founder, Ray Perkins, reported that eight institutions of higher learning in the region were represented by peace educators and their students, including many who have participated in model UN programs at their respective colleges and universities. Leo Sandy was there representing PSU.


  • vpaa-phsycologyPsychology students, along with John Kulig, attended the first annual student New Hampshire Psychological Association conference held Saturday, April 10th at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. The highlight was a Psych Cup competition of teams from NH colleges and universities. The PSU team is shown here: Left to right: Dr John Kulig (coach), Ashley Hardy, Lindsay dePorter, Kaitlin Sapack and Sarah Buckley.

Social Science

  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine continues to give talks around the state for the NH Humanities Council. On April 26, she spoke in Keene at the Cheshire County Historical Society on “A Woman that Keeps Good Orders: Women and Tavern Keeping in 18th-century New Hampshire.” On April 7, she spoke in Enfield on “Runaway Wives in Colonial New England.” She also gave a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture on “Saving the Forests: Joseph B. Walker, Philip Ayres, and the 1911 Weeks Act” on campus on April 1. Marcia was also elected to the Executive Committee of the New England Historical Association at the annual meeting on April 17.
  • Patrick May, Kurt Schroeder and Bryon Middlekauff participated in the annual Association of American Geographers meetings, April 13-19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Kurt presented a paper focusing upon the Crimean War, Pat was on a panel whose theme centered around helping undergraduates down the path to graduate school, and Kurt and Bryon led a field trip to Harpers Ferry and Antietam Battlefields military parks. Additionally, we hosted an alumni event attended by current students, four former PSU students, and one former faculty at a local Ethiopian restaurant. Nine PSU students attended the conference sessions and participated in a field trip to Baltimore neighborhoods and Washington, DC monuments and historic sites led by Pat May.

Social Work

  • Congratulations to the Student Social Work Club for receiving the 2010 Movers and Shakers Award from the Student Activities Office; the award recognizes the student organization that has “gone above and beyond in its impact on the PSU community during the past school year.”
  • The department’s Social Work Student Award Reception was held May 3. The reception included initiation of this year’s Phi Alpha Honor Society members, student awards, and a new NASW pinning ceremony with agency field instructors for our graduating seniors. In addition, Martha Bolduc, MSW from the Veterans Home in Tilton, was honored as this year’s Outstanding Field Instructor.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz were invited participants to the 2010 Social Work Congress held in Washington, DC. The congress was sponsored by 12 leading national social work organizations and associations to establish 10 imperatives for the profession. Ann Widger, BSW, an alumna of our program who now works in the White House, was an invited panelist.
  • Stephen Gorin published “Does Health Insurance Matter: Health Beyond Universal Coverage” in the May edition of Health & Social Work, Vol 35, No.2.
  • Scott Meyer presented a paper co-authored with Leo Sandy: “Disturbing the Peace: A Life Sentence of Critical Thinking” at the Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference in Houston, TX. He also coordinated and moderated a panel “Teaching Students About Ethical Issues in Aging Across the Lifespan” for our field instructor workshop this semester.
  • Christine Rine received approval for a new online course, Child Welfare & Family Services, which will be offered this summer. She also worked with NH-DCYF and the Public Relations office to create a brochure for our Child Welfare Tuition Partnership program.

Spring 2010 Convocation and Commencements

Date: May 4th, 2010
To: The Faculty of Plymouth State University
From: Julie N. Bernier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Come Celebrate our Students’ Success!!

Students have told us how much more meaningful their commencement ceremony is when YOU are there to celebrate with them! Please come and help make this a day to remember for our students!

Graduate Commencement will be held Saturday, May 15th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium. If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where a section will be designated for robing. Everyone is invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. which will also be in Foley Gymnasium.

Spring Convocation will be held on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in the Foley Gymnasium. Convocation is the presentation of Senior Awards; if you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where a section will be designated for robing, prior to the processional. There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in the Foley Gym which you are welcome to attend.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. on the Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting). All information is online:

You are invited to join the senior class officers and the graduates in a tradition started years ago where the graduates meet at the Hartman Union Building Courtroom at 8:30 a.m. to walk together to the P.E. (If heavy rain, graduates & faculty meet at 9:15 a.m. at their assigned locations and do not do the traditional walk from HUB.) If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble behind the P.E. Center (a tent & refreshments will be provided) by 9:15 a.m. You will need to form two parallel lines in marching order, behind the PE Center in front of the graduating students.

Attention Faculty!! New this year at Commencement!!

When entering the PE Center area via the traditional walk down from HUB, faculty will not break off towards the right to enter the bottom floor of the PE Center. Instead faculty will continue to march to the left of the PE Center, proceed up and around the Center, ending up outside at the back of the PE Center under a newly erected tent. The tent will have some refreshments available prior to the commencement ceremony. Faculty will be lining up outside, by the tent, in front of the students, instead of lining up inside the track room. Alice O’Connor will be facilitating the lineup.

At the conclusion of the recessional, we ask that you stay in two lines and applaud the students as they proceed out. This is a way to acknowledge the special relationship between you and students at PSU.

Important Reporting Information: In case of inclement weather, the commencement will move inside to one of three sites; Foley Gymnasium, HUB, and Silver; we ask that departments report to the specific sites as follows:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Health & Human Performance
  • Social Work
  • Arts
  • Atmospheric Science, & Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science, & Policy
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Language & Linguistics
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Social Science