May 2016 faculty and student scholarship, awards, service activities, news, and updates for Academic Affairs offices and departments


  • Kimberly Anderson Ritchie was accepted in the juried “29th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition” at McNeese State University in LA.  800 works were submitted and 72 artworks were accepted into the exhibition.  A catalog was produced with the exhibition.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Brendon Hoch attended the Sutron Spring Technical Workshop for Operation and Maintenance of Hydro-Met Data Collection Platforms, Components and Basic Power Systems in Sterling, VA in April.  The event featured presentations on meteorological instrumentation which will be shared with faculty and students to allow for improved field experimentation.
  • Eric Kelsey was an invited speaker at the Northeast Mountain Science Conference at the University of VermontApril 18-19. Kelsey kicked-off the conference with his presentation entitled, “Northeast Climate Variability.”  The conference brought together about 50 physical, biological and social scientists to strengthen research partnerships for healthy Northeast mountain ecosystems that could involve the proposed Mount Mansfield Science and Stewardship Center.
  • Eric Kelsey presented research results at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) Committee of Scientists meeting in Millbrook, NY on April 6 that he produced with M.S. Applied Meteorology student, Matthew Cann. Eric discussed surprising field observations showing the heaviest rainfall occurs at the lowest elevations in HBEF when winds are from the south and possible processes causing this pattern.
  • Dennis Machnik made 7 planetarium presentations on April 21 at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School, to preschool through 5th

Biological Sciences

  • Heather Doherty and her two MS in Biology graduate students (Kimberly Jesseman and Ashley Kennedy) presented a poster at the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School on April 3 entitled, “Novel Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Connective Tissue Growth Factor Gene Alter Predicted Protein Structure and May Impact Function.”
  • Len Reitsma gave a talk at Harvest Hill in Lebanon, NH on April 26 entitled, “From Mayan Culture to Sustainable Farming: How Birds and Bugs Respond to Permacultural Habitat Restoration” based upon his trip with students to southern Belize in January.
  • Len Reitsma co-authored a poster presentation at the 72nd Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference on April 4-5 entitled, “Guidelines for Managing Habitat for Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Northeastern Forests.” Len’s co-authors included four PSU Environmental Biology majors (Charlotte Harding, Brendan Leonardi, Gabriel Winant, and Zachary Curran) and collaborators from New Hampshire Audubon (Carol Foss) and High Branch Conservation Services (Dan Lambert).
  • Larry Spencer provided two workshops on using QGIS in conservation biology at the annual Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield, MA, from April 22-24 QGIS (or Quantum GIS) is an open source software package that provides much of the same functionality as ESRI products such as Arc Map and Arc Catalog.  Feedback from the workshop participants was very favorable.
  • Kerry Yurewicz co-authored a poster presentation with King’s College student Angela Coco at the annual conference of the Ecological Society of America’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter on April 9 entitled, “Influence of Canopy Cover and Brook Trout on Macroinvertebrate Communities at HBEF. Angela participated in the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Summer 2015, with Kerry serving as her faculty mentor.

Center for the Environment

Faculty Research and Service 

  • Shannon Rogers (ESP) attended a meeting of the NOAA Coastal Fellowship Social Indicators project advisory committee. The team is on track to include 3-4 social indicators in the 2017 State of Estuaries Report on Great Bay.  This endeavor builds off ongoing EPSCoR research in Great Bay Watershed and throughout the State of New Hampshire around watershed ecosystem services.
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP) presented her research entitled, “Equity of Ecosystem Services: Who benefits from the public-private conservation network?” at the Community, Culture and Conservation: Sustaining Livelihoods and Landscapes Conference hosted by Colby College.
  • Amy Villamagna presented research entitled, “Active Transportation Accounting: A Three-pronged Approach to Developing Metrics for Project Prioritization, Monitoring, Safety Assessment, and Evaluation“ at the 2016 New Hampshire Department of Transportation Research Advisory Council Meeting.
  • Lisa Doner (ESP) presented “Batten Down the Hatches – Education on Major Storms and Community Resilience” at the Geological Society of America’s Southeastern Section – 65th annual meeting in Columbia, SC.
  • June Hammond Rowan (ESP) and Rebecca Hanson (ESP MS student) gave a presentation to area Conservation Commissions about the Squam Watershed Plan.
  • June Hammond Rowan assisted the Museum of the White Mountains with the exhibit “Taking the Lead: Women in the White Mountains.” Over the past year, June helped with exhibit materials and conducting interviews with three women focusing on environmental science research, land conservation, and recreation. As part of the exhibit, the Center for the Environment is co-hosting a talk June 22 by environmental scientist Lindsey Rustad from the US Forest Service Northern Research Station.
  • June Hammond Rowan participated in the Plymouth Master Plan Town/University Interface focus group on April 27.
  • As a member of New Hampshire Lives on Water Steering Committee, Joe Boyer attended the New Hampshire Water Resources Management Conference hosted by the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association in Manchester where the group presented “New Hampshire Lives on Water: A Public – Private Partnership.”

Student Research and Service

  • Laura Getts (ESP MS student) presented her research entitled, “Advancing Active Transportation in New Hampshire” at the Community, Culture and Conservation: Sustaining Livelihoods and Landscapes conference hosted by Colby College.
  • Carly Ellis (ESP MS student) presented her thesis research, “Monitoring Strategies for Characterizing Streamwater Inorganic Monomeric Aluminum” at the American Water Resources Association Spring Special Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment in Anchorage, AK, April 25-27.
  • Brittani Doran (ESP MS student) presented her thesis research, “High-flow Transport of Metals Downstream of Ore Hill Mine, Warren, NH” at the American Water Resources Association Spring Special Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment in Anchorage, AK, April 25-27.
  • Dan Demers (ESP MS student) presented his thesis research, “An Algorithm for Analyzing Streamwater Specific Conductance Time Series” at the American Water Resources Association Spring Special Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment in Anchorage, AK, April 25-27.

Grants Awarded

  • CFE and Mark Green (ESP) negotiated a modification of the Joint Venture Agreement with the National Forest Service, Northern Research Station to provide an additional $40,011 towards his salary and research program in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.
  • Amy Villamagna received $18,418 from New Hampshire EPSCoR to fund two Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer positions. Two undergraduate ESP majors, Ryan Duquette and Thomas Lafortune, were selected to conduct research investigating the impacts of stream temperature and salt stress on freshwater biota, with an emphasis on macroinvertebrates.
  • Mark Green was awarded a $25,000 Supplemental Project under the PSU Master Challenge Cost Share Agreement with the White Mountain National Forest to work on “Co-occurrence of High Fluoride and Inorganic Monomeric Aluminum in Stream Water: Effects on Aluminum Speciation, use of Geologic Information to Predict These Conditions Across the WMNF, and Implications for Management Decisions and Biota.”
  • Amy Villamagna published Mogollon, B., M. Villamagna, E. A. Frimpong, P. L. Angermeier. 2016. Mapping Technological and Biophysical Capacities of Watersheds to Regulate Floods. Ecological Indicators 61:483-499.

College of Business Administration

  • Chantalle Forgues participated in the annual conference of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association at Bentley University on April 2. The conference consisted of paper presentations on a wide variety of topics including the legal implications of employer wellness programs, legal battles over the use of pop music in political campaigns, and profanity cases before the labor relations board. The conference also hosted a guest speaker who spoke about legal risk management of data breaches.
  • Dan Lee was nominated by the Vice Chair of the Statewide Committee of EPSCoR, Kathy Eneguess, to become a committee member- effective March 29. The New Hampshire EPSCoR aims to advance the state’s economic development through investment in STEM research, education, and partnerships among academia, the industry, and governments.
  • For the 4th year in a row, Robert Nadeau was published in the annual periodical of the Sales Education Foundation. His article was on the impact of sales skills in the field of entrepreneurs. The Professional Sales Program had another banner month with corporate visits and student competitions with Comcast, Bank W. Holdings, Mutual of Omaha, and UniFirst. Over a dozen executives evaluated sales students’ performance, coached and mentored over 40 students. Comcast awarded prizes. Over the course of this semester the Professional Sales Program has hosted a dozen corporate visits, 9 network events, and some 40 presentations. This resulted in well over 150 interviews, and dozens of jobs offers to PSU students.
  • Tom Guarino, from Accounting, will be presenting at the 31st annual meeting of the New Hampshire Government Finance Officers Association (NHGFOA). Tom’s presentation will focus on ethical decision making for accountants and will include a discussion of some of the largest municipal bankruptcies in the US, highlighting the legal and ethical implications involved.  Following the session will be a short presentation of PSU’s Master of Science in Accounting degree.
  • Bonnie Bechard, Business Professor and CoBA Director of Students, was this year’s recipient of the Campus Compact for New Hampshire PSU President’s Good Steward Award. This award is given to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on the campus.
  • Bonnie traveled with the PSU Enactus team who won Regional Champion and Rookie of the Year at the Enactus United States Regional Competition in Chicago on March 21. As an Enactus US Regional Champion, the PSU Enactus team now advances to the National Exposition, May 15, in St. Louis, MO.  Bonnie also had an article published in the spring New Hampshire Journal of Education with Thomas Fitzpatrick, entitled “Partnering to Create High Impact Teaching and Learning Practices: An Apprentice-Based Program that Inspires Authentic Engagement for All Learners.”  The authors share insights gained from their involvement in The Common Man Apprentice Program and provide eight characteristics of high quality, high impact teaching and learning practices.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Cathie LeBlanc presented “Interactive Narrative Games: A Case Study Comparison of Decision-Making in Two Genre-Bending Video Games” at the 2016 Popular Culture Association conference in Seattle, WA onMarch 23. She also chaired a panel at the conference.
  • Mary Beth Ray participated in a Professional Development Area Round Table entitledCapturing the Zeitgeist: How Digital Tools Enhance—and Limit—Popular Culture Pedagogies,” as well as presented a paper in the Internet Culture Area entitled Opportunities and Challenges: Digital Connectivity and the Logistics of Music Consumption at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Seattle, WA, March 22-25.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • “Parental Predictors of Adolescent Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Consequences,” by Robin Hausheer, Diana M. Doumas, Susan Esp, and Courtney Cuffee was published in the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 37, 16-34.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Pat Cantor was one of the recipients of the 2016 Mary Stuart Gile Award from the New Hampshire Child Development Bureau for her work as a member of the New Hampshire Childhood Workforce and Professional Development Committee in creating Shared Professional Early Childhood Core Competencies. The award was given at the annual Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals on April 12. This is the fourth time she has received this award.
  • Elisabeth Johnston and Joey Rino (Elementary Education and Childhood Studies) presented “Orchestrating Discussions that Support Student Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards” at the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association Spring conference in Derry, NH.
  • Elisabeth Johnston and her colleague from Texas presented “Development and Validation of the Elementary Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Instrument-Math (ETEBI-M)” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Meagan Shedd served as a discussant for a Roundtable for Instructional Strategies and also presenting “That’s Not Me: Content Analysis of Children’s Picture Books for Pediatric Cancer Patients” at the New England Education Research Organization’s annual conference in Portsmouth, NH on April 28.

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • Preliminary results of Hilary Swank’s research on the effects of “Afterschool Attendance on Non-Cognitive Skills” were presented to the New Hampshire Senate Education Committee in Concord, NH on April 5 and at the National Meeting of Statewide Afterschool Networks in Detroit, MI on April 19. Hilary presented her paper “The Impact of Afterschool Programs on Non-Cognitive Skills” at the New England Educational Research Organization’s annual conference on April 28 in Portsmouth NH.
  • Hilary Swank presented her paper “An Historical Analysis of Traditional Arithmetic in School Mathematics Textbooks, 1904-2000” at the New England Educational Research Organization’s annual conference on April 29th in Portsmouth NH.
  • Kelly Swindlehurst gave a presentation at the New England Educational Research Organization annual meeting in Portsmouth entitled, Blogging in Teacher Education: Can it Impact Pre-service Teacher Readiness and Engagement?
  • Kelly Swindehurst gave two presentations at the NEA New Hampshire Annual Instructional conference in Concord, NH entitled, “Time Management for Teachers and Easy Differentiation for New Teachers.”
  • Gerry Buteau and undergraduate EECS Major Shannon Folan presented at the NEA New Hampshire Annual Instructional conference in Concord, NH entitled “Strategies to Motivate the Reluctant Reader.”
  • Marianne True and Stacey Curdie gave a presentation at the NEA New Hampshire Annual Instructional conference in Concord, NH entitled “Classroom Management Strategies for Beginning Teachers.”
  • Gerry Buteau’s article, “Six Effective Strategies to Motivate the K-3 Reader,” has been published in the New Hampshire Journal of Education.


  • Liz Ahl will have six poems posted for the month of May at the invitation-only web project, “A Dozen Nothing” ( Her poem, “Water Cycle,” appeared in the latest issue of Bloom, which debuted at the AWP conference in Los Angeles, CA last month.
  • Robin DeRosa was the keynote speaker for the annual Teaching Showcase at Davidson College in North Carolina; her talk was entitled, “Pedagogy in Public: Open Education Unbound.”  Robin also appeared, with futurist Bryan Alexander and connected learning scholar Gardner Campbell, on the featured panel at the Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit at the University of Mary Washington, and she was the invited speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Spring OER event.
  • Sean Robinson, teaching lecturer, presented his paper “Ossomancing the Siren” at the International Convention of the Fantastic in the Art in Orlando, FL. Robinson’s short story “He Who Makes the Slippers” appeared in Mirror Dance, while three poems appear this month in Assaracus 22.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • In collaboration with the Newfound Lake Watershed Association, Amy Villamagna(ESP and CFE), Brian Eisenhauer (Social Science and OES), Sean Donohoe (ESP 2016), and Josiah Perry (Sociology 2017) launched a participatory GIS survey to map conservation priorities, landscape threats, and landscape values throughout the basin. The survey closed on March 30 and the team will be presenting results to the community at the end of May.
  • Lisa Doner (ES&P and Center for the Environment) presented an invited talk entitled, “Batten Down the Hatches – Education on Major Storms and Community Resilience” at the Southeastern Section Geological Society of America annual meeting, Columbia, SC, March 31-April 1.
  • June Hammond Rowan’s Community Planning class recently completed a survey of businesses in downtown Plymouth and presented their results to Plymouth’s Town Planner.
  • June Hammond Rowangave three guest lectures in April. She spoke about “Land Use Planning in the Graduate Environmental Law, Policy and Management class; the “Randolph Community Forest” in the Environmental Science and Policy seminar; and ‘Mountain Summers” in the American Women’s History class.

Global Engagement Office

  • GEO/PSU hosted the spring meeting of the NH NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dick Hage welcomed the group and offered his reflections from his years of work in international education.
  • Two PSU students presented at the Boston Area Study Abroad Association’s spring conference at Simmons College. Brianna Pintauro (’16 Political Science) and Ronja Lotse (’16 Psychology), along with GEO staff Thomas Janis, repeated their successful cultural awareness-building workshop which they presented at last year’s Student Showcase of Excellence.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson and Christine Brodeur, a senior in Adventure Education, co-presented at the Northeast Regional Conference for the Association for Experiential Education. They presented results from a qualitative research on students’ perception of modern technology in wilderness experience.
  • Undergraduate and graduate athletic training students attended the New Hampshire Athletic Training Association Student Symposium where athletic training students from UNH, Keene State and Colby Sawyer joined PSU students to share research and to learn about conflict resolution in the profession.
  • Congratulations to Margie King who has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Most Distinguished Service Award!
  • The HHP Club hosted the 2016 Relay for Life event at PSU on April 22 in ALLWell North from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am. The event raised over $9,200 for the American Cancer Society and involved over 130 participants.
  • Lynn Johnson presented “PETE and TECH – a Perfect Match” at the national convention of the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in Minneapolis, MN on April 9.
  • Lynn Johnson facilitated curriculum and assessment workshops for physical educators at Pinkerton Academy on March 22 and April 14.
  • Lynn Johnson facilitated the third in a series of annual competency and assessment workshops for New Hampshire physical education teachers that is sponsored by NHAHPERD. The 2016 workshop included two half day sessions.  The first 3-hour session was designed for elementary and middle school teachers and the afternoon season was designed for high school teachers.

History, Philosophy and Social Studies Education

  • Rebecca R. Noel participated in the Organization of American Historians conference in Providence, RI, as the OAH’s Northeast Region Membership Chair and the New Hampshire representative on the Membership Committee. Her tweets from the conference were also recognized and shared by two national history news sites.
  • Maria Sanders and four Philosophy students (Joshua Butler, Jared Richard, Holly Snedeker, and Madalyn Stevens) presented on the “Philosophy 4 Life Radio” program and the upcoming “Happiness Quest” at the 2nd Annual Share Fair sponsored by the Community Conversations Group held at Plymouth Elementary School on Thursday, April 21.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book, The Biggest Poutine in the World by Andree Poulin, was published in the April 2016 issue of School Library Journal.
  • On April 8, Alice Pearman attended the New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) annual conference in Worcester, MA. NETSL is a section of the New England Library Association. Presentations included an overview of copyright law as it relates to libraries, as well as a program on low-barrier ways to prepare for a linked data environment.
  • Chris Lee (PASS) was elected as Vice President of New Hampshire Educational Opportunity Association (NHEOA) for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The purpose of NHEOA is to bring together those persons who are involved in programs that provide student’s access and opportunities for success in education at all levels, with the ultimate goal being the completion of a program of post-secondary education. The Association is particularly concerned with those students who because of socio-economic status and/or disabilities, find themselves in a position of disadvantage with respect to traditional students.
  • On March 4, Lindsay Page (Disability Services Office, PASS) attended a seminar entitled “Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” at Granite State College.
  • On March 9-11, Angie Ricciardi, Chris Lee, and Patti May (PASS) attended the NACADA Conference in Portland, ME.  Many advising strategies were learned that will be used to support required advising services provided by the PSU TRIO SSS grant.
  • On March 12, Angie Ricciardi (PASS) attended the College Reading and Learning Association’s (CRLA) regional conference held in Worcester, MA at Assumption College. The CRLA supports professionals in higher education who provide academic support to students, primarily through tutoring, mentoring, and advising. The CRLA also has a tutor training certification program, and Angie is working to earn a Level 2 certification for PSU’s tutoring program.
  • On March 30 and 31, Angie Ricciardi, Chris Lee, Kyle Somma, and Patti May (PASS) participated in visits by several groups, comprised of middle school students visiting from the UNH TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program.  ETS program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
  • On March 31, Lindsay Page (Disability Services Office, PASS) attended the 2016 New England AHEAD Spring Conference-Mental Health and Disability Services at Stonehill College. Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
  • On April 5-8, Chris Lee and Patti May (PASS) attended the regional NEOA meeting in Falmouth, MA.  NEOA is an organization that brings together professionals working with federal TRIO grants, advocating for access to and success in postsecondary education for low income individuals, first generation college students, and students with disabilities.
  • On April 18, Angie Ricciardi, Chris Lee, Kyle Somma, and Patti May (PASS) hosted a visit by 5 students and 2 staff members from Keene State TRIO Upward Bound.  Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound serves high school students who are low-income and first generation.
  • Elaine Allard (Library and Academic Support Services) attended the NERCOMP Annual Conference in Providence, RI (March 21-23).  NERCOMP’s program topics included IT Services, Leadership and Organizational Development, Libraries and Scholarship in the 21st Century, and Teaching and Learning.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Wilson Garcia presented, “Life in Colombia” at Campton Middle School onApril 6. He also presented the paper “Interethnic Conflict in al-Andalus: The Case of the Muladi Revolt of 880” on April 16 at the Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Keene State College.
  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew completed 64 hours of Health Care Community Interpretation Training offered by the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, a non-profit organization accredited by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The program’s curriculum included topics such as language access law, the role of the interpreter, the protocol of interpretation, the national code of ethics and standards of practice, and impact of culture on interpretation. This training will allow Barbara to serve as an interpreter and a consultant in educational and social services.
  • James Whiting and Karen Goyettehosted the second annual TESOL Professional Development Day for New Hampshire teachers at PSU Concord on April 16. Sixty-five teachers from around the state attended and participated in a full day of workshops centered around the topics of ELLs and the law, language assessment and federal education policies. At the conference, James delivered a talk on what the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) will mean for ELLs and their teachers.
  • James Whitingparticipated on a panel, “How to Support LGBTQ Voices in Threatening EFL Contexts”, at the 50th International TESOL Conference in Baltimore in early April. The panel was sponsored by TESOL’s Social Responsibility Interest Section.  James’ talk examined the issue through an advocacy lens, and explored how advocacy training for English language teachers can play a key role in supporting LGBTQ students.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Elizabeth Daily provided the engineering/editing for the voice-overs of theatre students Karielle Anzaldi, Jaclyn Goodrich, Darcy Graham, Valerie Umbro and Cindy Wade.  All five students are featured voicing letters and stories in the current exhibition “Taking the Lead:  Women in the White Mountains” at the Museum of the White Mountains. All received training in Daily’s voice-over course last fall


  • It has been a busy year for the Department of Nursing. The New Hampshire Board of Nursing voted unanimously to approve the restructuring of the pre-licensure program. In addition to restructuring and revising the curriculum, the faculty have been actively engaged in the following scholarship and service activities:
  • Sandra Gamble presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association Conference in Orlando, FL this past fall.  Along with the APNA Undergraduate Education Group, Sandra presented at a pre-conference session, using a live-person simulation that she developed and published for a previous presentation in 2013.
  • Julie Fagan has been appointed to serve as the health consultant for CYCF. Additionally, Julie will coordinate efforts between the Department of Nursing and CYCF to develop a partnership that will allow nursing students to work with CYCF during their pediatric rotation beginning in Fall 2016.
  • Anne Marie Cote and Sandra McBournie will be presenting their poster entitled “Community Clinical Immersion in Costa Rica” at the 24th Annual Conference of Nurse Educators in North Falmouth, MA scheduled for June.
  • Sandra McBournie has been admitted to candidacy for the EdD Degree at PSU. Her interest of exploration involves contemplative pedagogy in nursing education.
  • Donna Driscoll has had her Practice Change Research Project proposal for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) accepted through Chamberlain College of Nursing, Devry University, with proposed completion in Fall of 2016. Her interest of exploration involves high fidelity simulation training with patient scenarios experiencing acute deteriorating conditions. The population of interest is new graduate RN’s and their increase in confidence and ability to respond to patients experiencing clinically emergent conditions.
  • Ten Plymouth State University nursing students and ten nurse leaders from the University and community were inducted into the PSU Honor Society of Nursing at a ceremony February 4.
  • Kathleen Patenaude has been appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) State Grassroots Liaison (SGL) for New Hampshire.

Office of Educator Preparation

  • The New Hampshire Board of Education approved PSU’s proposal for a new teacher certification program — an advanced special education program to prepare teachers to work with students with specific learning disabilities. This program is coordinated by Ann Berry.

Office of Research and Engagement

  • Changes in the area of “Research and Engagement” will better support PSU’s emerging strategic clusters, open labs, high-impact learning opportunities, and partnership opportunities. That reorganization includes a more robust Center for Business and Community Partnerships, led by Ben Amsden, noted in his report below.
  • The Student Showcase of Excellence is shaping up to be the best one yet, of course, with 92 student presentations and over 120 student presenters. Please join us in the HUB from 2:00-6:00 pm on Friday, May 6.

Here are the Student Research Grant Awardees for Spring 2016:

Applicant Major Title
Getts, Laura MS-ESP Advancing Active Transportation in New Hampshire
Fruit, Roy BS-ESP Quantification of Road Salt Induced HSP70 Stress Protein in Mayflies
Farrow, Kyle BA-Biology Effects of Increased Salinity on the Expression of HSP70 Protein in Adult Stream-dwelling Mussels.
Travel Applications  
Tracy, William BS-Adventure Ed Video Self-analysis in Canoe Instruction: Preliminary Findings of an Effectiveness Study
Faulkner, Brittany Business/Elem. Ed “Footnotes to the Grand Narrative: Stories of Synergy That We Forget to Tell”

Center for Business and Community Partnerships

  • April was an exciting month for CBCP, as we officially welcomed two new functions – the Community Service Center and the Office of Service Learning. Both offices represent a legacy of meaningful engagement that has deeply impacted our students, faculty, and off-campus partners.

In the coming weeks, the CBCP will be integrating these new functions along with our Student Engagement Lab and Field Immersion Program to develop a core area focusing on high impact, experiential learning. Our goal is to seamlessly support external student engagement, which includes creating both academic and volunteer field opportunities, centralizing systems, developing resources and tools for faculty, and building strong relationships off-campus. Jessica Dutille will be leading this effort.

  • Dan Lee (COBA) delivered the monthly rooms and meals report for January 2016 and the monthly travel barometer report for January 2016 to NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development. Dan’s reports can be viewed at
  • As part of the CBCP’s Field Immersion Program, Rachelle Lyons, Common Ground and students from ES&P, Adventure Ed, and Environmental Biology visited the Haynes Family Homestead Colebrook to help with spring chores while learning about sustainable agriculture. The students also visited Winter Green Farm in Stratford to learn about UNH Cooperative Extension’s work with hardy kiwi trials and aquaponics.
  • Rachelle Lyons gave a presentation on the importance of stream connectivity and the Ammonoosuc River Stream Crossing Assessment Project (ARSCAP) to the Ammonoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The externally funded ARSCAP initiative includes extensive outreach that builds stewardship, informs stakeholders, and encourages best management practices in support of aquatic organism passage, restoration of natural flow regimes, and community resilience.
  • Rachelle Lyons, graduate student Jacalin LaFrance, and undergraduates Shelby Chapman, Haley Poirior and Danielle Oswald traveled to Washington DC as participants in the inaugural National Food Recovery Dialogue.  Over the course of four days, the students connected with food systems professionals including farmers, food justice advocates, federal representatives from the EPA and USDA, and elected officials. The Food Recovery Network is a partnership with Sodexho and is part of a national network of college students working to reduce food waste and hunger.
  • As part of the CBCP’s Field Immersion Program and the Bienvenue New Hampshire program, French Professor Katharine Harrington developed a student-run oral history project in partnership with Castle in the Clouds. Her students interviewed Francophones/Franco-Americans in New Hampshire, with the interviews to be included in a forthcoming exhibit at the Castle.
  • Ben Amsden participated in a strategic planning retreat for the Food Solutions Network Team, which is a working coalition of food-system leadership from around New England. FSNE is a program of the UNH Sustainability Institute, and maintains a specific focus on issues of equity and justice.
  • Dan Lee (COBA) completed the North Country Economic Index for Winter 2016. The NCEI report can be viewed at
  • Ben Amsden represented the CBCP at the 2nd Annual Plymouth Share Fair, organized by the Plymouth Community Connections team and the Pemi Youth Center.
  • The CBCP hosted leaders from the region’s tourism industry to celebrate the past and present of tourism engagement at PSU, and to honor our long-term colleague and mentor Mark Okrant, who received commendation from both President Birx and Governor Hassan for his 30-plus years of service to students and New Hampshire’s tourism industry.
  • Graduate student Jacalin LaFrance supported Littleton’s Literacy Day by hosting a booth featuring “Who Grew My Lunch,” a food literacy program developed by CBCP that builds awareness of the social, environmental, economic and health implications of our food system. Using the recipe from Eric Carle’s book Pancakes, Pancakes! Jacalin offered samples of pancakes and a display of children’s books and materials promoting agricultural and food literacy.
  • Ben Amsden participated in the final chapter of the Excellence in Governance professional development program held in Los Angeles, CA. EIG is a competitive, 18-month program designed to develop leadership, governance, and partnership skills among executives in the economic development and not-for profit sectors.
  • Jessica Dutille, presented an update on service learning outcomes to the Granite United Way Community Impact Committee on March 22. Dutille discussed the ways in which the Service Learning Partnership is addressing the demographic and socioeconomic crises in the State of New Hampshire by focusing on reducing poverty through youth empowerment, student engagement, and partnerships. Accomplishments to date include:

329 PSU students have served with 64 regional agencies, which totals approximately $151,000 value of student volunteer time in building capacities for non-profit partners.

Office of Sponsored Programs

  • Sponsored Programs grant submissions and awards update: Fiscal year to date, there have been $8.6 million in grant submissions and $2.4 million awarded.
  • Sponsored Programs also has a new monthly newsletter highlighting grant opportunities that may be of interest. We welcome your feedback and if you would like to receive the newsletter and aren’t, please contact Tara DiSalvo (


  • Senior Psychology Student Joseph (Jason) Phillips presented a poster entitled, “Effects of Cognitive Effort on Associative Memory” at the New Hampshire Psychological Association student convention on Saturday, April 16, and won 2nd place in the poster competition.

Social Science

  • Patrick May (Geography) attended the 2016 national Conference of the American Association of Geographers March 28-April 2, in San Francisco, CA. At the conference, Patrick participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Place Attachment: A Geographic Perspective” and presented a paper entitled, “Fisher Cats and Sea Dogs: Marketing Sense of Place in Minor League Baseball.”
  • Eight members of the PSU GEO Club, representing five different majors, attended the 2016 national Conference of the American Association of Geographers March 28-April 2, in San Francisco, CA under the advising and coordination of Patrick May (Geography). These students attended sessions and GIS workshops and four of them participated as members of the New England (NESTVAL) regional all-star team in the AAG World Geography Bowl competition.  Along with students from UConn and UMass, PSU students compiled an 8-3 record in head-to-head competition and earned 3rd place team honors.
  • Jason Paling (Anthropology) and junior anthropology student Hannah Dutton co-presented a lecture entitled, “What is Coming North of Here: Life and Trade within a Prehistoric Nicaraguan Agrarian Village” as part of PSU’s Archaeology month series on April 28. This presentation reflected the research conducted during the 2015 summer field course on site in Nicaragua.
  • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) chaired and served as Discussant for a panel entitled, “Human Rights at the 2016 Conference of the Western Political Science Association” on March 24, in San Diego, CA.
  • Sheryl Shirley (Political Science) chaired a panel and presented, “CEDAW: Compliance and Contestation in Latin America,” on February 24 at the PAN-American Interdisciplinary Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) published two chapters, “The American Fortifications” and “The Schuyler House” in the book The Saratoga Campaign: Uncovering a Landscape of Battle and Victory, out this month from University Press of New England.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted a series of four presentations at PSU for Archaeology Month in New Hampshire (April):
  • Talked on “Shaker Archaeology in Enfield and Canterbury” (April 14);
  • Lectured on “Military Sites Archaeology in New York” in the Plenary Session at the 100th Anniversary Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (April 16) in Rochester, NY;
  • Presented on “The Great Forts on Lake George” to the French and Indian War Society at the Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George, NY (April 22); and
  • Spoke on the topic “Excavations Begin at Enfield Shaker Village” at the Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire and Vermont Archaeological Societies (April 30) at Dartmouth College.
  • Laura Tilghman (Anthropology) attended the annual meeting of the Society for Economic Anthropology in Athens, GA, April 14-16. The conference theme was “Risk and Resilience: Cultures, Societies, and Systems.” Dr. Tilghman’s poster entitled, “Mandehandeha mahita raha: Exploring Malagasy New Immigrant Destinations,” explored how risk influences migrant decision-making processes using preliminary data from Dr. Tilghman’s research with the Malagasy diaspora in China, Canada, and the USA.

Social Work

  • On April 20, Kristina Lind served on a panel for a Field Instructor workshop on “Termination”. This was conducted by Scott Meyer who also spoke in Jenn Sumner’s Intro to Social Work class on “Social Work Services with Aging Populations and in Medical Settings.” Eleven of Kristina’s Research and Group Work students had their poster abstracts accepted by the International Association of Social Work with Groups Annual Symposium held in NYC this June. A total of 14 Social Work Juniors and Kristina will be attending this four day conference.