Current Engagement Opportunities (Updated Monthly)

The following is a list of interdisciplinary opportunities that the CBCP is cultivating for student and faculty engagement. Please consider these opportunities if you’re thinking about class projects, student engagement, guest speakers, scholarship, research, or any other sort of engagement. These organizations have reached out to PSU in some way and are looking to engage in whatever ways we can imagine.
As always, if you have your own list of partnerships or opportunties, and would like to talk about synergies or other ways to work together, please be in touch!

In no particular order:

  • I4Class – This organization has designed a professional development tool for teachers of math and technology.
  • NH Commission on Rural Affairs – This legislative body needs logistical help, including strategic planning and organizational development.
  • USFS Trail Club Convening (new) – A group of trail stakeholders, led by the WMNF, is looking for partners to convene a “backbone” organization of NH trail clubs.
  • Alternative Transportation: The WMNF, NHDOT, AMC, NH Parks, and others have convened stakeholders to discuss alternative transportation in and around the Franconia Notch State Park.
  • North Country Council – The NCC is conducting a resilience survey of north country stakeholders in support of the decennial CEDS update. Faculty are currently involved in survey creation but additional needs exist.
  • North Country RC&D – The board of this regional economic development group is interested to see if the organization and its project portfolio could serve as the basis for an open lab.
  • Harvest of the Month – RC&D (see above) received a USDA grant for food resilience and is looking to involve students in design, marketing, and decision sciences.
  • Town of Plymouth “Tourism” Designation: A group of stakeholders are creating an open lab focused on tourism development in partnership with the Town of Plymouth and others. Other opportunities for partnership include the Friends of the Pemi.
  • Tarleton Castle Arts Hub: This organization has a list of needs including marketing, design, strategic planning, and more.
  • Ashland Economic Development Committee: This group is interested in including students in economic development projects throughout the town.
  • Canterbury Shaker Village: This partner would like to develop closer linkages to programs including Historic Preservation, Heritage Studies, Social Science, etc. Also, the Village could potentially be used as a classroom space.
  • NH Future in Sight: (formerly NH Association for the Blind) is interested in creating a cluster project focusing on expanding their outreach through class projects, student work, or research.
  • NH/Canada Trade Council Economic Development Event: Via the Bienvenue New Hampshire program, the CBCP is helping the NH/Canada Trade Council raise funds and organize an economic development event scheduled for October 27.
  • Canadian manufacturing development support: The purpose of this ongoing project is to create an inventory of appropriate space for manufacturing development in the North Country.
  • Littleton Chamber of Commerce – Visitor Brochure:  Pam Anneser’s Design Lab has been creating a tourism brochure for the towns of Lancaster and Bethlehem. Additional opportunities exist for tourism development.
  • Timber Bridge Research: In partnership with the North Country RC&D, and the USFS wood products lab, Rachelle Lyons of ES&P will be leading a research project to determine timber structures (such as bridges) can be viable alternatives, thus supporting the timber and wood products economy.
  • Vernal Pool Project: Rachelle and partners at the Mt. Village Charter School and Plymouth Elementary have created a cluster project (titled Local Action to Preserve Biodiversity) to help communities document and preserve vernal pools.
  • Assessing Hunger on Campus: This cluster project brings together the CBCP, ES&P, Sodexo, and the Student Support Foundation to conduct research and outreach towards better understanding hunger on the PSU campus.
  • Food Recovery Network: This ongoing student-led partnership with Sodexo provides unserved food to area organizations, and will be resuming this fall.
  • Utility Choice Savings: Our first co-op agreement completed its first year and is moving to Phase Two (marketing, PR) which includes 3 more students (COBA, English, Comm) and wider impact.
  • Holderness Department of Public Works: Via Conservation Commission, the DPW is interested in culvert assessment work. We are hoping to locate a student to work with them once the school year begins.
  • Mountain Village Charter School: The school has worked closely with PSU (Jamie Hannon) and is interested in formally articulating their relationship.