Accomplishments | April 2018

Arts & Technologies

  • Liz Ahl was a featured reader in the Cafe Muse Reading Series in Chevy Chase, Maryland on March 19. She also gave readings with Martha Carlson-Bradley at the public libraries in Nelson and Stoddard.

Education, Democracy & Social Change

  • On March 2, Pat Cantor(Early Childhood Education) delivered her inaugural lecture as Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor on the topic “Teaching, Learning, and Belonging: The Essential Role of Relationships in Education.” Two previous Stevens-Bristow Professors, Meg Petersen (English) and Marianne True (Elementary Education & Youth Development), are also members of the Education, Democracy, and Social Change Cluster.
  • On March 15, the NH Music Festival presented two bus-in live orchestral performances for over 700 area school children. Holly Oliver (Music Education Coordinator) and over 20 music education majors worked with Jessye Bartlett, Outreach Coordinator for the NH Music Festival, to serve as ushers and teacher models for the children. Additional music education majors were invited to play in the professional orchestra and sing with the University Chamber Singers under the direction of  Dan Perkins (A&T Cluster). This Carnegie Hall sponsored program is already on the calendar for next year!
  • James Whiting (Languages & Linguistics)chaired a panel, “Putting TESOL Advocacy in to Practice”, at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Chicago in late March. The panel brought together leading experts in the field of advocacy for English language learners. On the panel, Whiting discussed his research on incorporating advocacy training into TESOL teacher-education programs.

Exploration & Discovery

  • Anil Waghe (Chemistry)gave a talk at the 255th American Chemical Society national conference at New Orleans, LA, on March 18, 2018 in the Division of Chemical Education technical session “Using Light, Color & Spectroscopy to Increase Student Engagement in the Laboratory”. The title of the paper was “Though-Provoking Colorful Sophomore Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment” (final paper number CHED8). This paper was co-authored with Aparna Waghe (Chemistry)Anil Waghe also served as an invited panelist for ACS Mullins Focus Group on March 23, 2018 during this conference.
  • Anil Waghe (Chemistry) was an invited panel member and served as a Forensic Psychologist/ Profiler expert at the White Mountains Regional High School, Whitefield, NH on March 23, 2018. Interesting topics including what causes the crime, connection of type of disorders, and crime scene were discussed.
  • Aparna Waghe (Chemistry) presented a poster titled “Synthesis and Analysis of Merocyanine dye: A wet/dry lab approach in undergraduate Organic Chemistry” (final Paper Number: CHED 218) at the 255th American Chemical Society national conference at New Orleans, LA, on March 18, 2018. This paper was co-authored with Anil Waghe (Chemistry)
  • Aparna Waghe (Chemistry)and Anil Waghe (Chemistry) served as judges for New Hampshire Technology Student Association (NH-TSA) state conference held at Attitash Grand Resort, Bartlett, NH on March 19-20, 2018. About two hundred middle and high school students from New Hampshire competed in STEM related events and participated in leadership activities.
  • Robin DeRosa (Interdisciplinary Studies) was a guest for the second time on the “Teaching in Higher Ed” podcast, this time focusing on interdisciplinary innovation and open pedagogies. She also gave two statewide education-oriented keynote addresses, “Commons-Oriented Approaches to Pedagogy and Planning in Higher Ed” in Utah and “Opening Higher Ed: Hopeful Horizons and Critical Questions” in New York, and gave a remote presentation about connected learning and learner-driven pedagogy for the Davidson College Teaching and Learning Center.

Health & Human Enrichment

  • DPT Students Lindsay Jarvis and Michael Gaspari attended the PT Pro Bono Clinic Network Annual Conference at Widener University in Chester, PA. The mission of The Pro Bono Network is to facilitate the networking of students participating in student-run pro bono clinics that are delivering rehabilitation healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured members of their communities. As representatives of the first DPT class on campus they are excited about the plans and possibility of starting a student-run pro bono clinic here in Plymouth to serve the campus and surrounding community.
  • Students from Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Exercise & Sport Physiology completed a cluster project studying the hip of a cadaver at the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute in March.
  • Irene Cucina, PEHE, was selected as the 2018 SHAPE America Eastern District Margaret Paulding Lecturer. Her lecture, Active Girls Become Strong Women, was presented at the regional conference in Burlington, VT.
  • Irene Cucina, PEHE, facilitated CAEP Health Program Report training at the SHAPE America national convention in Nashville, TN.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Professor Brad Allen has been selected by the President’s Office as Plymouth State University’s recipient of this year’s Good Stewardship Award. This award recognizes the PSU faculty or staff for work in the local community. Professor Allen will attend a luncheon on April 10 at the Grappone Center with other recipients from around the state.
  • PSU released the New Hampshire Foreign Direct Investment Report: Presence and Contributions to State and County Economies, by Chen Wu and Dr. Roxana Wright. The research is a unique analysis of the distribution of foreign direct investment (FDI) and its current and potential contributions within the state. The NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs endorsed the analysis and its findings and the press release was picked up by the AP, gaining national attention.
  • The Apex Accelerator program just launched its third class at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth. This program has been highly successful, with over 36 business participating in the last year. The Apex Program was initially intended to serve Grafton County but has branched out throughout the entire state. Eric Spieth, Executive Director of the ECP, just received a congressional letter of congratulations for the impact the program has had.
  • The Marketing Association at Plymouth State (MAPS) has been selected to present at the national American Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter Conference on April 5. Students will present their experience working within a successful student run business. This is a major accomplishment for MAPS to present to over 2,000 students at the year’s biggest AMA event.
  • Compass presented their Social Media 101 training course to 24 businesses in the Haverhill New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce on March 15. Students provided a three-hour seminar to provide tips on using social media to promote small and mid-sized businesses using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms for single or longer termed event or product promotions. The students did a great job of displaying data that can be created from these campaigns as well as providing ideas to help fund these initiatives. MAPS- Compass earned the $2,000 for the event.
  • The Professional Sales Program just added its 4th new corporate partner this semester. A tip of the hat to Connections, a National Technology Solutions Provider is a Fortune 1000 company with 2,500 employees and is based in Merrimack, NH. They join Gartner, Konica-Minolta, and I.S. as new partners this semester visiting our campus and providing students with careers, internships, mentoring and coaching.
  • Enactus will be traveling to Chicago to compete in the Enactus US Regional Competition on April 9. The student team will be displaying three projects:  Caring Scoops, Climb Above Addiction, and Panther Pitch.
  • Kristina Lind, Associate Professor, Bonnie Krasuski, and Elena Pensa, both BSW students, presented a paper entitled, Teaching practice skills using video recordings: What model do students prefer?” at the Bachelors Program Directors Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Kimberly Livingstone, Instructor, is working with the North Country Health Consortium and the Center for the Advancement of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) to implement CTI as part of NH’s DSRIP-funded Medicaid waiver program. She is providing ongoing training and technical assistance to 5 regions across NH in their efforts to roll out multiple new programs. Kim facilitated the first monthly community of practice meeting including 30+ service providers across the state and began providing more individualized implementation coaching as programs prepare to accept new clients.
  • Jenn Sumner, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, has collaborated with the NH Department of Education Office of Student Wellness and SAU 18 for hosting a 3-day training at PSU to increase the number of adults across New Hampshire trained by the National Council of Behavioral Health in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). This collaboration is being held on April 30, May 1, and May 2 in Frost Commons and will include a current PSU student to be trained as an instructor to co-facilitate future YMHFA trainings for PSU students interested in earning this 3-year certification which teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to mental health challenges of young people.
  • Elena Pensa, BSW senior, was awarded the NH National Association of Social Workers PSU BSW Student of the Year Award for demonstrated leadership in the field work setting and a commitment to providing service to local and global communities.

Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development

  • Filiz Ruhm and ten PSU Model UN Students from Political Science, Public Management, Criminal Justice, French, English, Business Administration, Anthropology, and Computer Science disciplines attended Harvard University’s World Model UN Conference in Panama City, Panama. There were over 1,200 students coming from 80+ countries. PSU students participated in this simulation representing Ireland in several United Nations institutions.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology/Sociology, TESD) hosted the Annual Conference on New England Industrial Archeology on March 3 at Plymouth State University and presented a paper entitled “A January Visit to Egypt.” David then hosted the Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire Archeological Society at Plymouth State University on March 31, this time presenting “Ancient Egypt: An Overview.” In March, David also published Vol. 57 of The New Hampshire Archeologist (for 2017), an all-industrial volume. David has been editor of the journal for some 26 years.
  • Laura Tilghman presented a poster entitled “The Value of Anthropology: engaging undergraduates through ethnographies of student financial issues” at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual meeting in Tempe, AZ on March 2, 2018. It presents successes and ideas for improvement after Tilghman partnered with PSU’s Financial Aid Office for her Spring 2017 “Economic Anthropology” course wherein students conducted ethnographic research on student financial issues, and then presented their findings to office staff.
  • The project course IS3080 “Welcoming Immigrants to New Hampshire” co-taught by Laura Tilghman and Whitney Howarth (History/Arts and Technology Cluster) was featured on the front page of The Clock, the student newspaper. This project course gives students hands-on experience with two refugee service providers in Concord, NH. Check out the article online at
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), Raegan Young (ESP – BS student), and Laura Getts (ESP MS alumna) presented their research progress on their Statewide Bikeability Assessment project to the NH Department of Transportation Research Advisory Council. The ArcGIS web map application designed to gather public feedback on our statewide GIS-based bikeability model is actively collecting data and can be accessed here:
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), Katerina Crowley (MS ESP), Roy Fruit (MS ESP), and Matt Mazzone (MS ESP) participated in the annual New England Association for Environmental Biologist meeting March 13-15, during which their NH Water Resources Research Center and USGS-funded research on the effects of temperature and salt stress on macroinvertebrates in NH streams was presented. Roy Fruit presented his thesis research on heat shock proteins during the oral sessions (few students get this opportunity) and Kat Crowley presented results on macroinvertebrate communities during the poster session and was recognized with a student presentation award.
  • Tyson Morrill (MS Bio) and Roy Fruit (MS ESP), co-advised by Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Brigid O’Donnell (Bio-CFE), presented their thesis research on Brook trout in the Beebe River and heat shock protein response in stoneflies (respectively) at the NH Water and Watersheds conference at PSU March 23, 2018.
  • Katerina Crowley (MS ESP), advised by Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), presented the results from a two –year study of macroinvertebrate response to potential temperature and salt stressors in NH streams during the poster session at the NH Water and Watersheds conference at PSU March 23, 2018.
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Katerina Crowley (MS-ESP) met with representatives from Warner River Conservation Project, including NH Fish and Game Department and the Basil Woods chapter of Trout Unlimited, to build a research and conservation collaboration focusing on the potential inclusion of the Warner River in the NH Rivers Management and Protection program. This collaboration will include GIS analysis of previously collected brook trout population data and culvert assessments, landowner surveys conducted over the summer, and the development of a watershed plan. For more information on the Warner River Conservation Project please visit:

Center for the Environment

  • Len Reitsma collaborated with researchers at the University of Georgia and one outcome to date was the following publication:
  • Ferrari, B. A., B. M. Shamblin, R. B. Chandler, H. R. Tumas, S. Hache, L. Reitsma and C. J. Nairn. 2018. Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis): novel molecular markers and a preliminary analysis of genetic diversity and structure. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13 (1):8. [online] URL:

Center for Transformation

  • The Center for Transformation hosted the following sessions for faculty, staff, and students during the month of March:
    • – The Wicked Problem of Open Learning- a panel discussion that featured faculty and students on USNH’s Open Education Initiative followed by a talk by Dr. Gardner Campbell.
    • – Active Allyship All Campus Workshops- a talk by Shaun Connors and open discussion among faculty, staff, and students about what it means to be an ally on our campus.
    • – Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Love- a student workshop that examined various applications of love and how this most universal and powerful force can transform our individual lives and build communities of compassion.
  • The Center for Transformation also launched monthly sessions including Faculty Roundtables on the second Thursday of each month (time will vary), TED Talk Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of each month at noon, Student Engagement Workshopson the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  

Global Engagement Office (GEO)

  • As the Global Engagement Office (GEO) continues to provide support of students currently studying away, as well as our international students and scholars, the team has been focused on meeting with and advising students on study away opportunities for summer, fall and spring. Interest and numbers continue to grow, as promotional activities take place in the HUB, dining hall and residence halls. If you would like one of our team to come to your class to introduce study away opportunities, just let us know.
  • Jane Bjerklie-Barryattended the National Student Exchange (NSE) 50th Anniversary Placement Conference March 6-10, successfully placing 8 PSU students to study in Louisiana, Montreal, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Alaska and Arizona.
  • Daniel Spearman, attended the Forum on Study Abroad Conference March 21-23, meeting with international partners and vendors. Over the past 2 weeks, GEO has welcomed international partners and a recent PSU alumni, all from Sweden.
  • Upcoming GEO events including a support-service off-campus trip for international students to get tax returns done free of charge; a trip to walk Boston’s historic Freedom Trail; and a year-end celebration of GEO highlights and programs.

Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation

  • Brian Walker, Holmes Center Coordinator of Clinical Experiences, led a team attending the National Professional Development Schools Conference, organized by the School of Education at Baylor University. Attending were Susan Sabella – Elementary Education; Ethel Gaides, Associate Superintendent – SAU 48; Danielle Harvey, Dean of Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment – Pittsfield School District; and Sharon Vincent, Executive Director Innovation Zone – Manchester Public Schools. The three districts attending will be hosting 75% of our interns in the 2018-2021 academic years and serve on our PDS advisory board. The team developed PDS goals that will drive year one implementation plans.