Accomplishments | December 5, 2017

December 2017 Accomplishments

Discipline communities have been organized by cluster below followed by a list of Centers and Offices. As this is a work in a progress, please let us know if any of these accomplishments are out of place,

Arts & Technologies

  • Mary Beth Ray’s book Digital Connectivity and Music Culture – Artists & Accomplices was published by Palgrave MacMillan and released in October 2017.
  • Nick Sevigney was invited to participate in a kiln firing in Carolina RI where the work was juried into an exhibit that will take place at Salve Regina University in January of 2018. His work was also requested for Plinth Gallery in Denver Colorado and will be on display at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) for the month of December. There will be an an opening reception at the ECP on Wednesday December 6th in cooperation with Plymouth’s Walkabout Wednesdays from 4-6pm. Two of Nick’s pieces will be raffled off at the event and the proceeds will go to the Ripple Pottery and O’Hare family benefit that will take place at the Last Chair from 6-10pm on Wednesday December 6th (click here for details).
  • The President’s Commission on the Status of Women hosted the 2017 NH Young Women’s Conference at Plymouth State University on Saturday November, 4th. The conference, with 45+ attendees, included a day of workshops dedicated to empowering and educating young women through the state of NH. This year’s workshop participants include PSU organizations, as well as community partners, such as the Pemi Youth Center, the Bea[YOU]tiful Project, SAVE ALL, and Voices Against Violence. The organizing committee members were Jessica Dutille (Center for Transformation), Katie Herzig (Psychology) and Mary Beth Ray (Communication & Media Studies).
  • Elizabeth Daily, Theatre faculty, directed the musical, Merrily We Roll Along, the November theatre production. Amanda Whitworth, Dance faculty, choreographed the work and was assisted by Molly Stone, a senior Interdisciplinary student in dance and theatre. Alumnus Andrew Morrissey (’09) was the Music Director and Conductor. Matt Kizer, Theatre faculty, was the scenic designer. Niko Furbish, community actor and son of Melissa Furbish, MTD’s Business Manager, played the young son of the main character. A cluster project with Tom Driscoll, Art faculty, and Art Department students was initiated and produced framed portraits of eight of the main characters which were used in the performance of Merrily We Roll Along. Each actor was paired with a visual artist to produce a character portrait.
  • Carleen Graff, Music, Theatre, and Dance, has been recognized as a recipient of the 2017 Steinway Top Teacher Award for outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education.
  • Maria Sanders: Keynote speaker for Communities for Alcohol and Drug-free Youth’s (CADY) Parent Advisory Council celebration at the Plymouth Common Man on November 16, 2017 (6:30pm – 800pm). Maria’s talk was entitled, “The Power of Positive Strategies for Intentional Parenting.”
  • Maria Sanders: Facilitated a workshop on “Resiliency and Responsible Risk Taking” for PSU students through the Center for Transformation on November 29, 2017 (6pm – 7:30pm).
  • On November 18th, twenty-one PSU students in the Empowering Youth Through Movement general education course, offered by PSU’s Dance Division, facilitated a successful workshop for 34 youth in grades 2 – 10, some of whom struggle with challenging circumstances, as their capstone service learning project for the course. During this workshop, PSU students facilitated a variety of sessions using dance and creative movement to help youth make positive peer connections, practice self expression, and improve confidence. The participant evaluations completed by youth at the end of the workshop were overwhelmingly positive.

Education, Democracy & Social Change

  • James Whiting’s article, Caught Between the Push and the Pull: ELL Teachers’ Perceptions of Mainstreaming and ESOL Classroom Teaching, was published in the NABE (National Association of Bilingual Education) Journal of Research and Practice. v. 8 n. 1.
  • The Early Childhood Education Department held its annual Early Childhood Showcase on November 29. The evening began with 24 play exhibitions prepared by first-year students enrolled in Play and Learning in Early Childhood. This was followed by 5, thirty-minute, conference-style presentations lead by 16 seniors from the Senior Seminar capstone course. Student teams collaboratively investigated and presented on various topics related to promoting the education and well-being of young children, birth through age 8. Approximately 80 family members, faculty, friends, and students attend the event.
  • Elisabeth Johnston shared work, which stemmed from a Cluster project collaboration with Pat Cantor, at the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference. This poster session, Supporting Pre-Service Teachers’ Emerging Understanding of Advocacy and Mathematics Through the Development of Community Activities for the Week of the Young Child, focused on the work of Early Childhood and Childhood Studies majors in two early childhood courses who engaged over 100 children in five community settings in a variety of activities. Patricia Cantor’s article, “Infant/Toddler Learning: Is There an App for That?” was published in the Community Playthings blog on November 14. The article can be found at this link: It is also included in the resource bank at the Children’s Screen Time Action Network (C-STAN) website at
  • Meg Petersen, Hannah Hounsell, Shana Rowe and Sandra Gurall presented with Plymouth Elementary School Teacher, Jennifer Desloges at the National Council of English Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. Their presentation, “A University/Middle School Partnership,” concerned a unit PSU teacher candidates taught in Mrs. Desloges’s 7th grade class at Plymouth Elementary School.
  • On November 3, Brandon Haas presented (Re)Considering the Holocaust after Charlottesville: Addressing Difficult Content in Polarize America at the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference.
  • At the National Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference, Brandon Haas presented a session entitled In the Looking Glass: Integrating Identity into the Social Studies to practicing teachers.
  • At the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference, Brandon Haas presented a paper entitled The Revolution Will Be Live: Examining Educational (In)Justice through the Lens of Black Lives Matter, which was co-authored with colleagues from the University of Montevallo. This paper was also accepted for publication and is forthcoming in the Journal of Educational Controversy v. 12 n.1
  • Ann Berry (Education, Learning, Leadership, and Curriculum) has just completed a Visiting Scholar position at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. While there, Ann collaborated with faculty, administrators, and students in the University’s Education Department to understand the special education process in New Zealand and investigate the use of socially responsive pedagogy with pre-service teachers.  Such teaching practices have been shown to increase the engagement of Maori students (the indigenous people of New Zealand) who have been marginalized within traditional educational systems.

Exploration & Discovery

  • At the 2017 New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies Conference, NHCSS Board Member John Krueckeberg (state coordinator for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher of the Year Award) presented the New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year Award to Dave Alcox of Milford High School.
  • Marguerite Crowell and three chemistry undergraduates visited middle school students at Plymouth Elementary School for an annual National Chemistry Week event. This STEM outreach event has a different yearly theme. This year’s theme was Chemistry Rocks, Exploring the Chemistry of Rocks and Minerals! Students eagerly participated in several hands-on activities, including crystal formation. Students learned about various chemical and physical properties of rocks and minerals, and that when they eat salt they are eating minerals!
  • Eric Kelsey presented his research at two conferences:
    • “The Impact of Mount Washington on the Vertical Structure of Temperature and Moisture and the Height of the Boundary Layer,” a RAC-funded project, at the International Conference on Alpine Meteorology in Reykjavic, Iceland.
    • “Processes Impacting the Evolution of a Nocturnal Cold-Air Pool in Hubbard Brook Valley,” research results stemming from his graduate-level Boundary Layer Meteorology course (Fall 2015), at the Hubbard Brook Annual Cooperators Meeting at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Thornton, NH.
  • Eric Kelsey and students in his Forest Ecosystem Sensing course collaborated with Comptus Inc., a meteorological instrument manufacturing company in Thornton, to measure wind and temperature in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest to help support a National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research grant.
  • Robin DeRosa published an article in Inside Higher Ed about how open education can catalyze a much-needed conversation about public Higher Ed. She was also featured in an interview about open education at Open Source dot com. Robin also facilitated a faculty development workshop focused on open and connected learning at Binghamton University (SUNY).

Health & Human Enrichment

  • On October 5, 2017, the students in Denise Normandin’s Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living class presented their research posters at the 1st Annual PSU Healthy Living Summit sponsored by Healthy PSU. This half-day symposium educated over 150 students, faculty, staff and community members. The student’s showcased and applied their knowledge based on readings and research on The Blue Zones Solution which included background on diet and lifestyles, nutrition analysis of recipes and concluding factors that contribute to the longevity of the people from these five regions of the world that live the longest and are the healthiest (Ikaria, Greece, Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya, Costa Rica and Okinawa, Japan). The PSU Healthy Living Summit welcomed keynote speaker, Tony Buettner, VP, Blue Zone, LLC and the summit luncheon featured a blue zone longevity menu with healthy recipes the student’s selected and Sodexo prepared. Here is what Tony Buettner had to say, “This event was truly unbelievable. I was very impressed by the student’s participation. The Blue Zones meals were the best I have ever had, and the detail and background of the original Blue Zones areas really tied everything together nicely.”  From the classroom to the symposium it was an amazing demonstration of how diet and lifestyle choices greatly impact some of the top, yet largely preventable chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. The project included hands-on learning, collaboration between students and many campus departments and external partners. Since the symposium, Sodexo dining services has continued to incorporate several of the Blue Zones recipes into their weekly menu of dining options. The five blue zones have been studied over the past decade by National Geographic fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author, Dan Buettner. If you have questions or want more information email:
  • Stephen Flynn presented a 60-minute presentation, entitled: “Credible Phenomenological Research Practice: Grounding Empirical Findings in Strong Pedagogy” at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Research Inform National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Denise Normandin ’17G (Project Director, Healthy PSU) presented at the Annual New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NHAHPERD) conference in Waterville Valley on November 17, 2017. The interactive session entitled “The Power of Lifestyle as Medicine: What Moves YOU? shared how lifestyles choices like movement, healthy eating patterns, connecting with others and having purpose contribute to total health and well-being. Participants included current PSU physical education students and faculty members, PSU Alumni, health educators, physical education teachers, athletic directors and higher education professionals. NHAHPERD serves a critical role for physical educators by promoting professional standards, quality programs, professional development and legislative support throughout NH.
  • Suzanne Thistle was awarded the Legislative Advocacy Award from the NH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association at the Manchester Country Club in November.  This 300-member association gives this award for ongoing advocacy for issues related to the profession and or the public who may benefit from the services of the professional addiction counselor (i.e., protecting the rights of the client, advocating for improved access to treatment or establishing public standards of care, and has kept the members of the association informed on current legislative events as well as led the association in establishing a public voice in appropriate issues of concern).
  • Irene Cucina was the keynote speaker and facilitated two break-out sessions at the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education state convention. She was also recognized for her Outstanding Service to the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance field.
  • Irene Cucina along with PSU Physical Education Teacher Certification students Adrianna Kippenberger, Molly McGilvray, and Lisa Osborne facilitated a workshop on Social Emotional Learning in Physical Education at the New Hampshire Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NHAHPERD) Annual Convention.
  • HHP Physical Education Teacher Certification students Lisa Osborne and Krystina Heywood were recognized as the PSU Outstanding Future Professionals at the 2017 NHAHPERD Annual convention. Lisa Osborne was selected as the NHAHPERD Outstanding Future Professional. Lisa will represent NH at the regional convention in January.
  • Lynn Johnson was recognized as the 2017 NHAHPERD Outstanding Professional in College Teaching at the NHAHPERD Annual Convention.
  • At the recent NHAHPERD Conference in Waterville Valley, Physical Education and Physical Education/Health Education students and faculty were involved in the following events:
    • PSU Student Presentation:  Using HR Monitors as Activity Tracking, Motivational and Assessment Tools in Physical Education
    • Presenters:  Eve Bagley, Ryan Croatti, Haley Dennis, Ghillian Finemore, Julia Frias, Krystina Heywood, Abigail Hughes, Jessie Mau, Jessica Toomey, Steven Tewksbury (Advisor, Dr. Lynn V. Johnson)
  • Competency-Based Physical Education Workshop – Facilitator:  Lynn V. Johnson
  • Mentoring Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Candidates During Early Public School Field Experiences:  New Hampshire Physical Education Teacher Preparation Programs Share Their Expectations:  Panel Discussion with Plymouth State University, UNH, Keene State and New England College.  Plymouth State participants:  Irene Cucina & Lynn V. Johnson (Facilitator)
  • The HHP Physical Education Faculty along with the PSU Alumni Office hosted an Alumni breakfast at the annual NHAHPERD convention.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller, was one of the first 1000 professionals to pass the new National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaching exam this November. She also exhibited the Eating Disorders Institute graduate program at the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) conference in Chicago in late October.  She coordinated a Motivational Interviewing Workshop for graduate mental health students and undergraduate Health Education & Promotion students in November at PSU. Her undergraduate students in Health Education & Promotion collaborated with nursing and Exercise & Sport Physiology students in the Community Health Advocacy Cluster project to provide wellness for the community.
  • On October 7th, at the annual Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mike Mariska and Counselor Education student Desmond Stern presented a poster on their research in progress entitled “Reactive Shielding in Transgender Clients”. At the same conference, Dr. Mariska also co-presented an education session on publishing in the Journal for Counselor Preparation and Supervision, and chaired (as the current president) the annual business meeting for the North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • Cheryl Coker, Eydie Kendall, Kelly Legacy & Kris Valenti attended the Plymouth Elementary School November faculty meeting on Wellness & Movement to discuss opportunities around movement and learning in the classrooms. As a result of this meeting, we are in the preliminary phases of planning an integrated clinical opportunity with PES, where PSU DPT students will get the opportunity to educate PES students and teachers about the importance of and variety of movement breaks that can be incorporated in the classroom and at recess.
  • On November 9th, Kelly Legacy, along with Dean Mears, Courtney O’Clair, Barbara McCahan, and Michael Brian, met with members from Mid-State Health Center to discuss PSU’s involvement in a Mid-State grant project that integrates opportunities for PSU students to promote activity for Senior Citizens in our community.
  • New Grant Award: Behavioral Health and Workforce Education Training Program: The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded PSU’s master’s level training programs for school psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling a $1,919,525 grant. The purpose of this Behavioral Health and Workforce Education Training Program (BHWET2017) is to encourage interdisciplinary teams to expand the behavioral health workforce in rural and medically underserved areas. The 4-year grant will be used to improve services for individuals across the lifespan who have developed or are at risk for developing a behavioral health disorder. The funding will be used to focus on integrated prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for at-risk youth, adults, and their families. Co-Principal Investigators for BHWET 2017 are Dr. Cynthia Waltman, Dr. Christina Flanders and Dr. Robin Hausheer. Dr. Gary Goodnough will join as a Co-PI when he returns from sabbatical. Esther Wakefield will continue as the grant graduate assistant. Sara Donahue has been hired as the Grant Support Specialist.
  • Third Annual Supervision Institute: Co-PIs, Dr. Cynthia Waltman, Dr. Christina Flanders, and Dr. Gary Goodnough, for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grants for School Psychology and Counseling held their Third Annual Supervision Institute in July 2017 at Waterville Valley. The Institute was attended by 30 School Psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling site-supervisors. Two national presenters, Dr. Joan Struzziero and Dr. Jeanine Bernard delivered the workshops. Dr. Nancy Puglisi offered a meditation for the attendees.
  • CESP Fall Kick Off: Dr. Waltman, Dr. Flanders, Dr. Hausheer, and grant graduate assistant Esther Wakefield, from the Counselor Education and School Psychology Department held a September kick off titled “Cutting Edge Approaches to Substance Use Disorders” featuring presentations by Laura Dykstra, Ph.D., Corey Gately, MLADC, and Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC. Forty-three school psychology, school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and couples and family therapy students attended. The workshop was followed by luncheon. This event was supported in part by the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grants for School Psychology and Counseling.
  • September PREPaRE Workshop: Dr. Christina Flanders, PSU Teaching Lecturer, Jonas Taub, and Zandra Reagan, NCSP, delivered a three-day workshop for CESP students and their site supervisors focused on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • Dr. Cheryl Coker, DPT program, had a publication recently that we would like to submit for the accomplishment list. Error correction: 5 Tips to FIX IT published in NSCA Coach, 4(4), 14-16. (must be a NSCA member to access)

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Linda Carrier, facilitated the Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN) advisory committee meeting on November 14th at the SAU 9 Professional Development Center. In addition to Dr. Carrier, Dr. Christie Sweeney (ELLC), Mr. Kevin Richard (SAU 9 Superintendent) Mr. Mike Kelly (SAU 58 Superintendent), Mr. Ben Jellison (Profile High School Principal), and Ms Lori Langlois (Executive Director of North County Educational Services and PSU  Doctoral Candidate) were in attendance.  The group discussed and agreed  to pursuit becoming a Rural Schools Collaborative Hub and the development of our partnership with MindSpark, a Denver, Colorado professional development group.  The addition of these two partners to the RELN network will not only add additional financial resources to the network’s work supporting rural  educational leaders in the state but  will add a wealth of talent and expertise in rural education that will serve to strengthen our impact in the state.
  • Marcel Lebrun facilitated a full day workshop on PBIS: The Key Framework to Successful Positive Behavioral Interventions at Henry Wilson Middle School in Farmington NH on November 9th, 2017.
  • Brad Allen participated in a presentation with the Town of Haverhill to host author Susan Clark and her book “Slow Democracy”.  He has been involved in promoting civic engagement initiatives with the support of Paula-Lee Hobson, Marlin Collingwood, and PSU Advancement as part of a major gift to the university.  The Haverhill project has two PSU-CoBA students on scholarship to assist in a series of sessions with the town to identify and promote civic engagement projects that will be potential cluster projects in 2018.
  • Eric Spieth has been busy preparing for the 2018 APEX program. He recently developed curriculum that will be applied to each of the APEX programs planned for 2018.  As the Apex classes are formed, and the type of businesses are determined, the content will be adapted and personalized to fit each business’ needs. This will include start-ups in all phases through to existing businesses.
  • Representatives from Signature Consultants hosted a sales competition for PSU students on November 7th. Twenty-five PSU sales students competed in the competition.  Students were provided coaching and mentoring from Signature Consultants representatives in order to prepare for the Northeastern Intercollegiate Sales Competition. At the end of their visit, Signature Consultants hosted a networking event to announce the winners of the competition.  In addition, 35 PSU students were interviewed during their visit for potential internships and careers.
  • Representatives from the Tom James Company hosted a sales competition at PSU on November 14th where 25 PSU students competed. Tom James representatives provided coaching and mentoring for our students in preparation for the competition. Representatives hosted a networking event where the winners were announced.  During the visit, 20 students were interviewed for potential internships and careers.
  • PSU Alumni and Advisory Board member, Michael Campo, from Plodzik and Sanderson, visited campus this past month. Mike talked with Tom Guarino’s Auditing students about careers in public accounting, specifically in the governmental accounting area. During that time, he shared his views of what students can do to better position themselves for careers in public accounting.  Mike suggested that students continue their education to become CPA eligible and consider taking the CPA exam sooner rather than later.  He further explained how passing this exam is a key that opens many doors in the profession.
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Law Clerk Mary Beth Kula provided a guest lecture to Chantalle Forgue’s Business Law class. Students learned about rights guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and how it applies to them in the business environment.
  • The PSU Sales Team placed 3rd among a field of 23 universities from around the country, many of them large D-1 schools. A big tip of the hat to Sara Cooley who was our best performer along with Aubrey Ward, Derek Hill and Kayla Johonnett. We also want to acknowledge Jessica Belisle who placed 3rd in the Speed Sell.
  • Plymouth State University has had a great run of competitions this fall. Recently Matt Puelo and Scott Pritzker placed PSU 16th at the International Collegiate Sales Competition hosted by FSU. This large competition had 70 schools represented, many of them large D-1 schools like Texas A & M and LSU. A special thanks to our student coaches Andrew Therrien and Tom Galanes.
  • On Tuesday, November 14, Professor Emeritus L. Michael Couvillion presented on the topic of Bitcoin at PSU’s Investment Club meeting. Dr. Couvillion spoke to the ins and outs of how bitcoin works, its merits as an investment vehicle as well as its challenges and to the future of bitcoin. Approximately thirty students were in attendance. (It is mentioned that Dr. Couvillion was part of a panel of experts in 2014 that spoke to congress about the benefits and costs of the use of bitcoin by small business enterprises and today provides presentations at regional conferences of the American Association of Individual Investors.)
  • MAPS held its alumni networking event on November 8th where over 125 current and past students participated in the MAPS Alumni Hall of Fame induction of Angela Watt. Angela is the co-founder of Slyde Handboards located in Sacramento California.  She was presented with her award and a portrait that will be hung in Hyde Hall.  Angela then participated in a group panel discussion with other MAPS alumni discussing their professional lives and how PSU and MAPS have played a role in their success.
  • MAPS hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for 22 Pemi Youth Center kids on November 15th.  A full thanksgiving meal, including dessert, was served by eight MAPS students at the Pemi Youth Center.  This was the 9th year in a row that MAPS has hosted this event.
  • MAPS is partnering with the men’s and women’s hockey teams for the second annual Teddy Bear Toss to be held on December 2nd at the hockey rink.  Starting at 2 pm, the hockey game patrons will be encouraged to bring new teddy bears. When the home team scores their first goal the teddy bears are tossed on the ice and donated to the Children’s hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).   MAPS is partnering with CHaD to increase the number of teddy bears collected this year with a goal of 1,000 new bears.  There is a reception at the hockey rink starting at 2 pm and running all day where PSU students, MAPS students, faculty, alumni, and season ticket holders will be encouraged to bring bears and drop them off for either the men’s or women’s game.  MAPS will be producing posters and collection boxes all over town and in many local schools to promote the event.
  • MAPs enjoyed contributing to the Panther Pitch competition hosted by Enactus.  Statement produced 65 shirts for the event and worked closely with Enactus students to assure that the graphics and design were of high quality in support of the event.
  • Enactus hosted the 2nd PSU Panther Pitch on November 13, which attracted over 40 entries to the competition. The ideas submitted came from majors across the campus and ranged from first year students to seniors. From those entries 14 finalists were selected for the final round of the competition, where students pitched their ideas to a panel of 13 business and alumni judges.  All finalists received customized event T-Shirts produced by MAPS Statement. Cash prizes were awarded as follows:  1st Place $1500 E-Bike Conversion Kit, 2nd Place $1,000 Educating Young People about Social Media; 3rd Place $500 MyPlymouth App; and People’s Choice Award $500 Pick-Up Truck Ramp Mechanism.  These winners will now go on to participate in the APEX accelerator program to explore the launch of their ideas.
  • The Plymouth State Sports Management Club partnered with Career Services as well as Alumni Relations to host a Mock Interview Event for Sports Management majors as a campus wide event. This event was open to all students but was specifically geared towards juniors and seniors. Students had the opportunity to be professionally interviewed for 30 minutes twice, Students gained valuable feedback from the interviewers. Seventeen students participated, including Sports Management, Marketing, and Communications majors. There were 11 interviewers participating in the event.

Justice & Security

  • David Mackey and Kevin Courtright (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) presented “Learning by Doing: Keeping Research Methods Relevant” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kate Elvey and Danielle Carkin (Stonehill College) presented “Preying on Prisoners: Using Target Congruence to Determine Characteristics that Increase Risk for Sexual Violence” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kate Elvey and Susan McNeeley (Minnesota Department of Corrections) presented “Target Congruence as a Means of Understanding Risk of Intimate Partner Victimization: A Comparison of Male and Female College Students” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laura Dykstra and Theodore Wilson (University of Albany-SUNY School of Criminal Justice) presented “Framing Effects and the Decision to Accept a Plea Deal” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Stephanie Halter and Laura Dykstra presented “Understanding College Student Bystander Attitudes by Examining Variation Across Common Personality Traits” poster at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Philadelphia on 11/16/2017.

Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development

  • Katharine Harrington was an invited panel speaker at the New Hampshire Canada Business Development Forum on October 27th at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, NH. Her panel addressed cultural & natural resources on both sides of the border and included USNH Chancellor Todd Leach, faculty from Bishop’s University in Québec and tourism directors from NH and Québec. She also delivered a workshop for K-16 French teachers entitled “Lead with Québec: Striving for Intercultural Communicative Competence by Embracing the French Speakers Closest to Us” at the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers 50th Conference in Manchester, NH on November 10th.

Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation

  •  The Holmes Center, led by Megan Birch and Cheryl Baker, hosted two visiting teams, one from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the other from the NH Department of Education (NHDOE) on 11/12-13. The teams gathered data for the Center’s initial teacher preparation national accreditation report and for NHDOE program approval. Seven team members (5 from CAEP and 2 from the NHDOE) interviewed several different groups as the final step in the accreditation data collection process. PSU’s students, teaching interns, and alum all participated in group interviews focused on their PSU experiences. School principals and superintendents, many of whom are alum, shared information about the quality of our teaching interns and PSU-school partnerships. PSU faculty met with the team to discuss programmatic aspects of PSUs educator preparation programs. A final national accreditation decision will be available in April, 2018 after the CAEP accreditation board meets in Washington, DC. Thanks go out to all the people within and external to PSU who helped make this visit a good experience for both teams.
  • Fall 2017 teaching interns are reaching the end of their PSU experiences. The Center expects 34 successful internships by the end of the semester. These teaching interns have worked in 27 different schools serving NH’s students from Kindergarten to high school. Several expect to have positions offered to them in the near future as they assume long-term substitute positions.
  • For the Spring 2018 semester, 74 students will intern in K-12 public schools throughout New Hampshire. Program highlights include 17 interns in the Plymouth School District (SAU 48), 10 interns in Coos County schools, and 6 interns each in the Gilford and Laconia schools.

Museum of the White Mountains

  • MWM student staff organized and presented the first “Haunted Museum” event on Halloween, designed for PSU students. It was a resounding success with 205 visitors, very creative scariness, and lots of fun!
  • The annual PSU Art Faculty exhibit, “Sources of Inspiration” opened in November and has been both well received and well attended. A variety of classes have visited to explore and reflect on the work and practices of these talented artists.
  • MWM presented three well attended Watercolor Workshops led by Cliff Gleason, where PSU students and community members created artworks based on the Bicknell’s Thrush. These works will become part of the “Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush” exhibition January 30-February 21.
  • Art Historian Sarah Parrish moderated a first “ARTalk” artist panel discussion, attended by PSU students, former and current faculty members, and community members
  • The Peace Tile painting project continues with almost 400 tiles created thus far. The project is keeping the Open Lab Collaborative space very busy! The PSU Student Design Company is currently working on the design plan for installing the tiles in the HUB.
  • Student staff at the Museum are designing future events, learning about and implementing marketing strategies, and exploring various facets of curating and preparing exhibits. This year is fast paced with double the number of exhibits in the Museum.

Center for Business and Community Partnerships

  • The CBCP is PSU’s “front porch” – a space that helps faculty and students develop engaged opportunities with off-campus partners. Robust, successful partnerships are not purely market driven, but instead balance the needs of partners with the values of engaged teaching and scholarship. These values, emerging from the Scholarship of Engagement, include reciprocity, trust, and mutual opportunity. To this end, we seek to develop partnerships which are built upon a democratic and deliberate advancement of the public good, which include participation, inclusion, and reciprocity in the problem-solving process. Visit our website at to learn more about our guiding philosophies and the partnership opportunities that are currently available.
  • Rachelle Lyons and Ben Amsden are leading the development of a Food Systems Open Laboratory that will serve as a conceptual framework for the food-related work (involving multiple partners) that is taking place around campus. See Ben or Rachelle for more details – there are many opportunities for engagement with several different partners.
  • Ben Amsden attended the annual BIA Workforce Development Conference, the Concord Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, the autumn planning meetings of the Food Solutions New England Network Team, and the Ashland Economic Development Forum.
  • The Internship Office (Jess Morel) helped lead the following events:
    • 1 – Career Fair offering multiple internship opportunities for current undergrads in the following programs: BU/CJ/EN/ED/CD/CS/IT/CM
    • 7 – Co-hosted the TRIO Scholars Networking Event for 22 upperclassmen at the Six Burner Bistro, with a panel that included 3 PSU alums who gave relevant career advice to the attendees
    • 9 – Attended the Board of Directors meeting for Central NH Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the Marketing Committee
    • 14 – Presented Internships and Career Services to 2 First Year Seminar classes
    • 20 – Co-presented with Career Services on “Maximizing your Winter Break” and the “Internship Workshop” for Winter/Spring prospective Interns
    • 21 – Stay Work Play collaboration on a scholarship set up for PSU undergraduates who complete an Internship

Center for the Environment

  • Lisa Doner (ESP/TESD) has recently installed a permanent, submerged buoy with data loggers that will collect water column and sediment data in the deep spot of Newfound Lake off the Cockermouth River.  Her team’s goal is to better understand sediment transport into the lake under routine and extreme climactic conditions. In addition, she plans to install a weather station at Grey Rocks which will be used to collect precipitation, insolation, wind speed/direction, and temperature data to compare to monitoring results from the lake buoy.  Data will be manually downloaded by PSU staff and students and provided to interested parties. Summary explanations and written results will be shared with the watershed community, building on other NLRA-PSU science and educational initiatives. This project is just another great way to continue promoting science-based approaches to watershed management.
  • Lisa Doner presented a paper “Major Storm Risks And Climate Change, Empowering Community Resilience Through Applied Aspects Of Geology And Geography” at the 2017 GSA Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA, 22-25 October, 2017.
  • Lisa Doner presented a paper “Evaluating the Interface: Combining Limnology and Paleolimnology in Lake Management” at the 2017 annual meeting of the North American lake Management Society, Westminster, CO, Nov 6-9, 2017.
  • June Hammond Rowan (ESP/TESD) attended the Tilton Diner Group meeting on November 29th. At this meeting of conservation organizations, recent and forthcoming resource management initiatives were discussed.
  • June Hammond Rowan also attended a meeting of the Squam Watershed Plan Steering Committee on November 30. She is a member of this committee and has been helping with the selection process for consulting services for the watershed plan.
  • Joe Boyer (ESP/TESD) moderated a meeting of more than 100 community members to address recent findings by the Loon Preservation Committee of environmentally significant levels of persistent organic pollutants in non-viable loon eggs and sediments from streams draining to Squam Lake. The Squam Lakes Association, in partnership with CFE, cohosted a panel of experts which included SLA Executive Director E.B. James, LPC Executive Director Harry Vogel, Dick McGrath, Principal Environmental Consultant with the Isosceles Group, Ted Diers, Watershed Management Bureau Administrator for NH Department of Environmental Services, and Bob Lucic, SLA board president and environmental attorney with Sheehan Phinney. Follow up environmental sampling and analyses are being planned.
  • Joe Boyer was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the Newfound Lake Region Association. His duties will be to help with lake and watershed conservation matters, expand collaborations with communities and organizations, and foster even better research connections between PSU students and faculty and the NLRA.
  • CFE is working on the 2018 NH Water & Watershed Conference which will be held on March 23, 2018 at PSU. A call for abstracts will be issued in December. Please visit the conference website and contact us if you would like more information.
  • Diana Jolles (BIO/E&D) has an undergraduate student (Kayla Walazek, undergraduate senior, BS in BIO) received funding for her SRAC proposal entitled, “Lineage diversification of Cypripedium acaule, the pink lady’s slipper, across New England.” Ms. Walazek has been working with Diana for almost a year, learning how to work in the molecular lab, with herbarium specimens, and GIS to answer biogeographic questions. The SRAC award ($1000) will be used to generate genetic fingerprints for collections of lady’s slipper from around New England. She hopes this will inspire other undergraduates to take on research projects that get them out of doors in NH.
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
    • Scott, S.Q.*, and S.H. Rogers. 2018. Surf’s up? How does water quality risk impact surfer decisions? Ocean & Coastal Management 151: 53-60.
    • Stoughton, T.R., R. Kriebel, D.D. Jolles and R.L. O’Quinn. 2018.  Next generation lineage discovery: a case study of tuberous Claytonia L. (Montiaceae). American Journal of Botany (in press).

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Elaine Allard attended the Next Wave 2017 in New York City on November 29, 2017. The Next Wave is an invitation-only event that convenes 150 leaders from academic libraries, publishing, and higher education administrators and faculty to reflect on innovations and collaborations across higher education. The focus of this year’s event is innovating and adapting to address today’s higher education challenges.

Human Resources

  • Denise Normandin ’17G (Project Director, Healthy PSU) presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Corporate Wellness Symposium in Manchester on October 12, 2017. A case study and panel discussion showcased Plymouth State University’s Healthy PSU initiatives and discussed the importance of community member engagement in creating a culture of health in the workplace. The AHA symposium was sponsored by Catholic Medical Center and the participants included human resource personnel, benefit administrators, health and wellness managers and healthcare professionals.

Career Services

  • On November 1, Career Services, in partnership with Graduate Admissions, sponsored the Fall Career Fair 2017. The event had over 300 students in attendance to interact with 64 organizations, including 18 graduate programs, in the HUB Courtroom. Participating organizations indicated their interest in connecting with students from every program available at Plymouth State University, so opportunities for every field of study were available. Plans are starting for the Spring Opportunities Fair 2018 scheduled in April, so if you are aware of interested organizations encourage them to email to learn more and to sign up for the event.
  • Erik Pavesic and Jess Morel (CBCP) co-sponsored an Alumni Networking event for the TRIO Program Scholars on November 7. Twenty students connected with TRIO Alumni Miranda Mountain ‘16, Shaun Connors ‘16, Domenica Medaglia-Brown ’01, ‘14G, and Vanessa Urango ’13, ’15G to learn about career pathways, opportunities, and strategies for success post-graduation.
  • Erik Pavesic worked with Megan Habershaw, President of Plymouth Sports Management Club, to host a mock-interview night on November 13. Twelve volunteer interviewers comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners helped 18 students further develop their interview technique and professional presentation skills. Students also had time for networking and help with resume development throughout the event.
  • The New Hampshire College and University Council’s Career Professional Committee selected Erik Pavesic as chair for the committee for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. This NHCUC committee supports information sharing, networking, and professional development for higher education career professionals around New Hampshire. In addition, NHCUC hosts an annual Career Fair, held at Saint Anselm College.
  • Please encourage students to take advantage of Erik’s drop-in hours. On Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00PM in the HUB Grille and on Thursdays from 10:00-1:00PM in the Lamson Café, Erik is available for drop-in meetings on any career development topics or questions. Drop-in hours continue until December 14, and will resume in the Spring after Winterim. Erik is also available throughout the week by appointment.

Global Engagement Office (GEO)

  • Jane Bjerklie-Barry, along with former colleague Tom Janis, presented at the Region XI NAFSA Conference at the Mt. Washington Hotel Nov 7-9. Their presentation, Turning Your Muffin Into a Donut, targeted adapting to organizational and institutional change. Jane also served as a trainer for the all-day F-1 Beginners Workshop at this conference. The Global Engagement Office is hosting 2 pre-departure orientation programs for outbound study away students, which will include a pilot of KeynectUp (, a group texting platform which contains not only emergency and safety protocols, but also country and destination-specific information for students and faculty. GEO plans to introduce this versatile program with others on campus in the coming weeks.