Accomplishments | March 5, 2018

Arts & Technologies 

  • Caitlin O’Leary ’18 was selected for the Visual Culture Consortium’s 10th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium and will present her paper, “The Macabre, Monsters, and Mankind: Francis Bacon’s Biomorphic Surrealism,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in April.
  • Kimberly Ritchie has a solo art exhibition titled “Earth Marked” at Husson University in Maine from January-March.  She will be giving an artist lecture and demonstration in March with a gallery celebration following.  Work exhibited was created during several artist residencies in Iceland, Joshua Tree National Park and on Monhegan Island in Maine, all focusing on climate change.
  • In early February Carleen Graff gave a master class in the Filatova Studios in Manchester where she worked with highly motivated and talented young pianists from age 10-17.
  • Beth Daily, Theatre, presented a February workshop “The Actor and Balance of Mind, Body, and Breath Using Alexander Technique” as part of a series of workshops for adults at the NH Theatre Project, West End Theatre in Portsmouth.
  • The 22-members of PSU’s Chamber Singers, under the direction of  Dan Perkins, performed a concert for the residents and friends of the Taylor Community on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
  • In February, Liz Ahl gave readings in NH from her poetry collection, Beating the Bounds, at the Fuller Public Library, the Lincoln Public Library, and Toadstool Books in Keene. She also read at Porter Square Books in Somerville, MA to promote the anthology, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), in which her poem, “Playing Poker While Female,” appears.

Education, Democracy & Social Change

  • Megan Birch (English) co-authored a book chapter with Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell (Saint Anselm) Kathryn McCurdy (UNH), Thomas H. Schram (UNH), and Page Tompkins (UVEI). “Forcing Me to Reflect: Preservice and Novice Teachers’ Reflective Thinking in Varied School Contexts” is included in Implementing and Analyzing Performance Assessments in Teacher Education, edited by Joyce E. Many and Ruchi Bhatnager (Georgia State).
  • Megan Birch(English) was elected to serve as the President of the New Hampshire IHE Network, a statewide consortium of educator preparation programs who work to influence policy and practice related to educator preparation in our state.
  • Elisabeth Johnston (Early Childhood Education) presented twice during the Association of Teacher Educators’ Annual Meeting this month in Las Vegas, NV. Johnston shared information at a round table from a cluster project with Brandon Haas (Social Studies Education) about the successes and challenges of Supporting Pre-Service Teachers’ Reflective Practice Through the Use of Technology.  During a symposium, Dr. Johnston along with five other teacher educators from across the country presented a literature review of research pertaining to the Effects of Language on Mathematical Understanding- Implications for Teacher Education.

Exploration & Discovery

  • Kerry Yurewiczco-authored a paper with PSU alumna Nicole Ramberg Pihl (B.S., Environmental Biology, ’09; M.S., Biology, ‘12).  Their article, “The influence of lake attributes and predatory bass on the distribution of northern crayfish (Orconectes virilis) in central New Hampshire,” appears in the February 2018 issue of Canadian Journal of Zoology (
  • Olivia Economides (B.S., Biology, class of 2020), recent alumna of Dr. Jolles’ Biological Sciences 1 course, was just accepted to Dartmouth College’s competitive 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ISURF) program, an all-expenses paid, 10-week laboratory research immersion program. Details of the ISURF-Bench program can be found here:

Health & Human Enrichment

  • Janette Wiggett received certification from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) in Level 4 Investigator: Due Process and Level 5 Administrator: Bias & Cultural Competencies tracks, as well as 504 Coordinator certification.
  • Steve Temperino and Janette Wiggett completed a 3-day Clery Act Compliance training seminar hosted by the Clery Center.
  • Lindsay Page, Center for Accessibility Services, received Level 2: Civil Rights Investigator certification through the Association of Title IX Administrators.
  • The Counseling Center had their Staff Retreat on January 24, 2018, during which all staff received training in the SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention Referral for Treatment) model of alcohol use assessment.  It was presented by the Center for Excellence of the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and included coordination with CADY (Communities for Alcohol and Drug-free Youth), as this training was provided as part of the Youth Prevention Strategies project.
  • All Counseling Center staff received Active Shooter training from Lieutenant Aaron Comeau of PSU Police on February 14, 2018.
  • David Bouchard, LICSW and Bob Hlasny, Ph.D. attended the New Hampshire College Health and Campus Safety conference on January 9, 2018 at Colby-Sawyer College, which included the College Health Round Table, as well as the training, “Responding to Critical Incidents,” presented by Jennifer Schirmer, LCMHC, NCC, CCTP, CCISM, Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator of the NH Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Services Unit.
  • David Bouchard, LICSW and Gail Kaplan, LICSW, took the Connect On Line Training Pilot in December 2017, which focused on best practices and information related to suicide prevention.
  • David Bouchard, LICSW and Michael Major, LCMHC, MLADC attended the NAMI Suicide Prevention Conference on November 17, 2017.
  • Beth Shehadi, LICSW attended the “Examining Critical Contributing Factors of Eating Disorder Etiology” training on October 26, 2017 at the Walden Center for Education and Research in Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • Jennifer Turner, LCMHC, NCC attended the “Spirituality for Health and Wellness” training from September 21 – 22, 2017, presented by NHADACA (New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association). She also obtained further professional training in Anxiety Disorders on October 30, 2017.
  • Bob Hlasny, Ph.D. attended the “Seeking Higher Ground: 2017 Annual Conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors” in Denver, Colorado from October 14 – 18, 2017.
  • Beth Shehadi, LICSW and Rob Ulman, LCMHC, MLADC attended the “Suicide Postvention for School Personnel and Educators:  Reducing Risk and Promoting Healing after Death by Suicide” training on October 17, 2017 at the New Hampshire Training Institute on Addictive Disorders.
  • Rob Orf, Psy.D. has been getting training and supervision toward becoming an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trained Therapist. This training, certified by the EMDR Institute, began on October 1, 2017 and is ongoing.
  • Kelly Legacy has a recent publication in Strategies, “Fleet of Foot: Adolescent Foot and Ankle Mobility”
  • At the recent 2018 SHAPE America/Eastern District Conference in Burlington, VT several students and faculty from the Physical Education and Physical Education/Health Education Teacher Certification Program presented a session entitled, “Embracing Technology for Teaching and Learning in Physical Education.”
  • Presenters for this session included Irene Cucina (faculty); Lynn V. Johnson (faculty); Timothy Losee (faculty); Eve Bagley (class of 2020); Joe Ceraldi (class of 2018); Ghillian Finemore (class of 2019); KrysTina Heywood (class of 2019); Adrianna Kippenberger (class of 2018); Jessie Mau (class of 2019); Kyle Morris (class of 2020); and Jessica Toomey (class of 2019).
  • In addition, Lynn V. Johnson presented a session entitled, “Teaching To and Assessing SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards 4 & 5”
  • Dr. Jean Coffey, PhD, APRN, CPNP, joined the PSU Nursing Faculty on January 22, 2018. Dr. Coffey brings 40 years of nursing education, clinical practice, research development, and leadership experience with her.
  • In December, 2017, the 3-4 year-old Preschool class from the Center for Young Children and Families visited the Nursing Simulation Lab to learn about equipment used during well-health exams. Professor Julie Fagan and Clinical Education Coordinator Kate Henderson guided preschoolers’ hands-on learning with clinical tools such as stethoscopes, reflex hammers, and otoscopes. The visit was an extension of collaboration between the CYCF and the Nursing program in which Nursing students learn about child development, play, interaction, and communication by spending eight hours of their pediatric clinical rotation at the CYCF.
  • Dr. Jean Coffey, along with a team of research colleagues, presented their poster, Enhancing Bone Marrow Transplant Care and Survivorship Through the Patient Experience, at the combined annual meetings of the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) in Salt Lake City on February 28, 2018.
  • Professor Sandra Gamble passed the American Academy of Nurse Practioners (AANP) National Certification Exam to become licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner on 2/14/18.  She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate at the University of New Hampshire in December, 2017.
  • The Department of Nursing will be hosting a joint on-site evaluation of our baccalaureate degree program in nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the New Hampshire Board of Nursing (NHBON). The 3-day site visit will take place March 5 -7, 2018.  In preparation for the on-site evaluation, the department completed a self-study related to program quality and effectiveness to address all accreditation standards and key elements as outlined in the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs and pursuant to NHBON Administrative Rule Nur 603.03.
  • Stephen Flynn served as the first author on an empirically-based publication, entitled: “Credible Phenomenological Research: A Mixed Methods Study.” The article appeared in the most recent edition of Counselor Education and Supervision (CE&S). CE&S is the official journal of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • School psychology faculty and 7 school psychology graduate students attended the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists in Chicago. This was supported by their HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training grant.
  • The school psychology program, with the NH Association of School Psychologists, co-sponsored a professional development opportunity on campus for students and school professionals.  The workshop was titled, “Writing Psychoeducational Reports that Make Sense,” presented by John Hite, Psy.D., NCSP.
  • George Pettinico is co-author of the paper “The Robots Are Coming, Are Consumers Ready? Gauging Consumer Comfort with Intelligent Machines in Health Care”, which was presented at the Association for Marketing and Health Care Research Conference in Colorado in February.
  • George Pettinico’s Marketing classes are collaborating with Scott Mantie’s Marketing Research class and Mary Beth Ray’s Communications class for a large-scale cluster project for the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, NH. The students (across 4 classes and 2 clusters) are working together on wide ranging research projects and marketing/communications consulting for the Castle.
  • Christina Bradbury successfully completed the CFP designated Tax Planning course with the College of Financial Planning in January 2018 and is now pursuing specialization in Estate Planning.
  • The Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN) has become the New England regional HUB for the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC). RSC is a national organization that is committed to rural renewal through support of rural education. Through this partnership RSC will develop and manage resources that will support the development of educational opportunities and practices in our rural schools and provide national exposure for the work being done in rural New England and PSU. As a HUB, RELN will support RSC’s work advocating and supporting rural education in the New England region.
  • Doctor of Education candidate, Dave Ferrulo, was featured in the February 2018 edition of New Hampshire Magazine. The article, Pets to the Rescue encouraging reading to healing the wounds of war, animals are improving lives throughout New Hampshire, features Dave’s work using equine assisted therapy to support our returning military veterans.

Justice & Security

  • Barbara Lopez-Mayhew and Dr. Wilson Garcia from the Spanish Program presented “Enriching World Language Competencies for the Professional World” at the 64th Annual Northeast Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages in New York City on February 10, 2018.  This year’s theme was “Unleashing the Power of Proficiency.
  • Francis Williams served as an invited panel member at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting, February 14 – 18, in New Orleans, LA, as part of the Law and Public Policy Section Showcase: “The Goal of the Academy, Politics or Science?“ 
  • Francis Williams also served as an invited presenter at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting, February 14 – 18, in New Orleans, LA, in the open seminar “Teaching Criminal Justice in an Age of Trump.”
  • Francis Williams also presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting, February 14 – 18, in New Orleans, LA, a portion of his research project, “Cyber-Escorts: Policing Beyond the Streets and into the Suites” thatexamines strategies law enforcement agencies employ to enforce laws against prostitution and sex slavery that use the internet to advertise services.

Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development

  • Adam Keul and Brian Eisenhauer authored, “Making the high country: cannabis tourism in Colorado USA.” In Annals of Leisure Research. 2018., DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2018.1435291
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  • Mark Okrant, professor emeritus, writes a weekly column for, a popular online news journal. His NH Travel Guru column provides tourism-related news, advice and anecdotes.
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) gave an invited lecture entitled “Who benefits? Mapping ecosystem service flows to inform land management decisions” at McGill University on January 25th. She was accompanied by ESP MS students Noah El-Naboulsi, Klancey Burford, Kat Crowley, Mallory Hirschler and EdD. student/Teaching Lecturer Steve Whitman who gave speed presentations of their graduate research and participated in discussions focused on ecosystem services.
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), Raegan Young (ESP – BS student), and Laura Getts (ESP MS alumna) have developed and launched a webmap application to gather feedback on their statewide Level of Traffic Stress for bicyclists funded by the NH Department of Transportation. The webmap app can be accessed here and all feedback is welcome and appreciated.
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Brigid O’Donnell (BIO-CFE), in partnership with The Conservation Fund and the NH Department of Fish and Game, received $100K grant funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to further support restoration and continue 2017 TESD-funded research on Eastern Brook Trout population within the Beebe River watershed (Campton, NH).
  • Steve Whitman and students enrolled in the Community Research Experience course are assisting the Plymouth Planning Board this spring with the updating of the town’s Master Plan. Steve also travelled to McGill University in January with Amy Villamagna and several students to participate in discussion on Ecosystem Services.
  • Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush TESD Cluster Project
    • The Forest to Forest:  Bicknell’s Thrush Cluster Project Management Team (Gerry Buteau, Mary Ann McGarry, Meg Petersen, Len Reitsma, Sheryl Shirley, Cynthia Robinson, and Steve Whitman and graduate student Tyler Simonds) hosted the Bicknell’s Thrush exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains from January 30th through February 21st.  The exhibit included poetry, curricular material, videos, 2 and 3 dimensional art work, interactive displays, recordings of the bird’s call, students’ reflections, action items, classroom visits and more.  Special receptions included the opening event on January 30th, a reception for the Blue Heron School students and family members who created two of the displays, a day long teacher’s workshop, and a talk on the state of New Hampshire birds by Pam Hunt of New Hampshire Audubon.  Mary Ann McGarry gave an invited presentation to the Plymouth Rotary about the project and exhibit.  The teacher’s workshop included sessions led by watercolor artist Cliff Gleason, PSU philosophy professor Maria Sanders, and Director of the NH Writing Project, Meg Petersen.  Ed Parsons wrote a piece called, A Hike and an Exhibit, in The Conway Daily Sun, February 2, 2018  in which he wrote about attending the opening, “Like many educational exhibits there, the first impression was like the tip of an iceberg,”
    • There will be a reception on Wednesday, March 7th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Plymouth State University “Basecamp” at Waterville Valley in the town square, second floor, featuring the Foundations of Environmental Policy class members’ posters on the failed petition, October 2017, to list the Bicknell’s Thrush on the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Appetizers will be served.  There is a lot to be learned from the effort – about the information gathered on the bird and the strengths and weaknesses of the Act.  Certainly conservation efforts continue.  Please consider joining us and/or promoting in PSU classes.
    • The Forest to Forest Project is moving forward with new initiatives and we have a one-credit Cluster Project Course approved for the second half of spring ’18.  Interested students from any discipline should contact Mary Ann McGarry,, for more information and a copy of the syllabus.  In part, students can design their own action plan.

Center for Business and Community Partnerships

  • In the December Dean’s report, we described our efforts to define a “robust” partnership at Plymouth State (see  This month, we’d like to highlight the different types of engagement that can be found around campus.  Nearly all of our academic programs engage with external partners through classroom-based projects and visits, short-and-long-term student placements, or sponsored research.  This work tends to fit into three broad categories, ranging from informal and short-term to formal and long-term:
    • Relationships – professional networks, connections, informal inquiries, and discrete one-time activities (e.g. class speaker).
    • Collaborations – often based on a specific project, idea, or need. Usually bounded in scope, with mutual commitments of resources (not necessarily financial).  Not always formally articulated.  One example would be a research methods class developing a survey for a regional planning organization.
    • Partnerships – long tem arrangements of mutual exchange and benefit, most always articulated with a formal agreement like an MOU or contract. Faculty work-for-hire, sponsored research, or internships are examples of this type of engagement.
  • See for more info, and contact Ben if you have questions about how to articulate, organize, or measure this work.  The Center also develops specific opportunities for faculty to engage with partners – these can be found by contacting Ben, logging into the Cluster Connect software, or visiting the CBCP website.
  • In other news, we are pleased to introduce the newest members of the Center’s Student Engagement Laboratory, in which students work on variety of projects with external partners. Joining the CBCP are Joni Hongisto (Marketing), Eric Clemons (Sports Management), Ivy Guyotte (ESP), Heather Gallier (Nursing), and Dylan McManus (ESP).
  • Jess Morel and the internship office report the following accomplishments:
    • Organized a Resource Fair as part of Orientation programming
    • Visited “Rinks” in Exeter to develop a partnership in support of a 12-credit IDS student internship
    • Hosted a visit by the President of the Washington Internship Institute to finalize development of Plymouth State’s new internship agreement with WII
    • Organized a networking event for students, faculty, and alumni of the GIS/GEO/EPL programs
    • Organized an interview/networking workshop for Plymouth State athletes (co-presented with Career Services)
    • Organized a resume and cover-letter workshop (co-presented with Career Services)
    • Co-hosted (with the Central New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce) a campus visit by New Hampshire State Senator Jeannie Forester.
  • Rachelle Lyons presented to the Amherst Youth Adventure Crew and the New Boston BSA Troop 123 on how she turned her love of adventure and interest in natural science into a career. Over 75 youth attended and handful of parents attended.  The Adventure crew plans to visit the PSU campus in fall ’19
  • The CBCP welcomed the Appalachian Mountain Club to campus to meet with faculty and discuss several emerging opportunities for collaboration. The CBCP also hosted the New Hampshire Commission on Rural Affairs, of which Ben Amsden is the Vice-Chair.
  • As part of a First Year Seminar on food insecurity, ESP student Ivy Guyotte and Rachelle Lyons helped establish The Meal Plan Scholarship Fund, which will cover the cost of a meal plan for a PSU student. Look for more events this spring that will showcase this resource and other projects emerging from the CBCP’s new Food Systems Open Lab.
  • Ben Amsden gave a presentation on the status of the Bienvenue NH Open Lab to the NH/Canada Trade Council at their February meeting at the Statehouse in Concord.
  • The Community Education team (Rachelle, Nina Domina, and faculty) developed programming that was offered both on campus and at the Waterville Valley Base Camp. Programs included Reiki training, Math Enrichment, and meditative drawing.  In March, join Community Education for a Writing Marathon, Math Games, An Evening on the Endangered Species Act, and Zentangle 101.  Visit the Community Education webpage for up to date offerings throughout the spring and summer of 2018.
  • Ben Amsden was reappointed to another term on the Holderness Conservation Commission. He was also appointed as the temporary faculty representative to the meetings of the Board of Trustees Financial Affairs Committee.
  • Ben attended several regional meetings on behalf of Plymouth State, including the WMNF-led Alternative Transportation Working Group, the Food Solutions New England Food Policy Committee, and the North Country Economic Development Strategy team (of which he is serving as Chair).

Center for the Environment

  • Faculty Research/Service/Outreach
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Kat Crowley (ESP MS student) met with partners in NH Fish & Game Department and Trout Unlimited to develop a project focusing on evaluating Eastern Brook Trout populations threatened by reduced aquatic passage and the development of a watershed management plan for the Warner River (NH).
  • Amy Villamagna, in partnership with colleagues at Virginia Tech, was awarded $190,000 grant funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This project will fund an ESP graduate student and PSU undergraduate student to conduct field work in Virginia & North Carolina during summer 2018.
  • Student Research & Service (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
  • Tyson Morrill* (BIO), co-advised by Brigid O’Donnell (BIO-CFE) and Amy Villamagna, presented his research on Eastern Brook Trout in the Beebe River at New England College’s Snacking on Science Seminar Series on February 12, 2018.
  • Publications (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
  • Troxler, T. G., G. Starr, N. Boyer, J. D. Fuentes, and R. Jaffe. (in press). Carbon Cycles in the Florida Coastal Everglades, pp. xxx. In: D. L. Childers, E. Gaiser, and L. Ogden (eds.) The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social – Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape. Oxford.

Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation

  • Mary Earick presented a keynote address at the Inaugural Center for Educational Equity and Intercultural Research (CEEIR) Conference. Situated within the LaFetra College of Education (LFCE) at the University of LaVerne, CEEIR fosters advocacy for social justice and empowerment through education, research and collaboration. Mary’s presentation, White Ways [The 3-Rs]: Resistance, Responding, Reframing, presented her research which addresses hegemonic systems in education from kindergarten through higher education. Mary Earick will serve as an Affiliated Professor of Critical Whiteness Studies at CEEIR. LaFetra College of Education recognizes the need to develop educators who can apply research based approaches to their work while maintaining the social consciousness to address inequities in current educational structures. The Center’s ultimate goal is to be a leader in the movement to improve the opportunities to educational attainment for students in urban and rural communities both locally and globally. 

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book, The Parker Inheritance,by Varian Johnson was published in the December 2017 issue of School Library Journal.
  • On behalf of Lamson Library’s Grant Research Center, Gary McCool applied for and received a $2,415 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to continue the Library’s partnership in the Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center.  This allows us to provide free public access to the Foundation Directory Online so that NH nonprofits may search for funding prospects.

Museum of the White Mountains

  • MWM presented the culminating exhibit for TESD’s “Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush” cluster project in February with work and ideas from over 150 students, faculty and community participants. The opening reception was well attended by 106 faculty, staff, students and community members.  A conference day for educators on February 9th invited teachers to explore interdisciplinary connections between visual art, environmental science, philosophy and creative writing.  A special artists’ reception was held on February 16th for the preschool artists and families from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s Blue Heron School.  Pam Hunt from NH Audubon presented a talk about New Hampshire’s birds on February 19th to a mixture of students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • MWM has been hosting and presenting Peace Wall Cluster Project tile painting sessions, with approximately 500 tiles created to date. On February 15th, there was a full marathon day with 10 workshops for 5 classes!  The Student Design Company is currently working to design those tiles in a mural display for the HUB.
  • MWM student intern and dance major, Aisilyn Guivens, has scanned over 100 “lantern slides” so far as part of her internship that connects MWM with the White Mountain National Forest. Her work at the Museum has inspired her to propose a cluster project that will combine dance with social and psychological issues.
  • MWM student staffer, Liam Colby, is a sophomore Marketing major with a minor in Graphic Design who is creating beautiful and effective promotional materials for the Museum.