Plymouth State University , formerly Plymouth State College, is a regional comprehensive university located in Plymouth, New Hampshire and part of the University System of New Hampshire.Plymouth State University is a coeducational, residential university with an enrollment of approximately 4,238 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The school was founded as Plymouth Normal School in 1871. Since that time it has evolved to a teachers college, a state college, and finally to a state university in 2003.It was founded as a teachers' college, and it still retains a distinguished teaching programexpansions to the Silver Center for the Arts, Lamson Library, Prospect Dining Hall, and the Physical Education Center. To accommodate the increased enrollment figures, a new residence hall, Langdon Woods, was built, opening for residents in Fall 2006. Langdon Woods is one of the first collegiate residence halls in the U.S. to gain “Gold” certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, which is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. There are also plans to expand certain key or "heavy use" buildings on campus, such as the P.E. Center, to accommodate new programs and athletic activities. Robert Frost, America's Poet Laureate, lived and taught at Plymouth from 1911 to 1912. The college has a campus newspaper distributed every Friday called The Clock, and is the first college newspaper in the nation, under editor-in-chief Emily Perry, to have a Sudoku puzzle.Plymouth State gained national attention in 1985 when Sports Illustrated featured PSU student and football player Joe Dudek as their favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Dudek, a running back for the Panthers, earned the attention for breaking Walter Payton's mark for career touchdowns. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Mark Christensen from New Hampshire has worked in education in various roles throughout his career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He holds his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy." Most of us now live in a fully digital world, and we use a range of different devices every day. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, game consoles, smart TVs, and more. All of these allow us to connect to the Internet and find out about things online. You may want to look at the products and services of a certain company, find out news about your favorite football team, or simply want to keep up with current events. Regardless of why you want to use your devices to connect to the net, what brings us all together is that we all use web browsers on all of these different devices in order to get the information that we need. We do this all the time. The Challenge for Web Designers and Developers Web designers and web developers face a tremendous challenge, therefore, since it is their responsibility to make sure that visitors get a really good, enjoyable, and consistent experience. They have to create a website that can function in this way regardless of the device that is being used to view it as well. It is their role to make sure that what you see on your desktop computer looks just as good as what it does on your smartphone or on your iPad. These designers and developers also don't know which device people will use to first view a website, but they do know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. And this is particularly true for colleges, where that first impression may just determine whether someone enrolls or not. Dr. Mark Christensen of New Hampshire states “What makes the viewing experience so consistent across all devices is responsive web design (RWD).” This concept was pioneered in 2010 by Ethan Marcotte. His definition of RWD is: "Responsive web design (often abbreviated to RWD) is an approach to web design in which a site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience - easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling - across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones)."-newschool.edu A Website that Optimally Adapts to the Device What this means, on a technical level, is that if a web designer creates a website that looks equally good on smartphones as what it does on a desktop, then it is thanks to RWD technology. The rule that is employed to define which style is used depending on the type of media is known as the 'CSS3 media query'. These incorporate flexible images that can scale up and down through a fluid grid layout. When a site uses RWD, it picks up what the screen resolution is, and adapts accordingly. In so doing, the viewing experience is always good and always consistent.
News Article | May 2, 2017
WHAT: Student work from Husson University will be featured at an exhibition on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. A wide variety of creative mediums will be represented as part of this showcase. Student drawings, paintings, pastels, photography, graphic design, set design, computer aided drafting, digital illustration, collages, assemblages, and batik prints will be on display. The featured work was created in a variety of fine arts courses at Husson University. Also included are graphic design pieces from the marketing and communications program at Husson’s New England School of Communications and individual student submissions. Exemplary student work from the following courses will be included as part of this showcase: The exhibition is free and open to the public. WHO: Kathi J. Smith, an assistant professor of studio arts and art appreciation at Husson University, organized this exhibition. She will be available for interviews. Assistant Professor Smith joined Husson University in 2014 and has over 15 years of art education experience. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing, with a minor in art history from the University of Southern Maine. Smith also has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Husson University, Smith taught at Plymouth State University where she received their Distinguished Teaching Lecturer Award. Over the past four years, she has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, and five prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to attend the Vermont Studio Center and has been a fellow and artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. In the summer of 2014, she participated in a seven-week artist-in-residency program in Brittany, France, sponsored by Maryland Institute College of Art. The July 2013 edition of Artscope Magazine ran a feature on her called “Kathi Smith’s New England.” She exhibits her work regularly in Maine, New York, and New Hamphire and maintains a working studio in Bangor, ME. Smith practices primarily in the arena of painting and drawing, though she also has facility in ceramics, printmaking, and other mediums. Smith’s artwork reflects her landscape, in which she invites close observation of familiar-seeming places and their narratives. WHEN: Monday, May 2, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. WHY: This showcase is designed to give students an opportunity to share their work with the public. It is also an opportunity to highlight some of the exceptionally talented students at Husson University. Public exhibitions are a valuable part of the art educational experience. They serve as venues where students can exchange creative ideas with their peers and receive feedback from members of the public. The event is a collaboration between Husson’s College of Science and Humanities and the University’s New England School of Communications. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies, science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
News Article | April 28, 2017
After a year of research and analysis, the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce released its 2015-16 “Return on Investment Study” showing an unprecedented $60 return on every dollar of tourism promotional investment in that same period. The third-party, independent study, conducted by OakLee Consulting Group LLC out of Plymouth, New Hampshire, concluded that “$10.6 million in visitor spending resulted directly from the Chamber’s promotional activities.” According to the study, “travelers spent $115.1 million in Lincoln, Woodstock, Franconia, and Sugar Hill between the 2015-16 winter season and 2016 summer/fall season.” OakLee Consulting Group, founded by Dr. Mark Okrant, Professor Emeritus of Tourism Management and Policy at Plymouth State University and Dr. Daniel Lee, Professor of Economics at Plymouth State University and the State of New Hampshire’s tourism economist for four years, conducted the study and prepared the report. The purpose of the study was to measure the return on investment of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce’s marketing/promotion activities for the area’s tourism industry. The chamber’s promotions are largely funded through their Destination Marketing Program, which includes the collection of a nominal overnight fee at over 20 area lodging properties, partnerships with area attractions, and matching grant funds through the State of NH Joint Promotional Program. In addition, the study aims to gauge the effectiveness of individual promotion ads, as well as their effectiveness by state of origin. A study of this type is a first-of-a-kind for this growing chamber of commerce destination marketing program. “We’ve known for years that our destination marketing program has a significant influence on tourism in our region and now we can quantify that in terms of economic impact,” states Kimberly Pickering, newly-appointed Executive Director of the Chamber. “We are pleased to know that for every dollar we raise and spend, it brings sixty more dollars back into our local economy from tourism.” Please contact the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce for more details on this study. The Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce, located in North Woodstock, NH, represents over 225 businesses in all sectors of the economy, most notably the tourism industry, and promotes the western slope of New Hampshire’s White Mountains - Lincoln, Woodstock, Franconia, and Sugar Hill. The chamber’s Destination Marketing Program is funded by a number of private and public sources, and is the largest concentrated effort of its kind in Northern New Hampshire.
News Article | May 4, 2017
What Dr. Mark Christensen loves most about his job is that he has the chance to come face-to-face with teachers and educational staff, go to their schools, and really become involved with the things that are important. The field of education doesn't stand still, nor do the expectations. Currently, it is all about connecting with each other, which matters for faculty, students, and parents alike. Not just that, education is becoming more complex. Admissions officers, for instance, have to stay up to date with the latest enrollment software packages, after they decide to implement them. Furthermore, it is now hugely important that parents are properly involved in the education of their children. During Dr. Mark Christensen’s many years on the job, he has had some amazing experiences. And every time he visits a school, he learns something new. One of the things he has learned, for instance, is that both the school community and faculty find it much easier to transition into a new software system if key educators are provided with individualized training on that software. If that is done properly, then they will enjoy the experience more, and they will be more ready to champion the software and encourage others to use it as well. There are three things that really stood out to Christensen, and he believes that they will be insightful for you as well. The buzzword for schools nowadays is "connected." Schools have been working toward this for years, trying to determine what it actually means. Bentley School is one establishment that seems to have figured it out. Students who are enrolled in this school find themselves and their family/carers getting involved in the entire journey. This involvement is seen everywhere, from submitting dinner requests to checking schedules, from waking up in the morning to sending teacher’s notes. The school has figured out how to deliver important information the right way, at the right time, and, most importantly, by using the right types of devices. A good video for those who want to learn from Bentley School in terms of online interaction, which is a really good source, can be found here: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/dacygf0mu6 This is an example of a school that did all that could be done with existing software systems, but the school community needed more. The entire school's experience was redefined by board members, parents, teachers, and faculty members alike. The school had to move on to a new interactive, online system. The decision to do so was the right decision, but it also meant making many changes. They redesigned their admissions system to make it more user-friendly, and they changed their website to make it fully responsive. Furthermore, they enabled staff and faculty to use an interactive grading experience, while at the same time students and their parents could access all learning resources whenever they wanted to. Best of all, they were able to combine all of this into one system. Check out the following video to see how the Miami Country Day School implemented new technology: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/8046khob7n Last but certainly not the least, there is Miss Porter's School, where admissions officers focused on how they could remain competitive, ensuring they could overcome any barriers and obstacles that stopped students from not just enrolling, but from staying in the school as well. Any new system they would use had to make life easier. Miss Porter's School is a K-12 school for girls in Connecticut, and they have implemented an enrollment management system that ensures the whole process is easier and cleaner. The following short video explains the various benefits in terms of enrolling and retaining students, and personalizing the experience for parents/carers, while at the same time avoiding lost time chasing contracts: https://whipplehill.wistia.com/medias/k0e6k1tpb0. Dr. Mark Christensen has worked in various roles throughout his educational career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier College and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.
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Child Maltreatment | Year: 2010
This study examined how the police conceptualize juveniles involved in prostitution as victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) or delinquents. Case files from six police agencies in major U.S. cities of 126 youth allegedly involved in prostitution, who were almost entirely girls, provided the data for this inquiry. This study found that 60% of youth in this sample were conceptualized as victims by the police and 40% as offenders. Logistic regression predicted the youths' culpability status as victims. The full model predicted 91% of youth's culpability status correctly and explained 67% of the variance in the youths' culpability status. The police considered youth with greater levels of cooperation, greater presence of identified exploiters, no prior record, and that came to their attention through a report more often as victims. In addition, the police may consider local youth more often as victims. It appears that the police use criminal charges as a paternalistic protective response to detain some of the youth treated as offenders, even though they considered these youth victims. Legislatively mandating this form of CSE as child abuse or adopting a "secure care" approach is needed to ensure these youth receive the necessary treatment and services. © The Author(s) 2010.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES | Award Amount: 25.40K | Year: 2012
This project will facilitate the collaboration of a group of scientists interested in delivery, transport and transformation of organic matter in a variety of surface waters. The group will synthesize data across spatial and temporal scales and bring together a multi-disciplinary team at the John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis. The effort will re-evaluate the fundamental relationships between discharge and DOM concentration and composition and focus on synthesizing mature datasets from small headwater basins to large coastal basins using statistical techniques and modeling. Data are available that represent a range of temporal sampling intensities from seasonal samples, to more frequent samples from automated samplers, and finally to data from continuous optical sensors.
This synthesis collaboration is expected to advance scientific understanding of the processes and patterns of organic matter transport by exploring key data sets at a level of detail and scale that has not previously been attempted. The work is expected to also benefit the policy and management communities that rely on data, models, and understanding of the controls on nutrient, trace metal, and pollutant transport in river networks and to estuaries. This is a joint synthesis projects with the USGS Powell Center, Fort Collins Colorado.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PHYSICAL & DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY | Award Amount: 186.02K | Year: 2016
Cold air damming is a phenomenon where certain wind directions can cause cooler air to be trapped against a mountain. In the eastern US, these events are often accompanied by precipitation, and can be especially hazardous in winter with snowfall and freezing rain common. The intensity of these events is difficult to forecast and less scientific attention has been paid to cold air damming events in the mountainous areas of northern New England. This award will allow the research team to develop a climatology and conduct numerical modeling of cold air damming events in order to answer questions about their formation, evolution, and dissipation. The results of the study should help to improve forecasts of high-impact winter precipitation events related to cold air damming. A number of graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the research, helping to develop the next generation of scientists.
The research team will develop a 15-year climatology and composite study of northern New England cold air damming (CAD) events with a goal of determining when the events occur and when they are most intense, how the events compare at selected locations, and what the role of CAD is on precipitation types. Ensembles of simulations of CAD events using the WRF model will help to answer questions related to the sensitivity of numerical weather prediction forecasts of CAD to initial condition uncertainty and variations in parameterization schemes. The simulations will also help to answer questions about predictability of the formation, strength, extent, evolution, and erosion of CAD.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: GLOBAL CHANGE | Award Amount: 643.67K | Year: 2010
This four-year, field- and lab-intensive work extends the paleo-North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) record to 2000 years BP, building on existing paleolimnological datasets of pollen, organic and inorganic chemistry, mineral magnetism and particle-size that show strong qualitative linkages with NAO activity on Iceland. It develops new quantitative linkages with the NAO from these same proxies in northwest Iceland lake, soil and stream deposits of the last 2000 years, using calibration datasets of watershed soil and lake sediments derived from current depositional environments. It identifies the specific environmental mechanisms responsible for creating distinct, 80-100 year cycles in the mineral deposits of Icelandic lakes and tests these hypotheses:
1. periods of intensified storminess and precipitation on Iceland, such as occur when the NAO index is high and positive, consistently and predictably mobilize minerals from watershed soil reserves and alter lake water characteristics to form distinctive lake sediment deposits, and
2. watershed disturbances related to human occupation and land-use increase the amplitude and/or recurrence interval of the decadal cycle, and
3. conservation protection of the lakes watersheds in the last 30 years has resulted in a trend towards that of a pre-occupation state, as documented in the lake sediment geochemistry.
The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is part of a global-scale circulation pattern that dominates Northern Hemisphere atmospheric conditions. It is linked to patterns of drought, flooding and severe weather in North America, Europe and the Middle-East. Prior work has shown that the NAO undergoes regular cycles that disturb watershed soils and alter nutrient inflows to lakes and rivers, at least on Iceland. This works uses that lake effect to see into the past 2000 years and identify when the NAO was most active. Because human occupation of Iceland began just over 1000 years ago, and this project produces records of change covering the last 2000 years, it offers a unique look at the human role in magnifying the impacts of NAO-related climate changes on fragile landscapes, such as occur in Iceland and in many other previously glaciated regions. By assessing the response of watersheds to repeated climate disturbances, like the NAO, before and after human land use and before and after conservation management, this work provides insight on the usefulness of conservation efforts in mitigating human aspects of climate change. This project also provides much needed research, education, field and laboratory training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at institutions with relatively limited research opportunities (Plymouth State University and Salem State College), providing access and engagement with three tier-one, research institutions (U. Maine, U. Colorado and U. Minnesota). Students are involved at every level of the project and learn state-of-the-art interdisciplinary approaches typically practiced at research-oriented institutions. It creates opportunities for students to communicate complex ideas associated with research findings in oral and written publications. The five senior researchers involved in this project also receive training in state-of-the-art cross-disciplinary approaches and applications, which enhances their teaching and research capabilities. This work involves significant use of National Laboratory facilities at LacCore and Large Lakes Observatory and combines efforts of 3 New England campuses, leveraging existing facilities and human resources and building new regional capacity.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: AISL | Award Amount: 106.19K | Year: 2012
This ISE award addresses the issue of disparity amongst media meteorologists in their perspective on climate change. Since the media has considerable impact on the public, this disparity of perspective is extraordinarily significant. One common factor in this issue is the education of these individuals at the undergraduate level. While there may be additional factors influencing these perspectives, this project will determine if the variation in coursework is responsible for the apparent disparity.
This group of researchers will interview media meteorologists, analyze the education provided at the 126 institutions that produce the meteorologists, and hold workshops that include media personnel, College faculty, and the public. From these efforts and data, the research team hopes to determine the impact that undergraduate education has on the media meteorologist?s perspectives.
This is a collaborative effort between 2 institutions, Bentley College and Plymouth State University. The focus of this pilot effort will be the New England area.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 251.16K | Year: 2012
An award has been made to Plymouth State University, in cooperation with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, to provide undergraduate research training to 8 students over a 10-week summer period for the summers of 2013-2015. This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides students interested in ecology and environmental science a rigorous research experience at the internationally recognized Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The program emphasizes the societal relevance of research on ecology and the changing environment through research overseen by teams of scientist-mentors and science communication activities overseen by outreach mentors. Students choose from projects distributed among four research themes (animal ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology and soils, and forest vegetation and carbon cycling) that are representative of, and integrated within, the ecosystem science of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study (HBES). Each student also participates in a weekly science communication workshop that emphasizes the interface between ecological research and the broader society through the use of case studies in citizen science, outreach and science ethics; interactions with professionals working with non-profits, management agencies, and educational institutions; and writing and speaking activities designed to emphasize the skills necessary for communicating to broad audiences. This program places training in science communication alongside a core of mentor-guided independent research. The 10-week program culminates with presentations at a site-wide annual undergraduate research conference. The REU on-line evaluation tool will be used to evaluate student learning gains in scientific inquiry and research execution, personal growth and in communicating science to the public. The program is open to undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors who are US citizens or permanent residents and will actively recruit a diverse group of students from cultural and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in scientific careers. REU program participants receive a stipend, travel and research allowances, and housing for the duration of the program. These students will live cooperatively among a dynamic mix of undergraduates, graduate students, and other young researchers active in summer research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. More information is available at www.hubbardbrookreu.org, or by contacting program coordinator Geoff Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or project PI Michele Pruyn (email@example.com).