Psy & Cmy Studies Faculty News

Volume 5 Summer 2014

This newsletter is for all faculty teaching for the interdisciplinary Psychology & Community Studies Program at the University of Maine at Machias. We want to provide a bigger picture to connect you further to our program and students as well as share a few resources you may find useful in your teaching. Each of you is important to our collective success. We appreciate all you do as we strive to prepare flexible, career-ready graduates who value community engagement!

All of You Are a Great Resource for Our Students & Alumni

Thanks to each of you, educators, administrators, staff, community partners, for your teaching and the learning environment you provide our students including this year’s graduating class and those 29 students who successfully completed their first year! We have a whole new crew coming in with the Class of 2018 this fall term!
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What it is all about: Majors Graduating 2014
Standing L-R: Dr. Lori Schnieders, Jessica Fisk McPhail, Alison Archer, Jamie Spencer, Amy Trundy, Katharin Cheney, Dr. Uriah Anderson, Nicholas Shults, Danielle Wormell,
Mandy Albee, Alexis Rice, Michelle L. Reynolds-Jaques, & Dr. Jamie Moreira

(not pictured: Sandra Campbell, Jennifer Garguilo, Mallory Johnson, Daniel Salvucci, and

Kari Wood)

2013-2014 Flashback

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An interdisciplinary faculty team from UMM was selected as one of 19 colleges and universities to receive an EPA $5,000 sub-grant from the Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Campus Compacts for the purpose of preparing college students for a lifetime of environmental stewardship.

The team used the funds to develop opportunities for student research and service work in partnership with the Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Two Rivers Project. The Conservation Area along Middle River and the Machias River will be open to the public and managed as community forest and recreation lands and as an outdoor classroom for experiential learning.

Team members from UMM who designed the courses for the partnership are:
Uriah Anderson, assistant professor of psychology; Lisa Athearn, assistant professor of documentary film; Tora Johnson, director of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Service Center and instructor in environmental sciences; William Otto, associate professor of chemistry; and Chad Everett, former sustainability coordinator.

Photo: A view of the Machias River and Middle River courtesy of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy.
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Psychology & Community Studies Launched a Mini Series this Spring

This spring the Psychology & Community Studies program offered four events, coordinated by Meghan Duff.

1) We hosted a screening of “The Hungry Heart” which provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the lens of Vermont which is similar in some respects to Washington County. The director Bess O’Brien joined us along with one the patients featured in the film.

2) Our 4th Annual Community Partner Appreciation event was held as a luncheon and all our full-time faculty, many students, and a number of community partners attended and shared experiences. We honored Liz Mercer of DEAN for being a great internship supervisor and community partner for service-learning projects.

3) The 3rd Annual Caregivers Conference was held. It is a free day of workshops to support people who are the caregiver for a friend or loved one. The Keynote Speaker this year was Katherine Cassidy, "How Can I Hurt When Holding You? The Conflicted Caregiver". This was a well-attended community event. This year there were workshops on Brain Health, Assistive Technology, Coping with Challenging Behaviors, Self-Care, Asset Management, Elder Law, and more. Students of PSY 324 Lifespan 2 helped out along with a BEH 450 Senior Project student. There was also a showing of Donna Beveridge's watercolors exploring her experience with Alzheimer's.

4) The guests on the Saturday of Rainbow Ball Weekend were welcomed by president Cindy Huggins. This year, in addition to the traditional youth workshops, faculty also offered workshops for educators and counselors for CEU's with help from Kay Richmond of the Washington County Consortium.
  • Dr. Lori Schneiders & Asa Russell, LCPC, NCC, “Working with Families to support LGBT Youth”
  • Dr. Daniel Qualls, “Anti-bullying: Working with Colleagues and Administrators”
  • Dr. Meghan W. Duff, “Strategies for Creating a Safe, All-Inclusive Environment”
  • Dr. Heather Ball, “In the Moment: Strategies for Identifying & Stopping LGBT Bullying in Schools”
  • Dr. Chris Crittenden, (youth workshop) ”Words As Wings and Spells and Other Superheroic Things!"
  • Noted support by Bernie Vinzani for the Linda Eastman gallery exhibit of her photography collection of LGBT youth and families, "Growing Up Different".

Pictured: Downtown Machias, ME

Want to Promote Your Fall Course?

You can do this with your current or past students through blackboard or Mainestreet email. You can also post eye-catching flyers around campus. Courses that don’t have at least 12 students registered by two weeks before the term begins are at high risk of being canceled. If you have any questions, or would like some help, contact Meghan Duff at Many students are already registered for fall, but there are always some late registering students. Registration for Spring 2015 will start in November, so if you want fliers posted for spring term, please keep that in mind as well.

Feedback from the External Evaluation Team to the Psychology & Community Studies Program

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We Have a Great Team

After four years of input/ data collection by students, two years of program discussions, two community partner feedback focus luncheon groups, hours of work by Marianne & Ben at the library, division faculty review and discussion, and chairs and VPAA review, we finally successfully finished and have five more years before we do another one!

Kay Kimball coordinated to bring Rich Borden of College of the Atlantic and Jen Sellers of Green Mountain College as our external evaluators for our program. They were a great match for our program and gave a thorough review of our materials and met with faculty, students, administrators, and community partners in a very brief visit to campus in April. The evaluators praised UMM and it’s mission and stated that the Psychology & Community Studies program exemplified it. Dr. Sellars repeatedly stated she would use some of our projects for her department.
They offered the following recommendations:

1. Make available a concentration in Community Planning. To be successful we should hire for Organization and Development expertise, fold in GIS, bridge with the Business program if not able to hire; and offer content for nonprofit skills to better support Washington County. They also supported our proposed Social Welfare & Justice concentration and a leadership certificate noting that this might accomplish similar outcomes to community development.

2. Further integrate Environmental Liberal Arts into our curriculum.

3. Work with Admissions to create and make readily available information about the program and secure administrative support to further develop our alumni network.

4. Pursue a 4+1 Master’s of Counseling collaboration for our students working by with a larger accredited campus and encouraged the development of high quality distance courses to support this for our place-based students.

5. Develop the proposed interdisciplinary Health Education Certificate and recommended us to work closely with Education faculty to prepare and deliver this as well as Science faculty.

6. Acquire external funding for the program for some of these initiatives. The reviewers noted that due to the distinctive nature of the program, we would be eligible for grants and that we need administrative support for these endeavors.

Time to roll up our sleeves for PCS 5.0!

Image: Corey Bond, common usage,

Tip: Registrar's Office is a Great Resource

Seeking Help from the Registrar's Office

The registrar's office is extremely knowledgeable and helpful on a wide range of information for faculty. If you have a specific question on a student or course, please make sure to include identification numbers to help them process your request more quickly and efficiently. Powers Hall Room 207 Phone: 255-1330

Individual Faculty Recognition

Disabilities in Youth Concentration

Our new Disabilities in Youth concentration is headed by Heather Ball, Assistant Professor of Special Education, and is supported by Lori Schnieders, Assistant Professor of Psychology. The program has had 14 students enrolled and appeals especially to our majors who want to work with children and youth with disabilities as caseworkers or behavioral health professionals.
This spring, Dr. Ball also taught the course Dimensions of Exceptionality in the Classroom to 10 Passamaquoddy students at the Wabanaki Culture Center in Calais where the Office of the Superintendent of Maine Indian Education is located.

Tip: Library is a Great Assignment Resource

The Library Staff Is Amazing

For student projects involving literature and research, contact Marianne Thibodeau for in class support. She has already designed a number of research guides for individual courses and will work with you to develop more. She and the staff can also show you electronic and video resources to use in your teaching:, in Merrill Library 103, 255-1254.
Teach online classes? University College librarians will prepare instructional videos, host chats with your students, and will maintain a discussion board for questions about accessing/locating materials: FMI see webpage, Off-Campus Library Services office at 1-800-339-7323.

Great Read: The Warmth of Other Suns (in the library)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson is highly recommended for increasing understanding of current racial issues. "The title is borrowed from the celebrated black writer Richard Wright, who fled Jim Crow Mississippi in the 1920s to feel the warmth of those other suns. Based on more than a thousand interviews, written in broad imaginative strokes, this is a narrative epic rigorous enough to impress all but the crankiest of scholars, yet so immensely readable as to land the author a future place on Oprah’s couch. Wilkerson follows the journey of three Southern blacks, each representing a different decade of the Great Migration as well as a different destination. It’s a shrewd storytelling device, because it allows her to highlight two issues often overlooked: first, that the exodus was a continuous phenomenon spanning six decades of American life; second, that it consisted of not one, but rather three geographical streams, the patterns determined by the train routes available to those bold enough to leave." FMI NY Times

Involvement with the Libra Landscape Series Spring 2014

This spring's Libra-funded interdisciplinary series aimed at exploring the theme of landscape in diverse academic disciplines, from the visual arts, environmental studies, and anthropology, to recreation, biology, psychology, and others. This series was conceived and coordinated by Jamie Moreira, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Randall Kindleberger, Associate Professor of History, Andrea Ednie, former Associate Professor of Recreation Management & Chad Everett, former Sustainability Coordinator.
Presenters and topics included:
  • Art historian, Justin Wolff, “Experience, Allegory, and the Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Romantic Landscapes”
  • Environmental historian, Richard Judd, “Saving Second Nature: The Environmental Movement in New England”
  • Terrestrial ecologist, Tom Wessels, “Reading the Forested Landscape”
  • Folklorist and regional ethnographer, Mary Hufford, “The Narrative Ecology of an Appalachian Landscape”
  • Historian, Robert Gee, “Scenic Overlook: Changing Shapes of Downeast Maine from Cultivation to Canning to Climate Change.” He also led a tour of Lubec examing the Washington County economic and social environments in transition.

Shout Out...

To Jamie Moreira serving as the Faculty Senate President!

Student Awards & Honors

While we can't take full credit for amazing students, all our students receive lots of personal attention, guidance, and support from faculty and community partner mentoring.
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Honor's Convocation

The PCS program has 4 recognition awards and we also get to help nominate our students for many other scholarship awards. All together our majors received a total of $12,650 in scholarship money at the Honor's Convocation.
Pictured L-R: Jenny Garguilo (Outstanding Psychology Senior), Laela Neubelt (adoring daughter), Gretchen Neubelt (MCC PILLARS Award), Dr. Schnieders, Dr. Anderson, Chris Burke (Outstanding First Year Community Student), and Dr. Moreira.
Not shown: Michelle Grant (Jack Armstrong Junior Behavioral Sciences Award) and
Colby Soctomah Lewey (Outstanding Senior Community Studies Student).
Psychology of Prejudice: Where Is The Love?

Tip: Technology for Your Instructional Materials

Check out Thinglink it lets you add links to your images and videos. "Easily create interactive websites, blogs, infographics, maps, photo albums, presentations, and more!"
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Image from The Lighter Side of Academia

Faculty Working Hard at Fusion Workshops this Spring

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FUSION - Online Service Learning Spring Showcase by MCC

Pictured: Tora Johnson, Uriah Anderson, Lisa Athearn, Lori Schnieders, and Heather Ball shining in the back row at this year's Faculty Institute hosted at UMA. They later shared their cutting edge projects and expertise on using assignments that have their online students collaborating with community partners. Lois-Ann Kuntz, co-facilitated Maine Campus Compact's third summer FUSION training course for faculty in May.

Photo by Ed Laine, Emeritus, Dept. of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College & Fusion Facilitator


There's plenty to do in summer as we work on research and writing projects, teach classes, and prepare for fall courses. If you're looking for some fresh ideas, here's a couple of suggestions:

In case you're looking/ and or want to add to, 'Pedagogy Unbound' is "A place for college teachers to share practical strategies for today's classrooms. Discover practical tips for this semester. Check out the latest tips, browse by category for specific kinds of tips, or share what's worked in your classroom.” Here's a tempting one, “Make Change Visible with Word Clouds”.

This site has decent resource lists for using Rubrics or "Email as Teaching Tool" - -look under 'Borrow' from José Antonio Bowen, author Teaching Naked

Finally, if you're looking for information to spoof up your syllabus, lots of collected resources at ProfHacker Blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Don't forget to drop by these PCS Faculty Blogs:
Chris Crittenden:
Meghan Duff:

Inspirational Pause

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” Chinese Proverb

Planning Ahead for Fall 2014

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>Text Book Orders go to Tom Potter, (replaces Naida Pennell)
>Scheduling community events is being done by Julie Millay, 255-1223 (replaces Naida Pennell)

>Spring 2014 Course Schedules Drafts are due to Division Chair, Kay Kimball, Wednesday, September 24th.

>Early & Mid Semester Warnings
Warnings on students who are struggling with meeting deadlines, attendance requirements, and grades are due to Christy Alley (replaces Matthew Holsapple), our student success coordinator to try to support our students by reaching out to intervene before passing is no longer an option. Please take the time to report to her if there are concerns about a student at anytime in addition to:
Friday September 26th Early Warnings Due
Friday October 24th Mid-Semester Warnings Due

Individual & Ongoing Fall Events
>Political Candidate Forums, UMM
Meghan Duff & Jon Reisman are coordinating opportunities to hear from candidates this fall. They're working on confirming a gubernatorial candidate forum, congressional 2nd district candidate forum, and a district attorney candidate forum. Stay tuned for dates!

>The Big Read Programming: Lee McBride, Porter Memorial Library will be working with Meghan Duff and other faculty members on events related to their $6,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts great work of literature, “A Wizard of Earthsea”.

>Food and Community Series 2014
Meghan Duff’s SOC 114 Intro to Sociology course and libraries and community groups are sponsoring and gearing up for the second round of this Libra-funded series. There's plenty of room for those interested in topics of food & food systems. Speakers include: Regina Grabrovac - Healthy Acadia and Washington County Farm to School, author David Buchanan, Eric Venturini, John Piotti of Maine Farmland Trust, Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm & Carly DelSignore of Tide Mill Organic Farm.

>Maine Hunger Dialogue October 16-17th with Maine Campus Compact & U Maine Extension: "Mobilizing the Power of Higher Education to End Hunger in Maine"

>Northeast Psychology Association Conference (NEPA) & Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP)
NECTOP Friday October 17 and NEPA Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
We're bringing students & presenting!

>Eastern Maine Regional Brain Bee Competition, UMM
Friday December 12th 9:00am- 2:00pm for workshops, lunch, and competition.
Monday December 15th 9:00am - 2:00pm for a Snow Date backup.

Image credit: @Doug88888 common use, Flickr

So Long and Best Wishes

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We're going to miss Lynne Witham, Coordinator of Continuing and Distance Education who has taken the position of Director of the Hancock County Higher Education Center in Ellsworth. We will also miss Matthew Holsapple, Advising Center Director, who has taken the position of Director of the Center of Academic Achievement and Retention at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Both Lynne & Matthew partnered with the Research Methods & Design Course Fall 2013 to conduct survey research helpful for their offices. We will also miss working with Naida Pennell, Community Services Coordinator and Bookstore Coordinator, who retired emeritus. All three have been very supportive and key supports for our students.
December 2013, Pictured L-R: Gretchen Neubelt, Dr. Duff, Mandy Albee, Dr. Schnieders, Vickie Boone, Sabree Rodriguez, Dr. Kuntz, Lynne Witham, Colby Soctomah Lewey, Jordyn Knowles, Chelsea Hutchinson, Michelle Grant, Jesse Blackburn, Jennifer Dow, & Matthew Holsapple.

Note from the Editor

We hope that there is information in this “newsletter” that is helpful to you either related to teaching in general or for giving you a larger context for our program. In trying to not deluge you with information, there is only one newsletter a year. Please address any suggestions/corrections to Lois-Ann Kuntz.

Image credit: Nic McPhee, common use Flickr.