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Large Cohort of New Full-time Faculty Joins Colby-Sawyer College in 2012

Eleven full-time faculty members joined six academic departments at Colby-Sawyer College this fall after an Opening Week's New Faculty Orientation that included a teaching salon facilitated by Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences and Director of the Teaching Enrichment Center Jean Eckrich; instruction in Moodle, smart classrooms and advising; a library tour and department meetings.

The new faculty members include Sharon Beaudry in Business Administration; Hilary Walrod in Fine and Performing Arts; Michael Lahey in Humanities; Mary Richardson in Exercise and Sport Sciences; Peter Nolette and Mary Scott in Nursing; and Robert Anzalone, Iris Fischer-McMorrow; John Osambo and Joshua Steffen in Natural Sciences.

New Faculty

Sharon Beaudry served nearly five years as Colby-Sawyer's director of Human Resources; in 2009, she began teaching a course in Human Resources Management as an adjunct faculty member. Since then she has been a student advisor, internship advisor, and has taught Business Applications and Business Law. She holds a B.S. in Art Therapy/Education from The College of New Rochelle; a J.D. from Northwestern California University and will earn an M.B.A. from Northcentral University this year.

Beaudry brings nearly two decades of human resource experience to the Business Administration Department. Before coming to Colby-Sawyer, she was director of human resources at Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the human resource and risk manager at Drax Group and a retirement and benefits specialist with Brown & Brown Benefits, all in Naples, Fla. Previously she was a corporate trainer and supervisor at Boston Financial Data Services in Quincy, Mass.

Hilary Walrod comes to Colby-Sawyer from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was an assistant professor of graphic design and taught web design, digital media, publication design, graphic design seminars, and mobile application design and development (with an interdisciplinary team).

She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and Environmental Studies from Williams College and an M.F.A. in Studio Art: Graphic Design from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Drawing on her interdisicplinary background, she is especially interested in intersections between visual communication and environmental consciousness and works in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital realms.

The Media Studies Program also welcomes Michael Lahey, who holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in video production and media studies from The University of Florida; and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University.

Lahey was an associate instructor at Indiana University with teaching and research interests in cultural studies; film and video production; short form media; advertising and consumer culture; media convergence, new media technologies; cultural industries; and reception and audience studies.

Peter Nolette, R.N., joins the Nursing Department as an assistant professor. Nolette earned a Diploma in Nursing from Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing; a B.S. in Nursing from Norwich University; and an M.B.A. from Franklin Pierce College.

Nolette is a certified wound care nurse and a certified foot care nurse. Employed at Dartmouth-Hithcock Medical Center since 1977, minus a two-year hiatus when he was a staff nurse at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, Nolette has held a variety of nursing and administrative positions at DHMC and was most recently a wound care nurse.

An adjunct assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer for five years with research interests in symptom management and oral chemotherapy safety, Mary Scott, MSN, RN, CS, APRN, AOCN, also joins the Nursing Department full time. A Vermont native, Scott earned an Associate of Science in Nursing from NHTI-Concord; a B.S. in Nursing from UNH; a M.S. in Nursing/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions; and an Adult Nurse Practitioner Post Masters Certification from UNH.

In addition to three and a half decades of oncology nursing experience, Scott brings the extra dimensions of multiple publications, presentations and teaching experience to the classroom. She has practiced at Catholic Medical Center, Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care at The Cheshire Medical Center, Valley Regional Hospital, Weeks Memorial Hospital, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, North Country Hospital, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Norris Cotton Cancer Center-North and Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC (where she was the 2005 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, Excellence in Leadership), and New London Hospital Physician Practices.

Alumna Mary Richardson has taught at Colby-Sawyer since 2008 and joins the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department as a full-time assistant professor. After 12 years as a family counselor with an emphasis on working with families dealing with terminal illness, Richardson earned a B.S. from Colby-Sawyer in 2005 and M.S. in Sport and Health Sciences from University of Exeter in England. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the European College of Sport Science and Medicine.

The Natural Sciences Department welcomes four new faculty colleagues.

Dr. Robert Anzalone comes to Colby-Sawyer's Natural Sciences Department from New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI–Concord), where he taught for two years as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has additional undergraduate teaching experience from NHTI-Manchester, Colby-Sawyer, Hesser College and Keene State College. He has also practiced chiropractic in private practice for 10 years.

Dr. Anzalone's areas of expertise include anatomy and physiology, and biology, and he is especially interested in the principle of complementarity of structure and function. His research has included dragonfly and damselfly surveys in habitats in southern New Hampshire as well as participating in mangrove research at the Vieques Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Anzalone holds a B.A. in Art/Chemistry from Manhattanville College; a M.S. in Biology from University of Nebraska; and a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C) from New York Chiropractic College.

The Natural Sciences Department also welcomes Iris Fischer-McMorrow as an assistant professor. Professor McMorrow holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and she pursued her graduate studies in Dublin, Ireland, where she earned her M.V.B. degree in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin. Professor McMorrow is a licensed veterinarian in New Hampshire. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management, and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association.

Professor McMorrow was most recently a small animal practitioner at Russell Animal Hospital in Concord, N.H. For six years before that, she was an associate veterinarian at Merrimack Veterinary Hospital in Merrimack, N.H. Her research and volunteer experiences include work with marine mammals and sensory systems biology at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Hawaii. She has taught Anatomy and Physiology as an adjunct faculty member at Colby-Sawyer College since 2011.

John Osambo joins the Natural Sciences Department with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from University of New Hampshire. His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Colby-Sawyer, Plymouth State University and Worcester State University.

As a UNH research assistant, Professor Osambo synthesized monomers for preparation of polymer microspheres; synthesized and characterized molecular imprinted polymer microspheres (MIP) for analysis of caffeine, theophylline and glucose; and gained experience in analytical spectroscopic techniques.

Joshua Steffen comes to Colby-Sawyer from the University of Utah, where he earned his Ph.D. in Biology and was an adjunct professor. Professor Steffen has also taught courses at Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College, both in Utah. Since 2006 he has mentored undergraduate research projects focused on various aspects of plant development and evolution. His post-doctoral research has used novel sequencing methods to investigate the genomic changes that underlie evolution of gene expression in plants

-Kate Dunlop Seamans