PSU Alumni Association Connects with Students

By Alex Herbst ’15

The Alumni Association Board of Directors met on April 27, during a weekend filled with exciting campus events.

On Friday night, the board met at past-chair Bruce Wiggett’s home to prepare the Alumni Association’s entry for the annual PSU Chili Cook-Off, coordinated by Professor Terri Dautcher’s Event Marketing class. While their chili may not have won any awards, everyone enjoyed the time together on the Mary Lyon Green, interacting with students, faculty, community members, and each other.

The annual Showcase of Academic Excellence was held at the PE Center on the morning of the 27th and the members of the board were able to experience first-hand the research that PSU students have been conducting this year.

At the Board meeting, one of the items for discussion was the selection and award process for Alumni Association scholarships. Nearly 20 students applied for the scholarships—it goes without saying that the Scholarship Selection Committee had their work cut out for them! Two undergraduate students, Vanesa Urango and Samantha Nolin, were awarded Alumni Merit Scholarships, an affinity program revenue-funded merit award available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Christina Patrikalakis received the American Association of University Women Non-Traditional Scholarship, an endowment fund created to recognize outstanding non-traditional Plymouth State undergraduate women. Congratulations to these talented and worthy students!

The Golf Committee reported on progress made toward the annual Barbara Dearborn ’60 Golf Classic, to be held Sunday October 6, during Homecoming & Family Celebration. The committee expects that current students will play an active role in the classic this year, as volunteers and as players matched with alumni. For more information on reserving a foursome or volunteering at the Dearborn Golf Classic, contact Rodney Ekstrom at

The Alumni Association Board meets next in the fall of 2013, on Saturday, September 7.

It has been a great opportunity for me to join the Alumni Board and campus administration during the quarterly Alumni Association board meetings. I have enjoyed connecting, sharing, and interacting with everyone. I am proud to announce that this spring, I was elected as Student Body Vice President for the next academic year. I am excited for this new role and the responsibilities it will bring and I look forward to continuing to assist in building relationships between students and alumni.