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Archeological Dig at Holmes House

November 14th, 2013 by Eric

David Starbuck delivered a paper at the New Hampshire Historical Society

April 4th, 2013 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck (Anthropology) delivered a paper entitled “Robert Rogers: The Frontier Warrior We Love to Hate” in the series “Woodland Paths and River Highways: The History of New Hampshire’s Abenaki People” at the New Hampshire Historical Society on March 28.  Robert Rogers is honored today as the originator of the tactics used by U.S. Special Forces.

Scholarship Opportunities

February 14th, 2013 by Nikki-Ann

Social Sciences

  1. John L. Daly Scholarship
  2. James J. Hogan Memorial Fund
  3. Catherine and Kirk Middlekauf Fund
  4. The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies
  5. John F. Ozog Memorial Fund
  6. Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science

John L. Daly Scholarship

As a graduate of Plymouth State College, Class of 1967, John recognized that Plymouth State College provided him with many opportunities to further his education and allowed him to pursue a career teaching geography. The purpose of this endowed fund is to provide a scholarship to a deserving geography major who is planning to seek certification in teacher education. The award recipient will be chosen by the Social Science Department, Geography Scholarship Committee on the basis of the following criteria: the student must be at least a sophomore with a 3.0 overall grade point average.

James J. Hogan Memorial Fund

This endowment honors the memory of Professor James J. Hogan and, in his memory, funds scholarships for worthy undergraduate students pursuing study in international affairs. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement in areas related to international affairs, their intention to pursue further study in the discipline, the degree and quality of their community and civic service, and their contributions to PSU activities. The donor prefers one award. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

Catherine and Kirk Middlekauf Fund

The purpose of this endowment fund is to support awards or stipends for social science students majoring in geography, anthropology, sociology, or political science. Funds may be used by students for travel related to particular social science or interdisciplinary courses. Funds may be applied to the course credit fee or to travel expenses (i.e., accommodations, airfare, food, etc.) for study away from PSU campuses. Please contact Professor Sheryl Shirley, MSC 39 for application information.

The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies

The purpose of The Okrant Family Annual Scholarship in Tourism Studies is to further the higher education and professional development of a deserving Plymouth State University student who will make a significant contribution as a professional in the field of tourism and hospitality. Eligible students shall be seeking a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Policy, be a full-time junior or senior in excellent academic standing with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0, be of exemplary integrity, and hold the potential for significant future impact on the field of tourism. Preference will be given to applicants from the state of New Hampshire. The application for the Okrant Family Scholarship will include a 250 word essay articulating the candidate’s vision for their place and their unique contribution to the field of tourism and hospitality. Recipients of the Okrant Family Scholarship may reapply each year if they continue to meet the criteria.

John F. Ozog Memorial Fund

This endowment funds scholarships for worthy undergraduate students majoring in geography. The recipient shall have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in geography. Selection is based on academic achievement as well as contributions to geography at Plymouth State University, i.e., the degree and quality of participation in geography-related activities. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science

The purpose of the Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science is to provide recognition and financial support for deserving, high-achieving students at Plymouth State University who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  The recipient shall be a full-time matriculated returning student who is a declared Political Science major, will be a junior or senior in the year the award is disbursed, and has a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

William Taylor Memorial Fund

This endowment provides scholarships for outstanding students majoring in one of the Social Science disciplines. Criteria is determined by the faculty members of the Social Science Department. Recipients are chosen by a committee. No application process is required.

* Students who would like to be considered for scholarships that identify financial need as a criteria will need to complete the Federal Financial Aid Application before the March 1 deadline. Academic and Non-Academic Departments offering scholarships collaborate with the Financial Aid Office, therefore, it is imperative that students comply with PSU policy. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further assistance.

A student must be enrolled as a full time student at PSU to be eligible to receive scholarship awards listed on this page.

John Lennon gives lecturees on “Introduction to Soil”

February 14th, 2013 by Nikki-Ann
  • John Lennon gave two lectures on glacial sediments and soil formation, in addition to two hands-on soil identification demonstrations, for the Merrimack County Conservation District’s “Introduction to Soils” Workshop at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum on December 18.
    Their website is www.merrimackccd.org.

PMUN Study Guides

February 22nd, 2012 by Nikki-Ann

SOCHUM committee guide

SC Committee guide

National History Day 2008

June 24th, 2010 by Nikki-Ann

The National History Day in New Hampshire (NHDNH) program continues to thrive, now in its 7th year. May and Krueckeberg continue to serve as co-coordinators for the state educational program that brings nearly 100 middle and high school students to PSU for the state competition every April. This year-long program is truly a team effort, thanks to Rebecca Noel, Whitney Howarth, and a cast of several committed student volunteers. The 2008 theme Conflict and Compromise in History brought topics that took us back to events such as the Titanic disaster, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Trail of Tears, as well as Scopes Trial, the Battle of Moscow, and the 1863 New York Draft Riots. While these don’t appear at the surface to be uplifting subjects, the students inspired us all through their analysis of primary and secondary sources and exhibited the fine quality of research of our future young historians. PSU President Steen was present at the state competition again this year to announce the top finalists in the state and award medals. May and Krueckeberg once again accompanied the state finalists to the four-day national competition at the University of Maryland. In addition to the competition, the students had the opportunity to tour the Capitol and had very nice meetings with Congressman Paul Hodes and Congresswoman Carol Shay-Porter. We look forward to seeing the program continue to strengthen in upcoming years as our presence and partnerships throughout the state grow. If you know of any teachers or students who might be interested in participating in the program, please contact us!

History Day finalists and their teachers with Patrick May and Congressmen Paul Hodes.

History Day finalists and their teachers with Patrick May and Congressmen Paul Hodes.

Political Science: Plans for the 2007-2008 Academic Year

September 1st, 2008 by Nikki-Ann

The political science faculty have some innovative plans to set in motion this academic year.  Here are three highlights:

  • First, we will inaugurate a new chapter of the national honor society for political science, Pi Sigma Alpha (PSU will be the Alpha Epsilon Delta chapter), and will hold our first meeting on the 19th of September.  Students can anticipate that new officers will gather their interests and support our contributions to the discipline.
  • Second, some of our students are offering the PSU community the product of their hard work in the required political analysis course, PO 3660.  This product is an analysis manual, and contains chapters that the students themselves wrote.  The chapters include not only an overview and example of the various analytic tools covered in the course, but as a bonus to you, also feature prospective job sites where those skills are needed.  They are your link to the work world in political science.
  • Third, we the faculty will host bi-weekly coffee hours for political science majors—a casual point in the week where we can all take a break, talk at leisure, and compare notes on the state of politics, your major, our university, and making change in the world.

We really do care about how you’re doing in your courses, and about how we can make your time at PSU as valuable to you as possible.  If you have other suggestions on what you’d like to see happening in our program, join Pi Sigma Alpha, dream up ways to contribute such as the political analysis manual, and by all means, come take a break with your professors.

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November 14th, 2013 by Eric


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Contact Us

Kathryn Melanson, Administrative Assistant
Office: Rounds Hall 110
Phone: 603-535-2335
Email: kmelanson@plymouth.edu

Nikki-Ann Nunes, Administrative Assistant
Office: Memorial 110
Phone: 603-535-3071
nanunes@plymouth.edu

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC #39
Plymouth, NH 03264

Fax: 603-535-2351

Department News

Selena Clarke presented a poster at the Student Showcase of Excellence

EcoHouse and the town of Plymouth were recently featured in an issue of the “Green Energy Times.”

Steve Whitman traveled with 14 PSU students to Southern Belize to study permaculture at Maya Mountain Research Farm