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Andrea Ange, who is a student in PSU’s post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, K-12 Curriculum Administrator program, received the 2011 New Hampshire School Library Media Association (NHSLMA) Outstanding Library Specialist Award in May. She is the library and media specialist at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH, and the advocacy and government relations chair at NHSLMA.

Cheryl Baker ’97G, ’05G, ’11G, director of graduate recruitment and outreach at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies, and Kathleen McCabe ’69, ’87G, ’01G, both of whom are graduate adjunct faculty members, were in the news recently for their work as facilitators at recent forums on the future of education in the Androscoggin Valley. Read more.

Benjamin Curran '11G

Benjamin Curran '11G

Benjamin Curran ’11G, a historic preservation instructor at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina, has received a $15,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to study the impact of climate change on coastal cultural heritage sites. “I’m looking at the ramifications in particular that the rising sea level has on structures and also buried archaeology,” says Curran, who was awarded the grant with two research scientists at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. Curran received a MEd in Heritage Studies with a concentration in historic preservation from PSU in May. Read more.

PSU doctoral student Annie Donahue, Library director at the UNH Manchester campus library, received the Ann Geisel Award of Merit on Nov. 4 from the New Hampshire Library Association. The award is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to New Hampshire Libraries.

Jennifer Frank ’09G, University police public safety office, has contributed to the 2011 edition of Campus Security for Public and Private Colleges and Universities. Officer Frank authored a chapter entitled “Conducting Internet Investigations,” discussing how the Internet is used by the college-aged population and what information can be gained in an investigation. Her work in this area has led to numerous presentations about Facebook and the Internet, including work at the national level. Frank earned a MEd in educational leadership from PSU in 2009 and is expected to receive a post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in educational leadership in May 2012.

When Tropical Storm Irene swept through New Hampshire in August, two Plymouth State University faculty members saw a great opportunity to learn more about the science of flooding. During and after the storm, hydrologist Mark Green, a graduate faculty member, and geologist Lisa Donor, a graduate adjunct faculty member, collected water samples from the Pemigewasset River watershed and analyzed their nutrient and element content to help explain the sources of floodwaters. Green says Irene produced up to 10 inches of rain in the area, the largest flood ever recorded in August and the ninth-largest flood in more than 100 years. At least 26 tons of dissolved nitrogen and 41 tons of aluminum were moved out of the watershed by the flood, which could affect the region’s forests. This item was reported by the Associated Press and appeared in the Boston Globe, Concord Monitor and other local newspapers.

Mary Beth Lufkin

Mary Beth Lufkin

Mary Beth “MB” Lufkin, a student in PSU’s education doctoral program, was named dean of Enrollment Management at Granite State College, as of July 1. She previously served as GSC’s director of marketing and communications. Granite State College, which is part of the University System of New Hampshire, serves adult students statewide and offers a variety of face-to-face and online programs.

PSU’s Small Business Institute and a team of MBA students recently completed a six-month consulting project with Jim Pamplin, the owner of Lakes Region Chiropractic, and partner Jeff Furgeson, who created WonderDoc software that is designed to help physicians increase revenue, lower overhead and improve patient outcomes. MBA students Justin Leever, Justin Scopetto ’11G and Cynthia Mongeon ’11G conducted research about the software and created a business plan to market it to chiropractic clinics internationally. Read the PSU news release.

A Lakes Region educator who wants to help enrich children’s lives through art education is the 2011 recipient of PSU’s Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship. Jadi Seiz, of Laconia, teaches art at the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club, which motivated her to seek a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree at PSU. Read the PSU news release.

The Spektator Magazine

The Spektator magazine

Christine Tappan ’09G wrote an article, “Social Work on the Silk Road,” that appeared in the October issue of The Spektator magazine about her experience in Kyrgyzstan. Read the article at Tappan arrived in Kyrgyzstan via a Bishkek Humanities University application for a Fulbright Program Specialist to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars supported by the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Tappan and her sister Cyndi Boschard Perkins, columnist and editor, are in the process of collecting a series of stories about social workers and their experiences in Kyrgyzstan that they plan to compile for a book. Tappan earned a post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in educational leadership, special education administration.

ING Financial Partners has appointed Rich Taylor ’93G, as head of brokerage operations to support the firm’s growing advisory business. In his new role, Taylor, who earned an MBA at PSU, will oversee all brokerage operations activities for ING Financial Partners. He brings more than 15 years of leadership in brokerage and financial services operations to the role. Prior to joining ING, Taylor was chief operating officer at Capital Guardian LLC, where he played a key role in the build-out of their broker-dealer and RIA. He received a BS in marketing from PSU in 1990 and an MBA in 1993.


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