PSU Recognizes Contributions of Graduate Alumni

Graduate alumni Nancy Puglisi ’81G and Donald Stoppe ’84, ’98G received honors at PSU’s Homecoming and Family Celebration in September.

Puglisi, who is a pioneer in the design of workplace wellness programs, received the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award. The award honors graduate alumni who by earning a graduate degree have been able to impact their profession, community or society in a positive and meaningful way.

Stoppe and his wife Arlene Scadova Stoppe ’83 received the Ut Prosim Award. The award recognizes alumni whose exemplary community service and contributions in business, professional, civic, philanthropic, volunteer or other activities have brought honor to PSU and exemplify the University motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve).

Nancy Puglisi '81G with Interim Director of Alumni Relations Rodney Ekstrom '09G (left), President Sara Jayne Steen, and Alumni Association Chair-Elect Gerry Buteau '84, '92G.

Nancy Puglisi has dedicated her career to improving the work world for the more than 4,000 faculty and staff of the University System of New Hampshire. In her role as USNH director of organizational wellness, she created and led one of the first health promotion programs for employees in higher education.

As the result of her groundbreaking work, Puglisi and USNH gained national recognition. Some of the awards received included the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Promotion Award, the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ Award for creating a cost-effective health promotion program, and the Wellness Council of America’s Gold Workplace Wellness Award for USNH’s comprehensive health promotion program and the leadership’s support of health and wellness efforts on all four USNH campuses.

Puglisi, who is now a research associate professor in counselor education and school psychology at PSU, is the director of the Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH) and Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) Institutes, and serves as faculty in the Doctor of Education program. She has also been honored by Granite State College for distinguished teaching. Her most recent publication, Fishing without a Hook: Catching Moments at Work, is a collection of poems focused on applying the concepts of compassionate heart, open mind, and good intention in the office and the classroom.

Donald Stoppe '84, '98G and Arlene Stoppe '83 with Ekstrom (left), President Steen, and Buteau.

As landlords, Donald Stoppe and Arlene Scadova Stoppe have provided homes to thousands of students over the past 30 years. The Stoppe Management Services business model creates positive and constructive relationships with the student tenants, modeling responsible and proactive behavior to assure strong neighborhoods. Their strong commitment to both “town” and “gown,” means that they must sometimes mediate between the two, always seeking a win-win for the parties involved. Recently, they have exhibited a deep dedication to environmental sustainability in their rental units, including new initiatives in renewable energy and waste recycling.

As community leaders, the Stoppes are known to many local residents and PSU students, but few are aware of the invisible contributions they make to their less fortunate neighbors. Avid outdoor adventurers, they dedicate countless hours to offering adaptive recreational experiences so those with physical disabilities can experience the joy of the outdoors activities that many take for granted. At least one day every week throughout the summer they host an adaptive water skiing program on their boat on Squam Lake. They collaborate with other community volunteers to make the day a full, summer, outdoor experience with an evening barbecue. During the winter Arlene volunteers for the Adaptive Ski Program at Waterville Valley, where Don plows the frozen lake and maintains a public skating loop, promoting his love of the sport of speed skating.

Excerpted from a PSU Press Release by Bruce Lyndes. Read the complete release and learn about others honored at Homecoming.


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