Reforming Education One Student at a Time

October, 2004
Student teacher Amber Stark ’03 with a student at Bristol Elementary School.  Photo by Peter Finger.

Student teacher Amber Stark ’03 with a student at Bristol Elementary School. Photo by Peter Finger.

John Graziano came to the Newfound Area School District (serving the towns of Alexandria, Bristol, Danbury, Bridgewater, Groton, Hebron and New Hampton, N.H.) as a superintendent in July 2001, looking for what he calls a philosophical match between his approach to education and the district’s existing strengths. “What I found when I came here was a wonderful sense of doing right for kids and a wonderful sense of community. There were great people offering great programs, but all the pieces didn’t fit the whole. The challenge was to provide people with a pathway to make it all come together.” Read More

Found in Translation

October, 2004

From Pakistan to Plymouth, Teachers Share a Common Language Read More

Sense of Purpose

October, 2004

For Nick Vailas ’76, helping athletes is a way of life.

Nick Vailas ’76 in The Fitness Network health club, which he founded. Photo by John Hession.

Nick Vailas ’76 in The Fitness Network health club, which he founded. Photo by John Hession.

When he talks about his life, Nick Vailas ’76 frequently uses the word “blessed.” He is one of those rare people who can find the good in even the most trying circumstances.

Vailas was raised in Manchester, N.H., the second son of Panagiota Vailas, a Greek immigrant who raised five sons on her own while working in a shoe factory after her husband, Christos, abandoned the family and returned to Greece. Read More

Kent State and Plymouth State: A Memoir

October, 2004

by Steve Eastman ’71

Steve Eastman ’71 (left) and Steve Gesing ’73 today, in the new auditorium, pose with a remnant of old Boyd Hall. Photo by Alan MacRae.

Steve Eastman ’71 (left) and Steve Gesing ’73 today, in the new auditorium, pose with a remnant of old Boyd Hall. Photo by Alan MacRae.

I had been elected president of the Plymouth State Student Senate the last week of April 1970 and was preparing to run my first student government meeting on Tuesday, May 4, when a group of my schoolmates told me that students at Kent State University had been shot by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest and that we had to do something. Read More

Four Alumni Honored for Exceptional Service by PSUAA

October, 2004
At the Alumni Day awards presentation (from top to bottom):  James B. Moore ’93, Alumni Achievement Award; Gwen  Paquette, Alumni Achievement Award in honor of her late husband, Nelson Paquette ’64 (with President Donald P. Wharton);  Joseph D. McCool ’91, 2004 Distinguished Alumni Service  award; and Kenneth B. Williams ’75, 2004 Ut Prosim Award (also with  President Wharton). Photos by Charley Freiberg.

At the Alumni Day awards presentation (from top to bottom): James B. Moore ’93, Alumni Achievement Award; Gwen Paquette, Alumni Achievement Award in honor of her late husband, Nelson Paquette ’64 (with President Donald P. Wharton); Joseph D. McCool ’91, 2004 Distinguished Alumni Service award; and Kenneth B. Williams ’75, 2004 Ut Prosim Award (also with President Wharton). Photos by Charley Freiberg.

Four alumni were honored for exceptional service on Alumni Day 2004 at a luncheon hosted by the Plymouth State University Alumni Association (PSUAA). James B. Moore ’93 of Methuen, Mass., and the late Nelson L. Paquette ’63, formerly of Chelmsford, Mass., were awarded Alumni Achievement Awards for their many contributions to Plymouth State and the alumni association. Read More

A View from Russell House Windows

October, 2004

by Joe Long, Director of Alumni Relations

Often times we forget. We get so tied up in our everyday lives that we simply forget. We have responsibilities that seem to get in the way. There is the ever-present “Honey Do’ list that we never seem to complete. There is the job that seems to take up more and more of our day. And there is time. Time always gets in the way. Over time, we begin to forget. Read More

New Arrivals

October, 2004

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Sarah Ruth Hunton, a daughter born to Robert and Laura Stuhl Hunton, November 18, 2003 Read More

Marriages

October, 2004

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Rosemarie Urban to Peter Shajenko Jr., January 31, 2004 Read More

From the PSUAA President

October, 2004

I began this column 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean returning from Australia. As I sat at my laptop, I reflected on the whirlwind my life has been lately, and how almost every part of it involves Plymouth in some way. Read More

Class Notes

October, 2004

Compiled by Bobbi Jo Adams ’05 and Sonia Trudell ’04, Office of Alumni Relations, Class Notes Intern. Read More