A Campus Role Model

October, 2008

by Bill Laforme

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Diane Tiffany. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.

“This is who I am, this is what I do.”

These words sum up Diane Tiffany’s approach to public service. Tiffany, a gift processor in the Advancement Office since 1997, loves how volunteering allows her to meet people on campus, especially students. Over the years, her longtime personal philosophy of “do no harm” has evolved into one of actively serving her community.

While growing up in Concord, NH, Tiffany’s parents were strong public service role models. Her mother, Nell Thompson Tillotson ’46, was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and her father did frequent service work as a member of the Masons. Tiffany was active in her church, in Girl Scouts, and in the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a service organization for daughters of Masonic lodge members Read More

Keeping Dance on Its Toes

October, 2008

by Barbra Alan

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Amanda Whitworth. Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox.

If you mistake Amanda Whitworth for a student, no one could blame you. Beyond her youthful appearance is a boundless energy, vivacious personality, and eagerness to change the world—all qualities that will serve her well in her new role as director of– PSU’s dance program.

It’s a role not altogether unfamiliar to Whitworth, who has served as interim director of dance for the past year during founding director Joan Wiegers’ sabbatical. During what she characterizes as a “crazy but wonderful year,” Whitworth introduced several innovations and collaborations that have enhanced the dance program. Read More

A New Direction

October, 2008

Joan Wiegers looks back on the program she created and ahead to new challenges.

by Barbra Alan

A new direction

Joan Wiegers

According to Joan Wiegers, founding director of the dance program at Plymouth State University, dance “was something that was in my soul—I was born with this desire [to dance].” While she took dance classes off and on throughout her childhood and adolescence, she deferred her dream of pursuing dance full time in favor of earning a college degree. “I came from a family where you had to get a degree before you did something ‘frivolous’ like dance,” Wiegers notes. Read More

Revising the Past

October, 2008

by Stacey G. Yap

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At the top of the steps lies the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh, viewed by many Vietnamese as nothing more than a pawn of the French. Photo courtesy of Stacey Yap.

Almost every year my family and I take turns choosing summer vacation destinations to explore while visiting relatives in Asia. This year it was my turn. Because Asia’s rapid economic development has changed or, in some cases, totally wiped out the places I used to visit (like Malaysia’s Rantau Abang beach, where I once watched large numbers of leatherback turtles coming ashore to lay eggs before sunrise), I try to visit cultural and natural sites before economic development alters them.

While some people refer to Patricia Schultz’s book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die when deciding on their next vacation spot, I look to UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List as my travel guide. The list comprises more than 800 sites of cultural or natural significance in 145 countries around the world. This year, I chose to visit two of Vietnam’s UNESCO world heritage sites: the old imperial capital Hué, which was inscribed on the list in 1993, and the ancient town of Hoi An, a well-preserved traditional Asian trading port, inscribed in 1999 Read More

Higher Education in Plymouth

October, 2008

archives2The First Hundred Years




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The Business of Learning

October, 2008

business of learningKeith Markley `81 gives students the chance to apply classroom lessons in the real world.

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Celebrating a Century of Women’s Athletics

October, 2008

Highlights of a proud tradition.

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A HUB of Activity

October, 2008

HUB 2More than just a place to socialize, the Hartman Union Building helps shape the PSU Experience.

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Van Hartman: The Man Behind the Name

October, 2008

Van HartmanHow many students and staff walk into the HUB each day without knowing much about the man whose name graces their union building?

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A Day in the Life of the HUB

October, 2008

Scott Jarvis Photo.There is no “typical day” at the HUB. But if there were, it would look something like this...

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