Visionary PSU Alumnus Donates $1 Million

March, 2005

presI’m very pleased to share with you the news of Plymouth State University’s first $1 million gift. As exciting as it is to reach this milestone, I am even more pleased that this gift has come from a member of the PSU family. Read More

Phind Phil!

March, 2005

philAs you can see, PSU Information Technologist Phil Haskell ’81 is proud to promote Plymouth State University all around the state.

Be one of the first 30 people to spot Phil’s GO2PSU license plate at least 15 miles away from the town of Plymouth and win a Plymouth State University window decal for your own car. You’ll also be entered in a drawing for a fabulous PSU sweat shirt. Send us an e-mail (msantore@plymouth.edu) or give us a call (603-535-2276) letting us know precisely where and when you saw Phil’s car. Don’t forget to tell us who you are and how to get in touch with you! And if you send in a useable photo of Phil’s car with license plate showing, we’ll include it in the next issue of Plymouth Magazine

Things Have Changed at Boston Latin

March, 2005

Things Have Changed at Boston Latin

There has been a flurry of activity on the Boston Latin School blsparents listserv ever since one parent discovered the delightful and informative article in your Winter issue, “The Case of James Edward Wright” by Rebecca Noel. It reminded many of us that as parents we are as concerned about how to protect our children’s health and provide them with the “proper” outdoor activities as we are with their education, whether you live in the 21st century or around the mid 19th century. Read More

Keeping in Touch

March, 2005

Just read the winter Plymouth Magazine—almost all of it. Very impressive. Someday hope to return for a visit—haven’t been back since I graduated in 1969. Keep up the great efforts. Thanks.

Alex Somers ’69
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

Long Memories Wanted

March, 2005

My purpose in writing is to congratulate you and your staff on the production of a readable, informative and bright magazine. The articles bring back memories of my year at Plymouth and old friends and alumni. Oh yes, we did live and work in the state for almost 40 years after graduation. Never did get that M.Ed.

In another direction! Is there any way for an intern to ascertain who or when the first student of African or American Indian ethnicity attended the college?

Samuel W. Smith ’55G
Las Vegas, Nev.

In our Summer 2003 issue of Plymouth Magazine in the article “Going First” we introduced Ted Parker ’60, who was the first male African American student at Plymouth. He mentioned Rachel Millard as the first female African American student. He also noted that there were a number of students from Africa here during his time. Unfortunately, PSU no longer has records of who the first African or the first Native American students at Plymouth were. If we have any readers who can help us out on these points, we’d love to hear from you.—Editor

In the Wake of the Tsunami

March, 2005
Khao Lak, Thailand, December 30, 2004. Bodies are wrapped in white plastic to help prevent the spread of disease. Tracks in the soil are from heavy machinery used to clean up the twisted metal pieces that were once homes. “This particular place was low-lying, and immediately north and south there were storm-water drains going out to sea,” says Gaye Gould. “Clearly the tsunami just took the paths of least resistance and devastated this area.” Photo courtesy of Gaye Gould.

Khao Lak, Thailand, December 30, 2004. Bodies are wrapped in white plastic to help prevent the spread of disease. Tracks in the soil are from heavy machinery used to clean up the twisted metal pieces that were once homes. “This particular place was low-lying, and immediately north and south there were storm-water drains going out to sea,” says Gaye Gould. “Clearly the tsunami just took the paths of least resistance and devastated this area.” Photo courtesy of Gaye Gould.

At 9 a.m. on December 26, PSU Assistant Professor of English Gaye Gould and her son were on a flight bound from New Zealand via Singapore to Phuket, Thailand. Her family owns a home in Phuket in a resort development known as Laguna. As she occupied herself with thoughts of meeting her husband and daughter there for a family holiday, a wall of water of inconceivable force was crashing on the shores of Thailand. Read More

There Were 21 Students from Plymouth

March, 2005

This fall, 21 first-year students from PSU spent their first semester adjusting to college life. They adapted to cooking their own meals, the habits of housemates, rigorous classes and lots of late nights spent studying or hanging out with new friends. For this group of students though, the scenery was a little different. Instead of looking out their dorm room window toward the Rounds Hall clock tower, they saw the banks of the Shannon River and the ancient city of Limerick, Ireland. Read More

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

March, 2005

“Mi casa es su casa” has become a common phrase in mainstream America, but for Mexican-Americans, it reflects true hospitality and is more than just a saying. That’s just one of the many lessons eight Plymouth State University students learned during a 16-day trip to New Mexico in January. Read More

PSU Students Trade Universities

March, 2005

From small town New Hampshire, they headed off to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New Orleans and even the Virgin Islands, where study opportunities, new friends and culture shocks awaited. Twenty undergraduates participated in the National Student Exchange program this academic year, making Plymouth’s first year as a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) a success. Read More

Behind the Scenes at the Emelin Theatre

March, 2005

Peter Drexel’s motto is “Practice What You Teach.” Last summer and fall at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Drexel spent his sabbatical living that motto. Read More