In January 2005, President Donald P. Wharton welcomed Dr. Octave Houdegbe to PSU. Houdegbe studied political science at Plymouth State with Professor Peng-Khuan Chong from 1973 to 1975. Houdegbe says he longed to visit his “favorite college” again, so when President Wharton issued an invitation to visit PSU, he gladly accepted. The two presidents initiated discussions about possible faculty and student exchanges. Read More
by Marcia L. Santore
Last fall, Carrie Long went to first grade and made a new friend. Each semester, the students in Associate Professor Gerry Buteau’s Language and Literacy Development in Young Children course, like Carrie (a junior early childhood studies major), participate in a pen pal project with the first, second and third graders at Russell Elementary School in Rumney, N.H. Read More
by Terry Rayno
Plymouth State University’s business department takes the University’s role as a regional university very seriously. At the graduate and the undergraduate levels, students in the program have provided businesses in the state with expert help in many areas. Read More
Liz Ahl (English) read her poetry on WSCA-FM, Portsmouth Community Radio, in February. Read More
The Scandal of Reason: or Shadow of God by PSU Professor of Philosophy David F. Haight and his wife, independent scholar Marjorie A. Haight, was published in January 2004 by the University Press of America, which says, “By turning the classical arguments for God’s existence on their head, David and Marjorie Haight present original arguments for the existence of the devil in order to reveal a cosmic ‘God beyond Goddiness’ or the God beyond good and evil, which reconciles Divinity with its Shadow. The consequences of doing so cast light on the mysteries and problems of evil, divine predication, universals, time and eternity, the highest good, mind and body, personal immortality and the philosophical foundations of science. This superunification of the most fundamental concepts in philosophy, cosmology, quantum-relativity physics, chaos theory, biology, religion, ethics and even poetry anticipates a grand Theory of Everything.”
Professor of Art Annette Mitchell has released a new DVD and video based on her book, Foam Is where the Art Is-New Ways to Print. Both are approximately 106 minutes long and feature beautifully photographed instruction of Mitchell’s printmaking method using polystyrene foam. Says Mitchell, “They demonstrate many processes for creating fine art archival prints without expensive equipment-an attractive process to studio artists and schools working within limited budgets.” Mitchell’s formal training was in traditional printmaking techniques such as stone lithography, etching and aquatint, and she applied that knowledge to contemporary materials, resulting in a method quickly embraced by colleagues and students. For additional information on the process, visit www.foamiswheretheartis.com.
In his new book, Kenneth Burke’s Logology and Literary Criticism (Xlibris, 2004), Robert Garlitz, professor of English, studies four essays on logology and argues that they show us more clearly than many of Burke’s other writings the analogical forms of thought that shape Burke’s contributions to 20th century American letters. Writer, critic and theorist Kenneth Burke (1897-1993) engaged questions in nearly every field of knowledge and studied the ways language and literature relate to symbolic action in all aspects of life. His works have influenced the fields of aesthetics, ethics, rhetoric, communication, semiotics and sociology, as well as literary studies. (The cover art, shown here, is a detail from Garlitz’s acrylic painting “Osmoid.”) A Scholar’s Journey Completed Barbara Lopez-Mayhew, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the foreign language department, has published her monograph La Traición en la Amistad (Juan de la Cuesta, 2003) based on her research into this 17th century play by María de Zayas y Sotomayor. (Translated, the title is Friendship Betrayed.) Lopez-Mayhew wrote about her research on this long-forgotten playwright and the first productions of the play, which finally took place in the 21st century, for the Winter 2004 issue of Plymouth Magazine in “A Scholar’s Journey.”
Ogilvy Music of Denton, Texas recently published an arrangement for digital keyboard orchestra and two pianos of Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. PSU Professor of Music Carleen Graff arranged 11 of the 14 pieces in the set and PSU junior music technology major Carl Wishneusky arranged the remaining three. The arrangement was performed at Plymouth State in May 2003, with Wishneusky and Angela Olszta, senior piano performance and pedagogy major at PSU, as featured pianists. Says Graff, “Digital keyboard orchestras have been around for about 10 years, but are still in their infancy. The Midwest has many more than New England. … I don’t think other countries even have these orchestras yet.”
by Marcia Santore
Some of Leo Sandy’s favorite students are behind bars. Once a month, PSU Professor of Counselor Education Leo Sandy presents one of 21 different parenting workshops to the inmates at the Lakes Region Facility, a medium-security state prison in Laconia, N.H.
The workshops cover a wide variety of parenting issues, from ages and stages, to conflict resolution and problem solving, to how to move beyond corporal punishment, to bullying, to fathering. They are offered as part of a parenting program sponsored by the Family Connections Center at the Lakes Region Facility. The facility housed both men and women until July 2004; now all the inmates are male. Read More
by Angela Matthews
It takes teamwork to make a marriage. Just ask John ’85 and Carrie Morgridge. From workday to family life John and Carrie do all of it together, without traditional gender roles and stereotypes getting in the way. Read More