Sharing Her Heritage

March, 2005

For graduate student Terrie Drew, “my family” is “my culture.”

by Michele Barney Hutchins

Terrie Drew with her great-grandmother Madeline Knockwood's hand-beaded dress. Photo by John Hession.

Terrie Drew with her great-grandmother Madeline Knockwood's hand-beaded dress. Photo by John Hession.

Toboggan—not only is it a New England icon, but it is a New England term. However, its origin might surprise you. It comes from the Mi’ kmaq’ or Micmac word taba’gan. As we all know, it is a flat sled with its signature curve at the front end, used to slide down a snow-covered slope. It is just one example of how our collective heritage links the present to the past, and just by looking in our own backyard, we find we are surrounded by riches. Read More

Protecting New Hampshire’s Lands: A Voice for Stewardship

March, 2005

by Kathy Henderson ’99

Richard Ober '83 near his home in Hillsboro, NH.Photo by John Hession.

Richard Ober '83 near his home in Hillsboro, NH.Photo by John Hession.

When it comes to the intimate connection between the land and the people who use it, few understand the delicate balance of their co-existence better than Richard Ober ’83. And when it comes to raising public awareness of this symbiotic relationship and the impact they have on each other, he has a compelling way of putting it into words. Read More

A Life Preserved

March, 2005

by Paul Mroczka

Henry Clay Barnabee as the Sheriff of Nottingham, from the cover of his autobiography My Wanderings (Chapple Publishing Co., Ltd., 1913)

Henry Clay Barnabee as the Sheriff of Nottingham, from the cover of his autobiography My Wanderings (Chapple Publishing Co., Ltd., 1913)

Henry Clay Barnabee graced the American musical stage for close to 50 years, earning the title, “the Dean of Comic Opera.” That was over a century ago—the comedian and manager’s star has since dimmed.

About 15 years ago, I learned about Barnabee from Sherman Pridham, then director of the Portsmouth Public Library. He described an extensive private theatre collection that had been sitting dormant in the library’s third-floor attic for over 50 years. I was interested, but four years passed before I ventured up the winding staircase. Read More

Finding Their Inner Artists

March, 2005

by Kristin Proulx Jarvis

Associate Professor of Art Education Cynthia Vascak. Photo by John Hession.

Associate Professor of Art Education Cynthia Vascak. Photo by John Hession.

Sketching plant life during a nature hike. Creating a bright mural of undersea creatures. Learning geometry by recreating Picasso or Kandinsky. Letting paintings, drawings and collages inspire the writing process. Improving reading skills with rhythm and music. Mastering the events of the Civil Rights era through dramatic performance. Read More

Net Champions

March, 2005

by Kent Cherrington

PSU Women's tennis team (top) and team member Rachel Xavier. PSU Women's volleyball team with Coach Moira Long at far left, and team members Becky Ciulla (number 25) and Kelly Landry ( number 14)

PSU Women's tennis team (top) and team member Rachel Xavier. PSU Women's volleyball team with Coach Moira Long at far left, and team members Becky Ciulla (number 25) and Kelly Landry ( number 14)

Plymouth State has had strong athletic teams, particularly in the fall, for decades. The football program dominated New England in the 1980s and ’90s, and the field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer teams have enjoyed regional and national success as far back as the 1970s.

Two Panther teams not normally in the spotlight took over the headlines in the fall of 2004. The Plymouth State women’s tennis and women’s volleyball programs achieved the primary goal of most PSU teams—capturing the Little East Conference Championship. Read More

Mother Knows Best

March, 2005

by Kristin Proulx Jarvis

Karen Mitchell O'Shaughnessy '80 with sons Patrick (L) and Brian (R) in Mary Lyon Hall. Photo by John Hession.

Karen Mitchell O'Shaughnessy '80 with sons Patrick (L) and Brian (R) in Mary Lyon Hall. Photo by John Hession.

When Karen Mitchell O’Shaughnessy ’80 was at Plymouth State, students went to Friday night dances at Speare, the drinking age was 18 and hardly anyone on campus had a car. Dorms weren’t coed, Biederman’s was called the Cellar Pub and the bookstore sold t-shirts and mugs bearing the name “Plymouth State College.” Read More

Aaron Webster ’89: Now Hear This

March, 2005

by Terry Rayno

Aaron Webster ’89 (far left) and cameraman Steve Cocklin recreate a scene from the 2004 Tsunami in Phuket, Thailand for the Discovery Channel. “The little girl in the picture was stranded on the back of an elephant that, running away from the approaching water, saved her life,” says Webster. Photo courtesy of Aaron Webster.

Aaron Webster ’89 (far left) and cameraman Steve Cocklin recreate a scene from the 2004 Tsunami in Phuket, Thailand for the Discovery Channel. “The little girl in the picture was stranded on the back of an elephant that, running away from the approaching water, saved her life,” says Webster. Photo courtesy of Aaron Webster.

If you’ve listened to political interviews or watched breaking news on CNN or NBC or if you’ve tuned into ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, you’ve heard the handy work of freelance soundman Aaron Webster. For nearly six years, Webster has worked with reporters covering the news in the nation’s capital and has traveled the world working on shows for National Geographic, Dateline, 60 Minutes and Discovery Network. Read More

From the PSUAA President

March, 2005

10-196Hello fellow Plymouth Alumni!

In my role as PSUAA president, I have been involved with leading the organization and promoting advocacy for Plymouth State University. I have attended many meetings on your behalf, both on campus and at the State House in Concord. Vice President Scott Tierno has been working to implement the new action plan—we are in the first year of a three-year plan. Barry Ross, financial coordinator, has been reviewing our current affinity marketing programs, investigating new ones and creating an affinity marketing sponsorship packet. Scott Reynolds heads up an ad hoc committee to develop a PSUAA New Board Member Orientation Program. Read More

Find Yourself at Plymouth

March, 2005

and find your friends, too!

At one time, you may have come to Plymouth State to “find yourself.” Now you can come back to our NEW Alumni Online Community at myPlymouth and find yourself all over again. myPlymouth is a password-protected service that gives alumni online access to personal and University services like those mentioned below—any time, any where. Get your username and password to gain access to an ever-expanding suite of personal services designed with you in mind, such as: Read More

In Memoriam

March, 2005

1926

Rena Cameron Landman, January 3, 2005, Concord, N.H.

1932

Alice Desprez Leblanc, October 2004, Nashua, N.H.
Doris Forbes, March 7, 2004, Homer, N.Y.
1933

Kathryn Tebbetts, October 25, 2004, Nashua, N.H.
Mary Tobin Dominick, December 16, 2004, Manchester, N.H.
1934     

Elizabeth “Betty” Dexter Fletcher, November 25, 2004 1938
Barbara Tracy Cross, October 8, 2004, North Conway, N.H.
Dorothy Ellison Wright, November 25, 2004, Hanover, Mass.
Helen Peasley Meader, December 23, 2004, Lewiston, Maine
1941     

Grace Holt Campbell, November 11, 2002, Rittman, Ohio.
1946     

Elizabeth Brackett Webber, April 23, 2004.
Gertrude Brown Barron, January 3, 2005, Bedford, Mass.
1947     

Barbara Tobin Bassett, 2002
Phyllis Willey, 2004
1950   

Paul Lester, December 21, 2004
1958   

Carol Cuttitta, November 3, 2004, Stamford, Conn.
1959     

Elizabeth Newton Cosby, January 2, 2005, Nashua, N.H.
1961   

Helen Oroski, November 3, 2004, Portsmouth, N.H.
1965     

Glenda White Schneider, November 6, 2004, Batavia, Ill.
1967

Diane Dickinson Wilson, November 26, 2004, Wallingford and Ellsworth, Maine.
1968     

Theodore Wells Jr., December 23, 2004

1970

Ronald Winot, October 17, 2004, Rutland, Vt.
Charles Begin, July 16, 2004, Boothbay, Maine
1972     

Hugh Bennett, February 14, 2003, Atlanta, Ga.
1975

Frederick Toll, December 11, 2004, Laconia, N.H.
1976     

Isaac Ake, June 1, 2002.
1978     

Mary Louise Canning, December 20, 1996, Hyannis, Mass.
1981   

Peter Kania, November 3, 2004, Alton, N.H.
1986

John Loughlin, October 18, 2004