Message From the President

June, 2009
Sara Jayne Steen, President.  John Hession photo.

Sara Jayne Steen, President. John Hession photo.

When I speak about activities and achievements at PSU, I often begin with our mission and size: “Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university of 7,000 students: 3,000 graduate students and 4,000 undergraduates.” Then I explain what a regional comprehensive university is and how PSU lives its mission.

Plymouth State is a lively university with both liberal arts and professional programs across a range of fields. Our programs are characterized by first-rate teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, informed by dynamic research, scholarship, and creativity. PSU features engaged hands-on learning; faculty mentors work closely with students and actively seek opportunities for students to participate in research with community partners. Read More

Virginia Barry Named NH Education Commissioner

June, 2009

Former PSU educator and administrator Virginia Barry has been nominated by Governor John Lynch and approved by New Hampshire’s Executive Council  to be the state’s new commissioner of education. President Sara Jayne Steen praised Barry’s nomination, saying, “Virginia Barry will be a wonderful commissioner. She brings to the position leadership experience across the educational levels, knowledge of the state’s educational opportunities, and an energy and intelligence that will serve New Hampshire well.”

Most recently, Barry was a professor in PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. Previously, she served as the University’s acting president and provost and vice president for academic affairs. Barry has been widely recognized for her expertise in education, receiving PSU’s Harold E. Hyde Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, the College of Graduate Studies Award for Outstanding Transformational Leadership, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the New York State Award for Support of People with Disabilities.

Getting ‘Kids2College'

June, 2009

Nearly 30 sixth-graders from the Lincoln, NH, Lin-Wood Public School got an early taste of college life when they visited PSU as part of the Kids2College program in April.

Sponsored by the Sallie Mae Fund, a student loan program, Kids2College highlights the value and accessibility of a college education.

Gail Carr, director of Continuing Education at PSU’s Frost School, was excited to bring this program to the University for the first time. “If one student who thought he couldn’t go to college now knows he can, it’s worth it,” she says.

Lin-Wood teacher Kristie Morris says her students enjoyed visiting campus and learning about the possibilities of higher education. “We’re thankful and happy PSU coordinated with us on this program; it’s invaluable for the kids’ future.”

PSU President's Commission On The Status Of Women Honors Administrator And Student

June, 2009

A longtime administrator and a criminal justice major were honored at the annual PSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women awards ceremony in recognition of their work as advocates for women.

Athletic Director John P. Clark received the Theo Kalikow Award for his efforts in working toward the advancement of women at PSU, particularly in the field of athletics. Clark, who has been at PSU for more than four decades, says, “This means more to me than you can ever imagine. I respect, admire, and love Theo Kalikow.”

Harmony Reid, a criminal justice major, received the Powerful Outstanding Women Advocate (POWA) award for her work in helping victims of violence against women. Reid, a native of North Kingstown, RI, is an intern for the New Hampshire Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, tracking legislation at the New Hampshire State House. “My goal is to continue to work helping victims of sexual violence against women, because it is a huge problem for our society,” Reid says.

PSU Named To Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service

June, 2009

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Plymouth State University with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. PSU is one of only 83 schools nationwide and one of only two schools in New Hampshire to achieve this level of recognition in 2008. Says Provost Julie Bernier, “Every year, hundreds of Plymouth State University students commit thousands of volunteer hours for community service … because giving back to the community is something they care about. It’s part of the Plymouth State culture.”

Graduate Student’s Research Earns National Recognition

June, 2009

Nick Stevenson

Nick Stevenson, a student in the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program, recently won the 2009 Student Poster Competition at the National Water Conference in St. Louis, MO, with his poster, “Changing Homeowners’ Lawn Care Behavior to Reduce Nutrient Losses in New England’s Urbanizing Watersheds: The Role of  Social Science.” Stevenson’s poster, which was selected from a field of nearly 40 posters submitted by master’s and doctoral students nationwide, highlights a multi-year project to protect water quality by reducing homeowners’ over-fertilization of lawns.

NH Judges Discuss Criminal Justice Hot Topics With PSU Students

June, 2009

A distinguished panel of judges from across New Hampshire gathered at PSU in February for a discussion of issues facing the state and federal judicial systems. Steven McAuliffe, chief judge of the federal district court of New Hampshire, spoke to a standing-room-only audience in Heritage Hall about the federal system of sentencing guidelines, leading into a discussion with panelists William Batchelder, retired New Hampshire Supreme Court justice; Timothy Vaughan, New Hampshire superior court judge; and Edwin Kelly, head administrative judge in New Hampshire district court.

Discussing the number of citizens currently in jail in the United States—recent figures show one in 100 adults is incarcerated—the judges called for creativity and balance in the penal system. Batchelder raised the stakes even higher, citing the famous judicial standard that “the harm to be perceived defines the duty to be obeyed.” According to the retired justice, “We have a lot of people in prison—too many—and we need to decide why people should really be there.”

Green Alert

June, 2009

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Student Assistance Programs (SAP): Concepts, Methods and a Theory of Organization

June, 2009

pub_sapFrancis Williams, professor of Criminal Justice

Student assistance programs are designed to identify, assess, and refer youth who are exhibiting problem behaviors to both internal and external resources. They provide a link between community resources and schools to help meet the needs of students and their families. In his book, Williams examines three SAP models implemented in 18 New Hampshire schools from an organizational perspective, assesses their performance, and shares the lessons learned.

Teaching Adventure Education Theory: Best Practices

June, 2009

pub_adventureEdited by Bob Stremba and Christian Bisson, professor of Adventure Education

This text offers activities instructors can use to assist future adventure educators, outdoor leaders, and group facilitators in making the connections between adventure theory and practice. “The purpose of this book was to encourage our colleagues to create classroom experiences as involving as their outdoor experiences,” notes Bisson, a professor of adventure education who edited the text with former PSU adventure education faculty member Robert Stremba.