School, Sports, and Service

June, 2009

by Jennifer Philion


First-year student and women's basketball forward Alicia Doucet (left) teachers the finer - and funnier - points of basketball to local schoolgirls.

It’s an incredible balancing act, the life of a student-athlete. Even the term “student-athlete” implies as much.

Study groups and practices. Classes and competitions. Homework and workouts. And at Plymouth State University, student-athletes incorporate even more into the balance: community service. Read More

Karen Urciuoli ’98, ’01G Named Annual Gifts Officer

June, 2009

Karen Urciuoli. John Hession photo.

After earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Plymouth State, Karen Urciuoli is thrilled to return to her alma mater as a professional. Karen, whose career includes positions in special events and fundraising for non-profits in the Boston area, is impressed by the impact fellow alumni and friends of Plymouth State are making in lives of students. “It is amazing to witness the opportunities that are being made available to students, alumni, faculty, and staff,” she says. “I have a new appreciation for the influence that regular support of PSU can have on the lives of everyone on campus. It is wonderful to be here and I’m looking forward to expanding the impact the Tower Fund has on campus.”

Land and Sea

June, 2009

With the collaboration of a researcher in Newfoundland, Roland Barnaby ’63 developed a way to help keep porpoises safe from the dangers of gillnetting.

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Riding for Hope, Riding for Life

June, 2009

Alumni Spotlight

Paul Jenkins ’92


Jenkins (center with beard) with other riders, including event coordinator Frazier (third from right) and Kraus (far right).

Each summer for the past seven years, Paul Jenkins ’92 and Jim Frazier ’92 have saddled up with friends for a long weekend—a really long weekend—to raise money for the fight against children’s cancer.

Jenkins, a prosthetist and orthotist who lives in Strafford, NH, organized Ride for Hope, Ride for Life in 2002 with Frazier and high school friend David Kraus. The three-day, 250-plus-mile bicycle ride raises money for Boston Children’s Hospital, a leader in research and treatment of a childhood brain cancer known as medulloblastoma. Read More

An Enduring Legacy

June, 2009

Dennise Maslakowski

As a teacher, educational consultant, and associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, the late Dennise Maslakowski dedicated her career to inspiring and supporting teachers, colleagues, and students.

To honor Dennise’s legacy and her commitment to education, her family, friends, and colleagues have created the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund. Read More

Endowed Fund Created In Memory Of Dennise Maslakowski

June, 2009

Karen Redd '91 is the first recipient of the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship

The Plymouth State University community lost a beloved educator, mentor, colleague, and friend when Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies Dennise Maslakowski passed away on December 19, 2008 after a courageous struggle with cancer. She had spent more than three decades working in education, 25 of those years at Plymouth State.

To honor Maslakowski’s commitment to teaching and nurturing talented and dedicated educators, her family, friends, and colleagues established the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund. The endowed fund will provide scholarships each year to deserving New Hampshire residents enrolled in master’s or doctoral education programs in the College of Graduate Studies.

Karen Redd ’91, a graduate student pursuing her MEd in K-12 Education with a concentration in special education, is the first recipient of the Maslakowski scholarship. “I have wanted to work with kids in special education all my life,” says Redd, who was taught by Maslakowski as an undergraduate. “I’m very honored by this scholarship because it symbolizes Dennise.”