An Icy Reception

March, 2011

Mark Okrant, professor of tourism management

An Icy Reception is the third book in Okrant’s Kary Turnell mystery series, in which the setting is always one of the main characters. “The venues featured in An Icy Reception are places I have visited: the desolate Arctic coast of Baffin Island, and the communities of Iqaluit, Kimmirut, and Kinngait, otherwise known as Cape Dorset,” says Okrant, who has journeyed to the Arctic six times over the course of his 40 years of studying the region. “My dear friend John Houston is the son of James Houston, who inspired the arts cooperative movement in the Canadian Arctic. In 2006, John invited me to be part of a group that traveled to Kinngait on the Explorer, where James’ ashes were to be scattered. I decided to write An Icy Reception immediately upon learning that the Explorer sank after striking an iceberg in Antarctica in November 2007. Completing the book meant a great deal to me on a number of levels.”

Wanderings of a Spanish Adventurer: Valle-Inclán’s 1910 Tour of South America

March, 2011

Virginia Garlitz, professor emerita of Spanish

In her book, Garlitz retraces the steps of the leader of Spanish Modernist literature in the first part of the twentieth century, Ramón María Valle-Inclán (1866-1936) during the tour he made with the theatre company of María Guerrero and Fernando Diaz de Mendoza, the most prestigious Spanish actors of their time. The book illustrates how the lectures that Valle gave in the 17 months he and his actress wife Josefina Blanco traveled through Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile reveal the seeds of his most important work on esthetics, La Lámpara Maravillosa (The Marvelous Lamp, 1916).

Garlitz, who taught Spanish language, culture, and literature at PSU from 1972 to 2003, did research for her book in the spring of 1998 on a sabbatical trip sponsored in part by the Program for Cultural Cooperation of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture and US Universities. It was during that trip that she discovered many previously unknown documents, interviews, and caricatures concerning Valle-Inclán that provided the foundation for the book.

“I was inspired to write about Valle-Inclán’s trip to South America because so little was known about it,” Garlitz says. “Since 1910 was a very important time for Valle when he was developing one of his key works, I knew there had to be more to the story.”

Nick Sevigney, Artist and Teacher

March, 2011

PSU Professor of Ceramics Nick Sevigney helps students find their artistic voices while nurturing on his own.

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Faculty Focus: Marianne True

March, 2011

True talks about her passion for teaching and her inspiration for giving her students a voice in their education.

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Faisal Al-Dawoud: From Saudi Arabia to PSU

March, 2011

Faisal Al-Dawoud was offered a job by a Saudi Arabian insurance company on one condition: That he leave friends and family behind in Saudi Arabia and come to America to learn English and earn a business degree.

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Second Nature

March, 2011

A new study investigates potential impacts of second homes in the Northern Forest.

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Citizen Science

March, 2011

How a group of science-savvy volunteers is working to keep their local river healthy—with a little help from PSU.

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Behind the Major: Athletic Training

March, 2011

This major gives students an intense, hands-on educational experience.

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Strength in Numbers

March, 2011

PSU joins forces with other New Hampshire colleges and universities to strengthen biomedical research infrastructure statewide.

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From the President’s Council

March, 2011

 

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As chair of the President’s Council, the volunteer body that seeks support for Plymouth State University, I am proud to report the great momentum developing among alumni, parents, and other supporters to secure the institution’s foundation and build its future.

In the fall, we proudly marked the official opening of the Plymouth State University Welcome Center and Ice Arena, Phase I of the Center for Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell). We believe it to be the most visible sign of how philanthropy is transforming the face of PSU. Stop by to see many names of donors represented on seats, lockers, rooms, and spaces, and especially in the Hanaway Rink and the Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center.

Many other recent gifts also are expanding the quality and scope of educational experiences PSU is providing. From scholarships and professorships, to program funds, to annual support for the Tower Fund, alumni and friends are stepping forward to provide for faculty and staff development, enhanced student life, and a more beautiful campus.

In the coming year, you will see fundraising efforts focusing on the much-anticipated Museum of the White Mountains, on athletics programs and health initiatives, and endowed professorships and scholarships.

There has never been a more exciting and vital time on campus as the work of so many alumni, parents, and friends comes together in support of Plymouth State. We hope you will join us as we gather the financial and volunteer resources that will keep the University moving forward.

Thank you for all you do for PSU.

Wallace R. Stevens ’62,
Chair, President’s Council

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