Ask the Pumpkin

October, 2004

Poet Rick Agran’s new children’s book, Pumpkin Shivaree (Handprint Press), tells the story of the transformation of a pumpkin from “a little silver seed” to full-grown pumpkin to jack o’lantern. As the jack o’lantern’s features are carved, the little pumpkin uses its newfound senses to discover the world around it. The story itself also went through a transformation: Agran began the story in college in 1986 as an interview with a pumpkin, a tell-all exposé. Over time the story was condensed into a poem, “Shivaree,” and gradually transformed into a children’s book. Agran collaborated with illustrator Sara Anderson for a year to create this lovely, vibrant edition. Agran, who has taught in PSU’s English department as well as for UNH, the College for Lifelong Learning and Thompson School of Applied Science, gave a reading of Pumpkin Shivaree for local children at the PSU Bookstore in October.—MLS

A Good Foundation

October, 2004

Joseph Phelan’s new book, A Dynamic Foundation for Fund Raising, (CASE) explains how a nonprofit institution can establish a foundation to raise, manage and administer financial and other gifts on its behalf. According to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), more than 4,000 foundations now serve educational institutions, museums and a wide variety of other nonprofit entities. The book provides detailed instructions and practices about the foundation organizing process. Phelan has spent his career serving America’s nonprofit community. He received the 2003 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Service Award. Phelan teaches in Plymouth State University’s English department.—MLS

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

October, 2004

Virginia Barry has a new title: provost and vice president for academic affairs. As the executive vice president of the University, the provost acts on behalf of the president in the president’s absence and exercises institutional responsibilities as delegated by the president. Read More

Firefighter

October, 2004
(left to right) standing are Bobbi Jo Adams, Mike Nachajski, Ben Chaffee, Charlie Barker ’98, John Lermann, Ryan Schruender. Kneeling are Chris Springer, Tom Beaumont and Joe Baumann. Photo courtesy of Bobbi Jo Adams.

(left to right) standing are Bobbi Jo Adams, Mike Nachajski, Ben Chaffee, Charlie Barker ’98, John Lermann, Ryan Schruender. Kneeling are Chris Springer, Tom Beaumont and Joe Baumann. Photo courtesy of Bobbi Jo Adams.

Being a firefighter becomes a part of who you are. You take something from every call that you go on. Sometimes it’s just a better method of connecting hose lines, and sometimes it’s the image of a patient’s face during that seemingly endless ambulance ride to the hospital. Read More

Making Movies that Really Move

October, 2004

by Terry Rayno

Gregg Seibert ’89 (left), Director of Photography Tony Flanagan and  skier Gareth Slattery film a scene at Cannon Mountain. Photo courtesy  of Gregg Seibert.
Gregg Seibert ’89 (left), Director of Photography Tony Flanagan and skier Gareth Slattery film a scene at Cannon Mountain. Photo courtesy of Gregg Seibert.

What’s a guy with a degree in marketing doing making ski films? Exactly what he always wanted to do.

Gregg Seibert, who graduated from Plymouth State in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business, is an independent producer with two films to his credit: Ravine (1998), a look at skiing at Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington, and A Perfect Run (2002), a dramatic film about a man seeking to recapture his youth on the slopes. For Seibert it is a chance to do his two favorite things—ski and make films. Read More

Mancala to Mandlebrot

October, 2004

6-60If you’re wondering what mancala and mandelbrot are, the students at Lin-Wood Elementary School in Lincoln, N.H., will proudly explain that mancala is the most popular board game in Kenya, and mandelbrot is a traditional Jewish almond cake. Thanks to a special partnership project between Plymouth State University and Lin-Wood Elementary School, these youngsters are learning about geography, world cultures and the day-to-day lives of their global neighbors. And they’re loving every minute of it. Read More

Teaching and Learning in Romania

October, 2004

by President Donald P. Wharton

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American studies, American style: President Wharton with his students at Babes-Bolyal University. Photo courtesy Donald Wharton.

In November, I had a unique opportunity to teach a weeklong seminar in American Studies to master’s level students in Romania at Babes-Bolyai University in the city of Cluj-Napoca. In addition to being the historic and cultural center of the region, Cluj is home to several universities, and students make up nearly one quarter of the city’s 400,000 residents. Read More

Konnichiwa, Japan!

October, 2004

PSU student Dan Moler spends a year at Tokyo International University

by Sabrina Blanco ’04

Dan Moler (standing) with his host family and an American friend during his internship at Toyko International University last academic year. Photo courtesy of Dan Moler.

Dan Moler (standing) with his host family and an American friend during his internship at Toyko International University last academic year. Photo courtesy of Dan Moler.

In August 2002, Dan Moler, a Plymouth State history major, landed in Kawagoe, Japan, for an internship at Tokyo International University.

Moler was one of only 25 college students from around the world accepted to the Japanese studies program, attending TIU and studying the Japanese language. Read More

My First Excavation

October, 2004

by Sabrina Blanco

Sabrina Blanco prepares to dig for buried treasure. Photo courtesy of David Starbuck.

Sabrina Blanco prepares to dig for buried treasure. Photo courtesy of David Starbuck.

Traveling south on Highway I-93, onto Exit 17, we entered the town of Boscawen, N.H. On this Sunday I joined Assistant Professor David Starbuck in an excavation to uncover historical artifacts near the oldest Boscawen household, dating back to the 1730s. Read More

A Scholar’s Journey

October, 2004

Barbara Lopez-Mayhew sees her doctoral thesis come to life.

A scene from La Traición en la Amistad performed by students from Oklahoma City University at the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, El Paso, Texas, March 2003. Photo by Ann Sherman  (Ann Sherman.photo.com).

A scene from La Traición en la Amistad performed by students from Oklahoma City University at the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, El Paso, Texas, March 2003. Photo by Ann Sherman (Ann Sherman.photo.com).

As a doctoral candidate in Hispanic literary studies at Boston College in the mid-1990s, concentrating on 16th and 17th century Spanish peninsular literature (known as the Golden Age), the choice of a thesis topic was not particularly easy. It appeared to me that everything had been said and analyzed up until then, with the exception of a handful of plays, or comedias, written by women who were slowly making their way into the literary canon. Read More