The Weather’s Fine for Kim Jeffs

October, 2004
Kim Jeffs demonstrates her style. Photo by Advanced Photo.

Kim Jeffs demonstrates her style. Photo by Advanced Photo.

When most college softball players think about the weather, they’re wondering if the rain will stop so they can get today’s game in, or if the sun will be in their eyes on the pop-ups. Kim Jeffs thinks about the weather because, well, she’d rather think about weather than just about anything else.

A junior meteorology major, Jeffs is the ace of the pitching staff for the Plymouth State softball team. Jeffs is not your average pitcher, though. She’s earned Third Team and First Team All-America honors her first two seasons at PSU, leading the nation in Division III in strikeouts both seasons. She was in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section two years ago after she led the nation in strikeouts as a first-year student. She’s set dozens of school records as well as a few NCAA national records for strikeouts and in fact, she’s on track to strike out more batters than anyone who’s ever pitched at an NCAA Division III school—all before the end of her junior year. Read More

Black Box Madness

October, 2004
A scene from Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco, performed by PSU theatre students during “Black Box Madness.” (Left to right) Queen Marguerite (Michelle Miller) and nurse Juliette (Crystal Mackey) look on as the invalid King (John Phipps) is comforted by the Doctor (Brandon Heath) and Queen Marie (Nina Livellara). Photo courtesy of Andrew F. Mannone.

A scene from Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco, performed by PSU theatre students during “Black Box Madness.” (Left to right) Queen Marguerite (Michelle Miller) and nurse Juliette (Crystal Mackey) look on as the invalid King (John Phipps) is comforted by the Doctor (Brandon Heath) and Queen Marie (Nina Livellara). Photo courtesy of Andrew F. Mannone.

It’s academic.” That’s a phrase we hear quite a bit. But when it comes to theatre at Plymouth State University, it’s easy to apply.

“From the theoretical aspect comes the actual doing. Production time isn’t an excuse for not doing academic work. Theatre uses, to a varying degree, every area of academic study offered at Plymouth State,” says Paul Mroczka, director of theatre. The boundary between academics and production is permeable, however, and the two aspects of theatre experience at PSU overlap. A recent production, Black Box Madness, is a good example. Read More

A Gem of an Intern

October, 2004
PSU senior art history major Chris Greene researches an upcoming exhibition.

PSU senior art history major Chris Greene researches an upcoming exhibition.

Chris Greene has seen a side of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) that most museum patrons never do. As a volunteer intern during the summer of 2003, he spent his time behind the scenes, learning how exhibitions are put together from the ground up.

“I gained a unique understanding of the MFA’s inner workings at the beginning of the project, as well as a heightened awareness of politics in a museum environment, and how it influences the everyday operations,” says Greene, a senior art history major and painting minor. Read More

Where in the World Is the President?

October, 2004

Following the “good counsel” of the faculty on the value of a sabbatical, President Donald P. Wharton requested and was approved to take a sabbatical of his own.

The USNH trustees approved Wharton’s sabbatical in two parts. November 2003 through January 2004, and July and August 2004, to accommodate his goals and to meet the needs of the institution. During this time, Wharton will: Read More

A Different View of Privilege

October, 2004
Students from Kearsarge Arts Theatre and the Masiphumelele primary school have fun getting to know each other. Photo courtesy Dan Perkins.

Students from Kearsarge Arts Theatre and the Masiphumelele primary school have fun getting to know each other. Photo courtesy Dan Perkins.

“We got off the bus in Soweto having just come from Johannesburg. The extreme poverty was obvious. We walked through a shantytown, one home after another, no bigger than this office (nine by 12 feet),” says Dick Hage, vice president for student affairs. “Outside of the stadium we heard our group being announced. We held hands and ran single file through a crowd of South Africans that parted like the Red Sea as we made our way into the stadium. Everyone was cheering and clapping, it was amazing. You couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of the moment.” Read More

Minding Her Business

October, 2004

Susan Noble Losapio ’83 Named New Hampshire Women in Business Advocate of the Year.

6-75Businesswoman, mentor, volunteer, advocate. Since graduating from Plymouth State 20 years ago, Susan Losapio has become one of the most familiar and respected business professionals in New Hampshire’s Seacoast region. In 1994, she founded Losapio Training and Consulting Read More

All Rise . . .

October, 2004
Photo by Alan MacRae.

Photo by Alan MacRae.

Do you enjoying tearing lawyers apart? Is it hard being the only woman? Have you ever been offered a bribe? Do you ever get bored? Why are your robes black?”

These are not the usual questions that get asked in court. Then again, it wasn’t your average day in court. Read More

From the PSUAA President

October, 2004

Whether you are an alumnus of Plymouth Normal School, Plymouth Teachers College or Plymouth State College, or will graduate from Plymouth State University, we all celebrate being a part of the “Plymouth experience.” The PSUAA celebrates the Plymouth experience on an everyday basis, for you and the rest of the over 22,000 brothers and sisters as siblings of this great institution. Read More

A View from Russell House Windows

October, 2004

by Joe Long, Director of Alumni Relations

Nelson and Gwen Paquette, PSU Homecoming 2003. Photo by Eric B. Howell.

Nelson and Gwen Paquette, PSU Homecoming 2003. Photo by Eric B. Howell.

When you think about Plymouth, do you think about your friends from Mary Lyon Hall or Pemi dorm? Do you remember the guy you traveled with to all those soccer games at Eastern Connecticut? Do you fondly recall the woman who tutored you in anatomy and physiology class and ended up marrying your friend? Read More

Class Notes

October, 2004

by Sonia Trudell ’04, Office of Alumni Relations, Class Notes Intern

1936
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Grace Thomas Guptill received cards from Taschia Platek Dunlap and Hester Small Ames, who heard from Marion Kelley Merrill and Marjorie Fogg Ober. Hester and Amesy are well and participated in the Audubon Bird Count in February. Grace hopes that some of us will be able to get together soon. Taschia’s winter was highlighted with visits from family members from Alaska, California, Spokane, Boston and Tacoma where Joe is vice president for instruction at Clover Park Technical College. She spent Palm Sunday with her daughter, Brenda, and husband in Cardiff-By-The-Sea where both sang in a cantata, Then Came Sunday. She has been working in her flower garden and walks half a mile daily to pick up her mail. A note from Dorothy Pierce Main tells me that she and her husband are still busy with their 200-year-old home. Their 65th wedding anniversary was to be celebrated in May with an open house. She visits with Betty Beal Parker. They would like to hear from classmates. Grace is well and enjoying her birds, chipmunks, squirrels and especially her two great grandsons. Hester and Grace look forward to hearing from other classmates.

1944
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The class of ’44 held its annual reunion at Lucille Nutting Gilman’s cottage in Meredith, N.H., on July 8, 2003. In attendance were Marion Richardson Pounder, Barbara Currier Kelley, Leah A. Gray, Laura Pike DeGoosh, Ruth Dolby Young, Joyce Breck Young and Patricia Dubeau Harlow. Following an enjoyable social time, a discussion was held regarding plans for our 60th reunion. We agreed to make a special effort to attend Alumni Day to present our gift, the plans for which are under way. Leah shared that the land given to the town of Campton is in the process of being developed by the Conservation Corps. She was looking forward to a visit from her longtime pen pal from Holland. Joyce Young has had surgery on both knees and is doing well. Ruth Young and her husband recently returned from a trip to the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Barbara Kelley has written a history of the Center Harbor Women’s Club and stays active in the Moultonborough and Center Harbor historical societies. Laura DeGoosh still substitutes and recently visited the Von Trapp family estate in Stowe, Vt. Lou Gilman and her husband are busy visiting their children and wintering in Florida. Their daughter, Pat, was with us during the day. Lou sees Shirley Sullivan Finnigan, who has retired to Florida. In July, Marion Pounder and Patricia Harlow visited the historic sites around Portsmouth, N.H., and picnicked on the waterside at Rye State Park. Fernande Stanford and Jean Bolton Landroche were unable to join us, but we hope they’ll be with us next time.

1946
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On August 5, 2003 the class of ’46 met at the Cat and Fiddle. Those present were Bette Bracett Webber, Virginia M. Hallisey, Ruth Gilman Bolduc, Gertrude Brown Barron, Marion Lucy Warren, Elsie Railton Rushton, Virginia Deachman Dearborn, Pauline Tillotson Cole, Barbara H. Patch, Beverly Wilmot Shaw, Cynthia Philbrook Harmon, Rosamond Batchelder Hingston, Marion Joslyn Foster, Daisy Peirce Hale, and yours truly, Drina Perkins Blanchette. A great time was had by all and we had a most enjoyable meal. Many thanks to Bette Webber and Virginia Hallisey for making all the arrangements. Needless to say, we were extremely happy to have Bette with us after all she had been through. Thanks go out to her special family and friends for their prayers and messages. Pauline Cole is happy that all her grandchildren have finished or are attending college. Good for them. She and her daughter had a wonderful trip to Tuscany. She’s quite the traveler. Daisy Hale keeps busy in her own way. That’s Daisy! Dorothy Libby could not attend as she had obligations to help with the Pythian Senior Lunch program for the day. She celebrated her 80th birthday with a party. She doesn’t believe in “sweating the small stuff.” I agree. Barbara Gove Pike, having had eye problems, was helped by Dorothy with errands, etc. She is back on track now and doing volunteer work. Ruth Crandall Gallagher couldn’t make it, but sent a note. Hope all is going well. Pauline Warren Clark was on vacation before the meeting, so couldn’t make it this time. Beverly Sanborn Minot is still keeping busy with her work, but did stop in to see Roz Hingston on her way north. Cynthia Harmon and I had a nice luncheon with Betty Tennyson and her husband; it was good to see them. Phyliss Gordon Miller and her husband have bought another house in Florida. They’re hoping that this is the one. I got a note from Elvis Braley Belser a while back and expected to see her, but she didn’t make the meeting. Hope all is well. Ruth Bolduc keeps in touch with Pauline Wade Merrill who recently had cataracts removed. Virginia Dearborn visits children and grandchildren in North Carolina as often as she can. Beverly Shaw spent some time in Maine with family. She evidently took some time from all her other ventures. Marion Foster hadn’t been to a reunion for awhile, so it was good to see her. She and hubby like their new living quarters, and they keep busy with their four children. Thank you, Marion Warren, for keeping us all informed on various things and all your most welcome calls.

1951
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The class of 1951 Scholarship Committee is pleased to report that our class has reached its goal of $5,000. The scholarship will aid a junior or senior in good standing, majoring in education, and in need of financial aid. We will contact all classmates on the alumni mail list with the particulars of the scholarship when it is finalized. We sincerely thank our classmates who contributed to this worthy effort.

1952
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The old Reunion Committee is still alive and kicking, but now more as a social group than a working group (although we were always a social group at heart). Fifteen went to Kay and Steve J. Tassey’s house in Shelburne, N.H., on October 25. Most went up on the night before and stayed in motels near the Tasseys’ home. They took the Tasseys out to supper in Gorham at a restaurant with a chef who worked with Julia Child. The next day, Steve tried to duplicate the elegance by preparing lunch for everyone at his house. He succeeded—with much help from Kay. Those attending were Eileen Parent Clark, Harold H. Matava and Barbara Hoyt Matava ’50, Dorothy Goode Kaffel, Maybeth Paris Oberti, Peter Brown and Kathy Chapman, Jacqueline Richardson Spear, Martha Head Wade and Dave O. Wade ’50, Jean Dodge Saltmarsh ’50, Daisy Hussey Day and Bob Payne. Steve and Kay operate a gardening center with four greenhouses where they raise tomatoes for sale to retailers and restaurants of the Julia Child level of proficiency. Plans are under way for a similar gathering at the Wilsons’ house in the spring. Jean Baker Pollock regrets having missed our 50th Reunion, but her husband Joe’s illness has kept her close to home. They live in Wilton, N.H., and enjoy trips to Maine in the summer, especially seeing the displays of antique trucks at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum. Ida Jones Wheeler has relegated most of the gardening that she used to do to her husband, Edward. Still living in Danville, Vt., she is hard at work researching and writing her family’s genealogy. She has two daughters, one in Alabama and one next door. Her two grandsons are a senior in high school and a senior in college. If you head west along Route 2 from Danville, all the way across the state of Vermont to South Burlington, you will be able to visit Joyce Hawthorne Spooner. Many years ago, she left teaching to have two children. She tragically lost her daughter, but her son grew up to attend a New Hampshire vocational technical school. Joyce has since divorced and now has a happy, spiritual relationship with her companion, Joe, a former Catholic priest and missionary. Because of a mild case of scoliosis, Joyce has had to give up cross country skiing but continues to be active in church work. The Reunion Committee urges all class members to make contributions to the PSU annual fund and to make your donation payable to the Class of ’52 Endowment Fund. We have raised over $13,000 for scholarships.

1955
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On a beautiful sunny day, Janet Stewart Knowles ’54 and I (Lorraine Avery Johnstone) drove to Jaffrey to see Barbara Spaulding Woodbury. She is doing well after her second knee replacement and has even gone back to driving, a red Trans Am! I saw Arlene Parent Welch at two retired teachers’ meetings. She is well and plans to again spend the winter in California. My husband, John, and I had a wonderful trip to Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea. The highlight was two days spent at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. We were also impressed by the shipyard in Gdansk, where Solidarity members gave their lives for the breakdown of communism and the rise of freedom. Elwin E. Bourey and Alfa Bowers Bourey ’54 came to visit when they were east. They have been busy enjoying their grandsons and sports. They were looking forward to a river cruise and a trip to Key West in the spring to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Many of us will celebrate our 50th in 2004. An early congratulations to us all!

1958
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What fun it was for our Reunion Committee to get together to plan contacting 1958 alumni, and more fun calling you folks to get reacquainted while requesting your financial support for our 50th anniversary gift to Plymouth! We are gratified by your response. If you were initially hesitant but now decide you want to help, contact any of us or PSU. Designate your contribution specifically to the Class of 1958 Boyd Hall Fundraiser. The great thing about getting together as a committee was finding out how enthusiastic and vital we all still are. Many of us still work, full or part time, and we’re serving on boards and committees, volunteering and traveling all over the globe! Eugene A. Savage served 26 years at UNH in various capacities, and before retirement was vice chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. He is now the PSU representative on the USNH board of trustees, and for the last few years has enjoyed being senior government relations counselor for a Concord law firm. Gene and his wife, Joan Doyon Savage ’56, spend the winters in Florida. Lorraine and Richard P. Truchon live in Hampton and are world travelers. During a recent trip to the U.K. they exchanged homes with a couple in Wales and hope to repeat that experience elsewhere. Their daughter, Michelle Truchon Croteau ’87, recently completed her master’s degree and is teaching in the same elementary school she once attended. Dick teaches an occasional class at Northern Essex Community College and enjoys organic gardening. Jodie and Peter F. Graham were at our first meeting this summer. Pete is now head of the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Fla. He’s suggested that Florida folks might like to get together to renew acquaintance. F. Andre Paquette and his wife, Margaret, live in Lakeport and have three children and eight grandchildren, all living nearby. Andre retired after serving 12 years as superintendent of Mascoma Regional School District. They’ve traveled through nine European countries and plan to continue. Both enjoy playing golf. Andre is on the Belknap County Commission on Children and Families and provides community service in other capacities as well. More news about committee members next time. After that, I’ll be depending on you to drop a note and let me share your news with old friends.

1961
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Our sincere sympathy to Nancy Brown Barrett. We were saddened to hear of the passing of her husband John D. Barrett. Deborah Sargent Allan and her husband, Thain, spent three weeks in London and Ireland. They attended a wedding in Ireland and played golf at Druid’s Glen in Wicklow. Debbie says, “We drove everywhere and only managed to swipe off one side view mirror and mangle one hubcap!” Since returning, Debbie has achieved her first hole in one! Bette Tirrell DeRocher vacationed in Alaska, Gail Walsh Barker traveled to Nova Scotia and Kathleen Anderson Nelson spent two weeks touring Scandinavia with the Keene Singers.

1962
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Dorothy Donigian Nazarian would like to remind you to be sure to check out our class of 1962 Web page at www.alumni.plymouth.edu for immediate updates of coming events of the 50th Reunion Gift Committee. Members of the class of ’62, please share your news with class agent William “Bill” Andrews, by e-mail or through the alumni office. We want to hear from you. Bill and Sharon Langlois Andrews celebrated their 42nd anniversary in August. We have three children and their spouses. Paul lives in Oregon, Bill Jr. in Colorado and Kathy in Peterborough, N.H. We also have four terrific grandchildren. Bill is still working and Sharon continues to keep busy with church activities. Bill is a team leader with the People to People Student Ambassador program. He spent two weeks in the Grand Canyon with over 30 students and will be headed to Australia with more than 40 students next summer. It has been great to have been in touch with so many classmates during these past couple of years. Gene F. Stearns and Roberta Wallace Stearns ’61 have retired to Northwood, Roberta’s home town. Roberta continues as a trustee at Coe Brown. Paul T. Cullen ’63 and Barbara Dyer Cullen celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on April 29. Joining them were their four children, Brian, Diane, Tom and Anne Elizabeth along with spouses and three grandchildren, Kally (10), Tyler (8) and Melissa (7). In September, Paul and Barbie spent two weeks in Ireland and Northern Ireland, a fabulous trip highlighted with stays at B & Bs, traveling over 1,000 miles and some absolutely beautiful sights (Barbie is also co-agent for our class). Rita LaPlante Norander and Robert celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary a little early in June (actual date August 24) with a trip out west which included tours of Zion, Bryce Canyon Dam, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Ariz., and Las Vegas. Claira Pirozzi Monier, still working for four more years at New Hampshire Housing, enjoyed traveling to family in Calcutta in December and Poland in July. “My Italian relatives are scheduled for a visit next year. I am planning a retirement of tennis, gardening and travel.” Wally and Meredith Bristow Stevens had their 40th anniversary in November. They have two sons living in California, and one in New Hampshire, as well as four grandchildren. They are in retirement planning mode! Meredith is active as a library trustee in Weston, Mass., focusing on arts and music programs for the community. Wally is still a fishmonger with mentoring of future fishmongers as his principal activity. Wally says, “Come back to PSU—it’s quite phenomenal!” P.S. Wally, find your son’s car yet? David and Martha Filgate Towle will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary in December. Lee and Maurice Stebbins are retired and living in Bethlehem. They visit Phoenix regularly where their two youngest daughters and four grandchildren live. As for me, your co-agent, Dorothy Donigian Nazarian, we sold our home in Nottingham and moved back to the old homestead with my mom. One piece of advice, guys—learn to love change! Ara is semi-retired, working with our two sons to establish an online jewelry site, and still serving jewelry clients as needed. Right now I am working at Mann Orchards in Methuen making fruit and gourmet baskets three days a week, while working to expand our online business. And of course, love to spend time with our grandbabies, all seven, with number eight due in November. We celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary in June, have four grown children, Kevin, Julie, Kenneth and Kristen, all of whom are now married to absolutely grand spouses, so we are truly blessed. ONE MORE NOTE: Missed those of you who could not make the train ride that Hon. Raymond S. Burton has had for years, and was gracious enough to set up for our class, with John Clements, the owner of the genuine Pullman car we rode in. It was an absolutely perfect day and approximately 30 of our classmates and families enjoyed the fellowship, conversation, stops along the way and the lunch at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center (in the renovated train station), where we were superbly entertained by the PSU Jazz Combo. We all agreed that this would be a great annual gathering since the leisurely ride enabled us to really visit and get reacquainted. Please, if you have an e-mail, send it along to me or Barbara so we can stay in touch. I don’t know about you, but for me, my college years at Plymouth were some of the best years of my life—some of the most lasting relationships were begun there and they become sweeter year by year. Thanks all for your contributions and especially to Bill and Sharon Andrews for their persistent help! Love you guys, Dottie, (for Barbie, too! —oops, sorry Paul, I mean Barbara).

1963
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Irene C. Zoulias still lives in Holiday, Fla., and is slowly recovering from a serious automobile accident which occurred June 2, 2003. See page 27 for Alumni Director Joe Long’s tribute to Nelson Paquette.

1965
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Jean Adams Ricker, Judith Trombley Beauregard, Martha Shay Steele, Nancy Brown Koslosky and Eleanor Morehouse Loesch, got together for lunch in June at Nancy’s home in Concord, Mass. They enjoyed catching up on each other’s news and reminiscing about Plymouth State friends and times shared. Jean is retiring from her secretarial job in a Century 21 real estate office and is considering getting back into sales part time. She is enjoying time with her grandchildren and quilting. Judy is enjoying the joys and challenges of therapeutic foster care. Martha is still teaching in Florida and on the college search with her youngest son, Brian. Nancy retired from teaching in 2001 and is doing some substitute work and enjoying time with her family. Eleanor also retired from teaching in 2001, does some volunteer work and is busy with “parent care.” As you can imagine, we had a wonderful time and promised ourselves not to make it so long between visits. We were missing a few people and hope they can be included in future visits.

1967
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Bruce C. Soper lives in Columbia, S.C., with his wife, Marilyn. He is facility manager at the EdVenture Children’s Museum there. He is helping to get this brand new, hands-on children’s museum open, up and running. He says the work is exciting and a great deal of fun. It has many unique exhibits and learning experiences for children of all ages. It is also the home of the world’s largest kid, Eddie, who sits 40 feet tall and weighs 35,000 pounds.

1969
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Joan C. Cook lives in Kennebunk, Maine, with her husband, Stephen Canders. She is vice president and wealth advisor of the Charter Trust Company in Biddeford. Dana P. Nelson has been named vice chairman for 2003-2004 of the State Rehabilitative Committee for the state of Virginia. He was appointed to this committee by Governor Mark Warner last year.

1973
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Carolyn B. Paradise lives in Portland, Maine, and is director of Casco Public Library. Carolyn received a degree in art and psychology from Old Dominion University in 1975 and master’s in creative therapies from Lesley College in 1977.

1974
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Mary E. Alix is living in Quincy, Mass. She works for Investors Bank & Trust in Boston. Katharine A. Eneguess is interim president for both the Berlin and Laconia campuses of the New Hampshire Technical and Community colleges. Gypsey E. Teague is a college librarian, English teacher and author. Her first novel, The Life and Deaths of Carter Falls, has been nominated for the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award. Her sequel, Two’s Company, Three You Die! will be released later this year. Kevin L. Johnson has been named a National Distinguished Principal. He has been an educator in New Hampshire since 1978 and has served as the principal of New London Elementary School for the past 10 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters: Kelly, Avery, Hilary and Mackenzie.

1975
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Nancy Beegle Badger and Richard G. Badger ’74 celebrated 27 years of marriage on June 19, 2003. Nancy works for the state of New Hampshire as an emergency medical dispatcher for 911 in Concord, N.H. With both children out of the house, they are finding more time for traveling and researching family history. Nancy would appreciate hearing from any class members, friends or people with class news.

1978
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J. Patrick Decoteau was unable to attend the 25th reunion because he was attending an exam-writing workshop at Princeton. One of his community service commitments is completing a five-year appointment as a commissioner for his profession’s national certification body. Charlie A. Cobb is senior contract analyst in wholesale contract administration for Qwest Services Corporation in Denver, Colo.

1979
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Betsy Stratton Hard lives in New Hartford, Conn., with her husband, Walter, and two children, Brandon (15) and Brien (9). Walter is retired and Betsy is chief of police for the town of Bloomfield. Pamela Perkins Crosby and husband, Timothy, live in Rumney, N.H., and both work for Plymouth State. They have adopted three children from China: Christina “Chrissy” (7) was adopted when she was 13 months old. Catherine “Catie” (5) was adopted at 17 months old and Nicholas (4) traveled from China to Rumney with Pam last December. Pam says that the kids are the joy of their lives and they are now a “forever family.”

1980
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Karen Mitchell O’Shaughnessy is teaching fourth grade in Manchester, N.H., at Jewett Street School. Her twin sons, Brian and Patrick, went off to college in September. Brian is attending PSU. For Karen, it was like stepping back in time dropping Brian off at Blair. She enjoyed walking through Mary Lyon and even got to visit her old room. As of last April she is a breast cancer survivor and while recuperating, found some old Plymouth friends through the Internet. She enjoyed the e-mails and sharing the memories.

1981
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Theresa M. Duggan lives in Scituate, Mass. She is a dispatcher for the Scituate police department.

1982
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Mary Beth Lowlor Chesler lives in Newburyport, Mass., with her husband, Chas, and their son, Timothy (5). She is a physical education teacher at North Andover Public School.

1983
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Jennifer Harris Durant lives in Woodstock, N.H., with her husband, Todd, owner of High Country Flooring. Christopher M. Riccio and Mary Dunigan Riccio met in September 1979 at Plymouth and have been married 19 years. They live in Wellington, Fla., with their two children, John (15) and Christa (13). Joann N. Roy-Zylak just got her doctorate in education in June 2002. She has been married for 19 years, has two wonderful children and still lives in Dunbarton, N.H. She has been teaching full time at Coe-Brown Academy for 14 years and is also now teaching part time at the graduate level at Southern New Hampshire University. For news of Susan Noble Losapio, see “Minding Her Business.”

1984
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In June 2003, John E. Gordon Jr. ’92 was appointed head of upper school at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Penn. He will serve as principal for the secondary school division. His wife, daughter and son love living and working in northeastern Pennsylvania. John says Seminary is a fine school that has offered a wonderful opportunity for his family. As an alumnus of the Panther wrestling program, he is proud to report that his son won the National Wrestling Open in Virginia Beach, Va., this past summer. Go Panthers!

1985
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Richard P. Stickney Jr. lives in North Adams, Mass. He is an employment representative for VABIR in Bennington, Vt.

1987
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Elizabeth Kelly Cooleen recently celebrated her 40th birthday with an all-girls weekend bash in Washington, D.C. Also in attendance were Kendra Kuja Bach, Nereida “Silvie” Rivera-Acevedo ’88 and Sonja J. Laiho ’03. Timothy J. Manning lives in Warner Robins, Ga., with his wife, Paulette, and daughter, Brooke (6). He received his master’s in logistics management from Georgia State College and University. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Brooke Page McBride got her master’s in bilingual education from the University of New Mexico in December 2002 along with her husband, Chad, who got his M.D. Their second child, Liam, was born in April. They have moved to Renton, Wash., for Chad to do his residency in family medicine. Brooke is currently at home with Tara (3) and Liam.

1988
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Kerri Courounis Lunn lives in Nashua, N.H., with her husband, Douglas, and their two children, Timothy (10) and Jeffrey (8). Kerri is an applications developer for the city of Nashua and Douglas is the executive chef manager for Villa Banca.

1989
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Leslie M. Larrabee lives in Danvers, Mass. She is an account service consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston. Allan B. Smith is a principal with his firm’s accounting and auditing group, responsible for planning and management of government and OMB circular A-133 auditing standards and commercial audits. He also provides regular consulting services to non-profit, school districts and commercial businesses in the area of internal controls, operating efficiencies, budgeting, compliance requirements and other technical issues specific to the organization. For news of Gregg Seibert, see “Making Movies that Really Move.”

1990
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Jodi Foy Donahue lives in Salisbury, Mass., with her husband, James, and their daughter, Janie. She is a marketing manager for Green Pages, Inc. in Kittery, Maine. James is director of field sales and marketing for Comast Corporation in Reading, Mass. Laura Sullivan Feldborg lives in Fremont, N.H., with her husband, Eric. He is a chemistry teacher at Exeter High School. Laura works in human resources for Sigarms Inc. Arthur J. Guarino Jr. lives in Yorktown, Va., with his wife, Sharyn. She works for the York County Grafton Middle School and Arthur is a state trooper for the Virginia State Police in Norfolk. James M. Hundrieser has been named vice president for student affairs at Marymount Manhattan College. Jim will continue to live at his home in Stamford, Conn., and commute to New York City. James Selfridge of North Andover, Mass., lives with his wife, Stacie, and their infant, Brynn. James is the manager of inventory control for Pioneer Investments Inc. in Boston.

1991
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Eric C. Hughes has been living and performing music in Austin, Texas, since April 2001. Eric has toured the West Coast, the Midwest and all over Texas with Mike Barfield and the Love Bandits and recorded an album, Living Stereo, on the Tater Tot label. He has been fortunate to perform with members of the pop group Fastball, with Nashville guitar legend Redd Volkeart and with underground soul legend Swamp Dogg. Eric has performed at the Grand Ol’ Opry and the Houston and Star of Texas rodeos. He has recorded with his instrumental soul band, McLemore Avenue, and with fellow Plymouth State alum Brent Baldwin ’95 as The Normans on the India Record Label. Eric also has his own booking agency, Huge Productions. Cheryl A. Heenan lives in Arlington, Mass. She is an account executive for Sportsradio WEEI, Entercom Boston. Erin L. Thomas of Suffield, Conn., is the senior employer service consultant for CIGNA Health Care in Hartford. Thad A. Wasklewicz received a five-year National Science Foundation Grant of $450,000 to fund research on landform evolution involving analysis of high-resolution digital elevation models. Only two of these grants, which go to a faculty member early in his or her career, were granted in geography this past year. Thad earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State and teaches geography at Memphis (Tenn.) State University.

1992
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John L. Byrnes lives in Spofford, N.H., with his wife, Catherine. John is director of computer operations for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vt. Charles “Chip” Collins Jr. married his wife, Kim, in 1997. They live in Shrewsbury with their two children, Julia (3) and Benjamin (15 months). After graduating from Plymouth, Chip was employed at the New England Center for Children, a school for children challenging autism and other behavioral issues. He earned a master’s degree from Simon College in intensive special needs. Currently, Chip works for the town of Hopkinton, Mass., as a learning specialist at the high school and Kim teaches for the town of Southborough. James McDonald Jr. lives in Bedford, N.H., with his wife, Karen, and their son, Alexander. James is the USMC program manager for Northrop Grumman IT in Greenbelt, Md. Karen is the program manager of biomedical engineering for Boston Scientific in Watertown, Mass. Jody Underdown Hicking lives in Durham, N.H., with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters, Meredith (8) and Kayla (2). Paul works in sales for SNAP Labs and Jody is the assistant case manager and WC billing manager for Access Sports Medicine and Orthopedics of Exeter. Bruce J. Magit and wife Lisa live in Stoughton, Mass. Bruce is an account specialist for Philips Medical Systems and she is manager for marketing.

1993
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Joshua H. Friedman of New York, N.Y., works for Silver & Company. Kym Schonborg Dufault lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., with her husband, Michael. Kym is a teacher for the St. Bernadette School and Michael is the fund accounting manager for PFPC.

1994
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Lauren S. Lavigne and Charlie Mason were married on August 2, 2003. In attendance at the ceremony were Michelle Jutras, Terri Page Muckian, John “Jack” Mignosa, Jacqueline M. Mignosa, Carol A. Dunlee, Charles “Chuck” Noel ’78, Andrew W. Lavigne ’96, Devra D’Agostino Lavigne ’97, David P. Gagnon ’97, Kimberly A. Russell ’97, Waren W. Ostler ’02, Laura J. LaVallee ’02, Kate Flynn Fillion ’02, Matthew E. Hobert ’03, PSU Women’s Volleyball Coach, Moira Long and Director of Alumni Relations Joe Long. Pamela A. Maher of Oakton, Va., is a consultant for IBM in Fairfax. Kara Bednarowski Salvas and Michael R. Salvas ’93 had a son on December 23, 2002 and are living in Manchester, N.H. Ricky A. Laurendeau and Katherine Auger Laurendeau ’95 live in Manchester, N.H., with their two children, Conner (3) and Kaleigh (1). Ricky recently signed an amateur tryout agreement contract with the Manchester Monarchs AHL team to fill in as a back-up goalie. Yea for Ricky! The Eastern League announced that Trenton Thunder General Manager Richard J. Brenner has been named the 2003 Eastern League Executive of the Year. Rick led the Trenton baseball team to an extremely successful season.

1995
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Chad Davis is the new head men’s basketball coach at Daniel Webster College. He lives in Manchester, N.H. Chad was assistant coach at St. Anselm College last year, and previously an assistant coach at Plymouth State and at New Hampshire Technical Institute, and head varsity coach at Belmont High School, where he led the squad to three consecutive tournament appearances. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Association. Jennifer Barry McAllister and Michael C. McAllister ’97 live in Pembroke, N.H., with their daughter, Cali (1). Jennifer is a social worker for Casey Family Services in Concord. Shannon Cassady McKee lives in Littleton, N.H., with her husband, Todd, who is a service technician for Adelphia Cable. Shannon is assistant vice president and branch manager for Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. Tara Rainato-Kernan has moved to Indian Trail, N.C., with her husband, Scott, and baby son, Riley.

1997
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Peter M. Singley teaches three bands, jazz band, instrumental lessons, and general music at Grafton (Mass.) Middle School. The program recently divided the 7/8 band into two separate bands to accommodate the large number of students. In fall 2002, Peter received his master’s degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. His thesis was a three-part project, Time for Tuning, which included tuning instructions and exercises for brass, woodwinds and double reeds. At home, Peter and his wife, Melissa, enjoy every spare minute with their one-year-old son, Ryan. Amy Bagley Begg lives in Webster, Mass., with her husband, Jeffrey, and their son, Cody (1). Jeffrey is director of research at Dean College and Amy is president of Research Strategies, Ltd. in Webster, Mass. Susan L. Goraczkowski lives in North Hampton, N.H. She is the communications office staff assistant at Phillips Exeter Academy. Barbara Schurman Howcroft lives in Rumney, N.H., with her husband, Darren. She has four children: David (18), Bethany (16), Aaron (14) and Lauryn (5). Dina Emerson Jordan and Andrew B. Jordan ’98 live in Yarmouth, Maine. Dina is a graphic designer for Idexx Laboratories. Albert J. Salvatore lives in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He is a sales development engineer for eMed Technologies in Burlington. After completing an M.M.E. from the University of Illinois and marrying Jennifer Umstead Lamson ’98, Todd D. Lamson has been teaching band and theater at Berlin (Conn.) High School. Jennifer taught for two years in Wallingford and now is completing her master’s at UConn. She will return to teaching elementary music in the fall. K. Adam Hollis is a client development manager for Circles in Boston, Mass. Kevin M. Asselin recently returned to PSU to direct the musical revue Jerry’s Girls. He continues to perform in Chicago and at various Shakespeare Festivals.

1998
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Julie Swartz Freeman and Shawn M. Freeman bought a house in Sandown, N.H., and moved in over the Fourth of July weekend. Julie says that it’s great being so much closer to Shawn’s family. It makes weekend visits far easier than when they lived in California. Shawn is a programmer for Northrop Grumman in Reading, Mass. Ronald D. Fussell is completing his sixth year as the instrumental music director at Mastricola Middle School in Merrimack, N.H. Ron works with three bands, three jazz bands and also teaches instrumental music lessons. “This year, our jazz band was selected as a keynote performer for the New England League of Middle Schools Unified Arts Conference, where we had the opportunity to perform for over 300 New England middle school educators. We also presented ‘Kids Talk About Unified Arts’.” Ron is still adjudicating marching bands along the East Coast for Youth Education in the Arts, and will be completing his master’s degree emphasizing instrumental music pedagogy at the American Band College at Southern Oregon University this summer. His thesis project is entitled Warm-ups That Work … for Jazz Band! He and wife Tina just purchased a home in Manchester where they live with son Justin (3), future drummer. Michelle Diehl Kolder and Daniel Kolder were married in September in Omaha, Neb. Jaimie Black Martin and Katherine H. Loeber ’99 were attendants in the wedding. Michelle is director of sales for Creighton University Athletics in Omaha. Daniel is in his fourth year at Creighton University Medical School.

1999
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Erika Heller Gottlieb lives in Tucson, Ariz., with her husband, Michael. She is an athletic trainer at Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson. Erika earned her master’s in athletic training at Indiana State University in 2001. Elizabeth W. LaPier lives in Burlington, Vt. She is an account executive for Burlington Free Press. Daniel G. Puglisi and Meaghan Lynch Puglisi live in Dover, N.H. Meaghan is the public relations manager for Hospice of the North Shore in Danvers, Mass. Daniel is a subcontracts administrator for BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H. Ann E. Widger lives in Washington, D.C. She is the retiree coordinator for AFSCME. Ann’s parents are also PSU alumni: Beverly A. Widger ’73 and Robert L. Widger ’72.

2000
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Benjamin J. Baker lives in Farmingdale, Maine, with his wife, Kelli. Ben is an aquaculturist for Marical in Portland. Kelli is a pre-school teacher and owner. Danielle Cadieux Boulden lives in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., with her husband, Timothy, plant manager for Harvest Time Peanut Company. Danielle received her master’s in instructional technology from East Carolina University. She teaches at Halifax Academy. Suzanne Lassonde Carmichael lives in Concord, N.H., with her husband, Scott. Sue teaches English at Farmington High School. Brian M. Duchesne lives in Allenstown, N.H. In June 2002, he received his part-time officer certification from the New Hampshire Part-Time Police Academy. He is a residence hall director at Saint Anselm College. Patricia A. Farley lives in Alton, N.H., with her husband, David. She is director of children’s and youth ministries for the Gilford Community Church. Elizabeth A. Fraza lives in Malden, Mass. She is a sales project coordinator for Blackwell Publishing. Karen E. Gariepy and Stephen M. Bergeron ’01 met and fell in love in Plymouth. Stephen proposed to Karen right outside the Rounds Hall clock tower. Many alumni attended the wedding including Dennis J. Borcuk ’02, Heather S. Blake ’01, Danielle Aube Defrancesco, Jeffrey “Pesci” Defrancesco, Richard J. Ort and Thomas “TJ” Powers ’01. Erica J. Howard is living in Virginia and things are going well. She will be starting a high school chorus next year in addition to teaching 6th–12th grade bands in Chincoteague Island. Shirley Glines is program director for Project EXTRA through the Laconia School District. Richard B. Vega lives in New York, N.Y. He is the senior underwriter for AIG. Sarah A. Pirrotta moved back to Plymouth, N.H., for work and graduate school. She is a therapeutic recreation and residential counselor for East Haverhill Academy in Pike. Jeffrey G. Richard lives in Kingston, N.H. He is a career counselor for Sanborn Regional High School. Christopher (Robin) Marcotte has been extremely busy. His performance group, Hotel Obligado, preformed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Robin recently performed as one of the horses in Equus, and gave a workshop at Cab Calloway Performing Arts High School in Wilmington, Del. In April 2003 he returned to Plymouth State to create, develop, direct and participate in a physical theatre piece entitled In-Sight. This summer he was invited to perform at a dance festival in Poland with a Philadelphia-based group, Mum Puppet Theatre. Timothy W. Hull will be returning for his final year of an M.F.A. in acting program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Last summer, Tim performed in Cymbeline at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. He played the sly malcontent, Iachimo. This fall, his thesis show was Street Scene by Elmer Rice. Last year, Robert H. Lewandowski was selected for the Italian tour of West Side Story, in which he was both a Jet and a Shark. Last fall, he played Hal in the (American) national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel. This spring, in New York City, he landed the title role in a new off-Broadway show, Valentino the Musical.

2001
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Dave C. Gibson moved to Hollywood and is pursuing movie and television roles. Jason G. Hibbard recently received his graduate degree from Purdue. Michael D. Stoddard completed a stint with The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minn., and has recently moved to New York City. In January 2003, he choreographed Cinderella for the Educational Theatre Collaborative at Plymouth State. Heather Jones Clogston lives in Plymouth, N.H., with her husband, Casino, a lieutenant for the Plymouth Fire Department. She is a special education aide for Plymouth Regional High School. Sean P. Davis lives in Watertown, Mass. He is assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in Waltham. Jeffrey J. Giacomin lives in Wading River, N.Y. He is a physical education teacher at Longwood Central School. Melissa Vashaw Hodgkins lives in Lewiston, Maine, with her husband, Eric. He is a construction project manager for Granger Northern Inc. She teaches English as a Second Language for the Auburn School District. Courtney K. O’Sullivan is working at BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H.

2002
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Thomas D. Stevens Jr. ’01 just finished his second year teaching at Alton (N.H.) Central School. His wife Jennifer Comtois Stevens just finished her first year at the same school. Tom is teaching 4th–12th grade band and lessons with a 9th–12th grade chorus. Jenn teaches PreK–8 general music, 4th–5th grade chorus and 6th–8th grade chorus. Both are enjoying teaching very much, even at the same school! They recently purchased a house in Loudon where they hope to open a private music studio very soon. Joshua R. Calkin wanted to drop everyone a line and say that things are going really well for him in Idaho. The assistantship is working out well, and he’s managed a 4.0 GPA through the first year. He is doing a lot of playing. Josh is doing well but misses the eastern mentality and greenness of Plymouth. Amy B. Bernier lives in Stamford, Conn. She is an account executive for WEBE 108 Radio in Bridgeport, Conn. Chester F. Bowen III is living in Jamaica Plain, Mass. He is an admissions counselor for Northeastern University. Danielle A. Brigham lives in Prince Frederick, Md. She is a primary special education teacher for Charles County Public Schools in La Plata. Jeanne M. Brown is living in South Boston, Mass. She teaches Latin for the Boston Public School System. John L. Makris lives in Manchester, N.H. He is a financial advisor for American Express Financial Advisors. Kimberley E. Paderson lives in South Boston, Mass. She is an underwriter for the First New England Mortgage Corporation. Wesley D. Roy lives in East Middlebury, Vt. He is an admissions counselor and international admissions coordinator for Johnson State College. Darcy Bagley Sylvestre lives in Green River, Wyo., with her husband, Chad. She is a casework specialist for the Department of Family Services in Rock Springs. Chad is a wildland firefighter for the Park National Wildlife Refuge. Your class agent, Maida T. Velez, officially relocated to southern Florida in June 2003 and has been hired by ABN-Amro Mortgage Group, the fifth largest mortgage lender in the nation. She is part of the Broker PTO Customer Services Group located in Sunrise. Maida would love to hear news from the class of 2002, so that we can all keep track of the triumphs and successes of this amazing group of alumni. Please e-mail her any and all news.

2003
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Michael R. Berry and Whitney L. Smith were the talent for a commercial promoting WMUR, Channel 9 Manchester, N.H. Mike has since participated in a second promotion. Michael T. Fabian lives in Branford, Conn. He is a customer service associate for People’s Bank. Jonathan P. Komarek lives in Panama, N.Y. He is a sales consultant for McFadden Ford in Jamestown, N.Y. Adam D. Lynch lives in Marstons Mills, Mass. He is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jennie Warcewicz Parisi and Paul Parisi Jr. ’01 live in Concord, N.H. Jen works for New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance and Paul is the evening manager for Hannaford. Nancy A. Montgomery lives in Barrington, N.H. She is a child protection service worker for DCYF.