by Kristin Proulx Jarvis
On November 9 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 138 people sat down to dinner together, eating from handmade bowls crafted by PSU ceramics students. The fundraising event, sponsored by the University’s Community Service Learning Center, raised $1,350 that will be split between Meals for Many and Pemi Bridge House, two local organizations that help provide food and shelter for people in need. This was only one of hundreds of similar Empty Bowls events held each year throughout the country and the world to raise money to end hunger. Read More
Left: Junior Katie Saraiva, a childhood studies major, sorts through some of the hundreds of gifts contributed by PSU students and staff to the campus Angel Tree project, coordinated by Saraiva and junior early childhood studies major Candace Campbell. Gifts were provided to more than 500 local youth and children from 17 area agencies.
After surviving a tragedy, two alumni make their lifelong dream come true. Read More
A new long-range master plan will serve as PSU’s framework for the next decade. Read More
by Terry Rayno
Sustainability is this year’s theme at Plymouth State University, focusing on renewable resources and sound environmental practices. So it’s appropriate that this is also the year when PSU opens the new Center for the Environment at the Boyd Science Center.
The idea arose several years ago when President Donald P. Wharton met with Will Abbott (then director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, now at the Mount Washington Observatory), and Mrs. Bertha Fauver. A longtime benefactor of both Plymouth State and lakes conservation organizations, Fauver felt the University should enhance collaborations with area conservation groups for the benefit of the whole region. Read More
If you walk through the front door of Lamson Library today, you’ll notice that something looks different than it did just a few years ago. It’s not the building itself, but the way patrons are using it that’s changed. And it’s not just here at Plymouth State that this shift is taking place. In these high-tech times, where the Internet has become the information and research tool of choice for so many, library usage and reading habits in general are changing across the nation. Read More
Plymouth State’s department of athletics unveiled its new logo—a more muscular, stylized panther—during Homecoming festivities Saturday, October 2.
During the carnival on the green, students had a chance to apply new body art at the tattoo booth, which featured temporary tattoos of the new logo. Water bottles with the logo were also distributed. At halftime of the Homecoming football game, the athletics department (with the help of physical plant) rolled out the first sign with the new logo and T-shirts for patrons bearing the new image were tossed into the stands. Read More
Four outstanding student-athletes from the 1980s and 1990s, and two individuals who have made their marks as coaches and administrators comprise the 20th class of the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame. They were enshrined at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, October 17, 2004. This year’s group brought the Hall membership to 98 individuals and six teams. Read More
Amanda McLaughlin ’02 returns to music theatre at PSU
As a first-year student at Plymouth State, Amanda McLaughlin ’02 would never have guessed that one day she would return as a teacher.
McLaughlin grew up in Lincoln, Maine, 40 minutes north of Bangor. Several factors entered into her decision to attend Plymouth State, including affordability and the chance to continue to play field hockey, which she had loved in high school. But, she says, she made her final decision about Plymouth based on having “a good gut feeling about it. I usually follow my gut feelings.” Read More
Cultures of Boys’ Play in Mid-19th-Century New England
by Rebecca R. Noel
Why did New England boys of 1850 go sledding in winter? This apparently simple question poses a challenge for historians interested in play, sport and childhood.
Perhaps boys went sledding due to an eternally irresistible coincidence of snow and gravity. Even where cultural limits intruded, one might guess, whenever cultural anti-sledding muscles relaxed, down went the boys. By contrast, this study investigates boys’ play in antebellum New England from a cultural history perspective, setting aside any assumptions that children’s play is entirely “natural,” “spontaneous” or “universal.” Read More