A Voyage of Discover—Discovery of a Voyage

January, 2006

voyage2A group of invited guests gathered at Lamson Library on Sunday, October 2 to see the digitally restored photographs from the McGoldrick Collection and hear David Switzer, professor emeritus of history, tell the story of their discovery. In fact, they were discovered twice. Read More

Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

January, 2006

Catherine Amidon (Drerup Gallery) presented “The Town, the Gown: Encouraging Critical Thought in the Public Domain” at the New England Museum Association conference in November 2005.

David Beronä (Lamson Library) presented “Wordless Comics: Review and Investigation” to students at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt. Read More

Plymouth State Memories

January, 2006

tmProfessor of Music Bob Swift’s anecdotes at a ceremony recognizing employees for landmark years of service have burgeoned into a book, Teaching Moments: Selected Memories of PSU Faculty. Compiled and edited by Swift, with photos from the Plymouth State archives, the book includes recollections of stories from their university careers by 26 faculty members and two principal administrators.

In the introduction, Swift notes, “For all of us involved in the teaching-learning process, education is what goes on in the classroom, studio, rehearsal hall, laboratory, library or on the athletic field. Memories of such incidents remain for years, as every reader can verify from personal experience.” He adds, “The 28 ‘moments’ in the book are whimsical, thought-provoking, humorous and inspiring submissions. Taken together, they provide a delightful cross-section of teaching-learning exchanges and experiences that, to a large degree, define [PSU].”

Teaching Moments is available at the University bookstore or by contacting Barbara Gickas in the Development Office at (603) 535-2212 or bjgickas@plymouth.edu.

Thinking Critically about Social Problems

January, 2006

socialProfessor of Social Science Robert Heiner has released a second edition of his text book, Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism (Oxford University Press, 2005). The book synthesizes conflict theory and social constructionism to help students think critically about social problem construction, examining a single theoretical paradigm in depth and demonstrating how the theory can be used to understand real world phenomena.

Daily Life of Colonial Soldiers

January, 2006

rangersFor seven years, archaeologist David Starbuck conducted excavations on Rogers Island, one of the most significant military encampments of the French and Indian War. His book, Rangers and Redcoats on the Hudson: Exploring the Past on Rogers Island, the Birthplace of the U.S. Army Ranger (University Press of New England, 2004) documents this work. Located on the Hudson River in what is now the town of Fort Edward, Rogers Island was once home to thousands of British “redcoats’ as well as hundreds of “rangers”—irregular American colonial fighters. The site contains the remains of populous training camps including barracks, tents, storehouses and hospitals. Starbuck’s findings offer fascinating insights into the daily life of colonial soldiers.

Working Together for Hurricane Relief

January, 2006
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Photo courtesy of Zox

Several student groups at PSU came together to organize two fundraising events for Gulf Hurricane relief in October, aided by several groups from the town of Plymouth, including the Board of Selectmen and the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Read More

Best Friends

January, 2006
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Mike Thevenin and Bassey. For several weeks after Thevenin returned, he fostered Bassey, a heartworm-positive dog from the Gulf Coast, until Bassey was well enough to be adopted.

Mike Thevenin spent his fourth wedding anniversary alone in a tent surrounded by animals, but he wasn’t on safari. He was in Tylertown, Miss., about 90 minutes north of New Orleans. Read More

A Watershed Partnership

January, 2006

12-244-head Hydrologist Kevin McGuire's joint appointment is part of a new cooperative venture between Plymouth State and the prestigious Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.

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Sustainable Sweden—The Natural Step

January, 2006

12-245-head PSU students see how three Swedish communities are putting their beliefs into action.

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No Limits to His World

January, 2006

12-246-head M.Ed. student and Spanish instructor Wilson Garcia believes in teaching as a way to bridge cultures.

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