From the President

January, 2007

steenPSU Engaged—Our People, Our Stories

At a recent alumni gathering in Florida, I asked people to help me learn the history of Plymouth State University by telling me their stories. What the alumni recounted were wonderful memories of faculty, coaches, and staff members who were engaged with students, who inspired students to achieve, who cared when life was less than perfect, who continued to mentor students after graduation. One alumnus wrote afterward to ask that I relay his gratitude to my colleagues: “For all of us who came to Plymouth with so little, please remember to thank them for giving us so much. It’s the personal touch and relationships that make Plymouth such a special place.” Read More

From the Editor

January, 2007

We’re always looking for ways to improve Plymouth Magazine and provide you, our readers, with news of Plymouth State University in a timely and relevant manner. To that end, the PSU Annual Report is now available in an online-only format. Please visit the site for a look at 2005–2006. Because we feel that it’s important to recognize the many, many alumni and friends who enhance just about everything at PSU through their generous gifts, our Donors Honor Roll.

On a personal note, I’d like to let you know that after six great years as editor of Plymouth Magazine, this will be my last issue. Some of you may know my work as an artist, as well as a writer and editor. I’ve decided that after putting it off for far too many years, it’s time for me to “follow my bliss” and pursue that calling. I feel very comfortable handing the magazine off to the new crew, and know that it’s in good hands.

Marcia L. Santore, Editor
Plymouth Magazine

Letters to the Editor

January, 2007

The following letters are in response to a request from the editor to identify the women in the photo at right, originally published in the Fall 2006 issue of Plymouth Magazine.

Mary Lyon Memories

Mary Lyon MemoriesOur Plymouth Magazine just arrived today and we were very pleased with the article about Dana.

The picture on page 3 was in the 1970 Conning Tower in the Homecoming section. The two girls on the top are Susie Maddox (married name) ’72 and Marcia Clough Whiting ’72. The girl in the middle wearing white, with a pin, is Becky Mullen (married name) ’72. The one with the white top and black skirt towards the right is Daunie Clements [Hughes] ’71 or ’72. The girl in the striped top is Rita DiPaolo ’71. Others look familiar, but the names are escaping me! Read More

Is the Clean Air Act Working?

January, 2007

Do federal laws really work to reduce acid rain in northeast lakes? Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment and partnering researchers have been chosen to help find the answer through a $1.1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The five-year grant, one of the largest ever received by PSU, will fund collecting and analyzing lake samples from Maine to the Adirondacks to gauge whether the Clean Air Act has helped reduce the effects of acid rain on northeast surface waters. Read More

Meteroloy Scholarships Recognize the Best

January, 2007

Four Plymouth State University meteorology students received Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships for this academic year. Daniel Scott Michaud of Madbury, N.H., Katherine Anne Pingree of Coventry, Conn., Jared Rennie of Woburn, Mass., and Melissa Payer of Pepperell, Mass., are among a group of only 101 juniors and seniors nationwide to receive the Hollings scholarship, which includes up to $8,000 in funding each. Read More

Pass (on) the Salt

January, 2007

Road salt (sodium chloride) is recognized increasingly as a contaminant in New England surface waters. Chloride is often linked to a general decrease in water quality as nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus increase in lakes, leading to algal blooms and an increase in invasive plant species. Increases in chloride of as much as 400 percent in lakes in New England in the past 20 years have been documented. Certain lake water supplies in central New Hampshire have recently recorded 50 percent increases in sodium chloride. Some streams in the state are regularly in violation of the aquatic life toxicity limit of 230 parts per millions of chloride. Read More

Good Sports: PSU Men's Basketball team Recognized for Sportsmanship

January, 2007

The Plymouth State University men’s basketball team was honored by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association for their hard work, commitment to teammates and respect for other players, fans and coaches last spring. The Panthers were chosen as the Eastern New England regional recipient of the prestigious Sam Shoenfeld Sportsmanship Award, the first New Hampshire basketball team to receive this honor. Read More

2006 Brings Six New Members to Athletic Hall of Fame

January, 2007

Six outstanding student-athletes are the newest members of the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame. The newcomers were enshrined in the 22nd annual induction ceremony at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 24, 2006. This year’s group brings the number of Hall of Fame inductees to 110 individuals and six teams since 1985. Read More

PSU Replays Historic First Soccer Match

January, 2007

Plymouth State University recognized a landmark in its athletic history this fall, as the men’s soccer program reached its Golden anniversary, celebrating its 50th season of competition. At the same time, women’s soccer marked its Silver anniversary: recognizing 25 years of competition since joining the NCAA.

During the Silver and Gold Weekend, October 7–8, alumni from around the world returned to Plymouth, including members from the first team, to join in the festivities and look back at two of our most storied athletic programs: Read More

An Amazing Experience: PSU Student Chosen to Teach in Spain

January, 2007

From the familiar surroundings of New Hampshire to a small schoolroom in a remote Spanish town, Plymouth State University senior Heather Dowd is having the experience of a lifetime.

Dowd was chosen from hundreds of applicants for a prestigious Language and Culture assistant teaching position by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences. Dowd, a double major in Spanish and Communication & Media Studies, began her teaching experience in October 2006 in Bailen, an Andalucien town. Dowd has been teaching at a secondary school called Hermanos Medina Rivilla. Read More