Famed Polar Explorer at PSU Oct. 23

October 17th, 2006 by Adam

One of the world’s most prolific sled dog adventurers will recount her remarkable story at Plymouth State University October 23.

Matty McNair’s passion for polar travel and adventure is amazing and unparalleled.

• In 1990, she traveled 2500 miles around Baffin Island by dog sled.

• In 1997, she led the first woman’s expedition to the North Pole.

• In 2000, she led an expedition across Ellesmere Island.

• In 2003, she crossed the Greenland Ice Cap with her children Sarah and Eric by ski-kites with dog sled support.

• In 2003-04, she led two ski-all-the-way expeditions to the South Pole.

• In 2004, Matty headed South again with her two children to ski unsupplied to the South Pole and then kited back.

Matty McNair will appear Monday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m., in room 144 of Boyd Hall. Admission is free and open to the PSU community and general public.

PSU Social Science Professor Mark Okrant has traveled with McNair and says, “She is incredibly engaging, interesting and funny. In today’s lexicon, she’s been there, done that.”

Sponsors of Matty McNair’s appearance include, Womens Studies Council, Dept. of Health & Human Performance, Women’s Services & Gender Resources, the President’s Commission on Diversity, Institute for New Hampshire Studies and the PSU Geography Club.

For more information about Matty McNair’s PSU appearance, contact Mark Okrant at mokrant@plymouth.edu or 535-2364.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.

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