Plymouth State University Celebrates First Fire October 23

October 23rd, 2013 by blyndes


2013 Plymouth State University First Fire mug

PLYMOUTH, N.H.–Plymouth State University students, staff and faculty celebrated the University’s fall tradition October 23 with the third annual First Fire, in which the fireplace in the Hartman Union Building’s Fireplace Lounge is lit for the first time in the new academic year. The First Fire signifies the onset of colder weather and allows the campus community to not only enjoy the warmth of the crackling fire, but also from sharing in a campus ritual that celebrates the institution and all who are associated with it.

Terri Potter, PSU Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, welcomed the nearly 400 people crowded into the Fireplace Lounge.

Right to left, PSU student Caitlin McGann, Strafford, NH senior business major, accepts her First Fire mug from Kerry Keating, PSU Student Life Director of Operations at the Oct. 23 First Fire celebration.

“We can see colder weather is on its way…the temperatures are no longer balmy, so we’re welcoming the fall weather the best way we know how, with hot drinks, food and fire,” Potter said.

While Pemi the Panther lit the fire, English Professor Liz Ahl delivered an original poem about the significance of the occasion, using the analogy of the fire in urging students to renew their hopes and let go of their regrets.

1,000 commemorative mugs were distributed at the event along with 1200 donuts.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or



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