Plymouth – Professors Paul Rogalus, Scott Coykendall and Mark Green were honored by their Plymouth State University faculty colleagues at the institution’s annual Faculty Day event August 27. Julie Bernier, PSU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, presented Green with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Rogalus received the Award for Faculty Service. Coykendall received the Faculty Advising Award from Student Senate member Evan Gaudette on behalf of the student body.
“I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to recognize faculty excellence this morning with three awards,” said Bernier. “It is particularly satisfying to be able to honor such wonderful and deserving colleagues.”
Paul Rogalus, Professor of English, has been a member of the PSU faculty for 24 years. Aside from his classroom responsibilities, he helps students find their passion and get the most from their college experience through his work with numerous student organizations, including Poets & Writers, PSU’s student literary club; Mentoring Enhances Student Achievement (MESA), the English department’s peer mentoring program; and WPCR, the student-run radio station. Rogalus feels that the most important thing he has done through his service is help students make the most of their college experience by participating in student organizations.
“Much of the growth a student experiences during his or her college career takes place outside of the classroom through student organizations that give them opportunities to try new things, find what they have a passion for, and develop skills not just for college, but for life,” Rogalus said.
Coykendall , a Communications and Media Studies Assistant Professor since 2002, was chosen for the Advising Award, which was created and managed by the undergraduate student body to recognize outstanding advising from a faculty member. Gaudette, a senior meteorology major from Nashua, presented the award on behalf of the entire undergraduate student body.
“Scott’s name came up many times in the submissions from the student body touting his caring manner,” Gaudette said. “For this dedication to all his students, there could not have been a more deserving winner of this award.” “Advising is such an important part of teaching, it’s really gratifying to have my students succeed and to be a part of that success,” said Coykendall, who is also the advisor to the student newspaper, The Clock .
Mark Green, Professor of Hydrology, joined the graduate faculty in the Center for the Environment and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University in 2009. At PSU, Green fulfills a dual role teaching graduate-level classes and acting as a research hydrologist at the Northern Forest Research Station. This unique combination of responsibilities positions Green as a “bridge,” connecting and engaging students in his work. Green also travelled to Japan last year as a Fulbright researcher. With Japanese colleagues, Green studied hydrologic data from US and Japanese forests to understand how forests and hydrologic function recover from disturbance.
“Gaining an understanding of the larger questions about human-water-environmental interactions goes far beyond Plymouth and even the US,” said Green. “Working collaboratively, we have a valuable opportunity to find answers that can apply around the world.” More than 200 full time faculty are employed by Plymouth State University.
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