PSU Names Deb Tobine the 2012 Pat Storer PAT Award Winner

November 5th, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H. –A longtime employee who has proudly served hundreds of Plymouth State University students as an academic advisor is the 2012 Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technical) Award recipient. Deb Tobine of Campton was honored for her ongoing commitment to assisting PSU students in achieving their goals. The Patricia Storer PAT Award was established in 2008 to honor a Plymouth State employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge and respect in serving the students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University. Storer was a longtime Plymouth State employee who, during her career, served in a variety of roles, including faculty member in the education department, dean of women students, associate dean of academic affairs, and registrar. Tobine, who has worked at Plymouth State since 1984, said she is honored to receive the award.

“Persistence and determination have paid off in my life, and that is what I try to instill in the students with whom I meet,” said Tobine. “We are all a part of our students’ lives, and they a part of ours. For most, we are their foundation, their encouragement, their tough love, their support.  We are all a part of helping to make their dreams come true.”

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, left, presents 2012 Pat Storer Award to Deb Tobine at a November 2 ceremony.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Deb Tobine’s dedication to Plymouth State students is an excellent reflection of the award’s namesake.

“We are honoring someone today for extraordinary work in education, with the theme that education really does transform our students’ lives,” said Steen. “The award also affirms Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) as a motto fully lived on the campus.”

Steen also related receiving a letter from the parent of a student, thanking the University for the efforts made on behalf of the student by Deb Tobine.  “They thought of her as an angel and said they would never forget her,” noted Steen.

Tobine also stated that some of the best advice she can provide struggling students is to learn from their mistakes.

“Yes, we need to hold them accountable and responsible for their actions, but we are also in a place where we can nurture them and help them develop the skills that will lead them into a successful life after PSU.”

PSU’s Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. David Zehr, echoed the praise and respect her colleagues have for Tobine.

“She is wise and warm-hearted,” Zehr said. “She values rigor and integrity. She is supportive without coddling, and she carries out her duties with compassion, with a smile, and with a genuine commitment to helping all students, all faculty, and all staff understand the importance of academic advising.”

During her 28 years of service to PSU, Deb has earned an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Plymouth State.  Tobine is married and has two children and four grandchildren. She is the daughter of Virginia Burnham of West Rumney.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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