Update from the President

News and Resources for NH’s Legislators
November 2011

The excitement at Plymouth State University is easy to sense, but not easy to capture in a few words. PSU exists in a changing landscape. Technology is used to deliver both courses and coursework; students study in many places, near and far; and professors adapt creatively with exciting, relevant material. Where else could a North Country group’s request for help with historic preservation lead to a course for art students, resulting in statewide recognition? Where else could students study at the foot of the Andes during their January break, devote a summer to research in Iceland, or see their faculty react immediately to Tropical Storm Irene with studies on its effect on the NH watershed?

An adaptive spirit permeates our institution, as we address the future of the workforce with programs such as nursing, athletic training (one of our fastest growing) and professional sales leadership (one of the few in the country), all fields that have high demand and show great job promise for our graduates, as PSU delivers on our mission of providing well-educated graduates poised to thrive in the global environment.

It is wonderful to share with you the excitement of PSU through information about online course growth, our regional and global reach, and recent awards for excellence. As always, if I can be of help to you, please feel free to contact me via email or at (603) 535-2210.

Sara Jayne Steen
President

In Plymouth Magazine

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First in the (New) Nation

A Young Man’s Journey from a Nepalese Refugee Camp to the New Hampshire Polls » Southern Bhutan. Early 1990s. Members of an ethnic minority population, the Hindu Lhotshampas, began fleeing rising levels of persecution by the Bhutanese government. Denied their citizenship rights because of religious and cultural differences, the group—more than 100,000 strong—eventually sought protection […]

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Interim Director Named for Museum of the White Mountains

PSU Professor of History Marcia Schmidt Blaine is now interim director of the MWM, following founding director Catherine Amidon’s stepping down …

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And Justice for All

Alisha Medeiros ’15 wants to help troubled youth make better choices and live fulfilling lives. This desire, influenced by a family tragedy, led her to pursue a career in criminal justice.