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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Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Athletics Administration 

When alumna Kim Bownes ’07G was named Director of Athletics in January, she added another crack to a glass ceiling in collegiate athletics. She joined the group of women leading National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III athletics departments who make up just 29 percent of DIII athletics directors, according to the 2016 report by […]

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Coach for a Day

Dean of the First-Year Experience Mark Fischler is a professor, mentor, and friend to countless students. But this past September, he was also a coach for the Panther football team.

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From Ew! to Awe

Seeing rats in a whole new light » They’ve taken the rap for the spread of the Bubonic Plague in Medieval Europe. Their name is synonymous with scoundrel, traitor, and snitch. And then there are their tails: long and skinny, pink and seemingly hairless. They’re rats, and they’re probably the last animals you’d think would […]