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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The Best Job Perk Ever

 An Interview with Donald Hall ■ Diane Jeffrey ’97, Director of the Silver Center for the Arts When I tell people that I am director of PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts, they often say “That sounds like fun!” Not only do I confirm their suspicions, I often tell them about the fascinating people I […]

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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 […]

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Next Steps

Grant-funded Program Prepares Special Education Teachers » Looking over a classroom of a dozen junior high school students at Plymouth Elementary School, special education intern Jennifer Kay ’99 worries what the future holds for the class of kids with mental and physical challenges. “I have doubts about where some of my students will be in […]