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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Let the Sunshine In

A Strategic Approach to a Sustainable Campus » Compressed Natural Gas powers the campus’s hot water and heat. A geothermal system heats and cools the Hanaway Rink at the PSU Ice Arena and Welcome Center. Biomass fuel keeps the new ALLWell North facility warm and provides hot water. And now solar panels on the roof […]

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Hope for Hypertension

Jennifer DuPont ’08 is investigating what triggers high blood pressure as we age Sixty-seven million Americans have it. Nearly a thousand people die from it each day. And in just one year, it can cost the nation more than $40 million. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, takes a tremendous toll on our country, both in […]

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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 […]