PLYMOUTH — Two Ashland residents are among seven people recently recognized by the Plymouth State University Alumni Association for their professional success within the campus community and the Lakes Region.
Jason Lyon received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award recognizes the graduate who through unselfish devotion and loyalty has served Plymouth State University. Lyon, class of ’94 and CEO of the Common Man Family of Restaurants, is a current board member of the national Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, focusing on member education. He is also on the executive committee of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association (NHLRA), serving as Vice President of Lodging.
Lyon is also a member of the New Hampshire Youth Council, appointed by former Governor John Lynch, and works with fellow members towards the council’s mission of sustaining and improving New Hampshire’s competitiveness in the global market by developing a skilled and flexible workforce.
Lyon also is one of the organizers of the popular Common Man Apprentice program, which requires business students to form “companies” and develop and market a new flavor of ice cream. Lyon has served as a mentor to more than 1,000 Plymouth State students since the inception of the Apprentice program in 2005, inspiring many students – and many great ice cream flavors.
Terri Dautcher is the recipient of the Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence, which is awarded to a PSU faculty or staff member who exhibits a commitment to supporting alumni and student connections in a campus environment. She exemplifies this commitment through creativity she employs in her courses, and in her commitment that goes above and beyond the outlines of job description and the boundaries of the academic calendar.
Dautcher has been on the faculty of PSU’s College of Business since 2007. Her work with Plymouth State students is shaped by 25 years of corporate experience in a broad range of service-sector industries. She now teaches marketing and professional development classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
Experiential opportunities are the hallmark of Dautcher’s teaching, and perhaps nothing exemplifies this as well as the Annual Chili Cook-off, which was developed by her Event Marketing class. This event has quickly become a campus and community tradition. Competitors include local businesses and alumni groups, along with students, faculty, and staff members, and it’s a must-attend event for students and community members.