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Three local high schools to compete in 31st season of ‘Granite State Challenge’ on NHPTV

November 24th, 2014 by Lynn

    Some of the smartest students in the state are gearing up to compete in the 31st season of the Granite State Challenge on New Hampshire Public Television.

    Students from 16 high schools will participate in the televised competition, including teams from Concord High School, Bow High School and John Stark Regional High School in Weare.

    In all, 54 teams answered 100 questions at the Granite State Challenge qualifiers at Plymouth State University last week.

    Questions included, “Do you know who the first African-American woman elected to Congress was?” (Answer: Shirley Chisholm.)

    And, “In what year did New Hampshire ratify the Constitution and become a state?” (Answer: 1788.)

    Fourteen teams scored well enough to be on the show, while the remaining four teams will compete for the final two spots.

    In true game-show fashion, once teams go head to head on the air, students click a buzzer and try to answer questions correctly for points. The team with the most points wins and advances on.

    “The game emphasizes quick recall of factual material in all major disciplines – math, science, social studies, language arts and fine arts – along with a mix of questions about current events, entertainment, sports, and regional topics,” officials from N.H. Public TV said.

    The season premieres Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., with multiple airdates. All games can be watched online at video.nhptv.org, on YouTube or iTunes. Online GSC quizzes help keep students and audiences involved in the game. The other qualifying teams are:

    ∎ Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua.

    ∎ Academy for Science and Design in Nashua.

    ∎ Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

    ∎ Manchester Central High School.

    ∎ Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover.

    ∎ Dover High School.

    ∎ Nashua High School South.

    ∎ Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro.

    ∎ Plymouth Regional High School.

    ∎ Hanover High School.

    ∎ Merrimack High School.

    The four teams competing for the final two spots are:

    ∎ Goffstown High School.

    ∎ Kennett High School in North Conway.

    ∎ Stevens High School in Claremont.

    ∎ Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan.

    For more information, go to nhptv.org/gsc

     

    Plymouth State students, alumni provide Thanksgiving meals

    November 24th, 2014 by Lynn

      Andy McDonnell, an alumni of Plymouth State University and the Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity, works with Rev. Preston Fuller of the Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church, who checks off a donations list on his clipboard. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)

      PLYMOUTH — Thanksgiving meals came early to hundreds of low-income and elderly residents of the Greater Plymouth area, as Plymouth State University students and alumni of one of the university’s fraternities took part in PSU’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Project.

      Students Abaigeal Molinari of Hudson and Chloe Lee of Hampton Falls were among 60 or so that participated in the distribution of dinner bags, which included frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, canned vegetables and a pie.

      “I’m excited, we’re bringing Thanksgiving to these families,” Molinari said with a big smile as she grabbed a dinner bag.

      Working beside the students were alumni of both Plymouth State and Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity, which was founded in 1971 by university students, veterans who had just returned from serving in Vietnam. When brothers pledge, they “pledge to the veterans” to perform philanthropic and community service, said PSU and Phi Beta Upsilon alumnus Terrence McKenzie of Plymouth.

      The fraternity brothers were also having a good time, many introducing themselves to the students as they worked together. They said they were glad to be getting some good publicity.

      “There have been many negative reports as of late about fraternities and sororities, but nothing positive,” said McKenzie, whose membership raised $2,000 for this year’s dinner deliveries, and has raised more than $10,000 since the fraternity joined the activity five years ago.

      Volunteers made 198 baskets of food for the deliveries, which went to feed 734 people in Plymouth and 13 towns to the north, said Kathy Tardif of the Catholic Campus Ministry.

      Among the volunteers was Rev. Preston Fuller of the Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church, who was formerly a campus minister. “It’s a very positive thing we’re doing here,” Fuller said. “It’s fun to be back among the students again.”

      Tardif said the work was educational for the students, who, she noted, were enjoying themselves immensely.

      “This is a great opportunity for students to meet community members in person, and it’s a good way for community members to see that the students of the university care about them,” she said.

      “It’s fun being here with them,” said university and fraternity alumnus Andy McDonnell. “And it’s great to give back.”

      dseufert@newstote.com

      PSU honors retirees and longtime employees at annual recognition ceremony

      November 20th, 2014 by Heather

        PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized nearly 120 University employees and retirees in a Nov. 13 ceremony. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University.

        “Recognition day is the kind of tradition that makes Plymouth State University special,” Steen said. “We are all here on the same mission – to prepare students to make a better world for the next generation. Recognition day is our chance to say thank you to our faculty and staff; it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to those of you who have created an environment that offers students an opportunity to succeed and excel. On behalf of everyone at Plymouth State University, thank you.”

        Retirees Nancy Aldrich, David Beronä, Nancy Betchart, Shaughn Bolton, Darlene Brill, Deborah Burnell, Robin Cummings, Robert Gannett, Mary-Ellen Godville, Susan Keefe, Timothy Keefe, Susan Lafreniere, Judith Landry, Loretta Muzzey, Diane Newberry, Susan O’Callaghan, Steffan O’Sullivan, Robert Swift, Warren Tomkiewicz and Orvell Tyrrell were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the 20 retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for nearly 580 years.

        “Each retiree has made his or her mark on our institution as well as in his or her field and we are grateful for their achievements,” Steen noted.

        Christine Wilkie of Sodexo was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating her 45th year of employment at the institution.

        Retirees and Employees with Landmark 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Years of Service 

        Retirees

        Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families David Beronä – Library and Academic Support Services Nancy Betchart – Division of Online and Continuing Studies Shaughn Bolton – Biological Sciences/ Environmental Science and Policy Darlene Brill – Student Affairs

        Deborah Burnell – College of Business Administration Robin Cummings – Physical Plant Robert Gannett – Center for Young Children and Families Mary-Ellen Godville – Purchasing, Disbursements, and Contract Services Susan Keefe – Plymouth Academic Support Services Timothy Keefe – Student Affairs Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families Judith Landry – Budget and Accounting Services Loretta Muzzey – Account Collection and Mail Services Diane Newberry – Financial Aid Susan O’Callaghan – Admissions Steffan O’Sullivan – Library and Academic Support Services Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance Warren Tomkiewicz – Environmental Science and Policy Orvell Tyrrell – Physical Plant

        Recognition Award Recipients 10-Year Recognition

         

        Angela Adams – Graduate Studies John S Anderson – Art Lourdes Aviles Bramer – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Alan Baker – Information Technology Ser- vices Amanda Bickford – Sodexo Christian Bisson – Health and Human Performance Darcy Cushing – Health and Human Performance Sureya Ennabe – Silver Center for the Arts Wilson Garcia – Languages and Linguistics Steven Golden – Health and Human Performance Brendon Hoch – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Whitney Howarth – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education Amanda Hutchins – University Police Colleen Kenny – Information Technology Services Vedran Lelas – College of Business Administration David Mackey – Criminal Justice Patti May – Library and Academic Support Services Sandra McGarr – Admissions Thomas R. Morin – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Steve Nichols – Sodexo Rebecca Noel – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education Holly Oliver – Music, Theatre, and Dance Angela Preisendorfer – Center for the Environment Geoffrey Tomlinson – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies Lisa Travis – Music, Theatre, and Dance Steven Whitman – Social Science Kerry Yurewicz – Biological Sciences

        15-Year Recognition

        Catherine Amidon – Museum of the White Mountains Karla Chierichetti – Registrar’s Office Michael Cosma – In- formation Technology Services Elizabeth Daily – Music, Theatre, and Dance Jane Davis – Mathematics Jeff Furlone – Dean of Students Office Timothy Gilmore – Music, Theatre, and Dance Michael Heffernan – Art Pom Hehir – Sodexo Wendy Hills – Health and Wellness Center Janice Johnson – Music, Theatre, and Dance Ginny Jordan – Sodexo Regina Kelly – Counseling and Human Relations Sandy Marrotte – Sodexo Geoffrey McGlone – Athletics Chris Mongeon – Sodexo Cyndy Mongeon – Sodexo Alice O’Connor – Academic Affairs Karen Sanders – Center for Young Children and Families John Scheinman – University Advancement Marianne True – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies John Ward – Physical Plant Elizabeth Wichland – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center Metasebia Woldemariam – Communication and Media Studies Deborah Ziemba – Physical Plant

        20-Year Recognition

        John Bowen – Sodexo Ellen Braley – Physical Plant Kent Cherrington – Athletics Judith D’Aleo – Biologi- cal Sciences Abby Frizzel – Sodexo Stephen Gorin – Social Work Carol Jowdy – Art Dean Merrill – Physical Plant Paul Mroczka – Music, Theatre, and Dance Jonathan Santore – Music, Theatre, and Dance Kurt Schroeder – Social Science Richard Sparks – College of Business Administration Marguerite St. Laurent-Crowell – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Susan Superchi – Physical Plant

        25-Year Recognition

        Carolyn Adams – Physical Plant Robin Cummings – Physical Plant Juanita Field – Psychology Jennifer Hall – University Advancement Philip Haskell – Information Technology Services Frank Kopczynski – College of Business Administration Lisa Ladd – Center for Student Success/Global Education Office Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families Barbara McCahan – Health and Human Performance Lisa Prince – Marketing Communications and Creative Services Pahl Sharrow – Physical Plant

        30-Year Recognition

        Elaine Allard – Library and Academic Support Services Elaine Berry – Physical Plant Dick Bruce – Mail Services Constance Chesebrough – Music, Theatre, and Dance Robert Fitzpatrick – Library and Academic Support Services Susan Noel – Library and Academic Support Services Frank Olcott – Information Technology Services Deborah Tobine – Center for Student Success/ Undergraduate Advising Center

        35-Year Recognition

        Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families Roger Babin – College of Business Administration Dennis McManus – Athletics Diane Newberry – Financial Aid Mark Okrant – Social Science Ellen Shippee – Physical Plant Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

        40-year Recognition

        Gail Carr – Center for Student Success/ Continuing Education Mary Campbell – Undergraduate Studies

        45-year Recognition Christine Wilkie – Sodexo

        Plymouth State University currently employs nearly 1,100 people.

        PSU honors retirees and longtime employees at annual recognition ceremony

        November 20th, 2014 by Heather

          PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized nearly 120 University employees and retirees in a Nov. 13 ceremony. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University.

          “Recognition day is the kind of tradition that makes Plymouth State University special,” Steen said. “We are all here on the same mission – to prepare students to make a better world for the next generation. Recognition day is our chance to say thank you to our faculty and staff; it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to those of you who have created an environment that offers students an opportunity to succeed and excel. On behalf of everyone at Plymouth State University, thank you.”

          Retirees Nancy Aldrich, David Beronä, Nancy Betchart, Shaughn Bolton, Darlene Brill, Deborah Burnell, Robin Cummings, Robert Gannett, Mary-Ellen Godville, Susan Keefe, Timothy Keefe, Susan Lafreniere, Judith Landry, Loretta Muzzey, Diane Newberry, Susan O’Callaghan, Steffan O’Sullivan, Robert Swift, Warren Tomkiewicz and Orvell Tyrrell were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the 20 retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for nearly 580 years.

          “Each retiree has made his or her mark on our institution as well as in his or her field and we are grateful for their achievements,” Steen noted.

          Christine Wilkie of Sodexo was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating her 45th year of employment at the institution.

          Retirees and Employees with Landmark 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Years of Service 

          Retirees

          Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families David Beronä – Library and Academic Support Services Nancy Betchart – Division of Online and Continuing Studies Shaughn Bolton – Biological Sciences/ Environmental Science and Policy Darlene Brill – Student Affairs

          Deborah Burnell – College of Business Administration Robin Cummings – Physical Plant Robert Gannett – Center for Young Children and Families Mary-Ellen Godville – Purchasing, Disbursements, and Contract Services Susan Keefe – Plymouth Academic Support Services Timothy Keefe – Student Affairs Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families Judith Landry – Budget and Accounting Services Loretta Muzzey – Account Collection and Mail Services Diane Newberry – Financial Aid Susan O’Callaghan – Admissions Steffan O’Sullivan – Library and Academic Support Services Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance Warren Tomkiewicz – Environmental Science and Policy Orvell Tyrrell – Physical Plant

          Recognition Award Recipients 10-Year Recognition

           

          Angela Adams – Graduate Studies John S Anderson – Art Lourdes Aviles Bramer – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Alan Baker – Information Technology Ser- vices Amanda Bickford – Sodexo Christian Bisson – Health and Human Performance Darcy Cushing – Health and Human Performance Sureya Ennabe – Silver Center for the Arts Wilson Garcia – Languages and Linguistics Steven Golden – Health and Human Performance Brendon Hoch – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Whitney Howarth – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education Amanda Hutchins – University Police Colleen Kenny – Information Technology Services Vedran Lelas – College of Business Administration David Mackey – Criminal Justice Patti May – Library and Academic Support Services Sandra McGarr – Admissions Thomas R. Morin – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Steve Nichols – Sodexo Rebecca Noel – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education Holly Oliver – Music, Theatre, and Dance Angela Preisendorfer – Center for the Environment Geoffrey Tomlinson – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies Lisa Travis – Music, Theatre, and Dance Steven Whitman – Social Science Kerry Yurewicz – Biological Sciences

          15-Year Recognition

          Catherine Amidon – Museum of the White Mountains Karla Chierichetti – Registrar’s Office Michael Cosma – In- formation Technology Services Elizabeth Daily – Music, Theatre, and Dance Jane Davis – Mathematics Jeff Furlone – Dean of Students Office Timothy Gilmore – Music, Theatre, and Dance Michael Heffernan – Art Pom Hehir – Sodexo Wendy Hills – Health and Wellness Center Janice Johnson – Music, Theatre, and Dance Ginny Jordan – Sodexo Regina Kelly – Counseling and Human Relations Sandy Marrotte – Sodexo Geoffrey McGlone – Athletics Chris Mongeon – Sodexo Cyndy Mongeon – Sodexo Alice O’Connor – Academic Affairs Karen Sanders – Center for Young Children and Families John Scheinman – University Advancement Marianne True – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies John Ward – Physical Plant Elizabeth Wichland – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center Metasebia Woldemariam – Communication and Media Studies Deborah Ziemba – Physical Plant

          20-Year Recognition

          John Bowen – Sodexo Ellen Braley – Physical Plant Kent Cherrington – Athletics Judith D’Aleo – Biologi- cal Sciences Abby Frizzel – Sodexo Stephen Gorin – Social Work Carol Jowdy – Art Dean Merrill – Physical Plant Paul Mroczka – Music, Theatre, and Dance Jonathan Santore – Music, Theatre, and Dance Kurt Schroeder – Social Science Richard Sparks – College of Business Administration Marguerite St. Laurent-Crowell – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry Susan Superchi – Physical Plant

          25-Year Recognition

          Carolyn Adams – Physical Plant Robin Cummings – Physical Plant Juanita Field – Psychology Jennifer Hall – University Advancement Philip Haskell – Information Technology Services Frank Kopczynski – College of Business Administration Lisa Ladd – Center for Student Success/Global Education Office Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families Barbara McCahan – Health and Human Performance Lisa Prince – Marketing Communications and Creative Services Pahl Sharrow – Physical Plant

          30-Year Recognition

          Elaine Allard – Library and Academic Support Services Elaine Berry – Physical Plant Dick Bruce – Mail Services Constance Chesebrough – Music, Theatre, and Dance Robert Fitzpatrick – Library and Academic Support Services Susan Noel – Library and Academic Support Services Frank Olcott – Information Technology Services Deborah Tobine – Center for Student Success/ Undergraduate Advising Center

          35-Year Recognition

          Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families Roger Babin – College of Business Administration Dennis McManus – Athletics Diane Newberry – Financial Aid Mark Okrant – Social Science Ellen Shippee – Physical Plant Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

          40-year Recognition

          Gail Carr – Center for Student Success/ Continuing Education Mary Campbell – Undergraduate Studies

          45-year Recognition Christine Wilkie – Sodexo

          Plymouth State University currently employs nearly 1,100 people.

          What does it mean to work in an artist collective?

          November 20th, 2014 by Heather

            PSU students participate in The Beehive Collective exhibition at PSU

            PLYMOUTH—The Karl Drerup Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University presents “The Beehive Collective,” a collection of final and process art work, along with large banner pieces from the Collective’s Mesoamérica Resiste project, Nov. 10-Dec. 13 in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at PSU. A Gallery Opening will be held from 4–6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

            The exhibition reveals what it is like to work in an artist collective, a model that is becoming widespread in the art world. Many collectives protect their members’ names, providing anonymity due to the nature of the issues and content of their work. Some artist collectives deal with issues that are political and controversial, while others challenge the boundaries of “what is art.” Still other collectives are more concerned with establishing a community of artists, sharing the authorship.

            A significant portion of The Beehive Collective exhibition is showing the process of making art, and in this case the central process is drawing. The artist members of the Collective, “the worker bees,” take the traditional drawing medium into a contemporary framework to use the images to convey important messages and ideas. All posters, banners, drawings, etc. are created by the group with anywhere from two to dozens of artist’s ideas and personal drawings incorporated into the finished pieces.

            “The True Cost of Coal” asks viewers to consider coal mining in relation to mountaintop removal and the resulting destruction of Appalachian communities.

            “Mesoamérica Resiste” was nine years in the making. The large-format printed graphic tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience from Mexico to Columbia while also celebrating cultural and ecological diversity. This project has at its core the values of resilience, resistance and solidarity in relation to these communities.

            Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson says, “This exhibit will inspire us to imagine the diverse ways that the arts can motivate and activate local and global communities.”

            Students in the PSU museum studies class Objects and Collections, led by Professor of Art History Jayme Yahr, curated the exhibition, arranging the works for display. Yahr says that for her the project is about student engagement and hands-on work. It is also about making a collection of objects speak to the process of the Beehive and to the process of the viewer. She tasked the students to “get close to the work, spend time with it, and create a map of what ideas you notice and how they connect to each other.”

            As they sorted through the collected works, students shared comments about how the art was made, the work that went into it, how it relates to what they do in class, and how attached they were getting to some of the works.

            One student said, “This is great. I’m getting an idea of how the art was made. …it must have taken so many hours.”

            Another commented, “We’ve been talking in class about how museums tell stories in exhibits. This is cool because it actually does tell a story. Now we get to plan how to set up that story for people.”

            Students participating in the curatorial project are Stefanie DeSimone, a senior art education major from Orford; Michael Desroches, a senior history major from Stratham; Taylor Falcone, a junior early childhood studies major from New Fairfield, Conn.; Jeffrey Reynolds, a senior business administration major from Nashua; Marjorie Salvatore, a senior theatre arts major from New London and Rebecca White, a senior history major from Nashua.

            Special gallery events connected to the exhibition include:

            A popup exhibit in the Shoebox Gallery inside the Drerup Gallery throughout the exhibition includes postcards created by elementary, high school and university students and members of the community with a drawing, painting, collage, photo or mixed media composition on them in response to the words “bee,” “community” and “resilience.” Robinson says,

            “The diversity of media, interpretations and creative thinking displayed in the wide array of postcard responses speak directly to the Collective’s universal values and the essential narratives of their graphic works.”

            Also:

            “Lights, Camera, KDAG!” Nov. 8 at noon. Film

            Jammin’ at Karl’s, music, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. Singer Sophia Baer

            Jammin’ at Karl’s, music, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. Austin Pratt, vocals and guitar

            “Lights, Camera, KDAG!” Dec. 13 at noon.

            Film. Karl Drerup Art Gallery hours are Monday– Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 1–4 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sundays and PSU holidays.

            Information about the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions program is online at Plymouth.edu/gallery. General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@ PSU, http: thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

            Plymouth State Unviersity convenes 200 high school musicians for All NE Band Festival

            November 20th, 2014 by Heather

              PLYMOUTH — The department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will host the All New England Band Festival Nov. 24 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

              The annual program will bring more than 200 high school students from across New England, along with their band directors, to the PSU campus.

              The concert will conclude a daylong event involving honor band members representing 65 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from more than 400 who applied for the festival from a total of 80 high schools. Selection was based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state band or orchestra.

              Dr. Jack Stamp is a guest conductor for the festival. Stamp is professor of music, department chair and director of band studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the wind ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States.

              Professor Russell McCutcheon, also a guest conductor, is director of bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. McCutcheon directs the Bullets Marching Band, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He also supervises student teachers in the field. Bands under his direction have performed in China, Singapore, England, Scotland, Italy and Switzerland.

              The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by PSU Professor Mark Stickney. The Symphonic Band will perform Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare,” “Choreography” by Robert Sheldon, “Shadow Falls” by Julie Giroux and “Illumination” by David Maslanka, among other works.

              Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and youth and $6 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

              Information about the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University is online at Plymouth.edu/department/mtd.

              General information about public events at Plymouth State is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://blogs.plymouth.edu.

              Ellis Gift Collection: Selected Works now on display at PSU Lamson Learning Commons

              November 20th, 2014 by Heather

                PLYMOUTH — Former student J.T. Ellis, now 84 years old, recently gifted his one-of-a-kind collection of art works and books to Plymouth State University. The pieces were collected over Ellis’ half century as a merchant mariner, during which he visited hundreds of ports and foreign countries.

                A new exhibition, The Ellis Gift Collection: Selected Works at the Lamson Learning Commons will present pieces from the Ellis’ collection until late March.

                The collection includes signed prints from artists like David Hockney, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Nason, as well as local favorites Herbert Waters and Christopher Morse.

                The exhibition is located on the David A. Beronä Exhibition Wall on the main floor at Lamson Learning Commons on Highland Street in Plymouth. Library hours vary and are online at http://library. plymouth.edu/hours.

                All works in the Ellis collection are maintained by the Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections.

                Information about Lamson Library and Learning Commons is online at library.plymouth.edu.

                General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@ PSU, http:thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

                Ellis Gift Collection: Selected Works now on display at PSU Lamson Learning Common

                November 20th, 2014 by Heather

                  PLYMOUTH — Former student J.T. Ellis, now 84 years old, recently gifted his one- of-a-kind collection of art works and books to Plymouth State University. The pieces were collected over Ellis’ half century as a merchant mariner, during which he visited hundreds of ports and foreign countries.

                  A new exhibition, The Ellis Gift Collection: Selected Works at the Lamson Learning Commons will present pieces from the Ellis’ collection until late March.

                  The collection includes signed prints from artists like David Hockney, Rockwell Kent and Thomas Nason, as well as local favorites Herbert Waters and Christopher Morse.

                  The exhibition is located on the David A. Beronä Exhibition Wall on the main floor at Lamson Learning Commons on Highland Street in Plymouth. Library hours vary and are online at http://library. plymouth.edu/hours.

                  All works in the Ellis collection are maintained by the Michael J. Spinelli, Jr. Center for University Archives and Special Collections.

                  Information about Lamson Library and Learning Commons is online at library.plymouth.edu.

                  General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@ PSU, http:thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

                  Knowledge is power

                  November 20th, 2014 by Heather

                    PLYMOUTH––All that glitters is not gold, and everything you read on the Internet is not true. Finding reliable, factual reference information in today’s high technology world is not easy, but Plymouth State University’s Lamson Library and Learning Commons is showing Rivendell Academy students the best way to ferret out what’s fact from fiction.

                    Twenty-seven juniors from Rivendell Academy attended a three-hour tutorial at Lamson Nov. 14 to learn how to navigate the overwhelming amount of information on the Internet and find factual reference material for a 10-page research paper. While the assignments the students are given are simple, the instruction at Lamson sets the stage for more important reference work they will need as adults, like analyzing financial information or gathering information as part of a job.

                    Lamson Outreach Librarian Anne Jung-Mathews said knowing how to locate accurate information on the Web is a critical skill and it’s never too early to learn.

                    “I’m teaching them to how to conduct academic research with reliable library resources with something different than Wikipedia or Google,” said Jung-Mathews. “We want to share this resource, we don’t want this library to be a silo, we want people to come in here and use our resources.”

                    Rivendell English teacher Eric Reichert noted the Lamson Library is much bigger than the average high school library, and he wants students to know how to use it.

                    “We want them to see how things broaden out when we move into a different academic realm,” Reichert said. “We’ve started them with a short research paper assignment and this opens their eyes to the many resources that are available. We don’t want their first experience with this much research information to overwhelm them when they go away to college. We hope by seeing this process it will be a little less intimidating.”

                    “I’ve learned how to use several different research databases, which will be helpful, especially in college when I have to do this on my own,” said Tali Gelenian, a Rivendell junior. “When you’re researching something, you get a wider range of ideas and opposing viewpoints, which is great.”

                    “There’s definitely a lot of resources, they are more concise than what we have in our school library; you can type in what you want and find the specific information,” added classmate Cameron Day.

                    According to Reichert, this is the first time a Rivendell Academy class has visited Lamson Library.

                    PSU honors retirees, longtime employees

                    November 18th, 2014 by Heather

                      PLYMOUTH STATE University retirees pose with President Sara Jayne Steen at a Nov.13 ceremony. From left: Diane Newberry, Susan Lafreniere, Shaughn Bolton, Nancy Aldrich, Judith Landry, Mary-Ellen Godville, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Tim Keefe, Susan Keefe and Nancy Betchart.

                      Plymouth — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized nearly 120 University employees and retirees in a Nov. 13 ceremony. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University.

                      “Recognition day is the kind of tradition that makes Plymouth State University special,” Steen said. “We are all here on the same mission – to prepare students to make a better world for the next generation. Recognition day is our chance to say thank you to our faculty and staff; it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to those of you who have created an environment that offers students an opportunity to succeed and excel. On behalf of everyone at Plymouth State University, thank you.”

                      Retirees Nancy Aldrich, David Beronä, Nancy Betchart, Shaughn Bolton, Darlene Brill, Deborah Burnell, Robin Cummings, Robert Gannett, Mary-Ellen Godville, Susan Keefe, Timothy Keefe, Susan Lafreniere, Judith Landry, Loretta Muzzey, Diane Newberry, Susan O’Callaghan, Steffan O’Sullivan, Robert Swift, Warren Tomkiewicz and Orvell Tyrrell were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State.

                      Steen noted the 20 retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for nearly 580 years.

                      “Each retiree has made his or her mark on our institution as well as in his or her field and we are grateful for their achievements,” Steen noted.

                      Christine Wilkie of Sodexo was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating her 45th year of employment at the institution.

                      Retirees and Employees with Landmark 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Years of Service

                      Retirees

                      Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

                      David Beronä – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Nancy Betchart – Division of Online and Continuing Studies

                      Shaughn Bolton – Biological Sciences/Environmental Science and Policy

                      Darlene Brill – Student Affairs

                      Deborah Burnell – College of Business Administration

                      Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

                      Robert Gannett – Center for Young Children and Families

                      Mary-Ellen Godville – Purchasing, Disbursements, and Contract Services

                      Susan Keefe – Plymouth Academic Support Services

                      Timothy Keefe – Student Affairs

                      Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

                      Judith Landry – Budget and Accounting Services

                      Loretta Muzzey – Account Collection and Mail Services

                      Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

                      Susan O’Callaghan – Admissions

                      Steffan O’Sullivan – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Warren Tomkiewicz – Environmental Science and Policy

                      Orvell Tyrrell – Physical Plant

                      Recognition Award Recipients

                      10-Year Recognition

                      Angela Adams – Graduate Studies

                      John S Anderson – Art

                      Lourdes Aviles Bramer – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

                      Alan Baker – Information Technology Services

                      Amanda Bickford – Sodexo

                      Christian Bisson – Health and Human Performance

                      Darcy Cushing – Health and Human Performance

                      Sureya Ennabe – Silver Center for the Arts

                      Wilson Garcia – Languages and Linguistics

                      Steven Golden – Health and Human Performance

                      Brendon Hoch – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

                      Whitney Howarth – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

                      Amanda Hutchins – University Police

                      Colleen Kenny – Information Technology Services

                      Vedran Lelas – College of Business Administration

                      David Mackey – Criminal Justice

                      Patti May – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Sandra McGarr – Admissions

                      Thomas R. Morin – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

                      Steve Nichols – Sodexo

                      Rebecca Noel – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

                      Holly Oliver – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Angela Preisendorfer – Center for the Environment

                      Geoffrey Tomlinson – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

                      Lisa Travis – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Steven Whitman – Social Science

                      Kerry Yurewicz – Biological Sciences

                      15-Year Recognition

                      Catherine Amidon – Museum of the White Mountains

                      Karla Chierichetti – Registrar’s Office

                      Michael Cosma – Information Technology Services

                      Elizabeth Daily – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Jane Davis – Mathematics

                      Jeff Furlone – Dean of Students Office

                      Timothy Gilmore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Michael Heffernan – Art

                      Pom Hehir – Sodexo

                      Wendy Hills – Health and Wellness Center

                      Janice Johnson – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Ginny Jordan – Sodexo

                      Regina Kelly – Counseling and Human Relations

                      Sandy Marrotte – Sodexo

                      Geoffrey McGlone – Athletics

                      Chris Mongeon – Sodexo

                      Cyndy Mongeon – Sodexo

                      Alice O’Connor – Academic Affairs

                      Karen Sanders – Center for Young Children and Families

                      John Scheinman – University Advancement

                      Marianne True – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

                      John Ward – Physical Plant

                      Elizabeth Wichland – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

                      Metasebia Woldemariam – Communication and Media Studies

                      Deborah Ziemba – Physical Plant

                      20-Year Recognition

                      John Bowen – Sodexo

                      Ellen Braley – Physical Plant

                      Kent Cherrington – Athletics

                      Judith D’Aleo – Biological Sciences

                      Abby Frizzel – Sodexo

                      Stephen Gorin – Social Work

                      Carol Jowdy – Art

                      Dean Merrill – Physical Plant

                      Paul Mroczka – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Jonathan Santore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Kurt Schroeder – Social Science

                      Richard Sparks – College of Business Administration

                      Marguerite St. Laurent-Crowell – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

                      Susan Superchi – Physical Plant

                      25-Year Recognition

                      Carolyn Adams – Physical Plant

                      Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

                      Juanita Field – Psychology

                      Jennifer Hall – University Advancement

                      Philip Haskell – Information Technology Services

                      Frank Kopczynski – College of Business Administration

                      Lisa Ladd – Center for Student Success/Global Education Office

                      Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

                      Barbara McCahan – Health and Human Performance

                      Lisa Prince – Marketing Communications and Creative Services

                      Pahl Sharrow – Physical Plant

                      30-Year Recognition

                      Elaine Allard – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Elaine Berry – Physical Plant

                      Dick Bruce – Mail Services

                      Constance Chesebrough – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      Robert Fitzpatrick – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Susan Noel – Library and Academic Support Services

                      Frank Olcott – Information Technology Services

                      Deborah Tobine – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

                      35-Year Recognition

                      Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

                      Roger Babin – College of Business Administration

                      Dennis McManus – Athletics

                      Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

                      Mark Okrant – Social Science

                      Ellen Shippee – Physical Plant

                      Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

                      40-year Recognition

                      Gail Carr – Center for Student Success/Continuing Education

                      Mary Campbell – Undergraduate Studies

                      45-year Recognition

                      Christine Wilkie – Sodexo

                      Featured in Plymouth Magazine

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                      Student Spotlight: Mae Williams ’14G A Twenty-first-century Preservationist

                      When Mae Williams ’14G enrolled in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program in the fall of 2012, she was drawn to the strength of a program in which, she says, “The professors are not academics locked away amidst a pile of books, but are actually out in the field on a daily basis, […]

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                      Ut Prosim: Burton for Certain

                      Ray Burton ’62 lived all his years in the North Country of New Hampshire. Few elected officials have ever understood the lifestyle and character of their constituents as well as he did or have known so many of them by name. On December 14, 2013, hundreds of Burton’s fellow citizens joined dozens of past and […]

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                      Arts: Digital Repository Puts PSU’s History and Culture at Your Fingertips

                      Where can you get a close look at a photo of Babe Ruth standing in front of the Draper and Maynard Building, peruse a 1905 copy of Plymouth Normal School’s literary magazine The Prospect, and examine an aerial view of Plymouth State’s campus in 1960? Thanks to PSU’s digital repository, these historical treasures—along with 15,000 […]