PSU grants 1,400 degrees

May 20th, 2014 by Lynn

PLYMOUTH — More than 1,400 degrees were awarded at Plymouth State University’s 143rd commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen welcomed the guests.

“For all of us, this is a wonderful day,” Steen said. She described the 2014 graduates, calling out some of their stories as samples of student excellence, such as Delilah Smith who, in receiving her doctoral degree, became the first student to have four progressive PSU diplomas: bachelor’s, master’s, certificate of advanced graduate studies, and doctorate. The president described graduates’ plans, whether attending graduate school, joining schools, businesses, and nonprofits, or becoming officers in the U.S. military.

“Each of you is a success story. Your family members are so proud of you, as are the faculty and staff, many of whom will remain your mentors and friends for life,” Steen said. “All of us are excited to see where you will go as you apply your intelligence, commitment, and innovation to live PSU’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). You have worked hard; in your education you also have received a great gift. Use it well.”

J.J. Theplama, treasurer of the class of 2014, asked students to share their stories. “Plymouth State University represents a chapter within your life … and today marks the start of a new beginning. You’d better get writing.”

Class of 2014 President Kayla Grimes urged her classmates to remember the lessons learned at PSU while maintaining perspective on the important things in life. “Never lose sight of the power in the details,” Grimes said. “It’s as simple as saying ‘I love you’ a few more times, or saying ‘Thanks, Mom and Dad, for believing in me.’”

Before addressing the graduates, Gov. Maggie Hassan asked for a moment of silence in memory of recently slain Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell. She then congratulated the Class of 2014. “The education you have dedicated so much to will give you the foundation for incredible success,” Hassan said. “You are all now better equipped to engage in collective problem-solving, teamwork, and critical thinking that are so important in today’s economy.” Hassan explored the importance of engaging in citizen democracy, and she joined Steen in congratulating graduates as they received diplomas.

Stephen J. Sedensky III, ’80, a prosecuting attorney in Connecticut, provided the charge to the graduates and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Sedensky is recognized nationally as a child abuse prosecutor. He championed Connecticut’s adoption of a training program in which child abuse professionals are taught investigatory skills, and he has taught those techniques to thousands of professionals. As the state’s attorney for the judicial district of Danbury, Conn., he was the chief investigator of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. He has been honored nationally for his concern for victims’ rights and the protection of children.

His advice to the Class of 2014 was to have a plan and work hard at achieving it. “Be purposeful, be persistent, be grateful,” Sedensky said. “Have a plan. Have a vision. Have a focus. Have something identifiable that you are working towards. … When you have something to work for, you will find things happen far more quickly than when you just exist day to day. … Being outwardly grateful reminds us that we cannot achieve our goals or success without other people. Please say thank you to your parents and those who made this day possible for you.”

The 2014 Commencement also featured the award of an honorary Doctor of Science degree for Hugh Miller Herr, who leads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs and allow recipients to perform normal activities and even succeed as athletes. Herr, who lost both legs in a climbing accident in the White Mountains 30 years ago, has designed his own bionic legs and devoted his life to seeing that others can move beyond a physical disability.

“As a society, we need to embrace the basic proposition that people aren’t broken. A person can never be disabled; rather, technology is disabled and broken,” Herr said. “We must not accept human limitation, but seek to transcend disability through technological innovation … I feel it is a great privilege and honor to make a small contribution to this global effort. There is no greater gift than the gift of giving back.”

Former University System of New Hampshire Chancellor Stephen J. Reno received the Granite State Award, an honor reserved for those making exceptional contributions to New Hampshire. He is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire, a program in which leaders learn about the state in order better to respond to its issues. He has served as a consultant to many New Hampshire nonprofits, and led initiatives such as Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire to attract and retain young workers in the state. He emphasized the Stay, Work, Play goal by asking the new graduates to consider making New Hampshire their home.

“To all of you, I extend congratulations,” Reno said. “I hope at least 55 percent of you will stay in New Hampshire and begin your careers and lives here. Remember, 100 percent of you are now alums of this wonderful university.”

Jill Tarkleson, completing her master’s degree with the Class of 2014, closed by asking students to inspire others as they were inspired and said, “It has been an honor to have studied here.” Richard Evans, alumni representative of the 50-year class, welcomed graduates to their PSU Alumni Association.

The commencement ceremony was held indoors in four locations, attended by thousands of family members and guests, and live-streamed internationally to allow friends and family members across the globe to participate.

 

 

Local students receive degrees from Plymouth State University

July 11th, 2013 by Lynn

    PLYMOUTH — The following students were awarded degrees from Plymouth State University at their 142nd Commencement ceremony May 18:

    George Poulin of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

    Laura Dion of Ashland, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

    Chelsea McLean of Campton, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology

    Kelsea Raymond of Holderness, Bachelor of Arts in Art

    Joshua Thompson of Holderness, Master of Science in Athletic Training

    Michelle Crosby of Ashland, Master of Science in Athletic Training

    Marita Clark of Warren, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    Shayna Norman of Hebron, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    Ashley Maxner of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

    Ashley Penn of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Alexandra Noble of Bristol, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Christopher Chant of Holderness, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Elena Kulig of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Jessica Brown of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Michael Miller of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Paul Richards of Bristol, Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies

    Devon Pasco of Campton, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

    Michael Lombard of Bristol, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

    Rachel Umberger of Campton, Master of Education in Counselor Education

    Christopher Rideout of Ashland, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

    Sarah Weeks of Campton, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

    Jennifer Wrath of Ashland, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

    Norah Aldujayn of Holderness, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

    Nicole Daugherty of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies

    Stephanie Melo of Holderness, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Studies

    Michelle Diamond of Plymouth, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership

    Ruth DeCotis of Wentworth, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership

    Alaa Alsubhi of Holderness, Master of Education in Educational Leadership

    Jill Martineau of Plymouth, Master of Education in Educational Leadership

    Craig Carpenter of Holderness, Teacher Certification in Educator Certification

    Michelle Bobb of Ashland, Master of Education in Elementary Education

    Adam Di Filippe of Ashland, Bachelor of Arts in English

    Bethany Veith of Holderness, Bachelor of Arts in English

    Kayley Fouts of Ashland, Bachelor of Arts in English

    Melissa Fintonis of Plymouth, Bachelor of Arts in English

    Michael Zarnowski of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning

    Gregory Beebe of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy

    Meghan MacDonald of Plymouth, Master of Business Administration in General Management

    William Sweeney of Alexandria, Certificate in Health Care Administration

    Kelsie Eckert of Plymouth, Master of Education in Heritage Studies

    Jessica Marker of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Kathleen McPherson of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

    Lindsey Tebaldi of Ashland, Master of Arts in Teaching in K-12 Art Education

    Suzanne Thibault of Plymouth, Master of Arts in Teaching in K-12 Art Education

    Tamara Mann of Plymouth, Master of Arts in Teaching in K-12 Art Education

    Hani Alahmadi of Plymouth, Master of Education in K-12 Education

    Rachelle Lyons of Plymouth, Master of Education in K-12 Education

    Devin Page of Ashland, Bachelor of Science in Management

    Sarah Levi of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Management

    Caitlin Swanson of Holderness, Bachelor of Science in Marketing

    Christie Quaranta of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Sarah Butler of Plymouth, Master of Education in Mathematics Education

    Amanda Tobine of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Deborah Danzig of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Danielle Bicknell of Ashland, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Kendra Newton of Warren, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Kristin Melendy of Campton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Sherri Perry of Ashland, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Angela Uhlman of Holderness, Certificate in Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing

    Bridget Regan of Plymouth, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    Stephanie Messina of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

    Kristin Smith of Plymouth, Master of Education in Reading and Writing Specialist

    Julie Tallman of Campton, Master of Education in Secondary Education

    Phillip Davis of Bristol, Certificate in Small Business Institute

    Teirrah Hussey of Hebron, Certificate in Small Business Institute

    Jamie King of Wentworth, Bachelor of Science in Social Science

    Stephanie Burge of Ashland, Bachelor of Science in Social Science

    Annette Daniels of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Social Work

    Emily Durand of Plymouth, Bachelor of Science in Social Work

    Lauren Doucette of Bristol, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

    Carol Foley of Holderness, Professional Certification in Specialist Credential

    Christine Gauthier of Campton, Professional Certification in Specialist Credential

    Teirrah Hussey of Hebron, Certificate in Strategic Marketing

    Sarah Hancock of Holderness, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

    Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate and approximately 3,000 graduate students.

    The 170-acre campus offers a New England classic look combined with up-to-date facilities including the Lamson Library and Learning Commons; the Boyd Science Center; Langdon Woods, a LEED certified, environmentally conscious residence hall; and PSU’s newest addition, a Welcome Center and Ice Arena and the Silver Center for the Arts. Plymouth State University is part of the University System of New Hampshire and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    Plymouth State speaker tells grads to ‘Become agents of change’

    May 20th, 2013 by Lynn

      By DAN SEUFERT

      Graduates celebrate during Saturday's Plymouth State commencement. (Courtesy Plymouth State University)

      PLYMOUTH – Standing at the podium in front of nearly 1,400 of her fellow graduates, Class of 2013 president Stephanie Melo looked up to the bright blue sky and reached her hand into the warm spring breeze.

      “Life is like the ice storm we had in April,” Melo said. “Look what happened after the ice storm; it’s been 70 degrees ever since.”

      “All of our hard work has paid off,” she said.

      Bachelor’s and master’s degrees were awarded at Plymouth State University’s 142nd commencement, as were certificates of advanced graduate studies.

      Commencement speaker Richard Solomon was given an honorary degree of humane letters. Solomon is the former president of the United States Institute of Peace. He is credited with playing a central role in negotiating international agreements and peace treaties, such as the first United Nations “Permanent Five” agreement.

      Solomon began his remarks with a history lesson.

      “I’m a child of the 20th century, a time of the Cold War, and genocide . a daunting and depressive chapter of history that you didn’t ask for,” he said.

      But many good things came from the last century as well, he said, like “miracle drugs,” longer life spans, higher living standards, greater communications and the information revolution.

      “You inherit this complex legacy of the 20th century, but you can be agents of change,” he said. “If that sounds like happy talk, ask a woman in Afghanistan why the U.S. is a beacon of hope for women around the world.”

      He also asked graduates to “promote those social values that we honor.”

      “The Ten Commandments are not the 10 suggestions,” he said.

      dseufert@newstote.com


       

      PSU to hold first Unified Commencement in decades

      May 4th, 2012 by Julie

        PSU holds unified commencement ceremony May 19

        April 11th, 2012 by Julie

          PSU Graduates Prepare for 2012 Commencement

          March 15th, 2012 by Kimberly

          Graduation Season Peaks For Colleges

          May 18th, 2009 by cataloger

            News Clip 129

            Graduation season peaks for colleges

            May 18th, 2009 by Raluca Tarcea

              Congratulations to the PELI grads

              July 31st, 2008 by Julie

              It was a family affair at PSU graduate commencement

              May 29th, 2008 by Michael

                Featured in Plymouth Magazine

                Example Image

                PSU Collaboration Leads to Emmy

                When Trish Lindberg was a 17-year-old musician, artist, and actor, her mother—a teacher herself—told her she would make a great teacher. Lindberg looked her mother right in the eye and said, “I will never be a teacher!” Mother Knows Best Decades later, Lindberg, now a Carnegie Foundation NH Professor of the Year, a recipient of [...]

                Example Image

                Teaming Up for Service

                There’s more to PSU’s student-athletes than excellent grades and athletic prowess. There’s a desire to make a difference in the world. Plymouth State men’s hockey coach Craig Russell ’09 encourages his team to serve as often as possible. Through the nonprofit organization Team IMPACT, which pairs children with life-threatening or chronic illness with local college [...]

                Example Image

                Faculty Forum: Filiz Otucu on Democracy and the Middle East

                Filiz Otucu is a professor of political science and specializes in international relations, Middle Eastern politics, and the United Nations. A native of Turkey, she earned her MA at the University of Central Oklahoma, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Otucu teaches courses on politics and conflict in the Middle East, terrorism and [...]