June 13th, 2013 by Lynn
PSU hosting “Summer at the Silver Center”
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University will be hosting a summer long series of arts related events at the Silver Center for the Arts. PSU’s Karl Drerup Art Gallery is pleased to present a juried exhibition of the membership of the New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA). The second annual “Summer at the Silver Center” exhibit will be on display at the Silver Center for the Arts from July 5 through Aug. 16.
The exhibit is coordinated by Katherine Muth, director of NHAA, and the juror is Tom Driscoll.Driscoll is an alumnus of Plymouth State and has been teaching in the art department since 1989. He coordinates the painting program, teaching all levels of painting, and has also taught extensively within the drawing, printmaking, and foundations programs. Driscoll holds a BFA from Plymouth State and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has served as a juror for regional competitions and has curated several exhibits, including a national encaustic show and a survey of New Hampshire painting. He leads an active studio life and has exhibited in juried competitions both regionally and nationally, winning several awards for his work. A member of the Ogunquit Arts Collaborative in Ogunquit, Maine, Driscoll is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord.
The NHAA is pairing its exhibition with a summer of musical performances presented by the New Hampshire Music Festival at the Silver Center. Exhibitors are invited to show two pieces of fine art that express their talent and highest level of achievement.
Founded in 1940, the nonprofit NHHA is one of the oldest statewide art associations in the country. It consists of more than 420 painters, photographers, watercolorists, printmakers, sculptors, and other fine artists living and working primarily in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery (plymouth.edu/gallery) presents year-round exhibitions of the finest art in New Hampshire as an educational service of the art department. It is located on the PSU campus in the Draper Maynard building on North Main Street in Plymouth.
May 23rd, 2013 by Lynn
PLYMOUTH — Nearly 1,400 degrees were awarded at Plymouth State University’s 142nd commencement ceremony on Saturday,May 18.
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen welcomed the guests, stating the event was a joyous one.
“Because of an extraordinary faculty and staff,” Steen said, “PSU students achieve at the highest levels.
These candidates are teachers, scientists, artists, health care professionals, business entrepreneurs and more. Their contributions will be enormous.”
Richard H. Solomon, former President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), provided the commencement address and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the institution. Solomon is considered one of the major figures in international relations over the past several decades, participating in peace agreements across the globe. He retired last year after 19 years at USIP where he oversaw its growth into a center of international conflict management.
Solomon focused on the difficulty of problems facing the world today, tempered with the impressive advance of technology and knowledge that can help overcome these issues.
“For graduating seniors, you inherit this complex legacy of the 20th Century,” Solomon said. “You didn’t ask for this inheritance, or for the special challenge of beginning your professional careers in a time of educational debt and job uncertainty. Yet for those with education and an entrepreneurial spirit, this is a time to build careers on the promising possibilities of technological innovation and social mobility. Be agents of change. We are early in a century that will see transformative innovations that will further improve the quality of life in ways beyond the imagination of my twentieth century experience. Be risk takers. Use your 20’s — before obligations of family life constrain risk taking — to exercise your insights and indulge your passions.”
Class of 2013 President Stephanie Melo urged her classmates to set goals and accomplish their dreams.
“With the combination of our experiences at Plymouth State, we have what we need to fulfill our dreams,” said Melo. “Take these experiences with you to pursue new goals and dreams.”
Judith Ciesielski, representing graduate students, wished all of the graduates success, however they might define it, and referred to Ralph Waldo Emerson as having shaped her sense of its meaning: leaving the world a better place.
The 2013 Commencement marked the first graduation for PSU’s Nursing degree program. Thirty pre-licensure and two RN-BS baccalaureate degrees were awarded.
The commencement ceremony was held under sunny skies at Currier Memorial Field in Holderness, and was attended by thousands of family members and guests.