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Crystal Finefrock

Distinguished PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award

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Robert Miller

Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

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Gail Mears

Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award

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Frank Cocchiarella

Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award

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Diane Tiffany

Distinguished OS (Operating Staff) Award

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Joseph Mealey

Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award

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Cynthia Vascak

Distinguished Teaching Award

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Joseph Monninger

Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Distinguished Faculty and Staff 2009

When you read in the following pages about some of the innovative and engaged professionals at Plymouth State University, about their commitment to students, to creativity and discovery, to service, and to the community and wider region, you will understand why Plymouth State University was named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For.

The reason is people like these, who care about advancing PSU’s mission, who care about each other, and who live the PSU motto, Ut prosim (That I may serve).

The faculty and staff members featured in Excellence come from departments across the campus, and they were chosen by their peers to receive University honors during the past year. We hope that through these brief profiles, you will have a sense of the voices and faces that are Plymouth State University. We hope that you will understand the energy, excitement, dedication, and joy that these colleagues share.

On behalf of many others, I would like to thank these award-winners for their contributions and welcome you to this glimpse of PSU’s depth and vibrancy.

Sara Jayne Steen

In Plymouth Magazine

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Another Way to Serve

“It was like moving to a foreign country with a completely different culture,” says PSU student Patrick O’Sullivan. The 26-year-old veteran isn’t referring to his time in Iraq as a motor transport operator in the Army Reserve. He’s talking about coming home. O’Sullivan joined the Army Reserve right out of high school, at an age [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]