Dedicated faculty, staff, and members of the university administration made the Department of University Studies possible.
Patrick Cate, Director
pcate (at) plymouth (dot) edu
Patrick is the Director of University Studies and has worked at Plymouth State since the fall of 2001. He has worked in both student and academic affairs at PSU and with all types of learners. He is active in the academic advising community, currently serving as the New Hampshire State Liaison for the National Association of Academic Advising. He has consulted for many other institutions on advising undeclared students and developmental advising. He lives in Campton, NH with his wife and two daughters and, when he has the chance, studies martial arts.
Jenny Tyniec, Career/Academic Counselor
jktyniec (at) plymouth (dot) edu
Jenny joined the University Studies team in September 2012. In her previous life, she worked in residential life at several colleges in the northeast. Growing up on Staten Island, she has slowly made her way north via Connecticut and Massachusetts before settling in New Hampshire. Being a self-proclaimed “city girl,” she is enjoying the bountiful nature opportunities that New Hampshire affords. Jenny is passionate about running, kayaking, hiking, camping, and anything Disney! She was a history major in college and a psychology and counseling major in graduate school. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Jenny enjoys working at PSU and thinks the students, staff, and faculty are friendly and engaging. When asked, Jenny said she would offer this advice to students, “Be engaged, be present, and participate fully in your college experience. Yes, that means go to class and do your homework, but it also means taking the time to really immerse yourself in PSU life!”
A native of Illinois with a BS in Sociology from Illinois State University, Ashley moved to the beautiful state of New Hampshire to work toward a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a self-proclaimed nerd with a lust for life, Ashley has worked as a banquet planner, a customer service specialist, and the project manager at a creative agency, and managed to pick up a couple of state titles as a drag king/performance artist along the way. Back in her undergrad days, she was a resident assistant and very active in the university’s GSA. Ashley also enjoys photography, reading, studying French, and planning for her upcoming wedding. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to advise students along their academic and personal journeys at Plymouth State!
Barbara LaJeunesse, Administrative Assistant
bwlajeunesse (at) plymouth (dot) edu
Barbara, informally known as Babs, has been at PSU since 2006 as the Administrative Assistant for University Studies and the Undergraduate Advising Center. Babs brings a unique perspective to her advisees trying to decide on a major, having 38 years of “real world” experience working in manufacturing/distribution, transportation, real estate, and broadcasting in various capacities – office manager, account executive, supervisor, manager, and business owner. She and her husband moved to New Hampshire in 2003 to pursue a less hectic lifestyle and now live in the beautiful White Mountains with their awesome cat and Golden Retriever. Babs and her husband love to travel and enjoy hiking everywhere with their dog.
The offices for the Department of University Studies are located on the lower-level of Mary-Lyon Hall. Use the north entrance (the door near the Hartman Union Building).