Priority 4.4

Provide increased assistance or guidance to local organizations in meeting their missions through partnerships with University centers and faculty and staff experts.

Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities

The Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities is leading a regional drive for health awareness.

The Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities is leading a regional drive for health awareness.

The University’s newest research and outreach center is the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities, founded with a mission to enhance health and wellness of residents and communities in the rural North Country and Lakes Region. In addition to research, the center is partnering with local organizations and municipal stakeholders to combat sedentary behavior and promote lifelong health. A partnership with Interlakes Senior Center has led to the development of an adult exercise program, and the center consulted on the development of the Newfound Pathway Project to develop a system of biking and walking pathways around Newfound Lake in the towns of Hebron, Bridgewater, Bristol, and Alexandria, NH.

Center for Rural Partnerships

Continuing its commitment to teaching, research and service within the region, the University created the Center for Rural Partnerships to connect rural communities with students and faculty partners. The CfRP, which has experienced significant growth since its founding in 2004, finds ways to leverage PSU’s strengths in teaching, research, and service to benefit surrounding communities, connecting people and organizations with resources they need to grow and thrive—a matchmaking service that creates practical partnerships and hands-on learning opportunities for students.

Center for the Environment

The CFE offers expertise and support to regional environmental protection efforts.

The CFE offers expertise and support to regional environmental protection efforts. Photo: John Hession

The Center for the Environment, founded on the University’s long-standing commitment to the environment and natural beauty of our region, has been working in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies to support research, environmental protection, and education efforts. A formal partnership in 2009 with the NH Department of Environmental Services established a new environmental research laboratory that serves as a satellite lab for NHDES’ Volunteer Lake Assessment Program. The center’s work on the Newfound Watershed Master Plan is recognized as a model for collaboration that led to collaboration with the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission to assist the Town of Canaan in drinking water protection.

Live, Work, & Innovate in NH

In conjunction with former USNH Chancellor Stephen Reno’s 55% Initiative to attract 55% of USNH graduates to stay in the state and build their careers here, PSU launched the Live, Work, & Innovate in NH program. PSU’s Business Liaison Office is working to connect PSU students with internships in regional businesses and organizations and to feature professional opportunities available in New Hampshire. Speaking with New Hampshire Business Review, Executive Director of University Relations Stephen Barba explained, “The real image we have to present is that New Hampshire is a cool place to live, a cool place to work, and a cool place to be.”

Beyond Brown Paper

The Beyond Brown Paper online archive and traveling exhibit has exposed the history of the Brown Company and the historic logging communities it was part of to the world. And, by inviting viewers to share their stories and memories related to the photos, the project has become a center for oral history of the people, time, and region its photos depict. The work of members of the Berlin Historical Society has been critical to informing the collection in which many people have found their fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, and uncles.

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