Priority 4.5

Develop opportunities for students and alumni to partner in achieving University goals, and increase alumni participation in the community.

American Marketing Association PSU Chapter Alumni Hall of Fame Induction

Two of PSU’s most recognized alumni, both devoted volunteers and generous donors—Scott Biederman ’75 and Larry Haynes ’86—were inducted into the PSU chapter of the AMA Alumni Hall of Fame on December 2, 2009. Biederman was recognized for his business acumen in developing and sustaining two Main Street Plymouth businesses, Biederman’s Deli and Chase Street Market, which have become legendary for PSU students, faculty, and alumni. Haynes serves as president of New Hampshire’s largest and most notable automotive retailers, Grappone Companies, and is a leading state corporate citizen. Haynes is a member of the PSU President’s Council, and vice-chair of the financial affairs committee of the USNH board of trustees.

Student Internships with the Alumni Association in Electronic Communications and Design

It’s easy to forget that Alexandra Albrecht ’10 and Nick Greenwood ’12 are still PSU students, they’ve become such important assets to the Office of Alumni Relations and the PSU Alumni Association. Working closely with Joe Long, director of Alumni Relations, Alex and Nick compile data for the “Alumni Green” section of Plymouth Magazine. They also manage and design the alumni social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), the photo gallery, monthly newsletters, and other electronic communiqués, including student blogs, class notes, and the alumni Web site—building real-world skills while enhancing alumni relationships on behalf of PSU.

Seven Student Projects Awarded Alumni Connection Grants

Alumni benefits, including a lifetime email address and career counseling, begin at graduation.

Alumni benefits, including a lifetime email address and career counseling, begin at graduation.

The Office of Alumni Relations offers seven $500 grants annually to recognized student organizations for creating and implementing programs that connect students, alumni, and the campus community in meaningful ways. To access funding, students submit proposals that address budget management and project outcomes and assessment. Among the projects funded in 2008-09 were a master class sponsored by the student chapter of Music Teachers National Association; a workshop in resume writing and interviewing skills sponsored by the student chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; and an alumni networking reception sponsored by Delta Mu Delta, honoring students in the College of Business Administration.

Alumni Mentors Program

Mentoring between students and alumni is one of the most effective ways to foster career success for young graduates, and Plymouth State University has created a program to do just that. PSU alumni who sign up for the Alumni Mentors program share experiences and knowledge with current students, helping them develop interpersonal and professional skills, create and expand their professional networks, identify potential employment and referral opportunities, and otherwise positively direct their career planning.

The program is accessible via http://my.plymouth.edu, which affords easy but regulated access to information and opportunity for students and alumni. The Alumni Mentors program strengthens alumni bonds to the institution and students’ chances for success.

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