Alumni News – July 2012

July 31st, 2012 by Heidi
  • William Lander ’01CAGS has been appointed the superindendent for SAU 72. Read more>>
  • Derek Swenson ’95 is the new director of curriculum and grants at Bridgewater-Raynham Central Office. Read more>>
  • Ryan Dobens ’08 has been selected by The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to participate in their national Leadership Academy this fall.
  • Marty Brown ’77 is retiring from his job as the athletic director and boys basketball coach at Kearsarge High School. Read more>>
  • Lindsey Boutilier ’95 comes home to his dream job, athletic director at Manchester High School. Read more>>
  • Nancy (Brison) Fraher ’77 is running for state senate for district 17 in New Hampshire. Read more>>
  • Jeremy Roberge ’99 is the new CFO at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH. Read more>>

Alumni News – June 2012

June 15th, 2012 by Nicholas

Alumni in the News – May 2012

May 17th, 2012 by Heidi
  • Richard Wylie ’63, celebrates 25 years as president of Endicott College. Read more>>
  • Shandra McLane ’09G, named a 2012 Remarkable Woman by New Hampshire Magazine. Read more>>
  • Eugene Savage ’58, champion of the state universities passed away on May 14, 2012. Read more>>
  • Karen House ’11G, is the interim vice president of finance and planning at Keene State College. Read more>>
  • Mark Bates ’75, will posthumously receive the 16th New England Construction Ethics Award. Read more>>
  • Joyce (Cooper) Larson ’11G, was named PSU’s Distinguished Professional, Administrative, Technical (PAT) Award. Read more>>
  • Kathleen Norris ’98CAGS, was named as PSU’s 2012 Distinguished Graduate Faculty. Read more>>
  • Joan Tambling ’83G, was granted honorary life membership in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Read more>>
  • Allison Smedley ’12, is ready to join the New England Patriots cheerleader squad. Read more>>

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Alumni in the News – April 2012

April 19th, 2012 by Nicholas
  • Carol Cantele, former Plymouth State lacrosse coach gets win number 300. Read more>>
  • Dan Craig ’03, is the video coordinator for the Miami Heat. Read more>>
  • Darlene Crete ’91, wins Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.  Read more>>
  • Molly Conlon ’10 replaces Debbie Tungett and is already cooking up ideas as new teen coordinator . Read more>>
  • Coach Martha Kristian hands over a talented returning lacrosse squad. Read more>>

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Your classmates want to know what you’ve been up to! Send us your personal and professional accomplishments so that we can share your news.

Alumni in the News – March 2012

March 23rd, 2012 by Nicholas
  • Jennifer Frank ’09G, warns students of carelessness in social media. Read more>>
  • Matt Prendergast ’07, former stand-out PSU ski racer, opens Crossfit gym in Massachusetts. Read more>>
  • David Cady ’80, recently participated in Kyrgystan Innovations in Coaching Kids (KICK). Read more>>
Are you an educator or administrator who has received an award or honor in the last year? We’d love to learn more about your award, what it means to you, and how your Plymouth State education prepared you for success in your career. Tell us about your award!

Alumni in the News – February 2012

February 29th, 2012 by Nicholas
  • John Fischer ’78, ’81G, was named interim deputy commissioner at the Vermont Department of EducationRead more>>
  • Rebecca (Bolduc) Alosa ’02, ’08G, runs for Inter-Lakes school board. Read more>>
  • Glen Avery ’81G, a librarian at Houghton College, recently completed marathons on all seven continents. Read more>>
  • Danielle (DiSisto) Bolduc ’91, ’98G, named principal of the Gilford Elementary School. Read more>>
  • Jason Lyon ’94, Common Man CEO, was elected as a new board member to the Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers. Read more>>
  • Steven Temperino ’91, Plymouth Chief of Police, named NH Homeland Security assistant director.  Read more>>
  • George Brown ’96, examines life through music. Read more>>
  • Daniel Brevik ’11, performed to rave reviews in La PericholeRead more>>
  • Sandra McBournie ’06G, is teaching in the new Nursing Department at Plymouth State University. Read more>>
Are you an educator or administrator who has received an award or honor in the last year? We’d love to learn more about your award, what it means to you, and how your Plymouth State education prepared you for success in your career.

Tell us about your award!

Alumni in the News – January

January 26th, 2012 by Nicholas

David Ryan '94 with his wife, Maura Fitzpatrick Ryan '92, and sons, Aidan (13), Declan (7), and Eamonn (9).

  • David Ryan ’94, was named 2012 Charles A. Napoli New Hampshire Secondary School Principal of the Year. David is in his sixth year as principal of Nashua High School North. Read more>>
  • Becky Rudolf ’08, dazzles Seacoast audiences on stage and in the classroom. Read more>>
  • David Chauvette ’90G, ’01CAGS, was named the new director of Spirit of Knowledge Charter School. An educator for 31 years in many places; David is optimistic about future of the school. Read more>>
  • Mike Szabo ’93, a former Plymouth State student-athlete, is making it big as a coach in the basketball-rich Bluegrass State. Read more>>
  • Andrew McLean ’07, announced his candidacy for House of Representatives 129 in Gorham, ME. Learn more about Andrew and his decision to run for public office on his Facebook page>>
  • Randy Hollister ’82G is a headmaster…and head coach. Read more>> 
  • Charles Waehler ’80G, co-authored “What Do I Say? A Therapist’s Guide to Answering Client Questions.” Charles is an associate professor in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. Read more>>
Are you an educator or administrator who has received an award or honor in the last year? We’d love to learn more about your award, what it means to you, and how your Plymouth State education prepared you for success in your career.

Tell us about your award! 

Alumni in the News – November

November 29th, 2011 by Heidi
  • Justin Leever ’10, Cynthia Mongeon ’10, ’11G, and Justin Scopetto ’11G collaborated on a consulting project through Plymouth State’s Small Business Institute to help a local chiropractor. Read more>>
  • Cheryl Baker ’97G, ’05G, ’11G and Kathleen McCabe ’69, ’87G, ’01G, both of whom are graduate adjunct faculty members at Plymouth State, were in the news recently for their work as facilitators at recent forums on the future of education in the Androscoggin Valley. Read more>>
  • Benjamin Curran ’11G, a historic preservation instructor at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina, received a $15,000 grant from the National Geographic Society to study the impact of climate change on coastal cultural heritage sites. Curran received a MEd in Heritage Studies with a concentration in historic preservation from Plymouth State in May. Read more>>
  • Christine Tappan ’09G wrote an article, “Social Work on the Silk Road,” that appeared in the October issue of The Spektator magazine about her experience in Kyrgyzstan. Tappan arrived in Kyrgyzstan via a Bishkek Humanities University application for a Fulbright Program Specialist to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars supported by the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Read more>>
  • ING Financial Partners has appointed Rich Taylor ’90, ’93G as head of brokerage operations to support the firm’s growing advisory business. In his new role, Taylor will oversee all brokerage operations activities for ING Financial Partners. Read more>>
  • Duncan Walsh ’88, former men’s ice hockey standout player, was inducted into New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame on October 30, 2011. Read more>>
  • Kathleen Murdough ’10G was named Kennett High Employee of the Month for October. Murdough, who earned her MEd in Heritage Studies from Plymouth State and was involved with the Pakistani Educational Leadership Project, teaches social studies. Read more>>
  • Matt Whiton ’04, a theater production manager and scenic designer, was a panelist at a Salve Regina University discussion about making the transition from college to a career in theatre. Read more>>

Have your accomplishments been recognized in a press release or other publication? Let us know and we’ll include your achievements in our next installment of Alumni in the News!

First Doctoral Students Complete Program

October 26th, 2011 by Heidi

EdD cohortPSU graduate students Cheryl Baker, June Hammond Rowan, and Barbara O’Brien have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations, becoming the first three students to complete the new Doctor of Education (EdD) in Learning, Leadership, and Community.

Baker, Hammond Rowan, and O’Brien are three of the 11 members of the first class, known as a cohort, accepted into the doctoral program at its inception in July 2009. For these candidates, defending their dissertations was the culminating event of the 60-credit program.

Baker, who is the director of graduate recruitment and outreach at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies, wrote a dissertation entitled, “Understanding Lack of Membership in The Rural School Educator Effectiveness Collaborative’s Newly Developed On-line Professional Learning Communities: A Quantitative and Qualitative Study.”

Her research found that New Hampshire’s rural educators did not join online professional learning communities because they did not have time and lacked regular, convenient access to the Internet. She also found that while educators were accustomed to using the Internet to find professional resources, they did not know how or where to share information. Baker’s work, which will continue, is tied to a $350,000 State Agency for Higher Education (SAHE) award from the New Hampshire Department of Education to support the collaborative, which was created to provide teacher professional development in areas of math, science and language arts in rural New Hampshire school districts. The collaborative is composed of PSU and other schools throughout the state.

The doctoral program was a good fit for Baker, who cited the academic quality and mix of students in her classes as among its strengths. “I liked the fact that each of the courses challenged our perspectives in different ways, which prepared us for the dissertation and research that lay ahead,” she said. Baker described the dissertation research and writing process as interesting and challenging. “The dissertation is a terrific opportunity to delve deeply into a topic about which you are passionate,” she said. “It’s a stepping stone toward your life’s work.”

I liked the fact that each of the courses challenged our perspectives in different ways, which prepared us for the dissertation and research that lay ahead.

Cheryl Baker

Hammond Rowan, who is the interim associate director of PSU’s Center for the Environment, wrote a dissertation entitled, “Planning Boards in New Hampshire: What They Do and How They Learn About Planning.” Hammond Rowan’s dissertation was a qualitative study that examined the work of planning boards in four New Hampshire towns.

“Having worked as a land use planner in New Hampshire, I was curious about how planning board members learn about planning and PSU’s EdD program provided me with the opportunity to explore this,” Hammond Rowan said. “My research indicates that planning board members primarily learn through the experience of serving on a planning board rather than through formal training. These volunteers give countless hours and make decisions that impact the development of our communities so how they learn about land use planning is important.”

O’Brien, a second-grade teacher at Beaver Meadow School in Concord, wrote the dissertation, “Through Our Eyes: What Effect does Participation in an Inclusive Primary Grade Classroom Community have on Typical Students?” She conducted surveys and interviews with first- through fifth-graders in her primary classroom to learn how the students viewed inclusion and the classroom community. The students described inclusion and a classroom community as one and the same, she noted. In the words of the students: “If you do not have a classroom community, then you don’t have inclusion,” and “if you have inclusion, then you have a classroom community.” Other themes of O’Brien’s research, also in the students’ words, were that inclusion means learning together, that it is okay to be different, and that a classroom community is everyone learning together.

For O’Brien, PSU’s doctoral program fit perfectly into her career plan. “I have always dreamed of being a Doctor of Education,” she said. “My goal is to teach grad and undergrad classes so that I can share my 31 years of experience in primary classrooms with others.”

Others members of the inaugural class are also expected to complete the program this fall, including:

Michele Craig, who is completing her dissertation, “Citizen Participation, Transportation Corridor Planning and the Intersection with Land Use Planning in New Hampshire Communities: What are the Best Practices?” Craig investigated how the New Hampshire Department of Transportation works with regional and local stakeholders to incorporate the values and needs of those citizen surrounding the corridor, with a specific focus on the use of Context Sensitive Solutions. She conducted a mixed methods study, incorporating interviews and surveys with content analysis of documents related to two New Hampshire projects, the Route 16 Corridor Planning project and the I-93 Community Technical Assistance Project.

Ginger Lever, who will defend her dissertation, “Perceptions and Experiences of Partners Who Have Engaged with Institutions of Higher Education in New Hampshire,” on November 3. Lever conducted a mixed methods study to understand community stakeholders’ needs, interests and perceptions of the value of engagement activities, such as service learning and engaged scholarship, with institutions of higher education in New Hampshire.

…the program reaches beyond the campus and gives students opportunities to make a difference for others.

Kathleen Norris

Plymouth State University, as a regional, comprehensive, public university, has a long history of meeting the needs of graduate students and their communities not only in the New England region but also far beyond. “The PSU program has attracted the attention of candidates from around New England and Canada, as well as those who work as international educators in a variety of countries, who have been seeking an exceptional doctoral program that is designed to be accessible to them and to allow them to pursue interests that are important in their workplaces, whether they be in higher education, agencies, or schools,” said Kathleen Norris, program coordinator. “The impact of the program is also felt by regional service providers as they find PSU doctoral students willing and able to provide excellent research services that make a real difference in their work. By integrating research, service and coursework, the program reaches beyond the campus and gives students opportunities to make a difference for others.”

PSU’s doctoral program is designed to support candidates from their first courses through the dissertation. Each admitted candidate becomes part of a small cohort of candidates who follow the same core course schedule. Students engage with this learning community for the eight required doctoral courses, and pursue their own specialization for the remaining requirements. The program can be taken as part of either a summer cohort or a year-round cohort.

Those in the summer cohort take two courses each summer and conduct research, participate in practica or externships, or enroll in courses during the academic year, based on the individual student’s program of study. This option is ideal for candidates who live a distance from Plymouth, including international candidates; for candidates who have limited time during the academic year; and for candidates who wish to pursue other coursework between the summer sessions. Summer cohorts began in July 2010 and will continue to form every two years, including in July 2012.

Those in the year-round cohort take one or two core courses throughout the year in each of the four graduate terms. The year-round cohorts formed in July 2009 and 2011, and will continue to form every two years.

For more information about the EdD program, contact Kathleen Norris at (603) 535-3023 or e-mail: deadline for admissions is April 1 and the process is competitive.

2012 Advancement New Year’s Card

October 25th, 2011 by Heidi

Plymouth State’s undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create the design for the official 2012 University Advancement New Year’s card. The contest winner will receive artist credits on the card and a certificate of achievement.

Artwork submissions should convey a sense of optimism and hope for the New Year while thematically incorporating Plymouth State. The contest is to determine artwork only; words or copy are not to be included in final submissions. Artwork may not reference specific religious holidays and should not contain images related to specific religious holidays. The deadline for entries is November 18, 2011.

This is an opportunity for all involved to explore various art forms, and interpretations of the theme, and showcase their artwork to a wide audience. The winning entry will be selected by committee by November 22, 2011, and the artist will be notified via e-mail or by phone.

Who may enter
Any Plymouth State student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic and judicial standing. One entry per person.

Design specifications

  • The finished folded card size is to be 5.5″ wide x 4.25″ tall, landscape orientation with the fold to the left. The artwork will wrap around the front to back of the card.
    • Submitted artwork must be created at these exact dimensions: 8.25″ x 3.75″ @ 300ppi. No bleed is necessary. Keep in mind that 3” of the right side of the artwork will appear on the front of the card, the remaining 5.25” will be on the back.
    • Accepted formats: PDF, EPS, TIFF, JPEG (full quality, un-compressed only)
    • Digital artwork that does not meet the resolution and quality requirements will not be considered.

Submission guidelines
Please complete the online submission form located at or download the 2012 University Advancement New Year’s Card Artwork Submission Form. Artwork submissions without the online or hard copy submission form will not be considered.

  • Electronic files
    • Please submit artwork on CD. E-mail attachments are subject to file size limitations—instead we recommend using or a large file delivery service such as to send a link to your file. Both are free.
    • E-mailed files should be no larger than 8Mb and must include name, graduation year, phone number, and brief description of the piece.
  • Physical files
    • Hard copy artwork or USB drives, CDs, or other formats must be delivered to the University Advancement Office, 17 High Street, MSC 50, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595, or dropped off at Holmes House, located adjacent to Rounds Hall.

Selection process
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the University Advancement Office. Artwork will be judged based on artistic merit, creativity, and interpretation of theme. The winning entry will be selected by committee by November 22, 2011, and will be notified via e-mail or by phone.

Reproduction rights
Plymouth State University will retain all reproduction rights to submitted artwork with credit given to the artist. The University may reproduce the artwork in print, electronic, and other media, and may modify the artwork for sizing, transmission, and distribution of the submission without prior additional consent.

Artists agree to assign all copyright and other intellectual property rights in the artwork to Plymouth State. Entries must be original concept, constitute an original work, and not violate any applicable copyright laws.

Contact Heidi Pettigrew, director of advancement communications