Transformations and Traditions
Welcome to the fall 2008 graduate term. I hope you had a wonderful summer and are eager to start a new school year. There are many exciting changes and events taking place this fall, and I hope you will take time to be a part of the graduate community.
I encourage you to join us on Friday, October 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Commons for an evening of excellent speakers and free hors d’oeuvres. For the fifth consecutive year, we will gather to celebrate the service, excellence, experience, and knowledge of Plymouth State University’s graduate community at our SEEK Symposium. The symposium, which takes place during Homecoming and Family Celebration, brings students, faculty, and alumni together for an evening of exploration. This year’s program will focus on global awareness and social responsibility.
Doctor of Education
In June 2008, PSU was granted permission to offer the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree. I am so very pleased to announce that Dr. Ken Heuser, professor emeritus, has been appointed coordinator for our new EdD degree in Leadership, Learning, and Community. Ken has held a variety of leadership positions at PSU, including two terms as chair of the education department, 10 years as director of graduate studies in education, and 25 years as coordinator of the educational leadership programs. After a short retirement, he has returned to provide us with his leadership knowledge and experience.
Publications are Going Green
As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, our graduate course schedule will be taking on a new look. Over the next year, we will be phasing out the printed course schedule, which is currently mailed to all students, and relying entirely on the online course schedule. Many of you are already familiar with our online course schedule. It is the most effective way for us to deliver up-to-date information regarding graduate course offerings throughout New Hampshire. If you have yet to view the online course schedule, I encourage you to take a look at what we are offering this fall and winter. Registration for the winter term begins on October 1. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions regarding the online course schedule format.
Fall often reminds us of growth and change, and we are experiencing both at the College of Graduate Studies. In October, we will be moving our Plymouth offices to Highland Hall at 20 Highland Street. Highland Hall provides us with a chance to be in the midst of campus events and offer greater accessibility to students and faculty. In addition, our Concord site at 2 Pillsbury Street is continuing to grow. We are in the process of adding additional classrooms that will allow us to offer more classes in Concord each term. Finally, our partnerships are growing stronger. We have collaborations with professional learning communities throughout the state, to address district professional goals.
In A Leader’s Companion, Eaker, DuFour, and DuFour state that “the engine of improvement, growth, and renewal in a professional learning community is collective inquiry.” I hope that you will take time to join us this fall in this collective inquiry through our various classes and events.