From the President

October, 2007
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Sara Jayne Steen, President

Readers will receive this issue of Plymouth Magazine near Thanksgiving, and that’s appropriate, because there is much here for which we at Plymouth State University are grateful.

In what follows, you will find articles about distinguished faculty and staff members who are taking the institution forward and creating opportunities for students, from international courses in which students share their experiences through blogs—creating global classrooms for others—to undergraduate and graduate student research that advances knowledge and may lead to improved health care. You will learn about art exhibits that invite us to see anew and service projects that make the world a better place. You will read about faculty and sta members who are leaders in their fields, from sports information to arts education, and about the students they support and mentor. Read More

Letters to the Editor

October, 2007

Memories of Karl Drerupbook to the editor

I enjoyed the article “Karl Drerup: An American Master Returns Home (Spring 2007).” It brought back many memories of those hours spent in the Arts and Crafts Lab in the basement of Rounds Hall. We were so lucky to have learned from Karl Drerup. I never realized as a student how fortunate we were to study under his brilliance.

The article mentioned that in 1961 he was one of eight craftsmen chosen by the Brooklyn Museum of Art as a Master of Contemporary American Crafts. At that time I was living and teaching in Connecticut. I was fortunate enough to visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art and saw that exhibit with Nina Savitch ’58 and the late Carol Smith Cuttitta ’58. It was a magnificent show of his talent.

Ellie Savage Yoder ’56

Letters to the Editor

October, 2007

Keep up the Good Work

The winter 2007 issue of Plymouth Magazine was the best yet—well organized and attractive. I am impressed.keep up the good work

I am personally delighted to note that my class, the class of ’48, had the highest percentage of persons contributing to the alumni funds. That is gratifying. And of the four 2006 PSUAA awards recipients (page 44), three are special to me: Bill Marston ’54 did his student teaching in my English classes at Tilton, NH. Norton Bagley came back to Plymouth Teachers College while I was there—even though he graduated in 1941—and Clarence “Chuck” Bailey ’60 was in my English classes in Tilton. It is good to see our students do well.

Keep up the good work.

WilburWilley ’48

Littleton, NH

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PELI Wins Competitive Grant

October, 2007
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PELI members in Washington D.C.

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Aairs, PSU’s innovative Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute (PELI) can continue its vital work of training educators and administrators from Pakistan.

Pakistan has one of the world’s lowest literacy rates, and spending on education is less than two percent of the country’s gross national product. Since its inception in 2004, PELI has focused on exposing Pakistani educators to best practices in education and on exemplary models in professional development and pedagogy, with the goal of improving the quality of teaching and education in Pakistan. Read More

Eugene and Joan Savage Honored with Endowed Scholarship

October, 2007
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Eugene and Joan Savage

More than half a century ago, Eugene “Gene” Savage ’58 and Joan Doyon ’56 met while attending Plymouth Teachers College. Now, to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary, their family and friends have established an endowed scholarship fund at Plymouth State University in their honor. Read More

Dedicated Alumni Honored at Alumni Weekend

October, 2007
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2007 Alumni Award Recipients Honored at Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend at PSU is a time for PSU to celebrate alumni for all they do on behalf of their alma mater. At the alumni awards ceremony on Saturday, June 23, Eugene “Gene” Savage ’58 and Scott Tierno ’87 were honored with the 2007 Alumni Achievement Awards, Virginia Deachman Dearborn ’46 received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Dana Nelson ’69 received the Ut Prosim Award, and Richard Ober ’83 was named the 2007 Robert Frost Contemporary American Award recipient. Read More

Draper & Maynard Chairman and PSU Celebrate Shared Heritage

October, 2007
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Draper & Maynard Company Chairman Takashi Hatano

For many at PSU, the Draper & Maynard Building on Main Street is simply another campus building. But in 1911, long before the building was home to the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, the art department, and the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP), it was home to Draper & Maynard (D&M) Manufacturing, a premier sporting goods manufacturer and a pioneer in creating the baseball glove.

The building’s past and present converged on June 4 when President Sara Jayne Steen, Provost Julie Bernier, and HHP faculty and staff welcomed Takashi Hatano, chairman of the Tokyo-based Draper & Maynard Co., Ltd., and his two sons. The Hatanos traveled from Tokyo to PSU to pay tribute to the Plymouth area’s role in their family business. Read More

PSU Graduate Students Awarded Japanses Fulbright

October, 2007

Two PSU graduate students, Emilie Knisley and Alison Charbeneau, have been selected to participate in the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program (JFMF). Knisley and Charbeneau were 2 of 200 teachers selected from a nationwide pool of 1,700 applicants.

Sponsored by the government of Japan, the program provides American primary- and secondary-school teachers and administrators with fully funded short-term study tours of Japan. The program is designed to increase understanding between the people of Japan and the United States by inviting U.S. elementary and secondary educators to visit Japan and, upon their return, share their experiences with fellow Americans. Read More

Patricia Lindberg Receives Excellence in Education Award

October, 2007


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Patricia Lindberg


Plymouth State University Professor Patricia A. Lindberg, known throughout New England as a talented director and creator of community and children’s theatre productions, was recognized by her education colleagues with an award at the 14th annual New Hampshire Phi Delta Kappa Excellence in Education awards (“ED”ies) ceremony June 9 at the Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel in Manchester. The award was presented to Lindberg in recognition of her “significant and continuous contribution to improving the lives of children and young adults.” Read More

Daniel R. Perkins is First Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor: Endowed PSU Professorship Supports Faculty Who “Educate the Educators”

October, 2007
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Daniel R. Perkins

Daniel R. Perkins, professor of music and director of choral activities, has been named the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor at Plymouth State University.

Alumni Wallace R. and Meredith Bristow Stevens, class of 1962, established the University’s first endowed professorship in May to celebrate and recognize extraordinary faculty who “Educate the Educators.”

Dan Perkins is a perfect match to Wally and Meredith’s vision,” said President Sara Jayne Steen in announcing the inaugural selection. “In selecting him, the committee acknowledged his excellence and his creativity in providing opportunities for students who will themselves be leaders in working with the next generation of students.” Read More