From the President

March, 2007

steen2Few university ceremonies can match commencements for sheer pageantry and joy they mark the culmination of years of effort on the part of friends and families as well as graduates. Faculty and staff members, too, share in the pride of seeing students successfully complete their programs and enter the next phase of their lives. Read More

New Beginnings

March, 2007

barbraEvery ending is a new beginning, so the saying goes. As I contemplated what I was going to write in my first letter to you as the new editor of Plymouth Magazine, this saying kept springing to mind. It certainly is an apt theme for my first days and weeks at PSU. Read More

More Mary Lyon Memories

March, 2007

Thank you for featuring Mary Lyon in the Winter 2007 issue.

Life at Mary Lyon in the 1950s was slow-paced, friendly, and like a big family. Knowing everyone by her character and life story as well as face made for a close-knit clan. Read More


March, 2007

I am a friend and mentor of Kingsley Kabari, a junior at Plymouth [State University]. I was recently exposed to your magazine as a result of wanting to read your recent article on Kingsley: “He Will Never Forget” by Marcia Santore (Winter 2007).

First of all, my compliments to Marcia Santore, as she did a beautiful job of summarizing Kingsley’s life experiences in a one-page article.

After putting four kids through various universities, I have been exposed to any number of college and university magazines. I can only say that I was totally impressed with your publication, the quality of the writing and information, and the layout and photographic work. Congratulations on an excellent publication. Keep up the good work!

Thomas M. Lewry, CFP
President, Curbstone Financial
Management Corporation
Manchester, NH

Steve Barba Named Among State’s Top Newsmakers

March, 2007

Barba’s lifelong passions for golf and the Balsams began when he was a young caddy (far left). Photo courtesy of Steve Barba

Steve Barba, Plymouth State University’s executive director of university relations, was recently named one of the state’s top 25 newsmakers bye Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio’s daily call-in program, as part of its “25 in 25” series. Read More

Five from PSU Make Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty”

March, 2007

Five people with ties to PSU were recognized among the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under Forty” Class of 2007, which celebrates up-and-coming leaders under 40 years of age who are making a positive difference in New Hampshire.

The list of finalists was published in the online and print editions of the Union Leader in January, and a reception was held in Manchester on March 13 to honor them. Read More

LEEDing the Way in Environmental Sustainability

March, 2007


Plymouth State University’s newest residence hall, LangdonWoods, is the state’s first residence hall—and one of the nation’s largest—to earn gold-level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. “Receiving the USGB gold LEED certification symbolizes the commitment we have as a University to developing an environmentally sustainable plan that will have a positive effect for many, many years,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. Read More

PSU Business Students Have Recipe for Success

March, 2007
Erica Auciello Murphy photo.

Erica Auciello Murphy photo.

In a tasty blend of classroom lesson and entrepreneurship, a team of Plymouth State University business students took home top prize in a dessert competition modeled after the reality TV show The Apprentice. PSU Team Blue and their Bursting Blueberry Crisp were honored at a ceremony held on December 6, 2006 at the Common Man’s Concord eatery. Read More

Grant Eases Financial Burden for PSU North Country Student Teachers

March, 2007

PSU student teachers in New Hampshire’s North Country are getting a critical financial boost from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation–North Country Region. The $42,000 grant provides stipends to student teachers in the North Country Teacher Certification Program. Read More

Two PSU Alumni Save the Lives of Student Athletes

March, 2007

The lives of two young student athletes were saved thanks to the quick response of two PSU alumni and the accessibility of automatic external debrillators (AEDs).

Ryan Neault ’05, a certied athletic trainer for Anderson University in South Carolina, was attending a routine preseason baseball practice when one of his players suddenly collapsed. Neault ran to the student’s side and found that he was not breathing and had no pulse. Neault began CPR and, with an AED, the player’s pulse returned. “It was something you never think you’re going to encounter and I did,” Neault recalled, noting his gratitude for the AED and CPR training he received at PSU. Read More