So Many Stories

October, 2006

13-259On my initial formal visit to New Hampshire during the presidential search, the first person I met at the airport, by coincidence, was a Plymouth State University alumnus who told me a story. He had come to PSU (then PSC) confused and unfocused, he said, and wonderful faculty members had helped him to find his way and mentored him as he became genuinely excited about his field. He is now a public school principal who loves his work and, I later learned, has been recognized for exceptional leadership in New Hampshire. He wanted me to know that Plymouth State University had transformed his life. Read More

Let’s Reminisce about Mary Lyon!

October, 2006

Mary Lyon Residence Hall is undergoing significant renovation and renewal during the 2006-2007 academic year. Plymouth Magazine would love to hear from alumni who lived in Mary Lyon at any time in the building’s history. Tell us stories and send us any photos you’d be willing to share. You can send them by e-mail or snail mail to: Read More

Letters to the Editor

October, 2006

treeWow—What a pleasant surprise! A full-page salute to the Class of 1948. The article was well done. I am sure the alumni of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s appreciate your kind words. The salute brought back precious memories of those years. Plymouth was small in student enrollment but it was a big happy family. We knew everyone on campus. We had one phone in Mary Lyon, a formal dining room, laundry areas and a bowling alley.

On behalf of the Class of 1948, I want to thank you and your staff for all the work involved in your fine publication. Thank you.

Ginny Doherty ’48
Manchester, N.H.

PSU Graduate Student in Natural New England

October, 2006

lukeStacy Luke is among the first students enrolled in PSU’s new Master of Science in environmental science and policy degree program, coordinated by the Center for Environment. Read More

PSU Honors Michael J. Spinelli Jr. ’68

October, 2006

spinelliMike Spinelli Jr. ’68 doesn’t like to be the center of attention; he prefers to stay in the background, lauding the achievements of friends and colleagues and going about the business of making things happen. But a time comes when a modest man behind the scenes must be recognized for all the good he has done. That time came at a dinner in his honor in May, when Spinelli became the second recipient of the Richard E. Collins Medal for Distinguished Philanthropy. Read More

First Year Scholarship Effort Pays Off at Plymouth State

October, 2006
Matthew Friend (center) with the OS Fundraising/Scholarship Committee: (from left), Fran Bean (Admission), Diane Tillotson (Advancement), Wendy Burnham (Mathematics) and Deb Underwood (Residential Life).

Matthew Friend (center) with the OS Fundraising/Scholarship Committee: (from left), Fran Bean (Admission), Diane Tillotson (Advancement), Wendy Burnham (Mathematics) and Deb Underwood (Residential Life).

It took them five years of fundraising, but the PSU operating staff (OS) raised the funds to endow a scholarship at the University and have made their first award.

“Our group wanted to do something for the students,” said Debbie Underwood, administrative assistant for the residential life office. “We wanted to give back to the students who have given so much to us. We’ve all worked with student workers in our offices, and we’ve developed close relationships.” Read More

PSU Opens Center for Rural Partnerships

October, 2006

thadThe Center for Rural Partnerships at PSU has been in existence for less than a year, but is already engaged in several outreach, research and educational projects in rural New Hampshire communities. Read More

Departmental Name Changes Reflect Advances

October, 2006

Two PSU departments underwent name changes recently. The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (known as HPER) has become the Health and Human Performance Department (HHP); and the Department of Foreign Languages has become the Department of Languages and Linguistics. Read More

President's Council Receives Silas Pearl Awards

October, 2006

Members of the PSU President’s Council received Silas Pearl Presidential Medallions from outgoing President Donald P. Wharton at an event held in their honor. The award is named for the first principal of Plymouth Normal School and honors lifetime service to Plymouth State. Read More

Enterprise Scholarships Reach $10,000 Mark

October, 2006
Former President Donald P. Wharton accepting a scholarship check from Kimberly Smith of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, March 2006.

Former President Donald P. Wharton accepting a scholarship check from Kimberly Smith of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, March 2006.

This spring, Enterprise Rent-a-Car of Plymouth again offered $2,500 in scholarships to PSU students, marking a total of $10,000 donated by the local automobile rental company over the past four years. Scholarship applicants must be residents of New Hampshire, be in their junior year or first semester of their senior year at PSU, have a GPA of at least 2.5, have a declared major in business or communications, meet federal qualifications for financial need and demonstrate leadership qualities.—Kristin Proulx Jarvis