Media and the Apocalypse

June, 2009

pub_mediaEdited by Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, chair and professor of Communication and Media Studies, and Annette Holba, professor of Communication and Media Studies

This anthology, which includes chapters written by co-editors Hart and Holba, considers media representations of apocalypse narratives and is intended to serve as a resource examining end-times representations. “Everyone seems to be talking about the apocalypse nowadays, and such discussions are expected to increase in frequency as the year 2012 [the end of the Mayan calendar] approaches,” says Hart. “This anthology explores popular media representations pertaining to the presumably forthcoming apocalypse, in a range of intriguing media offerings that includes the music of Bob Dylan, the films of David Lynch and Gregg Araki, the Left Behind series of novels, and the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors, Second Edition

June, 2009

pub_jobsJulie DeGalan and Bryon Middlekauff, professor of Geography and Environmental Planning

Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors helps students and recent college graduates explore their career options in environmental studies by providing tips on assessing their skills, creating a résumé and cover letter, researching careers and networking, and interviewing. It also provides detailed profiles of jobs, along with the basic skills necessary to be considered for them.

Social Problems: An Introduction To Critical Constructionism, Third Edition

June, 2009

pub_socialRobert Heiner, assistant chair of the Department of Social Science and professor of Anthropology-Sociology

Intended to be a brief and inexpensive alternative to the usual textbooks used in social problems courses, this book employs one theoretical perspective that emphasizes the role played by the media and the rest of the corporate world in perpetuating many social problems. While the book is intended primarily for sociology students, Heiner says others “will find it an easy read and quite relevant to current political affairs.”

Study Guide To Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach

June, 2009

Barbara M. Newman, Philip R. Newman, and Clarissa M. Uttley, professor of Early Childhood Studies

This study guide for Development Through Life: A Psychosocial Approach, which is frequently used in human development and psychology courses, provides students with chapter outlines, learning objectives, practice tests, and more. According to Uttley, “The study guide was created to be student-focused and provides current information and resources to strengthen student engagement with coursework and application to both professional and personal experiences.”

A Thirst That’s Partly Mine

June, 2009

pub_thirstElizabeth Ahl, chair of the Department of English and professor of English

Ahl’s chapbook, which won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook competition, is a collection of poetry about human interaction with the natural world. “I’m thrilled to see my poems arranged in such a beautiful book,” Ahl says. “The letterpress cover and hand-binding, along with several other special details, make the book a pleasure to look at and hold.”

Doing What Matters

June, 2009

by Rhiannon Hutchinson

Laura Brusseau.  John Gilbert Fox photo.

Laura Brusseau. John Gilbert Fox photo.

When asked to explain the source of her drive to help others, Laura Brusseau ’04 credits her family. “My parents always led by example,” she says. “We were raised to give back, and everyone in my family does community service.”

As a student at Plymouth State, Brusseau immersed herself in service activities, including volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and cofounding Hunger and Homelessness Week, an annual PSU event that has grown in popularity in the years since.

After graduating from PSU, Brusseau carried the spirit of service with her into her teaching career. Read More

Designs on Success

June, 2009

New curriculum and more opportunities in graphic design

by Barbra Alan


Banner design by BFA graphic design student Bethany Mayo '09.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field of graphic design will grow 10 percent over the next decade, and that job seekers in the field will face some strong competition.

To help give their students a more competitive edge and better prepare them for the demands of careers in graphic design, professors David Martin and Jong-Yoon Kim, both professional graphic designers themselves, invested nearly two and a half years into revamping the program’s curriculum. Read More

Q&A with Mary Ann McGarry

June, 2009

Mary Ann McGarry, with Path by Marcia Santore, in PSU's Boyd Science Center. Jon Gilbert Fox photo.

Professor of Science Education,
PSU’s Center for the Environment

Mary Ann McGarry’s work takes her (and her students) from the classrooms of PSU to ecological research sites all over the world, including the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, and the Four Corners of the U.S. But that’s only part of the reason she loves what she does. Plymouth Magazine recently spoke with McGarry about her career, which blends her loves of environmental science, global community service, research, collaboration, and above all, education. Read More

Empowering Rural Communities

June, 2009

emp3The Center for Rural Partnerships is working to preserve and enhance rural life in New Hampshire.

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Health Across the Lifespan

June, 2009

health1The Department of Health and Human Performance explores the relationship between activity and health.

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