A Very Cool Gift

August, 2010

Active living is synonymous with Dick and Betty Hanaway’s lifestyle. The Hanaways, who make a point of thoughtfully living and giving, continued their long-time commitment to PSU and the surrounding community with a leadership gift to support the educational, recreational, and athletic opportunities in the new PSU Ice Arena. In recognition of their gift, the ice sheet at the new arena has been named Hanaway Rink.

For the Hanaways, the rink represents a unique opportunity to share their love of active living with the campus and beyond. As Dick says, “Rarely do you get the chance to share the things you love with the larger community.”

To learn how you can support the PSU Ice Arena, contact the Office of University Advancement at (800) 772-2620.

Dick and Betty Hanaway on the ice sheet at Hanaway Rink. Jon Fox photo.

Message from the President

August, 2010

Earlier this summer, the President’s Council, the volunteer board working on behalf of Plymouth State University advancement, presented the first R. Stephen Eastman Award to recent graduate Lindsay Harrington. The award recognized a student who, like Steve Eastman during the 1970s, was an extraordinary student leader, with intelligence and integrity and courage. She is a wonderful exemplar of PSU at its best: bright, engaged, and committed.

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PSU Names Welcome Center for Gene and Joan Savage

August, 2010

Eugene '58 and Joan Doyan '56 Savage. Jon Gilbert Fox photo.

The names of Gene and Joan Savage are connected throughout the state with service to others and support of education. But nowhere are their names better known and their service and financial support more appreciated than at PSU, their alma mater, where they met as students in the 1950s. In recognition of the Savages’ lifelong commitment to the University, PSU has named the Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center in their honor.

“The Savages are wonderful ambassadors and philanthropists for Plymouth State University. Naming the welcome center celebrates and honors their history as benefactors and alumni,” said President Sara Jayne Steen.

Ice Rink Named for Hanaways

August, 2010

Continuing their tradition of giving, engaging with their community, and advocating high quality of life for all area residents, Dick and Betty Hanaway of Holderness made a leadership gift to support educational, recreational, and athletic opportunities at PSU’s ice arena. In recognition of their gift, the ice sheet has been named the Hanaway Rink.

“The Hanaways’ commitment demonstrates a broad understanding and endorsement of the importance of philanthropy to sustaining what the University can bring to the local, regional and national communities,” said President Sara Jayne Steen.

PSU Named One of Nation’s Greenest Colleges

August, 2010

PSU’s efforts in environmental sustainability have earned it a place on The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges, an in-depth look at the most environmentally friendly institutions of higher learning nationwide. According to the guide, PSU has “demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities, and initiatives.”

Bill Crangle, former special assistant for environmental sustainability, said, “We are very pleased to receive this recognition, because it is a confirmation that the PSU Climate Action Plan is working to move the campus forward.”

Helping NBC Explain Olympic Science

August, 2010

George Tuthill, interim associate vice president for the College of Graduate Studies, helped NBC and the National Science Foundation explain the science behind athletic performance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. The Science of the Olympic Winter Games Web site featured 16 video segments detailing the science behind each sport, such as ski jumping, ice skating, bobsledding, and snowboarding.

Tuthill, a physicist, was asked to describe scientific principles at work in various sports because of his past work in science outreach with the National Teachers Enhancement Network, a project funded by the National Science Foundation.

“Understanding the science principles at work can help anyone to better appreciate the Olympic events and the accomplishments of these athletes. And, for teachers of science, the Olympics represent wonderful teachable moments to convey science ideas,” Tuthill said.

Peterson Scholarship to Support Aspiring Writers

August, 2010

Former New Hampshire Governor Walter Peterson and his wife, Dorothy, have established a $25,000 endowed scholarship at PSU that will provide assistance to students of writing while promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of writing. The gift reflects the Petersons’ belief in the transformative power of higher education and their commitment to keeping such education accessible and affordable for all.

“We believe that helping young people reach their potential, especially with the written and spoken word, enriches all of us,” said the Petersons. “We are pleased to do our modest part to help worthy students of Plymouth State University.”

The Peterson Scholarship recognizes particularly the work and career of the Petersons’ daughter Meg Petersen, a professor of English at PSU and founder of the Plymouth Writing Project, which promotes access to high quality educational experiences as a basic right of all learners and thus a cornerstone of equity.

True Named Stevens-Bristow Endowed Professor

August, 2010

Professor of Education Marianne True has been named the Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education. The professorship, established by Wallace Stevens ’62 and Meredith Bristow Stevens ’62, is awarded to a faculty member in teacher education who has a record of excellence in teaching, advising, or mentoring; engages in scholarly activity or creativity that is recognized nationally or internationally; and exhibits outstanding contributions to the profession, University, or state.

True received the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Award in 1989, the New Hampshire Excellence in Education (the EDie) Award in 2003, and PSU’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in 2005. She is a leader in K–16 professional development at the state and national levels. True’s scholarship involves interactive learning, leadership in inclusive early childhood education, and strategies to engage the English language learner.

“I am so pleased Marianne has been selected,” Provost Julie Bernier said. “She is truly an extraordinary teacher, mentor, and colleague.”

Extraordinary Gift Establishes Museum of the White Mountains

August, 2010

View of Mount Pleasant House, 1884 photograph from the Dan Noel Collection, Museum of the White Mountains

A few months prior to his passing in February, the late Daniel Noel of Intervale, NH—a life-long state resident and White Mountains photographer and collector—gave to PSU a unique collection of history, art, and culture that will help PSU establish the Museum of the White Mountains.

The donated materials include thousands of archives and images, including rare glass-plate photographs, stereoscopic images, hotel ledgers, postcards, early and first edition books about the region, bird’s-eye views and maps, framed Bartlett prints, paintings, and other items.

The Museum of the White Mountains will be a major focus of the White Mountains Institute, a permanent, year-round place on campus for study and research of White Mountains history and culture and an intellectual home and historical archives for the preservation of White Mountains art and memorabilia.

Undergrad Wins Nationwide Forecasting Competition

August, 2010

Brian Pevear ’10 was the overall winner among undergraduate and graduate students, professors, and professionals in a nationwide weather forecasting competition. Graduate student Alexander Jacques finished in the top 16. Both students qualified for the championship round of the Weather Challenge: the North American Collegiate Forecasting Competition by forecasting for two-week periods at 10 cities over the academic year and finishing in the top 64 out of nearly 2000 participants. The top 64 forecasters advanced to the tournament bracket and forecasted for three weeks last spring for Amarillo, TX. “Just being eligible for the end of the year tournament bracket is a tremendous achievement,” said Eric Hoffman, chair of the Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry. “Both Brian and Alexander are clearly superior forecasters who are dedicated to the skill of applying the science they have learned in the classroom to making valuable forecasts.”