From the Acting President and Provost: Are We There Yet?

October, 2004
Virginia Barry, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Virginia Barry, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The start of the new millennium motivated us to reflect on our lives and work, and begin thinking about the future as a regional university. The retrospective part of our planning at Plymouth State began with an examination of our general education curriculum and evolved into a series of reflective questions focused on defining quality education in the context of student learning, teaching, assessment and mission. This process opened the doors for lively discussion and debate about the work we do to enhance the growth and development of people and the impact we ultimately have on our state and society. Read More

From the Editor

October, 2004

I’ve discovered that some issues of Plymouth Magazine take on a life of their own—this has been one of those issues. While we never intend to have one theme for a specific issue, if we had one this time it would be: students. It has been a particular pleasure to me to be able to include several feature stories written by students. Read More

Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute

October, 2004

U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) announced $500,000 in additional federal funding for the PSU meteorology program at a campus press conference in September. In December, the Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute was dedicated in his honor. Read More

Six New Members for PSU Athletic Hall of Fame

October, 2004

Six former Panther all-stars have been inducted into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame. This year’s annual banquet at Prospect Hall in October honored individuals from a wide range of sports. Read More

How Many Steps to Melbourne and Back?

October, 2004

If you head due east from Plymouth and return the same route from Melbourne, Australia, it’s about 54,800,000 steps. That’s figuring 2,000 steps per mile. Two competing teams—one from Plymouth State University, the other from Plymouth Congregational Church (PCC)—began a “virtual race” down under and back on September 28. They plan to finish by March 21, 2004, allowing for a two-week layover for the holidays. Read More

Foundations of Excellence

October, 2004

In August, Plymouth State was chosen as a “founding institution,” one of only 12 out of 219 colleges and universities participating in Phase II of the national project Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year (see Plymouth Magazine Annual Report, Fall 2003). Sponsored jointly by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the two-year project will develop a model of excellence for the first college year which can be used by public colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating new students. Funding was provided by Lumina Foundation for Education and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Read More

Dubino Named Diversity Scholar

October, 2004

Jeanne Dubino, associate professor of English, has been appointed this year’s Diversity Scholar. PSU is going through an exciting period of change, and part of that change includes making its curriculum and programming more diverse. Read More

A Team Effort

October, 2004

Associate Professor Joy Butler of Plymouth State’s health, physical education and recreation (HPER) department was lead editor of Teaching Games for Understanding in Physical Education and Sport, published by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). She also co-wrote the introductory and final chapters of the book. Barbara McCahan, chair of HPER, and Plymouth State students Shawn Croteau, Laura Liard, Elizabeth Ballard, Chad Mitchell and Laurie Murphy wrote chapter seven, “A Constructivist Approach to a Majors Club: Helping PETE Students Transition to Professionals.”—MLS

School Counselors Lead the Way

October, 2004

Gary E. Goodnough, associate professor of education and coordinator of PSU’s counselor education program, is coauthor, with Rachelle Pérusse, assistant professor and school counseling coordinator at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) State University, of Leadership, Advocacy, and Direct Service Strategies for Professional School Counselors (Wadsworth, 2003). The book is designed to help school counseling students envision the flow of a comprehensive developmental program, presenting examples and current research and literature on implementing prevention and intervention programs in school systems. The model for the national standards is followed throughout the text and each chapter provides individual counseling considerations that school counselors should keep in mind as they work with individual students. Goodnough is a licensed counselor and also provides direct services to undergraduate students at PSU through the counseling and human relations center.—MLS

A New View of Shaker Life

October, 2004

Neither Plain Nor Simple, the most recent book by David R. Starbuck, assistant professor of archeology and anthropology, is the result of over 25 years of archeological research at Canterbury Shaker Village near Concord, N.H. Read More