Filling the Empty Bowls

January, 2005

by Kristin Proulx Jarvis

On November 9 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 138 people sat down to dinner together, eating from handmade bowls crafted by PSU ceramics students. The fundraising event, sponsored by the University’s Community Service Learning Center, raised $1,350 that will be split between Meals for Many and Pemi Bridge House, two local organizations that help provide food and shelter for people in need. This was only one of hundreds of similar Empty Bowls events held each year throughout the country and the world to raise money to end hunger. Read More

Angel Tree Project

January, 2005

Left: Junior Katie Saraiva, a childhood studies major, sorts through some of the hundreds of gifts contributed by PSU students and staff to the campus Angel Tree project, coordinated by Saraiva and junior early childhood studies major Candace Campbell. Gifts were provided to more than 500 local youth and children from 17 area agencies.

A Whole New Way of Life

January, 2005

After surviving a tragedy, two alumni make their lifelong dream come true. Read More

A Plan for the Future

January, 2005

A new long-range master plan will serve as PSU’s framework for the next decade. Read More

The World Outside Our Door

January, 2005

by Terry Rayno

Steve Kahl, director of PSU’s new Center for the Environment. Photo by Alan MacRae.

Steve Kahl, director of PSU’s new Center for the Environment. Photo by Alan MacRae.

Sustainability is this year’s theme at Plymouth State University, focusing on renewable resources and sound environmental practices. So it’s appropriate that this is also the year when PSU opens the new Center for the Environment at the Boyd Science Center.

The idea arose several years ago when President Donald P. Wharton met with Will Abbott (then director of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, now at the Mount Washington Observatory), and Mrs. Bertha Fauver. A longtime benefactor of both Plymouth State and lakes conservation organizations, Fauver felt the University should enhance collaborations with area conservation groups for the benefit of the whole region. Read More

On Books and Cyberdoors

January, 2005
Photo by John Hession, Dorchester, N.H.

Photo by John Hession, Dorchester, N.H.

If you walk through the front door of Lamson Library today, you’ll notice that something looks different than it did just a few years ago. It’s not the building itself, but the way patrons are using it that’s changed. And it’s not just here at Plymouth State that this shift is taking place. In these high-tech times, where the Internet has become the information and research tool of choice for so many, library usage and reading habits in general are changing across the nation. Read More

Prowling Panther Presented

January, 2005

9-153Plymouth State’s department of athletics unveiled its new logo—a more muscular, stylized panther—during Homecoming festivities Saturday, October 2.

During the carnival on the green, students had a chance to apply new body art at the tattoo booth, which featured temporary tattoos of the new logo. Water bottles with the logo were also distributed. At halftime of the Homecoming football game, the athletics department (with the help of physical plant) rolled out the first sign with the new logo and T-shirts for patrons bearing the new image were tossed into the stands. Read More

Six New Members Join PSU Athletic Hall of Fame

January, 2005
2004 PSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees from Left (Seated) Joe Amorosino ’62, Adam DeChristopher ’99, (Standint) Elaine Flanagan Swett ’85, Hank LaBranche ’65, Norm Sherwood ’89, and Stacey Freda ’95.

2004 PSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees from Left (Seated) Joe Amorosino ’62, Adam DeChristopher ’99, (Standint) Elaine Flanagan Swett ’85, Hank LaBranche ’65, Norm Sherwood ’89, and Stacey Freda ’95.

Four outstanding student-athletes from the 1980s and 1990s, and two individuals who have made their marks as coaches and administrators comprise the 20th class of the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame. They were enshrined at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, October 17, 2004. This year’s group brought the Hall membership to 98 individuals and six teams. Read More

A New Role

January, 2005

Amanda McLaughlin ’02 returns to music theatre at PSU

Amanda McLaughlin ’02 has gone from student to teacher at PSU. Photo by John Hession.

Amanda McLaughlin ’02 has gone from student to teacher at PSU. Photo by John Hession.

As a first-year student at Plymouth State, Amanda McLaughlin ’02 would never have guessed that one day she would return as a teacher.

McLaughlin grew up in Lincoln, Maine, 40 minutes north of Bangor. Several factors entered into her decision to attend Plymouth State, including affordability and the chance to continue to play field hockey, which she had loved in high school. But, she says, she made her final decision about Plymouth based on having “a good gut feeling about it. I usually follow my gut feelings.” Read More

The Case of James Edward Wright

January, 2005

Cultures of Boys’ Play in Mid-19th-Century New England

by Rebecca R. Noel

Winter Sports-Coasting in the Country by Granville Perkins, from Harper’s Weekly. February 17,1877.

Winter Sports-Coasting in the Country by Granville Perkins, from Harper’s Weekly. February 17,1877.

Why did New England boys of 1850 go sledding in winter? This apparently simple question poses a challenge for historians interested in play, sport and childhood.

Perhaps boys went sledding due to an eternally irresistible coincidence of snow and gravity. Even where cultural limits intruded, one might guess, whenever cultural anti-sledding muscles relaxed, down went the boys. By contrast, this study investigates boys’ play in antebellum New England from a cultural history perspective, setting aside any assumptions that children’s play is entirely “natural,” “spontaneous” or “universal.” Read More