PSU Holds 141st Commencement
May 19, 2012 was a historic day for PSU and its graduates, as it marked the first combined undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremony in decades. It also marked the first graduation for PSU’s Doctor of Education program.
Community members Dr. John Bentwood and Cathy Bentwood, RN, were honored with the Granite State Award for their humanitarian work both locally and globally. Former Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) president Andrew Falender was given an honorary doctorate of science and delivered the Commencement address. As he noted in his remarks, his focus as president of the AMC was education. “We needed to bring education to everything we dealt with; we needed to be regional conservation leaders in those areas where we were most qualified; and we needed to be seen as well-managed and fiscally astute,” he said. “We always were trying to make the most of opportunities to make a real impact.”
Boyer Named New CFE Director
Joseph N. Boyer, a marine scientist with more than 25 years of experience in marine microbiology and ecosystem ecology, has been named director of PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE). Boyer comes to CFE from Florida International University (FIU), where he was a faculty member and director of FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center.
Boyer says that continuing to expand CFE’s expertise will ultimately better serve the public, the University, and the state. “I believe the CFE has the potential to become a central player in the region and northeastern US,” he said. “The terrific relationship between the University, community, and government is a testimony to prior leadership and should be further nurtured and developed.”
CFE’s Mark Green Receives Fulbright Research Scholarship
Professor of Hydrology Mark Green has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright researcher position to conduct research at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Forest Science. He will study hydrologic data from Japanese and US temperate forested watersheds to see how resilient the areas are to events that change their natural properties. “If a forest is disturbed, whether it’s clear-cutting, storm damage, or acid rain, then the quality of the water that flows through that area is impacted, so we need to know how quickly the forest bounces back,” Green said. “We need to understand how much of the watershed can be disturbed without degrading water quality too much; is it a two-year, or four-year window? If we know the answer, we can make preparations to protect the watershed. This goes far beyond Plymouth, the northeast, and even the US; the analysis of these watershed areas will have international applicability.”
Green is currently working on a water quality test program through a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation involving the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, St. Anselm College, and Plymouth State University. The project, funded by EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), seeks to better understand the complex interactions of the climate-ecological-human system and provide critical information for state decision makers. Green is leading a Center for the Environment team in the development of a network of 100 water quality sensors around New Hampshire’s streams and rivers.
Goodnough Receives Regional Award
Plymouth State University Professor Gary Goodnough has been named the Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year by the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). According to NARACES, the award, which is named for the late Marijane Fall, a prolific researcher, author, and a national expert in play therapy, “recognizes a creative, generous, charitable counselor educator who has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and thereby made a profound difference in the lives of those so touched.”
“Marijane Fall was a friend and mentor of mine,” said Goodnough, who has been teaching counselor education at PSU since 1995. “I’m speechless, humbled, and honored to receive the award that remembers her spirit. I’m fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and students in a university that genuinely seeks to support faculty excellence. I truly love being a counselor educator.”
Global Education Office Earns National Award
Plymouth State University’s Global Education Office has been given a “Going Places!” award by the Center for International Studies (CIS). The award recognizes an affiliate university that “broadens academic perspectives, encourages student development, and promotes global awareness through their innovative work in education abroad.” More than 100 colleges and universities across the country were eligible for the award.
“We’re fortunate to have our administration’s encouragement and support in developing new international opportunities for our students such as our program in Limerick, Ireland, for first-year students, one of the first of its kind in the country,” said GEO Director Debra Regan. “As a smaller university with a relatively new education abroad office, we’re all very pleased with this recognition.”
PSU Mourns Marking
Kasper Marking, Plymouth State’s president from 1977 to 1983, passed away August 30 in Texas at the age of 88.
During Marking’s tenure, the institution saw significant expansion in buildings and programs, including the creation of the Music, Theatre, and Dance department, expansion of the business department, renovation of the Silver Center and Prospect Hall, and the initiation of the Society for Scholarly Dialogue and the Sidore Lecture Series.
Marking assumed the presidency of PSU in 1978, after having served as president of Briar Cliff College in Iowa. He left Plymouth State in 1983 to become chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, where he oversaw the development of a system-wide energy conservation plan and a study for introducing technological innovations at USNH institutions.
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