Community Service Orientation at Plymouth State University

August 14th, 2006 by Adam

On August 27, two dozen first-year students will arrive at Plymouth State University a week before classes start to meet new friends, find their way around campus and get to know their new community through volunteer work. Community Service Orientation, offered through PSU’s Community Service Learning Center, is a way for new students to connect with the University and the greater community and find out what kinds of service opportunities exist both on and off campus.

Students will begin the week by visiting North Woods YMCA camp in Mirror Lake, N.H., where they will complete a high and low ropes course and get to know each other. When they return to campus, students will choose from a variety of volunteer projects at area organizations, including Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Plymouth Regional Senior Center, Pemi Youth Center and Newfound Audubon Society. Students will also have the opportunity to spend a day volunteering at a food bank and homeless shelter in Manchester.

According to Nancy Conklin, director of the Community Service Learning Center, many of the students who participate in the service orientation end up continuing their commitment to volunteering or student leadership throughout their college career.

“It’s a benefit to the University, and students feel confident with the campus and have a new group of friends before they start school,” said Conklin.

The Community Service Learning Center at PSU promotes volunteerism and service learning in the greater Plymouth community. Projects include Alternative Spring Break, an annual international service trip, Community Service Orientation and other community-based volunteer and Federal Work-Study opportunities. For more information about Community Service Learning Center programs, call (603)535-3026 or visit

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.