Richard Ober ’83 will address some 1,000 new first-year students at Plymouth State University August 31, when faculty and students gather for the fall academic convocation. Professor of psychology, Dr. David Zehr, the 2004 Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher will also address the gathering. The theme for this academic year is “Sustainable Campus, Sustainable World.”
Convocation kicks off the academic year at the University, and culminates a busy day of activity for members of the class of 2008.
They will have identification cards processed, tour the library, eat lunch in the dining hall, attend meetings with academic advisors, and sit for a class portrait, before the 4 p.m. assembly.
Ober is executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy, a conservation land trust that serves 35 towns in southwest New Hampshire. The Conservancy currently oversees 69 conservation areas protecting nearly 5,000 acres. Ever year, the organization works with private landowners and community groups to protect hundreds of additional acres.
Before moving to the Monadnock Conservancy in July, 2001, Ober spent 16 years as a senior staff member of the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests and editor of the journal Forest Notes.
He has written and lectured widely on the connections between people and place, and has made scores of media appearances. He is co-editor of People and Place: 100 Years of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and editor of Shaping the Land We Call New Hampshire, Land for New Hampshire, and Off We Go: A Memoir of a 20th Century Activist by Annette Cottrell.
Ober’s book The Northern Forest, co-authored with David Dobbs of Vermont, won the New Hampshire Outstanding Nonfiction Award in 1996, and a Choice Academic Award. Ober’s work has appeared in Yankee, Outside, Dartmouth Magazine, Habitat, AMC Outdoors and several books and collections on environmental writing. His commentaries have been broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio and he has directed and assisted with numerous audio-visual programs, video documentaries, exhibitions and special events.