N.H. Executive Councilor Ray Burton Honored with Granite State Award at PSU Fall Convocation

September 1st, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Plymouth State University’s Fall Convocation featured a rousing welcome to its 1100 first-year students and paid tribute to a longtime friend, supporter and alumnus.

N.H. District One Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath was honored August 31 with a Granite State Award for his ongoing commitment to Plymouth State and the North Country. The Granite State Award is reserved for those who have made exceptional contributions to the state of New Hampshire and its citizens.

Ray Burton accepts Granite State Award
Executive Councilor Ray Burton, USNH Trustee Larry Haynes and PSU President Sara Jayne Steen present Burton with a Granite State Award at Plymouth State University’s Fall Convocation August 31. Burton is a 1962 graduate of Plymouth State and has served as District One Executive Councilor since 1977. Granite State Awards are reserved for those who have made exceptional contributions to the state of New Hampshire and its citizens.

Burton is a political institution in the Granite State, having served as Executive Councilor since 1977. He is a 1962 graduate of Plymouth State and has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences. He has also facilitated internships for dozens of Plymouth State students. Burton said he was proud to call himself a Plymouth State alumnus.

“I’m in debt to Plymouth State,” said Burton. “I say to Plymouth State; thanks for all you’ve done… and when you look over and see the golden dome of New Hampshire’s Statehouse, know that you have some friends there, and I count myself as a strong friend of Plymouth State University.”

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen welcomed the Class of 2014, noting, “Today marks your entry into a learning community, one that celebrates discovery, creativity and the life of the mind.PSU is a place that believes in people and their potential, and in ideas and engagement; that’s part of what it means to be a learner,” Steen said.

Mike Long, President of the Community Guaranty Savings Bank in Plymouth and a 1975 graduate of Plymouth State, said the town is appreciative another academic year has begun.

“We all look forward to this time of year, because the town comes alive, and we hope you feel comfortable here while you make it your home,” said Long.

Keynote speaker Marianne True, PSU’s Stevens Bristow Professor of Education, emphasized four points for the new students to achieve success; adaptability and resilience, commitment and initiative, self knowledge and building relationships.

“I’m not a big believer in the phrase, ‘these are the best days of your lives,’ True said. “It gets better; it gets so much better than this moment – if you make it so…and we’ll support you in any way we can.”

The incoming class is a record setter. Nearly 5,500 people applied to attend this fall, the largest pool of applicants in Plymouth State history. The Class of 2014 features students from 19 states and 10 foreign countries.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu