Past, Present and Future Rub Elbows at PSU Sept 29 – Oct 5

September 15th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Homecoming and Family Week is September 29¬–October 5 at Plymouth State University. Alumni, students and their families are all invited to stay connected with Plymouth State and participate in a week full of activities.

Describing the change which took place three years ago Director of Alumni Relations Joe Long said, “The tone and feel of the weekend are now celebratory of what Plymouth is today and not focused on the Plymouth of yesterday. Many more people attend than had been attending the two separate events.” More than 1,500 alumni and their families, plus student’s families and guests participated last fall.

“The best part of bringing the two together is that it invites every member ofthe Plymouth State family to campus—students, their families, alumni, faculty and staff. The opportunities for connections are boundless,” Student Affairs Program Advisor Rodney Ekstrom added.

The Homecoming and Family Celebration combines alumni and student activities in a week brimming with events with broad appeal. From student and alumni athletic contests to dramatic presentations, lectures to road races, a welcome from President Sara Jayne Steen, a farmers market, archives presentation, a lip synch contest, a golf tournament and a scholarship award ceremony; all the information is online at Here’s a sampling:

Sports contests include, football, field hockey, women’s and men’s soccer, women’s tennis, the Foley Foot Race, and alumni games. In addition, visitors may test their skills on the PSU Ropes Challenge Course on Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m., weather permitting. Activities are planned for people of all ages and abilities.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series will present a discussion of Political Activism and New Technology Monday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Professor Zephyr R. Teachout, who directed Internet organizing for Dean for America, is the speaker for this free program.

Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance,joined by Director of Theatre Elizabeth Cox, PSU’s 2008 Distinguished Teacher, and alumnus Kevin Asselin ’97, a professional actor who holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present a 90-minute cutting of Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, October 2–5 at the Silver Center. The tragedy is full of treachery and intrigue.

At the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building and at Lamson Library and Learning Commons, visitors will find exhibitions featuring works by PSU faculty and on American politics.

American singer-songwriter Howie Day, who was born in Bangor, Maine, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, also at the Silver Center.

The College of Graduate Studies annual SEEK Symposium is Friday, October 3, from 6–9 p.m. at Heritage Commons. This year’s program will explore the concepts of global awareness and social responsibility. For more information log on to

Also on Friday evening, the student activities planning organization, PACE, will sponsor a casino night and Texas Hold’em tournament from 8–11 p.m. in the Hartman Union Building.

Complete athletics information is online at

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU.