Plymouth State Students Serve the Community

August 18th, 2005 by Adam

Twenty-one Plymouth State University first-year students will come to campus early to take part in Community Service Orientation (CSO).

Under the guidance of experienced student leaders, these students will spend the week of August 21-27 engaging in service, developing leadership skills and forging new friendships. Plymouth State students contributed more than 10,000 hours to volunteer service throughout the last academic year.

Over the course of the program, participants will provide hundreds of hours of service to a variety of non-profit agencies including the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, Pemi Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Pemi Youth Center, The Bridge House and Whole Village.

In addition to their service work, CSO members will participate in recreational activities including an overnight camping trip at Northwoods Camp, the PSU ropes course, hikes and swimming.

“These service projects instill in students a sense of community ownership and civic responsibility, and help them make the transition from high school to university,” says Nancy Conklin, coordinator of the Community Service Learning Center at Plymouth State. “They develop a bond during this week before the majority of students arrive, and that bond tends to carry through their university years. They get comfortable with the campus and life at PSU, and that confidence carries over, too. Many quickly become campus leaders.”

This year’s participants are: Tiffany-Jeanne Allen, Derry; Krista Anthony, Torrington, Conn.; Lisa Busch, Long Beach, N.Y.; Lacey Byron, Smithfield, R.I.; Carmen Christopherson, Keene; James Curry, Mont Vernon; Lindsay DeLorie, Holliston, Mass.; Amanda Dill, Torrington, Conn.; Maria Eiden, Easton, Md.; Samantha Fand, Meredith; Joshua Fisher, Framingham, Mass.; Jason Fournier, Sandown; David Hardman, Mason, Ohio.; Meredith Johnson, Longmeadow, Mass.; Laura Kozminski, Holden, Mass.; Christina Labriola,Westerly, R.I.; Caroline Maher, Moultonborough; Gene Martin, Manchester; Hillary McDonough, Merrimack; Garrett Michaels, Greenwood Village, Colo. and Timothy Sacco, Loudon.

Student leaders are Leslie Kingsley of Brattleboro, Vt., student coordinator; Amanda Morris, Eric Bonnett and Matt Stanton of Manchester and Amanda Drapcho of Greenland.

Kingsley, a junior, is also student senate treasurer and treasurer of PSU volunteers. She has participated in PSU’s Alternative Spring Break program and is an Admission representative. Now in her third year with CSO, Kingsley says that participating as a first-year student was the best choice she made starting college.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today at Plymouth if I didn’t do CSO. The program does so many positive things for incoming freshmen. It’s great to see these students go into the Plymouth community—it’s very rewarding as a leader and as a student to see what you are part of.”

For information contact Nancy Conklin, 535-3026 or via e-mail to