Plymouth State University Alumni Association honors Eight

October 6th, 2010 by Adam

The Plymouth State University Alumni Association (PSUAA) gathered during the recent Homecoming and Family Celebration on campus to honor eight exemplary individuals, six of whom are alumni. “It is wonderful to celebrate Plymouth State University’s excellent alumni, students and staff. We are so proud of these individuals and all that they have been able to accomplish,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen.

PSUAA Award recipients
Eight Plymouth State alumni received awards at the 2010 Homecoming and Family Celebration. Left to right: Richard Coutermarsh, Michele Talwani, Scott Nalette, Michael Boudreau, Richard Hage, Lindsay Harrington, Stephen King and President Sara Jayne Steen

Director of Alumni Henry “Joe” Long said he is in awe of the achievements of the eight recipients.

“These individuals have, through the course of their everyday lives, touched millions of people at Plymouth State University, throughout the state, the region, the country and even the world. We have recent graduates who have transformed the definition of what it means to be class and community leaders, we have individuals who educate our youth as well as our future educators, we have advocates, philanthropists, visionaries and agents of change. These eight people represent the best and the brightest Plymouth State has to offer.”

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award was presented to Michele G. Talwani ’93, ‘96G and Stephen M. King ’86. The award recognizes graduates who through “unselfish devotion and loyalty” have served Plymouth State University and/or its alumni organizations and have helped to expand “the usefulness, influence and prestige of the university.”

Talwani, a resident of Northfield, is director of economic development and marketing at Families in Transition in Manchester and a former member of the PSUAA Board of Directors. Talwani says, “My undergraduate and graduate experiences at Plymouth State set the foundation for my personal and professional life. It is where I met my husband and dearest longtime friends, and where I received an education that let me spread my wings and soar. Because of all this, I felt a calling to give back to Plymouth, not only financially, but also with my time and commitment.”

King, of Nashua, is director of strategic accounts at Oce Business Services in Boston and is adjunct faculty at PSU. He and brothers of Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity founded the 27 Highland Avenue Corporation to recognize PSU and individuals connected with the U.S. military organizations. The group recently funded a Veterans Park at the University. King says that re-engaging with Plymouth State and seeing his work provide help to individuals has been gratifying. “I think that the life lessons I learned from my grandfather in particular, and my parents, have allowed me to persevere in life, and that the work I am doing is a reflection on the values they taught me.”

Littleton resident Michael S. Boudreau ’97 received the Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes active participation in and special contribution to the activities of the PSUAA, their chosen profession, or the improvement of society in general. Boudreau is executive director of Compas de Nicaragua, a nonprofit organization that supports a women’s organization and farming cooperative in Nicaragua. Compas also organizes service trips that take professionals, students and organizations to Nicaragua to work on sustainable community development. He has also volunteered for several Nicaraguan nonprofit organizations. Boudreau says, “I am forever thankful for the educational and professional opportunities that Plymouth State provided me. My experiences at Plymouth led me to my current work in Nicaragua, and I am very grateful to have been recognized by the alumni association.”<img align="left" src="" style="padding-left:5px;"

The Ut Prosim Award was presented to Richard A. Coutermarsh ’85 of Kingwood, Texas. Coutermarsh is president and CEO of InnerLoc, Inc. a comprehensive global cargo security system based in Humble, Texas. The award recognizes an alumna or alumnus whose activities and services outside the University exemplify the University motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.” Coutermarsh has served numerous Veterans’ organizations, wildlife organizations, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Navy Association and a life member of the 9th Infantry Regimental Association. He says, “I am humbled and honored to have PSU join me in the celebration of giving something back to the communities in which we live, and for challenging all of us to be active leaders and goodwill ambassadors of the Plymouth State Motto.”

Scott M. Nalette ’05 of Brighton, Mass., was presented the Recent Alumni Award of Excellence. The award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years for professional excellence and outstanding service to the university, the PSUAA, the community or the nation. Nalette is manager of intramural sports at Boston University where he also advises the men’s golf team and teaches physical education classes in basketball and golf.

At PSU, Nalette has championed fundraising efforts for the Matthew Budrow ’05 Memorial Scholarship with events such as an annual memorial golf tournament, a “Purple” party in Boston, and ongoing sale of purple bracelets. Nalette and other supporters and friends also attend the opening PSU men’s basketball home game to honor Budrow. He says, “Although I accept this award in my name, the aid the scholarship will provide to future PSU students is a collective gesture from the countless people positively affected by having known Matt in his short time with us.”

The Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence was presented to Richard T. Hage of Plymouth, who was vice president for student affairs at PSU. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who is has demonstrated a commitment to supporting alumni and student connections in a campus environment.

Hage retired to part-time service in 2010 after nearly 35 years of services and now serves as coordinator of domestic and international recruitment. In addition to his on-campus responsibilities, Hage is known throughout the state and region. He has volunteered with the State of New Hampshire Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Taskforce, was co-founder of the Plymouth Chapter of Jaycees, has raised funds for Speare Memorial Hospital, worked with the Whole Village Family Resource Center, the Pemi Bridge House and First Star Tonight.

He says, “It isn’t so much the obvious honor, which I truly appreciate, but the knowledge that the people of Plymouth State University have created such a deeply caring community. No one ever stands alone in making an impact. This award recognizes all my colleagues.”

Lindsay E. Harrington ’10 of Derry received the Graduating Senior Award of Excellence, which recognizes a member of the incoming alumni class who demonstrates outstanding campus and community leadership. Harrington has been an active citizen of Plymouth by attending Select Board meetings, the Campus Community Council and the annual Town Meeting. She has also assisted with the Plymouth holiday parade and the festival of trees. She has been involved with the Girl Scouts of America for more than a dozen years and received the prestigious Gold Award (comparable to the boy’s Eagle Scout Award) and advises young women who are working toward that award. Harrington is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, national political science honor society.

“Plymouth State is not just family—it is home. I am happy to be home today. I will always carry with me the values and lessons I’ve learned here. In receiving this award, I am honored to join a group believing in the enrichment of the world around them,” Harrington said.

The Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award was presented to Petra Y. Schaefer,’04G and 09G, a resident of Sunapee. Schaefer is assistant director of academic development and disability resources at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. She has worked in the fields of experimental hematology, finance and as a learning specialist and school psychologist in secondary and post-secondary education. As a volunteer, Schaefer organized a town wide book “read” in Sunapee for children and adults and an afterschool program in Salisbury. She is also an alumni interviewer for students interested in attending Barnard College.

Schaefer says, “The University has provided me with the knowledge, skills and direction I needed to serve students effectively. I am grateful to dedicated professors and classmates who I continue to learn from, admire, share values with and cherish as friends.”

For more information about this release, contact Betsy Cheney, PSU Office of Public Relations, (603) 535-2276 or