Families, students, alumni, faculty and staff and members of the Plymouth-area community are invited to a Homecoming and Family Week Celebration, Monday – Sunday, September 25 through October 1, on the PSU campus. The weeklong schedule represents a departure from prior years’ tradition of two separate weekend events, one for students and their families, and one for alumni.
Alumni Director Joe Long says, “We are very excited. This event was two years in the planning, and is a collaborative effort of students and alumni, for them and their families. The result is quality programming that should appeal to many, many people. Our goal is to develop interest, incrementally, for the long run.”
Guests are invited to visit open classrooms, hear speakers, attend academic receptions, roll the dice at casino night, join the contests at the carnival, or catch up with friends at the many social events. They can also catch a field hockey, volleyball, soccer or football game, attend a student performance, dine with other parents and alumni, enjoy Friday night fireworks from the Alumni Green or on Holderness Road, and end the week with the annual Barbara Dearborn Golf Classic at Owls Nest in Campton.
Many traditional events are ongoing, such as voting for the Homecoming Court, a student organization banner competition, and the infamous College Bowl trivia competition is back. A detailed calendar of events is online at www.plymouth.edu/celebration.
A highlight of graduate programming is the annual SEEK Symposium from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday September 29, which celebrates the Service, Excellence, Experience and Knowledge of Plymouth State University’s graduate community. Dr. Meg Petersen will present a keynote address on “Reflection and Innovation,” focusing on her Plymouth Writing Project initiative. The recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award for the M.Ed. program, Dr. Petersen has been a member of the PSU community since 1991. She is a professor of English and director of the Plymouth Writing Project, a network of teacher leaders who promote exemplary instruction of writing in classrooms throughout the state. Winners of 2005-06 Small Business Institute® Awards will also be presented.
Rodney Ekstrom, assistant director for student activities, says, “When we began talking about combining Family Weekend and Homecoming into Homecoming and Family Celebration two years ago, our goal was to establish an event to showcase student, faculty, staff, and alumni success. Many groups and departments from across campus are offering opportunities for the greater Plymouth community to witness the Plymouth State experience. We are eager for this event to begin, and we are already talking about next year.”