Cathie LeBlanc believes in making her community a better place to live –and her efforts in volunteering her time to local groups have earned her the 2011 Plymouth State University Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. LeBlanc takes PSU’s motto of “Ut Prosim” (That I May Serve) to heart; she believes that individuals can make a difference in the life of a community. In an institution that values service, she has willingly taken on far more than her share and she says it is humbling to be recognized for doing what she believes in.
|Cathie Leblanc recognized by Plymouth State University with Award for Excellence in Faculty Service|
“This is an award that I have great respect for,” said LeBlanc. “I think the award represents an acknowledgement of someone’s commitment to making our community better.”
LeBlanc, a Goffstown native, is a computer scientist who chairs PSU’s Communications and Media Studies Department. In her extensive service to every organization she has been affiliated with, she has demonstrated integrity, vigor, honesty, open-mindedness and a genuine commitment to considering and including all views and perspectives.
Despite her long and productive commitment to University activities, she has continually worked for the good of the greater community. For several years, she has volunteered with energy and enthusiasm at an area senior center, working with senior citizens and helping them overcome their anxiety about learning new technological skills. The director of the center says she does this with patience and kindness and an obvious love for what she does best, teach. Some of the seniors take the same class more than once, just for the chance to work with her again. She is deeply involved with Voices Against Violence, from holding leadership positions on the board, serving on the Strategic Planning Task Force, to cleaning the bathrooms at the shelter. And with this too, she brings to these activities the same commitment, focus, and optimism that distinguish her contributions to the University. LeBlanc believes volunteering for the greater good is an important facet of living in a democracy.
“I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunities that I have had in my life,” LeBlanc said. “Performing community service is my way of giving back to the communities that have been so supportive of me.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said LeBlanc’s leadership ability and commitment to service make her an asset to the institution and the greater community.
“Cathie believes deeply in the importance and responsibility of service and she models that belief both within and beyond the university,” said Bernier. “As Chair of numerous PSU committees and the former President of Voices against Violence, she has held significant leadership positions on campus and in the community, and consequently has made a real impact in the lives of others.”
LeBlanc earned a bachelor’s in computer science from Dartmouth College in 1985, graduating cum laude. She then worked for a small computer consulting firm in Pittsfield, Mass., for five years, which included working in the Netherlands for nearly two years. She also served as the administrative coordinator for a small non-profit organization in Northampton, Mass., before returning to graduate school at Florida State University, where she received both master’s and a PhD in Computer Science.
She began teaching at Plymouth State University in the Computer Science and Technology Department in 1998, later transitioned to the Communication and Media Studies Department to develop and teach courses in Digital Media Studies and now serves as Chair of the Department.
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