PSU Honors Non-Traditional Students

May 24th, 2007 by Adam

“Plymouth is a better place because of them,” said Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen in describing the 2007 Non-Traditional Students of the Year. Tabitha Coykendall, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, was named Outstanding Non-Traditional Female student, while James Mazzuchelli, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, was named Outstanding Non-Traditional Male student. The pair were chosen by faculty for their academic excellence, commitment to their chosen field of study and outstanding service to the University and community.

“It takes someone special to be a successful non-traditional student, said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “James and Tabitha have not only completed degrees, but they’ve completed them in a distinguished way. They are special people.”

“This is overwhelming,” said Tabitha Coykendall. “I could not achieve anything without the support of my family and friends; I am really touched by this.”

Mazzuchelli said he is grateful for the support he received as he acclimated from the military to academia. “Thank you to all of you who believed in me, this is a great honor.”

Mazzuchelli, an Army veteran of the Iraq War, also received the BSW Student of the Year award, given by the National Association of Social Workers New Hampshire chapter earlier this year.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or