PSU Names Wendy Palmquist 2007 Faculty Service Award Winner

August 24th, 2007 by Adam

Longtime Plymouth State University professor Wendy Palmquist has been awarded the 2007 Faculty Service Award.

The award recognizes and honors faculty who best reflect the University motto, Ut prosim. “That I may serve.”

Palmquist lives by this motto, both in her professional and her personal life. In her 26 years at Plymouth, Palmquist has enriched the University environment for students, staff, and faculty in a variety of ways. She has served as chair of the psychology department and faculty speaker; participated on significant committees; coordinated academic programs for first-year students; and made important contributions to the Curriculum Committee and the Athletic Council. She was a founding member of the women’s studies program, supported Title IX sports programs for women and has been an advocate for both women and men on campus through the Safe Zone Program, which promotes awareness and non-judgmental treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.

“Dr. Palmquist’s service is beyond compare,” said Interim Provost Dr. Julie Bernier. “In addition to service to the community by serving on a number of Boards, she has provided over 176 “committee years” of service to Plymouth State University.”

Palmquist, the 2006’s Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher award winner, is most passionate about the time she spends with her students. “She genuinely cares about her students; teaching is what defines her,” noted one nominator about Palmquist.

Palmquist also cares about her community, serving it in a variety of ways, from pounding nails for Habitat for Humanity to serving on the board of what is now Genesis Behavioral Health, to participating as a board member of the New Hampshire Humane Society.

To Palmquist, serving others isn’t a sacrifice; rather, it’s an extension of the values that her parents instilled and her own volunteering experiences have reinforced. As she says, “Service is a part of me, so I make the time to do it.”

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