Plymouth State University is celebrating its 135th birthday and has planned a series of events for March 12 – 15 that offers something for everyone: families, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The celebration will culminate on PSU’s actual birthday, March 15, with an All-Campus Birthday Party at 3 p.m. in the Courtroom located on the second floor of the Hartman Union Building (HUB). Activities will include entertainment by student musicians, reading of the official PSU birthday poem, a 135-foot birthday cake and a special door prize drawing for a PSU captain’s chair with personalized engraving: must be present to win.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the campus and community together to celebrate the history of the institution,” says John P. Clark, PSU’s athletic director and chair of the 135th Celebration Committee. “It is particularly significant as this is the first landmark year since becoming University, and it gives us all a chance to take a minute and reflect on what a great place PSU is.”
Over the course of its 135 years, Plymouth State University has grown into a regional comprehensive university, providing a high-quality education for both undergraduate and graduate students. Clark says, “The 135th celebration gives us an opportunity to showcase our beautiful New England setting and highlight why Plymouth State University is a first-class institution of choice for today’s students.”
The celebration week opens on Sunday, March 12 with Jazz Brunch and a TIGER Kids Dinner Theatre at Prospect Dining Hall. The Jazz Brunch will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and feature Rik Pfenninger, woodwinds; Jon Barnes, bass; and David Lockwood on piano. Cost is $7 per person at the door or PSU meal plan.
The TIGER Kids Dinner Theatre begins at 5:45 p.m. in the Newfound Room at Prospect Dining Hall. A child-friendly buffet will be served until 6:45 p.m., featuring chicken fingers, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese and drinks. At 7 p.m., TIGER, PSU’s professional theatre company, will perform Just Between Friends. The performance focuses on helping children understand what it takes to make and be a good friend. The cost per person, children and adults, is $5. Call 535-3151 for tickets.
Among the many other events scheduled throughout the week, learn more about PSU’s signature buildings through shadow box historical displays to be located in the HUB Pawsway March 13 and 14. Also at the HUB on Monday, March 13, attend an informational workshop on the Plymouth Writing Project from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, then cheer on participants in the PSU College Bowl from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge. Eight teams made up of faculty, staff and students will compete for the championship over two nights of competition, vying for a $135 cash prize and to have their win memorialized on a plaque that will be displayed in the HUB.
On Tuesday, March 14 the Sylvestre Planetarium in the Boyd Science Center will present The March Sky in New Hampshire. Show times are 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The 45-minute presentations are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. From 7 – 9 p.m., catch the final round of the College Bowl in the HUB Fireplace Lounge.
Wrapping up the festivities will be a Saul O Sidore Lecture Local and Global Tourism: Panacea or Placebo? at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. The free lecture will feature four panelists— PSU professors Grace M. Fraser and Mark J. Okrant, Csaba Miklós Kovacs of Babes-Bolyai University, Romania and Oriol Pi-Sunyer of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst— who will discuss the implications and impacts of tourism and travel as vehicles of globalization and change.
For more information on these and many other events planned for PSU’s 135th Birthday Celebration, visit www.plymouth.edu/news/135th.html.