PSU Student Senate Adds Graduate Student

November 16th, 2007 by Adam

PSU’s Student Senate has added a new member in an effort to better represent the changing face of the University’s student body. Derek Birch, a graduate student in the M.Ed. in Counselor Education, School Counseling program, was recently elected as the Graduate Representative to the Student Senate at PSU. Graduate students now comprise more than one-third of PSU’s student body.

“I wanted to be the Graduate Representative to the Student Senate because I care about Plymouth State University,” Birch said. “I care about the students, the faculty and the community we serve. Most importantly, I want to be the middle man for student’s opinions and the opinions and policies of faculty, staff, administrations and higher education in the State of New Hampshire.”

Derek will be reporting to the Student Senate with a bi-weekly or monthly report on Graduate Studies initiatives and services available to graduate students. Derek will also respond to campus initiatives from the graduate student perspective.

“Derek’s appointment as the first graduate student representative to the PSU Student Senate is a wonderful benchmark that speaks to the growth of the graduate program,” said Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, College of Graduate Studies Associate Vice President. “The graduate student body is comprised of 2,600 students from locations around the world. It is important that those students have a voice to represent their needs.”

“Every graduate student needs to know that their opinion does matter and that they do have a say,” added Birch. “Most importantly, they need to be informed that there is a fellow student who is there for them to voice their opinions.”

“I look forward to serving the graduate community here at Plymouth State University throughout the current school year,” noted Birch. “It is an honor and privilege to serve this institution.”

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