PSU Students Share Thoughts with Governor

March 8th, 2006 by Adam

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Governor John Lynch met with student leaders at Plymouth State University on Monday, including (l-r) Sean Greenlaw, Melissa Fales and Christopher DiVeglio.

He left with a hockey puck – and a lot of good input from students at Plymouth State University (PSU).

Governor John Lynch visited PSU Monday, where he met with President Donald Wharton and nine student leaders, discussing everything from education financing to women’s ice hockey being elevated to a varsity sport – hence, the hockey puck.

Students took the opportunity to inform the Governor about the number of opportunities available to them at PSU, not only in terms of clubs and organizations, but also through strong academic programs, including the ability to study abroad. Members of the Student Senate also spoke about the importance of being involved in the broader community.

“Stay involved,” was the advice given by Governor Lynch, who further encouraged the students to let their voices be heard and their influence felt at the State House. “Everybody’s always interested in what students think. The willingness to listen on the State’s part is really there.”

Christopher DiVeglio, vice speaker of the Student Senate, was pleased to have the Governor’s ear. “This was a great opportunity. We were surprised and honored,” said DiVeglio. “The Governor’s goal of getting out and hearing students is important.”

Governor Lynch acknowledged student concerns relative to the rising cost of tuition to attend college, and said he supports pricing tuition as low as possible without compromising quality, which is strong at PSU. “We should be doing more to help students, not less,” he said, describing financial aid as an “investment in the future.”

Governor Lynch inquired about development in the region and at PSU and praised the work of President Wharton, who is retiring at the end of June. He also praised the University. “Plymouth is a fabulous school. It’s a wonderful school,” he said.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.