Reality Check Fact #1:

Most PSU students “party” less than 2 nights each week.

Fact taken from 2009 NH Higher Education on line Alcohol and Drug Survey at PSU


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Michael Fischler



  • Ed. D., Social Behavior and Psychological Counseling, with a Specialization in Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention, University of Colorado, 1975
  • M. Ed., Minority/Multicultural Education, University of Miami, Florida, 1969
  • B. Ed., Social Science Education and Human Relations, University Miami, Florida, 1968


Along with founding the Counseling and Human Relations Center in 1976, Michael is a professor affiliated with three academic departments: The Department of Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum; The Counselor Education and School Psychology Department; and Department of Elementary Education and Childhood Studies. He is “Speaker of the Graduate Faculty.” He is active in public speaking; presenting workshops nationally and internationally; teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; writing; and always striving to learn and to understand.  His academic focus is on counseling, culture, diversity, and understanding human beings through theory related to social behavior, and ultimately applying theory toward facilitating social change.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Meaningful work has no boundaries. Michael’s efforts are directed toward enlivening and contributing toward growth within the campus community and extending said growth within our state, nation and world. He participated in the founding of our campus’s first minority student alliance (and is currently is an Advisor to the Black Student Union). Similarly he was amongst the first supporters of our campus’s GLBTQ alliance.  He remains active in supporting both constituencies, as well as other campus subgroups ranging from war veterans to Greeks.  In our greater community, he was a founder of “First Star Tonight” (an organization that continues to serve Plymouth area chronically and terminally ill children and young adults); “S-O-S” (our campus’ first faculty scholarship fund dedicated to supporting our most at need students); and “”A-B-C” (“A Better Campus,” a campus wide effort committed toward transforming our community and deepening and developing student behaviors that reflect kindness, respect, compassion, and the willingness to stand up and confront incivility).


Laughing; learning; lecturing; closeness to family, friends and students; eating good food; watching sports; traveling; and playing (somewhat primitively) guitar, and making a positive difference in the lives of others,




In Plymouth Magazine

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A Winning Team

Zara Jakubas ’16 and her sister Sunny ’18 grew up in Califon, New Jersey, a small Victorian-style town of just over 1,000 residents. It’s here that the two sisters took up tennis…

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Faculty Forum: Filiz Otucu on Democracy and the Middle East

Filiz Otucu is a professor of political science and specializes in international relations, Middle Eastern politics, and the United Nations. A native of Turkey, she earned her MA at the University of Central Oklahoma, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Otucu teaches courses on politics and conflict in the Middle East, terrorism and […]

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Annual Fund Giving Challenge Inspires More Than 430 Donations in 48 Hours

On November 14 and 15, 2015, Plymouth State University hosted its first giving challenge, #PanthersGiveBack. Alumni couple Wally ’62 and Meredith (Bristow) Stevens ’62 made a generous gift and set the goal: If, in 2 days, 240 alumni stepped forward with an Annual Fund gift to any area of the University, the Stevenses would make a […]