Student Staff

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray is a senior majoring in environmental science and policy with a minor in anthropology.  She started working for the Office of Research and Engagement in the spring of 2013 when she first transferred to PSU. Since then, she has contributed to various projects for the Office, but has mainly focused on preparations for the annual Student Showcase of Excellence.

This year, she is excited to take on a new project within the office of coordinating the network of trails throughout the community. She is working towards a certificate in geographic information systems (GIS) and is looking forward to applying her skills to real-world situations.

On campus she also works as a community advisor, is a global ambassador for the Global Education Office, is interning with Food and Water Watch and is a member of the geography club. She will be going to Jamaica in January as part of an international service trip. In her free time, she enjoys being active and going outdoors and recently completed her first half-marathon.


Parker Wright

Parker Wright, a Sophomore at Plymouth State, is majoring in marketing with the business honors program at PSU. He loves getting involved with the community on and off campus as much as possible. Some of his off campus activities include volunteering at the Pemi Youth Center and enjoying the outdoors with his friends. With this, maintaining a balance between school, work and play is a must for him. At the Office of Research and engagement, Parker works on a variety of media projects such as web updates, videos and social media pages.

Coming all the way from upstate New York, college has been a significant change for Parker. Although its somewhat far from home, he could not be happier with this amazing location in New Hampshire. Being an avid skier, and a mountain enthusiast in general, Parker looks forward with great optimism to these next years of his life.


Bhola Gautam

In his sophomore year at Plymouth State University, Bhola is majoring in business administration with a concentration of professional sales in the business honors program. Bhola was born in Nepal and moved to Concord NH in February 2010 with his family. He loves trying new things and going to unfamiliar places.

Along with his work at the Office of Research and Engagement, Bhola works as a desk attendant with PSU residential life. He is also an active member of World Language Society, ENACTUS, Model U.N. and the International Student Association. At the Office of Research and Engagement, Bhola is currently working with Immigration and Refugee’s project. The main mission of that project is to get to know how refugees and immigrants are living in NH, and know more about their life in the United States. He is also doing research on how to make NH more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees.

No matter what, Bhola always works hard to achieve his dreams. He is a dedicated, motivated, and determined student at Plymouth State University. Bhola looks forward to working and learning skills everyday throughout his four years at PSU.


Menuka Dhakal, a nursing student at Lakes Region Community College, plans on transfering to Plymouth State University and graduate in 2017. She is originally from Nepal, currently living in Laconia, New Hampshire. She started working for the office of Research and Engagement in the fall of 2014. She enjoys learning new cultures and making friends. In her free time she loves doing outdoor activities.

Hui Cao

Hui Cao is currently a doctoral student in the EdD program at Plymouth State University (PSU). She received her MA degree in World Literature and Comparative Literature from Zhengzhou University, one of the top national comprehensive universities in China. She also has a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Zhengzhou University.

Hui is an experienced Mandarin Chinese teacher and has been teaching Mandarin as a foreign language at different levels since 2004. Hui also has extensive education and work experience in research and engagement. Over the past three years she has worked and studied at different schools in the US including a national research institute, a top liberal arts college, and a regional comprehensive university. Working as an assistant to the director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma, her job responsibilities included coordinating and marketing various cultural events, overseeing exchange programs with partner colleges in China, and supporting Chinese scholars and students in both their academic and social engagement. Hui has rich marketing skills, and when she worked as a Recruitment Coordinator at Tiancheng Bilingual School (in China) for seven years to recruit students for Pre-K and K12 from Henan Province, the school’s enrollment quadrupled.

Hui’s graduate assistantship with the Office of Research and Engagement at PSU focuses on the Annual Report of Research and Engagement. As a coordinator she communicates with a variety of offices and departments across the campus, and collects and organizes materials for the Report.

Outside of work, Hui enjoys reading and talk
ing with people. She has a passionate interest in the Chinese Kong Fu Tea Ceremony, and loves to share the traditional Confucius philosophy embedded in the Chinese tea culture. Swimming is her favorite exercise.


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Center for Business and Community Partnerships

Ben Amsden
Director of the Center for Business and Community Partnerships
(603) 535-3276