Increase educational, economic, and cultural partnerships and outreach opportunities with local and regional communities.
Center for the Environment
The Center for the Environment (CFE) has initiated a number of innovative new partnerships within the surrounding region. Every Acre Counts: the Newfound Watershed Master Plan is a comprehensive analysis of the environment in the nine towns that make up the watershed of Newfound Lake. In partnership with the local school district, the regional association, a private consulting firm, the University of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the CFE provided a comprehensive analysis of the Newfound Lake environment; presented citizen opinions and desires; benchmarked local master plans, policies, and regulations; and provided a tool kit to improve environmental quality of the lake over time. In addition, the CFE has joined with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation to form a consortium to support research, education, and policy initiatives at this experimental forest–one of the longest running ecosystem studies in the world. The National Science Foundation also funded a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program directed by the CFE.
Center for Rural Partnerships
The Center for Rural Partnerships (CfRP) is engaged in strengthening relationships among faculty, staff, and students and rural communities. With increased external funding for the Coos County Outreach Initiative, a diverse set of new programs has been developed to include increased student internships and a faculty outreach project that has created the first-ever monthly economic index for a small rural county. In addition, a comprehensive program of speakers and events is underway in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Weeks Act that in 1911 established the National Forest System with the creation of the White Mountains National Forest. Working in collaboration with colleagues across the Northern Forest in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, the CfRP has taken the lead in founding the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN), a consortium of private and public colleges and universities that will facilitate collaboration with educational and research initiatives important to communities and economies along the northern border.
The first phase of the Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center is the welcome center and ice arena that will open this summer. It will serve as a teaching facility for instruction and research in ice activities, the home ice for the varsity men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, and a site for student recreation and community skating programs. The new arena will seat 850 spectators on two sides of the rink. In addition, the facility will assume a wonderful new function as the gateway to campus by means of a large and inviting welcome center, which will feature an expansive lobby with full-service facilities that provide an attractive meeting place for visitors, prospective students and their families, and patrons of the ice arena. State-of-the-art information and display systems will serve the needs of the traveling public and present a colorful and comprehensive introduction to the University.
Cultural and Educational Partnerships
PSU seeks to engage New Hampshire citizens within the community, throughout the region, and across the state.
TIGER (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility), a collaboration between the integrated arts and the counselor education graduate programs at PSU, is a professional theatre company designed to help children, schools, parents, and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. TIGER regularly performs in schools across New Hampshire.
Locally, residents and the campus community came together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of an institution of higher education in the town of Plymouth. In 1808, the New Hampshire legislature approved the charter of Holmes Plymouth Academy, which eventually was located on the current site of PSU. Multiple events were held across campus throughout the year and each was accented by local participants wearing period costumes and playing the role of the original founders.
Regionally, for three years the Second Congressional District High School Juried Art Show has been held in the PSU Department of Art. Members of the art faculty serve as judges, and high school students and their families come to view the display of art from across the district and to attend the awards presentation by U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes. Across the state, for two years the Silver Center for the Arts has been the host venue for the New Hampshire Professional Theatre Association (NHPTA) Auditions and Job Fair. This event offers opportunities for New Hampshire students interested in performance, backstage, and front office job opportunities for the summer. New Hampshire theater owners and producers come together at PSU for one day to audition and conduct job interviews with aspiring students with an interest in theater who come from all over the state. This project comes out of the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet and is a partnership with the NHPTA, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, and PSU.