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Higher Education

Ground on the

PSU raises the bar: blending research, service, and learning

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On the cover: PSU’s new Vice President for Research and Engagement Thad Guldbrandsen (center) with Wayne Decotis (left) and David Godbout (right) at the Spectacle Pond Dam. Jon Gilbert Fox Photo. Above: The Museum of the White Mountains.

FALL 2012 volume xxvii • number iI Editor | Barbra Alan Designer | Daphne Bruemmer ’98 Publications Manager | Lisa Prince Contributors



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3 Of Note 5 A Conversation with Jim Hundrieser ’90G 6 Arts: TIGER, Still Burning Bright 9 Ut Prosim: Patrick O’Sullivan 10 Faculty Forum: Professor of Health and Physical Education Irene Cucina 12 The Museum of the White Mountains | PSU’s newest addition to campus will celebrate the art, science, history, and culture of the White Mountains. 18 Higher Education Working on the Ground | Hands-on learning opportunities in the community is a win-win approach to education.


23 Faculty Spotlight: Professor of Athletic Training Marjorie King 24 The Classroom as Community | A PSU alumna shares the benefits of the inclusive classroom. 26

Remembering Gene Savage ’58


The Green

Gerry Buteau ’86, ’92G Jim Collins Emilie Coulter Nicholas Greenwood ’11 Kristen Laine Governor John Lynch Bruce Lyndes Laure Morris Heidi Pettigrew ’99, ’07G, ’11CAGS Marcia Santore Sara Jayne Steen Photographers John Anderson Authentic Eye Photography Mark Bogacz Kindra Clineff Peter Finger Jon Gilbert Fox Kaleb Hart ’11 John Hession Ian Masse Kristen Reimold Plymouth Magazine is published by the Plymouth State University Office of Public Relations. ©2012, Plymouth State University. Printed by Penmor Lithographers, Lewiston, Maine. Comments to: Editor, Plymouth Magazine Office of Public Relations, MSC 24 Plymouth State University, 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264-1595 or Please send address changes to: University Advancement, MSC 50 Plymouth State University 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264-1595 (800) 772-2620 Alumni may update their contact information online at

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WELCOME TO THE FALL ISSUE of Plymouth Magazine. Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university, incorporating both liberal arts and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. PSU emphasizes academic excellence through innovative teaching, informed by first-rate research and creativity, and characterized by engagement with our community—locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. As a comprehensive university, we are “stewards of place,” caring about partnerships with businesses and schools, research that connects with real-world needs, arts and cultural outreach to our wider communities, and the economic development that higher education brings. Our region should be better for our presence in every area from academics and workforce development to focused research and community service. PSU is what Executive Director of University Relations Steve Barba likes to call higher education with its feet on the ground.

John Hession photo.

This issue of Plymouth Magazine beautifully captures how PSU does its work today, through creative people developing vibrant programs. TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility), for example, is celebrating its 10th anniversary bringing performances on topics such as bullying to regional and international audiences; now, through a television program produced in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television, TIGER may reach even more children. The transdisciplinary Museum of the White Mountains brings together teaching and research, providing hands-on learning for students, digital collections that can be used worldwide, and curricular materials to make available the unique history and culture of the White Mountains. Courses like the Community Research Experience offer students experiential learning opportunities, uniting undergraduate research and community engagement of benefit to our partners. As Vice Provost for Research and Engagement Thad Guldbrandsen notes, “The campus is becoming more connected to our broader region, and that creates so many opportunities for students.” Extraordinary students, faculty, staff, and alumni are making a difference. You see that authenticity and excellence in faculty members Irene Cucina and Marjorie King, national leaders in their field; in Barbara O’Brien, whose doctoral research is impacting New Hampshire’s classrooms; and in Patrick O’Sullivan, an undergraduate veteran who is stepping up to create a student veterans organization. You see it in the achievements of PSU alumni. This is an uncertain time, requiring innovation and a willingness to take appropriate risks, to find new ways to accomplish old and new goals and to acquire new partners. Within all of that challenge and change, however, is and must be a core of educational mission, a certainty of what PSU offers students, of our commitment to them. This autumn, PSU again was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a great place to work, and one of the reasons was the teaching environment, including both educational innovation and commitment to student success. You see that innovation and commitment in the people profiled here. As you read this issue, think of what PSU is today: distinctive in niche and distinguished in performance.

Sara Jayne Steen, President

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Of Note Above and left: 2012 Commencement. Ian Masse photos. Below: Joseph N. Boyer. Staff photo.

PSU Holds 141ST Commencement May 19, 2012 was a historic day for PSU and its graduates, as it marked the first combined undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremony in decades. It also marked the first graduation for PSU’s Doctor of Education program. Community members Dr. John Bentwood and Cathy Bentwood, RN, were honored with the Granite State Award for their humanitarian work both locally and globally. Former Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) president

Andrew Falender was given an honorary doctorate of science and delivered the Commencement address. As he noted in his remarks, his focus as president of the AMC was education. “We needed to bring education to everything we dealt with; we needed to be regional conservation leaders in those areas where we were most qualified; and we needed to be seen as wellmanaged and fiscally astute,” he said. “We always were trying to make the most of opportunities to make a real impact.”

Boyer Named New CFE Director Joseph N. Boyer, a marine scientist with more than 25 years of experience in marine microbiology and ecosystem ecology, has been named director of PSU’s Center for the Environment

(CFE). Boyer comes to CFE from Florida International University (FIU), where he was a faculty member and director of FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center. Boyer says that continuing to expand CFE’s expertise will ultimately better serve the public, the University, and the state. “I believe the CFE has the potential to become a central player in the region and northeastern US,” he said. “The terrific relationship between the University, community, and government is a testimony to prior leadership and should be further nurtured and developed.”

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CFE’s Mark Green Receives Fulbright Research Scholarship Professor of Hydrology Mark Green has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright researcher position to conduct research at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Forest Science. He will study hydrologic data from Japanese and US temperate forested watersheds to see how resilient the areas are to events that change their natural properties. “If a forest is disturbed, whether it’s clear-cutting, storm damage, or acid rain, then the quality of the water that flows through that area is impacted, so we need to know how quickly the forest bounces back,” Green said. “We need to understand how much of the watershed can be disturbed without degrading water quality too much; is it a two-year, or four-year window? If we know the answer, we can make preparations to protect the watershed. This goes far beyond Plymouth, the northeast, and even the US; the analysis of these watershed areas will have international applicability.” Green is currently working on a water quality test program

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through a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation involving the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, St. Anselm College, and Plymouth State University. The project, funded by EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), seeks to better understand the complex interactions of the climate-ecologicalhuman system and provide critical information for state decision makers. Green is leading a Center for the Environment team in the development of a network of 100 water quality sensors around New Hampshire’s streams and rivers.

a prolific researcher, author, and a national expert in play therapy, “recognizes a creative, generous, charitable counselor educator who has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and thereby made a profound difference in the lives of those so touched.” “Marijane Fall was a friend and mentor of mine,” said Goodnough, who has been teaching counselor education at PSU since 1995. “I’m speechless, humbled, and honored to receive the award that remembers her spirit. I’m fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and students in a university that genuinely seeks to support faculty excellence. I truly love being a counselor educator.” Global Education Office Earns National Award

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Goodnough Receives Regional Award Plymouth State University Professor Gary Goodnough has been named the Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year by the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). According to NARACES, the award, which is named for the late Marijane Fall,

Plymouth State University’s Global Education Office has been given a “Going Places!” award by the Center for International Studies (CIS). The award recognizes an affiliate university that “broadens academic perspectives, encourages student development, and promotes global awareness through their innovative work in education abroad.” More than 100 colleges and universities across the country were eligible for the award. “We’re fortunate to have our administration’s encouragement and support in developing new international opportunities for our students such as our program in Limerick, Ireland, for first-year students, one of the first of its kind in the country,” said GEO Director Debra Regan. “As a smaller university with a relatively new education abroad office, we’re all very pleased with this recognition.”

Photo courtesy of Spinelli Archives.

PSU Mourns Marking Kasper Marking, Plymouth State’s president from 1977 to 1983, passed away August 30 in Texas at the age of 88. During Marking’s tenure, the institution saw significant expansion in buildings and programs, including the creation of the Music, Theatre, and Dance department, expansion of the business department, renovation of the Silver Center and Prospect Hall, and the initiation of the Society for Scholarly Dialogue and the Sidore Lecture Series. Marking assumed the presidency of PSU in 1978, after having served as president of Briar Cliff College in Iowa. He left Plymouth State in 1983 to become chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, where he oversaw the development of a system-wide energy conservation plan and a study for introducing technological innovations at USNH institutions. For complete news releases and the latest PSU news, visit

A Conversation with

Jim Hundrieser

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

House Shelter, just to name a few, are mutually beneficial: our students get invaluable real-world experience and a chance to serve and improve the community. What do you hope to achieve as vPEMSA?  

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It didn’t take too long for Jim Hundrieser ’90G to feel at home in his new role as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. That’s because in the late 80s, he was an admission intern and residence director at Plymouth State while he worked on his master of education degree, which he earned in 1990. In the interview that follows, Hundrieser shares his vision to help build an even stronger university and enhance the student experience. What inspired you to return to PSU as vPEMSA?

My degree from Plymouth State was the launching pad to a career I love. It opened my mind to

opportunities I never thought were possible as a first-generation college student. To return to PSU in this role provides me with the opportunity to give back to the University. What is different about PSU today versus when you were a student here 22 years ago?

There is an incredibly positive vibe when you walk around campus and downtown. The students today are even more engaged, more committed, more dedicated to excellence, more willing to serve. I think today we better understand the valuable and vital role the towns of Plymouth and Holderness play in building our student experience. Our partnerships and relationships with local organizations including Speare Memorial Hospital, the Pemi Youth Center, the Plymouth Area Senior Center, and the Bridge

I want to create genuine and active engagement with every prospective, admitted, and enrolled student. As a university, our efforts motivate students to define and fully participate in their educational experience. We set our sights on helping every student prosper in a community where all are welcome and talent is nurtured through collaborative and integrated dynamic partnerships. Our end result is graduates who leverage their academic and co-curricular experiences to make a positive impact on the world. As VPEMSA, what are your goals for PSU’s enrollment?  

The first goal is to focus our efforts to reach our enrollment goals for fall 2013. Next is to streamline and expand our transfer student enrollments. We have numerous agreements with other institutions and community colleges, but we need to focus our efforts to further attract and enroll this group. The admissions team and financial aid team have significantly increased their application processing and now we need to tweak our systems to streamline our efforts and collect data to further focus our efforts.

We are also expanding our out-of-state markets and working to make more international connections. We will continue to push on these fronts. We also need to expand our marketing efforts. Plymouth State is a great institution and many people know of us, but they don’t know of the quality and genuine engagement that is going on here. We need to do more to get the word out.

How do you plan on improving the student experience?

In residence life we are looking at new models to build a more vibrant and dynamic community. Given that 95 percent or more of our first year students live in University housing, I want to expand our thinking as to how we help new students not only acclimate well within their residence halls, but also understand the role they play within the local community and that attending PSU means you are a member of a residence hall, university, and local community. They are not mutually exclusive and the more we seek integration, I think the more dynamic the student experience will be. For more of the interview with Jim, visit Plymouth Magazine online at

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TIGER visited Plymouth Elementary School to shoot scenes for the NHPTV pilot.

TIGER, Still Burning Bright by Emilie Coulter, John Anderson photos

A group of men and women pop out from behind a wall, singing, dancing, chasing each other with kitchen utensils, laughing. A new man feels his way into the scene, belting out a catchy tune with the others, pretending to stir strange ingredients into a soup pot, always just a fraction of a step behind everyone else in the action, but catching up fast. The song and dance routine ends. Everyone cheers. It’s audition time at TIGER.

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TIGER, or Theatre Integrating Guidance Education and Responsibility, is as alive and sinewy as its moniker implies. Originally developed in 2002 to help schoolchildren, families, and communities deal positively with social concerns, TIGER performances are based entirely on anonymous writings of New Hampshire children, and cover such topics as bullying, friendship, and the environment. Using actors, puppets, music, dance, and skits, TIGER allows audience

members to discover and galvanize their own power in resolving difficult issues. Now, after ten years of reaching more than 300,000 children in more than 1,000 performances in hundreds of schools, TIGER has branched out to a new medium, reaching an even broader audience with its NH Public Television special, “TIGER Takes On Bullying,” which premiered in September.


Ten years ago, Professor of Education and Integrated Arts Patricia (Trish) Lindberg had a brainstorm: she wanted to launch a theatre company that would address social issues facing children in school today. A great believer in the power of the arts to effect change in people’s lives, Lindberg hoped to inspire audiences to think in new ways about challenging topics. She sought out Gail Mears ’76, at that time a professor of

counselor education, and Gary Goodnough, professor of counselor education and school psychology, to provide the solid base in social issues of childhood, bullying, and exclusion research and practice that Lindberg was looking for. They established their roles and quickly became a team: Lindberg as artistic director, Mears as executive director and data manager, and Goodnough as business manager. Lindberg’s graduate assistant Kate Lynch was tour manager. Mears and Goodnough trained the actors on bullying issues, helped create parent- and teacher-training workshops, evaluated the content of the shows, and consulted on elements in the show that could be considered too provocative or inappropriate. “Trish relied on Gary and me to be guides in terms of how to attend to the emotional aspects of bullying,” Mears says. Once the framework for the TIGER program was in place, Lindberg and her team came up with writing prompts to send to New Hampshire elementary and middle schools, asking students questions such as “Have you ever experienced bullying? Have you ever witnessed bullying? How did you feel?” Responses poured in. After sifting through the often poignant writings, the newly recruited TIGER actors created the first show with a title taken directly from one young child’s writing: “A Bully Isn’t Your Friend … Yet!” Schools around New Hampshire quickly embraced the concept of a theatrical production addressing bullying problems. In fact, the first tour was sold out before TIGER had finished creating the show. Early on, Alex Ray, founder and owner of the Common Man family of

restaurants, became an ardent and generous supporter of TIGER. Gifts from Ray and others were instrumental in TIGER’s foray into television as well as general program support.

TIGER actors

Lindberg says TIGER has been “a collaborative effort from the beginning. Everybody brings their own stories, their own talents, their own special energy, and when a new person comes in, it changes and evolves and grows again.” The professional actors in the TIGER troupe—Chris Gonzalez ’99, Cait McKay, Colleen (Coco) Eliason ’05, Richard Moses, and Brandee Peglow ’11—are passionate about their roles. “What TIGER does is put the ideas and information right on the kids’ doorstep,” says Peglow. “We make it personal.” TIGER veteran Gonzalez agrees: “We get the great opportunity not only to perform for the schools but to go into the

classrooms to reinforce the concepts and skills with our workshops. We can talk to the kids, we get to know them.” Lindberg turns the personal aspect of this kind of theatre work to the audience’s advantage. “Our actors all have felt marginalized at times, so part of the heart of the show comes from the fact that every single one of them knows what it’s like to be bullied,” she says. For the actors, knowing they have an impact on children’s perception of a situation, and on their ability to find help, is tremendously important. Being a TIGER actor is not just another theatre job for McKay. “As much fun as it is to sing and dance and act all day as your job, it’s so much more fulfilling to know that we have a chance to make a difference,” she says. And TIGER does make a difference. Moses says, “We’re entertaining them, they’re laughing and having fun, and then we slip in some really potent ideas about how people

are affected by our behavior. Kids learn the lesson and it’s all wrapped up in something they’ll remember for years.”


Over time, the troupe has developed additional shows, including “Just Between Friends,” “Let Your Star Shine,” “TIGER Teen Theatre,” “Green TIGERRRR,” and “Bullies and Bystanders Be Aware (Everyone Everywhere Needs to Care).” In 2011 TIGER premiered “Transitions,” a musical designed to help young people adjust to life in college. TIGER has performed at the state level for the NH Department of Education, regionally for the New England Theatre Conference, nationally for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in Utah, and internationally for the National Drama International Conference in England and the International Festival of Children’s Theatre in Egypt. With each new show Lindberg turns the TIGER name into a new acronym based on the targeted skills of the show. For example, the cornerstones of “Bullies and Bystanders Be Aware!” are: Tell an Adult I say NO! to bullying, in person and online! Get help—don’t be a bystander! Exit when necessary! Respect yourself and others! TIGER actor Coco Eliason says, “Every year there are new bullying trends. With this kind of show, we can take the basic scene and input the different trends and make it relevant to what’s happening now.”

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As educators, the TIGER team has always recognized that a standalone performance is not enough to “take on” bullying and other social issues, which is why they work with schools on integrating bullying prevention into existing curricula. “A performance is not an intervention; a performance is a piece of intervention,” Mears says. In addition to performances, TIGER offers professional development on bullying, as well as student workshops following performances. Pam Irish, the current tour manager, sends participating schools a resource manual of materials they can use throughout the year, and a monthly online curriculum of activities, book ideas, and tips to keep topics fresh in the classroom.

Above: Filming a scene at Plymouth Elementary School. Right: “TIGER Takes on Bullying” premiered to a packed house at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth.

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Following September’s television premiere of “TIGER Takes On Bullying,” the show was sent to national public television stations and other national markets. If the show is picked up for national syndication, TIGER and PSU will work with NHPTV to generate funding for additional episodes. NHPTV has also developed a “TIGER Takes on Bullying” website ( with resources for teachers, children, and families to help avoid and overcome bullying. “I am proud of our partnership with Plymouth State, of how we can combine the academic and creative strengths of TIGER

with the production talents of NHPTV,” says Peter Frid, president and CEO of NHPTV. Dawn DeAngelis, NHPTV’s chief content officer, adds, “The creative forces of Trish Lindberg at PSU and Carla Gordon Russell (creative services manager at NHPTV) have made one of the toughest issues facing kids today approachable and entertaining.” Meanwhile, the stage shows continue, with another busy year of school performances

under way. Lindberg is tireless in her commitment to getting the TIGER message to children. “Through technology we have more of an ongoing presence in the schools,” she says. “And we’re hoping with this TV project that the kids whose schools can’t afford TIGER can go home after school, turn on channel 11, and there it will be with the very same messages for them.”

Another Way to Serve

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“It was like moving to a foreign country with a completely different culture,” says PSU student Patrick O’Sullivan. The 26-yearold veteran isn’t referring to his time in Iraq as a motor transport operator in the Army Reserve. He’s talking about coming home. O’Sullivan joined the Army Reserve right out of high school, at an age when most Plymouth State students are packing for school and attending orientation. He served two tours of duty, for a total of six years of military service. Like many veterans, he was surprised to find that readjusting to civilian life was a challenge. “When you’re that young, having experienced war, you get used to it,” O’Sullivan says of his years of service. “When you come home, you have to be a ‘normal Joe’ and go on with your life.” O’Sullivan decided to go on with his life by enrolling as a business major at PSU. Campus life was a culture shock: The camaraderie and esprit de corps of the military—where everyone is working together, toward the same goal—was gone. Now he was surrounded by other students, most of them younger, with different goals, motivations, and levels of commitment. He wondered how he would ever feel part of university life. Then, on his first day on campus in the fall of 2010, O’Sullivan learned that PSU’s motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). “I guess I really did end up in the right spot!” O’Sullivan recalls thinking. “I joined the military to serve my country, and when I got out, I decided to serve people who need my help.”

He started by joining the Student Support Foundation, helping to establish a student food pantry on campus. He also began working at the PSU Veterans Service Center, which assists veterans and their dependents with any concerns regarding benefits. “When I first got to Plymouth State, I felt like I was the only veteran here,” says O’Sullivan. But through his work at the Veterans Service Center, he learned that there are actually around 80 veterans at PSU. Like him, most live off campus, many with full-time jobs and families. After dealing with years of military paperwork, many enrolling veterans couldn’t quite believe that the university application process was comparatively simple—they wondered if they were missing something. O’Sullivan was able to give them the benefit of his experience with the application and enrollment process. But, as it turns out, something was missing—a place where student-veterans could get together and talk, sharing experiences with others who had been through the same things. “A lot of veterans come home feeling alienated,” O’Sullivan says. “Often, they’re just happy to know that there are other vets around.” He had found some sense of community in an online forum and wanted to help provide something similar to veterans at PSU, so they could share their experiences and feelings in person, and nobody else would feel like “the only veteran here.” O’Sullivan also wanted to build relationships between veterans and traditional students.

John Anderson photo.

Making campus more welcoming for student veterans

When he first came to campus, he found that it took a while for the other students to warm up to him, to see him as a regular person, just with different experiences. But they also admired him and were curious about his military background. “There doesn’t have to be a wall of misunderstanding between students and veterans,” O’Sullivan says. “Some students have family members in the military and they’re looking for a better way to relate to them.” His solution? The Plymouth State Student Veterans Organization, which exists “to aid veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States in fully integrating themselves into the student life of the University and to raise awareness within the student body of veterans’ issues and causes, and to involve the University population in these issues and causes.” Over the past two years, O’Sullivan has been going through the arduous process of putting together an official

student organization, including writing a constitution, gaining approval by the Student Senate judicial committee and the PSU Student Senate as a whole, finding an advisor (Professor of English Robin DeRosa), and seeking and receiving approval from President Sara Jayne Steen. In April 2012, the Plymouth State Student Veterans Organization became official. O’Sullivan looks forward to being a welcoming presence on campus for new student-veterans and helping traditional students understand veterans better. His service to his country may have ended, but his service to campus has just begun.—Marcia Santore Marcia Santore is an artist and freelance writer and editor living in Plymouth, NH, with her husband, Jonathan, and sons Peter and Thomas. From 2000–2006, she served as editor for Plymouth Magazine.

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faculty forum Irene Cucina

Professor Irene Cucina has been teaching in the Department of Health and Human Performance since 1998. Prior to coming to Plymouth State, she had a rewarding career as a high school health and physical education teacher and coach in Newton, MA. Her commitment to students and learning has been recognized by her peers through a number of awards including the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 and the Massachusetts State High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award in 1996. Her expertise and dedication to teaching health and physical fitness has been recognized with awards at all levels; most recently, she was elected the president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the largest national association representing health and physical education professionals. Cucina, whose research interests include injury prevention, exercise in the treatment of diabetes, and obesity and childhood obesity prevention, is a much sought-after speaker who has presented at more than 95 conferences at the state, district, and national levels. Recently, Plymouth Magazine spoke with Cucina about the importance of physical activity in childhood, and what she feels needs to be done to abate our country’s childhood obesity epidemic.

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How did you become interested in health and physical education?

When I was in the 4th grade, my physical education teacher made me recognize that I was athletically skilled and with that knowledge my confidence soared. I quickly became what was known as a “gym rat” and spent as much time as possible in the gymnasium. This continued in junior high school and high school with the advantage of my becoming a physical education leader. The PE leaders assisted the physical education teachers during their classes. That’s when I fell in love with teaching. I became a swim instructor, coached youth sports, and worked with the Special Olympics. I decided the only career for me would be to teach health and physical education.

The statistics on childhood obesity, one of your research areas, are sobering. One estimate says that one in three children in the US is overweight or obese. What can be done about childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. Data has been collected through the Centers for Disease Control on obesity trends for over 30 years. During that time, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children aged 2–5 and adolescents aged 12–19. In the most recent issue of the journal The Lancet, researchers have reported that the problem is not about obesity but the lack of physical activity. In fact, according to one study, it was shown that physical inactivity kills more people than smoking.

I believe that government and private sectors need to work together to mandate and support daily physical education for every child in the US. Children need an hour of physical activity a day to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Schools need to implement a comprehensive physical activity plan and hire qualified physical educators who can teach children the knowledge and skills they need to embrace a lifetime of

Cucina, students, and faculty in the health and human performance department had a ball promoting Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) at PSU on May 3. Now in its 24th year, Project ACES is a worldwide annual event to promote physical activity for children. Kindra Clineff photos.

physical activity. And schools and communities need to create physical activity-friendly environments where children and adults could get their 60 minutes of physical activity every day. If we all work together, we can make a real difference in this epidemic. In my role as president of AAHPERD, I am working to promote the benefits of physical activity to administrators, parents, and other stakeholders.

AAHPERD has launched a national initiative called Let’s Move In School in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. Schools that commit to increasing physical activity before, during, and after school through staff, family, and community involvement can provide a setting that allows and encourages children to get that recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

As a professor of health and physical education, you are teaching the next generation of educators. What are the most important things you want your students to come away with as they embark on their own careers in health and physical education?

I emphasize to all of my students that the future is in their hands. They will be teaching a generation of children that researchers predict will not survive their parents. They must continue to emphasize the importance

of physical activity for health and wellness. It is their duty as future teachers to be role models who demonstrate the benefits of movement by practicing what they preach. My students’ energy, commitment, and enthusiasm for teaching children and young adults gives me the confidence that, over next decade, we can reduce childhood obesity rates, and help children lead healthier and more active lives.

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The new Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University is scheduled to open on February 23, 2013, but the educational impact of this transdisciplinary institution has already begun.

by Marcia Santore


he Museum of the White Mountains is not an art museum, or a science museum, or a history museum. Instead, the Museum of the White Mountains brings together art, science, history, and more to create a multidisciplinary understanding and experience of the White Mountains region—both physically and virtually—from its ideal situation at the gateway to the White Mountains themselves. “Plymouth State University will be the leading place for teaching and research on the White Mountains,” says PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. As a regional comprehensive university, Plymouth State’s mission is, in part, to serve and celebrate New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and North Country, home to the White Mountains. According to President Above: Mount Kearsarge from Artist’s Brook, Mary Safford, oil on board, Frances Sheffield MacIntyre collection. Jon Gilbert Fox photo. fall 2012 13

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Steen, the idea for the Museum of the White Mountains came out of discussions of this location being a natural learning laboratory, filled with cultural history, tourism, art, and environmentalism. “The idea gained momentum on campus faster than anything I’ve ever seen,” President Steen recalls. Across campus, from all disciplines, people had exciting ideas that tied into the concept of the Museum of the White Mountains. “The museum, once open, will offer exceptional internship and practical hands-on opportunities for University students in art history, education, communications and media studies, marketing, history, the sciences, and more,” says Provost Julie Bernier. “The museum will also offer ongoing programs for children, families, adults, educators, and researchers.” Guided by founding director Catherine Amidon along with her staff and an advisory committee made up of men and women with a deep reverence for and interest in the White Mountains, the museum is already at work mounting exhibitions, acquiring and cataloging collections, and providing educational experiences.

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Amidon came to Plymouth State in 1999 as director of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. President Steen says Amidon was “the perfect choice to be founding director of the museum” because of her “real passion for the White Mountains and for the collections.” Amidon’s background combines extensive scholarship and exhibition experience with lifelong participation in recreational activities in the White Mountains. The museum’s purpose is to preserve and promote the history, culture, and environmental legacy of the region, and to provide unique archival and digital learning experiences for researchers, students, and the public. Using a transdisciplinary approach, Amidon notes, “will allow us to leverage the intellectual capital of the University.” The museum will use a pluralistic, democratic process, representing teamwork rather than a single individual’s curatorial vision. Bricks and Mortar Several years ago, when the congregation of Plymouth United Methodist Church built a new home on Fairgrounds Road, the former church at 34 Highland Street became part of the Plymouth State University campus. Close to Belknap and Mary Lyon Residence Halls, the Bagley House, and Lamson Library, the little brick church built in 1946 fit right into the campus. “It was important to use that particular space in a beautiful, meaningful way,” says President Steen. “To create something that was consonant with what had formerly been a sacred space, where members of the Plymouth community had been married and had baptized their children.” The environmentally sensitive renovation of the old church into the Museum of the White Mountains began with a two-phase architectural plan by the Maine architectural firm Barba and Wheelock, using LEED Silver standards as a guide. The construction will take place in two phases, to be completed by the Bauen Corporation of Meredith, NH.

Phase I includes a large central exhibition space, storage for collections, offices, upgrades to the building’s systems and exterior “envelope,” and ADA-compliant access, including a ramp landscaped to look like a nature trail with regional plantings, so that, as Amidon says, “the educational experience begins before you even enter the museum.” When Phase I is complete, the building will officially open. Phase II, for which a fundraising campaign is currently under way, will expand the building by 4,000 square feet, upgrade HVAC systems to museum-quality controls, and upgrade storage for collections to meet museum-level requirements. There will be a classroom, seminar room, and lecture hall, as well as a reception area and administrative support spaces. Advisory committee member Tim Carrigan ’04 said, “It’s really exciting to see this building that’s always been on the edge of campus, that I’d pass every day as a student, become part of the campus—and that the University is remodeling it rather than replacing it.” The Founding Collection Over the course of his lifetime in the state, the late photographer Daniel Noel, of Intervale, NH, built an impressive collection of photographs (including rare glass-plate and stereoscopic images), postcards, hotel ledgers, first-edition and other early books, maps, prints, and paintings—all relating to his beloved White Mountains. Noel was looking for a single institution that would appreciate his collection and make it available to students and researchers interested in the region. Noel’s friend and fellow White Mountains collector Dick Hamilton, a member of the museum’s advisory committee that oversees the museum’s projects and plans as well as advocacy and collections acquisition, wanted to be sure Noel’s collection found the best possible home. “I’m a history buff and I’ve spent my entire adult life being

“When assembled ... this jigsaw puzzle of

words and images and

artifacts will provide a

valuable insight

into not only our past but

our present and future.”

—the late Dan Noel, on his gift to PSU that helped establish the museum.

Among the treasures in Noel’s gift to PSU is this early twentiethcentury Eastman camera, which belonged to White Mountains photographer Thomas Edward Mulliken White and his wife, Gabriella White. The couple produced many White Mountains photographs together, until T. E. M. White’s death in 1909. Jon Gilbert Fox photo.

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involved with the White Mountains,” Hamilton says. He felt that “there should be a way to honor the history of the White Mountains and what’s going on in the White Mountains right here in the White Mountains—not in Concord or elsewhere.” Hamilton, Amidon, and Steve Barba (no relation to Barba and Wheelock), PSU’s executive director of University Relations and himself a collector of White Mountains materials, visited

I believe Plymouth State University plans to do, this jigsaw puzzle of words and images and artifacts will provide a valuable insight into not only our past but our present and future. We have a wonderful history that surrounds us with precious few aware of it. I hoped to play a small part, along with others, in changing that status.” The gift of this founding collection has inspired other donations of books, photographs, artwork, and White Mountain memorabilia of the grand hotels and other tourism destinations. Amidon points out that while the Museum of the White Mountains is building its own collection, many institutions have repositories of important White Mountains materials. “By working in partnership with these institutions, the Museum of the White Mountains strengthens connections and increases access between institutions,” Amidon says. The Exhibitions Long before the physical museum opens, White Mountains exhibitions have been and are being mounted. Many have already been shown at Plymouth State and other venues, remaining permanently available on the Museum of the White Mountains website at Currently available are: Beyond Brown Paper, which documents the history of the Brown Company of Berlin, NH, which made paper from the late nineteenth century until the mid-1960s.

Guestbook from Crawford House, a grand hotel that was in operation from 1859 to 1975 and hosted five US presidents and many famous artists and writers. Jon Gilbert Fox photo.

Noel, discussed his goals for his collection and, got to know “a stellar human being at the ultimate turning point in his life,” Amidon says. Shortly before his death in February 2010, Noel presented his collection to PSU, saying, “When assembled, as

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Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911, which tells the story of the contentious effort to create a truly national forest system. The exhibition travelled from PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts to eight venues in northern New Hampshire. As Time Passes Over the Land, an exhibition of White Mountain School landscape paintings that capture the natural beauty of the White Mountains

and reflect mid-nineteenth-century logging and the growing industrialization of the region during that time. Industrial Explorers: Research and Development at the Brown Company investigates the wide array of products developed from forest resources at the Berlin company from 1915 to 1968. Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills explores the work of a preeminent North Country photographer. This show was developed in partnership with the Mount Washington Observatory, which owns the Shorey images. Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains will be the first exhibition to open in the new museum. Using images, interpretive panels, films, and interactive technology, visitors will be invited to consider the influence of human interaction with nature over time and space in five specific areas of the White Mountains. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, associate professor of history and chair of PSU’s Department of History and Philosophy, is faculty fellow for the museum. She explains that the exhibition is “a chance to talk about how people’s perception of the White Mountains changed over time. In the early 1830s, it was not a wonderful trip; everything was very raw. After the Civil War, a lot of urban culture had been brought to the area to keep the urban tourists happy. Hiking became increasingly important in the late nineteenth century. Today, the White Mountains are still a huge tourist draw among people who are seeking beauty.” Next year, Beyond Granite: A History of Mountains and People will explore how the geology of the White Mountains has shaped human activity, life, and culture, using physical models and digital media to share stories of White Mountain science, art, culture, and recreation.

Educational Opportunity “The Museum of the White Mountains is already a teaching facility,” Amidon says. Both collections and exhibitions are providing learning opportunities for Plymouth State students and other scholars of all ages, in New Hampshire and beyond. Collections Assistant Lindsay Burke oversees the intake of collections and trains students to document, scan, and tag images. Students from such wideranging majors as history, heritage studies, business, communications, and education are learning the intricacies of physical and digital cataloging, as well as writing brochures, talking to local businesses, and introducing the museum to people in neighboring towns. Burke explained that the students’ work is a mixture of what needs doing and where their interests lie. Sociology major Bethany Cook took on transcribing around 900 postcards from the Noel collection. History major Holly Parisi managed social media, maintaining the museum’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. The work that Burke and the students are doing now will make it possible for researchers anywhere in the world to go the website and use the collections virtually. When the physical museum opens, researchers and other visitors will also be welcome to study the objects in the collections directly. “As an alumnus, I’m pleased to see so many opportunities for students to

The work that Burke and the students are doing now will make it possible for researchers anywhere in the world to go the website and use the collections virtually. History major Alyssa Boehm scans and catalogs images into the museum’s digital collection. Staff photo.

get involved with the museum,” says Carrigan. “It seems like there is a lot of energy on campus among the students, whether it’s the building, or working on the collections or the exhibitions.” As a student, Carrigan worked with Amidon at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, so he understands how valuable this kind of hands-on learning experience can be—he’s been working in and with museums since graduation. “A lot of the work is transferrable to different fields, like marketing or computer science or education. In this difficult job market, being able to show that you have applied knowledge in a practical way—and not just in a theoretical way—is a big advantage.” Another important educational aspect is making standards-based curricular materials available both on site and online. “The digital collections are available to a world-wide audience,

providing the opportunity to view materials and learn from historical and cultural content,” Bernier said. “Online, the digital collections can be explored and teachers can download curriculum materials for elementary, middle, or high school students.” Cultural Opportunity Cultural institutions are well-known to contribute economically to their areas. President Steen notes that arts and cultural outreach is part of what Plymouth State University does for the region. Amidon says that the museum will provide an additional cultural option for residents and visitors, and that it will attract a new type of visitor to the Plymouth State campus—those who know and love the White Mountains but aren’t yet familiar with PSU. An Exciting Adventure One thing everyone involved with the Museum of the White Mountains has in common is great enthusiasm for the project. Dick Hamilton called it “an amazing adventure.” Perhaps Tim Carrigan sums it up best: “What’s really exciting about the museum for me is that the culture and beauty of the region are part of what makes Plymouth such a special place.” Left: A photo from the Noel collection by photographer Peter Eddy of the Fabyan House, September 26, 1911. Tourists could purchase these souvenir prints after their journey on the Mt. Washington Railway to the summit.

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Thad Guldbrandsen (center), Mark Okrant (green cap), and students of their Community Research Experience course, along with Richard Mauser (blue cap) and Richard House (far right), and other members of the nonprofit Union Village Community Association and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, are working to determine the environmental, economic, and social impact of repairing and reviving the historic Drew Mill Dam in Union Village, Wakefield. John Anderson photo.

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Higher Education Working on the

Ground by Emilie Coulter


had Guldbrandsen is on a quest. The newly appointed vice provost for research and engagement believes the traditional three-part mission of most universities—research, service, and teaching—is a good one. But he says the three parts, usually compartmentalized, should be integrated into one holistic approach. “Community service is a part of the culture at PSU,” he says. “We want students to be engaged with volunteerism, to have that civic education in which they’re contributing to the community.” But, he adds, there’s a difference between community service and service learning: “It’s also important to have service learning opportunities in which students are learning by doing, becoming involved with community service and research in a much more reflective and academically rigorous way. That’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do with blending research, service, and learning.” Hired to advance the University’s strategic goal of increasing institutional commitment to regional partnerships, Guldbrandsen says the University is ready to raise the bar with service learning and undergraduate research. “It’s not about changing our values or commitments or priorities,” he says. “These are priorities that have been in place all along.”

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Community Research Experience students Kevin Ford (left) and Zak Brohinsky (right) and Spectacle Pond Association representative David Godbout (center), explore possibilities for the future of Spectacle Pond.

Learning by doing “We know from the latest neuroscience of learning that the person who does the work does the learning,” says Guldbrandsen. “If a professor does a lot of work to prepare a great lecture and then stands up in front while the students just sit there passively trying to take it in, well, then the professor learns a lot.” He is convinced that the more faculty engage students, the deeper the students’ learning experience will be. At PSU, faculty members regularly provide students with research and engagement opportunities that complement what they are learning in class. For example, Professor of Meteorology Jim Koermer’s students have helped develop a prototype forecasting system used by US Air Force weather personnel for forecaster training, support planning, and operational decision making. Professor of Biology Chris Chabot’s students have conducted field and lab research on horseshoe crabs to help gain a better understanding of the human biological clock. Professor of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Marjorie King’s students’ National Institutes of Health-funded work helps

senior citizens improve their balance to prevent falls. Interim Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships (CfRP) Ben Amsden’s students work in the community to discover how ecological discourse is put to practice in the region in such settings as a scientific research station, a nonprofit conservation organization, and a permaculture farm. The list goes on and on. In courses such as the interdisciplinary Community Research Experience, students working under faculty direction take jobs on behalf of external “clients.” These clients may be community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, or government agencies that need help with research or consulting, such as marketing or education plans. The students come from different majors to work together in teams that act as both a problem-solving think tank and a consulting firm. Recent projects have included conducting a rural impact assessment of a proposed North Country film festival, creating educational content based on Tamworth’s Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm’s forest management plan, and determining the environmental, economic, and social impact of draining Newfound

At PSU, faculty members regularly provide students with research and engagement opportunities that complement what they are learning in class. David Godbout (left) and Wayne Decotis (center), of the Spectacle Pond Association meet with Thad Guldbrandsen at the spillway of Spectacle Pond. Jon Gilbert Fox photo. 20 plymouth magazine

In an age when we’re doing more and more online, this work becomes ever more important.

Students need to be able to get their

hands dirty.” Drew Mill Dam was named one of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save” endangered historic structures. Students in the fall 2012 Community Research Experience course work with community members to determine how best to preserve these structures. John Anderson photo.

watershed’s Spectacle Pond, which was posing a threat to downstream regions. With projects like these, Guldbrandsen says, “students are able to deepen and apply their learning, establish their professional portfolios, and begin to make professional contacts that can launch them in their careers.” Driven by outcome In his work with student research and service learning, Amsden always seeks impact. “You can apply a solution to anything,” he says. “But whether or not it works, or creates some kind of change, that’s what I look for. How is the region better off or stronger because of the students and their experiences here?”

The results of the students’ work sometimes extend even beyond the expected outcome of resolving client concerns. In the case of the Spectacle Pond project, for example, a centuryold dam had grown decrepit and dangerous. Because the private owners were unable to come to an agreement with a community association about paying for repairs to bring the dam up to safety standards, the New Hampshire Division of Environmental Services (DES) planned to breach the dam and potentially drain the pond to protect downstream areas at risk. A number of citizens of the region were concerned about the impact this breach would have, and sought the assistance of the CfRP to prepare an assessment.

Community Research Experience students mapped out the area, examined different scenarios, and looked at the social and environmental significance on loons, fishing, water quality, and the larger watershed. They evaluated the economic impact on the towns of Groton and Hebron in terms of their tax base. The information was prepared in a report presented by the students. After the presentation, all the involved parties came together in a unified decision to save the dam. They garnered legislative backing and support from nonprofit organizations, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and fixed the dam. Not only was the problem solved, but the community, once divided, was reunited.

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John Anderson photos.

“Any time you can help a student see how things work outside the classroom,” Amsden says, “it’s a good opportunity for them.” region, representing the University or department or yourself, asking questions and listening to people—those are universal,” he says. Student and faculty research also has a profound impact on student learning. “At the heart and soul of this institution is undergraduate education,” Guldbrandsen says. “So when we talk about research, there has to be a very strong emphasis on undergraduate research and how students are impacted directly from the kind of research that the faculty do, the staff do, and that they themselves do … In an age when we’re doing more and more online, this work becomes ever more important. Students need to be able to get their hands dirty.” Rising to the occasion Among undergraduates who actively participate in research and service learning at PSU, many go on to acquire advanced degrees and/or move into rewarding careers in their chosen fields. In keeping with the PSU culture, Guldbrandsen, Amsden, and other faculty recognize that students who are taken seriously and invested with real responsibility perform to a high standard, understanding that their work has consequences beyond their GPA. Guldbrandsen is clear in his expectations for students: “There’s a big commitment here. You’re representing yourself, you’re representing CfRP, and you’re representing the institution. People are counting on you.” Amsden believes the skills he and other faculty teach in PSU’s culture of service learning form the foundation for life learning: “Presenting yourself professionally with people in the

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Working smarter According to Amsden, projects like the Community Research Experience “give students a good look at how within a region there are different responses to what’s essentially the same issue: how do people interact with the environment around them, and how do their interactions with each other influence their response to environmental problems, issues, and needs?” The key is the context. Getting students into the field provides them with more than an education; it gives them an experience. “Any time you can help a student see how things work outside the classroom,” Amsden says, “it’s a good opportunity for them.” Whether in environmental studies, business, science, or any other program, this context and perspective gives students a head start in their future careers. The notion of integrating research, community service, and learning makes good sense in PSU’s culture, where students have abundant access to faculty members and to experiential learning opportunities. Guldbrandsen sees the graceful shift from a discrete focus on these three qualities of education to a blending that builds on their collective strengths: “What we’re really starting to see now is that the work is better supported, it’s better reflected, it’s more academically rigorous, and it’s more regionally engaged. We’re working smarter. The campus is becoming more connected to our broader region, and that creates so many opportunities for students.”

faculty spotlight Marjorie King

An injured ankle may well have been a blessing in disguise for Marjorie King, professor of athletic training. She was a sophomore at UNH, working toward a degree in medical technology and playing on the UNH basketball team, when she injured her ankle. To get a starting position on the team in her junior year, which was her goal, King would have to dedicate the summer between her sophomore and junior years playing basketball and sharpening her skills. Since there were no women’s summer leagues, King and her ankle would be put to the test playing with the men. “I was concerned I’d reinjure my ankle playing the men on outdoor courts—the indoor courts weren’t air conditioned back then,” King explains. “So, I wanted to be able to tape my ankle to protect it.” She learned to tape from the best: Dwight Altman, the men’s athletic trainer at UNH. But there was a catch: he’d teach her to tape if she’d assist him in preparing the football team for practice each morning during spring semester. King agreed, and soon found herself on the football field at 4:45 a.m., taping the players in preparation for the day’s practice. As it turns out, she discovered she not only had a knack for taping, but an interest in athletic training. “It’s a skill, but it’s also an art,” King says. “And I loved working with the players. In my major, all my work had been on the cellular level, but this was just so much more human—it was about muscles and function and it was so intriguing to me.”

Despite being one of the few women working with Altman and the players, King took to her new job so much she stayed on throughout her junior and senior years, playing basketball in the winter with many of the football players cheering her on from the stands. King’s newfound interest in athletic training inspired her to take electives in such subjects as kinesiology and exercise physiology. Halfway through her senior year, she realized her heart just was not in her major. “I didn’t want to be in a lab with test tubes all day, with no interaction with people,” King remembers thinking. Just after Thanksgiving, she called home and told her parents how she felt. Together, they decided that King would complete her degree in medical technology, then reenroll at UNH the following semester and complete her coursework in athletic training.

Authentic Eye photo.

therapy from Simmons College. Shortly after earning her PhD from the University of Virginia, she joined the faculty at Plymouth State in 2003. In the nearly 10 years since, King has taught in the classroom on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, administered three levels of graduate programs, and worked with clinical staff, coaches, and student-athletes. King also dedicates a portion of her time to working with students on research projects.

“The ability to make a difference in students’ lives is what drew me to athletic training.” Armed with board certification in athletic training and solid experience on her résumé, King launched her career in athletic training at Fitchburg State University, where she was responsible for 19 teams. After earning her master’s in exercise science at UMass Amherst—which boasted one of the top exercise science programs in the country—King moved on to a number of collegiate positions and eventually outpatient orthopedics after completing a degree in physical

One of her current projects is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant-funded study of the risk of balance-related falls to which elders are susceptible. Students in the project tested and studied results from 45 older adults at senior centers and retirement communities across New Hampshire. For King, the opportunity to work side-by-side with her students is especially gratifying. “I love watching the students reach their potential,” says King. “I love the opportunity

to say, ‘We can probably improve on that’ and to see what they do with that information. The graduate and undergraduate students are leaving here with professional life skills that will serve them extremely well over time.” King’s research and scholarly endeavors, her accomplishments as an athletic trainer and educator, and her dedication to advancing women in athletic training have garnered her a national reputation as a leader in the field, as well as numerous awards and honors. She was recently inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame—the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive— and she is one of only 12 women to have earned this honor. Earlier this year, the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association honored her when they named their annual Research to Reality lecture series for her. While King is humbled by the many awards and honors she receives for her work, it’s her interaction with people, particularly her students and the studentathletes with whom she works, that means the most to her. “The ability to make a difference in students’ lives is what drew me to athletic training,” she says, noting that lessons she shares with them have value way beyond a semester or a season. “You are teaching them wellness choices for a lifetime.”—Barbra Alan

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The Classroom as Community How one teacher’s doctoral dissertation illustrates the benefits of the inclusive classroom by Barbra Alan, photos by Kristen Reimold Barbara O’Brien ’04G, ’08CAGS, ’12 EdD, will never forget her class’s field trip to a museum. One of her second grade students, a bright little boy who struggled with verbal communication, was trying to ask the docent a question. “Each time he paused to gather his thoughts, the docent would interrupt him,” O’Brien recalls. That’s when another student respectfully spoke up for his classmate. “He said [to the docent], ‘If you could please wait, what he’s going to say will be wonderful. Please wait.” The docent did wait, and what the child had to say, O’Brien recalls

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with a smile, “was brilliant! He just needed to take some time to think, rehearse, and then he could do it. The docent didn’t know that, but my students did, because they had been with this student for two years.” This is more than just a nice story about one student standing up for another, it’s a testament to the benefits of the inclusive classroom: a classroom that includes students of all abilities. O’Brien, who has been teaching for 31 years, has long been a champion of including students with special needs in the classroom. “When I started teaching, children [with special needs] came into my

classroom, stayed for a lesson, then left, returned for art, then left, came back for lunch, then left … and I just didn’t know them,” O’Brien laments, adding, “and my other students didn’t even know their names!” Helping Each Other Believing that disabled students should have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside their non-disabled peers, O’Brien was able to convince her school to allow students with special needs into her classroom fulltime. Throughout most of her teaching career, she has taught students with a variety of

disabilities—emotional, physical, and academic—in an inclusive classroom with great success. “We work together, do projects together, and we help each other,” O’Brien says of her classroom, which was featured in the 2007 documentary Including Samuel, about one family’s efforts to include their son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in everyday life. Samuel was O’Brien’s student for kindergarten through second grade. “His dad [photojournalist and filmmaker Dan Habib] came into my classroom and filmed over a period of three years,” she says. “My classroom became part of this amazing film about inclusion.”

O’Brien is so passionate about inclusion that she takes every opportunity to share her experiences with other educators through writing articles for journals and newsletters and presenting at conferences. She has also researched and written extensively about inclusion for her master’s degree, CAGS, and doctoral degree—all of which she earned at Plymouth State. A member of PSU’s first doctoral cohort, O’Brien began her doctoral study in July 2009. Even then, when she thought about her dissertation, “I knew it was going to be about inclusion,” she says. “It was something I wanted to write about and learn more about.” O’Brien’s dissertation, titled “Through Our Eyes: What Effect does Participation in an Inclusive Primary Grade Classroom Community have on Typical Students?” looks at inclusion from the “typical” or non-disabled student’s standpoint. While years of teaching experience told her that children with special needs do well with inclusion, O’Brien recalls wondering, “What about the typical children? What did they think about inclusion? So that became my focus: to talk to the typical kids about inclusion in the classroom.”

The Classroom Community In spring 2011 she interviewed 20 typical students in grades one through five, all of whom were at one time her students. The interviews were conducted one-on-one, in a quiet space, and were followed by a brief multiple-choice survey. Students noted that their experience in an inclusive classroom allowed them to make friends with students they may not have had a chance to meet and taught them to be patient with others. But most of all, O’Brien says, inclusion taught the students that it’s okay to be different, and that “inclusion means everyone learning

together in a classroom community. Without a classroom community, you don’t have inclusion, and without inclusion, you don’t have a classroom community.”

Drawing on her student interviews, the research she had conducted for her earlier degrees, and the teaching journals she kept over the years, O’Brien completed her dissertation and earned her doctorate in May 2012. “I wanted to create a piece of literature that people would want to pick up and read, and I did,” she asserts. “It’s filled with stories, the children’s stories and my stories, and to me, stories are a basic part of education.” Now she plans on sharing those stories with a wider audience. “As teachers, we’re being pushed on the academics side, but we can’t lose sight of the importance of community-building in the classroom,” she says. “It doesn’t begin and end in the first few weeks of school. It continues throughout the year: the students change, the dynamic changes. I’ve had students go through illness, divorce, losing parents … and we’ve come together as a community, to support each other. Community first, then work on the academics.” In addition to promoting the importance of inclusion and classroom community, O’Brien also plans on earning her certification in special education and teaching graduate-level courses at PSU. “I want to keep going,” she says. “This degree has inspired me to learn and do more.”

“I initially went to college to be a social worker,” says Barbara O’Brien (right). Fortunately for her students at Beaver Meadow School, a stint teaching kindergarten as an undergraduate made her realize she had a passion for teaching.

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On May 14, 2012, New Hampshire lost a gifted educator, respected leader, and devoted friend. From his earliest days in education as a high school teacher, coach, and director of guidance, through his post as director of admissions at the University of New Hampshire, and later through his various administrative positions within the University System of New Hampshire, including vice chancellor, Eugene “Gene” Savage ’58 had a profound effect on so many in our state, including longtime friend Governor John Lynch. The piece that follows is from Governor Lynch’s remarks at Gene Savage’s memorial service.

Remembering Gene Savage Gene Savage’s devotion and generosity to Plymouth State University ­and the entire University System of New Hampshire helped ensure countless young people had access to a quality education. As he did for thousands upon thousands of young people, Gene helped to shape my life. It is because of Gene Savage that I fell in love with a state from which I would never leave. Gene has helped me many times over the years. He was a trusted friend and advisor to me as I served on the UNH Alumni Board and the University System Board of Trustees. When I was the newly elected chair of the Board, Gene taught me how to navigate my way around the state house, introducing me to legislative leaders. I didn’t understand it, but he always had a good word to say about everyone, even legislators who were not particularly supportive of the University System. He would say, “Oh, they can be brought around.” Gene always had confidence in his ability to influence people in a positive way and that was why he was always able to bring people around. If it hadn’t been for Gene, I might not have run for Governor. When I first thought about running for Governor, most people counseled me against doing it, questioning the timing, the money, and the history. 26 plymouth magazine 26 plymouth magazine

Gene took the opposite approach, because Gene always looked on the bright side of everything. Instead of seeing the negative, Gene looked at the possibilities and the opportunities, seeing things in ways most people could not. Gene’s optimism and belief in me gave me the confidence to persevere. As Governor, there have been times when you need someone to pick you up, someone you trust without question. During these times, in addition to talking with my wonderful wife, Susan, I would call Gene. He loved to talk about how great his Florida softball team was doing, a team he was very proud of, but the conversation always quickly turned to Plymouth, USNH, and the State. After hanging up, I just felt better, re-energized, and ready to get back to work.

Gene’s glass was always more than half full. In fact, it was filled right to the top. That was a great thing about Gene. He didn’t keep that optimism to himself; in fact, it was a contagious condition, which spread to all of us who knew him. He could lighten up a room from the minute he walked in and immediately make everyone feel comfortable no matter the situation. Another part of what made Gene so special was he invested his time and his personal energy into people, which is a rare quality these days. As I have talked to people about Gene one thing is very clear—everybody knew Gene and Gene knew everybody. That’s because he treated all of us like we were his best friends. While his roots were in his beloved North Country, Gene had a deep love for all of New Hampshire.

From his service at the University System, to his service on various boards and commissions, Gene dedicated himself to his work, his community, and his state. He had a passion for helping people, for improving higher education, and for bettering his community. And of course, Gene was half of a tremendous team. Gene, along with his wonderful wife, Joan, were active in the Durham community for many years, and they were both ardent supporters of UNH and Plymouth State. That is why it is so fitting that Plymouth State named the welcome center after Gene and Joan. Gene Savage was a rare, special person and I am honored to have called him a close, personal friend. The University System, higher education, and the state would be very different right now if it weren’t for Gene Savage. We could say that New Hampshire today is worse off because of Gene’s passing—that as a state, we have lost a little bit of what makes this such a special place. And that would be true. But if I look at it the way Gene would have—optimistically—I can say New Hampshire as a state and we as a people are so much better off because of Gene Savage.—Governor John Lynch Gene Savage ’58, Governor John Lynch, and Joan (Doyon) Savage ’56 at the dedication of PSU’s Savage Welcome Center. John Anderson photo.


GREEN contents

28 Alumnae Profile: Women Who Mean Business 29 Alumni News & Notes 30 In Memoriam 31 A Life Story Lives Forever through an Endowed Scholarship

From the President’s Council

32 Exchanging Vows 33 New Arrivals 34 The Education of a Teacher 35 From the PSUAA 36 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend 2012 Homecoming & Family Celebration

2012 Alumni Recognition Awards Congratulations to our 2012 Alumni Recognition Award Recipients The Plymouth State University Alumni Association honors alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends for outstanding service to the University, their communities, and other alumni. Alumni Achievement Award Ted Moccia ’84 Principal, Oxford Hills (ME) Comprehensive High School Distinguished Alumni Service Award Joan Cook ’69 Executive Director, Maine Pooled Disability Trust Faculty/Staff Award of Excellence Bonnie Bechard Professor of Business, PSU College of Business Administration Graduating Senior Award of Excellence Nicole Petrin ’12 Child Protection Services, NH Department of Children, Youth, and Families Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award Joan Tambling ’83G Retired Director of Human Resources, University System of New Hampshire Recent Alumni Award of Excellence Trevor Chandler ’09 Regional Field Organizer, Human Rights Campaign


e asked our Plymouth State Alumni Facebook community the following question, and alumni spanning almost six decades responded. Look for their memories throughout the Green.

Ut Prosim Award Donald Sweet ’75 Principal, Vital Growth Consulting Group For more information about this year’s and past recipients, or to nominate an individual for a 2013 Alumni Recognition Award visit:

If you could share a meal with any faculty member, past or present, who would you choose and why?

“Dottie Diehl. She coached generations of young women to respect one another through a sisterhood of compassion.” — Mb Lawlor Chesler ’82 Julie Bisson, because she has such amazing life experiences to share and such an awesome outlook on life! – Lara Gruner ’12

upcoming alumni events ETC Alumni Gathering: January 2013 Alumni Social: PSU Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Double-Header, February 9, 2013 Alumni Reunion Weekend: June 21–23, 2013 Homecoming & Family Celebration: October 4–6, 2013 Visit for a complete list of gatherings.

Correction: In the spring issue of Plymouth Magazine, we incorrectly identified the Class of 1962 as the last to graduate from Plymouth Teachers College. In fact, the Class of 1963, which celebrates its 50th reunion in 2013, was the last class to graduate from PTC. Thank you to Robert Wilmot ’63 for bringing this to our attention.

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Women Who Mean Business

PSU alumnae (L-R) Katie Bates ’07, Susan MacMichael John ’70, Amy Bassett ’90, and Susan Losapio ’83 reflect on the state of women as business owners in New Hampshire.


atie Bates ’07, owner of Hoopla LLC, a marketing and promotions business, sat down one day in 2010 to send out a batch of “cold-call” e-mails offering her services. She included in the pitch that Hoopla was a woman-owned business. Back came a reply from Northeastern University: Send us a quote; we’re happy to support women entrepreneurs. She got the job— design and deliver 7,000 T-shirts for a 5K fun run featuring Paws, Northeastern’s mascot. Bates worked with a designer to create a tail-wagging pup on a bright-red background. She added foil embellishments to the dog’s four sneakers, and she shepherded the design through production to be sure the special touch was pulled off.


usan MacMichael John ’70 turned away from a grinding life on the road after 15 years in conference-center management, and founded Financial Focus, a financialplanning firm in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. From the beginning, her focus was on appreciating the individuality of her clients, and on problemsolving for their unique circumstances. “Every single person who walked through the doors had a different set of problems,” she says. “It was never going to be boring.” Susan John and Katie Bates represent the range of women business owners, nationally and in New Hampshire. Bates started Hoopla after being laid 28 plymouth magazine

off from an Internet-marketing job. The company that let her go became Hoopla’s first client. Before she switched careers, John sought expert assistance, taking aptitude tests and learning which careers built on her strengths. Since its founding in 1995, Financial Focus has grown to employ seven people, oversees $140 million in assets, and has been in the vanguard of fee-only services in the financialplanning industry. The two Plymouth State alumnae are among an increasing number of women business-owners nationally and in New Hampshire. “The future of business in central New Hampshire is small business,” says Trent Boggess, dean of PSU’s College of Business Administration. Women businessowners, trends also suggest, are the future of small business. Nationally, women now start small businesses at twice the rate of men. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses in New Hampshire—businesses like Hoopla and Financial Focus—grew by 37 percent. However, a closer look at the state of women in New Hampshire reveals a challenging landscape. A 2011 report by the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Women’s Policy Institute noted that even though two-thirds of New Hampshire women work outside the home, giving the state one of the nation’s highest rates of laborforce participation by women, the

percentage of women-owned businesses in the state, less than 26 percent, puts New Hampshire in the bottom quarter of national rankings.


my Bassett ’90, a director with the US Small Business Administration in New Hampshire, says despite the increase in women-owned start-ups, the number of women-owned businesses in New Hampshire has actually declined. “We’re seeing more closures than starts in New Hampshire. It’s a function of the economy.”


usan Losapio ’83, a professor at SNHU’s School of Business, conducted detailed comparisons of 20 woman-owned businesses in southern New Hampshire for her doctoral dissertation. All had fewer than 20 employees and had opened between 2000 and 2005. Half were still in business five years later. Losapio discovered patterns among those that had succeeded: The women leading those businesses were savvy about social media and other technology, had a better understanding of their company’s financials, and were more strategic, avoiding getting mired in day-to-day details. Perhaps the biggest difference Losapio noticed, though, involved something hard to quantify: “a sustainable passion.” Some of the business owners called their work a mission or a calling. “Not a theme I was expecting,” says Losapio. Interestingly, more than half of the women who closed businesses

have since started new ones, closer to their passions. Susan John, whose business is fully established and flourishing, wonders if she could even start it in the current economy: “It would be virtually impossible for someone to bootstrap the business the way I did.” Katie Bates started her business without any outside funding and chose to maintain it as a solo operation to have greater flexibility in her hours and even the location of the business. Some observers point to a lack of support services in the state as one of the challenges of this landscape— not just for women but for all small business owners. Plymouth State is addressing the challenge by working in partnership with the Grafton County Economic Development Council to develop the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, scheduled to open in summer 2013. The University is building on its national reputation for teaching the fundamentals of small business to undergraduate and graduate students. The new initiative promises to do more—making a wide range of faculty available to small business owners; addressing their needs from start-up through all the phases of a business; working on issues of importance to businesses in rural areas, including some of the issues Losapio uncovered in her research. Boggess expects the Enterprise Center at Plymouth to appeal to women with children who run home-based businesses, especially

One thing is certain: The center will serve business owners with a wide range of goals. Running her own business allowed Katie Bates to travel and gave her plenty of flexibility, room for creativity, and field-tested skills she can take anywhere. Hoopla supported her for several years during the recession. “Being able to survive and support myself is a pretty good feat,” she says. Starting her own business also gave Bates a close-up view of the changing business landscape. “It’s hard to believe,” she says, “but social marketing was new just three years ago.” Companies now run their websites and social media in-house. She recently scaled back her Hoopla clients to take a full-time job as a marketing manager for a bank in Boston. No surprise, she’ll be pioneering social media in the banking industry. Nearly two decades after she started Financial Focus, Susan John continues to meet her original goals for the business, starting with finding purpose in her work. In financial planning, she says, “We see where the pressure points are in society.” She helps families trying to pay for college and people wondering if they can retire. Nor is she bored: “I’m still passionate about the work I do,” she says. “I have no interest in retiring anytime soon.”—Kristen Laine Kristen Laine is an awardwinning journalist who lives and works in Grafton County, New Hampshire.

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Katie Bates ’07: Students — make sure you’re wellrounded. Get involved in clubs and organizations on campus. I did not get straight As at Plymouth State, but I was a CA in my residence hall. I always had another job, and I started a student-run advertising agency my junior year.

Don’t rush into it, but don’t sit on a good idea, either. Ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen if you fail. Susan MacMichael John ’70: Find something that you can be passionate about and that utilizes your unique skills and talents.

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Richard Wylie ’63 celebrated his 25th year as president of Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

Bernard “Bernie” McCarthy ’71, ’74G was elected president of the 180-member Rotary Club of Springfield, MO. Louise (Samaha) McCormack ’72 received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Louise is a professor in Plymouth State’s Department of Health and Human Performance.

Don’t be afraid to get some help; for example, consult with a CPA to help you pick the right form of business. Susan Losapio ’83: Is your idea grounded in a sustainable passion? If you’re going to go into business for yourself, do it because you really want to. You have to be able to hear No and keep going. If you can’t risk hearing No, don’t go into business for yourself. Amy Bassett ’90: Do your homework. No one is going to care as much as you do whether your business succeeds or fails. You need to understand all aspects of the business. Often we see business owners who know the operations of their business but not their financials. Or they don’t have a business plan. Are you an alumna/us who owns a business? We invite you to share your experiences with us at http://

Bernard “Bernie” Crowley ’64 (above) is retired and living in Ohio. Bernie is a volunteer guardian ad litem with the Ohio Family Court, a volunteer educational surrogate parent, and a member of the Cleveland Drum Circle. Barbara (Cartier) Shaw ’64 is a city alderwoman for Ward 9 in Manchester, NH. She has been a member of the NH House of Representatives for 12 years and serves on the Hillsborough County Executive Board. Barbara (Kimball) LaPlume ’65 has retired from Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services in 2011. She now lives in Shelburne, NH, where she can see all the mountains she has climbed (all the 4,000-footers in NH and the Appalachian Trail in Maine). Bruce Bean-Connery ’69 is the editor of the Connecticut Music Educators News Magazine and teaches music lessons in Connecticut.

Cathy Crane ’73, ’92G, ’02CAGS (below) retired after almost four decades as an educator and administrator. Cathy began her career in 1973 at Bristol (NH) Elementary School as a 6th-grade teacher, was a founding member of Plymouth State’s Child Development and Family Center, and taught for PSU’s College of Graduate Studies.

Kaleb Hart ’11 photo.

those that have an Internet-based component. The same reasons they’re working from home may make it hard for those entrepreneurs to take advantage of a traditional campusbased resource. Boggess believes that the new center’s virtual online programs will help serve the needs of these small business owners.

So you want to start a business?

Michael Chadwick ’74, ’82G is in his ninth year as principal of the Passamaquoddy Indian School on the coast of Downeast Maine.

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In Memoriam 1930    Edna (Thereau) Kennedy, February 19, 2011, Abington, MA 1931    Elsie (Beckman) Cavaric, October 14, 2011, Bradenton, FL 1936    Hester (Small) Ames, March 19, 2012, Jaffrey, NH 1938    Florence Callahan, June 2, 2012, Plattsburgh, NY     Shirley (Avery) Mckean, May 23, 2012, Franconia, NH 1940    Ruby (Burnham) Firth, December 22, 2011, Dorchester, NH 1942    Ruth (Vittum) Chick, April 14, 2012, Madison, NH Shirley (Flint) Catheron, November 15, 2011, Franklin, NH 1947    Dorothy Hansen, March 7, 2012, Bellingham, MA 1951    Leatrice (LaBrie) Johnson, February 18, 2011, Bristol, NH     Barbara (Marsh) Charon, April 15, 2012, Grants Pass, OR 1958    Eugene Savage, May 14, 2012, Durham, NH 1959    John Cote, March 23, 2012, Meredith, NH 1963    Marilyn (Patterson) Colla, May 3, 2012, Edgartown, MA 1966    David Armstrong, February 26, 2012, Danbury, NH 1968    Ronald Brown, January 3, 2011, Claremont, NH     George Provost, March 13, 2012, Dennisport, MA Joseph E. White, September 12, 2012, Brentwood, NH 1969    Richard Laplant, May 22, 2012, Eastham, MA 1970    Brenda (Sheppard) Fraza, April 14, 2012, Hardwood, ND 1974    Richard Bouchard, May 31, 2012, Manchester, NH 1977    David Wilson, February 26, 2012, Proctor, VT 1980    Marie Nelson, July 5, 2012, Barrington, NH 1981    Craig Disbrow, December 22, 2011, Canaan, NH     Judith (Heywood) Buttaro, October 28, 2011, Derry, NH 1982

Guy Lajeunesse, May 4, 2012, South Berwick, ME


Patricia Piorek, March 27, 2012, Plattsburgh, NY


Arthur Jean, March 1, 2012, Manchester, NH

1994 Natalie (Laflam) Perriello, April 27, 2012, Grantham, NH 2002 Shawn Goodwin, June 3, 2012, Plymouth, NH 2003

Patsy Corriveau, April 27, 2012, Eliot, ME


Martha Noble, April 13, 2012, North Kingstown, RI


Dennis Casagrande, May 27, 2012, Rochester, NH/Newton, MA

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

Levi Ajuonuma, June 3, 2012, Lagos, Nigeria

Joseph L. Clark, Sr., October 9, 2012, Plymouth, NH

Peter Hutchins Sr., June 14, 2012, Meredith, NH

Steven Mann, May 2012, San Diego, CA

Kasper Marking, August 30, 2012, Elmendorf, TX

Barbara Paynter, February 9, 2012, Sunset Beach, FL

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1980s Nancy Badger ’75 has published seven books in romantic fiction. One of her works, Dragon In The Mist, was selected as a 2012 Readers Choice Award Winner in the Silken Sands Self-Published STARS Contest. Bradley Nash ’75 retired after more than 25 years as a licensed clinical mental health counselor. He now enjoys playing golf as often as possible.

David Cady ’80 is an outdoor education teacher at Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, MO. David was selected by the IREX Foundation to provide training for 30 trainers in Kyrgyzstan on how to use sports as a way to mediate conflict among Kyrgyz ethnic groups.

Pamela (Stamnas) Brown ’76 was awarded the 2011 HR Hero Award from the River Valley Human Resources Association, an organization that represents human resources professionals in the private and public sector of the Connecticut River Valley of VT and NH. Steven Enman ’76 has retired from teaching at Berlin (NH) Junior High School after 34 years. Steve taught PE and health to students in grades 5–8, coached various sports, and served as the athletic director and intramural sports director for many years. Steve and his wife, Melinda, raised three boys and run a small farm in Milan, NH. Leslie (Woodman) Parish ’76 is a litigation support assistant with Fleming, Nolen & Jez, LLP, in Houston, TX. She serves as the south Texas regional membership coordinator for the Association of Concert Bands and is the president of the Cy-Fair Community Band. Nancy (Brison) Fraher ’77 retired after 35 years at Moore Elementary School in Candia, NH. Nancy noted that Donna (Bohle) Stevens ’77 will be retiring from the same school after 37 years of teaching. Mary Heath ’78, ’89G received the 2012 Dennise Maslakowski Education Award from PSU’s College of Graduate Studies at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Mary, the former deputy commissioner for the NH Department of Education, most recently served as dean of the School of Education at SNHU, and retired in February 2012. Ingrid Nelson-Stefl ’79 notes that her kids (an 18-year-old daughter and a son in the 7th grade) are her life, but she still works part-time as a psychotherapist, plays on a women’s over-30 soccer league, and is a lector at church.

Maria Reyes ’81 (above) is the director of the immigrant/refugee program at YWCA Tulsa (OK). Maria was selected as a 2011 Volunteer of the Year for Tulsa Partners Language and Culture Bank. Joan Tambling ’83G was granted honorary life membership in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Joan was the director of Human Resources for the University System of New Hampshire. Darlene Crete ’85 won the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She is currently a 10th grade reading teacher at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School in Naples, FL. Beth (Angwin) Piroso ’86 has completed her 25th year of teaching in the Merrimack Valley (NH) School District. Laura Sandillo ’86 is the programming manager, special projects at Golf Channel (NBC Sports Group) in Orlando, FL. Alan Aymie ’87 (below) has had his new award-winning play “A Child Left Behind” extended to run through 2012 in Los Angeles.

A Life Story Lives Forever through an Endowed Scholarship Carleton R. Parish ’71 pays tribute to his wife, Sharon, and her extraordinary career in intelligence


hen Sharon Parish tragically died in an automobile accident in February of 2011, Carleton Parish ’71 of Spotsylvania, Virginia, lost his beloved wife and best friend of 35 years. The CIA lost a compassionate and innovative leader who was among the first women to break the executive glass ceiling at the agency, and the country lost a devoted civil servant and vocal advocate for the American taxpayer. Now with a $50,000 gift to endow a scholarship in her name, Parish is memorializing the role Sharon played in his life and her remarkable accomplishments as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Recognizance Office (NRO), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As in life, where she was often commended for exceptional performance during her 40-year career, Sharon is being honored by the intelligence community in many ways, including the posthumous awarding of the CIA’s Distinguished

Intelligence Medal, and the NGA naming its Woman of the Year Award and a new conference center in her memory, among others. When considering his own memorial, Parish turned to Plymouth State and established the Sharon Rebecca Parish Memorial Scholarship in Business. “I chose Plymouth State because her two alma maters don’t need it like students at Plymouth do,” he said. “Sharon came from a humble background in Appalachia and went to college at night while working. I struggled financially as a student, too,” he said, recalling his college years, funded in part by the GI Bill after a four-year stint in the US Navy. Parish credits his Plymouth State education with shaping him into the person and professional he became. “Plymouth’s caring and understanding faculty taught me life’s most valuable lessons,” he explained. “Things like perseverance, working through a problem from more than one angle, how to be diplomatic, respectful, and courteous—Plymouth made me a

gentleman.” An officer, too: Parish’s law enforcement career with the US Marshals Service began shortly after graduation in 1971 and culminated with his serving as the worldwide logistics coordinator for the Service. Now retired, Parish recently returned to campus to meet the first Sharon Parish Memorial Scholarship recipient, Jake Harris ’15, and share with him information about the scholarship’s namesake. “Sharon was a leader in every sense. ‘Mission first. People always,’ was her credo. She was one-of-a-kind,” he reflected. The endowed fund he has created at Plymouth State assures his wife’s compelling life story will not only be remembered, but will be an inspiration to bright and ambitious business students now and for generations to come. — Laure A. Morris

Sharon Parish with James R. Clapper Jr., director of National Intelligence. Photo courtesy of Carleton Parish.

To memorialize a loved one through an endowed fund at Plymouth State, contact Laure Morris, director of major gifts, at or at (603) 535-2952.

from the President’s Council

100 Percent Committed to Students “We were all aware of last year’s deep funding cuts, not only for Plymouth State, but for all state schools,” says President’s Council Chair and former USNH Trustee Larry Haynes ’86. “On paper, we saw the impact that reduction had. What really humanized it for us was talking with current students during our President’s Council meetings. They told us how important scholarships are to their ability to attend.” Last year, Haynes and vice-chair Ken Moulton ’73 led the charge for the council to achieve 100 percent participation in the Annual Fund, which supports student scholarships among other things. The council members reached their participation goal and raised a record $25,000. Led by members Will Davis and Peter Graham ’58, the President’s Council is striving to surpass that total this year. “My heartfelt thanks goes out to all members of the President’s Council and, indeed, to all donors, for responding so generously to student need,” says Haynes. He further emphasized that “the Annual Fund will remain a priority for us going forward.” The President’s Council is a volunteer group of alumni, parents, and friends that raises funds to support the University’s key initiatives. Learn more about the council at

“Dr. Bagley, as he was such a wonderful and caring person. Loved having him in class and he always had such interesting stories to share with us. I learned so much from him.” —Gail Spears ’73 “Dr. Virginia Garlitz, because of the swift kick in the pants she gave me. Gracias, Dra. G, por su inspiracion y su ayuda. Nunca le olvido.” — Christina Mesolella Izzi ’00

social shout-outs!

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Kaleb Hart ’11 photo.

Brenda Rowe ’87 is a studio manager at You’re Fired Pottery & Mosaics in Concord, NH.

Sarah Jane Elizabeth “Beth” Romeo ’87G (above) is the founder and director of Good Health for Africa, an organization dedicated to relieving poverty and providing education, health facilities, community development services, and clean water to the people of Khayega, a small town in the District of Kakamega in Kenya.

Stephen Bartlett ’89G received the Alexander J. Blastos Distinguished Service Award from the NH Association of School Business Officials at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Steve is the business administrator for the Portsmouth (NH) School District.

1990s Amy Bassett ’90 was named the deputy district director of the US Small Business Administration, New Hampshire district office. (For more about Amy, see page 28.)

Exchanging Vows 1998    Leslie (Shortell) Anderson and James Anderson were married on August 31, 2007 and renewed their vows on October 8, 2010. Jennifer (Roy) Campbell and Keith Campbell were married on May 22, 2010. Lauren (Gardner) LeComte and Jarrod LeComte ’99 were married on July 7, 2012. 2004    Elisabet (Rodrigues) Laferriere and David Laferriere were married on June 11, 2011.     Kenneth Stewart and Kaylie Matos were married on July 1, 2012. 2007    Ashley (Roy) Fournier and Craig Fournier were married on June 10, 2011. 2008    Brian MacArthur and Nichole MacArthur were married on May 7, 2011. 2009    Meghan (Power) Berthelette and Gerald Berthelette were married on October 24, 2009.     Elizabeth (Pienkosz) Harrington and Joshua Harrington ’10 were married on October 1, 2011.

Kasey Landry-Filion ’90 received the School Psychologist of the Year Award from the NH Association of School Psychologists at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Kasey is a school psychologist for the Allenstown (NH) School District. Scott Lemek ’91 is the district finance manager at Hyundai Capital America in Texas. Yvette (Pageot) Nelson ’94 is the accounting manager for the Electronic Systems Sector of BAE Systems in Nashua, NH. David Ryan ’94 received the Charles A. Napoli Award as the Secondary School Principal of the Year from the NH Association of School Principals at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. David is the principal of Nashua (NH) High School North. Derek Swenson ’95 was named as the director of curriculum and grants for the Bridgewater-Raynham (MA) Regional School District after serving for three years as the principal of Bridgewater Middle School. Benjamin Gerber ’96, ’98G published Argyle & Crew and Argyle & Crew’s Little Book of Big Ideas. Argyle & Crew is being reviewed by the New England Association of Play Therapy and has been nominated for an ENnie award, a fan-based award for roleplaying game products. Aaron Krycki ’97 is a senior public health specialist, supervising the environmental health field staff for the City of Manchester (NH) Health Department. Bethany (Souther) Zell ’97 is the grant coordinator for Pink Aroostook, a breast health program for residents of northern Maine, and a community outreach specialist for Power of Prevention at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME.

Below: Ashley (Roy) and Craig Fournier, with their son, Harrison.

Above: Lauren (Gardner) LeComte and Jarrod Lecomte wedding Alumni in attendance: Michael Trogler ’97, Jennifer (Hamerski) Trogler ’97, Amy (Hernon) Laycock ’98, Jennifer Mazzei, Carrie (Jaquith) Bailey ’98, Deb (Morgan) Buco ’97, Lauren Gardner ’98, Jarrod LeComte ’99, Crystal Adams ’96, Heidi Pettigrew ’99, Cari (Codrington) Mezick ’00, Brigid Carew ’97, Todd Buco ’97

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Leslie (Shortell) Anderson ’98 is working toward becoming a nurse practitioner. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has started coursework for a master’s degree. Rachel (Simoneau) Mueller ’98 is a paralegal with Rubenstein and Cogan in Gaithersburg, MD. Jeremy Roberge ’99 was named chief financial officer for Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH.

2000s Jonathan Haas ’00 collaborated in the production of Credit Recovery: Re-engaging Students to Graduate, a nationally-distributed video on adaptive credit recovery strategies. William Lander ’01CAGS was named superintendent of schools for the Alton (NH) School District. Jamie (Cadorette) Capach ’02 earned a master of science degree in environmental studies with a concentration in advocacy for social justice and sustainability from Antioch University of New England. Shaun Spaulding ’02 is the president of SP Fitness Consulting in the greater Boston area. Nikki (Gwynn) Barrett ’03 is a sales associate with Peabody & Smith Realty in Littleton, NH. Daniel Craig ’03 is the video coordinator/player development coach for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami HEAT team. He recently entered his ninth year with the HEAT. Kimberly McCann ’04G received the Assistant Principal of the Year Award from the NH Association of School Principals at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Kimberly is the assistant principal at Goffstown (NH) High School. Edith Perkins ’04CAGS received the Reading Teacher of the Year Award from the Granite State Reading Council at the 2012 NH “ED”ies Award Ceremony. Edith is a 6thgrade reading teacher at Bow (NH) Memorial School. Elizabeth (Hutchins) Hamlin ’05 was promoted to human resource director at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, NH.

Mark Perry ’07 received his master’s degree in theological studies from Boston University School of Theology. He is associate faculty in philosophy and religion at Arizona Western College and Mohave Community College. Beth Porter ’07 is the education coordinator (lead special educator) at the New England Center for Children, a non-profit autism research and education center, in Framingham, MA. Matt Prendergast ’07 owns and operates Crossfit Wachusett in Fitchburg, MA. Sarah Revels ’07 is a mental health clinician for C.R.E.A.T.E! in Manchester, NH. She serves as a director for Nikki’s Dream, a NH-based non-profit, and chairs the fundraising committee. Ryan Dobens ’08 completed his master’s degree in taxation at Northeastern University in August 2012 and interned with the NH Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Bureau prior to beginning work toward his law degree. Maria Dreyer ’08CAGS was named interim superintendent of the Shaker (NH) Regional School District after serving three years as assistant superintendent in the Mascenic (NH) Regional School District. Jacob Josef ’08 was promoted to technical director for Glimmerglass Festival, an opera company in New York. Jake is in his second year of graduate studies in technical direction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

John Lynes ’08 starred as 26th US president Theodore Roosevelt in the musical Teddy and Alice at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT.

New Arrivals

Gerald ’09 and Meghan (Power) Berthelette ’09 are serving in the Peace Corps as agriculture and sustainable food security volunteers in Nicaragua.

1997 Angela (Jaquith) Bellamy and Paul Bellamy welcomed their daughter Pepper Skye on March 9, 2012.

Trevor Chandler ’09 was elected to serve as a delegate from New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. Stephen Davarich ’09 enlisted in the US Air Force in December 2009, and has since served at Kandahar AFB in Afghanistan as part of “Operation Enduring Freedom.” While in Afghanistan, Stephen was promoted to the rank of senior airman. He is currently stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta, GA, and is a munitions specialist. Elizabeth (Pienkosz) Harrington ’09 was promoted to lead teacher at Dartmouth College Child Care Center’s preschool-aged classroom.

1998 Jennnifer (Roy) Campbell and Keith Campbell welcomed their daughter Daphne Marie on September 2, 2011. 1999 Kevin Hastings and Renee Hastings welcomed their daughter Olivia Gail on July 25, 2009. 2000 Christopher Marcotte and Bobby Kelly welcomed their daughter Aurora on February 24, 2012. 2002 Shaun Spaulding and Marcy Spaulding welcomed their daughter Lia Mae on January 15, 2012. 2004 Elisabet (Rodrigues) Laferriere and David Laferriere welcomed their son Elijah on October 1, 2009, and their son Gabriel on November 7, 2011. 2006 Jessica (Cyr) DeNuzzio and Alan DeNuzzio welcomed their son Pierce on December 21, 2011. 2007 Ashley (Roy) Fournier and Craig Fournier welcomed their son Harrison on June 9, 2010. 2008 Cassie (Stone) Viau and Bill Viau welcomed their identical twin girls Isabel Quinn and Madeline Ruby on May 26, 2012.


Kaleb Hart ’11 is the videographer/ photography specialist for PSU’s advancement office.

Molly Conlon ’10 is the teen coordinator at the Jamestown Teen Center in Rhode Island.

Karen House ’11G was named interim vice president for finance and planning at Keene State College.

Kerry D’Ambroise ’10, ’11G is a special education teacher and twosport coach at South Burlington (VT) High School.

Michael Moore ’11 is an account executive at Pagio Inc., a magazine publishing company in Worcester, MA.

Katherin Dunn ’10 is the executive assistant for the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in Brentwood, NH. Doug Woodward ’10 is a business specialist at Apple Inc. in Salem, NH. Megan Beaucage ’11 is the choral director and a general music instructor for the Essex (VT) Town School District. Benjamin Curran ’11G was elected to serve on the national Preservation Trades Network Executive Board of Directors. Kelly Donovan ’11 is a development assistant in the Office of Leadership Giving at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jake Josef ’08 (right) technical director for the Glimmerglass Festival rigging a flying wall with the crew which included fellow alumni Maria Milton ’11 and Brian Quiricone ’08. Photo courtesy of William M. Brown/The Glimmerglass Festival.

1995 Jessica (Brown) Cawley and Matt Cawley ’91 welcomed their son Padden “Paddy” on December 18, 2010.

Nick Greenwood ’11 is the communications and technology assistant for PSU’s advancement office.

Meghan Spenard ’11 is a litigation paralegal at Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC in Boston, MA.

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Peter Ostroski ’12 represented the US in World Cup mountain bike races held in Mont Saint-Anne, Canada, and Windham, NY. Peter competed in the Men’s Olympic CrossCountry Elite Division, racing against Olympic-level athletes. Jennifer Skilton ’12 joined enVellop Communications, a public relations and marketing firm for small businesses owned by Amanda BaconBurdick ’04. Allison Smedley ’12 was chosen as a member of the 2012 New England Patriots Cheerleading squad. Sam Wisel ’12 is serving as an advancement fellow with PSU’s advancement office.

faculty and staff Samir Choudhry ’12 works with the Portsmouth (NH) Housing Authority. John DeVito ’12 played in the 109th State Amateur Golf Championship at Concord Country Club. Lara Gruner ’12 is pursuing a master’s degree in adventure-based psychotherapy counseling at Prescott (AZ) College.

Former assistant librarian (1960–62) Elaine “Bonnie” (Coddington) Randall co-authored Around Tilton (Images of America), published by Arcadia Publishing in 2012. The pictorial history of the town of Tilton, NH, contains more than 200 images and explores the town’s evolution from 1850 to 1950.

Ali Higgins ’12 is a developmental specialist with the Kids Are People School in Boston, MA. fall 2012 33

The Education of a Teacher


olleagues called him “T.O.” Students called him “Doctor  Schlesinger.” Few knew about the remarkable life experiences that shaped his teaching.

When long-time faculty member and Professor Emeritus Thomas O. Schlesinger died in February, details of an extraordinary life emerged— many of which were news even to his closest former colleagues and students. Schlesinger had arrived at Plymouth State in 1970 with only a few years of university-level teaching behind him. But the life experiences he brought into his history, government, and political science classrooms informed his teaching to a degree that academics alone could match only in theory. Schlesinger remained private about most of those experiences—his approach came from an old school; among students his reputation was that of a serious, stern teacher. “We all knew which professors in the department were soft,” recalled a student from those early days. “Dr. Schlesinger was not one of them.” But occasionally—in his class on human rights and world order, say, or one he taught on German history—he’d share a personal memory that brought to life the importance of prisoners’ rights or the challenge of creating a foreign policy consistent with a nation’s ideals. He talked about espionage and interrogation in a knowing, almost thrilling, way. His pointed observations came from Nazi Germany, from pivotal World War II battles in Luxembourg and France, from Congressional hearings, from the unstable countries of Latin America and the Middle East—a tinderbox he sensed long before the understanding became widespread. His passion for fairness and social justice seemed, at times, visceral and inseparable from his teaching. It translated. 34 plymouth magazine

Mike” Michaelis with the Southern European Task Force in northern Italy, helping establish the US Army’s first overseas missile command. He rose to the rank of major and became a Green Beret instructor at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg. And he was devoted to learning. He was fluent in four languages, struggled nights and worked overtime to earn a high school diploma, then a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, then a master’s and doctorate from American University in Washington. He began work on his PhD even before finishing his 21-yearactive-duty military career. As it happens, he’d come to that passion not simply from having lived in the wider world, but from having been a participant in some of the major world events of the twentieth century. His life helped shape the education of 25 years of Plymouth students. Schlesinger escaped Hitler’s persecution in Berlin and fled to Italy and then Switzerland before arriving in the United States in 1940. In 1943, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Army and was sent to the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, Maryland, and became one the “Ritchie Boys”—an elite unit of young, mostly Jewish immigrants from Germany and Austria who were trained in counterintelligence, interrogation, and psychological warfare. He helped break German resistance at the Battle of the Bulge and at Remagen Bridge. He interrogated Nazi officials and camp guards in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials. He fought throughout the Korean War; participated in the Operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE atomic test in Nevada in 1953; served as interpreter (in German) for Lt. General William Arnold in creating Austria’s peace treaty in 1955 and then as interpreter (in Italian) for Brig. General John “Iron

When he became a college professor at the age of 42, it was not to kick back and tell war stories. At Plymouth State, Schlesinger was passionate about making students more aware of the world. He helped shepherd the University’s Model UN Program. He served as a founding chair of the Sidore Lecture Series, which continues to bring leading thinkers to campus to speak on topics relating to politics, social justice, and current events. He served on the board of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union. He regularly attended conferences and talks on national security, foreign policy, and human rights. Professor Peng-Khuan Chong, a colleague who sometimes accompanied Schlesinger, says, “Even at the conferences he was constantly thinking of his students. Always wondering what he could bring back to the classroom. He’d say to me, ‘Now how can we present this fairly when we go back to teach?’” “He cared deeply about his students,” says his widow, Patricia Powers Schlesinger. “He was born to teach.” Schlesinger invited students to his home in New Hampton, to learn more

about their lives outside of college. He reached out, in particular, to foreign students, to make them more comfortable in their unfamiliar surroundings. He surprised his advisees at graduation with the gift of a thoughtfully chosen book. He counseled young people to go into the Peace Corps (as his son Peter did), serve in the military (as his daughter Annie, who piloted a Blackhawk medevac helicopter, did), and to be active and engaged citizens. He encouraged them to be life-long learners, and he lived what he preached. He and Pat spent a sabbatical backpacking across Asia and Africa. In retirement, he took an intensive course in Russian in Leningrad before setting off to travel in the country using its native tongue. In short, Thomas Schlesinger represented the highest ideals of a Plymouth State education: academic excellence, service, civic engagement, global perspective. In part to honor and extend his legacy, and in part to recognize the similar challenge and struggle that today’s students face in affording a formal education, Pat Schlesinger has established an endowed scholarship in her late husband’s name. It is a fitting tribute to a man who devoted nearly his entire life to the cause of understanding our larger world. In his final days, a nurse at DartmouthHitchcock asked him about his middle name of “Otto,” and—barely able to speak—he gave her a threeminute mini-lecture on the career of Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. “He was,” notes Pat, “a teacher until the very end.”—Jim Collins Jim Collins, former editor of Yankee Magazine and author of The Last Best League, is a freelance writer living in Orange, New Hampshire.

Someone Who Had a Profound Influence In the words of his students...

from the PSUAA

Joe Laturnau ’77 School Renewal Specialist; Hawaii I had the chance to go into the Peace Corps in Korea in 1977. I wanted to go, because I knew I needed experiences like that in order to become like Tom Schlesinger and the other professors I admired in the Social Science Department. My parents were very opposed and upset. I had a number of conversations with Dr. Schlesinger, and I greatly appreciated his support. With just a few words and a comforting look, he had such a calming effect. I decided to go. I’ve now spent more than 30 years in the Hawaii Department of Education. I go to trainings/workshops all the time. Frequently a warm-up question will be, “Share a story about your mentor or someone who had a profound influence on your career in education.” I often share that story about Dr. Schlesinger.

Gerry Buteau ’86, ’92G Chair, PSUAA Board of Directors

Tracy Floyd ’81 Vice President, Health, Financial Services & Technology, Ipsos-Vantis; Maine Thomas Schlesinger was passionate about his teaching, and this was palpable in his classroom. He had high standards for his students, and this helped me to sharpen the skills I needed in life. To this day I think of the “Schlesinger Strut” — how he determinedly strutted across the front of the classroom to drive home a point. Evangelia Ifantides ’88 Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools; Virginia His was the last political science class I took... and I clearly remember that it was difficult. But it prepared me for the start of my Soviet Studies degree at American University, Dr. Schlesinger’s alma mater. Richard A. Coutermarsh ’85 President & CEO at InnerLoc, Inc.; Texas I will be forever grateful to Tom for taking the time to guide me during my time at Plymouth State College, and for sharing his wisdom about the world. One of the first things I did after hearing about Dr. Schlesinger’s death was to go to my study and pull down from my bookshelf the book that he gave to me as a graduation gift, Ike’s Spies, by Stephen E. Ambrose. I remember when I told him that I had narrowed down my choice of careers to either becoming an Army Officer or FBI Agent, he looked at me and said, “Interesting choices, the profession of arms or knocking on doors.” From then on it was go Army! To read more alumni reminiscences of Schlesinger, visit the online magazine at


The Dr. Thomas O. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship in Political Science is the newest of endowed scholarships that honor the memory and legacy of a beloved faculty member. Each year, the fund will provide recognition and financial support to a junior- or senior-level student who is a political science major carrying a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship at Plymouth State contact Laure Morris, director of major gifts, at or (603) 535-2952.

A Time to Look Forward As a native son of Pittsburg, NH, I am both proud of and amazed by the opportunities and accomplishments that a degree from Plymouth State afforded me. Now, as I enter my 20th year of teaching at PSU, I look back fondly on the years, the students, and the connections; however, I spend most of my time looking forward. This is especially relevant as I begin Mark Bogacz photo. my term as chair of the PSUAA Board of Directors. I invite you to connect with me, or other members of the board, and share with us your thoughts about the role of alumni in the future of the University. At this year’s Homecoming & Family Celebration, we honored seven alumni with recognition awards. The recipients represent the past and future of Plymouth State, and their accomplishments exemplify the impact our graduates have in the PSU community and beyond. Know someone deserving of recognition? Please nominate an alumna/us for a 2013 Alumni Recognition Award. Nominations are due by April 25, 2013, and can be submitted online at I repeatedly hear from our alumni that they truly value the social, networking, and educational events we offer. These events encourage connections, and often lead to great ideas and opportunities. I hope to see you at an upcoming event and encourage you to bring a friend. If you are unable to make it to an alumni event, the monthly e-newsletter, A View from Rounds Tower, brings you alumni and campus news. Please take the time to share your own stories with us—we all want to hear about your personal and professional accomplishments! If you’re not receiving the e-newsletter, you can join our mailing list at One of the most rewarding aspects of serving on the board is being able to award scholarships to students. Throughout the year, we raise funds for scholarships at events such as the Barbara Dearborn ’60 Golf Classic held during Homecoming & Family Celebration, and through our individual gifts to the Annual Fund. Each year, the board strives for 100 percent participation in our giving. As alumni, we recognize that it’s our responsibility to ensure that current and future students have the same access to a great education that we did. We hope you’ll join us this year, and every year, in this support. All of this makes me proud to be a Plymouth State alumnus, and I hope you feel the same. Buteau can be reached at To find out more about engagement opportunities for alumni and the importance of scholarships, watch Gerry’s video at

“Dr. Richey... I miss him to this day. I would tell him that I still know and use his 4 pillars of assessment in my teaching every day.” —Melissa Gross ’04, ’09G

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Alumni Reunion Weekend


Hundreds of alumni came home to reconnect, rediscover, and reunite for Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 22–24. Members of the classes of ’02, ’62, ’52, ’47, ’42, ’37, and even an alumna from the class of 1929 gathered to celebrate their friendships and experiences. Greek alumni held their second biennial gathering with representatives from 12 different organizations, many of which celebrated landmark anniversaries.


Did you graduate in a year ending in 3 or 8? Be a part of planning your 2013 Reunion Weekend! Let us know about your interest at 2012 ARW photos: 1. Members of the Class of 1962 2. Harold Matava ’52 and Rodney Ekstrom ’09G 3. Zanita Collins Spencer ’29 4. Members of the Class of 1952 and friends 5. Standing (L–R): Brooke Randall ’02, Megan Fournier ’02, and Stacey Foster ’02; Seated (L–R): Lauren Lavigne ’94, ’96G and Tammi Waters House ’02

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Homecoming & Family celebration


Alumni. Parents. Legacy families. Faculty. Staff. Friends. With every conceivable combination of connections, this special event is about coming home to celebrate being part of the Plymouth State family.

2012 HC&FC photos: 6. & 7. Great times were remembered and new memories were made at Homecoming and Family Celebration 2012.


This year’s celebration brought hundreds of alumni and parents to campus September 28–30, for a weekend full of meaningful events. The annual Evening of Connections brought together scholarship recipients and donors, alumni and faculty received Alumni Recognition Awards at the Celebrating Excellence dinner, and the Barbara Dearborn ’60 Golf Tournament raised funds for student scholarships. Of course there were varsity athletic contests, student theatre productions, performances, comedian Juston McKinney, the Harvest Festival, and so much more. Whether you come back every year, or you have haven’t been back in years, we hope to see you at Homecoming & Family Celebration 2013!

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Higher Education


Plymouth State professors Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz feel fortunate to have attended undergraduate and graduate school at a time when the nation was committed to supporting students financially. “It would have been very difficult for either of us to be where we are today without it,” Gorin says. Today, the names Gorin and Moniz are inextricably linked with the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program. The duo is nationally known for their research on aging, social security, and health care policy. In the classroom, their research informs their teaching as they prepare future generations of social work professionals. Their values are reflected in their own philanthropy. As long-time supporters of PSU’s Annual Fund, Gorin says, “We recognize the need many students face in financing their education. We were young once and know that it can be a struggle. We want to support students in any way we can.” “Despite the fiscal challenges the University faces in funding cutbacks and rising costs, it finds creative ways to maximize its resources and keep moving forward,” Moniz says. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide those critical financial resources that support student scholarships and the University’s day-to-day operations. Ultimately, says Moniz, “An investment in Plymouth State is an investment in the future of New Hampshire and our nation. Higher education matters.” Support Students: Help support student scholarships today through the Annual Fund. Use the envelope, call (800) 772-2620, or visit to make your gift.

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Plymouth Magazine Fall 2012  

The magazine of Plymouth State University.

Plymouth Magazine Fall 2012  

The magazine of Plymouth State University.