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excellence 2011 Distinguished Plymouth State University Faculty and Staff


the secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. pearl s. buck


from the president

Introduction plymouth state university is an extraordinary regional comprehensive university, providing first-rate undergraduate and graduate teaching, informed by exceptional scholarship, creativity, and research, and accompanied by an energy for engagement with our communities, region, and world. Faculty and staff members are committed to academic excellence, to student success, to innovation, and to partnership and service. PSU is a wonderful community in which to live and learn.  ■  And it is wonderful because of people like those you are meeting here, who are vibrant, creative, and dedicated to their work in transforming lives and making a difference. These professionals come from departments across the campus, and they have been honored by their students and colleagues with University awards this year. We hope that as you see their faces and read their words, you have a glimpse of the excitement and joy they bring to their work each day.  ■  I would like to thank these award-winners for their ongoing contributions and welcome readers to a sample of the excellence that is Plymouth State University.

Sara Jayne Steen President


Distinguished Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff Award

Dave Carpentiere Director of Technology, Residential Services

If Dave Carpentiere ’90 were an animal, he would be an octopus. A calm, reasonable, troubleshooting octopus, with tentacles in projects all over campus, from the bookstore to the library to the ice arena. As director of technology for residential services, Carpentiere’s list of responsibilities might be daunting to some, but he takes it all in stride. “It was a very simple position when I started in 1995,” Carpentiere says. “We didn’t do a lot with technology back then, so I’ve grown the position.”  ■  He has indeed developed his role over the years, incorporating technology through the multi-million dollar Flex cash system and interlinked computers, cash registers, and vending machines. In addition to his work in residential life and dining services, Carpentiere teaches in the communication and media studies department and serves on many campus committees.  ■  How did Carpentiere become the multi-talented, seemingly many-armed creature he is today? While an undergraduate at Plymouth State, majoring in what is now known as information technology (IT), Carpentiere was a resident assistant. After graduation he secured an assistantship in residential life at Ohio University, where he earned his master’s degree in college student personnel services. He then began his search for a residential director (RD) position. “I wasn’t actively seeking to return to Plymouth State,” Carpentiere says, “but as I evaluated other campuses and positions, PSU kept bubbling to the top.” He joined the Plymouth State residential life staff, working as an RD for three years until a technology position came up in 1995. With Carpentiere’s IT background and student affairs master’s degree, he was a perfect fit. More than a decade and a half later, Carpentiere is firmly ensconced in his career, interacting with virtually every department on campus. “It’s a great place to work,” he says. “PSU has taken care of me and I’m trying to take care of PSU.”  ■  One of the myriad ways Carpentiere takes care of PSU is through service. The role he’s proudest of is chair of the PAT Scholarship Committee. This group created a unique hybrid model for an endowed scholarship. “We decided to start putting a part of each year’s funds into an account to start building the endowment while also continuing to give out scholarships from the remaining funds,” he explains. “This was a great compromise and it also reawakened an interest in giving to the fund.”  ■  Although he downplays the challenges of being involved in so many facets of community life at PSU, Carpentiere does admit to the need for good organizational skills in his position. He also appreciates the flexibility his department offers him. “I am grateful that I’m able to adjust my hours in my primary role so I’m able to spend time teaching a class.”  ■  Carpentiere counts family-friendly policies among his most cherished qualities of his job. He met his wife here at Plymouth State, and they have two young children. When he’s not working, he can be found outdoors, swinging a hammer for his latest household project, or hiking a 4,000-footer.  ■  At home or at work, Carpentiere is not content to sit idle. “I am never bored at my job,” he says, “and, being in technology, it is always evolving and changing. Outside of work, I just want to do whatever I can to have a balanced and happy family life.” —emilie coulter


“PSU has taken care of me and I’m trying to take care of PSU.”

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award for excellence in faculty service

Cathie LeBlanc Chair, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Professor of Digital Media

Goffstown, NH, has been home to Cathie LeBlanc’s family for generations. “My family is woven into the fabric of the town,” she says, “so I grew up with a strong sense of history and community.”  ■  LeBlanc’s parents, who were involved in the Lion’s Club, ran for the school board, and served as volunteer EMTs with the Goffstown Fire Squad, were her first role models for community service. From them, she says, “I learned how important it is to be involved in your community.”  ■  As a student at Goffstown High School and later at Dartmouth College, LeBlanc participated in a variety of service activities. But it wasn’t until she was a few years into her career as a programmer at a Massachusetts-based software development company—a job that required extensive travel—that she realized how important service was to her. “When you travel so much, you lack community,” she says. “I missed being in one place and having commitments to my community.”  ■  LeBlanc left the job after five years, and joined a small non-profit dedicated to helping victims of domestic and sexual abuse. “We only had six employees, but we served a very large area,” recalls LeBlanc, who served as the non-profit’s grant writer and fund-raiser. “So I saw firsthand how essential volunteers were in sustaining the organization.”  ■  While she loved her work, LeBlanc was beginning to realize her true passion was for teaching. Based on its growing reputation as “the southern MIT,” LeBlanc chose to pursue her master’s degree and PhD at Florida State University. After graduate school, LeBlanc returned to New Hampshire to teach, first at Keene State College, and then at Plymouth State University.  ■  In the 13 years since she arrived at PSU, LeBlanc has enjoyed a rewarding career as a professor, first in the Department of Computer Science, and more recently in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, where she is professor of digital media and now chair of the department. “It’s a really exciting time for us as a department,” she says. “I’m looking forward to working with the faculty on how we can best serve the students and PSU.”  ■  Despite her busy career, LeBlanc remains committed to making a difference through service. For years she has been involved with Voices Against Violence, a Plymouth organization dedicated to ending sexual assault and domestic violence, and was recently elected its vice president. She also contributes a monthly column for the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation’s “Ask Joe College” blog, aimed at high school and college students. And for the past six years, LeBlanc has reviewed funding proposals for the National Science Foundation. “The proposals are from researchers and faculty members who put forward their ideas on making computer science education more interesting, valuable, and accessible for students,” she says.  ■  LeBlanc’s service record at PSU is as long as it is diverse. Over the years, she has served on numerous committees, boards, and task forces across campus. And while she was both honored and humbled by being named for the award for excellence in service, she sees a much bigger picture. “This award is one of the ways that PSU shows that it values service,” she says. LeBlanc hopes that awards such as this will inspire her colleagues to find ways to dedicate their time and talent to serving the University. After all, she says, “PSU would not be what it is today if the people before us didn’t take service seriously.”

—barbra alan


“PSU would not be what it is today if the people before us didn’t take service seriously.”

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distinguished graduate teaching award

Leo Sandy Professor of Counselor Education and School Psychology

According to Leo Sandy, effective teachers possess many qualities that help make them effective. They are entertainers, counselors, collaborators, revolutionaries, coaches … the list is infinite. But the most important quality an effective teacher possesses, Sandy suggests, is the desire to learn. “You have to be open to learning,” he says. “When students interpret the material you’re teaching in a way you hadn’t considered, you now have a new way to look at it. By teaching, you’re always adding to knowledge—your students’ and your own.”  ■  After serving in the US Navy for four years, Sandy started on the path that would eventually lead him to the fulfilling career in education he has now. Knowing that he “wanted to help people,” he enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he earned a degree in psychology.  ■  During his undergraduate education, Sandy realized that he wanted to work in schools, so he pursued a master’s degree at Boston University, where he earned a dual degree in counselor education and school psychology. He completed his formal education with a doctorate in human development and education, also from BU.  ■  After a lengthy stint teaching both undergraduate-and graduatelevel courses at Rivier College in Nashua, Sandy joined the faculty at PSU in 1996. “I wanted to be closer to home,” he says of the move. But what he gained in the bargain was an intellectual home. “There’s a lot of collegiality and encouragement here. I feel validated and trusted to do my work.”  ■  In addition to teaching graduate courses and undergraduate general education courses, Sandy is coordinator of the school psychology graduate degree program and the parenting education certificate program.  ■  Outside of PSU, he is a consulting school psychologist at Ashland Elementary School, where, for a few hours each week, he administers psychological tests to students and consults with parents, teachers, and administrators. “Since I coordinate PSU’s school psychology program, it’s important to me to practice school psychology,” explains Sandy, who has been a consulting school psychologist since 1971.  ■  Sandy also works with the New Hampshire Department of Corrections as a parent educator, working with incarcerated fathers once every other month at both the Berlin and Concord prisons. Often, his students will join him. And Sandy also writes a popular and thought-provoking bi-weekly column for the Laconia Daily Sun, in which he has discussed a wide range of topics, from adolescent depression and parenting styles to peace and social justice. These endeavors, Sandy says, “keep my skills fresh, inform my classes, and enhance me personally.”  ■  Of his passion for teaching, Sandy says, “I love engaging students in the realm of ideas. I’m inspired because my students respond positively in class; they’re eager to learn, answer questions, and offer comments. They keep me on my toes.”

—barbra alan


“By teaching, you’re always adding to knowledge— your students’ and your own.”

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Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award

John Clark ’71 Director of Athletics

A young John Clark had barely been out of Plymouth State a year when he turned around and came right back. That was nearly 40 years ago, and in the ensuing years he has held positions from one end of the campus to the other.  ■  “I’ve worked in or managed each Plymouth State administrative unit, as a residence hall director, an admission counselor, director of the student union and student activities, director of administrative services, and director of athletics twice,” Clark says.  ■  He can tell you to the minute how long undergraduate commencement has taken each of the last 30 years. He can tell you all the technical facets of the new PSU Welcome Center and Ice Arena, and how students are benefiting from the facility. He knows all the buildings on campus inside and out, and most of the underground network of steam lines and electrical conduits. He can tell you which Plymouth State student-athletes set which athletic records on campus, and what many of them are doing today. And he can tell wonderful stories about Plymouth State people … people like Patricia Storer, an alumna and longtime employee for whom PSU’s professional, administrative and technical staff named an award. In fall 2010, Clark was named the third recipient of the Storer Award, an honor that evokes his signature grin when he talks about it.  ■  Interestingly, Clark didn’t actually want to go to college—he wanted to join the army. “I struck a deal with my father to try Plymouth State for one year in 1967. I’ve lived in Plymouth 12 months a year ever since … as soon as I got here, I knew I wanted to be part of the Plymouth community.”  ■  And part of the community he has been. As a student, Clark says, “I worked at Denny Beckley’s ESSO service station formerly on Main Street, with veterinarian Fred Allen, at Interstate Machinery, for the police and fire departments, and for the Ashland Woolen Mill.”  ■  More recently, in addition to his responsibilities at Plymouth State, Clark has coached Little League sports and contributed hundreds of hours behind the scenes in service to youth involved in Plymouth area athletics, currently as vice president of the Plymouth Athletic Association. He’s especially proud to have been a founding member of First Star Tonight, an organization that serves the area’s chronically and terminally ill children, and chair of the building committee for the original Pease Public Library in Plymouth.  ■  On campus, Clark was instrumental in the “greening” of the campus, turning it into a walking campus. He helped pave the way for the Silver Center for the Arts that transformed Plymouth State into a destination for many talented students and performers, and for the PSU Ice Arena and Welcome Center. He has received the Theo Kalikow Award for his efforts as a women’s advocate, the yearbook dedication, and the Senior Class Award.  ■  “It’s such an honor to have my name associated with Pat’s and with the prior recipients of the award, Frank Cocchiarella and Mary Campbell,” says Clark. “These are people who have dedicated their lives to helping others … I can only hope to live up to the standard set by them.”

—elizabeth cheney ’89, ’99g


“It’s such an honor to have my name associated with Pat’s and with the prior recipients of the award … I can only hope to live up to the standard set by them.”

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Distinguished Operating Staff Award

Brenda Gleich Administrative Assistant, Department of Education

I’m a typical Gemini—I like to keep busy,” says Brenda Gleich.  ■  That’s a good thing, when you consider the heavy demands of her position as administrative assistant for the Department of Education. In her role, she supports a department of 18 full-time faculty, 10 adjunct faculty, and more than 400 students. ���Every day is unique,” she says. “You come in to work thinking you’re going to do certain things, and then 50 more urgent things come up that need attention. You have to hit the ground running.”  ■  A native of Whitefield, NH, Gleich began her career at PSU not long after earning her degree in accounting and business management from Trinity College in Vermont. “When I came back to New Hampshire after college, my sister [degree auditor/assistant registrar Betty Reeg] took me under her wing, helped me find a place to live, and encouraged me to apply to Plymouth State for a job,” recalls Gleich, who worked in administrative support positions in the College of Graduate Studies and the Registrar’s Office before joining the education department in 2000.  ■  Gleich is not just an employee of PSU, she’s also a graduate, having earned her Master of Education in Human Relations Counseling in 2003. She credits the late Dennise Maslakowski, former associate vice president for graduate studies, with inspiring her to pursue her master’s. “She was always encouraging her staff to strive to do more, to be more,” she says.  ■  As it turns out, Gleich didn’t need much encouragement to further her education. “I love education,” she says, noting that she got much more out of the experience than she expected. “My classes helped me address issues in my life that needed addressing, and [professors] Michael Fischler and the late Gary Richey really helped me believe in myself and become who I am today.”  ■  Gleich has found that her background in counseling has been useful in her current role. “Students know they can come into my office, close the door and discuss their day, coursework, or roommate situation,” she says, adding that her co-workers have also ducked into her office to escape on occasion. “They’re my friends. We support each other personally and professionally.”  ■  On the home front, Gleich’s life is as busy as her work. She and her husband Jim, a former faculty member whom she met through a mutual friend at PSU, have two young children, Grace, age 6 and Patrick, 3. “When I get home, that’s when I start my second job,” she laughs. “Time spent with my kids is precious, but definitely not relaxing!”  ■  When Gleich learned she was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Operating Staff Award, she was thrilled, yet very humbled. “There are so many other people who are so good at what they do,” she says, noting that it’s the support of other people, both in her department and across campus that helps her to do her job effectively. “We all work really hard,” she says. “I believe everyone at PSU is distinguished.”

—barbra alan


“There are so many other people who are so gooD at what they do … I believe everyone at PSU is distinguished.”

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Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award

LisaTravis Adjunct Faculty, Dance

As a child, Lisa Travis took her first dance class and didn’t really like it. But when, as a high school junior, she took a modern dance class, a passion was born. Similarly, when Travis began teaching, it was mostly a means to make ends meet, the kind of supplemental work performing artists tend to do. But then she became director of dance at the New Hampton School, and it was another case of love at second sight. “New Hampton is where I really learned to teach,” she says. “They had a ‘whole child’ model—teaching and developing the whole child. That program was very influential for me … it was an exciting time, and I loved it.”  ■  In 2006, after eight years at New Hampton School, Travis came to Plymouth State as an adjunct dance instructor. In her time at PSU, Travis has continued to grow as a dancer and teacher, challenging limitations of space, time, and culture. She says, “I like pushing physical and social/cultural boundaries, testing ideas and concepts. And I like to play with humor. For instance, choreographing a humorous dance to Bach. At the same time, I want to be taken seriously.” She need not worry. During her first 25 years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Travis has accomplished much, and has been well received by audiences, collaborators, and students alike.  ■  Even while she’s pushing boundaries, it is Travis’s empathic approach to teaching dance that has earned her the respect of students. When teaching future teachers, she finds it’s especially important to create a safe, respectful environment, and to share the experience that, in turn, tomorrow’s teachers will share with their students. “I’m right out there with them,” she says, “jumping around like a crazy nut as we develop experiences my students can use with elementary school children.” Travis grasps the vulnerability of performance, and helps students move through it, literally.  ■  She also understands the vulnerability of the body. “Now the biggest hurdle is age,” Travis says. “I wish I could have my current level of knowledge, but a 20-year-old body.” As far as her students and colleagues are concerned, Travis’s acquired wisdom has greatly benefited PSU. In recent years she has opened doors to new experiences for the community, as guest choreographer with the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet, collaborator with Plymouth State’s TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility) company, instructor at Ninth State Movement Complex, and founder and artistic director of Terminal Hip Dance Theater, an interdisciplinary troupe of dancers, musicians, poets, and writers based in Plymouth. She has also performed as often as she could, working with modern dance companies in California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.  ■  According to Travis, one of the perks to her position is being able to teach and dance in the Silver Center for the Arts. “It’s inspiring to walk in the door,” she says. “You hear people singing, instruments playing, someone’s rehearsing a play, all the beautiful art. It’s got good energy, creative energy all the time—it’s wonderful.” The collaborative spirit of her colleagues and students is also energizing for Travis. “As a teacher, I am in a wonderful environment with young dancers who are risk-takers—you are always on your game—you want to be better for their sake,” she says. “Working with other faculty in the department is very supportive. We work well together, and that keeps us growing.” — emilie coulter


“As a teacher, I am in a wonderful environment with young dancers who are risk-takers … you want to be better for their sake.”

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Distinguished Teaching Award

Irene Cucina Professor of Health and Physical Education

In fourth grade, a wonderful physical education teacher named Mr. Young helped Irene Cucina realize that she was athletically skilled. “It gave me an unbelievable amount of confidence,” she says. “I would beat many of my male counterparts, and I had the feeling that I could do anything.” The power of this newfound knowledge was so tremendous that Cucina decided that very year that she would be a teacher when she grew up.  ■  However, as an undergraduate majoring in athletic training, health, and physical education at Northeastern University (on a Title IX field hockey scholarship), Cucina was enticed by the idea of becoming a doctor. She took her MCATs, did very well, and began applying to medical school. “But then I went and student taught,” she says. “And that was that. There was no other job for me. Really, there was no other job.”  ■  Cucina spent 16 years as a public school health and physical education teacher and coach. Early in her career, when she served as a delegate for the national representative assembly of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Cucina says she looked around the room and thought, “How in the world do these people have time for service on top of their teaching, their family, their work at their school, and their coaching?” Inspired, she started becoming more involved at the district, state, and national levels. Every time she returned from a meeting, an interesting thing happened. “I had learned something new,” Cucina says, “and I was a better teacher, a better coach; I was a better parent because I started to see the bigger picture.” She completed her doctorate at Springfield College and in 1998, Cucina joined Plymouth State’s health and human performance department. She was thrilled to learn how much her department—and PSU—honored and valued service. In 2007 Cucina was appointed director of teacher education, and continues teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes. She also makes a point of maintaining her deep involvement in national organizations. In the spring of 2011, Cucina achieved the pinnacle of her professional aspirations: she was elected president of AAHPERD, a position that will allow her to be part of the national health debate.  ■  Cucina teems with energy and enthusiasm for her life work. Health and physical education, she says, is all about life skills, perseverance, working toward a goal, pulling together, and trusting each other. And she doesn’t limit her lessons to the classroom, taking very seriously her open-door policy for students. “I think what we bring from health and human performance is that humanistic, team approach,” she says. “As coaches, we always worry about these kids. Parents are entrusting us with their greatest possession. I always feel that, whenever I teach a class, they all become my children. And then they’re my children for life.”  ■  Cucina’s list of accolades, awards, and board and association involvement is long and impressive. But when, the night before her election to the presidency of AAHPERD, a former student of hers from PSU was named National Secondary Teacher of the Year at the AAHPERD conference, Cucina says she jumped eight feet in the air. “People couldn’t believe it because I was in four-inch pumps. I jumped so high. And the tears started running down my face.” This is why Cucina became a teacher of teachers. “Plymouth State gave me the wings to fly, they let me fly, and I brought my students with me. That is just so amazing.”

— emilie coulter


Plymouth State gave me the wings to fly, they let me fly, and I brought my students with me.

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Award for Distinguished Scholarship

Jonathan Santore Chair, Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Professor of Music Theory and Composition

If you happen to see Jonathan Santore walking around town, seeming a little distracted, he’s not ignoring you. He’s probably composing.  ■  When most people imagine a composer at work, they tend to envision the composer at a piano, brows furrowed in fierce concentration, with one hand on the keys and the other scribbling furiously on a blank sheet of staff paper. But Santore takes a more portable approach to composing, often starting his work on a walk, or while washing the dishes. “If you go to an instrument too soon in the process, you risk playing what falls easily under your fingers, rather than what you’re hearing in your head,” he explains.  ■  Growing up in eastern Tennessee, Santore tried his hand at a number of instruments, including drums and banjo, before settling on trumpet in middle school. He discovered his passion for music composition in high school, where he was an all-state trumpet player. When it came time to look at colleges, he says, “I was interested in composing and conducting, and I wanted to learn more about music history, music theory, and the structure of music. I also wanted an academically rigorous environment.” He applied to Duke University, where he earned a music composition scholarship for one of his first original works.  ■  But it was his two years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his master of music degree, that had the most profound impact on his career and his life. “I found my vocation, composing; I found my teaching chops for music theory; and I met my wife, Marcia, there,” he says.  ■  In 1994, after completing his PhD in music at UCLA, Santore joined the faculty at Plymouth State, teaching music theory and composition; he has served as chair of the music, theatre, and dance department since 2002. He is also composer in residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale.  ■  With his administrative duties and teaching load occupying much of his time, Santore has learned the art of making the most of every free moment. “Composing is an extremely high priority for me,” he says. “As a chair and a teacher, you have to be very responsible, very ‘there.’ The creative zone is an extremely irresponsible place; you lose track of time and what’s going on around you. But I’ve gotten to the point where I can make the most of 15 minutes, or a half an hour, or whatever time I have available.”  ■  Santore, who has earned numerous awards for composing and has had his works performed by several prominent ensembles and broadcast nationally, also places importance on his students’ composition work. “My goal as a composition teacher is to help my students reach their goal as a composer,” he says. “When I have a student who’s really talented, interested, and passionate, I will do whatever I can to help that student advance in the field.” Santore’s students have gone on to graduate work in composition, and one of his students even had work published for an international audience while still a PSU undergraduate.  ■  For Santore, teaching, composing, and nurturing new talent are why he came to PSU. “I’m here because I want to be on fire with the life of the mind,” he says. “I want my students to see how passionate I am about music, and I want them to be just as passionate.” — barbra alan


“I want my students to see how passionate I am about music, and I want them to be just as passionate.�

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Sara Jayne Steen Operating Staff Service Award

Cresta LaMontagne Lead Worker, Building Services

Life is too short to wait for the things that you really want to do,” says Cresta Lamontagne. In addition to her fulltime employment as lead worker for Building Services, being a part-time student, parenting her two teenage children, and caring for her seriously ill husband, Lamontagne volunteers for a variety of women’s advocacy groups and collects used textbooks to donate to a women’s prison. Here is a woman who does not wait.  ■  After starting her employment in Building Services in 2007, Lamontagne enrolled as a part-time student. In short order she was promoted as the lead in her department, and declared her major in women’s rights and advocacy through interdisciplinary studies.  ■  Since Lamontagne’s arrival on campus, she has exemplified the spirit and values of PSU, been actively involved in University activities, and, above all, served the wider community. Her volunteer endeavors include serving as co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and as Building Service Support executive councilor. In addition, she volunteers for national organizations such as the Feminist Majority Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Organization for Women.  ■  When Lamontagne learned through the League of Women Voters of NH about the discrepancy in the number of books between men’s and women’s prison libraries, she began collecting and donating textbooks. “Women get out of prison and they have a double whammy: They’re not educated and they also have mouths to feed, so it’s very hard for them to find well-paying jobs, especially having a criminal history.” She hopes that providing incarcerated women with a well-stocked library will give them an advantage when they are released from prison.  ■  Lamontagne believes PSU has allowed her the freedom to explore her possibilities, academically and in service. “I have a lot of different avenues I could pursue with my major,” she says, noting that she plans to pursue a master’s degree in justice studies when she’s completed her undergraduate work.  ■  Lamontagne’s path to college has not been a traditional one. Twenty years ago, at a time when her friends were preparing for college, she had just given premature birth to her daughter, who weighed in at two pounds, five ounces. “All of my friends were picking out college courses … and I was deciding what surfactant to use in case my daughter’s lungs collapsed,” she says. “It makes you grow up quick.” Her daughter is now a junior at Plymouth State.  ■  It wasn’t until Lamontagne began work at PSU that the possibility of attending college herself became a reality. At the same time, her commitment to serving others found a channel and a focus as she explored issues of women’s rights in her classes. “A lot of women don’t even realize that we’re still not equal,” she says. “… I decided I wanted to major in Women’s Rights and Advocacy to bring about awareness.”  ■  Although she is working to advance her education, has found innovative approaches to reducing criminal recidivism through education, and advocates tirelessly for women’s rights, Lamontagne feels that her two children are her greatest accomplishment. “They’re going to be people who contribute to society,” she says. “There’s no doubt in my mind.” With a role model like their mother, there’s no doubt in our minds, either. —emilie coulter


“Life is too short to wait for the things that you really want to do.�

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