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Beauty or Blight? PSU researchers measure attitudes on local views

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Gift combines art and education with a powerful tribute. p. 9

enhancing teaching through PSU is using technology to enhance


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2 Message from the President 3 Of Note 6 Arts: ETC Musical Celebrates Plymouth’s 250th 8 Student Spotlight: Sara Manzoni ’15, At Home at Plymouth State 9 The Artful Donor | A gift from anthropologist and art collector Hans Guggenheim combines art and education with a powerful tribute to a lifelong friend. 12 Faculty Forum: Professor Brian Eisenhauer on Shrinking our Environmental Impact 1 4 The Value of a View | A CFE pilot study investigates local residents’ attitudes on the value of scenic views. 19 Athletics: Nora Galvin ’14, Stellar Student-Athlete 2 0 Enhancing Teaching Through Technology | PSU is using technology to enhance the educational experience. 24 The Green On the cover: Daphne Bruemmer ’98 photo.

Nearly 1,400 degrees were awarded at PSU’s 2013 Commencement, held Saturday, May 18 under sunny skies on Currier Memorial Field. Jeremy Gasowski ’01 photo.

spring/summer 2013 volume xxviii • number i Editor | Barbra Alan Designer | Daphne Bruemmer ’98 Publications Manager | Lisa Prince Contributors Elizabeth Cheney ’89, ’99G Jim Collins Emilie Coulter Rodney Ekstrom ’09G Nicholas Greenwood ’11 Sally Holland Bruce Lyndes Laure Morris Heidi Pettigrew ’99, ’07G, ’11CAGS Marcia Santore Sara Jayne Steen Photographers John Anderson Authentic Eye Photography Jon Gilbert Fox Jeremy Gasowski ’01 Kaleb Hart ’11 John Hession John McKeith Plymouth Magazine is published by the Plymouth State University Office of Public Relations. ©2013, 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 Spring/Summer issue of Plymouth Magazine,

an issue that provides an introduction to today’s Plymouth State in demonstrating our place in the world and the degree to which the world becomes smaller through PSU’s work. Through the features on technology, wind energy, and an artful donor, for example, you can see how PSU is globally connected, how lines from all over the map are drawn to Plymouth.

John Hession photo.

Faculty members at PSU are deeply involved with technology that serves student learning and extends the academic program worldwide. Even a decade ago, PSU was creating graduate coursework online, and this year the online MBA was rated by as among the top 20 programs in the nation. Four undergraduate programs are offered fully online. PSU faculty members guide student learning from Romania and Shanghai to Chile and Antigua. In addition to extending access to a PSU education, technology allows residential students to work while taking classes, to graduate more quickly, and to collaborate with colleagues around the world, maintaining the wider PSU cross-cultural community. International students also join us on the physical campus, both in Plymouth and in Concord, where faculty members provide vibrant and collaborative hands-on learning. The value-added residential experience includes athletics, clubs, internships, and opportunities for service and engagement that mean that students are especially well prepared to begin productive careers. As shown here, PSU is playing a role in the conversation about wind turbines, a worldwide debate, as well as sustainability, another global conversation. The experience of two young men separated by a world war and their committed friendship across countries and decades led to a recent gift of drawings by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya Lucientes and a collaboration that both inspires students and celebrates two gifted professors. Commencement this year was equally international. Students were worldwide, families unable to travel viewed the exercises via livestream, and the charge to the graduates was given by the recipient of an honorary doctorate, Richard H. Solomon, the former president of the US Institute of Peace and one of the major figures in international conflict management over the past several decades, participating in peace agreements across the globe. I close with a more local moment, but one that crosses time. This year is the 250th anniversary of the town of Plymouth. It is being celebrated through the year with wonderful events planned for the weekend of 20–21 July, to which you are invited. The year began with a beautiful community production of an original musical, Marking the Moment, written by PSU faculty member Trish Lindberg and professor emeritus Manuel Marquez-Sterling, with music by New Hampshire composer Will Ogmundsen. The play treats Plymouth from its founding, through the Civil War and the Underground Railroad, to Babe Ruth and the present time. This, too, marks Plymouth State as a university of place, at home and across the globe.

Sara Jayne Steen, President

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of note Campus Compact Award Winners A PSU student, an English professor, and the region’s economic development agency were honored by the Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) at its annual Presidents’ Awards presentation. CCNH is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the civic purposes of higher education. Chelsea Desrochers ’13 was honored with the President’s Leadership Award, which recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to civic engagement. Desrochers is the president of PSU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, oversaw student volunteers for PSU’s Alternative Spring Break, has done service projects in the US and in countries such as Nicaragua, and is vice president of the Student Support Foundation. She was also named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow, a recognition given to college students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. (Read more about Desrochers on the inside back cover.) Robin DeRosa, a PSU English professor and student advisor, received the Good Steward Award, which recognizes faculty or staff members who contribute professional expertise in service to the wider community. DeRosa received PSU’s Faculty Advising Award in 2011, is a distinguished and widely published scholar in her field, and was the Theo Kalikow Award winner in 2008 for her service to women’s issues. She currently serves on the board

of directors for Voices Against Violence, a regional domestic violence counseling organization that provides information and support regarding all aspects of domestic and sexual violence. The Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) received the President’s Community Partner Award, which is presented to a nonprofit organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university. “Each of these awards represents people who are a force for good in our region, people of whom we are proud,” President Steen said.

New State Quarter Unveiled The beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains was the backdrop for the unveiling of the new state quarter at a February 21 event in PSU’s Silver Center, sponsored by the US Mint and the US Forest Service. More than 300 local elementary school children attended the event, as well as US Mint acting director Richard A. Peterson, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, and US Forest Service Supervisor

Tom Wagner. “This coin is a national recognition of the treasure that we have in the White Mountains,” President Steen said at the unveiling. “It celebrates the beauty and grandeur of New Hampshire; it says something significant to the nation.”

Protecting and Preserving Squam Lakes Watershed Plymouth State University’s Center for the Environment (CFE) and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) have agreed to continue a joint agreement to protect and improve the health of the Squam Lakes Watershed ecosystem through research, monitoring, education, and stewardship of the Squam Lakes Watershed. CFE and SLA have previously partnered on several research projects such as water quality, methods for reducing milfoil, a recreation study, and an analysis of land use regulations in the watershed towns. In addition, the SLA has hired PSU students for summer field positions and often supports class field trips, providing invaluable hands-on opportunities for PSU students. Currently, PSU professor Shannon Rogers is working on a study of the ecosystem services provided by the Squam Lakes watershed.

On Display

at psu’s Museum of the White Mountains

With so many treasures housed in PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains, which opened to the public in February, it can be hard for visitors to pick a favorite. But as museum director Catherine Amidon notes, there is one piece that’s particularly popular with visitors of all ages: a replica of a Concord coach, the Nancy Flyer (below). Measuring 34” high, 48” long, and 28” wide, the diminutive, painstakingly detailed coach is perfectly situated in the center of the museum, and is frequently the center of attention. To see the Nancy Flyer and a host of other White Mountains treasures in person, visit the Museum of the White Mountains on campus at 34 Highland Street. For more information about the museum and upcoming exhibitions, visit John Hession photo.

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Enterprise Center at Plymouth to Open in August

Best of Show: PSU’s Admissions Viewbook

PSU Publications

A joint partnership between PSU and the Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC) to create new businesses and jobs is currently under way. The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP), which will open in August at One Bridge Street, will be a business incubator and accelerator that will support entrepreneurship, small businesses, and economic development in central New Hampshire by providing services, including leased space, mentoring, and networking to new and existing businesses. The GCEDC is providing the physical location and building, using $2 million in federal, state, and corporate funding; PSU College of Business Administration faculty and students will provide incubator staffing, business services, and intellectual capital for businesses throughout the region seeking advice and counseling.

PSU’s new admissions viewbook earned two honors from Higher Ed Marketing’s 28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards. The viewbook, created by PSU’s Office of Public Relations and packed with beautiful photos and information on all aspects of campus life, earned Silver in the Student Viewbook category and was named Best of Show—one of only 18 entries out of 1,600 total entries received to earn this honor. Check it out at plymouth. edu/admissions.

Award-winning poet Liz Ahl has released a hand-sewn limited-edition chapbook that she calls a “love letter to this part of New Hampshire.” When Ahl talks about the weather (“from mud season to the icy depths of January”) readers familiar with her work won’t be surprised to discern another conversation going on at the same time, addressing neighbors and friends, well-loved art, and the unwelcome jolt of the morning newspaper. Ahl is tender in “Neighborly,” writing about shoveling a path to the mailbox of a recently deceased neighbor. And she writes with humor about the subtle competition among seekers of the season’s first farmstand corn, or a toddler who licks the chrome bumper of a car before her father can intervene.

Did you know?

$2 billion Amount the university system of new hampshire (PSU, Granite state college, keene state college, university of new hampshire) contributes to the new hampshire economy each year in workforce development, employment, and direct expenditures

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PSU Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service 2013 Honor Roll PSU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, through the federal Learn and Serve America program, which supports and encourages service learning throughout the US. The honor roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve. Plymouth State President Sara Jayne Steen noted PSU has been named to the list for all seven years of the program. “Our students live the Plymouth State motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),” she said. “They both give and receive enormous benefit from this good work.”

Talking about the Weather Liz Ahl, professor of English

Margaret from Maine Joseph Monninger, professor of English Torn by her commitment to a husband who was critically injured in the Afghan war and a growing love for another veteran, Margaret must face an age-old lovers’ dilemma against the backdrop of patriotic duty. When asked about his inspiration for his latest novel,

Joe Monninger says, “One day I drove past a dairy farm and saw a woman leading a cow. I tried to imagine her life and one bit of imagination led to the next. The result is Margaret from Maine, the story of a woman who lived on a dairy farm and the things that happened to her.”

Any Other Branch Ivy Page ’07, faculty in English In her debut collection, Ivy Page creates four sections of poems— Men, Room, Girl, and High Tide—to represent developmental life stages. Nine years in the making, the collection originated in Professor Liz Ahl’s creative writing class during Page’s undergraduate studies. Her poetry is wry, poignant, and sensual. Lines in “Word Diet” give readers a “taste” of her experience writing the book: “Nothing lately, from my kitchen/tastes as sweet as ink—/foregoing dinner for dessert/a collection of letters/on the tongue like Honey—/tiny core of syrup/hidden in—Suckle.” Reflections from the Forest House Nancy Puglisi ’81G, professor of counselor education and school psychology Calling her most recent collection “a slice of life,” Nancy Puglisi’s reflections on friendship, love, and loss are universal.

Tender verses about her affection for siblings or her fondness for puttering in the garden coexist with poems reflecting her passionate opinions about the environment (“Fundamentals,” “Superiority”) or gay issues (“In Defense of What,” “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”). Readers of this highly personal collection may find themselves feeling an unexpected kinship with Puglisi.

Cloud vs. Cloud Ethan Paquin ’98, faculty in English From the book jacket: Ethan Paquin writes “Language is notorious.” In his latest collection, language is as lush and textured as the mountains and oceans that are his subjects, and familiar natural landmarks are representational of memory so that mind and body become layers in this vast loam …. Only through knowledge of the rough earth will he come to know the self: “carry me like a reed-basket of water over the pinions of landscapes / blasted by heat and then i will know where i belong.”

An Overture to Philosophy of Communication Annette Holba, professor of rhetoric (with co-author Ronald Arnett) Philosophy of communication is a rapidly emerging field, yet until Annette Holba and co-author Ronald Arnett wrote An Overture to Philosophy of Communication, there was no real model for teaching it in the classroom. The authors set about remedying the situation with a scholarly book that is intended for use in the classroom. The story of Zorba the Greek is woven throughout the narrative, exemplifying, as Holba says, “the ways human beings make meaning through engagement with others.” The book won the prestigious Everett Lee Hunt Award from the Eastern Communication Association.

Gypsies of the White Mountains Bruce Heald, faculty in history and philosophy After exploring Mt. Washington’s cog railway, the Old Man of the Mountain, and the history of dog sledding in New England, historian and author Bruce Heald once again digs deep into the intriguing past of New Hampshire’s North Country. This time he investigates a little-known group of travelers through the White Mountains in the heyday of this region’s tourism boom: Gypsies. Heald provides a fascinating history

of this oft-persecuted minority, and traces their journey to and through the White Mountains where, for a time, they made a living entertaining tourists, telling fortunes, and making music.

No Vacancy: The Rise, Demise, and Reprise of America’s Motels Mark Okrant, professor of tourism management No Vacancy is Mark Okrant’s latest non-fictional look at the motel industry (previously he brought us Sleeping Alongside the Road and a murder mystery series set in historic resorts). Okrant, a nationally recognized expert in tourism research and director of PSU’s Institute for New Hampshire Studies, has been a motel patron all his life. “Motels were a central part of incredible experiences with my parents and brother and, later, with my wife and daughters,” he says. “Something needs to be done to show others why they were important, and how many of them can be again.” With this perspective on the history of motels and the prospects for saving them, Okrant has taken a big step toward that goal.

Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary Francophone Literature Katharine N. Harrington, professor of French Literary “nomads,” according to author Katharine Harrington, “reconsider rigid definitions of borders, classifications, and identities.” In her latest book, Harrington studies four contemporary French-language writers who are not easily defined by geographical, cultural, or linguistic boundaries. She writes, “I examine how these authors’ life experiences are reflected in their writing and how they may inform us on the state of our increasingly global world where borders and identities are blurred.” Prison Violence: Causes, Consequences and Solutions Kristine Levan, professor of criminal justice In the very first pages of Prison Violence Kristine Levan boldly confronts her topic: “violence [in prison] is not only accepted, but has indeed become expected among prisoners and correctional staff …. [S]uccessfully reducing prison violence means disentangling the convict code and disrupting the prison culture at its very core.” She goes on to provide a comprehensive analysis of prison violence and its impacts, both in and out of prison. Levan explores the challenges faced by policy makers and scholars in understanding the problem, describes what is currently being done to address the issue, and offers myriad approaches to handle the many facets of prison violence.

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Marking the Moment enlisted a cast of 120 actors, singers, musicians, and dancers of all ages from some 20 towns. Cast and crew had just three weeks to bring the whole production to life, creating more than 1,000 costumes and using over 7,000 board-feet of lumber for the set. John Anderson photos. Logo design by Lisa Lundari.

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ETC’s Latest Musical Celebrates Plymouth’s 250th Plymouth is a town with an intriguing history. In the 1850s and 60s, the Underground Railroad had a stop in Plymouth at the home of Nathaniel Rogers, which is now the site of the Silver Center. In 1864, former president Franklin Pierce sat at his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne’s bedside as the great writer lay dying in Plymouth. And in 1916, baseball legend Babe Ruth—then a pitcher for the Red Sox— visited the Draper and Maynard Building on Main Street, back when it was a sporting goods factory. These moments and others in Plymouth’s history were brought to life in this year’s Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) production, Marking the Moment. The musical, written by Professor of Education and ETC Artistic Director Trish Lindberg in collaboration with Professor Emeritus of History Manuel Marquez-Sterling, was the first in a number of community events to honor Plymouth’s sesquicentennial.—Elizabeth Cheney ’89, ’99G

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sara manzoni: at home at plymouth state


“I love being busy and challenged and always learning.”

ergamo, Italy, is a town steeped in history and tradition.

Tucked in the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is known for its impressive art collections, diverse architecture, and hearty cuisine. Nobel prize-winning novelist Hermann Hesse once called Bergamo “the most beautiful corner of Italy.” Sara Manzoni ’15 was born and raised in Bergamo—and she couldn’t wait to leave it. “I’ve always wanted to come to the US—it’s been a lifelong goal,” says Manzoni, who grew up on American movies, TV, and music and came to idealize America as a land of opportunity and individuality. When it came to selecting a college, however, it was much more than the lure of the independent American spirit and the appeal of its pop culture that drew Manzoni to the US; it was her desire for a quality education, something she felt she wasn’t getting in Italy. The schools she attended educated students strictly by the book—the textbook. “Italian schools don’t focus on the practical application of what you’re learning,” she says. Especially disheartening to her was the apparent apathy of the administrators and teachers she encountered. “There’s a lack of organization, opportunity, and

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support for students in Italian education,” she says. Manzoni’s criteria for an American university were simple: it had to be on the East coast (so airfare to and from Italy would be less expensive), it had to be affordable, and it had be in New England, which she knew had “a reputation for having good schools.” PSU was a perfect match, so Manzoni applied and was admitted for the fall 2011 semester. Her first visit to campus—indeed, to the US—was during orientation week, which gave her the opportunity to meet other first-year students, American and international, and get comfortable in her new surroundings before classes started. It didn’t take long for her to feel at home at PSU and to realize she made the right decision to attend college here. “Everyone was really supportive, and everything was well-organized,” she recalls. “I would have had a much harder time adjusting to college in Italy.”

Now finishing up her sophomore year, Manzoni is embracing American life and all that PSU offers. She’s involved in academic and social clubs, has friends from around the world, and enjoys working part-time at PSU’s Center for Global Engagement and serving as a global student coordinator, which entails welcoming international students into the PSU community, mentoring them for their first year, and raising awareness about other cultures on campus and in the community. According to International Student Advisor Jane Barry, who supervises Manzoni’s work at the Center for Global Engagement, Manzoni “is an exemplary example of a PSU student leader: caring, dedicated to her studies, and passionate about helping other students have a positive experience here.” Currently a business major, Manzoni is considering majoring in marketing and is grateful for the support she gets from her professors as she discovers her

strengths and interests. “The faculty are ready to help, and they love what they do,” she says. Manzoni’s professors praise her for her maturity and enthusiasm, which are serving her well in her studies. “Sara has a strong desire to succeed,” says Robert Nadeau, a faculty member in the College of Business Administration who has taught Manzoni in Career Exploration and will teach her this the fall in Professional Sales Skills II. “She genuinely appreciates the opportunity to study at PSU and is making the most of her experience here.” While her studies, work, and social life keep her busy, the ambitious Manzoni is always looking for a new challenge. These days that includes learning Russian (having already mastered English, Spanish, and French back in Italy) and taking up the guitar. “I love being busy and challenged and always learning,” she says.—Barbra Alan

The Artful Donor A gift from anthropologist and art collector Hans Guggenheim combines art and education with a powerful tribute to a lifelong friend. by Barbra Alan incent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” is one of the most famous and well-beloved paintings in the world. Many people admire the painting without ever having seen it in person, and appreciate it without knowing the context of its creation. But just think how that admiration and appreciation could be enhanced by experiencing the painting, with its violent, thick brush strokes, in person at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Or by knowing that Van Gogh painted the iconic landscape from his room in an asylum in southern France, where he committed himself following a breakdown. Or by being aware of the prevailing theory among critics, scholars, and art historians that the painting was heavily influenced by Walt Whitman’s poetry, particularly “Song of Myself.” Experiencing a work of art first-hand and understanding the cultural and historical context in which it was created can increase one’s appreciation of art, and this is the thinking behind a multifaceted gift to PSU from world-renowned anthropologist, artist, and humanitarian Hans Guggenheim. The gift is allowing PSU students to experience works of art from Guggenheim’s private collection on campus, learn more about the artwork by attending lectures by Guggenheim, and delve into the context of the artwork in class. The catalyst for this gift was Guggenheim’s initial gift of four prints, which he gave to PSU last summer in loving memory of his lifelong friend, the late Thomas Schlesinger, professor emeritus of political science. The prints are of etchings by the nineteenth-century Spanish painter Francisco de Goya Lucientes, from Disasters of War, a series in which the artist unflinchingly depicts the horrors and consequences of war he witnessed during the Napoleonic invasion of Spain. Artwork that features such grave and unsettling subject matter may seem an unusual way to honor a friend, but Patricia Powers Schlesinger says Guggenheim’s gift is a fitting tribute to her late husband. “The Goyas are a protest of war,” she says. “Tom would be thrilled [with this gift] because it is absolutely in accordance with his beliefs and his efforts to promote peace, understanding, and communication to resolve conflict.” Both Guggenheim and Schlesinger experienced their own disasters of war as boys and young men in the 1930s and 40s, disasters that would shape the course of their lives.

Top: Hans Guggenheim. Kaleb Hart ’11 photo. Above: One of the four Goya prints given to PSU by Guggenheim from the Disasters of War series. Contra el bien general (Contrary to the general interest), etching on paper, 1863.

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History In 1935, 9-year-old Hans Guggenheim met 8-year-old Tom Schlesinger at the Zickel Schule, a school in Berlin for Jewish children. “He was a very lively kid and we became best friends almost immediately,” recalls Guggenheim. The boys bonded over their shared love of sketching and playing chess. “We lived only a block from each other,” Guggenheim continues, “and after school, we would play chess together on top of my bookshelf in my parents’ apartment on Berliner Strasse.” It was an ominous time in Germany. The Third Reich, with Hitler as absolute dictator, was beginning its reign of persecution against numerous groups, including liberals, socialists, communists, homosexuals, and especially Jews. They were expelled from civil service and universities, Jewish businesses were boycotted, and the Nürnberg Laws were enacted, stripping Jews of their German citizenship and making marriage and sexual relations between Jews and German citizens illegal. Little did young Guggenheim and Schlesinger know then that their days of sketching, playing, and attending the Zickel Schule were coming to an end. The Schlesingers were the first to leave Germany, in 1936. “Tom’s mother had been very politically active as a young woman during World War I,” says Pat Schlesinger. “When Hitler came into power, she knew they had to get out.” While the Schlesingers struggled over the next few years to find refuge from the Nazis, first by fleeing to Italy, then to Switzerland, and finally to the US in 1940, the Guggenheims

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be reunited with his family and discover his love for Mayan art and his own talent for painting.

Guggenheim’s sketch depicts himself and Tom Schlesinger as boys playing chess atop a bookshelf in mid-1930s Berlin. remained in Berlin, enduring an increasingly hostile climate, until a fateful night in November 1938 made them realize they would be risking their lives if they continued to live there. Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, was a horrific night of violence and destruction during which the Nazis and their supporters vandalized and looted synagogues, Jewish homes, and Jewish businesses. “After Kristallnacht,” Guggenheim says, “my parents sent me and my sister to England, where we attended a Quaker school near Cambridge.” The peace and safety that Guggenheim found in Cambridge were only temporary. At the outbreak of World War II, the British government, concerned about enemy spies infiltrating the country, rounded up hundreds of Germans and sent them to internment camps. Sixteen-yearold Guggenheim was among those arrested in London and taken to an internment camp on the Isle of Man, located between Great Britain and Ireland. In 1940 he was released and taken to Guatemala, where he would

Reunion When World War II ended in 1945, Guggenheim, anxious to learn where his childhood friend Tom Schlesinger was, put an ad in the Aufbau, a journal for German Jews around the world. “I knew Tommy’s parents read it, and he responded immediately,” recalls Guggenheim. The two friends reunited in New York in 1946, a decade after war had separated them. By then, Schlesinger had been in the US Army for three years, during which he trained at the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie, Maryland, and became one of the famed “Ritchie Boys”—an elite group of young men, mostly German Jews, who were trained in counterintelligence, interrogation, and psychological warfare. He helped break German resistance at the Battle of the Bulge and Remagen Bridge—two key battles that led to Germany’s defeat and the end of war. Both men stayed in touch with each other for the rest of their lives. “I think they needed each other,” says Patricia Schlesinger. “They went through a very traumatic time. They may not have realized it then, but experiencing what they did gave them an impetus to make things better.” In their own unique ways, Guggenheim and Schlesinger did make things better in the world. Guggenheim studied art history in New York and traveled the world for Life magazine as an artist and reporter. He spent many years in Mali, where he helped build small dams and grain storage systems to help the Dogon

people endure a severe drought and learned much about Dogon religious traditions, mask dances, wooden sculpture, and architecture. He has been a professor of anthropology at MIT, and a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. A staunch advocate for arts and education, he founded Projectguggenheim in 1997, which provides art programming for young people and students in remote regions around the world. Schlesinger had a distinguished 21-year career in the US Army, which included service in the Korean War, participation in the trenches during the atomic tests in Nevada, stints as interpreter to two generals, and service as a Green Beret instructor. During this time, he also earned his baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees, which allowed him to begin a second career as college professor when he retired from the army at the age of 42. He joined the Plymouth State faculty in 1970, and quickly proved himself a gifted and committed educator, dedicated to transforming his young students into citizens of the world. Doing More Dean Cynthia Vascak of PSU’s College of Arts and Sciences notes that, shortly after giving PSU the Goyas last summer, Guggenheim began considering ways to make the gift more meaningful. “In typical Hans fashion, he was looking to do even more,” she says. And so, last December, Guggenheim gave a lecture on the Goyas at PSU, in tandem with the Disasters of War exhibition in the Karl Drerup Gallery. “He was marvelous,” recalls Professor of Art History Dick Hunnewell, who attended the lecture with his

Left: Following his presentation on Dogon art, Guggenheim was joined by Professor of Anthropology Kate Donahue (left), Professor of Geography Patrick May, and Professor of Art Terry Downs for a lively panel discussion. Jeremy Gasowski ’01 photo. Below: Patricia Schlesinger and Hans Guggenheim. Authentic Eye photo.

Art and Ideas in the Nineteenth Century class. “He has such wonderful insight, and as a trained anthropologist, he has an extraordinary sense of civilization and humanity. The students responded to his intelligence and sense of humor.”

Donahue and Hunnewell met with Guggenheim last fall. Hunnewell says, “Kate and I suggested that Hans outline the works he’d like to exhibit and the lectures he’d like to give.” As it happened, Guggenheim’s vision for future exhibitions

Experiencing art and art education helps promote understanding and appreciation among people and cultures which “is essential to our education for living in a complex world.”—Hans Guggenheim Inspired by the interest and enthusiasm of students and faculty during the Goya exhibition and lecture, Guggenheim proposed future exhibitions of art, which would be loaned from his personal collection, and lectures to be offered over the next three semesters, up to and including spring 2014. “As we began planning these exhibitions and talks, we thought about how to make this interdisciplinary,” says Vascak, who contacted Hunnewell and Professor of Anthropology Kate Donahue for their input.

and lectures, featuring the artwork of the Dogon in Mali; traditional paintings and bronzes from China; and artwork from Guatemala complemented courses that Hunnewell and Donahue regularly teach, such as Hunnewell’s Art and Ideas of the Nineteenth Century and Art of the Far East courses, and Donahue’s Religion, Ritual, and Myth course. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the students,” says Donahue, “to be exposed to Hans, an anthropologist who has lived and worked all over the

world, to interact with art from his collection, and to learn more about the cultures that influenced those artworks in class. I’m grateful and delighted that this has come about.” For Guggenheim, this multifaceted gift to PSU is an expression of who he is and his belief that the power of art transcends the visual. Experiencing art and art education helps promote understanding and appreciation among people and cultures, which Guggenheim says “is essential to our education for living in a complex world. The language of art synthesizes cultural wisdom and the human experience that is not accessible in any other form.” Editor’s note: For more on the extraordinary life of Thomas Schlesinger, and the endowed scholarship Patricia Schlesinger established in his memory at PSU, read “The Education of a Teacher” on page 34 of the Fall 2012 issue of Plymouth Magazine.

A nineteenth-century iron sculpture of a Nommo, an ancestral spirit worshipped by the Dogon tribe of Mali, on loan from Hans Guggenheim’s personal collection.

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faculty forum Brian Eisenhauer on Shrinking Our Environmental Impact In his roles as professor, scholar, researcher, mentor, and campus leader, Brian Eisenhauer is at the center of Plymouth State’s sustainability and climate neutrality efforts. Under his leadership, Plymouth State has been consistently recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability and is regularly included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges, a compilation of the most environmentally responsible higher education institutions in the United States and Canada. In recognition of his work in inspiring students to care for their world, Eisenhauer was recently named the first recipient of the Helen Abbott ’39 Professorship in Environmental Studies. The Abbott Professorship supports the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and education, and will enable Eisenhauer to further develop his “green” efforts, grassroots activism, environmental communications, and program evaluation. Plymouth Magazine asked Eisenhauer the question:

What are the greatest challenges in your work with the environment and how can we all make a genuine impact on the planet?

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Combatting Apathy My work on sustainability and achieving carbon neutrality on campus addresses a critical issue for the world today: global warming and its impacts. My most important goal is to help people make conscious, informed decisions. As an educator I’m working to challenge the widely accepted cultural norms and asking people to think before they act. This is closely connected to my major concern about the environment today, people’s apathy. Environmental change is generally something that occurs over time, and it’s a challenge to focus people’s attentions on these issues given our culture of electronic entertainment and communication. The more we can do to encourage outdoor recreation and other ways of fostering people’s understanding of their relationship to, and dependence on, the environment, the closer we will be to addressing the apathy that prevents most people from taking even simple steps to improve that relationship.

Moving Toward a CarbonNeutral Campus In my role at Plymouth State, I spend a lot of time working on campus sustainability issues. The number of efforts at PSU with sustainability dimensions is testimony to the importance Plymouth State places on the issue. One of our goals to this end is to be carbon neutral in campus operations by 2050. To achieve this, we’re evaluating new fuel sources—including renewable energy sources—to convert the campus infrastructure. We’re always working with students, faculty, and staff to improve our campus community’s relationship with the environment. This year, we created a new edition of our campus sustainability guide, a handbook for being more sustainable while working and living on campus ( sustainability/green-guide). We also developed two sustainability audits: a residential audit so students can evaluate their practices at home and get support for making improvements; and the PSU Green Offices Program, an audit of office practices.

Sustainability Starts at Home For me the most important rule of sustainable living is to live simply: by reducing our consumption levels and our use of natural resources, we lessen our environmental impact. We also have less complexity and debt, and more happiness in our lives. I’m a big believer in the joys of simplicity. I’m always looking for ways to reduce my environmental impact and to be more involved with my community. Some simple ideas I follow are avoiding the use of disposable goods (use cloth instead of paper napkins, etc.), lowering my energy consumption through conservation in behavior and through maintaining and renovating my home, volunteering in the community, walking and carpooling when I can, and overall, making conscious, not automatic choices. If we all make even small contributions, change will happen.

sustainable numbers During eight weeks in early 2013 Plymouth State competed in Recyclemania; a competition among more than 500 schools across the US and Canada in which they are ranked according to recycling efforts and trash production. PSU results are below. percent of waste generated on campus which is recyclable


pounds of recyclables and trash generated per person


pounds recycled per person


total weight of recyclables collected, in pounds

48,480 PSU’s EcoHouse, (left) home to the Office of Environmental Sustainability, is a living and learning laboratory where students learn firsthand how to live more sustainably. Jon Gilbert Fox photos.

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The Value of a View A Center for the Environment pilot study investigates local residents’ attitudes on the value of scenic views. by Marcia Santore What is the value of a scenic view? This year, the Groton Wind Farm came online with a row of 24 Gamesa G87 wind turbines planted atop a ridge in the town of Groton. Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish company that built the wind farm, estimates that together the turbines will produce about 48 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 20,000 average New Hampshire homes. The turbines, each 256 feet tall with three 139-foot-long blades, are visible for miles around. For some people in this region, these huge turbines are a huge problem. Proponents of renewable energy point out that wind is one of the United States’ many viable ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and produce electricity without the

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carbon emissions that lead to global climate change. The ability to produce wind power could be a valuable asset to the state. Opponents are concerned about another of New Hampshire’s valuable assets: its natural beauty. Do wind turbines detract from New Hampshire’s natural beauty? Or are the turbines themselves beautiful? Will the presence of turbines have a negative effect on tourism? Or is the presence of turbines, whether beautiful or ugly, a reasonable price to pay to move away from foreign oil and reduce global warming? The answers to these questions are different for different individuals, based on each person’s values. This raises other questions: Should these values-based opinions affect policy

decisions—decisions like granting or denying permits for wind farms or providing education to the community about renewable energy? How do we know what all those different values-based opinions are and how widespread each different opinion might be? These are the kinds of questions that Professor Shannon Rogers, an ecological economist who joined PSU’s Center for the Environment in fall 2012, will address through her Viewshed Valuation Pilot Study, with the help of two environmental science and policy students and a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The EPSCoR grant is part of a larger effort

Viewshed noun First Known Use: 1981 A viewshed is an area of land, water, or other environmental element that is visible from a fixed vantage point. Widely used in urban planning, the term frequently refers to areas of particular scenic or historic value that are deemed worthy of preservation against development or other change. Preservation of viewsheds is frequently a goal in the designation of open space areas, green belts, and community separators.

Daphne Bruemmer ’98 photo.

within the Center for the Environment to build private funding for student research. “I think conducting

research is integral to the educational process of our students,” Rogers says.

The term “viewshed” is used in fields as diverse as urban planning, archeology, and even military science. It refers to an area of land, water, or some other part of the natural environment that can be seen from public areas, such as a road or a park. The term usually indicates a place of scenic or historic value that is worthy of being preserved in its natural condition. The Groton Wind Farm, for instance, is placed on a ridge of hills that can be clearly seen from several locations in the area. The wind turbines are distinctly silhouetted

against the sky—for good or ill, they definitely change the view. In her research, Rogers uses a method called multicriteria decision making, which takes values into account as part of systematically looking at a decision-making process. The Viewshed Valuation Pilot Study will use this methodology to talk with stakeholders about the Groton Wind Farm as it relates to their attitudes and beliefs about such topics as energy, private property, natural beauty, property values, tourism, and the environment. “I think we at the Center for the Environment are in a unique position, both because of our geography and our expertise, to help understand these viewshed issues,” Rogers says. “We are not taking a side; rather we would

like to see what the underlying values are around these issues and how they might vary across the community.” As Rogers described in her proposal to EPSCoR, this project uses an issue of viewshed management that is currently of concern to people in the area

“to stimulate community dialogs about the variety of ecosystem services encompassed in a viewshed and their associated values, including both economic and noneconomic values.” Unlike other

visual impact assessments, this project investigates the underlying values that people have about views with the intention of developing data that can be helpful in decision making affecting both viewsheds and the environment.

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Daphne Bruemmer ’98 photo.

Unlike other visual impact assessments, this project investigates the underlying values that people have about views with the intention of developing data that can be helpful in decision making affecting both viewsheds and the environment. Rogers spent a couple of months planning the project and developing a proposal for EPSCoR. The grant allows one undergraduate and one graduate student to serve as research assistants on the project; at the beginning of March, Ashley Hyde (a graduate student in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program) and Rebecca Brown (an undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy major) began work on the pilot study. Their first task was a literature review and latent content analysis. That means going over news reports, records of public meetings, and other documentation to identify repeating themes that reflect the current range of opinions. If many people are expressing some version of a particular value, it’s probably relevant. Using the information they found during this initial process, they worked with Rogers to design questions that reflect those themes. “The literature review step to this study was really interesting,” Brown says. “It allowed me to learn more about viewsheds and the controversial issues around wind farms in particular. It’s exciting to interview members of the community to further understand the public’s opinion on this new technology. Hopefully our results will lead to a better understanding about the value of scenic views on a community level, which could be helpful in policy making in the future.” “Based on our literature review,” says Hyde, “it’s clear that landscapes are viewed in a holistic way and that integration of ecological, economical, and social values are key

to well-managed viewsheds. Social attitudes toward wind farms are an increasingly studied topic in Europe. The Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) effect was a concept that surfaced often. NIMBY suggests that there is an attitude-behavior gap in which people support the idea of wind power but they do not support the idea of having wind farms in their ‘backyard.’ It seems as though the locals who are more likely to support wind farms are those who were involved in a ‘fair’ planning process and had ownership in the project from the beginning development stages.” Hyde attended the North Country NH Listens discussion in Plymouth in March as part of this preliminary work. “We are only beginning to scratch the surface of local attitudes towards the Groton Wind Farm but currently there seems to be mixed support. The discussion revealed a strong desire to preserve New Hampshire’s natural assets for multiple interests.” Brown and Hyde are identifying a small group of stakeholders—seven to 10 people with an interest in the topic from towns surrounding the wind farm, such as Groton, Rumney, and Plymouth. With help and oversight from Rogers, the students are conducting individual interviews with these stakeholders, asking the questions they’ve developed while leaving room for new topics to arise naturally in the course of conversation. If funding allows, Rogers would like to follow up the interviews with a community workshop that would take place over several hours and explore similar

questions to generate even more ideas and perspectives. Rogers and her team will use a qualitative analysis software called NVivo to draw out themes and summarize responses. Qualitative analysis is frequently used in the social sciences to analyze data that is difficult to put into numbers. Unlike quantitative analysis, which focuses on measurement for statistical, mathematical, or computational results, qualitative analysis helps

researchers to interpret data from that hard-to-quantify and often contradictory factor: human beings.

Typically, qualitative research involves focusing on smaller groups, as in the Viewshed Valuation Pilot Study. Since the number of people being interviewed is relatively low, Rogers points out that these responses can’t be considered to represent the perspectives of everyone in the community but are useful in determining what the different perspectives are. Small pilot studies like this one are often used to generate the data needed to pursue larger, more comprehensive studies down the road. “It’s the opportunity to pursue research like this that attracts students to Plymouth State’s program in Environmental Science and Policy,” says CFE Director and Professor Joe Boyer, who adds that in the past five years, the program has grown to 120 student-majors. “We’re hoping they will continue into the graduate program, which can lead to academic careers or better jobs in an agency or company.

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“It’s the opportunity to pursue research like this that attracts students to Plymouth State’s program in Environmental Science and Policy.”—CFE Director Joe Boyer

Rebecca Brown (left) and Ashley Hyde (center) discuss findings from their latest resident interview with PSU Professor Shannon Rogers. Jon Gilbert Fox photo.

Our graduate students don’t only go back into academia but back into the community.”

Boyer notes that from its inception almost 10 years ago, the Center for the Environment has had a three-part focus: the environment, the economy, and the community. Projects like Rogers’s are a good example of that focus, bringing together academics from both science and sociology with partners in the community. “The value that the ecosystem provides to humans isn’t always captured in economic models,” he says. “Public perception plays into how we manage the land and water. What do people feel and how do you deal with it? It’s hard for scientists because it’s not clear cut. That’s where sociology, anthropology, and psychology come in.”

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As a New Hampshire native, Rogers understands the attachment residents have to the scenic attractions of the state. She was raised in Strafford, between Concord and the Seacoast. Her studies at Dartmouth and UNH reflected her desire for an interdisciplinary approach to studying the environment, one that, she says, recognized that “humans are not separate from the rest of the world.” When a former Dartmouth colleague told her about the opening for an ecological economist at PSU’s Center for the Environment, Rogers was excited at the prospect of working somewhere with a mission that so closely matched her interests, as well as the opportunity not only to stay in her home state, but to work at “a place that values place” she says, and

to work with Boyer, who also came to Plymouth State for the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. Projects like Rogers’s Viewshed Valuation Pilot Study, Boyer says, help “reinforce that connection between environment, economy, and community. Environmental decision making is complex because different groups care about different things. Actively engaging the community, even if the final decision wasn’t their chosen option, helps the public feel that the process was inclusive. You hope that if you have open-minded people involved in the process, they’ll consider all the options. Even adversaries can learn to respect each other during an objective review process.”

Nora Galvin:

Stellar Student-Athlete As an NCAA Division III school, Plymouth State is home to the true student-athlete: the student who exhibits the same drive, dedication, and commitment to excellence both in and out of the classroom; who studies hard for a rewarding future; and plays for the love of the game. PSU social work major Nora Galvin ’14, from Windham, New Hampshire, is one such student. As a student at Salem High, Galvin not only excelled in her studies but also played both varsity basketball and varsity softball, the latter under coach Harold Sachs, the winningest coach in New Hampshire high school softball. Salem High is a big school with an outstanding Class L softball program, and the team won the championship both her freshman and senior years. After high school, Galvin decided to follow in her sister Michaela’s (class of 2012) footsteps and attend PSU. “I came up on the weekends to visit Michaela,” Galvin recalls. “I got a good feeling being here. Plymouth State is just the right size, and it’s a nice community.” When it came time to choose which sport she would commit herself to in college, Galvin chose softball, “after having a wonderful time playing it in high school,” she says. With her top grades and prowess on the field, Galvin makes balancing academics and athletics look easy, but she’s quick to point out that it requires considerable advance planning and dedication. As a pitcher, Galvin practices year-round, so she has to plan each day, hour by hour, to include classes, study time, three to four hours of training and practice, plus games. “Every night before I go to bed I think about what the next day will look like and when I can get the work done—even the projects that are due later in the semester,” she says. Her planning clearly pays off. Last season, she was named to the Little East Conference All-American Team and last fall, her GPA was a perfect 4.0. Over the past two seasons, Galvin’s pitching has led PSU’s softball team to numerous wins, and, as coach Bruce Addison notes, “She has a gift to make everyone around her better, as a softball player and more importantly, as a person. She always puts the team first.” While PSU is one of about 450 Division III schools in the country, Galvin says it’s her coaches and teammates who make being a studentathlete here something special. “The beauty of being a student-athlete at PSU is you’re among people who love the game and love to work hard, and they are doing it for not just themselves, but also their teammates.”—Elizabeth Cheney

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Enhancing Teaching through Technology It’s 2013. Do you know where your classroom is? by Emilie Coulter

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Do you know where your classroom is? For Plymouth State students 15 years ago, the answer would have been straightforward: Hyde 301, Rounds 212, the Boyd meteorology lab. Today, however, technology has changed where— and how—we learn and teach. Your “classroom” may still be in Hyde, but it could just as easily be in your residence hall bedroom or downtown Plymouth. You could be in Montana or China. You may come home from your full-time job, eat dinner, and only crack open the laptop at 9:30. Or you may be sitting outside with your tablet, observing a video lecture created by your psychology professor in preparation for tomorrow’s class. Online courses, social media, ePortfolios—technology in the classroom is constantly evolving and expanding. Ever more efficient and clever e-learning tools are continually being developed. But using mobile apps and cloud-based systems is not just about leveraging technology for technology’s sake. There’s a place for technology in the classroom only if it serves the student and elevates the material. As Scott Robison, director of Learning Technologies and Online Education says, “We don’t want technology to drive the change. It’s up to the instructor to determine what the learning objectives are, and then look at how certain tools might get them there better, faster, easier.” Digital PSU As so often happens with major transformations, one or two pioneers must be willing to take the initial risks. Fifteen years ago, Professor of Business Bonnie

Bechard stepped into that role, offering PSU’s first online course for the MBA program. As a new mother, Bechard was seeking a way to integrate the demands of her role as a parent with her teaching career. “I was so excited and motivated to try this new thing,” she says, “and so determined to make it work.” Even so, establishing the online solution was a challenge. Technology was slow, awkward, and sometimes unsophisticated; many people were still using dial-up. “It felt very lonely and it felt very bold,” Bechard says. Fast forward to today: the MBA program has been fully online for a decade, attracting professionals from China, Romania, India, Sweden, the Caribbean, and around the world. It has been ranked in the top twenty on the list of “Best Online MBA Programs” in the country by, the national guide to online colleges. And the MBA program is just the tip of the online iceberg. Four undergraduate degrees are offered fully online as well as on-site: Business Administration, Communications and Media Studies, Criminal Justice, and Nursing (the completion program for registered nurses). In her 2013 State of the University address, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen reported that this year, through the College of Graduate Studies and the Division of Online and Continuing Studies, PSU had 5,000 online enrollments—for 15,000 credit hours, one-half of all online programming offered by the University System of New Hampshire.

High Tech and High Touch One of the most common misconceptions about online education and other technological infusions into the classroom is that technology diminishes the connection between teacher and student. Mark Fischler, professor of criminal justice, says, “Professors will work just as hard to develop relationships with students as they do face to face. We want to develop community: strong relationships, mentoring, and camaraderie among the students.” And as Robison notes, Plymouth State is known for its student-centered, “high-touch” campus life. With technology having become such a crucial part of education, he asks, “How do we communicate that sense of community, where the campus is located, the exceptionally involved educators, the great student services … how do we translate that and draw in students from out of state or out of the country?” Using carefully

vetted online resources allows faculty to reach everyone in—and outside of—the classroom.


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Plymouth State faculty are adept at researching, selecting, and even designing the tools that work best for their courses and students. Many faculty use open-source conferencing systems like Big Blue Button, for example, which allows instructors to present practicums and hold meetings with their students remotely. Others find innovative ways of presenting classes to distant learners. When one of counselor education professor Hridaya Hall’s clinical mental health counseling students, Philip Meher ’12G, was deployed to Kuwait in 2011, he was able to continue with his practicum coursework via Skype and Moodle (PSU’s virtual learning management system). Meher was even able to take part in real-time weekly group supervisions, a requirement of clinical mental health accreditation. Hall says, “His Plymouth peers’ educational experience was greatly enriched as they were able to interact with a peer in an active deployment setting and learn about unique issues facing soldiers.” Meher currently serves as an Army chaplain with the NH National Guard and a readjustment-counseling therapist working with combat veterans from all eras including Vietnam. Completing his coursework online allowed him to get into the workforce sooner: “I could not have begun my internship in September 2011 if I had not been able to do this practicum while overseas,” Meher says. Hall continually seeks other ways to improve her students’ campus-based and online experiences through technology. While looking for a better approach to sharing feedback with students on their work, she discovered a video screen/picture capture

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program called Camtasia. With a student’s paper on her screen, she turns on Camtasia’s screenand audio-capture feature and begins scrolling through her rubric, explaining why they got the scores they did, and providing feedback in the paper itself, page by page, by pointing with her cursor and recording her voice. She then sends the student the Word document and video. Students can download the video files and listen to feedback as many times as necessary on their computer, smartphone, or any other portable media player. “It’s been well-received,” Hall says. “Students receive and

respond to feedback with Camtasia better than when it’s just written on their papers. They feel more encouraged to make improvements and understand how to go about doing so. The process feels more conversational, and I have more confidence that the message I’m sending, and my supportive tone, are not lost in translation.”

Greater Access to Education A major advantage of technology is that it allows different types of learners to access traditional— and nontraditional—curricula through the Internet. Online education can be asynchronous, meaning that the information is shared outside the constraints of time and place. This greatly increases the flexibility and availability of education to all learners. Trent Boggess, dean of the College of Business Administration, believes that online education is, simply, “diversification of delivery techniques. You get the same great professors, teaching the same great courses, online as well as in person.” What’s different

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the project, including several emerging apps that tie historical photos and/or information to Google Maps. One of the apps, called Field Trip, runs in the background on a smartphone. When users get close to an interesting historical site, a notification pops up with details about the location. “With these

Familiar Tech Tools Lead to New Ways of Teaching With so many e-learning tools emerging, sometimes it’s the “old” standbys students are already using that end up being the most effective learning tools. Faculty use YouTube, for example, to post recorded videos of their lectures for students to view at their convenience. When students attend class the next day, they are prepared to discuss what they have learned. This model is sometimes called the “flipped classroom,” or “reverse instruction.” Rather than spending class time listening to a lecture, students spend this time together applying their new knowledge and problem solving.

circulate links to resources. “Facebook right now is a very relevant tool for marketers,” she says, “so I think it’s important to know the tool. I’ve found that by using Facebook I get a much richer interaction with students on an almost 24/7 basis.” Plus, Dautcher says, since so many of the students are already using Facebook socially, its use academically is almost seamless: “When you pop open your [personal] page there’s a notification that something’s been posted over in your class.” Keeping the Smart in Smartphones The ubiquitous smartphone is another tech tool faculty are co-opting from students’ purely social use. When the town of Plymouth asked PSU’s history department if students could come up with a project to help celebrate the town’s 250th anniversary this year, history professor Linda Upham-Bornstein and her Public History students were eager to bring history to the public in a dynamic, forward-looking way. “When students choose a history career,” Upham-Bornstein says, “the frustration is that it can seem so insular or book-oriented.

With more than a billion subscribers worldwide, Facebook is a networking site faculty can be confident their students know well. Business faculty member Terri Dautcher uses Facebook when teaching her marketing classes. Through a private group her students share documents, chat, brainstorm ideas, and

How can you apply it to the real world?” In addition to studying the field of public history, students in this class are expected to learn about technology that’s appropriate for a twenty-first century career in history. Upham-Bornstein and her students were inspired by the possibilities they researched for

history in a different way.” Ultimately, the students chose a layered solution—creating a QR code tour of Plymouth and incorporating Field Trip—that was accessible to the broadest possible audience, from locals to out-oftowners. Students delved into the stories behind Plymouth’s iconic architecture, culture, and sculpture, using oral histories and background research to create entertaining and informative Web pages on the Plymouth town site. They designed the site with geotags that allowed Field Trip to work with the specific Plymouth locations. The young historians then assigned QR codes to the structures, including the Daniel Webster Courthouse, the Plymouth Railroad Station, and the Congregational Church. Visitors scan the code with their smartphone or other imaging device, which interprets the symbol and instantly directs the viewer to the website (onthisspot. org). Students worked closely with geography faculty member John Lennon, who not only consulted with Plymouth State’s information technology staff to determine changes that needed to be made to the Town of Plymouth’s Wordpress blog, but

is that students can receive some of the material on their own time, through their own devices, and can participate in a multitude of ways, not simply in a classroom setting: they can virtually raise their hand (with a click on an icon) and speak in an e-conference, text their professors, Facebook chat with classmates, or collaborate on projects with international peers through cloud-based sharing systems.

apps and tools,” UphamBornstein says, “history is not static, it’s not just a book; it’s something you can participate in, interact with. It gets people thinking of

also communicated directly with Google regarding this and other PSU projects. Upham-Bornstein sees students as the perfect link between history and the public in projects like the Plymouth tour: “You have the town partnering with the students in a very positive way to give back to the town something they really want.” Engaging Students The interactivity and interconnectedness of today’s online systems allows students to more actively participate in their learning. Students who tend to be reticent in a classroom setting are often far more open to discourse in the relative security of an online setting. Students who hold down full- or part-time jobs appreciate the flexibility of online or blended classrooms, which allow them to give their full attention to their schoolwork when it best fits their schedule. And variations on the traditional schedule and delivery modes can allow more time for any student to do field work, process information during the times they are most receptive, and operate in a familiar digital landscape. What amazing new app is waiting in the wings? What innovative system will revolutionize learning? Time—and at the rate technology evolves, not much of it—will tell. The one thing we can be sure of is that technology will continue to advance and PSU faculty will always be ready to make it their own.

PSU students Kyle Martin and Kayla Claire demonstrate how smartphone apps and QR codes reveal the stories behind iconic Plymouth landmarks. John McKeith photo.

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GREEN contents 25 Alumni News & Notes 26 In Memoriam 27 From the President’s Council: Aiming High for ALLWell Bringing His Talents Home: Dave Poulin ’85 Joins President’s Council 28 New Arrivals 29 Dan Craig ’03: The NBA’s Newest Film Star 30 Sam Wisel ’12 Joins Alma Mater as Annual Fund Coordinator PSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts 28th Class 31 Exchanging Vows 32 Alumni Mentors: Building Connections and Benefitting Students

Save the Date

September 3, 2013 The Honorable John Lynch has been named the 2013 Robert Frost Contemporary American Award recipient. First awarded to Sherman Adams in 1970, this award was created by the Plymouth State Alumni Association to recognize those individuals whose service to the people of New Hampshire best exemplifies Robert Frost’s values of individuality, hard work, humanitarianism, and devotion to the country “North of Boston.” The award will be presented on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Plymouth State University’s Fall Convocation. Alumni who would like to attend the event should contact Director of Alumni Relations Rodney Ekstrom at (800) 772-2620.

Greek Reunion 2014

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013 Plymouth State Alumni Love Stories Many great love stories begin on Plymouth State’s campus. We asked our alumni Facebook community to share the story of how they met their match. Do you have your own love story to share? Want to read more of your classmates’ stories? Go to “My wife (Bev Wilder ’73) and I met on Halloween 1971 in Smith Hall. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in January. We both have fond memories of PSC.”—Bob Widger ’72 “I met my husband at my first PACE board meeting in 2003 and we married in 2011.”—Sonya Desmond ’07

The classes of 2003, 1988, 1963, 1953, and 1948 all celebrated milestone reunions at this year’s Alumni Reunion Weekend. We hope you were there! Look for Alumni Reunion Weekend photos on our PSU image gallery at, or on Instagram and share your own. Follow @plymouthstatealumni and use #plymouthstatereunion to tag your reunion photos.

Upcoming Alumni Events Alumni Gathering Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, July 26, 2013 Homecoming & Family Celebration October 4–6, 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 19, 2013 Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014 June 20–22, 2014 Visit for a complete list of gatherings.

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alumni • news & Notes 1950s Class Agent Lorraine Avery Johnstone ’55 reports: “Good news from Barbara Spaulding Woodbury. She and her bird are fitting in well in her assisted living home in Peterborough. Al ’55 and Alfa ’54 Bourey are doing well, they spend much of their time with their young grandsons. Arlene Parent Welch is recovering from hip replacement; she is doing well, and we hope she will be able to have lunch with Ann Woodward Kaiser, Fran Purrington Paul, Jan Stewart Knowles ’54, and me soon. Arnie and Edie ’56 Adams are still quite active. Arnie plays his horn in various bands, and both are active with family, church, and local activities. Please send some news—we are always interested!” Raymond Blanchette ’57 (below) is in his 12th year on the Alfred (ME) Planning Board, serves on the Alfred Festival Committee, and is involved in other town activities.

1960s Joe Amorosino ’61 continues his 40-year involvement as camp director for the annual summer Celtics basketball camp for young players. Charles Duke ’62 is retiring from Appalachian State University in North Carolina after 18 years as dean of the Reich College of Education.

Dorothy (Donigan) Nazarian ’62 completed an LNA course and received her license to work in the health field. She hopes to specialize in nutrition and fitness. She notes that her real passion is her 13 grandchildren, the oldest of whom graduates from high school this year. Lawrence Coffin ’64 retired after 43 years as a high school social studies teacher and is now president of the Bradford (VT) Historical Society. He writes a monthly column on local history for Vermont’s Bradford JournalOpinion and is an occasional contributor to the Valley News. Larry has published two books about the local history of New Hampshire’s Upper Valley, including In Times Past: Essays from the Upper Valley. Richard “Dick” Evans ’64 received the 2012 Rev. Stanley J. Bezuszka, S.J. Lifetime Service Award for Mathematics Teaching and Learning from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. Evans, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Plymouth State, has been involved with mathematics education in New England since 1964, engaging in more than 60 grant projects, serving on state and regional mathematics organizations, and serving as president of New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics. John Colburn ’65 is retired and volunteers with AARP’s Fraud Fighters and its You’ve Earned a Say campaign in New Hampshire. Kay Wilson ’65 and his wife, Jeri, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 23, 2013. Jeri was in the class of 1966 before she left to be married. They note, “50 years have flown by quickly, and to think there

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Fore! These spirited Plymouth State alumni coordinate a two-day golf outing, the Tarnish Cup Open, each year in October. Their most recent event took place on October 19–20, 2012, at Framingham (MA) Country Club and Eastward Ho in Chatham. John Troy ’82 and David Cole ’82 started the tradition in 1990 as a way to reconnect with friends from their Plymouth State days. Left to right: Andy Kerr ’81, Bert Sullivan ’82, Mark Danforth ’81, Dan Sullivan ’83, Brooks Stevens ’79, Steve Burdeau ’82, Bruce Vaughan ’79, John Troy ’82, David Cole ’82, and Rob McWalters.

were many who gave us six months! We have many happy memories of our years at Plymouth.” Wesley Colby ’66, ’71G retired from his position as the director of administration for the New Hampshire Department of Safety and moved to the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife, Gayle. David Smith ’67, headmaster of CoeBrown Northwood (NH) Academy and coach of the school’s varsity men’s basketball team marked his 500th career win in January 2013. Smith has served as the school’s headmaster for 32 years.

1970s Chuck Lenahan ’70, ’76G, head football coach at Plymouth (NH) Regional High School, will be inducted into the 2013 National High School Hall of Fame. Lenahan is the winningest football coach in New Hampshire history, compiling a 345-69-1 record, including 13 undefeated seasons, over 43 years at PRHS.

Carmen (Boisvert) Young ’70 retired as a special education administrator from the Oyster River (NH) School District in 2008. Carmen works parttime as a faculty advisor/regional mentor for Granite State College’s post-baccalaureate teacher certification program. Christine (Mason) Swanson ’72 and her husband, Peter, produced a feature documentary film, Let There Be Light, which won the Best of the Festival Award at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival. John Clark ’71, ’73G, director of athletics at Plymouth State and a founding father of the Little East Conference, was inducted into the inaugural Little East Conference Hall of Fame. Clark currently serves as the president of the Little East Athletic Directors Council. Mike McKinley ’73 presented Andersonville: 26 Acres of Hell, a program about the conditions and experiences of POWs at the Civil War-era military prison, at the Sanbornton (NH) Historical Society.

Donna (Foote) Wall ’70 is a medical coding analyst at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, NH.





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In Memoriam Dorothea (Lynch) Holmes ’32, November 29, 2012, Rockland, MA Marjorie (McCoy) Broad ’36, ’63G, September 27, 2012, Thornton, NH Grace (Thomas) Guptill ’36, April 19, 2013, Concord, NH Elinor (Parmenter) Vaillancourt ’39, January 9, 2013, Hillsborough, NH M. Catherine (Knott) Gitschier ’40, December 31, 2012, Dover, NH Helen (Avalve) Avery ’41, November 28, 2012, Fort Pierce, FL John Herbert ’41, September 14, 2012, Rutland, VT Marjorie Gilligan ’42, January 30, 2013, Moretown, VT Marjorie (Martin) Peterson ’42, December 6, 2012, Chittenango, NY Phyllis (Meserve) Mayhew ’45, December 17, 2012, Freedom, NH Theresa (Wheeler) Pesarik ’45, October 26, 2012, Portsmouth, NH Sylvia (Albany) Turmelle ’45, July 16, 2012, Ft. Myers, FL Philip Beaton ’47, January 30, 2013, Windsor, VT Herbert Arnold ’48, October 8, 2012, Madison, NH Theresa (Belisle) Urbanowicz ’51, January 10, 2013, Rochester, NH Robert West ’51, July 31, 2012, Sarasota, FL Keith Hanscom ’52, January 3, 2013, Manchester, NH William Merrill ’53, December 24, 2012, Meredith, NH Charles Isola ’54, June 1, 2012, Remsenburg, NY Thelma (Huggins) McManus ’54, August 31, 2012, Warner, NH Charles Downs ’56, March 19, 2012, Laconia, NH Jeraldine (Davis) Dean ’57, January 16, 2013, Laconia, NH Nelson Harper ’60, ’67G, February 17, 2013, Penacook, NH Frances (Bryant) Ladd ’61, ’71G, December 10, 2012, Chelsea, VT James Boyd ’63, August 27, 2012, Hudson, MA Hilda Hiltz ’66, January 23, 2013, Epsom, NH Jane (Stevenson) Moses ’65, ’72G, October 21, 2011, Meredith, NH Robert Tinel ’69, March 14, 2012, Mashpee, MA James Buckland Clark ’71, April 11, 2013, Goffstown, NH Wilhelmina Reed ’71, December 25, 2012, Northfield, NH Ermine McGee ’74, August 4, 2012, Meredith, NH Thomas Sheehan ’75, November 29, 2012, Campton, NH Samuel Norman ’79, July 18, 2012, Ashland, NH David Bradley ’82G, November 15, 2012, Barton, VT Judith Chalker-French ’84G, December 3, 2012, Pembroke, NH Janine Averka ’85, December 25, 2012, Concord, NH Lisa (Cripps) Richer ’86, January 16, 2013, Manchester, NH Michael Woodworth ’89, August 15, 2012, Wilton, NH David Elder ’90G, September 9, 2012, Charleston, SC Nancy Robinson ’90G, January 7, 2013, Dover, NH Deborah (Patterson) Abbott ’93, February 17, 2012, Winthrop, MA Melissa Boyd ’94, October 2, 2012, Tyngsborough, MA Cathleen Roche-Lefebvre ’94, February 18, 2013, Scituate, MA Erik Halldorson ’97, December 7, 2012, Lincoln, NH Kenneth Eastman ’98, February 10, 2012, Enfield, NH Marie Ross ’04CAGS, January 12, 2013, Bristol, NH Corine (Daniels) Bergeron ’10, January 20, 2013, Gorham, NH Justin M. Gauron ’11, October 25, 2012, Newmarket, NH

Friends of the University Jason Blair, January 24, 2013, Tampa, FL John Crosier, November 18, 2012, Dover, NH George Hauser, September 28, 2012, Brookline, MA James A. O’Rourke IV, January 4, 2013, Deerfield, NH Matthew Papps, February 5, 2013, Claremont, NH Judith Switzer, August 31, 2012, Lebanon, NH Walter Tatara, March 16, 2013, New Hampshire

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Kevin Johnson ’74, ’92G was named associate director for school leadership and masters studies at the Upper Valley Educators Institute in Lebanon, NH. Linda (Hersom) Nylund ’74 joined Homemakers Health Service, a NHbased home health agency, as its community outreach coordinator. Angela (Verone) Koenig ’75 was elected president of Soroptimist International, Central Jersey Coast region. The organization works to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Marty Brown ’77 retired from his position as athletic director and boys basketball coach at Kearsarge (NH) High School and is now living in Florida. Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert ’77, ’82G, ’06CAGS was named superintendent of New Hampshire’s SAU 49, Governor Wentworth Regional School District. Beverly (Tucker) Kingsland ’77 is a clinical documentation specialist at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD. Susan Rowan ’77 is the York County community development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Prior to this position, she served for 12 years as the executive director of Maine Cancer Foundation. Rowan launched Beech Hill Consulting, a firm focused on guiding organizational growth, in 2011. Carole (Behan) Berry ’79 is an administrative manager in the Dean’s Office of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

1980s Mark Erb ’80 plans to retire at the end of the 2013 school year, after teaching art for more than 30 years at Marion Central School in New York. During his tenure, Mark coached numerous championship teams in soccer and track. Ann Thurston ’80, ’00G, ’07CAGS received PSU’s 2012 Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award. Deborah Bordeau ’82 was named an American Cancer Society – California Hero of Hope (2012–14), a select group

of cancer survivors who are invited to be ambassadors of strength, inspiration, and hope. Bordeau is a two-year survivor of stage III breast cancer. Mary Beth Chesler ’82 is a physical education teacher in the North Andover (MA) Public Schools. Patricia (Donnelly) Sullivan ’82, ’12G is a computer technology teacher at Derry (NH) Cooperative School District, an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University, and trains and advises organizations in educational technologies and systems with her consulting firm, MeyerDonnelly Consulting. Chuck Morse ’84 is the New Hampshire State Senator for District 22. Guy Wisinski ’85 was chosen to serve on the Darien (CT) Republican Town Committee. Andy Richmond ’86 is the director of the Rye (NH) Public Library. James Birge ’87G, president of Franklin Pierce University, has been elected vice-chair of the New Hampshire College & University Council. Deb Ganley ’87G is the founder and executive director of Cheshire Children’s Museum in Keene, NH. Jan (Christensen) Ingraham ’87 is an associate client director in retail services for the Nielsen Company. Ingraham is pursuing an executive master’s degree in food marketing. Scott Tierno ’87 was promoted to executive director of the Robert A. Freese Student Center and student affairs specialist at Southern New Hampshire University. Johnny Walker ’87 (below, right) was appointed as the assistant harbormaster in Newburyport, MA. Walker holds a United States Coast Guard Master Captain’s License and has extensive offshore boating, charter, and tournament fishing experience locally and globally.

from the President’s Council

Aiming High for ALLWell “The ALLWell Center is the University’s highest capital priority,” said President’s Council member and chair of the ALLWell II Committee Eric Huttner, father of Jared ’06. The Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) Center is a multifaceted academic and athletic complex that will transform Plymouth State University through expanded academic programs and new opportunities for research, enhanced athletic and recreational activities, and additional ways to engage in community partnerships. Huttner and 10 other members of the President’s Council created the ALLWell II Committee to partner with University Advancement’s major gifts team to raise the $2.5 million in gifts needed for the second phase that includes an expansive field house, classrooms, and laboratories. “It’s an exciting opportunity for donors who want to have a big impact on the future at PSU,” said Huttner.

The President’s Council has played an important role in securing private support for the ALLWell Center’s first phase, the PSU Ice Arena and Savage Welcome Center, from individuals and businesses. “President’s Council members can be proud to see how their own gifts and their work with donors have resulted in the arena’s transformative impact on the University and the community,” said Vice President for University Advancement Sally Holland. “The ALLWell II Committee members are engaging with alumni, friends, and other donors who understand the need to replace the PE Center with facilities that reflect changing academic requirements and expanded enrollments.” University System of New Hampshire alumni trustee and founding member of the President’s Council Wally Stevens observed, “The Board of Trustees recognizes the huge impact ALLWell will have on Plymouth State’s academic programs, especially

in health and human performance, its third largest major. Those students go on to pursue careers in the health professions, which are critically important to New Hampshire. The state is experiencing a steady and rapid increase in demand for highly qualified practitioners in the health and wellness fields.” Stevens continued, “As PSU has developed this project over the last several years, the trustees repeatedly have affirmed the ALLWell Center as the University System’s highest priority for construction projects.” Huttner added, “With the efforts of the volunteers and the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends we’ll reach 100 percent of our goal.” For more information about the ALLWell Center and how you can be a part of the University’s vision for the future, contact John Scheinman at or (603) 535-2805.

ALLWell II Committee Members Patti (Ryan) Biederman ‘76 Suzanne Fitzgerald ’95 Allan Fulkerson Larry Haynes ’86 Eric Huttner, chair Mike Long ’75 Ken Moulton ’73 Dave Poulin ’85 Jane Poulin ’84 Wally Stevens ’62 Bill Webb

Bringing His Talents Home: Dave Poulin ’85 Joins President’s Council “The direction in which Plymouth State is moving … the initiatives for the future … that feeling I get when I’m back on campus.” This is what motivated David Poulin ’85 to become more deeply involved with his alma mater. As the newest member of the President’s Council, Poulin brings enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to the 22-member volunteer organization that works to advance the University’s mission by advocating for its future and securing private support. Poulin, a physical education major and four-year player on Plymouth State’s football team, is now a senior vice president and senior investment management consultant with the Bay Colony Group at Morgan Stanley. He and his wife, Monica, live in Wayland, MA, with their three children. His commitment to athletics and fitness are evident in his community service involvements: youth sports like Pop Warner Football, baseball, softball, the Pan Mass Challenge bike ride to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Friends of Plymouth State Football.


How has your relationship to Plymouth State evolved in the 28 years since you graduated?

A: I’ve always loved this place. The close-knit PE department [now expanded as the Department of Health and Human Performance with 15 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs] gave me a solid start. My college friends and teammates have turned out to be my best friends—we have been together more than 30 years. We used to come back for football games, but then our priorities shifted with growing responsibilities to family and career. Two years ago, I connected with John Scheinman from University Advancement and began to see the positive initiatives the University was undertaking. John recognized in me a desire to help, especially with the ALLWell Center, and put me in touch with President Steen and [Council Chair] Larry Haynes. Serving on the President’s Council was the next right step in my lifelong relationship with PSU.


Why is the replacement of the PE Center with the new ALLWell Center a project that matters to you and to PSU?

A: It’s important because it’s the only option! New facilities will make us competitive—for students, for great athletes, and especially in the health and human performance disciplines. The ALLWell Center truly benefits the entire University community. The ice arena and welcome center, the first phase of the plan, has already changed the social dynamics of the campus and the community. I’m excited about it and feel this is something alumni can get behind. It’s an opportunity we have to change the University for the next 50 years. As a member of the President’s Council, I want to help bring alumni together for a common cause that positively impacts the future PSU. Q:

Have you identified any common threads in the alumni and donor population of your generation?


I see a yearning of my generation to get back together, to get back to PSU, to reconnect. That’s where

the idea for the new Boston Business Forum came from. We reached out to alumni who work in business and live in the Boston area, putting them in touch with the great things happening at the University like the new Enterprise Center, and reconnecting them with people they used to know and others they need to know—all through Plymouth State. People from PSU want to do business with others from PSU. If we can ignite pockets of alumni like this, we will be able to change lives like ours were changed when we first walked on campus many years ago.

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New Arrivals

Melissa Bednarowski ’97 serves as part of the Biddeford (ME) City Council.

Michael Puglisi ’96 and Marybeth Puglisi: daughter Paige, September 14, 2012

Marcia (Alessandrini) Thompson ’96 works with multigenerational clients at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in the group fitness area.

Sean Eliseev ’99: daughter Aurelia, November 11, 2012 Carin Plante ’99 and Scott Desmarais: son Brian, October 29, 2012 Jonathan Haas ’00: son Benjamin, October 17, 2012 Karina (Pipes) Hagan ’05 and Peter Hagan: son Jackson, October 15, 2012 Pamela (Shea) Henderson ’05 and Chris Henderson: son Landon Shea, (right) August 8, 2012 Alyssa (Langley) Huck ’06 and Oliver Huck ’07: son Logan, January 5, 2013 Colleen (Holder) Allen ’07 and Zachary Allen ’07: son Bradley, May 21, 2012 Elizabeth (Card) Aquizap ’08 and Nicholas Aquizap: son Oscar, October 26, 2012 Timothy Beaulieu ’12G and Laura Beaulieu: son Brady, January 5, 2013

Nancy Libby ’88 retired in 2009 after spending more than 18 years with the Department of Defense. Currently, Libby volunteers every week at the Somersworth (NH) Public Library. Sean Ryan ’89 completed the acquisition of KAPA Corp., merging it with his insurance and financial services agency in Deland, FL. This is Ryan Insurance & Financial Services’ fifth acquisition since 1998.

Leigh Poirier Ball ’95 (below, top) is director of the graduate resource center at University of California – Irvine. Stacie Ayn (Murphy) Corcoran ’96G (below, bottom) opened her own law firm, Murphy Corcoran PLLC., in Portsmouth, NH. Corcoran works with emerging businesses, technology companies, and resellers/wholesalers.

1990s Kyle Hodsdon ’90 is assistant principal and athletic director at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, ME. Tim Mucher ’90 was inducted into the Farmington (NH) 500 Boys & Girls Club Sports Hall of Fame. Mucher was a member of the 1983–84 undefeated Class M Championship Farmington High School basketball team. Thomas Buckwold ’94 is the owner of All Kitchens of New Hampshire located in Lebanon, NH. Lindsey Boutilier ’95 is athletic director at Manchester (CT) High School.

Kathleen Norris ’98CAGS received PSU’s 2012 Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. Michelle (Muller) Davis ’99 has been promoted to vice president of external affairs for Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA. Kevin Hastings ’99 is an IT operations specialist in distributed server technology with Travelers Insurance in Connecticut. Jessica (Folsom) Means ’99 is a nurse at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH. Heidi Pettigrew ’99, ’07G, ’11CAGS was elected to the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter. Deb Tobine ’99 was selected as the 2013 recipient of PSU’s Patricia Storer PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical Staff) Award. The award honors a PSU employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge, and respect in serving students, faculty, and staff.

2000s Adam DeChristopher ’00 was inducted into the inaugural Little East Conference Hall of Fame. DeChristopher was a standout point guard for the men’s basketball team from 1995–99. He is one of three players to break the 2,000-point barrier and set the record for three-point field goals (278). Stephen Felton Jr. ’00 is the girl’s volleyball coach at Hunterdon Central (NJ) High School. Jonathan Haas ’00 is a teacher and coach at Crown Point Community Schools in Indiana. Lori McGinley ’00 is a health educator at Lin-Wood (NH) Public School. Royce Robertson ’00G, ’04CAGS is the director of outcomes assessment for Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University in Ohio. Jeremy Gasowski ’01, is the Digital Media Specialist at PSU.

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Sean Murphy ’01 is the head lacrosse coach and assistant director of athletics-strength and conditioning at Husson University in Bangor, ME. Lory Grimes ’03G has been named the director of physician practices at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Sharon Burke ’04G has been named the director of human resources at St. Bonaventure University in New York. John Fredette ’04 works at Piscataqua Savings Bank in Portsmouth, NH, as a trust investment officer. Brian Pelletier ’04 works for Dream Local Digital in Rockland, ME, as a sales and online marketing strategist. Suzanne Antoniadis ’05G, ’12CAGS has been working for Easter Seals since 2005 and was promoted to director of educational services for the Robert B. Jolicoeur School in Manchester, NH. Pamela (Shea) Henderson ’05 is an academic advisor and admissions specialist at the University of North Dakota. Nick Libera ’05 is the girl’s soccer coach at Middletown (CT) High School. Jennifer Saylor ’05G was named interim associate vice president of academic affairs and director of the academic center for River Valley Community College in Keene, NH. Allyson (Smith) Thorpe ’05 works at Hesser College, and is the artistin-residence for the Concord (NH) School District. She is a master teacher of tap, jazz, lyrical, music theatre, and creative movement and is a judge for the National Performing Arts Competition, Elite Dance Challenge. Joshua Connors ’06 is a patrolman with Bourne Police Department in Buzzards Bay, MA. Sonya (Grabauskas) Desmond ’07 is a program manager for Advanstar Communications. Ivy Page ’07 published her first book of poetry, Any Other Branch, in March 2013. Crystal Rousseau ’07 is a direct sales manager for SalonCentric, a division of L’Oreal USA. Rob Scott ’07 was appointed assistant principal at Groveton (NH) MiddleHigh School.

Dan Craig ’03 working out the Heat’s Norris Cole at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Issac Baldizon – NBA Photos.


urrounded by computer servers and Apple laptops in a red-carpeted lab between the players’ locker room and the court, Dan Craig ’03 represents one of the emerging twenty-first-century power centers in professional basketball: he’s the video coordinator and assistant coach for the defending champion Miami Heat. Utilizing multiple camera angles and sophisticated editing software, he creates fast, bite-sized visual narratives out of players’ tendencies and strengths and weaknesses—on-demand scouting and coaching tools that take the limited perspective of the bench to another dimension. Heading out of his senior year at Plymouth State, Craig landed an internship in the Heat’s video

department in the summer of 2003. He was brought back the following year to work full-time under the assistant coach in charge of the team’s video department, Eric Spoelstra, who subsequently became Miami’s head coach. Spoelstra knows intimately the value and challenge of Craig’s work. He told a reporter for the Palm Beach Post that the role has become more demanding in recent years. “The job entails so much more technology, and none of us are technology guys. We’re basketball guys that have to learn and grind out technology.”

his final two seasons, Craig won the Coach’s Award as a junior and co-captained the team both years. Then-coach John Scheinman (now in University Advancement) calls him a “special player and a special person, a leader on the team who knew even in high school that he wanted to be a head coach some day.” Craig briefly took a position as grad assistant at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. “I thought that would be the route,” Craig told a reporter this past March, following Miami’s 22nd straight victory. “Then the Heat called.”

Craig is no stranger to grinding it out. A star schoolboy point guard from Chelmsford, MA, the five-footsix Craig saw his varsity career at Plymouth cut short by knee injuries. Despite playing just four games over

Craig says the biggest impact that Plymouth had in preparing him for his career came through the examples of character he saw in his professors and coaches, and the willingness of Scheinman to take a student like

him under his wing and expose him to coaching at the college level. He stays in near-constant touch with Scheinman, Athletic Director John Clark ’71, ’73G, and other coaches at Plymouth. They’ve kept him up to speed on the University’s plans for enhancing the athletic facilities. “It’s exciting to hear what they’re doing,” says Craig. “I can’t wait to see it come together. But despite my job, I’m actually a little old-school. What matters to me most is that Plymouth cares about and supports athletics. What makes Plymouth Plymouth is the people.”— Jim Collins Jim Collins, former editor of Yankee Magazine and author of The Last Best League, is a freelance writer living in Orange, NH.

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Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts 28th Class PSU honored its athletic heritage last October when six new members were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established in 1985 to recognize the achievements of athletes, coaches, teams, and contributors to PSU Athletics while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition. The 2012 inductees are: Cheryl Chase Peabody ’85, former Panther women’s basketball player and captain who has coached high school and youth basketball and volleyball in New Hampshire for a quarter century. Nate Kittredge ’05, former four-time All-New England wrestler and a two-time New England champion and NCAA qualifier who is the only wrestler in school history to record 100 victories (105-23). Kelly Landry ’06, a four-time First Team All-Little East Conference volleyball player who recorded more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs and led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Kelsey MacDonald ’07, former two-sport all-star for PSU who was two-time All-Conference in soccer and earned three straight Player of the Year honors in lacrosse while setting NCAA national records. Magnus (Eriksson) Thelning ’02, former soccer All-American (2000) who was a three-time All-New England and four-time First Team All-Little East who led the Panthers to a pair of NCAA berths. Dave Webster, former Panther head coach in three sports, leading the men’s ice hockey and lacrosse teams to winning records for more than 20 years as well as women’s tennis for seven seasons. The PSU Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee accepts nominations yearround. Visit for information about selection criteria and the online nomination form.

Sam Wisel Joins Alma Mater as Annual Fund Coordinator “Plymouth State has given me many opportunities to grow, as well as a wonderful education,” says Sam Wisel ’12, the University’s new Annual Fund coordinator. Throughout his four-year experience at Plymouth State, Wisel was no stranger to philanthropy or to giving back to the community. He served on the boards of Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Student Support Foundation, traveled to the southern US with Alternative Spring Break, and went to Bolivia with the International Service Trip in 2012. After an internship with the Spaulding Youth Center, assisting with marketing and fundraising efforts, Wisel served as PSU’s first advancement fellow, where his responsibilities included managing the Annual Fund Calling Program. He notes, “Our student calling program has been a key component in increasing alumni gifts to the Annual Fund. Student callers also enjoy talking with alumni and learning about their experiences at Plymouth State, and sharing news about the University as it is today. Over the past year, more than 200 new donors have made gifts to the Annual Fund, and we hope alumni will continue to support the University and invest in higher education for our students.” About his new role, Wisel says, “I look forward to working with our alumni and donors to ensure that all students can access the wide range of academic and enrichment opportunities that I found so valuable during my experience at Plymouth State.”— Heidi Pettigrew ’99, ’07G, ’11CAGS Visit to learn more about the Annual Fund and to meet this year’s student calling team.

Kaleb Hart ’11 photo.

2010s Graham Wingate ’07 is an operations manager for State Street Corporation and is on long-term assignment in Hangzhou, China, working in the Alternative Investments Division.

President Steen with 2012 Inductees: (seated, left–right) Kelsey MacDonald ’07, Kelly Landry ’06; (standing, left–right) Nate Kittredge’05, former head coach Dave Webster, Cheryl Chase Peabody ’85, and Magnus (Eriksson) Thelning ’02. Kaleb Hart ’11 photo.

“I met my husband my first night on campus. Buzz Moore ’86 invited me to Darryl Willard’s ’86 apartment to watch the movie Camelot and the rest is history.” —Kimberly Hover Willard ’88 “My husband Josh Jalbert ’10 and I met in high school and both attended Plymouth State. We got engaged on the town green ... So many wonderful memories from Plymouth State.”—Farran Jalbert ’09 30 Plymouth State University |

Jessica Conley ’08 is a math instructor at Southern Maine Community College. Kevin Foss ’08 is a corporal with the Campton (NH) Police Department. Alicia (Brogna) Hershberger ’08 is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a CPA at Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur, CPAs, in Lebanon, NH. Jenna Wigman ’08 is the director of public relations at Press Kitchen PR in Venice, CA. Barbara Wirth ’09CAGS is the internship coordinator at UNHManchester and is the president of the New Hampshire Business Education Association.

Jana Ballard ’10 is a marketing manager at Brown Automotive Group in Ohio. Amy Dresser ’10 is attending the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland and working toward her Master of Letters in English Studies. Adrienne Pollner ’10 is the site director for the Work Family Connection and is interning as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor in Middlesex, NJ. She is working toward obtaining certification to be a substance abuse counselor. Brianna Frost ’11 is a teacher at the Children’s House Montessori School in Concord, NH. Joyce Larson ’11G received PSU’s 2012 Distinguished Professional, Administrative, and Technical (PAT) Staff Award. Elizabeth Montmagny ’11 (right) is the choral director at Browning (MT) High School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.


Exchanging Vows Donna (Foote) Wall ’70 and Thomas Wall, July 30, 2011 1 Robert Maynard ’96 and Julie-ann Edwards, September 22, 2012


Sarah (Stevens) Emery ’03 and Matthew Emery, October 13, 2012 Allyson (Smith) Thorpe ’05 and James Thorpe Jr., July 30, 2012 2 Sonya (Grabauskas) Desmond ’07 and Kevin Desmond ’04, October 15, 2011



3 Beth (Porter) Gosselin ’07 and Adam Gosselin, October 13, 2012 Elizabeth Card ’08 and Nicholas Aquizap, July 9, 2011


4 Jessica Conley ’08 and Timothy Gagne, July 7, 2012 5 Sarah (Vopelius) Westfield ’08 and Christopher Westfield ’10, August 18, 2012 6 Meghan (Spenard) Foley ’11 and Sean Foley, December 29, 2012

Left, Vopelius–Westfield wedding: Sarah Vopelius ’08, Christopher Westfield ’10, Rayne Marden ’08, Jackie Bittrolff ’10, Victoria Westfield, Heather Cote ’09, Ashley Aselton ’09, Jeff Tomas ’08, Kevin Foss ’08, Brian Paine ’08, Matt Manning, Jesse Rolland ’08, Ashley Paine ’09, Abbie Young ’10, Julia Real ’10, James Karas ’10, Corey Lapointe ’09, Steve Spain ’08, Dave Flynn ’08, Brandon Robertson ’09, Kennett Porter, Brian Gagnon ’09.


Leigha Monier-Williams ’11 has been engaged in a year-long internship as a production assistant with Chelsea Pictures in Los Angeles, CA.

Amber Barbagallo ’12 was selected to carry the New Hampshire banner in President Obama’s inaugural parade in January 2013.

Michael Moore ’11 is locum tenens account manager at Barton Associates, a national locum tenens physician and nurse practitioner staffing and recruiting firm.

Rachel Carlson ’12 is a music teacher in Berlin, NH. She teaches general music to grades 3–5, middle school advisory and chorus, and high school chorus.

Alyssa Babb ’12 is an assistant coordinator with On Call International in Salem, NH.

Joe Chapman ’12G is the chief operating officer and cofounder of Harbor Healthcare System in Beaumont, Houston, and Austin, TX. Joshua Cooley ’12 is a paraprofessional at Ellis Elementary School in Fremont, NH, and a supplemental educational services tutor for Club Z!. Michelle Costanza ’12 is a meteorologist and multimedia journalist for WBNG-TV in Johnson City, NY.

Danielle O’Malley ’12 is working as an intern at Free Ceramics in Montana. Mike Ravelson ’12 was featured in a snowboarding movie, Holy Smokes. His part can be viewed on the Snowboarder Magazine website:

Stephen Lanciani ’12 (above) was the fall summit intern at the Mount Washington Observatory. Mervin Marvey ’12 originated the role of Miles in the musical, Miles to Amelia in Boston, MA. Marvey won best supporting actor in a professional musical role for the role of Angel in RENT at the 2011 New Hampshire Professional Theatre Awards and is currently on a national tour with America’s Hit Parade.

Jennifer Schubert ’12 is a direct sales representative with Parametric Technology Corporation in Needham, MA. Michael Street ’12 is a realtor with Better Homes & Gardens, the Masiello Group in Hampton, NH. Matthew Wellmann ’12 teaches music and band at the Sanford School in Sanford, CO.

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Alumni Mentors: Building Connections and Benefitting Students “Bringing students and alumni together allows for real and meaningful connections,” says Jim Kuras, Plymouth State’s new career services manager. With more than 20 years of career services experience, Kuras has seen significant changes in the way career services are delivered on college campuses, especially with the rise of social media. One common method in the field is to bring together current students with alumni mentors, a natural source of advice and experience since alumni share a strong common bond with students. Kuras says, “In addition to helping students move forward in their career exploration, an alumni mentor enhances his or her own leadership and coaching skills and connects with what’s happening at Plymouth State.” Kuras teaches a section of Professional Employment for PSU’s College of Business Administration, a course designed to help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the workplace, such as professional behavior, networking, and the job search. He

quickly realized that the class would be the perfect opportunity to explore the possibilities of pairing undergraduate students with alumni mentors at Plymouth State. This spring, Kuras put the idea into motion with a small pilot group. “During their degree programs, students develop leadership, relationship building, critical thinking, communication, and other skills,” says Kuras. “Alumni mentors can help students understand how portable those skills are, and how they can leverage what they’ve learned at Plymouth State throughout their careers.” Students and alumni mentors meet virtually or in-person, depending on the alumni mentor’s location, three or four times throughout the semester. For the fall, Kuras is recruiting 15 more alumni mentors to pair with students. “We’re looking for professionals from a variety of fields who understand what it takes for recent graduates to be successful in any employment situation,” he notes. Director of Alumni Relations Rodney Ekstrom ’09G adds, “Working across

Career Services Manager Jim Kuras works with Shaylah Kelly ’13. Kaleb Hart ’11 photo. the country and in nearly every career field, alumni have so much to offer our current students. We’re excited to partner with Career Services on this opportunity. Alumnistudent interactions such as this are so important, as it allows alumni to serve by sharing their expertise to support students, regardless of career path.”—Heidi Pettigrew

Consider getting more involved with Plymouth State students as an alumni mentor. Visit and select the option to be an Alumni Mentor. Hear more from Jim about Career Services at Plymouth State and opportunities for alumni to volunteer at alumni-volunteer-video.

third biennial greek reunion June 20–22, 2014

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“The Greek Alumni Reunions in 2010 and 2012 were so much fun! Each year the event gets bigger. I can’t think of a better way to reminisce about the good ol’ days than actually being back on campus with those with whom you spent the best years of your life. I hope Greeks will come back and tube the PemiBaker River, see what’s new on campus, visit old stomping grounds, or just hang out with friends.”—Debbie Manus Love ’90, Tau Omega

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As a sophomore, Chelsea Desrochers ’13 enrolled in a course that explored issues of culture, poverty, social development, and social justice, and culminated in a service trip to the Dominican Republic. “Seeing the poverty and the lack of education and resources was shocking,” she says, noting that it was also life-changing. “I started planning the rest of my education and future around what I experienced and learned.” In the spring, Chelsea and other students raised money for a summer service trip to Nicaragua by doing yard work in the community. This fall, she will begin working toward her master’s degree in public health, with the goal of improving the quality of life and health for others. Chelsea says that the scholarships and financial support she received from PSU and Annual Fund donors were critical to her transformation from student to humanitarian. “Thank you for believing in students like me.” Help PSU provide challenging educational experiences and life-changing opportunities for students by making your Annual Fund gift today. Use the enclosed envelope, call (800) 772-2620, or visit

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The Future of Nursing Congratulations to Bill Eissler and Nathalie Strickrott, the subjects of our spring 2012 cover story on PSU’s new nursing program, on earning their BS in Nursing. They were all smiles at PSU’s inaugural Pinning Ceremony, which celebrates the transition from student to nurse. John Anderson photo.

Plymouth Magazine  
Plymouth Magazine  

Spring/Summer 2013