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PSU’s Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award goes to Pamela Clark

PLYMOUTH — "It's absolutely all about the students. To be a part of the journey in helping people get to where they want to go – it doesn't get any better than that." That's the philosophy of Plymouth State University faculty member Pamela Clark, who is this year's recipient of PSU's Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award.

Clark has worked in education in New Hampshire for more than 30 years, first as a teacher and principal and currently as a faculty member in PSU's College of Graduate Studies. A member of the Plymouth State community since 2003, Clark's passion and life work is facilitating individual and organizational growth and transformation. PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier, believes Dr. Clark's experiences as a teacher and principal bring a richness to the classroom.

"Our graduate students benefit from her expertise in leadership development and change management," Bernier said. She is highly effective in the classroom, and I'm pleased to see her recognized in this way."

Students and colleagues alike speak highly of Clark's skill in the classroom, where she uses a variety of innovative teaching methods, and constantly looks for creative ways to engage her students. Clark credits her mentor, the late Dennise Maslakowski, PSU's former Associate Vice President for the College of Graduate Studies, with guiding her career path.

"Dennise saw in me something that I didn't even know I had and encouraged me to begin teaching here; it was her energy, her passion and belief that I could do it," Clark said.

Clark teaches graduate and doctorate level courses in leadership development, group dynamics, adult development, and change process. During her tenure in the classroom, she believes education has taken an ever-widening perspective.

"I hope that my students would say that I really helped them to find themselves; that I helped them to develop the courage to step into who they truly are and helped them to move forward with their dreams and to make their contributions to the world," said Clark. Emphasizing the globalization aspect, Clark continues stating, "We're pulling in students from around the world, and our students are traveling around the world, striving to have an impact in places beyond our country. That's a really exciting and significant change. We're waking up to how interwoven the world is, and I don't think anything but good can come from the growing understanding, the relationships we're developing, and our ability to work together and across the whole globe."

Clark also expressed thanks to those who nominated her for the Teaching Award. "I hope it's because of the passion and love for the work that I do, and I hope it's because I've made a significant contribution to the University and even more so to our students," Clark said. "One of the things I truly love about Plymouth is the incredible quality of people this campus draws -- outstanding, stunning people full of heart and energy."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:50

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Meredith Village Savings Bank Supports Granite State Adaptive with $5000 Grant to Adaptive Ski Program

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that the charitable fund carrying its name has awarded a $5,000 grant to Granite State Adaptive (GSA) of Mirror Lake. The organization will use these funds to provide scholarships to children at local school districts who would otherwise be unable to afford adaptive ski lessons and participate in their school's winter ski program.

Granite State Adaptive was created to provide individuals of all ages with disabilities in the Lakes Region the opportunities to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in recreational programs such as winter sports, cycling and horseback riding. Beginning in January each year, they serve disabled children who ski at King Pine Ski Area with the following elementary schools: Tuftonboro, Crescent Lake, Ossipee, Madison, Freedom, Brett School, Oyster River, New Durham, Effingham and Lakeview. In 2014, the organization provided 50 disabled students with a total or nearly 200 adaptive ski and snowboard lessons.

"It can require several trained instructors and highly specialized equipment- with a cost of up to $3500- to provide just one disabled child the opportunity to ski or snowboard with their school," said Jennifer Fraser Haynes PT, Executive Director for Granite State Adaptive. "We are so appreciative of this grant, which will help give schools and parents the opportunity to provide outdoor learning experiences to children with special needs."

"For many of our participants this is the first time they've felt the air blowing across their face from outdoor activity," said Granite State Adaptive volunteer, Jonathan Haynes. "Granite State Adaptive's programs give disabled individuals the opportunity to fully participate in experiences that they may normally be excluded from, along with a sense of pride and accomplishment that extends far beyond the training we provide them."

Though the ski season has come to a close, Granite State Adaptive is busy preparing for their warm-weather programs: adaptive cycling and horseback riding. The organization's Mirror Lake location includes a fully accessible barn, office, riding ring and trails. Therapeutic horseback riding lessons, sensory trail rides and Hippotherapy are provided on site by Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Heidi McBride Costello and Level Two Hippotherapy Specialist, Jennifer Fraser Haynes PT.

Granite State Adaptive works with individuals from ages 2 through 80 who have physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities as well as those who are visually impaired, blind or hearing impaired. Targeted outreach is conducted toward physically and developmentally disabled youth and adults, disabled veterans, active service men and women and at-risk youth. It is their mission to provide individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreation programs. To find out more about Granite State Adaptive and how you can participate or contribute, please visit http://www.gsadaptivesports.org/

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:36

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Jeanne E. Bennett, 68

LACONIA — Jeanne Edna (Ouellette) Bennett, 68, of 103 Blueberry Lane, died at the Concord Hospice House on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Jeanne was born October 11, 1945 in Laconia, N.H., the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Vallie) Ouellette. She resided in Laconia for most of her life and had been employed in the Housekeeping Department at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia for nineteen years before retiring in 2009.
Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Plummer French, and her husband, Mike, of Belmont; one grandchild, Sabrina J. LaPage, of Belmont; one great grandson, Lucas Houten, also of Belmont; three brothers, William Ouellette and his wife, Lynn, of Hooksett, Joseph Ouellette and Jim Novak and his wife, Denise, all of Laconia; three nieces and one nephew. In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by her partner, Lawrence C. Pouliot, Sr.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the family lot in St. John Cemetery, Tilton, N.H.
A Celebration of Life will follow from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247 or to CRVNA Hospice Program ( Concord Hospice House) 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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AARP Driver Training program offered in Meredith

MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith takes place at the Meredith Community Center on Wednesday and Thursday June 18-19 from 4-7 p.m.

Conducted in two 3-hour sessions. The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test and those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the two day course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.

Registration is required, to register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:35

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