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PSU's Lamson Library Hosting Two Exhibitions this fall

PLYMOUTH — The Lamson Library and Learning Commons at Plymouth State University is hosting two exhibitions this fall.

Route 66, Westbound to Paradise, the 2014 portfolio exchange, is a national collection of works by 18 nationally and internationally noted printmaking artists, curated by artist Fawn Atencio of Denver. The exhibition presented under the aegis of the Lamson Learning Commons Print Series, runs through December 5 on the Learning Commons Art Display Wall.

Route 66, also known as "the road to opportunity," linked Chicago to Los Angeles between 1926 and the mid 1950s. The road functions as a metaphorical bridge, taking people to California. As people migrated along the route, it served as a cultural conduit, transporting ideas, progressive thinking, and diversity westward. The road to opportunity led to California, a place people thought of as offering a better life and where paradise could be found.

Portfolio exchange participants were asked to provide their own take on "Route 66, Westbound to Paradise."

Fawn Atencio graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado School of Art and Design, earning a bachelor's degree in art with a minor in environmental science. She continued her education in printmaking and drawing at Washington University in Missouri where she assisted master printer Maryanne Ellison-Simmons at the Washington University's Island Press from 1998-2000. She completed her MFA degree in 2000 and works as a full-time studio artist in Denver. Atencio's work has been shown and is in private collections internationally and nationally.

Creativity in Printmaking: Recent work from Professor Emerita of Art Annette Mitchell's summer graduate course. The unique prints created by the 16 participating artists combine polystyrene foam block prints on both paper and fabric, and sometimes other art media such as Sumi ink. New works were created each of the 9 days of the course and local artists in many media visited the studio nearly every day. Mitchell told prospective students, "Buckle up, because we're headed into the Art Zone!" Students came to the first day of class with a "wish plan" of what they would like to learn or explore. The exhibition reveals their execution of those wishes.

Participant Alma Grand commented, "Annette's classes are always fresh, new and exciting. We are completely immersed in the world of art, and we become a real community of artists."

A reception with Mitchell and the artists will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 11. The exhibition runs through October 3 on the newly dedicated David A. Beronä Exhibition Wall. Beronä recently retired as Dean of the Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State.

Exhibiting are: Betsy Ayotte, Paulette Brace, Jessica Cobbett, Lynn Decker, Helen Downing, Alma Grand, Peg Hartz, Caroline Luke, Glenn Madon, Gloria Sterling, Ariel Rothbaum, Virginia Slayton, Eleanor Spencer, Linda Walsh, Susan Wei and Amy Wilson.

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Pemi-Baker Literacy receives grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank

PLYMOUTH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Pemi-Baker Literacy, which is located within the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth. The organization will use the grant funds to purchase a new laptop computer and other expenses. The new laptop will provide them with enhanced access to the latest online study materials and tests.

Pemi-Baker Literacy works with other local social service agencies to identify individuals who may be looking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma or improve their computer skills and provides them the training and guidance needed to reach their education goals. The organization's services include one-on-one tutoring and small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, high school equivalency exam preparation and basic computer skills.

"We are still continually awed by our students' courage and motivation to further their education," said Darci McCarthy, Executive Director. "We are so appreciative of the generosity of the volunteers and contributors, who have supported our efforts to provide quality education services to adults in need in our community."

In May, 2001, Pemi-Baker Literacy was born out of a series of community meetings focused on filling the gaps in literacy needs in the Plymouth area, particularly basic adult education. The outcome of those meetings was a volunteer-based tutoring program , which has since grown to include small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, preparing for the high school equivalency exam and basic computer skills. For more information about Pemi-Baker Literacy, please visit: www.pemibakerliteracy.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.

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3 PSU professors honored at Faculty Day

PLYMOUTH -- Three Plymouth State University professors -- Paul Rogalus, Scott Coykendall and Mark Green -- were honored recently by their faculty colleagues at the institution's annual Faculty Day.

Julie Bernier, PSU's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, presented Green with the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Rogalus received the Award for Faculty Service. Coykendall received the Faculty Advising Award from Student Senate member Evan Gaudette on behalf of the student body.

"I am so pleased and honored to have the opportunity to recognize faculty excellence this morning with three awards," said Bernier. "It is particularly satisfying to be able to honor such wonderful and deserving colleagues."

Rogalus, an English professor, has been a member of the PSU faculty for 24 years. Aside from his classroom responsibilities, he helps students find their passion and get the most from their college experience through his work with numerous student organizations, including Poets & Writers, PSU's student literary club; Mentoring Enhances Student Achievement (MESA), the English Department's peer mentoring program; and WPCR, the student-run radio station.

Coykendall, a Communications and Media Studies Assistant professor since 2002, was chosen for the Advising Award, which was created and managed by the undergraduate student body to recognize outstanding advising from a faculty member.

"Advising is such an important part of teaching, it's really gratifying to have my students succeed and to be a part of that success," said Coykendall.

Green, professor of hydrology, joined the graduate faculty in the Center for the Environment and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at PSU in 2009. He fulfills a dual role teaching graduate-level classes and acting as a research hydrologist at the Northern Forest Research Station. This combination of responsibilities positions Green as a "bridge," connecting and engaging students in his work. Green also travelled to Japan last year as a Fulbright researcher. With Japanese colleagues, Green studied hydrologic data from U.S. and Japanese forests to understand how forests and hydrologic function recover from disturbance.

"Gaining an understanding of the larger questions about human-water-environmental interactions goes far beyond Plymouth and even the US," said Green. "Working collaboratively, we have a valuable opportunity to find answers that can apply around the world."


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Belknap Mill reduces hours of operation

LACONIA — A reduction in hours for the Belknap Mill to be open to the general public has been announced by the Board of Trustees for the Belknap Mill Society. The Mill will typically be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, although hours may vary due to events and private functions.

The Belknap Mill will dedicate time to develop its award-winning fourth grade program, My First Day of Work at the Mill, become the sought after space for rentals with its historic charm and renovate its museum space for special events and showings. The Belknap Mill will continue to be open to the general public on Thursdays when Stewart Ramsey holds his sock demonstration, replicating the history of the Mill, as well as continue to work with local artists to showcase their work in the galleries.

Beth San Soucie, the managing director for the Belknap Mill, says, "we are working hard to incorporate STEM education into our mission by putting the 'A' in STEM; moving the Mill – full STEAM ahead. All while doing our best to minimize disruptions to the services we provide to the public/'' San Soucie will be working closely with the Board of Trustees to further refine and expand the offerings of the oldest, unaltered textile mill in the United States and official meetinghouse of New Hampshire.

As the hours of the Belknap Mill will vary, please check the website for a list of events and hours at www.belknapmill.org, call ahead at (603) 524-8813 or email Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Belknap Mill has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages.

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