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Plymouth State University recognizes 120 of its employees at ceremony


PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen recognized nearly 120 University employees and retirees in a Nov. 13 ceremony. Dozens of co-workers, friends, and family members attended the annual event. Steen thanked employees for their dedication and provided each of them with a gift for service to the University.

"Recognition day is the kind of tradition that makes Plymouth State University special," Steen said. "We are all here on the same mission – to prepare students to make a better world for the next generation. Recognition day is our chance to say thank you to our faculty and staff; it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to those of you who have created an environment that offers students an opportunity to succeed and excel. On behalf of everyone at Plymouth State University, thank you."

Retirees Nancy Aldrich, David Beronä, Nancy Betchart, Shaughn Bolton, Darlene Brill, Deborah Burnell, Robin Cummings, Robert Gannett, Mary-Ellen Godville, Susan Keefe, Timothy Keefe, Susan Lafreniere, Judith Landry, Loretta Muzzey, Diane Newberry, Susan O'Callaghan, Steffan O'Sullivan, Robert Swift, Warren Tomkiewicz and Orvell Tyrrell were recognized for their dedication to Plymouth State. President Steen noted the 20 retirees cumulatively have worked at the institution for nearly 580 years.

"Each retiree has made his or her mark on our institution as well as in his or her field and we are grateful for their achievements," Steen noted.

Christine Wilkie of Sodexo was recognized as the longest serving employee, celebrating her 45th year of employment at the institution.

Retirees and Employees with Landmark 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Years of Service


Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

David Beronä – Library and Academic Support Services

Nancy Betchart – Division of Online and Continuing Studies

Shaughn Bolton – Biological Sciences/Environmental Science and Policy

Darlene Brill – Student Affairs

Deborah Burnell – College of Business Administration

Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

Robert Gannett – Center for Young Children and Families

Mary-Ellen Godville – Purchasing, Disbursements, and Contract Services

Susan Keefe – Plymouth Academic Support Services

Timothy Keefe – Student Affairs

Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

Judith Landry – Budget and Accounting Services

Loretta Muzzey – Account Collection and Mail Services

Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

Susan O'Callaghan – Admissions

Steffan O'Sullivan – Library and Academic Support Services

Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Warren Tomkiewicz – Environmental Science and Policy

Orvell Tyrrell – Physical Plant

Recognition Award Recipients

10-Year Recognition

Angela Adams – Graduate Studies

John S Anderson – Art

Lourdes Aviles Bramer – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Alan Baker – Information Technology Services

Amanda Bickford – Sodexo

Christian Bisson – Health and Human Performance

Darcy Cushing – Health and Human Performance

Sureya Ennabe – Silver Center for the Arts

Wilson Garcia – Languages and Linguistics

Steven Golden – Health and Human Performance

Brendon Hoch – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Whitney Howarth – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Amanda Hutchins – University Police

Colleen Kenny – Information Technology Services

Vedran Lelas – College of Business Administration

David Mackey – Criminal Justice

Patti May – Library and Academic Support Services

Sandra McGarr – Admissions

Thomas R. Morin – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Steve Nichols – Sodexo

Rebecca Noel – History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education

Holly Oliver – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Angela Preisendorfer – Center for the Environment

Geoffrey Tomlinson – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

Lisa Travis – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Steven Whitman – Social Science

Kerry Yurewicz – Biological Sciences

15-Year Recognition

Catherine Amidon – Museum of the White Mountains

Karla Chierichetti – Registrar's Office

Michael Cosma – Information Technology Services

Elizabeth Daily – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jane Davis – Mathematics

Jeff Furlone – Dean of Students Office

Timothy Gilmore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Michael Heffernan – Art

Pom Hehir – Sodexo

Wendy Hills – Health and Wellness Center

Janice Johnson – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Ginny Jordan – Sodexo

Regina Kelly – Counseling and Human Relations

Sandy Marrotte – Sodexo

Geoffrey McGlone – Athletics

Chris Mongeon – Sodexo

Cyndy Mongeon – Sodexo

Alice O'Connor – Academic Affairs

Karen Sanders – Center for Young Children and Families

John Scheinman – University Advancement

Marianne True – Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

John Ward – Physical Plant

Elizabeth Wichland – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

Metasebia Woldemariam – Communication and Media Studies

Deborah Ziemba – Physical Plant

20-Year Recognition

John Bowen – Sodexo

Ellen Braley – Physical Plant

Kent Cherrington – Athletics

Judith D'Aleo – Biological Sciences

Abby Frizzel – Sodexo

Stephen Gorin – Social Work

Carol Jowdy – Art

Dean Merrill – Physical Plant

Paul Mroczka – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jonathan Santore – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kurt Schroeder – Social Science

Richard Sparks – College of Business Administration

Marguerite St. Laurent-Crowell – Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

Susan Superchi – Physical Plant

25-Year Recognition

Carolyn Adams – Physical Plant

Robin Cummings – Physical Plant

Juanita Field – Psychology

Jennifer Hall – University Advancement

Philip Haskell – Information Technology Services

Frank Kopczynski – College of Business Administration

Lisa Ladd – Center for Student Success/Global Education Office

Susan Lafreniere – Center for Young Children and Families

Barbara McCahan – Health and Human Performance

Lisa Prince – Marketing Communications and Creative Services

Pahl Sharrow – Physical Plant

30-Year Recognition

Elaine Allard – Library and Academic Support Services

Elaine Berry – Physical Plant

Dick Bruce – Mail Services

Constance Chesebrough – Music, Theatre, and Dance

Robert Fitzpatrick – Library and Academic Support Services

Susan Noel – Library and Academic Support Services

Frank Olcott – Information Technology Services

Deborah Tobine – Center for Student Success/Undergraduate Advising Center

35-Year Recognition

Nancy Aldrich – Center for Young Children and Families

Roger Babin – College of Business Administration

Dennis McManus – Athletics

Diane Newberry – Financial Aid

Mark Okrant – Social Science

Ellen Shippee – Physical Plant

Robert Swift – Music, Theatre, and Dance

40-year Recognition

Gail Carr – Center for Student Success/Continuing Education

Mary Campbell – Undergraduate Studies

45-year Recognition

Christine Wilkie – Sodexo

Plymouth State University currently employs nearly 1,100 people.

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Alexandria musician releases album

ALEXANDRIA — Independent record label Tate Music Group has announced the official release of Maxwell MacPherson Jr.'s new album titled "Call it Synchronicity." The album offers 10 tracks and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, or directly from TateMusicGroup.com.

Maxwell MacPherson Jr. is Alexandria's up-and-coming blues musician. Singing and performing a variety of instruments since childhood, he was always surrounded by music. This talented musician will hook music fans with his captivating and catchy guitar riffs and smooth vocals. So kick back, relax and breathe in this amazing musician's one-of-a-kind blues.

His new album "Call it Synchronicity" is a compilation of tracks that is about time and motion and how these things affect an individual's life. Portrayed in a bluesy manner, this album explores beyond the boundaries of electronic music using complicated but harmonious mixes of music arrangements.

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Business planning workshop at Enterprise Center at Plymouth on December 5

PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth is pleased to host a one-day, hands-on, business-planning workshop on Friday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center.

Business and marketing professional, Ally Piper, owner of A. Piper Creative, will walk business owners and entrepreneurs through the steps and stages of developing and growing a business on their terms. Using Ally's Napkin Note Biz Plan system as a guide, attendees will learn Ally's strategy for continual growth, ways to streamline efforts to build a consistent marketing machine, and how to leverage tools and technology to save time while steadily spreading the marketing message.

This hands-on workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs is all about results and designed to initiate action. Attendees will leave inspired and armed with an action plan and tools to help achieve their goals. Topics and sessions covered in this workshop include real-world tools to save time and streamline business, practices to stay on top of the numbers and create a realistic business budget, ways to find more ideal clients/ customers, and strategies to create a consistent and workable marketing action plan.

Piper is the creator of the Napkin Note Biz Plan, a simple yet powerful planning system for busy business owners, and the founder of BrightIdeasForBiz.com, a blog dedicated to sharing a fresh perspective on running a business on one's on terms. Drawing on her extensive experience in marketing and communications, Piper has been called a "unique blend of highly creative marketing guru and clear-headed manager of budgets and timeframes." She is known for turning napkin notes into business and marketing plans that bring the big picture into focus with achievable steps and results. For more than 10 years, Piper has managed marketing for a broad spectrum of successful businesses ranging from 7-figure to small Main Street, to non-profit.

Seating for this event is very limited. Thanks to funding by the Community Development Finance Authority, the fee for this program is reduced to $49 per person. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

For more information, please contact the ECP at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Keep the Heat On entering 10th year in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — The temperature has dropped, the first snow has fallen, and the holidays will soon be here. For many in our communities who face struggles all year, this season adds the challenge of keeping their families warm. But the Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) is gearing up to help them with fuel assistance funds raised by Keep the Heat On (KTHO).
For this 10th anniversary year, the fundraising goal is $50,000. Over the past nine years, PACC has helped nearly 600 families to heat their homes, with the number increasing every year. The average amount of assistance has also increased, from $300 to $500.
While the PACC keeps no records of those who receive assistance, they are all our neighbors. Some own their homes, and others rent. Some are young families; some are single moms; many are older folks, either on Social Security or not yet eligible. In each of their situations, something went wrong—a job was lost or there was a death in the family. Perhaps illness struck, with increased costs of treatment and prescriptions. Grandchildren moved in, and now the budget won't stretch enough to feed and clothe them on top of paying the fuel bill. Whatever the situation, they are proud and would prefer not to have to ask for help.
The Fuel Assistance Program FAP) administered by the New Hampshire Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides benefits to some qualified households to help with heating costs. The FAP can also help during heating emergencies by arranging an emergency delivery of fuel or delaying a shut-off. But both their guidelines and their limited funding prevent them from helping all who are in need.
That's where the PACC enters the picture. After contacting an applicant's fuel provider to verify that they are struggling to pay their fuel bills, PACC uses funds raised through KTHO to enable them to make ends meet. And that can make all the difference to a family.
The KTHO committee is already hard at work preparing for the 10th annual fundraising event on January 14, 2015, and they're asking for the support of the entire community to ensure success in achieving their goal of raising $50,000 for fuel assistance. Plymouth State University has already contributed by making the spacious Prospect Hall available for the evening, which includes a fantastic buffet dinner prepared by area chefs representing their restaurants, and exciting silent and live auctions. Local restaurants, event sponsors, and auction donors have started to come forward with offers of support.Watch this newspaper for more details on the 10th Annual KTHO, including ticket sales (still just $35!).
KTHO is organized and sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats, partnered with the PACC in their continued mission to provide assistance to our neighbors. KTHO—and the fuel assistance it helps provide—are entirely non-partisan.

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