PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's 143rd Commencement ceremony May 17 will feature honorary award recipients with significant achievements in the fields of law, medicine, and education.
Plymouth State alumnus Stephen J. Sedensky III, '80, the commencement speaker, is a nationally recognized child abuse prosecutor; Hugh Herr of M.I.T. is one of the world's leading bionic limb researchers; and Stephen J. Reno is executive director of Leadership New Hampshire. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the three guests share a common value: a commitment to excellence.
"These are creative and vibrant role models for our graduates," Steen said. "Each has applied energy, intellect, and innovation to make a genuine difference in the world, and each is an inspiration to us all."
Sedensky will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. After graduating with a bachelor's in Business Administration from Plymouth State in 1980, Sedensky attended law school and has had a successful career as a prosecutor in his native Connecticut, where he is the State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury. He has lectured and been recognized nationally as a child abuse prosecutor and championed the adoption by Connecticut of a training program in which child abuse professionals are taught child interviewing and investigation skills. He also has been recognized as an ethical and influential leader in the legal profession. Sedensky said he is grateful for the opportunity to address the PSU Class of 2014.
"I am truly touched and honored," said Sedensky. "My education and experiences while at Plymouth State have had a tremendous influence on my life, and I always look back fondly on that time. I am looking forward to returning to campus and attending and participating in the graduation ceremony."
Hugh Herr will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Herr leads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs and allow recipients to perform normal activities, even to succeed as athletes. In 2011, TIME magazine described Herr as the "Leader of the Bionic Age" because of work that marries human physiology with electromechanics. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident in the White Mountains 30 years ago; he has designed his own bionic legs, the world's first bionic foot and calf system called the BiOM. Herr has been widely recognized for his achivements.
"I am deeply touched to be the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Plymouth State University," Herr said. "PSU is a great university, and receiving this doctorate is indeed a tremendous honor."
Stephen J. Reno will receive the Granite State Award for exceptional contributions to New Hampshire. He is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire, a program in which leaders learn about the state in order better to respond to its issues. He has created initiatives such as Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire, to attract and retain young workers in the state and has served as a consultant to many New Hampshire non-profits. For nine years, he was the chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, leading higher education initiatives that positively impacted the state's students and families. Reno said he is pleased to receive the Granite State Award on behalf of all of his colleagues throughout the University System.
"The greatest strengths of the University System are the quality and dedication of its faculty, staff, and leadership, and its increasing number of partnerships with business, industry, the professions, the state, and communities," said Reno.
The 2014 Plymouth State University Commencement will start at 10 a.m. on Currier Field at the institution's Holderness campus. The unified ceremony recognizes more than 1,200 graduates receiving bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates of advanced graduate studies, and doctoral degrees.
Stephen J. Sedensky III (Courtesy photo)
Hugh Herr (Courtesy photo)
Stephen J. Reno (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 10:00
LACONIA — Their website boasts "Sound Counsel since 1927." While this is something that the folks at Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald and Nichols, PA, are proud of, the length of the firm's name has been known to cause confusion.
"We found that our clients had difficulty remembering the four attorneys' names comprising the firm name. Since we would typically find ourselves simplifying the name to 'Wescott Law,' we decided to embrace it", stated Attorney Rod Dyer, one of the firm's five shareholders. Therefore, as of May 5, the full-service law firm comprised of 10 attorneys will be known as "Wescott Law."
At one time it was customary to name a law firm after its shareholders, especially when there was only one or two per practice. Due to the frequency of mergers and acquisitions, the number of surnames increased, making firm names sound more like roll call. In the past decade, this dated naming technique has started to go out of vogue with firms choosing simpler names for their business entities.
There is a lot of work that goes into rebranding, and the attorneys all agreed with the reasoning that the new name should be one that could carry them indefinitely, thus eliminating the need to go through the process again in the foreseeable future. Regardless of what happens years from now — who joins the firm, becomes a partner or retires — the new name will remain the same.
"In my opinion 'Wescott Law' does justice to both the firm and our clients — while it is concise and modern, it continues to honor the firm's history and values," stated shareholder Attorney Paul Fitzgerald.
"There few independently owned businesses that can claim nearly ninety years of success; so, in making decisions regarding our future, we believed it was crucial to acknowledge our past," stated Attorney Allison Ambrose who joined the firm in 2010 and worked closely on the project with the firm's marketing consultant, Debbie Bolduc of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, to update the firm's logo, ads and overall brand.
Harold E. Wescott founded the firm in 1927. In 1947, he was appointed to the bench and served as a New Hampshire Supreme Court Judge until his retirement in 1957. Judge Wescott was a man of character and integrity, traits that live on in the firm today. The firm's attorneys have continued in Judge Wescott's footsteps, and throughout the years have played important roles in the legal system and their local communities, including service on the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association, as the Belknap County Attorney, Mayor of Laconia, School Board Representatives, New Hampshire State Senate, and as judges in the Family and District Courts of the State of New Hampshire.
Wescott Law, P.A. is dedicated to serving the legal needs of businesses and individuals in the Lakes and Seacoast Regions of New Hampshire. View their blog or practice areas at www.wescottlawnh.com and follow them on Facebook.
Attorneys Paul Fitzgerald, Robert Hemeon, Erik Simensen, John Giere, Rodney Dyer, Allison Ambrose, Peter Millham and Edmund Hibbard. Absent at time of photo are Dorcas Gordon and Matthew Huot. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:26
LACONIA — Tim Jordan, ASLA, is pleased to announce that Jordan Associates, Inc. has won the top Outdoor Design Award from the NH Home Magazine. NH Home Magazine honored the Granite State's best residential designs and the people who created them at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, recently.
The private home winner was located in Moultonborough, and consisted of the following outdoor elements-outdoor kitchen (covered), spas(2), fire pits (2), pool, walls, stone arch, fencing, walks and perched beach, patios, landscaping, and nature paths. Contractors included: Skittington Homes, Belknap Landscape, and Dan Batting Architects. This outdoor design was also the Gold Award winner in the NH Home Builders Awards in 2012. Look for it in the March/April issue of NH Home Magazine.
In 2014 Jordan Associates, Inc. celebrates 25 years in business and during that time has received upwards of 75+/- national, regional and local design awards.
Jordan Associates, Inc. is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Granite State Landscape Architects, and Lakes Region Home Builders Association. Tim Jordan can be contacted at their offices in Laconia, at 603-524-6900 or on the web at: www.jordanassociatesinc.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 01:58
GILFORD — On Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m. the Gilford Public Library will host a program on the life and canonization of Pope John XXII, who was pope from October 1958 to June 1963. Best known for convoking the Second Vatican Council, he was canonized on Sunday, April 27 alongside Pope John Paul II.
This 90-minute illustrated, interactive program, strictly secular, was put together by papal historian and author Anura Guruge to mark this occasion. The goal of this program is to provide an illuminating and memorable portrait of this pope's entire life – all the way to the canonization. This program is free and open to the public.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:40
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