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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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:32

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Technology Night Every First Thursday of Every Month At the Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA — Due to the overwhelming response of the Irwin Technology Nights, the Irwin Automotive Group will now be hosting an Irwin Technology Night the first Thursday of every month at 5 pm.

All owners are welcome regardless of where they have purchased from! There will be food and prizes for the event as well. These events have been very popular and due to space there is a limit to the first 50 people.

Those interested in attending the fun and informative event can RSVP to alan.faro@ irwinzone.com (603 581 2935) if you own a Toyota/Scion/Ford/Lincoln or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603 581 2994) if you own a Hyundai.

Those unable to attend or who have questions can call/e-mail Erik Faro at 603 581 2970--e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:27

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Saudi film ‘Wadjda’ to be screened at Laconia Public Library on Monday

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Wadjda, Monday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.

Wadjda, a sneaker-wearing 11-year-old Saudi girl living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, dreams of owning a green bicycle that she passes by in a store every day on her way to school. She wants to race against her friend Abdullah, a boy from the neighborhood, but riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. Wadjda's mother refuses to buy one for her, as he mother is distracted by trying to convince her husband not to take a second wife. Wadjda tries to find the money herself by making hand-braided bracelets to sell to classmates and through other forbidden activities in the school yard.

After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Wadjda decides to participate in a Qur'an recital competition. The cash prize of about US $270 would allow her to pay for the bike. Her efforts to win the competition bring mixed results. Wadjda and her mother strive to make their dreams come true in their own worlds against cultural imperatives. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a woman Saudi director, Haifaa al-Mansour. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world.

Previous films shown as a part the International Film Series are now displayed on a designated shelf at the Laconia Public Library as a part of their DVD collection. Library patrons are urged to check this collection when in the library. Please note two new films acquired this summer for our international series, Blue Moon from the Philippines, and Of Gods and Men from Algeria. Copyrights prevent us from showing these publicly. The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. For more information, contact Len Campbell at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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