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Plymouth State University revises admissions process, SAT scores now optional

PLYMOUTH — There will be one less requirement in the application packet for students applying to Plymouth State University. The central New Hampshire university announced this week that it will no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores beginning with students entering in Spring, 2015. Instead, Plymouth State will continue to concentrate on a student's high school record as the primary factor in offering admission.

"Standardized test scores simply don't provide much value for our counselors when determining an applicant's academic preparation" said Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo. While many schools still require standardized test scores in their application process, Palumbo says Plymouth State is "taking the opportunity to re-evaluate what is truly meaningful when we craft our incoming class."

Plymouth State University joins a growing movement among universities and colleges nationwide by no longer basing its admissions decisions on standardized test scores. In recent years, Plymouth State officials have looked more to high school grades, especially grades in core subject areas of English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. Still, some students find their SAT or ACT scores are a point of pride. Plymouth will continue to accept scores from applicants that choose to submit their test results. But, adds Palumbo, standardized test scores are not as accurate as an applicant's high school career in predicting success in college for most students.

Palumbo emphasized that a "test-optional" admissions process does not mean the University is lowering admissions standards. Plymouth State, he says, is more interested in actual academic performance and the rigor of an applicant's course selection than in the applicant's score on a standardized test. "Plymouth is one of a small number of schools that recalculates each applicant's high school grade point average to focus solely on the core subject areas of English, math, science, social studies and foreign language. We also give extra weight to more challenging courses." This practice, he says, rewards critical reasoning and communication skills over the "quick decision-making skills that timed standardized tests measure."

The University also considers each applicant's extracurricular involvement, an admissions essay, and an academic recommendation from a high school teacher. "Plymouth State is a special institution that offers excellent academic opportunities within an engaging residential community. We owe it to our students to leave behind older methods of evaluating applicants that are no longer relevant. We are looking for a diverse group of students who will bring far more to our community than their test scores."

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:28

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Lakes Region Art Association’s ‘Artists of the Month’ on display through Sept. 15

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association announces the artists selected for this month's popular Artists of the Month Program. As the Association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the Association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages. The following member artists will each have art work on display until September 15 at these Lakes Region business locations: Brenda Dearborn, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Linda Finno, Northway Bank, Meredith; Sally Hibberd, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford; Elaine Morrison, VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies, Meredith; Steve Ober, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Mona Smith, Northway Bank, Belknap Mall, Belmont; Mary Truell, Belknap Mill, Laconia; Marlene Witham, Northway Bank, Tilton; Sharon Zimmermann, Northway Bank, Laconia.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:24

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Marine Patrol Recruiting seasonal officers

CONCORD — New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn has announced that the Division's Marine Patrol Bureau is currently recruiting interested applicants for seasonal patrol officer positions.

The Marine Patrol Bureau is the primary agency responsible for enforcing New Hampshire's Boating Laws. Officer's responsibilities include crash investigations, commercial license testing and vessel inspections, drowning investigations, sea coast maritime security patrols and more. The Marine Patrol covers approximately 300 bodies of water across the state and maintains roughly 5,000 aids to navigation to assist boaters.

The Marine Patrol reminds any interested applicants that successful completion of the hiring process will include their certification as a New Hampshire part time police officer. Other components of the hiring process include, but are not limited to physical fitness testing, written exam, oral board, swim test, psychological test, background investigation, polygraph examination, classroom instruction/testing, as well as practical on the water training/testing. Marine Patrol has positions available in all counties of the state and is hoping to have final candidates selected by December 31, 2014.

Interested applicants should visit Marine Patrol's website at: www.marinepatrol.nh.gov, once there select the "employment" link on the left, then the "Recruitment for Seasonal Marine Patrol Officer Trainee" link. For the application process choose the "Employment Opportunities" link for details regarding available positions and the process for application submittal. For more information contact Sergeant Cheryl Clancy at (603) 293-2037 or (603) 556-3183.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:10

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Life at a One Room NH School program for Meredith Historical Society

MEREDITH — For many of us September marks the real beginning of a new year as children and teachers return to the classroom. On September 2 at 7 p.m. learn what school life was like in New Hampshire's rural one-room schoolhouses a century ago. Steve Taylor will speak at the Meredith Historical Society on the romance and realities of school life in a small town.

How were teachers recruited? How were they paid? Who determined the curriculum or maintained the school building? How involved were the towns or citizens in decision-making? Was it really so much simpler than today and the time of "Dear Old Golden Rule Days"?

Steve Taylor's life has been spent as a scholar, farmer, journalist and public official. He lives in Meriden, NH where he operates a dairy and maple farm. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and for 25 years served the state as Commissioner of Agriculture. He has been a lifelong student of the state's rural culture and was the first Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council.
This program is free and the public is welcome. The Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Public Library are pleased to co-host this program at the Historical Society building, 45 Main St. The presentation is presented through a grant from the NH Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 279-2275.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:01

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