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PSU honors 2 profs for excellence & achievement

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University has recognized Education Professor Mary Cornish and English Professor Robin DeRosa for excellence and achievement as professional educators. Cornish received the Award for Excellence in Faculty Service and DeRosa received the Award for Distinguished Scholarship at the University's Faculty Day event August 28. PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said both recipients exemplify dedication and excellence to their students, the institution and their profession.

"Listening to their acceptance speeches left no question in my mind why these two faculty members were chosen by their colleagues," Bernier said. "They are both stellar examples of teacher scholars who care deeply about the success of their students."

Plymouth State University's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service is awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies the goal of balanced and sustained service that has had a quality impact on the campus, the faculty members profession, or the broader community.

Cornish joined PSU's faculty in 2000; since then, she has made many contributions to PSU through service, from advising the Early Childhood Studies Club to chairing the Interdisciplinary Studies Council and the Faculty Welfare Committee. She served as co-director of the Plymouth Writing Project, helped establish the PSU Early Childhood Studies/Newfound Area School District K–3 Professional Development School, and provided professional development and led reflective practice groups for K–12 teachers.

Although the focus of her service activities vary, they all revolve around a common theme of educational innovation and reform, with the goal of improving teacher education and training, increasing educational standards and expectations, and above all, improving the quality of care and education for young children. She said receiving the Award for Excellence in Faculty Service was gratifying, because service work is a guiding principle for her life's work.

"It's something I do because I feel compelled to engage in my work; service enriches and informs my teaching and scholarship," noted Cornish "There is tremendous value in people working together to impact teaching and learning."

Since joining the faculty at PSU in 2000, DeRosa's work is the model of the kind of interdisciplinary research prevalent in English studies today. She is interested in how we perform and construct the world around us, whether it is through her work on the Salem witch trials or tourist destinations like New Hampshire's historic Old Man in the Mountain site. DeRosa's work, which includes dozens of publications and presentations, not only taps into popular subjects, but also explores the ways in which we interpret and experience the past.

"The past isn't something we can recreate with certainty, but that's what makes it a complex and rich subject to explore," DeRosa said. "Staying current in my field and researching new avenues of thought helps me remember that the best scholars are also the best students. I like thinking of my classroom as a collaborative space where we are all learning together."

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:28

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Home buyer seminar in Meredith Oct. 19

MEREDITH — Would-be homeowners can learn everything they need to know about home purchase in a full-day seminar offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT), a HUD-approved housing counseling agency.

The seminar, set for  Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seneca Ladd Building, is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

So far, 285 first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing $42.4 million in local home purchases.

This month's seminar takes place Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seneca Ladd Building, 255 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

The First-time Homebuyer Seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register by calling Debra Drake, LACLT's Homeownership Director at 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . LACLT's full seminar and workshop schedule is available online at www.laclt.org.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a member of NeighborWorks America, and is supported in part by membership donations and the Granite United Way. Its mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs. For more information about LACLT and its programs, call 524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

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Putting Science on Tap: Science Café comes to the Plymouth Area

PLYMOUTH — On Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm, Biederman's Deli and Pub will be hosting the first Science Brew Café in partnership with Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy Department.

Science Cafés are unique. They are designed for people to learn about science and meet scientists in a comfortable, community setting. Eveyone is invited to come grab some food and a drink and be ready to learn and ask questions in a casual setting. Researchers will speak briefly about their work and the majority of time will be a conversation between the audience and the scientist.

The topic on tap for the first Science Café is "Sensing New Hampshire's Streams and Rivers." Mark Green, Ashley Hyde, and Errin Volitis from Plymouth State University will provide an overview of their work studying rivers and streams in New Hampshire. Clear mountain streams flowing from the White Mountains and powerful industrial rivers are hallmarks of New Hampshire's rich natural beauty and cultural heritage. While our waters are of exceptional quality in most cases, there are still water quality and quantity issues. Water sensors have recently been deployed in streams and rivers across New Hampshire (including several in the local area) to better understand water quantity and quality.

This effort, which draws on community volunteer monitors, has been active for one year. The conversation will focus on what is being observed and learned, and how it may help water resources management in the region. The conversation can focus on water resources in central New Hampshire as well as resources across the State and in the region.

Food and drink can be ordered from the menu, admission is free.

The state currently has ongoing Cafés in Portsmouth, Nashua, and Lebanon.

Support for this event is also being provided by NHEPSCoR and the National Science Foundation.

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Project Safeguard Program Set for next Thursday

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Academy's Project Safeguard: The Next Step, is a daylong event for 10th grade students and their parents that will take place on Thursday, October 17 at Church Landing in Meredith.

The Next Step is the second phase of the family based preventative education program, Project Safeguard, that starts in 7th grade and continues in 10th grade. The program addresses substance abuse and health related issues.

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