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PSU fundraising campaign nets record $30m


PLYMOUTH -- Plymouth State University has just completed the largest fund-raising campaign in his history -- realizing $30 million -- and achievement that had its roots in a childhood memory of University President Sara Jayne Steen.

When Steen was a teenager in northern Ohio, her working-class parents were determined that their academically gifted daughter would attend college. Sitting at their kitchen table discussing how they would achieve that goal, Steen's mother encouraged the family to "imagine a way" to find the money.

Eight years ago Steen initiated the Imagine a Way campaign, and the university celebrated the campaign's successful conclusion with a June 30 ceremony on the final day of her nine-year tenure at the institution.

"Together, with generous donors, alumni, and friends of PSU, we have 'imagined a way' to take the university to the next level," Steen said.

Funds raised through the Imagine a Way comprehensive campaign will make a difference to PSU, now and in the future. Funding priorities were increased scholarships, fellowships and stipends for students; attracting, retaining and rewarding the best faculty and staff; enhancing campus facilities; and building sustainable annual support.

"Increased support for students was the institutional need that resonated most with donors," according to Steen. Forty-eight percent -- or $14.5 million -- of the campaign total was given or pledged for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships.

"We're very grateful to all donors who gave in support of Plymouth State students," said Paula Lee Hobson, vice president for university advancement. "The single largest supporter of scholarships is the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, whom we consider one of our closest partners."

More than $4.7 million was committed to capital improvements on campus, including the new Center for Active Living, Learning and Wellness (ALLWell) in its first phase, the Ice Arena, and the ALLWell North facility that will open in October.

"Private support is essential to maintain and expand high quality programs, build new facilities and ensure student success regardless of their ability to pay," said Hobson "Individuals, families, businesses and foundations have stepped forward to ensure PSU's robust future. That's the success we celebrate today."


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Author to hold book-signing at Bayswater Books

CENTER HARBOR -- Alexandria author Maxwell MacPherson, Jr., will be signing copies of his book, "A Family Affair," on Saturday, Jul;y 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bayswater Books, 12 Main St.

"A Family Affair: Forever Yours" is the second novel in a trilogy by MacPherson. This book carries on with the next generation of the Samuels family from the first novel, "A Family Affair: On Love and Animals."

The beauty and simple life in The Granite State are seen in the travels of this young couple. Yankee dialogue is used to give the reader a picture of what the New England mentality is like.


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Mountaineering book collection donated to PSU

PLYMOUTH — Mountaineering aficionado and part-time New Hampshire resident Jack Newton has donated a collection of more than 5,000 volumes about mountaineering all over the world to Plymouth State University.

It was more than 50 years ago in Katmandu, that Newton, a Boston businessman was browsing in a used bookstore. He was in Nepal as part of an Appalachian Mountain Club trek, and was fascinated with tales of heroic mountaineering exploits and decided to buy a book, "Mt. Everest, The Reconnaissance," about the 1921 British expedition to Mt. Everest. That purchase was the beginning of his collection.

"It's a passion that has led me to many places in the world," Newton said. "I did a lot of travelling in my business days and I always looked for books about mountaineering or New Hampshire. The individual books go across the spectrum of mountain expeditions, mountain travel and culture with an emphasis on Everest, the Himalayas and Tibet. They span every continent on Earth."

Newton and his wife, Anne, previously donated a sizable collection of White Mountains related books to the Museum of the White Mountains. This second gift provides the material for PSU to become a significant source for more comprehensive mountaineering research.

"This will give us a real niche – it's perfect for us and our location at the gateway to the White Mountains," noted PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. "This is part of what we're building toward, becoming a real resource for researchers, for those interested not only in the White Mountains but mountaineering in the broadest sense. It is an absolutely extraordinary gift."

Newton first became acquainted with mountaineering as a college student at Dartmouth and has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with organizations dedicated to mountaineering, particularly in the Granite State. He is a life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, served as its treasurer and on the governing council. He also served as a trustee and treasurer of the Mount Washington Observatory for more than 15 years and remains a life trustee of that organization.

"I'm thinking Plymouth State could be a mountaineering center and I have high hopes that it will be," said Newton, who divides his time between Natick, Mass., and Lost Nation, a settlement in the White Mountains near Lancaster and Groveton. "My hope is these books can provide a stimulus to the university to become the 'go-to' place on the East Coast for mountaineering information.

"I can't think of a better location than right here," added Anne Newton.

MWM Founding Director Catherine Amidon believes this unique gift raises the stature of the university and the museum.

"It makes us broader in scope," Amidon said. "It connects the White Mountains to the other mountains in the world. Too often, people think of great expeditions as being in the Himalayan Range or Alaska. A lot of those great mountaineers started in the White Mountains, in the early 20th century right through today."

The books were acquired from bookstores, dealers and collectors all around the globe and include stories of mountain expeditions, mountain travel and culture with an emphasis on Everest, the Himalayas and Tibet. Among the rare volumes in the collection are complete sets of the American Alpine Club, The Alpine Club of London, The Appalachian Mountain Club, the Himalayan Journal, the Rucksack Journal, The Climbers Club Journal and The Indian Mountaineer.


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Meredith Chronicles, a slideshow featuring Dan Heyduk saturday

"LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a presentation, "Meredith Chronicles-a slideshow", featuring Dan Heyduk on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m.
Ancient beginnings only hinted at the great things to come in the story of Meredith. The earliest residents hunted mammoth and caribou and created the first birch-bark canoe to traverse Lake Winnipesaukee and the network of waterways.

Centuries later, Meredith's Dudley Leavitt wrote Leavitt's Farmers Almanack for more than fifty years. The local woods were the solitary home of Joseph Plumer, who was perhaps New Hampshire's most financially successful hermit. Motorcycles, cars and horses once raced on the winter ice of Lake Winnipesaukee. Together, these stories weave the distinctive fabric of Meredith history. Dan Heyduk's town history goes beyond documents and dates, illustrating the unique character of a multifaceted community.

Dan will have his recently releases book, Meredith Chronicles-Passing Time on Lake Winnipesaukee available for sale as well at the presentation.

This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members, for non members there is a $5 fee with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations. RSVP to 366-5950.

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