This Week's Featured Events

As events may be moved, delayed, postponed, or canceled for a variety of reasons and without any prior notice, the Office of Public Relations advises that you check with the contact(s) listed with each event for the most current information.


Friday, Aug. 22 - Friday, Dec. 5
Lamson Learning Commons Art Display Wall

Route 66, also known as the road to opportunity, linked Chicago to Los Angeles between 1926 and the mid 1950?s. The road functions as a metaphorical bridge, connecting the country socially and culturally, bringing people to California. As people migrated along the route, it served as a cultural conduit, transporting ideas, progressive thinking, and diversity westward.

Portfolio exchange participants are asked to provide their own take on Route 66 Westbound to Paradise, taking into consideration Route 66, the road to opportunity as a catalyst for social change.

The print portfolio exchange was curated by artist Fawn Atencio of Denver, CO. For more information, visit the Lamson Learning Commons website.


Wednesday, Sep. 3 - Thursday, Oct. 2
Karl Drerup Art Gallery

Reception: Sep. 10, 4–6 p.m.

The PSU Faculty Exhibit is an annual celebration of Plymouth State University’s talented art faculty, highlighting exhibitors as working artists and demonstrating how their work connects with the PSU art curriculum and art students. The exhibit includes recent works from a wide spectrum of media including photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, digital media, graphic design, and mixed media.

For more information about exhibits and events, visit


Tuesday, Sep. 16 - Friday, Oct. 31
Silver Center for the Arts

This installation celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PSU theatre program by exploring and presenting examples of the visual magic created by the dramatic arts and theatre design within the context of the history of theatre at Plymouth State University. Curated by Professor of Theatre Matt Kizer and presented in collaboration with the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Please join us for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 16, 4-6pm.
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 4 p.m - 5 p.m.
Boyd Hall, Room 144

Mr. Charles Bayless, prior President and Provost, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and retired Utility Executive presents:

"Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, our greatest challenge"

Mr. Bayless has had a long, diverse career in the Energy Sector and works closely with climate scientists. He is currently a board member of Pike Electric and Chair of the Audit Committee, Recycled Energy Development and West Virginia American Water. He is Chair of the Arctic Climate Action Steering Committee and a board member at the Climate Institute. He has served as President and CEO of Illinova Corporation (Illinois Power Company, among others), and of Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy). He was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and served as Chairman of Essential Power, Independent Wireless One, Ontario Power Authority, West Virginia Industrial Council

In 1993, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Mr. Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal.

Sponsored by the Center for the Environment

7:00 pm

Thursday, Sep. 18, 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

April Bernard is a poet, novelist and essayist. Her first book of poetry, Blackbird Bye Bye was chosen by Amy Clampitt as the winner of the 1989 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. The judge commended the book for its utter lack of apology, saying: "The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen." Her other acclaimed books of poetry include: Romanticism, Swan Electric, and Psalms. She is also the author of the novels Pirate Jenny and Miss Fuller. She is on faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars and serves as the Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College.

About the Eagle Pond Authors' Series

For the past 17 years, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series has celebrated great writing by some of the nation’s outstanding authors. The series is a tribute to beloved poet and author Donald Hall, who is the heart and soul of this series and instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

Generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore) helps to keep this series free to the public. Receptions and book signings follow each reading.  Free tickets are available in advance to ensure admittance.

1:00 pm

Sunday, Sep. 21, 1 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

New Hampshire Music Festival artists Sasha Callahan (violin) and her husband Leo Eguchi (cello) join Dan Perkins (piano) in performances of the piano trios of Dmitri Shostakovich. The first trio was composed when Shostakovich was 17 and in love, while the second, more dark and edgy, was written two decades later under Soviet scrutiny.

Buy tickets online or call the Silver Center box office at 603-535-2787.

Ticket Prices: Adult $15, Senior $14, Youth $12

6:00 pm

Sunday, Sep. 21, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hartman Union Building

The Community Connections Fair will bring together students who are interested in community service and service learning opportunities and local organizations in need of volunteers. This is a great way to get connected in the community.

Come and learn about the great work that our community partners are doing and how you can get involved.

For more information, contact Jessica Dutille at or 535-2372.

8:00 pm
8:00 pm
2:00 pm

Thursday & Friday Sep. 25 and 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 27, 2 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

Actress Elizabeth Daily and pianist Allan DiBiase offer an evening of Poetry and Textural Music that includes Ms. Daily performing dramatic readings of poetry, ranging from the contemplative to the comedic, accompanied by Dr. DiBiase on the piano.  Included are works by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Jane Kenyon, and Liz Ahl.

Living in the Momentis engaging, enlightening, and innovative. Experience and celebrate the innumerable moments that define the complexity, challenges, and memorable times of our lives.

Buy tickets online or call the Silver Center box office at 603-535-2787.

Ticket Prices: Adult $9, Senior $8, Youth $7


Friday, Sep. 26 - Sunday, Sep. 28
PSU Campus

This year’s Homecoming & Family Celebration event will be held September 26-28. It’s a time for Plymouth State to open its arms and welcome all members of our community – students, families, alumni, faculty, and staff.

We encourage you and your family to attend and take advantage of all the weekend has to offer, including:

  • Foley 5k Footrace
  • Harvest Festival
  • A magician on Friday evening
  • Alumni Recognition Awards
  • Varsity Athletic Contests
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Standup comic Tig Notaro
  • Dearborn Golf

Click here for a full event schedule and register now for this celebratory weekend.

Questions? Please call Gale Beckwith at 535-2227 or send her an e-mail at

Hope to see you at Homecoming & Family Celebration!

8:30 pm

Saturday, Sep. 27, 8:30 p.m.
Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts

Tig Notaro is busier than she’s ever been doing stand-up, appearing frequently on Conan, recording her popular podcast Professor Blastoff and appearing in movies like In a World, Shreveport, and Walk of Shame. Many people know her from her hilarious story about a series of run-ins with ’80s pop star Taylor Dayne featured on This American Life. Then, in 2012, Notaro endured a series of back-to-back health crises and personal tragedies that would put most careers on indefinite hold. Instead, she took to the stage. A tweet from Louis C.K. the next day read: “I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro….”  The set was recorded and became the best-selling comedy album of the year and nominated for a Grammy.  Look for her upcoming Showtime special Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, in which she’ll perform comedy in peoples’ basements, backyards, and barns.

Buy tickets online or call for tickets, 603-535-2787
Adult $30, Senior $28, Youth $15