Common Ground Meetings

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Sep ’13May

Thursday, Sept. 12 - May 8, 5-5:45 p.m.

Located at the EcoHouse, (1 High St., the big white house on the rotary), Common Ground peruses environmental issues present in our communities and spreads awareness and change to such issues. Common Ground is PSU's environmental and social justice group who sponsors events like Earth Jam, water week, trail clean-ups and so much more. Come on down to join the fun!

Sep ’13Dec

Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Monday, Dec. 23
Plymouth State University

Welcome back to campus! The Office of Environmental Sustainability is excited to invite your department and/or office to participate in our ongoing Green Offices Program. The PSU Green Office Program is designed to encourage sustainable practices in offices and departments across campus to reduce our University’s environmental impacts. The program is essentially a voluntary review of department or office practices that are administered, facilitated, and evaluated by OES staff to produce recommendations that the department or office may act upon at their discretion. Please contact us at to sign up to participate in the Green Offices Program.

In addition be sure to checkout the Second Editions of the Campus Sustainability Guide, a practical handbook for FAQ on PSU's campus:

Oct ’13Dec

Wednesday, Oct. 16 - Friday, Dec. 13
Silver Center for the Arts
Sponsored by the Karl Drerup Art Gallery

Contoocook print collector and curator Parker Potter has invited 26 New Hampshire-based printmakers to present a revisiting of an earlier work to reimage a theme that has held for the artist to this day. The new work may be one that engages that theme while rethinking size, color, a new composition or process, or some other variable.

Reception Friday, October 18, 4-6 p.m.

Nov ’13Nov

Friday, Nov. 15 - Sunday, Nov. 24

As part of the national initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, Plymouth State recognizes International Education Week (IEW) each year to celebrate and showcase its efforts in campus globalization, international education programming, and its diverse population. From art and entertainment to scholarly dialogue and investigation, IEW at PSU is dynamic and offers something for everyone. 

This year’s events include the Annual Parade of Flags, global coffee hour, an international film series and, back by popular demand, the Global Chef Competition — a cooking competition (partnering with Sodexo)  for our celebrity student chefs! 

The capstone of IEW 2013 is a week-long visit from Shantigarbha, an internationally renowned Non-Violent Communications educator, trained in the techniques of acclaimed psychologist, Marshall Rosenberg.

For more information on all of these events, visit

Nov ’13Nov

Monday, Nov. 18, Wednesday, Nov. 20,
Friday, Nov. 22, 1:25-2:15 p.m.
D&M 402

Were you born before 1952? Would you benefit from a personal exercise program to improve balance and functional fitness? Please consider being a volunteer client for the Physical Activity and Aging class project involving balance and functional fitness testing.

Subjects are needed to participate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday November 18, 20 and 22, from 1:25-2:15 pm in the D&M Building. Student practitioners who have been trained will administer a simple questionnaire and a series of physical tests based on activities of daily living. The outcome of this testing will be a written report and personalized exercise recommendations.

If interested please respond by November 8 to Barbara McCahan at Come wearing clothes comfortable for walking.

Nov ’13Dec

Tuesday, Nov. 19 - Friday, Dec. 13
Karl Drerup Art Gallery

Charles Gibson is the principal of a multidisciplinary design practice with expertise in environmental graphic design. This exhibition presents a selection of more than 20 collaborative communications solutions for clients in education, healthcare, business, community development, architecture, landscape architecture, and the arts. The exhibit also includes highlights from Gibson’s team’s 1993 prize-winning submission to The Electric Vehicle and the American Community, a National Planning and Design Competition hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

Opening Reception: Tuesday November 19, 4-6 p.m.

For more information, visit the gallery website at, or contact  us via email at

Nov ’13Nov

Thursday, Nov. 21 - Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 & Sunday, 24, 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts

Written by comedian, actress, singer, writer and sex symbol Mae West (who was always going against social norms), The Pleasure Man utilizes music, cross dressing and sexuality to investigate what helps us get through the night. When originally produced in 1928, the theater was raided and closed down for indecency. PSU director Robin Marcotte and cast have deconstructed The Pleasure Man and created a new play, The Pleasure Men, that incorporates Mae West as a character and connects the play in relevant and revealing ways to contemporary life. Mature content and situations.

Buy tickets online or call for tickets, 603-535-2787
Adult $15, Senior & Youth $12
Mature content: not recommended for children.

Nov ’13
7:00 pm

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 144

Common Ground, Plymouth State University’s environmental and social justice student organization, is hosting a program on tar sands in New Hampshire. The program is set for Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Boyd Science Center, Room 144, on the PSU campus.
Many people think tar sands are a western issue, but New Hampshire residents should pay attention!

Come learn about this potential energy source, the implications of its extraction, processing, and use, and the possibility for piping it across northern New Hampshire.

Speaker Carol Foss is Director of Conservation at New Hampshire Audubon and will speak about the Portland-Montreal pipeline. The proposed transport of Alberta tar sands oil through this aging pipeline may have significant impacts for New Hampshire. The pipeline runs from Portland to Montreal through the Sebago Lake watershed, has multiple crossings of the Androscoggin River in Maine and New Hampshire, touches the White Mountain National Forest, and crosses the Connecticut River into Vermont.

This program at PSU is free and open to the public.

Sam Durfee
Gary McCool