4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 28, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 001

The Center for the Environment invites the campus community to attend an Environmental Science Colloquium: "Uncertainties in Detecting Decadal Change in Soil Carbon and Extractable Elements in Northern Forests," presented by Olivia Bartlett, Department of Social Science, Plymouth State University & PhD candidate, Natural Resources and Earth System Sciences, University of New Hampshire.

Northern Forest ecosystems have been or are being impacted by land use change, forest harvesting, acid deposition, atmospheric CO2 enrichment, and climate change. Each of these has the potential to modify soil forming processes, and the resulting chemical stocks. Horizontal and vertical variations in concentrations complicate determination of temporal change. This study evaluates sample design, sample size, and differences among observers as sources of uncertainty when quantifying soil temporal change over regional scales. Forty permanent monitoring plots were established on the White Mountain National Forest in central New Hampshire and western Maine. Soil pits were characterized and sampled by genetic horizon at plot center in 2001 and resampled again in 2014 two-meters on contour from the original sampling location. Laboratory analyses for both sampling years included pH in 0.01 M CaCl2 solution and extractable Ca, Mg, Na, K, Al, Mn, and P in 1 M NH4OAc solution buffered at pH 4.8. The results from this study suggest that resampling efforts within a site, repeated across a region, to quantify elemental change by genetic horizon is an appropriate method of detecting soil temporal change in this region. Sample size and design considerations from this project will have direct implications in determining the number of sites and methods of sampling for designing future monitoring programs to characterize change in soil elements.

You are invited to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's 2016 Summer Symposium  held June 7, 9 and 10 in the Frost Commons! 
Your colleagues and some guest speakers will host in-depth workshops and conversations about:
• Interdisciplinarity and engagement;
• Helping students budget time for research;
• Encouraging student preparedness;
• Immersion experiences & block scheduling;
• Beyond lecture & discussion: Creative classrooms;
• Moodle upgrade, e-mail system upgrade, and other academic technology topics.
Here we can share our wisdom, ask questions, and see how to adapt practices and philosophies to our own disciplines and courses. Full schedule here.
All are welcome! Refreshments and lunch will be provided. So we can better serve you (we want you to have enough food!)please RSVP by June 1 here.

4:00 pm

PSU will be honoring outstanding graduating seniors with a variety of awards from across campus. The PSU community is encouraged to join us in honoring the Class of 2016.

  • Friday May 13 at 4 p.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Reception to follow

2:00 pm
Please join us at the 2016 Student Showcase of Excellence. The event is free an open to the public, so please encourage members of our broader community to join us.
For more information about the showcase, including a five-minute video from last year, tap here. For this year’s press release, tap here.
  • Friday, May 6, 2-6 p.m.
  • HUB

8:30 am

Engaging All Learners Through the Power of the Arts

This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops showcasing different ways to bring the arts into your classroom in addition to keynote addresses and all-campus interactive experiences. All classroom teachers, arts educators, administrators, and artists are invited. Learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama, and writing into your curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production, Shrek The Musical. The day concludes with optional social hour, dinner, and admission to the evening performance of Shrek The Musical.

  • January 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
  • Silver Center for the Arts
  • Register here.

Dec ’15
2:30 pm

Computer science and technology seniors will present their projects on Friday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial 103. For more information contact Linda O'Donnell at

Nov ’15
4:00 pm

Integrating Bottom Up Knowledge into a Top Down Organization: A Story of Sustainability Efforts at the US Army Corps of Engineers

Through a case study of flood management projects, Professor Shannon Rogers will discuss the utility of integrating operator level knowledge into U.S. Army Corps Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiatives. Using site visit and semi-structured interview approach, 12 flood management projects in New England were explored.

  • Shannon Rogers, Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Nov ’15
10:00 am
President Donald L. Birx cordially invites you to the Grand Opening Ceremonies of Plymouth State University’s newest facility:
Active Living, Learning, and Wellness Center (ALLWell) North.

See how ALLWell North will transform the academic and athletic experience at PSU and enhance the quality of education and recreation for our campus and community.

  • Saturday, November 14
  • Tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Program at 11 a.m.
  • Dedication of the Steen Bourque Plaza at noon

Kindly RSVP or call (603) 535-2131 by November 9.

If you have questions about this event, please e-mail Tamara Cocchiarella.

Nov ’15
3:00 pm

Plan now to attend the Graduate Research Symposium, which will feature oral and poster presentations from graduate and doctoral students across disciplines. Learn more here.

  • Thursday, November 5, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center

Oct ’15
12:30 pm

Plymouth State Professor Katherine C. Donahue will talk about her latest book, Steaming to the North, which discusses in detail a collection of photographs taken during the 1886 voyage of the Revenue Marine Cutter Bear from San Francisco to Point Barrow, Alaska. The photographs were discovered under the porch of a New Hampshire professor and donated to Plymouth State University. The book was co-authored by the late PSU Professor David C. Switzer.

  • Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Lamson Library and Learning Commons
  • All are welcome to attend this brown-bag lunch event. Dessert will be provided.
  • For more information, click here.