3:30 pm

Paradoxes have been defined whimsically as "truth standing on its head to attract attention to itself." More precisely, they involve seemingly correct reasoning from seemingly valid assumptions leading to seemingly absurd conclusions. This talk will present an argument for the use of paradoxes in the learning and teaching of mathematics, as a means of rousing interest and sharpening reasoning skills. A few examples are presented, ranging from a straightforward but surprising application of the Pythagorean Theorem, to the diabolical problem of two envelopes, to the sinister paradox of Newcomb. No knowledge of advanced mathematics is required of the listener.

  • October 1, 4–5 p.m. (refreshments at 3:30)
  • Hyde Hall 318
  • Presenter: Larry Blaine, Department of Mathematics

7:00 pm

The first Sidore Lecture of the year is titled Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights: Why They Are Important to Both the Guilty and the Innocent.  Read more here.

Presenter: Tracey Maclin, a Boston University Law Professor.
Date: Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Location: Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts.

4:00 pm

Dr. Bill DeLuca of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present on "Designing Sustainable Landscapes by Expanding the Boundaries of Conservation: Lessons from a Migratory Songbird."

Current extinction rates of wildlife are unprecedented and continue to increase. A solid understanding of the relationship between wildlife and the environment is needed to design landscapes to ensure habitat connectivity and persistence. DeLuca developed Landscape Capability models for a suite of representative species applied to the 13 northeastern states. These models incorporate breeding habitat capability and climate suitability and are used to inform land acquisition for conservation in light of climate change throughout the region.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

8:30 pm

The Michael C. Anthony show is an avant-garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theater. Having hypnotized more than 15,000 people, Michael C. Anthony has filled theaters all over the planet and continues to be the most sought-after hypnotist in the world. For many years, Anthony has entertained incoming students at PSU during orientation week; now you can see how much fun they've been having!

  • Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
  • Order tickets online or call (603) 535 ARTS (2787).


A touching and sweet comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright A.R. Gurney about a dog named Sylvia and the husband and wife who take her into their home.

  • September 30 at 7 p.m.
    October 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
    October 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Studio Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts
  • Adult $15, Senior $12, Youth $12
  • Order tickets online or call (603) 535 ARTS (2787).


Let's celebrate! Sign up today (registration deadline is September 25, but some events have limited capacity and will sell out).

  • Arts and athletics with performances, exhibitions, and contests;
  • Service with our Alumni Recognition Awards;
  • Philanthropy and scholarship at the Evening of Connections dinner;
  • ALLWell North, with a sneak peek at our newest building;
  • Friends and family with the many organized and informal opportunities to get together, including the Harvest Festival and the Alumni Tent at the football game;
  • Tradition and generosity, with the 35th annual PSUAA Barbara Dearborn '60 Golf Classic, raising funds for student scholarships; and
  • Reunions, with the return of landmark class reunion celebrations to Homecoming!

9:30 am

Healthy PSU Presents "Coffee Time" Preventative Health Topic: Prostate Cancer Awareness with Dennis McManus '73

Dennis McManus is PSU’s recently retired baseball coach and a prostate cancer survivor.

September 16, 9:30–10 a.m., Lamson Library’s Tower Room

Read more here.


12:00 pm

Did you graduate from Plymouth State? Join us for lunch!

The PSU Alumni Association invites alumni who work at PSU to join us for the Employee-Alumni Luncheon. This campus tradition is a great opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues and enjoy a meal together (compliments of the Alumni Association).  Sign up now!

  • Monday, August 24, noon
  • Mary Lyon Lawn
  • Questions? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at ext. 52589 or alumni@plymouth.edu.

12:00 pm

In 1692, 19 people were executed in Salem, MA, and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. In some venues in Salem, one can still hear the echoes of the cries of raucous spectators shouting "Hang her!" In her Lunch & Learn session, Professor Robin DeRosa explains that when Salem tells its witch stories, history, tourism, and performance collide, and "truth," both moral and macabre, vies with spooky thrills for its authentic place in history.

Register here for this spooky Lunch & Learn!

  • October 29, 2015, noon
  • The Common Man, Concord, NH
  • Guest speaker: Dr. Robin DeRosa, PSU professor of English and
    interdisciplinary studies
  • Find more fall alumni events here.

5:30 pm

Thursday, Mar. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Memorial 010

Problem Solving in Metro Boston with GIS
Presented by: Adam Kurowski (Geography '01),
GIS Director for Arlington, MA

How do you get rid of 100 feet of snow in urban areas?
Why do cities need geographic information to function?
How do you decide which schools children are assigned to?

Find out the answers to these and other questions regarding Geographic Information Systems in today's governments, and find out just how important this technology is in problem solving and real-time decision making in today's society, as well as where this technology can take us in the future.