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•Location: Voting Station •Date: Feb. 5, 2008 • Design: Miniature pink crane with one red peace symbol on each wing This is how a typical blog entry begins on Christine Messina’s (’06) blog. What started out as a way to track healthy life style changes has quickly turned into a project for peace for Plymouth State University alumna Christine Messina. Messina’s blog, “Finding the Q’s” was started in January, 2008, and began as a way to find small things in life that would relieve stress and make her life healthier and happier. When Messina discovered the overall sense of calm that comes with

folding origami paper cranes, she began folding them on a daily basis. This practice quickly evolved into what Messina calls “The Crane Project.” She now folds paper cranes with messages of peace and hope written on them, and leaves them in public places. According to her description of The Crane Project, Messina started it because she “felt such peace and joy folding paper cranes” that she wanted to share that happiness. “The paper crane has become a symbol of peace and luck.” she said. If I can encourage even one person to practice a little peace or kindness through something as simple as paper cranes, then why not do it?”

The cranes come in a wide variety of designs and colors. There was the very popular “Imagine” crane, a light blue bird with the lyrics to the John Lennon song written across it, left in the children’s section at her local bookstore. A pink dove with peace signs across it was left in a local music store. A few cranes were even left at the Boston Museum of Science. Messina updates her blog on an almost daily basis. Most of the entries show a picture of a recent crane, with a detailed description of when and where the crane was left, with a description of the bird itself. Other entries are updates on changes in Messina’s life, or other forms of stress relief that she has found helpful. Messina even encourages readers to send in their addresses so that she can pass along cranes for loyal fans to leave places. Each crane is handmade and decorated by Messina, and includes her blog web address, so that a lucky crane finder can Continued on page 3















MESA is a student organization where senior and junior English majors help younger and newer students learn how to survive four years of being an English major.

MESA also sponsors an annual English Department game night in Frost Commons. All students and faculty are invited to play language and word related board games such as Apples to Apples MESA stands for Mentoring and Cranium. It is meant to help Enhances Students Achievement. foster a sense of community. This semester MESA worked with They also host the Fall Social for the faculty on the English English majors with the legendary department’s advising night, helping Literary Pictionary. English majors with various The group meets once a week for scheduling issues.

about an hour in the Library Café. Group members volunteer to help with events doing things with organization and advertising. To get involved with MESA contact Cassie Stone, Julia Chesley, Rhiannon Trajlinek, Katlyn Sagent, or Nicole Bailey. You can also contact faculty advisor, Joe Mealey at


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If you had to choose just one place in the world to spend the next four months, where would it be? I chose Florence, Italy. I went to Italy with my mother when I was sixteen years old and fell in love. Florence was by far my favorite city and I knew from that moment on that I would someday return. I studied at Florence University of the Arts, a small school right in the Piazza Santa Croce in the heart of the city. There were a little over 100 American students in my program. We were joined by a few students from Africa and Australia. My time there was the most culturally diverse experience I have ever had. When I was twelve years old my brother studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. I was able to visit him for a week and experience another culture at a young age. This inspired me and I decided that I wanted to do the same when I was in college. Studying abroad opened my eyes in a way that no other college experience has. I’ve lived in the same small southern New Hampshire town my whole life. I had traveled to Europe twice and all over the U.S., but I never realized how sheltered I had been until I spent four months on my own in Italy. When I stepped off the plane in Florence, I was lost. Everything was different. People dressed differently, spoke another language, the street signs looked different, even the cars were all different. I spent my trip making lasting friendships. The students in my apartment building were all in the same program and we were like one big family helping each other beat the homesickness. We all shared a common interest in seeing the world. I hiked the Alps in Switzerland, saw ancient ruins in Greece, enjoyed pints at the bar at the top of the Guinness brewery in Dublin and bicycled all over Sardinia stopping along the way to feed stray dogs. I even skied the Alps in Northern Italy. I’ve never traveled to so many different places in such a short period of time. My program offered an intensive nine credit Italian language class that met Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm. It was definitely an intense class, but it was no harder than any other language class I have ever taken. In fact, it was easier because I was applying the abilities I was learning every day while I spoke to store clerks, waiters, and bartenders. I only had one other class, “Chemistry in Every Day Life,” in which we focused on the history and culture surrounding chemistry. This class only met once a week for three hours, as was common with most of the classes offered. No one in my program had class on Friday, except me and the two others in the intensive Italian class. I experienced so much in those four months. I learned countless things about the world, culture, and myself. After taking care of myself completely in a foreign country for so long, I grew up while I was abroad. I made lasting friendships and unforgettable memories. For a four-month trip, my semester in Italy changed all of my perceptions about the world.

Hiking the Swiss Alps.

My brother and I at the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

My sister-in-law feeding pigeons in Venice.


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ROBIN DEROSA, EXPOSED! BY KATIE AHERN In an admission that shocked Plymouth State University, Robin DeRosa submitted work that was not her own and won a significant prize for it. The contest, held by a major grocery chain, called for your favorite dessert recipe using at least one of their brand products to make it. DeRosa decided to send in a recipe from her mother-in-law’s cookbook, Rhubarb Meringue Crumble. She learned about the contest when she was grocery shopping and received a copy of their magazine free with her purchase. It was a big contest, accepting recipes from Maine to New Jersey. DeRosa claimed to have changed a thing or two and she used the store’s granola that she eats for breakfast every morning. She won $1000 in store credit for being the grand prize winner in this contest. The biggest shock is that DeRosa has never made this recipe before. She has admitted herself, that she is “the least domestic person in our department.” DeRosa claims to have begun cooking at home a little but when it comes to baking, she says she just can’t do it. “[My mother-in-law’s] recipe was for ‘Rhubarb Dessert,’ so when I added the one big [brand] ingredient and removed other ingredients, it really became mine.” Acting department chair Paul Rogalus jokes that he is “shocked and concerned.” “She is setting a terrible example for our students,” he added. DeRosa claims to have given her mother-in-law credit where credit is due; that is, after she had won. “I’m not too sure they are too pleased with me as their grand prize winner,” she said. DeRosa also gave her mother-in-law some of the money, but, as of today DeRosa has still not received her prize. Well, that might just be a little dose of Karma.

MESSINA CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 check out the blog. Messina says on her blog that “not only do my cranes increase my sense of wonder, they have the ability to brighten a perfect stranger’s day.” She goes on to explain that “my project will be to fold cranes and leave them in ordinary places, and perhaps to take a few pictures of them if I can get away with it. I keep picturing a little kid in a grocery store finding a paper crane in

the cereal aisle and being full of wonder over how something like a crane appeared there. If I found a paper crane, I’d take it home and imagine all sorts of scenarios involving it, or maybe spy on it to see who picks it up.” To check out Messina’s blog visit Be on the lookout for secret paper cranes. You never know where one might pop up.

The first crane left anywhere, at Messina’s local post office.

A crane left in Concord, NH


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Elmer Parent ‘60
Elmer’s son, stationed at the Pentagon, flew over to join him and several Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club members for a celebratory 70-mile bicycle ride on the Withlacoochie trail. Forty five members and guests rode various distances to the Coach Pub and Eatery in Inverness, Florida for lunch. involved with The Plymouth Writing Project. Her two children, Emily and Dan Smith (Sophomore and Senior at UNH) are both English education majors. National Society of Newspaper Columnists and attended their summer annual gathering in Philly -- writing about it at main.asp? SectionID=136&SubSectionID=416&Arti cleID=3794&TM=1256.35. She also works as a freelance PR consultant/ writer/editor, with clients in NYC, Boston, DC, Phoenix, and Sarasota.

Dave Daniels ‘81
Dave was recently named Assistant Manager of Information Technology at Andover Insurance Companies. He is also the proud father of two PSU Juniors.

Sue Maier Given ‘66
Sue retired this year after working in retail. She has discovered that she loves to paint with watercolors and spends many hours completely enthralled with this new creative expression. As soon as her husband retires, they are planning to travel. Sue’s son is attending Harvard Business School in the fall so she will be planning visits (as many as he will allow) to see him.

Brian Smith ‘97
Brian was commissioned as a 1st Lt. in the Connecticut Air National Guard on March 1, 2008.

Mary Catherine Coolidge '93
Mary Catherine is a regular, weekly columnist for Pelican Press newspaper -- a small newspaper in Sarasota, FL. Her column is called Reality Chick and can be viewed online at http:// SectionID=136&SubSectionID=416. She recently won a Suncoast Reader's Poll from the Creative Loafing web site and her column was recently picked up by The Tampa Tribune (on an ad hoc basis -- our fingers are crossed that they pick her up again!). Mary Catherine has an essay appearing in the upcoming Plymouth Magazine on a familiar professor—Dr. Henry Vittum —and what she learned in his Shakespeare class. She says “jones'n on the memory of guys like Rogalus, Monninger, Zinfon, Hinman, Fried, etc. maybe even Garlitz a little bit, that rogue!” Mary Catherine is a member of the

Marc Tayler '97
Marc and his wife recently had their second child, Rori Caitlin on October 8, 2007. She has a big brother, Nathaniel, who is 4.

Anne Hudson Doody ‘68
Anne has a job for the tourist season in Skagway, Alaska, (May 1 - Sept. 30) managing a gift shop. She and her husband will live in their RV with Neko, a very spoiled black cat.

Erica (Provost) Furze ‘98
Erica and her husband Christian had their first baby on January 7, 2008. The baby’s name is Fiona Catherine Furze.

Cindy Dickinson ‘77
Cindy graduated with a BS in secondary English education and has been teaching English at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, NH for the better part of 30 years. She is still in touch with Charles Duke, her mentor in the PSC English Department, and her ConVal English Department is

Chris Kilmer ‘99
Chris was just named Head Volleyball Coach at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.


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Carin Plante ‘99
Carin will begin working toward a masters degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont starting this summer. During the year, she is working as a high school English

Stephen Donovan ‘07
Stephen is halfway through a tenmonth term of service with AmeriCorps N*CCC. His team blazed trails in the Nevada desert for phase one, and they are now building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Amanda L. Baker ‘02
Amanda is teaching English at Halifax County High School in South Boston, VA. She is a master's degree student at Longwood University with a major in Secondary English Writing and Education. She will graduate in spring of 2009, and plans on attending the University of Michigan to earn her PhD. in Secondary English and Education with a concentration on ESL students.

Nicole Fazzi ‘02
Nicole works at the American Heart Association in Connecticut, where she was promoted to Regional Online Consultant in January 2008. This is her second promotion in three years.

A very special Thank You goes to Beth Quigley and her husband Doug Funkhouser for their generous donation to the English Department.

Ryan McLellan ‘06
Ryan continues to teach, write, and perform. Sargent Press recently published his first chapbook, Prove Me Wrong which is now in its second printing. Two of his new poems have been published in Blood on the Floor II: More Blood, Less Floor and he has upcoming features at The Bridge Cafe in Manchester and the "Culture Waves" program on Portsmouth Community Radio.


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The following courses will be offered during summer, 2008: EN1200.01 Composition with Jennifer Dumont (online) EN2700.01 Creative Writing with Angela Ricciardi EN3120.01 Advanced Composition with Lynn Rudmin-Chong (online) ENDI1300.01 Murder, Mayhem, and Madness with Burrett McBee ENDI1350.01 Twice-Told Tales with Gaye Gould (online) ENDI1401.01 Writing and the Creative Process with Debra Brown (online) ENDI1450.01 The Outsider with Stacey Curdie (online)

EN-3750.01 Topics in Film (CRN 11215) Art Fried TR 3:30 4:45 pm and T 6:30 - 9:00 pm: In honor of the 2008 Presidential Election, this semester's topic will be political films. Over the course of the semester we will view and discuss a variety of films with political content, including documentaries and animated films, from the U.S. and abroad. Some of the directors represented will be John Ford, Orson Welles, Preston Sturges, and Michael Moore.

EN-3290 POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE with Ann McClellan has been cancelled for fall 2008. Chris Buckley will be teaching EN4800, Single Author- Charles Bukowski. The course will run on MWF from 11:15-12:05 in Rounds 203.

Due to the transition of Linguistics from the English Department to the Department of Languages and Linguistics, as well as several program changes, there is sometimes some confusion as to what Linguistics courses English majors need to take. Here is some clarification:
EN2810: The Study of Language EN3770: Modern English Grammar LL3814: Intro to English Linguistics

All English majors (starting with the 2006-2007 catalogue) need to take LL2000: Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Additionally, all Teacher Certification Option students must take LL3100: The History and Structure of the English Language. Students who are working with older catalogs (2001-2005) are required by
LL2000: Intro to Language and Linguistics LL3100: History & Structure of the English Language LL3100: History & Structure of the English Language

those catalogs to take courses which no longer exist. Below are the possible substitutions, for which you may fill out a Student Request Form:

*One special note: Writing Option Students in the 2004-2005 catalogue may take EITHER EN3130: Nonfiction Workshop OR LL3100: History and Structure of the English Language.


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SIGMA TAU DELTA Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. It’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. In order to qualify for admittance into this organization you must uphold a 3.0 GPA and have successfully completed three semesters of college as an English major. If you are interested please contact Ann McClellan at or Meghan Plumpton at POETS AND WRITERS THE CLOCK The Clock is the student run weekly newspaper full of information to enlighten and entertain those here at Plymouth State University. If you have any interests or concerns about campus life, write about it! The newspaper is always looking for new writers. Whether you want to write weekly or just one time, all are welcome. If you are interested please contact the Editor in Chief, Tim Sacco at Plymouth Poets and Writers is an oncampus writing community that produces a literary magazine each semester called Centripetal. Centripetal is a student publication that includes the work of students and local artists. The group also holds open mics where anyone is welcome to come and read original pieces. Poets and Writers is open to all aspiring literary scholars. If you are interested please contact: Paul Rogalus at Celeste Karpf at For Centripetal information contact: Nicole Bailey at MESA MESA stands for Mentoring Enhances Student Achievement. It is a student organization in the English department that focuses on helping create a sense of community among students who are English majors at Plymouth State University. Students work on a variety of projects, including planning the annual Fall Social and Advising Night, implementing an online tutoring program through AIM. They are currently working on an after school program at Interlakes High School in Meredith, NH. This program will work with high school juniors and seniors who are struggling with the college application process. If you are interested please contact: Joe Mealey at

Plymouth State University’s 29th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum will be held April 25 and 26, 2008. The theme is “The Secular Realm in the Age of Faith.”
Sessions that may be of particular interest to PSU English majors are: • Women II: Women in Early Medieval Popular Religion, Friday April 25 at 2:20 pm in Rounds 124. Alumna Ivy Page (’07) will be presenting her paper, “The Unveiling of Virgin: Saint Christina Mirabilis’ Life as a Demoniac.” • Medieval to Modern, Saturday April 26 at 3 pm in Rounds 303. Ms. Resa Nelson will present her paper “Researching the Fantasy Novel.” • Bridgewater College Undergraduate Shakespeare Panel, Saturday April 25 at 9:30 am in Rounds 303. For more information on these presentations and others visit the Forum’s website at: medieval/forum.htm

The Plan

the proper skills to 2. Get a Job. so you can Earn to pay your bills that you acquire till it’s time to 3. Retire. so you can Return

This blueprint to life, a windy road to death… Could there be another way? Simple. Self-Explanatory. Broad. Extraordinary. The New Plan: 1. Learn to do what I 2. Choose to Do what I 3. Live to Do while I Can.

This is a poem written by Rhiannon Trajlinek (‘08) From the Spring ’08 Advanced Poetry Workshop.

We’ve been given a Plan. An heirloomed Plan. Our grandparents’ Plan. Our parents’ Plan. Our society’s Plan. Simple. Self-Explanatory. Flawed. Ordinary. The Plan: 1. Go to School so you can Learn

to a worse job, until your life expires and your children carry out The Plan.


Natalie Farres
Natalie Farres is a graduating senior with a Literature option in English. She chose this option because of her passion for understanding the cultural and societal forces that helped create the works she reads. She would like to teach at a college level and is planning for graduate school. She is a member of MESA and Sigma Tau Delta. She lives in Concord, where she balances two jobs and school and spends her spare time skiing. Her favorite class at PSU was Critical Theory with Robin Derosa and she will never forget her Literary Theory trading cards. When asked what she will miss most about PSU she responded, “The faculty; I’ve made a connection here. My professors have opened doors for me, and taught me more than I had ever hoped to gain.”

Erin Brearley
Erin Brearly is a senior English major with a Teacher’s Certification option. She is currently student teaching at Plymouth Regional High School. Erin combined her interest in teaching with her favorite subject to choose this option. Erin is Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta, the Content Manager for The Clock, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Her most memorable English department classroom moment was “When Meredith Barrett screamed ‘YES’ at the top of her lungs in response to an Emily Dickenson poem in Nineteenth Century American

Asa Fountain
Asa Fountain is a senior English Major with a Writing option. He chose the option because, “I figured it would make college a lot less painful if I studied something I enjoyed and was good at.” At PSU, Asa enjoys attending Poets and Writers Open Mics at Mandarin Taste. He is also busy with his job as a snowboard instructor at Waterville Valley. His most vivid memory about the English Department is “when Scott Coykendall robbed me and my team of victory at the 2007 English Department Social. That was my last chance at another victory. It burns deep.” He is going to stay in the area for a year or two, continuing to teach snowboarding at Waterville Valley. Maybe he could come back as an alum and challenge Scott to a Literary Pictionary rematch?

Literature. It was what Meredith called a ‘Lit-gasm’.” After graduation she wants to teach at a high school in New England. Her eventual goal is to teach English as a Second Language, and attend University of California Berkeley.


Important Dates

Cassie Stone Katie Ahern

Advising Weeks Advising Night MESA Game Night UG Registration for Fall ‘08 Poets and Writers Beehive Alumni Event Common Man Inn Free Food & Poetry Reading Medieval Forum Centripetal Release Party

March 31– April 11 April 7 April 9 April 14-25

Faculty Advisors:
Scott Coykendall

Staff Writers for this Issue:
Katie Ahern Cassie Stone

Mailing Address:
MSC 40 Plymouth State University 17 High Street Plymouth, NH 03264

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April 25-26 May 1

Graduate Commencement May 10 Undergraduate Convocation Undergraduate Commencement Summer Session Begins May 16

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