PLYMOUTH, N.H.- Two Plymouth State University employees are part of the 2010 New Hampshire Union Leader's prestigious "40 Under 40" list of influential young people in the Granite State. Jennifer Frank of the University Police Department and women's head basketball coach Lauren Lavigne were chosen due to their success as role models for young people.
Frank is a special investigator whose responsibilities include investigating domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
She has also developed programs to combat and prevent violence within the wider state community. She has been honored as a "Hero for Justice" by the Manchester YWCA at their annual event "Take Back the Night," where they honor those working to eliminate violence against women. Frank has also organized the domestic violence awareness event "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," in which participants march through the community to show support for victims of abuse. She has developed presentations that she offers at schools across New Hampshire, warning about the dangers of social networking Web sites, offering guidelines young people can follow for a safer Internet presence. Frank, a former high school social studies teacher, said her position at PSU allows her to meet her personal goals.
"Working at Plymouth State University has given me the opportunity to merge my passion for mentoring, my love for the law and my desire to pursue law enforcement," Frank said. "I am so greatly honored simply to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. When I look at the names of past 40 Under 40 recipients, I am humbled to have been included among such great leaders."
Lavigne has devoted more than half of her life to PSU, starting as an undergraduate, and then working as a graduate assistant, assistant head coach and finally taking over as head coach and achieving the best all-time record in PSU women's basketball history. In addition to her coaching prowess, Lavigne has been a community service leader, spearheading the PSU Cancer Walk for the past decade and leading PSU athletic department fundraisers for the N.H. Food Bank and the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Lavigne said she is proud to serve PSU.
"I am lucky to do what I do each day and work at PSU," Lavigne said. "It's humbling to think of those who are being honored and those from the past. It's exciting to think of the type of people who live in New Hampshire."
PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Jennifer Frank and Lauren Lavigne's recognition continue Plymouth State's proud tradition of community service.
"The Plymouth State motto is Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, and these leaders exemplify that motto," Steen said. "We at PSU are proud of their achievements and look forward to their future accomplishments."
The New Hampshire Union Leader has compiled the list yearly since 2002 to honor those who are making a positive difference in the Granite State. Previous winners include notable state residents from the areas of sports, law, politics, education, media, medicine and other fields.
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