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If the title of this special edition of The Penmen Press didn’t fully get the message across… Welcome back! The new semester is on its way, and we at The Penmen Press are happy to welcome you to the campus. Whether it’s your first day or soon to be one of your bittersweet last ones, The Penmen Press will be here to tell your story.

During the 2015-16 school year, The Penmen Press saw dramatic changes. With an incredible increase in staff members, we published 13 issues. Under highly focused and dedicated leadership, we achieved two awards at the Leadership Banquet: Excellence in Programming for our large turn out to see “Inside Out” on Columbus Day Weekend, and the Unsung Hero for last year’s Editor in Chief and his hard work at making The Penmen Press what it is today.

As a way to better serve the community, we also formed teams to support many charity events in and around Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), including Give a Little Feed a Lot, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, and Relay for Life, during which we had two giant Sumo Wrestling suits where students wrestled faculty members and each other. President Paul LeBlanc even officiated one of the matches. The White Ribbon Campaign and Relay for Life were events we were eager to take part in through co-sponsorships. Y

et, despite the success The Penmen Press saw in the past calendar year, there is no rest for the restless, and new ideas are already buzzing around our newsroom. It’s a new semester, it’s a new year, and it’s always a new newspaper. This year, we intend to continue working diligently in our mission to tell SNHU’s story and give the campus a voice. Throughout the year, we will cover the news stories you hear, the news stories you don’t, and the news stories that make SNHU, SNHU.

However, our jobs don’t just end with the newsroom. Students can be sure to see us distributing newspapers every other Thursday, cosponsoring events on campus, and even having a few of our own. Be sure to check us out at the CAPE Welcome Back Bash on Sept. 9 and in The Last Chapter Pub on Oct. 7 for the Second Annual Columbus Day Movie Night. With one of 13 issues under our belt for this year, we are already planning the next. If you’re interested in contributing to the newspaper, be sure to stop by Robert Frost 301 on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there, and welcome back.

Megan Palmer
Megan is an alumna of SNHU, formally the Editor-in-Chief of the Penmen Press. She was an English Language and Literature major with minors in communication and education, and she dedicated herself to the growth and success of SNHU's student-led newspaper. In addition to the Penmen Press, Megan also worked in the Deborah L. Coffin's Women Center, conducted extended research projects with SNHU's club for undergraduate research, and sang with her barbershop chorus.