The Penmen Press team celebrating “Staffsgiving.” (image credit: Dee Dube)

It’s this time of year that we at The Penmen Press are reminded that this little club is so much more than simply the ink and paper we put out every two weeks.

Last week we held our annual Staffsgiving potluck, an tradition that brings all of us together with good food, laughs, and stories, while allowing us to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.

SNHU is our home, and we are lucky to serve this tight knit community. You have stuck with us as we’ve grown from a tiny ragtag bunch of writers into full-fledged student journalists over the past few years. It is because of your support that we were able to step into the modern age, launching PenmenPress.com this September. Our community grants us, without fail, new reasons to tell its story.

The outpouring of support that we have received so far this semester has been incredible and humbling, and we could not do what we do without the inspiring faculty and staff on campus. We are lucky then, that there are so many influential people that we couldn’t possibly ever thank them all.

We would, however, like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our advisor JB, Presidents Paul LeBlanc and Patty Lynott, Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Evan and Dean of Arts and Sciences Steve Johnson for their continued dedication to the Penmen Press and its multitude of driven staff members.

We also owe an immense amount of gratitude to the Office of Student Involvement. To Tom Balestracci, Gavin Telfer, Meagan Sage, Judy Dionne, Liz LaClair, Colleen Lubin, Heather Lorenz and Michelle Scali, thank you for all that you do. The community fostered for clubs and organizations through the Office of Student Involvement allows us to become better student leaders, to lead better organizations.

Of the many things we have to be grateful for today, one of the biggest thank you’s we have is to our amazing and dedicated staff. The members on our team are what make the Penmen Press the Penmen Press. They are smart. Passionate. Funny. And kind. They are some of the best that SNHU has to offer. Just this year alone, as we have undergone growing pains and reimagined what journalism looks like, they have given so much of their time, energy and passion to that dream. While it isn’t always easy, our newsroom is always home.

There are too many people that we ought to thank, too many people whose words of encouragement, passing smiles and outright support have allowed us to reach this point. We would not be here without the support of Southern New Hampshire University, and the community that inevitably comes with it. We are so fortunate, grateful and blessed for every opportunity that has brought us.

Thank you, SNHU.

From the Penmen Press

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.