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Exciting happenings at Franklin Pierce University

August 2011

Franklin Pierce University to break ground on new academic center Largest gift in University history!

Franklin Pierce University will break ground this fall on a new Health Science and Athletic Training Center to house health programs on the Rindge campus. This two-story, 9,000 square foot, $2 million center will provide academic space for expanding our emerging Health Science program and additional athletic training facilities. The University has received a lead gift of $1.1 million to support the construction of this new Health Science and Athletic Training Center. This gift is the largest the University has received from a private donor. “We are deeply grateful for the donor’s generosity in making this leadership gift,” said President James F. Birge. “The gift will be devoted to the construction of this facility.”

will also include three offices to enable athletic training staff to efficiently manage and track the health of athletes without leaving the treatment area. The second floor will provide 4,500 square feet of flexible academic space to prepare students for graduate studies and careers in health profession fields. “This facility will enable us to broaden our health curriculum and better serve our expanding number of students pursuing study in these fields,” said Paul Kotila, Dean of the College at Rindge.

“The 4,500 square foot athletic training and rehabilitation center on the first floor increases our capacity to care for athletes and provides expanded space for the athletic training staff to perform their duties,” stated Vice President and Athletics Director Bruce Kirsh. “On behalf of the athletic training staff, coaches and all student-athletes, we are extremely pleased to know that we will have a new state-of-the-art athletic training facility that will serve the entire athletics program in a manner that we have not had in the past.”

There will be two unique learning environments for undergraduate and graduate students: a multipurpose, multimedia smart classroom designed to take advantage of technology in education and maximize student-teacher interaction, and a connecting flexible laboratory classroom equipped with technology and media for today’s health education. Three faculty offices on the second floor are designed to allow for greater collaborative opportunities between teaching faculty from undergraduate and graduate programs. This addition allows for expansion of the University’s Health Science program. The proximity of the training and teaching spaces in the same building will also enable health students to observe applications of their classroom work.

The space will include multiple taping stations, training tables for treatment and rehabilitation using ultrasound and e-stim, and a hydrotherapy area with whirlpools. The area

Construction of the new facility to be built adjacent to the University’s existing fieldhouse is set to begin in fall 2011 and completed and ready for use by the summer of 2012.

Greetings to the Franklin Pierce community of students, families, alums, trustees, faculty, staff and friends! Please share this good news with your friends, family and colleagues. We invite you to email your good news Franklin Pierce stories to Thank you!

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Phase II Dining Hall renovations make a colorful impact

Phase II renovations in the main serving areas of the dining hall will transform your dining experience. The project began with demolition of the existing servery and foyer entrance. A new quarry tile floor and new glass entrance have been installed. Three new serving stations will greet you when you arrive. There will be a grill station where food will be cooked in front of you while you wait. A pizza station and a carving station with fresh meats will also be offered. And purple, green, orange and turquoise paint accents were added to brighten up your dining experience. Sodexo General Manager Kim Knox is excited to see students’ reactions, “I can’t wait for our students to return because the minute they walk in the door they will be overwhelmed with the change! They will feel like they are in their favorite restaurant!”

Impressive Franklin Pierce Athleticperspective News: view of brick oven pizza/servery


Franklin Pierce had four players selected in the 2011 MLB Draft in June, marking the second most Ravens selected by the majors in a single year in program history.

Former women’s soccer standout Gabriela Demoner competed on the Brazilian National Team during tryouts for this summer’s World Cup.

Women’s basketball rising sophomore Jessica Hurd is spending the summer in the national camp for Great Britain. She is competing for a spot on her home country’s Under-20 National Team.

Head baseball coach Jayson King spent the last half of June serving as a volunteer assistant coach for Team USA baseball, as the national squad is getting set to compete in the PanAm Games in the fall. Team USA took on the Keene Swamp Bats in an exhibition back on June 24 at Pappas Field in Rindge.

A pair of men’s soccer players are spending the summer competing in a collegiate soccer league, including rising senior Tom Reilly for the Portland (Maine) squad, and classmate Paul Latif for the Portsmouth (N.H.) team.

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New Documentary Studies Certificate Franklin Pierce is offering a new Documentary Studies Certificate program beginning this fall. The Documentary Studies Certificate is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be good documentary storytellers, an expertise that is increasingly important in many different professional disciplines and careers. The Certificate in Documentary Studies is an interdisciplinary program coordinated through the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture in which students learn the craft of producing nonfiction films and audio documentaries. The program hosted Pulitzer Prize author, social documentarian and Harvard Professor Emeritis Robert Coles on campus July 15th to meet with faculty and administrators associated with the program. Dr. Coles is on the FPU Documentary Studies Advisory Board. In recent decades, he co-founded the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and was the Editor of the award-winning documentary magazine Double Take. For more on Robert Coles see

Biology majors participate in research Professor Susan Arruda is currently working with a group of Biology majors studying vision and retinal degenerative diseases in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. This research is funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s New Hampshire Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (NH-INBRE). NH-INBRE is a statewide initiative aimed at providing undergraduates with opportunities in discovery-driven biomedical research.

Are You Ready for Some Campus Recreation?

Doug Carty and his team have a whole lot of exciting adventures planned for you. On the waterfront, you will find new stand-up paddleboards and free sailing lessons on our restored sailboat fleet. Intramurals kicks off with Flag Football, Streetball and Softball competitions. Our cardio-strength area has new mats and plyometric equipment for your fitness routines. Our phenomenal Adventure Rec program is offering downriver kayaking, outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking and our Weekday Wilderness program (daily on-campus adventures). Join us for some fun fitness activities!

Exciting Shift in the Career Center

The Career Services Office has recently moved into a larger space located in the center of the Freshman living area. The move offers an expanded staff area that includes space for workshop presentations, employer visits and on-campus recruiting. It also includes a career resource library that students can easily access to research career information, locate internships and jobs, and investigate graduate school options. The center was strategically located in the First Year area to allow the center staff to connect with freshmen and provide targeted programming and outreach to assist them with choosing a major and career path. Career Panel Series The Career Services Office will be hosting a series of career panels during the fall and spring semesters enabling students to hear directly from alums and other professionals working in fields they may be considering. Speakers share details about their careers and will offer advice and tips for students on how to best prepare for the field. Career Services Using Facebook to Share Information on Events, Jobs and Internships Students can now easily keep up with career events and announcements via Facebook at Franklin Pierce University Career Services.

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Pierce Media Group begins 2012 election coverage The Fitzwater Center’s Pierce Media Group has begun its 2012 Election Coverage. On Monday, June 13, a team of four students joined hundreds of other media at the first GOP debate of the election cycle, co-sponsored by CNN and WMUR. Leading the team was senior Fitzwater Scholar Erica Tomaszewski, an experienced political reporter who spent the first day of her college career as a member of the Pierce Media Group’s credentialed news team at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Joining her in the press filing room was The Pierce Arrow’s editor-in-chief, Kaitlyn Taylor; FPTV-25’s news director, Samantha Deabay; and Fitzwater Scholar Ahmos Diaz, also of FPTV-25. WMUR’s Trent Spiner ‘07 stopped by the team’s table, as did WMUR’s Online Political Director and Fitzwater Center Advisory Board member, James Pindell. Other Franklin Pierce University students can join the team as it covers the GOP candidates’ visits to the Granite State leading up to the 2012 New Hampshire Presidential Primary, and then the count down to the national political conventions and the national elections.

Pierce on the Camino

Management, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Fine Arts, History, Mass Communication and Psychology represented.

Pierce on the Camino students were on campus this summer taking courses and participating in practice walks in preparation for their semester long-distance walk through southern France and across northern Spain along the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Professor Doug Challenger and his assistant leader Laurie Stamell will lead a group of 12 students on this first Pierce on the Camino journey. This well-rounded group of students brings a variety of interests to the experience with majors in American Studies, Business

Walking as a pilgrim, students will carry a backpack, stay in pilgrim hostels, country inns and monasteries, traveling on foot between 10 to 15 miles a day. They will walk in groups and individually with the opportunity to converse with other travelers and local residents. The journey is an unforgettable adventure of group travel that engages students 100% in active learning and challenges them to grow on many levels— intellectually, physically and spiritually. Students express that study abroad experiences such as this have been life-changing experiences for them. Upon their return in spring semester 2012, students will deliver presentations to the Franklin Pierce community. Prepare to be engaged and amazed with the experiences that they share. Follow the group on Facebook at Pierce on the Camino. Franklin Pierce operates semester-long programs in Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; Lyon, France and unique programs such as the Pierce Walk in Europe and Pierce on the Camino. For more information on this program and other Franklin Pierce University study abroad opportunities, visit

Family Day on campus

Invite your family to Franklin Pierce for Family Day on Oct. 1. There are many fun activities planned including horse drawn wagon rides, sailboat cruises on Pearly Pond, family movie night, mini golf and brunch in the café. You can tour the Fitzwater Center; visit glassblowing, stained glass and pottery open houses; watch the alumni baseball game; make a photogram and photo mouse pad; watch an atlatl demonstration; or just enjoy a relaxing visit with your family. All events are free! Check in starts at 9 a.m. in Monadnock Lounge in the Campus Center. See you then!

Sy Montgomery shares Words of Wisdom Franklin Pierce Commencement Speaker Sy Montgomery was chosen out of 2,000 speakers to be highlighted in the New York Times annual Words of Wisdom section. Her speech was also chosen by The Chronicle of Higher Education in their roundup story featuring the five best and most insightful 2011 commencement speeches on college and university campuses, nationwide. She shared her words of wisdom with an engaged audience of graduates, family, alums and members of the Franklin Pierce community. “On this important day, my advice to you is twofold: First, like a runner or a jockey, get in a position that you are ready to receive blessings. They are almost always a surprise. And they usually come after you literally go out on a limb—for something meaningful, something you believe in, something bigger than yourself. Don’t buy the lie that the so called “real” world is all about staying safe and secure, accumulating money, piling up possessions. The real world, the world we love, is a green, living world, full of real dangers, and stunning beauty, and breathtaking surprises. Don’t be afraid.” Watch the video on our website at

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Snippets of interesting happenings . . . Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend 2011 from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and take advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with Franklin Pierce alums. More wireless technology is being installed across campus and new classroom interactive technology will be offered. The DiPietro Library is getting new furniture and increased holdings. Four students are participating in the Will Steger (noted polar explorer as well as a noted environmental educator) Internship Program this summer in Minnesota.

Here’s a peak at the calendar of events for Fall 2011: Sunday, Aug. 28 Monday, Aug. 29 Tuesday, Aug. 30 Wednesday, Aug. 31 Thursday, Sept. 1 Friday, Sept. 2 Saturday, Sept. 3 Sunday, Sept. 4 Wednesday, Sept. 7 Friday, Sept. 9 Wednesday, Sept. 14 Friday, Sept. 16 Saturday, Sept. 17 Friday, Sept. 23 Thursday, Sept. 29 Friday, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 Saturday, Oct. 1 Wednesday, Oct. 5 Friday, Oct. 14 Friday, Oct. 21 Saturday, Oct. 29

Play Fair, Boat Regatta, Campus Bands The Dating Doctor - David Coleman, Dale K-Comedy Hypnotist Classes Begin Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting Kimball’s Ice Cream Social Club & Organization Fair, Pierce Pride Kick-off Night Big Screen Movie Grand Monadnock Climb Student Government (SGA) Meeting Frankie P Friday, PAC Roller Skating SGA Elections Frankie P Friday Standup Comedy Workshop: Comedian Steve Hofstetter Class of 2012 Mohegan Sun Bus Trip PAC Game Show Alumni Reunion Weekend Family Day PAC Murder Mystery PAC Spookie World Bus Trip Big screen horror movie event PAC Fall Feature Performer

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Exciting happenings at Franklin Pierce University