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FAL-WIN 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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RAVENINGS Academic Showcase 2018 LEARNING AND EXPLORATION F ranklin Pierce University's Ninth Annual Academic Showcase took place this past spring, highlighting research projects and presentations by students and faculty. April's celebration kicked off in the library courtyard with opening remarks from President Kim Mooney '83, welcoming everyone to a fun day of learning and exploration. Academic Showcase is a daylong celebration. Instead of attending classes, students present research and attend peer-given lectures, simulations and roundtables. Highlights from the April 2018 showcase included "The Nexus of Politics and Popular Culture," "Can Poetry Matter?," "Constitutional Protections for Fake News?," a theater performance of "Are You Like It," a moot court demonstration, and Raven Brain Bowl and Ethics Bowl. Student poster sessions included senior research projects, conference presentations and classroom papers. — Alexa Wallace '16 MBA '19 FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 13 FACING PAGE AND THIS PAGE: ANDREW CUNNINGHAM Governor Sununu Visits BEST Camp N ew Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu visited the Rindge campus in July to speak with 90 middle school students attending the BEST camp, a partnership among Franklin Pierce University, the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary and the local school district. The governor met privately with President Kim Mooney '83, then engaged in a lively discussion with campers in Marcucella Hall. President Mooney said, "We are pleased to have Governor Sununu visit to see the BEST camp in action. This partnership provides critical benefits for families in our community and is a model for collaboration in communities across New Hampshire." In its eighth year, the BEST (formerly QUEST) camp is organized, staffed and funded by the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary. The school district provides teachers for academic sessions. Franklin Pierce provides the facilities, and many faculty and staff volunteer their time. Sununu explained he was on a mission to learn what made BEST camp work so well, and campers eagerly shared their favorite activities — the high ropes course, Japanese drumming, "bows and arrows and spears," flying an airplane and unlimited ice cream! "A lot of these kids would have nothing to do over the summer without us," said Tonya Albee, BEST chairperson at Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary. "Parents are very grateful. Some of our campers are homeless; many are food insecure. The chefs in the dining hall take good care of them." Sununu encouraged campers to rise to challenges by keeping their focus on positive outcomes. He invited them to think like engineers when they encounter hardships and figure out ways to solve problems and make broken systems work. — Julie Rizzo A WINNING SOLUTION

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