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SPR-SUM 2016

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SPRING 2016 \ PIERCE 11 P ierce on the Camino is a centerpiece of Franklin Pierce University's study abroad experience. The semester-long walk through Europe is also a tradition almost as old as Pierce itself. Started nearly 40 years ago by retired English professor Taylor Morris, the walk began as a way to help students see the world around them and learn self-reliance. It's grown into one of the University's most beloved programs. "On the older walks, the group would be asking if they could pitch a tent on someone's front lawn," explained Sociology professor Doug Challenger, who now leads the excursion. "We do things a little dif- ferently now." Challenger took over leading the walk in 2006, after he'd partici- pated in it the year before. The following couple of years saw other faculty lead the walk; but by 2011 it was clear it was time to revamp the excursion. Challenger came back to it, and gave the semester-long journey some more structure. Students spend a month in the summer preparing for it, and then head of in August, returning by early November. "Pierce on the Camino," follows the path that religious pilgrims took from France through Spain for hundreds of years. Walk- ers cover around 20 miles a day, and have to complete a paper upon their return to campus. Along the way, they learn about history, culture, and themselves. "The walk is a time to help students get to know themselves," says Challenger. "You have all day to walk alone with your thoughts. Students can also talk with each other; walking all day allows you to have something deeper than a superfcial conversation with someone." Emily Brisson '16 (social work and counseling) did the walk in 2013, when she was a sophomore. The life skills it gave her are invalu- able, she says. "I learned to really take into account that everyone has their own past; the way they treat you says more about their past than it does about you," she says. "But the most surprising thing I learned was probably that I am my best resource. Whether it was a hurt foot, or some emo- tional problem, or even just a broken backpack strap, I learned to handle things for myself by myself. I'm not saying that I didn't rely on my group for support, but I did realize that I am capable of so much more than I thought I was before the trip. It gave me a sense of confdence and capa- bility that will beneft me for the rest of my life." — Holly Beretto Long Walk A Time to Refect and Connect Pierce's Camino Walk Fosters Students' Life Skills ' …walking all day allows you to have something deeper than a superfcial conversation with someone.' RAVENINGS P resident Andy Card described him as a "disrupter" in the media industry as he presented Joe Sciacca, Editor-in-Chief of the Boston Herald, the 2016 Marlin Fitzwater Medallion for Leader- ship in Public Communication in ceremonies in Rindge. Sciacca, he said, is "reaching both new markets and providing alternatives to the existing print paper." The ceremony also honored alumnus Rich Goode '96, Associate Manager of Production Operations at ESPN, where he oversees the con- trol rooms and staf that create con- tent for the network's Bristol-based studio shows, including television and digital platforms, both domestic and international. Goode earned his degree in Mass Communication and landed his ESPN job right out of college. Fitzwater Medallions for Academic Excellence went to seniors Stephen Keimig '16 and Austin Christopher '16. Keimig also received the Fitzwa- ter Medallion for Contributions to the Public Discourse for a Graduating Senior. Lauren Caduto '16, Carlo Falitico '15, Professor Heather Tullio, and Greg King '07 were awarded a 2015 University Award for Excellence for their public service announcement, "Can Collaboration," which swept the Student Emmy category at the New England Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sci- ences competition last May. In addition, Pierce Media Group leadership cords were presented to Morgan Baker '16, Greg Cormier '16, Stephen Keimig '16, Dimitry Legag- neaur '16, Brian O'Neil '16, and John Viaes '15. — Alyssa Borelli THE FITZWATER CENTER HONORS… Fitzwater Medals

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