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SPR-SUM 2016

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12 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 RAVENINGS Maple Syrup SWEET IDEA FOR BUSINESS STUDENTS W hat better way for business students to put their knowledge to the ultimate test than with the launch of their own business—but, a high-pressure, seasonally-driven maple syrup business? Yet, the frst-year maple syrup supply business has seen immediate success. After teaming up with a local syrup producer through a business incubator partner- ship, about 20 students have undertaken all aspects of readying the products for sales. Most of them are business majors eager to translate what they have learned in the classroom into a functioning operation. Their goal is to have the syrup bottled and available for purchase by the middle of May. It's an ambitious objective for a frst-year program, but faculty advisor Mack Bean feels the students are up for the challenge. "This is completely student-run, and I have enjoyed seeing them go through the process," said Bean, a business professor at FPU. "It's one thing to learn theories and concepts in the classroom, but it's entirely diferent to run your own business and go through all of the logistics." Bean has been impressed by the hard work the students have put into the business, in addition to balancing academic, athletic, and work demands. But the students' experiences haven't been limited to the operational side of the business—they have also learned about the structure of corporations and how to sustain a thriving franchise. To that end, senior leaders of the program recently elected younger students to replace them next year and keep the business running smoothly. "This has been a great experience for the students in running a business. They have learned a lot by taking on diferent roles, and they are all working hard," Bean added. L ast October, Franklin Pierce faculty authors shared their research and experience as authors. Held at the Marulii Welcome Center, the event recognized the publication of the following books by fve Pierce faculty. Pam Bernard is a lecturer in Humanities. Esther, her fourth book, tells the story of the title character's trek from Kansas to California in the early 1900s. Told entirely in verse, it's a novel about family, grief, loneliness and the survival of the spirit. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You is Professor of English Donna Decker 's novel that uses the 1989 "Montreal Massacre" as a backdrop. Fourteen female engineering students were killed in that event. Decker's novel explores what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated feld and how events out of our control afect our lives. Melinda Marie Jette' s At the Hearth of the Crossed Races explores one of the earliest in- stances of intercultural contact in the Pacifc Northwest. The Associate Professor of History focuses on the French Prairie, named for the French-Indian families who resettled Oregon's original Ahantchuyuk Kalapuy- ans area, and how their doing so reshaped the region's culture. Much has been written about Ireland's "potato famine," but Professor of History Mary C. Kelly 's book, Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory looks at the cataclysmic event through the lens of U.S. im- migration and discusses the impact it had on Irish ethnic identity over 150 years. John Lund is a History lecturer, and his U.S. History e-textbook traces the story of our country through eyewitness accounts and lived experiences, providing a rich context for the politics, economics, and diversity that shaped the U.S.—before and after its founding. — Holly Beretto Pierce Authors Discuss Their Work Authors

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