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SPR-SUM 2016

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RAVENINGS CRABAPPLES ADD COLOR TO CAMPUS Stan Fry beautifes the students' environment Trees S tan Fry is passionate about growing things. The gardens at his 12-acre property in Peterborough are so magnifcent that they have been written up in numerous magazines and featured on HGTV's Gardener's Diary. Now, Fry is bringing some of that arboreal splendor to the Franklin Pierce campus. Starting this spring, Fry will sponsor and oversee the planting of 46 fowering crabapple trees on the drive leading up to Peterson Hall, and hedges and 100 fowering hydrangeas around the common area behind it. "Crabapples blossom in the spring then get red berries in the fall. Hydrangeas have huge beautiful blossoms in late summer and into fall," he explains. "We picked these particular plants to pro- vide a lot of color when students are on campus." Trees aren't Fry's only area of expertise. As a computer scientist, he holds numerous technology patents and developed the frst commercially available scanner. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Flashpoint Technology, Inc., in 1996 and has been its CEO since 1999. Fry has numerous Franklin Pierce con- nections. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2002, and in 2003, he established the Fry Lecture Series at the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. Speakers have included Ronald Kessler, Christopher Nixon Cox, and Rita Cosby. Fry's landscaping goal is simple. "Students are outside a lot and I want to create a pleasant environment for them to be in," he says. Look for those spectacular blossoms next year. — Hillel Bromberg ' We picked these particular plants to provide a lot of color when students are on campus' PROFESSOR CARD? Since taking over at Franklin Pierce, President Card has been squarely focused on students, earning him a reputation as being "student-centric." In the last year, he has been invited to and lectured to at least half a dozen classes, usually speaking about his experi- ences working for three Presidents in Washington DC. However, his time in the classroom has not been limited to just lecturing as he regularly joins students in class solely as an ob- server. It's no wonder that virtually every student on campus has a story about President Card. Quotable " I didn't want to go to the same school as everyone I knew in high school. I wanted to see what I could accomplish when I wasn't surrounded by people who hadn't already decided who I was." DANIELLE CLARKE '18 SPRING 2016 \ PIERCE 13

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