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SPR-SUM 2016

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50 PIERCE / SPRING 2016 DEVELOPMENT S ometimes a tradition is too good to let go, so Franklin Pierce has brought one back—Reunion Gift Chairs. These volunteers—one or two from each of this year's special Rindge Reunion classes (classes ending in 1s and 6s)—are rallying their respective class members to attend the upcoming Reunion, and to give back to Franklin Pierce by making a monetary donation to the University. Think about it. Did you beneft from your time at Franklin Pierce? Did Franklin Pierce launch you into a productive life and career? Did you make lifelong friends? Do you want to ensure that Franklin Pierce thrives and edu- cates generations for decades to come? The Reunion Gift Chairs have been reaching out since the start of the 2016-16 Academic Year and will continue to do so until Alumni Reunion 2016 on the Rindge campus, June 24-26. Meet these generous alumni, who are giving their time and treasure to help make your alma mater and your Class strong! Michelle Barbeau '11 , MBA '13 (5 th Reunion) Vivacious. Enthusiastic. Creative. Smart. These are some of the words that come to mind when describing the Reunion Gift Chair for 2011. Michelle is Associate Director of Enrollment and Retention for Franklin Pierce's CGPS programs, where she advises undergraduate students, and recruits for the CGPS graduate and un- dergraduate programs. She enjoys work- ing for her alma mater because, "It's a place I'm so passionate about. It's easy to promote it because I love it so much, and it's fun to share my story. Education can really change your life. To be on the front lines and follow students all the way to graduation, to share in their successes and know I helped a little bit is awesome!" Michelle already knows many people in her class and is eager to connect with more. She understands how important donor participation is to demonstrate to outside funding sources that Franklin Pierce alumni support the institution, so she readily accepted the challenge of Reunion Gift Chair. "I want to be able to help Franklin Pierce succeed," she says. "My hope is to get half of my class to participate, no matter the amount. It's all about par- ticipation." So far, this young class has charged out of the gate under Michelle's leader- ship. Keep it up! Kirt Sampson II '06 , MBA '14 (10th Reunion) Kirt is a second-generation alumnus, whose father, also named Kirt, graduated from Franklin Pierce's Concord campus in 1984. Kirt fell in love with the Rindge campus and loved his experience as an undergraduate. He still keeps in touch with some of his professors, who encouraged him to go on for a graduate degree when he started working as an accountant for the Department of Veterans Afairs. Once again, Kirt chose Franklin Pierce, where he got his MBA in Leadership. He appreciates all of the networking opportunities and being able to fashion a hybrid program of both online and on-campus classes. Now Acting Chief of Accounting at the VA Medical Center, Kirt handles internal audits and construc- tion accounting, and has taken on supervisory responsibilities. As Reunion Gift Chair, he is enjoying the chance to reconnect with fellow '06 alumni and welcomes "the opportunity to volunteer and give back. I received a Presidential Scholarship, which helped out with my college expenses, and am happy to be able to help current students receive that same help. I'm hop- ing to at least double class participation this year from last year." Kirt emphasizes that giving something, no matter the size, is better than giving nothing, since partici- pation is key. He says, "I consider Franklin Pierce to be a lifelong connection." Mike Gasper '01 (15th Reunion) Co-Founder and Executive Director of Extra Special Parents, headquartered in Richmond, Va., Mike epitomizes the Return of Reunion Gift Chairs! Eight reasons why volunteers reach out to classmates Kirt Sampson II '06, MBA '14 Michelle Barbeau '11, MBA '13 ABOVE AND RIGHT: Mike Gasper '01

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