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SPR-SUM 2016

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SPRING 2016 \ PIERCE 51 Franklin Pierce spirit of caring and com- munity. For years he worked with young children caught in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Then he decided to "do something diferent" by empowering children to be part of the decision regarding their ideal family, so that they could be stabilized more read- ily and, ultimately, become productive members of society. "If I change one life in my lifetime, then I've done something," says Mike. "I have a strong belief that every child deserves the love and support of family and community." Mike took on the challenge of Reunion Gift Chair with the realization that "Franklin Pierce has had such a signifcant impact on my life. I'll do whatever is needed when called upon. People can become detached from a place we all called home for four years; we need to reconnect, refect, and think of our time at Franklin Pierce. It's a University of chances and hope. Franklin Pierce meant so much to me, and I know it meant that to others. It's a very special place." Abby Gordon-Tolan '91 (25th Reunion) Make no mistake about it; Franklin Pierce prepares its students to take on just about anything. "Franklin Pierce had a lot to do with helping me take risks and building my confdence as an intellectual," says Abby, who was a teacher in the School of the Future in New York City, and then went on to become a writer and stand-up comic. "I didn't have a strong academic identity as a high school student," says Abby, "but Franklin Pierce teachers pointed out strengths I didn't know were there, which had a huge impact on me personally and aca- demically. One particular professor said, 'You're better than this!' He pushed me and didn't let me fail." Abby has twin 8-year-old sons and keeps very busy as an involved parent and community member. She took on the role of Reunion Gift Chair because, "Franklin Pierce was so important in shaping me as a person and a successful adult. I love my class! They're such great people, and I am so proud to be their peer. I want to help make a diference." Tony Savageau '86 (30th Reunion) Staying power is what Tony is all about; he's had only two jobs in 30 years, and landed his frst before he even graduated. A computer science management major, Tony credits his liberal arts education and learning to work with people in diferent groups for getting a leg up in working for global companies. Back in high school, Tony was living in Germany and is happy that a friend found out about Pierce through a postcard! He met his wife, Karen '85, at Pierce during RA training in his junior year. They have three children and live in Massachusetts. Tony enjoys reconnecting with his classmates as Reunion Gift Chair. "I've spoken with a half dozen people I hadn't spoken with in 25 years. Ideally, I'd love to see 20-25 percent of our class participate in giving and in Reunion," says Tony. "Andy Card is reinvigorating the whole campus. His mission is a good one. The last Pierce magazine was a great comprehensive publication. It made me go down and look in the basement, where I found several old photo albums from Franklin Pierce days…I found a treasure trove of memories!" Cindy (Murray) Schutzman '81 (35th Reunion) Cindy is not only thankful for a great education that has served her well ca- reer-wise, but she also credits Frank- lin Pierce with having "a major impact on my life because I met my husband, David '83, here and have been happily married for 30 years!" Cindy and David have two sons and live in Con- necticut. Cindy worked in sales for 28 years for a major consumer package goods company in Stamford, Conn., and then worked as a consultant for four additional years before retiring in August. "Franklin Pierce wasn't the center of my life during those years," says Cindy, "but it was the foundation of many friendships that I still have. Franklin Pierce was the perfect place for me to become my own person; it really did a lot for me." Cindy appreciates President Card's vision for the school and cites it as one of the reasons she took on the role of Reunion Gift Chair. "I don't think many people realize that even if they give $25, it's a big help. Foundations ask what the alumni participation rate is; why would other people invest in the University if the alumni don't? It's not what you give, it's that you give; that's my main message as Reunion Chair." A LIFELONG CONNECTION Be sure to look for communications from your Reunion Gift Chair in the mail, email, and on Facebook and LinkedIn! To update your alumni contact information so that you are included in communications, please go to: www.franklinpierce.edu/ alumni/info_update.htm. If you would consider volunteering as a class representative, please contact: Alumni & Parent Relations Director Julie Zahn, (603) 899-1159, zahnj@franklinpierce.edu ABOVE: Cindy (Murray) Schutzman '81 LEFT AND BELOW: Tony Savageau '86

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