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FAL-WIN 2016

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FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 13 RAVENINGS F itz@15 marks Franklin Pierce's year-long cel- ebration of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication's 15th anni- versary. Multiple programs will showcase the Center's impor- tance to the campus community and its impact on the region and the nation. It all began with a capital fundraising campaign in 1998. Within a few years, funds ex- ceeded $6.8 million, well above the planned $4.5 million. The 12,000-square-foot attachment to the library opened in May 2002 and ever since, has been laced with milestones. In 1999, the University's first polling center gave opportuni- ties for students to get involved in the presidential primary process. In 2008, the University partnered with pollster R. Kelly Myers and WBZ-TV, and then in 2016, with the Boston Herald. The Center's impact reached the national stage last year when the Franklin Pierce/ Boston Herald Poll showed Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary race for the Demo- cratic presidential nomination (See page 16). The Associated Press Media Editors recognized the University partnership with the Boston Herald with an hon- orable mention for community engagement. This year, the seasoned political reporting unit Poli- ticsFitzU attended the Iowa caucus, marking a first in the Center's history. PoliticsFitzU members also attended the 2016 Republican and Demo- cratic National Conventions. The Center welcomed a num- ber of presidential candidates. Republicans included Texas senator Ted Cruz, South Caro- lina senator Lindsey Graham, Ohio governor John Kasich, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The Fitz also hosted two Democratic candidates, Vermont senator Bernie Sand- ers, and Maryland governor Martin O'Malley. A grant from the New Hamp- shire Charitable Foundation allowed the Center to host teams of students from five N.H. high schools to the Presidency and the Press program, where C-SPAN taped several segments for its American History TV program- ming, including one with New Hampshire Union Leader Ex- ecutive Editor Trent Spiner '07 interviewing Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, for whom the center is named. "One thing that I always found so special about Franklin Pierce was the amount of freedom that students have to get involved," said Fitzwater. "I've been here several years, and every time I come, there's a different person behind the camera, and I love that, that they're involved and taking initiative." Co-chairs of the Fitz@15, Trent Spiner '07 and Frank Blais '05, MBA '07, encourage alumni to continue celebrating the Fitzwater Center's success. Ways to get involved includeat- tending events, reaching out to current students with intern- ships, extending contacts, and offering to speak on campus or participating with a gift at — Alyssa Borelli '15 THE FITZ@15 Milestones FITZ@15 EVENTS October 2016 Fitzwater Forum: Civility in Presidential Discourse At the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on the Rindge campus, and via live webcast March 2017 The Medallion Lecture On the Rindge Campus and via live webcast April 27, 2017 The Fitzwater Honors On the Rindge campus and via live webcast

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