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FAL-WIN 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 7 EDITOR'S LETTER I t's hard to capture on the page how excited I am to be part of Pierce magazine as its new editor. In so many ways, it represents a homecom- ing for me — a chance to reconnect with the University nearly two and a half decades after I left its mountain views and close-knit com- munity. This issue gave me the opportunity to catch up with two former classmates, Kaleo Griffith '92 [see page 17] and Jason Lassen '92 [see page 36], and perhaps most fun of all, I got to do a little role reversal. The Franklin Pierce Fire Company feature [see page 24] is by Gregory DL Morris. Gregory is the editor who gave me my first paying freelance story assignment, way back in 2004, for a magazine that no longer exists. It was great fun to serve as editor to his writer, and the story is terrific. I hope you enjoy the slices of University life that are captured on these pages. The Franklin Pierce community is a dynamic one with our alumni doing everything from working with the National Basketball Association [see page 18] to bringing history to life in Williamsburg [see page 10], helping the disabled to scuba dive [see page 11] and honoring each other for lifelong commitments to the school [see page 49]. Our stu- dents had the very real chance to watch democracy in action, conducting a national poll [see page 16] that shined a spotlight on our small school. Generations of Ravens shared what it means to be legacy families [see page 30], and our Alumni Association Board of Directors works tirelessly to ensure that future generations of Ravens will enjoy the support and quality education you and I have received. We all know that Pierce is a special place. We all have vivid memories of our time here. Pierce shaped us and gave us a foundation upon which we built the rest of our grown-up lives. While we are diverse, and have scattered near and far from south- western New Hampshire, we have one thing in common: we are Ravens. Across coming issues, we'll share more stories about the people who make Franklin Pierce unique, and we hope you'll help us find them. An alumni magazine, by its na- ture, belongs to all of us. Let us hear your stories: send in a class note, write and tell us who has an interesting career or reached a milestone we shouldn't ignore, drop a line and tell us how we're doing. I am so looking forward to being part of the great team that publishes Pierce twice each year. I hope that it will become something you look forward to seeing in your mailbox. Pierce Pride! HOLLY BERETTO '93 editor@franklinpierce.edu Homecoming Pierce shaped us and gave us a foundation upon which we built the rest of our grown-up lives. While we are diverse, and have scattered near and far from southwestern New Hampshire, we have one thing in common: we are Ravens. PHOTO BY KIMBERLY PARK

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