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SPR-SUM 2017

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 39 Michelle Barbeau '11, MBA '13: Supporting the Next Generation M ichelle Barbeau '11, MBA '13 describes herself as a social person. As an undergraduate at Franklin Pierce, she worked as a phonathoner. Barbeau's ability to make connections with alumni impressed her supervisors so much that they offered her a job. "I was asked to consider being a graduate assistant, working in the alumni and development office while getting my MBA," Barbeau recalls. Knowing the opportunity was too good to pass up, Barbeau accepted and was soon running the student phonathon, developing her interpersonal skills and making more connections with Pierce graduates. As her two-year commitment wound down, Barbeau began to pursue jobs that would put her undergraduate Social Work degree to use. But, again, she was asked to stay, this time by the online division of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. In 2015, she was promoted from assistant to associate director of enrollment and retention at CGPS, recruiting and advising students earning their degrees online. "I am the face of the University for these students," Barbeau says proudly, "because they don't come in for class. I guide them toward their degrees and find the best route for them to be successful." Because Pierce is a small school, Barbeau appreciates that she once felt comfortable calling her own graduate advisor for help. That personalized approach to education is something she tries to emulate in her current work for the University. Most of the students with whom Barbeau works are adult learners, balancing career, family and a challenging academic re-acclimation. "I tell them I understand going back to school can be intimidating," Barbeau says. "I like to share that I was able to complete my MBA at Pierce online, and that we have built a curriculum that cares about students. It's more than just a job for me. I truly care about Franklin Pierce. I am trying to give back what Pierce has given me: encouragement and constant support." It's more than just a job for me. I truly care about Franklin Pierce. BY JANA F. BROWN Spotlight on Alumni Alumni have a way of finding their way back to Franklin Pierce. Their journeys are distinct, but they share a common affection for the University. Here we tell the stories of four Pierce graduates who now infuse love for their alma mater into their work for the school's future. Andrew H. Card appointed President 2016 2015 Ravens men's baseball wins its seventh regional title ANDREW CUNNINGHAM "My Home and My Family"

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