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SPR-SUM 2017

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40 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 A fter Amanda Panaro '12, '14 met with former Franklin Pierce women's soccer coach Jeff Bailey in 2008, she told her father, "You can't leave me here in New Hampshire." Meanwhile, Philadelphia native Cody Kauffman '12, '14, the man who, five years later, would become Amanda's husband, was looking for a smaller but still competitive environment after playing baseball for two years at UMass Amherst. "At Franklin Pierce, I was able to find myself — and Cody," says Amanda. "When we came here, it changed us for the better." Amanda and Cody, both athletic stars for the Ravens, officially met while working the phones as student fundraisers, but Cody knew Amanda as "Pink Cleats" from the soccer sidelines. Amanda, in turn, recognized Cody as the cute and talented baseball player from her sports broadcasts as a communications major. At the phonathons, Cody was impressed by Amanda's outgoing personality. She was drawn to his calm demeanor. They became close friends, but their first official date on campus came months later on a bench by Peterson Manor, overlooking the lake. In her current role as associate director of marketing and communications, Amanda Kauffman looks out at that same bench from her office window. Though Cody left Rindge briefly, both Kauffmans served Pierce as graduate assistants for their former college teams. Today, Cody works as assistant baseball coach, while Amanda first an assistant soccer coach, then served in admissions and is now the associate director of marketing."Being an alumna is invaluable in the work I do," she says. "In marketing, the product is the most important thing, and I am a product of Franklin Pierce, so it's easy to believe in what I'm saying. I'm invested in the work because this is my school." Cody credits both Amanda and his Pierce education, including the counsel of former baseball coach Jayson King, with pushing him academically. The couple received their MBAs together in 2014. "I do a lot of recruiting," Cody says. "Being from Franklin Pierce and experiencing the same things as the students, it's easy to sell the school because I know what it has given me: my home and my family." Amanda '12, MBA '14 and Cody '12, MBA '14 Kauffman: The Love Story At Franklin Pierce, I was able to find myself — and Cody. Revitalization of University Honors Program begins 2016 Kim Mooney '83 Ph.D. appointed as President THE UNIVERSITY AT

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