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SPR-SUM 2017

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SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 47 But to call the Fitzwater Center just a Franklin Pierce resource misses the point. It serves the wider community as well. Civic, business and educational leaders speak at the facility's annual Fry Lecture Series; through a partnership with New Hampshire Public Television, Pierce screens issue-driven films and then hosts community conversations around the topic; and with its Presidency and the Press annual conference, the University invites high school students to the Rindge campus to meet political figures and get their feet wet with Center's state-of-the-art media facilities. "It's a tremendous resource for the state," says Dawn Deangelis, chief content officer and vice president of NHPTV, who has collaborated closely with Nevious and Pierce students on Fitzwater Center programs. "They're always trying to engage the community." A PRESS SECRETARY LIKE NO OTHER That approach, that diversity of offerings, is a reflection of the man for whom the Fitzwater Center is named. In the historical context of our nation's public communication, Marlin Fitzwater stands alone. The Kansas native spent a decade in the front row of history, as press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush. From l983 to l992, his voice reassured the world in times of turmoil and change. Today he is an author and lecturer whose presidential anecdotes, political analysis and television commentary receive worldwide attention. As the only press secretary in history to be appointed by two presidents, Fitzwater became known to millions of Americans as the voice of the 26-nation coalition in the Persian Gulf War. Often wearing a wide brimmed hat and an open smile, Fitzwater stood next to two presidents during Cold War summits, economic downturns and eight military conflicts. He was named an Outstanding Civil Servant in government in l980; received the nation's second highest civilian award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, from President Bush in l992; served on the board of the Woodrow Wilson School for International Scholars; and has received numerous other awards and honorary doctorate degrees. Marlin Fitzwater is still very much a part of the Pierce family. Since 1999, he's been a member of the Franklin Pierce University Board of Trustees and continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of the Fitzwater Center. He often comes to campus to greet incoming Fitzwater Scholars. "Working with the students has been very exciting, and to see all these great kids come in and they're so energized and fresh and looking for new ways to express themselves," he said in a 2012 interview marking the Center's 10th anniversary. "[It's] great to work with young people who have a pure interest in journalism and help them develop their talents." Left: a detail of audio equipment Below: filming in the TV studio

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