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FAL-WIN 2017

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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PLAYER SHINES T anner Bird '16 experienced ups and downs throughout his career as a member of the baseball team's pitching staff. In his senior season a year ago, he earned All-American honors, consensus All-East Region First-Team accolades and an All-Northeast-10 Conference First-Team selection, while helping the Ravens to their seventh NCAA regional title. Earlier in his career, he lost a season, when he had to take time away from the team to fight, and beat, cancer. rough it all, while turning himself into an All-American threat on the field, he continued to excel in the classroom as well. Bird graduated in May 2016 with a 3.62 GPA earning his degree in marketing. Competing as a graduate student this season, he currently owns a 3.84 GPA. e classroom proficiency allowed Bird to cap his Ravens career with one more accolade in June, as he earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors for the second straight year, with a selection to the ird Team. e CoSIDA Academic All-America program is the nation's premier awards program combining both athletic and academic pursuits. To be nominated, student-athletes must possess at least a 3.30 GPA and serve as a starter or significant contributor to the team. Bird was one of just three Northeast-10 Conference baseball players to earn Academic All-American honors, but was not the only Raven recognized by CoSIDA this spring. Earlier, Bird had been named to the Academic All-District First Team, where he was joined by junior pitcher John Amendola '19. Smart Bird Tanner Bird '16 O n July 1, Rachel Burleson took the helm as director of athletics, ushering in a new era for the division at Franklin Pierce. She takes over for Bruce Kirsh '71 [see story, Pierce magazine, Spring 2017], who retired in June after 45 years heading the university's athletics department. Burleson comes to Rindge with more than a decade of Division II experience as an administrator and coach. She served as associate athletic director for compliance and administration at Missouri Southern State University. Burleson was previously an assistant athletic director at Western State Colorado University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tarleton State University and a master's degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Burleson kicked off her tenure at Raven Nation in June, representing Franklin Pierce at the annual Northeast-10 Conference meetings, an annual gathering of athletic directors and administrators from around the league, with the primary purpose being conference governance. Under New Management BURLESON IN CHARGE MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY (BURLESON); DAN FORGET PHOTOGRAPHY/ATHLETICS (BIRD) FALL / WINTER 2017 PIERCE 21

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