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FAL-WIN 2017

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RAVENINGS E ager, hardworking students. Dedicated reporters. Tenacious educators. Legendary White House press secretaries. Alumna turned University president. What do they have in common? ey're all part of the fabric that has made the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication a nationally acclaimed institution. "I always have said, and will continue to always say, that the Fitzwater Center is what it is because of the people who have been part of it," said Dr. Kristen Nevious, the center's director. "at includes the administrative assistants; the students, teachers, and the visitors who ask profound questions; Marlin [Fitzwater], who comes to campus; and [visitors like] Diane Rehm," says Nevious. "We have been shaped by many, many people." Every spring, some of those people who've helped shape the center's legacy are celebrated in the annual Fitzwater Center Honors, a showcase event where exceptional students, educators, and luminaries are awarded the Fitzwater Medallion for their contributions to communications. is year's celebration was the high point in a year spent lauding the Fitzwater Center's 15th anniversary. Past winners include broadcaster Candy Crowley, famous for correcting former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a presidential debate with then-President Barack Obama ("Can you say that a little louder, Candy?"); Fox News journalist Juan Williams, senior political analyst and noted author of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965;" and Genevieve McGillicuddy '94, the vice president for branding and partnerships at Turner Classic Movies [see story, Page 28]. Veteran journalist Diane Rehm, known for her decadeslong program, "e Diane Rehm Show," on NPR , received the 2017 Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communications. A lauded writer and reporter, she recently retired from news to launch a podcast. Rehm says coming to Pierce and meeting not only the University's students and faculty, but also meeting Marlin Fitzwater himself, was a meaningful milestone for her career. "I had wonderful encounters with each person I met while I was there in New Hampshire," says Rehm. "Receiving a Fitzwater Medallion and meeting with him personally was another very special moment â€Ĥ Having him give me the award was indeed a proud moment." Nevious is proud of the center's growth over the last decade and a half [see story, Pierce magazine, Spring 2017], and she looks forward to its continued growth as a resource for students, faculty and the community. "We will continue to explore how to create new opportunities for our students," says Nevious. e Fitzwater Center will also continue to take full advantage of its prime location in the Granite State, giving more attention to the New Hampshire State House. "We have an incredible opportunity, going forward, for expansion," she says. "It'll never get old." — Katricia Lang Fitzwater Center Honors Caps Year of Fitz@15 Celebrations HONORING LEGENDS RAVENINGS 2017 FITZWATER MEDALLION RECIPIENTS: Leadership in Public Communication by an Alumnus: Trent Spiner '07, executive editor, New Hampshire Union-Leader Leadership in Public Communication for Contributions to the Public Discourse by a K–12 Teacher: Adam Theriault, English/ media arts teacher, Souhegan High School Contributions to Public Discourse by a Graduating Senior: Alyssa Borelli '15, '17 (MBA) BY BRANDON BULSECO '16 FALL / WINTER 2017 PIERCE 7

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