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SPR-SUM 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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RAVENINGS Derek Robbie '18 Races On '18 D erek Robbie'18 was nicknamed "The Accelerator" as a toddler learning to walk, and he hasn't slowed down since then. As a Franklin Pierce University student, he's studying sports management and marketing, preparing for a career with a professional sports team. But on weekends, you'll fi nd him behind the wheel. "My dad bought me my fi rst race car when I was 7, " he sa id . "He was a mechanic for various Whelen Modifi ed Series race teams, so I grew up around racing." From that fi rst Quarter Midget stock car to today, he has learned not just how to drive but also worked on the cars and handled the public relations and marketing aspects of his team. "I really like the competition," Robbie sa id , "but the racing teams are also like a big family." He found that same sense of community at Franklin Pierce University, where he's also on the cross-country track team. "Between my studies, racing and running, I stay pretty busy," admit ted the Bellingham, Mass., native. And he would encourage new students to do the same. "Get involved with as much as you can at Pierce," Robbie advise d . "And get outside of your comfort zone." — Marene Gustin — THE ACCELERATOR Angelo Sellitto '19 Looks to Rope a Career in Law Enforcement Angelo a Career in Law Enforcement Looks to Rope a Career in Law Enforcement Looks to Rope A ngelo Sellitto '19 is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in intelligence and security, two degrees that should help him nab his dream career at the FBI or at the very least with a local or state law agency. "I chose Franklin Pierce University because of the small class sizes, the intimate feeling of working closely with the staff and other students," Sellitto sa id . " ey have a real sense of community here." And it didn't hurt that the university is close to New York, where he spends summers at a private ranch practicing his calf roping skills. at's right, the budding lawman is also a rodeo star. "I started riding at 4 and got my fi rst horse, Buster, at 5," he s aid . " e minute fi nals are over, I head to the ranch." He competes in calf roping events at rodeos along the East Coast. And although he knows it will be hard to continue the sport while working in law enforcement, he knows the skills he's learned will help him become a success. "I've learned from rodeo riding that it takes hard work and determination. Sometimes I get home from a rodeo at 11 p.m., but I can't sleep in because the animals need to be fed at 5 a.m. You have to be committed to the job." — Marene Gustin RIDING INTO THE FUTURE 14 PIERCE SPRING / SUMMER 2018

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