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SPR-SUM 2018

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SPRING / SUMMER 2018 PIERCE 29 W hile volunteering at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaff rey, Kalyn DaSilva '18 enjoyed singing and playing Yahtzee with an elderly woman, who helped DaSilva manage her homesickness. Another resident expressed to DaSilva a desire to see a rainbow. " at day, as I was leaving, there was a rainbow," sa id DaSilva. "I took a picture, ran back inside and showed her. She started crying, which made me start crying. I printed the picture for her and she showed everyone in the nursing home. My time at Good Shepherd is my favorite time of the week." Sometimes, Franklin Pierce can overwhelm the Monadnock Region with too many volunteers, sa id Derek Scalia '05 ia , associate director of student involvement. But it's a good problem to have. DaSilva is among the approximately 100 Pierce students volunteering for two hours each week in the Jaff rey-Rindge area. at means Pierce students are collectively devoting about 2,000 hours per semester to community service. Additional Pierce students are scattered throughout the region, completing jobs and internships under the guidance of the Lloyd & Helen Ament Astmann '69 Career Center and its interim director Misty Start '11. Start and other advisers help students maximize career opportunities through a fi ve-stage mentoring model that promotes discovery, exploration, decision-making, preparation and implementation. e center pairs students with local businesses to help them secure positions and, in turn, provides business owners with eager members who want to work. e relationship between the University and local businesses is symbiotic. In addition to helping students match their skills and interests to available openings, Start also counsels business owners, helping them cra job descriptions or formalize unpaid positions. e center o en invites local business employees to campus to share their expertise, which also serves as professional development for the visitors. " ere are some businesses that cannot support an intern, but all businesses benefi t from students staying in New Hampshire," explain ed Start. "We off er businesses a menu of ways to engage students. Informing students about what is going on in the area and what businesses are available if they decide to stay and live here is helpful both to students and the community. We are always connecting people." Start is herself a product of an internship that turned into a full-time job. As a fi rst-generation college student, she struggled to justify an unpaid internship to her parents. But Start's voluntary post with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine evolved into a paid management position. "Having that unpaid internship provided my employer an understanding of my skills set," Start said. "Because I had proven myself, I earned their trust. If I hadn't paid my dues, I would not have had that experience." Pierce also boasts a small business advisory that connects the College of Business with local entrepreneurs and engages students in projects, such as developing business or marketing plans. Such connections provide students with real-world experience, while businesses get free labor that benefi ts the bottom line. "We have students learning about best practices in marketing and, at the same time, enhancing businesses in the community," explain ed Start. ed Among the organizations that have partnered with Pierce to welcome student workers are Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) and Cheshire Medical Center. Samantha Beaudry '1 9 , a health sciences major, completed a physical therapy internship at MCH in 2017, and fully appreciated the chance to witness professionals in action. "No textbook," sa id Beaudry, "could help me the way this experience did." C&S Wholesale Grocers supports the recently launched C&S Scholars Program , which provides a dozen Pierce students with three-year connections to eight diff erent areas of the business, from accounting to information technolog y to supply-chain logistics. Selected students are guaranteed a paid internship in their junior year and full time, paid co-op experiences as seniors. [See Page 22 ] " e ultimate goal," sa id Start, "is for C&S to employ students full time a er graduation." For students such as DaSilva, getting into the community more o en involves volunteerism. Pierce is affi liated with multiple organizations in the Monadnock Region, but two fl agship service programs involve connections with local children. Telephone Tales matches Pierce students with Jaff rey-Rindge children for weekly bedtime story readings over the phone, while the Boynton Middle School Buddy Program pairs college students with at-risk youth. Other students volunteer with a feline rescue program, build camaraderie with senior citizens at retirement homes, or tutor and supervise children a er school through a partnership with the Monadnock Bible Conference. e a er-school volunteers fi ll a gap created when Jaff rey lost its federal funding for a ernoon care. "[Community service] bridges the divide," sa id Scalia. "It gets our students out there and creates a deeper connection to Rindge and Jaff rey. I think we provide a mutually enriching relationship. Rindge has welcomed our students into experiences for their own leadership development, and we have provided students who are dedicated and passionate about engaging in that work."

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