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Stars and Students Turn Out for Fitzwater Honors

April 7, 2015

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2015 Fitzwater Medallion Award winner Genevieve McGillicuddy ’94 and Franklin Pierce professor Phyllis Zrzavy at the Fitzwater Honors Ceremony.

Media stars and students turned out for the 2015 Fitzwater Center Honors Ceremony, which took place last night, Monday, April 6, on the Rindge campus of Franklin Pierce University.

The ceremony honored several Franklin Pierce students for academic achievement as well as senior Sarah Rodriguez ’15 for her contributions to the public discourse. 

Genevieve McGillicuddy ’94, Vice President of Brand Activation and Partnerships for Turner Classic Movies, was also honored, receiving the Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication. Ms. McGillicuddy graduated with a degree in English from Franklin Pierce in 1994.

The Fitzwater Medallions for Academic Excellence went to seniors Timothy Armstrong ’15, Ian Hayden ’15, and Sarah Rodriguez ’15.Ms. Rodriguez also received the Fitzwater Medallion for Contributions to the Public Discourse for a Graduating Senior, which was presented by President Andy Card.

The center’s namesake and Franklin Pierce trustee emeritus, Marlin Fitzwater, was on hand for the ceremony and was the recipient of a surprise tribute video, put together by Franklin Pierce students. Franklin Pierce alumni also appeared in the video, with several thanking trustee Fitzwater for taking time to mentor them during their student days.  

Trent Spiner ’07, executive editor of the Union Leader newspaper,  was one of the alumni who appeared in the video. He also attended the event. In addition, Joe Sciacca, editor-in-chief of the Herald was on hand, as was the Herald’s chief political columnist Joe Battenfeld. Several future Fitzwater Scholars were in attendance as more than a half-dozen accepted students showed up for the event and were recognized.

In the closing minutes of the event, Trustee Fitzwater was presented with a portrait of himself and wife, Melinda, drawn and presented by freshman Khyle Parke ‘18. Fitzwater was White House Press Secretary for six years, serving two U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and is now trustee emeritus at Franklin Pierce University after 17 years on the Board.


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Franklin Pierce University is an accredited university that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations throughout New Hampshire and in Goodyear, Arizona. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. Franklin Pierce embraces an education that matters—one that achieves academic success by augmenting the traditional liberal arts foundation with professional programs. Our community of educators and learners create an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. Franklin Pierce empowers each student to discover and fulfill their unique potential, so that they enter the professional world with the confidence and knowledge to be leaders of conscience. Franklin Pierce graduates are well-prepared for the professional, personal, and social demands required for success in the 21st century.

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