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Honors Abound at Franklin Pierce University

April 10, 2014

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Franklin Pierce University held its annual Fitzwater Center Honors on the Rindge campus on April 7, 2014. Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, presided over the event, which included special recognition for outstanding students who have made significant contributions to the public discourse, as well as recognition for an outstanding alumnus who has consistently exhibited a commitment to the mission of the Fitzwater Center.
 
President James Birge and Provost Kim Mooney were on hand to congratulate Brett Bosley, Robert Driscoll, Michael Husson, Joseph Sousa, and Courtney Zorena, who were given Leadership Cords in recognition of their exemplary work in the Pierce Media Group (WFPC-LP 105.3FM, FPTV-25, The Pierce Arrow, Raven Sports Network, PoliticsFitzU, Four Corners Marketing, and PMG Social Media). Criteria for the Leadership Cords includes working a minimum of six semesters in any Pierce Media Group outlet with at least two of those semesters spent in a leadership role.
 
Graduating seniors Brett Bosley, Robert Driscoll, Rachel Felson, and Rachel Moon were then presented with Fitzwater Scholars Medallions for academic excellence. The Fitzwater Medallion for contributions to the public discourse by graduating seniors was presented to Robert Driscoll for his work with FPTV-25, and to Brett Bosley for his work with the Raven Sports Network. Bosley thanked his parents, who he said were not given the opportunity to attend college, and went on to express his appreciation of the extensive hands-on media opportunities he had during his four years at Franklin Pierce.
 
The Fitzwater Center Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication by an alumnus was presented to John Perry ’92, now a supervising producer at Paramount Pictures and for many years an Emmy-nominated producer and director on the Dr. Phil television show. Perry’s medallion was presented to him by fellow alumnus Matthew Berman ’92, a Hollywood screenwriter and director. Upon receipt of the award, Perry spoke of the “unique Franklin Pierce bond” that he experienced both during his years at Franklin Pierce, and after graduation when alumni welcomed him to California and helped him get his first job as a page at Paramount Pictures. Both Perry and Berman recently worked together on producing the film The Wedding Pact, which was previewed on the Rindge campus after the awards ceremony.

Photo caption: Fitzwater Medallion recipient John Perry, Dr. Kristen Nevious, and President James Birge.

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FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY
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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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