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Students Participate in “The Presidency and the Press Conference”

July 29, 2013

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Fifteen high school and college students from the New England region met on Franklin Pierce University’s Rindge campus for “The Presidency and the Press Conference,” July 13-17. Hosted by Franklin Pierce’s Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, the Conference introduced high-achieving students to the dynamics of presidential election politics, ensuring that these young people acquire the skills and information they need for full participation in the Presidential Election.

This year’s Conference welcomed three students from Pinkerton Academy (PA) located in Derry, N.H., who were recruited through Fitzwater Center Director Dr. Kristen Nevious, and Doug Cullen from The Center for Career & Technical Education at PA. Cullen stated, “This program is a great community partnership of business, higher education and experiential learning. It is the definition of win-win-win!”

One of the PA students, Ronald Cooper, wrapped his presidency experience inside PA’s summer internship program, which gives students academic credit at PA for their experience at Franklin Pierce. His participation was sponsored by La Caretta Restaurant, of Derry. Manager Eddie Leon said, “Local businesses can make opportunities like this available to deserving young people. It is an investment in the future of our community and the nation.”

Dr. Nevious, who has hosted The Presidency and the Press Conferences for the past nine years at Franklin Pierce, remarked, “This program is made possible also through the generosity of media and political leadership from the local level to the nation’s capital.  We were thrilled that Marlin Fitzwater was able to meet with the students again this year.  His perspective on the Presidency, framed by his experience as Press Secretary for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is extraordinarily inspiring. And David Valdez, one of four living Presidential Photographers, shared his amazing experience in the Bush White House. These encounters and those with leaders like WMUR’s Alisha McDevitt and New Hampshire Senator Lou D’Allesandro will help these young people frame their futures in our democracy.”




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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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