Senior in the Spotlight: Cassandra Erler

May 12, 2016

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Meet some of our outstanding seniors from the Class of 2016. Read more about their contributions to the University, involvement on and off campus, and in the community.

Cassandra Erler (Constantia, NY) recalls coming to Franklin Pierce was the best choice she’s ever made. After receiving an invite to apply to Princeton, she chose Franklin Pierce. “I didn’t want to be one of 10,000 students. I didn’t want to be just a name on a list,” she said. “At Franklin Pierce people know you – faculty know you, staff know you, students know you and what you do directly matters on campus.”

The small close-knit community allowed her the opportunity to try new things. Because of Doug Ley, associate professor of Humanities at Franklin Pierce, she found an interest in Antebellum-era slavery with a focus in child slavery.

 While on the Rindge campus, she served as a community assistant all four years and was involved in community service, such as Good Shepard and the Jaffrey Head Start program. She was a research assistant for the Health & Outreach office and a founding member of History Club, in addition, a senior reporter for the Pierce Arrow newspaper.

Erler also had the opportunity to work at a preschool for homeless children in Washington, DC over the summer.

Accomplishments include being inducted into Alpha Chi, the National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, and the second student in four years to get into the National Honors Conference in Denver, Colo.

Erler also has had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Regional Conference three times in Niagara Falls, NY, Gettysburg, PA, and Cambridge, Mass.

Those who she credits instrumental to her success at Pierce are professors Donna Decker, Jed Donelan, Kristen Nevious, Doug Ley, Mary Kelly, and former director of Residential Life, Ken Ervin.

Through the close-knit community, Erler was able to find herself. “I’m more confident in who I’ve decided to be,” she said.

Following graduation, Erler is attending Law School at American University where she hopes to concentrate in family and child law. Her dream is to work for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children one day.   


                 An education that matters.

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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