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Pierce readies new programs, construction.

Franklin Pierce University is launching several academic and athletic initiatives, including construction of a new academic center and athletic training complex, revision of the general education curriculum that prepares students to join a complex work environment, and development of partnerships between undergraduate and graduate academic programs.

The university also announced the addition of three new intercollegiate varsity sports -sprint football, men's and women's track and field/men's cross country and women's ice hockey.

All three programs will begin competition in the fall of 2012.

The new academic center and athletic training complex will serve a dual purpose by becoming the new home of the emerging Health Sciences program and also serving as a care and treatment center for Franklin Pierce student-athletes.

The $2 million, 9,000-square-foot facility will feature interactive learning stations including a multimedia smart classroom, a flexible laboratory classroom and faculty offices for more one-on-one interaction between students and professors.

The new facility is made possible with the support of a $1.1 million donation from an anonymous donor. The total represents the largest gift the university has ever received from a private donor. Franklin Pierce also recently received a generous $75,000 donation from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass., which will aid in the development of the academic portion of the new center.

According to President lames E Birge, "through new academic and athletic initiatives, Franklin Pierce will become an even more desirable 'college of choice' for undergraduate students."

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Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
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Date:Nov 4, 2011
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