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Celebrating 50 years of Title IX
Ravens Women’s Teams Find Success in 50th Anniversary Year of Title IX

June 23, 2022

RINDGE, N.H. (June 23, 2022) -- “No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Signed into law 50 years ago Thursday, Title IX has had far-reaching impacts across the education landscape, but it is perhaps most famous for its role in the advancement of women’s sports.

Franklin Pierce Athletics
INSIDE LOOK: How Day of Giving Fundraising Impacts Athletics

November 11, 2021

The success of a person is largely impacted by the opportunities provided to them, and the freedom they have to explore those opportunities. As a University, Franklin Pierce aims to provide its students with the tools needed to find success both in and out of the classroom. Be it through academic achievement or the ability to compete at the NCAA level, the student experience comes first in Rindge.

Russell Gaskamp
PUSHING FORWARD: Football Focusing on Growth in Second Season

September 29, 2021

After not being able to play for nearly two years, Franklin Pierce University coaches and student-athletes are happy to be back in action this fall.

Rachel Burleson (left) and Jeanette McKillop (photo credit: Meg Stokes).
GROWING TOGETHER: Pair of Athletics Admins Participate in NCAA Mentoring Program

April 01, 2021

It is widely known that the ratio of men to women employed in the sports industry is not balanced, there are many more males than females. The NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association Women and Minorities Mentoring Program is working to improve this. The program pairs young women and minorities seeking careers in collegiate athletic administration with those who have experience, in hopes of providing them with guidance, and enhancing their ability to be successful in their careers.

Women's ice hockey's Emily Kramer (left) and Kiki Doucette (photo credit: Meg Stokes).
A SEASON UNLIKE ANY OTHER: Reflections on Winter Sports’ Return to Competition

March 30, 2021

With the end of a unique winter sports season upon us, many Ravens are reflecting on their seasons and the challenges that came with them. While this was a most difficult year for college athletes across the country, Franklin Pierce University has done all it can to keep everyone safe and on campus. Though that has meant limited playing time for athletes, they have combated the challenges and stood tall in the face of adversity.

Kayak race
FUN TIMES AT FPU: Ravens Find Unique Competition Opportunities in Fall Semester

November 23, 2020

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic preventing intercollegiate competition this fall, the Department of Athletics had to get creative in creating a competitive experience for student-athletes. The result was a weekly competition called the Ravens Cup, which ran throughout the semester.

Left-to-right: Morgan Smith (football), Connor Everidge (track & field), Jillian Pagliuca (tennis). Photo credit: Meg Stokes.
BETTER TOGETHER: Franklin Pierce’s Coed Teams Push Each Other to New Heights

November 09, 2020

Being on a sports team is something athletes cherish throughout their lives. Teams are often more like families, with your brothers by your side as you run to the end zone, and your sisters cheering you on as you put a perfect shot into the net for the winning goal. However, in Raven Nation, this family dynamic extends beyond the male and female sports teams. Several Athletics programs on campus are coed in many of their operations, where the men’s and women’s teams frequently practice and interact together, making the family bigger. While it may be intimidating working with the other gender, many Ravens we talked to enjoy the challenges and the rewards of doing so.

Left-to-right: Eli Battipaglia, Ian Battipaglia, Ciersten Palumbo and Corinne Paolumbo (photo credit: Meg Stokes).
FAMILY TIES: Ravens Siblings Tackle Challenges of College Together

October 12, 2020

Coming on to a college campus can be nerve-wracking. Not knowing anyone, being by yourself, and starting a new life all on your own. These siblings decided to skip the stress and to enjoy the college experience together at Franklin Pierce. From living together to playing a sport together, these siblings are making the best out of their college experience with each other.

Javier Ramirez with the women's soccer team.
MASKS AND DISTANCE: Ravens Adjust to a Semester of Unique Practices

September 30, 2020

2020 is clearly a year unlike any other. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the world operates, and that translates directly into the world of college sports. With no competition this semester, and physical restrictions to keep people safe, sports practices and conditioning at Franklin Pierce have looked drastically different.

Mark Swasey
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Swasey Finds Success in First Year Back in Rindge

March 25, 2020

For new head coach Mark Swasey of the women’s basketball team, this season is not a welcome to Franklin Pierce; it is a welcome back. After an opening for the head coaching position became available, Swasey knew this was an opportunity he could not pass up. The ability to coach again, at a school he enjoys, made it easy to take the job.

Stefanie Caban
BALLIN’ FOR HER COUNTRY: Caban Recounts Experiences with USA Ball Hockey

February 21, 2020

Being a member of any national sports team is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any athlete, and it’s an experience Franklin Pierce University freshman Stefanie Caban has already had. The current women’s ice hockey defensemen for the Ravens was invited to be a member of the United States Women’s Ball Hockey team three years ago, and compete alongside other players from across the United States, including those in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL).

Demi Sahuleka, Ellie Ivanova and Feline van Doorn
FAR FROM HOME: International Athletes Adapt to Life in Rindge

November 14, 2019

Traveling to college is a stressful and exciting time for young adults, especially as a collegiate athlete. However, the situation is even more stressful when you are leaving your home country to do so. Franklin Pierce University has many international student-athletes who come from all over the world to attend school. Why? For the love of the sport.

Abigail Garnhart, Jocelyn Moody, Brittany Fleck, Allison Collins and Jessica Strassburg
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Brittany Fleck Coaches Two Teams at Once

November 08, 2019

Coaching at the NCAA level is a tough job. Hours of film, practice prep, game prep, travel, and so much more to ensure your team is not only performing well, but also happy. While some coaches find one team to be enough, Brittany Fleck took on a nearly impossible job: coach two teams at one time. The Franklin Pierce University field hockey assistant coach volunteered to help out with the volleyball team as well, when a position opened up on the coaching staff this fall.

Franklin Pierce volleyball
LINDSTROM STRONG: Volleyball Helps a Teammate’s Family Fight Cancer

October 22, 2019

Streamers and balloons hung down from the entrance of the Fieldhouse. Posters lined the walls with quotes such as “Feel the Teal,” and “Cancer you picked the wrong girl.” The Franklin Pierce University volleyball team walked onto the court wearing teal and white shirts reading “Lindstrom Strong,” and donning teal ribbons in their hair. All of this in honor of Dawn Lindstrom, whose daughter, freshman Ingrid Lindstrom, plays for the Ravens.

Bridgette Prentiss, Jessica Strack and Delaney Guimont
MOVIN’ ON UP: Inside Women’s Ice Hockey’s Transition to Division I

October 18, 2019

The 2019-20 season for the Franklin Pierce University women’s ice hockey team is about making history, as the Ravens begin their inaugural season at the Division I level, competing in the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA). The team makes the jump from the Division II/III level that they competed at for their first seven seasons.