Franklin Pierce University cuts ribbon on new home for College of Business

  • Steve Camerino, chair of the Board of Trustees, Tom Raffio, chair of the College of Business Advisory Board, Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney, Norm Faiola, dean of the College of Business and FPU student Erin Kelly cut the ribbon on Monadnock Hall, the new home of the College of Business at Franklin Pierce University's Rindge campus during a ceremony on Thursday evening. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Monadnock Hall, the new home of the College of Business at Franklin Pierce University's Rindge campus during a ceremony on Thursday evening. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/21/2019 9:03:23 PM

With a snip of over-sized scissors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Franklin Pierce University officially christened a new home for its College of Business, in the freshly renovated Monadnock Hall.

“Having space is an integral part of the learning environment,” FPU’s head of the College of Business Norm Faiola said in an interview at the ceremony. “It’s a home, and that’s one of the key things we need.”

Monadnock Hall formerly housed some of the university’s arts programs, but the first floor has been overhauled to make space for their second-most popular major.

With that renovation came some technology upgrades, including a digital board which is to display real-time business news. The university also plans to purchase digital platforms to allow its students to video conference with business leaders participating in Franklin Pierce’s Executive in Residence program, FPU President Kim Mooney said.

“The idea of the program is for them to have a presence on campus, but students will also be able to engage with them through technology when needed,” Mooney explained. “We’re really excited about this space.”

And about deepening the ties between the university and the local business community.

“It’s our sincere hope that by deepening Franklin Pierce University student’s commitment to the Monadnock Region while they are students, they will graduate from here and choose to pursue their careers, their entrepreneurial opportunities here, around the state and the region,” Mooney said.

Tom Raffio, chair of the College of Business Advisory Board and president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental, said he’s been involved with the program long enough to watch the university grow its College of Business from an idea to reality.

“How many of you have been at focus groups where you share ideas and you never hear anything about what happens?” Raffio said. “We’re here. And that’s really a testimony to Franklin Pierce and President’s Mooney’s leadership. What we’re doing here is incredible.”

Raffio said entrepreneurship and innovation are “learned behaviors,” and the next generation can get their start at Franklin Pierce.

FPU business major Matthew Toombs, of Pleasanton, California, said he was happy to see the office space as well as a classroom dedicated to the business faculty.

“When I was a freshman and sophomore, this space wasn’t being used to its full potential. I think it’s going to offer a lot of benefits to the students, but it also gives professors their own space, which they didn’t have before,” Toombs said.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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