Second Generation Franklin Graduate Domenic Screnci ’78 Offers Lessons from the Past and Supports the Future.
Kyle Gathers delivers BFIT Commencement speech. May 2017.
A year ago, Kyle Gathers ‘17 never imagined he would stand before 700 distinguished faculty, students, friends and family, and deliver the student commencement speech at his BFIT college graduation. Kyle, a native of Grove Hall, went from spending 9 years in jail to becoming a poet, a Kraft Scholar, and a college graduate. This May, he earned a Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and will go on to a promising future in the HVAC&R industry.
Kyle has a poised and relaxed demeanor which he uses to tell his story— a tale of a bright, thoughtful young man who faced the challenges of a difficult environment, made a life-changing mistake, and with resilience and determination got himself back on the right track. Although his parents had always stressed the importance of a good education, the shooting of his sister (who survived) and the tragic loss of his brother to gun violence had a negative impact on his trajectory.
Leslie Tuplin, Instructor of Construction Management, May 2017.
“Franklin did a lot for me, so it’s always been a dream of mine to come back.”
With professional experience from some of the most famous Boston construction projects of our time, Leslie Tuplin ‘80 returned to BFIT in January 2017 as a professor to teach Construction Surveying.
Tuplin first enrolled at the Franklin Technical Institute right after graduating from high school in the late 1970s and obtained her associate degree in Architectural Engineering Technology. “I felt like I needed hands-on work,” she said. “I loved the one-on-one availability of professors at the college when I was a student.” And today her students experience the same in her classroom. Even when there is no class in session, Tuplin opens the Construction Management lab for students to talk with her, do homework or just to sit and reflect.