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Weekend Details

Hotel rooms for the weekend are available for a discounted rate at the locations listed below. Please be sure to reference F&M African-American Alumni Weekend when making your reservation to ensure you receive the best rates.

Hilton Garden Inn
101 Granite Run Drive 
$129 per night
2.8 miles from

Please use code "AAAC" when booking your hotel room. The Hilton room block expires March 7.

F&M Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 South Queen Street
$154 per night
1.5 miles from F&M

The Marriott Penn Square room block expires March 7.


Coming Back and Looking Forward
Weekend Schedule

Please Note: Registration is required for each breakfast, lunch and dinner program you plan to attend. Program that require registration are noted with an *.
Dinners and receptions include a beer and wine bar.
There is no cost to attend any of the panel discussions.
Your indication of attendance is important as we plan for this event. 


Friday, March 28

6 p.m. Welcome Dinner* 
Druker Commons/Catering Suite. Cost $40 per person.

7 – 9 p.m. An Evening with Jazz Guitarist Jack Wilkins and Tour of Exhibit “Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art” 

Experience the “Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art” exhibit in the Phillips Museum of Art beginning at 7 p.m. and at 8:15 p.m. Jack Wilkins, well-known Jazz Guitarist, takes the stage in the Atrium of Steinman College Center. Enjoy light refreshments while you listen to the smooth sounds of jazz.
Steinman College Center


Saturday, March 29

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast at D-Hall 
Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall. Cost $10 per person.

9 a.m. Welcome
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., Franklin & Marshall College President, welcomes guests to Coming Back and Looking Forward.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. F&M in the Liberal Arts
Panelists Daniel Lugo, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid; Donnell Butler ’95, Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes, Franklin & Marshall College and Keiran Miller ’15. Moderated by Marilyn  Suiter ’78 program director for education and human resources, National Science Foundation, this panel discussion will explore the State of Liberal Arts (education) today, How F&M is leading the field Liberal Arts as preparation for today’s workforce,  the Challenges ahead for the Liberal Arts education, and the Role of F&M’s African-American Alumni Council – now celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary.
Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.         Session I
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Bill Gray to Obama and Beyond 
Join panelists Modia Butler '95, Chief of Staff for Newark N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, Associate Judge Sylvester Cox '80, Maryland circuit court, Senator Anthony Williams ’79, Pennsylvania State Senate, and Darius Moore ’14 for a lively discussion on the impact of African-American politicians in today’s government. This session will be moderated by Terry Madonna, Director Floyd Institute's Center for Politics and Public Affairs.
Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Legacy Luncheon
Enjoy a luncheon celebrating students and alumni of F&M and a keynote presentation by Bob Herbert; author, New York Times columnist, and reporter. Alumni at each table will facilitate a discussion on how F&M enriched their lives and prepared them for the road ahead.
Catering Suite, Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall. Cost $20 per person.

2 – 3:15 p.m.         Session II
Economic Disparity in America
Panelists Aaron Bass '01, Principal KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy, Horace Madison ’88, Co-Founder Madison Strategic Integration, and Randy Wilkins '01 will explore and discuss the topic of African Americans achieving economic parity in America. This session will be moderated by Tony Ross '91, President and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America.
Bonchek Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences and Philosophy Building

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Franklin & Marshall Campus Tour
Enjoy and engaging and historical tour with David Stameshkin, Ph.D., retired associate dean and prefect of Bonchek College House.

3:30 -4:30 p.m. Family friendly activities in Lancaster
North Museum 400 College Ave, Lancaster • (717) 291-3941 Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hands-On House Children’s Museum of Lancaster, Museum Open 10am-5pm 721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-569-KIDS
Science Factory 454 New Holland Ave, Lancaster • (717) 509-6363 Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
A wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with alumni and students to discuss the topics of the day or to catch up on the latest happenings on the F&M campus.
Druker Common, Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. Cost $15 per person.

7 – 10 p.m. BSU Black Carpet Gala
Sponsored and hosted by the Black Student Union of F&M
Location to be determined. Cost $10 per person.

Sunday, March 30

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Church Service at Bright Side Baptist
Service led by Reverend Louis Butcher ’59, a native of Lancaster, PA, graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and from the Lancaster Bible College with a Master of Arts in Ministry. Reverend Butcher was presented with the prestigious Sydney N. Bridgett ‘51 Award at Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013.
515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster

1 p.m. AAAC Council Meeting and Luncheon
All Members welcome to a general council meeting to discuss future initiatives. Boncheck Lecture Hall, Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Registration for Coming Back and Looking Forward has closed. You are welcome to register for this event when you arrive.

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