As the academic year wound to a close earlier this May, one office at Franklin & Marshall College was putting the finishing touches on preparations for a busy summer of events that include residential camps, baseball tournaments, musical concerts, two high school graduation ceremonies and even some weddings.
The F&M Office of Conference and Events Services has been working on logistics and accommodations for more than 39,000 guests expected on campus between mid-May and mid-August. Plans and preparations have been in the works for months to organize the dozens of activities and to utilize available space on campus, including athletic facilities, performance venues, classrooms and the College Houses.
"This really is a time of showcasing the campus," said Stacy Thornwall-Rogers, director of conference services and external events. "It also helps support our facilities by creating a revenue stream."
The events will bring in an estimated $1.7 million revenue for the College, minus about $700,000 in expenses for these activities, said David Proulx, F&M's vice president for finance and administration.
"Having these programs is essential for us to maintain lower increases in cost of attendance for F&M students and to support the operations of the College," Proulx said.
The events include Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer program, which has operated at F&M for more than 30 years. F&M hosts the highest number of participants in CTY's summer program for school-age children among its sites around the world, with 1,200 participants and 150 staff staying at the College during two three-week sessions. The academic-based program will occupy 38 classrooms between June 23 and Aug. 2.
Also in July, the campus will host F&M College Prep for its third year. The three-week program will bring to campus 73 talented students from the Knowledge Is Power Program, National College Advising Corps-Keystone Region and other school networks that work with high-achieving, underserved groups. The students will experience firsthand academic and residential life at a national liberal arts college.
Other events will include:
In addition, an exercise boot camp for adults with diabetes, athletic competitions, dance workshops, music camps and academic conferences will be held throughout the summer.
Starting May 28 and through the summer, the conferences and events office, located at 415 Harrisburg Ave., will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with three professional staffers and 10 student workers to manage the programs. For questions about the events or use of space on campus, call 717-358-4747.