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E-Newsletter, April 2011

April 2011

Dear Parent,

As spring semester classes end on April 28, our students are busily wrapping up their work and starting to prepare for final exams and papers.  A nice break for them during the weekend before finals will be Fum Follies, a musical comedy created by and performed by members of the faculty and staff -- an opportunity for the whole campus community to come together and share a laugh.

April is also the time when high school seniors are making important enrollment decisions.  We hope you will encourage families you know who are considering a recent Franklin & Marshall acceptance.

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble ‘83
Director of Parent Relations


P.S.  I look forward to seeing Boston-area parents at the upcoming event featuring President Porterfield on April 21 at the Langham Hotel in Boston.

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Regional Parent Gatherings

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You are invited to attend one of two upcoming events where you can meet other parents in your area, hear a brief update from Dean of the College Kent Trachte P’04 and receive answers to questions about F&M. Dean Trachte oversees many areas at the College that are of great interest to parents, including Career Services, Athletics, Housing, International Programs, and Student Health Services. Please join us!

  • Wednesday, May 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Long Island
    Hosted by Marianne and Anthony Conroy P’13
    579 Kearney Lane,
    Oyster Bay, NY 11771
  • Thursday, May 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m. – New Jersey
    Hosted by Lynn and Scott Magrane P’09, P’12
    Morris County Golf Club
    36 Punch Bowl Road,
    Morristown, NJ 07960-5734

RSVP to or 717-291-3888 by 4/29/11.

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Out of the Mouths of Students

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So what do Franklin & Marshall students really think about life at F&M? Now you can find out by reading F&M Voices, a student-penned blog that launched in March on the F&M website.
Five students—Robert Diggs ’13, Mona Lotfipour ’12, Mike Manley ’14, Athena Tahos ’14 and Lilah Thompson ’11—are posting regular blog entries on a variety of topics related to life at F&M. The blog examines issues important to F&M students and other topics off the beaten path.
“Blogging is a window into how we think,” Diggs says. “It’s important to have the perspectives of students on the F&M website. It’s the difference between having a first-hand document and a secondary source. You’re getting this directly from the source.”

Recent student posts have run the gamut, from the best place to get got chocolate to musings on equality and tolerance.

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Summer Storage and Receiving Program

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Franklin & Marshall partners with Groff’s Moving and Storage in nearby Mount Joy to provide a safe and secure location for students’ belongings over the summer.  Similarly, Groff’s provides a location for students to ship their belongings over the summer to be delivered to campus in late August.
Details, including campus pick-up and drop-off dates, fees, and information about the availability of cartons, have been delivered to students’ mailboxes.

Further questions may directed to Stacey at Groff's at 717-653-6151 or .

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Career Corner

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The Franklin & Marshall College Career Services Office helps students devise a plan that will prepare them for life after college. The office’s career coaches help students develop job-search skills and shows them how to tap into a vast network of alumni and parent partners, businesses and organizations. Our students frequently use that network to secure internships and job interviews.
Here are some examples of recent opportunities for F&M students:
  • Career Services and the Washington, D.C. Regional Alumni Chapter co-sponsored a career exploration trek to Capitol Hill to give students an opportunity to learn about internships and careers in government and public policy. The trip also featured an alumni networking luncheon.
  • Stephen Treat, senior therapist and former director and CEO of Council for Relationships, was on campus to discuss careers in counseling and social work. 
  • Urban Teacher Center was on campus to recruit students for teaching positions and to host an information session. 
  • During a Financing your Future Workshop, Career Services and F&M alumni helped students answer post-graduation questions such as how to evaluate a compensation package, how to create a budget and what to look for in an apartment lease agreement. 

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Senior Salute

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Nothing signifies the end of the academic calendar like the arrival of caps and gowns. Alumni Relations is sponsoring a Senior Salute event in the College Bookstore April 18-20 to honor the occasion. As students purchase their regalia, staff from Admission, Alumni Relations and Career Services will be on hand to let seniors know all the great services and opportunities to stay involved after graduation. Seniors will also have the chance to make a contribution to the Senior Class Gift, and setup a non-F&M email address. Sadly, ‘’ does not last forever. Giveaways and prizes will be available as well!

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Question of the month: "How can my student take advantage of all that the Lancaster area has to offer without a car?"

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Franklin & Marshall College has just about everything your student will need throughout his or her four years, but beyond the boundaries of campus is a city rich in art and history just waiting to be explored. Your student has three safe and easy ways to get around town:
Shuttle: Shuttle rides are free to any F&M student with a valid ID. One shuttle circulates through the student-housing neighborhoods Sunday through Wednesday nights, while two shuttles operate Thursday through Saturday nights. The Lancaster Loop service operates Friday nights and takes students to Park City Center and the Hawthorne Centre retail complex in neighboring Manheim Township. On Saturday mornings the shuttle takes students to downtown’s Central Market and, on Saturday evenings, to the movie theater at Manor Shopping Center. The route varies depending on student requests.
Bus: Red Rose Transit Authority’s fixed-route bus system operates 17 routes throughout the county. The route serving Northwest Lancaster, where F&M is located, takes passengers to Park City Center, Lancaster General Hospital, downtown Lancaster and the Amtrak train station. The base fare for bus rides is $1.60, but 10-ride passes can be purchased for as little as $11, and monthly passes start at $33.

Car: Connect by Hertz is a pay-as-you-go car-membership club that allows students to rent cars by the hour. Two Ford Fusions are based in the Race Avenue parking lot, offering students the opportunity to get around town—or even a bit further—if they register for membership online. Students must be 18 to apply for the program, which costs $8 per hour of car use. The cars are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Students must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record to qualify for the program. Visit Connect by Hertz to learn more about how to register for the car-sharing program.

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Giving to F&M

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Thanks so much to parents who have made a tax-deductible, philanthropic contribution to Franklin & Marshall during this fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). Those who have not given this year will receive a mailing at home very soon asking you to consider supporting the Franklin & Marshall Fund. Our secure site can accept your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund or you may mail it in using the response form you will receive in the mail. Please with any questions.

Upcoming Events

April 14, 2011
F&M Night with the Washington Nationals
Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2011
Red Cross Walk & Run to Save Lives 
Philadelphia, Pa.

April 21, 2011
Reception with President Porterfield
Boston, Mass.

April 30, 2011
F&M Walks in the Steps of Ben Franklin 
Philadelphia, Pa.