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Parents E-Newsletter

E-Newsletter, March 2011

March 2011

Dear Parent,

President Porterfield has arrived as Franklin & Marshall College’s 15th president. Our entire community is delighted to welcome him to campus. Keep an eye out for opportunities to meet him during on- and off-campus events in the coming months.

I hope you enjoy our new Web-based approach for our monthly parents e-newsletter. By following the links to any of these stories, you’ll find the entire e-newsletter online. As always, your comments are welcome.

All the best,
Maura Condon Umble ‘83
Director of Parent Relations


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Counseling Services Adds Stress Free Zone

  • Stress Free Zone logo

Counseling Services has created a quiet space in the lower level of Appel Health Services where students can unwind, relax and center themselves.

The Stress Free Zone features a massage chair to ease physical tension, a computer-based biofeedback program to teach students how to relax and a variety of meditation and guided-imagery recordings designed to reduce stress and boost mental health.

“We wanted to create a private space where students could take a timeout from their hectic, fast-paced schedules,” Counselor Lauren Firestone says. “This is something that complements what we already are doing—counseling students dealing with personal, career and educational concerns. It also is a way to engage the entire student body in wellness.”

The room, which was made possible by an anonymous gift from an alumna, is available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Students may schedule 30-minute and 60-minute sessions.

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Campus Housing Update

  • Cupola

Students will have another on-campus housing option this fall. Construction of Franklin & Marshall’s fifth College House will be completed May 1, and students will be able to move in to the 188-bed building in late August, says Mike Wetzel, director of capital programs in the College’s Facilities and Operations division.

There will be a mix of residential units, including 10 apartments, each with four single rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom; 15 suites, two with four single rooms and a common area and 13 with two doubles and a common area; and 44 doubles. The first floor of the house will feature a living room, a meeting room, a seminar room, a multipurpose room, offices for the don and prefect and an outdoor terrace.

In other construction news, the Weis College House Commons project will be completed in early May, and a dedication ceremony will be held May 13 (Commencement Weekend). The Weis Commons will be nearly identical in size and layout to the commons in Bonchek, Brooks and Ware Houses.

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Class of 2015 Comes into Focus

Franklin & Marshall is halfway toward enrolling the Class of 2015.

The Office of Admission reports that 56 percent of the class will comprise students who applied during the College's two early decision rounds, and all signs point to a strong, diverse class. There already are more first-generation college students in the class of 2015 than in previous years, says Julie Kerich '81, interim director of admission.

“While we are excited application numbers are up significantly this year, it is particularly heartening to see a strong applicant pool,” she says.

F&M intends to enroll 600 first-year students in fall 2011, meaning an additional 270 students will join the class from the pool of students who applied for regular decision consideration. To date, the College has received 5,075 applications, the highest total in three years.

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The F&M Scholar-Athlete

  • Basketball

Buried in the flurry of recognition given to F&M Basketball Coach Robinson in honor of achieving 800 wins is a fact that is particularly meaningful to parents. Of the 263 students who won letters over the past 40 years playing for Coach Robinson, all but one graduated.

According to former Interim President John Burness, “Glenn truly is one of our great teachers. His impressive record in the classroom as well as on the court reinforces the values of this great liberal arts college.” This amazing 99.6 percent graduation rate differentiates not only Coach Robinson, but also the way coaches and students work together at F&M. Unlike many sports programs in higher education, Robinson and his fellow coaches understand the importance of the scholar-athlete balance.

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Question of the Month:  How does the course registration process work at F&M?

  • Student and professor

The online course preregistration period runs from March 21 through April 1. The Registrar's Office advises students to meet with their advisers during the early part of the pre-registration period to discuss their overall educational plan, how fall semester classes will fit into their goals and how to use the course registration form and line up their alternate course choices.

Things to keep in mind regarding your student’s course registration:

  • Franklin & Marshall's class sizes are small by design. Many students will not get all of their first choices.
  • The process is based on a point system that gives highest priority to seniors. Your student will receive an e-mail before the preregistration period explaining the process. It will include links to a registration worksheet and master schedule.
  • If your student does not receive his or her preferred schedule, there is an open period during which he or she can choose alternate courses. Students also can continue to make schedule changes through the first two weeks of the semester.
  • The Registrar's Office is available to answer questions. The office also hosts informational sessions in the College Houses to assist students with the selection process.

Spring break is a great time to consult with your student about his or her scheduling intentions for next semester.

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Opportunities to Support F&M

Throughout the week of March 21, our student phonathon staff will call parents who have not given to the Franklin & Marshall Fund during this fiscal year, which ends June 30. And this spring, parents will call fellow parents during various phonathons. We hope you will welcome their call and make a gift or pledge. Here are some ways to make a difference in support of F&M:

Your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund (by June 30):

  • Can be made in honor of your student or someone at the College who has positively affected your student
  • May be directed to your student’s athletic team through the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC)
  • May be designated in support of a specific academic department

Thank you for your consideration!  And thanks to so many parents who have already been tremendously generous to Franklin & Marshall.  We are grateful for every gift of any size.  Please if you have any questions about giving.

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2011
Lancaster Regional Phonathon
On Campus

March 23, 2011
Happy Hour at James Hoban's
Washington, D.C.

March 29, 2011
Metro New York Regional Phonathon
New York, N.Y.

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