Despite an earthquake and a hurricane, the launch of the fall semester has gone extremely well. I hope you feel the same way about the start of your student’s semester.
Please send positive thoughts for gorgeous weather at the upcoming
Inauguration Weekend, which will include the best of Homecoming and Family Weekend activities and traditions, on September 22-25. We are excited to welcome parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to mix with students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends for a variety of
fun and interesting activities over that weekend.
Some important notes about the big weekend:
is the big concert on Saturday night, September 24. Students must purchase their tickets on campus (at $10 each) while parents and families should register for the concert through the
Most academic departments will be represented at the Tailgate Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24, 11:30 - 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to meet your student’s current and/or future professors.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Counseling Services Wants Parents to Know...
as we welcome the incoming first-year class to our community, we are aware
that some students will experience transition difficulties. The F&M
Counseling Services office provides the helpful services listed below. If
you or your student would like more information, please feel free to call
Counseling Services at 717-291-4083.
Study Skills Workshop: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 - 8 p.m., Appel classroom.
This program is designed to help students interested in sharpening study
skills or improving academic performance. The workshop covers time
management, concentration and motivation, reading retention, note
taking, overcoming procrastination and test anxiety. Pre-registration is
NOT necessary -- interested students should just plan to attend.
First Year Transition Group: Wednesday afternoons. First-year students
may struggle with establishing social connections/ finding a core group
of friends quickly, adjusting to the rigors of academic life at F&M, and
feeling lonely, homesick, and/or overwhelmed. Counseling Services is
starting a group designed to help first-year students ease the
transition from high school to F&M. We will focus on identifying coping
strategies and enhancing students’ ability to manage typical first year
The group will meet during the first semester on
Wednesdays from 3 - 4 p.m., beginning on Sept. 28, at Counseling
Services (lower level, Appel). Counselors will meet individually with
potential group members on Sept. 14 and 23 to assess their
appropriateness for this group. Interested students should call
Counseling Services at 717-291-4083.
Advice from Public Safety
Michael Rossano, Director of
Public Safety, recently sent an email to the F&M community offering tips to
help our campus remain a safe and enjoyable place. Students and visiting
parents are encouraged to following this common-sense advice:
Protect personal belongings by not leaving them visible in vehicles, and
by securing rooms and offices. Small electronic devices, computers and
GPS units are popular targets for theft.
Use F&M’s shuttle or walking escort service, or walk with others during
late night hours.
Use the blue-light phones throughout campus or dial 717- 291-3939 in an
You must evacuate any building when fire alarms are activated. Do not
return until directed to do so. This is for your safety as well as for
the safety of the responders.
Visit the College’s emergency preparedness Web site at:
www.fandm.edu/prepare to view the College’s Crisis Plan.
Call us if you have questions about our services or if you want to voice
concerns. You can also visit our website at
to find an anonymous reporting site.
Pay attention to street parking signs as the city issues citations for
illegal parking during street cleaning days.
F&M fall sports are off and running,
enjoying spirited support from the entire community. Schedules, rosters and
news about our teams are available at
GoDiplomats.com. You can register for
sport-specific emails here.
Enhanced Common Hour Coverage
Porterfield’s remarks to new parents on Move-In Day, he announced that F&M’s
weekly Common Hour will be recorded and presented on the Common Hour website
so that parents, alumni and friends can participate in and comment on each
event. He joked that during Thanksgiving break, students will be quizzing
their parents on what they learned this semester instead of the other way
around. President Porterfield himself was featured as the first Common Hour
speaker of the fall semester. Watch and comment
here and take a look at the
rest of the fall schedule.
Support Franklin & Marshall
Each year we ask every
family to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund. You will be receiving a
mailing at home asking for your gift to our annual fund. Every dollar
donated by parents and families makes a
positive impact on the experience of
our students. Whether you give at a leadership level by joining the
Franklin Society, or by making a modest gift, your generosity is valued and
make your gift today.