As you most likely remember, May 1 is the national reply date for college applicants. That means during April the pressure is on for high school seniors who are deciding where to attend college. During these upcoming few weeks, many terrific accepted students will be creating pro and con lists, comparing Franklin & Marshall with other schools to which they’ve been accepted. In your role as a current parent, you have a tremendous opportunity to advocate for your child’s college. If you know a student (or his/her parent) in your neighborhood, school or workplace who has been admitted to F&M and is currently deciding where to enroll, this is the moment when you can really make a difference by sharing your child’s experience -- both for that student and for F&M. Thanks for your advocacy!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College
Huffington Post: The Liberal Arts College as a Springboard to Opportunity
"Great colleges will respond to the evolving needs of 20-something searchers and help them launch well into opportunity and growth," F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield writes in his latest blog on the Huffington Post. Liberal arts colleges such as F&M are ideal springboards "because our students feel personally known, valued, challenged and supported by the educators who work here," he writes. "That's why Franklin & Marshall College has transformed the way we deliver what is traditionally called 'career services' -- as part of our mission to provide a world-class liberal arts education that empowers students to pursue their goals and dreams for life."
Senior parents are well aware of Commencement Weekend details (May 10-11), but you may not know that soon-to-be graduates are treated to a special senior salute April 16-18 at the College Bookstore, when they pick up their caps and gowns. Staff members from the Office of College Advancement, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development and the Oriflamme yearbook will be on hand to let seniors know all the great opportunities and services available to them after graduation. Seniors will also have the chance to make a contribution to the Senior Campaign as well as update any personal information.
The College recently announced that our Commencement 2013 speaker will be Melanne S. Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues. Verveer also served as chief of staff to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton administration.
Travel with F&M
Parents are warmly invited to participate in F&M’s Yellowstone National Park/Red Lodge Alumni College Aug. 10-17. Join F&M Department of Earth & Environment professors Andrew de Wet and Christopher Williams for an exceptional opportunity to study the ecology and geology of Yellowstone National Park and the Beartooth Mountains in Southern Montana. Participants will spend part of the week in Yellowstone touring and learning about the constantly changing park ecosystem, and then will move to the rustic Red Lodge camp to explore an area formed by glaciers and an ancient ocean. Full trip details can be found on the Alumni College website. To ensure a unique experience for all participants, space is limited. Families are welcome with children over 6 years old.
Why the Parents Campaign Matters
F&M is grateful for the significant investments that parents make to their students' education in so many ways, including gifts to the Parents Campaign of the Franklin & Marshall Fund. These gifts provide critical support for the College's most pressing priorities in the following ways:
Continuing a 225-year tradition of giving that benefits today's students.
Like all great institutions, F&M has been able to support and expand its educational resources through tuition investments made by parents, as well as funds made available through gifts from alumni who support their alma mater and from families and friends who believe in the College's mission to educate the leaders of tomorrow. We invite you to become part of this philanthropic tradition. In addition to the vital contributions made through your tuition payments, your gift to the Parents Campaign provides opportunities for your child to learn, grow and succeed. The F&M Fund strengthens core academic programs and supports extracurricular activities such as summer research, study abroad, civic engagement programs and internships. Every gift contributes to an educational enterprise that inspires students to create new knowledge, engage in the world around them, and lead successful and rewarding lives.
Providing funds that are used immediately, where they are needed most.
Gifts to the Parents Campaign provide direct and immediate revenue in the year they are given. Each year, these gifts allow F&M to provide an extraordinary learning environment in which dedicated professors and staff and talented students have the means to pursue the fullest possible range of intellectual and creative endeavors. Every student, including yours, benefits from this support.
Learn about the many ways to give. Thank you for your generous consideration!
A New Major
Students have a new opportunity to explore the complex roles film and media play in modern society with the formal creation of a new academic major in film and media studies. The new major is part of F&M's Department of Theatre, Dance and Film.
The film and media studies major is available to current
sophomores -- and juniors if they can meet the requirements in their remaining semesters -- and includes 11 courses that educate students in film history, criticism, theory and production.
"Film and media saturate the contemporary cultural landscape," said Professor Dirk Eitzen, who chairs the new film and media studies program. "Our students have grown up swimming in a sea of media, including iTunes and YouTube, and this major will help them navigate that sea more deliberately. We want the major to foster disciplined storytelling and critical thinking so students engage with media more effectively."
Put your worries to rest about how your student is going to get all that stuff home for the summer! The College partners with Groff's Moving and Storage in Mt. Joy, Pa., to provide students with a convenient summer storage solution. For a reasonable fee, Groff's will pick up students' items at designated times and locations at the end of the spring semester, store them for the summer, and deliver them back to campus as students arrive for the fall semester next year. Storage cartons will be for sale for ease of packing. Students will be notified of all the details by email and fliers in their mailboxes in the coming weeks. Questions should be directed to Groff's: 717-653-6151.
F&M: Students' Launchpad
The Launchpad is the blog of the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) at F&M. Members of the OSPGD team share their thoughts on successfully launching students and alumni into careers and lives of distinction. Take a few minutes to read blog postings from Beth Throne '95, associate vice president for student and post-graduate development, and other members of the OSPGD professional staff, and please encourage your student to check these helpful articles regularly.
End-of-Year Air/Train Transportation
The Auxiliary Services Office is again offering shuttles as the semester comes to a close, Wednesday through Saturday, May 1-4. Airport shuttles leave campus at 1 p.m. each day, and train station shuttles run 1-4 p.m. Students must make reservations by April 19. More information can be found here.