This may be my favorite time of the year, as the entire campus eagerly prepares to welcome the newest members of our community. Each new class brings with it a fresh energy, adding a new element to the Franklin & Marshall personality. And each new year brings a fresh crop of parents and families who are ready to become part of the Franklin & Marshall family. First-year parents: read on for some last-minute information and advice regarding your student’s arrival. Returning parents: welcome back!
Enjoy these last days of summer.
All the best,
Mark your calendars and make your reservations for F&M’s upcoming Inauguration Weekend (encompassing Homecoming & Family Weekend) Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25. This big weekend combines programs and events for alumni, parents and friends with the official inauguration of Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., as the 15th president of Franklin & Marshall College. We encourage families to plan to arrive on campus around mid-day on Friday and to stay through the inauguration ceremony and reception mid-day on Sunday. One other change for those of you who have come to Family Weekend before: this year we are asking all attendees to register by September 18. View the schedule of events, hotel information and register online by going to the Inauguration Weekend website.
Class of ’15 parents, please note these last-minute points as you prepare for your student’s arrival at F&M:
Here are some important points for you:
F&MConnect, F&M’s Career Management System, is now available to students through MyDiplomat, making it easier and more convenient than ever to use F&MConnect. Here are some of the resources available to your student:
Parents, if you are interested in providing students and alumni with insight (related to your career field) into hiring processes and culture, advice on self-presentation, and guidance on possible career paths, please register as a Career Services Partner at www.fandm.edu/careerservices. Click on the F&MConnect login for parents.
The F&M Campus Calendar now contains the schedule for the coming academic year. Please note the following:
The College has begun a new relationship with My Favorite Student to allow F&M parents to easily and conveniently send care packages to their students. Your participation not only lets your student know you’re thinking of him/her, but also provides valuable business experience to the students of the Diplomatic Congress who manage the program. In turn, "Dip Con" receives a percentage of the proceeds to provide programming for the student body. Go to fandm.myfavoritestudent.com (no www) for fast and convenient online ordering. Call their customer service number, 1-877-244-5694, if you have questions.
Q: As a parent, how can I stay informed about what is happening on campus?
A: In addition to this monthly Parents e-newsletter and the F&M website, there are other publications and services you can subscribe to that will help you stay current on what’s happening around campus:
The Franklin & Marshall Fund year began on July 1, which makes this a great time to begin recurring gifts to F&M. Visit our Monthly Giving Program website to learn more. Giving on a monthly basis has many benefits to donors and to the College.
Benefits for you:
Benefits for Franklin & Marshall: