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Parents Newsletter, August 2013

Parent Newsletter -- July 2013

Dear Parents,

As your travels bring you to Lancaster to drop off your student in the coming weeks, or later in the fall for Homecoming & Family Weekend or other campus events, I hope you'll take some time to explore the many new restaurants and businesses that are popping up in this vibrant community -- the oldest inland city in the United States. Enjoy options from the latest independent films to fine French cuisine. There also are many attractions, new and old, to experience -- all within a short walk of campus. Encourage your student to take advantage of everything that Lancaster has to offer and bookmark the Downtown Lancaster website to stay abreast of the latest information.

I'd like to say a warm welcome to all our Class of 2017 parents, and a heartfelt "welcome back" to all other parents. We are looking forward to the students' return to campus later this month!

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend

It's time to plan your visit to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend -- Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6! The schedule, recommended accommodations and registration are now available on the Homecoming & Family Weekend website. Check back often as new events are added each week. You will also receive a registration mailing with additional details. Book your accommodations soon to take advantage of special F&M pricing on rooms. To participate fully in the weekend’s events, plan to arrive on Friday afternoon and stay through Sunday afternoon.

Class of 2017

Who is the Class of 2017?

The College is excited to welcome the members of the Class of 2017 as they begin their F&M experience! Who are the members of this newest class?

The Class of 2017 comes from 32 states and Washington, D.C., as well as 27 foreign countries. It includes 307 women and 312 men from both public (63 percent) and private (37 percent) high schools. They are academically gifted, with an average SAT score of 1307 and an average ACT score of 29. Twenty-five percent were student government leaders in high school, and 67 percent were varsity athletes. Nearly 18 percent of the class members are international students.

These are students who are ready to grow and learn, and who have already realized some unique accomplishments. The 619 students in the class include five business owners, a beekeeper, a circus performer, a film producer, a mountain climber who scaled Kilimanjaro, three nationally ranked horse riders and jumpers, and a professional ballet dancer -- just to spotlight a few!

Celebrating Fundraising Success

Celebrating Fundraising Success

Special thanks to all the parents who supported F&M with gifts of time and financial support in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Nearly 10,000 parents, alumni and friends made an investment in the College during this milestone year -- the 225th anniversary of our founding.

More than $15.5 million was raised to strengthen and enhance the educational experience of every F&M student, and we thank you for your part in that outstanding accomplishment. Read more about F&M's successful fundraising year.

Summer Experience

What Are F&M Students Doing This Summer?

Through Aug. 12, F&M students will be posting pictures depicting the internships, research projects, academic travel and other experiences in which they are engaged this summer as part of the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development's (OSPGD) My 2013 Summer Experience Photo Contest. To view their entries, simply visit OSPGD's Facebook page at and see the many exceptional things F&M students are doing this summer!

Move-In Day

For First-Year Parents

Welcome to the F&M family (aka F&Mily)! Move-In Day is quickly approaching. Here are a few important reminders:

  • On the official Move-In Day, Friday, Aug. 23, arrive between 8 and 11 a.m. Report to the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (989 Harrisburg Ave.) to begin the move-in process. By 3:30 p.m., all goodbyes should be completed and parents should be leaving campus, as students will be busy throughout the rest of the day and evening with orientation activities. View the Move-In Day schedule here.

  • Students arriving early for various athletic or special programs should have received special instructions from the coaches/sponsors of these activities.

  • If your student is arriving early you are certainly welcome to return to campus for official Move-In Day activities, but that is up to you and your student.

  • Students should receive housing details including roommate information shortly if they have not already received them.

  • Learn what to pack (and what to leave home) along with other important move-in information here.

  • Students will work with their advisers during orientation to create their fall semester course schedules. Feel free to review the course catalog with your student before he or she leaves for college to better understand the options available.

Commencement Weekend

For Senior Parents

Commencement Weekend (May 9 and 10, 2014) will be here before we know it! In case you'd like to get some details on your calendar (and those of family members) now, we can tell you that the typical schedule encourages parents and families to arrive mid-day on Friday, May 9, for a family picnic, the senior awards program and the student-run Baccalaureate program; the main event, the Commencement ceremony, takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10. All official activities typically wrap up by 1:30 p.m. that day. We encourage you to make hotel reservations early.

Ship Belongings in Advance

Ship Your Student’s Belongings in Advance of Move-In

Whether this is your student's first year or senior year, he or she probably has lots of "stuff" that will make the trip from home to F&M. The College partners with Groff’s Moving & Storage to give our students a way to ship their belongings in advance and pick them up conveniently on campus when they arrive in August. For more information visit our website or contact Stacy Vuxta at 717-653-6151 or

The College Reporter

Subscribe to The College Reporter

F&M’s student-run news publication, The College Reporter, provides a glimpse into everyday life at the College from a student perspective. Subscribing is a great way for parents to keep up on campus news and events, and to support the independent student journalists who publish the paper every week. Learn more and download the subscription form here.

Hometown Newspapers

F&M PR in Hometown Newspapers

F&M's Office of College Communications works with an outside vendor to distribute news releases about dean's list and honors students, and graduations. The vendor chooses the two papers that will receive information on any given student, based upon the student's hometown zip code. Please be aware that it is then at the discretion of the newspaper(s) to decide if they will publish these announcements; many do this as a free service, but there is no guarantee. Dean's list and the list of honors students are posted after the close of each semester on the F&M College website.

Upcoming Events

August 17, 2013
Summer Fun with Fummers
Chamblee, GA

August 19, 2013
Metro Philadelphia Welcome Party
Blue Bell, PA

August 21, 2013
F&M Night with the New York Yankees
New York, NY

August 22, 2013
F&M Night with the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia, PA

August 26, 2013
Alma Mater Spirit Challenge
On Campus

August 28, 2013
F&M Night with the Boston Red Sox
Boston, MA

September 10, 2013
F&M Night with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore, MD