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Parents Newsletter, August 2014

Parent Newsletter -- August 2014

Dear Parents,

All of us at F&M are eager to welcome the newest members of our community, the students in the Class of '18 and their families, into the F&Mily!

New parents: Please read on for helpful details regarding Move-In Day and other important information that we hope will ease the transition ahead.

Returning parents: the first day of classes (Wednesday, Sept. 3) is approaching quickly and we will be delighted to welcome your student back to campus. Though the paths and buildings have been busy with student and faculty researchers, F&M College Prep, and visiting camps and programs throughout the summer, we'll be glad to have all our Diplomats back! Please check the Academic Calendar for the details of opening dates in the College Houses and Theme Houses.

We're looking forward to a terrific year.

All the best,

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

Commencement Weekend 2014

Summer Welcome Parties

Three Welcome Parties remain, including tonight's event in Baltimore. The Central Pennsylvania party will be held this Sunday in Lititz, Pa., and the final party is in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Westchester County), on Wednesday, Aug. 13. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for current students and parents to welcome new students and parents into the F&M community. Details and registration information are found here: Please join us!

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Move-In Day is Approaching

For parents of students in the Class of '18, this can be a stressful time. We know you are making sure your student has everything needed to make a smooth transition to college, both emotionally and physically. It's exciting to know that your child is about to make one of the biggest transitions in his/her life thus far. Here are some links to information on our website that may be helpful to you and to your student:

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Get Involved!

New and returning parents often ask how they can become more deeply engaged with F&M – in ways that are meaningful and helpful to the College and to our students. The vast majority of F&M parents understand the importance of allowing their students to gain independence and maturity through making their own decisions and overcoming obstacles. At the same time, many parents are interested in getting involved at F&M because they understand that their time, expertise and support can be extremely valuable to all our students.

F&M encourages parent involvement in the following ways:

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  • Support Admission Recruitment Efforts

    • Join the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN) by visiting The mission of FAN is to expand and enhance our admission outreach and to supplement the recruiting efforts of our admission staff.

    • Take time to advocate for Franklin & Marshall College through informal connections with the college guidance staff at your child's high school. Spread the word about Franklin & Marshall College to friends, neighbors and co-workers. Put F&M stickers on your vehicles.

    • Encourage your F&M student to visit his/her high school while home for breaks and to advocate for F&M.

  • Support Students in their Planning for Life After College

  • Support the College's Development Efforts

    • Make a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund every year by visiting

    • Join Parents Council if you are inclined to make F&M a philanthropic priority during your child's tenure here. Like all schools, our community of students and faculty relies heavily on the philanthropic leadership of our parents and alumni. Let me know ( if you have experience or interest.

    • Suggest to the Development Office parents or alumni you know who appear to have philanthropic capacity and interest.

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Parents: Our Partners in Prevention

Research shows that college students continue to be influenced by conversations they have with their parents. You play an important role in preparing your son/daughter for the transition to college. To assist you in having these conversations, the College offers AlcoholEdu for Parents. This program will help you to be better informed about the issues facing college students today and how to support your son/daughter in making smart decisions. AlcoholEdu for Parents is available here:

Please check this site periodically for new information about the College's prevention efforts. Thank you for being our Partners in Prevention!

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Homecoming & Family Weekend

Save the date for Homecoming & Family Weekend: Oct. 24 - 26, 2014. Plan to join us for the entire weekend, which is loaded with activities. Keep an eye on the Homecoming & Family Weekend website to view the schedule as it develops. In the meantime, book your room now to take advantage of the various room blocks we've arranged.

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The New Gmail Inbox

Gmail users may have noticed that your inbox now sorts your e-mail. Your F&M email may be hiding under the new Promotions tab. To make sure you don't miss out on events and news, here's how you can adjust your settings today to make sure F&M mail lands in your Primary Inbox:

  1. Click on the Promotions tab.

  2. Drag any Franklin & Marshall messages into the Primary tab.

  3. Click "yes" when asked if you want future emails to go to the Primary inbox.

If you use the Gmail app on your smartphone, be sure to make your changes on the desktop version, as you are unable to do so from your mobile device. Click here for more information about the new Gmail inbox.

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Senior Campaign 2014

We thought you might be as impressed as we are with the success of the senior class in their fundraising campaign this past year. Here are the highlights:

  • The Class of '14 set a record for the highest participation total (61 percent) for an F&M Senior Class Campaign.

  • 86 percent of Senior Class Campaign gifts were made by seniors involved in at least one extracurricular activity.

  • The class boasted the highest year-to-year participation increase in ten years.

  • In order of popularity, seniors chose to direct their Franklin & Marshall Fund support to:

    •  Financial Aid

    •  Academic Departments

    •  Athletic Programs

    •  Student Activities

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Theatre Department 2014-2015 Productions Announced

Join us on campus for this year's shows:

  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    By William Shakespeare
    Directed by Professor Carol C. Davis
    Oct 30-Nov 1, 2014, in the Roschel Performing Arts Center
    Threatened with death if she marries against her father's wishes, Hermia elopes with her lover, Lysander, pursued by rival suitor Demetrius and his spurned admirer, Helena. They run into an enchanted forest where fairies hide in fear of feuding fairy royalty. Mayhem ensues when the lovers and a troupe of bumbling actors fall under the spell of mischievous sprites and lunacy reaches its giddy heights. Loosely placed during World War I, as we commemorate its centennial, join us for moonlight, mirth, and magic.

  • "Three Sisters"
    By Anton Chekhov
    Directed by new Assistant Professor of Theatre Rachel Anderson-Rabern
    Feb 19-22, 2015, in the Green Room Theatre
    Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" are paralyzed: in love, exhausted, exuberant, kind, selfish, hopeful, and devastated. They contend with both the tragedy and the foolishness of everyday life as they seek solace in their dreams of movement, of progress, of the utopia they call Moscow. Their world is a tangle of soldiers, lovers, rejected suitors, difficult in-laws, passive brothers, aging housekeepers, disappointed musicians, and uninspiring day jobs, all marching to the tune of time passing and leaving them behind.

  • "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
    By Adly Guirgis
    Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Jason Narvy '02
    Set in a backlogged celestial courtroom, Stephen Adly Guirgis' "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" depicts the ongoing battle between divine justice and human fragility through the trial of history's most notorious traitor. While we see Judas's actions, we are also presented with a more disturbing issue: Is God himself guilty for placing the burden on mankind's shoulders? Coming out of New York's LAByrinth theatre, Guirgis' work is infused with a rough urban vernacular that complements his ever-present exploration of the holy, the profane, and the beautiful within the mundane.

For dates, times and tickets, please contact the Roschel Box Office at or call

Upcoming Events

August 9, 2014
F&M and CTC Ten Day at the Philadelphia Union
Chester, Pa.

August 10, 2014
Central PA Welcome Party
Lititz, Pa.

August 13, 2014
Westchester County Summer Welcome Party
Mamaroneck, N.Y.

August 16, 2014
Phi Kappa Psi Summer Event at the Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster, Pa.

August 29, 2014
Reception with F&M Government Faculty in Our Nation's Capital
Washington, D.C.

September 2, 2014
Third Annual F&M Night with the Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster, Pa.

September 12, 2014
The 2014 Midterm Election: Politics, Policies, and Personaltities with Dr. G. Terry Madonna
Pittsburgh, Pa.

October 24 - 26, 2014
Homecoming &
Family Weekend

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