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Parents Newsletter, December 2012

Parent Newsletter -- November 2012

Dear Parents,

You can tell it's the end of the semester at Franklin & Marshall College by the increased number of students up and around campus early on a Sunday morning heading to the libraries. As parents, it may be difficult to relate to the stress our students face during each semester's final examination period -- we know that there are far greater stressors in life. For many of our students, however, the pressure, stress and anxiety they feel as they study for finals and prepare final papers is the biggest challenge in their young lives. Your positive encouragement and reminders to take care of themselves will go a long way in nurturing them through to the successful end of the semester.

Enjoy the holiday season, and all the best to you in the new year! We look forward to seeing our students back on campus for the first day of spring semester classes Tuesday, Jan.15, and we extend a warm welcome to the newest students and their families arriving for their first semester at F&M next month.

All the best,

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

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

End-of-Calendar-Year Giving

Many families review their charitable giving at this time. To facilitate your review, we want to make sure you have important details about giving to F&M in the 2012 tax year. Some basic mechanics are provided below. Most important, please know that we are here to support you should any questions arise. Feel free to email or call me at any time if I may be of assistance.

  • Gifts by credit card can be made securely online through midnight Dec. 31. If you intend to make a last-minute gift to F&M in 2012, your best option is to do so online. Please refrain from sending a credit card gift by mail in the final days of the calendar year if tax implications are a concern; in order for your credit card gift to be credited in 2012, it must be received and charged to your card by Dec. 31.

  • Gifts sent by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to be credited in the 2012 tax year. If you wish to give by mail in the final days of 2012, we recommend you use the U.S. Postal Service (not third-party carriers such as FedEx) and consider giving by check. The mailing address is: College Advancement, Attn: Gift Accounting, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604.

  • Gifts of appreciated securities can be a tax-wise way to support F&M. Detailed transfer instructions can be found here. If you intend to make gifts using stocks, it is best to initiate that transfer early (before College offices close Dec. 21 for winter break.) If you have questions regarding stock transfers, please do not hesitate to call me or my colleague Becky Wile (717-291-4330).

Whether you are considering a donation to the College’s highest priority -- the Franklin & Marshall Fund -- or any number of other worthy opportunities to benefit students and faculty, please know how grateful we are for your support.

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Senior Boot Camp

Are you worried that your senior is not prepared for life after F&M? Fear not! The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, in collaboration with the Senior Class Caucus, will host a "Senior Boot Camp" Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will focus on:

  • Building networks

  • Identifying potential jobs

  • Preparing job-specific professional documents (i.e. resumes and cover letters)

  • Salary negotiation

In addition, pre-"boot camp" activities will be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development will hold "senior drop-in hours" when seniors will be able to meet individually with a student development adviser. There will also be a Myers Briggs Type Indicator workshop to help students consider paths that align with their personality preferences.

Your senior will receive further information and registration instructions for Senior Boot Camp and the pre-boot camp activities by the end of this month. For more information, please visit

Dean Trachte P'04

Commencement Weekend: May 10-11, 2013

No doubt senior families are beginning to plan for Commencement Weekend! Please add these dates to your (and your family's) calendar now, and stay tuned for more details. We do not limit the number of attendees, inside or out, so feel free to invite the extended family.

The big weekend will begin with a picnic lunch for graduates and their families midday Friday, May 10, followed by the Senior Awards Program and the student-run Baccalaureate Program to which everyone is invited. The Baccalaureate Program is not to be missed! Planned by members of the senior class, it's always a wonderful event that presents reflections, performances and readings by students, faculty and administrators.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, and will last approximately two hours. It will be followed by a reception for graduates, families, guests, faculty and professional staff. All official activities typically wrap up by 1:30 p.m.

We encourage you to make hotel and restaurant reservations soon. The College will provide residence hall accommodations to families on the evening of May 10 at a reasonable cost. Look for more information about this opportunity from the Dean's Office in the coming months.

Upcoming Breaks

Celebrating 225 Years

I hope you'll enjoy this video narrated by actor Treat Williams '73 that was created for all members of the F&M extended family to celebrate the College's legacy and future. It premiered Nov. 29 at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center during one of the signature events in the yearlong celebration of F&M's 225th anniversary.

Recruiting Mystery Shoppers!

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

While we were very fortunate that the F&M campus did not suffer substantially from Hurricane Sandy, many students have participated in relief efforts for those who were affected by the storm.

The F&M chapter of Hillel launched an effort encouraging students and faculty/staff to donate bedding, clothing, nonperishable food, and basic household and personal care items to victims of the storm. Hillel is accepting donations of items through Dec. 16. Hillel students also are planning a spring break volunteer trip to the East Coast.

The College's Alice Drum Women's Center, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Ware Institute for Civic Engagement also joined the relief effort, and The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House collected monetary donations for the American Red Cross at Writers House events throughout November. It's great to know that F&M students, who are especially busy at this time of year, want to help their friends, neighbors and fellow residents of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast who were so devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Upcoming Events

December 18, 2012
Southwest Florida Monthly Luncheon
Naples, Fla.
More Information

January 5, 2013
Delaware Museum of Art
Wilmington, Del.