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Parents Newsletter, December 2013

Parent Newsletter -- September 2013

Dear Parents,

In last month's parents e-newsletter, we told you about some compelling programming offered by the Office of Student & Post Graduate Development (OSPGD). I highly recommend that you encourage your student to get involved with this office at Franklin & Marshall College. I can report through my own recent experiences with OSPGD -- volunteering to help facilitate the Mock Interview session for students on campus and helping to staff the "Speed Mentoring" event for alumni and parents last month in Washington, D.C. -- that all students (and graduates) can benefit from the exceptional resources offered by OSPGD. The resources are many, including:

See below for ideas from the professionals at OSPGD detailing how students can take advantage of winter break in planning for their lives after college.

All the best,

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

P.S. It's not too early to mark your calendar for next year's Homecoming & Family Weekend: October 24-26, 2014.

Convocation 2013

Using Winter Recess Wisely -- Advice from the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development

Winter recess offers students ample time to work on securing summer internships and post-graduate employment, unfettered by academic and extracurricular commitments. Here are just some of the ways your student can use winter recess to secure that coveted opportunity:

  1. Network. Network. Network. Holiday gatherings. Afternoons having coffee with F&M contacts of influence. Evenings reconnecting with friends attending other institutions. Students should take advantage of these occasions to connect with/find connections to individuals who work in industries and organizations of interest to them. If your student is unsure about how to start this conversation, or how to locate contacts of relevance, they should call the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) at 717-291-4084; the office will be open most of winter recess.

  2. Finalizing the Resume and Social Media Brand. Does your student have a professional resume or curriculum vitae ready to email at a moment's notice? Are your student's LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts reflective of an accomplished, well-regarded college student? If the answer to either of these questions is "no," your student should spend the necessary time over winter recess finalizing a professional resume or vitae and creating a social media brand consistent with his or her career aspirations.

  3. The Job Shadow: Experiencing a Day in the Life. While many employers will not offer an internship over break because of its abbreviated length, very few will reject a request for a job shadow. A job shadow offers students the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional working in an occupation or organization of interest to them. The more job shadows a student fits into winter recess, the more clarity he or she will have in his or her opportunity search, and the more connections your student will make for summer and post-graduate employment.

  4. Applying for Opportunities. Many industries have already begun recruitment for summer internships and post-graduate employment. It is, therefore, not too early for your student to start applying now for those highly selective opportunities.

For more suggestions and assistance with any of these steps, your student can call or make a telephone or Skype appointment with their Student Development Adviser at OSPGD. We look forward to helping your student maximize his or her internship and post-graduate employment search over winter recess!

Class of 2017

Last Chance to Enjoy "The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society" on Display at F&M Through Dec. 15

Selected works from 12 artists of the Hudson River School are on display in the Leonard and Mildred Rothman Gallery of the Phillips Museum of Art in the Steinman College Center at F&M through Dec. 15. If you're picking up your student for winter break, make time to stop by the museum to enjoy this exhibition of 24 paintings, produced between 1818 and 1890, of New York State landscapes, historic sites and natural wonders from the Hudson River to the Catskill and Adirondack mountains to Niagara Falls.

This is the first time the exhibition has been shown outside New York. See the F&M website for more about the exhibit and learn how F&M's professors have been using the exhibit as a teaching tool.

The Phillips Museum is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrating Fundraising Success

F&M To Introduce Innovative Programs to Promote Responsible Drinking

Building on ongoing efforts to encourage responsible drinking, Franklin & Marshall College will launch a series of initiatives in January 2014 to help students make informed decisions when it comes to alcohol.

Supported in part by a competitive grant F&M secured from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, initiatives will focus both on individual behaviors and also on the responsibilities students have to each other and other members of the F&M community.

The College also is planning a program that would invite parents of current students to become partners in prevention, said Christine Conway, director of F&M's Counseling Services. You will hear more as the program is launched next month..

Summer Experience

Senior Parents: Save the Date for Commencement Weekend: May 9-10, 2014

No doubt senior families are beginning to plan for Commencement Weekend! Please add these dates to your calendar now, and stay tuned for more details.

The big weekend will begin with a picnic lunch for graduates and their families on Friday, May 9, followed by the Senior Awards Program and the student-run Baccalaureate Program to which all are 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 10, 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 also provide residence hall accommodations to families on the evening of May 9 at a reasonable cost. Look for more information about this opportunity from the Office of the Dean of the College in the coming months.

Move-In Day

End-of-Calendar-Year Giving

As you consider your calendar-year-end philanthropic giving, we ask for your support of the Franklin & Marshall Fund. To ensure that your donation is credited properly in this calendar year, please note the following information.

  • For gifts sent by mail, the check must be dated and the envelope postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2013, for the gift to be credited in this tax year.

  • For packages delivered by third parties, such as FedEx and UPS, the gift date is the date that College staff signs for the package. Note that staff may not be on site to accept packages during the winter break for employees (Dec. 21, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014), so an "overnight" gift may not be in your best interest if it arrives after noon on Dec. 20, 2013.

  • The IRS recognizes the date of a credit card gift as the date the card is charged. For online gifts, the credit card is charged immediately, so gifts made online before midnight Dec. 31 will be credited as a gift in 2013.

  • Gifts of securities are valued and credited based on the date the security is received in the College's account, or in the case of a non-electronic transfer, based on the delivery method (postmark if U.S. mail, received date if by another carrier, such as UPS or FedEx). Donors are encouraged to make gifts of stock prior to the winter break to guarantee credit in 2013.

Thank you for supporting Franklin & Marshall College!

Upcoming Events

December 17, 2013
Monthly F&M Luncheon
Naples, Fla.
More Information

January 4, 2014
Celebrate the New Year at Hagley Museum & Library
Wilmington, Del.

January 8, 2014
A Conversation with President Porterfield, Ph.D.
Santa Monica, Calif.

February 8, 2014
"Think Pink Floyd" with F&M Reception
Englewood, N.J.

January 14, 2014
Happy Hour and F&M Women's and Men's Basketball Games vs. Muhlenberg
Allentown, Pa.
January 22, 2014
Pre-Game Happy Hour and F&M's Men's Basketball Game vs. Dickinson
Lancaster, Pa.
February 21, 2013
"Jim Breuer Live" with F&M Reception in Red Bank

Red Bank, N.J.