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Parents Newsletter, February 2014

Parent Newsletter -- September 2013

Dear Parents,

Thursday, Jan. 16, was a proud day for the F&M community, when President Porterfield was featured at a White House Higher Education Summit that brought together higher education leaders from across the country. Read about it here.

President Porterfield's participation, at the invitation of President and Mrs. Obama, continues a series of high-profile events this academic year on the importance of attracting and retaining lower-income students and ensuring their success once on campus. In October, Porterfield was chosen by producers at NBC News for a panel discussion of "What It Takes: A Path to Higher Ed," a segment of the network's annual, nationally-broadcast Education Nation Summit in New York City. A month later, he was in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of education leaders -- "The Next America: Pathways to Success" -- convened by the National Journal.

When I speak with parents and alumni, a common theme is their interest in raising Franklin & Marshall College’s national profile to a level that reflects our excellence. President Porterfield's recognized leadership on the topic of improving access to higher education is doing just that. It's an exciting time at Franklin & Marshall!

Stay warm,

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

P.S. I participated in a terrific Senior Boot Camp last month, working with students to figure out their post-graduation plans. The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development stands ready to assist all students with their strategy for life after college.

The College House System at F&M

Are you the Parent of a Sophomore?

This is a big year! As you are probably aware, your student will be asked to declare his or her major later this semester. If your student is still working to determine which major to choose, there are many resources to help. Todd DeKay, in the office of the Dean of the College, emphasizes that the academic adviser is the first stop. "That person is well-positioned to advise the student," he says, "and all faculty members are wonderful resources for students."

DeKay notes that sophomores should anticipate several communications from the College this semester regarding the selection of a major.

Senior Boot Camp

Quantitative & Science Center at F&M

The Quantitative & Science Center, located on the first floor of the Martin Library of the Sciences, is an exciting new resource for students who feel they might need assistance with complicated ideas and theories in math and science courses. Learn more about this new academic amenity here.


Study Skills Workshops Offered to Students

Counseling Services at F&M is offering several workshops to students this semester, including two in February that may be helpful to your student:

  • Feb. 7 -- Avoiding Study Traps, Goal Setting & Time Management
  • Feb. 21 -- Study Strategies

Each workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Appel Classroom. Students are not required to pre-register.

Future Commencement Dates

Dean's and Honors Lists

Congratulations to Dean's and Honors Lists students! At Franklin & Marshall, a student earns Honors List recognition for achieving a 3.7 or better grade point average and Dean's List recognition for achieving a 3.25 or better grade point average (out of a possible 4.0). Following each semester, we publish these lists on the F&M website as soon as they are released.

We also use an independent service that sends this information to local papers in each student's hometown. We unfortunately cannot guarantee when or if the newspapers will choose to publish these achievements.

Jennifer Morford, Ph.D.


Franklin & Marshall students are fortunate to have multiple transportation options available to them. With spring break approaching, you may be discussing the best way for your student to travel between home and F&M. Below are some choices to consider. (For students staying on campus during break, there will be free shuttles to a grocery store and the mall on March 10 and March 13 at times to be announced.)

  • Break Shuttles F&M operates a shuttle service to the Lancaster train station and the Baltimore-Washington, Philadelphia and Harrisburg airports. Reservations for these convenient and reasonably-priced trips may now be made online with a credit card. The Spring Break shuttle registration deadline is March 3.
  • Amtrak The Lancaster train station is less than one mile from campus and provides convenient, traffic-free access to locations throughout the northeast and beyond.
  • Hertz 24-7 Free membership is available to students (at least 18 years old) to rent a car that's parked on campus for approximately $8 per hour.
  • My Bus Home This motor coach service offers our students wifi-enabled bus rides to New Jersey (Kenilworth and Montvale), New York (Mt. Kisco), Connecticut (Brookfield and Cromwell) and Massachusetts (Newton).
F&M Works

Commencement Weekend: May 9-10, 2014

Graduation is approaching for our seniors -- and for you, their families, who are no doubt excited to celebrate their wonderful accomplishments.

Please check the Commencement website for more information in the coming months, including the Weekend Schedule, and plan to participate in the programs. In case you're not aware, the Baccalaureate Program is one event not to be missed! Planned by members of the senior class, it's always a wonderful event in which students, faculty, and administrators present reflections, performances and readings.

Tickets are not required for Commencement, whether the ceremony is held inside or out; all are welcome.

We encourage you to make hotel and restaurant reservations soon. The College also will provide residence hall accommodations at a reasonable cost to families on the evening of May 9. Senior parents should have received a mailing about this opportunity from the office of the Dean of the College.

Please Support the Franklin & Marshall Fund

New Package Notification System

We are pleased to report that Mail Services has implemented a new and improved package notification system. Students receive email messages when their packages have arrived at Mail Services and are ready for pickup. Students must present ID and sign a form to release the package. Please note that they should still check their boxes for letter mail and smaller parcels.

As a reminder, these are our student mailing addresses:

Student Name
F&M # Student's Mail Number
P.O. Box 3220
Lancaster, PA 17604-3220

When a street address is required:

Student Name
F&M # Student's Mail Number
415 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603

Please Support the Franklin & Marshall Fund

Thanks for Your Support

We are now well into the third quarter of our fiscal year (the year ends June 30) and are so grateful to the many parents who have chosen to support the College philanthropically. Parents' investments in the College, beyond tuition, room and board, enhance programs available to all students. To make your tax-deductible donation, please visit our secure site or contact Maura Condon Umble '83, Director of Parent Relations.

Upcoming Events

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

February 8, 2014
Meet & Greet with F&M Wrestling Coach Mike Rogers
Philadelphia, Pa.

February 12, 2014
A Conversation with President Porterfield
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

February 18, 2014
Monthly F&M Luncheon
Naples, Fla.

February 21, 2014
Toast to the Class of 2013 in Boston
Boston, Mass.

March 2, 2014
F&M Night with the Hershey Bears
Hershey, Pa.

March 15, 2014
"Glen Burtnik's Summer of Love" Concert with F&M Reception
Red Bank, N.J.