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Parents Newsletter, February 2013

Parent Newsletter -- November 2012

Dear Parents,

Classes are now well under way after the long winter break. Welcome to the February issue of our Parents Newsletter.

Just before spring semester classes started, I participated in the Senior Boot Camp -- a program organized by the senior class leadership in coordination with the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development to assist seniors as they work to find a job. The program covered resumes, cover letters, interviews, salary negotiations and more. Though the students with whom I worked were a little nervous about getting started with this process relatively late in the game, they were fantastic individuals I know will be successful in their first step out of college and well beyond. It was truly a pleasure to participate in this impressive and well-attended program.

This is a timely reminder to parents -- please tell your first-year, sophomore and junior students that it’s never too early to begin working with the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development!

Many thanks for your interest in, and support of, Franklin & Marshall. Keep in touch.

All the best,

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

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Streamlining Course Registration and Housing Selection

A comprehensive project to streamline Franklin & Marshall's internal computing resources and information management is moving forward -- just in time to make course registration and housing selection easier for your F&M student.

Course registration
A new system for course registration will make long lines outside the registrar's office a thing of the past. Launching in March, the new system will provide students with real-time access to course availability and eliminate paperwork related to course changes. Students and faculty members will access the new system through Inside F&M, a Web portal that launched last December.

According to College Registrar and Associate Director of Institutional Research Chris Alexander, the faculty-student advising process will remain the same in the new system, with the added benefit of real-time access to course information online. She noted that academic planning between students and professors will continue, and students will still receive codes from their academic advisers to register online. The system will check prerequisites to ensure students are eligible to take the classes they choose.

The new system will give students immediate feedback on whether they are enrolled in their first choices for courses. In the event students do not receive their first choices, the system allows them to choose alternates right away -- and avoid standing in long lines to make changes to their schedules.

This spring, students will make housing selections for the 2013-14 academic year through a new system that will provide simple online access to residential and meal-plan information. The system will also be accessible through Inside F&M.

During the housing lottery the new system will include graphics with floor plans of residential buildings, giving students a more complete picture of their housing options. Most aspects of housing selection will remain similar to the procedures of recent years, but information will be easier to access and more integrated.

The new system is intended to eliminate paperwork and save time when students make changes to their housing or meal plans. Students will be able to view the changes online the next day.

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Love Your Student on Valentine's Day!

What better way to show your love and pride for your child than to make a Valentine's Day gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund in his or her honor? If you make an online gift in honor of your child between now and midnight Sunday, Feb. 10, we will send a personalized Valentine's Day card notifying him/her of your gift (without the amount) and your wish to show your love in a way that benefits your student and all of our students. Thank you for your consideration!

Dean Trachte P'04

Upcoming Theater Performances

As you contemplate a possible visit to your F&M student this semester, consider arranging your travel to coincide with a student play. Here are some theatrical offerings this spring. You will find details here.

  • Feb. 14-17: "A Lie of the Mind"
    In "A Lie of the Mind," a sudden, brutal act of domestic violence throws two families into crisis. The poetic complexities of Sam Shepard's brilliant work rupture all notions of memory, love and home in the American landscape. The original production won a New York Drama Critics Award for Best Play of the Year (1986).

  • April 4-7: "Orlando"
    Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf's gender-bending novel "Orlando" brings audiences, along with its title character, on a wild search for love, knowledge, expression, and identity. (Ruhl will be at F&M for a public lecture on Feb. 19 as our 2013 Lapine Family Distinguished Dramatist. Ruhl is a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, and is one of America's most important mid-career dramatists.)

Upcoming Breaks

Is Your Child Celebrating a Birthday This Semester?

Would you like to have a unique treat prepared in Lancaster and delivered to your student to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion? The F&M catering department (717-291-4322) prepares delicious cakes right here on campus. You choose what size and flavor you'd like, and our bakers will go to work! On the special day, your student will be notified to come pick up his or her cake at Dining Services. To order, you must create an account in the online ordering system.

There also are local businesses that will deliver cakes and other treats to the Steinman College Center Information Desk; The House of Clarendon and La Petite Patisserie are two. The staff at the College Center will email your student to let him or her know there is a surprise waiting to be picked up. More information is available here.

Recruiting Mystery Shoppers!

News from Public Safety

With its commitment to maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, the Franklin & Marshall College Department of Public Safety takes crime prevention seriously and encourages F&M community members to take steps that will help prevent crime on campus.

There are two new features on the Public Safety website that will help the department in its efforts to ensure the safety of the F&M campus. The first addition is the "Ask the Chief" feature, which allows any member of the College community to ask Director of Public Safety William McHale a question or voice a concern about Public Safety. This feature is intended to foster strong relationships with members of the College community and Chief McHale.

The second feature is the Crime Prevention/Anonymous Tips form, which is for members of the College community who would like to provide information while remaining anonymous. Public Safety relies on input from the community when combating crime. This feature offers an easy, confidential method for providing information.

Upcoming Breaks

Upcoming Regional Parent Gatherings

Save the date for these regional parent gatherings. Watch your email for more details.

  • Baltimore-area Parent Gathering
    Date: Thursday, March 21
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Headmaster's House on the campus of McDonogh School, Owings Mills, Md.
    Hosts: Charlie & Jen Britton P'16

  • Washington, D.C.-area Parent Gathering
    Date: Wednesday, March 27
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: 3815 Leland Street, Chevy Chase, MD
    Hosts: Lou & Sandy Shuman P'15, P'16

Upcoming Breaks

How Do F&M Students Get Downtown?

F&M provides an easy way for your student to access the terrific social opportunities in downtown Lancaster, along with local movie theaters and shopping centers.

The Lancaster Loop is an F&M bus that provides free transportation for F&M students from campus on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings, to various locations including:

Upcoming Breaks

Regional Phonathons -- Fun Times on the Phone

You are invited to join alumni and other parents for a Franklin & Marshall College volunteer phonathon calling night in your hometown or region. Callers will encourage alumni and parent giving, and share F&M events and news updates. Phonathons will be held in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore area, New York City, Philadelphia and Central Pennsylvania -- specific information for each phonathon is listed below.

Each event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will end by 9 p.m. Each phonathon will come complete with dinner, training and camaraderie, and details will be sent directly to interested volunteers. RSVP by calling 717-358-3973 or by emailing Mary Risner ( or D.J. Korns ( in the Advancement Office.

Phonathon dates and locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 26
The office of Fran Lane '79, P'15
Deutsche Bank, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia

New York City
Wednesday, Feb. 27
The office of Neil Davidowitz '78, P'14
Orsid Realty Corp., 1740 Broadway, New York

Thursday, Feb. 28
The office of Al Ingraham '72
Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, 1306 Bellona Ave, Lutherville, Md.

Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 6
The Office of Jody Drake '77
Sughrue Mion, PLLC, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20037-3213

Lancaster, Pa.
Wednesday, March 13
F&M Office of College Advancement
Franklin & Marshall College, College Square, Lancaster, Pa.

Upcoming Breaks

New Dining Venue in College Row

We always try to share when new retail or dining establishments open adjacent to campus that give your son or daughter new options. Fresh Farms Café is open in College Row, the residential and retail complex on F&M's North Campus. The new café occupies the corner spot at the intersection of College and Harrisburg avenues.

Fresh Farms Café features soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. It offers a range of coffee drinks as well as smoothies. Dave Redmond, one of the owners, reports that the café makes a point of using locally sourced, sustainable and healthy ingredients.

The College Row restaurant has seating for 45 inside as well as some outside seating, and is open every day.

Upcoming Breaks

'Women and the Power of Negotiation' Workshop

In celebration of the College's 225th anniversary, the Council for Women of F&M invites students to a workshop with Sara Laschever, titled "Ask for It! Women and the Power of Negotiation," on Saturday, Feb. 23. Laschever, an expert on the persistence of the wage gap and work-life balance issues, will bring her extraordinary knowledge and experience to this workshop to help women learn to negotiate in the workplace.

This daylong workshop will provide students with an opportunity to engage with alumnae and fellow students, and to hear from an expert on women's long-term career success. It is free for F&M students (regular cost is $35.) If your student is interested, please note that space is limited and online registration closes Feb. 18.

Upcoming Breaks

F&M Scientist is Now Available Online

The F&M Scientist is a journal devoted to original work or reviews of the work of F&M alumni in the sciences, mathematics and computer science. The inaugural edition of the F&M Scientist is now available online. Claude Yoder '62, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry, reports that readers "will be struck by the significance of the research being done" by F&M alumni.

If you are an F&M alum and you would like to contribute to the next issue of F&M Scientist, to be published in Winter 2014, please inform Professor Yoder of your interest by emailing with the subject heading "F&M Scientist Submission." The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.

Upcoming Events

February 23, 2013
CFW Workshop with Sara Laschever and Networking Luncheon
On Campus

February 26, 2013
Philadelphia Regional Phonathon
Philadelphia, PA

February 27, 2013
New York Regional Phonathon
New York, NY

February 27, 2013
Maryland Regional Phonathon
Lutherville, MD

March 3, 2013
F&M Night with the Hershey Bears
Hershey, PA

March 6, 2013
Metro DC Regional Phonathon
Washington, D.C.

March 13, 2013
Central PA Regional Phonathon
On Campus

March 21, 2013
Baltimore Regional Parent Gathering
Owings Mills, MD

March 27, 2013
DC Regional Parent Gathering
Chevy Chase, MD