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Parents Newsletter, July 2013

Parent Newsletter -- July 2013

Dear Parents,

If you think F&M is quiet during the summer, think again! Hundreds of our own students are here taking classes, working and/or partnering with faculty to conduct research in various academic fields, and the campus also is buzzing with many younger folks participating in sports and academic camps. And F&M is one of the largest sites for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program, which brings gifted middle and high school students to campus each summer.

In addition, our own F&M College Prep program is now in its third year. This program brings 72 high-achieving, college-bound, rising high school seniors to our campus from urban and rural communities all across the country. While on campus, students take courses taught by F&M professors and participate in college-readiness workshops. President Daniel R. Porterfield says, "It's a promising program for helping talented high-school seniors learn about the many opportunities available to them at top colleges."

Yes, bright young people seem to be attracted to our campus, even during the summer months as we eagerly await the return of our own students for their first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

All the best,

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

P.S. Your participation in a summer Welcome Party to help us welcome the Class of '17 and their families into the F&M family would be fun for you and of tremendous value to incoming parents. Please join us if you are able. More information about locations and registration is found at

Life After College Success Program

Life After College Success Program

The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development sent a letter to the home addresses of rising juniors last month encouraging these students to apply for the Life After College Success Program. Established by a gift from Ed Satell, parent of a 2009 graduate, this highly selective two-year program prepares students to launch into life beyond college by:

  • Providing opportunities to meet and hear influential speakers reflect on their post-graduate years and career paths.

  • Offering professional development opportunities and workshops to help students thrive and succeed beyond college.

  • Helping students identify, initiate and develop a professional network.

There are two components to this program -- a speaker series and peer-group workshops. In recent years, speakers have included Eric Noll '83, P'09, F&M trustee and executive vice president of transaction services of NASDAQ OMX; Paula T. Dow, Esq., '77, Superior Court judge for New Jersey; Dennis Wint, Ph.D., P'16, president and CEO of The Franklin Institute; and Michael Dee '85, CEO of the Miami Dolphins. The speaker series is complemented by workshops in which participants learn about social media branding, networking, time management strategies, money management, communication and other important professional skills.

Interested students should complete the online application at by Monday, July 15. Students with questions about this opportunity should contact Beth Throne '95, associate vice president of student and post-graduate development, at 717-358-4427 or

President Porterfield

President Porterfield in the Media

F&M President Dan Porterfield is a respected thought leader in higher education. Read some of his recent articles published in the Huffington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education:

You also may enjoy reading remarks he delivered to alumni at our recent Reunion Weekend, where we enjoyed record-setting attendance:

Tuition Billing

Accessing Your Student's Tuition Billing Account

As of July 1, the College has launched new software (replacing the e-Bill system) to provide students with an up-to-date, detailed picture of their billing and payment activity information. Students may assign proxy access to their parents or guardians by logging into Inside F&M, selecting My Info, and choosing Manage Proxy Access to My Information. The instructions found there will take students through the process of assigning proxy to the person responsible for paying their tuition bills. Fall semester bills will be released this month and payment for the fall semester is due Aug. 1, so it is important for students to take the necessary steps promptly.

If you have any questions related to the new process of assigning proxy access to your student's account please contact the F&M Business Office at 717-291-4213.

Thank You for Giving

Thank You for Giving

Many parents, along with alumni, students and friends, support F&M every year. We want to express our deep appreciation to all parents who made a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund in the past fiscal year, which ended June 30. Gifts to the F&M Fund enrich the F&M experience, providing financial aid, enhancing campus life, supporting close student-faculty collaboration, and promoting leadership development for our students. Because of your generosity, F&M students are well equipped to change the world. If you'd like to make your gift for the new fiscal year today, you can use our online giving form.

Thank you very much for your support!

Upcoming Events

July 20, 2013
F&M and CTC Ten Day at the Philadelphia Union
Chester, PA

July 21, 2013
Southern California Welcome Party
Santa Monica, CA

July 21, 2013
New Jersey Welcome Party
Bernardsville, NJ

July 21, 2013
Connecticut Welcome Party
New Canaan, CT

July 22, 2013
Westchester County, NY Welcome Party
Rye, NY

July 23, 2013
Maryland Welcome Party
Baltimore, MD

July 24, 2013
Central Pennsylvania Welcome Party
Lancaster, PA

July 25, 2013
Delaware Welcome Party
Wilmington, DE

July 28, 2013
Metro Washington, D.C., Welcome Party
Arlington, VA

August 1, 2013
Reception with Professor Annalisa Crannell at the Pond House Cafe
West Hartford, CT

August 1, 2013
F&M Day with the Sugar Land Skeeters
Sugar Land, TX

August 3, 2013
Metro Boston Welcome Party
Swampscott, MA

August 4, 2013
Metro New York Welcome Party
New York, NY