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Parents Newsletter, July 2014

Parent Newsletter -- April 2014

Dear Parents,

The campus community continues to be energized by the national recognition President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., is garnering on behalf of the College. Most recently, the "I Have A Dream" Foundation honored Dan at its 2014 Spirit of the Dream Gala in New York. Dan's speech received a standing ovation that night, and I encourage you to read its text here.

See below for a selection of Dan's articles from national publications.

Enjoy the holiday!

All the best,

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

Commencement Weekend 2014

News from the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD)

The Life After College Success (LACS) seminar is a highly selective one-year program for rising sophomores and juniors. The seminar, revised and updated at the suggestion of past participants, prepares students for life beyond college in several ways:

  • Providing opportunities to explore and clarify potential career pathways

  • Facilitating discussion, among F&M alumni and parents of influence, on their post-graduate years and career pathways as well as their insights into competing for opportunities in their fields during and following college

  • Offering professional development workshops and resources to help students thrive and succeed during and following college

  • Helping students identify, initiate and develop relevant professional connections

In recent years, speakers have included Merck & Co. President of Global Human Health and Executive Vice President Adam Schecter P'16; University of Louisville School of Medicine Professor and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Chairman Allan Tasman '69; Superior Court Judge for New Jersey Paula T. Dow '77; and CEO of The Franklin Institute Dennis Wint, Ph.D., P'16. The speaker series is complemented by workshops, during which students explore opportunities and pathways of interest while developing their skills in networking, time management, communication and other important professional aptitudes.

Interested students should complete the online application for LACS by Monday, Aug. 4. Students with questions about this opportunity should contact Beth Throne '95, associate vice president of student and post-graduate development, at 717-358-4084 or

My 2014 Summer Experience Photo Contest has started! Students enter by posting a picture and brief description of their summer experience to OSPGD's Facebook page. Prior years' submissions depicted students researching ecosystems in Costa Rica, interning with politicians and federal judges, shadowing emergency medical personnel at a New York hospital, participating in archeological digs in Spain and Italy, teaching English at a monastery in Nepal, and interning at the Philadelphia Zoo. You can check out this year's pictures by visiting and liking OSPGD's Facebook page between now and Aug. 11. Be sure your student uploads his or her pictures -- there are prizes to be won!

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Welcome Parties Begin Next Week

This summer's slate of Welcome Parties gets underway Tuesday, July 8, in New Canaan, Conn., followed by 11 more events all over the country through Aug. 13. Current parents are critical to each party's success, because you can pass along to our new students and their parents experience and advice based on your student's transition to F&M and Lancaster. Please join us! More information and registration information can be found here:

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Porterfield in the Media

Franklin & Marshall President Dan Porterfield is highly respected in higher education and is an active contributor to the national dialogue on education. You can enjoy a selection of his published articles here:

Dan also pens opinions and essays for both Forbes and Huffington Post College, a blog platform. Read a selection of those here:

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Faculty Center Receives $250,000 Grant

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Franklin & Marshall's Faculty Center $250,000 to support curricular innovation. This latest grant brings the total external funding for the new Faculty Center to $1.15 million.

When he announced this award to the F&M community, President Dan Porterfield said: "In making this strategic investment, the leadership of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations was impressed by the prominence of the concept in the articulation of our strategic priorities, the quality of the F&M faculty, the strength of our academic program, and the imminent implementation of the new Connections general education curriculum. They also noted the broad and enthusiastic faculty participation in designing the Faculty Center, the center's commitment to supporting faculty as scholars, educators, and College citizens through all stages of their careers, and the high-impact programing the center sustained in its first year... I look forward to seeing the creative uses to which our faculty will put these curriculum innovation funds and the many ways in which their efforts will benefit our students."

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Thank You, Donors

The numbers are not yet totaled, but it looks like we had another great fundraising year -- one of our best ever -- at Franklin & Marshall. Parent donors have played a critical part in this success. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

July 8, 2014
Connecticut Summer Welcome Party
New Canaan, Conn.

July 9, 2014
Metro New York Summer Welcome Party
New York, N.Y.

July 16, 2014
The Georgetown University Alumni Club of D.C. Welcomes President Daniel Porterfield, Ph.D.
Washington, D.C.

July 19, 2014
Fireworks, Fountains and A Touch of Classical: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony
Kennett Square, Pa.

July 21, 2014
Metro Philadelphia Summer Welcome Party
Philadelphia, Pa.

July 23, 2014
F&M Night with the
New York Yankees

Bronx, N.Y.

July 24, 2014
Metro Boston Summer Welcome Party
Winchester, Mass.

July 26, 2014
Nantucket Summer Welcome Party
Nantucket, Mass.

July 30, 2014
Delaware Summer Welcome Party
Wilmington, Del.

August 1, 2014
Metro Washington, D.C. Summer Welcome Party
McLean, Va.

August 2, 2014
Southern California Summer Welcome Party
La Canada, Calif.

August 2, 2014
F&M Summer Celebration and John Williams’ Film Night at Tanglewood
Lenox, Mass.

August 3, 2014
New Jersey Summer Welcome Party
Bernardsville, N.J.

August 7, 2014
Maryland Summer Welcome Party
Baltimore, Md.

August 9, 2014
F&M and CTC Ten Day at the Philadelphia Union
Chester, Pa.

August 10, 2014
Central Pennsylvania Summer Welcome Party
Lititz, Pa.