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Parents Newsletter, June 2013

Parent Newsletter -- June 2013

Dear Parents,

I hope if your student is home this summer, you’ve been able to reconnect in meaningful ways and to reflect on how he or she has grown and matured since last summer. Maybe you are hearing about favorite classes and professors, special moments with College House dons and deans, or formative experiences with athletics, community service and other extracurricular involvements. It's wonderful for a parent to witness, firsthand, the fire that the college experience sparks in our children. Enjoy your summer with your F&M student!

All the best,

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

President Porterfield

Help Welcome F&M's Class of '17

Every summer, F&M alumni, current students, parents and friends gather at regional Welcome Parties to greet the newest members of the F&M family -- our incoming students and their families. We hope you will join us for the fun at one of these Welcome Parties for the Class of '17! Register in advance by clicking on the event you plan to attend.

Southern California
Sunday, July 21
1 - 4 p.m.
Alan Freisleben P'07, P'09, P'16 & Patti Rinden P'16
Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

New Jersey
Sunday, July 21
2 - 4 p.m.
Reed Auerbach '80 and Adrienne Auerbach
366 Mendham Road
Private Road 366, House 4
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Sunday, July 21
4 - 6 p.m.
Michael & Julie Bossidy P'16
674 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT 06840-4015

Westchester County, N.Y.
Monday, July 22
6 - 8 p.m.
Kim & Georgetta Morque P'14
65 Grace Church Street
Rye, NY 10580

Tuesday, July 23
7 - 9 p.m.
Maury Garten '89 & Alice Matsas Garten '89
3523 Englemeade Road
Baltimore, MD 21208-1506

Central Pennsylvania
Wednesday, July 24
7 - 9 p.m.
Steven Zuckerman '85 & Vicki Zuckerman '86
241 Wren Way
Lancaster, PA 17601

Thursday, July 25
6 - 8 p.m.
Joe Coviello '86 & Karen Sharpless Coviello '86
University & Whist Club
805 North Broom Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

Metro Washington, D.C.
Sunday, July 28
4 - 6 p.m.
Bob Schlossberg '79, P'14 & Helene Schlossberg P'14
3933 N. Dumbarton Street
Arlington, VA 22207-2848

Metro Boston
Saturday, August 3
2 - 4 p.m.
Alan & Debbie Kanter P'14
2 Lincoln House Point
Swampscott, MA 01907-2708

Metro New York
Sunday, August 4
2 - 4 p.m.
Doug McCormack '85
100 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Metro Philadelphia
Monday, August 19
7 - 9 p.m.
Andy & Sally Williams P'12
520 Plymouth Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422-1729

Senior Salute

Support the F&M Fund Before June 30

The majority of students have left campus for the summer -- heading home for summer jobs and vacations with the family, or to participate in exciting internships. Their academic year was filled with intellectual challenges, leadership opportunities, team successes and growth opportunities -- both in and out of the classroom.

As the end of our fiscal year approaches, we're reminded that these experiences at F&M are made possible through generous gifts from alumni, parents and friends who support the College's mission of educating tomorrow's leaders. Financial gifts benefit all students by strengthening core academic programs and supporting extracurricular activities such as athletics, summer research, study abroad, civic engagement programs and internships.

You have a unique opportunity to ensure that the outstanding education F&M offers continues to evolve and improve. Please make a gift to support the Parents’ Campaign of the Franklin & Marshall Fund before June 30. Thank you in advance for your support.

Yellowstone National Park

Summer Tips for Success in Life After College

Soon after you welcome home your college student with his or her multiple baskets of not-so-fresh laundry, your thoughts may turn to your student's summer employment and future career options. F&M Associate Vice President for Student and Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne '95 says that while students are unfettered by coursework and exams they can position themselves for success after college in three ways this summer:

  1. Create a mentorship network. A mentorship network can provide your student with insider knowledge of industry trends, hiring practices and organizational dynamics. Between the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development's database of alumni and parent mentors, and referrals you may make to friends, co-workers and other contacts (neighbors, professionals, etc.), your student can create a network to support his or her professional development and success -- now and in the future.

  2. Improve his or her social media brand. Employers are increasingly using social media to vet job applicants, especially via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Your student should not only clean up any digital imprint that is not consistent with his or her professional ambitions, but also improve his or her social media brand by linking to individuals and groups who can offer professional support.

  3. Strengthen at least one relevant skill. Your student's mentors can give advice on the skills needed to secure highly coveted opportunities after college. With the extra time summer provides, your student should learn at least one new skill. Whether that means learning Excel, understanding SEO (search engine optimization) or practicing public speaking, your son or daughter will benefit significantly from increasing his or her acumen this summer.

For assistance with any of these tasks, or help exploring career pathways or applying for employment, please have your student email ( or call (717-358-4427) the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development. The office is open all summer and stands ready to help prepare students and alumni for successful lives and careers beyond college.

F&M Fund

College Renters Insurance

F&M suggests that parents purchase renters insurance for their students and recommends plans offered by Sallie Mae Insurance Services. These plans feature low deductibles, protection for the replacement value of your property, loss-of-use benefits and personal liability protection for your student. Speak with a licensed insurance agent for advice before purchasing any insurance. For more information, visit or call 866-572-1617.


Upcoming Events

June 20, 2013
Whiskey Tasting with Author Lew Bryson '81
Chadds Ford, PA

June 26, 2013
F&M Happy Hour at Crisp
Houston, TX

June 27, 2013
Central PA Toast to the Class of 2013
Lancaster, PA

June 27, 2013
F&M Happy Hour at Panzano's
Denver, CO

June 29, 2013
F&M Alumni Day of Service in Far Rockaway
New York, NY

July 3, 2013
An Evening with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Oregon Ridge
Cockeysville, MD