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Parents Newsletter, November 2012

Parent Newsletter -- November 2012

Dear Parents,

As you are probably aware, Lancaster was -- thankfully -- not badly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Every precaution was taken to keep our students safe, informed and well-fed during the storm. Our hearts go out to many of our families who were not as fortunate. I hope the knowledge that your Franklin & Marshall student was in good hands lessened stress you may have faced (and may still be facing) during the storm and its aftermath.

Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best,

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

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Join in F&M's Month of Thanks

F&M invites parents to participate in our Month of Thanks during November. This month, we invite you to say thank you to a professor, coach or mentor who has helped inspire your student. Take a moment to practice an intentional act of kindness. Use the form on the Month of Thanks website to send a simple note of thanks and then make a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund in honor of that person. Your gift shows you stand behind the liberal arts experience these mentors helped shape, while you also say a specific thank you to the person who has made a difference in your student's life. Thank YOU!

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Did You Know?

President Porterfield has recently reported an astounding F&M statistic you may want to know. Franklin & Marshall was the only college or university last year with students winning all four of these extremely competitive and prestigious scholarships and fellowships (click on the name to learn more about the student or students who received the award): Truman, Pickering, Fulbright and Mitchell.

Dean Trachte P'04

Spring Course Pre-Registration Extended

Many students were happy to learn that the Registrar’s Office extended the course pre-registration process until Tuesday, Nov. 13, because the College was closed for two days during the hurricane. This is to make certain there is ample time for advising. As a result, preliminary schedules will be available on students' MyDiplomat accounts on Monday, Nov. 26 (instead of the originally scheduled Nov. 19). Drop/add will stay as originally scheduled: Tuesday, Nov. 27, for students with short schedules, and Wednesday, Nov. 28, for students with full schedules or those students who did not participate in pre-registration.

As usual, Registrar's Office staff presented terrific sessions ("Pre-Registration for Fummers: How to Think Like the Course Scheduler") in the College Houses to increase students' understanding of the registration process.

If students have questions or concerns about the process, they should see their academic adviser and/or visit the Registrar’s Office.

Upcoming Breaks

Explore Study Abroad Opportunities

F&M students have amazing off-campus opportunities, including: studying marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef; taking international business courses in China; completing a health studies internship in Chile; or spending a semester at the University of Oxford. F&M has pre-approved more than 250 off-campus study programs in more than 60 locations around the world.

All students who are interested in off-campus study are required to attend a Starting Points meeting (held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Joseph International Center). Students who are interested in off-campus study during the summer, fall or academic year 2013 should plan to attend a Starting Points before March 1, 2013. The last day to submit an F&M off-campus study application for summer, fall or academic year 2014 is March 20, 2013. Students who are interested in off-campus study during the spring 2014 semester should plan to attend a Starting Points before Oct. 1, 2013. The last day to submit an F&M off-campus study application for spring 2014 is Oct. 20, 2013.

During a Starting Points meeting, students will hear directly from past participants and learn important policy and application information. After attending a Starting Points meeting, students are required to schedule a meeting with an off-campus study adviser.

Students can contact an international ambassador to learn more about their experiences off-campus. For more information about planning for off-campus study, please visit the International & Off-Campus Study website.

Recruiting Mystery Shoppers!

View Upcoming Concert Webcasts

Visiting F&M for a musical event is always enjoyable. But if you can't make it to campus for these concerts, be sure to tune in online:

  • Jazz Ensemble: 8 p.m. Nov. 17
  • Holiday Choral Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 2.
Appel Health Services

Prepare for Holiday Breaks

A reminder: Thanksgiving recess begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, and ends at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Students may stay in their campus housing during Thanksgiving break; however, students who plan to stay on campus during the break should be prepared for very limited dining options.

Planning ahead for winter break, final exams are scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 12-16, and students are encouraged to leave campus housing within 48 hours after their last exam. The final exam schedule is available online on the Registrar's Office website. The College Houses and Theme Houses will close at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

College Houses and Theme Houses reopen at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, and spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 15.

You'll find the academic calendar through spring 2014 here.

To view the F&M academic calendar, please visit

The Airport/Train Station Shuttle information for F&M students is available here. Bus service to New York and New England is available through the independent operator, My Bus Home.

Upcoming Events

November 15, 2012
The 225th Anniversary of Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, Pa.

November 17, 2012
225 Hours of Service at the Dumbarton Oaks Park
Washington, D.C.

November 27, 2012
Southwest Florida Monthy Lunch at HB's on the Gulf
Naples, Fl.
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November 29, 2012
Franklin & Marshall College 225th Anniversary Celebration
New York, N.Y.

December 8, 2012
'A Christmas Carol'
Washington, D.C.