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Parents Newsletter, November 2013

Parent Newsletter -- September 2013

Dear Parents,

During F&M's recent Homecoming & Family Weekend (enjoy the video about the weekend) and Fall Break, many parents reconnected with their students. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will arrive, and then final exams will be upon us. See below for upcoming break details.

The academic rigor tends to increase as the second half of the semester proceeds -- it’s a good time to remind your student that support is on hand through their professors, academic advisers, college house dons and deans, assistants at the Writing Center, and library staff.

Enjoy the lovely fall weather!

All the best,

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

P.S. It's not too early to mark your calendar for next year's Homecoming & Family Weekend: October 24-26, 2014.

Convocation 2013

F&M Calendar Notes

Thanksgiving Break:

  • Begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

  • Classes resume at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2

Fall Semester's Last Day of Classes:

  • Friday, Dec. 6

Reading Days:

  • Saturday, Dec. 7 - Tuesday, Dec. 10

Final Exams:

College Houses & Theme Houses Close:

  • Monday, Dec. 16

Spring Option & International Student Orientation:

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

College Houses & Theme Houses Open:

  • 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12

Spring Semester Classes Begin:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14

Class of 2017

F&M President Participates in NBC's "Education Nation" Summit

Reflecting Franklin & Marshall College's leadership in initiatives to promote college success for talented students from all backgrounds, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield was one of four college presidents nationwide selected as featured panelists for NBC News' "Education Nation" Summit 2013, which took place Oct. 6-8 in New York City. Porterfield shared F&M's successes and proposed national solutions as part of the panel, "What it Takes: A Path to Higher Ed." If you missed seeing the live feed, click here to watch an archived version. You also might want to download and listen to a recent presentation of Radio Smart Talk on WITF-FM, the NPR radio station in Harrisburg, Pa., that featured President Porterfield discussing the issue of access to private liberal arts colleges.

Celebrating Fundraising Success

What Can Your Student Do Now to Land a Job Before Graduation?

F&M's Associate Vice President for Student & Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne, J.D., '95, offered many valuable tips during a presentation of the same name held over Homecoming & Family Weekend. There are two related programs coming up on campus that you could encourage your student to attend. Students may register for either or both of the workshops below by emailing the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development at with their registration request:

  • Acing the Interview/Mock Interviews with F&M Alumni, Parents & Friends
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Catering Suite in Ben Franklin Dining Hall

Jean Hadley '84, director of professional development and human resources for the law firm Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton will deliver an interactive presentation on surviving and excelling in an interview. Jean, an experienced professional in talent recruitment and hiring practices, will speak about the different types of interview questions (e.g. behavioral, etc.) students and recent graduates may encounter, as well as cover the range of basic through advanced tips to stand out during and following an interview. After Jean's presentation, participants will engage in mock interviews with facilitators.

  • The Art of the Cocktail Hour and Meal -- Etiquette and Fundamentals
    6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Catering Suite in Ben Franklin Dining hall

Lisa Richey, CEO of the American Academy of Etiquette, has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Food Network and NBC Philadelphia as an expert on protocol and business/workplace etiquette. At this event, which will feature a sit-down dinner, Lisa will provide participants with real-time, valuable training on etiquette. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Experience

Cheer for Our Diplomats!

F&M's fall sports are wrapping up their successful seasons, and our winter athletes are warming up. Sign up here to receive updates about specific sports and/or choose a weekly summary e-mail from F&M's Director of Athletics & Recreation Patricia Epps. Come to campus to cheer the Dips or travel to watch them at an away competition. The website is full of helpful information to help you follow our scholar-athletes.

Move-In Day

Break-time Shuttles

The airport/train station shuttles provided through our Auxiliary Services Office may now be reserved and paid for online with a credit or debit card. The deadline for making a Thanksgiving break shuttle reservation is Wednesday, November 20.

Commencement Weekend

Honoring People at F&M Who Have Made a Difference for Your Student

Did you know that, with your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund (of any size), you are able to honor someone on campus who has made a difference in the life of your F&M student? It could be a coach, a member of the professional staff, a professor, an adviser, or another F&M student. If your child has spoken of someone on campus who has mentored, supported or nurtured them at F&M, say thank you by honoring that person with a gift to the College. Simply name your honoree in the "Dedicate this Donation" section of our secure online giving site, and he or she will receive a note explaining your kind gesture. Thank you for your support!


Upcoming Events

November 9, 2013
F&Mily Football Tailgate at John Hopkins
Baltimore, MD
November 12, 2013
A Conversation with President Porterfield in Texas
Houston, TX
November 16, 2013
From "Ben's Excellent European Adventure" to a "Passport to Paris"
Denver, CO