As you know, Homecoming & Family Weekend is coming up Oct. 18-21. We are working hard to prepare a fun, enriching, engaging and exciting schedule for our big fall weekend and very much hope you plan to be a part of it!
A few things to note:
We very much look forward to seeing you soon!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College
P.S. Don't forget to "like" the F&M Parents page on Facebook!
Consider making a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund today. Gifts to the Fund support every aspect of the F&M education, sustaining close student-faculty collaboration that fosters intellectual growth. The F&M Fund allows the College to promote leadership development and to prepare our students for life after college. Join generations of parents, students and alumni in making a difference for F&M by making an online gift today.
The Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN) is a new volunteer admission initiative that is composed of a nine-member board, representatives from the College's offices of Admission and Advancement, 40 Regional Team Leaders, and most importantly, parent and alumni volunteers. FAN provides an opportunity for parents and alumni to actively engage with the College by representing F&M at college fairs, contacting prospective students and their parents, and assisting with regional events.
Stop by the FAN table at the Tailgate Extravaganza during Homecoming & Family Weekend or contact Mary Manacher '81 in our Admission Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-358-4619) to learn about how you can join FAN.
Dean of the College Kent Trachte P'04 recently shared with our students that he'll be taking on an exciting new role in July 2013 as senior counselor to President Daniel R. Porterfield. His new role will allow him to devote himself full time to coordinating and integrating work on student leadership development, the College's efforts to maximize the student experience and preparation for life beyond college, and various areas of civic engagement. He will also continue to support the work of the committee raising funds for the new Shadek Stadium.
President Porterfield is currently assembling a search committee for the next dean of the college. In a message to the campus community, he recognized Dean Trachte "for his leadership on important strategic initiatives over the past decade, including development of the College House system and re-recognition of Greek organizations." The president said that Dean Trachte "has overseen our work in counseling, student health, student leadership development, athletics, student spiritual and religious life, and off-campus life. Kent has handled this varied and intensely demanding portfolio with distinction, and his successes are numerous."
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 these short breaks. However, students who plan to stay on campus during either break should be prepared for very limited dining options.
Looking ahead to winter break, final exams will take place on Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 12-16, and students are encouraged to leave campus housing within approximately 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.
Students who plan to stay in campus housing during any portion of winter break must complete an online request process that will be available in November. More information will be forwarded to students at that time.
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 www.fandm.edu/calendar.
Sodexo, the College's Dining Service, has introduced a new Mystery Shopper program, engineered to provide meaningful, real-time customer feedback that can be used to increase satisfaction and innovation at F&M's dining venues. This program is also effective at improving customer service and enhancing operations.
These goals will be achieved through the observation, experience and feedback collected by trained Mystery Shoppers through a new online tool. By recruiting and training student shoppers in Sodexo's expectations for customer service excellence, the management team will see their operations through the eyes of its consumers. The online feedback and reporting resource provides current and actionable data, from which on-site management can take immediate action.
The F&M Mystery Shopper team will be trained and scheduled to perform visits throughout the semester. If your student is interested, encourage him/her to become a Mystery Shopper by contacting Loni Warholic at email@example.com or 717-358-4705.
Dr. John Rigilano has joined the Appel Health Services staff. He will be working part time three days per week, providing additional physician hours to Appel Health Services.
Dr. Rigilano is a retired colonel from the United States Air Force, having spent more than 20 years in active duty. After receiving his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers Medical School), he completed a residency in family medicine at the Carswell Air Force Base Regional Hospital. Dr. Rigilano went on to assume various duties during his military career not only in the clinical care of patients, but also in teaching and administrative roles. He has extensive medical knowledge and experience both during his military career, and since his retirement from the Air Force.
For the third consecutive year, the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC) reached new levels of success, as contributions totaled $464,102 in 2011-12. The Diplomat Athletic Club was started in 2002 to provide budget enhancement for F&M's athletic and recreation programs.
"We are so fortunate to have such dedicated parents, alumni and friends of athletics," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps. "Their commitment to the excellence of our programs provides valuable athletic and educational opportunities for all of the students at Franklin & Marshall."
Gifts made through DAC help enhance F&M's athletic programs by funding, among other items, uniform purchases, new equipment and training trips.
Since its inception in 2002, the DAC has raised more than $2 million in budget enhancement revenue and more than $4.2 million in capital gifts.
One hundred percent of every gift goes directly to the sport or sports a contributor chooses. Parents of athletes will soon receive a Diplomat Athletic Club mailing asking you to consider a gift. Or you can make a gift on your credit card today by clicking here.
Visit our athletics website to learn more about the current and upcoming seasons. Thank you for supporting our scholar-athletes!