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Parents Newsletter, October 2012

Parent Newsletter -- July 2012

Dear Parents,

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:

  • Advance registration has now closed but if you didn't get the chance to register, no worries! Upon your arrival, you may register on site in the Atrium of Steinman College Center.
  • Hotels are filling up. Our room blocks have expired and many hotels are full. The hotels listed on our accommodation list may have rooms open up with cancellations closer to the date. Many additional options can be found on the Lancaster Visitors' Center website. You may also want to look into a third-party site such as Expedia or Priceline. They are often able to facilitate reservations even when hotels appear to be full.
  • Check out the Weekend schedule and make sure to stop at the registration area upon your arrival to campus to pick up the most updated version.
  • Don't hesitate to call with questions.

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!

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Support the Franklin & Marshall Fund

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.

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

Volunteer Opportunities in Admission

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 ( or 717-358-4619) to learn about how you can join FAN.

Dean Trachte P'04

Dean Trachte P'04 Takes on New Role

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."

Upcoming Breaks

Upcoming Breaks

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

The College's Break Airport/Train Station Shuttle information is available here. And bus service to New York and New England is available through the independent operator, My Bus Home.

Recruiting Mystery Shoppers!

Now Recruiting Mystery Shoppers!

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 or 717-358-4705.

Appel Health Services

New Physician at Appel Health Services

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.

Go Dips!

Go Dips!

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!

Upcoming Events

October 16, 2012
Philadelphia Regional Phonathon
Philadelphia, Pa.

October 18-21, 2012
Homecoming & Family Weekend
On Campus
More Information

October 20, 2012
F&M Women's Rowing at the Head of the Charles Regatta
Boston, Ma.

October 23, 2012
F&M Forum on Presidential Politics
Washington, D.C.

November 10, 2012
"Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Musical" With Private Reception
Hershey, Pa.

November 11, 2012
F&M Day at Johnson's Corner Farm
Medford, N.J.