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Parents Newsletter, October 2013

Parent Newsletter -- September 2013

Dear Parents,

Homecoming & Family Weekend begins tomorrow, and we look forward to seeing you on campus! A few last-minute reminders:

  • Take a look now at the online schedule, but make sure to stop at the Steinman College Center upon your arrival to pick up the most up-to-date information available, along with nametags, maps, etc.

  • Make dinner reservations in advance -- Lancaster has a wide variety of great restaurants, but weekends are busy even without the hundreds of visitors that our event brings to the area. Two great sources of restaurant information are our website and the Lancaster Visitors' Center website.

  • Don't miss these events you might find interesting:

  • Open Classes: Students may ask their professors for permission for parents/family members to attend class with them. Or pick up the information regarding open classes at the registration table in the Steinman College Center Friday morning and choose a class to visit from the available classes list -- a great way to put yourself in your child's shoes for an hour!

  • Evening Concerts: F&M's Philharmonia performs at 8 p.m. in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, and four of our a cappella groups are on stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. under the tent on Hartman Green. Enjoy!

  • "What Your Students Can Do Now to Land a Job Before Graduation" at 8 a.m. in Steinman College Center is a discussion and breakfast with tips for every parent.

  • "An Hour with the President" at 10 a.m. in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts presents a unique opportunity to hear about the many exciting initiatives being implemented to benefit our students.

  • Meet & Chat with Faculty at 11:15 a.m. gives you the chance to spend a few minutes with our impressive faculty. Pick up the list of departments and locations at the registration table in the Steinman College Center.

  • The Tailgate Party from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Hartman Green offers food, fun and entertainment.

  • The Choral Concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts -- another opportunity to enjoy our talented students.

  • Athletic events take place throughout the weekend -- check the schedule and cheer on the Dips!

Have fun with your student during this exciting weekend.

All the best,

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

Convocation 2013

How Lessons Learned in Sports Can Help Win in the Workplace

Enjoy this recent article in Lancaster’s Sunday News about how trustee and entrepreneur Brett Harwood '71 helped launch a seminar at Franklin & Marshall College that brings together athletes and non-athletes to exchange ideas on leadership, teamwork and project management. The program is on the cutting edge of a national trend of using practical athletic knowledge in ways that provide an advantage in the workplace and in life. Beth Throne '95, F&M's associate vice president of student and post-graduate development, and Greg Olenginski '15, a cross-country and track and field athlete who participated in the seminar, are quoted.

Class of 2017

Upcoming ENCORE Events On Campus

We hope you will join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend, but you are always welcome on F&M's campus! Parents are especially encouraged to attend the upcoming cultural events listed below – just a small representation of the lively F&M arts offerings. For additional events, visit our online calendar.

  • Celia Rowlson-Hall Screening
    8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Zoetropolis Theatre, 315 West James St., Lancaster

  • Join filmmaker/choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall for a screening of her work.

  • "Spring Awakening"
    Oct. 24-27

  • Directed by Kati Donovan, visiting assistant professor of theater, and adapted from Frank Wedekind's controversial play, this rock musical will feature many F&M students as it explores the transition a young person makes from innocence to experience in an unforgiving world. "Spring Awakening" won eight Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and was named "Best Musical of the Year" by The New York Times.

  • Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre
    7:30 p.m. Nov. 9

  • A 1971 F&M alum and Mill Humanities Fellow, Stuart Pimsler rejoins the campus for a weeklong residency that culminates in a performance in the Schnader Theatre of the Roschel Performing Arts Center on campus.

  • Fall Dance Concert
    7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23

  • Our annual fall dance concert featuring students performing dances choreographed by faculty and guest artists.

Celebrating Fundraising Success

Fall & Thanksgiving Break Information

  • Fall Break begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.11, and ends at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

  • Thanksgiving Break begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, and ends at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Learn more about our Break Time Shuttles to the train station and area airports.

  • The College partners with My Bus Home, a service that provides bus transportation to New York, New Jersey and New England.

Summer Experience

Encourage Your Senior to Earn a Star

One of the new initiatives that is part of the Senior Class Campaign for 2013-2014 is the "Star Moments" raffle, which will begin this month. The Senior Class Campaign is the way the graduating class ignites a culture of philanthropy by giving back to F&M. Each Wednesday in October, one randomly selected donor to the fundraising campaign will be chosen to participate in a "Star Moment" -- an opportunity to take part in something special in and around F&M that might otherwise be inaccessible or difficult for most students. These Star Moments will include opportunities for:

  • watching an F&M athletic event of the senior's choice from the press box

  • visiting the primate lab in the basement of the Life Sciences building (because of safety and security, this is usually only available to specific science-related majors)

  • ringing the Common Hour bell to summon campus to the weekly lecture and performance series

  • enjoying a champagne toast with up to 10 "of-age" friends at the Grundy Observatory Telescope

  • having fried pickles with President Porterfield at local restaurant Fenz

Drawings will continue throughout the year, with Star Moments that will include F&M-centric opportunities that are great to check off any Senior Year Bucket List.

The name "Star Moments" references the theme for this year's Senior Class Campaign, which is "Earn Your Star." Donors to the campaign receive a star next to their name at F&M events, on their nametag, and on the list of donors to identify those who financially support the College. At the Senior Toast the Thursday before Commencement, the class of 2014 will present the senior class gift to F&M. Please encourage your senior to give back to F&M through the Senior Class Campaign.

Move-In Day

Do You Know About .08?

.08 ("point-oh-eight") is Franklin & Marshall's largest student-run organization. With the name of the group referring to the legal definition of intoxication, .08's mission is to encourage students at F&M to be responsible and look out for one another, especially when alcohol is involved. The group began four years ago in honor of Gordie Bailey, who was a first-year student at the University of Colorado Boulder when he died tragically in an alcohol-related hazing incident. Gordie was a smart and talented young man who was loved by all. His story is especially important to .08 because he was a close friend of one of our founding members.

.08 just finished its annual "Freshman Talks," where members of the group show a video about Gordie Bailey called "Haze" and then break the first-year students into small peer-to-peer group discussions about the dangers of alcohol and the realities of college life. The executive board is made up of 10 dedicated juniors and seniors (Caitlin Forsthoefel '14, Juliet Gore '14, Sam Gladstone '14, Grace Williams '14, Lauren Rasmussen '15, Allie Morey '15, Ben Ross '15, Kim Abruzzo '15, and Sean Bell McDermott '15), led by Charlie Wagner '14, president.

Commencement Weekend

New Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Stuart Umberger was recently hired as the interim director of fraternity and sorority life. He joined F&M after spending the last two years in a similar role at Lafayette College, and has brought more than 12 years of experience to his role.

In a recent article in the College Reporter, Umberger said he is "excited and energized to serve F&M for the coming year."

Ship Belongings in Advance

New Coordinator of Disability Services

Susan Schultheis, Ph.D., is the College's new coordinator of disability services. Schultheis is a licensed psychologist, and holds her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University. She has been a part-time member of the College's Counseling Services staff since 2007. Schultheis began her career in 1990 at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Pa., where she helped people with physical and psychiatric disabilities gain and maintain employment. She also provided psychological services focused on adjustment to disability issues.

In her new role as coordinator of disability services, Schultheis will coordinate services and accommodations for students with disabilities to help overcome barriers that may limit their participation in the programs and activities of the College. She will review all the required documentation of the disability for which accommodations are being requested, and collaborate with the student and faculty to determine the appropriate academic accommodations for each individual student based on the documentation. Schultheis is available to assist students in registering for disability services with the College, facilitate requests for and implementation of accommodations, and to discuss the College's policies regarding academic accommodations with students and/or parents.

To reach Schultheis, please contact her through the Disability Services Office at 717-291-3989 or by e-mail at All documentation of a disability should be sent to Dr. Susan Schultheis, Coordinator of Disability Services, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604, or faxed to 717-358-4459.

Ship Belongings in Advance

Make a Contribution to the Franklin & Marshall Fund

Each year, we ask parents to consider a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund. We understand that every parent is supporting his or her child's education in a significant way by sending that child to F&M, a private, selective, liberal arts college. Some parents choose to invest additional funds by supporting the College philanthropically. If you believe in the kind of rigorous yet supportive education Franklin & Marshall provides and you have the ability to invest in excellence, please make a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund today.

Upcoming Events

October 4-6, 2013
& Family Weekend
On Campus


October 8, 2013
Washington, D.C. Regional Phonathon
Washington, DC
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October 10, 2013
Baltimore Regional Phonathon
Timonium, MD
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October 15, 2013
Philadelphia Regional Phonathon
Philadelphia, PA
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October 19, 2013
F&Mily Apple Picking Day at Alstede Farms
Chester, NJ

October 24, 2013
An Evening with Dr. G. Terry Madonna
On Campus

October 26, 2013
The John Marshall Tasting Experience with Professor Grier Stephenson
Delaplane, VA