No matter if your student is a first-year or a senior, this is a significant time in his or her life, and we know that you, as a parent, want it to go well. We understand that parents of first-year students are hoping and praying the transition goes smoothly; parents of sophomores may be discussing with their students the importance of following their passion when choosing a major this year; junior parents are likely talking to their kids about the big step of studying abroad and preparing to secure an internship next summer; and senior parents are in disbelief that the years have passed so quickly and are beginning to think about graduation and their students' lives after college.
Every one of the four years at Franklin & Marshall brings new and exciting opportunities. You may find that among the best advice you can offer your child is to truly own this experience -- to recognize that this College belongs to the students and that each student is the only person who can make his or her college experience what it needs to be.
Here’s hoping for a spectacular year for all!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble ‘83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin & Marshall College has created a new Facebook page just for parents! It's an ideal place to ask questions of other parents, compare ideas and engage with content of interest to parents. You can become a fan of the page to share your own photos, view videos, or just get regular updates as part of this new online community. Link to the new Facebook page here. Please join us and tell us what you think!
Students will see some changes with a new food venue when they return to campus. ZeBi -- short for Zest Bistro -- replaces Jazzman’s Café this fall. It is the direct result of student demand for more healthy options, natural ingredients and flexibility in ordering. ZeBi will feature freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, and gourmet grab-and-go-items, as well as fair-trade coffee, organic teas, and a give-back program that supports the national hunger-relief charity Feeding America. And parents, here is a new way to support your kids: Check out Sodexo’s new Fill My Fridge program.
Associate Vice President for Student & Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne, J.D., '95 announced that Joseph Gebbie, M.Ed., has joined the Office as director of employer partnerships. Gebbie will develop innovative ways for F&M to partner with employers and help students secure internships, experiential learning and employment opportunities for F&M students and alumni.
Mr. Gebbie comes to F&M from Hofstra University, where he served as assistant director of Hofstra's Career Center. Previously, he worked for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in its Office of Career Development, where he created employer resources and presented career development workshops to students.
He received his B.A. and a master’s of professional studies in criminal justice leadership from St. John’s University. Mr. Gebbie also received his M.Ed. in counseling (College Student Development) and his M.Ed. in higher education leadership and policy studies from Hofstra.
We are all delighted to welcome him to the Franklin & Marshall community. Mr. Gebbie is among three new hires by the office this summer, including Glenn Cummings, Ph.D., director of health professions advising, and Kathy Babb Billig, M.Ed., senior student development adviser, who came on board in June and August, respectively.
F&M’s only student-run news publication, "The College Reporter," is a great way for parents to keep up on campus news and events and to support this independent student activity. Learn more and download the subscription form here.
The schedule for Homecoming & Family Weekend is now online and the registration site is now available. You will also soon receive a registration booklet in the mail. Plan to join us as we celebrate F&M’s 225-year anniversary! Please book your hotel room now using the list provided on the Homecoming & Family Weekend website, indicating that you want to take advantage of the F&M block of rooms. Check the website often for updates to the schedule. Please register by Oct. 6.
Move-In Day is quickly approaching on Friday, Aug. 24 (If your first-year student will arrive early for pre-season athletics or another activity, you are welcome, but should not feel obligated to take part in Move-In Day programming). You should plan to arrive on campus at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (989 Harrisburg Ave.) between 8 and 11 a.m. Inside the ASFC, you’ll find lots of offices represented to welcome you and your student and guide you to your student’s room. Then, first-year families are invited to a picnic lunch on the Residential Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1 p.m., back in the ASFC, we will have a program just for parents while the students are busy with their own event, followed by College House induction ceremonies and receptions for students and parents from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. By 3:30 p.m., parents should be leaving campus, as your students will be busy throughout the rest of the day and evening.
It’s never too early to begin thinking about Commencement Weekend! Please add these dates to your (and your family’s) calendars now, and stay tuned for more details later this year. We do not limit the number of attendees, inside or out. The big weekend begins with a picnic lunch for graduates and their families mid-day on Friday, May 10, followed by the Senior Awards Program and the student-run Baccalaureate Program to which all are invited. The Commencement Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, followed by a brief reception for graduates, families, guests, faculty and professional staff. All official activities typically wrap up by 1:30 p.m. that day. We encourage you to make hotel reservations soon.