The fall semester has come and gone and many of our students are home for a long winter break. I already miss the buzz of a busy campus and look forward to the beginning of the spring semester on Tuesday, January 17. College Houses and Theme Houses open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 15. There are no classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.
A warm welcome to our newest cohort of Spring Option students, who arrive
for orientation on Saturday, January 14! Please join me in welcoming them to
the F&M Family.
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
One of the pleasures of working in the college health profession is the opportunity to help students become independent adults in charge of their own lives. When we see first-year students, it is often the first time they have been to a doctor’s office without a parent in the waiting room. By the time they are seniors, they have learned to manage their own health care needs and, if we have done our jobs, learned how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Some things you should know about Appel Health Services:
F&M students are often anxious about missing classes and campus activities when they become ill. Even a common cold can push that anxious feeling to a sense of urgency that they be "made better." A calming word from parents can go a long way toward realistic expectations for what modern medicine can and cannot do.
The staff at Appel is here to keep your student healthy and well educated about staying that way for their four years with us. Your partnership in that endeavor is welcome and encouraged.
If you live or work in the New York City area, you are invited for a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception for F&M parents on Thursday, January 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. This event will feature our new Associate Vice President for Student and Post-Graduate Development, Beth Throne '95. Beth is eager to discuss with parents the College’s new approach to supporting students and young alumni in their preparation for life after college. And our new Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Daniel Lugo, will be present to discuss his plans for enhancing our recruitment efforts. Your F&M student is welcome to join you.
Please join us for a fun Franklin & Marshall evening!
New York City Regional Parent Gathering
Click here to RSVP.
Franklin & Marshall’s graduation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. I suggest that families arrive by noon on Friday, May 11. There is a family picnic lunch that day, followed by the Awards Program (students find out closer to the date whether they are receiving an award) and the Baccalaureate Program, which is a lovely event for all seniors and their families. On Saturday, the commencement ceremony typically lasts approximately 2.5 hours and will be followed by a short reception for all.
President Porterfield recently announced that, as a result of an Idea Group recommendation, the campus’ wireless Internet service will immediately be extended to College Row and College Hill, enhancing residents’ ability to engage in coursework and research and ensuring that we can all stay connected as a community.
Does laundry pile up in your student’s room? Now is a great time to sign up for a Festiva Laundry student plan for the spring semester! Festiva picks up and drops off on campus and offers F&M students up to 40 percent off regular wash-dry-fold prices. (Normal-use green bag plan: $295 per semester; heavy-use purple bag plan: $475 per semester.) Go to their website for details.
Fall semester grades are posted to students’ transcripts once per day at 6 a.m. during the grade-collection period (through December 30, 2011). Students may view their transcripts at any time on their myDiplomat accounts.
Grade reports are not automatically mailed. If your student needs to provide a record of his/her grades, he/she should file a transcript request with the Registrar’s Office through myDiplomat (under the Academics link, there is a link for "Request a Transcript"), or in person in Diagnothian Hall. Please note that by federal law, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the College is not permitted to share a student’s grades with anyone without the student’s consent.
Many families review their charitable giving at this time. To facilitate your review, we want to make sure you have some important details about giving to F&M in the 2011 tax year.
To make end-of-year giving as easy as possible, some basic mechanics are provided below. Most importantly, please know that I am here to support you should any questions arise. Feel free to email or call me at any time if I might be of assistance.
Whether you are considering a donation to the College’s highest priority -- the Franklin & Marshall Fund -- or any number of other worthy opportunities to benefit students and faculty, please know how grateful we are for your support.