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Parents Newsletter, February 2012

Dear Parents

Dear Parents,

Have you watched any of our Common Hour presentations online? Common Hour is a weekly presentation for the campus community that covers a host of topics and speakers. Our Common Hour website tells you about events coming up and allows you to watch archived talks and highlights online. There, you can view presentations on everything from Facing a Blank Page: How and Where Does a Composer Get Ideas? by Professor John Carbon, to Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men with author Michael Kimmel, to NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg on The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You. What a great way to connect with your F&M student -- discussing the latest issues and comparing your responses to the various talks. Or, if you are in town, feel free to participate -- Common Hour sessions are at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays and most are open to the public. Be sure to watch the March 8 Common Hour presentation by fellow parent Jamie Widdoes P’12 on The Culture of College Drinking: Is It Still Animal House?

All the best,

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

Parent Gathering

Upcoming Parent Gathering in New Jersey

You are invited to a regional parent gathering in Franklin Lakes, N.J., on Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thanks to hosts Caryn & Jeff Robbins P’13, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other parents in your area and to hear from Beth Throne, Esq., ’95, our new associate vice president for Student and Post-Graduate Development. Beth is eager to share with parents the College’s plans to successfully launch our students into happy lives and successful careers. If you live or work in the northern New Jersey area, we hope you’ll join us! Kindly RSVP here.

Deans & Honors Lists

Deans & Honors Lists

Congrats to Deans and Honors Lists students! At Franklin & Marshall, a student earns Honors List recognition for achieving a 3.7 or better grade point average and Dean's List recognition for achieving a 3.25 or better grade point average (out of a possible 4.0). Following each semester, we publish these lists on the F&M website. We also use an independent service that sends this information to local papers in each student’s home town. We unfortunately cannot make any promises about when and if the newspapers choose to publish the information that is provided.

Akbar Hossain ’13

Getting to Know: Akbar Hossain ’13

Sitting in the atrium of Franklin & Marshall’s Steinman College Center, Akbar Hossain ’13 receives a call on his cell phone. The caller is his friend and classmate, Mona Lotfipour ’12, with whom Hossain has worked for the past several months in F&M’s Human Rights/Human Wrongs course to help persecuted immigrants gain political asylum in the United States. Hossain and Lotfipour experienced the thrill of helping one refugee win asylum in December. Now, it is happening again. "We just won another one, and I can’t describe it," Hossain says, trying to contain his excitement as a smile spreads across his face. "Some of these refugees have been raped and tortured. You really don’t know what’s going on until you meet them." The asylum news would be good for any student, but it hits home in a special way for Hossain. A decade ago, Hossain and his family moved to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia through the diversity immigrant visa program -- a lottery administered by the U.S. Department of State. Read more.



Franklin & Marshall students are fortunate to have multiple transportation options available to them. With spring break approaching, you may be wondering how best to get your student home and back to campus. Here are some options to consider:

  • Break Shuttles -- F&M-operated service to the Lancaster train station and the Baltimore-Washington, Philadelphia and Harrisburg airports. Spring break registration deadline is March 2.

  • Amtrak -- the Lancaster train station is less than a mile from campus.

  • Cape Air -- inexpensive, regular flights between Lancaster Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport

  • Hertz On Demand -- rental cars available on campus.

  • My Bus Home -- motor coach service to New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts


Parents of Seniors -- Please Note

The full schedule for Commencement Weekend, along with FAQs, is now posted on our website at The FAQ section provides information about how to handle requests for special seating for elderly or handicapped guests. I hope you find the information helpful.

2012 Yearbooks cover the entire academic year from fall 2011 through Commencement 2012. Everyone is welcome to purchase a book:

  • Students and/or parents may purchase yearbooks for $99 by visiting this site.

  • Parents or other family members may purchase a Senior Tribute at the same site.

  • Seniors have been informed that they should be making a portrait appointment at immediately (Franklin & Marshall’s school code is 354). The sitting fee is $20, and only photos taken by the yearbook company will be included in the publication.

Questions should be directed to our yearbook advisor:

Conversations with President Porterfield

Upcoming Conversations with President Porterfield

If you live near New York, Lancaster or Milwaukee, I encourage you to attend a Conversation with President Porterfield in your area. These town hall-style talks are terrific opportunities to hear Dr. Porterfield’s agenda for F&M and meet other parents and alumni. You can register here:

Links of Interest

Spring Final Exam Schedule

Athletics Website - sign up for regular e-mail updates, view comprehensive sports calendar, etc.

Give to F&M

International & Off-Campus Studies

F&M In The News

Upcoming Events

February 23, 2012
A Conversation with President Daniel Porterfield
New York, N.Y.

February 28, 2012
A Conversation with President Daniel Porterfield
Lancaster, Pa.

March 3, 2012
A Conversation with President Daniel Porterfield
Milwaukee, Wis.

March 11, 2012
Private Reception at the Muscial Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Ariz.

March 13, 2012
Steps to Success for Young Alumni
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

March 29, 2012
New Jersey Regional Parent Gathering
Franklin Lakes, N.J.

April 20, 2012
Picasso to Warhol at the High Museum of Art
Atlanta, Ga.