The cyclical nature of the college calendar hits me each year as we welcome our newest students and their families to F&M for Beginnings, our pre-orientation program, a mere two days after Commencement. The 2012 Commencement Weekend was a gorgeous weekend with a moving ceremony, highlighted by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s speech. You can watch highlights of the weekend here.
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble ‘83
Director of Parent Relations
Franklin & Marshall College
Thank you for sharing your student with us for the last four years! As you graduate to become past parents, we want to encourage you to stay in the Franklin & Marshall loop. Though you’ll no longer receive this e-newsletter after the June issue, you may subscribe to The Diplomat, a weekly e-mail news digest highlighting key happenings on campus. Or, consider bookmarking the new F&M News site, providing regular F&M updates. The Franklin & Marshall Magazine is available online as well. As a past parent, you are most welcome to participate in on- and off- campus F&M events. Keep an eye on the website to learn about opportunities to keep your F&M network alive.
Here are some items that may be of interest to you and to your graduate:
Did you know that F&M continues its support of students after graduation? The College offers professional development and advising services for alumni through individual coaching appointments, web-based resources, networking connections and programming to help your student create his or her path after F&M. Whether your student knows exactly where his/her path will lead or has no idea what the next steps may include, the College is here to help! Your student should contact Tammy Halstead, Director of Alumni Advising and Development, to schedule an introductory appointment, register to participate in the 2012 Employment Search Intensive, connect with alumni in your field of interest, and/or request a personalized alumni packet for your geographic area.
Did you know that your graduate is now able to take advantage of health and financial benefits available through the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association? Check out www.newgradzone.com/fandm to learn more about plans designed to help protect your graduate while transitioning to a new life.
Do you manage a business or know people who do? Franklin & Marshall College participates in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. The EITC Program provides a straightforward and cost-effective mechanism through which companies doing business in Pennsylvania can support high-quality educational programming and receive a tax credit for doing so. More information about the EITC Program can be found on the F&M website.
All student mailboxes were closed on the Monday after Commencement. Students who are taking a class during the first session summer (June 3 through July 4) or who have a Hackman scholarship will be assigned a new box later this month. (Students taking classes during the second summer session will receive their mailbox information before the session begins on July 9.) Students who will be working on campus in other capacities must e-mail Rich Kotarba, mail services supervisor, to get a summer mailbox. All mail-related questions should be directed to Rich.
Keep an eye on the Homecoming & Family Weekend website over the coming weeks and months as the full program for the weekend is developed. This year the College will be celebrating its 225th anniversary. In the meantime, plan to stay in the Lancaster area on both Friday and Saturday nights, if your schedule allows, and make your reservations (using our room blocks at the hotels listed here).
Read here about Katelyn Paradis ’12, a terrific model of a student who is learning by doing. Kate has worked with chronically ill children in Peru and back home in New Jersey, and in the fall will enroll in graduate school to continue her research. "She has gone into the field and done internships and put this into practice. Her work has benefitted those kids and added to her own development," said Krista Casler, associate professor of psychology at F&M and a research adviser to Paradis. "She’s an example of taking what we learn in the classroom out into the field, then bringing what we learn in the field back into the classroom. It’s reciprocal. It’s the scientific method in action."
If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the College, please consider doing so before our current fiscal year closes on June 30. Your gifts sustain the daily experience of our students, while allowing the College’s leaders the flexibility to respond to new ways to enhance life for our students. Your gift may be made in honor of your daughter or son, or in honor of a favorite professor or coach. Click here to give online today. Thank you for your consideration!