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Talent Elevated by Financial Aid: Briana Ferguson '18 

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Franklin & Marshall students have high expectations for themselves.

Briana Ferguson, from Philadelphia, says, “I want to do humanitarian work, with a group like Doctors Without Borders, and I want to be proficient in Spanish so I can work in both English- and Spanish-speaking countries.”

Last year—in addition to her classes, pledging a sorority, and serving as the vice president of F&M’s competition-winning Mock Trial Team—she shadowed on-call overnight residents at Lancaster General Hospital, through a program run by F&M’s Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD).

The program allows students like Ferguson to get a real taste of the important work they plan to do. Her financial aid makes it all possible.

Read more about Briana here


Hard Work and Determination:  Sheldon Ruby '17

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One of the largest postgraduate fellowships ever received by a Franklin & Marshall College student has been awarded to senior Sheldon Ruby '17.  The government and history double major and Ann Barshinger, William H. Gray, Jr., and Russell Bleakley, Jr., Scholar from Everett, Pa., is one of just 30 students nationwide to be named a 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. During the next two years, he will receive approximately $95,000 in tuition, fees and other benefits funded by the U.S. Department of State, and have the opportunity to represent the United States in an embassy-based internship overseas.

"Sheldon's selection for a highly competitive Rangel Fellowship speaks to his talent, leadership, service and hard work at F&M. It's also a reminder of the power of giving high-achieving students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunities they've earned at our leading colleges and universities," said President Daniel R. Porterfield, who first met Ruby in 2012 when he was a high school senior participating in the second year of the F&M College Prep program. 

Read more about Sheldon here.

Excellent Student Research: Melissa Bollmeyer '18

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 Melissa Bollmeyer’s F&M moments began early. A participant in chemistry research at Franklin & Marshall College since the summer before her first year, the Class of '77 Scholar continues lab work with Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry Claude Yoder '62, P'90.

“For my research, I synthesize apatite, which is a common mineral known to incorporate a large variety of ions into its structure,” she says. “The project I’ve been working on for the past two years involves synthesizing apatite in the presence of fluorophosphate, and analyzing the samples I make to determine whether fluorophosphate was incorporated, using X-ray diffraction, infared spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

“It’s difficult to determine whether fluorophosphate is incorporated, or if fluorophosphate hydrolyzes to produce fluoride, which is then incorporated. This work could be useful in dentistry, to explain exactly how flourophosphate aids in cavity prevention.”

Campaign News:  New Associate Vice President to Join College Advancement Leadership Team 

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 Lancaster, PA - July 28, 2016 - The efforts to advance the strategic goals of Franklin & Marshall College through its comprehensive campaign and the work of its Office of College Advancement will soon include another seasoned fundraiser and leader. Cynthia C. Gorman, CFRE, will join the Advancement senior leadership team as F&M’s new associate vice president for college advancement.  

In her new role, Gorman will report to Vice President for College Advancement Matthew Eynon and will work with him to manage the operations, planning and execution of the Advancement division’s goals and the College’s comprehensive campaign. 

“Cynthia impressed me—and all of us—with the depth of her fundraising and management experience in a number of significant leadership roles,” said Eynon. “She’s a ‘get it done’ kind of leader, and I know she will be able to hit the ground running and help me support the Advancement team’s work to realize our campaign goals. Cynthia’s warm and engaging personality gave me confidence that she would be a great fit for our senior leadership team, for advancement, and for our collaboration with colleagues across campus. I am so excited to have the chance to work and partner with Cynthia.”

Gorman will have oversight of the entire frontline development team including major gifts, parent giving, gift planning, corporate and foundation giving, athletic advancement and campaign planning. She will also manage a significant portfolio of internal partnerships vital to F&M’s early campaign momentum, including the offices of Admission and Financial Aid, Student and Post-Graduate Development, Athletics, Communications, the Dean of the College, the Provost and others.

In addition, Gorman will work with advancement senior staff to support the efforts of the College’s many volunteer partners, including the Trustee Advancement Committee, Alumni Association Board, Leadership Council, Parents Council, Diplomat Athletic Club, Board of Visitors and other key affinity groups.

Gorman said, “I’m just delighted to be joining the F&M community. It’s a remarkably vibrant and energetic place, and I’m so excited to work with President Porterfield, Matthew, and the entire Advancement team. It’s an exciting time for Franklin & Marshall, and I’m looking forward to helping Advancement take its operation to the next level.”

“You’re getting a gift,” said Karen Boorshtein, President and CEO of the Family Service League in Huntington, N.Y., to whom Gorman currently reports. “We are so sad to see her go, but so excited for her to be at Franklin & Marshall. She is just an amazing colleague and person.”  President Boorshtein went on to add, “Cynthia is a very skilled fundraising professional who always just gets the job done.” Gorman served as vice president for development at the Family Service League, where she oversaw the entire development program for one of the largest human service organizations in New York, serving more than 50,000 people annually.

A native Pennsylvanian, Gorman is thrilled to be coming back home to join the F&M College Advancement staff and the larger Franklin & Marshall College community. Gorman received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College, her M.A. from the University of Warwick (England) and her B.S. in Nursing from Stony Brook University. 

“This is a return to my roots,” Gorman noted. “As a graduate of a liberal arts college, I feel passionate about the extraordinary role the liberal arts plays in the world, educating young people to serve, to be well-rounded citizens, and to be truly successful.”

For more than 20 years, Gorman has been an energetic and impactful fundraising and advancement leader who has distinguished herself in the eyes of colleagues, board members, donors, alumni and staff at each institution she has served.


Gorman’s career has allowed her to gain experience in higher education, healthcare and social services. As both an organizational executive and frontline fundraiser, Gorman has made significant impacts on the institutions she has served.

President Emeritus of Long Island University David Steinberg described Gorman as “an extraordinarily able and skilled professional with great charm and charisma.” Dr. Steinberg went on to add that Gorman is “adept at identifying operating gaps and opportunities for improvement, and knows how to run a sophisticated fundraising organization.” Gorman was an advancement leader at Long Island University (LIU) for 11 years, ultimately serving as the associate vice president for capital campaigns and planned giving. LIU was founded under the principle of “educating and empowering men and women of all walks of life,” and today LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities with four campuses, 20,000 students, 500 majors and more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.

Gorman began her development career in York, Pa., as director of development for a local social service organization, before relocating to New York. Prior to her service at LIU, she served in leadership roles at VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as at the Beth Israel Medical Center. Following her long and successful tenure at LIU, Gorman served as the vice president for development at New York Institute of Technology in Westbury, N.Y., before her most recent leadership role at Family Service League.  

Gorman brings with her substantial success as a fundraiser, including, at one organization, the privilege of working with a donor couple to shepherd several seven-figure gifts to the organization, ultimately leading to an eight-figure investment. Her strong frontline experience will aid her in her oversight of Franklin & Marshall’s major gift strategy work and campaign priority-setting efforts across campus. Her former colleagues describe her strong internal and external relationship building as a critical success factor in all the development programs she has led.  

Gorman will be on campus for a few days in late September to acclimate herself and attend to her relocation to the Lancaster area, and she will arrive full time in mid-October. We look forward to welcoming her to F&M.


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