Whether DJing for friends at an event on campus, tutoring fellow students at the Writing Center, or studying in a new blue Adirondack chair under the trees in front of Old Main, Tayzhaun Glover ’17—“Tay” to his friends—knows Franklin & Marshall College as a place where diverse interests and intellectual curiosity drive unique, life-changing scholarly pursuits.
For Glover, a convergence of passions evolved into major and minor courses of study. His joint major in anthropology and Africana studies and his French minor culminated this summer in four weeks of study in Barbados, where music, religion and human history have developed into an extraordinary culture.
“At F&M, I became interested in religious practices that are African in nature or part of the African diaspora, as well as music and its importance to that culture,” he says.
A member of the honorary academic fraternity Phi Sigma Pi, he plans to enter graduate school in fall 2018, following additional independent study. Glover remains thrilled to have been able to attend Franklin & Marshall College.
“I am grateful to the people who helped make my studies here possible,” he says.
VICTORIA ZAYAT ’17
Victoria Zayat ’17, spent the summer in New York City, completing a highly selective teaching fellowship with Practice Makes Perfect. Its goal: maintaining forward progress—preventing young students from losing as much as 30 percent of the knowledge and skills they learned the year before.
“I worked in the South Bronx, teaching rising fourth and fifth graders,” she says. “I had the opportunity to build relationships with my 18 scholars (we didn’t call them students), learning their academic strengths and weaknesses, what they were interested in, and a bit about their family life. I watched them grow into stronger scholars. They worked hard and were so eager to learn, which really drove me to want to be a better teacher for them.”
Zayat’s bent for service extends far beyond the classroom. She represents the student body on the faculty curriculum subcommittee and values her leadership in philanthropy for her sorority, Alpha Phi, especially related to the women’s participation in Colleges Against Cancer.
“My mother, father and grandmother are all survivors,” she says. “So it was special for me to be the development chair for our Relay for Life team.”
She understands the multiplying effects of service and philanthropy—the momentum they generate both immediately and over many years.
“I can’t offer enough thanks to people who give,” she says.
MATTHEW BUTCHER ’18
On a chilly spring Tuesday, Matthew Butcher ’18 immerses himself in ancient Greek. While Latin has been a mainstay of his academic experience since the seventh grade, ancient Greek—the language of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides—represents a new, but fitting, endeavor for this New Hampshire native.
Performing in every Department of Theatre, Dance and Film production since he became a student at Franklin & Marshall, Butcher believes the opportunity to inhabit so many characters has broadened him.
“I think I’m a pretty versatile actor,” he says. “I’ve learned that certain roles leave parts with you; others, you need to leave behind.”
This past summer, Butcher was a member of the crew for a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in Nashua, N.H.
“In addition to normal stagehand activities, I was also the body puppet operator for the third Audrey-2 puppet,” he says. “That’s the one on stage for the plant’s first big song and the first one to really eat anything, so it was a lot of fun.”
Butcher may make a career of the theater. Even if he doesn’t, however, his classical language study connects him to millennia of western literature and culture and to the languages of leadership—Caesars, Plato, and medieval monarchs.
MELISSA BOLLMEYER ’18
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 ’17 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, infrared 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.”
BRIANA FERGUSON ’18
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.
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.
OBSERVING THE FUTURE
Briana Ferguson ’18 was one of 30 students who participated in the Primary Care Preceptorship Program last year, observing residents in Lancaster General Hospital’s Family Residency Program for more than 37 hours during the academic year.
The Primary Care Preceptorship Program is an observational, or “shadowing,” program at LGH, administered for F&M students through the Office of Student and Post-Gradutae Development (OSPGD). Students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions are matched with a family practice resident at LGH; observation categories include acute care, outpatient services, inpatient services, and technology services.
“The preceptorship program has been in place for many years and is part of our partnership with LGH,” says Kirsten Kirby, M.S.Ed., director of health professions advising in OSPGD. “Students commit to spending at least 30 hours observing during their program year. The sophomores who participate—and most have not shadowed medical professionals in a hospital before they begin this experience—benefit in many ways from the real-world exposure. It often helps them decide or refine which field of health care they want to enter after graduation.”