Great moments punctuate our lives and accelerate our momentum.

Juliana Piacentini '17

Our 2015-2016 supporters elevated the liberal arts, ennobled the College and shaped the future. From all of us at Franklin & Marshall College, thank you.

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A Message from President Porterfield

  • Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.


For Franklin & Marshall College, this year was one of remarkable moments and promising momentum. Amid tremendous achievement by students and faculty, together we took critical steps toward enhancing the national stature of this great College and all who are proud to call themselves Diplomats.

Our supporters helped fund the creation of learning spaces that will empower students to discover and achieve in a 21st-century knowledge economy. They invested in groundbreaking research by renowned faculty. And they enabled us to generate the resources that will ensure our ability to continue to build a talented student body drawn from the full American mosaic. The result: excellence among liberal arts colleges, a strong national reputation, and a rigorous, personalized education that prepares our students in a way that no other experience can.

You—our alumni, parents and friends—make all of this and much more possible. This report highlights some signature recent achievements at F&M, and outlines how your support creates an extraordinary liberal arts experience for our students that has lifelong value. This report touches on only a few examples of your generosity and the inspiring outcomes it generates. A complete account of the students and faculty who benefi t from your investments would require many more publications.

All of us, working together, create a groundswell of support. Our individual efforts, taken collectively, generate the momentum that will inspire even greater future achievement for Franklin & Marshall College.

Thank you for all you do.

All the best,

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

Student Moments

Tayzhaun Glover ’17

“I took a class called ‘Witchcraft and Sorcery in a Global Context,’ and, as part of that, I read a book about Voodoo in Haiti. Through my experiences, I discovered I want to know more about the religious and musical practices that are part of the African diaspora.”

Read More About Tayzhaun Glover ’17

Victoria Zayat ’17

“I’m a biology major and a Spanish minor, and I’ve participated in a lot of different activities at F&M. The classroom experience made me understand that I am a teacher. I want to spend my professional life teaching early-elementary-age students, and I will make a difference in their lives.”

Learn More About Victoria Zayat '17

Matthew Butcher ’18

“I was tapped to play a role like nothing I’d done before, and I asked the director, an F&M professor, why she cast me. She said, ‘I think you have the talent but it’ll be a stretch for you. This is the place to try new and challenging things.’ And I realized that I do have to stretch if I want to grow.” 

Learn More About Matthew Butcher '18

Melissa Bollmeyer ’18

“F&M has given me the freedom to do anything I choose . . . I choose to play softball, to participate in my sorority, and to pursue chemistry and physics—all because I want to. I am surrounded by hundreds of other students who are also doing what they are passionate about, and we drive each other to push ourselves.” 

Learn More About Melissa Bollmeyer '18

Briana Ferguson ’18

“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.”  

Learn More About Briana Ferguson '18

Moments of Impact

Winter Family Gift Will Transform Visual Arts Program and South Campus

"No effort of generosity comes without being inspired—by a place, by people, by a project. In this case, it’s all of those things. Susan and I continue to be inspired by Franklin & Marshall College, by Dan Porterfield’s leadership, and by the young students at F&M who suggest a brighter future and better world ahead for all of us.” - Ben Winter '67

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Hyman Foundation Gift of $1.5 Million Will Support Student Scholarships, Business and Science Research

“My husband always said that some of his most valuable education at Franklin & Marshall came in an economics class in which the students took a small local company and researched and analyzed its hiring practices, its cash flow, its supply chain and all the other aspects of the business. His work as a financial planner was diversified and included...

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Kreisel and Faris Commit $1 Million to Mindfullness Programming at F&M

“Other liberal arts colleges have recognized us as one of the nation’s most innovative colleges, and this is the perfect area in which to be quite innovative.” - Tony Kreisel ’66  

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A Legacy Sustained

"Juliana epitomizes the kind of student that we hope to support with this scholarship—bright, engaged, curious, and passionate about her interests.” - Larry Bonchek, M.D., P’91, H’10

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Faculty Moments

At Home: Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Joel Eigen

 “When you have faculty members, students and speakers together in a setting like this, the result is magical.” - Joel Eigen

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Moments of Transition

This fall, longtime luminaries Bob Friedrich and Grier Stephenson joined their colleagues Bob Gray, Joe Karlesky and Stanley Michalak in retirement. While we will miss their wisdom and character, they themselves succeeded the “big three”: Dick Schier, John Vanderzell and Sid Wise. 

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Future Imperfect: A Pivotal Moment For Artificial Intelligence

“Anything that involves automated decision-making could be impacted by this research.” - Erik Talvitie

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Your Moments, Our Momentum. 


In the 2015–2016 academic and fiscal year, you—our supporters—created moments of seminal importance. From weighty, life-transforming opportunities to new, gravity-defying creative spaces, our supporters’ investments elevated the College and every one of our students. Thank you for all you do for F&M.