Start Spreading the News
The office's primary vehicle for sharing stories of the people, events and initiatives of the College is the F&M Newsroom.
Our news staff comprises professional writers and journalists dedicated to conveying the ways in which the College is committed to excellence in academics and scholarship and providing a supportive community that helps prepare students for lifelong learning and achievement. Members of the campus community should email firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest stories for F&M News. These emails reach multiple members of our staff. Not all ideas will generate stories, but we welcome ideas from all members of the campus community.
Individuals interested in receiving regular updates of news as it is posted to the site may sign up to have news delivered via an RSS feed. Highlights of news published during the week are sent to members of the campus community and other subscribers via the weekly email newsletter, The Diplomat.
We showcase in-depth articles and stories of interest to alumni, parents and friends of the College in Franklin & Marshall Magazine, produced three times a year by the office. Alumni, parents and friends of the College also receive the e-newsletter F&M Headlines monthly during the academic year.
Creative Services for Print
The Office of Communications works in partnership with offices and departments in the Franklin & Marshall community to develop professionally designed creative collateral to meet your strategic communications needs.
In line with the academic mission and strategic priorities of F&M, the Office of Communications prioritizes projects that enable Franklin & Marshall to enhance the visibility of our academic excellence and scholarship, recruit talented students, demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education to broad audiences, and engage alumni, parents and external stakeholders.
Our office oversees the College's suite of admission and recruitment communications and alumni engagement and fundraising communications. The most common print materials we create for campus offices and academic departments are catalogs, brochures, programs and posters.
The Office of Communications may refer offices on occasion to other resources to serve publications needs that don't require the support of professional communications. Such projects include, but are not limited to:
- Instructional guides
- Reports for meetings with campus audiences
- Publications for small informational or procedural gatherings
To Initiate a Project:
A member of our four-person creative team can consult with you on your project, help you strategize the best format and delivery based on your message and audience, and help you achieve the best possible results based on your budget. Contact Senior Director of Creative and Brand Strategy Jason Klinger at 717-358-3913 to schedule a consultation.
Please see Web Content and Multimedia Support for the services related to electronic newsletters and other forms of electronic publications.
In addition to high-level, mission-driven publications, our office also designs a variety of professional publications for our campus community. We tap a wide network of local and regional printers to produce the final piece.
To provide you with the best possible communication, we require appropriate lead time to fulfill requests. Please refer to the following timelines when you are contemplating a print project, keeping in mind that these are minimum guidelines only; more complex projects will have a longer schedule to accommodate content development and revisions.
Brochures/catalogs: While the amount of production time required varies based on the complexity and anticipated page count of the brochure or catalog, we require eight weeks of lead time to conceptualize, refine and finalize for print a brochure or catalog.
Example: Brochure must be in hand on May 15. Consultation should take place on or before March 15 in order to send to press on or before May 1.
Event programs: Consultation should take place at least three weeks prior to date of event.
Example: On-campus event is April 24. Consultation should take place April 3 in order to send the program to press on or before April 17.
Posters: As a service to the community, our staff of professionally trained designers will create eye-catching posters for your important campus events. Please note you must order a minimum of 15 posters, and requests must be made two weeks prior to the date you need to hang your posters.
Example: Your posters must be in hand by Feb. 20. Request must be filed online by Feb. 6 in order for posters to be sent to press on or before Feb. 13.
Due to size, color and style constraints, the office only prints posters it designs.
Invitations/postcards: Consultation must take place three weeks prior to date you want the invitations or postcards to drop at the USPS. Please keep in mind that third-class mail, the College's preferred cost-saving method, takes the Post Office anywhere from 3 to 14 business to deliver (based on proximity to the Lancaster USPS).
Example: Invitation or postcard must be mailed on March 22. Consultation must take place on or before March 1 in order to send to press on or before March 15.
Signage Inserts: Communications works with Facilities & Operations to provide updated inserts for building directories, office/room signage and cubicle/desk indicators. You can order new or updates signs through our online ordering system; signs take up to two weeks to print and deliver:
Business Cards and Stationery: Faculty and professional staff may order customized cards, letterhead and envelopes using the following forms; delivery takes place within 7 to 14 business days: