Ongoing Renovations and Improvements

In the last three years, the College opened a $19 million multipurpose stadium in North Campus in 2017 and will break ground in 2018 for a $29 million visual arts center. F&M continues to upgrade its facilities, from academic halls to residence housing to information technology. This page  provides an update of major projects in various areas.

Academics and Residences
Story 12/20/2017

F&M Board Approves State-of-the-Art Visual Arts Center

Franklin & Marshall College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 15 to approve construction of the Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, which will dramatically enhance F&M’s academic...

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Story 10/23/2017

Shadek Stadium’s Opening Ushers in New Homecoming Tradition

Blue-sky sunshine warmed fall’s crisp air for the opening of Shadek Stadium Oct. 21, ushering in an era of new traditions for Franklin & Marshall College’s Homecoming & Family Weekend.

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Story 2/14/2017

Harwood Commons: A New Resource for Students to Explore...

Two key Franklin & Marshall offices now have greater capacity to prepare students effectively for lifelong success. The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) and the Ware Institute...

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Information Technology Services

The fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year opens with Franklin & Marshall College providing the latest technological upgrades in IT.

New wireless: eduroam

F&M’s new wireless (eduroam) is debuting in buildings across campus with the following buildings already on eduroam: College Square, Martin Library, Keiper and the following residence halls: Thomas, Schnader, Buchanan, North & South Ben including the dining hall. In 12 to 18 months all buildings will be on eduroam and F&M’s old wifi (Fandm-Wifi) will be retired.  As buildings come online additional access points are being added that more than double F&M’s current wifi density.  Information about connecting to eduroam is available on the Campus Services tab of Inside F&M. 

Summer upgrades: classrooms, labs and more

The following 15 classrooms were either updated or received a first-time technology installation: every classroom in Keiper, Life Sciences & Philosophy Building rooms 138, 143, 262, Bonchek Auditorium, and Hackman 311.  In addition, 100 classroom/lab computers were replaced including all 50 classroom podium computers along with computers in LSP 143 and a substantial portion of both libraries. In addition, 14 administrative departments also received new desktops/laptops as part of F&M’s regular update cycle.  We have already recycled more than 8 tons of eWaste this calendar year.

PaperCut printing continues to expand

We have made it possible for any student, faculty or staff member to print from a computer, phone or tablet to any Phillips-provided printer/scanner/copier with PaperCut software installed.  In addition to the libraries and IZ, we have units in LSP, Stager, Steinman, Zime, Hackman and Keiper.  We look forward to continuing to expand this deployment and eventually move all Phillips units to PaperCut.

New site licenses: lynda.com and Adobe ESign

In partnership with the College Library, F&M now has a lynda.com site license, granting full access to all current students, faculty and staff.  We had not been able to previously provide campus-wide licenses. lynda.com is an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software tools and skills. With more than 4,000+ courses taught by industry expert – and more added every week – lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners covering everything from basic to advanced.  You can find materials on topics such as: Google Drive, Sheets and Docs, MSWord and Excel, SPSS and R, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.   Computer programming languages.....and many, many more.... You can build and share custom 'play lists' with colleagues or groups of students that you would like to work through a particular set of tutorials. To access the service, please see the lynda.com TechDoc, which provides the link and steps for signing in the first time.  

1Gb to the desktop; 10Gb to the campus, a 10-fold increase in network capacity

This summer ITS finished a multi-year project that brought a 10-fold increase in network capacity to each wired ethernet jack on campus.   For those who like the more technical details: each wired jack is now a 1Gb/s connection. Prior to this upgrade, we provided 100Mb/s connections.  

Thanks to our 2015 National Science Foundation grant that supports scientific research through the design and deployment of advanced cyberinfrastructure for F&M, we have upgrade our connection to the world beyond F&M from 1Gb to 10Gb.  This 10-fold increase in capacity for our internet connection benefits the entire campus and also provides physical connectivity to Internet2, the international research and education network.  Invisible to you, but data destined for other Internet2 institutions travels across a path dedicated to research and education rather than competing for capacity with other internet traffic.  F&M has also become full members of Internet2.  

Story 5/24/2016

College Links Up with Internet2, Faster Connection to...

Franklin & Marshall College has joined Internet2. It is the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network. 

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Athletics

Diplomats Christen Shadek Stadium with Dominant Win over Dickinson

At the christening of the brand new Shadek Stadium, Franklin & Marshall sent the Homecoming crowd home with a dominating win over the Dickinson Red Devils 56-0. With the win, the Diplomats retain control of the Conestoga Wagon Trophy for the second straight year and improved their record to 6-1 overall, 5-1 in Centennial Conference (CC) play. The...

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Campus Grounds

Story 4/27/2017

Faculty, Students Plant and Climb Trees at F&M's Arbor Day

As one of Pennsylvania’s few colleges certified as a Tree Campus USA, Franklin & Marshall College recognized Arbor Day April 27 with the planting of a Kentucky coffee tree on the front lawn of...

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Student Services

Story 8/22/2017

New Cafe Comes to Campus with Local Flair

Responding to student requests for better coffee in their on-campus dining options, Franklin & Marshall is collaborating with the owners of two local businesses to open a coffee shop.  

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Story 10/4/2017

Campus farmer's market

The Center for the Sustainable Environment is starting a small farmer's market on campus to allow students, faculty and staff to purchase organic, local produce and pantry items each week. The first...

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Sustainability
Story 6/12/2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Open for Free Public...

F&M has opened two dual charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in College Square’s parking lot. The stations are free to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. 

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Story 11/10/2017

F&M Designated ‘Bicycle Friendly’ by National Bicyclist...

For longtime efforts to make the campus safe and accessible for peddling pedestrians, Franklin & Marshall College was awarded on Nov. 8 the Bicycle Friendly University bronze designation by the...

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