10/17/2016 Peter Durantine

F&M Community Finds Much to Celebrate at Homecoming & Family Weekend

Autumn colors and a cool snap in the air added to the traditional festivities of Franklin & Marshall College’s Homecoming & Family Weekend Oct. 14-16.

It was a weekend of celebrating milestones – the 50th anniversary of F&M’s Hillel, the 10th anniversary of the Joseph International Center and the fifth anniversary of the African-American Alumni Council each brought together alumni to reminisce.

As alumni and family began to arrive on campus Friday afternoon, the Autumn Research Fair offered them a glimpse of such student projects as sophomore Md Faisal Alam’s “Are Our Telescopes Sensitive Enough to Detect Extragalactic Pulsars?” and junior Jennifer Deasy’s “Understanding the Common Roman Man through Ancient Graffiti.”

That evening, the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC) crackled with political dialogue as F&M alumnus and CNN political commentator Jeffrey Lord ’73, a political strategist and an adviser to Republican nominee Donald Trump, exchanged views with his broadcast colleague, Paul Begala, a Democratic political consultant and an adviser to former President Bill Clinton. The two men offered their views on the presidential race as Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, moderated the discussion. 

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  • Homecoming & Family Weekend brought clear, sunny weather to the Franklin & Marshall campus. Homecoming & Family Weekend brought clear, sunny weather to the Franklin & Marshall campus. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Sophomore Shikun Su introduces herself during the Nevonian Society Luncheon in Druker Family Humanities Common Friday afternoon. Sophomore Shikun Su introduces herself during the Nevonian Society Luncheon in Druker Family Humanities Common Friday afternoon. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Nevonian luncheon speaker Tamara Goeglein, professor of English and interim director of the Phillips Museum, discussed how the museum evolved and how exhibitions integrate with the curriculum. Nevonian luncheon speaker Tamara Goeglein, professor of English and interim director of the Phillips Museum, discussed how the museum evolved and how exhibitions integrate with the curriculum. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Students set up their posters for Friday’s Autumn Research Fair. Students set up their posters for Friday’s Autumn Research Fair. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Associate Professor of Biology Pablo Jenik listens as junior biochemistry and molecular biology major Garrett Largoza explains the research he’s collaborating on with junior biological foundations of behavior major Danae Diaz to examine the nuchal joint of the Atlantic longfin squid. Associate Professor of Biology Pablo Jenik listens as junior biochemistry and molecular biology major Garrett Largoza explains the research he’s collaborating on with junior biological foundations of behavior major Danae Diaz to examine the nuchal joint of the Atlantic longfin squid. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • At Ware College House’s Great Room, a panel discussed the benefits a liberal arts education provides in careers and lives after graduation. The participants from left are: Elizabeth Ressler ’07, Latanya Jenkins ’99, Jennifer Schlener ’94 and Keiran Miller ’15. At Ware College House’s Great Room, a panel discussed the benefits a liberal arts education provides in careers and lives after graduation. The participants from left are: Elizabeth Ressler ’07, Latanya Jenkins ’99, Jennifer Schlener ’94 and Keiran Miller ’15. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • A Friday evening program on the 2016 presidential elections featured CNN political commentators and friends Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and advisor to former President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Lord ’73, a Republican strategist and advisor to GOP nominee Donald Trump. Franklin & Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna moderated the lively, but civil, exchange of perspectives and viewpoints. A Friday evening program on the 2016 presidential elections featured CNN political commentators and friends Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and advisor to former President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Lord ’73, a Republican strategist and advisor to GOP nominee Donald Trump. Franklin & Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna moderated the lively, but civil, exchange of perspectives and viewpoints. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Saturday’s sun rose on a morning cold and frosty enough that Kappa Delta sisters warmed their hands over the hot grills as they prepared to flip pancakes for their annual Pinwheels and Pancakes breakfast on Hartman Green. Saturday’s sun rose on a morning cold and frosty enough that Kappa Delta sisters warmed their hands over the hot grills as they prepared to flip pancakes for their annual Pinwheels and Pancakes breakfast on Hartman Green. Image Credit: Peter Durantine
  • F&M community members browse the items available at Saturday’s Fummers Market on Hartman Green. F&M community members browse the items available at Saturday’s Fummers Market on Hartman Green. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Among the African American alumni awarded this year’s Sydney N. Bridgett ’51 Award for accomplishment and achievement are Sylvester Cox ’80, Maryland Circuit Court Associate Judge, and Donna “Bonnie” Glover ’76, director of Domestic Violence Services in Lancaster. Among the African American alumni awarded this year’s Sydney N. Bridgett ’51 Award for accomplishment and achievement are Sylvester Cox ’80, Maryland Circuit Court Associate Judge, and Donna “Bonnie” Glover ’76, director of Domestic Violence Services in Lancaster. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • At the Panel with the President in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, Hensel Hall, President Daniel R. Porterfield discussed the College’s approach to the liberal arts experience and brought in for the conversation Professor of Art History Amelia Rauser, who chairs the Department of Art and Art History; Sonia Elliott, director of Employer and Community Partnerships for the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development; and Matthew Eynon, vice president for College Advancement. At the Panel with the President in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, Hensel Hall, President Daniel R. Porterfield discussed the College’s approach to the liberal arts experience and brought in for the conversation Professor of Art History Amelia Rauser, who chairs the Department of Art and Art History; Sonia Elliott, director of Employer and Community Partnerships for the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development; and Matthew Eynon, vice president for College Advancement. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • At the Tailgate Party on Hartman Green, the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. table kept busy with many women interested in the club, which provides support for women of all backgrounds and ethnicities. At the Tailgate Party on Hartman Green, the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. table kept busy with many women interested in the club, which provides support for women of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Pep Band leader Paul Murray and his blue trombone and the rest of the band entertain Tailgaters with their music before leaving for the grandstand of Sponaugle-Williamson Field, where they helped cheer the Diplomats on to victory over McDaniel Saturday afternoon. Pep Band leader Paul Murray and his blue trombone and the rest of the band entertain Tailgaters with their music before leaving for the grandstand of Sponaugle-Williamson Field, where they helped cheer the Diplomats on to victory over McDaniel Saturday afternoon. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • The grandstand was packed for this longtime football rivalry, which dates back to 1904. The grandstand was packed for this longtime football rivalry, which dates back to 1904. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Junior running back Taalib Gerald totaled 192 all-purpose yards with two scores to lead the Diplomats to a 25-7 victory over McDaniel on Saturday in Centennial Conference game. Junior running back Taalib Gerald totaled 192 all-purpose yards with two scores to lead the Diplomats to a 25-7 victory over McDaniel on Saturday in Centennial Conference game. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Visiting scholar David Stameshkin and Ralph Taber, associate dean of the College & director of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life, unveil a plaque listing the names of five decades of Hillel presidents as part of this year’s celebration of Hillel’s 50th anniversary. Visiting scholar David Stameshkin and Ralph Taber, associate dean of the College & director of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life, unveil a plaque listing the names of five decades of Hillel presidents as part of this year’s celebration of Hillel’s 50th anniversary. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Students mingle at the Joseph International Center’s Open House Saturday, part of the celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary. Students mingle at the Joseph International Center’s Open House Saturday, part of the celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking on the North Campus site for Shadek Stadium are (left to right): Head Football Coach John Troxell, football running back Taalib Gerald, former Head Football Coach Tom Gilburg, Athletic Director Patty Epps, men's lacrosse midfielder Mike Wasik, women's lacrosse defender Vanessa Budd, Women’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Faith, Men’s Lacrosse Coach Todd Cavallaro, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Shawn Carty, Al Ingraham '72, Andy Zuch '90, Board of Trustees Chair Sue Washburn '73, President Dan Porterfield and Larry Shadek '72. Participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking on the North Campus site for Shadek Stadium are (left to right): Head Football Coach John Troxell, football running back Taalib Gerald, former Head Football Coach Tom Gilburg, Athletic Director Patty Epps, men's lacrosse midfielder Mike Wasik, women's lacrosse defender Vanessa Budd, Women’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Faith, Men’s Lacrosse Coach Todd Cavallaro, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Shawn Carty, Al Ingraham '72, Andy Zuch '90, Board of Trustees Chair Sue Washburn '73, President Dan Porterfield and Larry Shadek '72. Image Credit: Deb Grove

Under a big tent outside ASFC, Dean of the College Margaret Hazlett welcomed six athletes inducted into F&M’s Athletic Hall of Fame: Amy Abernathy ’04, women’s basketball; Jack Bailey ’69, track and field; Steve Coulson, volleyball coach; Eve Dintino ’83, women’s lacrosse and field hockey; Leah Rubin ‘00, women’s tennis; and Jack Savage ’89, football and wrestling.  

Saturday morning offered a series of breakfasts including the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development briefing, where Tammy Halstead, director of alumni advising and development, explained to parents how the liberal arts experience increases internship opportunities for students and employment opportunities for graduates.

Over coffee, eggs, pastries and other fare at the African-American Alumni Council’s awards breakfast, Donna “Bonnie” Glover ’76, director of Domestic Violence Services in Lancaster, and Sylvester Cox ’80, a Circuit Court Associate Judge in Baltimore, were on hand to receive the Sydney N. Bridgett ’51 Award for achievement. Bridgett, a leader in public education in Lancaster, died earlier this year. Unable to attend were two other award recipients, Ricardo Rivers ’93, associate vice president at Wells Fargo Investments, and Nick Peterson ’02, teaching assistant at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

“To know Mr. Bridgett as a young lady was just incredible,” Bonnie Glover said. “In Lancaster, he has the same kind of respect as he does on this campus.”

Outside Hensel Hall in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, where F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield was about to lead a discussion with faculty and staff on the College’s approach to the liberal arts experience, Fred Honaman ’55, P’81, P’83, took a moment to enjoy the sunshine before he, his son, Drew, and his grandson, Francis, an eighth-grader, went inside.

“If he came to F&M, he would be in the Class of 2025,” Honaman said of his grandson. “My father was in the Class of 1925.”

Under a series of large white tents on Hartman Green, alumni, students and family swarmed the Tailgate Party, enjoying great music and food while visiting tables laden with information, baked goods and spirit merchandise set up by the academic departments, student organizations, athletic teams and alumni groups.

Offering cookies, pumpkin bread and pumpkin walnut muffins at the Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, sophomore Anthony O’Donnell said, “They’re selling like hot cakes!”

In the afternoon, following the Diplomats’ handy 25-7 defeat of McDaniel College on Sponaugle-Williamson Field, alumni, coaches, student-athletes, senior staff and Porterfield gathered for the groundbreaking of Sponaugle-Williamson’s replacement, Shadek Stadium.

Located behind ASFC on the developing North Campus, Shadek Stadium, the new home of F&M football and men’s and women’s lacrosse, should be completed by next fall. Attending the ceremony was trustee Laurence Shadek ’72, P’05, P’06. Four years ago, Shadek and the Shadek Family Foundation launched the fundraising drive for the $19.1 million multi-purpose stadium with a generous $5 million gift. To date, $14.5 million has been raised.

“This endeavor reflects a true team effort,” Porterfield said. He praised fundraising efforts and said the College’s commitment to Shadek Stadium and development of North Campus is so strong that F&M literally “moved a railroad” to make it happen. “That has never been done in higher education,” Porterfield added.

Just before shoveling and tossing the ceremonial shovelful of dirt, Shadek said the College never wavered in its commitment to the project, which began under the former administration of F&M President John Fry.

To the cheers of about 200 spectators there for the groundbreaking, Shadek said, “They passed the ball to President Porterfield and his team, and they took it and ran it in for a touchdown.”

That evening at the Tribute Dinner, senior sociology major Donnell Bailey, in introducing Porterfield, captured what it means to be a student, particularly for an African-American, at F&M.

“In my time here at Franklin & Marshall, I’ve had incredible opportunities to work on issues that deeply matter to me in and outside of the classroom,” Bailey said. “I’ve learned to be a fearless sociology major asking the big questions and acting upon opportunities to interrupt systemic racism, classism, ableism, and sexism. I’ve had the privilege of serving as class president for two years, student body president, interned in the U.S. Senate, House, and the White House. All of this because my liberal arts education has made me fearless.”

At that dinner, Al Ingraham '72 earned the Alumni Development Volunteer Award, while two members of the College's Board of Trustees, Susan Kline Klehr '73 and Ray Sanseverino '68, received the Alumni Medal. The program also included a special recognition of F&M swimmer Becca Meyers, who won three gold medals and one silver at September's Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, setting two world records and two Paralympics records in the process. Greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 300, she thanked everyone for their support in her brief remarks, ending with a rousing, "Go Dips!"

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