10/29/2018 Peter Durantine and Chris Karlesky

TRUE BLUE Weekend Blows in With Homecoming, Inauguration and Capital Campaign

A nor’easter’s winds and rain could not sweep away the festivities at Franklin & Marshall’s Oct. 26-28 TRUE BLUE Weekend, where the College launched a $200 million capital campaign, celebrated the inauguration of its 16th president, and Homecoming and Family Weekend activities brought together thousands of students, parents and alumni.

Friday evening, the College publicly launched the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history, “Now to Next,” at a gala in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. More than 450 people attended the event, which featured live, interactive presentations by F&M faculty and students, as well as the formal announcement program.

In the ASFC Saturday morning, Barbara K. Altmann was inaugurated as Franklin & Marshall’s 16th president. Delegates from more than 80 colleges and universities participated, as did representatives of several of the College’s constituencies.

Despite the rain, alumni, friends and families made their way to dozens of events in almost every corner of campus throughout Saturday afternoon. At one event, attendees took part in an interactive design-thinking exercise in Shadek-Fackenthal Library, where they glimpsed the innovative approaches to learning being used by faculty.

In one of the most well-attended events, guests packed Stahr Auditorium for a lively discussion of presidential politics and the midterm election led by Stephen Medvic, the Honorable and Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government, and Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs.

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  • At the Autumn Research Fair Friday afternoon, junior Taina Perez discusses one of her two projects: “El Aguante of the Jiw and Nukak Tribes” and “Influences of Descriptive/Injunctive Norms, and Group Cues on Views of Freedom of Speech.” Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Chemistry Marcus Thomsen, who opened the research fair, said, “More than 100 students have participated in research over the last year.” At the Autumn Research Fair Friday afternoon, junior Taina Perez discusses one of her two projects: “El Aguante of the Jiw and Nukak Tribes” and “Influences of Descriptive/Injunctive Norms, and Group Cues on Views of Freedom of Speech.” Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Chemistry Marcus Thomsen, who opened the research fair, said, “More than 100 students have participated in research over the last year.” Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • A Friday celebration honoring the career of Phyllis Leber, F&M’s Dr. E. Paul and Frances H. Reiff Professor of Chemistry, included six former students, deeply influenced by her mentorship, presenting research and discussing their career paths she inspired. A Friday celebration honoring the career of Phyllis Leber, F&M’s Dr. E. Paul and Frances H. Reiff Professor of Chemistry, included six former students, deeply influenced by her mentorship, presenting research and discussing their career paths she inspired. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Another Friday celebration was the unveiling of the portrait of former F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield by Board Chair Sue Washburn ’73 and F&M President Barbara Altmann. Washburn also announced that the College had named the Steinman College Center’s atrium after Porterfield. Another Friday celebration was the unveiling of the portrait of former F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield by Board Chair Sue Washburn ’73 and F&M President Barbara Altmann. Washburn also announced that the College had named the Steinman College Center’s atrium after Porterfield. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • On Friday evening, the College publicly launched the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history, “Now to Next,” at a gala event in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. More than 450 people attended the event, which featured live, interactive presentations by F&M faculty and students. On Friday evening, the College publicly launched the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history, “Now to Next,” at a gala event in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. More than 450 people attended the event, which featured live, interactive presentations by F&M faculty and students. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • It’s not Homecoming and Family Weekend without Kappa Delta’s pancake breakfast. Early risers could get a stack inside the big tent on Hartman Green while the nor’easter blew outside. It’s not Homecoming and Family Weekend without Kappa Delta’s pancake breakfast. Early risers could get a stack inside the big tent on Hartman Green while the nor’easter blew outside. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • At the Klehr Center for Jewish Life, students and their families joined Hillel in celebrating the center’s 10th anniversary. At the Klehr Center for Jewish Life, students and their families joined Hillel in celebrating the center’s 10th anniversary. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • At the African American Alumni Council’s Bridgett Award Breakfast, President Barbara Altmann greeted alumni and joined the gathering as the award named for Sydney N. Bridgett ’51 went to Calvin Baker ’65, Peter Rogers ’69, Larry Coles ’77, Kimberly Fletcher ’87, Michelle Russell ’99 and Stephen Tyson ’07. At the African American Alumni Council’s Bridgett Award Breakfast, President Barbara Altmann greeted alumni and joined the gathering as the award named for Sydney N. Bridgett ’51 went to Calvin Baker ’65, Peter Rogers ’69, Larry Coles ’77, Kimberly Fletcher ’87, Michelle Russell ’99 and Stephen Tyson ’07. Image Credit: Matt Lester
  • F&M’s athletes treated Diplomat fans to a memorable weekend—even as the weather went from bad to worse. The field hockey and volleyball teams clinched the top seeds in their respective conference playoff tournaments with victories over Johns Hopkins, while the football team trounced Moravian in Shadek Stadium. Meanwhile, the women’s and men’s swimming teams opened their campaigns with victories over Washington on Friday night. F&M’s athletes treated Diplomat fans to a memorable weekend—even as the weather went from bad to worse. The field hockey and volleyball teams clinched the top seeds in their respective conference playoff tournaments with victories over Johns Hopkins, while the football team trounced Moravian in Shadek Stadium. Meanwhile, the women’s and men’s swimming teams opened their campaigns with victories over Washington on Friday night. Image Credit: Deb Grove
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