10/28/2019 Peter Durantine

Autumn Colors and a Community Engaged for True Blue Weekend

F&M True Blue Weekend 2019

A touch of autumn color and cool, crisp air welcomed students, parents and alumni to Franklin & Marshall College’s Oct. 25-27 True Blue Weekend and Homecoming traditions, from football to the Tailgate on Hartman Green. 

Events kicked off Friday with the Consulting Careers Symposium, the Autumn Research and Summer Experience fairs, the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, and an evening of concerts that included instrumentals and vocals performed by F&M students.

Saturday, President Barbara Altmann greeted alumni and parents to highlight, among other issues, the commemoration of events of 50 years ago that lead to dynamic changes on campus, from the May 1969 African American student protest to F&M first admitting women that fall.

“We became co-ed in 1969,” Altmann said, as a slide-show photo flashed a black-and-white depiction of then-President Keith Spalding reading postings on the old Protest Tree. “It was President Spalding who made the choice that F&M would go co-ed.” 

For more highlights, view the gallery:

  • The pioneers: Some of the first women to attend F&M gather for a reception to celebrate 50 years of co-education. The pioneers: Some of the first women to attend F&M gather for a reception to celebrate 50 years of co-education. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • The Autumn Research Fair brought parents and faculty together to hear about several student research projects. The Autumn Research Fair brought parents and faculty together to hear about several student research projects. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Students with family and friends gathered for the True Blue Tailgate on Hartman Green. Students with family and friends gathered for the True Blue Tailgate on Hartman Green. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • F&M President Barbara Altmann spoke to a gathering of True Blues about changes, past and present, at the College. F&M President Barbara Altmann spoke to a gathering of True Blues about changes, past and present, at the College. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • At the African American Alumni Council’s Bridgett Awards Breakfast, President Altmann presented the awards, named for Sydney N. Bridgett ’51, to Benjamin Bowser ‘69, William Vanderberg ‘76, Yancy Edwards ‘82, Keenan Smith ‘94, Christina Watlington ’96, Intisar “Star” Hamilton ’06, Dorina Foster ’09 and Shadoe Genesis Tarver ‘10. At the African American Alumni Council’s Bridgett Awards Breakfast, President Altmann presented the awards, named for Sydney N. Bridgett ’51, to Benjamin Bowser ‘69, William Vanderberg ‘76, Yancy Edwards ‘82, Keenan Smith ‘94, Christina Watlington ’96, Intisar “Star” Hamilton ’06, Dorina Foster ’09 and Shadoe Genesis Tarver ‘10. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Ben and John joined the Tailgate celebration. Ben and John joined the Tailgate celebration. Image Credit: Deb Grove
  • Stanley Brand ’70 receives the 2019 Alumni Medal for sustained, distinguished and outstanding service to the College. Stanley Brand ’70 receives the 2019 Alumni Medal for sustained, distinguished and outstanding service to the College. Image Credit: Nick Gould
  • Hillel’s annual Shabbat dinner brought F&M families to the table to break bread together. Hillel’s annual Shabbat dinner brought F&M families to the table to break bread together. Image Credit: Raluca Rilla
  • The campus in autumn

Class Reunions Are Moving to Fall 

Class reunions are moving to True Blue Weekends, starting Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2020. Check True Blue Weekend in November for more information. 

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