Homecoming to Celebrate 40 Years of Coeducation

  • A scene from the 2008 Homecoming tailgate extravaganza in the Williamson parking lot.  

Homecoming weekend at Franklin & Marshall is a time to reconnect with classmates, friends, professors and the campus itself. This year's festivities, however, also carry deep historical significance.

The College will celebrate 40 years of coeducation at Homecoming Oct. 23 to 25. A full slate of events—many of which will commemorate the anniversary of coeducation—will greet the expected 1,700 participants.

"The celebration of women is a special time in the College's history," says Cathy Roman '77, director of alumni relations. "It's going to be a great opportunity for current students to meet and interact with some of the first women on campus."

Homecoming kicks off with the Legacy of Women Celebration Luncheon Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in the catering suite of the Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall. The luncheon includes the presentation of the inaugural Helen Stahr Hartman Awards, honoring outstanding alumnae who have distinguished themselves in their field while serving as role models to women.

Winners of the Hartman Award are:

  • Judith M. White '73, professor of cell biology, University of Virginia
  • Elizabeth L. Miller '73, professor of earth sciences, Stanford University
  • Jane C. Orie '84, Pennsylvania State Senator (40th district)
  • Maria Morris '84, executive vice president, technology and operations, Metropolitan Life, New York
  • Shannon M. McNally '95, recording artist, Capital Records
  • Anne M. Mascarenhas '94, partner, KPMG LLC
  • Lauren Paul '03, women's lacrosse head coach, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Layne S. Amerikaner '07, director of development, A Wider Circle
  • Patricia S.W. Epps, director of athletics and recreation, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Alice Drum, retired, vice president of the College and dean of educational services, Franklin & Marshall College

Friday afternoon's highlights include the Legacy of Women Symposium, Legacy of Women Workshops and a career networking reception. Friday evening, the campus pep rally in Mayser Gymnasium precedes Midnight Madness, an annual event celebrating the first official practice of the men's and women's basketball seasons.

The Homecoming tailgate extravaganza will greet visitors Saturday afternoon at the Williamson parking lot prior to the football game between Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg College.

"The tailgate is a time for students, alumni and faculty to visit with each other," Roman says. "It's about connecting generations. That's the really great thing, and it's always fun."

Saturday's highlights include a breakfast celebrating the integration of coeducation and athletics, the Jewish Alumni Association brunch and a conversation with Mary L. Schapiro, Esq., '77, chair of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. That afternoon also features a screening and launch party of two significant student projects: Alma Mater's Daughters, a professional-quality film commemorating 40 years of coeducation, and An Institution Re-Founded: Coeducation at Franklin & Marshall College, a Hackman-funded oral-history project.

A full schedule of Homecoming events is available at:

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