February 2017

Dear Parents,

Even in the dead of winter, our campus is alive with academic, cocurricular, cultural and athletic activity. Nothing slows down our students, who appear to thrive no matter the temperature!

Please plan to visit F&M this spring -- a lovely season in Lancaster and a time of great activity on campus.

We look forward to seeing you!

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives



Academic Advising at F&M

One of the many advantages for students going to a small college like F&M is the opportunity for one-on-one advising and mentoring with dedicated faculty. The mission of academic advising at F&M states:

“Academic advising at Franklin & Marshall is focused on promoting learning and successful transitions of students. Through the advising relationship, the adviser attempts to inspire in students an awareness of skills and competencies associated with academic success, the ability for meaningful self-reflection, and the use of sound decision-making skills. Academic advising facilitates this learning by engaging students in an advising dialogue that promotes the expression and justification of individual goals and objectives, and where the adviser guides the learner through the decision-making process.”

Students’ academic advisers for their first two years at F&M are their pre-major declaration advisers. These dedicated faculty members are keenly interested in helping students make good academic decisions and stay on track as they progress toward selecting their majors. By encouraging students to explore academic disciplines that are new to them, advisers can help students see connections between disciplines. Advisers want their students to work toward becoming responsible citizens, educated persons and critical thinkers.

After a period of broad academic exploration during their first two years, the junior and senior years are when students delve more deeply into their major areas. During the Major Declaration period in their fourth semester at the College, they are assigned to new academic advisers within their declared major disciplines.

Students who pursue a meaningful partnership with their academic advisers can greatly benefit from the experienced guidance and mentorship that our faculty can provide.



Shadek Stadium Update

Have you been following the progress of Shadek Stadium? In case you haven't yet heard, F&M is currently building a new home for Diplomat football and lacrosse, Shadek Stadium, a multipurpose field that also will provide the College with new spaces for training and sports medicine, as well as an innovative array of leadership programs for students and coaches. It also will stand as a lasting tribute to the generosity of the College’s many friends and supporters, led by the Shadek family, who provide the solid foundation upon which the College continues to build a vibrant campus community that values excellence in all areas of student education and personal success.

This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to have the kind of world-class facility that they so deserve. The stadium is due to open this fall, just in time for Homecoming & Family Weekend. To watch live progress via the College's webcam or to learn more about this exciting project and alumni efforts to honor former coaches at the stadium, please visit fandm.edu/stadium. If you're interested in contributing to the fundraising efforts for the stadium, please make a gift online or contact my colleague, Katie Crowe Wood, director of athletic advancement, at 717-358-4834 or katie.wood@fandm.edu.



Commencement Information

I know parents of seniors are looking forward to Commencement Weekend at F&M, a celebratory time for all. Our Commencement website provides more details, including a very informative Q&A section.  If you have not yet made hotel reservations, this page offers some options. Additionally, the Discover Lancaster site provides plenty of information.

In the meantime, here are the schedule highlights:


10:00 a.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony
Roschel Center for the Performing Arts

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Picnic Lunch for seniors and families
John A. Fry College House Green - Residential Quad
Rain Location: Ben Franklin Dining Hall

4:30 p.m. 

Senior Review Ceremony, a ceremony created by members of the Class of 2017 as a celebration of their time at F&M for graduates, family,  friends and faculty
​Alumni Sports & Fitness Center


7:30 – 9 a.m.

African-American Alumni Council Breakfast
Catering Suite, Ben Franklin Dining Hall

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Buffet for graduates and families
The Marketplace at Ben Franklin Dining Hall

10 a.m. 

Commencement Exercises
Hartman Green
​Rain Location: Alumni Sports & Fitness Center


Light refreshments for graduates, family, friends, alumni and faculty
John A. Fry College House Green - Residential Quad
​Rain Location: Ben Franklin Dining Hall



Spring Break Transportation

F&M provides reasonably priced shuttles to and from regional airports (Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia and Harrisburg) as well as to the Lancaster train station at the beginning and end of spring break (which begins after classes on Friday, March 10, and ends when classes resume on Monday, March 20).  Students may use this website to reserve their spots and pay online. The deadline for reservations is usually early in March.

Additionally, MyBusHome provides convenient and comfortable wifi-enabled coach buses from F&M’s campus to Kenilworth and Montvale, N.J., Mount Kisco, N.Y., Brookfield and Cromwell, Conn., and Newton, Mass. Visit their website to learn more and to reserve a spot.



Upcoming Stress Management Session

Beginning next week, a new stress management course is being offered to F&M students in the Student Wellness Center. This program emphasizes learning dialectical behavior therapy skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills. Each week will focus on a new emotional coping skill. Interested students should email Dr. Betty Edgington at betty.edgington@fandm.edu.

Dates and Time: Fridays 1-2:15 p.m., Feb. 10 – April 7
Location:  The Student Wellness Center



Show Your Love for F&M

February is the perfect time to show your love for F&M through philanthropy. Your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund will guarantee that F&M students of today and tomorrow have the opportunity to undertake a world-class liberal arts education. As always, you may choose to honor your student with your gift -- a meaningful Valentine's Day present! Thank you for helping F&M remain one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges for generations to come.


Upcoming Events

Feb. 11
F&M Reception and World Premiere Performance of "Matinee" by Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Feb. 15
A Conversation with President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph. D.

Feb. 16
A Conversation with President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph. D.
Palm Beach, Fla.

Feb. 18
F&Mily Day at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Feb. 19
F&M Florida Chapter Reception in Sarasota
Sarasota, Fla.

See even more events here!

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