As our students finish final exams this week, we all look forward to Commencement next weekend, Saturday, May 13. You might imagine that life on campus slows down over the summer. Actually, in addition to a large number of our own students staying in Lancaster to conduct research or work on campus or locally, we welcome thousands of guests each summer for a variety of programs. The camps, programs and conferences taking place on campus this summer include sports camps, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Summertrios, Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Diabetes Training Camp, and EMERGE Fellowship. The College relies on the strategic summer usage of our beautiful facilities for more than $1.2 million in revenue each year. And, of course, it's a nice way to bring some life to campus while we wait for our students to return.
Enjoy your summer!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives
P.S. Remember to save the date (and make hotel reservations) for Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 20-22.
Almost as soon as the students leave campus, our outstanding facilities and operations staff hits the ground running, getting to work on summer renovation projects. In addition to continuing to oversee work on Shadek Stadium, which will open its doors this fall in time for Homecoming & Family Weekend (be sure to come and take a look!), they have many projects on campus to keep the facilities, grounds and residences in top shape.
Continuing its work from last summer, facilities and operations will begin phase III of the College’s residence hall renewal, ensuring that our students have nice, updated places to call home away from home during the academic year. Work will begin May 8 and will be completed Aug. 11, in time for students return.
The primary focus of the updates will be Thomas Hall, which will see removal of old, built-in furniture and its replacement with new furniture in residence rooms and lounges, as well as the installation of LED lighting, new carpeting in hallways and lounges, new bio-based tile flooring, new private bathrooms and showers, new electrical panels, and fresh paint.
Buchanan, Marshall and Schnader halls will have new elevator additions to service each floor, and Schnader and Weis are set to receive additions of four and three private ADA gender-neutral bathrooms, respectively.
David Yeager, Ph.D., Speaks on Persistence at F&M
Thanks to the generosity of F&M Trustee Kenneth B. Mehlman '88, Franklin & Marshall recently hosted a day of workshops and a lecture by Dr. David Yeager, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yeager is a rising star in the study of grit, perseverance and success, and is interested in how institutions and individuals can cultivate these qualities. He says, “College students need to embrace the idea that struggle is crucial to cultivating a smarter brain -- because today’s world requires a smarter brain.”
Dr. Yeager spent the entire day on campus, gathering with students, faculty and professional staff before speaking to a standing-room-only crowd in the early evening. The lecture was prefaced by the announcement and celebration of Mr. Mehlman’s $1 million gift launching the Mehlman Talent Initiative at F&M. The gift is part of a larger initiative he has created called The Slingshot Project.
If you are on Facebook, I invite you to watch Dr. Yeager's campus talk, "The Psychology of Persistence: Why it Matters and How to Create it," here.
Final Spring Grades
After all of the effort during their busy spring semester and rigorous final examination period, many students -- especially those who are preparing for graduation -- are eager to know the results of their hard work. Senior grades are scheduled to become available May 7, and all other students' grades become available May 15. For more details, visit the Office of the Registrar’s web page.
Important Fall Semester Dates
Although it may seem that we are getting a little ahead of ourselves, it's never too early to start thinking about the fall. Some important dates to keep in mind:
- International Student Orientation
Tuesday, Aug. 22 - Thursday, Aug. 24
- College Houses Open for First-Year Students
Saturday, Aug. 26
- New Student Orientation
Saturday, Aug. 26 - Tuesday, Aug. 29
- On-Campus Housing Opens to Upperclass Students
Sunday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.
- Fall Semester Begins
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Note: Classes will be held on Labor Day (Sept. 4)
- Fall Break
Begins Friday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m.; ends Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m.
- Homecoming & Family Weekend
Friday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 22; visit this page for more information.
- Fall Semester Classes End
Friday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
- Winter Recess Begins
Sunday, Dec. 17
For more details about the upcoming academic calendar, and to see dates through spring 2020, visit the calendar web page.
A Relationship That Lasts a Lifetime
We can't thank you enough for all the support we get from parents, both through your volunteerism and through your generous financial contributions. When you make a gift to the College, it is a vote of confidence for all that F&M does to support and elevate your students and their educational experiences. The College’s fiscal year is quickly coming to a close, so, if you haven't already, please make your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund by June 30.
We hope that once your students graduate and find their places in the world, they will continue this tradition of philanthropy as F&M alumni. Their participation means a great deal, and we do all that we can during their senior years to educate them about why their ongoing support is important.
Throughout their final year, students are informed about the importance of philanthropy through Senior Campaign (formerly First of Many), an effort that encourages seniors to follow in the footsteps of alumni and begin their giving at F&M. Students are able to learn about why their gifts matter, how participation will impact the value of an F&M degree, and what it means to be an F&M alum.
Many students designate their first gifts to support their favorite campus groups, organizations or teams. Students also may choose to give in honor of a favorite or influential professor. Many student-athletes give to support Diplomat Athletics. We are very happy to announce that the Diplomat baseball team reached 100 percent participation this March during the Raise Our Game campaign!
So far this year, 374 members of the senior class have made their gifts, bringing total senior giving to 68 percent. This simple gesture is such a wonderful way to begin a lifelong relationship with the College.
If your student is able, we hope that he or she will commemorate their final year at F&M with a departing gift -- the first among what we hope will be many over the course of a lifetime of support and involvement with their F&Mily.
F&M Day with the Atlanta Braves
F&M Night with the Baltimore Orioles and a "Battle of the Beltways"
New Jersey's Inaugural Chapter Open House
F&M Night with the Washington Nationals and a "Battle of the Beltways"
F&M Washington State Celebrates Graduation at Chateau Ste. Michelle