It's difficult to fathom that our summer break is coming to an end so quickly and yet, at the same time, I am elated at the thought of having campus alive with our students' energy again. As you know, classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 30, and many of our students will begin to arrive on campus even sooner for preseason athletics, pre-orientation programs, House Advisor training, etc. I hope your student will arrive on campus well rested and ready to tackle the academic year.
We look forward to another excellent semester at Franklin & Marshall College!
All the best,
Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives
P.S. New Parents: Please be on the lookout for an email from our office in the next couple weeks asking for updates regarding your family information so that our files can be as current as possible. Your prompt response will help us communicate with you as effectively as possible. Thank you!
Move-In Day Information for New Students and Parents
New students have been notified of housing and roommate assignments, so hopefully your student has connected with his or her new roommate and together they’ve begun planning who will supply various items for their room. The new student web pages are a great resource during these final weeks before move-in.
A couple reminders for new parents:
- Move-In Day for new students starts at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC) Saturday, Aug. 26. From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students and their families can check in, receive their packets, pick up keys and fobs, meet with various campus services, and ask about driving routes and parking before they head to the student’s College House. Over the course of the day, there will be some terrific programming for parents, as well as some time to help your student set up his or her new room. Around 4 p.m., families should plan to say goodbye as students head to the New Student Orientation.
- If your student is arriving to campus early for athletics or pre-orientation programming, you are more than welcome to return for Move-In Day programming, but should not feel obligated to do so.
Information for First-Year Students Seeking On-Campus Employment
First-year students awarded work-study as part of their financial-aid package may secure on-campus employment to earn those funds via any of the following means:
- Review and Apply for Opportunities on Handshake. Your student should be able to review and apply for on-campus opportunities posted on Handshake, F&M's student employment, internship and job opportunity database, which he or she can access using his or her F&M NetID and password via Inside F&M.
- Attend the Student Employment Fair. Your student may apply in person for work-study opportunities at the Student Employment Fair, which will occur Tuesday, Aug. 29 from noon to 2 p.m., and includes lunch. There he or she can meet with representatives from various departments across campus seeking student workers for openings in their respective offices for the upcoming academic year.
- Drop-In Hours. In addition to the Student Employment Fair, certain departments across campus will be hosting drop-in hours during Orientation and the week following. First-year work-aided students may stop by to inquire into and apply for open opportunities. More details about the participating departments and hours will be shared with students at the start of Orientation.
All students seeking employment must complete a W-4 and I-9 form (which requires ID; see the list provided on the form). Within the next week, F&M’s Human Resources Department will be emailing students with instructions to complete the I-9 form online if they do not want to complete the paperwork on Move-In Day. F-1 international students will complete the W-4 and I-9 during Orientation with the assistance of International Programs and Human Resources staff members during a campus employment/financial aid workshop.
If you or your student has any questions about the student employment system, please do not hesitate to email F&M's Student Employment Advisory Council (SEAC) at email@example.com.
Please Be Advised of This Fall's Final Exam Schedule
Final exams for the fall semester will be held Dec. 13 - 17. Please note that travel arrangements for the semester break should not be scheduled for your student until after the final exam schedule is published in early October. Final exams may not be moved to accommodate travel.
Transportation Around Campus and Lancaster
Lancaster is fun to explore by foot, but we understand that sometimes it’s necessary to travel by vehicle; nobody wants to haul groceries back to their residence in the snow! F&M understands how hard it can be to not have a car and has supplied students with different transportation options.
Each weekend, F&M’s free Lancaster Loop transportation service takes students to Park City Mall, downtown and grocery stores. The Loop runs Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., returning to campus approximately every 40 minutes. Saturday’s Loop runs from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., running on a 40-minute rotation, and then again from 6 to 11:30 p.m., running every 30 minutes. This is a great option for new students looking to learn more about Lancaster’s layout, or for students who do not have a car but want easy access to several surrounding locations.
The College also runs the F&M Nightly Shuttle Sunday through Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes, and there are several stops along West James, Frederick and Lemon streets, as well as at various locations on campus. Students will need their campus IDs to board the shuttles. To make it easier for students to locate a Loop or Nightly shuttle, F&M has created an app for iPhone or Android that allows users to use GPS to track the shuttle’s route and plan accordingly. You can find more information about the shuttle and the app here.
For students who are looking to rent a vehicle for personal use, F&M offers hourly rentals through a car-share program with Enterprise. Membership with Enterprise is required to secure a reservation. The minimum driver age is 18 and international driver's licenses are accepted. Rentals cost around $10 per hour, which includes gas, insurance and 200 free miles per day. There is a gas card in the glove box that can be used at most gas stations to fill up if necessary.
For other transportation options, including renting a College vehicle, please visit this website.
It's a Brand New Fiscal Year at F&M!
Thanks to the support of parents, alumni and friends, fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30, was an excellent year with a tremendous amount of funds raised to support your students' educations. Thanks to 9,425 donors, the College raised $4.7 million for the Franklin & Marshall Fund, and more than $1 million for financial aid via the Franklin & Marshall Fund. Thank you for your support. We know that as parents, you do so much for the College already, but we hope you'll also consider making a financial contribution in fiscal year 2018, which began July 1 and ends June 30, 2018.
Your giving can be customized to whatever aspect of the educational experience at F&M is most important to you and your student. Within the Franklin & Marshall Fund, you can designate your gift to the Diplomat Athletic Club to support F&M athletics in general or to support a specific team; to financial aid to support students who would otherwise be unable to attend F&M; to a specific academic department, perhaps one in which your student is studying; and, of course, you can make an unrestricted gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund, which supports every student every day.
Make your gift in August to get fiscal year 2018 off to a great start. It could be our best yet!
F&M Day with the Pittsburgh Pirates
F&M Night at the Connecticut Open
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F&M Night at Tanglewood with Sting in Concert and a Dessert Reception
F&M Day at the Legion of Honor Museum, Featuring a Guided Tour of Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
F&M Day with the Boston Red Sox