September 2017

Dear Parents,

We have had a tremendously successful start to the 2017-2018 academic year! I hope your student has transitioned smoothly through the first days of classes and is well on his or her way toward a terrific semester.

Our hearts go out to members of the F&M family who are dealing with the aftermath of Harvey, and those now worrying about Irma. Franklin & Marshall has a long history of community service in areas affected by natural disasters through the work of the College’s Catastrophic Relief Alliance, and we certainly expect to be involved in the recovery response to these hurricanes, as well. Campus leaders are developing plans to coordinate F&M’s support and relief efforts, and we will keep you apprised of those discussions as they occur.

Thank you for entrusting your child to Franklin & Marshall College!

All the best,

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


Plan to Attend Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 20-22!

Please register now for our big fall weekend! And don’t wait to make your hotel reservations -- they fill up quickly. Note that you must provide the appropriate booking code to access the rooms that we have blocked; you will find that information here. Additionally, the Discover Lancaster website has many other options listed. And, I have heard some positive reports from parents who have stayed in local Airbnbs.

Highlights of the weekend schedule include the following events:

Friday, Oct. 20

  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Open Classes -- A fun, educational component to the weekend that gives you the opportunity to have your student's learning experience. Students may also ask professors for permission for parents to attend specific classes.
  • 12:30 - 4 p.m.: Autumn Research and Summer Experience Fairs -- Talk to students about their summer academic work, internship, volunteer and service experiences.
  • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner -- A wonderful way for your family to celebrate athletics at F&M (be sure to register for this when you register to attend Homecoming & Family Weekend).
  • 8 p.m.: Spectrum Concert – Your chance to enjoy F&M instrumental musicians.
  • 9 p.m.: A Cappella Concert -- An annual favorite!

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast Briefing for Parents by the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development -- Learn how OSPGD helps students build their experience and acumen for success in employment and graduate school, and how you can support your student throughout his or her four years at F&M.
  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Meet & Chat with Faculty -- An opportunity to stop by and say hello to your student’s current or future professors.
  • 11 a.m. - Noon: A Panel with the President -- Don’t miss this chance to learn about the latest F&M news from President Porterfield and others.
  • Noon - 2 p.m.: Tailgate Party -- Always a fun and delicious event!
  • 8 p.m.: Choral Concert -- Enjoy the College Chorus' and Chamber Singers' performances.

Also, check the schedule for the various athletic contests throughout the weekend, including the first Diplomat football game in the new Shadek Stadium! Go Dips!


Get Your Student Ready for Off-Campus Study

Is your student hoping to study abroad during his or her time at F&M? International and off-campus studies are great opportunities to learn in new environments and broaden students' worldviews. Junior year is typically the time that students study off campus. If they plan to study off campus in their sophomore or senior year, they may need to petition for approval from the Committee on Academic Status. Students should talk to their faculty advisers and the Office of International Programs staff to determine what is best for them.  

In the past, students interested in studying off-campus were required to attend a "Starting Points" presentation in the Office of International Programs before they could proceed with the application process. In an effort to make this initial step more accessible to students who have increasing commitments and scheduling conflicts, they have instead condensed "Starting Points" into a 12-minute video series that students (and parents) can watch at the time and place that is most convenient for them. The hope is that this change will also allow our Office of International Programs to communicate more consistent information to everyone, including students, parents, program partners, F&M faculty and staff.

The videos discuss basic policies regarding credit transfer, cost, financial aid and scholarships, the timeline students should expect for the process and much more. Watching this video series is now the very first step students must take to begin the process of off-campus study. All students must complete an online assessment after they have watched the videos to demonstrate that they understand the information presented.

Please also keep in mind that Oct. 20 is the deadline for off-campus study for the spring semester, and March 20 is the deadline for applications to study off-campus during the upcoming summer or fall semester. For more information about study abroad and how to get started, visit this FAQ page.  


Fall Break and Break-Time Transportation

Even though it may feel like you just brought your student to campus, we're already approaching Fall Break, which starts Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. and ends Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. If you're planning to have your student come home over the break, F&M offers some great options for making his or her journey easier.

F&M provides inexpensive and convenient shuttles to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Harrisburg International Airport, and the Lancaster Amtrak station to help our students get home (or elsewhere) for fall, Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Students must register and pay online in advance. More information, including the entire year's shuttle schedule, is available here.

Check the academic calendar for specific break dates through spring 2021. 


Consider Property Insurance for your Student

As noted in your student's campus housing agreement, the College and College Housing do not assume any liability for loss, theft or damage to the personal property of residents in any College location. Campus Housing strongly encourages all student residents to maintain appropriate insurance coverage on their personal property.

The College has engaged GradGuard™, with their specific renter’s insurance plan designed for students. Here are just some of the features of the GradGuard™ Program:

  • Personal property coverage
  • Personal liability coverage
  • Full replacement coverage and worldwide property coverage
  • Automatic eligibility for preferred pricing (10-15 percent lower than standard rates)
  • Affordable deductibles starting at $100

This insurance is not mandatory, but the College believes this company offers a product that serves the needs of students well in a college environment. Please click here for program details and to enroll in coverage!


Parent Engagement and Philanthropy

At Franklin & Marshall, we recognize the value in partnering with parents in ways that strengthen and enhance the experience for all F&M students. Please consider the following opportunities to engage meaningfully with your student’s college:

  • Support and Take Part in Your F&M Regional Community
    • Franklin & Marshall boasts more than 20 regional chapters that create programming for local alumni, parents and students. Regional events are a terrific way to get to know nearby members of the F&M community while enjoying delightful programs and activities close to home. We encourage you, as F&M parents, to participate in these events. See upcoming events on this page.
  • Support Admission Recruitment Efforts
    • The Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN) works to expand and enhance our admission outreach and to supplement the recruiting efforts of our admission staff. Join FAN by visiting fandm.edu/volunteering-and-mentoring/fan.
  • Support Students in Planning for Life After College
    • Help to “Launch a Diplomat” by registering with the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (link below) to indicate your willingness to connect occasionally with students and recent graduates seeking industry-specific career guidance, present a workshop or webinar on a life skill (e.g. financial literacy, leadership, networking, etc.), and/or host an event in your area. Visit fandm.edu/ospgd/will-you-help-launch-a-diplomat.
    • Determine the availability of internships or full-time opportunities in your workplace and contact Sonia Elliott, director of employer partnerships, in the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (sonia.elliott@fandm.edu), with information regarding how F&M students can apply.
  • Support the College’s Priorities
    • Make a gift every year to the Franklin & Marshall Fund by visiting go.fandm.edu/give. Consider giving in honor of your F&M student or someone on campus who has made a positive impact on his or her experience.

If you are inclined to make F&M a philanthropic priority during your child's studies at the College, and want to become a "thought partner" and leader on important issues in higher education and strategic matters affecting the long-term strength of Franklin & Marshall College, consider joining F&M’s Parents Council. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me, Maura Condon Umble '83, at maura.umble@fandm.edu.



Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Sept. 10
F&M Day with the Boston Red Sox

Sept. 14
F&M's 6th Annual Night with the Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster, Pa.

Sept. 27
MoMA's "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive," A Private, Guided Tour Followed by a Reception with Art History Professor Linda Aleci
New York City

Sept. 30
F&M Day at the Step Forward Pittsburgh Walk: An Event to Fight Parkinson's

Oct. 7
Tour the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Cruise the Baltimore Harbor with F&M Friends

See even more events here!

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