10/05/2017

October 2017

Dear Parents,

It feels like we just welcomed our students back to campus, and suddenly Fall Break is upon us! As the academic intensity builds, I am sure students will welcome a couple of days off next week.

We are devoting this newsletter to just two items because of their significance.

First, Homecoming & Family Weekend is approaching quickly and below you'll find a final update about your visit to campus. Second, a briefing from Beth Throne, associate vice president of Student and Post-Graduate Development, focuses on the class-year-specific programming opportunities available through the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), our version of career services. Read on to gain an understanding of how your students, no matter what point they’ve reached in their F&M experiences, can prepare for success after college. As the parent of a college senior, I completely understand the parental anxiety related to this topic!

Enjoy!

All the best,

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


P.S. If you haven't already, this is a great time to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund! Did you know that you can honor your F&M student (or someone else on campus such as a mentor, adviser or coach) with your gift? What a lovely message that kind of generosity sends!

 

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Programs are planned and the campus is ready for a fabulous fall weekend Oct. 20-22! We know you’re looking forward simply to spending time with your F&M student during Homecoming & Family Weekend. We encourage you to enjoy the plethora of social, cultural and athletic events -- including the historic opening game at Shadek Stadium -- and to take full advantage of all the weekend has to offer.

Our move several years ago to host alumni and families together at one big Homecoming & Family Weekend was based on the potential synergy created by mixing various constituencies together. There is a little bit of magic that happens when dedicated alumni spend time with current students and their families -- loyalty meeting new, fresh enthusiasm. Together, all of us can gain new perspectives on the F&M experience from hearing each other’s stories!

A few tips for this year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend:

  • Register for the weekend here. Whether or not you plan to attend many scheduled events, please do register so we know you’re here. Note: Pre-registration closes Sunday, Oct. 15.
  • Confirm your hotel reservations. It is a very busy weekend in Lancaster, so make sure you’re all set! If you have not yet secured accommodations, there are still options. Most of our room blocks have expired, but check the Discover Lancaster site for hundreds of lodging ideas.
  • Make dinner reservations. The Visit Lancaster City and the Discover Lancaster sites offer fabulous variety to satisfy any palate. Your student will appreciate a break from D-Hall!
  • Download the F&M Events App now.  Let your smart phone guide you to the events you don’t want to miss!
  • Review the Weekend schedule. The full schedule is online so that you can consider all the options and plan ahead. A few not-to-miss highlights:
    • Friday night’s A Cappella Concert
    • Meet and Chat with Faculty on Saturday morning
    • Saturday morning’s OSPGD Breakfast Briefing for Parents
    • President Porterfield's session Saturday at 11 a.m.
    • The ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of the new Shadek Stadium Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
  • Make your first stop the Welcome & Registration Center in the Steinman College Center atrium. There, you’ll find your nametag waiting, an up-to-date schedule of events including all the necessary details, a display of helpful information, and plenty of staffers and volunteers ready to assist you with any questions.
  • Enjoy the weekend!

 

OSPGD Opportunities for your Student This Year

Every year, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) offers an array of interesting and informative programming to put your student on the right track for success after graduation. Many events are tailored to the issues and interests of students in each year (first-year, sophomore, junior and senior) so that OSPGD staff members can best meet the unique needs of students at each point in their F&M journeys. To see what is currently offered for your student, and to learn more about OSPGD, follow the links below to information specific to your student's year.

Senior Parents

Junior Parents

Sophomore Parents

First-Year Parents


Also, every other week, OSPGD will issue a newsletter via email highlighting events and opportunities. Please click here if you want to sign up to receive this newsletter via email.

Finally, if you will be visiting campus during Homecoming & Family Weekend, I invite you to join me and my colleagues for our "Breakfast Briefing for Parents: Preparing Your Students Now for Success Beyond College," an interactive discussion over breakfast about the employment market and trends, what your students can do now to build acumen for success in employment and graduate school, and how you can support them in collaboration with OSPGD. Sponsored by the Parents Council, there is no charge to attend this event, though registration via the Homecoming & Family Weekend form is required.

If you have any ideas about resources and opportunities you would like OSPGD to offer, please do not hesitate to call or email me.  

With best wishes for a successful academic year for your students,

Beth L. Throne, J.D. '95
Associate Vice President of Student and Post-Graduate Development


For Senior Parents

Your students have so many hallmark experiences to which they can look forward this year. So that they may enjoy them fully and without stress, OSPGD has worked closely with the senior class president and cabinet to design resources for seniors, including:

  • Senior Boot Camp - An all-day intensive program to help seniors identify and compete for opportunities before graduation.
  • “Science at Work” Alumni Panel  - A panel featuring F&M alumni thriving across diverse fields using their science degrees (e.g., as the CEO of a brewing company, a scientific analyst of fine art, a chief medical officer of a global pharmaceutical company, or a director of energy management).
  • Office hours with Alex Lubar '02, CEO of McCann London - An opportunity for students contemplating careers in advertising, marketing and brand management to meet with a global communication firm leader.
  • “Beyond Investment Banking: Trajectories in Finance and Banking for Liberal Arts Students” - An interactive presentation, featuring F&M parents who are successful in finance, about the scope of financial services opportunities for which students may be competitive using their liberal arts education.
  • Living Beyond College Series - A series of workshops intended to help students thrive beyond college. Topics include financial literacy, the art of the meal (i.e., etiquette), and the negotiation of compensation packages.


For Junior Parents

As your students pass the halfway point of their F&M experiences, they have so many hallmarks to which they can look forward, including clarifying their postgraduate interests. So that your students may enjoy this time without the stress of postgraduate planning, OSPGD has worked closely with the junior class president and cabinet to design resources specifically for juniors, including:

  • The Summer Experience Fair - A fair highlighting the summer internships, volunteer, research and off-campus study experiences of more than 60 F&M students, including presentations on how the students secured their experiences and the effects of those experiences on their academic and postgraduate plans.
  • “Science at Work” Alumni Panel  - A panel featuring F&M alumni thriving across diverse fields using their science degrees (e.g., as the CEO of a brewing company, a scientific analyst of fine art, a chief medical officer of a global pharmaceutical company, or a director of energy management).
  • Office hours with Alex Lubar '02, CEO of McCann London - An opportunity for students contemplating careers in advertising, marketing and brand management to meet with a global communication firm leader.
  • “Beyond Investment Banking: Trajectories in Finance and Banking for Liberal Arts Students” - An interactive presentation, featuring F&M parents who are successful in finance, about the scope of financial services opportunities for which students may be competitive using their liberal arts education.
  • Living Beyond College Series - A series of workshops intended to help students thrive beyond college. Topics include financial literacy, the art of the meal (i.e., etiquette), and public speaking.


For Sophomore Parents

This will be a defining year for your students. They will add dimension to their F&M experiences via more meaningful extracurricular commitments and, by end of year, their major(s). To help make the most of this year, OSPGD has worked closely with their class president and class board to design resources specifically for sophomores, including:

  • Summer Experience Fair – Highlights the summer internships, volunteer, research and off-campus study experiences of more than 60 F&M students, including presentations on how these students secured their experiences and the effects they had on their academic and postgraduate plans.
  • A Sophomore’s Preparation Now for Success Beyond College - An interactive discussion of the academic, extracurricular and summer experiences that could make students competitive candidates for college, as well as postgraduate opportunities and steps they can take now to secure their futures.
  • “Science at Work” Alumni Panel  - A panel featuring F&M alumni thriving across diverse fields using their science degrees (e.g., as the CEO of a brewing company, a scientific analyst of fine art, a chief medical officer of a global pharmaceutical company, or a director of energy management).
  • “Beyond Investment Banking: Trajectories in Finance and Banking for Liberal Arts Students” - An interactive presentation, featuring F&M parents who are successful in finance, about the scope of financial services opportunities for which students may be competitive using their liberal arts education.
  • Not a Major Decision: The Reality and Impact of Major Declaration - An information-packed, interactive workshop for sophomores, hosted by the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development in collaboration with the registrar's and provost's offices.


For First-Year Parents

Welcome! Five years ago, F&M launched the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, known as “OSPGD” around campus, to prepare students for life -- not just work -- beyond college. We will offer your students opportunities to strengthen valuable life skills, such as money management, public speaking, and leadership, while also helping them explore and clarify pathways and secure competitive summer experiences.  

This fall, your students can attend, among other programs:

  • Summer Experience Fair – Highlights the summer internships, volunteer, research and off-campus study experiences of more than 60 F&M students, including presentations on how these students secured their experiences and the effects they had on their academic and postgraduate plans.
  • “Science at Work” Alumni Panel -- A panel featuring F&M alumni thriving across diverse fields using their science degrees (e.g., as the CEO of a brewing company, a scientific analyst of fine art, a chief medical officer of a global pharmaceutical company, or a director of energy management).
  • “Beyond Investment Banking: Trajectories in Finance and Banking for Liberal Arts Students” - An interactive presentation, featuring F&M parents who are successful in finance, about the scope of financial services opportunities for which students may be competitive using their liberal arts education.
  • Living Beyond College Series - A series of workshops intended to help students thrive beyond college. Topics include financial literacy, the art of the meal (i.e., etiquette), and public speaking.

 

Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Oct. 15
Movie Classic "West Side Story" with Performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Program Featuring Music Professor Karen Leistra-Jones
Philadelphia
Register

Oct. 15
F&M San Francisco Picnic at Mission Dolores Park
San Francisco
Register

Oct. 20
Flightschool's Album Release Performance
New York City
Register

Oct. 21
F&M Evening at "A Prairie Home Companion"
St. Paul, Minn.
Register

Oct. 28
F&M Day at the Yale Center for British Art and Reception at Trumbull College
New Haven, Conn.
Register

See even more events here!

 
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