November 2017


Dear Parents,

All of us at the College are so thankful for the many parents and family members who came to campus last month to celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend. The weather was perfect for the grand opening of Shadek Stadium and all of the other weekend festivities! See below for a full recap.

It’s not too early to make plans to attend next year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 26 – 28. Other important F&M dates through May 2021 can be found on the academic calendar.

Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday!

All the best,

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

P.S. In case you missed it last month, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development invites parents to receive the same biweekly, class-specific newsletters that our students receive. The newsletters highlight programs, opportunities and resources for career and professional planning. Visit this site to sign up. 



Shadek Stadium and Homecoming & Family Weekend Recap

This year's Homecoming & Family Weekend was great fun! It's always a joy to welcome parents and alumni to campus, but this year was particularly exciting because we were able to show off the brand-new Shadek Stadium. It was so wonderful to see the stadium jam-packed with fans donning their Blue & White and, of course, to see the Dips dominate with a 56-0 win against Dickinson. Between the stadium’s opening; events like the Hall of Fame Induction, where we honored F&M athletic achievements and history; and the Tailgate, where the whole community came together, it was a weekend to remember.

To relive Homecoming & Family Weekend (or to get a peek for those of you who were unable to attend), view a photo gallery here  and watch the video. Hope to see you next year! 



Jim Shelton to Speak at F&M Nov. 28

Thanks to the Mehlman Talent Initiative, we welcome Jim Shelton, president of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama, to speak at Franklin & Marshall College on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

In his role with Chan Zuckerberg, Shelton partners with educators, communities and other key stakeholders to produce life-changing learning experiences and systems to address the needs of the whole child.

Previously, Shelton served as president and chief impact officer at 2U, Inc., an education technology company that partners with top colleges and universities to bring their degree programs and credit-bearing courses online. He served as program director for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2003 to 2010. Shelton has held a broad range of management, policy and programmatic roles aimed at expanding access to personalized learning experiences. Shelton holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Morehouse College and master’s degrees in both business administration and education from Stanford University.

All are welcome to his community talk at 5 p.m. in Bonchek Lecture Hall (Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building). 



Flu Season and The Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center currently has flu vaccine available for students. Students who missed the walk-in flu vaccine opportunities may:

  • Request a nurse appointment for a flu shot only, or
  • Request a flu shot when visiting the Student Wellness Center for another appointment

The flu vaccine is covered by most insurance companies.  

Dr. Amy Myers, managing physician at the campus health center, recommends that everyone receive a flu vaccine, but it is especially important for those at high risk (those with asthma, diabetes, or any chronic medical problem, or who are immunocompromised for any reason).

In addition to the flu vaccine, students have been reminded of the following general steps to help prevent the spread of most viruses, including the flu, in addition to other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably by putting your face in the bend of your elbow. If you cough or sneeze into your hands or a tissue, wash your hands immediately before touching anything else.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, water bottles or utensils.
  • Take good care of yourself; get adequate sleep, eat healthily, and exercise regularly.

For more information about the Student Wellness Center, including how to make an appointment, please visit this page.  



Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28

November doesn't just mark the beginning of the holiday season; it's also the beginning of the giving season. As many of us in the U.S. sit down to Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 23, I hope you'll remember how thankful each and every one of us at F&M is for your support. And after you do your Black Friday shopping the next morning, not to mention your small-business Saturday shopping the day after that, join F&M for another yearly tradition: #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, we will be rallying the F&M community for an exciting day of giving. We hope you'll join us!

Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Nov. 11
Private Luncheon and Tour at Nashoba Valley Winery
Bolton, Mass.

Nov. 18
Explore Our Nation's Founding at the Museum of American Revolution

Nov. 19
"Dining at the White House" with Chef & Lancaster Native John Moeller
Lancaster, Pa

Nov. 19
F&M Day at the Seattle Art Museum

See even more events here!


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