December 2017

Dear Parents,

As our students head into the final days of fall semester classes (which end tomorrow) and prepare for final exams (Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 17), the campus seems to have a greater level of seriousness and intensity. I know all will appreciate the opportunity for some relaxation over the winter break.

I am sure you have heard the news about President Daniel Porterfield becoming the new CEO at the Aspen Institute beginning June 1, 2018. We are all so proud of and excited for him, and we look forward to following his success there. In the meantime, the College has begun the process of selecting its next leader who will champion our students’ success and continue the College's positive momentum in terms of national recognition.

We look forward to the spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 16. You’ll find additional calendar information (through spring 2021) on the College’s academic calendar.

Wishing your family health and happiness during the holiday season!

All the best,

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



Break Time Services for Students Remaining on Campus

As we approach the end of the semester and the winter break, many students are making plans to head home or to travel. However, a growing number spend at least a portion of the recess on campus. Please note: Any students staying on campus for any time during the break (starting Monday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 14, at 8:30 a.m.) are required to complete an online Winter Break Registration Form (the deadline to register is noon, Dec. 13). This will allow them continued access to their College Houses and any open facilities.  

F&M is committed to providing services that make this time on campus comfortable and enjoyable for those students. These services include:

  • A shuttle. Transportation service will be available over the break for all students. The shuttle runs to downtown Lancaster and nearby locations -- similar to the Lancaster Loop, which is in service during the academic year. The winter break loop will run Dec. 20, Dec. 23, Dec. 27, Dec.  30, Jan. 3, Jan. 6, Jan. 10 and Jan. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. For specific stop information, visit fandm.edu/loop.
  • House kitchen access. Students will be able to use the kitchens in their College Houses so that they can prepare food rather than having to eat out. Most College Houses' kitchen hours will remain the same, but students should check with their house deans to verify hours during the break. Blue Line Cafe also will be open most days over the break except Sunday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 25; and Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Public safety. F&M’s Department of Public Safety will be aware of all students remaining on campus over the break and will be available 24/7 for emergencies. Students also receive information about how to access medical and mental health facilities over the break.
  • Student gatherings. This year, there will be several gatherings, hosted by international students, at the Joseph International Center. Domestic students staying on campus are invited to attend as well.

For more information for students staying on campus during the winter break, please visit this page. 


End-of-Semester Resources for Students

For students, the end of the semester can be a stressful time filled with exams and final projects that are significant to their grades. The College has many resources that students may not be taking advantage of that could help them during this pressure-filled time, including various types of academic support. Encourage your student to:

  • Visit frequently with faculty members during their office hours or make appointments with faculty if their office hours don't line up with students' schedules.
  • Seek help with writing assignments at the Writing Center -- an excellent resource for all.
  • Receive last-minute tutoring in biology; chemistry; physics; economics; business, organizations and society (BOS); computer science; and statistics at the Quantitative and Science Center.
  • Get help with research projects at either of the College libraries.
  • Seek guidance from Counseling Services if they are struggling with stress and/or anxiety around this intense time of year.

You can also visit this page to view additional resources. 


Treat Your Student to a Care Package During Exams

F&M’s Dining Services offers a variety of care packages, which are a perfect way to brighten your student’s day during end-of-semester finals preparation. From pizza parties and whoopie pies to healthy snacks and seasonal items, there are plenty of options!  


End-of-Year Giving

As you consider your calendar-year-end philanthropic giving, we ask for your support for the Franklin & Marshall Fund. To ensure that your donation is credited properly in this calendar year, please note the following information. 

  1. For gifts sent by mail, the check must be dated and the envelope postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2017, in order for the gift to be credited in this tax year. 
  2. For packages delivered by third parties, such as FedEx and UPS, the gift date is the date that College staff signs for the package. Note that staff may not be on site to accept packages during the winter break for employees (Dec. 23 through Jan. 2), so an "overnight" gift may not be in your best interest if it arrives after Dec. 22.
  3. The IRS recognizes the date of a credit card gift as the date the card is charged. For online gifts, the credit card is charged immediately, so gifts made online before midnight Dec. 31 will be credited as a gift in 2017. 

For more information, please visit fandm.edu/how-to-give. Thank you for supporting Franklin & Marshall College!

P.S. If you make your gift on this page before the end of the calendar year, we'll send you a special F&M item (choose one of five)!


Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Dec. 14
F&M Holiday Reception at Shutters on the Beach
Santa Monica, Calif.

Sounds of the Season "And All That Jazz" With the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Lancaster, Pa.

Dec. 18
The F&Mily Gives Back with Philabundance

Dec. 27
F&M Florida Welcomes the F&M Wrestling Team
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jan. 6
Celebrate the New Year at the Historic Houses of Odessa
Odessa, Del.

See even more events here!


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