February 2018

Dear Parents,

Though the temperature outside may be chilly and the days short, the campus is alive with bright student energy. Every day of the week offers cultural, intellectual, athletic and social programming that enriches life on campus. Of course, students' highest priority is their academic studies, but most benefit from rounding out their experience by participating in the many outside-of-the-classroom offerings on campus and in lively Lancaster.

Ask your students how they have enriched their F&M experiences this week!

All the best,

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


2018 Job and Internship Fair -- Tomorrow

Students are welcome to join the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) for the sixth annual Job and Internship Fair! Remind your student to come to the fair dressed in professional clothing and to bring multiple copies of his or her resume. If needed, students may borrow clothing from OSPGD's Career Closet. Resources regarding how to prepare for a job and internship fair, as well as numerous sample resumes, can be found in Handshake under "Resources," located on the "Career Center" tab. To view a list of participating employers, visit this page. Students should RSVP to the fair here.


Spring Break Shuttles and Transportation

F&M provides reasonably priced shuttles to and from regional airports (Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia and Harrisburg) as well as to the Lancaster train station at the beginning and end of spring break (which begins after classes Friday, March 9, and ends when classes resume Monday, March 19). Students may use this website to view the schedules and find instructions for how to make a reservation. The deadline for reservations is usually early in March.


Commencement 2018

I know parents of seniors are looking forward to Commencement Weekend at F&M, a celebratory time for all. Our Commencement website provides details for the weekend, including a very informative Q&A section. If you have not yet made hotel reservations, this page offers some options. Additionally, the Discover Lancaster site provides plenty of information.

The two days of festivities begin with a picnic for families Friday, May 11, at noon. Rehearsal for graduating seniors takes place at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC). At 3:15 p.m., graduates and families will have the opportunity to hear talks by our Commencement honorary degree recipients.

At Franklin & Marshall, we welcome all to attend the Commencement exercises. Whether the ceremony is held inside or out, we do not limit the number of attendees nor use a ticket system.

The Dean’s Office will email all parents in the coming weeks with more information about Commencement.

In the meantime, below are some schedule highlights to assist with your planning. We recommend that you schedule family celebrations Saturday, May 12, no earlier than 2 p.m., and that you make restaurant reservations well in advance.

Friday, May 11

10 a.m.                                     Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony

Noon – 1:30 p.m.               Picnic Lunch for seniors and families

Saturday, May 12

7:30 – 9 a.m.                        African American Alumni Council Breakfast

7:30 – 9 a.m.                        Continental Breakfast Buffet for graduates and families

10 a.m.                                    Commencement exercises

Noon                                       Light refreshments for graduates and families


Spring Common Hour Schedule

Franklin & Marshall's Common Hour, which occurs weekly on Thursdays during the academic year, is a wonderful opportunity for the campus community to come together for an hour each week to engage in a campuswide dialogue. If you're in town on a Thursday, please join us from 11:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. to take part in this wonderful program.

We have some fascinating speakers coming to campus this spring, including today’s talk by Imam Khalid Latif, university chaplain for New York University, executive director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and chaplain for the NYPD, presenting "Breaking the Melting Pot: Realities of Race, Racism and Religion in America," and March 22's presentation from Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace, "Being the Change Changes the Being: Acting on Instincts of Altruism and Compassion." Please take a look at the other brilliant speakers and topics that will be discussed this semester on the schedule page. Not going to be in town? You can watch recorded Common Hour programs online here.


F&M Dining

As we reported last month, our Dining Services has implemented some positive changes this semester. We hope your students are reporting that they are enjoying the modifications.

Dining Services remains eager to receive student feedback. In fact, the College has a Dining Advisory Board to solicit and share feedback about the culinary experience on campus. To join the board or simply provide feedback, your student should contact Barry Bosley, associate vice president for administration, who serves as the college administrator for food service.


Show Your Love for F&M

February is the perfect time to show your love for F&M through philanthropy. Your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund will guarantee that F&M students of today and tomorrow have the opportunity to undertake a world-class liberal arts education. As always, you may choose to honor your student with your gift -- a meaningful Valentine's Day present! Thank you for helping F&M remain one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges for generations to come.


Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Feb. 11
Prohibition Pandemonium: F&M Philadelphia Escapes the Room

Feb. 15
"After-Hours" Tour and Reception at the CDC Museum

Feb. 25
Explore Local History at Gypsy Kitchen and Lancaster Theological Seminary
Lancaster, Pa.

March 8
F&M Night with the New Jersey Devils
Newark, N.J.

See even more events here!


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