March 2018

Dear Parents,

Spring Break is upon us next week, providing our students with a terrific opportunity to “chillax,” rest up, regroup and prepare for the last weeks of the semester, which will likely be filled with important papers and exams. Alternatively, some students will utilize the recess to work on career or graduate school planning. Except for Monday, March 12, administrative offices will remain open throughout break and stand ready to engage with our students.

Please continue reading this publication to the end, where you will find links to upcoming chapter events in various regions around the country and globe. Parents are always invited and encouraged to take part in these cultural, intellectual and social programs that gather various constituencies of the F&Mily.

All the best,

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


PSSI Internship Application Deadline

The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is proud to once again offer the Public Service Summer Internship program (PSSI) this summer! PSSI connects 12-15 F&M students (current sophomores or juniors only) with an eight-week paid internship opportunity that exposes them to the mission and inner workings of a nonprofit or government entity.  

In addition to participants' individual internship experiences at a variety of nonprofits, this year's program will again include a cohort curriculum and project that will focus on the development of a plan to address/overcome a community issue and/or capitalize on a community opportunity.  

The PSSI student application is due Monday, March 12, at noon. Please encourage your students to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are rising juniors or seniors during summer 2018
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to immerse himself or herself in the everyday work of a local nonprofit or government entity to address social issues  
  • Are available June 6 – Aug. 3, 2018 


The Declaration Celebration 

An F&M tradition, the Declaration Celebration event joins alumni, faculty and sophomores across majors in celebration of major declaration and the halfway point of our students’ F&M experiences. The event also recognizes that there are many career pathways that flow from every major.

This year’s Declaration Celebration takes place Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Mayser Center. This event will feature remarks from alumni couple Jason Cone '99, executive director of Doctors Without Borders, and Christie Del-Rey Cone '99, founding partner of Cerasia & Del Rey-Cone LLP.

Encourage your sophomore to register to attend! 


College Entertainment Committee

I recently sat down with Sarah Silverstein ’19, president of F&M’s College Entertainment Committee (CEC) to compliment the group on their outstanding programming this year and to learn about how they manage to organize and implement so many great opportunities for F&M students to have fun together.

Of course, we all recognize that students’ top priority should be their studies and then other activities such as athletics, co-curricular involvements, planning for life after college, etc. At the same time, having a healthy social life during college is important. The social network the students build during their college years has the potential to last a lifetime.

The CEC works hard to provide fresh new social opportunities that contribute positively to students’ interests in making friends and having fun.

The secrets of success for the CEC include strong leadership, a professional approach to programs and events, consistently high quality, effective marketing, embracing fresh and creative ideas, and the dedication of all of the students on the committee. CEC also places a high priority on partnering with other campus clubs and organizations to guarantee success. And they make efforts to take a look around at what fresh entertainment ideas are happening at other colleges and universities.

Sarah and her team are gaining all kinds of transferrable skills in putting together an impressive array of healthy social opportunities for their fellow students. Ask your student whether he or she is taking advantage of CEC’s offerings! Their events this year include:

  • Paint nights
  • Fall Fest and Spring Arts Weekends
  • Trips to Hershey Park in the Dark, the Fulton Theatre, the Barnstormers' Clipper Stadium and other local venues
  • Movie nights (inside and outdoors)
  • Open Mic nights
  • Trivia nights
  • Silent Disco
  • Escape Room
  • ‘Plomat Olympics
  • Wingo nights 


Course Registration for Fall 2018

As you know, one of the advantages of attending a small college like F&M is the intimacy of the classroom experience, guaranteed by small class sizes. And the nature of our liberal arts approach encourages students to branch out and experience courses of study outside of their comfort zone.

As students register for fall semester classes, those two concepts are important to keep in mind. Small class sizes mean that students may not get all of their top-choice classes in the first round of scheduling. The upside of this situation is that students often find themselves experimenting and falling in love with academic areas to which they have not previously been exposed. A liberal education is a broad-based one.

One key to success during the course registration process is maintaining a consistent, positive relationship with one’s academic adviser. The fall registration advising period is Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 30, followed by the registration process, staggered by class status, Monday, April 2. Most successful students do not wait for the advising period to have meaningful conversations about academic planning with their advisers. Instead, they pursue their advisers’ guidance throughout the year in addition to meeting with other faculty, College House dons and deans, and seeking help from the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development.

Our students are so fortunate to have many sources of guidance, feedback and support. The more they take advantage of these opportunities, the more successfully they will navigate their F&M experience. 


Raise Our Game!

Join us in March for Raise Our Game, a monthlong campaign to support Diplomat Athletics. All 27 varsity Diplomat teams are challenging their supporters to help them meet specific goals. They’ll need alumni, parents and friends behind them if they’re going to succeed.

To take a look at all of the teams that you have the opportunity to support with your gift through the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC), visit go.fandm.edu/rog. Once there, you can select your team of choice and make a gift to fund its specific goal. You also can choose to make a general DAC gift via the Athletics Excellence Fund, which will support the hard work of all student-athletes and coaches.

I hope you will consider helping us Raise Our Game this March!


Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

March 10
A F&Mily Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

March 10
F&M D.C. Tour and Tasting at Republic Restoratives
Washington, D.C.

March 21
A Private Reception and Concert at the Jazz Gallery in New York City
New York City

March 22
F&M Night with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Spring Training
Scottsdale, Ariz.

March 24
A Celebration of Lacrosse in Shadek Stadium
Lancaster, Pa.

See even more events here!

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