We’ve had some exciting times here at Franklin & Marshall College in recent weeks. Read below about one of our best Commencements in recent memory. It was a joyous send-off to the Class of 2018, as well as a fond farewell to President Daniel R. Porterfield, who has left F&M to lead the Aspen Institute.
Shortly following Commencement, it was announced that Dr. Barbara K. Altmann will serve as our next president. She comes to us from her post as provost at Bucknell University and brings a wealth of experience in higher education. On the day of the announcement, she was on campus and spoke of her plan to continue F&M’s positive momentum and upward trajectory. Read more about President Altmann and watch video clips to learn about her background and priorities moving forward. We look forward to welcoming her in mid-August.
Until President Altmann arrives, my classmate, Eric Noll ’83, member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Selection Committee, will serve as interim president.
I hope you will save the date for TRUE BLUE Weekend, Oct. 26-28. Now is the time to make your plans to return to campus! Welcome President Altmann, participate in Homecoming & Family Weekend activities, celebrate the launch of F&M’s largest comprehensive campaign and connect with families, alumni, faculty and students. Make your hotel and transportation arrangements now, and join us for an exciting weekend!
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We celebrated a wonderful Commencement Weekend last month at F&M! Although the threat of stormy weather forced us inside for the Commencement ceremony, nothing dampened the positive spirit and joy of our graduates, their families and the entire F&M community.
I’m eager to draw your attention to some of the highlights of the weekend. I hope you will visit these pages to take a further glimpse into this momentous occasion.
- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker delivered an inspiring Commencement address reminding graduates that “power is not your position or title. It’s what’s going on in your heart.” You can watch his speech and read his remarks on our website.
- Williamson Medalist Caroline Lawrence '18 discussed her personal journey at F&M during her speech.
- President Porterfield celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2018, his time at F&M, and said goodbye with his final Commencement address, “Create Your Life."
- View the Commencement Weekend photos in this web story and watch a wonderful highlights video here.
This summer, 89 students will remain on campus to pursue summer research projects, including 78 Hackman scholars. We are incredibly proud to be able to offer students the chance to engage in collaborative research with faculty every year. Not every college offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to have these sorts of hands-on experiences -- to potentially share a byline on published articles or to attend conferences. These opportunities are priceless.
To pursue collaborative research projects, F&M students typically seek out opportunities with professors during the fall semester and, after rigorous application and proposal processes, begin their research projects after final exams in May. Franklin & Marshall is thrilled to offer many talented students Hackman Scholarships, which provide stipends that allow for on-campus living and working during the summer. Often, students extend their research into the academic year and work alongside professors in independent research courses.
Last year, summer scholars examined Shanghai's rise as a 21st century global city, studied how to build the biofuel of the future, and investigated why grocery stores leave neighborhoods, among many other topics. Without F&M’s dedicated faculty, who are committed to student development and achievement, students would not have such great opportunities to explore their communities and their world, or to stretch their minds. During TRUE BLUE Weekend, visit the Fall Research Fair to learn what students and faculty discovered this summer.
Last Month of F&M’s Fiscal Year
Franklin & Marshall College’s fiscal year comes to an end June 30. As parents, you have a unique opportunity to provide gifts that powerfully reaffirm the ideals at the heart of F&M’s mission. Your support of the Franklin & Marshall Fund each year provides every student with outstanding facilities and programs that nurture their academic, intellectual and co-curricular growth. The Franklin & Marshall Fund is the best vehicle to further your child’s success.
Well over 900 F&M parent households have already make gifts to F&M during this fiscal year. Many have joined the Benjamin Franklin Society with leadership support. Whether your gift is large or small, is unrestricted or designated in support of your student’s academic department, financial aid or the Diplomat Athletic Club, please support F&M today.
Follow this link to make a gift using our secure online site, learn how to give securities or via a Donor-Advised Fund, set up a monthly giving plan or find our mailing address. Your gift may be made in honor of your student or a favorite professor or staffer.
Thank you for your consideration!
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