August 2018

Dear Parents,

This is the first Franklin & Marshall parents e-newsletter that the newest members of our F&Mily -- the parents and families of the Class of 2022 and new transfer students’ parents -- are receiving. Welcome! We cannot wait until your student arrives on campus this month, and we are eager to engage you with the College as well. New parents, please see below for ideas about how to get involved as a parent at F&M and how to prepare for your student’s arrival on campus. And be sure to view this page for new students, which provides details important in planning your student’s upcoming transition.

Returning parents, there are important stories below for you as well, so please read on.

Happy summer!

All my best,

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



Welcome, New Parents!

Welcome to the F&Mily! Here at Franklin & Marshall College, we embrace parents as key members of the community and encourage your involvement in ways that benefit all our students. Please consider the following opportunities and contact me with any questions.

  • Get involved with the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), Franklin & Marshall’s resource for students as they prepare for graduate school and/or professional careers after college. Our students will benefit from your professional expertise and connections. Register on our “Launch a Diplomat” page today!
  • Volunteer with the Office of Admission through the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network (FAN). In order to continue attracting the interest of excellent students on a global scale, our admission office relies on alumni and parents to help spread the word about the College. Please consider joining by visiting the FAN website.
  • Attend F&M events in your area and on campus. The College boasts 24 regional chapters -- throughout the U.S. and around the world -- that host a variety of social, networking and cultural events throughout the year. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend on- and off-campus events, especially Homecoming & Family Weekend each fall. This fall’s Homecoming & Family Weekend is TRUE BLUE! Save the date for TRUE BLUE Weekend, Oct. 26 – 28. Read more about TRUE BLUE Weekend below.
  • Support Franklin & Marshall College with a tax-deductible donation each year by making a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund. F&M depends on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends to sustain every aspect of the student experience. A gift of any size truly makes an impact. Parents who are able join the Benjamin Franklin Society with an annual gift of $1,787 (in honor of our founding year) or more. Any gift can be made in honor of your student, a favorite professor or staff member. Visit our giving page to learn more about how to make a gift.
  • Join the Franklin & Marshall College Parents Council, a group of prominent and influential parents of current F&M students. If you envision Franklin & Marshall becoming one of your top philanthropic priorities and would like to serve as a key supporter and advocate for the mission of the College, the Parents Council would love to have your participation. The Council meets twice each year on campus and discusses strategic matters of importance to the College’s success. Please contact me to let me know if you are interested in joining.

To explore more ways to get involved with the College, visit this page.


Move-In Day Information for New Students and Parents

For new parents and students of the College, there's a lot to navigate to prepare for move-in day. The new student web pages are a great resource during these final weeks before move-in. 

A couple reminders for new parents:

  • Move-In Day for new students starts at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC) Saturday, Aug. 25. From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students and their families can check in, pick up an ID, meet with various campus services, and receive instructions about driving to and parking at their student’s College House. Over the course of the day, there will be some terrific programming for parents, as well as some time to help your student set up his or her new room. Around 4 p.m., families should plan to say goodbye as students head to orientation programs. 
  • When you arrive at the ASFC, your student will need to show some form of ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) in order to receive an F&M ID. Students were asked to upload their photos prior to move-in so we could create their College IDs. If your student has not done this, she or he will have to walk to Steinman College Center to have a photo taken and an ID created. Students will not receive their room key at their College House without an F&M ID.
  • If your student is arriving to campus early for athletics or pre-orientation programming, you are more than welcome to return for Move-In Day programming but should not feel obligated to do so.



Save The Date for TRUE BLUE Weekend

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. Registration will open very soon.

Make your hotel and transportation arrangements now and join us for an exciting weekend!



Transportation Around Campus and Lancaster

Lancaster is a pedestrian-friendly city, but we understand that sometimes it’s necessary to travel by vehicle; nobody wants to haul groceries back to their residence in the snow! F&M understands how hard it can be to not have a car and has supplied students with different transportation options.

Each weekend, F&M’s free Lancaster Loop transportation service takes students to Park City Mall, downtown and grocery stores. The Loop runs Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., returning to campus approximately every 40 minutes. Saturday’s Loop runs from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., running on a 40-minute rotation, and then again from 6 to 11:30 p.m., running every 30 minutes. This is a great option for new students looking to learn more about Lancaster’s layout, or for students who do not have a car, but want easy access to several surrounding locations. 

The College also runs the F&M Nightly Shuttle Sunday through Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes, and there are several stops along West James, Frederick and Lemon streets, as well as at various locations on campus. Students will need their campus IDs to board the shuttles. To make it easier for students to locate a Loop or Nightly shuttle, F&M has created an app for iPhone or Android that allows users to use GPS to track the shuttle’s route and plan accordingly. You can find more information about the shuttle on the website

For students who are looking to rent a vehicle for personal use, F&M offers hourly rentals through a car-share program with Enterprise. Membership with Enterprise is required to secure a reservation. The minimum driver age is 18 and international driver's licenses are accepted. Rentals cost around $10 per hour, which includes gas, insurance and 200 free miles per day. There is a gas card in the glove box that can be used at most gas stations to fill up if necessary.

For other transportation options, including renting a College vehicle, please visit this website.



Please Be Advised of this Fall's Final Exam Schedule

Final exams for the fall semester will be held Dec. 13 - 17. Please note that travel arrangements for the semester break should not be scheduled for your student until after the final exam schedule is published in early October. Final exams may not be moved to accommodate travel.



Be Prepared with GradGuard

Franklin & Marshall College has partnered with GradGuard to make a College Renter’s Insurance plan available to all F&M students. The plan is specifically designed for college students and, if purchased, would cover your student's personal belongings (laptop, books, electronics, clothes, etc.) from theft, fire or water damage. In addition, the plan financially protects students against large-scale unintentional damage they may cause to housing property (such as causing a fire or flood). Renter’s insurance is highly recommended for first-year students arriving to campus in the fall or for returning students living on or off campus. Full details about the plan, including coverage and exclusions, can be found at GradGuard.com.



Thank you for your support

Fiscal Year 2018, which began July 1, 2017, came to a close at the end of June. We are grateful to the many parent donors whose support contributes dramatically to the College’s success. Meeting our fundraising goals has a direct, positive impact on the College’s ability to provide excellent opportunities to students -- it’s just that simple. Thank you!

As we begin Fiscal Year 2019, we ask every parent to consider prioritizing F&M in their philanthropic planning. Your gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund and/or other priorities at F&M makes a difference for all our students today and helps to enhance the value of your student’s diploma in the future. Visit this page to make your gift today.


Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Aug. 16
F&M Night with the Philadelphia Phillies

Aug. 18
Saturday Happy Hour at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Aug. 25
Private Tour and Tasting at Two Roads Brewery
Stratford, Conn.

Aug. 30
F&M Day at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships
Flushing, N.Y.

See even more events here!

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