We've had a terrific opening of the 2018-2019 academic year, highlighted by the recent arrival of the College's 16th president, Dr. Barbara K. Altmann. One of her first official duties was to preside over the Convocation ceremony, F&M's formal welcome for our newest students, the day before classes began. And perhaps your student mentioned that President Altmann was featured at this year's first Common Hour, which also took place last week; you can watch that event on the Common Hour website.
Parents are always welcome to come to campus for events like Common Hour, and I'd like to draw your attention to the Thursday, Sept. 13, event featuring Wes Moore, CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City's largest poverty-fighting organization. He is also a bestselling author ("The Other Wes Moore" and "The Work"), a social entrepreneur and a U.S. Army combat veteran. Mr. Moore and his work have been featured by National Public Radio, "Meet the Press," USA Today and many others.
Mr. Moore is known for invigorating audiences with his extraordinary personal story of overcoming the challenges of a difficult childhood in inner-city Baltimore to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, decorated veteran and business leader. He is also the subject of a highly-anticipated major motion picture produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Please encourage your student to attend this event, made possible by F&M Trustee Ken Mehlman ’88 and the Mehlman Talent Initiative.
Looking forward to seeing you on TRUE BLUE Weekend!
All my best,
Maura Condon Umble ’83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives
This year, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) is partnering with Parent Relations on a webinar series responsive to your anticipated questions about how F&M is preparing your students for their futures now and how you can help to support their success. Please take a look at the following list of upcoming webinars and consider virtually participating in one (or all!) of them this fall. Please complete this form to register for any of the webinars.
- Beyond Career Services: Preparing Your F&M Student Now for Success Beyond College
Monday, Sept. 24, Noon - 1 p.m. EDT
In 2012, F&M transformed the concept of traditional career services by launching the OSPGD, which prepares students for success in life, and not just work, beyond college. In this webinar, you will learn how OSPGD engages students early in their college careers and continues to support them even after they graduate with career advisement and professional development opportunities. You will also understand how you can partner with OSPGD in supporting your students, while staying aware of OSPGD’s offerings and services.
- The Liberal Arts Experiences That Can Increase the Employability of Your Student
Friday, Oct. 19, Noon - 1 p.m. EDT
Join us for a discussion about the curricular, extracurricular and work experiences that can increase your students' salability to employers for summer and post-graduate opportunities and graduate school admission, and how OSPGD supports your students in preparing them for success beyond F&M.
- The Future of Work: The Workplace For Which F&M is Preparing Your Student Monday, Nov. 5, Noon - 1 p.m. EST
What innovations and developments are shaping the future of work and job design? What are the implications for your students as they prepare for success in their lives beyond F&M? In this webinar, we will answer those questions and discuss how F&M is preparing your students now for the workplace and job market of the future.
- Off-Campus Study 101
Friday, Nov. 30, Noon – 1 p.m. EST
More than half of F&M graduates study off campus at least once before they graduate. There are more than 150 programs in 50 countries that they can choose from while studying at F&M. In this webinar, we will discuss the variety of program opportunities, how credits transfer, cost and financial aid, online resources, as well as how you can best support your student during such a unique experience.
We’re getting closer to TRUE BLUE Weekend, Oct. 26-28! Now is the time to register and make your plans to return to campus. Attend the inauguration of F&M’s 16th president, Barbara K. Altmann, participate in Homecoming & Family Weekend activities, celebrate the launch of F&M’s comprehensive campaign and connect with families, alumni, faculty and students. And don’t forget to download the F&M events app to have the whole weekend schedule (and more!) at your fingertips.
Is your student hoping to study abroad during his or her time at F&M? International and off-campus studies are great opportunities to learn in new environments and broaden students' worldviews. Junior year is typically the time that students study off campus. If they plan to study off campus in their sophomore or senior year, they may need to petition for approval from the Committee on Academic Status. Students should talk to their faculty advisers and the Office of International Programs staff to determine what is best for them.
In years past, students interested in studying off-campus were required to attend a "Starting Points" presentation in the Office of International Programs before they could proceed with the application process. In an effort to make this initial step more accessible to students who have increasing commitments and scheduling conflicts, that office has instead condensed "Starting Points" into a 12-minute video series that students (and parents) can watch at the time and place that is most convenient for them. The hope is that this change also will allow the Office of International Programs to communicate more consistent information to everyone, including students, parents, program partners, F&M faculty and staff.
The videos discuss basic policies regarding credit transfer, cost, financial aid and scholarships, the timeline students should expect for the process and much more. Watching this video series is now the very first step students must take to begin the process of off-campus study. All students must complete an online assessment after they have watched the videos to demonstrate that they understand the information presented.
Application deadlines vary depending on the program; students should visit this page and search for the program of their choice to find the deadline. It is recommended that your students watch the Off-Campus Study Timeline video to learn how to find their program’s deadline.
For more information about study abroad and how to get started, visit this FAQ page.
Students who were awarded work-study or college work award as part of their financial-aid package may secure on-campus employment to earn their award via either of the following means:
- Reviewing and Applying for Opportunities on Handshake. Handshake is F&M's student employment, internship and job opportunity database, which your students can access via the Inside F&M portal using their NetID and password.
- Visiting the Student Employment Office. Students also can obtain assistance securing on-campus opportunities at the Student Employment Office (SEO), located on the lower level of Harwood Commons. If they have any questions, they can also email the SEO at email@example.com.
Students who were not awarded work-study or college work award may still obtain on-campus employment after Oct. 1 by applying to positions posted on Handshake and working with the SEO.
Even though it may feel like you just brought your student to campus, we're already approaching Fall Break, which starts Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m. and ends Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. If you're planning to have your student come home over the break, F&M offers some great options for making his or her journey easier.
F&M provides inexpensive and convenient shuttles to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Harrisburg International Airport, and the Lancaster Amtrak station to help our students get home (or elsewhere) for fall, Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Students must register and pay online in advance. More information, including the entire year's shuttle schedule, is available here.
Check the academic calendar for specific break dates through spring 2021.
What is the Franklin & Marshall Fund?
The Franklin & Marshall Fund is a powerful expression of the College's ideals and aspirations and an essential element of our 230-year-old effort to provide an unparalleled liberal arts education. Every F&M student benefits from the generosity of alumni, parents and friends; tuition covers only about 80 percent of the investment the College makes in the education of each student.
Why should parents support the Franklin & Marshall Fund?
Every F&M family and student benefits from the fund, and each gift supports the extraordinary educational opportunities available to every student. Your gifts signal to foundations, alumni and your fellow parents that F&M deserves their support as well. Modeling philanthropy to current students is also critically important, as we hope to inspire their lifelong support as alumni.
How can I play a leadership role in the Franklin & Marshall Fund Giving?
In 1787, Benjamin Franklin’s founding gift of £200 played an instrumental role in the College’s founding. Franklin’s philanthropy had great value, both monetarily and symbolically, launching a great institution and helping assure its quality and longevity. In honor of our founding benefactor’s gift, we recognize exceptional donors—those giving $1,787 or more annually—with membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society. While gifts of all sizes are appreciated, Benjamin Franklin Society members receive special recognition, invitations and other opportunities in gratitude for their generosity.
How might my gift be used?
No matter the amount of the gift, parents and families may designate their Franklin & Marshall Fund support in various ways:
- The Franklin & Marshall Fund – Unrestricted: Allows F&M to direct your gift toward the area of highest impact.
- The Franklin & Marshall Fund – Financial Aid: Supports F&M’s mission to enroll deserving students regardless of their families’ ability to afford the College’s tuition.
- Support an Academic Department: Honor your student’s experience in his or her major and/or minor.
- Diplomat Athletic Club: Support our student-athletes and their coaches. You also have the option to designate your gift to a specific sport.
Thank you for your consideration!
Links of Interest
Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni
Lehigh Valley Happy Hour at Salmon Pants Brewery
F&M Day with the Lancaster Polo Club and Chili Cook-Off
Day of Service with Houston Area Alumni
F&M Day with the Seattle Sounders