October 2018

Dear Parents,

TRUE BLUE Weekend is right around the corner -- Friday, Oct. 26 - Sunday, Oct. 28 -- and we are excited to see thousands of parents, alumni and friends on campus for compelling, interesting and fun events. Read below for more information.

I encourage you to ask your student about last week's Day of Dialogue. This event presented a rare opportunity for the entire campus community to come together for meaningful discussion. The schedule was robust with a variety of sessions presented and facilitated by students, faculty and staff. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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



TRUE BLUE Weekend Programming Highlights

Amid a very full schedule for TRUE BLUE Weekend, we’d like to bring special attention to particular events that we believe will be most interesting to parents and families. Take a look at some of these highlights as you plan ahead for your visit. In addition to athletic and greek life events, we hope you pay special attention to the following opportunities:

  • Plan to arrive early on Friday, Oct. 26, to take advantage of Open Classes. Please keep in mind that space is limited. Pick up the Open Classes schedule in Steinman College Center upon your arrival.
  • Friday's Research Fair (12:30 - 4 p.m.) and Summer Experience Fair (1 - 4 p.m.) are great opportunities to learn about student research, internship, off-campus study and volunteer experiences.
  • Parents of student-athletes will enjoy the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Registration is required.
  • Friday evening's cultural offerings include music, theater and film. 
  • On Saturday morning, don't miss an important program presented by the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development: “The Liberal Arts Experience that Can Increase the Employability of Your Student.” 
  • Our new president, Dr. Barbara K. Altmann, will be inaugurated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and all members of the F&M community are warmly invited to participate.
  • The TRUE BLUE Weekend Picnic on Saturday at noon will provide a fun, celebratory atmosphere for your family to enjoy lunch.
  • Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., take the opportunity to Meet and Chat with faculty. Most departments will be available to welcome you and discuss your student’s area of academic interest.
  • The All-Campus Celebration on Saturday evening will be a fun culmination of the weekend’s festivities. You might choose to take your student out to dinner at one of Lancaster's many great restaurants and then return for this event. 



Don’t Forget to Fill Out a Family Information Form

Last month, you may have received an email asking you to complete a Family Information Form. There’s still time to do so if you or another member of your household has not already.

In an effort to serve as the best possible resource to our parent community, the Office of College Advancement manages all family information. Our goal is to engage parents and families meaningfully with F&M. Whether your interest is simply reading F&M's newsletters, email messages and the F&M Magazine, or if it's getting more deeply involved in advocating for the College as a volunteer and/or donor, it's critically important for us to have accurate information.

The information we gather here will be used for Franklin & Marshall College purposes only. We ask that just one survey is completed per household. 

You may update your information at any time by emailing arecords@fandm.edu.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 717‑358‑3888 or maura.umble@fandm.edu.



Information from the Registrar’s Office Regarding Spring Course Registration

We asked our colleagues in the Registrar’s Office to provide a primer for parents on how course registration works at F&M. First-year parents may find this information especially helpful.

Each semester, the registration process begins with a two-week advising period when students are required to meet with their advisers to discuss their course choices and receive the PIN that will allow them access to the registration system on their appointed day. For the spring 2019 semester, the advising period is Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. Of course, students are encouraged to develop meaningful relationships with their academic advisers throughout each year and to seek consistent mentoring around their academic goals.

After the advising period, registration occurs in two phases. First is the initial registration phase when a window of time is open for students from each class year to access the registration system and enter their choices; rising seniors go first, followed by juniors, then sophomores and finally first-years. At that time, they may either be enrolled in a course or add themselves to wait lists when seats are not available. 

After all class years have registered, students may again access the system to add and drop courses throughout the first two weeks of the subsequent semester. The College also assesses areas in which there is high demand and, when possible, adds sections to accommodate the demand. Wait list notifications are also sent out as seats become available in courses as a result of students dropping classes.

The chemistry and biology departments will work to enroll all students who need courses that are sequential and are offered only once a year. This process usually continues until January, but students will get the courses they need.

For more information about registration, including specific dates and access to the registration portal, visit the Office of the Registrar's website.



F&M Votes

People ages 18-24 have a lower rate of voter turnout than any other age group. Getting college-age students signed up to vote isn’t a complex process, but providing accurate voting rules and encouraging them to turn out for Election Day is another matter entirely. Getting students involved in the political process is important, as they learn about the issues that matter to them and learn to be involved, committed citizens, and exercise their voices.

Since 2004, the F&M Votes coalition, a nonpartisan campaign organized by students, faculty and professional staff, has worked to make the College the exception to the “students don’t vote” trend.

F&M Votes holds events focused on voter education leading up to primaries, midterm and general elections, including helping students and other members of the F&M community to register to vote or to verify their voter registration. Since the entire F&M campus is assigned to a single polling place, F&M students are not faced with the same logistical problems of getting to a poll as their peers are at larger campuses

If your student is eligible to vote in U.S., please encourage him or her to register to vote, whether locally in Lancaster or through an absentee ballot back home. If students choose to vote locally, the deadline for Pennsylvania voter registration for the midterm general election is Oct. 9.



Support F&M’s National Momentum

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings are in, and F&M continues to make a strong showing among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges. F&M was recognized in five areas. Those areas are: national liberal arts colleges (36), best undergraduate teaching (33), best value schools (28), high school counselor rankings (38) and most innovative schools (6).

Please consider supporting F&M’s continued ascension in the rankings through a gift to the Franklin & Marshall Fund.


Upcoming Events for Alumni and Parents:

Oct. 10
"Trump, Politics and the 2018 Midterm Election" in New York City
New York City


Oct. 14
A Sunday Afternoon Meet-Up at Penn Brewery


Oct. 16
F&M London Gathering with Business Professor Alan Glazer


Upcoming Parent Webinar:
Oct. 19
Noon – 1 p.m.
The Liberal Arts Experiences That Can Increase the Employability of Your Student


See even more events here!


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