November 2018

Dear Parents,

What a weekend! TRUE BLUE Weekend was a smashing success. The cool, rainy weather did nothing to dampen the vibrant Diplomat spirit during an event-filled, fun and inspiring weekend.

It all started with Common Hour on Thursday, featuring journalist, filmmaker and political commentator Rosa Clemente. Then, Friday through Sunday, the campus was alive with events, activities, athletic contests and concerts that invigorated attendees' engagement with Franklin & Marshall College and its positive trajectory. 

Highlights included the inauguration of Dr. Barbara K. Altmann as the College's 16th president (read her address here); the official launch of F&M's comprehensive campaign, “Now to Next”; and myriad Homecoming & Family Weekend activities. I know parent and family participants enjoyed spending time with their F&M students, exploring the campus and Lancaster. 

Read below for ways you can get involved with F&M's Now to Next campaign!

All my best,

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



Supporting Your Students’ Career Exploration and Development Through Course Registration

In last month’s issue, we shared information from the registrar’s office regarding course registration information. This month, Associate Vice President of Student and Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne would like to share some advice about how you can help your student prepare to make these important decisions.

Spring course registration begins Monday, Nov. 5, providing a pivot point and significant opportunity for academic and career development for our students. First-year students may elect to take classes from disciplines not previously experienced and just may stumble upon a course that changes their life and career perspective. Sophomores may pursue additional 200-level courses required by their prospective area(s) of study so that their choice of major later this academic year is more informed and purposeful. Juniors and seniors can enjoy the intellectual satiation of completing diverse general education requirements while taking deeper dives into their majors via 300-level courses, capstone opportunities and seminars that strengthen their subject matter expertise and are relevant for summer and post-graduate opportunities.  

You can play an important role in your students’ academic and career development during course registration by simply doing the following:  

  • Read about course registration, including the timeline and course selections potentially available to your students for better informed and supportive conversations.
  • Ask your students about what courses interest them and gently “force” them to articulate this, as they will be doing the same in interviews for summer and post-graduate opportunities and will benefit from that practice.
  • If relevant, remind your students about past conversations or comments about courses they hoped to take during their time at F&M. If not applicable and this arises for the first time during this semester’s conversations, make notes to which you can refer next semester when your students are contemplating their next academic steps.
  • Finally, if students are questioning the relevance of course selection to the career paths they are considering, refer them to the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) for an appointment, during which we can address their questions and concerns, and suggest F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College who may be able to mentor them through this process.

In the end, your support can edify your students’ confidence, academic development and career outcomes while empowering them to undertake a robust liberal arts education.  



Flu Season and The Student Wellness Center

As students delve into the last two months of the semester, The Student Wellness Center wants to remind everyone that flu season is upon us. There have already been a few isolated cases in Lancaster.

The Student Wellness Center has flu vaccine in stock and ready to give. There are several options for your student to receive a flu vaccine at the Student Wellness Center, including:

  • If students are seeing a provider at the Wellness Center for another reason, they can request a flu vaccine at that time.   
  • Students can call and schedule a lab visit specifically to get a flu vaccine. 
  • The last day that students can walk in for a flu vaccine is today, Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Due to staffing availability, the walk-in time slots will be on a first come first served basis until all slots are filled.

While the flu vaccine is one of the best preventative measures for the influenza virus, good hygiene habits are equally important and can help prevent spread of many other illnesses beyond the influenza virus.

Students should remember to:

  • Wash their hands frequently -- especially after touching anything that is touched by others, such as doorknobs, table tops, faucet handles, etc.
  • Be especially careful to wash their hands before eating or touching their faces.
  • Try to avoid touching their face altogether.
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend their elbows. If they cough or sneeze into their hands or a tissue, they should be sure to wash their hands before touching anything else.
  • Not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
  • Avoid kissing on the mouth during flu season.
  • Take care of themselves -- get plenty of sleep, get regular exercise and eat healthfully.

For more information about the Student Wellness Center, including how to make an appointment, please visit this page. 



Upcoming Parent Webinars

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. There are still a couple of parent webinars during the fall semester, including one Monday, Nov. 5.

  • 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.

If you’re interested in participating in one or both of these webinars, please register using this form. You can also view recordings of the two previous webinars online on this page and this page.

If you are looking for more regular news about OSPGD’s offerings, I invite you to subscribe to OSPGD’s class year-specific, biweekly, electronic newsletter, which highlights events, employer visits and opportunities, and other resources. Please click here to sign up to receive this newsletter.  




Now that we have officially launched our Now to Next campaign, I know you will be wondering how you can get involved! First and foremost, we encourage all parents to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund every year and encourage your student to do the same. A terrific day to participate is Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27!

Many parents choose to make an even deeper impact through supporting the College's other key priorities: advancing academic excellence and strengthening an extraordinary student experience. We have already secured more than $130 million toward our goal of $200 million in this campaign. Contact me to learn more!


Upcoming Events for Alumni and Parents:

Nov. 7
A Post-Election Happy Hour with Professor Stephen Medvic at Lancaster Brewing Company
Lancaster, Pa.

Nov. 10
F&M NYC Tours Dutch Masterpieces at The Met
New York City

Nov. 14 & 15
F&M Campaign Launch with President Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D.
San Francisco and Beverly Hills, Calif.
Register here and here


See even more events here!

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