As we head toward winter break, students are busily preparing for final exams and papers. I know you are encouraging them to study hard while also staying healthy, getting enough rest and exercising. Don't be surprised when they need plenty of sleep upon their arrival home!
As you may remember, our office has been partnering with the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development this semester to provide a series of parent webinars. We've been covering topics that focus on the opportunities available to students on and off campus that prepare them for successful and meaningful futures and have received positive feedback from participants.
The last in the fall series is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 7, at noon. Associate Vice President of Student and Post-Graduate Development Beth Throne will present "Beyond Internships: What Juniors Need to do to Develop an Acumen Before Senior Year." We encourage first-year, sophomore and junior parents to join in. Please register online.
All my best,
Maura Condon Umble ’83
Director of Parent Relations and Campaign Initiatives
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 students plan to best use their summer breaks to work toward their goals.
With the holidays and winter break approaching, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) wants your students thinking about summer. Not because they may crave warm weather and sandy beaches or the end of this academic year. But because they can be taking steps now to secure a meaningful summer experience that will help them clarify their academic and career interests.
Is it too late for them to be doing this? Certainly not. While it is true that some industries began recruiting summer interns as early as August, there are plenty of opportunities to be had for your students, no matter their interests or class year. The key is for them to understand the range of opportunities available to them and how to successfully secure those opportunities.
Students can build a credible acumen for employment and graduate school admission via summer internships, research, academic travel and community service opportunities. Performing graduate-level, collaborative research with the mentorship of field-regarded scholars may lead to co-authorship of academic journal publications, presentations at conferences and further independent research projects. Academic travel provides cultural immersion, leading to enhanced worldviews, different perspectives and the global fluency that today’s employers value in college graduates. Community service opportunities instill in students a deeper, personalized experience of societal issues and community needs. Internships provide real world, hands-on experiences and field-specific skills, which often open doors to post-graduate opportunities.
No matter which category of opportunity your students decide to pursue, they, with your help, can take the following steps over winter break to progress in their exploration and search:
- Talk it out. Engage your students in conversation about the fields and courses that most interest them and encourage friends and family members to similarly do so. Push back if you hear indifference or disinterest and lean in if you hear interest and enthusiasm. “Forcing” your students to reflect upon and articulate their thoughts about fields they may want to pursue will lead to a more focused, deliberate and successful summer opportunity search.
- Schedule chats during and following winter break. Unfettered by assignments and examinations, students can set up chats for January and the start of the semester to speak with advisers and campus resources that can link them to opportunities, including:
- Their OSPGD Adviser. OSPGD advisers can help your students explore, identify and compete for opportunities, while facilitating connections to F&M alumni, parents and colleagues for additional support and mentorship. Students can set up a telephone, Skype or in-person appointment with their OSPGD adviser by clicking here.
- The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement. F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement offers a variety of programs and service opportunities that connect students to nonprofit organizations and community leaders, including paid opportunities during the semester and summers. Your student can learn more about these opportunities here.
- The Office of International Programs. Not only does the Office of International Programs help students match their academic and career interests with summer opportunities abroad offered by F&M and other organizations, it also offers summer travel fellowships, scholarships and grants so that financial burden does not preclude students from pursuing a program, research opportunity or independent study overseas. Students can get started on their off-campus study pursuits by clicking here.
- Their Faculty Mentors. Each summer, dozens of F&M students collaborate with F&M faculty on graduate-level, discipline bridging research using cutting edge approaches and technologies, often leading to further independent research during the academic year via a 390 or 490 project for credit, conference attendance, presentations and/or publications. Students interested in pursuing these paid summer research opportunities (commonly funded by the Lucille and William Hackman endowment and known as “Hackman Scholarships”), should contact professors working in their area of interest as soon as practicable, as decisions may be finalized by early in the spring semester.
If you have any questions or would like additional suggestions about how to support your student’s career and professional development, feel free to contact OSPGD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we approach the end of the semester and the winter break, many students are making plans to head home or to travel (for students who are traveling during the break and are looking for shuttles and other transportation home, visit this page for schedules and costs). However, a growing number spend at least a portion of the recess on campus. Please note: Any students staying on campus for any time during the break (starting Monday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 14, at 8:30 a.m.) are required to complete an online Winter Break Registration Form (the form will be available online soon; the deadline to register is noon, Tuesday, Dec. 11). This will allow them continued access to their College Houses and any open facilities.
F&M is committed to providing services that make this time on campus comfortable and enjoyable for those students. These services include:
- Shuttle Services. Transportation service will be available over the break for all students. The shuttle runs to downtown Lancaster and nearby locations -- similar to the Lancaster Loop, which is in service during the academic year. The winter break loop will run Dec. 22, Dec. 26, Dec. 29, Jan. 2, Jan. 5, Jan. 9 and Jan. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. For specific stop information, visit fandm.edu/loop.
- House kitchen access. Students will be able to use the kitchens in their College Houses so that they can prepare food rather than having to eat out. Most College Houses' kitchen hours will remain the same, but students should check with their house deans to verify hours during the break. Blue Line Cafe also will be open most days over the break except Monday, Dec. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 25; and Tuesday, Jan. 1.
- Public safety. F&M’s Department of Public Safety will be aware of all students remaining on campus over the break and will be available 24/7 for emergencies. Students also receive information about how to access medical and mental health facilities over the break.
- Student gatherings. This year, there will be several gatherings hosted by international students at the Joseph International Center. Domestic students staying on campus are invited to attend as well. For up to date information regarding events, please visit this page.
For more information for students staying on campus during the winter break, please visit this page.
One of the cornerstones of the F&M liberal arts experience is the great faculty-student research opportunities that are available. This past summer, dozens of students remained on campus and traveled abroad with their professors to conduct research, gaining real world experience and adding unique skills to their resumes.
These students presented their experiences during October’s Autumn Research Fair. From exploring biases against uncleanliness in India to examining urban bee keeping, the research topics were complex and diverse. Read stories about four student-faculty research experiences below.
F&M’s Dining Services offers a variety of treats that are a perfect way to brighten your student’s day during end-of-semester finals preparation. From pizza and cupcakes to healthy snacks and seasonal items, there are plenty of options! Visit Dining Services website to learn more.
As you consider your calendar-year-end philanthropic giving, we ask you to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund. A main priority of the College’s “Now to Next” campaign, the Franklin & Marshall Fund supports every student, every day.
To ensure that your donation is credited properly in this calendar year, please note the following information.
- For gifts sent by mail, the check must be dated and the envelope postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2018, in order for the gift to be credited in this tax year.
- For packages delivered by third parties, such as FedEx and UPS, the gift date is the date that College staff signs for the package. Note that staff may not be on site to accept packages during the winter break for employees (Dec. 22 through Jan. 2), so an "overnight" gift may not be in your best interest if it arrives after Dec. 21.
- The IRS recognizes the date of a credit card gift as the date the card is charged. For online gifts, the credit card is charged immediately, so gifts made online before midnight Dec. 31 will be credited as a gift in 2018.
For more information, please visit fandm.edu/how-to-give/end-of-year-giving. Thank you for supporting Franklin & Marshall College!
Links of Interest
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