9/05/2019 Office of Parent Relations

September 2019


Monthly Video – Check it Out!

Enjoy this video from the start of our academic year at F&M!
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What is "OSPGD"?

These five letters stand for the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development. This F&M office will work with your student from now through graduation, and then after graduation as he or she enters post-graduate study or finds employment.

That sounds amazing, right? Learn more about OSPGD, and why your student should get to know the staff there, here. Or, if you have a senior, you might want to learn more about how OSPGD helps alumni here.

Don't miss the OSPGD Breakfast Briefing for Parents during TRUE BLUE Weekend, "Why Your Student’s Career Progression Will Be Different Than Yours – Partnering on Their Career Preparation and Success," Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8:15 a.m. Learn more and register to attend here.




Make Your Plans for TRUE BLUE Weekend Now
Oct. 25-27

TRUE BLUE Weekend is F&M's annual fall all-campus event, formerly known as Homecoming & Family Weekend. Registration is open! Make your plans and come to campus! Greet President Altmann and your student's professors; participate in Homecoming activities; connect with families, alumni, faculty and students; check out the Research Fair; enjoy the football game… too much fun on a beautiful fall weekend in Lancaster!

Make your hotel and transportation arrangements now and join us at F&M for TRUE BLUE Weekend!




Help Your Student to be Ready for Off-Campus Study

Is your student hoping to study abroad during his or her time at F&M? While not required for graduation, international and off-campus studies are great opportunities to learn in new environments, in addition to broadening students' worldviews. It's never too early to begin exploring options.

Junior year is typically the time when 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. Any student who thinks study abroad may be part of their education should talk to their faculty adviser and the Office of International Programs staff to determine what will work best for their particular situation.

Students interested in studying off-campus are required to view a 12-minute video series to begin the process; students (and parents) can watch at the time and place that is most convenient for them. The videos discuss basic policies regarding credit transfer, cost, financial aid and scholarships, the timeline students should expect for the process and much more. 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, and programs vary in length and time of year. 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.




Information for Students Seeking On-Campus Employment

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 using 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 studentemployment@fandm.edu.

Students who were not awarded work-study or a college work award may still obtain on-campus employment after Oct. 1 by applying to positions posted on Handshake and working with the SEO.




Fall Break Reminder and Transportation

Though it may feel like you just brought your student to campus, it soon will be fall break, which starts after classes on Friday, Oct. 4, and ends at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. 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 upcoming break dates.




Franklin & Marshall Fund

Q&A: The Franklin & Marshall Fund
What is the Franklin & Marshall Fund?

The Franklin & Marshall Fund is F&M's annual fund, and is a powerful expression of the College's ideals and aspirations. It's an essential element of our 232-year-old effort to provide an unparalleled liberal arts education. Every F&M student benefits from the generosity of alumni, parents and friends, because 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?

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 critically important, as we hope to inspire their lifelong support as alumni.

How can I play a leadership role in 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 to 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 F&M’s tuition.
  • Academic Department Support: Honors your student’s experience in his or her major and/or minor.
  • Diplomat Athletic Club: Supports our student-athletes and their coaches. You also have the option to designate your gift to a specific sport.
How do I make a gift?

The easiest way to make your gift is online via our giving page. To learn about the other ways you can give to the College, please visit this page.

Thank you for your consideration!


Upcoming Regional Chapter Events for Parents and Alumni

Sept. 18

New York City
F&M Happy Hour at 5th & Mad
More Information and Registration


Sept. 21

A Foodie Tour of Philadelphia's Chinatown with Jamie Shanker '07
More Information and Registration


Oct. 5

"Milton Hershey" at the Landis Valley Museum
More Information and Registration


See even more events here!

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