10/03/2019 Office of Parent Relations

October 2019

Monthly Video – Check it Out!

Enjoy this video from last year's TRUE BLUE Weekend, which also included President Altmann's inauguration.

TRUE BLUE Weekend is Almost Here!
Oct. 25-27

TRUE BLUE Weekend is F&M's annual fall all-campus event, formerly known as Homecoming & Family Weekend. We hope you plan to join us on campus! There is a very full schedule this year, so we'd like to point out particular events and suggestions that we believe will be most interesting to our parents and families:

  • Arrive early Friday, Oct. 25, to take advantage of Open Classes (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Please keep in mind that space is limited. You may pick up the Open Classes schedule in Steinman College Center upon your arrival.

  • Friday's Autumn Research Fair and Summer Experience Fair (both 12:30 - 4 p.m.) are great opportunities to learn about student research, internship, off-campus study and volunteer experiences.

  • Parents of student-athletes may enjoy the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is required.

  • Friday evening's cultural offerings include music and theater.

  • On Saturday morning, beginning at 8:15 a.m., don't miss an important program presented by the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development: “Why Your Student’s Career Progression Will Be Different Than Yours -- Partnering on Their Career Preparation and Success.” Attendance is free, but registration is required.

  • Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., take the opportunity to "Meet and Chat" with faculty. Most departments will be represented, and will be happy to welcome you and discuss your student’s area of academic interest.

  • Then, from 11 a.m. to noon, enjoy "An Hour with the President," with President Barbara K. Altmann.

  • The TRUE BLUE Weekend Tailgate on Saturday, beginning at noon, will provide a fun, celebratory atmosphere for your family to enjoy lunch.

  • Athletic events are always a part of TRUE BLUE Weekend. The Diplomat football game, against our rival Dickinson College, kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Shadek Stadium.

  • Saturday evening, once again we will offer excellent music and theater opportunities. Saturday evening is also a great time to treat your student to dinner at one of Lancaster's many great restaurants and then return for the entertainment. Be sure to note if reservations are required, should you decide to visit a Lancaster eatery.



Change the Game!

The theme of the 2019-20 academic year at F&M is Change the Game: Explore the Past. Challenge the Present. Inspire the Future. 

This year we will mark 50 years of coeducation, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Department, and the opening of the Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center. F&M students are gamechangers.

If you are close to Lancaster on Thursday, Oct. 24, you may want to consider attending F&M's Common Hour, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This Gamechangers event is titled "This is the Rat Speaking: Remembering the 1969 Black Student Protest at F&M."

This Common Hour will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Todd Mealy, author of "This is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin and Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover;" Dr. Benjamin Bowser ’69, who wrote the forward for the book; Adrian Lamos Jr. ’72; and Professor LeRoy Pernell ’71. Panelists will discuss the historical importance of the 1969 protest at Franklin & Marshall College, when black students locked their professors in Goethean Hall, demanding redress for academic and personal grievances. The protest paralleled a number of similar protests across college campuses at a time of activism and a rise in racial consciousness across America.

For more information about "Change the Game: Explore the Past. Challenge the Present. Inspire the Future.," please visit the Gamechangers website.



Information from the Registrar’s Office Regarding Spring Course Registration

How does course registration work 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 2020 semester, the advising period is Oct. 21 through Nov. 1. (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.)

Please note: if students have any type of hold on their account, they will not be permitted to register for classes.

After the advising period, registration occurs in two phases. First is the initial registration phase, this year beginning on Monday, Nov. 4, 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, this year beginning on Monday, Nov. 11, and continuing through the first two weeks of the spring 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 Senior Receives Award from the Academy of American Poets 

The American Academy of Poets recently bestowed the 2019 honor of “Most Promising Young Poet” on F&M senior Jonny Teklit for his poem, "Black Mythology," which he based on the Greek tale of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax before plummeting to Earth.

Read the article, and Teklit's prose, here.


OSPGD Breakfast Briefing for Parents: Why Your Student’s Career Progression Will Be Different Than Yours – Partnering on Their Career Preparation and Success  

Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8:15- 9:30 a.m.

Join Beth Throne, J.D. '95, associate vice president for student and post-graduate development, and her colleagues from the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) for a discussion about the distinctive approach Generation Z is using to identify potential career paths, and how that understanding will help you and F&M partner in supporting their preparation for success beyond F&M. There is no charge to attend this event, but Registration is required


The Franklin & Marshall Fund

Support from F&M parents and families makes an incredible impact for our students and campus community through the Franklin & Marshall Fund (FMF). Last year, $625,551 was raised from F&M parents to support the College. All gifts, no matter the size, make an immediate impact for F&M.

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.


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

Nov. 12

New York City
F&M Speaker Series: Small Screen, Big Laughs, Pushing the Boundary in Comedy
More Information and Registration


Nov. 17

Central PA
F&M Speaker Series: A Guide to Collecting in "Antiques Capital USA"
More Information and Registration


Nov. 19

F&M Speaker Series: Small Screen, Big Laughs
More Information and Registration

See even more events here!


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