July 2020

Video of the Month

C.J. Cortorreal ’20 feels F&M was a good fit for him. 


Welcome Parents!

This is the Parents eNews, a monthly communication filled with information and articles of interest for parents, brought to you by your friends in the Office of Advancement at F&M. This July issue is a special edition with special timing, but ordinarily you can expect to see this publication in your inbox on the first Thursday of every month. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Parent and Athletic Advancement Katie Crowe Wood at katie.wood@fandm.edu.

Update Sent to Students

Earlier today, we sent all students an important update on move-in and COVID-19 testing, as well as housing, for the upcoming fall semester. You can read the message to first-year students here and read the message to returning students here.

We are asking all students to complete a "Fall 2020 commitment questionnaire" by Monday, July 20, and encourage families to review the latest information in this email and on our fall 2020 reopening plan website to help their students make the best decision possible.

COVID Changes Her Internship

That summer internship for Vanessa Robustelli ’21 isn’t exactly how she thought it would be; learn how she's adapted beautifully!

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F&M Senior Takes the Musical Road Less Traveled

Enjoying a virtual internship with SiriusXM, senior Vanessa Robustelli notes how her F&M music courses helped her discover career paths she had not considered. 

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Further Info About the Fall Semester

July 1, President Barbara Altmann announced that F&M's campus will reopen for residential learning this fall. That announcement was followed by webinars for the many constituencies that make up the current campus family – faculty and staff, students, parents.

We are optimistic that the fall semester, which will include two seven-week modules of classes, will be one of academic growth and intellectual challenge for your students. As the president said, "Time and again, this community demonstrates an intrepid spirit. We will put our unflagging determination, resourcefulness, and creativity to work as we prepare for an exceptional and individualized learning experience in the fall."

Please visit fandm.edu/fall-2020-reopening-plan to find all the information F&M has for you and your family, as you plan for Module 1 and Module 2 of the fall semester.

Online Programs for Parents in July

President Altmann held a Parents Town Hall July 9 about F&M's fall reopening plans. If you missed it, you can view the Town Hall for parents of students in classes 2021, 2022 and 2023 here, and the Town Hall for parents of students in the class of 2024 here.

Important Fall Dates

Class Re-registration for the Fall

Seniors: Monday, July 27
Juniors: Tuesday, July 28
Sophomores: Wednesday, July 29

Move-In Dates

Coming soon

Move-Out Date

Nov. 22


Aug. 26: Module 1 classes begin

Oct. 6: Module 1 classes end

Oct. 7: Reading day

Oct. 8-9: Module 1 examinations

Oct. 12: Module 2 classes begin

Nov. 20: Module 2 classes end

Nov. 23-27: Reading days (Thanksgiving is Nov. 26)

Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Module 2 final examinations (online)

Dec. 3: Winter recess begins

True Blue Weekend to Be Celebrated Virtually

As you may have seen in your email last week, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our in-person True Blue Weekend 2020.

We will, however, have a robust digital event on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, including programs designed specifically for parents. Virtual True Blue Weekend will recognize and take advantage of our global alumni, student and parent communities, and will bring the entire F&Mily together!

We just cannot, in good conscience, hold an event like True Blue Weekend, which traditionally brings more than 2,000 additional people to campus. While we are disappointed, we are looking toward the future with optimism. Watch your inbox for more information, coming soon, about the virtual True Blue Weekend.

Inspiring Alumni are F&M's Hallmark

Story 6/17/2020

The Power of Alumni Connections

An alumni connection with Dr. Ericka Powell ’94 helped Katie Ertel ’13 find a job in emergency medicine. Now the two have advice to share about creating and nurturing alumni relationships. 

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Thank You!

Each year, F&M parents support the College philanthropically. We closed the fiscal year on June 30, and we pause to thank our F&M parents and families who gave through the Franklin & Marshall Fund, the Diplomat Athletic Club, and the Student Hardship and Emergency Fund, just to name a few. You have made an incredible impact on your child’s education and the F&M community as a whole.

The Franklin & Marshall Fund is the annual fund for the College. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. Gifts of all sizes matter and make a difference. To learn more about supporting the College, visit fandm.edu/giving, or contact Katie Crowe Wood, director of parent and athletic advancement, at katie.wood@fandm.edu.

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