October 2020

Video of the Month

Things have changed a great deal since previous True Blue Weekends, but we'll still have fun – online. We hope you'll consider attending some of our fantastic sessions during Virtual True Blue Weekend 2020, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Check out the True Blue Weekend schedule, fun digital downloads, and more here. Register to attend today!

Virtual True Blue Weekend 2020

Take a Moment to Enjoy Some Music

F&M's Senior Director of Instrumental Music and Conducting Studies Brian Norcross, DMA, shared this wonderful video, explaining how he and his students have musically conquered the challenges presented by COVID-19 to produce the Module 1 concert of the F&M Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The video includes Brian's explanations and then some wonderful concerts. Enjoy!

Here is the program from the concert: Program  

College Avenue Pod


F&M PORT Town Hall for Students and Families

Wednesday, Oct. 21

5:30 p.m. EDT (U.S. and Canada)

As we begin module 2, the members of the College’s Pandemic Operations Response Team (PORT) invite you to join us for an opportunity to reflect on the successes and challenges of the fall term thus far, and to discuss the College’s planning for winter break, spring 2021, and beyond.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and will be hosted by the members of PORT, President Altmann, and our K&A consultants, Rich Keeling, M.D., Alex Vasquez, Ph.D., and Eric Narburgh. An ASL interpreter also will be present.

Since we will have limited time together, we invite you to submit questions ahead of the webinar using this form: https://forms.gle/rY9v5FoZo3J22Eya6

The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

We look forward to talking with you soon!

Here are the details:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 778178

Or iPhone one-tap:

US: +13017158592,,92470555056#  or +13126266799,,92470555056#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 924 7055 5056

International numbers available: https://fandm.zoom.us/u/acCA14KEq

Latest Message From F&M for Your Spring Planning

In case you didn't see it in your email, click here for the latest update, which contains important information about the spring semester.


OSPGD Hosts F&M Alumni of Color in Law Panel

Franklin & Marshall College’s Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), in collaboration with several student organizations, held a virtual event last month featuring F&M alumni sharing their stories and advice for navigating a path through F&M to various legal professions -- as a person of color.

Read the story, part of our #FandMAnywhere series, here.

To learn more about OSPGD, including programs, events and student advising, contact the office at ospgd@fandm.edu or 717-358-4084.  

True Blue Weekend Programs That Will Particularly Interest Parents

You're invited to all of True Blue Weekend, and should check out the entire schedule here, but these programs are always of special interest to parents:

Friday, Oct. 30

1 p.m. F&M Off-Campus Study 101 for Parents

Please join Ali Janicek, assistant dean for international and off-campus study, for a webinar presenting F&M off-campus study policies, processes, timelines, and other important information relevant to parents whose students are considering an off-campus study experience while at F&M. Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, Oct. 31

9 – 10:15 a.m. Rebounding from a COVID-19 Labor Market: Preparing Your Students to Compete for Summer and Post-Graduate Opportunities

What factors helped students secure summer internships, jobs and graduate school opportunities after the outbreak of COVID-19? How is F&M helping your student to identify and compete for opportunities despite the lingering effects of the pandemic? Join Beth Throne, J.D. '95, associate vice president of student and post-graduate development, and her colleagues from the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) for an interactive discussion about the summer and post-graduate labor market, including how families can best support the success of their students beyond the classroom and college. Click here for more information and to register.

Reminder of Important Upcoming Dates

Module 2 classes began Monday, and will end Friday, Nov. 20. Other important upcoming dates:

Sunday, Nov. 22

Last day to move out of on-campus housing

Monday, Nov. 23, to Friday, Nov. 27

Reading Days for Module 2

Monday, Nov. 30, to Wednesday, Dec. 2

Module 2 final examinations (all exams online)

Thursday, Dec. 3

Winter recess begins

To see additional dates, please check the College's academic calendar here.

What is J-Term? Should My Student Be Taking a Class?

J-Term is the short, online term between Modules 2 and 3, offered in January. One class can be taken, and registration will take place in November. For a list of FAQs about J-Term, click here.

Exciting News – New College House Has a New Name!

One of the iconic buildings on the F&M campus has a new name, thanks to a wonderful gift from an alumnus and his wife. Read the details here.

Are You "Attending" Common Hour?

Common Hour is a weekly event on the F&M campus, when community members join professors, students, alumni and professional staff for a distinctive lineup of culturally and academically enriching presentations. Have you checked it out?

To accommodate the changes F&M has had to make in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Common Hour for the fall semester is a virtual event. Common Hour programs are broadcast live via Zoom and YouTube, Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Fall 2020 Common Hour Schedule includes topics that range from politics to racism to the many ways COVID-19 has changed what we do. Throughout the semester, you can check the website for information and any updates to the schedule.

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You can choose where your gift will have the most impact. There are six categories for support (learn more about them all here). You can make your gift to:

• F&M's Greatest Needs

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Make a real impact on the lives of students at F&M. Support F&M students in the way that means the most to you, and help give them the education and experience to transform them into the Diplomats the world needs. Thank you!

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