11/05/2020 OFFICE OF PARENT RELATIONS

November 2020

Video of the Month

Here are some of the "On Demand" offerings from last weekend's True Blue Weekend – enjoy!

It's Autumn at F&M!

Check out these recent photos of campus – traditionally one of our favorite, most scenic, seasons at F&M. Must be all those trees…

COVID – the Latest Updates from F&M

Remember to check for the latest Pandemic Operations Information, including any recent updates for students and parents, and to find F&M's COVID-19 Dashboard, updated weekly.

OSPGD UPDATE
Wondering What Exactly the Sophomore Experience Has Been?

This summer, Franklin & Marshall College made the difficult decision to de-densify the campus population during the fall term. In order to reduce the number of students in on-campus residential halls, the sophomore cohort was to continue remote instruction. With this decision, the College’s next question was this: How do we create a sophomore year experience that engages and supports the sophomore class while remote and through their transition back to campus?

Beth Throne, associate vice president for student and post-graduate development, embraced this responsibility enthusiastically.

“What kinds of programs, resources, and opportunities could we offer specific to the sophomore year experience?” Throne asked herself.

Quite a few, it turns out! In addition to each sophomore around the globe receiving an F&M and College House mask with a note from their College House Don and Dean, Throne helped launch a Class of 2023 Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) Canvas site, containing information and resources about major/minor declaration, off-campus studies, library resources and more. To date, over 420 sophomores have been active on this site.

Sophomores have also been enjoying: a weekly newsletter; a social media campaign promoting the sophomore year experience events and resources; “Sophomores on the Move,” a wellness incentive campaign created in partnership with Athletics, the Office of Wellness Education and the Mindfulness Committee; “Not a Major Decision: The Reality and Impact of Major/Minor Declaration,” featuring Throne, F&M Provost Cameron Wesson, and F&M Registrar Laura Medvic; and a virtual academic fair during which students could learn more about F&M’s majors, minors, programs and related course offerings directly from faculty across departments, who were present to share information and answer questions—over 100 students virtually attended the fair!

“I really enjoyed all of the programs offered for the sophomores,” said sophomore Sara Ghorashi. “I particularly enjoyed 'Not a Major Decision.' There’s so much stress and uncertainty regarding declaring your major, but I learned so much from attending this workshop and it made me more relieved about the whole process. Beth did an outstanding job organizing it.”

“These programs have been deliberate and have touched them on all aspects,” Throne said. “Our focus now is ensuring this experience carries into their transition back to campus.”

Moving forward, Throne and her collaborators are planning workshops about using the winter recess and J-Term to network and establish meaningful connections with alumni, and identify summer opportunities; a "Design Your Future" summit for sophomores that provides them with resources and tools to develop an action plan for the experiences they want to pursue during the remainder of their sophomore year and beyond; a celebration of their return to campus; and several others.

“Not being on campus is hard and there is a sense of disconnect, but Beth and OSPGD did not let any sophomore feel excluded and made us feel extremely connected to campus!” Ghorashi said.

Reminder of Important Upcoming Dates

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

Sunday, Nov. 22
Last day to move out of on-campus housing (remember, your student must take everything with him or her)

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.

A Virtual Tour of the Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center

The newest building on F&M's campus opened for students at the beginning of Module 1 this fall. Check out the virtual tour and photo slideshow, along with students' reactions to the opening.

The 2020 Research Fair

This fall, the annual Research Fair had to be virtual. Student-faculty research is a hallmark of F&M's liberal arts tradition. Check out senior David Yang's research, with a professor, developing a new perspective on policy making, or sophomore Nadezhda Ivanova's research concerning the impact of media coverage on presidential campaign outcomes. Other students who worked with professors and who we featured on F&M's website include junior Mitchell Young, working with sophomores Greg Heilbrunn, Peter Liu and Santure Chen; and junior Michele Jacobs.

For other student research, and a welcome from President Barbara Altmann, click here.

Virtual Fall 2020 Film Showcase

See the films made by students last year in creative production courses by visiting this page.

Supporting Athletics During a Pandemic

Lauren Packer Webster, F&M's new director of athletics and recreation, reports that although F&M's athletic teams are not competing, they are holding modified practices.

With safety protocols such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and eliminating contact drills, F&M is empowering student-athletes to not only be in control of their health and safety, but to continue training -- building skills and fostering community in the process.

The Diplomat Athletic Club supports F&M's student-athletes and F&M's teams, which will resume competition as soon as it is safe to do so. Please support Diplomat Athletics, including the team of your choice if you like, with a gift today.

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