March 2021

Video of the Month

Enjoy this recording, sung by the members of the F&M College Chorus and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. William Wright, for a moment of peace this month -- "Dona Nobis Pacem."

Dona Nobis Pacem

COVID – the Latest Updates from F&M

Did you know F&M's "Alert Level" recently changed to "moderate"? Get the latest Pandemic Operations Information here, including any recent updates for students and parents. You can find the link to F&M's detailed COVID-19 Dashboard, updated every Tuesday and Friday, at the top of the Pandemic Operations Information page.

OSPGD Update

Micro-Internships Provide Students with a Competitive Edge

During Franklin & Marshall College’s J-Term in January, the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSGPD) piloted a new micro-internship program through the True Blue Network.

“Portfolio-building, hands-on experiences are critical to students landing in this COVID-19 labor market,” said Beth Throne, vice president for student and post-graduate development. “We piloted the micro-internship program to provide students across class years with the experience needed to compete for today’s summer and post-graduate opportunities.”

Similar to internships, micro-internships incorporate professional assignments like those given to new hires or interns across fields and sectors. However, unlike traditional internships, micro-internships are short-term; they typically range from five to 80 hours of work and conclude with a tangible deliverable for the employing organization.

With help and collaboration from F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College, 26 micro-internships were posted to the True Blue Network and 28 students were hired, with some opportunities taking more than one student. Hired students enjoyed responsibilities such as creating and maintaining social media content, conducting a literature review, cleaning up or analyzing data sets, designing a logo or website, supporting fundraising work, and more.

“The micro-internship has been amazing,” said sophomore Kyle Lanzilotti, whose micro-internship has involved supporting the chief counsel for Family and Gender Violence Policy and Planning for the New York State Office of Court Administration. “Things have gone so well that I will be continuing with the internship during the spring semester.”

Robert DeSantis P'19, P'23 said his experience hosting a micro-internship in education research was excellent. He said his intern, senior Tracy Oguns, met and exceeded his expectations throughout the process.

“Thanks for OSPGD’s help in connecting me with one of F&M’s finest,” he said.

Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, OSPGD will be offering the micro-internship program again this summer, June through August. Beginning in March, the OSPGD team will be reaching out to more F&M alumni, parents and friends of the College seeking micro-internship opportunities for students. If you’re interested in hosting a micro-internship, watch for more information on this program and how you can hire a Diplomat.

 Senior Parents -- Commencement 2021

Stacy Thornwall-Rogers, F&M's director of college ceremonies & events, has announced plans for the Class of 2021’s Commencement. F&M will honor the members of the Class of 2021 this spring by hosting both in-person and virtual ceremonies, as outlined in an email you and your student should have received from F&M Monday, Feb. 15.

The College will hold multiple, small, in-person “Graduate Recognition Ceremonies” toward the end of the spring term. The ceremonies will be livestreamed and recorded.

"The hope is that we will be able to welcome a limited number of family members and other special guests to campus for these recognition ceremonies," Thornwall-Rogers said. "However, it's still too early to tell if that will be possible. We will continue to monitor the pandemic's impact on travel, and state restrictions for gatherings, and will update our families later this month."

She noted that F&M will host a robust and inclusive virtual Commencement Ceremony that will ensure all graduates and family members can participate as fully as possible, wherever they are in the world. The virtual Commencement Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 15.

"We are working with members of the Class of 2021 (both on-campus and remote students) who serve on Commencement Advisory committees," Thornwall-Rogers said.

Regalia for graduates is now available to order. Check the Commencement website on a regular basis; this site has a great deal of information and will be updated as information becomes available.  

"When we are able to gather in large groups again – which we hope will be during True Blue Weekend this October – we will continue the celebration with an event to honor the members of the Class of 2021," Thornwall-Rogers said.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Thornwall-Rogers directly at stacy.thornwall-rogers@fandm.edu.

 Upcoming Financial Aid Deadline

The deadline to apply for need-based financial aid during the 2021-2022 academic year is April 1. This process applies only to U.S. citizens and non-F-1-Visa students. The FAFSA, CSS/Profile and supporting materials uploaded via IDOC must be electronically date-stamped no later than April 1. For more information, visit F&M’s financial aid web page.

 Academic Calendar

Just a reminder that the academic calendar will help answer parents' questions about dates for the end and beginning of modules, and final exams. See it here.

 Catching a Gravitational Wave

An F&M alumnus, working with a Franklin & Marshall College astronomy professor as part of a larger research consortium, has co-authored a gravitational wave research paper that is expected to open a “new window” to understanding the universe. Read more here.

 Phillips Museum, on F&M's Campus, Inspires Student Poets

Last fall, Professor Meg Day took her "English 382: Writing Poetry" course students to the Phillips Museum’s Nissley Gallery to explore an exercise in ekphrastic poetry, or poetry written about works of art. The students were instructed to write a poem inspired by a piece in the museum. Read the story here.

 "Raise Our Game" is this Month!

It's March, and that means it's time for Raise Our Game, the month long campaign to support Diplomat Athletics.

All 27 varsity Diplomat teams are challenging their supporters to help them meet specific goals. They need alumni, parents and friends behind them if they’re going to succeed.

To take a look at all the teams you have the opportunity to support with your gift through the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC), visit Raise Our Game. Once there, you can select any team and make a gift to fund its specific goal. You also can choose to make a general DAC gift via the Athletics Excellence Fund, which will support the hard work, even during the pandemic, of all student-athletes and coaches.

We hope you will consider helping us Raise Our Game this March!

 Join Us for F&M's Second Annual Day of Giving in April

Beginning Tuesday, April 13, and concluding Wednesday, April 14, F&M will celebrate its second "Day of Giving" -- 1,787 minutes of giving, to be exact. Alumni, parents and students will be encouraged to support the Franklin & Marshall Fund with their gifts during these very special 1,787 minutes. Watch for messages on social media and in your inbox for more information, coming soon.

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