F&M Stories

At Franklin & Marshall College, we connect our students with extraordinary opportunities so they can accomplish great things in their four years on campus. Here are just a few of their stories.


Making Connections: Exploring the Role of Emotion in Music with Karen Leistra-Jones

We met with Associate Professor of Music Karen Leistra-Jones to discuss her Connections course, Music and Emotion. “The course is structured around a single foundational question: Why does music move us?” Professor Leistra-Jones said. “We look...

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Searching for 'Cosmic Lighthouse' Signals

Six Franklin & Marshall College students, using decades old data, are searching the sky for elusive pulsars, which spin as much as 100 times per second while sending pulsed radio signals....Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education...

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A Student's Surprising Path to the Director's Seat

Of the many things Shoshana Frank set out to do at Franklin & Marshall College, directing an original play wasn't one of them. So how, exactly, did the junior find herself on stage at the Green...

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First Impressions and Lasting Memories: Sam & Dena Lombardo's historic gift supports the Now to Next campaign

F&M will build a Welcome Center thanks to a $5 million gift to the Now to Next campaign from Lancaster area natives Sam and Dena Lombardo.

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Visiting Poet Makes the Ordinary Extraordinary

I'm done being in love with what leaves — autumn gathers in the trees, russet, then tries not to fall asleep on the cold ground. God, it is hard being happy if you try — instead, be like this slow...Poet Kevin Young shared the richly crafted...

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F&M Poll: Big Voter Turnout Expected

Two in three, or 66%, of registered Pennsylvania voters are Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education that emphasizes close relationships with faculty. Students flourish in a supportive community that treats them as an individual,...

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Donor Endows Geosciences Professorship to Honor Longtime Friend's F&M Teaching Career

Woodward’s $2 million gift for the Jane Woodward Endowed Professorship of Geosciences in honor of Dorothy J. Merritts, Ph.D. was announced during the 2022 True Blue Weekend. The gift honors Dorothy Merritts, the Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle Professor...

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Diplomat Spirit Soars at True Blue Weekend

Diplomat spirit embraced every corner of Franklin & Marshall College Oct. 21-23, as students, parents and alumni were warmly welcomed back to campus for True Blue Weekend. The annual Homecoming...View a photo slideshow from F&M 2022 True Blue Weekend,...

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Making Connections: Talking Death, Horror and Dark Tourism with Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen

Connections courses blend several academic disciplines to dive into a wide range of unique topics. We met with Professor of Marketing Jeffrey Podoshen to discuss his Connections course, Death, Horror and Humanity. Professor Podoshen, who joined F&M...

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F&M Grad Shows How Anything is Possible with a Liberal Arts Degree

Hannah Breedlove '22 said she credits F&M and her liberal arts degree for landing a position in an industry she thought was out of reach. A classics and history major, Breedlove secured a position as project coordinator with ChoiceLIVE, a company...

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Ware Gift Endows Institute Directorship, expands College House programs

Franklin & Marshall students will enjoy an increased number of community-service opportunities and those in Ware College House a wider array of programming to enhance their student experience,...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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Autocracy and the Challenges to Our Imagination

In the Brooks College House Great Room a few days before Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen addressed a campus audience, a group of students were discussing the writer's works. Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education...

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