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.


Springford Exhibit Brings Color to Campus

Vibrant and muted colors splash across the large canvases of Vivian Springford, the American abstract expressionist, who in the mid-20th century developed her own color-field painting process that...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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Translating Russian Works in English

In 2018, when Jon Stone, associate professor of Russian and Russian studies said, embarked on his project to translate a series of Russian stories by poet and novelist Andrei Bely, he started with the assistance of Isabelle Roman ’20, whose eight...

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How an 'Atypical' Degree Is Helping This Physical Therapist Think Outside the Box

The typical student pursuing a career in physical therapy will complete an undergraduate degree related to biology or public health. But Franklin & Marshall College alumnus Cory Hecht '17 was...After graduating with a mathematics degree, F&M alumnus...

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Memories of War Bring Sorrow and Hope

In writing 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, and their successes continue long after F&M....

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A New Director at F&M's Center for Politics and Public Affairs

A government professor for more than two decades, author of several books on politics, and commentator for local and national media outlets, Franklin & Marshall's Stephen Medvic was named the new...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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Afghanistan to Italy: A Young Migrant's Odyssey

In Fabio Geda's internationally acclaimed 2010 novel, "In the Sea There are Crocodiles," the author converses with his character/subject, Enaiatollah Akbari, and asks him how he chose his new home. Enaiatollah tells him, "You recognize it because...

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Election Reform Means Doing the Math

Mixing politics and religion is controversial, but mixing politics and math is American. Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education that emphasizes close relationships with faculty. Students flourish in a supportive community...

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Phillips Museum Announces Fall Exhibitions

Images captured by Magnum Photos, the famous international cooperative whose photographers travel the world capturing the many facets of humanity—in conflict and in harmony—form one of this fall's...Franklin & Marshall College offers students...

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An Appalachian Adventure Begins at F&M

Thirty first-year students at Franklin & Marshall recently swapped their books and syllabi for hiking boots and trail mix. Pioneered in 2012, Franklin & Marshall College's First-Year...F&M First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trip (FOOT) is a program designed...

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Helping the Class of 2024 Create a New Collective Identity

Walking through the Franklin & Marshall College campus sparks a hopefulness many haven't enjoyed in more than 18 months. After welcoming 2,254 students back for the fall 2021 semester, campus is...After persisting through the COVID-19 pandemic, the...

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F&M's Iconic Dining Hall is Revamped and Ready for its Close-up

Franklin & Marshall community members returning to campus for the fall semester were welcomed by a delicious surprise. This summer, the College extensively renovated its primary dining facility...Franklin & Marshall renovates and upgrades its dining...

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Common Hour Tackles Wellness in Trying Times

How can one find joy amid a pandemic? Franklin & Marshall President Barbara Altmann facilitated a panel focused on maintaining wellness — and joy — in current times to commence the College's...Traditionally held on campus, Common Hour will remain...

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