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.


'Need Is Everywhere': Students, Faculty Help Rebuild Home in F&M's Backyard

Nine Franklin & Marshall students and 13 of the College's faculty, staff, friends and alumni spent the last week of winter break helping to repair and restore a home in Lancaster City. F&M's Catastrophic Relief Alliance (CRA) collaborated with Impact...

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Common Hour Returns to Mayser Center for Spring Term

On Jan. 26, for the first time since March 2020, the Franklin & Marshall community will gather in person for Common Hour, a weekly event for everyone on campus to participate in a dialogue about...Common Hour, a weekly gathering of the F&M community,...

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F&M Selected as AAC&U Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center

Franklin & Marshall is now part of the American Association of Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. Guided by a common...F&M is now part of the American Association of Colleges and Universities'...

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'Dance Brought Me to Life': Meet Kendall Lipham '23

As winter break comes to a close, a group of thespians is hard at work rehearsing the first Franklin & Marshall production of Meet sen Kendall Lipham, director of the latest F&M Players musical theater production

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Making Connections: Unraveling Political and Social Upheaval in Hugo’s ‘Les Misérables’

Lisa Gasbarrone, professor of French, taught a Connections course, “Les Misérables,” an in-depth reading and analysis of Victor Hugo’s renowned, 19th-century historical novel. Professor Gasbarrone — who joined F&M in 1986 — has recently...

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F&M Mourns the Loss of Former Interim President and Longtime Trustee John F. Burness '67

John F. Burness '67, former interim president for Franklin & Marshall College and longtime F&M trustee, died Monday, Dec. 19. He was 77. Burness served on the Board of Trustees for 12...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on education...

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F&M Launches the American Liberal Arts Classroom

Franklin & Marshall College is launching a distinctive English-language immersion program for international students from highly-regarded international institutions. The American Liberal Arts...F&M is launching the American Liberal Arts...

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Winter Graduate Spotlight: Erin Maxwell Follows a Family Legacy

At age 6, Franklin & Marshall senior Erin Maxwell attended her first protest. A passion for civic engagement has followed since. Meet the editor of The College Reporter.

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Election Season at F&M

When Franklin & Marshall junior Liz Joslin began interning for Josh Shapiro, she never expected to go viral on TikTok alongside Pennsylvania's Governor-Elect. The video — a clever take on a...When F&M student Liz Joslin began interning for Josh...

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Rouse Scholar Turns Adversity into Curiosity

Stricken with a mysterious illness in high school, Franklin & Marshall student Sara Beqiraj took adversity and spun it into curiosity. That perspective is what put Beqiraj, a biochemistry and molecular biology major and Spanish minor, on the path...

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Sana Rafi '06 Delves Into Her Childhood to Bring Authenticity to Her Writing

One clear strength of Franklin & Marshall College throughout its 235-year history is its outstanding alumni. Today, its living graduates number more than 29,000 and stretch around the world. They...Franklin & Marshall College offers students a hands-on...

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Students Decode Zoom Gestures

A team of Franklin & Marshall College students combed through six hours of Zoom class footage to identify gestures exhibited by participating professors and students. The results were overwhelming. Over the span of four recordings, the team identified...

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