Winter 2013

One of the joys of being a contributor to this magazine over the past five years has been discovering the wonderful diversity of paths Franklin & Marshall alumni have blazed with their liberal arts educations.

Like snowflakes, no two F&M alumni are ever alike. Even those who shared strikingly similar majors can end up in wildly divergent—albeit equally gratifying— fields. In this issue alone you will meet alumni excelling in the fields of physics (page 9), fine art, fashion and graphic design (page 14), civil service (page 20), and teaching (page 28). You’ll also read about international alumni who found their way to F&M after first-hand experiences with Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II
(page 22).

What they share in common is F&M. Their diversity of experience is a testimony to the professors and students at this institution whose minds remain ever open to the myriad places a broad-based, hands-on education can take them.

And we are finding more avenues to share these stories. Beginning with this issue, we are rolling out another way to connect you with your fellow alumni—a quarterly video segment spotlighting a Fummer doing intriguing work in his or her field (page 5). If you have suggestions for future segments, please shoot us a note at

I already can't wait to see what stories of success the next issue brings.

Speaking of the next issue, the spring edition of Franklin & Marshall Magazine will be brought to you by its newly appointed editor: Chris Karlesky ’01, who has been the College’s staff writer since 2009.

As an alumnus, Chris has strong ties to—and a genuine love for—F&M. He has been a fixture at sporting events since an early age, having been born and raised in Lancaster, Pa.

In his years working in College Communications at F&M, Chris has built excellent relationships with faculty, students, professional staff and alumni, and he speaks authentically in his writing about the Franklin & Marshall experience. Chris is committed to sharing with a broad audience the great things our alumni are accomplishing worldwide, while also sharing with you the innovative teaching and research, as well as the rich and vibrant student life, on the F&M campus.

Please join me in welcoming Chris to his exciting new post. If you have a story idea or just want to say hi, you can reach him by email at or (717) 291-3836.


Jason Klinger
Director of News & Publications, Office of College Communications

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