Like tree blossoms and lacrosse sticks, it was a clear sign of spring at Franklin & Marshall College. High school seniors visited campus April 12 for A Closer Look, a program that showcases life at F&M for admitted students. They explored the College with maps in hand, learning about the curriculum from professors and hearing about the academic, athletic and cultural experiences of current students.
In a few months, many of them will begin their first years at F&M. They’ll learn how to write clearly—whatever their major—and to analyze complexities in the world. Years from now, they will make an impact in medicine, government, education, the arts, the nonprofit sector, and a host of other fields.
It’s a story many alumni know well, including several you will meet in this magazine.
On the opposite page you see a story about Sidney Dickstein ’47, who defended numerous individuals accused by the federal government of disloyalty to the United States in the 1950s. You will also read about cancer researchers who launched their careers in F&M classrooms. And you have an opportunity to learn about the impact of the African-American Alumni Council, one of the College’s most active affinity groups—which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
In each issue of Franklin & Marshall Magazine, we also hear what’s happening in the lives of our classmates through the Class Notes section. We learn about the passing of old friends who led remarkable lives. But many of your stories remain untold, including ones that could influence others and promote valuable discussion.
In addition to your Class Notes, we’d like to hear stories about your accomplishments that could teach us something unexpected about the world in which we live. Tell us about your exceptional personal triumphs, or about your experiences participating in compelling community or national discussions. Have you found meaning in a second career after retiring from the first? Are you engaged in a key social movement in a foreign country? Do you have insights that would help another classmate caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s?
We look forward to your insights about the issues shaping our society. Please send letters, ideas, and Class Notes—simply, your voices. And like the high school students did on campus recently, help us all take A Closer Look at the world.
Chris Karlesky ’01
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