F&M's Virtual Quad Online Activities & Programming for a Dispersed Campus Community

Stay connected this summer!

We may be socially distant, but we can still have fun together online! Offices and organizations across campus plan to provide some virtual summer activities for Franklin & Marshall College students. We will share these activities here, via the weekly newsletter from the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership and on the F&M Instagram Story.

Active Minds F&M

Mental Health Awareness Month

For the month of May, Active Minds is holding an Instagram contest through Instagram Stories where you can complete 31 challenges that promote mental health wellness while also raising awareness for mental health.

To participate, post photos and videos of you completing the challenges to your Story as well as updating your checklist and don't forget to tag @activeminds_fandm! One random winner who completes the challenge will win a $25 Amazon gift card! Be sure to follow our account to stay up to date with activities we're hosting via Zoom to help you complete these challenges and keep the F&M community connected!

Philadelphia Alumni Writers House

Check out the Social Distance Salon series featuring student and faculty voices, as well as a Q&A with actor and Lancaster native Jonathan Groff!

Tuesday Trivia & Thursday Bingo

OSEL and the College Entertainment Committee are running weekly trivia and bingo games that students and FPS the chance to win gift cards!

Phillips Museum of Art

The exhibition Containing the Muse: Artists' Books as Expression & Form is now available online. This exhibition was developed in partnership with the college's library and features 15 works from Archives and Special Collections. It explores the many different forms artists’ books can take while providing an opportunity for creative expression of all types.

Explore the collections of the Phillips Museum of Art online and follow them on social media for updates about virtual activities and events.

Alice Drum Women's Center

As the Alice Drum Women’s Center moves its operations online, we remain steadfast in our commitment to dialogue and action around women’s issues. We are persistent in our mission and we do so to create a campus of equality, inclusion, and advocacy along the intersections of race, class, sexuality, gender, and disability. Although we are not physically together, we remain tied by our desire for a more just future!

We come to you every Friday with an F&Minist Dispatch. In our dispatches, you will find suggested readings, art-as-activism, and boredom busters, along with feminist insight and critical thoughts from our Alice Drum Women’s Center Student Board and larger F&Minist community. We hope this will help to keep your feminism alight in this time of upheaval. We wish you well from our socially distant spheres!

Past Dispatches will also be on our Facebook Page.

Go Diplomats!

F&M's Student Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) invited students, faculty, staff and alumni to participate in our first ever Fit & Motivated Virtual 5K on April 17-19.

Virtual Backgrounds

Whether you're looking to show off your Diplomat pride in your next online meeting or just want to kick back on Hartman Green again, check out this collection of more than 50 F&M backgrounds created by our photo and design team!

F&M Library

The College Library is pleased to announce that our popular Watch Party Wednesday series will be returning for the summer months! We will be hosting films roughly twice per month, and will be announcing a schedule soon.

This week, we'll be screening The Internet's Own Boy, a film centering on the story of Aaron Swartz, a talented computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet hactivist who's life was cut short by tragedy. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, this 2014 film has a runtime of 1hr 45mins. If you're unable to join us this Wednesday at 7pm on Facebook Live, remember you can always stream this film through AVON.

Questions? Contact Anna Boutin-Cooper at aboutinc@fandm.edu.

F&M InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

General Community Group/Bible Study - Mondays @9 p.m. Contact Kim Espinal for Zoom link to join. kespinal@fandm.edu

LGBT+ and Allies Community Group/Bible Study - Tuesdays @8 p.m. Contact Emily Ritchey to join. eritchey@fandm.edu

Weekly online large group gathering with InterVarsity's Nationwide ministry - Fridays at 8 p.m. Register for this week.

More spontaneous and added weekly events can be found by joining our Slack communication group.

Center for the Sustainable Environment

Virtual Book Club

Who: Everyone (students, staff, and faculty) is welcome to participate.

What: Spillover, by recent Common Hour speaker, David Quammen

When: Weekly meetings, starting the week of May 18th (exact date and time TBD)

Where: Zoom, of course!

Resources from Elsewhere

Learn Something New

Stay Fit

Explore the World Virtually

Have Some Fun

Know of an online resource or activity that you think F&M students would enjoy? E-mail suggestions to tim.brixius@fandm.edu!

Hat tip to the Center for Student Involvement at the University of Colorado Boulder for compiling and sharing many of these resources.


Created with images by Samueles - "printing mock up bingo" • Kari Shea - "Ugmonk" • Stoica Ionela - "Workout" • Annie Spratt - "Planning for the weekend" • Elena Loshina - "I watched charming pandas in a Park in Hong Kong" • Adi Goldstein - "The Ballons"