Returning Student Latest News – 2018

Fall move-in

Returning Student Move-In Information
As a returning student, you will be able to check into your fall room assignment on Sunday, August 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Just go to the main office of the building you will be living in to begin the check in process and receive your room keys.

Not returning to campus housing: If you have decided you will not be returning to Franklin College or if you have changed your housing plans for the fall, please email the Director of Residence Life ( Continuing students who cancel of their housing contract after May 10 (but prior to occupancy) will receive a $500 cancellation fee.  After you have occupied your room, the cancellation fee increases to 25% of the contract ($1,420).

Early Arrival Policy
Only athletes, student organization members, and students with prior approval will be allowed to move in early.  If you are involved with one of these groups, your coach or advisor will provide more details regarding your early arrival.  If you would like to be an early arrival for other reasons, be looking for an email from the Director of Residence Life with directions and information about signing up to arrive before August 26.

Housing Software Change is the new web address students will use to access all things related to Residence Life (be sure to update your browser bookmarks).  This new site will utilize your Franklin College credentials to log in so you won’t need to remember a different username and password any longer.

Parking Permit Information 2018-2019

All full- and part-time students are required to display a parking permit when parking on campus.
Students may purchase their parking permit beginning August 13, during normal business hours in the Security Office, located on the lower level of the Napolitan Student Center. Parking regulations and a campus parking map will be provided when a permit is purchased. The cost of a parking permit is $50 per year and is charged to your account.  No cash or checks are accepted.

Everyone should pre-register before getting a permit.  Instructions with important information will be sent to your Franklin College email address in early August. Permits will not be issued without this information. Parking regulations are enforced year-round.

Visitors may obtain a temporary parking permit any time by contacting the security officer on duty at (317) 738-8888. When requesting a temporary parking permit, the requestor must provide their license plate number and the make of their automobile to the security officer. The security office is located in the southeast corner in the lower level of the Student Center.

Parking permit enforcement will begin on the evening of August 27 – the first day of classes.

Student Affairs new staff

Associate Dean of Students: Leah Howell

Dr. Leah Howell joins us from Bowling Green State University, where she has served as an Assistant Dean of Students since 2016 providing leadership for the Student Organization Development area, which includes all 350+ registered student organizations at BGSU as well as the Fraternity and Sorority Life Program.  In this role, she directed the registration, training, funding, advising/support, advisor development, event registration and travel registration processes, as well as provided support to the areas of conduct and crisis response and the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Board.  Prior to this, Leah served as the Program Manager for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member in the colleges of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services as well as Arts and Sciences.  She has also worked in academic support roles at Cincinnati, Davenport University and Eastern Michigan.  She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honorary. She is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity.

Residence Life Area Coordinator: Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, which she completed in May 2017. While studying at Penn, she worked in student conduct and advised the University Honor Counsel.
Prior to graduate school, Veronica lived and worked in Japan where she taught English in a Japanese high school and tutored younger students. Upon returning to the US, she worked for child protective services. Veronica graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in English Literature, minoring in Japanese, in 2010.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center welcomes all students who need support through counseling services.

Counseling Center hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.  – 4 p.m.

To see one of the professional staff members, John R. Shafer, Director, and/or Sara Kinder, Counselor, students can send an e-mail message to one or both of them directly at: or

The Counseling Center staff sees many students on campus for a variety of issues and existing mental health conditions.  All counseling appointments are free and completely confidential.

In order to keep up with college related issues and programs related to the Franklin College Counseling Center, follow @FC_Counseling on Twitter.

FC on the Town

“FC on the Town” is by the Center for Student Involvement. Engaging off-campus programs are sponsored every month in an effort to familiarize students with social opportunities in the community as well as encourage participation in weekend programming.  The first event is September 7 at Ritter’s Frozen Custard.  Follow the Student Activities Center on Twitter at @FC_SAC for details and information for FC on the Town and “Griz Nights!”

Please join us for:
Griz Night

Ritter’s Frozen Custard

Kings Island (Ohio)

Greek’s Pizzeria PLUS Griz Night

Christmas at the Zoo

Office of Religious Life

Welcome Chapel is moving to Sunday night, and returning students are invited! Make sure you’re back on August 26 for an 8pm nondenominational chapel service that will include music, a message, and a chance to renew your spirit before classes begin. Snacks will follow.

Important dates

23-31 – Welcome Week
25 – FOCUS Day
26 – Returning students move in
27 – First day of classes
30 – Activities and Resource Fair

3 – Labor Day – College closed (meals served on the weekend & Labor Day)
22 – Parent Day
28-29 – Homecoming

18-19 –  Fall Break (No classes)

21-23 – Thanksgiving Break (No classes)

7 – Last day of classes
10-13 – Final Exams
13 – Residence Halls close at 5 p.m.

Student Affairs directory

Vice President & Dean of Students

Ellis Hall

Associate Dean of Students
Leah Howell

Executive Secretary
Marti Schrock

Director of Campus Ministry
Hannah Adams Ingram

Director of Counseling Services
John R. Shafer

Sara Kinder

Coordinator of Student Health Center
Cathe DeCleene

Director of Dining Services   
Les Petroff

Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Terri Roberts-Leonard

Director of Residence Life 
Jacob Knight

Johnson/Dietz – Hoover/Cline Area Coordinator
Veronica Roberts

Dietz Center – Elsey Hall Area Coordinator
Russ Norris

Director of Security 
Steve Leonard

Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Greek Life
Taylor Dwyer

Coordinator of Student Involvement 
To be announced

Assistant to Student Involvement 
Judy Yarnell