Parent Newsletter

April Updates

Commencement 2018
Graduation Ceremonies for the class of 2018 will begin with the Baccalaureate Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The ceremony will be held in the Spurlock Center with the Rev. Dr. Jack E. Skiles, Minister of the First United Church in Bloomington, Ind., speaking.  The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Spurlock Center. This year’s commencement speaker will be Tamika Catchings, WNBA All-Star, Retired, and Founder of the Catch the Stars Foundation.

Residence Hall Semester Closing

The residence halls and campus homes will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, for non-graduating students. All students must check out of their room within 24 hours of their last exam and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The only students allowed to stay beyond Thursday are graduating seniors, RA’s, students having a direct responsibility during commencement, and students staying for summer school. The halls close to all non-summer school students on Saturday, May 19 at 5 p.m., unless prior approval has been given by the Director of Residence Life. If a student needs to stay past the official closing of the residence halls, they need to request break housing. These forms are emailed to all residential students and are due by Tuesday, May 15 by 5 p.m.

Community Billing Process
Throughout the year, members of Residence Life and Security report instances of community damages or violations of community standards. These violations are dealt with in accordance with the Common Areas and Damages policies in the student handbook. In most instances, a cleaning notice is posted to give residents a chance to report the student responsible or correct the violation. Students will not be able to correct the violation if the violation involves bodily fluids or poses a safety risk to the community. If the violation is not corrected or the person responsible is not reported, the cost is split between all residents in the community. These charges are reported to the business office and deducted from students’ $100 housing deposit. If a student exceeds $100 in damages over the course of their time at Franklin College, these additional charges will be added to their student bill. If not, the difference will be credited to their account at the end of the academic year.

Individual Room Charges
When a student checks out of their room, the room should be returned to the same condition it was in at the beginning of the year. RAs assessed all room conditions at the start of the year and students were provided with a Room Condition Report at check-in. At check-out, the condition of a room will be compared to the condition at check-in and any cleaning needed or damages to the room will be billed to the student. Please remind your student to put the furniture where it belongs in the room, vacuum, sweep, and dust their room, remove all trash and take all personal belongings before checking out. Students are charged $40 to have furniture arranged for them, $100 for staff to clean the room, $25 for removal of personal property and $50 for removal of personal furniture.

2018-2019 Resident Assistants
The following students were selected to be new Resident Assistants for 2018-2019: Brandon Barger, Erin Bradley, Alexis Cheatham, Grace Esterline, Sydney Fears, Jacob Finney, Ismail Jones, Reilly Jones, Kevin Riley, Amari Thompson and Logan Vandermark. The following students will be returning as Resident Assistants for 2018-2019: Kassidy Andrews, Megan Battles, Will Combs, Donald Deiwert, James Hone, Kendall Hovis, Alex Kleiman, Jacob Leachman, Priyam Patel, Emily Pierce, Alexander Pollard, Colton Porter, Samantha Roberts, Jonathan Sargent, Holly Short, Laura Smith, Mackenzie Taylor, Matthew Thomas and Keely Townsend.

Career Services Using New Career Management System
Career Services has started using a new career management system called Handshake. Students are able to look for jobs and internships, apply for those jobs, upload documents like résumés and even sign up for interview times when companies come to campus to interview.

Handshake provides a youthful and dynamic look which students can access from their phones as well as computers and tablets.
If you are in a position to hire students for internships or full-time or part-time positions, please visit the following link or pass it on to your HR manager so that he or she may post positions.
Handshake login

Important Upcoming Dates
May 2 – Student Involvement Awards Ceremony—7:30 p.m.
May 10 – Diversity End of the Year Celebration & Senior Recognition Ceremony – 6 p.m.
May 11 – Last Class Day
May 14-17 – Final Exams
May 17 – Residence Halls Close for Underclassmen – 5 p.m.
May 18 – Baccalaureate – 4:30 p.m.
May 19 – Commencement – 10 a.m.; Residence Halls Close for Seniors – 5 p.m.