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The Alumni Fund needs YOU!

Hello Seniors!
 
Thank you to all of you who have already made your class gift! We’re getting closer to our goal every day.  The class of 2012 had 80% participation their senior year, so let’s blow them out of the water.  
 
This is a reminder that if there is any person, place, or thing that has supported you in your time at Williams that you would like to thank, you can do so by making a dedication alongside your gift, which will appear in the Ivy Exercises Program during graduation weekend.  The Ivy Exercises deadline is May 12.  If you have already made a gift and would like to add a dedication for the Ivy Exercises program, please email shc1@williams.edu with your name and dedication.
 
With the May 12 deadline in mind, we are setting a goal of 130 donors by May 12.   No gift is too small so come out for your class and help us have the highest participation ever!  If we reach this goal, the Alumni Fund will sponsor an Ice Cream Social during Senior week for us! Speaking of Senior Week, did you know that the whole week is free because of gracious Alumni Fund donors who came before us? Thank you Alumni Fund!
 
Make your gift here – Give2.williams.edu (it’s mobile friendly!)
Thank you in advance!
’17 Class Agent Team
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Thriving at Williams: Thursday, 11:30 am – 2 pm, Paresky

Hello Williams,

We invite you to join us Thursday during lunchtime in Paresky for an event about self-care and thriving at Williams. It will be an opportunity to learn about mental health resources and provide input about how to improve these resources.

The Gargoyle Society and Mental Health Committee have partnered with multiple departments (Psych Services, the Chaplains Office, the Athletics Department, and the Alumni Office) and student groups (College Council, Peer Health) to co-create this event to understand and promote student wellbeing. The event includes a workshop series based on the four aspects of the College’s model of thriving: heart, mind, body, and spirit. The event will be comprised of activities, small group discussions, and giveaways that are meant to help us develop unique self-care practices.

We invite you to come be a part of this important event to learn more about how this model of thriving can improve our wellbeing on campus, and we also invite you to provide meaningful input to all the groups involved about what students need in order to thrive.

And, there will be t-shirts for the first 125 students to participate!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Best,
The Gargoyle Society and Mental Health Committee

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Commencement 4-June-2017 Information

Greetings to Graduating Seniors –
Commencement is fast approaching. We look forward to helping you celebrate your Williams graduation with your classmates and your families. This is the first of several communications I will send to you about Commencement Weekend. Please read through the end for important information about tickets and caps and gowns.

Below is a summary of major events on June 3 and 4. Please mark your calendar and share with your family and friends.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Ivy Exercises. Seniors assemble in the First-Year Quad at 12:50 p.m., the ceremony begins at 1:10 p.m. on the Library Quadrangle.
Refreshments on Chapin Lawn, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
A Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipients Gina McCarthy and Gavin A. Schmidt, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. MainStage, ’62 CTD
Baccalaureate. Seniors assemble in front of the Faculty House at 4:30 p.m., the ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4

Commencement. Seniors assemble in the First-Year Quad at 9:00 a.m., the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Library Quadrangle.
President’s Reception: a picnic lunch on Chapin Lawn, immediately following Commencement (~12:15 p.m.)

Seniors process into Ivy Exercises, Baccalaureate, and Commencement in their caps and gowns. The Class Artist, Amalie Dougish, carries the class banner at the front of each procession.
Ivy Exercises is an informal celebration of the Class and its achievements. The Class Officers organize it and preside. Class Gardener Brett Bidstrup plants the ivy, Class Poet Ariel Chu presents a poem, Class Historian Nico MacDougall speaks, Class Musician Scott Daniel performs, Dean Marlene Sandstrom awards over 100 prizes, Class Bell Ringer Nathaniel Vilas rings the bells, and two Class Officers drop a watch from the tower of Thompson Chapel.
Baccalaureate is the interdenominational service held Saturday afternoon. Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001-20013, delivers the Baccalaureate Address.
Commencement on Sunday morning begins with an academic procession across campus and culminates with awarding your degrees. Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, delivers the Commencement Address.

TICKETS
All of the official events of Commencement Weekend are free of charge and most do not require tickets. In particular, tickets are not required for Ivy Exercises, outdoor Commencement, the Conversation, or the President’s Reception.
Tickets for indoor Commencement: Weather permitting, Commencement is held outdoors on the Library Quadrangle (facing Stetson Hall) and no tickets are required. The ceremony is also simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and live stream for friends and family who cannot attend. In case of heavy rain, the ceremony is held in the Lansing-Chapman Ice Rink. When picking up a cap and gown, each senior receives three guest tickets for the ice rink. Additional seating is available in Chandler Gymnasium where the ceremony is broadcast on a large screen. Tickets are not required for seating in Chandler. We favor an outdoor ceremony even under threatening skies and/or light rain.
Tickets for Baccalaureate: Members of the senior class do not need tickets to attend this event. Due to the limited seating capacity of Chapin Hall, we are unable to seat all of your guests in Chapin. Each senior may request one guest ticket online as described below. We simulcast the Baccalaureate ceremony into Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall and the MainStage at the ’62 CTD. No tickets are necessary for these venues. Baccalaureate is also live streamed.
Request tickets online until May 19. Starting now, seniors may request Baccalaureate tickets at the following webpage: https://webapps.williams.edu/admin-forms/ephpubevent/
Be sure to complete the entire process, including responding to an email within 15 minutes to confirm your request. There is no need to reserve indoor Commencement tickets. All tickets will be distributed when seniors pick up their caps and gowns.

CAPS AND GOWNS
The college supplies caps and gowns free of charge to all graduating seniors. If you attended Fall Convocation and returned your cap and gown, we have them for you. If you did not attend Fall Convocation, we will measure you for a cap and gown. You may pick up caps and gowns and tickets in the Paresky Center Baxter Great Hall at the following times:
Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Resource Fair (only for seniors who were measured in the fall at Convocation)
Thursday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 8:45 a.m. Last minute pickup!

I will email you with more information in May.

For more information about Commencement, please see our web site:

commencement.williams.edu/

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Greene (Carrie.Greene@williams.edu) or me.

Cheers,
Jay Thoman, College Marshal
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* John W Thoman Jr.
* College Marshal
* J Hodge Markgraf Professor of Chemistry
* Department of Chemistry, Williams College
* 47 Lab Campus Drive
* Williamstown, MA 01267

* email: jthoman@williams.edu
* Direct phone: (413)597-2280
* Office of the College Marshal phone: (413)597-2347
* http://commencement.williams.edu/
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This Friday is the deadline for designated a course as P/F or withdrawing from a course

Dear Students,

I hope you are well as we make our way towards the end of term.  I’m writing today to remind you that this Friday, 4/28, is the last day for you to withdraw from a course and also the last day to switch a course to the pass-fail option (if the course allows that option.)

Pass-Fail

You may take up to three courses on a pass/fail basis over your four years, with no more than one course in a given semester. These courses do count towards the thirty-two required for graduation.  (There are some limitations to be aware of. Faculty may designate their course as ineligible for pass-fail, pass-fail courses can’t count towards distribution requirements, and classes towards the major need to be taken for a grade, with the exception of the first course in the major.) More information about the pass-fail option is available here.

Click here to find the online form for designating a course as pass-fail. Be sure to submit the electronic form before the 4:30 pm deadline. Please note that if you are a first year student, you must print out the form and have it signed by a dean prior to the 4:30 deadline.  

Withdrawals

At Williams, course withdrawals are limited to a total of two over your four years of study. Withdrawals are permitted only with permission of your professor as well as a dean, and require you to make up the “course deficiency” quite promptly.  You can learn more about the withdrawal policy here.  If you would like to withdraw from a course, please be sure to speak with your professor first, and then set up a meeting with a dean prior to the deadline of this Friday at 4:30 pm.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean’s Office early this week if you have any questions about the process of withdrawing from a course or designating a course as pass-fail.  You can call the office at 597-4171 to make an appointment, or stop in during walk-in hours (click here for hours), and the deans will be happy to help you.

 

All best wishes,

Dean Sandstrom

 

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Fall 2017 Pre-Registration opens Monday! It’s almost time to explore courses!

Greetings, Ephs!

Spring is coming to the Berkshires, and this means that Fall 2017 pre-registration is just around the corner! On Monday, we begin thinking about all the fall semester has to offer. (Sorry, seniors––though post-grad life has its own excitement in store!)

It’s time to make the most of Your 32.

With a recently re-designed course catalog, you can explore all that the Williams curriculum has to offer across divisions and departments.

A Course Catalog Tip: You can use the “Keyword Search” box to pull up courses from across divisions that mention a particular word anywhere in their title or description. Search for whatever you might be interested in, from “food” to “climate” to “storytelling” to anything in between! Or just click around and see what grabs your attention!

As you’re choosing courses for the spring, you may want to consider:

1. Taking a class in every division. This help you complete your divisional requirements, and it will encourage you to have a diverse schedule!

2. Taking a class in a discipline you have never studied before. There are so many departments at Williams, and all of them are incredible! Try something new––perhaps you’ll fall in love with geosciences, or theater, or sociology, or any other discipline.

3. Taking a class that uses different teaching methods. Never taken a tutorial before? What about a course with an experiential component? Always wanted to try a lab course? This spring could be your semester to take a course in a totally different format!

Your 32 courses are an incredible opportunity to explore interests, challenge yourself, and learn about incredible topics. Take a risk. Try something new.

And, email professors to learn more about their courses! There is even a handy guide to help you write these sometimes-daunting emails.

Many of your professors and classmates have been changed by one course they took outside of their comfort zone. They made the most of their 32! You can hear their stories in this short video.

These are Your 32.

They are Your Chance to Explore.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!

Yours in a love of course exploration (and springtime),

Jeffrey Rubel ‘17 and Chetan Patel ’18

Committee on Educational Affairs and College Council

PS – Thanks for all the #Your32 love! Keep it strong!

If you have any interest in joining the campaign, let us know.

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General Housing Lottery Online Registration Now Open

It’s time to register for the General Housing Lottery for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Questions? Be sure to read through all of the linked information here first. If your question isn’t answered there, contact Gail Rondeau Hebert.
Good luck to you all!
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Last Lyceum of the year on Wed, 4/26/17

Dear fellow Ephs,

It is both happy and sad for me to do this last Lyceum of the year and also my last Lyceum ever. It’s been a pleasure serving as the Lyceum Coordinator these past 2 years; thank you for all your eager signups and pleasant company.

If you would like to become the next Lyceum Coordinator, please fill out the CC committees application (choose Lyceum Coordinator under “committee selection”)

(10/10 would recommend if you are invested in: building student-faculty/student-staff relations, food, dining, communications, logistics, and event planning! Direct any questions to Minwei at mc11. Deadline is next Friday, 4/28!! )

Ok keep reading for actual Lyceum details…

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Have you been waiting to get to know a cool professor or staff over Lyceum Dinner all year? Now is your last chance until October (or if you are a senior, this is your last chance ever)!!

The Nutting Family cordially invites you to ask a professor or staff member (administration, chaplains, health services, Davis Center, campus life, CSS, facilities, dining services, etc.) to a partially subsidized, three-course meal at the Faculty Club for this special dinner. This Lyceum Dinner will be held at the Faculty House at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.

Due to popular demand and to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, this dinner will be flexible in terms of how many people can be in each party. 1, 2, 3… up to 7 students may invite any ONE member of the faculty or staff to dinner. (We are trying this out still so things may revert in the future.)

Another important clarification: if selected to attend Lyceum, it WILL take away your meal swipe for dinner on 4/26/2017. If you are a senior and not on a meal plan, don’t worry you can still attend! Just clarify on the form that you don’t have a meal plan and the Nutting Fund will also cover your meal!

Spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis, with preferences given to:
1) those with parties of 4 (3 students and 1 faculty/staff)
2) those who have not yet attended a Lyceum dinner, especially seniors!!!
The entrée options for this dinner are:

-Seared Steaks with Red Wine, Mushrooms, and Onions
-Baked Tilapia with Sun-dried Tomato Parmesan Crust
-Portobello Wellington

As always, forward a confirmation email from your guest; your registration will not be considered until we receive the guest’s confirmation email.
The online registration form will close as soon as all spaces have been filled. If you have any questions, please email WilliamsLyceum@gmail.com


Cordially,

Minwei

Lyceum Coordinator

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Senior Week 2017 – Save The Date!

Seniors,

Can you believe how quickly the time has gone? Just one final push– you’ve got this! In anticipation of our graduation weekend, we just wanted to inform you of the dates for Senior Week hosted on campus. For planning purposes, the week will start on Tuesday, May 30th, the first event being at 10 p.m. and runs through Friday, June 2nd, with the final event being Last Chance Dance.

We have plenty of fun events planned for those days before our graduation weekend, including brunches, barbecues, and the lovely dinner at Mount Hope. We will be in contact with you about specifics on all that will take place, but until then, we’ll see you on campus for the festivities starting May 30th.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of the semester!

Best,
Maria, Michelle, Rika, Andrew, Scott
’17 Class Officers

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Responsible Hosting During Williams Previews

Dear Students,

Williams Previews, our program for admitted students, will be held on April 24 and 25. If you are hosting one or more pre-frosh during this event, please know how grateful we are for your help.

For many of you, the quality of your overnight visit was a determining factor in your own decision to attend Williams, and it is now your turn to shape a similar experience for prospective students. To that end, you should be aware of our expectations for the hosting program, particularly with regard to the College’s alcohol and drug policy.

Williams urges students to act responsibly and in accordance with the law and the Williams Code of Conduct. Providing alcohol of any kind or quantity to underage prospective students is illegal and is not permitted by the College. We stress this policy because there are serious risks involved in not abiding by these rules. Please also be aware that any pre-frosh who chooses to engage in illegal activities puts their admission to the College in jeopardy. We are not asking you to “police” pre-frosh or make their decisions about alcohol for them. We do ask that you please use good judgment and not put pre-frosh in a position of feeling pressure to drink to “fit in”—any form of peer pressure to abuse alcohol conveys a negative image of Williams to the vast majority of prospective students.

We also ask that you keep your eyes out as active bystanders in regard to questions of consent and respect. If you observe a situation that seems to be heading in a dangerous direction, please either intervene or call for help.

Your attention to these concerns during Previews, as well as throughout the academic year, is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the policies referred to in this letter, please contact Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College. For assistance after hours, please call Campus Safety and Security at 413.597.4444.

Sincerely,

Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College
Dick Nesbitt, Director of Admissions

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Defining Our Values

Walking around campus, you’ll see those now-signature posters: “I Am Williams,” they proclaim. But what exactly is Williams? What should Williams be? What do we value as the Williams community?

Next Thursday and Friday in Paresky and Goodrich, we will offer the community a number of ways to share, record, or simply talk about what they value and what they think Williams values. We hope to gather thoughts from you over these two days.

Building on this effort, Ephs from every corner of campus will come together over the next year and beyond in a collaborative effort to answer those questions. We will come together to define what the Williams community is––and the values that underlie it.

With open dialogue and a variety of perspectives, we will discuss what it means to make the best of Williams. Ultimately, we plan to establish a set of concrete values that describes what we all want our Williams to be. These are not simply buzzwords: They are substantive points in a mission statement that outline and describe our common standards and ideals.

These values, the Purple Values for our Purple Valley, will be a concise and accessible list of principles to help guide our community. This effort is about the process just as much as the final product, as this will provide an opportunity for introspection.

So, please help us make this possible. We need your input to better understand our community values. We look forward to seeing you next week!

Tobias Muellers ’18 – Gargoyle Society

Michael Rubel ’19 – College Council

Chetan Patel ’18 – College Council

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Spring Etiquette Dinner

Dear Ephs,

​Happy Wednesday! Thanks to the generosity of the Szykowny fund, OSL will be hosting ​the​ ​second Etiquette Dinner​ of the year​ to help you ​prime those dining etiquette skills!

The event will be held at the Faculty House on Tuesday, ​April ​25t​h​ from 6- 8:30 PM and will feature a four-course dinner proctored by an etiquette coach. The aim of the dinner is to provide students with a setting to practice proper etiquette skills and dinner conversations appropriate for a business or formal setting.

Please note that ​priority will be given to those wait listed for the Fall 2016 Etiquette dinner, those who have not previously attended an etiquette dinner, and those who have attended any of the Life After Williams events this month. The list of registrants will be identified the week before, with the wait list also informed. ​Those individuals who are on the wait list and are not given invitation to the Fall Etiquette dinner will get priority registration in the Spring.​

To register to attend, please fill out the following form​.​

Best,

Andrew Lyness, ’17
OSL Event Programming Intern

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Hewat House and Thompson Health Center

To the Williams community,

I am pleased to write to you today with news of a significant investment in student wellness by the college.

At their meeting last week, the trustees approved a project to renovate Hewat House, located at 100 Hoxsey St., into a home for Psychological Counseling Services (PCS).

We’ve been expanding our mental health and medical staffs and services over the past few years – including our current search for two new PCS therapists. At this time, we’ve run out of space to house everyone in Thompson Health Center, and we have therapists and health educators working from remote offices across campus. This situation doesn’t allow us to make the most of our professional team’s integrative approach to student wellness.

Hewat House and Thompson Health Center – located directly across the street from each other – will become a campus within a campus for our mental health and medical services, centralizing a team of professionals completely focused on all aspects of holistic student wellness. Once renovated, Hewat House will have enough room to co-locate our expanded PCS staff, all members of our training program, and our evolving group session program in a welcoming residential environment.

At the same time, this project will allow medical services to regain space in Thompson for more exam rooms, consult rooms, a respite room, and a meeting room. Like PCS, this will enable medical services to relocate their entire team back into the Health Center to provide fully integrated services.

I want to thank Angie Marano, director of administrative services for the Health Center; Deborah Flynn, director of medical services; Wendy Adam, director of psychological counseling services; Rita Coppola-Wallace, Executive Director, Design and Construction; and Scott Henderson, Project Manager, for their creativity and leadership on this project.

Steve Klass
Vice President for Campus Life

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Class Positions for Senior Week and Commencement Weekend

Hey Seniors!

Amazingly, we’re almost to 50 days until graduation! (54 to be exact right now…)
Thank you to everyone who nominated someone and/or voted in the election for Class Positions over the last 4-5 days! About 70% of seniors voted, which is fantastic, and every position was an incredibly tight race! You can find the winners of the election listed below!
We everyone is having the chance to enjoy the spectacular weather yesterday and today!
-Your Class Officers
 
Class Speaker – Jeffrey Rubel
Class Marshals – Elizabeth Curtis & Wilfred Guerron
Class Historian – Nico MacDougall
Class Gardener – Brett Bidstrup
Class Poet – Ariel Chu
Class Musician – Scott Daniel
Class Artist – Amalie Dougish
Class Bell-Ringer – Nathaniel Vilas
Class Toasters – Mariama Ndiaye, Tyler Duff, Troy Sipprelle, Olivia Larsen, Laura Lee
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Special Housing Considerations (SHoC) Requests for 2017-2018 Housing Now Being Accepted

Students,
 
SHoC requests are now being accepted for consideration in advance of the Housing Lottery for 2017-2018 housing. They are DUE by this coming Sunday, April 16.
 
Do NOT wait to submit a request until after the lottery numbers are run. If your situation warrants a SHoC review, submit it by April 16.
 
Requests submitted after Sunday, April 16 will NOT be reviewed in advance of the April 30 Room Draw. So, again, if you want your situation considered before the room draw, submit your SHoC request by April 16.
 
Scroll down for information about the process (it’s slightly different than during the academic year), and for the link to the form.
 
Questions? Feel free to be in touch. Thanks.
 
-Doug

 
Douglas J.B. Schiazza, Director
Office of Student Life, Williams College
413.597.4747
pronouns: he/him/his
 
General Info:

If you have a housing assignment situation that you believe cannot be addressed through participation in the General Housing Lottery & Room Draw, including interest in living in Quiet Housing in Thompson, you may submit a Special Housing Considerations Request through the online form found at this link. Applications are due by Sunday, April 16, 2017.

In order for the reviewers to determine the most appropriate response to your request, please be as thorough on the form as you can be. We realize this may require you to share personal information – please know that we are very sensitive to that, and that your information will be held confidentially and used only to inform the decision on your request.


A Note about Title IX Related Requests

If your request is related to a Title IX issue, you may opt to share your rationale for your request directly with the Title IX Coordinator (Toya Camacho), the Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Marlene Sandstrom), and/or the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (Meg Bossong), and have them speak with other reviewers on your behalf, rather than include your rationale on the form below. The form will give you that option. For more information about Title IX at Williams, click here.


The Process

Click here for a flowchart of the process. (Please note – all students in this process are considered upperclass students.)

  • Student submits the online form below.
  • The Director of the Office of Student Life (Doug Schiazza) will receive the request form via email and will determine the appropriate reviewing team. The staff as noted below will typically be the reviewers. However, additional input may be requested from others by either the Director of OSL or by the reviewing group based upon the specific request.
  • Director of OSL forwards the request via email to the reviewers.
  • Decisions (& pre-assignments for those approved) will be conveyed via email by the Housing Assignments Coordinator (Gail Rondeau Hebert) by the end of the day on Monday, April 17.
  • Those approved and their pull-ins will have until Wednesday, April 19 to confirm acceptance of their pre-assignments.

Reviewing Teams

All Reviewing Teams include the Housing Assignments Coordinator (Gail Rondeau Hebert) and the Assistant Director for Residential Life & Housing (Patty Leahey-Hays).
Additional Reviewers based on Request Type:
Documented or Documentable Disability with Long-Term or Permanent Housing Implications
+ Director of  Student Health Administrative Services (Angie Marano)
+ Director of Accessible Education (G.L.M. Wallace)
+ Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion (Toya Camacho)
Medical or Psychological Condition with Short-Term or Temporary Housing Implications
+ Director of Student Health Administrative Services (Angie Marano)
Religious Considerations
+ Chaplain to the College (Rick Spalding)
Title IX Considerations
+ Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator (Toya Camacho)
+ Dean of the College / Title IX Deputy Coordinator (Marlene Sandstrom)
+ Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (Meg Bossong)
For more information about Title IX at Williams, click here.
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Annual update on the College’s work in sexual assault, prevention and response

Dear Williams Community,

I am writing to provide this year’s update on the College’s work in sexual assault, prevention and response. As recommended by the student members of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Group (SAPA), we publish data each spring describing how our disciplinary and accountability processes have been used over the previous year. Please click here to learn more about our campus response to sexual assault, as well as our ongoing prevention work.

These response and prevention efforts represent the extensive collaboration and dedication of students, and staff and faculty from all parts of campus. Thank you for your continued commitment to addressing sexual violence. It is clear that we have much more work to do together, and I am grateful for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Marlene Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Phone: (413) 597-4261
Fax: (413) 597-3507

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Respecting first responders… and each other

Williams students,

Shortly before spring break I received several reports of Williams students interfering with the medical evaluation of other students suffering from overconsumption of alcohol. In each case, individuals argued with Campus Safety staff and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and/or tried to stop them from assessing someone’s medical condition or transporting them for emergency care.

This is unacceptable. Disruptions make it difficult for the professionals to attend to someone who may urgently need their help. Few if any students have the experience needed to offer an alternative diagnosis, and certainly not when they’re impaired.

If you see a fellow student in distress, get help right away. The college has a medical amnesty policy because our greatest concern is for your safety and health. Of course, the most effective bystander intervention comes earlier in the evening, before someone becomes intoxicated.

Anyone who interferes with first responders will face consequences from the college. You may also face legal repercussions if someone suffers harm as a result of your interference.

I hope it never comes to that. Let’s work together to care for each other, and show Campus Safety and our local EMTs the respect they deserve for their hard work to keep us safe.

Sincerely,

Adam Falk
President

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Williams video for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

To the Williams community,

In my February campus message I affirmed that Williams is continuing our efforts to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. In honor of April as National Sexual Assault Awareness month we’ve produced a short video expressing the spirit of the college’s prevention and response work.

This work is some of our most important. As Dean Sandstrom says on camera, students can only take full advantage of the education we’ve promised to provide if they’re living in safe and secure conditions. The video features a few among the many efforts by Williams staff, students, faculty, alumni and parents to provide those conditions. 

During this month of national awareness, I want to thank all of you who are contributing time and energy to the cause of ending campus sexual violence. If you’re not yet involved, I hope the video will help you think about how you can join us in making Williams a safer and better learning place for everyone.

Sincerely,

Adam Falk
President

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First Lyceum of Spring Semester: 3/15/17!

Dear fellow Ephs,

Spring is in the air but the weather is still as brutal as always. Why not take a professor or staff member to a nice dinner and get to know them a bit better before Spring Break?

The Nutting Family cordially invites you to ask a professor or staff member (administration, chaplains, health services, Davis Center, campus life, CSS, facilities, dining services, etc.) to a partially subsidized, three-course meal at the Faculty Club for this special dinner. This Lyceum Dinner will be held at the Faculty House at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, March. 15th, 2017

Due to popular demand and to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, this dinner will be flexible in terms of how many people can be in each party. 1, 2, 3… up to 7 students may invite any ONE member of the faculty or staff to dinner. (We are trying this out still so things may revert in the future.)

Another important clarification: if selected to attend Lyceum, it WILL take away your meal swipe for dinner on 3/15/2017. If you are a senior and not on a meal plan, don’t worry you can still attend! Just clarify on the form that you don’t have a meal plan and the Nutting Fund will also cover your meal!

Spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis, with preferences given to:

1) those with parties of 4 (3 students and 1 faculty/staff)

2) those who have not yet attended a Lyceum dinner

The entrée options for this dinner are:

-Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon with cranberry relish

-Mustard Crumb Chicken

-Vegetable Strudel

As always, forward a confirmation email from your guest; your registration will not be considered until we receive the guest’s confirmation email.

The online registration form will close as soon as all spaces have been filled. If you have any questions, please email WilliamsLyceum@gmail.com.

Cordially,

Lyceum Coordinator

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Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Announcement

To the Williams Community,

As provost and president, respectively, we’re delighted to announce, following a national search, the appointment of Liz Creighton ’01 as dean of admission and financial aid. Liz, who currently serves as deputy director of admission, will assume the new role May 15.

This is a new position, reporting directly to Dukes as provost. As dean, Liz will provide leadership to our efforts to attract and support talented students from across the country and around the world. She’ll use her leadership skills, vision, and creativity to further strengthen Williams’ position as a national leader in both admission and financial aid work, while breaking new ground in shaping how these two areas collaborate to deepen the socioeconomic diversity of our student body.

Liz joined the admission staff at Williams in 2006 and served in several roles before being named deputy director in 2011. As deputy director she has overseen the daily operations of the admission operation and guided work that enabled us to enroll the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body in college history. She has overseen important initiatives including improving our use of data to aid in recruiting and enrolling exceptional students from low-income backgrounds; the expansion of Windows on Williams and Williams Previews, which provide funding for 350 talented students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit campus; creation of a remote college counseling program for 200 high-achieving, low-income students; and partnering with our communications office to develop a comprehensive communications strategy and publications stream.

Before coming to Williams, Liz worked in Harvard University’s Development Office, where she managed the fundraising portfolios of the university provost and directors of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, serving on a team that raised $40 million for the institute during its first two years.

Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Williams in 2001 and a Master’s degree in education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2010.

We want to thank the members of the search committee—Danielle Gonzales, Bum Shik Kim ’19, Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Ngoni Munemo, Marlene Sandstrom and Chris Winters ’95—for their diligent work that has led to this wonderful outcome for Williams.

Please join us in congratulating Liz on her new role.

Regards,

Dukes Love, Provost and Professor of Economics

Adam Falk, President

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Williamstown Immigrant Trust Act Project

Dear friends:

In light of President Trump’s recent executive orders, and of the increasing interest within our community in the sanctuary movement, we – the undersigned – would like to share with you the status of our work on the Williamstown Immigrant Trust Act.

The Williamstown Immigrant Trust Act is a draft ordinance for the town of Williamstown. If passed, it will: ensure that the Williamstown Police Department (WPD) will not participate in the enforcement of federal immigration law; strictly limit the circumstances under which the WPD may comply with federal “civil immigration detainers”; prevent the WPD from surrendering sensitive personal information to federal immigration officers without a judicial warrant; bar the WPD from allowing federal immigration officers to question detained individuals solely for the purpose of immigration enforcement; and require the WPD to protect the due process rights of persons subject to federal immigration requests. The act will also limit the collection of immigration information by all town officers, and prohibit the use of town resources to create a registry based upon race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

Many of these policies are already held by various agencies of the town government, including the WPD. The practical effect of this ordinance will be to turn those policies into law, ensuring that federal action against undocumented members of our community is as expensive and difficult as possible. Because many of America’s largest cities – including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago – already have sanctuary policies in effect, it is very unlikely that the passage of this ordinance will draw federal attention to Williamstown in particular.

This act is based closely upon a legal template developed by Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, whose office has provided guidance with regard to the legality of the draft ordinance. In the course of our work on this project, which began in November, we have also been in communication with the National Immigration Project, the Latinx Caucus of the College Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Association of Chiefs of Police, and we are grateful for the support of the Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement here at Williams.

For the last week, the latest draft of the act has been before Town Manager Jason Hoch and other members of the town government. They have thus far been very receptive to this proposal, and we will be meeting with them to decide on the act’s final wording as soon as possible. It is our hope that the Immigrant Trust Act will be passed as a warrant article at the 2017 Williamstown Town Meeting this May, which is the earliest occasion on which the town as a whole can act upon this issue.

If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to be involved in the fight to protect all the members of our community, please contact Benjamin Williams at bdw2@williams.edu.

Thank you.

Benjamin Williams ‘17.5
Williams College Democrats

James Mahon
Williamstown Democratic Town Committee
Woodrow Wilson Professor of Political Science

Sherwood Guernsey
Attorney at Law
Four Freedoms Coalition

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Introducing our new Vice President for College Relations

To the Williams Community,

I’m pleased to write with the news that, after a national search, Megan Morey will join Williams as our next Vice President for College Relations. Her first day will be May 1.

Megan currently serves in an analogous role at Amherst College, as chief advancement officer. Many of you undoubtedly remember her from the seven years she worked at Williams, 2000–2007, first as senior development officer and then as director of leadership giving.

At Amherst, Megan earned the trust and appreciation of the entire Amherst community for her work to plan and carry out their Lives of Consequence campaign, which raised $500 million and achieved an impressive 72.5 percent alumni participation rate. Under her management, Amherst’s advancement program raised an average of $56 million a year in support of school priorities, including Amherst’s deservedly well-known commitment to financial access and diversity. She also collaborates closely with the college’s chief communications officer to integrate development communications with college-wide messaging, something that’s equally important here at Williams.

An experienced senior advancement professional, Megan will assume leadership of our Teach It Forward Campaign and all the work of the Office of College Relations, including development, alumni relations, advancement information services and career services. Among her early priorities will be working to enhance collaboration that maximizes the opportunities for alumni support in all its forms. Indeed, the search committee was impressed by her commitment to valuing the diverse ways in which our alumni can add value to the college and our students’ education.

Megan earned her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in economics management and French. She began her career in development at her alma mater, then progressed through positions of increasing responsibility at Denison University, Barton College and the University of Redlands.

I’m grateful to the members of our search committee—Leticia S.E. Haynes ’99, Dukes Love, Collette Chilton, Rob Baker-White ’80, Liz Creighton ’01, Jamie Art, Martha Tetrault, and Keli Gail as chair—for their work in a process that produced such a superb outcome. Thanks, too, to the whole College Relations staff, both for their participation in the search and for maintaining such strong fundraising momentum throughout. As you may have heard, we recently crossed the $500 million mark with two years yet to go in our $650 million campaign. Finally, I especially want to express my sincere appreciation to Keli and to Lew Fisher ’89 for their efforts as interim OCR Vice President and Associate Vice President for Development, respectively.

I hope you’ll join me in warmly welcoming Megan back to Williams.

Regards,

Adam Falk
President

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Information about campus incident

This evening, Campus Security received a report from a college alum who had been walking on Spring Street at 9:30 when a pickup truck pulled alongside him. The truck’s occupants, whose faces were covered, yelled a racial slur at him and sped away.

Campus Safety immediately notified the Williamstown Police, who responded to the incident. Our alum is safe and is aiding authorities with their efforts to identify the perpetrators. This was a reprehensible attack: an assault on one of our own, and on our shared values.

We have no reason to believe the people in the truck were members of the college community. And we haven’t received reports of any other, similar incidents. Even so, Campus Safety has increased patrols and both CSS and Williamstown Police are on the lookout for vehicles matching the description.

Please use caution if moving around campus or town tonight. Travel in pairs or groups if possible, and be alert to your surroundings. If you see anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or suspicious, move to a safe location and call 597-4444 immediately. Our chances of catching the people responsible will be much greater if you communicate the information to Campus Safety right away. Do not engage with any person of concern.

If you’re alone and feel unsafe or want an escort to your destination, contact 597-4444.

Please be safe, and we’ll provide further updates if and when new information becomes available.

All best wishes,
Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Phone: (413) 597-4261
Fax: (413) 597-3507

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Creating Community: Welcome to the New Term

To the Williams Community,

On this first day of this new semester, I’m reflecting on the meaning of community, both the one here at Williams and the many communities, local and national, that we’re a part of. Recent events are testing that sense of community—of cohesiveness and mutual collegiality. Especially now, when faced with such challenges, we need to renew our commitment to the values that make us who we are.

We’ll start that work tomorrow, when, as we do every year at this time, we’ll devote the day to Claiming Williams and our efforts to make Williams a more inclusive community. This is one of my very favorite days of the year, and this year’s program on the theme of “Moral Courage” couldn’t be more timely. I urge you all to attend, listen, learn, and commit to making this campus the kind of community we want it to be. And that the world needs us to be.

Successful communities reflect on and live their values, and our year of inquiry, Confronting Climate Change, is a wonderful opportunity to consider more deeply our commitments to the sustainability of the way we humans live on Earth. Thanks to great work by the C3 committee and the Center for Environmental Sciences, we’ve got an impressive roster of events and speakers this spring. It includes visits by two leading figures: Columbia professor Jim Hansen, the scientist and former NASA Director who risked his government career by giving frank testimony to Congress about climate change; and writer and activist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature—considered the book that introduced the idea of climate change to a general audience. I hope we’ll all participate in this and other Confronting Climate Change programming. This is the only planet we have to call home, and we must all learn to care for it.

Our community is always growing and changing, and it’s a special pleasure to welcome two recent arrivals: Shawna Patterson-Stephens, director of the Davis Center; and Wendy Adam, director of Psychological Counseling Services. Given how important holistic diversity and support for mental health are to a flourishing Williams community, I’m thrilled that we’ve attracted to Williamstown such wonderful leaders as Shawna and Wendy.

Continuing with happy news, we’re celebrating the award of tenure to four members of the faculty: Rashida Braggs in Africana studies, Nick Howe in environmental studies, Tim Lebestky in biology, and Kate Stroud in psychology. All four are committed teachers and scholars with a talent for introducing students to interdisciplinary ways of thinking, and we’re fortunate that they’ll enrich our community for many years to come.

We’re also continuing to see an outpouring of support from our alumni and friends for the Teach It Forward campaign. Focused on the college’s most important core priorities—students and faculty—the campaign speaks to enduring Williams values that continue to resonate deeply with those who know and love the college. Financial aid, of course, is the most important priority of Teach It Forward; and to cite just one example of the impact of enhancing our financial aid endowment, last week Williams was featured on the PBS NewsHour website for our national leadership in building and supporting socioeconomic diversity in our student body.

Finally, the board of trustees held their annual winter meeting in late January, and we’ll post a summary report on the revamped Board website shortly. The highlight of their weekend was an open reception for students, held Friday evening at the Faculty House. The trustees were grateful that so many students took time on a Friday evening to get to know them and share their thoughts on Williams. Our trustees are college and national leaders who’ve successfully applied their Williams education to their lives, careers, and causes, and they’re a rich source of advice and ideas. We’re looking forward to making this reception, as well as the open meeting held in October, an annual event.

I hope you’re all energized and ready, as I am, for a new semester. Let’s get off to a strong start with Claiming Williams. I’ll see you there tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Adam Falk
President

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Welcome to add-drop period! Make the most of Your 32!

FALK YES, IT’S ADD-DROP PERIOD!
 
In the words of Maria from The Sound of Music
“Course exploration is one of my favorite things!”
 
In the words of Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton
“I’m not throwing away my shot … to explore courses!”
 
In the words of Yoda from Star Wars
“May course exploration be with you.”
 
It’s time to be like Dora the Course Explorer!
 
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The start of the semester is your chance to explore courses and try something new. You have 32 courses at Williams; make the most of all of them! You just might learn the most when you take a course outside of your comfort zone. Take a risk. Try something new.Use the first two days of the semester (Wednesday and Friday of this week) to explore all the curriculum has to offer!Do not limit yourself to the courses you pre-registered for. Go to the first class meetings of courses that look interesting –– this is a great way for you to test out a class and see if you like it. Professors welcome students in the first class meeting of open courses (so long as you contact them ahead of time –– see the email guide sent out a couple of days ago!). During the first two days of the semester, you may want to go to five or six (or more) first class meetings! Exploring courses can be a fun!

If you need some inspiration, check out stories and words of wisdom from some of your fellow Ephs in this video! And, check out the Your 32 series on the Humans of Williams Facebook page to read stories of course exploration!

This advice, we hope, is as true for first-years as it is for seniors. It is never too late to try something new.

 

These are “Your 32.”
They are “Your Chance to Explore.”
Make the most of them!
 
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If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please contact Jeffrey Rubel (jnr2@williams.edu). We love hearing from you!

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Response to Executive Order on Immigration

To the Williams community,

On Friday President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” It declared numerous changes in American immigration policy, including an immediate 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It also sharply restricts the admission of refugees and imposes a religious test for refugees from certain countries. The full text of the order can be found many places online, including here.

The news is still fresh, and events are unfolding quickly. But it’s already clear that this action has great potential to harm students, faculty, staff and their families, both at Williams and around the world. We’re doing everything we can to support those in our community who’ve been placed at risk.

Our staff worked quickly to ascertain whether any members of the campus community, including students from the Center for Development Economics, were outside the country when the order went into effect. I’m relieved to report that our students are all accounted for. We’re still working to confirm the same for faculty and staff, and will keep you informed. A special thank you to Assistant Dean Ninah Pretto for advising international students to be cautious about traveling abroad during this time. Even so, the order places great stress on international students, faculty, and staff; those who are immigrants or children of immigrants; many Muslim members of our community, and others. We’ll continue to assess the situation as it develops and take appropriate action to support those affected. If you need or want support we have many resources available: please contact the dean’s office, our chaplains, the Davis Center or Counseling Services for help.

The president’s order is inconsistent with Williams’ essential values. It conflicts with our non-discrimination policy, which forbids discrimination on the basis of national origin, religion, and other identity attributes. On Saturday night a federal judge issued a stay on deportations under the order, and a number of organizations and individuals have announced plans to challenge the order’s constitutionality in the courts.

This is a distressing time, but Williams prepares us for moments when moral courage is required. We can—and must—show the world we’re capable of something greater and nobler than fear.

 

Sincerely,

Adam Falk

President

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Time to Register- 3rd Quarter Physical Education

Dear Students,

Attached please find a schedule for third quarter physical education offerings. Registration will begin on People Soft January 30 and run through February 2. (Please note only students who still need credit can register during the first 24 hours)

For more information about PE including details about the PE requirement please visit: http://athletics.williams.edu/physical-education/. Classes begin the week of Monday, February 6, 2017.

As a reminder the college requirement for graduation is 4 credits of physical education. Students who do not complete the requirement by the end of their sophomore year may not be eligible to study abroad as juniors. If you have any questions I am happy to help,

Carolyn Miles

To Register
Go to People Soft
Under student self service
click enrollment
Click on PE class registration

PE SCHEDULE 3rd 2017

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IMPORTANT: Regarding the Executive Order Travel Ban

Dear International Students,

We have received many messages from the international student body concerned about the executive order signed late Friday evening that bans the entry of immigrants and non-immigrants (including dual citizens and green card holders) from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Already we have seen individuals being detained by authorities at airports. The current timeline for the ban is 90 days, however it is uncertain what will happen after this period.

Prior to Winter Study, we sent a travel advisory asking all F-1 international students reenter the U.S. prior to 1/20/17, which students followed. I have reached out to F-1 international students directly impacted by the ban and they are currently in the U.S. and safe. I know many of you may be feeling great anxiety not only for yourselves, but for your family and friends. I want you to know that we are here to support each and every one of you and will be available for meetings Monday and throughout the week. We are also in ongoing communication with an immigration attorney.

It deeply saddens me that I must send you this email, especially as the daughter of immigrants, who sacrificed much, so that I could have a better life. It infuriates me that individuals are being targeted and discriminated against because of their religion. I chose to be an International Advisor, because I believe that this country is made greater with immigrants. I believe this country should always be a place where all people can seek refuge and safety.

We encourage you to reach out to the Dean’s Office, the Chaplains, the Davis Center, Counseling Services for any support you may need during this troubling time. If you have questions and concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Ninah

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A Guide to Emailing Professors

Dear fellow Ephs:

The beginning of the spring semester is a few days away! I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful spring 2017 and all the learning that will come with it!

More than likely, over the next few months of the spring, you’ll be emailing your professors. They love to hear from you!

Sometimes though, emailing a professor can be a bit scary (even though it shouldn’t be!). How formal should I be? What should I say? How should I even begin? You are not the only one asking these questions.

Good news! We have some answers for you.

Last fall, the Committee on Educational Affairs assembled a resource: A Guide to Emailing Professors. And it’s only one (double-sided) page! With two free sample emails! The guide is a collection of email-related tips from professors and students. (You can find it attached to this email.)

Your professors teach at Williams because they care about you! They want to hear from you, and they want to connect with you. Don’t be afraid to send them an email with a question, or to set up a meeting, or to find a time to just chat!
Your professors an important part of the Williams community and your experience at the College, so we hope you connect with them this semester. They love hearing from you! And we hope this guide is useful for all students––from first-years to seniors.
Please be in touch with any questions or comments. We, like your professors, love hearing from you!

Yours in a love of sending emails,
Jeffrey Rubel ’17
Student Chair, Committee on Educational Affairs

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Contact the CEA: Feel free to reach out with any questions about your own academic experience or with suggestions/ideas about how to improve the overall Williams curriculum. We love hearing from you! Your idea could shape how we learn and teach at Williams. (Send questions, thoughts, reflections, and ideas to Jeffrey Rubel at jnr2@williams.edu)

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Thank you to the following people for their submissions to the guide: Professor Ralph Bradburd (ECON), Professor Phoebe Cohen (GEOS), Professor Susan Dunn (HIST), Professor Stephen Fix (ENGL), Professor Paul Karabinos (GEOS), Professor Anthony Nicastro (RLIT), Professor Lee Park (CHEM), Professor Greg Phelan (ECON), Professor Leyla Rouhi (RLSP), Professor Tom Smith (CHEM), Professor Janneke van de Stadt (RUSS), Jackie Lane ’16, Luis Urrea ’16, Em Nuckols ’16, Stephanie Caridad ’18, Gary Chen ’18, Jack Greenberg ’18, Alexandra Griffin ’18, and Allegra Simon ’18.

Also, thank you to Stephanie Caridad ’18 (CEA) and to Celeste Pepitone-Nahas ’17 and Chris Lyons ’17, co-chairs of the Mental Health Committee, for editing earlier drafts for the guide.

Supported by the Deans Office and the Committee on Educational Affairs.

Guide to Emailing Professors PDF
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Winter Study Workshops

Hello Williams,

This is another email to encourage all students to come out and participate in this year’s Winter Study Workshops. This week has even more opportunities to participate in, including movie screenings with Men For Consent, military presentations from the Student-Veteran Association and screen printing with Williams Vista. Also newly added to the calendar is the Sustainable Investing Symposium, organized by TL Guest ‘17 and Don Carlson ’83, which will have interesting panels and events all day Thursday and Friday.

If you are interested in joining a class, please email the organization to find out time and location info.

If you have any questions about the program or are still interested in hosting a workshop, feel free to contact me. If you have questions about a specific workshop, feel free to reach out to the club unix.

Best,
Alex Besser
Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

WinterStudyWorkshops2017

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Several Thefts on Campus

Dear Williams Community Members,

Over the last three days, Campus Safety and Security has responded to several thefts in public spaces on campus, as well an incident in an academic building.

These thefts have involved bags and backbacks that have been left unattended. Please make sure you are securing and attending your items.

If you have information about these incidents or see something suspicious, please contact Campus Safety and Security at 413-597-4444.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable weekend,

Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Phone: (413) 597-4261
Fax: (413) 597-3507

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