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JAAB Statement on the Future of the JA System

Dear members of the Williams community,

If you’re not a first-year now, you were a first-year once. The Junior Advisor (JA) system has played a role in all of our Williams experiences in some way. That’s why we, as the Junior Advisor Advisory Board (JAAB), feel strongly that starting a conversation about the future of the JA system with the larger Williams community is vital at this moment.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard many valid criticisms of the JA system. Examples include: JAs taking on undue emotional labor, the unfair burden placed on JAs of color, and the financial stress experienced by low-income JAs, among others. For these reasons, and others, JA applicant numbers have been steadily decreasing for the past few years, with this year’s numbers at an all-time low.

We will not have the traditional cohort of 52 JAs to the Class of 2022. We worked hard to reorganize the system, and there will still be a JA system and an entry system next year. However, it will look significantly different than it has in the past. This includes changes such as:

  • JA teams of 3 and 4
  • Larger “double” entries (e.g. Sage A/B and Mills/Dennett 3)
  • Strengthening the relationship between the Deans and JAs

We hope that the JA teams and larger entries will alleviate some of the emotional burden currently placed on JAs. However, this will not fully solve the problem: we as a community must also change our expectations around the JA position.

Originally, JAs were intended to serve as “informal counselors and mediators, … friends, who just happen to know the lay of the land.” Now, JAs struggle to support all of their frosh while balancing the responsibility of being full-time students and members of the community. We want to change this narrative –– not by returning to how things used to be, but by working together to move forward in a more sustainable and productive direction.

We as a community need to affirm that JAs are here to serve as mediators, links to resources, and friends –– nothing more, nothing less. If significant changes aren’t made, then future first-years may experience a Williams without a JA system. It’s important for us in this moment to reckon with the alternative, which would most likely be an RA system in which students recruited by the College oversee all first-year dorms.

Over the next few weeks, we invite you to make your voice heard on this issue –– and we sincerely hope that you will. The week of April 2nd will be “JA Week”, organized by JAAB and the Gargoyle Society, dedicated to thinking about the future of the JA system. In addition, feel free to reach out to any JAAB member with thoughts or ideas. We want the JA system to survive and thrive, but it won’t without the support of our community.



Jesse Facey, JAAB Co-President
Jad Hamdan, JAAB Co-President
Brian Benítez
Jason Adulley
Austin Anderson
Brad Clark
Claudia Forrester
Sumun Iyer
Zeke King-Phillips, MinCo Representative
Emmy Maluf
Ben Metrikin
Chetan Patel
Chrisleine Temple
Darla Torres
Kyle Walker


Welcome to a new semester at Williams

To the Williams community,

Welcome to the new semester! I share with all of you the excitement and sense of possibility that accompanies these moments every year. There’s a certain comfort in the familiar rhythm of the academic calendar, at a time when so much around us seems to defy predictability.

I’m also happy to point out that, for the first time, this start of semester message is going out to our 28,000-plus alumni and to families, as well as to campus. The Williams community reaches far beyond Williamstown, and we want to recognize that by including you all.

I’m honored to be doing so in my new role. As interim president I look forward to contributing in new and positive ways to Williams’ evolution. That growth requires us to focus on teaching and learning while staying connected to life outside the Purple Valley. In fact, it’s becoming ever more important that we engage with each other to build community out of diversity.

We’ll set aside tomorrowFebruary 1, for that purpose. On the 10th annual Claiming Williams Day, I invite staff, students, and faculty to attend and participate in some of the many scheduled campus events. And I hope our alumni and families will also be with us in spirit, wherever you are. The Williams community thrives when we invest in such efforts together.

Here are other examples from across the college of what’s possible when we work as partners:

  • The Presidential Search Committee is progressing in their efforts to help Williams recruit our 18th president. The Committee includes trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and current students—a true community-wide endeavor.
  • We’re celebrating the granting of tenure to a new cohort of four extraordinary faculty membersacross all three divisions.
  • The Dean’s office has hired two impressive new associate deans, April Ruiz and Chris Sewell ’05, as part of our commitment to supporting every student’s success and thriving.
  • Finally, this spring we’ll move into the new laboratory research building in the Science Center, thanks to outstanding collaboration among faculty, students, staff, and generous alumni.
These accomplishments and others like them exemplify the community-wide spirit guiding our work at Williams. Such a spirit has to be nurtured. With that in mind, I look forward to many community conversations, on campus and off, in the coming months, and to hearing your perspectives on how we can make Williams an even better place for all of us.


Tiku Majumder
Interim President


Message from Board Chair Eisenson: Honoring Adam Falk with two campus namings

To the Williams Community,

I am pleased to report that, at last week’s meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to honor Adam Falk, our 17th president, by naming the Science Quad in his honor. The decision continues a Williams tradition of naming important public spaces in honor of our past presidents.

In addition, a group of current and former Trustees and other generous donors have endowed the directorship of the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) in Adam’s name. The Adam Falk Directorship is a tribute to his founding support for the Center, which engaged more than 800 Williams students in projects across our community and region this year alone.

The naming of the Adam Falk Science Quad will be formalized during the opening of the new Science Center. The naming of CLiA’s Falk Directorship goes into effect immediately, with current director Paula Consolini thus becoming the Center’s first Falk Director.

The Science Center project and CLiA are both examples of the transformative work this community accomplished under Adam’s leadership. We are delighted to be able to recognize Adam’s substantial contributions as our president in these important and lasting ways, as we wish him well in his new post.


Michael R. Eisenson ’77
Chair of the Board of Trustees


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 15

Williams staff, faculty and students,

I wanted to take this moment to point out that, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Williams will treat next Monday, January 15, as a day of no classes. Administrative offices will also be closed.

variety of activities are planned throughout the week. Please join me in taking the time to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, and to dedicate ourselves to continuing his quest for equality and justice.

Just a few weeks after MLK Day will come the tenth anniversary of Claiming Williams. Both events offer important opportunities for us to reflect on the connections between a Williams education and our responsibilities to the world in which we live.

Thank you to the faculty for setting aside next Monday from the academic calendar, to the many people involved in planning this year’s events, and to all of you for your important contributions to our campus community and the wider world around us.

Tiku Majumder

Interim President

A new year, and a new phase

Greetings from the President’s Office, and happy new year!

I wanted to let you know, as I finish my first week in my new role as interim president, how much I’m looking forward to working with you all. Adam Falk set Williams on a strong path back into fiscal health; supported our curriculum through investments in our faculty, programs, and academic buildings; and strengthened our community through his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Even considering the financial health and strong foundation he established, there’s much we’ll need to accomplish together. With that in mind I’m particularly eager to begin discussions with faculty and staff colleagues to inform the agenda for my tenure. While this undertaking will certainly involve close attention to the academic program and our support for students, the ways in which we choose to approach it must be informed by conversations with you who are engaged with this work every day.

Students have an essential role in defining this community. So I’m also eager to step beyond my more familiar role as teacher and advisor, to partner with College Council, MinCo, the JAs, and others to create a Williams that’s both welcoming and enriching, in ways that will foster the best possible education.

Even after more than two decades on the Williams faculty and many years as director of the Science Center, the presidency is showing me a side of the college that I’d previously had little opportunity to observe firsthand. Indeed, the view from my new office is quite different in many ways! I feel fortunate to step into my new job with the support of an outstanding leadership team, and the benefit of close relationships with so many of you. I look forward to strengthening those bonds and forming new ones in the months to come.


Tiku Majumder
Interim President and Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy


Log Update

Dear Williams Community,

I’m writing to let you know that Hops & Vines will no longer be providing food and beverage service at The Log as of December 29th. After that date, the Log will go on hiatus (except for the CES Log Lunch program on Fridays) while we work on transitioning to a new foodservice vendor. Hops & Vines helped the college immensely by taking on the opening of a new hospitality operation and running it for us for two years. The restaurant business is a notoriously challenging one, and I want to personally thank the whole Hops & Vines team for their efforts.

As soon as we became aware of their plans to turn the operation back over to us, we began seeking a new operator, and we’re now in advanced negotiations with a locally-owned business who will be a terrific match. I look forward to announcing that news very soon, with the goal of reopening a few weeks thereafter. Unfortunately, we’ll need to shut down the venue in the interim so that the kitchen equipment and service workspaces can be modified to support the new foodservice operation.

The Log is one of Williams’ most distinctive and beloved spaces, and many staff from across campus are working hard to return it to full operating mode as soon as possible. I look forward to announcing the new food and beverage team who will help us build on the foundation of these first two years of operation, further shaping The Log into the gathering-place we want it to be for the whole Williams community.


Steve Klass, Vice President for Campus Life


Presidential search update

To the Williams community,

I write in my role as chair of the college’s Presidential Search Committee, to provide you with an update on the ongoing search process.

Many of you responded to the committee’s invitation to provide input on the search. Almost 1,700 members of our community responded to the survey emailed to all of you. Our search firm, Spencer Stuart, has received a further 135 emails from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college so far. And many faculty, staff, and students also attended one of the twelve forums held on campus this semester, along with small-group discussions.

The committee reviewed all of this input at our fall meetings, and continues to consider contributions received through the search website. I want to thank everyone who took the time to provide insights into the qualities we should emphasize in our search, or to suggest potential candidates for the position of president. We are grateful for your help.

The committee has now posted the prospectus on the search website. The prospectus is the detailed job description provided to potential candidates for the presidency. It was developed with attention to the community input from this fall, and I encourage you to read it as time allows. Special thanks go to committee member and John Hawley Roberts Professor of English Peter Murphy for leading its development, and to the authors of prospectuses from prior searches, which provided the foundation for our document. I believe it is quite thoughtfully done.

We are now moving into the most time-intensive and most confidential phase of the search, as we identify potential candidates and begin a series of in-depth interviews. Presidential searches require a high level of confidentiality so that the best candidates will come forward with a willingness to engage in conversation. As a result, the committee will not have a great deal of information to communicate publicly between now and the announcement of a president. The members will have much work to do behind the scenes during this time, however. I hope you will continue to support them, as colleagues and friends, in their efforts on Williams’ behalf.

The address will remain open throughout the search process and we encourage you to use it if you have thoughts that you would like to share. While the demands of the search process make it impossible to answer individual messages, all will be read.

My colleagues and I appreciate your contributions, and your commitment to helping us find the best person to serve as Williams’ 18th president.


Michael Eisenson ’77
Chair, Presidential Search Committee


[CEA] DPE Course Student Survey

Dear fellow Ephs,

Last year, the faculty of the College passed a motion introducing a new curricular requirement to replace the Exploring Diversity Initiative. Starting Fall 2018, courses will be offered as part of the College’s new Difference, Power, and Equity requirement (DPE). DPE courses examine the mechanisms, histories, and practices behind social, political and philosophical structures of difference and power. They are centrally focused around issues of difference, diversity, inequality, and/or inclusivity.
The Committee on Educational Affairs would like to solicit suggestions for topics that students would like to investigate in DPE courses.
A brief disclaimer: the DPE initiative is new, and these suggestions will contribute to the long term discussion about courses that will be offered in the future, but are not guaranteed to be developed into courses in the coming semesters.
Suggested areas of study may include but are not limited to: ability/disability, body size, citizenship status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but should give an idea of the types of issues that might be examined in a DPE course.
Suggestions may be submitted here: form will close 11/26.
Thanks so much for your participation!
The Committee on Educational Affairs

Eph Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault

Dear Williams students,


In 2015, we collected our first-ever comprehensive survey data about sexual and other intimate violence at Williams. 64% of students participated (a response rate that has never been topped nationally), and the data helped us modify response protocols and has shaped our prevention programs over the last 2 years.


It’s time to look again at our progress and to see where we still have work to do, and your participation in this work is invaluable.


Share your perspective by taking the survey.


Your responses to this survey are anonymous. You can expect it to take between 20-25 minutes to complete.


You may find, during or after the survey, that you want to talk more about the issues raised in it.


  • SASS (413-597-3000)

    • 24/7

    • Confidential support from staff

    • SASS staff are myself, Carolina Echenique from Admissions, Donna Denelli-Hess from the Health Center, Jen Chuks from Athletics, Mike Evans from the Zilkha Center, and Rick Spalding, the Chaplain.)

  • RASAN (413-597-4100)

    • 24/7

    • Peer support

    • Also has walk-in office hours at Sawyer 508 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8pm-10pm. RASAN welcomes survivors and supporters of survivors to use this as a space in which they can fill out the survey if they’d like on-hand support.

  • The Elizabeth Freeman Center (866-401-2425)

    • 24/7

    • Confidential off-campus support is available 24/7 via The Elizabeth Freeman Center at.


Thank you,


Meg Bossong ’05

Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response


Family Days 2017, OCTOBER 26 – 29

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well.  As you may know, Family Days begins this Thursday evening with a wonderful Davis Center talk by Dr. Monique Morris.

If your own family plans to visit this weekend, we greatly look forward to having them here at Williams and expect it will be a great opportunity for them to gain a better sense of your own undergraduate experience.

And if your parents won’t be attending, please know that you’re in good company with the vast majority of your fellow students. While many families enjoy family days, a great many more don’t attend. For some, the time and expense to travel to Williamstown are too great. (And let’s face it: though Williams is a beautiful place, it’s far away from where most people live!) For others, there are other points in their students four years at Williams—from a special sports event or musical performance to Commencement—when a visit make more sense.

In any case, it’s a great weekend packed with lots of things to do, with family members or just with fellow students. View the entire weekend program here and enjoy!

All best,
Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College

It’s Moutain Day!

The mountains call us
In their sun-dappled splendor.
Let’s get out and play!

Adam Falk
President and Professor
Williams College

From Scott Lewis, Director of the Outing Club:

Visit to see the list of hikes and on-campus events AND to check for any updates should the weather suddenly change!

Mountain Day is a celebration of community and place.  We would like to emphasize that Mountain Day is a day off for enjoying company, music, the all campus picnic and the splendor of our surroundings!
(A huge thank you to Dining Services for all their work on this day)

Mountain Day Accessibility Vans
Full transport to Stone Hill and Stony Ledge on Mountain Day is available- there will also be seating at both locations. Please email Phacelia Cramer (pjc2) with questions or to reserve a seat on the vans to Stone Hill, Stony Ledge, or both!

A quick highlight reel of the schedule:

10 a.m. – hike from Chapin to Stone Hill, performances by student groups, refreshments provided

11 a.m – 1 p.m.  community picnic on Chapin Lawn
Administrative offices should consider closing for an hour to enjoy this campus-wide celebration.

12:30 p.m. – bus transportation to Stoney Ledge and Hopper trailheads (buses parked along Mission Park Drive behind Chapin Hall). Since the bus will not bring you directly to Stoney Ledge, please be prepared for changing weather and temperatures as you hike up AND down the mountain 2 miles each way. You should have hiking shoes for wet, muddy, slick terrain and bring a filled water bottle!

2:45 p.m. – Stoney Ledge performances by student groups, refreshments provided

4:45 p.m. – bus transportation from Stoney Ledge and Hopper trailheads to Mission Park Drive

Hope you can all seize the day and take time out to be outside!!


Presidential Search Update

Dear Ephs,

Over the past two weeks, we have heard from many of you with thoughts and opinions about what to look for in our next President. We are winding down the input gathering phase but wanted to highlight a couple of final ways to engage with the process.
  • Fill out this survey! Information provided here will be used to help draft the job description. Please fill it out by midnight on October 18.
  • Stop by our table in Paresky tomorrow and Thursday at lunch! We will be there from 11:45 to 1:00 both days.
  • Email us! You can even just reply to this thread.
  • Have another idea? Let us know! We always want to hear how we can best get your opinions.
Thank you to all those who have already spoken to us, wrote a sticky note or sent an email! We have had many interesting conversations and look forward to many more.
Enjoy the short week!
Sarah Hollinger and Ben Gips
Student Representatives, Presidential Search Committee

Survey for Williams presidential search: Please participate

To the Williams Community,

I write to follow up on my letter in early September regarding the search for Williams’ 18th President. The Presidential Search Committee has begun its work, with the assistance of a senior team from Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm with expertise in higher education leadership searches, whom we retained to assist in the process. Members of the Committee along with the Spencer Stuart team have held a series of on-campus forums with faculty, staff, students and alumni in order to answer questions and, especially, solicit ideas from the Williams community regarding the search. As I indicated in my last note, information about the Presidential Search Committee, Spencer Stuart and, as we proceed, other matters related to this important work can be found on our search website.

As another important step in the input gathering phase, the Committee has prepared a survey to allow the broadest possible participation from our community. I encourage you to use it to share your views, which will help guide the drafting of a prospectus to be shared with potential candidates, and also help to guide the Committee in the process of interviewing and of refining the candidate pool. In order to be able to incorporate your input, the Committee asks for a few minutes of your time to complete the survey by October 18th.

In addition, the Committee welcomes nominations for the position. If you would like to suggest a candidate, please send an email with any supporting materials to the confidential address:

On behalf of the Presidential Search Committee, we thank you for taking part in this survey and look forward to updating you on our progress over the coming months.


Michael Eisenson ’77
Chair, Williams College Board of Trustees


transitions in the Dean’s Office

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well, as fall officially begins.  I am writing to let you know about some important transitions in the Dean’s Office.

As you may have heard, Ithaca College just announced yesterday that Rosanna Reyes Ferro will be joining their campus as Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life. Dean Ferro is excited about this wonderful opportunity, and we could not be happier for her.

At Williams, Dean Ferro has strengthened our programming for first generation students in innumerable ways, developed and nurtured leadership positions for our students, built strong collaborations with partners from all corners of the campus, and enriched the lives of countless students.

Along with Dean Booker’s departure earlier this month, Dean Ferro’s move leaves the Dean’s office with some serious shoes to fill. Both of them have been incredibly talented, effective, generous, and beloved members of our team, and they will be greatly missed by faculty, staff and students alike. In addition to their broad skill sets in advising, mentoring, and supporting all of our students, they have each played key roles in building our programming for first generation college students, as well as deepening our collaborative work with the Davis Center and the Chaplains’ office. Their dedicated work has built a strong foundation that we are committed to sustaining and strengthening as we move forward.

In the weeks to come, we will be searching for two new deans in our office. This offers an opportunity for us to expand on our existing strengths, and also to enhance the services we currently provide.  We will be thinking intensively about the diversity of our staff as we conduct our search. We know how crucial it is for our staff to reflect the wide range of experiences and backgrounds that make the Williams community so wonderful.

During the transition process, rest assured that the Dean’s Office will be providing our full array of services, including individual advising sessions, walk-in hours, crisis management, and programmatic offerings of many kinds. In addition, we will be working closely with the student leaders of our First Gen Program to ensure that all of its events, discussion groups, and funding opportunities continue to run smoothly.

All best wishes,

Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology

Rachel Bukanc, Senior Associate Dean of the College


Looking forward to our semester ahead

To the Williams community,

Welcome back! As you heard over the summer, this term will be my last at Williams, before I move to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in late December. I’ll miss a lot about this place, but what I think I’ll miss the most is our sense of community—the fact that everything we achieve we achieve together.

Even over this last summer, we’ve continued the work of building our community and strengthening support for it. To cite just a few examples, this fall we’re welcoming twenty-two new tenure-track faculty into one of the finest cohorts of teachers and scholars in the world. We’re also celebrating the most diverse entering class in Williams history, and one of the most highly-qualified. We’re approaching completion of the first phase of the Science Center project, a vital home for teaching, learning, and research. We’ve opened a bookstore that’s bringing new energy to Spring Street—as will the new Williams Inn when it opens in 2019. And we’re making tremendous progress on the Teach It Forward campaign, with more than $560M raised so far, and thousands of Ephs giving time as mentors, volunteers, and more.

As we start this semester, the energy on campus is palpable. But so is the uncertainty. We’re coming together after a summer that laid bare—in Charlottesville and elsewhere—troubling fault lines in our national community. Then, last month, Hurricane Harvey further tested America’s resilience. There were Williams people caught in both storms, or personally affected by them. My heart goes out to them, as I know yours does, too.

It turns out the Purple Valley isn’t really a bubble at all. What happens in the world affects us here. If the nature of that impact is not yet clear, then we should take this time to think ahead about who we’ll want to be, and how we’ll want to act, in those moments when our values will be tested.

One of the great strengths we can draw on in such work is our commitment to each other. That doesn’t mean we need to think alike. Williams is a place where we respect, explore, and engage with differences. When we disagree, we aim to do so intelligently, openly, and with integrity. But there’s one proposition that isn’t up for debate: that every member of this community is of equal worth and has an equal right to be here. This simple truth is the essential value on which our community rests. Williams accepts students of all backgrounds who are committed to higher learning, and strives to sends them into the world as thoughtful and effective and moral people. Especially in light of the events of the past year, we should recommit ourselves to this purpose as we gather anew this week. Let’s look at what has happened in the world and think about how we’re going to meet the challenges ahead.

Much will become possible if we work together. Williams is a place where every person can and should bring their fullest self to our community, and where we should aim to contribute as much to this place as we draw from it. That’s what I’m going to commit to making possible in my last semester in the Purple Valley. I hope you’ll join me.


Adam Falk


Drop/Add is now open– It’s time to explore courses!

Greetings, Ephs!

Welcome to Fall 2017 Drop/Add period! This is an opportunity to think about all we can explore and learn in the upcoming semester as we prepare to begin classes.

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

Many of your professors and classmates––and even President Falk––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.

As you’re solidifying your courses for this fall, 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 astronomy, or theater, or sociology, or any other discipline.
  3. Taking a class that uses different teaching methods. Never taken a course with an experiential component? Always wanted to try a lab course? This fall 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! Professors often welcome students who are “shopping” courses to drop by their class on the first day. If you are interested in exploring a course by attending the first class meeting, contact the professor ahead of time. There is even a handy guide to help you write these sometimes-daunting emails.

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.

Drop/Add ends on September 15th. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!

Yours in a love of course exploration,

Arielle Rawlings ’18
College Council Vice President for Academic Affairs
Stephanie Caridad ’18
Student Chair to the Committee for Educational Affairs

Coming Soon: New Williams Online Housing Portal

Dear Students,
Over the past year, OIT and OSL have been working with a company named StarRez, to build and produce a centralized, cloud-based mechanism for student housing data management & room assignment/selection processes. We plan to use it for student housing selection for the first time for the August Mini-Lottery, so I wanted to share a little bit about it with you now.
Access for students will take place via a portal on the OSL website, using your Williams sign-in (like PeopleSoft). On that site, you will be able to participate in eligible housing selection & change processes, submit Special Housing Considerations information, see building rosters, view floor plans, create or join pick groups, etc. Most future room selection processes will be conducted online via the portal rather than in-person – including the large room draw we’ve held in Greylock in April the past many years. This means that you’ll be able to select your new room from the comfort of your current room. Or from Paresky. Or Sawyer Library. Or Tunnel City. Or New York City. Or London. You get the picture – wherever you are, if you have an internet connection, you can access the portal and participate.
Most housing processes will have the same parameters as they have in the past. One notable exception is that during a room selection process, there will only be a start time for groups to select based on their pick order, and not a by-group end time. This means that if you have a 3:30pm selection time and you forget about it until 4:15pm, it’s OK, you can still go in and select a room (until that entire room selection process ends and the selection portal closes).
We expect to learn a lot as we use the new system this first year, and we ask in advance for your patience as we do so. There may be times that we reach out to you to help us assess aspects of the system as well.
For now, we just wanted to let you know that this is coming; more details will be shared with you as we get closer to the August Mini-Lottery, including a link to the portal and instructions on how to access & use it. In the meantime, we hope you’re having a wonderful summer break.


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

Fellowships Office, Welcome Back & News

Summer Fellows

If you received a summer fellowship, remember that your written report is due tomorrow, August 31.  Send to me as an word document attachment to email following the guidelines sent earlier.
 Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines & Info sessions 
Fall is a busy time of year for applications from graduating seniors! You can see campus and national deadlines on our webpage    Also please read the Daily Messages for calendar updates or additional info sessions to be scheduled.
Coming up soon:
September 5, 5pm – Info session about the Fulbright research grant, Hopkins Hall 105
September 7, 5pm – Info Session about the Fulbright English teaching assistantship, Hopkins Hall 105
September 7, 5:45 pm – Info Session about the Watson & Chandler Fellowships, Hopkins Hall 105
September 11 – campus deadline for Fulbright research & study grant applications
September 18 – campus deadline for Fulbright English teaching assistantship applications
September 18 – Fulbright recommendations and foreign language evaluations are due online
October 10 – Campus deadline for Watson and Chandler Fellowships.  For access to the online application contact Lynn Chick
October 10 – Campus deadline for the Luce Scholarship
October 11 – Gates-Cambridge Scholarship deadline for US citizens
October 16 – Campus deadline for the Churchill Scholarship
October 24 – deadline for the Dr. Herchel Smith (Cambridge) and Donovan-Moody (Oxford) fellowships

Winter Study 99, Roche Fellowship and Winter Study Travel Courses



The deadline to submit a Winter Study 99 proposal, apply for a Roche Fellowship or Winter Study Travel Course is Thursday, 28 September. All pertinent forms can be found online.


Winter Study 99s

(Note: there will be a 99 Workshop at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 12th in Hopkins Hall 002.)


Roche Fellowship for Winter Study 99 Research Projects and Theses

For Winter Study, any upper class student who is pursuing independent research either through a Winter Study 99 research project, or through a thesis, is eligible to apply.


Preference will be given to juniors for whom a proposed Winter Study 99 research project will catalyze a full-year honors thesis and to seniors doing a thesis or for whom a proposed Winter Study 99 research project will be their last opportunity to undertake advanced independent research at Williams. Sophomores for whom the project might catalyze an independent study on the same or related topic are also eligible. Proposals are not limited to any specific academic discipline.


Winter Study Travel Courses


Financial Aid is provided for 10-100% of the travel course costs based on the student’s level of financial need. Students receive notification of the percentage of their eligibility via email in late September.
(Note: Most travel course instructors will be holding informational meetings before the registration deadline. If you are on leave for fall semester, you should contact the instructor directly as soon as possible to express interest in his/her course. If you plan to be on leave FALL and SPRING semesters, you are not eligible to participate in a travel course.)


IMPORTANT: you can only apply for 1 travel course OR 1 99. If you apply for a travel course and are not admitted, you will be expected to register for a regular winter study course. YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR A LATE 99. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the registration process for Winter Study 99’s, the Roche Fellowship, and/or Winter Study Travel Courses.


Information for Returning Students

Dear Students,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We are busy planning for fall – just a few more weeks until the Class of 2021 arrives – and I’m very much looking forward to your return to campus and to our community.  There are many questions you may have brewing at this point – about keys and cars and transportation and room openings and many other things.  We have a website which we hope will offer most of the answers, here.  Of course, if none of the links there answer your questions, we are here and happy to talk and figure things out.
I’m wishing you a joyful remainder of your summer and safe travel back to Williamstown.
All best,
Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College

Looking Ahead – Fall 2017 Check-In for Housing at Williams

To the Classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020,
Though the summer is barely upon us, I write today…
  • to highlight a new check-in process that we’ll be piloting this fall,
  • to remind you of move-in dates for the upcoming fall semester, and
  • to remind you of how to access meals prior to the official start of the fall semester meal plan.
More information about moving in can be found at this link.
You can always find regular opening & closing dates for campus housing at this link. Dates are typically put out at least 18 months in advance (sometimes even earlier), so as always, please plan your travel accordingly.
Be sure to read everything below, and plan accordingly. Best wishes for a wonderful summer.
Doug Schiazza
Director, Office of Student Life
In-Person Check-In
When you arrive to campus to move in, you’ll be checking in with a member of the OSL staff to receive your room key/code along with some general housing information – be sure to have your Williams ID with you.
The schedule & location for both early arrivals and for regular arrivals are noted below.

Fall 2017 Regular Arrivals

All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor. All times listed are Eastern time.

Students not involved in one of the early arrival activities listed farther below do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7.

You may move into campus housing as early as Wednesday, August 30 @ 2pm​–giving you several days before classes start for travel, as well as some extra time to settle into your room if you choose to do so.
So, to be clear: unless you’re involved in the various pre-semester activities listed farther below, you won’t have access to campus housing until after 2pm onWednesday, August 30. If you arrive before your day ​and ​time to move in, you need to make your own accommodations elsewhere off-campus.

August 30
Check-In for returning students from 2pm – 7:30pm

August 31 – September 6
Check-In for returning students from 9am – 7:30pm

Fall 2017 Early Arrivals

All Check-ins are at the Office of Student Life, Paresky 2nd floor, unless otherwise noted below. All times listed are Eastern time.

The names of the students involved in the early arrival activities noted below will be provided to the Office of Student Life by the offices overseeing the early arrival programs.

August 19
Summer Students depart by 12noon (approved summer-to-fall Transitional students remain in summer housing)

August 21
Check-In for JAs, JAAB, 1st Gen Orientation leaders, International Orientation leaders, Transitional students from 5pm – 11pm

August 22
Check-In for Neighborhood Directors from 2pm – 5pm

August 23
Check-In for House Coordinators & Neighborhood Reps from 2pm – 5pm

August 24
Check-In for OIT leaders from 2pm – 5pm

August 25
Check-In for 1st Gen and International Students in the Class of 2021 from 8am – 8pm

August 26
Check-In for WOOLF Directors from 8am – 9am
Check-In for WOOLF leaders, Ephventure leaders, and Football players (first-year and upperclass) from 2pm – 9pm

August 28
Check-In for the Class of 2021 and College Council Co-Presidents @ Paresky First Floor from 8am – 1:30pm

August 29
Check-In for upperclass Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball players from 8am – 7:30pm

Access to Meals in Campus Dining Halls
Again, students not involved in one of the early arrival activities above do not need to return to campus until classes begin on Thursday, September 7. Meals are covered by dining plans beginning with dinner on Wednesday, September 6. Meals won’t be covered by dining plans for students who return before Sept. 6 (unless they’re required to return because they’re involved in the early arrival activities above). You’re welcome to eat in the dining halls using your student ID card, but each meal will be charged to your student account. Questions about this should be directed to Dining Services.

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