Ephnotes Archive

EphNotes is a monthly e-newsletter for Williams alumni, parents, and friends. We welcome your comments and questions at ephnotes-reply@williams.edu.

Ephnotes July 2014

Williamstown in June was a sea of purple and gold, as more than 1,700 alumni and 1,300 family members and friends gathered together to celebrate Reunion 2014 with seminars, parties, parades, community service, family time, and memory lanes. Read in HuffPo why Deborah Schoeberlein ’89 decided to attend, and relive it all with photos, videos, and…

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Ephnotes June 2014

Williams’ 225th Commencement, captured in all its photographic and videographic glory. See what our seniors had to say about their Williams experience, what Commencement Weekend speakers had to say about (and to) our seniors, and view a social media archive.

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Ephnotes May 2014

“We’ve been anticipating the new library and sports complex for quite some time now, and I’m excited to celebrate these wonderful occasions with many of you this fall.” Read the rest of President Falk’s message to the Williams community.

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Ephnotes April 2014

Selected from a total applicant pool of 6,316, these students are, according to Director of Admission Dick Nesbitt ’74, “among the most academically powerful, talented, and socioeconomically diverse in the college’s history.” Read all about these great students and watch our undergrads congratulate them.

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Ephnotes March 2014

Over the course of a late January afternoon, six professors and two students presented short talks on galaxy collisions, representing black women’s bodies, philosophy of the mind, historical hipsterism, magical thinking, and pop Orientalism. You can watch them all here.

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Ephnotes February 2014

This photo by Patrick Anderson ’17 is one of many captured by students in this Winter Study’s landscape photography class. Other students learned how to be medieval stone masons. Still others built a 3,152-piece, 8-pound, 50-inch LEGO Super Star Destroyer in 10 minutes, 21 seconds.

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Ephnotes January 2014

Mechanical systems installed, plaster repaired, windows replaced, and historic paint colors applied as a renewed Chapin Gallery takes shape in new Sawyer Library, which will open September 2014.

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Ephnotes December 2013

A newly renovated and expanded Kellogg House, set to open next fall as a new home for the Center for Environmental Studies and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, will be a living laboratory for sustainability.

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Ephnotes November 2013

This year’s on Friday, October 18, was one for the record books. Gobs of photos, a great video, and a spontaneous Haiku-a-thon.

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Ephnotes October 2013

Watch Bicentennial Medals bestowed upon Bill Moomaw ’59, John Sayles ’72 and Maggie Renzi ’73, Michael Weiner ’83, Doug Shulman ’89, and Mariam Naficy ’91. Also Moomaw’s Convocation address, Bach played on the marimba by Casey McLellan ’14, and …

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Ephnotes September 2013

Learn about our new Ephs and view photos, tweets, and more around First Days.

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Ephnotes July 2013

Learn lots about everything from the Supreme Court to Impressionism in four great talks by alumni and faculty. And don’t forget to check out video, photos, and more Reunion ’13 souvenirs here.

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Ephnotes June 2013

Over one weekend this April, the Williams community looked back at the era of President John E. Sawyer ’39 and explored the future in a series of talks about who we’ll be, what and how we’ll learn, and what difference we’ll make. Watch the videos and share your thoughts on Williams’ past, present, and future

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Ephnotes May 2013

Experiential education and local engagement come together in a new Williams office that supports “the teaching goals of our faculty, the civic aspirations of our students, and the needs of the wider community.”

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Ephnotes April 2013

Sports icon and social justice advocate Billie Jean King will be the principal speaker at Williams’ 224th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 2. The day before, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist Stacy Schiff ’82 will deliver the Baccalaureate address, and Annie Lennox, singer-songwriter, political activist, and humanitarian ambassador, will participate in a conversation on campus.

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Ephnotes March 2013

Field hockey coach Chris Mason, football coach Aaron Kelton, and athletics department chair Lisa Melendy reflect on how coaches’ work speaks volumes about the role of athletics in the broader life of Williams. Watch the video.

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Ephnotes March 2013

A new website for the I Am Williams project serves as a living, evolving collection of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who together form the Williams community. Dive in here.

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Ephnotes January 2013

Provost and philosophy professor Will Dudley ’89 recently hosted a conversation between Greg Jordan ’92 and baseball legend Willie Mays Aikens, the subject of Jordan’s new book, described as “an intimate portrait of a tortured player [that] delves into the United States justice and penal systems.” View the conversation here.

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Ephnotes December 2012

Test your long-term memory! Thanks to heroic work by our college librarians, a digitized version of the Williams Record is now available through the Internet Archive, covering Mar. 24, 1904 – Feb. 11, 1972 and Sep. 10, 1975 – June 3, 1990. Browse all back issues here. Issues from Apr. 15, 1997 to last week are here.

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Ephnotes November 2012

A new Weston complex will provide much-needed facilities for varsity field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s track, and recreation, while freeing Cole Field space for junior varsity, club, intramural, and more recreation. “And we’ll finally be able to decommission the bathrooms first used in the Middle Ages…” Read on.

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Ephnotes October 2012

The educator and humanitarian, now director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art,  will speak Saturday evening, Oct. 20, to help re-dedicate Williams’ Multicultural Center as the Davis Center. Learn more and register for all weekend events here.

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Ephnotes September 2012

“Crowd-sourcing” the grading of an essay online is no substitute for thoughtful evaluation by a trained educator, says President Adam Falk in last week’s Wall Street Journal.

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Ephnotes August 2012

Watch three 20-minute talks captured over Reunion Weekend: Seattle mayor Mike McGinn ’82 on “Notes from a Big City in the ‘Occupy’ Era”, Annie Thoms ’97 on “The Complex Truth of Many Voices”, and Gerard Caprio ’72 on “What Sports Teach Us about Limiting Financial Crises.” View more Williams Thinking videos.

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Ephnotes July 2012

Three great new 20-minute lectures by Williams faculty: chemist Lee Park on designing nanoarchitecture, art historian C. Ondine Chavoya on mobilizing the mural, and political scientist Justin Crowe on searching for the center. View more Williams Thinking videos here.

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Ephnotes June 2012

Friend crushes, falling in love with art, shared experiences and diverse passions, and one 6,500-mile motorcycle trek to Williams: Three brand-new alumni share their Williams stories in this video.

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Ephnotes May 2012

Five new videos shine light on the Williams experience, from first-year entries and community engagement to tutorials, student-faculty research, and global initiatives. View them all on Williams’ YouTube Channel (which, just sayin’, has been viewed more than 188,000 times since it was turned on in 2007).

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Ephnotes April 2012

In this spring’s second annual William Sloane Coffin Prize for Passionate Public Speaking, students shared very personal perspectives on issues of faith, hunger, discrimination, and more. View their speeches.

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Ephnotes March 2012

Check out this project (in partnership with Real Clear History) by students in professor Patrick Spero’s experimental class on American presidents. Their homework? Create video campaign ads for presidential elections from Washington to Lincoln.

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Ephnotes February 2012

The debut feature film by Professor Liza Johnson ’92 is about a National Guard member who’s just returned to her small Rust Belt town after a tour of duty. The New York Daily News calls it “one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality.” Go here and scroll down to see what the rest of the world is saying.

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Ephnotes January 2012

Watch this (very) humorous debate between Colin Adams, Thomas T. Reed Professor of Mathematics, and his colleague Tom Garrity, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics, moderated by President Adam Falk on First-Year Family Days, October 29, 2011. Professor Adams also has the last word in this “All Things Considered” story on the beauty of mathematics.

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