Reunion Schedule 2017

Pick up a hardcopy program at the Alumni Center upon checking in.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

9:30AM - 10:30AM
50th Reunion Class Panel: Have We Turned Eating Into a Near Death Experience? with Dr. David McCarron '67
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

10:45AM - 11:45AM
50th Reunion Class Panel: A Williams Education as an Antidote to Burnout, Dr. Martin Samuels '67, Dr. Edward Wing '67, and Dr. Robert Bahr '67
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

2 - 3PM
Trending Black: Race & Social Media in the 21st Century; Faculty Lecture with VaNatta Ford, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

3:30 – 4:30PM 
Who Gets to Write About What: Imagination and Authority in Fiction; Faculty Lecture with Karen Shepard '87, Senior Lecturer in English.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE


Friday, June 9th, 2017


8:00 –  9:30AM
Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast
Join President Adam Falk as we honor alumni, parents, and friends who have established legacy gifts for Williams. RSVP by May 19th: Cheryl Brigley, 877-374-7526 orcbrigley@williams.edu​
WILLIAMS INN, 1090 Main Street

10:00 – 11:00AM 
50th Reunion Alumni Seminar: The Artist & Society Weaving, Wearing and Removing the Emperor’s New Clothes with Robert Conway '67
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

11:15AM – 12:15PM
Basquiat's "Defacement": Trauma, Majesty and State Violence; Alumni Seminar with Chaedria LaBouvier '07.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

12:30 – 2:30PM 
FestEPHal - Lunch & Day Party
Members of the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN), Williams Latino Alumni Network (WLAN), Williams Asian and Asian-American Alumni Network (WAAAN) and BiGLATA are welcome to enjoy a festive party lunch with the family while enjoying the ambiance of the newly renovated Log. This event will be hosted by the Director for Alumni Diversity & Inclusion.
THE LOG, SPRING STREET

1:30 – 2:30PM 
25th Alumni Seminar
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

3 – 4PM
A Conversation with Williams President Adam Falk
Society of Alumni President, Jordan Hampton '87, will engage in conversation with President Falk and take your questions for Adam, too.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

5:30PM
Shabbat Service followed by Kiddush
JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER

6:00PM
Class Dinners and Festivities
Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.


Saturday, June 10th, 2017


6:45 – 9AM
All Class Road Ride
Experienced bicyclists of all classes are welcome on a fun fast-paced ride 25-35 mile around Williamstown, led by members of the Williams Cycling Team. For those unable to bring bike, rentals may also be available with advance arrangements through berkshirebikeandboard.com. We are gathering at CHAPIN STEPS at 6:45 am. Contact Jeff Knisely ‘77 (email: jeff.knisely@verizon.net) if you would like to make the ride or for more information.

7 – 8AM
Bird Walk with Hopkins Forest Manager Drew Jones
Some binoculars provided. Coffee available!
HOPKINS FOREST

7 – 8AM
Fun Run
Join other reunion attendees for an early morning run in the Purple Valley (Gale Road loop).
CHAPIN STEPS

7 – 8AM
Yoga
’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE (MAIN STUDIO)

8:30AM*
Create a Spectacle
Dress up for the parade by making your own festive sunglasses, hats, and signs to carry and wear! Rain or shine.
PARESKY FRONT STEPS

9:30AM*
Parade of Classes
The Class of 1967 will lead the way to Chandler Gym for the Society’s 195th Annual Meeting. Pre-parade music provided by the Eagles Band of Pittsfield. Find your classmates near class signs on Chapin Lawn. The Greylock Guard (post-50th Reunion classes) should gather outside of the Dodd House for the parade.
CHAPIN DRIVE

10:30AM - 12PM
Annual Meeting, Society of Alumni
The 195th annual meeting, led by Society of Alumni President Jordan Hampton '87: trophies, cups, and medals recognizing alumni volunteers; remarks by President Adam Falk; election results; major gift announcements; and traditional Williams songs.
CHANDLER GYM

10:30AM - 12PM*
Wheels! (Ages 2-4)
After the parade, climb the stairs by the old Purple Pub and join other young families to explore a fire engine, police cruiser, ambulance, backhoe, front loader, mowers, and street sweeper! Rain or shine.
WESTON GATE

10:30AM - 12PM*
Toddler and Preschool Playdate (Ages 2-4)
Toddlers/preschoolers and their parents/caregivers are welcome at the Williams Children's Center to play with purple Play-Doh, run around the outdoor play spaces, and enjoy other activities.
CHILDREN'S CENTER, WHITMAN STREET

10:30AM - 12PM*
Soccer Clinic (Ages 5-12)
Join a soccer session for all levels. We'll work on development and refinement, and end with small-sided games. Rain or shine.
LOWER COLE FIELD

10:30AM - 12PM*
Ultimate Frisbee Clinic (Ages 10+)
Come and learn this team sport, led by members of the Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization. Rain or shine.
UPPER COLE FIELD

NOON*
All Campus Locavore Lunch!
Rain or shine! Enjoy a meal sourced locally and sustainably, highlighting the great food and farms within the Berkshire community.
CHAPIN LAWN/PARESKY

NOON
Joseph’s Coat Luncheon
Alumni in classes ’40-’66
LASELL GYM

1 - 5PM*
Visit the Treetops of the Canopy Walkway (Ages 12+)
The walkway is a pair of tree platforms set 70 ft. above the ground and originally used for research. Participants are harnessed to safety cables, and aided by guides. No children under 12. (Shuttles leave from the intersection of Chapin and Mission Park Drive at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Shuttles return from the Forest at 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.)
HOPKINS FOREST

1 – 5PM*
The Williams Bead Store (Ages 5+)
Williams English Professor and avid beader, Alison Case, will provide the opportunity for you to create your own beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. No experience necessary! Everyone welcome!
CLASS OF 1958 LOUNGE, PARESKY SECOND LEVEL

1 - 5PM*
Plenty of Purple Projects (All Ages)
Get your creative juices flowing and make decoupage frames, boxes, jewelry, stationery, painted cow bells, and more. Materials in Williams' colors, of course!
SCHOW ATRIUM, SCIENCE QUAD

1 - 5PM*
Paint the Purple Cow (Ages 5+)
Paint your own version of the college's beloved mascot, the Purple Cow. Each session will consist of a 1 hour instructed painting, where each child (age 5 and up) will be able to leave with a completed version of their very own acrylic painting on stretched canvas. Progressive Palette will provide all the supplies needed to create and complete the painting. Our qualified staff will be instructing, inspiring and helping each and every child as needed. Cost: $10 (accept cash, check or credit)
PARESKY

1 – 5PM
Community Service Project
Process Donations from Give It Up! Collection Drive
Help volunteers at the First Congregational Church sort through massive quantities of clothing and housewares, donated by Williams students, to prepare for September sales to benefit local charitable organizations.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

1 - 5PM
The Class of 1966 Environmental Center Open House
Explore the first renovated Living Building Challenge building in the country.
THE CLASS OF 1966 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

1 - 5PM
Davis Center & MINCO Open House
Staff Members from Davis Center (formerly The Multi-Cultural Center) will be on hand from 1-3PM to share information about their work from this past academic year.
DAVIS CENTER, MORLEY CIRCLE

1 – 2PM
Student-Led Admission Tour
Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to participate.
PARESKY FRONT STEPS

1 – 2PM*
Books of Wonder - Picture Book Reading and Book Making Workshop (Ages 5-12)
Husband/wife, author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson ’97 and Robbi Behr ’97 will read their new picture book Everywhere, Wonder, talk about how they make books together, and run a workshop in which kids will create their own “Books of Wonder,” illustrated journals of the large and small beautiful and interesting things in their world. (Pre K - 6th)
PARESKY AUDITORIUM

2:15 - 3:15PM
Dwelling of the Gallant: Women of Williams
June 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the graduation of the first fully coed class of Williams College. We take this time to acknowledge the women in the class of 1977, the women who came before them as transfer students and partners, as well as the faculty and staff who supported them. This is also the time for the college to recognize and celebrate the over 13,000 Williams Alumnae (including the class of 2017) who have and continue to have an impact on Williams and the world. Join us for a short ceremony of celebration that includes four Eph women, one per decade, telling their stories as a Woman of Williams.
MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER

2:15 – 3:15PM*
The Williams Admission Picture

Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to attend this informal, interactive session with Williams admission officers.
WESTON HALL

2:15 – 3:15PM* 
Community Drum Circle (All Ages)

In this musical environment, learn rhythms, playful games, and songs from Africa, South America, and Asia. All instruments provided!
PARESKY FRONT STEPS (Rain Location: PARESKY READING ROOM)

2:15 – 3:15PM*
Lee F. Jackson '79 Memorial Track Meet and Family Games (Ages 5-12)

Participate in races, water games, and more. Ribbons for all participants.
LEE TRACK, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX (Rain Location: Towne Field House)

2:15 – 3:15PM*
Stream Critter Search (Ages 5-12)

Hike to find salamanders, frogs, crayfish, and hellgrammites. Your shoes may get wet!
HOPKINS FOREST

2:15 - 3:15PM
Physics and Astronomy Reception
The Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy invite alumni and friends for iced tea and cookies in the David Park Teaching Laboratory.
PHYSICS 215

2:15 - 3:15PM
Campus Tour
If you haven’t been to campus in a while, this tour is for you. A reunion ranger will show you the Paresky Center, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Hollander and Schapiro Halls, Sawyer Library, Weston Field, and The Class of 1966 Environmental Center.
PARESKY FRONT PORCH

3:30PM
Eph Meet-Up @ Reunion
This casual networking reception features industry-specific chat areas where you can meet other Ephs who do what you do - or would like to do someday! Career shifters and other Ephs in professional transition are welcome, as are non-Eph spouses and guests. Come as you are, business cards optional!
BAXTER HALL, PARESKY CENTER

3:30PM
Take Me to the River
A guided hike on Hopkins Forest's Hoosic River Trail.
HOPKINS FOREST

3:30PM
Williams Rocks
A walking tour of campus, from bedrock to building stones, and the stories they tell with Bud Wobus, Edna McConnell Clark Professor of Geology.
CLARK HALL, ROOM 105

3:30PM*
Drawing Class (Ages 5-12)
Enjoy an outdoor drawing session. No experience necessary; come to learn or practice what you already know. Supplies provided.
PARK STREET ENTRANCE TO ALUMNI CENTER

3:30PM*
Ultimate Frisbee Games (Ages 10+)
Practice the skills you learned in the morning clinic! Led by WUFO members. Rain or shine.
UPPER COLE FIELD

3:30PM*
Puppet Show (All Ages)
The Puppet Brigade presents "The Storybook" with giant puppets. Fun for the whole family!
PARESKY AUDITORIUM

3:30PM 
Math-Stats Faculty, Students, Alumni Get-Together
Say hi to the old profs, meet some new ones, see some students, and enjoy one of our famous “Teas.”
BRONFMAN MATH-STATS LIBRARY (SECOND FLOOR)

6PM
Class Dinners and Festivities
Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.

6:30PM
Movie at Images (All Ages)
IMAGES CINEMA, SPRING STREET

7:30PM*
Capture the Flag (Ages 10+)
You're never too old for this one. Join Reunion Rangers for this classic summer game.
FARLEY-LAMB FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

7:30PM*
Drawing Class (Ages 5-12)
Explore your creative side with pastels and paper. No experience necessary; supplies provided.
PARK STREET ENTRANCE TO ALUMNI CENTER

8:30PM*
Movie at Images - Ghostbusters (PG-13)
IMAGES CINEMA, SPRING STREET

9:30 – 10:30PM
Join the The Ephlats and the Williams Cabaret from the late '70s & early ‘ 80s in a very special Reunion tradition of songs, stories, and sing-a-longs. All classes invited.
THE LOG, SPRING STREET

Sunday, June 11th, 2017


9:30AM
Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance
A multi-faith service to honor the passing of beloved classmates and celebrate the blessings of relationship to the Williams community. Led by Williams chaplains and alumni clergy, with music by The Ephlats and the Original Williams Cabaret from the late '70's & early '80's, and the Reunion Jazz Band.
THOMPSON CHAPEL

NOON
Dorm Checkout Deadline for Post-50th Alumni
Leave your dorm key on the dresser in your room

1PM
Dorm Checkout Deadline for All Other Classes
Leave your dorm key on the dresser in your room

*Family Activities Programming