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 and Jeremy Cone, Assistant Professor of Psychology
    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, Dr. Peter Watson '67, Dr. Henry Grass '67, and Dr. Robert Bahr '67
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    2 - 3PM
    The Neuroscience Behind a Good Night's Sleep; Faculty Lecture with Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology
    What happens in our brain and bodies when we sleep and why is sleep so restorative? This talk will provide a neuroscientist’s definition of “a good night’s sleep” and offer ways to optimize both sleep quality and sleep quantity.
    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

    6:00AM
    Sunrise Hike Up Pine Cobble with Director of the Williams Outing Club, Scott Lewis
    Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle and a cup for hot drinks. Return to campus by 8:30AM
    PARESKY STEPS

    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, Sharifa Wright '03.
    THE LOG, SPRING STREET

    1:30 – 2:30PM 
    25th Alumni Seminar: How Digital Toolkits Are Saving Liberal Arts Education, with Mary Hinton ’92, President of the College of Saint Benedict, Kate Queeney ’92, Professor of Chemistry at Smith College, Derek Schilling ’92, Professor of Modern and French Literature at Johns Hopkins University and John Spear ’92, Director of College Counseling at the Northwood School. Moderated by Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the Class of 1959 Director of Program in Teaching at Williams College. Liberal arts teach the types of skills few digital technologies can replicate. Come learn about how higher ed classrooms are incorporating digital tools to augment learning.
    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

    4:30PM
    Close Look Tour: Accession Number and Lex & Love
    Throw it back to the early 1960's in "Accession Number" with Director Christina Olsen and Amos Lawrence Professor of Art E.J. Johnson '59. Afterwards, get contemporary with Curator Lisa Dorin in "Lex + Love: Meleko Mokgosi '07."
    WCMA

    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: jefferyknisely@gmail.com) if you would like to make the ride or for more information. Details about cycling during Reunion 2017.

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

    7AM
    Hike Through Hopkins Forest
    Join other reunion attendees for an early morning hike through Hopkins Forest. This 4.5 mile hike, traversing a large stretch of the Forest, begins with some stunning views from atop the crest, then descends the Birch Brook trail to the Loop trails, before finishing at the Rosenburg Center. Sturdy shoes recommended for the rolling terrain. If you'd like a ride to the trailhead, meet behind Chapin Hall in the parking lot for a van ride to Petersburg Pass on Rt2 at 7am. Vans will shuttle hikers back to campus from the Rosenburg Center at about 10AM.

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

    7AM
    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, 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.Their qualified staff will be instructing, inspiring and helping each and every child as needed. Cost: $10 (accept cash, check or credit)
    READING ROOM, PARESKY SECOND LEVEL

    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 and community members, to prepare for September sales to benefit local charitable organizations.
    FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

    1 - 5PM
    Pick-up Music JamFest during Reunion!
    Calling all musicians (classical, folk, jazz, etc.). Duets/trios/ensembles. Interested alums from all classes welcome. BYO instruments; groups and music will be organized in advance by type and level. Contact Bob Kim ’92 for more info or to sign up: robertkimnyc@gmail.com, mobile (202) 230-2761
    BERNHARD MUSIC CENTER

    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), including the Center's new Director, Shawna Patterson-Stephens, will be on hand from 1-3PM to share information about their work from this past academic year.
    RICE HOUSE, MORLEY CIRCLE

    1 - 5PM
    Library Special Collections Open House
    Staff of the Chapin Library and the College Archives will be on hand to introduce exhibits and collections featuring rare books, manuscripts, yearbooks and other artifacts of college history.

    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.
    PARESKY AUDITORIUM

    1 – 2PM
    Athletics at Williams: Learning, Leading, and Excelling with Director of Athletics, Lisa Melendy, and Coaches
    Join the Athletic Department for a panel discussion, Q&A, and to meet our Head Coaches. Find out what has changed through the years and hear how our coaches continue to inspire our students to excel.
    BROOKS ROGERS AUDITORIUM

    1 – 2PM
    Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Work at Williams and Beyond
    Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Meg Bossong ’05, and Dean of the College, Marlene Sandstrom, share perspectives on the national conversation surrounding sexual assault on college campuses and provide an overview of the work of Williams students, faculty and staff tackling this issue.
    GRIFFIN 3

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

    1:30 – 2PM
    Screening of "Confronting Climate Change," a recap of this year's initiatives followed by a conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the 2016-2017 Williams Reads book "The Sixth Extinction" and Dave Simonds, filmmaker and director.
    GRIFFIN 6

    2:15 - 3:15PM
    Dwelling of the Gallant: Women of Williams with Katharine Berry '57, Shayla Harris '97, Laura Spero '02, and Jessica Torres '12
    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
    Alumni Exhibition Tour

    Presenting a group of works generously donated by alumni celebrating their class reunions, Paragons: Embodying Ideals explores how cultural and societal ideals are written onto the mutable surface of the body. Walk through the exhibition with curator Tom Price, MA '17.
    WCMA

    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

    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

    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

    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
    Preview Building 6 Portrait: Interior with artist Barbara Ernst Prey '79 and Joseph Thompson '81, Director of MASS MoCA
    Barbara Ernst Prey '79 discusses the commission of the largest watercolor in the world, on display in MASS MoCA's newly opened Building 6.
    BUILDING 6, MASS MoCA, 87 MARSHALL STREET, NORTH ADAMS

    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 - Moana (G)
    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

    8:30PM*
    The Zeiss Planetarium Sky
    Experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Indoor show. Rain or shine. Enter from the south side, facing the Berkshire Quad.
    MILHAM PLANETARIUM, HOPKINS OBSERVATORY, BERKSHIRE QUAD

    9:30 – 10:30PM
    "WATCHING THE RIVER RUN….
    Celebrate the 70’s with a delightful performance of music, memories, and laughter featuring the 70’s & 80’s Ephlats, The Williams Cabaret, and a comedy tribute to the Class of ’77. All classes invited. THE LOG, SPRING STREET
    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.
    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