Connect with other Ephs across generations and geographies through stories of what it means to be a Williams alum—and what we mean to each other.
We hope that you will take a moment to tell your own story, however you define it.
With the Tokyo Olympics upon us, let’s take a look back at the Ephs who have won Olympic medals over the years.
Catch up with Emma Laukitis ’13, Josh Pierson ’99, Robbi Behr ’97 & Matthew Swanson ’97 as they prepare for their summer salmon seasons up in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here are three stories of Alaska, fishing, Williams and the unlikely bonds between them.
Chase Davenport ’12 weaves a tale of the twists and turns from Williamstown to San Francisco, from sleeping in vans by the beach to managing challenging health hurdles to spending an undercover semester at Harvard that led him to his current occupation as a professional wooden surfboard shaper.
Coming back as a visiting professor to Williams, Kelsey Jones ’08 reflects on how it has been a healing experience and her goal to make students feel welcomed in the classroom.
Jeff Bolas ’97 and Brian Wecht ’97 talk about the origins of the Puzzles in Purple contest created by Greg Pliska ’84, the joy of treasure hunts, and the ways in which a shared love of puzzles has been one of the things that have kept them connected throughout a lifelong friendship.
Armed with only an iphone, a family, and a pandemic, Christine Leahy ’99 has been creating art by recreating art.
Dick Peinert ’69 cherishes his Williams experience and the connections to its people and campus.
Mijon Zulu ‘09 reflects on how his intersectional history and identity intersects with the history of Black America and the celebrating of freedom.
Coming full circle back to her home of the Berkshires, Hannah Noel ’08 reflects on the journey into academia and passion for ethnic studies, due in large part through the support of her Latina/o Studies professors at Williams.
“We need to look back, we need to celebrate, but also we need to recommit going forward.”
“I decided was going to bring the ‘gaylebration’ to campus, and the question was ‘how?'”
“I felt that I was at the epicenter of a lot of gay rights that were passed when I was at Williams and it was amazing and I couldn’t not tell you how much I love my Williams family.”
“As I’ve gotten older, I realize how important it is to express who you are and be comfortable in your own skin, and I think Pride is a manifestation for that.”
“They were using the word ‘queer’ all the time, and that embrace of that word, it was such a derogatory name and I was very uncomfortable.”
Two essays by John Hubbell ’71, submitted for his 25th and 50th books, depict how his views on reunions—and the college—changed over time.
“I’m just proud of my community in all of its diversity, in all of the shades of the rainbow and shades of sexuality. It’s just accepting us as people and celebrating us as people.”
Coming from Pennsylvania, Raff Donelson ’09 sits down with Shayan Moazeni ’22 and discusses Caravaggio, neapolitan ice cream, octopi, and how a civil rights course and winter study experience shaped his path into teaching law.
Why one alum doesn’t attend Williams reunions and suggestions to those who notice.
Thanks to a rip in the space-time continuum, the classes of centuries past have all descended upon Williamstown for an epic reunion weekend. It promises to be one for the ages; or at least one from the archives.
Sean Saifa Wall ’01 encourages the graduating class of 2021 to lead with love and conviction, and a few other adages to help them on their way into the world post-Williams.
Hailing from Quito, Ecuador, Alvaro Jarrin ’03 shares with Shayan Moazeni ’22 their journey to Williams as an international student as they found a ‘chosen family’ of long-lasting friendships, their current research on the aesthetic hierarchies in Brazil and exploration of artivism, David Bowie, comic books, and more.
William Finn ’74 shares reflections of his own winding path after Williams to the graduating class of 2021.
Esu Anahata ’88 found his passion after exploring different career paths, and stayed connected to Williams along the way.
Bob Parker’s ’59 winding path brought him all over the world, and his writing brings him right back to Williamstown.
The Williams family legacy of Pete Sterling ’53.
Arthur Wheelock ’65 remembers what he learned about the joy of discovery from Professor Lane Faison ’29.
Maxine Lyle ’00 is unlocking the story of step with “Step Show: The Musical,” being developed as part of a residency with the ’62 Center.
Watch Seulghee Lee ’07 share his journey with David Shakirov ’22 into academia to teach African American Studies at University of South Carolina as well as his reflection on anti-Black and anti-Asian violence during the pandemic.
A year later, Matthew Fogg ’94 provides a sobering reflection on confronting the pandemic and asks us to ‘be our best selves.’
Sandra Egues-Ponce CDE’88 reflects on a moment when fellow Ephs helped her through a hard time.
Grab some popcorn and enjoy the vast array of movies and television created by and starring fellow Ephs.
Bicentennial Medalist Dr. Craig Smith ’70, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, wrote updates to faculty and staff about response and priorities in the early months of the pandemic which inspired those in his care and a broader society searching for understanding and leadership.
Monsie Muñoz ’09 became who she was meant to be during her time at Williams.
Learn how Jallicia Jolly ’14 experienced her Williams intellectual journey as an opportunity to ‘set her soul on fire’ with a foundation that has led her to research and teach on Black women’s social movements, reproductive justice and health inequities, and intersectionality and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Caribbean.
A brief update in the class notes section of the alumni magazine led to an outpouring of support well beyond classmates and a profound gratitude for the power of the Williams network.
Jonathan Landsman ’05 writes about his heartwarming and heartbreaking experience volunteering at a vaccination center in his hometown of Queens.
Brian Hirshman ’06 recounts how a questioned prank was proven true during a surprising round of trivia.
John K. Notz Jr. ’53 recounts the ongoing influence of Williams on his life.
Chris Alberti ’75 finds Ephs in Montana thanks to a special vanity license plate.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer Jody Abzug’s ’88 P’21 Williams friends came together to get her through treatment and celebrate her recovery.
Experiential education changed Michael Rosenblum’s ’76 education—at Williams and beyond
A year later, Dennis Kuo ’93 reflects on personal loss, Covid-19’s impact on all of us, and the fallout from the contradictions and collateral damage for years to come.
Bob Sillcox ’53 chose Williams on the advice of his older sisters.
Bicentennial Medalist Jason Hehir ’98 is a seven-time Emmy-winning director and producer whose 2020 series “The Last Dance” chronicled the Chicago Bulls dynasty and Michael Jordan’s career.
At the end of December, recent alumni and current students came together over Zoom for a Williams-themed Gingerbread Competition.
Kim Dacres ’08 and Morgan Goodwin ’08 discuss their role in founding Claiming Williams Day and explore how their experiences with student activism strengthened their friendship and informed their work as change leaders at Williams and beyond.
Jeffrey Etemad ’89 helped a new grad in her career exploration.
C David Petersen ’53 recounts a full life and his cherished Williams friendships.
Celeste Berg ’13 is grateful for Williams connections through lifelong friends, career opportunities and family members.
Joe Cruz ’91 talks Robert Frost poems, AI, and the convergence of computer science, math, english, and history into his studying and teaching of philosophy at Williams for the past 20 years.
A year later, Ann Marie Swann ’91 reflects on the challenge encountered with Covid-19 as a hospitalist and how she kept ‘moving forward.’
The son of Williams College’s first Black president of the Society of Alumni, Bicentennial Medalist Wole Coaxum ’92 left behind his managing director position at J.P. Morgan after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO. That event compelled him to think about how he could leverage his Wall Street experience and contacts to address the racial wealth gap.
Karen Bowen ’86 celebrates powerful Williams connections beyond the campus.
Coming to Williams from Saudi Arabia in the 1950s dramatically changed Al Wohabe’s perspective. Today his family honors his memory by helping Ephs explore the world.
Eleven women across decades and generations are coming together to uplift women’s philanthropy at Williams.
Frank Richards ’75 discovers his connection to Williams goes back to his great-grandmother.
Craig Biddle III ’53 began his time at Williams idealistic and dreamy and went on to live a life full of ministry, nature, art and gratitude.
Leila Jere ’91 reflects on her unexpected journey as a student and the extended Williams family she has encountered both as an alum and volunteer.
Kallan Wood ’10 and Chloe Brown ’10 explore place and belonging and what it meant for these West Coasters to find “their people” in a small New England college town.
Andy Bader ’72 shares his lifelong commitment to running and the inspiring Eph who carries him through.
Leigh Winter Martin ’99 takes us on an archival journey that showcases the “purple thread that winds through time.”
Tim Hildreth ’91 shares gratitude for three of the ways Williams shaped him.
As a first-generation student and parent while at Williams, Tatiana Cruz ’11 shares her influences and journey into becoming a historian of race, gender, and social movements in modern U.S. culture with David Shakirov ’22.
Etienne Aduya ’15 shares his story as a gay, Black student athlete in the hopes that they will have a better experience than he did.
Bicentennial Medalist Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 is the first Black curator, first Black woman, first curator of Cuban descent and first Black author of a catalogue in the Guggenheim’s 80 year history, with her exhibition, “Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story.”
In her own classroom, Mace Foehl ’85 shares lessons she learned from a favorite Williams professor.
One of the last students to join a fraternity, Norman Spack ’65 shares the transition to residence houses and how he brought some of the fraternity connections and traditions to the college’s new model.
From growing up in Williamstown to realizing he was a sociologist on his road to becoming a professor, Shayan Moazeni ’22 chats with Rory Kramer ’03. Break-dance anyone?
Hiroko Imamura ’82, P’22, P’22 shares a path influenced by Williams experiences and connections throughout her career.
Bob Whitton ’69 found what he was looking for on a college visit in the ’60s.
Alex Deaderick ’15 raised $25,000 to support the racial justice movement, thanks in large part to fellow Ephs.
Daphne Lurie ’83 remembers the magic of her time at Williams.
Steve Harty ’73 shares his beliefs in the next generation of Williams College students.
Brooks Goddard ’63 pays tribute to a favorite Williams friend.
Peter D. Kiernan ’75 became a best-selling author, just as his Williams professor predicted he would.
Jim Blume ’63 had a friend at Williams before he set foot on campus.
Sisters Danielle Bahr Eason ’98 and Talia Bahr Goldfarb ’94 expanded their Williams family through kinship with Abubaker Ali Ba Abbad CDE ‘17, a Yemeni student they met through Claiming Williams Day
Herbert Ogden ’69 measures his life in the varied circumstances of several Williams connections.
Andy Hess’ ’62 journey to college began with an overheard conversation.
Begging for class notes is timeless…
Begging for class notes is timeless…
A 1986 class meeting over Zoom leads to a new professional collaboration between William Leininger and Robin Flagg.
Begging for class notes is timeless…
Clive Connor ’75 remembers how reaching out to the alumni network resulted in helpful advice and a delicious shared meal.
Amanda Gallagher ’90 remembers how a beloved professor insisted she take his class.
Bill Wadt ’70 credits a chemistry professor with launching him on a successful research career
Ryan Farley ’16 joined a company who valued the liberal arts education and the perks included yearly recuiting trips to Williamstown.
Alan Dittrich ’69 remembers the campus jobs he held during his time at Williams.
Gerry Kelly ’79 recounts how his Morgan East JA and basketball teammate helped make his hometown a better place for physically disabled citizens.
A child of Cuba, Bill Jaume ’77 now supports other students from his home country with his gift to financial aid.
Kerrita Mayfield ’93 and Simeon Stolzberg ’92 reminisce about the activism and community-building they took part in as students, and how it has shaped their careers.
Karen Bowen ’86 fondly recalls her time at Williams and one lasting friendship that took hold.
“Williams is a whimsical place.”
Teaching a Winter Study course was Peter McKelvey ’86’s chance to “pay it forward.” It was the chance of a lifetime.
Recalling the injustice of eight o’clock classes on Saturday morning and the deep bonds among Williams alumni.
Leigh Winter Martin ’99 tells the story of E. Kendall Gillett, Class of 1908, just one of many Ephs she has “met” through her archival research for the Bicentennial.
Hugh Germanetti ’54 recounts saying goodbye to Baxter Hall as part of his class’s 50th reunion celebration.
Greg Williams ’73 made connections in Professor Steve Lewis’ Econ 101 class far beyond the curriculum.
Kennedy Richardson ’71 turned the study of physics into a career managing an equity fund, always connecting his work back to lessons learned at Williams.
Kate Leonard Hood ’03 learned an important life lesson thanks to Williams coach, Alix Barrale ’93.
Teaching a Winter Study course in January 2009 set Amy Whitaker ’96 on her path as a middle-of-career college professor.
Laura Moberg Lavoie’s fellow 1999 classmate taught her doctor HOW to be a doctor. And then this doctor went on to deliver her child and save both of their lives.
Tempted to get those purple boots? How about finding an Ephlats record at your local antique store? Did you keep that Winter Carnival jamboree poster? Explore what else fellow Ephs have been up to.
A letter from Melinda Kan-Dapaah ’20 to her classmates.
This fall, Laurie Bennett ’99 posed the question, “Is there anyone else in the ‘I’m a loser’ Eph club?” in the “You Know You Went to Williams If…” Facebook group. The response was overwhelming.
Pat Bassett ’70 reminds us to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
A reaction to the Williams Marching Band as one of endearment, and other Eph musings by Rob Farnham ’71.
Williams Alumni report meeting up in some unusual places, and that includes Josh Burson ’01 and fellow Eph carillonneurs.
A fellow Eph completely changed the course of Kate Stone Lombardi ’78’s career, but she didn’t find out about it until 40 years later.
In 1983, Carol Buck Whitehead ’78 sent off her first small check to the Alumni Fund, and it marked the start of a lifelong friendship.
For a few weeks each January, Rob Wittenmyer ’98 goes back in time with playlist.
Robert Kent ’84 fondly remembers the impact Clara and David Park had on his time at Williams.
Pinsi Lei ’12 recounts the moment she learned she was accepted into Williams.
Adam Grogg ’04 has become “that alum.”
Thomasin Jean Berry ’73 writes about her experience being among some of the first female students at Williams.
1999 teammates Matt Sigrist and John Berry-Candelario discuss how they continue to feel connected to their alma mater since graduating.