Fall Mini Reunions

One weekend each fall the post-50th classes of the Society of Alumni gather in Williamstown for a series of mini reunions. Classes from 1948 through the current 50th reunion classes descend on the Purple Valley for a weekend of faculty lectures, class dinners, sporting events, and a tailgate lunch on Weston Field before Saturday’s football game.

Save the Date: October 18 – 20, 2024

Fees: Full Weekend: $50 / Saturday only: $25 / Not attending college-sponsored meals: $0

Schedule details will be posted closer to the event. You can review last year’s programming below to see what a typical minis weekend looks like.

 


Fall minis 2023 ATTENDEE LIST

2023 SCHEDULE (subject to change)

  • Noon – 5 p.m.
    Check-in for the weekend to pick up name tags,
    schedules, and buttons.
    Main Lobby, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
    How Sticky Stuff Sticks and Stays Stuck
    with Katharine E. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Physics
    MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    3:45 – 5:00pm
    Every War Must End: The Biden Administration and the Conflict in Ukraine
    with James McAllister, Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science
    MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    5:30 – 7:30pm
    Multi-Class Reception*
    Beer & Wine Bar with Heavy Hors D'oeuvres
    Williams Inn Ballroom

    *please note this is a self-serve reception, not a sit-down dinner

  • 9 a.m. - Noon
    Check-In for the weekend to pick up name tags, schedules & buttons
    Main Lobby, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
    Teaching with Art at WCMA
    with Pam Franks, Class of 1956 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), and Daniel Barowy, Assistant Professor of Computer Science.
    MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    10:45 a.m. – Noon
    A Conversation with President Maud S. Mandel
    featuring Martha Williamson ’77
    MainStage, '62 Center for Theatre & Dance

    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Tailgate Lunch
    Weston Athletic Complex

    1:30 p.m.
    Football Kick Off, Williams vs. Trinity
    Farley-Lamb Field

    4:30 p.m.
    Public Post-Game Reception (cash bar)
    The Log

    CLASS DINNERS ORGANIZED BY CLASS LEADERSHIP
    OR CLASSMATES ARE FREE TO MAKE THEIR OWN PLANS

  • For a full schedule of sporting events taking place on campus over Mini Reunion Weekend, please visit the Eph Sports calendar.

  • Parking:
    • Lansing Chapman Rink parking lot – located across the street from the Weston Field Athletic Complex off Latham Street. Handicap spots available.
    • Lot off Water Street – ample parking is available just around the corner. A 5-minute walk to the Weston Field Athletic Complex.
    • Lot inside Weston complex -- NO VEHICLES ALLOWED DUE TO RAIN
    Tailgating:

    The usual tailgating area will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday due to the heavy rain we are expecting this weekend. This decision was necessary given the amount of rain expected and facilities is trying to preserve the field for Homecoming Weekend.

    The grassy area will still be open to alumni, parents, and fans to bring their chairs, tents, picnics and coolers, but vehicles are prohibited for the time being.

    Parking is available at the following locations

    Refer to the campus map for more parking locations.
    For football games, the gates to Weston open at 10:00 a.m. For Homecoming, Weston gates open at 8:00 a.m.

    • First come, first serve basis. No reservations.
    • No charcoal grills are allowed.
    • Attendees are prohibited from bringing alcohol into Weston Field Athletic Complex.
    • Unsealed plastic or paper containers are checked with a passive alcohol detector.
    • No cans, no glass.

    Visiting Teams:

    Visiting teams will be housed on the east side of the Team Support Building, closest to the Taconic Golf Club parking lot. For convenience, supporters of visiting teams are encouraged to utilize the space in that surrounding area. Public restrooms are available under the main grandstand.

    Directions:

    If using GPS, the following address will bring you to the Weston Field Athletic Complex:

    • Tailgating – NO VEHICLES ALLOWED - use main grandstand address: 71 Latham Street, Williamstown MA 01267
    • Bus drop-off – use Team Support Building address: 75 Meacham Street, Williamstown MA 01267

    Weston Athletic Complex Layout & Parking

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  • We do our best to fulfill special accommodations for event attendees, including those with accessibility needs. If you have accommodation requests you'd like to talk to a staff person about please call or email Assistant Director of Alumni Events, Veronica Bosley at: [email protected] or 413-597-4152.

    Follow the link for an interactive campus map outlining accessible parking spots on campus.

    Venue Accessibility Information

    Weston Athletic Complex

    Parking: Accessible spots can be found on this campus map. There will be work on the Field House during the fall, so the use of the facilities lot across from the Weston entrance off Latham Street may be limited. There will also be limited parking with several accessible parking spaces in the Weston Athletic Parking Lot.

    Drop-off: There will be a spot outside of the Gargoyle Gate off Latham Street where people with accessibility needs may be dropped off while others in their party find parking.

    Venue access: The route to Farley Lamb field is mostly flat, but will require some walking. If you park in the Weston Athletic Parking Lot there will be a slight hill with a sidewalk to navigate to get to the football field.

    Seating: There is seating in the grandstands, which would require climbing some stairs if seating isn't available on the ground level. People can bring lawn chairs to the field if they'd like to sit on the sidelines.

    '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
    Parking: Accessible spots can be found on this campus map.  The Parking Garage located behind the '62 Center has many accessible spots. There is a flat walk from the garage to the venue.

    Drop-off: There are two drop-off spots for this venue. One is to the left as you pull down Adams Memorial Theater Drive. Attendees are allowed to pull over briefly by the stone patio and drop off members of their party while they go find parking. Another spot is located behind the '62 Center in the circle between the back entrance and the parking garage.

    Venue access: If entering through the front, attendees will need to navigate 3-4 stairs with a railing. If entering from the side, there is a walk up a slight incline to reach the MainStage lobby. If entering from the back, there is a set of stairs to navigate, or there is an elevator on the ground floor, down the hall to the right as you enter.

    Seating: There are accessible seating options in the venue and the staff greeting people can help attendees locate it. Some seats are only accessible by small sets of stairs.