'95 Celebrates 25


Please join us in Williamstown June 11 – 14, 2020!

Get ready to reconnect with friends and classmates in the Purple Valley.  Whether you’ve come to every reunion or haven’t set foot on campus since graduation, we hope you’ll join us for a wonderful weekend.

Each June the 25th Reunion Class gathers in the Purple Valley to celebrate, renew acquaintances, and make new friends. Get involved in the planning and connect with classmates throughout the year leading up to reunion!  See below for the many ways you can get involved.  Contact the 25th Reunion program or Class Presidents Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and Flo Waldron for more information or to volunteer.

We will be planning lots of fun activities and events throughout the weekend. If you’re bringing your family with you, there’s a full day of activities for kids on Saturday. You’ll find details about the full reunion weekend and the kids’ program below. If you have any specific reunion questions not answered below, please email the 25th Reunion Program or see below to contact the committee chairs directly.

  • The Reunion Weekend Committee led by Jessie Price, Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and Flo Waldron, will be planning the big weekend at Williams. In partnership with the 25th Reunion staff, this committee is responsible for activities, menus, special beverages, entertainment/music, tent decor and speakers. This group also includes John Streng as Golf Chair to organize golf rounds at the beautiful Taconic Golf Club.

    Reunion registration will open in March 2020. We will be headquartered in Mission Park, and when you register for reunion in the spring, you will also be able to reserve dorm rooms for the weekend.  If you prefer to stay off-campus, there is a list of all hotel options in the area.

    While some reunion events are still in the planning stages, this Reunion 2020 schedule will give you a sense of the kinds of activities planned for the weekend. You'll see there is a wide variety of activites for kids, families and alums throughout the weekend.

    Reunion Weekend Committee

    Co-Chairs: Jessica Price, Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and Flo Waldron

    Margaret Coady
    Mark de Kanter
    Tiffany English Kandel
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Jason Hoch
    Amy McNutt Woltman
    Kareen Odate
    Chris Oleks
    Kendra O'Neill Raine
    Eric Roiter
    Diana St. Louis
    John Streng - Golf Chair
    Anne Wenzel Hicks

  • Reunion Fund Committee

    This committee partners with and builds on the great work of the Alumni Fund agent team to lead the class towards making its largest gift to Williams to date. The 25th Reunion is the first of two times (the second is the 50th Reunion) when a class will have the opportunity to come together to fund an endowed class gift designated to a particular purpose at Williams. Recent 25th class gifts have ranged from $2 million to $10 million. These gifts have helped to support faculty, provide scholarships, fund tutorials, and finance new construction and building renovations.

    The magnitude of individual gifts varies, based on each donor’s financial capacity and his or her inclination to give to Williams. Nonetheless, most class members who participate in the 25th Reunion Fund stretch to make the largest commitment they have ever considered to Williams.

    Ideas for the '95 endowed class gift were discussed by a range of volunteers from the class who made it to Williamstown to participate in the 25th Reunion Planning Meeting last October. That group reflected on several criteria, including the importance of the initiative relative to the college’s priorities, the magnitude of impact the class could have, and the level of broad appeal to a range of alums across the class.

    '95 25th Reunion Class Gift

    The Leadership Committee was tasked with evaluating options and making a decision about the '95 Class Gift purpose. Margaret Coady led the effort to review several options and ultimately the commitee chose a class gift purpose that was widely supported by volunteers who attended the planning meeting. This year, spearheaded by the Reunion Leadership Committee and the Alumni Fund agent team, the Class of  ’95 will seek continued support for the Alumni Fund and will also be supporting the Class of 1995 Fund for Admission supporting Window On Williams (WOW) with a goal of fully endowing this essential program. This gift to Williams from the Class of '95 will be the class's legacy for years, positively impacting generations of students to come.

    Williams has a long history of providing need blind financial aid, and actively recruits exceptional students from low-income backgrounds. To ensure these students, who may not be able to afford to visit Williams, can experience all that Williams has to offer prior to applying, Williams created the Window on Williams program in the 1990's with an initial cohort of just a handful of students. This program has become a critical pathway for low-income students to apply to and ultimately attend Williams. Through a highly selective process, last year 200 students were selected to attend a weekend on campus, with all travel and expenses paid.  During their weekend on campus, WOW students stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, learn about the admission process and about the incredible financial aid program available to them at Williams. You can learn more from the 1995 25th Class Gift brochure.

    Alumni Fund

    In addition to the Class Gift, please note that during the 25th Reunion, the class will also be supporting the Alumni Fund, led by John Lieb and Bobby Walker (and a great group of Class Agents). As you may know, the Alumni Fund provides Williams with unrestricted financial support that is critical in helping cover the college’s most pressing needs. Last year the class reached a record level of participation and are aiming for even greater heights for the 25th Reunion, 65%. Gifts and pledges to the Class of 1995 Fund for Admission and to the Alumni Fund will count toward the 25th Reunion Fund total.

    What counts and how does crediting work?

    View a history of 25th Reunion Fund.

    Leadership Giving Committee

    Co-Chairs: Yvonne Hao and John Werwaiss
    Margaret Coady
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Jeff Huang
    Tracy Lee Kim
    Erica Mayer
    Dunigan O'Keefe
    Brad Svrluga
    Joh Lieb (Class Agent)
    Bobby Walker (Class Agent)

    Alumni Fund Agent Team

    Co-Head Agents: John Lieb and Bobby Walker

    Joshua Attridge
    Rami Batniji
    Chris Campin
    Sheri Esteban-Elie
    Neil Glass
    Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier
    Justin Lewis
    Michelle Lung
    Tung Pham
    Kendra Raine
    Maren Reichert
    Beth Reynolds
    Brad Svrluga
    Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin
    Flo Waldron
    Suzanne Wintner

  • Thank you to the more than 250 classmates who have partipated in the '95 25th Reunion Class Book!

    The deadline for personal submissions for the printed version of the '95 Class Book has passed, however you can add your page to the online only book using the link below. 

    Each 25th reunion class produces a reunion book featuring autobiographical essays from its members. The book is conceived and edited by the Class Book Committee (in partnership with the 25th Reunion Office) and often includes historical photos, comments from the president, and essays written by members of the class. This year we are doing two versions of the reunion book, a digital online version (available now - come see personal pages from your fabulous Class Book Committee!) and a printed version with additional materials (given to all members of the class in June 2020 regardless of whether you attend reunion or not).

    The richness of the resulting book is directly related to what you contribute. As you’ll see in these samples from previous books, alumni have used this opportunity to share a broad variety of life experiences and to pay tribute to enduring Ephriendships.

    Check out the '95 online Class Book and create your page today! The digital online book is password-protected but is accessible to everyone in ’95. Everyone in the class should have received an email invitation to join the '95 Class Book along with the password and instructions. That information was also mailed to you in early October. If you can't find the mailed packet or email and need the password, or if you have questions about creating your page, please contact Conny Isby in the 25th Reunion Program at [email protected].

    In addition to entries from classmates, the printed book will have pictures from your time at Williams so pull out your old Williams photos from the '90s - we want to see those! The printed book will also include a special In Memory section of tributes to classmates who have passed away – Daren Bishop, Sharon Bowman, Anne Del Borgo, Eric Gilbert, Scott Jensen, Sean Lawler, Nathan Lowe, Nicholas Marsh, Geoff Quinn, Chris Ringsven, Charles “Matt” Schroth, Jon Siegelbaum, and Karin Simon. To give you some ideas for what you might want to include in the In Memory tributes, you can see examples from prior 25th Reunion classes here.

    For more information on how to participate in the ’95 Reunion Class Book, please take a look at the Guidelines for ’95 reunion book submissions.

    We can always use more help on the Class Book Committee - to encourage classmates to write submissions, and help create and proof the book - so if you'd like to get involved, please contact the 25th Reunion Program or the Class Book Co-Chairs below.

    Class Book Committee

    Co-Chairs: Amy McDougal and Amy McNutt Woltman
    Margaret Coady
    Jennifer Hood DeGrenier
    Michelle Kang Fagan
    Liz Juang Laws
    Stephanie Pare Sullivan
    Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin

  • The Reconnect Committee reconnects and networks with classmates, uses social media tools to remind and encourage record-breaking reunion turnout by 1995ers! We need more classmates to help reach all our scattered geographies and affiliations (frosh entries, teams and clubs, etc.), so please contact the 25th Reunion Program if you are interested in helping.

    The Reconnect Committee will be planning a number of gatherings around the country beginning in the fall, so keep an eye on your emails and watch for an invite.

    Find our class on Facebook
    See what's new for the 25th Reunion on Instagram at: Williams25thReunion
    Tag '95 photos with our 25th Reunion hashtag: #eph95at25

    Reconnect Committee

    Co-Chairs:TBD
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Michelle Kang Fagan
    Adam Kaplan
    David Lee
    Teresa Rodriguez
    Diana St. Louis
    Flo Waldron - Social Media Chair

  • Friday evening is a casual BBQ for the whole family under the tent on Poker Flats with games and activities available on the lawn, weather permitting. (If rain forces us indoors to the Towne Field House, there will be organized activities there, too.)

    On Saturday there is a separate 25th kids dinner and activities (for kids ages 5+)** supervised by counselors at the Williamstown Youth Center (WYC), 66 School Street. This is included in your child's registration fees but it does require advance registration. To sign up, please complete the sign-up sheet and submit to the 25th Reunion Office when you register for reunion in the spring. Parents should plan to check-in their children at WYC at 5:30pm (as well as sign waivers and permission slips). Dinner starts at 5:30pm. Following dinner, kids will be divided into groups by age and interest. Several choices will be available:
    • Arts & crafts
    • Outdoor (weather permitting) playground and games like basketball, tetherball, Capture the Flag, etc.
    • Movies on large screen TV
    • Games like dodgeball in the indoor gym
    • Foosball, pool or ping pong
    • Quiet time in the Learning Center or the Computer Lab
    • Walk to Images Cinema on Spring Street for movies
    • Trip to Ramblewild for kids 11 and older
    WYC counselors will be in charge of each of the groups and a 25th staff person will be on hand at WYC. Groups leaving WYC will compile a list with the name of each child who is away from WYC. Parents are expected to pick up their child(ren) by 11:30pm.

    On Saturday evening after dinner, a group of kids (ages 11+) who have pre-registered will go to Ramblewild ropes course, 5:30-10:00pm. Parents of kids going to Ramblewild need to check-in their child(ren) by 4:45pm, so kids can eat and leave on the 5:30pm bus. The bus will not wait! To sign up for Ramblewild, when you register for reunion, please complete the waiver and submit both the waiver and $35 payment to the 25th Reunion Office.

    Teens who stay at WYC will be able to enjoy their own space in WYC. Following dinner, teens can choose from the range of activities above or play Xbox (for teens 12 and older) in the Teen room.

    ** For kids four and younger, the college offers Eph Kids Night Out childcare on Saturday evening for a fee to alums from all classes. If you are not bringing a babysitter and your child is four or younger, you may want to consider this option for Saturday night. For more information on Eph Kids Night Out click here. Please note that Eph Kids Night Out does not provide dinner. Kids four and younger are welcome to join the 25th reunion kids' dinner (along with their caregivers) at WYC before you bring them to the Eph Kids Night Out program.

    To see the kinds of children's activities planned for reunion weekend, here's a link to the Children's Activities for Reunion 2020 for all reunion classes.

  • REGISTRATION INFO:

    What is the registration deadline?
    Online registration for reunion opens mid-March 2020. If you miss the online registration, you are still welcome and encouraged to attend reunion, but please register in person when you arrive to campus at the 25th Reunion Headquarters in Mission Park.

    Where do I check in when I arrive to campus?
    25th Reunion alums should check in at Mission Park to pick up a schedule, class mementos, and dorm room keys.

    What are 25th Reunion check-in hours?
    Thursday:
    noon-11 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m.- 11 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

    If you registered for College housing but arrive after check-in closes for the night, visit Security (Hopkins Hall, lower level) for access to your dorm room.

    May I receive a registration refund if I have to cancel my plans to attend reunion?
    If you need to cancel your registration and would like to receive a refund, email Conny Isby in the 25th Reunion Program at [email protected] with your information, and depending on timing, status of '95 class account, and number of total cancellations, we'll determine whether or not a refund (full or partial) may be granted.

    LOGISTICS:

    Where can I find out information about the reunion program?
    You can review the overall 2020 reunion schedule to get a sense for the kinds of activities that are planned.

    Where can I park on campus?
    Parking on campus can be a challenge during reunion, so we suggest you park in the lot behind Thompson (the old Infirmary), in front of Poker Flats. If you are staying in the dorm, unload in the spaces along the north side of Mission and then move your car to the Thompson lot. If you do park elsewhere on campus, please pay attention to posted signs and time restrictions. Williamstown police will ticket violators.

    I’m interested in sharing a ride. Where do I find fellow carpoolers?
    If you’re looking for a ride to town, or willing to offer one, you can connect with classmates via the '95 Facebook page or use the Williams Switchboard to connect with other reunion attendees.

    What’s the dress code?
    Bring comfortable, casual clothes for the weekend. The Saturday evening reception and dinner are a bit dressier - think smart casual - but ties are not required. Remember that Williamstown in June could be boiling hot or cold and windy – there is even the occasional downpour. It would be wise to check the forecast before you come! Our dinners will be on grass under a tent, so keep that in mind when selecting footwear.

    How do I sign up for golf at Taconic?
    All tee times for play at Taconic must be reserved through the '95 golf chair John Streng, starting in March 2020. Tee times are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact John at [email protected] or (802) 425-7754 by May 1st if you would like to play during the weekend (Taconic’s Pro Shop will refer calls to the golf chair, so save a step and contact them directly). We're trying to set up some friendly competition, so tee it up.

    COLLEGE HOUSING:

    What is the cost to stay in on campus housing?
    The cost is $80 per bed for the entire weekend.
    You can reserve a room through the online reunion registration or on the reunion registration form in your packet. Rooms contain one single bed, but you may bring sleeping bags and an air mattress for a child or children to share your room at no additional cost. Babysitters attending reunion with your family are housed in the dorm at no cost. If you prefer to stay in a nearby hotel, here is a list of local hotels.

    Can I be housed with my friends?
    We automatically house families together. If you’d like to be housed near friends, when you register for housing, please list the friends you’d like to be near and we will do our best to room you together in a suite or on the same floor.

    Will sheets and towels be provided in the college rooms?
    Yes. No need to bring your own linens if you are staying in college housing, although some classmates bring their own linens and towels for comfort. You will be provided basic sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow and 1 towel per bed registration.

    Can I find out where I am housed on campus before I come to town for Reunion?
    Housing is finalized just before reunion so unfortunately we cannot let people know in advance of Reunion weekend where they are housed. However, if you know you will be arriving on campus after 25th Reunion Check-in has closed, please let the 25th Reunion Program know and we can get you your room information just before you arrive to campus.

    Can my pet stay with me in on-campus housing?
    No, pets are not allowed in college housing. Pets are allowed on the campus grounds, but not in campus buildings unless you have a medical need. Please look for local kennels, or speak to local hotels/rentals about pet accommodations.

    Are the rooms air conditioned? Do they have private bathrooms?
    The rooms are not air conditioned. Dorm rooms do NOT have private bathrooms. They are the same dormitories that you remember from your years as students, communal bathrooms and all!

    AMENITIES:

    What childcare is available during reunion?
    Friday night: The 25th Reunion Program will have Reunion Rangers organizing games and activities for '95 kids during the family dinner at Poker Flats.

    Saturday: There is an extensive family activites program on Saturday, details can be found here.

    Saturday night: The 25th Reunion Program provides a separate kids dinner and activities (for kids 5+)** supervised by counselors at the Williamstown Youth Center from 5:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m. This is included in your kids' reunion fees but does require advance registration. Parents should plan to drop their kids off at 5:30 p.m. (as well as sign waivers and permission slips). Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Following dinner, kids will be divided into groups by age and interest. Many choices will be available including but not limited to: arts & crafts, outdoor games (basketball, tetherball, Capture the Flag), dodgeball, foosball, ping pong, quiet time in the Learning Center or Computer Lab, excursions to Images Cinema for a movie, and video games. Teens (11+) will also have the opportunity to go to local high ropes course Ramblewild. Pre-registration for Ramblewild is required (cost $35). You will have the opportunity to sign up for both programs when reunion registration opens in March 2020. Please contact the 25th Reunion Program if you have any questions.

    ** For kids four and younger, the college offers Eph Kids Night Out childcare on Saturday evening for a fee to alums from all classes. If you are not bringing a babysitter and your child is four or younger, you may want to consider this option for Saturday night. For more information about Eph Kids Night Out click here. Please note that Eph Kids Night Out does not provide dinner. Kids four and younger are welcome to join the 25th reunion kids' dinner (along with their caregivers) at WYC before you bring them to the Eph Kids Night Out program.

    Will I have cell-phone service in Williamstown?
    Yes

    How can I access the campus wireless network?
    We’ll provide you with directions on how to connect to our network upon arrival to campus.

    Will the pool be open?
    Samuelson and Muir swimming pool will be open Thursday-Friday afternoon from 2- 5pm and Saturday 1-4pm.

    Where can I find driving directions, travel information, hotel information, etc?
    Check out the Visitor’s Guide: http://www.williams.edu/home/visitors/

    STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
    Contact the 25th Reunion Program at 25th[email protected] or 413-597-4208.


  • Congratulations to Aaron Williams '95 and his family for designing our new '95 25th Reunion logo! It will be featured on many reunion items, including printed materials and '95 reunion swag.

    Download Logo Contest Instructions

    See samples of recent class logos

  • '95 Class Officers

    Co-Presidents:                           Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and Flo Waldron
    Vice President:                           Jessica Price
    Secretary:                                   David Lee
    Treasurer:                                   Brad Svrluga

    25th Reunion Committees

    Reunion Weekend Planning 

    Co-Chairs: Jessica Price, Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin and Flo Waldron
    Margaret Coady
    Mark de Kanter
    Tiffany English Kandel
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Jason Hoch
    Amy McNutt Woltman
    Kareen Odate
    Chris Oleks
    Kendra O'Neill Raine
    Eric Roiter
    Diana St. Louis
    John Streng - Golf Chair
    Anne Wenzel Hicks

    Communication and Reconnection

    Co-Chairs:TBD
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Michelle Kang Fagan
    Adam Kaplan
    David Lee
    Teresa Rodriguez
    Diana St. Louis
    Flo Waldron - Social Media Chair

    Class Book Committee

    Co-Chairs: Amy McDougal and Amy McNutt Woltman
    Margaret Coady
    Jennifer Hood DeGrenier
    Michelle Kang Fagan
    Liz Juang Laws
    Stephanie Pare Sullivan
    Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin

    Leadership Giving Committee

    Co-Chairs: Yvonne Hao and John Werwaiss
    Margaret Coady
    Gretchen Engster Howard
    Jeff Huang
    Tracy Lee Kim
    Erica Mayer
    Dunigan O'Keefe
    Brad Svrluga
    Joh Lieb (Class Agent)
    Bobby Walker (Class Agent)

    Alumni Fund Agent Team

    Co-Head Agents: John Lieb and Bobby Walker
    Joshua Attridge
    Rami Batniji
    Chris Campin
    Sheri Esteban-Elie
    Neil Glass
    Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier
    Justin Lewis
    Michelle Lung
    Tung Pham
    Kendra Raine
    Maren Reichert
    Beth Reynolds
    Brad Svrluga
    Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin
    Flo Waldron
    Suzanne Wintner