Virtual Ephs

Williams is here for you, steadfast in our commitment to connecting the Eph community -- wherever you may be. We invite you to explore the content of this page as a source of enjoyment and inspiration, but perhaps most importantly, as a source of connection. As President Mandel reminded us, “Williams is more than a campus. Williams is all of us. And we will find ways to connect and thrive and celebrate our connections despite even these most unprecedented challenges.” We look forward to engaging, learning, and connecting with you.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE

PURPLE PROSE: A BOOK CLUB FOR EPHS  
January 7, 2021 - March 11,2021
Williams Alumni Relations invites you to participate in our fourth Purple Prose Book Club community read, Just Us: An American Conversation. In this virtual book club, the Eph community can connect in a private forum to exchange thoughts and participate in discussion. We will spend the next two months with this work, so that you have plenty of time for reading. Participation is free – you just need a copy of the book.

EPHS "Every Person Has a Story" | Bicentennial Initiative

Maybe you took the road less traveled. Maybe an Eph helped you along the way. Maybe you've pushed Williams to change and evolve. Maybe you just want to revel in a tale of pure Eph joy and togetherness.
From Eph encounters that lift you up to ways our community has let you down, we’re looking for the stories of what it means to be a Williams alum—and, most importantly, what we mean to each other. Visit alumni.williams.edu/200 to submit your story.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

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January 6 @ 3pm ET
Williams NorCal: Seafood Stew Cooking Demo w/ Chef Tim Shaw '89
Join Tim Shaw '89 in his kitchen as he demonstrates how to prepare Cioppino, which originated in San Francisco, using fresh Pacific catch to create a delicious Mediterranean-style seafood stew.  In addition to sharing a few suggestions for wines to pair with this dish, Tim will go over the history of the Cioppino, which was popularized by Northern Italian fishermen in North Beach in the middle of the 19th century.
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January 9 @ 2pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Alumni Winter Study | EPHS 109 Introduction to Family Storytelling
Instructors: Robbi Behr ’97 & Matthew Swanson ’97 | Professional Author/Illustrator Duo
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January 14 @ 8pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Alumni Winter Study | EPHS 114 The Making & Unmaking of Purple Cocktails (and Mocktails)
Instructor: Ken Wyatt ’84| 44° North® Vodka
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January 17 @ 2pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Alumni Winter Study | EPHS 117 Creative Baking: A Community-Based Experience
Instructor: Christopher Sewell 05 | Black Yard Eph Bakery
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January 19 @ 5:30pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Alumni Winter Study | EPHS 119 Bridging Theory and Practice: Art-Inspired Yoga
Instructor: Emily Kamen MA’20 | Art Historian & Yoga Teacher
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January 23 @ 8pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Alumni Trivia Night
Enjoy a fun and spirited evening of trivia, including a Williams-specific round! Recruit up to six teammates, play solo, or meet new Ephs on a randomized team!
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January 27 @ 3pm ET
[email protected] Workshop: Remote Communications Skills w/ Brandt Johnson '87
Through a lively mix of discussion and interactive exercises, Brandt Johnson ‘87 (co-founder of Syntaxis, a Manhattan-based communication skills training firm) will guide you through the essential elements of getting your message across via videoconference. Topics will include authenticity, audience awareness, clarity, distractions, body language, eye contact and production values such as audio, video and lighting.
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January 28 @ 8pm ET
SOCIETY OF ALUMNI BICENTENNIAL EVENT:
Official Live Premiere
Join us for the official live premiere of the Society of Alumni Bicentennial with special performances, reflective retrospection, messages and greetings from Ephs everywhere, and an open invitation to our entire community to celebrate this milestone!

WCMA VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Visit artmuseum.williams.edu for more information on WCMA's digital programs and offerings.

Collection Explorer

An experimental visual browser for the collection of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Landmarks

Dive into WCMA's latest photography exhibition, Landmarks, with a full video tour by Curator of American Art Horace Ballard.

Object Lab

Virtually experience Object Lab, a hybrid gallery-classroom that visualizes the Williams liberal arts curriculum through the museum collection.

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN

SUMMER FACULTY LECTURES SERIES

EPHCASTS: Short Videos by Williams Faculty & Staff

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT

PURPLE PRIDE

UPDATES FROM CAMPUS

SUPPORT EPHS

Not surprisingly, Williams alumni have been reaching out to ask how they can help students and fellow alumni.  Fortunately, Williams already has robust systems in place to connect students and alumni — and alumni to each other.

1. Utilize EphLink as an effective and efficient way to mentor undergrads and other alumni, as well as tap into the wealth of resources to be found on the platform, including an alumni-to-alumni jobs board and discussion groups aligned around shared interests. Because we appreciate that everything about your life has changed – including your daily routine – please know that EphLink enables you to customize your level of engagement, from availability to areas of expertise. Joining the EphLink community is easy; feel free to reach out to mentoring​@williams​.edu with questions.

2. Post Full-Time Jobs, Internships or Virtual Short-Term Projects. As you can imagine, Williams students, especially our graduating Class of 2020, are suddenly faced with a job market that has plummeted from the best in 50 years to among the worst. Some hiring organizations have already rescinded job offers and many remain undecided. If your organization has any student/entry-level opportunities – from a full-time job offer, to an 8-10 week internship or even a virtual short-term project – we ask that you share them via the ’68 Center for Career Exploration For Alumni page. If you have questions or need assistance posting your opportunities, please reach out to recruiting​@williams​.edu.

3. The best way to provide financial support for students is through the Alumni Fund & Parents Fund, designated for highest priorities. Williams is committed to taking care of all of our students during this transition and time of uncertainty.  It’s the unrestricted current dollars from the Alumni Fund & Parents Fund that give the college the flexibility to rise to the occasion in emergencies. If you would like to support these efforts you may make gifts online at give2.williams.edu. Beyond designating for highest priorities, you may indicate “COVID-19” in the special instructions portion of the giving form to convey your intent.

4. If you want to make a connection with fellow Ephs to provide continuity in this unsettled time you can look up individual alumni in the directory.  You’ll find ways to find and connect with alumni affinity groups here.
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