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Williams’ Center for Development Economics drew some 60 alumni from more than 30 countries for a 50th anniversary celebration in October (see http://bit.ly/CDE50th for highlights). More than 1,000 economists have graduated from the one-year master’s program and gone on to prominent posts in their home countries.
Williams welcomed Thomas M. Balderston ’78 to its Board of Trustees in the fall, filling a vacancy left by Frederick M. Lawrence ’77, who was named president of Brandeis University. Balderston is founder of Balderston Capital and has spent 25 years building and managing venture capital portfolios as a general partner, limited partner and angel
Leyla Rouhi was named 2010 Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She is the College’s John B. McCoy and John T. McCoy Professor of Romance Languages. In addition to Spanish language classes, Rouhi has taught “Spain’s
Mika Brzezinski ’89 and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, spent election night 2010 at Williams, fielding questions from students, faculty and community members who packed the MainStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Clips of the event, “Beyond the Midterms: A New Way Forward,” were subsequently broadcast on the duo’s morning
Chris Chudzicki ’10 has won the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society for outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate. Working with his thesis adviser, physics professor Frederick Strauch, Chudzicki spent a year researching how to “efficiently and faithfully send quantum information in parallel between different parts of a quantum computer,” he says.
Yue-Yi Hwa ’11, a political economy and Arabic studies major from Malaysia, will spend two years at Oxford studying politics as a Donovan-Moody Fellowship recipient. She is writing a thesis on education policy in Malaysia, for which she received multiple summer research grants. She also served as editor-in-chief of the Record. Five other seniors will
The Williams College Museum of Art reopens on Feb. 3 after nearly two months of work on 10 redesigned galleries (including “Art Re: Art,” at left). The new exhibitions—featuring prominent works from WCMA’s collection as well as objects on loan from Yale, including sculpture by Brancusi and Giacometti and paintings by Thomas Eakins, Paul Klee
Of the 35,158 alumni Williams has produced since its founding in 1793, 74 percent are still living, according to the College Archives. Based on data collected from the General Catalogue (till 1930) and the Course Catalog, the number of Ephs receiving diplomas each year has grown from four in the Class of 1795 to 525
With 18 of 19 starters returning from last year, “Any given night, anybody can contribute,” says men’s ice hockey coach Bill Kangas, who’s in his 22nd year at Williams. His statement rang true when the Ephs, in a rare no-penalty game (their first contest on the road), won 6-1 against Babson in November with six
An early USA Today poll ranked women’s basketball 13th in the country in December. The Ephs were off to a 7-0 start, propelled by what coach Pat Manning characterizes as “tremendous focus and drive” as well as the experience and depth that come with 12 players fresh from last year’s success on the court. (The
Men’s basketball coach Mike Maker says his team is “looking to form its own identity” this year, having graduated seven seniors last June. Under the leadership of captains Troy Whittington ’11, Harlan Dodson ’11 and James Wang ’12, three of the team’s four upperclassmen, the Ephs sported an 8-0 record and a second-place ranking in
In November, the football team’s newly hired Aaron Kelton became the first Williams coach in any sport to finish a debut season with a perfect record, in his case, 8-0. The Ephs’ seventh undefeated season in 22 years culminated with a victory at Amherst (31-16) on Nov. 13. Kelton was named NESCAC Coach of the