Notice

Williams to Honor Five Bicentennial Medalists

During Fall Convocation on Sept. 8, the college will award five alumni with Bicentennial Medals for “significant achievement in any field of endeavor.” This year’s medalists are: Erin I. Burnett ’98, a TV journalist and the host of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront; Kathleen A. Merrigan ’82, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and

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Changes to the Board of Trustees Announced

The college’s Board of Trustees welcomed five new members on July 1: Brian D. Carpenter ’86, James B. Lee Jr. ’75, Caron Garcia Martinez ’81, Clarence Otis Jr. ’77 and Martha Williamson ’77. Martinez was elected by the Society of Alumni in the spring, and Carpenter was appointed to replace Gregory H. Woods ’91, who

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Emeritus Status Awarded to Eight

  On May 10, more than 60 alumni from across the country and as far away as Germany surprised Robert Dalzell at his last class before his retirement as the Fred Rudolph Professor of American Culture. Dalzell was granted emeritus status at the end of the year along with the late Ernest Brown, professor of

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Math Scores High Marks

Williams’ student math teams earned accolades during the 2011-12 academic year, first by placing in the top 10 and receiving an honorable mention out of 460 teams in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in December. Another group then took first prize in the Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Competition at Central Connecticut State University in

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College Celebrates 223rd Commencement

The Class of 2012 was treated to fabulous weather for graduation on June 3. Festivities included a commencement address by noted surgeon and author Atul Gawande (pictured top, at left, with Williams President Adam Falk) and a speech by Phi Beta Kappa Speaker Anders E. Schneider (bottom right). Check out p. 10 of this issue

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Goldstein, Nugent Receive Nat’l Recognition for their Publications

Language professors Darra Goldstein and Christopher Nugent received national awards this spring for their published work. Goldstein, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian, received the 2012 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award for Publication of the Year for her quarterly journal Gastronómica. Nugent, professor of Chinese, received the Association of Asian Studies’ Joseph

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Sawyer Library: A Bird’s-Eye View

A peek out a fourth-floor window of Stetson Hall offers a great view of construction of the new Sawyer Library, on schedule to open for fall 2014. Visit http://bit.ly/KKYWLh for the latest construction updates.

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Student Entrepreneurs Win Seed Capital

Katy Gathright and Imran Khoja, both Class of 2012, are staying in Williamstown this summer, working to launch their “socially conscious flash sales web business,” Designed Good. In a business plan competition judged by a panel of alumni, the students received a $15,000 seed grant, office space and free legal advice. The competition capped a

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Ephs Place Third in Directors’ Cup

With NCAA championship titles for women’s crew and tennis—which each set records with seven and five consecutive NCAA wins, respectively— Williams took third in the race for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, given each year to the best all-around athletics program for performance in 18 sports. It’s the first time in 14 years—and the second

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In Memoriam

The college last spring noted the passing of two influential community members—music professor Ernest Brown and former alumni secretary John English ’32. Brown “broadened culturally the college’s engagement with music,” stated President Adam Falk in a letter to the Williams community announcing the ethnomusicologist’s death, at the age of 64, after a three-year struggle with

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Taking the Long View

When it comes to building a winning team, Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting ’84 is opting to play small ball. And it’s starting to pay off. Once the legendary team of Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski and “Pops” Willie Stargell, the Pirates in recent years have come to achieve a different sort of celebrity. In 2011

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