Digging Deeper

Claiming Williams Day word cloud

On Jan. 31 students, faculty and staff came together to celebrate Claiming Williams Day, aimed at building an inclusive community on campus. With the theme “Dare to Dig Deeper,” the day kicked off with an address in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance by Melissa Harris-Perry and continued on into the evening with forums,

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A Living Building

Kellogg House, artist's rendering

The nearly 220-year-old Kellogg House—soon to be the shared home of the Center for Environmental Studies and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives—will undergo a “green” renovation and expansion. And in February the campus learned that the college is pursuing the extraordinary designation of “Living Building,” a status attained by only a handful of projects and never before attempted with a historical renovation.

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I Am Williams, Taylor Bundy

“I Am Williams,” an ongoing photographic exhibition that grew out of the Diversity Initiatives of 2004, now has a dynamic new home online. So far the website includes about half of the project’s 350 participants, who were photographed during professional shoots starting in 2006. Along with printed posters hanging all over campus, the website serves as the beginnings of a living, evolving collection of the individuals who, together, form the Williams community. Check it out at

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“She did it all by herself for a long time…”


Rebecca Brooks ’00, head coach of girls’ basketball at the Pomfret School in Connecticut, on Williams women’s basketball coach Pat Manning, who has led the team for 22 years.

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By the Numbers… Feeding Students

Feeding students

On a typical day, the college’s three main dining halls serve 4,300 meals to 2,000 students. Those meals are healthier and fresher—with ingredients more likely to be locally sourced—than ever before, says Bob Volpi, director of dining services. Students can even use a tool available on the web and mobile devices that helps them compare meals, plan a balanced diet and screen menus for allergens ( Here’s what they’re eating.

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Burger Named President of Southwestern

Edward B. Burger

Edward B. Burger, the college’s Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics, will become the 15th president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

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In Memoriam, Spring 2013

John A. MacFadyen

The Williams community notes the passing of four members of the faculty since last fall: John A. MacFadyen ’45, Philip K. Hastings ’44, Olga “Ollie” Beaver and Henry Bruton.

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A Closer Look… Running the Show


It’s a dark, chilly night outside the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The front lobby and main hallway are eerily quiet; just a few students pass through on the way to dinner. But open a door to the backstage area, and a riot of sound bursts out.

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