The college’s 225th Commencement on June 8 was a festive send-off for the Class of 2014. During the ceremony, President Adam Falk bestowed honorary degrees on Gregory M. Avis ’80, outgoing chairman of Williams’ Board of Trustees and founding managing director of the venture capital and private equity firm Summit Partners: Michael R. Bloomberg, entrepreneur,
Williams won the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup in June—its 17th in the 19-year history of the cup. The award is presented each year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best all-around sports program for team performance. Colleges accrue points based on how their teams finish in NCAA championship events.
During Fall Convocation on Sept. 20, six alumni will receive Bicentennial Medals from the college. This year’s honorees were selected for distinguished achievement in fields relevant to The Book Unbound, a yearlong initiative celebrating the dedication of Sawyer Library taking place that weekend. The medal recipients are: Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94, Oscar-winning songwriter for the
A Williams education is excellent preparation for graduate study and future careers, according to a spring 2013 survey of 4,113 alumni in 10 classes spanning the years 1968 to 2008. The survey received 1,840 responses.
The college welcomed Sarah Mollman Underhill ’80 to the Board of Trustees on July 1. She was elected by the Society of Alumni and appointed by the trustees. A recipient of the Rogerson Cup, the college’s highest award for alumni service, Underhill is past president of the Society of Alumni and has been a class
After eight years as Williams’ VP for strategic planning and institutional diversity, Mike Reed ’75 will be joining Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., as the VP for institutional initiatives in the fall. At Williams, Reed was a leader in important college initiatives such as the formation of the Diversity Action Research Team and the re-envisioning
George Pistorius, the Frank M. Gagliardi Professor of Romance Languages, died on March 15 at the age of 92. Pistorius taught at Williams from 1963 to 1992 and chaired the Romance languages department for 11 years. Fluent in four languages, he wrote five books and many articles about 19th and 20th-century French literature and 20th-century
Late in the afternoon the Saturday before Commencement, Chapin Hall is awash in organ music as more than 1,000 people file in. Graduating seniors clad in caps and gowns fill row after row, surrounded by their families and friends. As the last people take their seats, a silence settles over the gathering. Suddenly a single,