On June 7, Williams held its 226th Commencement, celebrating the Class of 2015. During the ceremony, President Adam Falk gave honorary degrees to Nobel Prize-winning chemist Mario J. Molina, Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula M. Burns, two-term former Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick and writer Gish Jen. Burns then gave the Commencement Address, telling the
The college welcomed Timothy A. Barrows ’79, Jeffrey S. Harleston ’82 and Valerie A. DiFebo ’84 to its Board of Trustees on July 1. They are joined by Gregory H. Woods ’91, who stepped down after a brief term as alumni trustee in 2012, after he was appointed general counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy.
“He was a large presence in our lives….It’s hard to imagine Williams without Jimmy, and his name… and his memory…will be there forever.” —President Adam Falk in a post on the Wall Street Journal‘s MoneyBeat blog about the June 17 passing of James B. Lee ’75, a current Williams trustee, at the age of 62.
Economics professor Jessica Leight has received a $1.3 million Department of Labor grant to study whether life-skills training and mentoring by older female role models in Rajasthan, India, can influence girls’ participation in education and the workforce. Leight will travel to India throughout the four-year grant period, and her research will be shared with policymakers and
Leticia Smith-Evans ’99 joined the campus community July 1 as vice president for institutional diversity and equity, succeeding Mike Reed ’75, who’s now a VP at Dickinson College. In this role, she’ll lead efforts to develop programs and policies strengthening Williams’ commitment to equity and inclusion. She’ll also support the college’s work to diversify its
Williams won the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup in June—its 18th in the cup’s 20-year history. The award is presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best all-around sports program based on team performance. After trailing in fall competition, a strong spring season put Williams ahead of Johns Hopkins University
Five alumni will receive Bicentennial Medals for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor” during Convocation Sept. 19. This year’s recipients are: Mike Curtin ’86, CEO of D.C. Central Kitchen, whose groundbreaking programs train formerly homeless and incarcerated adults for culinary careers and provide millions of healthy meals to at-risk populations; Jonathan Fielding ’64, whose academic research
Dean of the Faculty Denise Buell details what Williams spends per student each year—and exactly how we spend it—in the video “College: What It’s Worth, What We Value.” While the concept of Mark Hopkins and the log “may sound simple,” she says, “it’s definitely not cheap.”
It’s 6 p.m. on a sunny day near the end of the spring semester. Just as High Lawn Farm Manager Roberto Laurens is ending his shift, Yvette Belleau (above), a prep and service attendant at Williams’ Paresky Center, is beginning hers. Belleau is getting ready to make gelato for the Lee Snack Bar— and the