Writings and Remarks

The Passing of Marsha Altschuler

To the Williams community, With the passing of Marsha Altschuler, Professor of Biology, Emerita, and former chair of the biology department, on Thursday, September 12, I want to take this opportunity to recognize her many contributions to the Williams community and share a few remembrances from friends and colleagues who knew… Continue reading »

Welcome to the start of Fall 2019!

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, Welcome back! Whether you stayed at Williams or left town, I hope you had a rejuvenating few months. And to our new students, faculty and staff members: welcome to your first fall at Williams! I’m so pleased that you’re joining our community, and I’m… Continue reading »

Alumni Phonecast with President Mandel: June 2019 (audio)

Full recording of a June 13, 2019, conference call open to all Williams alumni. President Mandel discussed Williams’ future and took callers’ questions on topics ranging from strategic planning to campus politics to affordability. The call was hosted and emceed by Society of Alumni President Tom Gardner ’79. Continue reading »

The Passing of Grace Eleanor Bump

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned the sad news that retired assistant supervisor in Facilities Grace Bump passed away on Tuesday, July 16, at Williamstown Commons. She was 97. A North Adams native, she attended local schools and worked at the former Cornish Wire factory (now Cable Mills) in… Continue reading »

The Passing of Elizabeth Louise Milanesi

Williams staff and faculty, I write to share the sad news of the passing of Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Milanesi, former assistant to the College Librarian. Betty passed away at her home in North Adams on Wednesday, at the age of 81. Betty was born in 1937, the daughter of Howard… Continue reading »

The Passing of Alfred Cross

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of retired custodian Alfred “Al” Cross, who passed away on Sunday, July 7, in Pittsfield. He was 91. Al was born in Adams and attended local schools. He joined the Williams staff in 1969 and… Continue reading »

On Campus Activism: From the Summer 2019 Williams Magazine

President’s column from the Summer 2019 edition of Williams Magazine. Explore the full summer issue at https://magazine.williams.edu/2019/summer/ It’s summer in Williamstown: a wonderful time to step out onto campus and feel the embrace of mountains on all sides. And yet this summer also feels like the quiet… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bertrand Lavoie

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that retired groundskeeper Bertrand “Frenchie” Lavoie, who worked in Buildings and Grounds (Facilities) for nearly 30 years, passed away on Saturday, June 22. He was 93. A native of Quebec, Canada—the third of 16 children in his family—Bertrand was… Continue reading »

Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion

To the Williams community, In November 2018 I charged an ad hoc committee with recommending to me “a set of speaker invitation guidelines that would demonstrate our full commitment to both inquiry and inclusion.” The committee has delivered their report, and it’s my pleasure to direct you to it on the … Continue reading »