Writings and Remarks

The Passing of Phebe Cramer

To the Williams community, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Phebe Cramer, emerita professor of psychology, passed away on Friday, April 2, at Berkshire Medical Center.  Having earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1962 from New York… Continue reading »

Covid rates and public health measures on campus

Dear Williams students, faculty and staff, We’re writing with important news about Covid rates and measures on campus. As of today the college has recorded six positive Covid tests among students in the last seven days. Five are reported on our Covid dashboard, and the sixth will be posted in… Continue reading »

Initial details of our Spring 2021 Commencement plan

Dear Williams Seniors, This letter shares some basic early information about our Spring 2021 Senior Celebration. It’s being shared with the whole campus, since we know many people other than seniors are interested. It will also be forwarded to families this evening. We’re pleased to tell you that, as planned, an… Continue reading »

Announcing tentative in-person plan for Fall 2021

Williams students, faculty and staff, I’m writing to announce that, if trends continue as predicted and hoped for, we’re planning to open for a fully in-person Williams Fall 2021 semester. I’m happy to think about the possibility and hope you are, too. This is a tentative plan. If… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bob Behr

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to report that Robert “Bob” Vaughn Behr ’55, who retired early in 1996 after a lengthy tenure in the Alumni Relations Office, passed away on Sunday, March 14. He was 87. Bob’s Williams story is… Continue reading »

Supporting Asian and Asian-American Members of Our Community

To the Williams Community, Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, Asian and Asian-American communities around the country have increasingly been subjected to anti-Asian discriminaton and hate crimes. Iona Cheng, Noel Quintana, Vicha Ratanapakdee. These are names you may have read in the news this year. Each… Continue reading »

New option for college-sponsored travel

Williams students, faculty and staff, Earlier this afternoon the NESCAC athletic conference announced plans to hold a shortened spring 2021 competition season starting in mid-April, subject to continued stability or improvement in the Covid outlook. We want to announce that Williams will participate, within the context of a broader plan… Continue reading »

Regarding the Wood house party and aftermath

Williams students, faculty and staff, In the aftermath of the party at Wood House I want to share an informational update. As importantly, I also want to take this opportunity to reflect after an awful week for many of us. Here are a few facts before I turn to broader… Continue reading »

Regarding an unsafe party on campus last night

Williams students (this is being copied to faculty and staff), An estimated 80 to 100 people gathered for a party inside Wood House last night. When Campus Safety arrived on scene the attendees fled. CSS noted that many people at the party were either completely without masks or were wearing… Continue reading »

Starting Our Spring Semester

Williams faculty, staff and students, Welcome to the start of the Spring 2021 semester. When I wrote last February’s message, people were coming and going in the usual bustle of campus life. Few could have predicted what the ensuing twelve months would bring. Now here we are on the cusp… Continue reading »