Writings and Remarks

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 »

Response to Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3)

Dear Jallicia, Effua, Rebecca, Teal, Ashley, Suji, Mijon and Mike, I want to thank you, as the dedicated Ephs who have organized the Alumni Against Anti-Blackness (A3) effort, and the many others who have signed on in solidarity. I share many of your specific concerns about… Continue reading »

The Passing of Janice Richards

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned that retired staff member Janice Richards, who was a custodian at the college for more than 20 years, passed away on January 7. She was 85. Born and raised in North Adams, she attended local schools. Known… Continue reading »

The Passing of Shirley Wolfe

Williams staff and faculty, We just learned the sad news that retired custodian Shirley Wolfe passed away on December 1 at her home in North Adams. She was 95. In light of the pandemic, we may not receive such notices as promptly as we would under normal circumstances, though I… Continue reading »