Class of 2020 Newsletter
April 2020
Greetings!
We hope this email finds both you and your student safe and healthy.
Much has changed since we greeted you in March. Our students and families have experienced a major shift in our daily lives.

As we navigate the unknowns our students face this semester, we are thankful for the dedicated faculty and staff who are working diligently to support our students every step of the way. As many have said during the last month, we are thankful to be part of such a supportive and resilient community.

This newsletter provides valuable information about how offices and departments continue their efforts to support our students virtually. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!
Sincerely,
Arthur and Nina Anton P’20

POSTPONED: Commencement Webinar

We will be postponing the Commencement 2020 Webinar until we learn more about the plan for 2020 Commencement.

Confidence and the Coronavirus
Watch Peter Atwater's Confidence & the Coronavirus! In the video linked here, Peter discusses why we are naturally panicking due to the occurence of the Covid-19 pandemic and what he sees ahead, given his experience and research with other major crises in confidence.
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COVID - 19
The university and its Emergency Management Team are monitoring developments related to COVID-19. Find the latest information, messages sent to campus, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to official government communications about the COVID-19 coronavirus using the link below.
Community Conversations
President Katherine A. Rowe and other featured guests hosted a virtual  Community Conversation  on March 27 to share how William & Mary has responded and continues to respond to the  COVID-19 pandemic . The president addressed many questions we have received from our community. The conversations will continue on a weekly basis each Wednesday at noon ET through May 13.
Virtual Health & Wellness
The departments of Health & Wellness is compiling a set of virtual resources, including helpful articles, on-demand videos, and virtual events that are designed to enhance student and family wellness. Check the Health & Wellness website often and subscribe to their YouTube channel  for the latest offerings.
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Flourishing During Unexpected, Uncertain and Unwanted Change
In an article provided by William & Mary's Health & Wellness Center, learn how to navigate the unexpected, uncertain, and unwanted change brought upon by Covid-19 and its wake.
Counseling Center Coping Resources
The William & Mary Counseling Center continues to be committed to providing supportive services to students. The Counseling Center will post information for the William & Mary community as they develop responses and additional resources.
When Your College Student Needs to Complete the Semester at Home
It seems as though the entire world has turned upside down. As the coronavirus spreads worldwide, many colleges are sending students home to complete their coursework online. College-at-home comes with significant challenges for both students and their parents. This special podcast episode contains essential suggestions for helping students learn to adjust to their new online learning environment.
Spring 2020 Rebate Information
William & Mary will be providing rebates to all students with a university housing contract, meal plan and/or parking pass, regardless of the use of institutional aid. The Bursar's Office has prepared this site to help students understand how the rebate programs work.

The following FAQs are provided to assist you in understanding the rebate process. If you have additional questions after reviewing the information below, please contact the W&M Bursar's Office at  bursar@wm.edu  or (757) 221-1220.
Stay Connected to Residence Life
Residence Life staff continues to provide updates regarding on-campus housing, room selection, and more. Visit their website to see the most recent updates and to learn how to get in touch with staff in the office.
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Cohen Career Center Is Still Open
The Cohen Career Center is still open and here to help your students. We are providing appointments via phone or Zoom. Appointments are available for: resume/cover letter review, career exploration, job & internship search, graduate school, networking, interviewing, Cohen funding opportunities, industry advising, and more! We also have Quick Advising hours via Zoom, Monday-Thursday, 2:00-4:00pm. Students can find helpful career resources on our website (MyCareer.wm.edu) and through TribeCareers, where employers are still posting jobs and internships.

According to a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, as of Friday, 3/20/20:

• 84% of employers are planning to continue their summer internship programs as planned.
• 13% of employers are exploring virtual options for summer experiences.
• 73% of employers are currently making changes to the workplace.
Tribe TutorZone - Virtual Resources
Many campus resources are switching to digital media to provide students with academic and holistic support. The Tribe TutorZone has gone remote and
has been fully operational since Monday, March 23.

Open seven days a week, students can schedule a meeting with a tutor by visiting our website and creating an account. All tutors have taken the courses they assist with and are trained in various tutoring techniques.
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SAS Support for Students During COVID-19
Student Accessibility Services is committed to maintaining equal access for students with diagnosed conditions amidst the transition to remote learning. We encourage students to connect with SAS as they encounter challenges or questions about accessing their accommodations in this new learning environment. We are also prepared to help students who are requesting accommodations for the first time.

Students can contact SAS at sas@wm.edu or 757-221-2512 to ask questions, express concerns, or to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with an SAS staff member.
The Haven Continues To Provide Critical Advocacy Services To Students
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous uncertainty in our communities. This uncertainty can lead to higher stress levels, especially when there are tensions at home or in inter-personal relationships. The Haven is a resource for students who need support and advocacy related to family violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse. Our office will continue to serve students confidentially through this unprecedented time. Please visit our website for support and to make a virtual appointment.
Supporting Our Communities Virtually
With students no longer on campus, the Office of Community Engagement is continuing to connect students to meaningful service opportunities to support partners near and far. Our listserv now regularly shares virtual volunteer opportunities, and summer funded internships will all be virtual experiences.
Virtual Engagement Opportunities
In this challenging time, it is more important than ever that we stay connected as a W&M community and look out for each other. The William & Mary Alumni Association offers many ways to stay involved, and we continue to add new forums and virtual events. Check our website for networking chats, webinars, Q&As with W&M alumni experts, faculty, and staff, virtual Tribe Thursday happy hours, celebrations of W&M traditions, exclusive entertainment by W&M alumni and more! You can also submit ideas for topics and recommendations for speakers and entertainment (including yourself!). 
W&M Coaches Adjust Through Communication and Technology
Every coach deals with bumps along the road. Losing streaks, disciplinary issues, injuries to key personnel … those can be expected in any athletic season. But, no one could have foreseen, or given advice on how to handle, a global pandemic.
 
Learn how the Tribe's 18 head coaches and staff will stay in touch with their athletes.
Study Abroad Transfer Credit
Did your student participate in a study abroad program during his or her time at W&M? In order to graduate on time, seniors should be sure to complete the study abroad transfer credit process as soon as possible. Have questions? Please contact wmabroad@wm.edu for assistance.
Cypher Award Application Available
Graduating students are encouraged to apply for the Cypher Award. This award recognizes up to 40 graduating students each year who have demonstrated exemplary engagement, leadership, and service to W&M during their time at W&M. The application is due April 7th.
2020 Global Education Office Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 W&M Study Abroad Photo Contest - Margot Cunningham, Nicholas Hoyt, Abe Winterscheidt, and Andrew Rath. View the winning photos and our top 20 finalists on our website. Have questions about studying abroad? Contact wmabroad@wm.edu to schedule a virtual advising appointment.
Tribe Adventure Program Spring Break
This Spring Break, 18 William & Mary students headed to Florida, as thousands of college students do. However, these students were not looking for sandy beaches. They traveled to the blue hole springs of Crystal River, FL, hoping to learn about, and swim with, manatees. Thanks to the generous support of the Parents Fund, these students were able to experience and learn about manatees up close and personal.
First Year Experience--Spring 2020
The department of First Year Experience acknowledges the extreme changes and grief over the loss of important traditions our students and their families are facing. We are continuing to reach out to students with support resources and information so they can complete their spring semester as strongly as possible. Orientation Aides were hired in late March as we prepare for Fall Orientation. We are also excited for spring training, which will be a virtual learning session for Orientation Aides. Although we are off campus, plans for Fall Orientation are still ongoing, and we are excited to welcome new students to campus.
Parent & Family Giving
During this time, students may be struggling to cover unexpected costs related to travel, access to technology, health and wellness and other unbudgeted circumstances and expenses. The university has several funds that can help support students who are facing difficult situations. Please see the funds below and consider offering your support.

Parents Fund  (0901) supports student success and resources even as students learn away from campus and provides for the most urgent needs of our students. Specifically, your gift could support counseling phone services, Tribe TutorZone scholarships, and internship funding.

HEART Fund  (4681) (Health, Emergencies, And Resources for the Tribe) was recently established to be used by the Office of Student Affairs to provide emergency support for William & Mary students.

International Student Scholarship Fund  (3568) supports the W&M international student community through direct student financial assistance for many uses including emergency grants.

William & Mary’s reputation for excellence is legendary, but it doesn’t just happen by accident.  Parents, grandparents and family members  are partners in the exceptional education and caring community that the university provides for its students.
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