Class of 2020 Newsletter
December 2019
Greetings!
As another eventful and educational semester at William & Mary ends, an exciting season begins! Between campus and community traditions like Yule Log and the Grand Illumination, the fall semester is ending on a festive note.

The last day of classes is December 6 and final exams will be held from December 9th to the 18th. We wish all students the best of luck on their exams, and hope you will enjoy lots of family time with your student over break. 

Due to winter break, there will be no January newsletter, so on behalf of William & Mary, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Sincerely,
Arthur and Nina Anton P’20
December
16
Monday
Save The Date: Cohen Career Center Webinar
On  Monday, December 16th  at  12:00pm  hear from Kathleen I. Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development at William & Mary, on programs, services and connections for your students. The webinar will be an overview of how William & Mary supports students in their career development and readiness.

Please take a few moments and share your experience with us so that we can better improve our sessions for next semester!
PREPARING FOR BREAK
Break Transportation
Is your student traveling beyond Williamsburg for any one of their breaks this semester? Parking & Transportation Services offers a Shuttle Service to both Richmond and Newport News. They also provide a list of shuttles/transportation options to other areas of high frequency travel through third party organizations.
Winter Break
Winter Break takes place December 19 - January 17. All undergraduate halls except Tribe Square close at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 and reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 . Tribe Square will remain open during the break. International students can contact the Reves Center regarding Winter Break options.
Powering Through Finals
Finals can be a stressful time for students so here are some things you can do to help!

  • Encourage Self Care: Remind your student to get regular sleep, take breaks, get outside, socialize, and eat regular meals.

  • Work Smart Not Hard: Break large projects/studying for exams exams up into sections, attend study sessions, & go to office hours. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

  • Moral Support: Call your student and offer words of encouragement, make sure they know you are there for them, and reassure them of their efforts.

In addition, a great resource for students is William & Mary's Health & Wellness Center. The wellness center provides free classes, workshops, and mindfulness initiatives for students to help manage stress. Students are also invited to stop by the FYE tables in Sadler and Swem for apple cider, hot cocoa, study supplies, and some extra study motivation!
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Resources For Finals
The Dean of Students Office offers students help concerning academic enrichment. This includes, but is not limited to, time management, stress management, study techniques, and general academic guidance. Visit the DOS website to learn about study skills, tutors, workshops, and more!
Student Account Updates
Important Dates
 Tuition Payment Plans for the spring semester (2020) will be available on Dec. 12, 2019

  • The deadline for Spring 2020 Tuition is Jan. 3, 2020

Refunds
Are you expecting a financial aid refund? Direct deposit refunds are sent electronically to the bank account designated in eServices.

eServices
Check with your student to be sure you are set up as an Authorized User in eServices. This will allow you to receive eStatement notifications, have access to view, and pay, the bill, as well as be able to enroll in the monthly Tuition Payment Plan.

For step-by-step instructions on how to have your student grant you authorized user status, please feel free to use the guidelines set forth by W&M Financial Operations HERE.
DECEMBER NEWS
Yule Log Ceremony
William & Mary's most treasured holiday tradition is the annual Yule Log Ceremony, held this year on December 14th. During the ceremony, the entire William & Mary student body squeezes into the Wren Courtyard to enjoy music, food, and speeches. Afterwards, students file into the Wren Building to throw a ceremonial holly sprig into the yule log fire for good luck. If you would like to attend the ceremony but cannot make it to campus, there will be over 30 ceremonies held across the country.
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Spring Meals Plans
Student meal plan selections will roll from fall to spring, but between 12/3 and 1/31, students are allowed to make eligible changes. Any remaining fall Dining Dollars will be added to spring meal plans in early February after add/drop. Stay up to date with Dining News by signing up for the Dining Services Newsletter
W&M Holds Highest Public School Athlete Graduation Rate in Nation
The latest release of the NCAA graduation rate data put William & Mary athletics in first for all public schools in the nation, for the 15th year in a row. William & Mary has 86% of it’s athletes graduate, well above the national average of 68%, thus proving true the goal of William & Mary in providing student athletes with a holistic student-athlete experience.
Student Leadership Foundation - Accepting Applications Now!
Student Leadership Foundation is a program for freshman and sophomore leaders that allows participants the opportunity to learn about themselves, to deepen their understanding of leadership, and how to apply a variety of leadership concepts to impact positive change. Additionally, it will introduce them to a wide range of resources on campus, including other leaders! Following the SLF Kick-Off Retreat on Saturday, February 8th, participants will meet weekly through mid-April. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 27th and students selected to participate will be notified by Friday, January 31st. Interested students can apply on TribeLink.
First Generation Celebration Day
On November 8th, W&M celebrated National First-Generation College Student Day with a catered luncheon. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff members in attendance enjoyed time spent connecting with others and hearing from Provost Agouris. The Provost gave short remarks on the importance of their accomplishments, while also acknowledging campus support.
Orientation Aide Hiring
The fall semester is coming to a close and winter break is upon us. The 2019-2020 Orientation Area Directors are gearing up to make this an exciting Orientation Aide recruiting season The Orientation Aide application will go live on December 6th, and will be open over winter break to allow candidates time to apply. This year’s group of OADs want to hire a staff of individuals whom offer all kinds of life experiences to help our new students transition into the William & Mary community. Encourage your student to apply!
Upcoming Cohen Career Center Sponsored Trips
Starting in January, Cohen has several industry exploration trips for W&M students. These trips are all excellent opportunities for students to network and learn about career pathways in their fields. Details and registration for each of these trips will be in TribeCareers.wm.edu. A Day in D.C. Friday, January 17, 2020 Visiting The Brookings Institution, The Public International Law & Policy Group, and The Department of State Creative Careers Immersion Trip in NYC Visits to include Nickelodeon, FleishmanHillard, and Penguin Press Inaugural Tech Trek in San Francisco March 7-11, 2020 Visiting Apple, Uber, Lyft, Twitter, and Slack
Williamsburg Engagement/WE Teams
Nine W & M students make up the Williamsburg Engagement team where they help sustain two local agencies with their weekly programming efforts. These students give 2-3 hours of their time once a week to a local agency to positively impact people's lives in the community and learn the inter-workings of the non-profit and its importance in Williamsburg.

To learn more about our Williamsburg Engagement/WE Teams and if your student is interested in joining our team for the Spring Semester of 2020 please visit our website .
DC Summer Institutes Applications Open
Is your student interested in working and living in DC over the summer? Applications for the 2020 DC Summer Institutes are now open. Students can study one of three topics: American Politics, Leadership & Community Engagement, or News & Media. Earn 7 credits while interning in our nation's capital! For more information, please contact Program Manager Erin Battle at 202-836-8607 or eebattle@wm.edu.
The Perfect Gift
Are you searching for a memorable gift for you student? Take a moment to look at all the exclusive gift options offered by the William & Mary Alumni Association.
Parent & Family Giving
As the semester draws to a close, your students may be thankful for the academic support they have received at the Tribe TutorZone. The Parents Fund provided scholarships to students with high financial need, giving them access to over 200 hours of tutoring in just the first two months of the semester. Thank you for giving students the resources they need to be successful!

“The Tribe TutorZone provided me with tools of organization and preparedness that fit my needs. My tutor was very kind and patient with me and helped me organize events and assignments that were at times very stressful for me to handle.”

Please consider a gift to the Parents Fund this Giving Tuesday and throughout the year!
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