Class of 2023 Newsletter
February 2020
Greetings!
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful time with your students over winter break, and they are settling in well to new routines for the spring semester.
 
Charter Day Weekend is just around the corner. On Friday, February 7th William & Mary will celebrate the university's 327th birthday. Visit the W&M Charter Day website to learn more about this important tradition.
 
As this new semester commences, feel free to consult the academic calendar for Spring 2020 . And we hope you'll consider joining us this month for the Parent & Family Webinars (more information below). As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out — we’re here to help!
Sincerely,
June Casalmir and Joel Karns P ’23
February
6
Thursday
Save The Date: Housing Selection Webinar
Leaders from Residence Life will provide an overview of the  2020 room selection process  and answer all of your questions on Thursday, February 6th at 12:00pm .

Associate Director for Administration Harriet Kendall will take you in-depth on the process of living on campus. Tune in to learn about deposit deadlines, timeline for the spring semester, and anything else about which you have questions!
FEBRUARY NEWS
Charter Day
William & Mary’s Charter Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 7th, at the Kaplan Arena.
This year's celebration will mark 327 years since the university was established by it’s Royal Charter. Festivities will involve students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as the local community.
W&M Vision, Mission, Values
The Board of Visitors unanimously endorsed William & Mary’s new  vision, mission and values  statements,

The statements reflected roughly six months’ work by two committees that included input from the entire William & Mary community, including students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Alternative Spring Break Opportunities
William & Mary offers students many options for how to spend spring break (March 7-15) through participating in community engagement. The organizations hosting trips over the 2020 spring break are, Paul’s Place , Lynchburg Grows , Senior Connections , & Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic
Spring Break Shuttle Service
Students that need a ride to the Newport News (PHF) or Richmond (RIC) airport for Spring Break can reserve a seat on a W&M Transportation shuttle. Rides are $36 each way and depart at the Sadler Center Terrace. Reservations open Feb. 3 . There are also plenty of third party shuttle services that students can use which are listed on the Parking & Transportation Service’s website.
Room Selection 20-21
We are excited to share that the 2020-2021 Housing Application and Contract will go live Monday, February 3, 2020. Students will receive housing information directly to their W&M email accounts. Keep in mind that the class of 2023 are required to live on for their second year at W&M. For more information about the housing selection process you can visit our website under Room Selection & Housing Assignments. The deadline to be eligible to participate in the room selection process is February 28, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.
Study Abroad In The Fall
Is your student interested in going abroad next year? Applications for W&M Exchange and Sponsored Semester programs for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020–2021 are due by March 15, 2020. Have questions? The Global Education Office has walk-in hours 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Tommy Orange Visit
The William & Mary community was fortunate to bring Tommy Orange, author of this year's common text "There There," to campus. On January 23rd, Orange held a campus wide lecture, and on January 24th there was a private breakfast for any first-year student to join. Attendees got the opportunity to discuss major themes from the book as well as implications for our society with the New York Times best-selling author.
Spring Orientation
This January William & Mary welcomed the newest members of the Tribe at Spring Orientation! They participated in sessions ranging in topics from flourishing, academic excellence, diversity and campus resources to help ensure a smooth transition and integration into our community.
Tribe Athletics Official Ticket Sponsor
William & Mary Athletics announced, in partnership with Van Wagner Sports, that TicketSmarter has joined its corporate partner program.

As the official ticket marketplace sponsor,  TicketSmarter  now offers William & Mary fans the opportunity buy and sell tickets for the Tribe's home and away games, including the 2020 Colonial Athletics Association Men's Basketball Tournament at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, DC, starting on March 7 and running through to the championship game on March 10.
W&M Professionals Week
Come together with the W&M community all over the world Feb. 24-28, 2020 as we celebrate our Tribe network, help each other grow professionally and strengthen our connections. All are welcome! From breakfasts and happy hours in your area to webinars and speed networking online — there's a wide variety of opportunities to connect with the William & Mary community and advance your career!
February Events at the Cohen Career Center
MACE: My Active Career Exploration Spring 2020 Registration is open until Wednesday, February 5 - MACE is a six-week, non-credit program, open only to first-years and sophomores, guiding them through the career exploration process through assessment and research, ending with the creation of a Three-Semester Plan. If your student is interested in participating in the full program, they can register below.

What I Wish I'd Known - Internships & Funding – Wednesday, February 26 – Students can hear from a panel of seniors sharing their experiences and advice they wish they’d known about internships. They'll talk about finding internships, applying and accepting, and getting the most out of the experience. After the panel, we'll share more about using Tribe Careers to find opportunities for this summer, as well as details for Funding for Unpaid Summer Experiences.
Stepping Into Excellence Black Expo
This cultural event taking place on February 22 from 2-4PM will feature Black Owned Businesses from Virginia, and aspiring student entrepreneurs. It will offer a day of community engagement, education, and culture in celebration of Black History Month! Hosted by William and Mary's Black Student Organization, Essence Women of Color, and the Center for Student Diversity.
W&M Says Farewell to Single-Use Plastics
As a part of William & Mary’s ongoing sustainability efforts, W&M Dining Services has implemented a phase-out of its single-use plastics. So far single-use plastics have been eliminated from both the Commons Dining Hall and the Sadler Center. Due to these efforts, among others, William & Mary Dining has become certified by the Green Restaurant Association.
Last Day for OA Applications
February 3rd at 11:59 pm is the last day to apply to be an Orientation Aide. If you student is interested in the position, encourage them to apply!
Parent & Family Giving
Love is in the air, and we love our donors! This month, we highlight how the Parents Fund supports diversity and inclusion resources on campus.

This year, the Parents Fund makes possible:
  • The Neurodiversity Summer Bridge Program – a weekend-long, overnight event that provides incoming neurodivergent students the opportunity to meet and socialize with other neurodivergent students while also providing tools and identifying resources that will assist in neurodiverse students’ transition from high school to college.
  • A President’s Council Retreat – twice per year, presidents of cultural organizations who are advised by the Center for Student Diversity meet to focus on organizational leadership, collaboration, marketing, and program planning. Additionally, monthly President’s Council meetings through the year help reinforce these key leadership skills.
  • Preparing for Life as a University Student (PLUS) – this program brings together student mentors with program participants through monthly workshops designed to help new students adjust to life as a college student.
  • Student Chinese Translator – with fluency in Chinese languages, this student assists in the creation of publications for distribution to Chinese families.

Please make or renew your gift to the Parents Fund today and help us reach our goal of $1 million by June 30, 2020. Your gifts help students grow personally, academically and professionally.
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