Class of 2021 Newsletter
February 2020
Greetings!
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful time with your students over winter break, and students 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 as always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out we’re here to help!
Sincerely,
Michael and Julie Britti P ’21
February
6
Thursday
Save The Date: Housing Selection 2020/21
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.
New 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.
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 Through the Cohen Career Center
The 2020 Government, Nonprofit & Education Career Fair will be held at Georgetown on Feb 7, 2020. W&M students are invited to attend and transportation will be provided. To register and for more details, students may visit their TribeCareers account. The Career Center has many different events happening this month, please encourage your student to look at TribeCareers.wm.edu for additional opportunities.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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