Class of 2023 Newsletter
March 2020
Greetings!
Our students are preparing for midterm exams and a well-deserved spring break. Spring break will take place from  March 7-15 , and we hope your student can use this time to relax and rejuvenate before heading back into the final stretch of the semester.
 
Since exam time can be busy for students, we want to remind you of valuable resources on campus for their mental and physical well-being.  Health and Wellness  offers a variety of programs and appointments to help our students flourish through the season.
 
We hope that this newsletter is valuable and finds you well. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Sincerely,
June Casalmir and Joel Karns P ’23
March
17
Tuesday
Save The Date: Confidence-Driven Decision-Making Webinar

Peter Atwater will discuss confidence-driven decision-making and answer all of your questions on Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00pm .

Professor Atwater teaches confidence-driven decision-making in the Economics Department at William & Mary. Join him to learn more about this topic and how it affects your student.
MARCH NEWS
Sustainability
In pursuit of its goal to become carbon neutral by 2030, William & Mary signed a power purchase agreement with Dominion Energy who will provide just shy of 50% of the university's power from renewable energy sources. With the new agreement, William & Mary will be sourcing a larger percentage of its energy from renewable sources than any other public university in Virginia. The project (20 MW AC ) was developed by Strata Solar, which will install the solar facility on a farm located just outside of Williamsburg in James City County. Construction is estimated to begin in 2021.
Revitalization
William & Mary unveiled plans for a re-imagined Athletics Complex. The plans will revitalize Kaplan Arena, the Millie West Tennis Facility, Busch Field, and the Tribe Field Hockey Center and will establish a new state-of-the-art Sports Performance Center adjacent to the arena (approx. 167,000 square feet of new & renovated spaces). The $57-million project will transform the game-day experience for the entire William & Mary community, advance excellence in all 23 varsity sports programs, and enhance the university’s facilities — priorities outlined in Athletics’ new  strategic plan .
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.
W&M Wellness App
Health & Wellness just launched the W&M Wellness App to help increase the accessibility of information on available resources. Centralizing content on a mobile device helps students navigate a broad range of services from Campus Recreation, the Counseling Center, the Office of Health Promotion, and the Student Health Center.
20-21 Room Selection
All students who submitted a housing application by the 5:00 p.m. deadline on February 28th will be notified by mid-March of their time slots for Room Selection for the 2020-2021 academic year. Any student who did not sign a housing contract by the February deadline will be assigned at the end of the room selection process in late March, unless a roommate who signed a contract by the February deadline pulls them into a roommate group to be assigned. Questions contact living@wm.edu .
Fall 2020 Course Registration
Course registration for the Fall 2020 semester begins in late Mach and extends into early April based on social class. For a complete list of social classes and the associated registration times, visit the University's Registrar Office website.
Cohen Programming
By the end of the month, students will be considering classes for fall registration, and some will be declaring a major in order to register. Throughout the month of March, the Cohen Career Center is collaborating with the Office of Academic Advising to provide a variety of programs to help with this process. For more details, students can log into their TribeCareers account or check out their March JumpStart.
Final Exam Gifts
During the fall semester, Parent & Family Programs offered final exam kits to families – and experienced overwhelming demand! We are bringing back final exam kits this spring, but with a twist. Spring kits will include a 20 oz W&M stainless steel tumbler, hydration kits, and other W&M goodies! If you are interested in sending a final exam gift to your student, we will begin accepting pre-orders on March 17 th .
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Campus Dietitian
Stephanie May is William & Mary's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and is available on campus to answer any and all questions your student might have concerning their diet and nutritional health. She is a certified sport dietitian who specializes in a plethora of nutrition related areas including food allergies and chronic illness. If you or your student(s) have any questions, or want to set up a meeting, you can contact Stephanie by em ail at smmay@wm.edu.
Regional Network Facebook Groups
We want parents and families to have all the necessary resources to make their William & Mary experience as enriching and rewarding as possible. To do this we hope to connect parents and families with one another both on campus and at home.

Our partners in the William & Mary Alumni Association are committed to world-class engagement programs and services benefiting all W&M alumni, parents, families and friends!  Join your regional network Facebook group to get connected in your area.
2020 Study Abroad Opportunities
Is your student planning to study abroad next year? Applications for W&M Exchange and Sponsored Semester Programs (Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-2021) are due on March 16, 2020 . Students can earn credit toward graduation with our partner universities all over the world. There are also many non-W&M programs available. The registration deadline for all non-W&M Summer, Fall 2020, and Academic Year 2020-2021 programs is April 1, 2020 . Registration with the Global Education Office is required in order for students to receive academic credit for non-W&M programs.
CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Tip-Off
Kick off the CAA Men's Basketball Tournament in D.C. with fellow alumni, parents, families and friends! Wear your green & gold and show your Tribe Pride at Blackfinn on March 7 th from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and include one drink ticket and appetizers. This event is made possible by the William & Mary Alumni Association, D.C. Metro Alumni Network, and Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance (WAABA).
One Tribe One Day
William & Mary will be celebrating its seventh annual giving day - One Tribe One Day - on April 21, 2020. This special day is a chance to show how much the university means to us and the impact it has had on our lives. Around the world, and throughout the day, the Tribe community will gather to celebrate by giving back and paying it forward. Every gift, no matter the size, to any area makes a difference and strengthens William & Mary.
Thank You to Externship Hosts
Thank you to all the parents who made an impact by hosting William & Mary students for externships over Winter Break. These opportunities are so valuable for our students to experience “a day in the life” in a career field of interest. If you would like to join our externship program as a host, please contact Lisa Randolph at lrandolph@wm.edu.
Volunteer with the W&M Washington Center!
Students enrolled in W&M Study in D.C. opportunities benefit immensely from connections with D.C.-area alumni and families. Sign up today to become a W&M Washington Center Study in D.C. volunteer!
Wellness & Appreciation
Student staff in First Year Experience have been planning and implementing a variety of initiatives that focus on wellness and appreciation for their fellow students and faculty/staff who have had a meaningful impact on their transition to the university. This is especially important as we get ready for midterm exams and Spring Break in early March.
Raft Debate
Every year the Raft Debate features four W&M faculty members from diverse disciplines who are stranded on a desolate island with a one-person life raft for escape to civilization. Which faculty member should survive for the sake of humanity? This year's Raft Debate will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium. Seating is limited to first 450 people!
Tack Faculty Lecture Series
Through this series, William & Mary professors address the community on a topic of general interest at least once a semester. This semester, Hermine Pinson , the Margaret Hamilton Professor of English & Africana Studies, will present "To Make a Black Poet: Navigating a Blues Sensibility" on March 26, 2020 at 7pm in the Commonwealth Auditorium.
Parent & Family Giving
Thanks to support from the Parents Fund, first-year students are able to connect with and learn from upper-level students over the course of their first and second semesters.

This year the Parents Fund made it possible to:

• Host National Transfer Week, offering programs and events through the Office of First Year Experience, Academic Advising, Academic Enrichment, Mortar Board, Student Assembly, Tribe TutorZone, and the Writing Resource Center.

• Celebrate National First-Generation College Student Day with a catered luncheon and encouraging remarks from Provost Peggy Agouris.

• Honor Veterans Day with a breakfast for the university’s student, faculty, and staff veterans.

Please mark your calendars for One Tribe One Day on Tuesday, April 21 and plan to make a gift in recognition of your student and all the bright and talented students at William & Mary. Your gift is a celebration of this community and of all that your student has accomplished this year. We are grateful for your participation in the Tribe family.
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