Class of 2023 Newsletter
November 2019
We can’t believe it’s November and that our freshmen have been in Williamsburg for a couple of months already! Some students may be traveling home for Thanksgiving Break (November 27-December 1) while some will stay on campus. Not to worry— all residence halls will remain open during this time. 

This month is a great time for students from all class years to visit the Cohen Career Center to learn how the team can help them in their career exploration and prepare them to make good use of their upcoming breaks. The deadline to apply for Winter Break Externships is November 8!

We hope this newsletter will help you prepare your student to thrive both academically and personally as they think ahead to next semester and beyond.

June Casalmir and Joel Karns P ’23
Save The Date: Counseling Center Webinar
On  Friday, November 8th  at  12:00pm  Parent & Family Programs will host W&M's Director of the Counseling Center. Join us as we discuss the services and programs available to your students through the Counseling Center, and learn how you can support your student through the remainder of the semester.
Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break takes place this month from November 27- December 1. All Residence Halls will remain open during this time.

Dining Halls will not be operating on their normal schedule. You can view and print those hours here.
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.
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.
Turkey Talk: Conversations with Your Student
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reconnect with your student — especially if this is the first time they’ve been home since move-in day.

Pace yourself! Don’t try to have all these conversations at once, and also don’t fret if you can’t get to all of them. Winter break will be here soon.
Dining Dollars Now Roll Over to Spring Semester
Student's Dining Dollars will now roll over from fall semesters to spring semesters. Though unused Dining Dollars will still expire at the end of the spring semester and not carry to the next academic year.

Student's Dining Dollars can be used at all William & Mary dining options, such as dining halls, campus stores, Aroma's, the Daily Grind, and Chick-fi-A  ®. Remember that purchases made with Dining Dollars are tax free.
William & Mary Athletics Sets Forth 'Tribe 2025' Plan
'Tribe 2025' is a new strategic plan that is being put into place in order to achieve new levels of athletic excellence while helping to raise the University's national prominence. The 23-page plan identifies and outlines 6 overall goals for the program. Those goals include:
  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Competitive Success
  3. Financial Stability
  4. Fulfilling of Student-Athlete Experience
  5. Uncompromising Ethics
  6. Excellent Facilities
Visit the link below to learn more about the future of William & Mary Athletics and uncover a more in-depth look at the 'Tribe 2025' plan.
Summer 2020 Study Abroad Open House
Is your student interested in studying abroad this summer for W&M credit? Applications for W&M’s faculty-led summer abroad programs and for Reves Summer Scholarships will be open on Monday, November 4, 2019 and are due by Monday, February 3, 2020. Learn more at the Summer Study Abroad Open House on Wednesday, November 6th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Sadler Center in Chesapeake BC, or contact for more information.
How Students Should be Using in November
All W&M students have access to upcoming events, programs, and opportunities through The Cohen Career Center Externships are open for student applications and will close on Friday, November 8, which can be found under jobs and search externships. Students can also find upcoming workshops and meet-ups, including a session with Wix teaching how to make a personal website and online portfolio. Soon they'll see an announcement for NYRC, an interview day in New York City with application deadlines by the end of the month. Finally, all students should sign up for their Industry Newsletters by clicking on "My Accoun" to "Academic" to update which employer events, alumni visits to do career meet-ups, and deadlines relevant to their potential career interests.
Travel to Florence with William & Mary!
Join Parent & Family Programs for our inaugural Family Journey in Florence, Italy. This exclusive travel opportunity is only available to William & Mary Families! Mark Sikes, Maggie Evans, and Faculty Member Sara Mattavelli will provide families a study abroad experience of their very own. 

Together you will experience the thrill of a lifetime as you visit exciting new places while enriching your understanding of other cultures. If you are planning a trip in the near future with family and like the idea of meeting fellow William & Mary families along the way, sign up for this exclusive Family Journey!
Alternative Spring Breaks now accepting applications
Branch Out Alternative Breaks offers five opportunities for your students to participate in an in-depth travel experience during spring break, working with a community focused on a specific social issue. All trips are $20 (including travel, food, housing, and service costs). Breaks will range in focus from food deserts and sustainable urban agriculture to access to healthcare in rural settings to isolation and community for senior adults. Students may apply to participate beginning November 8 in our special early decision process.
Tribe Transfer Celebration Week
William & Mary celebrated national transfer week with our Tribe Transfer students October 19th-25th. First Year Experienced partnered with the Writing Resources Center, Tribe Tutor Zone, Academic Advising, Career Center, and Student Assembly to put on social and informational events throughout the week. We look forward to continuing this tradition during the spring semester!
Entrepreneurship Hub
The new entrepreneurship hub officially opened on October 17th and is an expansion of the William & Mary Entrepreneurship Center. Located on the ground floor of Tribe Square (Next to Chick-fil-A), the entrepreneurship hub is a space designed for use by students from all majors as a place to inspire and share creativity. The hub also serves as a space for special events, including workshops, competitions, guest speakers, and much more.
A Message From The Office of Health Promotion
The Office of Health Promotion is working with other campus partners to keep our students informed and offer an avenue to assist those who would like to quit using e-cigarettes, cigarettes and/or marijuana. Your influence on your student is one of the most important factors in their decision-making. Whether your student uses e-cigarettes or not, we would ask that you talk with them about this subject. . [Read Full Letter Below]
Parent & Family Giving
"The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) was there for me when I felt disconnected from campus. I had recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and was finally coming back to school. Through a local internship experience facilitated by OCE, I found a community that I immediately connected with. I continue to work with the organization today as a student volunteer, and the many experiences I've gained have led to a fellowship at Carnegie Mellon as well as other opportunities. None of this would have been possible without the Parents Fund; I cannot thank donors enough!" - Shannon Dutchie Class of 2019

Shannon Dutchie enjoys working with The Village Initiative during an OCE Day of Service to pack backpacks with school supplies for the local Head Start program. Internship stipends and partnerships like these are funded through the Parents Fund. Please consider including the Parents Fund in your Giving Tuesday plans this December 3rd. Gifts of every level help us reach our goal of $1 million by June 30, 2020 and secure critical resources for all students at William & Mary.
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