@Williams Family Newsletter - Spring 2016

What’s with FERPA?

After all those years in parent-teacher conferences, it’s a brand-new experience to find out that our college students now decide whether or not to share their confidential information with us. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  of 1974 (FERPA) prevents colleges from sharing grades and transcripts, course schedules, disciplinary records, and other personal information with anyone—even their families—without students’ written consent. While this takes some getting used to, it also turns out to be an essential part of our students’ transition to adulthood. Here’s how it works at Williams.

Learn more ways to partner with us in your student’s Williams experience, and please email us with any questions, comments, or suggestions you might have.

Marlene Sandstrom Named Dean of the College

The psychology professor and former Williams-Exeter Programme director will begin her new role on July 1. More »

Your Recipes in Williams Dining Halls!

It’s time to share your great family recipe with Williams students. Each year, our Dining Services chefs choose several recipes to be featured on campus-wide menus for our April 26 “Tastes of Home” night. We’re looking for recipes of all kinds and from all cultures, so submit yoursbefore April 4. If your dish is selected, we’ll share the good news with you!

Make Sure Mail Gets to Your Students…

…by sending it to their Paresky mailboxes. See specific instructions for US Mail and UPS/Fedex/etc.

Here Are Your Students’ Professors

Beyond their transformative work with, and primary dedication to, students, Williams professors are also highly accomplished thinkers, scientists, and artists who extend human understanding through their own research and creative expression. Learn more about our faculty and their amazing work in this video collection. (And visittedx.williams.edu for more.)


Now that you know the Williams ropes, we invite you to volunteer for the college in any way you wish: welcome new families into the college community, reach out to prospective students and families, help enrich the undergraduate experience through the Parents Fund, provide current students with career guidance or off-campus lodging, and more. Sign up here!


As they move beyond their first-year entries, your students will move into Williams’ Sophomore Year Experience. This new initiative provides opportunities to enhance academic and professional success, sense of belonging, engagement with faculty, overall wellness, and community citizenship and leadership. Learn more (and urge your rising sophomore to learn more) here.


Williams travel-study programs are for families! We offer continuing education trips to every continent with professors as expert leaders. Join us!


Congratulate your senior in The Williams Record‘s Commencement Issue: Scroll down to learn more. Taconic Golf Club‘s offering Commencement families a $110-per-player rate: to learn more and reserve a tee time, email Josh Hillman. Here are more helpful hints for Commencement planning.

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