Family Days 2019, OCTOBER 24 - 27

Family Days is a chance to see for yourself what it’s all about. You’ll be able to attend a Friday class; enjoy student performances, faculty presentations, great meals; and get to know your student’s new friends and their families.

No registration required! Just come when and if you can. No check-in’s required either, though we invite you to stop by our Family Days Welcome Desk in Paresky Hall for a tote bag, final events schedule and other print materials, and complimentary refreshments.

For a good sense of what’s in store, view our preliminary program below. All events are free of charge, with very few exceptions indicated.

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               Family Days 2019 Preliminary Program

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

12:00 PM – ZEN PRACTICE GROUP, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level). Led by Luke Valadie ’22 in the Meditation Room. Everyone is welcome!

7:00 PM – THE W. ALLISON DAVIS ’24 AND JOHN A. DAVIS ’33 LECTURE, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center (adjacent to Chapin Hall). The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States. This year’s lecturer is Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. Learn more about The Davis Center.

8:00 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: EPHORIA AND GOOD QUESTION, Goodrich Hall.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

7:30 AM–4:00 PM – FAMILY DAYS WELCOME AND INFO DESK, Paresky Center, Baxter Hall

8:00 AM–3:50 PM – VISIT OPEN CLASSES
Worth getting to Williamstown early for! Here is a list of classes that are open to visitors. Please visit only the classes that are on this list, and please ask your student to help you find your way to class on time. Feel free to attend classes that your own student may not be taking.

9:00-10:15 AM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

10:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, Sawyer Library
From the Founding Documents of the United States of America to Audubon’s Birds of America, and from Williams’ early student letters to current student newspapers, the College Archives and Chapin Library are well worth a visit.

12:00–1:00 PM – “THIS I BELIEVE,” Faculty House (lower level). A panel of students from a Williams-wide variety of traditions and perspectives reflecting on their experiences with faith, spirituality, and morality on campus. Join us for lunch to meet our three Williams Chaplains and Tracy Finnegan, our new Program Coordinator to Williams Catholic students.

12:00–1:00 PM – LOG LUNCH,” The Log. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Sonya Auer presents “A Gift from the Grave: How Salmon Parents Nourish Their Children Even After Death.” Reservations required: see details.

12:30–2:00 PM – TOUR THE CLASS OF 1966 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 start times.

1:00 PM – JUM’AH PRAYERS, Muslim Prayer Room, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level). Followed by a social gathering in the Interfaith Common Room, also located on the chapel’s lower level.

3:00-4:15 PM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

3:00-4:00 PM –  ELEMENTAL POWER–HOW SCIENCE WILL DEFINE OUR TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY, Physics 203. Third annual Geosciences Environmental Justice lecture by Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware. Learn more.

4:00–5:00 PM – WHAT YOUR STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT INTERNSHIPS, JOBS AND LEVERAGING THE WILLIAMS NETWORK, Weston Hall Presentation Room. Panel discussion with professionals and older students from the ’68 Center for Career Exploration, co-sponsored by The Parents Fund.

4:30–5:30 PM – FAMILIES RECEPTION, Faculty House. A chance to mingle with fellow families and Williams representatives. (Casual dress)

4:30-5:30 PM – DANCE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSEDance Studio,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The Dance Department invites you to our annual sharing of work in process in academic classes and performing ensembles. Students will share research, and CoDA, Kusika and Sankofa will perform in the genres of ballet, contemporary modern, African dance and percussion, and step. All are welcome!

5:00–8:00 PM  Dining Halls open for students and families.

6:00 PM – SHABBAT SERVICE AND DINNER, Jewish Religious Center. Shabbat evenings at JRC are the heart of the Jewish community at Williams. Every Friday, students lead a service beginning at 6:00 PM and then gather for Shabbat dinner at 7:00 PM. The JRC welcomes the Williams community to its home-cooked kosher Shabbat dinner.

7:30 PM – WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center (adjacent to Chapin Hall).

8:00 PM – TRIVIA CONTEST, The Log. Open to all. Come test your smarts and win big! Six rounds. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

8:30 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: Springstreeters and Purple Rain, Goodrich Hall.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” Paresky Auditorium. A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering. Tickets required! Buy them here

8:00 PM – ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW/OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY, Old Hopkins Observatory, Fitch-Prospect Quad.
Space is limited. Please note that doors remain closed for the entire program (approximately one hour). Immediately following, you will be invited to observe the night sky (weather permitting), Rooftop, Thompson Physics and Astronomy Lab33 Lab Campus DriveReservations required: please call 413-597-2188, and make sure to identify yourself as a Williams Family Days guest.

9:00 PM – COMBO ZA COMEDY SHOW, Currier Ballroom

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

7:30–10:00 AM –  COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST, Mission Dining Hall. (Breakfast is complimentary in Mission Dining Hall only: family members must pay in other dining halls.)

9:00 AM–Noon –  FAMILY DAYS WELCOME AND INFO DESK, Paresky Center, Baxter Hall

9:00-10:15 AM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

9:00 AM –  PANEL DISCUSSION: INSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOM, MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. What’s happening in the humanities, social sciences, science and mathematics, and interdisciplinary programs? How do tutorials work? What about summer research opportunities? Williams professors will answer these and many of your own questions. Coffee and muffins available before and after.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and much more. Join us for Spark Talks created and led by WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM.

10:15 AM   PANEL DISCUSSION: OUTSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOM, MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Representatives from the Center for Learning in Action, Davis Center, and the Physical Education for Environmental Initiatives will showcase some of Williams’ comprehensive extracurricular offerings.

11:30 AM –  FAMILY DAYS ASSEMBLYMainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Maud S. Mandel, President and Professor of History, and Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology.

11:30 AM-12:45 PM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

12:30 – 2:00 PM – COMPLIMENTARY BUFFET LUNCHEON, Towne Field House. Sit with your student’s JA’s, entry-mates and their families.

3:00-4:00 PM – THEATER OF THE MATHEMATICALLY ABSURD, Science Center, Wege Auditorium/Chemistry 123: Morley Science Labs. Short humorous math theater pieces performed by students and faculty. No equations; few bad puns!

5:00–8:00 PM – Dining Halls open for students and families

5:30 – WILLIAMS SECULAR DISCUSSION, Mission Dining Hall. Come meet members of Williams Secular and their parents.

7:30 PM – ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS CONCERT, Chapin Hall.

8:00 PM –ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW/OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY, Old Hopkins Observatory, Fitch-Prospect Quad.
Space is limited. Please note that doors remain closed for the entire program (approximately one hour). Immediately following, you will be invited to observe the night sky (weather permitting), Rooftop, Thompson Physics and Astronomy Lab33 Lab Campus DriveReservations required: please call 413-597-2188, and make sure to identify yourself as a Williams Family Days guest.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” Paresky Auditorium. A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering.  Tickets required! Buy them here

8:00PM – TREESTYLE COMEDY SHOW, Currier Ballroom

9:30 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: ACCIDENTALS, OCTET, AND EPHLATS, Goodrich Hall.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

8:00–9:30 AM – Dining halls are open for continental breakfast.

9:00 AM – PINE COBBLE HIKE hosted by The Williams Outing Club. Meet outside on Paresky Center porch. This is a 2.5-hour roundtrip intermediate hike up and down Pine Cobble. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Please sign-up beforehand at the Paresky Center Welcome Desk. Questions? Email [email protected]

10:00-11:30 AM – JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER FIRST-YEAR FAMILIES BRUNCH, Jewish Religious Center. Families are invited to a student-cooked breakfast.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and much more.

11:00 AM–1:30 PM – Dining Halls are open for brunch.

2:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” Paresky Auditorium. A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering.  Tickets required! Buy them here

4:30 PM – CATHOLIC MASS, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Lower Level of Thompson Memorial Chapel.

5:30 PM – THE FEAST, St. John’s Church, 35 Park St. A progressive Christian community welcoming people of all perspectives for a home-cooked meal and brief worship service. Come when you can, leave when you must!

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

DINING HALLS: All Dining Halls are open to families, who can pay with cash, credit card, or students points. A complimentary Saturday breakfast will be served in Mission only, and Saturday lunch in Towne Field House is also free.

LOST AND FOUND: Try the Welcome Desk in Paresky Center or (after hours) Campus Safety and Security on the ground floor of Hopkins Hall (413) 597-4444.

LODGING, TRANSPORTATION, RESTAURANTS
For driving directions, other transportation information, listings of local restaurants and accommodations, go here.

PARKING
We recommend that you leave your car in the Williams parking garage on Whitman Street (between Park Street and Route 7 in the northwest corner of campus) and walk to events in and around campus.

CAMPUS INTERNET ACCESS: Guest access instructions can be found here.

GOLF
Families of current Williams students are always welcome to play the college’s historic Taconic Golf Course at reduced fees. Tee times recommended and available five days in advance by calling the pro shop at 413-458-3997. Learn more.

ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Under the age of 13 are not permitted in the Fitness Center, and 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 16 years of age or older. Under the age of 16 cannot use the weight room or upper Lasell; they can use the basketball courts, squash, pool provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older.

Lower Lasell Fitness Center
Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10:00 pm

Upper Lasell Fitness Center
Friday: 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6:00 pm

Muir-Samuelson Pool
Call 413-597-2419 for open hours.

MUSEUMS:

WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE  (Entrance Fee) 

MASS MOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) (Entrance Fee)

Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 413.597.4144.

If you can’t reach your student or family member by cell phone, please call (413) 597-4444, and Campus Safety and Security will get a message to the Paresky Welcome Desk.