Family Days 2017, OCTOBER 26 - 29

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By now you’ve heard a lot about Williams from your first-year student. 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 parents.

View our preliminary program below. All events are free of charge, with very few exceptions indicated on the schedule below.  No check-in is required, though we invite you to come to our Family Days info desk in Paresky Hall for a tote bag, final events schedule and other print materials, as well as complimentary refreshments.

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Family Days 2017 Weekend Program

THURSDAY EVENING, Oct. 26

7:00 PM – THE W. ALLISON DAVIS ’24 AND JOHN A. DAVIS ’33 LECTURE, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
If you get to campus early, you’re cordially invited to addend The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture, 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 the award-winning author and social justice scholar Monique Morris. The Davis Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of two distinguished scholars, brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. Learn more about The Davis Center.

FRIDAY, Oct. 27

7:30 AM–1:00 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’s a list of available classes. Please note: only the classes on this list are open to visitors.

10:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
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.

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

1:00 PM   – JUM’AH PRAYERS, Muslim Prayer Room, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level)

1:00–2:00 PM – TOUR THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART WITH STUDENT GALLERY GUIDES. Meet with Payton Spencer ’18 and Whitney Sandford ’20 to learn more about what is on view and how students activate the gallery spaces.

1:30 -2:30 PM – CONVERSATION WITH WILLIAMS’ PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR CAMPUS LIFE, Griffin Hall, Room 3. Learn about all aspects of student life at Williams—and how the college stewards and deploys resources to create transformative experiences—from Provost Dukes Love and Vice President for Campus Life Steve Klass. Sponsored by the Parents Fund Committee.

2:30 – 3:30 PM – PARENTS FUND COMMITTEE MEETING, Griffin Hall, Room 3. Did you know that Williams spends 50 percent more per student than it receives in all tuition payments? Meet — and consider joining —volunteers who work with great success to close that daunting gap to create the best undergraduate education today!

3:00 PM –  CAN NEW YORK CITY SURVIVE THE SEA?, Clark Hall, Room 105. Lecture by Dr. Ted Steinberg, Case Western Reserve University.

4:00–5:00 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, morality and conviction on campus. This is also a chance to meet Williams’ four Chaplains. Sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office.

4:00–5:00 PM – EARLY CAREER EXPLORATION, Paresky Auditorium. Panel discussion and Q&A with Career Center staff and older students.

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 – CoDA, KUSIKA, AND SANKOFA, Dance Studio,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Three student dance groups will present mini-demonstrations of their various training styles (which include ballet, modern, African and step) as well as excerpts of works-in-progress. In addition to department performing ensembles, students from our academic and technique classes will present material from those classes as well.

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 – FRIDAY NIGHT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Griffin Hall 3.

7:30 PM – WILLIAMS AFTER DARK: PUMPKIN CARVING. Paresky Center.  Open to all families and students with light refreshments.

8:00 PM – ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW / OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY, Old Hopkins Observatory, 829 Main Street. 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), on the Observing Deck, Thompson Physical Laboratory. All spaces for this event have now been reserved.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE ’17: THE FROSH AND THE FURIOUS/WILLIAMSTOWN DRIFT, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 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. Encourage your student to buy tickets for $3.00 (cash) in advance at Paresky during lunch hour every day the week of October 23-26. Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $3.00 (plus a small surcharge) online here  or by phone (413) 597-2425. All pre-paid tickets can be picked up at the ’62 Center box office an hour before each performance. Any remaining tickets can be purchased for $3.00 (cash or credit card) one hour before each performance at the ’62 Center Box Office.

8:00 PM – NETTA YERUSHALMY: PARAMODERNITIES, MainStage, ’62 Center. Multidisciplinary, performances. Tickets $3.00. More info.

8:00 PM – WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERSBrooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center

8:00 PM – GOOD QUESTION & RITMO LATINOCurrier Ballroom. Student a cappella and dance.

8:00 PM – COMBO-ZA’S ZALLOWEEN. Dodd House Dining Hall. Combo-Za’s Halloween Improv Show.

9:00 PM – ACCIDENTALS, EPHORIA & SPRINGSTREETERSGreylock Hall, 2nd Floor. Student a cappella.

SATURDAY, Oct. 28

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.)

8:30 AM   PANEL DISCUSSION: OUTSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOMBrooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Representatives from the Center for Learning in Action, Davis Center, and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives will showcase some of Williams’ comprehensive extracurricular offerings.

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

9:30 AM –  PANEL DISCUSSION: INSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOMBrooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center
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.

11:00 AM–Noon – FAMILY DAYS ASSEMBLY with Adam Falk, President and Professor of Physics, and Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology, MainStage, ’62 Center

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

12:00 PM   WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. BOWDOIN, Cole Field.

12:00 PM   FIELD HOCKEY VS. AMHERST, Williamson Field.

1:00–2:00 PM   TOUR WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART WITH STUDENT GALLERY GUIDES. Chat with Jad Hamden ’19 and Perry Weber ’19 about what is means to acquire a work of art for the museum as part of “Acquiring Art: Selecting and Purchasing Works for WCMA,” an Art History and Economics cross-listed course.

1:30 PM    FOOTBALL VS. HAMILTON COLLEGE, Farley-Lamb Field

1:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
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.

2:00 PM –  WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL VS. MIDDLEBURY, Chandler Gymnasium

4:00 PM –  LATINX HERITAGE MONTH: NETFLIX’S ONE DAY AT A TIMEAdams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center.  In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, the Latina and Latino Studies Program is hosting a dialogue with the executive producer and cast members of Netflix’s One Day at Time. Seating for this event is on a “first come, first served” basisMore info.

4:00–5:00 PM  – PROF. COLIN ADAMS AND THE “THEATER OF THE MATHEMATICALLY ABSURD,” Science Center, Wege Auditorium/Chemistry 123: Morley Science Labs.

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

8:00 PM – ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS CONCERT, Chapin Hall.  Zambezi Marimba Band is inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezi’s chromatic marimbas are hybrids, combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone, making this a truly unique ensemble. This concert during Williams Family Days highlights the verve and energy of this group in a free performance open to all. Feel free to dance! More info here.

8:00 PM – ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW / OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY, Old Hopkins Observatory, 829 Main Street. 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), on the Observing Deck, Thompson Physical Laboratory. All spaces for this event have now been reserved.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE ’17: THE FROSH AND THE FURIOUS/WILLIAMSTOWN DRIFT, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 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. Encourage your student to buy tickets for $3.00 (cash) in advance at Paresky during lunch hour every day the week of October 23-26. Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $3.00 (plus a small surcharge) online here  or by phone (413) 597-2425. All pre-paid tickets can be picked up at the ’62 Center box office an hour before each performance. Any remaining tickets can be purchased for $3.00 (cash or credit card) one hour before each performance at the ’62 Center Box Office.

9:00 PM – EPHLATS & PURPLE RAINGreylock Hall, 2nd Floor. Student a cappella.

SUNDAY, Oct. 29

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

9:00 AM – PINE COBBLE HIKE hosted by 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 registration table in Paresky Center (during Family Days registration check-in).

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

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

4:30 – ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, Thompson Memorial Chapel.

5:30 – 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.

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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 of charge.

LOST AND FOUND: Try the registration table 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
Parents 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: 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10:00 pm

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

Muir-Samuelson Pool
Friday: 12 – 2 pm 
Saturday: 12 – 2 pm
Sunday: 1 – 6 pm

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 registration desk in Paresky Center.