First Days Schedule

We will be updating the schedule through summer 2019, but in the meantime here’s what you can expect:


 

First Days events provide a formal introduction to Williams College. All members of the Class of 2023 are expected to attend. *EVENTS IN RED ARE STUDENT REQUIRED. **EVENTS IN PURPLE ARE FOR FAMILIES.  However, all of the events provide an opportunity to learn about Williams and your classmates and we hope you will attend them all.

 

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MONDAY, August 26 – MOVE-IN DAY!  Welcome First-Year Students and First-Year Faculty!
8:00am FIRST YEAR DORMS OPEN! (EphMooovers available to assist from 8-11am, courtesy of TeamEph Leaders and Williams Soccer Teams) Mission Park
& Frosh Quad
9:00am-12:30pm **COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR Paresky Center
11am-1:30pm **FIRST-YEAR FAMILY LUNCH Mission Park
1:00-2:00pm **INFORMAL FAMILY INFORMATION PANEL Paresky Center Auditorium
1:00-2:00pm **EXPLORING SACRED WILLIAMS SPACES
With College Chaplains
Meet on Paresky Front Porch
1:00-2:00pm **MEETING FOR PARENTS OF VARSITY ATHLETES
With Director of Athletics Lisa Melendy
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
2:00pm GOODBYE HUGS!
2:30-3:30pm **WELCOMING FAMILIES TO WILLIAMS
Maud Mandel, President, Professor of History
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology
Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity
Chapin Hall
2:30-3:15pm *MEET YOUR DEAN
3:30-4:15pm *FIRST ENTRY MEETING First-Year Entries
4:30-5:30pm *VOICES: Community on Campus ’62 Center
5:45-6:30pm *Entry Discussions & Snacks Assigned by Entry
5:00-8:00pm *Community Building Night’s FIRST DINNER Towne Field House
8:00-11:00pm *FIRST NIGHT FEST! Sawyer Library Quad
TUESDAY, August 27
7-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
 
10:30am

*FIRST CLASS MEETING

Maud Mandel, President, Professor of History
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology
Leticia Smith-Evans Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity
Christopher Sewell, Associate Dean of the College
Co-President of College Council
Nicholas Goldrosen, Ruairi O’Cearuil and Morgan Whaley, Co-Presidents of JAAB
Meeting concludes with the singing of “The Mountains,” the College song.

Chapin Hall
11:30am-12:15pm *CLASS PHOTOGRAPH Rain or shine! Order Here Paresky Steps
12:15-1:45pm LUNCH see meal schedule
1:15-2:15pm SELF-CARE PLANNING
1:15-2:15pm PREVIEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES
1:15-2:15pm PLACEMENT EXAM-FIRST SECTION see exam schedule
2:30-3:30pm SELF-CARE PLANNING
2:30-3:30pm PREVIEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES
2:30-3:30pm PLACEMENT EXAM-SECOND SECTION see exam schedule
4:00-5:30pm *CHOICES: Alcohol Awareness Improv ’62 Center
5:30-6:30pm DINNER see meal schedule
7:00-8:00pm *Entry Discussions & Snacks Assigned by Entry
8:00-11:00pm EVENING ACTIVITY
WEDNESDAY, August 28
7-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
9:00-10:30am MORNING RECEPTION WITH THE PRESIDENT
Come say hello to President Mandel and enjoy some light refreshments.
Under the Tent on the Lawn of the President’s House
10:30-12:30pm SCAVENGER HUNT
11:30-1:30pm LUNCH see meal schedule

*EPHVENTURES CHECK-IN All participants, except TeamEph, must check in with their program at the assigned times below:

1:30-3:30pm WOOLF

2:30pm Root

3:00pm Leading Minds

3:30pm Where Am I?!

3:30pm Exploring the Arts

Paresky Steps
4:45pm Calling all WOOLFies. Don’t be late! Towne Field House
5:30-10:00pm *EPHVENTURES: programs officially begin with dinner see meal schedule

EphVentures!

Check it out! (WOOLF and Leading Minds return Sunday, September 1 by noon.)

SUNDAY, September 1
11:30-1:30pm BRUNCH see meal schedule
WOOLF and Leading Minds programs end by 12noon
3:00-4:00pm *FRAMING COMMUNITY Chapin Hall
4:00-5:00pm *FIRST DAYS PROJECT Paresky Lawn
5:00-6:30pm *FIRST DAYS PICNIC Paresky Lawn
7:00-10:00pm EVENING ACTIVITY
MONDAY, September 2 – Labor Day
7:00-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
11:30-1:30pm LUNCH
2:00-3:00pm *WILLIAMS READS Chapin Hall
3:30-4:30pm *Williams Reads Breakout Meetings see schedule
5:00-5:45pm DINNER for Frosh Quad Entries
see meal schedule
5:45pm *“SPEAK ABOUT IT” (Frosh Quad Entries- Breakout Sessions to follow)
’62 Center see schedule
5:45pm DINNER for Mission Park Entries
see meal schedule
7:00pm *”SPEAK ABOUT IT” (Misson Park Entries- Breakout Sessions to follow)
’62 Center see schedule
TUESDAY, September 3
7:00-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
9:00-10:00am *PAGE 1: YOU ARE HERE ’62 Center
10:15am-12:15pm *EPHSources: What All First-Years Should Know
12:15-1:15pm LUNCH see meal schedule
1:30-2:30pm *LOOKING AHEAD TO ACADEMIC LIFE
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College, Hales Professor of Psychology
G.L. M. Wallace, Director of Accessible Education
Bernard Rhie, Associate Professor of English
Hale Polebaum-Freeman, Reference and First-Year Outreach Librarian
Nicholas Goldrosen ’20, Student Chair of the Academic Honor Committee
’62 Center
3:15-5:15pm FYE WORKSHOPS
3:15-5:15pm ACADEMIC EXPO Sawyer and Schow Library
5:00-6:15pm PLACEMENT EXAM- BALLET ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance –Dance Studio
6:00-7:30pm DINNER see meal schedule
7:30-10:30pm EVENING ACTIVITY ’62 Center
WEDNESDAY, September 4
7:00-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
11:00-11:30am *MEET YOUR DEAN
11:30-12:30pm PRE-MEETINGS Pre-Engineering  Physics 205
11:30-12:30pm PRE-MEETINGS Pre-Health Paresky Auditorium
12:30-1:30pm *EphL(a)UNCH  Paresky and Mission Dining
1:30-3:30pm *FIRST YEAR ADVISING MEETINGS faculty offices
2:30-7:00pm  MUSIC DEPARTMENT AUDITIONS    see schedule

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Lobby

Bernhard Music Center

3:30-4:15pm  PRE-MEETINGS Pre-Education  Paresky 201, Reading Room
3:30-4:30pm  DESIGNING YOUR WILLIAMS (Pre-Everything Else) ***Please bring your laptop Griffin 7
4:00-6:00pm *REQUIRED SWIM TEST  more info Muir Samuelson Pool
6:00-7:30pm DINNER
8:00pm  *JAMBOREE  Chapin Hall
8:00-9:00pm *REQUIRED SWIM TEST more info Muir Samuelson Pool
THURSDAY, September 5 – FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
7:00-8:30am BREAKFAST see meal schedule
7:00-9:00pm First Class MeetingsOrganizational meetings for classes that do not meet the first two days of classes.
 8:00-10:00pm  PURPLE KEY FAIR Towne Field House