The First Days 2021 Schedule

First Days events provide a formal introduction to Williams College. All members of the Class of 2025 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.

MONDAY, August 30 – MOVE-IN DAY!
8:00am-5:00pm STUDENTS ARRIVE AT PRE-SCHEDULED CHECK-IN TIMES (EphMooovers available to assist from 8-11am) 62 Center Parking Garage
10:00 am-1:00pm **COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR Paresky Center
11am-1:30pm **FIRST-YEAR FAMILY LUNCH Paresky Lawn
1:00-2:00 pm **CAMPUS TOURS Meet on Paresky Front Porch
1:00-2:00pm **INFORMAL FAMILY INFORMATION Q/A Stop by at Paresky Lawn Lunch Tent!
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
Farley Lamb-Field, Weston Athletic Complex
This event has been canceled due to a severe weather forecast. An online version will be shared with new families shortly.
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, Equity, and Inclusion
Farley Lamb-Field, Weston Athletic Complex
This event has been canceled due to a severe weather forecast. An online version will be shared with new families shortly.
2:30-3:15pm *MEET THE DEANS 
Dean Rachel Bukanc, Senior Associate Dean of Students
Dean Tamanika T. Steward, Assistant Dean for Sophomore Students
Dean Rebecca Garcia, Associate Dean for Junior Students, Dean of Williams Firsts
Dean Janice V. Williams, Assistant Dean for Senior Students

Armstrong/Pratt/Lehman-Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall-Dean Steward

Sage-Bronfman Auditorium-Dean Williams

Mills/Dennett-Paresky Auditorium-Dean Garcia

Williams-’62 Center-Dean Bukanc

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-4:15pm *FIRST ENTRY MEETING First-Year Entry spaces
4:30-5:30pm

*VOICES: Community on Campus 

 

Chapin Hall

Williams

Sage

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

4:30-5:30pm

*CHOICES  

 

’62 Center

Mills/Dennett

Armstrong/Pratt

Lehman

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

5:45-6:30pm *VOICES debrief

Location Assigned by Entry

Williams

Sage

5:45-6:30pm *CHOICES debrief

Location Assigned by Entry

Mills/Dennett

Armstrong/Pratt

Lehman

5:00-8:00pm *Community Building Night’s FIRST DINNER

Paresky Lawn

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

 

8:00-11:00pm

FIRST NIGHT FEST

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Lawn Games

Paresky Lawn/Frosh Quad/Sawyer Lawn
TUESDAY, August 31
7:30-10:30 am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

10:30-11:30am

*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, Equity, and Inclusion
Rachel Bukanc, Senior Associate Dean of Students
JAAB-Daniel Rials ’22 and Max Chayet ’22
FAST-Mohammad Faizaan ’23 and Obi Nwako ’24
MinCo: Ollie Saleh ’24 Daniela Galvez-Cepeda ’24

 

Chapin Hall

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

11:30am-12:30pm *CLASS PHOTOGRAPH

Sawyer Lawn

Masks required

11:30-2:00 pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

1:30-3:30pm PLACEMENT EXAMS
2:30-3:30pm

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS, OLD AND NEW WORKSHOP

The transition to Williams is a time of big change. We’re meeting new people, forming new relationships, and entering a new season in our old relationships. Come learn some tools and strategies for how to move through these transitions.

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2:30-3:30pm

YOUR DAILY ESSENTIAL: SELF-CARE!

Come learn about the multiple ways to engage in self-care!

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2:30-3:30pm

POP-UP YOGA SESSION

Are you new to Yoga? Are you looking for a place to continue your yoga practice? Come and join instructors from Tasha Yoga for a relaxing and reflective session and learn more about other yoga and meditation opportunities at Williams. Co sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office and Tasha Yoga.

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4:00-5:00 pm *VOICES: Community on Campus

Chapin Hall

Mills/Dennett

Armstrong/Pratt

Lehman

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

4:00-5:00 pm *CHOICES

’62 Center

Williams

Sage

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

5:30-6:00 pm *VOICES (Debrief)

Location Assigned by Entry

Mills/Dennett

Armstrong/Pratt

Lehman

5:30-6:00 pm *CHOICES (Debrief)

Location Assigned by Entry

Williams

Sage

5:00-8:00pm DINNER at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

6:00-Mills Dennett/Sage

7:00-Williams/AP/Lehman

7:30pm TRIVIA 

Paresky Porch/Lawn

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

8:00-10:00pm PURPLE DRAGON BOARD GAMES

Purple Dragon Games on Spring Street

 

 
8:00-9:30pm ADMISSION AND SFS EVENT

  • Food: Ice cream sundae and cookie bar! Scooped by our staff, who can’t wait to meet the awesome humans we only know on paper!
  • Fun: Musical Bingo hosted by DJ Biz with PRIZES! Bingo begins at 8:15pm – come early for the best chance to win prizes!!
  • PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES: Door prizes for the first 100 people, raffle tickets for everyone to win Williams blankets, hoodies, and other swag, Musical Bingo prizes! SO MUCH WILLIAMS SWAG!

Weston Hall, First Floor

(aka Home of Admission and Student Financial Services)

WEDNESDAY, September 1
7:30-10:30 am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

10:00-11:00am

GARDEN TOUR & APPLE CIDER PRESS DEMONSTRATION

Come see an apple cider press demonstration and learn about sustainability on campus! We’ll start with tour of the gardens around the Zilkha Center, explain how you can get involved in sustainability on campus, and finally make apple cider from our very own apples!

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10:00-11:00am

SWIM FOR FITNESS

Swimming is an excellent fitness activity and lifetime sport. Join Carolyn, Associate AD and Coordinator of Physical Education as she leads you through a series of swim sets guaranteed to get you heart pumping. You will leave the pool feeling invigorated. This is a sample of the popular swim for fitness class offered during the academic year.

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10:00-11:00am

POP-UP YOGA SESSION

Are you new to Yoga? Are you looking for a place to continue your yoga practice? Come and join instructors from Tasha Yoga for a relaxing and reflective session and learn more about other yoga and meditation opportunities at Williams. Co sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office and Tasha Yoga.

Sign up here
11:00-12:00pm

POP-UP YOGA SESSION

Are you new to Yoga? Are you looking for a place to continue your yoga practice? Come and join instructors from Tasha Yoga for a relaxing and reflective session and learn more about other yoga and meditation opportunities at Williams. Co sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office and Tasha Yoga.

Sign up here
11:00-12:00pm

AQUA STRETCH AND STRENGTH

Swimming is an excellent fitness activity and lifetime sport. Join Carolyn, Associate AD and Coordinator of Physical Education as she leads you through a series of swim sets guaranteed to get you heart pumping. You will leave the pool feeling invigorated. This is a sample of the popular swim for fitness class offered during the academic year.

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10:00am-12:30pm PLACEMENT EXAMS
11:30-2:00pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

2:30-5:00pm PLACEMENT EXAMS
1:30-3:30pm

*EPHVENTURES CHECK-IN/EPHVENTURES

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 Porch
5:00-8:00pm DINNER at Whitmans’

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

THURSDAY, September 2 – SATURDAY, September 4
*EPHVENTURES
SUNDAY, September 5
7:30-10:30am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

8:00am-12:00pm

*EPHVENTURES

 

11:30-2:00pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

2:00-3:00pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (A)

’62 Center

Williams and Lehman

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

2:00-3:00pm *FRAMING COMMUNITY (B)

Chapin Hall

Sage and Mills/Dennett

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-4:30pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (B)

’62 Center

Sage

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-4:30pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (A) Debrief

Williams and Lehman

 

5:00-6:00pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (B) Debrief Sage
5:00-6:00pm *FRAMING COMMUNITY (A)

Chapin Hall

Williams

Lehman

Armstrong/Pratt

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

5:00-8:00pm DINNER – ALL-CAMPUS PICNIC

Paresky Tent

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

8:00-10:00pm

COLOR AND CHILL

Coloring sheets and snacks.

Dodd House Lounge
8:30pm  CATHOLIC MASS Thompson Memorial Chapel
MONDAY, September 6
7:30-10:30am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

11:00-12:30pm BALLET PLACEMENT CLASS
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance dance studio, on the second floor. Please contact Janine Parker at [email protected] for more details. 
11:30-2:00pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

2:00-3:00pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (C)

’62 Center

Mills/Dennett

 

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-4:30pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (D)

’62 Center

Armstrong/Pratt

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-4:30pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (C) Debrief Mills/Dennett
5:00-6:00pm *SPEAK ABOUT IT (D) Debrief Armstrong/Pratt
5:00-8:00pm DINNER at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/MD2

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/AP1

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

8:00-11:00pm

 LIBRARY MINI-GOLF 

Grab a few friends and join the staff of Williams Libraries for 9 holes of mini golf in Sawyer library at this special after-hours event. Groups of 6 people or less, registration required.

Sawyer Library
8:00-10:00pm

SUSTAINABLE SORBET SOCIAL

Come enjoy sorbet from Spoon and watch a short film on climate change, followed by a conversation about how faith, ethics and spirituality influence how we are approaching sustainability and climate change.

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TUESDAY, September 7
7:30-10:30am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

9:00-10:00am  *COMMUNITY AND CONNECTION
Chaplains Rev Valerie Bailey Fischer, Rabbi Seth Wax, and Bridget Power
How do we build community and authentic connection at Williams on the heels of and in the midst of a pandemic that has affected all of us, and has left us changed in ways that we’re still learning about? In this session, the Chaplains and student leaders will speak to how we figure out what it means to be together, how we build relationships and community, and how we learn together as we try to figure out what it means to be a human being and member of a community.

Chapin Hall

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

10:00am-12:00pm *EPHSOURCES
Janine Burt, Student Employment
Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College
Alysha Warren, Assistant Director of IWS/Director of Community Wellbeing
Campus Resource Tabling

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IWS/Chaplains session streaming available for student in quarantine/isolation

Student Employment session streaming available for student in quarantine/isolation

11:30-2:00pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

2:00-3:00pm *LOOKING AHEAD TO ACADEMIC LIFE

Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
GL Wallace, Director of Accessible Education
Hale Polebaum-Freeman, Reference and First-Year Outreach Librarian
Bernie Rhie, Chair and Associate Professor of English
Morgan Noonan ’22

Chapin Hall

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

3:30-5:00pm

*ACADEMIC EXPO

The Office of Accessible Education in collaboration with the Libraries and the Dean of the College will host this year’s Academic Expo, an event that helps students establish connections to departments in informative yet fun and casual ways. The Expo provides an opportunity for new students to meet faculty and expand their thinking a bit beyond their initial academic interests. Even though faculty will be prepared to answer questions about the major and this year’s courses, faculty will also share fun facts about their fields as well as tips on how to do well in introductory courses.

Sawyer Library and Schow Science Library
5:00-8:00pm DINNER at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

7:30pm

MOVIE at IMAGES CINEMA    “NINE DAYS”

For the first 75 students

Images Cinema on Spring Street

 

WEDNESDAY, September 8
7:30-10:30am BREAKFAST at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

7:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

8:30-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

9:30-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

9:00-11:30am *SWIM TEST Samuelson-Muir Pool
11:00-11:30am

*MEET THE DEANS

Dean Rachel Bukanc, Senior Associate Dean of Students
Dean Tamanika T. Steward, Assistant Dean for Sophomore Students
Dean Rebecca Garcia, Associate Dean for Junior Students, Dean of Williams Firsts
Dean Janice V. Williams, Assistant Dean for Senior Students
Dean Ninah Pretto, Associate Dean of Students, Director of International Students Services

Chapin Hall

Streaming available for students in quarantine/isolation

11:30am-12:30pm CAREER EXPLORATION EPHAMILY FEUD Paresky Auditorium
11:30am-12:30pm

PRE-ENGINEERING MEETING with Protik Majumder

 

Bronfman Auditorium
11:30-2:00pm LUNCH at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

11:30-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

12:20-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

1:10-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

1:30-4:00pm ACADEMIC ADVISING MEETINGS
1:30-2:30pm

WRITING YOUR FIRST COLLEGE PAPER

Come talk with the Writing Center director about what’s expected in college-level writing, how it differs from high school writing, and how to best approach the writing process.

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2:30-4:30pm MUSIC DEPARTMENT AUDITIONS
3:30-4:30pm PRE-EDUCATION MEETING with Susan Engel Paresky Auditorium
4:00-6:00pm *SWIM TEST Samuelson-Muir Pool
5:00-8:00pm DINNER at Whitmans’ Dining Hall

5:00-Sage 1-4/Lehman/AP1

6:00-Williams 01-4/MD1/MD2

7:00-MD3/MD4/AP2/AP3/AP4

8:00-10:00pm JAMBOREE (Virtual event)
8:00-9:00pm *SWIM TEST Samuelson-Muir Pool
THURSDAY, September 9
8:00-10:30pm PURPLE KEY FAIR Towne Field House