First Days 2020 Schedule

Thursday, August 27

12:00-8:00 PM EST
MOVE-IN DAY!  Welcome New Students

Friday, August 28

12:00-8:00 PM EST
MOVE-IN DAY!  Welcome New Students

5:00-6:00 PM EST
Shabbat Service-Virtual

WILLIAMS COLLEGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION
Friday, August 28 – September 25, 5:00 pm virtually using Zoom.

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    Shabbat services  
    Each week, members of the Jewish community at Williams, led by WCJA's religious directors, Mackenzie Grace and Noah Jacobson,join together for Shabbat services at 5pm ET.  We use the Purple Valley Siddur, a prayerbook developed by former Williams students. To get a pdf copy of the prayerbook, please email mdg3 or nrj1.

    RoshHaShanah 
    (begins Friday evening, Sept18 and goes through sundown on Sunday Sept 20) and Yom Kippur (begins Sundayevening, Sept 27 and concludes sundown on Monday evening, Sept 28.)

    Contact Rabbi Seth Wax, Jewish Chaplain for more information.

Saturday, August 29

12:00-8:00 PM EST
MOVE-IN DAY!  Welcome New Students

Sunday, August 30

4:00-4:45 PM EST
First Entry Meeting

10:15-10:45 PM EST
Chaplains’ Office: Night Prayers

All are invited to a modern adaptation of a monastic contemplative night prayer service. Sign in at 10:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for meet and greet and a brief explanation of the service, which follows Night Prayer and Compline liturgies in the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book and the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. No prior experience necessary — come and enjoy a peaceful way to end the day. Hosted by the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer and the Rev. Nicole Janelle. For more information email Rev. Valerie at [email protected] or call 413-517-5364.

Monday, August 31

9:00-10:00 AM EST
Ephventures: Yoga and Art Mindfulness with Emily Kamen MA ’20 o

This one-hour vinyasa-style yoga class looks at a print in the WALLS collection called “Stone into a Fountain” by activist, nun, graphic artist, and teacher Corita Kent. It explores themes of spontaneity, color, and creative movement. 

Emily Kamen (MA ‘20, she/her/hers) is an art historian, educator, environmentalist, and lover of movement. A life-long dancer, her yoga practice strengthened and developed while she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. She completed her 200-level teacher training at YogaStream in 2014 and has been teaching students of all ages and abilities since. Having trained under Lara Heimann, physical therapist and founder of LYT yoga, Emily’s practice is grounded in principles of functional mobility and alignment. In addition to yoga studios, her classes are often sited in art museums and organic vegetable farms. Emily is always looking for creative ways to combine and refine her passions for art, environmental consciousness, living beings of all species, and joyful movement. Click here to pre-register 

1:00-2:00 PM EST
Ephventures: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Community-Based Environmental Justice

Devon Parfait, future chief of Grand Calliou/Dulac Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, takes all of his life experiences and puts them back into his community in southern Louisiana. This community faces challenges directly linked to climate change along with other societal and systemic challenges. Throughout his life journey, Devon has learned how important it is to him that he contributes to helping this community fight the inequities they face every day. Participating in the Williams-Mystic Program altered Devon’s relationship with education and taught him to view learning as a life-long voyage and as a tool to make lasting change in all communities, big and small. To Devon, Williams-Mystic’s approach to education and advocacy teaches students to think and engage meaningfully with the world around them.

In this session, you will learn about his journey into academia and how he is making a positive impact with the skills he has learned. You will also learn about his tribal community as well as other tribal communities that are experiencing disproportionate effects of climate multiplied land loss both physically and socio-economically.

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4:00-5:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Virtual Nearby Hiking Trail Guide

How to get “off” campus, a virtual guide to accessible trails/walking routes that are all within walking distance from campus. Where’s Stone Hill? How do you get to Pine Cobble? How long is a bike ride up Mt. Greylock? Where are some local watering holes? Come to this zoom event to find out!

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Mindful Alignment Yoga All Levels with Tasha

Grounded in multiple alignment oriented practices, this class begins with centering and invocation to align with life as articulated in yoga tradition. Fluid warm-ups precede deepening postures coordinated with breath, exploring the full range of asana supporting balance in body and mind. Classes make use of variations and skillful props so each student is able to experience the poses, before concluding with deep rest and integration. This free class for Williams First Year students is sponsored by the Williams College Chaplain’s Office.

Visit https://tashayoga.com/classes/ to register.

8:00-9:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Meet the Ephs

Virtual Ice-Breakers with first-years and Q&A Panel w/ older Ephs

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10:00-11:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Ghost Story Campfire

Join this Zoom…if you dare! Students tell their best ghost stories on this virtual campfire, so lock your doors and leave a light on! Masks not required, but particularly spooky masks are encouraged.

Tuesday, September 1

10:30-11:30 AM EST
Virtual First Class Welcome Live

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
Surabhi Iyer and Peter Le, Co-Presidents of JAAB

12:00-1:15 PM EST
Environmental Justice at Williams College – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

We will highlight how an undergraduate, a scholar of Africana Studies, and a geoscientist helped uncover a plot by government agencies in Florida to keep an African American community exposed to toxins in their water.  Follow-up discussion will present opportunities for you to get involved in environmental justice scholarship and activism. This session features Williams faculty members José Constantine and James Manigault-Bryant as well as current student Ruby Bagwyn.

12:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Arts in the Berkshires 101

From hanging up pieces from some of the world’s most important artists in their dorm rooms to using local museums as study spaces, Williams has a unique, long standing connection to the arts, which students often take advantage of and participate in. In light of the unprecedented–and sometimes scary!– times we find ourselves in, this information session intends to introduce students not only to what is available to them in the arts community surrounding Williams, but also to clarify how to navigate these resources and institutions.
In lieu of physical visits to museums/buildings or the like, guest speakers from WCMA, the ‘62 Center, (and many more) will be in attendance to orient students on what their institution does and how they are adapting to keep students involved in Berkshire arts. Their input will be complemented by a shared presentation on important facts from each institution, concerning access, use, and COVID-19 protocols. The session will end with a short Q&A.

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2:00-3:00 PM EST
Virtual Peer Mentor Meet Up

This is an opportunity for Peer MentEphs to have virtual conversations with their mentors to connect with each other, including by building community through finding common ground and thinking about First-Days programming that matches group and individual interests. Mentors will communicate with First-Years about a link that Peer MentEphs can use to join for this virtual meeting. Peer MentEphs are encouraged to reach out to their Mentors regarding questions or concerns.

3:00-4:00 PM EST
Ephventures:  Synchronous Peloton Workout with Morgan

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Voices Debrief with JAs

6:00-6:30 PM EST
Ephventures: Finding Your Center

Are you yearning for peace amidst the chaos and noise of daily life? Join Tracy Finnegan to learn skills and approaches to help navigate this time. Sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office. Questions? Email Tracy Finnegan at tff1.

7:00-8:30 PM EST
Athletics Meeting

Wednesday, September 2

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Ephventures: Drawing Workshop with Mike Glier

Join professor of art, Mike Glier, for a morning of reflection, performance art, and drawing. Experience 4’33”, a legendary performance by the artist John Cage and try your hand at blind contour drawings, a fun, no-sweat introduction to the art of drawing. And most importantly, meet some new people!

Mike Glier ‘76 is a Guggenheim Fellow, has had three national touring exhibitions of his painting and drawing, and is currently the Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art at the Williams College. This fall he will be teaching Drawing I and Introduction to Acrylic Painting: Five Modern Painters.

Click here to pre-register

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11:00-12:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Kahoot Williams History

12:30-1:00 PM EST
Come and meet students involved in the Religious and Spiritual Life Groups and the Chaplains’ Office

Go to the Chaplains’ Open House website, click on the picture of the group that you would like to visit and you will find yourself in a zoom room with people from the Chaplains’ Office!
Feel free to visit as many rooms as you like — you will leave one room, go back to the website and select another link.
We wish we could have this open house in person but we are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions about religious and spiritual life at Williams.
For more Information visit https://chaplain.williams.edu/

1:30-2:00 PM EST
Voting 101 with Ephvotes 

With important elections looming close, now is the time to educate yourself and make a plan to vote. Join EphVotes for a 30 minute discussion where we will show you all the resources Williams has to help you register to vote and get the ballots you need. There will be ample time to answer any questions that you may have. All students are welcome!

2:00-3:00 PM EST
Escape Room: Where’d the Snow Go?

Something strange is abound in Williamstown… And the class of 2024 is getting to the bottom of this mystery.
Sign up for an exciting virtual escape room, at this link, provided by Sawyer Library and EphVentures! Solve the mystery of “Where’d the Snow Go?” while learning about the library’s online resources. Max group of 8 students (leaders included), and prizes will be given out!

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Choices Debrief with JAs

8:00-9:30 PM EST
Ephventures First Days concert

Featuring Williams Artist Associate in songwriting, Bernice Lewis and several of her current and former students, a tradition for the past 27 years!!

Thursday, September 3

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Framing Community for Sage/Williams

11:30-12:30 PM EST
Ephventures: Coronavirus & the Environment

Join Rev Valerie Bailey Fischer of the Chaplains’ Office and Caroline Bruno of the Zilkha Center for a discussion on what the virus means for the environment and humanity. Questions? Email vb7 or cwb2.

 

1:00-2:00 PM EST
Framing Community for Lehman and Armstrong/Pratt

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2:00-2:45 PM EST
Ephventures: Finding and Claiming your Authenticity

In this session, we’ll create a space for safe, open exploration of some of the challenges incoming students are expecting to face in their transition to college.  Among the challenges we will discuss is that many students struggle to find the balance between embracing new learnings and experiences while staying grounded in an awareness of who one understands themselves to be in this moment.  Together, we can ponder questions like what does being “authentic” mean in settings weighted with social and competitive pressures?  And, how does one live with authenticity when confronting definitions of success and thriving that can be at odds with one’s personal values and principles?  What feels core and essential to you? What feels fluid or adaptable to redefinition?

Participants should be prepared to do some brief reflective writing during the session, as well as engage in a guided visualization practice led by Imam Sharif.  A Zoom link will be provided to those who contact him to reserve their place in the session

Questions? Email Imam Sharif at sar4

3:00-4:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Music Workshop with Matthew Gold

This one hour session is an opportunity to discover the musical potential of everyday objects. By embracing and using the limits of the virtual space we find ourselves in, we can discover new ways of making music together. No prior musical/artistic experience is required for this workshop. All are welcome to join in collaboratively composing this sonic collage! We only ask that you prepare in advance by finding three objects that have interesting, surprising, or personally meaningful sound qualities–this includes anything from water bottles and leaves to phone cases and candy wrappers.
Matthew Gold is an Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble and is the Artistic Director of the annual I/O Festival of New Music. Percussionist Matthew Gold is a performer, ensemble director, and educator committed to exploring new sounds and presenting innovative and adventurous programs featuring new voices.

Click here to pre-register

3:30-4:30 PM EST
Ephventures: Volunteering in the Berkshires: Interview with the Berkshire Food Project, Goodwill, and the Berkshire Immigrant Center

Looking to get involved in the local community and learn more about food insecurity, economics, and immigration in Berkshire county? Join this panel discussion with representatives from the Berkshire Food Project, Goodwill, and the Berkshire Immigrant Center. It will be a great opportunity to learn about our area beyond the Purple Bubble!

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Alignment Flow Yoga All Levels with Ingrid 

This mixed level class moves at a steady pace with intelligent options, variations and modifications for all levels to explore. This practice synchronizes breath and the continuous flow of movement to build strength, endurance, balance and self-awareness. Expect creative sequencing and mindful alignment cues as you deepen your practice. Discover new and interesting ways to advance your practice.   Alignment Flow is accompanied by music. This free class for Williams First Year students is sponsored by the Williams College Chaplain’s Office.
Visit https://tashayoga.com/classes/ (Links to an external site.) to register.

6:00-7:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Plant Pressing: An Introduction to Campus Botany with Grace Kim ’23

Want to learn more about the plants you can find on Campus? Interested in making your own herbarium sheet? Or how to press plants? Join this workshop with Grace Kim ’23 to get better acquainted with the local flora!

7:00-9:00 PM EST
Poetry Reading with  Franny Choi and Cameron Awkward-Rich

The English Department wanted to let the Class of 2024 know of an exciting twin bill poetry reading that’s being hosted by the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University tomorrow evening (Thursday 9/3), featuring two poets with Williams connections: Franny Choi (Bolin Fellow in the English Department at Williams College) and Cameron Awkward-Rich (Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst) — Awkward-Rich is one of the poets featured in this year’s Williams Reads selection, Subject to Change. Event is open to the public and will take place on Zoom from 7-9pm Eastern Time. Registration in advance required to attend. Register at tinyurl.com/purduefrannycam

 

8:00-9:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Race and Sport Discussion

Reading Material for this discussion:
https://www.outsports.com/platform/amp/2019/6/3/18649927/ncaa-track-champion-cece-telfer-transgender-athlete-fpu-trans-testosterone

https://www.thelily.com/serena-williams-and-the-epidemic-of-policing-black-womens-anger/

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/723322372

Friday, September 4

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Framing Community for Mills/Dennett


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5:30-7:45 AM EST
Ephventures: SUNRISE HIKE

Meet on Paresky steps at 5:30AM – YES, 5:30 AM up to Stone HIll!!  Come join Scott Lewis, Director of WOC for the first sunrise hike of this academic year!!  Gentle 2 mile walk round trip from campus.  Bring a water bottle, and MASK, must reserve a spot by sending an email to [email protected]

11:00-12:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Ice breakers and Virtual Games: 2 truths and a lie and other fun games

11:30 AM EST
Ephventures: Photography Workshop with Johanna Breiding

The workshop will focus on somatic photography as a methodology. It will include an introductory presentation on embodiment, feeling, and happenstance in approaches to image-making, and will center on a group exercise in which students take a series of photographs based on poetic prompts. The workshop will end with a group discussion in order to share our experiences and the feelings that are evoked when we capture that which is around/in us.

All students who would like to participate in this workshop will need access to a camera. This can also be a phone camera.

Johanna Breiding is a photographer, video and installation artist that employs analog and digital technologies to archive queer narratives and underrepresented voices. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Williams and will be teaching Photography in the Darkroom: Identity and Place and Photography, Identity and the Absence of Representation this upcoming school year. Click here to pre-register 

1:00-1:45 PM EST
First Jumu’a Prayer

MUSLIM STUDENT UNION
Muslim Prayer Room, lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel
Other programs held by the Muslim Student Union or Islamic Campus Chaplaincy will be announced.
(All events will be held in the Muslim Prayer Room on the lower level of the Thompson Memorial Chapel, entrance facing Stetson Hall.)
Contact Imam Sharif Rosen, Muslim Chaplain for more information.

1:30-4:00 PM EST
Sexpo

Sexpo is an inclusive, identity-affirming, comprehensive, and virtual sex education event meant to empower the student body to take control of their health choices. Come ask questions about and engage with our student panel’s diverse set of experiences with all things sexual health-related. Being able to understand and define one’s relationship to sex is an important aspect of learning to take care of your mind and body. We’ll be covering STIs, birth control, healthy relationships, sexual pleasure, and sexual identity. We’ll also be covering COVID-specific information as well as how to access health resources on campus! There might even be a prize for the pod/entry with the most attendance…
Feel free to join completely anonymously, everyone is welcome.
If you want more information, to see the full schedule, or to submit a question to our anonymous form, follow us on Insta! @Sexpo_Williams

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Speak About It Debrief

5:00-6:00 PM EST
Shabbat Service-Virtual

WILLIAMS COLLEGE JEWISH ASSOCIATION
Friday, August 28 – September 25, 5:00 pm virtually using Zoom.

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    Shabbat services  
    Each week, members of the Jewish community at Williams, led by WCJA's religious directors, Mackenzie Grace and Noah Jacobson,join together for Shabbat services at 5pm ET.  We use the Purple Valley Siddur, a prayerbook developed by former Williams students. To get a pdf copy of the prayerbook, please email mdg3 or nrj1.

    RoshHaShanah 
    (begins Friday evening, Sept18 and goes through sundown on Sunday Sept 20) and Yom Kippur (begins Sundayevening, Sept 27 and concludes sundown on Monday evening, Sept 28.)

    Contact Rabbi Seth Wax, Jewish Chaplain for more information.

7:00 PM EST
Ephventures:  “Yes, God, Yes” Live Watch Party with Images Cinema

What’s better than watching a movie on a Friday night out with your friends? Doing it from the comfort of your common room with your pod! Images Cinema will be screening Yes, God, Yes with a live chat feature to react to and discuss the film in real-time. If you can’t make this live screening, the film is available to stream via Vimeo at this link and using promo code WC20. There are 500 redemptions available. Don’t forget some popcorn (delivered by your JA)!  https://youtu.be/i7V11pq64Yc

Yes, God, Yes Rotten Tomatoes Description

Saturday, September 5

9:00-12:30 PM EST
Ephventures HIKE

Meet on Paresky steps at 9AM- 12:30PM Come join Scott Lewis, WOC Director for a 4 mile intermediate hike to the summit of Pine Cobble   Bring a water bottle, and MASK, must reserve a spot by sending an email to [email protected]

11:00-11:45 AM EST
Ephventures: Virtual workout with Meaghan

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1:00-2:00 PM EST
Circle of Women Event


2:30-3:30 PM EST
Williams Secular: Book Discussion

Come join us for a lively discussion about the “Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.”  Reading the book is not required to attend this discussion (but you may want to read the book after exploring the themes of life, death and impermanence. Visit the Goodreads link to read a few quotes.  Williams Secular is not a religious group, although religion and philosophy are among the topics discussed during book discussions. Williams Secular is reflection and discussion space for humanists of all kinds: atheists, agnostics, freethinkers who are interested in the exchange of ideas that include religion and philosophy. For more information contact Russell Blakey (rgb4) or Elijah Tamarchenko (et7).

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Mindful Alignment Yoga All Levels with Tasha

Grounded in multiple alignment oriented practices, this class begin with centering and invocation to align with life as articulated in yoga tradition. Fluid warm-ups precede deepening postures coordinated with breath, exploring the full range of asana supporting balance in body and mind. Classes make use of variations and skillful props so each student is able to experience the poses, before concluding with deep rest and integration. This free class for Williams First Year students is sponsored by the Williams College Chaplain’s Office.
Visit https://tashayoga.com/classes/ (Links to an external site.) to register.

6:45-8:30 PM EST
Ephventures HIKE

Sunset hike Come join the orientation student directors for a sunset hike up to Stone Hill! Be sure to bring a mask and water bottle. Must reserve a spot by emailing [email protected]

7:00 PM EST
Ephventures:  Sundance Film Festival Shorts: Live Watch Party with Images Cinema

What’s better than watching a movie on a Friday night out with your friends? Doing it from the comfort of your common room with your pod! Images Cinema will be screening Sundance Film Festival Shorts with a live chat feature to react to and discuss the films in real-time.

Sunday, September 6

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Williams Reads Conversations 

10:00-1:00 PM EST
Ephventures: HIKE

Meet on Paresky steps at 10AM return 1PM
Come join Dave Ackerson, Williams Outing Club assistant director for a 5.5 mile beginner hike to the Hopkins Memorial Forest. Bring a water bottle, and MASK, must reserve a spot by sending an email to [email protected]

 

2:00-3:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

3:30-5:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Performance Workshops with Student Groups

Student groups at Williams are a cornerstone of the bustling arts community students can participate in. This 90-minute session will be an opportunity for incoming students to connect with some of the dance, acapella, and spoken word groups that you could potentially join! There will be a rotation halfway through the session so that everyone gets the opportunity to familiarize themselves with at least two student organizations. This is a great opportunity to form a connection with a student group before you audition! Those who pre-register will receive information about the group sessions a few days before the event.

Click here to pre-register

4:00-5:00 PM EST
Iyengar Yoga All Levels with Anne O.

Noted for its clear alignment and playful exploration as well as for plumbing the depths of experience, Iyengar Yoga was founded by yoga pioneer B.K.S. Iyengar.  This free class for Williams First Year students is sponsored by the Williams College Chaplain’s Office.  Visit https://tashayoga.com/classes/ (Links to an external site.) to register.

4:30-5:30 PM EST
Catholic Virtual Mass, Sts. Patrick & Raphael Church

Williams Catholic–The first mass will be virtual and recorded at Sts. Patrick & Raphael Church with Fr. John McDonagh presiding.
First Days Catholic Welcome Mass, September 6th with Fr. John McDonagh of Sts. Patrick & Raphael Church:

5:30-6:30 PM EST
The Feast

Sundays, starting September 6th at 5:30 p.m.
The Feast will take place outside for as long as possible on the front lawn of the Paresky Student Center.
Please contact Rosa L. Kirk-Davidoff ’21 for more information.
– A faith-based student organization of progressive Christian students and their friends committed to radical and inclusive hospitality,respect for the other religions of the world, and explorations of the links between the Christian journey and social justice.

6:45-8:45 PM EST
Ephventures HIKE

Come join the orientation student directors for a sunset hike up to Stone Hill! Be sure to bring a mask and water bottle. Must reserve a spot by emailing [email protected]

7:00-8:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Discussions

10:15-10:45 PM EST
Night Prayers

All are invited to a modern adaptation of a monastic contemplative night prayer service. Sign in at 10:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for meet and greet and a brief explanation of the service, which follows Night Prayer and Compline liturgies in the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book and the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. No prior experience necessary — come and enjoy a peaceful way to end the day. Hosted by the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer (Chaplain to the College and Protestant Chaplain) and the Rev. Nicole Janelle. For more information email Rev. Valerie at [email protected] or call 413-517-5364.

Monday, September 7

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

11:00-12:00 PM EST
Meet Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus (WRAPS) via Zoom

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12:00 PM EST
Meet the Staff of the Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art constantly sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of the wonderful staff at the museum. Join this conversation to get to know them. Learn how they draw on their diverse interests, passions, and professional experiences to realize WCMA’s mission.

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1:00 PM EST
Queer Student Union hosts Quarantine Lunches

The Queer Student Union is hosting Zoom calls for everyone still stuck in quarantine– and for LGBTQ+ first-year students still figuring out their place on campus. This event doesn’t conflict with any other during First Days, so don’t be worried about missing out on your EPHventure– Just wear something comfortable, pick up your food from downstairs, and hop on the call. No matter if you were the leader of your high school’s GSA, or Williams is where you’re first choosing to come out to others, everyone’s welcome. Ask questions, or just hang out.

2:00-3:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

3:30-4:30 PM EST
Ephventures: Dance Improv Session

Join the dance department and students in a session designed to introduce students to academic and extracurricular dance at Williams.
Click here to pre-register

4:00-4:45 PM EST
Ephventures: True Colors workshop with Aria, Manting and Nehemiah

6:45-8:45 PM EST
Ephventures HIKE

Come join the orientation student directors for a sunset hike up to Stone Hill! Be sure to bring a mask and water bottle. Must reserve a spot by emailing [email protected]

7:00-8:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

Tuesday, September 8

9:00-10:00 AM EST
Contemplative Walk with Scott Lewis

Take a thoughtful saunter outside around campus and explore mindfulness, soulfulness, and bodyfulness with Outing Club Director Scott Lewis.
Please bring a favorite “nature” reading or something inspired, whether borrowed or personally written.
Limited to 14.
Rsvp to [email protected]

10:00-11:00 AM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

11:00-12:15 PM EST
Ephventures: Farming While Black Virtual Presentation

Presented by Cheryl Whilby from Soul Fire Farm, committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices – from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA – have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land.  Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. And now, with the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.

11:15-11:45 AM EST
Ephventures: Outdoor Workout on Sawyer Lawn

Bring a towel or yoga mat, and a bottle of water, and meet on the Sawyer Lawn at 11:10! Limited to 12 people.  Sign up here

11:15-12:15 PM EST
Contemplative Walk with Imam Sharif

Explore our campus environment on a mindful contemplative walk. We’ll engage our minds and hearts as we connect more deeply to our bodies and our surroundings.
Limited to 14.
Rsvp to Imam Sharif at  sar4

11:30-12:30 PM EST
Silent Contemplative Walk with Rabbi Seth

Join a contemplative walk in which we will explore our lived environment, paying attention to the sounds and movements of our world. We will maintain silence for the walk in order to help quiet our minds and support each other.
Limited to 14.
Rsvp to Rabbi Seth at smw4.

1:00 PM EST
Queer Student Union hosts Quarantine Lunches

The Queer Student Union is hosting Zoom calls for everyone still stuck in quarantine– and for LGBTQ+ first-year students still figuring out their place on campus. This event doesn’t conflict with any other during First Days, so don’t be worried about missing out on your EPHventure– Just wear something comfortable, pick up your food from downstairs, and hop on the call. No matter if you were the leader of your high school’s GSA, or Williams is where you’re first choosing to come out to others, everyone’s welcome. Ask questions, or just hang out.

2:00-3:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

3:00-3:30 PM EST
Three Pillars

Meet TABLE/FAST/Williams Student Union

 

3:15-3:45 PM EST
Ephventures: Outdoor workout on Sawyer Lawn

Bring a towel or yoga mat, and a bottle of water, and meet on the Sawyer Lawn at 3:10! Limited to 12 people.  Sign up here

5:00-7:00 PM EST
Ephventures: Garden party: Flowers, Berries, and Food growing on campus! 

Join us in getting your hands dirty in the gardens on campus. We will be meeting in front of the Class of 1966 Environmental Center to take a tour of the gardens, learn what edible plants grow on campus, and help the plants flourish by weeding a few areas. This will be a small group in-person event with no more than 10 people at a time. Please wear a mask, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Sign up here for a one hour time slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FADAF29A3FAC07-ephventures

7:00-8:00 PM EST
Williams Reads Conversations

8:00-9:00 PM EST
Telos: Communal Prayer

We’d like to invite you to join us as we pray and fast to reflect on our summers and prepare ourselves for this fall. Quarantine provides us with a wonderful opportunity to draw near to God and talk to him about our hopes and fears for the semester. We encourage you to reflect individually during the day and join us for communal prayer via Zoom (link) at 8 pm EDT.

-The Telos Board (Catherine, Christie, Esther, Rebecca, and Sarah)
The Telos is a journal of Christian discourse, follow @thewilliamstelos

More: https://sites.williams.edu/telos

Please contact Sarah Gantt if you have any questions!

 

8:30-10:00 PM EST
Ephventures Themed Trivia

What’s First Days without a little harmless competition? Get your MentEph group together and join First Days Trivia Night! Trivia night will feature rounds about arts, sports, and Williams! Teams are encouraged to be MentEph groups, but feel free to form your own group of up to eight people! Top teams will receive prizes for the most points accrued. Rules and regulations will be explained at the beginning! Hosted by MentEph directors.

Wednesday, September 9

9:00-11:00 AM EST
Ephventures: Garden party: Flowers, Berries, and Food growing on campus! 

Join us in getting your hands dirty in the gardens on campus. We will be meeting in front of the Class of 1966 Environmental Center to take a tour of the gardens, learn what edible plants grow on campus, and help the plants flourish by weeding a few areas. This will be a small group in-person event with no more than 10 people at a time. Please wear a mask, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. Sign up here for a one hour time slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4FADAF29A3FAC07-ephventures

1:00 PM EST
Queer Student Union hosts Quarantine Lunches

The Queer Student Union is hosting Zoom calls for everyone still stuck in quarantine– and for LGBTQ+ first-year students still figuring out their place on campus. This event doesn’t conflict with any other during First Days, so don’t be worried about missing out on your EPHventure– Just wear something comfortable, pick up your food from downstairs, and hop on the call. No matter if you were the leader of your high school’s GSA, or Williams is where you’re first choosing to come out to others, everyone’s welcome. Ask questions, or just hang out.

2:30-4:00 PM EST
Music Department Open House

5:00-7:00 PM EST
Ephventures: “Farewell to Tiktok?”: Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night

The Exploring the Arts (ETA) Ephventure has the tradition of hosting an open mic night at the end of its program as an informal, fun space of sharing talents. This year’s Coffeehouse intends to preserve this tradition while welcoming more folks than usual. With the future of Tiktok unclear and more participants than ever, join us for a speed round of Williams talent! You can perform your favorite Tiktok dance or sing an original song, all performance types are welcome!  Click here to pre-register 

8:00-10:00 PM EST
Jamboree

Join us for this year’s Virtual Jamboree! Showcasing the talents of over 25 student organizations, you won’t want to miss it! Comedy, Song, Dance, Theater & More! Come see what Williams has to offer for you!

 

Thursday, September 10   First Day of Classes

8:00-10:00 PM EST
Purple Key Fair

Do you want to get involved on campus this fall? Come and check out all of the clubs and organizations Williams has to offer in the Virtual Purple Key Fair. There will even be some campus offices joining in the fun.  You can sign-up, learn about and even drop in on a new interest and have a chat, or check out their website or instagram.  There is something here for everyone, Pursue your Passion!