November 2021
Hello Class of 2023 Families!
Happy November! Many students will travel home for Thanksgiving Break (November 24-28) while some will stay on campus. Not to worry — all residence halls will remain open during this time.

This month’s Parent & Family Webinar Series speaker is Dr. Kelly Crace, Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness and Director of the Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence. Our son, Nick, really liked both him and his talk at a recent e-sports development event. Tune in live on Tuesday, November 16th at 7PM EST to explore authentic flourishing at an individual and community level.

We hope this newsletter contains helpful content as you prepare to welcome your student home for upcoming breaks and as we look ahead to next semester!

Thank you for being part of the William & Mary community!
Mary Hallahan Kushan ’85, P ’22 and Jeff Kushan ’85, P ’22
Dates & Deadlines
November 1: W&M Professional Development Academy registration opens
November 8-11: Spring 2022 priority registration for continuing students
November 15-December 10: Spring 2022 schedule adjustment for continuing students
November 24- 28: Thanksgiving Holiday (Offices closed, no classes)
November 29: Classes resume from Thanksgiving Break
Due December 1: W&M Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad Programs priority deadline for applications and scholarships
December 8: William and Mary Bookstore Grand Opening
December 10: Last Day of classes
Resources for You
Parent & Family Calendar
We are excited to share our Parent & Family Calendar for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! This calendar contains important academic dates, highlighted resources, and William & Mary

We hope you will use this calendar as a resource to connect with your student and support their W&M experience.
Parent & Family Resource Guide
The William & Mary Parent & Family Resource Guide is designed to be an interactive overview of frequently referenced resources.

The digital pdf will be updated once per year and posted for those who wish to print out our Resource Guide. For the most up-to-date information contained in this guide, revisit this website.
Family Webinar: Authentic Excellence 201
Presented by Dr. Kelly Crace, Associate VP for Health & Wellness. During Orientation, a concept was introduced that distinguished fear-based excellence from authentic excellence. This session will explore this concept at a deeper level and describe a model designed to promote authentic flourishing at an individual and community level. It will examine five paradigm shifts for resilience a relentless world. For those who didn't attend the introductory session at Orientation, a brief review will be provided at the beginning.

Join us on November 16th at 7PM EST.
Supporting Your Student - A William & Mary Parent & Family Blog
Check out previous blog posts from the semester! Be on the lookout for upcoming posts this month and throughout the remainder of the academic year.
Campus Announcements
Van Shuttle Service
Parking & Transportation operates van shuttle service to and from nearby airports for scheduled breaks in the academic year. Visit Airport and Out of Town Travel for more info.
2022-2023 Housing Selection
Although we are not even midway through fall semester students are beginning to discuss 2022-2023 room selection. We will share out 2022-2023 room selection information beginning in December with information sessions for students and parents along with information shared online and via student email.

The 2022-2023 Housing Application & Contract will go live in January when students return from winter break. Reminder that social class 2025 will be required to live on campus for their second year.
Resources from Academic Enrichment
As your student begins to prepare for final exams, Academic Enrichment has compiled a list of resources to help your student manage their academic work and help them get the most out of their experience at William & Mary.

From weekly time management schedules to general academic resources, be sure to check out all of the tools available for your student.
Save the Date: W&M Professional Development Academy | Winter 2022
The W&M Professional Development Academy is returning this winter as a free three-day virtual conference on professional development from Tuesday, January 11 - Thursday, January 13, 2022. Participants will have the chance to learn from and engage with William & Mary alumni, employers, faculty, and committee members through presentations and small group discussions. Registration opens on November 1, 2021!
W&M Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad Programs
Applications now open for W&M Summer Faculty-led study abroad programs. Join W&M faculty going to nearly 20 different locations this summer and receive W&M credits and fulfill COLL 300! Priority deadline December 1 for applications and scholarships. More information on our website.
No Title Needed
No Title Needed is a leadership initiative designed to help students understand that you don’t need to have a position or title to contribute to positive change. Throughout the month of November Student Leadership Development will recognize students who, without formal position or title, take positive action based on their values; work effectively with others; problem solve, and find creative solutions; and/or make contributions to their organization or the W&M community.

When talking with your student, focus on their involvements and contributions, rather than titles or positions. Here are some questions to get you started when asking them about their involvements on campus.
  • What have you chosen to get involved in at W&M? And why?
  • How do you contribute to your organization(s)?
  • What are your organizations working on that is exciting to you, and how are you contributing?
  • To you, what is the most important thing about your organization?
  • What are some things that you help do in the organization?
  • Who do you admire in your organization that contributes without a position or title?
Study in D.C. with the W&M Washington Center
Has your student wanted to spend live in a city during their collegiate years? Are they hoping to earn academic credit during winter or summer break? Does your student want to learn more about their professional interests and what life after W&M could look like? The Washington Center is the place for ALL students! At the Washington Center, we offer courses all year for students to explore different academic interests with professors from a variety of majors, get internship experience across dozens of industries, and explore D.C. while connecting with W&M alumni.

We are currently accepting student portfolios to participate in all our programs and scholarships are available so every student who wants to study in D.C. can. Learn more in the link below.
Transfer Student Celebration Week
Every October the university gathers to celebrate and support new and continuing transfer students as they navigate social and academic transitions. This year, workshops, information sessions, and social networking events were held throughout the week in partnership with the Cohen Career Center, Center for Student Diversity, Department of Arts & Sciences, Office of Student Veteran Engagement, and Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising.
Highland's Virtual Program: Francophiles, Friendships, and Femmes Artistes
Art history tells us so much about the past! Join the Highland community at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 16 as we will welcome Dr. Maura Gleeson, Visiting Professor of Humanities at Valencia College, for the virtual program, "Francophiles, Friendships, and Femmes Artistes." Using Highland's portrait collection, program participants will learn more about the Monroe family’s connection to Madame Campan, Eugène de Beauharnais and Hortense Bonaparte—friendships that began in 1790s France—as well as new scholarship on the artists behind the paintings.
Auxiliary Services
W&M Dining
  • Parents, subscribe to The Scoop, the monthly dining newsletter created for students: https://tinyurl.com/auxnewsletters
  • Visit dining.wm.edu for Thanksgiving hours of operation.
  • Meal plans end for the fall semester on December 22; Unused meal swipes will expire at that time and Dining Dollar balances will roll to spring meal plans.
  • Follow @wmdining on social media for the latest updates
W&M Bookstore
  • The Spirit Trailer will be available at Zable Stadium during the November 13th football game
  • The Grand Opening of the new W&M Bookstore & Spirit Shop will be on December 8 from 5 – 8 pm. The new store is located at 601 Prince George St (Triangle Building)
  • Rental textbooks may be returned to Unity Hall from December 13 – December 22.
  • Follow wmbookstore on social media for the latest updates
Transportation & Parking Services
  • Visitors parking on-campus from Monday at 7:00 am through Friday at 5:00 pm should park in designated visitor parking lots and use the Passport app to establish a pay-by-phone session:
  • Parking & Transportation operates van shuttle service to and from nearby airports for scheduled breaks in the academic year. Visit Airport and Out of Town Travel for more info.
Parents, subscribe to Campus Corner, the monthly Auxiliary Services newsletter created for students: https://tinyurl.com/auxnewsletters

Follow @wmauxiliaries on social media for the latest updates
The Parents Fund
The Parents Fund is critical in our efforts to support the health and well-being of our students. With your support, we are able to offer students a wide array of wellness resources -- from health promotion, prevention, and education to clinical intervention services.

One vital resource made possible by the Parents Fund is the after-hours counseling phone service, available 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. during weekdays and anytime during the weekend (757-221-3620).

One student stated: “I am really thankful for these services. As an RA, I needed support with a resident who had a mental health crisis; I needed to connect them with services. I am grateful for the support they offered this student.”

Another student indicated: “[ProtoCall] counselors were supportive. Someone from the Counseling Center checked in on me again within a day or two; they made me feel like I was cared for.”

This after-hours counseling service is not possible without philanthropic support. Please make a gift to the Parents Fund today. Your contribution has a direct impact on students’ lives.
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