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Botetourt Welcome Message

Greetings from The College of William & Mary!

On behalf of the Jamestown/Botetourt staff, I would like to say welcome to our “home”.  My name is Rodney Franks, and I am the Area Director for Jamestown North/South and the Botetourt area. As a full-time professional, I am responsible for the day-to-day management of the area that includes 783 residents. I also supervise 33 student staff members that live in the halls so that they may assist you and create a safe learning environment.

We are very excited that you have chosen to join our community for the upcoming academic year! The staff will be working diligently throughout the summer to plan exciting programs and activities to enhance your experience of living with us. We would love to have you all take an active and interested role in this community so that together we may create an inclusive and empowering community. There are many ways to get involved in the residence halls, but one in particular is to join Hall Council. Hall Council is the governing body for the residence halls, which allows you, the student, to have a direct influence into what your experience will be on campus and in your William & Mary home. I encourage you to take an active role in YOUR community by becoming an Executive Board member, a Hall Representative, or even a general body member. 

Should you have any questions between now and move-in day, we suggest that you look over our website. It is loaded with a lot of helpful and detailed information designed to be a great resource. Also, you may want to take minute to look at the online videos to get a better look at what your building and room may look like before you arrive on campus. If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

We look forward to seeing you!

Rodney L. Franks
Area Director
Residence Life
The College of William and Mary
757-221-1240 (fax)

Dear Future Botetourtians,

Welcome to the College! We are so excited to have you as our residents next year! Your future Resident Assistants (RAs) and Head Residents (HRs) hail from as far away as Massachusetts, though many of us are in-staters, and we’re thrilled to make this place as much a home for you as it has become for us. Many of us have ourselves lived in Botetourt, so we would love to take the opportunity to share some of our favorite things about the area as well as some tips on how to make the most of your freshman experience here.

First of all, Botetourt (pronounced Bah-tuh-tŏt, like “tater tot”) has a great location! It’s tucked away in the woods, right next to Lake Matoaka, so the dock and gorgeous trails are a skip, hop, and a jump away. Botetourt is also a stone’s throw from the Caf, the College’s largest and most popular dining location, the Rec Center, the tennis courts, and Swem, one of America’s top ten university libraries as rated by the Princeton Review.

Secondly, the buildings in Botetourt have great amenities. The halls have fewer people than the average freshman hall, helping to foster a sense of camaraderie and community. In addition, the kitchens in Botetourt are enormous, and each has a built-in dining booth that’s perfect for sharing a meal with your newfound friends. Botetourt’s halls are also all equipped with air-conditioned lounges that have comfy chairs and couches, televisions with cable connections, desks for studying, and recreational activity tables ranging from pool to air hockey! Outside the Botetourt area, there are large courtyards with picnic tables, ideal for enjoying the beautiful Williamsburg weather while doing homework or just hanging out.

As far as packing goes, don’t forget a shower caddy and shower shoes, because Botetourt has shared hall bathrooms. You may also want to bring a water pitcher or reusable water bottle since there are no sinks in the rooms. We also highly recommend waterproof boots (when it rains here, it pours), and a personal microwave and refrigerator so you don’t have to hike downstairs to the kitchen every time you want a snack. Basic cleaning supplies, like paper towels, Clorox wipes, and Febreeze will come in handy, too.

Through Self –Determination we will make Botetourt a home away from home! Please check out the video to learn more about what that means, and get ready to get involved with hall council!

Self Determination à http://tinyurl.com/communitynorms

Now that you’ve learned about all of the amazing things that Botetourt has to offer, we would just like to give you a few parting words of advice. First, we recommend getting in touch with your roommate(s) over the summer to learn their likes and dislikes and to work out who is bringing which essentials. Second, be on the lookout for Facebook pages for Botetourt, your building, or even just your hall. Third, if you have anything to ask, feel free to contact us using the email addresses below.

Below, we’ve also written short bios to introduce ourselves to you! We are so excited to meet you.  Have a great summer, and we’ll see you in August!

Best wishes,

Your future RAs and HRs

The Botetourt Residence Life Staff 


Kaleigh Smith                        Spotswood 2nd Upper                        kesmith@email.wm.edu

What up Botetourt! My name is Kaleigh, and I am excited to welcome you to William & Mary! I’m from Medford, Massachusetts, right outside Boston, and I’m a rising Junior majoring in History and minoring in Latin American Studies. I'm an active member of Greek life on campus, and I’m also a tutor for Project Phoenix, a local program that helps mentor troubled middle school students in the area. I’ll be the RA for the lovely ladies of Spotswood Second Upper, but I hope to meet as many people in Botetourt as I can. If you have any questions, concerns, or feelings of excitement, don’t hesitate to send them my way! I’m counting down the days until move in when I get to see all of your beautiful faces, get ready to have an awesome year! 

Robin de Azagra                   Spotswood 2nd Lower                       rtdeazagra@email.wm.edu 

Hey Botetourt!! My name is Robin and I’m super pumped to be an RA for Spotswood 2nd Lower! I’m a rising junior and am a declared Linguistics major and business minor. My hometown is located in the lovely Winchester, Virginia, which is in Northern Virginia but nobody really knows where we are…so it’s more exciting than just any NOVA city! I absolutely love watermelon, impromptu dance parties, and movie nights with friends (BYO Popcorn though…because I tend to eat all of mine before the opening credits). Outside of res-life I am very involved with the Equestrian Team, Womens Chorus, and the gymnastics club, which are all awesome organizations I would love to talk to you about (along with all those other college-related topics)! If you have any questions about move-in day, clubs, academics, or maybe even which member of One Direction I think is the dreamiest, don’t hesitate to ask! I can’t WAIT to get to know each and every one of you beautiful people. See you in August!

Caitlin Taylor                        Spotswood 3rd Upper                        cataylor@email.wm.edu      

WELCOME HOME 3rd UPPERIANS! My name is Caitlin Taylor, and I'll be a sophomore next year. I'm the RA for 3rd upper (which consists of rooms 301-310 since Spotswood is very confusing and I know I couldn't figure out where I lived last year). I'm double majoring in Kinesiology and Psychology, and am from NJ. I'm very involved in Greek life, and am also a member of Campus Buddies, American Sign Language Club, Wizards and Muggles Club, and the Sharpe Scholars. I am obsessed with the color orange, fettuccini alfredo, and tortoises, and my pet frog, Toby, will be joining us on 3rd Upper. 3rd Upper is the bestest floor (although I lived here last year too, so I may be a bit biased) so get excited! I really can't wait to meet all of you and serve as your RA- it's going to be an awesome year. I know you probably have tons of questions about packing, food, William & Mary in general, so don't be like me and be too scared to ask these questions, I genuinely would love to help you guys. Even if it's just to say 'hi', feel free to reach out to me. See you in August!

Nathanael Paige                    Spotswood 3rd Lower                        ncpaige@email.wm.edu

 Hi! My name is Nathanael Paige, and I am a sophomore here at the college. I am currently planning on double majoring in Marketing and Psychology. Around campus, I am involved in Intervarsity Campus Ministries and an a capella group called One Accord. I'm also a Sharpe Scholar with a strong passion for singing. I am so excited to personally welcome you all to The Tribe, and especially eager to meet the new Spotswood family!

Catherine Smiley                   Fauquier 2nd Upper                          cesmiley@email.wm.edu

Hello Botetourt! My name is Catherine Smiley and I am extremely happy to say that I will be the RA for Fauquier Second Upper this upcoming year. A few facts about myself: I am a rising junior, Chinese Major, pre-med, a member of Project Phoenix and Campus Kitchens, and a Grace Hospice Volunteer. My interests include learning Chinese, listening to music, community service, snacking, baking, running, ice hockey, playing my cello and napping. I am incredibly excited to be living in Botetourt for a second year and I cannot wait to meet all of you! Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself!  WELCOME TO THE TRIBE!!!

Samantha Wallace                Fauquier 2nd Lower                          slwallace@email.wm.edu Welcome to Bot, Bot, Botetourt! My name is Samantha Wallace and I am a sophomore here at our lovely W&M. I love anything and everything to do with the outdoors (besides of course the bugs!) and being from Idaho, my summers consists of hiking, kayaking, and swimming with my buddies - well, and working as much as humanly possible. I love that our campus caters to a diverse community with its clubs! I am a part of Salsa Club, Point Blank, the Wind Ensemble (who toured China this past Spring - go oboes!), Greek Life, and many other adventures like working as an ambassador for the Cohen Career Center and enthusiastically participating (not skillfully) in IM sports! I am so excited to meet you all (EEP!) and feel free to send me any emails with questions, concerns, fun facts, and miscellaneous thoughts! Go Tribe!

Jakim Aaron                          Fauquier 3rd Upper                           jaaron@email.wm.edu

 Hello! My name is Jakim Aaron, and I am a rising sophomore here at the College. My time here has been filled with great community and developmental opportunities, both of which I hope to share with you during our time together. I am involved with several organizations on campus including, but not limited to, Black Students Organization, Pi Sigma Phi (honors fraternity), and Campus Kitchens. I enjoy music (at any point in the day, I can and will break into spontaneous outbursts of song), food (I will probably be eating while bursting into song), and long walks on the beach (not really, but it sounded like it fit). Please contact me if you have any questions and concerns, and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Julia Zuercher                       Fauquier 3rd Lower                           jpzuercher@email.wm.edu

Hey Fauquier 3rd Lower! My name is Julia Zuercher, and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a junior on campus double majoring in biology and chemistry and want to go in to veterinary medicine. (Who doesn't love puppies and kittens!?) This year will be so much fun! I know you have a lot to do before you get here, between the packing and last-minute questions, so feel free to email/Facebook me if you need anything. Otherwise, I'll see you soon!

Waverly Garner                    Gooch 2nd Upper                              whgarner@email.wm.edu

My name is Waverly Garner and I hail from the little town of Farmville, Virginia (not to be confused with the Facebook game) in the backwoods near the village of Rice.  Southside Virginia Community College inflamed me with a passion for studying biology along with my passion for English; after being granted with an associate’s degree, I transferred to The College of William & Mary in the fall semester of 2014 as a Junior.  Come the fall of 2015 I will be a Senior (holy moly!) about to finish my major in biology and minor (or possibly double-major) in English.  I’m super into music – especially old-time and Celtic fiddling.  On my free time I like reading fantasy and philosophy (Tolkien!), jamming, chasing butterflies, and working/volunteering at Virginia State Parks. 

Erin Goodstein                      Gooch 2nd Lower                               epgoodstein@email.wm.edu

Hello beautiful humans! My name's Erin, and I'm a rising junior who comes from the hills of Harrisonburg, VA. I'm a biology major with a chem minor, and a member of the Bike Initiative, Running Club, and APO, a co-ed service fraternity. In my spare time, I love knitting and crocheting (while catching up on Netflix), strumming my ukulele, and getting outside to enjoy nature! I'm overjoyed to be a part of this community, and can't wait to get to know each of you. Feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or just to chat!

Dan Vance                             Gooch 3rd Upper                               dlvance@email.wm.edu

Hello my stupendous, future Gooch residents! I’m Dan Vance, and I’d like to introduce myself as your male RA for Gooch 3rd next year! Next year is going to be amazing, and I hope that y’all are as excited to be a part of the Tribe as I am to be your Freshman RA. A little about me: I am from Rockbridge County, VA, I am a twin, and I love anything and everything to do with plants. When I am not in class, I spend a lot of time in my biology research lab as well as hanging out with my friends and enjoying the outdoors. I look forward to meeting all of y’all this August, and if you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Amanda Cohen                     Gooch 3rd Lower                               acohen@email.wm.edu 

Hi! I’m Amanda, a sophomore from Chevy Chase, Maryland. I love snacks, cats, running, and coffee. On campus I’m involved in Greek Life, Residence Life and various philanthropies. I’m so excited to meet everyone and to introduce you to this amazing community! Get ready to have lots of snuggle sessions, pancake nights and random Williamsburg adventures! 

DeLauren Davis                    Nicholson 2nd Upper                         dodavis@email.wm.edu

Hey there! My name is DeLauren Davis, and as we start bonding as a hall you might find yourself calling me D-Lo pretty soon. I am a sophomore here at the College, and I am a passionate Africana Studies major. As a member of the African Culture Society, Black Student Organization, and Syndicate Hip-Hop Dance Team I keep pretty busy. No worries, I would never forget about my wonderful residents. I can't wait to meet you all! Enjoy your summers, and get ready to enjoy your first year! It goes by quickly, trust me. #DontDropThat #Bortetourt #Nicholson #WeDaBest #NoFlexZone

Stephen Gurley                     Nicholson 2nd Lower                         sagurley@email.wm.edu

Hey guys!  I'll be the male RA on the first floor of Nicholson this year!  I'm originally from Reston, VA.  Besides being involved with Residence Life, I'm also in Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity, and the public health club UAID.  I'm a junior biology major and pre-med student at the College, and am a member of a biology research lab.  Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  I can't wait to meet you guys!

Kathleen Wirshup                 Nicholson 3rd Upper                          kjwirshup@email.wm.edu

Hey future residents, welcome to the BOT!!! My name is Kathleen Wirshup, but my nickname is Kitkat. I am a rising sophomore who is going to be the RA for Nicholson 3rd Lower. I am pre-med, throw the Javelin for the track team, and am involved in Catholic Campus Ministry. Some of my interest include hiking, Netflix, snapchat art, and french-fries. I am sooooo excited to be in Botetourt again and I can’t wait to show you guys my favorite spots on the trails. Please email me if you have any questions or just want to chat! Get ready for an awesome year!!!!

Matt Wattendorf                   Nicholson 3rd Lower                      mdwattendorf@email.wm.edu

What’s bumpin’ Botetourt?  Congrats on your acceptance and welcome to the Tribe! We’re happy to have you and I’m sure you’ll all do amazing things while you’re here.  My name is Matt and I’m a rising sophomore chemistry major.  I now live in Alexandria, VA, but I also spent several years growing up in Mississippi.  I enjoy playing on the ultimate frisbee team, singing the national anthem, and using oxford commas.  Feel free to send any questions you have my way.  I can’t wait to meet you in August!  TTYL!

Bill Cussen                             Dinwiddie 1st & 2nd                            wjcussen@email.wm.edu

Hello and welcome! My name is Bill Cussen and I have the pleasure of being the RA for Dinwiddie 1st and 2nd this upcoming year! I come from Virginia Beach, VA and I’m a rising junior here at W&M. My major is history and my future plans remain a mystery, but I’m involved in the Flat Hat student newspaper, the James Blair Historical Review, and the W&M

International Relations Club here on campus. I’m very approachable and very open to questions, comments, or concerns if you feel impelled to ask! I’m excited to meet all of you and I hope you feel the same!

Michaela Rossi                       Dinwiddie 3rd                                    mrrossi@email.wm.edu

Hey, Class of 2018! My name is Michaela Rossi and I am one of the RA's in Dinwiddie. I am a sophomore for this upcoming school year, and I can't wait to meet all of you! I am from Virginia Beach, well-known as a tourist hot-spot, so I avoid the beach at all costs. I am planning on declaring a double major in Biology and Psychology, and I hope to go into pediatric psychotherapy and working with special needs children. That being said, I volunteer and work with a private special education facility in Hampton Roads during my summers and breaks, and it is one of my favorite things to do! Other than that I love being outside, going to the rec, and reading! Also, I am obsessed rock/alternative music! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, just shoot me an email! I can't wait to meet all of you in August!

Alina Lam                              Head Resident                                  aslam@email.wm.edu

Hi there! My name is Alina Lam, a rising senior here at the grand ol' William and Mary. I have the distinct pleasure of being one of the two Botetourt Head Residents, living in Fauquier! Outside of my humble abode, you'll find me involved with SA, CSO (Chinese Student Organization), AMP, and napping in various places around campus. I love food (particularly bacon and burritos), being a goofball, and having spontaneous adventures! Feel free to email me if you have any questions and get ready for an exciting year!   

Julia Varoutsos                      Head Resident                                   jnvaroutsos@email.wm.edu

Hey Botetourt! My name is Julia Varoutsos and I will be one of two Head Residents in Botetourt, living in Dinwiddie. I am a rising senior here at the College, double majoring in Accounting and International Relations. In terms of facts about me that are not boring, I hail from the great state of Massachusetts, I am a cat person, ice cream is a major component of my diet, and I love outdoor adventuring! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. I am super excited to meet you all! Welcome home!

Rodney Franks                      Area Director                                                rlfranks@wm.edu

Welcome to Botetourt! My name is Rodney Franks, and I am the Area Director for Jamestown and Botetourt. I have been at W&M for 4 years now and will be starting my 9th year as a housing professional. I received my B.S. degree from Arkansas Tech University in Computer Information Science. I later received my M.S. degree in College Student Personnel and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. I have been married for 8 great years. Other than my wife, I have a few other loves and passions. I love basketball, cars (especially Mustangs), Dr. Who, 80’s movies, and Diet Coke. The staff and myself are looking forward to meeting you all over the next year. We have an amazing RA and Head Staff that will hopefully help make your freshman year memorable. If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know.