Botetourt Welcome Message

Greetings from The College of William & Mary!

A Message from your Area Director:

To all students, parents, family and friends, I want to personally offer my welcome to you for the upcoming year. My name is Cynthia Brauch and I am your Area Director. You might ask yourself, what is an Area Director?  I am a full-time live-in staff member of the College with a Master’s Degree. I have worked in Residence Life for many years, so I have extensive experience in student housing and in working with the issues and concerns of our residential students. Overall, I am responsible for the day-to-day activities that occur in the area.

Living in a residence hall can be a time of great excitement and challenges! As Residence Life staff, it is our responsibility to ensure that we offer support to our students while encouraging their independence and personal responsibility. With many student staff members in this area, we offer a great deal of information and guidance. We are also known for having a tremendous amount of fun. I can assure you -- there is never a lack of something to do. One of the greatest ways to be involved is to be a part of Hall Council--the governing body for the residence halls. It is also a fast way to make new friends and offer input about your building.

At this point in the year, students are often thinking about how to prepare for the upcoming year. Please review the Residence Life website for information that can help in this process. I understand that sometimes it is necessary to speak to someone directly. I encourage you to contact me should you have any questions.

Welcome to all our new students, and welcome back to our returning students! I look forward to your arrival in August!

Cynthia Brauch
Area Director

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 Seattle, Washington, 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 hop, skip, 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. Laundry detergent pods often do not work well with our washing machines, so we recommend liquid detergent.

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 be involved with hall council!

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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.

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

Kate Hathaway                        Spotswood 2nd Upper             

Hi Spotswoood 2nd Upper!! My name is Kate Hathaway and I'm so excited to be you all's RA next year! I'm a junior here at the college, double majoring in Accounting and Government. I love the law and organizing numbers so why not combine the two?:) Anywho, I know that fall may seem like a long ways away, but I just wanted to let you all know that I'm excited to meet you guys and that we are going to have a great year together:) Also, if you have any questions for me before move-in day, please don't hesitate to email me! See you in August:))

Carina Bilger                           Spotswood 2nd Lower               

Hello! My name is Carina Bilger, and I am a sophomore here at WM. I will be declaring an International Relations major this year. Around campus, I am involved in Canterbury, club tennis, and the Project on International Peace & Security (PIPS). I cannot wait to be a part of Spotswood again and help bring you all into the Tribe!

Connie Lee                              Spotswood 3rd Upper    

Hi Spotswood 3rd Upper! My name is Connie Lee, and I can't wait to get to know you! I'm currently a sophomore and majoring in public policy. I'm involved in a social sorority, Panhellenic council, and Red Cross club. I'm passionate about taking naps and petting dogs. 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!

Nathanael Paige                      Spotswood 3rd Lower   

Hi! My name is Nathanael Paige, and I am a junior here at the College. I am currently a Business Analytics and Psychology double major. Around campus, I am involved in Intervarsity Campus Ministries and WM A Capella. I'm also a Programming Assistant for the Sharpe Scholars Program! I am so excited to personally welcome you all to the Tribe, and especially eager to meet the new Spotswood family!

Arsema Solomon                     Fauquier 2nd Upper        

Hello all you wonderful ladies of Fauquier 3rd Upper!! I'm Arsema (R-SEE-MA), and I will be your RA for the 2016-2017 school year. I'm really excited to meet you and welcome you to the best four years of your life. I'd like to tell you guys a little bit about myself. I am a sophomore this year and planning to major in engineering and hopefully minor in music. I'm also a part of William and Mary's Alma Mater Productions, or AMP, which hosts all the cool events around campus. I know it will be a little hectic the first few days transitioning to William and Mary, but I want to let you know it is your campus as much as it is ours; so feel free to ask me anything via email or find me on Facebook. I hope you guys have an great summer, and I'll be seeing you guys really soon!

Aili Espigh                              Fauquier 2nd Lower                          

Welcome to Botetourt! My name is Aili (like Riley without the ‘R’) and I will be your RA for the 2016-2017 school year. I am so excited to meet you and learn about you all, but for now, a little about me: I’m from Richmond, VA, and a senior at the college studying Public Policy and Public Health. On campus, I’m involved in an honors fraternity, EDM club, the Salsa club, and run an independent research project on foreign aid. I know the transition to college can get a little hectic, so I’m here if you need absolutely anything; feel free to reach out via email or Facebook!

Dan Vance                              Fauquier 3rd Upper        

Welcome to the BOT! My name is Dan Vance, and I will be the RA for Fauquier 3rd Upper for the 2016-2017 academic year. This will be my second year as an RA and my second year in Botetourt! I'm super excited to meet you all when you get to campus and hope that I can help you make the most out of your first year at William & Mary. A little bit about me: I am going to be a junior, Biology major, and I am from Rockbridge County, VA. I enjoy being outside and going hiking, but here on campus, I like hanging out with my friends and working in my research lab. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this upcoming year, and welcome to the Tribe!

Sierra Oates                             Fauquier 3rd Lower              

Hey Fauquier 3rd Lower! My name is Sierra Oates, and I can't wait to meet you ! I'm a sophomore at the College majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in finance. I want to become a physician assistant and work in a children's hospital. Little kids are just too cute for their own good! This year will be challenging but also a lot of fun! I know you have a lot to do before stepping foot on campus, between packing and preparing yourself to live away from the luxuries of your house to live in a new home (aka the dorm), so feel free to email/Facebook me if you have any questions. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you soon!

Tanner Braman                       Gooch 2nd Upper           

Hey frosh! Welcome to the Tribe! My name is Tanner Braman, and I have the pleasure of being your RA for the year. I am from Seattle, WA and plan to major in International Relations while also pursuing the pre-medical studies track. I am an ROTC Cadet and love to get up really early!

College is amazing - unlike anything you have experienced thus far in your life. Get PUMPED! Please feel free to find and friend me on Facebook and email me if you have any questions. I'm really excited to meet you when you get here. I can't wait to see you soon!

Christen Jackson                     Gooch 2nd Lower          

What's Gooch-y fam?! My name is Christen Jackson, and I will be the RA for Gooch Second Lower next year! (That is rooms 100,102,211-220!) I am a rising junior at the college majoring in both Biology and Secondary Education. I am from King George, Virginia, which is really close to Fredericksburg! I love puppies, funny cat videos, long walks on the beach, dancing like no one is watching and everything outdoorsy! On campus, I am involved with Greek Life, as well as, the Residence Hall Association and Project Phoenix, which are all awesome #college things that I would love to talk to you all about! If you have questions about move-in day, clubs, academics or anything else really, don't hesitate to ask! I am literally counting down the days until I meet you all (as I type, there are 148 days until move in(!)), and I can't wait to see you in August!!

Justin Kim                               Gooch 3rd Upper           

Hello Gooch 3rd Floor of Botetourt! My name is Justin Kim, and I will be your Resident Assistant (RA) for your freshman year! I hope you all are very excited to start your new life here at the College of William & Mary. I know I am very excited to meet all of you! I'm a junior on campus majoring in biology and minoring in biochemistry and aspiring to go to dental school. On campus, I'm a brother at Kappa Delta Rho and do research in Microbiology with Professor Mark Forsyth. This year is going to be so much fun! I know you have a lot to do before you get here but if you have ANY last-minute questions, feel free to email/Facebook me. Otherwise, I'll see you all soon!

Kathleen Wirshup                   Gooch 3rd Lower           

Hey Bot people!! My name is Kathleen Wirshup, and I am a rising junior. I'm a Public Health major, and I'm also pre-med. I throw javelin for the track team, and I am also involved in Catholic Campus Ministry. Some fun facts about me are: my nickname is Kitkat, I can do a really good Australian accent, and I am very good at Snapchat art. I am so excited to meet you and for the year to come! Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Brianna Karmilovich               Nicholson 2nd Upper     

Hi Nicholson 2nd Upper! My name is Brianna Karmilovich, but most call me Bri for short! I’ll be your RA for this year and absolutely cannot wait to meet you! I’m currently a sophomore and plan to major in Kinesiology & Health Sciences with a concentration in the Health Sciences and a minor in Dance. (I adore dancing, so I figured why not?!) I know you all have much to do in preparation for the upcoming year, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or message me on Facebook! I am confident that we’ll have so much fun this year! (I know everyone’s been telling you that, but it’s the truth!) I’ll see you in no time! :)

George Denny                         Nicholson 2nd Lower     

Hi there Nicholson 2nd Lower! My name is George Denny, and I eagerly await greeting you to campus. I'm a physics major with an affinity for the stars, and I dabble in astronomical research at W&M. I'm beyond excited to meet you all and help you settle into your niche at the college. If you have any questions or are looking for advice, feel free to shoot me an email, send me a message on Facebook, or contact me otherwise. I'll see you shortly!

Amanda Cohen                       Nicholson 3rd Upper      

Hey N3L! My name is Amanda Cohen, and I’m a rising junior, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Public Health. Around campus I’m involved in Greek Life, Bone Marrow Drive and Residence Life. I’m so excited to meet you all, and feel free to email me if you have any questions about Botetourt (I’ve lived here for 3 years now!) or the college in general!

Danny McNeil                          Nicholson 3rd Lower   

My name is Danny McNeil and I am a Sophomore on campus. I'm from the great town of Morgantown, West Virginia, but currently loving living in Williamsburg. William and Mary is an amazing place and I can't wait for all of you to be here and experience it firsthand. I'm an intended Neuroscience or Kinesiology major on a pre-med track. Outside of class I'm in Greek Life, A Capella, club tennis, Intervarsity, and the Sharpe Community Scholars Program. You made the absolute best decision when choosing to come to William and Mary. This year is going to be so exciting, and I'm looking forward to living the memories with you! Botetourt is truly a special place, and I promise you will be so happy. Please feel free to contact me through email or Facebook if you have any questions or want to talk! See you very shortly for an incredible year!

Alex Green                              Dinwiddie 1st & 2nd       

Hello, Class of 2020!  I'm so excited to welcome you to Botetourt! My name is Alex Green, and I am going to be the RA for Dinwiddie 1st and 2nd this year. I’m from Richmond, and I am a rising sophomore here at the College. I’m majoring in math (possibly doubling in psychology) and planning on going into secondary education. I love dogs, pickles, and Family Feud. I lived in Dinwiddie my freshman year, and I’m super excited for round 2! Dinwiddie is the smallest building in Botetourt, so you will get to know everyone very well. I can't wait to meet all of you and hope you won’t hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or if you just want to chat!  I’m sure we are going to have an amazing year.  See you in August and welcome to the Tribe!

Alessandra Bournigal              Dinwiddie 3rd                

Hey Dinwiddie 3rd! My name is Alessandra Bournigal, and I’m from Arlington, VA. I’ll be a sophomore this upcoming year and am more than excited for everything this year brings! I’m planning on majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Psychology while also pre-med. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, and I spend my breaks either working at a summer camp for kids with serious illnesses or shadowing doctors. On campus I’m a member of the Health Careers Club and Circle K International. Although I try to stay busy, I do often find myself napping. I can’t wait to meet everyone! I hope you’ll contact me with any questions you have or anything at all!

Jessica Armstrong                  Head Resident                 

Hello Botetourtians!  My name is Jessica Armstrong, and I will be the Botetourt co-head resident living in Fauquier.  I am beyond excited to meet all of you!  Outside of Botetourt, I can be found working in a Chemistry research lab, leading Running Club practices, participating in NRHH (the National Residence Hall Honorary), or just hanging out at BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries).  In addition to extracurriculars, I enjoy running marathons and competing in triathlons.  I have had the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon twice, and I hope to run it many more times in the future.  Academically, I am a senior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Mathematics.  After graduation, I intend to enroll in a Ph.D program in Chemistry with the goal of eventually becoming a professor at a research university.  I am new to Botetourt this year, having been an RA in upperclassman housing for two years.  I wish you the best of luck as you prepare to move to campus this fall!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, from what food to expect at the dining hall to the best running routes around campus.  See you soon!

Julia Zuercher                          Head Resident              

Hi, Botetourt! My name is Julia Zuercher, and I can’t wait to meet you! I will be one of the two Head Residents for the Botetourt Complex this year - living in Dinwiddie. I am a rising senior here at the College and double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. I plan to go to veterinary school after graduation because animals are so amazing! My favorite animal is the goat, and I will have (at least) three in my lifetime: Feta, Rafiki, and Oswald - pronounced Osvald. When I’m not in class or my Chemistry research lab, I’m outside running. I ran my first marathon last November and am about to start training for my second. I’m also an active member of W&M Pre-Veterinary Club and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). This will be my third year in the Botetourt Complex and my second in Dinwiddie! This year will be so much fun! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about Botetourt, W&M, goats/other animals, running, or life in general! I am so excited to meet each and every one of you! Welcome home!(: