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 795 residents. I also supervise 29 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)



A Message from the Botetourt Staff

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 California, 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 and even ping pong! 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 Febreze 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!

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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, follow us on Twitter @wmbotetourt and 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 


Loreeg Tramblian                    Spotswood 2nd Upper   

Hey! My name’s Loreeg Tramblian and I’m going to be an RA in Spotswood! I’m a rising sophomore majoring in Neuroscience, and some things I’m involved with on campus are Pokémon Club and Active Minds. I’m really excited to meet everyone in August!


Kaleigh Smith                             Spotswood 2nd Lower

What up Botetourt! My name is Kaleigh, and I am excited to welcome you to William & Mary! I’m originally from Medford, Massachusetts, right outside Boston, and I’m a sophomore planning to major in History and Education. I am an active member of Greek life on campus, and I also am 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 Lower, but I hope to meet as many people in Botetourt as I can. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to send them my way! I’m counting down the days until move in when I get to see all your beautiful faces, get ready to have an awesome year! 


Alexandra Cancio-Bello         Spotswood 3rd Upper    

HEY SPOTSWOOD! First of all, welcome to William and Mary and congratulations on your acceptance! :) My name is Alexandra Cancio-Bello and I am a pre-med student and plan on majoring in Biology. Not only am I excited to meet you guys and get to know each and every one of you, but I am so excited to witness all of the amazing things you guys will do here at The College and the life changing experiences you will experience. I can tell you now that your love for this place and your potential will only grow once you get here. This will be my second year in Spotswood! My favorite things about Spotswood are: how close everyone gets due to the size and  this dorm’s convenient location. We are so close to the caf, rec, and Swem (the places where I live in besides the dorm)! I am a Sharpe Scholar, love running, playing volleyball, soccer, basketball (basically any sport), and FOOD. Also, my roommate Bethany Bennett, is AMAZING, and you guys are going to love her! We are very excited to meet you all soon! 


Alpha Mansaray                      Spotswood 3rd Lower    

Imperi! My name is Alpha and I'm a sophomore. I'm originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, but I've lived in Richmond for 8 years. Last year, I also lived in Botetourt in Spotswood Hall, because I'm a Sharpe Scholar. Here at the College, I'm involved in African Culture Society and lots of community service. I'm hoping to self-design my own Public Health major and plan to go to medical school. I'm excited to meet you all- we're going to have a great year! 


Alina Lam                               Fauquier 2nd Upper          

Hi there! My name is Alina Lam, a rising junior here at the grand ol' William and Mary and I have the distinct pleasure of being the RA for Fauquier Second Upper. Outside of Fauquier, you'll find me involved with CSO (Chinese Student Organization), AMP, and napping in various places around campus. I love love love food (particularly bacon and burritos), being a goofball, and having an all-around fun time! Feel free to email me if you have any questions and get ready for an exciting year!   


Catherine Smiley                                 Fauquier 2nd Lower      

Hello Fauquier residents! My name is Catherine Smiley and I am extremely happy to say that I to be the RA for Fauquier Second Lower this upcoming year. A few facts about myself: I am a rising sophomore, member of the crew team, and pre-med student majoring in Chinese. My interests include rowing, music, community service, snacking, baking, exercising (which works well with the snacking and baking), ice hockey, cello and napping. I am also quite fond of penguins and all things Harry Potter. I am incredibly excited to be living in Botetourt this year and I cannot wait to meet all of you! Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. I love answering emails and am always eager to share my thoughts on just how amazing our college is. WELCOME TO THE TRIBE!!!

Craig Hardman                       Fauquier 3rd Upper        

Hello future Botetourt residents! My name is Craig Hardman and I’ll be the RA on Fauquier 3rd Upper this coming academic year. I’m from Suffolk, VA and I’m an Anthropology major and an Econ minor. I also play the violin and am involved in Greek Life, two things that I love. Choosing to attend William and Mary was one of the best decisions that I've ever made, and a large part of that has to do with living in Botetourt my freshman year. This will be my third year in Botetourt and let me tell you, it’s a fantastic experience! Botetourt dorms are relatively small, so you’ll get the opportunity to live in one of the most tight-knit communities on campus. Like many of you, I was pretty nervous coming into college, but within the first few weeks of living in Botetourt I’d made friendships that I already know are going to last for decades. Get excited! I can’t wait to meet all of you in August!!                     


Allison Jennings                      Fauquier 3rd Lower        

Hey Fauquier!  My name is Allison Jennings, and I am a rising sophomore at the College.  I love movies, ice cream, and dancing everywhere I go. You can find me involved with Tribal Dancers (dance team), Pointe Blank Dance Company, and AMP!  My major at the moment is undeclared, so if you don’t know what to do with your life, we can work this out together.  I am so thrilled to meet all of your wonderful faces!


Stephen Gurley                       Gooch 2nd Upper           

Stephen Gurley:  Hey guys!  I'll be the male RA on the first floor of Gooch this year!  I'm originally from Reston, VA.  Besides being involved with Residence Life, I'm also in Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity, an avid runner and member of Running Club, and a member of the Residence Hall Association on campus.  I'm a sophomore 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!


Samantha Bass                        Gooch 2nd Lower          

Hello new Botetourt residents, and welcome to William and Mary! I'M Samantha Bass, and I am a senior pre-med Sociology major from Alexandria, VA. I love dogs, working at Arlington Free Clinic in the summer, and watching TV. I am so excited you will be living in Botetourt this year! We are going to have a fabulous time!


Yohance Whitaker                  Gooch 3rd Upper           

My name is Yohance Whitaker and I’m a sophomore at the College hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia. My passion for politics and history are evident in my academic studies, as a Government and History double major. On campus I am involved with Student Assembly Senate and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. My favorite W&M are Yule Log and Charter Day. I am excited to live in Gooch and meet all of you in person. I look forward to an awesome year!


Sydney Stewart                      Gooch 3rd Lower            

Hi all! My name is Sydney and I can't wait to meet you all next year! William and Mary has become my second home and I hope I can help contribute to your own wonderful experience. I am a junior and anthropology and a history/art history minor with a concentration in museum studies and public history. I'm obsessed with Panera and mind/body exercises like yoga and pilates! I'm a very organized and very energetic person who loves to have fun and hope you all are ready for a great year!


Sarah Davis                  Nicholson 2nd Upper  

Hey Botetourt! I'm Sarah, a senior Film and Media Studies major, with a minor in Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies from Norfolk, Virginia. I'm involved with the Global Film Festival and the Residence Hall Association here on campus. I love watching and making movies, crafting of any kind and cooking. I'm well known for my handmade gifts/crafts, and my signature dishes: shepherd's pie and mac 'n' cheese from scratch. I can't wait to meet you guys and have great year together!

Connor McAlevy                    Nicholson 2nd Lower     

Hello! My name is Connor McAlevy, and I'm the RA for Nicholson 2nd Lower! Just to tell you a bit about myself, I am an Eagle Scout and a former swim team captain. On campus, I am a brother in a social fraternity on campus, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as well as a member of Alma Mater Productions, or AMP for short. AMP is the largest activities organization on campus, and do some really awesome things, from movies on the Sunken Garden to bringing musicians to campus, to hosting fun late-night activities! I am very excited to meet all of you, and I hope the rest of your summer is wonderful! 


Morgan Harwood                   Nicholson 3rd Upper      

Welcome to the Tribe! My name is Morgan and I'm a senior Psychology major here at the College. I'm from Northern Virginia and I love running, biking, food (!!!), being outdoors, and above all Trader Joes! I'm so excited to be an RA in Botetourt and can't wait to start another amazing year at William and Mary!


Patrick Firth                            Nicholson 3rd Lower     

Hey Class of 2018!  My name is Patrick Firth and I cannot wait to meet you all and spend my sophomore year in Botetourt getting to know you. I am an intended government major with a music minor so you will probably find me a lot at Morton or Ewell.  I am also a member of the William & Mary Choir and the William & Mary Sailing Team so if any of you are interested in either of those, seek me out.  If you like politics, music, tennis, or, most importantly, bacon, we'll be good friends.  See ya'll soon!


Jason Michon Scott-Sheets     Dinwiddie 1st & 2nd       

Greetings, Botetourt Residents! My name is Jason Scott-Sheets, and I will be an RA in Dinwiddie with you this year. I’m a sophomore double majoring in economics and government, and I hail from Los Angeles, California. Hobbies include reading, listening to music, and playing tennis at the conveniently located courts just next door. You can also find me doing activities with Students for Education Reform and the Economics Club. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know more about you! Let’s have a fantastic year!


Julia Zuercher                          Dinwiddie 3rd               

Hey, Class of 2018! Welcome to the Tribe!! My name is Julia Zuercher, and I'm a sophomore this year. I'm from Short Pump, VA, which is outside of Richmond and known for its mall. I'm on the pre-vet track and double majoring in biology and chemistry. I want to work with horses/large animals, but I'm under 5 feet tall. (A tad ironic...) That said, I love volunteering at the local animal shelter and being outside, which is perfect with Lake Matoaka right behind us!! Also, I have an addiction to country music. If you have any questions or just want to talk, I'm your girl!! I can't wait to meet all of you in August!!


Marissa Spencer                      Head Resident                          

Hey everyone! My name is Marissa and I will be one of your two Head Residents this year; I will be living in Fauquier! If you get involved with Hall Council (which I hope you all do) then you’ll definitely get to know me better! But in the meantime, I am a Kinesiology & Health Sciences/ Elementary Education double major. I also play Goalie for Club Field Hockey. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Chris Coelho                           Head Resident                          

Hey Botetourt!  My name is Chris Coelho and I will be living in Dinwiddie Hall this year as one of the two Head Residents in Botetourt! I’ve lived all over campus, but I am happy to be returning to the amazing community that can only be found in our neck of the woods.  I am a Government Major and Management & Organizational Leadership Minor.  Additionally, on campus I help out as a Research Assistant for various government professors, volunteer for the Office of Admissions, am a member of AKPsi and FASA, and this will be my third year working for Residence Life! I am very excited to meet you all, and for all of us to make this a great year! 


Rodney Franks                        Area Director                

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 3 years now and will be starting my 8th 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 7 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 I 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.