Jamestown/Botetourt Welcome Messages

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 letter to the lovely residents of Jamestown Residence Halls from the Residence Life Staff:

Are you looking to live in a spacious residence hall, well lit by the natural beams of sunlight overlooking Barksdale field? Are you looking to live in one of William and Mary’s newest residence halls on campus and a place that has the best of many worlds, being co-ed with  room styles such as doubles, singles, suites, and communal floor arrangements on four floors? If you answered yes to any of these, you are living in no other than the lovely Jamestown residence halls!

Jamestown has more great things to offer than just its location, which is a hop, jump, and skip away from New Campus for all of you who are science majors and frequent Swem. Jamestown’s location gives its residents options on where to eat as well, as it is central to both Sadler and the Marketplace- it is an upperclassmen’s dream residence hall!

Jamestown has:

  • Mmany spacious study rooms and lounges
  • Kitchens on each floor
  • Flatscreen T.V.’s and Keurig’s
  • Pool and foosball table
  • DVD’s, game systems, cleaning supplies, cooking utensils, and board games that can be checked from the duty office
  • Two soundproof piano practice rooms
  • Great laundry facilities.

If you think Jamestown buildings are diverse, you haven’t met our Residence Life staff! The residents will be among the best RAs on campus. Resident Assistants are located on each floor to assist residents throughout the year. We hope and encourage residents to get involved, especially in Hall Council. Hall council gives residents a chance to become a leader, bring changes to Jamestown Residences, and to purchase things they want for their building! Hall Council is a valuable experience because it allows you to help plan activities and serve as a governing body. The ability to self-govern comes from the policy of Self-Determination, which is an important piece of living on-campus at William & Mary. You can learn more about Self-Determination by visiting our webpage and watching our short video. Being involved will also give you a chance to meet great people and to get to know the RAs! The Jamestown staff was selected for their unique qualities specific to them that will make your experience in Jamestown worthwhile.

 Pleasefollow us on Twitter, @wmjamestown. Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Welcome home!

 Jamestown Hall Staff

 Meet the Staff:

Sarah Khan – Junior – Major: Biology– Jamestown South 115
Campus Involvements: CPALs (Community Partnership for Adult Learners--Outreach Committee on the Exec board), GC (Generation Church--Small Group leader), OTMC (Olde Towne Medical Center--Spanish interpreter)

Michelle Chamberlain – Grad Student – Major: Psychology – Jamestown North 157
Campus Involvements: Alpha Phi Omega, Nu Kappa Epsilon, College Partnership for Kids

Julia Varoutsos – Sophomore - Jamestown South 224

Mary Beth Case – Junior – Major: Psychology – Jamestown North 277
Campus Involvements: H.O.P.E. and Synchronized Swimming

Zach Nicholls – Senior – Major: Biology – Jamestown South 324

Christian Delgado – Senior – Major: Neuroscience – Jamestown North 367
Campus Involvements: LASU (Latino Student Union), SOMOS (Student Organization for Medical Outreach & Sustainability), Men's Rugby Team, Building Manager at the Sadler Center. 

Ashley Napier – Senior – Major: Finance – Jamestown South 407
Campus Involvements: AidData, AMP, Peer Advising, Student Assembly

Eva Humes – Senior – Major: Biology – Jamestown North 431

Leilani Brower – Grad Student – Hall Director – Jamestown North 172

Rodney Franks- Area Director – rlfranks@wm.edu – Jamestown North 168

Staff Member
Sarah Khan, Resident Assistant [[e|sbkhan]] South 115
Julia Varoutsos, Resdient Assistant [[e|jnvaroutsos]] South 224
Zach Nicolls, Resident Assistant [[e|zwnicholls]] South 324
Ashley Napier, Resdient Assistant [[e|annapier]] South 407
Michelle Chamberlain, Resident Assistant [[e|machamberlain]] North 157
Mary Beth Case, Resident Assisant [[e|mecase]] North 277
Christian Delgado, Resident Assistant [[e|cndelgado]] North 367
Eva Humes, Resident Assistant [[e|emhumes]] North 431
Leilani Brower, Head Resident [[e|lrbrower]] North 172
Rodney Franks, Area Director [[rlfranks]] Office - North 168










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 Massachusetts, though many of us are in-staters, and we are 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) just in case you were having a little trouble with that) has a great location! It’s tucked away in the woods, right next to Lake Matoaka, so the dock and gorgeous trails around the lake are just a quick walk away. Botetourt is also a stone's throw away from the Caf, the College’s largest and most popular dining location; the Rec Center, the fitness center; and close to Swem, one of America’s top ten university libraries 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 dorms 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 tables to air hockey tables. 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” we all live in! Please check out the video to learn more about what that means, and get ready to get involved with hall council!

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; depending upon what each of us is doing for the summer, we may not be available immediately, but we’re happy to answer questions if we can help. Lastly, show up as yourself, and keep an open mind… this will be one of the best years of your life.

 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

Yousra Aboullata: Spotswood 2nd Upper 
Hey All!  My name’s Yousra and I am a senior accounting major (after stints as IR, pre-med, and pre-law) here at the college. I grew up in Suffolk, VA and went to the same school for 15 years of my life. My favorite food is bread, any type. I have a brother and sister that also attend here, as well as a younger brother still in high school.  If you guys have any questions, feel free to email me! I hope to see you soon!

Vacant:  Spotswood 2nd Lower            

 Johnna Moore:  Spotswood 3rd Upper 
Hey Class of 2017! My name is Johnna Moore and I'm going to be a sophomore at the College next year. I'm from Vienna, VA in the wonderful NOVA and I have no idea what I'm going to major in. A fun fact about me is that I'm a Sharpe Scholar, which means that I am attached at the hip with the Office of Community Engagement. I'm currently involved with volunteering at Matthew Whaley Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Branch Out Alternative Breaks!  SO EXCITED to meet all of y'all in the fall, I know we're going to have a great year!

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! 

Marissa Spencer: Fauquier 2nd Upper
Hi all! My name is Marissa Spencer and I'm a Junior here at the college. I'm from Yorktown, VA, which is literally like 20 minutes from Williamsburg. I'm a Kinesiology & Health Sciences / Elementary Education double major and I LOVE kids! I like to bake and I have a beta fish named Blaze, you should come meet him sometime if he's still alive.  Can't wait to meet y'all in August!!!

Vacantz: Fauquier 2nd Lower                

 Justin Blalock:  Fauquier 3rd Upper
In the year 2012, the individual known as Justin Blalock was granted dominion over a small portion of the Nicholson dormitory, of the College of William and Mary.  Wasting no time in expanding his influence, he began a series of programs to win the hearts and minds of his floor’s residents.  Wawa Wednesday; Trips to Buffalo Wild Wings – each of these events was specially designed to weaken their resistances to his ploys.  On the whole, these programs and his general involvement in activities at the College succeeded, making him appear to be an approachable and generally down-to-earth resident assistant.  However, one should remain wary of his charming good looks. There will be more to come in 2013 in Fauquier dormitory.

Alex Granato: Fauquier 3rd Lower
Hello Wonderful Newcomers! My name is Alex Granato and I am a Jersey native and a sophomore here at the best corner of the academic world! I am a member of IT (Improv Theater) and laughing with/basking in the presence of those witty weirdoes is often my favorite part of the week.  I also mentor a little girl in Williamsburg through Campus Kitchens, and I write/produce an original show called Ghostburg through WMTV.  I can lick my elbow (I do not lie), I have no rhythm or athletic ability, sometimes I speak in movie quotes, and I have a sugar addiction that should’ve caused intervention years ago.  I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to the home I have come to love so deeply! So when you stroll into Botetourt, look for my giggling giddy self (I’ll probably have some Twizzlers in my hand, and I might even share). 

Joe DiVito: Gooch 2nd Upper
¡Hola! My name is Joe and I'll be a junior this year. I'm from Massachusetts and New Hampshire and I love to hike, ski, and swim. I haven't actually declared a major yet because I'm interested in so many subjects. Here at the College, if you can't find me studying in Swem Library, I'm volunteering with disability-related groups (or watching SpongeBob Squarepants). This will be my third year in Botetourt: I lived in Gooch during my first year, too! I'll be on campus all summer, so if you have any questions, let me know! Cheers! 

Alina Lam: Gooch 2nd Lower
Whaddup Gooch! My name is Alina Lam and I am a sophomore here at William and Mary. Outside of Gooch, you’ll find me involved with CSO (the Chinese Student Organization), AMP, and spending too much time in Morton, as I am a potential Government major. I love love love bacon, being silly, and just having a good time. I can't wait to get the year started and meet all of my awesome residents! 

Connor McAlevy:  Gooch 3rd Upper
Hello! My name is Connor McAlevy, and I'm the RA for Gooch Third Upper! Just to tell you a bit about myself, I am an Eagle Scout and a former swim team captain. On campus, I am a member of the Residence Hall Association, and a member of Alma Mater Productions, or AMP for short. We are the largest 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! Get excited for some incredible times! 

Sara Skaggs: Gooch 3rd Lower

First and foremost, I am a passionate person. Everything I do, I do with everything I have. I am an English major and Religious Studies minor, and will be doing the 5th year Masters of Elementary Education program with the School of Ed. I am involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, love pink and glitter, and I have three little sisters. I am absolutely thrilled to be your RA this coming school year, and can't wait to get to know all of you! I hope that I can help to make your freshman year as spectacular as it can be, and I want you all to know that you can come to me with any question or anything at any time. Love you!

Meghan Costello: Nicholson 2nd Upper
Hey there! My name is Meghan and I am gonna be a junior at the college this year! I am a double majoring in French and International Relations (cray cray I know)!! This will be my third year in a row living the bot, once in Fauquier as a freshman, Gooch as a sophomore, and now Nicholson. Yay!!! But I am used to the constant movement, since I am a Navy Brat and have moved 13 times. I love being involved and am the music minister for Catholic Campus Ministries, and I am involved in Greek Life. I absolutely LOVE music and have played the guitar and uke for several years. I love taking pictures and being outdoors. And I’m always down for a late night Wawa run. I also love to lay out at the dock just behind our complex, or Matoka and star gaze the night away. You can usually find me on the sunken gardens or my second home, the Daily Grind. But this summer I will be in France studying in Montpellier so it may be hard to contact me. But don’t be discouraged! There truly is so much to be excited about! Only a little while until you too will be living in the best complex on campus!!

Tyler Willson: Nicholson 2nd Lower

Hello my name is Tyler Willson, and I am an RA in Nicholson for the coming year.  I love making videos for YouTube; I mainly do vlogs and let’s plays.  If you don’t know what those are, don’t worry too much because you can ask me, and then watch all my stuff!  Besides spending way too much time on YouTube, I am a proud member of RHA, which you to should become a part of if you would like to have an impact on Res Life.  This is a good way to get involved with your hall and build a stronger community.  You can always feel free to come to me with any of your problems or concerns you may have with adjusting to college life! Also, I have three cats (at home), and I love them very much.  Welcome to William & Mary!

Sydney Stewart: Nicholson 3rd Upper 
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 an anthropology and a history major with a concentration in museum studies and public history. On campus I am a part of Orchesis, the modern dance company and in my spare time volunteer for Campus Kitchens. I'm a very organized and very energetic person who loves to have fun and hope you all are ready for a great year!

Craig Hardman: Nicholson 3rd Lower

Hello future Botetourt residents! My name is Craig Hardman and I’ll be an RA in Nicholson this coming academic year.  I enjoy long walks on the beach and sunsets. I also enjoy long walks on the beach during sunsets. Anyway, this will be my second year in Botetourt and let me tell you, it’s a fantastic experience! Like many of you, I was extremely nervous coming into college. Within the first few weeks of living in Botetourt, however, I’d already made friendships that I know are going to last for years.  In short, you get to live in one of the most tight-knit communities on campus. Get excited!! I look forward to meeting all of you in August and remember, you only yolo once!

Tejas Aralere: Dinwiddie 1st & 2nd
Salvete! Mihi nomen est Tejas Aralere et sum laetissimum vobis occurrere! (For you non-Romanophiles, that's Latin for: "Hello!  My name is Tejas Aralere and I am most happy to meet you all!) Welcome to The College and congratulations on being accepted.  I'm a senior this year I am majoring in Neuroscience and Classical Studies (everyone loves Galen and Caesar, right?)  I play the sitar in our college's Sitar Ensemble and occasionally huff and puff down the College's Rugby pitch.  Well that's enough about me.  I am excited to meet all of you as you make your way through the orientational extravagances that are prepared by our school every year and look forward to meeting all of you as we live together in Dinwiddie for the next school year.  I hope to get to know each of you well and to help you find your way through the small jungle of academia that you have entered - Call me your Vergil to campus (although your Orientation Aides will be doing a lot more of the actual initial leading.)  Please let me know if you have any questions about things before move-in day.  Welcome once again, and I really can't wait to start this year off! Valete!

Samantha Bass: Dinwiddie 3rd
Hi! I'm Samantha Bass. I am a rising junior Biology major from Alexandria, VA. I am involved with Health Careers Club, Active Minds, Students for St. Jude, and William & Mary VOX. I love hockey, DC sports, dogs, and pop culture. I am super excited to be an RA in Botetourt!

Amanda Burns: Head Resident
Hey Botetourt! I'm Amanda Burns and I'll be one of two Head Residents in Botetourt! My apartment is in Fauquier. This is going to be my fourth and final year living in Fauquier. I'm a Religious Studies and Elementary Education Double Major. I'm from New Jersey, but want to stay in Virginia after I graduate. I love swimming, the beach, and sunshine :) Can't wait to meet you all!

Alison Smithwick: Head Resident
Hi! My name is Alison Smithwick and I'll be the Head Resident in Dinwiddie this year.  I'm from Virginia Beach, so I love the ocean and the sun, and during the summer I work in a fish market.  In my spare time I like to read, watch TV, knit, and speak to my dog in Spanish. I'm a member of the Class of 2014 here at W&M and I participate in H.O.P.E, a peer health education group on campus.  I'm so excited to meet all of you, and I hope to see you at hall council meetings! Let's 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 2 years now and will be starting my 7th 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 6 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.



Name Rooms
Tejas Aralere
Dinwiddie 1st & 2nd (101; 201-210) [[e|tsaralere]]
Samantha Bass
Dinwiddie 3rd (301-310) [[e|snbass]]

Fauquier 2nd Lower (101-201-210)
Marissa Spencer
Fauquier 2nd Upper (102, 211-220) [[e|mcspencer]]
Justin Blalock
Fauquier 3rd Upper (301-310)
Alex Granato
Fauquier 3rd Lower (311-320)
Joe DiVito
Gooch 2nd Upper (100, 101, 201-210)
Alina Lam
Gooch 2nd Lower (102, 211-220)
Connor McAlevy
Gooch 3rd Upper (301-310)
Sara Skaggs
Gooch 3rd Lower (311-320)
Tyler Willson
Nicholson 2nd Lower (101, 201-210)
Meghan Costello Nicholson 2nd Upper (100, 102, 211-220)
Sydney Stewart
Nicholson 3rd Upper (301-310)
Craig Hardman
Nicholson 3rd Lower (311-320)
Yousra Aboutllata
Spotswood 2nd Upper (100, 101, 201-210)

Spotswood 2nd Lower (102, 211-221)

Johnna Moore
Spotswood 3rd Upper (301-310)
Alpha Mansaray
Spotswood 3rd Lower (311-320)
Alison Smithwick
Head Resident [[e|absmithwick]]
Amanda Burns
Head Resident [[e|anburns]]