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December 13, 2021

Summary

With yet another busy week ahead of us, I will get right to the Top 5 Things to Know:

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With yet another busy week ahead of us, I will get right to the Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. W&M is undergoing an effort to modernize and boost the effectiveness of our internal communication methods. As part of this initiative, a committee of faculty, staff and students has been working to map out the current state of internal communications at W&M, identify pain points and explore possible solutions. We need your help to better understand the effectiveness of our current tools and we welcome your ideas for how to improve communications. Please complete a 5-minute survey by January 10. (Participants are eligible to win a goodie bag of W&M merchandise.)
  2. With finals this week, I know you all are aware of the heightened levels of academic pressure our students are experiencing. Some have commented that the stressors are elevated now more than usual. While I know you will be addressing individual student needs, I wanted to share with you that there will be various efforts to explore and address academic stress in the coming year. Please reach out to me if you are interested in becoming involved in this topic.
  3. Student Leadership Development is looking for recommendations for the spring 2022 Student Leadership Foundation cohort. Please nominate any students you think could benefit from participating in this program for freshmen and sophomores. Send the student’s name and email address to Megan Kaiser, GA for Leadership Programs, mlkaiser@email.wm.edu. Students can expect to receive information in December or January.
  4. This year, the Charles Center is piloting its “undergraduate research incubator” meant to enable new methods for faculty to mentor students in their research. As we continue to bolster our research strengths here at W&M, this new initiative provides opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate on meaningful projects.
  5. The final shout-out of this semester, and 2021, goes to our entire William & Mary community. Throughout this year, we continued to show our commitment to one another’s ability to learn and grow while maintaining a safe and healthy environment. This would not be possible without the countless hours spent by faculty and staff to prepare for many potential outcomes. I also want to express appreciation for our students, who set the standards high for one another and for the community at large. As we come to a close of 2021, I am beyond grateful for the partnership I have had with all of you.

To conclude my last message of the semester (and of the year), I wish you all a happy holiday season and a healthy 2022!