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January 24, 2022

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Even though January is almost over, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and productive New Year! As more students return to campus, the new semester brings great promise. I, myself, am excited about all of your efforts in teaching, scholarship, and research, and about growing our efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion at William & Mary. I also look forward to exploring new topics such as the program for mid-level academic leaders support that is kicking off next month, as well as examining ways to address academic stress for our students, and starting the new Provost’s student advisory group.

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Even though January is almost over, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and productive New Year!  As more students return to campus, the new semester brings great promise.  I, myself, am excited about all of your efforts in teaching, scholarship, and research, and about growing our efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusion at William & Mary.  I also look forward to exploring new topics such as the program for mid-level academic leaders support that is kicking off next month, as well as examining ways to address academic stress for our students, and starting the new Provost’s student advisory group.

Here are the Top 5 Things to Know this week:

  1. Beginning tomorrow, the W&M Washington Center is hosting its second online, professional development and continuing studies course. "Modern Leadership: Reflections & Tools for the Values-Based Leader” is taught by Professor Pamela Eddy and features Michael Powell ’85, D.P.S. ’02. The course will consist of 10 sessions over five weeks and includes guest lecturers, featured speakers and conversations relevant to leadership in the modern workplace. All employees are invited to participate and receive special discounted pricing. Registration will remain open until the first class starts tomorrow. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Wilson, tyler@wm.edu, at the W&M Washington Center.
  2. The W&M Washington Center team also invites faculty to submit proposals to teach in one of the academic programs for 2023. All schools and departments are welcome, and no previous D.C. experience is necessary. You can find the RFP and more information on each academic program at Teaching in DC. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31. Please contact Washington Center Associate Director Erin Battle at eebattle@wm.edu with questions.
  3. Health Coaching at W&M is designed to create a lively partnership that assists individual faculty, staff and students pursue a healthy lifestyle in areas of their interest. Trained coaches use proven strategies to help people assess their current practices, explore their goals, enhance personal accountability and take actions toward reaching their optimal health and well-being. Sessions are one-on-one and confidential. If you want to make progress on some of your own health objectives, I hope you’ll explore this employee service. Space is limited. 
  4. Since the pandemic started, our community has developed an impressive ability to remain flexible. With COVID-19 variants, inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances, it is important that we continue to do so. I previously shared resources available through Information Technology, the Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation and W&M Libraries, and continue to encourage you to utilize those resources throughout this semester. If there are other resources you’d like for us to provide, please send me an email. 
  5. The first shout-out of the spring 2022 semester goes to all of the researchers at W&M who continue to push the boundaries of knowledge. Both basic as well as applied research at William & Mary, like that highlighted in this recent Virginia Business article, have real-world impact and provide undergraduate students with a unique and powerful introduction to a true academic community. Relatedly, I also want to acknowledge the research teams that continued working over the winter break, as the physical and intellectual demands of research don’t often line up with the academic calendar.

Despite the various adjustments our community continues to make regarding COVID-19, there are amazing things happening all across our university. Please keep us posted on items you would like faculty to be aware of. I hope the semester is off to a great start for you and the entire W&M community.