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November 15, 2022


With a one-day delay as we paused to recognize the tragic events at UVA, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know.

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With a one-day delay as we paused to recognize the tragic events at UVA, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. Thank you to all who joined last week’s conversation about the status of the Computing, Data Science & Applied Science (CDS) Initiative, where I was invited to respond to questions posed in advance by A&S faculty. I am glad that we had this discussion in person, as it gave us the chance to go deeper than just written responses to pre-submitted questions. I appreciate the importance of ongoing communication and warmly welcome ideas on effective means of communication with faculty. As Suzanne Raitt and I mentioned during Thursday’s session, the next step in the university’s process for the CDS Initiative is for Suzanne and me to work together to establish a broad Steering Committee with members from A&S as well as the other schools with activities and program interests in this area. 
  2. I'm pleased to share that the Commonwealth has approved a supplemental funding request that will enable the fourth phase of the Integrated Science Center to begin construction in early 2023. I look forward to seeing this project advance and will continue to share information as it becomes available.
  3. Applications for the Writer’s Retreat for W&M Faculty in Swem Library are due by 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 2. This retreat is meant to give dedicated time and space to any writing project(s) you may be working on. Refreshments will be provided. The retreat runs from Jan. 17-20, 2023. 
  4. This week brings a range of opportunities to engage with colleagues and students, as the School of Education is celebrating the annual Education Week and the Reves Center for International Studies and the Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement are holding an inaugural International Careers Week.
  5. The shout-out for this week goes to all of the veterans in our community and those who helped plan and host the series of events honoring them. Whether you attended the U.S. Marine Corps birthday ceremony, the Wren Bell-Ringing Ceremony, the Military Appreciation Tailgate and Football game, or another impactful event, I hope all veteran community members felt W&M’s immeasurable appreciation for their service. 

Finally, please note that William & Mary will be closed during the week of Nov. 21–25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Top 5 Things to Know will pick back up on Nov. 28. I wish you all a restful and healthy break.