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November 29, 2021

Summary

I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. Speaking for myself, it was really nice to be able to spend uninterrupted and unstructured time with my family. I think that we can all agree that the past week was a much-needed boost to help us finish out the final weeks of a successful fall semester.

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I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break. Speaking for myself, it was really nice to be able to spend uninterrupted and unstructured time with my family. I think that we can all agree that the past week was a much-needed boost to help us finish out the final weeks of a successful fall semester.

Here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for each of us to consider what small contribution we can make to advance the areas of William & Mary that are most important to us. Throughout the day (and even into late-night), W&M will host a number of challenges, during which our contributions will be matched generously by other donors. Whether scholarships, women in athletics, diversity & inclusion or another area of W&M life is closest to your heart, events throughout the day offer the chance to magnify our contributions. I hope you’ll consider supporting the life-changing work we do at William & Mary.
  2. The Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF) committee, which includes representatives from arts and sciences, business, education and law;  IT; Research; Budget Office and the Provost’s Office, completed its annual review of equipment requests and has recommended the purchase of $3.2 million in equipment during FY22. I am supportive of the recommendation and am approving the allocation. Unit requests that were advanced by the committee will receive an official notification from buyW&M and should begin the procurement process at that time. This investment in equipment enables us to make significant progress in instruction and research as well as to provide critical IT infrastructure.
  3. The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI) is holding a teaching retreat this year to build connections and community, and features opportunities for consultation with STLI team members, student partners and colleagues. The in-person retreat, “Ramping Up for the Spring Semester,” will be held on Jan. 19-20 at Swem Library and  includes two-hour sessions on syllabus feedback and revision, creating efficient and effective assessments, benefiting from the W&M digital learning environment, and strengthening student engagement and collaboration. Feel free to register for one session or attend all, whatever fits your needs! Please register online by 5 pm on Dec. 3.
  4. The Supporting Mid-level Academic Leaders professional development program is looking for formally trained leadership coaches, preferably ICF-certified, who are interested in coaching opportunities. The program, which will start in February, will offer 1-on-1 leadership coaching to faculty participants to assist them in developing and taking action on their individual development plans. If you are a trained/certified leadership coach and interested, please reach out to Martha Wescoat-Andes (mwescoatandes@wm.edu), Senior Associate Provost for Planning & New Ventures.
  5. The shout-out for this week goes to the tremendous work of a new partnership between The Highland Council of Descendant Advisors and William & Mary’s Institute for Integrative Conservation as they look at the history of Black foodways. This is the first step for the partnership, as they seek to unpack the lasting effects of enslavement and the plantation system.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have questions, concerns or would like to connect.