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October 11, 2021

Summary

This past weekend it was a pleasure to see our campus buzzing with students, faculty, staff and returning community members. Celebrating the Class of 2020 felt right, and I am glad that we were able to commemorate that class’s achievements. In addition, it was an honor to be part of the dedication of Hulon L. Willis Sr. Hall and to reaffirm the significance of this building on our campus. After a weekend like that, I feel a renewed sense of pride for W&M, and hope you all do, too.

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This past weekend it was a pleasure to see our campus buzzing with students, faculty, staff and returning community members. Celebrating the Class of 2020 felt right, and I am glad that we were able to commemorate that class’s achievements. In addition, it was an honor to be part of the dedication of Hulon L. Willis Sr. Hall and to reaffirm the significance of this building on our campus. After a weekend like that, I feel a renewed sense of pride for W&M, and hope you all do, too.

With that, here are this week’s Top 5 Things to Know:

  1. Instructions for the FY22 Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF) process have been provided to each of the schools and other areas that are eligible to request these funds. All requests will be routed up through the dean or unit head for prioritization and approval for submission to the HEETF Committee, which consists of representatives from the schools, Research, Provost’s Office and Information Technology. Requests are due from the deans and unit heads by November 5. The goal is for the HEETF Committee to make funding recommendations to the Provost prior to the end of the fall semester so that units can proceed with purchasing approved equipment. 
  2. I want to acknowledge an impressive array of academic speakers and exhibits featured in connection with the Asian Centennial at William & Mary. It is an honor that W&M can host so many thoughtful and renowned individuals. Events such as these help us gain a better understanding of the different perspectives that are all around us, and I encourage you to attend them as you’re able. 
  3. William & Mary’s 6th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium takes place remotely this Friday, October 15. With the theme of “Striving for Social Justice Through Belonging and Liberation,” W&M will welcome Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Caylin Moore to our campus. I hope that you will be able to participate, especially as we continue the work of living our W&M values related to Belonging, Flourishing and Respect. 
  4. W&M is observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month, as Chief Information Officer Ed Aractingi announced last week. As educators in an online space, it is more important than ever that we be diligent with our online security practices. Each week, W&M IT is focusing on a different aspect of cyber security: this week is “Fight the Phish.” Visit IT’s dedicated 2021 Cyber Security Awareness site for events and information, and follow the national conversation with #BeCyberSmart. 
  5. This week’s shout-out goes to those who worked incredibly hard to create and launch William & Mary’s Office of Strategic Cultural Partnerships. It is a key initiative of the President’s Office at W&M, and I look forward to seeing future progress on the enhancement of our historical and cultural resources and how we work together with other groups and institutions. 

With fall break approaching at the end of this week, I encourage all members of our community to take that time to decompress as much as possible. This has been a full year already, and it is paramount that we continue to prioritize our overall wellness.