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October 4, 2021

Summary

I continue to reflect on this year’s opportunities to gather in person and feel honored to have been invited to participate in the Family Weekend Concert on September 24. The Music department, together with Parent & Family Programs, arranged a spectacular event that renewed my appreciation for the art of music-making, especially during a time when it can be challenging to incorporate all members into a physical practice. This year has been another test of our resiliency, and that concert, which showcased our impressive large group ensembles, was a beautiful reminder of the talent all around us and of the creativity and dedication of the W&M students, faculty and staff members.

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I continue to reflect on this year’s opportunities to gather in person and feel honored to have been invited to participate in the Family Weekend Concert on September 24. The Music department, together with Parent & Family Programs, arranged a spectacular event that renewed my appreciation for the art of music-making, especially during a time when it can be challenging to incorporate all members into a physical practice. This year has been another test of our resiliency, and that concert, which showcased our impressive large group ensembles, was a beautiful reminder of the talent all around us and of the creativity and dedication of the W&M students, faculty and staff members.

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

  1. The FY23 E&G budget request process is beginning. Over the past year, the Budget Advisory Workgroup for the provost and chief operating officer has developed an annual budget calendar (pdf) and budget criteria and guidelines (pdf) to guide our process. Directions for the FY23 request process have been distributed to Deans and unit heads and requests are due back by the end of October. Deans and unit heads have been encouraged to engage faculty in the identification and prioritization of needs at the local level.
  2. Believe it or not, undergraduate midterm season is officially upon us. During this time, please connect with the Undergraduate Honor Council’s Faculty Liaison Committee via honorcouncil@email.wm.edu with questions, comments or concerns related to the Honor Code and/or the Honor Process. One point to note is that students should have a solid understanding of what resources are allowed (class notes) vs. not (Chegg) for assignments and exams. There are also several tutoring resources, such as Tribe TutorZone and the Writing Resources Center.
  3. We’re pleased to continue the W&M&You feedback program for students, faculty and staff to provide anonymous input on critical questions for the university. Crafting these questions and assessing the input we receive is a crucial element of the project, and it is important that we have responses which are representative of our community, including students, faculty and staff. I invite faculty members interested in joining the W&M&You Climate Working Group to contact wmandyou@wm.edu for consideration. The group meets every two weeks to develop questions, discuss results and coordinate communications about the project.
  4. I invite you to come out this Saturday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 1 p.m., as President Katherine A. Rowe, several honored guests and I will participate in a ceremonial dedication of Hulon L. Willis, Sr. Hall at 112 Jamestown Road. The W&M Board of Visitors voted in April to rename Taliaferro Hall to Hulon L. Willis Sr. Hall after Willis M.Ed. ’56, the first African American student to enroll at William & Mary.
  5. The shout-out for this week goes to the William & Mary MBA Association’s Community Service Club, which is partnering with the Red Cross to organize a Blood Drive on Monday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The students recognized the regional blood shortage and sprung to action – a true showing of our value of service. This is a great option for members of our community to help one another in a tangible way, and I thank the students for organizing the drive.

This week, we look forward to Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2021, where we will welcome back alumni—especially the Class of 2020, for a long-awaited in-person commencement ceremony—as well as the class of 1970, who were unable to attend their class reunion in 2020 due to COVID-19. I hope you all get the chance to enjoy the festivities as well!