Williams College interim President Protik "Tiku" Majumder on Sunday conferred bachelor of arts degrees to five local graduates at the college's 229th Commencement. Bob Schieffer, former CBS News reporter and award-winning journalist, was the principal speaker.
The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $25,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.
It was all smiles on Tuesday at the college's Faculty Club, where seven North County public schools were recognized for their past and future use of $5,000 annual grants that the college initiated in 1993.
Bianchi is currently the director of financial aid at Lafayette College and previously worked at Rhodes College and the College of Charleston. Lim currently serves as the deputy director of admission at Williams College, where she has been a member of the college's admission team since 2007.
Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States.
For the first time Tuesday, Moderator Adam Filson will ask the town to pass as many as 16 articles via a "consent agenda," which will allow a number of actions — mostly monetary in nature — to be passed on a single vote, rather than having to go through each item article by article.
The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, was founded in 1950 to further U.S. leadership in the sciences. Since its inception it has supported graduate research and awards more than 1,000 research fellowships each year.
With the help of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Okoye hopes to continue studying the mechanisms that allow diseases to thrive in the human body and use this knowledge to inform rational drug and therapy design.
As chaplain to the college, Bailey Fischer will support the vitality of the many religious, spiritual and intellectual traditions at Williams through dialogue, outreach and advocacy. In addition, she will provide counseling and spiritual guidance for undergraduates and foster community between students and their neighbors in Williamstown and the wider world.
With the south building nearly complete, the college last week obtained final approval from the town for changes to its permit for the north building, which will replace the current Bronfman Science Center, where demolition is set to occur this summer.
Hefferon, a Spanish and political science major from McLean, Va., will use his fellowship to pursue a project titled "Brewed Awakening: Ethical Dilemmas in Coffee Culture." His project aims to explore the inner workings of the coffee business, from farm to shop. Furthermore, Hefferon intends to use coffee as a looking glass into societal issues such as socioeconomic inequality, racism, elitism and climate change.
Of the admitted students, 103 are international students representing 53 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220 students are Asian American, 187 are black, 165 Latino and 13 Native American. Thirty-six percent identify as white and 4 percent opted not to identify.
A physics major from Xuzhou, China, Wang is planning to use the scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford. While at Williams, she participated in the Kusika dance ensemble, the Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Women and Gender Minorities in Physics group.
The IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award is the first student-focused study abroad award of its kind, recognizing six U.S college students who studied with IES Abroad in 2017, positively impacted their communities through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts while abroad, learned from their cross-cultural experience, and continued to better their communities, at home and abroad.
Roberts has been a member of the Williams faculty since 2008 and is affiliated with the political science and religion departments in addition to Africana studies. He has served as chair of the religion department and college lecture committee, and is president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, an international organization.
As director, McWeeny will oversee the events and activities of the Oakley Center during his three-year term. The center hosts a variety of conferences, colloquia, reading groups and annual lectures. Along with continuing these events, McWeeny hopes to focus on and think about the arts in relation to scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences during his tenure as director.