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Family Weekend
The College of William & Mary welcomes all Tribe Families to experience campus life first-hand at Family Weekend 2015! This year, the event will take place on the weekend of September 25th - 27th.

The weekend features a wide variety of family-friendly events and special programs that you can enjoy together with your W&M student or on your own. Check out our website to get all of the information you need.

Be sure to purchase your exclusive Family Weekend Gear through the registration link! This year's selection includes a Parent & Family Calendar, a tote bag and, for the first time ever, a family weekend windbreaker! 
Exploring Majors
Professional advisors in the Office of Academic Advising will help your student discover information about themselves and resources they need when choosing courses, majors, and co-curricular activities. This program is designed so students can ask questions and get the information they need to make decisions that lead to attainment of their professional and personal goals. For more information, click here
Travel with the Tribe
The William & Mary Alumni Association sponsors an extensive group travel program that is open to all friends of the College, including parents and families.  Trips include luxury ocean and river cruises, land journeys, and educational programs, both in the U.S. and abroad.  From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, and all points in between, there is something for everyone and we would love for you to join us.  For more information, click here.
MACE: My Active Career Exploration Program
MACE is a six-week program, meeting for an hour a week, offered every semester to freshmen and sophomores, typically beginning after add/drop.  It is most beneficial to students looking for assistance determining or confirming career options. 
Essential First-Year Initiatives
Essential First-Year Initiatives (FYIs), the Office of First Year Experience's extended orientation sessions, began on August 30th this year and will continue through the first week of October. All first-time-in-college students attend these four required sessions, which are intended to build upon conversations and topics introduced during New Student Orientation, with their residence hall community and Resident Assistant. For more information, click here.
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Class of 2019
September 2015
Freshman Family Newsletter 
Dear Freshman Families,

Welcome to the Tribe and the start of this new academic year! We are Lisa and Greg Packer, proud parents of freshman Matthew Packer and senior Gregory Packer, and we are your Class of 2019 Freshmen Class Representatives.  We are very happy to serve your family in this role and to enhance the W&M experience for all members of the Tribe.
The new school year offers exciting opportunities for students and families that are showcased in this month's newsletter. As we all transition from summer break to fall semester, remember that Family Weekend is a great chance to stay connected with our students and their wonderful school. This year we will be hosting a reception for families of freshmen students during Family Weekend. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26 at 9am, more details on the exact location will be available on the website in the next few weeks. Be sure to register for Family Weekend by Monday, September 7th! 
Lisa and Greg Packer P'16, P'19
Opening Convocation
On Wednesday, August 26th, the College of William & Mary welcomed another stellar group of new students!  Between residence hall move-in, the learning opportunities embedded within New Student Orientation, and the tradition of Opening Convocation, we hope that the Class of 2019 and our newest transfer, exchange, and St Andrews Joint Degree Programme students have truly experienced the W&M feeling of One Tribe, One Family.
Residence Life
Welcome back to your Tribe home! Now that move-in is behind us, it's time for your students to get involved!

Getting involved with Hall Council
Participation in Hall Council is an unmatchable leadership experience offered to all students in housing. Hall Governance and Self Determination define the W&M residential experience. Does your student have what it takes to make a difference and shape the community? 

It's never too early to make travel plans. Find out which breaks the halls will stay open and which break we close for on our website.  

Don't forget to like William & Mary Residence Life on Facebook, and follow wmreslife on Instagram and Twitter
Community Engagement Programs
7 Generations 
"Before attending the trip, I was uncertain about my placement at William and Mary and the Williamsburg community, but through service, teamwork, and laughter, I realized that I can make an impact through my school, my ideas, and hard work." -7G15 participant

Our 7 Generations Pre-Orientation program built and served community with 24 first year students volunteering in Williamsburg the first week of August. No need to worry if your student didn't participate; there are plenty more community engagement opportunities for them to jump into. 

Volunteer and Community Internship Fair Sept 9th
With 30 community organizations present, this is a great opportunity for all students to consider where they want to serve this year. Opportunities include medical experience in the local hospital, walking dogs with our humane society, marketing internships with historical foundations, and many more ways for students to develop their active citizenship this coming year.  

For more information on these programs, visit our website
Tribe TutorZone, An Academic Enrichment Program
At the Tribe TutorZone, William and Mary's nationally certified resource for one-on-one tutorial assistance, students will find trained, faculty-recommended peer tutors who have aced the classes they are tutoring.  Last year, over 2,000 appointments were held in the Zone, conveniently located in Swem Library! Tutoring is available for over 100 courses including biology, chemistry, math, physics, languages and much more. The Zone is also open 7 days a week -- most days until 10 p.m. 
English language assistance for non-native English speakers is available as well.
NEW this fall: Individual time management sessions.
Opportunities Abroad
Is your student interested in studying abroad for a summer or semester? Come learn about all of the opportunities available to W&M students! The Global Education Office's annual study abroad fair will be held this year during W&M Family Weekend. Have questions? Study Abroad workshops will be held daily starting at the beginning of the Fall semester, and the Global Education Office has walk-in hours 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

For more information, visit our website

Getting Involved - Choosing Depth Over Breadth!
Getting involved is an important part of the W&M community experience and also is a key contributor to a student's ability to increase their own leadership development experience.  Student Leadership Development supports hundreds of recognized student organizations that offer an opportunity for students to get involved in things that they care about in order to create positive change. We offer students some reflection questions to help students make decisions that support involvement that is meaningful to the student and their values. You can find out more about involvement opportunities at this link.

For more information, visit our website

Webinar Series
Student Leadership Development: Choosing Meaningful Involvement

This new webinar series will feature programs geared for parents and families about the student experience. Our kick-off event will be from Anne Arseneau, Director of Student Leadership Development. She will present information on how you can encourage your student to gain valuable experiences through leadership opportunities. This first session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from Noon to 1 pm. Directions for joining this webinar will be sent next week.
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Most important, your gift will allow us to make a real difference for students right now.
Dr. Virginia M. Ambler '88, Ph.D. '06
Vice President for Student Affairs
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