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For the Bold!
Against the backdrop of its iconic Wren Building, William & Mary publicly launched a $1-billion campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the university's 323-year history.
Wellness Center
While plans to build an Integrative Wellness Center at William & Mary move forward this semester, several new and continuing efforts are underway to support students in strengthening and maintaining their mental health and overall wellbeing.
W&M Parents support scholarships with $1M commitment 
The commitment will establish the Forsyth Family Scholarship Fund and support the William & Mary Scholars and William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) programs. It will also support Swem Library's Special Collections Research Fund. 
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Class of 2016
 November 2015
Senior Family Newsletter
Dear Class of 2016 Families,

The Williamsburg air is crisp and cool, and the trees around campus have burst into a cacophony of beautiful colors. One of the highlights of this month is Thanksgiving Break, which takes place November 25-29 and is a great opportunity for students to relax, unwind, and visit their families before the end of the busy semester! However, if your student can't make the journey home for Thanksgiving Break, don't worry. All residence halls will remain open during this time.
We hope you enjoy the November updates below, and as always please be in touch with questions, concerns or ideas!

Candace Petersen P'16, P'18
So I'm a Senior, Now What? 
Is your son or daughter just starting the job search, or yet to take that big step? We are offering this workshop specifically for seniors currently searching for a job after graduation, who may not know where to start. Other workshops are being offered in November as well, including Resume, Cover Letter & LinkedIn; Searching for a Job or Internship; Effective Interview Skills; and Social Media & The Job/Internship Search. 
Haunted Hotel, Room Reservation Deposits and Thanksgiving Closing 
The 3rd Annual Haunted Hotel event, hosted by Residence Life staff and Hall Council, took place last Friday. Over 150 people were in attendance.

Residence Life would also like to inform parents that Room Reservation Deposits for 2016-2017 are being accepted beginning Monday Nov. 9th 2015. Additionally, the university will close for Thanksgiving Break, but the Residence Halls will remain open.
Alternative Winter Break Opportunities
Student-led groups partner with communities in Virginia and around the world to learn about and address important social issues through alternative winter breaks - all before classes even begin. Branch Out Regional offers three free trips January 16-18; National will offer one trip to Florida in early January; and seven international teams go global over winter break. 
2015 Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest
This fall, the Global Education Office sent out a call to past study abroad participants for its annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. A record number of students submitted an incredible 398 photos across four categories: Culture, Location, Tribe in Action, & Kitchen Sink. Category winners will be displayed at the Summer Programs Open House on Wednesday, November 11th.

Last month, the Dance Program in the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance presented their annual DANCEVENT concert. Featuring choreography by W&M Dance faculty members Joan Gavaler, Leah Glenn, and Lauren Morris, this year's concert saw a mix of contemporary dances performed by faculty, guest artists, and members of the Orchesis Modern Dance Company. For more information about the event, check out The Flat Hat's review.

The Haven Open House
On October 23rd The Haven celebrated its one year  anniversary and hosted an open house for the William and Mary community. For the past year, The Haven has served as a confidential resource for advocacy, education, and acceptance to anyone impacted by sexual violence and harassment. If you would like to learn more about the program, please visit our website or email
Commencement 2016
Check out the Commencement Weekend Guide, your one-stop shop for information related to Commencement 2016. The guide includes a link to the 2016 Schedule, information about tickets for the main ceremony, ADA accommodations, major weekend events, diplomas, regalia, parking, and other helpful resources to help you plan your weekend.
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During Family Weekend 2015, Parent & Family Council Co-Chairs, Julie Dobson '78 and Chet Thaker P'17, P'19, announced a goal to raise $1M for the Parent Fund this fiscal year. To date, parents have raised over $260,000 to support the Parent Fund. Your gift, no matter the size, makes a significant impact on student life at the College on a daily basis. Help us reach our $1M goal!
Make a gift online today or visit our Ways To Give webpage.

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