Department and Program Chairs 2012-2013
Department/Program Chair (Administrative Assistant) Telephone
Africana Studies Gretchen Long (Megan T. Konieczny) x2242
American Studies Liza Johnson x2074
Anthropology and Sociology Antonia Foias x2241
Arabic Christopher Bolton (Lucy Green) x2391
Art Stephanie Solum (Beverly Sylvester) x2377/3578
Asian Studies Kasumi Yamamoto x2391
Astronomy, Astrophysics Karen Kwitter (Michele Rech) x2482
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Amy Gehring x3314
Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics Chip Lovett x2124
Biology Steven Swoap (Dawn Jamros) x2126
Center for Development Economics Thomas S. Powers x2148
Chemistry Thomas Smith (Deborah Morandi) x2323
Classics Meredith Hoppin x2242
Cognitive Science Joseph Cruz x4594
Comparative Literature Christopher Bolton (Lucy Green) x2391
Computer Science Steven Freund (Amanda Turner) x3218
Contract Major Laura McKeon (Karen Ryan) x4262
Critical Languages Jane Canova x2391
Dance Erica Dankmeyer x2960
Economics Peter Montiel (Kathy Butterfield) x2476
English John Limon (Patricia Malanga) x2114
Environmental Studies Jennifer French (Katherine Fletcher) x2346
Geosciences Rónadh Cox (Patricia E. Acosta) x2221
German Gail Newman (Lucy Green) x2391
History Eiko Maruko Siniawer (Linda Saharczewski) x2394
History of Science Donald deB. Beaver x2239
Interdisciplinary Studies Peter Just x2552
International Studies Magnus Bernhardsson x2247
Jewish Studies Alexandra Garbarini x3539
Justice and Law Cheryl Shanks x2102
Latina/o Studies Ondine Chavoya x2242
Leadership Studies Nicole Mellow x2074
Maritime Studies Rónadh Cox x2297
Materials Science Studies Lee Park x2191/4526
Mathematics and Statistics Stewart Johnson (Marissa M. Barschdorf) x2438
Music Tony Sheppard (Michelle Picard) x2127
Neuroscience Noah Sandstrom x3315
Performance Studies William Darrow x4366
Philosophy Melissa Barry x2074
Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation Lisa Melendy (Karen Ware) x3511
Physics Daniel Aalberts (Michele Rech) x2482
Political Economy Lara Shore-Sheppard x2327
Political Science Sam Crane (Nancy V. Bellows) x2168
Psychology Betty Zimmerberg (Beth Stachelek) x2441
Public Health Lois Banta x4330/4347
Religion Denise Buell x2241
Romance Languages Gene Bell-Villada (Lucy Green) x2391
Russian Gail Newman (Lucy Green) x2391
Science and Technology Studies Donald deB. Beaver x2239
Williams Program in Teaching Susan Engel x4522
Theater David Eppel (Corissa L. Bryant) x2342
Women's and Gender Studies Lucie Schmidt x2549
Getting Around-Transportation, Directions and Nearby Places to Visit
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Buses
* Complete schedules and fare listings are available at the stop in front of Goodrich. The bus typically runs late, especially later in the day and sometimes up to half an hour late.
* Besides the major stops that are listed, the bus will also pick you up at other points along its route. After stopping at the Williams Inn, buses are scheduled to stop outside Goodrich 10-15 minutes after the hour on Saturdays and 15-30 minutes after the hour on Weekdays. No buses run on Sundays.
* Bus fares are $1.25 within Williamstown; $2.50 to or from North Adams; $3.75 to or from Adams; $4.50 to or from Berkshire Mall, Cheshire or Pittsfield. BRTA buses also go to also go to Lanesboro, Hinsdale, Dalton, Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox, and have separate routes within some of these. Within North Adams, buses also go to Mohawk Forest and North Adams Regional Hospital.
* Get a transfer slip if you are planning on changing buses.
* If you have questions, contact the BRTA at 800-292-2782.
Free Weekly Shuttle Service
Williams Transport and several other campus groups have worked together to bring the student body the free shuttle service. A
Williams College van will depart from Goodrich Hall and travel to Wild Oats Food Coop, Stop & Shop, Wal-Mart, Downtown North
Adams (Burger King) and the Berkshire Mall. It is perfect for those of you who want to stock up on supplies or just get off campus for a
couple of hours. So, who needs a car...come on down and use this great service.
G = Goodrich (side entrance)
SS = Stop & Shop (by recycling center)
WO = Wild Oats
W = Wal-Mart (pharmacy sign)
BK = Burger King
Please note that all rides are round trip. For example, please do not plan to be dropped off at the Berkshire Mall by a friend and then take the Shuttle home, as it may be full. Priority for Shuttle rides goes to Williams College students. Guests of students may ride the shuttle if space permits,at the discretion of the Shuttle drivers. The capacity of the Shuttle is 10 students plus the driver. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date information, visit motorcoach.williams.edu/free-weekly-shuttle-08-09/.
Williams Transport Motorcoach Service
Check online for the current schedule information:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where Can I Find The Service Schedule?
The schedule can be found on the 2012-2013 Motor Coach Schedule page (motorcoach.williams.edu).
When Can I Purchase Tickets?
Motorcoach reservations will open approximately 3 months before the motorcoach runs and will remain open until 9pm the night before the shuttle runs. Tickets may be purchased through PeopleSoft.
How Do I Cancel a Ticket?
Go to the "My Reservations" page, select the "Cancel" checkbox for the ticket you'd like to cancel, and click on the "Cancel Reservations" button.
How Much Do Tickets Cost?
Tickets purchased more than 3 weeks will be purchased at a 15.6% discount. Contracts and prices with our transportation providers are still being negotiated. Williams Transport will keep you updated on ticket prices once negotiations are complete.
How Do I Pay For My Tickets?
Tickets will be charged to your student term bill.
What If I Miss The Ticket Reservation Deadline?
With our online reservation system you can purchase tickets until 9:00 PM the day before the motor coach's departure. Tickets cannot be purchased after this time. You can go on the bus as a walk-on with no additional charge but there is no guarantee spots will be available.
Can I Get A Refund?
You may cancel your tickets until 9 PM the day before your departure. We cannot offer refunds after this point because final passenger counts must be delivered to the motor coach companies and our student conductors.
How Do E-Tickets Work?
E-tickets replace conventional tickets by giving you a confirmation number, which you will receive by e-mail after making your reservation on our online website. A designated Student Conductor will check your confirmation number as you board the board.
What Is A Student Conductor?
As a Student Conductor, you are personally responsible for making sure that all passengers have reserved tickets before they board. In exchange for fulfilling your responsibilities, your ticket will be free. In order to serve as student conductor, you must attend a student conductor training session, offered several times throughout the year.
Where Do The Motor Coaches Depart From On Campus?
Departures are on Stetson Road, close to the Dennett end of Mission Park.
Where Exactly Do The Motor Coaches Travel?
How Long Do The Motor Coaches Take?
Our motor coach companies estimate the following travel times to/from Williams College:
Please Note: These are only estimates and may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.
How Early Do I Need To Be At My Airport?
We strongly suggest arriving at your airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure, which means departing campus at least three hours and 15 minutes before your scheduled departure from Albany. The Williams Transport is not responsible for any costs due to missed flights or other connecting transportation. This includes, but is not limited to, cab fare, hotel rooms, meals, plane tickets, and incidental or consequential damages arising from the use of this service.
Do The Motor Coaches Depart On Time?
Motor Coaches departing Williamstown are strictly instructed to depart precisely on time. Students have planes to catch and they must get to their destination on time. We strongly urge arriving at the departure location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure from Williamstown. Please do not email us asking whether or not the motor coach can wait for you.
Note: Motor Coaches returning to Williamstown are not under such stringent time pressure. If a large number of passengers are not on a motor coach at its scheduled departure time (drivers have exact passenger counts), the motor coach may wait a few minutes, at the driver's sole discretion. The last motor coach of the day usually waits longer than earlier ones.
I Missed My Motor Coach Departure. What should I do?
If you are returning to campus from Albany, please take the next motor coach to campus. The Motor Coach Service is not responsible if you miss your bus and will not reimburse the cost of privately arranged transportation. If you are stuck at the Albany Airport and need to get back campus, call Veteran's Taxi at (413) 663-8300. If you need to speak to someone at Williams College during a vacation period, please call Williams College Security at (413) 597-4444.
What's The Weather Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations due to weather will be at the sole discretion of the motor coach company, whose decision is final. This decision will be made and announced only at. Please do not call to see if a coach will be delayed; this decision will be made at the last possible moment. If departures are delayed, they will resume as soon as meteorologically possible. If you are unable to use your ticket because your motor coach is cancelled or delayed due to weather, you will receive a refund of the motor coach ticket price.
Who Should I Contact With Additional Questions?
If your question is not answered here, please contact Rachel Hudson by e-mailing her at email@example.com or calling at (413) 884-5436.
Williams Zipcar is a rental car system for Williams students, faculty, and staff. Once registered for Zipcar, you can rent any of the four Williams Zipcars by the hour or by the day. (And if you're over 21, you can rent Zipcars from locations outside of Williamstown, too!) For more information about how to rent one go to www.williams.edu/resources/zipcar.
The directions outlined below should provide a general sense of some of the more common roadtrips you might take while at Williams. Since we've translated the information from a variety of sources and have not actually followed any of the directions word for word, we cannot guarantee their accuracy. In short, we would suggest you verify these directions by referring to one of the many map tools available on the Web (e.g., www.mapquest.com) or investing in a map before debarking.
Airport, Bus and Train Stations
To Albany Airport: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-87 S to Exit 4. Follow signs to airport.
To Albany Bus Station: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to Madison Avenue Exit. At the second set of lights, take a right. Terminal will be on right.
To Hartford Airport: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to I-91 S to Exit 40. Follow connector to airport.
To Rensselaer Train Station: Take US 7 S to 43 S to Rte 4. Take left on Rte 4 (this is also 43). About 1 mile, Rte 43 splits to the right at the set of lights (Grand Union and shopping plaza). Follow Rte 43 until you see signs for train station.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA: Take State Rte 2 E to State Rte 8 S to Rte 116 S to 8A to Rte 9 E. Follow this route into the center of town to Rte 116 S/South Pleasant Street. (third light at crest of large hill)
Bates College, Lewiston, ME: Take State Rte 2 E to I-91 NE to State Rte 2 E to I-495 NE to I-95 NE to Exit 13; proceed on off-ramp to stop sign. Turn left at stop sign, following signs for Lewiston, which will take you to Lisbon Street (Rte 196 W). Continue 1.6 miles to a major intersection. Turn right on East Avenue (Rte 202 and 4 N). Go straight for 1.2 miles through two lights and just before you get to the third, turn left on Campus Avenue. Proceed through one more light and past St. Mary's Regional Medical Center to a stop sign. To reach the Admissions Office, follow Campus Avenue to Wood Street. Turn left on Wood Street. Parking is available on the right.
Bennington College, Bennington, VT: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Bennington. In the center of town at the "Four Corners" intersection with Rte 9 (first set of lights), continue on US 7 N. At the third traffic light you will see signs North to Manchester. Take a left at the traffic light on to Northside Drive, which becomes 67A. Follow for approximately three miles. Just past the Price Chopper, and at the flashing light, you will see a sign for the entrance to the College on the right.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights off the exit ramp, take a right on Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left on Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.
Boston University, Boston, MA: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to Exit 18, Brighton/Cambridge. Exit left. Follow signs to Cambridge to the second set of lights. Turn right at the lights; this is Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive. Exit Storrow Drive at the Kenmore exit. At the first set of traffic lights, turn right on Beacon Street. At this point, the road forks; the right fork is Bay State Road. Take Bay State Road for the Office of Admissions, the Towers Residence Hall, and Upper and Lower Bay State Road Area Residence Halls. The left fork will take you into Kenmore Square (the large building on the right is the Myles Standish Residence Hall). Bear right at the far end of Kenmore Square on Commonwealth Avenue. The Warren Towers Residence Hall, the main campus, and the South and West Campus areas and Residence Halls are located on or near Commonwealth Avenue.
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME: State Rte 2 E to I-91 NE to State Rte 2 E to I-495 NE to I-95 NE to Exit 22 (Topsham-Brunswick, Route 1). Proceed to business district and turn right on Maine Street, following signs to the College.
Brown University, Providence, RI: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E to I-95 S to Exit 20 to Interstate 195, heading east and exit at Exit 2, "Wickenden Street." Follow the loop on Benefit Street and continue on Benefit for approximately one-half mile to College Street. Turn right and head up the hill. Brown's famous Van Wickle Gates will be directly in front you at Prospect Street.
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to I-87 S to I-84 W to Rte 81 S to Rte 80 W to Exit 30 (Rte 15 S). At 7th traffic light, turn left.
Colby College, Waterville, ME: State Rte 2 E to I-91 NE to State Rte 2 E to I-495 NE to I-95 NE to Exit 33 and turn east on Kennedy Memorial Drive. Take the second left, First Rangeway, at the traffic signal opposite the Inland Hospital. Continue for approximately a mile, then turn left on Mayflower Hill Drive and up the hill to the campus. Visitor parking is available in most campus parking lots.
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E to (Auburn Exit 10) I-290 to Exit 11 (College Square). After exiting I-290 at College Square turn right at the traffic light on College Street. Then turn left through the main gate, marked by a large Holy Cross sign. Drive up Linden Lane to the brick building with a large white porch, O'Kane Hall, where parking is available.
Columbia University, New York, NY: Take US 7 S to US 44 to State Rte 22 S to I-684 to Cross Westchester Expressway SE to I-95 S (portions toll) to Hutchinson Parkway SW to I-95 W to George Washington Bridge. Join the Henry Hudson Parkway (Westside Highway)South. Use the 95th Street off-ramp and turn left on Riverside Drive. Proceed north (uptown) to 116th Street. A right turn at 116th Street leads you to the campus gate. Street parking can be found in the neighborhood, and there are parking garages located on the east side of Broadway between 114th and 113th Streets and on 122nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Connecticut College, New London, CT : Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to I-395 S to Exit 78. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right at the blue sign that says "Waterford." Bear left. Proceed for 2.5 miles and the entrance to the College is on the left.
Dartmouth, Hanover, NH: Take US 7 N to State Rte 9 to I-91 N to Exit 13 at Norwich, Vt. Bear right off the exit, across the Ledyard Bridge spanning the Connecticut River. Continue up the hill (West Wheelock Street) to the top of the hill and to the traffic light in the center of town, nine-tenths of a mile from the interstate exit. To your left at the light is the Dartmouth Green; to your right is the Hanover Inn.
Fordham University, Bronx, NY: Take US 7 S to US 44 S to State Rte 22 S to I-684 S to Cross Westchester Expressway SE to I-95 SW (portions toll) to Exit 8C/Pelham Parkway West. Pass the exits to the Bronx River Parkway (the New York Botanical Garden will be on your right), and stay to the right, avoiding the underpass. At the light, turn right on Southern Blvd./Dr. Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd. After 1/4 mile, turn left at the light into the University.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to I-87 S to Garden State Parkway SW to New Jersey Turnpike SW to I-295 NW to I95 W. Follow I-95 to the Capital Beltway. Then take I-495 West, toward Silver Spring.
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) I-890 W to I-90 W(portions toll) to Westmoreland (Exit 32), turn right after the toll booth, and then turn left on State Rte 233 S. Drive 5.2 miles, passing through two traffic lights, until reaching a flashing red light at the intersection of 233 and College Hill Road. Turn right at this intersection and drive up the hill for 0.4 miles. The Admission Office, the Elihu Root House, is the yellow house on the left.
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA: Take State Rte 2 E to State Rte 8 S to Rte 116 S to 8A to Rte 9 E. Follow this route into Amherst. At the town center, turn right on Rte 116 and follow it south three miles to Hampshire.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E. Get off at Cambridge (Exit 18). Turn left immediately on Soldiers Field Road (west). Take Harvard Square exit, bear right across Anderson Bridge, and drive straight into Harvard Square. For Byerly Hall, proceed through two lights-the first just before the Square (and Out of Town News), the second after passing through the Square. After the second light, get in the left-hand lane, bearing to the far left. Upon taking a sharp left turn at the next light, move directly to the right-most lane and follow it on Garden Street. The Admissions Office is across the street on your left at 8 Garden Street, in Radcliffe Yard. Parking: On-street parking is scarce in Cambridge. There are public parking lots and garages, however, and the Harvard University Parking Office, 29 Garden Street, sells day passes in University lots for $5.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams,, MA: Take State Rte 2 E to North Adams. Follow signs for "downtown" which will bring you down a ramp on to Main Street. Go through three sets of lights. As you pass the monument, bear right on to Church Street. Proceed about a half mile down Church Street; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will be on the right.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll). Follow I-90 east to the Cambridge/Brighton exit (Exit 18). Following the signs to Cambridge, cross the River Street Bridge, and continue straight about 1 mile to Central Square. Turn right on Massachusetts Avenue and follow Massachusetts Avenue for about a half mile. The main entrance to MIT will be on your left. If you cross the river again, you have gone too far.
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT: Take US 7 N for about 2.75 hours. For less traffic and more scenery, take Rte 346 W to 22A N to 74 E to 30 N.
New York University, New York, NY: Take US 7 S to US 44 S to State Rte 22 S to I-684 S to Cross Westchester Expressway SE to I-95 SW (portions toll) to Hutchinson Parkway SW to I-95 SW. Take the Bruckner Expressway, I-278, to the Tri-Boro Bridge. Cross to Manhattan. Take the FDR Drive South to Houston Street, then west to La Guardia Place and North 3 blocks to Washington Square.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to I-87 S to the New Jersey Turnpike. Follow the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 9-New Brunswick. After the toll booth (use a booth on the far right), turn right on the ramp to Highway 18 N. Soon after, turn into the left-hand side of the fork of the road, staying in the right lane (you will see a Bennigan's restaurant ahead and to your right as you bear left). You will immediately bear right for an obscured exit to US 1 S, Trenton. These three turns occur in rapid succession. Follow US 1 about 18 miles to the exit at Rte 571 (Washington Road). Turn right and follow Washington Road (Rte 571) across a bridge until you come to your first light. Take a left at this light on Faculty Road. Take your first right on and unmarked road. This road is marked as Elm Road on your map, but there is no street sign. Proceed to the guard booth and the Public Safety officer on duty will assist you.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY). Follow signs for Rte 7 W to Hoosick Street in Troy. Watch for signs and turn left (south) on 15th Street. Continue through the 3rd traffic light on 15th Street. The entrance to the Visitors Information Center is on the left immediately past the pedestrian bridge passing over 15th Street. Visitors' parking is adjacent to the VIC.
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-87 N. Take Exit 15. After the exit, follow Rte 50 toward the city of Saratoga Springs, turning right on East Avenue. Make another right turn where East Avenue intersects with North Broadway and proceed north about a quarter of a mile to the College's main entrance.
Smith College, Northampton, MA: Take Rte 2 E to I-91 S. Take Exit 18, and follow Rte 5 north into the center of town. Turn left on Route 9. Go straight through three sets of traffic lights, turning left into Smith's main entrance (College Lane) shortly after the third set. The Office of Admission is on your right, overlooking Paradise Pond. (Campus maps are available there.) Parking is available next to the office or along Route 9.
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to I-87 S to I-287 S to I-78 W to State Rte 523 SW to State Rte 31 SE to I-95 SW to US1 S to I-276 W to I-476 to Exit 2, Swarthmore/Media. At bottom of exit ramp, follow sign for Swarthmore by turning left on Baltimore Pike. Stay in right lane and in less than 1/4 mile turn right on Route 320 S (At the next light, Rte 320 turns right.) Proceed through second light at College Avenue to the first driveway on your right to visitor parking at the Benjamin West House. The Benjamin West House is the College's visitor center and has someone there to hand out maps and directions 24 hours.
Tufts University, Medford, MA: Take State Rte 2 to I-91 NE to State Rte 2 E to US 3 E to State Rte 16 E, Alewife Brook Parkway. Follow Rte 16 through two full traffic lights. Take the next right, a sharp turn, on Powder House Boulevard. Proceed to Packard Avenue, the third left, which leads to the campus and to visitors' parking.
Trinity College, Hartford, CT: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to I-91 S to I-84 W; keep to the right once you reach Hartford and travel through a short tunnel. After tunnel take Exit 48, Asylum Avenue. At the end of the exit, turn left on Asylum. Staying in the right-hand lane, follow the roadway to the right, hugging Bushnell Park. Bear right through the brownstone arch on Trinity Street. Staying in the left lane, go to the second stoplight. The Bushnell Memorial Hall will be on your left, the State Capitol on your right. Turn left past the statue of Lafayette on horseback on Washington Street. Proceed straight ahead on Washington Street for 8 traffic lights (total of 1.1 miles), passing hospital complex on left. At 8th light, turn right on New Britain Avenue. Go .3 miles to the next traffic light at Broad Street. If you want to reach buildings and parking areas in the southeastern part of campus (e.g., Austin Arts Center, Ferris Athletic Center), turn right on Broad Street, look for the Trinity College gate, and turn left into the driveway. If you want to reach the western and northern areas of campus (Admissions and other administrative offices), proceed on New Britain Avenue to traffic light at Summit Street. Turn right, between the brick gateposts, into campus.
Union College, Schenectady NY: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W to Schenectady. Bear right on Union Street. Continue on Union Street for 2.7 miles and enter the campus through Payne Gate on the right.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA: Take Rte 2 E to I-9l S to Rte 116 Exit (Whately). Take a left at top of the exit ramp, then immediately right on Rte 116. Follow Rte 116 S to "UMASS" exit (approximately 9 miles).
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH: Take State Rte 2 to I-91 NE to State Rte 2 E to I-495 NE to I-95 NE to Exit 4 (NH Lakes and Mountains, Spaulding Turnpike). Continue North to Exit 6W and follow Rte 4 W past the UNH/Durham Rte 108 Exit. Exit at Rte 155A and turn east toward Durham. Follow 155A through a short stretch of fields to the UNH campus. After passing through a blinking light and a traffic light, take the second left on Garrison Avenue. Directly ahead on your right will be Grant House, the Office of Admissions. Parking is available behind Grant House.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA: Take US 7 N (Mass/VT) to Rte 346 W to Rte 22 N to Rte 7 W (NY) to I-787 S to I-87 S to I-78 W to State Rte 523 SW to state Rte 31 S to I-95 SW to I-676 W toward Center City. From I-676 exit in less than two miles taking "exit only" ramp towards the airport marked I-76 East. Proceed less than a mile to Exit 40, South Street, which exits on the left. Turn right on South Street to enter the campus.
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Take US 7 S to Rte 43 W to Rte 22 S to Rte 295 W to Taconic Parkway to US 44. Go 9 miles on Rte 44 and turn left on Van Wagner Road (which becomes Raymond Avenue) and proceed about one mile to Vassar. A stone archway, the main entrance, is on the left.
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT: Take US 7 S to US 20 SE to I-90 E (portions toll) to I-91 S. Take Exit 22 to Rte 9 S. At Exit 15, turn right on Rte 66 W (Washington Street). Follow the signs to Wesleyan.
Yale University, New Haven, CT: Take US 7 S to US 20 S to I-90 E (portions toll) to I-91 S. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Stay in the middle lane and continue straight through the traffic light on Trumbull Street.
Nearby Places to Visit (Daytrips)
American Museum of Fly Fishing, Historic Route 7A, Manchester, VT (802) 362-3300 (Approximate travel time: 50 minutes.): Founded in 1968 in historic Manchester Village, where America's fly fishing industry got its start in 1856, the museum's collections and library are indispensable to historians and researchers. The museum is steward to a growing collection of rods, reels, flies and other tackle, as well as photographs, art, printed books, manuscripts and related materials, which tell the history of the sport. Every season the museum holds four to six exhibits of art in one of its galleries. Open weekdays year-round, 10-4 and weekends from May through October, 10-4. General admission $3; children under 12 free.
Arrowhead, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA (413) 442-1793 (Approximate travel time: 25 minutes.): Arrowhead was the home of Herman Melville from 1850-1862. It was at Arrowhead that Melville wrote his most famous work, Moby Dick, along with three other novels, Pierre, The Confidence Man, and Israel Potter; a collection of short stories entitled The Piazza Tales; all of his magazine stories; and some of his poetry. Arrowhead is now a house museum interpreting the life of the Melville family in the Berkshires. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend to Halloween, 9:30-5; tours given every hour on the hour, the first at 10 and the last at 4. Open by appointment from November 1 to Memorial Day weekend. Admission $5 adults (16-59), $4.50 seniors (60+), $3 students (16-25 with valid ID), $1 children 6-15, and free to children under 5.
Bennington Museum, West Main Street, Bennington, VT (802) 447-1571 (Approximate travel time: 20 minutes.): Tracing its roots to 1875, the museum is one of the oldest and largest in the region. Collections document the early years of Vermont, as well as the adjacent areas of New York and Massachusetts. Special strengths focus on Vermont decorative and fine arts, Bennington pottery, military history, and the art and life of America's favorite folk artist, Grandma Moses. Open daily, November 1 through May 31, 9-5 and June 1 through October 31, 9-6. General admission $5.
Berkshire Botanical Garden, junction of Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-3926 (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.): Founded in 1934, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, within its 15 acres of gardens, offers a rare chance to learn about everything you see along the roads as you drive through the Berkshires. The Garden showcases the natural beauty of the Berkshires and complements its many cultural enterprises. Gardens open May to October; center open year-round. Admission $5 adults, $4 seniors; $3 students; children under 12 are free.
Chesterwood, Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-3579 (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.): Chesterwood was the summer estate, with its home, studio, and grounds, of sculptor Daniel Chester French, creator of The Lincoln Memorial. It houses nearly 500 pieces of sculpture, including molds, life casts, and studies- one of the largest collections of fine art devoted to a single American sculptor and period. Open daily, May 1 through October 31, 10-5. Admission charged.
City Destinations: (Albany, Boston, New York)
Albany, NY, just over an hour's drive from Williamstown, offers a wide variety of restaurants, shopping, and cultural events. The Pepsi Arena, which is located in the downtown area, hosts a variety of events. You can access their calendar at www.pepsiarena.com. If you're yearning for the bright lights of a major metropolitan city, it takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes to get to downtown Boston. If you don't want to drive in Boston, you can park at the Ale Wife garage (on Rte 2 about 2 1/2 hours from Williamstown) and take the subway to the center of the city. It takes about 4 hours to get to New York City; your best bet is to drive about two hours to Dover Plains on Rte 22 and take a commuter train (another 2 hours) to Grand Central Station.
Crane Museum, Main Street, Dalton, MA (413) 684-6481 (Approximate travel time: 30 minutes.): The museum, first opened in the autumn of 1930, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Exhibits trace the history of American papermaking from Revolutionary times, with special emphasis on the durable, distinctive Crane papers made for currency, bonds, stock certificates and elegant stationery. Since 1879 Crane & Company has produced all the paper that United States Currency is printed on. Open from early June through mid-October, Monday-Friday, 2-5. No admission charged.
Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock, MA (413) 443-0188 (Approximate travel time: 40 minutes.): Hancock Shaker Village is an outdoor history museum of Shaker life on 1200 acres in the scenic Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Its twenty original buildings and historic working farm and gardens preserve and interpret the life of America's most successful communitarian society. The third of 19 Shaker communities established in New England, New York, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Hancock was home to members of the communal, religious society from 1790 to 1960. It became an outdoor history museum in 1960. Today its buildings, collections and programs interpret three centuries of Shaker life and work, with activities which appeal to visitors of all ages. Open daily from 9:30-5. Admission $7 for adults; $6.25 for students; $3 (ages 6-12).
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA (413) 774-5581 (Approximate travel time: 1 hour.): Historic Deerfield is a museum of New England history and art within the carefully preserved 328 year old western Massachusetts village of Deerfield. Each year thousands of visitors come to Deerfield to see a collection of 18th and 19th century houses filled with some of the great decorative arts treasures of early America. The buildings and the objects in them are set in The Old Deerfield National Historic Landmark-a thousand acres of rich farmland surrounding one of New England's most beautiful and unspoiled villages. Deerfield is truly what New England travellers hope to find! Open daily from 9:30-4:30 except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. General admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-17. Come to the Hall Tavern Information Center for tickets and information. Most museum houses are on the guided tour.
Howe Caverns, Howe Cave, NY (518) 296-8900 (Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.): According to scientists, the story of Howe Caverns began millions of years ago, during one of the many ice ages that covered what is now New York with glacial ice hundreds of feet thick. As the glacier receded and melted, its water seeped into the ground and into the limestone bedrock below. Almost imperceptibly, the water began to dissolve the limestone to create what is now one of the world's most famous geological formations: Howe Caverns. It wasn't until 1842, however, that Lester Howe-drawn to a rock ledge in search of his cows-discovered the cavern that now bears his name. Today, the cavern is easily accessible to everyone, thanks to elevators installed in 1929 and brick walkways that now span the entire tour length of the cavern. You'll also see much more than the early visitors did, due to special lighting that has been positioned throughout the cavern to highlight its most unique features. Open daily from 9-6. Admission $11.50 for adults; $6 for ages 7-12.
Lebanon Valley Dragway, West Lebanon, NY (800) 700-1320 (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.) Lebanon Valley Dragway is one of the best tracks in the country. (The track won the NHRA Northeast Division 1 Drag Strip of the Year in 1994 and 1995). D.I.R.T.-sanctioned stock car racing, weekends mid April through mid September; NHRA sanctioned drag racing, weekends April through October. Spectator admission fees for regular shows: adults $10.00; children 12 and under free. Gate opening times may vary with each event. Please call for up-to-date information.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Marshall Street, North Adams, MA (413) 664-4481 (Approximate travel time: 10 minutes.): Located in downtown North Adams in a vast historic mill complex, MASS MoCA is inextricably linked to its physical site and the economic and social history of New England over the past hundred years. MASS MoCA is a creative platform for art forms that literally extend beyond the boundaries of conventional museums. It serves as a substantial and coherent institutional home that is visually compelling, properly scaled, and conducive to cross-disciplinary collaboration for art forms such as light and sound environments; installation art of dramatic dimensions; site-specific performances; works that merge sculpture, dance, architecture and landscape design; and multimedia productions that need new technologies and high-bandwidth telecommunications. Gallery open daily, June 1 through October 3, Sunday-Thursday 10-5 and Friday and Saturday 10-7. Admission $8 adults, $3 children, free for under 6.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA (413) 781-6500 (Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.): Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Hall of Fame is a 48,000 square-foot museum with three levels of entertaining and educational exhibits. Dedicated to the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, the Hall's original purpose was to provide a showcase honoring basketball's greatest players, coaches, teams and contributors. The Hall has certainly stuck to that mission, but it has steadily evolved into much more. It's a marriage of history and modern technology, asking all who visit to feel rather than just read why the game of basketball is so special. Visitors can experience basketball firsthand through interactive exhibits that honor the game's great players, teams, coaches, officials and contributors. Open September through June, 9-5; July through Labor Day, 9-6. Admission for adults is $8.00; ages 7 to 15 is $5.
National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY (607) 547-7200 (Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.): The birthplace of baseball has been established at Cooperstown, NY, where folklore has it that an inspired Abner Doubleday chased the cows out of Elihu Phinney's cow pasture one afternoon in 1839 and drew up the rules for a game that quickly became our national pastime. The National Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated on June 12, 1939 to honor the game's greats and to present the exciting history of the sport through the display of artifacts, photographs and memorabilia. Over the years, the Hall of Fame has evolved into the custodian of the game's treasures, and today, over 6,000 artifacts occupy the Museum's 60,000 square feet. The institution now stands as the definitive repository for the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan's "Field of Dreams" with its stories, legends, and magic to be passed on from generation to generation. May 1 through September 30, 9-9; October 1 through April 30, 9-5. Admission $9.50 (over 12 years of age); $4.00 (ages 7-12).
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-4100 (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.): The world's largest collection of original paintings and the studio of America's favorite illustrator is found here. Set on 36 acres overlooking the Berkshire Hills, the museum's changing exhibits feature the works of other illustrators as well. The museum is open year-round. May-October, open daily 10-5: November-April, weekdays 11-4; weekends 10-5.
Saratoga Equine Sports Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 584-2110 (Approximate travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes.): Located in the southeastern outskirts of Saratoga Springs, New York, two miles from downtown. (From Northway (I-87) take Exit 13N or 14. Harness racing is featured from February 1 through November 29. Post times: 7:40 evenings; 1:05 matinees. General admission $2. Clubhouse admission $3.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, South Street, Williamstown, MA 458-9545 (Approximate travel time: 5 minutes.): The Institute is known for its French Impressionist paintings, including more than 30 by Renoir. The museum has noteworthy old master paintings and a significant group of American works by Homer, Sargent, Cassatt and Remington.
Tanglewood Music Center, West Street, Route 183, Lenox MA (413) 637-1600 (Approximate travel time: 45 minutes.): Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). In addition to the BSO's concerts each weekend, Tanglewood also features evening chamber music recitals by outstanding soloists and ensembles, and other special events throughout the summer. And the Tanglewood Music Center presents more than forty additional concerts throughout the eight week season, including orchestra, opera, and chamber music.
Getting Rid of Stuff:
Where to Recycle, Compost, and Give Things Away
Paper: white and colored.
(No cardboard or paperclips.) Red bins
Metal and plastic (except for plastic grocery) Green bins
Magazines/Newspapers Newspaper/magazine racks in dorm trashrooms and other buildings (magazines-top shelf; newspapers-bottom shelf)
Cardboard Flat by newspaper/magazine racks in trashrooms
Batteries/Ink Jet Cartridges/Laser Cartridges Boxes in Jesup, and Office Services
Organic matter/compostables, such as pits,
peels, old leftovers, dead plants. Compost bins-in Mission or Driscoll Lounge during meals,
anytime by the back door of CES. Co-ops can get smaller bins
and weekly pickup of compost.
Clothing Many options! Leave it in clothing drive boxes when you see them in Greylock, donate it in May to the ABC clothing sale, or consign it at the Women's Exchange on Cole Avenue.
School supplies In May, watch for Newman Catholic Association's school supply drive to benefit needy local children.
Getting To and From Williamstown
It's a good idea to make reservations early for vacation travel.
The journey by car from either Boston or New York is three hours. From Boston, you can either travel Rt. 2 all the way to Williamstown, or take the Mass Pike to the Lee Exit, and then Rt. 20 West and North to U.S. Rt. 7 North. From New York City, the preferred route is up the Taconic Parkway to Rt. 295 East to Rt. 22 North to Rt. 43 East to Rt. 7 North. From the Albany area, the shortest route is along state Rt. 7 East, turning right on Rt. 278, then left on Rt. 2.
There are no commercially scheduled flights into or out of the Berkshires, but major airlines serve the nearest major airport in Albany, New York, about an hour away by car. A wider range of flight choices is available at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, a bit more than two hours away by car. Rental cars are available at both airports. Several independent taxi services, including some in North Adams, provide transportation from Williamstown to Albany or Hartford and back. The Albany Amtrak terminal in Rensselaer, New York is about an hour away by car.
During extended breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks, and at the end of the year), the College Council usually arranges for College transportation to and from the Albany Airport and Grand Central Station. Information is available online (www.williamstransport.org).
Bus service is available to Williamstown from New York City, Boston, and other points in New England. Buses stop adjacent to campus at the Williams Inn (413-458-2665).
Peter Pan/Bonanza (800-343-9999 or 800-751-8800, www.peterpanbus.com)
Greyhound (800-231-2222, www.greyhound.com)
Other pertinent numbers:
Albany, NY bus terminal (518) 436-9651
Bennington, VT depot (802) 442-4808
Pittsfield, MA terminal (800) 322-7465
The nearest major airport is Albany (NY) International, about an hour from Williamstown. Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT, is about two and one-half hours away. Information about transportation to and from the airports can be found on their websites. Arrangements for rental cars should be made in advance.
Albany International Airport (518-464-5010)
Bradley International Airport (860-292-2000 or 888-624-1533)
There are also municipal airports in North Adams, 10 minutes,
and Pittsfield, 40 minutes from campus, for private aircraft parking
and charter service.
Harriman & West Airport, North Adams (413-664-4585)
Pittsfield Municipal Airport (413-448-9790)
Drivers for Hire
You can find a list of drivers for hire online: http://facilities.williams.edu/cars-and-drivers/drivers/. Most drivers will take you to all
major airports, train stations or other destinations within a 4-5 hour radius. Rates vary as do additional charges (gas, tolls, parking,
gratuity). Vehicle options also vary (drivers car, your car, college car).
Please make arrangements directly with the driver.
Amtrak serves the Albany/Rensselaer, NY station, about an hour from campus by car. Call 800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com for more information. Rental cars are not available on site.
Basic Road Loops from Campus
We pondered reprinting the WOC Trail Guide and Map but figured, one, we wouldn't do justice to the average hiker, two, we'd be violating a copyright law and, three, we are getting kick- backs from the Guide's sale...so, it's best to contact the Outing Club directly at x2317 or purchase a copy of the North Berkshire Outdoor Guide. Guides are sold in the WOC equipment room and in local bookstores. WOC members receive a discount.
2-3 Miles: "Lost Frosh Trail"-Take Rt. 2 down to the Power Plant on the left (brick building before bridge, yellow sign, electric stuff behind) and run behind the building and follow a path which will suddenly appear once you get beyond the fence. Take the path along the water and after little under a mile you will see a path slant up to the left after you pass a cement structure which a few teenagers should be behind standing on at all times, smoking and swearing freely. A short uphill path will lead you to the residential area behind the Spirit Shop on Cole Avenue. Go left on Cole and then any of the road on the right will lead you back to campus. To be safe you can run on Cole until it hits Rt. 2 and then make a right to get back on campus.
3 Miles: "Bulkley and Main"-From the Village Rectangle take Rt. 7 past parking garage to Bulkley Street and take it up to Hopkins Forest and then upon reaching the Hopkins Forest sign, turn around and come home.
3.2 Miles: "Gale" (the Ide cutoff is 3 miles)-Take South Street past Clark Art and follow it around until it hits Green River Road (Rt. 43) and then take that back to Rt. 2 and make a left back to campus.
3-4 Miles: "Stone Bench"-Go out to the Clark and go behind to the pasture where you will find a path which will lead you up a hellacious hill until you reach the legendary Stone Bench (see me if you care to hear the tale behind it) and then make a left and follow the path down to the Clark. (Please feel free to improvise around this neck of the woods for extended runs, I found great path going straight past the bench to Scott Hill (@ 7 Miles). Take a right at Scott Hill and then Rt. 43 (or Green River Road) back to campus.
5 Miles: "HoFoSho"-Go to that Village Green with the luxurious 1753 House and follow Rt. 7 to Bulkley up to Hopkins Forest where you will take the short loop and return (be wary of the short-loop cutoff, you'll know you missed it if you are approached by a Canadian lumberjack wearing short shorts).
5.2 Miles: "Blair Road"-South on Green River Road. (Rt. 43 for those who weren't paying attention) for 1.5 miles until you hit Blair Road on left, take it and go up a series of three hills and follow it back to Rt. 2, left to campus.
6.4 Miles: "Bee Hill"-A personal favorite. Take Rt. 7 South until you notice a fairly hidden stone wall on the right leading up to a steep-looking dirt road known as "Bee Hill." Rumor has it several apiarists were lost in rather unusual Civil War battle where a host of Abolitionist townspeople were bent on releasing the host of worker bees kept at the farm (hence Bee Hill). Take the hill up and up for a while; the view appearing on the left should provide an ample amount of adrenaline. Upon reaching the top, you may turn around (5 miles) or take a left on Rt. 2 and then another left once you hit Rt. 7 back to campus. (There are close to ten various routes one can choose at the Rt. 2 Junction, so seek out a X-C man or Pete if you can to take Bee Hill to the next level).
7.5 Miles: "HoFoMoFo"-The same as HoFoSho but take the long loop. Canadian lumberjacks will be the norm along this route, so be prepared to talk about "Strange Brew."
8 Miles: "Mt. Hope"-Take Rt. 43 out to the Mansion grounds, loop around mansion, and return. It is recommended that one reads the Advocate before venturing out there to find out whether it's College property for the given week and also avoid this area during deer hunting season (wearing orange did not help me much).
X-C people are good sources for additional routes, of which there are several hundred more. Also, if you are completely new to these you may want to have someone who has been on them before go with you, because these directions are not fool-proof. In any case, get out and enjoy the Berkshires.
Williams College Offices and Facilities
Central Office Services (x2379, ower level of Mears)
This office is the duplicating center for the campus. Duplicating services generally are available there (at a reasonable price) to meet the legitimate needs of students and student organizations. The manager of Office Services offers advice on the various methods of duplicating and practical instruction in the use of the machines.
For instance, when requesting résumés, you should check with someone at Office Services before purchasing heavy weight or expensive paper. If you choose to supply Office Services with your own paper, they will not be held responsible if they encounter machine malfunctions while using your paper. They will not replace your paper if this should happen. You do so at your own risk.
Central Office Services will not print or distribute materials unless the names of the author or the campus organization responsible for authorship appear clearly on the materials.
Center for Community Engagement (x2139, Paresky Center 204)
Outreach to the community beyond the campus for service and social change takes many forms at Williams. The Center for Community Engagement in the Paresky Student Center (Suite 204) is the first stop for students exploring possible volunteer commitments or seeking resources (including transportation) for community engagement activities-locally, nationally, and globally. Planning for nearly a dozen annual student-led "alternative spring break" service trips also begins here. The CCE is also the campus headquarters of the Lehman Council, the official student umbrella group, which supports several dozen student-run community projects (tutoring in local schools at all grade levels, Habitat for Humanity, Berkshire Food Project, Target Hunger, Sweetbrook Nursing Home, and many others), as well as the "Winter Blitz" winterization project, Run for a Cure, the spring Great Day of Service, and other annual events. The work of the Center for Community Engagement is coordinated by Stewart Burns and Rick Spalding (Chaplain to the College). The staff includes America Reads/America Counts coordinator Kaatje White and administrative assistant Nancy Luczynski. Together they coordinate the myriad and growing partnerships between the College and the larger community.
Controller's Office (x4412, Hopkins Hall)
The Controller's Office is responsible for processing all financial transactions at the College including billing, payment of vendor invoices, and maintenance of the computerized financial accounting system. The Controller's Office produces financial reports for all student organizations who maintain agency accounts at the College. These reports may be viewed via the web. See page for details concerning payment of College bills.
Dean's Office (x4171, Hopkin's Hall)
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Dining Services (x2121, Droppers House)
Dining Services is a regular department operated by the College. Students are welcome to dine at any of the dining venues: Driscoll, Mission Park, Whitmans', Grab 'n Go, Lee Snack Bar, '82 Grill or the Eco Café (see page for a list of available meal plans). The department is also responsible for the operation of Catering, Faculty House/Alumni Center, Beverage and Snack Vending, Laundry Services, and the Jessica H. Park Mail Room in Paresky. Office hours at Dropper's House are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Financial Aid Office (x4181, Hopkin's Hall)
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Public Affairs Office (x4277, Hopkins Hall)
The Public Affairs Office disseminates information about the College and its activities.
Registrar's Office (x4286, Hopkins Hall)
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Office of Student Life (x4747, Paresky 219)
The Office of Student Life oversees upperclass residential programs (the Neighborhoods and the Baxter Fellows); student housing assignments, processes, and procedures; student activities and involvement; student centers management and programming; and campus-wide room bookings.
Student Loan Office (see Financial Aidl)
Art (x2377, Lawrence Hall and W.L.S. Spencer Studio Art Building)
The art department is housed in two separate buildings. The studio classrooms are located in W.L.S. Spencer Studio Art Building, while the majority of art history courses are offered in Lawrence Hall.
The art history lecture halls, the slide library, and faculty offices are located in Lawrence Hall, one floor down from the main entrance to the museum (WCMA). The Lawrence slide library houses half of the extensive local slide collection; the other half is located in the library at the Clark Art Institute. The slide library in Lawrence Hall houses all of non-western painting, drawing, sculpture, and decorative arts, all the architecture slides, all slides of ancient art, and a wonderful collection of lantern slides. Slides of western painting, drawing, sculpture, and decorative arts are located at the Clark.
The W.L.S. Spencer Studio Art Building houses the studio classrooms, faculty offices, an art gallery, and a multi-media seminar room. Spencer has facilities for the practice of printmaking, sculpture, painting, architecture, photography, video, and drawing. While access to these studios is limited to students enrolled in art courses, there are a number of opportunities for all interested undergraduates to participate in the visual arts. During both semesters, there is a non-instructed life-drawing session open to all students. The Wilde gallery, located on the first floor of Spencer, is operated by the studio wing of the art department and regularly exhibits work by students as well as visiting artists.
Williams College Dance Department is located in the '62 Center for Theater and Dance. Students may take classes for academic and or physical education credit. Dance technique courses offered include modern, ballet, African dance and percussion, Irish dance and Pilates. Other courses focus on history and composition. Students may also audition to participate in any of our five companies: CoDa (contemporary dance ensemble), Kusika (African dance, music and storytelling), Zambezi Marimba Band (classical and contemporary marimba, gyil and mibra), Sankofa (Step and Hip Hop traditions) and INISH (Irish dance, music and storytelling). Company members study and perform throughout the academic year and have the opportunity to participate in residencies with artists such as Pilobolus, New York City Ballet, Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain, Ronald K. Brown, Obo Addy and Anouk van Dijk. The department is an active member of the American College Dance Festival Association and collaborates with Mass MoCA and Williams College Museum of Art. For further information contact Erica Dankmeyer, Acting Chair of the Dance Department.
Music (x2127, Bernhard Music Center and Chapin Hall)
The Music Department presents over 150 free concerts and events each year as part of its academic program, in addition to those by student-run groups. Departmental ensembles include Berkshire Symphony, Concert and Chamber Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Kusika (African dance and drumming), Zambezi Marimba Band, Clarinet Choir, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Small Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, string and woodwind chamber ensembles, Marching Band, as well as Student Symphony and Gospel Choir. Students taking vocal and instrumental lessons (Music 281-288 or Chamber Music 291-298) give frequent solo performances on department Studio Recitals throughout the year. The Department also sponsors concerts by well-known jazz, classical, and world music artists each year. The annual Music Department Open House is held during First Days to provide students with the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff (over 40 individuals) and to provide information about courses, lesson signup, ensemble auditions, etc. Practice space and music lockers in Bernhard Music Center are available on a limited basis to all students, regardless of major. See Michelle Picard in the Music Office for further information.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (458-2303, 225 South Street)
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and research center separate from Williams College but with close associations. Representative Western art from the Renaissance to about 1900, the collections are especially strong in nineteenth-century art, particularly French Impressionism. Regular lectures, concerts, and various programs are offered to Williams undergraduates. Internships are also available.
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance (x2425 Box Office, Sept.-May, www.williams.edu/go/62center)
The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance is equipped with facilities to accommodate all aspects of the performing arts. It houses three primary performance venues: the MainStage, a 550-seat proscenium theatre with two balconies, fly system, and full orchestra pit; the renovated Adams Memorial Theatre, with a permanent extended apron stage for smaller productions; and the innovative CenterStage, a highly flexible and technologically advanced space for more experimental work.
The Center also contains workshop, studio, and classroom spaces, along with full scenic and costume shops. Both the Theatre Department and the Dance Department reside and perform in the '62 Center. The CenterSeries events and programs, (approx. 4-5 per year) bring innovative, professional artists, theatre and dance companies to perform at the Center, and also engages students, faculty and members of the community through workshops, master classes and open rehearsals.
WilliamsTheatre, the production arm of the Department of Theatre, provides undergraduates with opportunities for acting, directing, playwriting, design, and technical work. Seasons are chosen so as to give great breadth to the undergraduate theatrical experience, and productions range from Greek classics, to Shakespeare, to contemporary and original work. Members of the College community are encouraged to take part in any aspect of Williamstheatre productions.
Williams College Museum of Art (x2429, Lawrence Hall)
The Museum's permanent collection of more than twelve thousand objects spans the history of art and includes works in every medium. Changing exhibitions emphasize areas of strength in the collection: American art, contemporary art, and the art of non-Western cultures. Student and community volunteers in WCMA's Museum Associates program lead group tours of the museum and participate in museum outreach work with area schools. Summer and academic-year internships provide opportunities for students with interests in school outreach, curatorial projects, and research.
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (x2346, Harper)
In addition to the academic curriculum in environmental studies, the Center for Environmental Studies consists of: Harper House, which contains the Matt Cole Memorial Reading Room, seminar room, student lounge, faculty and staff offices, a geographic information systems laboratory, student computer lab, and kitchen. The Center for Environmental Studies also encompasses the Environmental Analysis Laboratory in Morley Science Science Center (equipped with instrumentation for analyzing field samples and data), as well as the Hopkins Memorial Forest, a 2600-acre field station located 1-1/2 miles northwest of the campus. The Hopkins Forest is used in a variety of courses, and for faculty and student research projects including senior honors theses. The Rosenburg Center at the entrance to the Forest contains laboratories, classroom facilities, and an exhibit hall. Hopkins Forest is also available for forms of recreation compatible with a field station. Hiking and cross-country skiing are encouraged on eight miles of woodland trails. Bicycles, other wheeled and motorized vehicles, fires, and camping are prohibited in the Forest, including the Taconic Crest Trail. Horseback riding is limited to specific trails.
CHILDREN'S CENTER (x4800)
Williams College operates a childcare center for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers on the College campus located at 44 Whitman Street. There is also an after-school program. The Center serves faculty and staff as well as community families.
The Center welcomes student involvement. We hope students will volunteer on a regular basis or share special talents. Classes make use of the Center for observation and research. We encourage students to present projects and research ideas to their professors and the Director.
We also hope students consider us for student employment or for long-term internships. Positions for hiring are limited. The process for hiring can begin before the semester begins if possible and can take a few weeks because of background records checks and medical paperwork requirements. Please contact Sarah Becker, Director for more information and requirements.
HOPKINS OBSERVATORY (x2165/3030)
The Hopkins Observatory operates in collaboration with the Astronomy Department. Students and faculty under Hopkins Observatory sponsorship use astronomical equipment at observatories and at solar-eclipse and planetary-occultation sites. On campus, a magnificent 0.6 meter telescope was dedicated in 1992 and a 18 cm planetary refractor was added subsequently. They can be used visually or with sensitive imaging electronic detectors. They are located in a dome atop the Thompson Physics and Astronomy Laboratory. Alongside it are solar and other nighttime telescopes, including those in two new domes on the Morley Science Laboratory. The Old Hopkins Observatory contains the Milham Planetarium, which is used to simulate the behavior of the night sky and to demonstrate certain astronomical phenomena to students in the elementary astronomy classes and for public shows run by Williams College students. A Zeiss Skymaster ZKP 3/B optomechanical planetarium projector and an Ansible Microdome digital projector were added in 2005. The Old Hopkins Observatory houses the Mehlin Museum of Astronomy, which contains both historic and modern astronomical exhibits. As part of the museum, the historic Alvan Clark telescope of 1852 is mounted in its original dome.
Students and faculty participate in the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium, which has brought to Williams electronic imaging and advanced computer workstations plus a student summer exchange research program and a yearly student research symposium. Consortium members are Williams, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Vassar, Colgate, Swarthmore, and Haverford.
SCIENCE CENTER (x2167)
The Science Center contains instructional and research laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls, and faculty offices for all Division III
departments as well as Psychology and History of Science. With approximately 250,000 net square feet of space, the Morley Science
Laboratories and Schow Science Library link the three renovated Thompson Laboratories (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with the
Bronfman Science Center providing up-to-date research and instructional facilities for the entire division in one contiguous complex.
A sampling of the specialized teaching, research and support facilities housed in the Center includes scanning and transmission electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, a geographical information systems laboratory, nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation, a 24-inch telescope, an environmental analysis laboratory, a laser physics research suite, and machine and electronic shops. Throughout the Science Center, students are engaged in research through term-time employment, WSP projects, senior theses, as well as a very active summer research program involving more than 150 undergraduates
The Williams College Libraries consist of collections in the humanities and social sciences in Sawyer Library; the sciences and psychology in the Schow Science Library; Archives and Special Collections; and other specialized collections. Most of the College's 972,000 volumes and 304,000 government documents are available to students in open stacks. The library is a founding member of a new borrowing/lending partnership with other New England colleges and universities, NExpress. Williams is a member of the Boston Library Consortium. The BLC offers the virtual catalog for online borrowing and on-site use of member libraries' collections. Our students have easy access to some 30 million volumes through the two consortia.
Loan Policies: Books are charged out from the circulation/service desk on a student's I.D. They are loaned for 30 days and may be renewed 12 times, but are subject to recall after 14 days if requested by another borrower. Books needed for reserve may be recalled at any time.
Materials selected by faculty for class assignments are placed on reserve. At Sawyer Library reserve materials are charged out from the Access Services desk located on the main floor. At the Schow Science Library reserve materials are charged out at the library services desk. Because of the demand, substantial fines are charged for overdue reserve materials. Reserve journal articles are available through e-reserve system from the campus network.
Audiovisual materials housed and located on the lower level of Sawyer Library and the Library Shelving Facility may be checked out at the Access Services desk for 7 days.
Carrels and Lockers: Seniors and juniors may register for a carrel at the circulation/service desk at Sawyer Library at any time for the entire academic year. Seniors only may register for a carrel in Schow Science Library at any time for the entire academic year. The library also provides lockers to all students for personal materials.
Research and Reference Services Research Assistant (Sawyer x2505, Schow x4500): Reference librarians are available in Sawyer and Schow libraries to work with students on their research projects. Librarians may also be reached via email and chat through the "Ask a Librarian" service or by scheduling an individual research consultation (http://library.williams.edu/askalibrarian/). Research guides providing an introduction to resources in various disciplines are available at http://library.williams.edu/subjectguides/.
Library Shelving Facility
Constructed as a component of the library building project, the LSF houses bound periodicals, VHS films, government documents, and collections from the College Archives and the Chapin Library of Rare Books. Material housed here is identified in the FRANCIS online catalog and can be requested by the article or item, as appropriate. Delivery is twice daily, Monday through Friday.
Williams College Archives (x4200, Southworth Schoolhouse, 96 School Street, Apt. 3; archives.williams.edu)
The Archives works with students on projects pertaining to the history of the College and our region. Although the majority of the collections are inaccessible until the opening of the new Sawyer Library, a small working collection of manuscripts, publications and photographs is available for use in the Archives/Chapin Library reading room. This is located on the first floor of the Southworth Schoolhouse, and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Chapin Library (x4200, Southworth Schoolhouse, 96 School Street, Apt. 3; chapin.williams.edu)
The Chapin Library contains rare books, manuscripts, and other special materials from the ninth century to the present. Although most of these are unavailable until the opening of the new Sawyer Library in 2014, a significant working collection is maintained on the first floor of the Southworth Schoolhouse and available to classes and individual students for use in the Chapin/Archives reading room, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff will gladly assist students with research questions.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library (458-2303, 225 South Street)
The Clark's library is a non-circulating research and reference collection of books and periodicals on art and art history from the Middle Ages to the present. It is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Williams College faculty and students may obtain reader's cards entitling them to use this library from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
A library for development economics is maintained in its building. The Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the North Academic Building has foreign periodicals as well as small reference collections in the modern languages. The Jewish Religious Center contains a collection in Judaic studies. The Multicultural Center has the Salem Samir Gafsi Memorial Library and the Carlos Egon Collection which feature books, periodicals, and videos with multicultural themes.
OFFICE FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (x3088, Jesup Hall)
The Office for Information Technology houses the core facilities and support staff for the campus-wide support of information technology.
Instructional Technology: Instructional Technology provides support for the effective integration of technology into the teaching and scholarly work of the faculty. The group provides faculty members with support for specialized software and hardware, including scanners, CD/ROM/DVD recorders, digitizing tablets, film recorders, and video editing systems. The group also assists faculty in using technology for teaching and scholarly work by arranging access to network resources, lab and classroom facilities, appropriate lab and classroom hardware and software, and audio-visual equipment.
Lab Computers: Williams maintains a collection of labs in Jesup Hall and other buildings on campus. Over 288 up-to-date computers, including a mixture of Apple and Dells, are available for use by the Williams community. Fifty of these machines are located in Jesup Hall and are available for use 24 hours a day. Student consultants are on duty during Jesup's hours of operation. Much of the College's instructional and research activity makes use of these networked computers.
Networks: The Office for Information Technology provides students with email accounts and file storage on Netware servers. Students have access to the central course management system, Glow, for class-related work in courses where faculty have activated them. OIT supports administrative computing including student, personnel, and financial record systems. Virtually all computers on campus, including those in the residence halls, are connected to one another via the campus network. Network users have access to a wide variety of software, email, printers, the library catalog and other library resources, the campus directory, and the World Wide Web. An ever-growing number of resources critical to academic discourse is available over these national and international networks.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ATHLETICS AND RECREATION
Sports at Williams includes formal intercollegiate teams, the Physical Education program, organized intramural competition, the many activities of the Williams Outing Club, and the extensive use of the athletic facilities for purely recreational purposes. The main objectives of the Physical Education program are to expose students to a wide variety of physical activities and to develop in each participant a greater understanding of fitness and ways to improve it.
For the list of sports and activities in which instruction is offered under the Physical Education program, see the Course Catalog. Contact the Athletic Department for the list of sports for both men and women in which Williams competes intercollegiately. For information on sports accident insurance, see "Student Health Insurance and Sports Accident Insurance" on page .
Participation in intramural athletics is voluntary and receives no physical education credit. Campus groups, residential houses, and entries enter teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tube water polo, flag football, broomball, and softball. Teams are co-ed except where separate, single-sex sports are offered.
The purpose of the Williams Outing Club is to stimulate participation in and appreciation for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, downhill and cross country skiing, ice climbing, and snowshoeing. The club also lends equipment, maintains a lean-to, a cabin, and many miles of trails in the area, and organizes the Winter Carnival. In addition, the Outing Club Provides wilderness leadership training for interested students and participates in adventure- based therapy for disadvantaged youth.
Williams offers to its students, faculty, and staff the use of College athletic facilities for personal recreation. This program includes the use, on a regular schedule, of tennis courts, the Lasell Gymnasium, the John Wesley Chandler Athletic Center including a 50-meter pool, squash courts, Chapman Rink for skating and in season for indoor tennis, and the Towne Field House for a variety of activities. Students register online for classes.
STUDENT CENTERS (x4191, Paresky 219)
The Paresky Center (39 Chapin Hall Drive)
The Paresky Center is the primary hub for campus life at Williams. The building's interactive, open-air design combines elements of modern style along with ski-lodge warmth and comfort. The centerpiece of the building is Baxter Hall, a large, vaulted-ceiling living room complete with comfortable furniture, a wood-burning fireplace, and clerestory windows. The building includes several food venues (Whitmans', Lee Snack Bar, '82 Grill, and Grab 'n Go), seating areas for dining, the Jessica H. Park Mailroom, five meeting rooms, a 150-seat auditorium, a reading room, the Luetkemeyer Lounge (which includes billiards, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, and television), the Henze Family Fireplace Lounge, the Class of 1958 Lounge, an open-access balcony, a large covered front porch, and an open patio. The Student Activities Resource Center (SARC) is located on the 2nd floor, and is an open resource area for all student organizations to use and share. The Nutting Family Williams Record Office and Peer Health can also be found on the 2nd floor. The Office of Student Life, the Chaplains' Office, the Center for Community Engagement, Academic Resources, and the Grossman Outing Club Office can all be found on the 2nd floor. The bake shop for Dining Services is also located in Paresky.
Goodrich Hall (863 Main Street)
Goodrich Hall serves multiple roles on campus. As a structure initially designed with broad open spaces, Goodrich offers a large assembly space with a mezzanine level, as well as the Goodrich Coffee Bar. Student dance practice rooms can be found on the first and second floors. An enclosed link to the Athletic Complex through Lasell Gymnasium gives easy access between the buildings.
Greylock Hall (Main Street)
The second floor of Greylock Hall serves as a multi-use space for student and campus events and programs. The first floor includes five classroom spaces.
The Log (Spring Street)
The Log offers space for meetings, receptions, light meals, entertainment, pizza parties, etc. The building is a long structure with a rustic feel and has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including as an alumni house.
The Multicultural Center
Jenness House (x3340, 10 Morley Drive)
Jenness House is the home of the administrative staff of the Multicultural Center and serves as an educational resource center. Its common space includes a classroom/living room, a kitchenette/lounge area, the Salem Samir Gafsi Memorial Library which houses the Carlos Egan Book Collection and the Multicultural Center video archives. The classroom/living room is equipped with four on-line computers for student use. Jenness House also contains office and meeting space for student organizations. The house is wheelchair accessible. To use the classroom, livingroom, or library, a reservation must be made with the Departmental Administrative Assistant, x3340.
Hardy House (House Phone x3340, 20 Morley Drive)
Hardy House is a mixed-use building for student activity and houses the Office of Special Academic Programs (OSAP). The house has a library, a living room, a kitchen and dining room., as well as two boardrooms than can be used for meetings or as classrooms The Library/Resource room contains four on-line computers and a substantial holding of literature about gender and sexual orientation including the Barstow-Jones, the Robert J. Galipeau, and the John D. Rawls collections. The living room is equipped with a TV and DVD/VCR and can be used for small gatherings, receptions, meetings, or studying. Hardy House also houses the staff of the Office of Special Academic Programs, which includes a Coordinator and an administrative assistant. It also contains offices and meeting space for many Minority Coalition (MINCO) student organizations. To use any of the spaces a reservation must be made through the Departmental Administrative Assistant, x3340.
Rice House (House Phone x3340, 30 Morley Drive)
Rice House is the historic home of the Williams Black Student Union (BSU) and allies such as the Minority Coalition (MINCO). The house is wheelchair accessible. On the first floor it contains a large kitchen, dining room, and a living room. On the second floor there is a library dedicated to Alana Haywood, a TV lounge, and a student group boardroom/study area,. The living room is available for workshops, receptions, discussions and meetings and may be reserved through the Departmental Administrative Assistant, x3340.
Water Street Books-The Williams College Bookstore
Water Street Books provides new and used textbooks and general reading books to Williams College students, faculty and the community. Some of the services available include textbook sales and rental, school and computer supplies, special order processing, event coordination, author appearances and books for on-campus events.
Water Street Books maintains a web site at www.waterstreet.bkstr.com, which offers a range of services and information for students, including the ability to purchase or rent textbooks on-line. Delivery options include direct shipping to your home or Student Union box. You may also use the prepay option for in-store pickup.
Important Bookstore Dates:
Textbooks available for purchase-On-line mid-July / In-store August 10th
Purchases with ID card for term billing-August 27-September 28
Last day for textbook refunds*-September 17th
Textbook overstock returns to publishers-October 12th
Major buyback period-December 12th-17th
Last day for rental check-in is December 17th
Winter Study books available for purchase in-store December 15th-January 13th
Textbooks available for purchase-On-line November 1st / In-store January 18th
Last day for textbooks refunds*-February 11th
Purchases with ID card for term billing-January 25-February 28
Textbook overstock returns to publishers-March 15th
Major buyback period-May 15th-20th
Last day for rental check-in is May 20th
*Please contact store for detailed refund policy
Hours of operation:
Regular hours: Sunday, 12-5 p.m.; Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Extended hours will be posted during busy textbook periods.
Location and contact information:
Water Street Books
26 Water St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone: (413) 458-8071
FAX: (413) 458-0249
Store Manager: Richard D. Simpson (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course Materials Manager: Kevin Orell (Email: email@example.com)