Of Note

A historic Olympic swim for Faye Sultan ’16

Congrats to incoming first-year Faye Sultan, who finished 48th in the 50M freestyle, making history as Kuwait’s first female Olympic swimmer.

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Bicentennial Medalists to be Conferred at Convocation, Sept. 8

Erin Burnett ’98, Kathleen Merrigan ’82, David Paresky ’60, Norman Spack ’65, and Charles Waigi ’72 will receive medals at this year’s ceremony, at which Burnett will deliver the Convocation address. A Friday conversation with the medalists in the ’62 Center precedes the event.

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The Passing of Irwin Shainman

The earth beneath the college tilted yesterday with the death of Irwin Shainman, Class of 1955 Professor of Music, Emeritus, and a fixture here almost continuously since his arrival in 1948.

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Tenure Awarded to Omar Sangare

Omar Sangare, assistant professor of theatre, has been promoted to the position of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2012.

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Madama Butterfly’s Most Unlikely Muse

In this New York Times piece, music professor W. Anthony Sheppard finds (in Morristown, NJ, of all places) a 19th century music box that may well have been the original source of two signature melodies in Puccini’s famous opera.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

On Sunday, June 3, 2012, President Adam F. Falk conferred bachelor’s degrees on 513 seniors at the college’s 223rd Commencement. Master of Arts degrees were awarded to 12 students in the Program in the History of Art, and 30 fellows from the Center for Development Economics received M.A. degrees in Policy Economics.

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National Science Foundation Awards Grant to Jeannie Albrecht

The NSF has awarded a grant to Williams College for the project “NSF Workshop: Designing Tools and Curricula for Undergraduate Courses in Distributed Systems” under the direction of Jeannie Albrecht.

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