By Faith Tarpley
The 2015 Fall Family Weekend will celebrate two major milestones in Washington College’s history. Not only has the College been ranked one of the Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, but also welcomed Sheila Bair, former FDIC Chairman, as its new president.
Both of these landmarks will be celebrated throughout the weekend, which kicks off on Sept. 24 with a symposium on the global economy featuring Bair and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. This session is one of many inaugural and academic events happening on and off campus this 2015 Family Weekend, which runs from Thursday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 27.
For new families, this weekend serves as the first opportunity to really become acquainted with WC and Chestertown. The families of first year students, both freshman and transfers, have the opportunity to get to know their school a little better at “Understanding the First-Year Experience” on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. in Hotchkiss Hall. They can learn about first year advising, first roommates, and any other firsts about which they still have concerns.
Family weekend is also a celebration of the end of an era for members of the senior class.The Casey Academic Center will host Graduation Fair, time to order caps and gowns, on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Students can also visit the Career Development offices for post-college career advice on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from “Life After College.” This interactive session will answer questions about gaining traction in the workplace and applying to graduate school.
All students and parents are encouraged to attend the many other academic sessions, such as a reading by Dr. James Hall, associate professor of English and various students at the Literary House on Saturday at 1 p.m. and an information meeting on study abroad opportunities in the Toll Science Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. These programs give glimpses into the everyday lives of students, in addition to celebrating special opportunities provided by the College.
An important event of the weekend will be the inauguration of WC’s first female president on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on the campus lawn. As the former FDIC Chairperson, Bair has proven herself to be a leader and a businesswoman. She has been twice named by Forbes as the “second most powerful woman in the world.” Of equal note is her experience as an educator. Bair taught at University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. She has expressed much excitement regarding her new role at WC and getting to know her new community. “I look forward to enjoying my first Fall Family Weekend,” said Bair. “Most of all, I look forward to meeting and visiting with many of you on campus and around Chestertown.”