January 30, 2017
Dear Wilson Parents and Families,
The spring semester began last week, and although it may not “feel” like spring, this is truly a time of renewal at Wilson College. For our returning students, he beginning of a semester always gives students the ability to “reboot” and “restart.” I met with several returning freshmen this morning, and all of them mentioned the excitement they feel with the ability to “start fresh this semester” with the awareness that their first semester might not have been their best one. Although many students are returning, we do have first time freshmen joining us this semester from as far away as Australia and as close as Chambersburg itself. For these brand new students, this is a time to truly “start anew.”
Here in the division of student development, we have a new addition on our staff, Jared Hirtz, who joins us as our new director of residential life. His energy and enthusiasm for working with students is exciting, and I know he has great things planned for that department as we embark upon the recruitment season for resident assistants in February and room selection in April.
Jared joins a team of engaged staff members who want to support your student through the rest of their time at Wilson. From the counseling center to dining services, our desire is to meet each student where s/he may be and help her/him grow and thrive through this educational experience.
Moving forward, as you continue to walk down the path of support for your student, I ask that you remember to do three things: 1) ask your student questions, 2) encourage your student to ask questions, and 3) empower them to use their campus resources. They are on a long educational journey, and although it will not all be easy, there are ways that they can make the trip easier by asking for help and using the help they find all along the way.
Please let me know if I can ever be of help to you and/or your student. My door is always open, and my ears are willing to listen.
Dean Mary Beth
Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students