October 4, 2018

Dear Wilson Parents and Families, 

In our sixth week of the new academic year, students are excited yet nervously approaching midterm exams and papers, professors are enthusiastically prepared, and staff members are supporting students in a variety of ways as we move forward through the best year ever for Wilson College.  A month and a half ago, we wrapped up an amazing New Student Orientation with the largest incoming class since 1967, and this fall Wilson is over 1499 students strong. 

With all of this growth in the student body, we are experiencing some needed infrastructure improvements and building projects throughout campus.  The most obvious is the construction of the new Veterinary Education Center (VEC) at is going up beside Brooks Science Center. We anticipate it will open at the beginning of our next academic year.  We are also in the middle of a renovation project with the Borough of Chambersburg to revitalize historic Henninger Field, where Babe Ruth and the 1929 New York Yankees played an exhibition game.  This will be the home for our first-ever Wilson Baseball Team, and their inaugural season will begin during the spring semester. 

You will have a chance to see all of these projects during our Annual Fall Family Weekend and Homecoming on October 19-20. When you come to campus, we want to invite you to go to classes with your student, explore our community, and take the time to meet with the folks in your student’s life.  In addition to the usual activities, this year, we will have a BBQ & Brew event beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th. All fall sports will have a home game during the weekend, and there will be a host of alumnae/i athletic scrimmages as well.  For more information on that weekend, go to https://www.wilson.edu/homecoming-and-family-weekend.  

Here in the Division of Student Development, we want to help your students in everyday life through campus dining, residential life, student activities, religious life, career development, and campus security. We help our unique populations through international student programs and the Single Parent Scholars Program. We are also here to help your students through the tough times through our experienced therapists in counseling services and our nurse in health services. You can check out all of our individual services on our webpage at http://www.wilson.edu/student-life.   

I want you to know that we all put your student first, and we are here to help and support her/him through each and every day in our community here at Wilson. It is our mission to help all our students to feel a part of this unique community that values them as individuals, supports them as scholars, and prepares them for life beyond the Wilson gates. I look forward to seeing you on campus during Family Weekend and throughout the fall semester, and I hope we have the opportunity to talk while you are here.  

Wilson love,
Dean Mary Beth

Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students
marybeth.williams@wilson.edu