President Maud S. Mandel dances with staff members

Celebrating Service

Celebrating Service

Nearly 400 active Williams staff members representing all areas of the college have celebrated milestones since 2020, and for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, they had the opportunity to celebrate together, along with 103 retirees, on May 10. a person stands behind a purple and yellow cow statueGathering at the North Adams, Mass., event space Greylock Works, the honorees were feted with music, speeches and hors d’oeuvres.

Earlier that day, in a letter to the campus community, Williams president Maud S. Mandel noted the challenges many staff members have faced throughout the pandemic, from creating safe book-checkout protocols in the library to organizing takeout meals for students in the dining halls. Speaking of their dedication to their work, Mandel wrote, “At a time of profound changes in the way people work, such loyalty is precious.”

A few people stand with arms raised in a toast
Staff members toast milestones and retirees at the event.

The honorees included 118 staff milestones from 2020, 129 from 2021 and 148 from 2022. Three retirees tied for serving the longest at 43 years, and the combined years of service of all 103 retirees—as President Mandel pointed out in a speech to the celebrants—totals 2,911 years and six months.

Regina Velázquez is an assistant editor and senior writer in the Office of Communications.