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Belieph: Cultivating Teams Beyond Courts and Courses

Thu, February 15th, 2024
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm

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Navigating the nuanced terrain of the present college experience for students extends far beyond the classroom, performance halls, fields of play and more. For those whose passions include intercollegiate athletics, what role do we as coaches play in shaping the lives of those on our teams? How do we approach holistic teaching and coaching? What does this vision look like, how do we create and build it, and what impact does it have on our overall student experience?

Tomas Adalsteinsson is Assistant Professor and Head Coach of Women’s Golf. He has helped establish the Williams Women’s Golf team as one of the most prominent programs in NCAA Division III, with five consecutive NESCAC Championship titles, and second and fourth place finishes at the NCAA Championship.  In 2019 he was named WGCA & Golf Pride D III National Coach of the Year, WGCA & Golf Pride D III East Region Coach of the Year, and NESCAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year. Adalsteinsson holds a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology.

Christi Kelsey, Assistant Professor and Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball, has led the Ephs to 14 straight NESCAC Tournament appearances, including three NESCAC Championship titles and 2 runner-up trophies. She has helped guide the program to six NCAA Tournaments. She has twice been named NESCAC Coach of the Year (2013 and 2015) and was awarded AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2013.

This talk is presented as part of the spring 2024 Faculty Lecture Series. The series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The Faculty Lecture Series is organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.  All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will take place in the (new) Lawrence Hall Auditorium. Enter via the main WCMA entrance or through the Art Department corridor. All talks are free and open to the public and will be recorded for posting on Williams YouTube.

Upcoming in the Faculty Lecture Series 

  • Feb 22 – Alex Bevilacqua: “Chivalry and Alterity at the Renaissance Tournament”
  • Feb 29 – Sarah Olsen: “The Virgin’s Promise: Euripides’ Helen and the Tragedies of Women
  • Mar 7 – Jose Constantine: “A Journey Through the Historical Impacts and Modern Challenges that Face Tropical River Ecosystems”
  • Mar 14 – Christophe Kone: “The House of Lagerfeld: Fashioning Homes for an Alternative German Homeland”

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