A Petition to Reinstate the Kinesiology Activity Program at the College of William & Mary
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We, as alumni and students of the College of William & Mary, are troubled by the decision to end the College's Kinesiology Activity Program before a suitable substitute for the program is put in place, as described in Heather Baier's article published in The Flat Hat on November 13, 2017, entitled "The Adventure Ends: A Farewell to the College's Beloved Kinesiology Activities Courses."
We believe that the opportunities for growth, recreation, relaxation, and social engagement afforded by the Kinesiology Activity Program are an essential part of student life at the College. For many of us who are Alumni, some of our fondest memories and strongest friendships were formed while rock climbing, hiking, or kayaking on Lake Matoaka in these courses. This program fosters the development of well-rounded individuals in a manner consistent with the liberal arts traditions of the College and should remain available to present and future students.
We wish to engage the Administration of the College and the leadership of the Alumni Association in constructive dialogue to try to achieve the following goals: (1) to reinstate or continue the Kinesiology Activity Program for at least the next three academic years or until the launch of a fully-developed substitute physical activities program and (2) to retain Kinesiology Lecturers Kim Whitley and Randy Drake as physical activities instructors at the College for three calendar years or until each reaches eligibility for full retirement.
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