Sunday, January 15, 2017

Williams College invites public to free sustainable-investing symposium on Wednesday and Thursday

SOURCE: Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.​ -- ​A two-day symposium on sustainable investing will take place at Williams College on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18-19. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is part of the college's Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry.  All events at the symposium will be held in Griffin Hall, room 3.

 In a series of interactive discussions, experts and practitioners from a range of disciplines will offer perspectives on trends and opportunities in sustainable investing and will share successes and highlight emerging opportunities in green finance. The symposium is designed to bring leaders in the field together with students, faculty, and administrators to learn about emerging best practices in responsible capital deployment and the issues faced by investors who have a duty to deploy capital responsibly.
 The symposium gets underway at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 with Williams President Adam Falk speaking about the importance of educating the community about positive responses to climate change, followed immediately by a "keynote conversation" with Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation; and Jameela Pedicini, director of asset management at Perella Weinberg Partners.
 Other sessions offered on Jan. 18 include a panel discussion on intentional investing at market rates and a panel on sustainable investing for endowments and foundations.
 Starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19, there will be panel discussions on emerging investment opportunities, green finance, and investment strategies for renewable energy. Speakers include Jigar Shah, founder of Sun Edison and Generate Capital; David Hang, Senior Vice President of DE Shaw; Eron Bloomgarden, a partner with Encourage Capital; and Sarah Kearney, CEO of Prime Coalition. The event concludes with a dinner discussion on healthy land and food featuring alumni Elisabeth Keller '79 of Inglewood Farm, Jacob Israelow '01 of Dirt Capital Partners, and Reggie Hall '98 of The Conservation Fund.
 The event was organized by a group of faculty, students and alumni led by Don Carlson '83, adjunct faculty in Environmental Studies, and T. L. Guest '17, student co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility.
 The symposium is part of Williams' Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Town of Adams and Adams Arts Advisory Board receive state-wide award, Kolis says

SOURCE: Bill Kolis (wkolis@wickenslaw.com

 ​Bill Kolis writes by email that on Dec. 15 that the town of Adams was informed by  the Massachusetts Municipal Association that on Jan.. 21  at a ceremony in Boston it will be  awarded the "Kenneth P. Pickard Innovation Award" for the its formal recognition and endorsement of the self-funded, private sector based, all volunteer Adams Arts Advisory Board ("AAAB").
​Kolis reports:

​"​This award in many respects acknowledges the effectiveness of the AAAB in fulfilling its stated goal of "Using the arts to advance the vitality and economic prosperity of the Berkshires."  More importantly, it stands as a testament to the ability of a town's citizens--through hard work and selfless dedication--to dramatically alter not only the quality of life in their community, but also fundamentally alter and improve its basic economy.
 ​"​The background facts leading to the issuance of this award are both intriguing and entertaining.  In several short years, Adams, a town which seemed to have long ago missed the opportunity to jump onboard the cultural economy bandwagon, has not only done so, but given its size has truly become the "mouse that roared."  In the past few years  a group of "creatives" for one reason or another decided to make Adams their home.  Not long thereafter they found one another,  got together and started to share their thoughts regarding the art they love and the town they had made their home.


  http://www.btaconline.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/July-2016-BTAC.pdf   
 ​"​Eventually some members of the group wandered across Park Street  and into the Adams Town Hall to meet Tony Mazzucco, the new Town Administrator.   Over time and  little by little magic started to happen.  To preserve and promote this magic the creatives--under the auspices of the Town of Adams--formalized their ad hoc group into the Adams Arts Advisory Board and the magic sprouted wings and took to flight. ​"​




The Berkshire Mountains Faerie  Festival.



   

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Art on the trail.



                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                 


The Old Stone Mill
(December 2016, awarded a $325,000 grant by ArtPlace America to "help drive community development change.")
           
            https://oldstonemillcenter.org/

   


There were many other successful projects undertaken this past year by the AAAB, both large and small, too numerous to mention here. But, as shown above, the creative members and affiliates of the AAAB stand as an example of what—in this time rampant with unproductive partisan bickering—co-operative collaboration can accomplish.


Kick-off of the Art on the Trail                                                         


               

The AAAB's meeting last Wednesday morning in the back room at Izzy's Diner  

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE AAAB, BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK IN 2017.   
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY AND SAVOUR THE AWARD.
BUT ALSO, KEEP COLLABORATING AND KEEP THOSE FAERIE WINGS FLAPPING!                            




​SOURCE: 



William F. Kolis, Jr.
Attorney at Law
35765 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
Direct: (440) 695-8048
Fax: (440) 695-8098
WKolis@WickensLaw.com
www.WickensLaw.com


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

PRINTABLE: The latest edition of the South Williamstown Community Association newsletter

SOURCE: Bette Craig, president, South Williamstown Community Association

The link below will allow you to print and read the latest edition of the SWCA newsletter:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B87Bd6VlF6wbMHhIdVdOeUs5ejhrRDhTV1F5MXN5T1lsakU4 

State Sen. Adams Hinds office provides photo and statement about his Beacon Hill swearing in

SOURCE: Bethann Steiner, Sen. Hinds office: 617-722-1625 

BOSTON – Today State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) joined his colleagues in the historic Senate Chamber on Beacon Hill to take the Oath of Office and begin serving as State Senator of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. 

(Photo Credit: Antonio Caban / State House News Service)


"It was a profound honor to be sworn in today, during the opening proceedings of the 190th session of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," said Hinds. "What a privilege it is to start the work of representing all citizens of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District."

Hinds cast his first vote during this morning's session, in support of the candidacy of Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg (D- Amherst), who was unanimously reelected to serve as President of the Massachusetts Senate. 

"This is a humbling way to start this new year, a year that must be one where we do all we can to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive. I couldn't be more proud to do that work with all of you," said Hinds.

Senator Hinds' and his policy staff can be reached at the State House by calling (617) 722-1625 Monday through Friday during normal business hours.  His temporary office suite is located in Room 413-F of the State House.   His official Senate email account is Adam.Hinds@masenate.gov.

A full staff list, as well as the Senator's district office locations and phone numbers will be announced shortly.

 

 


Howard Dean, ex-Vt. gov and Demo prexy candidate speaking Jan. 11 at Williams

Dean (source: Wikipedia)
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 4, 2017—Former Vermont governor and chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Howard Dean will speak on political leadership at Williams College at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 12 (corrected date). 
Dean's talk, which is open to the public, will take place in room 3 of Griffin Hall. Dean was governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, serving five two-year terms, making him the longest-serving governor in Vermont history. 
He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2004, and then served as chair of the DNC from 2005 to 2010. His successful 50-state strategy as head of the DNC is credited with Democratic congressional victories in 2006 and 2008, as well as President Barack Obama's victory in 2008. 

He is the author of You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004), Winning Back America (Simon & Schuster, 2003) about his life and the people and events that shaped him, beginning with his upbringing in New York, through his medical career, his service as governor of Vermont, and his presidential campaign. Dean pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing, which is centered on mass appeal to small donors, and is seen as more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public. He used these methods when founding Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, in 2004.

Leadership Studies is sponsoring this event. For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map

​SOURCE: 
Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant
​, Williams College​
; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

New York Times lawyer David McCraw to speak Jan. 10 at Williams College on press freedom in Trump era


(photo courtesy NYU Law School)
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 3, 2017—The New York Times Vice President and Assistant General Counsel David E. McCraw will speak at Williams College on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. McCraw will speak on "Freedom of the Press in the Age of Trump" in Griffin Hall, room 3.
 McCraw authored The Times' response to a request from an attorney for Donald Trump to retract an article printed on Oct. 12, 2016, in which two women accused Trump of touching them inappropriately years ago and issue an apology. McCraw declined the request on behalf of The Times, saying, "It would be a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices."
 Responsible for newsroom legal issues and litigation, McCraw has been at The Times since 2002. He is a member of the executive committee of the New York City Bar and the former chair of the City Bar's Communication and Media Law Committee. He also serves on the Vance Center Committee. An adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, he is a graduate of Albany Law School, Cornell University and the University of Illinois.
 The Leadership Studies program is sponsoring this event.
 For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map

SOURCE: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant, Williams College / (413) 597-4277; email:Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

Friday, December 23, 2016

ABC clothing sale Donates $16,000 to four local charities

Source: Gail Burns / 413-458-4246 / gburns35@gmail.com


Williamstown, MA (December 22, 2016): The ABC Clothing Sale Steering Committee is delighted to announce the disbursement of $16,000 in unrestricted grants from the proceeds of its big annual Clothing Sale in September, and the numerous specialty and pop-up sales it has held throughout the year.

 

"We are grateful to be cooperating with so many in the Berkshires.  Whether working alongside our wonderful volunteers, interacting with friendly bargain hunters, or supporting local agencies, ABC's efforts benefit our community through its commitment to recycling used clothing and sharing the proceeds with organizations in need."

– Julie MacDonald and Cathy Nolan, ABC Sale Co-Managers

 

"ABC" stands for "A Better Community," echoing the Sale's commitment to recycling clothing and household linens, and their mission to benefit local charitable organizations that serve at-risk families and youth and address hunger, poverty and inequality in Northern Berkshire communities.

 

This year the money was distributed between the following four organizations, to support their work in the communities of Northern Berkshire:

 

• The Elizabeth Freeman Center - provides life-saving, life renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to their families

 

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"The ABC Sale's donation to Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) will ensure that EFC's North Adams office can continue to provide lifesaving, life-renewing help to over 820 survivors of domestic and sexual violence in North County next year, and will support EFC's violence prevention education with children and youth in an ever-growing number of North County schools (including McCann, Hoosac Valley, BART, and Mt. Greylock)."

– Rebecca Bradburd, Director of Operations and Communications

 

• Louison House – Family Life Support Center - provides transitional and permanent housing solutions and food for the homeless. This work has recently been disrupted by a fire at Louison House, and so monies are needed to repair and rebuild as well as to provide ongoing support for families and individuals in need.

 

"Thank you to the A Better Community Clothing Sale for the wonderful donation to Louison House from the fall clothing sale.  The donation came at a perfect time when we happened to be waiting for payments from our federal funding that were delayed.  The funds were utilized in covering fall expenses for Louison House including food, supplies, and installation of new bookkeeping system to help us to better track our financial system.  Thank you all for helping us to better serve the homeless in our community."

 – Kathy Keeser, Executive Director

 

• Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative for the Friendship Center Food Pantry - Provides food and personal care items every Wednesday to households in North Adams, Clarksburg, and Florida. Numerous service agencies are available to pantry users during the sign-in process, including a nurse.

 

"This generous donation helps our all-volunteer organization continue to provide ample, nutritious food to our friends in need. The financial boost this grant gives us allows us to concentrate not on fundraising but on person-to-person service in a supportive environment that builds community."

– Mark Rondeau, Board President

 

• Williamstown Food Pantry at Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish – distributes food and other support to around four hundred families, with Williamstown as the major area served.

 

"This holiday season the donation from ABC helped us wipe out the big cost of holiday groceries, and allowed us include a couple of little extra things – like butter – things that make it feel like Christmas. And extras to take our families through the vacation week when children don't get their lunch at school. We have a huge crew of volunteers. The whole community really kicks in for us - churches, colleges, non-profits, and individuals – and a donation like this really lifts everyone's spirits."

– Carol DeMayo, Director

 

None of this would be possible without the dozens of hard-working ABC volunteers who help collect, sort, wash, and price our donated clothing year 'round, as well as giving their all for the big sale in the fall. Here's what some of them had to say:

 

"It is enjoyable to be part of the effort!"

 

"I love ABC and what it does."

 

"It was great meeting and working with the ABC team!"

 

"We are grateful that the sale is such a great support to the area."

 

This year a large amount of clothing and bedding has already been donated to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Soldier On, Haiti Plunge, Goodwill Industries, local veterinary clinics, and a village with extreme need in Malawi.

 

Collecting, sorting, and preparing clothing and linens for sale is a year-round operation, and volunteers are always needed and welcome. Donations of gently used clothing and linens are always appreciated and can be dropped off at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown. E-mail abcclothingsale413@gmail.com for more information; and check http://www.facebook.com/abcclothingsale for updates. 




Sunday, December 18, 2016

BACKGROUND: Neighbors' letters of concern and other documents filed with town concerning 95-room hotel proposal

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Here are links to various letters of concerns from neighbors and documents from the developer -- all filed with the town of Williamstown in connection with a $12-million, 95-room chain hotel proposal at the former Grand Union property on State Road (state Route 2).

LINK: RELATED STORY

A Dec. 15 concern letter from Susan Abrams and Protik Majumber
20 Berkshire Drive
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSTzZrSVZVV3JrdjA

"While we acknowledge the importance of using commercially-zoned lots to promote economic activity, we feel this is not the best use of a parcel that abuts a quiet residential neighborhood, and we are not convinced that a large corporate-owned budget motel will ultimately benefit the town. The project has a number of potential impacts on residential neighbors such as loss of visual privacy, light pollution, increased exposure to strangers and potential crime, overload of utiliteis and sewer, overload of internet, trash containment, noise from service vehicles, and  human noise."
"We ask you to consider carefully whether this project makes sense for Williamstown . . . . "

Development plan review submittal:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSbkFrRWRSX1lHWjA

Architect's schematic plan:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSam05aHlMWEV1U0Radm1JWHdoQnVPbU1Db01n

Site rendering (diagram):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkGXCRhBBuSam05aHlMWEV1U0Radm1JWHdoQnVPbU1Db01n/view

Letter from neighbor Alexander Davis:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSRENoRTJDM2l6QTQ

Letter from abutters Cathy M. Johnson and Thomas L. Gais
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSam05aHlMWEV1U0Radm1JWHdoQnVPbU1Db01n

No market analysis for this hotel has been performed according to the development team at a
meeting with abutters on December 3.

Email from Jack Madden Dec. 13, to Andrew Groff with long CC list.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSNmhKR3BJaW5VU00
(concerning sewer backup)   "Given that the proposed hotel is in a commercial zone, I assume such a use is allowed by right. I am not opposed to the hotel per se."

Email dated Dec. 14 from Norma Miller, 12 Orchard Lane
(concerning article and history about Howard Johnson's Motel:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSLWN0dEdnc1JJUVZMSFRHbkRyVTF1bHZyVTRV

EXCERPT:

      "430 Main Street is our only attractive, professional office building in Williamstown! Why allow it to be knocked down . . .[L]et’s work harder to bring forward-thinking companies to our town that might hire some of our students, especially our foreign students that need a head start in changing and challenging political times.  We need them to stay here!"

A Dec. 12 letter of concern from Cary Campbell and Rachel Bukanc
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxkGXCRhBBuSc0E4cVg2bnlxMGNBYkxBemd5Wk11X2lrYXJF

Dec. 9, letter from Vincent P. Guntlow to the ZBA talks about Dec. 3 meeting with nearly 20 abutters.
"this project will not increase the traffic volume/capacity ratio above 0.1 over baseline (actual is <0 .02="" a="" and="" elsewhere="" in="" limitation="" not="" p="" place="" project="" provide="" services="" sewer="" substantial="" that="" the="" to="" town.="" water="" will="">
TRAFFIC STUDY:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxkGXCRhBBuSQ0tkWUtqZ1FHcWM





Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Shakespeare & Company Presents a Winter Studio Festival of Plays 🎭

​SOURCE: Shakespeare & Co. , Mary Clancy, PR, 413-637-1199 ext. 145 / mclancy@shakespeare.orr


​(Lenox, MA) –  Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce its Winter Studio Festival of Plays on January 14 and 15, 2017. This weekend of staged readings will showcase a diverse array of playwrights and feature both emerging and established Company artists. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, Massachusetts.
 
"We are thrilled to be able to produce readings of both new plays and enduring classics," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "Sharing the powerful language of these influential writers in the off season is important to keep the home fires burning. The Studio Festival gives actors and audiences an opportunity to connect and engage more intimately while exploring these provocative scripts."
 
The Winter Studio Festival titles include St. Petersburg: 1913 by local playwright Robert Sugarman; Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl; OBIE Award winning dark comedy, Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard; Beyond the Veil by Berkshire native Emily Devoti; and Chekov's classic, The Cherry Orchard.  Each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion.
 
Tickets are priced from $15 to $35, and are currently on sale. A Festival pass to all five readings is also available at a 50% savings.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.shakespeare.org or by calling Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.
 
Schedule for Shakespeare & Company's Winter Studio Festival of Plays:
 
Saturday January 14
1:00 pm: St. Petersburg: 1913 by Robert Sugarman
4:00 pm: The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
7:00 pm: Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard
 
Sunday January 15 
1:00 pm: Beyond the Veil by Emily Devoti
4:00 pm: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov
 
Monthly programming continues in February with "Shakespeare & Other Lovers' Weekend,"on February 18 and 19. In March the Company celebrates local playwright Joan Ackermann, with readings of six of her plays include Zara Spook, Stanton's Garage, The Batting Cage, Ice Glen, and a new world premiere script!
 
For tickets or more information visit shakespeare.org.
 
About Shakespeare & Company

Located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 30,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to Shakespeare & Company's internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and nationally renowned and an award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org

Fwd: News Alert: Adventures in Learning is now LIVE!


Alert from Williamstown - Lanesborough Public Schools
​ -- Dec. 13, 2016 ​

You are receiving this email at the account news@greylockindependent.com for this News Post in Categories: WES News.

News Alert: Adventures in Learning is now LIVE!

This week your child brought home a brochure for Adventures in Learning, the January after-school program offered every year through the Center for Learning in Action at Williams.

If you are interested in signing your child up for a class, please complete the registration (one per child) online at adventuresinlearning.williams.edu.

We really need registrations completed by 5 PM on Tuesday the 13th! We will then do any lotteries for any classes which exceed the maximum number, with the goal of having each child enrolled in at least one class.

Please note that we have paper copies of the registration here in case you do not have access to the internet. We also are lucky to be able to offer scholarships thanks to the PTO. Please contact Ms. Brookner or Ms. Katz if you would like to receive one (requests are confidential).

Any questions, no matter how random, are welcome! Please contact coordinator Cecilia Hirsch @ chirsch@williams.edu


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Williams College announces the Olympia Companies as new management for Williams Inn

SOURCE:  Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant, Williams College,; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu
  
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 13, 2016—Williams College announced today the selection of a real estate and hospitality company to help design and then manage a new Williams Inn.

In preparation, the Olympia Companies, based in Portland, Maine, will begin managing the existing Williams Inn beginning July 1.

"Olympia's team is a good fit for this project, with their extensive experience helping to guide the design of, and then managing, inns in college towns," said Fred Puddester, Williams' vice president for finance and administration. "They're also known for making these inns community spaces that welcome townspeople as well as visitors, as the Williams Inn has always done."

Olympia officials said they look forward to welcoming staff members of the current inn as they work together toward a seamless transition. Employees who choose to transition to the new management company will experience no staffing changes through at least the first six months of Olympia's management.

In 2014, the college purchased the inn from longtime local innkeepers Carl and Marilyn Faulkner. At that time, Main Street Hospitality Group was brought in to manage the inn.

"We want to thank Main Street for the incredible job they did managing the transition from the Faulkners and for their professionalism running the inn over the last two years," Puddester said. "This is a challenging property to run, and Main Street did a fabulous job. We are grateful to Sarah Eustis, Greta Kipp, and the entire team at Main Street."

Olympia will contribute its expertise to the planning underway for the building of a new Williams Inn at the base of Spring Street in Williamstown. That design work is being led by the firm Cambridge Seven Associates.

Olympia currently manages The Inn at Swarthmore at Swarthmore College, The Hotel at Oberlin at Oberlin College, the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern at Bowdoin College, and The Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Florida.

"We're honored to be chosen as the manager for the Williams Inn and to contribute to the vision of Williams College and the Williamstown community for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street," said Kevin Mahaney, president & CEO of The Olympia Companies. "It aligns with our approach to the campus hospitality market, which is to work with a college to understand its goals and create seamless connections for campus, community, and visitors."