Retirement congratulations to Victoria Williams!

On May 13, with a poignant mixture of gaiety and nostalgia, we celebrated Victoria Williams’ 42 years of committed service to UC Berkeley. Victoria has seen the full evolution of the Berkeley Language Center from when it was known as the “Language Lab” under the directorship of Jesse Sawyer, John Polt, Jerry Craddock, John Lindow, Tom Shannon, and Bruce Pray before Claire Kramsch founded the BLC in 1994, served as its first Director, and hired Mark Kaiser as Associate Director. Then Rick Kern’s directorship from 2006 to 2022, and now Kimberly Vinall’s. For over four decades, it has been Victoria’s warm smile and cheery voice that have welcomed faculty, staff, GSIs, students, and visitors. And it is her generous helpfulness that has made their lives a little easier. A very significant contribution that not everyone knows about is Victoria’s longstanding work with the Berkeley World Language Project and its family of teacher-leaders throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano Counties. A gifted editor and communicator, she has also been invaluable in producing our (former) newsletters, managing our maillist and announcements, and editing manuscripts for the L2 Journal. Victoria, we wish you fun and fulfillment in this next phase, with lots of time to pursue your many passions. Thank you for all you have contributed to making the BLC what it is today, and know that your “can do” spirit remains with us!