William & Mary

Homecoming 2015 Recap

  • Professor (and Chair) Eric Bradley and Marc Presler '10
    Professor (and Chair) Eric Bradley and Marc Presler '10    Julia Polentes '16
  • Muri (Jacobs) Dueppen '91, Prof. Eric Bradley, and Patrick Dueppen '90
    Muri (Jacobs) Dueppen '91, Prof. Eric Bradley, and Patrick Dueppen '90    Julia Polentes '16
  • Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing, Ann Tate '75 and Margery Daughtery '75
    Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing, Ann Tate '75 and Margery Daughtery '75    Julia Polentes '16
  • Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing and Jim Welch '90
    Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing and Jim Welch '90  Jim Welch is now Assoc. Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Wittenberg University.  Julia Polentes '16
  • Stephanie Chambers '05 and Shivani Desai '05
    Stephanie Chambers '05 and Shivani Desai '05    Julia Polentes '16
  • Bethany Hsia '04 and daughter Addison
    Bethany Hsia '04 and daughter Addison    Julia Polentes '16
  • Brooke Matson '11
    Brooke Matson '11    Julia Polentes '16
  • Greenhouse Manager Patty Jackson and Joey Thompson '14
    Greenhouse Manager Patty Jackson and Joey Thompson '14  Joey Thompson was a long-term greenhouse volunteer and is pursuing a MS degree in Coastal Plant Ecology at VCU  Julia Polentes '16
  • Caroline Golino '17 and Susan Hildebrand Ruegger '75
    Caroline Golino '17 and Susan Hildebrand Ruegger '75  Alumna Susan Hildebrand Ruegger taught current student Caroline high school biology and was incredibly proud of Caroline's contribution to the award-winning iGem team.  Julia Polentes '16
  • A group photo including staff, volunteers, and alumni
    A group photo including staff, volunteers, and alumni    Julia Polentes
  • Hannah Ritsema '15
    Hannah Ritsema '15    Julia Polentes '16
  • Conor and Tracie Sipes '00
    Conor and Tracie Sipes '00  It was wonderful to have the next generation show up at the Biology Homecoming Reception  Julia Polentes '16
  • Professor Paul Heideman and student Andy Halleran
    Professor Paul Heideman and student Andy Halleran  Current students presented research results in posters at the Biology Department homecoming open house  Julia Polentes '16
  • Emily Anthony '13 and Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing
    Emily Anthony '13 and Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing    Julia Polentes '16
  • Hannah Brookes '16 and Prof. Laurie Sanderson
    Hannah Brookes '16 and Prof. Laurie Sanderson    Julia Polentes '16
  • Jennifer and Eric Yttri ('05 and '04)
    Jennifer and Eric Yttri ('05 and '04)    Julia Polentes '16
  • Merci Best '17 and Marquis Stokes '12
    Merci Best '17 and Marquis Stokes '12    Julia Polentes '16
  • MK Rieder '15, Veronica Gray '15, and Alvaro Aunon
    MK Rieder '15, Veronica Gray '15, and Alvaro Aunon    Julia Polentes '16
  • Asst. Prof. Harmony Dalgleish with Ruth Mead '80 and Jim Mead
    Asst. Prof. Harmony Dalgleish with Ruth Mead '80 and Jim Mead    Julia Polentes '16
  • Assoc. Prof. Mark Forsyth and Anthony Bennia '15
    Assoc. Prof. Mark Forsyth and Anthony Bennia '15    Julia Polentes '16
  • Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing
    Emeritus Professor Norm Fashing  Holding scorpion  Julia Polentes '16
  • Assoc. Prof. Oli Kerscher (with his children) and Alyssa Beda '13
    Assoc. Prof. Oli Kerscher (with his children) and Alyssa Beda '13  This reunion was full of hugs, as Dr. Kerscher's children remember his student Alyssa with much affection!  Julia Polentes '16
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Current student Merci Best '17 and alum Marquis Stokes '12 at the Biology Department Open HouseProfessor Emeritus Norm Fashing with scorpion

The weather was beautiful, the Tribe won the football game, and the Biology Department was pleased to open its doors to alumni returning this year. The tradition of having alumni give the Department Seminar the week before Homecoming continued. This year two alumni spoke at the seminar: Lou Burnett (WM '73) and Karen Burnett (WM '72). Karen is a Research Associate Professor and Lou is a Professor of Biology at the College of Charleston and spoke to a large group of students, faculty, staff and other alumni on "Ocean Acidification Enhances Performance in Crustaceans: The Physiology and Transcriptomics of Resilience". 

On Saturday, the department hosted alumni in several venues, from the second floor SEM room, the length of the Integrated Science Center (ISC) third floor, and Millington. This is the last year some of the Department is in Millington, so next year our Open House can show off the new teaching labs and other spaces in the last wing of the ISC--"ISC 3".

Highlights of the Open House included a poster presentation by the internationally award-winning iGem Team, Emeritus Faculty member Norm Fashing's hands-on insect display, and the last hurrah for the Millington Greenhouse. Check out the photographs above to see if you recognize anyone!