2014 News Stories

Justices Kennedy and Goldstone discuss constitutions, old and new

William & Mary law students had a chance to learn about constitutions from Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable Richard Goldstone, a former justice of South Africa's Constitutional Court, on April 8.

W&M among country’s 'greenest' colleges

William & Mary is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the country, according to a report published today by The Princeton Review.

Parsons grant to enhance several research programs at VIMS

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has provided the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation with a leadership grant of $400,000 that VIMS researchers will use to purchase a state-of-the-art confocal microscope.

W&M hosts Cuban filmmaker

Carlos Rodríguez, a filmmaker with Television Serrana, is serving this year as the Swem Library Media Artist in Residence.

Tuttle to receive Prentis Award

Williamsburg City Manager Jack Tuttle, lauded for his town-gown work over more than two decades, will be honored on May 13

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert to deliver Walsh Ethics Lecture

The Patrick J. Walsh Ethics in the Workplace Lecture Series was established in 2007 and provides executives in residence, seminars, speakers and discussions, which center on stressing the value of ethics in today’s business education.

'One Tribe One Day' shatters W&M giving record

More students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends made gifts to William & Mary during Thursday’s event than on any other single day in the university's history.

W&M admits accomplished, diverse Class of 2018

After weeks of sifting through more applications than the university has ever seen, the William & Mary Office of Undergraduate Admission has selected the members of the Class of 2018 – and it looks to be another diverse and talented group.

Wren Building among 'Virginia's Favorite Architecture'

William & Mary’s beloved Sir Christopher Wren Building was honored this week by The Virginia Center for Architecture and the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.

'One Tribe One Day' encourages community to support William & Mary

Tribe4Tomorrow will play a prominent role on Thursday when William & Mary hosts One Tribe One Day, a 24-hour giving challenge, to celebrate the wide-ranging impact of private support and to encourage philanthropy among all members of the university community.

Life of Gus Deeds celebrated with music

Austin "Gus" Deeds '14 was remembered as a brilliant young musician who was often seen with a banjo in his hand and a smile on his face as he played.

W&M announces 2014 recipients of Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence

An international leader in the field of neuroscience, one of the country's foremost legal thinkers on children's rights and family law, and an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist whose latest work focuses on the music of Oman are among this year's recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary.

Student Assembly project showcases the 'humans of W&M'

Inspired by the “Humans of New York” phenomenon, the William & Mary Student Assembly Department of Diversity recently began its own series of photographs and mini-interviews of people on and around campus.

A composition across continents

Evan Cunningham ’16, a music and philosophy major, and Shannon Callahan ’16, a participant in the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme, have collaborated on a music and dance composition that will be performed during the annual On The Rocks Scottish Student Arts Festival in St Andrews April 4-13.

W&M to celebrate hip-hop collection’s first anniversary

On April 3, Swem Library will celebrate the collection with an event featuring performances by local hip-hop groups and DJs, a lecture by Mark Anthony Neal, a panel discussion, a display of Hip-Hop Collection artifacts and more.

VIMS model now capable of street-level storm-tide predictions

A study led by Professor Harry Wang of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science demonstrates the ability to predict a hurricane’s storm tide at the level of individual neighborhoods and streets—a much finer scale than current operational methods.

Chinese officials visit VIMS

A group of 22 officials from the State Oceanic Administration of China visited William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science on March 14 to learn about VIMS’ efforts to educate the public on coastal and ocean issues.

Graduate students to present research at 13th annual symposium

The 13th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, a two-day, broadly themed academic conference designed to bring together graduate students in differing areas of study in the Arts & Sciences, will be held at the Sadler Center on the campus of William & Mary March 21-22.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

W&M’s Lemon Project continues discussion about College’s past

The two-day event, held Friday and Saturday at William & Mary and Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg, featured a book discussion and keynote presentation by Craig Steven Wilder, the author of "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities."

White House taps W&M to support new Africa initiative

William & Mary, the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland and Morven will host 25 promising young African leaders this summer

Donnor’s book examines the resegregation of schools

Although the landmark Brown v. Board decision legally desegregated schools, many in America still experience segregation in education, according to William & Mary Assistant Professor Jamel Donnor.

VIMS professor briefs Congress on 'splendors' of seagrass

Professor Robert “JJ” Orth of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science briefed Congressional representatives and staffers this week on the factors that have contributed to the success of his collaborative efforts to restore eelgrass and scallops to the seaside bays of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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W&M TRIP earns MacArthur grant

The foundation has awarded $240,000 for project to study the relationship between theory and practice of international relations.

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Shaver follows script written by two admirable men

He is the winningest basketball coach in Tribe history, with a team this year that's capable of capturing the conference title and the NCAA tournament bid that comes with it.

Tribe takes title in 'Best College' bracket

March is the month for bracket madness, and, thanks to a full-court press by the Tribe’s devoted fans, William & Mary made a fast break through one such bracket yesterday to score the title of "Best College in America."

Could this be Michelangelo’s first sketch of Sistine Chapel?

Adriano Marinazzo, scholar-in-residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, believes he has found Michelangelo's first sketches showing the architectural structure of the vault of the Sistine Chapel.

Ensemble travels to Oman, performs for ambassador

The ensemble traveled to the Sultanate of Oman to learn more about Arab music, work with Omani music students and teachers, and perform three concerts, including one for the U.S. ambassador to Oman.

Study projects big thaw for Antarctic sea ice

A modeling study led by Professor Walker Smith of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science suggests that the Ross Sea's recent observed increase in summer sea-ice cover is likely short-lived.

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal to speak at William & Mary

A well-known diplomat and commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Prince Turki's lecture will address Saudi views on developments in the Middle East, particularly on the civil war in Syria and U.S. relations with Iran. Free and open to the public.

African-American law graduates celebrate shared journey

Alumni gathered at the Law School on Feb. 21-22 for the first African-American Law Alumni Celebration, an event that brought together nearly 70 African-American graduates from 31 classes.

Maya Angelou to speak at William & Mary

Celebrated poet and author Maya Angelou will speak at William & Mary on April 15 as part of the university's annual "I am W&M" week.

W&M president named to OAG review panel

Taylor Reveley, two others, named by Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring to review Herring's office and offer suggestions for improvemewnt.

W&M announces postgraduate community engagement fellowships

Starting this year, four William & Mary Community Engagement Fellowships will be awarded to graduates interested in dedicating at least one year of full-time service in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Inside the Africana House

William & Mary is a campus proud of its strong sense of community. While that community spirit can be seen all around the university, one place where it is most visible is the Africana House in the Randolph Complex.

Reves Center announces 2014 Faculty Fellows

The Reves Center for International Studies has announced its 2014 faculty fellows: Paul Bhasin, Jennifer Kahn, Scott McCoy and Jeremy Stoddard.

Change of command at WMPD

William & Mary Police Chief Don Challis to leave W&M for South Dakota State University. Captain Ed Schardein named acting police chief.

Virginia was cold in January, but globe was not

Roger Mann joins with other local scientists in noting that the globally averaged surface temperature during January 2014 was 1.17°F above the 20th-century average.

Three labs, two majors, one Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Ashley Fidler was just named a recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of 40 awarded in the United States. The Gates Scholarship will allow her to pursue an MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Teach-in continues campus conversation spurred by email

The campus conversation about the Sigma Chi email and the work being done in response to it continued at William & Mary on Saturday with a "teach-in" attended by more than 120 faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Kijanowska readies for China concert tour

William & Mary's renowned pianist and piano instructor Anna Kijanowska is gearing up for a concert tour across China that will take place Mar. 1-17.

A match made at W&M: Gene and Karen Kennedy Schultz '75

When Karen Kennedy and Gene Schultz arrived at William & Mary fresh out of high school in 1971, little did they know they would find love — and lifelong connections — on day one of Freshman Orientation.

W&M Appellate Clinic wins Fourth Circuit case

On Feb. 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in Wall v. Wade in favor of the appellant, represented by the William & Mary Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic.

Three receive Alumni Association’s top honor

Three alumni received the Alumni Medallion Award over Charter Day weekend. It is the highest honor given by the William & Mary Alumni Association.

Gates discusses years of war

Speaking to a crowd of more than 700 people on Saturday, William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98, discussed his experience serving as secretary of defense during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wiz Khalifa fills Kaplan for concert

Kaplan Arena was packed Saturday night as Grammy-nominated rap artist Wiz Khalifa performed live for the William & Mary Charter Day concert.

Three to receive W&M's Alumni Medallion

Three William & Mary alumni will receive the Alumni Association's highest honor during Charter Day weekend.

Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?

In February, the great blue herons of the Chesapeake Bay region will begin their nest building or repair chores and their mating rituals—perhaps in a tree they've been sharing with bald eagles.

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Recipient McLendon embodies the spirit of Jefferson Award

A central figure in the establishment of the black studies program and first associate chair of the English department, Jacquelyn McLendon has spent more than two decades positively influencing W&M, its students and faculty.

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic tackles legal issues of rising waters

The clinic, a partnership between the Law School and the Center for Coastal Resources Management at W&M's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, allows students to integrate the latest science with legal and policy analysis to solve coastal resource management issues.

Chancellor Gates to discuss new memoir at W&M

W&M Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98 will discuss his new memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War," at Swem Library on Feb. 8.

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From Rust-Oleum to rock 'n' roll

Don Fergusson '75 rediscovers a love of music after a successful business career, proving it's never too late to follow your dreams.

Un-beaching the whale

When the remains of Cornwallis, a fossilized baleen whale, were discovered on the bank of the York River, Paleontologist and Associate Professor in William & Mary’s Department of Geology Rowan Lockwood led excavation efforts to unearth the whale's evolutionary secrets.

Knock, knock, knocking on the proton’s weak charge

David Armstrong, Chancellor Professor of Physics at William & Mary and chair of the department, is a member of the Qweak Collaboration, a collection of scientists who recorded the first ever direct measurement of the weak charge of the proton at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab).