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2014 News Stories

Center for Conservation Biology eagle registry will rule the roosts

With funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Eagle Foundation, the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) has been delineating and compiling bald eagle roost locations throughout North America.

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Law School hosts annual Supreme Court Preview

Just days before the Supreme Court convenes its 2014 term, legal scholars, judges, lawyers and legal journalists from across the country came together - as they have for the past 27 years - at the Law School to examine cases on the docket for the Court's upcoming term.

Roommates reunited with college careers

After being freshman roommates in 1999-2000, Wendy Livingston and Rebecca Hernandez have reunited through their professional careers with William & Mary.

A silver anniversary Q&A with Stephen Hanson

William & Mary's vice provost for international affairs and director of the Wendy and Emery Reves Center or International Studies discusses the goals he's set and where we are in attaining them.

W&M, NASA-Langley sign Space Act Agreement

The NASA partnership will provide students at the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center with an opportunity for 'real world' experience.

Bradford named to state sexual violence task force

Fran Bradford, associate vice president for government relations at William & Mary, was named Monday to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s new Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence.

VIMS helps Commonwealth respond to coastal flood threat

John Wells, dean and director of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, was named to the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission by Governor Terry McAuliffe in July.

Kay Floyd: 21st century diplomacy

Government Instructor Kay Floyd discusses the changing face of diplomacy that influence her curating of the Muscarelle Art Museum exhibition of "Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets."

Begala to students: 'Be active in self-government'

Democrat political strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala visited William & Mary on Monday to share with students the importance of being engaged in government.

UK students at W&M await results of Scottish referendum

Many across the world are eagerly awaiting the results of that vote this week, including students from the United Kingdom at William & Mary this year as part of the St Andrews William & Mary Joint Degree Programme.

Phenomenal freshman: Mackenzie Neal

Neal is a member of the Quapaw Tribe, a division of the larger Dhegiha Sioux that today makes its home in Oklahoma. And she hopes to share that culture with her William & Mary classmates.

Monarchs and milkweed: probing the plant, pollinator partnership

As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which they rely.

Search underway to find missing alumnus

William & Mary alumnus Cody Dial ’09 recently went missing in Costa Rica, and fellow Tribe alumni are helping with the effort to find him.

Michael O’Connor '18 receives Edwards Scholarship

Michael R. O’Connor, a 2014 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., was recently named the third recipient of William & Mary’s Michael Hardy Edwards Scholarship.

Introducing William & Mary Mobile

The university officially launched a new mobile application this summer for both iOS and Android devices: William & Mary Mobile.

Study puts some mussels into Bay restoration

Restoring oysters—and their ability to filter large volumes of water—is widely seen as a key way to improve the health of Chesapeake Bay.

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A uniquely rewarding pilgrimage

Ryan Goodman '14 completed the Camino de Santiago this summer then stayed and aided other pilgrims once they'd completed their journey. In part because of his good works, he even got to sit on the king of Spain's throne.

Gene Tracy: 'Ray Tracing and Beyond'

Gene Tracy is one of the authors of a collection of techniques, methods and equations that can be used in more complex ray-tracing applications.

Senator Kaine visits VIMS

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the VIMS Aug. 25 to learn about three topics of special concern to citizens of the Commonwealth: sea-level rise, blue crabs and oysters.

Student, staff member recognized for service

The new members of the Class of 2018 will see first-hand the far-reaching effects the William & Mary community can have when Brianna Buch ’15 and Assistant Dean of Students Ben Boone ’07, M.Ed. ’09 receive the President’s Award for Service to the Community during Opening Convocation.

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Laycock and Zable to form impressive combo

Come 2016, The Laycock Center and refurbished Zable Stadium will maximize the athletic experience for players and gameday experience for fans.

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.

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Sodexo brings new dining options to campus

Remodeled facilities, food trucks, vegan and vegetarian menus, fresh local seafood daily, even a restaurant requiring reservations — welcome to student dining in the 21st century.

Mason School breaks the ice for ALS

Career Management Center staff and students took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" Friday to benefit Lou Gehrig's disease support and research.

The liberal arts media

While graduates of the College have always made headlines, these days, they're often writing them, too.

Branching out and on and on

Many of the William & Mary students who participate in Branch Out alternative breaks find ways to continue serving and learning long after the trips are over.

Bike Initiative pushes off to a strong start

The new Bike Initiative at William & Mary has pushed off to a strong start this semester, with four fix-it stations being installed on campus and wide ranging plans to promote greater bicycle use.

Ted Dintersmith '74 to welcome new students at Convocation

Alumnus Ted Dintersmith '74 will speak at William & Mary's 2014 Opening Convocation ceremony, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Wren Yard. The annual event welcomes new students to campus and marks the beginning of the academic year.

W&M professor, alumna Susan Kern to direct Historic Campus

History Professor Susan Kern has been named the executive director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus, a position charged with the preservation and interpretation of the university's most historic buildings.

It’s not a drone: It’s a Creative Adaptation

Reed Beverstock '14 and Daniel Duane '15 make up a team that is preparing video modules to be used in an initiative titled Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills Using Online Tutorials.

For 1st time, W&M raises more than $100M in two consecutive years

For the second year running, the College of William & Mary has raised more than $100 million to benefit all aspects of the university — from student scholarships and research to faculty salaries and support for programs, athletics, facilities and Swem Library.

25 African fellows complete first leadership initiative

Young African Leaders Initiative fellows spent six weeks studying at Presidential Precinct members W&M, University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier, James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and Morven.

Geologist Heather Macdonald wins a pair of national awards

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been recognized by her fellow scientists and educators for her contributions to the advancement of education in the earth sciences.

The bone detective

Robert Mann '81 is a forensic anthropologist and director of the Forensic Science Academy at the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, the largest forensic skeletal lab in the world.

Eddy: Veni, vidi, didici

Graduate students from William & Mary’s School of Education recently had a chance to learn about the Italian higher-education system in the best place possible for such a study: Italy.

Jacob Miller '18 earns Beales Scholarship

Jacob Miller, 18, a recent graduate of Fuqua School in Farmville has been awarded the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at William & Mary for academic year 2014–15.

Study reveals strong links between Antarctic climate, food web

A long-term study of the links between climate and marine life along the rapidly warming West Antarctic Peninsula reveals how changes in physical factors such as wind speed and sea-ice cover send ripples up the food chain, with impacts on everything from single-celled algae to penguins.

Search for a smoking lunchbox turns up the 'Bray School cafeteria'

For the past three summers, archaeologists have dug up the grounds of a William & Mary dorm in search of the "smoking lunchbox"—the archaeologists' term for a material-culture connection between the 18th-century Bray School and a building still in use on the William & Mary campus.

VIMS modeler joins in ensemble forecast of Gulf dead zone

Assistant Research Scientist David Forrest has added his contribution to a 6-model "ensemble forecast" that NOAA uses to predict the size of the dead zone that forms off the Mississippi Delta each summer.

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Cottrell retiring as EVP of Alumni Association

Karen Cottrell is retiring as Executive Vice President of the William & Mary Alumni Association and assuming a new, part-time role providing programming and assistance to alumni families with children going through the admission process.

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Making family connections

Swem Library at the College of William & Mary adds Ancestry.com to its genealogy resources.

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Mellon Foundation awards W&M grant for COLL curriculum

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded William & Mary a $900,000 grant to support implementation of the university’s new College (COLL) Curriculum, the set of general education courses required of all undergraduate students.

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Undergraduates embark on summer 'ZENternships'

Eight William & Mary undergraduates are engaged in a unique new research program led by VIMS that combines classroom experience with summer internships across the globe.

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Kaine, Reveley welcome YALI Fellows to Virginia

Starting mid-July, 25 young African leaders will spend the last two weeks of a six-week leadership and mentoring program at William & Mary, then meet with President Obama.

Honoring the service of W&M's staff members

The following people will be recognized at William & Mary's Service Awards Ceremony on June 17 for reaching milestones in their years of service to the university.

Four projects receive Creative Adaptation funding

Four projects designed to improve the quality, scope and/or efficiency of programs at William & Mary were made possible this semester with support from the provost's Creative Adaptation Fund.

Headless no more

The head of William & Mary's mascot, the Griffin, found its way home Friday night.

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Three Tribe ballplayers drafted

Nick Thompson, Michael Katz and Ryan Lindemuth get the call from St. Louis, the Mets and the Yankees, respectively.

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AidData summer fellows ready to start work

Fellows will be working in Mexico, Senegal, Timor-Leste, Nepal and Uganda, with 12 host organizations. Eight are current students or recent graduates from W&M.

VIMS helps assess Virginia's offshore sand resources

Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science are collaborating with state and federal partners to assess the offshore sand resources that beachfront localities use to both protect against and recover from the impacts of hurricanes and other coastal storms.

ASMFC honors VIMS professor with Award of Excellence

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has presented Professor Rob Latour of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science with one of its Annual Awards of Excellence for his outstanding contributions to the science and management of fisheries along the Atlantic coast.

Governor visits VIMS to sign stormwater management bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science on Thursday for a ceremonial signing of the General Assembly's recent stormwater management bill.

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'Wythepedia' makes digital debut at W&M Law School

William & Mary's Wolf Law Library recently launched "Wythepedia," an online encyclopedia created to honor William & Mary's -- and the nation's -- first law professor, George Wythe.

From the smartphone to the Cloud and back again

Mike Panciera had already helped a blind man navigate the perilous fantasy worlds of video games. It made sense that the next step would be to design a mobile app to help the blind find their way through the interiors of real buildings.

Three friends join the ranks of honorary alumni

On Friday, May 9, 2014, during a ceremony at the Alumni House, three dedicated individuals were welcomed into the Alumni Association as honorary alumni.

Justice Scalia reflects on the future of the legal academy

Justice Antonin Scalia, speaking at William & Mary Law School's May 11 Diploma Ceremony, rendered his opinion on proposals to shorten the graduate study of law from three years to two, and also addressed what he saw as the root causes for resurgence of the discussion.

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William & Mary's 2014 Commencement awards

Several awards were presented to graduates, staff and faculty members during the 2014 William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

Sgt. Petry to Class of 2014: Be an everyday hero

You don’t have to be nationally recognized or wear a uniform to be a hero to someone, Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry told William & Mary's Class of 2014 on Sunday.

Trash into treasure: DormMania seeks to curb end-of-year waste

When students say goodbye to the campus for the summer, they often bid farewell to a good number of their belongings, too. Although many of these items have ended up in dumpsters in the past, a new, student-led initiative is working to reduce that waste this year.

W&M Commencement a family tradition for the Bensons

On Sunday, Jess Benson '14 will complete the family tradition, graduating with the rest of the Class of 2014 while her family members – who all stood in her place once – cheer her on.

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Dave Shepard to retire

Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Dave Shepard will retire at the end of July after 16 years at William & Mary.

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Mack '15 awarded Gates Scholarship

A Hampton, Virginia, native, Terrence Mack will study in Germany this summer, continuing his goal of becoming a high school German teacher.

Board of Visitors implements second year of W&M Promise

The Board of Visitors approved a budget Friday that implements the second year of the William & Mary Promise, an operating model adopted last year that includes a guaranteed tuition plan for entering in-state freshmen.

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National experts gather to discuss international education

The first comprehensive assessment of education's role in America's global competence in 20 years was hosted by the Reves Center and the Coalition for International Education.

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Taking a stand against genocide

The W&M chapter of STAND, along with Africana Studies and IPAX, hosted a day to remember Rwanda and to work against genocide in the rest of the world.

Abundance of Chesapeake Bay's underwater grasses increases

An annual survey led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013, reversing the downward trend of the previous three years.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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).