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2016 News Stories

W&M donors fund state-of-the-art press box at Zable Stadium

All Tribe football game-day operations will be housed in a new state-of-the-art press box at William & Mary’s Walter J. Zable Stadium through a leadership gift of $2 million from John L. Dawkins ’51 and June Lochenour Dawkins ’48.

W&M professor talks about helping homeless schoolchildren

According to statistics provided by the Department of Education, the number of homeless students in public schools across the nation has doubled since before the last recession. In Virginia alone, there are over 18,000 enrolled students identified as homeless.

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus.

W&M makes history on One Tribe One Day

The university’s official day of giving back and paying it forward – One Tribe One Day – was a smashing success, with 10,358 members of the Tribe making a gift, bringing in nearly $2.2 million in a single day.

Jack Pigge convicted in law school’s fairy-tale trial

The trial, part of the semiannual fairy tale trial series organized by the CLCT, is designed to give elementary school students an overview of American courtroom procedure through an accessible and entertaining fact pattern.

Amphitheatre, wellness center renamed for alumni

William & Mary's Board of Visitors approved measures that rename the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and the Integrative Wellness Center in honor of alumni who are committed to providing an enriching and healthy environment for the entire Tribe community.

W&M Board of Visitors approves 2016-17 budget

The William & Mary Board of Visitors approved the university’s fiscal 2017 budget, including new initiatives designed to increase diversity on campus, continue to innovate in the liberal arts curriculum and improve W&M’s already strong retention and graduation rates.

‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ parallels COLL curriculum

The theatre department reached to the physics department for insight as it prepared to perform 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile,' a comedy by Steve Martin that examines the intersection of art and science.

It takes a research university

It takes a research university to bring together the resources required to address big questions, but the term “research university” takes a bit of unpacking in the context of an institution that, as the charter mandates, "shall be called and denominated, for ever, the College of William and Mary."

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Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

April 23 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To commemorate, several W&M departments have teamed to host a sonnetathon at the Wren Building -- and you're invited.

Bobby Braxton to receive 2016 Prentis Award

Bobby Braxton, a former member of the Williamsburg City Council, will receive W&M's 2016 Prentis Award for his contributions to the community and university.

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So close, yet so far

An exhibit of the African-American business area adjacent to the university served as a window to the old days for people from both sides of the street.

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W&M senior named Carnegie Junior Fellow

Becca Brown ’16 is one of just 14 students nationwide selected for the program by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Chainsmokers bring EDM to W&M Hall

Students filled William & Mary Hall April 7 in fervent anticipation of seeing The Chainsmokers, an electronic dance music (EDM) DJ duo, and special guest New Politics, a Danish rock band.

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W&M students win first prize in national ethics competition

Four doctoral students in W&M’s counselor education program collaborated in the ethics competition, hosted by the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization for counseling professionals in the world.

LGBTIQ research project helps unearth W&M's lost history

Student researchers with the W&M Mattachine Research Project: Documenting the LGBTIQ Past in Virginia will present the fruits of long Saturdays spent in archives Monday afternoon in an event that is free and open to the public.

W&M students win national Up to Us competition

A group of students from William & Mary beat 52 other teams from across the country to win the fourth annual Up to Us competition, according to a March 30 press release from the program.

Compassionate Action Board to host religion and compassion panel

William & Mary's Compassionate Action Board will host a panel discussion titled "Religion & Compassion: How and What Religion Teaches us about Compassion" April 3 in the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium from 2 to 4 p.m.

Spike Lee to speak at W&M

Filmmaker Spike Lee will present the 2016 Atwater Lecture at William & Mary April 20.

Why have a Second Amendment? W&M law professor discusses

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

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Ultra-cold atoms deliver cool research

A Ph.D. student’s physics research on trapping and manipulating ultra-cold atoms will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19.

W&M community electrified by new solar station

It didn’t take long for W&M students to start charging their laptops and phones with the new solar-powered charging station built into a picnic table Tuesday outside Sadler Center.

Robison at W&M: Advocating for neurodiversity

John Elder Robison’s individual trek to William and Mary as scholar-in-residence leading neurodiveristy initiatives may have started with his birth as an autistic some 50 years ago. The route taken connects across centuries.

The science of breathing

Ph.D. student Andrew Kottick has determined exactly which cells in the brain are responsible for respiration. His work will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium March 19.

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On location in Cuba: Fostering creativity and forging connections

Reporter David Culver ’09 and Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies, teamed up to report the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana this summer in an example of a uniquely W&M collaboration.

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The fabric of a forgotten Hawaiian community

Ph.D. student Summer Moore will be honored at the Graduate Research Symposium on March 19 for her work studying European cloth fragments recovered from Hawaii.

Hernando de Soto to receive 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, will receive the 2016 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize at the 13th annual conference sponsored by the William & Mary Property Rights Project.

$1 million gift expands Muscarelle with new American art gallery

The Muscarelle Museum of Art will soon be expanding and adding a new gallery for American art, thanks to a $1 million commitment made by Patty ’62 and Carroll ’62 Owens through the Owens Foundation.

Geology rocks: Chuck Bailey '89 answers Earth's big questions

Bailey is a structural geologist, interested in understanding the architecture of the earth: how it's put together, what the structure actually looks like, and what happened to make it that way.

The significant digits of Walter Hickey

Walter Hickey '12 is the lead lifestyle writer for FiveThirtyEight, a website that uses statistical analysis to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and entertainment.

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W&M senior named Luce Scholar

International relations major Rebecca Schectman ’16 will spend a year working in Asia as a Luce Scholar, a nationally competitive fellowship program

Tribe 'super fans' raring to fire up team in Baltimore

As the team prepares for the CAA tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, this weekend, the Tribe’s student super fans are also preparing to use everything in their sixth-man abilities to propel the team to victory – and possibly W&M's first-ever appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Students unite to bring sexual assault victims hope

Led by Fear2Freedom’s founder and president, Rosemary Trible, the Celebration Event saw over 40 students learn about the problem of sexual assault before assembling after-care kits to support victims.

W&M to host 112th CAMWS meeting

William & Mary’s Department of Classical Studies will be hosting the 112th annual Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) conference on March 16-19.

William & Mary wins 'Partner of the Year' award

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance presented William & Mary its Partner of the Year award at a Feb. 27 gala at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

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Knight: Academy, Oscars not necessarily what people think

American studies and English Associate Professor Arthur Knight, who has researched African Americans and the entertainment business, says people overestimate the influence movies have on societal change.

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W&M to celebrate St. David’s Day with tribute to Tom Jones

On March 1, English Professor Nancy Schoenberger will offer a free video tour of the Welshman's 50-plus-year career in show business. Joining her will be Bob Jeffrey, president of the Friends of Wales-Williamsburg chapter.

Study predicts salt marshes will persist despite rising seas

A new study in Nature Climate Change contends that traditional assessment methods overestimate the vulnerability of salt marshes to sea-level rise because they don't fully account for processes that allow the marshes to grow vertically and migrate landward as water levels increase.

In with the Greeks, out with the Greeks

"The Oresteia" marks the final production for retiring theatre professor and director Richard Palmer. But the choreographer for the show, Denise Damon Wade, was a student actor in Palmer’s first production at W&M, 36 years ago. And that, too, was a Greek tragedy.

Civil rights pioneer Diane Nash to speak at Lemon Project symposium

William & Mary's sixth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium, organized around the theme of "Jim Crow and Civil Rights in the Age of President Obama," will include a keynote address by civil rights pioneer Diane Nash and a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

With 13 scholars, William & Mary remains a top Fulbright producer

William & Mary has once again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. student grant recipients, the Chronicle of Higher Education announced today in its annual list of leading Fulbright-producing institutions.

Six projects receive IDEA grants

The Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity recently granted Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards (IDEA) to six projects that aim to further diversity and inclusion at William & Mary.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

U.S. Soccer Coach Jill Ellis '88 to speak at Commencement

Jill Ellis ’88, head coach of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, will speak at William & Mary’s 2016 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. May 14 in William & Mary Hall.

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W&M remembers Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Feb. 13, 2016. The university, with which he had many connections, remembered him.

High performance computing key to campus research

W&M IT's High Performance Computing (HPC) team provides the computing power, technical skill and intellectual acumen to support research computing at W&M.

Michael Gerson to serve as 2016 Andrews Fellow

Washington Post columnist, author and former presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson has been named the 2016 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics at William & Mary.

Study discounts alleged link between sharks, rays and bivalves

A new study argues that a purported link between populations of coastal sharks, cownose rays, and commercial bivalves along the U.S. East Coast is based on spurious data and reasoning, and calls for fisheries managers and others to reconsider the related campaign in the Chesapeake Bay region to "Save the Bay, Eat a Ray."

College presidents declare commitment for a service year

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and other campus leaders participated in the event, which built upon the Virginia Governor’s Higher Education Presidents’ Summit on the Service Year held at W&M in October 2015.

ScaAnalyzer: An award-winning tool to find computing bottlenecks

Xu Liu, an assistant professor of computer science, and Bo Wu, a 2014 alumnus of William & Mary’s Ph.D. program in computer science, have developed a tool to find elusive software bottlenecks and which will allow computers to run faster and more efficiently.

W&M Counseling Center hires psychiatrist

Dr. Patricia Roy, medical director of the Virginia Hospital Center's behavioral health department, will begin her work at William & Mary near the end of February.

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Haines practices what King preached

Shana Haines, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in American studies, integrates the work of Martin Luther King Jr., and others, into her interdisciplinary course at Tidewater Community College. She recently won the college's 2016 MLK Award.

What to expect from the 2016 New Hampshire primary

Professor of government John J. McGlennon recently joined William & Mary News to discuss the upcoming 2016 New Hampshire primary, which is scheduled to take place February 9.

Gates talks new book, leadership in Thursday Q&A

Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 gave a talk at William & Mary Thursday about his new book, "A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service."

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W&M students, education experts 'collaborate to educate'

Speakers and students alike gathered at the William & Mary School of Education Saturday, all with a shared passion for exceptional students who deserve additional educational opportunities.

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Swem Library celebrates 50 years

W&M's library has survived three fires and war to assume a position among the nation's top-20 college facilities.

All that jazz

Ginny Carr ’75 is the founder, musical director, alto vocalist, principal songwriter and arranger for the internationally acclaimed Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet.

W&M helps First Baptist Church celebrate 240th anniversary

People from across the country, including members of the William & Mary community, gathered at the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg Monday to celebrate the 240th anniversary of one of the oldest African-American houses of worship in the United States.

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W&M faculty in the media this month

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

Student lobbyists shine in 20th annual Road to Richmond

William & Mary's Road to Richmond is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Student Assembly that connects students with their representatives to advocate for the university.

#WMGoldRush: Gold Rush Game returns for Charter Day

The William & Mary Athletics Department and Tribe basketball will host its annual Gold Rush Game, sponsored by University Advancement, in conjunction with W&M Charter Day on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Removal of derelict fishing gear has major economic impact

A new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that a six-year program to remove derelict crab pots from lower Chesapeake Bay generated more than $20 million in harvest value for area watermen.

Ida Hall '72 fishes Virginia

Ida Hall's childhood was full of adventures on the water, and it was through them that she discovered her calling.

Ted Dintersmith '74 reimagines education

After a 25-year career in venture capital, Dintersmith is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation and education.

Suzette Kimball ’73 sworn in as USGS director

Suzette Kimball ’73 was sworn in on Jan. 8 as the director of the United States Geological Survey, the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Swem Library receives grant to digitize music magazine collection

William & Mary’s Swem Library has received a $60,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize its entire run of Cash Box, a music trade magazine published from 1942 to 1996.

Brewed in Beijing

Alex Acker '00 and Jing-A Brewing ride the Chinese craft beer wave.

Making a serial killer

Adjunct Lecturer of Sociology Deborah Basket joined William & Mary News to discuss the traits of both male and female serial killers.

Four receive W&M Alumni Medallions

The highest and most prestigious award given by the William & Mary Alumni Association, the Alumni Medallion is presented to those who truly embody what the university has stood for during its revered history.

Ukrop family named Richmonders of the Year

For their active approach, cultural influence and longevity of work in Richmond, Style Weekly has named the Ukrop family as the 30th anniversary Richmonders of the Year.

Dull corners of W&M get new life in John Lee’s paintings

A vacant hallway, a shadowy corner, a bathroom door, a couch from the 1970s, an entryway where the sunshine meets industrial lighting all provide inspiration for Painting Professor John Lee, who has done a series of paintings almost exclusively set in Millington and Andrews halls.

2015 President’s Report released

As a new year begins, the William & Mary community can get a comprehensive look at the previous one with the 2015 President’s Report website.

W&M student studies abroad with Meyers-Stern Scholarship

William & Mary student Josh Kim ’17, an international relations major, completed a semester abroad this fall at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel as one of the first recipients of the new Meyers-Stern Scholarship.