2011 News Stories

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W&M nurtures global friendships

Community members learn about another country; students get first-hand look at American life. Everybody wins.

Students spend a day as CIA analysts

Katie Mitchell '13, Emily Pehrsson '13, Dallen McNerney '14, and Connor Smith '14 represented William & Mary at a CIA Crisis Simulation Competition in November.

OCES launches Speak Up campaign

William & Mary students are taking their passionate messages about social justice issues beyond the walls of campus via the power of YouTube.

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Boy Scouts at W&M Law School

Five participants in the Law School's recent conference in Beijing shared common bonds as Eagle Scouts. About a dozen law students also recently welcomed Boy Scouts to the Law School for a day-long Law Merit Badge program.

W&M celebrates Yule Log tradition

Hundreds of William & Mary students emerged from their textbooks and final papers to gather at the Wren Courtyard Saturday night.

Computer science team advances to World Finals

A team of student computer scientists will represent William & Mary at an international competition in Poland this May after racking up a College-best showing at a preliminary event in November.

President Obama signs act named for Kate Puzey '06

President Barack Obama recently signed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, named for a William & Mary alumna who was killed while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.

Third Eye Blind to perform Charter Day concert

Rock band Third Eye Blind will play the second annual Charter Day concert on Feb. 4, 2012, in William & Mary Hall, representatives from the Student Assembly (SA) and Alma Mater Productions (AMP) announced Saturday night.

Robert M. Gates '65 to speak at William & Mary's Charter Day

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and William & Mary alumnus Robert M. Gates '65 will serve as the keynote speaker at the College’s 2012 Charter Day ceremony. Professor Emeritus of Government James A. Bill, founding director of the Reves Center, will also be honored at the event.

W&M alum interns at White House

William & Mary alumnus Frank “Beau” Wright ’10 was selected to intern at the White House this fall. He was one of ten Virginians and over 140 people nationwide to be selected.

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Calling in the Allied Forces

The Law School's Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic has enlisted colleges and universities around Virginia to join a new consortium aimed at helping the state's veterans.

VIMS receives grants to study key Chesapeake Bay species

Eleven VIMS research teams will join with partners in academia, industry, and government in both Virginia and Maryland to conduct field and laboratory studies of oysters, blue catfish, cownose rays, soft-shell clams, and striped bass.

CFGE work influences philosophy, practice in Japan

In relationship to the Center for Gifted Education's work with Japan, friendship building may eventually lead to a philosophical shift in the way gifted education is viewed in the country.

W&M choirs to perform winter concerts

The William & Mary Choir, Women's Chorus and Botetourt Chamber Singers will present two winter concerts on Dec. 3 in Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Hall.

Cherry Award Lecture: Geoscience education matters

Macdonald is Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary. She is one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award, given every two years by Baylor University.

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Libya's message to the world: Freedom triumphs over evil

Ali Suleiman Aujali, Libyan Ambassador to the United States, and Aly R. Abuzaakouk, executive director of the Libya Forum for Human and Political Development, address students about their nation's transition to democracy.

W&M team brings home tax challenge victory

A team of undergraduate business students brought home the coveted Deloitte "FanTAXtics" trophy to Miller Hall, completing their goal of joining the ten others teams who have won it all for William & Mary in the past 18 years of competition.

Theatre professor receives Dakila Award in education

Associate Professor of Theatre Francis Tanglao-Aguas recently received the 2011 Dakila Achievement Award in Education from the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

'Turkeypalooza' provides Thanksgiving meals to locals in need

The hundreds of canned goods and other items that were collected and sorted that day were part of the Campus Kitchen at William & Mary’s annual "Turkeypalooza" event, which provides Thanksgiving meals to people in need in the City of Williamsburg.

J-Lab scientist wins award for graphene invention developed at W&M

Like most inventors, Jefferson Lab scientist Xin Zhao's moment of inspiration was prompted by a need, and the result was an invention that could someday see batteries in electric vehicles and similar devices boosted or replaced by high-power, high-capacity, fast-charge/discharge energy storage systems using graphene.

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Media turn to Zick on Occupiers crackdown

Professor Tim Zick, an expert on public speech rights, recently spoke with the Associated Press regarding the First Amendment issues raised by the nationwide "Occupy" movement

Report: How colleges should provide aid to Haiti

The Haiti Compact recently released a report, which outlines the group's findings and gives other interested colleges guidance for planning their own alternative break trips to Haiti.

China conference puts W&M Law School on the map

The first international conference hosted by William & Mary Law School's Property Rights Project came to its successful conclusion Oct. 15 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

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W&M a staunch supporter of International Education Week

Joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is designed to help "promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States."

Snyder '94 rings bell to open NYSE

William & Mary Alumnus Pete Snyder '94, also a member of the Board of Visitors, had the honor of ringing in the opening bell last week on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Law students to host W&M VOTEline

Students at William & Mary Law School are set to run the W&M VOTEline, a voter assistance hotline aimed at responding to questions local citizens have about voting.

Macdonald to give Robert Foster Cherry Lecture Nov. 14

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology and one of three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award given by Baylor University, will give the Robert Foster Cherry Lecture at the College of William and Mary on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Initiative to support, empower women STEM faculty

A group of five William & Mary Psychology and Neuroscience professors recently received a $580,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to benefit women faculty in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) disciplines.

W&M's first residential African-American students honored

During Homecoming weekend, over 150 William & Mary faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families joined together to honor the College’s first three African-American residential students: Lynn Briley '71, Karen Ely '71, and Janet Brown Strafer '71.

Geology celebrates half a century

William & Mary's Department of Geology is celebrating its 50th birthday -- not even a tick of the clock in terms of the age of the earth.

Global Film Festival to shoot community lip dub Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon in front of the Kimball Theater, the William and Mary Global Film Festival will be filming Southeast Side Story, a community-wide lip dub musical adaptation of the film West Side Story.

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Dig sheds light on College's early history

Archeologists spent 10 weeks digging around the foundation of the College's second oldest building, with some interesting discoveries.

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Conference on Korea, Northeast Asia coming to W&M

Topics to be discussed from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 4 are “Nuclear Energy in post-Fukushima Asia” (1 p.m.-2:45) and “Korea, the United States, and the World” (3 p.m.-4:45).

Executive Ed.D. student uses education to open doors

Now, after serving in the military for 34 years and earning an undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees, Cardarelli is pursuing her doctorate degree as part of the first cohort of the School of Education's Executive Ed.D. program in K-12 Administration.

AP story on chemistry mentor makes a big splash

National Associated Press story headlined “Women Making Slow, Sure Strides In Science, Math” by AP writer Martha Irvine, spotlights Professor Elizabeth Harbron’s success in the development of young women scientists at William & Mary.

W&M a top producer of Fulbright students

The College of William and Mary is one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students in the country, according to data released by the Chronicle of Higher Education Oct. 23.

Homecoming 2011: Old friends, new traditions

The parade kicked off the College's annual Homecoming weekend, which offered the William & Mary family both traditional events as well as some new opportunities for alumni, students and others to reunite with old friends and make new ones.

Colonial Williamsburg launches new W&M initiative

Members of the College of William and Mary community will have new opportunities to explore the Historic Area thanks to a new initiative announced by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Diaz assists in U.N. report on marine low-oxygen 'dead zones'

Professor Bob Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has played a major role in a new U.N. report on low-oxygen "dead zones," a growing threat to ocean life and marine economies in coastal waters throughout the world.

W&M Homecoming parade moves to Friday

Annual Homecoming parade will move to Friday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Friday Night Fest Block Party beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Did bad water contribute to the Starving Time?

Geologists at William & Mary are analyzing a possible contributing cause of the deaths at Jamestown Island during the Starving Time of 1609 and 1610 -- bad drinking water.

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O'Connor urges international understanding

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared via video at the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference to accept the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

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Justice O'Connor honored at U.S. Embassy reception in Beijing

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was honored at an Oct. 13 reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, co-hosted by the Law School. The reception was the prelude to the Law School's 8th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference on Oct. 14-15 in China.

Tribe football to honor military Saturday

Members of the military will be celebrated during Saturday's noon football game between William & Mary and New Hampshire at Zable Stadium.

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Caitlin Roberts ’13 wins Freeman-ASIA award

The scholarship is awarded to students interested in studying abroad in Asia or Southeast Asia, and carries a requirement to perform a service project upon your return.

Beyond Hello Kitty!

Japanese culture of 'cute' scores an international victory over samurai and ninja.

W&M students travel around the world for summer break

When William & Mary Student Assembly President Kaveh Sadeghian '12 e-mailed the student body, asking them where they were over the summer and what they were doing, more than 500 students from across the globe responded.

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Scott Legal Research Professorship created

Two alumni who are noted legal scholars - Board of Visitors member and William & Mary Law School graduate Robert E. Scott and his wife, Elizabeth S. Scott, a graduate of the College of William & Mary create the Scott Legal Research Professorship.

W&M experts weigh in on the economy

Business, law and government faculty shared their views on the state of the economy for the fourth annual Economy Forum. All five professors agreed the recovery will take more time.

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AidData research assistants attend select Global Innovation Forum

Alex Atkins ’13 and Kedar Pavgi ’11 invited to attend Athgo International’s 4th Global Innovation Forum on Climate Change and Constructive Entrepreneurship based on AidData involvement.

School of Education celebrates 50 years

A family reunion of sorts will take place at the William & Mary School of Education on Saturday as former and current faculty, staff, alumni and students gather to celebrate the modern school's 50th anniversary.

Family Weekend offers events to educate, delight

Hundreds of parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives of William & Mary students will converge on campus beginning Sept. 23 for the College's annual Family Weekend.

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International Student Success Series begins

Extended orientation designed to give international students the tools to succeed at the College of William & Mary.

Making Headlines: W&M experts called upon by national media outlets

During the past year, faculty experts throughout the academic disciplines were called upon by the national media for their expertise on political and economic issues, cutting-edge research and news making national and international headlines.

Four professors prepare for annual Raft Debate

The Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center, on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

WMSURE to encourage research among underrepresented groups

Many of the students who have had the chance to participate in research at William & Mary describe it as an important or even life-changing part of their college careers. Now, a new program at William & Mary is seeking to make sure that everyone in the College's diverse population has the opportunity to have that experience.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) workshop series begins

Sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies, the Writing Resource Center, and the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences for faculty and staff working with international students.

An open letter to the W&M community

This letter comes from Donn and Jeanne Weaver, the parents of Lt. Todd Weaver '08, killed in combat on Sept. 9, 2010.

'Deep Roots' to replace trees destroyed by Hurricane Irene

The William & Mary Student Assembly and the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship are joining together to replace some of the trees on campus and in the community that were destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

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National rankings highlight William & Mary

The start of the fall semester means it's time for college rankings and William & Mary has once again been highlighted by several national publications.

Education professor researches 9/11 curriculum

Jeremy Stoddard, Sallie Gertrude Smoot Spears Distinguished Associate Professor at the William & Mary School of Education, has been researching how the attacks on 9/11 and their aftermath are incorporated into secondary school curriculum, textbooks and, most recently, state social studies standards.

Einstein Bros. Bagels opens on campus

A line of students, their backpacks, textbooks, and sleeping bags snaked through Lodge 1 in the Sadler Center early Tuesday morning as the grand opening of the newly established Einstein Bros. Bagels neared.

College to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11

The College of William and Mary will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with several events on Sunday, including a remembrance ceremony.

Admission extends on-campus interviews for fall

William & Mary is the only public university in Virginia that offers student-to-student interviews as part of its application process.

Convocation: a moment to 'savor'

Hurricane Irene may have delayed William & Mary's Convocation for a week, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the College's new students as they kicked off the 2011-12 academic year on Friday with the traditional walk through the Wren Building.

W&M, Williamsburg communities enjoy VSO under the stars

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which includes members of William & Mary's applied music faculty, presented a free concert under the stars at the lakeside venue on Thursday, sponsored by the City of Williamsburg and the College.

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Law School enjoys record-breaking private giving in 2011

WMLS achieved a new milestone in private support. Giving to the Law School totaled more than $3.3 million - the largest amount in the Law School's history - during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Tribe pulls together to face Hurricane Irene

Though the hurricane threatened to do its worst, its approach didn’t stop the William & Mary community from pulling together and offering assistance to one another in advance of the storm.

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Ancient faults still prove to be powerful

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook central Virginia was felt up and down the East Coast. Geology Professor Chuck Bailey was called on to explain the event.

New students make an impact with 5th annual SHOW Day

Approximately 200 of the College's newest students -- both freshmen and transfers -- participated in the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship’s fifth annual Students Helping Out Williamsburg (SHOW) Day on Tuesday, the same day on which a rare earthquake was felt throughout the region.

New Confucius Institute Expands W&M’s Global Reach

In partnership with Beijing Normal University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), the College will offer Chinese language and culture courses, provide teacher training, and support study abroad, officials announced Tuesday.

Freshmen move in with a little help from friends, families

Brown and her husband Kevin were among the hundreds of the parents, friends, family members and volunteers who helped William & Mary’s newest students move bedspreads, mirrors, rain boots and min-fridges into the College's residence halls this morning as part of freshman move-in day.

Freshman overcomes challenges on road to effect change

For many of the freshmen who are settling into residence halls at William & Mary today, the move to campus was only the first or second of their lives. But for Matt Green-Hill, moving is an all-too-familiar experience.

W&M welcomes newest members of the Tribe

It’s move-in time at the nation’s second-oldest institution of higher education and the William & Mary community is preparing to welcome one of its most accomplished classes to date.

Freshman follows in footsteps of his great-grandfather

Armond Caplan ’33 recently received an extra special gift, one that made him swell up with pride. Just before celebrating his 99th birthday, he learned that his great-grandson, Ryan Cleland ‘15, will be the first in their family to follow after Caplan and attend his beloved alma mater.

William & Mary physics team has role in neutrino experiment

A team of William & Mary physicists has an important role in the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, a multinational collaboration to advance science's understanding of ubiquitous, yet mysterious, particles known as neutrinos.

VIMS professor helps assess global status of tuna and billfish stocks

A global study by an international team including professor John Graves of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has found that several species of tunas and billfishes are threatened and in need of further protection.

W&M receives a visit from its 'sister'

Students and faculty members from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) - William & Mary's new "sister university" - visited Williamsburg in July and August to take classes, make friends and share information about their lives, culture and education with the College's faculty and students.

Sorority council wins national award for Arc work

The William & Mary Panhellenic Council, the College's sorority governance council, has been named the recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference's biennial "Make a Difference" Award for its work with Arc.

Recapture of well-traveled cobia provides hope for stock enhancement

A cobia caught this June provides hope that the species could be a candidate for stock enhancement. Since its release by researchers in 2008, the hatchery-raised and tagged fish has made 3 round-trips between Chesapeake Bay and the Florida Keys, doubled in size, and gotten caught at least twice.

Sport Fishing magazine honors VIMS professor

Sport Fishing magazine has chosen professor John Graves of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science as one of five winners of its inaugural Making a Difference awards.

National court nonprofit honors W&M law dean

Davison M. Douglas, dean of William & Mary Law School, is the recipient of a 2010 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

W&M selected for President’s interfaith, service challenge

The College of William and Mary has been selected as one of 200 colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which seeks to motivate institutions of higher learning to foster interfaith cooperation through service.

Oyster aquaculture on upswing in Virginia

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry is poised to begin its biggest growth spurt ever, according to a report from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant.

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Steinberg under sail: Dining on jellyfish

Passengers aboard the Yorktown-based Alliance were invited to sample jellyfish pulled from the water by VIMS professor Deborah Steinberg.

We did it, again

W&M breaks record in donor giving both by individuals and alumni.

Center to offer freshmen, sophomores a career 'compass'

William & Mary's Cohen Career Center is launching a new program this fall that will help freshmen and sophomores explore their interests and begin thinking about potential majors and career choices.

Professor receives NSF grant to study language patterns in STEM classrooms

William & Mary Associate Professor Anne Charity Hudley has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how cultural and social language patterns affect learning and student assessment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms.

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William & Mary Law School Students Learn about Property Law, with an Asteroid Twist

Two William & Mary Law School students received some unusual training last year: they were able to assist a major law firm with a property rights case involving meteorites. Lillian McManus ‘12 and Brittany Law ‘12 will be able to add “space law” to the list of practice areas with which they have experience.

Lightning strikes two trees in the Wren Yard

The booming thunderstorm that swept through Williamsburg last week claimed a sweetgum and red oak tree in the College’s Wren Yard. Crews began removing the trees Thursday

Wall Street meets Ukrop Way in the high-tech, high-stakes 'trading room'

The trading floors of Wall Street are the farthest things from the ivory towers of academia. But the Mason School’s commitment to “bring business into the business school” drove the establishment of the Marshall Acuff Financial Markets Center, as well as the activities that go on inside it.

Sharpe project goes to the dogs

First-year students take concepts and ideas from the classroom and apply them in real-world situations for summer research projects.

Havens elected Vice Chair of Bay Advisory Committee

The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) has appointed Kirk Havens of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, to serve as the Committee’s Vice Chair and Chair-Elect.

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Students at VIMS pursue small fishes

For three weeks, an international group of 16 fisheries students has focused its attention on the smallest of the small -- the eggs, larvae, and juveniles of 180 different fish families.

Super Bowl MVP pays a visit to the W&M campus

Aaron Rodgers, starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl XLV MVP, visited William & Mary’s campus Tuesday to throw some passes and give some pointers to the participants in the College’s annual Colonial All-Pro Camp.

W&M alumna announces bid for U.S. presidency

Minnesota Congresswoman and William & Mary alumna Michele Bachmann LLM ‘88 officially launched her run for president on Monday during a campaign event in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.

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Scholars of the historic Jesus engage multiple disciplines to 'behold the man.'

W&M closing in on 'Beating the Record'

Last fiscal year, William & Mary reached its second-highest level of undergraduate alumni donors ever. This year, many members of the College community are eyeing, and hoping to beat, the all-time record.

Task force tackles W&M’s role in tourism

Over the last year, a task force at the College has looked more closely at William & Mary's role in tourism, and, recently, it released a report in which it suggested six tourism goals for the College to adopt.

Far-flying Hope the whimbrel arrives at her breeding grounds

Hope the whimbrel has arrived safe at her Arctic breeding grounds. The Center for Conservation Biology has tracked the spring and fall migrations of Hope for three years after she was captured on May 19, 2009 on the Eastern Shore and fitted with a solar-powered satellite transmitter.

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Mead: The art is in the fire

Students learn the centuries-old tradition of casting bronze as a form of artistic expression.

Olivier Coibion becomes Faculty Research Fellow for NBER

Assistant Professor of Economics Olivier (Oli) Coibion has recently been recognized by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) for his outstanding research and expertise in the field of economics

A W&M doubleheader for Fox News Sunday

William & Mary alumni fill the guest roster on this week's Fox News Sunday. Host Chris Wallace will welcome Robert Gates '65 and Jon Stewart '84.

VIMS professor leads deep-sea survey in response to Gulf oil spill

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected Professor Tracey Sutton of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to lead a survey of deep-sea life in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the long-term scientific response to last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

W&M celebrates its 'glittering' employees

In the shade of the Wren Yard's oak trees, hundreds of William & Mary employees gathered on Friday to greet old friends, enjoy a free lunch, win prizes, dance and laugh during the College's Employee Appreciation Day.

VIMS professor voted AERS President-Elect

Professor Mark Brush voted president-elect of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS), the mid-Atlantic regional affiliate of the international Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF).

Good news, bad news for rare woodpeckers

Virginia's breeding population of red-cockaded woodpeckers reached a new high this year, with nine breeding pairs documented in late May.

W&M recognizes long-time service of employees

The following individuals will be recognized for 35 and 40 years of service during the College's annual Employee Appreciation Day, June 10, 2011.

Employee Appreciation Day '11: Service Awards

The following people will be recognized at the College of William and Mary's Employee Appreciation Day for reaching milestones in their years of service to the College.

Professor takes on SAM presidency while finishing three books

Katherine Preston recently took the helm of the Society for American Music. But overseeing a national scholarly organization with close to 1,000 members isn’t the only thing keeping the musicology professor busy this year.

D.C. Summer Institutes combine classroom, experiential learning

This summer, 34 William & Mary students are participating in the W&M D.C. Summer Institutes (DCSI), a competitive six-credit academic program that allows undergraduate students to combine classroom and experiential learning while seeing the dynamic institutions of the Washington, D.C. area firsthand.

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Thomas recognized with VLA award

The Virginia Library Association awarded William & Mary's Deloris Thomas with its Outstanding Paraprofessional Award.

VIMS assists in International RoboBoat Competition

Professor Mark Patterson of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, will manage logistics for the 4th International RoboBoat Competition, which will take place June 9-12 at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach.

Bend it like Wade Barrett '98

Wade Barrett '98 truly embodies the Tribe spirit; he is a team player, both on and off the field.

W&M joins Virginia Nanoelectronics Center

The William & Mary group is part of a new industry-academia-government collaboration, the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center (ViNC). ViNC is based at the University of Virginia; the partnership also includes Old Dominion University.

An internship on the open road

Three MBA students take a break from the traditional summer internship and embark on a 4,250-mile bike trip across the country.

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Sen. Warner shares insights with law graduates

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia drew applause and laughter with advice he gave to the Class of 2011 during the Law School's May 15 graduation ceremony.

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Law School Commencement Awards

W&M Law School graduates, family and friends gathered on May 14 to celebrate the students' many accomplishments.

Students, alumni and staff join together for service trip

Later this month, while many members of the William & Mary community will be going back home, locking up their offices, and beginning plans, jobs and vacations for the summer, 20 members of the Tribe will helping to rebuild the Ninth Ward in New Orleans.

2011 Commencement awards

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

Joe Plumeri's 2011 Commencement remarks

The following are the prepared remarks by Joe Plumeri '66 for the keynote address at the 2011 William & Mary Commencement ceremony.

W&M a leader in alternative breaks

William & Mary was once again a leader in the area of service during the 2010-11 academic year, according to data collected by Break Away, a nonprofit organization that helps colleges promote alternative break programs.

Professors share thoughts on '12 election with D.C. alumni

On May 5, Professor and Government Department Chair John McGlennon and John Marshall Professor Ron Rapoport spoke to 70 alumni, students, professors and Board of Visitors members at the Washington D.C. offices of DLA Piper about their research concerning what's in store for the 2012 elections.

Senior selected for fellowship in Germany

Ariana Berger '11 has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a year-long, federally-funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.

Four friends to join the ranks of honorary alumni

Each year, the William and Mary Alumni Association recognizes a select few friends who have demonstrated a lasting commitment to and genuine affinity for the College, even though they are not graduates.

Sophomore's 'Claire Bears' bring smiles to children with clefts

William & Mary sophomore Claire Crawford, born with a cleft lip, vividly recalls the eighth corrective surgery she had to undergo as a child. After a long and painful operation, Crawford, 12 years old at the time, started wondering if she was born with a cleft lip for a purpose, instead of simply wondering "why me?"

Muscarelle: Where science meets art

More than 800 students from Williamsburg-James City County, Newport News, York and Hampton County, participated in the second annual “Science Behind Art” event.

Kirk Byron Jones to serve as baccalaureate speaker

Noted author and pastor Kirk Byron Jones will serve as the speaker for William & Mary’s baccalaureate service on May 14. The service will take place at 9:30 a.m. in William & Mary Hall.

The Bay Game: A simulation of the Chesapeake's health

Students in William & Mary’s Watershed Dynamics class convened in the basement of Tyler and assumed the virtual roles of stakeholders —land developers, farmers, watermen, and local regulators—to simulate the challenges inherent in Chesapeake Bay management.

'Ghost Pot' removal program has successful year

Out-of-work commercial watermen succeeded in hauling up more than 10,000 derelict so-called "ghost pots," lost fishing nets, and assorted metal junk from Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries during the third year of Virginia's one-of-a-kind Marine Debris Removal Program.

Undergrad researchers win APS fellowships

Two William & Mary undergraduates, Julia Crowley '13 and Stephanie Mutchler '12, were recently awarded summer research fellowships from the American Physiological Society (APS).

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Junior awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Adam Lerner '12 recently became the seventh student from William & Mary to be awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

VIMS study: propeller turbulence may affect marine food webs

A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that turbulence from boat propellers can and does kill large numbers of copepods—tiny crustaceans that are an important part of marine food webs.

A day (and night) in the Brafferton

For nearly 16 hours, five students taking part in a demonstration about workers’ wages camped out in President Reveley’s office.

Alumni art exhibition honors retiring professor

The Old Power Plant: 35 Years of Ceramics at William & Mary features work by ceramic artists who studied under Marlene Jack. Closing exhibition Thursday, April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Andrews Gallery.

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Griffin to appear on new license plate

After a little over a year as the College's official mascot, the Griffin is now available on a custom license plate from the state of Virginia.

W&M approves budget for 2011-12 academic year

The total cost for William & Mary in-state undergraduates - including tuition, fees, room and board - will increase 5.5 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, according to the budget adopted Friday by the Board of Visitors.

Tom Shortt receives 2011 DeMary Award

Tom Shortt, former director of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, received the 2011 Jo Lynne DeMary Award at the William & Mary School of Education Thursday morning.

Report highlights William & Mary efficiencies

The College of William & Mary continues to run a highly efficient and effective operation despite limited resources, and it is launching additional projects at the university and organizational levels to encourage even more innovation in business processes, according to a new report.

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Weaver fund hits $30,000

Organizers of the fund to honor Lt. Todd Weaver '08, killed in combat in Afghanistan, have set a goal to raise $50,000 by October 2011. The money will be used to fund overseas travel and study for one W&M student per year.

Hope has returned (and scientists are amazed)

Hope is a whimbrel, a species of shorebird known for its long migrations. She was captured on May 19, 2009 on the Eastern Shore and fitted with a solar transmitter by scientists from the Center for Conservation Biology.

Candlelight vigil held for Japan

The dancing yellow glow of candlelight illuminated the faces of about 70 William & Mary and local community members who gathered in the Wren Yard Monday night to remember the victims of the earthquake that devastated Japan just one month ago.

VIMS professor testifies before U.S. House subcommittee

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Professor Roger Mann testified on April 7 before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs in support of H.R. 258, the "Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2011."

Ashley Edward Miller '94: Writing and living his dream

For Ashley Edward Miller '94, his dreams truly have become his reality. His experience is a shining example of how an education at the College of William and Mary can change a person, allowing them to point their career and life in any direction.

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W&M theatre professor learns ancient art

William & Mary Theatre Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas recently spent time in Japan learning the ancient traditional art of Noh Theatre

Japan’s disaster affects W&M family

Greenbaum is one of many William & Mary alumni, students and faculty who were impacted by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11.

Anthropologist talks about animal friendships on 'Sunday Morning'

Stories and videos featuring unlikely animal friendships have been going viral on the internet lately, prompting a major network television news magazine to seek out William & Mary anthropologist Barbara King to add some context to the phenomenon.

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Moot Court team headed to The Hague

Three W&M law students will compete as a team in the finals of the fourth annual International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition on April 10-15.

W&M CIO named Investor of the Year

Brian Hiestand, chief investment officer for the College of William & Mary Foundation, has been named Institutional Investor’s Small Endowment Manager of the Year for 2011.

SXSW Calling Adam Stackhouse '04

On a quiet Friday evening last fall, more than 800 people around the William and Mary campus pushed play on their mobile device at the same moment—and began what could be the next big social technology phenomenon of our time.

Branch Out trip participants reflect, make connections

At tables throughout the Tidewater Rooms in the Sadler Center on March 24, similar connections were made as this year’s participants in the College’s Branch Out Alternative Break trips reunited to discuss what they had learned and how they can continue to make a difference.

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Global peace workshop inspires W&M students

UN Goodwill Ambassador and Junoon lead singer, Salman Ahmad, educates students about the world of international service and global wellness projects.

Mark Kelso '85: Keeping his head, and helmet, in the game

Mark Kelso '85 graduated from the College and was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles to play free safety, but wound up spending his entire professional career in Buffalo. Along the way, he and his Bills achieved something that may never be matched by any team in the National Football League.

W&M a powerhouse at World Model U.N. Conference

At the Harvard University-sponsored World Model U.N. (WorldMUN) Conference held March 14-18 in Singapore, 11 out of 14 William & Mary delegates took home diplomacy awards -- a number only surpassed by only one other delegation.

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Senior's music project benefits local schoolchildren

As part of her senior music project, Tidaback is spending her final semester as an undergraduate working at the school in a new partnership between it and the William & Mary music department.

Lemon symposium 'a day of learning from each other'

Approximately 100 people gathered at the Bruton Heights School on March 19 to share knowledge, research findings and personal experiences during the Lemon Project’s Spring Symposium.

Audra Lalley '90: 'Iron' woman

Lalley's fast-paced work life is not the only activity that requires her to push herself. She has been an avid athlete her entire life, and recently her exercise regimen has taken a turn for the extreme.

10th Graduate Research Symposium opens March 25

Hundreds of graduate students from 16 institutions will gather at the College of William & Mary on March 25 & 26 for the tenth annual Graduate Research Symposium. The theme of the event is "Preparing Scholars/Presenting Excellence."

W&M chapter of PBK announces award winners

The College of William and Mary's Alpha of Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa gathers annually to celebrate the academic and professional achievement of its membership.

Public-private partnership aids oyster industry

A joint study by local oyster growers and researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that moving farmed oysters into saltier waters just prior to harvest nearly eliminates the presence of a bacterium that can sicken humans.

Devastated, but determined: W&M effort to aid Japan

Launched today, the W&M Japan Recovery Initiative, is an easy, user friendly website to serve as an informational tool for those wishing to assist relief and recovery efforts in Japan.

A conversation with former W&M President Paul Verkuil '61

Paul Verkuil '61 is a name familiar to most members of the William and Mary family, first as a student in the early 1960s and later as the 24th president of the College, from 1985-1992. Since that time, Verkuil has served in many high-profile positions in academia and government and as the CEO of the American Automobile Association.

William and Mary Alumni Magazine earns CASE award

The William and Mary Alumni Magazine received the Grand Award in its category — a first for the W&M Alumni Association — in the annual Advancement Award competition sponsored by CASE District III.

Symposium to showcase graduate students' research

The Tenth 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 the College of William & Mary on March 25-26, 2011.

Impossible to possible

MacArthur Genius, Obama Community Solutions Council Member, and Social Entrepreneur Bill Strickland to speak at W&M School of Business on March 16.

Lemon Project symposium set for March 19

The Lemon Project at the College of William and Mary will host its 2011 spring symposium on March 19 at The Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg, Va.

W&M to add more Virginians to entering class

William & Mary will take an additional 38 students who are Virginia residents in next year's entering class as part of a long-term effort to ultimately add 150 in-state students to the College's enrollment.

AMP event turns library into 'Club Swem'

William & Mary's Earl Gregg Swem Library, as you would expect, is a popular space for students to quietly study for exam, conduct research, or work on papers. But the ideal locale to dance the night away may be the last thing on your mind.

Committee named for Richard Bland College presidential search

In a message to the Richard Bland community, Rector Henry C. Wolf said Dennis W. Liberson, chair of the administration committee of the Board of Visitors, will lead the search committee to find the successor to James B. McNeer.

Talks, exhibits explore women's history

Several upcoming events at William & Mary provide the campus and local communities an opportunity to celebrate Women's History Month through educational events and exhibits.

Alliance gets middle schoolers interested in STEM careers

The STEM Education Alliance, which is part of William & Mary's School of Education, provides training to both teachers and professional engineers and scientists, who are paired up to later serve as co-teachers in the classroom.

Loss of plant diversity threatens Earth’s life-support systems

An international team of researchers including professor Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has published a comprehensive new analysis showing that loss of plant biodiversity disrupts the fundamental services that ecosystems provide to humanity.

A record year for eagles on the James

The bald eagle breeding population along the James River has set a new record, with 165 breeding pairs of the birds documented in early March.

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W&M Professor to appear on WHRO’s ‘Another View’

Professor of English Terry Meyers believes a building now used to house a portion of the College’s ROTC Program may be home to the 18th-Century Bray School and would be the oldest existing building in the United States for the education of enslaved and free blacks. Tune in Friday, March 4, at 9 p.m. to hear more about his research.

Joseph J. Plumeri '66 to address W&M graduates

Joseph J. Plumeri, a member of William & Mary's undergraduate Class of 1966 and the chairman and chief executive officer of one of the world's largest and most successful insurance brokers, will deliver the 2011 commencement remarks at the College.

Elizabeth Canuel selected as Leopold Fellow

Professor Elizabeth Canuel of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is among 20 environmental scientists from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico who have been awarded a prestigious Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2011.

W&M launches new events system

A new online W&M Events system launching March 1 will help both the campus community and the public keep abreast of all the exciting opportunities the university has to offer year-round.

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Fulbright scholar heads back to school

Hadar Netz, an Israeli linguist is in Williamsburg on a Fulbright grant, conducting research into the conversational patterns used in gifted and talented classrooms.

Whipping the SciClone

Rachel Taylor '11 has developed a suite of software to monitor the performance of SciClone.

Law School’s Warren returns from UN assignment in Darfur

Christie S. Warren has returned to William & Mary Law School after spending a year assisting the United Nations in mediating peace processes in Darfur, Kyrgyzstan, and Somalia, among other places.

Dance, art professors collaborate on 'Symbol'

For some William & Mary professors, research consists of sitting at a desk poring over academic papers or sitting in a lab conducting science experiments. But as Professor of Dance Joan Gavaler shows through her latest piece, entitled "Symbol," research at the College doesn’t always come with hypotheses and conclusions.

William & Mary Named a ‘Best Value’ by Princeton Review

A national ranking has once again listed William & Mary as a best value among public universities and colleges. In its 2011 annual college rankings of best bargains, The Princeton Review places William & Mary seventh among its top public universities.

PIPS and CIA present crisis simulation competition

The Central Intelligence Agency joined forces with William & Mary’s Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) to conduct the first-ever Crisis Simulation Competition, described as " a Model U.N. for the intelligence community."

W&M to host Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education

Students and faculty members from across the state will meet with Virginia Indian tribal representatives at William & Mary's School of Education Feb. 18-20 for the Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education.

Zero to co-authorship in under three years

William & Mary's first freshman phage lab has demonstrated what possibly is the straightest learning curve known to science: zero to co-authorship in a peer-reviewed journal in under three years.

W&M celebrates Black History Month

From gospel choirs to quilts, the William & Mary community is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of on-campus events.

John Gilmour to appear on WHRV’s HearSay

When it comes to grading presidents, do they get a pass or fail? Professor of Government and Public Policy John Gilmour gives his expertise with HearSay's Cathy Lewis on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Committee looks at W&M's visual identity

William & Mary is in the middle of a project to establish a clear visual identity, consistent with its strategic plan, for the university.

Pantless mascot? W&M's got an app for that

The new "Dress the Griffin" mobile application, developed by the Office of Creative Services, allows users to dress an image of William & Mary's mascot in a variety of outfits, from a football uniform to a top hat and tails.

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Global Film Festival runs Feb. 17-20

Extraordinary cinema features movies from France, Japan, and the largest-budget and grossing film in Indian history, and includes discussions with the filmmakers.

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The constitutionality of health care reform

Law Professor Allison Orr Larson discusses the constitutional issues at stake in the health care debate.

W&M hosts national colloquium on minority studies

Nationally recognized scholars and activists discuss topics such as human rights, critical pedagogies, native issues and race and immigration Feb. 24-26 on the College campus. Free and open to the public.

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The Roots rock Charter Day concert

This weekend, Hip Hop/Soul group The Roots took to the stage at William & Mary Hall to the delight of students assembled for the Charter Day concert.

William & Mary honors five with medallion

The William and Mary Alumni Association honored five of its most distinguished graduates on Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011.

Conference to educate, inspire next generation of social innovators

More than 150 faculty and community partners from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey will converge upon William & Mary Feb. 11-12 for the inaugural Active Citizens Conference, the first student conference of its kind to ever be held at the College.

Charter Day crowd welcomes Cantor J.D. '88, new traditions

Eric Cantor, the first William & Mary alumnus to serve as U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, spoke to a crowd of more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who gathered for the annual ceremony in William & Mary Hall Friday afternoon.

Flitner's "No Man's Land" on display at Muscarelle

"After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Report from No Man's Land," an exhibition featuring 46 photographs by award winning German photographer, Bettina Flitner, on display February 5 – April 3.

Loss of oyster reefs a global problem, but one with solutions

A new study by an international team including professor Mark Luckenbach of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, shows that the decline of oyster reefs is not just a local problem.

Super psyched for Super Sunday

W&M's Steeler Nation confident Pittsburgh coach and alum Mike Tomlin '95 will guide his team to a seventh Super Bowl crown.

William & Mary releases results of employee survey

While employees continue to have concerns about their pay, more than 90 percent of respondents to a survey at William & Mary say their department at the College is a good place to work, according to the results of a report released Thursday at the Board of Visitors meetings.

'TWAMPtannica' goes online

In January, the booklet, known as the "TWAMPtannica," was finally put online for use by the general public.

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Mason School of Business ranked in the Top 100 in the World

According to the Financial Times MBA 2011 ranking, career progression, faculty research, and diversity are key indicators for ranking W&M 86th among all business schools in the world.

W&M students deliver message in 'Road to Richmond'

The “great thing” in question was the annual “Road to Richmond” trip, wherein William & Mary students of all social classes and backgrounds spend the morning traveling to the state capital to meet with legislators on behalf of the College.

One man’s video game is another's exercise regime

Standing on a balance board created by Nintendo for its Wii Fit series, Dr. Ergin -- a retired octogenarian internist who good-naturedly prefers to call himself "mid-mature" -- is participating in a variety of exercises displayed on a nearby television. All the while he is under the watchful eye of Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences Ray McCoy and student assistant Laura Halley '11.

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Unlocking the diaries

A collection of diaries on display in Swem Library through March.

Linda Lavin '59 joins Theater Hall of Fame

W&M alumna and renowned actress Linda Lavin '59 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City's Gershwin Theatre on Jan. 24.

W&M jazz vocalist to present tribute to Billie Holiday

William & Mary voice teacher and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian will present a tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday in the next event of the Department of Music's Ewell Concert Series.

VIMS professor receives outstanding scientist award

Professor Robert J. Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has received one of four Outstanding Scientist awards for Virginia for 2010.

Duffy and Lipcius speak at national ocean conference

Professors Emmett Duffy and Rom Lipcius of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science were invited participants in last week’s National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment in Washington, D.C.

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Tomlin '95 Super Bowl-bound again

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin '95 has become the first coach in NFL history to take two teams to the Super Bowl before age 40.

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W&M accounting programs ranked #1, again

The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary's undergraduate and graduate accounting programs are the best in their group for the second year in a row according to the Public Accounting Report's 29th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors.

A decade of history

Until the time machine is perfected, a NIAHD experience is the best we can do for those who take a serious approach to understanding life in Colonial Virginia.

Harbron to receive Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Elizabeth Harbron, associate professor of chemistry, is the 2011 winner of William & Mary's Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, an honor bestowed each Charter Day to a younger faculty member at the College.

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A '10' for community service

Men's gymnastics team's collection of non-perishables for a local food bank totals 3,000 pounds, the third consecutive increase in as many years.

Two-week sprint brings 'Patience' to the stage

The Sinfonicron Light Opera Company, a 46-year-old student organization that spends two weeks of winter break each year putting together a full-scale show, will open its production of "Patience" Jan. 20 in Phi Beta Kappa Hall.

New web-based map tracks marine 'dead zones' worldwide

New research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, identifies more than 530 low-oxygen "dead zones" and an additional 228 sites worldwide exhibiting signs of marine "eutrophication."

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Keith Havens, family, honored for their heroism

Carnegie Hero Commission cites W&M alum and former swim coach for helping rescue drowning vacationers; American Red Cross includes wife and alum Susan Havens as Certificate of Merit honoree for same rescue.

Will Morris to receive 2011 Monroe Prize

Morris, a New Kent, Va., native majoring in psychology and minoring in community studies, will receive this year's Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership at the College's annual Charter Day ceremony, to be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in William & Mary Hall.

Nation, W&M reflect on life of civic engagement pioneer

As a country mourned the death Tuesday of R. Sargent Shriver, members of the William & Mary community say much can be learned from the life of someone who impacted thousands of people through his devotion to public service.

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Researchers document the biology behind a sex oddity

A paper published in the prestigious online journal Nature Communications reveals the molecular biology behind a certain worm’s ability to break—or at least ignore—the laws of Mendelian genetics.

Charter Day concert tickets on sale now

Critically acclaimed hip-hop group The Roots will play William & Mary's Charter Day concert Feb. 5, 2011, in William & Mary Hall, the College announced Saturday evening.

Program promotes friendships between international students, community members

That part of her education is being facilitated by two local residents who signed up to participate in the William & Mary Global Friends Program, a Reves Center for International Studies initiative that aims to connect international students with community members to encourage cross-cultural understanding.

Five to be honored with William & Mary Alumni Medallion

On Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011 the William and Mary Alumni Association will honor Sue Hanna Gerdelman '76, Marilyn Ward Midyette '75, J. Robert "Bob" Mooney '66, Michael K. Powell '85 and Rene Henry '54 with the Alumni Medallion during a ceremony on campus.

VIMS professors to be 'polar opposites'

They share a first name and a passion for oceanography, but beginning in late January, professors Deborah Bronk and Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will be polar opposites—literally.

VIMS team returns to Antarctic Peninsula

A team of researchers led by professor Deborah Steinberg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has returned to Antarctica for their annual 6-week field season aboard the research vessel Laurence M. Gould.

Researchers brave icy waters to study Arctic food web

Professor Deborah Bronk of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is now leading a VIMS study of the Arctic coastal ecosystem, and how climate change might affect the supply of nutrients that supports the food web on which native peoples depend.

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Dwyer: The moral superiority of children

In his new book "Moral Status and Human Life," law professor James Dwyer argues that children should enjoy a higher moral status than adults.