March 2007 Award Recipient: Amy Dorsey
The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Committee would like to announce that Amy Dorsey '09 has been named the March Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award recipient.
On March 7th, local students descended on the William and Mary campus for tours, a panel discussion, a sample college lecture, and to generally learn more about college life; however, this was no ordinary admissions event. These students were at-risk students, students who, though intelligent and capable, were not likely to consider attending college. The day, tabbed "College Bound 2007," was the culmination of months of planning by sophomore Amy Dorsey. What began as a spark of an idea in the fall, turned out to be an event that reached out to the local community, and brought together a variety of students, faculty, and staff. Amy coordinated this large event with very little support, paying painstaking attention to every detail to ensure that the event was not only successful, but fun for the invited students. A fellow Community Service Leader commented, "Amy saw a need in the community, conceived of the idea... and took the initiative to make it happen. The high schoolers that I had lunch with seemed to have a great time and I think the event really made some of them excited about the idea of going to college. She's laid the groundwork for a really special tradition and I think it will only get better each year."
February 2007 Award Recipient: Art Burdick
The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Committee would like to announce that Art Burdick '07 has been named the February Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award recipient.
Art has worked tirelessly to serve the transfer student population at William and Mary. A non-traditional, transfer student himself, Art has worked as a president of the Transfer Ambassadors, as an Orientation Aide, the president of Prime Tribe, and as a member of the VCCS/Gateway Committee. Art has given countless hours of time and energy to helping develop programming opportunities for transfer students to the College, working closely with both the Office of Admissions and the Dean of Students Office. His upbeat personality and William and Mary pride have drawn numerous students to the College and helped ease any concerns for the students when they arrive on campus. This past year, Art has been instrumental in the success of the six "Prospective Transfer Days" held by the Office of Admissions. He oversaw volunteers, served as the resource for any last minute difficulties, served as a panelist, and ensured a smooth operation of the day.