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December 6, 2021


In light of the heavier workload this week due to grading and exams, I will do my best to keep this week’s 5 Things brief:

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In light of the heavier workload this week due to grading and exams, I will do my best to keep this week’s 5 Things brief:

  1. W&M’s Winter Commencement is almost here, and our Commencement Committee is looking for volunteers to help celebrate our Winter 2021 graduates. Opportunities are available for ringing of the Wren Bell and the Recognition Ceremony on December 18. If you’re interested in volunteering, please register via GivePulse.
  2. We are still accepting applications for the inaugural Mid-level Academic Leaders program. The six sessions aim to help faculty interested in developing their leadership skills and will be led by several faculty experts across our campus. If you’re interested in participating, please apply by December 17.
  3. An anonymous gift of $1 million in seed funding from a William & Mary Foundation trustee will enable creation of a scholarship named for the late Gen. Colin L. Powell D.P.S. ‘88. The endowed fund, set to begin disbursement in the 2024-25 academic year, will be awarded to at least six students who will study abroad. As a former international student myself, I appreciate the difference this can make in a student’s academic career.
  4. The Suicide Prevention Coalition here at William & Mary has created a crisis resource poster, highlighting the available avenues for community members to take if they are experiencing a crisis. A good way to show support and share information, this poster can be placed in Blackboard, sent via email or displayed in your office or building. Contact Inge Flester in Health & Wellness,, for additional help.
  5. This week’s shout-out goes to W&M Athletics. I have seen the dedication and commitment from Athletics, along with our faculty, to provide a world-class experience for W&M student-athletes, both in the classroom and in competition. In fact, the NCAA just released its annual graduation rates, and W&M student-athletes ranked second among all Division I and II public institutions for the Federal Graduation Rate. In addition, our community will benefit from the generosity of recent gifts totaling $1.1 million that will go towards revitalizing Kaplan Arena and building a new Sports Performance Center. I am also thankful that Brian Mann, our Athletics Director, will be our guest at the Faculty Assembly meeting later this month.

Thank you all for your hard work this semester, and please feel free to reach out to my office if you have any concerns, questions, etc., with this upcoming exam period.