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2007 Campus Announcements

President's announcement concerning state budget

Following is the text of an electronic letter dated Dec. 17 by Gene Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary, to the campus community concerning the announcement of the recommended state budget by Gov. Timothy Kaine.

HHMI program lets first-year students do real science

Freshmen at the College of William and Mary next fall will begin their first year participating in a long-term biology research project, part of an initiative to reform science education by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Law professors provide expert insight for Vick case

As the Michael Vick dog-fighting saga captured the attention of the nation, two professors from William and Mary's School of Law provided some of the country's top media outlets with expert insight into the legal proceedings that recently landed the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback a 23-month prison term.

Avoided deforestation: Keep the trees and make the rain forest pay

Residents of Amazonia could find that their rain forests generate more income with the trees standing than when cleared for logging or agricultural development, according to an incentive program outlined in a leading scientific journal.

President's announcement concerning state budget

Following is the text of an electronic letter dated Dec. 17 by Gene Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary, to the campus community concerning the announcement of the recommended state budget by Gov. Timothy Kaine.

Evolution of Tribe pride: College unveils new logo

In what is more of an evolution than revolution of its trademark symbol, the College of William and Mary unveiled a new logo design Thursday that is intended to simplify and unify its visual image across campus.

Teammate, student, friend: College remembers Gutenberg

Smart, athletic, generous, handsome, funny, irreverent, competitive, loving and loyal. A brother, son, teacher, student and friend. In his 18 years, Ben Gutenberg was all of these things and more.

W&M recognizes World AIDS Day

Chris Lettich was the boy his grandfather always wanted, but the two never had a chance to meet. Because of an HIV-positive blood transfusion, Lettich's grandfather died before his grandson was born.

Ukrop Way to be closed temporarily for business school construction

A short section of Ukrop Way on the campus of the College of William and Mary will be closed temporarily due to construction work at the future home of the Mason School of Business. During the closure, Landrum Drive will be opened to through traffic from Ukrop Way to Jamestown Road.

Medicaid recipients and uninsured lack access to physicians

The Schroeder Center for Healthcare Policy at the College of William and Mary reported today that people in the greater Williamsburg area with Medicaid or no health insurance are the most likely to have problems with access to a doctor.

College mourns the loss of freshman

The William and Mary family is mourning the loss of one of its own today. Freshman and fencing team member Ben Gutenberg passed away Tuesday as the result of injuries suffered in a Nov. 10 car accident near Richmond. College President Gene R. Nichol notified the campus community about the sad news in a message Tuesday afternoon.

Tribe among nation's elite in graduating student-athletes

The College of William and Mary's Athletics Department showed a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 96 percent among its student-athletes who entered school on athletics scholarships in the 2000-01 athletics year in data recently released by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

Meeting the 21st-century scholars where they live-on the Internet

In keeping with the evolving digital age, the Earl Gregg Swem Library is providing more of its research and reference resources online. Recently, Swem added 11 new digital databases, including Academic Search Premier and Education Research Complete.

Student honored by local TV station

When Daniel Key got the Sharpe Community Scholars Program brochure in the mail before starting his freshman year at the College of William and Mary, he threw it away.

Students receive grants for environmental research

Two graduate students in William and Mary's biology program received external grants totaling $42,900 to continue their work on environmentally sensitive projects.

Noted advocate Sekulow to speak at Law School

The College of William and Mary Law School will host a talk by Jay Alan Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, titled "De-Constructing the Constitution: Privacy, Security, and the State in the 21st Century" on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Nichol tapped for George Wythe speakers' series

Gene Nichol, president of the College of William & Mary, will address the George Wythe Society Nov. 7, 2007 at 1 p.m. at the William and Mary Law School, Room 120.

Wolf Law Library impresses students with design

Students at the country's oldest law school are now enjoying one of the world's newest libraries as construction on The Wolf Law Library at the College of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe Law School is completed.

Kaplans to officiate William and Mary's Homecoming Parade

The trek down Duke of Gloucester Street at Homecoming will be a short one for Jane Thompson Kaplan '56 and Jim Kaplan '57. As grand marshals of the 78th edition of William and Mary's annual Homecoming Parade, these longtime friends and benefactors of the College will be the center of attention at a place which they have supported so much.

Information on MRSA

Sam Sadler, vice president for student affairs, sent the following note to the campus community Tuesday afternoon regarding reported incidents of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccoccus aureus) in the Hampton Roads region, including one case this year involving a William and Mary student.

Test of campuswide siren set for Oct. 15

The College of William and Mary will be conducting a test of its new emergency campus-wide siren Monday, Oct. 15, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.

College releases results of employee survey

More than 86 percent of respondents to an employee survey at William and Mary are proud to say they work at the College, according to the results of a report released Friday. In addition, more than 95% believe their job gives them a sense of personal satisfaction.

College's Supreme Court Preview on C-Span

Each fall for the last 20 years participants have gathered at the William and Mary Law School for its annual Supreme Court Preview. Legal experts, scholars and journalists who cover the Court come to examine its upcoming session and dissect its rulings from the previous term.

Mason School honors Watkins family for leadership

The College of William and Mary and The Mason School of Business recognized two longtime friends and supporters, Hays T. Watkins Jr. LLD '82 and his son H. Thomas Watkins III '74, for their leadership and support to the College totaling more than $4.5 million over three decades.

Governor's budget plan has College reducing costs by $3 million

Governor Timothy M. Kaine released a plan Monday to reduce state spending by about $300 million across the Commonwealth-including $3 million at William and Mary-in an effort to make up a $641 million revenue shortfall this biennium.

Board issues statement on review process

Michael K. Powell, rector of the College of William and Mary, sent the following message to members of the College community following the Board of Visitors meeting on Sept. 28.

William and Mary endowment increases $94.2 million in 2006-07

The endowment at the College of William and Mary increased 19.2 percent, or $94.2 million, during the 2006-7 fiscal year. As of June 30, 2007, endowment funds that support William and Mary totaled $585.9 million, an increase from $491.7 million the previous year.

BOV to meet Sept. 27-28

The William and Mary Board of Visitors will meet on September 27-28, 2007, in Williamsburg, Va., in Blow Memorial Hall located on Richmond Road.

College to test emergency sirens Wednesday morning

Sam Sadler, vice president of student affairs and chair of the College's emergency management committee, sent the following e-mail to faculty, staff and students regarding Wednesday's test of William and Mary's new emergency sirens system.

College to test new alert system and siren

The College of William and Mary will be testing its new emergency alert system and campus-wide siren Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

'William and Mary Night' at New Town

The College of William and Mary and New Town will partner to host students at a fun-filled event Thursday, September 20 featuring door prizes, live entertainment by Snackbar Jones, extended store hours and special discounts for William and Mary students, faculty and staff (W&M ID is required for discounts).

Nichol letter addresses state-mandated budget reductions

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced recently that state agencies-including public institutions of higher education-would be asked to make budget reductions to help fill in the state revenue shortfall of $641 million over the next biennium.

Duke lacrosse case topic of law school discussion

The College of William and Mary Law School will host a discussion on "Prosecutorial Abuse and the Duke Lacrosse Case," Sept. 14 sponsored by the Institute of Bill of Rights Law.

Geriatric center receives grant for affordable driver evaluations

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health (CEAGH) was awarded a grant this month by The Virginia Department for the Aging to offer free driver evaluations (a $295 value) to people in the greater Williamsburg area.

One-in-Four takes message to the road

Members of the group One-in-Four left Williamsburg last week for a nine-month national tour that will continue bring sexual assault prevention education to more and more college campuses across the country.

'Washington Monthly': William and Mary in top 25

The College of William and Mary once again fared well in a national ranking of universities. In the recently released Washington Monthly rankings, the D.C.-based magazine listed William and Mary as 23rd in the country-second in terms of the percentage of students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps, according to the magazine.

William and Mary students parlay semester internships into D.C. jobs

As the W&M in Washington Program begins its second year, program administrators have discovered a welcome result of having William and Mary students living, studying and working in Washington, D.C. during the school year-namely, that nearly 30 percent of spring 2007 semester students parlayed their internships into summer or full-time jobs.

Podcasts present previews of freshmen halls

There is always a touch of anxiety as College freshmen (and their parents) prepare for the big move to dorm life. For the first time, William and Mary students and their families can preview their residence halls remotely-and before they ever arrive-via podcasts.

U.S. News: College remains nation's best small public university

For the ninth straight year, the College of William and Mary remains sixth among the nation's public universities-and it is the best small public university, according to the 2007 annual undergraduate rankings of colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report.

First-generation students mark Class of 2011

The College of William and Mary will welcome a class with more recorded international and first-generation students than ever before when the Class of 2011 arrives on campus at the end of this month.

VIMS's Patterson chosen to lead Project SeaCAMEL mission

Dr. Mark Patterson of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has been chosen as mission leader for a coral-reef research project that will be broadcast live worldwide to thousands of students and ocean enthusiasts from the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory, America's "Inner Space Station."

Gates takes part in ROTC affirmation ceremony

As the featured guest told them during a special ceremony in the Wren Chapel just hours before William and Mary's commencement ceremony, the new Army lieutenants were about to join a proud legacy of ROTC graduates from William and Mary.

Tommy Norment named recipient of 2007 Prentis Award

State Sen. Tommy Norment (R-3rd) has been named the recipient of the College of William and Mary's 2007 Prentis Award. College President Gene R. Nichol presented the award at a reception honoring Norment May 16.

Scientists discover new life in the Antarctic deep sea

An international research team, including Dr. Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has found hundreds of new marine species in the vast, dark deep-sea surrounding Antarctica-the bottom of the bottom of the world.

Deputy police chief earns 2007 Duke Award

When Ed Davis was pulled over for drag racing as a high school senior, he had no idea that he would be getting more than a fine from the experience.

Committee of the W&M Board of Visitors to meet May 20

The Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary has scheduled a brief meeting at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 20, 2007 to discuss Governor Kaine's amendments to the state budget approved by the General Assembly last month. The meeting will be held in the Board Conference Room in Blow Memorial Hall on Richmond Road.

W&M faculty, students featured on PBS show

Work of William and Mary students and faculty figure prominently in "Pocahontas Revealed," an episode of the PBS program NOVA, to be broadcast Tuesday, May 8.

William and Mary professor's book awarded three book prizes

Legum Professor of History Scott R. Nelson's acclaimed book, Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend has recently been awarded three significant book prizes, the Organization of American Historians' (OAH) Merle Curti Award for the best book published in American social/cultural history, awarded in March; the National Award for Arts Writing, which will be awarded in May; and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award which will be awarded in later this year.

Premiere of NOVA documentary on Werowocomoco/Jamestown

A premiere showing of the NOVA/PBS documentary "Pocahontas Revealed," focusing on recent excavations of Chief Powhatan's capital at Werowocomoco and the English settlement of Jamestown will be held at the Kimball Theater Tuesday, May 1.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II returns to William & Mary May 4, 2007

The following itinerary was released today by Buckingham Palace regarding the state visit next week of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the Queen will visit the campus at the College of William and Mary on May 4, 2007.

Tech Memorial Events

Governor Kaine has declared tomorrow, Friday, April 20, a statewide day of mourning for the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy and their families.

Tuition for Virginia undergraduates to increase $415 at W&M

In-state undergraduates attending the College of William and Mary for the 2007-08 academic year will pay $5,595 annually for tuition, an increase of $415, according to a proposal adopted Friday by the William and Mary Board of Visitors.

William and Mary Logo Committee at work

The committee charged with developing a new logo for the College of William and Mary and its athletics program is seeking input from members of the College community.

Committee on Religion in a Public University to meet April 16

The William and Mary Committee on Religion in a Public University will meet on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 2 p.m. The meeting with take place in the Board Room in Blow Memorial Hall on Richmond Road and will be open to the public. The Committee will not be entertaining public comment at this meeting. For questions about the meeting, please contact Cheryl Corvello, at 757-221-1159.

Noted Author Os Guinness to speak April 12, 2007

Author Os Guinness will deliver a lecture April 12, 2007 at the College of William and Mary on "World Safe for Diversity: living with our deepest differences in age of exploding pluralism."

Alumnus receives prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

A College of William and Mary alumnus was recently named a 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholar. Eric Koskinen ('01), currently a graduate student at Brown University, is one of two William and Mary graduates to have ever received the honor.

Business school groundbreaking on March 30

The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary will have a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new building, Alan B. Miller Hall, March 30 at the building site at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Ukrop Way.

BOV Committee on Financial Affairs March 19 meeting cancelled

Due to scheduling conflicts, the meeting of the Committee on Financial Affairs of the William and Mary Board of Visitors scheduled for Monday, March 19, in Richmond has been cancelled. The meeting will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

Thomas E. Mann named Hunter Andrews Fellow

Political scientist and author Thomas E. Mann has been named the 2007 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics at the College of William and Mary.

Norfolk Southern gift helps VIMS purchase research instrument

Norfolk Southern Corporation, through its Foundation, has committed $150,000 to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, to help purchase a state-of-the-art laboratory instrument that will provide exciting new opportunities for addressing important questions in marine ecology and conservation.

Business Week: Mason School of Business among the best

In its 2007 ranking of undergraduate business programs, BusinessWeek magazine ranked The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary in the Top 30 of the 50 best undergraduate business programs in the U.S. With an overall ranking of 29, The Mason School is also a Top 10 school among public universities.

Former W&M law student named 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholar

A William and Mary Law School graduate was recently named a 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholar. Ian Ralby (JD '05), currently an associate with Hunton & Williams in Norfolk, Va., is the first William and Mary graduate to receive the scholarship.

Nichol to host public forum on the future of the College Feb. 6

William and Mary President Gene R. Nichol will host a public forum on the future of the College-and discuss his goals and aspirations outlined during his State of the College address-during a conversation with faculty, staff and students on February 6, 2007.

William and Mary names new Director of University Relations

The College of William and Mary announced today that Mike Connolly has been named Director of University Relations. Connolly is an award winning PR professional who comes to the college with a broad background in both national news and communications.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel to speak at William and Mary's Charter Day

United States Sen. Chuck Hagel, whose name has been mentioned as a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, will be the keynote speaker at the College of William and Mary's annual Charter Day Ceremony on Feb. 10, 2007.