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2008 Campus Announcements

College community mourns loss of Alvin Anderson

William & Mary is mourning the loss of Alvin Powers Anderson, alum of the college and former member of the Board of Visitors. Anderson ('70, J.D.'72) died Nov. 28, 2008.

W&M ranked a best value by Kiplinger's

The College of William and Mary remains one of the country's best values in public colleges, according to the latest ranking by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. In its annual report, William & Mary ranks fifth among the magazine’s top 100 public universities that combine "outstanding economic value with top-notch education."

Budget Forum
Reveley holds campus forum on state budget reductions

William and Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III and Vice President for Finance Sam Jones hosted a campus forum Wednesday on pending reductions in state budget dollars. More than 150 faculty, staff and students attended the forum at the College's Sadler Center.

Ranger Challenge
W&M's ROTC conquers Ranger Challenge

Ten cadets from the William and Mary's ROTC program recently competed in the 2008 4th Brigade, Eastern Region Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort Pickett, Va., between Oct. 24 and 26.

CVC seeks to 'give hope'

Faculty and staff members at the College of William and Mary are being asked to open their hearts - and their wallets - to help people in need through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. The annual fundraising campaign, which is held among state employees, began Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 15.

DANCEVENT: 'A full spectrum of possibility'

William & Mary professors not only developed and choreographed the pieces in the upcoming Dancevent program, but they also perform in them alongside members of Orchesis and guest performers.

Reunion classes give back

During Homecoming 2008, which takes place Oct. 23-26, nine classes from 1963 to 2003 will gather on campus for their class reunions. The Class of 1959 will return in spring 2009 in celebration of their 50th Reunion. In addition to reconnecting with classmates, the reunion classes pull together for another reason: making a difference for the College.

UCAB receives national award

The College of William and Mary's University Center Activities Board (UCAB) recently beat out over 50 other schools to win the Board of Excellence award at the National Association for Campus Activities South Conference.

The passing of a VIMS icon

During his 50-year career, Dr. William Hargis served VIMS as director, graduate dean, research scientist, mentor and friend.

Thomas Pickering
Reves Center to host fifth annual Global Forum

The Wendy & Emery Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary will host a Global Forum Nov. 9, 2008 at the Williamsburg Lodge. The featured speaker will be Ambassador (ret.) Thomas R. Pickering who will address "The Next President: Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities." Tickets are required.

Tribe's student-athlete grad rates among top in nation

The College of William and Mary athletics department again ranked among the national leaders in graduating student-athletes, with 12 teams graduating 100% of their participants who enrolled between 1998 and 2001.

Financial forum available via webcast

A panel discussion by W&M faculty on the fiscal crisis will be broadcast live via web stream at on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.

Sam Sadler
Sadlers to officiate homecoming parade

This year's Homecoming will be different for Sam Sadler ('64, M.Ed. '71) and Mary Liz Smith Sadler ('65). This trip down Duke of Gloucester Street will be one perhaps of relaxation, remembrance and revelry for Sam, because for the first time in 41 years, he won't be calling the shots. On June 30, Sam retired from the place he has worked for and loved for so long.

Reveley message on provost search

William and Mary President W. Taylor Reveley III sent the following message to the campus community regarding the selection of a Provost Search Committee.

Reveley message on new HR system

President W. Taylor Reveley sent e-mail to campus community regarding the College's new human-resources system.

Campus Safety Messages

The following campus safety messages were sent to the William and Mary community from Anna Martin, chair of the emergency management team.

W&M Nite at New Town set for Thursday

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, students, faculty and staff of the College of William and Mary will gather at the New Town shopping center for the second annual W&M Nite at New Town.

Tropical Storm Hanna updates

Notes to campus community from Anna Martin concerning anticipated arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna.

Rhian Horgan
Rhian Horgan: Opening Convocation remarks

Prepared text of remarks by Rhian Horgan, keynote speaker during the Opening Convocation ceremonies at the College of William and Mary.

Symphony concert moved to PBK Hall

The Virginia Symphony concert scheduled for tonight has been moved to Phi Beta Kappa Hall due to the weather.

Victoria Ryan
Eleven alumni receive Fulbrights

Eleven recent graduates of the College of William and Mary have been selected to receive Fulbright U.S. student or Austrian government scholarships.

Bruce Bracken
Bracken receives APA's senior scientist award

Bruce Bracken, a school psychologist and professor of educational foundations at the College, has been recognized by the American Psychological Association.

Richard Brown
Two W&M alums appointed to state finance posts

Two William and Mary alumni will play prominent roles in the Commonwealth of Virginia's finance and budget process, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has announced.

Taylor Reveley
Reveley to chair First Night

William and Mary Interim President W. Taylor Reveley III will chair the Williamsburg First Night 2009 celebration.

WM Seal
Governor announces new W&M BOV members

Governor Timothy M. Kaine has announced that Colin G. Campbell, Timothy P. Dunn and Robert E. Scott will serve as members of William and Mary's Board of Visitors.

President's message to campus on new web

William and Mary Interim President W. Taylor Reveley, III, sent the following message to the campus community today regarding the launch of the College's new web site.

College's First Website
College launches redesigned Web site

William and Mary launched its new Web site on July 31, 2008. Users will be treated to more photography, easier navigation and an overall friendlier experience.

Swem Library
Swem Library ranked among nation's best

The College of William and Mary's libraries are among the best in the country, according to the latest rankings from the Princeton Review.

12 from College receive VSGC scholarships

12 William and Mary undergraduates are among the statewide recipients of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium scholarships for 2008-2009 school year.

Reveley message regarding state budget picture

William and Mary Interim President W. Taylor Reveley, III, sent the following message to the campus community Friday regarding the state budget picture and recent news from the governor's office.

Mize tapped for Beales Award at William and Mary

Kate Mize, a Galileo Magnet High School graduate from Halifax, Va., has been named recipient of the 2008-09 Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at the College of William and Mary.

Virginia Shakes opens 'Complete History'

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival opens the final production of its 30th Anniversary Season, The Complete History of America (abridged), by Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor on July 24th, directed by Artistic Director Christopher Owens.

Congressman Wittman (R-VA) tours William and Mary campus

Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) met with William and Mary Interim President Taylor W. Reveley III and Provost P. Geoffrey Feiss during the Congressman's tour of the College's campus on July 1, 2008. The visit to the College's Williamsburg campus was Wittman's first since his election to Congress last year.

Reveley featured in national news story on war powers

College of William and Mary Interim President W. Taylor Reveley, III, had a significant part in a national news story Tuesday regarding a proposed overhaul of the process involved when the president and Congress send armed forces into war.

Times-Dispatch features turtle work

The July 8 issue of The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured a study at William and Mary on the impact of crab pots on diamondback terrapins. The work is being conducted by Megan Rook, a master's student in biology, and by Randy Chambers, director of the W.M. Keck Environmental Field Laboratory.

W&M students featured in NPR presidential election story

Two students at the College of William and Mary were featured on a National Public Radio program discussing how the age of voters and candidates will play a role in the upcoming presidential election.

Eagle researchers listen to (and honor) two of their own

A group of conservationists and eagle researchers recently took a break in a day of review and discussion of the current status of bald eagles to honor Bryan Watts, the center's director, and Mitchell Byrd, director emeritus, of William and Mary’s Center for Conservation Biology.

W&M student earns Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Shay Jannat, a rising junior at the College of William and Mary, was recently awarded a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. The fellowship, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, provides funding to students as they prepare to enter the State Department's Foreign Service.

Incoming freshman receives first Trevarthen Scholarship

Morgan Faulkner, an incoming freshman at the College of William and Mary, recently received the first annual Anne Trevarthen Memorial Scholarship from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

W&M student named Harriman Fellow

The 2008 Harriman Fellows are Andrew Blasi from the College of William and Mary, Matthew McGrath from Vanderbilt University and James Nadel from Tufts University.

You go girl: Winnie the whimbrel flies 3,200 miles in 146 hours

Researchers from the College of William and Mary's Center for Conservation Biology and The Nature Conservancy have observed the record-setting migration of a shorebird from feeding grounds on the Delmarva Peninsula to breeding grounds on the McKenzie River near the Alaska-Canada border.

Governor signs statewide higher education bond package

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine officially signed the statewide higher education bond package May 29, 2008 that includes $38.1 million to fully fund construction of the new School of Education at the College of William and Mary.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Overbey Omohundro

Elizabeth "Libby" Overbey Omohundro, 91, a former elementary school teacher and friend of the College of William and Mary, died May 19, 2008 in Gloucester, Va.

Allen gets Thatcher Prize

The award recognizes an outstanding student in graduate or professional study.

Morse receives Graves. Jr. Award

Deborah D. Morse, professor of English at the College of William and Mary, was presented with the 2008 Thomas Ashley Graves Jr. Award at the College's May 11 commencement exercises.

Harris honored with the Sullivan Award

Recent graduate Jeree Michele Harris received one of two student Sullivan Awards during the College of William and Mary's commencement ceremony May 11.

Loria honored with Sullivan Award

Recent graduate Shaun Loria, a religious studies major at the College of William and Mary, received one of two student Sullivan Awards during commencement exercises May 11.

Rastogi awarded Lord Botetourt Medal

Recent graduate Ashwin Rastogi, a double major in physics and mathematics, received the 2008 Lord Botetourt Medal at the College of William and Mary's commencement ceremony May 11.

Kennedy receives the Carr Memorial Cup

Recent graduate Judd Kennedy received the 2008 James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup at the College of William and Mary's commencement exercises May 11.

Tuition for Virginia undergraduates to increase $541 at W&M

In-state undergraduate tuition at the College of William and Mary will increase by $541 to $6,090 for the 2008-09 academic year, according to the budget adopted Saturday by the William and Mary Board of Visitors.

W&M alumnus honors faculty excellence

The College of William and Mary announced today that Joseph J. Plumeri-alumnus (1966), member of the Board of Visitors and longtime supporter-has committed $2 million to establish the Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence.

Roberts honored for work in environmental sociology

J. Timmons Roberts, professor of sociology and director of William and Mary's environmental science and policy department, was recently awarded the Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award for his contribution to the field of environmental sociology.

VIMS research reveals DDT persists in Antarctic ice

Research by Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student Heidi Geisz and colleagues shows that DDT and its breakdown products persist within the tissues of Adelie penguins.

Business school's faculty/staff campaign surpasses $500,000 goal

When you've been around as long as the College of William and Mary, it's hard to imagine an unprecedented experience. But the business school changed that on April 25th with its announcement of a history-making faculty and staff campaign for the Mason School of Business programs and their new home, Alan B. Miller Hall.

State capital plan fully funds construction of new School of Education building

The newly adopted state capital plan includes $38.1 million to fully fund construction of the new School of Education building at the College of William and Mary. The statewide bond package, approved Wednesday in Richmond during a special session of the Virginia General Assembly, also includes funding and planning dollars for three other construction projects at William and Mary, including $8 million for a critical project to upgrade the College's heating and cooling systems, $250,000 in pre-planning dollars for the third phase of the Integrated Science Center and more than $500,000 for detailed planning of the renovation of Tucker Hall. The bond bill will now go to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who is expected to sign it.

Cannaday presented 2008 JoLynne DeMary Award

Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., superintendent of public instruction for the State of Virginia, was presented the William and Mary School of Education's JoLynne DeMary Award at an Education Policy, Planning and Leadership breakfast today.

W&M announces $10-million initiative to support Gateway program

The Board of Visitors and the College today announced a plan to increase the Gateway William and Mary Endowment to $10 million by year's end. As part of that effort, Rector Michael K. Powell announced a commitment by Board members to provide $1 million, which will serve as a dollar-for-dollar match for money raised by the William and Mary community.

Nancy and Colin Campbell named 2008 Prentis recipients for civic work

Nancy and Colin Campbell have been named the College of William and Mary's 2008 Prentis Award recipients for their civic work in the Williamsburg and College communities. Colin is the president and chief executive officer of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and his wife, Nancy, is the chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Campbells will receive the honor during a ceremony and reception held in their honor on May 8 at the College.

College admits diverse class for 2012

Building off the strength of its largest, most diverse and academically accomplished applicant pool ever, the College of William and Mary's group of admitted students includes another record number of first-generation College students and a significant increase in students of color.

Three students awarded Goldwater Scholarships

Three College of William and Mary students will continue their undergraduate studies next year with the aid of Goldwater Scholarships, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced. Heather McConchie, Mark Streer and Daniel Zabransky were among 321 sophomores and juniors nationwide recognized by the foundation. In addition, sophomore Benjamin Brush was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Goldwater Scholarship Committee.

U.S. Sen. Warner named 2008 Andrews Fellow

U.S. Senator John Warner (R-Va.) has been named the 2008 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics at the College of William and Mary.

W&M eagle scientists named 2007 Recovery Champions

Eagle researchers Mitchell Byrd and Bryan Watts of William and Mary's Center for Conservation Biology were among the recipients of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Recovery Champion awards for 2007.

Law School moves up in U.S. News rankings; Receives record number of applications

The College of William & Mary Law School moved up in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best graduate programs in the nation. According to the report released Friday, the law school came in this year at 30th, tied with the University of Washington. Last year, the school was ranked at 31st in the nation, tied with Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Ambler to Serve as Interim VP for Student Affairs

Virginia M. Ambler, assistant vice president for student affairs will serve as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, William and Mary Interim President W. Taylor Reveley, III announced today.

Oreska ('07) named Gates Cambridge Scholar; 3rd for W&M

A College of William and Mary alumnus was recently named among the 2008 Gates Cambridge Scholars. Matthew Oreska ('07), currently a substitute teacher at the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond, Va., is the third William and Mary graduate to receive the scholarship.

Terp war: Terrapins v. crab pots?

Megan Rook, a graduate student in William and Mary's Department of Biology, has received $20,000 in funding to allow her to continue her studies of diamondback terrapins.

BOV members spend day on campus

Members of the William and Mary Board of Visitors spent an entire day on campus Friday listening, learning and answering questions from students, faculty and staff regarding the recent resignation of President Gene R. Nichol and how the College community should move forward and heal together in the coming days and weeks.

Reiss leads delegation to Korea

Vice Provost for International Relations Mitchell Reiss leads a delegation this week in the Republic of Korea (ROK) unveiling a report on the US-ROK security partnership for the country's President-elect, Lee Myung-bak.

College named to President's Community Service honor role

The College of William and Mary was recently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth, according to a press release from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Statement from Gene Nichol: Feb. 12

The following statement was distributed by e-mail to faculty and staff by Gene R. Nichol announcing his resignation as president of the College of William and Mary on Feb. 12.

Statement from the Board of Visitors: Feb. 12

The following statement was released on Feb. 12 by the Board of Visitors concerning the resignation of Gene Nichol as president of the College of William and Mary.

Faculty survey lists priorities

Improved salaries, support for research and increases in student financial aid top the priorities listed in a recent survey of faculty at the College of William and Mary.

Charter Day 2008: Nichol's prepared remarks

Prepared remarks delivered by Gene R. Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary, during the 2008 Charter Day ceremony, Feb. 9, 2008.

William and Mary unveils summer classes in D.C.

The College of William and Mary announced today it will offer summer classes in its Washington Office beginning this summer. The new initiative will provide its students year round academic options in Washington, D.C. Registration begins for the Washington and Williamsburg Summer Sessions on March 10 for William and Mary students and March 17 for non-William and Mary students.

Musick honored for lifetime opus

Jack Musick, of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has been awarded the Commonwealth's Lifetime Achievement in Science award for his work on the ecology and conservation of marine fishes and sea turtles. The award was announced by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and Science Museum of Virginia Director Richard Conti.