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Tribe men's basketball rolls on with 83-77 win at Maryland

The William and Mary men's basketball team's stellar start to the 2009-10 season added another impressive chapter on Wednesday night as the Tribe knocked off its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent of the season, downing Maryland, 83-77, at the Comcast Center.

BBC catches up with the Class of 2009

BBC America recently caught up with four members of William & Mary's Class of 2009 to see how they have fared in the job market during this tough economy.

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W&M's outstanding student leaders for fall '09 announced

The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award recipients for the Fall 2009 semester are: Tildi Sharp '10 (September), Virginia Newton '10 (October) and Jennifer Schindler '11 (November).

Rasmussen featured on 'With Good Reason'

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Ann Rasmussen will be featured in a segment of the radio program "With Good Reason" about Christmas music. The segment began airing Dec. 19 and will continue to run through Dec. 24.

W&M students contribute to classified document release

Research conducted by William & Mary undergraduate students has led to the recent release of formerly classified documents that shed new light on the impact of the detainment of one of Argentina's most famous political prisoners, Jacobo Timerman.

W&M throws its cares away during Yule Log ceremony

This past Saturday hundreds of students gathered in the cold December air that filled the Wren Courtyard just after sundown for what many described as the crown jewel of William & Mary traditions.

Accounting programs ranked best among small schools

The Public Accounting Report's 2009 Annual Survey of Accounting Professors recognizes the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary as the number one ranked small school for both their undergraduate and Master of Accounting programs.

W&M receives $1.31 million grant to implement new history curriculum

The College of William and Mary's School of Education has received a $1.31 million grant from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Program to fund a project that will bring new U.S. history curriculum to middle schools around the nation.

Mascot search makes 'The Daily Show'

Monday night, comedian Jon Stewart '84 had a little fun with his alma mater during the opening of "The Daily Show." The William & Mary alumnus reminded his Comedy Central audience that the nation's second oldest College has been searching for a new mascot.

Japanese educators learn about gifted education at W&M

William & Mary's Center for Gifted Education is known around the world for its research and curriculum. Recently, a little section of that world came to the center to learn first-hand from its experts.

Fall 2009 campus sustainability projects announced

The College's Committee on Sustainability (COS) has announced its fall 2009 round of project funding via the student green fee. Out of 26 proposals totaling almost $250,000 in requests, 12 were awarded funding at the committee's November meeting for a total of $78,759.

Students receive NATO internships

Three W&M students have been offered, and have accepted, internships with the U.S. Mission to NATO for the coming summer.

ChAP scientists comment on benefits of algal biofuel

A letter from several participants in the Chesapeake Algae Program is printed in the leading journal "Science." The writers point out several environmental benefits of using algae as biofuel feedstock.

Women's rugby makes history

Tears of joy fell on the pitch as William & Mary athletes were claimed victorious. The William & Mary women's club rugby team made history last month, winning the Ed and Sandy Championship in Roanoke.

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Admission uses new tools to reach students

The William & Mary Office of Undergraduate Admission is now making it possible for prospective students to learn all about the College through the use of Skype and other social networking tools.

Tribe football advances to NCAA semifinals

Sophomore running back Jonathan Grimes rushed for three touchdowns as the No. 6 William and Mary football team earned a 24-3 victory at No. 1/2 Southern Illinois in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. In addition to advancing W&M to the NCAA Semifinals for the second time in the last six years, the win was also significant in that it was the 200th of head coach Jimmye Laycock's career.

Teaching and research: All about the sauce

A group of more than 100 faculty, staff and students pondered the recipe of the College's "special sauce" -- a combination of ingredients that, properly blended, allow for the smooth incorporation of research activity into the education of many William & Mary students.

Andy Warhol's 'Voyeurism' at the Muscarelle

The Muscarelle Museum of Art presents Deeply Superficial, on view from November 7, 2009 to January 24, 2010, an exhibition featuring over 100 of Warhol's photographs, film and silkscreens of glamorous celebrities, socialites, and artists of the 60s and 70s, including Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, and Salvador Dali.

Adam Otstot '04, M.Ed. '07: An Iron Man Amongst Us

Adam Otstot '04, M.Ed. '07 traveled from his home in Williamsburg, to compete in this extraordinary competition that was held in Hawaii this past October. Otstot finished 94th overall, with an impressive 9 hours, 27 minutes and 49 seconds.

Player Council another victory for Tribe

While the sixth-ranked Tribe has received outstanding performances from their defense, offense and special teams in compiling a 10-2 mark heading into Saturday's NCAA quarterfinal matchup at top-ranked Southern Illinois, none of those units has outstripped the job done by the Player Council.

Internships in Francophone Europe

William & Mary's first two participants in the College's partnership with the Internships in Francophone Europe are back on campus.

Fritzius lends talents, passion to fight against breast cancer

Cassi Fritzius, executive assistant to the dean of William & Mary Law School, has long been an advocate in the fight against breast cancer. Now herself a breast cancer survivor, she continues her fight by raising funds to help fight the disease.

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Citation analysis shows VIMS in top 1 percent worldwide

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, ranks in the top one percent of institutions worldwide in two fields based on a standard measure of scientific accomplishment-the number of times that colleagues cite an earlier journal article within their own research papers.

Does research bring us together?

In part two of a series of campus conversations on what it means to be a liberal arts university in the 21st century, a panel of faculty will examine the important balance of teaching and research at William & Mary.

Students research green roof possibilities for W&M campus

Last month, more than 20 students from various organizations - including the College's Committee on Sustainability, the Sharpe Community Scholars Program, the EcoHouse, and the Student Environmental Action Coalition - completed the College's first green roof test plots.

Tribe blanks Weber State, 38-0

Sophomore linebacker Jake Trantin and redshirt freshman cornerback B.W. Webb returned a pair of first-half interceptions for touchdowns to help the sixth-ranked William and Mary football team defeat No. 15/18 Weber State, 38-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Playoffs on Saturday afternoon at Zable Stadium.

Mercury's travel up the food chain

Professor of Biology Dan Cristol is studying the impact the element mercury, found in rivers, lakes and streams, has on the birds that dwell around the polluted water.

Samantha Casey crowned Miss Virginia USA

Samantha Casey, a senior majoring in marketing at William & Mary, was named Miss Virginia USA 2010 this weekend, according to the pageant's Web site.

W&M remains among nation's elite in graduating student-athletes

The College of William and Mary's Athletics Department showed a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 95 percent among its student-athletes who entered school on athletics scholarships in the 1999-02 athletics year in data recently released by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

College to host high school Model U.N. conference

Students from approximately 60 high schools nationwide will visit the College this weekend for the 23rd annual William & Mary High School Model United Nations Conference (WMHSMUN).

W&M named top public institution in study abroad participation

The College of William and Mary has a greater percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs than any other public institution offering doctoral degrees in the United States, according to a recent study by the Institute of International Education.

For whom the bell didn't toll

A group of students journey to Spain to trace the twisted threads of the legacy of that country's tragic civil war.

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Link Program provides more than just learning

Starting this year, the Reves Center's Link Program has provided a cultural education and a social network for the families of international students and professors

W&M, Richmond rename football rivalry as Capital Cup

This year's winner of the South's oldest college football rivalry will take home a new trophy - The Capital Cup - symbolic of the long-standing series between The University of Richmond and The College of William & Mary, the schools jointly announced Wednesday.

A perfect storm?

A significant coastal-flooding event is occurring along the mid-Atlantic coast, as a low-pressure remnant from Tropical Depression Ida is traveling up the Atlantic seaboard.

Student designers 'create the world'

Inglis was one of a handful of William & Mary students who approached the theatre department last year and asked if they could serve as the designers for one of the College's main stage productions.

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Tribe pride: Catch the 'Fever'

The Tribal Fever is the official student fan club of William & Mary athletics. The club's goal is to create and maintain a culture of school spirit centered on athletic events and expanding into the College.

A great 8: Tribe pounds Towson, 31-0

Fifth-ranked W&M posts first shutout in four years, setting up Saturday's critical Senior Day contest with New Hampshire.

Study reveals threat to tidal wetlands

A new study co-authored by VIMS professor Carl Hershner shows that more than half the tidal wetlands along the U.S. East Coast will disappear by 2100 if current shoreline-protection strategies continue to block their landward migration in the face of rising sea level.

Tribe Tennis takes part in USTA Run and Roll Tennis Challenge

The William and Mary men's and women's tennis teams took part in the 2009 Run and Roll Tennis Challenge to kick off the USTA Virginia Wheelchair Open sponsored by Truong Rehabilitation Center at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on Oct. 30.

Student builds contrabass recorder

Callaway spent most of his summer building a contrabass recorder, with the finished product being only slightly shorter than he is.

Tribe Baseball volunteers with The Arc

The William and Mary Tribe baseball team reached out into the community on October 20, participating in Fitness Night at The Arc of Greater Williamsburg.

W&M professor wins Neil Miner Award

Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at William & Mary, has been proclaimed the winner of the Neil Miner Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

Veterans Society of W&M here to help

Not many know it by its real name, but the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 changed the fate of the World War II generation and the America they called home.

'Long live DoG Street'

Duke of Gloucester Street, which links Colonial Williamsburg's reconstructed Capitol building to William & Mary's ancient campus and its historic Wren Building, was officially recognized Saturday as one of the "Top 10 Great Streets in America."

Globalization of an American tradition

An annual event at the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies introduces international students and faculty to the American tradition of pumpkin carving.

VIMS assists in oil-spill drill

Faculty and staff of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, participated in yesterday's oil-spill exercise on the York River, which was designed to help federal, state, and local emergency-management teams better coordinate their individual and collaborative responses to such an event.

Inaugural Bolin Fellowships announced

The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, the William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts have collaborated to create the Bolin Fellowship which provides tuition and a paid internship for minority students enrolled in the college's joint master of public policy and juris doctorate program.

MA project may jumpstart market for offshore wind energy

The pending approval of a major wind farm off the southern coast of Massachusetts will send a "market signal" that is likely to jumpstart development of other wind farms in the nation's coastal waters, including those off Virginia.

Homecoming '09: A W&M family reunion

This weekend, alumni from all classes and regions of the country gathered back at William & Mary to tailgate, talk with old friends, and reminisce about everything from favorite local restaurants to campus pranks.

Fall photo contest winners announced

From more than 100 photos of pumpkins, foliage and familiar campus locations, the winners of William & Mary's first-ever fall and Halloween photo contest have been selected.

Delta Chi philanthropy project helps W&M Fund

Last month during family weekend, members of the Delta Chi fraternity unveiled the results of their latest philanthropic campaign entitled "William and Mary Meets the Arts."

Joe and Eloise Agee to lead 2009 Homecoming Parade

Joe '52, M.Ed. '56 and Eloise Bryant Agee '53 have seen William & Mary from every possible angle: courtside at basketball games, from the baseball dugout, the football sidelines and even the golf course. But there's one angle that will be new in 2009: Homecoming Grand Marshals.

Greenia elected to Phi Beta Kappa senate

George Greenia, professor of modern languages and literatures at the College of William and Mary, has been elected to the senate of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

State of the University is promising

From a historic building boom and an intense strategic planning effort to a record year of giving and superb faculty, staff, students, and alumni, William & Mary is moving powerfully forward.

An out of classroom experience

Remember those hot, sticky summers when your parents made you and your siblings pile into the back of the station wagon, heading out for a long trek to see the great West? Well, for nearly four decades, geology students at William and Mary have made a similar kind of road trip - with their professors instead of parents - by signing up for the Regional Field Geology course, aka Geology 310.

McGlothlin Court- room renovation completed

The William & Mary Law School reopened the McGLothlin Courtroom this fall after an extensive renovation project undertaken during the summer of 2009.

Holmes to present lecture series

David L. Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, will present to the William & Mary community a talk entitled, "College in the 1950s Compared with College Today."

William & Mary to host forum on healthcare reform

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy will host a forum on healthcare reform and how it may impact Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Going Global: Reves Center holds international expo

Hundreds of curious families poured into Trinkle Hall on Family Weekend to meet excited student representatives and alumni of William & Mary's many study abroad and exchange programs.

Law School presents death penalty panel

The W&M Law School hosted a panel discussion on death penalty issues in late Sept. The panel featured W&M Law School Professor Paul Marcus.

Vernon Hurte recognized as a top 'inspirer'

Vernon Hurte, director of William & Mary's Center for Student Diversity, has been named as one of InSpire Magazine's "Top 40 Inspirers in America."

Duke of Gloucester named a top "Great Street"

Duke of Gloucester Street, which links Colonial Williamsburg's reconstructed Capitol building to William & Mary's ancient campus and its historic Wren Building, was designated one of the nation's top streets by the American Planning Association's Great Places in American Program.

Stewart, Close earn Emmy Awards

Comedian Jon Stewart '84, one of William & Mary's most famous alumni, has been lauded again by the entertainment industry.

Terry Driscoll selected to New England Basketball Hall of Fame

William and Mary athletics director Terry Driscoll will be a 2009 inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

W&M professor receives $1 million NSF grant

Salvatore Saporito, an associate professor of sociology at William & Mary, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new database of school attendance boundaries for the country's largest school districts.

W&M's yo-yo guy

Sebastian Brock '11 prepares to compete at the national yo-yo contest.

Armstrong survives Raft Debate

In the battle for the paddle, Physics Professor David Armstrong outlasts the competition.

Business School to dedicate new building

Miller Hall, the new home of the Mason School of Business, will be dedicated at a ceremony in the building's courtyard Oct. 2.

Study shows major economic impact of higher education

A new study conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia provides an unprecedented look at the large impact of Virginia's public colleges, universities, and community colleges on Virginia's economic output, job creation, and state tax revenues.

Christian student observes Muslim 'feast for the faith'

Bailey Thomson was one of millions around the world who recently observed the Islamic tradition of Ramadan. But unlike the majority of those who observe the holy month, Thomson is not a Muslim.

Student brings fringe fest experience to new role

Mary Myers' summer was a whirlwind of rehearsals and performances in two of the biggest cities on the East Coast. Now, she is bringing what she learned from that experience to her next role on the William & Mary main stage.

Q&A with Immigration Law Scholar Angela Banks

A Q&A with Law Professor Angela Banks on her soon-to-be-released report on immigration, "Sovereignty, Deference, and Deportation: Regulating the Power to Deport in the United States and Europe."

Grow By Degrees announces honorary co-chairs

The Grow By Degrees Coalition announced that all present or former Virginia Governors and U.S. Senators had joined the coalition as honorary co-chairs.

W&M defeats Delaware in CAA opener

The fifth-ranked William and Mary football team improved to 4-0 with a 30-20 victory against Delaware in its conference opener before a sold-out crowd of 12,259 at Zable Stadium on Saturday night. The Tribe's 4-0 start is the program's best record to begin a season since it posted the same mark in 1994.

Submissions sought for Charter Day art contest

The William & Mary student community is invited to submit their creative works for the Charter Day juried art show. The theme is, "There is only one William & Mary."

Law Admission Dean turns author

A Civil War memento from his great-grandfather inspired Law Admission Dean Neal Wixson to author a book about his great-grandfather's regiment.

Governor appoints W&M alumni to Board of Visitors

William & Mary alumni Dennis H. Liberson '78 and Michael Tang '76 have been appointed to William & Mary's Board of Visitors, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced today.

Annual 'Raft Debate' to be held Sept. 30

The Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 pm.

Larry Wilkerson featured on NPR's "On Point"

Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson talked with NPR's "On Point" about increasing troops in Afghanistan and about U.S. there.

First Sullivan Scholarship winner prepares for semester in England

Andy Allen ('11) is preparing to relish everything the old world has to offer. As the first recipient of the Timothy J. Sullivan Scholarship, he will spend fall semester of his junior year at the University of Nottingham in England.

Halleran to faculty: We control our destiny

New Provost Michael Halleran addresses faculty and discusses the upcoming campus conversation on what it means to be a liberal arts university.

Chris Gareis to receive 2009 Charles Clear Research Award

Christopher Gareis, associate dean for teacher education & professional services at William & Mary's School of Education, will be awarded the Virginia Educational Research Association's Charles Clear Research Award this week.

WMPD welcomes new captain

The William & Mary Police Department has welcomed to its ranks just its third captain in their 35 year history.

Roy R. Charles Center and Writing Resources Center move

The Roy R. Charles Center and Writing Resources Center, two-well known resources for William & Mary students, will have new homes this fall. Both spaces, which used to be housed in Tucker Hall, will continue to inspire discovery and research.

W&M students challenged to create viral videos

The Office of Undergraduate Admission recently kicked off its second annual "More Than Bricks Competition," which asks current students to create their own viral videos about William & Mary.

Tribe thunders past Central Connecticut

The seventh-ranked William & Mary football team continued to roll Saturday night in the home opener at Zable Stadium, easily handling Central Connecticut State, 33-14.

State budget main topic at campus meeting

It didn't take but a few days for the euphoria of a stunning athletic victory to be replaced by the reality of Virginia's budget woes and its impact on William & Mary.

Cross receives Mensa lifetime achievement award

Tracy L. Cross, William & Mary's new Jody & Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and executive director of the Center for Gifted Education, was awarded the Mensa Education & Research Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award during a surprise presentation at a recent School of Education meeting.

Tribe football jumps to No. 7 in national polls

After earning a 26-14 victory at Virginia last Saturday, the William and Mary football team jumped seven spots to No. 7 in polls released by the FCS Coaches and the Sports Network this week.

Tribe upends UVA 26-14 in football opener

Redshirt-freshman cornerback B.W. Webb intercepted three passes, including a 50-yard pick-six late in the fourth quarter, as the 14th-ranked William and Mary football team earned a 26-14 victory at Virginia in both teams' season opener on Saturday evening.

Sustainability summer interns save thousands

As interns for the Committee on Sustainability (COS), Tyler Koontz '09 and Judi Sclafani '11 spent their summer months evaluating William & Mary's recycling and waste services. Thanks to that work - and a recommendation by the students - the College will now save $40,000 annually.

Washington Monthly ranks W&M eighth nationally

According to the latest college guide by Washington Monthly - a listing that evaluates schools on "the contributions their students make to society," William & Mary ranked eighth.

W&M launches flu information Web site

Have you washed your hands yet today? If not, it's time to hit the soap and hot water - and then check out William & Mary's health alerts Web site for more flu precaution tips and up-to-date information on H1N1, also called swine flu.

Opening Convocation: W&M welcomes newest family members

William & Mary's new students aren't just embarking on their college careers, they are joining a family, James B. Comey ('82) said at the College's annual Opening Convocation ceremony Friday.

Malone awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

Linda Malone, the Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law, has been awarded the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in International Environmental Law for 2009-2010. She will research and lecture at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin in Italy.

House delegates visit VIMS

Members of the Virginia House of Delegate's Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resource committee visited the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on August 26th and 27th to talk with researchers about issues facing Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

James B. Comey's remarks at Convocation

The following are the prepared remarks of Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey ('82) for Opening Convocation 2009. - Ed.

Glover: Building a legacy for diversity at W&M

Chon Glover, the College's assistant to the president for diversity and community initiatives, believes diversity at William and Mary is becoming "a common phrase."

Greenhouse gas emissions reduced 16% since 2002

William & Mary reduced its carbon emissions 16 percent per square foot of building space since 2002, according to the College's first official greenhouse gas inventory released this week.

Hurte: 'This entire community is for you'

Hurte wants to take that understanding to a whole new level at William & Mary this year through the efforts and programs of the College's new Center for Student Diversity.

Hope spotted in Virgin Islands

A birder in the Virgin Islands sees Hope the whimbrel in a stopoff on the bird's satellite-tracked migration from north Hudson's Bay to South America.

220 W&M students spend the day serving

Williams was one of about 220 William & Mary students who participated in the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship's annual Students Helping Out Williamsburg (SHOW) Day today.

Q&A with new Law Dean Davison M. Douglas

New law-school dean Davison Douglas as a young man realized how the legal profession could serve the community after reading "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Welcome home! W&M's Class of 2013 moves in

Today, it was Francis's turn to start his own lifelong connection with the William & Mary family. He joined about 1,400 other freshmen and 115 transfer students as they moved into College's residence halls this morning as part of Freshman Move-In Day.

Taylor Reveley's Move-In Day Remarks

The following are William & Mary President Taylor Reveley's prepared remarks for 2009's Opening Session at William & Mary Hall for new students and parents. - Ed.

W&M places high in U.S. News rankings

For the second time this month, William & Mary has been recognized by a national magazine as one of the country's leading universities.

Need to navigate W&M? We've got a map for that

The color-coded map will be easier to keep updated, and it will eventually become interactive, including information layers on everything from campus services to environmental sites.

Paula Pritchard ('96): A new face on Sesame Street

Paula Pritchard '96 serves a special role at the Langhorne, Pa. attraction as director of communications and marketing. The work may sound tough, many view her as lucky, since she counts Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster as her co-workers.

Record pools bring high hopes for Class of 2013

Boosted by record applicant pools, William & Mary is welcoming one of its most accomplished and diverse groups of new students this week. Graduate and professional students are already arriving to campus and new freshman members of the Class of 2013 and transfers arrive Friday.

CCB tracks flight of 'Hope'

Hope, a whimbrel carrying a satellite transmitter, made landfall Friday evening on St. Croix after completing an extraordinary 100 hour, 5,720 kilometer (3,500 mile) flight out over the open ocean toward her wintering grounds in South America.

W&M Web receives national recognition

The William & Mary Web Team and the College's revamped Web site took home some national hardware at the annual Web Communications Conference.

Serghi brings music to Kenyan school

Serghi, an associate professor of music at William & Mary, met Cynthia and dozens of other children with similar stories during a week-long service trip to their school this summer.

W&M's beautiful, new Miller Hall completed

Construction on the 166,000-square-foot Alan B. Miller Hall, located at the corner of Jamestown Road and Ukrop Way, has been completed, and the building is ready for its first full semester of classes beginning Aug. 24.

Morgan Faulkner ('12): A proud Virginia heritage

Morgan Faulkner, a rising sophomore at the College, is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe in King William, Va. She came to the College last year as William & Mary's first Trevarthen Scholarship recipient.

W&M's quality and value recognized by Forbes

The College of William and Mary has once again been recognized by a national publication as one of the country's best universities -- and one of the best values in higher education.

Tribe Football teams up with WYFCL

A group of six William and Mary football players recently spent an afternoon as volunteer coaches during the Williamsburg Hornets Youth Football and Cheerleading League (WYFCL) opening week of conditioning practices held at Norge Elementary School.

Tribe football garners top-20 rankings

With 15 returning starters from last season's team that finished the year ranked 20th in the country, the William and Mary football team has garnered a preseason top-20 national ranking by six publications.

Basement to ceiling

Seniors in the geology department do a whirlwind tour from the bottom of a slate quarry to the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

W&M ranks high in Princeton Review survey

William & Mary's faculty, libraries and student contentment help rank the college among the nation's very best in annual Princeton Review ranking.

Law prof to attend UN Disability Treaty signing

William & Mary Law Professor Michael Stein attended the White House announcement July 24 that the U.S. would sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)later in July.

W&M exceeds $50 million for record fundraising year

The College raised nearly $51 million in fiscal year 2009, which ended on June 30. The previous single-year record was $49.3 million in the last fiscal year of the Campaign for William & Mary, which ended June 30, 2007.

Lou Holtz to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Former William and Mary head coach Lou Holtz will be enshrined in the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame this weekend, honoring a thirty-six-year career in which he lead six different college programs to bowl appearances.

Alumni Award: A Gathering of Minds

William and Mary professors have long been renowned for their devotion to their students' classroom experience; today's scholars must also embrace a variety of disciplines and approaches to a swiftly changing academic world.

W&M alumni, students bring 'Usher' to Fringe Festivals

Just two years after debuting his "Tragedy! A Musical Comedy" in New York's Fringe Festival, Michael Johnson ('09) is back again with a new musical, and a cast and crew of William & Mary students and alumni are helping to bring it to life.

Are eagles nesting near your house?

The Center for Conservation Biology has mapped out on a website all known bald eagle nests in Virginia. Know of one not listed? Tell them about it.

Iran's election hits close to home for W&M student

In the days and weeks that followed Iran's election, the world watched as protests and violence filled the country's streets. For one William & Mary student, the conflict hit especially close to home.

The call of duty

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98, talks with the William & Mary Alumni Association about service and sacrifice.

From the Brafferton

This column by President Taylor Reveley originally ran in the summer 2009 issue of the William & Mary Alumni Magazine.

VIMS to help restore marine life to seaside bays

Researchers with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will collaborate with public and private partners on a new effort to restore oysters, seagrass, and bay scallops to the Commonwealth's seaside bays.

Studying cellular 'traffic control'

A protein known as the thyroid hormone receptor shuttles in and out of the cell's nucleus, where it goes about the all-important business of turning genes on and off.

W&M law professor featured in Madoff media

William & Mary Law Professor Jayne Barnard was in courtroom for Bernard Madoff's sentencing June 29, 2009. Madoff's victims had their day in court thanks to a proposal Barnard authored that requires judges to hear fraud victims' impact statements. Madoff received 150 years.

Survey reflects rapid expansion of Virginia's oyster aquaculture

Virginia's oyster hatcheries saw a more than 18-fold increase in the number of seed and larvae sold between 2007 and 2008, according to a survey of shellfish farmers conducted by researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Sea Grant Extension Program.

Virginia Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 31st season

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, with William & Mary Theatre Professor Christopher Owens serving as its producing artistic director, kicked off its 31st season at Phi Beta Kappa Hall last night. This year's season includes three smash hits and a professional company recruited from all over the country.

O'Connor appears on 'Late Night' and 'Today'

Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS last night and NBC's "Today" show this morning to promote her new children's book, "Finding Susie."

'Travels with Tooy' wins another award

Richard Price's ethnographic account of a "trip down the rabbit hole" with a Saramaka curer has won the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship.

W&M Admission video earns CASE gold medal

William & Mary's Office of Undergraduate Admission was recently awarded a Gold Medal in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's 2009 Circle of Excellence Awards Program for the video prompt the office created last year to help prospective students fill out their College application.

W&M scientists band two peregrine falcon chicks

Scientists from the Center for Conservation Biology banded two peregrine falcon chicks June 18 at the bottom of a stack at Dominion Energy's Possum Point Substation in Prince William County.

Farmville native earns Beales Family Scholarship

The College of William & Mary and Walter R. Beales III announced today that Evan French, a graduate of Prince Edward County High School in Farmville, Va., is the recipient of the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at William & Mary for academic year 2009-10.

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Tracking map

The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary – Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy have successfully used state of the art, 9.5 gram, satellite transmitters to track five whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) from a migratory staging area in Virginia to their breeding grounds near Hudson Bay.

CCB tracks whimbrels to Hudson Bay

The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary - Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy have successfully used state of the art, 9.5 gram, satellite transmitters to track five whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) from a migratory staging area in Virginia to their breeding grounds near Hudson Bay.

Tamara Sonn: A way toward tolerance

The Kenan professor of humanities and religious studies uses "knowledge and understanding" to defuse fear.

Researchers explore mysteries of the deep

VIMS researchers have departed for a 6-week expedition to the deep waters of the North Atlantic as part of the Census of Marine Life, a global, 10-year study of the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.

Rep. Wittman dons green and gold for Congressional Baseball Game

William & Mary alumni visiting Nationals Park Wednesday night got a little taste of home. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) gave a nod to Tribe faithful Wednesday night as he wore a Willliam & Mary uniform in the Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Ecofashion: We're not only what we wear

We're also who made what we wear and what it's made from. (And other fashion truisms that will keep green the new black.)

Mark Shriver ('71): Bringing out the best in kids

That is exactly what has happened to Mark O. Shriver IV ('71), who was just elected to become the president of Optimist International, the fourth-largest service organization in the world.

Channel 48 airs Law School panel

The City of Williamsburg airs a panel discussion on the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education featuring four William & Mary Law School faculty members beginning June 13.

VIMS trains interns in oyster aquaculture

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has begun a new program to train the skilled workers needed to advance Chesapeake Bay's rapidly growing oyster-farming industry.

A walk through the new ISC 2

Rogers Hall has been renovated and is now part of the Integrated Science Center. The labs are working, even as unpacking continues.

President Reveley appears on WHRO's 'What Matters'

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley appeared Friday night on WHRO's "What Matters" TV talk show as part of a "University Presidents" roundtable with host Cathy Lewis.

W&M Mascot Committee: Keep the ideas coming

Now with less than a month left until the deadline for submissions, the William & Mary Mascot Search Committee continues to seek ideas for a symbol worthy enough to represent the alma mater of the nation.

W&M staff celebrated during EAD '09

During the annual Employee Appreciation Day luncheon, staff members were able to mingle with their colleagues and friends across campus, enjoy a free buffet lunch and win door prizes.

Researchers create interactive map of bay grasses

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) have created an interactive map that allows web users to see the coverage of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Sylvia Stout: It's all about the people

Sylvia Stout, business manager for the Physics Department, is to be honored for 40 years of service at William & Mary's annual Employee Appreciation Day luncheon.

Employee Appreciation Day '09: 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.

Waiting for the word

Henry Hart hopes that "appetizer" booklets will spur publication of ambitious post-World War II literary anthology.

Swem Library surpasses $5 million in private support

On track to its best fundraising year to date, the College of William & Mary's Earl Gregg Swem Library has surpassed $5 million in private support, President Taylor Reveley announced today.

Serge Kovaleski ('84) earns Pulitzer Prize

Serge Kovaleski, a member of William & Mary's Class of 1984 and a reporter for The New York Times, received a Pulitzer Prize today as part of a news team that covered the Gov. Elliot Spitzer scandal.

W&M alum tapped to be Amb. to Brazil

W&M alum Thomas Shannon ('80)was nominated May 27 to be U.S. Ambassador to Brazil by President Barack Obama.

W&M '09 grads featured on BBC America

Members of the Class of 2009 were featured on a BBC America news program profiling graduates entering the job market.

Follow Azalea the eagle on line

Our Center for Conservation Biology invites the public to watch the growth and development of Azalea, an eagle chick hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

W&M's 2009 Commencement awards

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

W&M Commencement 2009

The soggy morning weather could not dampen the spirits of the Class of 2009 as they entered William & Mary Hall on Sunday for the College's 2009 Commencement Ceremony.

Tom Brokaw's Commencement remarks

The following is a transcription of the 2009 Commencement address given by Tom Brokaw at the College of William and Mary - Ed.

Justin Schoonmaker's Commencement remarks

The following are the prepared remarks of Justin Schoonmaker ('09), the student speaker for William & Mary's 2009 Commencement ceremony. - Ed.

W&M officially breaks 'Thriller' dance record

It's official: William & Mary students have broken the Guinness World Record for the most people doing the Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance simultaneously in one location.

Senior opens for Ralph Stanley

William & Mary senior Elizabeth LaPrelle has opened for music great Ralph Stanley and toured the west coast singing songs of the Appalachia.

Tom Brokaw to deliver 2009 Commencement address

Longtime "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw, one of the most highly regarded figures in broadcast journalism, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the main address at the College of William & Mary Commencement Exercises on May 17, 2009.

Justin Schoonmaker ('09) to speak at commencement

As the 2009 student Commencement speaker, he will be joining the featured Commencement Speaker, Tom Brokaw. A common student would be intimidated by the prospect, but Schoonmaker believes he has a lot of life and ideas to share.

Rebecca Parker to serve as baccalaureate speaker

Rebecca Parker, president of the Starr King School for the Ministry, will serve as the speaker at William & Mary's baccalaureate service Saturday, May 16. The service will take place at 9:30 a.m. in William and Mary Hall.

Ginger Ambler named vice president for student affairs

Virginia M. Ambler ('88, Ph.D. '06), who brings a deep connection to William & Mary as both an alumna and administrator, has been named vice president for student affairs, President Taylor Reveley announced today.

'Ghost Pot' program benefits Bay and watermen

Virginia's one-of-a-kind program to remove derelict crab traps from Chesapeake Bay is yielding important scientific data that will improve next year's effort to recover these "ghost pots" and further reduce their inadvertent trapping of Bay wildlife.

From shell to shell: Kids raise, release turtles

About 40 kindergarteners from Matthew Whaley Elementary School flocked around the dock at William & Mary's Keck Environmental Field Lab today to release the baby turtles they had raised from eggs.

WMPD helps area food bank

WMPD conducts campus food drive that yields more than 1,300 lbs. of non-perishable food for local food pantry.

VIMS student participates in Antarctic Treaty meeting

Heidi Geisz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, was among a handful of graduate students nationwide selected to participate in the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore in April.

Three Tribe student-athletes honored by NSCA

Three William & Mary student-athletes were recently honored as recipients of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award. The Tribe's awardees are Derek Cox (football), Kate Lawlor (lacrosse) and Abby Lemon (track and field).

Five to join the ranks of W&M honorary alumni

On Friday, May 15, 2009, during a ceremony at the Alumni House, five dedicated individuals will be welcomed into the Alumni Association as honorary alumni.

Two former W&M roommates find a new kind of home

Brown and Harpole met at the College as roommates, and knew then that they would join forces on a project in their shared field of archaeology.

Tracking the elusive ghost particle

You can't feel them, but neutrinos are passing through your body in large numbers. They have no charge and very low mass, but their scientific value is priceless.

W&M remembers the fallen

Henderson ('09) shared her brother's story with a group of about 35 William & Mary students, faculty and staff members in the College's Sunken Garden Thursday as part of the annual Moment of Remembrance.

Panel reflects on Tiananmen protests

W&M's government department and Reves Center for International Studies hosted a forum marking the 20th anniversary of China's Tiananmen Square protests and massacre.

Five Tribe lax players earn all-conference honors

After posting outstanding seasons and helping No. 20 William and Mary claim its second consecutive regular season league title, five Tribe lacrosse players were honored with all-conference awards at the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening.

Encouraging news on Bay grasses

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science's annual bay grass monitoring program shows that the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased by 18 percent last year, from 64,917 acres in 2007 to 76,861 acres in 2008.

W&M Symphony Orchestra to honor the life of Burt Kester

H. Burton "Burt" Kester, a lecturer in flute and bassoon at William & Mary, died at his home on Sunday, April 19. The orchestra's spring concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 29, is being dedicated to his memory.

W&M's Derek Cox drafted in NFL's third round

William and Mary senior cornerback Derek Cox (Winterville, N.C.) was selected Sunday morning by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third-round of the NFL Draft.

W&M forms 1st collegiate Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment

The College of William and Mary is home to many firsts: first royal charter, first honor code, first Law School, but now it can add another one. Last year, William & Mary became the first university in the United States to have a detachment of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

W&M Quarterly makes national news

A thesis published in the April 2009 issue of the William & Mary Quarterly reveals the discovery of nearly 50 letters to, from or about Benjamin Franklin previously not known to exist.

W&M News on Twitter reaches 1,000 followers

April is the month of milestones for Twitter and those who follow the social networking site. A week after actor Ashton Kutcher beat CNN in a battle to reach one million followers on Twitter, the William & Mary News broke new ground as well - gaining its 1,000 the follower of WMNews.

Change begins at the 'CORE'

A recent study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Massachusetts at Amherst suggests that cross-group friendships promote cultural understanding and diminish even the worst of prejudices and anxieties. A group at the College of William and Mary has been demonstrating that principle for years.

VIMS grad student wins presentation award

Graduate student Juliette Poleto Giordano of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, won the award for outstanding student oral presentation at the spring meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) in Ocean City, MD.

NCAA recognizes six Tribe athletic teams

A report issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday honored six William and Mary athletic squads as recipients of its public recognition award for 2008-09.

Zick: 'Speech Out of Doors'

As free speech in cyberland proliferates, opportunities for expression in the real world continue to shrink, says Timothy Zick, professor of law at William and Mary.

John Chichester named 2009 Andrews Fellow

John Chichester, who served for nearly three decades in the Senate of Virginia and was a champion for higher education in the Commonwealth, has been named the 2009 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics at the College of William & Mary.

Swab a cheek, save a life

Brooks was one of about 600 people who were added to the national bone marrow donor registry this year thanks to William & Mary's annual drive.

VIMS professor honored for lifetime contribution to shellfish science

Dr. Eugene Burreson, Chancellor Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has received an Honored Life Member Award from the National Shellfisheries Association for outstanding contributions to the field of shellfish biology.

Henry C. Wolf '64, J.D. '66 elected Rector of W&M

The William & Mary Board of Visitors today unanimously elected alumnus Henry C. Wolf, retired chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern, as the College's next Rector. Wolf ('64, J.D. '66) takes the post on July 1, 2009.

VIMS dedicates new marine research complex

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science dedicated its two new research buildings­ -- Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory­ -- in an April 16 ceremony that highlighted the many contributions made to VIMS and the College of William and Mary by the Hall's namesakes, the late Senator Hunter B. Andrews and his wife Cynthia.

W&M students make historical find in Richmond

Without so much as a map or an "X" to mark the spot, a group of William & Mary students recently uncovered some historical "treasure" that is expected to shed new light on the lives of early 20th-century African-Americans, including Maggie L. Walker, the first woman to found a bank in the United States and a black woman who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of other black women.

W&M BOV approves 2009-10 tuition proposal

William & Mary's in-state undergraduate tuition will increase by 4.9 percent, or $298, to $6,388 for the 2009-10 academic year, according to a proposal approved Friday by the William & Mary Board of Visitors.

New campus sustainability projects announced

The William & Mary Committee on Sustainability (COS) has approved funding for 14 new projects, including efforts to improve energy efficiency and performance of existing facilities and a series of pilot studies and educational outreach programs.

Sanford B. Wanner to receive 2009 Prentis Award

Sanford "Sandy" B. Wanner, longtime county administrator and public servant for James City County, has been named this year's recipient of the College of William & Mary's Prentis Award.

W&M announces sustainability summer research grants

William & Mary's Committee on Sustainability (COS) has awarded four Student Summer Research Grants for projects that will focus on areas such as campus recycling, GIS mapping of campus habitat and ecosystems and a new program to increase the College's use of locally grown and sustainable food.

Balinese performers share with W&M community

A Balinese sacred performance workshop came a day after Wayang Kali, an experimental shadow theater troupe, performed in the Kimball Theatre as the final event in this year's Ewell Concert Series.

William & Mary switches to recycled paper

William & Mary's Office of Procurement, in collaboration with the Committee on Sustainability, announces that it has changed the College's preferred type of general purpose copier/printer paper from a virgin 0% recycled option to a 75% recycled content paper.

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Wittman, students to hold town hall on global poverty

Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) will join a group of William & Mary students and an alumna who now works with the ONE organization on April 13 for a panel discussion about global poverty and American foreign policy.

Alumni pair can help get your finances straight

For Charlie '01 and Sarah Park '01, their new business started out as a way not to make money, but to help themselves get their finances in order.

Future Shock: A startling experience

Direct from Japan (and the mercury sGIG)'s Future Shock, a whirling look into the fast-food culture infecting Japan.

Behind the scene

W&M's George Grayson meets with Clinton prior to March trip to discuss U.S. - Mexico relations.

Islam in America: Madeeha's journey

The United States is the best place to be a Muslim, says William and Mary senior Madeeha Hameed, who traveled with the "Journey into America" program.

Akbar Ahmed: In class with Tamara Sonn

Students in Tamara Sonn's class Women in the Muslim World received a rare treat when guest-lecturer Akbar Ahmed led discussion.

W&M celebrates 90 years of coeducation

As she prepared for her first year at William & Mary, Martha Barksdale ('22) faced the usual freshman stresses -- along with one big addition.

8th grad research symposium a success

Graduate students from different disciplines in Arts & Sciences come together once each year to unite in a display of intellectual firepower.

Price: Travels with Tooy

An ethnographer writes of a master curer, spirit possession and a race of sea gods that control the ebb and flow of the world’s money supply.

Students get rare, hands-on research opportunity in Spanish archives

Bassett was one of three William & Mary undergraduates who joined History Professor Lu Ann Homza on a research trip to Pamplona, Spain over Spring Break to peruse two sets of archives and get a better understanding of Spanish history through the hand-written accounts of the people who lived it.

W&M home page graces cover of new book

The recently redesigned William & Mary Web site is now serving as an example of excellence for other institutions of higher education to follow.

Davison M. Douglas named Dean of William & Mary Law School

For nearly two decades, Davison M. Douglas has served the William & Mary Law School as an acclaimed teacher, distinguished scholar, student mentor, and faculty leader. Today, he'll add dean to that list.

Student-led medical mission gives Aday new lease

W&M professor David Aday was at personal and professional crossroads when students invited him to serve as advisor for an international medical mission initiative.

'Blue Lias' to explore life of Victorian-era fossil hunter

On the heels of the Darwin bicentennial and at the end of women's history month, a William & Mary scholar will present her one-person play exploring the life of Victorian-era fossil-hunter Mary Anning.

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College to host discussion on SWAS

In the spirit of a free exchange of ideas, William & Mary will host a forum Monday afternoon that will address the upcoming Sex Workers Art Show and the issues it raises.

'Empress' of gifted education celebrated

In a quiet corner of the Alumni House on March 13, dozens of students, colleagues and friends from around the country gathered to discuss and applaud the far-reaching effects of one William & Mary faculty member's lifetime of work.

Study shows VIMS professors on cutting edge

A new analysis of the worldwide scientific literature shows that Virginia Institute of Marine Science professors Deborah Steinberg and Jim Bauer are at the cutting edge of their respective fields.

Why the caged bird sang: Braxton on NPR

W&M faculty member Joanne M. Braxton to disscuss Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on NPR's Diane Rehm Show March 18 at 11 a.m.

Music in time of war and peace

The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble offers a window into a culture that is becoming more and more a part of our own.

All ready for the takht

The instruments for making Middle Eastern music are a blend of the familiar and the exotic.

Darwin Across the Disciplines on Channel 48

If you missed the William & Mary faculty's observance of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, you can view Darwin Across the Disciplines on Channel 48. The symposium explores Darwin's influence across the spectrum of intellectual life.

Students challenged to create W&M commercials

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is asking students to write, film and produce their own video commercials about William & Mary in the first-ever "More Than Bricks Challenge."

Chris Gessner '89: The best healthcare possible

Ask any parent, and they will tell you that the most stressful time to be a mother or a father is when a child is ill or sick, and there is nothing that they can do for their own.

The triumph of 'Joy'

Adam Potkay's book "The Story of Joy" has been named co-winner of a major literary award.

'Global Inquiry Group' will study biofuels and algae

Professor Elizabeth Canuel of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and colleagues have received seed funding from the College of William and Mary to establish a multidisciplinary study group to explore the use of algae as a source of biofuels.

Business faculty get perfect grade in Business Week survey

For the second straight year, the faculty of the College of William and Mary School of Business has received a perfect grade from the students, according to the Business Week 2009 Best Undergraduate Schools ranking.

Admission video prompt earns gold medal

William & Mary's Office of Admission recently won acclaim for the video prompt they created last year to inspire prospective students as they fill out their College application.

Q&A with McLaughlin on the new School of Ed

Dean Virginia McLaughlin recently talked with William & Mary News about the new facility and what it will mean for the school and the Commonwealth.

Chancellor O'Connor appears on 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central was full of "Tribe Pride" Tuesday night. William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" yesterday to promote her new Web site, Our Courts.

He (almost) never has to wear a tie

J.C. Poutsma runs a mass spectrometry lab by day and by night has been seen wearing a cape. Is it any wonder the National Science Foundation finds him interesting?

W&M launches mascot committee and Web site

In a message to the College community, William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said that he has asked a committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni to work on finding a new mascot for the nation's second-oldest university.

W&M to host 12th Annual VHSL Scholastic Bowl

The College of William and Mary will play host to the 12th Annual Virginia High School League Scholastic Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 28. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will run to 6 p.m.

Sustainability Committee announces new Web site and grants

In an effort to broaden its communications and outreach efforts, the College’s Committee on Sustainability (COS) has launched a new Web site, which includes up-to-date information for new project proposal and student research grants that will be supported by the College’s “Green Fee.”

Hobson to appear in PBS documentary

Charles Hobson is among the historians interviewed in an hour-long documentary titled "Judicial Independence in the New World," which explores the early history of the court system.

'Purple' brings professor's story to W&M stage

"When the Purple Settles," an original "hip-hopera" by Francis Tanglao-Aguas, is set for its American premiere at William & Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall Feb. 26 - March 1.

Haulman: The panic of 1819

Haulman discusses his book "Virginia and the Panic of 1819." It deals with America's first modern economic depression.

Black history contest challenges, entertains

Answering questions on subjects ranging from Harriet Tubman to President Barack Obama, six William & Mary students, faculty and staff members battled it out last week to see which team would claim the victory in this year's Black History Trivia Contest.

Students bring 'Sergeant Cheerleader' to the big screen

Matt Pinsker, who was both an ROTC cadet and a cheerleader, decided to write about his experiences in bridging the gap between the two little-connected worlds. The result is now the feature-length movie "Sergeant Cheerleader."

It came. Out of the muck of Crim Dell...

Members of a freshman seminar have found a strain of bacteriophage that may be previously unknown to science. The phage was found in William & Mary's landmark Crim Dell.

A fond farewell

If it seems like something has been missing on campus, but you can't put your finger on it. You're right. Longtime William & Mary Police Captain Ed Davis retired a few weeks ago.

College exceeds CVC participation goal

Despite trying economic times, the faculty and staff of the College of William and Mary still understood the importance of giving to those in need.

Subtleties of subtitles

You, too, can now understand Cuban films, thanks to Anne Marie Stock.

How apes develop emotions

Anthropologist Barbara King discusses the emotional life of apes at the nation’s largest gathering of scientists.

U.S. presidents and their faiths

From Obama to Kennedy, what have been the private and public faiths of modern American presidents? For almost a decade, Professor of Religious Studies David Holmes has studied this and other questions about the faiths of American presidents.

W&M celebrates NAACP's 100th anniversary

Students, faculty and staff members from various cultural backgrounds joined hands in the second floor of the Wren building Thursday night and celebrated a century of progress made by nation's oldest civil rights organization.

On top of the world: Pierson ('99) tackles Mount Everest

Doug Pierson M.B.A. '99 may very well be the only William and Mary alumnus who has reached the peak of Mount Everest. The endurance, strength and lung capacity necessary to accomplish the feat are bestowed on a select few and, in fact, only around 3,000 people have actually summited.

Grad students make strong showing at research forum

On Feb. 10, six graduate students from the College of William and Mary participated in the fourth annual Graduate Student Research Forum, held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

VIMS professor contributes to ocean in Google Earth

The newest version of Google Earth contains data on marine "dead zones" contributed by Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.

2 alumni win Darwin-Wallace Medals

The Linnean Society of London has awarded Darwin-Wallace medals every half-century since 1908. The most recent class includes H. Allen Orr ’82, ’85 and Mohamed Noor ’92.

Education key to recovery, Webb tells Charter Day crowd

Education will be critical in helping the nation recover from its current economic crisis, U.S. Senator (D-Va.) Jim Webb told the students, faculty, alumni and community members gathered in William & Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall on Feb. 7.

Let's go Tribe: Tomlin recalls W&M experience

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin ('95) is the youngest head coach to have ever won a Super Bowl, and the William & Mary alum credits his experiences with the Tribe for helping get him there.

Kulick receives Thomas Jefferson Award

Katherine Kulick, Associate Professor of French and Modern Languages, received the Thomas Jefferson Award on Charter Day.

Lockwood receives Jefferson Teaching Award

Paleontologist Rowan Lockwood received the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award, the highest award given to young faculty members at the College of William and Mary.

Oller receives Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership

Devin Oller, a senior English major and biology minor, received the 2009 Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership during the William & Mary's Charter Day ceremony Feb. 7.

The future of engagement: OSVS and Sharpe program combine

William & Mary's two major service programs will merge into one, and a new minor in community studies is currently under serious discussion and has enthusiastic faculty support, Provost Geoff Feiss announced during the Board of Visitors meeting Thursday.

Senior wins Charter Day art contest

The weather vane that sits on top of the Wren building is a familiar sight to anyone who has walked around William & Mary's campus.

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Tribe Football signs 10-member recruiting class

William and Mary Head Football Coach Jimmye Laycock announced the College's signing of 10 prep players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon.

W&M tops 12,000 applications in record year

William & Mary's undergraduate admission applications for next fall's entering class have surpassed 12,000 for the first time in the College's history.

W&M students go on the "Road to Richmond"

At 6 a.m. on Jan. 29, senior Brittany Constance was awake, alert and ready to lead a busload of 35 students for the College of William and Mary's annual "Road to Richmond" event.

W&M BOV previews meeting with blog

In advance of this week's regular meeting of the William & Mary Board of Visitors, Michael K. Powell, Rector of the College, posted the next installment of the BOV's new Web blog.

University Relations launches Twitter feed

The College of William and Mary's Office of University Relations now has another way to disseminate news and information about the College to its community and the world.

Strikwerda: Fusing humanities and science

Carl Strikwerda, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, discusses the relationship between humanities and science at the College.

Conservation collaboration begins with VCU

William and Mary signs a collaboration agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University centering around W&M's Center for Conservation Biology.

Progress continues on strategic planning effort

Progress on the new strategic planning effort at William & Mary continues on schedule and the Planning Steering Committee has narrowed a set of draft "grand challenges" the College faces moving forward.

Students serve with governor on MLK Day

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine joined about 20 William and Mary students to work on a Habitat for Humanity project in Petersburg on Jan. 19.

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CNN's Roland Martin to speak at W&M Jan. 22

Roland S. Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist and analyst for CNN and TV One will serve as the keynote speaker for the Office of Multicultural Affairs' annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program.

W&M community celebrates Inauguration Day

The William & Mary community will join with millions of people around the world today in witnessing the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president.

In the money: Recent grants at W&M

Selected grants received by faculty members at the College of William and Mary as supplied by the grants office.

Leading Faithfully?

David Holmes, Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, discusses the faith of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Sen. Jim Webb to Speak at Charter Day Ceremony

U.S. Senator (D-Va.) Jim Webb, who championed the creation of a GI Bill for post-9/11 service members, will serve as the keynote speaker at the College of William and Mary's annual Charter Day ceremony on Feb. 7, 2009.

W&M featured on 'Today' as a Princeton Review best value

For the second time this academic year, the College of William and Mary has been ranked among the country's top values in public universities. In its 2009 annual college rankings of best bargains, The Princeton Review listed William & Mary third among its top public universities.

In ISC 1: Yeast genetics

What can an understanding of the genetics of yeast do to get us closer to a cure for cancer? Plenty.

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Tribe football to begin 2009 season at UVA

William and Mary Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll has announced the release of the Tribe's 2009 eleven-game football schedule, which is highlighted by five home games at Zable Stadium and a season-opening visit to Atlantic Coast Conference foe University of Virginia (Sept. 5).