2015 News Stories

W&M student top debater in US, named speaker of the year

William & Mary student Aaron Murphy '15 recently became the highest ranked parliamentary debater in the United States and has earned the American Parliamentary Debate Association title of Speaker of the Year.

One Tribe One Day returns April 21

The entire William & Mary community will band together on Tuesday, April 21, to celebrate One Tribe One Day — the second annual giving day for the university.

W&M among nation's top 'green' colleges

William & Mary has once again been counted among the top "green colleges" in the country, according to a report released today by The Princeton Review.


William & Mary's Wren Building will get its 15 seconds of fame April 13 when it's seen in the opening sequence of AMC Network's "TURN: Washington's Spies."

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W&M well represented at World Model UN

Four of the nine students who spent a week at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea, earned Diplomacy Awards during World MUN competition.

In the media: Faculty inform the press

This recurring feature highlights faculty members from the College of William & Mary who are quoted in the national and international media.

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Braxton put her stamp on one honoring Maya Angelou

Braxton, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of English and Africana Studies and director of the Middle Passage Project, served as the lone consultant on the Postal Service's commemorative stamp.

Free speech under fire

Something in the American psyche revolted on Jan. 7 at the news that the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo had been attacked by armed terrorists.

Talk explores women’s role during World War I

William & Mary's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I continues with a lecture by Susan Grayzel, professor of history and director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Ifill to students: 'expand the conversation'

News anchor, journalist and author Gwen Ifill visited William & Mary earlier this week to engage with students, faculty and staff as the 2015 Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellow in American Politics.

VIMS researcher briefs Capitol Hill on coastal flooding

Researcher Molly Mitchell of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science visited Capitol Hill in early March to brief congressional staffers and other concerned parties about the nation’s coastal flood risk.

W&M philosophy professors reflect on Descartes

Today, March 31, marks the anniversary of Descartes' birth in 1596. William & Mary philosophy professors reflect on the man, his legacy and his relevancy.

Inside WCWM 90.9 FM

From news shows to movie reviews and everything in between, WCWM 90.9 FM gives students the opportunity to control the airwaves.

Symposium showcases work of more than 150 graduate students

William & Mary’s 14th annual Graduate Research Symposium brought graduate students in Arts and Sciences together with their counterparts from 16 other colleges and universities to share progress on their research projects.

A royal opportunity

The Presidential Precinct offered two William & Mary in Washington students the chance to promote and handle social media for "Magna Carta 2015," which featured a visit from Prince Charles.

International scholars join Law School community

For several years, the William & Mary Law School has been welcoming judges, lawyers and other legal professionals from around the world to campus as international scholars-in-residence.

W&M Bosnia Project: major award, new home

The project captures the Best Practices in International Education Award for Student Philanthropy. The project will now be housed at ITPIR

Swem celebrates women's history month

William & Mary's Swem Library is marking Women's History Month with an event March 20 celebrating women in hip-hop.

Men's swimming wins first CAA championship

The William & Mary men's swimming team completed a journey 87 years in the making on Saturday night, winning the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Swimming and Diving Championships for the team's first-ever conference title.

Historic night for Thornton

The W&M senior star's first of two free throws to end the first half gave him 2,053 career points, breaking a 65-year-old school record. Thornton finished with 23 and the Tribe beat Towson to remain in first place in the CAA.

Muscarelle opens Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

"Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty" offers Muscarelle Museum of Art visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 20 of the master's original drawings in the United States.

Students conduct research in Antarctica

Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student Patricia Thibodeau and William & Mary undergraduate Jack Conroy are currently conducting field research in Antarctica thanks in part to a generous gift from Adrian G. "Casey" Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News.

Remembering Peter Neufeld ’58

Peter Neufeld ’58 passed away Jan. 27 in Englewood, N.J., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Neufeld was a successful Broadway company manager, general manager and producer for more than 20 years.

Ludacris brings students to their feet

Headlining the 2015 Charter Day concert at William & Mary Saturday night, Grammy Award-winning rapper Ludacris brought students to their feet, with singer-songwriter Andy Grammer as the opener.

Murray: James Monroe a model for today's leaders

As William & Mary celebrated its 322-year history Friday, James B. Murray Jr. reminded the College community about an often overlooked but key figure in the early development of the United States: President James Monroe, W&M Class of 1776.

Jim Murray's 2015 Charter Day remarks

The following are the prepared remarks of James B. Murray Jr., J.D. ’74, LL.D. ’00 for the 2015 Charter Day ceremony. - Ed.

Board of Visitors approves master plan

The William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously approved a new 20-year master plan that will provide a long-term road map for facilities on campus.

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Scholars rank William & Mary 18th in U.S. for international relations

For the first time since 2006 when the rankings began, William and Mary has made the list of Top 25 U.S. Undergraduate Institutions to Study International Relations, coming in at 18th. This ranking makes William and Mary the top choice in Virginia for the study of international relations and the number two institution without an international relations Ph.D. program.

TURN event centers on how to tell history's stories

Cast members, writers and producers of AMC's Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington's Spies appeared with W&M scholars to talk about differences in how history is recounted.

W&M website gets new design

The new design was created to reflect the university’s recently released visual identity guidelines and incorporates W&M's primary logo.

King speaks on the Hill on behalf of baby monkeys

Barbara J. King spoke at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, part of a panel seeking an ethics-based review of ongoing psychological research at a National Institutes of Health laboratory that uses monkeys in experiments.

W&M community challenged to ‘act bravely’

One week after the country observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Marc Lamont Hill emphasized that the work of the past is not over and that people -- no matter their race, gender, creed, ethnicity or sexuality -- need to "act bravely.”

Annual Road to Richmond a success

Virginia’s General Assembly Building was awash with green and gold Tuesday afternoon as students from all walks of life sat down with state legislators and their aides.

Healthy Beginnings receives March of Dimes grant

The William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Project has received a $12,000, one-year grant from the March of Dimes to offer Baby Basics Moms Clubs to pregnant, incarcerated women.

CCB continues support of crowned eagle research

For the fourth consecutive breeding season, the Center for Conservation Biology is collaborating with the Center for the Study and Conservation of Birds of Prey of Argentina to investigate post-fledging dependency, dispersal and survival in the crowned solitary eagle.

Riofrio honored with Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

Hispanic Studies Professor John Riofrio will be awarded William & Mary's 2015 Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day. The award recognizes inspirational teachers among younger faculty members.

Bergan ’15 named Jefferson Prize winner

Will Bergan ’15, a math and physics double major from Springfield, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary's top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

Marge Lobeck '15 to receive Monroe Prize

Marge Lobeck '15 will be awarded the 2015 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership for her work with organizations like Camp Kesem.

Così grand opening set for Monday

Così, a national fast casual restaurant chain specializing in flatbreads and salads, will open in the completely renovated Lodge 1 in Sadler Center Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

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Mount William & Mary? The campaign has begun

Kinesiology and Health Sciences Professor Ken Kambis and Colorado resident Marilyn Brown are leading the charge to have a mountain named for the university.

Former W&M Rector to speak at Charter Day

Venture capitalist and former William & Mary Rector James B. Murray Jr., J.D. '74, LL.D. '00, will speak at the university's 2015 Charter Day ceremony.

Breaking Ebola

Traveling to Liberia this fall, public health advocate Patrick Flaherty ’92 marshalled his expertise and training to take on a deadly adversary – the Ebola virus.

Ludacris to perform at William & Mary

Grammy Award-winning rapper Ludacris will headline the 2015 Charter Day concert at William & Mary. Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will open.

Marc Lamont Hill to appear at MLK Day event

Commentator and African American Studies Professor Marc Lamont Hill will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration.