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Calandra Waters Lake
W&M sustainability director shares tips for greener holidays

Calandra Waters Lake, William & Mary's director of sustainability, used her own family’s holiday practices as a guide to give suggestions on how people can lessen their impact on the Earth while celebrating the holidays.

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W&M announces fall 2019 Green Fee projects

William & Mary’s Committee on Sustainability recently awarded fall Green Fee grants for sustainability-related projects at the university.

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W&M cuts ribbon on new entrepreneurship hub

William & Mary students are collaborating with faculty and business leaders to not just develop start-ups, but to develop themselves into entrepreneurial thinkers at the university’s new entrepreneurship hub.

Suzanne Hagedorn
Forgotten saint sparks W&M professor’s curiosity

Suzanne Hagedorn, associate professor of English and affiliated faculty with the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at William & Mary, has been researching St. William ever since a trip to Rochester Cathedral in England three years ago.

Molly Mitchell
VIMS scientist wins national Early Career Leadership Award

Molly Mitchell of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has earned an Early Career Leadership Award from the US CLIVAR Program for her efforts to develop and share sea-level forecasts and other planning tools with coastal risk managers and emergency responders in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.

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Lamar Shambley '10 helps Brooklyn teens study abroad

Lamar Shambley '10 founded Teens of Color Abroad, a nonprofit that offers language immersion study abroad programs to high school students of color, to provide the same opportunities to others.

Nicholas Balascio
W&M's Balascio named among Virginia's outstanding faculty

William & Mary geologist Nicholas Balascio will receive the Outstanding Faculty Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor for instructors at Virginia’s institutions of higher education, public and private.

W&M finishes second at Ranger Challenge
W&M makes history at Ranger Challenge

Competing independently for only the second year, William & Mary finishes second at the All-American Brigade Ranger Challenge to qualify for the exclusive Sandhurst Military Skills Competition

Zhaoning Johnson Liu
W&M alumnus wins Schwarzman Scholarship

A William & Mary alumnus has earned an international graduate fellowship and will join rising leaders from around the world for a year of study in China.

Timothy Zick and the cover of his new book
Zick’s new book examines the First Amendment in the Trump era

In his new book, W&M Law Professor Timothy Zick not only examines the growing number of First Amendment controversies in the past three years, but also connects present concerns to episodes throughout American history.

Chief Cheesebro receives a framed certificate from Chief Rinehimer
WMPD receives VLEPSC accreditation

The William & Mary Police Department recently received accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, an agency of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

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VIMS dead-zone report card reflects improving Chesapeake Bay water quality

An annual model-based report on “dead-zone” conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during 2019 indicates that the total volume of low-oxygen, “hypoxic” water was on the high end of the normal range for 1985 to 2018, a finding that scientists actually consider relatively good news.

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W&M law professors win Eisenberg Prize

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers presented the Eisenberg Prize for scholarship in the field of appellate practice and procedure to Professor Allison Orr Larsen and Professor Neal Devins for their article, “The Amicus Machine.”

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William & Mary again garners top spot in study abroad among public universities

William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates participating in study-abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released Nov. 18 by the Institute of International Education.

W&M President Katherine A. Rowe
W&M testing expanded summer instruction with 2020 pilot

At its latest strategic planning forum, William & Mary outlines intentions to grow its summer programming while also summoning feedback from the university community on what types of things it wants to see offered.

Chuck Williamson at a podium
Unexpected path brings Army vet to W&M

After a medical retirement from injuries sustained during his service, Charles “Chuck” Williamson ’21 found himself at a crossroads.

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Study shows invasive blue catfish can tolerate high salinities

A new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science warns that blue catfish — an invasive species in several Chesapeake Bay tributaries — tolerate salinities higher than most freshwater fishes.

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Best Buddies: costume creativity meets community connection

When psychology major Ashwini Sarathy ’22 and neuroscience major Sophia Hernandez ’21 founded Best Buddies at William & Mary one year ago, they never imagined the club would grow to its current magnitude.

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Report: W&M student voting higher than national average

The percentage of William & Mary students who voted in the 2018 federal midterm elections more than doubled since 2014 and was significantly higher than the national average, according to the 2019 National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement.

Omiyemi Artisia Green
W&M professor chronicles journey of grief, renewal in choreo-ritual

William & Mary Associate Professor Omiyẹmi Artisia Green's "Dance of the Orcas," which she has termed a choreo-ritual that incorporates dance, music and prose, will be performed Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Commonwealth Auditorium.

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King tide provides royal value

The third annual “Catch the King” event — when trained volunteers hit the shores of Hampton Roads to map the reach of the year’s highest astronomical tide — took place Sunday morning, and though the tide’s reach may not have been quite as “majestic” as in recent years, the data it offered to citizen scientists were still just as golden.

Joanna Schug
Meet this year's Faculty Fellowship awardees

Each year, the Alumni Association honors five professors in the early stages of their careers who exemplify teaching excellence at William & Mary.

Rachel Oberman stands inside the server room of William & Mary’s High Performance Computing cluster.
geoLab: Students use satellites & AI to make a better world

Rachel Oberman got a call one Thursday evening during her sophomore year. A presentation for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation needed corrected boundary maps for all countries in the world. By Monday.

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First history of African Americans at W&M published

“Building on the Legacy: African Americans at William & Mary,” an illustrated history, was written by Jacquelyn McLendon, professor of English, emerita, and was released this month.

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Eight weeks in Asia: W&M students get real-world experience a world away

Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.

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VIMS earns grant to improve coastal resilience by studying dunes

A team co-led by Associate Professor Christopher Hein of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has won a three-year, $687,850 federal grant to study how natural and constructed dunes respond when impacted by coastal storms and rising seas.

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Procurement receives award for excellence

William & Mary’s Procurement Services department recently received the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute.

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Jane Austen fans visit William & Mary

More than three dozen women and men donning bonnets and top hats visited Swem Library last week in search of new insights into their favorite author, Jane Austen.

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W&M unifies diversity and inclusion initiatives

William & Mary is taking a university-wide approach to diversity and inclusion following task force reports by each of its five schools: Arts & Sciences, the W&M School of Education, W&M Law School, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Family Weekend: Bringing one home to another

From Oct. 4-6, William & Mary held its annual Family Weekend, in which students’ parents, siblings and other relatives were invited to witness and participate in student life at the university.

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Why is impeachment in the Constitution?

With impeachment in the news, W&M News sat down with historian Karin Wulf to discuss the origin of the impeachment process outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Deborah Morse
Morse to explore novel 'Black Beauty' in Tack Faculty Lecture

English faculty member Deborah Morse will give fall Tack Lecture, “Liberating Black Beauty: A narrative on animal rights, gender, race and nation,” on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

R. Benedito Ferrão
Ferrão receives Fulbright Award

R. Benedito Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to India in the field of literature.

Leah Glenn performs a dance move
A passion for dance and justice

When Leah Glenn first considered designing a study abroad program to Cape Town, she knew dance would be more than a physical activity to complement coursework.

W&M Board endorses six-year plan

The William & Mary Board of Visitors on Friday unanimously endorsed the university’s six-year plan, which includes a modified tuition model beginning in fall 2020 that is designed to reduce the rate of growth in tuition, maintain predictability and simplify the planning process for Virginia families.

Erik Korem on the basketball court during practice
Training for high performance at William & Mary

Over the past year, William & Mary Athletics has launched a new training model that rockets student-athletes to an elite level of performance while improving their experience and promoting wellness and increased safety.

Group photo in front of Hieron monument
W&M faculty, students excavate Sanctuary of the Great Gods

William & Mary Classical Studies Lecturer Andrew Ward and Assistant Professor Jess Paga took three students to excavate the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the Greek island of Samothrace from June 23 through Aug. 11.

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VIMS contributes to major oil-spill drill on Eastern Shore

The drill — part of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, or PREP — was based on a scenario in which a container ship moving north 20 miles off Virginia’s seaside Eastern Shore strikes an unknown object and discharges 2,500 barrels of heavy fuel oil.

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25 years after genocide, Rwandan survivors teach students about forgiveness

William & Mary students went on a soul-searching trip through Rwanda this past summer to explore the country’s efforts at peace education and forgiveness since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that killed more than 1 million people.

Rosalyn Hargraves
ACE fellow joins W&M President’s Office

Rosalyn Hargraves, associate vice president for assessment and transformation in the Division for Inclusive Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University, will spend the 2019-20 academic year at William & Mary as an American Council on Education Fellow.

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Consortium earns funding to enhance oyster breeding

A consortium of 14 shellfish geneticists from 12 East Coast universities and government agencies has won a five-year, $4.4 million grant funded by NOAA Fisheries through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop new tools to accelerate and localize selective breeding in support of oyster aquaculture.

A student spoons soil samples taken around campus
William & Mary’s freshman phage lab goes viral for the 12th straight year

A new lab of select William & Mary freshmen takes on the study of bacteriophages each fall. It’s a program supported by the Science Education Alliance of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute called the Phage Hunters Advancing Genomic and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) project.

Robert Trent Vinson
Q&A: Robert Trent Vinson on the history, legacies of 1619

W&M News recently talked with Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of History and Africana Studies, about 1619, its significance and its part in the upcoming ASWAD conference.

Peggy Agouris
Get to know Provost Peggy Agouris

Peggy Agouris became William & Mary’s sixth provost on July 1. W&M News checked in with the Athens, Greece, native to get her thoughts on everything from first impressions to goals for the year.

William & Mary Ph.D. student Shuangli Du and staff scientist Dr. Doug Beringer working in front of computers inside William & Mary’s Ultracold AMO Physics Laboratory.
Using ultracold atoms to find WMDs

Seth Aubin, associate professor of physics at William & Mary, recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new type of instrument capable of detecting hidden infrastructure for weapons of mass destruction.

Four members of the WetCAT team accept the Governor’s Award
VIMS teams win suite of Governor's Technology Awards

Two research teams from William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science received 2019 Governor’s Technology Awards for developing online tools that allow users to track water levels in real time throughout Hampton Roads and to assess the health of the Commonwealth’s coastal wetlands.

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Doctoral research details Magruder neighborhood history

In his William & Mary doctoral dissertation, Travis Harris Ph.D. '19 details how residents of the predominantly African American neighborhood of Magruder were displaced when the Navy took over their property to build Camp Peary in the early 1940s.

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Mother and daughter embark on education degrees together

Lindsay Kidd ’11, M.A.Ed. ’12 is returning to the School of Education this fall to pursue her third degree from William & Mary. This time, though, one of her fellow students is her own mother, Trish Caroccia.

Study Away course takes students to heart of Civil Rights movement

Titled “Honestly Remembering Together,” the Study Away course encouraged students to draw connections between the legacy of extra-legal violence (like terror lynchings) in the United States and modern-day capital punishment.

Student volunteers help move new students' belongings
W&M community warmly welcomes new students to campus

The W&M community embraced the members of the Class of 2023 as they and transfer students moved into dorms and reported for orientation in preparation for classes starting Aug. 28.

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W&M Real Estate Foundation to purchase N. Henry St. building

The William & Mary Real Estate Foundation is in the process of purchasing property located at 332 N. Henry St. in Williamsburg and has submitted a special use permit application to the city, according to W&M officials.

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W&M wellness at forefront

One year after opening, students say the center has left a lasting impact on campus life through services, education, programming and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Mite work: Greenhouse uses predatory insects for pest control

The William & Mary greenhouse has started a new program to limit the use of chemicals by relying on predatory insects for pest control. It’s the biological equivalent of fighting fire with fire – and so far it’s working.

Ginia Anderson
Student, staff member to be honored for community service

Sonia Kinkhabwala ’21 and Ginia Anderson, assistant director of student financial aid, will receive the 2019 President’s Awards for Service to the Community during the Aug. 28 ceremony in the Wren Yard.

Chanté Lively examines a muddy tidal flat
REU program celebrates 30th anniversary at VIMS

Undergraduates from across the nation spent 10 weeks in the field and laboratory this summer during the 30th annual “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” program at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Get to know W&M's newest undergraduates

The Class of 2023 will include approximately 1,540 students, selected from more than 14,600 applicants. Additionally, 180 new transfer students are expected to enroll this fall.

Stephen Moyer with box containing honey bees
W&M Dining Services cultivating honey for on-campus use

William & Mary students already eat lots of vegetables grown nearby as part of the university’s partnership with KelRae Farm, but this fall, menus will be abuzz with the addition of honey.

Kathleen Powell
National career-services association honors Powell

Kathleen I. Powell, William & Mary associate vice president for career development, was inducted into the National Association of Colleges and Employers Academy of Fellows in June.

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W&M to offer Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies

William & Mary will begin offering a Japanese Studies major this fall, becoming the only public university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in the discipline.

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Allison wins Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

Lizabeth Allison, Chancellor Professor of Biology at William & Mary, has been awarded the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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IT, Enrollment part of strategic reorganization

The reporting lines of several key areas at William & Mary shifted recently as part of a restructuring effort to create new collaborations and synergies across the university.

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Gail Williams Wertz ’66, M.A. ’19 digs into new career

Gail is currently a full-time graduate student in anthropology and archaeology at William & Mary, returning to her alma mater after an almost 50-year career in biomedical research.

Matt Kirwan
Kirwan honored with Presidential Early Career Award

Associate Professor Matt Kirwan of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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W&M professor earns Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement

Professor Iris Anderson of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been honored by the world’s leading coastal research society for her sustained accomplishments and important contributions to human understanding of estuaries and coastal ecosystems.

William & Mary student Laura Anderson is seen working in the Anatomy Lab, instructing a fellow student about the structures within an actual human bone.
A human approach to human anatomy

William & Mary's Human Anatomy Lab is a class that for over 50 years has allowed undergraduate students to gain an understanding of anatomy using actual human cadavers.

Edwin Pease
Architecture instructor brings real world to W&M students

Edwin Pease, senior lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History, has taught at William & Mary since 1990 while also working full-time as a partner in Stemann Pease Architecture. His students get the best of both worlds.

A bald eagle strikes an unusual “spread eagle” pose on a nest near Hopewell along the James River.
For the Glorious Fourth, the James River eagles have landed (and nested)

The Center for Conservation Biology has compiled 2019 survey results for bald eagles nesting along the James River. The breeding population has increased to 302 pairs, making the James the most significant tributary for eagles throughout the Commonwealth.

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William & Mary selects Christopher D. Lee to lead HR

Christopher D. Lee, associate vice chancellor for human resource services for the Virginia Community College System and a leading authority on search committee processes, will be William & Mary’s next chief human resources officer.

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Sad news: The Newton Trees are gone

William & Mary’s Isaac Newton apple trees no longer stand outside Small Hall. The trees likely succumbed to a bacterial disease known as fire blight.

Michael R. Halleran in the portico of the Wren Building
The end of an odyssey

A wide-ranging interview with outgoing Provost Michael R. Halleran.

History Professor Christopher Grasso
Completing the puzzle of a 19th century anomaly

W&M History Professor Christopher Grasso's upcoming book Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso uses autobiographical manuscripts thought long lost to tell the full story of a Union guerrilla fighter in Missouri.

Counseling students empower inmates to overcome addiction

Every Friday this past spring, four William & Mary master’s degree students in counseling traveled to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail to spend the morning with a group of women inmates who were working to overcome substance use disorders.

geologist Jim Kaste works with a couple of William & Mary undergraduates from a coring platform assembled from a couple of lashed-together canoes on Lake Matoaka.
Decoding Lake Matoaka’s sedimental history of the anthropocene

A team of William & Mary geologists led by Jim Kaste and Nick Balascio has mined the time-capsule sediment of Lake Matoaka to find evidence that traces the development of the Industrial Revolution and the Age of the Automobile.

W&M Professor Bob Scholnick
How trauma impacted Whitman's prose, psyche

W&M Professor of English and American Studies Robert Scholnick's insightful research and writing on Walt Whitman has revealed the seismic change the great American poet underwent caused by the ordeals he experienced.

A William & Mary student speaking with smallholder farmers in rural Kenya.
In 'Nature': The role of climate change in armed conflict

Exactly what size role does climate change play in civil unrest? A new study aims to find out. Philip Roessler, associate professor of government at William & Mary , is a co-author on the study, which was published today in the journal "Nature."

Michael Davis, legally blind, runs the track at Langley AFB
Grad student has a clear vision of inclusion

Michael Davis, 34, is on track to earn his Masters of Business Administration from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business despite being legally blind. He's also a marathoner who runs while pushing someone with disabilities seated in a special wheelchair.

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Employees to be honored for service

The following people will be recognized June 13, 2019, for reaching milestones in their years of service to the university.

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A seat at the table

Ruth Jones Nichols ’96 says she uses her strong sociology background, which began at W&M, to guide her work as a social change advocate.

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Governor appoints ambassador, judge to W&M Board of Visitors

Former U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and retired Norfolk Circuit Judge Charles Poston J.D. ’74 have been appointed to William & Mary’s Board of Visitors, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced today.

Ali Gaidies Joy and Austin Joy sit on a deck in front of a beach
W&M alumna spreads water safety awareness a year after husband's death

Ali Gaidies Joy '96 is determined to keep beach safety in the forefront of people’s minds through her Float Don’t Fight campaign, which urges people to take a floating device when heading into the ocean for leisure or if trying to rescue someone.

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Heir apparent: Jay Jones '10 lives up to legacy of leadership

Jay Jones ’10 holds the seat in the Virginia legislature once held by his father, Jerrauld Jones, who is currently a judge on the Norfolk Circuit Court. His mother, Lyn Simmons, is also a judge, in the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

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William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in London

William & Mary returned to its royal roots during the May 28 For the Bold campaign celebration in London in honor of the nearly 9,000 alumni, parents and friends that comprise the university’s international community.

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Silent stories

The Association of 1775 (Ao75), William & Mary’s military, veterans and government alumni group, is now back in action and moving forward.

Jen Chaney looks at the camera while standing in front of a red background
Culture vulture: Jen Chaney '94 talks TV

Jen Chaney, who is now a television critic for the media outlet Vulture, doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t obsessed with the small screen.

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W&M celebrates For the Bold in South Hampton Roads

William & Mary celebrated its For the Bold campaign in South Hampton Roads last week. The region is home to more than 16,000 alumni, parents, family and friends of the university.

Gene Roche
Aceto Award honors Roche’s efforts for the greater good

Gene Roche, executive professor of higher education at William & Mary, will receive the 2019 Shirley Aceto Award for exceptional commitment to excellence in service to the campus community.

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W&M School of Education launches military counseling program

The program, the only one of its kind in Virginia, will train counselors to work with veterans and their families on issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, the emotional impacts of physical injury, long-term family separation and the transition from military to civilian life.

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W&M Athletics ranks among nation's best in the APR

William & Mary Athletics once again ranked among the very best in the nation in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, as announced by the national office recently.

Luke Schwenke '19
W&M senior pens winning essay about cybersecurity in the age of 'Internet of Things'

Luke Schwenke ’19, a Data Science major from Warren, Virginia, earned first place in the Intermediaries & Reinsurance Underwriters Association’s 2018 Scholars Program Essay Contest. His winning essay earned him a $10,000 top prize from the IRUA and publication in the most recent edition of their quarterly journal for insurance industry professionals, the Journal of Reinsurance.

Governor taps two graduates for summer fellowships

Georgia Allin ’19 and Rachel Becker ’19 are among 28 students from Virginia universities or Virginia residents attending college outside of the commonwealth to be chosen.

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W&M computing mentorship for girls wins global service award for second year in a row

William & Mary’s Society of Women in Computing has been on a winning streak. For the second year in a row, the student group has received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for their efforts to encourage middle school girls to become involved in computing.

R. Alexander Kurland inducted as honorary alumnus

Alexander Kurland was inducted on May 10 at this year’s Honorary Alumni Ceremony, an annual event that honors non-graduates of William & Mary who have gone above and beyond in their support of the Alma Mater of the Nation.

Supporting Zambia's campaign against HIV/AIDS

Zambia’s National HIV/AIDS Council needed a system that would provide information on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment broken down by age and gender. AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, gave it to them.

Glenn Close addresses W&M's Class of 2019

It’s important to be kind, empathetic and maintain a healthy dose of skepticism, Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 told William & Mary graduates Saturday morning in Zable Stadium.

The prepared Commencement remarks of Glenn Close

Glenn Close '74, D.A. ’89, a seven-time Academy Award nominee and winner of three Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards, addressed the graduates of the Class of 2019 on May 11, 2019.

Plumeri Awards honor excellence

On Friday, May 3, the university honored the 2019 recipients for their outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service to the William & Mary community.

‘Face the Nation’ now a W&M Commencement tradition

For the seventh year in a row, Face the Nation, the CBS News national broadcast show, came to campus to interview former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current W&M Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65 L.H.D. ’98.

W&M to build skills, mindset of entrepreneurs in new, centralized hub

William & Mary will open a second entrepreneurship hub for students in Tribe Square next fall. Launchpad, the region’s business incubator for the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County, also will relocate to the mixed-use property.

A pilgrim's reward

George Greenia has garnered a prestigious international award. In June he will travel to Mexico to receive the 2019 International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia.

A helping hand for neurodiverse students

William & Mary's Neurodiversity Bridge Program gets incoming students off to a good start, but there are many tools and methods of guidance available for students who are neurodiverse.

VIMS researchers honored with 2018 Cozzarelli Prize

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has bestowed a 2018 Cozzarelli Prize on a paper authored by a multi-disciplinary research team led by Jonathan Lefcheck of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

VIMS christens RV Virginia

William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science christened its new flagship research vessel, the 93-foot RV Virginia, in a ceremony at the Yorktown waterfront on Friday afternoon.

Catch the King catches Guinness World Record

The project's chief science liaison is Derek Loftis, an assistant research scientist at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Tribe’s Huge named to NCAA Division I Council

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently announced the appointment of William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge to its Division I Council beginning on July 1, 2019.

Grace Solini and Hana Warner
Two W&M juniors awarded Goldwater Scholarship

William & Mary’s legacy of success with the Goldwater Scholarship Program continues in 2019 as two students have been named to the exclusive list of undergraduate scholars. Hana Warner ’20 and Grace Solini ‘20 are among just 496 undergraduate students nationwide to be named Goldwater Scholars in 2019.

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W&M approves zero tuition increase in 2019-20 for all in-state undergraduates

The William & Mary Board of Visitors voted unanimously to hold tuition at 2019 levels for incoming in-state undergraduates. The decision, made in recognition of increased higher education funding in the state budget, means all W&M in-state undergraduates will see zero increase in tuition for the 2019-20 academic year.

Duke winner embodies the award's philosophy

Sherrene Moore of procurement services has been negotiating with vendors to get the best deals for William & Mary since 1988. She is the kind of employee Charles and Virginia Duke had in mind when they instituted the award in 1997.

W&M releases results of latest employee climate survey

W&M recently received the results of the 2018 employee climate survey, and human resources representatives will be meeting with units across campus within the next few months to discuss the findings.

Peggy Agouris selected as William & Mary provost

Peggy Agouris, an award-winning scholar and researcher and dean of the College of Science at George Mason University, has been selected as William & Mary’s sixth provost, President Katherine A. Rowe announced today.

The Center for African Development is bringing Africa to W&M

With the addition of Professor Iyabo Obasanjo as co-director, the increase of program offerings and larger presence within the COLL curriculum, the Center for African Development is on track to greatly expand its impact.

Study shows continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A long-term study suggests the oil from the Deepwater Horizon is still affecting the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast and reveals the key role that marsh grasses play in the overall recovery of these important coastal wetlands.

One Tribe One Day is April 16

One Tribe One Day (OTOD) — William & Mary’s day for giving back and paying it forward— is April 16, and everyone can make an impact by being a part of this monumental effort.

W&M professor wins prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, has been awarded the 2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Intellectual and Cultural History.

W&M’s ‘… & Mary’ looks back, forward at women students

As part of W&M’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation, a group of faculty and students collaborated this semester to create the devised theatre piece "... & Mary," which will be performed at the Wren Building April 17-20.

W&M professors analyze Jefferson Lab economic, intellectual impact

Just how much the presence of the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility influences Hampton Roads, Virginia and the world is evident in two William & Mary professors’ recent economic impact study on the facility.

Igniting diverse scholars' interest in William & Mary

Fanchon Glover, the university’s chief diversity officer, invited 10 scholars from across the country to visit the campus recently, all-expenses-paid, as part of W&M's recruitment effort for diversifying faculty.

‘Whitechapel Arias' is a new twist on infamous murders

Nancy Schoenberger, who directs the university’s Creative Writing program, has coordinated with Elizabeth Wiley of Theater, Speech and Dance, Ryan Fletcher of the Department of Music’s opera workshop, and Mary Eason Fletcher of the Applied Music program, to tell the story of the five women Jack the Ripper killed in 1888.

Wolf Law Library’s history wall tells law school’s story

A visual story of William & Mary Law School dating back to its founding in 1779 greets visitors of the Wolf Law Library even before they reach the thousands of books and digital materials available in the three-story building.

Study confirms and ranks nursery value of coastal habitats

A comprehensive analysis of more than 11,000 previous coastal-habitat measurements suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as “nurseries” for young fishes and invertebrates, providing key guidance for managers of threatened marine resources.

Research and teaching with W&M Law Professor Jim Dwyer

Jim Dwyer, the Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law at William & Mary, has been more than busy engaging in the usual research, thinking and writing of a law professor, and he has newly authored books to show for it.

W&M community gathers to remember Nate Evans

On Monday night, more than 1,500 people from the university community gathered in Kaplan Arena to remember Nate Evans and comfort one another.

Lemon Project symposium focuses on 'Celebrating Legacies'

Continuing its powerful work in chronicling William & Mary’s history, the Lemon Project hosted its ninth annual spring symposium, “Celebrating Legacies, Constructing Futures: Four Hundred Years of Black Community and Culture,” on campus March 14-16.

A reel fight to eliminate the stigma of women's periods

Lila Sugerman, 16-year-old daughter of Andrew Sugerman ’93 and Sarah Sugerman ’92, won an Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for the film “Period. End of Sentence.” The film was part of the university's recent Global Film Festival.

Kay Coles James to visit W&M on March 25

Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, will visit William & Mary on March 25 for an event that is free and open to the public. James’ appearance is a spotlight event in the university’s celebration of 100 years of coeducation.

VIMS updates Chesapeake Bay coastal inventory

Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science have just finished the latest iteration of a suite of online maps that can display the condition of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline along its entire length.

Historical marker for Bray School unveiled

William & Mary officials Friday morning revealed Virginia historical marker W-109 commemorating the spot where the Bray School — an 18th-century school for enslaved and free black children — was once located.

What the devil? Raft goes empty in annual debate

Students, faculty and staff, and members of the community flooded the Chesapeake rooms in the Sadler Center on March 14 to watch the annual Raft Debate in which three professors, deserted on an imaginary island, represented their disciplines in an battle for a single spot on an imaginary raft.

Supporting homeless students on the path to college

Project HOPE-VA is partnering with the Virginia Community College System and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to identify best practices that can help homeless students succeed in higher education after graduation.

At the GRS Symposium: When in Boston, stop into Mr. Abbot’s

Alexandra Macdonald has been looking into the 18th-century “theatre of consumption” that was Samuel Abbot’s shop and the retail culture of colonial America, where even the residents of Puritan Boston were interested in consumption.

Examining fathers’ grief after miscarriage

A trio of doctoral counseling students in the William & Mary School of Education published the results of their interviews with fathers in a 2018 issue of The Family Journal.

A Knight's tale: Reaching for greatness

Nathan Knight, William & Mary's 6-10, 245-pound center, has increased his scoring, and the Tribe's chances of winning the CAA basketball tournament.

New student group seeks dialogue with the city

The Student Residents Group has 32 members whose goal is to make its opinions known to city leaders and to enhance students' life experiences in and around Williamsburg.

W&M Lemon Project symposium tied to 1619 anniversary

The event, titled “Celebrating Legacies, Constructing Futures: Four Hundred Years of Black Community and Culture,” will include a meeting of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium and a keynote address by Christy Coleman, chief executive officer of the American Civil War Museum, along with multiple panel discussions.

Aura CuriAtlas to debut tarot card-themed performance

William & Mary faculty members who created a new dance and music work themed around tarot cards will premiere the piece next week when Aura CuriAtlas performs "The Fool and the World" March 9-10 at the Kimball Theatre.

Tack Faculty Lecture to explore Marie Antoinette’s secret library

Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, will deliver the spring 2019 Tack Faculty Lecture, “The Secret Library of Marie Antoinette: Revealing the Inner Life of a Conflicted Queen,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

Report cards show continued sea-level rise on East & Gulf coasts

Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science have issued the first annual update of their sea level “report cards,” marking 50 years of water-level observations from 1969 through 2018.

Broaddus vs. local dance stars. Will he shine brightly?

Henry Broaddus, vice president for strategic initiatives and public affairs at William & Mary, is competing in the 10th annual Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars gala on March 2. Proceeds from the fund-raiser go to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life.

W&M's annual Raft Debate set for March 14

The 2019 Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Sadler Center in Chesapeake ABC, on March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Trio completes their friend's book, with love and respect

Liz Barnes, Erin Minear and Erin Webster of the W&M English department picked up the pieces of deceased colleague Paula Blank's manuscript and stitched together a unique book on how to read Shakespeare.

Trumpet instructor’s new album expands on soundscapes

Victor Haskins, instructor of trumpet and director of the Jazz Ensemble at William & Mary, would like listeners to experience music as a story, picture or emotion that can’t be limited to being called jazz — or even music.

W&M Law School names Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize recipient

The William & Mary Law School Property Rights Project has named Professor Steven J. Eagle of the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University as the recipient of the 2019 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

Granger lives, shares that practice makes better

Tatia Granger, clinical associate professor of organizational behavior at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business and former university ombuds, counts leadership coach and mentor among her many roles.

W&M team aces EU foreign policy competition

Three William & Mary students outlast 16 other prestigious universities to win the Schuman Challenge, a foreign policy contest for undergraduates hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

W&M's Rowan Lockwood receives Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award

Rowan Lockwood is one of two William & Mary faculty to be honored with Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards in 2019, along with W&M Law School’s Jeffrey Bellin, University Professor for Teaching Excellence.

CNN analyst Ana Navarro to visit William & Mary

CNN political analyst and Republican strategist Ana Navarro will visit William & Mary Feb. 25-26 as the university’s spring 2019 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics.

W&M's Barko-Alva recognized with statewide Latinx Leadership Award

Her ability to inspire young people to pursue a career in ESL and bilingual education, along with her research and service related to bilingual education, was recognized recently with the Latinx Leadership Award from the Virginia Latino Advisory Board.

President Rowe releases first annual report, 'Moving Forward'

William & Mary President Katherine A. Rowe today released her first President’s Report at the university, “Moving Forward,” reflecting a fresh design arranged to reflect Rowe’s strategic listening initiative.

Inauguration remarks of Justice Bill Mims ’79

The following are the prepared remarks of Virginia Supreme Court Justice William C. Mims ’79 for William & Mary's 2019 Inauguration and Charter Day ceremony. - Ed.

W&M community gathers to commemorate King

Ten days after the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., William & Mary students, faculty and staff joined with the greater Williamsburg community to commemorate his life and legacy.

Queen Mary II: A short reign, a lasting legacy for us

Between the ages of 27 and her death at 32, Queen Mary II navigated the line between her traditional duties (for the times) as wife to King William and regent overseeing the business of England when William was away waging war.

GMOs not main culprit in monarch butterfly decline

Jack Boyle, a post-doctorate Mellon Fellow at W&M, is lead author on a paper that shows GMOs are not the main culprit for the decline of the monarch butterfly, a finding that goes against claims made by scientists and activists for decades.

Road to Richmond: Student lobbyists advocate for W&M

The Road to Richmond, sponsored by the W&M President’s Office and the Office of Government Relations, allows students to employ their voice and represent the university at the Virginia General Assembly.

Innovative leader Tandeciarz receives Jefferson Award

Silvia Tandeciarz, chair of modern languages and literatures and professor of Hispanic studies at William & Mary, will be awarded the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award at a Jan. 31 ceremony.

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Jacopo Gliozzi ’19 to receive Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy

Jacopo Gliozzi is the 2019 recipient of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy. The honor is endowed by the trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation to recognize excellence in the sciences and mathematics in an undergraduate student.

Krill range shrinks poleward with ocean warming

A new study based on careful analysis of 90 years of scientific catch data from the South Atlantic Ocean shows that the geographic distribution of Antarctic krill has contracted nearly 300 miles southward in concert with ocean warming, raising concerns for international fisheries managers.

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William & Mary alumna Kiya Winston Tomlin '96 knows fashion.

W&M appoints interim chief human resources officer

Robert “Bob” Green, a longtime senior administrator at Virginia Military Institute, has been named interim chief human resources officer at William & Mary.

New director of engagement joins Muscarelle

Steve Prince, well known as a visiting artist at William & Mary, has joined the Muscarelle Museum of Art as its first director of engagement and distinguished artist in residence.

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2019 Alumni Medallion recipients announced

The highest and most prestigious award given by the Alumni Association, the Alumni Medallion recognizes outstanding alumni for commitment, dedication and assistance to William & Mary.