2019 News Stories

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Signature threads

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

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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.

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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.