2020 News Stories

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William & Mary to host area’s first Juneteenth celebration

William & Mary is partnering with the York-James City-Williamsburg NAACP, the City of Williamsburg and others to host the area’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

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W&M post player reveling in final basketball season

After transferring to William & Mary, Andy Van Vliet ’20 is playing a key role on a team in title contention making a stretch run to post-season play for the first time in his college basketball career.

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A coronavirus Q&A with a virologist

Kurt Williamson is a virologist, an associate professor in William & Mary’s Department of Biology who specializes in the study of viruses. He offers some scientific context for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

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Research reveals unique reproductive trait for seagrass

A joint Australian-U.S. team reveals that one group of seagrasses, Australian species of the genus Posidonia, has evolved yet another remarkable adaptation for ocean survival: a winged seed whose shape harnesses the force of underwater currents to hold it on the seafloor for rooting.

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Making a HEART-felt impact

The newly established Health Emergency and Resources for the Tribe — or HEART — Fund provides vital funds that serve students in meaningful and transformative ways.

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King commemoration speaker turned ‘pain into purpose’

Yusef Salaam spoke at William & Mary’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration before a crowd of faculty, staff, students and community members who filled the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

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Sea-level report cards: 2019 data adds to trend in acceleration

The annual update of their sea level “report cards” by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science adds evidence of an accelerating rate of sea-level rise at nearly all tidal stations along the U.S. coastline.

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Three to receive W&M Alumni Medallion

The Alumni Medallion is the highest and most prestigious award given by the Alumni Association. Meet our 2020 recipients, who represent outstanding dedication, commitment and assistance to William & Mary; exemplary professional accomplishments; and leadership in civic engagement.

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Students lobby for W&M at 24th annual Road to Richmond

Road to Richmond, sponsored by the W&M President’s Office and the Office of Government Relations, offers students a platform to represent their interests before members of the Virginia General Assembly.

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W&M eliminates single-use plastics in dining halls

As part of the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts, William & Mary Dining Services implemented a phase-out to use up its remaining stock of single-use plastics on the way to switching to alternatives.

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W&M's online MBA ranked 28th in nation by U.S. News

In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Program rankings, William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business jumps to 28th overall and ranks even higher for veterans, coming in at 22nd.

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Kids, volunteers connect at ACEing Autism tennis camp

With the help of local volunteers ranging from children to retirees, the camp gave 14 kids on the autism spectrum the chance to not just gain tennis skills, but to build connections — and confidence.

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Q&A: Inga Carboni on networking in the New Year

Inga Carboni, an associate professor at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business, is the author of 2019’s “Connect the Dots How to Build, Nurture, and Leverage Your Network to Achieve Your Personal and Professional Goals.”

Jean Berger Estes ’75 and Robey Estes ’74
Estes’ endowment affords opportunity

$1.5 million gift to fund scholarships at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business.