2017 Stories

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Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Dr. Stuart Flanagan, faculty emeritus, believes education can improve both individual lives and society at large. It's this belief that led him to endow four scholarships for students at the William & Mary School of Education: The S. Stuart Flanagan Family Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship, and Mathematics Scholarship; and the New Horizons Family Counseling Center Scholarship.

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Giving thanks. Celebrating impact. Sharing the light.

In a stirring speech earlier this year, Judge John Charles Thomas said to William & Mary students, “We have great hopes on this first day of the academic year for what you will become, but it’s not just for you. It’s because what we’re trying to do is ignite within you the burning desire to learn and to keep learning, to push for fairness and justice and equity and then to share the light that is within you.”

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What Does “Tribe Pride” Mean to You?

I have been using the words “Tribe Pride” for as long as I can remember. As the daughter of two proud William & Mary alumni who met as freshmen in the fall of 1971, William & Mary has always held a special place in my heart. But, it was not until I graduated that I truly understood the meaning of “Tribe Pride.”

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Hixon family gives $1.8 million to fund international scholarships

The Hixon Family Scholarship Endowment will provide undergraduate scholarships for students who are residents of African countries. The scholarship covers tuition, board, room, fees and travel. The gift also includes an enrichment endowment for internships, study abroad, honors research and summer courses for international students.

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William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Atlanta

William & Mary celebrated its For the Bold campaign in Atlanta last night as the university's colors lit the sky in honor of more than 23,630 alumni, parents and friends in the Southeast region.

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Shark Tank Rewards Entrepreneurial Solutions to Real World Problems

The dazzling set, cameras, dramatic lighting and air of expectation were comparable to its television namesake, but the Third Annual Shark Tank hosted by The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) in Commonwealth Auditorium on August 3rd, gave the concept a uniquely W&M spin.

Message from the Campaign Chair - July 2017

The year ahead will provide wonderful opportunities for alumni, students, faculty, parents and friends to be part of our extraordinary legacy and mission.

Class of 1967 Celebrates 50 Years with Generous Gift

More than 100 members of the Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th Reunion in April. The class collectively raised nearly $18 million to fund the expansion of the Alumni House and a scholarship endowment that will help generations of talented students afford the opportunity to attend William & Mary.

Camp Launch celebrates 6th year

Created six years ago by educators and researchers at the W&M Center for Gifted Education, Camp Launch serves students from low-income families, who attend at no cost.

Shenkman Jewish Center to be constructed for William & Mary students

The William & Mary Real Estate Foundation and Hillel at William & Mary are pleased to announce the planned construction of a new facility that will serve as a gathering place for Jewish students to participate in a variety of cultural, spiritual, social and educational activities and programming.

W&M celebrates 50th anniversary of MBA program

The largest alumni gathering in the business school's history, attendees from eight countries and 40 states came together to reconnect with the people and place they hold dear.

Johnsens put focus on Eastern Shore

VIMS Foundation President Steve Johnsen and wife Barbara made a gift to the Dean and Director's Fund for the Eastern Shore, which made possible the purchase of a new research vessel for VIMS' Eastern Shore Lab.

Private support funds teaching of democratic change in Russia

Associate Professor of Russian Sasha Prokhorov and Cindy Centeno ’16, a multi-media specialist at Swem Library, will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia this summer to help W&M students incorporate visual storytelling in their research projects.

Tech turns bots into bay keepers

Recent damage to the west coast seafood industry from a massive bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia, another toxic HAB organism, serves as a cautionary tale for Virginia and its seafood and aquaculture industries.

William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Washington, D.C.

William & Mary celebrated its $1 billion For the Bold campaign last night against the backdrop of the nation's capital as the university's colors illuminated the skyline in honor of more than 20,000 alumni in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Alumnus plays it forward with gift of cello

Jeffrey Doyon ’85 donated a cello to the William & Mary Department of Music to repay its loan of one to him during his youth and while he was a student.

The Cabell Challenge: Update and Impact

Recent gifts given through the $1.5 million Cabell Challenge are already helping William & Mary students and faculty conduct innovative research.

A heart for those in need

"To think that William & Mary was able to meet me the full way — not half, not one-fourth of the way but the whole way — was a blessing I never counted on."