2016 Stories

Happy Holidays

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley sends season's greetings from campus.

End of Year Giving

Thank you for including William & Mary as you plan your end-of-year giving. A gift to William & Mary invigorates the university's legacy of teaching excellence, propels groundbreaking research and advances a strong community of diverse perspectives.

Giving back

W&M faculty, staff and students spread the holiday spirit.

W&M Holiday Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for your William & Mary fan? Check out the Alumni Gift Shop for your shopping needs this holiday season!

Tribe scholars win big in 2016

A look back at the William & Mary students awarded national and international scholarships and fellowships in 2016.

Alumni? Alumnae? Alumnus? Alumna?

In 2018, the university will commemorate 100 years of coeducation. In recognition of that milestone, W&M has launched an alumnae initiatives program aimed at providing regional opportunities for our women graduates.

William & Mary building toward a bright future

William & Mary's campus got a new look this year in renovation and building projects that updated facilities for 21st century learning and expanded the university's capabilities.

Giving Tuesday 2016

Giving Tuesday is a national movement dedicated to promoting philanthropy and the powerful benefits it brings to our favorite causes. Now, more than ever, we need your support to ensure William & Mary can advance its mission.

$1 million given to William & Mary Law School for new atrium

A modern atrium space for law students called Penny Commons will be a part of the new wing of William & Mary Law School, thanks to a generous $1 million commitment from Pamela Jordan Penny ’77 and James D. Penny J.D. ’83.

Keep them ruby

Ryan Lintelman '09, entertainment curator at the National Museum of American History, works with Dorothy's famous shoes.

Hall of famer

Glenn Close '74, D.A. '89 will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame tonight.

Connecting student veterans

As the leader of the Student Veterans of William & Mary, former Army Ranger Tim Beck '17 helps other student veterans be successful on campus.

The 1976 debate

On this election day, The Gale takes a look back at the Flat Hat to see coverage of the 1976 presidential debate, held on the campus of William & Mary.

Managing the stress of law and life

Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan '80 of the Supreme Court of Virginia gave law students pointers on how to manage stress in law school and the practice of law.

2016 Regional Yule Log Celebrations

Join together with William & Mary alumni around the world as we share in this beloved holiday tradition!

Election news

William & Mary professors have used their expertise to cast light on various aspects of the election and political process.

School spirits

Not all of William & Mary's history stays in the past ...

Affording opportunity

Scholarship recipients thank donors during the Scholarships Luncheon over Homecoming weekend.

Homecoming recap

From a football win to dancing in the Sunken Garden to a parade down Richmond Road, Homecoming 2016 brought out the best of Tribe Pride.

Pulp fiction

Bruce Campbell, W&M associate professor of German studies, will explore the world of German detectives at the upcoming Tack Faculty Lecture.

Homecoming game preview

Tribe Athletics talks about what to expect during this weekend's game against Delaware.

76 and counting

Ruth Weimer Tillar '45 has a perfect Homecoming attendance record.

Green and bold

W&M's $1 billion For the Bold campaign kicks off in New York City and an iconic landmark shines in honor of the nearly 13,000 alumni, parents and friends in the area and over 97,000 alumni around the globe.

Alumni connections

W&M Theatre converges in the land of the midnight sun.

Let's have a parade

Bill Schermerhorn '82 is using his 34 years of parade experience to help out with William & Mary's Homecoming Parade.

A family story

A scholarship helped Melissa Commander '16 relive her grandmother's life.

A new name

William & Mary Hall is renamed Kaplan Arena in honor of Jane Thompson Kaplan '56 and Jim Kaplan '57.

Bright lights, big apple Part VI

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City that Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read more about Todd Boehly '96.

The sound of music

Anne Rasmussen serves as director of the William & Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. Over the years, the ensemble has hosted guest artists and made international concert tours in Morocco and Oman.

Looking for laughs

Carmen Lynch '94 makes a living as a stand-up comedian.

Arctic expedition

A team from VIMS has embarked on a research trip to the seas of northern Alaska.

And the Emmy goes to ...

Patton Oswalt '91! The comedian won last night for Best Writing for a Variety Special.

Alumni Association names service awards in honor of Douglas N. Morton '62

The William & Mary Alumni Association has named its Alumni Service Awards in honor of one of the university's most devoted and loyal alumni, Douglas N. Morton ’62. Morton passed away in July, after many years of serving his alma mater with great distinction and generosity.

Bright lights, big apple Part V

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City that Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read about William Ivey Long '69, L.H.D. '04, costume designer and winner of six Tony Awards.

Virginia Uncorked

W&M's Homecoming tasting event is back! Sample the best of Virginia beer, wine and spirits.

A day to remember

The William & Mary community remembers and honors those alumni who were taken from us 15 years ago.

Bright lights, big apple Part IV

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City that Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read about Ken Himmel '68, CEO of Related Urban.

W&M in London

Mark Sikes Ph.D. '15, associate dean and director of parent and family programs, visits W&M alumni across the pond.

Saving seagrass

VIMS professor Robert J. Orth writes about his research on seagrass.

One scholar, one day

Eboni Brown '17, president of the Student Assembly and a Sharpe Community Scholar, helped welcome the Class of 2020.

Bright lights, big apple Part III

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City that Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read about Laura Balcer '87 and her work as a neuro-opthamologist in Part III.

Robert Gates' papers arrive at William & Mary

On Thursday, William & Mary library staff gathered on the loading dock of the university's Swem Library to welcome the arrival of a truck carrying long-awaited cargo ? the personal papers of William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98.

Taking the stage

The Flat Hat profiles William Ivey Long '69, L.H.D. '04.

1693 Scholars

The program welcomes the largest class in history.

Bright lights, big apple Part II

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City that Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read about how Yancey Stickler '00 founded Kickstarter in this next installment.

Opening Convocation

Nicco Mele '99 addressed William & Mary's new students during Wednesday's Opening Convocation ceremony.

W&M blogs

Benming Zhang '16 talks about how his W&M education prepared him for life after college.

Bright lights, big apple Part I

These alumni went from the Revolutionary City to the City That Never Sleeps. Now their innovations are global. Read about Beth Comstock's '82 work with General Electric in this first installment.

It's fun to stay at the ...

Jonathan Lever '91 is helping to create a healthier America with his new position at the YMCA.

Online networking hours

Connect with fellow members of the Tribe from all over the world to share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network.

Outside the box

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Mark McLaughlin has found a creative way to bring important religious sites in India into the classroom.

On top of the world

Doug Pierson M.B.A. '99 has scaled four of the seven world summits.

Fighting for justice

Jeree Harris Thomas '08 advocates for children's rights.

Going for gold

Jill Ellis '88 and the women's Olympic soccer team have the chance to make history in Rio.

Shark scientist

Zach Nicholls '14 is Dr. Jaws.

Hands-on learning

A W&M camp for gifted middle school students is in its fifth year, thanks to a gift from two alumni.

Coffee grinder

Terry Darcy '14 has a new take on your morning cup of joe.

Road to 40 Percent

David T. Croall ’77, chair of the Annual Giving Board of Directors, discusses the importance of the university achieving 40 percent undergraduate alumni participation.

Asia trip recap

In June, a few W&M staffers toured Asia to bring Tribe Pride to cities across the continent. Here is a recap of the memorable trip.

Big data, big dreams

AidData is among the provisional winners of the DREAMS innovation challenge.

Education for all

Clarissa Isabelle Delgado '09 is the CEO and co-founder of Teach for the Philippines.

Talladega knights

Jay Busbee '90 covers NASCAR's first family.

Being bold

W&M sets a new fundraising record and cements No. 1 alumni participation ranking.

Row your boat

A W&M graduate student finishes off his collegiate rowing career with a national championship title.

Volunteer celebration: Chapters

The Gale celebrates our regional chapter volunteers. Read how Angela Casolaro '06 brings her love of the Tribe to New York City.

Volunteer celebration: Class Ambassadors

Read how being a Class Ambassador allows DeeDee Keller '89 to reconnect with classmates and to reminisce about some of the best times of her life.

Under the sea: 35 years with the Virginia Aquarium

Mark Swingle '76 was the first employee hired when the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center was nothing more than a tiny office. The aquarium is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Volunteer celebration: Chapters

The Gale celebrates our regional chapter volunteers. Read how Ben DeMaria '05 brings his love of the Tribe to his Washington, D.C., community.

Volunteer celebration: Alumni boards

The Gale continues its celebration of W&M volunteers with those who serve on William & Mary Alumni Association boards.

Seoul: The power of the Griffin

W&M staff travels to Seoul for a gathering of alumni, current students, and new students and their families.

Beijing: Barrels of fun

W&M staff continue their trip across Asia with a stop in Beijing.

W&M visits Hong Kong

Senior Director of Alumni Engagement Kelly S. Holdcraft and fellow W&M colleagues travel around Asia to participate in incoming student receptions.

Ciara Cifers '20 named Beales Scholar

Ciara Cifers '20 is the recipient of the Harriett Pittard Beales Scholarship at William & Mary for the academic year 2016-2017.

Going for gold

Three alumni are set to represent W&M at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.

Family Ties

Parent and Family Council creates new Tribe connections.

Under the sea

Mark Swingle '76 talks about his 35 years at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

A new star

Recent graduate Brittany Liu '16 opens Shakespeare Festival in starring role as Juliet.

Presidential moments

With the passing of former William & Mary President Thomas A. Graves Jr., the community looks back on his accomplishments.

Alumni innovations

Four W&M grads lead the charge in digital banking.

W&M Weekend: Leadership luncheon

A distinguished panel of William & Mary alumni spoke during a leadership luncheon in Washington, D.C.

W&M Weekend: Art in the gardens

William & Mary alumni were given an exclusive look inside the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Automatic bid

The Tribe baseball team earned the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after winning its second league title in program history this past weekend.

Share In Our Extraordinary Moments

Throughout the 324 years of William & Mary history, we've amassed a lot of extraordinary moments. Follow along in your inbox and social media feeds — you never know what you might learn!

Common ground

Will Payne '01 is an entrepreneur, political operative, W&M Board of Visitors member and now a successful book author.

Study abroad

W&M grad awarded fellowship to study Arabic in Oman

Meet and Eat

Get a FRESHFARM Market tour over W&M Weekend.

International flair

Thanks to ongoing efforts between Arts & Sciences faculty, the Charles Center and the Reves Center, William & Mary students are exposed to richer cross-cultural experiences than ever-before.

Real estate innovator

Brian Lewis '91 makes the most original ads in the business.

Bold grads

The Class of 2016 celebrates Commencement.

Six Friends Join the Ranks of William & Mary Honorary Alumni

Each year, the William & Mary Alumni Association recognizes a select few friends who have demonstrated a lasting commitment to and genuine affinity for the university, even though they are not graduates. On Friday, May 13, 2016, during a ceremony at the Alumni House, six dedicated individuals were welcomed into the Alumni Association as honorary alumni.

In command

Emily Bessler '14 exemplifies female leadership for the army.


Take a look at more items up for grabs at this year's William & Mary Alumni Association Gala & Auction, to be held during W&M Weekend.

Recycle mania

William & Mary took top honors in Virginia for composting in this year's RecycleMania tournament.

Hall of Famers

William & Mary's Athletics Department inducted 10 athletes and one team into its Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Baseball philanthropy

The College of William & Mary held the dedication ceremony of the Plumeri Park Practice Facility at Plumeri Park.

Headed to the pros

Two former William & Mary football players signed on with NFL teams over the weekend.

Two Tribe football players sign on with NFL teams

Two former William & Mary football players signed on with NFL teams over the weekend. Free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 185th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, and linebacker Luke Rhodes signed a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Additionally, Christian Reeves received a rookie mini-camp invite from the Kansas City Chiefs.

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

From a globally recognized leader in international criminal law and a leading linguistic scholar to a widely published neuroscientist, the 2016 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence will be bestowed to 20 talented and visionary professors across William & Mary's campus

A new story

Science rewrites history at the home of President James Monroe.

W&M makes history on One Tribe One day

The university's official day of giving back and paying it forward — One Tribe One Day — was a smashing success, with 10,358 members of the Tribe making a gift, bringing in nearly $2.2 million in a single day.

Amphitheatre, wellness center named for alumni

William & Mary's Board of Visitors last week approved measures that name the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and the Integrative Wellness Center in honor of alumni who are committed to providing an enriching and healthy environment for the entire Tribe community.

Private-public synergy supports web portal for coastal resiliency

William & Mary Law School and William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) are collaborating on a new website that will provide key information to support local, regional and state efforts to adapt to sea-level rise, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from blue moon fund.

Tribe Pride

See how the W&M community is showing their love on One Tribe One Day.

W&M Announces Transformative Gifts to Women's Soccer/Men's Tennis

A pair of former William & Mary student-athletes, Jennifer (Tepper) '91 and Scott '91 Mackesy, have recently committed the resources to endow the head coaching positions of both the women's soccer and men's tennis and ensure future generations of Tribe student-athletes will enjoy the same experience they shared on campus.

W&M Weekend Wednesday

Go behind the scenes at the Library of Congress with Ginny Carr '75

TV trainer

Todd Durkin '93 will be featured on a new NBC show.


Professor of government Jaime Settle provides an update on research in the SNaPP (Social Networks and Political Psychology) lab.

Books & Beyond

Celebrating a half-century of Swem through its unique collections

Branch out

Gifts from donors benefit W&M's alternative break program.

Survey says ...

Share your thoughts with the William & Mary Alumni Association by taking our Alumni Interest Survey.


Take a look at items up for grabs at this year's William & Mary Alumni Association Gala & Auction, to be held during W&M Weekend.


W&M students participate in a 32-hour coding marathon.


Goodbye Millington Greenhouse.

Changing Lives

A major gift from a devoted alumna will benefit W&M's top students

Up to us

W&M students win national competition

W&M Weekend

Don't miss the inaugural weekend for William & Mary's newest signature event.

Care package

W&M students and alumni help kids touched by cancer.


The university's American Indian Student Association hosts their second annual W&M Powwow.

Remix and revolution

Professor Ann Marie Stock takes a look at Cuba's transformation through cinema.

Light the stage

Mark Stanley '78 is the New York City Ballet's resident lighting designer.

Why W&M?

Skyler Paltell '15, an admissions counselor at Colorado College, talks about the decision that changed her life.

Brewed in Beijing

Alex Acker '00 and Jing-A Brewing ride the Chinese craft beer wave

Double duty

Josh Zimmt '17 balances swimming and academics.

Odd job

Michael Draeger's job as William & Mary's studio art technician influences his own artwork.

Empowering veterans

Sam Pressler '15 helps service members find their voices.

$1 million gift expands Muscarelle with new American art gallery

William & Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art will soon be expanding and adding a new gallery for American art, thanks to a $1 million commitment made by Patty ’62 and Carroll ’62 Owens through the Owens Foundation.

After the game

Mark McLaughlin '88 goes from the wrestling mat to the operating room.

Giving back

The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic is another demonstration of William & Mary's commitment to its community.

CAA recap

Men's basketball falls in CAA semifinals

March on Tribe

Get all your information for the CAA Tournament.

Author profile

Michele Gable's '96 take on historical fiction

Making a splash

The Tribe's men's and women's swim teams are crowned CAA champions.

Alumni connections

William & Mary Law School's global footprint is quickly growing, and its tracks sometimes converge in unexpected places.

Final bow

Longtime William & Mary theatre professor Richard Palmer to direct "Oresteia," his final play before retirement.

Good ideas

Six projects receive IDEA grants

Geology rocks

Chuck Bailey '89 answers Earth's big questions

Soccer speaker

U.S. Soccer Coach Jill Ellis '88 will speak at W&M's Commencement.

Helping hands

The Peace Corps ranks W&M among top volunteer-producing colleges.


W&M's Global Film Festival starts today with the theme of film and community.

Inside "Grease Live"

William Ivey Long's '69, L.H.D. '04 take on the musical's wardrobe.

In the shadows

Professor John Lee discusses his paintings of William & Mary's "shadowy" spaces.

A passion for leadership

Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98 discussed his new book over Charter Day.


Shayma Jannat '10 has only worked for the State Department a few years, but she's made a big impact in a short time.

William & Mary Weekend

William & Mary's newest signature event and alumni auction is coming to Washington, D.C.

Charter Day Recap

Take a look at how the W&M community celebrated Charter Day.

Power the Tribe

Pack the Kap! Men's basketball takes on Delaware for Saturday's Gold Rush game.

Famous last words

Read these closing lines from past Charter Day speeches.

2016 Alumni Medallion Awards

The 2016 Alumni Medallion recipients will be honored during Charter Day weekend.

The Quotable Gale

Read our favorite quotes from this month's top posts.

Living Color

A cutting-edge collaboration blends art and science.

Tribe goalie headed for the pros

Caroline Casey '16 was selected in the third round of the National Women's Soccer League draft on Jan. 15.

Constructing Identities

Gender and love in the Muslim world is at the heart of Associate Professor Gul Ozyegin's latest books.

Growing Tomorrow

Seventh-generation farmer and best-selling author Forrest Pritchard '96 discusses sustainable farming

A Day of Service

W&M students celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rule of Law

Kaylee Gum, a third-year student at William & Mary Law School, outlined her experience receiving financial support for her summer 2014 internship with USAID in Iraq.

Geology Rocks

Geology professor Chuck Bailey's ’89 work has taken him and his students to far away places like Oman, as well as sites around Virginia.


A new universe of information overload and changing disciplines is coming ? and William & Mary has a plan.

Center for American Progress Welcomes Paul Verkuil '61 as New Senior Fellow

The Center for American Progress announced last month that President Emeritus Paul R. Verkuil '61 will join the organization as a Senior Fellow. His work will focus on how to increase the government's effectiveness, including developing new ideas on how to reform the federal civil service and improve the regulatory process.

Celebrating a Life

See how the William & Mary community is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Travel with Your Tribe

Learn about 2016 trip opportunities with the Alumni Journeys program.

Alumni in the News

Take a look at William & Mary alumni making headlines.

A New Blog for a New Year

2015 was a memorable year for William & Mary. See what's in store for 2016.