2018 Stories

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W&M hosts Iron Chef star

On December 3, lunchtime in Sadler Center’s Center Court was no ordinary affair. Students lined up 30-deep at select stations while the smells of Asian cuisine filled the air. Holding court at the steamy ramen counter was celebrity chef Katsuya Fukushima, who was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Iron Chef.” In addition to the vegetable ramen noodles, Fukushima designed two other plates for William & Mary students, a smashed Waygu burger with seaweed and a roasted cauliflower dish presented in sculptural parchment.

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Shenkman Jewish Center opens to public

At the corner of Jamestown Road and Cary Street, the Jewish community at the College of William and Mary now has a dedicated home. The Shenkman Jewish Center opened its doors to the public the morning of Wednesday Nov. 14, only nine months after its groundbreaking ceremony in February of this year.

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Breaking Ground, Making History: Thanks to private donations, work begins on the Tribe Field Hockey Center

When William and Mary head field hockey coach Tess Ellis first came to the College in 1992, she said she remembers dragging old sticks from the now-demolished equipment shed on Barksdale Field back for use. Her office is filled with photos — and even more have been moved to the archives — depicting the rich history of the team. This semester, through Century Project donations, the team is once again making history.

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Campaign Chair: Top 10 reasons 2018 was a big year

It’s that time of year again — students are busy studying for exams, holiday festivities are filling our calendars and family and friends are gathering together to celebrate and give thanks. 

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Giving back on Giving Tuesday

Now that Thanksgiving is over and you can look beyond leftovers, travel plans and doorbuster sales, remember to keep William & Mary in mind on Giving Tuesday.

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The tale of two Pennies

So you arrive at law school and discover another student with nearly the exact same name. That’s what happened when Jim Penney J.D.’83 and Jim Penny J.D. ’83 became 1Ls in August 1980. The confusion — and a great, lifelong friendship — began almost immediately.

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Leading the Way

Ming Chang ’55 and Charlotte Chang are the embodiment of the American dream. Their story merges hard work and the freedom to pursue their destiny into a life of opportunity, success and notable firsts in the Asian-American community. Now the Chang family strives to create the same opportunities for others.

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William & Mary Law School celebrates generosity of Class of 1983

As of June 30, the Class of 1983 added another record to its storied history. Members of the class contributed more than $5.2 million in gifts and pledges to the Law School on the occasion of their 35th Reunion—the highest amount ever raised by a reunion class. The class previously set giving records for 20th, 25th, and 30th reunions.

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Forty years ago, W&M women made waves

In October 1775, the Continental Congress voted to arm two vessels with crew and weapons for the purpose of intercepting British transports heading to North America — so was born the U.S. Navy. It was not until 203 years later, in July 1978, that Judge John Sirica, still infamous from his pivotal role in the Watergate case, ruled that it was unconstitutional for Congress to bar women from serving on U.S. Navy ships. That November, a handful of women made history when they became the first female crew members of a non-hospital naval vessel.

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The haunted history of Dillard Complex

Three miles away from campus, the remnants of Dillard Complex lay empty, absent of new residents and in need of a landscaping job. What once resided within those walls? Most know the complex as home to Hughes Hall and Munford Hall, William & Mary dorms which housed students from 1965 to 2006. In the past, however, their halls were filled with the nurses and doctors of Eastern State Hospital, the first public mental hospital in the country.

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Inspiring Storytelling: Scholarships Luncheon 2018

The theme of this year’s scholarships luncheon was past, present and future, with an emphasis on storytelling from several students and alumni whose lives have been transformed by the power of scholarships. So many in the crowd of more than 400 donors and scholarship students left the luncheon saying they felt inspired, hopeful and energized — wanting to hear more about how For the Bold’s top priority is impacting the trajectory of so many lives and the future of the university.

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Fall Tribe Book Roundup

Celebrate National Book Month this October with a good read, especially those found in The Gale quarterly roundup of recently published titles by the William & Mary community.

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Groundbreaking Generosity: Gifts fund the $2.4M Tribe Field Hockey Center

As part of William & Mary’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation and women’s athletics, a $2.4 million commitment has been made by several donors to establish a new home for the women’s field hockey team. The development of the Tribe Field Hockey Center is being supported through a fundraising initiative called the Century Project, which has set into motion efforts designed to enhance the experience for women athletes and the caliber of the university’s facilities.

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Hunt’s men

The story of the Crenshaw, in its bizarre and chaotic glory, is the story of the Class of 1983’s freshmen year in Hunt Hall. Together, the dorm’s 50-student all-male group formed lifelong friendships and created countless zany memories — some of which can’t be repeated.

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Impact on display

William & Mary students are buzzing about the yellow tags that have popped up this month for Tag Day. During Homecoming & Reunion Weekend those special yellow tags will remain displayed throughout campus, showing students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends the way private donors cover and support our alma mater.

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A gift to remember Sara

Sara Nance, who passed away July 4, 1998 from cystic fibrosis, never got the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer — but her parents, Judy P. Nance ’69 and Peter Nance ’66, are making that dream possible for others by funding the Sara E. Nance Professorship of English in her memory.

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Ruth Weimer Tillar ’45 still in the lead

Ruth Weimer Tillar ’45 is returning to William & Mary this October for her 77th Homecoming, an achievement very few can claim. This year, Tillar will lead the parade as grand marshal, an honorary position reserved for those who show true commitment to the university.

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Shark Tank takes a bite out of Homecoming

On Oct. 19, the sharks are coming to William & Mary. For the first time ever, W&M’s Global Research Institute (formerly known as the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations) will host its annual Shark Tank competition during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

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Alumni Association Annual Review and Accolades 2018

Breakfast at the zoo. Building eight miles of trails at James Monroe's historic home. A day at the ski slopes in Colorado. These were just a few of the chapter events honored in this year's Annual Review & Accolades for alumni chapters, affinity groups and volunteers.

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What's New for Homecoming 2018

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend gets better and better each year! Don't miss these exciting additions to the lineup.

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The Pearl

Sylvia Weinstein ’60, editor of the Newport News, Virginia business newspaper Oyster Pointer, talks about her paper with pride. She’ll tell you, in quick, punctuated sentences, the most important thing: Oyster Pointer only prints good news — and with so many headlines proclaiming so much turmoil, good news is great. Weinstein will tell you how much she enjoys editing, and if you’re a young writer, she’ll offer to help you find work or clips. In half an hour, you’ll hear about the paper’s awards and its long relationships with advertisers, and Weinstein will narrate the paper’s entire history.

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In her own words: LatinX founder Jessica Chilin-Hernandez '12

Jessica Chilin-Hernandez is an active member of the Alumni Association's LatinX and Young Guarde affinity groups. Join LatinX and the Young Guarde at their Homecoming receptions on October 20 by registering online, or learn more about participating in affinity groups.

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Rethinking cowboys: The future of livestock management

Today, the agriculture industry might stand at a critical juncture in livestock management that heralds a return to the days of controlling the movement of animals via virtual boundaries. Dean Anderson, a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has grappled with the concept of livestock movement for almost 40 years. Frank Wooten ’03 is part of a group of forward-thinking individuals putting Anderson’s research into practice. Wooten, the CEO of the virtual fencing startup Vence, heads the mission from San Francisco.

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Healing, inside and out

In 2016, Dorothy Tompkins ’62 and her friends opened Georgia’s Healing House, a home for women recovering from alcohol or drug dependency in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area.

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Celebrate 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary

In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students, making William & Mary the first public coeducational university in Virginia. Today, William & Mary women include professors, deans, coaches, award-winning scientists, playwrights, poets, entrepreneurs, community leaders and more. Over the course of the academic year, the university will host a series of special events, including the first-ever W&M Women’s Weekend for alumnae, Sept. 21-23.

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Wellness center provides education, support from multiple angles

The McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, which was dedicated Tuesday, brings together William & Mary’s Office of Health Promotion, Counseling Center, Health Center, and Campus Recreation’s wellness programing under one roof along with the new Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence.

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William & Mary’s Business School to Launch Center for Online Learning

William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business (MSOB) is launching a new MSOB Center for Online Learning to grow its portfolio of online graduate business degree programs and to build on its tradition of delivering high-engagement and student-centric experiences. The center is being created thanks to a $10 million gift from Virginia Beach-based philanthropist Jane P. Batten HON ’17. This is one of the largest gifts ever given to a business school in support of online learning.

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Campaign chair: Onward and upward

Last Friday, freshman students moved into our residence halls and began their lifelong journey with William & Mary. It’s always an exciting time on campus — students are filled with great anticipation as they meet new friends and prepare for their classes. President Katherine Rowe was eager to welcome home all of the new and returning students and pitched in to help unload cars packed with all the necessary essentials to survive the year.   There are now a total of 6,285 undergraduates — who hail from all 50 states and more than 65 foreign countries — and 2,455 graduate students at William & Mary. 

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A Camp Launch first

NyJey Pope '22 is the first Camp Launch participant to attend William & Mary since it started in 2012. Camp Launch, a two-week residential camp for gifted middle school students that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) writing, academic self-efficacy and personal development curriculum.

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A legacy of generosity

For years, Cory English’s journey to William & Mary was purely professional. It wasn’t until the tragic loss of his beloved wife that he returned on a personal mission.

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A new way of thinking

Professor Artisia Green’s '00 exceptional commitment to innovative teaching and research has made her a standout among many William & Mary donors. She is the current Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Social Entrepreneurship, a WMSURE Mellon Faculty Fellow and a W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellow.

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Convocation 2018: A celebration of firsts

It wasn’t William & Mary’s first Opening Convocation ceremony, but firsts were front and center at the Aug. 29 event in the Wren Yard.

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William & Mary Women's Weekend preview

William & Mary Women: strong individually, stronger together. On September 21-23, 2018, alumnae of all ages will gather for William & Mary Women's Weekend to learn from and be inspired by each other. The weekend is part of the university's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of coeducation.

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What's new at W&M this year? Plenty

It may be August, but it’s the start of a new year at William & Mary. While new students, faculty and staff familiarize themselves with the university, those returning to campus may notice some new aspects of W&M, from the material to the academic.

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Welcome to the Tribe

More than 1,700 freshmen and transfer students settled into nine residence halls on William & Mary's campus Friday during Move-In Day. 

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A night at the ballpark

Nationals Stadium was filled with green and gold Aug. 7 as 1,650 alumni, students, family and friends celebrated William & Mary with a night of baseball.

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Looking Forward: A Q&A with President Katherine A. Rowe

A focus of mine this semester is sustained, strategic listening. I want to hear directly from students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and friends, including our friends in Richmond, to understand what they value most about William & Mary and their hopes and dreams about the future.

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Studying religion and hip-hop sent student back to school for Ph.D.

Travis Harris is a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at William & Mary and associate editor for The Journal of Hip Hop Studies. He researches in Africana studies at the intersection of religion and hip-hop and is doing doctoral research on the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Magruder in York County that was displaced in the 1940s when the Navy built Camp Peary.

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Summer Tribe Book Roundup

Summertime is ripe with books by William & Mary alumni. In The Gale quarterly roundup of recently published books authored or co-authored by W&M community members, readers will be sure to find great beach reads to end the summer on a sweet note and thoughtful reads to start the fall off right.

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Making a Difference in a Chicago Neighborhood

William & Mary students volunteer more than 245,000 hours each year. This commitment to service is part of what makes William & Mary so special. So when William & Mary Weekend came to Chicago this June, the Chicago Alumni Chapter knew they wanted to host a service event for visiting alumni to make a difference in the local community.

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Students visit Cuba to study how globalization has impacted education

William & Mary students participating in a study-abroad program in Cuba the week after Commencement got an up-close look at the education system in that nation, as well as its history and culture. A small group of students from various majors went on the excursion, which was an offshoot of the COLL 300 credit-eligible class Globalization and Education.

William & Mary surpasses $800M mark in its $1B For the Bold campaign

With two years remaining in William & Mary’s For the Bold campaign, the university has now passed the $800 million mark and is nearing its $1 billion goal. As the No. 1 nationally ranked public university for undergraduate alumni participation, William & Mary has positioned itself as a leading university in philanthropic giving and engagement growth.

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Modern Marketing Mavens

How do you get and keep people's attention? That's where marketing professionals come in. At a luncheon at William & Mary Weekend in Chicago this June, three alumnae in the marketing profession answered this question and more.

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Citizen Lawyers Abroad: Our Summer International Internship Program

The Council on Foreign Relations Global Conflict Tracker lists 24 global conflicts that have either deteriorated or remained unchanged in 2018. For the 17th consecutive summer, William & Mary law students have left the comfort of Williamsburg to work in challenging environments such as these, contributing to post-conflict reconstruction efforts and the rule of law in countries struggling to recover from war, genocide and chaos. And as always, this year’s 19 nascent citizen lawyers are making their mark.

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Demystifying College Admission

This June 22-23, more than 250 alumni and their high school-aged children came to campus for an inside look at the college admission process.

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W&M alumna makes $1.5 million gift in honor of President Katherine Rowe

Just days after Katherine A. Rowe was sworn in as William & Mary’s 28th president, an alumna stepped forward to make a $1.5 million gift to establish a President's Strategic Investment Fund. The gift was made in honor of Rowe, the first woman to hold the position at the university.

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Charm City

The documentary film, "Charm City," explores police-community relations in Baltimore. Burke Brownfeld '04 worked as a consulting producer on the film which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

The Gale is featuring a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, Jim Golden, senior counselor to the president and former vice president for strategic initiatives at William & Mary, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

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A Comedy with No Errors

Four of the original Improvised Shakespeare Company improv troupe members, Joey Bland ’00, Brendan Dowling ’98, Greg Hess ’03 and Martin Wilson ’02 returned to Chicago to perform at the iO Theater during William & Mary Weekend.

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Henry Hart has a new title: Poet laureate of Virginia

For the first time since the creation of the position 70 years ago, the poet laureate of Virginia will reside at William & Mary. Henry Hart, the Mildred and J.B. Hickman Professor of English and Humanities, will officially become the commonwealth’s 17th poet laureate on July 2 at a swearing-in ceremony in Richmond.

Literacy Lab fills reading gap

Literacy is a luxury. To many Americans, being able to read and write is a given, but for many children all over the country, this is not a reality. Literacy is the basis for a good education, but if that foundation is missing, it can cause an achievement gap that will follow them for the rest of their lives — this is where the Literacy Lab comes in.

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Gifts totaling more than $4.7 million honor William & Mary’s 27th president

President W. Taylor Reveley, III, LL.D. ’18, HON ’18 leaves a legacy at William & Mary that will have impact well beyond his retirement on June 30. During his tenure, Reveley led with grace and tenacity, transforming the university into a beacon of progress, opportunity and promise for generations of students, alumni, parents and friends who call William & Mary home.

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In the Field with Michael Tang

At William & Mary Weekend in Chicago this June, 64 alumni, students, parents and friends got to see these treasures with an amazing tour guide: Weekend Chair Michael Tang ’76, P ’13, the son of Cyrus Tang, for whom the exhibit is named.

Alumni Affinity groups help graduates celebrate Commencement

One of the ways that the Alumni Association helps graduates in their post-Commencement lives is by helping them to celebrate their uniqueness as they prepare to continue their individual journeys beyond the walls of campus. Three of William & Mary’s alumni affinity groups – identity and interest-based alumni groups that seek to engage alumni worldwide – support Commencement Weekend ceremonies that bridge the narrow divide between these students and their alumni counterparts.

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William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Chicago

Chicago’s skyline came alive last night during a For the Bold campaign celebration with William & Mary’s colors illuminating several iconic landmarks in honor of the nearly 24,000 alumni, parents and friends in the Central region.

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Professor Jeffrey Bellin Receives McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching

Professor Jeffrey Bellin was honored with the McGlothlin Award for Exceptional Teaching at William & Mary Law School’s May 13 Diploma Ceremony. The annual award was established in 2016 and is given to two outstanding educators, one from the Law School and one from the Mason School of Business, who have demonstrated sustained commitments to teaching. The recognition includes a substantial prize for each recipient, made possible through a generous endowment from James W. McGlothlin '62, J.D. '64, LL.D. '00 and Frances Gibson McGlothlin '66.

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W&M Law Alumni Now at Helm of Both U.S. Attorney's Offices in Virginia

In news from the Justice Department today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed William & Mary Law School alumnus Zachary Terwilliger J.D. ’07 as Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Both of Virginia’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices are now led by Law School alumni. Thomas T. Cullen J.D. ‘04 was formally sworn in earlier this month as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

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Remembering Fred Kovaleski ’49, veteran, spy and tennis star

The William & Mary community is mourning the passing of American patriot and international tennis star Fred Kovaleski ’49. He was a World War II veteran, loving husband and father and unbeknownst to those around him, he was also a spy for the CIA during the Cold War.

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A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

The Gale is featuring a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, former university Rector Jeff Trammell '73, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

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For the birds

On the shores of Lake Michigan, just a short subway ride from downtown, rhinos roam, birds sing their songs and monkeys swing from trees. This peaceful animal kingdom is Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the iconic Chicago locations featured at William & Mary Weekend, June 1-3.

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Return to the Barre

The height of a ballerina’s career is, arguably, bourée-ing en pointe to the demands of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” As a young ballet dancer, I couldn’t have cared less about wearing a priceless tutu adorned with tiny, sparkling gems. Instead, I aspired to a different role in the Nutcracker: I longed to dance the Trepak, leaping around the stage in ballet-bastardized Cossack vernacular. I never danced either. The year I would’ve begun pointework, I quit to devote my free time to equestrian pursuits and the weekly piano lessons my parents forced upon me, thereby dividing my life into ballet and post-ballet periods. It’s easily the greatest regret of my unremarkable 22 years.

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Ready, set, teach: Reducing teacher turnover in Richmond

In the city of Richmond, Virginia, the turnover rate for teachers in K-12 public schools hovers close to 20 percent. By comparison, the average national turnover rate for teachers at public primary and secondary schools, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch, sits between 11 and 13 percent. These daunting statistics aren’t discouraging Jim Ukrop ’60, L.H.D. ’99 and Barbara Ukrop ’61 from believing a change is possible.

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Economics majors to see boost in scholarship support

This past Charter Day, Shriver committed to establish the Mark O. Shriver IV Economics Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarship support for undergraduate students at the university, with a preference for economics majors.

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Class Ambassadors hone their skills at academy

The Class Ambassador Academy is one of the marquee annual events for recent graduate engagement and philanthropy, made possible by a dedicated group of class ambassadors representing the Young Guarde.

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Helping law students afford opportunity

William & Mary Law School recently received two generous scholarships totaling $2 million from Jim Penney J.D. ’83, LauraLeigh Young, as well as Howard Spainhour ’54, B.C.L. ’56 and Nancy Spainhour ’54. The couples’ gifts will support generations of law students.

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Commencement, alumni participation and 100 years of women

Students might be on summer break but For the Bold continues to build momentum. Soon fiscal year 2018 will end and we need everyone's support to make it a remarkable one.

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For the Bold campaign heads to the heartland

The Central region campaign co-chairs share their vision and the impact alumni participation has on ensuring William & Mary's future. The seven co-chairs are driven by their love for alma mater.

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Class of 1968 makes William & Mary history

The Class of 1968 attended William & Mary during an era when “Hey Jude” from the Beatles topped the charts and the Earth was visible to astronauts from space for the first time. The nation’s attention was fixated on the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. It was a time ripe with pivotal events that are forever etched in history books.

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The advice Jefferson never received

I walked in to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze on a June day in 2015 with one goal in mind, and emerged with something completely unexpected transcribed on my laptop: a lost letter written to Thomas Jefferson by Filippo Mazzei, Italian patriot of the American Revolution.

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Honorary Alumni Inducted into Alumni Association

Last Friday, the William & Mary Alumni Association inducted six new honorary alumni into its ranks at the annual Honorary Alumni Ceremony. The honorees, including retiring William & Mary President W. Taylor Reveley, III, were recognized for their exceptional service, support, advocacy and commitment on behalf of William & Mary and its schools, departments, organizations and boards.

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Queen of the milkweed

William & Mary’s herbarium sits tucked away in the hallways traversing the Integrated Science Center. The room — so quiet the sound of stillness resonates against the rows of tall filing cabinets — houses over 81,500 pressed plants, some more than a century old.

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Q&A with Hodan Seger '18

This month we spoke with Hodan Seger '18 about her undergraduate experience and why she supports W&M.

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Home Sweet Home: Alumni House to expand significantly

In a groundbreaking ceremony on April 20 for the Alumni House expansion, a crowd of more than 200 alumni, friends and other special guests gathered to celebrate the nearly $21 million project.

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Brian Anyakoha '18 selected as student Commencement speaker

As graduating seniors try on their caps and gowns, engage in the last of William & Mary’s coveted traditions and prepare for the next chapter in their lives, feelings of anxious anticipation and uncertainty are comprehensible, according to Brian Anyakoha '18. It is these thoughts of apprehension, termed the “veil of doubt,” that Anyakoha wishes to dispel on May 12 in Zable Stadium as this year’s student Commencement speaker.

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Dalton Bennett ’10 wins Pulitzer Prize

On April 16, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the most recent class of recipients. Since 1917, the awards have honored outstanding examples of American journalism, letters, drama, and music. Dalton Bennett ’10 and 10 Washington Post staff members joined these ranks for their investigative reporting on sexual allegations against Roy Moore during the 2017 Alabama race for the U.S. Senate.

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2018 Plumeri Award recipients announced

Each year, the awards recognize 20 faculty members for outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service. All recipients receive $10,000, which can be used during the course of two years to fund summer salaries, research or other stipends associated with scholarly endeavors.

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A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

The Gale is featuring a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, former university Rector Hank Wolf ’64, J.D. ’66, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

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Traditions Weekend 2018

This past weekend hundreds of alumni, parents and friends returned to William & Mary for inaugural Traditions Weekend. The weekend honors three distinguished W&M groups: the 50th Reunion Class, the Olde Guarde and the Boyle Legacy Society.

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‘A remarkable year’: 50th anniversary commemoration culminates with Legacy Weekend

Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, W&M has been commemorating that history, marking the 50th anniversary of Ely, Strafer and Briley’s arrival at W&M with a series of special events, projects, performances, lectures and other programming. The “Building the Legacy” commemoration culminated on April 12-14 with Legacy Weekend, which included a performance by storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss, a black opera gala, an African-American history walking tour (watch video), a panel session with the Legacy 3 and an alumni awards dinner with journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault as the keynote speaker.

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All in the Family

"My life without William & Mary? It's like asking what you would do without your right arm!" said Sherri Sell Phillips ’83, P ’14, P ’16. She is one of eight members of her family, spanning three generations, who are William & Mary alumni. Just as the Tribe has been an integral part of their lives, they are an integral part of the Tribe.

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Volunteer Week 2018

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21. The purpose of this week is to celebrate volunteers and promote volunteerism. Alumni and parent volunteers touch every aspect of William & Mary and fill crucial roles across the university by serving students, in classrooms, in the workplace or with fellow alumni/parents worldwide. Christopher Miller ’08 shares his experience and perspective on being a volunteer this week on The Gale.

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William & Mary breaks all One Tribe One Day records with 12,770 donors

William & Mary celebrated the fifth annual One Tribe One Day on April 10 and surpassed all previous records made on the university's single biggest day of giving. An impressive 12,770 donors made a gift last Tuesday, marking a nearly 570 percent increase in the number of donors who gave compared to its first giving day in 2014 when 1,906 individuals gave back.

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Couple gives $1 million scholarships gift to encourage the great legal minds of tomorrow

When Jim Penney J.D. ’83 attended William & Mary Law School, he needed to take out loans to pay for his degree and to make ends meet. Thirty-five years later, Penney and his wife LauraLeigh Young have chosen to help reduce the financial burden for future William & Mary law students with a $1 million gift toward scholarships, the top priority of the university’s For the Bold campaign.

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One Tribe One Day 2018

The fifth annual One Tribe One Day (OTOD) drew hundreds of students, faculty and staff to the Sunken Garden yesterday to celebrate William & Mary’s biggest day of giving back and paying it forward. The popular campus carnival offered a wide range of activities, including a petting zoo, inflatables and a snow cone truck. For the first time OTOD featured a zipline, which was a major hit, as evidenced by the long line throughout the afternoon and the exclamations of students as they sailed across the Sunken Garden. But the powerful meaning of OTOD wasn’t lost amidst the fun. Read what OTOD attendees had to say about why they gave and the importance of the day.

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W&M alumna becomes first woman to direct National Air and Space Museum

Ellen Stofan ’83, D.Sc. ’16 has been named director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The appointment will be effective April 30. A Smithsonian press release noted that Stofan will be the first woman to hold this position.

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New Wren plaques to honor African-American, women students

The Wren Building will soon bear two new plaques honoring William & Mary’s first women and African-American residential students. The plaques will be unveiled during a public ceremony at noon on April 19. Attendees are asked to register in advance.

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Q&A with Ashley Pinney '08

This month we spoke with Ashley Pinney '08 and she shares her fondest memories from W&M and describes her relationship with the Tribe.

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A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

In the coming months, The Gale will feature a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, William & Mary Law School Vice Dean Patricia Roberts J.D. '92, offers her own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

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William & Mary Celebrates For the Bold in Richmond

Greater Richmond was ignited with Tribe Pride last night as the William & Mary community gathered together at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate For the Bold.

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50th panel discussion examines learning from the past

Dr. James Patton opened the discussion with a word and a gift. The word was Sankofa, from the Twilanguage in Ghana, meaning "Go back and fetch it,” or in other words, know where you come from in order to move ahead. His gift symbolized the word: a wooden statue of a bird, moving forward while looking back.  Patton gave the statue to Dean Spencer Niles of the School of Education, to keep in a display case as a reminder of the event that night: “Learning from the Past to Shape the Future,” a panel of esteemed African-American alumni from William & Mary.

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Shopping around

The first time you chat with Martha McGlothlin ’89, J.D. ’95, you forget that you’ve only just met. She instantly sweeps you into the rhythms of her life, where she juggles the schedules of four children, serves on the board of The United Company Charitable Foundation and owns a small business. You wish that you could set up a lunch next week to listen to more stories over Cheese Shop sandwiches smothered in their signature House Dressing.

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All Aboard! Society of 1918 Celebrates First Event

"It's an incredible time to be, to become, a William & Mary woman," said President-Elect Katherine Rowe in a surprise visit to the first official event of the Society of 1918, William & Mary's new giving society that supports women's initiatives. "The sisterhood is incredibly powerful. We are creating changemakers."

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Another day at the breach

Your computer goes down. Then the one on the desk next to you. Then another. The phone on your desk doesn't even have a dial tone. Your cellphone beeps. It's your company's emergency alert system. This happens every day worldwide, as cybercriminals, nation-states and even company insiders wreak havoc on cyber systems. The extent of these threats and how to handle them was the focus of "Another Day at the Breach — Cyber Intrusion: A Conference of Experts," March 16-17, 2018, at William & Mary's schools of business and law.

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Natural and computational sciences escape island in annual Raft Debate

Students, faculty and community members gathered on March 15 to witness the ultimate battle of wits: Three professors, representing their individual disciplines, found themselves stranded on a remote island after an imaginary shipwreck. With only a small escape raft to support one professor’s escape, each competitor had to convince a cheering audience why their discipline merited the surviving slot on the raft.

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More events honor 50 years of black students at W&M

The 2017-2018 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the first African-American residential students admitted to William & Mary. In 1967, Lynn Briley, Janet Brown Strafer and Karen Ely arrived at William & Mary. The university honors them and William & Mary’s entire African-American community, past and present, this year through “Building on the Legacy,” a series of special events, guest speakers and performances. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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Spring Impact Week

Students for University Advancement (SUA) is gearing up for spring Impact Week, (March 12 – 16).

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Q&A with Yohance Whitaker ’16

This month we spoke with Class of 2016 President, Yohance Whitaker, to hear about his favorite William & Mary memories and what he's been up to since graduation.

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From Rink to Screen: The Premiere Gala of “The World of Ice Dance International”

Figure skaters may have glided off the ice in South Korea for the final time this year, but more opportunities exist to watch these artists dance through the frozen rink — blades swishing, sequins sparkling and smiles flashing. On March 8, Ice Dance International (IDI) will host the premiere gala screening of “The World of Ice Dance International” at the American-Scandinavian Foundation, located on New York City’s Park Avenue.

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For the Win: A Q&A with Paul Rowley '17, J.D. '20

With basketball season in full swing, player Paul Rowley shared his unique experience with William & Mary as a Class of 2017 alum, current Marshall-Wythe law student, and active athlete.

Tribe Book Roundup

William & Mary alumni and faculty are constantly creating new and exciting content. Here is The Gale's quarterly roundup of recently published books that are authored or co-authored by a member of the W&M community.

A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

Over the next six months, The Gale will feature a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, Michael Powell '85, D.P.S. '02, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

William & Mary announces Katherine Rowe as 28th president

William & Mary's Board of Visitors today unanimously elected Katherine A. Rowe, currently provost of Smith College and a leader in digital innovation of the liberal arts, as the 28th president of the university.

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William & Mary announces Katherine Rowe as 28th President

William & Mary’s Board of Visitors today unanimously elected Katherine A. Rowe, currently provost of Smith College and a leader in digital innovation of the liberal arts, as the 28th president of the university.

W&M's annual Raft Debate to be held March 15

The Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium on March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Tribe love stories

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we asked our alumni to share their stories of romance at William & Mary on Facebook and Twitter. Some alumni shared the moment they realized they had found their soul mate. Others told us about a new love blooming against the backdrop of the picturesque Sunken Garden. There is even a story of a wedding proposal on the legendary Crim Dell Bridge by a knight in shining armor accompanied by a white horse. Read our Tribe love stories below.

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Celebrating Charter Day, Tradition and For the Bold

This past week, thousands of students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends gathered together to celebrate William & Mary’s 325th birthday. From the Charter Day festivities and Gold Rush basketball game (Go Tribe!) to the Alumni Medallion ceremony and so much more, we honored W&M traditions that bind our family together and hold a special place in our hearts.

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Affording Opportunity: A story of survival and the power of scholarships

When violence spilled into their hometown in Chihuahua, Mexico, Evan King '17 and his mom knew they had to leave. All along the Texas-Mexico border, gang and drug-related violence had steadily increased since 2006. King's mother worked three jobs to pay her children's school fees and to keep food on the table, and a brief move to another town provided neither safety nor better work.

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Research is a team effort

Honors Fellowships are administered by the Roy R. Charles Center for Academic Excellence, which supports faculty development, student research and engaged learning, honors and interdisciplinary studies. The center's director, Wiengartner Professor of Government Joel Schwartz, is stepping down at the end of this semester after 30 years at the helm.

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A New Society Formed for W&M Women, by W&M Women

Named in honor of the year William & Mary first admitted female students, the Society of 1918 aims to grow women's engagement, leadership and philanthropy and celebrate and honor William & Mary women. Members who join by June 30, 2018 are charter members of the society.

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Young Alumni Leading the Charge

A robust and enthusiastic alumni population has existed at William & Mary for generations, and its members have served as outstanding stewards of the university. Against a backdrop of nationally declining participation rates and weakened bonds between alumni and institution, William & Mary has prevailed.

Confronting a monster: "My friend Dahmer"

On Feb. 16, viewers at the William & Mary Global Film Festival will have the opportunity to experience this sensation for themselves. Milan Chakraborty '00, a producer of "My Friend Dahmer," will introduce and discuss the film.

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William & Mary breaks ground on Shenkman Jewish Center

Since last year’s announcement of the Shenkman Jewish Center, members of the William & Mary community have been waiting with eager anticipation for the project to begin. They need not wait any longer — on Wednesday, a large group gathered together to break ground on the more than 3,000 square foot center, which is slated to open in fall 2018.

Musical activism earns Gilliard '18 Monroe Prize

When Jordan Gilliard's high school choir teacher cued the group to start singing, silence followed. "No one would sing because we were so scared we wouldn't know the note," said Gilliard. "He told us, 'If everyone is waiting for someone else to sing, then nothing will happen.' And I've just incorporated that into my life. Nothing's going to happen if we're all waiting for someone else ? You don't have to be the savior, just the person who starts stuff." During her four years at William & Mary, Gilliard '18 has often been that person, building community by working to provide students of color more opportunities to have their voice heard, in both the university's music scene and beyond.

Richard Riley '08 uses shoes to address "sneaker violence"

With his fledgling company Fuggit, Richard Riley '08 is becoming a trailblazer in the competitive world of sneaker design. Riley, who makes unique slippers designed as classic basketball sneakers, is becoming sought as major brands look to creatively distance themselves from market competitors.

Library receives diary of soldier imprisoned at William & Mary during Civil War

On a cold, rainy day in May 1862, a young Union soldier, Henry Alexander Scandrett, would experience his first battle. Unfortunately it would be a losing battle. His regiment, the 70th New York, joined the attack on Confederate lines at Fort Magruder, an earthen redoubt two miles east of Williamsburg. The regiment saw heavy action; 350 men were killed or wounded. A small group of survivors, including Scandrett, were taken as prisoners of war and held at William & Mary.

W&M Women: A network of support

On Thursday, Jan. 11, approximately 40 William & Mary women gathered in a ballroom at The Main hotel in Norfolk, Va., to connect with one another and learn about William & Mary's 100-year anniversary of women students.

A Decade of Leadership: Reflections on W&M's 27th president

Over the next six months, The Gale will feature a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, Yohance Whitaker '16, former student body president, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.

William & Mary Matters

William & Mary matters. It mattered at the inception of our nation, and a heavy dose of American history infuses our brick pathways and hallowed halls. William & Mary has personally mattered a great deal to me and my family for generations.

Winter Wonderland at William & Mary

Who knew that something called a "bomb cyclone" could create something so beautiful? William & Mary shares photos of the winter wonderland created by the first blizzard of 2018.

Alumni Journeys: 2017 Retrospective

Kate Donati details all of the adventures Alumni Journeys took last year, and gives a hint of the journeys to come!

Alumni Journeys: 2017 Retrospective

Kate Donati details all of the adventures Alumni Journeys took last year, and gives a hint of the journeys to come!

Alumni Journeys: 2017 Retrospective

Kate Donati details all of the adventures Alumni Journeys took last year, and gives a hint of the journeys to come!

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All the Past We Leave Behind: W&M Women in Computer Science

From October 4-6, about 18,000 women packed into 2.1 million square feet of the glass and steel monstrosity of the Orange County Convention Center on the outskirts of Orlando, Fla. Six of those young women traveled to the Florida Panhandle from William & Mary eager to network, job hunt and socialize with women in the computer science and big data fields. They were able to do so, thanks in large part to private support.

William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program receives March of Dimes grant

The William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program received a $10,000 grant from the March of Dimes as part of an effort to help incarcerated women receive vital prenatal care. Since the start of the program in 2012, more than 380 pregnant women in Virginia correctional facilities have been helped.