2020 Stories

On the Write Track

At a time when social interactions are limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one-on-one sessions between students and peer consultants through the Writing Resources Center provide a valuable human connection.

The Call of Alma Mater

The idea of buying a home for retirement near William & Mary seems to be gaining momentum among alumni who value the opportunity to return to a familiar setting filled with treasured memories; to enjoy the cultural, recreational and intellectual benefits of living close to a university; and to strengthen bonds with others in the W&M community.

100 Years of Larry LeShan ’42

Larry LeShan ’42 passed away on November 9, 2020, at 100 years old. He had written over 20 books about parapsychology as well as the benefits of psychotherapy techniques on cancer patients.

Meet William & Mary's New Deans

In a series of videos created earlier this fall, William & Mary's new deans, Dean Donoghue Velleca, Dean Spencer and Dean Knoeppel, shared their backgrounds, what drew them to William & Mary and their visions for the future.

Fall Book Round-Up

From a thoughtful study of the role of enslaved women in America’s historic economy to beautiful poetry to a fun children’s book about dodo birds, William & Mary alumni and faculty have published a bumper crop of great reads this fall. Readers will find plenty to feed their minds and hearts in this fall’s quarterly book roundup of titles by William & Mary alumni and faculty.

Alumna is a leader in COVID-19 vaccine study

Dr. Lisa A. Jackson ’84 has conducted numerous vaccine studies, but the task before her in March was different — the timing compressed, the stakes higher — when her team launched one of the first human clinical trials for a vaccine to block infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. In the face of a global pandemic, this vaccine represented hope.

W&M alumni adjusting to remote teaching in special education classes

Zack Fetters ’16, M.A. Ed. ’18 and Josh Dulaney ’18, M.A. Ed. ’20, both graduates of the William & Mary School of Education and former linebackers on the Tribe’s football team, are adapting to new ways of teaching special education during the pandemic.

From Students to Faculty

What’s it like to see William & Mary from both sides of the classroom — as a student and then as a faculty member? Three alumni faculty members — Daniel Maliniak ’06, Natoya Haskins Ph.D. ’11 and M. Brennan Harris ’93 — shared how their experiences as W&M students influence their teaching today.

Bringing Homecoming to You

Although we won’t be gathering in person, this year’s virtual Homecoming, October 12-23, 2020, will be full of engaging opportunities to connect with each other and alma mater.

Transforming Primary Care

Through their fellowship this summer, Dena Bashri ’20 and Shivani Gupta ’20 are working on projects as diverse as ensuring the homeless have access to telehealth to tracking the supply chain of COVID-19 testing kits.

Design for W&M’s memorial to the enslaved unveiled

A finalized design concept for the Memorial to the African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary was presented to the Board of Visitors. Fundraising targets for the project have been met, with more than $1 million raised in private gifts, which will be matched by the Board of Visitors.

Blackbaud Data Security Incident

William & Mary takes the privacy of its community members and supporters seriously and values the trust placed in the university when personal data is shared.

DC Summer Institutes ‘opened a world for me’

When COVID-19 reduced internship opportunities for William & Mary's DC Summer Institutes participants, program leaders reached out to the Washington Center's alumni network to help find placements for students.

Alumni Engagement Stronger than Ever

Expanded programming and resources helped alumni forge new connections with each other and alma mater throughout the For the Bold campaign.

Lighting the Way

University Advancement Vice President Matthew T. Lambert '99 reflects on how the For the Bold campaign reshaped the experience of W&M students, faculty and alumni for all time coming.

Staying Vigilant Against the Virus

As Delaware's deputy state epidemiologist, Erica E. Smith '08 is tracking COVID-19 data, implementing expanded testing and contact-tracing, and battling "quarantine fatigue."

New deans lead schools of Arts & Sciences, Law, Education

This summer, William & Mary welcomed new deans to three of its schools: Maria Donoghue Velleca as dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences; A. Benjamin Spencer as dean of the W&M Law School; and Robert C. Knoeppel as dean of the School of Education.

Recent grad leaves legacy for Minorities in Medicine

As a student, Moesha Parsons ’20 founded Minorities in Medicine, a student organization for pre-med students of color. Though she has graduated, the organization will continue to support future students like her.

Tech Support

The Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation played a pivotal role in supporting William & Mary's shift to remote classes this spring. Now, the challenge is to move from short-term triage to longer-term thinking and planning.

Protecting People With PPE

At the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, Megan Casey ’04 offers guidance on finding and using personal protective equipment

Experiential Learning Across the Globe

The Global Research Institute’s Summer Fellows Program sends dozens of students around the globe each year to work with William & Mary faculty and local NGOs to solve real-world problems.

Data Feast Debuts

The inaugural Raymond A. Mason School of Business Data Feast competition challenged teams of business analytics graduate students to test their technical and business acumen skills using real data.

Bell Society Stories: Sophia Perrotti ’16

Sophia Perrotti ’16, assistant director for Phonathon for the Office of University Advancement, is a Cornerstone member of the Bell Society and has a perfect giving record, having made at least one gift every year since her graduation.

Legacy Gift Features Women Artists, Picasso, Matisse

Works by Picasso, Matisse, Dorothea Tanning and Lisette Model are among 100 pieces of art in a collection that pioneering women's health rights attorney Sybil Shainwald '48, LL.D. '19 is donating in a legacy gift to the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary.

Bell Society Stories: Sara Strehle Duke ’06

Sara Strehle Duke ’06 is a Cobblestone member of the Bell Society and has a perfect giving record, having made at least one gift to William & Mary every year since her graduation.

Spring 2020 Book Roundup

Find your next “must read” in the spring quarterly book roundup of titles written by W&M alumni and faculty.

Mighty Connections

Mike Porath ’97 founded The Mighty, a digital health community aimed at empowering and connecting people who face health challenges and disabilities.

Help and Hope for Virginia’s Small Businesses

To help Virginia’s small businesses during the crisis, Pete Snyder ’94 and his wife Burson Snyder created the nonprofit Virginia 30 Day Fund. They have partnered with fellow alumni and members of the William & Mary, Williamsburg and greater Virginia communities, and the fund has also become a model for similar efforts in other states and municipalities.

Bragging rights

How many people can say they had a game-winning basket against Michael Jordan, the man many still believe to be the best to ever play? Former William & Mary basketball standout Curtis Pride '90 is in that exclusive club.

Neighborhood Harvest

What started as a project for an elective at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is now The Neighborhood Harvest, a Hampton Roads-based home delivery service for local organic produce, meats, dairy, bread, prepared food and more from local small businesses and farms.

On a Mission of Comfort

Dr. A. Scott Morris '10 just returned to Virginia after more than a month as head of the radiology division on the USNS Comfort, assisting New York City hospitals as part of the COVID-19 response.

W&M takes a ‘one team’ approach to career development

To help students and alumni navigate today’s uncertain economic climate and find meaningful careers, W&M is taking a “one team” approach to expand professional networking and job preparedness programs.

Not Your Typical Cocktail Party

The spirit of bringing people together is integral to the canned cocktail company CC DesRosiers '14 founded in 2018 with her husband, Reed. It’s called Troop Beverage Co., because the drinks are designed for “just kicking back with your troop.”

Counseling programs help those in need, on and off campus

S. Stuart Flanagan, a professor emeritus who taught mathematics education at William & Mary for almost three decades, is continuing his family's legacy of helping others through a new $2 million gift to the School of Education.

A Time of Quiet Reflection

The bell in what is now the Sir Christopher Wren Building has sounded at significant moments throughout the history of William & Mary and the nation. This is such a time.

Sharing Success: Second Annual Professionals Week

On February 24-28, 2020, the second annual Professionals Week brought the W&M community together to celebrate our Tribe network, help each other grow professionally and strengthen our connections. More than 1,200 people participated in 33 events over five days.

Resilience and Kindness

In recent weeks, I have witnessed an outpouring of care from every corner of our far-flung W&M family. So many have reached out to ask: What can I do? As we continue to chart a path forward together, I feel honored to be part of this community.

A Helping Hand

Emergency funds support W&M students and faculty during the COVID-19 outbreak

Maria Donoghue Velleca selected as William & Mary dean of Arts & Sciences

Maria Donoghue Velleca, an accomplished scholar and award-winning educator who served as senior associate dean for faculty affairs and strategic planning at Georgetown University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been selected as William & Mary’s dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

Powerful Lessons in Global Development

As a research lab of the university’s Global Research Institute, AidData facilitates innovative research projects that bring students and faculty together to solve global problems.

Alumni House Construction Update, March 2020

If you’ve been back on campus lately and passed by the corner of Richmond Road and Zable Stadium, you will have noticed the Alumni House is looking a little different lately.

What do you want your story to be?

All of the people we celebrated over Charter Day weekend have a unique story to share. They each exemplify excellence in a different way.

At Charter Day, a Glimpse of a Bold Future

At this year's Charter Day Dinner, one alumnus and two students — each embodying William & Mary’s approach to teaching and learning, research and innovation, and flourishing and engagement — described their experience at the university.

A Survivor’s Story

Fabian visited William & Mary for a series of talks earlier in February, made possible by donors who have contributed to the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, Department of English, Reves Center and Judaic Studies Program.

Investing in W&M’s future

Pamela Jordan Penny ’77, HON J.D. ’16 and James D. Penny J.D. ’83 are paying it forward via their estate plans.

Making a HEART-felt impact

William & Mary’s newly established HEART (Health Emergency and Resources for the Tribe) Fund exists to shepherd students referred to Student Affairs through emergencies big and small.

Forrest Gander ’78, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Since his time as an undergraduate at William & Mary, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in geology and started to become more serious about his interest in poetry, Forrest Gander ’78 has had an illustrious career.

Enjoy a blizzard of William & Mary alumni and faculty books

Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, prop up your feet and get lost in the warmth of a good book by W&M alumni and faculty, the latest collection profiled here in the W&M Alumni Association Magazine's quarterly book roundup.