2021 Stories

Safety First

Colleen Gorman ’95 oversees a team that ensures quality control for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine development.

Where is China Secretly Spending?

AidData, an international development research lab based at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute, today released a trove of new findings about China’s secretive overseas development finance program.

'A Core Component of William & Mary's Identity'

As the university commemorates 100 years since the arrival of the first student from China, a new group is fostering connections within a diverse community of alumni with Asian heritage.

Finish the Mission

It took two weeks for the mission of Joseph Levine ’18 and John Gerlaugh with Team Afghan Power to entirely change.

Lives Remembered

At the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, an alumna shares stories of courage and compassion

Engineering for All

Camp EAGER is the brainchild of the Center for Innovation in Learning Design (CILD). The name stands for Elevate engineering, Advance innovation, Guide Learning, Effect change, and Remove barriers for all.

Move-In Day Advice

The Class of 2025 began moving into their dorms this week! We asked the W&M alumni community on social media what dorm they lived in as a freshman and what advice they would share with incoming students.

Romantic Passion, Social Justice and the Brontës

Now, anyone can experience Morse’s fascinating lectures through her new course on Audible, “The Brontës: Romantic Passion and Social Justice.” The 10-session series is also available from The Great Courses.

The Art of Blockchain

Amy Zhao ’19 wins award to address intellectual property issues in the art world through blockchain

Gridiron Hero

A new historical marker will honor Arthur “Art” Matsu, Class of 1927, William & Mary’s first known Asian American student and the first W&M alumnus to play for the National Football League — one of the first Asian Americans to do so. 

A Growing Village

Nicole Lynn Lewis ’03 is expanding the reach of her nonprofit beyond the D.C. region by working with policymakers and educational institutions to better accommodate parenting students and improve graduation rates.

The Hollywood Connection

Phillip Sun ’04 and Cord Jefferson ’04 are promoting diversity through their platforms in the entertainment industry

Politically Motivated

Chi Omega alumnae draw on sisterhood and mutual respect to excel in public policy roles

Honoring Values in Action

In recognition of exemplary values-driven leadership, four William & Mary faculty and staff members have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the Values in Action Award: Natoya Haskins Ph.D. ’11 (School of Education), Mariellynn Maurer (Conference Services), Kathleen Mazzitti (Advancement) and Corinne Picataggi (Information Technology).

Service and Engagement Combine for Spring 2021 Impact Week

Each semester, three student organizations go head-to-head to raise money for their service projects during Impact Week. This spring, Kappa Sigma supported the Williamsburg House of Mercy, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Greater City supported 3e Restoration.

Spring Book Roundup

New books by W&M alumni promise a bouquet of interesting reads this spring

One Tribe One Day is April 13

Next Tuesday, April 13, is One Tribe One Day — William & Mary’s eighth annual celebration of giving back and paying it forward.

New award recognizes Values in Action

Two anonymous donors have established the Values in Action Award, which will honor William & Mary faculty and staff who exemplify the university’s values.

‘Rooted in Science’

Relying on medical research, scientific data, guidance from federal and state agencies, and consultation with professional peers, William & Mary's six-member Public Health Advisory Team weighs health concerns and practical effects of the university’s pandemic response on the lives of students, faculty and staff.

On the National Stage

While more may still be appointed, here’s a snapshot of William & Mary alumni who have been named by the Biden administration so far.

A Saison for Teamwork

Drew Stephenson ’92 and Laura Papp ’18 combined forces to get Pleasure House Brewing through the pandemic

Annual Accolades 2020

Despite the challenges of the past year, W&M regional networks hosted an impressive medley of events, featuring both virtual and in-person programs.

Mapping Campus Love Stories

As fellows at W&M’s Center for Geospatial Analysis, Kira Holmes ’17 and Colleen Truskey ’17 showed the power of maps

Spring Into Action

How do you have fun, meet people and form meaningful relationships while wearing masks, gathering in small numbers and maintaining a 6-foot distance from others? Thanks to the perseverance and creativity of university staff and student organizations, there are numerous ways to answer that question.

'The Realm of the Possible'

The Washington Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a series of events that explore the impact of the Center and bring together W&M alumni, students, faculty and the community.

W&M grad named policy advisor to VP-elect Kamala Harris

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have named Ike Irby as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Vice President. Irby earned joint graduate degrees from William & Mary and its Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 2017.