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Cloudera Foundation awards more than US$1.7M to help AidData and Terre des hommes use data to address pressing global challenges

The Cloudera Foundation was created in 2017 because its founders believe that the responsible use of data is a powerful tool to make progress on the world’s most challenging problems. They set up the Cloudera Foundation to make it easier for organizations globally to use data to address social and environmental problems.

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.

Shenkman Jewish Center opens to public

At the corner of Jamestown Road and Cary Street, the Jewish community at William & 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.

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

When William & 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's New for Homecoming 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Spring Impact Week

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Sharing the Light: 2017 For the Bold Highlights

It has been a remarkable fundraising year for William & Mary. The university continues its strong trek forward with two and a half years remaining until For the Bold concludes.

Exploring the Stories of the Hudson River Valley

As William & Mary engages in a year of special events and activities commemorating 100 years of co-education, we invite you to join us June 11-16, 2018 on a special trip to the Hudson River Valley to be immersed in the beauty and history of this place that has shaped so many extraordinary women.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Associate Dean Kurt Carlson talks about the impulses that drive holiday shopping.

W&M alumnus Matthew Lambert '99 and For the Bold in the spotlight

W&M's For the Bold campaign is making headlines as we aim to strengthen alumni engagement, reach 40 percent alumni participation, and raise $1 billion. How? With the help of Vice President for University Advancement Matthew T. Lambert '99, whom The Chronicle of Philanthropy just named as a top influencer in the nonprofit world.

Yule Log magic continues long after graduation

William & Mary students combat the chill of December by bundling up to walk down Duke of Gloucester Street for hot cider, hibernating in Swem to study for finals and attending the college's annual Yule Log ceremony.

Hallie Hovey-Murray J.D. '19 doesn't let autism slow her down

Looking at Hallie Hovey-Murray J.D. '19, no one would guess that doctors diagnosed her with autism at the age of 11. Whether she's posing for a pageant or speaking in front of cameras, she carries herself with the poise and grace befitting her title of Miss Southwestern Virginia, and she appears calm, cool and collected in the spotlight that her position affords. Hovey-Murray uses the platform of Miss Southwestern Virginia to advocate for children with autism, and she has transformed the platform into a non-profit, One in 68.

On the front lines of the accounting profession with the MAcc program's D.C. Financial Markets Trek

How can you benefit from a William & Mary Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree? At the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, students are discovering that that the program's experiential learning opportunities are leading to long-term career advantages. The D.C. Trek, a faculty-led exploration of the Washington D.C. financial markets, invites students to meet with national and international experts, and immerse themselves into the "hot" topics in the accounting profession.

William & Mary garners top spot in study abroad among public universities

William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released Nov. 13 by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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."

Giving Tuesday

In this season of giving, we reflect on William & Mary and its legacy. The Alma Mater of the Nation has long been an incubator of some of the nation's ? and the world's ? great thinkers, leaders and pioneers.

Celebrating private giving at William & Mary through two campus events

Impact Week and Tag Day are annual events showcasing the impact of giving at William & Mary. Tag Day, held Nov. 9, honored donor support by tagging places and people all over campus. Impact Week, Oct. 2-6, was a weeklong celebration of student engagement and philanthropy that occurs twice a year and supports community service projects that benefit W&M and the Williamsburg community.

W&M West — James Monroe's Highland

On October 14, a gorgeous fall Saturday, alumni from across Virginia enjoyed a day of service at the historic property of Highland ? fellow alumnus President James Monroe's home in Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The estate is the only U.S. president's home owned by a university.

Soledad O'Brien meets with students as W&M's Hunter Andrews Fellow

God is in the details when it comes to storytelling, Soledad O'Brien, the 2017 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics, told an audience of William & Mary students during a 45-minute question-and-answer session Tuesday at Swem Library.

Looking at W&M through a different lens

We met in elementary school. So, it is not an exaggeration to say we have been friends for as long as I can remember. Fellow William & Mary alumna, Renee Fleming Mills '73, had the idea to write a book about what she thought was a remarkable friendship. But she never had the time, so I decided to try. Instead of it being solely about friendship, I decided to write about our decades-long connection within the context of the civil rights movement.

Between two worlds

The walk from Monroe Hall to the Williamsburg Library is two-tenths of a mile and takes five minutes. It stretches over brick, concrete, asphalt but it borders two worlds. On one side sits William & Mary and on the other Williamsburg. I take the walk each day, crossing Richmond Road like the Red Sea, and jumping between my hometown and my university.

The Greatest Generation: Harmon Hoffman '49 reflects on Battle of the Bulge

When Harmon Hoffman '49 first came to William & Mary in 1942, World War II was far from his mind. Little did he know that, when Uncle Sam came calling just a year later, he would find himself fighting under Gen. George Patton in one of the most infamous battles of the entire conflict.

Forging national security leadership in the 21st century

The crush of unsettling news on topics of domestic and national security these days is daunting. From the challenge of independence movements in Kurdistan and Catalonia to the fate of Russian sanctions and the Iran Nuclear Deal, practitioners and scholars are consumed by the pressing need to respond to the latest threats and forecast likely scenarios for future planning. Yet far too often, policy makers at the federal, state and local levels remain ensconced in isolated bureaucratic silos, while academic experts in different disciplines fail to engage those responsible for practical foreign policy decisions.

W&M Richmond alumni chapter takes first place in food drive

The William & Mary Richmond Chapter won first place for small colleges in the 5th Annual Alumni Charity Challenge on Sept. 20, 2017. The event, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University, brought local alumni groups together at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery to collect cans and raise money for FeedMore, Richmond's local food bank. Alumni had an enjoyable evening socializing, drinking local brews, playing corn hole and bringing home some Tribe swag!

Tribefunding begins today

One of the plethora of ways that students, faculty and staff are supported at the university is through Tribefunding, which funds bold ideas that impact William & Mary's campus and beyond.

Truth stretched and legend upheld

The oldest academic building in the country has drawn many students to its doors. The solid configuration of rectangles sits tranquilly in the tree-shaded green space of ancient campus, forming the tip of the triangulation of William & Mary's oldest buildings.

Will Smith '14 discusses the power of scholarships, impact of W&M on his life

Professor Phil Roessler's class - and my wider William & Mary experience - completely changed the trajectory of my life. The university created a space in which I could explore and pursue all of my interests ? from academics, to athletics (men's soccer and men's golf), to music (a raucous student band), to extracurricular activities (Building Tomorrow, SAAC, among others). For me, that dynamic, inclusive environment is what separates William & Mary.

Honoring Those Who Paved the Way

On a warm, sunny Saturday morning of this year's Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, William & Mary added further permanence to the legacy of Janet Brown Strafer '71, M.Ed. '77, Karen Ely '71 and Lynn Briley '71 ? the university's first three African-American students in residence. As part of a series of events throughout 2017-2018 that both celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of this milestone, each of the three alumnae was honored with a brick that now adorns Clark Plaza of the Alumni House for all to see.

Achieving the American Dream: A Powerful Story about Giving

Nancy Burgess Gofus '75 and her husband, Joe Gofus, were both raised by parents who grew up during an era when a college education wasn't easy to come by for working-class families. It was expensive and, for so many Americans, what often followed their childhood was a life spent raising a family on the farm, working in a factory or heading off to war.

Coming home, year after year

Why do I come back to Homecoming? This year I'll be coming back for the 15th time in 17 years since I graduated. I live in LA now, but other years I've flown in from other cities, other countries, skipped weddings, etc. just to make it back.

David Culver of NBC to co-host Homecoming Parade

At this year's Homecoming Parade, you may hear a familiar voice: that of David Culver '09, anchor of the Saturday edition of NBC News4 Today and a reporter with News4's Northern Virginia Bureau. He will be not only narrating the parade for the live audience but also chairing the livestream of the parade.

What makes Homecoming special to me: Friends, parties, football and ice hockey

There's no shortage of opportunities this Homecoming & Reunion Weekend to catch up with old friends. In recent years, I've enjoyed watching the Homecoming Parade, going to Friday night's Virginia Uncorked party in the Sunken Garden, Saturday's Harrison Avenue Tribe Tailgate, the football game and the Saturday Night Bash dance party under the big tent. There are dozens of other events going on around campus.

Homecoming Week: Behind the scenes with a W&M animator

Brianne Charnigo is an animator and motion graphic designer for William & Mary's Office of University Marketing and Advancement Communications. Charnigo created this years "All Roads Lead Home" animation for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

Impact Week: Making an impact on the lives of others

Impact Week successfully kills three birds with one stone. The annual, week-long philanthropic and engagement effort saw an uptick in applications this year ? a clear indication of its growing relevance on campus.

Entrepreneurship Series: The Corner Pocket

The Corner Pocket is one of three Williamsburg businesses that will be featured on The Gale this week leading up to Homecoming & Reunion Weekend (Oct. 19-22). The Corner Pocket, which opened in 1992, is owned by Lynn Allison '76. The restaurant meshes pool tables with food to create a fun escape in Williamsburg.

Impact Week: Highlighting the importance of giving

Here at William & Mary, the chill in the air means fall is upon us. With fall comes the first Impact Week of the year. Impact Week, a program sponsored by Students for University Advancement (SUA) and Parent & Family Council, allows students to make an impact on both William & Mary and the Williamsburg community with one gift.

Connections: Surgical fellow puts Navy training to use during storm

William & Mary alumnus Diego Vicente '05, M.D., fellow, Surgical Oncology, learned to stay calm in any situation from his surgical training and deployment as a strike group surgeon in the Navy. That training kicked in during Hurricane Harvey to help him get to work safely and to care for patients once he arrived.

Entrepreneurship Series: La Tienda

La Tienda is one of three Williamsburg businesses that will be featured on The Gale this week leading up to Homecoming & Reunion Weekend (Oct. 19-22).

Impact Week: The little things count

Last week, Students for University Advancement (SUA) celebrated Impact Week, one of our largest movements of the year to encourage undergraduate giving through Impact Week. Impact Week is a week-long competition held once a semester during which three student organizations compete to receive a grant for a proposed community service project.

What is Impact Week?

Students across William & Mary celebrated Impact Week Oct. 2-6. Impact Week is a weeklong celebration of student philanthropy. This week on The Gale we will feature blog posts from five W&M students who participated in Impact Week. They will share why they gave and highlight the importance of giving.

Impact Week: Small donations equal big change

Once a semester, amidst the stress and excitement of clubs and classes, Impact Week reminds students to connect with the community. During Impact Week three organizations with exceptional community improvement proposals compete in a week of philanthropy and outreach.

Entrepreneurship Series: The Virginia Beer Company

The Virginia Beer Company is one of three Williamsburg businesses that will be featured on The Gale this week leading up to Homecoming & Reunion Weekend (Oct. 19-22).

VCU doctor wins teaching award

Virginia Commonwealth University's Dr. Mark Ryan '96 is the American Medical Student Association's (AMSA) 2017 recipient of the National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes the work that Ryan, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU Medical Center, has done to create an environment where medical students are empowered to impact healthcare policy and implementation.

Washington Women's Leadership Panel draws more than 100 attendees

More than 100 William & Mary alumnae gathered in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20 for the Washington Women's Leadership Panel. The panel's speakers led a lively discussion of the changing roles of women in government and politics, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing female leaders.

From page to screen: An alumna's book inspires a Disney Junior show

What difficulties would a vampire have in ballet class? What started as a simple flight of fancy led Anne Marie Pace '87 to publish her children's book "Vampirina Ballerina" in 2012 with Disney-Hyperion. She has since turned "Vampirina" into a book series, and on Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. EST, Disney Junior will air the first episode of the "Vampirina" television show.

William & Mary alumna Ellen Stofan featured on podcast

William & Mary alumna Ellen Stofan '83, D.Sc. '16 was recently featured on the "Well Don't Tell the Kids," podcast where she discussed her role as former chief scientist at NASA, diversity in the workplace and how she fell in love with geology at William & Mary.

W&M alumni honored at 69th Emmys

It's not unusual to see William & Mary alumni among the nominees at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and this year was no exception, as both Jill Twiss '98 and Jenny Hagel '98 were among those honored.

Family Weekend 2017

It was an invigorating time at William & Mary during Family Weekend, made all the more festive by the presence of parents and family members returning to campus Sept. 15-17, just weeks after campus move-in and first-year orientation.

W&M alumna Glenn Close featured in The New Yorker magazine

William & Mary alumna and actress Glenn Close '74, D.A. '89 was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine where she reflected on her various acting roles and why she attended the university. Close will discuss her career on Oct. 6 at The New Yorker Festival in New York City.

W&M alumnus William Ivey Long joins the walls of Broadway legends at Sardi's

William Ivey Long '69, L.H.D. '04 is the "King of Costumes." It said so on his 70th birthday cake. On Aug. 30, friends and family of the Tony Award-winning costume designer crowded onto the fourth floor of Manhattan's iconic Theater District restaurant Sardi's, for a twofold celebration.

Alumni Journeys: Trips of a Lifetime with the Tribe

When you visit Deauville, a beautiful seaside resort in France, or wander through the streets of Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Kristiansand, Oslo and Gothenburg, all in one incredible trip ? it's nearly impossible to choose a favorite place!

W&M ranks among the nation's best

U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) just released the 2017-18 undergraduate rankings and it is no surprise that William & Mary continues to stand proudly among the top universities in the nation.

Yono and the hawk: A tribute to a lifelong friend

Haunting notes from a Native American flute echoed from the dry creek bed to the sheer rock walls rising around it. With the smell of sage in the air and a red-tailed hawk circling overhead, the scene was a distinct contrast to the alternate beauty of salt marshes, live oaks, and Spanish moss, which the South Carolina Lowcountry regularly presents.

W&M kicks off 50th commemoration with mural unveiling

More than 200 people attended the opening reception, held at Swem Library, to honor the three women, Lynn Briley '71, Janet Brown Strafer '71 and Karen Ely '71, who moved into Jefferson Hall in 1967.

Thomas to new students: 'Get some light and share it'

The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice as Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, but it doesn't do so on its own, Judge John Charles Thomas told William & Mary's new students Wednesday.

W&M alumna reflects on fellow trailblazer

Yvonne Smith-Jones M.A.Ed. '87, Ed.S. '93, Ed.D. '97 said seeing the many signs posted around William & Mary commemorating the 50 years of African-American students in residence, brought tears to her eyes.

W&M's newest students: by the numbers

The Class of 2021 moves in Aug. 25 with undergraduate classes beginning Aug. 30, and graduate students are starting as early as this week. Collectively, the students bring a variety of skills, experience, perspectives and talents to the university.

Ethnomusicologist returns to Indonesia for new research on Islamic music

Anne Rasmussen, William & Mary professor of music and ethnomusicology and William M. and Annie B. Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, spent the first six months of this year as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in that nation, traveling extensively in Java and Sumatra.

Come to the sundial to see the eclipse

William & Mary's Swem Library and 2017 Solar Eclipse Working Group will be hosting an informal eclipse-viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21.

W&M alumnus returns to lend talent to Colonial Williamsburg

For William & Mary students, Colonial Williamsburg is often a refuge from campus life. From strolls down Duke of Gloucester Street to picnics in front of the Governor's Palace, the short walk across the street from the Wren Building takes students back in time. While most students reap the benefits of Colonial Williamsburg and never turn back, Bill Schermerhorn '82 has returned to give back, as the organization's new creative director of signature events.

It's a Wren Chapel whodunit

Maybe it is their wedding photo. Maybe it was taken after they became engaged. Maybe they were on their way to their honeymoon and she was getting ready to toss the bouquet. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. It's all a mystery, although not the only one and not the most essential one. Who are these people?

Helping young people with diverse needs find their next move

In Virginia, the unemployment rate for young adults with diverse needs is around 70 percent. One in four adults with a disability is living at or below the poverty level. Elizabeth Redford Howley M.Ed. '10 is working to change all that.

Shark Tank Competition Slated for Aug. 3

William & Mary's Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations will host the Student Research Shark Tank Competition on Aug. 3.

Camp Launch Celebrates Sixth Year

Late July is hot and quiet on the W&M campus, but a handful of classrooms in Swem Library and Tucker Hall are buzzing with activity this week. In one classroom, students are examining electrocardiograms and discussing when a defibrillator should be used on a patient in distress. In another, student-designed robots zoom across the carpet, performing complicated turns and overturning obstacles. And down the hall, students debate what makes an online source of information credible.

W&M alumnus named Mass. Teacher of the Year

When Kevin Dua '09 does anything, he puts his all into it. Whether it is working as a high school history teacher, serving with AmeriCorps' City Year, or organizing a group of William & Mary students and faculty to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the most people dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Dua never fails to go above and beyond. His hard work is finally being recognized. He has been named the first African-American recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Mandela Washington Fellows come to W&M

On July 15, 2017, William & Mary welcomed 25 of Africa's brightest, emerging civic leaders for 15 days of leadership training, public policy seminars, mentorship and collaboration with local faculty and community members. This is the fourth year that William & Mary and its partners in the Presidential Precinct have been selected as hosts for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Muscarelle Museum of Art chief curator identifies C?zanne painting

John Spike knew he was looking at a C?zanne. Analysis and testing of the painting "The Miracle of the Slave" have backed up his now certainty that it was painted by French artist Paul C?zanne as a copy of an original work from 300 years earlier.

Hundreds Gather for Alumni Admission Weekend

On a hot weekend in June, more than 240 William & Mary alumni and their high schoolers converged on Williamsburg to learn more about the college application process.

Shenkman Jewish Center to be constructed for W&M 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.

HWA 25th Anniversary

Close to 200 members of the Hulon Willis Association (HWA), William & Mary Alumni Association's African-American affinity group, gathered in Washington, D.C., June 23-25 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

California Climate Ride

Imagine an experience where you are surrounded by a group of people who care passionately about preserving the great outdoors and are equally excited to get out in it and bike 300 miles. For the past five days, I had that experience with 150 of those extraordinary people. We rode 300 miles from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo, California through the organization Climate Ride to raise money for environmental non-profits.

In giftedness, is there more darkness?

Everyone can name a few: Robin Williams, Sylvia Plath, Hunter S. Thompson. The brilliant who fell hopelessly into despair. These high-profile suicides often suggest that gifted minds are more prone to darker days. But is that true? A new William & Mary Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students aims to answer that question and find solutions for early intervention.

Mental health awareness

This past May was Mental Health Month and I interviewed William & Mary alumni who also work at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the country's largest grassroots non-profit, with hundreds of affiliates around the US, advocating for the millions of Americans affected by mental health conditions.

W&M celebrates 50th anniversary of MBA program

Passion and pride could have served as the unofficial theme at the Raymond A. Mason School's historic gathering June 2-3 when over 600 people returned to campus to celebrate the 50th anniversary of William & Mary's MBA program.

W&M book corner: "The Far Empty"

How does a person go from being a drug-busting Drug Enforcement Administration agent to an author in just a few years? Just ask J. Todd Scott '90. His first novel, "The Far Empty," is a physical representation of how he combined his passion for writing and his career into one.

Atypical TWAMP

How does a typical William & Mary person become the writer and actor for one of the best podcasts of 2016 about atypical therapy patients with supernatural abilities? Like many William & Mary alumni, it came from its creator's drive and desire to learn. When Lauren Shippen '13 graduated from William & Mary with a degree in music, she packed up her car and traveled cross county with her college roommate straight to Los Angeles.

Creating coincidence: The importance of the Tribe connection

From encounters with the greatest leaders of the 20th century to tailgate parties at William & Mary's Homecoming, Joe Montgomery '74 has experienced life on a broad spectrum. He attributes this richness to a few individuals who have shaped his path.

W&M alumni revolutionize student loan repayment options

Two William & Mary alumni are giving Navient a run for its money. With their company, TuitionCoin, Eric Smeby '00 and Matt Morris '00 are looking to create an affordable alternative for students looking to pay back, consolidate and refinance public and private student loans.

W&M Weekend: Wonder in the Universe

William & Mary alumnae Beth Comstock '82 and Ellen Stofan '83 D.Sc. '16 led a TED-style talk about change and leadership during William & Mary Weekend in New York City.

W&M Weekend: 9/11 Memorial Museum Discussion

Former co-chair of the U.S. Justice Department's 9/11 investigations David Kelley '81 led a keynote discussion about his role during the aftermath of 9/11.

W&M Weekend: NYSE trading floor

William & Mary Weekend attendees took a VIP tour of the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

W&M Weekend: New York Public Library

About 30 William & Mary Weekend guests spent their Friday morning getting an exclusive glimpse inside the history, research collections and architecture that define the New York Public Library.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Morgan Sehdev

Morgan Sehdev '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Susanna Simmons

Susanna Simmons '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Hannah Mawyer

Hannah Mawyer '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Dylan Campbell

Dylan Campbell '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Christine Fulgham

Christine Fulgham '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Lyndah Lovell

Lyndah Lovell '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

William & Mary Weekend

Don't miss your opportunity to attend William & Mary Weekend in New York City ? the university's newest signature event. May 10 is the last day to register for the Weekend, which runs from May 18-21.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Isaiah Simmons

Isaiah Simmons '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Melissa Commander

Melissa Commander '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series on our blog, The Gale, leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Joshua Zimmt

Joshua Zimmt '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series leading up to Commencement.

2017 W&M Graduation Series: Eboni Brown

Eboni Brown '17 is one of several William & Mary seniors who will be featured in a scholarships series leading up to Commencement.

William & Mary Alumna Believes in Impact of Giving Back

For Anna Mahalak '12, William & Mary is not only her alma mater but represents a sense of community, tradition and her home away from home. Mahalak said that she gives and encourages others to do the same because she believes everyone has one person or activity that made a difference during their time at the university.

William & Mary Weekend

Back by popular demand, William & Mary Weekend will soon spotlight the best of the university in the city that never sleeps. From May 18-21, 2017, the Tribe is taking over New York City with a collection of unique social, cultural, intellectual, and professional events open to all.

Illuminating royalty: W&M Libraries partner on Georgian Papers Programme

In spring 2015, William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture partnered with the Royal Archives and King's College London on the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP). The GPP is a five-year project to make available online the historic manuscripts relating to the Georgian monarchy, by the year 2020.

The inside scoop on ringing the Wren Bell

Every school day, the bell housed inside William & Mary's Christopher Wren Building rings 57 times, or from 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, one strike for each hour on the clock.

William & Mary Weekend

William & Mary is taking our admissions show on the road! On May 21, families in the Big Apple are invited to join our Alumni Admissions Luncheon as part of W&M Weekend in NYC.

W&M alumnus named Researcher of the Year

In 2014, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa shook the world. Fear that the virus would spread out of control plagued the nation. Little did people know, scientists had been preparing for this day for years ? one of them being William & Mary alumnus John Dye '92.

William & Mary Weekend

William & Mary's new Athletics Director Samantha K. Huge will be featured during William & Mary Weekend in New York City on May 20. Huge is the first woman to hold the position at the university since the job was combined in the 1980s to cover both men's and women's sports.

W&M Earth Week 2017

Join W&M Sustainability to celebrate Earth Day 2017 this week. Weekday events focus on the environment, wellness, activism, community and business.

William & Mary Weekend Wednesday

Start spreading the news! William & Mary is taking over New York City from May 18-21, 2017. William & Mary Weekend will offer a variety of social, cultural, intellectual and professional events you won't want to miss!

W&M's 27th president, Taylor Reveley, announces plans to retire in 2018

Today William & Mary's 27th president stood in the Great Hall of the Wren Building to say he would be retiring next year on June 30, 2018, after a decade leading the university. While noting there is much he still plans to get done over the next 14 months, Reveley recalled a time in which William & Mary has made enormous progress.

Straight from an alumnus: How William & Mary prepared me

What business does a liberal arts major have as an international strategic/economic consultant? Apparently, a lot. As I reflect on my time at the College, I can't help but appreciate some of my odder class choices ? things I thought would never apply, but now are extremely relevant to my current living and professional circumstances.

William & Mary Weekend

William & Mary Weekend, May 18-21, 2017, will offer attendees four exciting days of cultural, intellectual, professional and social events in the Big Apple.

Anne Shumadine '83 awarded prestigious Clarke Medallion

Anne Shumadine was awarded the Clarke Medallion on March 28, 2017. The Clarke Medallion is the Raymond A. Mason School of Business' highest honor and is awarded by the business school faculty to an individual whose distinguished career and contributions to business management represent the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

W&M alumni business profile: Commonwealth Brewing Company

The enormity of the taproom at Commonwealth Brewing Company immediately impresses the visitor. Huge wooden tables and benches sit in rows on the concrete floor. The same wood paneling lines the bar. At the opposite end of the space, a built-in bench mirrors the long line of the bar. A painting of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge stretches almost as long as the built-in bench below it. Softly glowing lights accentuate the concrete spandrels of the ceiling that the same company that built the the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1962 poured. Garage doors open to salubrious beach breezes. You feel like you're standing on a viking ship and a pier overlooking the Bay all at once. It's old world meets new world; tradition meets modernity.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

One of Williamsburg's most popular breweries, The Virginia Beer Company, is owned by two William & Mary alumni. What a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

W&M law student wins trip to Grammys

Mary Catherine Amerine, a third-year law student, attended the 2017 Grammy Awards after being one of four finalists in the Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Writing Competition and the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Robert. C. Watson Award.

Mastering the art of trial advocacy

Jeffrey Breit, a veteran of more than 200 jury trials, has coached the William & Mary Law School Trial Team for 13 seasons.

Straight from the chef

Stephen Losee, district executive chef for William & Mary, is in charge of meeting the needs of thousands of students who eat at campus dining halls each day.

Film fest time

The W&M Global Film Festival runs from Feb. 23-26.

Best Charter Day Weekend ever

William & Mary alumnus, Russell Smith Ed.D. '80, recaps the impact Charter Day Weekend had on him this year.

Millington memories

Named for John Millington, a professor of chemistry and natural philosophy from 1836-1848, Millington Hall is in the process of being demolished and will be the future home of the fourth Integrated Science Center (ISC4).

W&M professor to discuss Lemon Project

William & Mary Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jody Allen will be hosting a presentation about the university's Lemon Project on February 18.

W&M's silk spider research makes headlines

William & Mary Professor Hannes Schniepp and his team of Applied Science graduate students' spider silk research was featured in the Daily Press on February 14.

William & Mary Law School dedicates Hixon Center

The dedication of the Hixon Center marked the culmination of a 16-year building program, which has more than doubled the physical size of the school and has also included the addition of the North Wing and the Wolf Law Library.

Happy Valentine's Day

William & Mary students discuss whether they will walk across the legendary Crim Dell Bridge.

Botticelli exhibit opens Feb. 11

The exhibition, Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities, opens Saturday at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Civil War Around the Globe: W&M to Host Public Talk Thursday

On Thursday, Professor Phil Roessler will discuss relevant findings from his two most recent books and explain how they provide the foundation for ongoing research he is doing with students at William & Mary's Center for African Development.

For the win

The Tribe remembers Russ Brown '74.

Brewing philanthropy

Two William & Mary students launched the Do Good Trading Company to help tackle issues of clean drinking water.


Anne Marie Pace '87 has a lifetime love of literature.

Happy Holidays

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

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!

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.

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.

The new stadium

The Tribe community celebrates the dedication of Zable Stadium.

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.

76 and counting

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

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.

Paying tribute

The William & Mary Alumni Association names its service awards in honor of Douglas N. Morton '62.

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.

One of the best

W&M is among the top universities, according to the latest rankings.

A day to remember

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

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.

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.

1693 Scholars

The program welcomes the largest class in history.

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.

Campaign news

An update from W&M's campaign chair

Coffee grinder

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

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.

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.

Going for gold

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

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.

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.

Honorary alumni

Six friends join the ranks of William & Mary 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.

Online networking hours

Make connections with W&M alumni, no matter where you are in the world.

Hall of Famers

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

Headed to the pros

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

A new story

Science rewrites history at the home of President James Monroe.

Tribe Pride

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

One Tribe One Day

W&M's day of giving back is April 19.

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

Survey says ...

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

Branch out

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


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.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday!

William & Mary celebrates 323 years.

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.

A Day of Service

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


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

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.

Curtis Pride '90 is MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion

Curtis Pride '90 discusses William & Mary, his time as a professional athlete and his new role with Major League Baseball.

A New Blog for a New Year

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