Impact

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Q&A with Ashley Pinney '08

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

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.

William & Mary Celebrates For the Bold in Richmond

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

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.

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.

Q&A with Yohance Whitaker ’16

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

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

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

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.

Celebrating Charter Day, Tradition and For the Bold

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

William & Mary breaks ground on Shenkman Jewish Center

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

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

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

Research is a team effort

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

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

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

Young Alumni Leading the Charge

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

William & Mary Matters

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

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

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

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

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

William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program receives March of Dimes grant

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

William & Mary Healthy Beginnings Program receives March of Dimes grant

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

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.

Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Dr. Stuart Flanagan, faculty emeritus, believes education can improve both individual lives and society at large. It's this belief that led him to endow four scholarships for students at the William & Mary School of Education: The S. Stuart Flanagan Family Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship, and Mathematics Scholarship; and the New Horizons Family Counseling Center Scholarship.

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.”

Hixon family gives $1.8 million to fund international scholarships

The Hixon Family Scholarship Endowment will provide undergraduate scholarships for students who are residents of African countries. The scholarship covers tuition, board, room, fees and travel. The gift also includes an enrichment endowment for internships, study abroad, honors research and summer courses for international students.

Giving thanks. Celebrating impact. Sharing the light.

In a stirring speech earlier this year, Judge John Charles Thomas said to William & Mary students, “We have great hopes on this first day of the academic year for what you will become, but it’s not just for you. It’s because what we’re trying to do is ignite within you the burning desire to learn and to keep learning, to push for fairness and justice and equity and then to share the light that is within you.”

William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Atlanta

William & Mary celebrated its For the Bold campaign in Atlanta last night as the university's colors lit the sky in honor of more than 23,630 alumni, parents and friends in the Southeast region.

Class of 1967 Celebrates 50 Years with Generous Gift

More than 100 members of the Class of 1967 celebrated their 50th Reunion in April. The class collectively raised nearly $18 million to fund the expansion of the Alumni House and a scholarship endowment that will help generations of talented students afford the opportunity to attend William & Mary.

Message from the Campaign Chair - July 2017

The year ahead will provide wonderful opportunities for alumni, students, faculty, parents and friends to be part of our extraordinary legacy and mission.

Camp Launch celebrates 6th year

Created six years ago by educators and researchers at the W&M Center for Gifted Education, Camp Launch serves students from low-income families, who attend at no cost.

Shenkman Jewish Center to be constructed for William & Mary 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.

W&M celebrates 50th anniversary of MBA program

The largest alumni gathering in the business school's history, attendees from eight countries and 40 states came together to reconnect with the people and place they hold dear.

Tech turns bots into bay keepers

Recent damage to the west coast seafood industry from a massive bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia, another toxic HAB organism, serves as a cautionary tale for Virginia and its seafood and aquaculture industries.

Private support funds teaching of democratic change in Russia

Associate Professor of Russian Sasha Prokhorov and Cindy Centeno ’16, a multi-media specialist at Swem Library, will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia this summer to help W&M students incorporate visual storytelling in their research projects.

Johnsens put focus on Eastern Shore

VIMS Foundation President Steve Johnsen and wife Barbara made a gift to the Dean and Director's Fund for the Eastern Shore, which made possible the purchase of a new research vessel for VIMS' Eastern Shore Lab.

William & Mary celebrates For the Bold in Washington, D.C.

William & Mary celebrated its $1 billion For the Bold campaign last night against the backdrop of the nation's capital as the university's colors illuminated the skyline in honor of more than 20,000 alumni in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Alumnus plays it forward with gift of cello

Jeffrey Doyon ’85 donated a cello to the William & Mary Department of Music to repay its loan of one to him during his youth and while he was a student.

The Cabell Challenge: Update and Impact

Recent gifts given through the $1.5 million Cabell Challenge are already helping William & Mary students and faculty conduct innovative research.

A heart for those in need

"To think that William & Mary was able to meet me the full way — not half, not one-fourth of the way but the whole way — was a blessing I never counted on."

Reaching New Heights

Over the last year, William & Mary celebrated many extraordinary milestones thanks to the loyal and generous support of donors.

End of Year Giving

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

Tribe scholars win big in 2016

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

William & Mary building toward a bright future

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

Giving Tuesday 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Road to 40 Percent

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

Ciara Cifers '20 named Beales Scholar

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

Family Ties

Parent and Family Council creates new Tribe connections.

Share In Our Extraordinary Moments

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

W&M announces 2016 Plumeri Award recipients

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

W&M makes history on One Tribe One day

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

Amphitheatre, wellness center named for alumni

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

Private-public synergy supports web portal for coastal resiliency

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

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

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

Changing Lives

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

$1 million gift expands Muscarelle with new American art gallery

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

Geology Rocks

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

The Rule of Law

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

W&M and VCU collaborate on Healthy Beginnings Program

William & Mary is the recipient of a nearly $50,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to support the Healthy Beginnings project. The university will be collaborating with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), which also received funding on the project.

W&M receives $1.5M for Integrative Wellness Center

William & Mary will continue to strengthen efforts supporting the health and wellbeing of students across campus with a $1.5 million gift for the new Integrative Wellness Center.

W&M leaders give campaign gifts supporting scholarships and professorships

On the heels of the launch of For the Bold: The Campaign for William & Mary, the university is announcing that three of its most senior leaders - the chancellor, rector and president - have each made gifts. The contributions from Becky and Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98, Elaine and Todd Stottlemyer ’85 and Helen and Taylor Reveley will benefit scholarships and professorships.

Parents of W&M student support scholarships with $1M commitment

Parents of a William & Mary student are supporting scholarships with a $1 million commitment to help ensure that students with exceptional ability have the means to attend the university. The commitment comes from Jody Forsyth and Wilma Quan-Forsyth of Calgary, Canada, parents of Samantha ’15 who is currently studying at the William & Mary Law School.

W&M alumna leaves Swem Library largest gift in its history

William & Mary's Swem Library has received a nearly $2 million commitment from the late Frances Lightfoot Robb ’48 - the largest single gift in its history - to meet the most pressing needs of the library.

Museum's namesakes make giving a family affair

William & Mary will continue to build on its legacy as the first university in the U.S. to teach and collect art, thanks to a $2.5 million commitment from Joe and Sharon Muscarelle to expand the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

John and Sue Gerdelman: Tribe Pride personified

To help kick off Family Weekend and the Tribe's first home football game of the season, Sue ’76 and John ’75 Gerdelman have made a $4 million commitment to William & Mary, a large portion of which will support Tribe Athletics.

Law School enjoys another year of record-breaking private giving

A record-breaking fundraising year in 2015: William & Mary Law School's alumni, students, and friends once again supported the School in record-breaking numbers during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.

William & Mary surpasses previous fundraising records

William & Mary raised a record-breaking $105.8 million in a single fiscal year and now has the highest percentage of undergraduate alumni from a top-ranked public university giving back to their alma mater - 27.1 percent or more than 16,800 alumni.