Spring 2014

Curriculum Review

Q&A with Provost Michael R. Halleran

Introduction by Karen Cottrell ’66, M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’84 Truly great universities innovate and evolve to reflect the necessities of students and society. New knowledge is created bringing about new majors [...]

Life is Good

To Chip Esten ’87, Success is more than “Nashville”

The Bluebird Cafe is unassuming. Located in a small strip mall outside downtown Nashville, Tenn., its blue awning wedged between a barbershop and a drycleaners, the cafe’s exterior doesn’t boast [...]


Tracing W&M’s architectural history in the city of dreaming spires

Wandering along the twisting lanes and alleyways separating the ancient colleges that comprise the University of Oxford, it is difficult not to speculate on what it might have been like [...]

April Fouls

The 40-year-old secret behind college basketball's Hershberger Award

Last spring, the Wall Street Journal unearthed a decades-old secret. Conspirators had come from all over the country to launch a complex plot from sleepy Williamsburg. They struck once and [...]


Thinking Ahead

After two years of review, study, debate and development, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted in December to adopt a new curriculum, which will replace the General Education Requirements [...]

From the Brafferton

Liberal Arts

Our strategic plan calls for William & Mary to be one of the preeminent liberal arts universities in the world, providing the very best undergraduate education, complemented by a few [...]

Around the Wren

W&M, Colonial Williamsburg to explore joint MOOC

William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, are partnering to explore a Massive Open Online Course — commonly referred to as a MOOC — that would examine the American [...]

Around the Wren

Weingartner Challenge to improve the world elicits hundreds of responses

Leaving Germany for the United States in 1939 literally allowed Werner Weingartner, then a Jewish child, to have a life. He used a good portion of it to teach high [...]

Around the Wren

Governor praises W&M’s past, future on Charter Day

On Feb. 8, the College celebrated its 321st birthday with the annual Charter Day ceremony. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe D.P.S. ’14 received an honory degree and praised W&M for its [...]

Around the Wren

William & Mary by the Numbers

1 The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently published a report on selective colleges and universities with the smallest gap between white and black students’ graduation rates, and William & [...]

Around the Wren

News Briefs

Suzette Kimball ’73 nominated to lead U.S. Geological Survey President Barack Obama has nominated W&M alumna Suzette Kimball ’73 to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Kimball has [...]

Just Off Dog Street

Advertising Emperor

You might not know it, but Ryan Kutscher ’02 has been in your living room. At least, you have seen his work on your TV. As one of the advertising industry’s [...]

Gifts At Work

Jason Simms coaches players for life off the field

A lot of what goes on to make athletes successful takes place off the field. Enter Jason Simms. Simms, William & Mary’s assistant athletic director for academic services, has helped student-athletes behind [...]

Gifts At Work

Private gifts offer unique experiences for soccer standout Will Smith

Not long after Will Smith ’14 visited campus as a prospective student, he knew he belonged. William & Mary was already on his short list partly due to word-of-mouth from an [...]


Heads in the Cloud

Mike Panciera ’14 had already helped a blind man navigate the perilous fantasy worlds of video games. It made sense that the next step would be to design a mobile [...]


Guardians of Honor: The Plebes

When terrorists infiltrate West Point Academy, female cadet Casey Sullivan must negotiate the West Point Honor Code with her own Christian ethics as she works undercover with the U.S. Intelligence [...]


Battle of Big Bethel

When the Civil War erupted in 1861 many people believed the conflict would be short and nearly bloodless. Using letters, diaries, newspapers, and official records-many available to the public for [...]


Fix You

Still reeling from the death of her husband, Kelly Reynolds must decide if she wants to remain in the safety of her everyday routine or pursue a strange, exciting life [...]


Professional Hadoop Solutions

Focusing on real-world uses and building advanced applications, this in-depth guide provides readers with diagrams and step-by-step instructions on using Hadoop technologies to produce enterprise-grade solutions for generating and storing [...]


Mercy, Lord, Mercy

Goin interweaves poetry, science fiction, and historical fantasy in this memoir about working through schizophrenia.


Through the Perilous Fight

In this character-driven historical narrative, Vogel recounts the burning of Washington D.C. in 1814 and the last stand at Baltimore that saved America from disaster.


Ireland in the Virginian Sea

Horning examines the relationship between British colonization in North America and Ireland, challenging conventional arguments that Ireland served merely as a testing ground for the settling of the New World.


Missing Winter

In this compelling work of fiction, Anthony must divulge his life’s story to his listener, Doc, in order to return to his family.


Familiar Ghosts

In this collection of poetry, Hart traces his ancestors’ journey through the Gobi Desert.


Deep Water

Salem Matthews IV hopes that a relaxing stay in his lakefront home will help him forget the horrors of his career with the U.S. Army Special Forces. But when his [...]


Aristotle on the Nature of Community

Trott uses Aristotle’s definition of nature to examine how and why people form communities.


The Paris Apartment

As April Vogt’s marriage falls apart, she travels to Paris to appraise a boarded up, eighteenth-century apartment. But while scrutinizing paintings, armoires, and the journals of the long-forgotten mistress, she [...]


The Constitution Café

Christopher Phillips travels across the country to ask Americans how they would rewrite the Constitution.


A Chronicle of Civil War Hampton, Virginia: Struggle and Rebirth on the Homefront

Alice Erickson uses her own family, the Hickman family, to weave together stories from Civil War and Reconstruction era Hampton, Virginia.

W&M In Public Service

Notable alumni in the public sector

An infographic depicting notable alumni in the public sector.

Tribe Sports

Fielder’s Choice

Whenever Mike Piazza came to the plate, Tribe first baseman Willie Shaw, at the time 4 years old, would stand in the aisle at Dodger Stadium and mimic him. When [...]

Tribe Sports

2014 Sports Camps

Colonial Kicks Soccer Camp/Goalkeeping Academy at W&M July 27-30 Residential camps for boys ages 10 and up. For information or to register contact: Chris Norris, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at 757.221.3385 or [...]

Tribe Sports

Lord Botetourt Auction Breaks Fundraising Record

The College of William & Mary’s Athletics Department fundraising arm, the Tribe Club, raised more than $400,000 during its premier auction event of the year, the Lord Botetourt Affair, held [...]

Tribe Sports

Sports Briefs

35th Colonial Half Marathon raises funds for W&M  In February, more than 1,000 runners competed in the Sentara Colonial Half Marathon and 5K. For 35 years, the event  has raised funds [...]

Photo Features

Photos of springtime on campus and the Wiz Khalifa concert held during Charter Day.

Board Notes

Call for Alumni Medallion Award Nominees

The Alumni Medallion is the highest and most prestigious award the William & Mary Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate of the College. This award recognizes individuals who have [...]

Board Notes

Call for Alumni Board of Directors Nominees

The Board represents all alumni in its capacity of general and financial policymaking for the Alumni Association. Meeting at least twice per year, the Board has specific powers to promote [...]

Alumni Spirit

From the Office of Alumni Engagement

When I was dating my husband, I told him that there were only two things that I needed on my birthday — a wrapped present and a birthday cake. There [...]

Alum News

Family Matters: The Lamberts come home to W&M

For Matthew T. Lambert ’99 and Karen Silverberg Lambert ’98, William & Mary has always been about family. From the faculty and administrators that took a personal interest in their [...]

Alum News

Student delivers inspirational Charter Day speech

It began simply: Six professors, 100 students (more or less) and a college of “good arts and sciences” in Virginia. Now look what it’s become: This internationally known university of [...]


Franchon Glover M.Ed. ’99, Ed.D. ’06, Chief Diversity Officer

How did you end up in this career field? Right before I graduated, Presbyterian College created a position for me to serve as coordinator of minority affairs and volunteer services. And [...]