Summer 2015

On Point

James Comey '82, LL.D. '08 lights a fire for W&M students in D.C.

WASHINGTON – When the FBI agent fires it on full automatic, the 56 assembled William & Mary students nearly jump out of their seats, although they’re safe behind bulletproof glass. [...]

Putting Flesh on the Bones

The Lemon Project confronts the College's most difficult history

Williamsburg, June 1809. In the last light of day, a man named Lemon kneels in his garden, his weathered hands searching the dirt for potatoes to fill his basket. His [...]

You Should Hang Out With Josh Sundquist Sometime

He kicked cancer in the butt. He skis down mountains on one leg and scores goals on the soccer field. He’s written a national bestseller. He raps. He’s the champion [...]

Alumni Focus

Community of Alma Mater

William & Mary’s 323rd year is in full swing as I complete my first year as executive director of our Alumni Association. From the significant turnout at the 50th Reunion [...]

From the Brafferton

James Monroe Returns to Campus

Thanks to the artistry of Gordon Kray ’73 and the generosity of Carroll and Patty Owens, both ’62, a magnificent graven image of our alumnus James Monroe now stands just [...]

By & Large

Open Mic

After returning from Iraq, Isaura Ramirez didn’t feel she was the same person. She was angry, depressed and anxious, and her time overseas had only exacerbated her existing feelings of [...]

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Gig Guidance

The 2014-15 academic year marks the end of another successful installment to the College of William & Mary’s 322-year history. This year brought with it a slew of accomplishments from [...]

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A Grand Total

When the time came to plan its 50th Reunion and the commemorative class gift, the Reunion Committee for William & Mary’s Class of 1965 had its sights set on breaking [...]

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Kicking It Up a Notch

As William & Mary’s Earl Gregg Swem Library fast approaches its 50th anniversary in 2016, its ground floor is in the midst of a transformation. At the center of the [...]

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Forever William & Mary

On a sunny Saturday morning at the beginning of May, members of the Class of 1965 donned black caps and gowns for a graduation of sorts. After matriculating from William [...]

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Playing for Change

When Will Smith ’14 began conducting research in Liberia’s fishing communities for his honors thesis at William & Mary, community leaders distrusted him. Smith could barely speak the same language [...]


A Day to Remember

William & Mary’s second annual One Tribe One Day was a record-breaking event. The Tribe shattered its goal of 2,100 donors, with 6,078 students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends [...]


Our Turn

William & Mary’s Wren Building got its 15 seconds of fame in April when it was seen in the opening sequence of AMC Network’s “TURN: Washington’s Spies.” The show filmed [...]


W&M has one of the top four-year graduation rates

William & Mary has one of the highest graduation rates among all public universities, according to a report released this spring by Time Inc.’s Money Magazine. William & Mary is [...]


W&M Among Nation’s Top “Green” Colleges

William & Mary was once again counted among the top “green” colleges in the country, according to a report released in April by the Princeton Review. The university is included [...]

News Briefs

GOVERNOR APPOINTS NEW BOV MEMBERS Karen Kennedy Schultz ’75 and James A. Hixon J.D. ’79, M.L.T ’80 were named by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe D.P.S. ’14 on June 2 as [...]

By the Book

Plumeri’s Principles

Joe Plumeri ’66, D.P.S. ’11 wants you to go play in traffic. Well, not literally. This is what he means: When Plumeri was attending law school in New York, he decided to [...]


Waste Not, Want Not

America has a 164-million-ton problem. That’s the amount of trash — enough to fill the Superdome 64 times — that’s burned or buried in landfills each year. Landfills that won’t [...]


Welcome to the Tribe

Each year, the William & Mary Alumni Association recognizes a select few friends who have demonstrated a lasting commitment to and genuine affinity for the College, even though they are [...]


Breaking Barriers

On a hot and dusty September day in Binga, Zimbabwe, Craig Geddes ’03 rode on a bike with Gift, a 12-year-old girl, in order to experience the obstacles she faces [...]


The Killing Floor

FLASH MOB: Wade Blackwood’s M.B.A. ’06 company, Mobjack Binnacle Products, provides a fail safe against lost crab, lobster and fish traps. Using technology developed at VIMS, Mobjack products degrade completely [...]


Budding Tribe

NORTHEAST 1. Boston The Boston chapter hosted their annual meeting in March and welcomed new chapter board members. In May, the Young Guarde Council hosted a philanthropy event to encourage area [...]


Board Notes

The spring meeting of the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors was held in New York on March 12-13, 2015. The meeting focused on the activities of the [...]

Photo Features

James Monroe’s new statue on campus, the moving of Lord Bot to Swem Library.


Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution

In 1755, British and colonial troops under the command of General Braddock suffered a defeat to French and Native American enemy forces in Ohio Country. The loss altered the trajectory [...]


The Wisest Council in the World: Restoring the Character Sketches by William Pierce of Georgia of the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787

Of all the written portraits of the delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787, few are as compelling as those by William Pierce. Vile’s study offers new insights into [...]


A Real Love at Last

In her new book, Garner uses real-life inspiration to tell the story of the struggle to find true love after the discouragement of severed marriages and heartaches. Even later in [...]


Scandalous Son

John Payne Todd was Dolley Madison’s only surviving child and the sole heir to the legacy of his famous family. He has been too often dismissed as an alcoholic, an [...]


Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage

Throughout his book, Macedo explores the meaning of contemporary marriage and the reasons for its fragility and its enduring significance. Casting new light on the today’s debates over the future [...]