Spring 2016

Repeated Annihilation

The craft behind the comedy of Patton Oswalt '91

Patton Oswalt ’91 knows he may get utterly destroyed at any time. This, he says, is a good thing. You, too, should welcome it. “It’s July 18, 1988, between my freshman [...]

It Takes a Research University

Marco Colo sits in a small room in Small Hall scanning a dozen large monitors for clues about how the universe began. Colo, a Ph.D. physics student, is looking for the [...]

Books & Beyond

Celebrating a half-century of Swem through its unique collections

In the 1700s, when William & Mary’s library was housed in the Wren Building, students had to pay 10 shillings a year to use it and could borrow one book [...]

Alumni Focus

A Weekend You Do Not Want to Miss

The William & Mary Alumni Association and its Board remain committed to providing outstanding opportunities to connect our alumni with each other and alma mater. Our newest signature event, William [...]

From the Brafferton

Toward Even Greater Graduation Rates

A student has to focus and work to graduate. The tooth fairy isn’t going to deliver the degree. But a student’s failure to graduate can also reveal the school’s shortcomings [...]

By & Large

International Flair

As telecommunications, trade and travel close the distances between peoples and cultures, “think global” has become the byword of recent decades. William & Mary is going one step further, weaving [...]

By & Large

Common Ground

Will Payne ’01 is an entrepreneur, political operative, W&M Board of Visitors member and now a successful book author. He is also a die-hard Def Leppard, Foreigner and ’80s glam rock [...]

By & Large

A New Master’s at Mason

In August 2016, the doors will open to William & Mary’s first new graduate program in 15 years — the Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA). Business analytics is a [...]

By & Large

Changing Lives

William & Mary has raised nearly $150 million for scholarships as part of its For the Bold campaign, with generous support from alumni like Sally Ives Gore ’56, who recently made a [...]


The Path Forward

It’s hard to define Brian Goebel ’93, J.D. ’96. His resume is so diverse — youth baseball coach, entrepreneur, father, blogger, husband, chairman — that it’s hard to get a [...]


Mission: Zika

In a closing image from the recent television documentary “Fighting Pandemics,” Dr. John Dye ’92 stands with arms crossed, his face obscured behind the mask of a full-body biosafety level [...]


In Command

Emily Bessler’s ’14 parents like to tell their daughter that as a student at William & Mary, she squeezed more into 24 hours than they thought possible. According to Bessler, [...]


William & Mary Alumni Association Board Notes

The winter meeting of the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors was held at the Alumni House in Williamsburg, Va., Feb. 3-5, 2016. On Thursday, Feb. 3, new [...]


Coast to Coast

Learn about regional chapter events, our One Tribe One Day events as well as upcoming events and some additional ways to get involved!


Outstanding Faculty

Two William & Mary professors have been recognized as 2016 recipients of Outstanding Faculty Awards by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). There are only about a dozen [...]


Three of a Kind

Three new exhibitions opened in February at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, celebrating traditional Japanese art, a century of photography and Norman Rockwell’s Boy Scouts. Hiroshige’s Tokaido offers a rare view [...]


Blog all about it

The William & Mary Alumni Association launched a blog in January, called The Gale. The new blog’s name is taken from lines in the Alma Mater, “Hark upon the gale [...]


Power Hitter

When Tribe baseball player Charley Gould ’16 was growing up in Lake Forest, Ill., there was a giant tree next to his house. Gould would take a bat and spend [...]


Charter Day

In February, the William & Mary community celebrated the College’s 323-year history and the birth of the College by Royal Charter. Ellen Stofan ’83, NASA’s chief scientist, served as the [...]


CAA Athlete of the Year

William & Mary All-Americans Regan Rome ’18 and Emily Stites ’16 were honored in December, sharing the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year award. This is [...]

Photo Features

A photo from the Gold Rush game, the daily view of the Daily Grind and did we get this throwback picture right?

Bruton Parish

300th Anniversary of Bruton Parish Church The following is a prepared speech by Professor Emeritus David L. Holmes, on occasion of Bruton Parish Church’s 300th Anniversary, delivered on April 25, 2015. I [...]


The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats

Set just off the coast of Mathews County, Va., The Mathews Men highlights accounts of U.S. merchant mariners who provided invaluable resources to U.S. and ally troops in Europe during [...]


The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

Julie L. Lautenschlager serves as associate editor for this twelfth edition of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. This volume chronicles the work of the founding father from September 1817 to [...]


The Far Empty

In this modern Western, J. Todd Scott tells the story of young Texas native Caleb Ross, a 17-year-old who is fraught with grief after his mother disappears. Together with deputy [...]


A Disguise to Die For

A former magician’s assistant, Margo Tamblyn was no stranger to mystery and intrigue when she moved to Proper City, Nev., to run her family’s costume shop. But she becomes a [...]


Real Pigs: Shifting Value is in the Field of Local Pork

In addition to being one of the United States’ largest pork producers, North Carolina is home to a developing niche market of pasture-raised pork. In Real Pigs, Brad Weiss traces [...]