Summer 2016

Bright Lights, Big Apple

Inspiring Leadership, from the Crim Dell to the Brooklyn Bridge and Beyond.

To walk the streets of modern New York City is to know something about Athens or Rome, Constantinople in their gilded heydays. If you look hard, you can find the [...]

When Dark Moments Strike Bright Minds

Statistics can’t tell the whole story, but they’re a starting point. College students in the United States are struggling more than ever, but for this community, William & Mary has [...]

Home Sweet Lodge

For over 60 years, the Lodges have stood at the heart of William & Mary. A short walk from nearly anything on campus, they have been coveted as the ideal [...]

Alumni Focus

Connect. Discover. Celebrate.

By all accounts the inaugural William & Mary Weekend was a tremendous success. I have received enthusiastic feedback from so many about the sense of pride in alma mater that [...]

From the Brafferton

William & Mary Means Teaching & Research

People know William & Mary is a splendid place to go to college. But it’s surprising how few people know W&M is also a university and has been one since [...]

By & Large

A Stellar Weekend

The inaugural William & Mary Weekend in Washington, D.C., was filled with intellectual, cultural, professional and social events that drew more than 1,300 attendees. The Weekend offered an opportunity for alumni, [...]

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Talladega Knights

Jay Busbee ’90 comes from a long line of William & Mary alumni. His grandmother attended before him, as did his father and sister. “My father said I could go [...]

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Family Ties

Enhancing the William & Mary student experience is the Parent & Family Council’s (PFC) fundamental goal. Since being established in the mid-1970s as the Parents Association Steering Committee, today’s PFC, [...]

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President Emeritus Thomas A. Graves HON ’02, L.H.D. ’15 passes at 91

Thomas A. Graves Jr., who served as William & Mary’s 23rd president from 1971 to 1985, died in Williamsburg on June 17. He was 91. “President Graves came to the Alma [...]

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Pulling His Weight

At an indoor track and field meet at Virginia Tech back in February, Brian Waterfield ’15, M.Acc. ’16 hit a huge throw in the weight — the All-American’s first over [...]

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Baseball’s Big Dance

The William & Mary baseball team’s magical two-week ride to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and through the Charlottesville Regional came to an end with an 8-4 defeat to East [...]

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Blazing the Trail with the Class of ’66

Giving back to William & Mary is a big deal for the Class of 1966. The class set a new record by raising $27.8 million — the largest 50th Reunion gift ever [...]


Life on the Front Lines

In 2009, Dr. Vincent DeVita Jr. ’57, D.Sc. ’82, an internationally renowned oncologist, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. His prognosis looked grim. DeVita spent the first week in a daze. [...]


Part of 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 university, even though they are [...]


A Woman’s Perspective

Excited chatter and spirited conversations filled the air at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business last March when more than 200 women came together as part of the inaugural [...]


Tribe Roadtrip

VIRGINIA Alli Puryear Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement Ann Ruble ’77 Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement Chapters Richmond The chapter continued their monthly First Table dinner series. In May, the chapter hosted Professor Kara Thompson [...]


William & Mary Alumni Association Board Notes

The summer meeting of the William & Mary Alumni Association Board of Directors was held at the Fairmont Hotel, June 2-3, 2016, in Washington. D.C. On Thursday, June 2, the [...]


Monroe’s Digs

Recent excavations at Highland — the historic Charlottesville, Va., home of the nation’s fifth president and W&M alumnus James Monroe — are upending history. The archaeology combined with tree-ring dating shows that [...]


Making a Racquet

The United States Tennis Association, along with the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, World Team Tennis and the International Tennis Association, officially designated William & Mary the 2016 national club of [...]


Honoring the Memory

In April the William & Mary Board of Visitors unanimously approved a resolution renaming two prominent residence halls in memory of two key African-American figures in the university’s history. The [...]


On With The Show

In April, the Board of Visitors approved changing the name of the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre to The Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka. Martha Wren Briggs ’55 has contributed to two university fundraising campaigns, including the For [...]

Photo Features

Jill Ellis ’88 takes a selfie while speaking at Commencement, a new greenhouse and what’s the story behind this photo?


The Dollhouse

Fiona Davis pulls readers into the world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries and editors lived side-by-side [...]


Sunrise at San Attarium

A diagnosed daydreamer and his wife set off from Vermont to Venezuela on a therapist-recommended escape intended to help the couple bring their reverie to reality. The quirky characters Bob [...]


Tales of Neptune’s Treasures, Sanibel’s Other Museum

Neptune’s Treasures and its late shop owner Ed Hanley were staples of Sanibel Island, Florida. Locals and regular visitors dubbed Neptune’s as Sanibel’s “other museum”. Rhys G. Llewellyn portrays the [...]


Betrayal at Little Gibraltar

Compelling descriptions of combat, camaraderie, and casualties make up William Walker’s account of America’s bloodiest conflict of World War I, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Betrayal at Little Gibraltar breaks down the [...]