Fall 2014 Issue

The United Tribe

Alumni Chapter Activity

By W&M Alumni Magazine

The W&M Atlanta Alumni Chapter held their first organizational meeting in August and the new board is planning a Homecoming Game Watch and looking ahead to Yule Log.

Over 75 alumni, incoming and current students, and parents came together in August to welcome new members into the Boston W&M family at a Red Sox game.

Botetourt, VA
The chapter’s annual cookout and picnic was held in September at Beaverdam Park, where alumni and their families could canoe, kayak, hike, fish and play together as a Tribe.

Charleston, S.C
Young Alumni Third Thursdays continued in Charleston in August at Sauer Grapes, a wine bar owned by alumna Marie Sauer M.A. ’90, M.B.A. ’95. The event featured Steve Fetcher ’10 on guitar and vocals. In September, the chapter attended the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. Ronald Hurst, vice president at Colonial Williamsburg.

Chicago alumni gathered in July for Tribe Thursday, and in August welcomed incoming students and their parents into the W&M family at an event hosted by Michael and Trisha Nelson P ’16.

The W&M Colorado Alumni Chapter was thrilled to sponsor a regional alumni event in September with the College featuring President Reveley and hosted by David Marshall ’94.

Lower Peninsula VA
This summer, the Lower Peninsula chapter partnered with the Williamsburg chapter to welcome incoming students and parents, and to cheer on the Tribe against Virginia Tech. They look forward to continuing this partnership at the chapter’s annual Oyster Roast in early October.

New York City
The NYC chapter welcomed the W&M Class of 2014 by treating them to a Mets game with fellow alumni. The chapter also continued their quarterly Tribe Thursdays in September.

Northern New Jersey
In July, Alice Davidson P ’16 and Howard Tomb hosted a reception in their home and welcomed incoming students, parents, alumni, and guest Kathleen Powell, assistant vice president of student affairs/executive director of career development.

The Philly chapter went “down the shore” in July for a Tribe Thursday in Southern New Jersey. Later that month, incoming students and their families from the Philly and Wilmington, Del., areas were welcomed into the William & Mary family at a reception held at the home of Peter ’83, P ’17 and Janet Atwater ’84, P ’17.

Alumni in Pittsburgh continue to gather monthly for Tribe Thursday Happy Hours.

Richmond, VA
The W&M Richmond Alumni Chapter continued its commitment to service by working with the Richmond Inclusive Autism Lego Club, Operation Paintbrush and Habitat for Humanity Restore this summer. At the chapter’s annual reception in July, guest speaker Kate Conley, dean of the faculty of arts & sciences, discussed William & Mary’s new curriculum, and met and mingled with area alumni. In August, alumni and their families once again enjoyed the Richmond Children’s Museum and Flying Squirrels game with special guests from the Tribe men’s baseball team and the Griffin.

Roanoke, VA
In August, the chapter hosted a packed reception at The Patrick Henry for incoming students and their parents. They ended the month welcoming William & Mary fans to nearby Blacksburg, Va., for the Tech game. GO TRIBE!

San Francisco
The chapter welcomed the W&M Class of 2014 to the San Francisco Bay Area with two events: a picnic in Ohlone Park in Berkeley in August and a San Francisco Symphony concert in September.

South Hampton Roads VA
Deans Luann Homza and John Griffin, guest speakers at the chapter’s annual meeting in July, discussed the College’s new curriculum. The chapter then welcomed over 40 incoming students and their parents into the Tribe at a reception in August that featured a panel of current students, moderated by Lauren Garrett ’02, director of First Year Experience.

Washington, DC
In July, the chapter held social events at the National Sculpture Gardens and the National Zoo. The International Relations Club hosted a networking event with guest Ambassador Charles Ford ’72, and the W&M DC office sponsored a discussion with author Steve Vogel ’82. In August, the chapter welcomed W&M Class of 2014 with a Nationals baseball game outing and welcomed Elon University to the CAA with an All-CAA Alumni Happy Hour. The chapter also hosted a Tribe vs. Tech game watch, and a service event with the Capital Area Food Bank. The Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance (WAABA) also offered career and networking programming for alumni throughout the summer.

In July, the chapter partnered with the local University of Virginia chapter for their monthly Tribe Thursday, and featured Karen Cottrell ’66, M.Ed. ’69, Ed.D. ’84 as she transitioned into her new role with the College. Later that month, the chapter partnered with the W&M Lower Peninsula Alumni Chapter to welcome area incoming students and their parents into the Tribe, and continued their partnership with a Tribe vs. Tech game watch in August. In September, the chapter started their quarterly wine tasting series at the Muscarelle and enjoyed lawn bowling at the Williamsburg Inn.

Active Regions

In August, Robert and Hollis Gaston P ’15 hosted an Incoming Students Reception at the Headliners Club, and provided an opportunity for W&M alumni to connect with new students and their parents.

We are starting to gather alumni in Baltimore/Annapolis areas to revive the local chapter. Our first Tribe Thursday was held in July at Pussers Caribbean Grill, with many thanks to its owner Clyde Culp ’65 for hosting.

Dallas/Fort Worth
W&M Texas events in August continued with Peter and Meg Carlsen P ’17 holding a reception at their Dallas home for alumni to welcome incoming students and parents.

Incoming students, parents and alumni in Minnesota were treated to an ice cream social hosted by Martin and Cindy Siegel P ’15 at their home.

Alumni, incoming and current students, and parents put green and gold in the stands at a Nashville Sounds game in July.

New Orleans
NOLA alumni continue to meet up, and in July, Christopher Caplinger ’94 held a summer gathering at his home.

W&M alumni in Seattle took part in the annual All Virginia Schools Happy Hour in September. Alumni are also gathering to restart the Seattle chapter. More details soon!

Affinity Groups

W&M Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA)
In July, the Alumni Association’s newest affinity group, GALA, along with WAABA and the W&M DC office hosted an LGBT networking reception and panel discussion featuring Jeffrey Trammell ’73, former rector, moderated by GALA president Scott Binnings ’05.