Spring 2015 Issue

Growing Tribe

Alumni Are Planting Roots Nationwide

By W&M Alumni Magazine

1. Atlanta
Crowds of alumni in Atlanta are gathering for William & Mary Wednesdays! Check out the W&M Atlanta Alumni Facebook page for locations. Thanks to Cynthia Bailey ’91, Atlanta alumni got a chance to meet with Cynthia’s William & Mary college pal, Patton Oswalt ’91, after his recent February concert.

2. Boston
Alumni met for their annual chapter meeting in March. If you are interested in becoming involved in chapter leadership in Boston (or any other chapters), contact us at engagement@wm.edu.

3. Botetourt Chapter
Alumni held their annual dinner in March which featured guest speaker Charlie Bank HON ’05, former member of the College’s Board of Visitors.

4. Charleston SC
Young Alumni Third Thursdays continued in Charleston, and they packed the stands with green and gold at Tribe vs. College of Charleston athletic events. At their annual Oyster Roast, hosted by Jack Hurley ’72 and Priscilla Shumway, the chapter welcomed William & Mary students spending their spring break working for East Cooper Habitat.

5. Charlottesville
VA Alumni met in January for a Tribe Thursday.

6. Chicago
Alumni started the new year by celebrating Yule Log. Local alumni and parents then hosted a career panel for William & Mary students. The chapter continued to celebrate College traditions by hosting a Charter Day celebration, and volunteering in their community with Give Back Day sponsored by Big Shoulders Fund.

7. Dallas/Ft. Worth
The William & Mary Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter hosted a brewery tour and social in Ft. Worth, and celebrated William & Mary’s 322nd birthday at a Charter Day event.

8. Washington D.C.
The chapter would first like to thank D.C. alumni for helping raise over $10,000 towards the chapter’s student scholarship fund. This fund provides students in the Washington, D.C., area with need-based financial assistance to attend our world-class higher education institution. The D.C. chapter kicked off events this year with a private tour of the National Gallery of Art’s French Collection, and then hosted an exclusive moonshine tasting at Copperwood Tavern. Martini Mondays helped connect alumni for an evening of networking and conversation at the St. Regis Hotel Bar. The chapter also held an impressive Charter Day celebration with over 200 alumni registered! Check out the chapter’s Facebook page for a video of the group singing “Alma Mater.” The chapter then partnered with James Madison University’s Alumni Association for a fourth annual What Colors Do You Bleed blood drive. The chapter also formed a team for THE ALUMRUN, a first-of-its-kind college and university themed road race that was created by three W&M alumni. Throughout the winter, the Washington Area Alumni Business Alliance (WAABA) brought alumni together for their Coffee & Careers monthly networking breakfasts; Small Business & Entrepreneur Networking with Management Concepts Inc. CEO Tom Dungan ’88; and Alumni Career Champion Lunch, featuring panelists Deepak Bellani M.B.A. ’06, One World Government Solutions, Akram Khan ’96, Pantheon, Mike Savage ’89, M.B.A. ’95, Directmail.com, and Dana Waring, M.B.A. ’92, Computer Sciences.

9. Houston
This winter, Houston alumni met for dinner and an evening enjoying the Monet exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and then gathered for a night at the Maxxam Gold Cup Racing Festival at Sam Houston Park.

10. Maryland
The Maryland Chapter is working hard to serve the state by hosting a January Tribe Thursday and a Charter Day celebration. The chapter was proud to host all William & Mary alumni in Baltimore for the CAA Conference Championships. Go Tribe!

11. New York City
NYC alumni had a wonderful winter, by first helping staff an Arts & Entertainment industry career panel and networking reception for students. The chapter then celebrated Charter Day with a Tribe men’s basketball game watch. Alumni in NYC were then treated to an evening of music, physical theater, visual arts and more, followed by an after-show meet-and-greet with Aura Curiatlas, founded by Joan Gavaler ’85, William & Mary professor of dance, and Dan Plehal ’09, and includes collaborator Jane Rabinovitz ’13. The W&M in NYC office hosted an open house for their new offices, and began their China series by offering an exclusive gallery reception at the Ronin Gallery, owned by David Libertson ’09, featuring a curated selection of seven of the most exciting ink artists in China today. The China series continued in March with the chapter sponsoring an exclusive screening of “The Search for General Tso,” a documentary produced by W&M alumna Amanda Murray ’03.

12. Philadelphia
Philly alumni celebrated William & Mary’s 322nd birthday at a Charter Day event in February.

13. Pittsburgh
Alumni in Pittsburgh continued to gather this fall for Tribe Thursdays. In February, alumni wished a happy 322nd birthday to William & Mary at a Charter Day event.

14. Richmond VA
Alumni in Richmond met at First Table events throughout the Richmond area, including a fabulous William & Mary Birthday Champagne Brunch at the Jefferson Hotel, and a William & Mary alumni-only evening at Estilo, owned by Josh ’00 and Jessica Bufford. The Richmond chapter also offered mentorship opportunities to local alumni to mentor a child, grades K-12, and assist in preparing them for both school and life through a partnership with Communities in Schools Richmond Inc. In addition, the chapter would like to thank those alumni who gave generous gifts to help meet the goal of raising over $50,000 for the chapter’s endowment. This endowment provides students in the Richmond area with need-based and merit scholarships for tuition, books and other academic necessities.

15. San Francisco Bay Area
Alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area gave back in January by volunteering at the local food bank. In February, alumni toasted the College and sang happy birthday to their beloved alma mater at a Charter Day celebration. William & Mary San Francisco-area alumni then met for the opening night of the New Chamber Opera: Middlemarch in Spring, and attended a pre-concert talk with artists.

16. Seattle
Alumni celebrated College traditions by attending a Charter Day birthday party hosted by their new official Seattle Chapter.

17. South Hampton Roads VA
Alumni met in Virginia Beach to wish a happy 322nd birthday to William & Mary at a Charter Day celebration.

18. Southwest Florida
In January, a reception in Naples featuring President Reveley was hosted by Raymond A. Mason ’59, L.H.D. ’98 and Rand R. Mason. The chapter gathered in March for dinner and the Sarasota Orchestra’s performance of “The Music of Billy Joel and More,” featuring orchestra member Flavia Zappa Medlin M.Ed. ’90. The chapter is also pleased to announce that the following alumni will serve as area directors on the chapter board to help with event ideas and organization: Bob Newsome ’71, chapter president, Charlotte/Sarasota/Manatee; Will Rives ’79, M.B.A. ’81, Tampa/St. Pete; and Shannon Holland, M.B.A. ’02, Naples.

19. Williamsburg
Tribe Thursdays this winter featured coaches and staff from Tribe athletics, Marilyn Midyette ’75, executive director of the William & Mary Alumni Association and her staff, and John Poma ’86, M.B.A. ’00, associate vice president for human resources. In January, the chapter hosted the Tribe men’s basketball team for dinner, and over 45 alumni enjoyed food and precious downtime with the team on their day off. The chapter also hosted game watches in March for those alumni who couldn’t make it up to Baltimore for the CAA men’s basketball tournament.


20. Europe
Alumni in the Netherlands and Spain were invited to come watch Tribe women’s field hockey and men’s soccer teams as they traveled and played across Europe over spring break. In addition, banking and finance alumni in London gathered for a reception featuring Larry Pulley ’74, dean of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business

21. Northern New England
Through inquiries and interest voiced via the William & Mary Alumni Professional Engagement Network LinkedIn group, alumni in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts gathered together in January for a social outing.

22. St. Louis
Alumni celebrated the 322nd birthday of William & Mary at a Charter Day event.

23. Tokyo
W&M Alumni in Japan welcomed the arrival of the New Year with a Shinnenkai, generously sponsored by Bruce Pflaum ’75.


W&M Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Association (GALA)
GALA members enjoyed a pre-event reception at the home of Craig Hoffman ’77 before attending “Choir Boy” at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. The play’s production team included a recent W&M alumna, Bianca Hamp ’14, who was on hand to give the inside scoop on the production.

Alumni Band Organization (ABO)
Members promoted and attended the William & Mary Wind Ensemble Performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on March 29. All of the concert event proceeds supported student costs for the Wind Ensemble’s tour of China in May 2015. Check out the William & Mary Alumni Band Organization Facebook page for more information.