Fall 2016 Issue

Tribe Chapters

Alumni Stay Connected from Coast to Coast

By W&M Alumni Magazine


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Ann Ruble ’77
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


In August, families gathered together for a picnic at the Children’s Museum of Richmond and then headed over to the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball stadium to cheer on the home team as they took on the Hartford Yard Goats. Brian Murphy, head baseball coach for W&M, and the Griffin even joined in the fun. In September, the chapter participated in the Alumni Charity Challenge at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Alumni groups from all over Virginia joined together to supply canned food to the Central Virginia Food Bank.

As of July 1, the Williamsburg and Lower Peninsula alumni chapters have combined into one chapter to form the Williamsburg Area Alumni Chapter. Through their combined efforts, the chapters are able to reach alumni in both areas to expand their network of alumni. In July, the chapter hosted an event in conjunction with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Chapter members came together for a reception prior to the live performance of “Romeo & Juliet.” The chapter made their way to Hampton, Va., for a Peninsula Pilots game in late July.

In July, Eric Rosenberg M.Ed. ’82 opened up his home to welcome alumni and enjoy the outdoors at their annual Picnic and Paddle event. A week later, the chapter joined for a night of entertainment with the Courthouse Players’ live production of “Leaving Iowa.”

In August, alumni and guests rolled up their sleeves to mend and replace fences at James Monroe’s Highland. The chapter also gathered together in August for a Tribe Thursday and annual meeting to vote on new board members and discuss plans for the upcoming year.

In late June, the chapter joined to welcome the summer with a Last Day of Classes Celebration. In this family-friendly event, alumni and their families celebrated with inflatables, corn hole, “Wren Bell” and shared stories of their time at William & Mary.

South Hampton Roads
In June, the chapter participated in Spring Into Action Week by volunteering their time to ForKids Inc., an organization that is working to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in the community.


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


Alumni in Chicago invited graduates from colleges and universities around Virginia for a Virginia Schools Happy Hour at Blackfinn Ameripub in June. The following month, 10 alumni explored the great outdoors, hiking through Cap Sauers Holding Nature Preserve in Palos Park after fueling up at Craft Pizza & Café in Wicker Park.

Michael Steelman, director of alumni career management and professional networks, hosted alumni at a July multi-university alumni networking event in Fort Worth, providing networking tips and updates from the College. Alumni in attendance were able to not only meet with one another, but also expand their networks beyond the Tribe while representing the William & Mary community.

Alumni in Denver helped welcome new William & Mary graduates to the area with a New Alumni Welcome at The Tavern in Washington Park in July.

Nashville alumni were invited to a happy hour at Cabana restaurant to reconnect with the College and reflect on their great times in Williamsburg.


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Kathleen Daugherty
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

San Francisco
San Francisco alumni opened up their June annual meeting at the Energy Solarium at NEMA to all alumni in the Bay Area, celebrating another eventful year. Later in the month, alumni gathered at Anchor Brewing Company’s Beer Garden before catching a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals. Their eventful summer ended with a picnic at the Presidio in August.

Beautiful Woodland Park served as the site for Seattle’s annual meeting and summer picnic, giving graduates a chance to help plan new events for the Seattle area while also enjoying the scenery of nearby Green Lake.

San Diego
Alumni in San Diego celebrated Spring Into Action week by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity at their jobsite in El Cajon. With their hard hats and goggles on, alumni worked all day to help provide affordable housing opportunities to El Cajon residents.


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Renee Davis ’94
Managing Director, Regional & International Advancement


The chapter gathered for a Boston Red Sox game as they took on the Arizona Diamondbacks. In August, they spent an afternoon enjoying live music, lawn games and great William & Mary company at the Lawn on D.

In July, the chapter attended a Mets game and cheered for the home team as they defeated the Cardinals. In August, the chapter utilized W&M’s affiliation with the Princeton Club of New York and gathered for a summer mixer on the Princeton Club’s terrace.

The chapter gathered for a Tribe Thursday at II Tetto Beer Garden.

D.C. Metro

Jack Edgar ’15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Barbara Draughon
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


DC Metro
The chapter put their creativity to the test at a paint and wine class featuring the Wren Building. In August, the chapter set sail with the Tribe as they boarded the 65-foot schooner, American Spirit. They also cheered on the home team as the Washington Nationals took on the Colorado Rockies. In September, they enjoyed a cultural evening at the Embassy of France for their annual Evening at the Embassy reception.

In June, the chapter held a family day at Camden Yards. They held a picnic lunch at the Camden Club then enjoyed a Sunday afternoon of Orioles baseball. The chapter also continued with their monthly Tribe Thursdays in Baltimore.


Jack Edgar ’15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator


Charleston-area alumni joined alongside alumni from all other Virginia schools for a happy hour at Bay Street Biergarten. In July and August, alumni put their skills to the test as they participated in alumni golf outings. The Charleston Riverdogs felt some William & Mary support in the stands as our alumni cheered on the home team.

Alumni from the Charlotte area joined for family day at a Charlotte Knights game, enjoying a picnic and game with alumni and their families. In September, the chapter met for their annual meeting and wine social to welcome new alumni to the area and plug them into the local network.

In August, alumni met for their annual meeting to elect new officers and plan events for the upcoming year.

The chapter cheered on the Durham Bulls at a baseball outing in July. In August, they joined alumni from Virginia and North Carolina for the William & Mary vs. North Carolina State football game.

Southwest Florida
The chapter continued with their monthly alumni happy hour meeting at Paradise Wine and Taco & Tequila Cantina for an evening of libations and great company.

Mason School of Business

The Mason School of Business celebrated their 30th anniversary of the executive MBA program in September. They also held a “How to Build and Sustain Ethical Culture” webinar in September, with presenter Jennifer Quartana Guethoff ’88, M.B.A. ’95.

William & Mary Online Networking Hours

Hundreds of alumni have already taken part in new monthly Online Networking Hours designed to connect fellow members of the Tribe from all over the world in order to share experiences, exchange career tips and build professional networks. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing you to make connections, exchange contact information and end the hour with several new connections you didn’t have before. So far, the networking hours have given participants the opportunity to explore connections by industry interests or by regional affinity. For more information, visit wmalumni.com or contact Michael Steelman, William & Mary’s director of alumni career management and professional networks .

Legacy Wedding


Photo by Taylor Lenci
Jacob D. Chang ’09 and Eliza Dow Murphy ’10 were married on Saturday, May 21, in Eliza’s hometown of Southport, Conn., surrounded by family and friends. This included 35 William & Mary alumni spanning from the Class of 1955 to the Class of 2019. Jake and Eliza’s families both share a deep history with the College, which began with their grandparents, retired Rear Adm. Ming Chang ’55 and Jane Ottaway Dow ’55.


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