Summer 2016 Issue

Tribe Roadtrip

Alumni Stay Connected from Coast to Coast

Advancement Staff


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Ann Ruble '77
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


The chapter continued their monthly First Table dinner series. In May, the chapter hosted Professor Kara Thompson from the English and American Studies Department to provide updates on the English Department as well as current student research. They also held their annual Spring Garden Party in which they welcomed the Class of 2016 William & Mary graduates. In early June, the chapter participated in Spring Into Action week by volunteering at the Communities in Schools' Westover Hills Carnival.

Lower Northern Neck
The chapter held their annual spring reception at the Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club and invited the Botetourt Chapter with special guest speaker Terry Driscoll from William & Mary Athletics.

Lynchburg recently restarted their chapter, and local alumni are ready to dive into engagement opportunities! In June, the chapter held their first event. Many thanks to Ed Burnette '75, J.D. '78 and his wife Barbara for hosting the event in their home.

South of the James
In May, the Chapter ventured down to Williamsburg to listen to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra perform a violin concerto.

South Hampton Roads
In June, the Chapter held their annual board meeting and heard from guest speaker Quentin Kidd as he shared a presentation on "Virginia Millennials Come of Age."

The chapter continued their monthly Tribe Thursdays with William & Mary faculty who are also alumni. In May, they held a happy hour in Hampton, Va., which included alumni from the Lower Peninsula area. The chapter gathered in June for their annual meeting and cookout at the home of Don Beck '64 and Susie Beck HON '01.

D.C. Metro

Jack Edgar '15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Barbara Draughon
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

Washington, D.C.
Springtime saw D.C. Metro-area alumni engage in a number of opportunities to enhance their Tribe network. William & Mary's Director of Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks Michael Steelman hosted a workshop on how to better leverage LinkedIn, as well as a Breakfast & Business Cards networking series for both the real estate and energy industries. Alumni also gathered together for their now-annual insider tour of Nationals Ballpark, as well as their Meet the Board happy hour and monthly Martini Mondays. In June, our seasoned D.C.-area alumni welcomed recent grads to the city with a workshop on how to "adult," and of course, joined in the inaugural William & Mary Weekend festivities throughout the city.


Alli Puryear
Senior Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Renee Davis '94
Managing Director, Regional & International Advancement

The chapter partnered with Michael Steelman, the director of alumni career management and professional networks, to plan a Breakfast & Business Cards networking event in June, the first of many alumni networking opportunities coming to Boston.

New York
In May, the NYC alumni chapter enjoyed Tribe Thursday with a joint happy hour and trivia night at the aviation themed bar Flight 151. The chapter switched gears in June and brought picnic blankets to Central Park for a classical evening at the Philharmonic Concert.

In April, the chapter joined together for a day of service as they participated in Clean-Up Pittsburgh, an organization whose mission is to improve the environment through litter and illegal dumping prevention, clean-up and enforcement. In May, Pittsburgh area-alumni gathered and added a twist to Tribe Thursday by hosting a scenic lakeside happy hour at the OTB at the North Park Boathouse. The chapter rooted for the home team in June and held a tailgate for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game along with members of the Ivy Plus Society.


Jack Edgar '15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Gerald Bullock M.Ed. '97
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

Atlanta-area alumni continue to host regular Tribe Thursday happy hours to allow fellow alumni to gather and socialize. In May, Tribe Thursday was held at Murphy's Restaurant, where Ryan Woolfolk '12 is the wine manager.

W&M Charleston-area alumni of all ages joined together in May to tailgate and watch Tribe baseball take on the College of Charleston at Patriots Point Baseball Field. Later in May, the chapter's regularly held Alumni Golf Day allowed Tribe faithful to gather at the Patriots Point Golf Links for a day on the course. In June, Charleston-area alumni attended a free tasting at High Wire Distillery before heading over to Barsa Lounge & Bar for their annual business meeting.

In April, Charlotte-area alumni gathered at Old Mecklenburg Brewery for a springtime happy hour.

In May, alumni gathered at West End Billiards for Bar Games & Bites and to discuss future upcoming chapter events! Alumni in the Triangle, N.C., area came together in June for a potluck picnic and some early summer fun at Fred G. Bond Metro Park.

Southwest Florida
In April, Sarasota-area alumni attended dinner and a performance by the Sarasota Orchestra at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Playing in the orchestra was Flavia Zappa Medlin M.Ed. '90. Alumni in the Naples area kicked off a new monthly happy hour on the third Tuesday of every month at Paradise Wine.


Ric Lampkins '14
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

In April, Chicago alumni welcomed a contingent of professors, graduate students, and undergraduates to Elephant and Castle Restaurant downtown for a reception celebrating the group's participation in the Midwest Political Science Association conference. Before presenting their research to academics from around the country, the faculty and students gave alumni in attendance a firsthand look at their work from the past year. Alumni also participated in a spring service event at Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, painting, landscaping, and helping to beautify the campus for the school's students.

Alumni in the Houston area received the special privilege of VIP entry into the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April, courtesy of Hunter Todd '61, the festival's chairman and founding director. Todd's generosity gave alumni access to all film premieres and master classes, as well as entry to the Opening Night Gala and closing festivities. In May, the chapter welcomed alumni and their families to their annual chapter barbecue at Ashfield Gardens Clubhouse.


Ric Lampkins '14
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Kathleen Daugherty
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

San Francisco
San Francisco alumni enjoyed a family friendly three-mile hike through Picchetti Ranch Preserve, ending with a wine tasting at Picchetti Winery, one of the oldest wineries in California. Later in May, alumni came together for professional networking at the Energy Solarium at NEMA for a Breakfast & Business Cards event courtesy of Michael Steelman, director of alumni career management and professional networks.

One Tribe One Day

Giving Back
One Tribe One Day 2016 was a tremendous success. Through a combined effort between the Office of Regional Alumni Engagement and Regional & International Advancement, 37 celebrations were held in cities across the world. We'd like to thank our chapters, hosts and sponsors for their continued support and dedication to William & Mary and for helping to make One Tribe One Day one for the record books!

Upcoming Events

School of Education
September 15 - Hauben Distinguished Lecture by Pedro Noguera, a Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. The lecture will take place at the School of Education.

Professional Networks

William & Mary Online Networking Hours
Leverage the William & Mary worldwide community to enhance one another's professional success. Join hundreds of alumni each month online for one-on-one timed text chats designed to connect fellow members of the W&M Tribe from all over the world. One Tribe. One Network. Connect - Share - Learn - Succeed.

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