Spring 2017 Issue

Beyond the 'Burg

Alumni Stay Connected From Coast to Coast

By University Advancement Staff

Charter Day Events

DC Metro: Gold Rush Game Watch at BlackFinn D.C.
Maryland: Gold Rush Game Watch at Big Jim’s Deli.
Atlanta: Celebration at the Symphony.
Central Florida: Celebration at the Stubborn Mule.
Charleston: Celebration at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Charlotte: Celebration at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.
Triangle: Gold Rush Game Watch at Tobacco Road Sports Café.
Orlando: Celebration at The Stubborn Mule.
San Francisco: Celebration in the Bay at Palomino.
Richmond: Celebration at Greenleaf’s Pool Room.
South Hampton Roads: Celebration at Bottlecraft Tasting Room.
Roanoke: Celebration at Brambleton Deli.
Chicago: Celebration at Fatpour Tap Works.
Houston: Celebration at Pluckers Wing Bar.


Liz Foster M.Ed. ’15
Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Ann Ruble ’77
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

The chapter held their annual basketball dinner for the William & Mary Men’s and Women’s Basketball team and their coaches in January. In February, the chapter hosted a reception following a Men’s Tribe Basketball game for graduate students who received their undergraduate degree from William & Mary. The Chapter continued to support W&M athletics at their Men’s Basketball game watch as the Tribe took on the Towson Tigers. Alumni from the area took a trip to Gloucester for a tour of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) which included an inside look at their fish collection, underwater drones and shellfish labs. Williamsburg-Peninsula alumni and friends gathered for their monthly Tribe Thursday, bringing in guest speakers such as staff and coaches from Tribe Athletics and faculty and staff of the Public Policy Program.

Area alumni and their families gathered in March for a family day at G-Force. Together they enjoyed go-karting, paintball and archery.

In March, the chapter hosted a welcome reception and dinner for William & Mary students volunteering at Lynchburg Grows during their alternate spring break trip.

South Hampton Roads
The South Hampton Roads alumni chapter collaborated with the Tribe Club and the William & Mary Alumni Association to host a reception prior to the W&M vs. ODU Men’s Basketball game at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Lower Northern Neck
The Lower Northern Neck & Botetourt Chapters co-hosted William & Mary students volunteering at the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic during their alternative spring break trip in March.

D.C. Metro

Jack Edgar ’15
Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Barbara Draughon
Senior Director of Regional Advancement, Washington Center

Washington, D.C.
The DC Metro alumni chapter spent the President’s Day holiday on a social justice tour of the Adams Morgan area, led by alumna Kate Denson ’07 and complete with a brown bag lunch of Cheese Shop House Dressing and bread ends! In March, William & Mary alumni came together with alumni of King’s College London for a social gathering to celebrate their mutual royal history, and the new Georgian Papers Programme partnership between the institutions. Michael Steelman, William & Mary’s Director of Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks, continues to host regular Breakfast & Business Cards events at the W&M Washington Center. Additionally, the DC Metro chapter has continued to expand its series of book clubs, with meetings in Fairfax County and Eastern Market that attract alumni of all ages.

In January, Maryland-area alumni “took the plunge” and joined the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. Together, they raised money for Maryland Special Olympics. Additionally, the alumni chapter continues to hold monthly Tribe Thursdays that rotate throughout the state.


Amanda Manzano ’15
Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Renee Davis ’94
Managing Director, Regional & International Advancement

New York
In January, the chapter brought Professor Emeritus David L. Holmes to the William & Mary Club of NYC to speak on Religion and the Presidents of Our Time. Professor Holmes spoke on how morality, values and faith played integral roles in American politics. Beginning with Dwight Eisenhower’s background in the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Richard Nixon’s secret Unitarianism and Bill Clinton’s Saturday night/Sunday morning personae, Professor Holmes concluded by discussing the religious faith of Donald J. Trump.


Liz Foster M.Ed. ’15
Assistant Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

In January, Atlanta alumnae gathered at the Center for Civil and Human Rights for conversation and camaraderie with Professor Jayne Barnard, chair of William & Mary’s 100th Commemoration of Coeducation Committee. Atlanta-area alumni also continue to host regular happy hours, with February’s event taking place in Decatur, Ga.

In addition to their Charter Day Celebration, the Charleston alumni chapter held a CAA men’s basketball tournament reception and hosted their regular alumni golf outing at Coosaw Creek Country Club.

Southwest Florida
In what has become an annual tradition, alumni gathered at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center for a dinner and performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. This year’s Masterworks concert featured the music of Scandinavia, and alumna Flavia Zappa Medlin M.Ed ’90. Naples-area alumni also continued their monthly happy hour series by gathering at The Wine Cellar at Mercada in February.


Alli P. Taylor
Associate Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

In March, the chapter enjoyed live thoroughbred racing at the SHRP Track-Athalon at Sam Houston Race Park.

In January, alumni, parents and students participated in a career networking reception at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center giving students the chance to explore a variety of career paths through conversations with industry professionals.


Alli P. Taylor
Associate Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Kathleen Daugherty
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

Los Angeles
In February, the Los Angeles chapter held an all-alumni planning meeting to come up with new events and programming for the upcoming year and beyond. LA-area alumni are excited to increase alumni engagement in 2017.

San Francisco
Alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area came together for their annual service event, volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos, Calif.

In February, the W&M Women Breakfast & Business Cards series came to Seattle, where W&M alumnae and friends came together for breakfast, networking, and a discussion on women in the workplace, which was led by Erin Ewart ’00 and Valerie Cushman, Ph.D.

San Jose
Area alumnae gathered for a W&M Women Breakfast & Business Cards event that featured breakfast, networking and discussion led by Kerri Johnson ’01 and Valerie Cushman, Ph.D.