Winter 2017 Issue

The Next Chapter

Alumni Stay Connected From Coast to Coast

By University Advancement Staff


Alli P. Taylor
Associate Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Ann Ruble ’77
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


Botetourt and Lower Northern Neck
In October, the Botetourt and Lower Northern Neck chapters joined together for a Tribe Thursday.

The chapter spent an afternoon in September watching a polo match at King Family Vineyards.

In September, the Lynchburg Alumni Chapter cheered on the Tribe men’s soccer team as they defeated the Liberty Flames.

In October, Richmond-area alumni gathered for An Evening of the Arts at the Virginia Repertory Theatre. Alumni watched “1776, The Musical,” had the opportunity to have an exclusive meet-and-greet with the cast and crew after the show, and engaged in a panel discussion that featured Virginia Repertory leadership and W&M arts professors. Later that month, they cheered on the Tribe football team as they took on JMU.

The Williamsburg and Lower Peninsula alumni chapters combined and are now the Williamsburg-Peninsula Alumni Chapter. The chapter continued on with their monthly Tribe Thursdays. In November, Lu Ann Homza, dean of Educational Policy, spoke to the chapter about the new and innovative College Curriculum.

D.C. Metro

Jack Edgar ’15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Barbara Draughon
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


D.C. Metro
In October, dozens of D.C.-area alumni gathered at Reagan National Airport to greet veterans participating in the Honor Flight. The alumni chapter also hosted a game watch for the Tribe football game against JMU, and held their annual Haunted Pub Crawl in Old Town Alexandria. In November, the chapter held the first meeting of their new W&M Book Club series, and came together for a magical evening at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum for their Real Science of Harry Potter event. Finally, the D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter concluded 2016 by participating in the Wreaths Across America tradition at Arlington National Cemetery.

Maryland-area alumni hosted a pre-game Tribe tailgate before William & Mary football took on Towson. In addition, the chapter has continued its Tribe Thursday series with a Homecoming Tribe Thursday at the alumni-owned Black Kettle in Catonsville.


Alli P. Taylor
Associate Director, Regional Alumni Alumni Engagement

Renee Davis ’94
Managing Director, Regional & International Advancement


In October, Boston-area alumni fully embraced fall with an apple picking event at Honey Pot Orchards. The chapter joined together in November to give back to their community at Room to Grow, a local organization that serves children in need.

New York City
The NYC Alumni Chapter gathered together in October to cheer on the Tribe football team at their Homecoming game watch. Mark your calendars: in January, the chapter will bring Professor Emeritus David L. Holmes to the William & Mary Club in New York to deliver a speech on religion and the presidents of our time.


Jack Edgar ’15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


The alumni chapter gathered at Vespucci’s Midtown for a Homecoming in Atlanta featuring the Tribe football game and pizza worthy of the College Delly! Later in the month, the chapter came together to give back to their community by volunteering on the Atlanta Beltline. The Atlanta Alumni Chapter also continues to host their Tribe Thursday happy hours.

Charlotte-area alumni decided to give back this fall by volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Afterwards, they gathered at Vida Cantina to connect and socialize with one another.

The Charleston Alumni Chapter took advantage of great fall weather to continue their alumni golf outings, including a day spent at the beautiful Charleston National Golf Club. Young alumni in the area also continued to meet and connect at their Third Thursday happy hours.

In October, the Triangle Alumni Chapter hosted a Halloween Fall Festival in Raleigh. Alumni, family and friends gathered for outdoor games, food and fun.

Southwest Florida
Alumni in Naples continue to come together for a monthly happy hour, and look forward to continuing the tradition in 2017.


Alli P. Taylor
Associate Director, Regional Alumni Engagement

Robert Waggoner
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement


The chapter welcomed new alumni to the city in September. In October, the chapter hosted a Homecoming celebration and game watch. Later that month, the chapter gathered at PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic for their fall service event.

Dallas/Fort Worth
The chapter joined together in October to watch horse racing at Lone Star Park.

Alumni in the area spent an evening in November at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for a night immersed in culture.


Jack Edgar ’15
Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Barbara Draughon
Senior Director, Regional & International Advancement

San Francisco/Bay Area
In October, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter gathered for a Homecoming game watch to cheer on the Tribe as they beat the Delaware Blue Hens!

San Diego
The San Diego Alumni Chapter hosted a Homecoming Happy Hour in October for those Tribe faithful unable to make it back to the East Coast for Homecoming.

Los Angeles
In November, Los Angeles alumni had the chance to gather with one another at Granville Studio City to meet with Elizabeth Wiley, associate professor of theatre at William & Mary.

Alumni in Seattle had the opportunity to network with one another at the Seattle Tech Breakfast and Business Cards event, where tech industry alumni professionals gathered to make new connections.

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2016 Yule Log Celebrations

Yule Log celebrates the campus community’s diverse religious traditions and offers stressed students a chance to cast their cares, along with the holly, into the blazing fire. Now, alumni all over the country celebrate this beloved tradition.

December 3 – Lower Northern Neck at the Home of Nancy Kiser ’60 and Danny Kiser
December 3 – Roanoke at the Home of Lucas Snipes ’73 and Judie Snipes M.B.A. ’88
December 4 – Seattle at the Home of Evie Bozzuti ’93 and Tony Bozzuti
December 4 – Chicago at Smylie Brothers Brewing Co
December 4 – Dallas/Ft. Worth at The Kennedy Room
December 4 – South Hampton Roads at The Home of Ed Kellam ’69 and Connie Kellam
December 6 – Richmond at The John Marshall
December 7 – Charlottesville at James Monroe’s Highland
December 7 – DC Metro at the Army and Navy Club
December 7 – Charlotte at the Home of David Klepser ’97 and Rebecca Klepser ’99
December 8 – Triangle at Cloer Family Vineyards
December 10 – Maryland at the Maryland Inn
December 10 – Atlanta at the Home of Dan Gallik ’88 and Carrie Gallik
December 10 – Houston at the Home of Ann Blackwood (mother of James Williamson ’10)
December 11 – Botetourt at the Home of Patty Johnson M.Ed. ’93
December 11 – San Diego at the Moonlight Beach Bonfire Pits
December 11 – San Francisco Bay Area at Park Chalet Garden Restaurant
December 12 – Colorado at The Ranch Country Club
December 14 – New York City at Fraunces Tavern
December 18 – Charleston at the Home of Jack Hurley ’72 and Priscilla Shumway