Virginia Newton ’10 and Jarryd Hammel ’10 are the co-founders of Kaftan Life, a new e-commerce apparel brand specializing in comfortable, conscientious women’s clothing. They launched in March 2019 with an exclusive collection of ethically-sourced designer kaftans. They promote ethical production and the idea that fashion can be a source of daily empowerment.
From dodo bird detectives to Cold War espionage to illustrated poetry, William & Mary alumni and professors will keep your noses stuck in books this fall. Read all about their fun, thoughtful, nerve-wracking and enthralling titles in our quarterly book roundup.
The Christopher Wren Association has a new name — the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at William & Mary. The name was introduced in July 2018 as part of a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports lifelong learning centers at 123 institutions of higher learning nationwide.
Beth Comstock ’82, former vice chair of General Electric, will speak at William & Mary’s 2019 Opening Convocation ceremony. The annual tradition, which takes place the first day of classes, serves to mark the beginning of the academic year and to welcome to university’s newest students to campus. The event, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the Wren Yard, is free and open to the public.
Tribe Pride was everywhere at William & Mary Night at Nationals Park! More than 2,200 William & Mary alumni, family, students and friends attended this year’s event on July 26.
It started with five teenagers, a December night and the Apollo Room of Colonial Williamsburg’s Raleigh Tavern. William & Mary students John Heath, Thomas Smith, Richard Booker, Armistead Smith and John Jones — ages 13 to 18 — met Dec. 5, 1775, to found a secret society. They named their organization Philosophia Biou Kybernētēs (Greek for “the love of learning is the guide of life”) and referred to it by its initials: Phi Beta Kappa (PΒΚ).
For Terelle Robinson ’17, the idea of doing a full-time internship in the nation’s capital was unfathomable. Not only was he a student-athlete on the Tribe track and field team, but he was also a transfer student. Knowing that he only had two years to maximize his William & Mary education, he chose his co-curricular experiences carefully. This is what led him to the William & Mary Washington Center and the D.C. Summer Institutes (DCSI) in 2016, one of four Study in D.C. opportunities.
It's 94 degrees in Williamsburg and Gail Williams Wertz ’66, M.A. ’19 has been sweating in the bright sun for hours, carefully digging through layers of soil to reveal artifacts. It's a world away from the clean, cool laboratories she's run for most of her career — and she loves it. Gail is currently a full-time graduate student in anthropology and archaeology at William & Mary, returning to her alma mater after an almost 50-year career in biomedical research.
Hiking? Swimming? Traveling? Driving kids around? Whatever you’re doing this summer — whether your feet are planted in the sand or in the stands at baseball practice, there’s always time to enjoy a good book. Find the perfect read in the quarterly roundup of recently published books by William & Mary alumni and faculty.
On May 21, W&M alumni, parents and friends gathered in Washington, D.C. for the W&M National Security Breakfast & Business Cards, part of W&M Alumni Association's One Tribe. One Network. career programming.
It was Father’s Day Weekend 2018. Ali Gaidies Joy ’96 and her husband Austin Joy ’93 were enjoying a day with their three kids at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina. After a day of picnicking and searching for shells in the sand, the couple’s 7-year-old twin daughters ventured into the water.
For over six years, Karen Joyner '84 has directed the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, trying to translate their limited resources into as much good as possible. Instead of simply solving immediate hunger, she and her staff work to address food insecurity — lacking reliable access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Kathy Hornsby used what she learned serving with that nonprofit in her work with dozens of other community organizations in the Hampton Roads region throughout the past three decades. For those efforts, plus her close ties and multiple contributions to William & Mary, Hornsby will receive the 2019 Prentis Award on May 21 in the Wren Building.
In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students at William & Mary. During the 2018-19 school year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of more than 55,000 alumnae, students, faculty and staff who have followed in their footsteps. In the coming months we will be featuring vignettes from our fall 2018 cover story on the 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary. This is the third in that series.
From an exercise program to gardening resources to fictional flights of fancies, William & Mary faculty and alumni will keep you busy this spring with a bevy of new books. This is the latest in our quarterly series of recently published titles by the William & Mary community.
This past Tuesday, William & Mary hosted its sixth annual global celebration of giving back and paying it forward, and it featured a campus carnival for students and faculty and events for alumni around the world. Mixed among the fun was the spirit of generosity that makes this W&M tradition so special. One Tribe One Day, after all, isn’t just about the carnival; it’s about the connections, which bring together the Tribe community for the common goal of giving back.
How do you go from sports superfan to a part of the team? Ask Wade Minter ’97, who achieved this dream, in his own way.
Alumnus Tom Shannon ’80, diplomat, former ambassador, former acting United States Secretary and Deputy Secretary of State, returned to his alma mater for three days recently that were instructive and informative for everyone he encountered, but hardly restful.
A small change is making a big difference in the visibility of the identities of women who have contributed to the history of William & Mary. Sparked by the committee in charge of W&M’s 100 years of coeducation commemoration spanning 2018-2019, new signs bearing the full names of five buildings and an athletic field named in honor of women were placed on campus over winter break.
In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students at William & Mary. During the 2018-19 school year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of more than 55,000 alumnae, students, faculty and staff who have followed in their footsteps. In the coming months we will be featuring vignettes from our fall 2018 cover story on the 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary. This is the second in that series.
It’s unmissable. Right inside the Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center located in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, sits logo after logo, printed on one of the center’s walls. Each logo represents a company founded or led by William & Mary alumni, and if you get close enough, you can see their names and majors. The wall was deliberately placed in the middle of the center as a continual reminder that William & Mary has a rich history of alumni entrepreneurs.
Award-winning actress and William & Mary alumna Glenn Close ’74, D.A. ’89 will speak at the university’s 2019 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 11 in Zable Stadium.
Natalie Revers ’18 has been named Cherry Blossom Princess by the Society of Virginia and will represent the state during the National Conference of State Societies' Cherry Blossom Princess Program which takes place during Washington D.C.'s National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20 to April 14.
In Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, heroes don’t wear capes. They wear boxing gloves. In his first outing, film producer Bradford Downs ’13, along with director Timothy Blackwood has created “The Conqueror,” a short film centered on Jerome Conquest, a Philadelphia maintenance worker and professional boxer struggling to make a better life for his family in one of the roughest neighborhoods in America.
In the fall of 1918, 24 women were admitted as undergraduate students at William & Mary. During the 2018-19 school year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of more than 55,000 alumnae, students, faculty and staff who have followed in their footsteps. In the coming months we will be featuring vignettes from our fall 2018 cover story on the 100 years of coeducation at William & Mary. This is the first in that series.
Whether you’re warm inside by a fire or taking a long ride on a ski lift, winter is the perfect season to curl up with a book. Have no fear; William & Mary alumni and faculty have readers of any age and interest covered with a bevy of new books.
At the 12th Annual W&M Global Film Festival costume designer Kim Wilcox ’88, comedy writer Jill Twiss ’98, drama writer Chitra Sampath ’06, and network creative director Kristin Boos ’08 gathered for a discussion with Megan Gilbride ’00 about their varied roles in the television industry.
“This building … is named in honor of one of the truly great alumnae of our college,” said Professor Caroline Sinclair. “One whose intelligence, energy, character and professional skill set an example for all who will enter these halls with purpose.” Sinclair was speaking in late 1963 at the opening of Adair Hall, William & Mary’s new women’s gymnasium.
What do you get when you combine the 1950s, space, musical theater and a comic book? You get Cornell Christianson’s ’74 newest off-Broadway musical, “It Came From Beyond.”
On December 3, lunchtime in Sadler Center’s Center Court was no ordinary affair. Holding court at the steamy ramen counter was celebrity chef Katsuya Fukushima, who was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Iron Chef.”
In July 1978, Judge John Sirica, still infamous from his pivotal role in the Watergate case, ruled that it was unconstitutional for Congress to bar women from serving on U.S. Navy ships. That November, a handful of women made history when they became the first female crew members of a non-hospital naval vessel.
Three miles away from campus, the remnants of Dillard Complex lay empty, absent of new residents and in need of a landscaping job. What once resided within those walls? Most know the complex as home to Hughes Hall and Munford Hall, William & Mary dorms which housed students from 1965 to 2006. In the past, however, their halls were filled with the nurses and doctors of Eastern State Hospital, the first public mental hospital in the country.
A focus of mine this semester is sustained, strategic listening. I want to hear directly from students, faculty, alumni, parents, staff and friends, including our friends in Richmond, to understand what they value most about William & Mary and their hopes and dreams about the future.
Summertime is ripe with books by William & Mary alumni. In The Gale quarterly roundup of recently published books authored or co-authored by W&M community members, readers will be sure to find great beach reads to end the summer on a sweet note and thoughtful reads to start the fall off right.
The William & Mary community is mourning the passing of American patriot and international tennis star Fred Kovaleski ’49. He was a World War II veteran, loving husband and father and unbeknownst to those around him, he was also a spy for the CIA during the Cold War.
The family of Patrick Flaherty ’92 remembers him for his great smile and the way he brought people together. Now they are creating a way for more people to remember him.
I walked in to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze on a June day in 2015 with one goal in mind, and emerged with something completely unexpected transcribed on my laptop: a lost letter written to Thomas Jefferson by Filippo Mazzei, Italian patriot of the American Revolution.
In a groundbreaking ceremony on April 20 for the Alumni House expansion, a crowd of more than 200 alumni, friends and other special guests gathered to celebrate the nearly $21 million project.
Just as the Tribe has been an integral part of their lives, they are an integral part of the Tribe.
The first time you chat with Martha McGlothlin ’89, J.D. ’95, you forget that you’ve only just met. She instantly sweeps you into the rhythms of her life, where she juggles the schedules of four children, serves on the board of The United Company Charitable Foundation and owns a small business. You wish that you could set up a lunch next week to listen to more stories over Cheese Shop sandwiches smothered in their signature House Dressing.
On March 8, Ice Dance International (IDI) will host the premiere gala screening of “The World of Ice Dance International” at the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Over the next six months, The Gale will feature a series of blog posts from distinguished alumni and friends reflecting on Taylor Reveley's leadership over the past decade. This week, Michael Powell '85, D.P.S. '02, offers his own reflection on Taylor's legacy as William & Mary's 27th president.
When violence spilled into their hometown in Chihuahua, Mexico, Evan King '17 and his mom knew they had to leave.
Affording Opportunity: W&M community honors the late Carroll F.S. Hardy HON '12 with namesake scholarship
“I believe that the upward mobility of black Americans depends on education. I will not let students have an excuse for failure.” – The late Carroll F.S. Hardy HON ’12
Named in honor of the year William & Mary first admitted female students, the Society of 1918 aims to grow women's engagement, leadership and philanthropy and celebrate and honor William & Mary women.
Since last year’s announcement of the Shenkman Jewish Center, members of the William & Mary community have been waiting with eager anticipation for the project to begin. They need not wait any longer — on Wednesday, a large group gathered together to break ground on the more than 3,000 square foot center, which is slated to open in fall 2018.
A popular hangout spot for William & Mary students, alumni, faculty and staff has been a prominent setting on the most recent season of a hit network television show.