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Class registration opens soon for Christopher Wren Association-2015

The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.The Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning has just released its fall 2015 catalogue of classes in advance of fall registration, which begins July 21.

CWA, a College of William &  Mary program was founded in 1991 by two retired educators, Wayne Kernodle from William and Mary and Ruth Kernodle from Christopher Newport University. In its first semester, enrollment was 105. Today, enrollment has increased to over 1400 members

There are over 100 courses from which to choose – with subjects ranging from Computer Labs/Lectures to Religion & Philosophy – to American History, Art, Music & Film. A typical class might be “The Music of Duke Ellington” or “Conversational Italian” – or it might be “The Holocaust from a Victim’s Perspective” or “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: how to eliminate and reduce them.” Actually, there is no typical class. The subjects are as unique as the instructors who teach them and the members who enroll. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors from William and Mary faculty, both current and emeritus, as well as instructors from the Association’s membership and the community at large. Additional offerings include the “Town and Gown” series of special guest lecturers and special event trips for an additional charge.

Registration for classes opens on July 21st, 2015. Admission is open to any adult who is able to take daytime classes, and tuition for a semester is $100. Interested parties can request a catalogue and register here.

Even though its membership is robust, CWA  is always looking for new members. Besides, who doesn’t want to keep up with current events, continue their personal growth, and have fun learning something new? Or, at the other end of the spectrum, impart wisdom from a successful career?

Learn more about the Christopher Wren Association for Lifelong Learning at http:// www.wm.edu/cwa/

UVA & W & M in Top Five of Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” Rankings

Two Virginia public universities are ranked in the Top 5 of Kiplinger Magazine’s annual ranking of the “Best Values in Public Colleges.” The University of Virginia in Charlottesville was ranked second, while The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg stayed at number four.  Five other Virginia universities also ranked in the magazine’s top 100, including James Madison University (22), Virginia Tech (27), The University of Mary Washington (61), George Mason University (72), and Christopher Newport University (84).

The entire Kiplinger ranking is available online here.

Williamsburg named to Best College Towns in US

Williamsburg VA  was named #4 on a Top 22 list of America’s Best College Towns by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Four other VA towns made the list The magazine’s readers also voted Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Fredericksburg and Lexington to the list highlighting 20 of the best college towns in the U.S. Burlington, Vt. was No. 1.

According to the article, a survey was conducted on the magazine’s social media sites about America’s Favorite Towns. The Top 22 were narrowed down from 744 towns (in 55 categories).

Charlottesville, home to the UVA, was No. 2 on the list. The university was hailed for its diverse entertainment that includes Monticello, a “charming downtown pedestrian mall,” and music offerings ranging from the Moscow Ballet to up-and-coming bands.

imageWilliamsburg, where the College of William & Mary is based, ranked behind Charlottesville at No. 4. “If your only experience with this town was a tour led by aspiring actors in period garb, it’s time for a repeat visit,” says Travel + Leisure’s write up on Williamsburg. The magazine touts Williamsburg’s arts district and romantic hotels, among other things.

Harrisonburg was No. 5 on the list, celebrated for its “revitalized downtown” featuring Three Brothers Brewing, Capital Ale House and bike paths. Fredericksburg ranked No. 9 with positive mentions for its dining scene and history. Lexington, home to Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, came in at No. 14. “Lexington is the kind of place you visit and find yourself picturing your life there,” Travel & Leisure says.

See the full article here.

UVA and W&M Top 10 Ranked by Princeton Review

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg ranked first and fourth among the 2013 Princeton Review’s list of top 10 best values for public colleges.

The educational services company released its annual list of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges this year, including 138 schools in the southeast region and 378 across the country.

According to The Princeton Review website, the list was determined by student answers to surveys asking them to rate their schools in academic and student life areas.

Six other Virginia universities were listed among the publication’s 75 best values for public colleges: (CNU) Christopher Newport, George Mason, James Madison, Longwood, Radford and Virginia Tech.

The University of Richmond made Princeton’s list of 75 best values for private colleges.

The lists are based on data collected from fall 2011 through fall 2012 through institutional and student surveys. The publication weighted more than 30 measurements including academics, costs and financial aid.

Princeton Review also considered the percentage of graduating seniors with student loans and the average debt of students at graduation.

The top 10 public schools included:

1. U.Va.
2. UNC-Chapel Hill
3. New College of Florida
4. William & Mary
5. University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA)
6. N.C. State
7. University of Wisconsin-Madison
8. State University of New York at Binghamton
9. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
10. University of Georgia

W&M ranked #1 Undergraduate B-School for Marketing

imageAccording to the 2013 Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Business-Schools ranking, the  College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business is the best in the nation for marketing,

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed class of 2013 undergrad business students about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singles out specific aspects of the business program and asks the students to grade them on a scale from A to F

Within the business curriculum, marketing majors at Mason have a wide variety of both core courses and electives to choose from, including new classes that look specifically at “Creativity & Innovation” and “Sustainability Inspired Design.” Both courses are taught in what is called the Design Studio, a teaching space that looks more like an industrial workshop or art studio than a classroom. Students sit on stools at makeshift tables and take notes and brainstorm on rolling whiteboards.

This classroom design reflects the way marketing is taught at Mason. Instead of approaching the area from a traditional textbook/lecture format in the classroom, marketing courses are experiential, with students engaging in semester-long simulations and working on projects with local clients. In the “Marketing Research” course, for instance, students conduct field research for local businesses through focus groups and online surveys, and then present their findings. Recent projects included a look at the market position of a new pub in town, the customer experience at a popular campus coffee shop, and understanding the behaviors of moviegoers.

Outside of class, many marketing students are members of the Student Marketing Association, which hosts industry speakers, consulting projects, job and internship search workshops, and an annual marketing networking trip to New York to visit companies and alumni in the marketing and advertising industries.

 Washington University’s Olin Business School and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce round out the top three.


Top TEN Undergraduate Business Schools for Marketing

1. William & Mary (Mason) 1.132
2. Washington U. (Olin) 1.153
3. Virginia (McIntire) 1.154
4. Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1.176
5. Loyola – Maryland (Sellinger) 1.177
6. Cornell (Dyson) 1.190
7. Florida International (Landon) 1.207
8. Arkansas (Walton) 1.209
9. Elon (Love) 1.210
10. Michigan (Ross) 1.214

 

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William & Mary receives $23.9 million from Zable estate

The estate of the late Walter J. Zable ’37, LL.D. ’78 has provided a $23.9 million gift to William & Mary, $20 million of which will be split between scholarships for student athletes and renovations to the stadium that carries his name. The gift ranks among the largest single gifts in W&M’s 320-year history.
Zable, who died in June 2012 at the age of 97, instructed in his will that William & Mary receive $10 million toward scholarships for student athletes. Another $10 million will go toward future renovations of Zable Stadium, which was built in 1935 and is in dire need of repair. The remaining $3.9 million was undesignated and W&M is currently exploring the best use for the funds.
“Walt was a devoted son of William & Mary who maintained close ties to the College throughout his long and marvelously successful life,” said President Taylor Reveley. “He was exceptional both as an athlete and a student, and he loved that William & Mary athletes succeed in their classrooms as well as in their sports. Walt did care deeply about Tribe athletics, particularly his beloved football team and their stadium.”
Walt Zable himself was a gifted athlete. A Boston native, he turned down a scholarship offer from Harvard University to attend William & Mary, where he became an honorable mention All-American in football while also lettering in baseball, basketball and track. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the College and met his late wife of 65 years, Betty Virginia Carter Zable ’40.

Those academic and emotional ties to the school remained strong all of his life, even after he moved to California in the early 1940s. In 1949, he started his own business in his garage focused on microwave technology. The business later moved to an office in Point Loma, Calif., where the Cubic Corporation made its first profitable product, a gadget that measured the power of microwaves. Today, the company is a global leader in the development of technology systems for military training and transportation services. Cubic has a presence in nearly 60 nations and employs about 8,000 workers worldwide. Zable served as Cubic’s chief executive, chairman and president until his passing.
Zable remained very connected with his alma mater. In 1971, he was awarded the Alumni Medallion, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association. In 1978, William & Mary awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. He served on the College’s Board of Visitors from 1992 until 2000.

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College of William and Mary Ranked No. 4 ‘Best Value Public College’

UVa Moves Up in New Rankings to Take Top Spot from UNC

 

William & Mary is one of the top values in the nation, according to a report released by the Princeton Review this morning.

imageThe university ranks fourth among public colleges and universities in the report, which looks at academic excellence, cost, financial aid and other factors at 150 universities and colleges across the country. The ranking was featured on the Today show this morning. William & Mary ranked sixth among public universities in the same listing last year.

The announcement comes just about a month after Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also lauded William & Mary for its value. At the end of December 2012, the magazine listed William & Mary fourth among its list of top 100 American public colleges and universities that combine “outstanding education and economic value.” It was the fourth year in a row that William & Mary was listed as the fourth in the country.

Although today’s Princeton Review report, which is produced in partnership with USA Today, does not rank the schools one through 150, it does include top 10 lists for the 75 schools in both the public and private categories. The remaining schools are listed in alphabetical order. The institutions that appear on the list were selected from 650 colleges where the Princeton Review conducted institutional and student surveys in 2011-12.

The University of Virginia topped the list of public colleges, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New College of Florida.

A link to the Princeton Review rankings can be found HERE.

 

 

Global Film festival at William & Mary offerings set for 2013

imageWith the support of the William & Mary Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies and the Roy R. Charles Center, the Global Film Festival launched in 2008 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Williamsburg Theater. This year, the sixth annual W&M Global Film Festival will again bring the world of global film to the Williamsburg community through film screenings, events and invited guests.

The theme of the 2013 Global Film festival at William & Mary is “Film and Youth,” and includes screenings of films made during the last couple of months by locals youths, as guided by mentors.
Scheduled over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 14-17) at the Kimball Theatre, the four-day main event will again feature films from around the world, live performances, receptions and presentations by invited filmmakers.

Tickets are on sale now at the Kimball Theater box office. Ticket prices run from $1 to $3, depending on the film. There are a variety of GFF passes available, costing between $10 and $50. Specific information can be found on the festival website. All passes include “movie &” deals and offers from participating restaurants on Merchant’s Square.
The pre-festival series of films opens tonight with a double feature at 6:30 and runs every Wednesday and Saturday through Feb. 13. These films will be shown at the Williamsburg Library Theater and are free and open to the public. The Saturday showings begin at 1 p.m.
Highlighting the films being shown during the festival proper is “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” on Saturday night at 7. The film has been nominated for Academy Awards for best picture, best director (Benh Zeitlin), best adapted screenplay and best actress (Quvenzhane Wallis). Producer Michael Gottwald, a Virginia native, will appear via Skype at the festival following the screening on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Expected to be in attendance at the festival will be two child stars, 15-year-old Jared Gilman of “Moonrise Kingdom” and Helene Bergsholm of “Turn Me On, Dammit.”
“Moonrise Kingdom” has been nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay, and was a Golden Globe nominee for best motion picture – musical or comedy.
“Turn Me On, Dammit,” is a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy that won best screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival. At the time, Bergsholm was a 17-year-old high school student from western Norway with no acting experience who just happened to accompany a friend to the audition for “Turn Me On, Dammit.”
Last fall, the festival introduced a filmmaking project for local teens – DIY/FIY — who were asked to make autobiographical films about the things they love to do and submit them to the festival for programming.
  DIY/FIY film projects will be judged by a jury of local and guest celebrity filmmakers with selected films being screened alongside youth and youth-themed films from around the world at the festival.
For all information about the festival, go to Film Festival’s website.

Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg looking for boost from state

So here is your trivia quiz of the day . What do all of the following have in common ? Virginia Big-eared bat, Milk, "Chesapeake Bay Deadrise.", Brook Trout, Striped Bass. Fleet of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, American Dogwood and "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama,"

imageDid you guess they were all official emblems and designations of the Commonwealth of Virginia ? me neither.

In hopes of joining them State Senator. Thomas Norment, of Williamsburg has introduced a bill that  would designate the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg as the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia, in hopes of increasing tourism to the area

The bill comes as the festival prepares to mark its 35th anniversary this summer. Over the years, more than 300,000 people have attended the performances. The legislation notes that Shakespeare’s work was first performed in the New World at Williamsburg in 1753. So it seems fitting that the commonwealth’s official festival would be located there.
The idea was brought to Norment in October by Robert Ruffin, the interim producing director for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, which is presented by the College of William and Mary.
The Virginia Shakespeare Festival typically consists of three productions performed in Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the William and Mary campus.
Norment, who serves as an adjunct professor for William and Mary’s law school, agrees that making it the official Shakespeare festival of the commonwealth would boost local tourism.
“The Virginia Shakespeare Festival attracts visitors to the Historic Triangle every year, providing quality entertainment for our visitors and residents alike,” he said. “By designating it as Virginia’s official Shakespeare Festival, this outstanding community asset will achieve the recognition it deserves and increase its ability to draw even more visitors to our region.”
Norment’s proposal, Senate Bill 1123, is awaiting a vote in the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee.

W&M report recommends pilot partnership with EVMS

imageA new relationship between William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School should begin slowly, through a pilot program that will allow the two institutions to combine their expertise to improve healthcare delivery in Hampton Roads  — and learn more about each other — according to a recent report by W&M faculty and administrators. The report, prepared by the W&M Due Diligence Committee charged with exploring the idea of a merger, said a decision on a full union should wait.

The report by the committee, which was appointed by President Taylor Reveley, recommended a two-fold approach: pursue a partnership between W&M, EVMS and its healthcare affiliates in the area of “healthcare delivery science” while at the same time conducting an extensive evaluation on a full merger. Healthcare delivery science refers to everything from affordability and quality of healthcare to legal and public policies. The success of the partnership would be part of the evaluation, the report said.

“It is possible that collaboration in the area of healthcare delivery science could attract funding from Sentara and possibly the Commonwealth and allow all parties to contribute to a better balance across quality, access and cost,” read the report. “It will take some time to explore those possibilities and to judge whether or not they provide a sufficient basis for considering a closer affiliation.”

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Robert M. Gates to be 2013 Charter Day speaker @ W & M

imageFormer U.S. Secretary of Defense and William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates ’65 will give remarks at William & Mary’s Charter Day ceremony at 4 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2013, in Kaplan Arena. Gates was invested as the College’s 24th chancellor at the 2012 Charter Day ceremony, becoming the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve in the honorary role.

The 2013 Charter Day ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will mark the 320th anniversary of the College receiving its royal charter from King William III and Queen Mary II of England. Lois Critchfield, a longtime friend of William & Mary and former CIA employee, will receive an honorary degree at the event.

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William & Mary one of the nation’s best bargains

From W&M website

William & Mary is one of the nation’s best bargains, according to a report released today by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.William & Mary is one of the nation’s best bargains, according to a report released today by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The magazine listed William & Mary fourth among its list of top 100 American public colleges and universities that combine “outstanding education and economic value.” It is the fourth year in a row William & Mary is listed as the fourth in the country. Overall, the Commonwealth of Virginia had two of its public universities among the top four (University of Virginia and William & Mary) and four within Kiplinger’s top 30 values.

Schools in Kiplinger’s top 100 were chosen from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. According to Kiplinger’s, the list is initially narrowed down to about 130 schools based on measures of academic quality, including admission rate, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. The editors then rank each school based on cost and financial aid.

“We applaud this year’s top 100 schools for their efforts to maintain academic standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The University of North Carolina remained in Kiplinger’s top spot on the annual ranking, followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Florida. In addition to U.Va. and W&M, other Virginia schools on the top 100 list include James Madison University (20th), Virginia Tech (28th), University of Mary Washington (53rd), George Mason University (56th) and Christopher Newport University (87th).

The complete listing appears on the magazine’s website and in Kiplinger’s February 2013 issue.

William and Mary Style

The college of W&M   jumps on the parody wagon with it’s version of  "Gangnam Style" sponsored by The Fourth Wall Magazine.

W&M President’s report 2012

imageThe 2012 William and Mary  President’s Report is now available on their  website.

The report, issued each fall, is available online as both an“ezine flipbook” and in PDF format. It includes a message from President Taylor Reveley, a review of William & Mary’s top news stories from September 2011 to September 2012, in-depth features about members of the university community and a financial report on the 2011-12 fiscal year.

“The report recalls an outstanding year, one that shows how William & Mary — and its people — continue to stand apart,” Reveley said.

Zilify a new off campus housing website to launch soon for W&M students

I get tons of call from W&M students looking for off campus housing and am glad to hear of a a new solution  soon be just a click away.

   Zilify, a website created by a group of students from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary  aims to streamline the off-campus housing process and provide prospective renters with more options than ever before.

In the near future, students will be able to create a Zilify account and browse nearby residences that are on the market. By entering a price range and a number of occupants, users can view properties with corresponding minimum prices. Landlords are then expected to contact prospective buyers who match their specifications to work out a deal.

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In addition to price listings, Zilify will provide students with pictures, owner specifications and a downloadable copy of the house’s lease. Over  250 houses in close proximity to the College will be listed on the website.

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Crisalli ’13 stated “We’re not a real estate agency,” Crisalli said. “We are a company that provides an efficient medium for students to look at and potentially contact the owners of off-campus housing. We’re bringing houses to students that they’d never have thought they’d have the chance to get. There are going to be houses that you see on the website that have belonged to the same organization for twenty years.”

Couture also noted the difficulties that students face living in an area where legacy rather than the market can dictate many residential transactions.

“We kind of think it’s an unfair process,” Couture said. “Houses constantly get passed down within organizations and between friends. It’s all about who you know, and if you don’t know anybody, you can’t find anything.”

According to its founders, Zilify will be running within a week or two. Students will be able to create their own accounts and begin browsing through the catalog of houses that will be available on the website.

William & Mary’s Homecoming weekend 2012 starts today

from the W&M website

William & Mary’s Homecoming weekend is just around the corner, and this year’s schedule promises events that will appeal to a variety of people.

“Homecoming promises to be the best yet,” said Karen Cottrell, executive vice president of the Alumni Association. “This year we have new exciting events that compliment our longstanding traditions. The weekend will bring our entire community together. Everyone is welcome.”

Click for a larger and more detailed parade route map.Click for a larger and more detailed parade route map.

The weekend of festivities, to be held Oct. 25-28, is not only a chance for alumni to return to campus, but it is also an opportunity for current members of the campus community – students, faculty and staff – to celebrate the university and show off their Tribe Pride.

Following last year’s successful day change, the Homecoming parade will once again take place on Friday afternoon, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The parade, which will be streamed live online, will wind its way through campus before taking a final lap down Richmond Road.

A pep rally will follow the parade at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Alumni House, followed by a block party on Richmond Road at 7 p.m. The block party will feature food from local eateries, beverage trucks and live music.

To prepare for the block party, portions of a few local roads will be closed immediately following the parade. Richmond Road will be closed between Wawa and the Hospitality House, and Scotland Street will be closed to Braxton Court.

Along with plenty of opportunities to show some pep, Friday will also offer a chance for Homecoming attendees to do some learning with a newly revived lecture series. The Sundial Speaker Series will offer lectures on a variety of topics, including politics and humor. It will also offer opportunities to meet with Coach Jimmye Laycock and participate in a beer tasting with the Dog Street Pub. The series is free, but registration for each event is required.

On Saturday, the campus community may join in the all-alumni tailgate, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Tickets to the tailgate are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Following the Tribe football game against Maine, the campus community is invited to participate in the Saturday Night Bash in the Sunken Garden, which will offer a variety of finger foods. This year, the bash has been moved to 8:30 p.m., and the cost has dropped to $15.

For more Homecoming events and registration information, visit the Alumni Association’s website.

Woodward to speak at W&M in Williamsburg

The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward  will speak at William & Mary on Nov. 5, 2012

The event, which will be held in the Sadler Center’s Chesapeake Room, is free for faculty, staff and students with W&M identification. Public tickets will be sold at the door for $10. The event will begin at 8 p.m., but the doors will open at 7 p.m. A book signing will be held after the speech.

The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward  will speak at William & Mary on Nov. 5, 2012A reporter for the Washington Post since 1971, Woodward is most known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. He was also the Washington Post’s lead reporter on stories about the aftermath of 9/11, work that earned him the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.

A graduate of Yale University, Woodward has also authored or co-authored numerous books, including 12 top national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Price of Politics,” focuses on how top-level political leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties tried to restore the country’s economy.

The event at William & Mary is being sponsored through Alma Mater Productions (AMP), the university’s student programming board, and the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment.

The Dalai Lama brings message of peace to W&M

The Dalai Lama brought a message of peace and compassion yesterday to an audience of 8,200 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA.The Dalai Lama brought a message of peace and compassion yesterday to an audience of 8,200 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. An even larger audience tuned into the live stream of the event which garnered 9,678 total views, according to the Office of University Relations.

Addressing the crowd in William and Mary Hall as "my dear brothers and sisters," the Nobel laureate said people must rise above hate, anger and suspicion and extend compassion not just to those close to them but to strangers and even their enemies.

Wearing his trademark maroon robe, the Dalai Lama delighted the crowd by donning a green-and-gold William and Mary visor for his speech. An assistant stood at his side helping him find the right English word at times.

The Dalai Lama’s speech, a student-sponsored event, was part of a tour of U.S. colleges by the spiritual leader, who calls himself "a simple Buddhist monk." W& M students led the charge to bring the Dalai Lama to campus. Collaboration among the Student Assembly, AMP and the International Relations club took place to fund the event.

The Dalai Lama, 77, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his leadership in the nonviolent struggle to liberate Tibet from Chinese control. He has lived in exile in northern India since 1959.

For those that missed it you can watch the video here

Dalai Lama event at William & Mary Hall to be streamed live

From W&M

With tickets selling out almost immediately to see the Dalai Lama at William and Mary , people can still watch the lecture at William & Mary Hall via a live web stream.

imageHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will deliver a lecture at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 in Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall. The lecture will be streamed via a link at www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit. There is no charge to view the stream.

For updated information on the event – including a map of parking locations for the general public, please visit the event website — www.wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

McGlothlin Leadership Forum Brings Business and Law Leaders to William & Mary

The Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary and William & Mary Law School will host the second annual McGlothlin Leadership Forum October 2-4, 2012. 

Named in honor of James McGlothlin, Chairman and CEO of The United Company, the Forum will bring three distinguished leaders in business and law to the campus. Chosen annually, the Fellows exemplify the pinnacle of leadership, vision, integrity, and revolutionary thinking.

The Forum will feature a series of discussions between and among the McGlothlin Leadership Forum Fellows–pre-eminent leaders in their fields–and students and faculty of the business and law schools, culminating in a plenary session of open exchange, active debate, and analysis of the challenges the U.S. will face after the presidential election.

The McGlothlin Forum Fellows for 2012 are:

  • Robert Clifford, Principal Partner, Clifford Law Offices
  • Seth Waugh, former CEO, Deutsche Bank Americas
  • Thomas Usher, former President and CEO, U.S. Steel; former Chairman of Marathon Oil

 

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Want to see the Dalai Lama in Williamsburg ?

imageThe College of William & Mary has announced that approximately 3,000 tickets – as well as any unclaimed campus lottery tickets – will be made available to the general public to attend the Oct. 10, 2012, Dalai Lama event in Kaplan Arena at William & Mary Hall.

 Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be purchased beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at TicketReturn.com.

 A link  will be available at wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

No phone or in-person sales will be accepted.
Ticket prices for general admission will range from $15 to $25, based on the proximity to the stage. Due to limited seating, no more than two tickets can be purchased at one time.

More than half of the 8200 tickets for the event will be made available to the William & Mary campus community at no cost. These free tickets will be reserved for 4,300 students and 900 faculty and staff. A random lottery will determine the campus community members receiving tickets.

All information on the event – including any updates on tickets, parking, prohibited items and other general information – will be posted at wm.edu/dalailamavisit.

W&M ranked in top 10 best value by Princeton Review

imageThe College of William & Mary has been ranked again among the nation’s best colleges.

The university is included in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition,” which was released today. William & Mary is also included in the book’s ranking of best-value public colleges.

The College ranked sixth on the “Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges” list. William & Mary was one of only two Virginia universities on the “Top 10” ranking. The other was the University of Virginia at number two.

The Princeton Review release comes just weeks after Forbes released its own guide to top colleges. William & Mary was also included in that guide where it was listed as the second-highest ranked state-supported school in the country

W&M among ‘America’s Top Colleges’

William & Mary is among the country’s top universities, according to rankings released by Forbes on Aug. 1.

In the “America’s Top Colleges” guide to 650 undergraduate institutions, the College is the second-highest ranked state-supported school in the country. The university comes in at fourth among the country’s public universities (including military institutions) and 40th overall, up from 49th last year. William & Mary is also 21st among research universities on the list.

According to the Forbes website, the annual rankings are compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. They are based on five areas: post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards.

Only two state-supported schools ranked in the top 50 of the annual report, and both are located in Virginia: William & Mary and the University of Virginia, which was ranked at 36th. The other three public institutions that made the top 50 are all military-related, with the United States Military Academy coming in at seventh, the United States Air Force Academy at 35th and the United States Naval Academy at 43rd.

The complete rankings may be found online at www.forbes.com/top-colleges. They will also appear in the Aug. 20 issue of Forbes Magazine.

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A Case for W&M Medical School

The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, second oldest in America, is a tier one school, blessed with an international reputation and top rated business and law schools.

Eastern Virginia Medical School, established in 1973 by visionary citizens of our growing metropolitan area, has quickly distinguished itself as the regional hub of medical academic and clinical excellence.

Why not combine them?

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EVMS Explores becoming part of William & Mary

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley sent the following message to the campus community Wednesday. –

 

Dear William & Mary Community,

Later today we will issue a joint statement with Eastern Virginia Medical School saying that both institutions will take a long, hard look at whether EVMS should become the William & Mary School of Medicine.  This statement is below.

There are miles to go and much information to be developed and studied before either W&M or EVMS will be ready to make a decision, one way or the other.  Any such combination would require approval by the College’s Board of Visitors as well as the Governor and General Assembly.

It will be important to engage the W&M community in consideration of this possibility. To that end, I will ask a group, led by the Provost, to pull the laboring oar on our due diligence.

In my view, the EVMS possibility is worth careful consideration. EVMS is an institution we know and respect. Many W&M graduates have gone to medical school there. And there has been productive research collaboration between the two schools.

Whether asking for state approval of this combination will ultimately prove to be in our best interests, all factors considered, is what we must now carefully determine. The same, obviously, is true of EVMS from its perspective.

Taylor Reveley

Joint Statement by William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School:

The College of William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School have agreed to exclusively explore the feasibility of having EVMS become the William & Mary School of Medicine. Before a decision can be made by either W&M or EVMS, each must carefully investigate the implications of such a combination. It is not known how long the necessary due diligence will take.  If W&M and EVMS decide to proceed, the approval of the General Assembly and Governor will be required. 

Colonial Relays at W&M

The William and Mary track and field teams will welcome more than 35 colleges and universities and a strong field of professional and high school athletes to Williamsburg this weekend for the 47th running of the Colonial Relays.

The field will also feature more than 40 current and former All-Americans in addition to a number of professional athletes looking to lock up Olympic Trials qualifying marks.

The meet  begins today , April 5, with the women’s hammer throw, before continuing all day Friday and Saturday. 

Admission is free to the general public with parking being made available in the W&M Hall Lot that is approximately a quarter-mile northwest of Zable Stadium. Those attending this year’s meet can refer to this campus map for the location of the meet venues and parking lot.

 

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New App delivers local deals to W&M community

William & Mary faculty, students and staff can now be notified of special offers from local Williamsburg merchants by using their smartphone devices.William & Mary faculty, students and staff can now be notified of special offers from local Williamsburg merchants by using their smartphone devices.

W&M is the first college in the nation to use the MeNetwork, a mobile application and marketing platform.

Users simply download the free MeNetwork app and then select the businesses or college departments they’re interested in hearing from by “subscribing” to them within the app. Whenever a new special offer, event, or announcement is posted, everyone who is subscribed to that merchant or college group will be notified on their mobile phone or tablet.

Roughly 40 merchants who are already part of the W&M Express Card system are participating, and any student organization affiliated with the College can participate free of charge to promote campus events or activities.

“We’re trying to add value for the W&M Express Card program not only to our students, but also to our merchants,” said Davis.

The free app is available for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. The MeNetwork is currently available in more than 70 U.S cities across the nation, with plans to expand into Europe this spring.

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Happy Birthday William and Mary !

College of William and Mary President James Blair brought both English and Latin versions of the twelve page Royal Charter establishing the college with him from the Court of William and Mary at Kensington Palace. This original copy of the charter establishing the College of William and Mary in Virginia was apparently lost about the time of the American Revolution. The most complete story of the Royal Charter of the College of William and Mary is found in Frank B. Evans’ monograph on the subject published by the Botetourt Bibliographical Society in 1978. Professor Evans taught in the Department of English at the College. Professor Evans began his article with the statement: “The story of the royal Charter granted in 1693 to found the College of William and Mary would be simpler, but less interesting, were it not for the story of a document which is lost.”Charter Day

Join the celebration.

Today’s  Charter Day Ceremony marks the 319th anniversary of the awarding of the Royal Charter from King William III and Queen Mary II of England establishing William and Mary  College.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and William & Mary alumnus Robert M. Gates ’65 will serve as the keynote speaker at today’s ceremony. Gates, who is the first defense secretary in the nation’s history to serve under presidents from different political parties, will also be invested as the College’s 24thChancellor at the ceremony. In addition to Gates, Professor Emeritus of Government James A. Bill, who served as the College’s first director of the Reves Center for International Studies, will be honored at the event and receive an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

Tickets are not required for the event, which will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at William & Mary Hall.

Other highlights of the weekend include  the AEF Lord Botetourt Auction, the Alumni Medallion Ceremony and the Charter Day Concert.

 

Charter Day Concert
Saturday, February 4th 8:00 pm

Come rock out with Third Eye Blind and Ben Kweller at AMP’s 2nd Annual Charter Day Concert!

Tickets are $15 with a valid W&M ID (limit one per valid ID) and $25 for the general public. Ticket prices will increase $5 ($20 with a W&M ID and $30 for the general public) on the day of the show.

For more information, call (877) 296-7787.

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CNN’s John King to broadcast from W&M

John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and host of “John King, USA,” will be at William & Mary Thursday to broadcast his show live from the steps of the College’s historic Christopher Wren Building.John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and host of “John King, USA,” will be at William & Mary Thursday to broadcast his show live from the steps of the College’s historic Christopher Wren Building.

CNN has invited members of the campus community to attend the hour-long broadcast, which will air live in the Wren Courtyard at 6 p.m. The broadcast will include an interview with William & Mary alumnus and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ‘65, who will be installed the following day as the College’s 24th Chancellor. King will tape the interview earlier in the day and broadcast it during the hour-long show from outside the Wren. “John King, USA,” airs at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 6pm ET, 5pm CT, 4pm MT and 3pm PT.

In addition to his appearance on CNN, Gates will give the keynote address during Friday’s College’s Charter Day ceremony. The event, which will be held at 4 p.m. at William & Mary Hall, marks the 319th anniversary of the awarding of the Royal Charter from King William III and Queen Mary II of England establishing the College. During the ceremony, Gates will also be invested as the College’s next Chancellor. He succeeds retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Tickets are not required.

For more information on the broadcast, the W&M Student Assembly has launched an event page on facebook inviting members of the College community to attend.

Ed Moran ‘ W&M Grad, Takes 10th in Debut at New York Marathon

From Tribe Athletics

William and Mary alum Ed Moran ’03, MPP ’05, MBA ’11 ran his first-ever marathon Sunday morning at the ING New York Marathon, and announced his arrival in a big way with a 10th-place finish against some of the best marathoners in the world.  Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, who ran the fastest-ever marathon at Boston earlier this year, won the race Sunday with a course-record time of 2:05:06.

Moran finished 10th overall in the race with a time of 2:11:46, and was the second-fastest American behind only 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi (sixth in 2:09.13).  Moran’s time was well under the automatic qualifying standard for both the U.S. Olympic Trials, in Houston in January, as well as for the London Olympic Games next summer.  Today’s race capped off a successful 2011 campaign for the 30-year-old, who will be getting married next week in Pittsburgh.  In February, Moran was third at the U.S. Cross Country Championships, and took sixth at 5,000m at the U.S. Track Championships in June.  On July 4th, he was second at the 10K Road Championships in Atlanta, and in October, he was fourth at the 10-Mile Road Championships in what was his longest-ever race before today.

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