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William & Mary Homecoming Weekend 2011

If you’re wondering or still confused about when the 2011 William & Mary Homecoming Parade is, this may help you remember



From Oct. 20-23, alumni from around the globe will make their annual pilgrimage imageback to William & Mary to celebrate and reconnect with classmates and their alma mater. 
There are some changes this year for the 84th Homecoming celebration, including a new date, time and route for the Homecoming Parade. 
Highlights of Homecoming 2011 include:

Homecoming Parade: Fri., Oct. 21, starting at 4:30 p.m. (new time). This year’s Homecoming Grand Marshals are former William and Mary President Timothy Sullivan ’66 and First Lady Anne Klare Sullivan ’66, M.Ed. ’68, M.A. ’73, Ed.D. ’86. This year’s parade route will begin in front of William & Mary Hall, wind its way through campus and along Richmond Road until ending at the intramural fields. (Download Parade Route Map)


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Four W&M professors participate in Raft Debate 2011

The Raft Debate, a much beloved William & Mary tradition, will be held at the Commonwealth Auditorium in the Sadler Center, on Sept. 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

The three survivors of an imaginary shipwreck — a scientist, a social scientist, and a humanist — achieve a delicate balance between comedy and , lecture as they debate the value of their respective discipline for the rest of humanity.

Only one of these professors can return to civilization in the life raft. A fourth faculty member, a devil’s advocate, joins the survivors and argues sarcastically that none of the academic disciplines are worth saving. The winner of the debate is chosen by a judge based on audience reaction. Join the excitement as the professors cajole, plead, pontificate, and resort shamelessly to props and costumes until the final, lone survivor is decided.

This year’s survivors representing their disciplines and the fate of humanity are:

Humanities: Boyd Distinguished Associate Professor of Classical Studies Vassiliki Panoussi.

Social sciences: Associate Professor of History Andrew Fisher.

Natural and computational sciences: Mathematics Professor Larry Leemis.

The devil’s advocate will be played by Associate Professor of Education Pamela Eddy.

The judge will be played by Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Laurie Sanderson.

The Raft Debate, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Center, and the A&S Graduate Student Association, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Tidewater A of the Sadler Center.

For more information, visit the webpage


Watch a past debate here on Youtube

William and Mary Mountain Bike Classic At Freedom Park

imageThe William and Mary Cycling Club is excited to be hosting the first ever mountain bike race at Freedom Park in James City County.  The race will be held on Saturday, September 24th.  The course will feature 6 miles of technical single-track with lots of roots, climbs, and switchbacks.  There will be prizes for the top 3 contenders in each category.

For more information on the race, please view the race flyer.

If you wish to pre-register for the event, click here.

For any questions/concerns, please email Andrew Moore at armoore@email.wm.edu


W&M Hosts Forum On The Economy in Williamsburg

The William & Mary School of Business is hosting a forum on the United States economy – “What Happened?” What’s Ahead?” – on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brinkley Commons Room at the Mason School of Business Alan B. Miller Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This is the fourth annual forum on the economy hosted by William & Mary since the financial collapse in 2008.  Top-ranked business school professors, along with faculty from the Law School and Government Department, will discuss the fundamental issues currently facing the U.S. economy.  Topics include the debt ceiling debate, credit downgrades, public policy, market crashes and surges, and Congress and Wall Street.

More info here

W&M Students to replace trees destroyed by Hurricane Irene

imageThe William & Mary Student Assembly and the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship are joining together to replace some of the trees on campus and in the community that were destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

The project, titled “Deep Roots,” launched its fundraising efforts this month. Organizers say they expect to begin planting trees in October.

“Symbolically, it’s pretty powerful because it’s showcasing us giving back to the community,” said Student Assembly President Kaveh Sadeghian ’12, adding that the title of the campaign is about more than trees. It’s about the relationship between the College and the Williamsburg community.

“Both entities are both incredibly deeply rooted with one another,” he said.

Each tree will cost approximately $50, but there is no minimum donation. The recipients of the trees will have five options to choose from. The SA and OCES are currently working with the community to determine where to get the trees, who needs the trees the most and who will plant them. The SA is also contacting student groups about possibly sponsoring trees.

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William and Mary Ranks Nationally By Many…..

In the latest undergraduate rankings in U.S. News & World Report, released Tuesday, the College was listed in a tie for 33rd overall among all universities and sixth-best among all public schools. William & Mary was eighth in the magazine’s listing of the “Best Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching.”

The U.S. News listing follows a number of other national publications that included William & Mary among their top universities in categories ranging from general academics to service, campus beauty and return on investment.

U.S. News also looked at which universities who are committed to teaching undergraduates. In that category, William & Mary was once again ranked among the nation’s best, finishing in a tie for eighth with California-Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame. In the magazine’s ranking by high school counselors, William & Mary was listed tied for 26th, up from a tie for 30th last year. The Mason School of Business also moved up and was ranked tied for 41st (up from 42nd) in the category of best undergraduate business programs.

The U.S. News ranking is the latest in a number of reports published by national publications. In the Forbes ranking, William & Mary joined the University of Virginia (46th overall) as the only two state-supported universities in the top 50. Institutions were ranked based on the quality of teaching, students’ career prospects, graduation rates and debt levels. Williams College in Massachusetts was ranked in the top spot overall. The College also made the magazine’s list as the 20th-ranked research university. Forbes also ranked the best business schools based on return on investment. William & Mary’s full time MBA program was ranked 41st in the country, up from 49th a year ago.

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Former Defense secretary named chancellor at William & Mary

Robert M. Gates, who served as secretary of defense under President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, has been named chancellor of the College of William & Mary.

Gates, who retired as defense secretary earlier this summer, received his undergraduate degree in history from William & Mary in 1965. He received an honorary degree from the school in 2007.
He is the first defense secretary in U.S. history to serve under presidents from the Democratic and Republican parties.

Gates will succeed former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who will complete her term in February 2012. Other chancellors have included Henry Kissinger and Margaret Thatcher.

The William & Mary chancellor typically serves in the honorary post for seven years, participating in major ceremonies and other events on campus.

Williamsburg Partners with AVAdventure and William & Mary for Engaging New Orientation Program For Students

In this first-ever official William & Mary Orientation AVAdventure, participants will take to the streets of Williamsburg by night for the largest dance party flash mob outdoor theater event the City has ever seen! Players prepare for the event by downloading the AVAdventure mp3 file and loading it to a personal media device (like an iPod or smart phone). All players then press "play" simultaneously to begin the experience.

imageThe City of Williamsburg and AVAdventure Productions in partnership with the College of William & Mary are creating a new way to introduce new students to city businesses using the latest digital and social media technologies. The event, featured as part of William and Mary’s official orientation program with the city as the primary sponsor, will be held Friday, August 26, and starts at 7:30 p.m. on the William and Mary campus. As they follow the interactive walking tour, students will travel through the downtown business districts, with the finale taking place on William and Mary’s campus in the Sunken Gardens.

During the event, students will be engaged with participating city businesses in a variety of ways from the locations being acknowledged, to real-time sign-ups for social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, to an interactive five-minute set piece based on the business. Each student will receive a drawstring backpack filled with coupons and flyers that promote city businesses and be eligible for ongoing raffles and promotions hosted by the city and city businesses via social media.

AVAdventure Productions is a media production company led by Adam Stackhouse and Liz Sykes, two William and Mary alumni. The AVAdventure™ format utilizes audio, video, and social media technologies with participants’ mobile devices, such as smart phones and iPods, to engage them with custom narratives. In May, the AVA team produced “ArtVenture” for the City, a week-long celebration of the visual and performing arts that culminated with an AVAdventure that had over 500 participants “steal” the ArtVenture gallery’s signature piece.

For more information about the William and Mary Orientation event or the AVAdventure, visit theAVAdventure.com or contact Liz Sykes, AVAdventure Productions, at liz@theAVAdventure.com or call (703) 362-9577.

Archaeologists discover brick foundations near Wren Building @ W&M

Building likely associated with slaves.

A set of undocumented brick building foundations—“a little island of preservation” hidden for centuries beneath William & Mary’s Historic Campus—will provide a glimpse back into the College’s time-shrouded early years.

“It is wonderful that our colonial campus, about which so much is known, still can surprise us after all these centuries,” said Louise Kale, director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus.

College archaeologists say the partially unearthed foundation looks to be the remains of “a fairly massive outbuilding,” a structure that was almost certainly associated with slaves who worked at William & Mary in the early 18th century. The foundation runs 20 feet east-west and more than 16 feet north-south. The remains extend underneath a sidewalk south of the Wren Building. Their discovery prompted postponement of scheduled repairs to the sidewalk.


Bricks and mortar: Archaeologists believe these bricks to be part of the foundation of a previously undiscovered 18th century outbuilding on the William & Mary’s historic campus.

Photo by Stephen Salpukas

The precise location of the foundation has been recorded and the areas exposed for examination have been filled in. The site will remain preserved under nearly two feet of earth. The College is already making plans for a complete archaeological excavation of the site.

“The discovery of these foundations is too important to rush the process,” Kale explained. “We need some time to put together a partnership of all the necessary scholars to interpret this site. When we do this project, it’s important that we do it thoughtfully and that we do it right.”

She said that such an archaeological dig calls for a large amount of preliminary research, including a review of all relevant documents and papers. Kale added that the College will also need time to raise the necessary funding for the project and also make sure there is an opportunity for students to be involved in the work.

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Forbes lists William & Mary as one of nation’s top universities

w&MlogoThe rankings season has officially begun and William & Mary continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s top universities.

In its annual undergraduate listing of “America’s Top Colleges,” Forbes once again listed William & Mary as the second highest state-supported school in the country. W&M was listed as the fifth-best public college overall (including military institutions) and 49th among all public and private universities. Forbes also ranked the best business schools based on return on investment. William & Mary’s full time MBA program was ranked 41st in the country, up from 49th a year ago.

The magazine’s annual list, unveiled Wednesday, is compiled in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. According to Forbes, more than 650 undergraduate institutions were ranked based on the quality of teaching, students’ career prospects, graduation rates and debt levels. Williams College in Massachusetts was ranked in the top spot overall.

The Forbes rankings comes a week after the Princeton Review released their annual college guidebook that listed William & Mary 12th in the category of “Professors Get High Marks.”

Only two state-supported schools in Virginia made Forbes’ top 50 – and both come from Virginia. In addition to William & Mary, the University of Virginia also represented the Commonwealth in 46th place overall. .

New Fraternity Housing at W&M

From the W&M website

The College of William & Mary’s new fraternity housing will be located along Ukrop Way across from William & Mary Hall, officials announced today. The site was presented to the Board of Visitors during their quarterly meeting April 14.


The site location was recommended by a feasibility study conducted this past fall by Treanor Architects out of Kansas and Moseley Architects of Virginia. The project will include 12 buildings, six set north of Yates Drive and six south.  The buildings will total approximately 81,600 square feet and provide 187 new beds. The project is expected to be parking neutral and will be constructed with the goal of Silver LEED certification. 

“The residential life experience of our students is central to the ‘William & Mary education,’” said Anna Martin, vice president of administration. “This project accomplishes two major goals – providing additional housing for students who want to live on campus, as well as providing our fraternities the kind of housing that best meets their needs going forward.”

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80 Colleges Compete At Colonial Relays @ W&M Starting Today

imageThe William and Mary track and field programs welcome over 80 college teams and 39 All-Americans to Zable Stadium this weekend for the 46th Annual Colonial Relays, beginning Thursday afternoon with the women’s hammer throw and continuing through Saturday’s 4x400m relays.  Live Results from all the weekend’s action can be found at www.TribeAthletics.com.

Meet Information (schedules, heat sheets, event progressions, etc.)

They Come From All Over
The Colonial Relays have always attracted a large and diverse field of athletes, and this year is no exception.  There are 38 men’s colleges and 43 women’s colleges that have entered athletes this weekend, as well as a scattering of post-graduate, unattached, and professional athletes.  The teams represent all three NCAA Divisions, and 18 different conferences.  There are five teams entered from the ACC, Atlantic 10, and Big East, along with four from the CAA and individual representatives from the Big Ten (Michigan), SEC (Vanderbilt), Horizon (Detroit), and Ivy League (Harvard).

More on the William and Mary website here

Bloomberg Ranks 5 Va. Schools Tops For Business Undergrads

Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2011 rankings of top undergraduate business schools and counts three Virginia universities  among the Top 25 business programs for undergraduates.

Businessweek bases its rankings on survey results from graduating seniors and corporate recruiters, as well as each school’s SAT scores, class sizes and student to faculty ratios.

The McIntire School of Business at University of Virginia was ranked second by Businessweek, coming in just behind Notre Dame. The UVA business school was also ranked second last year.

The Robins School of Business at University of Richmond was ranked 12th in the country, moving up from No. 15 on last year’s list.

The College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business in Williamsburg rose to No. 23, from No. 25 last year. James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. ranked No. 28, up from No. 41 in 2010  and the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech ranked 54th.

You can view the entire rankings here.

UVA and W&M Ranked in Top 10 By Princeton Review

For the third year in a row, U-Va. was at the top of the The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Best Value Colleges list. The University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, William and Mary and James Madison University also made the list this year.

The College of William & Mary ranked No. 7 on the list, while James Madison University and Virginia Tech were listed in the nation’s top 50. The University of Richmond was ranked in the top 50 best value for private colleges.

“This national recognition of these outstanding universities and their efforts to make higher education more accessible and affordable is a great building block toward making Virginia one of the most highly educated states in the nation,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “Having five colleges and universities named to this prestigious list reinforces that the commonwealth is a national leader for higher education.”

The Princeton Review ranking is based on criteria covering academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, according to Princeton Review officials.

To see the complete list, visit http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx

Kiplinger’s names W&M a ‘top value’ among public colleges

The College of William and Mary is one of the best values among American public colleges and universities, according to a report released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance today.
w&MlogoFor the second consecutive year, the university was ranked fourth on the magazine’s list of 100 best values public colleges “that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price.” Schools in Kiplinger’s top 100 were chosen from a pool of more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. The rankings, according to the magazine, are based to cost, financial aid and academic quality, including admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four- and six-year graduation rates.
“Schools like these on the Kiplinger 100 list prove graduates can enter the workforce with a great education—and without a huge cloud of debt,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s, in a press release.
The University of North Carolina took the top spot on the annual ranking, followed by the University of Florida and the University of Virginia. Other Virginia colleges on the list include James Madison University (19th), Virginia Tech (24th), University of Mary Washington (26th) and George Mason University (61st).
The complete listing appears in Kiplinger’s February 2011 issue and the magazine’s website.

Holiday Greetings From W&M

Two students create W&M holiday greeting

by Megan Shearin | December 7, 2010

Some 60,000 members of the William & Mary community will receive a holiday greeting this year featuring the artwork and musical talents of two students.

Working closely with the Office of Creative Services, Rachel Follis ’11 created an original piece of artwork and Rebecca Phillips ’11 performed a featured solo of “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays.”  The greeting will be sent out on behalf of William & Mary President Taylor Reveley to alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the College


Follis, an art major and intern in the Office of Creative Services, said she was thrilled when approached and asked to complete a drawing for the holiday greeting.  While the iconic image of the Wren Building was decided as the focal point early on, the concept of transferring the painting from paper to web proved to be a bit trickier.  

“At first, it was going to be an animated card with just the illustration,” said Follis.  “And eventually, it developed into the concept of recording me as I drew.”

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Williamsburg VA Student Guide

Student guide to Williamsburg VAThe City of Williamsburg, Virginia has published a “Guide for Students” as part it’s ongoing effort to connect with W&M students. Students can use the online guide to become more acquainted with the ins and outs of Williamsburg.

The guide contains an expansive list of relevant city phone numbers, information ranging from the Jamestown Ferry to human services offered by the City of Williamsburg. The guide describes the steps that the city has taken in pursuit of environmental awareness, and also details where free public Wi-Fi can be found. Also included is information on how to access shopping centers and the farmer’s market, as well as student-directed messages of good will from Mayor Clyde Haulman and the city council.

It’s an informative read for anyone venturing out into the off-campus housing process, and contains information vital to the renting process in the city.

If you are looking for off campus housing check out the W&M Housing site 

Note: you do not have to be a student to use this site. This is one of the most comprehensive rental sites for the Williamsburg VA area. Both apartments and homes are listed.

It also has a message board where people post “Roommates Wanted”

Another great resource for area students is the “Guide to Graduate Living by W&M. You can download a copy

Garden Club of Virginia’s Annual Conservation Forum Nov 5th, 2010

Beneath the Surface”

garden club of virginia aThe Garden Club of Virginia will hold its annual Conservation Forum at the College of William and Mary’s Sadler Center in Williamsburg and at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at Gloucester Point on November 5, 2010. The forum will address critical issues facing the Commonwealth concerning the Atlantic Ocean, related waterways, and coastal areas.

The forum commences on the Williamsburg campus with keynote speaker, Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy and member of the Pew Fellows Advisory Committee. Ms. Spruill will address the health of the ocean, its warming waters, acidification, ocean pollution, dead zones, sustainable fishing and the need for uniform law pertaining to protected ocean areas.

Ocean Conservancy, with its 35-year legacy, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to restoring the health and resiliency of the ocean. Each September, thousands of volunteers nationwide and around the world participate in International Coastal Cleanup. This year, on the 25th anniversary of the Ocean Conservancy event, beaches on fresh and saltwater sites were removed of debris and a database of trash compiled to help the non-profit organization work with leading environmentalists to find solutions to global pollution.

The second half of the forum will be at VIMS in Gloucester VA, the nation’s largest marine science center focused on coastal and estuarine science, and will feature speakers Dr. J. Emmett Duffy, Dr. Elizabeth Canuel, and Dr. Carl Hershner.

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William & Mary welcomes Zipcar

zipcar william and maryWilliam & Mary has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly car-sharing program.

William & Mary students who are older than 18 and have a valid driver’s license, as well as the college’s faculty and staff, will have 24/7 self-service access to two Honda Civic Hybrids that are located around the campus. Participants apply for Zipcar membership online, and the $35 application fee. The annual membership fee for anyone affiliated with William & Mary is only $35 and William & Mary applicants receive $35 worth of free driving credit that applies towards their first month of driving.  William & Mary students, faculty and staff can join at www.zipcar.com/wm

Cars can be rented for an hour, up to three days. The hourly rate is just $$8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).  for a full day, and includes gas, maintenance, insurance, reserved parking, and roadside assistance.

Participants can make reservations months or minutes in advance by going online or using an automated phone system. Members get their own Zipcard, which they simply hold up to the car’s windshield to unlock the doors and drive away.

For students who cannot or do not want to bring a car to school, Zipcar provides the freedom to travel off campus to attend interviews, run errands, or take a weekend trip. The program also eliminates hundreds of dollars in monthly transportation costs, saving members an average of $600/month or $7,200/year when compared with car ownership.

I wonder when Townies will be able to rent them ?

Twenty-two of Virginia’s colleges are ranked in a survey of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes

Forbes has released its 2010 list of the best colleges in America –.

And the best college in America ?  not Harvard or Princeton, but tiny liberal arts school Williams.

Forbes based their rankings on research by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. According to a report on their methodology, the Center used 11 factors to determine the rankings, and the largest being graduate success rate. They also looked at average graduate salary, student satisfaction and graduation rate, number of alumni who become corporate officers, student retention rates, average student debt, student evaluations of classes, and college quality vs. cost

 see their full list of 610 colleges here.

Three Virginia schools are among the top 50 colleges on the list: Washington & Lee University, No. 37; the University of Virginia, No. 44; and the College of William & Mary, No. 46.

Another three Virginia colleges were in the top 100: VMI, No. 60; the University of Richmond, No. 84; and Sweet Briar College, No. 87.

The other Virginia schools ranked as follows: Randolph-Macon College, 103; Virginia Tech, 156; James Madison University, 169; Hampden-Sydney College, 205; University of Mary Washington, 208; Hollins University, 267; Emory and Henry College, 278; George Mason University, 297; Roanoke College, 433; Longwood University, 462; Old Dominion University, 498; Virginia Commonwealth University, 531; Christopher Newport University, 533; Mary Baldwin College, 553; and Liberty University, 609.

What do you think?   Join the discussion below.

W&M Real Estate Foundation to break ground on Tribe Square

by Brian Whitson/ William & Mary

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation board will join President Taylor Reveley, Mayor Jeanne Zeidler, and other College and city officials June 15 to officially break ground on a building that will soon bring much-needed student retail and housing close to campus.

The groundbreaking for the building – to be called Tribe Square – will take place at 10 a.m. at the site on Richmond Road next to the Wawa store.  When complete, the $6.5 million building will be home to 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 14 apartments that will house 56 W&M students.

Tribe Square Tribe Square, officials said, is designed to address two key concerns: a desire for more student oriented retail and dining options near campus and the need for additional College-operated housing for William & Mary undergraduates.

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation has been working with the College to identify student retail options closer to campus. The Real Estate Foundation also worked closely with city officials throughout the planning for the project, which is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.

The design calls for a first floor dedicated to retail space, including restaurants with outdoor seating.  The parking lot behind the building will be accessed from Scotland Street.  A breezeway will allow access to Richmond Road directly from the lot, which will be reserved for retail patrons. The building’s top two floors will include apartments for William & Mary upperclassmen. The housing will be managed by the College’s Office of Residence Life. Brick sidewalks and landscaping will surround the building.

Tribe Square has been several years in the making. Two years ago, the Real Estate Foundation acquired properties on Richmond Road, including the Taylor Building and the former Master Craftsman site. Both are adjacent to the College-owned Thiemes House property, which William & Mary’s human resources offices recently vacated. The three properties are on a site of approximately one acre that will be cleared for the new mixed-use retail and student housing building. Williamsburg City Council approved the rezoning of the Tribe Square site at their meeting in April. 

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation was established in 2006 to acquire, hold, manage, sell, lease, and participate in the development of real estate properties in support of the educational goals of the College.

Location Map of Tribe Square in Williamsburg VA


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Six VA Schools make Kiplingers Top 100 Best Values

Six Virginia schools have made Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the 100 best values in public colleges.

The list announced yesterday ranks the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary third and fourth, respectively, based on in-state tuition, behind the University of North Carolina and the University of Florida.

Other state schools on the list are Virginia Tech, 16th; James Madison University, 21st; the University of Mary Washington, 38th; and George Mason University, 64th. Kiplinger says its rankings are based on academic excellence and affordability.

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No. 2/3 Villanova Edges No. 6 Tribe, 14-13, in NCAA Semifinals

william and mary From W&M Athletics: The sixth-ranked William and Mary football team concluded one of the best seasons in the program’s 115-year history with a 14-13 loss at No. 2/3 Villanova in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday evening.

Despite the loss, W&M finished the season with an 11-3 mark, which equals the school record for victories established in 2004. Additionally, the squad set school records for fewest points allowed per contest (since going to an 11-game schedule) (12.1 ppg), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (61.1), most sacks (49) and most tackles for a loss (112).

Breaking News- Williamsburg City to allow Four persons in rental homes

From the Flat Hat: The Williamsburg VA City Council has approved a resolution at its Dec. 10 meeting that will allow landlords to submit their properties for permits that would expand the residential occupancy limit to four unrelated individuals.

The resolution, which was prepared outside of council by Vice Mayor Clyde Haulman, was approved by a 3-2 margin, with Judy Knudson and Bobby Braxton voting against.

Under the amended ordinance, properties within the city’s four rental inspection districts that exceed 2000 square feet would, under administrative approval, be eligible to allow up to four unrelated tenants. The properties would have to meet the approval of the city’s zoning administrator.

“I do this because, in essence, the three person rule remains in effect. What this does is allow certain exceptions when [criteria] are met.” Haulman said, “I also do this because there has been an effort by the College and the students … to engage in the process.”

Tribe versus Villanova in final four

w&Mlogo William and Mary (11-2) is in the final four of the Football Championship Subdivision (Div. 1-AA) playoffs. The Tribe travels north to face Villanova on Friday night at 8 p.m. The game will be telivised on  ESPN2 Friday night. ( channel 60 on Cox) Not only is a spot in the championship game on the line, but it’s a Colonial conference rivalry that has belonged to the Wildcats recently.

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William and Mary Grad named business person of the year

Shawn Boyer ’94 was named Virginia Business Person of the Year by Virginia Business magazine this month.  Virginia Business gives the award annually to people who have transformed their companies, their industries or the state’s economy.

shawn boyer snag a job Boyer, who majored in business administration, was recognized for SnagAJob.com, a job search site for hourly employment he founded in 1999. The site is for both job seekers and employers and has seen phenomenal success in its first decade. Virginia Business reported the company is the fifth-largest online job recruiter with annual revenues totally $20 million.

Boyer, a graduate of Lafayette High School as well as William & Mary, came back to Williamsburg to start the company with the support of family and friends. The Boyer family name is well known in the community, his parents own the local jewelry retailer Boyer’s Diamond & Gold Source. SnagAJob later relocated to Glenn Allen, Va., just outside of Richmond, and now employs a staff of over 130.

Despite the recession, 2009 has been good to the company.  In addition to the Virginia Business award, SnagAJob recently earned the number three spot on the Society of Human Resource Management’s list of “Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America” for the second year in a row.

Introducing the five finalist for the W&M mascot search

William and Mary has lacked a costumed character cavorting on the sidelines of football and basketball games since the amorphous green blob named Colonel Ebirt, whose name is "Tribe" spelled backward, was let go in 2005.

Among ideas submitted were nine types of birds, including the mythical phoenix.  It’s viewed as a symbol of the college’s resilience through fire (three of them), famine (the financial kind) and military occupation (by Union troops during the Civil War).

The wren is a reference to the Wren Building, the country’s oldest academic building in continuous use, and one of the most flammable as well, in bygone days. It burned three times. King William and Queen Mary provide big-headed costume possibilities.

Among those submitted and apparently rejected are a Friesian horse, Bricky the Brick, Jack the Jester and a hybrid of alums Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, wielding a quill pen.

For decades, the school’s sports teams were nicknamed the Indians. The name was phased out in the 1980s, though, in favor of the more politically correct Tribe. In 2006 the NCAA ruled that the feathers on the school logo had to go; they could be considered offensive. William and Mary was allowed to keep its nickname

Today’s announcement is the culmination of a search process which began last semester. The College’s mascot search committee, which includes faculty, students and alumni, received over 800 submissions from the public and narrowed down ideas throughout the summer. Rejected concepts include the asparagus, Friesian horses and Bricky the Brick.William and Mary has announced the five concepts for finalists

“The process achieved our goal of broad participation from the Tribe family,” Althetics Director and Chair of the Mascot Search Committee Terry Driscoll said in a press release. “The proposed concepts ran the gamut of possible mascots with creativity, thoughtfulness and humor. The committee worked very hard to reach this point and we’re very pleased to unveil these five .

Feel free to voice your opinion and vote on these concepts.

Participate in the feedback survey. Voting deadline is  by 5:00PM on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

W&M Athletic Director Terry Driscoll

William & Mary Athletic Director Terry Driscoll, who is chair of the College’s mascot search committee, appeared on ESPN2’s “First Take” morning show on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

Driscoll appeared in a segment at about 10:45 a.m. via satellite to discuss the status of the search and the wide range of ideas submitted so far by alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the College. A surprise appearance by Lou Holtz generated more ideas for consideration by the mascot committee.

You can watch it below

W&M Senior selected as Rhodes Scholar

w & m, william and mary williamsburg College of William and Mary senior Kira Allmann has been selected one of 32 American Rhodes scholars for 2010.

The scholarship is one of the world’s highest academic awards.

Rhodes scholars attend Oxford University in England. Allmann will begin her studies in October and plans to pursue a master’s of philosophy in modern Middle Eastern studies.

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W&M Tribe Loses to Richmond

w&Mlogo Richmond place-kicker Andrew Howard kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the fourth-ranked Spiders a 13-10 victory against fifth-ranked William and Mary before a crowd of 17,527 at Richmond Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tribe finishes the regular season with a 9-2 record and will now await the NCAA Playoff pairings that are scheduled to be released live on ESPNEWS on Sunday from 3-3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays with Tony


w&m Basketball William and Mary Tribe basketball fans are invited to take part in ‘Tuesdays with Tony,’ which are monthly luncheons with W&M head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver at The Gazebo restaurant in Williamsburg. The first luncheon, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon, comes on the heels of the Green and Gold home opener against Richmond on Thursday, Nov. 19.
The luncheon will include a buffet for $8. The event will also provide fans the opportunity to get Shaver’s thoughts on the Tribe’s opening games at No. 12/14 Connecticut and Harvard along with the College’s home opener against Richmond. Select Tribe players will also make appearances at the events, and a question and answer portion will also follow for Green and Gold fans to get all the current happenings in Tribe basketball. Continue reading