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The LOVEworks sculpture will make its first stop in Williamsburg next week.
The artwork will be on display on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square from April 17 through 23, coinciding with Historic Garden Week of Virginia.
“The LOVE letters have never been to Williamsburg, and there is great excitement building around their arrival,” said Marina Ashton, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of commercial operations in a statement on the Merchants Square website. “We are planning some fun and unique activities to announce their arrival.”
The LOVE letters are a campaign from the Virginia Tourism Corporation that uses social media to encourage people to travel to Virginia, whose slogan is “Virginia is for Lovers.”
In addition to the touring sculpture, more than 40 Virginia cities have permanent LOVEworks on display. People are encouraged to snap photos of themselves with the sculptures and upload them to VTC’s Facebook or their own Twitter and Instagram pages using #LOVEVA.
For the traveling sculpture’s visit to Williamsburg, Merchants Square is encouraging people to post their photos to the Merchants Square website and Facebook page using an entry form to enter for a chance to win of three $800 prize packages, which include a $500 shopping spree in Merchants Square and two statewide passes to the 2016 Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week.
To welcome the LOVE letters, Colonial Williamsburg gardeners used daffodils – the official flower of this year’s Historic Garden Week to spell out LOVE in the spot the sculpture will stand. The gardeners grew 285 pots of bulbs, which were donated by Gloucester-based Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.
For more information about the LOVEwork’s visit to Williamsburg, click here.
William & Mary Names New Leader for Enrollment Division
The College of William & Mary has tapped an alumnus as the associate provost for enrollment and dean of admission.
Timothy A. Wolfe has been serving in the role since last summer, when he accepted the interim position after Dean Henry Broaddus was appointed vice president for strategic activities.
His official appointment, which went into effect March 30, follows an eight-month national search.
“[Wolfe] brings to this very important position rich knowledge of the field, keen judgment and a passionate commitment to his alma mater,” Provost Michael Halleran said in a news release. “Tim has already demonstrated his ability to perform at a high level in this complex role, and I am bullish on our continued success in recruiting superb students to our campus.”
Wolfe, who oversees both the admission and financial aid offices, received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the college in 1995 and 2001, respectively.
He started his career in admissions shortly after graduating from William & Mary as an admission counselor. He spent some of his career working for Walsingham Academy and Christopher Newport University before returning to the college in 2011.
Wolfe will oversee 28 staff members and a $2 million operating budget.
“I’m thrilled to be given an opportunity to continue serving with this new role,” Wolfe said in a statement. “The admission and financial aid offices already have outstanding, talented teams in place, and we have accomplished so much in recent years. I look forward to seeing what we’ll achieve together in the future.”
Spirit Week Raises $500 for Scholarship Fund
Papa Murphy’s Pizza helped the Williamsburg Community Foundation raise money for its scholarship fund.
Monica Chapman, the owner of Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Monticello Marketplace, presented a $500 check to WCF for its Williamsburg-James City County Scholarship Fund.
The pizza store hosted “spirit week” last month, asking patrons to present a coupon in return for a $5 pepperoni pizza. Each $5, up to $500, was then donated to the fund.
The W-JCC Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to students graduating from Jamestown, Lafayette or Warhill high schools.
The fund gave 60 scholarships, valued at a total of $66,825, to students last year. The application period for 2015 has expired. Click here to learn more about the scholarship for 2016.