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Much happened at the College of William & Mary over the past year, from new faces in the administration to record-breaking philanthropy. Check out these highlights from 2015 at William & Mary.
Policy Discussions, Changes
Construction, New Landmarks
Appointments, New Hires, Resignations
Awards, Records and Rankings
Grants and Philanthropy
- A College of William & Mary project that aims to promote healthy behaviors, education, awareness and empowerment for pregnant women and babies received a grant to further spread its educational resources to incarcerated mothers-to-be in Hampton Roads and Richmond.
- The Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefit Clinic is slated to receive $245,000 from the state to increase its services to veterans.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a $2.6 million grant to the college to support the development of the W. Taylor Reveley III Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows program, which will allow faculty members with fellowships to develop and teach courses and produce research that crosses boundaries of academic disciplines.
- Students organized multiple rallies, vigils and fundraisers to help Nepal recover from one of the most destructive earthquakes in recent history.
- John Rathbone, former chief financial officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation, donated $1 million to the Raymond A. Mason School of Business’ master of accounting and M.B.A. programs.
- The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic wing of Dominion Virginia Power, donated $25,000 to the Lewis B. Puller Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic.
- The college raised $105.8 million in fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30. The figure is the highest amount raised in a single fiscal year.
- The law school’s Revive My Vote received $230,000 from the Knight Foundation, a program with a goal of increasing civic participation.
- To help kick off Family Weekend and the Tribe’s first home football game of the season, two alumni – John and Sue Gerdelman – made a $4 million commitment to the college.
- Joe and Sharon Muscarelle carried on a family tradition of supporting the museum that bears their name, donating $2.5 million.
- An anonymous $50 million donation was given to the College of William & Mary in support of its newly launched $1 billion campaign.
W&M Faculty in the News
- Dream Catchers staff and College of William & Mary professors shared their study that found therapeutic horseback riding boosts communication for children with autism – an improvement that translates to the classroom – in a lecture at the School of Education.
- A former College of William & Mary student Xianlong Ge and his then-faculty adviser, Bill Starnes, were honored for a paper they wrote detailing research Ge conducted to strengthen a common household plastic.
- A current and former William & Mary professor ran for the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. John “Rio” Riofrio, a Latino Studies professor, and Jim Beers, who taught in the School of Education, both ran in contested races. Beers won the Roberts District seat, while Riofrio lost to Sandy Taylor in the Berkeley District race.
- Williamsburg Christian Academy hired Anne Anderson, the former head coach for William & Mary’s swim team, as the inaugural head coach of the school’s swim program.
- Michael Nichols, a 70-year-old professor of psychology, became a world champion in powerlifting after his performance in the International Powerlifting Federation of Masters Powerlifting Championships.
- Julie Hummel, the associate director of program development and innovation for the undergraduate business program, was appointed as the City of Williamsburg representative on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board.