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Popularity of IT class makes it a staple for resident life staffers

By Suzanne Seurattan
June 27, 2008

Popular IT class becomes staple of residence life staff development.

Charity celebrates 50 years of service

By Erin Zagursky
June 26, 2008

Lawrence Charity, the morning lead cook at the Commons Dining Hall, will be recognized for five years of dedication to the College of William and Mary.

Jim Barbour: The mystery of the two-week retirement

By Suzanne Seurattan
June 25, 2008

Officially, Jim Barbour is retired. So, how is that he’s celebrating his 45th year with the College of William and Mary this month? No mystery here, say his colleagues.

Thomasine Lewis: A life calling

By Lillian Stevens
June 24, 2008

Thomasine Lewis, who has served the College for 45 years, is considered a motivator, teacher, counselor and mentor by William and Mary students.

Meier gets College's Duke Award

By Suzanne Seurattan
May 2, 2008
Tom Meier, senior electrical technician for the biology and psychology departments, has received the Duke Award.

Vice President of Public Affairs Gamage ('72) takes post at U.Va. foundation

By Brian Whitson
April 11, 2008

Stewart Gamage, who has served the past 15 years as William and Mary’s vice president of public affairs, will leave the College this summer to take on a newly created position at the University of Virginia Foundation.

Ombudsperson ready to help staff be heard

By Erin Zagursky
March 21, 2008

Tatia Daniels Granger is the College’s new university ombudsperson, a person who provides confidential, impartial and informal resources for staff members seeking help with workplace concerns.

In New Orleans to help; to learn

By Drew Stelljes
March 3, 2008
Drew Stelljes provides first-person updates from a Spring Break service trip to New Orleans. The trip is one of 10 domestic and seven international service trips being conducted by William and Mary students during the break.

Bradford presents College's legislative priorities

By Staff
January 25, 2008

Fran Bradford, associate vice president for government relations at the College of William and Mary, identifies 2008 legislative priorities for the university.


After four decades, Sadler to retire in June

By Brian Whitson
January 15, 2008
Sam Sadler, vice president for student affairs at the College of William and Mary, announced his retirement, effective in June 2008.

Winter service: Hope amidst trials in Belize

By Drew Stelljes
January 11, 2008

First-person reflection by Drew Stelljes, director of the College's Office of Volunteer Services, concerning participation in a winter-break service trip to Belize.

Arseneau receives volunteer award

By Suzanne Seurattan
January 8, 2008

Anne Arseneau, associate director of student activities, received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Association of Fraternity Advisors.

William and Mary's Clark Kent

By Suzanne Seurattan
December 7, 2007
Tom Chamberlain has put in a lot a volunteer hours keeping the campus safe as a William and Mary police department volunteer.

Memorial service set for beloved fencing coach

By Staff
November 12, 2007

The William and Mary community is mourning the loss of venerable Fencing Club Coach Peter S. “Pete” Conomikes, who died Saturday afternoon in a single-car accident that also injured three students.

30-year veteran Hill to lead in final home matches

By Tribe Athletics staff
November 6, 2007
After an impressive 30-year career as head coach of the William and Mary volleyball team, Debbie Hill will lead the Tribe in her final home matches.

Evans, Bullock honored by Alumni Association

By Eric Pesola
October 5, 2007

The Alumni Association has honored staff members Susan Evans and Gerald Bullock with staff service awards.

Stelljes: What service is about

By Drew Stelljes
September 14, 2007

Drew Stelljes, coordinator of the Office of Student Volunteer Services, shares his thoughts on what public service entails.

Back to New Orleans: Lessons of disaster

By David Williard
June 29, 2007
In June, Lauren Grainger and Meghan Dunne attended a service conference in New Orleans. For Grainger, the return after nearly 18 months revealed the work that remained to be done.

Housekeepers rout housekeepers, 14-3

By David Williard
June 28, 2007
Housekeeping workers from the College’s residence life department squared off against their co-workers in the facilities management department during a softball game played on the intramural fields on June 28. The residence life team won 14-3.

EAD 2007: Greene celebrates 40 years

By David Williard
June 8, 2007
Roxie Greene (dining services) shared her thoughts about service on the day she was honored as a 40-year-employee at the College.

Deputy police chief earns 2007 Duke Award

By Erin Zagursky
May 14, 2007
William and Mary Police Captain Ed Davis received the 2007 Duke Award.

Faculty-staff tourney opens new MNTC era

By David Williard
March 13, 2007
A faculty-staff tennis tournament is among the events geared toward making the McCormack Nagelsen Tennis Center more accommodating for College employees.

Ambler receives 'dissertation of the year' award

By Erin Zagursky
February 23, 2007
Ginger Ambler, assistant vice president for student affairs, received the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Groundsworker saves service trip

By David Williard
February 19, 2007
Groundsworker Conrad Brown found an envelope containing lots of cash in the sorority court parking area. His follow-up actions have won him the respect and admiration of both students and co-workers.

Stelljes: Life-changing international service

By Drew Stelljes
February 2, 2007
Drew Stelljes, coordinator of the College’s office of student volunteer services, writes about the beginnings and the impacts of international service trips at William and Mary.

College police officer earns Bronze Star

By Erin Zagursky
November 16, 2006
William and Mary police officer Beonko Sampson earned a Bronze Star in Iraq as a member of the Army Reserve unit based at Ft. Eustis.

Early arrival: Scott's workday is birthday

By Erin Zagursky
November 2, 2006
As Jennifer Scott was preparing to give a presentation to 300 high-school students, her own unborn child decided it was time to arrive.

The 'Grind': Coffee shop in Owen's image

By Craig Pearson
October 19, 2006
Clients of the College's Daily Grind are as assorted as are the interests of its manager, Scott Owen.

Child-care center gets NAEYC accreditation

By David Williard
September 28, 2006
Pre-schoolers enrolled in Williamsburg Campus Child Care at the Sarah Ives Gore Center are in the best of hands.

Berquist's service reaches across generations

By Suzanne Seurattan
September 21, 2006
Karen Berquist has been honored with the 2006 President's Award for Service to the College.

Cole named Trainer of the Year

By Staff
September 2, 2006
Steve Cole is the national Athletic Trainer of the Year.

In memoriam: Gelhard and Thompson

By Staff
August 30, 2006
Two staff members, Cynthia Gelhard and Calvin Thompson, will be missed by the William and Mary community.

College Summit students envision possibilities

By David Williard
July 17, 2006
Twenty-eight rising high-school seniors began to see college as a possibility during a four-day College Summit seminar on the campus of William and Mary.

Jim Gleason: Sui generis

By Bill Walker
July 6, 2006
Jim Gleason, who passed away on July 5, had a prickly exterior underpinned with a heart of gold--a heart that was given totally to the College.

Nichol praises College's 'marvelous' staff during Employee Appreciation Day

By David Williard
June 9, 2006
President Gene Nichol led in honoring staff members of the College during the 2006 Employee Appreciation Day picnic.

Sharing the love: Brown celebrates 50 years of service

By Brian Whitson
June 9, 2006
For his half-century of service to the students at William and Mary, the College honored "Guy" Brown during its 2006 Employee Appreciation Day.

Hoilett to be awarded 2006 Duke Award

By Brian Whitson
April 5, 2006
Olive Hoilett, a lead teacher at the Sarah Ives Gore Child Care Center, is the 2006 recipient of the Charles and Virginia Duke Award. The award is given annually to recognize exceptional devotion to William and Mary by a non-student, non-instructional faculty employee.

Davis helps College community make media at Swem

By Kate Hoving
March 30, 2006
Troy Davis helps members of the community  work on audio and video projects—from pre- to post-production.

Pieri named vice president for development

By Bill Walker
March 1, 2006
Sean M. Pieri, currently vice president for development of the U. S. Air Force Academy’s Association of Graduates, has been named vice president for development at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

New associate provost for enrollment comes back to his alma mater

By Brian Whitson
January 20, 2006
As a student tour guide, Earl T. Granger III (’92) spent most of his undergraduate days pitching the College of William and Mary’s unique educational experience to prospective students and their families. So when Granger returns to his alma mater next month to assume his new role as associate provost for enrollment, he will be returning to familiar territory—and a favorite topic.

“T’was the Night After Finals”

By Sam Sadler
December 20, 2005
Text of "T’was the Night After Finals” as read by Sam Sadler, vice president for student affairs, during the College’s 2005 Yule Log ceremony.

Ash Lawn-Highland marks its 30th anniversary with Holmes at the helm

By Bill Walker
December 8, 2005
Ash Lawn-Highland, the Charlottesville home of President James Monroe, marks its 30th anniversary with Carolyn Holmes at the helm.

Tribe Aid showcases staff and faculty talent

By Staff
November 11, 2005
Faculty and staff members at the College revealed numerous talents as they put on a benefit show to help victims of Hurricane Katrina recover.

Registrar’s office faces continuous crunch

By Suzanne Seurattan
October 21, 2005
Staff members in the College’s registrar’s office thrive amidst multi-layered responsibilities.

Alumni Association honors staff and faculty members

By Staff
October 6, 2005
At the William and Mary Alumni Association’s Fall Awards Banquet on Sept. 22, Teresa L. Edmundson and Diana Haywood received Staff Service awards, and Jimmye Laycock received the 2004-05 Coach of the Year Award. The association also honored five professors with Fellowship awards.

Bradford to serve Commonwealth

By Suzanne Seurattan
September 22, 2005
For Fran Bradford the phrase “road to Richmond” has taken on new value. Bradford, director of government relations, has taken a leave of absence to serve as Virginia’s deputy secretary of education through December. She was asked by Governor Mark Warner to fill the vacancy, created by an interdepartmental promotion, until the conclusion of his current term. The leave of absence from the College began Sept. 19.

A seat with a pedigree
Redwood bench is a labor of hands and minds

By David Williard
September 8, 2005
The new bench situated beneath the College’s two coastal redwoods represents the vision and labor of students, a faculty member and several staff personnel.

A push for HACE: College sponsors Busch Series car

By David Williard
August 30, 2005
In an effort to raise awareness of and funds for the employee assistance fund sponsored by HACE, the College is sponsoring a Busch-series racing car at the Sept. 9 event in Richmond.

The art of class selection

By Henry Broaddus
August 24, 2005
The following essay by Henry Broaddus, the College’s dean of admission, considers the process of selecting an incoming class. —Ed.

David Dudley: When business and theater collide

By Lillian Kelly
August 2, 2005
David Dudley ('75), who serves the College as assistant technical director in the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, pursued a business degree at William and Mary to prepare him for his career.

Carla Jordan: The Brafferton's ambassador-at-large

By Lillian Kelly
August 2, 2005
For Carla Jordan, administrative assistant in the Office of the President, professionalism within the pressure cooker of her job never is an option—it is vital to the College.

Nichol presides at EAD
Staff share president's goal of making a better College

By David Williard
July 29, 2005
Staff members recognized during Employee Appreciation Day share their love and their hopes for the College.

Tamara Cooper: Achieving the superlative

By Lillian Kelly
June 20, 2005
Administrative assistant Tamara Cooper is at the center of the tightly-knit Department of Religious Studies.

For pair of Swem librarians saving books is a labor of love

By Suzanne Seurattan
May 19, 2005
Swem librarians Merle Kimball and Cindy Sadler work to save books damaged by the fire in Preston Hall.

Viewbook wins gold in CASE competition

By Joe McClain
May 5, 2005
The College's viewbook, a key admissions publication, earned a gold medal in the recent CASE national competition.

From student volunteer to museum director

By William T. Walker
April 26, 2005
When Aaron De Groft was an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, he served as a volunteer at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, where he hung portraits, cut mats and constructed frames. Little did he dream that in fewer than 20 years he would once again work at the Muscarelle – but this time, he would be in charge of the museum.

Trowbridge honored with 2005 Duke Award

By Tim Jones
April 14, 2005
Matthew Trowbridge’s relentless pursuit of personal and professional excellence has earned him the College’s highest staff honor.

Cottrell named executive vice president of Alumni Association

By John Wallace
March 24, 2005
The William and Mary Alumni Association's Board of Directors announced that Karen Cottrell, associate provost for admission and enrollment management at the College, has been named executive vice president of the Alumni Association. Cottrell, a member of the class of 1966, will assume her new position in June.

Law school team processes 26 percent more admissions

By Lillian Kelly
March 8, 2005
While some employees might complain about chaotic days and a crushing workload, Helen Antinori and Lynne Harmon are at their best when the Law School Admission Office's pace is at its peak-right now.

‘Frankenmania’: Morrill gets his laughs from Frankenstein monsters

By staff
February 21, 2005
David Morrill has found enjoyment in really bad Frankenstein movies.

Scott takes parking in stride
She is no ‘ticket witch’

By Lillian Kelly
January 28, 2005
No matter who she is dealing with, parking enforcement supervisor Sandra Scott has to remain consistent, fair and polite—even (or especially) when she is writing tickets.

‘Sadlerpalooza’ raises funds for service trips

By Meghan Williams (’05)
January 27, 2005
Sam Sadler, vice president for student affairs, was a key performer in a fund-raiser for international service trips.

Jackson is administrative glue in the dean of students’ office

By Lillian Kelly
November 16, 2004
Charlotte Jackson is the adminsitrative glue that holds together the office of the dean of students. She is named College employee of the month for November.

College and Sun Microsystems create one of best-kept cluster secrets on East Coast

By Tim Jones
November 4, 2004
The College, with considerable help from Sun Microsystems, has created one of the best-kept supercomputing secrets on the East Coast.

Tree guardian Trowbridge gets Alumni Association award for service

By Alumni Association staff
September 10, 2004
Matthew Trowbridge, arborist at the College, has received an award for service from the Alumni Association.

Cross steps down as development leader

By Bill Walker
September 3, 2004
Dennis Cross, vice president for development at the College, has accepted a position at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

Fanchon Glover named presidential assistant

By staff
September 3, 2004
Director of William and Mary’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Fanchon Glover has been appointed Assistant to the President. In addition to her current position as director of multicultural student affairs, Glover will advise the president on issues of diversity and serve as liaison between the administration and the student body.

McDevitt will help get products off research benches

By Suzanne Seurattan
August 25, 2004
Jason McDevitt, the College’s new director of technology transfer, will help researchers get their products to markets.

A positive report from Iraq
Van Smith says the transition is working

By David Williard
August 5, 2004
Van Smith (’03) recently returned from Iraq. He says that despite media images to the contrary, the transition is working.

Catering services takes on commencement

By Suzanne Seurattan
May 21, 2004
During the five-day period leading up to and including graduation, the catering services office set-up, executed and tore down about 55 events. It was booming business. Dining services served nearly 2,500 students, family and friends the day before graduation.

Cava receives Duke Award
She has processed more than 250,000 applications

By Tim Jones
May 6, 2004
Barbara Cava has received the College's highest honor for staff members, the Duke Award.

A good investment
College’s Technology and Business Center produces returns

By Suzanne Seurattan
April 29, 2004
An independent survey last year of TBC client companies revealed that for each dollar put into the Center, over $10 dollars of economic benefit was produced in the region. This economic benefit included increased revenues and grants as well as new and retained jobs.

Housekeeper sees the money and runs
Moore calls Campus Police to turn in stack of bills

By Staff
April 28, 2004
Housekeeping worker Shirley Moore saw an envelope containing a stack of bills unattended in her work area. She ran out of the room and called campus security.

Rape Aggression Defense course offered

By Suzanne Seurattan
April 9, 2004
Campus police chief Don Challis wants everyone on campus to know how to defend against physically threatening behavior. He is offering the Rape Aggression Defense course.

Library hosts literary dining at Commons

By Hope Yelich
March 31, 2004
Student Outreach Group at Swem Library hosted the annual Literary Excursion at the Commons.

Stitches keep Knitwits in conversation

By David Williard
March 25, 2004
At the start of the spring semester, four women began knitting together in the Holmes House on Thursdays. As their fashion creations have become known, the group has steadily grown.

William and Mary Remembers Ernestine Jackson

By Staff
March 12, 2004
Contains selected memories of Ernestine by those counting themselves among her friends.

Development Office receives multiple awards for ‘Campaign’ communications

By Jacqueline Genovese
March 11, 2004
Development Office communications products win numerous media awards.

W&M alum returns as director of the Washington Office

By Tim Jones
March 5, 2004
Adam Anthony (’87) replaces Susan Wayland (’68) as director of William and Mary’s Washington Office, the College’s embassy to the world.

Swem’s Special Collections set to return to main campus

By Suzanne Seurattan
January 29, 2004
Special Collections, consisting of three million manuscripts, three-million archive holdings and more than 37,000 rare books, is returning to the College's main campus this fall.

Dave Shantz connects the Millennium Classroom

By David Williard
January 28, 2004
Dave Shantz, CATV/network engineer with the College's information technology department, does more than just connect users of the "Millennium Classroom." He gets involved in the conversations.

Al Albert is Just a ‘Part of the Team’

By Brian Whitson
January 27, 2004
Men's soccer coach Al Albert won his 400th game with the tribe this season, placing him among the NCAA’s elite.

Recent W&M Graduate Van Smith ('03) Heading to Iraq

By Brian Whitson
January 16, 2004
William and Mary's Director of Public Outreach, Van Smith ('03) is heading to Baghdad for the next six-to-12 months to serve as an aid to the senior advisor to the Ministry of the Interior in Iraq.

W&M Sets Fundraising Record

By Bill Walker
December 16, 2003
The College received $44.5 million in new gifts, grants and pledges during the last fiscal year.

20 Years and Still Collecting at the Muscarelle

By David Williard
December 12, 2003
The Muscarelle Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the exhibition William and Mary Collects II. Nearly closed by budget cuts two years ago, the museum is on firm ground today.

Coach Debbie Hill Cherishes ‘Fun Times’ with Players

By Brian Whitson
December 11, 2003
Profile of women's volleyball coach Debbie Hill, who won her 500th game this year.

Steve Hicks: Citizen Archaeologist

By Bill Walker
November 17, 2003
Facilities management worker Steve Hicks has helped set the record straight on the Battle of Green Spring.

Reasons to Give

By David Williard
October 30, 2003
Four staff members who are featured in the 2003 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign video talk about their reasons to give.

New Police Chief Calls W&M Job 'Dream Come True'

By Suzanne Seurattan
October 23, 2003
William and Mary's new police chief will lead his department to help students "survive this sometimes perilous journey through college."

Bernard Bowman: A Thousand Times a Bride's Best Friend

By (Staff)
October 23, 2003

Campus Crews Heroic in Hurricane Cleanup

By Tim Jones
October 9, 2003
Following Hurricane Isabel, campus work crews had their hands full cleaning up the mess.

Deibel Named Little League Mom of the Year

By David Williard
October 6, 2003
College employee Stacy Deibel honored during the Williamsport World Series as Little League Mom of the Year.

No One Went Hungry

By Suzanne Seurrattan
October 3, 2003
College food-service workers fed an assortment of students, community emergency personnel and others during Hurricane Isabel.

Charity's 45 years honored; others acknowledged

By (staff)
August 14, 2003
Just about the only time you’ll catch Lawrence Charity not wearing a warm and inviting smile is at the crack of dawn. Upon his 6 a.m. arrival to work at the Commons, Charity begins his daily ritual of hollering on the phone as he sorts through the morning’s responsibilities.

Ladnier's double duty

Student affairs office manager Chris Ladnier also works part-time in the College's police department as a dispatcher.

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