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W & M Digest, Sept. 9

The Virginia Gazette

Ellis to visit Williamsburg this month

William and Mary's athletics department announced 2015 Women's World Cup champion coach Jill Ellis '88 will be returning to her alma mater for Family Weekend , Sept. 25 and 26.

Ellis will be at both the Tribe women's soccer match against Hofstra on Friday, Sept. 25 (at Martin Family Stadium at Albert/Daly Field) and the football game against Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 26. At both contests, she will be honored at halftime. She will also address the crowd at the women's soccer match, university officials said.

Fans will have opportunities to enter drawings for a chance to win a meet-and-greet prior to the match on Friday night. Fans who purchase tickets before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23,. will be automatically entered into the contest. Five winners will be selected and receive the opportunity to be accompanied by a guest and be a part of a special meet-and-greet with Ellis.

VIMS provides research experience

Twelve undergraduates from across the nation completed summer research at William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science and in early August presented their findings to an audience of faculty, staff and students.

The students are interns in the "Research Experience for Undergraduates" program at VIMS. The internship offers individualized research experiences for 12 standout college students, university officials said. Directed by professor Rochelle Seitz, the program has run for more than 25 years and is funded by a National Science Foundation grant to Seitz and professor Linda Schaffner, with additional funding from VIMS, William & Mary, private donors and grants to individual faculty.

Participating in this year's session, which was led by VIMS marine scientist Jenny Dreyer, were Kristen Bachand (Brown University); Haley Baker (University of Alabama); James Brown (Bates College); Ben Fowler (Juniata College); Nate Hua (University of Iowa); Shannon Jones (Northeastern University); Katherine Longmire (College of Charleston); Diana Lutz (Elmira College); Keiko Nomura (San Diego State University); Corelle Rokicki (Eckerd College); Justin Shawler (W&M); and Spencer Weinstein (University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Faculty awarded professorships

William and Mary alum Dawn Mansfield Arnall donated more than $1 million to William and Mary to establish the Mansfield Professorship in honor of her family. Arnall's gift will fund faculty positions in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and Arts & Sciences.

Faculty members Patricia L. Vahle and H. Katherine Guthrie were honored with the named professorships and will be recognized for two years as the Mansfield Associate Professor of Physics and the Mansfield Associate Professor of Business, respectively. The university awards professorships to faculty members with a commitment to engaged learning, collaboration and research. Emphasis is placed on those faculty members who are advancing an enriching academic experience for students both in and out of the classroom.

The decision behind Arnall's decision to establish the Mansfield Professorship was the unique opportunity provided to her as a student to closely interact and collaborate with professors.

"William & Mary is one of the few universities in the U.S. with small class sizes and professors who actually teach the class, not a teacher's assistant. We are unique in this way and we should be very proud of this fact," said Arnall. "I have great fondness for my years at William & Mary because professors took interest in me as a student — this made classes more interesting and I made more of an effort because of this interaction."

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