William and Mary Digest Sept. 19

Freshman recognized for efforts in Ghana

An online publication called HerCampus recognized a William and Mary freshman for her work abroad. Samantha Boateng spent last summer in Ghana working with Read 2 Lead, which she created in an attempt to help students find books easier in her native country.

Boateng's mother taught a class in Northern Virginia to kids who did not have much access to books. Recognizing that many children have the same issue in Ghana, the situation inspired Boateng to help where she could.

"I love reading so much, so I wanted to at least collect a few books to send over," she said.

Collecting books and money stateside eventually developed into creating a library for Ghanaian students in the capital, Accra.

Boateng and her family plan to head back to Ghana at the end of the calendar year to put the finishing touches on the school. She'll head to Ghana again in the spring with students from her high school to start the process of opening a library in her parents' hometown, Kumasi.

The time aboard showed Boateng just how important her work is. She knows libraries help kids who otherwise may not read.

"It really opened my eyes up," she said. "After being there, I know that in the future I want to do more things like that and help people somehow, in any way I can."

Law professor accepts scholarship

Italy is the newest home for law professor Christie Warren, who is the 2016-17 Fulbright-Schuman Chair at the European University Institute.

"We're delighted that Professor Warren has been honored with this Fulbright Fellowship," said Davison M. Douglas, dean and Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School. "Her work in the field of post-conflict reconstruction has contributed greatly to peace building efforts around the world, and the expertise she will bring back to the classroom will be of great benefit to our students."

Based in Florence, Warren will spend time researching the dynamics between the United States and the European Union after conflicts. She's interested in addressing the root causes of international conflicts and how to address them.

"This fellowship is a tremendous honor," Warren said. "Unfortunately, there is no shortage of conflict in our world, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to delve deeply into studying root causes of conflict and ways that constitutional and legal frameworks can help solve them."

Governor appoints new BOV member

William and Mary Board of Visitors member Ted Dintersmith has stepped down from his post because of time constraints. In his place, Gov.Terry McAuliffe appointed a man knows who what type of job he's stepping into because he's done it before.

John Littel was on the Board of Visitors until the end of June. He'll serve the rest of Dintersmith's four year term, which started in July.

"We are thrilled to have John Littel return to the Board. He has been a strong contributor the past four years, and we look forward very much to working with him again," said President Taylor Reveley. "At the same time, we will miss Ted Dintersmith. His insight into the future of education in the United States is compelling."

Littel works for Magellan Health as the senior vice president of external affairs. He has experience on some of the Board's committees: He's been vice chairman on the Committee on Financial Affairs, and the Committee on Strategic Initiatives and New Ventures.

"John Littel has been a real leader on the Board and played an especially important role as the Board's primary liaison with Richard Bland College. We're delighted he'll be joining us again," said Todd Stottlemyer, a fellow board member. "We were also looking forward to having Ted Dintersmith on the Board, but we understand his concerns about balancing his time and commitments. Ted remains an active alumnus, and we look forward to working with him in other ways to support the university."

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