Partnership will help homeless students on the path to college
Project HOPE-VA will partner with the Virginia Community College System and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to help homeless students succeed in higher education after graduation.
They will draw from the Great Expectations program, created in 2008 to help youths who have been in foster care transition to a Virginia community college. The team is exploring a pilot program to create single points of contact in Virginia colleges for homeless youths.
The work of Project HOPE-VA has increased the number of homeless students who graduate high school. The same level of commitment and information has to be directed towards supporting those students as they go to college, said Patricia Popp, a clinical associate professor and state coordinator for homeless education in the College of William and Mary School of Education.
“One of the things we have to do is change the narrative so we are telling children living with homelessness about people like them who have made it,” Popp said. “They should be seeing themselves in that successful next step.”
They’re also looking at best practices through a pilot project involving high school seniors identified as homeless, funded by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
Student-run hackathon returns with a new name
William and Mary’s student-run hackathon returns to Swem Library March 22-24 with a new name, Cypher V.
Alex Fantine, a junior, is the lead organizer for Cypher V. He began by explaining the name change for the event formerly known as TribeHacks.
“In part, it’s in honor of the William and Mary cypher,” Fantine said. “And also, cyphers mean coding.”
Hackathons are loosely organized creative marathons that center on coding. Fantine is quick to point out what a hackathon does not involve: “‘Hack’ doesn’t mean like, hack into a mainframe. It’s more like ‘hacking something together.’ ”
Activities at a hackathon include, but are not limited to, the creation and alteration of apps and other software. Drones, 3-D printers and virtual-reality headsets and other hardware will also be available for hacking at Cypher V.
Student showcased her oyster reef drone data at Graduate Research Symposium
Sofya Zaytseva is part of a team working to restore oyster habitat through a better understanding of how reefs develop.
Zaytseva, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Science at William and Mary, spoke on her work using drone-gathered data to analyze oyster reefs during the 18th annual Graduate Research Symposium.
Oysters are important organisms to the coastal economy and environment. Zaytseva said the population of this important species has dropped to less than one percent of its historic level.
Water temperature, salinity, bottom hardness and food availability should be considered when constructing and placing artificial oyster reefs as well as initial reef shape and size, Zaytseva wrote in her entry for the GRS award, “Analysis of oyster reef patterns in remotely sensed data.”
“Oyster restoration efforts focus on constructing artificial reefs to provide more oyster habitat and promote successful settlement and persistence of the oyster population,” she said.
New signs identify buildings named for women
A small change is making a big difference in the visibility of women who have contributed to the history of William and Mary.
New signs bearing the full names of women on five buildings and an athletic field were placed on campus over winter break, sparked by the committee in charge of William and Mary’s 100 years of coeducation commemoration. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, according to committee co-chair Jayne Barnard, James Cutler Professor of Law Emerita.
The proof is in the numbers on the William and Mary Women Facebook page.
“We have found that if we put up a picture or say anything about Glenn Close, we get 200 likes,” Barnard said. “If we put up anything about President Rowe, we get 400 likes. We posted one photograph of the new signs, and we got 900 likes. People shared it like mad.”
The women added include Cornelia Storrs Adair Hall, Martha Barksdale Athletic Fields, Kate Waller Barrett Hall, Carroll F. S. Hardy Hall, renamed in her honor 2016, Althea Hunt Hall and Grace Warren Landrum Hall.
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