Q&A: Jody Allen on Lemon Project report, impact of initiative and its future
In light of April’s announcement that a concept had been selected for a memorial on campus to people enslaved by the university, College of William and Mary News talked with Lemon Project director Jody Allen about the history of the project, its accomplishments and its goals for the future.
Why is the work of the Lemon Project so important?
When the Lemon Project was established by the Board of Visitors resolution in 2009, it was the second university-funded project of its kind in the country. Ten years later, there is a full-fledged movement of colleges and universities coming to terms with the history of slavery and its legacies on their campuses. While William and Mary is on the vanguard of this movement, we are just beginning the long process of remembering, acknowledging, and bringing to the forefront the contributions and experiences of African Americans on this campus and in the community from 1693 to the present day. William and Mary benefited from the labor of enslaved people for more years than it hasn’t, so the work of healing and reconciliation toward a genuinely inclusive campus community will not happen overnight, but the institutionalization of the Lemon Project will take us a long way.
Huge named to NCAA Division I Council
The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced the appointment of William and Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge to its Division I Council beginning on July 1, 2019.
The Division I Council is a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision making for Division I. The council is comprised of practitioners who work daily in Division I athletics, and it has primary legislative authority for Division I.
"On behalf of the entire Colonial Athletic Association membership I would like to congratulate Samantha on being selected to serve as the Conference's next representative on the NCAA Division I Council, as well as her appointment to the Football Oversight Committee," said CAA Commissioner Joey D'Antonio. "Samantha's vast experience in so many facets of intercollegiate athletics makes her the perfect fit for this position.”
The committee develops and debates new and past ideas and recommends whether they should be introduced as pieces of legislation. Athletic directors, athletic administrators, senior women administrators, faculty athletics representatives and student-athletes serve on the council.
The Auxulin story: Diabetic misery was the mother of invention
Tommy Ritz is a student in the class of 2019 MBA program at William and Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He and his father are Type 1 diabetics. They have an idea for a drug designed to alleviate the misery of hyperglycemic episodes that Type 1 diabetics experience many times a week. Jason McDevitt is helping Ritz and his dad take their discovery to market.
McDevitt is William and Mary’s director of technology transfer. He has helped Ritz form a company, Auxulin, and has secured intellectual property rights for the drug, which carries the working title Aux-101.
Aux-101 reduces the duration and severity of hyperglycemic episodes, so McDevitt expects the drug to help reduce some of the complications typical of Type 1 diabetes. One such complication is neuropathy, the nerve damage that causes numbness in diabetics’ extremities and can lead to more serious damage. Another complication is retinopathy — damage to the eyes.
“I expect Aux-101 to deliver these long-term health benefits and reduce hospitalizations among Type 1 diabetics,” McDevitt said. “That’s in addition to the short-term benefits of getting their blood sugar levels down quicker.”
McDevitt and Ritz will take the Auxulin story to the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. They are scheduling pitch meetings with representatives of pharma-tech firms during the June 3-6 session.
Four students to be commissioned at May 10 ceremony
Four William and Mary ROTC cadets will be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army during a May 10 ceremony on campus.
Lt. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, who serves as the deputy commanding general of the Army Futures Command and director of the Futures and Concepts Center at Fort Eustis, Virginia, will commission the cadets and speak at the ceremony, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Auditorium.
William and Mary Chancellor and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, President Katherine A. Rowe and Army Lt. Col. Dustin Menhart, chair of the university’s military science department, are also expected to provide remarks.
The cadets to be commissioned are:
• Haley Noelle Burton, Explosive Ordinance Division, Active Duty
• Matthew Yi Chu, Cyber Command, Active Duty
• Thomas James Harwood, Infantry, Active Duty
• Audrey M. Lloyd, Quartermaster Corps, Active Duty
Items used are from William and Mary news releases.
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