Governor appoints ambassador, judge to Board of Visitors
Former U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and retired Norfolk Circuit Judge Charles E. Poston J.D. ’74 have been appointed to William and Mary’s Board of Visitors, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday. Their four-year terms will begin July 1.
In addition, James A. Hixon J.D. '79 and Karen Kennedy Schultz '75 have been reappointed to second terms. Aponte and Poston will succeed Todd A. Stottlemyer '85 and Thomas R. Frantz '70 whose terms expire on June 30. Among his many roles with the board, Stottlemyer served as rector and chair of the executive committee from 2013 to 2018. Frantz was also an executive officer for the board, serving as its secretary from 2013 to 2015. Both Stottlemyer and Frantz also served on the Presidential Search Committee.
“William and Mary warmly welcomes Ambassador Aponte and Judge Poston and the wealth of experience both bring to the Board of Visitors,” said President Katherine A. Rowe. “I look forward to working with them.
The 17-member board, currently led by Rector John E. Littel, is the governing body of the university.
VIMS selects winners of inaugural innovation fund competition
William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science has selected researchers Derek Loftis and Lisa Kellogg as winners of its inaugural Dean and Director’s Innovation Fund competition.
The fund, endowed in 2018 by the Joan and Morgan Massey Foundation through the VIMS Foundation, is designed to support efforts by VIMS scientists to innovate, commercialize products and services and spur job growth.
“Our faculty have long pursued innovative research questions with an entrepreneurial spirit,” says VIMS Dean and Director John Wells. “The Massey’s generosity now enables us to leverage those pursuits, and our Innovation Fund Working Group provides the expertise to winnow submitted ideas and help move them toward fruition.”
Loftis pitched commercialization of a water-level sensor that uses artificial intelligence, including edge-detection algorithms and image-classification techniques, to detect the extent of floodwaters as captured in a live video stream.
StormSense is a flood-monitoring initiative established through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2016.
Kellogg’s idea is to explore the feasibility of developing a fishing-related app for mobile phones, one that could benefit anglers, fisheries scientists and fisheries managers — comparable to the value of birding apps already in use in the ornithological community.
Alumna spreads water safety awareness a year after husband's death
It was Father’s Day Weekend 2018. Ali Gaidies Joy ’96 and her husband Austin Joy ’93 were enjoying a day with their three kids at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina. After a day of picnicking and searching for shells in the sand, the couple’s 7-year-old twin daughters ventured into the water, where they were caught in a rip current.
Ali and her girls survived, but her husband Austin did not. Now Ali is determined to keep beach safety in the forefront of people’s minds through her Float Don’t Fight campaign, which urges people to take a floating device when heading into the ocean for leisure or if trying to rescue someone. Ali’s message is simple: Bring a float, grab a float and be a float.
“I want to focus on messaging that is not out there for most beachgoers,” Ali said. “People need to always bring a float, a raft or a boogie board to the beach. Before you run in to help someone, grab a float. I want to condition people’s minds to do that, so they can make a rescue and not have the pain and loss of life that we encountered.”
For the Bold celebration in London
William and Mary returned to its royal roots during the May 28 For the Bold campaign celebration in London in honor of the nearly 9,000 alumni, parents and friends that comprise the university’s international community.
More than 100 William and Mary faithful gathered inside Drapers’ Hall to laud the extraordinary impact of the school’s most ambitious campaign. London served as a fitting backdrop for the celebration given William and Mary’s standing as the first U.S. institution of higher education with a royal charter. In honor of the London For the Bold event, Kensington Palace was illuminated in green and gold.
“William and Mary’s For the Bold celebration in London paid joyful tribute to our deep international connections, which stem all the way back to our royal roots,” said President Katherine A. Rowe.
Since the start of the $1 billion For the Bold campaign, more than $864 million has been raised, including $11.5 million from alumni, parents and friends living in countries outside of the U.S. Scholarships — the university’s top campaign priority — was the focus of the celebration. The university has secured more than $266 million for scholarships since July 2011.
Items used are from William and Mary news releases.
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