W&M Digest - Nov. 11

The Virginia Gazette

Alum named to High School Hall of Fame

William and Mary alum Donald Darnton was named with six others to the 2015 Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

Darnton, a Williamsburg resident, was recognized for his role with the Christopher Wren Association at William and Mary.

Sponsored jointly by the Virginia High School League and the Virginia High School Coaches Association, the Hall is dedicated to preserving the heritage of outstanding achievements by students and adults in sports and activities in Virginia's high schools.

An induction dinner in October recognized Darnton and other members of the Class of 2015, bringing the total membership to 256, officials said.

Business school seeks curriculum ideas

William and Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business is borrowing from business for the future of business education.

In updating its full-time Master of Business Administration curriculum and program, the school is inviting professionals, executives, innovators and students from all over the world to weigh in on the program's future.

The Mason School launched the seven-week, online collaborative gathering of professionals, "Tomorrow's MBA: Co-creating the Future of Business Education," near the end of October. The website allows participants to discuss and together co-create the MBA of the future for William and Mary. The school will award prizes for the best ideas.

"Our goal is to co-create the most differentiated, sustainable and relevant MBA program available," said Mason School of Business Dean Larry Pulley. "And we are adopting an 'outside-in' approach to reach our goal."

The approach, asking customers and users to assist in the design of a product or service, is known as open innovation. It is used widely in the business world but is new to higher education.

Professor: Humans aren't only ones who love, feel grief

In her William and Mary Tack Faculty Lecture, endowed by Carl and Martha Tack, entitled "Wild Grief/Untamed Love," Chancellor Professor of Anthropology Barbara J. King seemed astounded that her fellow scientist was astounded by the outpouring of grief of an animal she witnessed in the wild.

"That word 'astounded' really struck me," King told an overflow audience of more than 800 on Oct. 28 at Sadler Center's Commonwealth Auditorium. "I started thinking about it. Should we really feel amazed and astounded when we see that other animals express care, express affection, express mourning?"

She quoted from a recent New York Times article in which the author claimed that there was an "exclusive club" of animals that paid attention to their dead – elephants, chimpanzees, dolphins, crows and relatives of crows known as scrub jays.

"I'm here to tell you that I don't think the club is as exclusive as a lot of a scientists think," she argued, adding that she has joined with a group of people who have been working on animal emotion. They have the data to suggest that grief "is a much more widespread process."

Compiled by Education Reporter Michele Canty, who can be reached at (757) 345-2341.

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