In This Issue
Helpful Links
Parent and Family Programs
University Registrar
Arts & Sciences
W&M a Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers
With 21 alumni currently volunteering in countries across the globe, William & Mary is ranked 12th among medium-size colleges and universities, which includes schools with 5,000 to 15,000 undergraduates. Last year, the university was ranked 22nd.
Discounted Colonial Williamsburg Passes for Parents
Colonial Williamsburg offers a myriad of programs and special events for you to enjoy while visiting your student at William & Mary. Enhance your visit by purchasing a Collegiate Pass which grants admission to Colonial Williamsburg for a full year but is only half the price of a regular Colonial Williamsburg Annual Pass.
Tarpey, Thornton propel W&M past Towson 65-50

Terry Tarpey scored a career-high 24 points and Marcus Thornton  became William & Mary's career scoring leader as the Tribe coasted to a 65-50 win over Towson last week.

Muscarelle opens Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition
The show, the first exhibition devoted to Leonardo's fascination with the beautiful and the ugly, opened to the public on Saturday, Feb. 21, and will remain on view through April 5. The exhibit features more than 20 drawings by Leonardo as well as his complete Codex on the Flight of Birds.
March 2015 
Freshmen Parents Newsletter
Dear Parents,

March is here, and Spring Break is already upon us! Wherever you and your students find yourself during their time off from school, remember to stay safe and enjoy some well-deserved vacation. This issue of the Parent Newsletter details Discounted Colonial Williamsburg Passes for families, career help, volunteer opportunities and more. We hope this information is useful and finds you well!


If you have any questions about the Parent & Family Council, please email us at




John and Wendy Dickinson

Freshman Class Chairs

Regional Alternative Break Works with Warriors in Transition

A Branch Out Regional alternative break trip will bring students from all classes to work alongside soldiers and volunteers at Ft Bragg, NC on a tranquility garden. Participants will contribute to this space which is a "safe haven" for soldiers who are healing from injury and illness, and their caregivers, by building up raised beds and assisting with an Easter egg hunt for children of Soldiers. In the process, they will learn about issues soldiers and veterans face in healing and recovery.

Focus 2 - An Online Career Exploration Resource
Is your student unsure of his or her intended major or what career may offer a good fit? FOCUS 2 is a web-based tool that can assist your student in selecting a major based on interests and aspirations, discovering occupations matching personal preferences & attributes, and making informed career decisions. Students can take the FOCUS 2 assessments on their own, through the career center website. We encourage students to follow up with a career advisor to help make sense of their results and develop an action plan. 
First Year Experience
2014-2015 Orientation Area Directors Selected

Ten of the university's premier student leaders were selected by the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) to serve as
 Area Directors for the Fall 2015 New Student Orientation program.  The Orientation Area Director team is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising Orientation Aides (returning and new) and assist with the planning and implementation of the fall New Student Orientation Program.  As FYE student representatives, the OADs will also participate in W&M's upcoming New Student & Family Receptions alongside Parent & Family Programs, Parent & Family Giving, and the Alumni Association. 

Fall and Academic Year 2015 Study Abroad Deadline
Is your student planning to study abroad next year? Applications for W&M Exchange and Sponsored Semester Programs (Fall 2015, Academic Year 2015-2016) are due on Monday, March 16th. Students can earn credit toward graduation with our partner universities all over the world. Have questions? Study Abroad workshops are held daily, and the Global Education Office has walk-in hours 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Residence Life
The W&M Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is pleased to announce its newest inductees for Spring 2015. Membership is restricted to the top 1% of campus leaders and members are considered the top 1% of residence hall leaders across the nation. Congratulations to:

Julia Zuercher
Samantha Bass
Zack Manley
Lauren Dybel

Anna Iglesias

Madison Kozoyed

Brad Meirs (Honorary Member)

Spend the Summer with W&M - in DC!
W&M's Washington Office offers a broad selection of summer courses for students spending summer 2015 in DC.
  • Take 1-3 credit courses taught by W&M professors
  • Fulfill GERs and major/minor requirements
  • Attend class in late afternoons and evenings at our Dupont Circle office 
  • NEW THIS YEAR - two evening classes will be held at the NOVA Arlington Center in Ballston! 
  • Open to current/newly admitted undergraduates, alumni, visiting students, and NVCC students
  • Tuition starts at $350/credit hour!
We Want to Hear From You!
You and your students are important to us. How can we better serve you? Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.
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Student Philanthropy at the College aims to educate all students about the importance of giving and the impact of their gifts on the College. Student Philanthropy involves all students in the process of building a culture of philanthropy by empowering them to serve as ambassadors and advocates for the College.

To date, 19% of freshman parents have made a gift this year as compared to 14% of freshman students. As a parent your support set the stage for your student's participation. Please support the Tribe today, and encourage your student to do the same!

Support the Parents Fund today!

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