William & Mary; Pop Culture Icons?

…well maybe in 1693 but William & Mary alumni are among today’s pop culture icons and are among those honored at last night’s Prime Time Emmy Awards.  Glenn Close, Class of ’74, won the Emmy for Oustanding Lead Actress in a comedy series and John Stewart, Class of ’84, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy series for his perennial favorite, The Daily Show.

Think you can’t do much with a liberal arts education?  Think again.  Robert Clay, Class of ’68, owns the studding rights to some of the mosts famous racing horses in the world including 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, 2004 Derby winner Smarty Jones, and Dynaformer who sired 2006 Derby winner Barbaro.  Clay majored in business at the College and serves on the Mason School of Business’ Advisory Board.

Among William & Mary’s more recent graduates Thao Nguyen (’06) and Willis Thompson (’05) of the group Thao with the Get Down Stay Down who are currently touring the country promoting their new CD, We Brave Bee Strings and All, a collection of folk-pop songs.  Future pop icons perhaps?

The current Miss South Carolina and potential future Miss America, Anna Perry, is William & Mary Class of ’07.

Finally, 11 members of the most recent graduating class have received the coveted Fulbright Scholarship, given by the Department of State to only a few select students nationwide.  The scholarship is given to promote the breaking down of cultural barriers between the United States and other countries by teaching English abroad or by completing research in an international environment.

From the track to the recording studio to prime-time television, W&M alumni are everywhere!

– Wendy Livingston

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