18:30 - 21:00 - W&M Weekend in NYC Kickoff & Raft Debate

Featuring Joe Plumeri ’66, D.P.S. ’11, honorary chair of W&M Weekend in NYC

Kick off W&M Weekend with Joe Plumeri ’66, D.P.S. ’11, vice chairman of the First Data Board of Directors and honorary chair of the W&M Weekend in NYC, at a cocktail reception at the New York Athletic Club. The evening will continue with our annual Raft Debate. Described as a “delicate balance of comedy and lecture,” this popular event will feature four W&M professors from diverse disciplines — all recipients of the prestigious Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence — stranded on an island with a one-person life raft for escape to civilization. Come decide who should survive for the sake of humanity and achieve academic glory!

Plumeri — a New Yorker, business leader, philanthropist and passionate member of the Tribe — will serve as the competition’s esteemed judge. Your applause decides the winner! Don’t miss out on this animated debate and your chance to pick the ultimate academic survivor.

Professors include:

  • Lee Kirkpatrick, Associate Professor, Psychology, 2017 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Lisa M. Landino, Garrett-Robb-Guy Professor, Chemistry, 2011 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Ronald Schechter, Associate Professor, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History, 2016 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence
  • Christopher Freiman, Associate Professor, Philosophy
    2016 Alumni Fellowship Award

First 150 registrants will receive a copy of Plumeri’s inspirational book, “The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success – By Putting Passion Into Your Life and Work.” Attire for ladies and gentleman should follow the New York Athletic Club dress code.

Location: New York Athletic Club, Card Room & Lounge
Price: $75 Alumni, Parents and Friends
$50 Young Alumni
$25 Student