News in Brief: November 20

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November 20, 2009

4:25 AM

*W&M named top public institution for study abroad*

With 46.3 percent of the College of William and Mary’s undergraduate population participating in study abroad programs, the College now boasts one of the highest percentage of undergraduates who participate in study abroad programs.

According to the Institute of International Education, the College ranks 17th among the 40 doctorate institutions in the United States, a ranking that puts it above all other public and private Virginia institutions in the report.

The College offers study abroad opportunities through the Reves Center, which provides pamphlets, study abroad workshops and discussions with peer advisors among other things. Last year, the Reves Center provided $172,000 in study abroad scholarships.

*Tennis teams take part in Run and Roll Challenge*

The College of William and Mary’s varsity tennis teams took part in the 2009 Run and Roll Tennis Challenge Oct. 30 to kick off the USTA Virginia Wheelchair Open sponsored by Truong Rehabilitation Center. The purpose of the event was to help raise awareness of wheelchair tennis and tennis in general.

“The fun part of the night was when we tried to play in wheelchairs. We were so bad,” Adrian Vodislav ’13, a member of the men’s tennis team, said of his experience. “It was also at that moment we realized how strong those people are. Overall, it was a great experience and I hope I get the chance to do this again.”

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing and most challenging of all wheelchair sports. It allows persons with disabilities to engage in activities with their peers and family.

The Virginia Wheelchair Open at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center was the first of many of its kind to come, as the USTA works to continue the spread of wheelchair tennis throughout the state.

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