News in Brief: December 4

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December 4, 2009

1:54 AM

*Former College prof a candidate for university presidency*

Former College of William and Mary law professor Rod Smolla is currently being considered for the position of president at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

The former Marshall-Wythe School of Law professor and director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law taught at the College from 1988 to 1998. Since 2007, he has served as the dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

In addition to academics, he is a regular contributor to Slate, an online current affairs and culture magazine, and he has testified in front of senate committees.

*Law school employee poses for breast cancer awareness*

Cassi Fritzius, the executive assistant to Davison M. Douglas, dean of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, recently agreed to appear on a Virginia Beach billboard to promote breast cancer awareness.

Fritzius, a five-year survivor of breast cancer, agreed to be one of 20 breast cancer survivors from the Tidewater area to be photographed for billboards.

“When breast cancer is found early enough, statistically, I think most women can look forward to five-year longevity,” Fritzius said. “As my husband always says, by doing this — raising money and being aware — it gives me another birthday every year.”

She has also been active in other fundraising and awareness efforts. Recently, she helped raise more than $86,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and she will be raffling off a homemade quilt for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“The quilt is just another way to make people aware of breast cancer and to raise some money, too, hopefully,” Fritzius explained. “Every dollar counts. We don’t have to be a $1,000 contributor; we can be a $1 contributor, and it still counts.”

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