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Richmond Native Elizabeth Garson Wins WVIC/Wachovia Scholarship

Elizabeth Graber from Richmond, Va., a junior at Washington and Lee University, is a recent winner of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) / Wachovia Scholarship Program competition.

Garson, one of two WVIC / Wachovia Scholars this year, was selected in a statewide competition with applicants from all 15 member colleges in the VFIC consortium. This scholarship, worth $10,000, carries with it the opportunity to be considered for a paid summer internship at Wachovia, a Fortune 500 financial firm.

“The competition for this scholarship was very strong, so it’s a real credit to the students that they were selected,” said Ned Moore, president of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. “We are delighted to partner with Wachovia for a second year. With their generosity we have been able to reward talented and dedicated young men and women with much-needed academic scholarships as well as career development opportunities.”

Garson, majoring in both business administration and Spanish, has been a member of the field hockey team since her freshman year, winning Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Rookie of the Year her freshman year and All-ODAC and All-State honors this past fall. She was elected co-captain for Fall 2008. She is a member and officer of Kappa Delta sorority, and Kathekon, which services as the voice of the students for visiting alumni.

“I am so honored to receive the VFIC/Wachovia Scholarship and I greatly appreciate the financial assistance it brings as well as the opportunities it may provide,” Garson commented. She volunteers for W&L’s Nabors Service League which organizes student service placements within the community, and at Waddell Elementary School weekly reading with kindergarteners.

She also volunteers at W&L’s Campus Kitchen helping to deliver nutritional meals to community members.

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private colleges in the Commonwealth, including W&L. The Wachovia Securities Scholarship program, administered by the VFIC, is provided to juniors who have academic promise and an interest in enhancing their future career opportunities in finance through an internship with a Fortune 500 company.


Test of W&L’s Emergency Notification System to Take Place Dec. 6

Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 6, we will test our emergency notification system in five ways.

  1. A text message to the cell phone and/or email address of everyone signed up for e2Campus. If you have not already registered your cell phone and/or email, please go to emergency.wlu.edu and click on the e2Campus logo. If you have registered but not verified that registration, please do so now. If you have questions about e2Campus, please contact Dana Camper at dcamper@wlu.edu or 458-4000.
  2. An announcement on the W&L Web site, http://www.wlu.edu.
  3. A broadcast e-mail to all W&L e-mail addresses.
  4. A message to all voice mailboxes in the W&L telephone system.
  5. A message on 462-5277 (GOCLASS), W&L’s weather-notification phone line.

This will be our first test of the system. In order to make the system as efficient as possible, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the test, as well as your thoughts afterward. Please send any comments to Dawn Watkins at dwatkins@wlu.edu.

For more information on W&L’s emergency management plan, please see emergency.wlu.edu.


Recently Renovated Lee Chapel Museum Features Two New Exhibits

W&L’s Lee Chapel Museum, which reopened on October 1 after two years of planning and many months of construction, offers two new exhibits currently on display.

The first new exhibit, Robert E. Lee: 11th President of Washington College, includes a new self-guided tour of Lee’s office which he occupied from 1868-1870. Lighted text panels throughout the exhibit provide information about Lee’s presidency and highlight many of the objects around the office including a 1870 map of Augusta County. This map was produced by the board of survey of Washington College under the direction of Jedediah Hotchkiss, Lee’s mapmaker. The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated a generous gift to the museum to help with the map’s conservation.

The exhibition also includes a letter written by Robert E. Lee to good friend and business associate, Samuel Tagart. Dated Sept. 28, 1870, it is thought to be the last letter Lee wrote from his office.

The two-page letter to his dear friend was in response to a letter he had received from Tagart that morning. It was mailed to Tagart’s Baltimore home, where it remained until his death in 1892, when the letter was donated to the McDonogh School in Owings Mill, Md. Tagart had served as president of McDonogh’s board of trustees when the school was founded in 1873.

The historical letter remained in a vault for 110 years until it was discovered by Jim Dawson ’68, who served as McDonogh’s assistant headmaster from 1988-1990. Dawson was instrumental in arranging for it to be returned to Lexington as part of the new exhibition.

The letter will be on display until mid-January. W&L has been given permission from the McDonogh School to make a copy of the letter for its own archives.

The second new exhibit, Not Unmindful of the Future: Educating to Build and Rebuild a Nation, is on display in the main gallery of the museum. This exhibit follows the history of American education through the original colonies through reconstruction and emphasizes the contributions made to education by Robert E. Lee and George Washington.

The focal point of this display is a 19th century planetarium made by Thomas H. Barlow of Kentucky and purchased by Washington College during Lee’s presidency in 1867. Also included in the exhibit are paintings and artifacts from the museum’s Washington-Custis-Lee collection, including Washington’s watch and knee buckles and Lee’s shaving instruments and velvet slippers.

Future exhibition projects will continue into the spring, when the museum’s new changing exhibition space will open.


Quiana McKenzie ’08 Receives YP4 Fellowship

Quiana McKenzie ’08 was named a 2008 YP4 (Young People For) Fellow, one of 200 selected from 89 campuses in 23 states. McKenzie is the only fellow chosen from the state of Virginia.

The YP4 leadership development program focuses on identifying, engaging and empowering young progressive leaders to effect positive change on their campuses and in their communities. Throughout the yearlong fellowship, students are offered financial support, technical support and media assistance while implementing a self-designed Blueprint for Social Justice.

McKenzie, who is majoring in American Government and Society, with a concentration in poverty studies and African-American studies, said, “My yearlong project will focus on increasing student involvement in the policymaking process. Specifically, I would like to work with students who are interested in using their experiences to inform state and national leaders about poverty and influence policies designed to help the poor in rural and urban environments. I will have the opportunity to apply for up to $2,000 to help me implement my project.”

Her fellowship also provides an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, from Jan. 17–21, 2008, to attend YP4’s National Summit for Young Progressive Leaders.

While at W&L, McKenzie has demonstrated extensive leadership skills, working with the Multicultural Student Association, the General Activities Board, the Courses and Degrees Committee and the Shepherd Poverty Program Advisory Board. She has also served as a dorm counselor, a peer counselor and a tutor and mentor for the Lexington Office on Youth.

Founded in 2004, Young People For provides a national infrastructure to support young leaders’ ongoing activism on the frontlines and facilitates connections to leaders and organizations in the progressive movement. YP4 gives young people the opportunity to join and lead a movement that works for the protection and advancement of our nation’s core, democratic values. To learn more about the organization and the 2008 fellows, visit http://www.youngpeoplefor.org/ and www.youngpeoplefor.org/fellowship/classof2008/.