Washington and Lee University's Panhellenic Association has been awarded the Gamma Phi Beta College Panhellenic Award by Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. The award "recognizes the Panhellenic association that successfully develops and implements a program to enhance the Greek image on campus and in the local community."
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Washington and Lee University's Tucker Multimedia Center (TMC) and the departments of modern foreign languages will again offer W&L alumni the opportunity to attend mini-language courses over Reunion Weekend, May 1-3, 2008.
Washington and Lee University has recently donated a parcel of land to the Rockbridge Historical Society. After lengthy negotiations, the 4,090 square foot sliver of land adjacent to Varner Lane was donated to the RHS for its continued use as a picnic area within downtown Lexington.
Toni Locy, a veteran of 25 years covering the American justice system at all levels, has been named Washington and Lee's first Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting.
Phylissa Mitchell ‘01L, visiting assistant professor of journalism, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach at a university in Ukraine, although the exact institution has yet to be announced. Mitchell will teach a comparative course on free-press constitutional guarantees, focusing on broadcast writing and public affairs.
Rebecca Benefiel, assistant professor of classics at Washington and Lee University, received the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America for 2008-2009. It's designed to support field research in the Mediterranean, and there is only one fellowship of this kind given out per year. The award is $25,000.
Washington and Lee students Eric Hamscher '11 and Chengpeng Mou '11 have been chosen to receive Kemper scholarships. They will join Steve Rivior '08, Becca Taylor '09 and Cale Grove '10 as W&L students participating in the program.
Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, has been named associate provost of the University effective July 1.
Washington and Lee University has received a $1.3 million grant from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support the University’s undergraduate biological sciences programs. W&L was one of only 48 institutions out of 192 applicants to receive a grant.
Jenefer Davies, visiting assistant professor of dance at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Grant through the Associated Colleges of the South.
Lesley Wheeler, Washington and Lee University professor and chair of the English department, will read from her recently published collection of poetry, "Scholarship Girl."
Washington and Lee University's Hillel presents Holocaust Remembrance Week from April 28 - May 2. The planned activities range from films to a vigil to a talk by a Holocaust survivor, the grandmother of a current W&L student.
Sascha Goluboff, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Washington and Lee University, was selected as one of three new fellows in the "Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations" program coordinated through The Hartford Seminary.
Holly Pickett, assistant professor of English, has recently been awarded a nine- month National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research fellowship to the Newberry Library in Chicago for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The opening talk of Washington and Lee University's fifth annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar will be given by author Geraldine Brooks, on Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. This talk is free and open to the public.
Lucas Morel, associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, has been named a Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University for the 2008-09 academic year.
Leslie Cintron, W&L assistant professor of sociology, has been awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to conduct archival research in England for her book "From Open Spaces to Popular Culture: The National Trust and the Transformation of British Heritage, 1895-2008," which looks into the genesis of Britain's national heritage preservation movement.
William W. Freehling, the Robert S. Griffith '52 Visiting Scholar in History at Washington and Lee University, will present a lecture on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of Dr. Freehling's lecture is "Mysteries of the South's Secession."
W&L’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program (ESOL) recently received a Verizon Community Initiative grant of $500. The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, awards grants to initiatives and non-profits that fall under its focus areas of education, literacy, domestic violence prevention or technology for healthcare and healthcare accessibility.
Drew McWay '08, an accounting and business administration major from Dallas, Tx., was recently awarded a grant from 100 Projects for Peace. This organization invites all undergraduates to submit a project proposal that enhances the idea of world peace. McWay will receive a $10,000 grant made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist.
Washington and Lee hosted this year's Region II Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Spring conference and won three of the Mark of Excellence awards handed out on March 29. Region II includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Joseph McDonald, a Washington and Lee University sophomore physics and mathematics major from San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. His proposal was composed of research he participated in this past summer with physics professors Tom Williams and Paul Bourdon during the R.E. Lee Research Program.
Anna Pendley '09 has been named Keck Geology Consortium Project Fellow for 2008. Pendley, a double major in anthropology/archaeology and geology, will spend late June-late July with a team of students and faculty researching the geoarchaeology of the Poggio Colla near Florence, Italy.
Mary Childs '08 has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2008-2009. She is one of 50 students nationally to receive a Watson fellowship this year.