Washington and Lee University is pleased to announce the creation of the Community Grants Committee. Established this spring, the purpose of the committee is to create a formal structure for evaluating requests for financial donations and support that come to Washington and Lee from the Lexington/Rockbridge community.
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Poet Lesley Wheeler, professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is the author of a new book, "Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present." Published by Cornell University Press this year, it offers a uniquely full history of 20th- and 21st-century poetry performance in the United States.
Pam Luecke, the Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism in the department of journalism and mass communications at W&L, was recently elected chair of the accrediting committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Jessica Steinmetz ’08 of Sacramento, Calif., is this year’s Sarah G. Ball Teaching Award recipient. She is a politics major who also completed the teachers education program.
Robert Frasco ’09, a Russian area studies major from Suffield, Conn., was a recent recipient of a David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). The NSEP awards Boren Scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Washington and Lee University will host a visit by Professor Carla Olson Buck, Spanish professor at The College of William and Mary, who will give two talks, May 26 and 27, that are free and open to the public.
Washington and Lee University senior Romance languages/journalism and mass communications major Emma Axt ’08, of Edina, Minn., has recently been awarded the distinguished Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach English in France.
On Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m., sculptor Bob Trotman will give a lecture about his installation Business as Usual, currently on exhibit at Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery. The artist's talk will take place in the Wilson Hall concert hall, followed by a reception in Staniar Gallery and the Wilson Hall atrium.
Emerging poet Emily Rosko will give a reading of her work at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons, room 216. The event will begin with an informal public interview of Rosko by Lesley Wheeler, professor and head of the English department.
Debby Newell ’08 of Troy, Michigan, is a recent recipient of a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany. A German literature and medieval and Renaissance studies major, Newell will teach the English language to 12-18-year-olds.
Laura Nugent '08 has received a research Fulbright Fellowship to Romania for the 2008-2009 academic year. Nugent, a double major in economics and medieval and Renaissance studies from West Grove, Penn., will study the architecture of churches in Moldavia built from 1488-1609 with a history professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj.
Washington and Lee University's 2008 Reunion Weekend began with an Opening Assembly on Thursday, May 1, featuring a Welcoming Address from Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Waller T. Dudley ’74 and an invocation by William C. Datz ‘75, coordinator of religious life. The keynote address, “Reflections of Three Wise Men,” was given by three members of the class of ’58 celebrating their 50th W&L reunion--Farris Hotchkiss, Lewis G. John and Andrew (Uncas) McThenia, also a member of ‘63L.
Walter Davis, professor emeritus of English at Ohio State University, will give two public talks while at Washington and Lee University under the sponsorship of the Class of '63 Scholars in Residence program. Davis will meet with students and faculty and participate in a seminar in aesthetics.
The Lessons in Leadership Series, sponsored by the Office of Leadership Development at Washington and Lee University, begins on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons, room 114. Coach Bobby Ross will provide insights about leadership he has gained from over 38 years in head coaching at both collegiate and professional levels.
Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. The title of his talk is "Science Rules! An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy."