In a dazzling display of aerial artistry, Washington and Lee University students swooped, spun and flipped off the side of Wilson Hall at the Lenfest Center for the Arts Friday afternoon, introducing a crowd of about 300 campus and community members to an entirely new kind of performance.
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Nanya Friend, the editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail, spun a wonderful story in The Daily Mail last week about the Lewis Scholarships at Washington and Lee. The article, titled "Lewis Scholarships target W.Va. kids," tells the story of W&L alumnus J. Edward Lewis of the class of 1929 and his wife, Elizabeth, […]
Writing in Inside Higher Ed, Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio says that commencement speakers should remember that the day belongs to the graduates and their families — advice he gives himself each year.
For the sixth consecutive year Washington and Lee's varsity athletic teams won the Dan Wooldridge Overall Sports Champion Cup (sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance®), emblematic of the top finishes in all conference sports. The Generals won six sports championships during the 2008-09 athletic season, and also claimed the Women's Commissioner’s Cup for the sixth successive […]
You might recognize a few places around Lexington and Washington and Lee University in a new novel, The Widow’s Season, by Laura Brodie, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee's Campus Kitchen has made a difference in the Rockbridge County community. Of that, there is no doubt. In 2008, for instance, Campus Kitchen served 13, 444 meals and recovered almost 2,000 lbs of food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Now it's your turn to make a difference for Campus Kitchen […]
Even the still images on the Charlotte Observer Web site make artist Bob Trotman's latest exhibition seem dramatic and eerie. In person, it must be an incredible exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. The exhibition, titled Business As Usual, is not unfamiliar to members of the Washington and Lee community. Bob, a […]
Joan O’Mara, associate professor of art history at Washington and Lee, died Sunday, May 24, 2009.
Remember Max Adler? The 2004 Washington and Lee alumnus was the subject of a blog item way back in March when he announced that he was launching a bid to earn a spot next month's U.S. Open golf championships at Bethpage Black in New York. Max, a former member of the W&L golf team, is […]
Washington and Lee senior Stacy Doornbos notched a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon with a school-record total of 4,764 points and garnered All-America accolades Friday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Marietta, Ohio.
The dig at Monticello, otherwise known as Anthropology 377: Field Methods in Archaeology, is entering its final days as Spring Term winds to a close. There is an open house at the site today as Alison Bell, assistant professor of archaeology, noted on the dig's blog site. The students have had several visitors in recent […]
OK, so Kelly Evans gets yet another shout-out on the W&L News Blog. This time Kelly, economics report for the Wall Street Journal and a member of W&L's Class of 2007, has a video report on the surge in lacrosse's popularity in which she talks about her college lax experience and her current club experience […]
Theater and Dance at W&L presents Aerial Dance Performance, under the direction of Artistic Director Jenefer Davies, on May 29 and 30, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. The performance will take place on the exterior wall of Wilson Hall. Tickets are not required.
The Rockbridge Rapids of the Valley Baseball League, new summertime tenants of Washington and Lee's Cap'n Dick Smith Field, are less than two weeks away from the home opener on June 6 against Staunton. The Rapids' general manager is Ken Newman of W&L's Class of 1971, and the roster includes one current General, pitcher Chuck […]
You never know what you'll might find on Facebook — like not one, but two wedding cakes in the shape of the Colonnade. Sarah Dozier of the Class of 2007 had posted pictures of the wedding of her classmates, Hartley Meric and Blair Crunk, which was held in New Orleans on April 4. Prominent in […]
If you haven't already stumbled upon the Web site that Sean McManus of the Class of 1999 runs as executive, you need to make a point of finding it. The site is called Big Think, and it bills itself as "a global forum connecting people and ideas." Big Think encompasses a broad range of topics, […]
Timothy Lubin, associate professor of religion at Washington and Lee University, has received two national fellowships for work on his research project “Authority, Law and the Polity in India, 300-1700.”
If you want to stay abreast of the rapidly changing automobile industry, W&L economics professor Mike Smitka's blog, Autos and Economics, is a good place to go. Smitka has been studying the auto industry for decades, and his posts fill in the blanks of daily news coverage about the problems the industry is facing. Earlier […]
In This Issue: Retirement Plan, By Wendy Lovell '90; It's All Greek to Samantha Copping '11, By Julie Cline; Public Safety Officer Prevents Tragedy During Pi Kappa Phi Fire, By Jeff Hanna
Earlier this week Alvin Townley's second book on scouting and its impact was published, and it's already got one pretty impressive review on Amazon. All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning has called Spirit of Adventure "a compelling story about a new generation and America's future." In his first book, Legacy of Honor, Townley, a member of W&L's […]
Matthew Loar, a 2007 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been named the winner of an American Graduate Fellowship from the Council of Independent Colleges.
Mark Eaker, a 1969 graduate of Washington and Lee University and a member of its Board of Trustees, has made a $235,000 challenge gift to the University’s Hillel House project that was matched by fellow trustees in a matter of hours, permitting the project to move forward with groundbreaking in September.
How can you use Facebook to hire? Is Twitter a sales tool? Can LinkedIn help your business grow? Those are just some of the questions that Jim Durbin of the Class of 1995 is answering through his firm, Durbin Media, which explores all the ways companies can deploy social media. And Jim deploys plenty of […]
Hilary Craig ’09 of Georgetown, Ky., is this year’s Sarah G. Ball award recipient. She is a double major in journalism and mass communications and psychology at Washington and Lee University.
Four Washington and Lee University seniors have been awarded grants for postgraduate study under the Fulbright Programs while a fifth student has won a teaching assistantship through the French government through a Fulbright application.
On Wednesday night at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest will receive the prestigious Philadelphia Award for their service to that city. Of course, folks at Washington and Lee are well aware of the Lenfests' generosity. Among numerous acts of philanthrophy directed toward his alma mater, Gerry '53, '55L has established the […]
Washington and Lee University swore in two alumni — R. Allen Haight and Bennett L. Ross — to the University's Board of Trustees on May 8, at the board’s spring meeting in Lexington.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 154th commencement on Saturday, May 9 as 138 J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees were awarded.
When The Art Institute of Chicago opens its new Modern Wing this week, the first show in the special exhibition space will feature the work of Cy Twombly '53 in an exhibit titled "Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works 2000-2007." Called "one of this generation's greatest painters" by the museum's director in an article […]
Washington and Lee University has received a $2.5 million gift from E. Mac and Linda T. Crawford of Nashville, Tenn., to establish an endowment in honor of Larry C. Peppers, dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics.
Robin Kimmerer, author and professor of ethnobotany at State University of New York—Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse, will be giving a public reading from her recent work at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
A lynching in Coweta County, Ga., is the subject of a wonderful, if grisly, piece titled "Leaving Atlanta" that Washington and Lee journalism professor Doug Cumming has contributed to a new Web site called "Like the Dew." Cumming is an alumnus of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and former AJC writers have established "Like the Dew," referring […]
Judge William H. Webster, chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the only American to serve as director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Washington and Lee senior Eddie Rodriguez was so impressed with the famous last lecture presented two years ago by the late Randy Pausch, then a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, that he wanted W&L to have such a tradition. So he's taken it upon himself to create a similar series here. Starting tonight, and each […]
Kathy Pritts '11L, a first year law student at Washington and Lee School of Law, has received the top scholarship from the Greater Richmond Bar Association and the Oliver W. Hill and Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Committee
Margaret Howard, Law Alumni Association Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected Vice-President of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). As Vice-President, Howard will serve on the ABI’s executive committee and chair the Research Grants Committee for a three-year term.
Russell Miller, associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar senior research grant to conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law during the 2009-10 academic year.
Anyone in the Lexington area today (5/6) who is interested in either photography or the Appalachian Mountain ranges should consider stopping by the Outing Club Room in Elrod Commons at 7 p.m. to hear (and see) a special presentation by Harrison Shull, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1993 who is currently a […]
Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, president of the newly formed Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2009 graduation exercises at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumnus Award on three recipients: William A. Jenks, Lexington, Va., a retired W&L history professor; David H. Stovall Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., president and CEO of Stein Mart Inc.; and Russell W. Chambliss, Birmingham, Ala., president and CEO of Mason Corp.
Washington and Lee University’s Second Annual Washington Term Symposium will be held Friday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where a panel of political scientists and political journalists will tackle the subject, “President vs. Congress: An Imbalance of Powers?”
Do egg whites really foam better in a copper bowl? Do powdered egg whites work as well as real egg whites?
If you were among the fortunate alumni in Lee Chapel Saturday morning, then you already know that former Sen. John W. Warner of the Class of 1949 presented a once-in-a-lifetime moment when he responded to being presented The Washington Award. If you weren't there, then you are in luck because Sen. Warner's remarks are available […]
Washington and Lee University’s psychology department will host Glynn Family Visiting Professor and psychology alumnus Dr. Henry L. ‘Roddy’ Roediger ’69 and his spouse, Dr. Kathleen McDermott, for part of the 2009 spring term. Roediger will give a public talk on Tuesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in the University Commons.
A few weeks ago the Scranton Times-Tribune posted a short item noting that the newspaper's editorial cartoonist, John Cole, was going to be featured on a live TV show. The notice also included the fact that John had gotten his start in drawing cartoons during four years at Washington and Lee. A 1980 W&L graduate […]
Washington and Lee senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored unassisted just 38 seconds into overtime to lift the 10th-ranked and third-seeded Generals to a 15-14 overtime victory over top-ranked and No. 1 seed Roanoke College in the finals of the ODAC men's lacrosse championship on Sunday afternoon at Kerr Stadium.
Washington and Lee University today presented former Sen. John W. Warner, a 1949 graduate of the university, with its highest honor, the Washington Award. The presentation occurred during Washington and Lee’s reunion weekend and the annual meeting of its Alumni Association.
On July 1, four members of the Washington and Lee University faculty will step into endowed professorships. They are Theodore C. DeLaney Jr., associate professor of history; Marcia B. France, professor of chemistry; Dennis M. Garvis, associate professor of business administration; and Elizabeth G. Oliver, professor of accounting. These promotions reflect their outstanding contributions to their disciplines and the classroom.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed 11 cases of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) at Washington and Lee, where the Student Health Center is treating the outbreak as a "second flu season."
Ceramicist Richard Bresnahan will give a public lecture on Wed., May 13, at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 2018, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Bresnahan’s work is on display in the art department display cases on the third floor of Wilson Hall through May 29.
Olivia B. Burr ’12 has been selected from a group of finalists for the Class of 2012 of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. She joins current W&L students, Rebecca Taylor (’09), Cale Grove (’10), Eric Hamscher (’11) and Chengpeng Mou (’11) as Kemper Scholars.
The Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review (Vol. 59 No.1) is now available.
The 27th Shannon-Clark Lecture in English presents A Reading by Dr. Rafael Campo, director of medical humanities at Harvard University, on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. A reception will follow the talk in the Living Room of Elrod Commons.
Careful readers of Wednesday's New York Times, especially those from the late 1970s, will likely have recognized a familiar figure standing in front of the Millennium Arch in downtown Atlanta. The Times' story, "An Elaborate Arch, an Opaque Significance," is the latest story about the work of Rodney Mims Cook Jr., W&L Class of 1978. […]