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Joe Dashiell, a 1980 Washington and Lee graduate, was presented with the George A. Bowles Jr. Award for Distinguished Performance in Broadcast News by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters on Friday (June 27) at the organization's annual meeting in Virginia Beach. The Bowles Award goes annually to the broadcast reporter or news director in Virginia […]
As he has watched events unfold in his homeland of Iran in recent days, Hojat Ghandi of Washington and Lee University has felt two principal emotions — pride and fear.
As expected, President Obama said Thursday that he was going to forward Meredith Attwell Baker's name as his nominee to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission. The probability of that nomination had been widely reported, including on our page earlier this week. In the Reuters story announcing the president's decision, Texas Sen. Kay […]
Washington and Lee University’s Public Safety department was recognized at the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA) summer conference in Virginia Beach, Va.
Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee met recently to evaluate the second round of proposals from local agencies and organizations for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The purpose of the community grants program is to support non-profit organizations in the Lexington/Rockbridge community.
Each June the Chicago Web site Newcity Lit, which is part of Newcity magazine, publishes a list titled "Lit 50: Who really books in Chicago." The list is designed to be a pecking order of the most important writers and publishers in Chicago. So it's not necessarily any great surprise that Oprah Winfrey is No. […]
A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Spencer, who will remain on the law school faculty, began his appointment on June 8.
R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, has been named W&L’s Writer-in-Residence, effective July 1.
At least two Washington and Lee alumni have recently been given new assignments in Washington. After spending the past two years as deputy press secretary for Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Washington and Lee alumna Justine Sessions, class of 2005, has been elevated to the position of press secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, […]
Andrew Keller, class of 1992, is co-executive creative director for Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which is widely considered one of the hottest ad agencies in the country these days. Earlier this month Creativity magazine did a Q&A with Andrew that is a great read. You can read the online version of the interview here. Among […]
Meredith Attwell Baker, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1990, is considered the odds-on choice to be named to the vacant Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission. The Wall Street Journal reported that Meredith was the choice almost a month ago, and the actual appointment could come at any point, apparently. Meredith […]
The Shepherd Alliance, a program developed by Washington and Lee as part of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, involves students, faculty, and staff from four Berea, Morehouse and Spelman collegs with W&L undergrad and law students for the eight-week, full-time summer internships with non-profit agencies across the eastern […]
Sarah K. (Sally) Wiant will retire as director of the Washington and Lee Law School Library at the end of June to assume full-time duties as a teacher and scholar on the Washington and Lee Faculty of Law.
On June 4, Washington and Lee Law School professor Lyman Johnson participated in a program to celebrate the Securities and Exchange Commission's 75th anniversary. An audience of several hundred attended the program.
A dollar spent could be three dollars saved at Washington and Lee University. That’s because W&L’s increased emphasis on boosting the health of its employees will ultimately save on health care costs, said Mary Katherine Snead.
Last month we cited the new Cy Twombly (Class of 1953) exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago. But if you're summer travels don't include the Windy City, you can also see a major retrospective of Cy's work in Vienna this summer. "Sensations of the Moment" is at the Museum Moderner Kunst and comprises […]
For Adam Schwartz, the problem was simply irresistible. An associate professor of business administration at Washington and Lee University, Schwartz has played poker on occasion but does not consider himself a great poker player and certainly doesn't endorse gambling, especially for the students he teaches.
It’s a little red box that attaches to your waistband and looks like a beeper. But it’s a pedometer and it’s proving popular on Washington and Lee University’s campus this summer.
Thirty-nine Washington and Lee University undergraduate students are participating in internships this summer as part of the Shepherd Alliance.
Tim Jost, Washington and Lee's Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law and an expert on health care law, is weighing in on the debate over health care reform that is ramping up these days. Tim has written widely on the subject. He is a co-author of a casebook, Health Law, and the author of […]
Henry Hills of the Class of 1970 has been making films since the mid-1970s when he was in San Francisco, studying filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He's made 22 experimental films, several of which are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Archives du Film Experimental […]
Washington and Lee women’s senior women’s tennis player Katie Tabb (Minneapolis, Minn./Edina) has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America At-Large squad as a third team selection.
Back in May, Washington and Lee was host to the Washington Term Symposium at the National Press Club where Bill Connelly of th politics department led a panel in a discussion of the balance of powers between the Obama Administration and Congress. The symposium was titled "President vs. Congress: An Imbalance of Powers?" A telecast […]
Washington and Lee has been recognized with a 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising in the category of Overall Performance. The award is the University’s second consecutive Overall Performance award, and its third such award in the past five years.
The Washington and Lee School of Law's Black Lung Clinic has scored another pair of victories in the courts. W&L law students argued two cases involving Black Lung benefits disputes at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In both instances, the arguments were successful. Here's the complete story, and you can find […]
Lesley Wheeler, professor of English and chair of the department, is the featured poet on Poetry Daily today (Thursday, June 11). Her poem, "The Unbeliever Takes a Hike," is the poem of the day on the site. It is an account of a walk on Woods Creek Trail and was published originally in the Winter […]
Washington and Lee University is among the colleges and universities participating in the new Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
Three Washington and Lee University students have been accepted to study at Oxbridge for the academic year 2009-2010, and three current undergraduates will be spending their junior years there as well.
John Boatner(Karen Pulfer Focht/The Commercial Appeal photo) If you've ever been to The Peabody, a historic hotel in downtown Memphis featuring the famous march of the Peabody Ducks every day, you might have heard Washington and Lee alumnus John Boatner, Class of 1961, performing on the grand piano. Millburn Noell Jr. (Class of 1951) sent […]
Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna made his second appearance before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security last Thursday. His testimony was on the issue of federal funding for indigent defense. You can read his testimony by downloading a pdf file here. While Luna supports efforts to require states to meet […]
Crossing Lines, the documentary by Washington and Lee journalism professor Indira Somari that was cited here last week, has been honored by the American Women in Radio and Television with a Gracie Award. The award was presented last week during a luncheon in New York. The award was for "Outstanding Documentary, Short Format." This is […]
By tradition, the president of Washington and Lee University's Executive Committee addresses the graduating class on Commencement. Richard Cleary of Louisville, Ky., spoke to the Class of 2009 on June 4, 2009.
As members of Washington and Lee's Class of 2009 were milling around on Stemmons Plaza and waiting to get in line to march to Commencement, Sarah Tschiggfrie, the news director in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, did a little experiment. Sarah had just gotten Flip Video Recorder, randomly picked out some graduates and […]
The men and women who comprise Washington and Lee's Class of 2009 have distinctive stories. The four profile here provide only a small sampling of the graduates' accomplishments.
Washington and Lee's 2009 Valedictorian, Elizabeth Webb, is on a mission to cure the cancer that killed her mother.
Isaiah Goodman will graduate this month from W&L with a major in business administration. Washington and Lee University’s loss is Target’s gain.
When Elizabeth (Eli) Polanco, from the Dominican Republic, graduates this year from W&L with a major in economics, she will be ready to take on global competition.
When W&L graduating senior Vance Berry runs, which he does a lot, he gets ideas.
Washington and Lee's 2009 Valedictorian, Elizabeth Webb, is on a mission to cure the cancer that killed her mother.
Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio encouraged members of the graduating Class of 2009 to live in the “complicated center” of life during the University’s 222nd commencement exercises on Thursday, June 4.
By tradition, Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio addressed the Class of 2009 on the occasion of Commencement on June 4, 2009.
Washington and Lee University bestowed three honorary degrees during its commencement exercises on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
When Charlie Myers, a 1967 Washington and Lee graduate, wanted to introduce an honor code to the high school where he was teaching, he knew where to go. According to a feature article that appeared recently in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Myers is retiring this year from his current position as teacher of history, government, […]
Washington and Lee University’s graduating seniors should set their sights higher than simply “the profits and the raises and the paid vacations,” urged the Rev. Jennifer R. Strawbridge in her baccalaureate address on Wednesday, June 3.
Growing up in her home town of Springfield, Ill., Washington and Lee journalism professor Indira Somani was more often than not mistaken for a Native American when her grade school friends were told that she was Indian. That is one of the interesting insights in a feature story about Indira that ran late last month […]
Washington and Lee University will celebrate its 222nd undergraduate commencement on Thursday, June 4, on its historic Front Lawn in front of Lee Chapel. The rain location will be Virginia Military Institute's Cameron Hall.
Washington and Lee Chemistry Professor Marcia France has just finished teaching a course on the Science of Cooking, By all accounts, it was successful on a number of levels. Professor France's goal was to show students both how science is integrated into their daily life and the scientific method can create some tasty recipes. As […]
Five members of Washington and Lee’s faculty are retiring June 30 after teaching at W&L for a total of 193 years. They are Philip L. Cline, business administration and economics, 34 years; A.G. Fralin Jr., Romance languages, 34 years; John S. Knox, biology, 33 years; Joseph F. Lyles, physical education, 50 years; and Thomas O. Vinson, mathematics, 42 years.
Washington and Lee University School of Law students have again prevailed in two Black Lung benefits disputes argued this year before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Several times in the last few months, we've blogged about the blog that Mike Smita, professor of economics, has been writing about the twists and turns of the U.S. auto industry. He's just finished a Spring Term seminar on the economics of the industry, which he's been following for almost 20 years. Back in November […]