M. Marcy Jones, a 1995 alumna of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has become a leading proponent of graceful divorces. She knows that that very phrase is apt to be greeted with rolled eyes. Here’s what she wrote on a recent blog: “When most people hear the words “graceful” and “divorce” in the same sentence, they think to themselves, ‘Yah, right!'” But, in that same blog entry, she goes on to offer an example of what she means — i.e., Sandra Bullock’s divorce from ex-husband Jesse James.
Marcy, who practices in Lynchburg, was divorced and had young children at home when she entered W&L. Since graduating, she has worked as a prosecutor of sexual assault and domestic violence cases, an associate in a law firm, and now as a solo practitioner specializing in “collaborative divorce law.”
In February, Marcy published , which is designed to offer “practical and compassionate solutions for achieving a better divorce process.”
In addition to her law practice, Marcy also does coaching and consulting, specializing in helping women lawyers find a work-life balance. Check out Marcy’s websites — one is for her legal practice and includes links to her blogs and several interesting articles; the other is for her consulting business.
Lost your Calyx in your last move? The University Library has felt your pain. This week, it has posted online more than 110 years’ worth of Washington and Lee’s student yearbook, all digitized.
Here is the library’s gateway page for the online Calyx: http://library.wlu.edu/details.php?resID=1848.
Once you find the volume you want, you can browse it right on the website or download it in several different formats — as a pdf in either color or black white; as an ePub for use on iPads, Sony Readers, iPhones, etc.; as a Daisy book; or as a Kindle file. John Tombarge, the interim University Librarian, says that there are still a few quality-control issues being address by the company that did the scanning, but all of the material has been posted.
This is the first of several projects that are scheduled for the Washington and lee Digital Depository. Other planned projects include honors theses fro the Class of 2010, a database of faculty publications, the Ring-tum Phi, older issues of local newspapers, materials documenting Mock Convention, and initiatives from the School of Law.
Mike Pressler '82 Leads U.S. Lax to Title
Congratulations to Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Pressler ’82, who coached Team USA to a 12-10 victory over Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship on Saturday in Manchester, England.
The victory avenged a loss to Canada in the 2006 world championships. It was the ninth time Team USA has won the title. The last time the Americans were triumphant was in 2002, and Mike was an assistant to former W&L head coach Jack Emmer on that squad. Tim Schurr of the Class of 1984 played for the 2002 champions.
The U.S. team trailed 10-9 with just under 10 minutes left before the Americans rallied for the win, which also avenged a 10-9 loss to Canada during pool play of the tournament. You can read details of the championship game in Lacrosse Magazine, where there is also a feature story that describes how Mike and former Duke star Ned Crotty, the offensive hero for Team USA, finally teamed up for a title.
Inducted into W&L’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, Mike has coached Bryant University to a 35-13 record in three seasons at the Rhode Island institution. The Bulldogs, who were members of the NCAA’s Division II for Mike’s first two seasons, moved up to Division I last year. Mike’s overall head coaching record stands at 264-115 in 25 seasons at VMI, Ohio Wesleyan, Duke and now Bryant. He ranks among the nation’s top 10 active coaches in both career victories (No. 8) and overall winning percentage (No. 8). He stands at No. 21 among the winningest coaches of all time (by percentage) and is No. 12 all-time by win count.
Mike Michaeles Elected to ABOTA
Michael Michaeles, an alumnus of the classes of 1965 and 1968L, has been elected to The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the national organization whose aim is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy.
Mike, who lives in Boylston, Mass., and practices in Worcester, is one of only 69 trial lawyers in Massachusetts who has been elected to membership in ABOTA. Membership is by invitation only, and based on character, reputation and proficiency as a trial lawyer.
Since starting his practice in 1969, Mike has been involved in a wide variety of cases, several of which have made headlines. For instance, the million-dollar verdict that he won in a 1998 sexual harassment was considered a landmark case since it was one of the first same-sex harassment cases in the nation. And in 1994, he won an injunction for Coca-Cola in a dispute over an advertisement being run by a Massachusetts soft drink company. You can see more of Mike’s cases on his website.
NY Times on Alumna's NOMA Exhibit
Another update on a recent blog post: Earlier this week we published an item about the work that Cristin J. Nunez, Class of 2005, had done on an exhibition that she co-curated at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The exhibition, which opened on Saturday (July 24), is titled “Ancestor and Descendants: Ancient Southwestern America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.” In that post, we noted a mention in the July 16 edition of the New York Times.
The exhibition got much greater attention in Friday’s edition of the Times when the Antiques column had an in-depth review of the show, including quotes from the catalog that Cristin co-authored with Paul J. Tarver. The show is significant, since it includes rarely seen material from Tulane University’s George Hubbard Pepper Native American Archive.
Three Reds, Third Place
Here’s an update on an earlier post about Kathryn Sheppard Hoar’s participation in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters/IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada, Fla.
Kathy, a 1997 graduate of Washington and Lee, competed in the international tournament’s fly division and placed third. She had three redfish releases for 375 points.
Throughout the three-day tournament, 23 anglers caught 78 fish. Only four contestants were “fishless” during the event.
In order to qualify for the event, which was dubbed the Super Bowl of fishing, the competitors had to have won an IFGA-sanctioned tournament. Kathy had qualified by winning the grand championship of the Ladies Fly Tournament in Islamorada in both 2007 and 2009. She was first runner-up in 2008.
Read the roundup of the tournament on ESPN Outdoors.
As an undergraduate at Washington and Lee, Noelani Love ’05 often made homemade jewelry as presents for friends. Before long her friends were getting constant “Where’d you get that?” questions, so Noe set up a table in Elrod Commons and sold her in-demand creations. That was just the start.
Next month, Noelani Designs, offering her handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces, will celebrate its fifth year in business. Noe established the company only months after she graduated from W&L with a double major in studio art and Spanish. In December 2005, she moved to Hawaii. Although she grew up in North Carolina, Noe’s mother is Hawaiian. Her handcrafted designs are clearly inspired by her environment. She has described her style as “part island-glam, part elegantly exotic.”
Noe’s jewelry is available online from her website, but you can also find her creations in stores from Hawaii to New York (not to mention Japan). Here’s a list of the stores.
In a feature about Noe in Hawaii-based DISfunkshion magazine in late 2008, she described the inspiration for her work: “Most of my pieces have an element of nature, whether it be made out of natural materials, shell, wood, feathers, stones, or in the abstract shapes of nature. Everything beautiful on this planet comes from nature and I think it’s important to preserve that beauty. My jewelry is wearable art that is a tribute to our sacred space.”
Baseball, Sushi and Apple Pie
Graig Fantuzzi’s days as a record-setting outfielder for the Washington and Lee baseball team are behind him, but his love of the sport has clearly not diminished. That helps explain what the 1996 W&L graduate (and class valedictorian) was doing cutting up raw tuna alongside Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima at a Japanese restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood earlier this summer.
According to, Graig and his wife, Jacqueline, joined Hideki and his wife, Yuka, for lessons in sushi-making followed by dinner at Basho Japanese Brasserie. Graig made the winning bid for the evening with Hideki at a May fund-raiser for Good Sports, a non-profit based in Boston whose aim is to increase participation of disadvantaged kids in sports and fitness activities.
Graig was a three-time Academic All-American and won an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. His .482 batting average during the 1994 season is still second all-time for the Generals. He also holds the record for stolen bases in a game (5) and is second in career stolen bases.
Graig is currently a senior vice president at Harvard Management Co. The Globe piece noted that he and Jacqueline have been in Boston for three years and consider themselves Yankees and Red Sox fans. Hopefully, they didn’t make Hideki aware of their dual allegiance until after he’d put the sushi knife away.
Music and Philanthropy
Music-loving alumni who have followed the career of blues guitarist Scott Ainslie, Washington and Lee Class of 1974, won’t be surprised that he recently played a stellar gig with the famed saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the jazz pianist Joey Calderazzo. What they may not know is Scott’s philanthropic side. The Branford Marsalis &
Friends concert benefited the North Carolina Symphony, which is facing $8 million in budget cuts. Symphony President and CEO David Worters called the concert “an amazing array of music performed by some of the most brilliant artists in the world,” including “our new best friend, Scott Ainslie.” As far as Scott is concerned, “it was a great night,” he tells us.
Scott, who lives in Brattleboro, Vt., when he’s not playing music all over the country, has also produced a CD, “Care for All,” which benefits the Vermont Workers’ Center Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign. And he’s working with Gulf Aid Acadiana, a Louisiana charity that is helping communities affected by the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “In the short term, we will concentrate on assisting impacted fishermen and their families,” says Scott. “In the long term, our mission is to assist in the restoration of the ecological vitality of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.”
For more about Scott, his music, his philanthropy and other interests, see his website.
Alumna to Unveil Exhibition at New Orleans Museum of Art
Cristin J. Nunez, of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2005, is thrilled to see two years of work come to fruition this Saturday, July 24, with the opening of “Ancestors and Descendants: Ancient Southwestern America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century,” an exhibition she co-curated at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The show features rarely seen material from the George Hubbard Pepper Native American Archive at Tulane University, including art, photographs and pottery. Pepper was an ethnologist who traveled in the Southwest around the turn of the last century.
Cristin, who majored in art history and journalism at W&L, and works at the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, put the exhibition together with NOMA curator Paul J. Tarver. The accompanying catalog, she reports, is largely based on her master’s thesis in art history, which she obtained from Tulane last year. After graduation from W&L, Cristin spent two years at the Field Museum, in Chicago, before entering grad school in New Orleans, her hometown.