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Divorcing Gracefully

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.


Calyx Online

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.

Read the New York Times piece here.


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.


Fashion Statements

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.

For more on the exhibition, see the NOMA website and the mention in the July 16 edition of the New York Times.


Faulkner at W&L

In 1957 and 1958, William Faulkner served as the University of Virginia’s first Author in Residence. During his two years in Charlottesville, Faulkner gave lectures and readings at U.Va. But he also made one trip over Afton Mountain to Lexington, where, on May 15, 1958, he appeared in Lee Chapel to give a reading of “The Town” to a Washington and Lee audience.

Like many of Faulkner’s sessions, the Lee Chapel reading was captured on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. That recording is part of a newly published website: Faulkner at Virginia: An Audio Archive.

Perhaps you heard the NPR story about the archive on Morning Edition this week. We were alerted to the presence of the Lee Chapel tape by Milburn Noell ’51, ’54L, who received an email about it this week.

Not only can you listen to Faulkner reading from his work, but he also answers a series of questions from the audience. The quality of the audio isn’t the greatest, but the website includes a transcript and breaks the recording into sections to make it easier to follow. The question-and-answer session is wide ranging, with one audience member asking whether or not Faulkner had read any critical analyses of his fiction. To that the author replied: “No, sir. I don’t read that. I prefer to read fiction.”

One question that drew audible murmurs from the audience was about the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which had been handed down four years earlier. Faulkner’s initial response drew laughter: “That’s sort of got out of fiction, hasn’t it?” He went on to say that “I would say it was something that — that had to — to come.”

You can find the Washington and Lee event at this link. It’s worth a listen and look.


W&L Magazine, Spring/Summer 2010: Vol. 85 | No. 1

In This Issue:

  • From DIII to the NFL: Eagles Quarterbacks Coach James Urban ’96
  • At Your Service
    By Wendy Lovell ’90 and Maggie Sutherland ’10
  • He Always Came to Play: Chris Coffland ’88, 1966-2009
    By Greg Esposito ’00

Alumni President’s Journal

  • A Privilege and an Honor

Letters

  • “Rooted in Respect: W&L and Civility”
  • “Civil Speech on the Web”
  • “Washington and New York Spring Term Programs”
  • Comments and Corrections

The Colonnade

  • Ellen Mayock Receives SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Creditworthy
  • ODK, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Bestowed
  • Faculty/Alumni Books and CDs
  • Virginia Festival of the Book
  • “Shenandoah” Turns 60
  • Captain’s Log: Journey through Vietnam
  • Seventh Annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar
  • Tendrils CD Encompasses Past and Present
  • Students Create Website for 1887 Alumnus

W&L Law

  • Mark Grunewald Named Interim Dean
  • Virginia Legal Services – Are the Poor Represented?

Generals’ Report

  • Tracking Down the Past
  • Faces in the Crowd: Faculty Mentors for W&L Athletes

Alumni News

  • New Trustees
  • Alumni Weekend 2010
  • The 20-Year Path: John Pipkin ’89, Novelist
  • University President’s Journal

More on the Summer of BP

Earlier this month, we blogged about the stories that four Washington and Lee journalism interns — two seniors and two May graduates — have been reporting this summer on various aspects of the BP oil spill. We just found that they are not the only W&L journalists writing on the subject. There’s at least one more: Erika Bolstad, Class of 1995.

Erika is a regional correspondent with McClatchy Newspapers. She covers Washington for the Anchorage Daily News and the Idaho Statesman. She wrote McClatchy’s lead story on the spill yesterday, about the status of the operation to cap the well. But she also covered the BP hearings in Congress last month.

This isn’t Erika’s first disaster coverage. At the Miami Herald, she worked on Katrina stories. In addition, Erika’s reporting for the Statesman on the scandal involving former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in the breaking-news category.

Thanks to Erika’s classmate Stacey Cofield, an associate professor in the department of biometrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, for alerting us to the the news about Erika.

You can follow Erika’s reporting at the McClatchy website where her articles are catalogued, along with a brief bio.


Lexington Landmark Burns

If you are not a follower of our Twitter feed or a fan of the University’s Facebook page (and you really should be both), you may have missed news last week of a devastating fire at the historic Southern Inn in downtown Lexington.

The fire broke out in the wee hours of last Friday morning. The initial call was received around 1:45 a.m. More than 100 firefighters from throughout Rockbridge County responded, and the fire was under control within a half hour. But damage to the building was extensive. The roof and second floor collapsed onto the main floor. Additionally, there was some smoke and water damage to adjoining businesses, McCorkle’s Hallmark Shop and ReMax Real Estate, on Main Street. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Amy Balfour, ’89, 93L, who lives on West Washington Street, used her iPhone to snap a photo of the fire before it was controlled, and the picture she uploaded to her Twitter page captured the devastation.

Connections between the Southern Inn, a downtown landmark for more than 75 years, and W&L go way back to the days when rooms above the restaurant were rented to guests of W&L students, and students often rent apartments above the restaurant during the academic year. Fortunately, those spaces were unoccupied this summer.  Current W&L Executive Committee President Scott Centorino spoke for many of his fellow students when he told the Roanoke Times: “So many of my college memories revolve around the Southern Inn, from dates to Parents Weekend. It has become very special to a lot of students.”

The Macheras family owns the building and ran the Southern Inn for more than 50 years before selling it in 1989. George Huger is now the owner and operator of the restaurant. In addition to the restaurant, the Southern Inn has a catering business and had been scheduled to cater a wedding on the Saturday after the fire. And cater it they did, thanks to an assist by W&L’s Dining Services, which offered use of the Marketplace kitchens.

For the moment, the familiar Southern Inn sign is no longer hanging in front of the building. It had to be removed for repairs. But plans are to rebuild. You can tell the kind of impact the restaurant has had on the city (and the University) by reading all the good wishes people have been leaving on the Southern Inn’s Facebook page.


“The Swing” Goes to Church (and Beyond)

Since it was originally written in 1910 by an alum and two students, the “Washington and Lee Swing” has been performed in every venue imaginable, from football stadiums to New Orleans jazz clubs. But here’s a new one on us: the United Church of Christ First Congregational in Norwich, N.Y., has apparently been using the “Swing” regularly for its annual Dixieland Jazz Service, which is a summer union service with neighboring congregations. The 13th annual event was this past Sunday, July 11, and we spotted a mention of the service on a blog this week and then went to the source, the church’s own website where there is a YouTube video from the 2009 service.

This got to us wondering about what other YouTube videos featuring the “Swing” might be out there. So we did a search and uncovered an impressed array of videos. The range from home video of the Rice Lake High School Marching Band to a rehearsal of the Gotsland Jazzband in Visby, Sweden, to the performance of a pickup band playing aboard the Holland America MAASDAM in 2008.

A few of the “videos” are actually original audio of old records with a few slides. One is Jerry Shard’s rendition, and another is Louis Armstrong with the Dukes of Dixieland.

To see all the YouTube results, you can go to this link. Chances are you’ll find your own favorite, but the one below — the New Orleans Hall Jazzband of Zurich peforming on a rainy June afternoon last year — is illustrative of what you’ll find:


Charting W&L's Academic Indicators

Washington and Lee’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness has recently unveiled a new Web page that provides details about the key academic indicators for the undergraduate student body in a graphically interesting format. If you haven’t seen the page yet, take a look at the Academic Indicators Dashboard.

The 19 slides on the page present data from the time students apply, to their graduation and job placement statistics.

Two of the representative slides are below:


Celebrating 50 Years of To Kill a Mockingbird

Sunday, July 11, is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” With that in mind, we asked a few members of the University community to give us their thoughts on the novel—in hopes that they will prime the pump for your additional comments. So, see what they have to say, and then tell us what you have to say about this novel.

Suzanne Keen, Professor of English:

“In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Atticus suggests that a person doesn’t know the other until walking in his shoes for a while.  The novel affirms the value of empathy felt with others. It enacts the difficult process of loving one’s neighbor as oneself, even when the neighbor seems alien, terrifying, even monstrous. That it takes the trusting perspective of a child to bring the despised others into the empathetic circle also reminds readers of when they were younger and less suspicious. It’s a beautiful book that made a timely intervention in the civil rights movement when it was published, but it holds up, not preaching but exemplifying its central loving message.”

Marc Conner, Professor of English:

“Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a classic book of the early 1960s. It stands at the gateway to that troubled decade, but unlike other such novels that give dire warnings of the corruption in American society—one thinks of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (1951) or ‘Catch-22’ (1961)—Lee’s novel also reveals courage, morality and compassion. It is noteworthy not just for its strong moral center in the noble attorney Atticus Finch, but also for its poignant portrayal of American childhood in the figure of Atticus’ daughter, Scout.  Scout joins a long line of American child narrators that stretches back to Huckleberry Finn and includes Hemingway’s Nick Adams and Faulkner’s Ike McCaslin—but she is the rare female narrator in that vein.  Lee’s novel pushes the boundaries of race in America, but also balances our propensity for violence with our impulse towards fellow-feeling. It is a deeply moral book in an age that seemed to lose sight of America’s moral center.”

Kary Smout, Associate Professor of English:

“I love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I think it’s one of the most influential novels ever written about the American South. I would teach it in my college Southern Literature classes, but it is so widely taught in middle schools and high schools, especially in the South, that many of my students would be re-reading it. I’d rather just talk about it with them and assign them to read something else. It also does not have the stylistic difficulty or the symbolic richness of works by William Faulkner, Eudora Welty or Cormac McCarthy, for example, but it has been more widely read than any of these works. A main reason is the young narrator, Scout, whose voice makes it an ideal book for American teenagers. She is reflecting back on her brother, her dead mother, her friends, her father and some of the key moments in all their lives, especially on moments when her father’s integrity cost him as he stood up to the virulent racism in their hometown of Maycomb, Ala. Teenagers love to think about these issues, and so do their middle school and high school teachers.

“I just finished helping one of my senior English majors, Amy Conant, finish an honors thesis on rhetoric in legal fiction, on her way to Washington and Lee Law School this fall. One of the four major novels she chose to include in her study was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ As we studied it together, she told me it’s her favorite book of all time. In the thesis, she concluded that Atticus Finch is the best lawyer she knows of in literature and one of the most admirable characters she has ever met. He perfectly embodies the Washington and Lee ideals of honor, civility and integrity.”

Ted DeLaney, Professor of History:

“Harper Lee published ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 1960, some six years after Brown v. Board of Education.  One of the main complaints among white segregationists at the time was the possibility of social integration. They predicted ‘amalgamation of the races,’ ‘mongrelization’ and so on.  They wrote graphic letters to Virginia’s governors asking them to prevent these things. That Lee focused on the sexual accusation of a white woman against a black man seems to zoom in on that theme and speak to racial injustice.”

And your thoughts?


Balloon's-Eye View

Each July 4, the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, which holds its weekly meetings in Evans Dining Hall on the Washington and Lee campus, joins forces with BB&T to stage the Fourth of July Balloon Rally. Colorful hot air balloons lift off from the Virginia Military Institute Parade Ground and float lazily (usually) over Rockbridge County. If you’re brave enough, you can purchase a flight on one of the balloons.

That’s what David Michnal, a 2002 graduate of the W&L School of Law, did earlier this week. David was on the sixth and final launch of the weekend, Monday morning at 6 a.m. Happily, he took his camera.

You can see what David saw in the wonderful photograph he took from his balloon — the Colonnade with another of the balloons suspended above the campus.

What’s interesting about the photo is that it was taken during what turned out to be a rather short ride for David and an even shorter ride for other balloonists. The morning was exceptionally still, and the balloons were limited in their range. A story in the Staunton News Leader chronicled the events in a feature story, “The Fickleness of Flight,” reporting that one of the balloons, the “Easy Rider,” wound up landing in front of Lee Chapel, about two blocks from the launch site.

David’s flight was a little longer. He came down in a patch of grass behind the Hampton Inn, which is where he happened to be staying. “Had we only known…” he wrote in a e-mail.

Thanks to David for allowing us to show this view of campus.


Dateline NBC and VC3

“Dateline NBC” will air a two-hour documentary this Friday (July 9) that focuses on the case of Billy Wayne Cope, who was convicted of killing his daughter in 2001. Although subsequent DNA evidence suggested that he was innocent, Cope was eventually sentenced to life in prison based, in part, on a confession he gave during an interrogation.

Members of the (VC3) at Washington and Lee School of Law have worked on the case for the past four years, along with the Northwestern Wrongful Convictions Clinic. VC3 Director David Bruck argued the first appeal of Cope’s conviction. In addition, W&L alumni Laura Hastay ’06L, Dawn Davison ’07L, Tim Gilbert ’09L, Christine Kidwell ’09L, Phil Glenn ’10L and Benton Keatley ’10L all worked on the case during their time in VC3.

Bruck was interviewed by “Dateline,” which has been working on the story for more than eight years.

One of the most comprehensive stories about the case and the W&L connection was written by journalism major Stephanie Hardiman, who graduated in May. Stephanie reported the story for a 2008 edition of Rockbridge Report. You can read Stephanie’s account online before tuning in to the “Dateline” report on Friday night.


A Fish Story

Kathryn Sheppard Hoar, a 1997 alumna of Washington and Lee, will be among an elite group competing in what is known as either the “Olympics” or the “Super Bowl” of inshore fishing later this month, in the 10th annual Florida Keys Outfitters / IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada, Fla.

Kathy will be competing in the tournament’s fly division. She qualified by winning the grand championship of the Ladies Fly Tournament in Ismoralda in both 2007 and 2009. She was first runner-up in 2008.

The 19 men and seven women qualifiers in the World Championship come from as far away as Sweden and Australia.

According to Kathy’s profile on the tournament website, she was born and raised in Hanover, Pa., where she currently operates the Sheppard Mansion, a full service luxury inn and restaurant, which is also the home where she was born. She began fishing in the lake behind her parent’s house when she was five or six, but got serious about the sport after going to a fly-fishing school in Florida a little more than a decade ago. She and her then boyfriend, Oliver, also Class of 1997, attended the school together. Kathy and Oliver are now married with two young sons, and the whole family fishes.

You can follow Kathy’s progress in the tournament, which will be held July 13-15, with daily coverage on both ESPNOutdoors.com and IGFA.org.


Alumni and the Kagan Confirmation Hearings

Two Washington and Lee alumni played roles in this week’s confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan — one at the witness table, the other in the photographers’ gallery.

Jack Goldsmith, a 1984 graduate, was a witness in the hearings on Thursday.  Jack is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University and was hired by Kagan when she was dean of Harvard Law School. Before joining Harvard Law, Jack was assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel, and special counsel to the general counsel to the Department of Defense.

In his testimony on Kagan’s behalf, Jack offered what one observer called the “most unvarnished and blunt statement” of the hearings. On her “Crossroads” blog on CBS News’ website, Jan Crawford wrote that Jack “basically said the senators on the Judiciary Committee are a bunch of opportunistic hypocrites who have abrogated their duty and damaged the judiciary.” A pdf of the written testimony is available here on the Committee on the Judiciary website.

While Jack was giving his testimony, a fellow alum, Scott Ferrell of the Class of 1987, was across the room with his camera. Scott is the staff photographer for Congressional Quarterly, and he has covered everything from State of the Union addresses (see some of Scott’s shots of the late one here) to all manner of Congressional doings, including committee hearings like Kagan’s confirmation. A selection of Scott’s photography is on display in Reid Hall.

Once Scott realized he was photographing a fellow alum, he asked permission of his boss to send some images along to his alma mater. His photograph of Jack is above.


The Summer of BP

For several of Washington and Lee’s business journalism interns, this is the summer of BP. From the Charlotte Observer to the Seattle Times, the W&L students and recent grads have had their bylines appear on stories that take decidedly different angles on the BP oil spill.

Have a look at their stories at the links below.

Catherine Carlock, who graduated in May, is doing a post-graduate internship with Marketwatch in San Francisco. Her story on the impact that a BP boycott might have on independent sellers ran on the Marketwatch wire and appeared in several newspapers, including the clip below from the Wichita Eagle:

• Boycott of BP may harm independent sellers most

Brooke Sutherland, a junior, is an intern this summer with The Charlotte Observer. She talked with the owner of a BP station, car wash and convenience store in Mooresville, N.C., for a June 19 story.

Senior Tim Watson is spending the summer with USA Today. He shared the byline on a piece about the ongoing losses that people on the Louisiana coast expect to suffer because of the oil spill.

• Future losses from BP oil spill worry Gulf Coast businesses

Victoria Taylor, a senior, is with Forbes.com. She took a look at the marketing campaigns that oil campaigns have mounted in response to BP’s problems.

• Oil Companies Back Slick Ad Campaigns

Jason Bacaj, a 2010 graduate, is on a post-graduate internship at the Seattle Times, where he found that the BP oil spill has caused a boom in demand for shallow-water skimmer boats built by Kvichak Marine Industries in Ballard, Wash.

• BP oil spill brings big order to Seattle boat builder