Balentine L.L.C., the investment advisory firm headed by Robert Balentine, a member of the Class of 1979 and a member of the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees, recently broke the $1 billion barrier of assets under management. And while Robert clearly knows the investment business, he also knows a thing or two about biology and […]
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Five members of Washington and Lee's Class of 2014 are among 5 million people celebrating their birthday on Leap Day, Feb. 29.
World War I is having a moment in popular culture these days, what with the movie “War Horse” and the PBS series “Downton Abbey.” Another example comes from the Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and on Feb. 26 published a look at Tennessee veterans of WWI, one of them a Washington and Lee alumnus: Kiffin Yates Rockwell, […]
Land Not Lost: Contemporary Views of the Virginia Landscape, an exhibition of paintings and photographs, opens at Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery on March 12 and will be on view through March 23.
W&L law students Steve Harper and Lauren Meehan earned the Best Draft award for regional Transactional LawMeet
Congratulations to Louise DiMatteo, a 1989 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, who has gotten the nod for a circuit court judgeship from her local delegation to the Virginia General Assembly. As icing on the cake, she also received the highest possible recommendation for the post from the Arlington Bar Association Judicial […]
George Washington University professor David Shambaugh to give Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture at W&L on March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
Matthew J. Lister, a visiting assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law, will give a lecture on Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. The talk is free and open to the public. The title of Lister’s lecture is “Who Are Refugees?” He will discuss the definition of refugees, what […]
Not that there was ever any doubt about its benefits, but it was nice to see a video mentioning Washington and Lee's Elrod Fellows Program down in Houston. That's where three of the fellows, all 2011 graduates of W&L, are program coordinators with Genesys Works, a non-profit that trains and employs disadvantaged high school students by enabling them to […]
Playwright C. Rosalind Bell her play, “New Orleans Monologues,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Washington and Lee's Leyburn Library.
Rick Williams, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1977, has dubbed himself the "pit bull of 10th Street" because of his passionate pursuit of issues in that Roanoke, Va., neighborhood. The Sunday, Feb. 19, edition of the Roanoke Times wrote about Rick's latest efforts to alter the Roanoke landscape. He recently purchased a three-acre plot of land in […]
When Laura Henson, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee, began graduate studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, Calif., she found herself in a challenging quantitative-modeling course required for all incoming students. Turns out, her professor was Jim Williams, of W&L's Class of 1980. Laura aced the course. “She got 100 […]
New study by Washington and Lee psychology professor Dan Johnson finds connection between reading fiction and empathy.
When Nicki Ross, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 2015, and her teammate, Corey Delaney, captured the 2012 Girls 18 and Under Junior National Platform Tennis championship in Franklin Lakes, N.J., last month, they compiled a number of firsts. Nicki and Corey, who are from Chatham, N.J., have dominated their age groups in […]
Ken Auletta, one of America's premier media critics, will present the keynote address to Washington and Lee University's 12th annual Institute for Honor on Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The institute is exploring "The New Conversation: How Are the News Media Shaping Our Political Beliefs." The title of Auletta's speech is […]
On Valentine's Day, a column in The Lima (Ohio) News headlined "Stray thoughts on life and love" carried the byline of Tom Harrison, of the Washington and Lee Class of 1983, a reporter with that newspaper. The second part of the two-part column was a love letter to the W&L Mock Convention and especially to […]
The Black Lung Clinic at Washington and Lee University's School of law has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to protect two provisions of the Black Lung Benefits Act that are included in the Affordable Care Act.
Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee received a grant from Food Lion to support its Weekend Backpack Snack Program for local children.
Women comedians today owe a great deal to the pioneering women in comedy in the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy and France, as demonstrated for the first time in a new book by Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University. Women's Comedic Art as Social Revolution (McFarland, 2011) is based […]
Students Against Rockbridge Area Hunger (SARAH), a Washington and Lee student organization, raised $8,500 for local food organizations through the University's 26th annual Lip Sync Contest in late January.
Washington and Lee senior Jenks Wilson, a double major in history and philosophy from Charleston, S.C., spent the past summer conducting research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its Preserve America project, "Charting a More Perfect Union." That project collects electronic images of Civil War-era maps and charts for free use by the public. Back […]
A Roanoke Times feature focuses on W&L alumni John D. Bassett III and son Wyatt Bassett of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.
In her new book Washington and Lee history professor Molly Michelmore traces the development of taxing and spending policy.
Washington and Lee University seniors Bobby Rutherford and Caitlin Edgar will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 12:30 p.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons.
The McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala., has just named Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Angelillo, of the Class of 1974, as its new president and CEO. The center, a cornerstone of Birmingham's downtown revitalization, is housed in what was previously Loveman's department store. As its new leader, Tom will oversee the opening of the Birmingham […]
Andy Clark of the University of Edinburgh will lecture on "Messy Minds" as the first visitor in Washington and Lee's new Living Philosopher Series.
Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, will give a lecture on energy at W&L on Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons.
John Dunne, associate professor of religion at Emory University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Parmly Hall 307. The talk is free and open to the public. The title of the lecture is “Derealizing Self: Frontiers of Contemplative Science.” Dunne’s talk is sponsored by […]
W&L professor Janet Ikeda is part of a 10-member delegation of Japanese-American leaders who will travel to Japan next month.
And It's Romney On the first ballot, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney got the Washington Mock Convention endorsement when Indiana's delegation gave him its votes. Coincidentally, the announcement that Romney had been put over the top came within minutes of a Washington Post News Alert that Romney had won the presidential straw poll of activists […]
Washington and Lee University’s 2012 Mock Republican Convention awarded its nomination to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday.
J.C. Watts Has the Last Word Although Herman Cain was a last-minute scratch, the Mock Convention delegates got plenty of political rhetoric, with former Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts offering the final speech of the second session. Watts noted that he'd been in Lexington for the 2000 Republican Mock Convention. The strength of America, he said, […]
James E. (Jed) Dunn Jr., of Greensboro, N.C., has been elected to the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees.
Mike Huckabee: Best Government is Self-Government After the dust settled from the Carville-Coulter debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee brought calm to the setting with a quietly passionate appeal to personal responsibility. The best government, Huckabee said, is self-government. "Freedom does not exist in a moral vacuum," he added. Huckabee told the crowd that he […]
Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will be offering free tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge County area.
Members of the Washington and Lee University School of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recently participated in the moot court and mock trial competitions at the organization's regional convention, placing second in both competitions. Those teams willl now move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C. in March. The team of Kassandra Haynes and Curtis […]
Congratulations to Hampden H. Smith III, Washington and Lee professor emeritus of journalism and communications, and Mike Allen, a member of W&L's Class of 1986 and currently chief White House correspondent for Politico, on their election to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame inducts Virginia-born communicators, and persons born elsewhere who have […]
When critics say that today's generation of college students doesn't care about politics, Washington and Lee University senior Tricia King can only shake her head. "All they have to do is watch what happens here in Lexington this coming weekend to see that's not true," said King, an English and politics double major from Norfolk, Va. […]
NOTE: Herman Cain cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Mock Convention on Friday, Feb. 10, telling organizers he had lost his voice earlier in the day. Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will address Washington and Lee University’s Mock Convention on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Cain dropped out of the race in December but was […]
A new report examining the future of nuclear power in the United States, prepared by the Federation of American Scientists and Washington and Lee University, will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 8, during a luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Washington and Lee's 2012 Mock Convention political team is picking Rick Santorum to edge Mitt Romney in Tuesday's Minnesota caucuses and for Romney to win the Colorado caucuses. The student researchers did not make a pick for Missouri, which is non-binding and is generally regarded as a beauty contest. The Mock Convention is only days […]
Washington and Lee University's young Mock Trial team finished fourth with a 6-2 record in last weekend's American Mock Trial Association regional tournament at Chapel Hill, earning a spot in the Opening Round Championship Series in Greenville, S.C., on March 23-25. The W&L "A" team competed against Campbell University, Patrick Henry College, Vanderbilt University and […]
Fishback Visiting Writer Jackie Spinner, a former Washington Post reporter who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will present a public lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, Elrod Commons.
Gordon P. Spice, professor of music at Washington and Lee University, will give the Edwin A. Morris Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of Wilson Hall. The title of Spice’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Words and Music: Creating a Synthesis.” During […]
Robert Strong, interim provost and Wilson Professor of Politics at W&L, discussed Jimmy Carter's foreign policy on WGAU radio in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
Former Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman will address Washington and Lee University’s Mock Convention on Friday, Feb. 10.
The student political researchers for Washington and Lee University's Mock Convention are predicting a landslide win for Mitt Romney in Saturday's Nevada caucus, with second place going to New Gingrich and third to Ron Paul. With the Mock Convention itself less than a week away, the student political team has been gearing up to make […]
Washington and Lee University welcomed the Year of the Dragon with songs, dances, presentations, and Chinese food and drink during a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Elrod Commons. "This was definitely a singing year," said sophomore Victoria Van Natten, who was among a group of students who performed […]
Maj. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, a 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee, has just been chosen as the commanding general of America's First Team — the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. Established in 1921, the 1st Cavalry is among the most famous and most decorated of all the Army's combat units. Tony, […]
Lydia Patton, an assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in Huntley Hall 327. The lecture is free and open to the public. The title of Patton’s talk is “Kant’s Neglected Anti-metaphysical Arguments.” About her talk Patton says, “Principles, […]
What better time to teach the rhetorical principles of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian than during the heat of a presidential election?
For Washington and Lee alumna Jenny Keel, of the Class of 1989, the transition from teacher of high-school French to bluegrass bass player has apparently been a smooth one — at least based on the press that she and the band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, are getting nowadays. Just this week Jenny is featured in […]
Harry Potter is helping a new generation of college students appreciate the work of Charles Dickens, according to W&L Professor Suzanne Keen.
The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk featured a fascinating first-person story by Washington and Lee Law alumnus Phil Davey, of the Class of 1974, on Jan. 23, as part of the newspaper's "At work with" feature. Phil is a partner in the Norfolk firm Davey & Brogan, P.C., and specializes in maritime law. He entered the W&L […]
Four more prominent Republican leaders will address Washington and Lee students at the school’s 2012 Republican Mock Convention.