What does it mean to be "in the zone"? How do you get there? Brodie Gregory, visiting professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University, discussed peak performance and how to achieve it during an appearance on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show, on Monday, April 30. Gregory, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, […]
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Images highlighting the work of Washington and Lee University alumni who are scientists form an unusual art exhibit in the University’s Kamen Gallery, opening April 30 and continuing through May 17.
When the Bradenton, Fla., Herald decided to run profiles of retired executives of U.S. companies who now live in the Bradenton and Sarasota area, the paper chose Washington and Lee alumnus Bill Johnston, of the Class of 1961, as the first subject. The result is a Q&A with Bill on his tenure from 1996 to 2001 […]
George Bent, professor of art history and head of the Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University, will present the Sidney Gause Childress Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library. Bent is the first to hold the professorship, which was established in […]
W&L economics professor Michael Smitka writes about the auto industry and the economic recovery.
Washington and Lee University will observe Holocaust Remembrance Week April 26-May 3 with a variety of activities beginning with a vigil and featuring several films, a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, and a talk by Holocaust survivor Jay M. Ipson.
Jenny Williams and David Foster are both members of the Washington and Lee Class of 1998. Jenny teaches English and writing in a high school near Philadelphia. Dave, a former lawyer and former Army officer, is the president of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, an organization that’s revitalizing Camden, N.J. They met at W&L, married in 2002 […]
A new exhibit created by Washington and Lee anthropologist Sascha Goluboff at the Brownsburg (Va.) Museum aims to provide visitors with more understanding of the ambiguities of race relations in the small Rockbridge County community before and after the Civil War.
Two Washington and Lee alumni in Memphis made the business news in that city recently. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Tom Baker, of the W&L School of Law Class of 1971, was lured out of retirement to become executive vice president for business development and strategy with the Memphis office of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which […]
Washington and Lee alumna Kerry Egan, of the Class of 1995, will be featured on this week's edition of the PBS series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Marc Benamou, an ethnomusicologist and associate professor of music at Earlham College, in Indiana, is serving as the John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor at Washington and Lee University during the 2012 Spring Term. Benamou, who is teaching a new course in world music during the four-week term, specializes in gamelan music, a traditional form of music, […]
Washington and Lee Student Consulting (WLSC), a student-managed organization created to provide pro bono consulting services to for-profit and not-for-profit business and community organizations, assisted a local agency that cares for elderly.
Washington and Lee University will introduce a new, year-long interdisciplinary seminar series that will examine our national obsession with happiness during the 2012-13 academic year
Linda A. Klein, a 1983 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law and chair of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2012 graduation exercises at her alma mater. Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the lawn between the […]
Emma Thomas Dean, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named one of the “20 Under 40″ honorees by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.
Mary Woodson, assistant director of communications and public affairs and director of publications at Washington and Lee University, was awarded second place in the feature photography category of the Virginia Press Association's annual contest on Saturday, April 21, during the VPA's annual meeting in Roanoke. The photograph, "Ferris Wheel," was taken at the Raphine, Va., […]
Author Robert Sullivan, head of the School of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand, will give a public poetry reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room.
“Volume,” drawings and sculpture by Virginia artist Craig Pleasants, will open at Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery on April 23 and will remain on view through May 25
Washington and Lee journalism faculty joined their colleagues at the University of Missouri to collaborate on a one-day conference in Roanoke in April that focused on the future of community newspapers. Underwritten in part by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which has provided funding for several programs in the department of journalism and communications at […]
A recent story in the Cumberland (Md.) Times-News features Theresa Brion, a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, who recently became vicar at not one, but two, Episcopal churches in Western Maryland — St. George’s Episcopal Church in Mount Savage and Holy Cross-St. Philip’s in Cumberland. She is also bishops’ deputy for Western Maryland for […]
Washington and Lee Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Sidney Evans and Director of Career Services Beverly Lorig joined college leaders, academic advisors, career center directors and business leaders from around the country at a summit, "Rethinking Success: From Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century," at Wake Forest University in […]
Actor, director and filmmaker Adrian Grenier will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. W&L’s Contact Committee is sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public. Grenier is best known for his starring role in the Emmy-nominated HBO series Entourage, which aired from […]
Why did you choose Washington and Lee? What is your favorite memory? What is your current job? How did W&L help you get there? Those are some of the questions that alumni answer in General Perspectives, a video series that highlights a variety of professions, and the roads that W&L alumni took to get there. […]
Suzanne M. Barnett, a 1981 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has been appointed a new chief royalty judge for the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) by the Librarian of Congress. Suzanne is currently a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Wash. She joins two other chief judges on the panel, […]
Christian Wiman, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee and editor of Poetry magazine, is one of 180 scholars, artists, and scientists from the United States and Canada to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
In This Issue: W&L Unpacks a Global Learning Initiative, By Amy Balfour ’89, ’93L; Where Everyone Asks to Get Involved: The 2012 Mock Convention, By Michael McGuire ’13
By Michael McGuire ’13 From the Winter 2012 Edition of the W&L Magazine For three days, in the most patriotic gymnasium I've ever seen, I've watched my classmates introduce governor after congresswoman, and wield television cameras and a wooden gavel. They've come dressed like the politicians-in-training many may be. My friends and the rest of […]
Washington and Lee is developing a new Global Learning Initiative that proposes no less than a redefinition of a liberal arts education.
As honeymoons go, Washington and Lee alumna Bjornen duPont Babock's was, well, you can be the judge. On Wednesday, April 18, the PBS series "Nature" will air "River of No Return," which documents Bjornen's year-long honeymoon trip with her husband, Isaac, as they travel through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Isaac had […]
As political chair for Washington and Lee's 2012 Mock Republican Convention, senior Zach Wilkes spent three years immersed in the process by which the GOP selects its presidential nominee. Like many observers, Zach found that system something less than ideal. So he devised a plan of his own. Earlier this week, former Congressional Quarterly writer […]
Washington and Lee historian Molly Michelmore, author of "Tax and Spend: The Welfare State, Tax Politics, and the Limits of American Liberalism," writes a commentary on taxes and the tax code.
A new book co-edited by Deborah Miranda, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is a finalist for three awards.
At the recent Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference in Raleigh, N.C., Washington and Lee senior Camille Cobb from Huntersville, N.C., was one of five finalists in the student undergraduate research competition.
Growing up in Houston, Damian Horan, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2003, thought he wanted to be a filmmaker. Once he got to college, he majored in business administration and chose a safer path by becoming a banker. Then, according to a feature story in the Houston Chronicle, he had a health scare and […]
Lauren Ashley Tipton, a Washington and Lee University senior from Myrtle Beach, S.C., has won the Jed Foundation's annual Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award. The award recognizes "a student who is reducing stigma around mental illness, raising awareness of mental health problems on campus, or encouraging help-seeking among his or her peers." Tipton […]
Shawn Boyer, the founder and CEO of Snagajob, is adding another honor to his résumé today (Tuesday, April 10), when the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business names him its Executive of the Year. Shawn, who graduated from W&L’s School of Law in 1997, will also give a talk, “Leading a Purposeful Life,” at […]
Washington and Lee University students Austin Branstetter, Claire Oliver and Luke Andersen will be recognized at Generals of the Month on Wednesday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons. Branstetter, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., is a mathematics major and the recipient of a George Washington Honor Scholarship. He is the […]
Roger Jeans, Elizabeth Lewis Otey Professor of East Asian History Emeritus at Washington and Lee University, provided fresh perspectives on George C. Marshall's famous mission to China in a talk he gave at the George C. Marshall Foundation earlier this month. For the presentation, Roger drew on his recent book, "The Marshall Mission to China, 1945-1947: […]
Timing is everything, and the release of Todd Peppers' new book about Supreme Court justices and their clerks comes at a time when the court is very much in the headlines. Peppers, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1990, is a visiting professor of law at W&L and the Henry H. and Trudye H. […]
George Bent, the Sidney Gause Childress Professor in the Arts and department head at W&L, has authored a series of Great Courses lecture on Leonard da Vinci.
Jamie and Alison Small, of Midland, Texas, have made a $100,000 challenge gift to a new endowment fund that Washington and Lee University has established in memory of Pamela Hemenway Simpson, the Ernest Williams II Professor of Art History, who died in October 2011.
New books by two Washington and Lee alumni — Jack Goldsmith of the Class of 1984 and Mike Allen of the Class of 1986 — are generating considerable buzz in the media these days, helped out by their authors' national television appearances on networks ranging from CNN to Comedy Central. Last night, Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor […]
Two years ago, Lida Steves, now a junior at Washington and Lee, volunteered to help build a house in Rockbridge County as part of the Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity. Lida had a casual conversation about her experience with her father, Sam Steves, back in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Sam Steves happens to […]
Washington and Lee accounting professor Afshad Irani is co-author of a study that investigates the compensation of chief financial officers.
Congratulations to Christopher L. Martin, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee, on two recent awards he's received while attending law school at the University of California at Berkeley. Last fall, he won the fourth annual Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law. CEB, a joint committee […]
By day, Sybil Nelson, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2001, is a Ph.D. student in biostatistics at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. She's got another identity, too: as the creator of Priscilla the Great, "an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts" and the heroine of her novels for middle schoolers. If that weren't enough, she's also […]
Richard J. A. Talbert, the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the Hoyt Lecture in Classics at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York City when the Sept. 11 attacks hit the World Trade Tower, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
In his keynote address to Washington and Lee University's annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar on Friday, March 30, in Lee Chapel, award-winning novelist Colum McCann said that the beauty of literature is its ability to last.
Cole Snyder, a first grader at Mountain View Elementary School, carefully picked out a selection of fruit and vegetables to try. "I've got carrot, cucumber, a blueberry and a grape, but I don’t know what that is," he said, pointing to a yellow pepper. "I've never tried it before." Snyder was one of the many […]