Two members of Washington and Lee University's 2012 graduating class, Tyler Grant of Suwanee, Ga., and Ryan Hartman of Yorktown, Va., have received grants for postgraduate study from the prestigious Fulbright Program while a third, Shiri Yadlin of Irvine, Calif., received a U.S. teaching assistantship to Austria.
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Washington and Lee journalism student Michael McGuire's first assignment on his summer internship in Miami is one he won't soon forget.
Two recent stories in the Billings (Mont.) Gazette have focused on research conducted by Washington and Lee biology professor Bill Hamilton and W&L students in several of his Spring Term courses. The stories, "Researchers try to revitalize soil in Gardiner Basin area" and "Yellowstone Park restoration work progressing," report on an article that Bill and his […]
It's been a banner month for Jasmin Darznik, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee. Just after her memoir, "The Good Daughter," was nominated for two prestigious awards, Jasmin published a piece, "No Place Is Home," in Sunday's New York Times. She writes about her two-year exile from the United States after a run-in with […]
Dr. Daniel J. Carruci, of the Class of 1980, was honored this month with an Alumni Award from Choate Rosemary Hall from which he graduated in 1976.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected Washington and Lee University as one of 47 small colleges and universities in the country to share in grants totaling more than $50 million.
As the 396 members of Washington and Lee University's Class of 2012 received their diplomas on the University's historic Front Campus Thursday, they were reminded to take strength from what the W&L community had taught them.
Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio addressed the Commencement exercises for the Class of 2012 on May 24, 2012.
Graduation Remarks Scott McClintock President of the Student Body Washington and Lee University May 24, 2012Thank you President Ruscio for inviting me to speak here on this beautiful May morning. I can’t think of a better day or a better view than that of the colonnade from where I now stand. When each of you, […]
Washington and Lee University recognized five retiring members of the University’s faculty during commencement exercises on Thursday, May 24.
The Roanoke Times focused on a member of Washington and Lee's graduating class from the Star City in today's editions, providing a fine profile of Robbie Day. He will graduate today in ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. Robbie's memories of his W&L career reached all the way back to the week before he had even matriculated, […]
It has been a busy commencement season for Washington and Lee alumni. At least two spoke at commencement exercises, while the University also was well represented in the graduating class of one of the nation's premier law schools. In Monterey, Calif., Grace Ewura-Esi Andrews, of the Class of 2009, told her fellow graduates at the Monterey Institute […]
The Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller III gave a moving, often personal Baccalaureate address to Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2012 on Wednesday, May 23.
"Love in the Ruins" A Baccalaureate Address Christoph Keller III Washington and Lee University May 23, 2012 Her hand rested as lightly on my shoulder as it did at the Washington and Lee Black-and-White formal, what a lovely, funny Valley girl she was. He means a lovely, funny, Shenandoah Valley girl. The narrator is Dr. […]
They started out facing each other across the net for one special mother-daughter tennis match on Mother's Day each year. Eventually, they switched from being opponents to being partners, and now Washington and Lee alumna Bitsy Hopper Young, of the Class of 1989, and her daughter, Faris, are ranked as the top mother-daughter doubles team in […]
Students in a Washington and Lee University Spring Term course on computer forensics learned about the tools and methods used by law enforcement when investigating cybercrimes, how to perform computer-related crime investigations, and the recovery and analysis of digital evidence.
Jeremy Adams, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1998, has been named Kern County (Calif.) Teacher of the Year.
Washington and Lee University celebrates its 225th undergraduate commencement on Thursday, May 24, by awarding bachelor's degrees to slightly more than 400 students.
Marcia France, the Herwick Professor of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University, is the new associate dean of the College, beginning July 1. She succeeds Alison Bell, who has held that post since 2010 and is returning to the classroom as an associate professor of archaeology. France, who teaches organic chemistry, arrived at W&L in […]
Kate Shellnutt, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has parlayed her majors in religion and print journalism into a post at the Houston Chronicle newspaper, where she produces the “Houston Belief” religion blog and reports on religion. Her work is the subject of a wide-ranging interview about newspapers, religion reporting and social media […]
Washington and Lee students in a Spring Term course on Urban Education spent three weeks embedded in Richmond public schools where they evaluated various educational policy proposals.
Retired U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz is teaching Washington and Lee students about diplomacy as he practiced it during 36 years as a career diplomat and a member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Ashley Jordan, a Washington and Lee senior from Pocatella, Idaho, has been nominated to the Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS). Jordan is an East Asian Language and Literature major. This honor society recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language. Students who are nominated for membership receive Certificates of […]
Henry M. Coxe III, a 1972 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, will be honored with the Florida Bar Foundation’s 2012 Medal of Honor Award, the legal profession’s highest award in the state. Coxe is receiving the award for his lifelong commitment to duty and service to the public and for improving the administration […]
A photograph by Washington and Lee University photographer Patrick Hinely, of the Class of 1973, is one of five finalists for 2012 Photo of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Association Awards. Patrick was one of 45 photographers who submitted a single image for the opening round of the annual contest. (See all the entries […]
Renee M. Pratt, assistant professor of business administration at Washington and Lee University's Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship grant to conduct research in Potsdam, Germany, during the winter term of the 2012-13 academic year.
Washington and Lee English professor Jasmin Darznik's celebrated memoir, "The Good Daughter," is a candidate for the Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award for Nonfiction. And even more recently, she received word that the book is on the short list for the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Nonfiction, too. That award is intended to encourage new or […]
Washington and Lee University senior swimmers Brian Stirling of Skillman, N.J., and Chris Washnock of Greer, S.C., have won NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for participation in a winter sport.
Washington and Lee University’s Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies will host a public lecture by John M. Najemy, professor of history at Cornell University, on “Machiavelli and History” on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
A new spring term course at Washington and Lee University, "Animal Behavior and Human Morality," is delving into the history of how people hve looked to animal behavior for answers on how humans should conduct themselves.
A Washington and Lee University psychology course on achieving peak performance is more than a mere academic exercise. According to Brodie Gregory, visiting assistant professor of psychology, by the time the students complete the four-week Spring Term course she’s offering, they will not only understand the underlying psychological theories but they will also have a […]
After a successful fall season when it won six of seven matches, Washington and Lee's club rugby team finished third in April in the Mid Atlanta Rugby Football Union (MARFU), which comprises teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. During the fall season, W&L lost only to William and […]
The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University (CKWL) has celebrated reaching the milestone of delivering its 100,000th meal in the Rockbridge area.
Washington and Lee University honored three graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards and celebrated the largest reunion gift in school history on Saturday, May 12, during the annual meeting of the W&L Alumni Association Saturday during Alumni Weekend.
Washington and Lee alumnus Beverly M. “Bo” DuBose III has won the 2012 John Macpherson Berrien Award from the Georgia Historical Society. The society gives the Berrien award for a lifetime of achievement in and service to Georgia history. It recognizes people for their vision and generosity in support of history organizations and promoting the mission of the Georgia Historical Society […]
Washington and Lee University's interim provost, Robert A. Strong, used George Washington's Farewell Address from 1796 as a way to thank alumni returning for W&L's Alumni Weekend for their continued support of their alma mater. Strong provided the keynote address for the Opening Assembly of the annual Alumni Weekend, which features an array of reunion […]
Washington and Lee law professor Josh Fairfield has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to study privacy law in the U.S. and European contexts. Fairfield will conduct his research this summer at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. Fairfield explains that the buying and selling of personal information for targeted advertising […]
Last Friday, May 4, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation hosted “The Pride of RPS: Living Legacies,” which celebrated distinguished alumni of the city’s public schools. One of the honorees at this inaugural event was a Washington and Lee alumnus: Al Broaddus, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Before the Richmond […]
Lauren Acker, a senior from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has been named the John W. Elrod General of the Year. Announcement of Acker's award was made today (May 10) in Elrod Commons. She is one of the 21 Washington and Lee students who were recognized with General of the Month awards during the 2011-2012 academic year through […]
Washington and Lee University has selected 21 students to receive Johnson Opportunity Grants for 2012 summer research activities. This is in addition to the eight students announced earlier. The students will receive the grants for a wide variety of activities both in the United States and abroad. These include working with great white sharks in […]
As part of their Spring Term class in Poetic Forms, a group of Washington and Lee students will be spending three hours today (Wednesday, May 9) writing haiku poems on demand for anyone who wants to order one. “We’re deliberately doing this around the time people need to send Mother’s Day cards, but the haikus […]
FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced that Washington and Lee University has claimed the Dan Wooldridge Overall Sports Champion Cup for the ninth-straight year. The cup, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, is presented to the school that exhibits the best all-around athletic program in the conference. Points for the Commissioner's Cups […]
Washington and Lee economics professor Linda Hooks discussed the economy and the presidential election on KABC's Gerald show on Monday, May 7. Listen to the interview below:
by Mark Drumbl Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute (Reprinted from the May 8, 2012, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch) Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, has been convicted of 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Although symbolic, imprisoning Taylor is a small step toward the […]
Students in a Spring Term course in Ireland joined an Irish drum corps to march in the annual Festival of Bealtaine Parade in Dingle, Ireland.
Washington and Lee University seniors Brandon Allred and Katie Shelor will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation on Wednesday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons. This is the final CSS presentation of the academic year. They will begin again monthly in September 2012, for the 2012-2013 year. […]
Three organizations in Shreveport, La., reaped the benefit of a choice that students from Washington and Lee University made in April: to spend their spring break not on vacation but doing community service in that city. W&L's Shepherd Poverty Program coordinated the Alternative Spring Break. The students spent the first two days painting a grocery […]
Jorge Estrada, of the Class of 1969, retired from Washington and Lee's Board of Trustees following the board's meeting on the campus this weekend, but his 47-year relationship with the University is hardly ending. Three of Jorge's five children are already W&L alumni — Annie '04, Carol '05 and Juan '06. Estefi is a member […]
With a soft spring rain falling on the historic front campus of Washington and Lee University on Saturday, May 5, W&L's School of Law celebrated the completion of its 163rd year by awarding juris doctor degrees to 129 graduates.
The new anthology "Sovereign Erotics: An Anthology of Two-Spirit Literature," co-edited by Deborah Miranda, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee, has received a Silver Medal from the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to deserving but often unsung titles from independent authors and publishers. Published by […]
First-year housing at Washington and Lee University will undergo a significant renovation beginning in the summer of 2013, following the initial recommendation of a task force studying all aspects of residential life at the University.
Washington and Lee University's Board of Trustees swore in four new members at its meeting on May 4 — Mary Choksi, of Washington, D.C.; Rogers Lacy Crain, of Houston; Marshall Miller, of San Antonio; and William E. Pritchard III, of Houston.
With the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, thoughts turn to the great Secretariat, who won the Derby (and the Triple Crown) in 1973. Washington and Lee proudly claims a connection, for Christopher Chenery, a member of the W&L Class of 1909, started The Meadow farm in Doswell, Va., in the 1930s. There he […]
Ants practice democracy … penguins are monogamous … bonobos honor female sensitivity. If animals do it, does that mean humans should? That's what Nicolaas Rupke, the Johnson Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, discussed when he appears on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show on Thursday, May 3. Nicolaas, who joined the W&L […]
When MuggleNet, the world's No. 1 Harry Potter website, decided to open a new section called MuggleNet Academia and to offer a regular podcast with experts in the study of literature, the organizers made their first call to Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee. Back in February, on the 200th anniversary of Charles […]
Washington and Lee University’s capital campaign film “Echoes of the Past, Voices of the Future” captivated judges and snagged a coveted Platinum Best of Show award in the Fund Raising category at the 2012 Aurora Awards competition. The film received “excellent” marks across the three judging categories of execution, content and creativity. “Beautifully done,” read […]
Students in the Washington and Lee Spring Term course "Too Big to Fail: Commerce, Corruption and Crisis in Antiquity," have discovered how ancient financial crises really are.
Two Washington and Lee University first-year students — Bayan Misaghi, of Charleston, W.Va., and Daniel Raubolt, of Acworth, Ga. — have been selected for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program.
“Recording History,” an exhibition of the photographs of veteran Washington photographer Dennis Brack, opens May 11 at Washington and Lee University, in the Williams Gallery of Huntley Hall on the W&L campus. A 1962 graduate of Washington and Lee, Brack has chronicled 10 presidential administrations as well as the major news stories of the last […]
Johannes Anderegg, professor emeritus at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. The speech is sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Howerton Fund. The title of Anderegg’s talk is "Visual Art in the Final […]
For Washington and Lee economics professor Tim Diette, the chance to go to New York last weekend and see the National Football League draft up close was both entertaining and instructive. Tim went at the invitation of his Lexington neighbor, Matthew Schucker, who won an all-expense-paid trip for four to the draft through a Facebook […]
A book by Pamela Simpson, the late Ernest Williams II Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University, “Corn Palaces and Butter Queens: A History of Crop Art and Dairy Sculpture," has been published posthumously.