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Six W&L Students Are Recognized by CSS for Fall 2013

Six Washington and Lee University students are the fall 2013 recipients of the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs to inspire engaged citizenship at W&L.

Those students being recognized are Katie Florescu ’16, Will Fulwider ’14, Alex Gannon ’14, Ashley Humbert ’15, Lacy McAlister ’14 and Richmond Poindexter ’14.

CSS seeks to recognize students who are not typically or sufficiently touted for the depth and breadth they add to the W&L campus community.

Florescu, a sophomore from Merritt Island, Fla., is a Romance Languages major. She is a resident advisor for first-year students, a dispatcher and driver for Traveller Safe Ride System and memorabilia co-chair for Fancy Dress. A graduate of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Fla., Florescu is founder of Younity, a first-year program designed to promote individuality and unity in the W&L social community; a Spanish and English tutor with English for Speakers of Other Languages; and a member of Women in Sciences and Technology and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

Fulwider, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, is a Chinese major and environmental studies minor. He is the editor in chief of Muse Literary Arts Magazine; a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma; a Permaculture group leader—a member of a core leadership team attempting the implementation of an environmentally sustainable permaculture display garden on campus; and a member and officer of SEAL (Student Environmental Action League). A graduate of Upper Arlington High School, Fulwider is a blue bike program supervisor; WLUR 91.5 FM music director; and has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll.

Gannon, a senior from Richmond, Va., is majoring in business administration. He is the president of Campus Community Coalition, which works to improve relations between the University and the residents of Lexington; co-chair of the Voting Regulations Board; and co-chair of the Student Financial Aid Committee. A graduate of St. Christopher’s School, Gannon is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Sigma Society.

Humbert, a junior from Somerset, Pa., is majoring in English and minoring in women’s and gender studies and education policy. She is a resident adviser for first-year students; an Outing Club key staff member; and co-chair of the activity committee of the First-Year Orientation Committee. A graduate of Somerset Area Senior High School, Humbert tutors and reads to the students at Waddell Elementary School; is committee chair of the Sexual Health Awareness Group; and has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll.

McAlister, a senior from Charlotte, N.C., is majoring in sociology and minoring in poverty and human capability studies. She is the general chair for the Nabors Service League, responsible for coordinating student service across campus and community, including chairing the Nabors Service League Contact Committee; a team member for the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF); and leads a women’s Bible study for RUF. A graduate of Charlotte Latin School, McAlister is the service and philanthropy director for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; works with the Shepherd Poverty Program as a work study; and has been on the Dean’s List.

Poindexter, a senior from Inverness, Miss., is an economics major. He is co-president of the General’s Activities Board; the entertainment committee chair of Fancy Dress; and is continuing education chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. A graduate of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., he also is co-chair of the Campus Community Coalition, which works to improve relations between the University and Lexington residents.

Recipients were selected by the CSS Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff. Any member of the campus community can nominate a W&L student at any time by going to the Leadership Development website and clicking on the Generals of the Month banner.


WVTF Reports on Sleep Study

WVTF radio reported on Fundamentals of Biology: Biological Clock and Rhythms, a fall-term class at Washington and Lee on the relatively new field of chronobiology. Sandy Hausman of WVTF interviewed Natalia Toporikova, assistant professor of biology, along with students in the class, who analyzed the scientific literature in the field in order to make specific recommendations on how administrators, faculty and students themselves can help such students perform better in early classes.

Listen to the report online: http://myw.lu/1n1IEvt

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W&L Announces Digital Humanities Partnership with UVA

Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia Scholars’ Lab have created a formal partnership that will strengthen the ties of both institutions in the area of digital humanities, thanks to a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South.

The grant fosters faculty and student relationships and provides graduate students at UVA with the opportunity to work in a liberal arts environment.

Exploring ways to introduce technology into the University’s humanities disciplines is a priority at Washington and Lee, which formed the Digital Humanities Working Group in 2012 to oversee the effort. Paul Youngman, a 1987 W&L graduate and associate professor of German at W&L, is the faculty chair of the group. “Since we’re trying to get digital humanities started at W&L, it’s really nice to be able to tap into the expertise they have at UVA,” said Youngman. “It’s so well established there.”

The partnership will provide W&L students with the opportunity to use UVA’s Scholars’ Lab facilities and learn about the cutting-edge projects UVA graduate students are undertaking. “It’s not so much the facilities of the Scholars’ Lab, since our IQ Center is second to none in that area, but more importantly the level of graduate students at UVA. They can not only demonstrate how tools are used, but also explain what’s behind the curtain,” said Youngman.

In return, UVA graduate students will be able to experience life at a small liberal arts college when they visit the W&L campus to assist with instruction in the Spring Term course “Introduction to Digital Humanities,” which will be taught by Youngman and Sara Sprenkle, associate professor of computer science at W&L. “It will give UVA’s graduate students, who presumably are going into academia, a chance to familiarize themselves with the liberal arts college atmosphere and how faculty interact with students inside and outside the classroom,” said Youngman. “Also, these graduate students have been doing really exciting new projects.”

A further project of the partnership is the development of a curriculum for a digital humanities certificate at W&L. UVA has already developed the Praxis Program, which it describes as producing “humanities scholars who are as comfortable writing code as they are managing teams and budgets.”

“It’s about developing humanities scholars who not only can use computer tools but can also write code,” said Youngman. “We’re not sure we’ll go that far, but we want to see how UVA developed the program for their graduate students and see if there’s a way we can develop the Praxis model for undergraduates here at W&L,” said Youngman. “So that’s one of the first things we’ll be doing.”

Youngman noted that employers today don’t want just an English major or just a computer scientist; they want someone with skills in both areas.

“The consensus is that employers love liberal arts graduates because they can take large amounts of data and synthesize it and be creative, but they also need liberal arts graduates who can work with WordPress and understand data mining and visualization. So we need to be able to put those pieces together at the undergraduate level so that our students can compete more effectively,” he said. “Digital humanities is about helping students be fluent in different media than just text, to be able to conduct research and present their findings in a more compelling and authentic way.”

W&L Mourns Former Law Dean Randy Bezanson

Randall P. “Randy” Bezanson, the dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law from 1988 to 1994, died on Saturday, Jan. 25, in San Antonio, Texas, following a long illness. He was 67.

Bezanson is credited with enhancing the national reputation of the law school and laying the groundwork to secure its financial future. Among his numerous accomplishments, he rejuvenated the first-year curriculum with the introduction of small, writing-intensive classes.

“Randy’s deanship brought about monumental changes,” said Dean Nora Demleitner. “While his death is to be mourned, his legacy will live on through each of us and our law school.”

Bezanson received his B.S. and B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. After clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and U.S. Supreme Court, he returned to the University of Iowa to teach, where he established himself as one the nation’s leading experts on the First Amendment, libel law and mass communications law.

In 1979, Bezanson became the University of Iowa’s vice president for finance and university services. He served in that post until 1984, directing one of the then largest budgets in state government and overseeing three successful capital improvement projects, including the construction of Iowa’s Boyd Law Building.

He left Iowa in 1988 to become dean of W&L Law. During Bezanson’s tenure at W&L, the University planned and constructed a major addition to Lewis Hall. This addition included more space for clinical programs, the library reading room, faculty offices, and the law school’s archives, to which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. ’27, ’31L donated his personal and professional papers.

At W&L, Bezanson emphasized what he called “the role of writing as the principal medium of learning” in making curricular changes. Even in expanding clinical programs, he pointed to W&L’s “taught clinics” with their “focus on the skills of analytical writing and oral expression.”

David Millon, J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at W&L, was just beginning his teaching career when Bezanson came to Lexington.

“More than any single individual, Randy made the law school what it is today. He was a visionary leader who, together with President John Wilson, articulated and built the ‘liberal arts’ model of legal education that emphasizes small classes, close student-faculty interaction, intensive writing instruction, and interdisciplinary inquiry,” said Millon. “In the decades since Randy’s deanship, many law schools have tried to emulate our model, but it was Randy who set us on our on-going course of leadership in curricular innovation.”

Bezanson returned to the University of Iowa in 1994 after the completion of his W&L deanship. In 1998, he became the Charles E. Floete Distinguished Professor of Law, and in 2006 he became the inaugural holder of the David H. Vernon professorship. An extraordinary teacher, he was recognized in 2009 with the President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, the University of Iowa’s highest teaching honor.

Bezanson’s scholarship spanned the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, the First Amendment, defamation and privacy law, law and medicine, and the history of freedom of the press. The author of dozens of articles, Bezanson also wrote, co-wrote or edited eight books, two monographs and six book chapters. His book with co-authors Gilbert Cranberg and John Soloski, “Libel Law and the Press: Myth and Reality,” received the National Distinguished Service Award for Research in Journalism in 1988 from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bezanson was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Croyle Bezanson. He is survived by their two children, Melissa Bezanson Shultz and Peter Bezanson, and five grandchildren.

A celebration of Bezanson’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Levitt Center for University Advancement at the University of Iowa. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Randall Bezanson Memorial Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation, Iowa City, IA, 52242.

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Brack '62 Takes Readers Behind the Cameras in New Book

While the career of Dennis Brack, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1962, shows you can make a photojournalist out of a history major, his new book, “Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House,” proves you can’t take the history major out of this photojournalist.

Brack has worked as a news photographer in Washington since the Kennedy administration and covered every presidency since. His colleagues have repeatedly elected him president of the White House Photographers’ Association and, more recently, given him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Along the way, he’s had more than 1,200 photos published in Time magazine alone, while his work has appeared even more widely in other outlets.

So Brack knows whereof he speaks, having lived and listened to the stories, lore and legends of his colleagues in the field for half a century. Out of all this he has compiled a warm, informative and lively survey. We learn that photographers weren’t given access equal to their writer colleagues until the early 1920s, when a newspaper publisher—Warren G. Harding—was elected president. He had a wooden shed built for the lensmen near the West Wing, a detached facility that came to be known as the doghouse. (Harding, you may recall, ended up in a very different doghouse, but that’s another story.)

We also learn that it was Harry Truman who finally granted the photographers their own permanent, dedicated space inside the president’s residence. Brack’s chronicle gets more up close and personal from that point on, because he worked alongside colleagues who had been in the White House since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. The warmth of his prose may stem from that camaraderie most prevalent among practitioners of a profession that routinely includes periods of waiting long enough for the delightful banter of stories to be traded as thumbs are collectively twiddled while waiting for carefully arranged events to begin.

History need not be dry, and this is not. There are plenty of wry and insightful glimpses into the carryings-on by the characters of the photographic press corps, told with an affectionate respect, which is not always reverential but is always entertaining and revealing.

The same can be said of Brack’s descriptions of presidential administrations and how each one defines and circumscribes that limited space within which the press is allowed to function. Treatment of the press in general, and of the photographers in particular, has varied widely in ways that say a lot about the personalities of the presidents as well as their handlers. Regardless of who is in power, elements of the emperor’s new clothes come repeatedly into play, and Brack’s skepticism remains healthy across party lines.

The text is amply interspersed with photographs by Brack and his colleagues that well illustrate the arc of his narrative. Some of these will look very familiar, for the work of the White House press corps has long provided us with many of the presidential images that have become the most iconic in our collective memory. A nice lagniappe is his closing chapter on the evolution of camera equipment through the years, from the slow complexities of wet plates in Lincoln’s day to the ease and instantaneousness of today’s digital gear.

Brack returned to campus in 2012 for a retrospective exhibition of his work, coinciding with his 50th reunion. He told several of the stories in this book—which was then in progress—during remarks at his opening reception, and as senior participant in a panel discussion by W&L grads who have made their living photographing for the media in our national capital’s halls of power.

What informed his storytelling on campus then, and informs his writing now, is the filter of his fine grain-of-salt sense of humor in noticing what’s going on around him and describing it to the reader in clear language. One can sense Brack’s humility within his love for a worthy tradition he feels fortunate to be working in and carrying on, via an eye twinkling behind his camera, wherever it may be.

— Pat Hinely ’73, University Photographer


W&L’s President Elected Board Chair of Association of American Colleges and Universities

Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee University, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a leading voice of higher education at the national level.

His election took place on Jan. 25 during the association’s annual meeting, in Washington. Ruscio has served on the board since 2010.

AAC&U is concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. It comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities and comprehensive universities.

Washington and Lee, along with all of the association’s members, is committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career.

At the beginning of the meeting, AAC&U released an extensive report showing that that liberal arts majors are successful in two key areas: long-term career success and earnings.

Ruscio took office as the 26th president of Washington and Lee University in 2006. A 1976 alumnus of W&L and a distinguished scholar of democratic theory and public policy, he previously served as the dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, from 2002 to 2006.

The author of the 2004 book “The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy,” Ruscio has previously served as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership society begun at W&L in 1914.

He also serves on the board of the Council of Independent Colleges and on the executive committee of the Associated Colleges of the South.


Student Proposal for Car-Buying Site Wins W&L's Business Plan Competition

A business plan to match new-car buyers with dealers nationwide won Washington and Lee University’s fourth annual Business Plan Competition.

The competition is part of the capstone course in W&L’s Entrepreneurship Program, which began in 2009 and is taught by Jeffrey P. Shay, the Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Seniors have to create a business plan from scratch, starting with the idea and then integrating everything they’ve learned from all the business courses they’ve taken. The business plans are then judged by a panel of entrepreneurs who are W&L alumni.

Stephen Lind, visiting assistant professor of business administration and leader of the oral communication initiative at W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, critiqued their presentations ahead of time.

Members of the winning team: Kathleen Yakulis, an accounting and business administration major, from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nathaniel (Nate) Reichel, a business administration major, from Nazareth, Pa.; George Cauffman, an accounting and business administration major and philosophy minor, from Malvern, Pa.; and James Lewis, an economics and business administration double major, from Tampa, Fla.

Their business plan, which they dubbed Price Pounder, would create a platform for purchasers to buy a new vehicle at the best price through a reverse-auction website, where an exclusive dealer network would bid to sell their cars online at the lowest price.

The original idea came from Yakulis, who said she has always been entrepreneurial and thought this idea would solve the traditional car-purchasing problem of having to visit different car dealers to negotiate a good price.

“I always thought that you could come up with a business idea, and if it was a good idea, you could create a business,” said Yakulis. “It surprised me how critical it is to have a business plan. You need to put your idea on paper and think about all the different components so you can have a comprehensive plan ahead of time.”

The students spent six hours a week creating the business plan; as deadlines approached for different stages of the project, they sometimes stayed up until 2:00 a.m. to finish.

The business plan had to include the advantages being brought to the consumers—car buyers—and also to the car dealers. The students looked at outside forces and their competition in trying to figure out how to be viable. They needed details about how they would market the business and acquire funding, and had to show whether the business could expand in the future.

“We definitely had our speed bumps along the way, especially at the beginning,” said Yakulis. “We had visited car dealers, and they were really excited about it, but we had to work out what the reasoning was behind their interest. So we did further research to get concrete numbers as to what it costs them to acquire customers.”

At the competition, the W&L alumni “asked some pretty intense and very direct questions, such as how we would market it and our steps to launch the business,” said Reichel. “We had to back up our answers with data and market research. Most of it we had already done beforehand, but there were a few things we had to go and work out.”

“It gives students an opportunity to receive feedback and talk about their business plans and to change anything before the presentation the next day,” noted Shay.

“This was the first time I’ve put together a business plan and had it critiqued by professionals such as the alumni and Professor Shay,” Reichel continued. “I learned that actually making an idea become reality is a whole new ball game in the amount of time you have to put into the project and all the different perspectives you need to take in terms of figuring out the whole picture.”

Reichel added that he would love to see the entrepreneurship class offered before the senior year so that younger students might have the time to pursue making their business plan a reality.

While members of the Price Pounder team shared the first prize, second place went to Spot Vending, a proposal for vending machines that provide healthy snacks to busy New Yorkers. Advanced Facilities Technologies, a mechanism that holds toilet seats in men’s restrooms upright when not in use, was third.

Members of the Spot Vending team were Campbell Burr, a Johnson Scholar and a business administration major and a creative writing minor, from Chevy Chase Md.; Brendan McGoldrick, a business administration and accounting major, from Erdenheim, Pa.; Mark Sowinksi, a Johnson Scholar and business administration and history double major, from Greensboro, N.C.; and Dillon Myers, a business administration and Chinese double major, from Foxborough, Mass.

The Spot Vending team found their first obstacle was choosing a viable idea from the many different products they thought of. “It’s interesting that when you take an idea and tear it apart and think long term, you realize that your first thoughts aren’t necessarily accurate,” said Burr. “Background research exposes a lot, and we learned from doing that.”

The students said they learned a great deal from the experience. “It surprised me how long it can take to become an expert in a field and how much you can still not know,” said Sowinski.

“I learned how to create financial statements I hadn’t done before,” said McGoldrick, “and the market research we did for this was so much more intensive than what we did in marketing class. The entrepreneurship class is one of my favorite courses at W&L. I loved it.”

W&L Law Professors Franck, Fairfield Elected to American Law Institute

Washington and Lee School of Law professors Susan Franck and Joshua Fairfield have been elected to the American Law Institute, the most prestigious law reform body in the U.S.

The American Law Institute (ALI) is focused on producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It has a membership of over 4o00 judges, lawyers, and teachers from all areas of the U.S. and many foreign companies. Among its projects, the ALI publishes restatements of basic legal subjects to inform the legal profession of what the law is, or should be, in a particular subject.

Susan Franck joined the W&L faculty in 2008. Her teaching and scholarship relates to international economic law and dispute resolution. She has presented her research to major government and international organizations including the U.S. Dept. of State, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International American Development Bank (IADB), the International Centre for Settlement if Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD).

Most recently, she presented her work on empirical assessments of investment arbitration at the prestigious Arbitration Academy in Paris. Franck is among the youngest scholars ever to be invited to present in the history of the Academy.

Before entering the legal academy, Franck practiced in the area of international economic dispute resolution on both sides of the Atlantic. From 1999-2001, Professor Franck was an associate in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering’s International Group in Washington, D.C. where she was involved with various proceedings, including international trade disputes, commercial litigation regarding defaulted sovereign debt and one of the first investment treaty arbitrations against the Czech Republic. From 2002-2004, Professor Franck was a senior associate in the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy in London, England, where she represented investors and sovereign states in arbitrations involving breaches of investment treaties and underlying commercial agreements.

Franck received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology and Political Science from Macalester College in 1993 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Professor Franck received a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Grant to study international dispute resolution at the University of London where she received an LL.M. with merit.

Joshua Fairfield is a nationally recognized scholar on law, governance, economics, and intelligence issues related to technology. He has written on the law and regulation of e-commerce and online contracts and on the application of standard economic models to virtual environments. He has also written on the ethical and legal issues involved in the growth of human subject experimentation within virtual worlds.

Fairfield’s current research focuses on privacy models in social media networks. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study privacy law in the U.S. and European contexts at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany.

Fairfield regularly consults with the U.S. government, including the White House Office of Technology and the Homeland Security Privacy Office, on national security, privacy, and law enforcement within virtual worlds and as well as on strategies for protecting children online. His research in this latter area was cited in a recent report from the Federal Trade Commission examining risks to children who enter virtual worlds.

Before earning his JD magna cum laude from the University of Chicago in 2001, Fairfield directed the development of the award winning Rosetta Stone Language Library, a leading language teaching software program for educational institutions. After law school, Professor Fairfield clerked for Judge Danny J. Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then joined Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio, where he litigated cases in commercial law and software/technology law.

New ALI members are selected based on professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Franck and Fairfield join several other W&L Law faculty who are already members, including professors Doug Rendleman, Rick Kirgis, Margaret Howard, Tim Jost, Lyman Johnson, Brian Murchison, Erik Luna, Ben Spencer and Dean Nora Demleitner.

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W&L’s Morel Reflects on Honor, Leadership and History at Founders’ Day/ODK Convocation

At the Founders’ Day/Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation at Washington and Lee University on Jan. 20, keynote speaker Lucas Morel wove together observations about Martin Luther King Jr., Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln in his speech, “Ever Mindful of the Past: Building an Honorable Community.” The Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics at W&L, Morel is a politics professor and head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee.

W&L holds Founders’ Day each year on or near the birthday of Robert E. Lee, who was president of Washington College from 1865 until his death in 1870. Yesterday, Jan. 19, was the 207th anniversary of Lee’s birth.

Morel also touched upon the theme of leadership, as the University’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society founded at W&L and celebrating its centennial, inducted 23 undergraduate students and 10 law students as well as six honorary members.

Watch the entire convocation, including Morel’s speech and the ODK initiation, here:

Honorary Initiates
Loranne E. Ausley, of counsel to the law firm Hollimon P.A., in Tallahassee, Fla., is a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee’s School of Law. A Florida native, she worked as an attorney in Miami, then served in the U.S. Travel and Tourism administration in the Department of Commerce. She has held several high-ranking positions in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including special advisor to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. She returned to Florida in 1997 to serve as chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay. In 2000, Ausley was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where she served until 2008. As a Democratic leader in the statehouse, she developed expertise in health care and education and became the leading advocate for children’s issues. She sponsored the bill that created the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, which coordinates state agencies and programs that deliver children’s services. Her résumé includes a most impressive list of honors, including outstanding legislator awards from, among others, the Florida Development Disabilities Council, the Florida School Board Association, the Florida Association of School Psychologists and the Florida Children’s Forum. In 2010, she was a candidate for chief financial officer of Florida. Ausley is the southern director for Project New America, a national research and strategy firm. For W&L, she is a board member of the George Washington Society, an emeritus member of the W&L Law Council and past president of the Tallahassee Alumni Chapter. She serves on several boards in Florida, including Whole Child Leon, Leadership Florida and the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. A marathon runner and triathlete, Ausley was Gulf Winds Track Club’s Female Runner of the Year for 2007. She is the daughter of DuBose Ausley ’59, W&L trustee emeritus.

Sidney Springfield Evans is the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Washington and Lee. She practiced law with Wildman, Harrold, Allen, Dixon & McDonnell and Wolff Ardis P.C. in Memphis. In addition, she served as assistant dean for student affairs and budget and later assistant dean for admissions at the University of Memphis School of Law. She joined Washington and Lee in 2000 as director of admissions in the Law School. She was named associate dean for student services in 2002 and oversaw law student affairs, admissions and career services. Evans was named vice president for student affairs and dean of students for the University in 2011. She has served as regional coordinator of the National Association for Law Placement (1986) and on the 8th District Disciplinary Committee for the Virginia State Bar, and she chaired the task force review of the grievance process at W&L. She serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee at W&L and on the National Alumnae Board of the Hutchison School. Numerous W&L committees to which she provides active service include the Faculty Executive Committee, University Athletics, University Board of Appeals and Automatic Rule and Reinstatement.

Al N. Hockaday and Ernestine Hockaday own the shops Shenandoah Attic and Victorian Parlor in Lexington. Sgt. Maj. Hockaday, as part of his long, distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps, came to the Virginia Military Institute to train cadets. Al has received more than 20 military awards, including the Purple Heart with Gold Star. He is a charter member and the paymaster of the Marine Corps League Detachment 1351—the Rockbridge Patriots—who preserve the traditions and interests of the Marine Corps by creating a bond of comradeship between those in service and those who have returned to civilian life. Over the past several years, the Hockadays have raised and donated significant funds for wounded warrior programs in Virginia and the Marine Corps. Al also serves on the board of directors of College Orientation Workshop, which mentors at-risk African-American men during their junior and senior years of high school. Ernestine’s leadership and service includes work on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Lexington Foundation, Project Horizon and the Lexington Marine Corps League Auxiliary.

Eddie O. Nabors and Doris R. Nabors, of Birmingham, Ala., are dedicated leaders and volunteers in their community. Eddie teaches accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he advises the UAB chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting and service organization, and has received the Loudell Ellis Robinson Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also a deacon at the Baptist church that he and Doris attend. Doris volunteers her time in Birmingham with Better Basics, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of elementary- and middle-school children. Eddie and Doris are known to generations of Washington and Lee students for their involvement with the Nabors Service League, a student-led organization that promotes civic engagement in the Rockbridge area and in alternative service breaks for volunteer work in multiple cities. The first Nabors Service Day was held in the spring of 1999; the Nabors Service League was established in the fall of 1999 by the classmates of Jonathan Nabors ’02 to honor his memory following the tragic deaths of Jonathan and his sister, Leah, in January of that year. Eddie and Doris sustain their son’s legacy at Washington and Lee by returning to Lexington for Nabors Service Day twice each year and by hosting Washington and Lee students for alternative-break trips in Birmingham. They know and offer encouragement to each of the leaders in the Nabors Service League during and after their time at Washington and Lee. Eddie and Doris have also supported the Shepherd Program and the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee, and serve as a team on the Shepherd Alumni Advisory Committee.

Undergraduate Class of 2014
Mary Ashleigh Boles (Houston, Texas)
Hillary F. Cooper (Roanoke, Va.)
Melissa M. Derby (Estelline, S.D.)
Kathryn E. Driest (Davidson, N.C.)
David N. Fishman (Westfield, N.J.)
Trevor T. Hatcher (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Lauren N. Howry (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Lauren I. Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md.)
Joseph Liu (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Isabella G. Martin (South Boston, Va.)
Bryan F. Mullady (Williamsburg, Va.)
Cindy Rivas Murcia (Naples, Fla.)
Mark A. Sowinski (Greensboro, N.C.)
Laura Lindsay Tatum (Fort Worth, Texas)
Kane Thomas (Shoreline, Wash.)
Thomas C. Wolff (Fairfield, Conn.)

Undergraduate Class of 2015
Caroline C. Crichlow-Ball (Austin, Texas)
Roger T. Day Jr. (Franklin, Tenn.)
Jane M. Fugate (Atlanta)
Jillian N. Katterhagen (The Woodlands, Texas)
Katherine H. LeMasters (Abilene, Texas)
Bayan C. Misaghi (Charleston, W.Va.)
Daniel J. Raubolt (Acworth, Ga.)

Law Class of 2014
Kyle A. Dolinsky (Doylestown, Pa.)
Laura E. Erdman (Catonsville, Md.)
Meghan E. Flinn (Oakland, Md.)
Lara D. Gass (Adams, Tenn.)
Kyle F. Hoffman (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Ryan M. Hrobak (Spring Church, Pa.)
Cara E. Regan (Fairfax, Va.)

Law Class of 2015
George M. Mackie V (Lexington)
Krystal B. Swendsboe (Nisland, S.D.)
Paul M. Wiley (Charlottesville, Va.)

Kester Conducts Seminars in Singapore

George Kester, the Martel Professor of Finance in Washington and Lee’s Williams School, spent time in Singapore this past November, leading two executive seminars for the Singapore Institute of Management. He’s been conducting seminars there since 1996. This edition included a session on the Financial Fundamentals of Corporate Mergers:  Company Valuation and Financing and one on Business Financial Management.

It’s a far piece from Lexington to Singapore, and George reports, “I had a lot of time to kill during my long flights home.” So while he was hanging out in airports, he jotted down his thoughts about his experience with the seminars. “These teaching experiences and interactions with practitioners of finance help keep me current with practice as well as inform and enliven my teaching,” he noted. “They also add valuable international perspectives that are increasingly important as business and finance become globalized.”

George says that the seminars have been attended by managers and executives from such companies with operations in southeast Asia as AkzoNobel, Canon, Caterpillar, Hitachi, ExxonMobil, GlaxoSmithKline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Michelin, Nike, Panasonic, Pfizer, Rothmans International, Seagate Technology, Seimens, Sun Microsystems and Union Carbide. He also has led executive seminars and management development programs in the U.S., Africa, Australia and Europe.