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Emeritus Trustee Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L Dies at 66

Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L, of Anniston, Ala., who served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, died on Feb. 7. He was a retired attorney and partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, in Washington.

From 1969 to 1972, Hartwell served in the U.S. Navy as an antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer on a guided missile destroyer.

At Hunton & Williams, Hartwell was a senior partner in the global competition practice group, specializing in antitrust investigations, litigation and counseling. From 1992 to 1994, he lived in Brussels, Belgium, and managed the firm’s offices there and in Warsaw, Poland.

A former council member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, he chaired the antitrust sections of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He held leadership positions in other bar organizations, including chair of the Compliance and Ethics Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section. Hartwell belonged to the editorial board of The Antitrust Bulletin and served as editor of the ABA Handbook on Antitrust Grand Jury Investigations.

He published op-eds and book reviews in such publications as the Washington Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

At W&L, Hartwell chaired the Student Control Committee (now the Student Judicial Council) and belonged to the Student Affairs Committee and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, won the John W. Davis Prize, was a finalist in the Burks Moot Court Competition and belonged to the Order of the Coif and Delta Theta Phi. He belonged to Beta Theta Pi.

Hartwell belonged to the Washington Society, was a former president of the Law School Alumni Association, volunteered with the Alumni Career Assistance Program, served as a class agent, and served on reunion committees for both classes.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne; three sons; and one grandson.


New Knight Professor in Media Ethics Named at W&L

Aly Colón, director of standards and practices at NBC News and assigned to Telemundo Network News, will become the next John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Media Ethics at Washington and Lee University.

Colón is a veteran journalist and former ethics group leader at the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he taught and oversaw ethics training for young and mid-career journalists.  He has also consulted for and trained journalists in numerous newsrooms throughout the United States.

“Aly Colón will make a strong program stronger,” said Journalism Department Head Pamela K. Luecke. “Ethics has been a cornerstone of our department for four decades, and we look forward to the rich learning opportunities Aly will offer our students.”

At Washington and Lee, Colón will teach the required Journalism Ethics and Media Ethics, as well as other courses. He will also organize and lead the department’s semiannual Ethics Institutes, at which visiting journalists, other mass communications professionals and students discuss ethics case studies from the professionals’ own careers. Many undergraduates cite the Institutes as among their most rewarding learning experiences at Washington and Lee.

“Aly Colón arrives at Washington and Lee at a perfect moment of convergence,” said Dean of the College Suzanne Keen. “Our University’s emphasis on ethics will receive a boost from Professsor Colón’s teaching and his Ethics Institutes just as the Mudd Center for Ethics opens its doors, and Professor Colón’s considerable international experience will advance W&L’s strategic initiative for global learning.”

The Knight Chair and Program in Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee was established in 1997 by a generous endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the leading funder of journalism and media innovation. The program’s scope has since been expanded to explore ethical standards in accountability, credibility, privacy and other areas for all mass media professions.

“Knight Chairs advance journalism excellence in the digital age, in the classroom and beyond,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation. “Congratulations to Aly as he joins two dozen other top journalists in the Knight Chair network.”

In addition to his broad experience teaching, writing and consulting in media ethics,  Colón has served as a diversity coach and consultant at Poynter and for Public Radio International, the American Society of News Editors and several other organizations.

“I am excited about joining the faculty in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to its fine tradition of outstanding undergraduate teaching and professional outreach,” Colón said. “I am especially eager to work with the University’s new interdisciplinary Mudd Center to explore the connections and challenges of applied ethics in several professions.”

At Telemundo, the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, Colón is responsible for applying ethical decision-making to the news operation, providing ethics training to reporters and producers, and reviewing scripts, video and digital news coverage.

“Journalism and media ethics have been inextricably linked for me in both my professional and educational careers,” Colón said of his work at Telemundo and the Poynter Institute. “Media without ethics become media without trust. I believe that ethical decision-making processes and skills lead to excellence.”

Colón was selected after a nationwide search to succeed Edward Wasserman, who left in January 2013 to become dean of the graduate journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. The Knight Program has been led this year by interim Knight Chair Arthur Brisbane, former publisher of The Kansas City Star and public editor of The New York Times. Brisbane concludes a one-year appointment in May.

Colón is a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico. He lived in Germany, the Panama Canal Zone and 10 U.S. states growing up. He has traveled through most of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University of New Orleans and a master’s in journalism from Stanford University. He began his newspaper career with Fairchild News Service in Seattle and worked at three daily newspapers, including The Seattle Times, where he was assistant metro editor and diversity reporter and coach.

Colón will join the faculty July 1.

W&L Women Gather in Roanoke for Fourth Women's Leadership Summit

Soon after her arrival on campus during her first year, Lucy Wade Shapiro ’15 attended a meeting for students interested in running for a position on the Executive Committee. “Afterwards, a girl came up to me and was like, ‘You know women don’t win?’ And I was like, ‘What?’ ” recalled Shapiro.

Having been president of the honor council at her high school in Memphis, Shapiro never considered her gender a potential obstacle in a college campaign. She ignored the warning, won the election and served as EC class representative her first and sophomore years.

Shapiro shared this experience at Washington and Lee’s fourth Women’s Leadership Summit, a two-day conference held Jan. 31–Feb. 1 at the Hotel Roanoke. An enthusiastic crowd of about 90 women, from the College and the Law School, attended.

What prompted the first summit back in 2009? A noticeable absence of women in campus-wide leadership positions. Sidney Evans, then the associate dean for law student services, zeroed in on the problem after taking a closer look at a poster showcasing the then current members of the EC. Only one woman, Jane Ledlie Batcheller ’03, ’08L, was serving on the 13-member committee.

“The poster caught everyone’s attention. It was a very visible ‘whoa,’ ” recalled Evans, now W&L’s undergraduate dean of students and vice president for student affairs. She and the undergraduate administration began conversations about how to motivate women to run for campus-wide office and to get involved in the bigger conversation.

“There were some issues on campus we wanted to address,” said Evans, “but we also wanted to better equip women for some of the challenges they might face after graduation, whether it be from undergraduate school or law school.”

The result? The first Women’s Leadership Summit. Held at a rustic lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the event may have produced more laughs than actual EC presidents. One participant found a snake in her room, while another, unenthused by the accommodations, slept in her car. The overall response of female students was not as enthusiastic as the administration had hoped.

But the event’s appeal has steadily improved. Students celebrated the most recent summit with tweets and Instagram photos. To meet student demand, the number of attendees was increased from last year’s 70 students to 93 students (77 undergraduates, 16 law students). Even with this increase, some interested women had to be turned away.

“One thing that was a huge change is that they filled out interest forms this time, which allowed me to know what they wanted to talk about,” said Megan Schneider, associate director of leadership. “It wasn’t a summit for 90 women, it was a summit for these 90 women.” Women have grasped the importance of running for office, said Schneider, but they seek more guidance about leadership-related issues, from accepting setbacks to finding the right leadership style.

Motivational quotes from Oprah, Tina Fey and Madeleine Albright set the stage Friday night during an interactive program about leadership identity. On Saturday, students mingled with alumnae, who facilitated 10 break-out groups. These lively and no-holds-barred sessions covered campaigning, leaning in and other hot-topic issues.

One highlight of the weekend was the keynote address by former EC president Helen Hughes Sanders ’04, who shared the highs and lows of her journey through high school, W&L and post-collegiate life. Her talk underscored another goal of the summit—creating an environment that welcomed honest discussion.

A collaborative environment helps leaders learn and ultimately do a better job, said Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, who has attended all four summits. The leadership gathering is valuable, she said, because it provides women a safe place to talk with other women. “I think sometimes that’s still a necessity.”

Rachel Oguntola ’17 left the summit feeling inspired. “My greatest takeaway was how to be yourself and not to shy away from different opportunities, especially leadership opportunities on campus,” she said.

Oguntola and others shared summit highlights on Twitter and Instagram. These can be found at http://storify.com/wluLex.

—by Amy C. Balfour ’89, ’93L

See more about the Women’s Leadership Summit and other efforts to develop student leaders on campus in the Winter 2014 issue of W&L: The Washington and Lee University Alumni Magazine, coming soon to your mailbox.


W&L Law Hosts Panel Discussion on Women Practicing Law

Update: Please note the rescheduled date for this event.

On Monday, March 24 the Washington and Lee Women’s Law Student Organization, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation – Virginia Network will sponsor a panel discussion titled “Women Practicing Law: Lessons and Perspectives Beyond the Textbook.”

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.

According to the organizers, the discussion will focus on the aspects of the practice of law not found in a textbook or law school class. Topics to be addressed include work/family balance, gender role challenges to professional relationships, and how women can advance in areas of the law not traditionally geared toward females.

The panelists are Chief Judge Rebecca B. Connelly, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia; C. Kailani Memmer, Shareholder at Guynn, Memmer & Dillon, P.C.; Elizabeth L. Gunn, Counsel at Sands Anderson PC; and Abigail E. Murchison, Associate at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP. W&L Law professor Beth Belmont will moderate the session.

For more information, please contact Lara Gass at gass.l@law.wlu.edu.

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New Bouldering Wall Debuts at W&L

The new bouldering wall at Washington and Lee University is far from fancy, and it cost far less than the usual models. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped enthusiastic students, faculty and staff at W&L from using the structure.

The wall has been in the works for six years, according to James Dick, director of student programming and outdoor education at W&L. The budget of the W&L Outing Club covered the $2,700 cost.

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing performed without the use of ropes and harnesses and usually less than 20 feet off the ground. Originally a method of indoor training to increase stamina and finger strength for roped climbs, it emerged as a sport in its own right.

“There are different types of climbing walls,” explained Dick. “One type would be the centerpiece of an indoor athletic or recreational facility, and they are beautiful to look at but also expensive and under-used. That’s because most college students don’t want people looking at them while they’re climbing and trying something new.”

In contrast, the bouldering wall at W&L is tucked away into two converted horse stalls in a corner of the Outing Club barn. If the wall continues to be a success, Dick hopes to expand it into a third stall.

“It’s the most basic wall around,” said Dick. “It isn’t pretty or architecturally beautiful, but it’s a tool, and that’s why we built it. This is the type of wall someone would build in their garage to train through the winter. You show up, put on your shoes, try some routes, interact with people and come back. It gets easier. You don’t need training to use the wall because it’s very user-friendly, but we do have students who can give tips and advice.”

The wall is known as a “woody” since it is made of two-by-four studs and high grade laminate plywood. Dick and kayak instructor Randall Stone created the framing over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and completed it early this year with the help of W&L students.

The plywood is coated with polyurethane, and the holds are plastic with a t-nut behind each one so they can be moved as many times as climbers want. Climbers follow routes marked by different colored tapes, and the routes can be changed to provide different challenges. Mats are provided in case of falls. The wall isn’t very high, however, and a climber can request a spotter.

“It’s awesome. All of us have been waiting for this to happen for a long time,” said Josh White, a sophomore business administration major. “I’m really into climbing, so this is definitely a major addition at this school. Everyone should come out regardless of whether or not they’ve climbed before, because that’s what we want this to be. We want to teach people how to climb and then hopefully, eventually, we can get a bigger wall, and more people can climb.”

Dick estimated that between 15 and 18 students and employees use the bouldering wall during open hours. “We have law school students, undergraduates and employees come during their lunchtime. It’s very popular,” he said.

Open hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and during the lunch hour on Tuesday and Thursday. No entry fee is required, but climbers do need to be members of the Outing Club, which has a fee of $40 for four years.

The club offers a variety of outdoor activities and classes, including a rock-climbing class that Dick teaches each term. The bouldering wall allows him to teach climbing during the winter, when it’s too cold and wet to climb outside. Many of the students who use the bouldering wall have also taken Dick’s class and gone rock climbing in the area.

W&L students lead most of the activities at the Outing Club, which include backpacking, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing and outdoor cooking.

Further information about the Outing Club at Washington and Lee can be found at  http://www2.wlu.edu/x21419.xml.


W&L Lecture on Defending Human Rights in Central Asia on March 5

Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.

The title of the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Working to Defend Human Rights in Central Asia.”

Ms. Zhumakadyr kyzy’s talk will focus on ways that Human Rights Watch aims to promote freedom of expression, protect women’s rights and diminish ethnic conflicts as part of its mission in Central Asia.

Zhumakadyr kyzy studied at W&L in 2010-2011 under the auspices of the John M. Gunn International Scholarship.  The following year, she returned to Bishkek and graduated as valedictorian of the American University of Central Asia.

Last fall, she was hired as a staff member of the new office that the independent monitoring organization Human Rights Watch opened in Bishkek.  This office is the only presence that Human Rights Watch maintains in Central Asia.

Zhumakadyr kyzy’s talk is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Center for International Education.  For further information, contact Professor Richard Bidlack at 458-8912.


Men's Basketball Team Scores Hard-Won Victory

Some of the craziest moments in sports come from the most unlikely of scenarios.  Who saw Wichita State’s run to the Final Four coming last spring?  Or, for that matter, the same runs from in-state programs George Mason and VCU? America loves to pull for an underdog, and that’s exactly what you’d call the 2013–14 Washington and Lee men’s basketball squad.

The Generals have struggled through a rebuilding season, winning just six games and earning a No. 11 seed out of 12 teams entering the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, which began last night, Feb. 25, with a series of first-round games on various campuses across the commonwealth.

W&L was paired with sixth-seeded Randolph for an opening-round game in Lynchburg, a rematch of a game the two teams played last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in which the WildCats won 80–57 by hitting a program-record 17 three-pointers.

Despite riding a six-game losing streak coming into the game, the Generals grabbed the early lead and held it for much of the first half, before Randolph took its first lead with seven seconds left for a 25–23 advantage heading into the locker room.

The WildCats pushed out to a seven-point lead (36–29) early in the second half, but W&L would retaliate with a 13–3 run that gave the Generals their first lead of the second half (42–39). The Blue & White remained within two possessions of the lead until junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo.) gave them the lead for good on a three-pointer with 1:26 left in the game.  Another three-pointer with 31 seconds left by first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo.) clinched the win, W&L’s first over Randolph since the 2009–10 season.

With the victory, the Generals (now 7–19 overall) advance to the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, which will be held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., on Friday, Feb. 28. W&L will face third-seeded Guilford, which carries a 17–8 overall record into the contest.

The Quakers have defeated the Generals twice this season, 76–65 in Greensboro on Nov. 23, and 64–52 in Lexington on Feb. 8. In their only prior meeting in the ODAC Tournament, in 2009–10, an eighth-seeded W&L team defeated the top-seeded Quakers, 82–76, in double overtime. The win marked the first time a No. 8 seed (the lowest seed at that time) had ever defeated the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Generals advanced all the way to the ODAC title game that season before falling just short against Virginia Wesleyan 66–62—and that’s why we love sports.

If you are interested in following W&L’s tournament run, you may purchase tickets at the door for a day or the entire weekend. Day passes are available for $11.00 for adults and $6.00 for students.  Weekend passes are available for $34.00.  You can also watch the games live online at http://odac.tv/ for $7.95.

—by Brian Laubscher, Sports Information Director


Tournées French Film Festival to Take Place March 4 to 13

The Department of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, in collaboration with the African Society and the Office of Student Affairs, will present the Tournées French Film Festival running from March 4 to 13.

The dates and times are listed below with the title of the film and all films will be shown in the Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons. All films are free and will be shown in French with English subtitles.

  • Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
    La Pirogue
    Moussa Traoré
    2012, 87 minutes
    Followed by a discussion organized by the African Society
  • Thursday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
    Le Havre
    Aki Kaurismaki
    2011, 93 minutes
  • Sunday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
    De Rouille et d’Os (Of Rust and Bone)
    Jacques Audiard
    2012, 120 minutes
  • Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
    Monsieur Lazhar
    Philippe Falardeau
    2011, 94 minutes
  • Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
    La Grotte des Rêves Perdus (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams)
    Werner Herzog
    2011, 90 minutes

Support for The Tournées Festival is provided by The French Embassy in the United States, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Campus France USA,  The Florence Gould Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and www.facecouncil.org.

Author Michael Sokolove to Give the Fishback Lecture at W&L

Author Michael Sokolove will give the Fishback Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, March 4, at 5 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.

The title of the talk, which is free and open to the public, is “You CAN Go Home Again: A journalist’s discoveries–personal, political, sociological–after returning to the once-model suburb of his childhood.”

Sokolove is the author of four books, his most recent being “Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town and the Magic of Theater” (2013).

“Drama High” was chosen by USA Today as one of its top 10 books of 2013, and made end-of-year lists in several other publications and web sites, including The Observer (London) and the website Salon. “Drama High” has been optioned and is being developed by Sony Pictures Television.

Sokolove’s other books are “Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women’s Sports” (2008); “The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw” (2004); and “Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose” (1990).

Since 2001, Sokolove has been a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where he has written about the science, culture and sociology of sports. He has also written for the Times Magazine about politics and a broad range of other topics.

His stories have included profiles of athletes Michael Phelps and Oscar Pistorius, football coach Pete Carroll and politicians Rick Santorum and Dick Armey; an examination of how elite athletes age; and an exploration of how the nation’s largest casino, Foxwoods in Connecticut, reached the brink of bankruptcy. His work has been included in the Best American Sportswriting and Best American Medical Writing anthologies.

Before joining the New York Times Magazine, Sokolove worked as a newspaper reporter-first at the Trenton Times, followed by the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Second W&L Law Prof Joins Boston Bombing Defense Team

The judge overseeing the case of the accused Boston Marathon bomber has approved the request by attorneys representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to add Washington and Lee law professor David Bruck to the defense team in the case.

Bruck joins fellow W&L law professor Judy Clarke and several members of the federal public defender’s office in Boston on the defense team.

In April of last year, Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender, had requested that both Clarke and Bruck, clinical professor of law at W&L and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, be appointed to the team. The request to appoint Bruck was then denied “without prejudice” to renew it later. The order came last week after the federal defender had again requested that the judge appoint Bruck to assist with the defense.

Bruck joined W&L in 2004 after practicing criminal law in South Carolina for nearly thirty years, where he specialized in the defense of capital cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages. Since then, he has directed the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, a clinical program at W&L Law that serves as a resource center for court-appointed defense counsel at the pretrial and trial stages of death penalty cases throughout Virginia.

This is not the first time that Bruck and Clarke, who attended law school together at the University of South Carolina, have worked together on a high profile death penalty case. They served as co-counsel for Susan Smith, who was convicted of drowning her two small children in South Carolina in 1995. Smith eventually received a life sentence.

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