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Erika Proko Hamilton ’03 Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Nashville, TN

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Many children like to play doctor or dream of becoming one someday. For Erika Proko Hamilton ’03, her determination only intensified during her middle school years, when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. And that childhood dream became a reality.

Now Hamilton, a former six-time All-American tennis player at W&L, is associate director, breast cancer research, at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) in Nashville. She spends half of her time in direct patient care and the other half in research, managing clinical trials.

“Patients enter a clinical trial for a variety of reasons–either because other treatments have failed or with early disease, because we are trying to improve upon a standard therapy,” she said.

Doctors at SCRI work with patients from all over the United States and the world, although most come from the region around Nashville.

Although Hamilton looked into other areas of oncology, including surgery and pediatric oncology, she decided to focus on adult oncology. She enjoys developing relationships with her patients, helping them “feel more in control of an otherwise overwhelming situation.”

She said her research involvement is the most rewarding aspect of her job. “It gives me the opportunity to not only take great care of the patients I am directly involved with, but also have the knowledge that we are hopefully improving the care of future patients. It’s a very motivating thought.”

Hamilton prepared well for medical school and her career. At W&L, she majored in neuroscience, which combines elements of biology, chemistry and psychology. She remembers professors Jack Wielgus in biology and Bob Stewart in neuroscience, as her biggest champions and mentors.

The professors, with whom she keeps in touch, were also supportive of her participation on the tennis team, which involved practicing two or three hours a day for up to six days a week, and matches in the fall and spring. “It was almost a year-round pursuit,” said Hamilton. Pre-med students typically do not have time or encouragement to pursue other time-consuming activities, but Hamilton not only played tennis, she excelled at it.

After being named All-American six times for tennis and winning many other awards and honors from ODAC, Hamilton received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year.

She earned an M.D. degree in 2007 from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and did a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Duke University, where she was a top five finalist for Duke’s annual Housestaff Fellow Teaching Award.

In 2013, Hamilton was named to the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame, and that same year, the NCAA named her a Division III “40-in-40.” The honor recognizes former student-athletes who “exemplify the division’s attributes of proportion, comprehensive learning, passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship–not just during their time on campus, but also in their careers or avocations.” The recognition was part of the 40th anniversary of Division III athletics.

Although she admits it’s a cliché, Hamilton says the teamwork she learned at W&L plays an integral role in her current job. From the front desk staff and lab workers to the nurses and research staff, “we are all working toward the same goal of helping our patients.”

Away from the lab and patient care, Hamilton is mother to 16-month-old daughter Patten. Her husband Justin, a former Air Force fighter pilot, is a pilot for Delta. He still flies the F-15E one week a month for the Air Force Reserves.

They moved to Nashville two years ago and are enjoying the “amazing culinary” opportunities in the city.

Nominating Hamilton for the NCAA 40-in-40 honor, W&L Sports Information Director Brian Laubscher summed up her achievements this way: “When I think of Erika, I see the perfect student-athlete more than just the athlete. Not only was she nearly unbeatable on the court (92-20 in singles and 104-27 in doubles), but she claimed a crazy good GPA as a neuroscience major. Today, she is Dr. Erika Hamilton. Pretty darn impressive.”

– by Linda Evans

W&L Repertory Dance Company to Perform March 30, 31 and April 1

The Washington and Lee University Department of Theater, Dance and Film presents the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company in an evening of multifaceted dance works.

The concert will be held at W&L’s Lenfest Center for the Arts on March 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at (540) 458-8000 or online.

This concert of eight works will contain the collaboration of two guest artists, Danah Bella and Emily Cargill, who did four-day residencies on campus earlier in the year. During their time here, they gave lectures and master classes and set their choreographic works on advanced student dancers who auditioned for the roles.

Danah Bella, founder of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, has performed throughout the country, Mexico and Italy, and was a master teacher for Bates Dance Festival and American College Dance Festival. Her dark humor is on display in “Poca a Poca Se Anda Lejos,” a peek at the life of has-been beauty queens.

Emily Cargill, artistic director of Emily Cargill & Dancers, has performed in Atlanta, Houston, New York and Detroit. She dances professionally with Braided Light Dance Project and Staibdance. For this show, Cargill will present a powerful investigation into misconceived identity in “Meadow by a Train.”

Liza Deck, W&L dance adjunct and City Modern Ensemble artistic director, worked intensively over the course of the semester creating “Deeply Missed by All Who Knew Her.” Student dancers contributed to this improvisation-based choreographic piece, which is directed and shaped by the choreographer.

Sandra Meythaler, an acclaimed, award-winning international dancer and W&L adjunct, will present a contemporary ballet solo that incorporates massive swaths of fabric to create an ocean to dance upon. Fabric is also used to great acclaim in returning guest artist Dana Fredericks’ aerial performance. Flying high above the audience, Fredericks will create beautiful patterns, spins and catch-your-breath drops 40 feet in the air.

Included in this concert are two outstanding student works. Elliot Emadian ’17 and Lisa Stoiser ’15 won coveted spots by creating new works that contain inspired dance shapes and new and emerging ideas in pairing dance and technology.

The evening wraps up with a new work by Jenefer Davies, associate professor of dance at W&L. Davies, whose choreography has received acclaimed reviews in Scotland, Greece and Spain, is a master artist-teacher at W&L who was recently selected from artists across the country to bring her choreography to New York City for performance this spring. “The 25th of March” is a new 30-minute piece that juxtaposes R&B and rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1950s with an unconventional viewpoint on the biblical Annunciation story. Combining humor, explosive and powerful dance and an abstracted narrative, Davies explores a humanist’s perspective on acquiescence.

On creating this performance, Davies said, “Bringing together professional guest artists, faculty and current students creates a beautiful synergy. A palpable force of teaching and learning is created where people who previously didn’t know one another, but have a shared experience in dance, become unified as they collaborate in the artistic process.”

2015 LEAD Banquet Celebration, Awards and Recipients

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Banquet was held March 22 at Washington and Lee University and was an evening of celebration. It recognized the many individual and student accomplishments that have been completed within the past year.

“The banquet also offered moments of gratitude and affirmation as we know that the Washington and Lee experience would not be as vibrant without the hard work of dedicated student leaders,” said Megan Schneider, assistant dean of students, Student Affairs.

The LEAD Banquet awards and the 2015 recipients:

Nabors Service League Award for Volunteerism: Kate LeMasters
Recognizing a student who demonstrates a commitment to their community through innovative service.

Best Service Event: Fear 2 Freedom
Recognizing the campus group or specific event that proved to be impactful by engaging and educating a significant number of volunteers and created a meaningful difference for the population served — whether locally or in another community.

Excellence in Artistic Event Management: Samantha Sisler (Lenfest Center for the Arts)

Outstanding Philanthropic Effort: FeelGood
Recognizing the student organization/chapter whose philanthropic efforts have made the most impact on our campus while supporting a local/national/global cause. The most funds raised per capita and the most innovative way of raising those funds is a factor in selection.

Outstanding Peer Counselor: Brennon Williams

Outstanding Residential Adviser: James Quigley

Distinguished Summer Work: Eric Schwen
Recognizing a student’s summer work experience/research that best exemplifies Washington and Lee’s values of service, leadership, and character.

Emerging Leader of the Year: Faith Pinho
Recognizing a student that is passionate about leadership education and its practice. This student should bring innovative ideas to the table and exude a high level of commitment to empowering other student leaders.

Christopher Noland Student Activities Leadership Award: David Thomas
Recognizing a student whose leadership has been most impactful during the past academic year.

Greek Man of the Year: Ryan McNally
Recognizing a Greek man making the greatest and most positive impact on the fraternity and sorority system during the past academic year.

Greek Woman of the Year: Margaret McClintock
Recognizing a Greek woman making the greatest and most positive impact on the fraternity and sorority system during the past academic year.

Chapter of the Year: Kappa Kappa Gamma
Recognizing the Greek chapter that best embodies W&L’s ideals of honor, integrity, and civility. The Greek governing councils select the recipient of this award.

The G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award: Paqui Toscano and Elizabeth Powell
Honoring a rising senior (current junior) who manifests superior qualities of helpfulness and friendliness to fellow students, public spirit, scholarship and personal character.

The Decade Award: Noelle Rutland
Recognizing a rising junior (current sophomore) who has shown involvement and leadership within the W&L academic and extracurricular communities and who has furthered discussions of women’s issues on campus and beyond.

The Edward Lee Pinney Prize: Kate LeMasters
Awarded by the Student Affairs Committee to an undergraduate student who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to personal scholarship and to the nurturing of intellectual life at Washington and Lee.

Anece F. McCloud Excellence in Diversity: Lauren Mosely
Recognizing a senior undergraduate student whose efforts have done the most to bring a greater awareness and competence of diversity on campus.

Best Event of the Year: Bill Nye, sponsored by Contact Committee
Recognizing the event that best impacted Washington and Lee during the current academic year.

Not Unmindful of a Sustainable Future Award: Rachel “Chel” Samuels and Cort Hammond
Recognizing a student who leads sustainability efforts either for the W&L campus or for our global community.

Greenest Group Award: Student Environmental Action League (SEAL)
Recognizing the student organization or student-led event that has made an impact towards sustainability related efforts either on W&L campus or in our global community.

Adviser of the Year: Bob Ballenger
Recognizing a campus adviser that goes above and beyond in their efforts to support student initiatives, foster relationships, and provide opportunities for new experiences.

John W. Elrod General of the Year: Daphine Mugayo
Recognizing a student who has brought the most depth and breadth to the University during the past academic year.

Best Student Organization (Americus White Award): Rugby
Recognizing the student organization that has shown excellence in leadership, management, and programmatic efforts. Allocation of funds is a factor in selection.

The Frank J. Gilliam Award: Candace Maynard
Recognizing a student who has made the greatest contribution to the Division of Student Affairs.

Larry Stuart Memorial Award: Lucy Wade Shapiro
Recognizing a student who exemplifies Public Safety Senior Sergeant Larry Stuart’s character and commitment to the community.

The Alexander Thomas Boehling ’10 Memorial Award: Margaret McClintock and Patrick O’Connor
Honoring a senior for his or her campus leadership.


Jessie Ball duPont Fund Awards Grant to Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University received a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund that will help support a new initiative at W&L to enhance and expand community engagement and service-learning (CE/SL) in the Rockbridge County area.

The grant is part of a larger framework to boost the work of the W&L Community Engagement/Service-Learning Committee. The committee is tasked with developing new service opportunities for W&L’s students, enabling more faculty members to engage in community work, building stronger ties with the community partners and improving the quality of service and practices.

“This is an extremely important initiative,” said Marc Conner, associate provost at W&L. “We want to understand the extent of our students’ engagement with the larger communities of Lexington city and Rockbridge County. Our students give a lot to these communities, but just as important is how much our students learn from them, how the community projects and opportunities teach our students what it means to live and work in complex networks of civic life.”

The CE/SL initiative is a multi-year concept that calls for assessment, research, Q and A for community-wide planning sessions and training in order to ensure the highest quality of service is provided to all W&L constituents and community leaders.

The central piece supported by duPont will be implementing and analyzing the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement (NASCE), a nationally recognized assessment tool to determine the quality of W&L’s community engagement work, and how socially/geographically pervasive is on campus and in the community. The assessment will be standardized for comparability to a 60-school database that will serve as a baseline for understanding general CE/SL strengths and weaknesses on campus.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national foundation that makes grants to a specific group of more than 325 organizations, including Washington and Lee, whose eligibility is determined exclusively by Mrs. duPont’s personal philanthropic decisions.

W&L Magazine, Winter 2015: Vol. 91 | No. 1

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In This Issue:

  • An Outlaw Trade: Alumni Writers Discuss Their Craft
  • Washington and Lee University Annual Financial Report, 2013-2014

General Stats

  • By the Numbers: Dick Duchossois ’44

Speak

  • What W&L Can Provide
  • A Testament to Community
  • A Look at History

Along the Colonnade

  • Richmond Named Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Mudd ’50 Receives Philanthropic Award
  • ODK Initiates New Members on Jan. 19
  • Noteworthy
  • Speaker’s Corner
  • Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members
  • W&L Named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars
  • Bookshelf

Generals Report

  • Basketball Captain Gauf Works a Miracle Off the Court

Lewis Hall Notes

  • Former Law Dean Roy Steinheimer Dies at 98

Milestones

  • Ties That Bind
  • Let’s Hear It for the Staff
  • W&L Traveller: Why I Like W&L Traveller
  • Transformational? Try Preservational

Reunion

  • Festive Five-Stars
  • Rewind: Young Alumni Weekend

Last Look

  • Honoring Our Annual Fund Volunteers

Mitchell ’17 Wins Phi Beta Kappa’s Goehring Award

At its March 19 convocation, the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University gave Stephen C. Mitchell Jr. ’17 the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award. It goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year.

Mitchell, a business administration and mathematics major from Columbia, South Carolina, is a Johnson Scholar. He belongs to the Williams Investment Society, the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and the Washington and Lee University Singers.

The award honors J. Brown Goehring, a retired W&L professor of chemistry who, during his 38-year career at W&L, spent 22 years as secretary/treasurer of the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, A 40th to Remember

Here’s the next installment of our roundup of events in the Lexington and Rockbridge area, compiled by 3L Hannah Shtein. Just read it! Tons of good stuff to do!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trivia Night at Devil’s Backbone, 6pm-8pm.

Trivia at Blue Lab, 6pm.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Social Entrepreneurship Summit, 12pm-3pm in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. The Williams School hosts an annual summit on Social Entrepreneurship. Started in 2014 by Professor Drew Hess, the summit is devoted to fostering student-led social entrepreneurship. In addition to two keynote addresses, students will present on their own social entrepreneurship work.

Lara Gass Women in the Law Symposium, 2:30pm in the Moot Courtroom. This year marks the 40th anniversary of women at W&L Law. The symposium, moderated by Professor Sally Wiant, ’78L, is designed to honor generations of W&L women law graduates through fruitful dialogue on the progress made by women in the law, the gender disparities that still plague the profession, and solutions to those disparities based on personal and professional experience. The outstanding panelists include members of the judiciary, current and retired, and practicing attorneys.

Dean’s Cup weekend! Starting Friday afternoon, with food from Foothill Momma’s BBQ and drinks.

Live @ the Lab, 6pm, Blue Lab Brewing Company, 123 S. Randolph St, featuring acoustic rock and roll with Alex Shreve.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Red Hill Band & City Limits 7:30-10:30pm at Stonebridge Center, 45 Natural Bridge School Road (Americana/country/folk/blues), tickets $10.

SBA Cookout on the patio, accompanied by Bud Light, Blue Moon, Bold Rock Cider, Devil’s Backbone Azrael, and Sweetwater 420 IPA, before Patio Party/Fancy Dress.

Fancy Dress Ball, 9pm-1am in the Warner Center (undergrad side), tickets on sale until March 27 in Elrod Commons. Come travel down the rabbit hole! Feature live music from Jessie’s Girls.

Patio Party on the law school patio (obviously), featuring drinks, pizza, and music. All good things.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Speaker – Sheri Fink: Reporting on Global and Local Health Care Emergencies: The Trauma Narrative in the Age of the Tweet, 5-6pm, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons

Speaker – Message Received: The Influence of Media on Body Image & Disordered Eating, 6:30-7:30pm, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Speaker – Judge James E. Baker: Know What You Stand For: Current Issues in Intelligence, Law and Ethics, 4pm, Law School Classroom A.

“SOLO2” Film Showcase by W&L Theater, Dance and Film Studies Department, 7-8pm in Stackhouse Theater. The Department of Theater, Dance & Film Studies presents our second film showcase, “SOLO2” to be presented at Washington and Lee’s Stackhouse Movie Theater on Tuesday evening, March 31 at 7p.m. No tickets required.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weekly Winter Indoor Farmers Market, 18 East Nelson Street, 9am-1pm.

The Thirteenth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by David Westin, former president of ABC News and a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell. Westin’s talk, titled “Citizen Lewis Powell” will touch on Justice Powell as a legal figure, as an individual, and will discuss Westin’s own career from clerking on the Supreme Court to modern issues in the media. Wednesday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trivia at Blue Lab, 123 S. Randolph St., 6pm.

W&L's David Sukow to Lecture on Coping with Chaos in his Inaugural Telford Professorship Lecture

David W. Sukow, professor of physics and engineering at Washington and Lee University, will give his inaugural lecture marking his appointment as the Robert Lee Telford Professor of Physics and Engineering on March 31, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of his lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Coping with Chaos: When Simple Systems Show Complex Behavior.”

“Simple physical systems can display surprisingly complicated behavior that is best described in the language of nonlinear dynamics and chaos,” said Sukow. He will discuss some of the optical and electronic systems displaying such dynamics that have been studied in the laboratory. The common characteristic among these systems is their use of time-delayed feedback to create – and control – their behavior.

In addition to describing these systems and their dynamics, Sukow will discuss “how we can cope with their complexity by devising elegant methods to control it, or even to make use of it through synchronization and random number generation.”

Sukow joined the faculty of Washington and Lee in 1999. He earned his B.A. in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. After completing his Ph.D, Sukow spent two years completing a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Nonlinear Optics Group, Air Force Research Laboratory.

Sukow is the author and co-author of 20 journal articles, including “Fast Random Bit Generation Using a Chaotic Laser: Approaching the Information Theoretic Limit” in “IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics” (2013); and “Square-wave Switching in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers with Polarization Rotated Optical Feedback: Experiments and Simulations” in “Physical Review” (2012).

He has received six grants to support his research. Most recently, he was awarded the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC, the Spanish Research Council), to be a guest professor at the Institut de Fisica Interdisciplinar i Sistemas Complejos, Universitat de les Illes Balears, in Spain.

Sukow has presented at and chaired panel discussions at over 30 conferences, notably the European Quantum Electronics Conference in Germany (May 2013) and the Laser Science CCVIII in New York (October 2012).

He has been a manuscript referee for journals such as “Physical Review Letters,” “Journal of Advanced Research in Dynamical and Control Systems” and “Optics Letters.” He has also served as a panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author, to Deliver Fishback Visiting Writer Lecture at W&L

Sheri Fink, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has reported on health care crises around the world, will deliver this year’s Fishback Visiting Writer lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 30 at 5 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.

Her talk, “Reporting on Global and Local Health Care Emergencies: The Trauma Narrative in the Age of the Tweet,” is free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Journalism Department and the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.

Fink is the author of “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” which documents patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. In this facility, conditions deteriorated so drastically that caregivers chose to designate certain patients as among the last to be rescued. The book was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the Ridenhour Book Prize and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, among many others.

A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, “War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival,” describes the work and struggles of medical professionals during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

She is a correspondent at The New York Times. Earlier this year, she was among a group of Times reporters who won the prestigious George Polk Award for health reporting of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Fishback Fund for Visiting Writers is endowed by Sara and William H. Fishback Jr., Class of 1956, in memory of his parents. The fund brings an outstanding writer to the W&L campus annually who delivers a public lecture to the Lexington-Rockbridge community.

Previous Fishback Visiting Writers have included author and journalist Michael Sokolove, PBS host Ray Suarez, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, author and journalist Steve Coll, sociologist Alan Wolfe, political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain, author and legal scholar Stephen Carter, political scientist Larry Sabato, columnist and Brookings Institution Fellow E. J. Dionne and author Robert Kaplan.

University of Maryland English Professor to Lecture at W&L

Kellie Robertson, associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 31, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House. This is the new date, time and place of her lecture which was canceled due to snow.

The title of Robertson’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Bawds and ABAWDs: Able Bodies in Historical Perspective.”

The talk will examine the early history of how and why the term “able-bodied” became a category for the working poor, whose bodies have been subject to emphatic scrutiny and regulation in the name of multiple common goods in mid-14th century England. Robertson then documents the continuing effects of these early cultural and legal formations, tracing their influence up through current U.S. state policy.

Robertson teaches medieval literature and intellectual history; her research and teaching are premised on the idea that a return to this earlier intellectual history can help us to better understand our own modern desires and philosophical commitments.

Robertson is the author of “The Laborer’s Two Bodies: Labor and the ‘Work’ of the Text in Medieval Britain, 1350-1500” (2006) which explores textual and material responses to the first national labor laws. Also, she is the co-author of a collection of essays entitled “The Middle Ages at Work: Practicing Labor in the Late Medieval England” (2004).

Her current book project, “Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Natural Philosophy,” examines late medieval poetry in the context of medieval physics, arguing that both domains struggled over how to represent nature in the wake of Aristotelian science.

Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center.

Robertson earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from Yale University. At the University of Maryland, she serves as the director of graduate placement for the English department.

Ann Richard Quandt ’01 Partners In Health, Boston, MA

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Ann Richard Quandt followed the traditional path of an economics major — a first job in investment banking, graduate study at Stanford University, and then back to investment banking. Along the way, she realized that her heart was telling her something else.

Both of her parents had endured cancer, and because of their experience, Quandt started looking for a job that would combine her love of finance with her interest in healthcare. She found it at Boston-based Partners In Health, a global healthcare nonprofit organization, offering healthcare services in some of the poorest and most rural areas of the world. The organization works in the African countries Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as in Haiti, Russia, Peru and Mexico, opening and running hospitals and health centers and employing community health workers — all at no charge to their patients. In the United States, PIH works in the Navajo Nation to bring health services to high-risk patients.

Working at PIH is “significantly more rewarding,” than her previous job that focused on mergers and acquisitions, said Quandt, now PIH’s chief financial officer. “I would do my job for free. I love it.”

She is proud of the “fantastic” team she has built while at PIH and says the job allows her to be a great role model for her three children, her friends and colleagues.

She began at PIH seven years ago as an international finance manager and helped train financial teams on a new accounting system she was responsible for implementing at sites around the world. As her team grew, she advanced to international finance director, then vice president of finance. A couple of years ago, she assumed the title chief financial officer. She now oversees an accounting and financial team of about 120 professionals around the world.

Her job involves substantial travel, primarily to Africa, which she visits twice a year, and Haiti, where she travels two to three times a year. Her global team tracks all the organization’s expenses around the world, from rural health centers in Haiti or Africa to the headquarters office in Boston. She says it is very important to make sure that donors’ gifts are carefully tracked and used as intended.

Quandt majored in economics at Washington and Lee and says her corporate finance class inspired her to pursue a career in the field. After graduating, she got her first job at Lincoln International in Chicago. “I could not have asked for a better job out of W&L. I had exposure to so many different industries and wonderful mentors, many of whom are still at Lincoln.”

She decided to pursue an MBA at Stanford as she was beginning to think about combining finance and healthcare. Still, after receiving her degree, she briefly went back to investment banking, all the time searching for that perfect job fit that finally came together at PIH.

Quandt was a cross country runner at W&L and still enjoys running whenever she can. Her husband, Rob, is employed in private equity and together they maintain a very busy schedule. Between their jobs and their three children, ages 5, 3 and 1, the couple has little time for other pursuits. When they find time, they enjoy traveling, tennis and golf.

Quandt believes strongly in women holding high-level positions in the workforce. First, she says, women must find a job they love and then find ways to make it work along with their other responsibilities — whether those are marriage, children, volunteer work, hobbies or other interests.

Of her own career-family balancing act, she says, it’s challenging, but “managing a team, helping to solve problems in developing countries, and thinking strategically has kept me in the workforce.”And apparently she’s doing a great job. This October, the Boston Business Journal named Ann to its 40 Under 40 list of business and civic leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields and the civic life of the Boston area.

– by Linda Evans


David Westin to Deliver Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture

The Thirteenth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by David Westin, former president of ABC News and a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.

Westin’s talk, titled “Citizen Lewis Powell” will touch on Justice Powell as a legal figure, as an individual, and will discuss Westin’s own career from clerking on the Supreme Court to modern issues in the media.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at 5:00 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.

Westin received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude from the law school in 1977. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and later clerked for Justice Powell at the U.S. Supreme Court

Westin was president of ABC News from March 1997 through December 2010, during which time he was responsible for the numerous broadcasts, including World News, Nightline, Good Morning America, and 20/20. Before becoming president at ABC News, Westin was president of the ABC Television Network and general counsel of the parent company, Capital Cities/ABC.

Westin wrote a book, titled “Exit Interview,” about his experiences at ABC News.
After leaving ABC in 2010, Westin became president and CEO of NewsRight. Currently, Westin is Principal of Witherbee Holdings, LLC, advising and investing in media companies.

The students at Washington and Lee University School of Law founded the Lewis Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in 2002 in honor of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. ’29A, ’31L, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1972. Justice Powell’s judicial legacy was defined by a respect for both sides in a dispute and a desire to craft judicial opinions that struck a middle ground. This student-run lecture series features nationally prominent speakers who embody this spirit in their life and work.

W&L's Drumbl Gives Tax Advice on WalletHub

Michelle Drumbl, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Tax Clinic in Washington and Lee’s School of Law, gives advice on WalletHub to people who do not have the funds to pay their tax obligations. WalletHub is a social network that provides advice on financial decisions from experts in various fields.

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Senior Theses Exhibition to Run from March 30 to April 10 in Staniar Gallery

Six Washington and Lee University studio art students will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens at Staniar Gallery on March 30. The show will be on view through April 10. Featuring works in all different media, the Senior Theses Exhibition is an opportunity for graduating seniors to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting.

There will be a reception for the artists on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s atrium, which is open to the public.

Amira Hegazy’s life-size self-portraits on paper resemble paper dolls with articulated limbs that can be manipulated into different positions. Through the contorted arrangements of the figures, she explores the emotions evoked by disjointed human images and embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Alee Johnson’s mixed media landscape paintings blur the distinctions between sky, water and land to emphasize the transcendental experience of the natural world.

After being inspired by the large group portraits of the Dutch Golden Age, Hannah Paulk staged photographs that exhibit the characteristics of traditional Dutch painting. By using herself as the model playing multiple parts in a contemporary setting she makes the images relevant to life today.

Using light and form as symbols of the conceivable and potential, Ryan Johnson’s non-representational prints explore the veil between our world and a sacred world beyond.

Nicki Ross’s etchings are inspired by her observations of the intricate patterns found in nature, notably the delicate lacing of veins in leaves. Her installation will present the works strewn across the floor, in an effort to compel viewers to interact with and hold the pieces for a more intimate interaction.

Eileen Small’s prints reflect her upbringing in an oil-rich area in Texas where the landscape is dotted with refineries. To her young mind the machines shared similarities with her fairytale dreams, inspiring the images in her work.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (540) 458-8861.

W&L Librarian Emeritus Maurice D. Leach Jr. Dies at 91

Maurice D. Leach Jr., who headed the library at Washington and Lee University from 1968 to 1985, died on March 21, in Lexington. He was 91.

He also served as director of W&L’s Friends of the Library from 1985 until his retirement in 1988, when he was named librarian emeritus.

“The University owes Maurice Leach its gratitude for his many and lasting contributions to our library, which is so crucial to the education of our students and the support of our faculty and staff,” said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio ’76. “He reinforced its strengths and kept it abreast of technological improvements.”

During his years as head librarian, Leach oversaw the construction of Leyburn Library, which opened in 1979. It replaced the McCormick Library, which was housed in what is now Huntley Hall. That year, the University issued a resolution of appreciation to Leach and his staff for what was dubbed “The Great Move,” which occurred in one day, with students, staff and faculty carrying 150,000 books from the old building to the new.

Leach ensured that the W&L library used the Library of Congress cataloging system. And in 1974, he enrolled the library as a charter member of SOLINET (the Southeastern Library Network), a regional consortium that provided members with access to automated cataloging.

Maurice Derby Leach Jr. was born on June 23, 1923, in Lexington, Kentucky. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1945 and a B.L.S. from the University of Chicago in 1946. He also completed the Department of State’s mid-career course in foreign affairs.

Leach’s library career began with a post as assistant librarian at Texas College of Arts and Industries, Kingsville, Texas, from 1946 to 1947. He worked as a bibliographer at the Department of State from 1947 to 1948. While serving in the military, he taught library science at the Special Services School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

From 1950 to 1959, Leach served with the United States Information Agency in Egypt, Lebanon and Washington, D.C., opening libraries and sitting on the advisory committee for the Teacher-Librarian Training Program for the Egyptian minister of education.

From 1959 to 1966, he headed the department of library science at the University of Kentucky. Leach also spent a year as a program advisor to the Ford Foundation at the University of Amman, in Jordan, and at the American University, in Beirut, until taking his post at W&L.

Leach served as president of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) from 1975 to 1976. In 1977 and again in 1985, VLA honored him for his contributions to the organization and the profession.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Baskett Leach; his daughter, Sarah Davis (and her husband, Peter); his grandchildren, Margaret Stuart Davis and Matthew Cowan Davis; and his brother, Lewis Woods Leach.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m., at the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, Lexington, Virginia.


Lecture at W&L by CUNY Philosophy Professor Jesse Prinz

Jesse Prinz, a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 30 at 5 p.m. in the Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Morality and the Self.” There will be a book signing after the public lecture; books will include “Beyond Human Nature,” “Conscious Brain” and “The Emotional Constructional of Morals.”

Prinz argues, based on findings in psychology and experimental philosophy, that values are central to personal identity. Morals (and religion and politics) are more important for continuity of self over time than memory, agency or other things philosophers have traditionally emphasized.

“Moreover, these values connect us with social groups, making personal identity a social phenomenon,” said Prinz.

Prinz is the author of “The Conscious Brain” (2012); “Beyond Human Nature” (2012); “The Emotional Construction of Morals” (2007); and “Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion” (2004); and “Furnishing the Mind” (2002). He is the co-author of “Mind and Cognition” (3rd ed., 2008). Forthcoming are “The Moral Self” and “Works of Wonder: A Theory of Art.”

Prinz’s recent articles and chapters include, “An Empirical Case for Motivational Internalism,” in “Motivational Internalism” (2013); “Attention, Atomism, and the Disunity of Consciousness” in “Philosophy and Phenomenological Research” (2013); “The Poverty of Experience: Reducing Siegel’s Phenomenology,” in “Philosophical Studies” (2013); and “The Hand Manifesto,” in “The Hand: An Organ of the Mind” (2013).

Prinz served on the executive committees for the International Society for Research on Emotions, the Aesthetics Society of America and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. He is also the co-founder of the blog Art Bouillon.

Prinz’s research focuses on the perceptual, emotional and cultural foundations of human psychology. He is also interested in the philosophy of psychology, the philosophy of the mind, cognitive science, consciousness, moral psychology and aesthetics.

Prinz earned his B.A from New York University and his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago. He is also the director of the Interdisciplinary Committee for Science Studies at CUNY. Prior to teaching at CUNY, he was an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Prinz’ lecture is sponsored by the Philosophy Department’s Root Lecture fund.

Guy Caldwell '86 Named a Distinguished Professor

Guy Caldwell, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1986, has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama.

Guy, professor of biological sciences at UA, is internationally known for his research and expertise on malfunction in basic cellular mechanisms associated with diseases of the nervous system, particularly movement disorders like Parkinson’s and dystonia.

This title recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and have received extensive peer recognition for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service. Guy is one of only two UA faculty members to currently hold this title.

“Professor Caldwell’s appointment as University Distinguished Research Professor follows important national recognitions for his innovations in both research and teaching,” said Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “These include a prestigious NSF CAREER Award and appointment as CASE Professor of the Year for the state of Alabama. We congratulate Professor Caldwell on this further recognition of his work and continue to look forward to great things from the Caldwell lab at UA.”

Guy joined UA’s department of biological sciences in 1999 and has received contracts and grants worth more than $5.6 million to support his research and that of his students. He has authored or co-authored three books, 11 book chapters, and more than 70 refereed publications in scientific journals, and has given more than 200 invited lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.

You can read more about Caldwell’s lab (a.k.a. the Worm Shack) and his research at the UA website.


Business Administration Professor Receives President’s Award from the Western Academy of Management

Jeffrey Shay, Johnson Professor of Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Washington and Lee University, was honored with the Western Academy of Management’s Joan G. Dahl President’s Award at the group’s annual conference in Kauai, Hawai’i on March 13, 2015.

The Joan G. Dahl President’s Award recognizes members who have contributed to the ongoing success of the Western Academy of Management, supported the professional growth and development of its members, and demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research. Recipients of the award must receive the unanimous support of the academy’s executive committee, the result of which is that a recipient is not named each year. The last year the award was given was 2011.

Shay came to Washington and Lee in 2009 after spending 10 years as a professor at the University of Montana. He has been actively involved in the Western Academy of Management since 1997, when he was a doctoral student at Cornell University.

In 2006, Shay received the Academy’s Ascendant Scholar Award for his early career accomplishments in both teaching and research, and in 2007, he was elected to serve on the board as a representative-at-large. He went on to serve as a program chair and was elected president of the organization in 2013.

At Washington and Lee, Shay has worked with alumni, faculty and students to launch the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Center hosts an annual Entrepreneurship Summit, a Social Entrepreneurship Summit, and two business plan competitions. The Venture Club and new course offerings are other outgrowths of the program.

Shay teaches courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and leadership and his research explores the integration between strategy and entrepreneurship.

W&L Dance Company Performs in New York City

The W&L Repertory Dance Company performed a partial preview of their annual winter concert on March 14 in the Center for Performance Research, a contemporary performance laboratory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The preview included both W&L dance students and dance alumni, performing eight works created by nationally renowned choreographers as well as students and alumni of Washington and Lee. The evening ended with an excerpt from a new work, “The 25th of March,” by Jenefer Davies, associate professor of dance and director of W&L’s dance program.

“Bringing together graduates from the dance program with current students creates a beautiful synergy,” said Davies. “It creates a palpable force of teaching and learning for people who previously didn’t know one another but have a shared experience in W&L dance. It also gives students the opportunity to perform in a different venue in front of professionals in the field of dance. We’ve been fortunate to have been invited to perform in New York for the past three years, and it’s my goal to make this an annual occurrence for W&L dance students.”

The Dance Company’s winter concert will be held at W&L’s Lenfest Center for the Arts on March 30 – 31 and April 1.

Jonathan Berkey to Give Lecture on “Jihad, Crusade and the New World Order”

Jonathan Berkey, the James B. Duke Professor of International Studies and chair of the History Department at Davidson College, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 25, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House.

The title of Berkey’s lecture is “Jihad, Crusade and the New World Order.” It is free and open to the public.

Berkey will discuss the American public’s obsession with jihad in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, and explore “the ideological response to the complicated political history of relations between the Muslim world and the West over the last two centuries.”

His publications include “The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo: A Social History of Islamic Education” (1992); “Popular Preaching and Religious Authority in the Medieval Islamic Near East (2001); and “The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800” (2003), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association of North America. Berkey is currently completing a narrative history of the Middle East since the rise of Islam.

He has served as associate editor of the “New Dictionary of the History of Ideas” and the “Encyclopedia of Islam” (3rd ed.).

Berkey has received fellowships from Fulbright-IIE, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Research Center in Egypt. From 1994-95 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and in 2000, served as professor invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

He earned his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Davidson, he taught at Princeton University and Mount Holyoke College.

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Fame, to Speak at W&L

Jerry Greenfield, of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream fame, will speak at Washington and Lee University on March 23 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall. The event, sponsored by Contact, is co-sponsored by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Student Affairs.

Greenfield will speak on his experience with the business and their good-business practice model. There will be a free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream reception following the event. Ticket information will be posted on the Contact Committee’s Facebook page. For more information, contact David Thomas at thomasd15@mail.wlu.edu.

Greenfield and Ben Cohen opened the first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978. It was a hit, and within five years franchises sprang up. In 2000, the pair sold their ice cream business for $325 million, but Greenfield remains active in the company.

Greenfield always made sure it was fun to work at Ben & Jerry’s. His famous words “If it’s not fun, why do it?” were memorialized on a bumper sticker you still see around Vermont. Like Cohen, Greenfield wanted to make great ice cream, treat employees well and give back to the community.

In 1986, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream built a manufacturing plant in Waterbury, Vermont, going public and donating 7.5 percent of the company’s earnings to the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, a nonprofit they formed to benefit various causes. Cohen and Greenfield remain active as the public faces and moral identity of the corporation.

Beyond his continuing work with Ben & Jerry’s, Greenfield is involved with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and TrueMajority, a progressive advocacy group in the U.S.

Floss Daily

Dr. Guy Merritt was raised in Buena Vista, Virginia, served in World War II, graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1944 and has practiced dentistry in Roanoke, in the Grandin Village area, ever since.

He still has a dentistry license, but, now in his 90s, he’s decided to let it lapse. In a profile in The Roanoke Times, he said he decided to become a dentist when he was 12. “My school teacher had told me I had a cavity, so I said, ‘I will go the dentist and get the cavity fixed.’ ” Turned out he had three. “The dentist fixed them. He didn’t smile, and he didn’t talk. I had been the recent victim of stage fright, and I said I didn’t know what I’m going to do with my life, because I’m not going to talk. And I thought I wouldn’t have to talk, and I could make money.”

He’s preparing to sell his equipment, including a collection of forceps that he believes might be the largest in the state. He noted, “That’s one thing they haven’t been able to change: forceps for pulling teeth.”

As befits a dentist, Guy has a full set of straight teeth, all his own. He obviously follows his own advice: “People can eat the sweets. All they’ve got to do is use their dental floss. A toothbrush is great, but use your floss.”


W&L's Drumbl on CNN.com: “The Truth About Child Soldiers”

Mark Drumbl, the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor and director of the Transnational Law Institute at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, published a March 19 opinion piece, “The Truth About Child Soliders,” on cnn.com, arguing that addressing the issue will require the international community to tackle difficult truths and to avoid generalizations about both the reasons for the children’s plight and the appropriate response.

“We should recognize the diversity among child soldiers,” Drumbl writes. “Not helpless victims or demented perpetrators, but as individuals with promise, potential, entitlements and reciprocal obligations.”

You can read the full piece online on cnn.com.

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W&L Hosts 12th National Symposium of Theater in Academe

Washington and Lee University will welcome visitors from around the world to its 12th National Symposium of Theater in Academe on March 26-28.

This year’s symposium, “Displacements, Frontiers and Nomadism,” is organized by Domnica Radulescu, founding director of the symposium, the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Romance Languages and director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at Washington and Lee. “The themes of this year’s symposium of immigration, displacement and discrimination as portrayed and dealt with in the theater arts are more relevant than ever to our times,” said Radulescu.

Theater practitioners, scholars, artists and professors from across the United States and from international institutions will attend the symposium in an open exchange of ideas and artistic expressions relevant to the symposium’s theme. Approximately 10 faculty members from Washington and Lee and almost 30 W&L students will be presenting and will be involved in the panels, performances and readings.

The conference will feature papers, live performances and readings. It is free and open to the public. All events will take place in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons unless otherwise specified.

The first keynote presentation is “Children’s Literature from Page to Stage in a Diasporic Context” by Catalina Iliescu Gheorghiu from the University of Alicante, Spain, at 2:40 p.m. on March 26.

This will be followed at 6 p.m. by a performance of “The Quivering Rose,” by DAH Theater, Belgrade, Serbia. The play is described as a reflection about the strength and fragility of memory, and the meaning of disappearance and the possibility of transformation.

Maya Roth of Georgetown University will present the second keynote, “Reimagining Civic Poetics through Diaspora” at 10:30 a.m. on March 27. It will be followed at 1:15 p.m. by the third keynote, “Immigrant Theatre: Paradigm for the Acceptance of Multiculturalism in Perceived Homogeneous Societies” presented by Marcy Arlin, artistic director of Immigrant’s Theater Project in New York.

The performance of “Day Out: A Story of a Mother’s Love – Banishing the Idea that Black Poverty and Pain are Merely a Result of Circumstance,” a Black Lives Matter project by Anthonìa Adams, will be at 4:30 p.m.

Staged readings of “The Virgins of Seville/Las Virgenes de Sevilla” and “Exile is My Home” by Domnica Radulescu will be performed at 6:30 p.m.

The full symposium program is available at http://www.domnicaradulescu.com/events.html

12th National Symposium of Theater in Academe

Thursday, March 26

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Figure of the Nomad and Cultural Displacements

“Domestic Nomadism: Carceral Politics and the Prison Writing of Mauricio Rosencof and Ricardo Sánchez.” Seth Michelson, Washington and Lee University.

“Failed Meetings with Family Members and Oneself: Barbara Colio’s Theater.” Alfonso Varona, Hampden Sydney College.

“Cultural Displacement and Third Culture Identity in ‘Lejos de aquí’ by Roberto (Tito) Cossa and Mauricio Kartún.” Iana Konstantinova, Southern Virginia University.

“On Different Elective Centers: Real and Cyber Migrations, Radical Performance Art, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s ‘La Pocha Nostra.'” Nevena Stojanovic, West Virginia University.

12:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Borders, Homes, and Fluid Frontiers

“Coming Home and Crossing Borders: ‘The Return to the Desert’ of Bernard-Marie Koltès.” Thomas John Donahue, Saint Joseph’s University.

“Material Culture as a Space of Privacy, Ritual and Protest in Two Post-Civil War Spanish Dramas.” Iulia Spranceana, Centre College.

“A Place within a Place: Public and Private Worlds in Shakespeare’s ‘Troilus and Cressida.'” Jemma Levy, Washington and Lee University.

“Dangerous Sensations: Poisoned Stage Properties in Renaissance English Revenge Tragedy.” Holly Pickett, Washington and Lee University.

2:40 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
“Children’s Literature from Page to Stage in a Diasporic Context” by Catalina Iliescu Gheorghiu, University of Alicante, Spain.

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “She argues like an angel.” Entertainment Interlude – Commedia performance, Washington and Lee LIT 295 students.

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. “Empty Plots,” a staged reading by the play’s author, Chris Gavaler, Washington and Lee University.

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. “The Quivering of the Rose.” A reflection about the strength and fragility of memory, about the meaning of the disappearance and the possibility of transformation. Performed by DAH Theater, Belgrade, Serbia, with Dijana Milosevic and Maja Mitic. Directed by Dijana Milosevic.

Friday, March 27

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Nomadic Drama and the Drama of Frontiers

“Empathic Economies: Affective Labor in Refugee Performance.” Lindsay Cummings, University of Connecticut.

“‘Lady Precious Stream’ Returns Home.” Da Zheng, Suffolk University.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation
“Reimagining Civic Poetics through Diaspora” by Maya Roth, Georgetown University

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation
“Immigrant Theatre: Paradigm for the Acceptance of Multiculturalism in Perceived Homogeneous Societies” by Marcy Arlin, artistic director of Immigrants Theater Project, New York.

1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Physical and Metaphysical Frontiers

“The Audacity of Home: Shakespeare’s Use of Time, Romance, and Intimate Stage Action to Bind Audience with Plot in ‘The Winter’s Tale.'” Jeff Moser, University of Denver.

“Wild Frontier and Closet Aesthetic in Margaret Fuller’s ‘Summer on the Lakes 1843.'” Hea-Gyong Jo, Wayne State University.

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Theater and Movement Workshop
Travelling through Your Inner Map – workshop based on the physical work in space on connecting our personal history with collective history. Dijana Milosevic and Maja Mitic, DAH Theater, Belgrade, Serbia.

3:20p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Crossing Creative Frontiers and Crossing Frontiers Creatively
“Amelia. Amelia Earhart’s plane is lost in a time warp.” Performed by W&L German students, directed by Roger Crockett, Washington and Lee University.

4:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. Day Out: a Story of a Mother’s Love – Banishing the Idea that Black Poverty and Pain are Merely a Result of Circumstance. Written and directed by Anthonìa Adams, Washington and Lee University. A Black Lives Matter Project.

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. “Where is Home?
A staged reading of “The Virgins of Seville/Las Virgenes de Sevilla” and “Exile is my Home” by Domnica Radulescu. “The Virgins of Seville/Las Virgenes de Sevilla” is directed by Monica Botta, Washington and Lee University, Spanish Translation by Catalina Iliescu Gheorghiu. “Exile Is My Home” is directed by Marcy Arlin.

8:00 p.m. Midnight Conference Banquet

Saturday, March 28

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Crossing Theatrical, Cultural and Sexual Borders

“Of Interest: A Challenge to Translate Deep Reading to the Stage in “The Merchant of Venice.” Sharon B. Meltzer, Richard Daley College.

“Re-conceptualizing the Erotic in Queer Refugee Performance: Beyond Neoliberal Imaginaries of Desire.” Rachel Lewis, George Mason University.

“Rebellious Bodies : Staging Homoerotic Desire in Luis Velez de Guevara’s ‘La serrana de la Vera.’ Elena Neacsu, University of Virginia.

“Diplomatic Theatrics: Theater and Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire.” Michele Longino, Duke University.

11:50 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. “Savage Lands.” A staged reading by the author Timothy Ruppert, Slippery Rock University.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Negotiating Identity and Space
“Double Identidad – ‘Coser Y Cantar’ by Dolores Prida.” Introduction by Florinda Ruiz, Washington and Lee University.

Staged Reading of “Coser Y Cantar” by Florinda Ruiz and Domnica Radulescu, Washington and Lee University. .”

W&L Fulbright Student Who Observed Ukrainian Revolution to Speak April 1

A Washington and Lee University alumnus who lived a year in Kyiv, Ukraine, as a Fulbright scholar observing the Ukrainian Revolution unfold will give a public lecture on “Ukraine in Crisis: A Witness to Revolution, War and Reform” April 1 at the University.

Isaac Webb, a 2013 W&L graduate, spent part of the 2013-14 academic year traveling in eastern Ukraine and observed armed conflict around the Donestk airport. He returned to Kyiv last month to see how the city had changed over the past year.

Webb’s lecture is free and open to the public at W&L’s Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium, and begins at 4:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the history and German and Russian departments, and the University Lectures Fund.

Webb has published numerous articles on Ukraine in the Kyiv Post, The Atlantic, Vice, and other print and online publications. He is currently a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

Former W&L Trustee Charles Rowe Dies at 89

Charles Spurgeon Rowe ’45, ’50L, who served on the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1994, died on Friday, March 13, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 89. Rowe was the former editor and co-publisher of The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia), posts he held for 48 years.

Rowe was a longtime supporter of the University. His generosity helped fund the complete renovation of Reid Hall in 2001–02 to take journalism and mass communications education into the 21st century. A conference room in the building is named for him. In 2002, he endowed the Charles S. Rowe Professorship in Law to promote interdisciplinary work in law and journalism; it is held by Brian Murchison. He also supported theater programs and the Annual Fund.

Rowe and his brother, Josiah P. Rowe III, established the Josiah P. Rowe Jr. Scholarship as a memorial to their father, to support journalism students. A member of the Doremus Society, he supported the World War II Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Rowe served his alma mater as a class agent, and as a member of the Communications Advisory Board and of the national steering committee for the On the Shoulders of Giants capital campaign. He belonged to the George Washington Society and the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity House Corporation, which gave him a 250th Chapter Honoree Award in 1999.

He left W&L at age 17 to enlist in the U.S. Navy. After his service in World War II, he returned to W&L, where he served as president of the student body, managing editor of the Ring-tum Phi student newspaper, chairman of the Dance Board and president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He belonged to Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership society founded at W&L; Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity; Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity; Graham-Lees Literary Society; and Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He graduated in 1947 and attended the W&L Law School for two years until his father’s death in 1949, when he and his brother assumed leadership roles at The Free Lance-Star — Charles as editor and co-publisher, Josiah as general manager and co-publisher.

He is survived by his wife, Lee Pelham Rowe; three children, Ashley R. Gould (Jeffrey), Charles S. Rowe Jr. (Jennifer) and Timothy D. Rowe (Lori); eight grandchildren, Taylor R. Gould, Lindsey R. Gould, Scott N. Gould (a member of W&L’s Class of 2015), Julia R. Rowe, Dana G. Rowe, William J. Rowe, Abe P. Rowe and Margaret I. Rowe; and his brother, Josiah P. Rowe III.

You can read a story about Rowe in The Free Lance-Star, as well as an editorial from that paper.

W&L BLSA Mock Trial Team Wins National Championship

The Black Law Students Association mock trial team from the Washington and Lee University School of Law won the national championship this past weekend at the 2015 National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

Team members Ryan Redd ’15L, Emelia Hall-Tuisawau ’16L, Imani Hutty ’15L and Cristina Sacco ’15L, along with student coach Babtunde Cadmus ’15L, made the trip to Portland, Oregon for the competition and national convention. They faced off against the top 18 mock trial teams in the nation, drawn from over 100 teams that competed in six regional competitions.

The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition takes place over two and half days and includes six rounds of round-robin and single elimination competition. W&L was the only team to remain undefeated through all rounds.

The mock trial team is coached by Prof. Beth Belmont and Andy Budzinski ’10, in addition to Cadmus.

The W&L BLSA moot court team of Richard Zhang ’15L and Ariel Wossene ’16L was among the 18 teams in the nation to qualify for the national finals of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, also held in Portland. Unfortunately, the team did not advance from the preliminary rounds. Student coach Hernandez Stroud ’15L was invited to return to the competition next year as a judge.

This is only the fourth year teams from W&L have competed in the national BLSA moot court and mock trial competitions. W&L’s BLSA mock trial and moot court teams have advanced to nationals every year since the program’s inception.

Lee Chapel Annual Spring Lecture to Feature Author David A. Johnson

Author David E. Johnson will give the Lee Chapel Annual Spring Lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 23 at 12:15 p.m. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m.

Johnson’s talk, “Freeman’s Lee,” will focus on Douglas Southall Freeman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Robert E. Lee, U.S. Army officer, Confederate general and post-Civil War president of Washington and Lee.

Lee Chapel and Museum has been closed since Dec. 12 for renovations to the auditorium and museum sections of the building. Only the auditorium will open for the Annual Spring Lecture, and no facilities, including restrooms, will be available. The entire building is scheduled to reopen March 30, with guided tours and full access to museum exhibits.

Immediately following the lecture, there will be a book signing of Johnson’s two books, “Douglas Southall Freeman” (2002) and “John Randolph of Roanoke” (2012). Both will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Johnson earned his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. He worked in private practice before being appointed counsel to the attorney general of Virginia.

He spent 16 years in the attorney general’s office and also served as deputy attorney general for Health, Education and Social Services, general counsel to the College of William and Mary and university counsel at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Johnson began a second career writing historical articles on topics such as the 1840 Whig presidential campaign and the 1856 caning of U.S. Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts by South Carolina Rep. Preston Brooks on the Senate floor.

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography judged Johnson’s biography of Douglas Southall Freeman “a remarkable feat . . . a significant achievement, well worth the wait.” In its review of his second book, “John Randolph of Roanoke,” The University Bookman said, “As biographies go, this is surely one of the best in a long time.”


Carol O'Kelley '91 Named CEO of Salesfusion

Washington and Lee alumna Carol Dannelly O’Kelley ’91 was recently named chief executive officer of Salesfusion, a cloud-based marketing automation vendor that works in conjunction with customer relationship management software systems such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Sugar and Salesforce.

O’Kelley has more than two decades of technology and marketing experience, most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of RedPrairie, a privately held supply chain, workforce and all-channel commerce platform. Before working at RedPrairie, she was vice president and chief of staff of Oracle’s global business unit for retail.

An English major at Washington and Lee, O’Kelley joined the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship’s advisory board in 2010. She has served as a judge at two of the university’s Business Plan Competitions.

“Carol is one of those people who’s always engaged and always looking for ways to improve the entrepreneurship program,” said Jeff Shay, Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership at Washington and Lee. “She’s a significant resource to our students—both in terms of her connections and her insights into the entrepreneurial world.”

W&L’s Richard Bidlack to Lecture on The Leningrad Blockade

Richard A. Bidlack, professor of history at Washington and Lee University, will give his inaugural lecture marking his appointment as the Martin and Brooke Stein Professor of History on Wednesday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.

The title of his lecture is “The Leningrad Blockade and Why It Matters.” It is free and open to the public.

The nearly 900-day blockade of Leningrad by German and Finnish armies during World War II resulted in the death of close to one million Leningraders. Based on Bidlack’s extensive research in formerly top-secret Soviet documents, he will discuss several topics, including the tense relationship that existed between Stalin and Leningrad’s political bosses, how ordinary Leningraders tried to endure hunger and extreme cold, as well as how the populace regarded their political leaders and the enemy.

“I will also show how the blockade history affected post-war Soviet life and politics and has helped shape President Vladimir Putin’s portrayal of Russia and its place in the world,” said Bidlack.

Bidlack joined the faculty of Washington and Lee in 1987. He earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and also has a Russian and East European Institute Area Studies Certificate. He is the co-founder of the Russian Area Studies Program at W&L.

Bidlack is the co-author of “The Leningrad Blockade, 1941-1944: A New Documentary History from the Soviet Archives” (2012). He has also written a short monograph, “Workers at War: Factory Workers and Labor Policy in the Siege of Leningrad,” in “The Carl Beck Papers” at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Russian and East European Studies (1991).

He has written 12 articles and book chapters including “Contending with Stalin: Smolny’s Policy Differences with the Kremlin during the Darkest Days of the Leningrad Blockade” in “Russia’s Century of Revolutions: Parties, People, Places” (2012); “Propaganda and Public Opinion” in “The Soviet Union at War” (2010); and “Lifting the Blockade on the Blockade: New Research on the Siege of Leningrad,” in “Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History” (2009).

Bidlack is the author of encyclopedia entries and reviews and has also critiqued book-length manuscripts for Indiana University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Westview.

He is currently doing research on Protestants in the Soviet Union from 1945-1985 and is writing a textbook, “Russia and Eurasia” (The World Today Series).

Team Nancy or Team Tonya?

It started when Matt Harkins, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and his roommate Viviana Olen watched the ESPN documentary “The Price of Gold” about the 1994 ice-skating scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. As Matt explained in an interview with NYUlocal, “We were both very moved. And then Viviana was like, ‘Let’s start a museum!’ and I was like, ‘Yes.’ “

They planned to start small—just enlarge a couple of photos of the skaters for their Brooklyn apartment. The two, who perform at the comedy club Upright Citizens Brigade, wanted to raise the $75 is would cost to print the Nancy and Tanya posters through a Kickstarter campaign.

Much to their surprise, they raised not only $2,000 (and counting) but also received all sorts of memorabilia from ice-skating fans, including pins, programs and backstage passes.

Their brainchild—THNK1994 Museum—is staged in their apartment’s long hallway and opens April 18. But you’ll need to make an appointment to view the collection because, as they explained in an interview with ABC News, “We both have full time jobs.”

You can read more about their museum and obsession with ice skaters on the Washington Post website.


Jennifer Agiesta ’00 to Give Talk on Changing Nature of Polling

Jennifer Agiesta, director of polling and election analytics at CNN, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University, on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the Hillel House multipurpose room.

The title of Agiesta’s talk is “The Survey Research Conundrum: How Pollsters are Adapting to Keep Up in a Cord-cutting World.” It is free and open to the public.

Prior to joining CNN, Agiesta served as director of polling for The Associated Press, conducting domestic and international survey research — covering everything from politics, economics and social issues to perspectives of NFL fans and Twitter users.

She has also covered polling for The Washington Post and worked for Edison Media Research where she helped establish the company’s exit polling operation.

She is a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 2000, where she was a politics and print journalism major.

Judge James E. Baker to Give Talk on Intelligence, Law and Ethics at W&L

James E. Baker, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University at 4 p.m. on March 31. The talk will take place in Classroom A at W&L’s School of Law.

The title of Baker’s talk is “Know What You Stand For: Current Issues in Intelligence, Law and Ethics.” It is free and open to the public.

Baker was appointed to his current position in September 2000. He previously served as special assistant to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council from 1997 to 2000. Baker is the author of “In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times.”

Baker earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Politics, the Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee’s School of Law and the Federalist Society.

W&L Law Professor Christopher Bruner Named to Bain Family Professorship

Christopher Bruner, professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named as the inaugural holder of the William Donald Bain Family Professorship of Corporate Law.

Bruner joined the W&L faculty in 2009 and during that time has cemented his status as one of the leading voices in corporate law and securities regulation, including international and comparative dimensions of these subjects. His articles have appeared in a variety of law and policy journals, and he has twice received the Law School’s Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for scholarly excellence. His comparative study of U.S. and U.K. corporate governance, “Power and Purpose in the ‘Anglo-American’ Corporation,” won the 2010 Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Papers competition.

Bruner’s book, “Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World: The Political Foundations of Shareholder Power” (Cambridge University Press, 2013), has been called “a revelation,” and “a work of monumental significance and scholarly craft.” In the book, Bruner develops a new political theory to explain why shareholders in the U.K. and other common-law jurisdictions are both more powerful and more central to the aims of the corporation than are shareholders in the U.S. He argues that relatively robust social welfare protections in countries like the U.K., Australia and Canada have freed up their corporate legal systems to focus more intently on shareholder interests without giving rise to “political backlash” – because other legal structures accommodate the interests of employees.

“Christopher Bruner is a first-rate corporate law teacher and has been widely praised for his scholarly work,” said W&L Law Dean Nora Demleitner. “He sets a fine example as the inaugural holder of this chair. He exemplifies our long-standing strength in this most important area of law. It is only appropriate for us to recognize his accomplishments and our pride in them in this way.”

The Bain Family Professorship was established by W. Donald Bain, Jr. ’49L of Spartanburg, SC in honor of his father, William Donald Bain. The professorship supports a distinguished professor who is an accomplished teacher and scholar in the area of corporate law. A native of Rochelle, Ill., Don Bain came to the W&L School of Law after earning a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. Bain credits his good grounding in business law at W&L with preparing him for a successful business career including 30+ years at Moreland Chemical Co., where he rose to the rank of CEO. He merged Moreland with McKesson Corp. in San Francisco, eventually retiring as vice president and general manager of McKesson’s industrial chemical division.

A lifelong supporter of education, Bain has been particularly generous with W&L Law. In addition to this new professorship, Bain has supported the Steinheimer Professorship, the Class of 1949 Law Fellowship, the Law Library and the Law Annual Fund. He has been a participant or chair of numerous alumni chapter and reunion committees. For his dedicated service, Bain was awarded W&L’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 and inducted as an honorary member of Order of the Coif in 2007.

“We are deeply grateful to Mr. Bain for his latest generous gift,” said Demleitner. “It allows us to support an outstanding teacher-scholar in the corporate law field, an area in which W&L Law has long excelled.”

Bruner has presented his scholarship in Australia, Denmark, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S., and has conducted research as a visitor to the law faculties of the University of Cambridge, the University of Sydney, the University of Toronto, and the National University of Singapore. He has twice traveled to the Russian Federation at the invitation of the U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF) to participate in discussions with commercial court judges regarding Russian corporate law reform and potentially useful models from U.S. corporate and securities law.

“Washington and Lee is widely recognized as a center of innovative teaching and scholarship in the field of corporate law, and Mr. Bain’s generous gift will help us build on our traditional strength in this field,” said Bruner. “I am grateful and deeply honored to be the inaugural holder of the Bain Family Professorship.”

At W&L, Bruner is the director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, the Law School’s faculty research and support arm, which funds summer research projects and research assistants for faculty, sponsors and supports conferences and symposia, and hosts visiting scholars. Bruner currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools Section on Business Associations, and a member of the Scholarship Advisory Group to the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Bruner is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and also earned an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he held an Overseas Research Student Award. He received his J.D. from Harvard, where he served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. Following law school Bruner practiced with Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, where he worked with public and closely held companies on a range of corporate, transactional, and securities matters.

Washington and Lee School of Law Celebrates 40 years of Women Graduates

Washington and Lee University School of Law, in conjunction with the Women Law Students Organization, is proud to announce the 1st Annual Lara D. Gass Women in the Law Symposium.

This year’s event is named for the late Lara Gass, ’14L, who spearheaded a Women Law Students Organization panel on women in the law before passing away in a tragic car accident during her third year at Washington and Lee Law School. The inaugural symposium will also celebrate 40 years of women graduates at W&L Law.

The event will have multiple panels followed by a combined panel and open forum discussion. Speakers include judges and practitioners. They will address current ways to bridge gender barriers in the legal profession and will share historical and moving anecdotes from the 40 years of women at Washington and Lee School of Law.

One symposium panelist, Judge Rebecca Connelly, ’88L, says it will be “inspiring to hear from so many women about ways they meet the challenge to have it all.”

The Women in the Law Symposium will occur on March 27, 2015 in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Check-in will begin at 2:00 p.m. Panel presentations will begin at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to the networking reception following. Those interested in attending should RSVP to morcelle.m@law.wlu.edu.

The symposium will explore the advancement of women in the profession through two panels moderated by W&L Professor Sally K. Wiant, ’78L:

Panel I: The Advancement of Women in the Law

  • Judge Harriet D. Dorsey, ’76L, Retired from Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court 27th Judicial District of Virginia
  • Judge Mary M. Johnston, ’84L, Superior Court of Delaware
  • Monika L. Jaensson, ’93L, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Jennifer G. Dean, ’12L, Virginia Immigration Law Center

Panel II: Bridging Gender Barriers in the Legal Profession

  • Chief Judge Rebecca B. Connelly, ’88L, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Judge Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi, ’83L, Roanoke General District Court 23rd Judicial District of Virginia
  • Kelly Faglioni, ’92L, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Laura E. Frazier, ’08L, Law Office of Laura E. Frazier
  • Elizabeth Gunn, Sands Anderson PC
  • Marie Washington, ’03L, Law Office of Marie Washington

Ambassador Chun Yungwoo of South Korea will Give a Lecture at VMI

Ambassador Chun Yungwoo (千英宇 천영우), of South Korea, will give a lecture sponsored by Washington and Lee University on March 25 at 8 p.m. in JM Hall (the chapel) at Virginia Military Institute. The talk is free and open to the public.

Chun will talk on Korean and NEAsia security issues, and he will touch more broadly upon non-proliferation issues. NEAsia focuses on transnational issues involving the peoples of northeast China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and eastern Russia. Its goals are to aid communication and collaboration regarding research across this area.

Chun currently heads the Korean Peninsula Future Forum, a think tank focusing on strategies for positive changes in North Korea, where he works on an array of issues including nuclear non-proliferation and Korean reunification. He is also the senior advisor to The Asan Institute of Policy Studies, a think tank in Seoul, and a columnist for DongA Ilbo, the leading newspaper in Korea since 1920.

Chun has served the Republic of Korea in many diplomatic functions during his 33-year career. The focus has been on issues of international cooperation, including two postings to the United Nations, service as deputy minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations and two years as ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Alongside these broadly oriented positions, much of his career has focused on North Korea. An early posting to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna led to work on the multilateral effort to mothball North Korea’s light water reactor.

Chun later served as the head of the South Korean delegation for the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear program as chief negotiator for South Korea from 2006- 08, as vice foreign minister (2009-2010) and as the national security advisor to President Lee Myung-Bak from 2010 until Chun’s retirement in February 2013.

He graduated from Pusan National University with a B.A. in French and holds a master’s of international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

W&L Social Entrepreneurship Summit to be held March 27

Washington and Lee University will host its second annual Social Entrepreneurship Summit on March 27 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose room.

Founded by Drew Hess, associate professor of business administration, the summit is devoted to fostering student-led social entrepreneurship. The Social Entrepreneurship Summit is free and open to the public.

“Across campus, there were these great student-led causes trying to initiate big, bold changes, and we thought it made a lot of sense to give them some of the same tools and support we would give to any student startups,” said Hess.

This year’s summit features talks by two alumni working in social entrepreneurship ventures and presentations by six students on their own social projects.

Ben Ersing ’12 is a management consultant with Palladium Group Impact Investment, an impact investing firm in New York City. While at Washington and Lee, he designed his own major in international political economy and minored in Latin American and Caribbean studies. He initially became interested in social entrepreneurship when he spent a summer conducting research with a non-profit working near the United States-Mexico border.

“Over the course of that summer, I spent a significant amount of time in Mexico speaking with migrants about their reasons for undertaking such a treacherous journey (to the U.S.), and came to realize that the only sustainable solution was to provide them with an alternative means to support their families,” said Ersing. “I became intrigued by the concept of private sector development and the role of business in providing social returns.”

Ersing went on to help found General’s Development Initiative, a co-curricular organization on campus that provides micro-financing to people in developing countries. The group initially worked on two projects in Ecuador.

John Christopher ’09 is the founder and director of the Oda Foundation, based in Kalikot, Nepal. The organization fosters community empowerment through implementing health and education initiatives in some of Nepal’s most remote villages.

Christopher was a business administration major at Washington and Lee. In his free time, he wrestled and was a member of both the Executive Committee and the Williams Investment Society. After he graduated, Christopher worked in financial consulting for three years before taking a fellowship with an NGO in Nepal.

“I recognized the enormous need in Nepal and saw that I already had the skill sets necessary to begin making a difference,” said Christopher. “I also realized that while the broader international aid community works heavily in large urban areas, rural parts of the country had been virtually overlooked.”

In addition to talks by both Ersing and Christopher, six students will make presentations in which they report on how they used small grants to help fund their own social ventures.

For more information and a full schedule of events, see http://www.wlu.edu/williams-school/events/social-entrepreneurship-summit.

Questions? Contact Maggie Ackell ’16 at ackelll16@mail.wlu.edu or Sarah Helms ’15 at helmss15@mail.wlu.edu.

Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society Will be Established at W&L

After carefully reviewing the history of Washington and Lee University, the achievement and training of its students in philosophy, and the training and accomplishments of its faculty, the Phi Sigma Tau, an international philosophy honor society for both undergraduate and graduate students, has authorized the establishment of a chapter of the society at Washington and Lee University, to be known as Virginia Mu. Ten members will be initiated on March 5, 2015.

The new members include five seniors of the Class of ’15, five juniors of the Class ’16 and three officers. Nathaniel Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, will serve as the chapter advisor. James Mahon, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, will represent the University in the chapter installation ceremony.

Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. Founded in 1930 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1955, the society now has a network of over 200 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, at both public and private institutions of higher learning. Though divergent in the activities of each chapter, their goals are the same — to make philosophy a living experience and to bring together students with a common interest and competence in philosophical studies.

The purpose of Phi Sigma Tau is to serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy; to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; and to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

The standards of Phi Sigma Tau are high, membership being conferred in strict compliance with the standards established by the Association of College Honor Societies. At W&L, undergraduate students are eligible for active membership if they are junior or senior philosophy majors and have an average grade of B+ in philosophy.

Newly inducted members are:

Officers:
Austin Pierce ’15, president, from Yorktown, Virginia; Stephanie Foster ’16, vice president, from Columbia, Maryland; Will Brown ’16, secretary, from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Charter members:
Will Brown ’16 from Little Rock, Arkansas; Teddy Corcoran ’16 from Rochester, New York; Hayley Degnan ’16 from River Edge, New Jersey; Stephanie Foster ’16 from Columbia, Maryland; Regan Fuerst ’15 from Houston, Texas; Luke McCracken ’16 from Cumming, Georgia; Jack Murphy ’15 from Medina, Minnesota; Connor Perkins ’15 from Ballwin, Missouri; Austin Pierce ’15 from Yorktown, Virginia; and Jackie Yarbro ’15 from Suwanee, Georgia.

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Emmanuel Tchividjian to Speak at W&L's 59th Institute of Media Ethics

Emmanuel Tchividjian, a senior vice president and chief ethics officer at the public relations firm Ruder Finn, will give the keynote address at Washington and Lee’s 59th Institute of Media Ethics on Friday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of Tchividjian’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Tales from the Trenches: The Moral of the Stories.”

Watch the talk online >

Tchividjian joined Ruder Finn in 1997 and worked on Switzerland’s issues relating to WWII and the Holocaust. Prior to joining Ruder Finn, he worked for Switzerland on public speaking and organized special media events concerning these same issues. Before that, he was the program director of the New England-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Boston, Massachusetts.

Tchividjian’s background is in finance. He has provided investment management services to Swiss investment holding companies both in the U.S. and in Switzerland.

Tchividjian was certified as a Compliance and Ethics Professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in 2006 and is a member of the Ethics and Compliance Opportunity Association (ECOA). He is the ethics officer of the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a member (ex-officio) of the National Board of Ethics and Professional Standards.

Tchividjian has engaged in public speaking on ethics, public relations and crisis communication. He has been a guest on CNN/FN, WGBH, and the New England Cable News.

Tchividjian co-authored a chapter in the “Ethics and Compliance Handbook” published by the ECOA, and he wrote an article in “Compliance, First Priority of Corporate Responsibilities” (China Economic Publishing House).

Tchividjian writes a weekly blog on ethics: www.ruderfinn.com/ethics-blog.

Rachel Herz, Expert on Psychology of Smell, to Give Keynote Speech for SSA

Rachel S. Herz, a world-renowned expert on the psychology of smell, will give the keynote speech for Washington and Lee University’s Science, Society and the Arts on March 13 in Evans Dining Hall. The title of Herz’ lecture is “The Scent of Desire.”

The luncheon begins at 12:30, with remarks at 1:00 p.m.

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Registration is required to attend the lunch and Herz’ talk, and space is limited. The SSA, plus the luncheon, are open to the W&L community only. About 30 places remain. To register, please visit the SSA website or go to http://ssa.wlu.edu/lunch.asp.

Herz is the author and co-author of both textbooks and popular science books, blogs and numerous research publications and is a consultant to the world’s largest aromachemical companies. She also is an adjunct professor at Brown University and teaches part-time at Boston College.

Herz has conducted research on the sense of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990.

Herz is the author of “The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell,” which was selected as a finalist for the 2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books, and “That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion,” which received numerous accolades.

She earned a B.A. in psychology from Queen’s University and her M.A. and Ph.D. , both in psychology, from the University of Toronto.

W&L’s Science, Society and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary conference involving Washington and Lee undergraduates and law students in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the faculty. Conference participants share their work via oral presentations, traditional academic-conference-style panels, poster sessions, artistic shows or creative performances.

Annual Tucker Lecture to Explore Magna Carta’s Impact on U.S Constitutional Law

Professor A.E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia School of Law will deliver the 2015 Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Prof. Howard is one of the world’s leading experts on England’s Magna Carta, which this year reaches its 800th anniversary. This milestone has generated fresh scholarly and popular attention on the agreement that came to be known as the Magna Carta, a story recently chronicled in The Economist feature “How did a failed treaty between medieval combatants come to be seen as the foundation of liberty in the Anglo-Saxon world?

The lecture will take place Thursday March 26 at 12:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee. The title of Prof. Howard’s talk is “Magna Carta: 800 Years after Runnymede.” This event is free and open to the public.

During his talk, Prof. Howard will continue the discussion of the impact of the Magna Carta on American constitutional law that he explored in his book “The Road from Runnymede: Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America.” He will trace the charter’s path from the first colonial charters, through revolutionary Americans’ case against British policies, through the making of the early American state constitutions and the federal constitution, and down to its central place in the shaping of American ideas of constitutional supremacy, due process of law, and the rule of law. Magna Carta is, Prof. Howard argues, a cornerstone of how Americans shape our constitutional law.

Widely acknowledged as an expert in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism, and the Supreme Court, Howard is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Prof. Howard is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his law degree from the University of Virginia. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he read philosophy, politics, and economics. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Active in public affairs, Prof. Howard was executive director of the commission that wrote Virginia’s current constitution and directed the successful referendum campaign for its ratification. He has been counsel to the General Assembly of Virginia and a consultant to state and federal bodies, including the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1982 to 1986 he served as counselor to the Governor of Virginia, and he chaired Virginia’s Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.

Prof. Howard has been twice a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C. He has served as president of the Virginia Academy of Laureates and has received the University of Virginia’s Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching. James Madison University, the University of Richmond, Campbell University, the College of William and Mary, and, in 2000, Wake Forest University have conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In the fall of 2001, he was the first Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Residence at Rhodes House, Oxford.

Prof. Howard has briefed and argued cases before state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a regular guest on television news programs; during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, Prof. Howard provided gavel-to-gavel coverage for the “McNeil-Lehrer News Program.” He also interviewed the justices for the film being shown to visitors to the Supreme Court’s building in Washington.

In 2013 the University of Virginia recognized Howard with its Thomas Jefferson Award — the highest honor given to faculty members at the University. The award commended Howard “for advancing, through his character, work, and personal example the ideals and objectives for which Jefferson founded the University.”

The Tucker Lecture at Washington and Lee School of Law was first established by the W&L Board of Trustees in 1949 to mark the bicentennial of the University and the centennial of the Law School. It was named after John Randolph Tucker, hired in 1870 as the second teacher in legal education and named the first dean of the Washington and Law University School of Law in 1893.

Accounting Students to Give Rockbridge Historical Society Talk Mar. 16

Two Washington and Lee University students who took accounting professor Stephan Fafatas’ History through Accounting spring term course will present their research at a public program sponsored by the Rockbridge Historical Society. The program will take place Mon., Mar. 16 at Hillel House. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

As part of Fafatas’ course, students were asked to use financial records housed in W&L’s Special Collections to conduct historic research of local significance.

Bereket Mechale ’15, a senior accounting and business administration major, used the daybooks and accounting ledgers from Dold’s store, a landmark Lexington business that occupied the building located at the corner of Main and Washington streets. The general store’s records provided Mechale with information about the kinds of products that were available and in demand in Lexington during the early 1880s. This period coincides with the railroad’s arrival in Lexington and Mechale was able to see how access to more products changed customers’ buying habits.

Catherine Roach ’16 is a junior majoring in European history and accounting and business administration. She used documents in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections—including Washington College’s operational accounts, trustees’ reports and enrollment records as well as President Lee’s personal correspondence and newspaper advertisements intended to recruit new students and raise funds—to determine Lee’s direct impact on the college’s financial position.

Both students will present their findings, and Fafatas will make short remarks as will Tom Camden, head of Special Collections & Archives for Washington and Lee’s University Library.

Debut Novelist to Deliver Address at W&L Phi Beta Kappa Convocation

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Thursday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The convocation, which is free and open to the public, will recognize and honor 57 members of the junior and senior classes and six graduates from the Class of 2014, all of whom were accepted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements. It will be streamed live online.

The event will feature a keynote talk, “Any Road, Any Travels,” by Katy Simpson Smith, novelist and historian. She is the author of the novel “The Story of Land and Sea” (2014) and the nonfiction book “We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750–1835” (2013).

Smith, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, attended Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in New Orleans and has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University.

In “The Story of Land and Sea,” Smith writes about three generations of a North Carolina family during the Revolutionary War. It has received favorable reviews from The New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Yorker, among other publications.

“We Have Raised All of You,” based on Smith’s Ph.D. dissertation, examines motherhood as experienced by white, African American and Native American women in the South between 1750 and 1835.

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter will induct as an alumnus member Judge William Francis Stone Jr., a member of the W&L undergraduate Class of 1968 and law Class of 1970, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

Also at the convocation, the chapter will announce the winner of the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award. The award goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

Class of 2014 Initiates:

  • Trevor T. Hatcher
  • Tyler Van Riper Hyde
  • Ellison G. Johnstone
  • Jean Paul Mugabe
  • Jasmine M. Soo
  • Mark A. Sowinski

Class of 2015 Initiates:

  • Zachary Robert Arnold
  • Stephanie Banning
  • Holley Beasley
  • Victoria Blackstone
  • Jacob Bowe
  • Alexandra Butler
  • Rachel Christensen
  • Caroline Crichlow-Ball
  • Amanda Dixon
  • Colin Glenday Fraser
  • Janey Fugate
  • Mary Lynn Gabe
  • Amira Hegazy
  • Corinne Hemmersbach
  • Ryan Painter Johnson
  • Jillian Nicole Katterhagen
  • Charlotte Keesler
  • Bayan Misaghi
  • John Fitzgerald Murphy Jr.
  • Hannah Elizabeth Paulk
  • Austin Pierce
  • Danjoseph Quijada
  • Carl Alexander Retzloff
  • Stephanie Rice
  • Naphtali Rivkin
  • Rachel Samuels
  • Kinsey Marie Schell
  • Ryan Scott
  • Lisa Stoiser
  • Monette Veral
  • Cathy Wang
  • Drew Weprinsky
  • Marc Wonders
  • Joseph Yankelowitz
  • From the Class of 2016
  • Sam Borowsky
  • Anna Paden Carson
  • Man Dai
  • Rebecca Dunn
  • Stephanie Foster
  • Liam Cadigan Gaziano
  • Shelbi Hendricks
  • Michael Holt
  • Hannah Grace Howard
  • Madalyn Kosar
  • Bruce McCuskey
  • Joy Putney
  • Sarah Rachal
  • Catherine Roach
  • Nicole Elizabeth Simpson
  • Jacob Strauss
  • Anna Russell Thornton
  • Pasquale S. Toscano
  • Huong Vu
  • Austin Walker
  • Franklin Wolfe
  • Tierney Elizabeth Wolgemuth
  • Xiaoxiang Yang

Johannes Bronkhorst to Deliver Root Lecture on “Can Religion be Explained?”

Johannes Bronkhorst, professor emeritus at the University of Lausanne, will deliver the Root Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of Bronkhorst’s lecture is “Can Religion Be Explained?” It is free and open to the public.
One of the possible explanations he will explore is drawn from cognitive science and neuroscience. He will also be a visiting professor in while at W&L.

Bronkhorst has concentrated on the history of Indian thought and published on a range of topics, including indigenous grammar and linguistics and the interaction among Brahmanism, Buddhism and Jainism in their philosophical schools and religious practices.

He earned a B.S. from the Free University in Amsterdam, an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pune (India). He returned to the Netherlands and earned a second doctorate from the University of Leiden. He taught Sanskrit and Indian studies at the University of Lausanne until his retirement.

Bronkhorst has published 190 research papers, all in specialized journals, more than 15 books, besides numerous reviews. A few of his recent books are “Tradition and Argument in Classical Indian Linguistics: The Bahiranga-Paribhasa in the Paribhasendusekhara” (2013); “The Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanism (Handbook of Oriental Studies)” (2011); and “Absorption” (2012).

He has edited nine collective volumes, besides being the regional editor for South Asia of the Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques (1993-2012); the editor of Brill’s Indological Library and of the Handbook of Oriental Studies (India) since 1991; and coeditor of Worlds of South and Inner Asia since 2010.

Bronkhorst is a member of various editorial boards, including the Journal of Indian Philosophy, Antiquorum Philosophia and Cracow Indological Studies. He also is a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Root Lecture Fund was established by Robert W. Root (W&L ’42) in 1991 to support guest speakers selected by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion.

Small Orders Mean Big Business

Replenish—that’s a word Chip Tompkins ’73 uses on the website of his printing business, We Think In Ink. It refers to an initiative he started a couple of years ago to plant a tree for every one used to fulfill a print job. In fact in 2012, he purchased 20,000 trees from the Virginia Department of Forestry and donated them to the Virginia 4-H club to help restore Virginia’s watersheds. Eventually, he’d like to make his business carbon neutral.

It also describes how he approached the downturn in his business during the Great Recession. When the printing orders dried up as his bigger clients cut back on spending, Chip had to replenish his client base. He focused on smaller businesses and built relationships that helped his company thrive in Ashland, Virginia.

His successful approach caught the eye of MSNBC, and he’s the subject of a profile— Entrepreneur of the Week—on the network’s Sunday program “Your Business.” You can watch the segment online.


W&L’s Institute for Honor Keynote Features Richard Brookhiser

Richard Brookhiser, American journalist, biographer and historian, will deliver the keynote address at the Institute for Honor Symposium “From Civil War to a Civil Society: Achieving Peace with Honor” at Washington and Lee University on March 20 in Lee Chapel. The program welcome and introductions begin at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.

The event will be streamed live online.

The title of Brookhiser’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Lincoln and the Founders: Slavery, War, the New Birth of Freedom.” The talk will be on Lincoln’s leadership as a Civil War president anticipating the challenges of post-war governance.

As the 150th year after the Civil War draws to a close in 2015, this year’s Institute for Honor Symposium will examine honor’s role in America’s transition from war to peace. Winning the peace on the battlefield proved a mighty ordeal. Keeping the peace once the Civil War was over proved even more difficult.

Brookhiser’s books include “Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln” (2014); “James Madison” (2011); “Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement” (2009); and “George Washington on Leadership” (2008).

Brookhiser, the senior editor of the National Review, is the author and host of two films by Michael Pack: “Rediscovering George Washington” (PBS, 2002) and “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton” (PBS, 2011). He was the historian curator of “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” a 2004 exhibition at the New York Historical Society. In 2008, he received the National Humanities Medal.

Established in 2000 at Washington and Lee by a generous endowment from the Class of 1960, the Institute for Honor includes an array of initiatives and specific programs designed to promote the understanding and practice of honor as an indispensable element of society. The Institute for Honor Symposium is dedicated to the advocacy of honor as the core value in personal, professional, business and community relations.

Thoughts on Lincoln

This past Saturday, Lucas Morel, the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics at Washington and Lee University, was part of the 150th celebration of President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

You can watch the telecast on C-SPAN. His remarks start at 21:00.

Author of the recently released “Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages,” Morel is W&L’s preeminent Lincoln scholar. He is a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association and a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

Jonathan Wortham ’04 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

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In January, Dr. Jonathan Wortham ’04 spent four weeks in Sierra Leone, one of several West African countries hit hard by the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded. As a medical officer with the Outbreak Investigators Team at the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, he provided epidemiologic assistance and support to the Ministry of Health and other international partners involved in the Ebola response.

One of his primary tasks was to improve Ebola surveillance–not just counting the number of cases but also collecting information helpful for determining the geographic distribution of cases and their demographic characteristics. “These data are essential for outbreak-response planning and targeting of resources,” he explained.

Jonathan, who completed his medical training and pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine, joined the CDC in 2011 as an epidemic intelligence service (EIS) officer. He led several investigations into outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease and published scientific papers documenting racial disparities in invasive pneumococcal disease (a serious bacterial infection common in young children and older adults) and recent antibiotic prescribing patterns for community-acquired pneumonia. He also designed a smartphone app to help clinicians improve implementation of preventive measures for Group B Streptococcus, the leading infectious cause of death for newborn infants less than 30 days old.

“While at W&L, I imagined that I would be a primary care physician,” he said. “That was my plan for a long time.” With that in mind, he took classes in two of the University’s signature programs, the Shepherd Program for Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability and the Washington Term Program, which introduced him to the complex intersection of health care, poverty and public policy. He spent his poverty internship at the Atlanta Mission, where he was “exposed to the poverty-related issues of mental health, drug abuse and homelessness.” His Washington term placed him in the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s health office, where “I got a real, practical education in public policy. All careers are affected by policies made within the workplace or at local, state or national levels. Understanding how these decisions are made and how to successfully advocate is really important.”

The turning point in his mindset occurred during medical school while doing service work in Guatemala. “Even though I enjoy taking care of individuals, it really struck me how much of an impact public health activities have on whole communities and how these activities complement patient care at an individual level,” he explained. “This prompted my interest in EIS, an applied public health fellowship at the CDC, where I began examining health problems from the population level. During medical school, I was taught how to assess and work to improve the health of one individual. During EIS, I was taught how to assess and work to improve the health of whole populations. After my fellowship, I stayed at CDC because I was offered a fantastic job that allows me to do important work to improve lives.”

Although Jonathan works full-time for the CDC, he hasn’t left patient care altogether. He holds a volunteer faculty position at Emory Medical School, in Atlanta, where one day a week he can be found at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s pediatric emergency department. Most days, however, “my work has to do with consulting with state and local health departments regarding tuberculosis (TB) control in the U.S. Occasionally, that can take the form of traveling to investigate outbreaks alongside state and local health partners.”

Because of his experience with TB, Jonathan was originally scheduled to travel to Kenya to work on managing the disease overseas. But that trip was put on hold, and he landed in Sierra Leone’s Kono District, a diamond-rich region located in the eastern part of the country, training new surveillance officers, analyzing surveillance data and teaching hospital staff about infection control and prevention procedures.

“The dedication of professionals from many different disciplines, including physicians, public health officials, police officers and military personnel was impressive,” he noted. “Many had not taken even a single day off from work in the previous nine months. I will never forget a brief discussion with an obstetrician at a local hospital, who has since become a friend. Despite the tremendous risk involved with caring for pregnant women with Ebola, as they are often very contagious, he told me, ‘Saving people and making their lives better is what I trained for and what I want to do. I will work my hardest as long as I am able.’ He articulated ideals for those working in public health and medicine and, through tremendous personal sacrifice, is exemplifying them on a daily basis. He was and is an inspiration to me.”

Although the number of Ebola cases leveled off at one point, there has been a recent spike in new infections. “This Ebola epidemic is the largest in history,” said Jonathan. “Unfortunately, I think we can expect to see a few rounds of setbacks before we get to the goal of zero new infections. Ending it will require working shoulder-to-shoulder with people like my obstetrician friend to stop transmission at its source.”

He’s not sure when he’ll get to Kenya, but he hopes to some day. No matter where his job at the CDC takes him, it is a perfect fit. “My goal has always been to use my scientific knowledge to improve lives. I get to do that every day, and I am very lucky to pursue this passion and get paid for it.”

John W. Folsom '73 Receives the Tom Richardson Award

Last year, we blogged about John W. Folsom, a trustee emeritus of Washington and Lee University and president and CEO of Colliers International South Carolina, who was honored by the United Way for his humanitarian work.

He has received yet another important award—the 2014 Tom Richardson Award, the highest honor that Colliers bestows and a testament to Folsom’s character and commitment to helping others.

As the Columbia Business Monthly reports, “The award is named after the late Tom Richardson, former vice chairman of Colliers Americas, who was revered not only for his business acumen but also his goodness of character and dedication to the people around him. The award, given annually, honors an individual who maintains a balanced perspective of business, family, friends and community, as well as impeccable integrity, a passion for sharing and extraordinary spirit.”

Folsom is actively engaged in leadership roles in numerous community and statewide civic organizations, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Midlands Business Leadership Group and a former board member and chair of Providence Hospital. He is a founder and board member of Salute from the Shore, a patriotic initiative to honor America’s military. He previously served as chair of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and the South Carolina Independent Schools Association. Folsom is a former member of the boards of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as chairman of the board of the United Way of the Midlands. He was also a member of Young Presidents Organization.

Folsom, who graduated from W&L in 1973, received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991 and was inducted into ODK in 1998. In 2008, an award in his name was created by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association to recognize volunteer leadership.


Wall Street Journal Cites Law Professor’s Work on Dispute Resolution Controversy

The Wall Street Journal reported this week on the growing controversy over President Obama’s trade ambitions in the Pacific. At the center of the debate sits the investment-treaty dispute resolution (ITA), sometimes referred to as ISDS, a core area of research for Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck.

The article examines the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact involving the U.S., Japan and ten other countries and a key focus of the President’s economic agenda. Critics of the trade deal, which includes both Republicans and Democrats, view language in this agreement and other similar pacts as a potential threat to U.S. sovereignty. The National Economic Council, by contrast, explained that offering dispute settlement through ITA does not require states to change their laws.

Franck explained that ITA is a routine aspect of trade deals that already exists in roughly 3,000 bilateral treaties that provide assurances to companies and individuals who invest abroad should a foreign government discriminate against them or seize their property.

“You have to have a process that is perceived to be fair, whether it is a national court or an international tribunal,” she told the Wall Street Journal.

Critics of the system, including prominent democrats and libertarians, argue that ITA, in addition to being a threat to national sovereignty, favors corporations over their employees and can encourage companies to move plants and workers abroad. Critics also say the dispute resolution system favors developed nations over developing nations.

Franck conducts empirical research on a variety of factors involved in ITA, including award outcomes and whether the ultimate result is influenced by factors like investor identity, state democracy and development levels, and whether parties’ retain expert counsel.

The Wall Street Journal referred to Franck’s unpublished research that demonstrated states won reliably more cases than investors. Although investors won 57 of the cases in the dataset, states won 87 cases. Roughly, this means that, for every two cases won by companies and individuals, governments won about three cases.  Factoring in amounts claimed, tribunals awarded an average of 18% of claimed damages in all cases and, for the sub-set of cases where investors won, tribunals awarded an average of 35% of claimed damages.  The relative success rates of claimants shared similarities with outcomes in domestic litigation involving individuals challenging large institutions or governments.

Franck’s other recent article, “Conflating Politics and Development? Examining Investment Treaty Arbitration Outcomes,” appearing soon in the , examines ITA outcomes in greater detail by focusing exclusively on respondent state development and democracy levels.  The majority of tests were unable to identify a link between states’ development status and outcomes.

Although one analysis indicated investors suing upper-middle income states obtained larger awards, after adjusting for amounts claimed, investors suing upper-middle income states did not obtain higher levels of relative success. Moreover, after controlling for states’ internal democracy levels, none of the twelve analyses could identify any reliable link between state development levels and outcome.

Without a reliable link, it is logically impossible for development status, by itself, to cause outcomes, Franck says. Rather, critics of ITA may be inadvertently confusing concerns about the potential unfair treatment of the developing world with problems associated with states that have lower levels of democracy, and presumably, lower levels of good governance.

Mark A. Bradley '78 Receives 2015 George Pendleton Prize

Last Fall we blogged about Mark A. Bradley’s visit to the Washington and Lee University campus to talk about his book “A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior” (2014).

In the intervening months, his book has continued to receive high praise, most recently earning Mark the Society for History in the Federal Government’s 2015 George Pendleton Prize, which is given for an outstanding major publication on the federal government’s history produced by or for a federal history program. In 1999, he won the society’s 1999 James Madison Prize in History.

Mark, a former CIA analyst and current Department of Justice attorney, will accept his his award in April at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Mark earned a B.A. in history from W&L in 1978, an M.A. in history from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He has received the CIA’s Exceptional Performance Award and the Department of Justice’s Outstanding Performance Award and Special Achievement Award. In 2005, he gave the convocation talk at W&L.


Rob Straughan Named Next Dean of W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics

Rob Straughan, associate dean and professor of business administration/marketing at Washington and Lee University’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, has been named the next Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School.

Straughan will succeed Larry Peppers, who will step down at the end of the academic year after 29 years in the position.

“Rob Straughan’s expertise in his academic field, his dedication to teaching, and his broad administrative skills will enable him to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation at the Williams School,” said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio. “I am very pleased to welcome him to his new leadership role.”

“With his significant part in many crucial initiatives at W&L and in the Williams School, such as strategic planning, accreditation, fundraising, assessment, and management of facilities and staff, Rob Straughan is an excellent choice as dean,” said Provost Daniel Wubah. “I also want to express my gratitude to the search committee for their diligence and for carrying out a thorough search.”

After joining W&L’s faculty in 2000, Straughan became associate dean of the Williams School in 2003. He played a central role in two accreditation reviews of the Williams School by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and in one of the university by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He also developed the framework for a $2.5 million gift that endowed an entrepreneurship program at the school.

Straughan assisted with fundraising, planning and oversight of W&L’s $6.5 million renovation of Holekamp Hall and $3 million classroom and infrastructure upgrades of Huntley Hall. He worked on the establishment of co-curricular programs in New York, Washington, D.C., and Latin America, as well as on a school-wide writing initiative.

At the same time, he has taught marketing management, cross-cultural issues in marketing, a first-year study-abroad seminar on international corporate social responsibility and sustainability, and courses related to services marketing, advertising and integrated marketing communications, retail management, and professional selling.

Straughan has published more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters on cross-cultural issues in retailing, cross-cultural advertising, and cross-cultural consumer response, as well as a variety of issues related to marketing and business education. His work has appeared in International Marketing Review, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Education and Marketing Education Review, among other publications.

He has also presented dozens of studies at conferences sponsored by the American Marketing Association, Academy of Marketing Science, Society for Marketing Advances, and other national and international professional associations.

Straughan earned a bachelor of business administration degree with majors in marketing and management from Baylor University before joining Shell Oil’s refining and marketing division. Three years later, he began graduate school, receiving his M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing and his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Houston. He taught at both Houston and Baylor before joining W&L.

Under Straughan’s supervision, W&L students have created business plans, financial analyses and economic impact studies on behalf of Lexington’s community pool, historic downtown courthouse, Rockbridge Area Relief Association and other projects and service organizations. Straughan has served for many years on the board of directors of Lexington Lacrosse, the local youth lacrosse program, including stints as both president and secretary. He has also coached youth basketball, baseball and lacrosse.

Young Leaders in Birmingham

Two Washington and Lee University alumni have made the list of Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40.

Mary Drennen, W&L class of 2002, and Tripp Watson, W&L Class of 2007, were identified as leaders and distinguished individuals of the city.

As reported on the Journal’s website, Tripp, who has B.A. in economics and politics, “has been a change agent in Birmingham on several fronts. He’s been an active, progressive voice aiming to move the region forward—taking a stand on big issues like Uber.” He is also recognized for his work cultivating Birmingham’s growing entrepreneurial scene through his boutique law firm tailored to start-up businesses.

Mary, who attended The French Culinary Institute in New York City before returning to Birmingham to work for Cooking Light magazine, is co-founder and president of Nourish Foods. The Journal says the company is “helping lead a healthy eating revolution in Birmingham. Through relationships with Iron Tribe Fitness and others, nominators say she has a knack for finding innovative ways to get high-quality, healthy food to customers.”


W&L Presents Professor Steven Kruger Lecturing on “A Convert’s History”

Steven F. Kruger, professor at Queens College in The Graduate Center at the College of New York, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Hillel House.

The title of Kruger’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “A Convert’s History: Paul of Burgos (ca. 1351-1435) Writes the Events of His Life.”

The talk will consider the ways in which one prominent Iberian convert to Christianity, Paul of Burgos, represents the history of Jewish-Christian relations in Spain during the period before and immediately after his own conversion.

“We might think of Paul’s writing about the Jewish and Christian communities to which he has belonged as a particular demonstration of how the personal is political, and the political personal,” said Kruger.

Kruger is the author of “The Spectral Jew: Conversion and Embodiment in Medieval Europe” (2006), “AIDS Narratives: Gender and Sexuality, Fiction and Science” (1996) and “Dreaming in the Middle Ages” (1992).

His current projects include a study of Jewish converts to Christianity who become, after conversion, prominent spokesmen for Christian orthodoxy. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

The lecture is supported by the University Lectures Fund, the Washington and Lee Hillel, the Religion Department, the Phillip Howerton Fund, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and the Max and Sylvia Weinstein Memorial Fund.

The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones ’80 Receives Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award

On Friday, Feb. 13, The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, a 1980 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, received the 2015 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section. Jerrauld sits on the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk.

The award was named for the former Virginia Supreme Court chief justice who promoted the ideals of professionalism during his 42 years on the state’s highest court.

On the organization’s website, Virginia State Bar President Kevin E. Martingayle, who nominated Jerrauld for the honor, says, “I have seen Judge Jones function as a legislator, lawyer and member of the judiciary. He is consistently focused, prepared, kind, insightful, compassionate and intelligent. He has been one of the finest legislators, lawyers and judges I have had the pleasure of knowing, and he has touched the lives of many in a consistently positive way.”

In 2005, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine appointed Jerrauld to the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and to the circuit court in 2008. In 2009, the General Assembly elected him to a full eight-year term. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from the 89th District and was re-elected eight times. He was a member of the House Rules Committee. He served as the first African-American law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia and later returned to Norfolk as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney before opening his private law practice. He stayed in private practice until 2002 when Gov. Mark Warner appointed him state director of juvenile justice. He also served on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.

W&L’s Glasgow Endowment will Sponsor a Reading Featuring Authors Evie Shockley, Asali Solomon and Helena Maria Viramontes

Washington and Lee University’s Glasgow Endowment will sponsor a reading featuring authors Evie Shockley, Asali Solomon and Helena Maria Viramontes on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

Each author will read from her recent works. This event is free and open to the public and books will be for sale.

Also on March 5, Glasgow is sponsoring a lunch and panel discussion at 11:50 a.m. in Evans Hall. Shockley, Solomon and Viramontes will be discussing “Literature, History and Race.” Space is limited, so those who’d like to participate should contact Sandy O’Connell at oconnells@wlu.edu by Feb. 25.

Shockley is the author of two books of poetry—”the new black” (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and “a half-red sea” (Carolina Wren Press, 2006); and a critical study, “Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry” (Iowa, 2011).

Her poetry and essays appear in journals and anthologies, with recent or forthcoming work included in “The Best American Poetry,” “FENCE,” “Obsidian” and “The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Poetry,” among others. Her work has been honored and supported with the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and residencies at Hedgebrook, MacDowell and the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Currently serving as creative editor on the “Feminist Studies” editorial collective, Shockley is associate professor of English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Solomon received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for the stories later collected in “Get Down,” her first book, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Solomon’s work has been featured in “Vibe,” “Essence” and the anthology “Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts.”

Solomon has a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in fiction. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College and is a former W&L professor.

Viramontes is the author of “The Moths and Other Stories” and two novels, “Under the Feet of Jesus” and “Their Dogs Came with Them.” She has also co-edited two collections “Chicana (W)rites: On Word and Film” and “Chicana Creativity and Criticism.” She is completing a draft of her third novel, “The Cemetery Boys.”

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the John Dos Passos Award for Literature and a United States Artist fellowship, her short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and her writings have been adopted for classroom use and university study. Her work is the subject of a critical reader titled “Rebozos De Palabras” (ed. Gabrielle Gutierrez y Muhs, University of Arizona Press).

W&L Tea Society to Host Women and Girl’s Day Tea Ceremony

The Washington and Lee University Chanoyu Tea Society will be hosting a Women and Girl’s Day tea ceremony on Saturday, March 7, in the Japanese Tea Room, Senshin’an, located in the Watson Pavilion at W&L. Students will perform a traditional tea ceremony and serve sweets and tea to all.

There will be three seatings: 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Individual tickets for this event are free, but required due to limited space. Tickets must be picked up at the Reeves Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., on the Monday through Saturday prior to the ceremony.

For more information, contact Cassie Ivey at 540-458-8034 or civey@wlu.edu. For more information about the tea room, see http://tearoom.wlu.edu

W&L’s Tea Room had its grand opening in 2007 and serves as a classroom and cultural laboratory where students study and practice “temae,” the making of tea, which introduces them to history, literature, art, traditional customs, aesthetics and perceptions of beauty.

In 2011, Sen Genshitsu, the 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea, presented the University with the Tea Room’s name, “Senshin’an,” or “Clearing-the-Mind Abode.”

Tea room names are special gifts, as Janet Ikeda, associate professor of Japanese, explained at the time, and W&L’s name coming from such a distinguished personage was significant.


Major Campus Construction Projects to Begin March 2

Construction work on the new “village” housing, natatorium and Liberty Hall playing fields is scheduled to begin March 2, requiring long-term access road and parking lot closures around Wilson, Watt and Artificial Turf fields and the Upper Tennis Courts.

The closures, required for construction material staging areas and equipment access will primarily affect first-year students with parking assignments and athletes, coaches, spectators and visiting teams going to practices and games. But existing parking for University Facilities employees also will be temporarily displaced.

University project managers, working with construction contractors, are asking everyone on campus to pardon the inconvenience and stay out of work and storage sites as the transformation of the western end of the campus takes place through summer 2016. Upon completion, the area will have new paved parking areas to serve residences and athletic fields.

Beginning March 2, the parking lot adjacent to the Artificial Turf Field will be closed, and up to half of the paved parking between the Liberty Hall and Watt fields will be closed. The access road running from West Denny Circle, past Watt and the “turf” field, to Wilson Field also will be closed for the duration.

New temporary parking around Duchossois Tennis Center will accommodate displaced first-year students and University Facilities employees. A temporary lighted path and steps will provide foot access from Wilson Field to the turf, Watt and Liberty Hall fields.

Additional temporary parking for athletes and spectators will be designated in currently open field areas along West Denny Circle. Athletes and spectators going to Wilson Field will be asked to use the parking deck in the central campus and follow the footbridges and Frank Parsons Way to access Wilson Field and the Upper Tennis Courts.

W&L Public Safety is scheduling meetings with all groups affected by the closings to review parking and access alternatives. First-year students who currently park in the lot adjacent to the Liberty Hall Fields have been asked to move their cars to other parking areas before leaving campus for spring break.


Jon Caulder ’15L Wins ABA Antitrust Writing Competition

Jon Caulder, a third-year law student at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has won the 2015 ABA Section of Antitrust Law Student Writing Competition.

Caulder received the award for his Note, “Avoiding the Nuclear Option: Balancing Borrower and Lender Rights Under the Truth in Lending Act’s Right of Rescission,” which was published in the Washington and Lee Law Review. The Note examines the recent circuit court split regarding how borrowers can validly exercise their right of rescission under the Truth in Lending Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled in January 2015 on the very issue analyzed in Caulder’s Note in the case Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Caulder attended the oral arguments for the case at the U.S. Supreme Court in November with his Appellate Advocacy Practicum, taught by Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Lemons. Following the oral arguments, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito spoke with the class and, upon learning about Caulder’s Note, asked to read it.

“The fact that Justice Alito wanted to read Jon’s Note is a testament to the importance and timeliness of his topic,” says W&L law professor Victoria Shannon, who served as Caulder’s Note Advisor. “It was my absolute privilege and pleasure to advise Jon’s Note.”

Caulder previously wrote about his research and his experience in the Appellate Advocacy Practicum for the W&L law school blog in a piece titled “Turning Scholarship into Practice.”

“Researching and drafting this Note was a long and tedious process. To write it, have it published, observe oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, and now to receive this award is a humbling honor,” said Caulder. “I would like to thank Professor Shannon and the Law Review Editorial Board for their invaluable input in shaping this Note. This has truly been a rewarding experience.”

For winning the writing competition, Caulder will receive a $2,500 cash prize at the Antitrust Section’s annual meeting in D.C. in April. In addition, his Note will be published in an upcoming issue of “Antitrust Source.”

Caulder serves as the Managing Editor of the W&L Law Review. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with High Distinction. During his time between undergraduate and law school, Caulder worked as a Teach for America corps member in Eastern North Carolina where he taught sixth grade math. After graduation, Caulder will join the Energy and Environmental Litigation practice group at Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia.

Experience, W&L Law: Jessica Chi ’15L

Jessica Chi is a member of the Law Class of 2015. She was born and raised in Southern California and attended undergrad at UCLA. This year she served as a student attorney in the Immigrant Rights Clinic at W&L Law.

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As the daughter of immigrants and as a child growing up in an immigrant community, I have always been interested in immigration issues. In college, immigration issues continued to be present in my areas of study, international relations and immigration sociology. When I committed to attending Washington and Lee for law school, I knew about the immigration clinic and was interested in eventually working with the clinic. By the time I needed to decide on what I wanted to do my 3L year, I knew that the Immigrant Rights Clinic was my first choice and I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work for the Clinic throughout the summer and the entire school year.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic works primarily with low-income immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley. It does mostly removal defense work – that is, it works to keep immigrants, with valid claims to remain in the United States, from being deported. However, the Clinic does do some work with affirmatively seeking lawful status for some immigrants in the area. Those affirmatively seeking status are individuals who are not in deportation proceedings, but qualify for some type of lawful status within the United States.

At the Clinic, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of immigration issues, often interacting directly with clients. I have prepared Greencard applications for clients and put together extensive packages for client U Visa petitions. U Visa petitions are available for undocumented immigrants who have been the victim of certain crimes and have cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime. These petitions involve writing detailed affidavits, communication with law enforcement, and collecting evidence for each client. Preparing these petitions has helped me develop my written advocacy, communication, and organizational skills.

In addition to preparing affirmative applications and petitions for clients, I also had the opportunity to represent clients in prosecutorial discretion requests, asylum applications, and the Special Juvenile Immigrant Status process. I’ve learned to create case theories and strategies for success from various points in client representation and have had the opportunity to advocate for my clients both in court and directly to government attorneys. Throughout the year, I learned a great deal about developing and presenting the strongest case possible in an effective manner. I am proud to say that the Clinic had an incredibly successful year, as every case that has received a final decision has been in our clients’ favor.

The Clinic has also provided me with the opportunity to work with several organizations on broader advocacy and community education issues. I’ve worked with the ACLU of Virginia in educating local sheriffs on the unconstitutionality of ICE detainer requests, with CAIR Coalition in screening detainees held at the Farmville Detention Center, and with a variety of local organizations, particularly New Bridges Immigrant Resource Center in Harrisonburg, on screening clinics providing information on eligibility for various deferred action programs to the local immigrant community. Working on these projects with these organizations provided me with a unique opportunity that not many law students have access to.

I am grateful to the Clinic for all of these opportunities and experiences. Not only was I able to familiarize myself with a variety of immigration law options, I was also able to interact directly with clients and my refine client contact skills, which I know will be helpful to me in my future law career. I’ve seen cases through from the beginning to the end and have learned how to handle each step of the process. I’ve learned how to communicate with people of different backgrounds and different positions. I’ve learned how to advocate on behalf of my clients to judges, opposing counsel, and the media. I learned how to organize events and mobilize volunteers for these events. I believe these are all skills that will be useful to me throughout my law career.

I am grateful to Professor Baluarte for giving my fellow clinic students and me these opportunities and for allowing us to become smart, independent, and efficient young attorneys. Working at the Clinic has been one of the best experiences of my law school career and much of that is due to the people I’ve worked with and the experiences I’ve had.