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2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winners Announced

Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award winners. The recipients will each receive their awards during Young Alumni Weekend, September 14 – 16, 2018. There is still plenty of time to register for the weekend if you haven’t already.

Andy McEnroe

Andrew McEnroe ‘08

Andy graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics. While a student, Andy was a two-time letter winner and a four-year ODAC scholar athlete as a member of the W&L baseball team, an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and served as the Assistant Program Director for the campus radio station, 91.5FM WLUR. In addition, he was selected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society and provided membership to Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies.

Andy currently serves a Senior Vice President with Raymond James in the Defense Technology & Government Services Investment Banking group based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Raymond James, he worked as an investment banker for BB&T Capital Markets for seven years. In 2015, Andy earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, graduating with Dean’s honors and distinction, and was awarded the Nahum Melumad Memorial Prize – the highest honor given to the member of the graduating class on the basis of outstanding scholarship and a significant impact on the Columbia community.

In addition to his investment banking work, Andy launched and ran First Team Broadcasting (FTB), an online, athletics-focused video and audio web broadcasting business from September 2008 through July 2015. FTB provided turn-key video and audio services and technology allowing organizations to connect with their fans and supporters through web-based broadcasts. The company worked alongside over twenty academic institutions and athletic organizations, including W&L, covering over 1,000 live broadcasts per year reaching a yearly audience of over 150,000.  FTB was acquired by Stretch Internet, a Battery Ventures portfolio company, in 2015. Andy remains connected to W&L athletics as an occasional play-by-play announcer for football, basketball, and baseball contests on Stretch Internet and 91.5FM WLUR. You can listen to Andy this fall as he broadcasts W&L football games.


Lauren Rudolph

Lauren Rudolph ’08

Lauren graduated cum laude majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. While at W&L, she was co-captain of the Women’s volleyball team that won the ODAC tournament all 4 years, compiling an 118-26 overall record (40-1 in ODAC regular season matches), reaching the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament in 2006. She served as president of Women in Technology and Science (WITS) and was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta while on campus.

After graduation, Lauren earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Indiana University in 2013, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. Her research focuses on how steroid hormones including testosterone and estradiol act to regulate the development and maintenance of the structure and function of nuclei that control reproductive behavior in rodents. Her work has broader implications for understanding the mechanisms by which steroid signaling occurs in the mammalian nervous system, in a wide range of contexts, from disease states to typical reproduction-related processes. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, recently developed and co-chaired a symposium at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

Currently, Lauren is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Pomona College in Claremont, CA where she teaches Neuroendocrinology and supervises student research in her lab. She is an active member of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter and serves as chair of the Los Angeles Alumni Admissions Program.