The problem for the competition involved a hypothetical dispute between a university that owned a (fictional) patent for brain-machine interface technology and a licensee who had developed a (fictional) product called the Chat Hat that practiced the patent. The appeal involved two issues – the first was whether federal subject matter jurisdiction existed, and the second was whether the patent was invalid as obvious.
Stepping Back into the Spotlight Coralie Chu '18 has always been a performer, but W&L helped her discover confidence both on and off the stage.
“Washington and Lee has not only served to educate me greatly on the connection with an audience, but also helped me come out of my shell. Without the endless support I find here, I could have never found the confidence to bear my soul on (and off) the stage.”
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Majors: Math and Music
From the time I could walk, I flourished in the spotlight. At the piano, I was confident. It didn’t matter who I compared myself to when I sat in front of the instrument, dress freshly ironed and under the scrutiny of hundreds of people — all that mattered to me was the music I created.
Away from the spotlight, however, I lost all of my confidence. I fell back into my own mind and isolated myself from the world. This dichotomy can only be explained by a headspace I used to create during the performance: When I performed, the audience would disappear and I would be alone, playing music just for myself.
Once I arrived at W&L, however, I realized I needed to make a change. I knew that my method of performance was not healthy, nor was it the most effective, and so I began to try to connect with the audience. Of course, doing so is uncomfortable. For the longest time, music had been my personal getaway, and suddenly, I had to share it with the world. I began to feel anxious before performing and sometimes couldn’t do so at all. Where I used to be able to block out an entire audience and feel like I was performing just for myself, I began to only see a critical audience. I remember my freshman year, I was performing a Rachmaninoff Prelude for SSA, and my professor told me I needed to speak before sitting at the piano. I was appalled. How was I supposed to have the audience disappear in my head after talking to them? When I expressed this, my professor told me that often, realizing an audience is there and really connecting with them will enhance the performance.
The journey to comfortably recognizing my audience has been difficult, and honestly, still ongoing. But, along with the performance opportunities offered by the music department at Washington and Lee, I found help in many other areas. Being a co-president of General’s Unity pushes me to reach out and connect (at least on a superficial level) with leaders of other organizations. The math department here encourages me to step out of my comfort zone, take different courses and, within those courses, make leaps of faith and prove them.
However, the most surprising (at least to me) help I found in developing my performance mindset was from the creative writing program here. I took a poetry writing course last semester, where we had to share our poems with the class and be subject to critiques. Surprising myself, I ended up writing (and sharing) a lot of poetry that held a large amount of personal meaning. This class just made something click in my mind: The sharing of something personal through art does not necessarily need to be a scary thing. I began to incorporate that thought into my performances.
I am by no means a performance expert. I’m not even sure I can say I love it on the level that I used to. But my understanding of performance and the personal strength I gained from learning about it is real. Washington and Lee has not only served to educate me greatly on the connection with an audience, but also helped me come out of my shell. Without the endless support I find here, I could have never found the confidence to bear my soul on (and off) the stage.
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A little more about Coralie
– Co-President of General’s Unity
– One-Time University Singers Accompanist
W&L Law Students Win Best Brief at Patent Law Competition
Washington and Lee second-year law students Lauren Bond and Daniele San Roman recently competed in Atlanta at the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, the leading oral and written advocacy competition for patent law.
At the event, Bond and San Roman won the prize for Best Brief in the Southeastern Region of the competition. In addition, they advanced to the semifinals of the oral argument portion of the competition, where they narrowly lost to the eventual regional champion.
The competition, now in its 45th year, is organized by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Members of the AIPLA served as judges of the competition.
W&L law professor Christopher Seaman served as coach for Bond and San Roman.
‘My Passion for Psychology’ One psychology class led Kelsey Jervis '18 to a long-term research project, a degree, and a spot on the Institutional Review Board.
“Although I don’t know what kind of career the future holds for me, I know I will use the knowledge and skills I gained from all of the experiences with research and psychology at W&L no matter what I am doing in life.”
Kelsey Jervis ’18
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
One of the things that will always stand out about my time at W&L is finding my passion for psychology. It all begin the second semester of my sophomore year, when I took social psychology with Professor Julie Woodzicka. By this point, I was pretty sure I was going to major in psychology but had not officially declared yet. If I wasn’t sure before the course, I was definitely sure by the time it was through. I loved everything about the class. All of the topics we discussed were incredibly interesting and relevant to everyday life, and Professor Woodzicka was hilarious — she could even make people excited to attend an 8 a.m. class three times a week.
During Fall Term of my junior year, I took two more classes with Professor Woodzicka: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination, and Statistics and Research Design II. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination was another fascinating course that covered a lot of topics and issues I find really interesting. In statistics, we were assigned a partner and together spent the term designing and conducting a psychology study. My partner, Audrey, and I chose to research the effectiveness of emojis in expressing anger in text messages. Our results were significant (let us know if you ever want to hear all about emojis and how to properly use them while texting to express your anger!), and at the end of the semester, Professor Woodzicka asked if we wanted to continue our research and work in her lab during the upcoming summer through the Summer Research Scholar program.
The summer in Professor Woodzicka’s lab was an incredible learning opportunity for me. Spending an entire summer conducting research really solidified all of the research skills I had started to grasp during my statistics course, enhancing my ability to perform extensive literature reviews, design studies, collect data, and successfully execute data analysis. It also allowed me to see what conducting research in the social psychology field looked like. Professor Woodzicka’s research was investigating methods to confront sexism and racism, a topic that was both interesting and relevant to our society today. I also wouldn’t do the summer justice if I didn’t mention that, in addition to all of the research and statistics knowledge Professor Woodzicka taught us, she also taught me and Audrey how to juggle, a true life skill.
At the end of the summer, Professor Woodzicka asked if Audrey and I would like to continue working in her lab during the school year, and I’m sure it is unsurprising by now that we both said yes. Shortly into the school year, I was given the opportunity to become student member of the Institutional Review Board committee. Without all of this previous research experience, I probably would have turned down the opportunity. However, because of my involvement with Professor Woodzicka’s lab, I had gained an appreciation for research and decided to join the committee. Being a part of the IRB has challenged me to view research from a multitude of perspectives—the view of the researcher, but also the viewpoint of the participant and the viewpoint of the institution liable for the ethics of the study.
Although I don’t know what kind of career the future holds for me, I know I will use the knowledge and skills I gained from all of my experiences with research and psychology at W&L no matter what I am doing in life. For anyone who has never taken a psychology class here, I would highly recommend it. I promise you’ll get something valuable out of it.
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A little more about Kelsey
W&L Law Students Win National Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition for Second Straight Year
The Washington and Lee School of Law team of Joseph Isenberg ‘19L and Danielle Phillips ‘19L was named National Champion at the Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition conducted by the Hispanic National Bar Association. This is the second year in a row that a team from W&L has been named National Champion of the event.
The team, members of the school’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), competed against teams from 30 other law schools. In addition to their overall victory, Phillips was named best oral advocate in the competition.
“Of course it is extremely gratifying that our school won the nationwide competition, for a second year in a row no less,” said Dean Brant Hellwig. “But I am most pleased with the dedication Danielle and Joseph demonstrated in preparing for the competition and the skill they displayed throughout the event. What a tremendous credit to them and to our school overall.”
The problem for competition was modeled after the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that was argued earlier this year before the U.S. Supreme Court. The competition took place at the Hilton in San Francisco and the judges of the final round included a federal district court judge and two judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In winning the competition, the students brought home a $13,000 scholarship award for the school for the team win and an additional $3000 for capturing the best oral advocate award.
Celebrating a Milestone When he arrived on campus in 1954, it would have been hard for Farris Hotchkiss ’58 to imagine celebrating his upcoming 60th reunion.
“Since I enrolled at W&L in 1954, I have had a real love affair with the school, and I wanted to do what I could for it within my means.”
Farris Hotchkiss has enjoyed a storied and mutually supportive history with the university. As an undergraduate, he started the Student Service Society under the guidance of legendary dean Frank Gilliam, who wanted students to help make the campus more hospitable to visitors and help with campus events. Hotchkiss describes his relationship with Gilliam as “magical.” “For some reason he and I were meant to work together,” he reflects.
After graduating, Hotchkiss went to Atlanta to work in the printing and publishing field for almost a decade, but he continued to do volunteer work in admissions for the university. In 1965, Dean Gilliam invited him back to fill in for Lew John ’58, on a two-year leave of absence, as assistant dean of students, assistant director of admissions and director of financial aid. “There was no guarantee after those two years, but I took the gamble,” he recalls.
When John returned to his position, W&L’s new president Robert E.R. Huntley ’50, ’57L invited Hotchkiss to join the newly formed development office. “It was the greatest career move I could have made,” admits Hotchkiss, who served in the development and university relations fields from 1966 – 2001. “It was my privilege and a lot of pleasure.”
Hotchkiss rose through the ranks to become director of development, then vice president of university relations, as well as secretary of the university and senior assistant to the president. He has also served in numerous volunteer roles as a member of the alumni community and in the Lexington community at large. He is a trustee and former senior warden for Grace Episcopal Church and one of the founding members of the Kendal at Lexington Board of Directors, in addition to serving for many years as a member of the board of the local hospital.
“Since I enrolled at W&L in 1954, I have had a real love affair with the school, and I wanted to do what I could for it within my means,” continues Hotchkiss, who has chaired the 1749 Circle, which recognizes loyal donors who give to W&L year after year. Last year Hotchkiss took advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover for his annual giving. “At my age you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, so it was a handy and convenient way to make my gift.”
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision enables donors who are 70 and ½ or older to distribute annually up to $100,000 from a Traditional or Roth IRA to Washington and Lee University or other 501C3 organization. Implemented by the IRA administrator at the request of the donor, the distribution bypasses the donor’s taxable income and qualifies for the required minimum distribution. Since the IRA Charitable Rollover does not produce a charitable deduction, it delivers tax savings regardless of whether or not the donor itemizes charitable deductions.
Hotchkiss and his wife, Judy, also made a bequest provision for the university in their wills at his 50th reunion a decade ago. “Judy and I made our bequest commitment when I was celebrating my 50th reunion. That reunion of course was a high water mark,” he observes. “An estate provision allowed me to give more than I could have by simply writing a check at that time.” When the couple made their bequest, Hotchkiss had been working with people at Washington and Lee whom he admired. He had great confidence in how the university was being guided and nurtured and wanted to do his part to help it continue to grow and thrive.
For more information on bequests and beneficiary designations, or IRA Charitable Rollovers, please contact Margie Lippard in the Office of Gift Planning at mlippard@edu or visit the Gift Planning page on W&L’s website.
University Jazz Ensemble Performs “Solo Avenue”
Washington and Lee University Music Department will present University Jazz Ensemble’s “Solo Avenue” on April 5 at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall. No tickets are required.
Led by guest director, Denny Euprasert, the Jazz Ensemble’s concert features the individual talents of the many sublime soloists who make up the ensemble, as well as special guest soloists Greg Parker and Chris Dobbins. Audience members will hear a wide range of genres and original compositions by Euprasert, as each soloist steps into the spotlight.
Euprasert, visiting assistant professor of music, has taught at Rangsit University, where he was also the dean of Conservatory of Music and the director of RSU Jazz Orchestra.
He earned a doctor of arts degree in music theory and composition, with a secondary emphasis in jazz pedagogy, from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s of music degree in jazz studies from University of North Texas, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in jazz piano performance from Cornish College of the Arts.
Euprasert’s recording project, “Masterpiece: Asanee-Wason,” received the Kom Chad Luek Award for Best Instrumental Album. He is the recipient of the Silpathorn Contemporary Artist Award from the Ministry of Culture of Thailand, one of the country’s most prestigious honors in the arts, for his notable contributions to fine arts and culture.
W&L Bluegrass Ensemble to Perform
The Washington and Lee University’s Music Department presents the Bluegrass Ensemble Spring concert in Stackhouse Theater in Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons on April 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The ensemble consists of students, staff and alumni performing a wide variety of music done in the bluegrass style, ranging from the Delmore Brothers in the 1930s, the Dillards in the 60s, a Norwegian 80s pop group and contemporary bluegrass of The Avett Brothers and The Steeldrivers.
This also marks the final performance of the seniors, most of whom have been involved in the Bluegrass Ensemble for the past four years: Carson Bryant, Findley Bowie, Eddy Hudson, Reeves Surgner, Cole Steigerwald and Hunter Yates.
The ensemble is directed by W. C. “Burr” Datz, W&L Class of ’75.
W&L University Wind Ensemble Presents “The Journey Home”
The Washington and Lee University Music Department presents the University Wind Ensemble’s “The Journey Home” concert on April 2 at 8 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall.
The event is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.
The concert will feature Lisa Roth ’19, piano (Concerto-Aria Competition Winner) , performing the first movement of Grieg’s “Piano Concert in A,” as well as music by Holst, Ticheli and Wilson. Brett Richardson, director of bands at the University of the Incarnate Word, joins the UWE as a guest conductor.
The program will conclude with Sousa’s beloved “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
W&L’s Writer in Residence and Editor of Shenandoah Gives Final Reading
“She’s still in my dreams, her stories always overshadowing mine.”
Rod T. Smith, Washington and Lee University’s writer in residence and editor of the online literary magazine Shenandoah, will present his annual and final reading, before his retirement from W&L in June, on April 3 in Leyburn Library Book Nook at 4:45 p.m.
There will be refreshments and books for sale following the reading. There will also be a limited edition of one of Smith’s poems printed by Woods Creek Press, which is associated with the W&L Art Department and signed by Smith, available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Also, between now and June 30 there will be an exhibit display in Leyburn’s main-floor exhibit space. The exhibit highlights Smith’s time as editor, as well as his connections to Ireland and Flannery O’Connor. It also includes past covers of Shenandoah and a few poems.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Smith is the former editor of Southern Humanities Review, as well as former alumni writer in residence at Auburn University. His 14 books of poems include “Messenger” and “Outlaw Style,” both recipients of the Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year Award. His stories have appeared in many anthologies, as well as in nine of his own collections. Smith’s collection of poetry, “The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor,” received the 2013 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize.
Smith has served in the capacity of the distinguished visiting professor at VMI, Appalachian State University and Converse College. He has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and received a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Arts Award for publishing excellence.
“Because Rod oversaw Shenandoah’s transition from print to online publication, his editorial legacy is large and important: during an era of budget cuts, he saved the magazine, and readers within and far beyond W&L are grateful,” said Lesley Wheeler, Henry S. Fox Professor of English. “Rod also instituted the Shenandoah internship program, an opportunity for W&L students to study publishing on campus, for credit. The internship has become a signature feature of the English major and the creative writing minor, so his influence on the curriculum is also substantial.”
Smith’s connection with Flannery O’Connor stems from his childhood. Smith grew up in Griffin, Georgia, less than half an hour from Milledgeville, Georgia, where O’Connor lived most of her life. When he discovered her stories in college, he became a true fan. Throughout his career, he has taught a course on her work and wrote a book entitled “The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor.”
“She’s still in my dreams, her stories always overshadowing mine,” said Smith.
Smith’s Irish connections are derived from his love of Irish writer James Joyce, whom he wrote his thesis about in college. In the late 1980s, Smith traveled to Ireland for a few months and has kept returning ever since. During his travels, he has met many notable Irish figures including John Montague, Mary O’Malley and Michael Higgens (before he was the president of Ireland). Salmon Press of Ireland published his poetry collection “Split the Lark,” and his book “Trespasser” is set in Ireland.
A music appreciator, Smith also says this about Ireland, “For fiddling, it’s hard to beat western Ireland and central Georgia.”
Following his retirement from W&L, Smith will take on the role of editor for the Timber Ridge Review. He lives with his wife, the poet and novelist Sarah Kennedy, in the Timber Ridge area of Rockbridge County.
“I am proud to have worked as the editor for Shenandoah, serving readers, as well as new and seasoned writers, by providing a forum for their poems, stories and essays,” said Smith. “I hope our audience enjoyed the gravity, energy and mischief.”
W&L to Host Annual Summer Camp Fair
Washington and Lee University will host the 2018 Annual Summer Camp Fair on April 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Evans Hall.
This is an opportunity to get a head start on summer childcare planning. This event is free and open to the public.
Area day camps and sleepover camps will be available to share information on their 2018 summer programs.
Area camps include:
- American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp
- Animal Adventure Camp
- Blue Ridge Community College “Learning Can Be Fun”
- Boxerwood Nature Play Camp & Nature Detective Camp
- Camp PLAY
- Camp STU/Stuart Hall School
- Fiber Camp at Cabin Spring Farm
- Journey Into History Camp
- Halestone Summer Dance
- Shenandoah Academy of Dance
- Woods Creek Montessori Summer Camp
- Yellow Brick Road
- YMCA Summer Camp
- Camp Blue Ridge
- Camp Mexwelton-Camp Lachlan
- Camp Mont Shenandoah
- CrossRoads Camp
- Grace Bible Camp
- Nature Camp
- Rockbridge Alum Springs YoungLife Camp
Information on W&L ’s sports camps can be located on the W&L Athletics page at http://www.generalssports.com/information/Recruit_Me/camps/index.