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.
W&L’s Lee Chapel Presents Family Day
Washington and Lee University invites the community to Lee Chapel Family Day on April 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Families are invited to visit Lee Chapel for a day of special tours and museum activities. Outside, families can enjoy live music while they soak up the sun. There will also be hands-on craft and activity tables available for the kids.
To ensure supplies last, please register the number in your family at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a rain or shine event.
Career Paths: Chris Losito ’18L
Chris Losito is currently a 3L at Washington and Lee. Originally from Darien, Connecticut, he received his undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College. At W&L, Chris is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, as well as a Hearing Advisor. After graduation he will be working for Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in New York, NY. as a litigation associate in the Financial Institutions group.
How did you find/get this position?
I visited the Office of Career Strategy numerous times, which helped me find resources to aid my research of different law firms in New York. From there, I used the tools they provided to find firms that I thought would fit and cross-referenced those with firms at which I knew I could have connections, either personally or through the Washington and Lee alumni network. Norton Rose came up on my research, and I had a personal connection in their London office.
From there, I applied online. After sending in my application, I reached out to my connection and he courteously notified the recruiting department of my application. Fortunately, the recruiting department offered me the chance to interview. I jumped at the opportunity, and a few days later received a call offering me a position in Norton Rose’s 2017 Summer Associate Class.
After spending an incredibly fun and informative summer at Norton Rose, I was offered a full-time position as an associate, which I accepted.
What classes or experiences were useful in preparing you for your job?
I think the most useful classes or experiences were those that helped me develop my legal research and writing skills. Thus, the first-year small sections and writing classes were incredibly helpful. Those classes required me to communicate my ideas effectively, allowing me to prepare the core skills necessary to function as a first-year associate.
During my second year, I fulfilled the writing requirement by working on a student Note for the Law Review. This experience was invaluable to me, as I continued honing my research skills. It required me to leverage a number of different sources and assemble them into one cogent piece of writing.
What aspects of your work are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to working with the bright and driven people at Norton Rose. Additionally, Norton Rose merged with Chadbourne & Parke LLP while I was there this past summer, but the two firms were not yet completely integrated. So, I am very excited to return to the combined firm and continue making new connections.
Moreover, I am looking forward to continue learning about the law, and putting the skills I learned while at Washington and Lee into practice. The core skills, researching, writing, and communicating are all things I look forward to developing, and I could not ask for a better place with better people than Norton Rose to resume honing those abilities.
Which professor(s) from law school has been the most helpful in preparing you for your next professional step?
I think every professor at Washington and Lee helped prepare me for my next professional step. Although, my first year writing professor, Professor David Millon, was incredibly helpful in first introducing me to craft of legal writing. Professor Millon acted as a mentor throughout my first year. He was always available for questions, and gave me advice about applying to jobs, even when I did not have a class with him.
The first year of law school can be daunting, so it was incredible to find a professor who was always willing to help me. Professor Millon has since retired, but his passion for teaching and helping students exists with every Washington and Lee professor.
What advice would you have for prospective students interested in a similar career path to you?
Leverage all your connections effectively, do well in school, persevere throughout the application process, and go the Office of Career Strategy. When it comes to finding a job in Big Law, nothing substitutes for hard work through the entire process, which begins the first day you walk into class.
I would also recommend doing good research into firms on the front end. The more you know about the different firms, and what makes each unique, the easier it will be to move forward throughout the process with a clear goal in mind.
Look back on your time at W&L Law, do you have a favorite memory or experience to share?
One of my favorite memories of my time at Washington and Lee came at the beginning of my second semester. Grades from the first semester had just been posted, and I wanted to speak with one of my professors about how I could improve. Professor Buchhandler-Raphael met with me and took me through my exam. Importantly, Professor Buchhandler-Raphael could see I was clearly disappointed with myself, and she took extra time to reassure me. I left that meeting confident and ready for the semester ahead.
This memory has stuck with me because I remember being so surprised that a professor would take the time to encourage me. I am certain that many other students have had similar conversations with many other professors here at Washington and Lee. That is part of what makes this place special.
‘Be a Changemaker in the World’ Bri Shaw has spent her college career studying how humans work. Now, the senior has some ideas about how the humans at W&L could work better together.
“W&L is great place to be if you’re aspiring to be a changemaker in the world. What better place to make a positive difference than a place with some imperfections?”
Brianna Shaw ’18
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Majors: Psychology, Sociology
Minor: Poverty and Human Capability Studies
My time at Washington and Lee has been an interesting mix of challenge, exhilaration and frustration. The academic climate being what it is, I’ve learned so much more than I ever thought I would or could. The professors at W&L are hyper-knowledgeable and readily available, but the kind of student who ends up here is a special kind to know, too.
Every student here seems to know a lot about something, and to possess an implicit ability to share knowledge without even realizing it. Something as simple as eavesdropping on a conversation can turn into an educational moment. For example, while standing in line at Hillel on a Wednesday morning, I overheard a couple of girls discussing rising infertility in India. On another occasion, a couple of guys I didn’t even know gave me a lesson on how to invest. Looking back, I realize that if I had not been in those very spots at those very moments, I may never have come into contact with that knowledge. As a person who has devoted her entire academic career to figuring out exactly how people work and operate (a feat which I’m learning may be eternally impossible), this characteristic is both fascinating and exquisite.
But for all of its many charms and appeals, I believe W&L is a place that could benefit from a little more intentional self-assessment about how we receive and act upon discussions of race.
I find that the topic is uncomfortable for a lot of my peers, which is understandable. How do you confront a phenomenon that has come to be an ill-informed division between not only groups of people, but also between people and opportunity, safety, and even life itself? How do you peer over this divide and discuss it constructively, acknowledging emotion but without reducing the interaction to a session of silence or stereotyping — or worse, a shallow opportunity for an unhealthy opinion to gain a platform?
Students who so effortlessly talk about topics that matter to them seem to clam up in the face of race discussions. I think that’s a shame. It’s hard to walk around campus and feel awkward about letting your culture shine through. It’s even harder when no one wants to acknowledge that it’s there. Even as minority representation on campus grows with each incoming class, it’s all for naught if the climate those students walk into is as awkward as it is now. More intentionality is a good first step to unraveling this tension. (If you want a concrete tip, it means something when you refrain from singing the n-word when it’s featured on a hit song.)
On the other hand, W&L is great place to be if you’re aspiring to be a changemaker in the world. What better place to make a positive difference than a place with some imperfections? As the president of about 100 low-income, high-achieving Quest Scholars here on campus, I’ve been allowed a special role in making life here a little more inclusive. Most recently, a specific monetary allocation policy was generating a lot of complaints from our group, and with some consistent effort from a lot of folks, it’s been changed. It may sound self-interested to point out that these opportunities can help build your resume, but if saying that will keep people encouraged to fight the good fight, I’ll say it. This university is an unprecedented place to grow in more ways than one.
I suppose that’s how I want to wrap up this reflection. I’ve had so much fun at W&L, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the people around me time and time again. A few weekends ago, for example, I did pull-ups in the bathroom of Pole 4 with my best friend and a couple of girls I don’t know. We just thought it would be fun for fun’s sake. In the past few years I’ve listened to speeches by Bill Nye and Laverne Cox. I’ve been SHOOK to the core listening to some economics majors explain exactly how mortgage loaning played into the crash of 2008. I’ve seen my peers produce art and poetry the likes of which I’ve seen in museums and classic publications.
I’m grateful to have had four years living and learning alongside the people here, even if it was hard sometimes. There’s work to be done ahead but few are more qualified than this community to do it and do it well.
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More about Bri
What’s your personal motto? “Live with your head in the lion’s mouth.” It’s a Ralph Ellison quote from “Invisible Man,” a book I’ve read at least four times. I’m not articulate enough to say something meaningful in just one sentence.
Best place to eat in Lexington? What do you order? The flatbread pizza at Bistro on Main kills me. I mean, you haven’t lived…
What one film/book do you recommend to everyone? I wish more people had read the book version of “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk. It’s a wild ride.
Post-graduation plans: Make enough money so that I can retire early enough and spend it all doing research to figure out the answers to my shower thoughts.
Favorite W&L memory: My roommate and I hosted an “inclusive” Halloween party where every room was ideal for a different kind of Saturday night experience. One room played “Hocus Pocus” and had board games, another room had the dance floor, etc. A lot of people came and everyone could regulate their intensity level. It was an all-around good time.
What’s something people wouldn’t guess about you? I have a pretty pathetic obsession with documentaries. It’s my favorite thing to do, hands down. I’ll watch them all but I’m especially a fan of ones that focus on nature or social psychology. My current obsession is a series called “The Secret Life of 4 and 5 Year Olds.” It’s like preschool reality TV but you know the subjects aren’t in it for celebrity or a check so all the drama is real and unscripted. Who could say no to that?
Guse to Give Talk in Honor of John C. Winfrey Term Professorship
Joseph Guse, John C. Winfrey Associate Term Professor of Economics, will give a talk in honor of his professorship on Tues., April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in Northen Auditorium. The public talk is titled “Economics Ph.D. Department Rankings from a New Dataset on Graduate Student Output and Advisors.”
Professor Guse joined the Department of Economics in the fall of 2005. He studied natural resource economics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he earned a master’s degree. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory and senior research seminar courses and co-teaches courses related to the culture, history and economies of the Lakota and Tohono O’odham tribes with professor Harvey Markowitz. His research interests include the effect of legal institutions and access to credit on Native American economic development, the role of advising in Ph.D. programs, and the impact of federal commercial development subsidies in urban areas.
Established by an anonymous trustee and his wife to honor Professors David G. Elmes, Lewis G. John and John C. Winfrey, the Elmes, John and Winfrey Professorship is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the College or the Williams School. This award recognizes a professor for a fixed term, normally three years.
Washington Break: More than a Vacation Washington Break gave students a chance for learning and personal development, as well as all-out fun.
Washington Break was more than a vacation from class for W&L students; for many, it was an educational adventure. From skiing the frigid slopes to navigating the business scene in the Big Apple, students took time for both personal development and all-out fun. This year’s trips included service learning, alumni engagement and outdoor adventures.
Here’s a round-up of seven different Washington Break trips, along with some photos snapped by students and university photographer Kevin Remington.
NABORS SERVICE LEAGUE
The Nabors Service League, a student-run community service organization, took 14 students to Atlanta, Georgia. Their trip centered around refugee resettlement and immigration services, specifically in the town of Clarkston, Georgia. The students spent the week working with Friends of Refugees, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to the large refugee population in Clarkston. The trip was a service-learning trip, with an equal amount of focus on education and service. The work was conducted at a community garden, a yard sale, and at two different after-school programs working with children from refugee families.
“I think it is fair for me to say that it was an unforgettable experience for all 14 of us on the trip, and we look forward to sharing what we learned on the trip in moving forward through college and the rest of our lives,” said Foifon Teawdatwan ’19.
The Bonner Program, a leadership development program, sent 11 first-year students to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they worked with agencies that address homelessness. The group worked with several community organizations during the stay in Charlotte, including Art Works Urban Ministry Center, a facility for homeless adults that offers programs where social workers teach art classes and provide an outlet for creativity to the homeless and an opportunity for them to sell their work.
“I have been on the Bonner Programs February Break trip every year that I have been a student at W&L,” said Peyton Powers ’18. “I love the program because I want to leave a legacy at W&L and I truly believe in leaving a place better than I found it.”
A group of 29 students interested in the fields of advertising, marketing and communications traveled to New York to receive an in-depth look at those fields. During the AdMarComm trip, they visited 17 different advertising, marketing, communications and public relations agencies, including the Twitter headquarters in NY. Most of the locations included visits with alumni working in the field, so students were able to make face-to-face connections and see first-hand experiences.
“I had an internship at a marketing agency a previous summer, so I entered my senior year believing that was the career path I possibly wanted to take,” said Amanda Witherspoon ’18. “After the AdMarComm trip, I left validated in my belief that a career in marketing, especially in New York, was where I was meant to be. The trip helped me narrow my interests. My favorite stops were the branding agencies, Redscout and Interbrand, because of their dedication to authenticity. I had always been interested in advertising, but this past week I figured out that what I like is branding. It appeals to me in the same way W&L’s Honor System does. When a brand strays from its true meaning, branding firms return it to its ‘best-self’ and help the brand display its authentic core to promote trust and loyalty in its consumers.”
Twenty-nine students traveled to New York for an intensive tour of investment-related firms. Between Tuesday and Friday, the Washington and Lee group visited 19 different firms and had the opportunity to connect with W&L alumni in that field. The firms represented the following industries: investment banking, real estate, accounting, hedge funds, sales and trading, corporate finance and consulting.
“There truly is no substitute for talking to W&L alumni in person about their careers and work, and experiencing different firms firsthand,” said `, director for employer development at W&L. “This year’s investment trip was an unparalleled opportunity for sophomore students to explore careers in finance, banking, consulting and accounting as they begin to think about their plans after graduation. We are so grateful for our alumni who took the time to make the trip an educational, inspiring and fun experience for these students.”
The students wrapped up a “week on Wall Street” with a tour of the New York Stock Exchange, getting a glimpse into the history of the exchange, which provided valuable context around the careers the students were exploring. According to many of the students on the trip, watching the closing bell up-close was an unforgettable experience.
The Outing Club sponsors this annual adventure to the Florida Everglades. Fifteen students spent a week exploring the wetlands and taking in the scenery. Participants set up base camp on the main island, then took daily guided sea kayaking trips to other areas of the national park. Although the trip is intended mostly for relaxation and adventure, participants always get to learn a bit about interesting plant and animal life.
ICE CLIMBING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Five students braved the frigid temperatures of New Hampshire, where they spent their break ice climbing and skiing. Students spent two days climbing with two local guides on ice waterfalls in Conway, New Hampshire. The rest of the break was spent skiing at Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Mountain.
IMPROVISATION IN CHICAGO
Twelve theatre students took a theatrical approach to their break as they traveled to Chicago, where they met with multiple professionals in the theater field and attended several professional acting classes. Students were able to spend time and share meals with masters in the field, learning and asking questions interests. Highlights from the trip included an improv masterclass with J.T. Nagle at the famous Playground Theater, as well as a performance of the world-renowned Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
2018 LEAD Banquet Recognizes Leadership Across Campus
“It’s a time to showcase the efforts and impact of our dedicated campus leaders, and to thank advisors and students alike for their commitment to student engagement, personal development and continued mentorship.”
The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Banquet was held Sunday, March 18 at Washington and Lee University and was an evening of celebration. Many individual and student accomplishments that were completed within the past year were recognized.
“The LEAD Banquet continues to bring together members of our community in celebration of the meaningful work happening across campus,” said Megan Hobbs, associate dean of students and dean of sophomores.
“It’s a time to showcase the efforts and impact of our dedicated campus leaders, and to thank advisors and students alike for their commitment to student engagement, personal development and continued mentorship. The true spirit of the Washington and Lee experience lives within the influence of our student body and my hope is that the banquet continues to be a reminder that our campus is as vibrant and lively as it is because of the commitment our students have to strengthening the W&L experience.”
“This year’s Banquet Committee was led by Matthew Rickert ’18, who deserves all the credit for this year’s event,” continued Hobbs. “We had a young team and I was on leave in the fall; however, we still managed to host the largest LEAD Banquet to date. The students did not miss a beat in preparation or execution and they should be proud of their work!”
The LEAD Banquet awards and 2018 recipients are:
Nabors Service League McLaughlin Award for Volunteerism: Angel Dela de la Garza Evia ‘18
Recognizing a student who demonstrates a commitment to their community through innovate service.
Best Service Event: Swing For a Cause, Amnesty International
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.
Outstanding Philanthropic Effort: Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee
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 Counselors: Bowen Spottswood ‘18 and Thomas Joyner ‘18
The Community Catalyst Award: Stephanie Chung ‘18
Honoring a student who shows outstanding leadership to improve the lives of the LGBTQ communities on campus and in the surrounding local area.
Outstanding New Residential Adviser/Community Assistant: Joseph Jast ‘20
Outstanding Returning Residential Adviser/Community Assistant: Angel Vela de la Garza Evia ‘18
Excellence in Artistic Event Management: Hermione Wang ‘18 and Stephanie Williams ‘18
Distinguished Summer Work: Maren Lundgren ‘18
Recognizing a student’s summer work experience/research that best exemplifies Washington and Lee’s values of service, leadership and character.
Best Student Composition of the Year: Michael Colavita ‘18
Emerging Leader of the Year: Taylor Reese ‘19
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: Muskaan Soni ’19 and Rossella Gabriele ‘19
Recognizing students whose leadership has been most impactful during the past academic year.
Outing Club Leadership Award: Matthew Rickert ‘18 and Bowen Spotswood ‘18
Greek Man of the Year: Eduardo Corona Gonzalez ‘19
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: Anna Daccache ‘19
Recognizing a Greek woman making the greatest and most positive impact on the fraternity and sorority system during the past academic year.
The G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Award: Elizabeth Mugo ‘19
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: Hannah Denham ‘20
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: Angel Dela de la Garza Evia ‘18
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.
Larry Stuart Memorial Award: Peyton Powers ‘18 and Walker Brand ’18
Recognizing students who exemplifies Public Safety Senior Sergeant Larry Stuart’s character and commitment to the community.
The Third Generation Student Achievement Award: Allison Webb ‘20 and Rexx Hallyburton ‘20
Anece F. McCloud Excellence in Diversity Award: Elizabeth Mugo ‘19
Best Event of the Year: 2018 Souper Bowl
Recognizing the event that best impacted Washington and Lee during the current academic year.
Not Unmindful of a Sustainable Future Award: Shlomo Honig ‘18 and Hannah Falchuk ‘18
Recognizing students who leads sustainability efforts either for the W&L campus or for our global community.
Greenest Group Award: Student Environmental Action League
Recognizing the student organization or student-led event that has made an impact towards sustainability related efforts either on the W&L campus or in our global community.
Best Student Organization (Americus White Award): Polo Club
Recognizing the student organization that has shown excellence in leadership, management and programmatic efforts. Allocation of funds is a factor in selection.
Adviser of the Year: Tyler Dickovick
Recognizing a campus adviser who goes above and beyond in their efforts to support student initiatives, foster relationships and provide opportunities for new experiences.
The Frank J. Gilliam Award: Ellen Kanzinger ‘18
Recognizing a student who has made the greatest contribution to the Division of Student Affairs.
John W. Elrod General of the Year: Hannah Palmatary ‘18
Recognizing a student who has brought the most depth and breadth to the university during the past academic year.
The Alexander Thomas Boehling ’10 Memorial Award: Alexus McGriff ‘18 and Kassie Scott ‘18
Honoring seniors for their campus leadership.
The Madison Montgomery Shinaberry ’16 Outstanding Student Leadership Award: Elizabeth Mugo ’19 and Heeth Varnedoe ‘19
Recognizing two outstanding student leaders who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the Washington and Lee community as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.
W&L’s Community Based Learning Program Receives Grant to Expand Community Relations
“This grant will allow W&L to deepen community-based learning and put in place institutional practices to build capacity for the university and community partners.”
The Office of Community Based Learning (CBL) and the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee University have received a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to expand W&L’s community-based learning practices.
The $50,000 grant will help train faculty and community partners side by side to implement new academic-community partnerships and courses, as well as teach guidance and uniform standards that will serve as a model for community-based learning at W&L.
“Our efforts in community-based learning put students into direct partnership with our local community, with communities across the nation, and even with international communities,” said Provost Marc Conner. “It’s learning and teaching side by side with the lived world, helping our students learn commitment and trust in that world. These programs are among our most laudable efforts, and I see this work only increasing in the future.”
The grant allows for the creation of CBL Fellows, drawn from W&L faculty and partner agencies in the community. The fellows include Jon Erickson, associate professor of physics and engineering; Rebecca Harris, associate professor of politics; Ellen Mayock, Ernest Williams II Professor of Spanish; Karla Murdock, David G. Elmes professor of psychology; Bobbie Wolfe, branch executive director of the Rockbridge Area YMCA; Rebecca Wilder, SNAP-Ed agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension; Marty Gilchrist, teacher of ESL Services for Rockbridge County Schools; and Crista Cabe, director of public relations and development for Rockbridge Area Community Services.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, this grant will allow W&L to deepen community-based learning and put in place institutional practices to build capacity for the university and community partners,” said Tammi Hellwig, director of Community-Based Learning “The CBL fellows and administrative team will participate in workshops and conferences led by national experts over the course of 12 months and serve as ambassadors for community-based learning. Our work will culminate in the offering of targeted seed grants for faculty to collaborate with community partners and create a new course or modify an existing course with the newly developed CBL best-practices criteria.”
CBL fellows and CBL administrators Marisa Charley, Linda Cummings, Alessandra Del Conte Dickovick, Tammi Hellwig and Howard Pickett will work as a group on broad issues of pedagogy. They will each pair up with a community member to develop prototype CBL courses that meet rigorous learning standards and provide real community benefit. Fellows will be long-term assets to campus and community, and will improve ties between W&L and its neighbors.
This grant follows support by the duPont Fund in 2015 to study community-based learning at W&L and make recommendations for future growth. That led to the creation of the Office of Community-Based Learning.
“The initial grant offered us the tremendous opportunity to truly take stock of where we are as a campus and as a community in terms of our academic partnerships,” said Marisa Charley, coordinator of student service leadership and research. “In many ways our findings confirmed and articulated what we already knew — that the richness of opportunity for this work is tremendous, and the time is right to begin deepening and expanding our shared work. We are grateful for the time and resources we were given to thoughtfully consider and plan and are excited about all that is to come.”
Phi Beta Kappa Initiates New Members during 2018 Convocation
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University welcomed 41 members of the junior and senior classes and two graduates from the Class of 2017 into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Sunday, March 18. All of the inductees were accepted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance, gave the convocation address, “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.”
The chapter gave Stevan A. Kriss the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award, which goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year. 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.
This year’s initiates are:
Class of 2017
- Samuel Thomas Gibson
- Corinne Ellen Wood
Class of 2018
- Parker Elizabeth Burrus
- Mary-Frances Elizabeth Hall
- Courtney D. Hauck
- Caroline Ashmore Holliday
- Truth Iyiewuare
- Savannah Lynn Kimble
- Evan Scott Kueffner
- Emily Elizabeth Limmer
- Julie Ruth Malone
- Alex Meilech
- Nicolas Howard Peck
- Mary Elizabeth Silliman
- Natalie Sloane Smith
- Emily Cordelia Stewart
- Thomas Hart Thetford
- Mara Elizabeth Tynan
- Katrina Michelle Volk
- Mary Page Welch
- Jonathan T. Williams
Class of 2019
- Hammad Ahmad
- Ryder Tobin Babik
- Nathan Brewer
- Hung Viet Chu
- Natalie Stefanie Dabrowski
- Alex Farley
- Joshua Fox
- Rossella Ivana Gabriele
- Margaret Grace Kallus
- Morgan Maloney
- Julia Mayol
- Mary Hampton Brown McNeal
- Katherine Oakley
- Kathryn Kalady Osowski
- Henry Carr Patrick III
- Justin J. Pedersen
- Lauren Elizabeth Pupa
- Jackson Arthur Roberts
- Lisa Amy Roth
- Brittany Lynn Smith
- Mohini Tangri
- Aidan Patrick Valente
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.”
Danforth to Give Talk in Honor of Smith Professorship
Robert Danforth, John Lucian Smith, Jr. Memorial Term Professor of Law, will deliver a lecture on Thursday, April 5 at 4 p.m. in Lewis Hall Classroom D in honor of his professorship.
Because the Smith Term Professorship focuses on contributions to teaching and the professions, Professor Danforth will share the story of his involvement with the litigation over the threatened closure of Sweet Briar College, which was established under the terms of a charitable trust. The title of the talk is “Sweet Briar College and the Law of Trusts.”
Danforth joined the faculty of W&L Law in 1997 after practicing law in the trusts and estate arena with a number of highly respected firms in DC and Virginia. He has co-authored a casebook titled “Estate and Gift Taxation,” the second edition of which was published by LexisNexis in 2013. He also serves as a co-author of a casebook titled “Federal Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts,” the third edition of which was published in 2008.
The John Lucian Smith, Jr. Memorial Term Professorship, established in 2010 with leadership gifts of Bernard C. ‘Ben’ Grigsby II ’72 and Marshall B. Miller, Jr. ’71 and with the generous support of other friends of John Lucian Smith, Jr. is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the English Department or the School of Law who is judged to be excellent in teaching and in professional contributions. The award recognizes a different professor every three to five years.
W&L Law’s Mark Drumbl Lectures for the UN in Lebanon
Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl recently traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to lecture on international criminal law at the invitation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
This STL was established in 2009 through the United Nations Security Council and is charged with investigating and prosecuting the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese President Rafik Hariri, during which 22 people were killed. The STL’s headquarters are on the outskirts of The Hague in the Netherlands, but the Tribunal also has an office in Beirut, Lebanon.
While in Lebanon, Prof. Drumbl gave two presentations. He lectured on international criminal law to the Lebanese Internal Security forces at the Aramoun Training facility in Beirut. He also presented a public lecture titled ‘Tragic Perpetrators and Imperfect Victims’ at La Sagesse University. This event was attended by professors, judges, and students and was moderated by Dr. Karim El Mufti, Professor of Political Science and International Law and Director of the Human Rights Clinic.
W&L Presents L.A. Theatre Works’ ‘The Mountaintop’
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts presents L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Mountaintop,” a fictional retelling of how the legendary civil rights leader spent his final hours on earth before his tragic assassination. Rife with cutting political humor and powerful with its stirring representation of one of America’s most celebrated heroes, “The Mountaintop” is a compelling story about a man whose relevance remains undiminished to this day.
“The Mountaintop” comes to the Keller stage for a one-night performance on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a talk-back with the cast directly following the performance.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What events transpired inside room 306 the night before his death remains a mystery to this day.
In her play, “The Mountaintop,” playwright Katori Hall delivers what may have transpired in that room between the legendary civil rights leader and a hotel maid. What follows is a compelling dive into the Reverend’s hopes, and regrets, in a story that connects humanity and immortality.
Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, the show presents the audience with a different side of the great civil rights leader: a tired, vulnerable, man with his flaws and fears, who remains an inspiration.
Hall comments, “It was imperative for me to show the human side of King. During this time, he was dealing with the heightened threat of violence, he was tackling issues beyond civil rights — economic issues — and was denouncing the Vietnam War. I wanted to explore the emotional toll and the stress of that. King changed the world, but he was not a deity. He was a man, a human being, like me and you. It was important to show him as such: vulnerable.”
LATW is an American radio theater company, bringing great theater to audiences nationwide and beyond through live performances, a national weekly Public Radio series educational outreach programs and the Audio Theatre Collection…
Order your tickets online today at wlu.edu/lenfest-center or call the Lenfest box office at 540-458-8000 for ticket information. University Swipe Card is available. Box Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and will be open one hour before performance time. “The Mountaintop” is sponsored in part by the W&L Class of ’64 Performing Arts Fund.
Note: This production contains mature themes and language.
The Story Behind the Art After Tucker Hall was restored, University Collections of Art & History worked to find the perfect art to adorn its walls — including four bas-relief sculptures that hung on campus more than 100 years ago.
Last fall, after a thorough restoration, Tucker Hall reopened as the new home for the classics, religion and romance languages departments. University Collections of Art & History (UCAH) was asked to supply artwork for the building’s public areas. Because of special characteristics of the original 1936 building, the renovated space provided exciting and challenging opportunities to display many paintings, prints and sculptures that have long been in storage — including four bas-relief sculptures that hung in the original building more than a century ago.
Tucker Hall was first built as the university’s school of law, replacing a Richardsonian Romanesque-style building that was erected in 1900. The John Randolph Tucker Memorial Building had been controversial from the start because its Victorian appearance did not conform to the Colonnade’s traditional Classical Revival style. A mysterious fire destroyed that rusticated stone structure in December 1934. The new brick Tucker Hall, completed in February 1936, was designed to balance and complement the former Newcomb Library that had been renovated in 1909, providing classical style bookends to the Colonnade.
The March-April 1936 edition of the W&L Alumni Magazine was devoted to extolling the virtues of the new building. Singled out in one article was the octagonal entrance foyer fitted with corner niches to hold statues of former deans. Also described at length was the two-story law library that spanned the full width of the opposite end of the building. Law professor Charles P. Light Jr. lauded it as “a room of majestic proportions,” filled with light from large Georgian-style windows and boasting beautifully carved pediments and ornamental pilasters.
Forty years later, in 1976, the university completed construction of Lewis Hall, allowing the W&L School of Law to move to its third home. To accommodate the language and psychology departments, as well as the new computer center, the university remodeled Tucker Hall. Renovations included suspending a mezzanine in the middle of the two-story library and creating an additional floor to accommodate the need for more offices. The 2017 renovation of the building removed that mezzanine and returned the former law library to its original two-story splendor.
Today, Tucker Hall’s octagonal entryway and the old library, now the Lemon Reading Room, are fitted with pieces from the university’s museum-quality art collection, which began with a gift of significant early American portraits bequeathed by William Newton Mercer in 1875. Since that time, the collection has expanded to include 13,000 objects that date from antiquity to the present, including the history and ceramics collections.
The four niches in the entryway of Tucker Hall now hold a pair of late 19th-century marble copies of classical busts of Venus and Apollo, as well as a pair of 19th-century carved wood figures of Japanese mythological figures or deities. As with all art displayed throughout the building, these original objects are visual resources for interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research.
In the Lemon Reading Room, students are surrounded by original works of art. Hanging from the picture rails are paintings that range in date from the early 18th to the mid-20th centuries, illustrating stories and topics in classical mythology, world religions, European culture, and art of Latin America. These are seemingly disparate pieces, but they are related by themes that cross disciplines and illustrate cultural connections, hanging together in a single space and interacting with each other in unexpected ways. Sculptures in the room include a copy of the “Dancing Faun” from ancient Pompeii and a 19th-century bronze interpretation by Jean-Louis Gregoire of the myth of Perseus and Andromeda.
Most exciting for the UCAH staff has been the installation of four bas-relief sculptures that were found in storage in need of conservation. An early photograph of the university’s Carnegie Library, opened in 1908, reveals two of the low relief sculptures installed above the transoms of doors off the alcoves that surrounded the library’s large central reading room. In this photo, an art gallery, endowed in 1884 with a bequest by Philadelphia lawyer and art collector Vincent L. Bradford and moved from the old Newcomb Library, inhabits the second floor of the rotunda. These remained in place for just over 30 years before the library was reconstructed in 1940. Renamed the McCormick Library, it was “not an expansion of the old one, but … actually a new library with the old one serving as a central core unit,” according to a December 1940 article in the W&L Alumni Magazine.
The central rotunda and dome were removed to make room for additional stacks, and the bas-relief sculptures were apparently placed in storage. As time passed, knowledge about the sculptures was lost — until the chance examination of the Carnegie Library photograph in 2016. Because of their classical themes, it was logical that the sculptures be conserved and installed in the new Tucker Hall reading room.
While cleaning the sculpture “Aurora,” object conservator Russell Bernabo found a maker’s mark for the Boston Sculpture Company that provides clues about the origin and date of the bas-relief. Located in Melrose, Massachusetts, at the turn of the 20th century, the Boston Sculpture Company was one of several firms that inexpensively reproduced plaster casts of well-known works of art for display in libraries, schools and homes. A 1909 catalog of the company claimed it was the largest importer and creator of plastic reproductions from the ancient, medieval, and modern sculpture. These were used not only for decoration, but also as teaching tools in a time before 20th-century slide projectors and 21st-century digital images.
All four sculptures from the Carnegie Library are illustrated in that 1909 catalog, and titles and identifications of our works have been verified. The dimensions of “Aurora,” a copy of a painting by Renaissance artist Guido Reni, match those exactly in the catalog. The original cost of the 30” x 61” cast was $25.
Artworks in Tucker Hall are not confined to the Lemon Reading Room, but are placed throughout the public spaces of the building. Those paintings and prints on the first floor indicate the home of the Classics Department, while the second floor includes works that support the Religion Department, and the third floor is supplied with works related to romance languages. All this confirms and supports the fact that first-hand study of original art is an indispensable part of a liberal arts education.
Harvard Law Professor David Wilkins to Deliver Law School Commencement Address
David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver this year’s commencement address during the graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.
At Harvard, Professor Wilkins is Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
Professor Wilkins has written over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies, where he directs over 50 researchers studying the impact of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe; After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers; The Harvard Law School Career Study, examining, among other things, differences in the experiences of male and female graduates and the careers of lawyers who do not practice law; and The New Social Engineers, charting the historical development and current experiences of black lawyers in corporate law practice.
Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers including The Legal Profession, Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century, and Challenges of a General Counsel. In 2007, he co-founded Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program, where he teaches in several courses including Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel.
Professor Wilkins has given over 40 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. His recent academic honors include the 2012 Honorary Doctorate in Law from Stockholm University in Sweden, the 2012 Distinguished Visiting Mentor Award from Australia National University, the 2012 Genest Fellowship from Osgoode Hall Law School, the 2010 American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award, the 2009 J. Clay Smith Award from Howard University School of Law, and the 2008 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor Fellowship. In 2012, Professor Wilkins was elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Former Powell Clerk Julia Penny Clark to Deliver Powell Distinguished Lecture
Julia Penny Clark, a partner at the law firm Bredhoff & Kaiser and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, will deliver the sixteenth annual Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 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.
Clark joined Bredhoff & Kaiser in 1975. She has extensive experience in federal litigation, and focuses her practice in the employee-benefit area. Clark is counsel to a number of large multiemployer pension and health-benefit plans, as well as multiemployer 401(k) plans and funds that provide training or legal services to employee participants, and to a public-employee pension plan. She also represents labor unions and groups of employees in benefits litigation.
Clark is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. From 1990 to 1996 she served on the Committee on Admissions and Grievances for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In addition to Justice Powell, Clark was a clerk to the Hon. J. Braxton Craven, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She obtained a J.D. with highest honors from the University of Texas Law School in 1973 and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969.
The students at Washington and Lee University School of Law founded the Lewis Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in 2002 in honor of Justice Powell ’29A, ’31L, who was appointed to the U.S. 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. The student-run lecture series features nationally prominent speakers who embody Powell’s spirit in their life and work.
Fairfield to Give Talk in Honor of Bain Family Professorship
Joshua Fairfield, William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law, will give a talk on Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Lewis Hall Classroom C in honor of his professorship.
In his lecture, Fairfield will tackle the question of whether the law can keep up with technological change. If legal rules follow historical trends, they will continue to lag behind technological advances. Fairfield will explore new ways of looking at law, and new ways of engaging with legal questions, that may help law to remain relevant in the face of rampant scientific progress.
Fairfield is a nationally recognized scholar on privacy, electronic commerce, online economics, virtual worlds, electronic payments, and cryptocurrencies. He came to Washington and Lee in 2007 as an Associate Professor of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at W&L, Fairfield served as Associate Professor of Law for two years at Indiana University School of Law’s Bloomington campus.
During his time at W&L, Fairfield has earned many notable awards. In 2012-2013, he was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research related to trans-Atlantic privacy law at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. In 2013, he was elected into the American Law Institute (ALI) and he received the W&L Law Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship. In 2014-2015, he was recognized as the Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow for Scholarship. In 2012, Fairfield earned the Jessine Monaghan Faculty Fellowship for Teaching, and in 2010, he was recognized as the Huss Faculty Fellow for Law and Technology. In addition to numerous important publications over the years, Fairfield recently published a book with Cambridge University Press title “Owned: Property, Privacy and the New Digital Serfdom,” which has garnered praise from privacy law experts around the country and coverage in the mainstream media.
The Bain Family Professorship was established by W. Donald Bain, Jr. ’49L of Spartanburg, SC in honor of his father, William Donald Bain. 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. He had a successful business career including more than 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 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.
‘A Stronger Sense of Self’ At this small-town university, Nora Devlin '19 has been exposed to viewpoints from all over the globe.
“Attending W&L has made me more conscious of societal issues and more confident in my own opinions and beliefs.”
Hometown: Nevada City, California
Major: Computer Science
I grew up in a small, free-spirited town in the mountains of Northern California, so attending W&L has been somewhat of a culture shock for me. Adjusting to such a different way of life and personal interaction has been challenging at times, but I am so thankful for the personal growth I’ve experienced as a result of leaving my comfort zone.
While W&L is generally not known for its diversity, I have experienced more diversity than ever before, from meeting international students to talking with students from the Deep South to simply discussing ideas with those who hold very different political beliefs than most people I grew up with. Although I am a computer science major, I have been able to take many classes outside of my major, and I have used this opportunity to take courses that expose me to even more diverse ideas, such as “Gender and Politics” and “Social Inequality and Fair Opportunity.” It has been incredibly interesting for me to learn about the backgrounds of my classmates and understand how differences in upbringing can influence one’s outlook.
I would like to think that attending W&L has made me more conscious of societal issues and more confident in my own opinions and beliefs. Growing up, I was constantly bombarded with ideas that I accepted into my political philosophy and outlook on society. At W&L, however, I have had to defend my beliefs for the first time. This has resulted in changing ideas and strengthened opinions; I am more able to explain why I believe certain things. I am especially thankful for professors such as Melina Bell and Lynn Chin for pushing me to question theories and ideas in order to develop more precise ideas and deeper understandings.
I have had opportunities outside the classroom which have strengthened my sense of self and exposed me to new ideas as well. For example, working with the executive team for Washington and Lee College Democrats has allowed me to learn more about the political process and to collaborate with other politically active individuals. Through this group, I have found many students who are always willing to have a political conversation and help me develop a better understanding of the world around me.
I didn’t expect that coming to a traditionally Southern, conservative school would make me more liberal. But through stepping so far out of my comfort zone, I have been able to develop a stronger sense of self and a passion for working to address societal problems. It has not been easy to transition from bluegrass festivals to cocktail parties or from barefooted, didgeridoo-playing hippies to a more traditional, conservative student body, but I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to experience different cultures and ideas and to strengthen my own while at W&L.
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Timothy Diette Named Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis
Timothy Diette, associate dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and the Harry E. and Mary Jayne W. Redenbaugh Term Associate Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University, has been named senior advisor to the president for strategic analysis, effective July 1.
President William C. Dudley announced Diette’s appointment in a message to the W&L community on March 16.
Diette joined the Williams School faculty in 2004, serving as acting head of the Economics Department in 2016 before being appointed associate dean in 2017. He holds an honors B.A. in economics and history, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to W&L, he worked in the finance departments at Bank of America and Wachovia, followed by a stint as an economist for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
He teaches courses in Economics of Education and Health Economics, and is affiliate faculty in both the Africana Studies Program and the Shepherd Poverty Program. He also helped create and advises students for the Education Policy minor.
Diette serves on the university’s SACS Self-Study Leadership Team and as a member of the university’s Data Analytics Working Group, as well as on a number of university committees, including the International Education Committee, Writing Program Advisory Committee, and Registration and Class Schedules Committee. He previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, the Faculty Executive Committee, Faculty Administrators Evaluation Committee, and the Student Faculty Hearing Board. He is also a member of the Shepherd Program’s Strategic Planning Steering, Faculty Review and Advisory committees, and served on the organizing committees for Questioning the Good Life and Questioning Passion, two year-long seminar series devoted to the interdisciplinary study of contemporary topics.
“As we examine the challenges facing the university and higher education today, it’s clear that sophisticated analytical work is essential to making good decisions and making progress toward our most important goals” said Dudley. “Through his research and work experience, and most recently as a member of the Data Analysis Working Group, Tim has a demonstrated a talent for using information to improve institutional self-understanding and decision-making, and his insights will be invaluable in moving the university forward.”
As senior advisor to the president, Diette will work on strategic issues across the university, including admissions, financial aid, student affairs, academic affairs, and advancement.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and partner with people across all areas of the university at this important moment in the life of our institution,” said Diette. “This position is particularly exciting to me, as it brings together my experiences as a faculty member and associate dean, my academic research in the area of the economics of education, and the analysis work I performed in the government and private sectors in ways that I hope will be beneficial to W&L.”
An internal search for a new associate dean of the Williams School will be announced soon.
Journalist and W&L Alumna to Give Society of Professional Journalist Keynote Address
Distinguished Washington and Lee alumna and journalist Alisha Laventure ’09 will give the keynote address for the Society of Professional Journalist on March 26 at 5 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre, Elrod Commons. Her address is free and open to the public.
Laventure will speak on the ethical journalist’s role in the modern media age.
As a weekday anchor, Laventure is the face of Dallas ABC station WFAA-TV. Previously, she was an associate producer for 60 Minutes, where she helped create the Emmy award-winning piece “The Lost Children of Haiti.” Laventure also worked as an anchor in Myrtle Beach and an anchor/reporter in New York. Before that, she was a junior production assistant/editor with CBS.
Daughter of Haitian immigrants, Laventure was recently thrust into the national spotlight for her on-air response to President Trump’s controversial comments about Haiti and other countries.
Laventure graduated from W&L in 2009 with a degree in journalism and romance languages. While in college, she studied in Senegal, China, Peru, France, Colombia and Ghana. Upon graduating, she received the prestigious Todd Smith Fellowship to do overseas reporting with Thomson Reuters in Colombia.
The event is sponsored by W&L’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
W&L’s Center for International Education Presents Vanessa Davies
Washington and Lee University’s Center for International Education presents a public lecture with Vanessa Davies, on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “An Untold Story of Black Intellectuals and Egyptology.”
Davies is visiting scholar-researcher at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.
Her talk is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the Mudd Center for Ethics and the 2016-18 CIE Colloquium on Borders and Their Human Impact with the Support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
W&L Hosts Book Talk with Temple University Professor Bryant Simon
The History Department at Washington and Lee University presents a book talk with Temple University professor Bryant Simon on March 22 at 5 p.m. in Hillel 101.
The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is “The Hamlet Fire and the Deadly Costs of Cheap.”
In this talk, based on his new book, “The Hamlet Fire: Cheap Food, Cheap Government and Cheap Lives” Simon investigates the tragic 1991 chicken processing plant fire in the small town of Hamlet, North Carolina. This was one of the worst accidents in recent American history, causing 25 deaths.
Simon’s interviews with survivors, first responders, workplace-safety experts and local business professionals give a hard-hitting social autopsy of the gruesome event. The book illustrates how this fire was the nearly inevitable product of the rush for deregulation and the even larger American obsession and devotion to the “values of cheap.”
Simon is also the author of “Everything but The Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks” and “Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America.”
W&L Presents Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global Education
Washington and Lee University presents the Mellon Colloquium on New Frontiers in Global Education on March 23 – 24, with plenary speakers José Bowen and Bryan Alexander.
The event is free and open to the public, and registration is available online.
“The Colloquium is the culmination of activity under the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supported Washington and Lee’s global education efforts,” said Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and director of the Center for International Education.
“It is an opportunity to reflect on existing global education initiatives and inquire into challenges that arise as universities look to extend their classrooms to embrace the world. New Frontiers in Global Education will address a spectrum of issues including pedagogical differences across the globe, campus climate issues, legal challenges, athletes and study abroad, liberal education in an increasingly illiberal world, diversity and access to international education, and the acquisition and dissemination of global skills and competence.”
The Colloquium will be the inaugural meeting in what will become a regular event at Washington and Lee.
Bowen is president of Goucher College. He began his teaching career at Stanford University as the director of jazz ensembles. He has written over 100 scholarly articles for various journals including the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Society for American Music and The Journal of Musicological Research.
Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today,”U.S. News and World Report and on NPR for his book “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning” (2012).
Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.
In 2013, Alexander launched a higher-ed consulting business, Bryan Alexander Consulting LLC. He also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly and Inside Higher Ed.
He is currently writing “Transforming the University in the Twenty-First Century: The Next Generation of Higher Education” for Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming, 2019). His two most recent books are “Gearing Up for Learning Beyond K-12” and “The New Digital Storytelling” (2nd ed.)
“What is taking place on the campus of Washington and Lee is what I believe to be a first,” said Dick Kuettner, director of W&L’s Global Discovery Laboratories. “This is not a normal conference or colloquium on international education. This a gathering designed to bring thinkers and doers together to better define just what global education is – global education where global could be termed all encompassing and of the world. We will want to find out what is good that has been thus far put to the test and continue to review and undertake new strategies in education. Global education is much more than the single element of study abroad. Much goes into it and can be acquired from it. That is to say that there is a lot taking place behind the scenes.”
The weekend’s full schedule is available online. The colloquium is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Sydney Internship and Study Abroad: Teresa Aires Rodrigues ’19
It’s been three weeks since we left our little corners of the world and met up in Sydney, and we already have so much to tell!
Teresa Aires Rodrigues ’19
Majors: Business Administration; Sociology and Anthropology
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Sydney is an incredible city: full of life, different places to go to, and a charming multicultural atmosphere. Public transportation will take you wherever you want to go in a timely manner, the people on the streets will fill your ears with words you have never heard before (from words in other languages to Australia’s very own breakkie), and the beach will make you feel as though it’s Summer all year.
We had a few days after our arrival to adjust to Sydney and make our new apartment feel like home, although some of us (that would be me) had to spend those two days purchasing survival kits and trying to find a missing bag left in Canada. After our dinner with Professor Irani at Sydney’s best Thai food restaurant (where we learned some of Soon Ho’s allergies), we departed to Cairns. The first activity was by far my favorite and an experience I will never forget: we snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef. We went on a boat which took us to the middle of the Ocean where, before we explored the great wonders, a marine biologist briefed us on what we would be able to see and what we should and should not do while snorkeling. On the first site, we had the chance to practice wearing our wetsuits (which protected us from both jellyfish and sunburns) and using our masks to breathe.
The second site was where we met Crush (I’m referencing Nemo, in case you haven’t noticed) and his friends. We were so close we could almost touch these beautiful turtles which comfortably swam next to us, making Laura the happiest person on earth! On the third site, we had a small guided tour by our marine biologist, Sam, who pointed out some cool corals and curiosities and showed us where Nemo lives. For me, the last site was the most enchanting as the corals’ bright colors and exquisite shapes reminded me of the song “What a Wonderful world” (go ahead and laugh, because you would have done the same if you had been there). That night, in order to try something new (and cheer up Soon Ho, who had been seasick all day), we had dinner at Corea Corea, a Korean restaurant where Soon Ho ordered (in Korean) very tasty, spicy, and hot traditional dishes.
On the second day, we had a very authentic Aussie experience, as a true Australian guided us (barefoot) through some of the most beautiful waterfalls and country roads. On one of our stops, the guide told us to check out a famous pie shop, Malanda Bakery. We told the nice ladies where we came from and they were very excited to host such an international crew. Additionally, since they had never had anyone from Portugal, Brad suggested I’d sign something for them. However, the ladies’ excitement and Brad’s persuasion culminated in all of us signing their white wall and naming it Callaham’s wall (yes, Brad was very happy all day).
Back in Sydney, we started our first week of classes and experienced an academic life very different from W&L, with large lecture rooms filled with students, an enormous campus and not enough time to go from one class to another, small campus restaurants everywhere, and hundreds of clubs (or societies, as Aussies call them) to choose from. This was also the week when we got to experience our first soccer football game (the sport Danielle plays at W&L), as the Sydney FC lost against the Kashima Antlers. This was a particularly interesting experience for me, as I compared Australians’ calmness and enthusiasm with under 7,000 fans in the stadium, with the Portuguese loud remarks and passion for the sport with over 40,000 fans in the stadium. This was part of the sports class Brad, Danielle, Laura, and I are taking, which is immersing us in the Australian culture and showing us how a sport can have such different outcomes resulting from the culture shaping it.
We are now starting our internships and getting into our Sydney routines, filled with excitement, new things to see, and more adventures to remember. I can’t wait to see what the next months will bring!
Interested in learning more about the Sydney Internship and Study Abroad Program?
Attend an information session on Tuesday, March 27 from 5-6 p.m. in Huntley 235 to learn more!
- Complete up to 2 internships – one domestic and one international.
- Be a full-time student at Sydney University, the oldest university in Australia.
- Earn up to 19 W&L credits from coursework and experiential learning.
- Two different start and end dates to accommodate early return to the US to begin summer internships.
- Rising sophomores (’21) and juniors (’20) majoring in Accounting, Business Administration and Economics are eligible to apply.
A representative from our third-party vendor (Global Academic Ventures) will also be available to answer your questions.
Getting a Leg up on Health W&L women track athletes teamed up with Rockbridge Area Community Services for RunJumpThrow, a national program that teaches kids about physical activity.
Members of the Washington and Lee women’s track team joined local schoolchildren on March 3 to run, jump and throw their way through a fun-filled Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field on the W&L campus.
Part of a national program created by USA Track & Field and Hershey, RunJumpThrow paired W&L student volunteers with local kids for a variety of exercises. The purpose of the event was to introduce children to track and field, not only as a healthy individual activity but as a team sport. Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) brought the program to Rockbridge County with its Live Healthy Rockbridge Kids coalition, and with funding from Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.
Washington and Lee women’s track athletes, including Bailey Sanders ’19 and Katie Bearup ’20, helped to organized W&L’s participation through their membership in the Generals Leadership Academy. The program provides underclassmen with skills necessary to be leaders on their athletic teams, as well as within the university community. It was created in 2002 by the Athletic Department and Scott Fechnay ’69, and was fully endowed by Scott and his wife, Peggy Ann Eacho Fechnay. RunJumpThrow also served as the women’s track team’s required annual community service project.
“It was awesome for us to help those kids see what track and field is really like, and to introduce them to it at a young age,” Sanders said. “That was really rewarding for us.”
On the afternoon of the event, the majority of the women’s track team met with 40 students from Central Elementary, Natural Bridge Elementary, Waddell Elementary, Fairfield Elementary and Maury River Middle School. They started out with a dynamic warm-up, then cycled in small groups through various activity stations. Over the course of the afternoon, they learned the benefits and proper form for running, long jump, hurdle jumping, ball throwing, starts, and baton hand-offs. The event wrapped up with some friendly competition, then all of the children received a string backpack, a medal and a water bottle.
“It went really well,” Sanders said. “It was a little chilly and windy but that didn’t seem to bother the kids. I think they had a good time.”
W&L to Host Public Talk with Co-Founders of FairVote
“Rob and Cynthia are pioneers in the efforts to reform and improve American elections…and their talk will be of interest to anyone concerned about gerrymandering, the Electoral College, minority representation and other aspects of electoral reform.”
Washington and Lee University presents a public talk with Rob Richie and Cynthia Terrell, co-founders of FairVote on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Hillel 101. The duo are longtime veterans in the fight against partisan gerrymandering.The title of their talk is “How We’ll End Gerrymandering and Fairly Represent All Women and Men?” It is free and open to the public. Their talk is part of the Mellon Borders Symposium.
Richie has been the executive director of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992. He has played a key role in advancing, winning and implementing electoral reforms at the local and state levels.
He is a frequent media source and has been a guest on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” On the Media, and Freakonomics. Richie’s writings have appeared in every major national publication including the opinion pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as in nine books, including as co-author of “Every Vote Equal,” about Electoral College reform, and “Whose Votes Count,” about fair representation voting.
Terrell is a founder of Representation2020 and FairVote and has served as a board member of several charitable organizations and Quaker institutions, including the American Friends Service Committee and Sandy Spring Friends School.
Previously, Terrell worked on political campaigns, working as campaign manager and field director for campaigns for the U.S. President, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, for governor and for state and city-wide initiative efforts, including a state equal rights amendment and a city campaign for fair representation voting.
“Rob and Cynthia are pioneers in the efforts to reform and improve American elections,” said Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law. “Their work focuses especially on the fates of women and racial minorities who are systematically underrepresented in U.S. elections, and their talk will be of interest to anyone concerned about gerrymandering, the Electoral College, minority representation and other aspects of electoral reform.”
Nothing but Love Peyton Powers '18 says studying poverty has helped him understand that "humans cannot be divorced from the dignity that is concomitant to life."
“The Shepherd Program has been an instrumental component of my W&L experience.”
Peyton Powers ’18
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Minors: Poverty Studies, Education Policy
I have a very limited understanding of sports. I’m not an athlete (shocking, given my gymnastic physique!) and I never will be. Nevertheless, I’ve always been fascinated by one unique aspect of tennis—its scoring. Imagine this: you’re in a tennis match, but you haven’t scored a single point. As it turns out, you don’t actually have zero. Instead, you have love.
This seemingly minor observation became more significant to me in my time at W&L. Since the start of my college career, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capabilities. As a Bonner Scholar, the Volunteer Venture Coordinator, a Poverty Studies minor, a member of Strategic Planning, and now a student representative to the Advisory Committee, I’ve come to fully understand the program and its mission: Humans cannot be divorced from the dignity that is concomitant to life.
Poverty is crippling. It hinders opportunity, exacerbates inequity, and threatens human dignity. With poverty increasingly encroaching upon humanity’s most vulnerable, the tennis metaphor is of paramount importance: even when one player has nothing, they have love. The same, too, applies for every member of society. We are all deserving of love, and it starts when we recognize the wholeness of the person immediately in front of us.
The Shepherd Program has been an instrumental component of my W&L experience. The co-curricular nature of Shepherd imbued a sense of clarity regarding my vocational path. As I prepare for my next steps as a math teacher at a public school in Providence, Rhode Island, I am grateful for the love that has been shared with me and am eager to pass it along to my students over the next few years.
More about Peyton
Extracurricular Involvement: Bonner Program, Volunteer Venture, White Book Review Committee, Faculty Executive Committee, Fancy Dress, LEAD, Shepherd Advisory Committee, Lambda Chi Alpha
Why did you choose your major?
I haphazardly stumbled into the economics major when I realized that politics and I were no longer a match made in heaven. I remain indebted to Professor Katharine Shester for encouraging me along the way.
Has anyone on campus inspired you?
There are too many to count, but Lainey Johnson ’16, John Crum ’17 and Elizabeth Mugo ’19 immediately come to mind.
Best place to eat? What do you order?
Waffle House on Saturday mornings. I’ll have the all-star special—scrambled eggs, hash browns (smothered and covered, please and thanks), cinnamon raisin toast, bacon and a waffle.
What one film/book do you recommend to everyone?
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
Post-graduation plans: Teaching math with flexibility for Special Education in Providence, RI through Teach For America, while working on a Master’s in Urban Education Policy at Brown University
Favorite W&L memory: Tropical, a party that my fraternity throws in the fall. It’s just always a blast.
Favorite class: GEOL105: Earth Lab—Dinosaurs!
Murtha Selected for NABC Division III All-Star Game Murtha is the first W&L men's basketball player selected to compete in the contest in program history.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Tuesday the rosters for the 2018 Reese’s Division III College All-Star game, and Washington and Lee senior forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) was one of the 20 players selected.
The game will take place on Saturday, March 17 at 3:30 pm prior to the NCAA Division III Championship game at the Salem Civic Center. Murtha will compete on the 10-member East Squad. He is the first W&L men’s basketball player selected to compete in the contest in program history.
Murtha led the ODAC this season in points per game (18.7), was third in rebounds per contest (9.2) and ninth in field goal percentage at 52.3 percent (181-of-346). He also totaled 12 double-doubles, 39 assists, 15 steals and 17 blocks.
On the W&L all-time lists, Murtha finished his career third in scoring with 1,845 points and seventh in total rebounds (855). His career scoring average of 17.1 ppg is seventh. He is second all-time in free throws made with 568 and is second in free throws attempted (860).
Murtha is sixth in W&L history in field goals attempted (1,171) and sixth in field goals made (634). He is one of only two players in W&L history to total at least 1,800 points and 800 rebounds in his career.
Following the regular season, Murtha earned First Team All-ODAC accolades, Third Team All-Region laurels from D3hoops.com and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. It marked the fourth all-conference honor for Murtha and his third time making the first team. He is the first player in program history to earn All-ODAC laurels four times, and the first to make the first team three times.
The head coach for the East squad will be W&L alum and W&L Hall of Fame member Mike Neer ’70. Neer served as the head coach at the University of Rochester for 34 years and then at Hobart College for three years before retiring in 2014. He compiled a 629-346 record in his 37 seasons and led Rochester to a national championship in 1990.
A standout for the men’s basketball team in his three seasons, Neer is still 14th on the W&L all-time scoring list with 1,289 points and third on the career rebounds list with 1,003.
Joining Neer as an assistant coach for the All-Star Game is W&L Hall of Famer and former men’s basketball coach Verne Canfield. The all-time leader in wins in program history, Canfield led the Generals to a 460-337 overall record in 31 years (1964-95), including nine conference championships.
For the All-Star Game, the teams are composed of two senior student-athletes from each of the eight regions in Division III, two seniors selected by online voting on D3hoops.com and two senior at-large selections.
Reiter to Give Talk in Honor of Cannan Term Professorship
Sandy Reiter, Darrold and Kay Cannan Associate Term Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Business Administration Department, will give a talk titled “Does it Make Sense to Blame Corporations?” on Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. in Huntley 327 in honor of her professorship.
Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Professor Reiter had an extensive career in the aerospace industry working for a corporation that changed names several times due to buy-outs and mergers: Bendix, AlliedSignal, and Honeywell. She is affiliated with the Philosophy Department, Environmental Studies, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and the Shepherd Poverty Program. She teaches courses in the area of business ethics and economic justice, with a strong focus on the international and global environment.
Professor Reiter, a member of the Washington and Lee University faculty since 2006, earned her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Notre Dame, her Masters of Management from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
The Darrold and Kay Cannan Term Professorship, established in 2007 by Darrold A. Cannan, Jr. ’53 and his wife, Kay, is a permanently endowed fund at W&L providing support for a faculty member in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. The award recognizes a different professor every three years.
Notes from Lenfest Hermione Wang '18 has spent so much time in Lenfest that people jokingly ask her if she lives there. Her job? Making sure that the show always goes on.
“I like to say that there’s always something exciting happening at Lenfest.”
Hometown: Calgary, Canada
Majors: Accounting, Business Administration and Geology
One of the things I’ll remember about W&L even after I graduate is that there are people here who believe in me and my abilities more than I believe in myself. It was one of these moments, during the summer between my sophomore and junior year, that landed me the work-study position of lead student director for house management at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Despite having only worked shows intermittently during my sophomore year and never receiving the formal training that most student directors do, Susan Wager (assistant director and my supervisor) decided that I was the person for the job.
The opportunity came at a perfect time for me: I was looking to make changes and wanted something new. Since then, Lenfest has been a central part of my W&L experience. In fact, I’ve spent so much time in the building that one of the deans once jokingly asked if I lived there.
My favorite thing about working at Lenfest is that the place brings people together. From my peers who work or perform there to the regular patrons, I have met some amazing people I probably would not have met otherwise. Having come to this school from far away and not knowing what to expect beforehand, I appreciate the fact that I have found friends outside of the immediate W&L community. It makes Lexington feel like home.
There are many things I have learned from working at Lenfest. Some of the things are life skills that we hear about all the time: the importance of communication, organization and team building. But some of the tidbits of knowledge are as trivial as the fact that baked brie is a crowd favorite at receptions or that you can twist a soda can horizontally on a pile of napkins to make the pile look pretty.
If there was one thing I wished I’d mastered before becoming lead student director, it would be to keep calm even when things go wrong. Luckily and thankfully, there’s never been anything catastrophic, but even small things can appear significant when the show must go on. Some most memorable “uh-oh” moments include the time there was a bat in the staircase and the time we had a large water leak (miniature flood) in the box office. However, looking back, all of these challenges were just part of the experience, and they were good practice in crisis management. I like to say that there’s always something exciting happening at Lenfest.
In the past year and a half, I have changed our scheduling system from emailing to Google Docs and now to a mobile app to increase ease of communication. Each time, I’m grateful that Susan has trusted my judgement, but also that my peers have supported the effort and helped us work through obstacles.
My first few weeks, even months, as lead student director were a steep learning curve. And even though the role still induces high stress at times, I am glad that Susan threw me into it. This has been an incredible opportunity and I’m going to take the memories with me wherever I go.
More about Hermione
– Lead Student Director at Lenfest Center of the Arts
– Community Assistant in the Global Service House
– Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee
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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Announced
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners. The recipients will receive their awards during Alumni Weekend, April 26 – 29, 2018.
Harold Stowe ‘68
A commerce major, Harold was a member of Phi Delta Theta and played football and lacrosse. He received an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School in 1970 and began his career as vice president of the North Carolina National Bank in Charlotte. After seven years with the bank, he moved to Fort Mill, S.C., and became treasurer of Springs Industries Inc. He then became the managing partner of Springfield Associates in Charlotte from 1980-1981 and then executive vice president of The Springs Company in Lancaster, S.C., in 1982. Seven years later, he began working with Canal Industries and affiliated companies and worked his way from executive vice president to president and chief executive officer of the company. After working several years in the business world, Harold became the acting dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business at Coastal Carolina University from 2006-2007. He is currently the Principle of Stowe-Monier Management, LLC.
Outside of work, Harold is a member of many profit and nonprofit boards, including SCANA Corporation, The Jackson Companies, Sea Mist Advisory Board of Directors, Canal Holdings and Ruddick Corporation. He is also chairman of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, chairman of the Smith Medical Clinic, and he serves on the Wall College of Business Board of Visitors executive committee and is chairman of the Wall Fellows Board.
Harold has remained very involved with Washington and Lee. Two of his children are W&L alums: Blair Stowe Sumrall, M.D. ’00 and Patrick B. Stowe ’01. Harold has served on the Williams School Advisory Board, his reunion class committees, as a class agent for the Annual Fund and a Chapter volunteer.
Wilson “Wick” Vellines Jr. ’68, ‘73L
Wick was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, the Student Executive Committee and sang in the University Glee Club while at W&L. After graduating from the W&L School of Law, Wick was offered a position in Staunton doing general practice. A Virginia native, Wick has been a Staunton leader and supporter for his entire career. Wick is co-founder and partner at Vellines, Cobbs, Goodwin & Glass, a full-service law firm. Within the Stuanton community, Wick has been president of the Staunton Music Festival and has sung in the Trinity Church Choir. He has served on the board of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, the Valley Conservation Council, Historic Staunton Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, and the Staunton Economic Development Authority.
Wick has been an adjunct professor at W&L’s School of Law, served on the Law Council, on the Alumni Board, been a Class Agent for the Annual Fund, a member of his reunion class committee and a Chapter volunteer. Wick and his wife, Betty, have two daughters, including Meredith Vellines ’00.
Lee Rorrer Holifield ’93
At W&L, Lee was president of the Student Financial Relations Committee and house manager for the International House for two years each. She graduated with a B.A. in Russian Studies and later earned her MBA at Jacksonville University. Lee’s career in Human Resources began shortly after graduation. She is currently a director of global talent acquisition for Visa, where she manages global recruitment for all client-facing roles. Over the years, she has developed and led campus-, professional-, and executive-level recruiting programs. In the last two years she has handled all the staffing requirements for several major site openings, most recently in Manila, and now leads a team of 10 recruiters in countries on four continents.
Since graduating, Lee has been an active volunteer for W&L, including serving seven years as the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter President, a member of the Alumni Board of Directors from 2004-2008, and Washington, DC Alumni Chapter President from 2016-2018. In addition, she was a class agent for 13 years, co-chaired her 10th, 15th, and 20th class reunions, and has voluntered in a variety of other roles for the University. Lee also serves in leadership positions with her local and state Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters and volunteers with the Taproot Foundation.
Lee lives in Washington, DC. She and her husband, Mike ’89, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Lee Chapel wedding this June. Their daughter, Victoria, is a Junior at Christopher Newport University.
Lewis Perkins ‘93
An art major at W&L, Lewis was a member of Sigma Chi and sang with Southern Comfort, the University Glee Club, the University Chorus and the University Chamber Singers. Lewis also holds a M.B.A. in marketing and strategy with a focus on social responsibility from Emory University. A passionate advocate for “doing the right thing,” Lewis has served as president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute since 2015. He previously led the Institute’s Fashion Positive initiative, which engages fashion designers, manufacturers, brands and influencers in creating Cradle to Cradle Certified™ materials and products with the circular economy in mind. Prior to joining the Institute, Lewis consulted with corporations and organizations on the social and environmental program development. He also served as director of sustainable strategies for The Mohawk Group, a leading carpet manufacturer and the commercial division of Mohawk Industries. Lewis’ passion for sustainability and non-profit work has included strategic roles with organizations such as The Clean Air Campaign, 360i and USWeb/CKS. He is an Ashoka and C&A Foundation Strategy Thought Partner for social entrepreneurs, a 2016 and 2017 member of the H&M Global Change Award Expert Panel, a Design Mentor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lexus Design Initiative – Eco Design Challenge Accelerator.
Lewis has stayed engaged with W&L as a member of his reunion class committee and as a Chapter volunteer.
W&L’s Colón Talks Media Ethics with Washington Post
“The story isn’t really about Sam Nunberg; it’s about what he said and how it’s connected to an important grand jury investigation.”
Aly Colón, Knight Professor of Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University, was recently interviewed for a Washington Post story titled, “Sam Nunberg’s live interviews were strange and uncomfortable. Should he have been on TV at all?”
Colón explained the importance of all the factors when deciding whether or not to air an interview. “Because he was an aide, there were all these factors that made him kind of important to give consideration to, but then once you’ve done that, how does he advance your story so that you understand more about what’s going on? And I’m not sure I understood that clearly,” Colόn said.
Read the full Washington Post piece online.
W&L’s Nora Demleitner on Family Migration
“Family migration rules tell the world what we value and who we are as a country and a society.”
The following opinion piece by Nora Demleitner, Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on March 2, 2018, and is reprinted here by permission.
Nora V. Demleitner column: Let’s celebrate family migration – and quit calling it ‘chain’ migration
I applaud Melania Trump for having sponsored her parents. Yet I wish she would speak up about it rather than hide behind their privacy while her president husband vilifies “chain” migrants. As a beneficiary of the current system, I know how much of the burden falls on the U.S. citizen sponsor even though family immigration benefits not just the individual but the United States.
Family migration is a very limited benefit available primarily to U.S. citizens. Permanent residents, the so-called green card holders, have very restricted sponsorship privileges: They are permitted to bring a spouse and unmarried children into the United States. Citizens may also sponsor a married child and, if they are over 21, siblings and parents. Most of these categories though are subject to annual numerical limitations, restricting the number of immigrants who can come into the country under them. Only spouses, minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens are not subjected to these quotas. Some of the other categories have decade-long waiting periods. The funnels are narrow and clogged.
Family members usually have to wait many years to join the sponsor unless they have other avenues of immigration available to them. An internationally acclaimed nuclear physicist who marries a green card holder would be better advised to come in under the employment category. If she marries a U.S. citizen, however, it would likely be cheaper and quicker to immigrate through him. We do not know how many family immigrants are also desirable employment-based immigrants. But employment is not the only way in which sponsors and their family members contribute to the United States.
Family brings countless benefits to individuals. When close family members join the sponsor, life in the United States becomes permanent for everyone, allowing them all to contribute fully and in all ways, as economic, political, and social actors. Family members may bring their talents and their financial resources here where they spend or invest them in ways they wouldn’t if they lived abroad. Many sponsored parents help raise their U.S. citizen grandchildren, providing tangible and intangible support. As other countries have learned, excluding the spouses and children of migrants creates social instability, detracts from integration efforts, and leads migrants to suffer from depression and other mental health problems. That does not bode well for successful integration.
Immigrating to the United States requires financial resources and patience. Leaving behind one’s home country also takes an emotional toll. The process can take months, if not years, and the administrative costs associated with it are substantial. Sponsors have to show that they have sufficient financial resources available to provide for their entire family, including the sponsored family member. They remain financially responsible for the immigrant family member until that person has worked about 10 years, becomes a citizen, or leaves the United States. In some cases the sponsorship period terminates only with death. This means that during the entire time, the sponsor is legally obligated to maintain the family member’s income at about $15,000 a year and to repay any means-tested assistance the sponsored individual may receive. A draft executive order leaked last year would have defined these means-tested programs yet more broadly and increased enforcement of the support obligation. Even without it, the sponsor’s financial exposure is substantial.
Immigrants made an intentional, and in some cases less than intentional, choice to come to this country — for love, for work, to study, as refugees — and then they stayed. Joining the United States should not mean that they have to cut off their children, parents, and siblings. That is certainly not how we understood the bargain. As my Australian-born physical therapist said to me, “Did they want me to leave my 89-year-old father to die alone?”
Family migration rules tell the world what we value and who we are as a country and a society. Let’s not limit them further but instead celebrate Melania and her parents.
Nora V. Demleitner is the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, and 2017-2018 Senior Fellow, Baldy Center, University of Buffalo. She may be contacted at email@example.com.
W&L’s Strong on Trump’s Twitter Habit
“So how can we get the president to understand that he tweets too much? It might help if Trump took a few minutes to learn some presidential history.”
Bob Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, recently weighed in on President Trump’s Twitter habit. His piece, titled, “Trump’s Twitter habit isn’t very presidential. George Washington would agree” appeared on NBC News THINK on Feb. 19, 2018.
You can read the full piece on NBC News THINK online.
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Law and Undergraduate Alumni Reunions Join us for the biggest events of the year!
Law Alumni Weekend 2018 is April 13-15
Celebrating reunions for the law classes of ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08 and ’13 as well as our Legal Legacies (any alum who graduated more than 50 years ago).
Undergraduate Alumni Weekend is April 26 – 29
An all-out extravaganza, Alumni Weekend is the University’s signature event held each spring. Alumni who graduated from W&L 11 to 50 years ago are invited to attend. Those celebrating their 50th, 45th, 40th, 35th, 30th, 25th, 20th, and 15th reunions have additional class-only events. Weekend activities include live music, university speakers, alumni panel discussions, campus tours, and the annual Alumni Association Meeting held in Lee Chapel.
O’Hare Headlines 7th Annual AdLib The VP of global brand communications for adidas delivered the keynote address at a daylong advertising and marketing conference full of networking opportunities for students.
For the 7th Annual AdLib Conference at Washington and Lee on March 2, Alegra O’Hare ’94 brought her marketing expertise — not to mention a snazzy pair of black-and-white sneakers — to the Stackhouse Theater stage.
O’Hare, vice president of global brand communications for adidas, returned to the W&L campus for the first time in 20 years to network with students and deliver the AdLib keynote address. Her talk focused on five key lessons she has learned during her career in brand marketing.
The point she hammered heaviest was that a good team (part of what she calls “Vitamin T”) is paramount to success in the field. “They say retail is dead, TV is dead, and content is king,” she said. “Well, content isn’t king if you don’t have the right people working on it. People are king — content is queen.”
O’Hare, who majored in psychology at W&L before going on to study at the SDA Bocconi School of Management and Harvard Business School, also stressed to students in the audience that “it’s OK not to know” where they want to ultimately end up in their careers. “My major took me to a place I never could have imagined,” she said.
Read more about O’Hare, who was named one of the 35 most powerful women in sports by AdWeek magazine, in this W&L alumni profile.
“Alegra’s participation was incredibly valuable and sparked some real thinking,” said Amanda Bower, the Charles C. Holbrook, Jr. ’72 Professor of Business Administration at W&L and the faculty advisor for AdLib. “She was so generous with her time and thoughts, and the students have absorbed it all. My email is filled with students who want to talk about how she has changed their thinking about their own personal and professional directions.”
The AdLib conference, which first took place in 2011, has evolved into a daylong event that allows current students to network with alumni in the advertising and marketing industries. This year’s event was made possible in part by a donation from Jackson Spalding, a marketing communications company co-founded by Glen Jackson ’85.
In addition to O’Hare’s keynote address, this year’s conference included coffee talks, luncheons, and a panel discussion on how to break into the industry. The following alumni donated their time and spent the day at their alma mater:
Carly Sachs ’07 (The Hershey Company)
Maria Blackwell ’07 (C.F. Sauer Company)
Ben Gillespie ’03 (UPS)
Bethany Evans ’05 (Southwest Airlines)
Colton Payne ’10 (Brown-Forman)
Marty Ritter ’04 (The Martin Agency)
Marshall Woodward ’16 (Redscout)
Jillian Leigh ’17 (Burns Group)
Rachel Baker ’17 (Wildfire)
“Our students might have a sort of preconceived notion about what they should do when they graduate, or what they should major in to be able to do that,” Bower said. “AdLib demonstrates to them that there are so many other career options and experiences available to them, and that there are a variety of different paths to get there. Alegra was a psychology major, and Ben Gillespie was a history major, and both are doing some very big, very cool things.”
Carol Campbell, Author of “The Goddess Diaries,” to Perform at W&L
Washington and Lee University presents a public performance by Carol Lee Campbell, creator of “The Goddess Diaries,” on March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Hillel 101. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Goddess Diaries” is an ongoing theatrical production featuring true-life stories of women.
Through performance, broadcasting and educational endeavors, Campbell’s work in feminist performance and playwriting addresses intersectional issues surrounding gender oppression.
Voted Best of the Fringe three years in a row (DCMetro Theater Arts) at The Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C., “The Goddess Diaries” completed its seventh run as a benefit show at the George Mason University last October. Campbell presents ongoing theatrical projects at Mason that focus on gender and sexual oppression in a migration setting.
In 2016, she launched a new music/talk radio program, Music Alley Radio that airs live from Arlington, VA, 96.7 FM. Through dialogue with guests, Campbell explores the intersection of social activism and musical talent around D.C.
Carol has a master’s degree in feminist theater and performance from George Mason University. Her capstone project, “The Lesbian Wannabe” was recognized with the Outstanding Graduate Student Project Award.
The Center for Poetic Research Presents Poet Ross Gay Gay’s poetry often explores questions of race, as well as his symbiotic passions for gardening and community activism.
The Center for Poetic Research at Washington and Lee University presents poet Ross Gay on campus March 13-14. He will give a talk on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chavis Board Room and then a poetry reading the next day in Northen Auditorium at 5 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Gay’s poetry often explores questions of race, as well as his symbiotic passions for gardening and community activism. His work has won numerous awards including the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Award, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and a 2015 Radcliffe Fellowship. He is the author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2015), Bringing the Shovel Down (2011); and Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006).
Gay is an associate professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds an M.F.A in Poetry and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Temple University.
His visit is sponsored in part by the Glasgow Endowment and the Dean of the College – CPR Cohort.
W&L Hosts Allen Guelzo as Part of Education and History Series
Washington and Lee University will hold a public lecture with scholar Allen C. Guelzo, on March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online at https://livestream.com/wlu/allen-guelzo-gettysburg.
The title of Guelzo’s talk is “Did Robert E. Lee Commit Treason?”
Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College and James Madison Program Garwood Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. He is the first double Lincoln Laureate in history. In 2000, he received both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for his intellectual biography of Lincoln, “Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President.”
Guelzo’s book “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion” (2013) spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was cited for “an extraordinarily detailed and realistic account” in a Times review.
His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals and in major daily publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A historical commentator, Guelzo has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic channel and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Guelzo served a six-year term on the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the Medal of Honor from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is also a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Union League of Philadelphia.
Quick Hits: Crux Climbing Competition Students gathered at the bouldering wall in the Outing Club Barn to reach new heights in a friendly competition.
W&L Law’s Mark Drumbl Involved in Major UN Initiative Addressing Child Terrorists
Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, is involved in the legal content of a new book launched last month at the United Nations entitled “Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict.”
Together with Professor Gabor Rona of Cardozo Law School, Drumbl co-chaired an experts meeting held in Tarrytown (just outside New York City) in August 2017 in which nearly 30 experts on counter-terrorism, children’s rights, decommission of children, and military rules of engagement participated from across the globe.
For the UN project, Drumbl and Rona co-wrote a chapter entitled “Navigating Challenges in Child Protection and the Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups.” This chapter identifies the intersections between international law and the ability of states to detain, prosecute, and engage children associated with armed groups politically determined to be ‘terroristic’ or ‘violent extremist’ in nature.
“The key argument is that there is no principled basis to distinguish such children, when illegally recruited, from children associated with armed groups or armed forces generally,” says Drumbl. “What is more, state actors need to take into account the ‘best interests of the child’ maxim in their interactions with such children which, in turn, is a solid guard against recidivism or recruitment tactics that such terroristic actors deploy.”
Drumbl and Rona urged policymakers that international law on these topics was quite clear, so the challenge lay in implementation and enforcement.
At a follow-up event in New York in February 2018, some participants shared findings from their field research in Syria, Iraq, and Mali and considered, within the frameworks provided by law, programmatic guidance for practitioners working to protect children and to help release them from such groups.
At W&L, Drumbl serves as Director of the University’s Transnational Law Institute. His research and teaching interests include public international law, global environmental governance, international criminal law, post-conflict justice, and transnational legal process. In addition to numerous articles, book chapters and other scholarly works, he is the author of “Reimagining Child Soldiers” and “Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law.”
W&L Repertory Dance Company Features Poet Nina Maria Donovan
The Washington and Lee University Department of Theatre, Dance and Film Studies will present the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company and guest artists, March 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lenfest Center.
This fully produced concert of eight works contains the work of four guest artist residencies that occurred throughout the year. Choreographers Autumn Eckman, Lauren Hall and Jordan Kriston each spent four days on campus offering master classes and teaching their choreography to W&L dance students.
Nina Maria Donovan, a spoken-word artist, wrote the poem “Nasty Woman,” which was performed at the National Women’s March by Ashley Judd. Donovan will visit campus the week of March 15 as a guest artist. Her poem and performance were the inspiration for a large group dance created by Cate Peabody ’18. Donovan will recite her poem live on stage as an accompaniment to Peabody’s original choreography.
Donovan is a sociology major with women/gender studies and Jewish/holocaust studies minors at Middle Tennessee State University. She will be on campus for five days interacting with students, performing and participating in campus life. In conjunction with the W&L’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, she will participate in an Art and Activism luncheon during the week.
Eckman was a scholarship student at the Houston Ballet Academy and is an Iowa Arts Fellow, where she earned her M.F.A. in choreography. In her 20 years as a professional dancer, she has danced and taught for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre and Giordano Dance Chicago, among others.
Hall is a choreographer, teacher and dance media artist based in Los Angeles. She received an M.F.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine, and has guest lectured and set choreography on university dance students throughout the U.S.
After receiving her dance degree from Arizona State University, Kristen joined Pilobolus Dance Theater, where she helped create over a dozen new works with the company. She has performed and taught movement collaboration workshops in almost all 50 U.S. states and several countries around the world.
On curating this performance, Artistic Director Jenefer Davies said, “Bringing together professional guest artists, faculty and current students creates a beautiful synergy. A palpable force of teaching and learning is created through the artistic process.”
Tickets are required and can be purchased at 540-458-8000 or online.
W&L’s Studio Art Majors Present Senior Projects
Washington and Lee University’s studio art majors will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens in Staniar Gallery’s and Wilson Hall’s second-floor art display spaces on March 26. The show will be on display through April 6 with an opening reception for the artists in Lykes Atrium, Wilson Hall on March 28 at 4:30 p.m.
Each spring, Staniar Gallery showcases work by the Art Department’s graduating studio majors in a senior thesis exhibition. The year-long thesis project gives the students the experience of creating a cohesive body of work and the opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery space.
The group show displays accomplished artwork in a variety of media including drawing, installation, painting, photography, sound and video. This year’s show features work by Ryan Brink, Audrey Dangler, Sara Dotterer, Jessie Drennen, Ellen Kanzinger, Leigh Poetzsch, Hayley Price, McKenna Quatro, Ruth Smith and Amberly Wang.
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. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 540-458-8861.
Stanford Professor Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu to Address W&L’s Phi Beta Kappa Convocation
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on March 18 at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
The keynote speaker will be Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance. His talk is titled “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.” The convocation is free and open to the public.
Shigematsu is a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and training in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine. He was a professor of education and at the University of Tokyo and director of its international counseling center. At Stanford University, he co-founded the LifeWorks program in contemplative and integrative education.
Shigematsu has been a teacher and counselor for children and adults in schools and universities in Japan and the U.S., from daycare to medical school. He uses storytelling, both written and oral, to enhance whole-person learning and mindful citizenship.
His research includes fieldwork in Okinawa and other parts of Japan in healing and human development as a Fulbright scholar. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness in promoting personal well-being, leadership and social transformation.
Shigematsu is the author of books, articles and essays in both English and Japanese, he writes about multicultural perspectives on mindfulness, identity and citizenship. His newest book was published last month and is titled “From Mindfulness to Heartfulness, Transforming Self and Society with Compassion.”
The talk will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu/pbk-2018.
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 2017
- Samuel Thomas Gibson
- Corinne Ellen Wood
Class of 2018
- Parker Elizabeth Burrus
- Mary-Frances Elizabeth Hall
- Courtney D. Hauck
- Caroline Ashmore Holliday
- Truth Iyiewuare
- Savannah Lynn Kimble
- Evan Scott Kueffner
- Emily Elizabeth Limmer
- Julie Ruth Malone
- Alex Meilech
- Nicolas Howard Peck
- Mary Elizabeth Silliman
- Natalie Sloane Smith
- Emily Cordelia Stewart
- Thomas Hart Thetford
- Mara Elizabeth Tynan
- Katrina Michelle Volk
- Mary Page Welch
- Jonathan T. Williams
Class of 2019
- Hammad Ahmad
- Ryder Tobin Babik
- Nathan Brewer
- Hung Viet Chu
- Natalie Stefanie Dabrowski
- Alex Farley
- Joshua Fox
- Rossella Ivana Gabriele
- Margaret Grace Kallus
- Morgan Maloney
- Julia Mayol
- Mary Hampton Brown McNeal
- Katherine Oakley
- Kathryn Kalady Osowski
- Henry Carr Patrick III
- Justin J. Pedersen
- Lauren Elizabeth Pupa
- Jackson Arthur Roberts
- Lisa Amy Roth
- Brittany Lynn Smith
- Mohini Tangri
- Aidan Patrick Valente
W&L’s Beck Receives an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Beck is the 22nd General to receive the distinction over the last 15 years.
“My incredible professors, coaches, classmates, teammates and friends have all become a part of who I am today, and I’m just happy that this award will help me further pursue the passions and inspiration I found here at W&L.”
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its fall 2017 postgraduate scholarship winners and senior men’s soccer player Gillen Beck (Blacksburg, Va. / Blacksburg) was among the 58 Division I, II and III student-athletes that were recognized.
Beck is the 22nd General to receive the distinction over the last 15 years, and 41 W&L athletes have been honored since 1970. Other recent recipients include golfer Conley Hurst ’17, tennis player Patricia Kirkland ’15 and swimmer Rick Sykes ’13.
“It really is an incredible honor to be selected for such a meaningful award,” said Beck. “Hazy practices after nights without leaving the library were a constant reminder of the struggle to balance academics and athletics. I suppose the award says that I managed to do so sufficiently, but nothing I’ve accomplished here can even compare to all that this campus has done for me.”
Beck continued “My incredible professors, coaches, classmates, teammates, and friends have all become a part of who I am today, and I’m just happy that this award will help me further pursue the passions and inspiration I found here at W&L.”
Beck was a four-year letterwinner as a goalkeeper and served as a team captain for his senior season. He started each of his final three seasons, earning All-ODAC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and claiming the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award each of his final two seasons. Additionally, Beck was a two-time all-region honoree and he received CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America laurels in 2017.
Over the course of his career, Beck played in 58 games, posting a 0.88 goals-against average and a .793 save percentage, while leading the Generals to one ODAC title and three NCAA Tournament berths.
A mathematics and physics double-major, Beck is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Society, Sigma Pi Sigma US Honor Society for Physics and Phi Eta Sigma First-Year National Honor Society.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically in intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter, spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Glasgow Endowment Presents Poetry Reading by Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Washington and Lee University presents a poetry reading by Anna Lena Phillips Bell sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment on March 22 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public, with books for sale following the event.
Bell is an old-time musician and square dance caller, as well as a poet. She is the author of “Ornament,” winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and “A Pocket Book of Forms.”
The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone and an editor of Lookout Books.
Find more information on both events here.
Glasgow Endowment Presents Poetry Reading by Tess Taylor
Washington and Lee University will present a poetry reading by Tess Taylor on March 27 at 12:15 p.m. in Hillel 101. The reading is sponsored by the Glasglow Endowment and is free and open to the public.
“Tess Taylor’s work will be of strong interest to anyone interested in environmental approaches to writing,” said Lesley Wheeler Henry S. Fox Professor of English. “I’m delighted that she’ll be meeting, as well, with the students in my English capstone seminar on Documentary Poetics.”
Taylor is the author of two collections of poetry and a chapbook. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review and The Times Literary Supplement. She has received awards and fellowships from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle and is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Read more about the event here.
W&L Concert Guild Presents Roomful of Teeth Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice.
The Washington and Lee University Concert Guild presents the eight-voice ensemble, Roomful of Teeth on March 23, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall.
Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions around the world, the ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.
The singers utilize Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing in their presentations.
Recent projects include “The Colorado,” a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin. The group also appeared at new music festivals in the U.S., Canada and Sweden. Roomful of Teeth maintains partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.
Tickets are required and available through the Lenfest Center box office at 540-458-8000 or online. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $20, Senior Citizens $15, W&L Faculty and Staff $10 and Students $5.
Virginia Tech Professor to Give Keynote for Mudd Undergraduate Ethics Conference
Daniel Wodak, assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, is the keynote speaker for Washington and Lee’s Mudd Undergraduate Conference in Ethics. His lecture is March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room.
Wodak will speak on “Fake News and Echo Chambers.” The keynote and conference are free and open to the public.
Wodak received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2016. He works on ethics, metaethics and the philosophy of law, with a special interest in a range of issues at their intersection.
The Mudd Undergraduate Conference in Ethics is the only open undergraduate conference in the country solely dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues.
The Shape of the Maury Robert Humston's Aquatic Ecology class collected ecological data about the Maury River in preparation for the removal of Jordan's Point Dam.
“The class is focused on aquatic ecology, but the overarching context for the class this year is the impact of dams on rivers and the potential for restoring those waterways through their removal.”
~ Robert Humston, associate professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Program
On a beautiful fall day last term, Robert Humston, associate professor of biology and director of the Environmental Studies Program, and his Aquatic Ecology class floated down the Maury River, two to a boat, tracking the location of smallmouth bass they had tagged and released several weeks earlier.
Their mission? To collect ecological data about the Maury River, both above and below the Jordan’s Point dam, for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).
This was not the first time Humston’s classes and summer research projects have focused on regional environmental issues. He and his students have monitored smallmouth bass in the James River and investigated pollution levels in Hays Creek, both part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and shared that data with the VDGIF.
The current project zeroes in on an environmental issue closer to home. In winter 2018, Lexington City Council approved an agreement between VDGIF and the city to remove Jordan’s Point dam, following a 2007 inspection report that revealed significant structural issues. The dam is a well-known landmark that once supplied power to a milling business, and the pool created by the impoundment is a popular recreational site for both boating and fishing. Removing the structure will alter riverine habitat. The question is, by how much?
The answer, in part, required a closer look at habitats of the Maury River. The state DGIF requested Humston’s help to examine a six-mile stretch of the river, starting at Beans Bottom and ending at the Interstate 81 overpass, which marks the two-mile point on the Chessie Trail. “The class is focused on aquatic ecology, but the overarching context for the class this year is the impact of dams on rivers and the potential for restoring those waterways through their removal,” Humston explained.
“This project has really resonated with the students,” Humston added. “Partly because they use Jordan’s Point recreational area themselves and partly because they see the data being used in a meaningful way by the state agency. The students get a lot of hands-on time learning useful research techniques, and we provide additional research and monitoring capacity for the state biologists. We also get to spend a lot of time on the water, and it is a beautiful river — one of the more scenic rivers I’ve ever paddled.”
The first step was to radio tag 20 smallmouth bass. Some were released upstream and some below the dam. “The tags should last about a year, so that after the dam’s removal, we can see how their movement patterns change,” said Humston. “Hopefully, we’ll see more fish moving upstream, past the dam footprint to access the habitat that’s up there. The habitat upstream of the dam right now is slow and a bit murky. That’s roughly a mile of flat water, and it’s not a great spawning habitat for smallmouth bass, which are the real flagship freshwater species and sport fish. There’s a lot of hope and expectation that by removing the dam we’ll create better spawning habitat for the smallmouth bass.”
Students also logged water temperatures along the river’s bottom and documented the macroinvertebrates, as well as the flora and fauna communities. The plan is to tag more fish in the spring and monitor their movements during spawning season.
“This class served two purposes, “Humston said. “We did research and provided service to the community by helping the state document the possible impact of removing the dam. There are structures like this all over the state of Virginia, and more and more of them are going to be called up for potential removal. Many were originally built for flood control and hydropower, but they have outlived their usefulness and have become an economic liability.”
The data collected will also help address some of the concerns of the local residents. “We’re analyzing the vegetation along the banks of the reservoir section,” said Humston. “As those water levels drop after the dam removal and the banks are exposed, there is concern that vegetation will be slow to recolonize those banks or that we could end up with a whole bunch of invasive species in there. By taking note of what’s there now, we can revisit these sites later to document any sort of change.
“All of that data can help the state and localities inform future land-use decisions. In the long run, we can help the state in outreach efforts when individual municipalities raise the question of whether removing their dam is the right thing to do.”
Marlbrook Chamber Players to Perform at Washington and Lee The concert will include works from a wide range of 20th-century composers influenced by the blues, jazz and Broadway.
The Washington and Lee Music Department presents the Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble in Wilson Concert Hall, Lenfest Center for Performing Arts, on March 18, at 3 p.m.
The concert, titled “American Treasures,” will include works from the African-American tradition, as well as a wide range of 20th-century composers influenced by the blues, jazz and Broadway.
The core trio features W&L faculty members Jaime McArdle on violin, Julia Goudimova on cello and pianist Timothy Gaylard. The group has been playing together since 2011.
The program will begin with “Amazing Grace” and “Deep River.” Followed by the “Promenade” and “Prelude No. 2” by George Gershwin.
To celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, the group will play highlights from his famed musical “West Side Story.”
The concert will also feature a piano trio in a jazz style written by Denny Euprasert, visiting professor of composition and head of the W&L Jazz Ensemble.
Paul Schoenfield’s “Cafe Music” will close the show. The piece was inspired by the composer’s stint playing dinner music at a steakhouse in Minneapolis and exhibits a thoroughly American, vaudevillian style.
You can find more information on the concert here.
W&L University Orchestra Presents “A Pilgrim Vision”
The Washington and Lee University Orchestra presents an evening of traditional music from various countries around the world on March 22, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall, Lenfest Center for Performing Arts.
The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.
The orchestra will perform music by Holst, Husa, Tower and Bernstein alongside a performance of John Alden Carpenter’s “A Pilgrim Vision,” which has not been performed since 1921.
This re-premiere is made possible through collaboration with the College Orchestra Director’s Association and the Library of Congress. Professor Chris Dobbins and Ben Whedon ’18 worked on this forgotten musical score over the summer and you can read the story here.
The performance will be streamed live at https://livestream.com/wlu/a-pilgrim-vision.
Find more information about the performance and future concerts here.
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Presents Talk with Leyla Rouhi
Washington and Lee University will present a lecture by Leyla Rouhi, Preston S. Parish ’41 Third Century Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College, on March 15 at 4 p.m. in Payne Hall 201.
Rouhi’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “A Radical Reassessment of Accepted Wisdom on Miguel de Cervantes’ Fiction on Islam.”
Rouhi teaches and researches a wide range of topics in the areas of medieval and early modern Mediterranean, particularly Islam and Spain, Cervantes, translation history and theory, and Islam in the European Middle Ages. She also pursues interests in contemporary Iranian culture and politics.
She has served as director of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, and in 2010 was named Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.
“Rouhi earned her doctorate at Harvard under the guidance of one of the most prominent Cervantists of his generation, Francisco Márquez Villanueva, and to this day is the most engaging teacher of Cervantes I’ve ever had,” said Elizabeth Spragins, visiting assistant professor of Spanish at W&L. “I still remember an economics professor at Williams telling me as a freshman that he had learned more from an hour’s lecture on ‘Don Quixote’ that Leyla gave than in an entire semester’s course on the text.”
This talk is sponsored in part by W&L’s Middle East and South Asia Studies Program, Romance Languages and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.
Sree Sreenivasan Keynotes 65th Ethics Institute in Media
Washington and Lee University’s 65th Ethics Institute in Media presents keynote speaker Sree Sreenivasan on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre, Elrod Commons. The talk is free and open to the public.
Sreenivasan is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, who works with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives from around the world.
The title of his talk is “Common Sense in Uncommon Times: Lessons for the Digital and Physical Worlds.”
He has served as chief digital officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University, where he was a full-time professor of journalism for more than 20 years. Sreenivasan has taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of BuzzFeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau.
Sreenivasan also had an extensive television career, working as an on-air tech expert for the three largest NYC stations and as a freelance U.S. correspondent for NDTV, India’s most influential network.
In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 Most Influential People in Social Media by the Poynter Institute.
He has a B.A. in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
The talk will be streamed live online at https://livestream.com/wlu/ethics-sreenivasan.
It is sponsored by the Knight Program in Journalism Ethics and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Collin Glatz ’20 to Participate in German American Exchange Internship Program
Collin Glatz, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the opportunity to participate in the German American Exchange Internship Program (GAE).
The program helps American students secure three-month long business internships in Germany. While there, they can work on their language skills while also gaining a better understanding of Germany’s economic and business role within the European Union. Glatz will be working this summer with Fresenius in Frankfurt.
“Collin Glatz is the ideal student for the GAE internship program,” said Paul Youngman, professor of German. “He combines his deep interest in German language and culture with his computer science major in innovative ways and was, therefore, a very attractive candidate for several multinational corporations in Germany.”
The GAE program is an option for students at Washington and Lee thanks to a partnership agreement between W&L and GAE’s U.S. internship office. Students submit their application materials in the fall and learn whether they’ve been selected for the program by March. The students’ materials are posted to an online portal and German companies who participate in the exchange can opt to interview qualified candidates for summer openings.
For more information about the U.S.-German Internship Program, please contact Professor Paul Youngman.
W&L Women Mentor the Next Generation Women in Technology and Science gives girls from local middle and elementary schools an opportunity to perform science experiments in all disciplines during the academic year.
On a recent weekday, 15 students sat in Washington and Lee University’s IQ Center and discussed what they would need for a trip to outer space.
One suggested dehydrated food; another pointed out that they would need proper attire. Of course, these students aren’t actually going to space — in fact, they can’t even drive yet. This group is made up of fifth-grade girls, and they were on campus for a Women in Technology and Science (WITS) meeting.
WITS combats the societal idea that only boys should be pushed to excel in math and science. The program’s mission is to encourage young women to pursue science and technology by giving girls from local middle and elementary schools an opportunity to perform science experiments in all disciplines during the academic year.
WITS started in 2012 and has expanded every year since. This year, more than 116 female W&L students signed up to work with local school girls from Natural Bridge Elementary, Rockbridge County elementary and middle schools. Currently, a total of about 60-70 girls are enrolled in the program, and the goal is to recruit more. In the future, WITS would like to expand to include high school girls.
Each meeting with the schools covers a hands-on science-related discipline, such as geology or biology. Kaitlyn Gardner ’18, vice president of WITS, said she plans her lessons around current events.
“I want the girls to not only learn the lesson but also have some context to go by,” she said.
For example, a recent experiment was inspired by Elon Musk’s recent rocket launch. WITS participants talked about gravity on the moon, heard a short interactive lecture, and did an activity with plastic plates (the moon) and candy (moon base).
At another meeting, the girls extracted DNA from strawberries while W&L students walked around the room, offering feedback and solutions. From time to time, the younger students questioned the advice of the college students.
“I love it when they tell me their own opinion or even challenge mine,” said Gardner. “It means we are reaching our goal of teaching them to be strong, independently thinking women.”
Some upcoming experiments include making layers of the earth with pudding, Oreos and other candies, as well as constructing 3D animal cells.
“They get so excited and so into it,” said Gardner. “You forget what it is like to be that age and have a girl role model who will sit there and talk to you. The problem we are trying to combat with these girls is a lack of role model figures in science.”