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W&L Magazine, Fall 2017: Vol. 94 | No. 3

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Fall Magazine 2017

In This Issue:


What We Lost
Reflecting on the Vietnam War

Celebrating W&L’s 27th President
Will Dudley makes it official.

What a University Should Do
The Commission on Institutional History and Community begins its work.

By the Book
Blaine Brownell ’65 pens an updated history.

Something Old, Something New
The Colonnade restoration is complete.


3 Columns
26 Office Hours
Rebecca Benefiel, Associate Professor of Classics
28 Lives of Consequence
Kelly Douma ’16
John Maass ’87
32 Alumni
48 Chronicles

W&L Alumnae Brunch 2017

W&L Magazine, Summer 2017: Vol. 94 | No. 2

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Summer 2017

In This Issue:

  • Step Away from the Books
  • What a Trip

2 – By the Numbers

  • Commencement Stats

3 – Speak

  • Letters to the Editor

4 – Along the Colonnade

  • Celebrating Commencement
  • Recognizing Retirees
  • Welcoming a New Trustee
  • Selling Oak Trees

11 – Lewis Hall Notes

  • The 2016 Graduate Employment Report

12 – Generals’ Report

  • The Year in Review

22 – Alumni Profiles

  • At Home in La La Land: Marquita Robinson ’10
  • Overcoming Tourette Syndrome: Larry Barber ’71

26 – Milestones

  • A Real Positive: Intramural and Club Sports, by Don Eavenson ’73
  • Alumni News
  • Reflecting Forward, by Beau Dudley ’74, ’74L
  • Alumni Weekend
  • Congratulations, Graduates!
  • Creating Our Future — Together, by President Will Dudley

W&L Magazine, Winter/Spring 2017: Vol. 94 | No. 1

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Winter/Spring 2017

In This Issue:

  • All Hands on Deadline
  • Civility in An Uncivil Election
  • Journalism Under Siege: Fake News and Alternate Facts
  • One Weekend in Washington: An Inauguration and a Protest

2 – By the Numbers

  • A Big Splash: Pool Stats

3 – Speak

  • Letters to the Editor

4 – Along the Colonnade

  • Celebrating a Rhodes Scholar
  • Reconnecting with a former student
  • New administrative appointments
  • Welcoming a new trustee
  • Honoring MLK

9 – Generals’ Report

  • Strength in Numbers: Men’s XC Goes to Nationals

10 – Lewis Hall Notes

  • W&L, VMI Host Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

22 – Alumni Profiles

  • David Chester ’78’s Excellent Adventures
  • From Craft to Career: Noelani Love ’05

24 – Milestones

  • Alumni president’s message
  • “Reflecting Forward”
  • Alumni news and photos
  • The Annual Report

Global Service: Bringing the World to W&L Students

Splat! Thud! Their laughter filling the air during a spontaneous snowball fight this past winter, the participants epitomized the special camaraderie of the international and domestic students who live and thrive in W&L’s Global Service House.

“It was really exciting, because a lot of us had never played in snow before,” said Sofia Sequeira ’15, a native Costa Rican and the house’s resident adviser. “It really made us bond and become close friends.”

The facility opened in fall 2012 and houses 17 students–approximately 60 percent international students and 40 percent domestic students. This year, for the first time, most of them are sophomores. Previously, the building housed students from different classes. To make the house feel more like a home, and to build long-lasting bonds among the students, W&L decided to limit the residents to sophomores and juniors. “It’s a great experience,” said Sequeira.

The students also share a common interest in internationalism and community service. When Larry Boetsch ’69, director of the Center for International Education, was researching the University’s Global Learning Initiative, he discovered that a high percentage of international students volunteer in the local community.

At the same time, Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee (CKWL) was looking for a permanent home. CKWL combats hunger and promotes nutrition by reusing food that would otherwise go to waste. Boetsch and Harlan Beckley, professor emeritus of religion and founder of the Shepherd Poverty Program, hatched a plan to convert the International House into the Global Service House for students with a common interest in internationalism and service, including volunteering for CKWL.

Boetsch was concerned that setting special conditions for living in the house would quash student interest. Last year and this year, however, he received twice as many applications as he could accommodate. “I think next year we’ll have even more,” said Boetsch, “so it’s been a great success.”

He continued, “What satisfies me the most is that the students themselves have really taken the initiative to make this work. They’re a terrific group of students, and they understand exactly what we are trying to do. We haven’t set any rules or guidelines with regards to the way the house functions; the students have done it on their own. So they are responsible for its success.”

The experience of living there is as illuminating for domestic students as it is for international students. “I have learned more about the cultures of other students and about the world than I ever thought I could without actually leaving the United States,” said Maya Epelbaum ’16, who’s from New Jersey.

“My housemate, Mohammed, and I have had many discussions about the differences in our cultures,” said Trevin Ivory ’16, from Oklahoma City, Okla. Mohammed Adudayyeh ’16 is a Palestinian from the West Bank. “He’s Muslim and I’m Christian, so we’ve talked about the differences between our two religions.

“I lived in a dorm last year, and three or four of us would hang out together, but never this many people at one time,” continued Ivory. “It’s very nice here because you feel you can talk to anyone. We all know each other and we all like each other, so it’s a very fun time. It also allows me to interact with people I wouldn’t normally be able to, such as students from Brazil or Germany.”

The students have introduced each other to their personal volunteer projects, although the main emphasis of volunteering is CKWL. “A lot of students are really committed to community service, and they invite other students to their activities, such as volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, recycling or tutoring children in Lexington,” said Sequeira. For example, Emmanuel Abebrese ’16, a native of Ghana, who graduated from a high school in northern Virginia, has involved his fellow students plus the Student Association for International Learning (SAIL) in collecting books and school supplies for a school in Ghana.

The international student population at W&L, which numbers between 115 and 125 at any one time, distinguishes itself from those on other campuses because 98 percent of the students are four-year degree candidates, according to Boetsch. “On most college campuses, a large percentage of international students are exchange students staying for a term or for a year. Our international students are fully fledged Washington and Lee citizens,” he said.

The facility is, in fact, a tangible manifestation of W&L’s Global Learning Strategy. “The students in the Global Service House today are a special group,” said Boetsch. “Honestly, I think it is an achievement of which we should be very proud and something which, in terms of the whole global learning initiative, is absolutely essential.”

Washington and Lee Announces November 2016 Community Grants

Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee has made 10 grants totaling $24,736.22 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are the first part of its two rounds of grants for 2016-17.

The committee chose the grants from 16 proposals requesting over $96,000.

W&L awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • The Community Closet at Christ Church, Buena Vista: Funds to help improve the living conditions of the needy in Rockbridge County
  • The Community Table of Buena Vista, Inc.: Funds to assist TCT to purchase food
  • Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center: Purchase bitless bridles
  • Lexington Lyme Disease Support Group: To purchase educational materials regarding Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses
  • Miller’s House Museum Foundation: Establish an interpretive walking trail at Jordan’s Point
  • Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry, Inc.: Funds will be used for food purchase and operational expenses
  • Rockbridge Area Relief Association: Help provide heating fuel for at-risk neighbors
  • Rockbridge Area Transportation System, Inc.: Funds to assist with the purchase of a new handicap vehicle
  • Rockbridge Area Youth Strings (c/o Fine Arts In Rockbridge): Funds to purchase cases for existing instruments and a ¾-size double bass
  • Rockbridge Regional Library Youth Services Department: Fund the STEAM after-school program

Established in 2008, W&L’s Community Grants Committee evaluates requests for financial donations and support from Lexington and Rockbridge County. While the University has long provided financial and other assistance to worthwhile projects and organizations in the community on a case-by-case basis, the Community Grants Program formalizes W&L’s role in supporting regional organizations and activities through accessible grant-making.

During its 2015-16 cycle, the Community Grants Committee awarded $50,000. Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they are reviewed only semiannually. The submission deadline for the second round of evaluations for 2016-17 will be: by the end of the work day (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, April 14, 2017. Interested parties may download the proposal guidelines at http://go.wlu.edu/communitygrants.

Proposals should be submitted as electronic attachments (Word or PDF) via e-mail to kbrinkley@wlu.edu. Please call (540) 458-8417 with questions. If an electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to (540) 458-8745 or mailed to Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee, Attn: James D. Farrar, Jr., Office of the Secretary, 204 W. Washington St., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-2116.

Quick Hits: Moroccan Tea with Fulbright Scholar and Foreign Language TA Imad Baazizi

“Before coming to the United States, I thought I would learn more about the American culture. But I’ve actually started to understand things I didn’t know or took for granted about my heritage, because I didn’t have the chance to see my own background from the outside.” Imad Baazizi, Fulbright Scholar and Arabic Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

Holiday Greetings from the Office of Alumni Affairs and a Hearty Thank You!

As we prepare to close the book on 2016, warm Holiday Greetings and thank you to W&L’s marvelous and loyal alumni. Your Association offers these highlights since June 30 as we strive to serve you.

Happy Holidays from Alumni Affairs. Front row, from l. to r.: Kelly Martone, Molly Myers and Rosa Weeks. Back row, l. to r.: Tom Lovell ’91, Mary Webster, Sue Woodruff and Beau Dudley 74, 79L.

Strategic Plan

  • The alumni board and the campus office are great partners implementing Alumni 2020.

Chapter and External Programming

  • Over 600 volunteers make the chapters run successfully — Thanks!
  • We are actively supporting 78 chapters stage hundreds of events with increasing variety. Just over 80 percent of our alumni live in chapters rated healthy by specific metrics, thus sustaining the goal set by the Alumni Board in 2010. Numerous faculty, staff, coaches and administrators have visited.
  • The friendly competition of the Chapter Colonnade Challenge (C3) is generating chapter networking events (up significantly), community service and cultural activities (including a Boston Pops Holiday concert).
  • Our largest chapters in D.C. and Atlanta continue their diversity and inclusion efforts. Both have added a multicultural seat on the chapter board.
  • We sponsored a solid Chapter Leadership Conference with representatives from 17 chapters. A competition to create the most distinctive new event was won by Cumberland Valley, Maryland.
  • Welcome to the City events for 2016 grads in 19 chapters, up from seven just two years ago.

On-Campus Programming      

  • Another very successful Alumni Weekend in May for classes celebrating their 15th through 50th reunions. It was a banner year in attendance and giving, substantive programming and high-quality social events.
  • Young Alumni Weekend Oct. 21-22 saw record-breaking attendance, highlighted by the 5th and 10th class reunions. Over 200 undergraduate seniors joined the festivities Saturday night.
  • Multicultural events were successful during Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend.
  • We partnered with University Advancement to implement a multi-pronged approach to engage young alumni, including social media, the importance of giving, a new leadership giving plan and building class unity.
  • The Five Star Festival for those beyond their 50th reunions included the first ever 65th reunion, by the class of 1951!
  • Partnered with Athletics to sponsor the Hall of Fame ceremony; five stellar former athletes were tapped.

Campus Connections

  • Our alumni leaders-in-training group, Kathekon, is thriving and productive. They hosted a sentimental farewell party for President Ken Ruscio at The Village, the new housing for third-year student, on Dec. 6.
  • We launched a new, mobile-friendly Alumni Affairs website!
  • Substantial improvements to the speed and utility of Colonnade Connections, including social media sign on.

What’s Coming Up in 1Q 2017?

  • We are excited to bring W&L’s new president Will Dudley to a number of chapters.
  • As this communication arrives, we have launched registration for Black Alumni Reunion 2017 for March 3-4.
  • Richmond, Dallas and New York Chapters will stage local Fancy Dress

We are fortunate to work joyfully for this great institution. You make it easy by coming back, giving, volunteering, promoting W&L locally, living lives of integrity, and contributing to your communities.  We wish you a wonderful holiday and many blessings in 2017.  GO GENERALS!

W&L Magazine, Fall 2016: Vol. 92 | No. 3

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Fall 2016

In This Issue:

  • “A Good Place to Spend a Career” Ken Ruscio ’76 Reflects
  • “Kim Ruscio’s Tapestry”

3- Speak

  • Letters to the Editor

4 – Along the Colonnade

  • Consider Yourself at Home: The New Third-Year Housing
  • Show Me the Money: The Endowment Explained
  • Ward Briggs ’67 donates a James Dickey collection
  • Professor Gwyn Campbell trains a service dog
  • Geordy Johnson ’05 joins the Board of Trustees

18 – Generals’ Report

  • The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

19 – Lewis Hall Notes

  • Linda Klein ’83L named ABA president

28 – Alumni Profiles

  • Founder Ingrid Easton Wilson ’06 Celebrates Campus Kitchen’s 10th Anniversary
  • Perks of the Parks: Sula Jacobs ’00 Promotes the Virtues of the National Park Service

30 – Milestones

  • Alumni president’s message
  • Beau Knows
  • Alumni news and photos
  • President Ruscio’s column

Nominate Your Fellow Generals

2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winners Lyndsay Polloway ’06 and Charlie Yates ’06 receiving their awards on Friday, October 21 in Washington Hall.2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winners Lyndsay Polloway ’06 and Charlie Yates ’06, ’10L

The selection committee of the alumni board, Michael McGarry, chair, is seeking confidential nominations from alumni. 

First, every other year this committee develops a confidential slate of potential nominees for the University board of trustees.  While we maintain lists and believe we are generally aware of loyal and accomplished alumni, please feel free to identify anyone you believe to be worthy of this highest honor by sending an email to Beau Dudley, executive director of alumni affairs at wdudley@wlu.edu

Second, each year the committee considers and selects winners of the distinguished alumni award at the annual meeting during alumni weekend.  The general criteria include: Service to the university, notable success in a career or profession, a reputation which reflects very well on the University, community and civic involvement, and true public service without regard to remuneration or title.   

Some preference is given for members of a class celebrating a five year reunion at that time. This year that includes the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002.  

Please send any names you wish the committee to consider in confidence to wdudley@wlu.edu

To maintain the completely confidential nature of the committees deliberations, please do not mention your nomination to that person. 

If you missed this year’s Young Alumni Weekend, be sure to check out our recap here: https://www.wlu.edu/alumni-affairs/campus-events/young-alumni-weekend