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It’s Nearly Showtime! Take a peek behind the Lenfest curtain for 2018-19.

The Lenfest season will open with a performance by the DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan.

This article first appeared in Lexington’s News-Gazette.

From musical “gypsies” from India and the musical version of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” to big band sounds and all kinds of art shows, the stages and galleries of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts will be alive with varied artists during the coming academic year!

The Lenfest Center 2018-2019 calendar of events and brochure can be found in its entirety online and season brochures are available for pick-up at the Lenfest Center box office.

Here are some highlights from the coming year.

Lenfest Presents…

The Lenfest Season opens on Tuesday, Sept.25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre with DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan. Direct from Jaipur, India, DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan celebrate a repertoire of song, music and dance derived from the tradition of the semi-nomadic traveling musicians of Rajasthan.

Coming to the Keller Theatre on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.is BODYVOX — an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company featuring an innovative collaboration of dance with media, music and comedy.

The Lenfest Season concludes with actor Julian Sands presenting “A Celebration of Harold Pinteron” Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Keller Theatre. This humorous and fascinating solo show, directed by John Malkovich, gets to the soul of the man—Harold Pinter—poet, playwright, husband, political activist and Nobel winner.

Lenfest events are sponsored in part by the W&L Class of 1964 Arts Fund. Tickets are required for all Lenfest events. Visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center for more information.

Theater and Dance

The Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies and the Department of Music will initiate the 2018 season with the Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Musical, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Performances run Oct. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 28 in Keller Theatre. Based on the smash hit movie, the musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.

Opening Nov. 11-14, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 11 in Johnson Theatre is Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Vanya, Sonia and Masha—three siblings—were named after Chekhov’s creations by their theater-loving, academic parents, and in middle age, they are still living up (or down) to their prototypes’ unhappiness.

Under the artistic direction of Jenefer Davies, W&L Dancers Create…is dedicated to works performed and composed by students and showcases the diversity and talent within the W&L dance program. Works are presented Dec. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. in Keller Theatre.

Opening the 2019 season is “The Cherry Orchard” (Brustein), Anton Chekhov’s comic masterpiece disguised as a melancholic study of humanity. Performances are March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on March 17 in Johnson Theatre.

Concluding the Theater, Dance and Film Studies’ season is the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company. They will present an evening of multifaceted dance works performed and created by internationally renowned choreographers, W&L faculty and guest artists on March 28-March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on March 31 in the Keller Theatre.

Tickets are required for all Theater, Dance, and Film Studies’ performances. Visit the department’s website for more information.

 From The Concert Guild 

Concert Guild’s season, featured in Wilson Concert Hall, begins on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. with the Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Celebrating its 20th season, Antioch made its debut at W&L in 2017, presenting a fabulous program of works by 20th- and 21st-century composers. For their return engagement, the ensemble will perform works by Robert Kyr, Morten Lauridsen and Leo Sowerby.

Featured on Sunday, March 3, at 8 p.m. will be Danielle Talamantes, soprano. At W&L, she will present a recital of art songs and arias.

Featured on Saturday, March 9, is the Imani Winds and Jon Nakamatsu, piano. The wind quintet plays a wide-ranging repertoire from composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Astor Piazzolla, Wayne Shorter and Igor Stravinsky.

Tickets are required for all Concert Guild events. Visit the Lenfest Center website or the Music Department website for more information.

From SonoKlect

SonoKlect’s season, featured in Wilson Concert Hall, opens on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m.with Hub New Music Soul House. The W&L program centerpiece features composer Robert Honstein’s piece Soul House [written for Hub New Music], a 35-minute homage to the composer’s childhood home.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at 8 p.m., Vosbein-Magee Big Band will present “An American in Paris.” W&L music professor and SonoKlect producer Terry Vosbein spent the 2017-18 school year on sabbatical, researching, composing and traveling. The year culminated with two solid months of writing new big band music in Paris. The results of this adventure will be presented by the valley’s leading jazz orchestra.

No tickets are required for SonoKlect performances. Visit the Lenfest Center website or the Music Department website for more information.

At Staniar

Staniar Gallery boasts a full array of exhibitions including Sheryl Oring’s “Writer’s Block”; Steven Kenny’s “Public Dreams/Private Myths”; Jeff Rich’s “Watershed: Tennessee River”; Alison Hall’s “Invocation”; Las Hermanas Iglesias’ “Mirror Rim”; and Adriana Corral’s “Unearthed: Desenterrado.”

For a complete listing of exhibit openings, lectures and receptions, visit the Lenfest Center website and/or the Staniar Gallery site.

Ticket Purchasing

Online ticket sales will be available Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at 8 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. To place an online order, click on the Buy Tickets Now tab on the Lenfest home page.

University Swipe is available to purchase tickets online. Mail-in orders accepted from Aug. 22-Sept. 7. There will be a $3 postage fee per complete order applied to tickets purchased through the mail. The $3 postage fee can be waived by choosing to pick-up tickets at Will Call.

The Lenfest Center box office opens for in-person and telephone sales on Monday, Sept. 10, on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9–11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., for cash, check or credit card purchases.

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.


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.

Clayton Murtha

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.

W&L Announces Indoor Athletics Facilities Transition Plan The Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation will operate with the use of transitional spaces until the expected completion of the project for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Indoor athletic facility

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee University has announced that the Board of Trustees has approved the construction and restoration phase for the Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center, contingent upon the university raising the final $4.7 million by June 30 to reach its goal.

During this phase, the Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation will operate with the use of transitional spaces until the expected completion of the project for the start of the 2020-21 school year. This transition will begin to take place during the second week of April 2018, as the department vacates the current Warner Center/Doremus complex to its new temporary office spaces in Baker Hall located on Washington Street.

Following the completion of commencement services on May 24, 2018, the university fitness center and Doremus Gymnasium will close for the summer as the restoration of the facility begins. The entire complex will be closed until mid-August when the fall athletics teams return to campus. Both the fitness center and Doremus Gym will reopen for the entire academic year, before closing once again for summer restorations following graduation in 2019. The entire building will go offline again for the spring term of 2020 for the final leg of the construction and restoration project.

When the facility is open, there will be no staff or physical education locker rooms and lockers available. There will also be no towel or laundry services. Additionally, once the facility goes offline this spring, the university racquetball and squash courts will be unavailable until the new facility opens in the summer of 2020.

The university will continue to offer recreation classes and recreation opportunities, which will be based out of the Student Activities Pavilion that is located between the Duchossois Tennis Center and Cap’n Dick Smith Baseball Field. W&L’s physical education classes will also be held in the pavilion.

For intercollegiate athletics, wrestling will continue to compete in Doremus Gym, while men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball will be holding their contests on a temporary court within the Duchossois Tennis Center.

The Athletic Training Room in the Warner Center will also go offline this spring and Athletic Training will be based out of the Athletic Training Room at Wilson Field until the new facility opens.

The new Richard L. Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center will encompass 165,489 square feet and will capture over 10,700 square feet of assignable space for new athletic and recreation programs. The project will also increase the square footage for the fitness center by 32 percent and will relocate and expand the wrestling room by over 84 percent. It will also allow the racquetball and squash courts to become regulation size, while doubling the scope of the athletic training facilities.

Other key features of the facility will include greater handicap accessibility, a showcase for the Athletic Hall of Fame, an increase in locker room amenities and features, expanded golf practice facilities, expanded multi-purpose facilities for group exercise, and improved offices for coaches and athletics staff.

Sculpting a Business Sloan Evans ’99 and Rhett McCraw ’07 credit their liberal arts education with helping them build a strong foundation for their careers.

Sloan Evans ’99 (left) and Rhett McCraw ’07 talk about their business, Pure Barre, to Professor Marc Junkunc’s Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship class.

With over 460 studios across the United States and Canada, Pure Barre is the largest and most established barre franchise on the continent, and investors Sloan Evans ’99 and Rhett McCraw ’07 credit their liberal arts education for helping them get it there.

Evans and McCraw were back on campus in late January to offer career advice to current students during a panel discussion at Stackhouse Theater, and to talk to Professor Marc Junkunc’s Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship class.

“There are challenges and milestones and crossroads at every decision, and in your career, you’re going to come across those,” Evans said. “I think W&L prepares you for those kinds of things.”

For Evans and McCraw, Pure Barre, a workout concept that uses ballet-inspired movements to burn fat and sculpt lean muscles, was one of those crossroads.

McCraw works for WJ Partners in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His firm invested in Pure Barre in October 2012. At the time, Pure Barre operated 96 studios and had only three employees.

In December, Pure Barre appointed Evans as CEO after his successful career as CFO at Johnson Development Associates, Inc. Together, WJ Partners and Evans grew Pure Barre into a dominant franchise, opening 100 studios in 2015 and 83 more in 2016.

During the career panel, Evans credited his W&L experience for teaching him to navigate real world challenges. The CEO of Pure Barre said his team had to navigate challenges to which they did not have the answers.

“You’re never going to have 100 percent of the information. You’re going to have to make informed decisions,” Evans said.

He attributed his success to W&L’s liberal arts environment. Evans said he came into the Williams School eager to learn and build a strong foundation for his career. Throughout his four years, he was exposed to challenges that pushed him out of his comfort zone and taught him to think analytically and creatively.

McCraw, an engineering major at W&L, mirrored Evans’ sentiments. Although he did not spend much time in the Williams School, McCraw said his W&L experience developed his critical thinking and problem-solving skills. After graduating, McCraw returned to school to earn his M.B.A. and began a career in finance. He now holds the position of vice president at WJ Partners.

Evans and McCraw advised students to demonstrate their work ethic and ability to excel in any position, no matter how small or unimportant the position might seem.

“Whatever you do, do your absolute best at that specific job, and then other things will come from that,” McCraw said. “Other people will notice.”

Evans added that opportunities find those who work hard. When he began his career, he said, he felt that he was setting himself on a path for life, but he learned that hard work rewarded him with surprising opportunities.

Evans and McCraw concluded the career panel by expressing their confidence in W&L candidates to succeed.

“The intellectual diversity you have in a liberal arts environment makes you a very well-rounded and broad candidate,” McCraw said. “In the long run you’re going to be a better executive, a better leader.”

W&L Names Garrett LeRose ’07 Head Football Coach

“Our football program is poised to achieve in new ways, and I am confident Garrett can lead us there.”

~ Jan Hathorn, Director of Athletics

“I am humbled and excited to become the next head football coach at Washington and Lee University,” LeRose said.

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn announced that following a national search, Garrett LeRose ’07 has been promoted to head football coach effective immediately. LeRose had previously served as the program’s assistant head coach and coach of tight ends and wide receivers.

“W&L has, once again, found itself in the position of offering our head football coaching position to someone from within our current staff, and I am excited to offer this promotion to Garrett,” said Hathorn. “Our applicant pool was deep and talented, and Garrett rose to the top throughout every stage of the process. As a loyal alumnus, Garrett will continue to bring to our program an unmatched passion for W&L, a tremendous knowledge of football, a commitment to the growth of the student-athletes on the team, and a clear understanding of the way athletics fits into the University’s overall educational mission.”

To read more about LeRose’s promotion, click here.

Garrett LeRose ’07

John Maass ’87: Enthralled with History The historian, author and museum professional swears by the value of tramping the terrain where history happened.

John Maass ’87

John R. Maass ’87 doesn’t just read about history; he walks the same ground and visits the same places as the people he writes about. You can’t get a real sense of history, he feels, unless you see and experience it.

That has especially held true for his last three books on military history — “The French & Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War” (2013), “The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia” (2015), and “George Washington’s Virginia” (2017). He just started on his latest, about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which took place during the Revolutionary War, in 1781.

During the writing process, he visited all the sites he mentions in the books. “I traveled every road that Lafayette and Cornwallis traveled during the Virginia Campaign, from Williamsburg to Charlottesville to the Potomac. You have to do that to get a sense of what the events were,” he says. “You have to combine the actual sites with your reading.”

He became enthralled with history at the age of 11, when his family moved from Long Island, New York, to the rural countryside of Rockbridge County. “I plopped down in the middle of Civil War country,” he says. “All I read from ages 13 to 30 was history. I never considered any other majors but history.”

History and an Army ROTC scholarship led him to W&L. “Anytime I go anywhere now and get a whiff of English boxwood, I instantly think of Washington and Lee,” he says. His professors emphasized “teaching as opposed to advancing their own credentials and publications. They were supportive of kids who were interested in history.”

Maass went on to earn an M.A. in history from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He was in his late 30s, however, when he decided to quit his job in insurance to pursue a Ph.D. in early American history at the Ohio State University. The decision was risky based on the employment market for his field, but it paid off when he landed a job as a historian for the U.S. Army Center of Military History, at Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington, D.C.

Writing has always been an important part of his work, both personally and professionally. He enjoys the craftsmanship, figuring out how to put everything together to include all the facts, but to also add personality and flair to his writing.

Looking for a new challenge after 10 years at Fort McNair, Maass recently transferred to the new National Museum of the U.S. Army, at Fort Belvoir, in northern Virginia, projected to open in the latter part of 2019.

In his new position, he’ll be working with exhibits, and writing text, exhibit panels and item descriptions as well as guides and narratives. He’ll also work with programs and education for the state-of-the-art museum.

“This has been in the works for 20 years, and now we have a lot to do in two years,” he says. “It’s the most dynamic, exciting and energizing project going on in Army history right now. It will be amazing.”

— Joan Tupponce

Of Note

Job: Historian, National Museum of the U.S. Army
Major: History, with 15 credits in German
Favorite teacher: J. Holt Merchant Jr. ’61, Professor of History Emeritus
Most memorable class: Holt Merchant’s Civil War class
Home: Mount Vernon area of Fairfax, Virginia
Family: Wife, Molly, with two kids, Eileen and Charlie, in high school
Favorite historical subject: Anything to do with the American Revolution

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Jennifer Kirkland Named W&L’s General Counsel

“Jennifer is an expert in education law with 20 years of experience on the legal staff at W&L, which has prepared her exceptionally well to serve as the university’s general counsel.”

Jennifer Kirkland

Washington and Lee University has named Jennifer Kirkland as general counsel. Kirkland has been serving as W&L’s acting general counsel since Aug. 30, 2017.

W&L President William C. Dudley announced Kirkland’s appointment, which is effective immediately. She succeeds Leanne Shank, who last fall was named general counsel and corporate secretary at the Law School Admissions Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

As the university’s chief in-house legal officer, the general counsel supervises the legal and administrative staff of the Office of General Counsel and advises the president, the Board of Trustees, and the university’s officers, administrators and authorized agents and representatives on all legal matters pertaining to their university responsibilities. The Office of General Counsel provides legal representation, preventative legal advice and review, and legal opinions in all areas of law relating to the university’s operations and its mission.

“Jennifer is an expert in education law with 20 years of experience on the legal staff at W&L, which has prepared her exceptionally well to serve as the university’s general counsel,” said Dudley. “I’m pleased and grateful that she is willing to assume this important role.”

Kirkland, who joined W&L in 1997, has practiced education law and employment law for 25 years. She has taught courses in education law for the graduate education programs of the University of Virginia and George Mason University, and has been a panelist, presenter, session coordinator and moderator for numerous programs on legal issues in education and employment sponsored by the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), United Educators, the Virginia and National Associations of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, and others.

Kirkland received her undergraduate degree in music performance from Indiana University and her law degree from the University of Virginia. She is also a professional musician, performing as a vocalist and keyboard player in a variety of settings and styles.

W&L Indoor Athletics and Recreation Center Named in Honor of Richard L. Duchossois

“W&L combines opportunities to develop the mind, body and spirit through an outstanding academic program, an athletic program focused on dedication and teamwork, and the finest honor system in the world. I am pleased to support programs that make that kind of education possible.”

The Richard L. Duchossois Center for Athletics and Recreation

Washington and Lee University will name its new indoor athletics and recreation facility for Richard L. Duchossois, of the Class of 1944, in recognition of his leadership support of the project.

The Richard L. Duchossois Center for Athletics and Recreation includes a restoration of the existing Doremus Gymnasium and a rebuild of what has been known as the Warner Center. The design phase of the facility, which was approved by the W&L Board of Trustees in February 2017, is nearing completion. Pending final authorization by the Board of Trustees in February 2018 and the completion of fundraising by June 30, 2018, construction, by the firm of Whiting-Turner, will begin in the summer of 2018. The facility is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

Richard L. Duchossois

W&L President Will Dudley, who made the announcement, said that the name was a fitting tribute to a man who has been steadfast in his support of Washington and Lee’s athletics programs, including leadership gifts to the Duchossois Tennis Center, completed in 1997, and the Wilson Field renovation, completed in 2008.

“Dick Duchossois’ support for W&L athletics has enabled us to provide top-notch facilities for our students,” said Dudley. “But more importantly, Dick sets a personal standard to which we should all aspire. His leadership, humility, generosity and dedication to the service of others are an inspiration to all those who know him. We are indebted to him for his ongoing commitment to W&L.”

Duchossois, founder of Duchossois Industries, Inc. and chairman of Arlington Park Race Course, noted the importance of athletics in developing leadership and teamwork among W&L’s students and graduates.

“A W&L education provides all of the ingredients that produce leaders,” said Duchossois. “W&L combines opportunities to develop the mind, body and spirit through an outstanding academic program, an athletic program focused on dedication and teamwork, and the finest honor system in the world. I am pleased to support programs that make that kind of education possible.”

The restoration of Doremus will occur during the summer and will be scheduled around the university’s academic calendar to allow for use of the fitness center, and Doremus gymnasium will remain available for use by the varsity wrestling program. The former Warner Center will be demolished to its foundation, and the new facility built on the current site.

The entire project will encompass 165,489 square feet and will capture over 10,700 square feet of assignable space for new athletic and recreation programs. The addition of a new natatorium across campus next to third-year housing has allowed for additional space within the facility that will increase from two gyms to three gyms, including a new gym devoted solely to intramural and recreational use.

The project will also increase the square footage for the fitness center by 32 percent and will relocate and expand the wrestling room by over 84 percent. It will also allow the racquetball and squash courts to become regulation size, while doubling the scope of the athletic training facilities.

Other key features of the facility will include greater handicap accessibility, a showcase for the Athletic Hall of Fame, an increase in locker room amenities and features, expanded golf practice facilities, expanded multi-purpose facilities for group exercise, and improved offices for coaches and athletics staff.

While the rebuild and restoration takes place, the offices for the W&L Department of Athletics will be housed in Baker Hall, with indoor athletic teams (basketball, volleyball, wrestling) competing on a temporary court that will occupy two of the four courts at the Duchossois Tennis Center. The Pavilion will also support a wide range of additional athletics, physical education, clubs, and recreational activities.

In addition to his support for W&L, Duchossois is known for his many other philanthropic interests, including the Beverly T. Duchossois Cancer Laboratory at the University of Chicago Hospital, named for his late first wife, and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

After Duchossois entered the service as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve in 1942, he was assigned to a new unit, Tank Destroyers, where he served as a captain and a company commander for all five European campaigns. He was seriously wounded at the bridgehead on the Moselle River, but recovered enough to return to his outfit and command them during the Battle of the Bulge. He received other citations for his actions in addition to the Purple Heart. After the war, he left the service as a major in the infantry reserve.

In 2014, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Duchossois was inducted into the French Legion of Honor, and he received other combat decorations. His other honors include the American Jockey Club Medal, three Eclipse Awards, and induction into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Judi, received the Sword of Loyola award from Loyola University Chicago for their exceptional dedication to philanthropy and humanitarian service.

Duchossois was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from W&L in 1991. In 2015, he became the fifth recipient of the university’s prestigious Washington Award, which the W&L trustees established in 2001 to recognize extraordinary acts of philanthropy in support of W&L and other institutions, and distinguished leadership and service to the nation.

Duchossois’ daughter, Kimberly T. Duchossois, is a trustee emeritus of W&L, and her son, Tyler R. Lenczuk, is a member of the Class of 2008.


Hot Soup for a Cool Cause Through her catering business, Jenny Elmes '91 has supported the Souper Bowl fundraiser for Campus Kitchen at W&L since 2013. This year's event is Jan. 28 in Evans Dining Hall.

Jenny Elmes ’91

Almost every year since the Souper Bowl’s inception in 2013, W&L alumna Jenny Elmes ’91 has made a big pot of soup for the Campus Kitchen at W&L’s annual fundraiser to help end childhood hunger. The owner of full circle catering in Lexington, Elmes finds supporting the Souper Bowl aligns nicely with her business’ mission to provide “fine food for all folks” and to support the local food movement.

“It is of dire importance that business leaders are also community leaders—helping not only to shine a light on areas of our community that need help, but to also work towards change,” said Elmes. “That we have food deserts in our community and also children going to school hungry is heartbreaking. We want to be a part of changing this so everyone who lives in Rockbridge County has a full belly of nutritional, delicious food.”

Elmes is proud that the amount of community involvement and social awareness by both students and the university has grown since she was a student. She has enjoyed her affiliation with CKWL as an alumna and is impressed by the students who have committed themselves not only to helping end hunger in Rockbridge County, but also to educating fellow students on how they can help the community they call home for four years.

Those who attend the Souper Bowl on the 28th can sample full circle’s Brunswick stew. Elmes says it’s a client favorite that allows her to use local and sustainable products to showcase full circle’s unique, Southern-infused style of both cooking and catering.

Elmes will be joined in providing soups and desserts by Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Blue Phoenix Cafe, Blue Sky Bakery, Bistro on Main, CHEFS Catering, Haywood’s, Kind Roots Café, Mountain Mama Catering, Napa Thai, Pronto Caffe & Gelateria, Pure Eats, The Red Hen, Rocca Ristorante, Sheridan Livery Inn Restaurant, Southern Inn Restaurant, Sweet Treats Bakery, TAPS, W&L Dining Services, and new participants Cattlemen’s Market and LexMex Tacos.

Thanks to the sponsorship of financial advisory firm CAPTRUST, which has a Lexington office, all proceeds from the 6th Annual Souper Bowl will directly support CKWL’s backpack program, which provides more than 700 area children with a bag of non-perishable food items to take home with them for the weekend. The Souper Bowl will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Jan. 28 in Evans Dining Hall. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 per person for students and children, and $15 per person for adults.

Wendy Lovell

Camie Carlock ’13 (r.) samples soup made by Jenny Elmes ’91 (l.), at the first annual Souper Bowl in 2013.