It’s Nearly Showtime! Take a peek behind the Lenfest curtain for 2018-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
John Maass ’87: Enthralled with History The historian, author and museum professional swears by the value of tramping the terrain where history happened.
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
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
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.”
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.”
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 Athletic and Recreation Center 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.
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.
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
W&L’s Gene McCabe Named President of the USILA McCabe will serve a two-year term.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced that Washington and Lee Head Coach Gene McCabe will be appointed as president of the organization at the annual Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) convention in Baltimore.
McCabe, who currently serves the organization as vice-president, will serve a two-year term beginning December 8. He replaces Empire 8 Commissioner Chuck Mitrano, who finishes his term as president.
“Gene has contributed tremendous energy and thoughtful insight as USILA Vice-President,” said Mitrano. “Those tools will serve the organization well as he steps into the presidency during an important time in our evolution. The USILA is in exceptional hands.”
“On behalf the USILA, I want to thank Chuck Mitrano for the time, energy, and leadership he gave to the USILA,” said McCabe. “His guidance was pivotal during an important transition period for our association. I am honored to serve the USILA board and our member institutions in this capacity.”
McCabe added “It is an exciting moment in time for the USILA and the overall growth of our sport. I am looking forward to working with our executive board to bring as much value to our institutions as possible and foster the growth of lacrosse at the collegiate level.”
McCabe is in his 12th season as the head coach of the W&L men’s lacrosse program. He has led the Generals to a 129-68 (.655) overall record, two Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths. McCabe can surpass Jim Stagnitta (1990-2001) as the program’s all-time wins leader with eight more victories.
W&L has compiled double-digit wins in eight of McCabe’s 11 seasons to date, including a school-record 16 victories during the 2009, 2013 and 2016 seasons. The 2009 and 2016 teams both won conference titles, while all three teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Prior to taking over as head coach at W&L, McCabe spent five seasons as the head coach at Hamilton College, leading the Continentals to a 54-18 (.750) overall record. He was named the USILA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading Hamilton to a 15-3 record and a Liberty League title. That team also advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
McCabe is in his second stint with the Generals after serving as an assistant coach from 1998-2001. During that three-year run, the Generals posted a 43-5 (.896) overall record and a 17-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while achieving a No. 1 National Ranking in 1999 and 2001. Additionally, W&L won two ODAC Championships and participated in the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the semifinals in 2000.
McCabe graduated from Bates College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in European history. At Bates, he lettered in both lacrosse and football.
Founded in 1885, the USILA provides awards services to every NCAA Division I, II, and III men’s lacrosse program in the country. The association is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, institutions, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse.
Washington and Lee Professor Awarded Residency on Wyoming Ranch This is Brodie’s third writer’s fellowship this year.
Laura Brodie, visiting associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has just returned from a month-long writer’s residency at Brush Creek Ranch, in southern Wyoming. Brush Creek Ranch is a luxury spa and resort on 15,000 acres, next to the Medicine Bow National Forest. In 2011, owners Bruce and Beth White formed the Brush Creek Arts Foundation, to establish an artists’ colony at the ranch. Each month the foundation awards fellowships to four visual artists, two composers and two writers, providing food, accommodations, and studio space.
This is Brodie’s third writer’s fellowship this year. In July, she spent twelve days at Norton Island in Maine, with nine writers and two painters, courtesy of the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation. She spent four weeks in September at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Brodie is using these residencies to complete her fifth book, a novel titled The Adulterers’ Club. The manuscript-in-progress has been shortlisted for best novel in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition—an annual literary contest sponsored by the Faulkner Society of New Orleans. Brodie will return to teaching at Washington and Lee in January.
W&L Field Hockey Claims ODAC Title with 2-1 OT Win over Hornets This marks the second ODAC title in program history and the first since 2005.
LEXINGTON, Va. — Junior forward Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine’s School) tallied the game-winning goal 2:46 into overtime to propel the top-seeded Washington and Lee field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Lynchburg in the ODAC Championship contest on Saturday at the W&L Turf Field. This marks the second ODAC title in program history and the first since 2005.
The teams entered the extra frame tied, 1-1. On a counter attack, Tucker had the ball on the near side and dibbled to the end line. She eluded a defender while tiptoeing the line, and then stuffed the ball between the Lynchburg goalkeeper, first-year Laurel Nicks, and the near post to give the Generals (14-4) the title.
The goal marked the 19th of the season for Tucker, which tied the W&L single-season record. Maggie Waxter ’17 tallied 19 goals in 2016 and Kelly Taffe ’04 had 19 in 2003.
The Generals notched the first goal of the game in the 15th minute of the opening half. Following a defensive save by the Hornets (16-4), the Blue and White were awarded a penalty shot. Senior midfielder Maggie Sands (Glen Arm, Md./Notre Dame Prep) took the attempt for W&L, and beat Nicks with a shot to the upper left-hand corner of the cage.
Lynchburg tied the game (1-1) with 2:05 left in the first half. Off a penalty corner, a long ball was sent into the circle. Following a deflection by a W&L defender, first-year forward Jackie Lerro tipped the ball into the goal.
While steady rain fell during much of the first half, the skies opened up in the second, which grinded the fast-paced game to a halt. The teams played through puddles covering most of the field until late in the stanza. Lynchburg was able to keep possession for most of the half, taking nine shots compared to only two by the Generals. The W&L defense continued to make every necessary play and sent the game to overtime for Tucker’s heroics.
Junior goalkeeper Ariyel Yavalar (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) played the full game for W&L, stopping six shots. Nicks made three saves, and was aided by three other saves by her defense.
For the contest, the Hornets held a 17-12 advantage in shots and a 9-7 edge in penalty corners. Following the conclusion of the tournament, Tucker, Sands, senior forward Grace Bowen (Hampton, Va./Hampton Roads Academy), senior defender Lilly MacDonald (Bluemont, Va./Foxcroft School) earned spot on the ODAC All-Tournament Team.
The Generals have now won 10 straight contests, which is the most since winning 11 in a row during the 2005 season. With the victory, W&L secured the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Blue and White will find out where and when it will play next late on Sunday evening.
W&L Women’s Cross Country Wins Third Straight ODAC Title
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — With five runners finishing in the Top 10, the Washington and Lee women’s cross country team claimed its third straight ODAC title on Saturday at the 2017 ODAC Championship at Virginia Wesleyan.
The Generals took the top spot out of 12 teams with 34 points to record the 17th ODAC title in program history. It is the lowest point total for the Blue and White since scoring 29 points at the 2012 meet. Lynchburg was a distant second on Saturday with 74 points and Eastern Mennonite finished third (85 points).
Junior Kirsten McMichael (Eighty Four, Pa./Ringgold) led W&L with a third-place finish in the 6k race out of 78 runners. She completed the extremely fast and flat course in 22:16.79. Sophomore Julia Moody (Houston, Texas/St. John’s School) took sixth overall in 22:23.12, and first-year Anna Nelson (Arvada, Colo./Standley Lake) claimed seventh (22:25.17).
McMichael, Moody and Nelson all earned First Team All-ODAC accolades for their finishes in the race. This is the first time any of the three runners have made the first team.
Coming in just a split second behind Nelson was first-year Hannah Dieterle (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) in eighth place with a time of 22:25.96. First-year Katie Harris (Ashburn, Va./Rock Ridge) completed the scoring for the Generals in 10th (22:35.90).
Sophomore Katie Bearup (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) placed 14th with a time of 22:42.29, and Dieterle, Harris and Bearup each garnered Second Team All-ODAC laurels.
This marks the first time W&L has placed six runners on the All-ODAC teams since it had seven following the 2008 championship meet. Senior Marissa Coombs of Virginia Wesleyan claimed the individual crown with a time of 22:01.24.
Senior Rachel Steffen (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) took 23rd in 23:27.90, and first-year Kate Flory (Columbus, Ga./Darlington School) was the team’s eighth runner in the Top 30, as she finished 27th (23:45.90).
The Generals next compete at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on November 11 hosted by Christopher Newport.
W&L Men’s Cross Country Claims Third Consecutive ODAC Championship
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Washington and Lee men’s cross country team recorded its lowest team score since 2005 en route to winning its third straight ODAC title on Saturday at the 2017 ODAC Championship hosted by Virginia Wesleyan.
The Generals registered 27 points, with four runners in the Top 6, to claim the 12th ODAC title in program history. Bridgewater finished second with 48 points, and Lynchburg claimed third (85 points).
At the conclusion of the meet, junior Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) was named the ODAC Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It marks the third straight season a member of the Generals has earned the award.
Senior MacKenzye Leroy (Port Jervis, N.Y./Port Jervis) was the Blue and White’s top runner, as he finished second for the second consecutive season. He crossed the finish line with a time of 25:06.90 on the extremely flat and fast course to place second out of 94 competitors.
Patrick was just behind Leroy to claim third in 25:07.10. Junior Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) was right with Leroy and Patrick, taking fourth with a time of 25:07.70. Sophomore Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) placed sixth (25:27.00).
First-year Freddie Marx (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) rounded out the scoring for the Blue and White by claiming 12th in 26:01.70. The winning score of 27 points is the lowest in the ODAC since W&L won with 26 points in 2005.
Leroy, Patrick, Baird and Kinne each earned First Team All-ODAC accolades with their finishes. This is the second time Leroy has made the first team and the first time Patrick, Baird and Kinne garnered the honor. The last time W&L had four runners on the first team was during the 2007 season.
Marx earned a spot on the All-ODAC second team with his 12th-place finish. This is the first time W&L has had five runners on the All-ODAC teams since 2007. Junior Robert Hiegel of Bridgewater claimed the individual title in 24:35.40.
First-year Daniel Cope (Dallas, Texas/St. Mark’s School) took 16th with a time of 26:16.70, junior Joe Carmody (Clive, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) was 18th in 26:23.20, junior Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C./GRACE Christian School) placed 22nd (26:34.10) and first-year Sam Noden (Princeton, N.J./Lawrenceville School) was the team’s ninth runner in the Top 30, as he finished 28th in 26:51.30.
The Generals next compete at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on November 11 hosted by Christopher Newport.
The Campus Kitchen at W&L Presents Annual “Turkeypalooza” The Campus Kitchen Leadership Team at Washington and Lee University presents its annual “Turkeypalooza” from Nov. 9-16.
“My hope is that this November, the W&L community is in a thankful mood and will sign up for Turkeypalooza shifts. However, my real hope is that someone finds their passion with Campus Kitchen and becomes a regular volunteer.”
The Campus Kitchen Leadership Team at Washington and Lee University presents its annual “Turkeypalooza” from Nov. 9-16.
The Campus Kitchen Leadership Team (CKLT) runs a variety of holiday-themed events during the month of Nov. The annual “Bring Your Turkey to Work Day” and the University Store’s food drive provide CKLT with enough food to deliver Thanksgiving meals across the county.
“Turkeypalooza is by far my favorite Campus Kitchen event,” said Maddie Simko ’19. “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I love delivering meals to community members.”
If you’re interested in joining the CKLT during Turkeypalooza, see the full schedule below:
- Nov 9 | Food Drive at Kroger | 3-7 p.m.
- Nov 10 | Bring Your Turkey to Work Day | 7:45-9:15 a.m.
- Nov 12 | Cooking Shift | 3-5 p.m.
- Nov 12 | Delivery Shift | 5-6 p.m.
- Nov 14 | Turkey Delivery | 3:30-5 p.m.
- Nov 14 | Cooking Shift | 5-7 pm and 7-9 p.m.
- Nov 15 | LCOOY Delivery | 4-5 p.m.
- Nov 16 | Magnolia Delivery | 11:30-1:30 p.m.
- Nov 16 | Manor Delivery | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“My hope is that this November, the W&L community is in a thankful mood and will sign up for Turkeypalooza shifts,” said Simko. “However, my real hope is that someone finds their passion with Campus Kitchen and becomes a regular volunteer.”
The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a way to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee combats hunger and promotes nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients.
For more information, visit the Campus Kitchen website.
Catherine Simpson Wins Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology The prize recognizes a student who has shown extraordinary promise in psychological science through outstanding scholarship in basic or applied psychology.
“Catherine is essential to my research program at this point. Not only does she run the lab efficiently and effectively, but she also brings her own good ideas and perspectives to the design of the research studies.”
Catherine Simpson, a Washington and Lee University senior from Richmond, Virginia, has received the 2017 David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology. The prize recognizes a student who has shown extraordinary promise in psychological science through outstanding scholarship in basic or applied psychology.
Simpson, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in creative writing, has been a member of psychology professor Megan Fulcher’s Gender Development Lab since her freshman year. The Gender Development Lab investigates the impact of gendered toys on children’s self-efficacy, abilities, and views of future family roles. Simpson currently serves as the lab’s participant coordinator, recruiting and coordinating participants for the lab’s IRB-approved studies in addition to helping develop and pilot new studies. She also has continued her research in the lab over the past two years as a Summer Research Scholar.
“Catherine is essential to my research program at this point,” said Fulcher. “Not only does she run the lab efficiently and effectively, but she also brings her own good ideas and perspectives to the design of the research studies. She is deeply involved in our lab’s science education community outreach events and has a natural rapport with children. I am very excited to see where Catherine’s path leads her, though she will be sorely missed here.”
Among the research projects in which Simpson has participated is an investigation into the possible impact of Barbie as a role model for girls in STEM fields. This study was inspired by the recent internet rediscovery of “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” a book produced by Mattel in which Barbie is supposed to be a computer engineer but gives her laptop a virus and must ask her male friends for help.
The book was rewritten by feminists in order to portray Barbie in a more positive light, and study participants are assigned to read either the original book or the edited version. They then learn some computer engineering using a program called Scratch, and must choose how to divide their time between a make-up app and practicing their new computer programming skills before making their own program and responding to a series of sexist vignettes. Through this project and others, Simpson has become proficient at video-coding using ELAN software and has improved her SPSS data entry and manipulation skills.
As part of her honors thesis, Simpson is currently launching her own study examining the traditional and non-traditional scripts that children use during imaginative play with Barbie and other dolls. She hopes to discover whether more diverse Barbie dolls and Barbie media could lead to a greater range of career and non-traditionally feminine scripts and themes in children’s play.
Outside the psychology department, Simpson works part-time as an applied behavior analysis clinician with Compass Counseling in nearby Buena Vista. In this role, Simpson works in-home with children on the autism spectrum using applied behavioral analysis techniques. She is also deli manager and communication committee member for the Washington and Lee Chapter of FeelGood, a youth-led non-profit dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. She is a member of Psi Chi Psychology National Honor Society and is the psychology chair for WITS, a club that encourages local middle school girls to explore STEM subjects.
Simpson’s post-graduate plans include further exploring her research interests as a research assistant or in a more clinical environment before applying to graduate school.
The Elmes Pathfinder Prize was established in 2007. It derives from the Elmes Fund, a permanently endowed fund that honors David G. Elmes, emeritus professor of psychology at W&L. The endowment was created by the many alumni, colleagues and friends who benefited from Elmes’ commitment to learning during his 40-year career as a scientist, teacher and mentor at W&L.
W&L Presents the World Premiere Stage Production of “1984” Sandberg’s adaptation follows one character as he grapples with the unnerving grip Big Brother, the overpowering political party, has on Oceania.
“Orwell’s story of deception, widespread surveillance and manipulation of the truth reminds us of the fragility of the precious rights found in the First Amendment, and the importance of preserving the freedom of speech, the press, religion, association, and to petition government.”
The Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies at Washington and Lee University presents the world premiere of Stephanie Sandberg’s stage adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984.” The show will run Nov. 9–11 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Keller Theatre in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Tickets are required.
Sandberg, assistant professor of theater at W&L, authored the adaptation and will direct the play. She describes “1984” as “dystopian exploration of the meaning of dictatorial politics and whether or not truth can exist in a system of control like that.”
Sandberg’s adaptation follows one character, Winston Smith, as he grapples with the unnerving grip Big Brother, the overpowering political party, has on Oceania. Big Brother rips at the threads of reality and crushes any resistance; even rebellious thoughts are forbidden. As the growing tyranny strips Winston of his thoughts and personality, he must make the ultimate sacrifice and choose between individuality and his life.
Sandberg draws parallels between Orwell’s world and our own society, and weaves together theater and technology, integrating a telescreen and a live surveillance camera into the production. The audience must cope with the excessive surveillance and come to terms with the constant surveillance that pervades their own lives through phones, computers and cameras.
Following the Nov. 10 performance, faculty from W&L’s Journalism and Mass Communications Department will lead a discussion with the audience. Panel members include Toni Locy, Kevin Finch and Mark Coddington.
“Orwell’s story of deception, widespread surveillance and manipulation of the truth reminds us of the fragility of the precious rights found in the First Amendment, and the importance of preserving the freedom of speech, the press, religion, association, and to petition government,” said Locy.
The box office is open Monday – Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. and will be open two hours before the performance time. Tickets are available for purchase at wlu.edu/lenfest-center or by calling the box office at (540) 485-8000.
Meet the Addams Family at Washington and Lee University
By Caroline Blackmon ’19
Washington and Lee University’s Department of Theater, Dance and Film Studies, along with the Department of Music, present the Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley fall musical, “The Addams Family, A New Musical,” coming to the Johnson Theatre in the Lenfest Center Oct. 26–29 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28-29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are required.
In W&L’s adaptation the audience will meet Gomez Addams (Andrew Creel ’20), the eccentric family head; his beautiful but deadly wife, Morticia (Hannah Dewing ’19); Pugsley (Hailey Glick ’19), the troublemaking monster of a son; the loveable yet deranged Uncle Fester (Jordan Goldstein’18); Lurch (played by Mike Bracey ’20), the butler who comes when you ring; and the family’s very own princess of darkness, Wednesday (Elizabeth Underwood ’20).
Rob Mish, director of the Lenfest Center for the Arts and this musical, said “our unique staging of ‘The Addams Family’ is something we all get to learn from and play with.” Mish has appeared in and directed many productions in Virginia, beginning with his days as a student at W&L and including the Henry Street Playhouse and Lime Kiln Theater.
“W&L’s ‘Addams Family’ is in the much smaller Johnson Theatre, a black box that provides a more intimate feel between actor and audience,” said Mish. “Often the actors are only a few feet from the spectators, which makes for a unique, personal bond between the two. We believe this in-your-face style fits effectively with this often slapstick way of performing comedy and is so integral to this show.
“There are many laugh lines in this play, and I love those, but some of my favorite moments happen when the comedy is turned on its ear with sentimentality. Trust me, there are moments when you will need a Kleenex.”
Jenefer Davies, associate professor of dance at W&L, choreographed the musical.
“Because the majority of musicals don’t contain characters that are dead people, ‘Addams Family’ gave me the opportunity to incorporate improvisation into the show,” she said. “Improv is a difficult concept even for experienced professionals, so it was really exciting to see this cast embrace the concept wholeheartedly and grow into the movement from one rehearsal to the next.”
The show’s music director, Alan Schlichting, joins W&L with extensive experience as a freelance music director, vocal coach and actor based in New York. He said the W&L student-actors he’s worked with have impressed him thus far in the rehearsal experience.
“With a musically eclectic show like ‘The Addams Family,’ the cast must perform a very challenging mix of musical and vocal styles, which can be very demanding on the voice. As such, my favorite part of the process is helping the cast discover how to best use their voice in each style,” he said. “Every member of the cast has stepped up to the challenge and put so much energy into their work. It’s sure to be a special show.”
Tickets are required. Order your tickets online or call the Lenfest Box Office at 458-8000 for ticket information. Washington and Lee University cards can be used to purchase tickets. Box Office hours are Monday–Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., and will be open one hour prior to performance time.
W&L Helps Yellow Brick Road Renovate to Accommodate More Families Yellow Brick Road has renovated its facility to accommodate more students thanks to a leading gift from W&L.
“As one of the largest employers in our area, W&L recognizes that quality, affordable child care is at a premium in our community and is supporting our efforts to meet this important need not only for their employees but for those for whom quality care is out of reach.”
Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center Inc. (YBR), the only full-day, licensed center serving infants of all income levels in Lexington and Rockbridge County, has renovated its facility to accommodate more students thanks to a leading gift to its capital improvement campaign from Washington and Lee University.
“YBR is extremely grateful to W&L for its generous support of our capital improvement project and for making it possible for us to begin this important work,” said YBR Executive Director Misty Camden. “As one of the largest employers in our area, W&L recognizes that quality, affordable child care is at a premium in our community and is supporting our efforts to meet this important need not only for their employees but for those for whom quality care is out of reach.”
The renovation will bring the number of infants YBR can serve from eight to 12 in a new space on the lower level of the facility designed specifically to meet their needs. The reorganization of space will allow for four more children in the 12- to 16-month-old class and eight more in the 16- to 18-month-old classes. The total number of children served will grow from 78 to 94. The project also will enhance YBR’s efforts for quality assessment and improvement through the Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale® and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale®.
“The demand for our services outweighs the number of families we were previously able to accommodate,” said Camden. “One of the hardest aspects of my job as executive director is not being able to provide child care and early learning to every family who needs these important services. This project will move the needle a little forward in meeting our communities’ needs.”
There will be a ribbon cutting at YBR on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their new infant classrooms and renovated playground.
To join Washington and Lee in supporting this important project, access the donate feature on yellowbrickrd.net.
A Message Regarding the Commission on Institutional History and Community
To: The W&L Community
From: President Will Dudley
I have been gratified to receive enthusiastic messages of support from many members of the Washington and Lee community in response to the appointment of a Commission on Institutional History and Community. Running through them all is a deep devotion to the university and an understanding of the critical importance of this work.
I am delighted to report that Brian Murchison, the Charles S. Rowe Professor of Law, has agreed to chair the commission. Professor Murchison has been a member of the W&L faculty since 1982. His teaching and scholarship focus on administrative law, mass media law, jurisprudence, torts, and contemporary problems in law and journalism. He has served in numerous other capacities in the Law School, including interim dean, director of the Frances Lewis Law Center, and supervising attorney in the Black Lung Legal Clinic. In addition to his active participation on numerous university and Law School committees, Professor Murchison has taught several undergraduate classes, most recently a Spring Term course on the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.
Joining Professor Murchison on the commission:
Ted DeLaney ’85, Associate Professor of History
Melissa R. Kerin, Associate Professor of Art History
Elizabeth Mugo ’19, Irmo, S.C., Executive Committee Vice President
Heeth Varnedoe ’19, Thomasville, Ga., Junior Class Representative to the Executive Committee
Daniele San Roman ’19L, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., Law Strategic Planning Task Force
Thomas Camden ’76, Head of Special Collections & Archives, University Library
Mary Main, Executive Director of Human Resources
Trenya Mason ’05L, Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs
Cynthia Cheatham ’07, Washington, D.C., Alumni Board Member
Mike McGarry ’87, Charlotte, N.C., Alumni Board President
Phil Norwood ’69, Charlotte, N.C., Rector Emeritus
I have asked this commission to lead us in an examination of how our history — and the ways that we teach, discuss and represent it — shapes our community. One of its first tasks will be to refine the scope of the work, determining how to involve interested community members and gathering input on the important questions that we need to examine. One such question is how we can best present our physical campus to take full advantage of its educational potential in a manner that is consistent with our core values.
The commission will create various opportunities to engage in conversation with all corners of the community. It will also meet with existing groups whose ongoing work relates to some of these issues, including the Working Group on the History of African-Americans at W&L, the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate, and the University Collections of Art and History Advisory Committee.
Please send comments and suggestions to email@example.com so that they are available for the entire commission to review. The commission will keep the community apprised of its work through a website that will be established in the next few days.
This commission and its work will set a national example by demonstrating how the divisive issues confronting us can be addressed thoughtfully and effectively. That is what a university should do, and it is especially what Washington and Lee should do. I am grateful to the members of the commission for this important service and look forward to the conversations ahead.
A Message from President Dudley Regarding Institutional History and Community
To: The W&L Community
From: President Will Dudley
When I accepted the presidency of Washington and Lee, I immediately and eagerly set out to learn about the history of the university. I read as much as I could. I’m still reading. My approach stems from intellectual curiosity and professional necessity. You cannot lead an institution that you do not understand, and you cannot understand an institution that is nearly 270 years old without being well informed about its past — especially its pivotal moments and figures.
The tragic events of Charlottesville, which I addressed in my message to the campus community on Aug. 14, remind us that knowing our history is also a civic obligation. Ignorance is irresponsible and dangerous. When I urged us to “embrace our ignorance” in my Commencement address on May 25, the point was not that we should allow ourselves to persist in partial or superficial understanding, but rather that we should be mindful of the most important things we do not yet know, in order that we might be spurred to examine them more deeply.
The basic facts of the unique association of our university with Robert E. Lee are fairly straightforward and well-known to those familiar with W&L. Lee became the president of Washington College in 1865, only months after the end of the Civil War. As president, Lee took a small, classical college on the verge of extinction and set it on a course to become a modern university by introducing curricular innovations that included the addition of the Law School and undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, foreign languages, journalism and business. He also established a tradition of student self-governance that remains essential to the university today. Our name was changed to Washington and Lee University immediately following his death in 1870, in recognition of his service to the college.
Of course, Lee’s tenure at Washington College cannot and should not be reduced to such a simple story. And the five years he spent in Lexington, important as they were, represent but one period in his life. Lee was also a Confederate general, a slave owner, a superintendent of West Point, a distinguished veteran of the Mexican-American War, and an Army engineer who helped preserve the port of St. Louis. I list those designations not in the belief that they yield self-evident conclusions, but rather as starting points for the full and critical examination of history that it is our role, as an educational institution, to encourage and undertake.
In this moment, we should do what we have always done best. We should teach, and we should learn. We should educate ourselves and others more fully about the history of our university and our namesakes. We should engage together in a critical analysis that goes beyond the caricatures of one-dimensional heroes and villains to understand who we have been, who we are, and who we can become.
Robert E. Lee died nearly a century and a half ago. Today, we are among the preeminent liberal arts institutions in the country. Washington and Lee has positively and profoundly affected the lives of generations of students, faculty and staff. I am fortunate and proud to be here.
I am especially grateful for our alumni, who — no matter their age, or profession, or perspective — are exceptionally thoughtful, respectful and deeply concerned with what is best for W&L. In recent weeks, I have heard from many of them, from all over the country, as well as from many members of our campus community. Nearly every single person emphasizes that our history, in all of its dimensions, deserves and needs to be more widely and fully known. I agree.
Yesterday, at our annual Town Hall Meeting, I announced the creation of a Commission on Institutional History and Community, which will be composed of students, faculty, staff and alumni, to lead us in an examination of how our history — and the ways that we teach, discuss and represent it — shapes our community. The commission’s work will include studying how our physical campus, a significant portion of which is a National Historic Landmark, can be presented in ways that take full advantage of its educational potential and are consistent with our core values. I am confident that Washington and Lee will set a national example for how this work should be done, and that our own community will be better and stronger for having done it.
The Office of the Provost is also planning a year-long academic series entitled “Washington and Lee: Education and History.” This series will give the entire community opportunities to attend lectures and participate in dialogues that will deepen our understanding of ourselves and what we do as a university in 21st-century America. Many of these events have been planned for months, and we are adding others to further enrich what will be a robust program. We will livestream as many of the talks as possible and will support alumni who would like to organize viewings and discussions in their local areas.
Washington and Lee will continue to be guided by our motto — non incautus futuri — and steadfast in our mission. We provide an education that prepares students to think critically, act with integrity, and participate as engaged citizens in a global and diverse society. This mission, which we all take pride in serving, makes it incumbent upon us to create and sustain an increasingly diverse and inclusive campus that reflects the world in which we live. This is difficult work, but our shared commitment to Washington and Lee will sustain our resolve to accomplish it. I am honored to join you in working together on behalf of our university.
University Town Hall Meeting, August 23
There will be a community breakfast and town hall meeting to set the stage for the coming academic year on Wednesday, August 22, at 9 a.m. in the Evans Dining Hall. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
A Message Regarding the Violence in Charlottesville
To: The W&L Community
From: President Will Dudley
I do not normally issue statements to reaffirm the values that are self-evident in the work we all do together every day at Washington and Lee. But there is nothing normal about the racist violence perpetrated in Charlottesville this past weekend. White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups descended on the city, conducted a torch-lit march on the Grounds of the University of Virginia on Friday night, and clashed with anti-racist counter protestors on the downtown streets on Saturday, causing numerous injuries and one death. Our hearts go out to the families of the woman who was killed, of those who were injured, and of the two Virginia State Police officers who died in the helicopter crash in Albemarle County.
I was born in Charlottesville; both of my parents worked at U.Va., and they continue to live there today. I could not be more personally appalled at the hateful displays of white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideology in the city that means so much to me. This abhorrent bigotry has no place in America. It stands in direct opposition to the values upon which our country was built and that we hold dear at Washington and Lee.
On Sunday, I wrote to U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan to express solidarity and support for the University of Virginia community and the residents of Charlottesville. We admire and share their commitment to condemning racism, hatred and violence, while also defending the rights to freedom of speech and peaceable assembly.
W&L and Lexington have a complex history with regard to the Confederate symbols and figures around which these hateful groups are rallying. Lee, our former president and one of our namesakes, has become a particularly polarizing figure. This gives us a special obligation to be absolutely clear about what we stand for as an institution. We value the essential contributions of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee to making the university what it is today. An explanation of the history of our name is available on our website. We also remain steadfastly and actively committed to creating an increasingly diverse and inclusive community, built on the common values of civility, integrity and respect. These values – W&L’s institutional values – are antithetical to the vile ideologies that we saw on full display in Charlottesville this past weekend, and they call us to speak out in opposition when confronted with such detestable behavior.
Our academic year will begin in a few short weeks with faculty-led, first-year student discussions of “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” by Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen, who will give our Convocation address on Sept. 6. These will be the first of many opportunities for discussion of the past weekend’s events, as well as steps we can take to strengthen our own community. I look forward to the work ahead.
Statement from the Admissions Office Regarding Admissions Tours
In response to questions that have arisen regarding the student-led campus admissions tours, we want to clarify the current situation and address any confusion that exists regarding the tour route.
First, Lee Chapel was never removed from the campus tour. Nor would it ever be.
Throughout the year, members of the admissions office staff have had discussions with student leaders of the University Ambassadors, our 80-member cadre of volunteer student guides, about the tour and how it can best complement the overall campus visit experience for prospective students and families.
Our discussions have focused on how to show the campus as fully as possible while reinforcing priorities that we know prospective students have: the academic rigor for which the university is well known; the highly personalized nature of the student experience; and the Honor System. The route itself is central to this mission. We weave the message about the centrality of the Honor System throughout the tour — not by simply talking about it, but by showing its impact throughout campus.
In February, our conversations with the University Ambassadors included a suggestion that guides walk through or stop in front of Lee Chapel, rather than seating tour groups inside for a 10-minute discussion, as is the custom of many of our Ambassadors. This suggestion was translated, inaccurately, into an instruction not to enter the space. We regret that this was the way some interpreted the message, since this was not our intent. Rather, our goal was to allow time for tours to visit more spaces on campus in an effort to meet the expressed interests of our prospective students while still highlighting our history and its connections to the Honor System.
Our thinking on the optimal tour route has continued to evolve since those discussions in February, thanks to input from ambassadors and feedback from visitors. Beginning in Spring Term, tours will enter Lee Chapel before proceeding into Washington Hall, where guides can tell the story of how a student’s career begins and ends on the Front Campus and emphasize the ways in which the University’s core values are represented in those spaces.
As we seek to enroll the most qualified and talented group of entering students, all of our interactions with prospective students and families are crucial. We especially value the role that the University Ambassadors play and are delighted to have a collaborative relationship with the students who comprise this group. We regret the confusion surrounding the evolution of our campus visit experience and will continue to work with our University Ambassadors to develop a tour that showcases the academic rigor, unique spaces and vibrant Honor System that make Washington and Lee so distinctive.