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Message to the Community

Update on Fire in Off-Campus Student Residence:

Early this morning a fire severely damaged an off-campus residence on Winding Way (Windfall Hill) where six Washington and Lee seniors resided. The students are unharmed, but they have lost most of their belongings.

The Dean of Students office is working with them to secure housing and to identify their need for supplies, etc. Dean Leonard will be coordinating much of our response, and we will make the community aware of ways to be involved.

We have notified all faculty who are currently teaching the affected students as well as the students’ advisers. We have also been in communication with their parents.

Peer Counselors will be on hand today in the Elrod Commons Living Room to provide support for the student body.

We know that everyone in our community joins us  in supporting these students during this difficult time.

— Sidney Evans, vice president of student affairs and dean of students




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Snapshot: March 23, 2017


Ever wonder how tall buildings are constructed out of wood? Speaker Lori Koch of the National Wood Council will discuss in a lecture, “Advances in the Construction of Tall Wood Buildings.” Cookies will be served. Science Addition 214, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Exhibit opening: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I. In recognition of this anniversary, Washington and Lee University has a new exhibit, “Mementos of the Great War: Toby Jugs Commemorating the Allied Leaders of World War I.” This afternoon will be the exhibit opening reception. Refreshments will be served. Watson Pavilion, 5-6:45 p.m.

Susan Wolf, the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give a lecture as a part of the Philosophy Department’s Senior Capstone Seminar on a Living Philosopher. Her talk is entitled “Aesthetic Responsibility,” and is free and open to the public. Hillel Multipurpose Room, 5-6:30 p.m.

The Lee Chapel Spring Lecture will feature Jeff Shaara, The New York Times bestselling author of war novels. Shaara will speak on “A Storyteller’s View of the First World War” which is based on his book, “To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War” (2005). The talk is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Shaara will sign copies of “To the Last Man” and “Fateful Lighting” in the museum shop. To read more about Shaara, click here. Lee Chapel, 7-8 p.m.


Free concerts: As part of the Southeastern Composers League Forum, local folks will have the chance to attend five different concerts, each featuring new music and all free! A wide range of musical styles and genres will be represented. Many of the performers come from the Washington and Lee Music Department. Each concert will last about an hour, and the composers will be available for questions. No tickets required. Wilson Hall/Concert Hall. Today’s concerts will be at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.


More free concerts! The Southeastern Composers League Forum (see above) continues today with three additional concerts open to the public. No tickets required. Wilson Hall/Concert Hall. The concerts will be at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Following the final concert, there will be a reception.

In other news…

Did you attend SSA this year? If so, your feedback would be greatly appreciated! Please consider filling out the survey at this link. It will only take a few minutes.

Book sale: Art books are currently offered for sale on the main floor of Leyburn Library. The first offering of books includes many large, full color books on American Art and Antiques.