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The Path to Learning

A team of Washington and Lee engineering majors is designing and building a walking trail for children served by Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center’s Lexington location.

In Case You Missed It

W&L Celebrates Black History Month

The university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a month-long schedule of events, including film screenings, lectures and discussions.

Diversity of Experiences

Sima Sharma ’18 used her time at W&L to explore her passion for the world and its various cultures through volunteering and study abroad.

W&L Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Title IX

A week of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Title IX will culminate in a W&L visit by soccer great Mia Hamm on Feb. 1.

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.

Video: MLK Basketball Tournament

Washington and Lee students took to the court on Jan. 14 to raise money for a local nonprofit and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Curiosity Leads to Passion

The Shepherd Poverty Program put Brent Beshore '05 on a different career path than the one he imagined.

Oh, the Places They Went!

Whether doing research on campus or traveling across the world for internships and projects, W&L students made the most of summer 2017. In the new year, we invite you to take a look back at everything they accomplished.

Social Responsibility

Kate Donnelly ’11 is using her education and Shepherd experiences to improve her local community.

Rare by Association

Two tiny, leather-bound volumes in Special Collections feature signatures and bookplates that make them extraordinarily rare.

Shepherd Program Celebrates 20 Years

Here’s a look back at important milestones that shaped the program through the years. Pictured: Tom '52 and Nancy Shepherd, who made the gift that funded the Shepherd Program.

Dreaming of Freedom

Washington and Lee Spanish professor Seth Michelson has compiled a book of poems written by incarcerated undocumented teens and translated by some of his students and him.

Slideshow: Pumpkin Carving

Good gourd! See W&L administrative assistants transform pumpkins into works of Halloween art.

Leadership Informed by Empathy

David Foster ’98 values W&L and the Shepherd Program as a training ground for the country's future leaders

On the Alpine Tower with James Dick

What do surf boards, oatmeal cookie dough and "dang it!" all have in common? Watch the latest @wluLex video, with Director of Outdoor Education James Dick, to find out!

Empowering Youth to Be Leaders

Lorena Hernandez Barcena '19 had an eye-opening summer internship with Harlem Children’s Zone, an education nonprofit in New York.

‘An Active Participant in Solutions’

Through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Tyra Barrett '18 interned at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in New Jersey.

VIDEO: Appalachian Adventure 2017

Appalachian Adventure, which takes students on a four-night hike of the Appalachian Trail, is the most popular pre-orientation trip at W&L.

VIDEO: Sustainability Leadership Trip

Students on the Sustainability Leadership pre-orientation trip had a chance to meet local food producers and learn about W&L's commitment to the environment.

VIDEO: Welcome Class of 2021!

Over two weekends, our communications team talked with 86 of our incoming first-years, learning a bit about where they're from and why they chose to join the W&L community.

Scenes from the Eclipse

Members of the W&L community gathered on the Front Lawn on Monday to watch the solar eclipse.

What a Trip

For many students at Washington and Lee, the Outing Club is about more than outdoor adventure — it’s about finding a place that feels a little bit like home.

Step Away from the Books

Washington and Lee students are on the move thanks to a robust collection of club sports, intramurals and exercise classes.

A Year in Review

Celebrating University Advancement's 2016-17 achievements

A Focus on Future Professionals

Alumni Wali and Wendy Bacdayan created scholarships to benefit students in business, nursing and allied health.

Thank You!

Annual Fund Sets New Record in 2016-17

The Art of Observation

Amateur photographers in the W&L community share a few of their favorite images.

Art in the Open

Students in Meg Griffith’s Spring Term art class created public works of art to draw attention to important causes in the community.

Heart and Soil

Dashiell Dericks ’18 and Jesse Evans ’20 are selling saplings grown from Colonnade oak trees in a new business that marries Dericks' love of silviculture and his fondness for W&L.

Smiles for Miles

Brett Becker '18 and the W&L Pre-Dental Club teamed up with Rockbridge Area Health Center to distribute dental supplies to more than 700 local children.

From Volunteering to Mountaineering

Whether they were doing service work in Birmingham, touring firms in NYC, or climbing an ice-encrusted mountain in New Hampshire, Washington and Lee students made the most of Washington Break.

Ingredients for Social Change

A multi-disciplinary Community-Based Research project gave Washington and Lee University students a chance to help local organizations take a closer look at access to affordable healthy food.

Packing a Nutritious Punch

Sejal Mistry ’17, a biology major and poverty studies minor, has completed a service project that aims to improve the nutritional value of foods in the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee’s Backpack Program.

Meet the Johnsons

Meet some of Washington and Lee University's talented crop of Johnson Scholars.

‘A Good Place to Spend a Career’: Ken Ruscio Reflects

On Dec. 31, after 10 years as Washington and Lee’s president, Ken Ruscio leaves office. Earlier this fall, President Ruscio sat down with us in his Washington Hall office for a conversation, which appeared in the fall issue of W&L: The Washington and Lee Alumni Magazine.

Elliot Emadian Releases Debut Album

Somehow, in addition to all of his coursework and extracurricular activities, Elliot Emadian has found the time to write, record and release his premiere album.

New Book Covers 70 Years of the W&L Story

Historian Blaine Brownell ’65, who spent his career as a college professor, administrator and consultant, has completed a 608-page history of W&L, from 1930 to 2000.

Something Old, Something New

After more than 10 years and $50 million, the restoration and renovation of Washington and Lee University’s hallowed Colonnade is complete.

Meet the ‘Mayor’ of the Upper-Division Village

Diana Banks, ‘17, fills us in on her actual title (although we are just going to run with "mayor"), the hot tub situation over there, and the awesome sense of community that makes the Upper Division Village a pretty sweet place to call home.

W&L Announces November Community Grants

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

Many Shades of Green

A call for student proposals related to sustainability projects provided valuable results for the campus and community.

W&L Campus Kitchen turns 10

Ingrid Easton Wilson '06 started W&L's Campus Kitchen, and university employees and volunteers have kept it thriving for a decade.

Planting Seeds for a Sustainable Future

Taking part in the Sustainability Leadership Pre-Orientation Program allowed a group of Washington and Lee first-years to understand the many facets of creating and supporting sustainable communities.

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