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Generals of the Month for September Named

Washington and Lee University students Rachel Pityk, Joni Deutsch and Taylor Gilfillan will be recognized as Generals of the Month for September during a presentation on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 11:45 a.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons.

Pityk, a senior from Lebanon, PA, is a double mathematics and politics major. She has served as General Co-Chair of the First Year Orientation Committee for the past two years, and is currently serving as Director of Career and Personal Development for Chi Omega sorority.

Pityk also is a member of Chamber Singers, General Admission, Premier Co-Ed Acapella Group, College Republicans, and Reformed University Fellowship. During Mock Convention 2012, she served on the Speakers Committee and the Pennsylvania State Delegation.  She has competed in the Charlottesville Ten Miler, Philadephia Half Marathon, and will compete in the Philadelphia Marathon in November 2012.  She has been named an ODAC Scholar-Athlete and has been on the Dean’s List.

Deutsch, a junior from Charleston, W.Va., is an English major. She has been associate music director, music director and board operator for WLUR FM, W&L’s radio station; co-chair of First Book, a non-profit organization that seeks to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books and music director/intern for Fratmusic.com.

Deutsch also is a co-chair of the First Year Orientation Committee; a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority; SPEAK, a group of women who serve to raise awareness about sexual misconduct at W&L; a volunteer for W&L’s Campus Kitchens; and a member of the Tennis Club, the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll.

Gilfillan, a senior from Raleigh, N.C., is a physics major and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society. He is a student-to-student mentor, spending a few hours a week with a child in the community (age 5-17) and is an announcer for the volleyball games.

Gilfillan is a driver for the Traveller Safe Ride Program, is beginning his third year on the ResLife Leadership Staff serving first-years, is on the first-year orientation committee and is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Generals of the Month is coordinated by the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) initiative and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs to inspire engaged citizenship at Washington and Lee University. CSS seeks to recognize students who are not typically or sufficiently touted for the depth and breadth they add to our campus community.

Pityk, Deutsch and Gilfillan were selected by the CSS Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff. Any member of the campus community can nominate a W&L student at any time with the online form at go.wlu.edu/css.

Future CSS presentations during the 2012-2013 academic year will be held during lunch in the Marketplace in the Elrod Commons on Nov. 1 (for October), Nov. 15, Dec. 6, and dates in Jan., Feb., March, April and May yet to be determined.

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Julie Cline
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