Participating in one of our 76 W&L alumni chapters is a great way to stay connected with the University, meet up with old and new friends, and have a great time while doing it!
Jim Early ’59 and his husband Garland Tillery established the James R. Early ’59 Endowment for LGBTQ Programming to help W&L's LGBTQ students engage fully with the wider university community.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award winner. We will also celebrate the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winners due to last year's Young Alumni Weekend cancellation. The recipients will each receive their awards during Young Alumni Weekend, October 25 -27. There is still plenty of time to register for the weekend if you haven’t already.
Washington and Lee University has already exceeded carbon-reduction goals for 2013 and 2020. The latest updates keep the university on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
The event, which is open to all students, provides multiple opportunities to network with alumni entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.
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Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Five-Star Alumni Award winners.
Jack Huffard '90 talks about the actionable insights he has gained from the Entrepreneurship Summit (Sept. 27-28) and the skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
At Harvard, Leah Gose '15 has conducted a complex study of organizations that provide food to people in need.
Kevin Batteh, ’95 and ‘98L, navigates new technology to advise blockchain and cryptocurrency clients.
Megan Hill Gambrill ’05 had long fantasized about a job where she’d get to play in the dirt all day.
Robyn O’Brien ’93 is a leading voice in food-industry reform, the author of “The Unhealthy Truth” (2009), and a frequent commenter on food allergies, politics and financials.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners
Yeboah's talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Africa Economic Transformation: The Role of Youth.”
R. Alan Winstead ’85 is a driving force for the Meals on Wheels program in his community.
Three donors have recognized the role coaches play in educating and mentoring W&L students, both in the competitive arena and in the classroom.
A bridge in Maryland has been named for Cpl. Chris Coffland ’88, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
The talk is free and open to the public and the discussion will also be streamed live.
This year’s event focuses on Exploring Careers and Issues in Social Innovation and Responsible Leadership.
James Ricks '21 interviews Dr. Jonathan Wortham '04 about his work with the Centers for Disease Control.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Five-Star Alumni Award winners. The recipients will receive their awards during this weekend's Five-Star Festival.
Virginia McGhee ’19 spent the summer at Stanford University building polymers in Bob Waymouth ’82’s chemistry lab.
Balen Essak '20 interviews Maisie Osteen '14L about her experiences with the Shepherd Program and as an assistant public defender.
A passion for the outdoors led Taylor Cole '75 to launch a second career as co-founder of Conservation Partners in Lexington.
The San Antonian native served on the board from 1972-1982.
Today, President Dudley shared his response to the Commission on Institutional History and Community's report.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award winners. The recipients will each receive their awards during Young Alumni Weekend, September 14 – 16, 2018. There is still plenty of time to register for the weekend if you haven’t already.
Bob Chandler ’92 charts his own course as co-owner of omnichannel retailer Tactics.
The second half of the Alumni Chapter year turned out to be just as busy as the first!
Gerry Barousse '80 helped found the Bayou District Foundation, which is developing a community that replaced a flooded housing development in New Orleans.
Tolu Olubunmi ’02 speaks up for immigrants and refugees.
Dr. Daniel “Trey” Lee ’98 leads groundbreaking research and clinical trials of immunotherapy treatments to fight pediatric cancers.
Ollie Cook '60 and wife, Sharon, discover the rewards of adopting a senior dog.
Mahan, CEO and chairman of Live Oak Bank, was recently profiled in the Wilmington, North Carolina-area media.
In August 2017, I appointed the Commission on Institutional History and Community and charged it with examining how the ways that we teach, discuss and represent our history shape our community.
Wolfe, one of W&L's most accomplished alumni, will be remembered for his talent, wit and generosity.
A conversation with W&L trustee Brodie Riordan '03 about leadership, and the importance of diversity on the board and in the student body.
This reading is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment and is free and open to the public.
The talk, titled “Storytelling in the Digital Age," is free and open to the public.
The FBI agent credits his father, the Honor System and his W&L education with shaping his career.
Nineteen Washington and Lee University alumni died during the Vietnam Era. These are their stories.
John Gulick '63, who served as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam, was on the wrong end of an ambush about one week after his arrival in country.
Bruce Rider '66, who served as an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam, was moved to write this essay on the occasion of his 20th reunion.
Alumni who served react to the Fall 2017 alumni magazine article about the war, and share some of their thoughts about that time.
Laventure will speak on the ethical journalist’s role in the modern media age.
The VP of global brand communications for adidas delivered the keynote address at a daylong advertising and marketing conference full of networking opportunities for students.
Students and alumni members of the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company will perform in NYC the last weekend in Jan.
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.
Alumni Affairs has been busy working with many alumni chapters to stage Presidents' Day events to commemorate the lasting W&L contributions of George Washington and Robert E. Lee.
Capt. Clay Shaner ’04 left investment banking to fly the unfriendly skies as a combat pilot.
W&L alumni look back at the Vietnam War and how it changed them.
For Christine Starer-Smith ’99, a love of animals led to a veterinary career and volunteer service at a remote Dakota reservation.
Julie Lawrence '92 mixes old and new materials in her furniture designs.
Quincy Springs '02 is set to open a Chick-fil-A that will also serve up a helping of civil rights history.
Q&A with Professor Jeff Shay and Matthew Rickert '18 about the 2017 Entrepreneurship Summit.
The sculptor's latest exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries.
David Foster ’98 values W&L and the Shepherd Program as a training ground for the country's future leaders
President Dudley sent a message to the W&L community regarding his appointment of a Commission on Institutional History and Community.
Traveling to my first Entrepreneurship Summit at W&L, I looked forward to an agenda packed with information-loaded sessions on topics ranging from fundraising to scaling. I quickly realized that as helpful as the sessions were, an even greater learning opportunity came from hearing the experiences of the other entrepreneurs.
As head of brand communications for Adidas, Alegra O’Hare ’94 advises young women to 'break barriers.'
Jeff Hamill ’81 has built a global career in advertising with popular Hearst magazines.
Michael Hudson '85 (pictured) and Scott Bronstein '93 both worked on the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers investigation, which relied on the collaboration of some 400 journalists around the world.
Tyler Grant ’12, a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law, is a regular editorial contributor to several national publications.
In response to questions that have arisen regarding the student-led campus admissions tours, we want clarify the current situation and address any confusion that exists regarding the tour route.
As we prepare to close the book on 2016, warm Holiday Greetings and thank you to W&L’s marvelous and loyal alumni. Your Association offers these highlights since June 30 as we strive to serve you.
Kara Karcher '11 is parlaying her studies in poverty and women's and gender studies into a law career dedicated to helping women and children.
As superintendent of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Sula Jacobs ’00 enthusiastically promotes the virtues of the National Park Service, which turned 100 years old this year.
Now in its 24th year, the seminar on Oct. 14-15 will focus on the Shakespeare classic “King Lear.”
Sherry Fox, an attorney with ThompsonMcMullan, has been named to the 2016 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
In his 2014 Baccalaureate address at Washington and Lee University, “Community and the Common Good,” the Rev. John M. Cleghorn told the graduates: “This place and the people who give it life have prepared you for life beyond the comforting lap of Lexington. More than that, they have given you a rare advantage and a set of privileges that call on you to live and lead extraordinary lives, lives that reach beyond yourselves.”
One hundred years ago this month, Sept. 23, 1916, a young man named Kiffin Rockwell became the first alumnus of Washington and Lee University to give his life during World War I — not as an American doughboy, as you might expect, but as a founding member of the French air squadron known as the Escadrille Americaine, or the Lafayette Escadrille.
The Roanoke Times featured a story about W&L alumnus Matt Simpson '12, who earned a silver medal last week as a member of the U.S. men’s goalball team at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Read the full story.
On Sept. 15, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest joined hundreds of friends and neighbors at a ceremony for the official opening of the Museum of the American Revolution’s outdoor plaza and the unveiling of the plaque naming the recently completed museum building in the Lenfest’s honor. The museum officially opens to the public on April 19, 2017.
Actress and producer Paten Hughes’ dream role would be to play Hillary Clinton. “I find her incredibly interesting,” she said in an interview with The Tulcan Times. In the meantime, the recent W&L French and theater graduate has another project that launched Sept. 9 — “Heirloom,” the debut of a nine-part rom-com web series on Vimeo.
When Jon Philipson, a top-billing associate at the Carlton Fields law firm, decided to take paternity leave, his "friends questioned my sanity and told me I was committing career suicide," he said in an essay published on the Motto website (Time Magazine). "One asked: 'How do you go from law review editor in chief to tummy time connoisseur?' "
Matt Simpson, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, posted a photo of himself and the U.S. men’s goalball team decked out in their Team U.S.A. uniforms just before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which runs Sept. 7 – 18.
When the floodwaters from the August storms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, finally receded, James McCullum was one of many volunteers to head to the devastated region. A member of the Maryland-based Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, he connected with the St. Bernard Project to help gut homes damaged by the flooding.
“Food allergies are not a niche,” said Robyn O’Brien, a 1993 graduate of Washington and Lee University and founder of the AllergyKids Foundation. “It is a growing epidemic that is challenging how we think about our food and how it is made. Genetic factors don’t change this quickly, environmental factors do. Are we allergic to food or to what’s been done to it?”
Tom Wolfe poses an interesting question in his newest book, “The Kingdom of Speech”: Why can’t science explain the origins of human language?
The 2016 Washington and Lee University Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship at W&L, will take place Sept 23–24. The keynote speakers are Ben Sutton, co-founder and chairman emeritus of IMG College and Erika Hagberg, the head of Food and Beverage at Google.
W&L was well represented by five alumni and one current undergraduate working at the Republican National Convention, held July 18-21, in Cleveland. One week later, Jake Barr ’16 worked the Democratic National Convention, held July 25 -28 in Philadelphia.
If you’re interested in the inner workings of an event commerce company — and especially if you’re interested in a great way to use that liberal arts degree — check out this interview in the Chicago Tribune with Jackie (Neilson) Coleman, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University. She is the senior product manager at Eved, in Chicago.
Jenny Elmes, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1991, this month received a nice honor for her Lexington business, full circle catering: Top Green Provider for 2016.
During her student days at Washington and Lee University, A’rese Emokpae danced and acted on many a stage at the Lenfest Center before graduating in 2010. Over the past six years, she’s been pursuing a career in musical theater, and now she’s putting her talents to the test by competing on “The Voice Nigeria” TV show.
Lynn Symansky ’05 said she has “essentially been trying out for the Olympics” ever since she began competing during college at the top level of the equestrian sport. 2016 is her year.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Robert M. Dees, a 1984 graduate of Washington and Lee University, to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court.
Kelli Carpenter Fleming, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s Rising Stars of Health Care list for 2016.
Registration is now open to Washington and Lee alumni for the 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the Williams School’s Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Summit will take place Sept. 23–24 and is open to all alumni, students and friends of the university. Attending the Summit is free but all attendees must register by Sept. 16.
Spencer Cox, a 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law and Lt. Governor of the State of Utah, is receiving national attention for a speech he delivered on Monday in Salt Lake City at a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
The Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) has named Ryan Welsh, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2010, an Emerging Leader in Transaction Banking.
Is there a connection between corporate social responsibility and a company’s return on investment? According to Patsy Doerr, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1990, the answer is very much a yes.
William Toles, a 1992 graduate of the College and a 1995 graduate of the School of Law, was named a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine.
Robert E. Lee Davies, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1979, has been named senior judge for the Tennessee Supreme Court. In this position, he will hear cases in which other judges cannot serve because of a conflict, or in courts where there is a vacancy.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 161st commencement on Saturday, May 7, awarding 93 juris doctor degrees.
Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee, gave the keynote talk at the University’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend Opening Assembly on April 28, in Lee Chapel. He spoke on “A Timeless Trust.”
Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumni Awards on four graduates during its annual Alumni Weekend, April 28-May 1. The presentations came on April 30, during the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.
One of the first bands Taylor Crothers covered as a freelance photographer was the Dave Mathews Band, when it was new to the music scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990s.
Gail Deady, a member of the law class of 2011, played a role in the landmark Title IX ruling issued recently by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Walt Kelley ’77, ‘81L received the Outstanding Law Alumnus award and Neil Millhiser ‘11L received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
On Tues., April 19, the Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Missal, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee University, as the next inspector general of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Joseph S. Keelty, an emeritus trustee and member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1944 who established a scholarship at W&L and donated generously to myriad other priorities at the university, died April 10, 2016, at the age of 93.