Lexington, VA -- August 29, 2008 • Aug. 30, 2008, the first 41 Johnson Scholars will arrive for orientation at Washington and Lee University. The Johnson Scholarship Program was established through a $100 million donation to the university in 2007. It is highly competitive and recognizes students with outstanding academic qualifications and the promise for leadership in their chosen careers and future endeavors. Scholarships are valued at between $150,000 to $200,000 over a four-year period.
Lexington, VA -- August 27, 2008 • Paul A. Gregory, associate professor of philosophy at Washington and Lee, has written a book titled Quine's Naturalism: Language, Theory, and the Knowing Subject (Continuum Studies in American Philosophy), which offers a new interpretation of philosopher W.V. Quine's views of naturalism.
Lexington, VA -- August 26, 2008 • The Washington and Lee community is mourning the loss of Anne Scott Farrar Willett, 81, a long-time and valued member of the W&L family. She died on August 26 at the Westminster-Canterbury retirement community in Lynchburg, surrounded by her family.
Lexington, VA -- August 26, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has been awarded a four-year, $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand and enhance place-based learning in its interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program. The grant will enable W&L to create a specialization in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
Lexington, VA -- August 22, 2008 • When the full house of student and faculty in W&L's Lee Chapel listened to Charles Johnson give the Martin Luther King Jr. day address in January 2008, titled "The End of the Black American Narrative," they had no idea of the explosion of interest his arguments would eventually generate.
Lexington, VA -- August 15, 2008 • Washington and Lee's R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, is one of three finalists for the poetry prize at the 11th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. His nominated book is "Outlaw Style: Poems," from the University of Arkansas Press.
Lexington, VA -- August 12, 2008 • Washington and Lee concluded a stellar fund-raising year on June 30. New gifts and pledges, the best indicator of support for any college, totaled $37.6 million, up from $26.1 million a year ago after subtracting extraordinary gifts. The previous year included historic commitments of $100 million from Rupert H. Johnson Jr. '62 and $33 million from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest '53, '55L.
Lexington, VA -- August 7, 2008 • Written testimony from the 1975 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – also known as the "Church Committee" – reads like a lot of Congressional testimony from the last two years. Then as now, U.S. intelligence practices came under intense scrutiny from Congress and the public as a fierce debate raged over national security interests and the preservation of civil liberties.
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review has won a prestigious Governor's Award for the Arts for 2008. Governor Timothy M. Kaine will present it to Shenandoah, which won in the category of arts organizations and artistic directors, and nine other recipients at the state capitol, in Richmond, on Sept. 17. Accepting the prize will be Shenandoah's editor, R.T. Smith, and its managing editor, Lynn Leech.
Lexington, VA -- August 5, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has purchased 16 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – 12 fixed and four mobile. The 12 fixed AEDs were installed Thursday, July 31, at various locations on campus.