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Washington and Lee University

May 2008

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W&L Continues to be Active Partner With Lexington and Rockbridge County

Lexington, VA -- May 19, 2008 • Washington and Lee University is pleased to announce the creation of the Community Grants Committee. Established this spring, the purpose of the committee is to create a formal structure for evaluating requests for financial donations and support that come to Washington and Lee from the Lexington/Rockbridge community.

Poet and W&L English Professor Lesley Wheeler Writes Scholarly Study

Lexington, VA -- May 16, 2008 • Poet Lesley Wheeler, professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is the author of a new book, "Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present." Published by Cornell University Press this year, it offers a uniquely full history of 20th- and 21st-century poetry performance in the United States.

Jessica Steinmetz '08 Wins Sarah G. Ball Teaching Award

Lexington, VA -- May 14, 2008 • Jessica Steinmetz ’08 of Sacramento, Calif., is this year’s Sarah G. Ball Teaching Award recipient. She is a politics major who also completed the teachers education program.

W&L Hosts William and Mary Professor To Talk on Serial Murders of Mexican Women

Lexington, VA -- May 13, 2008 • Washington and Lee University will host a visit by Professor Carla Olson Buck, Spanish professor at The College of William and Mary, who will give two talks, May 26 and 27, that are free and open to the public.

Women's Tennis Falls to Williams 5-4 in NCAA Championship Match

Lexington, VA -- May 16, 2008 • Williams College ended the Washington and Lee women’s tennis team’s title defense as they captured the 2008 NCAA Division III National Championship with a 5-4 win over W&L on Thursday afternoon in Saint Peter, Minn. Nicole Reich of Williams defeated senior Leah Weston (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) at No. 4 singles (6-2, 5-7, 6-1) to give the Ephs the win.

W&L Professor Pam Luecke Elected Chair of Accrediting Committee of ACEJMC

Lexington, VA -- May 15, 2008 • Pam Luecke, the Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism in the department of journalism and mass communications at W&L, was recently elected chair of the accrediting committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

School of Law Honors Graduates at 2008 Commencement Ceremony

Lexington, VA -- May 13, 2008 • The School of Law celebrated its 153rd commencement on Saturday, May 10, as 141 J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees were awarded. Judge William H. Webster, former FBI and CIA director and chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, delivered the commencement address. Watch the video (Windows Media Player required).

Robert Frasco '09 Wins Boren Scholarship

Lexington, VA -- May 13, 2008 • Robert Frasco ’09, a Russian area studies major from Suffield, Conn., was a recent recipient of a David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP). The NSEP awards Boren Scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Closing Lecture and Reception for Bob Trotman: Business as Usual

Gallery Talk/Reception for the artist May 15
Lexington, VA -- May 9, 2008 • On Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m., sculptor Bob Trotman will give a lecture about his installation Business as Usual, currently on exhibit at Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery. The artist's talk will take place in the Wilson Hall concert hall, followed by a reception in Staniar Gallery and the Wilson Hall atrium.

Emma Axt '08 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to France

Lexington, VA -- May 9, 2008 • Washington and Lee University senior Romance languages/journalism and mass communications major Emma Axt ’08, of Edina, Minn., has recently been awarded the distinguished Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach English in France.

Winner of Shenandoah's Glasgow Prize to Give Reading of Her Work

Lexington, VA -- May 7, 2008 • Emerging poet Emily Rosko will give a reading of her work at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons, room 216. The event will begin with an informal public interview of Rosko by Lesley Wheeler, professor and head of the English department.

Elizabeth Outland Branner Named Director of Law Advancement

Lexington, VA -- May 7, 2008 • Elizabeth Outland Branner has been named director of advancement for the School of Law, effective immediately. She succeeds Paul Gardner in this position following a nationwide search.

Deborah Newell '08 Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Teach in Germany

Lexington, VA -- May 5, 2008 • Debby Newell ’08 of Troy, Michigan, is a recent recipient of a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany. A German literature and medieval and Renaissance studies major, Newell will teach the English language to 12-18-year-olds.

School of Law Mandates Transnational Law Course for First Year Students

Lexington, VA -- May 2, 2008 • The faculty of Washington and Lee University School of Law has voted unanimously to include Transnational Law as a required first-year course.

Three Law Students Receive Public Service Scholarships

Lexington, VA -- May 2, 2008 • Washington and Lee School of Law students Kiyomi Bolick, Kyu-Eun Lee, and Sara McManus, all members of the class of 2010, have been selected as the 2008 recipients of Virginia Law Foundation Public Service Internship awards.

ODK Inducts 10 During Opening Assembly for W&L’s 2008 Reunion Weekend

Lexington, VA -- May 2, 2008 • Washington and Lee University's 2008 Reunion Weekend began with an Opening Assembly on Thursday, May 1, featuring a Welcoming Address from Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Waller T. Dudley ’74 and an invocation by William C. Datz ‘75, coordinator of religious life. The keynote address, “Reflections of Three Wise Men,” was given by three members of the class of ’58 celebrating their 50th W&L reunion--Farris Hotchkiss, Lewis G. John and Andrew (Uncas) McThenia, also a member of ‘63L.

Campus Community Participates in Gay? Fine By Me™ T-Shirt Project

Students, faculty and staff taking part in the second annual Gay? Fine By Me™ T-Shirt Project at W&L gathered for a group photo on Wednesday, April 30.

"Bill Nye the Science Guy" to Speak at W&L

Lexington, VA -- May 1, 2008 • Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. The title of his talk is "Science Rules! An Evening with Bill Nye the Science Guy."

Former Football Coach Bobby Ross to Share Lessons in Leadership

Lexington, VA -- May 1, 2008 • The Lessons in Leadership Series, sponsored by the Office of Leadership Development at Washington and Lee University, begins on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons, room 114. Coach Bobby Ross will provide insights about leadership he has gained from over 38 years in head coaching at both collegiate and professional levels.

Laura Nugent '08 Receives Fulbright Fellowship to Romania

Lexington, VA -- May 2, 2008 • Laura Nugent '08 has received a research Fulbright Fellowship to Romania for the 2008-2009 academic year. Nugent, a double major in economics and medieval and Renaissance studies from West Grove, Penn., will study the architecture of churches in Moldavia built from 1488-1609 with a history professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj.

Walter Davis to Give Two Talks on the Effects of Traumatic Events

Lexington, VA -- May 1, 2008 • Walter Davis, professor emeritus of English at Ohio State University, will give two public talks while at Washington and Lee University under the sponsorship of the Class of '63 Scholars in Residence program. Davis will meet with students and faculty and participate in a seminar in aesthetics.

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