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April 2008

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W&L's Panhellenic Council Wins Award at Atlanta Conference

Lexington, VA -- April 29, 2008 • Washington and Lee University's Panhellenic Association has been awarded the Gamma Phi Beta College Panhellenic Award by Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. The award "recognizes the Panhellenic association that successfully develops and implements a program to enhance the Greek image on campus and in the local community."

W&L Women's Tennis Captures Sixth-Straight ODAC Title

Lexington, VA -- April 28, 2008 • The top-ranked Washington and Lee women's tennis team won its sixth-straight conference crown with a 9-0 win over Bridgewater in the finals of the 2008 ODAC Tournament. The Generals, who own an unblemished 24-0 overall record, will receive the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they will look to defend their national title.

Mini-Language Classes Offered to Alumni During Reunion Weekend

Lexington, VA -- April 25, 2008 • Washington and Lee University's Tucker Multimedia Center (TMC) and the departments of modern foreign languages will again offer W&L alumni the opportunity to attend mini-language courses over Reunion Weekend, May 1-3, 2008.

W&L Donates Parcel of Land to Rockbridge Historical Society

Lexington, VA -- April 24, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has recently donated a parcel of land to the Rockbridge Historical Society. After lengthy negotiations, the 4,090 square foot sliver of land adjacent to Varner Lane was donated to the RHS for its continued use as a picnic area within downtown Lexington.

Locy Named First Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting

Lexington, VA -- April 23, 2008 • Toni Locy, a veteran of 25 years covering the American justice system at all levels, has been named Washington and Lee's first Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting.

Mitchell Awarded Fulbright to Teach in Ukraine

Lexington, VA -- April 23, 2008 • Phylissa Mitchell ‘01L, visiting assistant professor of journalism, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach at a university in Ukraine, although the exact institution has yet to be announced. Mitchell will teach a comparative course on free-press constitutional guarantees, focusing on broadcast writing and public affairs.

Benefiel Awarded Fellowship from Archaeological Institute of America

Lexington, VA -- April 23, 2008 • Rebecca Benefiel, assistant professor of classics at Washington and Lee University, received the Olivia James Traveling Fellowship from the Archaeological Institute of America for 2008-2009. It's designed to support field research in the Mediterranean, and there is only one fellowship of this kind given out per year. The award is $25,000.

W&L Freshmen Hamscher and Mou Chosen as Kemper Scholars

Lexington, VA -- April 23, 2008 • Washington and Lee students Eric Hamscher '11 and Chengpeng Mou '11 have been chosen to receive Kemper scholarships. They will join Steve Rivior '08, Becca Taylor '09 and Cale Grove '10 as W&L students participating in the program.

Strong Appointed Associate Provost

Lexington, VA -- April 23, 2008 • Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, has been named associate provost of the University effective July 1.

Mellon Grant helps W&L's Jenefer Davies Plan Aerial Dance Performance

Performance Event to have Students Lowered onto the Side of Wilson Hall
Lexington, VA -- April 21, 2008 • Jenefer Davies, visiting assistant professor of dance at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Grant through the Associated Colleges of the South.

Men's Tennis Wins ODAC Championship

Lexington, VA -- April 22, 2008 • The 16th-ranked Washington and Lee men's tennis team defeated Hampden-Sydney, 9-0, to claim its 13th-straight ODAC championship. The Generals will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

W&L Golf Wins ODAC Championship

Lexington, VA -- April 22, 2008 • The Washington and Lee golf team claimed its 10th Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship and its first since 1999 after shooting a 313 in the final round on Monday at the Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va.

W&L Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Support Biological Sciences

Lexington, VA -- April 22, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has received a $1.3 million grant from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support the University’s undergraduate biological sciences programs. W&L was one of only 48 institutions out of 192 applicants to receive a grant.

Poet Lesley Wheeler to Read from Recently Published Collection

Lexington, VA -- April 18, 2008 • Lesley Wheeler, Washington and Lee University professor and chair of the English department, will read from her recently published collection of poetry, "Scholarship Girl."

Law Student Named Student Editor of ABA Magazine

Lexington, VA -- April 18, 2008 • Washington and Lee School of Law student Charles E. Gates, Jr. has been named student editor of Student Lawyer magazine for the 2008-09 academic year.

W&L Hillel Presents Holocaust Remembrance Week Activities

Holocaust Survivor to Talk about "Death March"
Lexington, VA -- April 17, 2008 • Washington and Lee University's Hillel presents Holocaust Remembrance Week from April 28 - May 2. The planned activities range from films to a vigil to a talk by a Holocaust survivor, the grandmother of a current W&L student.

Sascha Goluboff Named Engaged Scholars Fellow

Lexington, VA -- April 10, 2008 • Sascha Goluboff, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Washington and Lee University, was selected as one of three new fellows in the "Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations" program coordinated through The Hartford Seminary.

Pickett Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • Holly Pickett, assistant professor of English, has recently been awarded a nine- month National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) research fellowship to the Newberry Library in Chicago for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Fifth Annual Tom Wolfe Seminar Features Distinguished Authors

Geraldine Brooks to Give Public Lecture
Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • The opening talk of Washington and Lee University's fifth annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar will be given by author Geraldine Brooks, on Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. This talk is free and open to the public.

Morel Named Research Fellow in the James Madison Program, Princeton University

Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • Lucas Morel, associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, has been named a Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University for the 2008-09 academic year.

Cintron Awarded Franklin Research Grant

Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • Leslie Cintron, W&L assistant professor of sociology, has been awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to conduct archival research in England for her book "From Open Spaces to Popular Culture: The National Trust and the Transformation of British Heritage, 1895-2008," which looks into the genesis of Britain's national heritage preservation movement.

William Freehling, Visiting Scholar at W&L, to Give Public Lecture

Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • William W. Freehling, the Robert S. Griffith '52 Visiting Scholar in History at Washington and Lee University, will present a lecture on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of Dr. Freehling's lecture is "Mysteries of the South's Secession."

W&L's English for Speakers of Other Languages Program Earns Grant from the Verizon Foundation

Lexington, VA -- April 9, 2008 • W&L’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program (ESOL) recently received a Verizon Community Initiative grant of $500. The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, awards grants to initiatives and non-profits that fall under its focus areas of education, literacy, domestic violence prevention or technology for healthcare and healthcare accessibility.

Joseph McDonald '10 Wins Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Lexington, VA -- April 8, 2008 • Joseph McDonald, a Washington and Lee University sophomore physics and mathematics major from San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. His proposal was composed of research he participated in this past summer with physics professors Tom Williams and Paul Bourdon during the R.E. Lee Research Program.

The Rockbridge Report Wins First Place in Regional Journalism Competition

Lexington, VA -- April 8, 2008 • Washington and Lee hosted this year's Region II Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Spring conference and won three of the Mark of Excellence awards handed out on March 29. Region II includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Drew McWay '08 Wins Grant From 100 Projects for Peace

Lexington, VA -- April 8, 2008 • Drew McWay '08, an accounting and business administration major from Dallas, Tx., was recently awarded a grant from 100 Projects for Peace. This organization invites all undergraduates to submit a project proposal that enhances the idea of world peace. McWay will receive a $10,000 grant made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist.

Anna Pendley '09 Awarded Keck Geology Consortium Project Fellowship

Lexington, VA -- April 5, 2008 • Anna Pendley '09 has been named Keck Geology Consortium Project Fellow for 2008. Pendley, a double major in anthropology/archaeology and geology, will spend late June-late July with a team of students and faculty researching the geoarchaeology of the Poggio Colla near Florence, Italy.

W&L's Alex Sweet Qualifies for the U.S. Olympic Trials

Lexington, VA -- April 5, 2008 • Washington and Lee senior swimmer Alex Sweet has qualified to participate in the United States Olympic Trials held June 29 - July 6, 2008 at the Qwest Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Women's Lacrosse Ranked Fifth in National Poll

Lexington, VA -- April 2, 2008 • The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team moved up to fifth in the April 1st edition of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/Under Armour National Poll for Division III.

W&L Announces 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Lexington, VA -- April 1, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has announced the 21st class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. The class includes Dave Warfield '75, Jack Berry '76, Andrew White '88, Beth Stutzman '90 and the 1961 Football Team. The group will be recognized at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Fri., Oct. 17 and at the Generals' football game against Hampden-Sydney on Sat., Oct. 18.

Mary Childs '08 Named 2008-09 Watson Fellow

Lexington, VA -- April 1, 2008 • Mary Childs '08 has been named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow for 2008-2009. She is one of 50 students nationally to receive a Watson fellowship this year.

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