Hurd to Give Herwick Professorship Inaugural Lecture Lexington, Virginia • February 28, 2009 -- Lawrence E. Hurd, professor of biology at Washington and Lee University, will give the Herwick Professor in Biology Inaugural Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. Hurd was named to the professorship last fall 2008.
Senior Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company to Speak at W&L Lexington, Virginia • February 26, 2009 -- Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president of The Coca-Cola Company, chairperson of The Coca-Cola Foundation and senior vice president of Global Community Connections, will present a lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Washington and Lee University’s Elrod Commons.
W&L Biologist's Research Aims to Help Yellowstone Bison, Elk Lexington, Virginia • February 26, 2009 -- What is a bottle of Roundup Weed and Grass Killer doing in Yellowstone National Park? W&L biologist Bill Hamilton and teams of W&L students have been working on projects to keep the prairie grasslands viable for the bison and elk.
W&L's German and Russian Department to Perform Foreign Language Plays Lexington, Virginia • February 26, 2009 -- The Brothers Grimm and the Brothers Karamazov will take their turns this week on the Troubadour stage. Generalprobe, in its eighteenth year of performing German language comedy at Washington and Lee, will present Märchenwald II on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Troubadour Theater.
CNN Reporter to Speak on "Women in TV News" at W&L Lexington, Virginia • February 25, 2009 -- CNN reporter Carol Costello, will bring stories about her experiences with hurricanes, disasters and more when she gives a talk, "Women in TV News," on Thursday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Washington and Lee University's Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons.
USA Today Supreme Court Reporter Joan Biskupic to Speak at W&L Lexington, Virginia • February 25, 2009 -- Joan Biskupic, Supreme Court reporter at USA Today, will bring her considerable expertise and experience to Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons on Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m. for a talk entitled, "Antonin Scalia vs. Sandra Day O'Connor: Dueling Supreme Court Legacies."
Law Dean Elected to Board of Governors of Virginia Bar Lexington, Virginia • February 23, 2009 -- Rodney A. Smolla, dean and Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.
Legal Reporting Professor to Give Speech at Journalism Ethics Institute Lexington, Virginia • February 21, 2009 -- Toni Locy, Reynolds Professor of Legal Reporting at Washington and Lee University, will deliver the keynote address at Washington and Lee University’s 47th Institute on Journalism Ethics on Friday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Visiting Professor at W&L to Talk on A New Generation of Journalists Lexington, Virginia • February 20, 2009 -- Tom Mattesky, as the Donald W. Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University this term, has been sharing his unique broadcast news experience with students in the journalism and mass communications department.
W&L Law Students Assist Defense in Khmer Rouge Trial Lexington, Virginia • February 20, 2009 -- When the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders opened this month in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, legal groundwork by Washington and Lee University law students was being used in the defense of Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Duch, who is the first to be put on trial.
Alumni Bring Expertise to Psychology Course Lexington, Virginia • February 18, 2009 -- Psychology majors' angst about their future careers had been apparent for some time, said David G. Elmes, emeritus professor of psychology at W&L. "Some had even been told that there is little they could do with a psychology degree," he added.
Drop-Dead Day for Detroit: Opinion Piece by Smitka in Times-Dispatch Lexington, Virginia • February 15, 2009 -- Michael Smitka, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, explores the state of the automobile industry in advance of "drop-dead day," the deadline that Congress have given Detroit's Big Three to produce turnaround plans.
Law Students to Assist Area Residents with Tax Preparation Lexington, Virginia • February 14, 2009 -- Students from Washington and Lee University School of Law will offer free tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate-income taxpayers in the Rockbridge county area this tax season. This service is free to members of the local community earning less than $42,000 annually (per family).
W&L Students to Teach English at San Diego Padres’ Baseball Academy Lexington, Virginia • February 12, 2009 -- When the San Diego Padres built their state-of-the-art baseball academy in the small town of Najayo in the Dominican Republic, they committed to develop the players both on and off the field. With this in mind, they are now piloting a program, the first of its kind, with faculty and students from Washington and Lee University, to teach English to their baseball students for a week during the 2009 spring break.
W&L Art Professor Awarded VMFA Fellowship Lexington, Virginia • February 11, 2009 -- Christa Bowden, assistant professor of art at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a 2009-2010 Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Recognition by the Virginia General Assembly in honor of the 14 fellowship recipients will be held at the state capitol in Richmond on Friday, Feb. 20, with lunch to follow at VMFA.
W&L Symposium Advises Obama Administration on Climate Change Lexington, Virginia • February 10, 2009 -- On Feb. 20, legal scholars, economists and scientists from W&L and around the nation will converge at Washington and Lee for a symposium exploring the Obama administration's initial steps at addressing the effects of climate change and anticipating the challenges ahead.
W&L Team Wins 10th Annual VFIC Ethics Bowl Lexington, Virginia • February 10, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University won its fifth Ethics Bowl championship Monday when its four-member team of students successfully argued that a journalist is ethically justified to use deception as a last resort in getting a story that is in the public interest.
Law Professor Offers Expert Testimony at United Nations Conference Lexington, Virginia • February 14, 2009 -- Susan D. Franck, associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law and an expert in international economic law and dispute resolution, will present expert evidence this February at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.
John W. Warner ’49 Receives NAICU Advocacy Award Lexington, Virginia • February 6, 2009 -- Washington and Lee alumnus John W. Warner, former U.S. senator from Virginia, received the 16th annual Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington on Feb. 3.
Open for Business: Leyburn Library Unveils New Main Floor Lexington, Virginia • February 6, 2009 -- The renovated main floor of Washington and Lee University’s Leyburn Library looks so different that it’s hard to believe it’s the same place. What once was a dark, cluttered area now beckons with plenty of open space, natural light and student-approved furniture.