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May 2009

  • Dance Students Take Flight on Side of Wilson Hall
    Lexington, Virginia • May 29, 2009 -- In a dazzling display of aerial artistry, Washington and Lee University students swooped, spun and flipped off the side of Wilson Hall at the Lenfest Center for the Arts Friday afternoon, introducing a crowd of about 300 campus and community members to an entirely new kind of performance.
  • Their Day
    Lexington, Virginia • May 28, 2009 -- Writing in Inside Higher Ed, Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio says that commencement speakers should remember that the day belongs to the graduates and their families — advice he gives himself each year.
  • New Novel Features Lexington and W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • May 27, 2009 -- You might recognize a few places around Lexington and Washington and Lee University in a new novel, The Widow’s Season, by Laura Brodie, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
  • W&L Mourns Loss of Art Historian Joan O'Mara
    Lexington, Virginia • May 25, 2009 -- Joan O’Mara, associate professor of art history at Washington and Lee, died Sunday, May 24, 2009.
  • W&L's Doornbos Earns All-America Honors at the Division III NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
    Lexington, Virginia • May 23, 2009 -- Washington and Lee senior Stacy Doornbos notched a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon with a school-record total of 4,764 points and garnered All-America accolades Friday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Marietta, Ohio.
  • Jenefer Davies Discusses the Genesis of Aerial Dance at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • May 20, 2009 -- Theater and Dance at W&L presents Aerial Dance Performance, under the direction of Artistic Director Jenefer Davies, on May 29 and 30, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. The performance will take place on the exterior wall of Wilson Hall. Tickets are not required.
  • Timothy Lubin Receives Two National Fellowships
    Lexington, Virginia • May 15, 2009 -- Timothy Lubin, associate professor of religion at Washington and Lee University, has received two national fellowships for work on his research project “Authority, Law and the Polity in India, 300-1700.”
  • W&L Senior Art Thesis Exhibition, Ever Present, to Open at Staniar Gallery on May 19
    Lexington, Virginia • January 1, 1970 -- Five Washington and Lee studio art students will present their senior thesis work in the exhibition, Ever Present, which opens at Staniar Gallery on May 19 and will be display until June 4. Featuring paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media works, the show is an opportunity for graduating seniors to showcase their work in a professional gallery setting.
  • W&L Alumnus Matthew Loar Wins CIC Fellowship
    Lexington, Virginia • May 13, 2009 -- Matthew Loar, a 2007 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been named the winner of an American Graduate Fellowship from the Council of Independent Colleges.
  • Fulbright Awards and French Government Teaching Award Announced
    Lexington, Virginia • May 12, 2009 -- Four Washington and Lee University seniors have been awarded grants for postgraduate study under the Fulbright Programs while a fifth student has won a teaching assistantship through the French government through a Fulbright application.
  • Hilary Craig ’09 Wins Sarah G. Ball Teaching Award
    Lexington, Virginia • May 12, 2009 -- Hilary Craig ’09 of Georgetown, Ky., is this year’s Sarah G. Ball award recipient. She is a double major in journalism and mass communications and psychology at Washington and Lee University.
  • School of Law Honors Graduates at 2009 Commencement Ceremony
    Lexington, Virginia • May 11, 2009 -- The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 154th commencement on Saturday, May 9 as 138 J.D. degrees and five LL.M. degrees were awarded.
  • Two Alumni Sworn In to W&L's Board of Trustees
    Lexington, Virginia • May 11, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University swore in two alumni — R. Allen Haight and Bennett L. Ross — to the University's Board of Trustees on May 8, at the board’s spring meeting in Lexington.
  • W&L Receives $2.5 Million Endowment in Honor of Larry C. Peppers
    Lexington, Virginia • May 9, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University has received a $2.5 million gift from E. Mac and Linda T. Crawford of Nashville, Tenn., to establish an endowment in honor of Larry C. Peppers, dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics.
  • Professor of Ethnobotany Robin Kimmerer to Give Public Reading at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • May 8, 2009 -- Robin Kimmerer, author and professor of ethnobotany at State University of New York—Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse, will be giving a public reading from her recent work at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
  • William H. Webster, Distinguished American Lawyer, Jurist and Public Servant, to Speak at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • May 7, 2009 -- Judge William H. Webster, chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the only American to serve as director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
  • Law Professor Russell Miller Receives Fulbright Research Grant
    Lexington, Virginia • May 6, 2009 -- Russell Miller, associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar senior research grant to conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law during the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Law Professor Elected Vice-President of American Bankruptcy Institute
    Lexington, Virginia • May 6, 2009 -- Margaret Howard, Law Alumni Association Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been elected Vice-President of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). As Vice-President, Howard will serve on the ABI’s executive committee and chair the Research Grants Committee for a three-year term.
  • Law Student Wins Top Scholarship Award Honoring Virginia Civil Rights Champions
    Lexington, Virginia • May 6, 2009 -- Kathy Pritts '11L, a first year law student at Washington and Lee School of Law, has received the top scholarship from the Greater Richmond Bar Association and the Oliver W. Hill and Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Committee
  • Science of Cooking Course Provides Useful Skills
    Lexington, Virginia • May 5, 2009 -- Do egg whites really foam better in a copper bowl? Do powdered egg whites work as well as real egg whites?
  • Head of British Supreme Court to Deliver Law Commencement Address
    Lexington, Virginia • May 5, 2009 -- Lord Nicholas Addison Phillips, president of the newly formed Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2009 graduation exercises at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
  • Washington and Lee Names Four Distinguished Alumni
    Lexington, Virginia • May 5, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumnus Award on three recipients: William A. Jenks, Lexington, Va., a retired W&L history professor; David H. Stovall Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., president and CEO of Stein Mart Inc.; and Russell W. Chambliss, Birmingham, Ala., president and CEO of Mason Corp.
  • Battle of the Branches—Washington Term Symposium at D.C. Press Club
    Lexington, Virginia • May 5, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University’s Second Annual Washington Term Symposium will be held Friday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where a panel of political scientists and political journalists will tackle the subject, “President vs. Congress: An Imbalance of Powers?”
  • Roddy Roediger ’69, Glynn Family Visiting Professor, to Give Public Lecture
    Lexington, Virginia • May 4, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University’s psychology department will host Glynn Family Visiting Professor and psychology alumnus Dr. Henry L. ‘Roddy’ Roediger ’69 and his spouse, Dr. Kathleen McDermott, for part of the 2009 spring term. Roediger will give a public talk on Tuesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in the University Commons.
  • W&L Men's Lacrosse Knocks Off Top-Ranked Roanoke, 15-14, in ODAC Championship Game
    Lexington, Virginia • May 3, 2009 -- Washington and Lee senior midfielder Harry St. John (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored unassisted just 38 seconds into overtime to lift the 10th-ranked and third-seeded Generals to a 15-14 overtime victory over top-ranked and No. 1 seed Roanoke College in the finals of the ODAC men's lacrosse championship on Sunday afternoon at Kerr Stadium.
  • W&L Presents Former Sen. John W. Warner with The Washington Award
    Lexington, Virginia • May 2, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University today presented former Sen. John W. Warner, a 1949 graduate of the university, with its highest honor, the Washington Award. The presentation occurred during Washington and Lee’s reunion weekend and the annual meeting of its Alumni Association.
  • More than 10 Cases of H1N1 Influenza Confirmed at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed 11 cases of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) at Washington and Lee, where the Student Health Center is treating the outbreak as a "second flu season."
  • Richard Bresnahan to Present Lecture on Ceramics
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- Ceramicist Richard Bresnahan will give a public lecture on Wed., May 13, at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 2018, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Bresnahan’s work is on display in the art department display cases on the third floor of Wilson Hall through May 29.
  • Olivia Burr ’12 Selected as Kemper Scholar
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- Olivia B. Burr ’12 has been selected from a group of finalists for the Class of 2012 of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. She joins current W&L students, Rebecca Taylor (’09), Cale Grove (’10), Eric Hamscher (’11) and Chengpeng Mou (’11) as Kemper Scholars.
  • Spring/Summer 2009 Issue of Shenandoah Released
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- The Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review (Vol. 59 No.1) is now available.
  • Shannon-Clark Lecture Presents A Reading by Physician and Poet Dr. Rafael Campo
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- The 27th Shannon-Clark Lecture in English presents A Reading by Dr. Rafael Campo, director of medical humanities at Harvard University, on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons. A reception will follow the talk in the Living Room of Elrod Commons.