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June 2009

  • W&L Alumnus Wins Cooke Graduate Scholarship
    Lexington, Virginia • July 1, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University alumnus Adam Hockensmith has become the first W&L graduate to win a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship.
  • W&L Professor Has Mixture of Pride and Fear for His Native Iran
    Lexington, Virginia • June 26, 2009 -- As he has watched events unfold in his homeland of Iran in recent days, Hojat Ghandi of Washington and Lee University has felt two principal emotions — pride and fear.
  • W&L's Community Grants Committee Announces June 2009 grants
    Lexington, Virginia • June 25, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee met recently to evaluate the second round of proposals from local agencies and organizations for the 2008-09 fiscal year. The purpose of the community grants program is to support non-profit organizations in the Lexington/Rockbridge community.
  • W&L's Public Safety Department Shines
    Lexington, Virginia • June 25, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University’s Public Safety department was recognized at the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA) summer conference in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Law Professor Benjamin Spencer Appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney
    Lexington, Virginia • June 24, 2009 -- A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law has been appointed to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Spencer, who will remain on the law school faculty, began his appointment on June 8.
  • R.T. Smith Named W&L's Writer-in-Residence
    Lexington, Virginia • June 24, 2009 -- R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, has been named W&L’s Writer-in-Residence, effective July 1.
  • W&L Endowed Professorships Announced
    Lexington, Virginia • May 1, 2009 -- On July 1, four members of the Washington and Lee University faculty will step into endowed professorships. They are Theodore C. DeLaney Jr., associate professor of history; Marcia B. France, professor of chemistry; Dennis M. Garvis, associate professor of business administration; and Elizabeth G. Oliver, professor of accounting. These promotions reflect their outstanding contributions to their disciplines and the classroom.
  • Sally Wiant to Retire as Law Library Director
    Lexington, Virginia • June 18, 2009 -- Sarah K. (Sally) Wiant will retire as director of the Washington and Lee Law School Library at the end of June to assume full-time duties as a teacher and scholar on the Washington and Lee Faculty of Law.
  • Law Professor Participates in SEC's 75th Anniversary Program
    Lexington, Virginia • June 18, 2009 -- On June 4, Washington and Lee Law School professor Lyman Johnson participated in a program to celebrate the Securities and Exchange Commission's 75th anniversary. An audience of several hundred attended the program.
  • Schwartz Designs Payout System for World Series of Poker
    Lexington, Virginia • June 16, 2009 -- For Adam Schwartz, the problem was simply irresistible. An associate professor of business administration at Washington and Lee University, Schwartz has played poker on occasion but does not consider himself a great poker player and certainly doesn't endorse gambling, especially for the students he teaches.
  • The Little Red Pedometer That Could
    Lexington, Virginia • June 16, 2009 -- It’s a little red box that attaches to your waistband and looks like a beeper. But it’s a pedometer and it’s proving popular on Washington and Lee University’s campus this summer.
  • W&L Students Participate in Shepherd Alliance Internships
    Lexington, Virginia • June 16, 2009 -- Thirty-nine Washington and Lee University undergraduate students are participating in internships this summer as part of the Shepherd Alliance.
  • W&L's Tabb Named CoSIDA Academic All-American
    Lexington, Virginia • June 13, 2009 -- Washington and Lee women’s senior women’s tennis player Katie Tabb (Minneapolis, Minn./Edina) has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America At-Large squad as a third team selection.
  • Three W&L Grads to Study at 'Oxbridge'
    Lexington, Virginia • June 10, 2009 -- Three Washington and Lee University students have been accepted to study at Oxbridge for the academic year 2009-2010, and three current undergraduates will be spending their junior years there as well.
  • Washington and Lee Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans
    Lexington, Virginia • June 10, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University is among the colleges and universities participating in the new Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
  • W&L Trustees Meet Challenge to Complete Hillel House Funding
    Lexington, Virginia • May 13, 2009 -- Mark Eaker, a 1969 graduate of Washington and Lee University and a member of its Board of Trustees, has made a $235,000 challenge gift to the University’s Hillel House project that was matched by fellow trustees in a matter of hours, permitting the project to move forward with groundbreaking in September.
  • W&L Awarded CASE-WealthEngine Awards for Educational Fundraising
    Lexington, Virginia • June 11, 2009 -- Washington and Lee has been recognized with a 2009 CASE-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising in the category of Overall Performance. The award is the University’s second consecutive Overall Performance award, and its third such award in the past five years.
  • Profiles of the Class of 2009
    Lexington, Virginia • June 4, 2009 -- The men and women who comprise Washington and Lee's Class of 2009 have distinctive stories. The four profile here provide only a small sampling of the graduates' accomplishments.
  • Washington and Lee University Awards Degrees to 415 Seniors
    President Ruscio Encourages Graduates to Live in the "Complicated Center"
    Lexington, Virginia • June 4, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio encouraged members of the graduating Class of 2009 to live in the “complicated center” of life during the University’s 222nd commencement exercises on Thursday, June 4.
  • Washington and Lee Awards Three Honorary Degrees
    Lexington, Virginia • June 4, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University bestowed three honorary degrees during its commencement exercises on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
  • W&L Grads Told to "Be Like the Fox"
    Lexington, Virginia • June 3, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University’s graduating seniors should set their sights higher than simply “the profits and the raises and the paid vacations,” urged the Rev. Jennifer R. Strawbridge in her baccalaureate address on Wednesday, June 3.
  • W&L to Celebrate 222nd Commencement on June 4
    Lexington, Virginia • June 2, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University will celebrate its 222nd undergraduate commencement on Thursday, June 4, on its historic Front Lawn in front of Lee Chapel. The rain location will be Virginia Military Institute's Cameron Hall.
  • W&L Black Lung Clinic Wins Two 4th Circuit Cases
    Lexington, Virginia • June 1, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University School of Law students have again prevailed in two Black Lung benefits disputes argued this year before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Five Members of W&L’s Faculty to Retire After Teaching a Total of 193 Years
    Lexington, Virginia • June 1, 2009 -- Five members of Washington and Lee’s faculty are retiring June 30 after teaching at W&L for a total of 193 years. They are Philip L. Cline, business administration and economics, 34 years; A.G. Fralin Jr., Romance languages, 34 years; John S. Knox, biology, 33 years; Joseph F. Lyles, physical education, 50 years; and Thomas O. Vinson, mathematics, 42 years.