2004-2005 Unsung General of the Year: Award Kelly Jo Larsen, '05
A history major from Claire, Iowa, Larsen has served as co-chair and advisory board member of W&L's Gay-Straight Alliance, executive editor of the Calyx yearbook, manager of the varsity men's lacrosse team, member of the 12-12-6 Calendar Review Committee and member of the W&L's Multicultural Life Advisory Board. Larsen's numerous other campus activities include W&L's Media Board, Young Democrats, Generals' Awareness Campaign, PRIDE, Freshman Leadership Council, Freshman Orientation Committee, Student Recruitment Committee, Hillel, University Big Brother/Big Sister Program and Celebrating Student Success Committee. She is a senior staff writer for the Ring-Tum Phi and served on the Iowa Delegation to the 2004 Mock Convention.
Larsen is also active in the local community, serving as vice chair of the Lexington City Democratic Committee and as a volunteer at both the Natural Bridge Juvenile Corrections Center and the Virginia Program for Aging Services. Currently at work on an honors thesis in history, she was an R.E. Lee Research Scholar during the summer of 2004.
Following her June graduation, Larsen will begin a master's program in higher education administration at the College of William and Mary, where she will hold a graduate assistantship in leadership development.
- Greek Life: Roderick A. Dowling, Jr.
Rory Dowling is a senior from Atlanta, GA, and a member of Sigma Chi. He has served as pledge class president, as rush and social chairs, and as vice president of the chapter. He also serves on W&L’s Interfraternity Council, serving as senior justice this year and as junior justice last year. He was also instrumental in involving all thirteen fraternities in the Day of Dialogue with the five sorority chapters on campus, which occurred on January 29, 2005. He also served as president of the Rugby Club.
- Religious Life: Kelly Legg
Kelly Legg is a junior from Jane Lew, WV, and is a member of the General’s Christian Fellowship, for which she leads a small group bible study, and also the Baptist Student Union, involving students and cadets from W&L and VMI. Every week, she leads a youth group in Vesuvius, and serves local women in need as a volunteer for Project Horizon.
- Programming/Social Activities: Chia-I "Jenny" Lu
Jenny Lu is a senior from San Jose, Costa Rica, and is the Resident Advisor for the International House. She has organized and implemented a variety of programs for the campus, including a Japanese Tea Ceremony, an international coffee tasting, a holiday celebration in December potluck dinners and trips to Roanoke for residents of the International House. She also serves as vice chair of Club Asia and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Student Association for International Learning. She was instrumental in the Tsunami Relief Efforts in early January, collecting significant funds for Habitat For Humanity International’s rebuilding efforts.
- Community Service: Alicia Martin
Alicia Martin, a senior from Bradenton, Florida, has been integral to the success of Volunteer Venture in Greensboro, a pre-orientation community service project. She is active in organizing the University's Relay For Life project, benefiting the American Cancer Society, and is member of the GSA.
- Community Service: Katie Jenkins
Katie Jenkins, a junior from Rome, Georgia, is a Bonner Leader, providing 900 hours of community service within two years, and an organizer of the Living Wage Campaign. She received a Shepherd Alliance Internship last summer. She also serves as a volunteer Young Life leader, and as a Panhellenic Recruitment Guide
- General Clubs and Organizations: Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones, a senior from Cantonement, Florida, is co-chair of the Fancy Dress Committee, the campus campaign manager and actively involved with Teach For America, and serves as Recruitment Chair for Kappa Alpha Theta Amanda has organized lunches and information sessions with W&L alumni who are now teaching for TFA, resulting in seven students' acceptance into the program, more students than were ever previously accepted, with one more deadlines to go. She is well prepared for FD, organizing and overseeing the variety of committees responsible for this campus wide event.
- Performing Arts: Julian Ledford
Julian Ledford is a senior from Manchester, Jamaica and is a member of the Chamber Singers, Joyful Noise, General Admission, and the Generals Christian Fellowship worship group. He has performed in ‘Working‘ and in ‘Metamorphoses’, and participated in the Concert Guild Series, ”Operatic Scenes of Love and Death’, playing both the role of a messenger in ‘La Traviata’ and as Sparafucille in the final act of Rigoletto. He also serves as a Resident Advisor, and the Active Chair for Student Association for International Learning.
- Publications/Media: Tyler Archie, Beau Leitner
Tyler Archie, a senior from Kinston, NC and Beau Leitner, a senior from Baton Rouge, LA, are co-editors of the Trident.. They have been instrumental in reducing a large debt into a workable deficit through a combination of increasing subscriptions and advertising revenues, and redirecting the Trident’s journalistic focus to feature front page coverage of important campus issues, which include sexual assault, proposed development of athletic facilities, the pressures and demands which athletes face, a proposed federal/state transportation initiative on Interstate 81, and others.
- Recreation: Erik Kiewiet de Jonge
Erik Kiewiet de Jonge, a senior from Farmville, VA, has been an instrumental member of the Outing Club, the Cycling Club and Pre-Orientation Programming at W&L for the past four years. He has led over twenty group rides as Key Staff, increased membership in the Cycling Club from five to thirty, originated the Tour de Skylark (a ride from Lexington to W&L Blue Ridge retreat facility), and has led bike maintenance workshops, several mountain biking trips, and three Leading Edge pre-orientation trips. He also serves as President of Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity, and is a Phi Beta Kappa member.