Alumni Engagement

You're Always Welcome

Alumni Engagement's mission is to connect alumni with each other, with W&L, and to provide interesting avenues for lifelong learning.

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Image of W&L flags on event tents

On Campus Or In Your Hometown

Let's Celebrate Together

Alumni Engagement creates memorable reunions and destination events on campus and around the country.

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Office of Lifelong Learning

Education for Life

The best way to celebrate W&L's enduring commitment to lifelong learning is by experiencing it personally. Share in the life of the University with an educational adventure on campus, around the world or online.

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W&L's motto, Non Incautus Futuri, not unmindful of the future

W&L's motto, Non Incautus Futuri, not unmindful of the future

Colonnade Connections

Your W&L Online Community

From career networking to finding long-lost friends, Colonnade Connections is the university's online database.

Alumni Engagement

The staff of the Office of Alumni Engagement provides programming and support for W&L alumni.

John A. Jensen III ’01
John A. Jensen III ’01

John A. Jensen III ’01

Executive Director of Alumni and Career Services

Hotchkiss Alumni House

John was appointed executive director of Alumni and Career Services at Washington and Lee University in July 2022. In this role, he leads a combined team consisting of the offices of Alumni Engagement, Career and Professional Development, and Lifelong Learning. Working together, his team engages and supports students, alumni and parents throughout their W&L experience, from the first year on campus to graduation and beyond.

Katharine Farrar
Katharine Farrar

Katharine Farrar

Director of Alumni Chapter Programs

Michelle Jones
Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

Director of Alumni Reunions and Events

Murtaza M. Kapasi
Murtaza M. Kapasi

Murtaza M. Kapasi

Assistant Director of Alumni Affinity Programs

Bridgett Zitmore
Bridgett Zitmore

Bridgett Zitmore

Assistant Director of Alumni Chapter Programs

Katie Harlow
Katie Harlow

Katie Harlow

Alumni Engagement Operations Coordinator

Ruth Candler
Ruth Candler

Ruth Candler

Associate Director of Lifelong Learning; Host, Executive Producer for W&L After Class Podcast

Ruth joined Washington and Lee’s Lifelong Learning team in April 2019. Her inquisitive nature and love of learning made her the perfect choice for launching and hosting After Class. Ruth also manages W&L’s educational travel program and enjoys the camaraderie of experiencing new places with her fellow travelers. When she is not on campus, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Lisa D’Amelio
Lisa D’Amelio

Lisa D’Amelio

Assistant Director of Lifelong Learning

Lisa's passion for education and travel brought her to the Lifelong Learning office in 2021. In addition to supporting the travel program, she manages the virtual book club and campus programs. Lisa has a rich history with W&L, having previously worked at the law school, most recently as the Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Career Strategy. Before joining W&L in 2018, Lisa spent over 20 years in various educational roles, including teaching ESL for Rockbridge County Public Schools, providing Spanish enrichment at local elementary schools, and teaching English as a Second Language in Chetumal, Mexico. She also served as the Director of a local preschool for many years. Lisa earned her M.Ed. from Wilmington University in 1996.

Taylor Meeker
Taylor Meeker

Taylor Meeker

Assistant Director of Alumni and Career Services Marketing – Programs Lead

Jesse Paul
Jesse Paul

Jesse Paul

Office Manager

Katharine Farrar
Michelle Jones
Murtaza M. Kapasi
Bridgett Zitmore
Katie Harlow
Ruth Candler
Lisa D’Amelio
Taylor Meeker
Jesse Paul
John A. Jensen III ’01

Alumni in the News

W&L alumni are leaders in their professions and communities. Read on to see who is making news today.

Live from the Paris Olympics

Alex Maragos ’13’s love of journalism started through the profession’s inside access to sports. He brings it full circle in covering the 2024 Paris Olympics for NBC 5 Chicago.

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W&L Outcomes: Jackson Hotchkiss ’24

Hotchkiss is spending the next year competing in professional cycling events.

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W&L Outcomes: Lillie Taylor ’24

Taylor is moving to Niigata Prefecture, Japan, to work as an assistant language teacher for the JET Program.

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Running the World

With a goal to run a marathon on every continent, Julia Poppenberg ’19 sets her sights on Antarctica.

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W&L Outcomes: Pari Ahmadi ’24

Pari Ahmadi ’24 will be working as a clinical research coordinator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before attending medical school.

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Kentucky Derby

Larry Connolly’s Running for the Roses

The 1979 W&L alumnus has two horses running in the 2024 Kentucky Derby with his syndicate, West Paces Racing.

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Rector-Elect Wangdali C. “Wali” Bacdayan ‘92

Wangdali C. “Wali” Bacdayan ’92 Sworn in as Rector of Washington and Lee University

The board elected Bacdayan as the university’s 32nd rector during its October 2023 meeting.

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Secretariat statue

Chronicles: Racing Into History

A statue of Secretariat made a stop in Lexington last spring, as the man whose dream produced the Virginia-born racehorse was a W&L alumnus and trustee emeritus.

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Dan Einstein ’83 and Seng-Kah “Henry” Baey ’83

Friends Without Borders

Lifelong friends Seng-Kah “Henry” Baey ’83 and Dan Einstein ’83 reflect on their time at W&L.

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Mary Hipp ’90

Empathy & Compassion

In May, Mary Hipp ’90 said being a member of the second class of women undergraduates at W&L taught her a lot— although she didn’t realize it at the time.

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Chrishon McManus '14L

From Big Law to Foreign Assets

Chrishon McManus ’14L—attorney and competitive swimmer—radiates calm when it counts.

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Ross Draber '10 is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Bank. (Photo courtesy of United Bank)

For Ross Draber ’10, people come first

The United Bank senior executive engages with the W&L community through student recruitment and event participation.

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