Thursday, February 25
The Alumni Engagement Office celebrated Black History Month with Lena Hill, Dean of the College and Professor of English and Africana Studies and Lynn Rainville, Director of Institutional History & the Museums and Professor of Anthropology. The two scholars discussed how one goes about the important work of finding the often hidden histories of African Americans in higher education and gave us stories of Black excellence among students, faculty and staff throughout W&L's history.
Did you miss one of our virtual events? Don't worry, we've got you covered!
Thursday, February 25
Wednesday, February 24
Is it possible to ensure professional success post W&L? The answer may largely depend on the steps you take while at W&L. John Jensen ’01, Dean of Undergraduate Career and Professional Development, and Cliff Jarrett ‘91Law, Assistant Dean of Law Career Strategy, discussed their offices and the resources available to help make the transition from student to professional as seamless as possible.
February 9, 2021
Life is short, do what Sparks Joy. Christina Cheadle ’16 learned, and taught Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method and in 2019 received her masters degree in Anthropology from University College London where she specialized in Material Culture. Christina offered her thoughts on the theory of organization, her research findings, and provided five helpful take-aways for you to immediately begin decluttering your life and Spark Joy.
From Ordinary to Extraordinary – Selections from the Special Collections Vault
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
How much stuff have you accumulated during your life, regardless of your age? And what stories do those items tell? This is what Tom Camden ’76 thinks about on a daily basis for Washington and Lee and her 272 years. As Associate Professor and Head of W&L’s Special Collections and Archives, Tom literally has the keys to the University vault (yes, it is an actual vault) and all that it contains and he is passionate about sharing some of the W&L treasures, and their backstories, with us.
We're heading into a brand new year, let's do it actively! In January, Holly Snyder, CSCS, CPT, led a three-part series, GENERALly Fit. Holly walked us through creating a fitness plan, putting that plan into action and how to build on that plan to take it to the next level.
Strategies for Staying Mentally Fit in a New Year
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Our brains have had a lot to process during these trying times! It is more important than ever to nourish ourselves with habits that preserve our sense of stability, agency, and hope. Professors Karla Murdock and Ryan Brindle of the Department of Cognitive and Behavioral Science discussed empirically-supported practices for managing stress, maintaining a healthy perspectives and habits, keeping our bodies refreshed, and nurturing the social relationships that give our lives meaning.
On December 16, we enjoyed a holiday-themed evening with Charlie Brown biographer and W&L Associate Professor of Business Administration, Stephen Lind. Lind shared behind-the-scenes insights into A Charlie Brown Christmas and other Peanuts classics from his book, “A Charlie Brown Religion.” Lind authored this biography of Charles Schulz with the support of the Schulz family and Peanuts franchise.
On December 12, local yogi, Wendy Orrison, gave us all-levels yoga class that was accessible for those that don't have a regular practice and modifications will be offered for the more experienced yoga practitioner. Yoga is a wonderful way to destress and treat yourself to a little self-care.
On December 3, Alumni and friends had a chance to talk to a real rocket scientist, Bill Benson '92, NASA Flight Design Expert. Bill shared his more than twenty years of industry experience in GN&C (Guidance, Navigation and Control), flight controls, trajectory analysis and missile guidance. We learned all about recent and upcoming missions and the economy of space exploration including public-private partnerships, space tourism and “new space."
On November 18, President Will Dudley and V.P. for Finance Steve McAllister gave alumni a University update. President Dudley shared his insights on our Strategic Plan, built on themes of community, curriculum, citizenship and campus. Mr. McAllister discussed W&L's financial status, endowment, staffing, spending per student, and how we compare to peer institutions on key metrics.
This fall, Lifelong Learning hosted a five-part discussion series led by W&L Faculty, Guest Faculty, and Alumni on Challenges Facing Racial Relations in American Society Today.
On November 11, we learned how the Student Affairs and Campus Activities teams are working with engaged students to provide resources and activities to keep students active and involved on campus. Panelists included: James Dick, Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation; Kelsey Goodwin, Director of Student Activities; and Margaret McClintock, Associate Director of Intramurals and Adventure Programs. Recording coming soon.
Virtual Young Alumni Weekend 2020 included recordings of student musical and dance performances. Relive them here!
October 31, 2020. As part of Young Alumni Weekend, Chef John taught our young, burgeoning kitchen connoisseurs how to make a basic chicken and pasta meal, complete with a few varieties of the classic cream sauce. Click on the link below to watch the Livestream of our recorded session!
On October 22, Lexington's Mayor, Frank Friedman P'21 joined us for a walkabout tour of Main Street, bringing everyone’s favorite Virginia town to you since we can’t have visitors to campus. It was so fun to have a chance to hear about the latest hamlet hotspots and to catch a glimpse of favorite Lexington haunts.
On October 20, Tom Jennings, W&L's new Vice President for University Advancement discussed his vision, the University’s current (2018) strategic plan, and took questions. As vice president, Tom reports to the president, sits on the administrative cabinet, and oversees 66 staff members in the departments of Alumni Engagement, University Development, Advancement Operations, Advancement Communications, Law Advancement, and Special Events.
On October 10, Will Thomas '92 treated us to a whole body stretch following a 45-minute 26-position program adapted by Will himself. The session was accessible for anyone with an injury or an awareness of the need for more flexibility – from Beginner to Advanced.
On October 4, 2020, Bob Strong, the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Political Economy, and Brian Alexander, Assistant Professor of Politics, and current sophomore Avalon Pernell ’23 discussed the upcoming presidential and congressional races and helped put this election in context for the audience.
On September 24, Haley Sigler, Professor and Director of W&L Education Studies, and Layne Setash '19, Fairfax County Public Schools teacher and a recipient of the Virginia Colleges of Teacher Education Distinguished Student Teacher Award, joined us for a conversation about virtual learning during the 2020-2021 academic year. Haley shared her current research about the teaching of writing and Layne shared experiences from her virtual first grade classroom and tips for parents for keeping their child engaged in a virtual setting.
On September 15, Trevor Stores from The Southern Inn taught us how to stock the perfect home bar; mix, garnish, and serve our favorite cocktails/mocktails and showed off his mixology trade secrets!
On August 19, we hosted an alumni town hall with faculty and administrators to talk about how W&L is re-opening safely this school year. For those who missed it, we've posted a recording of the discussion.