The Student Members of Kathekon

Kathekon is a student organization designed to improve student-alumni relations. The term Kathekon comes from the Greek phrase meaning "having an ethos of caring" or "to serve" and embodies how members of Kathekon support Alumni Engagement on campus. Students also connect with the history and workings of the university and strive for camaraderie within the group and with the Alumni Engagement staff. This comfort and familiarity serve as the foundation for continued engagement after members graduate.

Kathekon members assist with on-campus alumni weekends and events, create mission-fulfilling events for current students, and are given behind-the-scenes looks into the university. One of its biggest events is Say Hey Day, which the club sponsors twice a year to encourage students to embrace the Speaking Tradition.

Membership is by application only in early spring and is limited to rising juniors and seniors in good academic and general standing in the W&L community. Kathekon seeks a varied group of students who, by their demonstrated and planned involvement and passion for W&L, wish to deepen their connection with the university. Alumni Engagement staff and the leaders of the group conduct interviews with finalists, with a goal of approximately 40 members split evenly between juniors and seniors.

John Jensen ’01, Executive Director of Alumni and Career Services, currently serves as the staff advisor for Kathekon.

Kathekon Chairs

Will Burrow '24
Winter Park, Florida

Kate Edmondson '24
Greenville, South Carolina

Diwesh Kumar '24
Karachi, Pakistan

Angela Tu '24
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Class of 2024

Pari Ahamdi
Medfield, Massachusetts

Anna Bosking
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Connor Coleman
Birmingham, Alabama

Mason Davis
Memphis, Tennessee

Martha Ernest
Montgomery, Alabama

Charles Frazer
Norfolk, Virginia

Pierson Gammage
Greenwich, Connecticut

Emma Gatrell
Charlotte, North Carolina

Perry Kramer
Roswell, Georgia

Josh Lewis
Mount Vernon, New York

Natalie McCaffery
Santa Barbara, California

Madison McGinley
Mobile, Alabama

Catherine McKean
Frederick, Maryland

Owen Murray
Bel Tiburon, California

Stephen Murrin
Fort Worth, Texas

Ollie Pink
Charlotte, North Carolina

Emma Poole
Cleveland, Ohio

Abby Portwood
Dallas, Texas

Kathleen Roberts
Dallas, Texas

Brad Singer
Aiken, South Carolina

Margaret Thompson
Dallas, Texas

Nathan Unger
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mark Waller
Mountain Brook, Alabama

Sharif Wilson
Harare, Zimbabwe

Class of 2025

Aoife Braverman
Santa Barbara, California

Janae Darby
Stafford, Virginia

Lily Greenwald
Angleton, Texas

Frankie Maloof
Atlanta, Georgia

Ryan McKenna
Ridgewood, New Jersey

Charlie Mlcek
Monclova, Ohio

Mohammed Mourtaja
Gaza, Palestinian Territories

Porter Neubauer
Belvidere, Tennessee

Yewon Shin
Yorba Linda, California

Harris Stripling
Bluffton, South Carolina

Trip Wright
Park Hills, Kentucky

Office of Alumni Engagement

  • Hotchkiss House
    Washington and Lee University
    Lexington, VA 24450