Alumni Volunteer Weekend 2023

September 22-23, 2023

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This year’s Alumni Volunteer Weekend, September 22 - 23, will focus on what’s happening now in the W&L community. We’ll bring you up to date on our plans for this year’s engagement and stewardship efforts and look forward to your valuable input. 

You are legends in W&L’s alumni volunteer program, and your continued support of the university will help build the future. Thanks for all you do!

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 22

Pre-event Activities - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

University Museums and Galleries are open for drop-in visits:
University Chapel: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Reeves Museum of Ceramics: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m (Friday and Saturday)
McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Friday)

Time Event Location
Course Visit Options
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. HIST 245: The American Civil War with Barton Myers. Lecture on 1862. Reid 111
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. HIST 245: The American Civil War with Barton Myers. Lecture on 1862. Reid 111
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. ARTH 256: Italian Renaissance Art with George Bent. Topic: Florentine altarpieces and architecture featuring digital methods. Wilson Hall 2017
11:00 a.m. - Noon ARTH 258: Baroque and Rococo Art with Andrea Lepage. Topic: Caravaggio Wilson Hall 2017
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ENV 201: Applied Environmental Science with Robert Humston. Topic: Soil formation and foundational concepts of Earth and ecological sciences Parmly 307
Noon - 3:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite
Grab a refreshment and see the new Development Office
Development Office,
101 N. Jefferson
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Admissions Tour Meet at Hotchkiss House
1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Annual Fund Council Meeting (closed meeting) Center for Global Learning 123
1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Chapter Leadership Meeting (closed meeting) Washington Hall 218

Main Programming Begins

Time Event Location
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Student Experience Panel
Facilitated by John Jensen '01
Science Center 214
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Career and Professional Development Update
An overview of career and professional development services and outcomes with Molly Steele ’04, Dean of Career and Professional Development
Science Center 214
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Welcome from President Dudley
Hotchkiss House

Saturday, September 23

Time Event Location
7:45 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast Harte Center, Leyburn Library
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Presidential Update Harte Center
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Higher Education Fireside Chat
Facilitated by Susan Wood
VP for Student Affairs Sidney Evans, VP for Admissions Sally Stone Richmond, and Associate Provost Paul Youngman ‘87 provide an update on academics, student life, and admissions at Washington and Lee and discuss the higher education landscape today
Harte Center
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Advancement Update
Sydney Cross, Director of Annual Giving and Kelley Zwart Melvin ’08, Director of Alumni Engagement share an overview of W&L Advancement and the year ahead
Harte Center
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Finance and Capital Projects Update
Steve McAllister, Treasurer and Vice President for Finance, illustrates philanthropy’s impact on key budget areas and provides updates on key capital projects
Harte Center
11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Walking Tour — Campus Master Plan
Led by Steve McAllister
11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch with University Leaders Evans Hall
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Law School Update
Melanie D. Wilson, Dean, W&L School of Law shares welcome and Law update
Law Classroom A
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. Communications Update
Drewry Sackett '93, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs shares update on W&L “by the numbers”
Law Classroom A
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Leading Lives of Consequence
Tom Jennings and Susan Wood present the comprehensive campaign “Leading Lives of Consequence”
Law Classroom A
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Closing Remarks Law Classroom A
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Volunteer Group Breakout Training

Annual Fund/Reunion Giving - Law Classroom E

Chapter Leaders - Law Classroom F

Young Alumni - Annual Fund/Reunion Giving - Law Classroom G

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. 50th Reunion Committee Meeting Hillel 101

 Travel & Lodging

Regarding travel and hotels, we ask that you be responsible for your travel and lodging arrangements, but once you are here, you will be our guest and all meals will be included during the programming.

Looking for a place to stay for the weekend? Here is a rather exhaustive list of lodging options, from hotels to B&Bs.


Dress for the weekend is casual. For the Friday reception, you may be most comfortable in business casual attire. We encourage dressing in layers, and packing a jacket.


Please contact us with questions about the weekend: