W&L classes resume, Martin Luther King Day events, Lenfest Center for the Arts and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: January 2022
A snowy greeting to the new year on campus!
Scene on Campus:
Every week during the academic year, university photographers Kevin Remington and Shelby Mack capture the scene on campus through their lenses. In this recent edition: Snow blankets the campus as classes resume after the winter break.
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Update - COVID-19 Environment Level on Campus
As we begin the Winter Term, the university is closely monitoring the presence of COVID-19 on campus, particularly as the country experiences a surge in cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Arrival testing was completed Jan. 13 for all returning students, faculty and staff. As of Jan. 19, we have 23 active student cases and 35 active employee cases.
Based on the number of COVID-19 cases among the campus community, W&L is beginning the term with its COVID-19 Environment Level at yellow middle. As communicated to students, faculty and staff Dec. 29, masks are required at all times in all public indoor spaces on campus, including common areas in residence halls and open office spaces, until further notice. KN-95 masks have been shown to be more effective than cloth masks at slowing the spread of the virus, and W&L is encouraging their use by recently providing additional KN-95 masks to all students, faculty and staff.
All students, faculty and staff who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, except those who received exemptions to the vaccine requirement, are required to receive a COVID-19 booster by Jan. 31, 2022. The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are preferred for booster doses, though W&L will accept the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine booster for individuals who got that vaccine for their first dose, if that is their preference.
To access W&L's COVID-19 dashboard and read the latest campus community updates, please visit the university's COVID-19 Resources website.
Feature Stories
‘What I Love About the Liberal Arts’
Amelia Lancaster '22 has used her W&L experience to explore a number of interests, ultimately finding a passion in museum studies and Chinese that has allowed her to co-curate a museum exhibition on campus.
W&L Hosts Inaugural Greek Leadership Institute
Washington and Lee University hosted its first Greek Leadership Institute (GLI) on Jan. 5-6, providing development opportunities designed specifically for student leaders in the university’s Greek community. The inaugural retreat was facilitated by Student Affairs and attended by 26 leaders from 17 of W&L’s fraternities and sororities.
Meet a W&L Scholar: AJ Mabaka ’22
AJ Mabaka '22 plans to attend a graduate program in marine science and conservation policy.
Thank You, Dining Services!
In a special edition of Scene on Campus, we shine a light on our Dining Services staff and all the beautiful food they serve with love during the holiday season.
Featured Events
Staniar Gallery Presents Exhibition by Surrealist Donald Nield
The university’s Staniar Gallery presents the exhibition “American Surrealist, paintings by Donald Nield (1924-1984),” which will be on display Jan. 10 through Feb. 9. Elliot King, associate professor of art history at W&L, gave a lecture about the artist’s work on Jan. 18 in the Wilson Concert Hall.
Yusef Salaam to Keynote W&L’s MLK Celebration
Washington and Lee University’s celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. this year will include a keynote address by Yusef Salaam, a member of the “Exonerated Five.” His talk will take place Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on the W&L campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
Renowned Zukerman Trio to Perform at W&L
The Washington and Lee University Concert Guild will present the Zukerman Trio on Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall. Tickets are required and may be purchased online.
W&L’s Campus Kitchen Hosts 10th Annual Souper Bowl
Community members and local college students can fight childhood hunger in the Rockbridge area one soup bowl at a time by attending the 10th Annual Souper Bowl in Evans Hall at Washington and Lee University on Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s event will be takeout service only, with limited seating available outside if desired.
Washington and Lee Athletics
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame honored Washington and Lee as the recipient of the 2021 Hall of Fame Eddie Webb Achievement Award for the College Division. The award recognizes institutions that achieve the highest overall winning percentage in intercollegiate athletics in the Commonwealth. In addition, the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) recently announced its 2021 College Division All-State teams for various sports, and our student-athletes and coaches were well represented.
  • Field Hockey - Four players were honored; Gina Wills was named Coach of the Year.
  • Men's Soccer - Six Generals were recognized; Mike Singleton was named Coach of the Year.
  • Women's Soccer - Three members of the Blue and White were honored.
  • Women's Volleyball - A trio of Generals earned All-State laurels; Bryan Snyder was named Coach of the Year.
  • Football - Seven players were recognized; Garrett LeRose was named Coach of the Year.
View the 2022 composite sports schedule.
Check out these recent stories about our student-athletes, coaches and team performances.
Alumni Engagement
In every episode of Washington and Lee's Office of Lifelong Learning podcast, "W&L After Class," we invite you to join conversations with our expert faculty, giving you a walk down the Colonnade even if you're hundreds of miles away. You'll hear from favorite faculty members about topics they know and love and meet new professors who can introduce you to new worlds.
Catch up on episodes you have missed last semester and plan to tune in February for new and exciting content! Listen to all of the episodes here.
Program Spotlight: Lenfest Center for the Arts
The show must go on ... campus! If there is a performing arts event on the Washington and Lee University campus, it usually occurs in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. The Lenfest Center for the Arts, built in 1991, and named for Gerry '53 and Marguerite Lenfest, is a multi-use facility designed and equipped to accommodate a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including theater, musical theater, opera and operetta, choral and band music, dance and performance art in one energizing complex.
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Featured W&L Social Media Platform
Follow @lenfestshows on Instagram!
Did you know that over at the Lenfest Center at W&L, there are awesome shows and performances you can see year-round?
Additional Social Media Accounts to Follow
Follow along with all of campus' social media channels with the W&L social media directory! Click here for a full list.
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