Scene on Campus, Housing Move-in Dates, the First-Year Experience and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: July 2021
This publication is designed to communicate the latest news for Washington and Lee University parents and families. The W&L Family Connection is distributed each month and complements other university channels to help keep parents and families informed about life on campus. Please send your suggestions for future issues to
Back campus nestled among the mountains of Rockbridge County.
Scene on Campus: 07.15.21
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: Photos from Spring Term 2021 and summer days on campus in lovely Lexington.
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Update from the Office of Residence Life
Important Housing Dates for Fall Term 2021
W&L has established Fall Term move-in dates for residential students in university housing, including Gaines, Graham-Lees, Woods Creek Apartments, the Village, theme houses and fraternity/sorority houses. Any changes to this move-in information will be communicated directly to students and updated on the Office of Residence Life website.
Fall sport athletes and students serving in certain leadership positions may request early arrival and should check with their coach and/or organizational advisors. All other early arrival requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances only. To request early arrival based on an extenuating circumstance, students should complete the "Early Arrival Request" form via no later than Aug. 6, 2021.
All students, first-year and upper-division, will receive an email with instructions for scheduling COVID-19 arrival testing. In addition, all first-year students will receive a communication with specific move-in instructions.
Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021
Pre-orientation move-in for first-years only
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Appalachian Adventure participants only.
12 – 3 p.m.: All other pre-orientation programs.
Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021
Remaining first-year and transfer students only
Arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021
Rising juniors (class of 2023) and on-campus seniors (class of 2022) only
Arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 6, 2021
Rising sophomores (class of 2024) only
Arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
If you have questions regarding these housing dates or early arrival requests, please dial 540-458-8405 or email Hannah Phillips (assistant director of Residence Life).
In-Person Orientation for Parents of New Students
An in-person orientation for parents of new students will be held on campus at the Lenfest Center from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29 and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. Both sessions are identical and optional.
Program attendees are encouraged to spread out and not mingle in the lobby area and in the theaters.
• 3 p.m. – President's Welcome to Parents – Lenfest Center, Keller Theater
• 3:20 p.m. – Academic Panel for Parents – Lenfest Center, Keller Theater
• 4 p.m. – Student Affairs Panel for Parents – Lenfest Center, Wilson Theater
Further updates about Parent Orientation will be available on this website.
Feature Stories
W&L to Name New Center of Southern Race Relations, Culture and Politics in honor of Ted DeLaney
Washington and Lee University will name a new interdisciplinary academic center for teaching and research on Southern race relations, culture and politics in honor of late professor of history emeritus Theodore “Ted” Carter DeLaney Jr. ’85.
A Commitment to Service
2nd Lt. Chris Woodings ’21 received the Captain Jay W. Stull Memorial Award in recognition of his determination and strength of character.
Testing the Waters
In an epic summer adventure, three rising W&L sophomores built their own boat and sailed it down the Red and Mississippi rivers from Shreveport, Louisiana, to New Orleans.
W&L Expands Friendship Family Program
The initiative matches participating W&L students with local host families interested in connecting.
W&L Names Kim Robinson University Registrar
Robinson succeeds Jamie Kipfer, who departed the role on June 30.
Meet a W&L Scholar: Tanajia Moye-Green ’23
Tanajia Moye-Green '23 is a small-town girl with big plans to make a difference in the world.
Side-by-side pictures of a stolen statue of a Nepali deity
Lost and Found
Two presenters who met at a 2017 conference at Washington and Lee joined forces to repatriate a stolen Nepali deity.
Hayley Huber ’23 Joins Hillel International 2021-2022 Student Cabinet
Huber is one of 20 members of the cabinet's sixth cohort, representing diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences globally.
W&L’s English for Speakers of Other Languages Awarded Grant
The Rockbridge Community Health Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the W&L student organization to pilot a summer program in 2022.
Alumni Engagement
Washington and Lee University operates one of the most respected arrays of lifelong learning and educational tour programs in the nation. The program offers various options for participation and provides a wide array of activities that inspire taking learning to the next level. For the at-home learner, W&L offers several virtual classroom experiences, including webinars on current issues, a series of podcast interviews with university faculty, a virtual book club and much more. Through "W&L at Home," you're never too far from the adventure of lifelong learning.
Read about the latest events:
Alumni Engagement Virtual Events Archive
Program Spotlight: First-Year Experience
Jason RodockerThe First-Year Experience (FYE) program is designed to familiarize new students with the people and programs that make Washington and Lee such a special place. First-year students are beginning a relationship with the university that will not only define their next four years, but will likely shape their post-graduation future.
The Office of Student Affairs works diligently with first-year students to guide them through the process of joining the W&L community and taking ownership of their educational experience. A balance of challenge and support helps new students develop skills and confidence. The FYE program provides information to new students to help them stay organized and serves as a resource to answer questions they have about academics and co-curricular activities.
As dean for First-Year Experience, Jason Rodocker serves as the primary resource for new undergraduate students from the time they commit to attending Washington and Lee to the time they begin their sophomore year.
"I genuinely enjoy assisting our first-year students in getting acclimated to W&L," Rodocker said. "The First-Year Experience program plays a unique and important part in the university's mission by partnering with all corners of campus to help new students feel welcome and understand the many opportunities and resources available to them."
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