Scene on Campus, COVID-19 Vaccination Information, Winter Term events, the Intramurals program and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: March 2021
Earlier this year, Washington and Lee University introduced this new publication designed to communicate the latest news for W&L parents and families. W&L Family Connection will be distributed each month and will complement other university channels to help keep parents and families informed about life on campus. Please send your suggestions for future issues to
Watson Deacon '24 enjoys a nice spot on the Front Lawn.
Scene on Campus: 03.11.2021
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: spring makes an early debut on campus, and students enjoy some fun in the sun after an exciting few weeks of classes.
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An Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Information
From the W&L COVID-19 Committee
W&L is actively working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) to obtain vaccinations to be distributed to our employees and students as soon as we can get them. Getting our campus community vaccinated as early as possible is a high priority, and the university will keep students, faculty and staff apprised of progress as we continue to work to schedule on-campus vaccinations. In the meantime, students and employees will most likely be able to get the vaccine sooner by registering through Virginia's statewide vaccination registration system. At this point in time, the only college students who are eligible for vaccines in Virginia are those with high-risk chronic disease conditions, though W&L strongly encourages anyone who hasn't already done so to register as soon as possible, as we are seeing signs of increased availability of the vaccine. This week CSHD expanded its vaccination efforts to include all groups in Phase 1b.
Rockbridge County officials recently signed a lease to use an unoccupied building in the College Square Shopping Center (770 N. Lee Highway) as a community vaccination site in anticipation of increasing quantities of vaccines being available in the Lexington area. Multiple providers, such as Central Shenandoah Health District, Rockbridge Area Health Clinic, Carilion, and commercial pharmacies (e.g., Walmart, CVS), will use the site to administer vaccines to area residents by appointment only, including W&L employees and students as they become eligible through Virginia's statewide vaccination registration system.
W&L is asking students, faculty and staff to record their COVID-19 vaccinations as they are received. This information will be used to assist in projecting future herd immunity associated with active vaccine prevalence among our campus community. The university has been encouraged by both the number of campus community members who have already received the vaccine, as well as the high percentage of those who intend to get it when available. Please encourage your students to record their COVID-19 vaccinations in their Daily Attestation App.
To learn more about W&L's COVID-19 vaccination information, testing dashboard, the latest campus community updates and other information about the university's ongoing response to the pandemic, please visit the university's COVID-19 Resources website.
The VDH and CSHD also provide a number of vaccination-related resources:
  • Virginia Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System: All Virginians, regardless of phase eligibility, can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine at or by calling the Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine Information Call Center 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).
  • If you want to receive email updates about CSHD vaccine distribution efforts, sign up for CSHD's COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter.
  • For the latest CSHD COVID-19 vaccination plans and timing, visit the CSHD's website or follow CSHD on Facebook, where they frequently post important COVID-19 vaccine updates.
Feature Stories
New Walls Bring Climbers Together Again
COVID-19 distancing made it difficult for climbers to meet at the Outing Club Barn, but three new climbing walls inside the Pavilion mean students can get together to train once again.
W&L a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students for Third Straight Year
Five students received Fulbright awards for academic year 2020-2021.
Students Line Up for Food Truck Treats
Pronto’s food truck brought free cupcakes and hot cocoa to Cannan Green on Valentine’s Day.
Record Number of W&L Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships
Five undergraduate students received Critical Language Scholarships, which will provide them the opportunity to study language intensively during summer 2021.
An Affection for Connections
W&L has allowed Christopher Watt '21 to meet other members of the community and find a future career where three of his passions converge.
Cultivating A Community
Renovations to the John W. Elrod Commons will create spaces to expand collaborations and conversations.
‘Pay Forward the Kindnesses’
Melissa Yorio '21 has received support from many corners during her college career, so when the pandemic broke out, she found a way to give back within her hometown community.
Banding Together
Students and faculty in the Music Department refused to let COVID-19 silence them, instead embracing creative protocols in order to continue making music together in person.
Featured Events
Office of Student Affairs Gets Outside for ‘Meet and Greet the Deans’
At these events, Student Affairs deans set up tables outside Elrod Commons for 90-minute afternoon sessions. Students are invited to stop, chat, take a treat and snag some W&L apparel.
University Museums Reopen to Campus Community
Starting Feb. 26, W&L’s museums and art galleries reopened to current W&L students, faculty and staff for in-person visitation.
W&L’s Mudd Center for Ethics Hosts Annual Conference
The two-day virtual conference began March 6 and featured students from colleges located across the country.
W&L Hosts Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann
On March 9, Heumann shared her experiences advocating for disability rights and discuss the movement's future.
W&L Presents a Conversation with Hank Green
On March 13, W&L’s Contact Committee and Science, Society, and the Arts presented an evening with New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and video creator Hank Green.
W&L Hosts Jocelyn Bioh for Two Streamed Events in March
Bioh's hit comedy "School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play" was screened online March 16, and a virtual talk by Bioh will occur March 18.
Additional Events - registration details communicated to students
General's Activities Board concert with Mt. Joy
Virtual Event, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
GAB is proud to announce a FREE GAB concert with Mt. Joy this Friday. Students can also purchase a t-shirt.
Outing Club Back Campus Disc Golf
Outing Club, noon - 2 p.m.
Join Allie Stankewich and play some disc golf on our back campus course! Meet at the OC pavilion and a free disc will be provided for each participant to keep!
Contact Committee Presents Executive Producer, Host and Bestselling Author Mike Rowe
Virtual Event, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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Data Analytics Career Series: Logan Wilson '17, Data Scientist at Spotify
Virtual Event, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join the Office of Career and Professional Development and GenTech for the Data Analytics Career Series to hear from alumni about their experiences in this industry.
Artful Yoga with Emmie
Watson Galleries, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Looking for ways to unwind and practice self-care? Join the Museums for Artful Yoga, a class led by Emmie and inspired by the abstract and colorful art of Evelyn Dawson.
2021 Senior Theses Exhibition
Staniar Gallery
Each year, the graduating seniors in studio art exhibit their senior thesis projects in Staniar Gallery. An opportunity for these young artists to show their most advanced and inventive work in a gallery setting, the exhibition is a debut into the professional art world and an occasion for sharing their talent and achievements with the community.
Events and Happenings
Program Spotlight: Intramural and Club Sports Programs
Washington and Lee University intramurals (IM) and club sports provide students, faculty and staff opportunities to compete and play together. As in every other facet of life, the 2020-2021 school year has required the program to get creative in how students recreate safely. With an optimistic attitude, W&L's Intramurals have faced the challenges of the pandemic with ingenuity and persistence.
Margaret McClintock '15, associate director of Intermural and Adventure Programs, returned to Lexington in 2019 to rebuild the Intramural and Club Sports programs and assist with recreation and outdoor education efforts alongside James Dick, director of Outdoor Education and Recreation...
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W&L's intramural sports are organized sports and activities for students, staff and faculty. While these events can be competitive, intramural sports emphasize fun and participation above all else.
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