Spring Term coverage, end-of-the-year details, upcoming events, the Office of Community-Based Learning and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: May 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 families@wlu.edu.
Geology of the National Parks. Photos by David Galvez ’22 Geology of the National Parks. Photos by David Gálvez ’22
Immerse Yourself in Spring Term!
Each May, W&L students are offered an immersive four-week Spring Term course, selecting one course from about 200 options designed to be transformative learning experiences. Typically, students have the opportunity to study on campus or across the globe, but the pandemic resulted in all of this year's offerings being based on campus. This term's courses include Creating Comics, Educating Citizens for Democracy, the Geology of National Parks and many more. Professors love teaching Spring Term courses because of the opportunity to expose students to new perspectives. Students love Spring Term because of the chance to do something they may never have done before.
Spring Term Coverage
An Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance
President Will Dudley recently sent a communication to students, faculty and staff sharing updated guidance regarding vaccinated individuals. Effective May 24, the university no longer requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings or maintain a six-foot distance from others. The change applies both indoors and outdoors, except in the Student Health Center where individuals should continue to wear masks, and in the fitness center, where face coverings and distancing are still required. Those attending this week's undergraduate Commencement will still need to maintain physical distancing, but fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear a face covering at the ceremony. More information about Commencement can be found on the Commencement website.
In addition, to help protect the health of the campus community and provide a robust experience on campus this fall, the university will require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, 2021. The expectation is that requiring vaccinations will allow everyone to return to campus without distancing and masking, with all in-person instruction in classrooms at normal occupancy, and with other activities such as dining, performing arts, clubs and organizations returning to more normal in-person operations.
Returning students have been asked to email a photo or scan of their completed vaccination card to studenthealth@wlu.edu by July 31. To be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, individuals need to receive the first dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) around June 27 and the second dose by July 25, or receive a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) by July 25. Individuals may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement. Students should email studenthealth@wlu.edu to request a form, which must be submitted by June 15. Additional vaccination information is available on the university's COVID-19 Resources website.
Feature Stories
W&L Welcomes 491 Students to the Class of 2025
The students were selected from an original applicant pool of 6,621, which represents a 32% increase in applications over last year.
Chawne Kimber Named Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University
Chawne Kimber, Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Professor of Mathematics, head of the Mathematics Department, and co-director of the Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education at Lafayette College, has been named dean of the College at Washington and Lee University.
Student Business Links Farmers and Buyers
Seniors Will Gentry and Gray Carlton started Lexington Harvest Haul to deliver local food to consumers. They’re now looking to sell the successful business before they leave Lexington after graduation.
Doan Bui ’21 Awarded U.S. Teaching Assistantship in Austria
Bui’s USTA position with Fulbright Austria starts in September 2021.
Ana Estrada Hamm ’22 Awarded a Boren Scholarship
Estrada Hamm recently received a David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program to study abroad in Jordan.
New Exhibit Illustrates Perilous Path to Opportunity
Hostile Terrain 94, a global pop-up exhibit that takes a powerful look at the human cost of undocumented migration at the U.S. southern border, opened at W&L this week after years of planning and collaboration.
Olivia Lamb ’21 Awarded Place in Teaching Assistant Program in France
The program offers participants the opportunity to work in France for seven months, teaching English to French students of all ages.
Mapping the Past
As part of a community-based learning course in collaboration with Rockbridge Regional Tourism and the Rockbridge Historical Society, Washington and Lee University students researched and mapped Black-owned businesses that thrived in Lexington during the Jim Crow era.
James Ricks ’21 Earns Fulbright to Study in Nepal
James Ricks ’21 has received a Fulbright creative grant to Nepal to photograph patients and healthcare providers at a one-of-a-kind health clinic.
Recent Events
University Jazz Ensemble Presents Concert
The W&L community was invited to an in-person concert on May 4.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Delivers Hoyt Lecture in Classics
Nandini Pandey’s lecture was titled "Diversity, Desire, and the Exotic in Ancient Rome (with some thoughts on Atlanta)."
ODK Holds Spring Initiation For W&L Honorees
W&L’s Alpha Circle of ODK, the national leadership honor society, inducted seven new undergraduate members and five honorary initiates.
Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Profiled’ by Artist Ken Gonzales-Day
The photography exhibit will be on display April 26 through May 28.
Kenneth Morris - GD
Generals Discourse Hosts Webinar Featuring Kenneth B. Morris
Morris is the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Students Curate Art Exhibition by Almigdad Aldikhaiiry
The event highlighted the exhibit, which is curated by sevens students as part of a Spring Term course, Seminar in Museum Studies.
Aerial Dance Class to Present Spring Term Performance
The performances took place on May 20 and 21.
Events on the Horizon
University Singers Perform Annual Commencement Concert
Wilson Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
The May 25 event is free and open to the public to view online.
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Undergraduate Commencement
Wilson Field, 10 a.m.
The 2020-2021 academic year is the 272nd year in the life of Washington and Lee University and culminates with the Commencement ceremony for the undergraduate College and Williams School.
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Class Ring Event
Cannan Green, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A class ring is a tangible reminder of your time at W&L. You earned it, now wear it!
Events and Happenings
Alumni Engagement
From academic seminars to an online book club, Alumni Engagement offers virtual programming for the W&L community, including parents. Please join us for our next virtual program on May 25 at 7 p.m.
Tales from Sea and Sky
Welcome aboard as we journey into naval aviation history with Hill Goodspeed '92. As the historian of the National Aviation Museum for almost 30 years, Hill will bring to life a few of his favorite heroes, historic moments and artifacts.
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Alumni Engagement Virtual Events
Program Spotlight: Office of Community-Based Learning
Community-based learning is an educational approach that integrates learning and mentorship with community engagement. At W&L, the Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) supports, enhances, and develops mutually beneficial collaborations with over 40 local and regional community partners and beyond. These collaborations advance community interests and deepen student learning.
CBL staff facilitate credit-bearing courses that span the arts, sciences and humanities, bringing students, faculty and community partners to collaborate and learn together.
Sascha Goluboff, director of the Office of Community-Based Learning, cultivates reciprocal community-academic collaborations and works closely with the provost, academic deans, student affairs staff and others throughout the university.
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