Washington and Lee University is pleased to introduce this new publication designed to communicate the latest news for parents and families.
Family Connection: January 2021
Washington and Lee University is pleased to introduce 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.
Scene on Campus: Dec. 17, 2020
Winter Wonderland Edition
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: a campus emptied for the holidays but full of beauty.
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Feature Stories
Turning Interests Into Opportunities
Bo Garfinkel '21 talks about the experiences she's been afforded recently as a recipient of a Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship and a Gilman Scholarship.
ODK Initiates Three Honorary, 50 Student Members at 2021 Convention
New members were inducted into the national leadership honor society at W&L’s Founders Day/ODK convention.
Community-Based Learning Thrives Amid COVID-19
The pandemic has presented challenges to working and learning within the community, but virtual and distanced projects have allowed those partnerships to continue to bear fruit this year.
Three W&L Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad
Zach Baldridge ’22, Bri Mondesir ’22 and Blake Sanchez ’23 received the prestigious award.
‘A Sense of Meaning’
Lorena Terroba Urruchua ’21 found her purpose — helping people with disabilities — at the intersection of psychology, Romance Languages and poverty studies.
The University Unveils New Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center
Watch a video tour of Washington and Lee's brand new, 165,489-square-foot center for athletics and recreation offers larger and more state-of-the-art facilities for athletics and intramural teams, coaching staff, fitness and recreation.
Student Social Media Team Takes On Campus Happiness
The students in charge of Washington and Lee University’s WLULEX social media accounts are taking on an unusual challenge in 2020: finding ways to increase campus happiness during a pandemic.
Back-Campus Trails Better Than Ever
Volunteers have expanded and improved the system of trails on Washington and Lee University’s back campus, making them easier to navigate and convenient for users with different interests and abilities.
Minority Student-Athletes Form New Campus Group
A new student-athlete group on campus seeks to enhance the sense of community for minority students – and to raise awareness about those who come from diverse backgrounds.
Boneyard Becomes Improvised Training Ground
The strength and conditioning program adapts to the COVID-19 era.
Featured Events
Staniar Gallery Presents 'Reconciliation' by Leigh Ann Beavers
Beavers' exhibit will appear in Washington and Lee's Staniar Gallery from Jan. 17 through Feb. 18, with a virtual artist talk on Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year's observance of MLK day is comprised of a variety of virtual events and lectures.
The Outing Club Starts the Adventuring Outside
The fun kicks off early this semester with Outing Club activities starting Jan. 22, and the entire campus is invited to participate.
The University Hosts 9th Annual Souper Bowl
Proceeds from the sale of soup at participating Lexington restaurants will support Campus Kitchen at W&L's Backpack Program.
Additional Events - registration details communicated to students
MLK Celebration Week Film Screenings/Netflix Watch Parties
Virtual Events, Jan. 18 - 22, 7 p.m.
Nightly screenings of acclaimed civil rights films followed by a moderated discussion.
Dance Masterclass Series: Mya Djanku: West African Dance Technique
Virtual Event, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For more than 20 years, dance has served as Djanku's medium for sharing and healing. Inspired and supported by instructors in Sankofa Dance Theater.
20 Years of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at W&L
Virtual Event, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Faculty panel discussion on how the program began and its progress.
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Celebrating Beloved Lands: A Poetry Reading for Tu b'Shevat
Virtual Event, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
In honor of the Jewish 'New Year of the Trees', W&L Hillel, the Native American Cohort, and other members of our campus community will share poems celebrating the many lands that we call home.
Read more on The Columns
Program Spotlight: Student Activities Office
The primary goals of Washington and Lee's Student Activities Office are to promote social connectivity and a sense of belonging, to offer students opportunities for leadership and personal growth, and to create programs that enrich students' time on our campus. Student Activities strives to provide healthy, positive outlets for managing stress and deepening students' relationships with one another and the broader W&L community. Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to combat the effects of student isolation has taken center stage, and the office will be offering a slate of dynamic, student-driven programming throughout Winter Term.
Kelsey Goodwin has served as director of Student Activities at W&L since 2016, providing training, collaboration and resources to more than 130 student organizations currently active on campus. She partners closely with other departments within the university's Student Affairs organization, such as Outdoor Education and Recreation, the Office of Inclusion and Engagement and the Office of Residence Life, to bring engaging programming to campus. Her role involves working closely with the Executive Committee and other student leaders across campus.
Goodwin has a master's degree in museum management from Seton Hall University and received her bachelor's degree in English from Roanoke College, with a concentration in creative writing. Goodwin joined W&L's Student Affairs division in 2010 as coordinator of Elrod Commons and quickly fell in love with creating programming for and with college students.
Additional information for parents and families about Student Activities is available here.
Follow @FacesOfWLU on Instagram
W&L students introduce themselves to the campus community.
Additional Social Media Accounts to Follow
  • WLULex (FacebookInstagramTwitter)
    posts by students for students
  • WLUNews (FacebookInstagramTwitter)
    campus news for alumni, parents, friends, the media and more
  • W&L Livestream (Livestream)
    speakers and performances
  • Student Activities (Instagram)
    what's happening on campus today
  • Office of Inclusion and Engagement (Instagram)
    promoting a positive experience for all students
  • Office of Career and Professional Development (Instagram)
    supports students to discover, navigate and achieve their career and professional goals
  • First-Year Orientation Committee (Instagram)
    posts from upper-class students to welcome first-years
  • University Registrar (Facebook)
    academic deadlines and more
  • ITS (Twitter)
    tech news, tips, resources and status updates
  • Outing Club (Instagram)
    campus recreation opportunities
  • Intramurals (Instagram)
    team and individual sporting opportunities
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