January news and events for W&L alumni
January 2022
After a refreshing winter break, students, faculty and staff are ready for a new term.
In this issue:
  • Info on the trustee voting process
  • Register for reunion weekends
  • MLK celebrations
  • Meet the professor
and other stories of note from W&L.
Update – Alumni Trustee Election Voting Opens Soon!
The Alumni Association is on track to conduct the Alumni Trustee election later this month. We expect to issue the electronic ballot on or about Jan. 25, and the voting will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2022.
As noted in numerous communications since September 2021, a Colonnade Connections account will be required to vote. Please verify your existing account here, or visit colonnadeconnections.wlu.edu and complete the New User Registration. It is quick and easy.
For more detailed information on the election process, visit the Alumni Association University Trustee Election Process webpage.
Alumni Events
Celebrate with SABU Founders
Registration is open and underway for the 50th anniversary of the Black Ball celebration. We are excited to welcome you back for campus events to commemorate this special occasion. The weekend begins late Thursday afternoon March 3 and ends with the black-tie event on Saturday, March 5. Visit the website for the most up-to-date agenda and to register and pay online.
Reunion Reconnect
The March Reunion Reconnect Weekend registration links are open! The Alumni Engagement office encourages you to register now and to make your plans to be in Lexington on March 18 – 19, as we stage a gathering for all 16 classes who missed their Alumni Weekends in 2020 and 2021.
Alumni in Action
Four W&L Greats Named to the SoCon 100th Anniversary Teams
Several Washington and Lee greats were among those honored by the Southern Conference, including four members of the W&L Athletics Hall of Fame.
Sustainability: Challenges, Strategies and Technologies
Join us for a five-part webinar series beginning Jan. 31. Julianna Keeling ’19, Niquole Esters ’04, Laura Strickler ’08, Bryant Fulk ’08, Erik Curren ’87 and Kurt Harrison P’23 will join faculty to discuss the importance and complexity of sustainable development.
Support W&L
Setting new goals for the new year? Why not make one of them a recurring gift to the Annual Fund. Smaller monthly gifts add up to a major impact for W&L students! Click the headline to set it up now on PayPal.

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W&L Traveller
Jane Austen And Georgian Treasures of South England: June 4 - 13, 2022

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W&L Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
The week-long celebration includes a a number of events and lectures.
Meet a W&L Scholar: AJ Mabaka ’22
AJ Mabaka '22 plans to attend a graduate program in marine science and conservation policy.
‘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.
Making the Call to Give Back
John Adekola ’24 sees his role with Phonathon as a chance to make a difference at W&L.
W&L Stages a New Exhibition Illustrating Chapel History
The University Chapel and Galleries recently opened an exhibition titled "Setting the Stage: A Glimpse Inside 150 Years of the University Chapel Auditorium."
Meet the Professor
W&L's new hires specialize in fields ranging from electromagnetism, medicinal chemistry and community-based learning to democratic theory, political realism and migration and refugees. Our series of "Meet the Professor" profiles lets you get to know the faculty's new faces.
Save the Date
Five-Star Festival and Institute for Honor
Join us March 3 - 5, with a slate of interesting and fun events that you can attend in person, including the Institute for Honor Symposium.
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Celebrate with SABU Founders
All Black alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Black Ball, March 3 – 5.
More info
Reunion Reconnect Weekend!
We are so excited to finally host a make-up reunion for 2020 and 2021. Classes '70 & '71, '75 & '76, '80 & '81, '85 & '86, '90 & '91, '95 & '96, '00 & '01, and '05 & '06 are invited to join us on campus.
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Law Alumni Weekend
We will celebrate the 2022 reunion classes ('72L, '77L, '82L, '87L, '92L, '97L, '02L, '07L, '12L, '17L), as well as our legal legacies.
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Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar
"The Great Believers" with the author Rebecca Makkai '99
Program details
Entrepreneurship Summit
The two-day event brings together students and alumni interested in launching their own business ventures.
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Alumni Reunion Weekend: May 5 – 8
Welcome home! Please join us for a fantastic weekend on campus.
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