The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023
News From The Columns
W&L Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy
A variety of events and lectures are planned for this year’s observance of MLK day.
W&L Appoints Laura Ulmer Director of Student Activities
Ulmer previously worked as director for the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at Old Dominion University.
Maria Saez Tatman Joins W&L Law as Associate Dean of Student Affairs
In her role, Saez Tatman will develop and implement programs to enrich the law school experience and to help law students succeed in school, personally, and professionally.
Irina Mazilu to Deliver Endowed Professorship Lecture
Mazilu’s talk “A Physics Journey from Complex Systems to Simple Models” will be held in Northen Auditorium on Jan. 25.
W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘Futile State’
The solo exhibition by sculptor Sam Blanchard is on view until Feb. 8.
Employee Accolades
Melanie Wilson to Serve as President-Elect of AALS
The AALS House of Representatives voted to accept Wilson’s nomination as the 2023 President-elect. Wilson has served the AALS in numerous capacities, including membership on its Executive Committee since 2020.
Williams School Faculty Members Present at Social Entrepreneurship Summit in Cuba
Professors Emily Landry and Jim Casey both spoke at the workshop held in Havana.
W&L Visiting Assistant Professor John Cataldi Publishes Book
“Practical Symbolic Interactions in the Shrine of the South: Conversations with a Damn Yankee” is set to be released on Jan. 15.
Want to be recognized for your work or do you have a colleague who should be recognized for their accomplishments? Simply use the employee accolade submission form.
Fieldside's “New Leaf” Vegetarian Menu
Did you know that Fieldside has launched an exclusively vegetarian menu with incredibly flavorful and fresh ingredients? This "New Leaf" menu is timed and named as a nod to new year's resolutions. Many have used this time of year to focus on making healthier choices as they turn over a new leaf for the new year. W&L dining services is offering all employees a Fieldside New Leaf build-your-own entree bowl for the LiveWell "salad bar price" of $5.50 (regular price is $9.50) for the week of January 23-29. This can also earn you a LiveWell token! Please be aware this menu is only served during the dinner hours of 5-9 p.m.
Meet a Colleague
Get to Know Mark Fontenot
Mark Fontenot serves as fire and life safety systems technician. Learn more about Mark in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Breakfast in Elrod Commons during Enrichment Week for W&L employees
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Carilion Employee Assistance Program – January Newsletter
As a reminder, benefit eligible employees have access to the Carilion Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at no cost. This month's EAP newsletter features articles on the following topics:
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Don't "Psychologize" Friends and Coworkers
  • Are you Avoiding Critical Preventive Healthcare?
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Come Support the Generals!
A light week of home events as only men's and women's swimming compete on campus. Come support the Generals in the pool against Gettysburg!
Upcoming Events
MLK Keynote Speaker - Ben Crump
6 p.m. Wilson Concert Hall/Zoom
W&L will host renowned civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as the featured speaker for our 2023 MLK Week.
Children's Celebration in honor of Dr. King's Birthday
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Evans Dining Hall
Children of the Lexington and Rockbridge County community are invited to attend a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. King. There will be games, face painting, and arts and crafts. On top of the celebration, we will be making doggy treats to donate to the SPCA. Cake, snacks and punch will be provided.
Martin Luther King Day Tea Ceremonies
1-1:30 p.m.; 1:45-2:15 p.m.; 2:30-3 p.m.
Join the W&L Tea Society in honoring the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. with a tea ceremony demonstration. There are three 30-minute sessions limited to 20 participants each.
Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
6-8 p.m. Evans Dining Hall
The MLK Reflections event allows community members to gather to reflect on the lessons of Dr. King's life and work. This event is open to the public and a meal will be provided.
An Evening with BirdieLight
7 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
BirdieLight spreads awareness around the dangers of Fentanyl in drugs and distributes tools to prevent overdose so you have the power to save your own life. Presented by Contact Committee, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Washingtonian Society and W&L Health Promotion.
MLK Shabbat
6 p.m. Hillel House Sanctuary
W&L Hillel and the Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement invite all members of the W&L and Lexington community to join us for a Shabbat dinner and service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Law Faculty Meeting
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Law School Faculty Lounge
The law school faculty meeting will be held on Jan. 23 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Law School Faculty Lounge.
When McKinsey Comes to Town: A Conversation with New York Times authors
5 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
Join us for a conversation with Walt Bogdanich and Mike Forsythe, authors of "When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm." This event is free to the public and a book signing will follow the conversation.
Technology and Tacos: ChatGPT
12-1:15 p.m. Leyburn 119
Associate Professor Jeffrey Schatten will give an introduction to artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT. Participants will have a brief opportunity to explore the software and the session will end with a discussion of the implications of AI and ChatGPT.
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