The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023
News From The Columns
Office of University Development Announces Staffing Changes
Missy Witherow moves on while Sydney Cross is promoted to Director of Annual Giving.
W&L After Class Podcast Begins Its Fourth Season
The monthly podcast explores Washington and Lee faculty's research, teaching and passion projects.
Employee Accolades
Law Faculty Recognized with Lewis Prize for Excellence in Scholarship
Professors Joshua Fairfield and Kish Parella were recognized for their outstanding scholarly work.
W&L Journalism and Mass Communications Professor Receives African Diaspora Fellowship
Professor Adedayo Abah will travel to Tanzania to help build a master’s degree program in communications at the University of Dar es Salaam.
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.
Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Jeff Rahl
Jeff Rahl is a professor and department head for earth and environmental geoscience. Learn more about Jeff in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Check Out the “Slices of Research” Program
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Please join your colleagues for the inaugural "Slices of Research" program at Salerno Wood Fired Pizza & Taphouse. Recently promoted faculty from the College, Law School and Williams School will share their research and creative work in a stimulating PechaKucha format. We will celebrate these colleagues as we learn from their expertise and enjoy pizza, Salerno's famous beer wall and maybe even a little axe throwing.
Slices of Research is designed to bring faculty and staff together in a social space to strengthen our intellectual and cultural community. Come out and toast your colleagues across W&L. You may even leave with ideas for new collaborations.
This event will be held at Salerno's on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m. The first hour will be devoted to socializing and the presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to join. Pizza and the first drink are free.
Please RSVP here or contact Rissie Murphy for details.
Get to Know Your Newest Co-Workers
New Employee Q&A
Get to know the newest members of the Washington and Lee employee workforce through our new employee feature page! This week, we feature seven new employees who have joined the W&L community in recent weeks.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Assistant Director of Special Collections Seth McCormick-Goodhart speaks during “Corresponding with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” in the Harte Center.
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Come Support the Generals!
Basketball and wrestling are on the home calendar for the next week.
Featured Photo of the Week
The W&L football team's twitter account captured this week's image over Wilson Field.
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Upcoming Events
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.
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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.
It’s Complicated: Songs and Scenes on Relationships
8 p.m. Wilson Concert Hall
The Lenfest Center presents “It’s Complicated: Songs and Scenes on Relationships,” performed by the Collective Euphonia ensemble in the Wilson Concert Hall.
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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.
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“A Physics Journey from Complex Systems to Simple Models”
5:30 p.m. Northen Auditorium
Professor Irina Mazilu will present a public lecture titled “A Physics Journey from Complex Systems to Simple Models” to mark her appointment to the Ruth Parmly Professorship at Washington and Lee..
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Technology and Tacos: ChatGPT
12-1:15 p.m. Leyburn 119
Jeffrey Schatten, associate professor of business administration, 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.
Miami All Stars
7:30 p.m. Keller Theater/Lenfest Hall
A wild and vivacious group, Miami All Stars will electrify the stage with a superb company of eight world-class dancers in over 20 sizzling costumes featuring the ‘Latin Fire' Miami has become famous for!
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Law School Faculty Workshop
12-1 p.m. Law School Classroom D
The workshop will feature Jeremy Bearer-Friend from George Washington University Law School.
Mudd Center Speaker: John Lysaker
5 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
Friendship is a site of non-obligatory goodwill and care that shows us how a benevolent regard for others intensifies and expands a life and in ways that expose series limits to standard distinctions between altruism and egoism.
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The Best Response to ChatGPT & AI? Solid Pedagogical Practice
12 p.m. Leyburn 119
Join Paul Hanstedt, director of the Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning, for a discussion of effective practices in the age of artificial intelligence.
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