The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no edition of The Columns Weekly next week. The newsletter will next appear in your inboxes on Thursday, Dec. 1.
News From The Columns
W&L’s Tahri Phillips Among 2023 Class of Rhodes Scholars
Tahrington (Tahri) Phillips ’23, a cognitive and behavioral science and English double major, is Washington and Lee University’s 18th Rhodes Scholar.
Washington and Lee Commemorates Veterans Day
The Washington and Lee community gathered on Friday, Nov. 11 to honor the military service of current and retired members of the staff, faculty and student body.
W&L’s University Singers Win Multiple Awards at City of Derry International Choir Festival
University Singers placed third in the festival’s International Open Competition and received the prestigious Visit Derry Award for their final performance.
W&L Celebrates the Holiday Season
’Tis the season for holiday events on campus and in the local community! Check out what’s happening and make your plans to ring in the holiday season.
Electric Mondays
Students in Jon Erickson's Electrical Circuits course are learning through teaching local elementary school students.
W&L Celebrates National First-Generation Student Day
The Office of Inclusion and Engagement organized and hosted events to mark the occasion in collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Career Services and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning.
Employee Accolades
W&L Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
David Harbor to work on collaborative project to describe and model the erosion process known as “plucking.”
Goldsmith to Give Presidential Address at Economic Conference
Art Goldsmith is completing his one-year term as president of the Southern Economic Association.
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.
How to Be Thankful This Thanksgiving
Visit the Carilion Employee Assistance Program site for tips on how to be more thankful this Thanksgiving season.
Check Out Your Newest Co-Workers at W&L
Campus at Night
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 three new employees who have joined the W&L community in recent weeks.
Live Well W&L “Paths to Positivity” Contest
It's time to focus on YOU. Do you want to feel better? Boost your energy? Develop stronger relationships? Through the month of November, practice easy positivity strategies each week to increase your happiness and enhance your overall mental wellness.
• Feel better
• Receive a Live Well W&L holistic token – helps you earn a reduction on your W&L health insurance premiums (which also feels good!)
• Follow the contest rules to be entered into a drawing for one of six $50 Main Street Lexington gift certificates. It's a win-win!
Sign up by logging into your Live Well W&L account. Click on the Contests tab and select "Join Now" to start down the road to a more positive way of living.
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Peruse This Week's Scene On Campus
Weyimi Agbeyegbe dribbles through the defense during a 5-1 win over Brevard in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scene on Campus
Meet a Colleague
Get to Know Katie Shester
Katie Shester is an associate professor of economics and a core faculty member for the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Learn more about Katie in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Featured Social Media Post of the Week
Check out @wlulaw for news and information related to the W&L School of Law
Make sure to follow all the university's social media channels for more information about happenings on our campus!
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Come Support the Generals This Week!
Winter sports are in full swing, but the home schedule is light for the week ahead. Come check out wrestling in its opening home contest of the year!
Featured Photo of the Week
This gorgeous photo was taken by Sydney Anderson (Athletic Communications) from outside the Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center.
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Lenfest Production Dinner: Treasure Island
5-8 p.m. The Marketplace
Enjoy a special menu inspired by Treasure Island at The Marketplace.
Raising the Spirits: A Morris House soiree with the Religion Dept.
5:30-7 p.m. Morris House
Please join us for great conversation, appetizers and “Mocktails.” RSVP to
Is Crypto Dead? The Blowup of FTX and its Aftermath
6:30-8:30 p.m. Northen Auditorium
Last week the second largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, was exposed as a fraud of epic proportions, which has caused the crypto industry to turn inward to ask crucial questions about its role in finance. Three panelists will discuss the future of decentralized finance in light of FTX, as well as some of the other major challenges and opportunities in the crypto space.
University Orchestra Concert: "Firsts"
8-11 p.m. Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall
Enjoy an evening with the University Orchestra as they perform their fall concert, Firsts. Featured guest composer Dr. Tyler Taylor will join the UO as they present the first performance of a work he is composing specifically for the group. Tickets are not required.
Cooking Class: Salad Dressings/Sauces
3 p.m. Evans Hall
Join in as Chef Weis teaches how to create salad dressings and sauces using emulsification.
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Law School Faculty Workshop
12-1 p.m. Law School Classroom B
Special guest is Alexis Hoag-Fordjour from the Brooklyn Law School
Law Faculty Meeting
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Law Faculty Lounge
The law school faculty meeting will be held on Nov. 28 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Law School Faculty Lounge.
College Department and Program Heads Meeting
4-5 p.m. Hillel 101
Rescheduled from Nov. 14
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