The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022
News From The Columns
Rabbi Mark Robbins Named Director of Jewish Life at Washington and Lee University
Robbins comes to Washington and Lee after serving as an academic advisor at the University of Michigan.
Rebecca Benefiel to Deliver Endowed Professorship Lecture
Benefiel’s talk “Uncovering the mysteries of Pompeii” will be held on Nov. 10.
Campus Kitchen at W&L Hosts Annual Turkeypalooza
This year’s events will kick off on Nov. 11. The community is encouraged to volunteer and donate to support Campus Kitchen’s programming.
Washington and Lee Presents ‘W&L Dancers Create…’
The W&L Repertory Dance Company will perform ‘W&L Dancers Create…’ on Nov. 3–5.
Employee Accolades
W&L Law’s Fraley Publishes Article in Penn State Law Review
Professor Jill Fraley published "Eminent Domain and Unfettered Discretion: Lessons from a History of U.S. Territorial Takings."
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.
Autumn Views on Campus
Enjoy this short video featuring some autumn views around the W&L campus!
University Holiday Reminder!
Just a quick reminder that the university holiday schedule is available on the HR website.
• Coverage in some departments may be required on holidays. Check with your supervisor.
• Employees in the "part-time with partial benefits" employment category who are regularly scheduled to work on Employee Appreciation Holidays are eligible for those paid holidays only.
To assist with security, cleaning and heating of buildings, all department directors are asked to notify public safety and university facilities if your department will be staffed during the extended winter break.
Check Out Your Newest Co-Workers at W&L
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.
Peruse This Week's Scene On Campus
Lui Blomberg ’25 and IQ Center Academic Technologist Dave Pfaff map the Colonnade for an upcoming project.
Scene on Campus
Meet a Colleague
Get to Know Seth Cantey
Seth Cantey is an assistant professor of politics at W&L. Learn more about Seth in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Featured Tip of the Week
The University partners with Carilion to provide an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees. The EAP is a voluntary, confidential professional counseling and referral service designed to help individuals with personal, job or family concerns. Counselors can help employees and their immediate family members identify, resolve and gain control over personal problems that may be interfering with work and daily life. Assistance is available by calling 1-800-992-1913. The first four visits per life situation are free.
Supervisors have the added benefit of being able to make referrals when employees are experiencing personal difficulty. Please contact Human Resources for guidance in these situations.
Featured Social Media Post of the Week
Check out the WLU Lex social media accounts for content about the W&L student body, including their “Day in the Life” series.
Make sure to follow all the university's social media channels for more information about happenings on our campus!
Twitter - @wlunews | @wlulex | @wlulaw
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Instagram - @wlunews | @wlulex | @wlulaw
Come Support the Generals This Week!
ODAC Championship season can be fluid with regard to times, locations and opponents. Please reference for updates before attending conference championship events!
Featured Photo of the Week
Ginko Trees Wendy Lovell (Corporate and Foundation Relations) submitted this photo taken between Leyburn Library and the Science Center. The ginkgo trees provide some of fall's most beautiful pieces of art!
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Mudd Center Speaker: Jerome Stewart
5 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
Talk Title: “The Hidden Curricula of Competitive Individualism and its Roots in Business Education”
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JCRSJ to Host Annual Symposium
9:30 a.m. over Zoom
The W&L Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice will host its annual symposium, which is titled “60 Since the 60s: Civil Rights Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” A Zoom webinar for remote participants and audience members will be available.
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Marlbrook Chamber Players
3 p.m. Lenfest Center
“Favorite Contemporary Compositions: Music of the Modern Generation” presents works by living composers, fantastic musical journeys that make use of new sonorities, extended techniques, and modern sensibilities. No tickets are required.
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W&L’s Just Food Series Presents Public Lecture
6 p.m. over Zoom
The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee University’s Just Food series features an artist’s talk by Jackie Black. Black will talk about the intention and process behind her exhibit, the “Last Meal,” that portrays the last meal requests of inmates sentenced to death. The lecture will take place over Zoom and is open to the public.
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International/Dual Citizen ERG Social
5-6 p.m. Center for Global Learning Atrium
The International/Dual Citizen Employee Resource Group plans to hold a social event on Nov. 8 from 5-6 p.m. in the Center for Global Learning Atrium.
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Employee Resource Group for Women
5:30-7 p.m. Leyburn Library 119
Please join us for the “Women’s Leadership Panel,” featuring Lena Hill, Carole Bailey, Jessica Willett, and Kate McConnell (from AAC&U).
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Thanksgiving Dinner at The Marketplace
4:30-8 p.m. The Marketplace
Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and colleagues at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at The Marketplace. The menu will include an assortment of artisan breads, cheeses and fruits, oven roasted turkey with cranberry apple chutney, apple brandy glazed ham with bacon jam, roasted garlic and chive mashed potatoes, vegan green bean casserole, maple glazed sweet potatoes, hot apple or pumpkin pie with Sweet Things ice cream and so much more! Anyone paying by cash, credit, student flex, or fac/staff flex would pay $15+tax. It is just one swipe for anyone on a student board plan or a faculty/staff block plan.
Public Lecture: "Climate Change: Science Fiction is Now Reality"
6:15 p.m. University Chapel
Noted author Kim Stanley Robinson will give a public talk on Nov. 10 at 6:15 p.m. in the University Chapel. The title of the talk is "Climate Change: Science Fiction is Now Reality." The talk is free and open to the public.
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Veterans Day Gathering
10 a.m. in front of University Chapel
Employee Resource Group for Veterans hosts campus community members for a Veterans Day gathering in front of the University Chapel. The gathering is an informal observance where we spend some moments recognizing service and sacrifice. The event will feature brief remarks from Col. (ret.) Rick Nussio of the U.S. Army.
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