The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
News From The Columns
Raven Solomon to Serve as Keynote Speaker During W&L Enrichment Week
Solomon will provide strategies for fostering generational diversity and inclusion during her session in Stackhouse Theater on Jan. 4.
W&L’s Kristina Lozinskaya ’22 Among 2024 Class of Schwarzman Scholars
Lozinskaya, a 2022 graduate, will receive a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in China.
Tim Vest Joins W&L Law as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
Vest will oversee the creation and management of the operating budget of the Law School and be responsible for various reporting obligations.
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.
Employee Accolades
Gina Wills Named Old Dominion Athletic Conference Field Hockey Coach of the Year
Eighth-year head coach garners top conference honor for the fourth time.
Mike Singleton Garners Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year Award
Ninth-year head coach named the league’s top coach for the fifth time.
Tiffany Pins Earns Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year Award
New mentor garners recognition in her first season coaching the Generals.
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.
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.
Upgrade Alert – New Okta (MyApps) Identity Engine
As we approach the end of the calendar year, ITS will be participating in an upgrade of the Identity Engine (software platform) used to manage the W&L MyApps page (Okta – Single Sign-On Service). The update will ensure the community has access to the latest and most secure version of this ever-expanding and essential service.
What is the impact on you?
The new Identity Engine doesn't support the Okta Mobile app (OM), so users will no longer use it to access their applications on a phone. Instead, users will access their applications from the Okta Dashboard (MyApps page) using a mobile browser.
What should you do?
If you currently use Okta Mobile for either iOS or Android, please discontinue its use and check to be sure you can access your W&L applications through a mobile browser instead. Doing so right away can prevent workflow disruptions once the Identity Engine is updated.
For additional details, please see the post in ITS News. Contact the ITS Helpdesk at X4357 or if you have any questions about this upgrade or need assistance.
Peruse This Week's Scene On Campus
Staff, students, and faculty gather in the law school as Roger D. Groot Professor of Law Joan Shaughnessy finishes teaching her last class after 39 years at W&L.
Scene on Campus
Meet a Colleague
Get to Know Leah Naomi Green
Leah Naomi Green is a visiting assistant professor of English and environmental science. Learn more about Leah in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Get to Know David Eggert
David Eggert is a professor of practice who teaches a range of courses, including Antitrust, Conflict of Laws, Remedies, Torts, Property, and Complex Litigation.
Carilion Employee Assistance Program – December 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:
  • Facing Loss During the Holidays
  • Fentanyl Education for Parents and Teens
  • Reduce Stress, Right Now Focus on the Tension, Not Just Stress
Featured Social Media Post of the Week
Check out all the regular specials by visiting the W&L Dining Services social media sites!
Make sure to follow all the university's social media channels for more information about happenings on our campus!
Twitter - @wlunews | @wlulex | @wlulaw
Facebook - Washington and Lee University | Working at W&L
Instagram - @wlunews | @wlulex | @wlulaw
Come Support the Generals During the Holiday Break!
If you're staying in Lexington for the holiday season, try incorporating some W&L basketball into your holiday plans.
Featured Photo of the Week
Katherine Brinkley (Board Operations) sent us this lovely photo of the front entrance to Washington Hall that is decorated for the season.
Submit Your Best Photos
Holiday Dinner
4:30-8 p.m. The Marketplace
Celebrate the holidays with your friends and colleagues at our traditional Holiday Dinner. Please note that The Marketplace will close from 3-4:30 p.m. to prepare for this event.
Lee House Holiday Open House
3:30-5 p.m.
W&L faculty and staff are invited to stop by Lee House for socializing and holiday treats. Chat with colleagues and enjoy the holiday decorations.
Retirement Reception for Dr. Jane Horton
3-4:30 p.m. Commons Living Room
The campus community is invited to a drop-by retirement reception in the Elrod Commons living room for Dr. Jane Horton, director of student health and university physician in the Commons living room. Stop by to celebrate and thank Dr. Horton for her many years of service to the W&L community and wish her all the best for the future. Refreshments will be available.
Cooking Class: The “Mother Sauces” of classic French cuisine
3-4 p.m. Marketplace back dining room
Ever dreamed of being Julia Child? Or maybe attending Le Cordon Bleu? Here’s your chance to learn the basics of French cooking right here in Rockbridge County! Join Chefs Mike O’Byrne and Jeffrey Turner as they excite our senses with sauces.
Register Here
Washington and Lee University Brunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Evans Hall
W&L faculty and staff are invited to bring good cheer and a big appetite to this year's university brunch. Please RSVP by Dec. 12 to
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