The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023
Featured Events on Campus
Seema Gajwani is the Next Speaker in the Mudd Lecture Series
Seema Gajwani, a special counsel for juvenile justice reform at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, will give a lecture on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.
W&L Hosts Statewide National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show Competition
The Feb. 11 event celebrates the history and culture of NPHC organizations.
Kyle Bass to Speak as Part of the Mudd Center’s CareLab Event Series
The playwright will host a screening of his play “Citizen James” and a playwriting workshop Feb. 14-15.
Matt Haimovitz to Perform at W&L’s Lenfest Center
The cellist’s three-day residency is sponsored by the Concert Guild.
Employee Accolades
W&L Professor Publishes Journal Article in PLOS ONE
Professor Lisa Greer’s article focuses on the survival of coral reefs in the Caribbean.
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.
Resources Regarding Your Employee Benefits
Washington and Lee is committed to providing employees with a highly competitive benefits package that enhances the well-being of employees and is consistent with the strategic objectives of the university. Just a reminder to employees that there are several helpful resources regarding employee benefits. The human resources website is a great place to start.
Each benefit is summarized and contact information and rates for each are provided. The benefits guidebook that was provided earlier this year is also located on this site. The Employee Benefits Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Oliver, meets regularly during the academic year and they welcome your thoughts.
Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Adam Scales
Adam Scales is assistant director of academic resources with the Houston H. Harte Teaching and Learning Center. Learn more about Adam in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Benefits Reminder: Health Advocate
Need help resolving a health or dental insurance claim or are you looking for a specialist? Want information on in-home care, adult day care, assisted living or long-term care? Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans have your head spinning?
Try using the services of Health Advocate. They can help you and your family navigate healthcare and insurance-related issues. You, your spouse or partner, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law can call as often as necessary at no cost to you. Health Advocate staff follow careful protocols and comply with all government privacy standards. Your medical and personal information is kept strictly confidential.
During your first call, you will be assigned a Personal Health Advocate who will begin helping you right away. Personal Health Advocates are typically registered nurses, supported by medical directors and benefits and claims specialists.
For the many ways they can help, visit the Health Advocate page on the Human Resources website.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development Brooke Peccie ’17 works with Career Fellows Ally Hoffmann ’24 and Evan DiPaula ’24 in the Office of Career and Professional Development.
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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 two new employees who have joined the W&L community in recent weeks.
Featured Social Media Site
Keep up with the W&L Outing Club by following them on Instagram!
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
Mid-year Benefits Changes
Per IRS rules, employees enrolled in pre-tax benefit plans may only enroll, waive or make changes to their benefits once per year (during open enrollment each spring). However, you may also make changes if you experience a "Qualifying Life Event" such as marriage, birth/adoption of a child, divorce, etc. For a complete list of qualifying life events, refer to the 2022-23 Benefits Guidebook.
• You have only 31 days following a qualifying life event to make the change in Workday.
• The requested change must correspond to the event that occurred.
• In most cases, the change will be effective the first of the month following your request in Workday.
• Proof of the event will be required (marriage certificate, notification of birth, etc.)
Please contact Kim Austin in human resources with any questions.
Come Support the Generals!
Winter and spring sports have home contests on the schedule for the next week.
Featured Photo of the Week
Jake Reeves (OIE) snapped this photo of the night sky at the House Mountain Inn.
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Upcoming Events
Super Bowl Dinner
5-7 p.m. The Marketplace
Gear up for the big game with a menu inspired by the competing teams at The Marketplace.
W&L Professionals of Color Reception
4:30-6 p.m. 312 Jackson Avenue
You are cordially invited to the Hill home for a meeting of the W&L Professionals of Color. Click the link below to RSVP for the event.
Lenfest Production Dinner
5-8 p.m. The Marketplace
The Lenfest Production Dinner is inspired by the upcoming production of “Beehive: the 60s musical.”
Cooking Class: Grazing Boards with a Wine Pairing
4:30 p.m. 2 S. Main St., Room 114
It’s the final cooking class of the year, and the first one with a wine pairing, so don’t miss out! Chef Hannah Vozzo will teach us how to create fully plant-based boards using no meat or dairy, and then she completes the menu with her perfect wine pairing.
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