The Columns Weekly - Thursday, March 9, 2023
News From The Columns
Jayson Margalus Named Next Director of the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship
Anushka Daunt also joins Connolly Center faculty as Assistant Professor of Business Administration.
CBL’s Faculty Collaborative Creates Connection Across Campus
CBL’s new initiative is an opportunity for faculty development, student collaboration and deepening partnerships with the surrounding community.
The Art of: Laying Down a Track
Kenny Sharp '12 is a singer/songwriter and owner of Brown Liquor Music.
Edward Adams to Deliver Endowed Professorship Lecture
Adams’s talk “Ozymandian Histories: Monuments, Ruins, and Landscapes of Decline in America” will be held on March 14.
Employee Accolades
Professor Kish Parella Named International Research Fellow at Oxford
As an international research fellow, Professor Parella will help research the role of social evaluations in business and society.
W&L Wrestling Coaches Collect Regional Awards
Nathan Shearer and Alex Radsky were both honored within the NCAA Southeast Region.
Professor Ben Davis Honored for Contributions to Diversity
Ben Davis, a visiting professor at W&L Law, received the 2022 Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR award from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR).
Brian Laubscher to Receive College Sports Communicators Lifetime Achievement Award
Laubscher will be recognized for over 25 years of service in the athletic communications profession.
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.
Interested in a Faculty/Staff Bike Buying Program?
If there is sufficient interest, W&L can create a bike buying program that will provide a 38 percent discount and could include free shipping! If you are unsure of what model or size bike to choose, you are welcome to visit the Outing Club during open hours to test them out. Responses will be collected until March 17 with the hope of having bikes on campus by April 3. Please click here to complete the survey. Once the bikes arrive, we can assist with assembly. 
For all bike-related questions, including pricing information, feel free to contact James Dick at or Ben Schlief at Both are ready to assist!
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.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Ammar Alhajmee ’26, Arabic Teaching Assistant Ahmed Abdelaati ’23 and Associate Director of International Education Hunter Swanson play backgammon in the Ruscio Center for Global Learning.
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Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Patti Colliton
Patti Colliton serves as the manager of the fitness center. Learn more about Patti in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Couch to 5K Training Begins This Week!
Mondays & Wednesdays
March 6 – April 12
12:10-12:50 p.m.
Meet at the Wilson Field gate
Whether you're an experienced runner or lacing up your running shoes for the very first time, you're encouraged to join the 5K training group as we prepare for the Live Well W&L 5K Fun Run/Walk on April 18. Training sessions will be led by Julie Tisone, RCHS cross country coach and running expert.
Interested? Sign up by emailing Andrea Velásquez at
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Follow the fourth-ranked W&L women's lacrosse team 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
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Come Support the Generals!
A light week for home events features a pair of top-notch men's lacrosse contests.
Thinking About Retirement?
When can I retire?
An employee is eligible for full retirement benefits when they have attained the age of 59.5 and have a minimum of 10 consecutive years of full-time, benefit eligible service.
What benefits are available to retirees?
If you qualify for retirement, benefits include:
• Health insurance continuation until age 65 and the university will continue to pay its share of premium*
• Educational grant for children
• Tuition free classes
• Continued use of W&L email address and parking pass
• Continued use of campus facilities (Lenfest Center, fitness facilities, libraries, and campus/athletic events)
• Additional employee/retiree perks
* Also available to employees in the "part-time with partial benefits" employment category when they leave the university after age 59.5 with a minimum of 10 consecutive years of benefit eligible service.
See website for more details:
Planning to Retire by June 30, 2023?
If you are planning to retire by June 30 and have not already done so, please contact Jason Bunn from Human Resources as soon as possible at or 458-8923.
Others considering retirement should allow a minimum of three months to prepare. A suggested timeline is available at
Upcoming Events
Mudd Center Speaker: Professor Celine Leboeuf
4-5 p.m. Hillel Room 101
Céline Leboeuf, an associate professor of philosophy at Florida International University, will present a lecture titled “How Can We Embody Self-Care? Lessons from the Body Positivity Movement.”
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Culinary Showcase Dinner
4-8 p.m. Evans Dining Hall
Enjoy a special meal curated by Campus Executive Chef Chris Vozzo. The menu will feature marinara braised pork, veal and beef meatballs with whipped ricotta and garlic bread.
An Evening with Ben and Jerry
7 p.m. University Chapel
Washington and Lee University’s Contact Committee presents “An Evening with Ben and Jerry,” featuring the founders of Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc. and world-famous ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.
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Thornetta Davis Band concert
8 p.m. Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall
Thornetta Davis and her band will bring their authentic and award-winning show to W&L. She is a seven-time Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards nominee including two 2022 BMA nominations for contemporary blues artist female and best instrumentalist vocals.
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University Faculty Meeting
4-5:30 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
The university faculty meeting will be held on March 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.
Winter Choral Concert
8-10 p.m. Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall
Enjoy an evening with Cantatrici and the W&L Glee Club performing a wide variety of choral classics.
More Info
Lenfest Faculty Research Colloquium
12-1:15 p.m. CGL 123
The Lenfest Faculty Research Colloquium showcases research and projects conducted with the support of summer and full-year faculty Lenfest Grants.
Omicron Delta Kappa Initiation Ceremony
5-6 p.m. University Chapel
The W&L Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa invite the Lexington and W&L community to their 2023 Initiation Ceremony.
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