The Columns Weekly - Thursday, April 13, 2023
News From The Columns
W&L Podcast Releases New Episode Featuring Michael Hill
“W&L After Class” invites listeners to join conversations with W&L's expert faculty about their teaching, research and passion projects.
W&L Recognizes Student Leaders in Annual Leadership Excellence Awards
The Leadership Excellence Awards give recognition and thanks to nominated students and organizations for their many efforts on W&L’s campus.
Four W&L Students Earn Prestigious Fulbright Awards
Kamryn Godsey '23, Andrew Tartakovsky '23, Avalon Pernell '23 and James Dixon '23 were selected as Fulbright recipients.
Employee Accolades
K. Avvirin Gray
W&L’s K. Avvirin Gray Awarded Jean Feldman Poetry Prize
Avvirin Gray, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is the winner of the 2023 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize.
W&L Visiting Professor Featured in Orion Magazine
Leah Naomi Green’s essay titled “Mourning Songs Are Love Songs” was excerpted from the anthology “Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World.”
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.
Employee Recognition Banquet
The 33rd Annual Employee Recognition Banquet will be held on Friday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. on Cannan Green. The university will recognize individuals retiring this year and those reaching employment milestones beginning with five years of service. To view a list of the 2023 honorees, simply click this link.
Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Russell Miller
Russell Miller is the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at W&L Law. Learn more about Russell in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Meet a Colleague: Jillian Murphy
Jillian Murphy serves as the study abroad coordinator. Learn more about Jillian in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
This Week's Featured Photo
An amazing view over the upper tennis courts!
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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.
Come Support the Generals!
Home events begin once again on Saturday with baseball and women's lacrosse.
Try This Win/Win to Pay Less Taxes
Preparing your tax return and finding you owe (or aren't getting as large of a tax refund as you would like)? Then it's a good time to think about next year's tax bill. This time of year, employees often change their federal and state tax withholding so that more taxes are withheld. This is always an option (View the Quick Tips page), but there are additional options.
Another option is to contribute more to your retirement plan through TIAA or Fidelity. It can be a win/win – saving more money for retirement and lowering your taxable income – thus lowering your tax liability. The maximum you can contribute to your retirement account in any calendar year is determined by the IRS and is based on your age and length of service at W&L. Reference the #2 Quick Tip at the link above for instructions on changing your retirement contribution in Workday. Contact Kim Austin ( or Jason Bunn ( in Human Resources for assistance.
Featured Social Media Site
See what's going on with the Williams School by visiting their Instagram page!
Make sure to follow all the university's social media channels for more information about happenings on our campus!
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It's Not Too Late!
The Live Well W&L Spring Training Contest ends this Friday, but it's not too late to enter! Simply walk or run 3.1 miles by the end of day tomorrow and you could win a $125 gift certificate (five participants will win)!
There's also still time to register for the Live Well W&L 5K Fun Run/Walk. Please pick up your 5K race packet on Monday, April 17 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Office of Human Resources (2 S. Main).
It looks like Mother Nature has a perfect day in store for us – we'll be able to enjoy some sunshine with our coworkers!
Upcoming Events
Slow Art Day
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reeves Museum of Ceramics
Take the time to learn new techniques for viewing art. Join Elizabeth Spear, curator of academic engagement, for one of four 50-minute sessions of close-looking.
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Law Faculty Meeting
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Law Faculty Lounge
The School of Law will hold a faculty meeting on April 17 in the Law Faculty Lounge.
Live Well W&L 5K Fun Run/Walk
Please join us for the sixth annual Live Well W&L 5K Fun Run/Walk. All W&L employees, spouses/partners and retirees are welcome.
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Griffith Lecture: Russia-Ukraine: The Conflict and the Context
5:30-7 p.m. Northen Auditorium
The Williams School cordially invites you as we welcome Ambassador (ret.) Ken Yalowitz, Robert S. Griffith, Jr. '52 Distinguished Visiting Scholar as he discusses "Russia-Ukraine: The Conflict and the Context."
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