The Columns Weekly - Thursday, May 18, 2023
News From The Columns
School of Law Honors Graduates at 2023 Commencement Ceremony
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 168th commencement on Friday, May 12, awarding 106 juris doctor degrees.
Planned Maintenance to Sydney Lewis Hall Expected to Begin May 22
The project will require periodic modifications to pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the area.
Haunted History
Professor of History Mikki Brock’s Spring Term course explores our fascination with the supernatural.
Five W&L Students Awarded Boren Scholarships for Global Language Study
The David L. Boren Scholarship supports the intensive study of languages deemed important to U.S. interests.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiates New Members During 2023 Convocation
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University welcomed 49 students into the prestigious honor society.
Employee Accolades
W&L Professors and Students Co-Author Peer-Reviewed Paper on Web-Weaving Spiders
Professors Nadia Ayoub and Kyle Friend, and students Jamal Magoti ’23, Maria Luzaran ’23, Cooper Lazo ’24 and Eman Muamar ’24 all contributed to the paper that appeared in the open science platform Frontiers.
W&L Professor Named President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Economists
Niels-Hugo Blunch was selected for the post at the organization’s annual meeting last month.
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Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Heidi Bustos
Heidi Bustos serves as the assistant director of inclusion and engagement. Learn more about Heidi in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
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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.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Associate Professor of Chemistry Matt Tuchler demonstrates the process of making whipped cream in his Chemistry of Cooking Spring Term class.
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Come Support the Generals!
Women's lacrosse hosts a regional for a chance to advance to the Final Four. Come check out the final home events of the year!
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Upcoming Events
Culinary Showcase Dinner
4-8 p.m. Evans Hall
Enjoy a special meal curated by Cook David Bargerstock featuring Seared Mahi Mahi with Plum Chutney, Chili Lime Rice, Brown Butter Sautéed Baby Spinach, Roasted Garam Marsala Squash Medley, Purple Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli, ­Endive Salad, Sherry Vinaigrette and a Red Wine Poached Fruit Crumble.
Spring Term Festival
12-2 p.m. Leyburn Library
W&L will be holding its annual Spring Term Festival in Leyburn Library. The event is free and open to the W&L community. Light refreshments including fruit, vegetables, chips and granola bars will be provided.
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University Faculty Meeting
4-5:30 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
The university faculty meeting will be held on May 23 in Stackhouse Theater.
University Singers Commencement Concert
8 p.m. Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall
The University Singers, under the direction of Shane M. Lynch, will present one final concert performance of the year featuring favorite works from throughout the 2022-2023 season as selected by the seniors. The event is free and open to the public.
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Baccalaureate Service
10 a.m. University Front Lawn
The baccalaureate Service will be held at 10 a.m. on the front lawn.
Undergraduate Commencement
10 a.m. University Front Lawn
The 236th undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 25 at 10 a.m.
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2023 Employee Appreciation Picnic (Finale)
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Cannan Green
The Finale Employee Appreciation Picnic will be held on May 26 on Cannan Green. Families are encouraged to participate and the university will close following the event at 2 p.m.
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