The Columns Weekly - Thursday, May 25, 2023
A Message From President Dudley
W&L President Will Dudley sitting at his desk.
Spring 2023 Update
Spring is a time of reflection, when we look back with pride on all we have accomplished in the course of the year. And what a year it has been.
News From The Columns
2023 Undergraduate Commencement
W&L Graduates 453 Students at 236th Commencement
In his remarks, President Will Dudley told the Class of 2023 the ability to think freely, critically, and humanely has prepared them to be conscientious interpreters of the world.
W&L to Perform Maintenance on Ivy Adorning University Chapel
The iconic vines will receive significant pruning to ensure their overall health.
W&L Welcomes New Trustees Cynthia Cheatham ’07, Kelly Golub ’93 and Jim Lawson ’77
All three were sworn in as trustees of their alma mater on May 19.
Students Continue to Receive Numerous Prestigious Grants and Fellowships
Allie Stankewich '23, Wren Markley '23, Christy Childs '26 and Griffin Conti '26 all received funding for international learning.
Playing It Forward
Washington and Lee seniors David Onyejekwe ’23, Jake McCabe ’23 and Bailey Keel ’23 have created lasting connections with the local community as volunteer coaches for Lex Lax youth lacrosse.
A Model of Possibility
Professor of Biology Robert Humston’s Spring Term course takes a deep dive into environmental problem-solving.
Reminder: Finale Picnic is Tomorrow!
Employee Accolades
Washington and Lee University Receives Grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
All funds will support W&L students with Professor George Bent’s digital humanities project “Florence As It Was.”
W&L Law’s Trammell Selected to Present at Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum
Alan Trammell will present "The False Promise of Jurisdiction Stripping," which is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review.
Brandon Uhl Selected Old Dominion Athletic Conference Outdoor Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year
Generals’ Head Coach garners the award for the third time across his 11 seasons.
Chris Seaman Named Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law
Seaman joined the Washington and Lee Law faculty in 2012. His research and teaching interests include intellectual property, property, and election law and voting rights.
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.
Computer Purchase Program
This a friendly reminder that the university offers interest-free loans to purchase a personal computer and printer. Employees must have completed six or more months in a benefit-eligible position. Loans may not exceed $4,000 and must be repaid within 24 months through payroll deduction. For more information about this loan program, contact Tamika McCoy in Human Resources at x4076 or by email at
Stay up-to-date on all alumni happenings by following the W&L Alumni Association on Instagram.
Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Will Wallace
Will Wallace serves as associate director of athletic communications. Learn more about Will in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Meet a Colleague: Florentina Butler
Florentina Butler is the associate director of law school advancement. Learn more about Florentina in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Interested in Summer Camps?
W&L's Summer Camp Programs webpage has been updated with information for 2023! We've got the camps listed under three categories: area day camps, overnight camps and family camps. Make sure to check back in, as the page is continually updated with new information.
Know of another camp that should be added? Send details and a website link to Andrea Velasquez at
Featured Social Media Site
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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Instagram - @wlunews | @wlulex | @wlulaw
Upcoming Events
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.
More Info
Blue Bike Program Checkout
12-2 p.m. Outing Club Pavilion
If you have registered to use a Blue Bike this summer, you can check out your bike on June 1 from 12-2 p.m. at the Outing Club Pavilion.
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