The Columns Weekly - Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023
From the Columns
Washington and Lee Welcomes the Class of 2027
The university’s first-year class represents 26 countries and 43 U.S. states and territories.
Giving First-Year Students An Edge
Washington and Lee's Leading Edge program welcomed the Class of 2027 to campus with dynamic programs designed to build community.
W&L to Host Free Screening of the Ghana Spring Term Films
The premiere event will be followed by a student-led discussion about their experiences and the creative journey in producing the films.
Distinctively W&L | President Will Dudley
W&L President Will Dudley sitting at his desk.
Reflecting on Rankings
Washington and Lee enjoys an outstanding reputation. We reliably fall in the top 20, and quite often in the top 10, of every reasonably credible national ranking of liberal arts colleges. But the proliferation of rankings and their incessant changes in methodology have bred confusion rather than enlightenment. What does W&L regard as most important, and how do we measure it?
Employee Accolades
W&L Professor Coordinates 42nd Annual National Association of Black Geoscientists Technical Conference
Karena Gill handles all aspects of the event slated to be held Sept. 27-30 in Washington, D.C.
W&L Financial Aid Staff Member Selected to Participate in College Board Enrollment Leadership Academy
Shanice Hardy will take part in the year-long program focused on leadership skills and enrollment management practices.
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University Sustainability Efforts Recognized
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently featured Washington and Lee's solar array farm in its 2023 Sustainable Campus Index, highlighting W&L among five institutions supporting large-scale renewable energy transitions. W&L is featured on page 52 of the AASHE index report.
Meet a Colleague
Meet a Colleague: Tom Hackman
Tom Hackman serves as theater technical director at the university. Learn more about Tom in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
Meet a Colleague: Ashley Evans
Ashley Evans is the head of collection services for the Law Library. Learn more about Ashley in our "Meet a Colleague" feature series.
View This Week's Scene on Campus
Students, faculty and staff enjoy a welcome celebration for first-generation college students.
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Social Media: The Impact on the Developing Brain
A five-part wellness series presented by the Carilion EAP program begins on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in Hillel 101 with a presentation by Melinda Otey, L.C.S.W., C.E.A.P. titled "Social Media: The Impact on the Developing Brain."
Learn statistics regarding the impact of certain social media platforms on mental wellbeing. The impact on self-esteem, depression and anxiety will also be explored as participants learn about brain responses to social media. Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and Live Well W&L.
• October 18 - Dealing with Difficult People
• November 29 - Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace
• February 20 - Emotional Intelligence
• March 20 - Emotional Agility
Come Support the Generals!
A busy week includes six home contests!
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Upcoming Events
Harvest Dinner
4:30-8 p.m. The Marketplace
Dining services partners with the Office of Sustainability for the annual Harvest Dinner featuring menu items from several local purveyors.
Mudd Center Keynote Speaker: Danielle Wood
5 p.m. Stackhouse Theater
Danielle Wood, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Aeronautics and Astronautics; Director of the Space Enabled Research Group at MIT will present “Design for Sustainability on Earth and in Space.”
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SonoKlect: Kenny Werner Trio & Reception
8 p.m. Wilson Concert Hall/Lenfest Center
The Kenny Werner Trio-with Ari Hoenig on drums and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass-creates as one voice, playing music that is filled with passion, surprise and cutting edge rhythm. No tickets are required.
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On Campus Blood Drive
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The American Red Cross needs YOU!
Book an Appointment
Sama Alshaibi: Coding of the Arab Female Figure
5:30-6:30 p.m. Leyburn Library
Sama Alshaibi, a photographer, multimedia conceptual artist and art professor, will discuss her work and how she uses photography, video and installations to challenge Western ideas of Eastern cultures.
Lecture: Does Artificial Intelligence Make Human Creativity Obsolete?
5- p.m. Northen Auditorium
The Philosophy Department and the Provost's Office invites you to a lecture by Dr. Lindsay Brainard from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Artist Talk with Mohammad Omer Khalil
5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Museums at W&L invite you to an evening of conversation with master printmaker and painter Mohammad Omer Khalil. The talk will be moderated by co-curators Hailey Neaman ’25 and Aislinn Niimi ’24. The event is free and open to the W&L community and the public.
Honoring and Branching out from “Our Roots of Influence”
7:30-11 p.m. Keller Theatre/Lenfest Center
A unique concert which honors the various early roots that influenced our noteworthy group of performing artists, and showcases how the breadth and depth of their artistry continues to branch out with their own unique styles. Tickets are required.
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