Scene on Campus, visiting speakers, fall athletics and other news from W&L.
Family Connection: November 2021
This publication is designed to communicate the latest news for W&L parents and families. W&L Family Connection is distributed monthly and complements other university channels to help keep parents and families informed about life on campus. Please send your suggestions for future issues to
Fall colors beyond the Colonnade
Scene on Campus: 11.04.21
Every week during the academic year, university photographers Kevin Remington and Shelby Mack capture the scene on campus through their lenses. In this recent edition: Autumn has shown its colors in Lexington, the campus is abuzz with students preparing to round the corner of the semester and much more!
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Additional Counseling Support Now at Students’ Fingertips 24/7
Even in the best of circumstances, college is stressful. Whether it's stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems or something else interfering with students' emotional wellbeing and academic success, talking to an experienced professional at the right time can make a positive difference. W&L provides tremendous resources on campus to meet many of these needs with our students. And starting Nov. 1, the university expanded its counseling offerings by partnering with a third party, LifeWorks, to provide the My Student Support Program (My SSP) to all W&L students.
My SSP complements the university's existing counseling services and provides students free and confidential mental health and wellbeing support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointment is needed to receive immediate phone and online/app chat support from licensed counselors. Short-term scheduled support with a counselor is also available via phone or video. My SSP app content and support are provided in multiple languages. Students can access My SSP by:
Read more here about the University Counseling Center's introduction of new programs to increase the ways in which students can reach out for assistance.
Feature Stories
L-R: Katana Evans ’22, Dolph Maxwell ’22 and Hal Fant ’22
Dedicated to Listening
At W&L, student volunteers in the peer counseling program, Washingtonian Society and Active Minds supplement University Counseling Center services by offering a caring ear to fellow students.
Scene on Campus 11.11.2021
Check out these images of students taking part in Fall Term activities, from the classroom to athletic fields.
Jules Seay ’24 Wins Fall Student Pitch Competition
Seay's business, GOES, involves using specialized greenhouses as a form of carbon capture technology.
‘Chasing After Curiosity’
Allie Stankewich '23 spent summer 2021 learning about public health in Uganda and green roofs in New York City.
W&L Celebrates First-Generation College Students
The university recently celebrated National First-Generation College Student Day to recognize student achievement and remind the community about support resources for first-generation and low-income students at W&L.
DeLaney Fellows Bring Passion, Diversity to W&L Faculty
Under the Ted DeLaney Postdoctoral Program, Washington and Lee University is welcoming new faculty each year from underrepresented groups.
W&L Students Network at Program for Junior Class
The Class of 2023 was invited to the first annual Junior Program on Nov. 4, where they engaged in meaningful conversation and networking with campus community members.
Featured Events
W&L Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
The Latin Student Organization planned and organized the events in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.
The Journalism Department Hosted a Conversation with Krissah Thompson
Washington and Lee’s Aly Colón hosted a conversation with Krissah Thompson from The Washington Post via Zoom on Nov. 9.
Author Jessie van Eerden Delivers Glasgow Endowment Reading
Jessie van Eerden, an award-winning author, gave a public lecture on her latest novel on Nov. 15 in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.
W&L Presents 2021 Holiday Pops Concert
Tickets to the Dec. 6-7 event may be obtained by trading a non-perishable food item to benefit Campus Kitchen at W&L. The concert will also be streamed live online.
W&L’s Campus Kitchen Hosts Annual Turkeypalooza
The community is encouraged to volunteer and donate to support Campus Kitchen’s programming throughout November.
Lenfest Center Opens Ticket Sales for Upcoming Season
Tickets for the 2022 season can be purchased online using a credit card or in-person at the Lenfest Center box office beginning Nov. 30.
Washington and Lee Athletics
Grace Weise '22W&L offers 24 varsity sports, 12 for men and 12 for women. All sports compete at the NCAA Division III level, and most participate in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Generals enjoyed a tremendous fall athletics season that will culminate with six programs competing in NCAA Championship events. Read this recap of Fall Term athletics.
Alumni Engagement
In every episode of Washington and Lee's Office of Lifelong Learning podcast, "W&L After Class," we invite you to join conversations with our expert faculty, giving you a walk down the Colonnade even if you're hundreds of miles away. You'll hear from favorite faculty members about topics they know and love and meet new professors who can introduce you to new worlds.
The latest episode features George Bent, the Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts at W&L, who talks about what inspired his love of art history, why he loves teaching it, and how he has engaged students in a remarkable digital history project, "Florence As It Was," that is reconstructing the Italian city the way it appeared at the end of the 15th century.
Listen to it here.
Featured W&L Social Media Platform
Follow @wlushepherd on Instagram!
Campus Kitchen hosted its annual “Turkeypalooza Backpack Pack-a-thon” event on Nov. 13 on Cannan Green. This year, volunteers packed around 6,000 backpacks–a new record.
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