Washington and Lee University writer-in-residence R.T. Smith is a finalist for the Library of Virginia's 2014 Poetry Award for "The Red Wolf: A Dream for Flannery O'Connor," a tour de force capturing the intricate details of O'Connor's life and character.
Natalia Toporikova, assistant professor of biology at Washington and Lee, has received a $2,000 grant from the Mednick Fellowship Committee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) for her project "Role of Time-of-Day Signals in Hormonal Surges of Female Rats."
Among the many celebrations that marked the third week of May for the graduating seniors, one remembered an alumnus: the late Todd Smith '83.
Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English, added another feather to her cap: the Editors' Prize for "the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant" submission from the journal Switchback, for her poem "Epistolary Art."
When the New York Times knocked on W&L's door back in January, Claire Stevenson '14 answered their request for students to submit "creative selfies that express who they are" for possible inclusion in an online portfolio.
"Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir" (Heyday, 2013) by Deborah Miranda, professor of English, has won a gold medal for autobiography/memoir, in the family legacy category, in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPYs.
Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumni Awards on four graduates—an endocrinologist, a lawyer, a financier and a military judge—during its annual Alumni Weekend, May 1–3. The presentations came on May 3, during the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.
Dr. Suzanne P. Keen, dean of the College and the Thomas Broadus Professor of English, gave the keynote talk at the University's annual Washington and Lee Alumni Reunion Weekend on May 1, in Lee Chapel. She spoke on "Lost in a Book: Immersion Reading and Liberal Education."
Washington and Lee's Ad Class, taught by business administration professor Amanda Bower, earned a third-place finish at the District 3 American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). The event was held in Raleigh on April 4.
College students just don't present in national academic conferences every day. Nonetheless, a few months ago, 12 geology students and one computer-science student presented posters and talks at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.