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W&L’s New Communication Initiative Hones Students’ Presentation Skills

Stephen Lind

Students at Washington and Lee University taking the new course Modern Professional Communication could be forgiven for being a bit nervous, since surveys routinely show that public speaking is one of the top three fears for adults (along with death and spiders).

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Personal Essay by W&L’s Kolman Singled Out by CNN.com

Washington and Lee music professor Barry Kolman and his daughter Emmanuela

"There was the news that made the headlines. And then there were the personal stories that made a lasting impact on only a few people, but touched the lives of millions," said CNN.com in selecting the 13 best personal essays submitted during 2013. Among those stellar essays was one by Barry Kolman, professor of music at Washington and Lee University.

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W&L Student in Rose Parade

2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float Rendering

Madison Shinaberry, a Washington and Lee University sophomore from Harrisonburg, Va., will ride on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.

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Rise and Shine: W&L Students Help Classmates Set Their Biological Clocks

Brianna Rakouska ’17

Students at Washington and Lee University who have difficulty performing well in early-morning classes may take some comfort in knowing that their chronotypes are governing their performance. In other words, they are naturally night owls.

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W&L’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter Awarded State Farm Matching Grant

Laura Beth Ellis '14 and Chris Ives '14

The Washington and Lee University Habitat for Humanity Chapter has received one of four nationwide $10,000 State Farm Insurance Company matching grants for 2013–2014.

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WVTF Reports on the Real Thanksgiving Feast

The original Thanksgiving menu included duck, game hen, venison, mussels, beans, peas, and parsnips.

The authentic Thanksgiving feast held on the Washington and Lee campus was the subject of a feature story on WVTF, the public radio station based in Roanoke, Va.

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W&L Anthropology Students Explore Thanksgiving Myths

Executive Chef J. Young serves W&L students a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.

One week before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinner, anthropology and history students at Washington and Lee University tasted recipes from the original Thanksgiving dinner—well, except for the eels and hard cider.

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W&L’s Sprenkle Selected to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Sara Sprenkle

Washington and Lee's Sara Sprenkle, associate professor of computer science, is one of 60 people profiled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

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W&L Politics Professor on Change to Senate Filibuster Rule (video)

Mark Rush

Professor Mark Rush comments on the change to the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate, why it was considered necessary and the political ramifications for the Senate.

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50 Years Later: Remembering the Kennedy Assassination

John and Jackie Kennedy in the Dallas motorcade

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two W&L historians talk about the event from their very different perspectives. Ted DeLaney, associate professor of history, recalls his personal memories and feelings about the event. Andrew McGee, historian of the 20th century and a visiting instructor of history at W&L, talks […]

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