It started when Matt Harkins, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and his roommate Viviana Olen watched the ESPN documentary "The Price of Gold" about the 1994 ice-skating scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
Replenish—that's a word Chip Tompkins '73 uses on the website of his printing business, We Think In Ink. It refers to an initiative he started a couple of years ago to plant a tree for every one used to fulfill a print job.
Last year, we blogged about John W. Folsom, a trustee emeritus of Washington and Lee University and president and CEO of Colliers International South Carolina, who was honored by the United Way for his humanitarian work. He has received yet another important award—the 2014 Tom Richardson Award, the highest honor that Colliers bestows and a testament to Folsom's character and commitment to helping others.
Last Fall we blogged about Mark A. Bradley's visit to the Washington and Lee University campus to talk about his book "A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior" (2014).
Two Washington and Lee University alumni have made the list of Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 under 40. Mary Drennen, W&L class of 2002, and Tripp Watson, W&L Class of 2007, were identified as leaders and distinguished individuals of the city.
On Friday, Feb. 13, The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, a 1980 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, received the 2015 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section. Jerrauld sits on the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk.
"Honored, flattered and absolutely floored" is how Ralph Smith, a 1973 graduate of Washington and Lee University, described his reaction to being named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University (DFO). The awards ceremony will take place in June.
Blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie, a 1974 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has released a new album, "The Last Shot Got Him," featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and even Disney.
Who has time to call around to get an appointment to the spa or salon? Not Kathleen Baird Jennings, a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who took matters into her own hands and created an app (similar to OpenTable or Kayak.com) so customers could make reservations on their smartphone.
Former U.S. Rep. G. William Whitehurst, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Medal as Norfolk's First Citizen in Civic Affairs. The award will be presented March 7 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.