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Final Exams: Yay or Nay?

Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III ’69

It’s the last week of classes at Washington and Lee University, which can only mean that finals are right around the corner. So how well does a final exam actually assess student learning? It’s a question The Chronicle of Higher Education recently asked W&L alumnus Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III ’69, a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

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For Sumnima Udas ’01, Reporting on the Nepalese Earthquakes is Personal

CNN Correspondent Sumnima Udas '01.

Viewers of CNN know that award-winning reporter Sumnima Udas will cover with care any story on her beat — India. When she’s reporting on the recent earthquakes in Nepal, however, the 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University brings extra depth, for she is a native of that country.

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Prepare to be Dazzled

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon '96

A year ago, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1996, received a commission to write a poem inspired by the artist Jacob Lawrence's "Great Migration Series," now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through September. His paintings cover lynchings, voter rights, riots in St. Louis and the incarceration of black men.

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A Haven for Readers

Jeff Lee, 60, left, and his wife Ann Martin, 53, pose at Buffalo Peaks Ranch in Colorado, where they are building the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Photo courtesy of Jeff Lee

Over the years, Jeffrey Lee and his wife, Ann Martin, have amassed more than 32,000 volumes, centering the collection on Western land, history, industry, writers and peoples. Why? Because they wanted to create a haven for readers like the residential library they once visited in Wales.

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Robin Wood Receives Tradition of Excellence Award

Robert "Robin" C. Wood III, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1962, will receive the 2015 Tradition of Excellence Award from the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section.

Robert "Robin" C. Wood III, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1962, will receive the 2015 Tradition of Excellence Award from the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section.

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Hallowed Hills of Augusta

Jon and George Carras at the Masters.

Father's Day is still a long ways off, but Jon Carras, a producer at CBS' "Sunday Morning" and a frequent participant in Washington and Lee University's Media Ethics programs, has written a touching piece for The Huffington Post about his father, George, who was W&L's director of corporate and foundation relations.

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The Call of the Wild

Vineyard Gazette photo by Mark Lovewell

When an article in the Vineyard Gazette announced that the Hon. H. Gregory Williams, a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, was retiring from the Edgartown (Massachusetts) district court, the online responses poured in.

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Washington and Lee senior to publish article in "Business Horizons"

Al Organ

Al Organ '15, an accounting and business administration major and philosophy minor, will publish an article in the journal "Business Horizons" this summer. Organ worked with Raquel Alexander, associate professor of accounting and newly appointed associate dean of the Williams School, on an independent study that looked at tax incentives for businesses. The pair used […]

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Mary Childs '08 to Receive a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award

Mary Childs '08

Mary Childs, a 2008 journalism graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award (TDIA) on April 24 as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Washington and Lee to Host Business Plan Competition

Washington and Lee University's Business Plan Competition will take place this Saturday, April 11, in the Hillel House multipurpose room. Breakfast will be served at 7:15 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8 a.m. The Business Plan Competition was launched in 2010 by Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Jeffrey Shay and is one of the […]

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