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Reflections on W&L

Honorary degree recipient James C. Cobb with W&L President Ken Ruscio

On his blog, Cobbloviate, James “Jim” C. Cobb, who holds the B. Phinizy Spalding Professorship in History at the University of Georgia, reflected on his recent trip to Washington and Lee University, where he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the May 28 commencement ceremonies.

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Registration Open for 2015 Entrepreneurship Summit

Registration is now open for Washington and Lee University’s 2015 Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the Williams School’s Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Summit will take place Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 and is open to all alumni, students and friends of the university. Attending the Summit is free but all attendees must register […]

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Jim Head III ’64 To Receive the Penrose Medal for Work in Planetary Geology

Jim Head '78

James W. “Jim” Head III, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1964, will receive the Geological Society of America’s Penrose Medal in Baltimore this November. Head is the first planetary geologist to win the GSA’s highest honor.

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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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