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2015 SABU Black Ball

Approximately a dozen African American alumni from the 1970′s founded their own club, the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU). They were racial pioneers and faced some real challenges. Over the years, many of these men remained friends, shared stories, and watched their children grow up, several of whom became students at W&L.

SABU alumni returned to campus for an affinity reunion Feb 6-7, 2015, co sponsored by Alumni Affairs and Student Affairs. At lunch on Saturday, they visited with students and heard remarks by President Ken Ruscio, Associate Dean of Dean Students Tammy Futrell, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Beau Dudley ’74, ’79L, and Assistant Director of Admissions Nate Hayes ’14. They heard about capital projects underway on campus, including the complete rehab of the first year dorms, new upper division housing which will open in the fall of 2016, athletics, The careful renovation of The Colonnade, and the upcoming Center for Global Learning. They were pleased to know of W&L’s efforts to enroll minorities and make a W&L education attainable by raising money for financial aid, including the “W&L Promise” for families with income under $75,000.00.

Saturday night, SABU alumni were the guests of honor at the Black Ball in Evans, a lively black tie gala featuring the sounds of The Upscale Band and Revue. 

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News and Announcements

Marie Washington '03 named Citizen of the Year


Over the years, Marie Washington, Washington and Lee School of Law Class of 2003, has made her mark on her hometown of Warrenton, Virginia. Her efforts as an attorney, advocate for mental health services, animal lover and volunteer to numerous non-profits secured her the honor of Citizen of the Year as bestowed by the Fauquier Times.

Roger Mudd '50 Receives Philanthropy Award from the Council of Independent Colleges


W&L President Ken Ruscio, who represented the University at the presentation, said, "There can be no doubt that one of Roger's most lasting legacies to higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been his interest in ethics and his involvement with the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Through both his financial support and his volunteerism, Roger has demonstrated the best of the philanthropic spirit, and in so doing serves as a beacon for others to follow."

Gerry Lenfest '53 '55L named US Rowing Man of the Year


Gerry Lenfest '53 '55L just saved Temple University's rowing program!
"It just occurred to me that Temple is the university of Philadelphia, and with the tradition of rowing in Philadelphia, not to have Temple represented in the rowing community seemed a great travesty to me. And so I didn't have to have a background in rowing to know that much, and to make sure that they not only got back, but they had their own rowing club facility."

President Ruscio Speaks at Charlotte Chapter Holiday Party


With over 140 alumni in attendance, President Ruscio delivered a campus update at the Charlotte Chapter Holiday Party.

Alumna receives a surprise from Professor Sigler


"You know you picked the right school when a prof sends a signed children's book for your classroom!" -Sarah Catherine Welch, '11

Career Resources

General Wisdom: Sam Reed '10 on Travel, Entrepreneurship, and Why Bitcoin Is the Future of Banking

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0:10 Introduction 0:27 Where are you right now? 1:21 What has been your journey to this point? -1:43 Job with the US Army. -2:18 The value of recruiters. -2:48 Co-working spaces, the wide world of contract work and making it on your own. -5:34 Working and living in Thailand. 6:26 What are you working on […]

General Wisdom: Marquita Robinson '10

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Welcome to the first episode of General Wisdom, where we speak with W&L alumni about what they're doing, where they're living, and how they wound up there. We hope that through these dialogues, students and alumni beginning their career journeys can glean some applicable wisdom. Today's guest is Marquita Robinson '10, researcher for Comedy Central […]

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