Category Archives: From the Dean

October Overview

Consider attending some of these events during the month of October.
Parents and Family Weekend
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4
More details here: Schedule of Events 2015
Engineering Career Panel
Monday, October 5 at 5pm in Science Center (A114)
Sponsored by Career Development.
Come hear former graduates talk about their early career paths: entering industry, graduate school, and law school. Pizza provided!
Rockbridge 101
Tuesday, October 6 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in Stackhouse
Fall Nabors Service Day
Saturday, October 10 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Join a team and spend the day working with a local non-profit. Sign-ups will be in Commons from October 5-8.

Crash-Course in Effective Presentations (Two night event)
Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in Huntley Hall
Two-night event in which attendees learn the strategic fundamentals of engagingly effective presentations.
Learn more and register here: Effective Presentations

Spring Term Abroad 2016 General Info Meeting
Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in Stackhouse
All students who are interested a STA 2016 course should attend. Learn more here: STA 2016 Meeting
READING DAYS: Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16

Resume Writing for International Students
Wednesday, October 21 from 12:20pm – 1:20pm in Leyburn Library Room M47
Learn more and register here: LexLink
It’s a Major Decision: Declaring Your Major!
Tuesday, October 27 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in Northen Auditorium
Hosted by Career Development, Associate Provost Marc Conner, and Dean Hobbs.
Snacks provided! Learn more here: Panel Information

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Internships: How do I get started?

Class of 2017, are you wondering how you can make the most of your last summer in college?  Worry no longer — there are a multitude of internship options waiting for you.
On Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, come hear from current seniors about their internship experiences across a wide variety of industries and leave with practical strategies to obtain your summer internship!
Refreshments will be provided and an RSVP at Lexlink is requested.

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4th Annual Entrepreneurship Summit

All students are invited to participate in the Fourth Annual Entrepreneurship Summit on September 25 and 26.  Enjoy sessions with alumni with degrees in the Humanities, Journalism, and the STEM field, and learn how they launched their venture.  Click here to register:

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“It’s a Major Decision: Declaring Your Major”

“It’s a Major Decision: Declaring Your Major”
October 27, 2015 from 7:00-8:00pm (Northen Auditorium)                        Hosted by Dean Hobbs, Associate Provost Marc Conner, Career Development, and the University Registrar.
Even if you have decided what to major in – this event is for you and we hope to see you there!
We will discuss the many things to consider when deciding on a major or minor, review university resources and Spring Option information, and hear from current students about their experiences as they relate to major declaration, internships, and career aspirations.
Junior and senior panelists will talk about:

How their career aspirations do (or do not) directly connect to their major
Why they decided to have a major/minor vs. double major
Summer internship experiences that have (or have not) aligned with their career aspirations
Why it’s important to keep exploring once you have declared a major – enjoy the experience and don’t just focus on the job outcome!

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SLAC September Interview Day

The Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC) is hosting its first Video Interview Day of the year on September 18, 2015. These events are a great way to gain access to employers who may not currently be in LexLink.
September Video Interview Day
The following employers will be participating in the Video Interview Day:

AB (AllianceBernstein)
McMaster Carr
Semler Brossy Consulting
Stout Risus Ross
Urban Outfitters
Urban Teacher Center

The deadline to apply has been extended to September 2, 2015.
Logging into SLAC
SLAC has recently updated their online system. To log in please follow these easy steps:
1. Go to
2. Click on the “Selective Liberal Arts Consortium Sign On” button
3. Click the “Forgot your password?” link
4. Enter your W&L email address and hit “reset password”
5. Follow the link in your email to reset your password and log in.
If you have any questions, or encounter any difficulties logging in, please contact
Upcoming SLAC Events
November 13, 2015 – November Video Interview Day
January 8, 2016 – Winter Recruiting Day (Washington D.C.)
February 19, 2016 – February Video Interview Day
April 8, 2016 – April Video Interview Day

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Announcement from Calyx Editors

Welcome back to a new year!  We are excited to announce the arrival of Calyx yearbook 2015 in September.
The cover will feature a custom copper metal inlay of Lee Chapel with an hand-applied antiquing agent.  For the first time, the yearbook will feature premium matte paper and a feature magazine made of recycled sunflower-colored paper. It’s a new look and a new approach celebrating life at W&L that will include works by students about students.
If you ordered a yearbook, your copy will arrive at your home by mid-September.
We’re already planning and working on your 2016 Calyx.  Be on the lookout for opportunities to have your portrait taken for the yearbook this Fall!
Shoot us an email at if you have story ideas or wish to share photos with us.
Calyx Editors

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New, More Flexible Meal Plan for Upper Division Students for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Please note the new, flexible meal plan that is now offered by Dining Services.  Open this link for more information:

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Fellowship Opportunities for Sophomores

Are you planning on studying abroad somewhere other than Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand?
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security that includes not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including (but not limited to) sustainable development,
environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. While Boren typically funds only academic term and full-year programs, students in STEM fields can also receive funding for summer study abroad programs.
In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
Are you a Pell Grant recipient interested in studying abroad?

The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad and internship programs worldwide. This scholarship can potentially be used to cover a W&L spring term abroad course if the full four weeks are abroad.
The Foundation for Global Scholars offers Financial Need Scholarships for Pell Grant recipients.

Are you interested in studying abroad over the summer?

Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
The US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates provide the opportunity for US undergraduates), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.

Are you a science, engineering, or math major?

The Goldwater Scholarship provides awards to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue graduate studies in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering (not medical school).
• The DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering offering opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
• The St Andrews-W&L Partnership program provides a study abroad experience in Scotland for students in the sciences and the pre-health professions, although students of any major are also eligible to study abroad at St Andrews. As part of this program, participating science students may enroll in specific science classes which will receive credit and a grade on a W&L transcript; additionally, premed students may elect to take part in a special premedical seminar offered by a member of the St. Andrews Medical Faculty which includes site visits to area hospitals and clinics.

Are you interested in the environment? Or are you a Native American?

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment (including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields), tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Are you looking for summer opportunities?

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a sixweek summer program at Howard University designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
• The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates over the summer to explore national histories of discrimination
and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
• Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduate students to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.
• The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) Internship Program offers students with at least an intermediate knowledge of German the opportunity to become familiar with German culture through a three-month internship with a host company in different fields of the economy.

What else do you want to do?

There are lots of other opportunities, summer internships, scholarships, etc. for sophomores of all majors! Check out the W&L Fellowships website to identify additional opportunities:

Opportunities open to sophomores:
For more information on these or other opportunities or to get on the fellowship email distribution list, contact Dean Marcia France Lee-Jackson House, 540-458-8746,

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New Meal Plan Structure

Washington and Lee University Dining Service is pleased to introduce a new meal plan structure designed to maximize flexibility and value. Upper division meal plans are defined in terms of meals per week. Meals may be taken at any time and in any location! Upper Division students select from the plans below and may further customize it by adding the right amount of additional flex.
For your convenience the following student groups will be automatically assigned a minimum plan:

Continuous Dining is mandatory for Freshmen
15 Meal Plan for those living in Sorority houses
5 Meal Plan for Sorority members not living in the houses
5 Meal Plan for those upper division students living in university owned housing other than fraternities

Students who would like to customize their plan by adding additional Food Flex dollars, or change their assignment can use the online form to do so on or before 4:00 pm Friday September 25th for fall term. Students satisfied with their assignment need do nothing more.
Students living off campus and fraternity members living in their houses will need to enroll in a plan of their choosing as there is no automatic assignment.
Click here to review meal plan options.

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2015 Careers Trip for Humanities Majors

2015 Careers Trip for Humanities Majors
Come see the vast array of opportunities that your humanities major(s) can give you. We will be visiting New York City over Reading Days. The bus leaves for NYC on Wednesday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. and arrives back in Lexington on Saturday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m.
You’ll have the opportunity to network with alumni, get leads on internships and jobs, and enjoy two full days of site visits all around New York and visit firms in various industries (publications, museums, public service jobs, advertising, PR, non-profit, start-ups, etc).
This trip is open to all undergraduate humanities majors. The cost will be no more than $750, which includes transportation, lodging and one networking dinner. Students are responsible for covering all other meals on their own.
Space is VERY limited – apply as soon as possible.
Trip Details
Dates: Wednesday, October 14th (afternoon) – Saturday, October 17th (afternoon)
Deadline: Apply by 5:00pm on September 18, 2015
Cost: $750 per student
How to Apply: Interested students should submit a resume and brief statement via LexLink. Students may search for the Career Exploration Trip for Humanities Majors in LexLink under “Job Search” (Organization Name: “Washington and Lee University”, Keyword: “Careers Trip for Humanities Majors”).
The statement should answer the following questions:
– Why do you want to go on this trip?
– What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Please upload both the resume and statement on LexLink.
A small number of opportunity grants are available for students who demonstrate financial need. Please contact Dean Jensen before the application deadline if you believe you qualify for an award and wish to be considered.
If you have questions, please contact Dean Jensen at

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