Tour Guide Spotlight: Rachel Alexander ’13

7 Nov

Rachel Alexander ’13

Hometown: Prairieville, Louisiana

Major(s)/Minor(s): Politics

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? VP-Community Service of Kappa Delta, Volunteer Venture pre-orientation trip leader, member of the W&L Dance Repertory, RUF, and Mock Convention Accommodations Committee.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I am a Eucharistic minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Also, the Volunteer Venture pre-orientation trip that I lead is in Lexington, so I work with members of the community, specifically those involved with community service organizations in town.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love to read and travel. I especially love traveling to various National Parks.

Favorite weekend activity? I love taking long drives in the country.

Favorite thing about Lexington? The constant view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? My favorite W&L memory was Christmas Weekend my Freshman year. All of the fraternities hosted cocktail parties, dinners, and band parties, and both campus the fraternity houses were decorated beautifully for Christmas. The first snowfall fell that Saturday, and it was just the perfect weekend to put me in the Christmas spirit.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I’m a member of the W&L Dance Company, and this past December we put on “Dancing with the Professors” as a fundraiser. We put on a show of about 12 student/professor duets and trios, and students, faculty, and members of the community were able to vote for their favorite performances by donating money to the company. Stephanie Brown and I asked Professor Harlan Beckley, the Director of the Shepherd Poverty Program, to do a number with us. Not only did he happily participate, but he also took us to dinner at the Sheridan Livery Restaurant with his wife and him after the performance. It was so nice to be able to discuss topics other than class material outside of the classroom. And although I wasn’t surprised, I immensely appreciated that a professor would take time out of his personal time to rehearse and perform a dance and spend time getting to know me.

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