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The “Souper Bowl”

25 Jan
The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

The Weekend Backpack Program through W&L Campus Kitchens helps many in the community

This Sunday the Campus Kitchens at W&L will be hosting a “Souper Bowl” to benefit its Weekend Backpack Program. The event, which will feature soups from many Lexington restaurants, will help to fund the program which provides backpacks filled with healthy and nutritious food to local children for the weekend. This is just one aspect of the extensive CKWL initiative which is part of the Shepherd Poverty Program. You can learn more about campus kitchens here. Also, check out the Souper Bowl press release here!

Food, Fun, and Philanthropy!

28 Oct

Buffalo wings, hotdogs, and… philanthropy?! That’s right – this month, several of our sororities on campus combined favorite foods with games and excitement to raise money for charity. Just last night, Pi Phi hosted “Pi Phi Gives You Wings,” which was exactly what it sounded like: the sorority sold hot wings from Macado’s (a popular local restaurant), and delivered them straight to students anywhere, anytime on campus. Students could also order them instantly from the ‘wing hotline’ (just text for wings!), or buy them steaming fresh from the quad. From the freshman dorms to the Woods Creek apartments, Pi Phi girls were seen walking all around campus, carrying stacked boxes of wings to their hungry and very happy owners. All proceeds were donated to support literacy in elementary education.

This was just one of the many successful food-filled philanthropy events hosted by the sororities. Earlier this weekend, KD organized its “Wieners on Windfall,” which drew large crowds with its hotdogs, wiffleball tournament, and patriotic themed costumes. During this month, Chi O also celebrated its annual Chili Cookoff, “Chili con Chi O,” which featured a competition for the best chili, along with cornbread and games, while Kappa held “Kappas Con Queso,” a Mexcian-themed fundraiser with chips and queso, music, and dancing. This is only a glimpse at some of the many philanthropic endeavors shown by our sororities here on campus. As always, they were filled with good will, good food, and of course, good times.

Nabor’s Service Day

2 Oct

The Nabor’s Service League hosted a bi-annual service day on campus last Saturday. Students from W&L, VMI, and SVU all came together to volunteer in Lexington for the day. My team went to Yellow Brick Road Day Care center and cleaned up the facilities inside and out! Spending time with good girlfriends made the day fly and I can’t wait for all the kids to come back and enjoy their spiffy new classrooms!

Out of the Darkness Walk

23 Sep

I am a member of Active Minds, an organization on campus that works to increase awareness of mental health issues on college campuses. Yesterday we participated in a Rockbridge County Out of the Darkness Walk to raise suicide awareness. There was a wonderful turn-out from both students and the community. The weather was gorgeous and we walked on the Woods Creek Trail that goes straight through W&L’s campus. It was a great way to spend my Saturday afternoon outside.

Nabor’s Service Day

17 Oct

The other weekend I participated in Nabor’s Service day with several friends. Every year, tons of students show up to participate and are assigned to various service projects in town. This year, we assisted a group of local paraplegics in taking a stroll along the Woods Creek Trail, and later playing some tennis. Not only was the day rewarding, but it was also an excellent opportunity to talk to local community members and hear about their experiences. On campus it is easy to forget that W&L is part of a larger community, but it’s always great to get a fresh perspective from someone who has been in Lexington far longer than we have. It was also great to get the insight into another way of life, and the determination of these men and women to go on doing the things they loved despite their physical challenges was really inspiring!

Walking for a cause

2 Oct

My boyfriend and I recently went to Roanoke to participate in an Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was a really incredible experience, and we ran into some W&L faculty there! I am vice president of Active Minds, our student organization for mental health awareness and advocacy, so it was really rewarding to be able to make a connection to similar efforts beyond our campus. This is just one of the many awesome ways to get involved outside Lex!

Spring Break in New Orleans!

27 Apr

This is the first week of Spring Term and it is every much as enjoyable as anticipated. I now have some time to tell you about my Spring Break in New Orleans. This year I decided to apply for the alternative break opportunity offered by Nabors Service League. This organization hosts two alternative break trips per year in a different city each time. Students spend a week working with different service organizations and hosted by W&L alumni. For Spring Break, we spent two days at Kingsley House working with HeadStart students and senior citizens. The other two days we spent working on a Habitat for Humanity site helping the coordinators construct four houses for four qualified families. I painted a house for the first time. I built a porch for the first time. It was such a rewarding experience because we were able to see the impact that we are making in the community. We also had free time to explore the French Quarters, Bourban Street, a variety of New Orleans cruisine, the Tulane night scene… I can honestly say that this has been the best Spring Break I have ever had, both rewarding and memorable.

Rewarding Experience

17 Apr

Busy exam week is finally over… It’s time to enjoy spring break! I am particularly thrilled about this upcoming week because I am going to New Orleans, Louisiana with Nabors Service League. We will be working with two service organizations: Kingsley House and Habitat for Humanity. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend an entire week providing help to those who truly need it. I believe that volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience. The best feeling in the world is when I see joy in the eyes of other people who are very thankful for even little help that I am able to provide. Fortunately, W&L offers numerous community service opportunities locally, across the country, and even abroad! You can always find something that matches your interests and your schedule!

Fun in the Sun

8 Apr

I’m involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program here at Washington and Lee. The Big Brother Big Sister program pairs a child with a role model. This one-to-one relationship is built on trust and friendship and is so rewarding for both the mentor and the child. My little is Amanda. She is a six year old from Buena Vista – and completely adorable! Today we enjoyed the new spring weather and sunshine at a park in Buena Vista. The slide was her favorite!

Spirit Continues

13 Feb

My boss and a few other interns were traveling around holding the campaign that I had the good fortune of starting during my time in Peru. The campaign is meant to start a youth movement against domestic violence.