Tag Archives: Rockbridge County

Department Details: Environmental Studies

3 Feb
Who wouldn't want to protect this gorgeous view?!

Who wouldn’t want to protect this gorgeous Rockbridge County view?!

The Environmental Studies major and interdisciplinary minor require an understanding of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. These programs are designed to educate students in a broad class of issues related to the environment and humanity’s place in the natural world.

Students employ this interdisciplinary approach to develop a comprehensive understanding of the causes, consequences, and solutions to environmental problems. Experiential learning opportunities are available through service learning courses, the US/Brazil exchange program, the Chesapeake Bay program and the spring semester abroad.

At Washington and Lee, we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Faculty and students from the sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and law are involved in this approach through research, the curriculum, and a variety of co-curricular activities, including numerous public lectures, service learning projects, monthly luncheon seminars, as well as outdoor activities.

The program curriculum allows students to develop interdisciplinary expertise and an understanding of how insights from different disciplines complement each other. This is not only a unique academic experience, but also one that expands the students’ ability as citizens to be aware of the scientific, ethical, and policy issues they will face in their local communities, their professions and in their broader world community.

For more information on the Environmental Studies department, click here.

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!

Chessie Nature Trail

6 Dec

The Chessie Nature Trail is one of my favorite parts about Lexington. I love running but the idea of running on a treadmill for miles and miles is so unattractive. Instead, I take advantage of the running paths Lexington has to offer. The Chessie is a really pretty trail that runs along the Maury and allows you to embrace the natural beauty of Lexington. It follows the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway roadbed for 6 miles through woods, fields, and pastures. Whether you want to go on a 20-minute walk or a 12-mile run- you’re set. Although it’s December, it is a beautiful sunny 50-degree day and I definitely plan to run on the Chessie as a study break from finals preparation.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Camie Carlock ’13

28 Nov

Camie Carlock ’13

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major(s)/Minor(s): Politics/Art History & Poverty and Human Capability

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I’m Marshal for Kappa Kappa Gamma and a member of the Standards Committee, a Fundraising Chair and Trustee for Mock Convention, Peer Counselor, work study in the Admissions Office, RUF, training for a half marathon with friends.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I’m on the Higher Education Ministry at RE Lee Memorial Church, and I currently volunteer two hours each week at Woods Creek Montessori School. I hope to become more involved this fall through more volunteer work in general.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Traveling, running, cooking (learning how to), painting, learning how to be a better friend/person in general, making other people happy!

Favorite weekend activity? Dressing up for themed parties, running the Chessie Trail, relaxing with friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is literally the postcard for quaint, picturesque small town America, and it is so safe and cozy nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Tubing down the Maury River with my best friends last Spring Term.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Professor Beckley, head of the Shepherd Poverty Program, is hands down my favorite professor. Last year, I had left the major/minor declaration form in his office, and I stopped by to pick it up. Professor Beckley chatted about my applying for the Shepherd Internship that summer, and then he asked that daunting question, “What do you want to do with your life?” I explained how I’m majoring in Politics and might want to attend Law School, but I also admitted that Law School is my cop-out so it sounds like I have a post-graduation plan. He informed me of Public Policy programs and even dual degree programs with law schools and how that might be the direction I want to steer myself. I was SO relieved to know Politics really is the right major for me, especially hearing it from a faculty member outside of the department. And the best part is, I can incorporate my knowledge and experiences with the Shepherd Poverty Program so that I can continue to do what I love: helping others.


Senior Year Bucket List

22 Oct

Checked the House Mountain Hike off of my Senior Year “Bucket List!” Fall was the perfect time for a hike – the Virginia hills were drop dead gorgeous from the top of the mountain!

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.

Hiking Jump Rock Mountain

17 Sep

Yesterday I went on a hike up to the top of Jump Rock Mountain and saw the most amazing view from the top. I never imagined that I would find a view this pretty only twenty minute outside of Lexington! It was a perfect day to spend outdoors and I will definitely be hiking more mountains in Virginia again soon! We even ran into a W&L fitness class teacher on the top of the mountain. I’m so glad that I go to school in a place as beautiful as Lexington!