Tag Archives: Volunteering

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!

Tour Guide Spotlight: Leslie Peard ’13

22 Jan
Leslie Peard '13

Leslie Peard ’13

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry/Math

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved with Career Service’s Internship and Opportunity Initiative program, First-Year Orientation Committee and Kappa Delta Sorority.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer regularly at the Rockbridge Free Clinic.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Baking

Favorite weekend activity? Going on drives with my friends out into the country, especially in the Spring.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  I love that it is so different than Atlanta as such a small town.  It has an ambiance that just makes it such a nice break from the city.  I think it is the perfect place to be for four years.  It also has a foam henge and safari petting zoo within half an hour.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I would have to say dancing with Cadavers in the Kappa Delta kitchen.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Last Spring Term, after finishing Chem 112, I received a cryptic email from my professor Dr. Pleva telling me that he needed to see me in his office at some point that week.  I of course thought there must be something wrong, but instead he just wanted to chat about chemistry and give me a Chemistry department T-shirt, which of course said “I live for lab.” It was classic.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Julia McCormick ’13

18 Jan
Julia McCormick '13

Julia McCormick ’13

Hometown: Norfolk, MA

Major(s)/Minor(s): History and English/Art History

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? University Big Sister, First Year Orientation Committee, Fancy Dress Committee, Chi Omega

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have tutored at the local elementary school, Waddell Elementary School and participated in Nabors Service Day at another local school, Woods Creek Montessori.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Reading, Traveling

Favorite weekend activity? Catching up with my friends at brunch

Favorite thing about Lexington? I love that Lexington is such a small, friendly town and everyone is What’s your favorite W&L memory?

My favorite W&L memory: My first Spring Term was one of the best overall experiences- academically and socially. The ability to focus on one challenging course allows for an intense, yet highly rewarding, academic experience. The weather and opportunities during Spring Term contribute to one of the most rewarding fun experiences I’ve ever had.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? One of my favorite encounters with a W&L faculty member has been with our study abroad advisor Kip Brooks. Kip has been incredibly helpful in helping me determine the right study abroad program for me from dozens of choices.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Natasha Lerner ’13

6 Jan
Natasha Lerner '13

Natasha Lerner ’13

Hometown: New York, NY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Global Politics/Womens and Gender Studies & Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Chi Omega, Student Recruitment Committee, Hillel. I also do Generals Development Initiative, University Big Program, and First Year Orientation Committee.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at Project Horizon, and last year I volunteered at the Lexington Office on Youth.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Travel, ballet, photography, sky diving, crossword puzzles, the New York Yankees

Favorite weekend activity? Big group dinners with my friends or sorority family.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  The history, tradition, and charm of the town. It is just the right size and has just what a college town needs.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Signing the honor system orientation week freshmen year. Also, I love giving tours. It was a position I knew I wanted when I was a senior in high school going on college visits and I think it has really affected how I think about the school and my place in it.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Professor Dickovick, who taught me Global Politics is going to be my advisor, really encourages me as both a student and a person. I always feel more confident in my opinions, goals, and potential after talking to him. Even when he was on sabbatical this year he still made time to get lunch with me one day to catch up on how things were going.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Ramsay Kubal ’13

4 Jan
Ramsay Kubal '13

Ramsay Kubal ’13

Hometown: Atherton, CA

Major(s)/Minor(s): Economics and Psychology

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Kappa Delta (social chair), Peer Tutoring, Tutor at Waddell Elementary, Tutor at Rockbridge Middle School, Venture Club

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Tutoring at Rockbridge Middle and Waddell Elementary (Fall term)

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Riding Horses, cooking, community service

Favorite weekend activity? Going for brunch every weekend and catching up with my best friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? The Safari Park.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? The first time cadavers came to the KD house.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Last Winter, I took Econ 101 with Professor Diette to fill an FDR. I had no intentions of taking another Econ class, and I was not interested in the C-School whatsoever. After a few short weeks in Diette’s class, I have now decided to double major in Econ and Psychology. Professor Diette’s attention to detail and emphasis on making sure each individual fully understood the material amazed me. He combined high expectations with a high level of support for each member of our class.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Emily Hudson ’14

30 Dec
Emily Hudson '14

Emily Hudson ’14

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics/Engineering and Math

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I was a member of the volleyball team, a Johnson scholar, an actress in school plays, and I’m in a sorority (Kappa Delta).

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at local schools.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love anything that has to do with the arts.  I am a model and an actress. I love volunteering, children, and dogs.

Favorite weekend activity? I love driving to Charlottesville on a random Friday night for dinner and I love hanging out and going out with friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  Everyone is so friendly, everything is in walking distance, and it is a very relaxing atmosphere.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Midnight breakfast during exam week.  Everyone was stressed after studying for hours and hours, and tension was released when everyone stuffed their faces with delicious breakfast food in D-hall.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Every time I come to the office hours of my Physics teacher, she always checks in on my life; she asks about my play, about volleyball, and about my life in general.  My teachers actually know what activities I am involved with on campus.  My teachers have even attended my volleyball games; they actually care about me as a person.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Claire Higginbotham

28 Dec

Claire Higginbotham ’14

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Major(s)/Minor(s): Math and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Kappa Delta Sorority, Adopt-a-Classroom Literacy Campaign, RUF

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer for the Adopt-a-Classroom Literacy Campaign where I read to 3rd graders weekly and organize activities that reinforce the message of the book.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? RUF, running

Favorite weekend activity? Going out to eat or into town. The band parties are really fun, and I love whenever KD has a mixer.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  It’s beautiful! Also, pretty much everything is in walking distance, and the community is very friendly. I love how the University is the main focus of the town and how almost everyone in Lexington is involved with W&L.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? I’ve absolutely loved every minute here, so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite memory. However, I distinctly remember the first time I referred to W&L as my home. Exhausted during rush week, I spoke without thinking when I said how glad I was to be back home after Christmas Break. The transition process was so natural and easy that I adjusted to the school before I had even realized. How quickly the students feel at home and become involved here is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I really enjoy meeting with my advisor. She’s always willing to help me organize my schedule for the semester and help me get into my preferred classes. I have found that having an advisor to help ease the process of registering and choosing classes really makes the process less stressful.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Lizzie Engel ’13

8 Dec

Lizzie Engel ’13

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics/Engineering and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Hillel, College Democrats, Pi Beta Phi, University Women’s Choir, Volunteer Venture Pre-Orientation Program

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have volunteered for the Head Start Program at Waddell Elementary.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy cooking, baking and exploring the outskirts of Lexington.

Favorite weekend activity? Studying outside on the Colonnade when it’s nice out.

Favorite thing about Lexington? Everyone abides by the speaking tradition, not just those associated with W&L.  When I walk through town, every person I pass is so friendly and welcoming.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? This past summer, I visited some of my friends who were in Lexington for the summer, and we went to Panther Falls.  We ended up camping there and sleeping on a boulder with an INCREDIBLE view of the stars.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? This isn’t a specific encounter, but my academic advisor (Irina Mazilu in the physics department) is definitely one of the coolest people on this campus and whenever I get to see her it’s a good day.  She really takes the time to get to know all of her students.  I frequently go into her office just to chat about life, and she’s never too busy to take the time to talk to me about travel, science, or the latest news story.  She’s always so helpful with schoolwork, and I can tell that she really cares.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Charlotte Collins ’14

3 Dec
Charlotte Collins '14

Charlotte Collins ’14

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology (Pre-Med)/Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? 
Active Minds, LIFE, Bonner Leaders Program, Big Brother Big Sister, SRC, Peer Counselor, Kappa Kappa Gamma

How are you involved in the Lexington community? 
Because of the Bonner Leaders Program, I am very involved in the Lexington community. I have a little sister in Buena Vista through Big Brother Big Sister. I am a Prevention Services intern at Rockbridge Area Community Services, working with the high school and middle schools in the area. I also mentor middle school students at Rockbridge Middle School on Thursdays through the GirlTalk program.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? 
Reading, photography, music, running, and piano

Favorite weekend activity? Sunday brunch with friends

Favorite thing about Lexington? The size!

What’s your favorite W&L memory? 
Parents weekend! My dad is an alumni – it was so much fun having him on campus with me!

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? 
The best encounter I have had with a faculty or staff member was with Dr. Jack – my freshman year biology teacher. He helped with my transition into college life and classes so much and really inspired me to keep pursuing my dream of going pre-med. I’ve never had such a supportive, genuine teacher.

 

Tour Guide Spotlight: Abbie Caudill ’13

1 Dec

Abbie Caudill ’13

Hometown: Urbana, OH

Majors(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and Religion

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I am the captain of the mock trial team and a member of Active Minds.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at the local elementary school and babysit for families in the area.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love music and The Office.

Favorite weekend activity?Tubing the Maury River in the spring.

Favorite thing about Lexington? The views are absolutely breathtaking, no matter what time of year it is.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Christmas weekend my sophomore year.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I had dinner at one of my professor’s houses with my class and it was one of the best and most fun nights I have had at Washington and Lee.