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The latest news and event releases from the Office of Media Relations.

  • The Sophie Kerr Lecture Series kicks off this fall with Maureen Corrigan of NPR’S Fresh Air at the Literary House on September 6.

  • Local leader T. Allan Stradley, who was a longtime supporter of Washington College, bequeaths $1.7 million to help local county students pay for tuition. 

  • Arne Sorenson, the President & CEO of Marriott International, will receive an honorary degree at Washington College’s Convocation on Sept. 7.

  • Washington College’s new waterfront academic building will be named for two environmental leaders at a Sept. 8 groundbreaking event.

  • Washington College’s innovative new Eastern Shore Food Lab will be based in the heart of Chestertown in a renovated restaurant space.

  • Adam Goodheart, director of the College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, has earned a National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award to research and write his next Civil War bestseller.
  • The Princeton Review ranks WC among the top twenty schools in the nation with the happiest undergraduates in its 2018 college guide released Aug. 1.

  • Through a new collaboration initiated by Julie Markin, assistant professor of anthropology, two students are helping preserve an important Native American site from the rising tides of the Chesapeake Bay, learning critical archaeological field skills along the way.


  • An anonymous couple who had been visiting Chestertown regularly for over 30 years has bequeathed more than $1 million to the College.


  • The collaborative research of Hannah O’Malley ’12 and biology Associate Professor Aaron Krochmal makes the cover of Animal Conservation.

  • Lorna J. Hunter, whose admissions experience ranges from the Ivies to state universities, will lead WC’s enrollment management team.
  • Working this summer as the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow in residence, Andrew Lawler is bringing a new perspective to studying the 430-year-old mystery of the Roanoke Colony.
  • At the Lit House’s third Summer Literary Salon on July 25, writers Elizabeth Hazen and Janine Joseph join local musician Sofia Ortiz.

  • Sponsored by the Starr Center and kicking off on June 22, the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series highlights America’s diverse musical heritage from traditional folk music to contemporary Latin-influenced guitar, to the enduring sounds of gospel music.
  • The President-elect previously served as CEO of Educational Testing Service and was a Senior Executive for DuPont.
  • Washington College President Sheila Bair, who worked to make college education more affordable and accessible, is resigning.
  • Christine Lagarde, leader of the International Monetary Fund, tells graduates that their liberal arts education is the strongest foundation from which to answer this lifelong question.
  • Catalina Righter, editor-in-chief of The Elm and a poet with a wry sense of humor and searing eye for detail, wins the the prize worth $65,768.
  • Five Washington College seniors, representing fields of study from political science to chemistry to English, have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Sophie Kerr Prize. The winner of the $65,768 prize will be announced on Friday.
  • Building on $85 million already raised, Washington College kicks off a $150 million comprehensive campaign that is focused on the student experience and is the largest in the College’s history.

  • The Rose O’ Neill Literary House is offering its Summer Literary Salon starting May 23, bringing poets, prose writers, and local musicians to the community.
  • Marlon Saunders’ mix of music, stories, and photographs gives a fresh perspective of Kent County as part of “The Way We Worked.”
  • Elizabeth Spires, a poet and children’s author, will be the keynote speaker at the event and will announce the winner of the prize, this year valued at $65,768.
  • Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, will be Washington College’s Commencement speaker on May 20.

  • Best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick wins the 2017 George Washington Prize for his story of the complex relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.
  • History major Faith Stahl ’19 took first place in stiff competition for a $25,000 scholarship from the Saint Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia to study in Scotland.

  • The program, now in its second full year, will give 122 graduating seniors one less federal loan to worry about, and lower their average federal loan debt by nearly 10.3 percent.
  • College students Jordana Qi ’18 and Michael DeMaio ’18 will join world renowned Cuban musician Ernesto “Gato” Gatell and his 10-piece band for a concert on April 21. 
  • Washington College’s Holstein Program in Ethics on April 19 presents a talk by writer and scholar Jonathan Rauch.

  • Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich on April 14 will share the insights she’s gleaned from four decades of singular and insightful reporting on the reality of work in America.

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